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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Friday, January 22, 2021.
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Results from Thursday’s NXT UK are straight ahead in this update but first…
AEW making it official Thursday. STING will return to action - nearly 5 ½ years after an injury appeared to end his in-ring career. It’ll go down at the Revolution pay per view on Saturday February 27 - a Street Fight: Sting and Darby Allin vs. Brain Cage and Ricky Starks.
AEW also adding a couple new matches to next Wednesday’s Dynamite: Chris Jericho and MJF vs. the Varsity Blondes....and Dr. Britt Baker vs. Shanna.
AEW’s Private Party will get their title shot against the Impact tag champs the Good Brothers at No Surrender. That’s gonna be an Impact Plus exclusive event coming up on Saturday, February 13th.
On tonight’s SmackDown…Big E vs. Apollo Crews in a rematch for Big E’s Intercontinental Title.
The change we expected in the men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is happening.
Ashante Adonis and Desmond Troy were battered by Karrion Kross on Wednesday’s NXT. Now, those two are OUT of the Dusty Classic. They’re being replaced by Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher - who battered one another in the FIGHT PIT on NXT - a match where Thatcher submitted Ciampa.
So, it’ll be Thatcher and Ciampa vs. Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari on tonight’s 205 Live. The winner gets Adam Cole and Roderick Strong in the quarterfinals.
A first round match in the women’s Dusty Classic is also now set for 205 Live. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. two new names in NXT: Gigi Dolin and Cora Jade: formerly known as Priscilla Kelly and Elayna Black.
Kay Lee Ray’s 500+ day reign as NXT UK women’s champion rolls on. KLR fought off outside interference from Joseph Conners and beat Jinny on Thursday’s NXT UK.
WWE Network subscribers will get a chance to see the Superstar Spectacle. The special is being produced for networks in India, and will feature WWE talents of Indian descent and other stars. It’ll be shown on the WWE Network Tuesday morning, starting at 9:30AM.
WWE Backstage will return for a Royal Rumble special. Renee Young will be back, alongside Booker T and Paige. It debuts on FS1 on Saturday, January 30th.
This weekend’s Ring Of Honor TV has Jonathan Gresham, Jay Lethal and Tracy Williams representing The Foundation in a six-man tag against Shane Taylor and the Soldiers of Savagery.
Also, a Pure Rules Match between Dalton Castle and Josh Woods.
We should also mention that Joe Keys won the Dojo Gauntlet Match shown this week on ROH’s Week By Week YouTube show. Keys will get a shot at Gresham’s Pure Championship.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Tonight’s New Japan Strong has Ring Of Honor’s Bateman facing Ren Narita in the main event.
New Japan’s Road To The New Beginning tour resumes SATURDAY with a major show. The junior heavyweight titles on the line. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru will be defending against El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori.
Also, Hiroyoshi Tenzan returns to action - tagging with Satoshi Kojima against Will Ospreay and Great-O-Khan. Plus, a 10-man elimination tag: Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma, SHO & Master Wato battle LIJ’s SANADA, Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
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