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Old 01-11-2018, 05:45 AM   #1641
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According the latest Wrestling Observer -- the Top two matches at WM34 are planned to be Cena vs Undertaker and Brock vs Roman. An angle will likely be shot at RAW 25 to hint at it.
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FOX has shown some interest in buying WWE according to Meltzer in the latest Observer. Never say never when it comes to Vince McMahon, depending on the price.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:38 PM   #1642
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Fox buying a good thing or bad thing?
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:49 PM   #1643
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Fox buying a good thing or bad thing?
Depends. FOX has a stronger tv reach than USA Network but would also be owning a product with weaker viewer appeal than UFC. Also depends which network of theirs gets the WWE since regular FOX has a much larger base than FS1 but has to deal with local news demands while FS1 viewership might not be fond of having WWE mixed with pro sports.

Also possibly they could be like AOL was to WCW and be a lot less forgiving or hands-off if WWE keeps struggling with viewers. They already have shows doing a lot better than RAW/Smackdown so WWE loses a big advantage there.
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There’s really not a lot new with the men’s Rumble. If the winner of the Rumble is getting a Mania title shot, and it’s not a storyline thing that will change, then it’s still possibly Roman Reigns (although his winning the Elimination Chamber match for a title shot also makes sense) or someone from Smackdown, with Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton being the favorites and Baron Corbin being a longshot. John Cena wouldn’t be expected to win since he’s not getting a title shot.

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NXT talent has been told that nine women on the NXT roster will be in the Rumble but the decision on which nine hasn’t been made.
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Nikki and possibly Brie are planned to be in the match. Same for being involved in this year's Mania.


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With Tessa Blanchard now pushing for indie dates for 2018, it’s pretty clear she’s not coming to WWE in any time imminently
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Scott D'Amore and Don Callis at Impact did a press call this morning. They noted that there will be an Impact channel on Twitch including old and new content, behind the fourth wall and wrestlers not in a studio setting. Don Callis said the move to a four-sided ring was because the talent preferred it. Callis also said he has no plans to appear in front of the camera. They will be introducing new championship belts in April.
More details and highlights: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...erage.html?p=1

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Regarding Moose, he suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee at the tapings last night. We're told he's not expected to miss the tapings the rest of the week. He said the knee was stiff but he'll be fine.
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The Miz is replacing Samoa Joe in some bookings for a main event position including 3/16 in Madison Square Garden where he's in a three-way for the IC title against John Cena and champion Roman Reigns.

Both Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose are battling the flu.

The WWE will open Monday's show with another Martin Luther King Jr. package, which they do every year on MLK Jr. Day.

WWE Hall of Fame tickets go on sale a week from tomorrow, so expect the announcement of a major name on Monday.
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Brian Cage is in Orlando for Impact so he'll be debuting at this set of tapings. Tyrus also returned for the tapings.

The NWA is working with Impact because on Sunday they will be filming an empty arena match with Jocephus vs. Tim Storm from the Impact Zone in Orlando with the winner being top contender for champion Nick Aldis. The match will be filmed before the Impact tapings that night.

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tyler Bate takes place on 2/3 in Dublin for Over the Top Wrestling.
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John Cena is returning to host this year's Kids' Choice Awards and has announced two other projects that he's working on with Nickelodeon.

After teasing that he'd be making a "major announcement" today, Cena and Nickelodeon revealed that he'll be hosting the Kids' Choice Awards for a second straight year, will be voicing a character named "Baron Draxum" in their upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, and will be executive producing a game show called "Keep It Spotless."

The 2018 Kids' Choice Awards will take place on March 24th. Both “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” where Cena's character will be a recurring villain, and "Keep It Spotless" are scheduled to premiere later this year.
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Tyrus aka the former Brodus Clay just made his return to Impact Wrestling at tonight's TV taping.

Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions' first US trademark application 'Impact Grand Champion' which they filed for in October 2017 has been given an initial refusal for various reasons. The Goods and Services identification that Anthem applied for was "Belt buckles of common metal for use as awards"
Trademark: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...oiler.html?p=1 ,

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When did the "Wooing" for Ric Flair chops begin?

To the best of my knowledge, it actually started in the original ECW. Fans used to do the "Woo" at Shane Douglas when he was nailing (or being hit with) chops to get under his skin, since he had ragged on Ric Flair so much. That evolved into fans doing it whenever there were chops and eventually, it moved over to fans watching other promotions doing the same, similar to fans doing the "One Fan" back to the ring announcers, which originated with UK fans.
Part of PWI's weekly Q&A articles on the possible origins of the "Woo" chant.

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ESPN featured a story on WWE and their relationship with Ronda Rousey with a statement from Paul "Triple H" Levesque, answering speculation about a recent dinner between Rousey and the WWE executive in Los Angeles.

"We are talking to Ronda, as we've been for a while," said Levesque "She has a lot of things going on. We have a lot of things going on. But we have a great relationship with her, a very friendly standpoint for a long period of time now. It was great to catch up with her. We have nothing to announce at this time, but she's a huge fan of what we do and she's incredibly interested in what we do and the opportunities that lie there. We're fans of hers and incredibly interested in what those opportunities could be with us. But there's a lot of things to walk through. We're talking. We're having conversations."

Ronda Rousey was asked for comment by TMZ about the dinner, responding, "I like fine dining."

Hunter said he would love Rousey and WWE to work together.
Link: http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/2...-possible-leap

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As far as the numbers, this is the pattern for New Japan World, which is similar but much smaller than WWE Network. Last year, WrestleKingdom 11 saw the numbers increase over the week from 45,000 to 60,000. After, it dropped back to about 50,000, so most of the increase didn’t hold. It jumped back to 70,000 for the G-1 finals and hovered at that level most of the rest of the year. It was at 65,000 in December and jumped to 70,000 on 1/3 in the U.S. It was up to 82,000 a few hours before the show started, and between the show and New Year’s Dash the next day, it was at 95,000 after Dash ended and 97,000 by the next morning U.S. time. On the afternoon of 1/9,it had increased to 99,784, so it likely topped 100,000 by the end of that day. So the increase in subscribers last year for the show was 15,000 and this year was 35,000. It still pales compared to WWE numbers, but it’s amazing growth. The key is of those 35,000 newcomers, how many continue through February? Most probably won’t, but nobody was counting on most, just an increase from what was the previous long-term base.

In theory, it should have been slightly more difficult to grow this year than last because the service is a year older, but interest in New Japan is also up. It’s probably unfair to credit Jericho vs. Omega with 20,000 new subs over and above what they’d have gotten, but 15,000 is not a stretch at all, and that’s a $128,000 value alone let alone if it adds 5,000 to the base it’s worth another $484,000 for the year.
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The Rumble will set the record for the most workers on a PPV show. With the 30 men and 30 women, and both title matches being with three men, two tag title matches, a U.S. title final and a cruiserweight title match, that would be 78 wrestlers. It is possible the cruiserweight title could be moved to the pre-show or even one of the tag title matches, but that’s still 72 to 76 wrestlers. There’s probably going to be at least one or two more pre-show matches since they do a two-hour pre-show for big cards, and probably one will be multiple person match. So the whole nearly six hour show will probably end with more than 80. The all-time record for a PPV main show up to this point is 60 wrestlers, held by the World War III show from WCW which had a 60 man Battle Royal once, and WrestleMania 30 which booked 60 people. This past year’s Mania had 33 on the main show but 37 on the pre-show, for a total of 70.
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Stardom attendance increased 20 percent in 2017, which is pretty strong considering one year ago there was significant fear regarding the future with WWE after its top talent and both Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo looking at leaving and Yoko Bito looking at retiring. Shirai ended up not being signed due to medical reasons and returned to Stardom as its top star

Viper, Kay Lee Ray and other women from Stardom have gone on social media to ask people to buy merchandise from Kris Wolf to help her out with her being injured. Her injury was not been announced but she’s been out of action this past week
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For what it’s worth, the people running the ITV World of Sport remake are claiming that the project is back on, that the plans are to restart over the summer (which would likely mean a rush by WWE to get its U.K. project up as well and sign up more talent) and that Anthem won’t be involved. Some talent has been contacted to be patient for the relaunch of a weekly TV show. My feeling is to be skeptical. I think that’s the feeling of much of the talent at this point
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Stephanie also noted what is clearly obvious, that WWE is distancing themselves away from President Donald. She was asked why in a video they put out showing celebrities that have done WWE, that Donald wasn’t in it. She said that the company made a strategic decision to stay away from partisan politics. It was the only move they could make that makes sense. While Donald appointed Linda McMahon to a cabinet post, Donald is a very divisive character. He’s beneficial to the company in many ways. Donald has spearheaded legislation for tax cuts on businesses like theirs, which is one of the reasons the stock price has grown. But while they support him, their fan base leans heavily the other way, as WWE fans skew heavily Democratic, heavy Mexican-American and heavily low income and there is no logical point in doing anything to alienate your fan base.
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A lot of the reactions of wrestlers finding out who their partners were in the tournament were legit. Some obviously knew. For example, the spot with Lynch & Zayn, obviously Zayn knew. Lynch was told to go outside as they wanted to film her signing autographs, and then hid Zayn as a fan for the reveal. The series is a test to see whether both companies can do more together going forward
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The top ten most-watched shows of the week on the WWE Network were: 1. 2015 Royal Rumble; 2. NXT year-in-review show on 1/3; 3. Clash of Champions; 4. Royal Rumble 2017 5. Royal Rumble 2016; 6. Photo Shoot-Cesaro (this is the second week in a row the Cesaro feature beat Miz); 7. Survivor Series 2017; 8. 205 Live from Jan. 2; 9. WrestleMania 2017; 10. Photo Shot-Miz

Some other sheet news includes:
  • During a recent interview with The New Indian Express, Great Khali stated WWE's recent efforts to cater to the Indian market have been a failure. http://www.newindianexpress.com/spor...a-1749608.html
  • According to the Observer, WWE wants the basis for a new television deal to be done by this May instead of waiting till near the end of the current tv deal which expires in October 2019.
  • Recent episode of Inside The Ropes podcast show had Chris Jericho as the guest discussing becoming friends with Owens, original Mania 33 plans and why they got changed, and the Festival of Friendship. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ania-33-plans/


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Old 01-11-2018, 11:57 PM   #1646
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The NWA is working with Impact because on Sunday they will be filming an empty arena match with Jocephus vs. Tim Storm from the Impact Zone in Orlando with the winner being top contender for champion Nick Aldis. The match will be filmed before the Impact tapings that night.
If they want to film an empty arena match, they could just film during the tapings...
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If they want to film an empty arena match, they could just film during the tapings...
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:35 AM   #1648
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The OVE vs. LAX barbed wire massacre match that we were told was the highlight of the Ottawa tapings will not be airing on Impact after all. The match will instead debut on Twitch. The story is that it was too brutal for television.
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WWE sent out a press release for the Mixed Match Challenge listing the 12 charities being represented by the different teams. The winning team gets $100,000 for their charity. In addition to the grand prize, each charity will receive $10,000.
Braun & Bliss were revealed to be competing for WWE's own Conor's Cure charity. Some details regarding the charities involved: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...lenge.html?p=1

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The WWE Mixed Match Challenge will feature a special “second chance fan vote” in which the WWE Universe will have the ability to give an eliminated team a second chance in the tournament by re-entering in the semi-final round.
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On his podcast, Jerry Lawler said that he would be doing a second autobiography, picking up where the last one left off in 2001, as well as a book of his art work. He's working with historian and publisher Mark James on the projects. James has done all kinds of great history books on that territory working with Jim Cornette and Jerry Jarrett among others.
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Dana Brooke announced on social media this afternoon that she had officially entered the first women's Royal Rumble match on 1/28 in Philadelphia, PA.

Officially announced as competing are Asuka, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Lana, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Naomi, Natalya, Nia Jax, Paige, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, Sonya Deville and Tamina.
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ROH announced Deonna Purrazzo has signed a non-exclusive contract. They are looking at signing several women to deals where they can work with other companies as opposed to exclusively work for ROH.

In this week's Green Lantern comic book, four Green Lanterns call themselves the Four Horsemen and then argued which one was the Ric Flair of the group. None of them stepped up to be the Steve "Mongo" McMichael.

Keith Lee vs. Ray Rowe and Juice Robinson vs. Dom Garrini headline for AIW on 1/29 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Cleveland.

Names currently listed for the 2/17 WrestleCircus show are Chelsea Green, Brian Cage, Scorpio Sky, Kevin Condron, Shane Taylor, Gregory James, Christi Jaynes, Leva Bates, Jordan Len-X and Colin Delaney.
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2016 into 2017 was one issue after another for WWE star Paige. 2017 into 2018 was supposed to be her major comeback to WWE, her redemption. Inside the ring, sadly, that will not be the case.

In a situation described as similar to WWE Hall of Famer Adam "Edge" Copeland's medical disqualification from the ring, WWE star Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis, 25 years old) was informed this week that she will not be cleared to return to the ring after her most recent in-ring injury, PWInsider.com has confirmed with multiple sources. It is believed Paige was given the news at the Raw taping this past Monday. We have been told by multiple sources she is "done" as an in-ring wrestler.

During a six woman tag team bout on 12/28/17 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, Paige had her back to Sasha Banks, who was behind her against the turnbuckles. Banks used the ropes to pull herself up and kicked with both legs into Paige's back. Paige, obviously not ready for the bump, went down ...

It was believed at the time that Paige had suffered a stinger, leading to her losing feeling in her extremities. Given her previous neck surgery, WWE pulled her from the ring and set up further testing that led to this week's decision ...

The irony of the situation, a number of sources have pointed out, is that no one would think there was anything physically wrong by looking at Paige, making it even more unthinkable that she, at 25, is being removed from WWE competition ...

While Paige will not be allowed to wrestle going forward by the company, we are told that she is extremely well liked by management, so one would think she would remain with the company in some capacity. She was featured on reality series Total Divas, so that's a possible vehicle for her, as are WWE Studios feature films. It's also possible the company could tap her to Coach in the NXT system or attempt to transition her into another on camera role.
More details from PWI: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-for-wwe-.html

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The 1/11 edition of Impact did 276,000 overnight viewers, down from the previous week's 309,000 overnight viewers.

The show had been up the previous three weeks.
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If the WWE Network skips a show (say Mid-South) and never adds it to the chronological listing, does that mean they don't have the show?

Pretty much. Some of the libraries they've purchased were not 100% complete as the standard in the era was to utilize the same tapes over and over. While WWWF maintained an archive, most TV promotions did not, since there was no way to monetize the tapes. There were no VCRs, much less the idea of streaming technology coming up on the landscape. So, some of the content has been lost forever. When WWE can, they do their best to fill the gaps, including reaching out to private collectors.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles on why certain shows from classic promotions are missing on the Network.

