Northern Iowa's Doug Schwab signs three-year extension –


UNI coach Doug Schwab discusses his team’s dominant performance at the West Gym.
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Northern Iowa wrestling coach Doug Schwab has agreed to a three-year contract extension, athletic director David Harris announced Thursday.

Schwab, who recently just completed his eighth season as the Panthers’ head coach, is now signed through 2024. 

“Doug has done a tremendous job with the UNI Panther wrestling program,” Harris said in a release. “His passion for Panther wrestling is unmatched. He cares deeply about each student-athlete in the wrestling room.

“We look forward to the continued success of the program on so many levels — in the classroom, in citizenship and on the mat.”

During his tenure, Schwab has coached 41 NCAA tournament qualifiers and nine All-Americans, the latest being Jacob Holschlag, who finished fifth at 197 pounds at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Under Schwab, Northern Iowa has posted a 71-47 dual mark.

This past season, the Panthers made the jump to the Big 12 Conference, and finished second at their first-ever Big 12 Championship tournament, in which they had two individual champions in Taylor Lujan (174) and Drew Foster (184).

Even more, the Panthers ranked among the top 15 nationally in wrestling attendance for the 2017-18 season, averaging 1,724 fans per dual at the West Gym in Cedar Falls.

Next year’s Northern Iowa lineup is expected to have three All-Americans — Holschlag, as well as Foster and Max Thomsen (149), who were 2017 All-Americans. They will be joined by a 2018 recruiting class that was ranked No. 9 nationally by The Open Mat.

“I love coaching at the University of Northern Iowa,” Schwab said in a statement. “My family and I couldn’t be more excited to know that for at least the next six years, it will be spent in the Cedar Valley. I know that the type of support we get from our administration, alumni and fans is special.

“We want them to know we are truly grateful for what they do for the program and these men that represent it on and off the mat. I have such an incredible group of coaches and student-athletes to work with. They challenge me and demand the best of me every day and I thank them for that.

“I cannot wait to lead this program and group of men into the future.”

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

Wrestling Hands out Season Awards – Purdue Boilermakers


April 25, 2018

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue wrestling closed the door on the 2017-18 season with its annual awards banquet Saturday at the J. Nine Club. Student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments on the mat and in the classroom.

Luke Welch was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. His final campaign for the Boilermakers was his best. Welch wrestled within one match of earning All-America honors as the No. 14 seed at the NCAA Championships; placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships, seventh at the Midlands Championships; and took top honors at the Navy Classic and Michigan State Open.

He turned in a career-best record of 32-11, closing out his career at 78-52. The Newburgh native spent 17 straight weeks in the national rankings, which was the longest span for a Purdue wrestler since older brother Chad was ranked in 13 of the 2015-16 season’s 19 polls. Welch was ranked as high as No. 12 and finished the season ranked 15th.

A pair of honors went to both Nate Limmex and Dylan Lydy. The duo was named co-recipients of the Most Improved Wrestler award. Additionally, Limmex was named Most Dedicated Wrestler and Lydy collected the Hammer Down Strength & Conditioning Award.

After a 12-15 rookie campaign at 149 pounds, Limmex changed weight classes and turned his career trajectory around, finishing his redshirt sophomore season with a mark of 26-16 and a trip to the NCAA Championships. Wrestling at 141, Limmex improved nearly every statistical category. He tallied 72 takedowns, doubling up on his total from last season, and scored 107 more points. The Ada, Michigan, native was fourth at the Big Ten Championships and at Midlands. He appeared at No. 13 in the final edition of national rankings.

After turning in a 16-19 season while wrestling at 165 pounds in 2016-17, Lydy found untapped potential by moving up to 174 as a redshirt sophomore. At 35-14, Lydy turned in the most wins for a Boilermaker since Luke Manuel won 41 matches during the 2009-10 season. He also earned a spot on the season record wins list tied for 12th. It should be no surprise that the Indianapolis native doubled nearly every statistical record, particularly takedowns (85-38) and total points scored (269-141).

