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Tonight’s SmackDown will be a special “throwback” edition.
As for action in the ring, WWE is promoting Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins.
There will be some new names on tonight’s 205 Live: Ari Sterling - the former Alex Zayne...and Ikemen Jiro.
Amir Jordan is LEAVING NXT UK. That’s the result of his loss to Kenny Williams on Thursday’s show.
A match between Ilja Dragunov and Dave Mastiff ended in a referee stoppage after an elbow from Dragunov struck Mastiff square in the nose. Also, Trent Seven pinned Saxon Huxley, thanks in part to a timely distraction from Sam Gradwell.
Next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match for a shot at Kay Lee Ray’s UK Women's title: Isla Dawn vs. Jinny vs. Xia Brookside vs. Emilia McKenzie vs. Dani Luna.
Another wrestler, Amale (uh-MEL), was not happy she was left out of this. She attacked Brookside during Thursday’s show.
This weekend’s Ring Of Honor TV has the ROH in-ring debut of backstage broadcaster Quinn McKay. She’ll face Angelina Love. If McKay wins, she is IN the upcoming ROH Women’s Title Tournament.
Also on the show, The Briscoes vs. EC3 and Flip Gordon...and Brian Johnson will issue an open challenge.
The final three participants are now set for a #1 Contender’s match for Kenny Omega’s Impact World Championship.
The qualifying matches went down last night. Moose beat James Storm. Trey Miguel submitted Rohit Raju. And Chris Sabin got past Rhino.
They’ll join Sami Callihan, Matt Cardona and Chris Bey in the 6-Way #1 Contender’s Match at Under Siege. That’s an Impact Plus exclusive show coming up on Saturday, May 15th.
Rosemary and Havok will meet next week...with the winner getting a shot at Knockouts Champ Deonna Purrazzo at Under Siege.
New Japan’s El Phantasmo made his Impact debut...and used his Sudden Death superkick to beat VSK.
Also last night, Doc Gallows pinned Juice Robinson...Taylor Wilde beat Susan...and Rachael Ellering pinned Kiera Hogan.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Tonight’s New Japan Strong will see Jon Moxley in action. He’s tagging with Chris Dickinson against the team of Yuji Nagata and Ren Narita.
Mox will defend his IWGP United States Championship against Nagata on next Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.
The COVID-19 state of emergency in Japan is being extended...and expanded. The country’s Prime Minister is pushing the end date through the end of May.
The state of emergency covers areas in and around Tokyo and Osaka...with Aichi and Fukuoka now added to the list.
Some of the restrictions on businesses are expected to be eased.
The encouraging news for pro wrestling companies in Japan is that the ban on spectators at large sporting events will be scaled back. Attendance will be capped at 5,000 people - or 50% of the venue’s capacity.
That would be good news for pro wrestling companies, including New Japan - which has a major show in Tokyo Dome on May 29th.
Salina de la Renta is leaving MLW. Her final appearance was on last Wednesday’s Fusion...when she crossed paths on-screen with the “El Jefe” of Azteca Underground.
The man known in Lucha Underground as “Dario Cueto” will get a new name, according to MLW’s Court Bauer.
(Bauer On Cueto Name)
Bauer speaking with Post Wrestling’s John Pollock.
Bauer says the deal with actor Luis Fernandez-Gil will keep him with MLW “for many years to come”.
Bauer was asked about reports of recent talks between MLW and WWE, but he declined to comment.
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