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Old 03-17-2018, 03:08 PM   #1801
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it was 3/16 and you don't use a Stone Cold Steve Austin gif for the latest dirt sheets? For shame, Smeat.
esp when every day is rusev day.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:35 AM   #1802
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1) I saw no harassment of anyone. People joked about not leaking spoilers, but that's it.

2) Dave lies because every seat was definitely full.
Because you didn't see it then it definitely didn't happen, right? If everyone who watched LU on television went to the tapings they wouldn't fit any seat. LU is a dumpster fire that treats its talent like shit.
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:05 PM   #1803
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Originally Posted by Observer
After being cleared to return to the ring by WWE, Daniel Bryan will be appearing at the start of tonight's SmackDown.

Bryan announced the news while making his first comments about returning: "Saying goodbye to the ring was one of the hardest moments of my life. But thanks to the amazing people supporting me, I was able to keep fighting for my dream. This moment feels surreal and I'm glad to be able to talk to you all at the beginning of #SDLive tonight."

Bryan was scheduled to return to television tonight to address Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn's attack on Shane McMahon from last Tuesday.
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As Dave Meltzer reported, Bryan & Shane vs. Owens & Zayn has been the plan for WrestleMania 34 if Bryan were able to get cleared.
Spoiler tag used since its related to potential Mania plans.

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Regarding Bryan's in-ring status, he is currently free and clear to wrestle as much as WWE wants to use him and as much as he wants to work. There's no word yet on if Bryan wants to work a full-time schedule. Meltzer stated that Bryan had talked about wanting to work somewhat a limited schedule, perhaps around 60 dates instead of 200 dates, but that was referring to working outside of WWE.

It was also noted that Bryan has had more testing done than any WWE talent in history and possibly more than any fighter in history. Bryan has seen many doctors while trying to get cleared and all doctors that he's seen in the last 23 months or so have cleared him.

Bryan's WWE deal expires in September and it's believed that he will not be looking to go to the indies now that he's been cleared.
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Raw had another big number last night with 3.31 million viewers, down slightly from last week's 3.35 million, but aside from last week, it was better than all but a few episodes since the fall of 2016.

The big question regarded the Ultimate Deletion segment in the third hour. The show dropped 11 percent from hour two to hour three, which is a big number, but hour three still topped three million viewers, which has only happened a handful of times in recent months. Given how last week's show did, it did not hold the viewers as well as last week did, but you can't call it a notable ratings success or failure ...

The second hour being the most-watched hour once again is due to the changing patterns during Daylight Savings time.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.43 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.47 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.08 million viewers
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Episodes of WCW Thunder were added to the WWE Network this morning.

So far, WWE has uploaded most episodes of WCW’s secondary show from the start of the program on January 8, 1998 through September 1999. Some episodes during this time period are still not up as of this writing, but more may be added by the end of the day.

WWE Network News originally reported that episodes of WCW Thunder would be added on March 19. It was theorized that the reason why it had taken so long for the show to appear on the network was due to the lawsuit against WWE by Buff Bagwell and Raven over royalty fees associated with the WWE Network. That lawsuit was dropped back in December.

WCW Thunder ran for a little over three years, ending its run on March 21, 2001. It was the final wrestling program on TBS, which had broadcasted professional wrestling for 29 years before a regime change cancelled all professional wrestling on Turner networks.
Some details regarding incorrect episode numbers on the Network: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...e-wwe-network/

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Ring of Honor has announced the Tag Team title match for their WrestleMania weekend show.

It will be The Briscoes defending their titles against Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jay Lethal. This will be the first defense for The Briscoes since they defeated the Motor City Machine Guns at ROH's 16th Anniversary pay-per-view earlier this month to begin their ninth reign with the belts.
Link with more details: https://www.f4wonline.com/ring-honor...nor-xii-253886

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While their medical situations are different, Paige took the Bryan news as a sign of hope about her own situation: “Congrats @WWEDanielBryan overcoming what looked like a career ending injury to being fully cleared and ready to compete again! Real life super man. Gives hope to a lot of people to never give up on your passion! Inspiring. @WWE”
Link: https://twitter.com/RealPaigeWWE/sta...08256929599489

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The Ultimate Deletion wasn’t included in the Hulu version of Raw this week. Hulu support responded to someone who asked about the decision: “Sorry for the disappointment, Shannon! We have the rights to stream a pre-formatted 90-minute special of Raw, and no edits are done on our end. We'll share your feedback with our team.”

Jeff Hardy (as Brother Nero) made a cameo near the finish of the Ultimate Deletion match. The appearance was filmed before his DWI arrest earlier this month but wasn’t edited out.
Link: https://twitter.com/hulu_support/sta...00739004149761

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The main event for the Impact vs. Lucha Underground show in New Orleans on April 6th will be announced on Facebook Live at noon Eastern tomorrow.
Impact-LU: http://impactwrestling.com/the-main-...a-underground/

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MLW has announced that Matt Sydal will debut with the promotion against Low Ki at their “World Championship Finals” event on Thursday, April 12th, at the Gilt Nightclub. The show will feature Matt Riddle vs. Shane Strickland in the finals of the MLW title tournament, and they have also announced a match between Priscilla Kelly and Santana Garrett.
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The US Marshals on Raw last night were local Texas wrestlers Kristopher Haiden, Brad Sanders and Ricky Starks.
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The announced Rey Mysterio co-ownership of Aro Lucha appears to be a marketing move by the company with the idea of pushing fans into personally investing into the company the way Mysterio "has."

Part of Aro Lucha's strategy, according to The Tennessean's report on the Mysterio co-ownership over the weekend is to offer fans a chance to buy into the promotion, using rules relaxed by President Barack Obama that would allow Aro Lucha to potentially raise $1 million via sales of stock to non-credited investors.

PWInsider.com was told today by multiple WWE sources that the company is still moving forward with plans to speak with Mysterio about a potential new deal going forward.
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The New Japan Cup finals takes place very late Tuesday night, 2 a.m. Eastern start and 11 p.m. Pacific in Nagaoka, with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. Sabre Jr. is on fire in the tournament on a murderers row run submitting Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi and Seiya Sanada in a row. The complete card for what is a Wednesday Japanese time show is listed in the schedule section above. Expect a lot of angles at the show because they have to set up matches both for Long Beach on Sunday and for Sumo Hall on 4/1 with almost no lead time. Really, it's amazing they cut it this close, but evidently there are things that have to happen Wednesday in the stories they are telling before the two big cards can be announced.
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A vote is going to be held on Tuesday among owners of the Trump Parc Stamford condominiums in Connecticut. This is where Vince McMahon owns a penthouse suite, which he purchased for $4.1 million in 2009, but has since depreciated and is now valued at $1.98 million, although McMahon did buy the suite for $1 million above what it was initially appraised at. The controversy stems from many of the condo owners upset that their units have been devalued because of the association to President Donald Trump. Tuesday’s vote will elect a homeowners’ board and will determine if the new board will proceed with hopes of dropping the association with Trump. The average unit price at Trump Parc has dropped from $1.05 million in 2015 down to $881,563 in 2017 based on the units sold.
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Bill Apter spoke with Joyce Grable regarding last week’s story involving the Fabulous Moolah and the allegations that were brought back to light after the announcement of the battle royal. Grable worked for Moolah for 13-years, beginning in 1971 and lasted until 1984. Grable said the women knew upfront in the contract how much money Moolah took a percentage and it wasn’t hidden. Grable asked for a raise at the end, was denied it by Moolah and she gave her notice and left. Grable outright denied any of the allegations of Moolah pimping out the women and sending any men to the women’s rooms. Grable specified an incident where Moolah was approached by a German promoter to bring Grable over where they had the women wear two-piece suits during the match and the loser would have their top removed. Grable said she wouldn’t do it and Moolah didn’t proceed further with the promoter.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji2GzootPdg

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WWE recently filed to register a trademark for "WWE Brawl," which appears to be for some sort of video game use.
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We noted before how WWE recently filed to trademark the "Samoa Joe" name. That registration was filed on March 9th but WWE later abandoned the trademark on March 16th.

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Old 03-21-2018, 10:31 PM   #1804
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Coming off all of the buzz surrounding yesterday afternoon's announcement that Daniel Bryan has been cleared for an in-ring return by WWE, SmackDown posted its best rating in almost a year and the third biggest number since moving to its live format on Tuesday nights.

The show averaged 2.888 million viewers, a four percent increase over last week and 12 percent higher than two weeks ago.

The only shows to beat this number were the Superstar Shakeup episode from April 11th of last year and the initial draft special in July 2016 ...

SmackDown was also up nine percent from the same week last year, the third time in the last four weeks the show was up year-over-year.
Getting out of their long holding pattern and actually building things to Mania has started to pay off for Smackdown.

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Bryan was interviewed by Al Arabiya English before he was cleared. Bryan said that the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia may end up being more historically important than this year’s WrestleMania. He was also asked about the Bullet Club’s “All In” show and said that his contract with WWE runs out on September 1st: “But no, my contract actually runs out September 1st, which is actually the day of the All In show, but it’s funny because that doesn’t compute. I was in the Bahrain Comic Con the last two days, and we did Q&As, and at each one, somebody asked me about that. They said, ‘are you going to be at All In’? I’m not. I don’t know what to tell you. But yeah, my contract is up September 1st.”
Link: https://english.alarabiya.net/en/lif...stlemania.html

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Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s profile pages have been moved to the alumni section on WWE.com to further the angle where Bryan “fired” them on SmackDown. Owens has also changed his Twitter name to Kevin Steen and his handle to “FightSteenFight.”
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Former Indianapolis Colts punter and current Barstool Sports personality Pat McAfee will be part of the NXT TakeOver: New Orleans pre-show panel with Charly Caruso and Sam Roberts on April 7th. McAfee is a pro wrestling fan and was the guest ring announcer for Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black at a house show in Indianapolis earlier this month. McAfee took a steel chair out of Cole’s hands before Black got the win.
Link: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/art...pre-show-panel

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HBO released the poster for their Andre the Giant documentary ahead of it premiering on April 10th.
Link: https://twitter.com/HBO/status/976503718681202688

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Zack Sabre Jr. challenging for Kazuchika Okada’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship was set up for Sakura Genesis on April 1st as Sabre defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the New Japan Cup this morning. Sabre beat Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi, SANADA, and Tanahashi on his way to being elevated by winning the tournament.

Chris Charlton noted that Sabre will be the first British-born wrestler to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight title since William Regal in 1995.

The post-New Japan Cup press conference will be taking place at 11 p.m. Eastern tonight, likely to announce the rest of the card for Sunday’s Strong Style Evolved show in Long Beach and the lineup for Sakura Genesis.

Dragon Gate will be launching a streaming service on April 1st. It will have a tiered pricing system, with there being a cheaper option for just the archives.

ROH uploaded Mayu Iwatani vs. HZK from the first round of the Women of Honor Championship tournament on YouTube. The match took place in Japan for Stardom.

MLW moved their show that was originally scheduled for May 10th to May 3rd in order to not conflict with NXT’s TV tapings.
Sabre: https://twitter.com/reasonjp/status/976381426386927617 , Dragon Gate link: https://twitter.com/DragonGateEN/sta...43001956929536 & https://twitter.com/reasonjp/status/976358035802136576 , ROH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N-2YOcsaQg , MLW: https://mlw.com/2018/03/21/schedule-...for-may-event/

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Several WWE sources have indicated that Rey Mysterio will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama later this week in order to have his partially torn bicep checked out in advance of Mysterio potentially signing a new WWE deal.

Mysterio is still advertised for Sunday's New Japan Pro Wrestling event on 3/25 in Long Beach, CA, where he is slated to face Jushin Liger.
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On the latest edition of his podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler announced that he and Jim Ross would reunite as the announcing team for the 4/27 Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The event will air on the WWE Network. Lawler also stated the event would live on television on Saudi Arabia.
More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...am-is.html?p=1

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Mark Henry spoke with TMZ Sports about being a personal friend of 17-year old Draylen Mason, a victim of the recent bombings in Austin, Texas. Henry was asked about how the city was doing and called the young man a talent and that it was a hard loss.

"People were on edge, it's very unfortunate that [Draylen Mason] died, he was a friend of the family," Henry said. "I knew the kid pretty well, I know the Grandfather, really well, Dr. Mason. It was his Grandson, we spent a lot of time together. We're in a couple different civic organizations together, try to help people out, it was just tragic to lose a kid like that so young. He was so full of life, so talented, a talented bassist. He traveled, competed, it was a hard loss."
Link with the video and more comments from Henry about the Austin bombing spree: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...n-bomb-victim/

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As noted, 2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Bill Goldberg will appear on ABC's hit comedy The Goldbergs tonight at 8 p.m. The former WWE Universal Champion will reprise his role of high school coach Nick Mellor, who moves in with the Goldbergs, a role which he has played twice before. Goldberg spoke to the Associated Press about appearing on the show tonight, as well as his return to WWE in 2016. The former WWE Universal Champion said that he's not closing the door on a WWE return.

"Do I want to roll the dice again? I don't know," Goldberg said. "I'll quote one of the most famous movies that I was ever in, 'Santa's Slay': It ain't over 'til I say it's over."
Link: http://www.pahomepage.com/news/forme...edy/1063215700

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Originally Posted by WrestleInc
Matt Hardy teased on Twitter that we may see more matches like The Ultimate Deletion from The Hardy Compound in WWE. He also made some comments on Bray Wyatt that may give an idea of potential storyline plans for Wyatt now that The Great War between the two has ended. You can see some of Hardy's recent tweets below:

Gracias, mi amigo. This #UltimateDELETION was merely an introduction of My #BROKEN & #WOKEN Universe to the @WWEUniverse.

Merely the GENESIS. https://t.co/AvPdj9tgel
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 20, 2018


RE-TWEET if you DESIRE to see another #UltimateDELETION on #RAW, maybe..

Michael Cole, The OBSOLETE MULE

or

Roman Reigns, The LARGE CANINE

or

The DASTARDLY MeekMahan pic.twitter.com/VQMfDKQjsj
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 20, 2018
Links: https://twitter.com/MATTHARDYBRAND/s...13841582039041 , https://twitter.com/MATTHARDYBRAND/s...81285876387845

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WWE has a new poll asking fans which was more emotional - Daniel Bryan's retirement speech in 2016 or his passionate return address on last night's SmackDown. As of this writing, 59% voted for last night's segment on SmackDown.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • NWA recently uploaded a new episode from their Ten Pound of Glory series featuring the upcoming NWA World Championship match between Tommy Dreamer and Nick Aldis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ree7FIGxSK8
  • Webesite Solo Wrestling had a recent interview with AJ Styles talking about if his match with Nakamura should main event Mania 34, possibility of a match against Daniel Bryan in the future, and possibility of reuniting with The Club. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...rafted-to-raw/


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Revolution Pro Wrestling has announced Kota Ibushi's match for WrestleMania week in New Orleans.

Ibushi will be teaming with Flip Gordon & Shane Strickland against Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor on Friday, April 6th ...

RevPro's event is in conjunction with WrestleCon and will take place at The Sugar Mill at 4 p.m. Central time. The other matches that have been announced are: Zack Sabre Jr. defending his Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship against Tomohiro Ishii, Minoru Suzuki vs. Jeff Cobb, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Aussie Open, and Martin Stone vs. David Starr.
Link: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/976892639009300481

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Two matches have been confirmed for Sakura Genesis on April 1.

The main event was officially announced today as Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight title against New Japan Cup winner Zack Sabre Jr.. If Okada were to defeat Sabre, he would tie Hiroshi Tanahashi's record of most IWGP Heavyweight title defenses in a single reign at 11 ...

The other match announced for the card is a triple threat match pitting new IWGP Jr. tag team champions Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru against BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi and Roppongi 3K in a triple threat match. This would be a rematch from the 46th anniversary show that took place back on March 6, where Desperado and Kanemario won the championships from Roppongi 3K ...

Sakura Genesis will air at 3 a.m. EDT on April 1. It will have English commentary.
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Sky Sports announced today that the 4/27 WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event will air live at 5 PM local time in Great Britain.

That start time would mean the event, if it airs live on the WWE Network (as opposed to VOD) will air at 12 PM EST.
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As previously noted on PWInsider.com, Court Bauer's Major League Wrestling is said to have signed a cable broadcast TV deal that will be announced in the next several weeks. We are told that the announcement will come from the network itself first. There have been some rumors swirling as to who the outlet is, and if the outlet we have heard is correct, the series will be available on a number of cable and satellite providers.

Major League Wrestling have applied to trademark "MLW Fusion", so that may be the name of their new series.

There was a photo shoot this week with a number of wrestlers done for use for the series.
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With the announcement that Daniel Bryan has been reinstated, is it possible WWE could bring back Paige?

It's entirely possible she could ask them to reconsider, although her issues (neck) are vastly different from Daniel Bryan's issues. My feeling is that we won't see her return to the ring under the WWE umbrella, but there is always a possibility they could reconsider. After getting this email, however, I asked whether there had been any changes in her status and was told no. We are told that her role going forward will be to continue to support Absolution and obviously, she'll be involved in promoting the Fighting With My Family film that comes out in the Fall.

When was Bryan actually cleared?

The word that was making the rounds backstage at Smackdown Tuesday night was that it was several weeks ago, but we later learned that was when he took the final round of tests. According to Bryan in an interview, WWE informed him he was cleared this past Monday, so it was about 12-24 hours before they issued the press release announcing he was free and clear.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles on Paige's WWE status and when Bryan was medically cleared.

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Edge announced:

It’s the 1 year anniversary of @EandCPod Friday and we have inarguably two of the biggest stars EVER @BretHart & @steveaustinBSR on the SAME show, same time, talking their Wrestlemania 13 Submission Match in our Anatomy of a Match special. Truly our best show yet. pic.twitter.com/M26D76c1u2
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) March 22, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/EdgeRatedR/statu...21893263478784

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To sell the "firing" angle from Smackdown Tuesday night, WWE moved Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to the Alumni section on their website and the Owens vs. Zayn match has been removed from the WrestleMania match listing. But they are still being advertised for house shows and TVs. Owens changed his Twitter name to Kevin Steen and handle to @fightsteenfight. Zayn's twitter remains the same @SamiZayn
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Trademarks for Rich Swann, Bobby Roode, TJ Perkins and Brian Kendrick were all officially registered to WWE as of 3/20.

A funny thing with Perkins' trademark is that it was listed with the following note: "The name(s), portrait(s), and/or signature(s) shown in the mark identifies Cedric Alexander Johnson, whose consent(s) to register is made of record."
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Regarding the All In show and the 9/1 date, the plan was to hold the show later with Danielson headlining. However, they were aware of Danielson working so hard to get cleared by WWE. They felt there was a significant enough chance for it to happen, and decided upon, and later announced the Labor Day weekend show, a date where it was impossible Danielson could appear on. Cody also stopped doing the LeBell lock and they stopped teasing Danielson's name in social media. On the flip side, Danielson was still studying non-WWE wrestling, in particular of Zack Sabre Jr., and thinking about the idea of a vegetarian submission masters tag team.
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There's a lot of movement going on behind-the-scenes when it comes to the often-delayed U.K. project. WWE does have a date booked in December in Margate, Kent and may have others. It should be noted that they've had a lot of dates booked for U.K. TV tapings and have canceled them quietly. However, they have renewed all the key contracts of the U.K. guys. The "big five," which they consider as Trent Seven, Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne, Wolfgang and Mark Andrews were believed to have gotten better deals, in at least one case from $20,000 a year to $50,000. They also just signed Zack Gibson, and it was for the U.K. project and not for NXT. The idea is still to do tapings and run a U.K. based promotion, and eventually open a training center with the idea of bringing U.K. trainers to Florida (like Johnny Moss already did) to teach them how WWE wants people trained and have them run it. Marty Jones did a Q&A and actually brought up this which was supposed to have been kept quiet. There is nothing at all new on the ITV front. If ITV were to make a move, it would speed up the process ...

In the U.K. dressing rooms the word has been passed around that Joe Coffey has signed a U.K. deal, but Coffey himself has personally denied it. The problem is the immediate counter is that he has to say that until WWE announces it, but as a story, this has already spread in different places
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Both Garza Jr. and Ultimo Ninja are both undergoing WWE medicals with the feeling they will be offered a contract if they pass. Garza Jr. had been working for Impact.

It shows WWE getting aggressive looking for new Mexican stars, given they have been also talking with Alberto and Mysterio. Garza Jr. is coming off shoulder surgery
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Tommy Dreamer, 47, spoke to the Wrestling Estate and said that his back is really thrashed. He said he broke his neck in ECW but didn't know it at the time and kept wrestling. His body then healed wrong. He's never had a surgery in his career (which is amazing with the abuse he's taken) and recently took a table bump when the table didn't break with his hip and that made things worse. He said a good day now is walking like Terry Funk and has been in excruciating pain for a while and knows his time in the ring isn't long. But he said he can't take time off now, but he is going to get an MRI done this week to find out the extent of the damage.
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The next regular ROH PPV show will be the Best in the World show on 6/29 in Baltimore. They are moving from the small DuBurns Arena, their home base in Baltimore for years, to the new UMBC Event Center, which holds 5,000 fans.

In numbers compiled by Lavie Margolan, for the first quarter, ROH averaged 1,266 fans per show, up 30 percent from the first quarter of 2017. There were seven sellout in eight shows, a sellout percentage unprecedented in company history. The company's previous best first quarter averaged 1,000 in 2015.
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Due to Rousey's debut, the mainstream interest in WrestleMania is at the highest level in years, even if ticket sales aren't, with a number of major outlets looking at covering the show for her angle. The secondary market, in particular, is not doing well. Right now the production crew is going to be going crazy as there are plans for three documentaries to be shot, one on WrestleMania itself, one on Undertaker's comeback and the obvious one on Rousey's debut. Rousey's debut also has gotten major interest from both ESPN and Fox Sports, and they also want to shoot a number of Table for 3 episodes that weekend, including pitching one for Rousey
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There were rumblings about some sort of a change in the Wyatt character. It's overdue to begin with the Ultimate Deletion where he was thrown into the Lake of Reincarnation, only to vanish in the lake. That would at least make one suspect some type of change.
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Showtime has been working on a documentary about Mauro Ranallo, basically about his battles with mental health issues from his teenage years, his ups and downs in recent years, and ultimately winding up as the announcer for the biggest boxing matches in the world with Showtime as well as working with WWE and Bellator. Showtime and WWE are both involved with this project. The documentary will have a world premiere in May in New York and then air on Showtime later in May.
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Matt Hardy has officially received the trademark for Broken Matt Hardy from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Dave Bautista said that he hasn't accepted invitations to the WWE Hall of Fame because he doesn't see his career as being over and would like to go back. It was noted here last year that at one point he was being talked about for this year's Hall of Fame class.
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The most-watched shows on the WWE Network for the past week were: 1. Fast Lane; 2. NXT from 3/14; 3. WWE 24: Empowered; 4. Mixed Match Challenge from 3/13; 5. First episode of WCW Thunder; 6. WrestleMania 31; 7. 2018 Royal Rumble; 8. Elimination Chamber 2018; 9. WrestleMania 33; 10. 205 Live from 3/13. So the negative is that MMC was way ahead of 205 Live even though it could also be seen for free on Facebook and not just on the Network, plus it's not on the network for several days, and also that 205 Live finished behind several old PPV and a 20 year old episode of Thunder.
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Above is new video of TMZ Sports catching up with John Cena. Cena was asked if he's a fan of the intergender matches in WWE.

"Of course I am. I think any story is a good story as long as they're presented in a decent light," Cena responded ...