Lydy closed out the season one match shy of becoming an All-American while wrestling as the No. 15 seed at the NCAA Championships. Notable tournament finishes included a fifth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships, third at Midlands, eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and fifth at the Navy Classic. The final national rankings listed Lydy at No. 14.

The title of Outstanding Freshman went to Shawn Streck. The heavyweight was 30-14 as a redshirt freshman, marking the most wins by a true or redshirt freshman since 2007-08 when Manuel had 29 victories and the fourth most for the program dating to 1987-88. His team-leading 89 takedowns were the most since 2013-14 when Cashé Quiroga scored 94 takedowns.

Streck’s historic first season saw him snap numerous streaks: a 14-year absence of a Boilermaker heavyweight at the NCAA Championships; his seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championships made him the first Purdue heavyweight to earn Big Ten hardware since Chris Kasten placed eighth in 2009; by placing seventh at Midlands he became the third Purdue heavyweight to ever place at the tournament and the first since 2011 when Roger Vukobratovich placed eighth; and by taking fifth, he became the first Purdue heavyweight to place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational since Jake O’Brien was fifth in 2004.

Streck entered the national rankings in early December and stayed there throughout the season. He was 20th in the final edition.

Ben Thornton received the Joe Patacsil Leadership Award for a second consecutive season, while the Boiler Up Tough Award was given to Max Lyon.

Eight wrestlers were recognized for earning Academic All-Big Ten distinction: Jacob Aven, Limmex, Lydy, Jon Morales, Jacob Morrissey, Thornton, Welch and Cole Wysocki. Morrissey earned the honor for a fourth time, becoming the 11th four-time honoree since the award began in 1986-87. Aven and Thornton each earned their third nod, while Limmex, Welch and Wysocki earned their second honor.



2018 Marine Corps US Open Wrestling Preview –

April 24, 2018

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A majority of the best freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers in the country will head to Las Vegas starting on April 26 at 9:00 a.m. for the 2018 Marine Corps U.S. Open. Both current, past and future Gophers will be competing in the event that will aim to finish in the top seven to qualify for the 2018 Senior World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May.

Starting at the junior level, the Gophers will have one current wrestler and two future wrestlers that will compete. Soon-to-be redshirt sophomore Dylan Anderson will head out to Las Vegas to wrestle in the 86-kilogram bracket that is comprised of 36 wrestlers. Anderson finished last season with a record of 23-15, which gave him the third most wins on the team.

Future Gophers Brayton Lee and Patrick McKee will also compete at the junior level. Lee will wrestle at 70-kilograms while McKee will compete in the 57-kilogram division. Lee has a background in freestyle wrestling, placing in last year’s UWW junior trials. Lee committed to the Gophers from Brownsburg, Ind. where he was a three-time state champion and finished his career 165-1. McKee, who is the younger brother of current Gopher Wrestler Mitch McKee, was the 2017 Fargo freestyle champion at 120-pounds.

At the senior level, there will be four current Gopher wrestlers, one future wrestler, four alumni and two more Minnesota Storm wrestlers competing.

Incoming freshman Gable Steveson has generated headlines across the country with his ascension to the senior level despite being just 17 years old at the date of competition. Steveson entered as the No. 6 ranked wrestler by at 125-kilograms. He will be the No. 5 seed in the bracket. A special note will be made with Steveson, as he is also still able to hold a spot in the junior ranks. If Steveson finishes top-three at the U.S. Open, then he will delay the wrestle off for the junior level as he attempts to make the senior team.

Current Gopher Volunteer Assistant Coach Zach Sanders will compete in the 57-kilogram bracket and has been selected as the No. 4 seed. Sanders enters the U.S. Open as the No. 6 ranked wrestler in Senior Freestyle by

Both Dylan and Jayson Ness will compete under the Minnesota Storm tag in their respective weight classes. Dylan Ness will wrestle at 70-kilograms where he is seeded No. 7, right on the fringe of qualifying for the Senior Challenge Tournament in May.

