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WWE News: Io Shirai Reportedly Signs With Company, John Cena, & Female Referee Signed

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Io Shirai Reportedly Signs With WWE

In a move that has been rumored for a while now, Japan’s top joshi wrestler, STARDOM’s Io Shirai, has reportedly signed with WWE. This will be a blow to STARDOM, especially as their other top star, Kairi Hojo, is departing soon for NXT, as well. It had been previously rumored that Io’s tryout earlier this year wasn’t much to her liking, but obviously, the situation has changed.

As for when Io will report to WWE and when her final STARDOM match will be, no one knows yet. But, if I were a betting woman, my guess is that Io and Kairi both debut during the upcoming WWE Women’s Tournament.

WWE Signs Female Referee

Kennadie Brink has been signed as a referee for NXT. She’s a competitor on the indie wrestling circuit, competing for promotions like SHIMMER, SHINE, and Ring Of Honor. She made a few appearances as a referee at NXT house shows in Florida earlier this year, and now it appears she will be NXT’s first full time female referee moving forward beginning this summer.

John Cena Talks Roman Reigns & His Own Return To The Promotion

John Cena, who is currently taking a break from WWE to focus on acting gigs in Hollywood, recently sat down to discuss Roman Reigns and his own plans to returning to in-ring action with the company.

“I’m not going to take anything away from Roman. He handles his business with the utmost professionalism. He’s doing it on his own watch. He’s not one of the those guys that comes over to me and asks me, ‘What happens next?’ He’s doing it his way, and I think that’s the best way to do it. He’s not trying to be the next John Cena, but he is being the only Roman Reigns-and that’s why it’s met with so much adversity.

“I can tell you from first-hand because I know. I wasn’t trying to be Stone Cold or The Rock, I was John Cena. That was met with adversity from people looking for the next Stone Cold or the next Rock. That’s what creates the dichotomy, the polarizing environment. I think Roman is doing a fantastic job, and he has an entire roster stacked with unbelievably gifted performers. It’s a good time to be a member of the WWE Universe. You’re seeing multiple brands operating at very high capacity, and I just can’t wait to get back. I’m doing what I’m doing now, but I really can’t wait to get back in the ring. As soon as they cut me loose from this movie in Atlanta, I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

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SmackDown Live News: New Picture-In-Picture Format, Contract Signing, & Owens Hosting Highlight Reel

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New Picture-In-Picture Format

During commercial breaks, the USA Network will be broadcasting picture-in-picture so that you can still watch what’s taking place in the ring. This is a great idea. This was done a couple times last summer and honestly, I’m not sure why it’s not done more often. There’s nothing more annoying that going to a commercial break two minutes into a match. It’s the equivalent of the commercial-kickoff-commercial atrocity during NFL games, which reportedly may be done away with this year.

SmackDown going to picture-in-picture tonight was first reported by Broadcasting and Cable, who claims that the approach raises the retention rate of viewers approximately 13 percent during each break. The article also lists Taco Bell as the biggest non-WWE advertiser during the show. In a related note, I’ve been eating way too much Taco Bell of late.

Kevin Owens Hosting The Highlight Reel

Kevin Owens will also be hosting an edition of “The Highlight Reel” tonight. So, long-term, the feud between Owens and Chris Jericho may not be over. Owens will be defending his United States Title Sunday against A.J. Styles, so the interview segment will likely be hyping that (among other things?)

SmackDown Live Contract Signing

SmackDown Live loves to do “historical” contract signings with its Women’s Division and tonight we’re going to get one for the trios match at Sunday’s Backlash. I guess this would be the first time a women’s trios match has had a contract signing. And, we can easily guess how this will end.

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Scott Hall Hospitalized After WAW Show In England; Update On His Condition

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According to Ricky Knight, English promoter, wrestler and father of current WWE Superstar Paige, WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall was hospitalized following an appearance at Knight’s show in England. Knight confirmed via his Facebook page Hall became ill while in attendance at the World Association of Wrestling show where Scott Hall is the story line commissioner of the company.

“I can confirm Scott Hall was taken ill tonight at the WAW show in Lowestoft; we are at the hospital now after tests; early signs are positive, and we hope to take him to our home soon.”

Scott Hall has been open about his recent heart related issues. Following heart surgery in 2010, Scott had a pacemaker defibrillator implanted to help control abnormal hearth rhythms.

The most recent updates, but yet unconfirmed by Hall or Knight, are stating Scott Hall has checked himself out of the hospital against doctor’s orders and flown back home.

During the show, Hall did not participate in any ring action. Hall did play the authority figure confirming a World Heavyweight match between Ricky Knight and Alberto El Patron (champion) as well forcing Mr. Anderson to find two partners in a tag team match later that night.

