BRITISH BULLDOG AND JBL REPORTEDLY SET FOR THE HALL OF FAME
With the Royal Rumble clearly in the rear view mirror, we are truely on the road to WrestleMania. With this yearly journey, one of the reccuring themes is who will make this year’s Hall of Fame class.
This year is no different, already confirmed are the nWo and Dave Batista. Popular Twitter account WrestleVotes has also reported that the Bella twins and Jushin Thunder Liger will be inducted.
Well, two more names can be added to the list. Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio has announced that Davey Boy Smith will be inducted this year, with WrestlingInc naming JBL as another inductee.
The 2020 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take held Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on the 2nd of April.
RAW TAG TITLES ON THE LINE AT SUPER SHOWDOWN
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2020
Early this morning WWE announced that Seth Rollins and Murphy would be defending their RAW Tag Team Titles at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia.
Rollins and Murphy won the belts when they defeated The Viking Raiders on the 20th of January episode of RAW. They are set to face The Street Profits: Andelo Dawkins and Montez Ford. At the time of writing, the Saudi show will mark only the pairs second title defence.
Super ShowDown so far wil feature the WWE Championship, Universal Championship, SmackDown Women’s Championship, and the RAW and SmackDown men’s Tag Team Championship’s.
Rollins and Murphy will try to avoid having their reign ended abruptly when they put their titles on the line at WWE Super ShowDown against Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins.
The Monday Night Messiah recruited a dejected Murphy to become his latest disciple last month, and since joining forces and becoming champions, WWE’s former Best Kept Secret is firing on all cylinders.
The Street Profits, though, have been together for years and have already proven able to climb difficult mountaintops as former NXT Tag Team Champions.
AJ STYLES RETURNS TO TELEVISION
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2020
AJ Styles has been away from WWE programming since the Royal Rumble, but made his return during last night’s episode of RAW.
AJ suffered a dislocated shoulder at this year’s Rumble, and has been recovering/rehabing since. It should be noted that while last night mared his return to our screens, he did not return to action. Styles has been announced for the Tuwaiq Trophy gauntlet match at Super ShowDown at the end of February and it is believed that this will be his return match.
STARDOM CANCELS SHOWS AND NJPW ISSUES A STATEMENT IN RESPONCE TO CORONAVIRUS
Due to the current Coronavirus situation in Japan, the following precautionary measures are being taken:
2.19 Mayu Iwatani Birthday Fan Event – cancelled
2.20 Fan signing event – cancelled
2.20 Press conference – will be held, but no fans in attendance
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— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) February 18, 2020
Stardom has cancelled eight events and will hold a show behind closed doors in responce to the Coronavirus outbreak. See below for the list of affected shows:
- 2/19 Mayu Iwatani Birthday Event
- 2/20 Fan Signing
- 2/20 Press Conference
- 2/22 Osaka
- 2/23 Nagoya
- 2/29 Shinkiba
- 3/8 Korakuen Hall (event held behind closed doors)
- 3/14 Osaka (both shows)
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 18, 2020
NJPW has choosen not to cancel their upcoming tour, but instead have made some changes and issued guidence to fans with public health in mind. The company has taken the step of offering refunds to any of their shows taking place in March. The thinking being that if you were feeling unwell they would rather you stay away. All meet and greets and autograph signings will also not be happening until further notice.
All currently scheduled live events will proceed as planned. In light of this decision, we invite attendees to take the following precautions at events:
–Be mindful of your physical condition before an event. If you have a fever, cough or cold symptoms or feel otherwise unwell, please stay home.
–Additional disinfectant alcohol sprays will be available for attendees to use at every venue. We invite every attendee to disinfect their hands on entering each venue.
–NJPW encourages attendees to wear surgical masks at live events where at all possible. Staff members may also be wearing masks. We also encourage fans to thoroughly wash their hands and gargle.
–Please leave the venue if you become unwell during an event. Be aware that staff may advise attendees to leave if they seem unwell.
–Meet and greets/autograph signings at events will be canceled until further notice. We appreciate your understanding.
–Refunds will be made available for tickets purchased to March events. While events will all proceed as planned, we appreciate fans’ concern, and would like to ask ticket holders not to attend if they feel at all unwell.
JOHN CENA POSSIBLY ENGAGED
Photo’s have surfaced of John Cena with partner Shay Shariatzadeh recently, with Shay sporting what looks like a huge engagement ring. It is important to say that the news has not been confirmed in any way at the moment. However, the rumor has only been compounded by John’s own Instagram posts. Over the weekend two in particular stand out:
VIC JOSEPH ANNOUNCES NBA MOVE
Former WWE commentator, Vic Joseph, has announced that he will be leaving the WWE to work with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. Joseph is seeming set to join at start of the second half of the season.
Joseph, a cleveland native, joined WWE in 2017, but prior to this, worked on the Cleveland Browns Radio Network, covering American football games.
WrestlingInc has reported that Joseph is stil currently a WWE employee, although he hasn’t been seen since the 20th of January’s edition of RAW.
RAMPAGE BROWN ENTERS SUPER STRONG STYLE 16
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) February 18, 2020
Progress Wrestling has announced that Rampage Brown will be entering this year’s SSS16 event.
💪🏾 I’m back! https://t.co/BCfU9fqgyV
— Rampage Brown (@RampageBrown) February 18, 2020
Rampage has taken part twice before, both in 2016 and 2015. Ramage tweeted out shortly after the announcement, simply saying “I’m back!”.
CROCKETT CUP DETAILS ANNOUNCED
— NWA (@nwa) February 18, 2020
Ealier this evening, on the debut episode of The Squared Circle, the NWA announced a host of details regarding the upcoming Crockett Cup.
Tickets on Sale Friday, February 28th.
Special Pre-Sale February 27th
— NWA (@nwa) February 18, 2020
The event will be held at the Gateway Center Arena, Georgia. The venue only opened in November of last year, the Crockett Cup will be the first major non-concert event.
The date given for the show was the 19th of April, with tickets going on sale on the 28th of February. Pre sale starts on the 27th of February.