Daily Update: Strong Style Evolved, Greatest Rumble, WWE notes



Styles back in the ring, Owens & Zayn appear at WWE house show
WWE Main Event results: Curt Hawkins goes 0-188
Paul Heyman to induct Goldberg into WWE Hall of Fame
NXT Tampa, FL, live results: Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream
Notes and results from NJPW US dojo grand opening


Best Of WOL: Jimmy Jacobs and Dave Meltzer 3/25
WOR: IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada 3/24
WOR: Jason Hehir talks the upcoming Andre the Giant documentary! 3/23

We’re looking for reports from the Raw show in Buffalo and the Smackdown show in Fairfax, VA. Please send to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

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Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky vs. Sho & Yoh & Rocky Romero
Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Hirooki Goto & Gedo
Chuckie T & Toru Yano vs. Lance Archer & Dave Boy Smith Jr.
Cody & Marty Scurll vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi & Dragon Lee vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi
Will Ospreay vs. Jushin Liger
Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki
Jay White vs. Hangman Page for U.S. title
Young Bucks vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi

Raw is Monday night in Cleveland. John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are all advetised to be on the show and Cena vs. Kane has been announced. There is also a Smackdwon house show in Indiana, PA.

Smackdown, 205 Live and Mixed Match Challenge are all Tuesday night from Pittsburgh. Among the matches advertised are Bobby Roode & Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal & Samil Singh, Charlotte Flair & Bobby Roode vs. Finn Balor & Sasha Banks, and a four-way with TJP vs Akira Tozawa vs. Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto.

​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE changes the name of Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal

For less than three days last week, the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal was listed as part of the WrestleMania 34 lineup. The match, which will feature wrestlers from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT as WWE attempts to get as much of the women’s division on the card as possible, will still be happening. But it will instead be called the “WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal” after WWE had to change the name due to fan and sponsor backlash.

WON NEWSLETTER: Wrestling Observer Newsletter (March 26, 2018): WWE medically clears Daniel Bryan

A look at how Bryan Danielson got cleared to return to WWE in depth is the lead story in the new double-issue of the Wrestling Observer, in what is one of our biggest news issues of the year.

Read the details of the how, the when, and what has happened over the past two years in his attempts to get cleared and try to answer every key question about it in this story. Look back at his last two years as a wrestler, why he didn’t leave and wrestle elsewhere, why WWE wouldn’t let him wrestle, the reactions from different doctors that he saw, the story behind his retirement speech two years ago and even doctor reactions to that speech.

Also, there is an update on the WrestleMania card, with new matches official and other matches on the schedule. Go through the name change of the Moolah Battle Royal and how that went down.

Look at Vince McMahon’s new competition for a football league.

This issue has a story on the New Japan Cup, as well as this week’s Long Beach show, and the booking of Zack Sabre Jr. to become the next big-time superstar in the promotion. Review all the tournament matches of the past week and the business of the tournament.

Plus, there’s more on the video alleging PED use by Roman Reigns, the failure to provide any proof and even possible legal ramifications from all this.

Find out about the press conference for next year’s WrestleMania, who was brought in and who wasn’t, lots more on WWE’s big show in Saudi Arabia, new Ronda Rousey business, mainstream interest in WrestleMania, Jeff hardy, Ultimate Deletion, an update on WWE injuries, thoughts about more major house shows, an update on the WWE U.K. project as well as several more names that WWE has either signed or is looking into signing including one major superstar. 

Take a look at 5 Star Wrestling and its closing up shop after a disastrous run.

