The Monster Factory has announced Nicholas Comoroto has signed a WWE deal. Comoroto joins Matt Riddle, Steve Cutler and Punishment Martinez as Monster Factory graduates who have signed with WWE.
In addition to Comoroto, IWS has announced the following:
As noted, WWE NXT star Dakota Kai recently underwent surgery for a torn ACL, and below is a photo update posted by Kai shortly after undergoing surgery. It looks like the procedure was a success, and she is on her way to rehabbing the injury, but as of this writing there remains no precise timetable for her return.
ACL surgery usually requires months of recovery time, so it’s likely Kai will not be back in a WWE ring until the end of summer or the beginning of fall.
Final ‘Royal Rumble’ PPV Card
WWE has announced that WWE United States Champion Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, as well as WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami, will take place on the Royal Rumble Kickoff show this Sunday. Below is the final PPV card.
Universal Championship Match:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor
WWE Championship Match:
-Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match:
Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami
Raw Women’s Championship Match:
-Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Smackdown Women’s Title Match:
-Asuka (c) vs Becky Lynch
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match:
-The Bar (c’s) vs Shane McMahon and The Miz
United States Title Match:
-Rusev (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Men’s Royal Rumble Match, featuring:
John Cena (questionable due to a storyline injury)
Andrade “Cien” Almas
R-Truth, who will enter the match at #30.
Women’s Royal Rumble match, featuring:
Carmella, who will enter the match at #30.
XFL President Announced
The XFL has issued the following press release, announcing Jeffrey Pollack has been named the resurrected football league’s President and Chief Operating Officer:
JEFFREY POLLACK NAMED XFL PRESIDENT
Stamford, Conn., January 22, 2019 – The XFL today announced that sports industry veteran Jeffrey Pollack has been named President & Chief Operating Officer and will oversee the league’s strategic planning and business operations, as well as the management of its eight teams.
“Just as Oliver Luck is perfectly suited to be Commissioner & CEO, so too is Jeffrey Pollack suited perfectly to be XFL President & COO with his extraordinary experience and diverse background across a variety of global sports properties,” said Vince McMahon, XFL Founder & Chairman. “I have no doubt that Oliver and Jeffrey will successfully reimagine the game of football and guide the XFL to long-term success.”
“It’s not often that a new professional sports league is positioned for success like the XFL,” said Pollack. “There’s a clear vision for what we will offer our fans, players and partners, and I look forward to working closely with Vince and Oliver to bring that vision to life.”
Pollack comes to the XFL from the Los Angeles Chargers, where he was Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and Special Advisor.
With a 25-year track record, Pollack began his career in sports in 1994 when, as the founding President and Publisher, he created and launched The Sports Business Daily. He then joined the National Basketball Association in 1998 as a Strategic Communications Consultant and also served as the league’s Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications. In 2001, he was named Managing Director of Broadcasting and New Media for NASCAR Digital Entertainment.
From 2005 to 2009, Pollack served as Commissioner of the World Series of Poker and Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing for Caesars Entertainment. He has also served as Executive Chairman of the Professional Bull Riders and Executive Chairman of Federated Sports and Gaming.
Pollack has a Bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, a Master’s degree from The Graduate School of Political Management, and a Master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.