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CombatEntertainment.net confirmed this morning that former ECW World Champion Mike Awesome was released from his contract.  Combat Zone's public relations lead revealed, in a tell-all press release, that Mike Awesome was released for arriving at the Combat Entertainment headquarters "under the influence".  

"Earlier this week, we invited Mr. Awesome to our offices to review the press conference plans for later this week.  Unfortunately, Mr. Awesome was under the influence and was in no condition to perform.  We asked that Mr. Awesome undergo a standard drug test prior to the event, to which he protested violently."

"After internal review, we felt it best to release Mike Awesome from his contract and apologize to the New York City crowd who were excited to see Awesome vs. RVD - this matter was out of ours hands."

The company CEO Johnny Musa has not commented on the matter directly, but revealed on his twitter that the company has already signed Japanese cruiserweight legend Hayabusa, and revealed that a major update to the card will be announced at the final press conference later this week.


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Combat Entertainment held what it is calling it's final series of conferences to finalize the DIVIDE & CONQUER card in Madison Square Garden.  The conference's press release revealed that the company had signed a legendary cruiserweight competitor to face the self-proclaimed "King of the Cruiserweights" Neville.  The announcement, or should we say announcements, would include far more than expected.

The conference began with the reveal of Ultimo Dragon returning to Madison Square Garden to a roaring ovation.  The announcement was made the the two men would square off in Madison Square Garden.  Ultimo Dragon spoke first, being translated by an on-stage translator, and complimented Neville on his successes.

"He's a great competitor," Dragon respectfully stated.  "He has accomplished a great deal in his short career and I am excited to test my skill against another generation's top cruiserweight talent."

When asked, clearly, if Dragon believed he is the King of the Cruiserweights, Dragon respecfully denied the name.

"He does not get to back that claim.  That title is given to you, not awarded by yourself.  What kind of arrogance is that?" Dragon asked rhetorically.  "I do not stand here and claim to be the best.  I can only speak to my accomplishments.  I have reigned supreme in the cruiserweight divisions across the world and I intend to continue that in the Combat Zone."

When asked for his opinion on Neville "demanding" a "worthy" opponent, or he would quit the Combat Zone, Dragon laughed lightly and responded.

"I cannot blame a man for wanting competition.  That's a true warrior's response," Dragon said with a smile.  "I hope that he brings that fire into the ring."

And while Dragon spoke respectfully, Neville did not.  Neville scoffed at Dragon and the Combat Zone staff.

"This is what you give me?"  Neville growled.  "Utlimo Dragon...my title of King of the Cruiserweights wasn't bestowed upon me by myself...it was granted to me by reality.  The reality being that there has not been one cruiserweight in this industry that can match up to my skill and power.  I care not about your accomplishments in your career - you never beat a wrestler at the caliber of me - so they are null and void."

Dragon stood up, but was surrounded by staff to calmly sit.  He did not, and stared at Neville.

"Ah, you understand the Queen's English, do you?" Neville smirked.  "Well, understand this.  You are NOT worthy of my attention.  But, I will still face you in order to squash any idea that Ultimo Dragon is even in the same league as me.  I will crush what the world perceived as one of the best, and make them realize that a Dragon is weak compared to a Mighty King."

As the two cruiserweights faced off on stage, the Japanese press let out a unified excited, yet shocked, gasp as another figure began to step up to the stage.  Dragon, who was facing in the general direction, took notice and tilted his head slightly.  Neville, noticing the distraction, turned and saw the figure of another legendary cruiserweight.

Hayabusa.

Hayabusa did not speak.  He briskly walked past Neville, pausing to stare eye to eye with the King, then walked towards Dragon - a staredown between the two ensued for a moment, as Japanese press flashed their cameras wildly at the dream match that never came to be.  Hayabusa looked towards the contract on stage and promptly signed it.  Neville and Dragon looked on in confusion, when the CEO of CE Johnny Musa revealed the event.

