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Wrestling News Update – April 14th, 2019

From Sexy Star to Ronda Rousey, Matt Booker rounds up the days biggest stories in the Wrestling News Update.


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REPORTED DATE FOR RONDA ROUSEY’S SURGERY

Following WrestleMania 35, many reported that Ronda Rousey have severly broken her hand in the main event and that it would require surgery and time out.

Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp has revealed that Rousey will be heading for surgery on Tuesday. Another interesting note is that in spite of doubts surrounding her future, WWE are indeed hopeful of a Rousey return later this year or in 2020 but “Rousey has given WWE no clear indication of her next move.”

Rousey was also believed to be backstage at last weeks Monday Night RAW.

DETAILS ON RING OF HONOR’S NEXT PPV AND TV TAPINGS

Ring Of Honor issued the following statement regarding their next trips to Baltimore and Philadelphia;

Baltimore and Philadelphia are two cities steeped in pro wrestling history, and Ring of Honor has been a big part of that history for years.
The tradition continues this summer with ROH bringing two can’t-miss Best in the World shows to Charm City and The City of Brotherly Love.
The Best in the World pay-per-view, which streams live for HonorClub, takes place at Baltimore’s UMBC Event Center on Friday, June 28. Then it’s off to Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena on Saturday, June 29 for The Best in the World international television taping.


Tickets for both shows go on sale this coming Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. Eastern for HonorClub members, and Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Eastern for the general public.


Coming off the historic G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden last week, the action in ROH has never been hotter. There’s a new ROH World Champion in Matt Taven, a new Women of Honor World Champion in Kelly Klein, new ROH World Tag Team Champions in The Guerrillas of Destiny, and new (but familiar) faces on the scene in Angelina Love and Velvet Sky,who have joined forces with Mandy Leon to form The Allure.

Who will be holding the championship entering Best in the World weekend? Who will leave Best in the World weekend with the championships? What must-see matches and inevitable surprises will take place?


Join us live in Baltimore and Philadelphia to find out!


BEST IN THE WORLD PAY-PER-VIEW
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
MEET & GREETS 6 P.M.
BELL TIME 8 P.M.
UMBC EVENT CENTER
1000 HILLTOP CIRCLE
BALTIMORE , MD 21250
UMBC Students receive 50% off tickets when purchased at box office


BEST IN THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL TV TAPING
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
MEET & GREETS 4 P.M.
BELL TIME 6 P.M.
2300 ARENA
2300 SOUTH SWANSON STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19148

NJPW ROAD TO WRESTLING DONTAKU RESULTS

  • Yuya Uemura defeated Yota Tsuji
  • YOSHI-HASHI defeated Shota Umino
  • Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Ren Narita, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata
  • BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori) defeated Juice Robinson, Mikey Nicholls & Toa Henare
  • BULLET CLUB (HIKULEO, Jay White, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeated CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano), Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe
  • Suzuki-gun (Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr.) defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) defeat CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero, SHO, Tomohiro Ishii & YOH)

STARDOM DRAFT RESULTS

The annual draft which decides who will be in who’s stable for 2019-2020 was completed today, which assigned the following wrestlers to the following groups:

  • STARS: Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid, Arisa Hoshiki, Tam Nakano, Saki Kashima, Hanan, Xia Brookside, Saya Iida
  • QUEEN’S QUEST: Momo Watanabe, AZM, Utami Hayashishita, Bea Priestley, Viper, Chardonnay, Leo Onozaki, Hina
  • OEDO TAI: Kagetsu, Hazuki, Andras Miyagi, Natsuko Tora, Jamie Hayter, Session Moth Martina, Sumire Natsu
  • MULTINATIONAL FORCE: Hana Kimura, Jungle Kyona, Konami, Mari Apache, Natsumi, Rebel Kel, Bobbi Tyler, Ruaka, Rina

MATT HARDY RESPONDS TO JOHN OLIVER, DEFENDS WWE

Earlier this month, John Oliver ran an expose on WWE, documenting their poor treatment of talent, lack of healthcare and their employees status as ‘independent contractors’.

A number of former WWE wrestlers voiced their agreeing opinions with Oliver and World Wrestling Entertainment released a statement denying those claims. However, Matt Hardy spoke to FOX News directly about Olivers criticisms, calling them “outdated” and any surgery he’s had while with WWE, the company paid for. 

“When I first started here [in 1997 and 1998] … the locker room and everything was like the wild wild west then,” Hardy said.” The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. … You have to be here, and you have to be good and you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — [there have] been several guys they caught that have had serious [health] issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you. “

“Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do [take care of wrestlers’ health]. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument, because we do a different gig in many many ways. But WWE has never done anything but be great to me.”


“They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways, and I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”

SEXY STAR SAYS SHE ‘INSPIRED WOMEN’S REVOLUTION’; WRESTLERS RESPOND

While appearing on The Roman Show, former Lucha Underground Champion Sexy Star spoke about how her Lucha Underground title win in 2016 inspired the WWE Women’s Revolution.

The controversial star said;

“I personally think that, yes, WWE took notice. I am proud that they gave me that opportunity as a woman, as a Mexican and as a warrior. I felt [WWE] found out that that had a big buzz all over the world. I think it inspired them to act.”

This has drawn widespread criticism and derision from her peers, ranging from current and former WWE superstars to independent wrestling standouts.

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