There were a couple of developments for WWE’s upcoming Greatest Royal Rumble event.
The first being Chris Jericho replacing Rusev in the latter’s casket match against the Undertaker. This came one day after WWE announced Rusev would originally be facing The Undertaker at the event.
According to WWE, Rusev’s wife Lana will not allow him to compete in the match.
All over the world, little boys and girls are celebrating #RusevDay, they smile for the greatest Superstar ever ! I’ve already spoke with @WWE officials to change that match because I REFUSE to let my husband @RusevBUL compete in a Casket Match at #WWEGRR! Happy #RusevDay
— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) April 12, 2018
While WWE has provided a storyline reason for the change, there isn’t a backstage story as to why Rusev was taken out of the match. This latest news doesn’t well for Rusev – the Bulgarian Brute would have worked the biggest match of his career with the Dead Man.
Life is life….. it will be #RusevDay somewhere
— Rusev (@RusevBUL) April 12, 2018
It appears Jericho will be pulling double duty as he is still scheduled to return at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
Jericho isn’t the only legend making a return at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
According to a report from PWInsider, former WWE and World Champion Rey Mysterio will return for the match. His last appearance was at the 2018 Royal Rumble where he entered at No. 27 and received an ovation. Since the 2018 Royal Rumble, Mysterio and WWE have been in talks about a potential agreement.
It is unclear whether Mysterio will be in the 50-man Royal Rumble, or if he will compete in a singles match.
The Greatest Royal Rumble takes place Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. AST. The event will air on the WWE Network at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, and with a special, one-hour Greatest Royal Rumble Kickoff starting at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
Below is the news release from ROH:
Los Ingobernables de Japon, one of the hottest stables in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, will appear on all four nights of the fifth annual War of the Worlds Tour this May, ROH officials have announced.
LIJ is led by Tetsuya Naito, one of the most highly regarded and charismatic pro wrestlers in the world. The former IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental champion will be joined on the tour by fellow LIJ members IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions EVIL and SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi, and BUSHI, all of whom have been champions in NJPW.LIJ is led by Tetsuya Naito, one of the most highly regarded and charismatic pro wrestlers in the world. The former IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental champion will be joined on the tour by fellow LIJ members EVIL, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI, all of whom have been champions in NJPW.
LIJ has become one of the most popular stables in NJPW and 2017 was a remarkable year for all of the members involved. The stable was awarded Best Gimmick for 2017 from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards while Naito was named Most Charismatic.
There is no word as to what role LIJ will have on the tour, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if they competed for the ROH Six-man Tag Team titles.
Adam “Hangman” Page Comments on ROH Departure
With Adam “Hangman” Page on his way out of Ring of Honor, likely to join the new All Elite Wrestling promotion, he took to Twitter to discuss his departure from ROH.
Page debuted with the company in 2011.
I had my last ROH match this weekend. Showed up to their training school for a tryout as a scrawny 18 year old. Made a lot of good friends and memories along the way. Thanks everyone.
Full speed ahead. pic.twitter.com/RBti3VjVru— HANGMAN PAGE (@theAdamPage) December 17, 2018
Bandido Signs With Ring Of Honor
Popular luchador wrestler Bandido has officially landed in Ring of Honor, as the two sides have reached an agreement on a deal.
Bandido, who has been making waves for his work in both AAA and Crash in Mexico, as well as his work in the All-In event earlier this year, will debut for the organization in early 2019.
Jay Lethal Discusses Randy Savage Loving His Macho Man Impressions
Ring of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal is known for his in-ring talent, but also for his ability on the mic, mainly for his impersonations of legendary pro wrestlers such as Ric Flair and Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
Lethal’s work doing impressions of Savage were memorable, and even caught the attention of the late WWE Hall of Famer.
During an interview with Gamespot, Lethal discusses his infamous “Black Machismo” gimmick, and Savage’s reaction to it.
The first time I spoke with [Macho Man Randy Savage], now I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t believe it was him because I can do a pretty good Macho Man impression, and I’m sure other people could too. I’m sure that I know a couple people who can do one” Lethal stated.
“So, when I was talking to him on the phone, deep down inside, I thought this could be somebody else playing a trick on me. Until Lanny [Poffo] actually confirmed that it was his brother. But he loved it. He said he didn’t watch it on TV but he did watch some of the stuff, he pulled my stuff up on YouTube and he absolutely loved it.”
Lethal’s impersonation was well received by Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, and recalled an interaction between the two.
“He loved it so much that at the All In pay-per-view, the days before Starrcast, big signing, there was so much to do. Well, I had a signing with Lanny, we were at the same table and he told me, ‘One of the things that I miss the most about my brother is, just sometimes at random times he would just yell at me. So if you could, just at random times throughout this signing just find a reason to yell at me I would love it.’”
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