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CHANGES TO ROYAL RUMBLE TITLE MATCH
WWE has had to change their plans regarding the universal title match at this year’s Royal Rumble. Back at TLC Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin (with a little help) to guarantee himself a shot at Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title at the rumble. According to Dave Meltzer, speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, due Braun’s elbow injury, Vince has decided to remove him from the match at the Royal Rumble. Dave said that the plan was always for Lesnar to go over, but with Braun’s elbow, they decided to change opponent to avoid a bad finish.
Finn Balor was the man chosen to replace Braun. Finn, who was booked to face Lesnar at last years Rumble before Vince decided that the Irishman wasn’t over enough, has spoken many times about wanting to face both The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, citing the David and Goliath nature of the contest as most appealing. Speaking to Inside The Ropes in September 2018, Finn said:
“But obviously, I would love that Brock Lesnar match more than anyone. I think it’s the classic David vs. Goliath match. I don’t think it’s very much like a match I’ve had before…or he has had before, maybe?”
ROH INJURY UPDATES
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— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 15, 2019
ROH has released a statement following injuries over the weekend to two of their biggest stars. On Saturday, Chris Sabin injured his knee while facing Flip Gordon, Shane Taylor, Luchasaurus, Rhett Titus and Kenny King. According to ROH, Sabin “began clutching his knee after executing a super hurricanrana on Gordon. He was unable to finish the match and was helped to the back.”. Then on Sunday, while facing Tracy Williams, Flip Gordon looked to hurt his knee while executing a drop kick into the corner.
Of the injuries, the ROH statement said:
“Chris Sabin and Flip Gordon will both be getting MRI’s this week after suffering knee injuries at ROH live events over the weekend. It is believed that Sabin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a six-man mayhem match at the international television taping in Atlanta Saturday night. Sabin began clutching his knee after executing a super hurricanrana on Gordon. He was unable to finish the match and was helped to the back. Gordon injured his right knee during his match against Tracy Williams at Honor Reigns Supreme in Concord, N.C., on Sunday. It is believed he will be out of action a minimum of four weeks with a possible MCL sprain. Gordon came up limping after hitting a running dropkick in the corner. He tried to continue, but his knee gave out and the referee stopped the match. Gordon was helped to the back.”
WOMENS TAG TITLE UPDATE
Alexs Bliss unveiled the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Title as last nights RAW. Bliss also announced that six teams (three from each brand) would compete at Elimination Chamber for the right to be the inaugural champions.
NEW CHAMPION CROWNED ON RAW
On last night’s episode of RAW, Bobby Lashley won a three-way match for the Intercontinental Championship. Competing with Seth Rollins, and now former champion, Dean Ambrose. Lashley was on the receiving end of both men’s attention for a large portion of the match. However, coming from behind, Bobby hit Dean with the spear to win the match and his first title belt since his return.
SHANE STRICKLAND CONTRACT NEWS
Officially a free agent again
— Shane Swerve Strickland (@swerveconfident) January 15, 2019
Former Evolve, MLW, and CZW Heavyweight Champion, Shane Strickland has announced that he is once again a free agent. Tweeting simply earlier today “Officially a free agent again”, with the current state of the pro wrestling landscape he isn’t expected to remain such for long. Last August Dave Meltzer reported that WWE was interested in the independent star, but it is unknown if they have made an offer at this point.
UNEXPECTED RUMBLE RETURNS
Who doesn’t love a good rumble return? Who could forget RVD at the 09′ rumble, or Edge in 2010? Well, it looks like 2019 will have its fair share of returns too. Speaking on his ‘Dinner With The King’ podcast, Jerry Lawler was speaking about his new contract, he stated that it was a two-year deal and that he’d received a raise. The possibility of him moving to AEW, where many expect his longtime broadcast partner Jim Ross to go when his WWE contract expires in March, was discussed, with the king shooting down the idea.
“I love the WWE… they’ve stood by my side through a lot of stuff, that’s not to say if I was released… I’ve got to make a living somehow. But no, I’m going to stick with them and re-sign.”
The King then went on to reveal that he’ll be on commentary for the men’s Rumble match.
“I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway. The Royal Rumble’s coming up. They just sent me a text message… I’m going to be calling the men’s Royal Rumble match.”
Jerry went on to expand on the possible people who might be accompanying him that evening, revealing a possible controversial return:
“This is what it sounds like it’s going to be, Me, Michael Cole and JBL.”
JBL retired from the SmackDown Live announcers’ desk in September 2017 to focus on humanitarian work. He does occasionally return to commentary, notably, recently at the 4th of December’s Tribute to the Troops event.
When asked what was happening to Renee Young, the King responded that she would be calling the women’s match.