POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Multiple WWE performers moving brands

WWE moves several performers to different brands, Jazz vacates the NWA women's title, former UFC fighter Rodrigo de Lima killed in Brazil, Riki Choshu's retirement match announced for June & more.

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**Wai Ting and I will be back with Rewind-A-Raw tonight to discuss the show from Des Moines, go through all the news from the past few days, and take your feedback. Plus, we will be doing our draw at the beginning of the show for all members of the POST Wrestling Café to win a piece of POST Wrestling merchandise from our store.

**There is a feedback thread on the POST Wrestling Forum for The Rocky Maivia Picture Show. Nate Milton returns this Saturday with a review of “Be Cool” from 2005 with guest Brent Chittenden.

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*Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock and Wai Ting

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*Rewind-A-SmackDown with John Pollock and Wai Ting

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*The Double Shot (Patreon) – A review of “The Killing of Bruiser Brody” from Viceland’s Dark Side of the Ring series

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*Café Hangout – LIVE at 3 pm Eastern with guest Brandon Howard to discuss the WWE’s earnings report (Double Double, Iced Capp & Espresso members)
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*MCU Review of “Guardians of the Galaxy” with John Pollock and Wai Ting (Patreon)

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*The Rocky Maivia Picture Show with Nate Milton reviewing “Be Cool” with guest Brent Chittenden

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*Impact Wrestling Rebellion POST Show with John Pollock and Nate Milton

WRESTLING NEWS

**There have been several WWE moves with talent moving brands. Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet first reported that Andrade and Zelina Vega were being moved back to SmackDown, one week after they were moved to Raw during the Superstar Shakeup. In addition, Aleister Black is also being moved to SmackDown and his team with Ricochet has been split up. We have confirmed these moves.

**We can also report that Cesaro is moving to Raw. He is scheduled to be on Raw tonight, as is Samoa Joe.

**Tonight’s episode of Raw takes place from Des Moines, Iowa and goes up against Game 4 of the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons series. Raw is heading into a tough part of the year with WrestleMania and the Superstar Shakeup in the rear-view mirror, competition from the NBA playoffs for the next two months and the loss of Ronda Rousey and Roman Reigns on Mondays.  The next pay-per-view is Money in the Bank on May 19th, so the build-up to that card should be starting this week.

**The SmackDown crew has a house show in Sioux City, Iowa tonight with Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Charlotte Flair and Randy Orton among those advertised for the show. The television tapings are Tuesday in Lincoln, Nebraska with Kofi Kingston vs. Shinsuke Nakamura announced for a non-title match and a face-to-face segment involving Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.

**The NWA announced Monday that Jazz has vacated the NWA women’s title and will not be appearing at the Crockett Cup show this Saturday. Jazz has held the championship since September 2016 and was scheduled to defend the title against Allysin Kay (formerly Sienna in TNA) and was being promoted for the show as recently as last Thursday when David Lagana was on our show. The company will be announcing a new opponent for Kay later this week and the two will have a match for the vacant title on Saturday at the Cabbarus Arena in Concord, North Carolina.

Jazz has released the following statement:

Due to medical and personal issues in my life at this time. I’m having to turn the belt over without defending it. I will post again soon… Thanks for your support. S/O to for giving me the opportunity of being the best Women’s Champion. One helluva run. Got to work some of the best talent in the game today. Hopefully this will not be the end.

**For Canadian viewers, SmackDown is back in its normal slot on Sportsnet 360 on Tuesday night but is going to get destroyed in Canada. SmackDown will be going against Game 7 of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins series and Game 5 of the Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic series.

**Dustin Rhodes put out a statement on Sunday and said he requested his release from WWE and he was granted it.

**All Elite Wrestling has signed tag team Private Party, which was revealed on Monday’s edition of Being the Elite.

**The rematch between Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito for the Intercontinental title will not take place at either Dontaku card next month in Fukuoka. A date for the rematch has not been announced, but Dominion in June would seem the ideal show. Ibushi has been added to several tag matches involving Naito on the remainder of this current tour:
*April 26 in Hiroshima: Ibushi teams with Okada and Ishii against Naito, EVIL, and Sanada
*May 3 and 4: Ibushi will team with Roppongi 3K against Naito, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi at both Wrestling Dontaku cards in Fukuoka

**New Japan is running Korakuen Hall on Tuesday for their second of three straight nights at the venue. The show will stream on New Japan World at 5:30 am Eastern with the following:
*Kazuchika Okada and YOH vs. Sanada and Bushi
*Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii & SHO vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & Shingo Takagi
*Dragon Lee, Hirooki Goto & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jay White, Taiji Ishimori & Hikuleo
*Guerrillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs. Juice Robinson, Mikey Nicholls, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano
*Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & Taka Michinoku vs. Yoshi-Hashi, Tomoaki Honma & Rocky Romero
*Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Ren Narita
*Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Toa Henare vs. Shota Umino, Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji

**Ring of Honor has announced more matches for the War of the Worlds card on Wednesday, May 8th in Buffalo, New York:
*Villain Enterprises vs. Jeff Cobb, Yuji Nagata, and Satoshi Kojima for the ROH six-man tag titles
*Bandido vs. Flip Gordon
*Rush vs. Silas Young

The Buffalo event is the first of four War of the Worlds cards with the rest of the tour taking place May 9th in Toronto, May 11th in Grand Rapids, and May 12th in Villa Park, Illinois.

