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WWE blocks Kairi Sane from performing.

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Even though she asked, Kairi Hojo (Kairi Sane) was unable to get WWE permission to do the show. They had left it up to WWE.

Kairi Sane went back to the United States after a good run in WWE. She could have accomplished more, but she is happy with what she was able to achieve. She is still under WWE contract and that comes with restrictions.

STARDOM is booking their huge Budokan Hall show on March 3rd, and they wanted Kairi Sane on the card. Since she is in Japan, they wouldn’t be directly competing with WWE.

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The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE rejected that idea and Sane will not be allowed to perform on the STARDOM event. They pitched two different matches for her, but WWE nixed both ideas.

Even though she asked, Kairi Hojo (Kairi Sane) was unable to get WWE permission to do the show. They had left it up to WWE.

They wanted her in a big singles match but also offered WWE having her do a Rumble with legends.

Sane is still under contract to WWE and works as a Japanese ambassador.

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This will be the biggest show in STARDOM’s history, and the wanted Kairi Sane on the card. She performed as Kairi Hojo while she was with them.

Since she is still under WWE contract they reserved the right to reject the offer and that is exactly what they did.

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Another title match added to WWE Elimination Chamber PPV.

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Sunday’s match will likely set up one of the singles title matches at WrestleMania.

A Women’s Tag Team Title match has been added to Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

It was announced during Friday Night SmackDown that Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler will defend the titles against Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.

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The match was announced after a six-person tag match that featured Banks, Belair, and Reginald defeating Jax, Baszler, and Bayley.

After Sunday’s Elimination Chamber, the Women’s Tag Team Champions will defend their titles against Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez on the March 3rd episode of WWE NXT.

Sunday’s match will likely set up one of the singles title matches at WrestleMania.

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Here is the updated card for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view:

WWE Championship – Raw Elimination Chamber Match
Drew McIntyre (Champion) vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns vs. winner of SmackDown Chamber match

SmackDown Elimination Chamber match
Kevin Owens vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Jey Uso vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin

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WWE United States Championship – Triple Threat Match
Bobby Lashley (Champion) vs. Matt Riddle vs. Keith Lee

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (Champions) vs. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair

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Keith Lee, not top WWE star to Vince McMahon.

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Fans looking to see Keith Lee pushed to the top of the card may have to wait and there’s no guarantee that he will be more than a mid-card guy.

Ringside News reports that there is pushback behind-the-scenes on Lee.

The feeling from people in the company is that Lee is incredibly gifted and moves well for his size but Vince McMahon reportedly feels that there’s a certain spark missing with him.

One tenured writer reportedly stated to RSN that Lee’s promos have not caught fire but nobody is excelling with promos except for a few names such as Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Randy Orton, Edge, The Street Profits, and Lacey Evans.

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It was noted several weeks ago that Lee was one of the names that were sent to get some more training at the Performance Center.

Lee was scheduled to wrestle for the United States Championship this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view but there was nothing said about him this Monday on Raw and his status for the pay-per-view is still up in the air.

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Dismissed WWE star, Lars Sullivan finds new career.

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Some could make the argument that Sullivan is a bit old to start boxing at 32 years old.

Lars Sullivan is looking for his next career and appears to have found it.

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The former WWE star is interested in pursuing a career in bare knuckle fighting. He was released by WWE in January.

Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that he is doing boxing training with the idea of potentially working for one of the bare knuckle fighting promotions.

Some could make the argument that Sullivan is a bit old to start boxing at 32 years old.

He reportedly has no illusions about his age being a factor, but still plans to try out bare knuckle fighting.

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Sullivan has remained in the gym to work out and his Instagram feed is full of videos.

He recently shared images of a nixed gimmick idea for a new character while with the company.

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WWE superstar announces she’s pregnant.

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It was implied that Flair is the father because he could be heard saying, “call me daddy.”

There was a tag team match on WWE Raw that had no ending because of an announcement from Lacey Evans.

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Evans and Peyton Royce teamed up to face Charlotte Flair and Asuke but there was no finish because when Evans was tagged into the match, she chose to walk away and she told Charlotte that she could not lay hands on her because she is pregnant.

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Evans and Ric Flair celebrated as they walked to the backstage area.

It was implied that Flair is the father because he could be heard saying, “call me daddy.”

