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Wrestling News Update – January 7th, 2019

Matt Booker gives you all the big stories you need to know from big departures in New Japan to big changes for Impact Wrestling in today’s Wrestling News Update.

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OMEGA LEAVES NJPW

It was reported on Tokyo-sports.co.jp today that Kenny Omega is set to leave New Japan Pro Wrestling. Kenny has been with the Japanese promotion since 2010 and has held the Heavyweight, Intercontinental, Junior Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships during his tenure. Speaking to Tokyo-Sports, Kenny said:

“Reflecting back on it, the #njwk13 match was a bout to decide the protagonist of New Japan… I take full responsibility for the loss’, ‘There is no real place for me to fit, so it’s best for me not to be in (NJPW). I can’t be there working under Tanahashi. I don’t think he’s surpassed me, don’t think he’s better. If we can, I want to face him again. But I need time away, and not just from New Japan.”

Of course, speculation is rife as to where Kenny will end up, while it is understood that WWE has made Omega an offer, it has also been rumored that AEW are happy to match the Stamford based outfit, at least for a few individuals.

 

KUSHIDA LEAVES NJPW

Kushida has announced that he is to leave NJPW. In an emotional press conference, the 8-year veteran of NJPW said that if there was anything left for him to accomplish in the company, he wouldn’t be leaving. When he was asked questions by a friend and current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi, he found it hard to fight back the tears, commenting:

“I do not know why these tears keep coming out, but because I made this decision by myself, I do not regret it at all. I do not know why I’m crying because I’m happy with this decision, but I think that I am crying now because it was fun and the best time of my life.”

It has been widely reported that Kushida is, more than likely, on his way to WWE, he has commented recently about wanting to see the whole wrestling world. As always only time will tell.

 

IBUSHI TAKING TIME OFF

Kota Ibushi will be taking some time off to recover from, among other things, the concussion he received during Wrestle Kingdom 13. The concussion was very much real, but the stretcher was already waiting, and the blow which caused the concussion wasn’t the elbow smash to the back of the head. Dave Meltzer reports that the concussion was the result of a stray kick in the corner, and the match was always going to end with Ibushi on the stretcher. Dave does go on to speculate that this might be a way to write Kota off, allowing him to switch over to AEW.

 

MORE NAMES FOR THE RUMBLE

WWE has announced more names to the men’s Royal Rumble match. Dean Ambrose, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Lashley will all find themselves entering the match before R-Truth on January 27th.

The current list of competitors for the men’s match:

  • Dean Ambrose
  • Seth Rollins
  • Samoa Joe
  • Finn Bálor
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Big E
  • Xavier Woods
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Bobby Lashley
  • R-Truth

 

NEW X-DIVISON CHAMPION

During Sunday’s Homecoming pay per view, IMPACT Wrestling crowned a new X-Division Champion. In a match that pitted Ethan Page, Jake Crist, Rich Swann and Trey Miguel against each other, Swann eventually came away with the belt. Rich becomes the 88th winner of the championship, with the notable names, AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, and Syxx-Pac already a part of the belts history.

 

IMPACT ON TWITCH

IMPACT Wrestling has announced that their weekly show, IMPACT! will be live streamed each week on Twitch. The stream will go out with the Pursuit channel program at 10:00 pm. ET.

IMPACT INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH AEW

Last night saw Impact put on newest PPV, ‘Homecoming’. Before the event could start, President, Ed Nordholm held a Q&A session at the VIP event. Ed was asked about the possibility of working with AEW, he responded:

“Everything is possible,” Nordholm responded. “I think we’d be in the forefront of encouraging collaborations among the bigger and the smaller wrestling promotions. As an organization, we’re sure that we would all be stronger if we were collaborating, rather than fighting each other. … It’s a world in which we would welcome an opportunity to work with Ring of Honor. It’s a world in which we would welcome an opportunity working with New Japan. It’s a world in which we welcome working with AEW, if they actually get up and running. We have interest in them, I don’t think we have any bias against any of that happening.”

MORE NJPW INS AND OUTS

It was announced today that Rocky Romero will be staying put in NJPW. Tweeting earlier today that he had signed a new multi-year deal with the company he first trained with.

Also, in other news coming out of New Japan, Takashi Iizuka, member of Suzuki-gun will be retiring. Takashi debuted for NJPW in November of 1986.

 

 

JUICE RE-SIGNS

Current IWGP United States Champion, Juice Robinson has renewed his contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Dave Meltzer reports that Robinson has signed a three-year deal. Robinson has worked all over the world and there were rumors that he might have been heading back to WWE. Dave addressed these on the Wrestling Observer Radio show, saying that WWE was interested, but it never materialized into an offer.

 

WWE NAME NEW SENIOR VP

WWE Superstars Released

WWE has named Sarah Cummins as their new Senior Vice President, Consumer Products. The issued press release said the following about the new appointment:

“WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Sarah Cummins as Senior Vice President, Consumer Products. Cummins will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of WWE’s global consumer products business, including licensing, e-commerce, venue sales, home entertainment and publishing. She will report directly to WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Brian Flinn.

Cummins brings more than 25 years of marketing, licensing, media and business development experience to WWE. Prior to joining WWE, Cummins was Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at New York Road Runners, Inc., where she led the organization’s sponsorship, media distribution and licensing efforts. She also spent more than 15 years at the United States Tennis Association (USTA), most recently as Managing Director, where she oversaw retail development and operations for the US Open Tennis Championships.

RISE TAPING ADDED TO ROW SHOW

RISE has announced the next round of tapings for their Ascent series. Teaming up with Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling, the all-female promotion will be filming on the 19th of January. Matches include the Phoenix of RISE Championship match between current champion, Mercedes Martinez and Kylie Rae and a Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championship match between Paradise Lost with Rosemary and The Killer Death Machines.

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