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CHRIS JERICHO PUBLICLY ASKS FOR AEW NJPW ARRANGEMENT
AEW’s World Champion, Chris Jericho, has asked for there to be a working relationship between AEW and NJPW in a press conference.
Jericho fought and defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi during yesterday’s second day of Wrestle Kingdom 14. Before the match Tanahashi has spoken about ‘opening the forbidden door’ in reference to the two companies doing business together. Currently there is no relationship, though chatter about the possiblity of it happening has been increasing recently. Jericho has said before the match that if he lost he’d be willing to give Tanahashi a shot at the AEW World Championship. During the broadcast, both commentary team metioned AEW and Jericho’s title, a belt Chris wore to the ring.
Following the match, Jericho went one step further in the post-fight press conference. Jericho asked for the bad blood between both companies to end. Jericho noted that his winning meant Hiroshi wouldn’t be coming to AEW for another match, but said he’d be more than happy to face him again down the line.
“Put aside all the hurt feelings, put aside all the egos, put aside all of the issues and politics and concentrate on great wrestling matches and big business. I haven’t been doing this at the highest of levels for 29 years as what some people say as the greatest of all time because I’m a stupid businessman. I can see the amount of money that we can make together with AEW and New Japan, both here in Japan and in the United States and Canada and England and Australia and all around the world. So even though I beat Tanahashi tonight, I would be more than willing to wrestle him again any time and I would be more than willing to give him an AEW title shot, and Okada and Naito and Suzuki and Ibushi and Ospreay.”
WILL OSPREAY CONFIRMS INJURY
As reported yesterday, Will Ospreay has seemingly confirmed the injury believed to be to his ankle/foot. Ospreay posted a picture on himself layed up in bed, his ankle resting on a cool/heat pad, with the caption “Sad Pig.”. It’s being reported that Will attained the injury during a Sasuke Special during his match with Hiromu Takahashi.
Although Ospreay competed at today’s New Year’s Dash, but only for a short mat sequence during a tag match. The extent of the injury, and how much, if any time off is required is unknown at present.
SHANE TAYLOR TO DISCUSS FUTURE AT CENTER STAGE
I will be taking U.S independent bookings starting today! Also taking more international bookings as well.
My goals this year bring #ShaneTaylorPromotions to
Japan, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Mexico & U.K
Booking email [email protected]
Where to first? ???
— The Baddest of All-Time (@shane216taylor) January 3, 2020
Shane Taylor will be discussing his furture with ROH on Saturday night at Center Stage.
Last September it was public knowledge that Taylor had negotiated a buyout of his contract with the company. This has recently been stoked by tweets from Taylor, advertising himself for independent bookings as well, all build speculation regarding his furture.
With Shane losing the ROH World Television title in mid December to Dragon Lee. While many stars have recently signed full time deals with ROH, it isn’t looking like he has much longer left in an ROH ring.
ROH FREE SHOW IN FEBRUARY
ROH has come up with something special to thank our fans for nearly two decades of unwavering support.
Feb. 9 in Baltimore ROH presents Free Enterprise, a live event featuring the best pro wrestlers on the planet that is FREE to attend!
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 6, 2020
ROH has advertised a free show to air on February 9.
The company has advertised that to give back to the fans, they will be airing a free show mid February. The name of the show will be ‘Free Enterprise’. So far three matches have been announced for the event, and Session Moth Martina’s debut is also booked for the event.
The three booked matches are Slex vs. Flip Gordon, The Briscoes taking on Bandido and Flamita, and Jeff Cobb & Dan Maff challenging Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham for the ROH Tag Team Titles.
In a press release from ROH:
Baltimore, MD – Ring of Honor has the most loyal and passionate fans in professional wrestling – and has come up with something special to thank everyone for nearly two decades of unwavering support.
On Sunday, Feb. 9th at Baltimore’s UMBC Event Center, Ring of Honor Wrestling presents Free Enterprise, a live event featuring the best professional wrestlers on the planet that is absolutely FREE to attend.