The TMZ reporter also asked Cena if WWE is ready for a transgender Superstar.

"I'm a storyteller my friend, and that's what we do in WWE," Cena answered. "And it's not segregated to sex, race, creed, religion, any of that. So as long as the story is good, it belongs in WWE."
Link with more quotes and video: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...der-superstar/

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Former WWE and WCW star Vader will be undergoing open heart surgery this Monday in Dallas, Texas. The 62-year-old revealed the news in a tweet on Wednesday night.

Monday morning. Dallas, TX I am now having full blown Open Heart Surgery. They say it's tough surgery to get through. Wish me luck I am gonna need it.
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) March 22, 2018
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Below are upcoming Flashback Friday themes for the WWE Network:

* March 23rd: WCW's Lasting Legacy
* March 30th: April Fool's Weekend Begins
* April 6th: WWE Hall of Fame Friday
* April 13th: WrestleMania Friday
* April 20th: April's "Other" Big Events
* April 27th: 55 Years of the WWE Title
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Impact has announced that its Saturday night show in Salinas, CA will be a One Night Only TV taping. The advances for both Impact shows this weekend in Newark, CA on Friday and Salinas are good. Both are expected to sell out.

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  • PWI had a recent article detailing the demise of 5 Star Wrestling in the UK. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...celed.html?p=1
  • Recent episode of the X-Pac 1-2-360 podcast show had Xpac talk about Daniel Bryan being cleared by the WWE, thoughts on Mark Henry in WWE's Hall of Fame, and thoughts on Ultimate Deletion match. http://www.pwinsiderxtra.com/ViewArt...p?id=34235&p=1
  • According to the Observer, the reason for the lack of women wrestlers and women matches at the Saudi Rumble show is due to the terms of the deal WWE made with the Saudi government. WWE didn't bother to negotiate for better terms since they cared way more about the huge sums of money they are set to get from this 10-year deal.
  • According to the Observer, WWE is strongly considering the Ronda/Angle vs Steph/HHH match to main event Mania 34.
  • wXw announced the card for their May 5th show in Oberhausen, Germany features a singles match of Toni Storm vs Tenille Dashwood. https://twitter.com/wXwGermany/statu...73769229803521


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For a match at WrestleMania 34, Lilian Garcia will be returning to ring announcing for WWE.

WWE announced today that Garcia will be the guest ring announcer for the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal on April 8th. Garcia tweeted about the news: "Words can’t describe how honored & excited I am to be announcing the 1st ever Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal! To be back w/ the VERY talented @WWE female Superstars & all of you the @WWEUniverse is priceless! Can’t wait to see you all!"
Link: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestleman...s-battle-royal , Garcia tweet: https://twitter.com/LilianGarcia/sta...49206208352257

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Dr. Robert Cantu, who was one of the experts that saw Daniel Bryan on his road to being cleared to return to the ring by WWE, has elaborated on his evaluation of Bryan.

“I evaluated Bryan for a neurological opinion on return to WWE on February 26, 2018. Included in his medical records were multiple evaluations by renowned concussion clinicians,” Cantu wrote in an email to Newsweek.

“I determined that Bryan is currently asymptomatic, has a normal detailed neurological and cognitive neuropsychological examination, normal EEG, and an MRI that showed no definite evidence of a prior brain injury. It is my medical opinion that there is no absolute contraindication to his return to in-ring action in WWE."

When announcing that Bryan had been medically cleared, WWE cited Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas, and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher as three leaders in their field who had cleared Bryan before he was given the okay by Dr. Joseph Maroon.

Cantu is a co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, as well as the CTE Center at the Boston University School of Medicine. He's also the medical director and director of medical research at his own concussion center at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts and consults with teams in the NFL, NBA, and NHL.
Link: http://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-do...e-shows-858934

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Though the show is still over five months away, the list of people who will be appearing at All In continues to grow.

Penta El Zero M and his brother Rey Fenix became the most recent names announced for the show last night. Whether they'll be teaming together as the Lucha Brothers or not has yet to be revealed.

They join Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell, and Tessa Blanchard as people who have been confirmed for All In.

The show is being self-financed by Cody and Matt & Nick Jackson and will take place at the Sears Centre Arena in the Chicago area on September 1st. Cody tweeted earlier this week that he expects May is the earliest that tickets will go on sale.
Penta: https://twitter.com/PENTAELZEROM/sta...91327924695042 , Fenix: https://twitter.com/ReyFenixMx/statu...72114023600128

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Molly Holly is set to make her second WWE appearance of 2018.

WWE announced today that Holly will be inducting Ivory into the company's Hall of Fame over WrestleMania week. Holly last appeared as a surprise entrant in the women's Royal Rumble match in January, coming in at number 12 before being eliminated by Michelle McCool.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwe-hall-of...e-hall-of-fame

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After making appearances at a couple of events last week, War Machine wrestled in their first match for WWE at last night's NXT house show in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hanson & Rowe took on Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude, telling them "first we're going to shake your hand, then we're going to kick your ass" and then getting the win. Though their names could still be changed when they debut on television, they were announced as "Hanson & Rowe, War Machine."

WWE announced that War Machine had signed in January, with them reporting to the company in the same class as Ricochet and Candice LeRae. Hanson & Rowe were shown on camera sitting in the front row at TakeOver: Philadelphia, but they've yet to be featured on an NXT TV taping.
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The 3/22 edition of Impact did 362,000 overnight viewers, up from last week's 350,000 overnight viewers.
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The updated lineup for the 4/6 Lucha Underground vs. Impact Wrestling event at Wrestlecon in New Orleans will feature:
*Impact champion Austin Aries & Rey Fenix vs. Penta 0M & Alberto el Patron
*Impact Tag Team champions LAX vs. Lucha Underground's Da Mack (Willie Mack) and Killshot (Shane Strickland)
*Impact Knockouts champion Allie vs. Lucha Underground's Taya.
*LU's Aerostar & King Cuerno & Drago vs. Impact's DJZ & Andrew Everett & Dezmond Xavier.
*LU's Jeremiah Crane (Sami Callihan) vs. Impact's Eddie Edwards - I Quit Match.
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Main Event in Australia released the following promo for WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble, anouncing it would air live on 4/28, which would be the date due to the time difference down under
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgwseSKjPRs

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Kirk White's Big Time Wrestling in California will be promoting two events themed for Impact Wrestling this weekend, tonight in Newark, CA and tomorrow, Saturday 3/24 in Salinas, CA with Impact champion Austin Aries, Alberto el Patron, Moose, LAX, Eli Drake, Eddie Edwards, Trevor Lee, Taya, Rosemary and Brian Cage announced. Impact will film a One Night Only event over the course of the weekend.

Interesting to note Brian Cage is advertised for both Impact and Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore this weekend, and they are on opposite coasts.

Since announcing the Lucha Underground vs. Impact Wrestling theme, the 4/6 Impact event has moved tickets at such a rate, an advance sellout of likely for Wrestlecon event.

Impact plans to stream 12 hours of live programming per day from Wrestlecon in New Orleans over Wrestlemania weekend.

The promotion had to scramble this week to get Josh Mathews and Sonjay Dutt out of the path of the latest Noreaster to his the Eastern seaboard of the United States so they could get to Nashville to do voiceovers for the next two Impact episodes.

Last night's Impact episode was the final appearance of EC3, obviously.
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Corey Erdman has written a feature for VICE Sports, examining the legacies of Ethel Johnson, Babs Wingo, Kathleen Wimbley, and Marva Scott, who were first black female wrestlers, who began in the early 50’s. The article noted their drawing ability and citing a figure of $300 per week the women were making and a listed attendance of 9,000 they drew for a Kansas City card in 1954 at the Municipal Auditorium. They will also be the subject of an upcoming documentary called “Lady Wrestler”, which is scheduled to premiere on March 29th at the Wexner Center for the Arts and there is also a trailer for the documentary
Vice Sports: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/articl...male-wrestlers , Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44MviTkZs8U

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For those in Canada, the Strong Style Evolved card will only be airing on New Japan World. Several people asked us if Fight Network would be carrying the show and they will not be.
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A new thirty-minute episode of WWE Photo Shoot will air on the WWE Network after Monday's RAW goes off the air. The episode will focus on Kofi Kingston. Below is the synopsis:

"It's been a wild ride throughout Kofi Kingston's WWE career, as captured in these snapshots from the good, the bad, and the booty!"

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Last night's Raw did another strong number with 3.36 million viewers. It was the third best number for the show of the year, trailing the episode the day after the Royal Rumble and the 25th anniversary show.

It also held viewers better than usual as the third hour was the best third hour for Raw -- except for the 25th anniversary show -- dating back to August.

The pattern of second hour growth that goes back to the start of Daylight Savings time continued as well, with hour two averaging 3.55 million viewers ...

8 p.m. 3.40 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.55 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.15 million viewers
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After Charlotte Flair underwent minor dental surgery for a mouth infection last Wednesday, WWE has pulled her from tonight's SmackDown and Mixed Match Challenge episodes.

WWE.com announced that Charlotte is "unable to compete on WWE Mixed Match Challenge tonight due to injury." A fan vote will decide who replaces her, with Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Lana listed as the three options. The winner will team with Bobby Roode against Finn Balor & Sasha Banks ...

Charlotte wasn't on any of this weekend's house shows after having the surgery. She's still scheduled to defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against Asuka at WrestleMania 34 on April 8th.
Link: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwe-mixed-...placement-vote

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More of WCW's long running Saturday night program is coming to the WWE Network next week, a new report indicates.

Episodes from 1992 through 1994 will be uploaded to the Network starting on April 2, WWE Network News reports. It will be seperate from the World Championship Wrestling shows that have already been uploaded, which has episodes from 1985 through 1989. World Championship Wrestling was rebranded into WCW Saturday Night on April 4, 1992, so that may be the starting point. WWE Network News estimates that up to 100 hours of content will be uploaded.

Saturday Night was WCW's flagship show until 1995 when WCW Nitro was introduced and changed the wrestling world forever with a live program that rivaled WWE Raw for years. With the addition of WCW Thunder three years later, Saturday Night eventually became a meaningless "C-show" program that largely featured WCW's midcard and Power Plant trainees. The show continued to run until 2000, when it was turned into a recap show and ultimately cancelled altogether on August 19, 2000.
Link: http://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/0...ork-next-week/

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MLW (Major League Wrestling) is coming to national television next month.

MLW announced via Sports Illustrated today that their new one-hour weekly series will debut on beIN Sports USA at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 20th, with a replay set to air at 11 p.m. It was noted that MLW is getting a rights fee from beIN Sports as part of the deal.

“We’ve been in talks since the fall, and they were very impressed with our product,” MLW CEO Court Bauer told Sports Illustrated. “We offer a different presentation because we identify ourselves as a combat sport, but we have a lot more creative freedom than every other combat sport to give the most high-octane presentation" ...

The TV episodes will be taped monthly and then edited for the weekly show.

Bauer said that MLW has worked out an agreement with Lucha Underground and AAA for Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix to be regulars on the TV series. Tony Schiavone and Rich Bocchini (formerly known as Rich Brennan in NXT) will be the announcers for it.
Link: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/03...ng-bein-sports

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Ronda Rousey did a media tour of ESPN today and wasn’t very receptive to questions about her mixed martial arts career. She corrected Mike Golic and noted that she’s never said that she won’t fight again, then responded “There’s a possibility that I could go back in time? That’s your question to me?” when Golic asked a follow-up question about going back in time. The interview continued fine from there, with Rousey saying she thinks Floyd Mayweather competing in MMA is just talk. On “First Take,” Rousey questioned if Max Kellerman was hiding his own opinion when he asked her thoughts on people who claimed she was overrated after her losses. Rousey also appeared on “Get Up!” with Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle, and Jalen Rose, with a segment about her armbar being better than the Figure Four and Sharpshooter.
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WWE Shop has released a “Fight for Your Dreams” t-shirt, with this being Daniel Bryan’s first new merchandise since he was cleared to return.

WWE posted Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton from WrestleMania 30 for free on YouTube.

Curt Hawkins again tweeted that he wants to be Braun Strowman’s partner at WrestleMania.
Bryan: https://shop.wwe.com/daniel-bryan-fi...5_color=Silver , Mania 30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-NEE_8Q2uE , Hawkins: https://twitter.com/TheCurtHawkins/s...32000418861057

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ROH officially announced that Six-Man Tag Team Champions SoCal Uncensored will defend their titles against The Young Bucks & Flip Gordon in a ladder match at Supercard of Honor in New Orleans on April 7th. The Kingdom were originally announced to challenge for the titles, but the angle is that they’ve been “barred from participating” in the show.

Impact Wrestling revealed their streaming schedule for WrestleMania weekend, which includes Twitch Casts with Josh Mathews and Sonjay Dutt and videos following their wrestlers around events in New Orleans.

PROGRESS Wrestling Champion Travis Banks defending against Shane Strickland, Timothy Thatcher & WALTER vs. David Starr & Jack Sexsmith, and Pete Dunne vs. Flash Morgan Webster vs. Mark Andrews have been confirmed for PROGRESS’ show in New Orleans on April 6th.

Fred Yehi is set to debut for Revolution Pro Wrestling against Martin Stone at their Epic Encounter show on March 11th.
ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/yo...d-ladder-match , Impact: http://impactwrestling.com/impact-wr...ursday-sunday/ , RevPro: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/978650035326943233

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While sending a tweet to Wendys, Braun Strowman confirmed that he and Alexa Bliss are filming an episode of Ride Along: “.@Wendys you’re killing me. Three times in two weeks have stopped for grilled chicken and they don’t have any ready @AlexaBliss_WWE is trying to keep me calm while we’re filming #RideAlong I wait I’m starving and someone might #GetTheseHands”
Link: https://twitter.com/BraunStrowman/st...82101466673159

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Since we have gotten a number of emails about this, the women who portrayed Asuka's opponent last night, Jamie Frost, was independent talent Brittany Rae Steding.
More details: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...night-wwe-raw/

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On 3/21, WWE applied to trademark "Talking Snack" as the title for what looks to be a series based on cooking and fitness ...

As PWInsider.com has previously reported, WWE has a new official cookbook coming out later this year.
More details about the trademark: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...eries.html?p=1

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Lucha Underground applied to trademark "Octagon", so that looks to be a new character for the next season. At this point, it's unknown if the trademark would be related to the original AAA star Octagon or a new character.
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The George Tragos / Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced their 2018 induction class with the following scheduled to be inducted over the weekend of July 26-28th in Waterloo, Iowa:
*Booker T. will receive the Lou Thesz Award
*Bruiser Brody will be posthumously awarded the Frank Gotch Award
*Ben Askren will receive the George Tragos Award
*Koji Miyamoto will receive the Jim Melby Award
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One of the larger stories attached to the Saudi Arabia show is the representation of female talent, which will not take place on the show. The WWE did issue a statement to reporter David Bixenspan stating that women and children will be allowed to attend the event, but no female performers will be part of the show. While an optimist can hope that in future shows, women will be welcome on the cards, to me it’s a hard part to overlook for this show that women are not welcome to participate. At a time when the WWE has been so steadfast in their promotion of the women’s movement within the company, being presented on par with the men and using the example of Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss having a match in the UAE, it seems contradictory to underplay this element of their lucrative deal with the Government of Saudi Arabia through the Vision 2030 program. It’s a massive deal for the WWE, although no terms are public yet, but for all the praise the company has received for the elevation of the women, I feel equal criticism is justified in this instance, even if not a WWE call but rather entering a business arrangement that does present restrictions, at least for the first show of the new deal. If this were a case of certain wrestlers being denied participation based on race or sexuality, there would be enormous backlash and gender should be included in that grouping.
Post Wrestling's John Pollock on lack of WWE women wrestlers at the Saudi show and why that goes against WWE's PR for the Women's Revolution/Evolution.


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Tuesday night's SmackDown on the USA Network averaged 2.576 million viewers, down 11 percent from last week's return of Daniel Bryan.

The rating was hurt by the monstrous number that the premiere of ABC's "Roseanne" reboot garnered, with over 18 million viewers tuning in for the return of the '90s sitcom. Numbers were down across the board for all of the other network shows.
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Mike and Maryse Mizanin are now parents to a healthy baby girl.

The Miz announced this afternoon on Instagram that his wife Maryse gave birth to Monroe Sky Mizanin on March 27 at 11:40 p.m. WWE congratulated them on the birth not too long after The Miz’s announcement. The baby weighed in at seven pounds, five ounces. The WWE.com article mentioned that both mother and daughter are resting comfortably.

Maryse announced publicly that she was pregnant back on the September 11, 2017 edition of Monday Night Raw ...

Miz and Maryse’s chronicles in becoming parents will be documented in the upcoming reality series Miz & Mrs. The show is set to air on the USA Network at some point in 2018.
Miz: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg4gjR3H6oo , WWE: http://www.wwe.com/article/the-miz-m...?sf185740661=1

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In an interview with The Mirror, Nia Jax defended bullying and body shaming being used in her storyline with Alexa Bliss: “I think it's amazing. I think it's something that people know but they don't want to talk about it, they always want to keep it hidden. I feel like we're tackling it head-on and it should be [tackled]. Young women and young girls, and boys, should actually be hearing this and seeing the conflict that we go through and seeing somebody stand up for themselves and not have to allow somebody to bully them, because of the way they look, what their shape is, or the color of their skin is. You should always stand up for yourself. So I think it's amazing. I'm very honoured to be a part of it.”
Link: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other...lying-12264276

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David Bixenspan has an article for Deadspin about the commission regulations in New Orleans for WrestleMania week. The commission secretary noted that WWE and ROH are exempt from move bans due to being major league promotions and the commission trusting the competence of their wrestlers.
Link: https://deadspin.com/how-louisianas-...wre-1824118577

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Vader tweeted after undergoing open heart surgery on Monday: “Fear no Man Feel no Pain!!!! I am sorry to say the feel no pain is a bunch of BS. Worst pain I’ve ever been in, even worse than getting hit in the back with a shovel by @RealMickFoley.”
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PROGRESS Wrestling announced WALTER vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for their show in New Orleans on April 7th, with the winner getting a future shot at their World Championship. Jinny & Mercedes Martinez vs. Toni Storm & Shazza McKenzie is also set for their April 6th show.
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World Wrestling Entertainment scored the final victory today in the United States District Court of Connecticut when Judge Vanessa L. Bryant officially dismissed the remaining two counts from the original lawsuit filed by former WWE performers regarding the company's alleged lack of protection when it came to performers' health, specifically concussions, CTE and other brain-trauma related injuries.

Although several the allegations against the company had been previously thrown out by the court, there was one allegation that had been ruled as being able to go forward. That charge, brought by Vito LoGrasso and former WWE developmental talent Evan Singleton, was a claim for fraud by omission. The claim was allowed specifically because they had alleged that in 2005, WWE "became aware of and failed to disclose to its wrestlers’ information concerning a link between repeated head trauma and permanent degenerative neurological conditions."

Since WWE had created the Wellness Policy and Lograsso and Singleton had wrestled during that period, the court ruled it was within reason that there was a possibility that WWE had a "greater knowledge" of the dangers via information cultivated via Wellness Policy data. So, the court allowed that aspect of the case to move forward so the matter can be determined.

In a 21-page ruling, Judge Bryant threw those final counts against WWE out, writing, "After careful consideration of the evidence in the light most favorable to the Plaintiffs, the Court has determined that the evidence does not support a finding that WWE knew of a risk that repeated head injuries incurred while performing as a professional wrestler could cause permanent degenerative neurological conditions prior to September 5, 2007."
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Impact Wrestling is planning to stage a press conference designed to promote their Redemption PPV next week in New Orleans, PWInsider.com has confirmed.

The conference will take place on Saturday 4/7 and is designed to promote the company's 4/22 return to PPV from Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios.

The PPV will be headlined by Impact Wrestling champion Austin Aries defending against former champion Alberto El Patron.
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Former UFC fighter Tom Lawlor, who has been out of action after an injury in the ring required a steel plate and 12 pins to be put in his forearm, has been cleared to return to the ring. He will be working the 4/12 MLW TV taping in Orlando, Florida at the Gilt Nightclub.

PWInsider.com has confirmed that Maxwell Jacob Friedman aka MJF, has signed a deal with MLW. MJF was initially trained by Curt Hawkins and has had a nice run on the independents thus far with his pompous heel personality.

Set for the MLW TV taping on 4/12 in Orlando is Matt Riddle vs. Shane Strickland to determine the MLW champion, Rey Fenix vs. Penta 0M, Low Ki vs. the debuting Matt Sydal, Joey Janela & Sami Callihan vs. Jimmy Havoc & Darby Allin in a "Bogus Adventure" Match, plus Tom Lawlor, MVP, Mike Parrow, Santana Garrett and more.

MLW: Fusion will debut on BeIN Sports on Friday 4/20 at 8 PM EST.
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Tammy "Sunny" Sytch was extradited this morning from the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in New Jersey by authorities from the State of Pennsylvania. She will be remanded to the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Sytch, 45-years old had been arrested and charged with DUI twice this year in Jersey while on probation for several charges in Pennsylvania, including three separate 2015 DUI arrests. She failed to appear in court to answer either of the Jersey cases, leading to her arrest on 2/27 in Aberdeen Township, New Jersey. While she was being processed for multiple charges of Contempt - Disobedience/resistance, it was learned that Sytch was technically a fugitive from justice because a motion had been filed in August 2017 in Pennsylvania, requesting her February 2017 parole from the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania be revoked. A bench warrant for her arrest was issued in order to bring her in for a hearing over the issue, but since Sytch was not living in PA at the time, she could not be located to be served or taken into custody.

Sytch's Pennsylvania DUI charges in 2015 were a result of three separate incidents over that summer.
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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla has announced the end of an era as the popular Southern California promotion will be holding their final events in Reseda, California at the American Legion Post #308 over the next two months.

The promotion sent out a note on Wednesday that their final three shows at the 400-seat American Legion Post will take place April 20th and 21st and May 25th.

Reseda has been home base to the promotion for the past decade, outgrowing the venue years ago but showing an unwillingness to compromise the live atmosphere the venue provided, making PWG one of the hardest tickets to come by in professional wrestling. Tickets have escalated to $80 general admission and $100 for front row seats.
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IMPACT Wrestling announced today a partnership with Illinois-based RISE to host seminars with a focus on developing women's professional wrestlers, as well as the creation of original content for IMPACT Wrestling's Twitch channel and Global Wrestling Network (GWN) multi-platform digital service.

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In addition to the Raw and SmackDown go-home shows, there will be three more hours of WWE programming on the USA Network as part of WrestleMania week.

A special that looks at the greatest moments in WrestleMania history will air on Thursday, April 5th at 8 p.m. Eastern time, a one-hour version of the 2018 Hall of Fame ceremony will be shown at 10 p.m. on April 7th, and the second hour of the WrestleMania pre-show will be live on the USA Network, which is in addition to its other platforms.

WWE has yet to announce which matches are scheduled for the pre-show. The first hour will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern on April 8th before the main card starts at 7 p.m.

This year's Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on the Friday of WrestleMania week, with the full version airing live on the WWE Network. Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, Mark Henry, celebrity inductee Kid Rock, and Warrior Award recipient Jarrius "JJ" Robertson will be honored during it.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemani...stlemania-week

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The WWE made a statement today noting that Hulk Hogan will not be involved in any WrestleMania activities.

The statement comes because Hogan will be at a WWE-related function, the HBO premiere party for the Andre the Giant documentary tonight. Hogan, like myself, was invited by HBO to attend and not by WWE.