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WWE are opposing a 'Cactus Jack' trademark that rapper Travis Scott is attempting to register for music production purposes. Scott has a 'Cactus Jack Records' music label as well as uses a 'Cactus Jack' nickname sometimes.

Interestingly, WWE does not seem to have an active 'Cactus Jack' trademark. They did have one that was abandoned in 2010.

The Cactus Jack name, obviously, was created by WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley and has been used by Foley since he first debuted in professional wrestling in the late 1980s. The name was actually a tribute to Foley's father, as told in Mick's first autobiography Have A Nice Day!
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A GoFundMe campaign has been started to pay for the medical expenses of Mae Young Classic Competitor Jazzy Gabert, who recently revealed on the Edge and Christian Podcast that she had three herniated discs in her neck which led to her WWE contract being rescinded. They are currently at $1800 of a $4000 goal.
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so clearly WWE is going to make sure Braun and Alexa win
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:23 PM   #1651
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Kevin Owens has missed the last two nights of WWE Smackdown Live events due to what was described as an existing injury the former Universal champion has been working through, PWInsider.com has learned

Owens appeared on the first night of the Smackdown Live tour this past weekend in Hildalgo, Texas but did not appear the second night in Hildalgo or Monday night in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The belief among those I've spoken with is that it's not considered a serious issue and that WWE likely pulled Owens as a preemptive measure to insure he would be OK and healthy for the 1/28 Royal Rumble, where Owens and Sami Zayn are slated to challenge WWE champion AJ Styles in a handicap match in the main event for the Smackdown brand on the joint PPV in Philadelphia.
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Seth Rollins used his old Curb Stomp finisher, which had been banned by WWE, to defeat Finn Balor on Raw last night. Rollins wrote on Twitter about using the move again: “Welcome back, old friend.”
Link: https://twitter.com/WWERollins/statu...41652528488448

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Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks, who team together as Extra Talented, were the enhancement tag team that The Revival defeated on Raw. Solow is also engaged to Bayley.
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Following the announcement of Ricochet officially reporting to the Performance Center, WWE has also confirmed that Candice LeRae and War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) have signed with the company.

LeRae's final independent wrestling appearance will be against Joey Ryan, her longtime tag team partner, for Bar Wrestling on Thursday. Rowe will make his last appearance for AIW on Friday, and Hanson said farewell at Chaotic Wrestling this past week. War Machine had their last match for Ring of Honor in December and made their final appearance for New Japan Pro Wrestling at New Year's Dash.

LeRae is one of two Mae Young Classic participants who are joining the Performance Center in this class, with Kavita Devi also reporting to Orlando.
Link with others revealed to be in the newest class for the PC: https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/c...ign-wwe-249951

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Tessa Blanchard has been announced for Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks’ “All In” show on September 1st.

Jazzy Gabert had surgery on her neck yesterday and posted that the road to recovery starts now.

Ric Flair announced that his daughter Megan is engaged to MLW podcast host Conrad Thompson.

As she departs the company, Chelsea Green (Laurel Van Ness) thanked everyone that she worked with in Impact Wrestling. Green spoke to the Orlando Sentinel about leaving Impact.

Travis Banks will defend his PROGRESS Wrestling Championship against TK Cooper in London on January 28th. The two are tag team partners as the South Pacific Power Trip.
Blanchard link: https://twitter.com/Tess_Blanchard/s...16632113811456 , Gabert: https://twitter.com/alphafemale1/sta...52426637725696 , Flair: https://twitter.com/RicFlairNatrBoy/...98872952123392 , Green: https://twitter.com/ImChelseaGreen/s...94783593041920 , Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sport...116-story.html , PROGRESS: https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/...80125713760262

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Impact Wrestling officially announced a partnership with Twitch today, with the promotion set to launch a 24/7 channel on the service that will include exclusive content.

The press release that was issued notes that the channel will feature monthly live events and house shows, along with lifestyle programming that will showcase Impact wrestlers outside of the ring. The channel will launch on Wednesday, and Barbed Wire Massacre III, which was taped in Ottawa in November and pitted LAX & Homicide against OVE & Sami Callihan, will debut on Twitch on Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
Link with more details: https://www.f4wonline.com/tna-news/i...-twitch-249946

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Jason Jordan was out of action this weekend due to an injury. WWE has not released any details on the injury.
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Bobby Lashley finished up with Impact Wrestling last night at their television tapings in Orlando, Florida.

Lashley joined Chris Adonis, Ethan Carter III, and Laurel Van Ness as top names who have left the company this week.

Lashley worked two matches with Brian Cage at the tapings, losing both nights. Cage, who made his debut on Thursday, was also the guy used for EC3 to be laid out by so he's getting the monster push.
According to the Observer, earliest WWE can sign him to a deal is February 1st making it impossible he makes a surprise appearance at this year's Rumble.

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Ethan Carter III is legitimately gone from the company. They taped the Feast or Fired briefcase show and he got the fired briefcase. As has been noted, his contract expires before the next set of tapings and he's not renewing so this was a way to write him out.

- The April 22nd pay-per-view has been changed from Lockdown to Redemption. The new hierarchy in the company was against the idea of an all cage match show.

- Eddie Edwards was injured during the tapings. Sami Callihan hit a chair with a baseball bat and the bat ricocheted off the chair and hit his eye. It was a scary situation because there was so much blood and they were scared for his eye. Edwards was rushed to the hospital. I'm told he's okay now.

- The Grand Championship has been dropped.

- Jerry Lynn was brought in as an agent.
Some notes from Saturday's set of tv tapings for Impact Wrestling.

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PWInsider.com broke last year that Bradley Cooper had been offered the role of Vince McMahon in Tristar Pictures' Pandemonium, the life story of WWE's Chairman and CEO and has been is awaiting an updated version of the film's screenplay before making a decision on whether to take on the role.

PWInsider.com has confirmed that the updated screenplay has been completed and turned into the studio. Should they approve, it will be sent on to Cooper and his team.

Plans have been for the film to begin filming in the Spring of 2018, but that has always been contingent on getting casting completed and a final, approved shooting script in place.

The script to Pandemonium was originally written by Craig A. Williams (who wrote Disney's live action Underdog adaptation few years back) back in 2015 and has undergone several drafts. The belief was that once WWE Studios became involved with the project, the existing script would undergo heavy rewrites to remove some of aspects of the film that the McMahon family would not be happy with. That has now happened.
More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...movie.html?p=1

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I was reading your answer to the question about how WWE writers don’t write an edgier product within the PG Rating constraints and it got me thinking about their take on ratings in general. They post more mature content on the Network from the Attitude Era and don’t seem to be worried that it will cut into ad rates on their main programs or the impact that would have on their stocks. Have they ever thought of working with USA to create an edgier show during the 10-11 hour? Keep 8 to 10 PG and get those sponsors while also keeping Raw to two hours to cut back on creative and ratings fatigue. And from 10 to 11, develop an edgier product that would be sold to a different set of advertisers and reach a different audience while the kids go to bed. It would be something for kids to graduate to when they outgrow Raw and would open up a different revenue stream. Anyways, I am just spitballing an idea. Would love to hear your thoughts.

First, the content on the Network that you refer to is older and behind a pay wall. It is not the current product and isn’t subject to advertisers. I can’t say if USA would be amenable to your idea or not, but even if they were, sponsors like Mattel wouldn’t be. WWE would rather have the better perception from Wall Street and potential partners than appealing to an older audience. Also, keep in mind that Vince McMahon has always been about marketing to kids. We only ever got the Attitude Era because the then-WWF was losing badly to WCW and Vince McMahon stepped out of his comfort zone with the product. Once he won the war, he went back to doing what he likes to do.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles on the likelihood WWE ever goes back to TV-14 or higher for their shows.

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Serena Deeb is at the WWE Performance Center today, according to PWInsider. The 31 year old worked for WWE from 2009 through 2010. During that time, she was a member of The Straight Edge Society with CM Punk and Luke Gallows. She returned to the company last year in the Mae Young Classic where she defeated Vanessa Borne in the first round before losing to Piper Niven in the second.
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As noted, WWE announced on last night's RAW that Chris Jericho will be one of the special appearances for next Monday's RAW 25th Anniversary episode, which takes place from two locations in New York City - the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It's worth noting that WWE reportedly announced Jericho without there being a deal for the return. It was noted on today's edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Jericho will likely appear next Monday but WWE did announce him prematurely. Dave Meltzer added that a deal could be signed today, if it hasn't been made already.

The talk of Jericho appearing at RAW 25 goes back several months. New Japan Pro Wrestling officials also knew that Jericho would be appearing at RAW 25 when they recently worked with him. Jericho is not signed to any kind of exclusive NJPW contract and he's not currently signed to a WWE deal.
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"Woken" Matt Hardy tweeted the following and indicated that we may be seeing Senor Benjamin, Queen Rebecca Hardy, King Maxel and other "Broken" characters in WWE soon for The Great War with Bray Wyatt:

The INCOMPARABLE @BenjaminSenor is currently OPTIMIZING the green beans within the Greenhouse Garden at The Hardy Compound..

Trust me, #WOKENWarriors.. #SenorBenjamin, Queen Rebecca, King Maxel, Lord Wolfgang & @Vanguard1AAR will all be appearing IMMINENTLY..

STUPENDOUS! https://t.co/aymjtR1xD6
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 16, 2018

The official Twitter account for Benjamin also tweeted a shot at John Cena, seen below:

Hola @JohnCena if you are not using can I borrow your shovel? Gracias
— Señor Benjamin (@BenjaminSenor) January 16, 2018

Some other sheet news includes:
  • RAW ratings and viewership numbers have been delayed due to Monday being MLK Jr holiday.
  • Hulk Hogan revealed on Twitter he will not be appearing at next week's RAW 25th anniversary show. https://twitter.com/HulkHogan/status/953061040924717056
  • According to fan reports, both Scott Steiner and Tommy Dreamer made their returns to Impact Wrestling during Monday's set of tv tapings.
  • According to the Observer, Kairi Sane is currently dealing with a minor injury as the official reason why she hasn't wrestled in NXT for a while. https://twitter.com/davemeltzerWON/s...43288112529408
  • PWI had a recent article explain the reasons why several notable past big stars won't be at next week's RAW 25th anniversary show. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...aw-25.html?p=1
  • Recent episode of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show had Eric Bischoff as the guest talking about WWE's current product and RAW celebrating its 25th anniversary. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...t-wwe-product/
  • Current rumor going around the net is the winner of the US Championship tournament will end up facing off against Dolph Ziggler at the Rumble to determine who is the undisputed US champion.
  • Inside the Ropes had a recent interview with Chris Jericho talking about wanting to feud with Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor during his previous run in the WWE and The List of Jericho. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...tches-against/


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Why the fuck would anyone want to see Matt Hardy's fucking family on television?

TNA are against Steel Cage PPVs, but not against guys getting fired for winning matches.

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Bret Hart is really hoping for The Hart Foundation to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, more for Jim Neidhart because he’s battling significant health issues and if it doesn’t come now, he may not be able to enjoy it and perform on stage and at this stage of his life it would mean a lot to Neidhart

Spoiler tags used since its related to this year's WWE Hall of Fame class.

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The end of football season provided a bigger than expected bounce-back for Raw on Monday night as the show was up 17 percent from the January 8th episode, with 3.22 million viewers ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.57 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.36 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.81 million viewers
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Tuesday night's SmackDown averaged 2.602 million viewers on the USA Network, essentially even with last week's 2.603 million ...

For the first time in 2018, SmackDown was down year-over-year as the show one year ago this week did 2.652 million viewers ...

It's notable that SmackDown ratings had been up since AJ Styles won the WWE Championship and since the main event storylines have revolved around Styles, Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn. This week, there was virtually no advancement in that storyline. Owens and Zayn didn't appear and Style only did a brief interview segment.

The episode instead revolved around the semifinals and finals of the United States title tournament and featured Jinder Mahal wrestling for almost 40 minutes.
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Before Raw 25 goes on the air, there will be a pre-show on the WWE Network, WWE.com, and some of the company's social media channels. It will start at 7 p.m. Eastern time and will be hosted by Renee Young, Peter Rosenberg, David Otunga, and Sam Roberts, with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler also appearing from the Manhattan Center.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/article...returns-raw-25

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The AP ran a story on Hulk Hogan not being on Raw Monday. WWE, when asked about the possibility of Hogan returning, said "At this time, WWE remains committed to its decision." Hogan said, "I'm ready to jump on a plane and fly to Japan and get involved with that Bullet Club, man, I'm so excited about those kids."
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On Wednesday, WWE star Roman Reigns released a statement regarding claims earlier this week that he was a customer of an accused steroid dealer.

"I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition. I learned from the mistake I made nearly two years ago and paid the penalty for it. Since then, I've passed 11 tests as part of WWE’s independent drug testing program."

This began when a phone interview with Rodriguez was released on YouTube where he alleged that he dealt steroids to Reigns and actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel under assumed names. Rodriguez, owner of a gym in Miami, Florida, is facing charges for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering in a $10 million operation that crossed international waters. Wahlberg also has denied the claims.

The 'mistake' the 32-year-old Reigns is referring to was his 30-day suspension in June 2016 after failing a wellness test for what Dave Meltzer reported was Adderall.
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The basic gist of the story is this. Based on previous WWE policy, most notably the 2007 Signature Pharmacy raid where 12 WWE wrestlers and one front office member had steroids and/or Growth Hormone distributed to them, if there is a paper trail, even without a positive test, the company will suspend the wrestler involved ...

Based on this, if there is an actual paper trail or evidence, past this video, that implicated Anoa’i, he would likely be suspended for 60 days. If there isn’t, it is unlikely any action will be taken.
Turns out WWE has the power to suspend people under the Wellness Policy even if they don't actually fail tests.

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The first episode of Mixed Match Challenge currently has 1.2 million views on Facebook. It peaked at over 100,000 viewers for the live show.
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Kenny Omega has been added to NJPW’s four-show tour of Australia in February. Jay White and Henare have also been announced.

Hiroshi Tanahashi is off the New Japan tour of Australia. We don't have details at this point.

After some other wrestlers asked fans to keep him in their thoughts, Fred “Tugboat” Ottman said that he’s feeling better but not out of the woods yet. Ottman said he’s dealing with an infection in his left leg.

CZW announced that Joey Ryan will be wrestling for them on April 7th during WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans.

Daisuke Sekimoto & Munenori Sawa vs. WALTER & Timothy Thatcher is set for EVOLVE’s show in New Orleans on April 5th.

