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(STINGER: New Japan)
TWO New Japan wrestlers have tested positive for COVID-19. The company confirmed that late Tuesday night. It says those individuals are “mildly ill”. Their names are NOT being released.
New Japan says other wrestlers and staff who were in contact with the individuals are being monitored...and tested.
The COVID-19 concerns began just before the second Wrestling Dontaku show on Tuesday. That’s when New Japan announced two wrestlers had developed fevers.
New Japan canceled El Desperado’s scheduled Junior Heavyweight Title defense against YOH. It also pulled a tag match where Kazuchika Okada & SHO were set to face Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
Again, the names of the wrestlers who tested positive for COVID are NOT being released.
We should also point out that the Wrestle Grand Slam show at Yokohama Stadium is 10 days away.
Turning our attention back to the wrestling ring, Will Ospreay successfully defended his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, pinning Shingo Takagi in a nearly 45-minute main event on Tuesday.
More than a year after AEW first announced “Blood & Guts”...the match will finally happen tonight on Dynamite.
The Inner Circle and The Pinnacle will do battle under traditional “Wargames” rules.
Also tonight, there’s a 4-way tag team match for a shot at the Young Bucks’ tag tiles - SCU vs. Jurassic Express vs. the Varsity Blondes vs. The Acclaimed.
Kenny Omega & MT Nakazawa go up against Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston.
Cody Rhodes vs. QT Marshall.
Plus, Dr. Britt Baker in action...and Miro will appear.
On last night’s Dark...Dark Order’s Evil Uno, Stu Grayson & Alex Reynolds beat the team of JD Drake, Cezar Bononi & Ryan Nemeth.
Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell are the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. They dethroned Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon in a Street Fight last night.
The show opened with Isaiah “SWERVE” Scott beating Leon Ruff in a Falls Count Anywhere match. SWERVE had some backup - a new faction that includes Ashante Adonis, Briana Brandy...and AJ Francis - who’s been seen on WWE’s Hidden Treasures show on A&E. Francis took out Ruff at the end of the match.
The former Anthony Henry made his NXT debut under his new name, Asher Hale. He lost to Cameron Grimes.
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher beat the Grizzled Young Veterans. Thatcher submitted Zack Gibson after Thatcher got a hold of Wade Barrett’s shoe and hit Gibson square in the head with it.
An in-ring promo by Karrion Kross was interrupted first by Kyle O’Reilly...then Pete Dunne..and finally the returning Finn Balor. All four men brawled. That allowed Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory to attack Kross as well.
Earlier, Theory said something he shouldn’t have said in front of Scarlett...and he has a match against Kross next week.
TWO title matches are also announced for next week.
Raquel Gonzalez defending her NXT Women’s Title against Mercedes Martinez...and Two Out Of Three Falls - Kushida putting his Cruiserweight Championship on the line against Santos Escobar.
Former NCAA Division I wrestling champion Gable Stevenson is a hot prospect in pro wrestling. WWE is interested...but Stevenson says he has yet to put pen to paper.
(Stevenson WWE Talks)
Stevenson speaking with Lucha Libre Online.
Major League Wrestling will run a show in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September. CEO Court Bauer told the Dallas Morning News...MLW will follow local COVID-19 safety guidelines...but he expects them to run at “full capacity” in the 2,000+ seat NYTEX Sports Centre.
Tonight’s Fusion has Lio Rush defending the MLW Middleweight Title against the former champ Myron Reed.
Plus, Laredo Kid vs. Gringo Loco.
TWO new champions in Tokyo Joshi-Pro.
On Tuesday’s “Yes! Wonderland” show...Miyu Yamashita (ya-MAHSH-ta) won the Princess Of Princess Title...and Hikari Noa is the new International Princess Title holder.
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