This Week in Wrestling (Non-WWE) March 24th, 2018

This Week in Wrestling
(Non-WWE)
March 24th, 2018

 

Table of Contents:

  1. New Japan Pro Wrestling
    1. Zack Sabre Jr Wins the New Japan Cup
      1. Origins of “Orienteering with Napalm Death”
    2. Strong Style Evolved
    3. Sakura Genesis
    4. Complete NJPW Championship Landscape
    5. Possible Cow Palace Show
    6. Road to Sakura Genesis Shows
  2. Ring of Honor
    1. SuperCard of Honor
    2. Steel City Excellence and Masters of the Craft
  3. All-In
  4. House of Hardcore
    1. House of Hardcore 39
    2. Spoiler Free Wrestling: ECW: 25 Years After Show (Starting April 6th, 2018)
  5. National Wrestling Alliance
  6. Impact Wrestling
  7. Lucha Underground

New Japan Pro Wrestling

1) Zack Sabre Jr. Wins 2018 New Japan Cup

Zack Sabre Jr became just the 11th man to win the New Japan Cup this week. ZSJ is only the 2nd foreigner to ever win the tournament and the first from the UK. The only other non-Japanese wrestler to win the Cup was Giant Bernard (Matt Bloom/Albert/Tensai) in 2005.

2018 New Japan Cup Results:

Round 1:

  1. Michael Elgin defeated Tomohiro Ishii
  2. Juice Robinson defeated Yujiro Takahashi
  3. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Taichi
  4. Bad Luck Fale defeated Lance Archer
  5. Kota Ibushi defeated Yoshi-Hashi
  6. Zack Sabre Jr defeated Tetsuya Naito
  7. Toru Yano defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  8. Sanada defeated Chuckie T

Round 2:

  1. Juice Robinson defeated Michael Elgin
  2. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Bad Luck Fale
  3. Zack Sabre Jr defeated Kota Ibushi
  4. Sanada defeated Toru Yano

Semi-Finals:

  1. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Juice Robinson
  2. Zack Sabre Jr defeated Sanada

Finals:

  1. Zack Sabre Jr defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi

New Japan Cup Winners:

  1. 2005: Hiroshi Tanahashi
  2. 2006: Giant Bernard
  3. 2007: Yuji Nagata
  4. 2008: Hiroshi Tanahashi
  5. 2009: Hirooki Goto
  6. 2010: Hirooki Goto
  7. 2011: Yuji Nagata
  8. 2012: Hirooki Goto
  9. 2013: Kazuchika Okada
  10. 2014: Shinsuke Nakamura
  11. 2015: Kota Ibushi
  12. 2016: Tetsuya Naito
  13. 2017: Katsuyori Shibata

2018 New Japan Cup Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.

Following his final match with Hiroshi Tanahashi, ZSJ called out Kazuchika Okada. It had been known leading up to the finals, however, that should Sabre win he would challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so this was no surprise.

Sabre and Okada have never wrestled, not even in a multi-person tag-team match, making him a unique challenge for the longtime champion. The two will be on opposing sides of each other in a tag match at Strong Style Evolved, however, just days before they meet at Sakura Genesis on April 1st, 2018.

In storyline, Sabre represents a new and dangerous threat to Okada’s championship. Throughout the two weeks of the New Japan Cup, the promotion built Zack Sabre Jr into a new top star.

By defeating Naito, Ibushi, Sanada, and Tanahashi via submission grappling, NJPW has communicated to fans that Sabre can defeat anyone. His submission-based style also increases intrigue for the match as it is unclear how Okada will adapt to it. Okada generally doesn’t mind wrestling his opponent’s type of match but this scenario might prove to be unique to all others he has faced in the past.

At 30-years-old, the New Japan Cup win has brought Zack Sabre Jr’s career to new heights. Although he has already collected belts in Evolve, PWG, and Revolution Pro, his New Japan Cup win is arguably the biggest accomplishment of his career. His upcoming main event match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis can be considered the biggest of his career as well.

1B) Orienteering with Napalm Death

As was mentioned during our New Japan Cup post-match show, the name of the move ZSJ won the Cup with is “Orienteering with Napalm Death.” Turns out this name comes from British comedian, Stewart Lee. Napalm Death is the name of a British heavy metal band, and evidently, Lee went to school with them and went orienteering with them.

