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Old 02-03-2018, 06:00 PM   #1681
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If Eli Drake starts working NXT, I might have to stop watching Takeovers. Hopefully WWE remember why they cut him all those years ago. Rock fucking wannabe with zero charisma. "E-LI DRAKE! Dummy! Yeah! Dummy! Yeah!" The fuck does that even mean? Shoot him into the sun and watch the world's problems slightly ease.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:09 PM   #1682
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You know what it means. You know you'd still watch those Takeovers to.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:30 AM   #1683
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You know what it means. You know you'd still watch those Takeovers to.
No, I don't. I literally don't. It's like yelling "Idiot! Yeah!" What does that mean? He's an idiot? His opponent is an idiot? It's him making noises because he's a fucking moron who can't even construct his own catchphrases. It's worse than The Miz's "Hoorah!".

And no, I don't think I would. I haven't watched Takeover Philly, and that doesn't have Eli Drake on it. I'm very capable of avoiding them.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:27 PM   #1684
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The Miz says hoorah? Don't guess I've ever heard that buy it makes sense with him being in the Marine. Drake is a natural on the mic and would instantly be the best talker in NXT if he came in.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:27 PM   #1685
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The Miz hasn't said that in several years
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:45 PM   #1686
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That's really irrelevant to the point I was making.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:49 PM   #1687
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The Miz says hoorah? Don't guess I've ever heard that buy it makes sense with him being in the Marine. Drake is a natural on the mic and would instantly be the best talker in NXT if he came in.
I think being a natural on the mic comes with being able to make choices and displaying good instincts for a promo. He needs to be mowed down and started from scratch as to the psychology of one. From the last I was subjected to of him in TNA, anyway. If he came in, I imagine he'd just do his TNA shtick, because they love fan servicing that niche market, for whatever reason, and he'll do his TNA stuff with a slightly better entrance.

You're allowed to like the guy. I'm not here to kink-shame. But as I said: I hope the WWE remembers why they axed this guy years back and, at 35 years of age, they don't trust his aging firefighter-looking ass.
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:54 PM   #1688
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That's really irrelevant to the point I was making.
I think this;
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The Miz hasn't said that in several years
Was in response to,this;
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The Miz says hoorah? Don't guess I've ever heard that buy it makes sense with him being in the Marine. Drake is a natural on the mic and would instantly be the best talker in NXT if he came in.
Not this;
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No, I don't. I literally don't. It's like yelling "Idiot! Yeah!" What does that mean? He's an idiot? His opponent is an idiot? It's him making noises because he's a fucking moron who can't even construct his own catchphrases. It's worse than The Miz's "Hoorah!".

And no, I don't think I would. I haven't watched Takeover Philly, and that doesn't have Eli Drake on it. I'm very capable of avoiding them.
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:47 PM   #1689
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Eli Drake in NXT? Well, they had a good run.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:27 AM   #1690
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Oh, fair enough. It felt like the tone was more in direction to what I was saying. Like "he said it years ago" would have been more in line with a reply I would have expected towards Simple. Semantics though.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:04 PM   #1691
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Gonna swoop in on Smeat's territory here but... Raw dropped down to 3,055,000 viewers this week. Down just about 1.5 million in 2 weeks from that horrid anniversary show. Damn.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:20 PM   #1692
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So if you take the amount of people that watched this week and halved it -- that is roughly the amount of people who wanted to give this shit a chance but said "Nope." Fucking hell.
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It was always a lock to happen because of the very special nature of the RAW 25 show compared to the usual RAWs. The drop between the post-Rumble and this week is more of the typical range considering the post-Rumble and post-Mania shows are usually the highest RAWs of the year.

The real issue is them getting very close to hitting a sub 3 million number on the Road to Mania and 3rd hour going under 3 million just a week after the Rumble.

They have maybe 3 weeks at most to pop the number to post-Rumble levels before Mania (post-Chamber, go home Mania, and Ronda's RAW debut).
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:26 PM   #1694
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There was a unique and surprising ratings pattern last night, but in the end Raw was down nine percent from last week.

The show averaged 3.08 million viewers ...

What was notable is that the audience grew in the second hour, which hasn't been the case in a long time, but fell big in the third, which is a pattern, even with John Cena and Braun Strowman both saved for the television main event. In addition, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins challenging Sheamus & Cesaro for the Tag Team titles was also in the third hour ...

It's hard to explain what caused the second hour increase, although the first hour was lower than would be expected for this time of year.

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A day after he was written off television for the time being, Jason Jordan underwent "minimally invasive" neck surgery today.

WWE.com announced that Jordan underwent a procedure called a "minimally invasive posterior cervical microdiscectomy" this morning. The announcement noted that the timetable for Jordan's return isn't yet known.

"He had an injury to a disc in his neck which resulted in significant pain that was refractory to all conservative measures,” Dr. Joseph Maroon said. “It was decided to do a minimally invasive operation to decompress the nerve, to allow it to heal.”
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At the Titanium Arena in Adelaide on February 16th, Kazuchika Okada will team with Tomohiro Ishii against The Young Bucks. The other main event matches for the four-show tour will be announced this week.

