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*** WWE ***
RAW Drafted: Apollo Crews, The Miz, Maryse, Dean Ambrose, Curt Hawkins, Bray Wyatt, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Elias Samson, Kalisto, Heath Slater, Rhyno and announcer David Otunga.
Smackdown Live Drafted: Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Epico, Primo, Jinder Mahal, Tamima Snuka, Charlotte, Rusev, Lana, Sin Cara, The New Day and announcer Byron Saxton.
- Paige Update: Paige posted on Twitter this week that she visited her doctor for a check up on her neck surgery rehab. According to backstage WWE producers is that Paige should be back some time in the summer of 2017. Many WWE fans are wondering how well received Paige will be on her return after her family was very vocal about WWE supposedly unfairly suspending Paige due to the medication she was taking. Paige was also involved in the sex tape leak with her, Xavier Woods and Brad Maddox. Also Paige's husband Alberto El Patron has been very vocal about his hatred for the WWE.
** Justin Roberts: His passport came up missing while touring in another country. Roberts couldn't get back into the United States until he purchased a new one at the US Embassy. Rumors were that either JBL took it or he got someone else to take it.
** Johnny Mundo/John Morrison: Stated that JBL tried to get him and his tag team partner Joey Mercury to be the ones to steal Justin Roberts' passport. Mundo refused to do it.
** Chris Kanyon: Many past superstars have stated that JBL used to bash the late Chris Kanyon after Kanyon admitted openly to being homosexual. JBL would then try to get others to make fun of Kanyon.
** Edge: Edge recently stated that JBL would playfully grope people in the shower and make things very uncomfortable.
** The Hardy's: Matt and Jeff stated that when they first arrived in the WWE, JBL took them out for beers and told them to throw beer cans at signs while driving. The Hardy's refused and were made fun of by JBL for being p******
** There are also stories of JBL stealing baggage and throwing wrestlers baggage in the shower while the water was running.
Now with the recent stories of JBL bullying Mauro Ranallo about his depression and bipolar disorder, should the WWE punish JBL? The WWE Universe has been very vocal this week with the "We Want Mauro" and "Fire Bradshaw" chants. WWE has also always been against bullying, so how can they be against bullying when they in fact allow JBL's actions?
- The Eliminators defeated The Dudley Boys to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship.
- Rob Van Dam defeated Lance Storm.
- The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada and Masato Yakushiji1 defeated Taka Michinoku, Terry Boy and Dick Togo in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
- Shane Douglas defeated Pitbull #2 to retain the ECW Television Championship.
- Taz defeated Sabu.
- Terry Funk defeated Stevie Richards and The Sandman in a Triple Threat Elimination Match to become the #1 Contender to the ECW World Championship.
- Terry Funk defeated Raven to win the ECW World Championship.
** 205 Live Recap **
Tonight's main event saw the now heelish TJ Perkins battle Jack Gallagher in the main event of the show.
2.) Backstage, TJ Perkins says he was the hero of the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament and all Austin Aries did was steal his spotlight. Jack Gallagher interrupts and tells Perkins that he better act like a gentleman in their match tonight.
4.) Backstage, Austin Aries says that TJ Perkins isn't getting in Aries' way of winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WWE Payback.
*** NXT ***
- Bobby Roode's Next Rumored Opponents: Sources have said that NXT World Champion Bobby Roode will work a program with the returning Hideo Itami and possibly face Itami at Takeover: Chicago in May. Sources are also stating that Roode will more than likely go over on Itami and retain the title. NXT's rumored plan is to use that time frame with Roode vs. Itami to build up Drew McIntyre as Roode's next challenger after Itami.
*** Impact Wrestling ***
** Impact TV Recap **
This week, Team Jeremy Borash battled Team Josh Mathews in an Eight Man Tag Team Match. Which Impact announcer would walk away tonight with bragging rights?
1.) "Triple Threat Match": Reno Scum vs. Laredo Kid and Garza Jr. vs The Decay: The match closes out with Luster power slammimg Crazzy Steve, until Abyss tags in and choke slams Luster. Luster is back up, grabs Steve and overhead tosses him into Garza. Reno Scum hit the double team foot stomp on Steve and score the pinfall.
2.) Backstage, Andrew Everett wants a shot at the Impact X Division Championship. Shane Helms interrupts and says Everett isn't ready for a shot yet. Everett and Helms argue back and forth until Everett gets Helms to agree to fight in Everett's match tonight.
3.) Bruce Prichard Promo: Prichard announces that the fans have voted James Storm as the #1 Contender to the Impact World Heavyweight Championship. Ethan Carter interrupts and says he feels like the Impact system is rigged because he hears cheers for himself every week. Prichard says it was EC3's idea to let the fans decide and that maybe EC3 should look in the mirror and ask himself what happened to Impact's one time top wrestler. Prichard then suggests that EC3 ask himself if he tapped out to Alberto El Patron a few weeks back or if it was himself that he tapped out on. EC3 shakes Prichard's hand and promises that he's going to show everyone what EC3 is capable of.
