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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Monday, April 11, 2022.
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Japanese pro wrestling legend Shinjiro Otani is hospitalized…and as of the latest update early Monday, Otani is unable to move his arms or legs after he was injured during a match over the weekend.
Otani was in a match against ZERO1 Champion Takashi Sugiura on Sunday…when Sugiura delivered a German suplex to Otani into the turnbuckles. Otani was lying motionless in the ring but was responsive. The match was immediately stopped.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Title changes in New Japan over the weekend.
Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb are the new IWGP Tag Team Champions. They took the titles from Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI at the Hyper Battle show over the weekend.
The United Empire gained a new member at the show: former All Japan Junior Champ Franceso Akira.
Also at Hyper Battle, Taichi won the KOPW 2022 trophy from Toru Yano.
SANADA relinquished the IWGP U.S. Title. He recently suffered a fractured orbital bone.
Will Ospreay and Hiroshi Tanahashi will fight for the vacant title at Wrestling Dontaku on May 1st.
Also announced for that show:
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP World Heavyweight title…
El Desperado vs. Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title…
And EVIL vs. Tama Tonga for the NEVER Openweight title.
This year’s G1 Climax tournament will begin on Saturday, July 16th.
World of Stardom Champion Syuri is out of Stardom’s Cinderella tournament. She and Himeka fought to a draw Sunday. Also on that show, Hazuki beat AZM in a tournament match.
Ronda Rousey will get another shot at Charlotte Flair’s SmackDown Women’s Title at WrestleMania Backlash…in an “I Quit” Match.
The WWE Women’s Tag Titles are on the line on tonight’s RAW. Sasha Banks & Naomi defend against Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan.
Also tonight, Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz…AJ Styles vs. Damian Priest…and Veer Mahaan vs. Rey Mysterio.
WWE announced the NXT Tag Titles have been relinquished. This comes after one-half of the former champs, Nash Carter, was reportedly released. New champs will be crowned on Tuesday’s episode
Friday’s SmackDown saw the main roster debuts of Gunther, Marcel Barthel - now known as Ludwig Kaiser - and Raquel Gonzalez - now using the last name Rodriguez.
Tonight’s Dark: Elevation has LuFisto teaming with The Bunny & Emi Sakura to take on Ruby Soho, Anna Jay & Skye Blue.
There’s a big 10-man tag: All THREE members of the Gunn Club - Austin, Colten, AND Billy - plus Chaos Project vs. Dark Order’s Stu Grayson, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Alan ‘5’ Angels & 10.
Plus, Top Flight vs. The Factory’s Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto.
Wheeler Yuta is part of the Blackpool Combat Club after a bloody, valiant loss to Jon Moxley on Friday’s Rampage.
Red Velvet qualified for the Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament with a win over Willow Nightingale on Friday’s Rampage.
Minoru Suzuki will defend the Ring of Honor TV Title on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite…against Samoa Joe.
Savannah Evans says she has signed a long-term contract with Impact.
The Briscoes are set for Impact’s post-Rebellion TV tapings in Poughkeepsie, New York later this month.
At GCW’s show in Los Angeles Saturday…BUSSY - Effy & Allie Katch - beat The Briscoes to win the GCW Tag Team Titles.
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