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Howard Finkel Passes Away | Wrestling News Update, April 16 2020

With news on the sad passing of Howard Finkel, Matty Deller brings you the Wrestling News Update.

HOWARD FINKEL PASSES AWAY

Legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel died earlier today, aged 69. Click here for a look at his career.

ROMAN REIGNS AND HIS WIFE EXPECTING TWINS

It’s nice to bring some happy news in what’s been a rough week, so we have to report that Roman Reigns and his wife are expecting twins.

In an interview with Muscle & Fitness, Roman revealed that his wife Galina is expecting, by answering a question about his kids, saying;

“Three, with two in the oven! So, I’m looking to be a Papa Bear of 5! Breaking news, we haven’t shared that.”

He also talks about his non-appearance at WrestleMania, saying;

“All you know is what you think. ‘Oh well, his health and this and that.’ But you don’t know what else is going on in my life. You don’t know if I have newborns, you don’t know if I have family in my household, older family.”

NXT EDGES OUT AEW FOR SECOND WEEK

After winning the ratings war for the first time in 2020 last week, NXT has bested AEW for the second week in a row.

According to Figure Four Online, NXT garnered 692,000 viewers on USA Network, while Dynamite averaged 683,000 viewers on TNT.

In the demographics, Showbuzz Daily showed that AEW Dynamite drew a 0.25 in the key persons 18-49 demographic, down last weeks 0.26. NXT drew a 0.17 rating in the key demo for this week’s episode, down from last week’s 0.19.

THREE INTERIM CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCHES MADE FOR NEXT WEEK

Last night, it was announced that Kushida vs. Tony Nese, Drake Maverick vs. Jake Atlas, and El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Jack Gallagher are set for next week’s episode of NXT.

The Kushida/Nese and Maverick/Atlas matches are in Group A, where as Fantasma/Gallagher is a part of Group B.

Drake Maverick has said he will still be in the interim title tournament despite being released by WWE yesterday.

DREAM VS BALOR SET FOR NEXT WEEK’S NXT

On last night’s NXT they also announced that Finn Balor will face off with The Velveteen Dream in a first-time-ever match-up.

As Dream was addressing Adam Cole last night, Balor confronted Dream on NXT tonight when Dream called Adam Cole arguably the greatest NXT Champion of all time. Balor took exception to that and threatened Dream, to which he responded by setting next week as the date for a match between them.

THREE MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEKS AEW DYNAMITE

Last night, All Elite Wrestling announced three more matches for next week’s show.

Rounding off the TNT Championship First Round,Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara and Kip Sabian vs. Dustin Rhodes were announced for next week’s show. The winning of Allin and Guevara will face Cody and the winner of Sabian/Rhodes will face Lance Archer in the semi finals.

In addition, Jimmy Havoc will face Orange Cassidy. This match came about after Havoc attacked Cassidy, with that costing Chuck Taylor his match with Kip Sabian.

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