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McIntyre Out With COVID-19, Triple H Back On WWE Raw, New Japan Announces New Beginning Cards, IMPACT & AEW Dark Previews

January 12th, 2021

I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

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Results from Monday Night Raw are straight ahead in this update but first…

The big story looming over last night’s show - WWE Champion Drew McIntyre testing positive for COVID-19.

(McIntyre COVID)

Part of McIntyre’s pre-recorded comments that aired on last night’s Raw. He said he hopes to be back soon.

WWE also made it official..that McIntyre will defend his title against Goldberg at the Royal Rumble.

In the ring, Triple H filled the opening in the main event - his first match on Raw since 2016…he brawled with Randy Orton for about 5 minutes. Then, the lights started to go out. Triple H’s sledgehammer caught fire. ALL of the lights went out. When some of them came back, Triple H was gone. But Alexa Bliss was there..and she shot a fireball into Orton’s face! End scene.

Ric Flair TURNED on his daughter Charlotte. For the second week in a row, he sabotaged her in a match against Lacey Evans. Ric and Lacey later left the arena arm in arm.

We have a couple new names for the women’s Royal Rumble: Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose declared..right before they lost a tag match to Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.

A number of names performing double duty on last night’s Raw.

Keith Lee and Sheamus teamed up to beat The Miz and John Morrison. THEN, they fought each other...with Keith Lee coming out on top.

Bobbly Lashley successfully defended his U.S. title against Riddle, who submitted to the Hurt Lock. After the match, Riddle challenged MVP. But that match ended in a DQ thanks to Lashley.

Finally, T-Bar beat Xavier Woods - who was alone. The announcers said Kofi Kingston is out with a broken jaw.

(STINGER: Impact)

Tonight’s Impact Wrestling is the final stop before the Hard To Kill pay per view. The main event of that show will be in the spotlight. Impact world champ Rich Swann will battle Karl Anderson...and Kenny Omega is set to appear.

We’ll also see Kimber Lee vs. Taya Valkyrie.

(STINGER: AEW)

Tonight’s AEW Dark has 12 matches on tap. Among the names set for action: NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb..and the woman who will challenge for the title on Wednesday’s Dynamite: Tay Conti.

(STINGER: New Japan)

New Japan responding to the new state of emergency in and around Tokyo. At a news conference early Tuesday, it announced shorter cards for the New Beginning tour.and earlier start times for shows at Korakeun Hall.

The full cards for all the entire tour are now out. Here are the major matches.

The January 23rd show will see Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado defend the junior tag titles against El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori...Also, Hiroyoshi Tenzan will return to action on that show.

On January 30.. Shingo Takagi defends the NEVER title against Hiroshi Tanahashi.

February 10... Guerrillas of Destiny defend their tag titles against Dangerous Tekkers… and SHO challenges Hiromu Takahashi for the junior heavyweight championship.

Finally, Kota Ibushi defends the double gold against SANADA on February 11.

At Tuesday’s news conference Ibushi restated that he’d like to see the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles unified into a single belt.

Japan’s new state of emergency impacting other promotions - Dragon Gate is moving up the start time for its show on February 5th.

And Japan’s ZERO1 promotion is going even further - postponing three shows originally scheduled for later this month.

MLW confirmed Monday that former Lucha Underground champion Mil Muertes will make his debut on Wednesday’s Fusion. The match is being promoted as an “open contract”, so we don’t know his opponent yet.

That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Tuesday, January 12. 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.