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Jake Atlas Makes NXT Debut | Wrestling News Update, February 1st 2020

With news on an NXT debut, an NJPW resigning and an EVOLVE departure; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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THE DIRT SHEET RETURNING TO SMACKDOWN

It has been announced that The Dirt Sheet will return on next week’s SmackDown.

The Dirt Sheet is a talk show, hosted by The Miz and John Morrison. The show got started as a web series on WWE.com, before being reformatted for the re-booted ECW between 2008 and 2009.

From the WWE website:

The Miz & John Morrison earned the right to face The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WWE Super ShowDown last week on SmackDown… and now it’s time to spill the dirt.

Yes, Miz & Morrison’s iconic (and infamous) show “The Dirt Sheet” will return this Friday night on SmackDown. What will the reunited team have in store for the WWE Universe with the SmackDown Tag Team Titles now in their sights?

Find out when “The Dirt Sheet” returns this Friday night!

MATCH ANNOUNCED FOR NXT TAKEOVER

WWE has just announced a match for the upcoming NXT TakeOver: Portland. Tegan Nox will face Dakota Kai in a continuation of the conflict, started last November.

At NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Dakota Kai turned on Tegan Nox and all of team Riply, blind siding Tegan Nox and leaving her in a broken heap before leaving.

The pair also faced off on the last episode of NXT, with Nox walking away with the victory, after making interesting use of her knee brace, smashing her in the face with it.

ONEY LORCAN RETURNS TO 205 LIVE

After it became public knowledge that Lorcan had request a release from the company in October 2019, Oney was removed from WWE programming, seemingly indefinately.

While he has already made his return to NXT UK, competing there last episode, and last round or tapings, this has been the only action he has seen until now.

On this week’s episode of 205 Live, Oney made his return. Oney ran in to save his former tag partner, Danny Butch, from a 2 on 1 beat down at the hands of The Brain Kendrick and Ariya Daivari.

Lorcan announced on December 6th 2019 that he had once again signed a new multi year deal with WWE.

CHASE OWENS RE-SIGNS WITH NJPW

Chase Owens has announced that he has once again signed with NJPW.

Chase has worked for the company since 2014. While last year he only signed on for a one year deal, it appears that this isn’t the case this year. Chase tweeted that he has a multi year deal, starting today, the 1st of February.

JAKE ATLAS MAKES HIS WWE DEBUT

After being announced as part of the WWE in mid January, Jake Atlas made his WWE debut last night at an NXT House event.

Jake appeared at the January 31st NXT Live event in Citrus Springs, Florida. He faced Ridge Holland in a losing effort. When Altas was first recruited WWE had the following to say about the star:

Kenny Marquez, a.k.a. independent wrestling standout Jake Atlas, brings his unique experience in gymnastics and cheerleading to the WWE PC. The 25-year-old California native broke out in promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and appeared on an episode of “Undercover Boss,” featuring Stephanie McMahon, where Marquez explained to WWE’s Chief Brand Officer that his dream is to become the first openly gay WWE Champion.

ROH SET TO BRING BACK PURE CHAPIONSHIP TITLE

ROH has announced a tournament to decide the next holder of the resurected ROH Pure Championship.

The title was originally created in 2004, and first held by AJ Styles. Other champions include Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal, before Brian Danielson unified it with the ROH World Championship when he defeated Nigel McGuinness.

The tourrnament is set to be held over two days, with the first to be held in Columbus Ohio, and the second in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

See below for excerpts from ROH press release:

Ring of Honor is bringing back the Pure Championship!

A tournament to crown the first Pure Champion in nearly 14 years begins with first-round matches at Pure Excellence in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, April 10 and Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 11.

The Pure Title was created in 2004. In matches contested under Pure rules, closed-fist punches were illegal, and each competitor was allowed three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match; after that, pinfalls and submission holds on or under the ropes would be legal.

AJ Styles defeated CM Punk in a tournament final to become the first Pure Champion. The title subsequently was held by stars such as Samoa Joe, Jay Lethal and Nigel McGuinness. In August 2006, then-ROH World Champion Bryan Danielson defeated McGuinness to unify the titles.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Will Ospreay created a buzz Twitter recently when he expressed his love for the ROH Pure Championship and said it “would be cool if they brought it back with updated rules.”

The official ROH Twitter account replied by asking, “Should we bring it back?” and the response from fans was a resounding yes.

BRODY KING RE-SIGNS WITH ROH

ROH has announced that Brody King will be extending his stay with the company, signing a new contract with the company.

King orginally debuted for ROH in the winter of 2018, partnering with Marty Scurll and PCO to form Villian Enterprises. He has held the ROH tag titles with PCO and the ROH Six Man Tag titles with PCO and Marty Scurll.

ANTHONY HENRY LEAVES EVOLVE

Henry took to periscope earlier to announce that he his working relationship with Evolve has finished.

In the video he explained that although he’d love to work for WWE, at his age (36), he couldn’t afford to wait for a slot to open up. The video didn’t come across as a moan, or as if he has any probelms with the company, just that the situation didn’t work out. See below for a transcript of the video, C/O Fightful:

I will no longer, as of now, be wrestling for EVOLVE. I will just say that, we came to an impasse during some negotiations and it’s just not going to work out. For me, for them, for either of us. I’m sure a lot of people probably heard that I recently did the WWE tryout. I will just say that, we both wanted to re-sign me to a two-year deal. Obviously, with the connection to WWE and NXT, the opportunity was there for that. However, I’m 36-years-old, there’s pretty much already a waiting list to get on the NXT roster. I don’t have two years in me. I don’t have that time to spend. I don’t have it anymore. I’ve got to get moving.

Henry has already started promoting bouts with other promotions, getting booked for WrestleCon too.

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