WWE sources have said that while the company has had conversations of late with Hogan, they were about his interest in helping others learn from mistakes he has made in life. The company said that quote has been misinterpreted with people believing a return is imminent.

"Hulk Hogan is an important part of Andre the Giant's history, however his appearance at tonight's HBO premiere of the documentary and his plans to help others learn from his mistakes does not mean WWE is rehiring him. Hogan is not scheduled to be at any upcoming WWE events."
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Company sources have noted the idea of Hogan coming back to WWE in a role where he would talk about how stupid he was to have said what he did, with it being a redemption/forgiveness story and figuring enough time has passed that his return wouldn't be controversial.
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Jerry Jarrett is behind a television pilot that is being filmed on 4/26 in Wheeling, WV. The show is called Olympus Wrestling. They are shooting a pilot with the idea of doing an America's Got Talent like format where matches would take place and there would be three judges evaluating both the matches and the wrestlers. Robert Fuller and Jim Cornette will be two of the judges.
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PCW Ultra on 5/4 in Los Angeles is headlined by Chelsea Green vs. Tessa Blanchard to create their first women's title.
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AAW on Saturday night in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus has ACH vs. Keith Lee for the AAW title, Jessicka Havok vs. Ivelisse for the women's title, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett vs. Curt Stallion & Jake Something for the tag titles, David Starr vs. Jimmy Jacobs, AR Fox & Myron Reed vs. Trey Miguel & Steven Wolf and a Rumble with the winner getting a shot at the Heritage title, as well as Scarlett vs. Kyle Rae and Trevor Lee & Eddie Kingston vs. Shane Strickland & Moose.
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Road to Sakura Genesis from Korakuen Hall is live on NJPWWorld.com tomorrow morning at 5.30AM Est/10.30AM UK. The show will have English commentary.

*Tetsuhiro Yagi vs Ren Narita
*Yuji Nagata vs Shota Umino
*Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask IV & Tomoyuki Oka
*Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Toa Henare vs Hirooki Goto, Jay White & Tomohiro Ishii
*Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & Tiger Mask IV vs Toru Yano, SHO & YOH
*Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs Zack Sabre Jr & Taichi
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Several readers sent word that they spotted Dean Ambrose and Renee Young in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday and today, so Ambrose is back there working on rehabilitating his triceps tear. Ambrose was spoting a sling around town last night when they were spotted.

Dean Ambrose, who has been out for some time following triceps surgery, was pulled from his scheduled signing at Wrestlemania AXXESS next week. Fans who purchased a VIP ticket to meet the former WWE champion will instead get to meet WWE Hall of Famers Sting and Ric Flair.

When Ambrose first went under the knife, WWE stated he would be out nine months. April would make it four months into that process.
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Rusev Day merchandise sales have led to Rusev being pulled from the Battle Royal and put into a four-way for the U.S. title, joining previously announced champion Randy Orton, and challengers Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal.
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Stephanie McMahon was recently interviewed by The Times of India to promote WrestleMania 34. During the interview, she was asked if Jinder Mahal's run as WWE Champion last year was a success.

"I think his Championship run was incredibly interesting and successful to our global audience and not just to India," said McMahon. "If he became a bit of a hero in India as a result, well that is awesome too... Jinder of course is playing the antagonist here in the States. I think he was received as a homecoming hero when he performed live in India and whenever there is a local star there is significance to the audience there. Our audience is so much bigger, it is global, so we have to entertain everyone."
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Aside from the WrestleCon Super Show, none of the events in New Orleans were sold out at press time, but NXT, Raw, ROH and WrestleMania are all very close and will be sold out shortly. WrestleMania is not an automatic sellout because it's a stadium show, so being this close is a sign people like the card. Raw and NXT, on the hand, were expected to be sold out some time back. The Hall of Fame on 4/6, the WWE's first show of the weekend, and Smackdown on 4/10, the final show, are not expected to sell out and both have a lot of tickets left, priced as low as $25. After the announcement last week of the return of Daniel Bryan, tickets for Mania were very strong when it came to late sales so his return is money. At press time there were about 700 tickets left, almost all on the floor, with the cheapest price being $337.
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Deadspin and David Bixenspan had an article regarding the regulation of these WrestleMania Week shows. Piledrivers will be banned at these events, but apparently, not for WWE events or the ROH show, as the commission considers them major league events. This stems back to a 1996 accident where an independent wrestler, Aldus Bergeron was paralyzed and sued Jason Dupre (Steve Anthony) and the commission, which regulated the show, and the result was a several million dollar settlement. It was appealed and upheld because the judge ruled that the commission did not do its job to prevent sham matches (keep in mind every pro wrestling match is a sham match, meaning that this judicial ruling is downright scary) and said that since the injury took place in a post-match attack, and not during the match, the commission didn't enforce their rules about the ring being emptied once the match is over. In 2007, the commission changed the rules, no longer banning sham matches.

John Green Jr., the commission secretary, said banned moves would include all variations of the piledriver, all variations of the power bomb, moonsaults, shooting star presses, 450 splashes or anything that involves one wrestler leaping or flipping off the ropes or turnbuckles to contract the head or neck of the opponent, as well as any variation of the stun gun or a move where a wrestler's head or neck gets draped or clotheslined over the ropes, as well as any striking the head with any kind of object like a chair or trash can lid, of knocking anyone over the top rope. However, the commission has the right to allow these moves to be used prior to an event if they believe the wrestlers have sufficient training, athletic ability and experience to perform them without endangering each other. Luke Hawx of Wildkat Wrestling, who is providing the local license that many of the outside promotions are using, has noted that they've never been bothered about doing 450s or moonsaults, but they avoid fighting in the crowd, blading and piledrivers. He said as long as the promotions stay away from those moves, he doesn't think there will be any problems.
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Mesias/Mil Muertes/Ricky Banderas had a press conference on 3/27 talking about leaving the promotion. He said he injured his knee in June but AAA insisted he continue to work through October. He said that Dorian Roldan paid him less than he promised during his time off while being injured and was told by Gonzalo Perez Rodriguez (The Director of Programming) that anything more that they would pay him would be considered a loan he would have to repay. When he finally returned after five months off, the first thing he was asked was to lose to La Parka. He said he didn't want to do it, not because it was La Parka, but because he thought it was dumb for him to return after five months and lose in his match back. He said he made his mind up to quit, but didn't announce it until the completion of the Lucha Underground season. He said that he's asked to see his contract and for four years has gotten the runaround by Dorian Roldan and Marisela Pena so he doesn't even know how long he's under contract. He said Roldan told him he'd make his life impossible if he quit and said this was not the same Roldan that he used to know.

He said he was very upset about how Roldan has changed and the things he's said about people who have left the promotion. He said AAA claimed they owned all of his names, but her noted he used Ricky Banderas long before he came to AAA. He said he thinks he'll still be able to work Lucha Underground since Pentagon, Fenix, Jack Evans and others still worked there after quitting AAA. Banderas said a lot of people would like to leave but there is the fear of the unknown. He also said he would be wrestling Cibernetico on 4/28. In fact, the only major AAA stars still in Lucha Underground are Vampiro (who has immense heat on him as there was a situation a few weeks ago that nearly came to blows between Vampiro and El Texano Jr.), King Cuerno, Texano, Drago and Aerostar.
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At the grand opening of the New Japan dojo in Carson, CA, just outside Los Angeles, there was a press conference with Hiroshi Tanahashi (most of the questions regarded how he takes care of his hair, believe it or not), Jushin Liger, Adam Page, Jay White and Katsuyori Shibata. The most notable was Shibata saying that he would wrestle again some day and that his teaching and training with the students at the school would get him back. It is believed he would never be cleared again after life-saving brain surgery after his April 1, 2017 match with Kazuchika Okada at Sumo Hall, largely from his delivering a sick head-butt that left him with bleeding on the brain. Shibata physically looks in good shape.
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Impact are thrilled with all the publicity Sami Callihan has gotten as a heel in the wake of the accidental baseball shot to Eddie Edwards, particularly with the negative feedback from Jim Cornette and Kassius Ohno and him playing that up.
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In a business move that relates to WWE whether they wind up with USA or FS 1/FOX in the next deal, and perhaps UFC depending on where they end up, both FOX and NBC are looking at lowering the amount of commercial time on their television shows starting with the fall season. The idea is cutting down on the length of the commercial breaks to keep viewers from tuning out to other shows. They are pitching to advertisers that with shorter breaks and fewer commercials, that the value of the commercials will now be greater and thus are looking at upping the price of commercials to make up for the lost revenue of fewer actual ads. NBC Universal is looking at reducing ad time by about ten percent in prime time, and this would include Raw.
Rumor going around the net is FOX's offer being in the $200 million range which is what they currently pay for UFC. Would be around $60 million higher than what WWE currently gets from NBC & USA Network.

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The belief is that silly Smackdown top ten thing is already done. They did it one week, and tried to do a lame angle between Orton and Roode with the idea Roode was rated higher than Orton even though he hadn't been there as long to play into the U.S. title three-way deal.
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The top ten most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network were: 1. Mixed Match Challenge from 3/20; 2. NXT from 3/21; 3. WrestleMania 32; 4. WWE 24: Empowered; 5. Photo Shoot: Kofi Kingston; 6. Fast Lane 2018; 7. Royal Rumble 2018; 8. WrestleMania 33; 9. WrestleMania 30; 10. WrestleMania 31. 205 Live on 3/20 finished 11th for the week.

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Bein Sports and Major League Wrestling sent out their official press release today regarding the new weekly one hour MLW Fusion show that starts on the station on 4/20 in the Friday night at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern time slot.

John "Bad Bones" Klinger, who has been one of the top stars of the German-based wXw promotion, is no longer with the group, and the reasons are being kept quiet. wXw issued a release yesterday saying, "It is with great regret that we have to inform you about the immediate suspension of Bad Bones John Klinger from all future wXw events. The wXw World Tag Team Championship, currently held by Da Mack and John Klinger, has been vacated effective today. It will be contested at the next marquee event, wXw True Colors on April 14 in Dresden."

ROH announced a main event for a 4/28 show called Bound By Honor at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL. It will be four members of the Bullet Club against four champions, Dalton Castle & Kenny King & Mark & Jay Briscoe.

Fred Yehi vs. Maxwell Jacob Feinstein was announced for the 4/12 MLW show in Orlando, FL at Gilt Nightclub. This will be Yehi's debut with the promotion.

Sabotage Wrestling announced that Ricardo Rodriguez would debut as their figurehead General Manager, most likely on their 4/28 show in Austin,TX.
MLW: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...oster.html?p=1

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Jeff Jarrett will be filming a Table for 3 Segment next week. WWE is filming tons of shows and documentaries with so many people in New Orleans next week.
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Impact Wrestling's positive ratings trend continued this week as the company posted its highest viewership since The Hardys' Final Deletion match.

Last night's episode averaged 399,000 viewers on Pop TV, up from the 362,000 that Impact did the previous week. That's Impact's highest number of 2018 and tops all of their shows from last year. The Final Deletion, which had Matt Hardy facing Jeff Hardy in the first match of its kind from the Hardy Compound, drew 410,000 viewers on July 5th, 2016.

The company thanked its fans after this week's ratings came out: "The BIGGEST THANK YOU possible to each and every one of you who helped make last night's IMPACT the most watched episode in 20 months and our 2nd most watched episode on Pop!"
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Besides the 50 man Royal Rumble, also announced for the 4/27 "Greatest Royal Rumble," at the 62,000 seat King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is Cena vs. HHH, a ladder match for the IC title with Miz vs. Rollins vs. Balor vs. Joe, and a tag title match with Sheamus & Cesaro vs. The Hardys. There will be no women allowed to wrestle on the show. There are those critical of WWE pushing how much they are behind women wrestling and female empowerment and then doing business with a country where women are treated as second-class and where their women roster members wouldn't be allowed to perform. But in the end, this is a gigantic money deal over ten years and that trumps just about everything. You can't expect high morals from a major corporation, and doubly so from a wrestling promoter. Granted, the key to this argument is about how WWE promotes itself as being on the cusp of revolutionary for women in sports, even when they were a half-century behind tennis and years behind even the UFC, which at one point was being run by people closed-minded that needed their eyes opened. If WWE is even pretending to be revolutionary, or even somewhere nearly up to date, on treatment of women and that's one of their calling cards, and their biggest mainstream star is female, I don't expect them to stand up for that because they are wrestling people, but at that point they have no right to claim anything legitimately when it comes to backing women. Like I said, I don't expect anything, but if you're legit on a cause, sometimes you have to make unpleasant decisions to back that cause. In this case, they failed to do so.
Meltzer on WWE's image problem hosting the Saudi Rumble while juggling their spin on the Women's Revolution/Evolution historic impact on the company.

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There is a lot of talk that UFC television negotiations are not going well. The company had hoped to have the deal done by the end of last year, and now we're almost in April with no sign of a deal being done and the target looks like the summer for an announcement. There have been some stories along with the word on the street that UFC and FOX would likely be done. FOX made UFC an offer but now it looks like FOX is more interested in WWE, as they could get WWE for similar money and WWE would deliver higher ratings. Still, FS 1 and FS 2 have relied on UFC for a live percentage of their programming for years.
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I was wondering if you knew why ROH's women's matches are always you tube exclusives ,dvd extras,or just pre show matches?Pretty much every promotion that has women wrestlers feature therm on the regular card>Even WWE when they had "divas" matches that lasted all of three minutes were part of the main show.Is it because the owners or booker(s) don't like women's wrestling or do they don't think the women can draw? also if they're not featuring women wrestlers as part of the main show,why bother having a partnership with the Stardom promotion as the women from that promotion that come over heee to work for RPH willl just getbused the same way

They only have 60 minutes a week of their TV, plus they have seen the YouTube videos be extremely successful so they have continued to push the matches via that forum. I also think the company is taking a very slow walk before they run strategy. That's just the way ROH works. They take a very measure, slow approach.
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David Bixenspan has done a lot of research into the attendance figure from WrestleMania 3 at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987. The 93,173 figure is the most attendance figure in professional wrestling history, initially because of the legend of the event that signified the peak the promotion’s national expansion boom but has grown in legend because of the debate for over 15 years regarding its legitimacy. As the story goes, WWF event promoter Zane Bresloff, years after the show, spoke to Dave Meltzer and provided documentation of the actual number that was reported to be 78,500 and this was backed up years later when Meltzer was provided internal attendance figures by the company that also listed that figure. The WWE’s internal numbers when Meltzer was provided them listed the WrestleMania 3 total attendance at “about 78,000” and paid attendance listed at 75,700.

In Bixenspan’s research, Meltzer had reported an advance of 78,500 two weeks before the show and added that was 9,500 short of capacity for the venue, bringing the total capacity to 88,000. The Pontiac Silverdome website later listed the total capacity of the building at 88,000 and cited a visit by The Pope in 1987 attracting that sized audience.

Many of the documents to back up the various sides were unable to be recovered and there probably isn’t going to be a definitive conclusion, although it makes no sense for the WWE to have internal documents that would underreport the attendance. Bixenspan did seek to obtain these records from the WWE and didn`t receive a response.

The agreement most have is that the venue was truly full and there were no unoccupied seats. The other factor is whether the Pontiac Silverdome provided an accurate number of seats as their total capacity or inflated the true number and that presents the discrepancy.

If the 78,500 figure is accurate, there are two WWE events that have surpassed that total with SummerSlam 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London and WrestleMania 32 from AT&T Stadium in Texas in 2016.

It’s funny because if the aerial shot of the stadium was never taken, I don’t feel this debate would have raged on for so many years. While there was a lot of dispute when the WWE announced the 101,763 figure for the AT&T Stadium, there was nothing close the emotion of the WrestleMania 3 figure, possibly because it’s so much easier to verify a present attendance figure than one from 31 years ago. The WWE also stepped back from the figure and explained it wasn’t a paid number and they counted many people that you wouldn’t typically account for to reflect the attendance of a show.
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Impact Wrestling ended the month of March with their highest number on POP TV since July 2016. Thursday’s episode averaged 399,000 viewers, which is their highest Thursday night average on POP and second-highest number overall since the Final Deletion episode in July 2016 (when Impact was airing on Tuesday nights on POP). For the year, Impact is averaging 322,000 viewers on POP, which has been bolstered by their performance throughout the month of March where viewership has increased.
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ESPN has a piece on the L.A. Memorial Coliseum’s attempting to attract the WWE to run WrestleMania with a look back at the Coliseum nearly hosting the show in 1991. The Coliseum put together a video to persuade the WWE (then World Wrestling Federation) to book the Coliseum and it’s stated in the article by Joe Furin, the Coliseum’s General Manager, that Vince McMahon loved the video. The company scheduled WrestleMania 7 for the Coliseum in March 1991 and announced the site during the broadcast of WrestleMania 6 the year prior. The promotional campaign centered around attracting “over 100,000 fans” to the Coliseum and breaking the previous record of 1987 (see story above). In February 1991, amidst lackluster ticket sales, they moved the show indoors to the L.A. Sports Arena and transferred the tickets. In the article, Furin stated it would be great to try and get WrestleMania into the Coliseum in 2020 or 2021. Los Angeles will also have a new stadium for the L.A. Rams opening in August 2020 with Hollywood Park, which is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in 2021.
Link: http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/2...estlemania-vii

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Rey Mysterio appeared on Below The Belt this week, which is hosted by former UFC Heavyweight Brendan Schaub. The former WWE Champion addressed rumors that he would be appearing at WrestleMania this year.

There had recently been reports that Mysterio would be working with John Cena at WrestleMania. Sports Illustrated reported this week that Mysterio is expected to work WrestleMania if he's healthy, and that Vince McMahon is considering having Mysterio as Braun Strowman's tag team partner against Cesaro and Sheamus. Mysterio noted that he's not going to be able to wrestle at the event due to the tear of his left biceps that he suffered earlier this month at a Northeast Wrestling show.

"Unfortunately I just suffered a torn bicep three weeks ago," Mysterio said. "I opted not to get surgery. It's a full tear, but I'm just going to sit back, do some therapy for it and hopefully I'll be back next month."

Mysterio said that while he won't be wrestling at the show, he's looking forward to it.

"This one's going to be off the hook," Mysterio noted. "There's going to be a lot of good matches."
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWk4b3RO4EA

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Vince McMahon and other people in WWE were said to be blown away by the social media success of The Ultimate Deletion match that aired earlier this month, according to Sports Illustrated. The hashtag for the match was trending worldwide at number one for three hours.

This could mean that there is a future for Matt Hardy and his Woken Warriors in the WWE Universe. SI also noted that the match was seen as a big success within the WWE office.

There's been speculation that Michael Cole's negative comments about the match were being fed to him by Vince and Vince being surprised at the success may add to that theory.
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Cody Rhodes tweeted out the classic Bullet Club logo is being retired and he would be revealing a new logo next week. Rhodes will be facing Kenny Omega next Saturday at ROH Supercard of Card XII.

THE CLASSIC BULLET CLUB LOGO IS BEING RETIRED...

I will be unveiling the new logo next week! pic.twitter.com/U4Z1F3nriT
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) March 30, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/statu...70387443859456


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Even going against the NCAA basketball championship game, Raw held steady last night with 3.35 million viewers, down from the 3.36 million the prior week.

Staying even against that level of a sporting event has to be considered good, even though the Villanova-Michigan game did 13.28 million viewers, shockingly low since no NCAA final in the last 43 years had ever fallen below 17 million and last year's final drew 23 million viewers ...

The key was how reversed from usual the third hour drop was, as in recent weeks, it's been double digit drops among women, and in women 18-49, it was up one percent and males 18-49 were up eight percent. It did drop among teenage girls and those over 50.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.43 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.33 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.31 million viewers
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Last night’s go-home edition of Raw ended with John Cena vs. The Undertaker still not having been announced for WrestleMania, but that hasn’t stopped WWE from hyping it ahead of Sunday. They posted an article on their website questioning if the match could still happen, and Cena again taunted Undertaker on his Instagram account.

Michelle McCool responded to someone on Twitter who asked where The Undertaker is: “We’re actually eating breakfast!”
WWE: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestleman...t-wrestlemania , Cena: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhGm59yAyOw , McCool: https://twitter.com/McCoolMichelleL/...64308448137216

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WWE Shop released a “Balor Club is for Everyone” shirt where 20 percent of proceeds through June 30th of this year will be donated to GLAAD.

Edge’s last match took place on this day seven years ago as he defeated Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 27. WWE also uploaded his WrestleMania 24 match with The Undertaker on YouTube today.

Paul Heyman told NBC Sports that The Usos could end up being the greatest tag team of all time. He also compared Cody Rhodes finding himself outside of WWE to Steve Austin’s experience in ECW.

Mark Henry said his salmon-colored suit from his fake retirement angle might make an appearance at his Hall of Fame induction since so many people want to see it.

Shawn Michaels opened a merchandise store with Pro Wrestling Tees.
WWE Shop: https://shop.wwe.com/finn-balor-%E2%...rt/X10077.html , Edge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2YrA1-wtPo , Heyman: http://sports.nbcsports.com/2018/04/...n-he-left-wcw/ , Henry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zH3c5tgOg4 , HBK: https://www.prowrestlingtees.com/shawnmichaels

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With AJ Styles defending the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura this Sunday, NJPW uploaded Styles vs. Nakamura from Wrestle Kingdom 10 as this week’s free match. It’s their only other singles match and finished fourth in that year’s Match of the Year voting in the Observer awards.

ROH announced Cody vs. Punishment Martinez and Jay Lethal vs. Scorpio Sky for their show in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 27th.

Impact Wrestling is allowing co-streaming of their Impact vs. Lucha Underground show on Friday and want streamers to do their own commentary.

EVOLVE’s latest mini-documentary looks at Zack Sabre Jr.’s 400-plus days as champion.
NJPW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajGBj3uQiE , Impact: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...75146001330176 , EVOLVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ciWnU4BKG0

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It was announced that iTunes sales of the classic Jeff Jarrett theme (or was that the Real Double J's song?) "Be With My Baby Tonight" are being donated towards Connor's Cure, which raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, in partnership with The V Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Jarrett commented:

This is awesome...who would have thought #WithMyBabyTonight would be raising money for @ConnorsCure !!? @WrestleMania @WWE @WWERoadDogg @WWEPR @WWEMusic https://t.co/kcUNpMXY2u
— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) April 3, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/RealJeffJarrett/...71706671878144

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Variety is reporting that Universal is really doing everything they can to advertise John Cena's R-rated comedy "Blockers" to television audiences with an estimated $6.55 million in television ads in the last week for the film which opens this Friday. That makes It the number one film in terms of television advertising spending, well ahead of "A Quiet Place" at $5.01 million
Link: http://variety.com/2018/film/news/bl...ng-1202741540/

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The 4/7 Ring of Honor Supercard of Honor event at the UNO Lakefront Arena will sell out. There are just a few hundred tickets left as of this writing, so if you wish to attend the show, do not wait. The show will easily destroy the ROH attendance record with attendance expected to be in the 5,000-6,000 range. You can find complete ticket information at www.ROHWrestling.com.

The announced lineup for the show:
*Cody Rhodes vs. Kenny Omega for the first-time ever.
*ROH champion Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll.
*ROH Tag Team champions The Briscoes vs. Jay Lethal & Hiroshi Tanahashi.
*ROH Six Man Tag Team champions So Cal Uncensored vs. Flip Gordon & The Young Bucks.
*Tomohiro Ishii vs. Punishment Martinez.
*Adam Page vs. Kota Ibushi
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The WWE is heavily promoting that new subscribers to the WWE Network can sign up and receive this Sunday’s WrestleMania for free. The strategy is to inflate the overall network number in time for Monday’s announcement of the latest figure. Last year’s figure they reported the day after WrestleMania 33 was 1,661,00 paid subscribers and 288,000 free subscribers for a total of 1,949,000. This was the second year of the free experiment for WrestleMania with 370,000 free subscribers in 2016 and a drop in free subs in 2017.

