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Garbage Bag Backlash. WWE Talent Relations Dept. Shakeup. Plans For ThunderDome, Live Touring.

April 23rd, 2021

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A well-known name on WWE’s management team...Senior Director of Talent Relations Mark Carrano...has been fired, according to multiple reports Thursday night.

Fightful reports that Carrano’s firing is directly tied to a social media post by Mickie James, who revealed a package of her belongings shipped by WWE was packed in a garbage bag. James was among the wrestlers released by WWE earlier this week.

John Laurinaitis, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon tweeted Thursday that a WWE employee had been FIRED over the incident.

There were reports of a broader shakeup of personnel in the Talent Relations Department...even before Carrano’s firing was reported.

Also Thursday...WWE reported its revenues for the first quarter of 2021. $263.5 million dollars - down 9% compared to the first quarter of last year.

During a conference call with investors Thursday...we learned WWE plans to remain in the ThunderDome through at least June. WWE does not expect to return to live touring until the second half of the year.

WWE also announced a deal with Crunchyroll to develop a new anime series.

As of Thursday night, we have basically NOTHING announced for tonight’s SmackDown.

NXT UK isn’t big enough for Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan. On yesterday’s show, the former tag team partners signed on for a No Disqualification / “Loser Leaves NXT UK” match. A date for that match has yet to be announced.

Also on yesterday’s show...Moustache Mountain - Tyler Bate & Trent Seven beat Noam Dar and Sha Samuels in the main event.

Joe Coffey pinned Eddie Dennis...as the rest of Gallus brawled with Dennis’ pals, Primate and T-Bone.

Jinny beat Dani Luna...and Jinny and Joseph Conners wanted to continue the beating after the bell...but Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster ran out to save Luna.

Sam Gradwell beat Dave Mastiff.

(STINGER: New Japan)

Tonight’s New Japan Strong has the final in the U.S. version of the New Japan Cup Tournament. It’s Brody King vs. FILTHY Tom Lawlor. The winner will also be the first holder of the new Strong Openweight Championship.

Also tonight, the New Japan debut of Wheeler Yuta. He’s taking on Rocky Romero.

Japan’s prime minister is poised to declare a new state of emergency in Tokyo...and the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. This is in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Part of the order would reportedly include BANNING spectators from large events. This would begin Sunday and run through May 11th.

It would not impact any shows on New Japan’s Wrestling Dontaku tour...BUT New Japan does have shows at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall coming up on May 8th, 10th & 11th.

Pro-Wrestling NOAH has a big show coming up next Thursday - but it’s also being held outside the affected areas.


Top Flight’s Darius Martin tweeted that he underwent ACL surgery on Thursday. He’s been out of action since February.

(STINGER: Impact)

A warning for Impact Champ Rich Swann before the big Title vs. Title Match against AEW Champ Kenny Omega...at Sunday’s Rebellion pay per view.

On last night’s Impact, Swann tried to call out Omega. He had to settle for a video message from Omega and Don Callis.

But that’s not where things ended. Moose made an unexpected appearance in the Impact Zone. He wished Swann “good luck”...and then added this ultimatum.

(Moose Warns Swann)

That clip from last night’s Impact.

Jordynne Grace’s mystery partner for Rebellion was revealed last night. It’ll be Rachael Ellering teaming with Grace to challenge Fire n’ Flava for the Knockouts Tag Titles.

Eric Young rolled up Eddie Edwards to get the pin in last night’s main event. Young wrestled the match with a torn ACL.

Also last night, the Good Brothers beat Decay...and Shera beat Jake Something.


This weekend’s Ring Of Honor TV will give us our first good look at Brody King’s new faction, Violence Unlimited. It’ll be King, Homicide & Chris Dickinson vs. the ROH World Champion RUSH, Kenny King & Bestia del Ring.

Also, Eli Isom vs. Dak Draper.

That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Friday, April 23. Our next update comes your way tomorrow morning, so be sure to subscribe to this feed. We also thank you in advance for leaving a glowing rating or review..

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