WWE Announces Return to China for September of 2019

WWE has announced a return to China, set to happen on September 21, 2019 This will be the fourth year that Vince McMahon’s company has toured the country and the top stars are coming along for the ride.

Roman Reigns, Charlotte Flair, Finn Bálor, Kofi Kingston, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens are just a few of the Superstars booked for the tour. Boa and Xia Li, two Chinese stars currently training in WWE’s Performance Center, will also be involved.

Triple H spoke about the Shanghai tour, as well as WWE’s efforts to recruit talent from China.

“We are excited to once again bring WWE’s larger-than-life Superstars to our passionate fans in China,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “With our WWE scouts in Shanghai seeing dozens of Chinese athletes and performers at casting calls, I am looking forward to the day when one of these people will reach the top and appear alongside global WWE Superstars such as Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins.”

WWE is indeed expanding its influence throughout the world and the best example of that is the company’s NXT UK brand. Speculation has run rampant among WWE fans that the company will continue to grow the NXT brand in other countries as well, like Japan and Mexico. China may also be on the company’s short list for NXT divisions as time goes on.

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Xavier Woods Comments on a New Day vs. Kenny Omega and Young Bucks Dream Match

A dream match between The New Day and members of The Elite has been discussed in pro wrestling circles for the past few years. Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks have crossed paths with The New Day on social media, as well as during the E3 video game conference in 2018.

But the two teams have never faced off in the ring. Now Xavier Woods is having a bit of fun with a fan’s tweet, teasing a dream match sometime down the road.

Of course this may, or may not, ever actually happen. Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E are all under contract with WWE. Omega and The Bucks are executive vice presidents of AEW. The Elite definitely has more freedom here but the same is not true of The New Day. WWE does not run cross-promoted events with other pro wrestling companies.

But anything is possible in 2019 and AEW’s existence proves that. Perhaps the day will come when The New Day will step into the ring against The Elite to finally give fans the match they’ve been dreaming about.

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Updated WWE Super Showdown Lineup for June 7, WWE Title Match Added, Triple H/Orton Video

There are seven matches that are official for the WWE Super Showdown WWE Network event on June 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

During last night’s edition of Smackdown, the WWE Championship match was officially announced for the event with Kofi Kingston defending the gold against Dolph Ziggler, who appeared on WWE TV for the first time since the Royal Rumble back in January. Ziggler’s “WWE vacation” (his term for it) is over.

After Kingston beat Sami Zayn on Smackdown, Ziggler attacked him from behind. Ziggler’s attack saw him use a steel chair that he wrapped around Kingston’s head and he drove Kingston into the announce table. He also stomped on the chair.

Later in the show, Ziggler did a promo explaining his actions by saying that Kingston stepping up earlier in the year and proving himself as WWE Champion is something that should have happened for Ziggler, not Kingston. Ziggler kept repeating the phrase “it should have been me” and used that as an explanation for what he did.

After Smackdown was over, Kingston was shown backstage where he accepted Ziggler’s challenge to make the WWE Championship match official.

As we covered in another post about Super Showdown earlier today, Ziggler was originally supposed to be in Australia on the weekend of June 7th at a Comic Con event, but WWE pulled him from that booking and replaced him by Carmella.

Here are videos of Ziggler’s attack, Ziggler’s promo and Kingston accepting the WWE Championship challenge.

Another match that is expected to take place at Super Showdown will see Seth Rollins defending the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar. It was annoucned on Raw this week that Lesnar will also be on Raw next week, which is when we might found out about the match because Lesnar might cash in Money in the Bank on Rollins for the Super Showdown match. It’s possible that WWE will simply announce Rollins vs. Lesnar at Super Showdown without having Lesnar cash-in the MITB contract too, but we don’t know that yet. However, it is expected that we will see Rollins vs. Lesnar at Super Showdown.

Here’s the listing of official matches for Super Showdown on June 7th.

The Undertaker vs. Bill Goldberg

Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

Intercontinental Championship: “Demon” Finn Balor (c) vs. Andrade

50-man battle royal

There are no women’s matches expected to take place.

A video package was shown on Smackdown highlighting the rivalry between Triple H and Randy Orton. It ran for just under four minutes. You can watch it below.

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Dolph Ziggler Returns, Viciously Attacked Kofi Kingston

Last night on SmackDown Live, Paul Heyman came out with Brock Lesnars’s Money in the Bank briefcase taunting WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. That’s when Dolph Ziggler made his surprise return to WWE viciously attacking Kofi. Later Ziggler came out and explained why he did it. Ziggler says it should’ve been him instead of Kofi having… Read More Dolph Ziggler Returns, Viciously Attacked Kofi Kingston

WWE Championship Match Confirmed For Super Show Down; Updated Match Card

During tonight’s WWE SmackDown Live a new match for the upcoming WWE Super Show Down was confirmed, with Kofi Kingston set to defend his WWE Championship.

Following his shock return to the company, Dolph Ziggler will be going one-on-one with The New Day member in Saudi Arabia, with the WWE Championship on the line.

Below is the updated match card for the event:

WWE Championship Match

  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

  • Andrade vs. “Demon King” Finn Balor
  • The Undertaker vs. WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg
  • Triple H vs. Randy Orton
  • Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
  • Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon
  • 50-Man Battle Royal

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