Jushin Thunder Liger Set To Retire In January
Japanese wrestling legend Jushin Thunder Liger announced he will retire this coming January at the Tokyo Dome.
In a press conference earlier today, Liger stated “Thank you for joining me here. I will retire next January at the Tokyo Dome.” according to a translated Tweet
Liger has found success in wrestling promotions worldwide including New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah, Ring Of Honor, Dragon Gate, and World Championship Wrestling.
Liger worked briefly with WWE in 1990, at the Wrestling Summit event at the Tokyo Dome. The event was co-produced by NJPW and AJPW.
In 2015, WWE worked out a deal with NJPW to bring Liger in for a special appearance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. He went on to defeat Tyler Breeze at that event.
After wrestling for over 35 years, Liger has decided his time has come. In recent years, he has worked extensively with New Japan Pro Wrestling, as well as making special appearances for Ring Of Honor, and Revolution Pro Wrestling.
WWE Files Trademark For Possible New Characters
WWE filed three new trademarks on July 15, 2019.
As first reported by PWInsider, WWE filed trademarks for “Smackville”, “The O.C”, and “Shorty G”.
The only confirmed usage is the Smackville name, which is an up-coming WWE Network special on July 27, 2019.
Although not confirmed, several are speculating The O.C could stand for “Original Club”, in reference to Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and AJ Styles.
Below are the trademark filings from the United States Trademark Office.
Former Shane Strickland To Make 205 Live Debut This Tuesday
Isiah “Swerve” Scott, fka Shane Strickland is set to make his 205 Live debut this Tuesday against Drew Gulak.
— 205 Live (@WWE205Live) July 19, 2019
Scott signed with WWE earlier this year following a battle with Lucha Underground to be released from his contract. He had a successful run with MLW, as well as the independent scene.
Since debuting with NXT, he underwent a name change from Shane Strickland to Isiah “Swerve” Scott.
MJF Signs Multi-Year Deal With All Elite Wrestling
MJF has extended his current contract with All Elite Wrestling, converting it into a multi-year deal.
The company posted a video today on social media which shows MJF signing the new deal. MJF was initially signed to a short-team deal with the company in January.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) July 19, 2019
MJF also has a contract with Major League Wrestling, where he debuted in 2017. His MLW contract allows him to work outside the company.
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