AAW on Saturday in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium has Rey Fenix vs. Matt Riddle for the AAW title, Mat Fichett & Davey Vega vs. Shane Strickland & Keith Lee for the AAW tag titles, Sami Callihan & Jake & Dave Crist vs. David Starr & Trevor Lee & Jeff Cobb, MJF vs. Juice Robinson, Jessicka Havok & Kylie Rae vs. Allysin Kay & Scarlett, Eddie Kingston vs. Kevin Lee Davidson, Jake Something & Curt Stallion vs. Zero Gravity plus ACH, Myron Reed, AR Fox, Teddy Hart and Paco.

THR 3 Media announced a movie being worked on called “Santo, El Mascarado de Plata,” which would be movie about the life of El Santo. The story said they are starting production on the movie this year. El Hijo del Santo will be heavily involved as he’s said he wants the movie to tell the real story about his father’s life.

WWC, one of the oldest promotions in the world, still hasn’t comeback since Hurricane Maria and hasn’t said anything about a return. There are three major promotions on the island with CWA currently being No. 1 and has been running 200-seat buildings even after the hurricane. WWL, which averaged 512 fans per show before the hurricane, has the best talent and the best matches. That’s the group that Savio Vega is a part owner of and that Hector Melendez and Dennis Rivera (Savio’s son) are bookers, and Konnan has worked with. Melendez was on track to get a role with The Crash, but his contact was Konnan so that fell apart. The high interest level of Wrestle Kingdom in Puerto Rico was explained as how the fan base has changed and are less interested in American storylines or the heavy juice style and are more interested in match quality and Japanese strong style and Mike Mendoza has gotten a good fan base by combining freestyle wrestling and Jiu Jitsu with fast pacing and heavy strikes.

Jeff Cobb will be working the next season of Lucha Underground as Matanza Cueto. It’s known he’s been looking to get out so he may be on the list of guys who are coming back to be written out. Obviously Cobb is looking at working more regularly with New Japan, and Impact has shown an interest (although his Lucha Underground contract wouldn’t block him from Impact) and we don’t know about ROH but him going to ROH would seem to make sense
Omega: https://www.facebook.com/78452524168...type=3&theater , Tugboat: https://www.facebook.com/fred.ottman...user_video_tab , CZW: https://twitter.com/combatzone/statu...35483253637121 , EVOLVE: https://twitter.com/WWNEVOLVE/status/953073163214172160 , MLW: https://twitter.com/MLW/status/953775499930755072

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At the Impact Wrestling TV taping on Monday night, there were reference made to the 4/22 Redemption PPV taking place in Toronto, but earlier today John Pollock of PostWrestling.com reported there was no deal in place for the show to currently take place in that city.

In asking around, we are told that is correct and should Impact not run Toronto, the back up plan is to attempt to return to Universal Studios and hold the PPV in Orlando, Florida.
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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross disclosed this afternoon that the charges brought against the driver who struck his late wife Jan have been dismissed. On Twitter, Ross wrote:

This morning norman judge Steven Stice felt compelled to dismiss vehicular homicide charge against the 17 year old in my wife Jan’s death. The state objected to no avail.

The driver never even lost his drivers license.

Sad world in which we live, folks. pic.twitter.com/97GqJMHzab
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 18, 2018
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PWInsider reported that the word at the tapings was that Lashley won't be able to sign with any other company until February 1st, while EC3 is free to sign with any company now, which means he could appear at The Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28th.

EC3 was originally booked for a Renegade Wrestling Revolution independent wrestling event in Houston on the day of th Rumble, however EC3 backed out of the show last week. The promotion commented on EC3 pulling out of the event, writing on Facebook:

"BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! Do to reasons out of RWR control EC3 will not be able to attend RWR "OVER THE TOP". EC3 has said he will be back to RWR in the near future. We here at RWR wish EC3 the best and will see him soon. But the show must go on so straight from the office of RWR a new main event has been set Champion Ayden Cristiano will now have defend his title verus not 1, not 2, but 3 of the regions top Heavywieghts. So on January 28th at RWR "OVER THE TOP" you will see Ayden Cristiano vs Able Andrew Jackson vs Big Daddy Yum Yum vs Ryan Davidson. Plus so much more. Check out our new flyer to get all the information"

For what it's worth, when asked this week why he pulled out of the show, the promotion replied, "Unfortunately it is a private family matter. He is ok just has to be with family. But don't be discouraged there isn't shortage of talent on this card"
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WWE Network officials were planning to add Coliseum Home Videos to the vault soon but it appears WCW Thunder may be the next big classic uploads to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show next month, according to PWInsider. Thunder was to be added a few months back but the uploads were delayed due to the lawsuit filed by former WCW stars Raven and Buff Bagwell, which has ended. WWE Network workers are also preparing old WWWF TV episodes to be added to the Network later this year.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • The Mirror held a recent interview with HBK talking about RAW's 25th anniversary and wrestling on the 1st ever RAW episode. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other...ls-id-11869216
  • Recent episode of Talk Is Jericho podcast show had Kevin Owens and his best friend Sami Zayn as the guests. https://omny.fm/shows/talk-is-jerich...together-again
  • Sports Illustrated had a recent interview with Mark Henry talking about his current wrestling status, why he's been inactive from the WWE in recent months, and his first appearance with the Nation of Domination. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...e-not-retired/
  • According to the Observer, Samoa Joe is currently expected to be out till at least mid-March as the best case scenario.
  • Also according to the Observer, Bobby Lashley can be a surprise entrant in this year's Rumble even though WWE can't officially sign him to a deal till February 1st. It involves getting Impact's permission to use Lashley while his non-compete clause is in effect.
  • WWE's website had a recent interview with The Undisputed Era talking about their success on the indies, their chemistry as a group, and them wanting to "conquer" NXT. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ering-wwe-nxt/


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Really interested to see if there's a paper trail with this Reigns stuff. And what happens with Bobby Lashley.
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As noted, WWE confirmed this week that Bill Goldberg will be headlining the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony this year in New Orleans. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Paul Heyman is currently the one planned to induct the former WWE Universal Champion ...

Other rumored names for this year's induction ceremony include The Dudley Boyz, Ivory and the late Bam Bam Bigelow, plus Kid Rock going into the Celebrity Wing. Those names have not been confirmed but there's been speculation on WWE possibly announcing The Dudleys in the next few weeks, perhaps at the RAW 25th Anniversary as where they will be appearing live.

Spoiler tags used since its related to this year's WWE Hall of Fame class.

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While nothing has been announced, the 3/25 New Japan show in Long Beach on New Japan World is listed is airing like only outside the U.S. but will be available after the show is over on VOD. That sounds like AXS will be airing it live and has exclusive live rights to the show. New Japan will have English language announced for both ROH shows on 2/23 and 2/24 from Korakuen Hall, as well as for next weekend's two shows in Sapporo. Nothing from Australia is currently listed as on the service.
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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson announced that they were going to make pro wrestling now exempt from the ban of combat sports in the city during 2018. WWE had canceled its February show. Iveson said it was because pro wrestling had predetermined outcomes.
More details via PWI: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...eturn.html?p=1

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Barrios was at the Needham Conference yesterday and asked about independent contractor status and said WWE isn't looking at locking talent up and they are free to leave anytime they want in very short order. I guess two years is considered very short order given Daniel Bryan has been looking at getting out of his deal forever and Rey Mysterio had to wait forever to get out of his, and Neville is sitting and waiting. Actual contracts even include language of up to one-year non-competes in not only pro wrestling, but MMA as well.
Link: https://www.fightful.com/wwe-executi...ts-wwe-network

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Candice LeRae had her final indie show last night at the Bar Wrestling show in Los Angels: Brian Cage b Scorpio Sky, Heather Monroe & Laura James & Brody King b Dan Barry & Bill Carr & Taya Valkyrie, Jeff Cobb b Luchasaurus, Delilah Doom & Eli Everfly b Joey Janela & Penelope, Billy Gunn b Hot Young Briley (Dolph Ziggler's brother), Peter Avalon & Ray Rosas won three-way over Willie Mack & B-Boy and Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful, Candice LeRae b Joey Ryan.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCH0Ng0N0PQ

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The 1/18 edition of Impact did 309,000 overnight viewers, up from last week’s 276,000 overnight viewers.
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WWE Raw Tag Team champion Jason Jordan will be held off this weekend's Raw brand live events, PWInsider.com has learned.

Jordan was held off last week's tapings with an injury that has yet to be confirmed. He was at Raw this past Monday but not involved in any physical contact with other WWE talents beyond tripping Finn Balor during Balor vs. Seth Rollins.

Jordan is scheduled to be at Monday's Raw taping.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans which match they're most looking forward to at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 28th. As of this writing, 45% voted for the 30-man Royal Rumble match while 29% voted for the first-ever 30-woman Royal Rumble match, 18% voted for Kane vs. Braun Strowman vs. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, 4% voted for Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, 2% voted for Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos in a 2 of 3 Falls match, 1% voted for Cedric Alexander vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore and 1% voted for The Bar vs. RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan.
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Former WWWF Champion and WWE Hall of Famer "Superstar" Billy Graham needs a "total hip revision" medical procedure and does not have the funds or insurance to cover it. Graham has been getting around with the use of crutches for years and has been told that he will soon need the permanent use of a wheelchair if his left hip is not fixed. Graham has started a "Go Fund Me" page for fans that are willing to donate anything to help him out. His goal is to raise $40,000 for the procedure. You can donate by clicking here.
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WWE is working on a new DVD for WWE Hall of Famer "Macho Man" Randy Savage to be released on May 29th, according to WrestlingDVDNetwork.com. The DVD comes after the success of WWE's "Unreleased: 1986-1995" DVD that came out in 2017. The new three-disc Savage DVD will feature never-before-seen and unreleased matches. WWE has also been planning a similar DVD on WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. The synopsis for "Randy Savage Unreleased: The Unseen Matches of The Macho Man" reads like this:

The Macho Man has had legendary bouts with Hulk Hogan, Rick Rude, Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, and many others. The WWE Universe may be familiar with many of them, but there were several excellent matches that have never made it to DVD. Now fans can own some of the Macho Man's greatest matches that have never been released on WWE Home Video before.
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As noted, WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson turns 77 years old today. Vince McMahon wrote the following on the brains behind the Royal Rumble match:

Wishing a very happy 80th birthday to my longtime friend and @WWE's first Intercontinental Champion, Pat Patterson! pic.twitter.com/xEszrgac9j
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) January 19, 2018
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One day after a rape allegation against him was made public, Enzo Amore has been released by WWE.

The company's statement: "WWE has come to terms on the release of Eric Arndt (Enzo Amore)."

Amore had been suspended by WWE yesterday. On Twitter, a woman using the handle "missgucciwitch" shared her story alleging that Amore had raped her last October. Phoenix Police confirmed that they responded to a local hospital on October 23rd, 2017 for a call of a sexual assault that had reportedly occurred on October 19th, 2017 at 401 West Clarendon Avenue. The investigation is still ongoing ...

UPDATE: Amore's accuser, whose name is Philomena Sheahan, spoke to TMZ about the incident. She told them Amore ripped her tights open and, despite her saying no countless times, he sexually assaulted her in the hotel room they were in.

Sheahan said Amore threw her on the bed and she passed out from smashing her head. When she woke up, she says he was still raping her and wouldn't stop when she said no and told him to get off of her. She doesn't know when Amore stopped, but says he was still there in the morning.
According to the Post Wrestling podcast show, the police investigation is expected to conclude soon. Supposedly WWE only found out about the allegations on the night of RAW 25 and only after getting questions by a reporter for an interview.

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According to Sheahan, there were drugs all over the hotel room, which would later play a factor into her becoming incapacitated. Sheahan said that she was 8 months sober from all drugs outside of her prescribed medication before the alleged meeting on October 19.

"I walk into the hotel room and there's cocaine everywhere. They're smoking weed and everything. We just started doing drugs," she said. "Then they pulled out a different bag. I expected it to be a better version of cocaine -- like top shelf that they had. They started giving it to me and I did like three lines in a row. It must have had meth or something I don't even know, because I was literally was sitting there on the couch. I could hear what they were saying, I couldn't speak, I was frozen. I can't say I was unconscious, but I was not there."

While incapacitated, Sheahan specified that she could hear a conversation between TooPoor and the WWE Cruiserweight Champion with some disturbing dialogue.
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On the day he was officially released from WWE, the legal team of Eric Arndt (aka Enzo Amore) released a statement via Arndt's Twitter account:

"Over the last two days, Philomena Sheahan has made multiple public allegations against Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore with the WWE), including allegations of sexual misconduct concerning an October 2017 incident in Phoenix. Mr. Arndt fully and unequivicoally denies these accusations. He is cooperating with the authorities in this matter and looks forward to having it resolved in a timely manner. Neither Mr. Arndt nor his counsel will be making any further public comments on this matter."

On Monday via Twitter, Sheahan accused Arndt of raping her on October 19th. Phoenix police confirmed they responded to a call from the local hospital on October 23rd for an incident that reportedly occured on the 19th. Sheahan spoke with TMZ and told her side of the story which was very graphic and troubling.
Enzo link: https://twitter.com/real1/status/955955140896460801 , TMZ: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/23/enzo-a...ahan-rape-wwe/

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Deadspin's David Bixenspan also noted on Twitter that there has been no change in the status of his case, according to the Phoenix Police Department. He tweeted:

Per the Phoenix Police Department, there has been no change in the status of the Eric "Enzo Amore" Arndt case since yesterday. This plus WWE pivoting from suspension to firing suggests that not telling WWE he was being investigated was indeed the catalyst for the firing.
— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) January 23, 2018
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ABC 15 has a story here about WWE releasing Enzo Amore following a woman accusing him of rape earlier this week. As noted, the incident happened on October 19th, 2017 at The Clarendon Hotel & Spa. Officers responded to a local hospital days later on October 23rd. Despite WWE releasing Enzo Amore today, ABC 15 noted that the case is still under investigation.
ABC link: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-ph...lt-allegations

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Following Enzo Amore's release, what's next for the Cruiserweight Championship will be made clear at the beginning of tonight's episode of 205 Live.

WWE announced that Daniel Bryan will kick off the show by addressing the situation with the title. Cedric Alexander had been scheduled to challenge Amore for the championship at the Royal Rumble on Sunday before Amore was suspended and later released.

It also appears that there will be a general manager named for 205 Live, with WWE's announcement noting that Bryan will also address rumors of a potential GM.
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Before he was suspended (and later fired) by World Wrestling Entertainment, Enzo Amore was originally slated to wrestle Goldust at last night's Raw 25 event.

In a bout that was scheduled for the third hour of Raw at the Barclays Center, Amore vs. Goldust would have led to The Dudley Boyz getting involved after the Zo-Train interfered and attacked Goldust and Cedric Alexander with the Dudleys putting someone through a table before celebrating with Alexander and Goldust.