After the Adelaide show, the tour will have stops at Festival Hall in Melbourne on February 17th, the Quaycentre in Sydney on the 18th, and HBF Stadium in Perth on the 19th. The shows aren't listed on the New Japan World schedule.
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Coming off his surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble, Rey Mysterio seems hopeful about returning to WWE for a longer stay.

"I want to say that there is a big possibility that I will be back," Mysterio said in an interview with The Mirror that was conducted prior to him wrestling for 5 Star Wrestling in Liverpool last Thursday. "[We're] figuring out what the situation is, you know from both ends. But there is definitely a positive feedback on behalf of the fans, on behalf of the WWE staff, and behalf of myself man."

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ROH’s Ian Riccaboni confirmed that the company has already broken their all-time attendance record with tickets sold for Supercard of Honor XII in New Orleans. There were 3,828 tickets sold as of yesterday morning.

Revolution Pro Wrestling announced Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb vs. Aussie Open for their Epic Encounter show at York Hall on May 11th.

Riddle vs. Pete Dunne is set for Fight Club: PRO in Wolverhampton on February 23rd, along with Tyler Bate & Trent Seven vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Angelico.
ROH link: https://twitter.com/IanRiccaboni/sta...52671626735616 , ROH tickets: https://twitter.com/Laviemarg/status/960516483108491265 , Rev Pro: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/960951509415612416 , Fight Club PRO: https://twitter.com/Fightclubpro/sta...04045041446912

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WWE is reportedly set to tape a Latin American tournament this summer. Planeta Wrestling reports that WWE will look to Latin America for their latest tournament, following the Cruiserweight, Mae Young Classic and UK tournaments.

According to the site, the tournament will feature wrestlers from Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and other countries and will be held in Chile sometime by the end of August. At this time, there are no plans to crown a new champion or guarantee a full NXT contract to the winner.
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WWE announced a new theme song for Monday Night Raw, presumably debuting with Monday's episode:

The sound of #RAW is reborn. "Born For Greatness" by @paparoach is an #OfficialThemeSong for Monday Night #Raw! pic.twitter.com/VgKQGGtwir
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The National Wrestling Alliance announced today that NWA champion Nick Aldis would defend the title against former ECW champion Tommy Dreamer at the 3/24 House of Hardcore return in Philadelphia, PA at the 2300 Arena, which will stream live on the promotion's Twitch.tv channel.

The announcement was made today by NWA President Billy Corgan.

The NWA previously announced that Aldis would make twenty championship defenses over the next sixty days as part of their continued plan to elevate the prestige and profile of the NWA and its top championship.
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We noted before how former WWE NXT Superstar Shaul Guerrero was getting back into pro wrestling. The daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero and wife to Aiden English is set to make her indie wrestling debut on February 17th for Reality of Wrestling's Ladies Night Out all-women's invitational, which is a joint show from Title Match Wrestling & Booker T's Reality of Wrestling. Shaul cuts a promo on the event in this new video from Title Match Wrestling. You can stream the event live on TitleMatchWrestlingNetwork.com.

Some other sheet stuff includes:
  • Karl Anderson revealed on Twitter he is currently expecting his forth child to arrive this August. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bevce5NA...arlandersonwwe
  • Recent article on WWE's official website listed Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Sonya Deville, Nia Jax, and Charlotte Flair as dream opponents they want to see face off against Ronda Rousey in the WWE. http://www.wwe.com/article/5-ronda-r...-dream-matches
  • According to reports, the reason for RAW's low attendance this week was due to a snowstorm affecting host city Des Moines, Iowa.
  • The Mirror had a recent interview with Ric Flair talking about the early years of the Monday Night War, refusing to trash talk the WWE during that time, being excited at seeing the possibility of Charlotte defending her title against Asuka or Ronda as rumored opponents at Mania, and more. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ks-hating-wcw/
  • Recent episode of the Edge & Christian podcast show had Christian reveal a prank him and Stone Cold played on each other during the RAW 25th anniversary show. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-steve-austin/


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Old 02-06-2018, 11:07 PM   #1695
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AXS TV officially announced that New Japan Pro Wrestling's March 25th Strong Style Evolved show from Long Beach will air live on the station starting at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. local time.

The story was first reported in the Wrestling Observer a few weeks ago.

The show sold out in less than 20 minutes even with an issue with the website crashing. Thus far, only Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, and Hiroshi Tanahashi have been announced as appearing.

"New Japan Pro Wrestling's popularity and ratings in the U.S. are at an all-time high," said AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon. "The G1 Special last summer sold out in a few hours, while Strong Style Evolved, in an arena twice the size, sold out in less than ten minutes. This second U.S. event is a great opportunity to further our relationship with NJPW and TV Asahi and we are looking forward to growing their strong style brand of wrestling in the states."

