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Wrestling News Update – April 1st, 2019

From John Oliver and WWE’s spat to Joey Janela’s Spring Break, Matty Deller runs through the days biggest stories in the Wrestling News Update.

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WWE HIT BACK AGAINST JOHN OLIVER

World Wrestling Entertainment hit back against claims made on a Sunday segment of HBO’s Last Week Tonight where host John Oliver criticized Vince McMahon and his organization’s supposed lack of care for its athletes.

Oliver discussed Vince’s monopoly on the wrestling business, the high rate of early deaths for wrestlers and his controversial contract practice of naming his talent as ‘independent contractors’, denying them health and holiday privileges. 

WWE reponded, saying;

“John Oliver is clearly a clever and humorous entertainer, however, the subject matter covered in his WWE segment is no laughing matter,” the organization said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Prior to airing, WWE responded to his producers refuting every point in his one-sided presentation. John Oliver simply ignored the facts. The health and wellness of our performers is the single most important aspect of our business, and we have a comprehensive, longstanding Talent Wellness program. We invite John Oliver to attend WrestleMania this Sunday to learn more about our company.”

John Oliver has yet to respond to WWE’s offer.

BRUTUS BEEFCAKE ENTERS HALL OF FAME

Today, WWE announced that Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake will be the final inductee into the 2019 Hall of Fame.

The news, which was first reported by Sports Illustrated , will see Ed Leslie; known as Brutus Beefcake, The Zodiac and even The Booty Man, be inducted alongside D-Generation X, Torrie Wilson, The Hart Foundation and Harlem Heat among many others.

STEPHANIE MCMAHON TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

WWE announced this morning that Stephanie McMahon will make “an announcement pertaining to WrestleMania’s first-ever women’s main event” on tonight’s Raw.

Many are speculating that will have something to do with the role the SmackDown Women’s Championship will play in Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania, seeing as Charlotte defeated Asuka on last week’s SmackDown to win the title. Currently Ronda Rousey’s RAW Women’s Title is the on the line in the match-up.

CIAMPA TWEETS SAD NEWS ABOUT INJURY

Former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa took to Twitter today and revealed that doctors told him he will be on “borrowed time” if he returns to the ring from his recent neck surgery.

Ciampa revealed the bad news when reflecting on how he will be missing NXT TakeOver: New York next Friday night in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. The original plan was for Ciampa to defend his title against Johnny Gargano in the TakeOver main event, but Ciampa was forced to undergo neck surgery and relinquish the title.

WWE SUPERSTAR REVEALS FRUSTRATION IN COMPANY

Tyler Breeze took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at how he’s been booked during his stint with the company. Breeze even made the point that things haven’t changed much in the four years he’s been on the roster, and he expects to work WWE’s Main Event show tomorrow.

He responded to fans, including a message that reads: “Been underutilized or whatever you wanna call it for 4 years.”

WWE referee Scott Armstrong replied, saying “Tyler, tough day today?” Breeze wrote back, “No more than usual… see ya on main event tomorrow.”

JUICE ROBINSON ANSWERS BULLY RAY’S OPEN CHALLENGE

Bully Ray vs. Juice Robinson has been announced for Madison Square Garden at ROH’s Road to G1 Supercard show in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday night. Robinson announced that he’s answering Bully Ray’s open challenge for a New York City street fight at G1 Supercard.

Robinson, Tracy Williams, and Bandido made the save when Bully Ray and Young were going to put Mark Haskins through a table following his win over Silas Young. Juice then made the challenge which Bully accepted, responding on twitter with a bold move to say Minoru Suzuki doesn’t have ‘the balls to face him’.

MAJOR MATCH SIGNED FOR JOEY JANELA’S SPRING BREAK

Joey Janela’s Spring Break has become a hotbed for matches you’d never thought you’d see over WrestleMania weekend, and this one is no exception. The Invisible Man will be wrestling his own brother Invisible Stan in a grudge match for the ages. Set the star ratings to over ten, ladies and gentlemen.

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