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Sheamus gains last chance to WWE eliminations chamber | Video

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Sheamus outlasted the championship-caliber field to earn the last entry in Sunday’s WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match, Kofi Kingston fought his way into the WWE Title picture and more.

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Booker T react to Undertaker’s ‘Today’s wrestlers are soft’ comment.

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They were drinking and smoking cigarettes. There was some gambling going on and I was like, ‘Wow, this is cool. I want to be part of this right here.’

On a recent episode of “The Hall Of Fame” podcast, Booker T gave his opinion of The Undertaker’s comments of today’s wrestlers being soft.

Booker said, “I remember the first time Haku got my brother and I back in the locker room in WWF back in The Summit. We walked in the locker room, and this is no joke, Hulk Hogan, and, I don’t know, Macho Man Savage, and a few more of the guys were at a table. They were playing cards. They were drinking and smoking cigarettes. There was some gambling going on and I was like, ‘Wow, this is cool. I want to be part of this right here.’

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It was a bunch of men in the locker room. There wasn’t anything soft about those guys when I first saw them. It was a bunch of grown men in the locker room. I wanted to be a part of that. I wasn’t a guy that played cards, but I just wanted to be around it and see what it felt like. You walk in the locker room today and it’s going to be totally different than it was back then. You say, perhaps for the better, and in a lot of ways, I think so as well, but, the soft comment that The Undertaker said.

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I need guys to understand when going out and making the fans feel a certain way, I think that’s what The Undertaker was talking about. For 30 years, The Undertaker made you feel a certain way. I can honestly tell you this and believe it 100% if The Undertaker was going to have one of those knock down, drag out matches with HHH or The Rock or whoever from back in the day when he dove over the top rope and crashed and burned, like the last one that almost killed him, and then put a tweet out, Undertaker would not be The Undertaker to me.

The feel of The Undertaker wasn’t just his in-ring persona. We have believed in The Undertaker. That’s why we as the boys look at The Undertaker a certain way. We have believed in him for 30 years because he went out there and performed a certain way and he believed in, there again, the character. As far as the business goes, keep our secrets under wraps and I think that’s what The Undertaker was talking about.”

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Undertaker’s ‘today’s wrestlers are soft’ comment call on Mark Henry’s reaction.

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You go out there and you beat the hell out of somebody. Then the fight spills into the back and everybody’s entertained.

In response to some of the controversy stirred up by The Undertaker’s comments on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Mark Henry gave his thoughts on whether today’s wrestlers are soft.

Here are excerpts from his answer:

“Yea, guys were a little bit wilder. Guys were a little bit impulsive back then, but the men were still as tough now as they were then. We’re a corporate industry now. You have to have some decorum. You have to have some class otherwise you will not be employed by any of those companies. They recruit a certain type of guy. Recruiting wild cannons and guys that you didn’t know if they were going to show up high or they got arrested the night before, you can’t employ those guys. Taker was right to an extent. He should have said wild cannons and guys that were quick to get angry. It was a badge of honor at times to show your toughness. You go out there and you beat the hell out of somebody. Then the fight spills into the back and everybody’s entertained.

It’s a different time…I came in the early ‘90s and there were guys that tried to take liberties with me. There was stuff that happened in the locker room that was looked at as unspeakable…I can tell you, some of those guys against John Morrison, against Bobby Lashley, Matt Riddle, these guys can really fight. They know the strategy of how to fight…There were tough guys in both eras…Taker wasn’t wrong because guys back then carried guns in their briefcases or a knife or a crowbar. Sh*t went down. Guys were ready and accepting of it, but also you could go to the local cops and go, ‘Hey man. This never happened. Can I get you some front row tickets?’ Nine times out of ten, it got squashed and never hit the news. Now, everybody has a camera. You can’t do all the stuff that guys did back then.

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine having a gun in the locker room and the gun going off, like, bro, if that happened today, you would face federal jail time. That’s why things aren’t the way they used to be, not just the fact that it’s a corporate company and you don’t want to make those mistakes in the first place because you’ll never work again. Taker was right. There was a level of wildness, Wild Wild West, that doesn’t exist today. That’s what he meant. I think people took it out of context actually. I heard what he said and I agree with what he said, it’s just I didn’t agree with how he said it. The description of what it was, was off.