With Amore having been removed from the show, WWE rewrote the segment to feature Titus O'Neil & Apollo Crews vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno to set up the Dudleys appearing and putting Slater through a table. The re-write (and a pre-tape that set up the new match) was finalized around 7 PM last night.

Goldust and Alexander were removed from Raw completely while members of the Zo-Train were instead sent to the Manhattan Center to work dark matches if needed.
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As expected, the 25th anniversary of Raw drew monster ratings, averaging 4.50 million viewers.

While the number wasn't close to the 6.02 million viewers of the similar 1,000th Raw special in 2012, nobody expected that kind of a figure. It was the biggest number in several years and will most likely be the largest number of 2018 ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 4.80 million viewers
9 p.m. 4.64 million viewers
10 p.m. 4.15 million viewers
In terms of rankings, RAW took the #1, #2, and #3 spots.

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Another NJPW regular has been added to Ring of Honor's upcoming WrestleMania weekend show.

ROH officially announced this morning that Kota Ibushi will be wrestling at Supercard of Honor XII in New Orleans on April 7th. He joins Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi as wrestlers who have been confirmed for the show.

ROH's announcement mentions the post-match angle that Ibushi was involved in at New Year's Dash where Omega stopped Cody Rhodes from hitting Ibushi with a chair and Omega and Cody argued after ...

Supercard of Honor XII will take place at the UNO Lakefront Arena on the same night as the Smoothie King Center hosts NXT TakeOver. ROH is looking to break their all-time attendance record, which was set when over 3,000 people were present for Supercard of Honor last year.
Link: http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/int...upercard-honor

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The Hollywood Reporter reported that John Cena is in negotiations to star in “Duke Nukem,” which is a film adaptation of the video game franchise.

“Ferdinand,” with Cena having voiced its lead character, was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film in the Academy Awards. Cena thanked the Academy for recognizing the movie: “So happy @FerdinandMovie was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. The cast, crew, directors, producers, and more importantly, its message, are amazing. Thank you to @TheAcademy for recognizing a story that reminds us to be proud of who we are. #Oscars2018”

While appearing at an event at the Empire State Building yesterday, Triple H said “I will tell you this -- stay tuned” about Ronda Rousey potentially appearing for WWE again.

Despite being on the commemorative chair, Lita tweeted that she didn’t make the guest list for last night.
Duke Nukem film: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...-nukem-1077194 , Ferdinand film: https://twitter.com/JohnCena/status/955845060616183808 , Triple H: https://theblast.com/triple-h-stepha...da-rousey-wwe/ , Lita: https://twitter.com/AmyDumas/status/955654559115788288

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After 36 hours of labor, Melissa Santos and Brian Cage welcomed the birth of their daughter. They named her Skylar Faith Button.

NJPW’s two Road to New Beginning in Osaka shows at Korakuen Hall next month will have English commentary.

The NWA congratulated WWE on Raw’s 25th anniversary.

Toni Storm has been announced to be making her Shimmer debut on 4/7 in New Orleans against Nicole Matthews.
Santos: https://twitter.com/ThisIsMelSantos/...75627667189761 , NJPW: https://twitter.com/reasonjp/status/955713520607232000 , NWA: https://twitter.com/nwa/status/955598733298806785

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Randy Orton's wife, Kim, took to social media today to vent over Randy not being booked for tonight's loaded RAW 25 show. Despite there being no SmackDown live event tonight, only a handful of SmackDown talents have been advertised for the event: Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, The Usos, Charlotte, WWE Champion AJ Styles and The New Day.

"Can someone pls explain to me how @randyorton isn't on the Raw 25th anniversary tonight?" she wrote. "He's been on more episode of Raw then anyone besides HHH, Michaels, Taker, Kane and Cena. Impressive list right? So why NOT @randyorton? He's had some of the most memorable moments in Raw history too. He's also on the Promo pic but isn't on the show. Just doesn't make sense to me. Enjoy the show tonight guys. I'll be playing MarioKart with my kids"
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeQwAZclyjB

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A new WWE 24 documentary will air on the WWE Network after Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view goes off the air. The one-hour special will take fans behind-the-scenes of WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. Below is the synopsis:

"WWE 24 cameras go backstage and follow the Superstars behind the curtain at WrestleMania from Orlando, Florida!"
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There was some speculation on Roman Reigns possibly being punished for the recent steroid allegation story with his title loss to WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz at last night's RAW 25 special but there is no heat, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. Reigns is still planned to face WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 34, as of this week. There's a feeling within WWE that the story on Reigns being implicated in the steroid ring is a non-story.

Regarding The Miz, Meltzer noted that he is currently in the beginning of a monster push. Miz is scheduled for a major WrestleMania 34 match but there's no word yet on who he might be facing. The Miz is scheduled to be booked as a top guy during WrestleMania season and the new "Miz & Mrs." USA Network reality TV show with Maryse may tie into that.
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WWE RAW General Manager Kurt Angle revealed on Instagram that he filmed an upcoming episode of Table For 3 with AJ Styles and Shane McMahon. He noted that in addition to their matches and families, they will talk about TNA Wrestling.

"Very intriguing 'Table for 3' coming soon on the WWE Network," Angle said. "AJ Styles, Shane McMahon and Yours' truly..... We talk about our matches together, our families, unheard stories and even TNA Wrestling. Must see."

Angle worked for TNA / Impact Wrestling from 2006 - 2016, while Styles was a part of the company from 2002 - 2013.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans their favorite Legend appearance at RAW 25. As of this writing, 46% voted for Steve Austin hitting Stunners on Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon while 18% voted for The Undertaker's "sacred ground" promo, 10% for DX's segment with The Balor Club, 8% for Chris Jericho putting Elias on The List, 7% for Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler calling Manhattan Center action and 4% for The APA's poker game. Christian hosting The Peep Show, The Dudley Boyz putting Heath Slater through a table, The Godfather's segment with Mark Henry, Ric Flair's appearance with his daughter, "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviewing WWE Champion AJ Styles and the "bizarre Legends" interacting with Kurt Angle all drew 2% or less.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • FW4online had a recent interview with Ellsworth talking about life after leaving the WWE, his pre-WWE career, early days as a wrestler, going from jobber to full time wrestler in the WWE, and more. https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/j...we-life-250271
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 34th anniversary of Hulk Hogan defeating The Iron Sheik for the WWF championship.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Kane has wrestled the most matches on RAW out of everyone who ever wrestled on the show since its launch in 1993. In regards to most wins ever, John Cena owns the record for men and Trish Stratus owns the record for women. https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCirc...01&sh=c709b843
  • WWE's official website had a recent interview with Kofi Kingston talking about his decade long career in the company, disappointments of his WWE career, and future goals. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...r-the-slammys/
  • Website Waypoint had a recent article about an indie promotion using Twitch to help book and run shows. https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/arti...its-damn-close


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Coming off the biggest Raw audience in years didn't seem to have a spillover to SmackDown as Tuesday night's show averaged 2.58 million viewers on the USA Network. That's just 57 percent of the audience for Raw's 25th anniversary episode ...

SmackDown was up very slightly in the year-over-year comparison as the Royal Rumble go-home show in 2017 did 2.556 million viewers.
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Asuka submitted Carmella with an armbar as Asuka & The Miz advanced over Carmella & Big E on Mixed Match Challenge last night. The show peaked at over 90,000 viewers live and has over 680,000 views as of now. Both of those numbers are down from last week. Asuka & Miz will face Sasha Banks & Finn Balor in the next round, with their match set for week seven of the tournament.

Next week’s Mixed Match Challenge match is Alexa Bliss & Braun Strowman vs. Becky Lynch & Sami Zayn.

Samir Singh will be out of action for a while due to tearing his ACL. Singh revealed that he suffered the injury last week and wrote that the past week has been emotional for him.

Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon, and AJ Styles will appear together on an upcoming episode of Table for Three.

Styles made his WWE debut in the Royal Rumble on this day two years ago.

WWE uploaded their annual “by the numbers” video for the Royal Rumble.
Samir: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeUOScvnFIc/ , Angle: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeREZ2qB...n=embed_legacy , Rumble video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOYxjjIJfKs

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PWG announced the card for their next show, which will be called Neon Knights and will take place on February 16th:

PWG World Champion Chuck Taylor defending against Trent Barreta
Keith Lee vs. Matt Riddle
Flip Gordon (making his PWG debut) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
David Starr vs. Travis Banks
Dalton Castle vs. Joey Janela
Adam Brooks vs. Matt Sydal

Impact Wrestling will have a live road show with Border City Wrestling and Destiny Wrestling at the Don Kolov Arena in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on March 4th. The show will be on Impact’s Twitch channel. (thanks to reader Jake Koch)

Hirai Kawato is set to make his CMLL debut as a rudo at Arena Mexico next week as he heads there on excursion. NJPW has post-match comments with English subtitles from Kawato’s final match before going to Mexico.

wXw announced that Keith Lee will replace Jeff Cobb in their 16 Carat Gold tournament in March. The tournament will take place on March 9-11, and Cobb had to withdraw due to Lucha Underground tapings being scheduled.
Impact: https://twitter.com/DestinyWrestle/s...80979537174528 , NJPW-CMLL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3JBcdBD7II , wXw: https://twitter.com/wXwGermany/statu...79792575062016

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WWE is bringing the Royal Rumble to Arizona next year.

The company announced via The Arizona Republic today that Chase Field in Phoenix will host the Royal Rumble on January 27th, 2019. Chase Field, which is a baseball stadium, is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. WWE estimates that over 40,000 people will attend the pay-per-view.

This will be the first time that a WWE show has taken place at Chase Field. It's also the first time that a baseball stadium has hosted a Royal Rumble.

The Arizona Republic's article mentions that the women's Royal Rumble match is "an event that will be repeated in Phoenix."

Like with all "Big Four" PPVs, there will be an NXT TakeOver special, Raw, and SmackDown in the days surrounding the Royal Rumble. The Talking Stick Resort Arena will host TakeOver on the 26th, Raw on the 28th, and SmackDown on the 29th.
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The decision to terminate Amore the next day was again, not a belief internally that Amore was guilty, but a determination that Amore failing to inform the company was, as several people described it, "the last straw" for Amore within the company.

It isn't news that Amore had been an controversial figure behind the scenes, something that was openly talked about in his recent WWE Network interview with Corey Graves. Sources indicated that there had been a number of issues previously with Amore's behind the scenes conduct, including the company being unhappy that he had gone on social media to mock Big Cass' legitimate injury when he hadn't been instructed to do so last year as well as the well-known situation in Europe where he was thrown off a tour bus for, allegedly, being loud and not letting talents sleep in the middle of the night even after he was asked repeatedly to quiet down. Within the company, among the wrestlers, Amore had been one of the least liked members of the locker room, often dressing and traveling on his own.

In the end, WWE sources tell us, there were too many instances of problems in recent months that were already building against Amore. His decision to not come to the company about criminal allegations that are obviously extremely serious and horrible, while knowing about them for months, was the watershed moment that led to them finally terminating him.
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The latest "vintage" WWE Network addition will be old WWF Coliseum Home Videos, PWInsider has learned.

There will be 38 videos uploaded to the Network's VOD section the first week of February.

The Coliseum videos had been planned for some time, although there was talk internally of instead adding old WCW Thunder episodes since the lawsuit brought against the compan by Buff Bagwell and Raventhe lack of royalties for in regard to their appearances on the WWE Network has been dismissed. That lawsuit led to WWE delaying the addition of Thunder and WWE Sunday Night Heat to the Network, but now that WWE successfully defended themselves against it, the door is now open for that content to be added.

PWInsider.com can also confirm the frontrunner to be added in March are old episodes of WWWF All-Star Wrestling from the 1970s.
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DK Publishing will be releasing a new hardcover WWE book focused on The Rock this October, similar to one they released on John Cena last year.

Other additional WWE books currently scheduled:
* 3/8 - WWE Superstars Guide (Second Editions) by Jake Black
* 3/13 - The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It.: From WWE's The New Day
* 5/8 - Raw: The First 25 Years.
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For those of you wondering how WWE handles producing Raw this past Monday, Vince McMahon oversaw things at the Barclays Center with Michael Hayes and Adam Pearce producing matches. Triple H oversaw The Manhattan Center with Mike Rotunda producing the matches.
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Billy Corgan's Lightning One, Inc. company, which is the production company attached to the National Wrestling Alliance, applied to trademark 'The Dupont Network' for wrestling purposes. That may be a takeoff of the Dumont Network, which was the name of the first television network that broadcast professional wrestling.
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Sports Illustrated has learned that much of the Raw 25 anniversary show was rewritten approximately three hours before going live after the creative team learned that Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon could not arrive at Raw early enough in the day for pre-tapes and segments with many WWE legends.

Plans for backstage segments with Fallon, including the general manager segment, ultimately became introductions and waves to the crowd.
Link to article: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/01...o-amore-raw-25

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Triple H revealed during today's media call that Kassius Ohno vs. The Velveteen Dream has been added to Saturday's WWE NXT "Takeover: Philadelphia" card. You can check out the full call in the video above.

It was also revealed that the January 31st NXT episode will be filmed at the Wells Fargo Center before Takeover hits the air on Saturday. The tapings will feature TM-61's return to TV plus appearances by Roderick Strong and Nikki Cross ...

Below is the updated card for Takeover:
NXT Title Match
Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas

NXT Women's Title Match
Shayna Baszler vs. Ember Moon

NXT Tag Team Title Match
The Authors of Pain vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish

Extreme Rules Match
Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black

Kassius Ohno vs. The Velveteen Dream
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WWE has applied to trademark the "Miz and Mrs." name, which is the title of the USA Network series on Maryse and WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz that will premiere later this year.

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The XFL is coming back.

I wasn't able to watch the first season as a) I live in Britain; and b) I was 15 so didn't get a say.

Now it is coming back with more forethought, planning, care and easier access, I'm inclined to check it out.

As a side note, with WWE owning all of the WCW names and trademarks, would they call their version of the Superbowl the Superbrawl?
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At this point it appears nothing at the top has changed for WrestleMania. As of right now the plan is for The Miz to defend the IC title against Braun Strowman, which is why Miz’s win was as clean as it was, since the IC title will be one of the biggest matches at Mania. But a lot can change. There are people who believe Strowman should win the three-way at the Rumble and it’s the time to make him champion, but at least after Raw that was not the way McMahon was thinking. The allegations last week against Reigns were described to us as a non-issue as far as potential cold feet on pulling the trigger on Reigns at this year’s Mania after a couple of pullbacks of plans to do the same dating back three years.
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Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane for the Universal title is the non-Rumble main event. The winner of this match would either face the winner of the Rumble, or more likely, the winner of the upcoming Elimination Chamber match if someone from Smackdown wins the Rumble. As noted, the Lesnar vs. Reigns destination dating back nearly one year still hasn’t been changed as of this past week.
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The name Daniel Bryan has been listed as among the betting favorites. What we can confirm is that Bryan has not been cleared to wrestle as of earlier in the week and that is not expected to change this week. An idea that somehow he could be involved but not take a bump has been speculated on and somehow winning that way. I can’t say it’s impossible but it’s not like they are going to do a Styles vs. Bryan match, so it somewhat defeats the long-term usual Royal Rumble winner purpose. But it’s wrestling and you can change things and rules at any time. If we go with the idea Reigns wins the Chamber match, that would leave someone from Smackdown. Reigns could win the Rumble, although the reaction in Philadelphia would almost surely be very negative if he does ...

