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Results from last night’s Raw and Ring of Honor’s weekend TV are straight ahead in this update but first…
(STINGER: New Japan)
Jay White is BACK in New Japan. He made a surprise return during Monday’s “Road To The New Beginning” show - attacking Tomohiro Ishii. It was White’s first appearance since he declared he was “done” with New Japan...after losing the Night 2 main event at Wrestle Kingdom.
(Jay White Is Back)
Some of White’s backstage remarks from New Japan’s social media.
White is back in action today. He’s been added to the main event of this morning’s “Road To” show - a Chaos vs. Bullet Club 10-man Elimination Tag - and he’s expected to be added to more shows on the New Beginning tour going forward.
John Cena is squashing speculation that he could be part of WrestleMania.
Cena is currently filming a TV series in Vancouver, and he told Sports Illustrated “there is no logistical way” he’d be able to appear at Mania.
Royal Rumble winner Edge battled Randy Orton in the main event of last night’s Raw - Edge’s first match on Raw in nearly a decade.
Edge delivered a spear to beat Orton after a distraction by Alexa Bliss, who magically appeared on top of one of the turnbuckles for a few moments with (I guess it was) a blood-like liquid trickling out of her mouth...and then she apparently vanished into thin air.
Just before the main event, Bliss beat Nikki Cross. We got a couple mid-match transformations to and from Bliss’ former “goddess” attire. After the win, Bliss walked past Orton on the entrance ramp with the two barely acknowledging one another.
The show opened with Edge confronting WWE Champ Drew McIntyre, but Edge did not reveal which champion he’ll challenge at WrestleMania. After Edge left, Sheamus TURNED on his “best friend” Drew - hitting him with a Brogue Kick! Sheamus said he wants a shot at the WWE Championship, and later, Drew said Sheamus will get it.
Riddle’s U.S. Title shot against Bobby Lashley ended in a disqualification win for Riddle...but Lashley battered him after the match.
Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin still can’t seem to get along, but they’re still Raw tag champs after a win over Lucha House Party.
Naomi and Lana are the new #1 contenders for the women’s tag titles. They won a 3-way over Charlotte Flair & Asuka and Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke. A distraction by Ric Flair and Lacey Evans caused Charlotte to hastily tag out of the match. Moments later, Naomi hit the Rear View on Asuka to get the win.
Damien Priest had Bad Bunny in his corner as he made his Raw debut...and he beat The Miz.
One night after returning to WWE during the Royal Rumble, Carlito was back - teaming with Jeff Hardy to beat Elias and Jaxson Ryker.
Kofi Kingston was back on Raw. He was in Xavier Woods’ corner and helped him overcome interference from Retribution to score a win over Mustafa Ali. Woods says he now wants a match against Reckoning - the former Mia Yim.
R-Truth got his baby back. He snuck up on Peter Rosenberg during YES Network’s Michael Kay Show on Monday, and pinned him to win back the 24/7 Championship.
Tonight’s Impact Wrestling has Impact Champ Rich Swann and his title challenger at No Surrender Tommy Dreamer teaming up against Moose and Chris Bey.
Also tonight, X-Division Champ TJP, no longer under the guise of Manik, in a non-title match against former champ Rohit Raju.
AEW’s Matt Hardy and Private Party will also be back on the show.
13 matches on tonight’s AEW Dark - including Rey Fenix vs. KC Navarro..and Red Velvet vs. Alex Gracia.
Some interesting tag team pairings on tonight’s show. Nick Comoroto, fresh off his big match on Dynamite against Jon Moxley, will team with Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall. Another match has Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss tagging with Bear Country.
Ring Of Honor announcing Monday that Jonathan Gresham has signed a new deal with the company. Gresham is currently the ROH Pure Champion and one half of the tag champs along with Jay Lethal.
This past weekend’s ROH TV showed Gresham successfully defend his Pure title against ROH Dojo student Joe Keys.
Also on that show...Matt Taven and Mike Bennett beat The Bouncers. But the real action came just before a post-match toast between the teams, interrupted by Vincent.
(Vincent Brainwashes Bruiser)
That clip from ROH’s Weekend TV posted to their social media.
Vincent basically brainwashed the Beer City Bruiser into smashing a bottle over Taven’s head. Bruiser’s tag partner Brian Milonas did not appear to be on board with this decision.
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