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ROMAN REIGNS AND BARON CORBIN TO PULL DOUBLE DUTY AT THE ROYAL RUMBLE
— WWE (@WWE) January 11, 2020
Announced on last night’s SmackDown, Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin will face each other in a singles match at the pay per view, before entering the Rumble match itself.
Reigns and Corbin have been going back and fourth over recent weeks, with the now infamous dog food spot included. WWE posted the following to their website:
Before Roman Reigns and King Corbin enter the Royal Rumble Match for an opportunity to earn a World Championship Match at WrestleMania, the two fierce rivals will once again battle in a one-on-one bout.
Week in and week out, the conflict between The Big Dog and WWE’s resident monarch has grown more and more brutal, from Corbin humiliating Reigns by handcuffing him to the ring post and covering him with dog food to Reigns costing Corbin an opportunity at the Universal Championship to a frenetic Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match to all the chaotic brawls in between.
After The Usos returned to help neutralize Corbin and Dolph Ziggler’s two-on-one assault on their cousin, Corbin accused his foe of “hiding” in the Royal Rumble Match just because he’s scared of another conflict with him. In response, the former World Champion proposed that before entering the high-stakes matchup, they battle in a one-on-one showdown so that he could beat his adversary twice in one night.
TESSA BLANCHARD CALLED OUT BY OTHER FEMALE STARS OVER SOCIAL MEDIA POST
Hey women, try supporting one another. Cool things happen.
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) January 11, 2020
Tessa Blanchard has been called out by a number of other female stars for what they say was an extreamly hypocritical post on social media.
The post in question was asking women in genral to support each other, this was swiftly met by other star recounting times they recall Tessa being less than surportive of other women in the industry.
You’ve consistently put down, bullied, and belittled countless female coworkers, including me. Is that support? https://t.co/MrOOksiijk
— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) January 11, 2020
NXT’s Chelsea Green asserted that Tessa was a bully, and had bullied other stars, including Chelsea.
Remember publicly putting me down on twitter last year for something that didn’t involve you whatsoever, then continuing to drag my name to other people for it?
Pepperidge Farm Remembers.
You should probably delete this tweet. https://t.co/MnsHVnwavU
— Priscilla Kelly (@priscillakelly_) January 11, 2020
Priscilla Kelly broght up an incident from last year, she asserts that again, Tessa worked to undermine another star.
As someone who experienced your bullying firsthand, received regular verbal abuse, was spat on, had rumours spread about me, dealt with multiple attempts by you to blacklist me from other companies, (plus more), I just pray you now follow your own advice. https://t.co/MWtmUKLOyf
— Isla Dawn (@IslaDawn) January 11, 2020
Isla Dawn also accuses Tessa of bullying bahaviour, unfortunetly, this won’t be the first time Tessa is accused of spitting at someone.
Remember when you spat in a black woman’s face and called her the N-word in Japan? Was that you “supporting women“? The AUDACITY of this tweet https://t.co/P49uNWsqIH
— Allysin Kay (@Sienna) January 11, 2020
NWA World Women’s Champion, Allysin Kay first posted possibly the most damaging message, claiming Tessa had used racist language and spat in a black woman’s face while in Japan. This claim has been backed up by other stars who claim to have been there at the time.
I like to think people change over time. But I can confirm the bad behavior & non supportive attitude in Japan, I was there https://t.co/u1e60bgdE6
— REBEL/ Tanea (@RebelTanea) January 11, 2020
In responce to the messages, Tessa released a short statement on her Twitter:
Nick Hausman was reported on todays Impact Wrestling ‘Hard To Kill’ media day. He confirmed that Tessa didn’t speak with the media at all.
– Tessa didn’t speak to media
– Joey Ryan praised Tessa as an intergender wrestling leader
– Taya says she can break Riho in half
– Eddie Edwards interested one Wolves vs The North at TNA PPV@WrestlingInc pic.twitter.com/pcx5Lg64jG
— Nick Hausman of Wrestling Inc. (@HausRebel) January 11, 2020
MENS ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH UPADTE
— WWE (@WWE) January 11, 2020
With last night’s additions please see the most up to date list for the men’s Royal Rumble match:
- Brock Lesnar (entering #1)
- Roman Reigns
- Rey Mysterio
- Randy Orton
- AJ Styles
- Erick Rowan
- Drew McIntyre
- “King” Baron Corbin
- Dolph Ziggler
THE REVIVAL APPARENTLY STALLING ON NEW CONTRACTS
Sean Ross Sapp has reported that WWE tag team, The Revival, have still to sign with the company.
