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Title Change On SmackDown. Universal Championship Match Set For Royal Rumble. Impact Genesis Preview.

January 9th, 2021

I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, January 9, 2021.

This update is sponsored by IndyWrestling.us.

(STINGER: WWE)

Roman Reigns’ challenger for the Universal Title at the Royal Rumble was decided on Friday night’s SmackDown.

Are you ready for this?

It’s gonna be Adam Pearce.

The SmackDown authority figure was the sixth and final entrant in a gauntlet match that had seen Shinsuke Nakamura go through Rey Mysterio, King Corbin and Daniel Bryan.

But Reigns and Jey Uso arrived to take down both men, and laid Pearce over Nakamura for the pin.

Pearce’s last match was back in 2014, but he has plenty of credentials from a nearly two decade in-ring career - including five reigns as NWA World Heavyweight Champion between 2007 and 2012.

The other big development from SmackDown - NEW tag team champions. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode dethroned the Street Profits by pinning a valiant, but hobbling, Montez Ford for the win.

The Profits had held either the SmackDown or Raw tag titles uninterrupted since last March.

Big E got through a confusing double pin..and a match restart..before putting away Apollo Crews to retain the Intercontinental Title. But this may not be over. Apollo later demanded a rematch.

It appears Sonya Deville’s on-air role in her return to WWE TV will be helping Pearce run SmackDown. Don’t think Sonya’s forgotten about her SummerSlam loss to Mandy Rose.

(Sonya New Job)

That clip from Friday’s SmackDown.

Newly announced entrants for the Royal Rumble matches themselves: Bianca Belair, Bayley...and on the men’s side: Otis.

William Regal announced Friday that some of the first round matches in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will be held on 205 Live.

(STINGER: Impact)

Impact Wrestling is running its Genesis show tonight. It’s an Impact Plus exclusive.

The bulk of the action will be in the one-night Super X Cup tournament. First round matches are: Ace Austin vs. Suicide...Daivari vs. Cousin Jake...Crazzy Steve vs. Tre Lamar...and KC Navarro vs. Blake Christian.

Also tonight, we’ll get Jordynne Grace vs. Jazz...and Moose vs. Willie Mack in an I Quit Match.

Maybe we should start calling this “Re-signing Season”.

Brian Myers revealed on Twitter Friday that he’s signed a new contract with Impact Wrestling.

And Ring Of Honor announced the latest in a string of re-signings this week - in the form of Brian Johnson.

Four students from the ROH Dojo will compete for the right to challenge Jonathan Gresham for the Pure Title. Joe Keys, Dante Caballero, Ken Dixon and Eric Martin are set for a Gauntlet Match...that will air during ROH’s “Week By Week” YouTube show on January 19th.

Chris Dickinson made his New Japan Strong debut Friday night. He was the mystery partner for Team Filthy’s Tom Lawlor and Danny Limelight in a win over Brody King and the Riegel Twins.

That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, January 9. Our next update comes your way MONDAY 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.