Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Rey Mysterio Out of NJPW Match
NJPW officially released the card for this Sunday’s Strong Style Evolved event today, and they have confirmed that Rey Mysterio will no longer be competing against Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger. Mysterio’s match was set to be one of the biggest on the card, and would be the former World Heavyweight Champion’s first appearance for the Japanese promotion. He has been replaced on the card by Will Ospreay.
— njpw_global (@njpwglobal) March 22, 2018
Mysterio was injured on an independent show last month. There is no further update on whether or not Mysterio will be wrestling for the WWE in the near future, though his recent signing with the Mexican promotion, Aro Lucha, would indicate that he will not be.
Here is the full card for NJPW Strong Style Evolved, which can be watched on NJPW World this Sunday.
- Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi Vs The Young Bucks
- Jay White vs. Hangman Page
- Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr. and Minoru Suzuki
- Will Ospreay Vs Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Dragon Lee and Rysuke Taguchi vs. SANADA, Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi
- Cody Rhodes and Marty Skurll vs. Guerrillas of Destiny
- Chuck Taylor and Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer
- Gedo and Hirooki Goto vs. Juice Robinson and David Finlay
- Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero vs. Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian
Kevin Owens Changes Twitter Name
Few wrestlers are as committed to maintaining kayfabe in the modern day world as much as Kevin Owens. Famously sticking in character on Twitter, Owens has changed his name back to Kevin Steen, and his Twitter handle is now @fightsteenfight.
This is Owens’ way of selling the fact that he was recently fired by Daniel Bryan on this week’s episode of Smackdown, and I must say, I love it. Now, all we need is for Sami Zayn to change back to El Generico.
Owens has also removed his profile and cover photos and has not tweeted since the name change.
Dudley Boyz Hall of Fame Induction Update
The WWE confirmed yesterday that Edge and Christian will be inducting The Dudley Boyz into the Hall of Fame at this year’s ceremony. The announcement followed Bubba Ray asking Edge earlier this week on Busted Open Radio if he would induct himself and D-Von.
EXCLUSIVE: @EdgeRatedR & @Christian4Peeps will induct @bullyray5150 & @TestifyDVon into the #WWEHOF …will we see the third team from #TLC join them on stage? @MATTHARDYBRAND @JEFFHARDYBRAND #WrestleMania #WrestleMania34 #RAW #SDLive pic.twitter.com/Hxj8Tb55Mi
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) March 19, 2018
The two teams have a long and well-documented history in the ring together, and the move is a great way of recognising both team’s contributions to the industry. Edge himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Christian in the 2012 ceremony.