The move is listed as a modification of an over-the-shoulder-single-leg Boston crab.

 Strong Style Evolved Lineup

Leading up to the final New Japan Cup show on March 21st, only 3 matches had been announced for Strong Style Evolved. One of those matches had to be scrapped as well.

Rey Mysterio Jr., who challenged Jushin Liger via taped segment played at the New Beginning, is out of action with a biceps injury. Mysterio is believed to have suffered the injury at an independent show on Friday, March 2nd. Although it appeared he might be able to work through the injury, it has now been confirmed Mysterio is off the Strong Style Evolved show. He will be replaced by Will Ospreay.

Strong Style Evolved
New Japan Pro_Wrestling
March 25th, 2018
Walter Pyramid
Long Beach, CA

  1. Roppongi 3K (Yoh, Sho, & Rocky Romero) vs SoCal Uncensored (Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky)

    • SoCal Uncensored is the new Ring of Honor 6-Man Tag-Team champions after having taken the titles from the Hung Bucks at the 16th Anniversary show.
    • Sho and Yo have an upcoming chance to win back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag-team championships at Sakura Genesis.
  2. Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs Hirooki Goto & Gedo

    • Juice pinned Hirooki Goto in a tag match on the New Japan Cup finals show to potentially earn a title match against Goto.
    • We could find out more about a potential Goto vs Juice NEVER Openweight title match during or after this match.
  3. Toru Yano & Chuckie T vs Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer)

    • KES defeated Yano & Ishii on the New Japan Cup finals show and then called out Evil & Sanada after the match.
    • We still don’t know when Evil is due to return from a broken orbital bone he suffered last month.
    • Evil has been on the sidelines since the Australian tour.
  4. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs Cody and Marty Scurll

    • We put up a video on this match after it was announced at YouTube.com/c/SpoilerFreeWrestling
    • We thought the GOD and Elite had squashed their growing beef but perhaps that isn’t fully the case. The Bullet Club OGs may have only squashed their beef with the Young Bucks, who themselves started with Bullet Club just months after its inception.
  5. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Taguchi, & Dragon Lee vs Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, Bushi, & Hiromu Takahashi

    • Not much to this match other than Naito and Tanahashi feuded last year over the IC title and Dragon Lee and Takahashi had a well-reviewed feud in CMLL that sometimes spilled over into Ring of Honor.
  6. Jushin Liger vs Will Ospreay

    • While Rey Mysterio won’t be involved, there is plenty of reason to be looking forward to this match.
    • While Ospreay is the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, this match will be non-title.
    • Liger is the greatest IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion of all time, having won the title 10x, defended it 31x, and held it for a total of 2,245 days.
  7. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii vs Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr

    • This match will be the 1st time Zack Sabre Jr and Kazuchika Okada have competed in the same match. The leader of Suzuki-Gun will serve as a partner for Sabre as he goes up against Okada and Ishii.
    • This will be a preview of their match at Sakura Genesis on April 1st.
  8. IWGP United States Championship
    Jay White (c) vs Hangman Page

    • This will be White’s 1st time defending the US title and Hangman Page’s first attempt at a single’s title in NJPW. It’s a big match for both.
    • When this title was first introduced last year, it was said it would be defended in Ring of Honor, however that has only happened once so far when Omega defeated Yoshi-Hashi at Global Wars 2017 in Chicago last year.
    • White and Page have never wrestled a single’s match against one another.
  9. the Golden Lovers (Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega vs. the Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

    • What can you say about this match?
    • The story of this match has taken place in NJPW, ROH, and on YouTube through the Being the Elite series.
    • It’s not clear if this match will impact the heavyweight tag-team division in NJPW or not. Both teams have declared for the heavyweight division but how the tag titles play into this is not certain. Evil & Sanada are the current champs but Evil is out with a broken orbital bone. KES seems to have first dibs on the next title match as well. It’s possible if Evil is out for an extended period of time LIJ is stripped of the titles but there’s nothing to say that is what’s happening. A broken orbital bone can take weeks to months to heel with a lot of variability.

