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WWE SmackDown Recap: AJ Styles earns shot against Cody Rhodes

WWE Smackdown opened with AJ Styles and LA Knight battling in a #1 contender match for the WWE Championship, a position both secured after winning triple-threat matches last week. This bout, a rematch from Wrestlemania 40, carried championship stakes this time around. Knight initially dominated, attacking Styles outside the ring, but Styles fought back, narrowly escaping Knight's finishing move and securing victory with a Phenomenal Forearm. Styles is now set to face WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at

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WWE Releases Multiple Wrestlers Including Jinder Mahal, Xia Li, and Xyon Quinn

Jinder Mahal, Xia Li and Xyon Quinn were released from the WWE on April 19, 2024. Mahal himself confirmed his departure on X, using the phrase "Maharaja Out ," and his bio now states "Free Agent - 90 Days."  This news comes as a surprise to many, given Mahal's history with WWE. He first joined the company in 2010. After initially being released in 2014, he returned to the company and eventually captured the WWE Championship. Xia Li shared a detailed message on her X account expressing

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AEW Dynasty 2024 match card

All Elite Wrestling introduces its inaugural AEW Dynasty event in St. Louis on April 21, showcasing top talent like Bryan Danielson, Kazuchika Okada, and Will Ospreay. This event emphasizes AEW's high-quality wrestling ethos with a lineup including a dream match between Danielson and Ospreay. With nine pay-per-views planned this year, Dynasty kicks off at Chaifetz Arena, featuring eight title matches across a 10-bout card, streamed live on Bleacher Report and TrillerTV. Highlights include J

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Tony Khan Explores Stepping Down as AEW Booker

During a media call before AEW Dynasty, Tony Khan addressed the possibility of stepping down as the head of AEW creative and allowing someone else to take over that role. He acknowledged that no one remains in a position forever, and while he is having more fun than ever in his role, he understands that the situation might change in the future. Since its inception in 2019, Tony Khan has been at the helm of All Elite Wrestling, crafting storylines and managing bookings. Over the past five ye

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Tickets for the Clash at the Castle in Scotland go on sale next friday

WWE has announced that combined tickets for Friday Night SmackDown and Clash at the Castle: Scotland, set to take place at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow this June, will be available for purchase next Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. BST on Ticketmaster.co.uk. The WWE weekend will start with Friday Night SmackDown on June 14, followed by the Clash at the Castle: Scotland on June 15. Fans can also take advantage of an exclusive presale for these combo tickets starting on Wednesday, April 24 at 10

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WrestleMania 41 Could Be Headed to Las Vegas, According to Nick Khan

At the 2024 Sports Business Journal's World Congress of Sports, WWE President Nick Khan shared insights into the organization’s strategy for its upcoming Premium Live Events (PLEs), including the anticipated location of WrestleMania 41. According to Arash Markazi, CEO of Sporting Tribune, Khan has not yet disclosed the official location for WrestleMania 41 but revealed that Las Vegas is a potential host city. During the event, Khan expressed lessons learned from past experiences, particular

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Ruby Soho and Angelo Parker revealed their pregnancy at the AEW Rampage taping.

Ruby Soho and Angelo Parker have announced they are expecting their first child together. The news was shared during a pre-recorded segment with the couple on Wednesday night, set to broadcast on the upcoming AEW Rampage episode this Saturday. The couple's relationship, which has transitioned into real life, has significantly influenced AEW's storylines. Notably, their pairing catalyzed a major plot twist, leading Saraya and Harley Cameron to betray Soho and dissolve The Outcasts. The story

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Carlos Cabrera Joins All Elite Wrestling Roster

Carlos Cabrera has signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as part of their commentary team. The announcement was made by Tony Khan, CEO of AEW, during AEW Dynamite on April 17, 2024. Cabrera, a former longtime Spanish commentator for WWE, brings a wealth of experience to AEW, having been a part of WWE from 1993 until his departure in 2022. His addition to the AEW commentary team marks a significant acquisition for the company, bolstering its Spanish-language broadcast capabilities and adding

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Matt Cardona to Undergo Surgery After Tearing Pectoral Muscle

Popular independent wrestler Matt Cardona is expected to miss upcoming events due to a significant injury. Germany's wXw wrestling promotion announced that Cardona has withdrawn from their June 1 Drive of Champions show because of a torn pectoral muscle. wXw extended their wishes for a swift recovery to Cardona in their announcement. Cardona has communicated his injury to several event promoters and confirmed that he will undergo surgical treatment for the torn muscle. Recently, Cardon

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AEW Dynamite card for April 17 in Indianapolis

Will Ospreay isn't slowing down in AEW, and his packed schedule of high-stakes matches continues tonight on AEW Dynamite in Indianapolis. He's set to face a formidable opponent from the Blackpool Combat Club. Will Ospreay rise above the challenge posed by Claudio Castagnoli tonight? There's no such thing as a tune-up match for Ospreay. Ahead of his highly anticipated bout with Bryan Danielson at Dynasty in St. Louis, Ospreay will showcase his skills against Claudio Castagnoli. It's an excit

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Rhea Ripley Vacated WWE Women's Title Due to AC Joint Injury

During Monday's WWE Raw, Rhea Ripley, with her arm in a sling, announced she had to relinquish the Women's World Championship. It is know known that the injury is a AC joint injury. An AC joint injury refers to damage to the acromioclavicular joint, which is located at the top of the shoulder where the collarbone meets the highest point of the shoulder blade. This joint is crucial for overhead and across-the-body movements of the arm. Ripley, who held the title for 380 days, confirmed she w

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WWE Raw results & highlights, April 15, 2024

Rhea Ripley was forced to relinquish her Women's World Championship due to an injury from a backstage attack by Liv Morgan last Monday, ending her impressive year-long reign. Ripley vowed vengeance upon her return. During the announcement, Morgan emerged to taunt Ripley, leading to a heated confrontation that security struggled to control, with Ripley landing a headbutt on one of the guards. In other WWE Raw news, after mentoring Sami Zayn to victory over Gunther for the Intercontinental Ch

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WWE to Crown New Women's World Champion on April 22 Raw Episode

During the April 15 episode of Monday Night Raw, Rhea Ripley announced that she must vacate the WWE Women’s World Championship due to a shoulder injury. The injury, which Ripley attributes to an attack by Liv Morgan following WrestleMania, will sideline her for several months. As promotions for the upcoming April 22 Raw unfolded, it was confirmed that a new Women’s World Champion will be crowned during the episode.  

