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WWE with a mass release of talent on Thursday.
The biggest name on the list is Samoa Joe, who was on commentary at WrestleMania...but hasn’t wrestled a match since last October.
Also released Thursday...The IIconics - Billie Kay and Peyton Royce...Bo Dallas...Chelsea Green...Kalisto...Mickie James...Mojo Rawley...Tucker...and Wesley Blake.
On tonight’s SmackDown…a tag team title match. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode will defend against the Street Profits.
Plus, Rey Mysterio vs. Otis.
On Thursday’s NXT UK...
Isla Dawn pinned Emilia McKenzie...Kenny Williams beat Amir Jordan...and Nathan Frazer beat Saxon Huxley.
New matches added to Impact’s Rebellion pay per view on April 25th…
Sami Callihan vs. Trey Miguel...in a Last Man Standing Match.
Violent By Design vs. Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack, James Storm and Chris Sabin.
Another name added to Rebellion - Mauro Ranallo. ESPN’s Marc Raimondi broke the news earlier in the day, and Impact later confirmed that Ranallo will be on the call for the main event Title vs. Title match between Kenny Omega and Rich Swann.
On last night’s Impact, there was a formal press conference to promote the fight - attended by Swann, Omega, Don Callis and even Tony Khan, who promised there will be a definitive winner at Rebellion.
(Tony Khan Rebellion Winner)
That clip from last night’s Impact.
Jazz’s retirement ceremony last night was interrupted by the Knockouts Tag Champs Fire ‘n Flava. That led to a very quick, impromptu match against Jazz and Jordynne Grace. Jazz pinned Kiera Hogan.
Fire ‘n Flava must now defend their titles at Rebellion against Grace and a mystery partner - and it won’t be Jazz. She said she’ll honor the stipulation from the Title vs. Career match she lost to Deonna Purrazzo.
Josh Alexander pinned TJP. Both of those men are already set to challenge X-Division Champ Ace Austin in a 3-way at Rebellion.
Brain Myers and Matt Cardona chose each other’s opponents on last night’s show. Myers beat Jake Something...but Cardona LOST...to Sami Callihan.
Also on last night’s show we got the official reveal that former Knockouts Champ Taylor Wilde is “returning soon” to Impact.
On Before The Impact, Havok beat Nevaeh. That was apparently the end of Nevaeh’s run with Impact.
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis-Bennett are sticking with Ring Of Honor. The company announced Thursday that both have signed new deals with the company.
This weekend’s ROH TV is the 500th episode - with Jay Briscoe vs. Mark Briscoe in the main event. Plus, Jonathan Gresham defending the Pure Title against Jay Lethal.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Tonight’s New Japan Strong has the semifinals in the U.S. version of the New Japan Cup tournament: Brody King vs. Lio Rush...and Hikuleo vs. FILTHY Tom Lawlor.
Also tonight.. The LA Dojo team of Karl Fredericks, Kevin Knight, the DKC & Alex Coughlin face off against Misterioso, Barrett Brown, Adrian Quest & Jordan Clearwater.
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