Sakura Genesis
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
April 1st, 2018
Ryogoku Kokugikan
Tokyo, Japan

Only two matches have been announced for the show so far. NJPW will most likely release more matches following Strong Style Evolved.

  1. Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    Triple Threat
    Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (c) vs. Roppongi 3K vs. Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi

    • This was set up at the New Japan Cup finals show when a 3-way brawl between the teams broke out.
  2. IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr (2018 New Japan Cup Winner)

    • A win here would be the 11th of Okada’s current title reign and tie Hiroshi Tanahashi’s record.
    • Tanahashi defended the title 11x throughout his 5th reign with the belt from Wrestle Kingdom V to the New Beginning on February 12th, 2012.
    • Should Okada retain, it would be his 24th all-time defense of the title, second only to Tanahashi’s 28.
    • Zack Sabre Jr’s stock has risen drastically in NJPW during the last two weeks. A title victory here would add to his championship resume which also includes:
      • New Japan Cup Winner (2018)
      • Evolve Champion (current)
      • British Heavyweight Champion (Revolution Pro-Wrestling) (2x, current)
      • PWG World Champion (Pro Wrestling Guerrilla)
      • Battle of Los Angelas Winner (PWG) (2015)
      • As well as numerous other championships…

Complete NJPW Championship Landscape

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Current Champion: Kazuchika Okada
Defenses (current): 10
Defenses (all-time): 23

Kazuchika Okada will defend against New Japan Cup Winner, Zack Sabre Jr, at Sakura Genesis on April 1st, 2018

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Current Champion: Minoru Suzuki
Defenses: 1

Current champion, Minoru Suzuki has been pairing off with Tetsuya Naito in recent tag-team matches. Naito held the IC title for 259 days in 2017 and slowly tore the belt apart..literally. He damaged the belt a little bit more with each title defense. Naito defended the title successfully against Jay Lethal, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, and Juice Robinson before dropping the belt to Tanahashi at Dominion in Osaka.

Heading into the Osaka show, Naito said one way or another it would be his last day as champion. He would either win and destroy the title completely or he would lose it to his opponent.

Another option for Suzuki’s next title defense is former champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. Suzuki is responsible for injuring Tanahashi’s knee during their title match at the New Beginning in Sapporo. Suzuki has continued to target Tanahashi’s knee when on opposing tag matches since he returned from injury.

IWGP United States Championship
Current Champion: Jay White
Defenses: 1

Jay White will defend the title against Bullet Club’s Hangman Page on April 1st at Strong Style Evolved. This will be just the 7th match all-time with this title on the line.

Kenny Omega gave an interview to Tokyo Sports before the New Japan Cup began and said he would not be challenging for any titles or entering any tournaments until the Bullet Club troubles are over. That would seemingly indicate he will not be calling for a rematch with Jay White anytime soon if at all.

NEVER Openweight Championship
Current Champion: Hirooki Goto
Defenses (Current): 2
Defenses (All-Time): 5

Juice Robinson pinned Goto in a tag match on the New Japan Cup finals show. Goto successfully defended the title against Juice at the 2017 New Beginning in Sapporo show.

Although this match has yet to be scheduled or made official, Juice Robinson will likely be the next challenger for this title.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Current Champion: Will Ospreay
Defenses: 1

It’s not clear who may be the next to face Ospreay.

Marty Scurll was the division’s champion heading into the Tokyo Dome this year and hasn’t received a rematch. Kushida is a perennial contender for the title. He last held the title from June to October last year.

Ospreay is scheduled to face Liger in a non-title match at Strong Style Evolved. If Liger wins he might get the next shot. Liger has only challenged for this title once since 2010, however. Kushida defended the title against him successfully in 2016. He’s easily the division’s most successful wrestler of all-time but hasn’t spent much time in the championship picture in recent years.

Ospreay defeated Takahashi last month and now Takahashi appears to be wrestling in the tag division with Bushi.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag-Team Championships
Current Champions: Evil & Sanada
Defenses: 1

Evil has been out of action with a broken orbital bone since February 20th.

Killer Elite Squad has issued a challenge to the current champs. KES lost the titles to Evil & Sanada at the Tokyo Dome show this year and have not received a rematch thus far.

