The Daily Wrestling News Update: MLW, NXT UK, ROH, AEW, GCW (20/01/2020)

Ring of Honor has begun its 18th year of delivering the best professional wrestling on the planet, and the company will celebrate its birthday with two huge events in the fight capital of the world – Las Vegas, Nevada. The weekend begins on Friday, March 13 with the “18th Anniversary” pay-per-view at Sam’s Town Live. Then on Saturday, March 14, the company presents a very special event, “ROH: Past vs. Present” – at the same venue.

Championships will be defended and scores will be settled on the 18th Anniversary pay-per-view, while ROH Past vs. Present features ROH stars from throughout its history taking on the stars of today. Names scheduled to appear at this show are Doug Williams, Homicide, Matt Sydal, Necro Butcher, and Allison Danger.

Josh Barnett announced that Davey Boy Smith Jr will be appearing at Bloodsport III on April 2nd in Tampa, FL during WrestleMania weekend. The event, which has matches that feature hybrid MMA/pro-wrestling-style bouts, will have no ropes and the only way to win is by knockout or submission. It is being put on by Game Changer Wrestling and Barnett.

Jeff Cobb is signed for the event, and one of the first major bouts announced is Barnett vs Jon Moxley. This match was meant to main event Bloodsport II but Moxley was unable to make the event due to contracting a staph infection. Chris Dickinson stepped in and filled in for Moxley in a losing effort to Barnett.

MLW today announced AAA’s Puma King and Gringo Loco vs. Injustice for MLW: FIGHTLAND at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 1. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Two teams jockeying for contention in the competitive tag team division will clash as AAA’s mischievous masked feline Puma King teams with luchador Gringo Loco in pursuit of climbing the rankings.

Standing in their way: the rulebreaking squad of Jordan Oliver and Kotto Brazil, collectively known as Injustice. Injustice has been vocal about getting a crack at the Von Erichs’ titles. In order to get a taste of the gold, they must make their case by impressing league matchmakers with wins.

Facing a more experienced duo known for their unpredictable approach to matches, Injustice can expect a high flying feline and explosive human cannonball when they battle Puma King and Gringo Loco. Which team will prevail and move one step closer to a world tag team championship bout?

AEW Dynamite will make its NYC debut on March 18 from inside the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. This comes a week before AEW’s debut in New Jersey on March 25 from inside the Prudential Center in Newark. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, January 24th at noon ET (5 PM GMT).

Fight Factory Pro in Ireland confirmed Valkyrie signed with WWE after she worked the NXT UK TV tapings this past weekend in York, England and wrestled Amale and Isla Dawn in the two nights as Aoife Valkyrie.

The 23-year-old Aoife, who trained at the same Fight Factory Pro Wrestling school as RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, made her pro debut in 2015 and has been a top women’s star in Europe. She became the first woman to hold the Irish Junior Heavyweight Title in 2018 when she defeated Jordan Devlin.

At that time, she was revealing that ending up in WWE one day was a dream for her, but also felt she should hone her skills by travelling before trying to make that possibility a reality. She has also worked with OTT in Ireland, the UK, Belgium and Germany. Aoife held the EVE Tag Team Titles with Debbie Keitel as The Woke Queens and OTT Women’s Championship. Valkyrie will face Amy Allonsy for Fight Factory this coming Friday.

All pics courtesy of ROH, MLW, GCW, WWE, Fight Factory, AEW and Valkyrie

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