"Neville, you asked for a worthy opponent.  Combat Entertainment gave you two," Musa said with pride.  "Ultimo Dragon, this is a man that you never had the chance to face in competition.  Now's your chance."

Neville curled a lip, while Dragon nodded emphatically, let out a brief war cry before signing the contract.  Neville, still staring at the two legends, hesitated to sign for a moment.  He yelled out, "NEITHER of you are at the King's level.  NEITHER of you can beat me!" and signed on the dotted line.

But, there was a catch.

Combat Entertainment's CEO revealed that the TRIPLE THREAT pitting Neville vs. Hayabusa vs. Ultimo Dragon would be contested under Lucha de Apuestas rules.

This meant HAIR vs. MASK vs. MASK!  Neville and Dragon both seemed taken aback by the announcement, while Hayabusa nodded and bowed, before silently leaving the stage - seemingly aware of the risk.  Neville seemed very distraught and began screaming at Johnny Musa, while Dragon walked off stage and made sure to shake the hand of Hayabusa.  The Japanese press filmed the handshake, as Dragon spoke respectfully to Hayabusa and stated, "May the best man win."

Neville, hearing this, shouted from the stage, "I bloody will!"


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Kobashi/Suzuki altercation at Live Event

Yahoo Sports JPN has recently reported on an altercation between Combat Entertainment's Minoru Suzuki and Kenta Kobashi.  At a Suzuki-gun presented independent show (produced by Suzuki himself), Kobashi was invited as a special guest commentator.  However, it became clear that Suzuki had ulterior motives in his invite to Kobashi.  In the midst of a 6-man tag bout involving Suzuki, Suzuki slapped the headphones off of Kobashi's head and proceeded to slap him in the face.

Kobashi reacted justly by charging after Suzuki, all the way into the ring.  However, Kobashi was quickly restricted from attacking, as Suzuki continued to provoke him from afar.  

Following the altercation, at a post-show conference, Suzuki joked, "Kobashi seems to be slow in his pace, lately.  I anticipated a strike from him, but he wasn't fast enough.  It's sad.  A pity.  I expected more." 

When asked if this was all a ploy for Suzuki to get Kobashi's attention, Suzuki smiled and asked, "Do you think it worked?" and refused to comment further.

Kobashi told press, angrily, "He attacks me when I was not prepared, yet he did not strike me down.  He ran.  I don't fear Suzuki.  If he wants a match, I'm willing to support that request."

Kobashi nor Suzuki have confirmed contests for the  Divide & Conquer event.  Rumors speculated that Suzuki would be lobbying for John Cena, but his interest in the bout wained after his attack on the American superstar left Cena silent.  On the other hand, no rumors have speculated what Kobashi would be doing at the event.  Suzuki lobbied to change his request to Kobashi and it seems his approach is to force Kobashi's attention onto Suzuki himself.

Combat Entertainment released the following statement:

"We are aware of the altercations between Mr. Suzuki and Mr. Kobashi and will take the incident as an input in finalizing our card this weekend at the final Divide & Conquer press conference."


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In a recent sit-down interview with YouShoot, Rob Van Dam commented on his current status with Combat Entertainment and being let down with Mike Awesome's "fall off the wagon".  RVD also reveals what caused Awesome's release.

"It sucks," RVD said with a sigh.  "I was looking forward to facing Mike [Awesome], but I can't blame Johnny [Musa] for his decision."

"Look, I was just about ready to hop on a plane and do some kind of contract signing with the guy.  I was literally hours away from driving to the airport when I got the call to cancel my flight," RVD said, shaking his head.  "From what I heard, Johnny's team set up this whole showdown in the Hammerstein Ballroom and everything.  Mike showed up one day before me and do some pre-tape stuff.  But, from what i was told, he was just out of it, man."

Sean Oliver asked RVD to speak further on what he meant by "out of it".

"Like, on something he shouldn't be on," RVD said, leaning back in his chair.

Oliver pressed, "Like weed?"

