Various: Randy Orton’s WWE Status Update, NJPW Holding Another US Tour in 2019, Indies

Randy Orton WWE Status Update

Randy Orton reportedly has been out of action for WWE since last month due to a minor neck injury, according to Fightful.

Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp reported that Orton has been dealing with neck-related issues for some time and suffered a neck injury during a match he had against Aleister Black at the June 10th SmackDown Live house show event. It was also reported that following this event, Orton was given an additional two weeks off for his scheduled vacation time for extra rest for his neck.

Sapp also reported that Orton’s neck injury was stated to not be serious based on recent medical tests and he is currently expected to return to action this week.

NJPW Holding Another United States Tour This September

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced during last night’s G1 Climax 2019 show in Dallas, Texas that they will be holding another tour in the United States later this year.

This tour is called Fighting Spirit Unleashed and takes place from September 27-29 on the East Coast. It was also announced that tickets will go on sale starting on July 26th and that long time referee Tiger Hattori will be retiring after this tour.

Fighting Spirit Unleashed tour dates and locations:
* September 27th – Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts
* September 28th – Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York
* September 29th – 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that Ring of Honor will not have any involvement with this tour due to them holding events in Las Vegas, Nevada during that weekend.

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Starrcast announced that Jimmy Hart and Jerry “The King” Lawler will be appearing at their Starrcast III convention, which takes place from August 29th to September 1st in Chicago, Illinois.

Major League Wrestling reportedly has recently signed Georgia Smith to a contract with the company, according to the Wrestling Observer. Dave Meltzer reported that she will be working primarily as a backstage interviewer and is the daughter of Dave Boy Smith and sister of Davey Boy Smith Jr.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla announced that Mick Moretti is the fifth official entrant for their Battle of Los Angeles tournament, which takes place from September 19-22 in Los Angeles, California.

All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH reportedly have both recently shown interest in potentially signing Davey Boy Smith Jr. to a contract, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.