This year’s show feels like it is a better-promoted show with Ronda Rousey and Daniel Bryan as the two big needle movers for the show. The major question is how many non-WWE fans are signing up for the service to watch Ronda Rousey participate in a pro wrestling match, and how many of those people are going to keep the service? That all depends on their interest level in Rousey doing pro wrestling and if they need to see her more than once. The gains year-over-year at WrestleMania are positive but not overwhelming for the WWE, which is why Rousey is a big investment. The unique nature of Rousey’s drawing power in the UFC is that she was able to attract pay-per-view buyers, who would only buy her fights and were not UFC fans by nature. If you are of the belief that the WWE has a finite fanbase that is willing to sign up for the network, Rousey could represent an ability to hit a new audience that is untapped for the service, but that is still up for debate until the numbers come later this year to see her effectiveness.
Right now it seems any real benefit WWE is getting from Ronda is negligible at best. She didn't really provide a big boost in viewers for RAW or ticket sales for Mania unlike Bryan.

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WWE has a new poll asking fans which RAW champion is most likely to retain their title at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday. As of this writing, 32% voted for WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor while 25% voted for RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax, 25% voted for WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns and the rest voted for RAW Tag Team Champions The Bar vs. Braun Strowman and his mystery partner.
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The Blast has a story here about David Otunga helping his niece, Kylee, get a heart transplant. Otunga had devoted his time to find Kylee a heart, which she recently secured. Otunga told The Blast that Kylee's recovery has been amazing, and that she is now walking and responding "like she has fresh life breathed into her." While she has a long road ahead of her with her recovery, Otunga said that she is in great spirits and positive about getting better. Kylee was diagnosed with congestive heart failure last September and had been kept alive with the assistance of a machine and a continuous IV. She was bumped to the top of the list to receive a transplant because her condition had been rapidly deteriorating.
Link: https://theblast.com/wwe-david-otung...ece-new-heart/


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  • According to Post Wrestling, WWE's ticket sales for both the Hall of Fame event and Smackdown After Mania show are selling at a lot slower pace than in previous years.
  • For those interested in Cena butt discussions, recent episode of The Late Show with Seth Myers included Cena's butt as a topic. https://youtu.be/IupnlXFFZHw
  • NJPW recently revealed the cards for Wrestling Dontaku series of shows. https://www.f4wonline.com/japan/okad...ku-tour-254776
  • New York Post had a recent interview with Paul Heyman talking about if Mania 34 will be the last time Lesnar will be in the WWE and the possibility of CM Punk going to NJPW or ROH after his MMA career ends. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-going-to-ufc/
  • New York Post also had an interview with Shinsuke Nakamura talking about his WWE Championship match at Mania, connecting with fans despite the language barrier, and potential of a dream match with Daniel Bryan. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...pite-language/


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A lot of people have contacted the site asking what is the status of John Cena vs. The Undertaker for WrestleMania. Here is what I can tell you as of right now.

WWE has gone through this week’s TV with no official announcement of the match for Sunday. According to many people I have spoken to, the feeling and understanding is that Undertaker will be at WrestleMania on Sunday. There has been no official confirmation, but people I have spoken with believe Taker will be there.

It’s expected that there will be some kind of interaction between him and Cena at the event. If they decide to do a match, we will get that but it’s also very possible that the two men will simply “face off” in a non-official capacity.

If that is how WWE plays it out then all of the people that attended last year’s WrestleMania, and thought they saw what was Taker’s last match, will then still be able to say that they did indeed see the final bout in his legendary career.

I have been told to expect something between Cena and Undertaker on Sunday. He is scheduled to be there and no one I spoke to in WWE believes that they would have had Cena do the promos that he has if there weren’t going to be a payoff.

This is just a theory but it would not shock me to see them have Kid Rock play Taker’s old theme, leading Taker to come out and confront Cena. Again, that is just a theory.
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There was reportedly an idea to have a musical segment with The Rock, Elias, Jeff Jarrett and a few others at WrestleMania this Sunday, according to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated. The idea was for it to be a take on the "Rock Concert" segments that have been done in the past.

According to the report, The Rock was not able to give a firm commitment for the show, so the segment was scrapped. It was added that The Rock is not slated to be a part of WrestleMania this Sunday "unless there were renewed discussions."

Spoiler tag used since its related to potential Taker-Cena plans and a supposedly scrapped plan for Mania.

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After mostly good WWE ratings for the last several weeks leading up to WrestleMania, this week's SmackDown viewership tumbled an additional four percent from last week's already low number. Tuesday night's go-home show garnered SmackDown's second-smallest audience of 2018 with just 2.476 million viewers.

It's actually the second-smallest number since October 31st of last year ...

Next week should be up again as the post-WrestleMania Raw and SmackDown are usually the highest rated episodes of the year.
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Impact Wrestling has added four matches to the card for their WrestleMania week show with Lucha Underground.

It had been known that Scott Steiner and Teddy Hart would be appearing at the event, and Impact revealed today that they'll be teaming together against Dave & Jake Crist. Brian Cage vs. Eli Drake, Trevor Lee vs. Famous B, and Matt Sydal vs. Caleb Konley vs. Moose vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Jack Evans vs. Matanza Cueto (Jeff Cobb) in a six-way have also been announced for the card.

The theme of the show is Impact vs. Lucha Underground. It's taking place at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans on Friday night and will air live on Impact's Twitch channel at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
Link: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...91838762131456

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After confirming that their Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia would be airing live on the WWE Network, WWE announced today that there will be a one-hour pre-show before the event. The pre-show will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27th before the main card starts at noon, which is 7 p.m. local time in Jeddah.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/article...and-start-time

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Sonya Deville supported Finn Balor’s “Balor Club is for Everyone” shirt campaign. Twenty percent of proceeds through the end of June go towards GLAAD.
Link: https://twitter.com/SonyaDevilleWWE/...86961151512577

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ROH uploaded Mayu Iwatani vs. Deonna Purrazzo from the second round of the Women of Honor Championship tournament.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFaIwtlalDg

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Nick Aldis and Tommy Dreamer’s title match is the subject of the NWA’s latest Ten Pounds of Gold video.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDqTgAUjkdU

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Originally Posted by WrestleInc
It looks like WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is headed back to the UFC.

UFC President Dana White appeared on Fox Sports' UFC Tonight show earlier today to promote UFC 223 and was asked about The Beast returning to the Octagon.

"Yeah," Dana responded. "Brock Lesnar's coming back. I don't know when but yes he is."

Lesnar's current WWE contract expires after WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, where he will face Roman Reigns in the main event. There's been talk of WWE working on signing Lesnar to a new contract but that has not been confirmed.
There has been some conflicting info coming out from PWI about Lesnar's post-Mania status but they couldn't confirm it due to Lesnar being a lot more secretive backstage in recent years. Link to Dana White's comments (7 min mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8FdvWRbdEU

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Ronda Rousey appeared on ESPN's Get Up today. She was asked who she has liked working with the best in WWE so far. She said Kurt Angle. When asked show she would like to work with she said CM Punk, though she said she didn't think it would happen (due to obvious reasons).
Link: https://twitter.com/Get_Up/status/981521852379095040

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ROH tweeted that Chuck Taylor versus Jonathan Gresham will open SuperCard of Honor:

JUST ANNOUNCED: @TheJonGresham vs @SexyChuckieT will kick off #ROHSupercard!

Watch LIVE & FREE for ALL #HonorClub members THIS Sat April 7 at 830e/730c!https://t.co/vS7fcMBTTh
Go in depth: https://t.co/oOxN0Cksu0 pic.twitter.com/FYWj1CvzcK
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 4, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/ringofhonor/stat...85987561230336


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  • WWE recently released the brackets for the series of Axxess Invitational tournaments. https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/w...naments-254931
  • WWE also recently released the updated list of participants for both the Andre and Women's Battle Royale matches. https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/u...-royals-254516
  • During a recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast show with Jonathan Coachman as the guest, Coachman revealed he does not want Hogan to come back to the WWE. His main reason is him hearing Hogan likely won't be sincere for his apology and also likely asking for a lot of money to return. He also feels it will only be a matter of time before Hogan wants the spotlight on just himself instead of giving the rub to others. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...bringing-back/
  • Yahoo Sports had a recent interview with the Miz talking about his IC title match at Mania, Vince and others support in him as a big star in the WWE, and the impact of social media in wrestling. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-wrestlemania/
  • WrestlingInc had a recent interview with Jimmy Hart talking about creating memorable entrance themes, the origins of his "Mouth from the South" gimmick, and fond memories of Bobby Heenan.


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Cena vs. Undertaker has been planned for WrestleMania for months, and Undertaker has been training for the match. Undertaker will obviously be in New Orleans to confront Cena. The last word we got, which was on 4/3, is that from Vince McMahon's standpoint, the belief is that the audience knows he's going to show up and this is the "story" that brings him back to "kick Cena's ass". They are also of the belief announcing Taker in advance won't compel anyone to purchase the network, as anyone inclined is getting the network for the show anyway. This is Vince McMahon's story and he seems very happy with it. I think part of it is that Vince McMahon can say, `people are invested in the mere chance Undertaker will show up!"' If that means a match, or just a confrontation to build to a match next year, is hard to say, past that it was always scheduled as a match dating back several months.

Spoiler tags used since its related to potential Taker-Cena Mania plans.

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With Low Ki out of the main event, a big replacement has been lined up for Matt Riddle's Bloodsport.

Game Changer Wrestling announced tonight that Minoru Suzuki is replacing Low Ki and will be facing Riddle at tomorrow's (Thursday) show. No reason was given for Low Ki no longer being on the card.

This will be the second time that Suzuki and Riddle have faced each other, with Suzuki having defeated him at Revolution Pro Wrestling's Global Wars UK show in Walthamstow last November. Suzuki will be in action at RevPro's event in New Orleans on Friday as he takes on Jeff Cobb.
Event aired earlier today but supposedly Low Ki claimed having a "neck injury" as the excuse for why he couldn't make it today. Speculation around the net is the real reason is due to him getting wasted and/or forgetting to board his flight on time.

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Edge tweeted:

Tomorrow on @EandCPod it’s kind of a big one. For #Wrestlemania we have The Hardy’s @MATTHARDYBRAND & @JEFFHARDYBRAND Suffice it to say we have A LOT of ground to cover with this one. Enjoy Hosers pic.twitter.com/TZIIwrVoMU
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) April 5, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/EdgeRatedR/statu...95218588327936

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The 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Legacy Wing inductees are:
*Former WWWF champion Stan Stasiak.
*Lord Alfred Hayes.
*Dara Singh.
*Cora Combs
*El Santo.
*Jim Londos.
*Rufus R. Jones.
*Sputnik Monroe.
*Boris "The Great" Malenko.
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For the third year in a row, The Taz Show, hosted by former WWE and ECW star Taz will be broadcast a live, three hour special following Wrestlemania 34. The show will air from 11 PM - 2 AM Eastern.

The show will be syndicated across a number of CBS Sports Radio stations including WFAN 660 in New York City, 670 The Score in Chicago, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, 560 WQAM in Miami and 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC. We should have a full list of stations shortly.

For the first time ever, the show will also broadcast live on SiriusXM Radio channel 206 and of course, will stream live at www.TazShow.com.
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On SiriusXM’s MMA Tonight yesterday, host Miesha Tate commented on former UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s MMA losses being brought up as part of her Wrestlemania 34 storyline, noting, "I am so shocked that Ronda allowed that to happen. I just for some reason picture her having such a problem with that being in the script and knowing that that was going to be said ahead of time, I really feel like that deep down has to burn her cookies, but for whatever reason she’s not in the same position to pull as much weight around as she was in the UFC being she’s just starting her WWE career. So she probably just had to suck it up and allow for that to be said. But I guarantee you she did not like that at all.”

Tate, also a former UFC Bantamweight champion followed up, "I still think if she had enough say-so, she wouldn’t have let it happen. I really know that she has a problem with this but I don’t think she had a choice.”
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The Ring of Honor App, featuring the ROH Honorclub streaming service, is now officially available Android phones and Android TV.

The ROH app for iOS as well as the ROH Channel for Apple TV and Roku channel remain in the review process by those respective platforms. They will be released as soon as possible but most likely not before Saturday's Supercard of Honor event.
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Former wrestler and manager Johnny Valiant / “Luscious” Johnny V (Thomas Sullivan) was killed on Wednesday morning after being struck by a truck.

The accident occurred early in the morning in Ross Township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

News of the accident was reported by WPXI on Wednesday morning, stating that Valiant ran across the middle of McKnight Road around 5 am when it was still dark out and raining. McKnight is said to be a busy road and Valiant opted not to use the crosswalk section.
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WWE tweeted the following:

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant reportedly passed away this morning at the age of 71. https://t.co/vNfhyVo3Pb
— WWE (@WWE) April 5, 2018
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Even though Angelico has been in Europe and wasn't used for the recently-completed season, he asked for his release and was turned down. Jack Evans also asked for his release but he was expecting to get it. It's notable that Evans & Angelico loved Lucha Underground when it started. Some of the people who signed the seven season contract were told that they would be doing two seasons per year, so they figured it was like a three-and-a-half year deal and they'd be working constantly as opposed to a seven-year deal with little work.
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With 5,843 tickets sold, ROH’s Supercard of Honor XII show on Saturday night is now sold out.
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ROH has booked the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA for a 6/30 show. I don't know if this is it, but there are plans to shoot for another big number this year with a loaded up show. There is a goal of doing a big show with the idea of beating 6,700 paid (which would be the most paid attendance for a non-WWE branded show in the U.S. since the death of WCW, which was the March 10, 2013, TNA Lockdown PPV show at the Alamodome in San Antonio, which was headlined by Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy for the TNA title in a cage match)
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As of press time, the feeling is that Lesnar is finishing up this week. Until the decision is final, I don't consider anything in a situation with Lesnar done no matter how many times you get told he's really going to UFC. Part of this is a TV angle to get him booed where they all but told everyone he was leaving and even did a deal where they portrayed it like Heyman was talking to somebody in UFC. Besides, I think everyone knows that if he goes to UFC, it's only for a few fights and I can't imagine he won't be back because will be back. The Heyman situation is up on the air, although him saying that he and Lesnar won't ever be on Raw again if Reigns wins the title was a pretty strong statement indicating either they may change the finish (which, after three years, I'd be surprised, but then again, nothing should be a surprise), or he believes he's gone.

Rousey does want Heyman to be her spokesperson and there is the political issue we've described as to why that probably won't happen because it doesn't fit their big picture narrative on why Rousey is there. The idea is for Rousey to be the babyface antagonist of Stephanie, and while Lesnar ended up a babyface, and not by design, with Heyman, the Heyman role is more of a heel. A lot of people think the fan base will turn on Rousey at some point, but she's also there because to the outside world, she's the biggest star in the company and she had incredible drawing power with women. The funny part of this is that based on the limited stats we have, on the Raw she's been on, younger men viewing is way up and women viewing is not
Supposedly Lesnar's actual WWE contract doesn't end till a few months later although Mania 34 is his last confirmed date for the deal.

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As is the custom, on 4/9, WWE will be announcing updated WWE Network numbers. The key to this number is that it's heavily inflated by all of the $9.99 or less offers for three months, so actual paid should be way up, but that's not necessarily indicative of anything past lots of people signed up at the best time of the year when at the same time the price was lowered greatly. On TV, they were pushing like crazy you could see Mania free so I think the 4/9 headline will be the idea of topping the 2 million total subscriber mark and having people think that's a paid number.

The actual comparison of the revenue up until a week before the show will be out probably in early May, which will give a lot better impression of how the network is really doing than the cold number and even the paid number because of all the bargain prices. The actual revenue comparison for Mania season and the churn won't be out until early August, by which time the Mania numbers (like the real attendance) are yesterday's news story. The real WrestleMania attendance number won't be out until August either, but the usual inflation is about 10,000, although the AT&T Stadium inflation was told to me by stadium itself as 8,000 but the police records and turnstile count indicate the attendance announced was exaggerated by 20,000
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Dave Bautista was saying that he had been talked with about being Rousey's partner, which does make sense given the spot was originally earmarked for Dwayne Johnson
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Drew McIntyre was shown in a video bench pressing 400 pounds a few weeks ago, which is more than he could ever do before, which indicates his arm has healed up from the torn biceps suffered in his Takeover match back in November where he lost the NXT title to Andrade Cien Almas. He is pretty much ready to return, and it's just a question of when and how they want to introduce him. Actually with the time off, he's probably healthier than he's been in years because all the regular nagging injuries heal up when you're off
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WWE stock closed on 4/3 at $35.50 per share, giving the company a market value of $2.739 billion
For some comparisons, UFC was valued at $4 billion when it was sold to new owners last year.

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With nothing major new except the in-ring, the 205 Live show on 3/27 with a four-way main event was the second most-watched show of the WWE on the WWE Network, notable because the prior week with the Ali vs. Gulak match to determine who went to Mania, it wasn't even top ten. The top ten this week were: 1. NXT on 3/28; 2. 205 Live on 3/27; 3. Mixed Match Challenge from 3/27; 4. Photo Shoot: Kofi Kingston; 5. NXT from 3/21; 6. Fast Lane 2018; 7. Royal Rumble 2018; 8. WWE 24: Empowered; 9. WrestleMania 33; 10. WrestleMania 30
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WWE has a new poll asking fans who will steal the show at WrestleMania 34. As of this writing, 27% voted for Daniel Bryan while 25% voted for WWE Champion AJ Styles, 18% for Ronda Rousey, 9% for Seth Rollins, 5% for Finn Balor, 5% for Asuka, 5% for Mustafa Ali, 3% for Cedric Alexander, 2% for SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and 2% for SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos.
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On WWE’s poster for the WrestleMania 34 matches, John Cena vs. The Undertaker is listed with a question mark asking if Undertaker will accept his challenge. It says they can’t guarantee that the match is happening.
Link: https://twitter.com/kimberlasskick/s...42094796386305

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With today marking eight years since the match took place, WWE uploaded The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania XXV for free on YouTube.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdM5lGZZJ54

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After meeting with the Louisiana athletic commission about WrestleMania week, Gabe Sapolsky tweeted that piledrivers are the only moves that will be an issue: “Just met with commission, all the ‘banned’ moves beyond piledrivers is much ado about nothing. We are going to tear the house down at the WWNLive Experience!”
Link: https://twitter.com/BookItGabe/statu...43020328247296

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In a feature done by ESPN, Matt Riddle opened up about potentially signing with a bigger company: “Right now I think we're at a time where we don't need one main company to be our backer. I do know if I was at a bigger company I would be seen by more people, but at the same time would they present me the way I want to be seen? Can I be Matt Riddle? Can I be the King of the Bros? Can I be that guy, or do you want to change me? I'm not really trying to change. I like who I am. I like being me."
Link: http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/2...s-wrestlemania


Some other sheet news includes:
  • In honor of Wrestlemania 34, Psyonix studio and WWE are partnering together on a new WWE themed DLC for Rocket League. Content update for the game will arrive this Sunday prior to the start of Mania 34. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...unday.html?p=1
  • Also in honor of Mania week, Pro Wrestling Tees is currently holding a 20% Off sale starting today and lasting till April 9th. https://www.prowrestlingtees.com/
  • Website NOLA.com had a recent interview with Paul Heyman talking about his relationship with Vince, ECW, and his One Man show in New Orleans tonight. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-nola.html?p=1
  • According to the Observer, Vader's recent heart surgery lasted around 7 hours with 10 clogged arteries discovered by doctors.
  • Fox Sports Australia had a recent interview with Buddy Murphy talking about being frustrated over the direction of his NXT career and being hesitant on joining 205 Live. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ed-in-wwe-nxt/


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A week after posting their second-best numbers since debuting on Pop TV, Impact Wrestling viewership was down big for Thursday night's episode.

Last night's Impact averaged 294,000 viewers, down from the previous week's 399,000. The reason for the drop was most likely due to competition from WWE programming. WWE's special on the greatest moments in WrestleMania history aired on the USA Network opposite the first hour of Impact and did 746,000 viewers.

The WWE special garnered a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 demo, with Impact doing a 0.06. WWE finished 26th for the night on cable and Impact was 128th.

The last time Impact faced competition from WWE, their viewership fell to 161,000 against Tribute to the Troops last December.
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Ahead of Sunday's Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, five more wrestlers have been added to the lineup for the match.

Kane, Shelton Benjamin, Chad Gable, Aiden English, and Curt Hawkins were the latest names announced for the battle royal. This will be the first time that Benjamin has wrestled at WrestleMania since 2010. Kane is also returning to WrestleMania after not competing on last year's show.
Link with updated participants in both Battle Royale matches at Mania: https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/w...e-royal-255136

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To follow up on Adam Cardoza's report earlier today, Darby Allin has been diagnosed with a concussion and is being held overnight for observation at a hospital in New Orleans.

We hope he has a quick recovery.
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Janela is in. Roaring elbow to Theory. Dive to each side on each opponent. Darby and Janela going at it. Corkscrew splash for near fall. Janela sat down in a chair. Darby with long dive, hits back of head on floor and he’s ragdolled. This looks bad.

Cobb is in. Face off with Parrow. They start competing with each other at beating on everyone else. Ring is cleared. Darby still down. Refs and medics at ringside. This is worrying.
What caused the injury to Darby Allin during the PROGRESS Chapter 66 show earlier today.

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The Facebook page for Ohio Valley Wrestling noted that Al Snow has bought the company. They promise more news on that later.
Link: https://clips.twitch.tv/GentleSmoothLegPeteZarollTie

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The following press release was issued this morning by GoFundMe in regard to a new charity campaign being hosted by the fundraising website in partnership with former WWE star April "AJ Lee" Mendez to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Link: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...lness.html?p=1

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In a move that worked out as it ended up timed perfectly with this weekend's Wrestlemania 34 hype, Universal Pictures' new comedy Blockers, which stars John Cena, officially hits theaters today.

The comedy revolves around three parents who stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, launching into a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

We are told that the film has one bonus scene during the credits.

The film and Cena in particular have gotten great advance reviews and currently stands at 91% at Rotten Tomatoes.
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The Wrap is reporting that William Morris Endeavor has brought in a second agency, Creative Arts Agency (CAA) to work on World Wrestling Entertainment's current TV rights negotiations for WWE with the idea that since WME-IMG now owns UFC, they felt there could be a conflict of interest that could jeopardize a potential TV deal worth as much as $400 million rights deal for WWE.

CAA is being brought in so there was a system of "checks and balances" set up to protect the interests of all involved.

When contacted by The Wrap, a WWE spokesperson stated the company would continue a “longstanding partnership with WME as well as working relationships with other agencies and strategic advisors around the world.”

