I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
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Results from Night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom, Impact and AEW Dark are straight ahead in this update but first…
2021 is just getting started but THIS could turn out to be the biggest day of the year in pro wrestling. Four MAJOR companies..holding MAJOR shows..with MAJOR title matches.
Let’s start with NXT’s New Year’s Evil show.
Kyle O’Reilly is challenging Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. Balor barely survived their last meeting at TakeOver 31 back in October - where O’Reilly broke his jaw.
Also tonight - Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez in a Last Woman Standing match. Karrion Kross vs. Damien Priest. Tommasso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher in the FIGHT PIT. Santos Esccobar defends his Cruiserweight Title against Gran Metalik. AND brackets for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will be revealed.
After a one week delay for the Brodie Lee tribute show, AEW is rolling out Night 1 of its New Year’s Smash shows tonight.
Kenny Omega defends his AEW World Championship for the first time against Rey Fenix.
Hikaru Shida defends the AEW women’s title against Abadon. Wardlow clashes with Jake Hager. AND Snoop Dogg will appear.
On last night’s Dark - an in-ring confrontation between Marko Stunt...and Dark Order’s Negative One - a.k.a. Brodie Lee Jr.
(Negative One Promo)
That clip from last night’s Dark. Negative One’s led to a pull apart brawl between he and Stunt.
Later, Dark Order’s Alan “5” Angels beat Serpentico..and Negative One returned, took the mic again..and told Serpentico’s tag partner Luther that he looks stupid.
Kenny Omega was back on Impact last night. He and the Good Brothers ambushed Rich Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns.
Also last night, an upset in the semifinals of the Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament. Havok and Nevaeh beat Jordynne Grace & Jazz. Havok pinned Jazz after a piledriver. She and Nevaeh head to the finals at Hard To Kill where they’ll face Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz.
As for Grace and Jazz, they’ll now face one another - at the Impact Plus exclusive Genesis show on Saturday.
Sami Callihan and Eddie Edwards fought to a no contest in the main event. They’ll meet again in a Barbed Wire Massacre at the Hard to Kill pay per view on January 16th. Also added to that show: Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering vs. Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake in an Old School Rules match...and Ethan Page vs. (his alter ego) The Karate Man.
(STINGER: New Japan)
After two nights in the Tokyo Dome, New Japan has its New Year Dash show today.
Kota Ibushi is carrying the Double Gold out of Wrestle Kingdom. He beat Jay White in a 48 minute EPIC main event on Tuesday’s show.
Backstage, Jay White said he’s “done” and teased that he’ll walk away from New Japan after New Year Dash.
(Jay White WK Backstage)
That clip from New Japan’s YouTube channel.
As for Ibushi, he’s now asking to unify the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. And it looks like Ibushi’s next title match will be against SANADA. He beat EVIL on Tuesday and then returned to the ring to challenge Ibushi after the main event.
Here are the rest of the results from Night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom: Hiromu Takahashi won the junior heavyweight title from Taiji Ishimori. Shingo Takagi retained his NEVER title against Jeff Cobb. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru held onto their Jr. Heavyweight Tag titles against Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato. And Toru Yano seized the King Of Pro Wrestling 2021 trophy.
MLW is looking to make some noise tonight with its Kings Of Colosseum event.
Lio Rush makes his MLW debut..as he challenges Myron Reed for the middleweight title.
Also, Alexander Hammerstone defends his national openweight title against the BLACK HAND OF CONTRA Mads Krugger. AND The Von Erichs put their tag titles on the line against the Dirty Blondes.
There’s encouraging news for Septimo Dragon. He suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run crash in Mexico just over a week ago. MLW says Septimo’s condition has stabilized and he underwent a third surgery earlier this week.
(STINGER: Ring Of Honor)
Ring Of Honor TV Champ Dragon Lee will defend his title against Rey Horus on ROH TV in two weeks.
Ring Of Honor also announced Tuesday that Bandido has re-signed with the company. He’s currently a co-holder of the ROH 6-man titles with Horus and Flamita, but he hasn’t appeared in Ring Of Honor since last February.
Finally, after berating her legendary father on Monday Night Raw...Charlotte and Ric Flair made peace Tuesday on Twitter.
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