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Even me, I had to choke people and threaten people’s life. I would never do that today because I wouldn’t have to. Nobody messes with me like that. It was different. I was in defense mode. I was so stressed a lot of times when I went in the locker room because I didn’t know what was going to happen. Me and the Rock, we always had our locker right next to each other. I came in and saw people laughing and giggling and running away from where our lockers were. Dwayne would pack chicken breasts and broccoli and stuff to get in the car because he was a body guy. I saw his box was open. I grabbed the box and was going to close it and I looked in it and there was sht in it. Somebody sht in his food box, so of course, I have to dispose of this and tell him, ‘Hey man, don’t leave your food in here.’ They were envious of us new guys coming in.

We have developmental contracts or a full contract in my case. They hated us. They thought we were taking their jobs. That was the mentality, not making the business better because we didn’t grind like they did. We didn’t go through the ringer. We didn’t get brought into the business hard like they did. I respect how hard they were brought into the business but you can’t expect the world to be the same to everybody else as it was to you. You’re supposed to make it easier on the next generation, right? You would think.”

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See who attacked Roman Reigns during segment with Edge.

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Edge teased challenging for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship and Finn Balor’s NXT Championship.

Edge appeared at the end of this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown to talk about who he will face at WrestleMania 37.

In the opening segment of the show, Roman Reigns demanded for Edge to walk out but Edge had not arrived yet at the building so Reigns demanded Edge to make his decision by the end of the night.

Earlier in the week, Edge teased challenging for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship and Finn Balor’s NXT Championship.

Reigns asked Edge to acknowledge him as the main event of WrestleMania but before Edge could give his response, Kevin Owens appeared out of nowhere and he hit Reigns with a stunner and the show ended with Edge standing over Reigns.

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Edge has yet to say who he will face at WrestleMania but you can click here if you want spoiler news on plans for the main event.

WrestleMania 37 will air across two nights on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 and the shows will emanate from Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium with approximately 25,000 fans in attendance on both nights.

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WWE, AEW with collaboration possibilities – Kurt Angle hint.

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WWE doesn’t want AEW to succeed as they’ve tried to sign as much talent as possible, keep their own talent under contract

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle took part in a Q&A session on his Facebook page where he talked about a wide range of topics.

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During the Q&A, he was asked about a possible collaboration between AEW and WWE. Obviously, the chances of these two promotions working together aren’t likely.

While AEW has working relationships with several promotions such as AAA, Impact Wrestling, and NJPW, the likelihood of WWE wanting to work with them is the challenge in the way of this happening.

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Clearly, WWE doesn’t want AEW to succeed as they’ve tried to sign as much talent as possible, keep their own talent under contract by offering them big money long term deals, and moving NXT to the USA Network to go head-to-head with AEW Dynamite.

“WWE is its own entity, an enormous company. They won’t ever collaborate with another promotion. They don’t have to. But, I don’t think it would hurt them to do it.”

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Angle was also asked about the future of the current competition between them.

“I think it’s very promising. Competition is always good. It’s going to be interesting between WWE and AEW.”

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Edge rings warning into Finn Balor, Pete Dunne’s ears on NXT Live.

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As Pete Dunne sets a showdown with the NXT Champion at NXT TakeOver:

Vengeance Day, The Rated-R Superstar emerges to let the black-and-gold Superstars know he’ll be watching.

Watch Video HERE »

Story Source: WWE NETWORK

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Nikki Cross wows, …and Alexa Bliss.. | Video

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Alexa Bliss continues to play mind games in a one-on-one encounter against her former best friend, Nikki Cross.

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Story Source: WWE NETWORK

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Backstage Story: Reason Vince McMahon ‘sacked’ Lars

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Something similar happened in 2019 when Sullivan was about to start a feud with the returning John Cena.

There’s a lot of speculating going around on social media about Lars Sullivan’s release from WWE.

As noted earlier, Sullivan was quietly released last month and company officials confirmed the news today.

This comes after another attempt to push him as a monster. Sullivan was last seen in November in an interview segment on SmackDown.

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The interview segment covered Sullivan’s early life to explain why he turned into a monster in WWE.

It was clear that they were adding layers to his character and he was going to be in the mix as one of the top heels of the brand.

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In a post on the Wrestling Observer Forum, Dave Meltzer said that speculation about creative not having anything for Sullivan is not accurate.

Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon wanted to push him but he no showed TV.