The article also noted that WME are still dealing with issues in regard to selling a new UFC TV deal to cable networks. The UFC deal is estimated to be worth around $200 million, half of what WWE is currently estimated as being worth.
That last line is really interesting since WWE and UFC want something around $400 million for a new deal and while WWE would be happy to get $200 million, them getting less than their current deal would be a huge blow. Link: https://www.thewrap.com/caa-joins-ww...ict-exclusive/

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All six of the XFL trademarks that Alpha Entertainment applied to register a few months ago have been given an initial refusal by the USPTO due to a likelihood of confusion arising from similar XFL trademarks being held by World Wrestling Entertainment.
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Natalya revealed on Twitter that she's filming a "Table For 3" episode with Nia Jax and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix in New Orleans. As noted, WWE will be filming several specials for the WWE Network this weekend. Natalya tweeted:

?? #TableFor3 @NiaJaxWWE @TheBethPhoenix pic.twitter.com/jGubavirW3
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 6, 2018
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WWE veteran Goldust tweeted the following praise for the current locker room this week:

In my years being in this wonderful business, I have seen locker rooms that were not so kind. Right now, I am proud to say that our roster and locker rooms are the very best I've ever seen. All talent, stepping up and working together as a team. #JustAVeryProudVeteran love ??
— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) April 5, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/Goldust/status/981704194984955914

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With WWE announcing that a mystery wrestler would be playing at the venue, Elias performed at Razzoo on Bourbon Street last night.
Link: https://twitter.com/KOTR_Podcast/sta...85903312039937

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Edge teased that the Edge & Christian show is coming back to the WWE Network for a second season. Matt Hardy also took part in a Table for Three taping today. A lot of content for the Network is being filmed this week.
Edge: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhMqHLXAECI/ , Matt: https://twitter.com/MATTHARDYBRAND/s...38895655456768

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Following up on this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter report about Dave Bautista having had talks with WWE about teaming with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, Pro Wrestling Sheet noted that WWE didn't tell Bautista that they were going with Kurt Angle instead before announcing it.
Link: http://www.prowrestlingsheet.com/dav.../#.Wsfsi9PwYQl

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Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio from WrestleMania 22 is today’s WWE free match on YouTube.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9oeLenS_Cg


Some other sheet news includes:
  • NBC Sports had a recent interview with Adam Cole talking about his transition to NXT, NXT crowds, HBK, and more. http://sports.nbcsports.com/2018/04/...he-microphone/
  • According to those at WWE's Axxess event, WWE scrubbed out more of Moolah's impact and legacy for their Women's Evolution display. Instead of the 80s being associated with Moolah, they now consider it as the Wendi Richter Era. Also included a note of the real first ever Women's Battle Royale match that occurred at Mania and admitting it was a mistake to have a man (Santina Marella) win it.
  • USA Today had a recent interview with Micheal Cole talking about his prep work for shows, if wrestlers give feedback on his commentary, and working with Corey Graves. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-wrestlemania/


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Last night's Raw after WrestleMania averaged what will undoubtedly end up as its second-best number of the year with 3.90 million viewers, trailing only the 4.50 million viewers for the 25th anniversary show.

It was still the second lowest Raw after Mania show in the modern era, beating the 3.76 million number from last year. But last year's show went against the NCAA basketball championship game, so it probably would have done the same or beaten this year's number which came without that competition ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 4.10 million viewers
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HBO’s Andre the Giant documentary premieres at 10 p.m. Eastern tonight. The documentary has an 85-minute runtime.
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After officially announcing her retirement last night, Paige thanked everyone who has shown their support for her: “Completely overwhelmed with the love and support. Thank you everyone. Seriously means so much to me. This isn't the end though. Just the beginning of something special. #ThankYou #ThisIsMyHouse”
Link: https://twitter.com/RealPaigeWWE/sta...26702948945920

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Following his NXT Championship win, Alester Black wrote a message about suffering from anxiety and depression and said winning the title was for everyone who thinks their situation or problems with mental health are too severe to accomplish anything.
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhXVhlNjQlV/

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Hour two of the WrestleMania pre-show, which was also available on the WWE Network and the company’s social media platforms, averaged 762,000 viewers on the USA Network. The one-hour 2018 Hall of Fame special did 665,000 viewers on Saturday night.
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Ronda Rousey spoke to ESPN after her in-ring debut at WrestleMania, discussing how the fans have reacted to her: "I owe the WWE universe an apology, because I thought they were going to boo me out of the building from day one. They really accepted me from day one. Hopefully, I satisfied a lot of skeptics tonight. I underestimated how kind the WWE universe would be. I thought any outsiders would be shunned. I was expecting to get shunned and to have to battle to be accepted. I worked my ass off to pay respect to what's so important to them, and hopefully they saw that tonight. I'm just so grateful, man. I'm trying my best to deserve it."
Link: http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/2...ts-brought-wwe

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The 100th episode of Being the Elite, titled “Finale,” was released today. The ending of Kenny Omega vs. Cody Rhodes, fallout from the match, and Marty Scurll “signing a lucrative recording contract” are featured as the show’s future is left in question.

ROH announced that Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI, and Hiromu Takahashi) will be on all four stops of their War of the Worlds tour in May. Those shows are in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 9th, Toronto on the 11th, Royal Oak, Michigan on the 12th, and Chicago on the 13th.

The Young Bucks, Hangman Page & Flip Gordon will face Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky & Shane Taylor at ROH’s show in Columbus, Ohio this coming Sunday.

ROH sent out an update on the technical issues for Supercard of Honor XII and are providing $40 Pro Shop coupons to all VIP members and $10 ones to all other subscribers.

Vader posted an update on his recovery from open heart surgery and said he wants to wrestle one more time: “Still in the hospital -Should be leaving soon to go into rehab its a long long ROAD BACK WHEN I GET BK I WILL WRESTLE ONE MORE TIME WRESTLING IS MY PASSION”

IPW UK announced a show with Pro Wrestling NOAH for September 23rd.
Elite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5C8bY_rHOA , LiJ: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/lo...ar-worlds-tour , ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/fl...d-shane-taylor , Vader: https://twitter.com/itsvadertime/sta...94455549861888 , IPW: https://twitter.com/IPWUK/status/983390920644186112

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"Blockers," with John Cena as one of the major stars, opened this past weekend at $21.44 million, which was considered a good showing for a relatively low budget film ($21 million total budget). Cena got good reviews for the movie, which was third for the weekend behind "A Quiet Place" and "Ready Player One."
Budget wise, it was a big hit but still a sign Cena's box office drawing power is still low overall.

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Tons of New Japan people including Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Red Shoes Unno and Tiger Hattori were at WrestleMania. Rey Mysterio was at the post-WrestleMania party, as was Mickey Gall, the UFC fighter who beat C.M. Punk

Kid Rock wasn't at WrestleMania because he had to get ready for a Kid Rock cruise that leaves tomorrow.

For those who keep track of such things, Nicholas (the son of referee John Cone) in winning the tag title with Braun Strowman last night, broke Rene Dupree's record for the youngest title holder in WWE history.
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WWE has a photo gallery here of behind-the-scenes photos from last night's WrestleMania. One of the photos shows NXT talent Dan Matha, Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss in their costumes getting ready for their masked cameos in Charlotte Flair's entrance at the show.
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When speaking of wrestlers receiving a "Wrestlemania Payday" by apearring on the big stage, does that include the Kickoff Show, appearing on the panels, etc., or is it just the proper show itself?

Well, it doesn’t mean what it used to. Back before the network, they got bonuses based off of the buy rate that the show did. Now, it’s a Network special. They get a bonus based off of what the DVD sales do, but the Kickoff show hasn’t been on the DVD so those that don’t make the main show are left out.

How do you feel about the Cruiserweight Championship climaxing at Wrestlemania to only be on the pre-show? I know you've said in the past that championship matches period should be held on the main stage because of its importance. I agree and for the WWE to put the effort for a long tournament only for it to be seen by half the live audience who are still filing in and people at home who are not interested is a slap in the face. But on the other hand, the audience may see it as a bathroom break or bumper match if placed on the main card and may be better off as a kick-off match. Thoughts?

I don’t see any way that it’s a plus not being on the main show. Even if it is a pee break match, they would get a DVD bonus! I think all Title matches should be on the main show. Otherwise you tell the fans they aren’t as important as the other matches. That is why I think WWE should abandon the Kickoff show and just start the PPV an hour earlier. The pre-show should be about hype, not matches.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles on Mania's pre-show and why WWE did a disservice to the Cruiser division.

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Bruce Prichard cleared up some "rumors and innuendo" about his newly announced "Something Else to Wrestle With" show for the WWE Network:

Prichard said shows will be uncensored video version around 60 to 90 minutes in length and no topic will be off limits. The former WWE Executive stated WWE came to them with the idea and he is not a WWE employee again. Bruce says the show will be starting really soon, sometime "in the next few weeks" with Conrad Thompson in tow. They will not be talking about the current product and will be staying with the same format talking about Prichard's experiences in the past. The normal podcast will continue on as well.

Bruce announced that he filmed a "Table for 3" with JBL and Eric Bischoff that will air in the future.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjLSf6SM2AI

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WWE held a post WrestleMania Conference call today. It should be noted that stock was down over a dollar today and rallied after the press release was released.

Michael Weitz recapped that a press released today and introduced George Barrios and Michelle Wilson.

George started by recapping the press release. He said that WrestleMania broke the record for the SuperDome’s highest grossing event. He said that Mania is a driver of subscriber growth. He said that they have reached a new high of over 2.1M. He said that based on preliminary data that the Network is up 5% in the first quarter this year vs. last. They also are advising guidance upward.

They expect to increase subscribers 8% in quarter two over last year. He said the Network is the hub for the company’s hub ...

He was asked about the status of Raw and Smackdown. He said that the engagement metric on Facebook got better and better. Are they in the rights picture and will the recent Facebook scandal with Cambridge Analytica affect that.

George said that they monitor the numbers and they were the first to do live sports on Facebook and they are happy with their numbers. He said that people are getting more used to watching via that medium. The scandal doesn’t really affect them and he said that they are watching how Facebook will handle the privacy. Michelle said that it’s also important for Facebook to get engagement for WWE’s other mediums ...

Are their any plans to tier the Network?

George thinks there is an opportunity to do that. He said they have ideas. There isn’t a launch date but it’s coming sooner rather than later.
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Above is a short interview with Andre The Giant director Jason Hehir, who discussed seeing Andre enter the ring for the first time.

"I was immediately hooked seeing him as to who the guy was - where he's from, how big is his bed, what does he eat," Hehir recalled. "Is this a real person? How is a giant walking around amidst these other larger-than-life wrestling characters."
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyFWQRApRI0

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Ronda Rousey has been garnering rave reviews for her performance at WrestleMania this past Sunday. Dave Meltzer stated in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that there is already talk in WWE of having Rousey main event next year's WrestleMania. It was also noted that WWE was interviewing women trying to get them to say that Rousey should have been in the main event of last Sunday's show.

A logical opponent for Rousey for next year's WrestleMania would be SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair.

It appears as if WWE had plans to build to a Rousey vs. Asuka match at some point. Meltzer said on the post-WrestleMania episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that when Rousey was signed, Asuka was told to do the armbar all the time. Not only did Asuka lose her undefeated streak to Charlotte this past Sunday, but Asuka was actually "banned" from using the armbar in the match.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans which WWE NXT Superstar impressed the most in their RAW debut last night. As of this writing, 55% voted for Ember Moon while 38% voted for The Authors of Pain and 7% voted for No Way Jose.

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  • According to PWI, this week's episode of Smackdown had the smallest crowd out of the 4 big WWE shows for Mania week.
  • IDW Entertainment announced they are partnering with Jim Cornette on the development of a wrestling related comic book. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...comic.html?p=1


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Tuesday night's SmackDown recorded the highest audience total for the show since last year's Superstar Shakeup episode and the second highest since the original draft lottery.

This week's SmackDown averaged 2.952 million viewers. The audience was up nearly 20 percent from last week, but a fairer comparison would be the 2017 post-Mania episode -- which did 2.885 million. So, this year was up two percent from that mark ...

With the two draft/shakeup episodes having been the highest rated SmackDowns since the show moved to Tuesday nights, that would indicate that next Tuesday's number could be even higher than this week's was. The 2018 Superstar Shakeup will take place on both Raw and SmackDown next week.
Helped a lot the usual competition this week for Smackdown was a lot weaker than usual.

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WWE recorded video of Mauro Ranallo during TakeOver and posted some of his reactions.

Percy Watson was announced as a new permanent fixture on the 205 Live announce team last night. Nigel McGuinness wasn’t on commentary for the show and will be back in two weeks, with it becoming a three-man booth after that.
Link to the Mauro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77Hp0f_nME

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BEST OF THE HARDY BOYZ BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT!!

WWE Home Video UK can exclusively reveal that WWE has worked with Impact Wrestling on Twist of Fate: Best of the Hardy Boyz.

For the first time ever, a WWE DVD release will feature footage from Impact Wrestling events, as part of The Best of the Hardy Boyz' candid look at the "Broken Universe"!

Twist of Fate: Best of the Hardy Boyz is out on DVD 30th April – don't miss this groundbreaking title!
Link: https://twitter.com/WWEHomeVideoUK/s...68571939549185

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Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are being called “The IIconics” on the main roster, though the team name is pronounced normally despite the two Is.

Bayley tweeted about Royce and Kay being called up: “When these two got signed and moved to America, they were sleeping on my apartment floor in Orlando for a few weeks until they could get their feet on the ground. So proud to see how far they’ve come, they sacrificed so much to have their moment tonight. #IIconics”
Link: https://twitter.com/itsBayleyWWE/sta...24756297715712

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Billie Kay tweeted:

I’m able to now take a breathe & soak in what happened tonight... The #IIconics have arrived at #SDLive & I couldn’t be more damn proud of us right now ??
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) April 11, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/BillieKayWWE/sta...10013960904704

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James Ellsworth congratulated Carmella on her SmackDown Women’s Championship win: “I’m in tears, you did it girl! Congratulations @CarmellaWWE Forever my friend who is a girl .. #SDLive”
Link: https://twitter.com/realellsworth/st...75014436048897

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Triple H tweeted out his usual post-debut pictures with Ember Moon, No Way Jose, and The Authors of Pain from Monday’s Raw, along with photos with Bobby Lashley and Nicholas.
Link for the last picture: https://twitter.com/TripleH/status/984172347417616385

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Cody Rhodes wished his brother a happy 49th birthday: “Happy Birthday @Goldust. A truly kind and loving soul! His career & body-of-work is spellbinding and he isn't done yet. I love you and am very proud of you. Although I complained the entire time, he is undoubtedly my favorite tag-team partner and I'll have his back always.”
Link: https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/statu...59614836015104

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Rusev posted after his Greatest Royal Rumble casket match with The Undertaker was announced: “Bury me softly, Brother”
Link: https://twitter.com/RusevBUL/status/984122489818107904

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Angelico and Jack Evans both announced their departures from Lucha Underground.

Daisuke Sekimoto will be facing Shota Umino at NJPW’s Lion’s Gate Project show on May 15th. The Lion’s Gate shows usually feature young lions, outsiders from other promotions, and some of NJPW’s older veterans.

The Young Bucks challenging for The Briscoes’ Tag Team titles, Six-Man Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky vs. Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll in a non-title match, and Dalton Castle & The Boys vs. The Kingdom have been added to the lineup for ROH’s TV tapings in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Flip Gordon will also challenge for Silas Young’s TV title.
LU: https://twitter.com/JackEvans711/sta...77003517546496 & https://twitter.com/AngelicoAAA/stat...8061697695745?, NJPW: https://twitter.com/njpw1972/status/983903958988013568

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"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has now become Sony's highest grossing domestic film surpassing the original Sam Raimi "Spiderman" from 2002.
For some reference, Rock's film went head-to-head against Cena's Ferdinand film and Star Wars: The Last Jedi last year.

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Our own Glenn Rubenstein of the Wrestling Inc. podcast posted a tweet noting how great if would be if WWE brought back Talking Smack with Paige filling in for Daniel Bryan. Renee Young emphatically agreed, asking WWE to "please please" make this happen, as seen below:

Can you imagine if the @WWE brought back TALKING SMACK with @RealPaigeWWE and @ReneeYoungWWE co-hosting on the @WWENetwork?#BRINGBACKTALKINGSMACK#SDLive @WrestlingInc pic.twitter.com/2Md6aPJqZh
— Glenn Rubenstein (@GlennRubenstein) April 11, 2018


Holy. Hell. Please please please @WWE can we make this happen?! ???? https://t.co/Q7RuHo9bMF
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) April 11, 2018
Links: https://twitter.com/GlennRubenstein/...61077598339073 , https://twitter.com/ReneeYoungWWE/st...61239519547392

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WWE has a new poll asking fans what was the most shocking moment from the post-WrestleMania 34 SmackDown. As of this writing, 39% voted for Paige being named the SmackDown General Manager while 33% voted for Carmella cashing in to become the new SmackDown Women's Champion, 20% voted for Shinsuke Nakamura interrupting the Daniel Bryan vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles non-title match and the rest voted for the debut of The Iconic Duo.




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Whether this happens or not remains to be seen but there is a pitch for Wyatt to turn on Matt Hardy and then be the leader of the Sanity group

Spoiler tags used since its related to potential plans for the Woken Bray storyline.

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Fox 8 in New Orleans reported that a UK tourist with the measles attended last Friday’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony before being hospitalized on Saturday. The Louisiana Department of Health is notifying other attendees, along with people who were on his flight to the city.

Triple H noted that NXT TakeOver: New Orleans was the most viewed TakeOver special in history.

Continuing the storyline where Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are fired from WWE, Kevin Steen’s Pro Wrestling Tees store has reopened.

Naomi responded to receiving racial abuse on Twitter: “I deal with negativity and racism like this on a daily basis but I don’t allow it to bring me down I encourage others who are experiencing the same or any type of bullying to be strong stay positive & not let the actions of others change who you are #feeltheglow”
FOX: https://twitter.com/AllenHenry/statu...44070661984259 , Louisiana: http://www.fox8live.com/story/379395...lth-department , Triple H: https://twitter.com/TripleH/status/984552823001100290 , Owens: https://www.prowrestlingtees.com/steen , Naomi: https://twitter.com/NaomiWWE/status/984237640546508801

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Chuck Carroll of CBS Local Sports reported that Tenille Dashwood and ROH are working on agreeing to a long-term contract. Dashwood is currently working on a short-term deal.

Scott D’Amore of Impact Wrestling wrote about footage from Impact being part of WWE’s upcoming Hardys DVD: “We keep saying it over and over, ‘when companies work together the fans win!’ Congrats to @wwe, @IMPACTWRESTLING, and @MATTHARDYBRAND for putting the fans 1st”

Jake Hager, the former Jack Swagger, will be debuting for MLW soon.

IPW UK announced James Ellsworth vs. Jimmy Havoc for their show in Milton Keynes on May 2nd.
ROH: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/04/...nor-interview/ , Impact: https://twitter.com/ScottDAmore/stat...37382073618432 , Swaggie: https://twitter.com/runninjay/status/984579121463296000 , IPW UK: https://twitter.com/IPWUK/status/984472828350205953

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WWE applied to trademark "Global Localization" on 4/7, with the following description:

"Entertainment services, namely, a show about professional wrestling; entertainment services, namely, the production and exhibition of professional wrestling events rendered live and through broadcast media including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; providing information in the fields of sports and entertainment via an online community portal; providing a website in the field of sports entertainment; fan club services, namely, organizing and staging events with wrestling fan club members; providing online newsletters in the field of sports entertainment; online journals, namely, blogs in the fields of sports entertainment; business development; entertainment services, namely, development and distribution of talent and content"
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The script for WrestleMania and production meeting for the main event was for Reigns to pin Lesnar after bouncing off the ropes and hitting a fifth spear in the match. Instead, he came off the ropes, and Lesnar picked him up, hit a sixth F-5 in the match, and got the pin.

The referee, Chad Patton, was tipped off while inside the ring at the start of the match. He was told, but not exactly told. When they were all in the ring, Lesnar said to him something along the lines of, make sure to count three when the shoulders are down, which he never would have needed to say if Lesnar was getting pinned after a bunch of spears as everyone was told. It’s somewhat similar to the story of Lesnar’s win over Undertaker four years ago, where the ref’s instructions were to count the pin and that it was the job of the wrestlers to get their shoulders up. Michael Hayes, who laid out the match with Lesnar, Reigns and Heyman, reportedly was not told and they laid the match out with a finish set up with Reigns winning after several spears.

When it was over, everyone was shocked, but they knew it was an F-5 and Reigns didn’t kick out, and it was clear Lesnar didn’t go into business or go against the script. Still, when Lesnar hit the Gorilla position, he did throw the belt at Vince McMahon and it hit the wall, and there were a few words said. There were explanations given as to why Lesnar was mad, but it could very well have just been that they were working the people backstage, although the story being told is Vince was not aware nor expecting it, and obviously, Shane McMahon wasn’t. Lesnar and Heyman continued walking to the back and got in their SUV and were driven off. Shane McMahon, who didn’t know anything, was furious at what he perceived as an attempt to intimidate his father, and did go after them, but they were already gone and there was no confrontation. The belief is that Lesnar didn’t even know Shane went after him until they got word much later, long after he was gone, from people who were there watching Shane take off.

McMahon and Reigns both agreed to allow Lesnar to give the elbows to the head and draw the hardway juice. Given the lumps on his head the next day, he took real shots, and if they did a secret pre-existing blade job, it would be one cut, not two, and it would be a clean cut, rather than an ugly cut that comes from an elbow shot ...
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As of 4/9, the WWE Network was at 1,808,000 total subscribers and and also had 316,000 free subscribers based on the strong free push on television. Both are worldwide numbers, not domestic. Because the splits weren’t announced, right now there is no way to know if the increase from last year is primarily new markets, or existing markets like the US ...

There are two things to note. There were a ton of gimmicks done over the past three months to build up the paid numbers, by offering 99 cents, $1.99, $2.99 and $9.99 total offers at different times for three months. Those subscribers are listed as paid. Really, until August, when you can compare revenues from the first two quarters, you really don’t know what this means other than to those not delving into things are looking at it closer, it is a nine percent increase in paid subscribers,
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The 4/7 ROH show drew a paid attendance of 5,879 fans, sold out several days in advance, and had more than 6,000 in the building, breaking the company attendance record of 3,500 set in Lakeland, FL, over last year’s WrestleMania weekend for a Young Bucks vs. Hardys ladder match.
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WWE announced they will be broadcasting two U.K. shows live, on 6/18 and 6/19, at Royal Albert Hall in London, which holds about 4,000 fans and was the big venue for wrestling in the 60s. This will be the first WWE U.K. shows since the original tournament for the title, and will crown the first WWE King of the Ring since 2015. It is believed it will be an eight-man tournament of U.K. contracted wrestlers.

This comes on the heels of ITV is making noises of starting something again, and two sources have said that they've told wrestlers they have under contract they are looking at doing a taping as soon as next month. Whenever that happens, WWE gets aggressive in the market and that happened again this time. Talent under ITV contract has been told about plans for May, with the idea of taping ten one-hour television shows over a three-day span. Nothing else has been said to the talent, and there have been a number of plans and things said about the ITV television deal that have never come to fruition.

There is the belief a lot of new U.K. talent will be looked at and some will be signed in May after tryouts take place the next European tour, and that WWE is close to its own television deal for the U.K. version of the product and that this tournament will be the start of regular tapings and not just a one-time deal, and that they would then run regular tapings and perhaps shows.

Those in the U.K. feel the scene is going to be changing very soon, with WWE more aggressive if ITV starts, and the U.K. talent under WWE being more restricted what groups they can work for. Time will tell how this all shakes up as WWE in the U.K. up to this point has been more open about their contracted talent working places other than Progress and ICW, where they have financial ties, which is a different m.o. than the old WWE would do. Still, the belief is WWE strongly wants to control the top tier of the indie side and be the only people with television.