Jim Ross and Josh Barnett will be calling the action.
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Big Show appeared on Busted Open Radio yesterday and revealed that he battled a surgical infection following the hip surgery he underwent last year. He said if the infection had stayed or gotten worse, he would have needed a full hip replacement that would have likely ended his in-ring career. He said things are looking good right now, but it will be touch and go for another 6-8 months to make sure the infection doesn’t come back.

Live viewing for Mixed Match Challenge peaked at over 70,000 viewers last night, which is up from last week. The episode currently has over 1.4 million total views on Facebook. The premiere episode has 1.9 million views, with the next two weeks at 1.7 million.

Brock Lesnar vs. The Miz is being advertised for Raw’s house show at the Target Center in Minnesota on March 9th.

Wrestling DVD Network reported that “Shane McMahon’s Craziest Matches” has been dropped from the 2018 DVD release schedule.
Big Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdJ1fSu-6c , Lesnar-Miz: https://www.targetcenter.com/events/.../wwe-live-2018 , Shane: http://www.wrestlingdvdnetwork.com/w...hedule/150654/

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Kenny Omega teaming with Guerrillas of Destiny against Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Rocky Romero will main event NJPW’s show at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia on February 17th.

Matt Riddle vs. Daisuke Sekimoto in a first-time ever match has been announced for EVOLVE 103 in New Orleans on April 6th.

Rosemary tweeted that she appreciates everyone’s support after she suffered what appeared to be a leg injury over the weekend. She wrote that she’ll provide more information when she has it.
NJPW: https://twitter.com/njpwaus/status/961148141125894145 , EVOLVE: https://twitter.com/WWNEVOLVE/status/961000251770507265 , Rosemary: https://twitter.com/WeAreRosemary/st...94401359306755

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The Impact Wrestling event being promoted in conjunction with Scott D'Amore's Border City Wrestling on 3/3 in Windsor, Ontario will be a One Night Only PPV taping.
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The Women of Honor Tournament to determine the division's inaugural champion will begin on ROH TV this weekend. A couple of first round matches will also take place in Japan on February 24, thanks to a partnership between ROH and Stardom. The first match will be Jenny Rose vs. Kagetsu and the second is "The Icon of Stardom" Mayu Iwatani vs. HZK. The 16-woman tournament will eventually lead to two semi-final matches at ROH's Festival of Honor, held in New Orleans on April 7. The date for the finals has yet to be announced.

Two, first-round matches in the @Women_of_Honor Championship Tournament will take place in Japan! Get all the info here: https://t.co/C5kf5qrvPm #WomensWrestling pic.twitter.com/ZdX78QLvrh
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It appears as if Finn Balor will be teaming with Seth Rollins while Jason Jordan is recovering from neck surgery. Balor is slated to team with Rollins against The Bar for upcoming live events where Roman Reigns is not teaming with Rollins. Reigns & Rollins will be teaming against The Bar at Friday and Saturday's live events in Saskatoon and Fresno, respectively. John Cena will join the RAW tour for Sunday's show in Fresno where he will face Reigns and The Miz in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship, while Rollins will team with Balor against the RAW Tag Team Champions.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans who is SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan working in the best interest of right now - himself, the SmackDown roster or Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens. As of this writing, 36% voted for Sami & Owens while 34% voted for himself and 30% voted for the blue brand roster.




Some other sheet news includes:
  • CM Punk's next fight in UFC is currently rumored to be planned to happen this June. Dana White currently looking at it happen at UFC 225 on June 9th which will be in Chicago.
  • WWE recent released a teaser trailer for upcoming content arriving for the WWE Network. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7vb-QlPDIg
  • Recent episode of Talk Is Jericho had Ellsworth as the guest talking about original reason why he was paired with Carmella, feeling him being upset about the "pet" storyline likely caused his WWE release, Women's Money in the Bank match, and more. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...s-wwe-release/


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Currently there are 8,000 tickets sold for Elimination Chamber on 2/25 in Las Vegas at the T Mobile Arena, so it won’t be close to a legit sellout.

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Miz just signed a new four-year deal, locking him up through 2022. With the fans turning Strowman face, the only other big heels on the RAW side are Samoa Joe and Elias. Sheamus & Cesaro have been headlining the house shows as the biggest heels on the card. The Smackdown side isn’t much better for heel depth with Mahal, who was demoted, and Corbin, who they expected to be a superstar by now and hasn't happened at all. Mahal and Corbin's failure to catch on as major stars is why Sami Zayn has ended up being a top heel with Owens for the blue brand.
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Per Wrestling News World this is the planned WM card...

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Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship
AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE title
Shane McMahon and a partner vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Ronda Rousey and a partner vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon or Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair
Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka for the RAW Women's Championship
The Miz vs. Braun Strowman for the Intercontinental Championship

are the current major matches they are planning
*First time I've used that site as a source, bought a 'day pass' since they claimed to be 'legit'...ya never know...
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Regarding Undertaker and The Rock at WrestleMania, there is nothing new on either front. Given that John Cena is in the Elimination Chamber, if Cena vs. Undertaker is the plan, and it was the plan as of a few weeks ago, it would make no sense to shoot the angle until the Chamber is over and Cena hasn’t won.

