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Matt Hardy Gone From WWE | Wrestling News Update, March 2, 2020

With news on Matt Hardy, Alex Shelley and Jun Akiyama heading to WWE, Matty Deller brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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MATT HARDY ANNOUNCES HIS FREE AGENT STATUS

In a video posted in the early hour of this morning, Matt Hardy confirmed that he was a free agent and had leftt the WWE.

It had long been rumoured that Matt’s contract was due to expire on March 1. Matt confirmed this in the video, stating that he had chosen to allow his contract with the company to expire. 

In the video Matt makes it clear that while he isn’t sure where he’ll end up, he wants one more run for the title. Matt could fit into almost any wrestling promotion in the world, but the prospect of him ending up in AEW, and using the broken character to lead The Dark Order is what many expect or wish to happen.

Brother Jeff still has to wait before gaining his release from WWE. Jeff has been out of action since tearing his rotator cuff mid-last yeat. At that point WWE paused his contract while recovered. With Jeff appearing on this week’s WWE Backstage, it’s hoped that he will announce his return, or at least , his return date during the show.

UPDATE: WWE has now confirmed his departure.

KAIRI SANE TO REPLACE ASUKA IN RAW MATCH

WWE has announced that instead of Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka taking place on the show, it will now be Baszler vs. Kairi Sane. WWE.com claimed that the change was made due to Asuka having a sprained wrist.

In a statement, they said;

“Due to a sprained wrist, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Asuka is not medically cleared to compete tonight on Monday Night Raw. Facing Shayna Baszler in The Empress of Tomorrow’s place will be her tag team partner, Kairi Sane.”

Tonight’s Raw is taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and is the go-home show for Elimination Chamber.

JUN AKIYAMA TO BE WWE PERFORMANCE CENTRE COACH

According to All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Twitter account, Jun Akiyama is heading to the WWE Performance Center in May to work as a guest coach.

The tweet also mentioned he would also be meeting with Triple H. Yahoo Sports in Japan had originally reported the story that Akiyama would be meeting with Triple H, reporting that the two met several times last summer during WWE’s Japanese tour.

Akiyama is the former president of All Japan Pro Wrestling, stepping down this past October. He is the current general manager of the promotion.

This development comes as rumours of an NXT Japan escalate.

CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED IN WRESTLEMANIA LOCATION

According to WTSP, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order over the weekend, directing the surgeon general of the state to declare a public health emergency after two people tested “presumptively positive” for Coronavirus.

Tampa Bay is the current home of this years WrestleMania.

The two people in Florida, one from Manatee County and one from Hillsborough County, are isolated and receiving medical attention. These first two cases in Florida come after other cases have been confirmed in Washington, New York, and other states.

There’s no word yet on how the executive order might impact WrestleMania 36 Week.

2020 MONEY IN THE BANK HEADING TO BALTIMORE

The Royal Farms Arena announced today that The 2020 WWE Money In the Bank pay-per-view has been confirmed for Baltimore, Maryland. This is the first WWE pay-per-view at the arena since Extreme Rules 2017.

Tickets for Money In the Bank 2020 will go on sale Friday, March 13th.

GREAT MUTA DOUBTFUL FOR JOEY JANELA’S SPRING BREAK

In a statement posted on Game Changer Wrestling’s Twitter account, The Great Muta is out of Joey Janela’s Spring Break IV due to a collapse in negotiations.

GCW wrote that they went through their normal intermediary and reached two seperate deals for Muta, one to wrestle at Spring Break and another for both the Spring Break event and also for Muta to appear at WrestleCon as a guest of GCW.

Negotiations fell apart when GCW told Onoo that they expected any vendor who was interested in bringing in Muta to share travel and lodging expenses. Onoo allegedly accused GCW of preventing Muta from getting work.

Onoo responded  by saying “No air reservation was ever booked or deposit was sent by this promotion.” GCW replied in a follow-up tweet saying that this was “a complete lie,” and that Onoo had never given any information for Muta.

