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Shannon Spruill - better known to pro wrestling fans as Daffney - has died.
Daffney made her debut with WCW in 1999, and won the company’s Cruiserweight Championship the following year. She later wrestled for TNA and various independent promotions.
Injuries shortened Daffney’s in-ring career. Her last match was over a decade ago, though she continued to make appearances for different companies over the years that followed.
Her death was announced on Thursday.
Daffney - Shannon Spruill - was 46.
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WWE is promoting a HUGE match for tonight’s SmackDown. Roman Reigns defending the Universal Championship against Finn Balor.
On Thursday’s NXT UK…
Teoman beat Nathan Frazer in a first round match in the Heritage Cup #1 Contender Tournament. A timely distraction by Rohan Raja helped Teoman get the deciding pinfall in the fifth round.
Also on the show, Emilia McKenzie pinned Amale with a rollup.
The advertised match between Blair Davenport and Nina Samuels never happened. Davenport attacked Samuels during her entrance. That drew out Sid Scala...and Davenport laid him out too. Scala was later seen sporting a neck brace.
It was announced during the show that Aoife Valkyrie suffered a knee injury during her match last week...and will be out indefinitely.
Tonight’s AEW Rampage is the last stop before Sunday’s All Out pay per view.
Darby Allin faces Daniel Garcia in the main event. CM Punk will be on commentary during that match.
Plus, Malakai Black vs. Lee Johnson…
Kris Statlander in a 2-on-1 Match against Jamie Hayter & Rebel…
And we’ll hear from the TNT Champion Miro.
Riho has been added to the Women’s Casino Battle Royale at All Out. That leaves us with only ONE unannounced entrant for the match.
During a media call on Thursday, Tony Khan confirmed that most tapings of AEW Dark will be moving to Universal Studios in Orlando.
Khan also said he’s planning to do international touring next year...specifically in the United Kingdom...and also looking to do shows in the western half of the United States, including bringing the Double Or Nothing pay per view back to Las Vegas.
The semifinals in Ring Of Honor’s women’s title tournament are on this weekend’s ROH TV.
It’s Angelina Love vs. Rok-C...and Miranda Alize vs. Trish Adora. The winners will face off for the gold at the Death Before Dishonor pay per view.
Also on this weekend’s show, Shane Taylor Promotions vs. La Faccion Ingobernable in an 8-Man Tag Team main event.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Tonight’s New Japan Strong has - and I can’t stress this enough - Josh Alexander vs. Daniel Garcia in the main event.
Plus, TJP vs. Rey Horus...and Hikuleo vs. Matt Morris, who’s better known these days as Matthew Rehwoldt.
Back in Japan, New Japan is running back-to-back days at the MetLife Dome in Saitama this weekend.
Saturday’s show has Hiroshi Tanahashi defending the IWGP United States Championship against Kota Ibushi in the main event.
Kazuchika Okada goes up against Jeff Cobb.
Chase Owens defends the 2021 KOPW Trophy against Toru Yano in an “I Quit” Match.
Roppongi 3K explodes...as SHO and YOH clash one-on-one.
Plus, IWGP Jr. Champ Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask vs. Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI…
AND a special Stardom tag match: Momo Watanabe & Saya Kamitani vs. Maika & Lady C.
Start time is 3:30AM Eastern on Saturday.
Impact Wrestling’s X-Division Champion Josh Alexander will defend his title at Victory Road...against Chris Sabin.
Sabin challenged Alexander on last night’s Impact...right after Alexander had beaten Dave Crist to retain his X-Division Title. Crist had answered an open challenge for a title match.
Last night’s main event saw Ace Austin beat Tommy Dreamer. A distraction by Madman Fulton allowed Austin to hit The Fold and get the pin...and that keeps Austin’s title shot at Victory Road against Impact World Champ Christian Cage a one-on-one match.
That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Friday, September 3.
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