The other thing is that the Bryan stuff has gotten enough play in the last two weeks, even mainstream coverage in the U.K. with the idea he’s winning, that there are likely fans attending who believe it’s the secret storyline. They’d better have a heel at No. 30, because if it’s a face and anyone other than Undertaker or a surprise of that level (I’m not sure Ethan Carter III or even Bobby Lashley would fit), the reaction to that face at No. 30 may not be pretty.
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On the women’s side ... There is no confirmation of Rousey being in the match and obviously her role in WWE is being kept a closely guarded secret. Asuka and Jax are being presented as the favorites.

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All charges against Rich Swann stemming from his December arrest were dismissed today.

Court records cite insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction as the reason why the case isn't moving forward. Swann was arrested in Gainesville, Florida on December 10th and charged with false imprisonment/kidnapping, which is a third degree felony, and misdemeanor domestic battery (touching or striking).

The arrest report from the incident stated that Swann had gotten into an argument with his wife Vanarrah Riggs, who wrestles as Su Yung, after she performed at an indie show. The report alleged that Riggs got out of their vehicle due to fearing that the argument was going to escalate, and Swann grabbed her by the arm and around her neck, dragged her back to the car, and pushed her in as she screamed for help. Swann denied physically touching Riggs.

In mid-December, Riggs posted a positive message about Swann on Facebook: "I can not wait to see my husband tomorrow. After such an awesome weekend of wrestling debuting in two different promotions across America, nothing would be better than to see his face."

Swann was indefinitely suspended by WWE after the arrest, which is what the company's zero-tolerance domestic violence policy called for. WWE has yet to comment on Swann's status following the charges being dismissed.
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Nobody asked what type of salaries they are going to pay and how that compares to the CFL, as they will be competing for the same type of player. As far as public interest, I don't see this being any different from last time or any of the attempts at second pro football leagues. But the environment is completely different today than in 2001. Whether that allows them to make it is a different story, but it's all about broadcast rights and if you can get a deal that allows you to make money, it doesn't matter about merch sales or ticket sales. And if it's just merch sales and ticket sales, but no significant money from broadcast rights, this doesn't have a chance. There are a lot more outlets, but television and OTT, looking for fringe product and you don't need that many viewers to stay on the air. But you need for someone to pay you a lot to be on the air, so this depends far more on the television/OTT market than the football market.
Meltzer on XFL's chances of success from a players and television viewpoint.

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WWE stock wasn't hurt by the XFL announcement as it was up 64 cents per share to $34.13, the highest the stock has been since 1999.
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Vince was asked how this will affect his day to day control with WWE. He said that there will be no change.to his role as Chairman of the Board and COO of WWE.
Part of the Q&A section from today's XFL revival press conference.

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The updated main events for the 3/16 WWE return to Madison Square Garden:
*WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman.
*John Cena vs. Elias.
*WWE Intercontinental champion The Miz vs. Roman Reigns.
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It was announced today that the Philadelphia intersection of Broad Street and Pattison Way, which is right outside of the Wells Fargo Arena, the host venue of the 2018 Royal Rumble, has been renamed this weekend as Royal Way and Rumble Road.
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Congratulations are in order for Chad Gable: WWE.com has learned the former SmackDown Tag Team Champion and his wife have welcomed their second daughter into the world. Meadow Ann arrived on Jan. 24 at 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Join us in celebrating this exciting new addition to Gable’s family!
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Alexa Bliss spoke with Sky Sports promoting Sunday's Royal Rumble. The Raw Women's Champion was asked about the first ever Women's Royal Rumble Match and whether this means if the Women's Evolution in WWE is complete.

She responded with, "You're never done. The WWE has been at the forefront of promoting women in sports entertainment and athletics. But it would be awesome if one day we main event WrestleMania. That would be amazing. At the moment, the fact that we're making history is very exciting. I'm very excited by this Royal Rumble match because the revolution didn't start with just one or two women. So the fact you have every woman included is awesome." Bliss is thankful for past generations blazing the trail that led them to this historic moment. "I don't think it really started with our generation," she said. "It started with the previous women, the divas. If they hadn't have had the types of matches they had then and been given the types of opportunities they had then, we wouldn't have what we have now. So I think it's great to see how we're perceived now and everything but it started before us. The fact that the fact notices that change is amazing and it's leading to us main eventing and having historic matches and it's been an amazing thing for women."
Link to the interview: http://www.skysports.com/wwe/news/14...urney-not-over

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William Regal noted that he just hit 25 years since he first came to the United States:

Two days ago marks 25 years since I arrived in the https://t.co/xCySkE82tb is the 25 anniversary of my debut in WCW.A “WCW Saturday Night” taping at Center Stage,Atlanta.Thank you to all that helped and watched for allowing me to entertain you.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) January 25, 2018
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On last night's episode of Total Divas, it was revealed that the due date for Miz and Maryse's first daughter is 4/6, which is just a few days before Wrestlemania 34.
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One person close to the situation said that when WWE announced the suspension, they had already decided to let him go. The key reason was that in a meeting with him when the news broke, he admitted being aware of the Phoenix police investigation and had never told the company, which is something they strongly frown on. The belief internally is that they never would have featured him so prominently, kept the cruiserweight title on him, and continued to build 205 Live around him if they had known he was the subject of an ongoing police investigation.
Some details regarding how furious WWE was over finding out about Enzo's legal problems.

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The biggest question involved the return of The Undertaker. Undertaker came out at the Manhattan Center and did an interview that left most people confused. He talked about how Stone Cold, Mick Foley and even his own flesh-and-blood (Kane) had all answered to the reaper, how they all tried and they all failed. But then teased the idea that he was retired as opposed to shooting an angle with John Cena.

Instead, Cena was in Brooklyn and an angle to put over Elias, designed to build the Royal Rumble, although that was never actually said on the broadcast as Rumble hype was minimal at best, with none of the top stars bringing up the Rumble match and the only Rumble-related promos, one by A.J. Styles and the other by Paul Heyman, were about the two major championship matches.

Elias was put in the Samoa Joe position as someone designed to work a key spot in the Rumble with Cena as well as perhaps do house shows with him. The house shows were to be Roman Reigns vs. Cena vs. Joe for the IC title, but with Joe injured and Miz winning the title, everything is likely to change.
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It is still not clear what will happen with Lesnar, whose contract expires after Mania, although there are aspects of the contract that tie him up through August. Prior to August, Lesnar would need Vince McMahon’s approval to do UFC. Dana White this week indicated that he believed Lesnar would fight in UFC in 2018. McMahon did give his approval for the Mark Hunt fight in 2016. Lesnar vs. Jon Jones was in the cards for 2018, but it fell apart when Jones was suspended. But White also said that he expected Jones to fight in 2018, meaning he expected some extenuating circumstances would keep Jones from being suspended as long as first feared. Still, just as the last time his contract was due, it’s hard to believe at 41, which Lesnar turns this summer, that Lesnar would do UFC past one giant payday that a Jones fight would bring, and that whether that would be part of his new deal, or he’d take a few months off and then return, that Lesnar wouldn’t end up long-term back in WWE for the next several years.
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For years, WWE has claimed, and in many places, the claim has gone unchecked, as being the longest running episodic weekly show in the history of television.

Of course, that claim is false. Episodic meant to remove sports shows, which have gone on since the beginning of time, and weekly news shows, like Meet the Press. Weekly was meant to exclude soap operas, which are episodic and daily.

Raw has produced more episodes, as has Smackdown, of any weekly network prime time show.
According to the Observer, the real record either belongs to Portland Wrestling (1953-91 with 2k shows) or Atlanta Wrestling (1972-2000 but can also be traced back to 1950) depending on the criteria used. Memphis Wrestling has 40+ years worth of weekly televised shows but doesn't count since it was 2 companies during its history.

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Evolve announced its top matches for 2/17 in Queens, NY at LaBoom and 2/18 in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena. The first night will have Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Austin Theory for the Evolve title, Keith Lee vs. AR Fox for the WWN title plus Chris Dickinson & Jaka vs. The End for the tag titles. The Joppa show is headlined by Matt Riddle vs. Austin Theory vs. Darby Allin vs. Jaka in an elimination match, Sabre Jr. vs. Dickinson in a non-title match and Lee vs. Tracy Williams in a non-title match.
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The first [ROH] PPV of the year will be the 16th anniversary show on 3/9 from Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. At the TV tapings on 1/20 in Nashville two matches were set up that are official. They are Dalton Castle vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH title and Silas Young vs. Kenny King for the TV title. At TV, they also teased a tag title match with Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley either against Mark & Jay Briscoe or a three-way including Baretta & Chuckie T
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The situation with Bobby Lashley is that he was actually under contract, for a good amount of money, through May, but since it was clear that he wasn’t staying past that point and he asked to be released early, they did so. The feeling would be he’s expecting a good deal elsewhere, whether that be WWE or New Japan, and was willing to forego the last three months of his contract

With the exception of Chris Adonis, who just quit, all of the departures were expected. Adonis & Eli Drake were going to work a tag title program with LAX when he quit

The company is looking at doing a deal where they focus on 6-8 top guys. Brian Cage is looking to be one of them as they are giving him a monster push. They toned him down as far as doing wild moves as at first they just want him destroying people like a Goldberg and then when he’s in bigger matches he’ll start to do more of the flying. Names we heard they were very happy with included Austin Aries, Matt Sydal, Su Yung and Sami Callihan. As for Eddie Edwards, it was really scary because there was fear when the injury first happened that he could lose his eye, but he was a real tough guy and came back all bruised up and still did run-ins at the next TVs. His deal is coming up and they are hopeful of keeping him
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The WWE has made an offer to people who have canceled the WWE Network that they can come back for a three month subscription starting now, which takes them through WrestleMania, for just $1.99 total. Other former subscribers were sent mailers that offered the same three month period for free. The key to this is the day after WrestleMania, when WWE announces its subscriber numbers, the people who signed up at $1.99 for three months would be listed as paid subscribers, not free subscribers, thus it would artificially create a gain in the year-to-year numbers. This would make it look like strong growth, or at least some growth, and would help the stock price even though it’s a gimmick. If there was no growth from last year, WWE would be questioned about if the network has peaked. There would be questions since Netflix has just announced record growth making people expect that of other major streaming services right now. The web site also has pop up ad offering two free months, which would expire two weeks before Mania
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There were negotiations a few months back for Hogan to be part of The Bullet Club, as legit they have said the only outside guys they’d want in would be C.M. Punk or Hogan. The feeling was that Hogan wanted too much money and he’d bail on them the minute Vince called, and the feeling was that he was negotiating in the first place to get Vince to bring him back.





Some other sheet news includes:
  • After previously being redirected to WWE's official website and later a 404 Error page, XFL's official website relaunched earlier today. https://www.xfl.com/
  • Radio show 107.7 The Bone with Baby Huey & Bimbo Jimbo had a recent interview with Natalya talking about RAW 25, talking with Trish Stratus backstage, Trish being an inspiration to her career, and the Women's Rumble. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...notes.html?p=1
  • According to PWI, at least 5 indie companies recently sent Enzo Amore booking offers for their shows.
  • According to reports, Jey Uso has been pulled off of Nickleodeon's Paradise Run show due to his recent DUI arrest. Rumor going around online hints at the Usos losing the Smackdown tag titles at the Rumble as part of Jey's punishment.
  • According to the Observer, USA Network would actually make more ad revenue if they dropped WWE shows than keep them. They'd drop a lot in network rankings (#3 to #10) and have a smaller average audience for prime time shows but in return can get higher paying advertisers without the negative stigma of wrestling being around.
  • Recent episode of the X-Pac12360 podcast show had X-Pac talk about his Mt Rushmore of Wrestling, the Enzo allegations, and WWE going to commercial during Scott Hall's entrance at RAW 25 show. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...e-allegations/


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ugh... Vince really wants Philly and New Orleans to burn to the ground in the next 3 months doesn't he?
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According to FW4Online's Bryan Alvarez, No Way Jose is currently set to be one of the surprise entrants in the Men's Royal Rumble match.

Alvarez made the announcement during a recent Bryan & Vinny Show.

Spoiler tag used since its related to a surprise entrant for the Men's Rumble.

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It took until the Friday before the pay-per-view, but Roman Reigns has finally been announced for Sunday's Royal Rumble match ...

With the addition of Reigns, the men's Royal Rumble is up to 18 confirmed entrants. There have also been 18 participants announced for the women's match, which is everyone on the current roster who is available and doesn't hold a title. There are 12 spots remaining for both matches heading into the weekend.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/article/roman-rei...ch-this-sunday

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Prior to TakeOver: Philadelphia going on the air tomorrow night, there will be a WWE United Kingdom Championship number one contender's match on the pre-show television tapings.

Roderick Strong will be facing Tyler Bate, with the winner getting a future shot at Pete Dunne's title. Strong vs. Bate will air on Wednesday's episode of NXT television.

Bate was the last person in WWE to challenge Dunne for the title, losing to him in a match that aired on December 20th.

Nikki Cross vs. Lacey Evans and the in-ring return of TM61 have also been advertised for Wednesday's episode and will be taped prior to TakeOver.

There will be an hour-long pre-show before TakeOver begins. Renee Young and Corey Graves will host the NXT year-end awards, and Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Samoa Joe will appear on the pre-show panel.
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ROH has switched its upcoming shows and the 2/9 show in Concord, NC, that was to be a TV taping will now be a house show. The TV taping will now be on 2/10 at Center Stage in Atlanta. The Atlanta matches are now in Concord with Cody & Marty Scurll & Adam Page vs. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia & TK O'Ryan and Jay Lethal vs. Jonathan Gresham. One match in Atlanta for TV will be Chuckie T & Baretta vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe.

Progress Wrestling is headed to Australia with shows on 4/17 in Perth, partnering with Explosive Pro Wrestling, 4/18 in Sydney, partnering with Pro Wrestling Australia, 4/20 in Melbourne, partnering with Melbourne City Wrestling and 4/21 in Ivercargill, New Zealand.

Hirai Kawato's debut at Arena Mexico was moved from this coming Tuesday to a week from tonight due to some immigration issues.

