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Daily Update: NWA Junior Heavyweight title, Bianca Belair, Mustafa Ali

The NWA unveils its new Junior Heavyweight title belt, WWE notes, and more.

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Saturday News Update

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WWE

  • WWE posted a storyline injury update claiming that Bianca Belair suffered a “fractured hyoid bone” when she was attacked by Becky Lynch on Raw this past Monday: “Bianca Belair suffered a fractured hyoid bone in her throat as a result of the attack perpetrated by Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch last Monday on Raw, WWE.com has learned. The WWE Universe watched in horror as Lynch took out her WrestleMania challenger in vicious fashion, wrapping a chair around Belair’s head and neck before sending her into a steel ring post. Although Belair will not need surgery, she will be out of action for an unspecified amount of time as she recovers, officials say. Check back with WWE.com for any further updates as they become available.”
  • For a WWE Playback video, Sasha Banks and Belair rewatched their main event match from WrestleMania 37.
  • Mustafa Ali, who requested his release from WWE in January, tweeted last night: “a humble and fair warning, as soon as all this gets sorted, im gonna absolutely body all of your faves.”
  • Alexa Bliss sent out a message about people pretending to be her on social media: “On Twitter & I really hate that this needs to be said AGAIN - NO, you are not talking to me on any other social outlet, NO- you do not get DMs from a ‘personal acct’ from me, NO - we are NOT dating, NO- I am not asking for $$ - & death threats 2 me & my fiancé are NOT OK”
  • In a video package that aired on SmackDown last night and featured well-wishes sent to Big E after he suffered a broken neck, WWE spelled Bobby Lashley, Mick Foley, and Sasha Banks’ names wrong.
  • Indi Hartwell noted that today is the sixth-year anniversary of the start of her wrestling career.
  • Corey Graves and Vic Joseph paid tribute to Scott Hall on this week’s episode of WWE After the Bell.
  • The Undertaker will be the guest on tomorrow's episode of the True Geordie Podcast.
  • Sami Zayn, Zelina Vega & Carmella, and Austin Theory were interviewed on Talking Smack this week.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin from WrestleMania 35, Edge vs. Jey Uso from the March 19, 2021 episode of SmackDown, and Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss from the March 19, 2018 episode of Raw.

Other Wrestling

  • The NWA tweeted out a first look at the promotion’s new Junior Heavyweight title belt. A four-way match between Homicide, Austin Aries, Darius Lockhart, and Colby Corino at night two of the Crockett Cup tomorrow will determine the new champion.
  • Tony Schiavone will be the host of this year’s AEW Awards, with Britt Baker, Scorpio Sky, and Ethan Page joining him as co-hosts. The award show airs on AEW’s YouTube channel at 7 p.m. Eastern time next Wednesday (March 23).
  • Baker posted a video showing the damage that the thumb tacks from her steel cage match against Thunder Rosa did to her arm.
  • The day after the steel cage match on Dynamite, Baker wrote: “While others relax & recover on their day off, I'm just now leaving the dental office for the day bruised and cut up, on 2 hours of sleep after traveling half way across the country. I might have lost, but I gave you all the best damn women's championship reign that none of you undeserving idiots will appreciate until I'm champion again. This will always be my division. To all those I paved the way for, you're welcome.”
  • Thunder Rosa uploaded a vlog from her AEW Women’s title win.
  • Shane Strickland/Swerve City released a new album titled “Tears.”
  • Chelsea Green revealed that the broken arm injury that she had been playing up on social media after facing Deonna Purrazzo at Impact Wrestling Sacrifice earlier this month was a work.
  • GCW is returning to Las Vegas for a show on Saturday, May 28.