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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Friday, April 9, 2021.
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Tonight’s SmackDown is the final stop before WrestleMania...and there are a couple Mania-worthy matches on tonight’s.
There’s a FATAL 4-Way for the SmackDown Tag Titles. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode defending against...Rey & Dominik Mysterio...Chad Gable & Otis...and the Street Profits.
Also, the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal is on tonight’s SmackDown. 22 participants are announced for that match - including Shinsuke Nakamura, Jey Uso and King Corbin.
Night 2 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver last night.
Kyle O’Reilly was battered, bruised, but victorious in his Unsanctioned Match against Adam Cole. O’Reilly wrapped his leg in a steel chain and then dropped it onto Cole from the top rope...while Cole was draped over an open, upside-down steel chair.
Cole appeared to have O’Reilly beaten with the Panama Sunrise earlier in the match. The only problem was that Cole deliberately knocked out the referee just moments earlier.
Karrion Kross reclaimed the NXT Championship he was forced to relinquish due to injury - beating Finn Balor last night. Kross is now an undefeated, 2-time champion in NXT.
Johnny Gargano needed not one - but TWO - Final Beats to pin Bronson Reed...and hold onto the North American Title.
Santos Escobar beat Jordan Devlin in a ladder match to unify both men’s Cruiserweight Championships.
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon beat Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell to retain the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles.
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain beat Breezango on the pre-show...to become the #1 contenders for MSK’s NXT Tag Titles.
Two successful title defenses in back-to-back days for WALTER. On Thursday’s NXT UK Prelude special...he turned away the challenge of Rampage Brown.
Tyler Bate earned a shot at A-Kid’s Heritage Cup Title with a win over Noam Dar.
Emilia McKenzie and Meiko Satomura beat UK Women’s Champ Kay Lee Ray and Isla Dawn. McKenzie pinned Dawn with a small package. After the match, Satomura had a staredown with Aoife (EE-fah) Valkyire.
It’s another busy day of independent shows around WrestleMania Week in Tampa.
GCW’s Spring Break has Joey Janela vs. Chris Dickinson...and Ricky Shane Page vs. Nick Gage.
Action Wrestling & Southern Underground Pro have a noontime show with Juice Robinson & David Finlay tagging up against Kevin Ku & Dominic Garrini.
Deonna Purrazzo is set to defend the Impact Knockouts Championship against Rok-C...on a card promoted by New Texas Pro Wrestling.
ICW has a late night show with Lio Rush vs. Low Ki...and Dr. Cube vs. JTG.
We a have FIVE new matches announced for Impact’s Hardcore Justice. That’s an Impact Plus exclusive on Saturday starting at 3PM.
A Hardcore War 4-On-4 Tag Match - Violent By Design vs. Tommy Dreamer and three partners who have yet to be revealed. Eric Young’s crew took out WILDCAT Chris Harris on last night’s Impact.
Ace Austin, TJP and Josh Alexander also need partners for a 3-Way Tag at Hardcore Justice. Those three are also set for a 3-Way Singles match at the Rebellion pay-per-view...with Austin’s X-Division Title on the line.
Also added to Hardcore Justice…
Mahabali Shera vs. Hernandez in a Chairs Match.
Doc Gallows vs. Black Taurus.
AND Jake Something and Brian Myers in a Hardcore Blindfold Match. On last night’s Impact, Myers finally accepted Cardona’s challenge for a match...at Rebellion.
Impact was in its new Thursday night time slot last night...with AEW Champ Kenny Omega in the main event. He and the Good Brothers fell to Impact Champ Rich Swann, Willie Mack and Eddie Edwards. Swann pinned Karl Anderson. Moments earlier, Swann appeared to have Omega pinned, but Don Callis interrupted the referee’s count.
Also last night, Trey Miguel decided to tag up with Sami Callihan, and together they beat XXXL.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Tonight’s New Japan Strong will have all FOUR first round matches in the U.S. version of the New Japan Cup tournament - Lio Rush vs. Clark Connors...Ren Narita vs. FILTHY Tom Lawlor...Fred Rosser vs. Hikuleo...and Brody King vs. Chris Dickinson.
Back in Japan, the Road To Wrestling Dontaku tour begins on Saturday.
This weekend’s Ring Of Honor TV will see Flamita and Bandido take on Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham.
Also, a Pure Rules Match between Delirious...and Rocky Romero.
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