Lanny Poffo has set up a Kickstarter program for a comic book based on his WWE gimmick called, "The Genius Lanny Poffo, Wrestling's Smartest Man."

Jushin Liger, Rocky Romero and Puma King headline for Pro Wrestling Revolucion on 3/10 in San Francisco at John O'Connell High School.
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The 1/25 edition of Impact did 310,000 overnight viewers, up from last week’s 309,000 overnight viewers.
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Sumie Sakai and Stacy Shadows have been announced for the upcoming Women of Honor Championship Tournament
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No word yet on whether Rich Swann has been officially reinstated by WWE after all charges against him were dropped in Florida yesterday afternoon.
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On his latest podcast, Jerry Lawler confirmed what some had speculated, that WWE made the call to have some additional talents brought over the Manhattan Center due to the negative reactions of the fans live to what they were getting in person in that venue during Raw 25. In asking this morning, I was told that Ric Flair and Jeff Hardy were always scheduled to appear there but The Miz and Seth Rollins were added over the course of the night ...

During his podcast, Lawler also noted he would be part of the Royal Rumble broadcast as part of the Men's Rumble bout.
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Eddie Edwards stated yesterday that Impact would remain his home "for the foreseeable" future. His current deal expires in February.

Alberto el Patron's deal expires in March, but given that he is locked in to headline the 4/22 Redemption PPV, it would appear the two sides have come to terms on some sort of extension. Impact sources would not confirm that Patron has signed a new contract.

Impact will be filming a Moose vs. Alberto el Patron bout taking place this weekend for Future Stars of Wrestling in Las Vegas.

Bobby Lashley has been pulled from all scheduled Impact-related appearances. He is free and clear to go anywhere he wants as of 2/1. We have heard his next move is to concentrate on MMA fights, but one would think WWE would be interested.

Impact Wrestling promised that next week's episode would kick off a "new era" for the company:

Next week is the beginning of a new era but one thing will remain constant. Every single week we're looking to present the very best wrestling show we can and our crew and our immensely talented roster give you everything. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next week. #Genesis
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 26, 2018

Impact's relationship with Crash in Mexico is done.
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WWE announced that Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Samoa Joe will be part of the NXT:Takeover pre-show panel this Saturday at 7 pm ET, on all the usual WWE platforms.

Renee Young and Corey Graves will host the NXT Year End Awards during the pre-show.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/nxt-...lphia-pre-show

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Matt Hardy recently spoke with 2K to promote the recent WWE 2K18 DLC Pack and commented on how he would compare Woken Matt vs. Broken Matt. He said:

"They are very similar. Basically, Broken Matt broke down the barriers in his mind and could use more of that ability. And returning back home, the reception that we received when we came out at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, it held my condition, the Broken mind, dormant for a matter of months. And then, after touching the magical creature known as Bray Wyatt, it actually houses Sister Abigail, which I was able to draw from her magic and it reignited the magic within me. So I became Woken and realized all of my broken brilliance.

It's very interesting. They are very similar. There's a little bit of difference because the Woken Wisdom is the second rebirth. Now that my Woken Wisdom has finally been realized and I am conscious of everything that is going on now, I think that the wrestling fans are going to be in for a truly special run."
Link: https://wwe.2k.com/news/entries/inte...8-dlc-and-more

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The T-Mobile Arena posted the ad below on their Facebook page hyping next month's RAW branded Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. In the plug, they asked which of the 12 RAW Superstars will make it inside, which would suggest that there will be two Chamber matches since there are six people in a Chamber match. It reads:

ONE MONTH 'til the #EliminationChamber! Which of the 12 @WWE Raw Superstars will make it inside? ??: http://tmobilearena.us/PtfsoT

Alexa Bliss and Samoa Joe are both pictured on the post, suggesting separate men and women's Chamber matches. There has never been a women's Chamber match since the concept was introduced in 2002. The first-ever women's Royal Rumble match will take place this Sunday, and it appears that all specialty pay-per-view matches will feature separate men and women's bouts.

WWE Elimination Chamber takes place on February 28th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are available at this link. You can check out the full post below:
Link to the ad: https://www.facebook.com/tmobilearen...513747834023:0

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We've noted how RAW Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan has been out of the ring for a few weeks now due to an undisclosed injury. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Jordan has been dealing with a bad back. Jordan and Seth Rollins are still scheduled to defend the titles against The Bar at Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
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Jon Bravo, who is working on a documentary looking at the Iron Addicts Gym which was owned by jailed steroid dealer Richard Rodriguez, released another interview with Rodriguez ...

In the new video, Rodriguez said that he specifically named Reigns, Wahlberg and Duhamel to get a better plea deal. He said that there are bigger names that haven't been released that will be revealed in his documentary, even teasing that he might have some secrets on advisors in President Donald Trump's administration. Rodriguez said that Reigns was introduced to him years ago by a wrestling enthusiast. He also said that he will release "snippets of proof" in the next week of text messages, tracking numbers and addresses where products were shipped that will be tied to each of the accused.

"That information with us communicating with Roman via text messages will be provided to the appropriate party, which will then be disclosed prior to our documentary that's going to be filmed soon," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez added that his protocol with Reigns would change depending on "the varied times in which WWE wrestlers get tested."
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xBdZEugfE0

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WWE's Cruiserweight division is in peril over the past nine months, as their roster has been decimated with injuries, releases, legal issues and more.

The belief among talent is that WWE has frozen Neville's contract as opposed to letting it expire. We've seen this in the past with injuries, such as Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan. Bryan was able to get his "service time" moving along by accepting a role as WWE Smackdown Live GM. However, we're told that Neville returned to the UK a while back, until he returns, or WWE changes their mind, it's not likely his contract time will run down.
Link: https://www.fightful.com/exclusive-u...e-s-status-wwe


Some other sheet news includes:
  • WWE is currently scheduled to release a "Best of Shane McMahon" DVD set on June 11th.
  • Twitch will be holding a 10 day marathon of indie wrestling featuring various indie companies starting today. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-more.html?p=1
  • Recent episode of Dinner With The King podcast show had Lawler discussing the photo of him and JR asleep during RAW 25, issues with the Manhattan Center of the show, Triple H making changes on the fly due to negative crowd reactions, and getting in trouble for saying "puppies" during the show. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-more.html?p=1
  • According to PWI, WWE is rumored to not have decided on who will be the general manager for 205 Live will be yet.
  • Sports Illustrated had a recent interview with Edge discussing his pick to win the Royal Rumble, wanting Nakamura vs AJ Styles at Mania, and more. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...al-rumble-and/


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The news of USA Network actually making more revenue if they dropped WWE is fascinating and potentially huge. I mean, that's quite shocking. Watch those Network subs too. Not a "sky is falling" post. I imagine that their subs are going to sit around the same mark and nothing changes with the stock price. But the TV thing is interesting. Things were looking really great for them with the FOX news, but if you're a suit, you'd be a fool not to look into that revenue information.
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Normally, that shouldn't be possible considering RAW and Smackdown prop up the network a lot for viewers and rankings but USA Network still has a net negative for ad revenues and still can't get really good paying advertisers to join up without NBC's help.

Was a lot easier for NBC to drop WWE programming from their network since they already have shows that do better than WWE's for prime time and for ad generating.
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That's scary. Having those viewers should translate into revenue. That it doesn't really doesn't make the WWE an appealing product. This sounds very similar to when Nitro was getting great ratings compared to other things in 2001, but the company was bleeding money, which is all anyone in that position is going to care about. It's different in the sense that NBC Universal does not own WWE, but that value to advertising is basically the only reason that viewership number means anything.
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Normally it would but USA Network got way too desperate at wanting to improve RAW.

Gave WWE a 3rd hour for RAW thinking it would be very beneficial to both parties and instead its been a $40 million per year sinkhole for them.

Wanted Smackdown to go live as a way to boost their Tuesday rankings and while its been a lot more beneficial, they had to give WWE an extra $50 million outside of the current tv deal to make it happen.

With the current tv deal, they had to get NBC involved mainly to help them out with advertisers since they were losing way too much money and struggled to get really good paying ones to join.

Right now its expected WWE is going to get at least a 30% increase with their new tv deal which still won't put them anywhere near NASCAR-like levels (around $600-$800 million per year) but way better than they ever did before (around $250-$260 million projected).
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But why would NBC pay more? That made sense to me with decreased viewership but them still being one of the most viable properties USA has in a dying cable industry, but with it being an allegedly detrimental relationship, you'd probably better off running Psych re-runs.
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That third hour's always been detrimental. I know they get paid for it, but when it affects viewership and basically means fewer eyeballs are going to be seeing that time you're feeling, it makes you less effective for the bottom-line. If you're WWE, at some point getting that wheelbarrow of money for a third hour or a live show doesn't stretch to what you're missing by having a more viable product. But given how boring and shit SmackDown has been, losing that hour is not necessarily going to help Raw.
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But why would NBC pay more? That made sense to me with decreased viewership but them still being one of the most viable properties USA has in a dying cable industry, but with it being an allegedly detrimental relationship, you'd probably better off running Psych re-runs.
USA Network probably going to cover the bulk of any increases just like they have been doing with the current tv deal. Similar to El Rey and Lucha Underground with El Rey's parent company Univision providing nominal help at best.

NBC's direct involvement with WWE pretty much ended when they dropped the Saturday Night's Main Event revival show on their network. Since then, they mainly leave it up to USA Network which is why WWE Week rarely has stuff on NBC itself.
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I get the particulars of what you're saying, but why? Who in the USA Network exeuctive board is saying "You know, WWE makes us nothing off advertising and costs us money, so let's pay them more this cycle instead of less or just getting rid of their taboo asses"? The narrative has always been that WWE might be decreasing in terms of viewership and numbers, but has always been one of the most watched cable shows around, therefore making it a viable property. For it to come out that it's a money pit for the network is just...weird.
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Funny thing is I think the head of USA Network is actually a big supporter of the WWE and played a big role in getting WWE back after Spike TV was no longer interested.

Also was the one who pushed for RAW to get a 3rd hour and Smackdown being live regardless of the costs for the network.
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At some point it's a case of "What have you done for me lately," though. Bonnie Hammer's not there. The ratings and viewership were cute at the start, but at some point that needs to translate into revenue, or it's a case of "we're not going to pay you hundreds of millions more to be down $60 million" or whatever. Surely. That's how money works, right? At some point a hot-shot young executive looking to build their stock in the company is going to come in and say "Um, guys. I can save us millions and millions by just cutting out this WWE crap no one wants to watch anymore."

Loyalty might extend to the point that they don't replace Raw or SmackDown with other wrestling, which it is possible to theorize that people would still watch out of habit and you can realistically pay a lot, lot less for, but I don't think that's the same as willingly running at a deficit because Vince McMahon was useful to you in 1993. In fact, USA has dropped them before. It's not inconceivable that it's a pragmatic possibility again.
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I need to engage with these numbers more. I've always been led to believe that although ad revenue from WWE is comparatively low to things with that viewership, it was still making them money. Am I wrong in assuming that ad revenue is basically how the USA Network makes its money. I'm just trying to wrap my head around why they would pay the WWE more money to keep its television afloat with diminishing returns.

Is it because that withdrawing financial support is going to stifle the product even more? If so, that's a pretty good reason to kind of resent the WWE, haha. You're locked in a dance with no real positive outcome, because it's not realistic to assume that the WWE is just going to start turning in more ad revenue. Is the idea that it's a long-term investment by the USA Network to prop them up and challenge the idea that wrestling can't advertise?

Is there some sort of money-making element I am missing? Is there some way that the WWE makes money for USA that isn't through ads? Is there something about ad revenue without much viewership > viewership without ad revenue that I'm confusing?
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As noted, WWE announced that Ronda Rousey has signed a full-time deal with the company following her debut after last night's women's Royal Rumble match.

The current plan is for Rousey to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag match at WrestleMania 34, according to F4Wonline.com. It was believed that Rousey's handshake with Stephanie was to squash their storyline beef but apparently not.

No word yet on Rousey's partner but there had been rumors all week of WWE trying to put together Rousey and The Rock vs. The Authority. It's unknown whether or not that match can happen as Rock hasn't been able to wrestle a significant WrestleMania match due to movies he has had to film during recent WrestleMania seasons.

It's believed that Rousey has signed a multi-year deal with WWE.

Spoiler tag used since its related to potential Mania plans for Ronda Rousey.

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Last night's Raw did 3.38 million viewers, down 25 percent from last week's 25th anniversary special.

There was no way the show would have come close to last week's numbers, but a better comparison would be last year's episode the day after the Royal Rumble, which did 3.61 million viewers, or a six percent year-to-year decline. In television today, that's considered neither bad nor good.

What is notable is that the first hour of Raw after the Rumble, at 3.66 million viewers, beat last year's first hour of 3.63 million. The difference is that last year the audience stayed through the show, with only a 1.5 percent decline in audience from hour one to hour three. This year's decline was 16.4 percent from the first hour to the third hour.

Also notable is that the male audience was much higher by percentage than for a normal week of Raw, with a 65/35 split, which is more in line with several years ago. That's notable because it indicates that if there were curiosity viewers regarding Ronda Rousey, they were far heavier male. Last year's day after Rumble show did a 60/40 male/female split ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.66 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.46 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.06 million viewers
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Following last night's women's Royal Rumble, the WWE women's division is already set for another first-ever match.

Stephanie McMahon opened Raw tonight and confirmed that Alexa Bliss would be defending her Women's Championship in an Elimination Chamber match on February 25th in Las Vegas. None of the other participants have been revealed yet, but there will be five challengers for Bliss' title ...

The T-Mobile Arena, which will be hosting the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, had been indicating that there would be two Chamber matches in their advertising for the event. And the Sporting News reported earlier today that the women's Elimination Chamber would be happening.
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WWE posted a behind-the-scenes video from Raw 25. It’s over eight minutes long and features an out-of-character appearance by The Undertaker.

Mick Foley tweeted about Sasha Banks’ dive from her Raw match against Asuka: “I really don’t want to see Sasha try that dive again. Too many close calls. Time to take that item off the menu.”

Ten of the Coliseum Home Videos coming to the WWE Network next week have been revealed. They are:
Bloopers, Bleeps, and Bodyslams
Most Unusual Matches
Villains of the Squared Circle
Brains Behind the Brawn
Funniest Moments
Mega Matches
Wrestling’s Greatest Champions
Battle at the Royal Albert Hall
World Tour ‘92
Invasion of the Bodyslammers
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Lance Storm will be the special guest referee for Tenille Dashwood vs. Rachael Ellering at Wrestling Has A Tomorrow in Providence on February 11th. Storm trained both wrestlers at his school.

The main event of Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2 in New Orleans on April 6th is set to be Janela vs. The Great Sasuke.