Jayson, who competed earlier this year during the Gophers halftime against Fresno State, will enter the 65-kilogram bracket as the No. 10 seed. Jayson most notably was the NCAA Champion in 2010 at the 133-pound division and was a four-time All-American. He holds the record at Minnesota with 73 career pins, 22 more than any other wrestler in Minnesota history.

One of the greatest Minnesota wrestlers in history will also be in Las Vegas. Tony Nelson will compete at 125-kilograms and is the No. 6 seed with the Minnesota Storm tag. Nelson was a two-time NCAA heavyweight champion and a four-time All-American. He will look to improve on his fifth place finish at the 2017 U.S. Open.

Four current Gophers will also compete at the senior level. Skyler Petry (57kg), Steve Bleise (70kg), Carson Brolsma (74kg) and Rylee Streifel (125kg) will all step on to the mat as unseeded wrestlers.
Daniel DeShazer and Hayden Zillmer will also represent Minnesota Storm in Sin City. DeShazer sits firmly on the bubble area of the 57-kilogram weight class as the No. 7 seed while Zillmer sits at the No. 2 seed. Zillmer is coming off a showing at the World Cup in Iowa City where he helped Team USA earn gold for the first time in 15 years when he won his match against India.

In Greco-Roman, the Gophers have two former wrestlers that will compete. Pat Smith has been a dominant force in the Greco-Roman world. He took first at the U.S. World Team Trials in 2017, and won three straight years at the Pan American championships (2015-17). He has been a part of four U.S. National teams (2014-18) and was the 2017 U.S. Open champion. Smith was a wrestler from 2009-15.

Alec Ortiz will also compete in Greco-Roman. Ortiz was a member of the Golden Gophers from 2009-14, and has seen much success in Greco-Roman. He finished in seventh place last year the U.S. Open and will look to improve on that finish in the 77-kilogram bracket that has 19 wrestlers in it.

Coaches that will be in Las Vegas will include Jared Lawrence, Brandon Eggum, Luke Becker and Dustin Schlatter.

Here is the full list of Minnesota wrestlers that we will keep you up to date this weekend:

Junior Freestyle: Dylan Anderson, Brayton Lee, Patrick McKee

Senior Freestyle: Zach Sanders, Skyler Petry, Daniel DeShazer, Jayson Ness, Dylan Ness, Steve Bleise, Carson Brolsma, Hayden Zillmer, Rylee Streifel, Tony Nelson, Gable Steveson

Senior Greco-Roman: Pat Smith, Alec Ortiz, Richard Carlson, Joe Rau, Malcom Allen, Barrett Stanghill, Donny Longendyke

Be sure to follow Minnesota Wrestling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you do not miss any content this weekend in Las Vegas at the 2018 U.S. Open.

Full Schedule:

Wednesday, April 25
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Junior Greco-Roman Western Regional – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semi-finals and Consolation
Cadet/Junior Women Greco-Roman Western Regional- Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals
Kids Greco-Roman Western Regional – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Masters Freestyle – (Session 1) Preliminaries, Consolation, Semi-Finals
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Cadet/Schoolboy(girl) Greco-Roman Western Regional – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation
Cadet/Junior Women Freestyle Western Regional — Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Masters Freestyle– (Session 2) Consolation Semi-Finals Finals, Medal Rounds

