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Wrestling News Update – January 22nd, 2019

Matt Booker gives you all the big stories you need to know from arrivals and injuries in ROH to additions in 205 Live in today’s Wrestling News Update.

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MAYU IWATANI RETURNS TO ROH

ROH has announced on Twitter that former WWR Stardom World and Wonder Champion, Mayu Iwatani will be returning for ROH’s Bound by Honor event. On the Stardom website, Iwatani said that she would be missing the Skinkiba Competition on the 9th and 10th of February due to the ROH event. Mayu went on to as her fans to be patient. Mayu last competed for ROH during the Best in the World 2018 event.

AIDEN ENGLISH JOINING THE 205 LIVE COMMENTARY TEAM

The ‘Drama King’ Aiden English has joined the 205 Live Commentary team. Announcing the move on WWE.com, the company stated that English will be joining the commentary team through WrestleMania season. WWE has also stated that he will continue to compete on SmackDown. 205 Live GM, Drake Maverick has linked the move to the McMahon promised shake-up. Michael Cole also said that English has impressed at the Performance Center when trying his hand at announcing.

“Beginning tonight on WWE 205 Live, SmackDown Superstar Aiden English joins Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness as a guest commentator through WrestleMania season. English will still compete on SmackDown LIVE, but he’s seizing the opportunity to show off his abilities at the announce table.”

WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick explained his decision behind the addition of The Drama King.

“The McMahons have been shaking things up on Raw and SmackDown LIVE, so I’m going to follow suit,” Maverick said. “Aiden English is an active Superstar and is very opinionated, and I believe those opinions and perspective will add to the current commentary team, only adding to the entertainment value of The Most Exciting Hour of Television.”

Senior Director of On-Air Talent and Raw commentator Michael Cole also praised the move.

“We wanted to do something special for WrestleMania season, and Royal Rumble week kicks off the Road to WrestleMania,” said Cole. “We’ve been working with Aiden at the WWE Performance Center to see if he has the chops, and it turns out he’s pretty good.”

WHY THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

During last nights broadcast on RAW, some viewers suffered a temporary interruption of the broadcast. During the Sasha and Bayley vs. Ronda And Natalya match the picture cut out for a moment before returning. It now transpires that this was due to a wardrobe issue, Sasha’s bottom was momentarily exposed.

CENA NOT INJURED?

Dave Meltzer has claimed in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, that John Cena isn’t injured. WWE announced yesterday that Cena was injured and wouldn’t be attending the Royal Rumble on Sunday. John is due to start filming a new project this week and it is more than likely that the injury was just a way to write him off TV for a while. Meltzer has said that the WWE had planned to have Cena face Lars Sullivan at this year’s WrestleMania. Sullivan hasn’t made his main roster debut yet, reportedly suffering an anxiety attack several weeks back.

FLIP GORDON UPDATE

ROH has posted an update on the condition of Flip Gordon. Flip appeared to injure his knee during a match with Tracey Williams two weeks ago. ROH has confirmed that he suffered a full MCL tear in his right knee. ROH go on to say that if his recovery goes to plan, he should be back by April.

“An MRI exam revealed that Ring of Honor star Flip Gordon suffered a full MCL tear in his right knee during a match at Honor Reigns Supreme in Concord, N.C., on Jan. 13. The good news is that the timetable for Gordon’s recovery means he should be able to compete at Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s historic G1 Supercard show at sold-out Madison Square Garden on April 6. The injury occurred when Gordon hit a running dropkick in the corner on his opponent, Tracy Williams. Gordon tried to continue the match, but his knee gave out and the referee called for the bell.”

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