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Something similar happened in 2019 when Sullivan was about to start a feud with the returning John Cena.

Sullivan was supposed to attack Cena at the Royal Rumble to set up a WrestleMania match but the feud never got started because Sullivan flew home due to an anxiety attack.

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Christine Lubrano ‘named’ Senior Vice President, Creative Writing Operations.

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WWE issued the following:

WWE® NAMES CHRISTINE LUBRANO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE WRITING OPERATIONS

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 1, 2021 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Christine Lubrano as Senior Vice President, Creative Writing Operations. Lubrano will be responsible for overseeing all strategic operations for the company’s Creative Writing division and report to Brad Blum, WWE Executive Vice President, Operations.

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In her new role, Lubrano will be charged with developing and leading a team of writers for WWE’s weekly flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. She will oversee long-term planning for the Creative Writing team and manage its operations in collaboration with Executive Director, Bruce Prichard.

Lubrano is an Emmy-nominated and accomplished programming executive with deep knowledge of the media landscape. In 2019, she launched Lubrano Media, where she developed scripted and unscripted shows while also providing executive producing and consulting services. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, Original Programming at IFC overseeing the development and execution of all original series and co-productions. Prior to that, Lubrano served in various leadership roles at IFC including VP of Current Programming and VP of Unscripted Series, Documentaries & Live Events.

She has been integral to the success of the Emmy Award-winning Portlandia, and a lead creative force behind the acclaimed, Emmy nominated Documentary Now, created by Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen. While at IFC, Lubrano also spearheaded a slate of international co-productions, including three seasons of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margret (Merman), Year of the Rabbit (Objective Content), and four seasons of the all-female Canadian sketch comedy show, The Baroness Von Sketch Show (Frantic Films).

Lubrano oversaw the development and production of the Emmy nominated documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth (the Lawyer’s Cut) for which she earned an Emmy nomination in the non-fiction category.

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

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Christian returns in Men’s Royal Rumble Match.

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Christian reunited and hugged his long-time friend Edge and he mixed it up with other wrestlers in the match.

In a great moment, Christian made his return to action during the Men’s WWE Royal Rumble match.

Christian reunited and hugged his long-time friend Edge and he mixed it up with other wrestlers in the match.

It’s not known if this is a one-off for him or if there are plans for him to wrestle full-time on WWE shows going forward.

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Edge wins Men Royal Rumble Match.

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There was a Team Hell No reunion when Kane and Daniel Bryan bugged but it was short because Kane chokeslammed Bryan.

In the final match of the night, 30-men competed in the Men’s WWE Royal Rumble.

The first two entrants (Edge and Randy Orton) were announced last night on WWE Backstage.

Edge decided to walk out first and he attacked Orton during his entrance. They fought around ringside for the first few minutes.

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Edge beat up on Orton until Sami Zayn entered and helped Orton. Mustafa Ali joined in to help Orton and Zayn.

Orton took out everyone in the ring and then he and Edge resumed their fight around ringside.

Edge hit an Edgecution on Orton on the announcer’s table and then referees ran out to stop him from beating Orton with a chair.

Orton was helped to the back because of his bad knee. It was noted by Corey Graves that Orton was never officially eliminated.

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During The Miz’s entrance, he destroyed Bad Bunny’s DJ set up that was used during the musical performance.

Bad Bunny walked out and was held back by referees but the distraction allowed Damian Preist to eliminated Miz and Morrison. Bad Bunny did a dive off the top rope onto Miz and Morrison.

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There was a Team Hell No reunion when Kane and Daniel Bryan bugged but it was short because Kane chokeslammed Bryan.

The final four were Rollins, Strowman, Edge, and Christian. Rollins tried to form an alliance with Strowman but Strowman picked him up and slammed him.

(FILE) Edge

Edge won the match. Randy Orton tried to run in at the end to eliminated Edge but Edge was ready for him and he tossed Orton out.

