Daily Update: WWE creative hires, Impact notes, Rory MacDonald


Latest News

WWE Raw ratings hit non-holiday record low 
Impact TV taping spoilers: Number one contender’s match, RVD returns  
The Hardys to address Jeff’s injury status 
WWE Raw video highlights: Seth Rollins-AJ Styles contract signing 
NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku results: 10-man tag main event 
Miz vs. Shane McMahon cage match set for WWE Money in the Bank 
Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows join WWE Raw roster  
Raw’s participants confirmed for WWE women’s MITB ladder match 
WWE reveals Raw’s participants for men’s MITB ladder match 

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WOL: RAW, Money in the Bank, All Japan, tons more! 4/30
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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Winners and losers of the Superstar Shake Up 

Raw and SmackDown’s post-WrestleMania rosters were confirmed over the past week as WWE held their third annual Superstar Shake-up.

The most notable names to switch brands were AJ Styles and Roman Reigns. Styles had been the face of SmackDown since the 2016 brand split but is now a member of the Raw roster. Reigns had been on Raw since the 2016 draft but was moved to SmackDown in this year’s Shake-up, which comes in advance of SmackDown debuting on Fox in October.

WON NEWSLETTER: April 29, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Superstar Shake Up fallout, plus tons of news

After week one of the Superstar shakeup, things changed again. The who’s and the why’s is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Also look at what the original plan for Kevin Owens was and why it changed, and also seems to indicate bad news for one of the company’s biggest stars.

Read an updated depth chart for Raw and Smackdown with new rosters and positioning. This also points out problem areas, and we also look at the card for Money in the Bank, and notes on a lot of directions.

Read about C.M. Punk doing a run-in on an indie show, why and what happened.

Also look at the change for the Backlash PPV and how that affects the schedule, how the Saudi Arabian government made WWE look bad once again, analysts bullish on WWE and what their predictions were that missed, update on the next Saudi Arabia show, and more on WWE ratings drops.

This issue contains a rundown of New Japan’s Sengoku Lord show and the booking direction of the company.

Also look at UFC’s return to Russia.

This issue has a lengthy feature on the Viceland documentary on the 1997 Survivor Series, filling in a lot of the pieces regarding who was in on it, how the finish was done, and a look at some of history’s biggest double-crosses.

Read a feature on Mighty John Quinn, one of the greatest heels in U.K. wrestling including the build for his two big main events at Wembley Arena including the record crowd with Big Daddy. 

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Additional notes by Joseph Currier

WWE SmackDown tonight is at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Raw & SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch will square off against Bayley in a one-on-one non-title match. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston will also respond to Kevin Owens turning on him last week, and the SmackDown side of the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches will be revealed.
Drake Maverick announced that 205 Live tonight will have Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese taking on Drew Gulak in a non-title match. It’s a rematch from this year’s Cruiserweight Championship tournament.
Michael James Nelson (NBC’s Off Their Rockers) and Andrea Kail (TruTV’s Comedy Knockouts) have been added to WWE’s creative team, PWInsider reports.
Rey Mysterio made his debut 30 years ago today. He wrote on Twitter: On this day at the age of 14 I made my debut and it’s a very special day in Mexico “ Día del niño” “Day of the Kid” if I had the opportunity to [relive] these 30 yrs I would do it all over again. Thank you to all my fans!! Much love and respect!”. He also spoke about it on WWE’s YouTube page.
Kurt Angle told Wrestling Inc that he has signed a five-year deal with WWE. Angle said he’ll be working as a producer and may make part-time non-wrestling appearances on TV if WWE needs him in that type of role.
Kofi Kingston spoke to The Mirror about being stuck in Dublin, Ireland during the Iceland volcanic eruption in 2010.
Pro Wrestling
Kento Miyahara will next defend the AJPW Triple Crown title against Shuji Ishikawa on 5/20.
RVD vs. Tommy Dreamer is set for Impact Wrestling’s TV tapings at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia this Friday.
Brian Cage posted a statement on his match against Johnny Impact at Rebellion and the back injury he suffered during it.
Impact will be taping at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City on June 6 and 7.
Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal, Rush and PCO will face off in a four corner survival match at ROH’s War of the Worlds TV tapings in Villa Park, Illinois on May 12. PJ Black vs. Karl Fredericks has also been added to the tapings.
Joey Ryan announced yesterday that he is having a “Farewell to the Indies” tour: I guess the word is out now. Am I signing somewhere? Have I already signed elsewhere? One thing is certain; my time on the indies is coming to an end so pick up this ‘Farewell’ tour shirt for a limited time only! Get em before I’m gone!”
Kimber Lee opened up on Instagram about joining Alcoholics Anonymous and reaching two months sober.
All Pro Wrestling uploaded the full Bryan Alvarez vs. Jungleboy match from this past weekend.
Rory MacDonald reiterated on Twitter today that he has not retired from MMA, and will face Neiman Gracie at Madison Square Garden on June 14th.
Retired fighter Renato Sobral says that he believes he is showing the first signs of CTE, saying he can’t walk a straight line and has lost sight of his left eye.
Felice Herrig is out of UFC 238 due to a torn ACL that requires surgery.
Greg Hardy says he hopes to fight Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis next.
This past weekend’s UFC prelims on ESPN averaged 720,000 viewers.
Brett Okamoto talked to Donald Cerrone on his ranch.
Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown has been set for UFC Fight Night in Greenville, South Carolina on June 22.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: The Rock wins WWF title at Backlash 2000

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