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NXT UK Cancels Tapings | Wrestling News Update, April 9 2020

With news on WWE’s cancellations; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

 

WWE POSTPONES UK TOUR AND CANCELS NXT UK TAPINGS

With the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic, WWE has been forced to postpone their upcoming UK tour.

The tour was supposed to kick off on May 3rd in Glasgow. This would have been the first of six consecutive nights, ending on May 8th in London. The majority of the dates have been pushed back to October, with only Newcastle being pushed back further. The Newcastle date was supposed to be May 4th, unfortunately, the northern city will have to wait until April 2021.

The revised dates are as follows:

  • Glasgow: May 3rd moved to October 7th
  • Birmingham: May 5th moved to October 4th
  • Cardiff: May 6th moved to October 5th
  • Sheffield: May 7th moved to October 6th
  • London: Friday Night SmackDown, May 8th moved to October 9th
  • Newcastle: May 4th moved to April 30th, 2021

In other UK related news, WWE has also announced the cancellation of the next round of NXT UK Tapings. These were originally scheduled for  May 1st and 2nd. The tapings tied into the already cancelled NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin.

Additionally, NXT’s yearly taping at DownLoad Festival will not be taking place as the festival itself has been cancelled. All this has forced WWE into a difficult position, with the company now out of unaired material, it seems they will be showing reruns and clip shows.

BT SPORTS TO SHOW WRESTLEMANIA 36 FREE OF CHARGE

The British home of WWE has announced that last weeks WrestleMania will be aired free of charge. Click here to read all the details.

CENA TEASES FANS REGARDING FUTURE

John Cena has been tweeting increasingly cryptic messages following his Firefly Fun House match last Sunday at WrestleMania.

John has worked part-time for WWE since mid-January 2019. Many were surprised that he came back to work such a high profile match, and assume that John won’t be returning to the ring anytime soon.

John normally posts messages about mindfulness and overcoming adversity, his recent tweets have struck a different chord though.

WOMEN’S TAG TITLE REMATCH SET FOR TOMORROW NIGHT’S SMACKDOWN

WWE has announced that Asuka and Kairi Sane will be granted a rematch for the titles they lost to Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross at last weekend’s WrestleMania.

This will be Asuka’s second appearance on WWE programming in less than a week after defeating Liv Morgan on RAW Monday night.

WWE also confirmed a Braun Strowman segment, although this was expected as Braun is returning with the biggest prize on SmackDown, the Universal title.

NXT BEATS AEW IN THE WEEKLY RATINGS

For the first time in 2020 NXT has beaten AEW in the weekly ratings. The numbers are AEW 692,000, NXT 693,000.

NXT has padded their shows, showing two matches that should have taken place at last week’s TakeOver that never happened. Two huge matches were added to this week’s lineup, including Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa. There was also a fantastic 6-woman ladder match.

It isn’t all bad news for AEW, they still outperformed NXT in the 18-49 demographic, 0.26 to NXT’s 0.19.

MLW FUSION TO AIR NIGHTLY ON beIN SPORTS

MLW has announced that they’ve signed a new deal with beIN SPORTS, meaning Fusion will air on the channel every night.

New episodes will still air every Saturday, with this Saturday only starting at 10 pm ET. Every other night of the week will feature repeats of classic MLW shows

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