• Update On How Long Kofi Kingston Will Be Out Of Action
On last week’s episode of SmackDown, multiple men came out and said they want a shot at Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 39.
WWE then announced the following Fatal 5-Way Intercontinental Championship Qualifying Match, which will take place on tonight’s SmackDown:
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus vs. LA Knight vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Karrion Kross
Kofi got injured during the brawl and he has been replaced in tonight’s match with his New Day partner, Xavier Woods.
Woods tweeted the following about being added to this bout:
“In all my time on the main roster I have never once had a match where a singles title was on the line. I’ve beaten men while they held World and Universal Championships. I even won King of the Ring. Still no shot. Tomorrow I do everything I can to get one.”
According to the Wrestling Observer, Kofi is expected to be out of action for at least 5 weeks due to an ankle injury:
“The time frame we are hearing is 5 weeks. There was concern earlier it could be longer because he may have needed surgery, and if he does need surgery, it would be lengthy.
But all impressions are based on what he said publicly, and the word privately is that he won’t be needing the surgery right now.”
Kofi is going to miss WrestleMania 39. However, since Triple H wants a small card for the Show of Shows, Kofi was likely not going to be in a match at WrestleMania Hollywood anyways.
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• Old School Lucha Libre Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Lucha Libre Veteran Pierroth Jr. (Real name: Norberto Salgado Salcedo) celebrates his 65th birthday today.
From his debut in 1984 until his retirement in 2008 Pierroth Jr. wrestled for pretty much all the major promotions in his home country Mexico, but here in the United States, fans mostly remember him for his time in the World Wrestling Federation during the 1996-1998 AAA/WWF talent exchange agreement.
The highlight of his WWF stint, where he was just known as “Pierroth”, was entering the 1997 Royal Rumble match with number 9. He was eventually eliminated by fellow lucha libre veteran Mil Máscaras.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIERROTH JR.!