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Results from Thursday’s NXT UK are straight ahead in this update but first…
Tonight’s SmackDown is the final stop before Sunday’s Royal Rumble, but as of Thursday night, WWE has yet to promote anything specific for tonight’s show.
On the Raw side of things, Goldberg has a message for the “haters” out there...as he gets ready for his Universal Title match against Drew McIntyre at the Rumble.
(Goldberg On The Haters)
Goldberg speaking with Ryan Satin for Fox Sports.
Meiko Satomura is back on WWE TV...in NXT UK. A promo video aired on Thursday’s show, and Satomura made it clear she’s coming for Kay Lee Ray’s UK women’s championship.
Pretty Deadly - Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley - are the new #1 contenders for the NXT UK tag titles. They won a 4-way elimination match - with some help from Eddie Dennis, who was supposed to be banned from ringside.
Also, Trent Seven said he plans to drop some weight and challenge for Jordan Devlin’s cruiserweight title.
Circling back to this past Wednesday, Tegan Nox shared an update on her recovery from major knee surgery.
(Tegan Nox Injury Update)
Nox has been out of action since September, when suffered a torn ACL - her THIRD major knee ligament injury since 2017.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Lio Rush will make his New Japan Strong debut on tonight’s show. He’ll team with Fred Rosser and TJP to take on the Bullet Club team of KENTA, El Phantasmo and Hikuleo.
Also, Chris Dickinson, who just made his New Japan debut a few weeks ago will take on Rocky Romero.
Back in Japan, one of the BIG shows of The New Beginning Tour goes down Saturday morning.
Shingo Takagi defends the NEVER Title against Hiroshi Tanahashi in the main event. Plus, Will Ospreay vs. Satoshi Kojima - NO DISQUALIFICATION...and Great-O-Khan vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan - the loser there will no longer be permitted to use the Mongolian Chop!
Mike Bennett returns from injury on this weekend’s Ring Of Honor TV. He and Matt Taven will take on The Bouncers.
Plus, Jonathan Gresham defends his Pure Championship against ROH Dojo student Joe Keys.
A new match added to AEW’s Beach Break special next Wednesday - A rematch between Lance Archer and Eddie Kingston - only this time it’ll be a Lumberjack Match!
Alex Shelley shed some more light on why he’s been absent from Impact TV since just before the Hard To Kill pay per view. Shelley said it’s due to tighter COVID-19 restrictions at his OTHER job as a physical therapy clinician. He said he won’t return to Impact until he’s vaccinated.
I thought that referee on Wednesday’s MLW Fusion looked familiar. It was disgraced former NBA ref Tim Donaghy, making his first appearance in a pro wrestling ring. Donaghy cost Savio Vega the Carribean Heavyweight Championship by blocking Vega’s path to victory in a Carribean Strap Match against Richard Holliday.
Donaghy served time in federal prison for his role in a gambling scandal in which he conspired to FIX NBA games.
GCW’s 24-hour independent pro wrestling marathon, Fight Forever, kicks off tonight at 8PM
It’s streaming for free on both FITE TV and YouTube. Promoters are hoping to raise $50,000 for the wrestlers. Just Pro Wrestling News is among those sponsoring the event.
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