We at Top Rope Press wish Hall a speedy recovery.

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NJPW News: Tanahashi Injured, Night 1 Of BOSJ Free, Honma, Shibata, & More

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Hiroshi Tanahashi Injured

It looks like Hiroshi Tanahashi suffered an injury during Sunday’s Ring Of Honor television tapings, and no, he didn’t sprain his ponytail. ROH doctors at the arena checked him out, and it looks like a biceps injury, hopefully not a tear (and if it is, hopefully not a full one). Tana is scheduled to face Tetsuya Naito at Dominion on June 11th for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Last year, Tana had to pull out of Dominion due to a shoulder injury.

Here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery for Tana, whatever the actual injury is.

Night 1 Of NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Free On NJPW World

The NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Tournament kicks off tomorrow, and NJPW is offering night one free to everyone, even if you are not subscribed to NJPW World. The show kicks off at 5:30 am EDT Wednesday morning and is comprised of all tournament matches. We will have a full preview of night one later on today.

Honma & Shibata Injury Updates

As we all know, Tomoaki Honma and Katsuyori Shibata suffered serious, career threatening injuries this year. Back in March, Honma suffered a neck injury that resulted in temporary paralysis after being hit with a hanging DDT from Jado at a house show. In the latest news, Honma has already started to train for a comeback to the ring.

As for Shibata, who suffered a subdural hemotoma during his IWGP Heavyweight Championship match at Sakura Genesis and underwent two separate surgeries to relieve the pressure on his brain, there is no timetable for his return. It is believed that Shibata will never be cleared by doctors to return to in-ring action.

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WWE RAW Results – May 15th, 2017

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The show opens with a video package focusing on Braun Strowman trying to take out Roman Reigns after WWE Payback. Footage from last week in London is shown of Reigns confronting Strowman and going after his injured elbow.

The RAW opening hits. We go live inside the Prudential Center in New Jersey where a big display of pyro goes off. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the show.

RAW General Manager Kurt Angle opens the show and heads to the ring. Angle talks about Roman Reigns “settling the score” with Braun Strowman last week. He says Strowman suffered a shattered elbow, flew back to the United States and underwent surgery. Angle says Strowman may be out of action for up to six months. He notes that Strowman set his sights on the Universal Championship and asks who will now challenge Brock Lesnar for the championship. Angle gave it a lot of thought and it has to be earned, not given. He says at Extreme Rules for the first time ever, we will have a Fatal Five Way match and the winner will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Angle has given thought to who those five will be. He reveals the five: Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.

Angle promises Extreme Rules will be historical.

Here comes Roman Reigns to interrupt.

Angle stays in the ring as Reigns gets inside with a mic in hand. Very mixed reaction for Reigns in Newark tonight. Reigns says we don’t need a Fatal Five Way match because he is the No. 1 Contender. “This is my yard. I beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. I put Strowman in that ambulance. And I’m the only guy around here that can beat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.” Finn Balor interrupts and has something to say.

Balor brings up he was the first ever Universal Champion. “Oh and I never lost my title,” adds Balor. He says if Reigns wants a “piece of the beast”, the line starts behind him. Reigns tells Balor he has a lot of heart, but he doesn’t have the killer instinct to beat Brock. Balor brings up beating Reigns during his first night on RAW.

Samoa Joe interrupts. He says Reigns and Balor have it wrong. Joe says it is about two things: actions and results. He talks about choking out Seth Rollins. Joe suggests he will win the Fatal Five Way match and will go on to face Brock Lesnar.

The lights go out. When they come back on, Bray Wyatt is standing in the middle of the ring and has a mic in hand. Wyatt says the beast is approaching and they are all really scared. “You will cower. You will fall. And you will run,” says Wyatt.

Here comes Seth Rollins. He says Extreme Rules is still many weeks away and that New Jersey didn’t come here for talking. Rollins says he came here to fight Samoa Joe. Rollins and Joe start brawling at the end of the ramp. Wyatt attacks Balor. Reigns tosses Wyatt out. Rollins works the left knee of Joe against the ropes. Joe limps up the ramp. Wyatt with a shot on Rollins sending him out of the ring. Reigns with a Superman to Wyatt. Rollins with right hands to Wyatt. Balor with a double dropkick to both Wyatt and Rollins at ringside. Balor goes up to the top turnbuckle, Reigns misses a Superman and Balor with a Sling Blade takedown. Reigns rolls out of the ring. Balor hits the ropes and dives over the top rope taking out both Reigns and Rollins at ringside.

Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus is next.

