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ROMAN REIGNS’ TRAINER LEAKS IN-RING RETURN DETAILS
Roman Reigns has been keeping busy while battling leukaemia. He’s recently completed shooting the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, as well as appearing in Nickelodeon’s Cousins For Life. While this has been happening the one thing that hasn’t been mentioned is an in-ring return, until now. Roman recently met up with his old personal trainer David Gonyea and spent some time using David’s gym in Waikiki. Posting on Instagram, David spoke of what a positive experience having Roman there had been, how nice it was to have Roman speak highly of the facility and how happy he was to be able to provide Roman with a “space to help him prepare for his in ring return”.
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Had the absolute honor and privilege of having @romanreigns train at @_islandclubandspa during his stay in Waikiki! It was very humbling for an athlete of his caliber to not only train here but also speak so very highly of our facility. Glad we provided a great space to help him prepare for his in ring return! #bigdog #romanreigns #wwe #attitude #romanempire #raw #smackdown #squaredcircle #islandclubandspawaikiki #waikiki #alohilaniresort #wrestlemania #universalchampionship #fitness #gym #workout
NXT COACH BECOMES NEWEST WWE PRODUCER
Steve Corino, former NWA, ROH Tag Champion, and ECW World Champion, has left his role as a coach on NXT and moved to a producer on the main roster. Steve is no stranger to production, having moved to handle some of the production at NXT last year (he was credited for the NXT Championship match between Tommaso Ciampa and Velveteen Dream as a producer on a leaked WarGames script).
PWInsider report that he is working with Michael Hayes and Joey Maloney and between them they’re involved in the booking and production for SmackDown and RAW.
HONOR RISING DAY 2 RESULTS
[Replay ‘HONOR RISING:JAPAN 2019 Night 2’ on Feb 23rd, 2019]
5TH MATCH: @Takagi__Shingo & @s_d_naito vs. @TheHorrorKingVM & @MattTaven!! #NJPWWorld Watch now▶︎https://t.co/Tj7UBJ4PjP #njpw #roh #njROH pic.twitter.com/NGaIk5YgfY
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 23, 2019
- Toa Henare and Jonathan Gresham def. Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku
- Marty Scurll def. Robbie Eagles
- Colt Cabana and Toru Yano def. Delirious and Cheeseburger
- Will Ospreay and Hirooki Goto def. Jeff Cobb and Dalton Castle
- Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi def. Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia
- Jay Lethal def. TK O’Ryan retaining the ROH World title
- Guerillas of Destiny def. Evil and Sanada new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
- The Briscoes def. Juice Robinson and David Finlay retaining the ROH Tag Team Titles
G1 SUPERCARD HAS TITLE VS TITLE MATCH ADDED
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) February 23, 2019
As reported above, the Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Toa and Tanga Loa, won the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles earlier today. Taking place at the combined ROH/NJPW Honor Rising event, the Guerrillas beat Evil and Sanada to claim the belts.
Also at the event, the Briscoes saw off Juice Robinson and David Finlay to retain their titles.
After the Briscoes had their hands raised, they issued a challenge, addressing the newly crowed IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, they demanded title vs. title at Maddison Square Garden. Tama Toa and Tanga Loa came to the ring and instantly and emphatically accepted the offer, reminding the Brisco brother’s that they’d just started their fifth title reign.
HUGE STARS CONFIRMED FOR ROYAL QUEST
We’re still working out a few final tweaks to the seating, but we have great news!
Tanahashi, Okada and Naito are wresting at NJPW Royal Quest!
The best part is, they all have visas!https://t.co/AsrDrQBx0G
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 22, 2019
Three huge Japanese stars have been confirmed for New Japan’s Royal Quest tour. Being NJPW’s first solo outing in the UK they’ve gone all out with the names they’re bringing over. Announcing IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, and Tetsuya Naito. Writing on their website the company said:
NJPW Royal Quest is shaping-up to be a spectacular event with three of the most sensational wrestlers in the world coming to London.
The Ace of the Universe – Hiroshi Tanahashi, The Rainmaker – Kazuchika Okada and El Ingobernable – Tetsuya Naito have all confirmed their attendance in London on the 31st August, 2019!
WWE RUMOURED TO SIGN ANOTHER PRODUCER
PWInsider has reported that Bruce Pritchard has re-signed to the company he left in 2008. Reportedly he will be taking a position almost identical to the one he left, working “directly with Vince on all things creative”. Although nothing has been confirmed, MLW’s CEO Court Bauer has tweeted his congratulations to Bruce.
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) February 23, 2019
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
TWO STARS INJURED AT NXT UK TAPINGS
Noam Dar and Mark Andrews both appear to have been injured in their match at the NXT UK tapings. Apparently, they were attempting a reverse-hurricanrana, which went wrong, leading to both stars needing to be stretchered out. One fan reports that the medics were seeing to Dar for up to 10 minutes before they removed him from the arena, but that he gave a thumbs up as he was carried out.
Also at the event, Viper made her long-awaited debut, Ilja Dragunov took part in a dark match and Pete Dunne vs WALTER for the WWE United Kingdom Title was announced for NXT TakeOver: New York.