There is also the logical situation of WWE running on ITV, as ITV has been looking for a promotional partner. WWE can supply the biggest name talent and it would be fantastic local exposure. The question becomes whether or not Sky has exclusivity on WWE in the market through its deal expiring at the end of 2019.
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Kazuchika Okada, Tiger Hattori, Red Shoes Unno, Minoru Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tomohiro Ishii all went to WrestleMania to see the show because of the A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura match
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Orlando is making a play to once again host WrestleMania soon, after doing so in 2008 and 2017. Orange County, Florida’s tourist development sports incentive committee ha requested a $1 million increase in resort taxes in the city (fees added to sales of hotels, motels or other short-term sales that go to Visit Orlando, the area’s tourism and marketing agency) to use to bring back WrestleMania in either 2023 or 2025
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Heyman did a talk show on 4/6 in New Orleans, and both Jim Ross and Rob Van Dam showed up with him. There is talk of him doing more like this. The most interesting story is that he said he was going to return to WWE television prior to the 2002 WrestleMania to manage Chris Benoit, and not Brock Lesnar. He said in the weeks before, he had been giving Lesnar advice claiming that the agents at the time were clueless and saw Lesnar as being someone like the Warlord, a big powerhouse and were wanting to him to that kind of a stand there and do power moves style. He said that Vince then put him with Lesnar instead. It should be noted that at the time of the 2002 WrestleMania, that was when Benoit was out of action with neck surgery and he didn't return until two months after WrestleMania.

This led to a guy in the crowd screaming something positive about Benoit and Heyman jumped on him, saying that three people died due to Benoit and two of them had no choice in the matter. Then someone shouted it was CTE and Heyman said that was irrelevant to this discussion. He said as a performer, Benoit was great. As a human being he was not, "so f*** him." It should be noted that while Heyman was at one point a teacher to Chris Benoit, he was very close with both Nancy Benoit and her sister Sandra and was probably the closest person in the wrestling community that I know of to Sandra
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Regarding merchandise sales, Cena is still far and away No. 1. Styles and Reigns right now duel for the No. 2 spot so Styles is probably making a ton of money right now. The New Day are also very strong performers in that regard and guys like Balor, Rollins and Strowman also do very well
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Another note at WrestleMania is that a number of women wrestlers were sitting together and a large drunk fan during the Rousey match started saying very disrespectful things about Rousey and women in general. Kay Lee Ray got in his face and started yelling at him for disrespecting women and that she wasn't going to stand for it. The drunk fan sat down and didn't say another word about Rousey or women. Later in the show, the fan started swearing in an argument with a friend and Ray got in his face again to tell him there were children right there. The guy then sat down and went quiet and shortly after left the area
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The top ten most-watched shows on the network this past week were: 1. WrestleMania; 2. NXT Takeover New Orleans; 3. WWE Hall of Fame; 4. NXT Takeover preshow; 5. WrestleMania's Greatest Moments; 6. WWE Chronicle: Shinsuke Nakamura; 7. Ride Along with Bobby Roode, A.J. Styles, Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh; 8. WrestleMania 2017; 9. WWE 24 Empowered; 10. Royal Rumble 2018. With all the Mania stuff, the Mixed Match Challenge final match was 11th, the NXT TV show for 4/4 was 14th and 205 Live this past week didn't even crack the top 20
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John Cena recently appeared on Popcorn with Peter Travers to promote his new "Blockers" movie. It was noted that Cena is "giving some serious throught to what comes next in his career after wrestling."

"The fact that I've been able to do it at the pace that I have for 16 years, that's not your regular statistic," Cena told Travers. "That falls into like the Tom Brady category. I'm not supposed to be where I am anyway. So I don't know when it's all going to end."
Link: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/ww...ry?id=54368040

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WWE has a new poll asking fans which recent WWE NXT alumni will be the first to win a title on RAW or SmackDown. As of this writing, 49% voted for The Authors of Pain while 38% voted for Ember Moon, 9% for Peyton Royce & Billie Kay and just 3% for No Way Jose.
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DK Publishing and WWE sent word that the "WWE RAW: The First 25 Years" book will be released on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. The hardcover book will feature 200 pages and will be priced at $25.00 but you can pre-order it through Amazon at a cheaper price by clicking here. Vince McMahon wrote the foreword for the book. Below is the cover art and the official press release:

Relive all the best moments of Monday Night Raw, from the very first show in January 1993 to the 25th anniversary episode in 2018, in DK's newest WWE title, WWE Raw The First 25 Years. Discover all the memorable matches, key events, and shocking plot twists, presented month by month and year by year, making it easy for fans to find their favorite eras and episodes. Incredible photography from WWE's official archives takes you back in time to showcase all the action as it happened. Superstars are profiled in detail, including Brock Lesnar, John Cena, The New Day, Charlotte, Sting, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Nikki Bella, and many, many more. "Elsewhere in WWE" boxes describe key events from other WWE events, such as Smackdown and WrestleMania, giving a comprehensive picture of the WWE universe. A must?have for RAW fans old and new. With never?before?seen shots, profiles of popular Superstars, and iconic quotes throughout, WWE Raw The First 25 Years is the ultimate guide to WWE's flagship show.

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  • WWE announced they will be holding an investors meeting on May 3rd focusing on the current fiscal year's first quarter results and data. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-2018.html?p=1
  • According to the Observer, WWE is currently considering the idea of inducting Bam Bam Bigelow into their Hall of Fame next year. The main reason would be due to Mania 35 occurring in New Jersey and last minute contract issues with his family prevented him from being inducted this year.
  • In what might be the first time ever, Dave Meltzer gave two 5-star ratings for a WWE show last week. Both the N.A. Ladder Match and Gargano-Ciampa from TakeOver: New Orleans received the special honors from him.
  • TMZ Sports had a recent interview with Jeff Jarrett talking about his induction into WWE's Hall of Fame. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...on-at-the-wwe/
  • The NWA recently teased they will be participating in Cody's upcoming All-In event. https://twitter.com/ALL_IN_2018/stat...49761420783616


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This may not happen, but the name that has been mentioned to me by a few people that they are debating bringing up imminently is Velveteen Dream. There are differing schools of thought on it.

Spoiler tag used since it could be a potential surprise for next week's Superstar Shakeup episodes.

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Following a dip last Thursday, Impact Wrestling ratings were back on track for this week's episode.

The show averaged 381,000 viewers on Pop TV and did a 0.11 rating in the 18-49 demo. That's up from last week's 294,000 viewers and 0.06 rating, which had competition in the first hour from a special on the greatest moments in WrestleMania history that aired on the USA Network.
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A six-man tag match is set for the first of WWE's two United Kingdom Championship tournament shows at Royal Albert Hall in June.

WWE revealed today that British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven) will be teaming together to face the Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong) on night one. Strong turned against Dunne at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, joining Undisputed Era and allowing the group to retain their Tag Team titles.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/article...hall-june-2018

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Weiss Wrestling Promotions is putting some of the footage they have joint rights to on sale. The new owners will have the rights to sell the footage of license its usage. In some cases, some royalties, based on the original contract, will have to be paid to the original promoter. The matches they are putting for sale are Killer Kowalski vs. Luis Martinez, Verne Gagne vs. Mad Dog Vachon from the Montreal Forum and others.
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All the Rusev stuff is storyline.
This is in regards to speculation about him being pulled from Taker match at the Saudi Rumble show.

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IPW UK is running a women's show on 4/27 in Caterbury, England called GRL with Xia Brookside vs. Kay Lee Ray.

Jim Cornette and IDW Limited are doing a 60 page graphic novel together with Cornette stories. There will be a Kickstarter fundraiser that starts on 4/17 to 5/10 for "Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain - Real Pro Wrestling Stories."

Al Snow, Bully Ray and Velvet Sky were announced for the House of Hardcore tour of Australia in July.

Pro Wrestling Revolver on 5/5 in West Des Moines, IA at he Val Air Ballroom with Penta 0M vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Tommy Dreamer vs. Jake Manning in a hardcore match plus Sami Callihan, Dave & Jake Crist and Shane Strickland.
Cornette: http://www.comicsbeat.com/jim-cornet...ies-to-comics/

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Former UFC women's bantamweight champion and WWE breakout star Ronda Rousey will work four dates on the company's upcoming European tour.

Announced by WWE on Friday morning, Rousey will wrestle on May 16th in Geneva, Switzerland, May 17th in Vienna, Austria, May 18th in Turin, Italy, and May 19th in Paris, France. Opponent(s) were not named.

Even before WrestleMania, the 31-year-old was booked for the company's Madison Square Garden house show on July 7th.

The entire WWE European tour will consist of 13 dates.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/article...urope-may-2018

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Wrestling DVD Network has reported that next month's release of WWE's Wrestlemania 34 DVD will not include the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony due to the long runtimes of both shows, but will include the day after Mania episode of Monday Night Raw.

The Hall of Fame has been included in every Wrestlemania DVD release since Mania 21 in 2005.

The website also reports tht the Mania DVD will feature all three matches from the Kickoff Show (which were missing from the United States version of the DVD last year) and the Blu-Ray version will contain material from the Smackdown after Wrestlemania as well.
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Destiny Wrestling announced the following via their Twitter account:

Breaking News - Sun June 3rd Destiny presents its next LIVE show

Zero Fear and its an @IMPACTWRESTLING TV taping One Night Only

and already signed the one and only @PENTAELZEROM

more details coming soon! pic.twitter.com/eGcPjB1yy9
— Destiny Wrestling (@DestinyWrestle) April 13, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/DestinyWrestle/s...85712077963264

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They used Josh Matthews, Impact's lead announcer, with Matt Striker, Lucha Underground's lead announcer. The show drew 1,400 fans, a near sellout, and they were hot. At first the crowd was anti-Impact, as early mentions of Impact were booed and mentions of Lucha Underground were cheered. It's one thing for Matthews to be booed, since he plays a heel character even though he's the lead announcer (largely because efforts to bring back Mike Tenay didn't work out and Jeremy Borash left to work for NXT). But they also booed McKenzie Mitchell, Impact's backstage interviewer, since she was from there.
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WWE was scouting Shimmer on 4/7 for the tournament and future signings. Tessa Blanchard was said to be the standout. She was one of the best women in the Mae Young Classic, so they know about her and obviously there is a reason they didn't sign her after initially showing interest last year. Blanchard even cut a promo on an indie show a few months ago and talked about attitude issues that people were saying. She's still young and at this point she has the look and charisma and real star potential, not to mention the last name and second generation aspects that they like. The other women who stood out on the show like Mercedes Martinez were also in last year's tournament
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Basically, the decision to go with Cena vs. Undertaker was made months ago. At some point they realized that Undertaker couldn’t do a match of any length. That was the catalyst for the build being what it was, because they wanted everyone to know Undertaker would be there against Cena, but downplay the idea it was one of the biggest matches on the show as people would expect it to be with a normal build.
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This may mean nothing so far in advance, but does indicate it was at least the plan at some point, but there is advertising already out in the Pittsburgh market for the 7/15 Extreme Rules PPV show listing Styles vs. Nakamura vs. Corbin as the main event for the WWE title. It should be noted that of all the non-main event talent in WWE right now, Vince is still highest on Corbin as a future major player. Then again, coming off WrestleMania last year, the idea was to give Corbin his new music and go heavy with him, and they didn’t pull that trigger.
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Katsuya Kitamura, 32, the 2017 Wrestling Observer Rookie of the Year and a wrestler considered the Japanese version of Brock Lesnar, may no longer be with the company.

Kitamura has been out of action for five weeks. His last match was on 3/4 in Tsukuba, teaming with Manabu Nakanishi, losing to Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano. He apparently suffered a concussion in that match and hasn’t wrestled since.

There are reports that he’s out of action with a concussion and his career is over. Those within the company have said that the concussion is a cover reason and it was another as yet undisclosed reason why he is not expected back.
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While FOX and NBC Universal are both well known for having interest in WWE, there is talk WWE could also end up with separate deals, like in the past when Smackdown was on UPN and later CW while Raw was on USA. The WWE package right now has far more interest than it did five years ago when the last set of negotiations took place. The timing of signing Ronda Rousey couldn't have been better because we keep hearing her name in regard to the talks. There would have been interest because WWE's ratings over the last year haven't declined (after big declines in prior years) and in television, that's considered a great product where television ratings are staying even.
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A new DVD set on WWE Champion AJ Styles is set to be released later this year, according to WrestlingDVDNetwork.com. There had been speculation on the set featuring a documentary but WDN notes that it will likely include a match compilation of AJ's best matches since debuting with WWE in 2016. As noted earlier this month, a WWE 365 special on Styles will be premiering on the WWE Network soon as well.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans which brand Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens should go to. As of this writing, 59% voted for NXT while 34% voted for RAW and 7% voted for SmackDown.
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WWE recently filed to trademark the "Colin Cassady" name. This is the ring name that Big Cass used before they shortened it, indicating a potential change for his return. Cass should be returning to the ring soon after undergoing knee surgery back in August of 2017. It was reported then that he would be out for 9 months.

Some other stuff includes:
  • According to reports, WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble event will be the first ever sporting or entertainment event in Saudi Arabian history to not have men and women be segregated in the crowd.
  • According to the Observer, Chavo Guerrero Jr. suffered a triceps injury during last week's Impact vs Lucha Underground event in New Orleans.
  • CBS Sports had a recent interview with Emma/Tenille Dashwood talking about Daniel Bryan's in-ring return, how she got signed by ROH, and being involved in another women's movement in wrestling. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...leared-by-wwe/
  • Recent episode of E&C's Pod of Awesomeness show had Christian talk about the lackluster crowd reaction to Styles-Nakamura and experiencing a similar occurrence during his feud with Randy Orton. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...mura-received/


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Was there ever anymore on the Vince/Brock backstage argument post WM main event?
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I'm willing to bet he was just pissed off that Vince has done such a shit jobbing getting the crowd to care about his alleged top star at all.
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The Superstar Shakeup edition of Raw continued the show's strong numbers, doing 3.62 million viewers.
While the number was down 11 percent from last week's Raw after WrestleMania, it was up six percent from last year's Superstar Shakeup show that did 3.42 million viewers ...

Next week will be a strong gauge as to where things are really at, but based on trends, the record lows that took place last year during the NBA playoffs are not likely to be repeated this year, although ratings will decline as they get deeper into the playoffs ...

The three hours were:
8 p.m. 3.63 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.75 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.48 million viewers
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With The Miz moving back to SmackDown in the Superstar Shakeup, WWE has already announced a few matches where he'll be facing Daniel Bryan.
Miz vs. Bryan is set for three house shows on WWE's tour of the United Kingdom next month. Those events are in Liverpool on May 16th, Newcastle on the 17th, and Sheffield on the 18th.
Link: https://twitter.com/WWEUK/status/986307692380729344

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While he'll be using a different name this time, the former Chris Hero is headed back to PROGRESS Wrestling for one of their biggest weekend's of the year.
PROGRESS announced NXT's Kassius Ohno as the latest entrant for this year's Super Strong Style 16 tournament today. It will take place at Alexandra Palace in London on May 5-7, with the winner receiving a future title shot.

As Hero, Ohno also appeared in the 2016 edition of Super Strong Style 16. He lost to Tommy End (now Aleister Black) in the semifinals.

This won't be the first time that Ohno has wrestled for a WWE-friendly promotion since returning to NXT. He made an appearance for ICW last September and was defeated by Joe Coffey.

With one more entrant still to be announced, Pete Dunne, Keith Lee, Zack Sabre Jr., Doug Williams, Angelico, Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster, Chuck Mambo, Chris Brookes, Jordan Devlin, Joey Janela, TK Cooper, David Starr, Tyler Bate, and Ohno make up the field for this year's Super Strong Style 16. Travis Banks won the tournament in 2017 and went on to win the PROGRESS Championship from Dunne.
Link: https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/...04603347144704

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Tuesday night’s HBO documentary on Andre the Giant did 931,000 viewers and was the most-watched HBO documentary in 15 years. The special has received lots of praise and I would imagine will open the door for more wrestling themed documentaries between HBO / Bill Simmons and the WWE for the right subject.
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After he missed last week’s 205 Live episode and NXT television tapings, Nigel McGuinness revealed that his significant other gave birth to their daughter. McGuinness won’t return to TV until April 24th, and he thanked WWE for their support: “Thanks to everyone for the congrats and well wishes. And to everyone at WWE for their understanding and support. Feel truly blessed.”
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhigV-JH...cguinnessnigel , https://twitter.com/McGuinnessNigel/...04233271066625

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Dakota Kai wrote about Nixon Newell debuting for WWE at last night’s NXT house show in Venice: “Being sidelined for 10 months is something I can’t even begin to imagine, even more so when it’s stopping you from fully committing to a passion. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you and to do it by your side is the greatest feeling @NixonNewell #FlyKicks.” Newell teamed with Kai against Vanessa Borne & Reina Gonzalez and used her real name (Steffanie Newell) for the match. She was supposed to be in last summer’s Mae Young Classic but suffered a torn ACL before the tournament.
Link: https://twitter.com/DakotaKai_WWE/st...87875108114432

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WWE put out an “unreleased entrance video” for former Raw Tag Team Champion Nicholas.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqq1ShFPdCA

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After ROH posted a list of his five greatest matches for them, Daniel Bryan acknowledged it on Twitter and wrote that he was proud of them all.
Link: https://twitter.com/WWEDanielBryan/s...20452995866624

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Rich Swann made a surprise return to CZW and entered their Best of the Best tournament tonight. Swann had previously canceled all of his scheduled bookings and hasn’t wrestled since his domestic battery arrest last December, though the charges were dismissed earlier this year due to it being determined that there was insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction. Swann and WWE “mutually agreed to part ways” after the charges were dismissed.

With Nick Aldis retaining against Colt Cabana, the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship was defended in China for the first time.

As expected based on what happened Thursday, MLW champion Shane Strickland will make his first title defense against Pentagon Jr. on the 5/3 TV tapings in Orlando at Gilt Nightclub. Their TV show debuts on Friday night on Bein Sports.

Defy Wrestling on 5/4 in Missoula, MT at the MASC Studios has Flip Gordon vs. Matt Riddle.
Swann: https://twitter.com/Jocay19/status/985310340316581888 , NWA: https://twitter.com/nwa/status/985190743458299904

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Two more wrestlers from Lucha Underground will be in action at Impact Wrestling's Redemption pay-per-view.

Impact announced today that Aerostar vs. Drago is set for this coming Sunday, advertising it as being "brought to you by our partners Lucha Underground." Aerostar & Drago teamed with King Cuerno at Impact vs. LU in New Orleans earlier this month. defeating Andrew Everett, Dezmond Xavier & DJ Z in a six-man tag match.

Cuerno (as El Hijo Del Fantasma), Xavier, and DJ Z will be involved in a six-way match at Redemption, which also includes Brian Cage, Taiji Ishimori, and Trevor Lee.

Redemption takes place at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida on Sunday. Here's the updated card:
  • Impact World Champion Austin Aries defending against Pentagon Jr. and Fenix in a triple threat match
  • Knockouts Champion Allie defending against Su Yung
  • Eddie Edwards, Moose & Tommy Dreamer vs. Sami Callihan & OVE (Dave & Jake Crist) in a House of Hardcore match
  • X Division Champion Matt Sydal defending against Petey Williams
  • Impact Tag Team Champions LAX (Santana & Ortiz) defending against Eli Drake & Scott Steiner
  • Aerostar vs. Drago
  • Brian Cage vs. Taiji Ishimori vs. DJ Z vs. El Hijo Del Fantasma vs. Trevor Lee vs. Dezmond Xavier
Link:http://impactwrestling.com/aerostar-...at-redemption/

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Chris Jericho was on the StillRealToUs.com podcast and regarding New Japan, said: "Yeah, you know it was a good idea. It was good when it happened. We had a blast, but sometimes things just don't work out. New Japan was a lot of fun. Not to say that I wouldn't go back there again but as of right now, our relationship is pretty much finished at this point."
Link: http://stillrealtous.com/exclusive-c...-future-plans/

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Jushin Thunder Liger will be returning to Ring of Honor next month.

ROH announced on their website today that Liger will be a part of the upcoming War of the Worlds tour, the annual ROH tour where New Japan and ROH talent face off against each other. ROH said that Liger will be on all four stops of the tour. Along with Liger, all four members of Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, EVIL and Hiromu Takahashi) have been signed for the tour.

Liger hasn’t competed for Ring of Honor in North America since 2016, taking part in their Final Battle 2016 tour. He lost to Silas Young on that show and also lost to Jay Lethal in a match taped for television.

War of the Worlds will start on May 9 in Lowell, Massachusetts. It will continue in Toronto, Canada on May 11, May 12 in Royal Oak, Michigan and will culminate on May 13 in Chicago, Illinois. No matches have been announced as of this writing.
Link: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ju...ar-worlds-tour

[QUOTE=PWI]Ring of Honor announced the following:

Sho and Yoh, Roppongi 3K, make their Ring of Honor return in Lowell, MA as part of the War of the Worlds Tour! The team spent much of 2016 and 2017 on a learning excursion in the United States with ROH and return nearly a year after achieving several career milestones and becoming one of the best teams in the world![/PWI]

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Former WWE star Colin Delaney has opened a comic book store in Rochester, NY titled Pop Roc, located at 337 East Avenue. The location also has a coffee shop.
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Several readers in Great Britain have noted that Impact Wrestling's weekly TV series, which airs on Spike UK, is not listed to air in that country in the coming weeks after a year of the series running on the network.

In checking with Impact sources, PWInsider.com is told that the company is currently in negotiations to stay on the network. Negotiations were postponed due to scheduling issues on each side due to the recent MIP conference, so they are behind in completing the deal. Impact sources noted the discussions are expected to be completed shortly.
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WWE Network News is reporting that the first episode of "Something Else to Wrestle With" with Conrad Thompson and Bruce Prichard will actually debut on the streaming service on demand this Wednesday. The first topic of the new show Wrestlemania 14.
Link: http://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/0...opic-revealed/

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AL.com has an interview with Conrad Thompson talking about "Something Else to Wrestle With" coming soon to WWE Network. On the series, Thompson commented, "It's going to go one of two ways. They're going to love us and renew us beyond the initial 13 weeks, and we'll be the hottest thing on the network besides the pay-per-view. Or we're going to go four episodes and they're going to can us because we're getting way out of our lane. And I'm OK with either one of those. The idea was never 'Let's start a podcast and maybe we can do a video version on the network.' The idea was always to do whatever we can to grow the podcast. It's all a way to grow the podcast. As crazy as it sounds, that's our goal here. We're not looking at this network video show as 'Hey, we made it,' some sort of weird validation. We're hoping that this becomes a feeder system."
Link: http://www.al.com/entertainment/inde...ng_conrad.html

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Smash Wrestling also announced that Walter was coming for their July 15th show in Toronto at The Phoenix and Tessa Blanchard would be working for the group on August 26th. Matt Riddle is scheduled for their upcoming June 3rd series of shows as they will run an afternoon event at 3 pm and an evening show at 7 pm with a one-day tournament.
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This was very interesting, because originally Asuka was going to win with a Carmella cash-in. Carmella was going to lose and the big match they were going to build to was Asuka vs. Ronda Rousey. Now you may have heard me promote that I believe personally the biggest match they could do is Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte. And they finally came around to that opinion at some point in the past few weeks.

