MISSED ALL THE BIG NEWS IN WRESTLING? DO NOT FEAR WE WILL COVER ALL THE BIG STORIES IS ONE PLACE; THIS IS THE WRESTLING NEWS UPDATE!
WWE ANNOUNCE 4 NEW NETWORK SPECIALS
Triple H took to Twitter this afternoon to announce four new Network specials among new Worlds Collide shows.
This year at #WrestleMania #Axxess, Superstars from EVERY @WWE brand will collide. Men and women from #Raw, #SDLive, @WWE205Live, @WWENXT and @NXTUK battle at each session for future episodes of @NXTUK and four @WWENetwork specials. #GetReady https://t.co/nsfjMdPJJq pic.twitter.com/yjzeY1yi4J
— Triple H (@TripleH) March 28, 2019
The four specials have had their taping times announced, but not the air dates or times for the network. On their website the company had the following to say:
NXT vs. NXT Alumni
Thursday, April 4 (6-10 p.m.)
The past meets the present as former NXT Superstars battle current Superstars from the black-and-gold brand. The matches will include Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Breeze, Dominik Dijkaovic vs. Harper, SAnitY vs. Undisputed ERA, and Kassius Ohno vs. Aiden English.
Cruiserweights from 205 Live, NXT UK and NXT will soar to new heights in inter-brand bouts on Friday’s Axxess sessions. Featured matches will include Tyler Bates. The Brian Kendrick, Akira Tozawa vs. Jordan Devlin, Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews vs. Ariya Daivari & Mike Kanellis, and Albert Hardie Jr. vs. Gran Metalik vs. Ligero.
Two 20-Superstar Battle Royals — one for male Superstars and one for female Superstars — will take place the morning of WrestleMania. Both Battle Royals will feature Superstars from NXT and NXT UK, and the Men’s Battle Royal will additionally feature Superstars from 205 Live.
One day after female Superstars main-event WrestleMania for the first time in history, the WWE Women’s Evolution continues to take center stage at Axxess. Watch top female Superstars from NXT, NXT UK, Raw, and SmackDown LIVE collide, with matches including Io Shirai vs. Sonya Deville, Toni Storm vs. Nikki Cross vs. Bianca Belair, Piper Niven vs. Zelina Vega, Candice LeRae vs. Kay Lee Ray and more!
NXT CONFIRMED RETURNING TO SAN JOSE IN JUNE
At the end of today’s NXT conference call, Triple H confirmed that the brand would be returning to San Jose, CA on the 8th of June. Speaking fondly of the venue, Triple H said:
“(San Jose) is a place where before we were even doing TakeOvers, we kind of did the first WrestleMania weekend event where we were just testing the waters. it sold out and became this epic event that really set the brand in motion. I’m really excited to go back there on June 8, separate from everything else, and other pay-per-views around it, and put on an event that is epic and say thank you to that location for getting us off to such a great start,”
Dave Meltzer recently predicted a TakeOver announcement for the same date and in the same location at the start of the month. Although no one used the term take over during the conference call, judging by Triple H’s language that is exactly what it will be.
STEPH STOKES GRONK RUMORS
As reported earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots announced his retirement from football. At the time both WWE and his friend Mojo Rawley congratulated him on a fantastic career. Stephanie McMahon has added her name to the list and extended a not so subtle invitation to the Superbowl winning former NFL star.
Congratulations @RobGronkowski, this is a tremendous honor by one of my favorite organizations, @USOMetroDC, dedicate to serve those who serve and their families. Thank you for all that you do and good luck with your retirement! Doors are always open @WWE! :))) https://t.co/nLYssgCJdV
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) March 28, 2019
GOLDUST LEAVES WWE AS CONTRACT EXPIRES
ProWrestlingSheet have reported that Goldust’s WWE contract has recently expired and he is currently waiting out the 90-days do not compete clause. They are reporting that he should be free in May, which is coincidently the same Month his brother’s promotion is holding Double or Nothing at the MGM Grand.
Cody still hasn’t announced who he’ll be facing at the event, other than saying that it’s personal and referring to the opponent as ‘the bizarre one’. While this really isn’t much to go on, it would be fitting for the two to have a match at AEW’s first show.
Goldust’s release hasn’t been confirmed by WWE as of the time of writing.