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WWE confirmed that there will not be any women’s matches on the Greatest Royal Rumble card: “Women and children are allowed to attend. Female WWE Superstars will not be performing at this year’s event.”
Nickelodeon uploaded John Cena’s intro from last night’s Kids’ Choice Awards. It’s the second straight year that Cena has hosted the show.
Cena wrestled at tonight’s Raw house show in Buffalo and lost to Roman Reigns. At last night’s event, Reigns, Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman defeated The Miz, Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas in the main event. Finn Balor teamed with Reigns & Rollins on the show before that but faced Elias last night.
Cathy Kelley also interviewed Mike Tyson at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Tyson said that he’d love to come back and do more with WWE and thinks Ronda Rousey will do well in pro wrestling.
WWE posted full video of the segment between Ronda Rousey, The Rock, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H from WrestleMania 31 in 2015.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has an interview with Jeff Jarrett about his upcoming Hall of Fame induction. Jarrett said that he’s very excited about the guy that’s been picked to induct him.
Mark Henry gave his thoughts on Hulk Hogan potentially returning, saying that the consensus among the more established African American wrestlers is that there’s more work to be done and they’re not ready for Hogan to come back.
Baron Corbin did an interview for Sky Sports, telling them that starting out in WWE was tougher than he thought: “Honestly, I was a little bit arrogant because I came in and thought it was going to be easy and that I’d be on television in a year, no problem. Then you realise how many different things it takes to become a successful superstar, and it really is a rude awakening. I thought it would take a year, but it was three and a half years later that I got called up (to the main roster). It is not easy. I didn’t realise how much detail went into it all and it was a rude awakening for me and it was humbling.”
Samir Singh is now able to ride a stationary bike after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in January.
Stephanie McMahon received the 2018 Still Strong Corporate Responsibility Award for the work that Connor’s Cure does.
Michelle McCool posted a photo with a smiling Undertaker on his 53rd birthday yesterday.
WWE has video of ZZ from the last seen of Tough Enough’s alligator making predictions for WrestleMania.
Mike Mooneyham’s latest piece for the Charleston Post and Courier focuses on Titus O’Neil.
Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling returns to the United States tonight as Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State University hosts Strong Style Evolved. The show will air live on AXS TV at 8 p.m. Eastern time and has a four-hour window, but it’s being treated as a sporting event and doesn’t have to end at a set time. It will be live on New Japan World for everywhere outside of the United States.
Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi vs. The Young Bucks looks to be the highlight of the card, with Jay White defending his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Hangman Page in the show’s only title match, Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii facing Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki ahead of Sabre challenging for Okada’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Sakura Genesis on April 1st, Will Ospreay stepping in for Rey Mysterio against Jushin Thudnder Liger, and the Bullet Club’s in-fighting continuing with Cody Rhodes & Marty Scurll vs. Guerrillas of Destiny. The full card is listed in the schedule at the top of this post.
Here’s a look at the set up for Strong Style Evolved.
Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay stopped by In-N-Out Burger prior to tonight’s show.
Jim Ross teased that there will be more information on tonight’s broadcast about his podcast that’s returning soon after having left PodcastOne.
Ilja Dragunov defending his Unified World Wrestling Championship against WALTER is set for wXw in Dresden on April 14th. It’s a rematch of a 2017 match of the year candidate.
Aaron Solow wrote about being referred to as “Mr. Bayley” on commentary while wrestling for WrestleCircus: “Wrestled tonight and my notifications are flooded with no comments about the match I had, but that the commentary team referred to me as ‘Mr. Bayley’. Thank you for completely negating 9 years of my life and defining me by who I am engaged to.” Bayley then responded to him: “I love you and you’re hella good at wrestling”
Anthony Pettis, who is one of CM Punk’s teammates at Roufusport, said that Punk is one of the hardest workers in the gym and has definitely gotten better since his last fight.
Dave Meltzer wrote a column for MMA Fighting about the UFC not having big money upcoming stars on the horizon.
Antonina Shevchenko, Valentina Shevchenko’s sister, will be on the next season of Dana White’s Contender Series.
Max Holloway discussed why he stood up for himself in his Twitter exchanges with Conor McGregor.
Ryan Bader said beating Fedor in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix finals would be the ultimate fairytale.

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