I don’t know exactly when but it was around the time Asuka stopped using the armbar that they made the decision that Charlotte was going to go over and end the streak and be the person and Vince lost faith in Asuka as that top woman to face Ronda Rousey. So that’s essentially what happened.
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Ronda Rousey paid tribute to Roddy Piper on what would have been his 64th birthday: “Happy Birthday to the Legend, my Hero and Inspiration, Rowdy Roddy Piper. You are sorely missed and always remembered”
Link: http://www.wwe.com/overtheropes/arti...rthday-tribute

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A press conference for All In will take place at Pro Wrestling Tees’ store in Chicago on May 13th at 1 p.m. local time. Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page, and Tessa Blanchard are featured on the imaging for the event, which will include “several talent/match announcements, surprises, ticket info, Starrcast info, and charity info.” The first 50 fans who arrive will be allowed to attend the press conference, with it streaming live on Twitch and Facebook for everyone else.
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhrdZEXH...nnightmarecody

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On 4/12, WWE applied to register "Woken Warrior" for merchandising purposes, obviously relating to the "Woken" Matt Hardy character.

Also on 4/12, CMLL owner Paco Alonso applied for a US trademark for Mistico. This could be due to the "Heroes of Lucha Libre" promotion trying to trademark Mistico back in February.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • Recent episode of the Edge & Christian podcast show had Aleister Black as the guest. https://art19.com/shows/ecs-pod-of-a...4-de48465d5939
  • CZW is currently dealing with backlash from fans regarding their recent booking of Rich Swann and from their locker room regarding suddenly preventing them from for GCW and other similar promotions even though they get paid more there. Already Joey Janela and Sami Callihan have gone public about leaving the company.
  • A new wrestling book called "Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever" was announced to be getting released on September 8th. The book focuses on the rise of the WWF's national push and death of the Territory system. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...ories.html?p=1
  • Next episode of WWE Network's Ride Along series was revealed to involve Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman. https://twitter.com/thenextblgthing/...92728235638784


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Bruno Sammartino, one of the most popular and well-known wrestlers of all time, has passed away. He was 82 years old.

Details are light as of this writing, but Pittsburgh's local CBS affiliate said that his wife and two children were by his side and that "he died peacefully after battling health issues for the past several months."

A legendary drawing card in the Northeast United States, Sammartino first won the WWWF world title in May 1963 with a 48 second win over Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden. He would hold the title for almost eight years before dropping the belt to Ivan Koloff in 1971. He would retain the title two years later for a reign that would last nearly four years.

He retired from full time competition in 1981 and did some broadcasting for the WWF before returning to wrestle alongside his son, David, in the mid-80s before leaving the organization in the late 80s.

His estrangement with Vince McMahon and WWF due to the direction of the business lasted until 2013 when Paul "HHH" Levesque helped broker a peace that would see him inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He did a few appearances with the company and even inducted old foe Larry Zbyszko into the Hall of Fame in 2015.
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Madison Square Garden paid tribute to the late Bruno Sammartino, who captured his first WWWF championship from Buddy Rogers in the venue:

Today is a sad day for wrestling and sports fans. Simply put, Bruno Sammartino was one of the biggest stars in the long and storied history of Madison Square Garden, a legend in every way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today and always. pic.twitter.com/pKG1SZypWd
— MSG (@TheGarden) April 18, 2018

Sammartino holds the record for the most sellouts of any professional wrestler in MSG history.
Link: https://twitter.com/TheGarden/status...rc=twsrc%5Etfw

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While the audience total for Tuesday's SmackDown was above average for night two of the Superstar Shakeup, it was a decline of five percent from last week and 10 percent from the 2017 version of the show.

This year's Shakeup episode had an average audience of 2.796 million viewers.

There was tough competition on the night as SmackDown aired directly opposite an NBA playoff game on TBS that did 2.88 million viewers. There was also the usual strong Tuesday network competition from CBS and ABC, highlighted by the over 13 million people who tuned in for "Roseanne," which has proven to be a ratings juggernaut ...

Although Raw ratings have been up for the most part so far in 2018, SmackDown's have been down an average of two percent.
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In advance of the debut of MLW: Fusion this Friday on BeIN Sports, Major League Wrestling announced the following:

REY FENIX VS ACH IN AERIAL ENCOUNTER SIGNED FOR MAY 3RD MLW FUSION TV TAPING IN ORLANDO

ORLANDO – What happens when two elite aerial combatants clash? On May 3rd in Orlando fans will find out as Major League Wrestling has signed Rey Fenix vs. ACH. The two will square off at the MLW Fusion TV tapings, which are a part of the MLW: Intimidation Games event hosted by Gilt Nightclub.
More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...lando.html?p=1

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TMZ.com reported this evening that tattoo artist Catherine Alexander has filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment and WWE's videogame licensee 2K, claiming that they are infringing on her copyright for tattoo designs that she has imprinted on Randy Orton, having been his tattoo artist since 2003.

According to the TMZ report, Alexander contacted WWE with similar claims in 2009 and they offered her a $450 fee for the rights to the designs, which she turned down.

Alexander is claiming that by recreating the tattoos in the WWE videogames, the rights to her designs are being infringed upon.
Link: http://www.tmz.com/2018/04/17/randy-...games-tattoos/

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People Magazine is reporting that Brie Bella is "relieved" that the relationship between her sister Nikki and John Cena has ended.

“On one level, Brie wants to kill him, sure. No one should be allowed to hurt her sister like this. But honestly, on another level, there’s relief,” People quotes a source as saying. “Nikki was bending over backward to accommodate this guy and everyone, especially Brie, was worried that she was sacrificing way, way too much — most of all, motherhood.”
Link: http://people.com/tv/brie-bella-worr...kki-john-cena/

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Rey Mysterio is one of the wrestlers pictured in an advertisement for the Greatest Royal Rumble on the WWE Network's website, seemingly confirming him for the show. Shane McMahon, Mark Henry, and The Great Khali are also included on the image.
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WWE posted a preview clip of the premiere of Something Else to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, which covers WrestleMania 14. The episode is just under two hours long and is now available in the on-demand section of the Network.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN0-JuqYSDI

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Randy Orton defeated Nakamura by disqualification in last night’s post-205 Live dark match. Nakamura hit a low blow on Orton for the DQ, with Styles coming out and chasing Nakamura off. Tye Dillinger beat Primo Colon before SmackDown went on the air.
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Wrestling DVD Network has a sneak peek of The Hardys’ upcoming DVD and some screenshots of the Impact Wrestling footage that is featured in it.
Link: http://www.wrestlingdvdnetwork.com/f...yz-dvd/153435/

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While it hasn’t been confirmed that the show is being uploaded, a category for Sunday Night Heat (with no episodes currently there) has appeared on the WWE Network.
Link: http://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/0...-what-we-know/

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ROH uploaded video of the ceremony where they honored Bruno Sammartino in New York City in 2006.

After its 100th episode, The Young Bucks told the Sporting News that they’re not sure if Being the Elite will return.

David Bixenspan has an article for Deadspin on the success of Joey Janela’s Spring Break II.
ROH: https://youtu.be/ZwF5si-nnqc , Bucks: http://www.sportingnews.com/wwe/news...p1xbl9h2gjh1vx , Deadspin: https://deadspin.com/how-joey-janela...big-1825340372

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Paul "Jones" Frederick, forever nicknamed "Number One" passed away earlier this week in Atlanta, Georgia, the Mid-Atlantic Gateway reported this evening. Circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known. Frederick was 75 years old at the time of his passing.

Best remembered for his run in Jim Crockett Promotions' Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, Jones broke into the business in the early 1960s after being trained by Paul Boesch. Billed as "Young" Paul Jones and Al Fredericks, depending on the area, Jones worked for a number of areas, including Hollywood, the Pacific Northwest, All Japan, Japan's JPWA, Australia's World Championship Wrestling and the Manitoba territory.
More details from PWI about Paul Jones' career: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-away.html?p=1

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WWE has a new poll asking fans which General Manager did the best in the 2018 Superstar Shakeup. As of this writing, 67% voted for SmackDown GM Paige while the rest voted for RAW GM Kurt Angle.

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Major League Wrestling and BeIN Sports announced this afternoon that the MLW championship bout between Matt Riddle and Shane Strickland has been released for free via Youtube in advance of the first episode of MLW: Fusion on the cable sports network tomorrow evening. You can watch the complete video below:
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WWE has launched a new digital series titled Formerly Known As looking at the evolution from one ring name and persona to another. The first looks at how Tyler Black became Seth Rollins:
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John "Big" Gaburick is back working for World Wrestling Entertainment, several sources have confirmed to PWInsider.com. Gaburick is currently in Saudi Arabia working on pre-production aspects of the Greatest Royal Rumble event set for 4/27 in Jeddah. Gaburick worked for WWE for many years in different production roles and on-air for the MTV version of Tough Enough. He left WWE and eventually took on a role for what was supposed to be head of production for Impact Wrestling, only to then be given additional responsibilities by Dixie Carter heading the Creative end as well. He remained with Impact through the end of 2017.
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In regard to questions about Dolph Ziggler signing a new contract with WWE, we have been told by numerous sources that as of this week, nothing has been signed and Ziggler's current deal is slated to expire this summer.
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Sports Illustrated has an article about Mick Foley's One Man Show celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his Hell in A Cell match against The Undertaker at this link Foley admitted, “I told Mr. McMahon two of the biggest lies of my life that day,” said Foley. “I told him I had been on top of the cell earlier that afternoon, and I told him that I felt completely comfortable up there. Had I gone up there for a walk-through, there would be no twentieth anniversary because I would have realized that getting thrown off was a terrible idea.”
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The WWE got an emergency restraining order against an obsessed fan who carried out a poop-smearing attack on a WWE training facility ... fearing he would strike again.

TMZ Sports has obtained court docs showing Vince McMahon's company had a very real fear of Armando Alejandro Montalvo -- who's allegedly been harassing the company since 2015.

According to the court docs, Montalvo smeared his own feces all over the walls at the WWE Training Center in Orlando back in July 2015.

He continued his bizarre campaign against the company in the following days ... wearing makeshift wrestling costumes, banging on the doors and threatening staffers.

On at least one occasion, he was subdued by cops at gunpoint.

In March 2018, Montalvo again surfaced at a WWE event venue in Florida and began harassing employees -- screaming, "My new wrestling nickname is Generation Flex because my d*ck and my balls is bigger than Generation Ex."

WWE says they learned Montalvo posted an Instagram message on April 4 cryptically threatening WWE wrestlers and staff -- and rushed to court to get an immediate restraining order against him because they fear he's a serious threat. WWE says Montalvo has also threatened to use his own semen in a biological attack.

Court records show the restraining order was granted.

Still, Montalvo continues to post videos on social media harassing WWE wrestlers.
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House of Hardcore will import the Impact Wrestling feud of Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan for the promotion's Hanover, MA debut on 5/18 as the two will face off in a Boston Street Fight. Also announced for the event are HOH TV champion Willie Mack, Joey Mercury,Tommy Dreamer, Bull James, Alex Reynolds, MJF, The Squad, Brian Cage and more.
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Add The Great Khali to the list of those scheduled for the Greatest Royal Rumble. Khali was featured in advertising on the WWE website promoting the event streaming next Friday on the WWE Network. It would be his first appearance for the company since the Punjabi Prison match last summer featuring Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton.

Interesting to point out that local advertising for the event in the Middle East lists Bobby Lashley as one of the competitors in the Intercontinental championship Ladder Match on 4/27, making that bout a five way instead of a four-way bout. We are working to confirm whether that change is official or perhaps the advertising is outdated or incorrect. Officially announced by WWE is champion Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor.
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Former WWE and Impact star Winter (Katie Lea Burchill) is being advertised for the June Impact Wrestling tapings in Windsor, Ontario.
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Officially added to Sunday's Impact Wrestling Redemption PPV in Orlando is Drago vs. Aerostar in a singles bout.
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Late yesterday, WWE star Brie Bella responded to the People report that she was relieved that her sister Nikki had broken off her engagement via John Cena via her Instagram stories.

Over a recap of the People report, Bella wrote, "FALSE!!" She circled a line claiming she wanted to "kill" Cena, responding, "I'll never say this and I'll always love John Cena like a brother. He'll always be family. My heart is hurting for he and my sister. #Truth."
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Because this event is something of a cultural propaganda thing, they want to give a certain look. This is from the Saudi Arabia side, not the WWE side. So in the 62,000 seat stadium, which would likely be set up for 52,000 with a stage, all of the good seats are reserved for families because that’s the look they want. The only way you can purchase a seat in most of the arena is that your family has to include at least one adult woman.

Single men, either on their own or in groups can only sit far away and were only allocated a little over 10,000 seats, which sold out quickly. Guys ordering have been vocal about only being able to get bad seats, or not being able to get seats at all, even though tons of tickets are left. The belief is that it won’t come across that hot because the people who would make the most noise are the farthest away. But this was all about Saudi Arabia trying to show the world that there are a lot of women in the crowd, as well as a cultural thing that is part of Saudi Arabian society. Single men are not supposed to be in the family section in stores, restaurants, parks and entertainment venues to limit the mixing between single males and females, and that is even stronger regarding any event that is televised or photographed.

It’s a sold show for a high dollar amount and it’s not like the government cares about breaking even on ticket sales. In this case, it’s single men as opposed to blacks being relegate to only one section, but it’s still the same principle. According to one reader in Jeddah, the promotion locally has been lackluster, and really the only people who know about the show are the hardcore WWE fans. The Saudi General Sports Authority is in charge of finding a way to fill the stadium. They will be able to get people in, both with low ticket prices and free tickets. But it was noted that they weren’t even able to fill the stadium for high-level soccer matches, which is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia.

The government is absorbing almost all the costs and most of the tickets are priced at 10 or 20 Saudi Riyal ($2.67 and $5.34 U.S.). The only expensive seating is the VIP section at 300 Saudi Riyal ($80, which also gets you free drinks). But those seats are also only reserved for the Saudi General Sports Authority members and their celebrity friends, so in a sense, are also really free tickets. There were hardcore fans willing to pay that for ringside tickets but weren’t able to. Single males have been protesting this heavily in the country, especially when the single male tickets sold out in one hour. After the complaints, there were expected to be some changes, especially with so much of the arena not sold. In addition, when purchasing a ticket, you are not allowed to pick your ticket but instead buy a ticket and whoever is in charge of the event from the government assigns the seat in the region.
Found this interesting since it focused on the logistics of the Greatest Royal Rumble and how this would have likely been a big bust for the WWE had the Saudi government not handled all the real work.

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The announced return of Rey Mysterio Jr on 6/3 for Verano de Escandalo at the bullring in Monterrey has led to rumors that Konnan will be coming back as well. The wrestlers in Mexico in both AAA and Crash are all presuming it will happen and it’s more a matter of when than if, although Konnan hasn’t publicly said anything. There was a lot of talk of this as an inevitability over Mania weekend in New Orleans from people who are close to those in AAA and those close to wrestlers that Konnan is usually affiliated with. Konnan and the Roldan family had a tremendously bitter breakup which led to a lot of the big name talent leaving.

Mysterio has been gone from the promotion for two years after Crash had been his home in Mexico. He is also still billed for The Crash on 5/29 in Tlaxcala. This comes at the same time that Pentagon Jr. and Fenix and AAA have agreed to stop their issues. The end result is that they will be known as Pentagon Jr. and Fenix on U.S. television, names they had been prohibited from using, most notably with Impact and MLW. AAA will also be allowed to license and market those names, and will drop any legal issues with the two of them for using the names Penta 0M and Rey Fenix on independent shows in the U.S. However, they are both still working for The Crash and other indie groups in Mexico
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I’m not sure if this is the post-huge show deal or what, but the first two ROH shows this weekend after last weekend’s record house, the 4/14 show in Pittsburgh and 4/15 show in Columbus, OH, both did 700 fans and neither sold out. A lot of it was that the lineups really weren’t pushed much until this past week because so much was geared toward the New Orleans show

There was a locker room fight before the 4/14 show in Pittsburgh. We didn’t get much in the way of details but a lot of wrestlers tweeted about it and didn’t like the idea of it. Basically there was somebody who was an extra and he was apparently sitting in Christopher Daniels chair. He was asked to move, and evidently got mouthy about it and ended up in an argument with Flip Gordon that turned into a fight, which Gordon, who has an MMA background, won quickly. Nobody got hurt, past some food being stepped on. That’s why Cody joked about now putting Gordon in the All In show after
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While there are rumors going around of a Lesnar vs. Lashley match, right now there are no plans for it. If Lesnar is really leaving, you can probably get two losses from him, the title loss and hopefully one more to build someone. I don’t think the person that should go to should be over 40 or a part-time because it’s then of limited benefit. Like maybe just Reigns (who he pretty much has to lose to at some point) and Strowman, if they’ve even got him for enough dates to pull both off
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For the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network, they were: 1. WrestleMania 34; 2. WWE 24: Raw 25th anniversary show; 3. NXT Takeover New Orleans; 4. NXT from 4/11; 5. Ride Along with New Day, Gable & Benjamin; 6. This Week in WWE; 7. 205 Live from 4/10; 8. Ride Along with Styles, Roode, Mahal and Sunil Singh; 9. WWE Hall of Fame; 10. WrestleMania kickoff show. An interesting note is that No. 14 was the ECW Barely Legal PPV from 1997, which this past week was the 21st anniversary of
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Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Harry Smith (Davey Boy Smith Jr.) is wanted for battery in connection with the incident where he threw coffee into the face of Jake Roberts during an argument on 4/7 at WrestleCon. Roberts told police that he attempted to shake hands with Smith, at which time an argument took place, Smith allegedly threw a cup of coffee at his face and fled the scene.
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Rise is doing a 7/7 co-promoted show with Impact called "Rise of the Knockouits" with Delilah Doom, Thunder Rosa, Shotzi Blackheart, Britt Baker, Chelsea Green, Dust, Melanie Cruise, Karen Q, Ray Lyn, Kylie Rae and Miranda Alize.
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Jeff Cobb vs. Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) will be on the MLW 5/3 TV tapings in Orlando at Gilt Nightclub.
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As noted, Edge & Christian will be bringing their show back to the WWE Network. The show, which used to be called The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness, will now simply be called The Edge and Christian Show. They were filming for it last week in New Orleans.
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Eli Drake was recently interviewed by The Mirror. Below are some highlights:

His WWE tryout in 2008:

"When I was on the indies back in 2008, I had an opportunity with WWE when I went in and did a dark match and they liked me and wanted me to come back the next week. And here's the part where I shot myself in the foot, I showed up an hour late on that second day, due to some circumstances, and after that, they didn't talk to me for about three years. I was put on a blacklist. I didn't even end up getting to WWE into developmental until my tenth year in [the business] and a lot of that again, some of that was me, some of that was politics, but a lot of it was BS. So, it's a little frustrating every time I think about it, it kind of bites me in the ass every day, but at the same time, it's also kind of what drives me."
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Reminds me of when Seth Rollins went on a streak of injuring multiple people in a short period of time.
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When he hurt Edwards, my first thought was "I bet there are a bunch of mutants who think this is a great way to get attention." I didn't think it would actually be him. The annoying thing is that Sullivan is fucking crazy, so it wouldn't surprise me if he consented to this to get some attention, which he doesn't need to be doing at whatever age and whatever physical state he's in.

I dunno, something about it seems really gross, like Brock giving Orton the concussion. It's like -- work that shit.
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Cornette quotes Dutch Mantel a lot with "it used to be that we weren't really hurting each other and people believed; now we're really hurting each other and no one believes a thing" or something like that.
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While on KFM Mornings in South Africa, Seth Rollins said Dean Ambrose should return from his torn tricep injury in the summer or late spring.
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ROH announced Hiroshi Tanahashi, SANADA, EVIL, and Toru Yano for their three Honor United shows in the UK next month.
Link: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/nj...united-uk-tour

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Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toa Henare has been added to the card for NJPW’s show at Korakuen Hall on April 24th, which also features Jay White defending his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David FInlay.
Link: http://www.njpw.co.jp/143880

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Two new members of the show's women's division will be wrestling on SmackDown for the first time on Tuesday night.

Asuka & Becky Lynch vs. The IIconics (Peyton Royce & Billie Kay) has been announced for next Tuesday's episode of SmackDown. It will be the first time Asuka and Royce have wrestled on television since joining the brand.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/a...lynch-iiconics

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The WWE Network will be honoring Bruno Sammartino on Monday night.

WWE announced today that a documentary on Sammartino would be airing on the Network immediately after Raw on Monday. The company noted that the special will include some of Sammartino's "greatest matches, moments, and more," but no other details have been revealed.

Sammartino passed away at 82 years old on Wednesday morning after having been hospitalized for the last two months. WWE paid tribute to their longest-reigning champion in history later that day with a 10-bell salute at their house show in South Africa and with a graphic at the beginning of that night's episode of NXT. Raw will be WWE's first live programming to air since Sammartino's death.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/article/bruno-sam...on-wwe-network

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Jay White is heading back to Ring of Honor.

ROH announced today on their website that White will be part of the upcoming War of the Worlds tour next month. They said that if he were to retain the IWGP United States title against David Finlay on April 24, he will also defend the title on the tour. He is set for the May 9 date in Lowell, Massachusetts and May 11 in Toronto, Canada.

Other people set for the tour include Jushin Thunder Liger, Roppongi 3K, Rocky Romero, and the entire Los Ingobernables de Japón stable consisting of Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, BUSHI, SANADA and Hiromu Takahashi. Aside from the aforementioned dates, War of the Worlds will also stop at Royal Oak, Michigan on May 12 and will conclude on May 13 in Chicago, Illinois.
Link: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/sw...ar-worlds-tour

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The 4/13 edition of Impact did 373,000 overnight viewers, down just a bit from last week's 381,000 overnight viewers.
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WWE released an updated WWE Network preview of material scheduled for the streaming service. It is notable that the June WWE UK Championship event is no longer subtitled "The King of the Ring."
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WWE Hall of Famer Booker T's promotion, The Reality of Wrestling, will present their first PPV event The Last Stand tomorrow Saturday 4/21 for $14.99 with the first 100 advance orders receiving a signed Booker photo in the mail for free. The event will feature Reality of Wrestling champion Gino defending against #1 contender Ryan Davidson, Sheeva vs. Angela, a 20 Man Last Stand Rumble featuring Disco Inferno, NXT's Brennan Williams and more.
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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla will have their final All Star Weekend events at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA tonight and tomorrow.
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Alexa Bliss recently had minor cosmetic surgery following WrestleMania. We were told that she is expected back soon and is still scheduled for the Backlash event on Sunday, May 6th.
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A new series titled "WWE Marquee Matches" will premiere on the WWE Network at 11pm on Tuesday night. The premiere episode is set to run 1.5 hours and will focus on the 1992 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, which was held in Albany, New York. The 30-man Rumble main event saw Ric Flair win the match to capture the vacant WWE Title that night. The WWE Hall of Famer would later reveal in his "To Be The Man" book that he did not know he was winning the match until he arrived at the Knickerbocker Arena on the day of the show.

Below is the synopsis for Tuesday's premiere:

"From 1-19-1992: With the WWE Championship at stake, a star-studded roster and controversial ending made this an instant classic!"
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As noted, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T will return to RAW commentary on Monday's show in St. Louis. Jonathan Coachman confirmed that Booker will be taking his spot on Monday but revealed that he will be back for the April 30th RAW from Montreal. Below are some of Coach's recent tweets on the matter.

Coach indicated that he's missing Monday's show because of new work he's doing with The Golf Channel. Coach also noted that he was just joking about hiring an assistant to help with researching topics on commentary.
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While Young, Dain, and Wolfe were promoted to debut on SmackDown Live, Nikki Cross was not included in the video, signifying that she would not be called up but will instead remain in NXT.

According to The Wrestling Observer, the reason why Cross is staying in NXT is to help with the women's division. Especially, since three of the top names, Ember Moon, Peyton Royce, and Billie Kay, left to go to the main roster. Currently, the champion is Shayna Baszler, as she defeated Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. Baszler is in need of a strong feud, and Cross will fit well as an opponent for the title ...

