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Fight Size Update: Mae Young Classic, United Kingdom Tournament, Young Bucks Texting CM Punk

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This is the Fight Size Update for the night of April 19th.

– In the video above, Pro Wrestling Unlimited talk about the commercial that can have leaked the Great Khali and Rey Mysterio Jr being within the 50 Man Royal Rumble on the Greatest Royal Rumble match.

– IMPACT Wrestling returns to pay-per-view this Sunday, April 22 for Redemption, emanating from the IMPACT Zone in Orlando, Fla. The three-hour match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET and shall be to be had globally on cable, satellite tv for pc and virtual pay-per-view, together with DISH, DirecTV, iN Demand, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw and the FITE.television are living streaming app for a advised retail value of $39.95.

– Impact Wrestling Redemption shall be to be had solely within the U.Ok. for subscribers of the Global Wrestling Network (GWN) virtual multi-platform app. A top rate subscription is priced at US$7.99 with a 30-day unfastened trial to be had for brand new contributors. Redemption will premiere solely on GWN within the U.Ok. on Wednesday, April 25 forward of subsequent week’s IMPACT! broadcast and shall be to be had any time thereafter on-demand for subscribers

– WWE formally introduced the following United Kingdom Tournament and the following Mae Young Classic on YouTube. Both will air on WWE Network.

– WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is coming to a couple upcoming NXT occasions.

Looking ahead to hitting the street with @WWENXT this weekend for the Northeast excursion!!! Gonna swing via the Tribute to the Legends display Sat. as smartly. 12-3pm, Gonna be a a laugh weekend!!!! #NXT

— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) April 19, 2018

– Brooke Hogan informed TV Insider she hopes to look her father Hulk Hogan in WWE once more some day.

– WWE tells the tale of the way Tyler Black changed into Seth Rollins on this video from the respectable YouTube.

– Jack Swagger shall be dealing with Jeff Cobb in his MLW debut on May third.

– On the newest episode of WWE Now, the overall result of the Superstar Shakeup are given.

– Ruby Riott were given two new tattoos on her knees which she shared on her Instagram tale.

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— Tongan Death Grip (@TonganGrip) April 19, 2018

– PWInsider has reported Winter is on her as far back as Impact Wrestling.

– The Young Bucks informed Sporting News that they textual content CM Punk ceaselessly. They mentioned they would like to have him at All In however doubt it’s going to occur.

– Impact Wrestling uploaded this video to YouTube of a few "devastating" piledrivers.

– Wrestling Observer reported Flip Gordon were given right into a combat with an unnamed skill on the Ring of Honor display in Pittsburgh.

Road Warrior Animal Gives His Take On What Wrestlers He Feels WWE Is Holding Back

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Animal is all about 'Rusev Day'.

24 12 months veteran of the professional wrestling recreation Road Warrior Animal joined "The Ride With JMV" podcast and spoke on quite a lot of subjects in regards to the international {of professional} wrestling and promoted his personal 'What A Rush' podcast that he hosts at the side of Joe Laurinaitis. During a specific portion of the dialogue between JMV and Animal; Animal shared his ideas at the superstars of WWE having the proverbial rug swept from beneath their toes.

Road Warrior Animal mentioned that the WWE does no longer let a overwhelming majority in their skills even strive to achieve the heights of a Hulk Hogan, or Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Andre The Giant, and different mega-stars that experience edged their position within the historical past of the corporate. Animal name-dropped a couple of present WWE skills who he feels has been held again.

"Yeah, they received’t let anyone get that sturdy anymore as you’ll be able to more than likely inform. When any person will get a large number of steam on ‘em they pull the reigns back on them and don’t allow them to move any place." He mentioned. "I mean the only other guy that’s close to being that big is Brock Lesnar; because he goes by and I’ll tell you what, we’ll see what they do with Ronda Rousey. Because she looked incredible the other night at WrestleMania, and did a great job. She’s one of those entities from a crossover sport that pretty much takes that women’s division by storm in the WWE, and I think when you see Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey wrestle that can be a main event anywhere." he endured, “Its took place [WWE stopping pushes] to, no longer such a lot Cena, however you were given guys like Rusev, its took place to Roman Reigns, its took place to a large number of the blokes. Its took place to a couple of ladies. There generally is a positive level after they glance extra special then… Dolph Ziggler, every other one, easiest instance. A perfect wrestler and so they stay pulling the curtain again on him at all times."

The WWE Hall Of Famer additionally went over the primary time he encountered Andre The Giant, spoke on nowadays's technology of wrestlers being overly scripted, and extra.

If you will use the quote above, credit score "The Ride With JMV" podcast with an H/T to Fightful.com for the transcription.

