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WWE Releases

WWE confirmed Friday that they have come to terms on the release of Tye Dillinger, real name Ron Arneill. Dillinger posted an announcement that he had requested his release at midnight on Wednesday. Dillinger, 38, spent two different stretches of his career with WWE.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com1d ago

WWE confirmed Friday they have come to terms on the release of Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi). Itami posted a message on Twitter on Jan. 29 that simply said "THANK YOU", and reactions from those around the WWE locker room heavily implied Itami's impending departure. Now 37 years old, Itami signed with WWE in 2014 and spent the better part of three years in NXT. Two major injuries largely derailed the momentum of his career, although he did appear in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31. Most recently, Itami spent a little over a year as part of the 205 Live roster, with his final two matches coming during Royal Rumble weekend in Phoenix.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com1d ago

WWE announced Friday that they have come to terms on the release of TJP -- real name TJ Perkins. In 2016, TJP won the WWE Cruiserweight Classic and was the first cruiserweight champion since that title was brought back.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com1d ago

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WWE announced Thursday that Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa'i) will appear on this coming Monday's edition of Monday Night Raw in Atlanta. He will address his battle with leukemia. Reigns last appeared on WWE TV in October, when he announced that 11 years after he first battled the disease, his leukemia had returned.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com2d ago

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According to a story released Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is closing in on a deal to produce a Hulk Hogan biopic starring Chris Hemsworth in the titular role. The film is set to be directed by Todd Phillips, whose previous credits include The Hangover trilogy of films and Old School, among many other movies. Former WCW executive vice president Eric Bischoff would be a producer on the movie, and Hulk Hogan a consultant and executive producer. (Photo credit: Al Dunlop/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com3d ago

Jake Hager

Heavyweight Hager's 2nd bout set for Bellator 221

Jake Hager, who won his professional MMA debut last month, will fight next at Bellator 221 on May 11. An opponent for the heavyweight has not yet been announced.

Hager wins professional debut by 1st-round submission

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Recap

In tonight’s NXT TV main event, the Velveteen Dream defeated Johnny Gargano to win the North American championship in an excellent match. This is Dream's first taste of championship gold in NXT. Also on the show, Aleister Black defeated Roderick Strong. Post match, the Undisputed Era attempted an attack on Black, but Ricochet emerged to make the save. To round out the show, Mia Yim beat Xia Li. Yim suffered an attack from Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir after the match. Looking ahead, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will begin in two weeks. The winner of the tournament will challenge the War Raiders at TakeOver: New York for the NXT tag team championships. (Report courtesy of Sean Coyle)

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com3d ago

SmackDown

There's a slice of good news and bad news for Kofi Kingston, who followed up his memorable Elimination Chamber performance by pinning Daniel Bryan in a six-man tag-team match to close out SmackDown Live. Shane McMahon announced Kofi will get a title shot, but it will come at Fastlane, not on the grand stage of WrestleMania. And the truth is, it's hard to believe Bryan will enter Mania without the title, so perhaps a rematch would be in order at that point? We'll find out soon enough.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com4d ago

On a day in which there was virtually no Becky-Charlotte-Rousey discussion, we got a glimpse into the future of Asuka, who made a televised appearance for the first time since winning the SmackDown women’s championship at the Royal Rumble. Could it be Lacey Evans after she made another runway walk during Asuka’s non-title match against Mandy Rose, or Rose herself after feigning an eye injury, leading to a roll-up win? Either would be worthy candidates. In tag-team news, The Miz and Shane McMahon were able to solidify a rematch against The Usos at Fastlane, leading to more speculation that the challengers will walk away at odds with each other.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com4d ago

Just like they did a night earlier on Raw, some of NXT’s finest stars made successful appearances on the main roster. In their first match since NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Aleister Black beat Andrade, while Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa were able to get past The Bar in a physical, action-packed battle. Finally, Ricochet overwhelmed Eric Young, highlighted by a match-ending 630 splash. The obvious question now is whether this is a brief promotion for the NXT stars to showcase the brand to a wider audience or if this is a harbinger for the near future. After two days, I think most would vote for the latter.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com4d ago

Monday Night Raw

On paper, Monday's post-Elimination Chamber edition of Raw was tremendous. Four of NXT's top talents made their debuts and were victorious, and tag team wrestling was put under the spotlight throughout the night. Ronda Rousey and Ruby Riott had the type of Raw women's championship match many were expecting and hoping for on Sunday night, just one night later. Dean Ambrose fell further off the deep end, and Braun Strowman drove Baron Corbin through a table. In execution, it was a bit messier than that. The Lafayette crowd was ice cold throughout the night, and everything from Triple H trying to hype up the NXT debuts and DX's Hall of Fame induction, through some really good matches, did little to get them out of their seats. Commentary felt over-produced and pressured to hype up the new debuts, rather than letting the characters and their actions speak for themselves. Overall, there was a lot to be excited about, but it didn't quite live up to a WrestleMania season standard.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

