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WWE ANNOUNCES PAYBACK PAY PER VIEW
According to a number of sources, WWE Payback will be making its return this year, interestingly, the week after SummerSlam.
The story was first reported by PWInsider before Dave Meltzer posted the same. The pay per view was first produced in 2013 and ran annually until 2017. WWE has announced that the show is set for August 30, this fall just one weekend after SummerSlam. This is also the latest in the year that the show has been produced, previous shows have taken place in April, May and June.
WWE hasn’t officially announced the event, subsequently, there is no information on matches yet.
EDDIE KINGSTON SIGNS WITH AEW
NWA favourite Eddie Kingston has signed with AEW it was announced yesterday. Eddie generated a substantial amount of hype when he took on Cody’s open challenge two weeks ago, click here to find out more.
NJPW STRONG DETAILS RELEASED
In a press conference that took place late last night, NJPW of America’s president, Takami Ohbari, outlined what would be happening on the new show.
Set to premiere on August 7, 10 pm ET on New Japan’s streaming service, NJPW World, NJPW Strong will feature a tournament to kick off the Friday night show. The tournament has been named the New Japan Cup USA and will see eight wrestlers battle it out to be crowned champion in the finals, set for August 21.
The winner of the match will also get the chance to fight for the IWGP United States Championship, Jon Moxley is the current holder.
The eight wrestlers and first-round matches are as follows:
- Brody King vs. Tama Tonga
- Jeff Cobb vs. Tanga Loa
- Karl Fredericks vs. KENTA
- David Finlay vs. Chase Owens
JUICE ROBINSON INJURED
In unfortunate news, Juice Robinson is injured and so won’t be taking part in the upcoming NJPW Strong shows.
The announcement came from NJPW, who said that he would be missing the shows due to a right leg injury. From the NJPW website:
Juice Robinson has suffered an injury to his right leg and is currently unable to compete.
As a result of his injury, Robinson will not be competing on forthcoming NJPW STRONG broadcasts, which start August 7 when LEC presents New Japan Cup USA.
We apologize to fans who are looking forward to seeing Robinson wrestle. We appreciate your understanding, and wish Juice the best in his recovery.
TWO MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEK’S NXT
Last week, @CGrimesWWE said he wanted to teach #NXTChampion @RealKeithLee about respect. Will he come to eat those words when they square off THIS WEDNESDAY on #WWENXT?https://t.co/I9bwL2Z9Pd pic.twitter.com/72LB1v33DX— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 1, 2020
WWE has announced a further two matches for next week’s episode of NXT.
The new additions are NXT Champion Keith Lee vs. Cameron Grimes in a non-title match, and Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne. Reed recently won the number one contender title, coming out on top of a triple threat match involving Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong.
These two matches join three other matches already announced, the card looks as follows:
- NXT Champion Keith Lee vs. Cameron Grimes
- Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne
- Dakota Kai vs. Rhea Ripley #1 Contenders match for the NXT Women’s title
- Damian Priest vs. Ridge Holland vs. Oney Lorcan TakeOver Qualifying match
- Imperium: Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner (c) vs. Undisputed Era: Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish NXT Tag title match
ENZO GIVES UPDATE ON BIG CASS
In a recent interview with SportsKeeda, Enzo has given a short update on Big Cass, now going by CaZXL. Cass left WWE shortly after Enzo and has spoken publicly about his battles with mental illness and alcohol. Enzo has the following to say when asked about his friend:
Oh, man, he’s in the best shape of his life, bro. I saw him… I was Facetiming with him. He was in the mirror, for sure, showing me what he’s been doing. We have that type of relationship but, at the same time I’m like, ‘Come on, bro, take it easy, dude. I believe you,’ you know what I mean? ‘I know you’re putting the work in, I’m proud of you, buddy, I’m proud of you.
Gary Cassidy conducted the interview, he went on to ask about the chance of Enzo and Cass working together again, Enzo didn’t dismiss the idea:
Lord only knows what the future holds. If our palms are sweaty or our hands are strong, brother. I can’t tell you what the future holds, I can just tell you I’m blessed right now.