Video: A Breakdown On Ronda Rousey’s WWE Striking vs. UFC Striking

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Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com explains why Ronda Rousey's placing interprets so smartly to WWE, in spite of now not running that fab in UFC.
Full display: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlN4cSAmlIg

Brie Bella Refutes Story That She “Wants To Kill” John Cena

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John Cena and Nikki Bella's six yr dating was once known as off previous this week, resulting in rumors that Nikki's sister Brie was once dissatisfied at Cena in regards to the scenario.

Neither Cena or Nikki have seemed on WWE programming because the announcement was once made, however a People.com file mentioned {that a} supply advised them that "Brie wants to kill him." It didn't take lengthy for Brie to shoot down the rumor.

"False! I'd never say this and I'll always love (John Cena) like a brother. He'll always be family. My heart is hurting for he and my sister," stated Brie on an Instagram tale put up.

People.com issued a apply up tale, and didn't recant their authentic, however did be aware Brie's Instagram tale and gave a historical past between the 2. You can see an excerpt beneath.

A supply prior to now advised PEOPLE that “on one level, Brie wants to kill [John], sure. No one should be allowed to hurt her sister like this.” On Wednesday, Brie, who’s married to and has a kid with WWE big name Daniel Bryan, took factor with the characterization as she wrote on Instagram Story, “I’d never say this.”

Brie and Cena seem on a couple of fact tv presentations in combination — Total Bellas and Total Divas.

The Young Bucks Discuss The End Of Being The Elite And Why They Do The Show

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The Young Bucks say they’re bearing in mind the choices relating to Being the Elite.

Last week, episode 100 of Being the Elite used to be uploaded to YouTube with the identify "Finale." In an interview with Sporting News, each Matt and Nick Jackson discussed episode 100 might be the tip of the sequence however didn’t definitively say if that would be the case.

“I think it’s poetic if we did end it at 100 episodes. But everyone else says we shouldn't,” mentioned Nick Jackson.

“We’re like, man, 100 episodes, we can end it when it’s the hottest. It almost feels like we should end it,” mentioned Matt Jackson.

Even despite the fact that the Young Bucks are given enter on their paintings within the Bullet Club, they benefit from the a hundred percent regulate of the Being the Elite display.

“It’s also control of your own destiny of your own career. You don’t know how you’re going to be booked in Ring of Honor or New Japan. We have influence, but we don’t have final say. With this show, we’re the writers, the actors and the editors,” mentioned Matt Jackson.

As lengthy as they’ve their inventive freedom and making similar cash, Nick Jackson mentioned the Young Bucks don't wish to cross to WWE.

“A lot of our friends (in WWE) say we might find it troubling that our creativity would be pretty much gone and we wouldn't like it, but we’d like the money. Right now we have both of those, and that’s always nice because we’re our own boss,” mentioned Nick Jackson.

The complete interview with the Young Bucks may also be observed at SportingNews.com.

Daniel Cormier Says Brock Lesnar Bout Would Bring In Big Money

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is getting ready to problem UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic for the gold in the principle tournament of UFC 226.

DC wouldn’t thoughts a long run battle with present WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar as a result of Cormier feels a bout between them could be a large cash appeal.

“That thing never happens unless I get past Stipe, but just hearing out loud was like, oh my goodness,” Cormier mentioned to MMA Fighting. “Hey, I know that when I fight Jon Jones, I make a lot of money. I know that if I was to ever fight a Brock Lesnar, I’m going to make even more money than I’ve ever made in entire life. And ultimately, championships and money is why we do this. I don’t care for all the other stuff. I want to get paid. I’m almost 40, the door’s about to close on me, so why not ride out into the sunset with a massive payday? Truckloads of money. Back up Brinks truck to Gilroy, California if you fight Brock Lesnar, I’m telling you. He told me last time, right? When that thing broke that he was fighting at UFC 200, I said, ‘Big Brock, is it Christmas morning in the Cormier household?’ He goes, ‘Merry Christmas, DC. You’re welcome.’ That’s what he told me. He knows that the money’s coming. When he’s on your card or if you’re fighting against him, he knows that you’re getting paid.”

Lesnar and DC have each battle at the identical card earlier than (UFC 200), however a bout between the 2 would mark a primary time ever come upon.

Whether a bout with Lesnar ever involves fruition or no longer, something DC needs to proceed to do is so as to add to his checklist of accomplishments.