The Young Bucks vs Golden Lovers match is taking place in the division but it is not immediately clear how/if it will impact the title picture.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Current Champions: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Title Defenses: 0

At Sakura Genesis on April 1st, Suzuki-Gun will defend the titles against Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi and Roppongi 3k. This was set up on the most recent New Japan Cup show when all 3 teams ended up brawling. Roppongi 3K (minus Rocky Romero) showed up to brawl despite not being on the card.

The division’s 2nd most successful team in history has seemingly left the division. The Young Bucks will have their first match at heavyweight at Strong Style Evolved against the Young Bucks. The Young Bucks have held the titles 7x, defended them 9, and held them for 706 days. Gedo and Jado, the division’s most successful team, has won the belts 4x, defended them 15x, and held them for 960 days.

A strong argument can be made that Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) were more successful as well. They won the titles 4x, defended them 13x, and held them for 673 days.

It’s also entirely possible the Young Bucks move back down to junior heavyweight at some point, however. They might even do so immediately after their match with the Golden Lovers.

NEVER 6-Man Tag Team Championships
Current Champions: Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
Defenses: 2

Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, and Yujiro Takahashi defeated Michael Elgin, Tenare, & Togi Makabe on the New Japan Cup finals show. Despite losing, Elgin and Makabe (not so much Tenare) got up in the champions face after the match which could indicate they could be involved in the Bullet Clubs OGs next title defense.

The Bullet Club OGs have a chance to tie the record for consecutive title defenses of the NEVER 6-Man Tag Team championships with their next defense. Evil, Bushi, & Sanada defended the titles 3x last year. The LIJ team has won the title 3x, defended them 4x, and held them for 281 days. Fale & the Guerillas of Destiny have won the titles 2x, defended them twice, and held the belts for 94+ days as of this writing. Fale and Tonga also won these belts once with Yujrio Takahashi but lost them in their first title defense.

Possible NJPW Show in the Cow Palace

Last week, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that New Japan Pro Wrestling has placed a preliminary hold on the Cow Palace arena for July 7th, 2018.

The building is believed to hold 15,000 for wrestling. It holds 16,000 for concerts. There are reports of wrestling shows holding more than 15,000 but it’s not clear if those numbers are accurate. If NJPW does end up holding a show in the building now or in the future, it may have been due to pressure from the company’s American talent, many of whom have been publicly vocal about wishing Strong Style Evolved had been booked in a larger building.

A preliminary hold on a building for a potential show in 4 months time is interesting. I suppose all that can be taken from that is that they are considering holding a show there on July 7th but aren’t yet ready to commit. Perhaps they are waiting until after Strong Style Evolved. Preliminary holds on buildings appear to be things that are often dropped without being mentioned again, however, so there’s still a good chance nothing at all comes of this story.

Other Upcoming New Japan Pro-Wrestling Events

NJPW will also run two “Road to Sakura Genesis” shows on March 29th and 30th. The show on the 29th will be from Saitama and on the 30th they will be in Korakuen Hall. The Korakuen Hall show on the 30th will air on New Japan World. No matches have been announced for the shows as of yet.

Ring of Honor

Ring of Honor has been off since March 10th, which was the set of TV tapings they held after the 16th Anniversary show last weekend. Their next show is SuperCard of Honor on April 7th, 2018.

Episode #339 of Ring of Honor TV aired on Honor Club this week. The results are below:

ROH #339
Center Stage
Atlanta GA

  1. Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) defeated The Dawgs (Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara
  2. Women of Honor Tournament (1st Round (from Osaka, Japan)
    Mayu Iwatani defeated HZK
  3. Cody, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Adam Page (Bullet Club) defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan) and Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian

SuperCard of Honor will air live on Honor Club for subscribers. Most of the matches have been officially announced but there may be others announced on Ring of Honor television between now and the event.

SuperCard of Honor XII
April 7th, 2018
UNO Lakefront Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Hangman Page vs Kota Ibushi
  • Punishment Martinez vs Tomohiro Ishii
  • ROH 6-Man Tag Team Championships
    SoCal Uncensored (Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky) (c) vs the Kingdom (Matt Taven, Tk O’ryan, & Vinny Marseglia)
  • ROH World Tag-Team Championships
    the Briscoes (c) vs Jay Lethal & Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Women of Honor Championship
    Finals of the Women of Honor Tournament
  • Cody vs Kenny Omega
  • ROH World Championship
    Dalton Castle (c) vs Marty Scurll

The company will then be holding TV tapings April 14th in Pittsburgh (Steel City Excellence) and then will be in Columbus (Masters of the Craft) the following evening. The Columbus show will air on Honor Club while the TV tapings will air episodically as they are released.