"Not weed.  Harder stuff, from what I was told.  And when they confronted him, he started getting violent, dude.  You can't just go around throwing shit at people and expect them to keep working with ya.  This ain't ECW.  That shit flew there.  A lot of shit flew there.  It's sad that Mike couldn't get his stuff together enough to keep this match on."

When asked about his current status with Combat Entertainment, RVD quickly responded, "I'm cool with them and I trust them.  I'm just looking to have the best match on the card.  A five-star war.  That's what I want.  I want to face someone whose going to give me a helluva match."

When asked who he wanted to face, out of the 3 participants remaining (Minoru Suzuki, John Cena, and Kenta Kobashi).  RVD joked.

"They're all good opponents to me.  I've already faced John, but I'd be happy to face him again.  And I haven't faced Suzuki, ever.  Fun fact - the only time I ever faced Kobashi was in All Japan Pro Wrestling back in my rookie years in a tag team match.  Stan Hansen was my partner.  And Kobashi beat the shit out of me, man," RVD chuckled.  "So, I wouldn't mind giving it back to him.  But, given how Suzuki has been pushing on both those guys, I figure I should take a trip to Japan and attack someone to get some heat on me."

RVD shrugged, "But, that's just not me.  I just want a good match.  And whoever Johnny throws at me, I hope that guy is ready to go - because I'm going to make him earn that paycheck."
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Kenta Kobashi has confirmed on personal twitter that he will be in attendance for Combat Entertainment's final Divide & Conquer press conference.  Kobashi also confirmed that the event scheduled will announce his match at the event.

Kobashi, who is widely regarded as a competitor who has a strong calm to him, told fans that he has no preference to his opponent, despite his recent altercation with Minoru Suzuki.  When a fan tweeted Kobashi, asking why he isn't demanding a match with Suzuki, Kobashi responded.

"I can face Suzuki anywhere and at any time, and I will.  But, I won't have many opportunities to face American talent like Rob Van Dam and John Cena."

Kobashi ended the twitter session, by stating.  "I will fight anyone.  I want my 3rd tour in America to be memorable.  I will give you all a show to remember.  I promise you."

Kobashi's appearance in New York is just one of three times that Kobashi has entered the United States to compete in North America.  The first was for an WLW event and the second was for a small tour with Ring of Honor.
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In what was one of the more disturbing contract signings in Combat Entertainment, The Sheik and Sabu finally came face to face in a YouTube exclusive meeting between the two.  Unlike other contract signings, this one was not held at a conference.  Instead, the two were to met inside of the Combat Entertainment training center - where the company has a boxing, wrestling, and MMA gym.  The reason given by CE spokesperson was, "to ensure the safety of press and staff."

The two silent but violent Arab family members sat quietly across the makeshift, dirty wooden table.  Both, who have been known for staying completely silent in their careers, simply stared at one another as a HBO's Bernard Goldberg spoke of the importance of this match.

The "True Blood Match", pitting Uncle against Nephew, pitting former tag team partners against each other, inside of the deadly barbed wire fortress known as the "Barbed Wire Deathmatch".  The rules are deadly, yet simple.  The ring ropes will be replaced with barbed wire, the ringside area will have weapons available for use.  The match has a 20 minute time limit.  You can win via pin fall, submission, or referee stoppage.  

The two have shared a ring together as a team multiple times, but have never shared the ring as opponents.  An unspoken rule in their family - never fight blood.  Yet, here they were, mere inches from each other and just days away before their epic, and undoubtedly hardcore encounter.

When asked to comment, neither said a word.  Neither moved when the  contract was extended to them.  It was an eerie silence combined with an unwavering Mexican stand-off.  The Sheik finally moved, as he reached into his pocket and slammed an object on the table.  A fork.

There eyes stayed locked, as The Sheik proceed to dig the fork into his own brow.  Bloody began to pour from the fresh flesh that opened to the world above his left eye.  The Sheik proceed to press his finger to the wound, allowing a moist red coverage to envelope over his pointer, then pressed his blood soaked fingerprint onto the contract.