“That’s the biggest thing,” Cormier mentioned. “Ultimately I am a competitor and I’m about accomplishments, achievements, and being remembered. The curtain’s coming down on me. So all of this, and all the stuff that I do all of the time, that’s all going to be gone. All that’s going to be left are the memories of what I did, and if I can accomplish something on July 7th, those memories will last for a real long time. So ultimately that’s the goal. Everything else will be fine.”

UFC 226 takes position on Saturday, July 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier headlining. Fightful is offering reside protection of the development, with a post-show podcast to observe.

Smackdown 4/17 Viewership Slightly Down

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The Superstar Shakeup dropped rankings in comparison to the week after WrestleMania.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, Smackdown had a median of two,796,000 audience this week which was once the second one evening of the Superstar Shakeup. The rankings had been up and down the previous couple of weeks floating between 2,467,000 and a couple of,952,000 audience. Last week's Smackdown was once the prime of that reach which was once anticipated at the Smackdown after WrestleMania. Last week's Raw was once additionally upper than this week's Raw to check the development of the 2 weeks following WrestleMania.

The WWE did pass head-to-head towards a NBA Playoff recreation on Tuesday which carried out fairly higher than Smackdown in rankings and demographics. WWE beat each and every display no longer appearing a basketball recreation on Tuesday evening within the ratings.

On YouTube, 3 movies reached over a million audience in lower than twenty-four hours. The brief fit between Jey Uso and Luke Harper had 1.Four million audience, Jeff Hardy appearing up on Smackdown did 2.Four million perspectives, and the principle tournament fit reached 1 million perspectives. A couple of movies that includes Asuka, Samoa Joe, Big Cass, Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, and Shelton Benjamin are coming near 1 million perspectives.

ROH Ring Announcer Says Daniel Bryan Used To Coax Him Into Saying Wacky Things On The Mic

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Ring of Honor announcer Bobby Cruise used to be lately interviewed by means of Wrestling Epicenter's Interactive Wrestling Radio. You can see highlights beneath, and the entire interview above.

Daniel Bryan coaxing him to mention wacky issues in ROH:
"Yeah, Bryan Danielson used to get in my ear. (laughs) The thing with Danielson was I really never knew what was coming. If he hit me with three lines of things I had to say, it was on the spot. There was no preparation. That was a little scary! But, he was funny. It went from something like, "You inform them that I'm the most productive wrestler on this planet" to something wacky or funny."

If Daniel Bryan must go back to the hoop or no longer:
"Absolutely, if he's cleared. I was thinking about this earlier today, actually. When I first read it online, a pal of mine, Adam Pearce who I love to death, he basically congratulated Bryan. He said, "You can train wrist locks and head locks however you’ll't train hobby." He (Daniel Bryan) has it. Pro wrestling and wrestling in the ring is his passion."

Rumors he attempted to leap to Impact Wrestling a couple of years in the past:
"Some website posted that I was spotted in New York City and that I was unhappy with Ring of Honor because I was not being used on all the events and blah, blah, blah and that I had met with Dixie Carter and John Gaburick. The point of that story was way off. I was in New York City on the same day they happened to be taping TV in the Manhattan Center. I was with my older daughter Sarah because we were going to Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden that night. So, when I saw TNA was in town, I reached out to Dave Lagana and asked if I could come by to see not only him but guys I know like Kenny King, Samoa Joe, Velvet Sky… Just to say hi! I never met with anyone about a job. A week or two later is when I saw it (reported). Of course, Ring of Honor is going to see it. It must have been a really, really, really slow news day in wrestling if you're reporting rumors about a ring announcer changing companies!"

Fight Size Update: Unannounced Wrestlers Advertised For Greatest Royal Rumble, Bruce Prichard’s WWE Network Show, And More

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This is the Fight Size Update for the night time of April 18th.

– AJ Styles will tackle Shinsuke Nakamura on the Greatest Royal Rumble tournament. Pro Wrestling Unlimited discusses that within the video on the best of this web page.

– On the WWE Network web page, a picture promoting the Greatest Royal Rumble options Great Khali, Rey Mysterio Jr, Big Show, and Mark Henry. None of those wrestlers were formally introduced however Big Show has been featured in some video programs.

The Image from @WWENetwork with Great Khali and Rey Mysterio Jr. %.twitter.com/7We0llFXUM

— Handsome Pat Fannin (@Patrick_Fannin) April 18, 2018

– WWE launched two movies with AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura speaking about their fit in Saudi Arabia.

– WWE wrestlers spoke about Bruno Sammartino on YouTube within the wake of the legend's passing. Some of the interviews had been recorded prior to his passing.

– Fightful's flagship podcast The List And Ya Boy lined the legacy of Bruno Sammartino as of late.

– WWE did a 10 bell salute on the space display in Cape Town, South Africa as of late.

