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WWE Draft Begins, CM Punk Returns, & Contract Signing Set For Next Week’s Episode Of SmackDown

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Cody Rhodes and AJ Styles will sign the contract for their upcoming Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on next week’s episode of SmackDown.

Additionally, CM Punk will be making an appearance on next week’s show.

You can check out the updated lineup for next week’s episode of WWE SmackDown below:

* Cody Rhodes & AJ Styles sign contract for WWE Backlash: France match.
* The WWE Draft begins.
* CM Punk appears.

In other news, Ryusuke Taguchi has been pulled from several upcoming NJPW events after he suffered an injury in a bicycle accident. Taguchi will be missing all of the shows through May 4th.

You can check out the official announcement below:

Ryusuke Taguchi injured; to miss Dontaku series
Thank you for supporting New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

Ryusuke Taguchi, who was scheduled to compete this weekend on the Road to Dontaku, was involved in a bicycle accident, sustaining wounds to his face hands and knees as well as injuring his neck. As a result, he will be unable to compete in forthcoming events. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Taguchi wrestle, and appreciate your understanding.

Taguchi also issued the following statement:

“Hello to all 69 of my fans across Japan. Although I can’t remember the exact accident due to my concussion, I apparently fell off my bicycle while swerving to avoid a dog. I will rest, recover and be back better than ever!”

The following replacements will be made for Taguchi’s matches in the coming nights:

April 20, Machida, April 22 Korakuen: Shoma Kato

April 23 Korakuen: Katsuya Murashima

April 25 Fukui, April 26 Osaka : Hiroyoshi Tenzan

April 27 Hiroshima: Tomoaki Honma

April 30 Kumamoto: Katsuya Murahshima

May 1 Beppu: Shoma Kato

May 3, 4 Fukuoka: Tiger Mask

NJPW joins fans in wishing Taguchi a full, fast recovery.

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