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Sheamus returns to in-ring action on WWE Raw

Sheamus made a triumphant return to WWE in-ring action on the April 15 episode of WWE Raw, his first appearance since August 2023. Competing against Ivar in a singles match, Sheamus emerged victorious. As he entered the ring to the sound of his iconic 'Written in My Face' theme, commentators discussed his recent challenges, including neck issues that led to surgery, as noted by Pat McAfee. A veteran in the wrestling industry since 2007, Sheamus is currently celebrating his 22nd year with WW

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WWE has renamed the RAW Tag Team Titles to the World Tag Team Championships and introduced new belts

During the April 15 episode of WWE Raw, Triple H unveiled new WWE Tag Team Championships, presenting them to Awesome Truth (R-Truth & The Miz). He announced that these belts would now be recognized as the WWE World Tag Team Championships, officially replacing the Raw Tag Team Championships. Later in the night, a Triple Threat tag match to determine their first challengers is set to take place. D.I.Y. (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa), New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) and T

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Rhea Ripley has been forced to vacate the Women's World Championship

Rhea Ripley has relinquished the Women's World Championship following an injury she sustained. She made the announcement during the WWE Monday Night Raw episode on April 15, 2024, marking the end of her 380-day reign as WWE Women's World Champion. The decision to vacate the title came after Ripley's successful defense against Becky Lynch at WrestleMania XL. The injury is anticipated to sideline her for several months. Consequently, the WWE Women's World Championship title is now vacant, and

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Tony Khan said the most real thing in wrestling is the competition between WWE & AEW

In a recent discussion with IndieWire, AEW President Tony Khan firmly maintained that AEW is a significant competitor to WWE. During the interview, Khan said that he believes the rivalry between the two companies is a driving force that keeps the industry thriving, as it fuels both companies to perform at their best. Khan said that the competitive environment between the two organizations is a "natural resource" that powers the wrestling business. Khan also stated that the companies "h

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The Rock sets his focus on the next WrestleMania

On Instagram, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shared insights into his recent WrestleMania 40 match, commending Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, and Seth Rollins for their exceptional performances. In a video post, he hinted at possibly participating in next year's WrestleMania event. Last weekend marked The Rock's return to wrestling after several years, where he partnered with Roman Reigns to triumph over Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. This victory set the stage for the "Bloodline Rules" main event th

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Who is Tama Tonga?

Tama Tonga, born Alipate Aloisio Leone on October 15, 1982, is the nephew and adopted son of former WWE and NJPW star Haku, which makes him a part of the Anoa'i family, a renowned wrestling family that includes The Bloodline members like Roman Reigns and The Usos. Originally from the island of Tonga, Tama was raised in Poinciana, Florida. Tama Tonga made his debut in professional wrestling in 2008 and has since worked for various promotions, including New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where h

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Erick Rowan withdraws from independent wrestling dates due to 'new contractual obligations'

East Coast Pro Wrestling (ECPW) in Nova Scotia revealed on Saturday that Erick Rowan will not be appearing at their Coal Town Carnage event next weekend. ECPW also disclosed that Rowan has canceled multiple other bookings, impacting several upcoming independent wrestling appearances. Rowan's "new contractual obligations" are fueling rumors of a potential return to WWE. This speculation gained traction after WWE recently released a documentary focusing on the life and career of Bray Wyatt, R

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WWE SmackDown video highlights from April 12, 2024

Friday night's episode of SmackDown in Detroit unveiled significant changes in the aftermath of WrestleMania 40. The episode featured pivotal shifts within The Bloodline, introducing questions over the leadership roles. Notably, Tama Tonga, formerly of NJPW, marked his WWE debut by joining The Bloodline. He aligned with Solo Sikoa to oust Jimmy Uso from the faction. The duo launched a surprise attack on Jimmy, a move seemingly unknown to their advisor Paul Heyman, and possibly even to faction le

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Sheamus Set to Make Anticipated WWE Return on Monday Night Raw

Sheamus is set to make his WWE return on the April 15 episode of WWE Raw. This return was confirmed on the April 12 episode of WWE SmackDown. Sheamus last competed in a WWE ring against Edge during the August 18, 2023, episode of SmackDown, which notably marked Edge's final WWE appearance before his move to AEW. After being away from WWE programming for eight months due to a shoulder injury.  During his absence, his former faction, The Brawling Brutes, has dissolved, with his former st

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Tama Tonga Makes WWE Debut, Aligns With Solo Sikoa To Kick Out Jimmy Uso

On the April 12 episode of WWE SmackDown, Tama Tonga made a dramatic entrance into WWE by attacking Jimmy Uso during the show. This marked Tama Tonga's first appearance in WWE, aligning himself with Solo Sikoa, who shockingly betrayed Jimmy by expressing that continuous losses would have dire consequences. The event left Paul Heyman, manager of The Bloodline, visibly bewildered. Heyman, unable to contact Roman Reigns after Solo destroyed his phone, witnessed the chaotic turn of events unfol

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