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Crown Jewel Matches Made, Cain Velasquez Signs & Sasha Banks Injury Update | Wrestling News Update, October 11th 2019

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WWE ANNOUNCE MATCHES FOR CROWN JEWEL

At WWE’s press conference today, as expected, the company unveiled two headline matches for their upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia.

There were no surprises with the two matches announced, Brock Lesnar will face Cain Velasquez and Braun Strowman will face Tyson Fury.

Michael Cole opened the press event, after a brief introduction, Michael introduced WWE Executive Vice-President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative, Triple H. Triple H announced both matches.

The press event was held in much the same way as fights are promoted in boxing. For example, after the Braun and Fury match was officially announced, Braun Strowman Strowman came to the mic and read a pre-prepared speech. After Braun left, boxing promoter Bob Arum took to the stage to further hype the fight and introduce Tyson Fury. Tyson took to the stage and delivered his own promo, after which Braun returned for a pre-fight face-off.

Rey Mysterio was introduced, and in turn, introduced Cain. Cain delivered his promo, opening with:

“Hello WWE Universe, I am so excited to be joining the WWE”

Cain went on, saying that Brock had crossed the wrong family. Cain referenced his victory over Brock in the UFC and said he was ready to do it again.

After Cain and Rey left, Michael Cole introduced Paul Heyman as Brock Lesnar’s advocate. Although WWE hasn’t intermated at any point that Brock’s newly acquired WWE Championship would be on the line, during Paul’s introduction he clearly stated that Brock was the defending champion, although this can most likely be put down to artistic licence.

Brock came to the podium and delivered his own promo. Brock also referenced the UFC match he lost, claiming he would be seeking revenge for a scar on his face.

Also set for Crown Jewel is a five on five tag match, with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair coaching a team each.

WWE SIGN CAIN VELASQUEZ

WWE has just confirmed that they have signed former UFC star Cain Velasquez to a multi-year deal.

In the announcement WWE says that Cain has retired from MMA, “closes the book on a 14-3 career”. It was reported last week that Cain had informed the UFC and USADA that he wished to be removed from the testing pool. This move also certainly signalled the end of Cain’s MMA career, with competitors having to spend a certain amount of time in the pool before being eligible to fight.

SASHA BANKS INJURY UPDATE

PWInsider has reported that the reason for Sasha Banks’ recent absence is due to a tail bone injury. According to the site, Banks suffered the injury in her match with Becky Lynch at this past Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay per view.

Although there is no word on how long she may be sidelined for, unlike other injured stars, Sasha’s name does appear on the list of stars involved in this evening’s draft.

AEW ADD TAG MATCH TO NEXT WEEK’S DYNAMITE

AEW has announced that next week’s episode of Dynamite will feature Adam Page and Kenny Omega taking on Jon Moxley and PAC.

Many online have instantly commented on the match feeling like The Elite Vs. WWE. PAC has recently battled both Kenny Omega and Adam Page. PAC stood in for Jon Moxley at All Out after Moxley came down with MRSA. PAC and Adam Page was originally set for Double or Nothing, before being removed due to creative issues. The pair finally managed to square off in an AEW ring during Dynamite’s premiere episode, with PAC picking up the victory.

STIPULATION ANNOUNCED FOR CHRIS JERICHOS’FIRST TITLE DEFENCE

Chris Jericho has announced that his first title defence will be a Philadelphia Street Fight. Jericho is booked to face Darby Allin during next week’s Dynamite episode. During this week’s episode, Darby beat Jimmy Havoc to earn the right to face Chris Jericho for his title. In an AEW promo, Jericho took exception to Darby attacking him from his skateboard during this week’s Dynamite. After calling Darby a dog and a street thug Jericho ended the promo saying:

“You wanna try to cause some pain? I don’t cause pain, I make the pain”

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