Minoru Suzuki has been announced for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s WrestleMania week show on April 6th.
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According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Ronda Rousey was brought to Miami via a private charter plane from Colombia, where she was filming a movie on Saturday and then traveled to Philly (I am guessing on the WWE jet) and was hidden until right before she walked out on stage at the Royal Rumble last night. As we reported this morning, basically no one not named McMahon knew Rousey was walking out.

Shelburne also noted that Rousey has been training secretly at the WWE Performance Center for months, which we've noted previously in the Elite section of PWInsider - that she was training there late at night when no one was in the facility beyond her a select few others.

Rousey has filed a number of trademarks on the term "Rowdy Ronda Rousey" so she, not WWE, will own that name and moniker.

The company acquired permission to use Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" last night, and if they were smart, they would acquire the rights going forward if they haven't already
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The reason so many women from the past were booked, more than originally planned, was because they were filming a documentary on women's wrestling. They are going to heavily push women, even more so than before, since at least right now the company's biggest mainstream star is a woman.
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There is also talk of pushing the Andre Battle Royal harder this year because the HBO special coming out on Andre will be on the Tuesday after WrestleMania. WWE realizes that if they get a good rating and showing on HBO for that, then it could lead to more projects involving wrestlers of the past, especially since Bill Simmons, the guy behind the project, is a longtime wrestling fan.
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The Jeremy Borash hire was a Triple H call and according to numerous sources, he will be working in the developmental/NXT system going forward. It does not appear he was brought on board to take part in the Matt Hardy storyline, but there's always a chance he could be tapped to work on that. There's no word when Borash officially starts with WWE but one would think he would be at the NXT tapings in Atlanta, GA this week. There's also no word as to where he will appear on screen.

Borash's departure will change Impact Wrestling plans tremendously, at least in terms of their announcing plans. Sources within Impact state the initial plan was to move Josh Mathews into more of a character on the show, positioning him with Matt Sydal as Sydal's "spiritual advisor." That happened at the last set of TV tapings. Their plan for announcing had been to put Borash and Don Callis together as the announcing team, but obviously that is out the window.
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New Japan Pro Wrestling have applied to trademark the following U.S Trademarks: Strong Style, King of Sports, and Strong Style Evolved. They applied all three for clothing purposes.

They are also applying 'Strong Style Evolved' for the following:

"Educational and instruction services relating to arts, crafts, sports or general knowledge; arranging, conducting and organization of seminars; arranging, conducting and organization of conferences, lecture meeting, workshops, symposiums; production of radio or television programs; Production of videotape film in the field of education, culture, entertainment or sports (not for movies or television programs and not for advertising or publicity); organization, arranging and conducting of sports competitions; organization, arranging and conducting of martial arts; booking of seats for show; presentation of live show performances; presentation of magic performances; direction or presentation of plays; presentation of musical performances"
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Ring of Honor announced that STARDOM competitors will be announced all throughout the week for the Women of Honor Championship tournament. The first competitor announced is Kagetsu. PWInsider.com has confirmed there will be four stars from Japan announced.

ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni tweeted the following teasing an announcement for later today regarding Supercard of Honor:

https://twitter.com/IanRiccaboni/sta...26685667991552
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As we reported last night on PWInsider.com, currently, the Rey Mysterio return was just a one night appearance, although the monster pop he received certainly caught the attention of WWE management.

WWE and Mysterio have had off and on talks about a return over the last year, but the main bone of contention has been that WWE has wanted Mysterio back full-time while Mysterio, 43, would rather work a part-time schedule.

Mysterio appeared on the third season of Lucha Underground, but his deal with that series has expired. He has had talks with Impact Wrestling and at one point, a deal to debut at the last set of Impact tapings brokered by Konnan was so close that travel arrangements had been made before the conversations ended without a deal. Impact had been working on the idea of trying to get Mysterio to debut at their April tapings with the idea of debuting him at the 4/22 Redemption PPV.
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We mentioned last week that last Monday's RAW 25th Anniversary show was apparently rewritten three hours before going live. Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated reported that there were plans for backstage segments with several legends, including the stars that were involved in the general manager segment, with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

According to sources within WWE, any of the changes that were made on the show had nothing to do with Fallon. Fallon was rumored to have caused the re-writes because he had arrived late to the show. Sources noted that the re-writes were nothing out of the ordinary, as the development of RAW is an iterative process.
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Some of the names backstage for Sunday's WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view were The Undertaker, WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff and Paige, according to PWInsider. The Undertaker was there to see wife Michelle McCool work the women's Rumble and gave no real indication to what his WrestleMania 34 plans are. Patterson, the creator of the Rumble match, was there to lend his expertise and advise. Volkoff was just visiting and came in from nearby Baltimore where he lives. Paige was backstage but not used due to her injury. Several WWE NXT Superstars were also backstage for the whole show while some left after finding out they weren't needed.





Some other sheet news includes:
  • Edge revealed Johnny Gargano will be this week's guest on the Edge & Christian podcast show. https://twitter.com/EandCPod/status/958467155217059842
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Becky Lynch celebrated her 31st birthday today.
  • Rumor going around the net implies the reason why the Bellas were in the Final 3 and Nikki eliminating Brie was only due to Total Divas wanting a big Rumble storyline for an upcoming season and it had to involve the Bellas.
  • USA Today had a recent interview with Triple H talking about signing Ronda Rousey, Rousey's star potential for the WWE, and backstage reactions to Ronda's signing. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-new-audience/
  • For those interested in a nice laugh, Cageside Seats held their annual Royal Rumble Dumbest Ass Award revealing the nominees and winners fof this year's Rumble. Sasha took the award for being the dumbest in the Women's Rumble and Sheamus in the Men's Rumble. https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/20...-chris-jericho


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Despite this being the first episode after a Royal Rumble that received a ton of mainstream media attention, SmackDown was down three percent in the ratings this week.

Last year's show following the Royal Rumble saw a 10 percent increase ...

With Raw having a better than average number following the Rumble and the hit that SmackDown took due to the tough competition, the show retained just under 75 percent of the Raw audience from the night before. It was also down almost 11 percent in the year-over-year ratings, the biggest decline since August 29th and the second largest since the show moved to a live format on Tuesday nights.
In terms of the actual number, this week generated 2.509 million viewers.

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Dixie Carter tweeted about Rockstar Spud (who is now known as Drake Maverick) debuting as the 205 Live general manager: “Oh my sweet @RockstarSpud. So very proud...but OF COURSE I’ve seen this in you all along! Best #BritishBootCamp decision. Best memories as YOUR sidekick, not the other way around. Best @WWE decision. #205Live #SDLive”

Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss defeated Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch on Mixed Match Challenge last night when Bliss jumped off Strowman’s shoulders and hit Twisted Bliss on Lynch. The live viewing numbers were down for the second straight week, but the total views are up slightly from where last week’s episode was at this time. The second episode has 1.7 million views compared to the first episode's 1.9 million as of now.

Rory Gulak, who is Drew Gulak’s brother, and Chris Wylde were the team that faced the Bludgeon Brothers on SmackDown last night: Drew tweeted right before Rory’s appearance: “Man, I feel bad for whoever has to fight the Bludgeon Brothers next on #SDLive.”

Kenny Omega praised The New Day in an interview with Sports Illustrated: “When I see Big E, I clearly see someone who could be world champion. The guy is on another level. Kofi is one of those guys who is good in all situations and can challenge for all titles, and Xavier is another great athlete who is talented in the ring and confident on the mic.” In response, Big E replied to someone who posted the quote where Omega complimented him: “You making this quote up? Don’t play with my emotions.”
Dixie: https://twitter.com/TNADixie/status/958703802470854656 , Gulak: https://twitter.com/DrewGulak/status/958516595684495360 , Omega: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/01...dy-kenny-omega , Big E: https://twitter.com/WWEBigE/status/958861913655529474

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Despite Braun Strowman competing on tonight's episode of WWE Mixed Match Challenge, the show suffered another big drop in live viewership in week three.

Tonight's show peaked at around 62,400 live viewers right after the conclusion of the match pitting Strowman & Alexa Bliss against Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch. Bliss pinned Lynch to earn the win, making it the third straight week where the woman earned the victory for their team.

The episode was down 32% from last week's episode, which featured The Miz & Asuka defeating Big E & Carmella. It was down 54% from the premiere, which peaked at 135,600 live viewers.
Some details about this week's numbers for Mixed Match Challenge.

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Impact’s show with WrestlePro will take place on Sunday and stream on their Twitch channel on February 9th at 8 p.m. Eastern.

A rematch between Keith Lee and Tomohiro Ishii is set for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Epic Encounter at York Hall on May 11th. The two had a great match together last year.

Simon Gotch will be making his MLW debut by teaming with Seth Petruzelli against Jason Cade & Jimmy Yuta on February 8th.
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After Alicia Fox was pulled from the tournament due to injury, Goldust will be teaming with Mandy Rose in Mixed Match Challenge.

That announcement was made towards the end of last night's episode. Goldust & Rose will be taking on Jimmy Uso & Naomi next Tuesday, and the winning team will go on to face Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss in week eight of the tournament.
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It appears WWE Network is filling in the gaps with the World Class Championship Wrestling TV library a few episodes have been uploaded today.

The early word on March's vintage addition to the WWE Network's Vault section is that it will be episodes of WCW Saturday Night. WWE will be adding Coliseum Home Videos to that area this Monday.
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Ring of Honor announced:

Stardom’s dominant Oedo Tai faction is well-represented in the tournament to crown the first Women of Honor Champion! In addition to the leader of Oedo Tai, Kagetsu’s tag team partner, one half of the Goddess of Stardom Champions, second-generation star Hana Kimura has entered the tournament to crown the first Women of Honor Champion!
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With Jeremy Borash having left for WWE, the announced revival of Live Audio Wrestling on Impact's Twitch channel is off. No word on if or when it returns.
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New 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick (the former Rockstar Spud in Impact Wrestling) had plenty to celebrate as last night was not only his WWE debut, but his birthday as well.

And there was a little reunion as King Maxel met with a former foe...

This #DrakeMaverick guy seems so familiar, but I just can't place him.... ???? #205Live pic.twitter.com/R2nEPzcJYi
— KING MAXEL (@BABYHARDYBRAND) January 31, 2018
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The latest "This Week In Wrestling" article at Sports Illustrated features an interview with Kenny Omega, who discussed The New Day. Omega said that they are three of his favorite wrestlers in WWE, and feels that Big E could be a world champion.

"When I see Big E, I clearly see someone who could be world champion," said Omega. "The guy is on another level. Kofi is one of those guys who is good in all situations and can challenge for all titles, and Xavier is another great athlete who is talented in the ring and confident on the mic."

Omega also noted that New Day being in the same spot in the company for years makes him hesitant about possibly eventually signing with them.

"It's things like that that really make me think twice about what I would be getting into if eventually I do go there," said Omega.
Link: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/01...dy-kenny-omega

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After making a surprise appearance as a participant of the men's Royal Rumble match this past Sunday, Rey Mysterio is headed to the U.K. to face Zack Gibson for 5 Star Wrestling's event in Liverpool this Thursday. The event is headlined by Rob Van Dam facing John Morrison for the 5 Star Championship. Jake Hager (f.k.a. Jack Swagger), Carlito and Chris Masters are also scheduled to be in action.
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The official twitter account for fast-food restaurant Wendy's showed why their Twitter game is on another level. When a user asked them why they didn't enter the Royal Rumble, they replied:

We heard we could just show up later and point at the mania sign
— Wendy's (@Wendys) January 31, 2018
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As noted, Alicia Fox missed the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match and was pulled from WWE's Mixed Match Challenge due to a broken tailbone she suffered in the pre-Rumble rehearsals. PWInsider reports that Fox is not expected to be cleared to return to the ring for at least a few months. Fox was said to be very upset about missing her chance to work the first-ever women's Rumble.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans if the "Yep! Movement" will survive the match between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens on next week's SmackDown. As noted, the winner will go on to face WWE Champion AJ Styles in the main event of the Fastlane pay-per-view in March. As of this writing, 74% of fans voted, "Nope. With The Road to WrestleMania underway, even a friendship like Owens & Zayn's will crumble with a WWE Title Match hanging in the balance." The rest went with, "Yep! Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are best friends, and despite having to face off in such a high-stakes match, SmackDown LIVE will continue to be the 'Kevin & Sami Show.'"

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As far as the WrestleMania scene, Reigns vs. Lesnar is the Universal title match and Ronda Rousey’s first match will be the match most heavily pushed in the advertising most likely. If they go the mixed tag route, Kurt Angle could be there given Angle vs. HHH was a direction coming off the Angle/Stephanie dynamic, but that hasn’t been played up much of late.

Unless Undertaker backs off, his match with Cena would be also heavily pushed. Given Cena is in the Chamber match, the earliest they’d start building the Cena vs. Undertaker program would be 2/26. Styles vs. Nakamura for the WWE title and Miz vs. Strowman for the IC title are also planned. Other matches heavily talked about this week would be the respective women’s title matches, Bliss vs. Jax and Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka as things stood over the weekend. Given the storyline in recent weeks, there looked to be a Jason Jordan vs. Seth Rollins direction but nothing regarding Jordan can be locked in right now. There will be one, if not two Battle Royals, to get everyone on the show.

Spoiler tags used since its related to potential Mania plans and matches.

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A lot of episodes of WCW Saturday Night will be added to the WWE Network in April.

The Forbes website edited an article that stated that Raw was the longest running episodic show in U.S. television history after running it and has changed it to being the longest running weekly episodic show still in production.

ECW Press announced that a book called "Creating the Mania: An Inside look at how WrestleMania comes to life" about the build to this year's show will be released in August.
Mania book: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...emania-34.html

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Ed Nordholm, Don Callis and Scott D'Amore of Impact are in the U.K. doing business and scouting talent for Impact.

The NWA announced today that Nick Aldis is looking at defending the NWA title against 20 different opponents over 60 days starting on 2/11. They are calling it the Aldis Crusade with Ten Pounds of Gold. He's looking at defending the title in North America, Europe and Asia. The matches will be filmed for a documentary. Austin Idol will be involved in this as well as his representative.

ICW announced today that Drew Galloway aka Drew McIntyre will be on their 2/12 show in Glasgow at the O2 ABC and be induced into the ICW Hall of Fame. WWE has given its approval for him to make that appearance.

Austin Aries vs. ACH has been added to next Thursday's MLW show in Orlando at Gilt Night Club.