On social media, Cross recently promoted the upcoming NXT TakeOver: Chicago event, scheduled for Saturday, June 16. It is expected that she will have a major role in that event.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans which Greatest Royal Rumble match is scarier - Rusev facing The Undertaker in a Casket Match or Roman Reigns facing WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a Steel Cage match. As of this writing, 64% believe Rusev has the scarier match.

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Raw last night fell down to well below its pre-WrestleMania season levels with 3.09 million viewers, down 14 percent from the Superstar Shakeup show the week before.

Not including the unusually large numbers from the past two weeks, Raw had been doing consistently well above 3.3 million viewers. This is also the time of the year, with the NBA playoffs, that the show starts declining ...

The three hours for last night were:

8 p.m. 3.28 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.21 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.82 million viewers
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While speaking with The Independent ahead of Friday's Greatest Royal Rumble, Paul "Triple H" Levesque offered a defense of WWE's partnership with Saudi Arabia.

"I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture," Levesque said. "You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it."

WWE has received criticism for entering into a 10-year business agreement with the Saudi General Sports Authority given how women are treated in the country and women's wrestlers not being allowed to perform there.

But Levesque expressed optimism that women will be allowed to wrestle in Saudi Arabia in the future. "While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia," he said.

"The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that -- the position is changing, and rights are changing, as are the way women are handled and treated in society. We think that’s a great thing and we’re excited to be at the forefront of that change.”

The relationship with WWE is part of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 economic and social reform program.

In addition to there being no women's matches on the card, Byron Saxton will be hosting the Greatest Royal Rumble pre-show instead of Renee Young. Women are only allowed to attend the event if they're accompanied by male family members, and even that is a recent development.
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They have announced that the Greatest Royal Rumble has sold out the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. Tickets were scaled down significantly from a traditional show of this size from the WWE with tickets ranging from $2.67 – $80 U.S. The live gate doesn’t really affect the WWE as it’s a sold show to the Government of Saudi Arabia with the details of what the WWE is making off this show likely being clear with the second-quarter earnings report later this summer. When you figure in the Saudi Arabia show, the recent tour of South Africa, upcoming European tour, and WrestleMania falling into the second-quarter, this should be an enormous quarter for the company.
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Tickets for New Japan’s next show in California will be going on sale very soon.

Ticketmaster.com has a page up for the upcoming G1 Special In San Francisco event, with the page mentioning that tickets will go on sale May 1 at 1 p.m. EDT. Prices will start at $40, with the highest priced tickets reaching $300. No card has currently been announced for the event, which will be held on July 7.

The show will be held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California which is in the San Francisco area. The building holds around 12,000 people. Depending on seating, if they were to sell out, it would be one of the biggest pro wrestling events outside of WWE in the United States in decades.

The last time that New Japan put tickets on sale in the United States, they sold out the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California in about twenty minutes, filling up the arena with over 4,000 people back on March 23. In that main event, Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega defeated The Young Bucks in a long, hard fought bout.

Matches and talent for the event have not been announced.
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Three more wrestlers have been confirmed for the Bullet Club's All In show.

Joey Janela & Penelope Ford and Chelsea Green were added to the lineup for All In today. They join Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Stephen Amell, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll, Tessa Blanchard, Penta El Zero M, Rey Fenix, Kazuchika Okada, and Deonna Purrazzo as names that have been announced for the show ...

Two more people will be confirmed for All In this Wednesday. A press conference for the show, which will include talent/match announcements and ticket information, is taking place at Pro Wrestling Tees' store in Chicago on May 13th. The press conference will stream live on Facebook and Twitch.

The Sears Centre Arena in the Chicago area is set to host All In on September 1st.
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Advertising for this year's Best of the Super Juniors appears to have revealed most of the lineup for the tournament.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay, Hiromu Takahashi, KUSHIDA, Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, Dragon Lee, BUSHI, Sho, Yoh, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask IV, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru are featured on the poster. Assuming there will again be 16 wrestlers in the field, there are only three names left to be announced.

Gordon officially confirmed on Twitter that he'll be in the tournament. It was teased that he would be taking part in it when he wrestled for NJPW for the first time on their Honor Rising tour with ROH in February.

Dragon Lee suffered a leg injury at CMLL's Arena Mexico show last Friday. The severity of it has yet to be confirmed, but Luchablog notes that he was back in the gym yesterday.

This year's Best of the Super Juniors will begin at Korakuen Hall on May 18th and conclude at the venue on June 4th. If Ospreay doesn't win the tournament, the winner will likely challenge for his title at Dominion on June 9th.
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After months of questions, World of Sport Wrestling has resurfaced and is taping television imminently.

The next set of World of Sport tapings will take place over the course of three days, starting on May 10 and running through May 13. All of the tapings will take place at Epic Studios Norwich in Norfolk, England. It isn't currently known what talent will appear at the taping, though some of the contracted talent for ITV include Dave Mastiff and Grado.
Link: http://woswrestling.com/2018-wos-wre...gs-coming-may/

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Jim Ross called Rousey’s match at WrestleMania 34 the best in-ring debut he’s ever seen.

Wednesday’s episode of Something Else to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson will be focused on The Mega Powers. It will be uploaded to the on-demand section of the WWE Network at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

NJPW’s Toru Yano thanked Shinsuke Nakamura for taking his low blow punch worldwide.
Ross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhtumq7WLMA , Podcast: http://www.wwe.com/article/whats-new-wwe-network , Yano: https://twitter.com/reasonjp/status/988688867334107136

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The Bullet Club (Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll & Hangman Page) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi) will be the main event of ROH’s War of the Worlds tour show in Chicago on May 13th. ROH World Champion Dalton Castle defending against Matt Taven will headline in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 9th.

Impact Wrestling announced that Winter/Katie Lea will be returning to the company at this week’s TV tapings.

MVP vs. Maxwell J. Friedman has been added to the lineup for MLW’s TV tapings on May 3rd.

Programming from Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is coming to NESN.
ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ma...worlds-chicago & https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ro...-worlds-lowell , Impact: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...48310737833984 , MLW: https://mlw.com/2018/04/24/maxwell-j...ay-in-orlando/ , NESN: https://twitter.com/CWFHollywood/sta...38653731291142

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Boom Studios announced a graphic novel called "WWE: Undertaker," about his career. MMA reporter Chad Dundas wrote the story and the art work was done by Rodrigo Lorenzo of WWE.
Link: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/culture/...r-origin-story

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When WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar walks the aisle this Friday at the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he will be alone. WWE sources have confirmed that Paul Heyman is not booked for the event and will not be traveling overseas with the rest of the company today.
Some conflicting reports on Heyman's status since the Observer reported he is booked for the event.

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The latest edition of The National Wrestling Alliance's Ten Pounds of Gold YouTube series focuses on Colt Cabana as the everyman of professional wrestling, marketing himself as an independent wrestler, challenging NWA champion Nick Aldis in China and more. It's a very good episode and the content that was shot in China really made the brand look big-time:
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4VEW5yKKBQ

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Impact Wrestling is taping television in Orlando at Universal Studios tonight and through Thursday. In total, they will tape nine episodes of Impact this week and then tape additional episodes in Windsor, Ontario on June 1st and 2nd and that should take them right into Slammiversary on July 22nd. They announced on Sunday that the pay-per-view in July will take place from The Rebel Complex (formerly Sound Academy) in Toronto, Ontario.
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ROH Bound by Honor: West Palm Beach will take place on April 27. Just added to the card: Deonna Purrazzo vs. Kelly Klein and also Marty Scurll vs. Kenny King. Here is the updated card:

* Dalton Castle vs. Flip Gordon (Non-Title - Proving Ground Match)
* The Briscoes vs. Motor City Machine Guns (ROH World Tag Team Championship)
* Cody vs. Punishment Martinez
* Scorpio Sky vs. Jay Lethal
* The Kingdom vs. Adam Page and The Young Bucks
* The Dawgs vs. Coast 2 Coast vs. The Addiction vs. Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser (Four Corner Tag Team Survival)
* Kelly Klein vs. Deonna Purrazzo
* Kenny King vs. Marty Scurll

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Tuesday's episode of SmackDown on the USA Network averaged 2.549 million viewers, down seven percent from last week's Superstar Shakeup.

The show faced tougher-than-usual competition as an NBA playoff game did 3.61 million viewers airing on TBS directly opposite SmackDown. SmackDown finished sixth for the night in total viewers on cable and third in the 18-49 demo with a 0.8 rating, trailing two separate NBA games. The networks were airing repeats, which may have helped the SmackDown number slightly.
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Following up on Monday's announcements of Joey Janela, Penelope Ford, and Chelsea Green, two more wrestlers are set for All In.

Jay Lethal and Britt Baker were added to the show today, bringing the number of names confirmed for it up to 17. Lethal is under contract with Ring of Honor, while Baker, who made a cameo for WWE in a loss to Nia Jax in July 2016, wrestles independently.

Baker is the fifth woman who has been announced for All In, joining Ford, Green, Tessa Blanchard, and Deonna Purrazzo. Cody Rhodes also noted that they aren't done announcing women's wrestlers for the show.
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Over the course of the day, it was confirmed that Paul Heyman is now working Friday's Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia.

Heyman was in New York today and did not travel with the Raw crew to the event from St. Louis. We were told by WWE sources this evening that the plan is for him to travel in with Brock Lesnar later in the week.

Lesnar will be facing Roman Reigns in a steel cage match at the event.
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WWE Home Video UK tweeted:

We can now announce that this Friday's #GreatestRoyalRumble from Saudi Arabia – headlined by Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns in a steel cage for the Universal Championship and an epic 50-man Royal Rumble match – will be released on 2-disc DVD! Release date TBC pic.twitter.com/PK9EFDj8Sp
— WWE Home Video UK (@WWEHomeVideoUK) April 25, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/WWEHomeVideoUK/s...05538159054849

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Paul Levesque takes credit for coming up with "Global Localization". He explained their push to create NXT brands around the world as a global territorial system, reminiscent of the plan the company toyed with over a decade ago but never went through with. pic.twitter.com/bqgWHv1Cak
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) April 25, 2018
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There is now a "Marquee Matches" section on WWE Network. The section features Charly Caruso introducing classic matches emphasizing the importance. The first episode aired last night with the 1992 Royal Rumble MatchWWE posted the following preview:
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_fED90sgL4

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MLW issued the following:

“FILTHY” TOM LAWLOR VS. YEHI ADDED TO MLW MAY 3RD BEIN SPORTS TV TAPING IN ORLANDO

ORLANDO – The UFC’s “Filthy” Tom Lawlor will scrap with the innovative Waterloo, Iowa grappler Fred Yehi on May 3rd in Orlando at the MLW Fusion TV tapings for beIN SPORTS hosted by Gilt Nightclub.
More details and card for the event: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-week.html?p=1

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When and why do you think John Cena became so hated among the fans? Was it because he was Vince's chosen one at the time? Did his gimmick burn out? Did his move-set become complacent? Was he too formulaic? Did the fans feel he was "fake" as a person (not a character)? Did the fans really want to see the Doctor of Thugonomics character back instead of the less edgy Hustle, Loyalty, Respect character?

All of those were factors, for sure. But I think the biggest issue was that he was pushed down our throats and never really sold for anyone. He would get attacked in hour one and get all his heat back, and more, by the end of the show. He would beat the tag champs by himself. Stuff like that. Add in that his promos appeal to kids and you have the perfect recipe for the older fans to not like him.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles involving Cena's struggles with crowds.

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While Vision 2030 is being lauded as a modern solution to the monarchy’s heavy reliance on oil, it does not involve significant social reform. Instead, it has provided MBS with a strategic way to distract international attention away from the wide-scale human rights abuses that the country continues to commit. The Crown Prince’s heavy investment in sports comes on the heels of Saudi’s brutal campaign in Yemen—a war that has displaced over three million people and created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. The latest example saw the Saudi-led military coalition conduct an air strike on a wedding on Sunday, killing more than 20 people.

Though Saudi Arabia’s reputation is being mended by its attempt to project images of anti-corruption, moderate Islam, improved women’s rights, and a plethora of sports and entertainment, it would be negligent to ignore the country’s continued disregard for political and civil liberties. Dissent is met with violent repressive methods such as torture and extrajudicial killings, while homosexuality remains illegal and punishable by death.
Recent article from Deadspin about WWE's current image issues due to being involved with the Saudi show. https://deadspin.com/what-is-wwe-doi...bia-1825506325

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots won't be signing with WWE anytime soon. Gronk told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that he will be returning to the team for the 2018 season. Gronk had teased retiring from the NFL, and there was a lot of speculation that he would sign with WWE.

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Sean Waltman reported that WWE tried to get Shawn Michaels out of retirement for tomorrow's show. He said Michaels said he had a prior commitment with his family.

For the show there will be a less than 15 minute prayer break, not one hour as is the usual custom. The break will not impact the television audience.
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Kenny Omega is helping put together a New Japan branded show on 6/29 in Daytona Beach, FL as part of the CEO gaming convention. The show takes place at the Ocean Center. There will be members of the Golden Lovers, LIJ, New Japan, Taguchi Japan and Roppongi 3K involved but a the ROH talent has a show that night and Suzuki-Gun, Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii are booked in the U.K. that night. They are looking at five matches plus a dark match in a two plus hour show and will be trying to give the show a New Japan feel as well as a Fighting Games community feel with the idea of people at the convention being a key part of the audience. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Chase Owens are scheduled. The ring will be in the area of the weekend tournament and there will be a fighting games commentary team and not a pro wrestling commentary team. It will be an esports filming crew.
More details: https://www.f4wonline.com/japan/ceo-...xt-week-256571

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Aerostar was injured last night at the Impact tapings but he's okay. We were told he had the wind knocked out of himself bad, but it was a very scary situation until they realized it wasn't serious.

MLW announced it had signed a multi-year announcing contract with Tony Schiavone.

MCW on 5/12 in Joppa, MD features Mick Foley and 5/19 in Hampstead, MD at North Carroll High School with Adam Rose.

Evolve on 5/20 in Livonia, MI has Matt Riddle vs. Keith Lee in a no rope break match for the Evolve title, Tracy Williams vs. Odinson, Austin Theory vs. Trey Miguel, DJZ vs Zachary Wentz, AR Fox vs. Myron Reed plus Chris Dickinson, Jaka, Shane Strickland and more.
MLW: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...h-mlw.html?p=1

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Ronda Rousey is announced for the 6/24 Raw house show in Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center.
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Here are the updated main event matches announced thus far for Ring of Honor's 2018 War of the Worlds tour next month, featuring a number of New Japan Pro Wrestling stars:

Wednesday 5/9 in Lowell, MA at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium:
*ROH champion Dalton Castle vs. Matt Taven.
*The Young Bucks vs. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi

Friday 5/11 in Toronto, Ontario at the Ted Reeve Arena:
*IWGP United States champion Jay White vs. Punishment Martinez.

Sunday 5/13 in Villa Park, IL at the Odeum:
LIJ's Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI & SANADA & EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Bullet Club's Young Bucks & Cody & Marty Scurll & Adam Page.
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Braxton Sutter announced this evening that he was done with Impact Wrestling, tweeting:

My time at @IMPACTWRESTLING is up and I would to extend a HUGE thank you to them. They gave me my first official contract/job as a wrestler at 35yrs old and hired my wife at the same time. I’ll never forget that. It was a great chapter in my life, now onto the next one!! pic.twitter.com/5tB2CZKdBg
— Pepper Parks (@BraxtonSutter) April 26, 2018

The word that made its way at the Impact TV tapings this week in Orlando is that Sutter had finally received an official release from the company after asking for it after the last round of tapings. It was obvious looking at the booking from this week's tapings that the company was finishing him up.

Sutter had done a great job in promoting the company whenever he was utilized in a promotional sense, so in that regard, while he wasn't pushed as a top talent, I would regard the depature as a loss.

Sutter's real-life wife Allie is remaining with Impact Wrestling, PWInsider.com has been told.
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There was a breakup with Cena and Nikki Bella already taped for the coming season of “Total Bellas,” but that breakup storyline saw them get back together three days later. Art imitates life and all. So either they can use that without the making up, or have that and tape a second breakup. But they are promoting the new season around the breakup.
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The WWE will hold the Greatest Royal Rumble card Friday from the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium and the first event of a ten-year deal the WWE has entered with the Saudi General Sports Authority. This is a show that is impossible to eliminate the politics. The wrestling is merely the item in the display window with the real story being the partnership and political message the WWE is attached to. Personally, I feel there has been a lot of great analysis and coverage throughout professional media going behind the politics and understanding this show for what it is. The lack of female performers is the lightning rod, but the politics go so much deeper and forces one to render what their line is and how far this crosses it. Some people will be able to divorce a professional wrestling company from the politics and actions that a Government participates in, citing many examples of big companies that do business in countries such as Saudi Arabia. In that sense, the WWE is being complicit where money is exchanged, and they can privately tell themselves they don’t condone this Government’s actions and the lack of rights enjoyed by a portion of its citizens. The next level is what the WWE is acting upon and that includes entering an agreement where their female talent is excluded, they are inherently stating that despite their public stance of “female empowerment”, that notion has its limits, and sadly, a price. The broadcast and presentation will be a big story coming out of Friday with how far the WWE is going to present the host country in a favorable light and serve as a commercial for the country. Again, these are actionable examples where the WWE is not just turning a blind eye but actively engaging as window dressing for a country with a terrible record with regard to civil rights.
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Paul Levesque, who was in the country early to help promote and put together the event, said to The Independent, “I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture. You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things, but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it.”

WWE simply didn’t have the power to allow anyone to attend and sit anywhere in the stadium, nor to allow their female performers to work, or even attend the show. If they had been able to negotiate changes into the ten-year deal, they, in fact, would have been affecting change. Instead, they are promoting the country worldwide on its television in a manner they have never done before, and for the obvious economic reasons. This isn’t even bringing up being a propaganda arm for the country in a war in Yemen that is often considered the worst humanitarian crisis currently in the world.
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Alfred Konuwa's latest blog at Forbes looks at some of the criticism WWE is facing with holding "The Greatest Royal Rumble" in Saudi Arabia, despite women not being allowed to wrestle a the event.

"WWE will surely brandish countless shots of women in the crowd enjoying the Greatest Royal Rumble on Friday. That's not progressive. It's propaganda," Konuwa wrote. "For all the intense backlash that influenced sponsors to encourage a name-change of the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal, which may or may not have unfairly villainized the polarizing former women's champion, backlash against WWE for its lucrative partnership with an oppressive kingdom has been relatively muted."
If WWE was expecting to get a lot of positive mainstream coverage for holding an event in Saudi Arabia, the opposite pretty much happened instead.

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MLW has added a singles match between Chelsea Green and Santana Garrett for next Thursday’s television taping in Orlando at the Gilt Nightclub. The following matches have been announced for the show: Shane Strickland vs. Pentagon Jr. for the MLW heavyweight title, Rey Fenix vs. ACH, MVP vs. Maxwell Jacob Freidman, Jeff Cobb vs. Jake Hager (Jack Swagger), Brian Cage vs. Joey Janela, Fred Yehi vs. Tom Lawlor, Green vs. Garrett.
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Regarding Katsuya Kitamura, the company has still not said anything about him publicly and the official word is that he is simply out of action due to a serious concussion
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Terry Funk, 73, is still having trouble from his hernia surgery from September 2016, where he had the surgery and then right after the surgery flew to the East Coast with the idea of not missing a booking because it was a weekend Tommy Dreamer booked him. He was planning on going to the Cauliflower Alley Club in Las Vegas next week because Brickhouse Brown asked him to give his induction speech, but he’s in a lot of pain in his stomach and won’t be able to travel. He wasn’t able to attend last year either.
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The ten most watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network were: 1. WrestleMania; 2. Something Else to Wrestle With episode one; 3. NXT from 4/18; 4. NXT Takeover New Orleans; 5. 2018 Royal Rumble; 6. Ride Along with New Day Gable & Benjamin; 7. WWE 24 on Raw 25; 8. Bruno special (given all the hype on Raw, this is surprisingly low in a sense, but the reality is that there is not a lot of viewing of pre-Attitude Era stuff on the network, let alone when it comes to something where it was on someone who dates back a generation before that); 9. 205 Live from 4/17; 10. NXT from 4/11.
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For those unaware, Low Ki was scheduled to wrestle Matt Riddle at his Bloodsport event in New Orleans during WrestleMania weekend. However, Ki was replaced by Minoru Suzuki due to injury.

The event was run by Game Changer Wrestling and promoter Brett Lauderdale tweeted this week saying, “And so I ask you [Low-Ki] with all due respect: Because you were not able to compete, can you please refund our deposit? We have not “buried” you or questioned your motivations. $800 is gymnastics lessons and 2 weeks of summer camp for my daughter. Please?”

Lauderdale’s tweet prompted a six-minute video response from Ki in which the former WWE/Impact wrestler attempts to explain that he got injured while training for the match, but still flew out to New Orleans hoping they’d be able to come up with another way to use him on the show.

Low-Ki claims that a previously agreed upon room was no longer available for him once he arrived though, because it was assumed he was no longer coming, so the wrestler paid for it himself.

Due to all of this, as well as not receiving MORE MONEY for a show he wasn’t able to compete on, the wrestler believes his professional obligations have been met and the money is his.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans which return they are most looking forward to in the 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match on Friday. As of this writing, 42% voted for Rey Mysterio while 39% voted for Chris Jericho, 13% for The Great Khali and 6% for 2018 WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry.
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WWE Home Video will be releasing "The Shield: Justice For All" on July 10th, according to WrestlingDVDNetwork.com. The three-disc DVD set was previously named "The Shield: Rise & Fall" but that was a working title. You can pre-order the DVD at a sale price via this Amazon link. The DVD will be a match compilation that features Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose as a team and in singles action. There will also be newly-filmed interview segments with all three members of the group and it's rumored that never-before-released matches will be included. WDN reports that each of the discs will focus on one member of the group.

Below is the synopsis for the set:

They were a united front against injustice… The Shield was the most dominant group WWE has ever seen, and launched the careers of three of WWE's most successful superstars. As dominant as they were as a trio, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins took WWE by storm, and each achieved incredible individual success. All three would go on to achieve the ultimate goal of being WWE Champion, and compete in some of the biggest matches in WWE history.

This set follows the journeys of Seth, Dean, and Roman as they compete with Legends like The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, and Triple H. Hear from the stars themselves, as they discuss the impact The Shield days had on their careers, and how it helped drive and mold them into what they are today. Even when apart, their brotherhood remains strong… and you never know when the Hounds of Justice might reunite again to help fight for a common goal.

This is the legacy of Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns… The Shield. See their greatest matches in this new collection from WWE Home Video.
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Above is new video of Triple H appearing on the "Tafaolkum" show in Saudi Arabia to promote Friday's WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event. He talks about the amazing fanbase in Saudi Arabia and how welcoming everyone is there.

"I'm always amazed when I come here, that the fanbase is so deep and their love for WWE is so intense. It's such a welcoming place. To be honest, I think it's misunderstood in a lot of the world when you come here to Saudi Arabia," he said. "It's just a wonderful place and the people are so friendly here, and they're excited to see you. Especially when it comes to WWE. We are like superheroes come to life and they can see you walking down the street in front of them, they kind of look in awe. It's a wonderful feeling. I know the WWE Superstars that are arriving today and tomorrow to come here for this event are really looking forward to being here and putting on a show for the fans."
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrSt80uWwQQ


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