I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Thursday, January 7, 2021.
This update is sponsored by IndyWrestling.us.
Results from NXT, MLW and New Japan’s New Year Dash shows are straight ahead in this update but first..
Let’s unpack the end of last night’s AEW Dynamite..where the Kenny Omega/Impact Wrestling saga turned into a full fledged North American Bullet Club reunion.
Omega beat Rey Fenix to retain his AEW title. He then revealed Eddie Kingston, The Butcher and The Blade had attacked Penta El Zero M and Pac backstage. Omega vowed to end Fenix, but Jon Moxley came to the rescue, armed with a barbed wire baseball bat.
Mox got a few shots in on Omega before Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows - the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions - showed up to save Kenny.
Their attack on Moxley eventually drew some of the wrestlers at ringside to get involved, but they were little help. Finally, the Young Bucks came out and ended up helping Omega. The final shot was the Bucks reluctantly joining Omega, Anderson and Gallows in a “Too Sweet”.
The Bucks opened the show teaming with SCU to beat The Hydrid2 & The Acclaimed. After the match, Christopher Daniels made it clear that SCU is aiming for the Bucks’ tag titles.
Also last night, Cody Rhodes had Snoop Dogg in his corner as he beat Matt Sydal. Serpentico and Luther tried to jump Rhodes and Sydal after the match but were turned away and Snoop dropped a top rope splash on Serpentico.
Hikaru Shida beat Abadon to hold onto the AEW women’s title. And Wardlow hit the F10 and beat Jake Hager. The two exchanged a mutual respect fist bump after the match.
Chuck Taylor said Trent will be out of action for 4-5 months with a torn pec. Taylor will face Miro next week, and if Chuck loses he has to be Miro’s “young boy”.
Also added to next week’s show: Serena Deeb defending the NWA Women’s Title against Tay Conti...and Eddie Kingston vs. Pac.
Finn Balor is still the NXT Champion. He beat Kyle O’Reilly via submission on last night’s NXT.
Raquel Gonzalez beat Rhea Ripley in their Last Woman Standing match after Gonzalez choke slammed Ripley through the entrance stage.
Karrion Kross beat Damien Priest. And Santos Escaor retained his cruiserweight title against Gran Metalik.
The FIGHT PIT match between Tommasso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher was pulled from last night’s show due to an injury for Thatcher.
Also, the next NXT TakeOver special on the WWE Network will be on Valentine’s Day - Sunday, February 14th.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic begins next week with a pair of first round matches: Adam Cole and Roderick Strong vs. Breezango...and the Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Ever-Rise.
NXT also announced the first-ever WOMEN’S Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is coming soon.
The only title change on Wednesday was the MLW World Middleweight Championship. Lio Rush dethroned Myron Reed.
MLW’s Court Bauer says the league is in talks with at least two “major” networks about expanding its programming.
(Bauer MLW TV Talks)
Bauer speaking with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp.
(STINGER: New Japan)
New title challengers coming into focus at New Japan’s New Year Dash show Wednesday.
The main event mult-man tag match setting up NEVER champ Shingo Takagi vs Hiroshi Tanahashi...and HIromu Takahashi defending his junior heavyweight title against SHO.
On the undercard, El Phantasmo pinned Yoshinobu Kanemaru after a suspiciously powerful superkick. That puts ELP and Taiji Ishimori in line for a shot at the jr tag titles held by Kanemaru and El Desperado.
The Empire laid waste to Hiroyoshi Tenzan to the point that he was stretchered out of the arena.
Kazuchika Okada now has his sights set on EVIL. As for Jay White...He was pinned by Tomohiro Ishii - as CHAOS beat Bullet Club in a 10-man tag. White was carried to the back, but there was no further follow-up to his post-Wrestle Kingdom comments that he’s “done” in New Japan.
Ring Of Honor announcing Amy Rose has re-signed with the company.
That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Thursday, January 7. 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..
I’m Matt Carlins. Thank YOU for listening.