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Four Wrestlers Released By WWE
In a move uncharacteristic by WWE, four wrestlers were released on Sunday. Luke Harper, Sin Cara, and both Konnor and Viktor of The Ascension were released. The full WWE press release is here.
Harper and Sin Cara had publicly asked for their releases in the past months. Some of the talents and their former WWE co-workers took to Twitter to comment on the releases:
— Vik_The_Spacelord (@VikTheSpacelord) December 8, 2019
As of today I have been granted my release from WWE.
Thank you WWE Universe it has been an amazing adventure. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/JLUJoJPBmR
— CintaDeOro (@CintaDeOro) December 8, 2019
Salute to one of the Best @LukeHarperWWE
— Miro (@ToBeMiro) December 8, 2019
Start your fantasy bookings for Sin Cara, The Ascension, and Luke Harper on the independent scene. Will any of them go to All Elite Wrestling? Could returns to
WWE UK Championship Stolen
Chris Jericho has company in the stolen belt club. Over the weekend, WALTER’s WWE United Kingdom Championship was stolen from his rental car in Chicago (h/t PWInsider). WALTER was in Chicago for Evolve 142, and had the title and his passport stolen from his car. Timothy Thatcher also had ihs car broken into. No developments on the whereabouts of the title, but we know for sure that it isn’t in a steakhouse somewhere.
NJPW World Tag League Finals Results: WrestleKingdom Build
New Japan had the finals of their World Tag League round robin tournament on Sunday. Heading into the finals, David Finlay & Juice Robinson versus EVIL & SANADA of Los Ingobernables de Japon would decide the winner of the tournament. The night also had surprise returns. Full match results:
- Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata over TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima)
- Colt Cabana & Toru Yano over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens)
- Jeff Cobb & Mikey Nicholls over Los Ingobernables (El Terrible & Shingo Takagi)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare over Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks
- Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer & Suzuki-gun) over Bullet Club (KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi)
- Jushin Liger, Kota Ibushi, & Tiger Mask IV over Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, SHO, & YOH)
- Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) over Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
- FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) over Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) to win the NJPW World Tag League 2019.
The show also had the return of “The Painmaker” Chris Jericho. He returned in a video to challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi for Wrestle Kingdom.
Jon Moxley returned in person, beating down Lance Archer and Suzuki after their tag team win. Moxley wants the IWGP United States Championship back, and challenged Archer to a Texas Death Match at Wrestle Kingdom for it.
Dragon Lee also appeared on the screen, announcing a name change. He is now Ryu Lee, and it’s been announced he will tag with Hiromu Takahashi to face Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano in Liger’s final match at Wrestle Kingdom.
Reason #192046 To Love Sami Zayn:
Zayn confronted a fan at a house show last night who called him a homophobic slur. The world needs more Sami Zayns.
Sami who’s a heel standing up to homophobic comments because it’s the right thing to do. A great human being. pic.twitter.com/G8OTkn78vE
— Zack (@TheZackLethal) December 9, 2019
One for the Road:
Our one for the road this Monday is an exciting announcement: FPC Wrestling will be doing a WWE Match of the Decade tournament. Expect to see those articles coming this week!