NJPW – ROH 2017 Honor Rising Cards 2/26 and 2/27

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On February 26th and 27th, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor will join together for Honor Rising. Both shows can be watched live on NJPW World (subscription is about $9 a month, please note that you will be charged once you sign up and again on the 1st, as that’s when NJPW charges all of their current subscribers) and both start at 4:30am EST. NJPW confirmed each show will also have English Commentary with Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero calling the action. Here are the full cards:

Honor Rising Night 1 – February 26th

* Kenny Omega & Adam Cole vs. The Briscoes

* Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Dalton Castle vs. Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & Punisher Martinez

* The Young Bucks vs. War Machine

* Cody Rhodes & Hangman Page vs. Jay Lethal & Katsuyori Shibata

* Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay, Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale

NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship: (C) Sanada, Bushi & Evil

* Kushida, David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. Silas Young, Jado & Gedo

 

Honor Rising Night 2 – February 27th

* Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes & The Young Bucks vs. Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay & The Briscoes

* ROH World Championship: (C) Adam Cole vs. Yoshi-Hashi

* NEVER Openweight Championship: (C) Hirooki Goto vs. Punisher Martinez

* Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jay Lethal & Juice Robinson vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Hangman Page & Bad Luck Fale

* War Machine vs. Guerrillas of Destiny

* Jushin Thunder Liger, Dalton Castle, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Delirious vs. Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Bushi, Evil & Sanada

* Kushida & David Finlay vs. Jado & Silas Young

News On Naomi’s Injury

As noted, Naomi was forced to relinquish the SmackDown Women’s Title on this Tuesday’s show after suffering an injury while winning the title from Alexa Bliss at the February 12th WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Bliss became a two-time champion after defeating Becky Lynch for the vacant title this week.

The injury that Naomi suffered was to her left knee and it reportedly happened while doing the finishing split-legged moonsault in the win over Bliss. It was believed that Naomi would be able to return to action this week but the injury is more serious than expected. It was described to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter as similar to the injury that Seth Rollins recently suffered on RAW.

No word yet on if Naomi will be back in time for WrestleMania 33 but she’s not expected to go through a long recovery. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that she could be out of action for 2 months or so.

Source: WrestlingINC

AAA Legally Threatens Company For Booking Pentagon Jr. And Fenix … Indie Fed Fights Back

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Lawyers for AAA threatened to sue a company who booked Pentagon Jr. and Fenix on an upcoming show … but the fed isn’t run by dummies, and they fought back with a legal letter.

Lucha Libre FMV — the joint company run by AAA and Lucha Underground — sent a message through lawyers to PCW in Los Angeles earlier this month which states they are “the legitimate owner of the intellectual property related to the name, characteristics, characters and designs of ‘FENIX’, ‘REY FENIX’, ‘PENTAGON Jr.’ and ‘PENTA 0M’, among other trademarks.”

As we previously reported, LL FMV filed for a trademark on Pentagon’s new name one-week after he announced it at a Crash show in Tijuana.

The letter continues, “At the light of the above, we are sending you this communication requesting you to cease and refrain from the unauthorized and misuse of the intellectual property.” Adding, “And also please avoid to hire any person that uses such intellectual property or any other confusingly similar” … otherwise they may exercise legal action.

PCW, however, didn’t take kindly to what seems to be a pretty petty move on FMV’s part.

They fired back with a letter this week that says, “While we thank you for your concern with making sure that we are not going to use the names of performers or characters legally owned by your client, we can assure you that we are only promoting performers by names that either the performers control themselves or which no entity controls as of this date.”

The company goes on to point out that Rey Fenix filed his trademark for the name last year, long before FMV, and they have reason to believe it will get approved. As for Pentagon, they’re confident the company’s trademark attempt will be denied after he fights it in court.

PCW also mentions promotional materials don’t refer to either wrestler as Fenix or Pentagon Jr.

The initial letter and scathing response can both be found by CLICKING HERE.

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

Kelly Kelly Confirms She’ll Be At WWE Hall Of Fame And WrestleMania, Wants To Make A Short Return

Former WWE star Kelly Kelly has confirmed that she’ll be at WrestleMania 33, as well as the Hall of Fame ceremony this year — and she also wants to make a short return to the company.

Kelly — aka Barbie Blank — appeared on Sirius XM’s show Conversation with Maria Menounos and was asked about all the rumors that have popped up since she was backstage at Raw.

“I don’t know if I’m gonna be wrestling, per se, but I will be at Mania.” Adding, “I will be at Mania, I will be at Hall of Fame and I’m gonna do some Axxess signings.”

The ex-Divas champ tip-toed around saying she’d be inducting a friend into the HOF, but Maria hinted that she already knew because she’s helping that women prepare her style for the event.

Barbie also says she was repeatedly asked about her interest in a return last week — admitting Senior Director of Talent Relations Mark Carrano was one of the people asking — and she told them, “I would come back for like a run, ya’know, a mini-run or something.”

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

Finn Balor Returns To Action At NXT Show, Still Not Yet Cleared, Scheduled For Evaluation Next Month

Former NXT and WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor got physical with two of NXT’s top competitors Wednesday night … however, the wrestler claims doctors have yet to give him the green light for Raw.

WWE released video of Balor coming to the aid of Shinsuke Nakamura at the University of Central Florida during Wednesday night’s NXT TV taping and it looks like he’s back to 100%.

Finn easily clotheslined AndradeCienAlmas over the top rope, then hit Bobby Roode with a kick to the gut and Sling Blade.

The company reports that even though he looks ready for action, Balor told the live crowd that he still hasn’t been medically cleared to compete by WWE doctors.

Finn Balor may have gotten physical at an NXT event Wednesday night, but he isn’t lying about his medical situation — sources say he truly hasn’t been cleared yet.

even though Finn’s been working in the squared circle again and feels back to normal, the wrestler still has one more medical evaluation scheduled for the beginning of March.

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

 

Just to clear up any confusion, Finn Balor is still scheduled to be a part of WWE’s main roster following last night’s WWE NXT appearance after the University of Central Florida tapings. Balor is being advertised for RAW live events in March. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Balor has always been scheduled for WrestleMania 33 but there’s no word yet on what his role will be. Balor has been out of action since SummerSlam 2016.

Source: WrestlingINC

NXT Preview 2/22/17

The following is scheduled for tonight’s 2/22 NXT on the WWE Network:

#1 Contender’s Match: Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan

WWE UK Tournament rematch: Pete Dunne vs. Mark Andrews

Non-Title Match: NXT Champion Bobby Roode vs. No Way Jose