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WWE Restarting Tapings This Week | Wrestling News Update, April 7 2020

With news on WWE and Impact tapings alongside the signing of Anna Jay; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

 

WWE RESTARTING FILMING THIS WEEK

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE will restart filming RAW, NXT and SmackDown episodes this week.

Dave has reported that the company plans to shoot three episodes or RAW and three of SmackDown at the Performance Center. WWE plans to shoot NXT at Full Sail University.

There has been no word on how WWE plans to deal with Florida’s stay-in-place order. The state has closed all businesses which have been deemed non-essential, which Fill Sail Arena and the Performace Center fall into.

PWInsider has reported that WWE is considering returning to live events, with this Friday’s SmackDown possibly being the first non-taped show, although this hasn’t been taken seriously in the current climate.

Nothing has yet been announced, but WWE will be all too aware that time is ticking away; with the huge back catalogue of material, running repeats will be the company’s last resort.

KAYLA BRAXTON ANNOUNCES WWE SHOW

Kayla Braxton will be the face of a new WWE debuting today on Instagram.

The show will feature interviews with wrestlers, celebrities, and fans. WWE has named the show “The Braxton Beat”, it will air every Tuesday and Thursday. The first episode features an interview with one half of the new Women’s Tag Team Champions, Alexa Bliss.

PAIGE GIVES FINISHER TO NIA JAX ON HER RETURN

Nia Jax has been off WWE screens for almost a year after undergoing double knee surgery following her WrestleMania 35 match. Jax made her long awaited return to the ring last night, defeating Deonna Purrazzo on RAW.

The match ended with Nia hitting her Samoan Drop, before she finally downed Deonna for the three count with a DDT.

Following the bout, Paige took to Twitter, both to congratulate her friend, and to let everyone know that the finisher was given, not stolen.

RHEA RIPLEY VISA ISSUES KEEP HER FROM WWE TV

In an unfortunate move, PWInsider has reported that former NXT Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, will be off WWE screens for some time following visa issues.

Apparently, following WrestleMania Rhea’s working visa expired, forcing her to return to Australia. Regrettably, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countries to taken severe action to stop the spread of the disease. Rhea will have to enter into a two-week mandatory quarantine period. We would like to stress at this point that there have been no reports of Rhea displaying any symptoms or suffering any ill health what so ever. Rhea’s isolation will prevent a swift turn around and will mean Rhea misses the next round of NXT tapings.

ANNA JAY SIGNS WITH AEW

Announce earlier today, Anna Jay has signed with AEW, becoming their third signing in less than a month.

Anna has been working for Georgia Premier Wrestling recently but has already competed for AEW, losing out to Hikaru Shida on last week’s AEW Dynamite.

With AEW wrapping taping late last week, and now being set until mid-May, it is very likely that Jay will feature in some other women’s matches over the next few weeks.

STARDOM CANCELS MATCHES THROUGH TO MAY 6

Women only promotion Stardom announced today that they won’t be holding any live events until May 6 at the earliest.

IMPACT PRE TAPING SHOWS THIS WEEK

Impact Wrestling has announced that they’re joining WWE and AEW in shooting material in a closed arena.

Tommy Dreamer broke the news earlier today on Busted Open Radio he had to drive 700 miles to get to the location, which was later confirmed to be Nashville, Tennessee.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson has also reported that the company are keen to press ahead with their Rebellion pay per view, although it isn’t quite clear how they wish to do this currently.

Although not confirmed, apparently the company are going to try to shoot two months worth of material in three days this week.

Like WWE, it is unclear how they plan to get around the safer-at-home order which Tennessee is subject to.

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