SPECIAL EPISODE OF THE BUMP PLANNED
— WWE’s The Bump (@WWETheBump) June 10, 2020
WWE has announced that this Sunday a special edition of The Bump will air on the Network and digital platforms.
The episode will be airing the morning of WWE’s Backlash pay per view, with a 10:30 am ET start time. The Miz, John Morrison, Paige, Jinder Mahal, and MVP have all been announced for the special episode. The Miz and Morrison team up in a handicap match later that day when they face current WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman.
SHAWN MICHAELS INVOLVED IN AN ARGUMENT JUST PRIOR TO TAKEOVER
Reports have surfaced of a heated argument taking place just prior to this Sunday’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House. Apparently Shawn Michaels took exception to comments regarding equality.
It should be said that Michaels remained professional throughout. Michaels has been working behind the scenes in NXT for some time now. Apparently another producer commented along the lines of ‘everyone being treated the same in the USA’. Michaels rebutted with a thorough explanation regarding the inequality faced by many Americans, and the systemic racism they have to experience on a daily basis according to the sources.
Both Michaels and the unnamed producer worked the show with no further incident.
NJPW RELEASES MORE DETAILS REGARDING THEIR RETURN
Monday June 15, the world will be watching.
Where will you be?
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) June 10, 2020
With Japan easing their state of emergency late last month, NJPW has started preparing for a return.
The promotion has confirmed that empty arena shows will commence from June 15. This will mark the promotions first event since February 26 when the company put on NJPW New Japan Road 2020 – Night 3.
NJPW has so far announced 11 events, six in June alone, and the remaining five all taking place in early July.
The events will be running slightly differently to normal, with new measures brought in to combat COVID-19. NJPW released a six-page document detailing their efforts, some of the more interesting points are:
- Wrestlers will take their temperature twice daily on waking up and before going to bed. Temperatures and times taken will be logged and maintained.
- Wrestlers will record the date, place, and people who were in physical contact as much detail as possible when taking unavoidable actions which would be a risk of infection.
- In addition to regular wrestler care, trainers will consult every wrestler with respect to COVID-19, monitor each wrestler’s physical state and record the results of said monitoring.
When spectators are allowed to return, NJPW has rules in place for the crowd:
- All visitors at the venue must wear a mask.
- No loud cheers.
- No intentional physical contact with wrestlers is allowed.
- Conversations and physical contact with other visitors must be limited to a minimum.
- If COVID-19 symptoms present themselves within two weeks after an event, please promptly report this information to NJPW.
NXT UK EVENTS IN CANCELLED
The two WWE NXT events scheduled for July 24th & 25th in Glasgow have been cancelled.
Following a status change from Ticketmaster, I reached out to WWE – who have confirmed the news.
The only NXT UK event currently scheduled is TakeOver: Dublin on October 25th. pic.twitter.com/zxrGXygsiS
— Gary Cassidy (@WrestlingGary) June 10, 2020
Reports have surfaced online that WWE has cancelled two NXT UK events scheduled for July 24 and 25.
The events were both supposed to be held in Glasgow, both hosted by the intu Braehead Arena.
Although tickets are currently listed for sale, Twitter user @WrestlingGary has reported that he received a refund, and after questioning WWE they confirmed the cancellation.
‘MR WRESTLING II’ JOHNNY WALKER PASSES AWAY AGED 85
In very sad news, wrestling legend Mr Wrestling II has passed away. His real name was Johnny Walker, he was 85 when he passed away. Click here to read our full article.
5-WAY TITLE MATCH ANNOUNCED FOR SLAMMIVERSARY
BREAKING: The Slammiversary main event is OFFICIAL! @Tess_Blanchard will defend the IMPACT World Championship against @MichaelElgin25, @The_Ace_Austin, @TheEddieEdwards and @TheTreyMiguel! #Slammiversary pic.twitter.com/rU26sSZJ85
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 10, 2020
Impact Wrestling has announced a huge 5-way match for the Impact World Championship. The match will be taking place at Impacts biggest event of the year, Slammiversary.
The match will see Tessa Blanchard defend her title against Michael Elgin, Ace Austin, Eddie Edwards, and Trey. Tessa was supposed to defend the belt at Rebellion, but the match was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tessa has now held the Impact World Championship for 150 days, since winning it at Hard To Kill on Jan 12 from Sami Callihan.
WRESTLING SET TO RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND
— SPWNZ (@SPWrestlingNZ) June 9, 2020
New Zealand based promotion Southern Pro Wrestling has announced their first events back since the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Zealand has one of the best records dealing with the coronavirus internationally. As the country currently has no active cases, things are slowly starting to return to some form of normality. Southern Pro Wrestling has announced two events, back to back in early August. A Southern Rumble will be held on night one, August 7. Night two, August 8, will see the rumble winner rewarded with a shot at the SPW New Zealand Championship.