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You knew WWE would find the “Forbidden Door” someday…but this news is still a shocker.
19 names were announced on last night’s SmackDown for the women’s Royal Rumble match. And among those names…is Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Mickie James.
WWE mentioned Impact and the Knockouts Title by name during the SmackDown broadcast and online. Impact also announced the news, including a quote from EVP Scott D’Amore saying “WWE wanted it, Mickie wanted it and IMPACT Wrestling’s philosophy is always to work with other major promotions to create buzz for the fans.”
Mickie James kinda overshadowed the other outsiders announced last night for the women’s Rumble match. They include the Bella Twins, Lita, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, and Summer Rae.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair ALSO declared herself for the Rumble.
Flair won a non-title match over Naomi on SmackDown, thanks to a big assist from Sonya Deville.
“Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville is officially in the men’s Rumble match. Also, Sheamus is in.
Roman Reigns will defend the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble…against Seth Rollins.
The Usos are still the SmackDown Tag Champs. They beat King Woods & Kofi Kingston in a street fight on Friday’s SmackDown.
Rick Boogs pinned Sami Zayn with a small package.
Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss beat the Viking Raiders.
Mickie James may not be Knockouts Champion for much longer. She’s defending the title on tonight’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view..in a Texas Death Match against Deonna Purrazzo.
The Knockouts Tag Title match is OFF of tonight’s show. The titleholders, The IInspiration are self-isolating after being in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID0-19
On to the rest of the Hard To Kill card:
Moose defends the Impact World Title in a 3-way against Matt Cardona and W. Morrissey.
Speaking of “Forbidden Doors”, Jonathan Gresham will defend the Ring Of Honor World Championship against Chris Sabin.
Trey Miguel puts the X-Division Title on the line against Steve Maclin.
Plus, Josh Alexander vs. JONAH…
The first Knockouts Ultimate X Match: Jordynne Grace vs. Chelsea Green vs. Alisha vs. Rosemary vs. Tasha Steelz vs. Lady Frost.
And the Good Brothers & Violent By Design vs. Heath, Rhino, Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann & Willie Mack in a Harcore War.
The pay-per-view begins at 8PM Eastern.
AEW has a live special tonight on TNT. It’s Battle Of The Belts, also starting at 8PM Eastern.
Cody Rhodes will NOT defend the TNT Championship on the show. AEW announced last night he’s not medically cleared. Instead, it’ll be Dustin Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara for the INTERIM TNT Title.
Also tonight, Dr. Britt Baker defends the AEW Women’s Championship against Riho.
Riho & Ruby Soho beat Baker & Jamie Hayter on Friday night’s Rampage. Riho rolled up Hayter for the pin.
A third match was added to Battle Of The Belts during Rampage. Ricky Starks will defend the FTW Championship against Matt Sydal.
Getting back to the in-ring action on Rampage, Adam Cole beat Jake Atlas. Atlas hurt his knee at the very end of this match. Cole had to abort the Panama Sunrise and finish him with kneebar submission.
Atlas later tweeted “My knee will be just fine.“
Also on Friday’s Rampage, Hook beat Aaron Solo.
(STINGER: New Japan)
New Japan and Pro-Wrestling NOAH clash Saturday at Night 3 of Wrestling Kingdom 16 at Yokohama Arena.
KENTA will NOT be on the show. He was pulled due to multiple injuries he suffered during his No DQ match against Hiroshi Tanahashi on Wednesday.
Saturday night’s New Japan Strong has Eddie Kingston vs. Gabriel Kidd.
The first episode of NWA USA drops on the NWA’s YouTube Saturday at Noon Eastern time.
Matches include Colby Corino vs. CW Anderson…and Luke Hawx vs. PJ Hawx.
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