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Order of entry:

  1. Edge
  2. Randy Orton
  3. Sami Zayn
  4. Mustafa Ali
  5. Jeff Hardy
  6. Dolph Ziggler
  7. Shinsuke Nakamura
  8. Carlito
  9. Xavier Woods
  10. Big E
  11. John Morrison
  12. Ricochet
  13. Elias
  14. Damian Priest
  15. The Miz
  16. Matt Riddle
  17. Daniel Bryan
  18. Kane
  19. King Corbin
  20. Otis
  21. Dominik Mysterio
  22. Bobby Lashley
  23. The Hurricane
  24. Christian
  25. AJ Styles
  26. Rey Mysterio
  27. Sheamus
  28. Cesaro
  29. Seth Rollins
  30. Braun Strowman
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Order of elimination:

  1. Jeff Hardy eliminated by Dolph Ziggler
  2. Sami Zayn by Big E and Xavier Woods
  3. Xavier Woods eliminated by Mustafa Ali
  4. Mustafa Ali eliminated by Big E
  5. Carlito eliminated by Elias
  6. Elias eliminated by Damian Priest
  7. The Miz by Damian Preist
  8. John Morrison eliminated by Damian Priest
  9. Dolph Ziggler eliminated by Kane
  10. Ricochet eliminated by Kane
  11. Kane eliminated by Damian Priest
  12. Shinsuke Nakamura eliminated by King Corbin
  13. Otis eliminated by King Corbin
  14. King Corbin eliminated by Dominik Mysterio
  15. Dominik Mysterio eliminated by Bobby Lashley
  16. Damian Priest eliminated by Bobby Lashley
  17. The Hurricane eliminated by Big E and Bobby Lashley
  18. Bobby Lashley eliminated by Riddle, Bryan, Edge, and Big E
  19. Big E eliminated by Omos, who was not in the match
  20. Rey Mysterio eliminated by Omos, who was not in the match
  21. Cesaro eliminated by Braun Strowman
  22. Sheamus eliminated by Braun Strowman
  23. AJ Styles eliminated by Braun Strowman
  24. Daniel Bryan eliminated by Seth Rollins
  25. Matt Riddle eliminated by Seth Rollins
  26. Braun Strowman eliminated by Edge and Christian
  27. Christian eliminated by Seth Rollins
  28. Seth Rollins eliminated by Edge
  29. Orton eliminated by Edge
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Sad🤕 – Former WWE star Shad Gaspard dies at 39

Shad Gaspard has been confirmed dead after his body washed ashore in California, three days after he went missing on Venice Beach.

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The former WWE Superstar and his son were swimming on Sunday afternoon when they were pulled out to sea by a strong rip current.

Lifeguards successfully rescued the 10-year-old boy first but were unable to save Gaspard, who was declared missing shortly after.

His son, Aryeh, was pulled from the water in good condition and did not require hospitalization.

According to numerous reports, Shad instructed the lifeguards to save Aryeh first, which ultimately left him struggling in the water.

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On Tuesday, the US Coast Guard suspended its two-day search for the 39-year-old and 24 hours later, his body was found washed up near Venice Pier.

Los Angeles County lifeguards confirmed the heartbreaking news on Wednesday afternoon.

In WWE, Gaspard formed part of the Cryme Time tag-team, working with his close friend JTG.

~Shad Gaspard

Shad was part of the Cryme Time tag team
The pair made a number of appearances on both the SmackDown and RAW rosters before Shad went on to pursue a successful career in Hollywood.

He leaves behind his wife, Siliana, and his 10-year-old son, Aryeh.

NobleSports sends their condolences to Gaspard’s family at this awful time. Rest in peace, Shad.


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COVID-19: Famous Wrestler Infected.


A 28-year-old sumo wrestler infected with the novel coronavirus has died, becoming the first sumo wrestler to die from the deadly virus, the Japan Sumo Association announced on Wednesday.

Wrestler Shobushi, whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake, was hospitalised last month, died on Wednesday in a Tokyo hospital due to multiple organ failure related to the coronavirus, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said.

Shobushi made his professional debut in 2007 out of the Takadagawa stable and his best career ranking was No. 11 in the sandanme division, the fourth highest division.

In April, the JSA announce that five wrestlers at the Takadagawa stable had tested positive for the virus. It is not clear whether the other wrestlers have made a full recovery.

Last week the JSA announced that the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, scheduled to take place May 24 – June 7 at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, had been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Osaka’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in March was held behind closed doors but the JSA decided that was not possible for May’s tournament after Japan extended the nationwide state of emergency until at least the end of the month.

As of Tuesday, 16,759 people have been infected with coronavirus in Japan, leading to 691 deaths.


