Various: Matt Riddle Update, Kane on WWE Status, G1 Climax 2018 Night 16

Another Matt Riddle Indies Update

As noted before, Matt Riddle is currently expected to be heading to WWE very soon – possibly as early as NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 18. Besides being removed from several upcoming indie events, Riddle confirmed that the rumors of him leaving for either NJPW or WWE were true during an interview last week with Sports Illustrated.

Riddle was defeated by Shane Strickland for the EVOLVE Championship at last Saturday’s EVOLVE 108 event. During that match, Riddle suffered a finger injury where he lost a small piece of the tip of his right pointer finger. He wrestled at EVOLVE 109 the next night, but has pulled out from more of his remaining indie bookings in order to recover.

Riddle’s final event in the indies is currently expected to be for Game Changer Wrestling’s Joey Janela’s Lost in New York event on August 17th in Queens, New York.

Kane Comments on His WWE Status Following His Mayoral Election Victory

As noted before, Glenn “Kane” Jacobs defeated Democratic opponent Linda Haney in last Thursday’s Knox County, TN mayoral election.

Following his electoral victory, Rolling Stone held an interview with Kane and one of the topics discussed involved if he will make a return to WWE during his term as the mayor of Knox County.

“WWE is always going to be part of me and hopefully I’ll always be part of it. I haven’t ruled out making special appearances every now and then. My main priority is being mayor, of course. [My role in the WWE] does bring a lot of attention to Knox County, so that’s cool. It’s just a matter of making sure everything I do — WWE or any other outside stuff — does not impact my role as mayor.”

Full Card for NJPW G1 Climax 2018 Night 16

Here is the current card for Night 16 of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s on-going G1 Climax tournament, which takes place this Wednesday at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa, Japan. This event will air live on New Japan World starting at 5:30AM ET.

Full Card for Night 16:
* Toa Henare & Togi Makabe versus Michael Elgin & Shota Umino.
* YOSHI-HASHI & Sho versus Hangman Page & Chase Owens.
* Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa versus Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado.
* Jay White & Yoh versus EVIL & BUSHI.
* Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay versus Kazuchika Okada & Gedo.
* G1 Climax 28 B Block – Juice Robinson (2-5) versus Tomohiro Ishii (3-4).
* G1 Climax 28 B Block – Hirooki Goto (3-4) versus Zack Sabre Jr. (4-3).
* G1 Climax 28 B Block – Kota Ibushi (5-2) versus Tama Tonga (2-5).
* G1 Climax 28 B Block – Toru Yano (1-6) versus Kenny Omega (6-1).
* G1 Climax 28 B Block – Tetsuya Naito (5-2) versus SANADA (4-3).