Thursday, April 26
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Kids Freestyle Western Regional – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals(if possible)
Cadet/Schoolboy(girl) Greco-Roman Western Regional – Medal Matches
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM: UWW Junior’s Greco-Roman – (Session 1) Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, and Consolation
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Senior Men’s Greco-Roman – (Session 1) Preliminaries, Quarterfinals
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Senior Women’s Freestyle – (Session 1) Preliminaries, Quarterfinals
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Kids Freestyle Western Regional – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals (if Possible)
Junior Greco-Roman Western Regional – Consolation Semi-Finals
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Kids Freestyle Western Regional – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals (if Possible)
Junior Greco-Roman Western Regional – FINALS
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Kids Freestyle Western Regional – Remaining matches and FINALS, Cadet/Schoolboy(Girl) Freestyle Western Regional – Preliminaries, Consolation, Quarter Finals
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM: UWW Junior’s Greco-Roman – (Session 2) Semi-Finals, Consolation, Consolation Semi-Finals, 3rd and 5th place matches
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: UWW Junior’s Greco-Roman – (Session 3) Finals
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Senior Men’s Greco-Roman – (Session 2) Semi-Finals, Consolation Rounds 1-4
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM: Senior Women’s Freestyle – (Session 2) Semi-Finals, Consolation Rounds 1-4

Friday, April 27
9:00 AM –1:30 PM: UWW Junior’s Freestyle – (Session 1) Preliminaries, Consolation
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Junior Freestyle Western Regional – Preliminaries, Consolation, Quarter Finals
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM: Senior Men’s Greco-Roman – (Session 3) Consolation Semi-Finals, 3rd 5th 7th place matches
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM: Senior Woman’s Freestyle – (Session 3) Consolation Semi-Finals, 3rd 5th 7th place matches
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Senior Men’s Freestyle – (Session 1) Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Consolation Rd 1-3
3:00 PM – 8:15 PM: UWW Junior’s Freestyle – (Session 2) Quarterfinals, Consolation
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Cadet/Schoolboy(Girl) Freestyle Western Regional –Semifinals, Consolation, 3rd Place Match
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Senior Men’s Freestyle – (Session 2) Consolation Round 4-5
Junior Freestyle Western Regional – Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Consolation, 3rd Place Match
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Senior Men’s Freestyle – (Session 2) Semi-Finals
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Senior Men’s Greco-Roman – (Session 4) Finals
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Senior Women’s Freestyle – (Session 4) Finals

Saturday, April 28
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: UWW Junior Freestyle – (Session 3) Semi-Finals, Consolation, Consolation Semi-Finals, 3rd 5th 7th place matches
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: All Ages All Divisions – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation, Finals (No breaks during the day) Some bouts may be wrestled out of order if bout participant is within 15 minutes of a Freestyle finals match on the main stage)
Senior Men’s Freestyle – (Session 3) Consolation Rd 6, Consolation
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Semi-Finals, 3rd 5th 7th place matches
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Junior Freestyle Western Regional –Finals
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: UWW Junior’s Freestyle – (Session 4) Finals
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Cadet/Schoolboy(girls) Freestyle Western Regional – Finals
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Senior Men’s Freestyle – (Session 4) Finals



Vincent Altebrando, 51, wrestling coach at Whitman HS, dies – Newsday

Vincent Altebrando, a longtime wrestling coach and physical education teacher at Walt Whitman High School, prided himself on trying to bring out the best in all of his student-athletes.

“He pulled kids off the streets and away from the gangs and gave them a chance at life,” said Jim Wright, the director of athletics at Whitman. “He always looked at every kid as a good kid and found the good in them.”

Altebrando died on April 20 of HLH — a rare autoimmune disease — while surrounded by his wife and four daughters at Stony Brook University Hospital. He was 51.

“I wanted his girls to see him and give him one last kiss,” said his wife, Kristie. “It was important for them to be there with him. I can’t believe he’s gone, it’s surreal.”

Altebrando grew up in Selden and graduated from Newfield High School in 1984. He was an outstanding football player, a Suffolk County heavyweight wrestling champion and a runner-up in the state wrestling tournament in 1984.

“Vinny’s work ethic was unparalleled,” said his former high school wrestling coach Tony Perna, who lives in Holly Springs, North Carolina. “I coached for 32 years and there was never anyone like him. He always gave 100 percent.”

Perna called Altebrando “a fierce competitor but an unbelievably humble guy, a soft-spoken gentle giant.”

Altebrando wrestled at Springfield College in Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in physical education.