As of last week, the plans were Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka for the Smackdown title and Bliss vs. Jax for the Raw title for WrestleMania. However, on TV this week, Angle said that if Jax beats Asuka on the PPV show, that the Mania match would become Bliss vs. Jax vs. Asuka. Last week the idea was that Asuka hadn’t said which title she would challenge for, nor would she until after the Chamber match. This week Angle outright said she was in the Raw title match. Whether that’s a change of plans or they were looking to throw the fans off scent, isn’t clear. They could do a disputed finish with Asuka vs. Jax, because Asuka beating Jax and then Bliss vs. Jax stemming from it, while it can be done, doesn’t seem the best way to do it. Jax beating Asuka to end her streak before Asuka faces either Flair or Rousey makes even less sense.

Jason Jordan’s surgery was a posterior cervical microdiscectomy, to decompress the nerve issue that caused the problems. There was no report on a return date but we’re told that Jordan vs. Rollins at WrestleMania is not a dead issue, but it’s far from a certainty.

Spoiler tag used since its related to possible Mania plans.

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In an interview that was posted on WWE.com today, it was revealed that Serena Deeb has joined the Performance Center as a coach.

Deeb told WWE.com that she'll be a coach for the women's wrestlers and the goal is that she'll eventually be teaching her own class.

After retiring in 2015, Deeb wrestled twice in the Mae Young Classic last summer. PWInsider reported last month that she was at the Performance Center after previously being spotted in Pittsburgh, which they noted was possibly to undergo medical testing ahead of returning to WWE in some capacity.

"The offer presented itself initially almost a year ago," Deeb said. "It was pre-Mae Young Classic. I knew of the tournament and was aware of it, and then I was contacted by the company to see if I had any interest in being one of the talent in the tournament, but it was also coupled with the idea of potentially coming in as a coach following the tournament."

"The tournament was the first stop on the tracks, and following that, I came back in a week in the fall for an official coaching tryout, and following that, it was pretty quickly offered," Deeb said.
Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/arti...oach-interview

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The subject of Ronda Rousey's contract was probably the biggest news outside of the financial figures covered at the WWE investors call this morning, along with strong hints regarding multiple suitors for the television deal that expires in the United States in September 2019.

Paul Levesque said that they are finalizing the Rousey contract right now and that it was a multi-year deal. WWE will be her priority and will be the first option on her schedule. He said that Rousey wants to be part of the DNA of the WWE ...

As far as the numbers went, WWE produced more revenue in the fourth quarter, at $211.6 million, than ever before, but overall profits were down. WWE profits for the quarter were $4.8 million, although that was largely due to $18.9 million in income taxes in the quarter. In 2016, the quarter generated $194.9 million in revenue and $8.0 million in profits, but the tax was $4.8 million.

For the year, WWE produced a record $801 million in revenue and generated $32.6 million in profits. In 2016 they generated $729.2 million in revenue and $33.8 million in profits ...

The decline in profits was due to a one-time charge of $11.3 million from the enactment of a new tax law, $10.9 million of which was a non-cash charge due to the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and $400,000 regarding foreign earnings.

However, Donald Trump's new tax law change will greatly benefit the company in 2018 and lead to a significant increase in profits. It is a virtual lock that profits will finally break past the pre-Network numbers in 2018.

So while profits were slightly down this year, normalized they would have been up, although still below pre-Network years ...

In the fourth quarter, there were declines in profits of arena events, largely due to running two fewer shows and mostly due to a significantly less successful European tour. Also down were profits in arena merchandise and a slight decline in WWE Shop profits even though revenue in that sector was up.

On December 31st, the WWE Network had 1,065,000 U.S. subscribers, 406,000 subscribers outside the U.S., and 76,000 people getting it for free, for a total of 1,547,000. One year earlier, the Network had 1,033,000 U.S. subscribers, 370,000 subscribers outside the U.S., and 70,000 people getting it for free, for a total of 1,473,000. The outside growth was due to it being available in more places ...

During the fourth quarter, there were 413,000 people who dropped the Network and 377,000 who added, for an overall decline of 36,000. Last year's fourth quarter saw a decline of 41,000.
The most interesting thing from the entire report is WWE's profits still have yet to reach pre-Network levels which shows how much of a money drain its been to the company and why all those free sub offers are not helping. Trump's new tax plan is likely going to be the only reason why the next fiscal report will be able to post a pre-Network level of profit.

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Vince McMahon said she fits in with what they are doing now. Stephanie McMahon said that they’ve seen the women go to main event performers and revenue driver. She brought up the first-women’s bout ever in Abu Dhabi leading to a “This is hope” chant from men and women. The fan response for the women, Rousey included, exploded in terms of social media and engagement. The segments with the women are proving to be some of the highest rated segments.