5.) Rosemary vs. Santana Garrett: The match closes out with Rosemary landing a dropkick then climbs the ropes. Santana flips Rosemary off the ropes then goes for a handspring moonsault. Rosemary dodges it and hits the Red Wedding on Santana to score the pinfall.
6.) Backstage, Angelina Love and Davey Richards state that they feel no remorse over what they did to Eddie Edwards last week and that Edwards and his wife Alisha are getting everything they deserve.
7.) "Fatal Four Way Match": Andrew Everett vs. Marshe Rockett vs. Suicide vs. Shane Helms: The match closes out with Helms raking Everett's eyes, but Suicide hits a bicycle kick on Helms. Everett tosses Helms to the floor. Rockett hits a slam on both Everett and Suicide then climbs the ropes. Rockett misses on his leap and ends up getting hit with the Shooting Star Press from Everett for the pinfall. After the match, Helms and Trevor Lee jump Everett, but Everett lays out Lee with a hurricanrana DDT and Helms runs for his life.
*** RING OF HONOR ***
** ROH TV Recap **
This week's main event saw The Kingdom defend their ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship against Bully Ray and The Briscoes.
2.) A video is shown of Hangman Adam Page attacking Kazarian in the parking lot. Page beats down Kazarian and then chokes him out with a bullrope.
4.) We see a video of Adam Cole firing The Young Bucks from The Bullet Club. Cole is then shown apologizing and then forgives them for all the mistakes they've made. Cole just wants things to go back to the way things were.
- The Spirit Squad Sign With ROH: After being released from the WWE a few months back, ROH officially announced the signing of The Spirit Squad.
*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***
** Sakura Genesis Recap **
The main event of the show saw IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defend his title against this year's New Japan Cup winner Katsuyori Shibata. Also four other IWGP titles were on the line and a lot more action.
1.) "Six Man Tag Team Match": David Finlay, Jushin Thunder Liger and Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hirai Kawato, Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka: The match closes out with Finlay back dropping Kitamura and then unloads some corner elbows for a near fall. Kitamura suplexes Finlay and then all six men brawl. Liger takes Kawato to the floor as Finlay and Kitamura continue to land strikes on each other. Finlay gets a near fall spinning elbow on Kitamura and then hits a Stunner to score the pinfall.
2.) "Eight Man Tag Team Match": The Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata: Hangman Adam Page was originally in this match, but was replaced by Owens. The match closes out with Tiger Mask tagging in, hits the high cross and then unloads on Tonga in the corner. Tiger Mask hits a Tiger Driver on Tonga and gets a near fall, after Owens makes the save. Tiger Mask W unloads on Tonga and then flies outside with a springboard moonsault and wipes everyone out. Owens distracts Tiger Mask with a trip up, allowing Tonga to hit the Gun Stun to score the pinfall.
3.) "Six Man Tag Team Match": CHAOS (Beretta, Rocky Romero and YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki and TAKA Michinoku): The match closes out with HASHI tagging in, unloads on Suzuki and gets a near fall neckbreaker. Suzuki connects with a forearm strike, follows that by unloading in the corner on HASHI and Michinoku gets the near fall. HASHI attempts a Gotch Piledriver, but Romero makes the save. Romero gets planted and then HASHI hits Karma on Michinoku to score the pinfall.
5.) Bad Luck Fale and Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano: The match closes out with Yano and Ishii sending Fale to the floor. Omega grabs Ishii and hits a snapdragon suplex and follows that with the V Trigger for a near fall. Yano makes the save as Omega attempted the One Winged Angel and low blows Omega. Ishii destroys Omega with a lariat and gets a near fall. Fale comes back, slams Ishii and then sends him into the exposed turnbuckle for a near fall. Omega sets up Ishii, hits the V Trigger and follows up with the One Winged Angel to score the pinfall.
6.) "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA and Tetsuya Naito) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi: The match closes out with Naito and Juice trading shots on each other. Juice drops Naito, takes out BUSHI and then hits a Russian Legsweep into a Senton on Naito. SANADA attacks Juice and Juice gets double teamed by his opponents. Naito hits a reverse DDT for a near fall. Both teams begin brawling as Tanahashi hits Sling Blade on Naito. Juice low blows Naito and then destroys Naito with a lariat. Juice hits Pulp Friction on Naito and scores the pinfall. After the match, Juice challenges Naito to a match for his IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
- Katsuyori Shibata Injured: This past week at NJPW's Sakura Genesis, Katsuyori Shibata suffered an injury during his near 40 minute match with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. During the match, Shibata hit Okada with a stiff headbutt, which caused Shibata to start bleeding from the forehead. NJPW stated that Shibata was taken to the hospital after the match and diagnosed with subdural hematoma and underwent successful surgery. It's unknown when Shibata will be able to return to action at this time.
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