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SAMOA JOE RETURNS TO THE RING
Samoa Joe is set to return to the RAW ring tonight, following a concussion obtained in January.
On the last RAW in January, Samoa Joe hit an awkward Suicide Dive. Right after he landed he grabbed the back of his head. Officials quickly removed Joe from the match, and Dave Meltzer later confirmed Joe’s concussion. While the injury was confirmed there was no indication as to the severity or how long the star may take to recover. WWE, like many contact sports, has been scrambling to get in front of CTE and find the best course of action to take when treating head injuries and trauma.
Joe made his in-ring return on February 8th, at a WWE house show. The event took place in Oakland California. During the show Joe and Kevin Owens defeated AOP.
Joe is booked to take part in an eight-man match tonight, with Joe, Kevin Owens, Erik, Ivar taking on Seth Rollins, Murphy and AOP.
FIRST XFL VIEWERSHIP FIGURES IN
Earlier today ESPN reported that the XFL’s debut match between the Seattle Dragons and the DC Defenders averaged 3.3 million viewers.
The game was broadcast by ABC on Saturday, with the fourth quarter seeing peaks of 4 million viewers.
The new league, owned by WWE chairman Vince McMahon, had four games over this past weekend, with Saturday’s games available on ABD and FOX, and Sunday’s games shown on FOX and ESPN. All the viewership figures should be in by late Monday/early Tuesday.
NEW JAPAN ROAD SEES FOUR TITLES CONTESTED
During NJPW’s upcoming New Japan Road shows, four different titles will be contested.
All the shows will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 20th and 21st of February. On the 20th Shingo Takagi will defend his NEVER Openweight title against Tomohiro Ishii in the headline bout. Also on the card, current champions SHO and YOH will face Rocky Romero and Ryusuke Taguchi with their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles on the line.
The next night the IWGP Tag titles will be on the line when Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi challenge Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa for the belts GOD won less than a month ago. Also on the 21st of February show, the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Titles will be on the line when Takagi, EVIL and BUSHI defend the belts against Toru Yano, Colt Cabana and Taguchi in the fourth and final title match.
NJPW REVEAL CARDS FOR UPCOMING RETIREMENT EVENTS
NJPW has announced the cards for the upcoming retirement events for Tiger Hattori and Manabu Naanishi. Please see below for the announced cards:
Tiger Hattori Retirement Event – February 19 in Korakuen Hall
- Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, and Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, and SANADA
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Toru Yano, and Colt Cabana vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Jay White, and Bad Luck Fale
- Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Juice Robinson, David Finlay, and YOSHI-HASHI vs. EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, and BUSHI
- YOH, SHO, and Will Ospreay vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Rocky Romero, and Tiger Mask
- Toa Henare, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe vs. Yota Tsuji, Yuya Uemura, and Gabriel Kidd
Manabu Nakanishi Retirement Event – February 22 in Korakuen Hall
- Manabu Nakanishi. Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, and Hirooki Goto
- Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, and Will Ospreay vs. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, and EVIL
- Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Togi Makabe, and Tomoaki Honma vs. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa
- SHO, YOH, and Toa Henare vs. SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi, and BUSHI
- Toru Yano, Colt Cabana, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Rocky Romero vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Tiger Mask and Gabriel Kidd vs. Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura
ROH FREE ENTERPRISE RESULTS
- Mark Haskins def. Alex Shelley
- Righteous: Vincent and Bateman def. Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry
- Flip Gordon def. Slex
- Alex Zayne def. Andrew Everett
- The Briscoes Brothers: Jay and Mark def. Mexablood: Bandido and Flamita
- Flip Gordon won a 20-person battle royal to earn a future ROH world title shot
- Session Moth Martina def. Sumie Sakai
- Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff def. ROH Tag Team Champions Jonathan Gresham and Jay Lethal for a future ROH tag team title shot
- Brody King def. Rey Horus
- Villain Enterprises: ROH World Champion PCO and Marty Scurll def. NWA World Champion Nick Aldis and Rush
CODY HALL PULLED FROM DDT TOUR
— Cody Hall (@Cody_Hall1) February 9, 2020
Following a post made on social media, Cody Hall has been removed from the remaining dates on his current spell.
Cody commented on a picture of Chris Dickinson with a young Japanese woman saying “Blah blah coronavirus. Welcome to the yellow fever.”. The tweet has since been deleted.
Please see DDT’s statement regarding the situation:
Cody Hall has recently made an inappropriate comment on Twitter, and we have contacted him regarding this situation. Cody Hall has apologized to us, and has also suggested withdrawing himself from the remaining dates of his tour as well as relinquishing his Anytime Anywhere contract. In light of the gravity of his comments, we have agreed to all of his suggestions above.
All announced cards including Cody Hall will be changed, and the scheduled KO-D Tag Championship Match in Nagoya on February 24 will be canceled. All updated cards will be announced once they are decided.
DDT Pro-Wrestling will keep working to provide pro-wrestling content that can be enjoyed by the fans. We sincerely apologize to everyone that has been affected by this situation, as well as all of our fans.
PCO VS. NICK ALDIS ANNOUNCED FOR ROH SUPERCARD OF HONOR
During ROH Free Enterprise, it was announced that NWA Champion, Nick Aldis, would face ROH Champion, PCO, at Supercard of Honor XIV.
Supercard of Honor will be taking place on April 4th at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. This is the day before WrestleMania takes place, and the same day as NXT TakeOver: Tampa, 35 miles away.
DASH WILDER DELETES TWITTER
Dash Wilder has recently deleted his Twitter account. It is not known why.
Dash’s Instagram account is still active, as are both Scott Dawson’s Instagram and Twitter accounts are still active.
As far as we’re aware, the pair are still to sign a new deal with the WWE. WWE has made several offers, but it seems The Revival is just leaving them on the table for the time being.
PAC TO MISS KINGS, MONSTERS, AND BASTARDS
At the advice of doctors Pac has been advised to rest a nagging injury, As a result he will unfortunately miss Kings, Monsters and Bastards. He will however be at #Scrappermania6
ELP returns Feb 15th pic.twitter.com/XDCverAl17
— OTT WRESTLING (@OTT_wrestling) February 10, 2020
Unfortunately, OTT Wrestling has been forced to announce that PAC will miss their upcoming Feb 15th event, Kings, Monsters, and Bastards.
According to their message, PAC has an injury he has been working through, but following his doctor’s advice, he will be rest it and unable to make the event.
OTT does stress that they are expecting him to make their March 14th and 15th show, ScrapperMania 6.
PROGRESS WRESTLING ANNOUNCE TAG TITLE ON THE LINE AT CHAPTER 103
✅Lorcan and Burch
Tag Team Titles on the line once again on Feb 23 when @Jordan_Devlin1 @ScottyDavisSSM defend vs former Evolve tag champs @RealJDDrake @Antnyhenry!
Tickets: https://t.co/eWSncnWo1U / @dicefm app. #ThisIsPROGRESS pic.twitter.com/MiIKaSKjkI
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) February 10, 2020
Earlier today Progress Wrestling announced that the tag titles would be on the line once again at the upcoming Chapter 103. Taking place on the 23rd of February at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, current champions Jordan Devlin and Scotty Davis will have their hands full when they face former Evolve champions The Workhorsemen: J.D. Drake and Anthony Henry