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WWE CONFIRM GOLDBERG APPEARANCE ON SMACKDOWN
Coming out of Super ShowDown, WWE has confirmed that the new WWE Universal Champion Goldberg will be in Boston for Friday Night SmackDown.
In the preview for tonight on WWE.com, it says;
Goldberg is headed to Friday Night SmackDown, and he’s bringing the Universal Title with him.
The WWE Hall of Famer sent shockwaves through the sports entertainment world when he defeated ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt at WWE Super ShowDown. Instead of who’s next, the WWE Universe will be wondering what’s next for Goldberg as he heads into his second reign as Universal Champion.
Will ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt reemerge to confront the first man to stop his twisted rampage? Or will Goldberg target a new member of Team Blue?
Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to catch the new Universal Champion’s next move.
Goldberg became a two-time Universal Champion after defeated ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt at last nights Super Showdown in Saudi Arabia.
John Cena will also be appearing in his home state.
WWE ADDRESS CORONAVIRUS ISSUE
The Tampa Bay Times ran an article today, addressing the growing concerns pertaining to the Coronavirus and WrestleMania 36, taking place in five weeks in Tampa.
At the current time, the WWE stance is that the show will go on. Stephanie McMahon addressed the issue, saying;
“The health and safety of not only our fan base, but also our superstars, really does come first. We don’t want to put anyone in a bad situation ever, regardless of the circumstance. Those are not risks worth taking.”
WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John Saboor also spoke on the situation, saying;
“Given the number of live events that (WWE) does, it’s constantly monitoring global events. There are active and ongoing discussions at play internally, like there are in any sector of American business, and certainly families as a whole. So I think those will continue.”
NJPW, DDT Pro and STARDOM have all cancelled upcoming shows and some will also be holding events in empty arenas due to the Coronavirus, which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
BELLA TWINS TO RELEASE BOOK
Nikki & Brie Bella are set to release a new memoir titled “Incomparable”. It will be out on May 5th, published by Gallery Books.
They spoke to PEOPLE magazine about the book, with Brie saying;
”We decided to be survivors and the heroes of our own stories.”
Nikki Bella added:
“We wanted to show girls and women everywhere that they can do anything.”
Here is what the publisher has to say about the book:
A raw, honest, and revealing co-memoir by Brie and Nikki Bella: twin sisters, WWE Hall of Fame inductees, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and stars of the hit E! shows Total Bellas and Total Divas.
As twins, the Bellas have always competed. Legend has it that Nikki drop-kicked Brie in the womb so that she could make her grand entrance first. But the rest of the world often treated them as identical and even interchangeable, so they decided to do something about it.
In WWE, the Bellas accomplished so much together: bringing in young girls and women while building the Bella Army, helping the transition of female performers from Divas to Superstars, starring in Total Divas and Total Bellas, and founding companies like Birdiebee, Nicole + Brizee Beauty, and Bonita Bonita Wine.
Though their early journey began with loss, abuse, and plenty of rough times, these challenges “shined the diamond.” They resolved to be survivors and the heroes of their own stories, and to take control and responsibility for their lives. Eventually, they would come to show girls everywhere that they can do anything.
The Bellas may be identical twins—but as individuals, they have proven themselves Incomparable.
Nikki and Brie are the latest inductees to the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame.
NOTES FROM AEW C2E2 PANEL
Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Excalibur took part in a panel at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2020 this afternoon ahead of AEW Revolution. Here are some of the key takeaways from the panel:
- Matt says TNT and Cody wanted time name the weekly show AEW Revolution. They claim Tony Khan had always envisioned the show being called Dynamite so they saw through his vision. He said that they did tests and Dynamite resonated better too.
- AEW Videogame is happening and will have the engine the fans have been wanting so it will take time and Kenny will make the announcement when it’s time.
- AEW will run 3 shows in the UK this year and one in Canada (Most likely a PPV).
- Revolution will have an interactive set.
- Old school match will be announced tomorrow at Revolution that will ‘likely make some people mad’.
ROH ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO ROH PURE TITLE TOURNAMENT
Ring Of Honor have announced a pair of new additions for the returning Pure Title tournament.
Former ROH and IWGP Tag Team Champion Rocky Romero has been added to the 16-man field for the Pure Title tournament, joining Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley and Doug Williams.
In addition, former PROGRESS World Champion Mark Haskins will also be a part of this upcoming event.
ROH ADD FORMER WWE SUPERSTAR TO WOMENS TITLE TOURNAMENT
ROH have also announced that former WWE and Impact talent Katarina AKA Katie Lea Burchill will be a part of the upcoming Women of Honor Tournament.
Nicole Savoy will also be joining Katarina, Angelina Love, Sumie Sakai and Kellyanne as a part of the field.
The Pure Title tournament begins at ROH Pure Excellence Friday, April 10th in Columbus, Ohio
The Women of Honor title tournament starts at ROH Quest For Gold on April 24th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PROGRESS ANNOUNCE FINAL MATCH FOR CHAPTER 104
The final match for PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 104 has been announced, with Ilja Dragunov taking on Eddie Kingston.
This match stems from a post-match attack from Kingston on Ilja at Chapter 103, following his match with Malik. Kingston vows to beat him and all the other ‘actors’ in PROGRESS, then coming for Ilja’s ‘little boyfriend’, refererring to PROGRESS Champion Cara Noir.
PROGRESS Chapter 104: Jeff Goldblum’s Fly Machine takes place on March 29th at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.