Welcome to the Sunday, September 23 edition of the WrestleTalk news round-up as we recap all the little bits of news you may have missed throughout the day!
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Hell in a Cell 2018 match times revealed
The numbers are in from last Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, and the longevity of each bout has been revealed.
- Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy – Hell in a Cell match – 24:52
- Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman – Hell in a Cell match – Mick Foley as guest referee – 23:50
- Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins – 22:57
- WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe – 19:01
- WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch – 13:50
- Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz and Maryse – 13:50
- WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss – 12:00
As the table shows, all three matches that included women were given the least amount of time out of the seven, and the opening match actually winded up being the longest of the night.
Times courtesy of Cageside Seats.
Why Lio Rush was paired with Bobby Lashley
205 Live‘s Lio Rush appeared on Raw a couple of weeks ago last week in a backstage segment with Bobby Lashley, and last week confirmed he is the ‘Dominator’s new manager. Or, as he would say, ‘Manager of the Hour.’
According to PWInsider, the reason for the pairing was because WWE officials were impressed with Lio Rush’s social media game and promos he posted on Twitter.
They also note that it has been the plan for a while now to pair Lashley with a mouthpiece similar to how Brock Lesnar has Paul Heyman, and Rush was the man that got the call.
WWE Championship contract signing added to SmackDown Live
Paige announced on Twitter earlier today that in preparation for their WWE Championship clash at Super Show-Down, challenger Samoa Joe and defending champ AJ Styles.
It’s No-DQ, No Count-Out, there MUST be a winner for the @WWE Championship at #WWESSD … so I’m making it official with a contract signing THIS Tuesday on #SDLive. @AJStylesOrg @SamoaJoe pic.twitter.com/ZM9yTPczHp
— SARAYA (@RealPaigeWWE) September 22, 2018
Because contract signings never go wrong.
PROGRESS Wrestling announce pre-show Battle Royal for Hello Wembley
PROGRESS Hello Wembley is set to take place next weekend, and the promotion have announced a pre-show Battle Royal match that will open the evening’s competition.
We open up #HelloWembley at @ssearena next Sunday with the preshow BATTLE ROYAL! Cooper, Mambo, Pastor, Trivet, Moser, Ridgeway, Johnson, Parker, OJMO, Big T, Allen, Scala, Jones… and more?! Tickets: https://t.co/AmuRQfdx3z #ThisIsPROGRESS pic.twitter.com/6TXS6hNh0F
— ? PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) September 23, 2018
Other matches include Tyler Bate vs. WALTER, Matt Riddle’s final indie appearance, and many more stellar bouts.
Here is the card as it stands:
- WALTER vs Tyler Bate – PROGRESS World Title Match
- Doug Williams vs Trent Seven – PROGRESS Atlas Title Match
- Pete Dunne vs Ilja Dragunov
- 8-team Thunderbastard PROGRESS World Tag Team Titles Match
- Jinny vs Toni Storm vs Millie McKenzie – PROGRESS Women’s World Title Match
- Paul Robinson vs Jimmy Havoc – No DQ Grudge Match
- Eddie Dennis vs Mark Andrews – Tables, Ladders and Chairs
- Mark Haskins vs Matt Riddle
Tickets for the event are available here.
Betting odds for tomorrow’s Raw
SkyBet have released odds for two of the three matches confirmed so far for tomorrow’s episode of Raw.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are 1/5 favorites to retain their WWE Raw Tag Team Championships over the Revival, who are available at 10/3.
Brie Bella vs. Ruby Riott has also been announced for the show, Riott currently stands at 4/5, with Brie at 10/11. Unfortunately, there seem to be no odds available regarding the chances of Brie botching a Suicide Dive.
In other odds news, The Rock is current favorite to win the men’s 2019 Royal Rumble match, with Charlotte Flair favorite to win the women’s edition.
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- Update On Dominik Mysterio Vs. Rey Mysterio WrestleMania Plans
- WWE Star Pulled From Raw, WrestleMania Status Uncertain?
- Yet Another Star Pulled From WWE Raw
- Bray Wyatt & Bobby Lashley WWE Raw Update
- AEW World Champion MJF Set For Surprising Indie Appearance
- WWE Star Vents Anger At Fans After Being ‘Followed’ At Airport
- Spoiler On WWE Star Set To ‘Shine’ On March 20 Raw