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John Cena Returning To SmackDown | Wrestling News Update, January 12th 2020

With news on John Cena and a big match made for tonight’s NXT, Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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JOHN CENA SET TO RETURN TO SMACKDOWN

Announced yesterday night on WWE Backstage, John Cena will be returning to SmackDown on the 28th of February.

John hasn’t been seen since preforming in a rap battle with the Usos in July 2019. He last competed in the ring over a year ago, in January 2019. John decided to take a step back from wrestling and focus on his acting in 2018.

There is no official word as to the reason for Cena’s return, but speculation is that he will be setting up a match for WrestleMania.

John posted jokingly about promoting a film, The Invisible Man. Although it is scheduled for release on the same day, and the Wiki lists John in the cast, IMDB doesn’t however.

Popular Twitter account, WrestleVotes has reported that John has been given free rein regarding a Mania’ match.

CRUISERWEIGHT NO1 CONTENDERS MATCH SET FOR TONIGHT’S NXT

Announced yesterday evening, Jordan Devlin’s first opponent will be decided on tonight’s episode of NXT.

Lio Rush and Angel Garza will fight for the right to face Devlin and call themselves the number 1 contender to the Cruiserweight title. Although tonight’s episode in the last before Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Portland, it isn’t thought that the title match will take place at the pay per view.

Both Garza and Rush have each held the titles once before,, they are the two previous champions. Rush won the belt on the 9th of October 2019, Graze took it from him on the 11th of December 2019, before it changed hands once again when Devlin won a fatal four-way and the belt on January 2020.

MENS ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH LEAKED

One of the main matches from the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay per view could well have been leaked yesterday afternoon.

The venue holding the event, Wells Fargo Center, has tweeted the participants to the men’s chamber match. While the event is happening at the beginning of March, very little of it has been promoted on WWE shows. It came as a surprise then when Wells Fargo tweeted that Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, King Corbin, and Robert Roode would be in the men’s chamber match.

WWE FILE FOR ATTITUDE ERA TRADEMARKS

WWE has filed for trademarks on both “Christian”, and “Texas Rattlesnake” according to WrestlingInc.

The filing for Christian was for merchandise only. The official description in the submission reads:

Clothing, namely, tops, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies; outerwear, namely, coats; bottoms, pants, shorts, underwear, dresses, pyjamas, lingerie, clothing ties, scarves, gloves, swimwear; Halloween and masquerade costumes; footwear, namely, shoes, sneakers, slippers, flip flops, boots; headwear, namely, hats, caps; wrist bands; bandanas”

WWE filed two submissions for Stone Cold’s “Texas Rattlesnake” name. The first was the same as above for Christian, namely merchandise, the second though, was for talent who appear on WWE programming, reading:

Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and through broadcast media including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; providing information in the fields of sports and entertainment via an online community portal; providing a website in the field of sports entertainment information; fan club services, namely, organizing sporting events in the field of wrestling for wrestling fan club members; organizing social entertainment events for entertainment purposes for wrestling fan club members; providing online newsletters in the fields of sports entertainment; online journals, namely, blogs, in the field of sports entertainment

CHARLY CARUSO/ARNOLT JOINS XFL

WWE’s Charly Caruso has joined the XFL’s broadcast team. Charly herself broke the news on her Instagram account.

Charly will be joining to host The XFL Showcase. When on XFL duty Charly will be using her real name, Charly Arnolt. Charly has done a lot of work with ESPN, reporting on the NFL mainly, but also promoting other sports.

PWG ANNOUNCES CARD FOR ‘KOBE’ SHOW

PWG has revealed the full card for their upcoming Kobe event. Billed to take place on the 29th of March, the show will be hosted at Globe Theatre in Los Angeles.

  • PWG Championship match Bandido (c) vs. Jonathan Gresham
  • Blake Christian, Tony Deppen, and Alex Zayne vs. The Rascalz: Trey Miguel, Zachary Wentz, and Dezmond Xavier
  • Dragon Lee vs. Flamita
  • JD Drake vs. Brody King vs. Black Taurus vs. Caveman Ugg
  • Orange Cassidy vs. Mick Moretti
  • Jeff Cobb vs. David Starr
  • The VeloCities: Jude London and Paris De Silva vs. Aramis and Rey Horus

NXT STARS ANNOUNCED FOR EVOLVE SHOWS

Announced earlier, Evolve Wrestling has revealed several matches for their 145 and 146 shows. Evolve 145 takes place on the 29th of February and will be held at La Boom, Queens. Evolve 146 will take place at the Melrose Memorial Hall, Melrose, MA on March 1st.