We reported last year that WWE had offered The Revival a deal, worth a reported half million a year per person, but it had been passed up. Sean has reported that Vince and company have increased the offer to possibly beyond what was offered to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson of the OC. Apparently there was also talk of reduced dates, the pair worked over 150 matches in 2019.
While the pair haven’t rejected the deal, it’s been reported that they haven’t signed anything either, just leaving WWE with a “we’ll let you know”.
WWE TRYING TO RENAME CITY FOR BARON CORBIN
The WWE is rolling into southern Kentucky this weekend, and wants to make a big change. https://t.co/daNJP212dY
— WKYT (@WKYT) January 10, 2020
WKYT in Kentucky has reported that the WWE are tryign to change the name of one of their towns to promote a wrestler.
The town in question is Corbin, Kentucky, with the WWE trying to rename it King Corbin. This, apparently, is in order to further push Baron Corbin, 2019 King of the Ring winner.
WWE employees were reportidly in downtown Corbin yesterday, asking passers by to sign a petition, and hand out free tickets to Sunday’s WWE Live! show. WWE Live! will feature various WWE Raw and Smackdown stars, including The Miz, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Charlotte Flair, Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton.
WWE ANNOUNCES JOHN MORRISON VS. BIG E FOR NEXT WEEK’S SMACKDOWN
— WWE (@WWE) January 11, 2020
Following John Morrison and Big E going at it at ring side, during the Kofi Vs. Miz match on this week’s episode of SmackDown, WWE has announced John Morrison’s return to a SmackDown ring.
He will face Big E next week, Morrison will have The Miz in his corner, Big E will have Kofi Kingston.
John Morrison last competed inside a WWE on the 28th of November 2011. Since then he has worked for a huge number of promotions, including Pro Wrestling Guerilla, 5 Star Wrestling, Lucha Underground, Lucha Libre AAA, and of course Impact Wrestling.
ROBERT ROODE RETURNS TO SMACKDOWN
— Robert Roode (@RealRobertRoode) January 11, 2020
Robert Roode returned to SmackDown last night, following his 30 day suspension for violating the WWE wellness policy.
Roode joined in after the episode’s main event, helping Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin to take out Roman Reigns and the Usos.
Hell yeah! You’re back, bro ?
— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) January 11, 2020
WWE announced on the 10th of December that Roode and Primo Colon had both been suspended for wellness policy violations, it was both man’s first violation. The reason for the violation hasn’t been given by either WWE of Robert himself. None the less, Roode’s partner, Dolph Zigger, was happy to see him return.
POSSIBLE WWE PAY PER VIEW
WWE is set to have an international PPV on Thursday, February 20th. No location has been confirmed at this time according to a source.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) January 11, 2020
Wrestling Twitter account, @WrestleVotes, has predicted an international pay per view to be happening towards the end of February. This would normally be WWE FastLane, but that isn’t on the schedual this year.
Fast Lane has aways been an American event, with the pay per view never leaving the USA, let alone North America.
ALEX SHELLEY MAKES WWE DEBUT
Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA teamed up tonight at NXT Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/4QqF5h2pBa
— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) January 11, 2020
Alex Shelley made his WWE debut last night and an NXT Live event.
Shelley teamed with former partner and long time friend Kushida, to take on, and ultimetly beat, the Forgotten Sons: Steve Cutler and Jaxson Ryker. Shelley and Kushida, known as the time splitters originally formed in 2012 in NJPW, before going on to hold the IWGP Juinor Tag Team Titles twice, and the full IWGP Tag belts three times. The pair also won the Super Jr. Tag Tournament in 2012.
BANDIDO RE-SIGNS WITH ROH
Wrestling Superstar @bandidowrestler Has Officially Signed A New Contract With ROH!
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 11, 2020
ROH has announced that Mexican star Bandido has re-signed with the company. No more inofrmation has been given at this time regards to exclusivity or contract length.