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Tajiri Injured At Recent WWE NXT Tapings

WWE.com is reporting that Tajiri, who recently returned to action as part of WWE 205 Live, is injured.

There are not many details available other than that he suffered a right knee injury at the recent NXT tapings. They noted that he is not medically cleared to compete. It was not mentioned in their story but the injury likely happened during the dark match that took place prior to the 1/5/17 tapings when he teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura to take on Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe.

We will pass along more information once it becomes available. At 46 years old, a knee injury could be career-threatening. Hopefully, it’s not something that serious enough to keep him out of action for an extended length of time.

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Future Stars DLC Pack For WWE 2K17 Released, Top 10 RAW Moments (Video), Howard Finkel Hits WWE Milestone

– 2K Games released the Future Stars DLC Pack for WWE 2K17 on Tuesday for $8.99 and is also included as part of the game’s Season Pass. The pack includes the following playable Superstars: Austin Aries, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Tye Dillinger and Mojo Rawley. You can watch the trailer for the pack below.

– Here are the top ten moments from Monday’s episode of RAW:

– WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel mentioned this WWE milestone on his Twitter account on Tuesday:

On this date 40 years ago, I made my ring announcing debut in Madison Square Garden;what a ride it’s been from there! Thank you all! #proud

— Howard Finkel (@howardfinkel) January 17, 2017

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Kurt Angle Wants Steve Austin To Induct Him Into The WWE HOF, Says He Hasn’t Talked To Vince McMahon Yet

Kurt Angle spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about being inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame. During the interview, Angle said that he wants Steve Austin to induct him into the Hall of Fame. Angle said that it’s a no brainer for Austin to induct him and brought up that he had a program with Austin shortly after he started with WWE and won the WWE Title from The Rock. He noted that they had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments. Angle noted that Austin is at the top of his list as possibly people to induct him. He noted that Austin was one of the most giving individuals and that Austin took him in and allowed him to shine despite Austin being the biggest star in the company at the time. “He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.”

When asked if he has spoken with Vince McMahon yet, Angle said that he hasn’t but he did talk to Triple H and that they had a great conversation. He noted that this is all about the Hall of Fame and nothing else and that he is ok with that. He noted that WWE wanted to show their appreciation for his career. He noted that even though he feels that his career in WWE was a short six and half years that he made enough of an impact that WWE felt he was worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Angle then stated that there are no plans right now for him to wrestle again in WWE and that his conversations with the company were only about him going into the Hall of Fame.

Angle also talked about his run in TNA and more. You can read the entire interview here.

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Alex Riley Comments On Cody Rhodes’ WWE Departure

– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross spoke with former WWE Superstar Alex Riley on the Ross Report about a wide variety of topics check out the highlight below:

On Cody Rhodes’ WWE departure”

“First of all, I think he’s a tremendous person and I only say that because it’s the truth. I’d never say that if I didn’t believe it. He loved what he did and when I see that and when I keep up on his story, and [Ross] bring it up. To me, he’s a guy that, he just wanted to perform the way he wanted to. As a wrestler, as a creative artist, whatever you want to call it, singer, actor, it’s really all the same. You have to have a love for what you’re doing. A true love, not a ‘okay, well, I’m going to show up here and they’re going to pay me this, so I’m going to say that and because I’m here 12 hours a day, it means I love it.’ That doesn’t mean you really love it. What Cody did means he really loves it. He was tired. It wasn’t a matter of where he was [on the card] or exposure he had or what opportunity he may or may not get. He believed in something and it wasn’t what they thought he was and he made a choice to go out on his own. And, honestly, I don’t think you can get any more courageous than that. And people say that, ‘oh, he’s so [fortunate].’ And he is. He’s a very fortunate man and he certainly works for it to have been given the opportunity that he did to be allowed the opportunity to make the money that he has made; however, to leave the money that he has made to go out on his own, a lot of people would not make that choice.”

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Updated Look At WWE Royal Rumble Card

– Check out the updated card for the January 29th pay-per-view from The Alamodome in San Antonio:

WWE Title Match
John Cena vs. AJ Styles

WWE Universal Title Match
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho will be hanging above the ring in a shark cage.

RAW Women’s Title Match
Bayley vs. Charlotte

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
Neville vs. Rich Swann

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Big E, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, The Undertaker, Seth Rollins, The Miz, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, RAW Tag Team Champion Cesaro, RAW Tag Team Champion Sheamus

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WWE Announces Knee Injury To NXT Star, Not Cleared To Compete

– WWE officially announced that Tajiri suffered a right knee injury at the January 5th NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University, he teamed with NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura at the show, which will air on January 25th.

No word on a return but it was noted that he is currently not medically cleared to compete.

INJURY UPDATE: @TajiriBuzzsaw has suffered a right knee injury and is currently not cleared to compete

INJURY UPDATE: @TajiriBuzzsaw has suffered a right knee injury and is currently not cleared to compete: https://t.co/CFcQ9ar2BI pic.twitter.com/1OPO4sHqah

— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2017

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Female Inductee For WWE Hall Of Fame 2017 Class

– As noted, WWE confirmed Kurt Angle as the first officially announced inductee for this year’s class.

The female WWE Hall Of Fame inductee for this year is expected to be Beth Phoenix, according to a report by PWInsider.com.

Phoenix, is a former three-time WWE Women’s Champion and a former one-time WWE Divas Champion. She retired from the ring in 2012 and is currently married to WWE Hall Of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland.

The 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida.

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Kurt Angle Announced For 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame, Triple H Comments

WWE announced the following:

Kurt Angle to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017
It’s true, it’s true! Kurt Angle will be taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 just two days before WrestleMania 33, as first reported by ESPN.com.

“Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque. “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame.”

Before becoming a legend of the squared circle, the proud Pittsburgh native was a world-class amateur competitor, becoming a two-time All-American and a two-time NCAA Champion while wrestling for Clarion University in his home state of Pennsylvania. His incredible amateur career culminated at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he fought off the incredible pain of a “broken freakin’ neck” to win the gold medal for the United States of America.

In 1998, Angle made the jump from amateur to professional wrestling by signing with WWE. One year later, the gold medal grappler made his debut at Survivor Series 1999, picking up the first win of an undefeated streak that saw Angle capture the European and Intercontinental Championships. His unbelievable rookie campaign culminated at WWE No Mercy in October 2000, where he defeated The Rock to capture his first WWE Championship.

Though his wrestling ability was unparalleled, Angle adapted to the entertainment side of sports-entertainment better than anyone could have expected. Whether it was preaching his “three Is” – intensity, integrity and intelligence – taking part in a five-second pose with Edge & Christian or joining “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for a backstage sing-along, The Olympic Hero was able to make the WWE Universe laugh when he wasn’t wowing them with his athleticism.

By the time he left WWE in 2006, Angle had become one of the company’s most decorated stars in a short period of time. His resume includes four reigns as WWE Champion, a World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW, United States, Hardcore, Intercontinental and World Tag Team Championships. In addition, Angle was the 2000 King of the Ring and even served as General Manager of SmackDown.

In honor of these accomplishments, along with his incredible contributions to the WWE Universe during his storied career, Angle will be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will be available starting this Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. ET. For complete information on how you can see Kurt Angle take his place in sports-entertainment history, visit Ticketmaster.com.

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