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Wrestling News Update – March 11th, 2019

From Brie Bella to Harlem Heat, Matt Booker runs through the days biggest stories in the Wrestling News Update.

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BRIE BELLA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT ON TOTAL BELLAS

Brie Bella seemingly announced her retirement from in-ring competition in the newest episode of Total Bella’s. The episode was decision packed, but the one regarding her future in wrestling is by far the most important. Brie started with the WWE in 2007 when she and sister Nikki debuted for Florida Championship Wrestling. She made her move to the main roster in August of 2008, performing on SmackDown, where she quickly moved into a programme with Victoria and Natalya.

On Total Bella’s, Brie said the following:

“I love WWE, but the one thing I learned is that I can’t do everything, I just can’t. I know deep down inside that I’m making the right decision, that the boots have to be hung, that I need to go back to Phoenix and just really put more concentration on the things that are in my future instead of what was in my past.”

The news seemed to hit Nikki pretty hard, with it looking like the first time she’d heard anything of the sort. During a confessional Nikki said:

“Talk about dropping two huge bombs,” she told the confessional camera. “I guess retirement I always thought would be something that Brie and I would talk about together. I just did not expect this big change after such an incredible comeback.”

Brei went on to explain that she and Daniel would be moving back to Phoneix and would be trying for a second child.

HARLEM HEAT ANNOUNCED FOR THE HALL OF FAME

WWE has announced that Harlem Heat would be added to the Hall of Fame class of 2019. On the WWE website, the company had the following to say of the tag team:

Booker T & Stevie Ray were one of the most dominant tag teams of the 1990s, steamrolling over the competition in WCW to become tag team champions on 10 occasions. Now, the brothers will be immortalized in sports-entertainment history.

The real-life brothers started teaming together shortly before they were picked up by the Global Wrestling Federation in 1992. In August of 1993, they debuted for WCW and were named Harlem Heat for the first time. Together they won the WCW tag titles 10 times and were named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Tag Team of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. As single stars, Booker T claimed the WCW World Television Championship 6 times and Stevie Ray once.

On February 21st, 2015, the pair teamed for the last time (as of the time of writing), at Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling promotion, losing to The New Heavenly Bodies.

THREE NEW RECRUITS TO THE PERFORMANCE CENTRE

WWE announced three new additions to their Performance Centre roster today. Veteran wrestler Robert Strauss, prolific independent wrestling manager Stokely Hathaway and second-generation star Cal Bloom all arrived in Orlando today to join recent signings such as Trevor Lee, Jonah Rock and ACH.

NEW JAPAN CUP DAY FOUR RESULTS

  • Taiji Ishimori, Bad Luck Fale, Hikuleo, and Chase Owens def. Juice Robinson, Yoshi-Hashi, Michael Elgin, and Yuya Uemura
  • Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Bushi, and Shingo Takagi def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, and Ren Narita
  • Kota Ibushi and Tomoaki def. Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku
  • Will Ospreay and Tomohiro Ishii def. Lance Archer and Taichi
  • Mikey Nicholls, Toa Henare, and Ryusuke Taguchi def. Shota Umino, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Kazuchika Okada

New Japan Cup Results

  • Toru Yano def. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Colt Cabana def. Togi Makabe
  • Minoru Suzuki def. Satoshi Kojima
  • Sanada def. Hirooki Goto

HORRIFIC RUSEV DAY STAT REVEALED

Andrew Feldman revealed a terrible statistic regarding everyone’s favorite Bulgarian Brute today. Resev competed last night on the Fastlane kickoff show, teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura in a losing effort against the New Day. Feldman claims that with Rusev’s loss last night, he is now trying the Great Khali for longest pay per view losing streak at 17 matches. In fact, you have to go back to December 2016 for his last PPV win (it came vs Big Cass).

TOMASSO CIAMPA INJURY UPDATE

Tomasso Ciampa had surprise surgery on his neck late last week. The star had only found out days before the surgery was needed. Ciampa had an anterior cervical fusion and is expected back in 4 to 6 months. After the WWE confirmed that the surgery had been completed successfully, Ciampa followed up in his own unique style during Fastlane last night.

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