“Vinny took the life lessons he learned when he was younger and developed his own coaching style,” Perna said. “He impacted so many young lives. He coached with a tough love and such passion. He taught students there are going to be tough times and you have to get through them, you have to find a way.”

Altebrando, who coached at Whitman for 24 years, earned 213 dual-meet wins and three league titles, and was the recipient of the sportsmanship award at this year’s Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association banquet.

“He was a guy that cared for all the kids,” Wright said. “He made a huge difference in our community. I think the true measure of a person’s life is how many lives they touch. And his were countless.”

While teaching in Brooklyn, Altebrando reconnected with his wife at the Hicksville train station.

“He was second on the ticket line, and I was in the back and we knew each other from high school,” said Kristie, who graduated from Newfield in 1986. “I went right up to him and said hello and that was it. We got engaged within a month.”

They married in 1994 and lived in Selden before moving to Miller Place. When he wasn’t coaching wrestling, he volunteered as a coach with his daughters’ local lacrosse program.

“He was the rock of our family,” Kristie said. “He taught our girls resilience and to do everything at 100 percent and never allow adversity to stand in the way. I know they’ll be successful because of the strength he embedded in them.”

His brother, Nick Altebrando of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, said Vincent used to run around their Selden backyard and play every sport imaginable.

“He was high-energy, a super-hyper kid,” Nick said. “He got the good and the bad of having two older brothers. And our mom tended to spoil him. Our dad died a week after Vinny was born and mom became our hero. She raised us by herself and took care of everything. And he embraced all of her good qualities.”

Aside from his wife and brother Nick, Altebrando is survived by brother Anthony Altebrando of Selden and daughters, Anjelia, Gionna, Natalia and Mirabella.

A viewing will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Branch Funeral Home in Miller Place. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at the St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church in Sound Beach at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Medford.

Impact Wrestling Unveils All New Title Belts (PHOTOS) – Pro Wrestling Sheet (blog)

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Redemption is about to air live on pay-per-view, but before it does Impact Wrestling unveiled all new title belts.

Impact first teased fans via Twitter this afternoon by writing, “So we’ve heard you’d like to see some new title belts.” The company then tweeted photos throughout the day of their new Tag Team, X-Division, Knockouts and World championships.

Redemption begins at 8pm ET on PPV.

Check out the pictures below and tell us what you think in the comments.


Piledriver: Solemn week in pro wrestling – Montgomery Advertiser


The pro wrestling world is mourning the losses of “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino and “No. 1” Paul Jones. 

Sammartino died Wednesday morning at the age of 82. Cause of death is currently unknown, but family friend and former World Championship Wrestling commentator Chris Cruise said he had been hospitalized for two months.

Funeral services will be held Monday.

“One of the finest men I knew, in life and in business,” WWE chairman Vince McMahon said. “Bruno Sammartino proved that hard work can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. He will be missed.”

“Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man,” said WWE star and executive Triple H. “A true friend … and one of the toughest people I’ve ever met. My thoughts are with his entire family.”

Sammartino lived in Pittsburgh.

“Bruno Sammartino was one of the greatest ambassadors the city of Pittsburgh ever had,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “Like so many of us, his immigrant family moved here to build a new life, and through his uncommon strength and surprising grace he embodied the spirit of Pittsburgh on the world stage. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are of sitting in the basement with my grandfather on Saturday mornings and watching Bruno wrestle. They both came from the same part of Italy, and when my grandfather – who was 5-foot-8 – would watch Bruno wrestle he became 6-feet-10. I consider it a great personal honor that Bruno and I later became friends. I join all other Pittsburgh residents in saying ‘Thank you, Bruno’ and we will miss you.”

Sammartino is the longest reigning WWE champion of all time, holding the title from 1963-1971 and 1973-1977.

He sold out cards at Madison Square Garden a total of 187 times.