No matches have been announced for the Pittsburgh show but 3 big matches have been announced for Columbus.

Masters of the Craft
Columbus, OH
April 15th

  • Jay Lethal vs Jonathan Gresham
    • This is a rematch of their Honor Reigns match which Lethal won after a knee injury slowed Gresham down.
    • Lethal is coming off unsuccessfully challenging for the ROH World Championship in a loss to Dalton Castle.
  • 1st Blood Match
    Cody vs Matt Taven

    • This match will come one week after Cody and Kenny Omega clash at SuperCard of Honor.
    • This should be the blowoff to their long-running feud which has coincided at the same time as Cody’s feud with Omega.
  • ROH World Championship
    Defy or Deny Match

    Dalton Castle (c) vs Marty Scurll vs Punishment Martinez vs the Beer City Bruiser

    • No matter who wins between Dalton Castle and Marty Scurll at SuperCard of Honor, they will have to defend the title in this 4-way elimination match in Columbus.
    • The special stipulation to this match is that whoever is the final eliminated wrestler cannot receive another ROH World Championship opportunity while the winner is champion.

All-In

The Bullet Club’s one-off “All-In” show scheduled for September 1st, 2018 added a few new confirmed names this week.

Lucha Brothers, Pentagon and Fenix, are both now confirmed for the event. Here are all the places, people, and things that have declared they are “All-In”:

  • Kenny Omega
  • the Young Bucks
  • Cody
  • Hangman Page
  • Marty Scurll
  • Chicago’s Sears Center Arena
  • Pentagon
  • Ray Fenix
  • Possibly Cracker Barrel
  • Stephen Amell
  • Tessa Blanchard

House of Hardcore

Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore returns to the road this weekend. House of Hardcore 38 takes place in St. James New York. The next night HOH returns to the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA for a show which will air live on Twitch.

House of Hardcore 38
March 23rd, 2018
The Sports Arena
St. James, NY

  • Long Island Street Fight
    Tommy Dreamer vs Joey Mercury w/ Shane Douglas
  • Submission Match
    Killer Kross vs Guido Maritato
  • Brian Cage vs Sami Callihan vs Willie Mack
  • the Squad vs Swoggle & Crazy Steve
  • Dan Maff vs the Luchasaurus
  • Alex Reynolds vs Bull James
  • Nick Alids, Bully Ray, and Matt Cross are all expected to appear.

The next night on Twitch will arguably be the most important in the promotion’s history, though you can generally say that about each one moving forward.

The NWA World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in the main event as Nick Aldis will defend against Tommy Dreamer. The 2nd round of the Twitch TV title tournament will also begin.

House of Hardcore 39
March 24th, 2018
2300 Arena
Philadelphia, PA

  • NWA World Heavyweight Championship
    Nick Aldis (c) vs Tommy Dreamer
  • Twitch TV Title Tournament (2nd Round)
    Kenny (the Squad) vs Swoggle
  • Twitch TV Title Tournament (2nd Round)
    Alex Reynolds vs Crazzy Steve
  • Twitch TV Title Tournament (2nd Round)
    Dan Maff vs Bull James
  • Twitch TV Title Tournament (2nd Round)
    Willie Mack vs Brian Cage

Austin Aries had been involved in this tournament but it was revealed last week he has had to withdraw from the tournament.

Tommy Dreamer’s promotion’s next event will take place April 7th, 2018, the night before WrestleMania in New Orleans. HOH 40 will be a short 1-hour event from 11P to 11:59PM.  HOH41 will take place 3 weeks later in Fort Place Indiana on April 28th.

Spoiler Free Wrestling: ECW: 25 Years After Show (Starting April 6th, 2018)

The 25th Anniversary of ECW’s first TV show airing is April 6th. The show is available on the WWE Network and for those who would like to follow along, we will be reliving the history of ECW every week starting April 6th.

