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Jericho Replaces Rusev, Mysterio in Rumble, LIJ in ROH



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.

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.

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.

WWE isn’t the only company having big names for upcoming events. Ring of Honor announced New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Los Ignorables de Japon will compete on the War of the Worlds Tour.

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.

All Elite Wrestling

ROH Star Jay Briscoe Dies



Jay Briscoe

ROH star and one half of the tag team The Briscoe Brothers, Jay Briscoe has died at the age of 38 years old as a result of a car accident, according to an announcement from All Elite Wrestling on Tuesday night (h/t FOX).

“An incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans across the globe. My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe,” WWE chief content officer Paul Levesque said in a tweet.

Briscoe, real name Jamin Pugh, was one of two people who died in the car crash.

Briscoe, who along with his brother Mark held the ROH tag team titles 13 times, was also a two-time solo champion with ROH and a six-man tag-team champion.

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All Elite Wrestling

Tully Blanchard Done with AEW, Ring of Honor



Tully Blanchard

Pro wrestling legend and Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard has confirmed that he is permanently done with AEW and Ring of Honor, noting that his departure from the company last year will be permanent.

Blanchard discussed his departure on a recent episode of the Two Man Power Trip podcast, in which he reunited with his former tag team partner and Four Horseman stablemate Arn Anderson, who also is with AEW.

“No, it was a little more complex than that, but my contract is up and I’m gone” Blanchard said of leaving AEW but did not divulge many other details.

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Brian Danielson Says He Nearly Signed with Ring of Honor in 2018



Brian Danielson

AEW superstar Brian Danielson was at a crossroads back in 2018, when he was medically cleared by WWE to return to the ring, does he continue his career with WWE, or does he move on to another wrestling company such as Ring of Honor?

Danielson says that he considered making the jump, during an interview with Inside the Ropes, saying that when his contract with WWE was coming up, he had conversations with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, whose deals with ROH were expiring around the same time as his.

“It was really interesting, m contract with WWE was up in 2018 and I was considering going to Ring of Honor, and I was talking to The Young Bucks, and I was talking to Cody [Rhodes] just to kind of see” he said. “All their contracts were up with Ring of Honor and I was like, ‘What are you guys gonna do?’ Because even my lawyer, who doesn’t know anything about pro wrestling, he said; ‘Hey, I don’t think you’d wanna sign with Ring of Honor if these Young Bucks aren’t going because they’ve got this YouTube show, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, called Being The Elite’ and it’s essentially the driver for the popularity of Ring of Honor at the time, right?

“So those guys go away, we don’t know if Ring of Honor will nearly still be as popular and then with Cody’s contract coming up, if they leave, and Cody leaves, what will Ring of Honor’s popularity be like? So, that was a part of the discussion.”

Danielson re-signed with WWE, made his return to in-ring competition, and then departed in 2021 to sign with AEW.

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