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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Sunday, January 31, 2021.
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Results from Saturday’s New Japan show and GCW’s Fight Forever are straight ahead in this update but first…
Hours before they begin, the Royal Rumble matches are already taking shape.
Saturday night’s WWE Backstage special revealed the #1 and #2 entrants in the men’s Rumble will be Randy Orton...and Edge.
The #30 entrant in the women’s Rumble will be Natalya. She earned that spot by beating Tamina in a match that aired during Backstage.
FOUR title matches are also on tonight’s card: Goldberg challenges Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship.
Roman Reigns defends his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match.
Carmella gets another shot at Sasha Banks’ SmackDown women’s title...and Asuka and Charlotte Flair put their women’s tag titles on the line against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
For the second straight year, WrestleMania is gonna be a two-night event...but don’t expect any more. Stephania McMahon told TV Insider WWE plans “to go back to one night for future WrestleMania events”...but also added “we’ll see what happens”.
(STINGER: New Japan)
The date is set for Jon Moxley vs. KENTA. The IWGP U.S. Title match will finally go down on New Japan Strong’s “New Beginning USA” special on Friday, February 26. Mox made a surprise appearance to take down KENTA at the end of Friday’s Strong.
Back in Japan, New Japan held one of its major “New Beginning” shows Saturday. The main event saw Hiroshi Tanahashi BEAT Shingo Takagi to WIN the NEVER Openweight Title.
Tanahashi’s post-match air guitar celebration was interrupted by Great-O-Khan...who beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan earlier in that show to win sole custody of the Mongolian Chop.
Also, Will Ospreay defeat Satoshi Kojima in a No Disqualification match.
GCW’s 24-hour Fight Forever event raised more than $45,000 dollars for independent wrestlers.
The final match of the marathon show saw Ricky Shane Page beat Blake Christian in a “Title vs. Career” match. The loss means Christian is OUT of GCW.
Another match of note: Jordan Oliver defeated Tony Deppen in an Iron Man Match that lasted TWO HOURS.
Ring Of Honor is rolling out a rematch from Final Battle next week. The match between Brian Johnson and Danhausen will be shown this Wednesday on ROH’s YouTube channel.
Finally, a change for Impact Wrestling fans in the UK and Ireland. Impact’s weekly TV will move to streaming on Facebook and YouTube in those countries, starting Wednesday.
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