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PEDRO MORALES PASSES AWAY
WWE broke the news this afternoon that Pedro Morales has passed away. Morales started wrestling in 1959 in New York. He was trained under Barba Roja and in 1960, branched out, competing in Virginia and North Carolina. Pedro went on to compete all over North America and even made it out to New Japan Pro Wrestling. Morales held many different titles during his career, both in singles competition and tag team wrestling. Highlights include the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version), NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, WWA World Heavyweight Champion, WWC North American Heavyweight Championship, WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, and WWWF World Heavyweight Champion. Morales was notably the first Latino to win the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship. Pedro retired from active competition in 1987 and became a road agent and Spanish language commentator. Morales was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
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WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has passed away at age 76. https://t.co/NYzYOthrQL
— WWE (@WWE) February 12, 2019
AEW PRE-SALE TICKETS SELL OUT
The allocated presale tickets for AEW’s Double or Nothing event sold out in a stunning 26 minutes it has been reported. With more than 12,000 requests for pre-sales codes an hour after the website went live, there was little chance of tickets being left unsold.
Dave Meltzer claimed that with interest as high as it is, the company could have sold out a venue two or three times the size and that requests for pre-sale codes had reached over 22,000. While Dave may have been slightly exaggerating (not all of the requests for codes will have translated to ticket purchases), the speed of the sellout, even if it isn’t for the total allocation, is both impressive and very encouraging.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) February 12, 2019
DEAN AMBROSE GOES OFF SCRIPT
During yesterday’s episode of RAW, Dean Ambrose apparently went off script and cut his promo short. During the episode, Dean came out while Seth Rollins was in the ring. When Dean reached the ring, he took the mic from Seth and said:
“I’ve only got one thing to say to you, slay the beast.”
On the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned that Dean was supposed to say much more. Dean was apparently meant to talk about Roman, the Shield and the history the three shares, before leading into the catchy ‘slay the beast’ line. It isn’ t known why Dean decided to cut so much from his promo, but his recent decision to leave the company is more than likely, at least partly to blame.
EVA MARIE DISCLOSES RECENT TALKS WITH WWE
Eva Marie was recently speaking to Scott Fishman of TV insider regarding her recent elimination from the Big Brother house. During the interview, Eva disclosed that she had recently been in talks with WWE regarding her possible return.
“There has been emails and talk and exchanges back and forth, but no, I was not approached about being a part of the Royal Rumble. I can tell you that. Other things, there has definitely been talks for sure.”
When asked if she missed wrestling and if the success of the women’s division has affected her desire to return Eva responded:
“Sure. I’m always going to have that itch. I absolutely love wrestling. You never know. It’s one of those things where things have totally taken off for the women of WWE, they are killing it right now. I think it’s so amazing. Of course, if the opportunity arises and the timing is how it’s supposed to be, I definitely would come back to shake things up because I can always bring the heat. That’s for sure.”
PENTAGON JR. AND REY FENIX TO REMAIN WITH MLW
On the most recent edition of MLW FUSION, Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix announced they would be remaining with MLW going forward. Bring weight to their claims, the pair has also appeared on advertising for MLW’s Intimidation Games, taking place on March 2nd in Chicago.
MLW MOVING TO NEW SLOT
MLW is moving their weekly show to Saturdays on provider beIN SPORTS and Monday nights on beIn SPORTS en Espanol. MLW CEO Court Bauer said on the move:
“With the majority of our cards on Saturday nights and beIN interested in doing more live broadcasts in 2019, it made sense to move the show to Saturdays, Saturday night wrestling has a history dating back decades. It’s an honor to bring that tradition back starting this Saturday night on beIN.”
Double-check those listings and DVRs! pic.twitter.com/MOAKXkTF4C
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) February 12, 2019
ROH/NJPW HONOR RISING CARD RELEASED
With some huge matches announced, including Jay Lethal defending hiw ROH World Championship and EVIL and SANADA defending their IWGP Tag Team titles, the upcoming joint ROH/NJPW Honor Rising card looks fantastic. With the event set to take place in Japan over two days, fans will be able to watch the event live on New Japan Live.
February 22 – Japan – Korakuen Hall
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada and Jay Lethal vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan)
- Jeff Cobb (c) vs. Hirooki Goto – ROH Television Championship
- Will Ospreay (c) vs. Dalton Castle – NEVER Openweight Championship
- Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi (c) vs. Cheeseburger, Delirious, Colt Cabana – NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship
- Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Tomoaki Honma, Toa Henare vs. Jay and Mark Briscoe, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa
- Jushin Thunder Liger and Jonathan Gresham vs. Taiji Ishimori and Robbie Eagles
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shota Umino
- Marty Scurll vs. Ren Narita
February 23 – Japan – Korakuen Hall
- Jay and Mark Briscoe (c) vs. Juice Robinson and David Finlay – ROH Tag Team Championship
- EVIL and SANADA (c) vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) – IWGP Tag Team Championship
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. TK O’Ryan – ROH World Championship
- Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia)
- Hirooki Goto and Will Ospreay vs. Jeff Cobb and Dalton Castle
- Marty Scurll vs. Robbie Eagles
- Jonathan Gresham and Toa Henare vs. Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku
- Shota Umino, Ren Narita and Yota Tsuji vs. Cheeseburger, Delirious and Colt Cabana
6 Championship matches have been announced for HONOR RISING: JAPAN 2019!
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 12, 2019