Vince McMahon said it all shows what the women’s evolution means to them. Stephanie said everyone, including their media partners, have great interest in the movement. The audience demanded it and their women are rising to the occasion with every opportunity.

Triple H said that the increased popularity in the women’s division has led to Ronda wanting to be involved and be part of this globally around the world. It’s just starting to attract women like Ronda in wanting to be involved in WWE.
More from today's investors meeting dealing with the growth of the Women'd division and it becoming a new revenue driver for the company. More details from the rest of the meeting: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...erage.html?p=1

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Evolve on 2/17 in Queens, NY has Sabre Jr. vs. Theory for the Evolve title, Lee vs. AR Fox for the WWN title, Dickinson & Jaka vs. The End for the tag titles, Matt Riddle vs. James Drake, Tracy Williams vs. Anthony Henry, Fred Yehi vs. Dom Garrini and Darby Allin vs Jason Kincaid vs Jarek 1:20.

For Stardom on Saturday night, the main event is Io Shrai & AZM vs. Momo Watanabe & HZK, who are members of Queen's Quest facing each other.

Big Time Wrestling on 3/30 in Altoona, PA at the Jaffa Shrine has James Ellsworth vs. Emma (billed under that name) with Mick Foley as the special enforcer plus appearances by Mark Henry, Tony Atlas and Hurricane Helms.

William Corgan's Lightning One has introduced the NWA Network audio platform. Episode One “Fortune Favors The Brave,” focuses on the famous Ten Pounds of Gold and the man who currently holds it, Nick Aldis.
NWA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...k/id1346415923

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This morning, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Jay White & Will Ospreay) vs. Bullet Club (Young Bucks & Cody Rhodes) as the main event for 2/18 in Sydney, Australia.
Link: https://twitter.com/njpwaus/status/9...rc=twsrc%5Etfw

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All Japan Pro Wrestling announced its own streaming service, “All Japan Pro Wrestling TV,” debuting in March. The price will be 900 yen per month ($8.17). No other details were given but when it comes to All Japan, one can argue that when it comes to actual great matches, it has the potential to have the best library of any company in the world, since almost all of its great matches from 1972 on were taped, and at many times in the 70s, 80s and 90s, they had the best wrestling in the world. The service will go into effect just before the annual Champion Carnival tournament, which take place between 4/7 and 4/30. This looks to be one of the most loaded tournament since the glory days of the promotion with a number of key outsiders including Naomichi Marufuji, Shingo Takagi and Yuji Hino.
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The never-ending Impact pay issues are that now the checks come six weeks after the appearance and some guys now, since Impact is booking guys for indie dates, are mad at losing their own indie dates where they’ll get paid that night and working indie dates for Impact where they’ll be paid six weeks later instead
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There have been people now openly talking about next year’s WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium (before it was something talked about, but not in public to fans), so one would think the official announcement should come soon
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Currently there are 8,000 tickets sold for Elimination Chamber on 2/25 in Las Vegas at the T Mobile Arena, so it won’t be close to a legit sellout. The Raw on 2/12 in San Jose only has a 7,000 ticket advance, which for this market is very soft. For 2/19 and 2/20, they are doing both Raw and Smackdown in Phoenix. There are combined tickets and such to help Smackdown in particular and the expectations right now are about 8,500 for Raw and 6,500 for Smackdown. The house shows coming up this weekend in California don’t have strong advances. The one thing that is different this year from the past is that January through end of March is the season, where everything is up. But this year the house shows have been well below expectations and the Raws seem that way as well
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The key to Rousey is more about Stephanie McMahon, which is why they want that super high-profile match (and if they can get Johnson, it makes it even more high-profile). Stephanie McMahon is a big star in wrestling, but she is not a mainstream star at all. It was explained to me that the key in all this goes back to what made Vince McMahon a big star, which was the program with Steve Austin, and what made Steve Austin a breakthrough star past being a pro wrestling top guy, which was hardly an interview at King of the Ring or the WrestleMania match with Bret Hart, as legend has it, but the angle in Fresno with Mike Tyson.

Rousey is a major sports star. The idea that she was the single most searched female athlete in the U.S. on the Internet in 2017, a year she never competed and for the most part laid low in, speaks volumes. The idea for the program is to make Stephanie a star outside of just the pro wrestling world.
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The next WWE 24 special will once again feature the Women's Evolution. It is titled, WWE 24: Women's Evolution 2. A premiere date has not yet been revealed. The first WWE 24: Women's Evolution aired in August of 2016 and focused on the Women's Division having a primary spot on the WrestleMania 32 card.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • ROH announced they will be airing a free live stream of tomorrow Honor Reigns Supreme show starting at 7PM EST. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...tails.html?p=1
  • Edge announced The Drifter will be this week's guest for the Edge & Christian podcast show.
  • As part of recent tradition, WWE recently sent replica WWE Championship belts to the Philadelphia Eagles as celebrations of their Super Bowl win. One of the belts was displayed during the team's championship parade.
  • PROGRESS announced the card for their upcoming Chapter 63 show features a tag team match of British Strong Style (Trent Seven & Pete Dunne) vs. David Starr & Matt Riddle. https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/...78574049783809
  • Daily Star had a recent interview with Braun Strowman talking about the stiff punch he took from Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, being a Big Man wrestler in today's wrestling, and teaming with Alexa Bliss. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...h-alexa-bliss/
  • CBS Local Sports had a recent interview with Edge talking about Paige's neck injury, if Cena or Rock is the better actor, remaining life goals. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...n-ring-career/