#WWECapeTown opens with a 10-bell salute to the past due Bruno Sammartino. %.twitter.com/3iG4eOE1U1

— WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2018

– WWE launched this video with a profile on each NXT Champion in historical past.

– Sumie Sakai dove on a couple of wrestlers and Bernard the Business Bear at a Ring of Honor display.

@SumieSakai killed Bernard the Business undergo. — %.twitter.com/kH5pMx7Gyj

— Ashley Rae –️‍–アシュリー レイ–️‍– (@OhioLadyTroll) April 16, 2018

– Ric Flair and rapper Offset seemed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

– The Twitter account for Camping World Stadium instructed fanatics they’re operating onerous to get WrestleMania again to Orlando.

WWE fanatics: We're onerous at paintings bringing WrestleMania again to Orlando however we’d like your assist! Share why you suppose #Wrestlemania will have to go back to @CWStadium and ship us your favourite Orlando Wrestlemania Week pics!

Take our survey too https://t.co/o3OUrfMKS1 %.twitter.com/HPp9dDffDZ

— CampingWorldStadium (@CWStadium) April 17, 2018

– The following video is a preview from WWE of the brand new podcast Bruce Prichard is webhosting at the WWE Network.

WWE NXT Live Results 4/18 Lars Sullivan vs Killian Dain in a No Disqualification Match, Ricochet Makes His NXT Debut & More!

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This is the Fightful.com are living protection for this night's episode of WWE NXT. Tonight we’ve got an excellent display as in our primary tournament Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan cross face to face in a No Disqualification Match, Ricochet makes his NXT tv debut, Candice LeRae in spite of everything will get her arms on Zelina Vega and a lot more so make sure you come again right here at eight PM EST for an hour showcasing the WWE NXT logo!

-Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae pop out to the hoop and Johnny talks about his unsanctioned fit in opposition to Tommaso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver New Orleans and that he's satisfied to be reinstated as a member of the NXT roster ahead of leaving as we cross to business after a tease for the tv debut of Ricochet.

Ricochet vs Fabian Aichner

Ricochet is in regulate early, knocking Fabian down again and again ahead of Aichner catches him and hits a gutbuster. Aichner hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a chain of European uppercuts ahead of Ricochet hits a transfer off of the highest and hits a status taking pictures famous person press for a close to fall. Aichner then catches Ricochet up best ahead of Ricochet knocks him off and hits a 630° Senton for the pin and the win.

Winner: Ricochet defeats Fabian Aichner by means of pinfall with a 630° Senton.

-We get a video bundle for EC3 as we cross to business.

-The War Raiders have a squash fit in opposition to native skill. We then have Shayna Baszler minimize a promo on all of the ladies's roster.

No Disqualification Match

Lars Sullivan vs Killian Dain

They brawl to begin the fit brawling at ringside till Dain sends Lars into the hoop steps, then Lars catches Dain when he is going for a tope to the outdoor and sends him into the hoop submit. Lars tosses Dain again into the hoop and beats on him till he collapses to the mat, then hits a liberate German suplex that sends Dain again out of the hoop. Lars hits a diving clothesline off of the highest and to the ground ahead of rolling him again into the hoop and hitting a diving headbutt for a close to fall. Lars will get a number of chairs out from underneath the hoop ahead of Dain hits a operating dropkick that sends Lars into the nook. Dain slams Lars right down to the mat ahead of hitting a dash off of best for a close to fall ahead of Dain will get a desk out from underneath the hoop.

Dain assaults Lars with a chair ahead of environment the chair up within the nook ahead of Lars slams him down and places a chair on best of him ahead of Dain will get out of the way in which and Lars hits a diving headbutt to a chair. Lars then catches Dain coming in and hits a Samoan drop ahead of Dain hits a operating go frame throughout the desk, then Lars hits the Freak Accident onto a pile of chairs for the pin and the win.

Winner: Lars Sullivan defeats Killian Dain by means of pinfall with the Freak Accident.

Candice LeRae vs Zelina Vega

Candice is in regulate to begin the fit ahead of Andrade comes out and distracts her ahead of Johnny comes out and evens the chances. Candice fights out of an stomach stretch ahead of Zelina hits operating knees within the nook, then Candice counters a hammerlock DDT right into a roll up for a close to fall. Candice hits a missile dropkick for a close to fall ahead of hitting a flying Gargano Escape for the faucet and the win.

Winner: Candice LeRae defeats Zelina Vega by means of submission with the Gargano Escape.

-After the fit Johnny demanding situations Aleister Black to an NXT Championship fit ahead of Aleister comes out and accepts as we cross off the air.

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