For years, Sammartino turned down WWE invitations to join the hall of fame, having issues with McMahon and the business in general on how it evolved over the years, referencing to drug and steroid abuse and sometimes crude storylines.

But Triple H pursued Sammartino, convinced him that the business has changed for the better and was able to broker a deal, which led “The Living Legend” to being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at MSG on April 6, 2013.

Sammartino is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol, sons David, Danny and Darryl and four grandchildren.

Then news broke later on Wednesday that former wrestler and manager “No. 1” Paul Jones passed away near his home in Atlanta.

Cause of death is currently undetermined. He was 75.

Jones wrestled in the Mid-Atlantic (1968-72, 1974-89) and Championship Wrestling from Florida (1972-74, 1980) promotions and had 23 championship reigns.

He managed some of the all-time greats from 1982-89, including Abdullah the Butcher, The Assassins, The Barbarian, Manny Fernandez, Dory Funk Jr., “Superstar” Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff, Kamala, The Masked Superstar, Dick Murdoch, Baron von Raschke, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Rick Rude, Ken Shamrock, The Warlord and Shaska Whatley.

He retired in 1991 and opened up a body shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

WWE superstar shakeup fallout: Another interesting WWE superstar shakeup took place this week.

Stars that were moved to the RAW brand were Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh, The Riott Squad, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, Zack Ryder, Breezango, Natalya, Mojo Rawley, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Mike Kanellis, The Ascension, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.

Stars moved over to SmackDown were The Miz, United States champion Jeff Hardy, Absolution, Samoa Joe, Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain), Big Cass, Asuka, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus, R-Truth and Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega.

‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ on Friday: There are some changes WWE’s “Greatest Royal Rumble” event, which will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and will air live on the WWE Network.

Bray Wyatt and Kane have been removed from the 50-man royal rumble match.

Chris Jericho was recently scheduled to replace Rusev in the casket match against the Undertaker, but Rusev is back on for that encounter.

Some stars who will be involved include Daniel Bryan, Big Show, Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Elias, Goldust, Rawley, Ziggler, Corbin, Gable, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Shelton Benjamin, Sin Cara and Jericho.

Brock Lesnar will defend the universal title against Roman Reigns in a steel cage.

AJ Styles will defend the WWE championship against Shinsuke Nakamura.

John Cena faces Triple H.

The Bludgeon Brothers will defend the SmackDown tag team titles against The Usos.

Seth Rollins defends the Intercontinental championship against The Miz, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe in a ladder match.

Jeff Hardy will defend the U.S. title against Mahal.

Cesaro and Sheamus will face Matt Hardy and Wyatt for the RAW tag team titles.

‘Backlash’ update: Two more matches were made for the May 6 “Backlash” pay-per-view event. Nia Jax will defend the RAW women’s title against Alexa Bliss, and Jeff Hardy defends the U.S. title against Randy Orton.

Other matches are Reigns vs. Joe and Rollins (c) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental title.

Cena, Nikki Bella call it quits: WWE stars John Cena and Nikki Bella informed Us Weekly last Sunday that they’ve broken up and ended their engagement.

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” the couple said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

The couple dated for six years, and Bella accepted Cena’s marriage proposal at “WrestleMania 33” last year at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Impact PPV ‘Redemption’ Sunday: Impact Wrestling’s “Redemption” pay-per-view takes place Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

In the main event, Austin Aries will defend the Impact world title against Fenix and Pentagon Jr. in a triple-threat match.

Matt Sydal defends the Impact X Division title against Petey Williams.

The Latin American Xchange defend the Impact world tag team titles against Eli Drake and Scott Steiner.

Ohio Versus Everything (Dave Crist, Jake Crist and Sami Callihan) will face Tommy Dreamer, Moose and Eddie Edwards in a house of hardcore match.

The latest matches that were added include Allie (c) vs. Su Yung for the Impact Knockouts title, Taiji Ishimori vs. Dezmond Xavier, vs. El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Brian Cage vs. DJZ vs. Trevor Lee and Aerostar vs. Drago.

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