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Shirai vs Storm Confirmed Tonight | Wrestling News Update, January 22nd 2020

With news on tonight’s NXT and a potential new signing for AEW; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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AEW ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST MIXED TAG MATCH

Announced in a video posted to Twitter this morning, AEW will be having their first mixed tag match at Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at sea.

In the video, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford burst into Kenny Omega’s locker room, complaining about AEW Women’s Champion Riho. With the Young Bucks also sat in attendance, and after a little back and forth between Kenny and Kip, Omega floated the idea of the mixed tag match.

CODY PROMISES LIVE CRUISE SHOW IN 2021

At the end of last night’s AEW taping, Cody Rhodes announced that next year, AEW Dynamite would come live from the Jericho Cruise.

With this year’s cruise still in full swing, it almost seems wrong to be looking ahead to the next.

Following last night’s taping, two copies of the show were sepratley flown to Atlanta, to ensure tonight’s airing wouldn’t be missed. If the show was broadcast live it would eliminate this issue, but several others would obviously be incurred.

Next year’s cruise runs from February 1st to 5th, and will depart from Miami bound for Grand Bahama Island.

MARTY SCURLL TO APPEAR AT NWA HARD TIMES

On last night’s episode of NWA Powerrr, it was announced that Marty Scurll would be appearing at this Friday’s Hard Times pay per view.

On last night’s episode, NWA Worlds Champion, Nick Aldis retained the title against Ricky Morton, after it was announced that Scurrl would be at this Friday’s event. Aldis is facing Villian Enterprises member Flip Gordon at Hard Times, but the feud between Scurll and Aldis is getting on for a year old now. The last time the pair were in the ring together Aldis jumped Scurll at an ROH event.

TONI STORM VS. IO SHIRAI ANNOUNCED FOR TONIGHT

Appearing on WWE’s The Bump this morning, Shawn Michaels announced that tongihts episode of NXT would feature a rematch from 2018’s Evolution pay per view. Specifically, the Mae Young Classic final between Toni Storm and Io Shirai. Storm came out on top in the 2018 encounter.

Tonight’s card:

  • Roderick Strong (c) vs. Keith Lee NXT North American title match
  • Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne vs. Imperium Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal
  • The Undisputed Era vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal
  • Io Shira vs. Toni Storm

VELVET SKY DISCLOSES HEALTH ISSUES

Former Impact star, Velvet Sky posted messages on Twitter talkign about recent health issues she has been suffering.

The post was regarding late orders from her website. She said that she has been suffering from a multitude of health issues recently and thanked her customers for bearing with her. She didn’t go into any details regardign the nature of the issue, but promised that she was working to get better every day.

Sky last appeared for Impact in 2016 and was a two time Knockouts champion.

JAZZY GABERT EXPLAINS WHY SHE LEFT NXT UK

Jazzy Gabert has recently given an interview to WrestleTalk, in it she described why she decided to leave NXT UK.

Jazzy announced earlier this month that she was a free agent. Many didn’t knwo what to make of the post, some thought it was part of a story line, others questioned if she could even break her contract, seemingly unilaterally.

Speaking to WrestleTalk’s Andy Datson, Jazzy explained that she realised that working for WWE would limit other projects she was able to take part in. The star also mentioned that she couldn’t see herself moving up, or progressing in terms of storyline. Please see sections of the interview below co WrestleTalk:

“I was blessed to make my debut at Blackpool and witness how the NXT UK superstars performed on a high level with so much passion. I was also really happy that I got TV time almost every week; of course some could say it was not a good storyline I was placed in, but I honestly was just happy to be out there at all and I tried to make the best of it.”

“As we had only TV tapings about every 4 to 6 weeks I was able to do a lot projects outside of wrestling and I found the world of entertainment in Germany. I was on dating shows, game shows, talk shows and got to do lots of fun things in TV.
“In the summer I was really lucky and got an offer to tour with a German rockstar, Udo Lindenberg, and we went on tour for 3 months, 28 shows, every time in front of 15,000+ fans. In between all of this I had the NXT UK tapings.”
“On tour I realised that I want more for my life and I got the confidence that I’m able to do more, and for 202o Udo Lindenberg asked me if I can come on tour again and a reality tv show offer came also in.
“Unfortunately, these projects would cross the schedule from NXT UK and I had to make a decision, because working all of these projects at once wouldn’t work.
“As I couldn’t see myself moving on or up in terms of storylines, I had to ask for my release. So it was completely my decision and I’m happy about it. I always wanted to work for WWE and I’m happy that I can tick that box. Of course, would I have loved to be a champion, for sure, but my heart tells me it’s time to move on.”

CONTRA UNIT VS. LOS PARKS ADDED TO MLW FIGHTLAND

MLW announced earlier that their up coming event, Fightland, will feature Los Parks vs. Contra Unit in a lumberjack match. The event will be taking place on the 1st of February, and held at 2300 Arena, Philadelphia.

PROGRESS ANNOUNCE TITLE MATCH SET FOR CHAPTER 102

Progress Wrestling has announced that Paul Robinson will once again be putting his Proteus title on the line, this time at champter 102.

Since the title’s creation, Robinson has defended it five time, defeating Travis Banks, William Eaver, Timothy Thatcher, Chris Ridgeway, and A-Kid. Danny Jones has been announced as the next challenger for the title that was only created in Spetember of last year.

Chapter 102 will also see the debut of ELIJAH, as he takes on Chris Ridgeway in Cardiff.

LANCE ARCHER POSSIBLY MOVING TO AEW

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 14: Lance Archer reacts during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Ota-City General Gymnasium on July 14, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Justin Barrasso has reported that NJPW star Lance Archer is currenty in talks with AEW.

Although Lance is a NJPW regular, apparently his relationship with them isn’t subject to a contract, and as so he is free to come and go as he pleases. Lance has worked for Impact, WWE and Pro Wrestling NOAH. He is 42 years old, and being 6’8″ might be the size athlete many have been saying AEW is missing.

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