**Smash Wrestling returns this Saturday for a show at the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario. The will feature a triple threat for the Smash title with Tarik vs. Kevin Bennett vs. Shigehiro Irie and a ladder match between Idris Abraham and Joe Coleman.

**Riki Choshu is promoting his retirement show for June 26th, which has already sold out Korakuen Hall. Choshu is set to team with Shiro Koshinaka and Tomohiro Ishii to face Tatsumi Fujinami, Keiji Muto and Togi Makabe in the main event.

**Gail Kim is throwing out the opening pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland A’s game this Friday night at the Rogers Centre.

**The WWE stock closed at $96.11 on Monday.

MMA NEWS

**Former UFC fighter Rodrigo de Lima was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Sunday night in Belem, Brazil. There are several reports detailing the story where de Lima was in a car with four other people and they got into an argument with the driver. One account stated that de Lima allegedly struck the driver and after they left the car, the driver ran over de Lima and he was killed immediately.

de Lima was 26-years old and the first professional fight on his record was in March 2004 when he would have been 11 on the Brazilian regional circuit. He fought for Jungle Fight and then signed with the UFC where he had losses to Neil Magny in June 2014 and to Efrain Escudero in February 2015. After the loss to Escudero, he left the UFC and didn’t fight for three years and last competed for Shooto Brasil in June 2018 where he submitted Luiz Fabiano.  He had a record of 9-3-1.

**MMA Junkie is reporting that the third season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series will premiere on June 18th and run for ten weeks. The series will be filmed at the new UFC Apex, which is still under construction in Las Vegas.

**This Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card from Sunrise, Florida will air on TSN 2 in Canada. The Fight Pass prelims will air at 5:30 pm Eastern and the TSN 2 coverage will begin at 7 pm with the main card airing at 9.

*****
Café Hangout – David Lagana of the NWA

John Pollock and Wai Ting welcome NWA Vice President David Lagana to discuss the revival of The Crockett Cup tag team tournament, the importance of basing storylines on reality in the Cody vs. Nick Aldis build-up to ALL IN, and how he and Billy Corgan want to make the most out of the average wrestling fan’s limited supply of time.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/19/david-lagana-on-nwas-reality-based-storytelling-crockett-cup-cafe-hangout-4-18-19/
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REWIND-A-WAI #34: PWG Battle of Los Angeles (Patreon)

John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Final Stage of Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s Battle of Los Angeles 2018 tournament featuring Bandido, Jeff Cobb, Shingo Takagi, WALTER, Joey Janela, PCO, CIMA, Trevor Lee, Brody King and more.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/26209137/
*****
upNXT 4/18/19: The NXT Experience

Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review this week’s edition of WWE NXT featuring an instant TV classic for the North American championship between Velveteen Dream & Buddy Murphy, a heated segment between The Undisputed Era & Johnny Gargano, Shayna Bazler vs. Kairi Sane for the NXT Women’s Championship with a heartbreaking ending… and more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/18/upnxt-4-18-19-the-nxt-experience/
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THE DOUBLE SHOT (Patreon)

John Pollock and Wai Ting review Joey Janela’s Spring Break III Part 1 & 2, Dark Side of the Ring on the Montreal Screwjob, Being the Elite & more.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/26185803
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BWE 4/17/19: Court Bauer on MLW in UK, Progress Chapter 87

Martin & Benno are joined by Jamesie to talk Progress Chapter 87 Breadknife, RevPro’s Live At The Cockpit 40, and notable Euro highlights from WrestleMania Weekend. They are then joined by Court Bauer, CEO of MLW to discuss the company’s premiere on Freesports and more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/17/bwe-4-17-19-court-bauer-on-mlw-in-uk-progress-ch-87-wrestlemania-weekend/
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RASD 4/16/19: Superstar Shakeup Night 2, Roman Reigns to SD Live

John Pollock and Wai Ting review Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown from Montreal, Quebec and the second night of the Superstar Shakeup as Vince McMahon announces the “biggest acquisition in the history” of the show.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/17/rasd-4-16-19-superstar-shakeup-night-2-roman-reigns-to-sd-live/
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RAR 4/15/19: Superstar Shakeup Night 1 feat. Ivar and Erik

John Pollock and Wai Ting review the first night of the Superstar Shakeup with WWE Raw from Montreal, Quebec featuring the arrivals of AJ Styles, The Usos and the debut of The Viking Experience.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/16/rar-4-15-19-superstar-shakeup-night-1-feat-ivor-and-erik/
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UFC 236 POST Show: Holloway vs. Poirier, Gastelum vs. Adesanya
John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok to review the excellent UFC 236 card from Saturday night featuring two of the best fights of 2019. The two go through the entire card from Atlanta with Dustin Poirier fighting Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title and Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum fighting for the interim middleweight title.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/14/ufc-236-post-show-holloway-vs-poirier-gastelum-vs-adesanya/
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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.