POST NEWS UPDATE: Kevin Knight aiming to win singles championship in NJPW

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** Joining the newest episode of Teasy’s Table was Kevin Knight. The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion expressed that he’s aiming to capture singles gold in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

I feel like I’ve already achieved that goal to be honest (reaching the point of feeling at peace in life). I’ve won a championship in a major company such as New Japan. Earlier this year, me and KUSHIDA won the IWGP Tag Titles so the next stop is to win a singles title. You know, getting at the Junior Heavyweight Tag — not the junior heavyweight but the IWGP Heavyweight Champion or the NEVER Openweight Championship or the IWGP U.S. Championship. Anything is in my realm. I have no limits on myself so, a singles title, that’s the thing up on the list so, any one of those titles, I’m coming for it. Ain’t nobody safe.

** During D-Von Dudley’s appearance on a Café De René With René Duprée livestream, he detailed his past issues with Jerome Young (New Jack) and where those issues stemmed from. Dudley added that they squashed things later down the line and he’s glad he told Young he loved him before he passed away.

Yeah (there were issues between The Dudleys & New Jack). It all had to do with me and a certain female. It was a female that he used to date and Jack didn’t treat this person very nicely and I remember, I actually liked her and you know, Jack had a reputation of being with a lot of women. So, when this was like a year or two after him and her broke up and he’s bad-mouthing her and everything, I said, alright, I’m gonna swoop right in and I did and we started dating and then he started cutting these hellacious promos on me. ‘D-Von, he’s tasting me now. How’s it taste D-Von?’ And I just went, ‘Alright…’ I guess I pulled the trigger when I said something like, ‘Remember that girl you thought I was doing? It really wasn’t her. It was the other girl that you had that you told me to keep company. That’s the one I was f*cking’ and what happened was I said that to a mark. We were at a carousel at an airport waiting for our bags and the guy told me, ‘New Jack just cut this promo on you’ and blah, blah, blah. ‘You wanna hear it?’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So I heard it and that’s when I cut that promo on him. I said, ‘You give this to New Jack. You tell him, I was f*cking her and it wasn’t the person who you thought was with her’ and that set it off, that set it off. That set it off and next thing you know, he started berating me and going off on me so it all started with a girl and you know, it was one of those things where we did the song ‘We’ve Had Enough’ for WWE and he was saying some sh*t about me that I was like, ‘Okay. You wanna cut promos? Alright.’ So when — what was the guy that did WWE’s music? Jim Johnston. When he called me and Bubba in to do the song ‘We’ve Had Enough’, I said, ‘Oh, cool.’ You know, like the rap song, like a Run-D.M.C. version meets Aerosmith. I was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ So I asked him, I said, ‘You mind if I cut a promo in there?’ And he was like, ‘What do you mean a promo?’ He said, ‘Is it a rap?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I can do a rap.’ So, New Jack loved Tupac and I liked Biggie so I took a line from Tupac when I said, ‘All these other wrestlers wanna be like me. Now you’re looking like New Jack, flabby and sick trying to playa hate on my sh*t. We had enough’ and he heard that and went off. He went off and he got with the guy Bootsy Collins because he was good friends Bootsy Collins and they were in the studio and they did a version coming back at me and it never really got over but, because you know, WWE had the forum to push — we had enough out there and at that time, Bootsy was huge, but it didn’t go anywhere so not everybody heard New Jack’s song and then from there, it was just escalating big one after the other. He made you believe everything he said… And the great thing about it is I have to say this that, you know, Jack and I had buried it, buried the beef and we hugged each other and we did all of that and we were talking on the phone quite regular and I remember the last time I saw Jack was at an independent show, because we had talked after this but the last time I physically saw him was at an independent show and Bubba politicked us to go on first, so we wouldn’t have to stay for the whole show and we went on first and then New Jack I think was last and I looked at him, I said, ‘Jack, I’m cutting out of here’ and he was like, ‘Alright D-Von.’ He’s like, ‘You take care of yourself.’ I was like, ‘Hey man, I love you man’ and I hugged him and I was like, ‘Let’s talk soon’ and he was like, ‘You got it’ and that was it. That was the last time I physically saw him… so when I heard he passed, I was very happy to say that the last words I uttered to him in person was that, ‘I love you bro’ and that was it and then I remember us talking on the phone and I said the same thing to him. I said, ‘I love you man.’ I was like, ‘I’ll talk to you later,’ because we would just call each other out of the blue, you know, after all of that beef went on and we were laughing. We were basically laughing. We were just like, ‘All these fans, all these marks are biting into what we’re doing. Could you imagine if I was really in a company that you were in and we were going at each other like that? The fans would eat that sh*t up’ and that was the one thing we had said to each other after we made up. We were like, ‘We should have been in the same company together. That would have made a lot of money because these marks would have thought that we were really shooting on each other at that point,’ and verbally we were, but physically we weren’t.