It's been almost two years since The Revival stepped into the ring with #DIY, but it didn't feel as though they missed a beat in that time. Those two teams produced some of the most memorable matches in NXT history together, and they were at it once again as Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano made their Raw debuts against the newly crowned Raw tag team champions. The NXT champion and North American champion shocked a lot of people by pulling off the victory Monday night, and though the short-term future is a bit hazy between their NXT and main roster statuses, this match tends to lean towards bigger plans on Monday nights. Ricochet made a similarly explosive debut, as he teamed up with Finn Balor and defeated the team of Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. Aleister Black completed the clean sweep with a victory over Elias.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

With only one set of women's tag team title, it's been unclear as to how they would be defended after the first champions were crowned. Bayley and Sasha Banks seemingly clarified that statement on Monday night, insisting they'd defend those titles on Raw, Smackdown, and "even NXT". Tamina and Nia Jax appear to be the first team that will step up to challenge them. Rounding out Raw, Dean Ambrose slapped Drew McIntyre upside the head, ate two claymore kicks and lost a match in just a few minutes. An awkward backstage moment with Seth Rollins was the cherry on top of the crazy sundae. That backstage appearance was Rollins' only moment on Raw, while Becky Lynch was not in attendance Monday. Closing out the action from Raw, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder failed to snap Hawkins' never-ending losing streak against the Lucha House Party.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

The big news out of Tuesday's 205 Live came with a start-of-show announcement that there will be an eight-man tournament to select a WrestleMania challenger for Buddy Murphy. The first two matches will be held next week - The Brian Kendrick vs. Drew Gulak and Kalisto vs. Tony Nese. Cedric Alexander and Humberto Carrillo made cases for their inclusion with wins Tuesday, defeating Mike Kanellis and TJ Perkins.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer4d ago

SmackDown Recap

Kofi Kingston, who is a last-minute sub for Mustafa Ali (concussion) at Elimination Chamber, stepped up in a massive way and put on an unforgettable performance Tuesday in a gauntlet match to determine the last one to enter Sunday's WWE title match. In an ironman feat, Kingston lasted over an hour and defeated three opponents. First, he stunned Daniel Bryan, thanks to a Trouble in Paradise kick after well over 20 minutes against Bryan. Then Kingston defeated Jeff Hardy with an S.O.S., and then rolled up Samoa Joe to pick up his third pinfall. Even after a frustrated Joe caught Kingston in a Coquina Clutch outside the ring, the New Day member refused to go away and fought AJ Styles tooth and nail before Styles eventually locked in a calf crusher and forced Kingston to tap out. Ultimately, Randy Orton would emerge from out of nowhere, and within seconds nailed Styles with an RKO to win the match and the final slot. But this was Kingston’s night, and while he likely won’t walk away from Sunday’s PPV as champ, he reminded WWE fans what he is capable of in big spots.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com11d ago

As we found out Tuesday on SmackDown Live, the Becky Lynch suspension from Monday came with one major upside: That effect is elevating Charlotte Flair’s heel status to an all-time high ahead of her scheduled match against Raw champion Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. Flair was vociferously jeered as she made her way down to the ring and delivered a sarcastic, combative promo directed in Lynch's direction. “I am in the backbone of the division, the franchise player, and I am a winner,” Charlotte said. Flair then called Becky a "flash in a pan" before heading back to the locker room. This was a really smart way to garner more heat for what's likely to be a main-event match on the biggest day of the wrestling year.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com11d ago

Ahead of Sunday's women's tag team Elimination Chamber match, Naomi (along with her partner Carmella) pinned Mandy Rose (and her partner Sonya Deville) in a triple threat match Tuesday night. By virtue of their loss, Rose and Deville will start Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match against Bayley and Sasha Banks -- a big disadvantage for all four women. In a subtle, yet creative move, The IIconics refused to tag into the match to avoid taking the loss and then attacked the winners after the bell. On the men’s side, Shane McMahon and The Miz invited their upcoming opponents, The Usos, to the ring on “McMiz TV.” After a string of fighting words, The Usos simultaneously superkicked both SmackDown tag team champions to make a statement heading into Sunday.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com11d ago

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Monday Night Raw

The closing moments of Monday Night Raw brought a long-rumored change to one of the main events of WrestleMania 35. After Becky Lynch was forced to apologize for attacking Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to preserve her Raw women's championship match against Ronda Rousey, Vince McMahon overruled the process and suspended Lynch until after WrestleMania -- and inserted Charlotte Flair in her place to face Rousey. By all indications, this is a mechanism to ultimately make this a triple threat title match at WrestleMania, but many fans are already voicing their displeasure with this move. In reality, there's plenty of story between each of these three women, and this change should accomplish two key goals -- covering up for Rousey's occasional issues on a live microphone, and making Flair the unapologetic villain on the way to WrestleMania.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

