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The NXT Championship is on the line tonight. Former champ Finn Balor gets his rematch against Karrion Kross.
Also being promoted for tonight, Bobby Fish’s first match since his return from injury. He’s set to face Pete Dunne.
Plus, Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon...the NXT in-ring debut of Franky Monet...and Cameron Grimes faces off with Ted DiBiase.
Less than a week after he was released by WWE, the former Velveteen Dream - Patrick Clark - posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram.
Clark said his termination was the result of Speaking Out accusations against him...that surfaced more than a year ago.
Clark gave a detailed account of his version of the events involving two of his accusers...calling their stories “baseless and untrue.”
Charlotte Flair will get her one-on-one match against Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship...and it will happen at Hell In A Cell.
That match was announced on last night’s Raw...not long after Charlotte used a cradle to pin Asuka.
As for Ripley, she technically lost a Beat The Clock match to Nikki Cross...who survived two minutes against Ripley without being beaten. It was Charlotte who goaded Ripley into taking the match.
Natalya & Tamina are still the WWE Womens’ Tag Team Champions. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, appeared to be in position to take back the titles...but Reginald chose the wrong moment to jump up onto the apron. Baszler told Reggie to get lost...but as he walked up the ramp fire erupted from the stage. That distracted Baszler and allowed Natalya to grab a small package and get the pin.
Baszler was fuming at Reginald after the match. She grabbed him and demanded he face her one-on-one in a match on next week’s Raw.
Also set for next Monday...Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston. The winner will get the shot at WWE Champ Bobby Lashley at Hell In A Cell. They actually tried to do McIntyre vs. Kingston - with the same stakes - on last night’s Raw...but Lashley and MVP got involved and the referee threw the match out.
Sheamus used a handful of tights to pin Humberto Carrillo. Sheamus tried to beat up Carrillo some more after the match, but Ricochet ran out to make the save.
Riddle faced off against Xavier Woods...and it was Riddle getting the win...pinning Woods with the RKO.
Jaxson Ryker pinned AJ Styles after outside interference from Elias.
Cedric Alexander pinned Shelton Benjamin.
(STINGER: New Japan)
The latest New Japan wrestler to confirm he tested positive for COVID-19 is Taichi. He told Tokyo Sports he started feeling sick after performing at the Wrestling Dontaku shows. Taichi said his symptoms were mild.
Meanwhile, some news that could impact foreign talent looking to wrestle in Japan. The U.S. State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory for the country...citing a “very high level of COVID-19 in the country”.
We have a handful of matches announced for tonight’s AEW Dark: Brian Cage vs. Sonny Kiss...Dark Order’s “10” vs. Dillon McQueen...and Nick Comoroto vs. Duke Davis.
Some familiar faces to fans of New Japan on last night’s Dark: Elevation.
Ren Narita pinned Royce Isaacs with his bridging belly-to-belly suplex.
And Rocky Romero pinned JD Drake with a cradle. The Wingmen tried to jump Romero after the match...but Best Friends - including Romero’s former tag partner Trent - ran out for the save. The show ended with them reunited as their old Roppongi Vice theme played.
Tonight’s NWA Powerrr is being promoted as a “season finale”...with some big matches, including the one between Thunder Rosa and Kamille. The winner is the #1 contender for Serena Deeb’s NWA Women’s World Championship.
There are added stakes for Thunder Rosa. If she loses, the Forbidden Door for her, is closed and locked. She can no longer wrestle anywhere other than the NWA.
Also on the show...Aron Stevens and Kratos defend the NWA Tag Titles against the War Kings - Jax Dane & Crimson.
There’s a battle royal to decide the #1 contender for Nick Aldis’ NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
Plus, Aldis himself will be in action. He’ll go one-on-one against Mims.
The Ring Of Honor Tag Team Titles are staying with The Foundation. HOT SAUCE Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus turned away the challenge of Matt Taven and Mike Bennett on ROH’s weekend TV. Williams pinned Taven with a piledriver...after Taven was hobbled by an ankle injury.
Fred Yehi used the Koji Clutch to submit Rocky Romero in a Pure Rules Match.
Also on the show, Flip Gordon demanded a shot at Rush and the ROH World Championship...but Gordon was interrupted by EC3...who simply said “you’ve been warned”...and left.
Impact’s Eddie Edwards is back home and recovering...after having his appendix removed.
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