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WWE Money In The Bank Results Revealed

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Money in the Bank is always one of the most anticipated WWE pay-per-view events and this year, it came with a massive twist.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the show had to be moved from its original venue and instead, the ladder matches were contested at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.

Superstars involved had to climb the ‘corporate ladder’ – making their way from the ground floor of the building to the roof, where they were met with a ring and the all-important briefcase.

As we all expected, it was absolute carnage.

But there were also six other matches on the card, including four championship bouts, which all took place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

Below are the full results from this year’s Money in the Bank PPV:

Match 1: Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro (Pre-show)

Match 2: The New Day def. The Forgotten Sons, John Morrison and The Miz and Lucha House Party to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships

The New Day retained their Tag Team titles
Match 3: Bobby Lashley (with MVP) def. R-Truth

Match 4: Bayley (with Sasha Banks) def. Tamina to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Match 5: Braun Strowman def. Bray Wyatt to retain the Universal Championship Strowman defended his title vs Wyatt


Match 6: Drew McIntyre def. Seth Rollins

Match 7: Asuka wins the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match

Match 8: Otis wins the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match


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Vince McMahon reportedly negotiating deal to sell WWE to ESPN and FOX

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Vince McMahon has apparently reached breaking point.

Reports suggest his mindset backstage is now ‘f*** it’ and one WWE source has even nicknamed him ‘screw it Vince’.

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It’s hard to blame the boss for feeling that way, though.

The uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, filing for bankruptcy over the XFL and seeing WrestleMania plans ruined would’ve taken a toll on anybody.

What ‘f*** it Vince’ means for the future of WWE is unclear.

But one massive rumour suggests he could be ready to pack it all in.

Dutch Mantell (or Zeb Colter as he was known in WWE) tweeted to say he’s heard ‘directly out of Stamford’ that McMahon is negotiating to sell the company to ESPN and FOX.

“HUGE NEWS: Overheard directly out of WWE Stamford is that a deal is being negotiated to sell WWE and the network to ESPN and FOX by as early as mid-May,” he wrote.

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HUGE NEWS: Any truth to this. Overheard directly out of @WWE Stamford is that a deal is being negotiated to sell WWE & the network to @ESPN and @FOX by as early as Mid May. @mattkoonmusic

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Now, until this is reported as fact by someone with far more certainty, it’s important to treat this as nothing more than a rumour.

But it’s certainly an interesting one.

There have been previous suggestions that McMahon would be ready to sell off certain WWE assets to TV networks, but not the whole company.

McMahon could sell up WWE
It’s also tough to imagine a smooth deal when selling to ESPN and FOX.

Yes, SmackDown airs on the latter, but ESPN doesn’t have any live WWE programming, with RAW broadcast on the USA Network – how it would work is unclear.

There are certainly a lot of questions that would need answering before any deal like this could happen.

SmackDown is already on FOX
But with McMahon apparently in full ‘f*** it’ mode, it will be interesting to see if anything as crazy as this unfolds in the coming weeks and months.


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Former world champion returns to RAW after 10 months injured

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Jinder Mahal made his return to WWE on Monday Night RAW after 10 months out.

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The former world champion was injured at a live event in June last year, rupturing his patellar tendon.

He underwent knee surgery later that month and was always expected to miss the first few months of 2020.

After teasing a return to the ring in recent weeks, as well as confirming he’d been cleared by doctors earlier in April, Mahal finally appeared on RAW.

It appears he’s been slimming down while on the shelf, sporting a trimmed figure as he made his way down the ramp.

Mahal easily defeated Akira Tozawa upon his return, finishing his opponent with The Khallas to pick up the three count.

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You can view some footage of the Modern Day Maharaja’s return below:

It’s unclear what plans WWE has for Mahal now he’s back, but expect to see him feature regularly on RAW.

Let’s not forget, he’s a former member of 3MB, the stable that also included Drew McIntyre so who knows, he could perhaps be in a programme with the WWE Champion further down the line.

Mahal wasn’t the only one to make his return on RAW last night.

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Mahal returned after 10 months out
Samoa Joe appeared on commentary once again – a move that has become very popular with fans.

The former United States Champion has had a tough few months.

He’s still not medically cleared from his latest concussion, suffered while filming a TV commercial for Monday Night RAW.

