“Younger” Matt Hardy Flaunts New Look, Daniel Bryan Unveils New WWE Championship Design, Hideo Itami Requests Release, Chris Jericho

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“Younger” Matt Hardy Flaunts New Look

Matt Hardy has dropped some serious weight and is now back in the shape he was some 15 to 20 years ago.

Hardy recently flaunted his new younger look on Twitter.

While Matt and Jeff Hardy‘s contracts are set to expire shortly before or after WrestleMania 35, The Hardy Boyz reportedly plan on staying in WWE for at least another full year.

Daniel Bryan Unveils New WWE Championship Design

The prestigious WWE Championship has been graced with a new design, thanks to the new Daniel Bryan.

Bryan unveiled the new design of the WWE title belt this week on SmackDown Live.

Per the reigning champ, the new title has been carved from a naturally fallen oak tree and is made of sustainable organic hemp.

Bryan tossed the old blue title in a trash can before unveiling his new eco-friendly belt.

This is perhaps a sign that Bryan is set for a lengthy title reign that might as well extend beyond WrestleMania 35. Fans can expect the old blue title to return unless WWE decides to keep the new design after Bryan drops the title.

The wooden belt is presumably part of the storyline with heel vegan Bryan at the center.

Hideo Itami Requests Release

According to Fightful, 205 Live Superstar Hideo Itami has requested his release from WWE.

The belief backstage is that the company will grant Itami his release but at the cost of a 90-day no-compete clause.

Chris Jericho Announces NJPW Return

All Elite Wrestling‘s top draw Chris Jericho is not yet finished with NJPW.

In a recent Instagram post, the former WWE icon announced that he will return to New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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I’m coming back…I will return… @njpw1972

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Jericho declared his intention to challenge reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi after losing the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13.

Jericho’s current deal with AEW is non-exlusive, thus allowing him to work with NJPW.