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G1 Climax Field Taking Shape
Coming out of the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dominion event on June 9th, the field for the G1 Climax is expanding. After his victory in the first match of the night, Jon Moxley announced his entrance into the tournament. It will be the first G1 for the former Dean Ambrose. Shingo Tagaki, fresh off of a 9-0 performance in the Battle of the Super Juniors round robin, also announced himself for the G1.
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) June 9, 2019
The final entrant announced is KENTA, known to WWE audiences as Hideo Itami. KENTA was introduced by Katsuyori Shibata after a match on the Dominion card. Given his release after requesting it earlier this year, KENTA is appearing in his first G1 Climax Tournament.
— KENTA aka Lil’K (@KENTAG2S) June 9, 2019
Five Matches Official for Stomping Grounds
WWE Stomping Grounds is two weeks away, and five matches have been announced for the show. The announced matches are:
- Kofi Kingston (c) vs Dolph Ziggler – WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
- Seth Rollins (c) vs Baron Corbin – WWE Universal Championship Match
- Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans – Raw Women’s Championship Match
- Bayley (c) vs Alexa Bliss – SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match
- Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
June 23. #WWEStompingGrounds. Here's what we got:
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 7, 2019
Both the men’s title matches are rematches from Super ShowDown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Kingston and Rollins both retained their titles in those matchups. Evans is getting her second shot at taking the Raw Women’s Championship from Lynch. WWE Stomping Grounds is on June 23rd in Tacoma, Washington.
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Ali & Balor Make Statements During Saudi Trip
During the WWE’s controversial trip to Saudi Arabia for a show, both Ali and Finn Balor made statements that can be seen as protesting the country’s policies.
Balor tweeted the following after the show, celebrating Pride month:
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) June 8, 2019
Ali tweeted that his earnings from the show will be donated:
Earnings received today will be donated to @charitywater. Thank you.
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) June 8, 2019