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Joe returned to RAW commentary
On top of that, Joe was serving a 30-day suspension earlier this month, after violating WWE’s Wellness Policy.

So while he’s been brought back for commentary work, it’s still unclear when he’ll make his in-ring return.


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WWE: Anonymous Employee Tells Authorities They Feel ‘forced to work’ Amid COVID-19 crisis


An anonymous WWE employee has told local authorities that they feel ‘forced to work’ during the coronavirus outbreak.

‘John’ – likely for ‘John Doe’ – submitted public comments at an Orange County (Florida) Board of County Commissioners meeting, speaking out against the ongoing tapings.

Local Florida reporter Jon Alba shared a video from Tuesday’s meeting, which included the following statement from ‘John’:

“My employer World Wrestling Entertainment – AKA WWE – is forcing me to work the TV tapings for its weekly shows despite home orders for coronavirus.

“I am unable to speak out because I need this job and I know I will be fired if I approach my higher-ups.

“Despite sanitary precautions, we cannot maintain social distancing and have to touch other people.

“I request the government to shut down these tapings and enforce the stay at home order so my colleagues and I mat to follow social distancing rules without fear or repercussion of losing our jobs.”

You can see Alba’s tweet and the video below:
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At Tuesday’s Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting, a #WWE employee named “John” submitted public comment they’re being “forced to work” TV tapings despite stay at home orders. Says he’s unable to speak out and feels he will be fired if he approaches his higher-ups.

“These accusations aren’t true. Employees know they can confidentially go to Human Resources, not the public.

“Notwithstanding the appropriate protocol, no one would be fired if they were uncomfortable with their surroundings. We’ve made accommodations for individuals upon request.”

WWE are running shows from the Performance Center
It has also been previously reported that WWE have told employees they don’t have to work during the pandemic if they didn’t feel comfortable doing so.

All staff were also informed that their decisions would not be held against them in the future.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, WWE will continue to run weekly shows from their Performance Center in Orlando, after being deemed an ‘essential business’ by the State of Florida.

Shows continue weekly in WWE
But it seems there are some unhappy employees within the company right now.


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Hurray!!!🎉🎉🎉Happy birthday, John Cena.


John Cena, a name that is firmly asserted in the world of WWE and is arguably the biggest star in the sport in recent memory.

While it’s hard to imagine anyone breathing the rarefied air that Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock once breathed, Cena is certainly among those who came closest since both men departed wrestling.

The 43-year-old’s turning point came in early 2000, during a casual conversation he had with a wrestler at Gold Gyms who encouraged him to participate in classes at Ultimate Pro Wrestling.

For Cena, the suggestion of making a go of it as a wrestler was not an entirely outlandish idea. John Sr made a living as a wrestling announcer and businessman which showed the sport was very much a part of the Cena household.

As a kid growing up in suburban Massachusetts, the younger Cena spent many hours glued to the television, witnessing his wrestling heroes Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels go at it in the ring.

Becoming a wrestler himself, Cena’s rise was rapid.

Calling himself “The Prototype,” the ambitious wrestler captured the Ultimate Pro Wrestling Company on April 27, 2000, in San Diego, California. During the course of the next year, Cena drew the attention of WWE executives, and in 2001, the young upcoming entertainer signed a developmental contract with the company to work at Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Cena captured the OVW heavyweight title in February 2002, then made his WWE debut that June when he signed up with the SmackDown roster. Just two years later, Cena took home the United States Championship, defeating The Big Show in March 2004 at WrestleMania XX.

In the years since, Cena has notched many wins and titles. In 2007, he became the first wrestler to ever come up victorious against Edward “Umaga” Fatu.

Along the way, Cena was given the nickname “The Marky Mark of Wrestling,” which in turn, greatly increased his celebrity status. Similar to Hogan, Rock and a few others, Cena proved that his showmanship in the ring translated to success in other venues.

Even with the busy schedule of WWE to think about, Cena began to star in movies during the production phase of WWE. He starred in the action films The Marine (2006) and 12 Rounds (2009).

Now, his acting profile has gone from strength to strength, where he has featured in Bumblee Bee and the latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, which is expected this year.

For the first time since 2002, John Cena went a full year without wrestling just prior to this year’s Royal Rumble. The 16-time world champion has been one of the most marmite characters in the WWE for as long as anyone can remember, but a classy entertainer none the least.

Happy birthday, John!


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