Joey Janela’s Spring Break IV will take place on April 3rd at The Cuban Club in Ybor City, Florida.

ROH ANNOUNCE TWO MORE TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS

Two more wrestlers have been confirmed for Women of Honor Title and Pure Title Tournament respectively.

Tracy Williams was announced as a participant for the Pure Title tournament, joining Slex, Mark Haskins, Alex Shelley, Doug Williams, Jonathan Gresham, and Rocky Romero.

Also, Session Moth Martina will be joining already announced participants, Jenny Rose, Sumie Sakai, Kellyanne, Angelina Love, Nicole Savoy, and Katarina in the tournament to crown a new Women of Honor Title tournament.

The Pure Title tournament starts on April 10th at Pure Excellence in Columbus, Ohio. The WOH Title tournament takes place at Quest For Gold will take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

FLIP GORDON TO CHALLENGE FOR ROH TITLE AT SUPERCARD OF HONOR

Ring Of Honor announced today that Gordon will challenge for the ROH World title at Supercard of Honor XIV in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, April 4th.

Gordon got the title shot by winning a battle royal at ROH’s Free Enterprise show last month. He will face the winner of new ROH Champion Rush and Mark Haskins, who will face off on ROH’s 18th Anniversary pay-per-view in Las Vegas on Friday, March 13th

MLW ANNOUNCE CARD FOR AAA SUPERSHOW

Major League Wrestling have announced the full lineup of matches that will take place on March 13th on the AAA vs. MLW show in Tijuana.

The card will be headlined by multi-man tag team match between Los Parks and the team of Psycho Clown, Psicosis and Niño Hamburguesa.

Here is the full card:

  • Los Parks vs. Psycho Clown, Psicosis and Niño Hamburguesa
  • AAA Trios Tag Team Title Match: Hijo del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. and Octagon Jr. vs. Injustice
  • MLW National Openweight Title Match: Alex Hammerstone vs. Laredo Kid
  • Team Filthy (“Filthy” Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini) vs. Xtreme Tigre & Puma King
  • Tijuana Street Fight: Savio Vega & Mance Warner vs. Pagano & Mortiz
  • Hart Foundation vs. Texano Jr. & Rey Escorpión
  • Poder de Norte vs. Black Destiny, Fantastick and Rayo Star

DARK SIDE OF WRESTLING SEASON 2 REPORTEDLY RELEASING IN MARCH

Mike Johnson at PWInsider reports that the Viceland docuseries is being targeted to premiere on the network just before WrestleMania 36. There is no official release date announced yet.

Johnson has reported that the current plan is for season two to run for ten episodes with nine topics covered. One topic, likely the Chris Benoit tragedy according to Johnson, will be a two-part episode. Along with the Chris Benoit tragedy, the Brawl For All, Owen Hart, Herb Abrams, New Jack, and Dino Bravo are all scheduled to be topics for season two of the series.

Martha Hart will be a part of the Owen Hart episode.

ALEX SHELLEY OUT OF WXW 16 CARAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Alex Shelley announced he will not be appearing at wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament this weekend due to the coronavirus travel risk.

In a statement on his social media, he says;

“To anyone who cares: I will not be coming to wXw this weekend. I have my own ideas of what the Corona Virus is and why it exists (Transmitted by fish and bat? Xenosuperbug that just so happened to shut down a major economic force? Pangolins are my favorite animal. you bastards!) but two things that are very real would be the fact that it makes people sick and has caused immense risk within the travel industry. Logistically and biochemically. As many of you know, I work. I have a regular job. Like you. And many of my patients need me. Some of them are also very immunocompromised. Even if I don’t get sick, I could be a potential vector. As much as I want to finally wrestle in a legendary venue against someone awesome. I have to do what’s right by my ethical compass. I hope you understand. If your mother. brother, lover, any other sucker was being treated by a clinician, I believe we can agree we would want them to knowingly minimize their risk of exposure to an epidemic. Thanks for your understanding and support. Slay rad.”

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