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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Friday, June 18, 2021.
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Why wait until Sunday?
WWE announced late Thursday night that Roman Reigns will defend the Universal Championship against Rey Mysterio...INSIDE Hell In A Cell...on TONIGHT’s SmackDown.
The match was moved up after Rey tweeted that he didn’t want to wait until Sunday.
At least three other matches are also announced for tonight’s SmackDown.
Custody of King Corbin’s crown could be settled. He’s set to face Shinsuke Nakamura in The Battle For The Crown.
Also being promoted for tonight: Kevin Owens & Big E vs. Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez...and Angelo Dawkins vs. Otis.
On Thursday’s NXT UK…
Subculture’s Dani Luna & Flash Morgan Webster beat Jinny & Joseph Conners in a mixed tag team match. The NXT Tag Champs Pretty Deadly were jawing at Subculture afte the match.
Nathan Frazer pinned Rohan Raja with a frog splash. After the match, the symbol for Teoman flashed on the big screen.
Also, Wolfgang used a Spear to pin Sam Gradwell.
Next week’s NXT UK will have Ilja Dragunov vs. Rampage Brown vs. Joe Coffey in a Triple Threat Match.
A new match just announced for tonight’s AEW Dynamite. It’s gonna be Julia Hart vs. Penelope Ford. It’s Ford’s first match since late April.
Already set for tonight...
Jake Hager vs. Wardlow in an MMA Rules Cage Match...
A Handicap Match: Darby Allin vs. BOTH Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page…
The Good Brothers team up with Matt Jackson to face Eddie Kingston, Penta El Zero Miedo & Frankie Kazarian...
We’ll see the in-ring debut of Brock Anderson - the son of Arn Anderson. He’ll tag with Cody Rhodes against QT Marshall & Aaron Solow.
Plus, Orange Cassidy vs. Cezar Bononi...and Jim Ross will have a sit-down interview with Andrade El Idolo.
The Ring Of Honor TV Title is on the line on this weekend’s ROH TV. Tony Deppen defends in a 3-Way against former champs Dragon Lee & HOT SAUCE Tracy Williams.
Plus, Bandido vs. Bateman in a first round match in the Survival Of The Fittest tournament.
The Impact World Title match at Slammiversary between Kenny Omega and Sami Callihan remains intact. Callihan was reinstated at the end of last night’s show...and Don Callis was FIRED.
Earlier, Moose hijacked the show...demanding a rematch with Omega. Instead, he got run off by the returning Chris Sabin. A match between those two is now set for Slammiversary.
Another match added to Slammiversary...Josh Alexander will defend the X-Division Title in an Ultimate X Match...against Trey Miguel...Ace Austin...Chris Bey...Rohit Raju...and Petey Williams.
Alexander pinned Madman Fulton on last night’s show.
Also last night, Satoshi Kojima pinned Rhino. That means Kojima & Eddie Edwards will get a shot at the Impact Tag Titles held by Violent By Design. That title match will happen next week...and the match graphic shown Thursday night indicated it will be Joe Doering & Deaner defending the tag belts for VBD.
TJP pinned Black Taurus with the Mamba Splash.
Tenille Dashwood used a rollup to pin Rachael Ellering.
And Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo told Kimber Lee & Susan she’s “DONE” with both of them.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Josh Alexander will be in action on tonight’s New Japan Strong...in a match against Alex Coghlin.
Also, Satoshi Kojima will go one-on-one against JR Kratos.
Back in Japan, dates are now set for some upcoming title matches.
El Desperado will defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title against Taiji Ishimori on July 10th - Night 1 of Summer Struggle in Sapporo.
On Night 2, on July 11th...Taichi & Zach Sabre Jr. defend the IWGP Tag Titles against Tetsuya Naito & SANADA.
FILTHY Tom Lawlor - the reigning New Japan Strong Openweight Champion - retired from MMA on Thursday. He laid down his gloves in the cage after a unanimous decision victory on a Professional Fighters League card.
Round 5 of the MLW Draft last night confirmed the returns of TJP...as well as Kevin Ku & Dominic Garrini.
MLW also announced the Carribean Championship will be defended at the Battle Riot III show in Philadelphia on July 10th...with Richard Holliday putting the belt on the line against King Muertes.
Also, Muertes, Holliday, Zenshi and Lee Moriarty are now confirmed for the Riot match itself.
That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Friday, June 18. 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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