He extended the fork across the table.  Sabu, never leaving the stare of his Uncle, grabbed the fork and proceeded to dig into his own flesh as well.  Opening a wound and following the same ritual as his Uncle.

The contracts weren't signed in ink, they were given a blood print of approval.  The True Blood match was official without one word ever being spoken between the opponents.  

The silence said it all.


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 Combat Entertainment gives Kobashi the Keys

Combat Entertainment's final press conference kicked off with all remaining four roster members on the stage.  Seated (in order, left to right) were Minoru Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Kenta Kobashi, and John Cena.  Cena, who wore a protective mask to the stage, looked to be in horrible shape.  His face was visibly bruised and his nose seemingly not 100% repaired.  Suzuki, whose black eye had since disappeared, chuckled and pointed at Cena (who sat on the complete opposite end of the stage).

The conference was held by CEO Johnny Musa, who reported that the company has had a lot of trouble figuring out what matches to hold between the four - considering that any combination would be a dream match.  He hinted a fatal fourway, but stated that he, personally, felt it wasn't "personal enough" and that a 1-on-1 bout has more substance.  In a shocking turn, Musa gave Kenta Kobashi , the most seasoned of the bunch on stage, the opportunity to select his opponent.  

Kobashi, who was fixated on Suzuki, stood up and paced around stage at the other competitors.  Kobashi, however, stomped towards John Cena and went nose to nose with the man.  The crowd seemed shocked, as Kobashi began screaming in Japanese at Cena and pointing at Minoru Suzuki.  Suzuki, who seemed to understand what Kobashi said, began screaming back at him and daring him to come towards him.

Translators struggled to translate quick enough, but did translate that Kobashi was asking Cena, "YOU'RE THE BEST?!  YOU ARE PATHETIC!  LOOK AT YOU!  THIS IS HOW YOU REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY?!  THIS HOW YOU REPRESENT OUR SPORT?!"  The translation towards Suzuki was, "AND YOU LET THIS MAN STOMP ALL OVER YOU?!  ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF YOU?!"  

Kobashi's unexpected tirade at Cena, led to him SMACKING John Cena aross the face.  Cena stumbled back and quickly got back into Kobashi's face - but he did not strike back.  Kobashi shook his head in disgust, looked to target Suzuki, only to SLAP Rob Van Dam across the face and knock him off his chair!  Kobashi screamed at RVD, and the calm Van Dam shot to his feet and SLAPPED the taste out of Kobashi's mouth.

"I don't know who you think you're f*cking with," Van Dam said behind gritted teeth.  "Don't take my attitude for weakness, Kobashi."

However, Kobashi, who stumbled a bit from the surprising slap...smiled.  Kobashi seemed elated and rather than attack Van Dam, he extended a hand.  RVD, confused, mouthed, "What is this?"  Kobashi, still smiling as if a child who just received a pet dog, responded in English. 

"That...is...FIRE.  I want to fight FIRE!"  Kobashi roughly said in broken English. Van Dam smiled back and chuckled as he rubbed his face slightly before gladly accepted the handshake of the "Five Star Senpai (Master)".

Suzuki was furious at Kobashi's decision, as Cena stood still - shaking in rage as his head hung low.  Kobashi tested the American competitors, wanting to face them given the rare chance he had to do so.  But Kobashi did not want to face just anyone - he wanted to face someone with passion and fire, someone who would give him a tough time.  Cena hesitated, Van Dam did not.  Van Dam, a man who grew up career in the hardest of the hard - ECW - was not above slapping a legend in the face if he was disrespected.  Kobashi liked that.

Rob Van Dam vs. Kenta Kobashi in what CE is calling the Five Star War - the Five Star Senpai Kobashi (who has racked an insane amount of 5-star awards in his career) facing the Five Star Frog Splash Rob Van Dam.



Which means only one match left that can happen...our coverage continues as Suzuki and Cena remain on stage...
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