We will be starting with ECW #001 from April 6th, 1993 on April 6th, 2018. We will go through all the news that was going on in wrestling at the time and talk about where the performers are today. Extreme Championship Wrestling is often listed as one of the most influential wrestling promotions of all time and now is the perfect time to relive its history from the beginning.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/c/SpoilerFreeWrestling to follow along.

The National Wrestling Alliance

The big match for the National Wrestling Alliance this week is Nick Aldis defending the 10 Pounds of Gold against Tommy Dreamer inside the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. It’s a significant match for both promotions. It’s arguably the biggest match to take place in House of Hardcore and the biggest match for Billy Corgan’s NWA since he took ownership.

Tommy Dreamer cut a promo on the most recent episode of 10 Pounds of Gold about how important the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is to him.

The Aldis crusade to defend the title 20x over a 60 day period is going well for the champion so far. He’s 7-0 on the crusade so far.

The Aldis Crusade

  1. defeated Alexander James  – January 19th, 2018 (PCW) West Virginia
  2. defeated James Ellsworth – February 11th, 2018 (Championship Wrestling from Hollywood) Port Hueneme, CA, USA
  3. defeated Big Grizzly (PWC) Bristol, England
  4. defeated David Starr – February 21st, 2018 (IPW) Buckinghamshire, England
  5. defeated Harlem Bravado (BLW) Devon, England
  6. defeated Devin Driscoll (IPW) Tenessee 
  7. defeated Crimson (TNT) Clarksville, TN, USA

Jocephus is also owed a title shot after having defeated Tim Storm.

Still no word on when the NWA might begin to produce their own events. Billy Corgan said last year he was hoping to do so in the spring. It’s also not yet clear how or if the trademark for the name “the Dumont Network” factors into this.

Impact Wrestling

On Impact Wrestling this week, the Feast or Fired briefcases were unveiled. EC3 was the one fired and will now head to NXT in the near future. Eli Drake will receive a tag-team title shot, Petey Williams an X-Division title shot, and Moose a World Title shot.

The main event in terms of matches was a Monster’s Ball match featuring Abyss with Father James Mithell against Kongo Kong with Jimmy Jacobs. The idea here is that for Kongo Kong to be the new monster of Impact he had to beat the old monster.

Austin Aries and Alberto El Patron opened up with a back and forth promo this week to build towards their title match at the April 22nd Redemption PPV.

Su Yung also made her debut for the promotion this week. She attacked Allie following her successful title defense against Sienna.

Impact Wrestling has announced Austin Aries and Matt Sydal will face each other next week in a World Title vs Grand Championship Title match. Lashley will also face Brian Cage next week in what will be Cage’s biggest test in the promotion yet.

Impact Wrestling Results
March 22nd, 2018
Impact Zone
Orlando, FL

  1. Trevor Lee defeated Fallah Bahh
  2. X-Division Championship
    Matt Sydal defeated Rohit Raju
  3. Knockouts Championship
    Allie (c) defeated Sienna
  4. Monsters Ball Match
    Kongo Kong w/ Jimmy Jacobs defeated Abyss w/James Mitchell

In addition to the Aprill 22nd PPV, the company is also promoting their show for WrestleCon with Lucha Underground over WrestleMania weekend. More on that below.

Lucha Underground

Not much to report on from Lucha Underground at the moment, though spoilers are everywhere including Wikipedia.  The tapings for the 4th season wrapped up last weekend. There is still no word on when exactly the 4th season will begin airing, though Dorian Roldan at one point mentioned this summer.

The promotion will be teaming up with Impact Wrestling for a live event on WrestleMania weekend. Here are the confirmed matches for that event.

Impact Wrestling vs Lucha Underground
April 6th, 2018
New Orleans, LO

  • Impact World Tag Team Championships
    LAX (c) vs. Killshot & the Mack
  • I Quit Match
    Eddie Edwards vs. Jeremiah Crane
  • Andrew Everett, DJZ, & Dezmond Xavier vs. King Cuerno, Aerostar, & Drago
  • Austin Aries & Fenix vs. Alberto El Patron & Pentagon
  • Knockouts Championship
    Allie (c) vs Taya Valkyrie

 

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