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NJPW ANNOUNCE RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
NJPW has announced their return to Australia is booked for the 29th of June. The show, ‘Southern Showdown’ is the second time the promotion has been in Australia. The first time was last year’s ‘Fallout Down Under’ tour. On the NJPW website, the company had the following to say about last year’s tour:
“Australian wrestling fans are among the most passionate in the world. Their vocal support during last year’s Fallout Down Under tour did not go unnoticed, and everyone at NJPW is thrilled to meet immense fan demand to see the world’s best pro wrestling in the country once more.”
NJPW RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA! We're thrilled to announce that NJPW Southern Showdown will be coming to Melbourne on June 29. Register NOW for our special ticket pre-sale on April 24! #njAUS
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— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) April 12, 2019
SASHA BANKS REPORTEDLY WANTS TO LEAVE WWE
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Sasha Banks tried to quit the WWE over WrestleMania weekend. The problem seems to have developed from Sasha feeling blindsided that she was going to dropping the titles to the IIconics. Sasha was under the impression that she and Bayley would be holding on the belts for an extended period and developing them as a serious prize within the company.
Sasha is currently on holiday, with WWE asking her to think over what they consider to be a decision made in the heat of the moment.
Today, while on vacation, Sasha unfollowed WWE and started following Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and AEW. It appears, at this point, that she may need a little more time.
VAMPIRO ANNOUNCES HEALTH ISSUES
Canadian wrestling legend Vampiro took to Facebook yesterday to reveal that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Posting to his own account the current Talent Director for AAA wrote:
“Got some results from the doctor yesterday
Not the best of news
But in my heart I know it’s a fight I am gonna win
I am not worried about anything
I am worried about how I can give more back to everyone who needs support
Don’t give a fuck about being sick , as me and my doctors have a plan! And I will be fine!
Alzheimer’s( it’s been detected) is bullshit. I am scared about potential Parkinson’s disease because it might fuck up my PlayStation time
I have been beaten up for so long , this is an easy one
Look at the news of the world
Bullshit going down
Just do what’s right and be cool to everyone
Don’t get involved in the stupid shit
Not worth it
Be safe y’all and talk soon”
Sending a follow-up message, Vampiro thanked the fans for their support. He spoke about other injuries he has and has had has come through them and what things the future has in store for him:
“Nothin but love! thank you for all the support… it’s in the beginning stages , not worried about it. I will beat this … it’s not that big a deal , I am doing what’s right and , well, I am looking forward to the fight!!!! I am totally in a good place , it’s gonna be ok!! Oh lol it’s 2019, no memory lol , it’s all good!”
OKADA ANNOUNCES MARRIAGE
Kazuchika Okada and long term partner Suzuko Mimori have announced they are married on their respective social media accounts.
— オカダ・カズチカ (@rainmakerXokada) April 12, 2019
DOMINIK DIJAKOVIC CROSSES A LINE WITH HIS NEW GIMMICK
Debuting a new gimmick is never easy, and NXT’s Dominik Dijakovic has been finding this out the hard way. After first trying out his new persona at last night’s NXT taping all seemed fine. Dominik cut a promo talking about how his family had immigrated to the United States and it was his dream to win the North American title. He even managed to win two matches and had Velveteen Dream accept his challenge for the belt.
Unfortunately, this seems to all have been undone. Dominik then took to Twitter and posted a Tweet so distasteful is has caused him to not only remove the Tweet but deactivate his whole account. Dijakovic wrote in a now-deleted Tweet:
This continent has everything backwards. This is a diseased environment that breeds impurity. The streets are almost as filthy as the inhabitants. I would know, I’ve lived the majority of my life here. I owe it to myself and my family to Purify this wasteland.
The backlash following this was swift and harsh from the Twitter community and we wait to see how this story will develop over time.
DARBY ALLIN JOINS AEW
A week after wrestling his final matches for WWN, losing to Anthony Henry at EVOLVE lastThursday, Darby Allin has signed with All Elite Wrestling.
PWInsider reported that Darby Allin has left Evolve Wrestling and is set to become a free agent and the latest episode of Double Or Nothing confirms his arrival.
Allin is married to Priscilla Kelly who herself recently became a free agent.
I've gotta be me. @AEWrestling
— DARBY ALLIN (@DarbyAllin) April 12, 2019
NIA JAX INJURED
Unfortunetly, Nia Jax’s name has been added to the increasingly long list of WWE superstars who are currently layed up with an injury. Jax will be out for a while with knee issues. In a statement posted to her Twitter feed, the star says she has been battling issues over the last year and now requires surgery on both her ACL’s.
— 🌺 (@NiaJaxWWE) April 12, 2019
Jax joins a veritable who’s who on the injury list, currently including:
- Aj Styles
- Big E
- Daniel Bryan
- Ronda Rousey
KID LYKOS INJURED
Preliminary reports only so far, but it appears Kid Lykos was injured this evening. Lykos was working for Riptide Wrestling, based in Brighton, at their annual ‘Riptide Rumble’ event.