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They are right that the Tyson angle put Austin over the edge. But Stephanie McMahon is neither Austin nor is she Vince. She is somewhat talented but over exposed at best, and a complete fucking hack at worst.
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I skimmed thru the entire hour and five minute borefest. Here's Brad's news:


* KO t-shirts are no longer selling well.

* Daniel Bryan is not likely to wrestle at WrestleMania.
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They are right that the Tyson angle put Austin over the edge. But Stephanie McMahon is neither Austin nor is she Vince. She is somewhat talented but over exposed at best, and a complete fucking hack at worst.
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Actually intrigued by that All Japan service. Maybe even more so than New Japan World. I think All Japan has some big years coming up.
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It having one of the biggest growth years of any promotion in 2017. It's far from its glory years (obviously), but it's trending in a good direction, and it's got plenty of room to go before it hits a ceiling, and its classic footage will only help with that, provided they can get it onto a streaming service.

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PCW Ultra on 3/16 on Fite TV has Penta 0M vs. Rob Van Dam for their championship, Douglas James vs. Jordan Devlin for the light heavyweight title plus Flip Gordon vs. Garza Jr., and Swoggle vs. Kikutaro. (thanks to Jake Koch)
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Going forward for the foreseeable future, Josh Mathews and Sonjay Dutt will be the announce team for Impact Wrestling.

One story making the rounds over the last 24 hours is that Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews did voiceovers for last night's episode that were discarded. That is incorrect. Impact usually does voiceovers on Wednesdays for the episode that airs the following night on Pop TV as a way to keep them as fresh as possible. When Borash informed Impact he was leaving for WWE, only last week's episode had been voiced over. Last night's episode was done with Mathews and Dutt this week. The later episodes that will air from the most recent set of TV tapings have yet to be voiced over.
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The One Night Only "Canadian Clash" PPV will be exclusive to the Global Wrestling Network beyond the usual PPV distribution via cable and satellite systems when it debuts on 2/16. Here is the official promo video for the PPV:

The PPV, which was taped in Ottawa, Ontario, will feature:

*Alberto El Patron vs. James Storm.
*Moose vs. EC3.
*Rosemary vs. KC Spinelli.
*LAX vs. Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley.
*Dezmond Xavier and Eddie Edwards vs. OVE.
*Bobby Lashley vs. El Hijo del Fantasma.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3QuO4AJ4E

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The 2/8 edition of Impact did 294,000 overnight viewers, down from last week’s 319,000 overnight viewers.
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In an update on the Dwayne Johnson action film Red Notice bidding war from yesterday, Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures won the film. They are no strangers to Johnson projects as they are distributing this summer's Skyscraper. Reports are that lots of major players in Hollywood were bidding on the project including Netflix, Warner Bros., Paramount and Sony.
More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...otice.html?p=1

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Major League Wrestling announced that legendary wrestler and manager Col. Rob Parker (Robert Fuller) will be debuting for the promotion next month, bringing a "Stud Stable" to the promotion.
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During his media call yesterday promoting Impact Wresting, Impact champion Austin Aries noted he is not currently under contract to the company. His discussions to return began as soon as he was a "free agent" but they initially began as talks of Aries working behind the scenes to get involved to help "right the ship." When the new team became in charge, those talks turned to him returning as an in-ring talent. Aries said he didn't feel pressure being the nucleus of the company as they try to rebuild. He said that one of the aspects of the return that interested him was the ability to continue to work independently and go off to different companies and "collect belts."
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In regard to Rey Mysterio, the word that has made the way among the talents in the company is that the company had negotiated a deal with Mysterio for him to debut, but once Konnan (who reps Rey) got involved to seal the deal, something went wrong leading to the agreement never getting finalized and signed. Thus, Rey's debut was canceled. That explains why we heard travel was set at one point. There was hope of trying to get him to debut in April at the TV taping, but with Mysterio making it clear that he and WWE are in a courtship phase of trying to work something out, he obviously won't be coming into Impact unless something falls through with WWE. The big sticking point with WWE and Rey is that they want him back full-time, but he, at 43 and with an infinite number of knee surgeries under his belt, wants to work part-time.
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Xavier Woods posted a video on his Instagram showing New Day and WWE personality Renée Young popping balloons on a game show set with the title "Who Knows?"

It could be that WWE is filming a pilot for the WWE Network. As previously reported by PWInsider.com, there was a pilot filmed for a R-Truth hosted game show that was originally set to go forward, but was then canceled.
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Be6b-MKhNqD/

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New Japan Pro Wrestling announced this morning that IWGP Heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada and Rocky Romero vs. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Evil and Sanada in a non-title match will main event their 2/19 event in Perth, Australia.