Free Enterprise is an extension of the ongoing #ROHCares initiative in which ROH gives back to the community. This program has seen top stars regularly visit children’s hospitals and has provided veterans with free tickets to live events through a partnership with Vet Tix. Now ROH is giving all professional wrestling fans the ultimate opportunity to feel the ROH Experience in its hometown of Baltimore, MD, absolutely FREE.
Big matches have already been signed for this major event featuring the debut of top Australian star Slex versus Flip Gordon and The Briscoes versus Bandido and Flamita. Also, the dominant team of Dan Maff and Jeff Cobb will get their chance at ROH gold as they compete for the ROH World Tag Team Championship against champions Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham. Other stars signed to compete are ROH World Champion PCO, ROH World TV Champion Dragon Lee, “El Toro Blanco” RUSH, “The Villain” Marty Scurll, and the Women of Honor debut of Session Moth Martina! More great matches and the main event will be announced very soon!
Want more? ROH continues to give back to its subscribers with a special FREE Meet and Greet session for HonorClub members. Don’t miss the opportunity to see and interact with your favorite wrestlers and check out ROHHonorClub.com to sign up so you can take part of the FREE Meet and Greet.
Free Enterprise will have a special 3 p.m. ET bell time. Tickets will be made available first for HonorClub members at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and for the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 17. All tickets are for reserved seating and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience!
Stay tuned to ROHWrestling.com for more information and match details coming soon!
WRESTLE FACTORY AND CHIKARA PART WAYS WITH RORY GULAK AFTER ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT
— The Wrestle Factory (@WrestleFactory_) January 6, 2020
Wrestle Factory and CHIKARA have both released identcal statements saying they have cut ties with Rory Gulak over allegations of misconduct.
Rory had been working as a trainer at Wrestle Factory, and had been working regualry with CHIKARA sonce 2017. The statements read as follows:
Last week, both CHIKARA, Inc. and The Wrestle Factory, LLC severed ties with Rory Gulak
We take allegations of misconduct very seriously.
In accordance with this, we cooperate completely and transparently with all law enforcement agencies. Our priority is and always will be the safety of our fans, cast and crew.
ICW has no also moved to remove Gulak from their February 1st card, tweeting the removal without giving reason.
ICW has taken the decision to remove Rory Gulak from Gonzo Wrestling on Saturday, 1 February.
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) January 6, 2020
Rory Gulak is the younger borhter of WWE superstar Drew. At present the exact nature of the allegation hasn’t been made public.
PROGRESS ANNOUNCES 6 MAN TAG FOR CHAPTER 101
#Chapter101: The ongoing issues between #DoNotResuscitate and #DestinationEverywhere escalate on 19th January in a SIX MAN TAG! @SpikeTrivet1 @TheBillEaver @DannyDugganPro vs @TheOJMO @OisinDelaneyPW @CharlieCarterPW.
?https://t.co/yWYE6xKgAD or @dicefm app #ThisIsPROGRESS pic.twitter.com/YTY7LCoPMv
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) January 6, 2020
With the 19th of January looming, Progress Wrestling have added another huge match to their Chapter 101 card. The six man tag match will feature Spike Trivet, Bill Eaver, and Danny Duggan taking on The O.J.M.O, Oisin Delaney, and Charlie Carter, as the tensions between DNR and Destination Everywhere continue to build.
PROGRESS ANNOUNCE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH FOR CHAPTER 102
#Chapter102: The #AntiFunPolice are on a hot streak; when we hit up @TramshedCF on 2nd Feb they'll go two on two for the tag team titles vs champions @Jordan_Devlin1 and @ScottyDavisSSM!
?https://t.co/ck7YkQG96X or on the @dicefm app #ThisIsPROGRESS #BangTidy #Cardiff pic.twitter.com/kXdTlCColI
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) January 6, 2020
Looking ahead, Progress Wrestling booked a huge title match for their upcoming Chapter 102 event. Taking place at the Tramshed in Cardiff on the 2nd of February, tag champions Jordan Devlin and Scotty Davis look to defent their titles against the Anti Fun Police.