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Top 5 Wrestling News Stories Of The Week 6/10: WWE Open The Forbidden Door, The Lastest On Ricochet & Chad Gable

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Each and every week, the weird and wonderful world of professional wrestling never fails to captivate fans with a plethora of captivating stories that make their way into the news cycle.

Whether it’s shocking upsets, dramatic showdowns, or behind-the-scenes drama, the happenings within professional wrestling always keep fans on the edge of their seats.

Here are the Top Five Wrestling News Stories of the Week.

Major WWE Star Opening The Forbidden Door

WWE and wrestling’s newest promotion Dream Star Fighting Marigold have opened their own version of the “forbidden door”.

The new Joshi promotion led by Rossy Ogawa (founder of STARDOM), has joined forces with WWE to create a unique inter-promotional opportunity.

Former WWE Women’s Champion IYO SKY will make a shocking return to Japan to compete at Marigold’s upcoming Summer Destiny show on July 13th. This bombshell announcement was delivered via video screen during Marigold’s latest event, leaving Utami Hayashishita, her opponent, visibly emotional. Hayashishita, a former World of STARDOM Champion alongside SKY, has always craved this dream match, a dream almost denied due to SKY’s move to WWE.

This historic encounter deepens the partnership between WWE and Marigold. If Giulia, another former World of STARDOM Champion, recovers from a recent wrist injury, she’s expected to debut in the ring for NXT’s Heatwave event on July 7th.

Providing a follow-up statement to the announcement on social media, Sky also described the encounter as a dream match and would only happen once:

As a WWE Superstar, I will enter the ring at #マリーゴールド July 13th at Ryogoku Kokugikan This will be a “dream match” for women’s wrestling fans not only in Japan but all over the world. This premium fight will never happen again… please look forward to it. [Translated via Google]

Several WWE Stars Unhappy Following Recent Event

Despite, being a strong action-packed event for the fans apparently, several performers did not enjoy NXT Battleground.

On June 9th, WWE held the NXT event at the UFC Apex as the relationship between the two companies continued to expand.

The location drew criticism from fans as soon as the venue was announced earlier in the year. With the lack of seating and the venue not designed to host a major wrestling event, many remained sceptical about how the show would come across.

During the show itself, announcer Vic Joseph stated on numerous occasions that the announce table was a lot closer to the ring than it usually is and the ringside area was also noticeably reduced. While the show was not directly affected by the smaller area to work with, wrestlers have reportedly let their views be known on the matter.

According to a report from Wrestle Votes, a “handful” of Superstars were unhappy at the lack of space around the ring, although thankfully, it didn’t cause any issues on the night.

While thankfully nothing came of it, I’m told a handful of Superstars were unhappy with the floor spacing around the ring last night at the UFC Apex for Battleground. It was noticeably tighter than at standard WWE/NXT events.

The Undertaker Questions Whether Tony Khan Is The Right Man To Run AEW

The Undertaker doesn’t believe Tony Khan is the best man to run AEW’s locker room.

During a recent Q&A on Patreon for his Six Feet Under podcast, The Undertaker addressed the competition between WWE and AEW.

“Hopefully, a lot of people don’t think the way I do but hopefully one day AEW gets their crap together and genuinely creates some competition. That’s probably not a popular take from most WWE insiders but the way I look at it, competition’s only gonna make, it’s only gonna make you better.”

The Deadman then questioned if Tony Khan’s promotion was really able to take on WWE. Stating that he doesn’t believe AEW has a true locker room leader, and doubts that Khan is the man to lead the charge.

“I don’t think there is a real true leader in the locker room. And I don’t, I am not sure…I have nothing against the man you know but I don’t know that Tony is the guy to run the company. I mean his heart’s in a good place and he wants to do something but I just don’t know that he has the acumen to run a wrestling company against the juggernaut that is the WWE.

But hey, I could be wrong. There was that one other time I was wrong. But I hope they get it together and we do have some [competition]. It’s better for the wrestlers, it’s better for the audience, the fans. It’s better for everything.”

Latest On Speculation Ricochet Could Return To WWE Television

A new report has attempted to clear up the confusion around Ricochet amidst speculation he is AEW bound.

Earlier this month it was reported that the star had chosen not to re-sign with WWE after his contract expired, a follow-up report also added that the June 10th episode of Raw was set to be his final appearance and would see the former United States Champion tie-up any loose ends and be written out of storylines.

On the episode, Ricochet was seemingly written off television when he fell victim to a brutal assault at the hands of Bron Breakker. Following the attack WWE announced the former Intercontinental Champion will be out of action for “an undisclosed amount of time.”

On June 12th, the company provided a follow-up post on social media and noted that the Raw star had suffered “Upper body injuries” and would be out of action until further notice, effectively confirming the write-off:

BREAKING: After suffering a brutal attack at the hands of @bronbreakkerwwe this past Monday on #WWERaw, @KingRicochet will be out of action for an undisclosed amount of time with upper body injuries.

According to a new report from Fightful Select, PWInsider’s note that the star could make additional appearances for WWE is technically true, but there are no plans to use him again.

Chad Gable Confirms Signing New WWE Contract, Credits Triple H

Chad Gable has officially signed a new contract with the company. This news comes after weeks of speculation about Gable’s future, as his previous deal was nearing its end.

In an interview with The Gorilla Position, Gable confirmed his re-signing and expressed his gratitude towards Triple H. Gable pointed to a shift in his fortunes within the company coinciding with Triple H taking the helm.

He specifically mentioned receiving singles matches against top stars shortly after the regime change, a clear sign of increased confidence in his abilities. This positive experience, according to Gable, solidified his decision to remain with the company.

“Yes, I have (signed a new contract). What I’ll say, regarding Hunter [Triple H]. When he got started with us and took over. I think you saw my trajectory change almost immediately. Even when I was in a tag team with Otis, I started getting singles matches with some of our top guys. To me, a light bulb went off, ‘things might be different now,’ and they have been ever since. He’s delivered on everything he’s ever told me.”

“When I first came to him, and me and Otis were floundering and not doing much, he said what he was doing was trying to find consistent places on TV for everybody every week. Whether it was a little chunk of TV or a big one; everyone should be involved at some point.”

“At the time, I was like, ‘I’ve heard all this before,’ and it gets to you, but I saw it was true, and it was delivered. Even if we only had a minute or two every week, we were getting it and we were involved in something and maximizing our minutes. The fact that he delivers on what he says, it has gone a long way with someone like me. Now, that’s paying off and I’m having the run of my life and I’m having a blast.”