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#IMPACTonPOP Results – In a Super X Cup Tournament Match, ACH defeated Andrew Everett @ 6:25 via pin. Octagoncito defeated Demus. Naomichi Marufuji defeated Moose in an Impact Grand Championship match via DQ. Trevor Lee defeated William Weeks In an X-Division Title match. Laurel Van Ness defeated Ava Storie. Lashley & El Patron defeated LAX (Santana & Ortiz) in a non-title tag team match.
Talking Smack Update – PWInsider reports that WWE has cancelled Talking Smack as a weekly series. This past Tuesday’s episode was the final episode. Talking Smack will stick around, but only as a post-PPV broadcast. Here is what WWE said in a statement about the matter…
“We continuously review WWE Network’s programming line-up based on a variety of factors, including viewership and subscriber research. Talking Smack and Raw Talk will air following pay-per-view events, and Tuesday will continue to feature 205 LIVE.“
Kevin Owens Update – According to Billi Bhatti of Sportskeeda, Kevin Owens dropped the US Title because WWE creative have opted for a change in direction for his character. Owens was playing an anti-American heel who referred to himself as the Face of America. But with Rusev returning to TV as an anti-American heel and Jinder Mahal also spouting anti-American rhetoric, WWE officials felt that they had too many men playing the same gimmick so the decision was made to change Owens’ character. Owens was going to lose the title at Battleground, but WWE made the call to have the change at MSG to give Styles a big moment for his upcoming DVD release.
Austin Aries Update – According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, at the time of his release, both WWE & Austin Aries were unhappy with their relationship. Aries had expressed frustration with losing repeatedly to Neville in their program, and had asked to be moved out of the cruiserweight division since he felt there was no real future for him there after he had his run with Neville, feeling that the division was a dead end for him. Aries was publicly unhappy that his match with Neville at WrestleMania was not put on the commercial DVD of the show, costing him money.
Word is that Aries was not particularly well liked by the writers and by at least some of the talent, particularly in the cruiserweight division. Through the years, Aries has a reputation for not being happy unless he’s being used well and pushed to the level he perceives his ability is at, which he didn’t think was happening in WWE. The cruiserweights & the writers were not unhappy to see him gone. In terms of his release, some saying that Aries asked for his release and others saying WWE made the decision. That looks to be the case because over the next three months, he will be allowed to work some dates if he chooses but WWE has to approve any date he wants to work and will be paid his downside guarantee. His contract ran until January 2019, and if he had asked for his release, WWE could have kept him locked up through then. Aries took to Twitter today to thank WWE for their work and wished them the best.
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