** Joining The Mark Hoke Show was IMPACT/TNA World Tag Team Champion Ace Austin. He stated that he does not know if him and Chris Bey become the team they are present day without doing NJPW’s Super Junior Tag League in 2022. The duo made it to the finals of that year’s tournament.

I don’t know if we (ABC) would be the team that we are today if not for us doing that Super Junior Tag League because we were still a brand new team when we went out to Japan to do that and that gave us the perfect opportunity to spend as much time together as possible bonding and creating the necessary team chemistry and also from a performance perspective, we were doing multiple matches per week throughout all of Japan and so it really sharpened our skills quickly. I don’t know if we would have been able to sharpen our skills together as quickly had we not been able to do that tour together. So, coming back from that, we were just a whole different team than the one we were before we left…

** Episode #354 of “Da” Podcast featured an interview with Shane Mercer. He spoke about his move-set and people seeing clips of his matches on social media and assuming he only tosses around other wrestlers. Mercer wants to have more technical matches. He said those same clips that expose him to a bigger audience can also diminish his overall work.

Not at first (was it my goal for clips of my matches to go viral). When I first started wrestling, I was a high-flier. I was doing strength stuff. I was a high-flier and technical wrestler. That’s what I was, that was my bread and butter and as I got bigger and started lifting weights more and more and more, which I lifted weights back then. By the time I graduated high school, I was benching 405. So I was stronger back then and everything but, the way I wrestled and stuff, just the stuff I liked was the high-flying sort of wrestling. I used to do lionsaults out of the ring, all that stuff way back since I very first started. But then, like I said, as I started lifting weights and just started becoming more prevalent and I started trying more stuff and I started noticing like, hey, I can actually military press these guys who are kind of chunky and then I started trying heavier guys and heavier guys and heavier guys and then of course that got to the point to where it kind of overshadowed what my normal repertoire was. To the point sometimes where it kind of puts you against a wall because now it’s almost like, I wanna go in there and have a match, have a good match, technical match, show what I can do, but then people sometimes will see my videos or something and, ‘All you can do is pick up little guys’ or something. The typical troll response and I’m like, ugh, the stuff that’s getting me out there is also diminishing my…

** Luke Littler, the youngest player (16) to reach the P.D.C. World Darts Championship final, has been invited by WWE to attend their April 19th show at The O2 in London, England.

** Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘Live In London’ Results (1/7/24) from The Venue in London, England
– Leyton Buzzard def. Cameron Khai
– Ricky Knight Jr. def. Brett Semtex
– Connor Mills (w/ Gio) def. Trent Seven
– Harley Hudson, Jordon Breaks, Luke Jacobs def. Dani Luna, Leon Slater & The OJMO
– Gabe Kidd def. Robbie X
RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Title #1 Contenders Match — Best 2-out-of-3 Falls: Safire Reed def. Kanji (2-1)
– JJ Gale def. Callum Newman

** New Japan Pro-Wrestling hosted a virtual signing with Jeff Cobb: 

** STARDOM Results (1/7/24) from Nagoya, Japan
Three-Way Match: Mina Shirakawa def. Yuna Mizumori and Starlight Kid
– Saki Kashima & Ami Sohrei def. Hazuki & Saya Iida
– HANAKO, Yuzuki & Ranna Yagami def. AZM, Lady C & Saya Kurara
New Year’s Tag Tournament: Giulia & Mai Sakurai vs. Suzu Suzuki & Mei Seira – 10-Minute Time Limit Draw
New Year’s Tag Tournament: Syuri & MIRAI vs. Maika & Megan Bayne – 10-Minute Time Limit Draw
New Year’s Tag Tournament: Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani def. Natsuko Tora & Ruaka
New Year’s Tag Tournament Final: Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani def. Mayu Iwatani & Hanan

** Unagi Sayaka’s Produce Show (1/7/24) from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan
– Takumi Iroha def. Unagi Sayaka
– Issei Onitsuka & Takanori Ito def. Minoru Fujita & Takayuki Ueki
– Haruka Umesaki & Nanami def. Aoi & Itsuki Aoki
AJPW TV Six Man Tag Team Championships: Maya Yukihi, Mayumi Ozaki & Suwama (c) def. Dark Tiger, Dark Unagi & Dark Wolf
Six-Man Tag Team Hardcore Match: Prominence (Akane Fujita, Mochi Natsumi & Risa Sera) def. Hiragi Kurumi, SAKI & Yuko Sakurai
– Dick Togo & Jun Kasai def. Fuminori Abe & Kuroshio TOKYO Japan
– Masato Tanaka & Minoru Suzuki def. Konami & Unagi Sayaka

** January 7th birthdays: Yuto Nakashima, Alisha Edwards & Darby Allin.

** Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman appeared on Oh…You Didn’t Know with Brian ‘Road Dogg’ James and Casio Kid.

** Guest appearing on Café De René With René Duprée was Natalia Markova.

** IMPACT/TNA backstage correspondent and interviewer Gia Miller spoke to Women’s Wrestling Talk.

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