Also announced was The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Gino Gambino, Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale) vs. The Mighty Don't Kneel (Jonah Rock, Slex, Marcus Pitt and Damian Slater.)
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On Thursday's earnings call, WWE CFO George Barrios said that Facebook was "very happy" with Mixed Match Challenge so far. However, it was also stated on the call that in the 4 weeks since the debut of the series, the show had produced over 6 million views and 12 million minutes watched. The 6 million views would have probably been as of the end of the day on Wednesday. Regardless, that means that the average person only watches two minutes of the 20 minute broadcast
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Emma made her debut on tonight's ROH Honor Reigns Supreme event and was announced as the final participant in the Women of Honor tournament to determine the first champion for the division. ROH announced Emma by her real name, Tenille Dashwood.

The tournament is a 16-woman, single-elimination styled format. Many names are from within the division and some are from the Japanese wrestling promotion, Stardom. Here are the other 15 participants: Brandi Rhodes, Jessie Brooks, Karen Q, Kelly Klein, Madison Rayne, Mandy Leon, Deonna Purrazzo, Holidead, Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Stacy Shadows, HZK, Hana Kimura, Kagetsu, and Mayu Iwatani.
Link with the announcements by Emma and ROH: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...eigns-supreme/

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Jason Jordan's neck injury reportedly caused changes to the men's Elimination Chamber match at the upcoming WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view later this month. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jordan's injury forced both himself and his tag team partner, Seth Rollins, out of the match. It was noted that they might have been in there to work an angle to build to a match between the two at WrestleMania.
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Tamina Snuka recently underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff. Snuka last appeared at last month's Women's Royal Rumble match and wrestled with the injury. She had the surgery two days later ...

Jeff Hardy has been out of action since undergoing surgery for the same injury last October. The timetable for a return from the surgery is usually 6-8 months.

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PWI's Elite section reported Jeff Jarrett is currently rumored to be among this year's class for WWE's Hall of Fame.

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Raw delivered well last night when going against the Winter Olympics, actually increasing over the week before.

Raw had some of its lowest numbers in history in 2016 against the Summer Olympics, but last night's show did 3.10 million viewers, up one percent from the 3.08 million viewers the prior week ...

It appears the 3.0 million to 3.2 million level will be the range at least until the NBA playoffs, which is the next period that usually hits Raw hard.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.28 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.22 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.84 million viewers
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John Cena appeared to reference The Undertaker on Raw, with him doing a promo and calling WrestleMania a place that can bring a legend back from the dead.

Kevin Owens posted a tweet noting that today is the one-year anniversary of the Festival of Friendship where Owens turned against Chris Jericho.

David Bixenspan wrote about a letter Jerry Lawler sent to prosecutors in his 1993 statutory rape and sodomy case. Those charges were dismissed in 1994 as part of a plea agreement.

Drew McIntyre thanked ICW after being inducted into their Hall of Fame yesterday.
Cena: https://twitter.com/totaldivaseps/st...17713316421634 , Owens: https://twitter.com/FightOwensFight/...04468594647040 , Lawler: https://deadspin.com/jerry-lawler-wr...ors-1822790447 , ICW: https://twitter.com/DMcIntyreWWE/sta...83127307800576

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New Japan World uploaded a nearly 30-minute long video where Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi speak about their reunion, teaming together as the Golden Lovers again, and the ongoing Bullet Club split.

Filming for Lucha Underground season four will begin in Los Angeles later this month as three days of tapings were officially announced for February 23-25. They’ll be filming at a different venue than the previous three seasons, and Uproxx got a look at the new location.

Matt Riddle and Tom Lawlor will face off in a semifinal match in Orlando on March 8th as part of MLW’s tournament to crown a World Heavyweight Champion.

Riddle won a fan vote against Jonah Rock and will be challenging for Travis Banks’ PROGRESS Wrestling Championship in London February on 25th.

David Starr vs. Mike Quackenbush is the second match announced for Joey Janela’s Spring Break II on April 6th during WrestleMania week. Janela vs. The Great Sasuke will headline the show.
NJPW: https://njpwworld.com/p/o_original_0002_63 , LU: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lucha-u...nd-16771024101 , LU new location: http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/lucha...-pics-tickets/ , MLW: https://mlw.com/2018/02/13/riddle-vs...march-8th-bro/ , PROGRESS: https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/...22625237643264 , Janela: https://twitter.com/JANELABABY/statu...28707312848896

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Shouldn't it be the inductee's decision on who can induct him/her into the WWE Hall of Fame? Seriously, the way this company micromanages everything is pathetic.

