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WrestleMania Matches Made | Wrestling News Update, February 29, 2020

With a number of matches made for the next couple of pay per views, and Jeff Hardy’s return to WWE programming; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

 

GOLDBERG VS ROMAN SET FOR WRESTLEMANIA

The night after winning the Universal Championship, Goldberg  first defence was arranged.

Opening last night’s episode of SmackDown, Goldberg came to the ring, spoke briefly saying “it’s not about who was last, it’s about who’s next!”. At that moment, Roman Reigns’ music hit. Reigns made his way to the ring before informing Goldberg that he was next.  

Goldberg only won the title the night before, beating Bray Wyatt at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia

JOHN CENA VS. THE FIEND CONFIRMED FOR WRESTLEMANIA

During last night’s episode of SmackDown, the Fiend challenged Cena to a match at WrestleMania 36. 

John Cena’s return to SmackDown had been hyped all show long. His appearance finally came at the very end of the broadcast. John came running to the ring and was greeted to a home town reception. 

John took to the mic and addressed the audience, he spoke about his plans for this year’s WrestleMania. He concluded that he would sit this year out, reasoning that WrestleMania should be for new up-and-coming stars, and used as a platform to springboard them to greatness. Cena’s music hit and he made his way back up the ramp, as he got to the top, the mood and music changed. The Fiend appeared, rather than attacking John, he just pointed to the WrestleMania sign. John turned to see what Bray was pointing at when he realised he turned back and nodded. 

WWE BOOK TAG TEAM ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH

After The Miz and John Morrison captured the titles under dubious circumstanced at Super ShowDown on Thursday, they came to the ring during last night’s episode of SmackDown to celebrate.

While they were holding court in the ring, an announcement was made regarding their first defence. The team will be forced to defend their titles against The New Day, The Usos, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, Lucha House Party, and Heavy Machinery. The match will take place inside the Elimination Chamber, at the Elimination Chamber pay per view.

Elimination Chamber is taking place on the 8th of March, and being held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Following the announcement, The Usos came to the ring and promptly beat The Miz and Morrison in reasonably quick fashion. Neither The Miz or John Morrision were impressed by the way their night had panned out!

JEFF HARDY APPEARING ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF WWE BACKSTAGE

For the first time since last April, Jeff Hardy will appear on WWE programming next week.

Jeff will be appearing on WWE backstage, while what will be discussed hasn’t been announced, there is a wealth of possible material to talk about. After Jeff and Matt were written off television by an angry Lars Sullivan, Jeff too the opportunity to have his knee surgically reconstructed. Unfortunately, while he has been sidelined recovering, he has had a couple of run-ins with the law, with old demons rearing their heads once again. Jeff has been arrested twice, the first for public intoxication, the second time he was charged with driving whilst impaired. 

While brother Matt is seemingly set to leave any day now, with Jeff’s injury and subsequent time on the shelf, he still has a significant amount of time remaining on his contract with WWE. 

SONYA DEVILLE SIGNS WITH NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Variety reported today that WWE superstar Sonya Deville had recently signed a deal with Imagine Artist Managment, and they would be representing her going forward.

The move is interesting as Imagine isn’t known for representing wrestling stars, they are much more involved in the field of acting. Imagine is owned by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and is working in, or expanding into the following field s this year, film, television, kids and family documentaries, brands, international tv, and live theatre.

WWE TEASES SOUTHPAW REGIONAL WRESTLING SEASON 3

Earlier today WWE released a trailer for the upcoming Southpaw Regional Wrestling season 3. 

Although there is very limited information at the moment, the video does state that Southpaw will return this summer.

WRESTLE-1 SET TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH

Japanese wrestling promotion Wrestle-1 has announced that it is set to close following a show on April 1. 

No reason has been given for the closure, though it is thought that the owners and management had suffered money/cash flow issues since almost the birth of the promotion in 2013. The company put out the following statement regarding their closure:

We would like to report that the professional wrestling organization “WRESTLE-1” will suspend its activities indefinitely at the end of the Korakuen Hall Games in Tokyo on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Thank you to all the fans who supported us, the people who supported the organization and the players, and all the concerned parties. Sorry for the sudden report.

Due to the suspension of activities, all Wrestle One players will be retired on March 31, 2020 (Tuesday).

Both players and staff are willing to run with all their strength until the end.

Thank you for your continued support.

ROH BOUND FOR HONOR RESULTS

  • Marty Scurll def. Bandido and Slex
  • Joe Hendry and Dalton Castle def. PJ Black and Brian Johnston, Vincent and Bateman and LifeBlood: Tracy Williams and Mark Haskins 
  • Nicole Savoy def. Angelina Love
  • Villain Enterprises: Flip Gordon and Brody King def. La Faccion: Rush and Kenny King via DQ
  • LSG vs Eli Isom No-Contest
  • Bully Ray def. Eli Isom
  • Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham def. 2 Guys 1 Tag: Josh Woods and Silas Young and still ROH World Tag Team championship
  • Alex Shelley def. Rey Horus
  • The Briscoes: Jay and Mark Briscoe def. Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff
  • PCO def. Dragon Lee and still ROH World Heavyweight championship

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