Evolve 145:

  • AR Fox and Leon Ruff vs. Adrian Alanis and Liam Gray
  • Joe Gacy vs. Colby Corino (Grudge Match)
  • Mansoor will also be in action

Evolve 146:

  • JD Drake vs. Curt Stallion
  • Joe Gacy vs. Anthony Gutierrez

DATE FOR NWA’S SQUARED CIRCLE REVEALED

The NWA has released the date their highly anticipated second show, The Squared Circle, will debut.

The new show is set to introduce new stars to the NWA audience. With contracts available to be earned, it is still unclear what the exact structure of the show will be. Sean Mooney will be hosting the new show, and it was he who broke the news on the latest episode of Powerrr. The show will debut on February 18 at 6:05 p.m., with Powerrr taking a break that week.

CHRIS DICKINSON TO MAKE MLW DEBUT

Chris Dickinson is set to make his MLW debut Saturday, April 18th at Intimidation Games.

Intimidation Games is set to be the next round of MLW tapings, taking place at Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois. The following is taken from the MLW website:

A powerhouse wrestler, Dickinson is a tank in the ring known for taking his opponent’s best yet continuing to march forward and unleash destruction.

Bullying adversaries by imposing his strength, Dickinson is a challenge to many for his ability to quickly transition from power moves to technical wrestling only to overwhelm an opponent with a blitz of brawling. A hybrid wrestler of sorts, Dickinson is the master of the Pazuzu Bomb – a spectacular version of the Awesome Bomb into the turnbuckles.

Promising a “one man chi-town rumble” on April 18, the punishing powerhouse Chris Dickinson now sets his sights on Major League Wrestling.

AEW WEEKLY RANKINGS ANNOUNCED

See below for AEW’s weekly rankings across the men’s, women’s, and tag divisions:

Men’s division:

Champion: Chris Jericho (0-0 singles record in 2020, 10-1-1 overall record)

  1. Jon Moxley (4-0 singles record in 2020, 9-1-1 overall record)
  2. Cody Rhodes (2-0 singles record in 2020, 9-3-1 overall record)
  3. PAC (1-1 singles record in 2020, 6-5-1 overall record)
  4. Kenny Omega (0-0 singles record in 2020, 13-6 overall record)
  5. Kip Sabian (3-1 singles record in 2020, 5-7 overall record)

Women’s division:

Champion: Riho (3-0 singles record in 2020, 11-2 overall record)

  1. Nyla Rose (2-1 singles record in 2020, 6-4 overall record)
  2. Hikaru Shida (2-1 singles record in 2020, 7-4 overall record)
  3. Kris Statlander (0-1 singles record in 2020, 4-3 overall record)
  4. Yuka Sakazaki (1-0 singles record in 2020, 1-2 overall record)
  5. Britt Baker (1-2 singles record in 2020, 8-6 overall record)

Tag team division:

Champions: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page (3-0 tag team record in 2020, 13-6 overall record for Omega, 9-8 overall record for Page)

  1. SCU (2-1 tag team record in 2020, 15-5 overall record for Scorpio Sky, 14-4 overall record for Frankie Kazarian
  2. The Young Bucks (1-1 tag team record in 2020, 11-8 overall record for Nick Jackson, 11-7 overall record for Matt Jackson)
  3. The Dark Order (2-0 tag team record in 2020, 6-2 overall record)
  4. Santana & Ortiz (0-1 tag team record in 2020, 7-4 overall record for Santana, 7-5 overall record for Ortiz)
  5. The Lucha Bros (0-1 tag team record in 2020, 8-8 overall record for Pentagon Jr., 9-8 overall record for Fenix)

PROGRESS WRESTLING ANNOUNCE TITLE MATCH FOR CHAPTER 103

Progress Wrestling has announced that Paul Robinson will once again defend his Proteus title.

At Chapter 103, Paul will face Kyle Fletcher in his 7th defence of the title he won back at Chapter 95 in September. Paul has faced all comers as champion, seeing off the likes of A-Kid, Timothy Thatcher, and Travis Banks. Fletcher, however, has beaten Robinson before, last time it was with partner Mark Davis, while Robinson teamed with Will Ospreay.

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