From the time The Revival had their Raw debut in April 2017, it took them over a year to get their first televised shot at the Raw tag team championships. In six subsequent shots at that title -- three of which came against Bobby Roode & Chad Gable -- Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder failed to cash in. Monday night changed all that, with The Revival finally capturing the Raw tag titles in a tremendously entertaining match against Roode and Gable on Raw. In other action, Ruby Riott defeated Nikki Cross and Dean Ambrose beat EC3 in a return match from last week via roll-up. Lastly, after an aborted one-on-one match between Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre, and a subsequent six-man tag team match that was restarted midway through, Balor, Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman defeated McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

Tamina and Nia Jax won a triple threat women's tag team match by pinning Bayley, who lost her tag team partner Sasha Banks due to injury early in the match. Banks and Bayley will now be one of the two teams to start the women's tag team Elimination Chamber match on Sunday. Rounding out Raw, Seth Rollins and Paul Heyman engaged in a war of words, and we saw a video of Kevin Owens bowling -- though the point of the latter promo was to deliver a message that Owens is only about a month away from returning to in-ring action.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

WWE

WWE announced 12 new signings on Monday who have reported to their Performance Center in Orlando -- and this particular group leans heavily on independent wrestling experience. Karen Q and Rachael Ellering, who both previously participated in the Mae Young Classic, are joined by other recognizable names like ACH, Trevor Lee, Jonah Rock, Samuel Shaw, the Montreal-based tag team "3.0", Elliot Sexton and Nick Comoroto -- a.k.a "The Freak Beast". The class is rounded out by a pair of collegiate football standouts -- Omari Palmer, a former offensive lineman from Syracuse, and Ricardo Miller, a tight end/wide receiver who played for Michigan and UMass.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

All Elite Wrestling

Kenny Omega officially announced Thursday night that he has signed with All Elite Wrestling and will also serve in an executive role. In the closing moments of AEW's ticket announcement party at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, there was a pull-apart between Omega and Chris Jericho, teasing a rematch of their well-regarded co-main event at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 12. There were a number of other announcements from AEW on Thursday, including a partnership with Mexican promotion AAA, as well as talent additions including women's wrestlers Aja Kong, Nyla Rose, Kylie Rae and Yuka Sakazaki, and a number of others including Sonny Kiss, Sammy Guevara and Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and former WWE superstar Trent Beretta). Tickets for the May 25 show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena go on sale to the general public on Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy of AEW)

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com16d ago

MMA

Adesanya busts out WWE moves at UFC 234 workout

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WWE

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Bayley on the value of having established women's tag teams in the WWE and the prospect of winning the new women's tag team championships.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com19d ago

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Dean Ambrose is leaving WWE. In a statement provided by WWE to ESPN: "Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April. We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE."

Andrew Feldman, ESPN.com25d ago

Royal Rumble

WWE Royal Rumble: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch win Royal Rumbles

Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are heading to WrestleMania as victors in the 2019 Royal Rumbles. Plus, Shane McMahon and The Miz earned the SmackDown Live tag team titles while Ronda Rousey, Asuka, Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan all retained.

Lynch: I'll be the first woman to main event WrestleMania

Becky Lynch explains what winning the Royal Rumble means and her aspirations to main event WrestleMania.

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Rollins calls Royal Rumble win 'surreal'

Seth Rollins shares his reaction to winning the Royal Rumble and what it took to overcome injuries to make it back to the top.

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Royal Rumble

One year later: Ronda Rousey reflects on her WWE journey

Ronda Rousey still loves what she's doing after one year with WWE and for now her escapist fantasy of a non-public life will have to wait.

Daniel Bryan healthy and thriving as WWE's eco-friendly super-villain

Daniel Bryan has enjoyed a clean bill of health through rigorous testing in the year since he returned to WWE action, and the dramatic shift in his on-screen persona has him locked in and peaking heading into the most important window of the WWE calendar.

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How to work out like a WWE star

How to work out like a WWE superstar

WWE Superstars use a variety of training methods to stay in peak physical condition, and Farbod Esnaashari discovered how hard they work as Sheamus walked him through the workouts of Becky Lynch, Daniel Bryan, Sasha Banks, Carmella and Elias.

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Farbod Esnaashari ran the gauntlet of WWE superstar workouts with Sheamus.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com37d ago

All Elite Wrestling

Cody Rhodes on the origins and future of AEW

All Elite Wrestling has the professional wrestling business buzzing, and Cody Rhodes -- one of the key players in the new Khan family-backed promotion -- has a lot to say about AEW's origins and future plans.

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Cody Rhodes on wrestler pay and insurance in All Elite Wrestling.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com38d ago

WWE UK Performance Centre

UK Performance Centre pushes WWE's global expansion forward

With the launch of its second major training facility, the WWE UK Performance Centre in London, the WWE's plans of global expansion took a major step forward.

Triple H: WWE's U.K. trainees are future Wrestlemania headliners

WWE's Triple H says the wrestling talent on display in the U.K. has the potential to main-event Wrestlemania in the future.

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