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Wrestling News Update – April 24th, 2019

From Bray Wyatt to Kenta Kobashi, Matt Booker runs through the days biggest stories in the Wrestling News Update.

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BECKY LYNCH TO PULL DOUBLE DUTY AT MONEY IN THE BANK

It was announced during yesterdays episode of SmackDown that Becky Lynch would face Charlotte Flair at May’s Money In The Bank pay per view. Charlotte defeated Bayley in a number one contenders match to secure a title shot at the event. The match will be for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. This is on top of the fact that Becky was already booked to face Lacey Evans at the same event for the RAW Women’s title.

The MITB card so far:

  • RAW Women’s Championship match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
  • Universal Championship match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles
  • Roman Reigns vs. Elias
  • Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match
  • Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match

THIS WEEKS WWE VIEWERSHIP

RAW has come in for another pasting in the ratings. WWE’s flagship show recorded only 2.3 million viewers on Monday night, this is only 100,000 more than SmackDown the week before. The real issue with RAW was the loss of viewers throughout the show. RAW managed to shed 400,000 viewers through the second hour and lost another 500,000 viewers before the end of the 3rd hour.

SmackDown didn’t have an easy time either this week. The show managed to attract 2 million viewers. This is the lowest viewed SmackDown since February 12th.

KOBASHI ANNOUNCED FOR STARRCAST

After the disappointment of losing both Kurt Angle and the Undertaker from the lineup, fans woke up to much happier news. Tweeted from Conrad’s account, Kenta Kobashi was announced at 6 am this morning. During Conrad’s Interview with SI where he talked about losing Undertaker and Kurt, he spoke about trying to bring in a ‘Japanese wrestling legend’ to the event.

NWA WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH ANNOUNCED FOR CROCKETT CUP

Earlier this week NWA announced that Jazz has vacated her NWA Women’s Championship ahead of her title defense at this weekend’s Crockett Cup pay per view. Explaining why she had vacated the title Jazz posted on Twitter:

Due to medical and personal issues in my life at this time. I’m having to turn the belt over without defending it. I will post again soon… Thanks for your support

Jazz was due to face Allysin Kay with her title on the line this weekend. With the belt now vacated Santana Garrett has been announced as Jazz’s replacement.

CARDS FOR UPCOMING WAR OF THE WORLDS TOUR

ROH and NJPW are set to team up again starting early next month. The four-part tour kicks off in Buffalo, New York on May the 8th. It quickly moves north of the border for May 9th’s show in Toronto, before returning to the United States on the 11th in Grand Rapids. The tour finishes on the 12th of May in Chicago.  Please see the updated cards for the first two shows below:

Buffalo, New York

  • ROH World Tag Team Championship match: Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. Jonathan Gresham and Jay Lethal
  • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship match: Villain Enterprises (c) vs. Jeff Cobb, Yuji Nagata, and Satoshi Kojima
  • Bandido vs. Flip Gordon
  • Rush vs. Silas Young
  • Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams vs. EVIL and SANADA
  • Shane Taylor vs. Hikuleo
  • Alex Coughlin vs. PJ Black
  • Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan vs. Karl Fredericks and Clark Connors

Toronto, Ontario

  • ROH World Championship match: Matt Taven (c) vs. PCO
  • Jay Lethal vs. Satoshi Kojima
  • Brody King vs. Shane Taylor vs. Jeff Cobb vs. Hirooki Goto
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Silas Young
  • Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams vs. The Briscoes

WWE PRESSURE FROM STOCKHOLDERS AND SPONSORS

Brad Shepard from ‘Oh, You Didn’t Know’ has reported that WWE has received pressure from prominent stockholders and sponsors to drop the Firefly Fun House gimmick. Apparently, WWE received the feedback on Tuesday morning, with the general message being that they “didn’t like the whole cult leader of children vibe”. While this is somewhat understandable for a company marketed at young children. It has proven a popular gimmick among older fans and on the internet, these groups will have been pleased when the vignette aired on SmackDown that evening. The reairing of the clip would seem to indicate that the company is pushing forward with the angle.

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