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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, January 30, 2021.
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Results from Friday night’s SmackDown, 205 Live and New Japan STRONG are straight ahead in this update…
We told you this would be a big weekend, and Friday night set the pace. The biggest surprise came from a surprising place.
(STINGER: New Japan)
Jon Moxley is BACK - in the flesh - in New Japan.
It happened at the end of last night’s New Japan Strong. The 6-man tag team main event ended with Lio Rush pinning El Phantasmo. A big brawl followed. That’s when the lights went out. When they came back, Jon Moxley was in the ring. He mowed down ELP, Hikuleo...and then hit KENTA with Death Rider.
Mox said KENTA’s long-standing right to challenge him for the IWGP U.S. title WILL be answered. No date for that match was announced. Mox did mention “Tokyo” at one point. Another possible destination is a “New Beginning USA” show that New Japan announced on Friday’s show.
We should also mention...New Japan is holding a major New Beginning show this morning. We’ll have the results for you in our update tomorrow.
The other big return Friday night - Braun Strowman.
He roared out to the ring at the end of SmackDown - after a convoluted 10-man tag team main event that had evolved from a one-on-one match between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles .. Strowman had been off WWE TV since last November.
There are indications that WWE’s plans for Sunday’s Royal Rumble have changed.
There was a new promo for Saturday night’s WWE Backstage special during SmackDown. It promised the show will reveal the #1 & #2 entrant in the MEN’S Royal Rumble match.
Later, it was announced that there will be match on Backstage between Natalya and Tamina for the #30 spot in the women’s Rumble.
That contradicts ads earlier this week that said Backstage would have the #30 entrant for the men and the #1 & #2 entrants for the women.
That Backstage special airs tonight at 8PM on FS1.
New Rumble entrants revealed Friday: Dominik Mysterio, Rey Mysterio and King Corbin.
Added to the names already listed on WWE.com and that’s 20 names announced for the men’s Rumble. Only 12 spots are spoken for in the women’s Rumble.
Also added to the Royal Rumble: Sasha Banks will defend her women’s title against Carmella.
One more note from Friday’s SmackDown - Bianca Belair beat Bayley.
The final first round match in the women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic went down on Friday night’s 205 Live. Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon beat Marina Shafir and NXT newcomer Zoey Stark. Moon submitted Stark. There was NO Eclipse.
WWE made a title match for the next NXT TakeOver official on Friday. Io Shirai will defend her NXT women’s title in a 3-way match against Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm. TakeOver is coming up on February 14th.
Also Friday, WWE officially announced the signing of Meiko Satomura to NXT UK. A few other new signees also announced - a SON of William Regal, Bailey Matthews... Tony Gill, who was known as Gursinder Singh in Impact...and Metehan (met-ay-HAHN) Kocabasoglu who was formerly known as Lucky Kid.
The Bella Twins say they’re “definitely” coming out of retirement...eventually.
(Bella Twins Return)
That clip from Friday’s episode of “The Ellen Show”.
It feels like it’s been a while since we could say this - but it's a big weekend on the indys.
GCW’s 24-Hour Fight Forever card rolls on today - wrapping up at 8PM. Don’t forget to check out the match we’re sponsoring - Ziggy Haim vs. Brooke Valentine. That’s be happening during the block starting at Noon.
Ohio Wrestling Alliance also has a NICE looking card tonight. “Good Trouble” is being headlined by Ring Of Honor’s Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham vs. Major League Wrestling’s Myron Reed.
That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, January 30. 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..
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