Evolve on 2/17 in Queens, NY has Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Austin Theory for the Evolve title, Keith Lee vs. AR Fox for the WWN title and Chris Dickinson & Jake vs. The End. 2/18 in Joppa, MD has Lee vs. Tracy Williams in a no holds barred non-title match, Sabre Jr. vs. Dickinson and a four-way elimination match with Matt Riddle vs. Austin Theory vs. Darby Allin vs. Jaka.
MLW: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sport...131-story.html , NWA: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-days.html?p=1 , ICW: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...month.html?p=1

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The "WWE Shorts" are of the WWE Network has added a series of of clips with Hall of Famers Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund discussing the good old days entitled "Conversations with Bruno and Bob." The pieces have been running in rotation on the Network's linear programming in between shows for some time, but this is the first time they have been available via VOD.
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The timing of the announcement of Ronda Rousey's signing is perfect, and not because it’s WrestleMania season, but because it’s contract season. Having Rousey under contract right now is perfect timing. It’s not even about WrestleMania. It’s about the company making its most important business deal in five years, its multi-year television contract. Having Rousey both helps the company as far as being a mainstream entity that they crave to be and with television partners who are well aware of Rousey’s history as a drawing card. It also drives up the value of the company’s stock. Whether it will work as far as traditional drawing power, which actually matters little here in the big picture, is a very different story.

Supposedly the women’s winner came down to Asuka or Nia Jax. Asuka’s undefeated streak was clearly being set up for Ronda Rousey at some point, but probably not this point.

In Japan, there wasn’t much talk of the Rumble winners in mainstream media, and the coverage was limited to mostly newsstand sports newspapers, some of which stopped covering wrestling years ago and did give good coverage too this.
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Because the show was designed to end with Rousey, the women were moved to the main event position. The word of them going on last came the morning of the show, and while nobody, including the participants, were told about Rousey, most everyone figured out that was the reason. The women were taken off the road on both the Raw and Smackdown tours over the weekend to work on the match and do run-throughs.
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About 4,700 tickets were sold for the NJPW Long Beach show as some tickets were held back for members of the New Japan Fan Club traveling from Japan. Only 314 tickets were available at press time on the secondary market and the price for entry is $140.
Based on recent ticket sales numbers, NJPW reserved up to 800 tickets for their Fan Club members.

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Jeremy Borash will be moving to Orlando to work with the NXT brand where he’ll wear several different hats, similar to what he did with TNA over the years. Those close to the situation said that he surveyed the changing landscape in pro wrestling and felt that this was the time to make a move that he’d avoided making in the past ...

While clearly a very valuable part of the company from the start, one person in the company noted that the idea going around that he did everything when it came to production was way overblown. “The narrative that JB did everything is wrong. Yes, he was a hard worker and talented, but our team now has been busting their ass and taking care of the majority of production. They need credit. Day-to-day operations don’t change one bit at all other than getting another on-air play-by-play (announcer).” Kevin Sullivan, who did the production work for the Internet hype of Wrestle Kingdom 9 that Jeff Jarrett promoted, has been handling much of the video work.
Seems very likely WWE got fooled on Borash's real value assuming the stuff about his production skills and input is true.

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New Japan's paid attendance for January overall was up 20 percent from last year, although that’s mostly due to the effects of the Tokyo Dome show. Taking that out of the equation the increase was five percent

The Australia advances are strong across the board and they are just now starting to promote the shows in the local markets. Melbourne and Sydney are expected to sell out
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As had been reported here a few weeks ago, Bob Backlund, 68, will be returning to Japan for matches on 4/20 at Korakuen Hall and 4/21 in Osaka for Tatsumi Fujinami’s Dradition promotion. Backlund will likely work against Fujinami in tag matches. Backlund and Fujinami had a famous WWF title match on January 1, 1982 (that was the night where Backlund met Karl Gotch and saw how incredible Gotch was and changed his methods of training to rely more on body weight exercises and repetitions instead of heavy weights). Fujinami is pushing this year as the 40th anniversary of when he first won the WWF world junior heavyweight championship and got his first major push
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The new season of Lucha Underground doesn’t look like it’ll be taped at the Temple in Boyle Heights. That’s still up in the air but they are looking for a new location. Dario Cueto was killed off in the final episode of last season. Since this is Lucha Underground, that doesn’t mean he’s dead but there are major financial cutbacks and he may be one of them.
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There is a working idea (meaning it’s kind of the plan but could change) for the announcement of the location of All In on 9/1 being announced on or around 3/1. Within wrestling, everyone thinks it’s Chicago (not sure of the building, as the choices would appear to be All-State Arena or Sears Center) just because of the idea they could do a convention in association with it and with Pro Wrestling Tees in Chicago it’s the most convenient location when it comes to merchandise. We have heard other cities mentioned as well. The only thing we were told is that the Cow Palace in San Francisco was out because while the rent of the building was extremely low for a place that can hold as many as 14,500 or so for wrestling, that the costs of streaming live would be high. I guess that tells you that live streaming is part of the component
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Regarding questions about Penta 0M or Rey Fenix coming here, several months ago Impact was sent a letter (as was NOAH, as Fenix was scheduled for a tour there that ended up being canceled) that both were under contract to Lucha Underground and MGM (the parent company) would not allow them to appear on television for either group. At the time it came out that MGM really didn’t care, but Dorian Roldan was behind it. Roldan has been behind sending cease and desists to the two wrestlers over their names because they quit AAA and have turned down every offer from him to return. Lucha Underground offered Penta 0M a new contract, but in the contract, it specified that he would be exclusive in Mexico to AAA, and he turned that down. However, since AAA does have a relationship with Impact, it’s possible they could work it out but that was the latest on that, but for now the legal letters have blocked both men from working here.
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Several people including likely The HBO Andre the Giant documentary that Bill Simmons’ crew worked on will premiere on 4/10. Simmons has said for years that he has always wanted to do a documentary on Andre, who passed away 25 years ago this past week at the age of 46. The documentary is notable because a lot of myths may be dispelled (it’s hard to say what will and won’t because the WWE is co-producers and they have their own storyline and mythology and what is and isn’t in the finished product is going to be interesting). But they spoke extensively with Andre’s family in France, as well as a lot of movie stars such as the ones who worked with him on “The Princess Bride,” as well as Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan and Andre’s closest friends who are still alive. Pat Laprade, who is writing a book on Andre, who is now announcing Raw for TVA Sports in Quebec was a Field Producer of this documentary. I was interviewed for the documentary several months ago and it was mostly finished by then and I saw some clips of it and it looked great, and the people who asked the questions really wanted to get as much of the true story as possible
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WWE will report its full 2017 financial numbers as well as the fourth quarter numbers on 2/8. This would include announcing the WWE Network subscriptions numbers as of 12/31. As noted, you can see a major push to get paid numbers up artificially for Mania season with the $1.99 for three month offers

In big news for WWE stock, Morgan Stanley has upgraded the stock and given it a $40 target figure. As noted here, there reasoning behind it is the expectation of a big number for the next television contracts, most notably in the U.S., U.K. (Notable since the ratings have collapsed there) and India markets. Morgan Stanley noted that there has been a major increase in spending for content, particularly in sports. In their analysis, they still believed the network would eventually reach 3-4 million paid subscribers, which is not happening anytime soon.
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Terri Runnels, on her podcast, said that she and the other women brought in for the 25th anniversary show were disappointed in how they were used. “I wanted a brief moment, some sincerity, and I didn’t like that it went straight to this cartoon crap.” “I felt like, `You’ve got a lot of talent and we are just standing there waving.” She said that at 11 a.m. that day they were brought out to rehearse their wave and were then told that was their only role on the show. “We all kind of dropped our jaws and were like, `You’ve got to be kidding me.’” “I didn’t hear anyone express anything different than what I just said to you.” She also mentioned on the podcast that she had documented proof of being sexually harassed in her life. When asked by co-host Matt Koon if this happened in WWE, she said, “Maybe.”
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The Women of Honor tournament to determine the division's inaugural champion is a 16-woman, single-elimination styled format with 15 of the 16 entrants announced so far. Many names are from within the division and some are from the Japanese wrestling promotion, Stardom. Here's the updated list of participants: Brandi Rhodes, Jessie Brooks, Karen Q, Kelly Klein, Madison Rayne, Mandy Leon, Deonna Purrazzo, Holidead, Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Stacy Shadows, HZK, Hana Kimura, Kagetsu, and Mayu Iwatani.

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One of NXT's newest arrivals made their debut at tonight's television tapings.

Ricochet, who wrestled using that name, took part in his first match for NXT by facing Fabian Aichner. Ricochet got loud reactions during the match and won with the 630. Whether he'll continue using that name going forward remains to be seen.

Triple H also posted a photo of Ricochet on Twitter tonight to hype up his debut.

After it had been known that he was WWE bound for a while, it was announced on January 16th that Ricochet had officially signed with the company and had reported to the Performance Center. He wrestled his final independent match for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla at their Mystery Vortex show on January 12th.

Ricochet was shown sitting in the front row on the TakeOver: Philadelphia broadcast last Saturday night. Candice LeRae, War Machine, and EC3 were all shown as well.
Link: https://twitter.com/FLWrestlingFan/s...85673190797313 , Triple H: https://twitter.com/TripleH/status/959591101198950400

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WWE sent out a questionnaire with questions about why people weren't coming to New Orleans for WrestleMania, asking for reasons. What was notable is that in the questionnaire they outright asked fans if they want to see Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka win the titles.
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SoCal Pro Wrestling's 11th anniversary show is 4/14 in Oceanside, CA at the Oceanside Boys and Girls Club. Penta 0M and Juventud Guerrera will be wrestling on the show. There will also be Southern California Hall of Fame inductions.

AAW tomorrow night in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus with Rey Fenix vs. ACH for the AAW title.

Stardom announced they would be hosting two matches in ROH's Women of Honor tournament on 2/24 in Osaka, with Mayu Iwatani vs HZK and Kagetsu vs. Jenny Rose.
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The 2/1 edition of Impact did 319,000 overnight viewers, up from last week’s 310,000 overnight viewers.
Outside of January 11th, Impact has been pretty steady at the 300k+ for viewers this year. Doing better on average for the start of 2018 than they did for 2017's start.

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The planned 205 Live events in California this month (which were never officially announced publicly) are off but we are told there are still plans to continue with live events for the Cruiserweight brand down the line.
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AAA announced that, much like Impact Wrestling, they will be a launching a 24 7 stream of content on their Twitch Channel beginning tomorrow
Link: https://twitter.com/luchalibreaaa/st...rc=twsrc%5Etfw

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With all the talents who have left, who are the names we should be keeping an eye on in terms of potential departures?

Eddie Edwards’ deal is up this month, but he has stated he is staying. Alberto el Patron’s deal is up in April around the time of the next TV tapings, so you have to wonder what the future holds for him, especially since Vince McMahon has always loved him. Eli Drake’s deal is coming up in the next few months as well. Konnan is paid a good salary for someone who’s not in the ring wrestling, which given the state of the company, makes me think of him as well – but I say that not knowing his contractual obligations and I am just speculating here, given the company’s attempts to cut costs. Given the others’ placement on TV, those are the names that I would be paying most attention to.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles discussing the contract status of Impact's remaining top stars.

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WWE producer Tyson Kidd responded to a fan who asked if he held any animosity towards Samoa Joe for the injury he suffered in the ring that halted his career as an active superstar:

I have zero animosity with Samoa Joe. I found him my first day back at WWE after my injury and we had a very good heart to heart. I wish him nothing but the best https://t.co/LpVSnGeoYQ
— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) February 2, 2018

The question came up after this week's episode of Total Divas, where Natalya is concerned that Kidd will get upset over not being able to wrestle again after Lana asks him for help training her in the ring.
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WWE will be releasing a new "Shane McMahon's Craziest Matches" DVD on June 12th of this year, according to WrestlingDVDNetwork.com. The three-disc set will feature a compilation of the SmackDown Commissioner's greatest moments, high-risk moves and leaps of faith. Below is the official synopsis:

"Shane McMahon is known as a huge risk-taker, who provides "OMG" moments on a regular basis. This compilation features all of his greatest & craziest matches, spanning his entire time in WWE. Featuring battles with Undertaker, Big Show, Randy Orton, Mankind, Kane, & more."
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Vince McMahon put the 2018 men's Royal Rumble match together along with two producers, Jamie Noble and WWE Hall of Famer Michael "PS" Hayes, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We noted before that WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, the creator of the Rumble match, was also backstage to offer his expertise.
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Yesterday, there was a joint press conference with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Bushimo (video game subsidiary of Bushiroad). Owner, Takaaki Kidani, and Tetsuya Naito both made an appearance to announce a future NJPW mobile video game due out before 2020. Kidani also said that the Strong Style Evolved U.S. show actually sold out (4,500 tickets) in 10 minutes (the original number was 20) and that they could have sold 10k tickets this time around. Translations by Chris Charlton.

Bushimo and New Japan teaming for a pro wrestling game the world can play together in time for 2020. #njpwworld
— chris charlton (@reasonjp) February 2, 2018

Strong Style Evolved apparently did 4500 tickets in just 10 minutes. Kidani says they could have done 10,000. #njpwworld #njsse
— chris charlton (@reasonjp) February 2, 2018
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"Nobody was pissed off. It was a ball of fun in our dressing room, but I had to tell you, that was another interesting thing," she said. "We were put in a basketball court; we were blocked off with black curtains, and there was another area where male legends were blocked off as well. Next to that they were filming all day the APA vignettes so because of that the overhead lights couldn't be on. We were trying to be ready in almost pitch black dark. They brought one little light and shun it over but it was still dark over there. We kept asking if we can please get lights and how much longer the vignettes were done and they're like, if we don't get them done we have to get them done live so we may not be able to put the lights on at all. I couldn't see to get in my suitcase; I couldn't find stuff, it was dark. We did not have a mirror. I asked for a folding mirror; they actually gave me that, but there was no running water to wash our hands close by. That was very interesting."
More from Terri Runnels recent podcast show on how bad the conditions were backstage for RAW's 25th anniversary.


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  • For those interested, the entire listing of episodes for WWF Home Coliseum Videos launch on the WWE Network was recently revealed. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-week.html?p=1
  • During a recent episode of Dinner With the King podcast show, Jerry Lawler revealed he got into a backstage incident with Mark Henry during the Royal Rumble. Supposedly Henry didn't like Lawler's on-air jabs at Peter Rosenberg since he personally helped Rosenberg get a job in the WWE and is his close friend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0QhlItEdA
  • According to the Observer, Oney Lorcan is currently dealing with several injury issues and the official reason why he hasn't been on NXT television in recent months. None of the injuries were reported to be serious but he simply just needed some time off to heal.
  • ESPN held a recent interview with Shinsuke Nakamura talking about winning the Rumble, his NXT career, and facing AJ Styles at Mania 34. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-brock-lesnar/
  • The Times of India had a recent interview with Stephania McMahon talking about WWE working with Make-A-Wish, WWE trying to stay relevant with storytelling, and Triple H being responsible for the Women's Revolution. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ble-for-women/


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