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Tenille Dashwood, Rey Mysterio Make Waves in ROH, NJPW

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WWE alumni Tenille Dashwood – formerly known as Emma – and Rey Mysterio made headlines last night when they appeared at seperate major wrestling events.

Dashwood made her Ring of Honor debut at Honor Reigns Supreme and was announced she would be participating in the promotion’s Women of Honor tournament. The 16-womn tournament will serve as a mechanism to crown its first Women of Honor Champion.

Across the Pacific Ocean, Mysterio appeared at the New Beginning in Osaka event, via video screen, to challenge Jushin Thunder Liger to a match at Strong Style Evolved in March.

ROH announced they were going to pull the trigger on crowning a women’s champion this year. In addition to Dashwood, the other 15 participants in the tournament are Brandi Rhodes, Jessie Brooks, Karen Q, Kelly Klein, Madison Rayne, Mandy Leon, Deonna Purrazzo, Holidead, Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Stacy Shadows, HZK, Hana Kimura, Kagetsu, and Mayu Iwatani.

Dashwood’s first foray on a Ring of Honor broadcast wasn’t limited to just her announcement. Bully Ray forced Dashwood to team with Mandy Leon and the duo went on to defeat Stacy Shadows and Kelly Klein.

With Dashwood no longer under the WWE banner, she has the opportunity to make a name for herself on her own merits in the professional wrestling world. Competing – possibly winning – the Women of Honor title is the first step to really raising her stock.

Ring of Honor has slowly been growing their women’s division and having a championship is the last step in solidifying their division. Having Dashwood win the title may bring it some legitimacy in the eyes of casual fans, but the fact that she’s appearing in Ring of Honor and chasing the championship shows how appealing it is to women wrestlers outside of ROH.

Meanwhile NJPW fans are chomping at the bit to see Mysterio and Liger get in the ring. This won’t be the first time these two legends have squared off – Liger defeated Mysterio at Starrcade 1996.

In their first match, Mysterio was younger and had far less experience. Since that time, the King of Mystery has evolved as a performer and built up a fantastic career that includes a successful run in WWE.

Although it’s been over 20 years since Liger and Mysterio first faced off in the ring and while they’ve crossed paths in different promotions over the years, New Japan will make it a big fight feel. Is this match on the level of Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho in terms of hype? Probably not, but wrestling fans who have followed the careers of both competitors will be excited for this contest nontheless. 

Mysterio has been active in 2018, including an appearance in this year’s Royal Rumble. Fans were hoping his participation in the match would lead to him returning full time to the company, especially since negotiations between him and Impact Wrestling ended. He’s said before that he doesn’t want to work a full-time WWE schedule, which means part-time appearances from Mysterio on WWE programming is probably what fans will get for the next year.

Wrestling in New Japan won’t hurt Mysterio’s relationship with WWE despite the perceived rivalry between the two companies.

WWE seems fine with their legends appearing in other promotions for part-time gigs – after all, wrestlers need to make money. If anything, this match could lead to Liger possibly to WWE at some point in the future.

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NJPW Talent Considering Departure, Upset with New Management

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It appears that the new management heading up NJPW, led by Harold Meij, is rubbing talent the wrong way, upsetting their wrestlers so much so that they are considering a departure from the promotion, eyeing WWE as the next destination.

According to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Meij is also receiving backlash.

“The initial reaction was that the feeling was that he talks down to the wrestlers, he then continued to say many of the wrestlers are concerned he has no history in the business as well.

There are people who in the past had never even considered WWE who are thinking about it, and others who were completely committed to staying who are probably still leaning that way, but are considering the WWE option.”

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NJPW King Of Pro Wrestling Card Unveiled

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The card for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s King Of Pro Wrestling, which takes place on October 8th at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, has been announced.

The card is as follows:

 IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Kenny Omega vs. Cody vs. Kota Ibushi
• G1 Briefcase w/Wrestle Kingdom Title Shot: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White
• IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: KUSHIDA vs. Marty Scurll
• IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title Match: Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask
• EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
• Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano and Roppongi 3K vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI and a mystery partner
• Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto and Will Ospreay vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Takashi Iizuka
• The Young Bucks, Hangman Page and Chase Owens vs. Guerillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale and Taiji Ishimori
• Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma vs. Juice Robinson and Toa Henare

 

 

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Tetsuya Naito Teasing New Member of Los Ingobernables De Japon

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The New Japan Pro Wrestling stable Los Ingobernables De Japon may be getting a new member, thanks to a new video that has been posted on the official NJPW YouTube channel that features Tetsuya Naito teasing a new addition to the faction.

In the video, which you can see below, the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion mysteriously says that “On October 8th, at Ryogoku Sumo arena. We will introduce a new ‘pareja [partner].’ Stay tuned.”

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