-Commercial Break-

Backstage, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins are arguing with Roman Reigns nearby. Kurt Angle breaks it up and books Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt and Reigns vs. Balor.

Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus

Jeff goes after Sheamus immediately in the corner. Jeff avoids a Brogue Kick and gets a roll up for a quick two count. Jeff tosses Sheamus over the top rope and dropkicks him through the ropes. Sheamus catches Jeff trying to dive out and slams him against the barricade.

-Commercial Break-

Back live, Sheamus drops a big knee on Jeff off the corner. Some loud “DELETE” chants in New Jersey tonight. Sheamus catches Jeff with a quick scoop slam. Jeff with a quick kick away dropkick to Sheamus. Jeff with an atomic drop and jumping low blow combo. Sheamus catches Jeff with a big knee to the face for a close two count. Sheamus catches Jeff with double boots in the corner and pulls himself up to the top turnbuckle. Jeff catches Sheamus with a modified Twist of Fate/Stunner off the corner for another close two count. Cesaro jumps up on the ring apron to distract Jeff. Matt pulls him off. Sheamus catches Matt with a big boot. Jeff with a Twist of Fate to Sheamus. Jeff goes up top and connects with a nasty looking Swantom Bomb over Sheamus. Jeff gets the pinfall for the win.

Winner: Jeff Hardy

After the match, Matt and Jeff Hardy celebrate the win.

-Commercial Break-

Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox

Footage from last week’s match is shown. The replay shows Fox got her shoulder up as Banks got the pinfall on her. Banks with a shoulder block early on Fox. Banks catches Fox with a kick to the face. Fox fires back with a kick of her own from the corner. Fox with a northern lights suplex on Banks for a two count. Banks with repeated clothesline takedowns and a dropkick to Fox. Banks with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors to Fox. Fox with a roll up on Banks from the corner and Banks kicks out. Fox holds on to the ropes to avoid a backcracker. Fox tosses Banks out and Banks grabs her knee. Banks with a small package for another two count on Fox. Fox catches Banks with a big scissors kick to get the pinfall.

Winner: Alicia Fox

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Big Match Announced for WWE Extreme Rules

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Kurt Angle announced on tonight’s episode of RAW that the the winner of a Fatal 5-Way match at the upcoming WWE Extreme Rules event will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title. Here is the updated card for the show:

#1 Contenders Match for the WWE Universal Title
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns

RAW Tag Team Championship
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Hardy Boyz

WWE Extreme Rules takes place on June 4, 2017. As always, we will be providing live play-by-play coverage of the event.

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Another Match Announced for WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE announced on tonight’s episode of RAW that Dean Ambrose will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz at the upcoming Extreme Rules event. Here is the updated card for the show:

#1 Contenders Match for the WWE Universal Title
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose
The title can change hands on a count out.

RAW Women’s Title Match
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
Kendo stick on a pole match.

RAW Tag Team Championship
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Hardy Boyz

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Austin Aries vs. Neville

WWE Extreme Rules takes place on June 4, 2017. As always, we will be providing live play-by-play coverage of the event.

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Two Matches Announced for SmackDown Live

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WWE announced on tonight’s episode of RAW that AJ Styles will face Jinder Mahal on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live. It was also announced that Randy Orton would face Baron Corbin.

Check back here tomorrow for live play-by-play coverage of the event.

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Austin Aries Reacts to Tonight’s Crowd In Newark, NJ

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As seen on tonight’s episode of RAW, there was a beach ball being tossed around in the crowd along with “CM Punk” chants from the fans in attendance. This all went down during the Austin Aries & Jack Gallagher vs. Neville & TJP match.

Aries commented on the Newark, NJ crowd with the following remarks on Twitter:

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Updated Card For WWE Extreme Rules On June 4

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WWE Extreme Rules 2017

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Following Monday night’s edition of WWE RAW, the card for the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV has started to come together. Extreme Rules takes place on June 4 in Baltimore, MD.

As it stands right now, the card for the show is as follows.

  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contendership
    Fatal Five-Way Match
    Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns.
  • WWE RAW Women’s Championship
    Kendo Stick On A Pole Match
    Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship 
    DQ Finish Will Result In A Title Change
    Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz.
  • WWE RAW Tag Team Championship 
    The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship 
    Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries.

The “Kendo Stick On A Pole” WWE RAW Women’s Championship match was announced by RAW GM Kurt Angle on Monday night, as was the Intercontinental Championship match and Cruiserweight Championship match.

As always, Top Rope Press will have full results of WWE Extreme Rules on June 4 immediately following the broadcast, and we will keep you up to date on any changes made to the show in the coming weeks.

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