Earlier this week, it was announced that WWE legend The Undertaker will be appearing at the Starrcast II event taking place over Double Or Nothing weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
News of Undertaker’s appearance, along with last week’s news that The Dead Man has removed any and all mentions of WWE from his social media accounts, had fans speculating that the relationship between Undertaker and WWE might have soured.
According to PWInsider, Undertaker is still associated with WWE, but given his stature in the wrestling business, he is at a point in his career where he is able to take outside bookings as he wishes. He also commands a very high pay rate, a rumored $25,000 per booking, so he is taking advantage of that by accepting dates outside of WWE.
Conrad Thompson, who runs Starrcast, noted on Twitter that talents from all wrestling promotions are welcome at the event, and it is not an AEW-exclusive weekend. Other WWE names scheduled to appear at Starrcast include Hall of Famers Ric Flair and Jerry Lawler.
Lesnar Lawsuit Dismissed
Back in 2017, former UFC fighter Mark Hunt filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against WWE star Brock Lesnar, UFC and UFC President Dana White, stemming from Lesnar’s failed drug tests prior to his UFC 200 fight.
According to PWInsider, on Thursday of this week, a United States District Court of Nevada judge dismissed Mark Hunt’s case, meaning he can no longer pursue legal action against both Brock Lesnar and Dana White, and it appears as if his legal possibilities going forward are very minimal. Additionally, the judge has instructed UFC and Mark Hunt to have a “mandatory settlement conference.”
Date & Location For 2020 Royal Rumble Revealed
WWE has issued the following press release:
Houston to Host the 2020 WWE® Royal Rumble®
February 15, 2019 07:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that Minute Maid Park in Houston will host the Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The event will mark WWE’s debut at Minute Maid Park and the second time the Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Chase Field in Phoenix which took place in front of a capacity crowd of 48,193.
Fans attending this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber event at the Toyota Center in Houston will receive an exclusive pre-sale offer to buy tickets to the Royal Rumble before the general public. Details on ticket availability will be forthcoming. Additionally, fans in attendance will have the chance to win four tickets to the 2020 Royal Rumble by taking part in a special Twitter and Instagram sweepstakes.
“We are thrilled to bring one of WWE’s biggest events of 2020 to Minute Maid Park,” said Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority. “We look forward to WWE fans from around the world descending on Houston for the Royal Rumble.”
The event, which will stream live around the world on WWE Network, will feature a 30-Man Royal Rumble match, and a 30-Woman Royal Rumble match, with the winners of both matches receiving Championship opportunities at WrestleMania 36.