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Wrestling News Update – March 7th, 2019

From Jushin Thunder Liger to Jim Ross, Matt Booker rounds up the days stories in the Wrestling News Update.

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TICKET DETAILS FOR ROYAL QUEST ANNOUNCED

NJPW has announced details regarding tickets for their upcoming UK show, Royal Quest. Posting on their website today, the Japanese promotion has revealed that tickets will be going on sale on the 14th of March, with a pre-sale starting on the 12th of March. The ticket will become available from 12 noon GMT.

Everyone who signed up to the mailing list can expect an e-mail on Monday with a code to access the pre-sale.

Ticket for the event range from $157 to $40 depending on the proximity to the ring and the general view you can expect.

The event is taking place at the Copper Box Arena in London on the 31st of August.

NJPW STAR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Jushin Thunder Liger announced his plans to retire earlier today at an NJPW press event. Jushin is 54 years old and said that he wants to wrestle all over the world before retiring. Click here to read our full article.

NEW NAME ADDED TO THE OVER BUDGET BATTLE ROYALE

On this weeks episode of Road to Double or Nothing, AEW announced that Ace Romero will be entering the Over Budget Battle Royale. Ace joins Sonny Kiss, Kip Sabian, and Brandon Cutler who have all also been announced for the match. Romero normally wrestles for MLW and was trained by Biff Busick. Ace made his debut in 2013 for IWE and claimed their Heavyweight Championship 2 years later. Romero is also a multiple time tag team champion with IWE when partnering with Roadblock.

JIM ROSS LEAVING WWE AT THE END OF MARCH

Speaking on his podcast, ‘The Jim Ross Report’, Jim confirmed what many had speculated since early 2019, he will be leaving the WWE on the 29th of March. On the podcast, Jim speaks of needing to keep busy and the fact he still believes that he can do play by play commentary.

“My WWE contract, after 26 years, will expire on Friday, March 29th. After talking a couple of weeks ago with Vince McMahon, we mutually agree that I need to move on. I still want to play the game, I still want to stay busy, I still think I can do play by play, even if others that surround Vince think I can’t, I don’t know. In any event, I will not be returning to WWE after the 29th of March. Leaving with great thoughts, very positive, I made a lot of Money, Vince was amazing to Jan and myself. He set us up for life financially, for which I can never repay him. But I’m 67, I still feel I can get the job done doing wrestling play by play. I want to explore that opportunity and that possibility, so I’ll be moving on in a positive way, nothing but good things to say about all those involved.”

Interestingly, Jim’s guest on the show was AEW’s Chief Brand Officer, Brandi Rhodes. Jim will be at Starcast II taking place May 23-26, the same weekend and local as Double or Nothing.

DICK BEYER PASSES AWAY

Dick ‘The Destroyer’ Beyer passed away yesterday surrounded by his children and his wife. The sad news was reported by Beyer’s son, he wrote:

“It is with a very heavy heart to let you know that Dad–aka The Destroyer–aka Dr. X, aka Dick Beyer, aka Coach–passed away shortly after Noon today. He was in bed at home and was surrounded by all of his children, and wife, as he slipped peacefully away.”

Beyer started his career in the 1950s and was one of the very first masked wrestlers. He started wrestling for the WWA, in 1962 he defeated Freddie Blassie to win the WWE championship, which he went on to hold for 10 months. In 1963 he worked with Shohei ‘Giant’ Baba, working three sold-out matches together. Later, Beyer moved to the AWA in 1966, capturing the Heavyweight Championship as well as the tag team titles. In 1973 he moved again, this time to Japan to compete for All Japan Pro Wrestling again holding several titles during his time with the company.

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