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GARGANO VS. STRONG ANNOUNCED FOR NXT
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) July 28, 2020
Earlier today William Regal confirmed that Johnny Gargano would be facing Roderick Strong on this week’s episode of NXT.
Both men faced each other last week, as part of a triple threat match involving Bronson Reed. Reed picked up the victory and with it, the first spot in the North American Championship Ladder match, set for TakeOver: XXX. The end of the match came with Gargano hitting One FInal Beat on Strong and going for the cover, Reed broke the pinfall attempt up, hitting a splash from the top turnbuckle and then covering Strong for the win.
See below for the possible comments Regal was referencing in his tweet:
— Roderick Strong (@roderickstrong) July 27, 2020
Leave it to RICK Strong to contribute to some stupid online name game.
My dance card is free this Wednesday after you blew it against that THICC BOI guy last week. How about we do this thing one on one?
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) July 27, 2020
BIG SLAM VADER PASSES AWAY
In sad news, Big Slam, Walt McDonald, has passed away his wife announced today.
Unfortunately, he had been battling several health complaints for a number of years and was unable to recover from a flare-up. His wife posted the following:
Our sweet gentle giant is gone.A wrestler until the end, he only gave in when his body did. That was Walt, or as he would say, “The Big Slam”
His last days were peaceful, just as we prayed. In fact, he was the most peaceful I’ve seen him in years. His passing was so peaceful, I can’t describe it. God is faithful.I am so incredibly grateful to have a part of him that lives on in my son.He was so proud of Walter and loved my daughters as if they were his own blood. He was truly their “Papa” for the last 19 years.He is now reunited with all of those he loves and I believe there is great rejoicing in heaven this day!I love you all and I appreciate the great outpouring of love and support that I have received. Though I’ve been unable to respond to everyone, I’ve read every single message. I know Walt would be so happy to know how loved he was.
RIP My husband and friend. I’ll see you on the other side.
Big Slam worked on the independent scene from 1990 to 2009. During this time he worked from the NWA, CZW, Pro Wrestling Unplugged, and even a few matches with ECW in 1992. During his career, he shared the ring with some of the biggest names in wrestling, including, The Blue Meanie, The Amazing Red, CW Anderson, King King Bundy, Gene Snisky, Steve Corino, Tito Santana, Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy Snuka, Sandman, and Sabu to name a few. His second match ever was against Bam Bam Bigelow in February of 1991. During his career, he managed to hold the NWA National Heavyweight title, the NWA Jersey Heavyweight title and was the IPWA Heavyweight champion.
TOMOAKI HONMA AND YOTA TSUJI CLEARED TO RETURN
After being removed from weekend cards as a precautionary measure, Yota Tsuji and Tomoaki Honma have both returned negative PCR tests and are cleared to return to competition.https://t.co/zDqXFSSsvP#njpw #njsst pic.twitter.com/utuo4VxnJ5
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) July 28, 2020
NJPW has confirmed that Tomoaki Honma and Yota Tsuji have been cleared to return from isolation following contact with someone later confirmed to have COVID-19.
The pair missed last weekend’s Sengoku Lord event, after someone present at a television show the pair had been a part of tested positive for the virus.
Thankfully, both have subsequently tested negative and have been cleared to return by NJPW. This means that they will be able to work tomorrow’s show, part of the Summer Struggle tour. Please see NJPW’s statement:
On July 25, Yota Tsuji and Tomoaki Honma were both pulled from the Sengoku Lord in Nagoya as a precautionary measure.
Since then, both wrestlers have undertaken PCR testing and are confirmed negative for Coronavirus. They are both cleared to return to competition from Wednesday July 29’s non-televised event in Hamamatsu.
Honma, Tsuji and NJPW thank you for your support.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR HAS SURGERY AND WILL MISS SUMMERSLAM
According to a report from TalkSport, Charlotte Flair underwent surgery this past weekend and won’t be back in time for SummerSlam.
In the report they is never any mention of what the problem is, apparently it is a nagging issue, rather than the result of an injury. What this means isn’t clear at all. Happily the surgery seeming went ‘great’, but it goes on to explain that there is no chance of Charlotte being able to return before the end of August.
Apparently Flair is looking to pick up some television work while she recovers:
Flair is actually currently mulling over ‘a few TV roles that she has been offered,’ sources tell talkSPORT. While she has an interest in doing over work, we’re told Flair’s ‘priority is wrestling for the time being.’ The 12-time champion is not working on a reality show; however, it is a scripted show with a big network. It seems as though these chats haven’t just popped up and a source told us many expect Flair to be the next WWE talent to crossover into the mainstream “Several agents have said they’d be shocked if she wasn’t the next WWE talent to cross over, but who knows. She legit loves wrestling.”
NJPW ANNOUNCE NEW TITLE
Kazuchika Okada and NJPW have announced the creation of a new title, the KOPW title.
Apparently the idea was originally Okada’s. The title sees a mixture of a tournament and regular matches. Each year starts in a tournament format over two days, eight wrestlers enter, each picking a stipulation for their first match. Fans then vote on which stipulation to use before the match. Winners go on to a four-way match on night two. The winner of the fatal four-way match will become the provisional champion, this title will have to be defended until the end of the year. Fans will be given the opportunity to vote for stipulations during the year. Whoever holds the provisional title at the end of the year will be crowned KOPW Champion, and the process repeats. See the complete press release from NJPW below:
After teasing a ‘controversial idea’ backstage since Sengoku Lord in Nagoya, Kazuchika Okada held a special press conference today to announce the KOPW 2020 title. Unlike any other championship in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, this will not have a championship belt, and instead be reset at the end of each year. Here are the details:
The provisional KOPW 2020 will be decided across two nights, on August 26 in Korakuen Hall, and on August 29 at Summer Struggle in Jingu Stadium.
Eight wrestlers will wrestle in four singles matches on August 26.
Each wrestler will bring their own desired match rules to the first round. Okada suggested that ‘there are all kinds of rules. Two out of three falls, ladder, steel cage matches, it could be anything’.
Fans will vote on which wrestler’s rules the singles matches will be contested under.
The winners of those singles matches will advance to a four way match on August 29 under ‘regular’ four way rules. The winner of that match will be provisional KOPW2020.
The KOPW title can be defended until the end of the year, with stipulations to be voted on by fans. The winner of the last KOPW2020 title match of the year will be presented with the KOPW trophy, and the process begins anew in 2021!
Okada stated that this would provide action that is ‘completely different from what we’ve expected from IWGP titles, and from NJPW’ but represented a completely fresh approach. Don’t miss a second of KOPW2020 in NJPW!