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Jim Smallman Leaves PROGRESS, Rachael Evers Injury, AEW Sells Out, The Undertaker Signs New Deal & PWG BOLA 2019 | Wrestling News Update, August 2nd 2019

With news on Jim Smallman’s departure from PROGRESS, Rachael Evers’ injury, Undertaker’s reported new deal and AEW’s ticket sales, Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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RACHAEL EVERS REVEALS EXTENT OF HER INJURY

Rachael Evers was recently injured during an NXT house show. The show took place on Saturday night. During a match with Lacey Lane Evers went down, after a quick assessment the referee used the dreaded ‘X’ sign, signalling a serious injury. Evers remained in the ring for some time, before being helped to the back, refusing the waiting stretcher.

Earlier today, Evers confirmed the worst, posting that not only had she torn her ACL, but it would require surgery to repair. Evers’ says that she’s booked in for the operation on Tuesday.

Ever the optimist, she says that while her surgery is on Tuesday, her recovery begins on Wednesday. While she gives no time frame for when we may expect to see her back in the ring (she hasn’t even had the operation yet!), she promises to return as quickly as possible.

JIM SMALLMAN LEAVES PROGRESS

Co-founder of Progress Wrestling, Jim Smallman has revealed that he is soon to leave the promotion he started, click here to learn more about this shocking news.

MORE DETAILS ON UNDERTAKER’S NEW CONTRACT

The contract in question is the same one that prevented the Deadman from appearing at Starrcast II. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Undertaker’s new deal is for such a long time it might as well be a life-time deal. The deal prevents Undertaker for working for any promotion other than WWE.

The deal came about as Undertaker felt his time with the company had come to an end. He had lost several high profile matches, and had “retired” to all intents and purposes, leaving his gear in the ring after losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. With this in his mind, Taker’ fail to renew his contract with the WWE and started to advertise his services more openly. Apparently this really upset Vince when he learned of Undertaker’s Starrcast appearance. Once the top sides had calmed down, Vince apparently made the Deadman “an offer he couldn’t refuse”.

AEW SELLS OUT FIRST TV TAPING

In what is becoming a predictable occurrence, AEW has managed to sell out another show. This time the show in question is their TNT Network debut, an important night for the company no doubt. In the same post that announced the sell-out, the company urges fans to keep checking ticket vendors as more tickets “may” come on sale.

Cody has cleared up matters, tweeting that closer to the time, certain camera/production seat hold should be lifted.

MLW ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF UNDEFEATED KICKBOXER

MLW announced today the signing of Douglas James, an undefeated kick boxer and former No-Gi jiujitsu World Champion. James was trained by Eddie Bravo, founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. In the MLW press release, MLW CEO Court Bauer had the following to say about James:

“DJ is the evolution of what it is to be a hybrid professional wrestler,”

Also in the press release was the date and place of James’ debut:

Douglas James will make his MLW debut September 7thas MLW promotes its first-ever card in Dallas at the NYTEX Sports Centre featuring an MLW Fusion TV taping.

PWG ANNOUNCE NINETEENTH BOLA COMPETITOR

PWG announced the 19th of 24 stars taking part in this year’s Battle of Los Angeles. David Starr will be taking part in his second BOLA, after making his debut in the tournament last year. Unfortunately, in last year’s tournament, Starr went out in the first round, losing to Joey Janela. Starr will hope to stay in the running much longer this year.

So far the field stands at:

  • A-Kid
  • Jonathan Gresham
  • Artemis Spencer
  • Darby Allin
  • Mick Moretti
  • Orange Cassidy
  • Bandido
  • Caveman Ugg
  • Jake Atlas
  • Tony Deppen
  • Fenix
  • Lucky Kid
  • Joey Janela
  • Brody King
  • Barbaro Cavernario
  • Jungle Boy
  • Black Taurus
  • Rey Horus
  • David Starr

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