I think for a Hall of Fame where the person is voted in by a (mostly) impartial group of voters, yes they should be able to choose who inducts them. But that isn’t what the WWE Hall is. It’s a company event where they choose who gets inducted. People have a voice in who want to induct them but the final decision rests on WWE. I understand that too as this is their feel-good celebration event of the year and they want to have a degree of control over how it comes across on the Network. Yes, they are very micromanaged, but they always have been.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles on why inductees don't get to pick who gives their speech for WWE's Hall of Fame.

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WWE issued SEC filings announcing various executives received performance stock bonuses:

Kevin Dunn - 52,062 (239,233)
Stephanie Lesvesque - 46,963 (38,507)
Paul Levesque - 43,145 (38,507)
Michelle D. Wilson - 42,770 (232,157)
George A. Barrios - 42,349 (231,780)
Michael J. Luisi - 28,398 (30,805)
Casey Collins - 23,622 (27,725)
Basil V. Devito Jr - 13,002 (16,173)
Blake Timothy Bilstad - 10,994 (12,322)
Mark Kowal - 8,358 (9,627)

Numbers in brackets is how much performance bonus they received last year.
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The increase in the number of live events WWE runs isn't paying off as strongly as the company might've hoped. WWE ran more live events in 2017 compared to previous years, but the increase in volume hasn't led to strong increases in profits related to events. In fact, according to WWE's new annual report, sales of merchandise at venues was down slightly for the year, despite more events and attendees.
More details and charts: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...re-events-and/

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Ethan Carter III in a recent interview with Newsweek talked about what led to his decision to leave Impact Wrestling and join WWE. While Impact has a track record of financial problems, that wasn't a factor in his move, he told Newsweek.

"My decision to leave Impact had nothing to with their business or finances and everything with me wanting to challenge myself to something new," he said on January 23. "Leaving Impact was a very difficult decision as I had six months left on a very lucrative and talent-friendly contract. Anthem lived up to that contract and always treated me with the utmost respect as a businessman and a person."
Link: http://www.newsweek.com/impact-wrest...agement-802632

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WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin tweeted the following on Ivory joining him in the Hall this year, indicating that he will be there in New Orleans for WrestleMania 34 Week. Austin and Ivory shared the cover of Entertainment Weekly back in December 1999 for what was considered a big score for WWE. Austin wrote:

Congrats to @MorettiIvory on making it into @WWE HOF!!!! I have been a fan ever since your days in #GLOW. Looking forward to talking w you!
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) February 13, 2018
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The 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Collection on the WWE Network will go live this Friday at 10am EST on-demand. The Network updated their Shorts section earlier this week with a "Then & Now" Collection on SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and a "Playback" Collection on The Miz.

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  • NJPW and ROH recently revealed the cards for this month's joint promotion Honor Rising event. https://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw...-ibushi-251636
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 21st anniversary of HBK's "Lost My Smile" speech and vacating the WWF Championship due to a "knee injury."
  • According to reports, WWE likely made last minute changes to the main event of RAW due to accidentally spoiling the winner of the Last Chance match for the Chamber. Their ad for the Chamber leaked Balor as the final competitor before it was quickly pulled.
  • ESPN had a recent interview with Ivory talking about being inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame, today's era of women's wrestling, Vince McMahon, and more. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...notes.html?p=1
  • WWE currently dealing with some online backlash due to their PR Twitter account retweeted an article from far right/alt-right website Breitbart. Also for being revealed they gave the writer ring side seats as possible gift for writing a favorable article.
  • Indie wrestling streaming service Powerbomb TV recently fired one of the co-owners of the company due to issues related to Micheal Elgin's recent sexual harassment controversy. The co-owner was fired after objecting to Elgin matches being streamed on the service while the other co-owner and company did not want to risk losing their deal with Smart Mark Video who helps deliver indie content to the service. https://twitter.com/newfoundmass/sta...57287078719488


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Apparently the Jeff Jarrett rumor has already been killed.
I literally said out loud "Yeah I'll believe that bullshit when I see it"
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Rumor going around the net is Carmella might end up cashing in her MitB case during next week's episode of Smackdown. The rumor teases if she does, it opens the door for Charlotte-Ronda at Mania and if she doesn't, it means the match isn't happening at Mania.

Source of the rumor has been sketchy recently though.

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For the sixth straight week, SmackDown ratings were down on Tuesday night.

Last night's show averaged 2.449 million viewers, the lowest number since Halloween. Ratings have been down since the January 2nd episode averaged 2.720 million viewers ...

This was also the third straight week, and fourth in the last five, that SmackDown ratings were down year-over-year.
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Kenny Omega's match against Cody Rhodes for Ring of Honor won't be the only time he'll be wrestling during WrestleMania week.

WrestleCon announced last Friday that Omega would be appearing at their SuperShow on April 5th. They didn't reveal Omega's match then, but it was confirmed today that Omega & Kota Ibushi would be teaming against Best Friends (Trent Barreta & Chuck Taylor) at the show.
Link: https://twitter.com/HighspotsWN/stat...20485812334592

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Last night’s Mixed Match Challenge currently has 1.5 million views on Facebook, which is in line with what the show has been doing.

Big E tweeted about the significance of The New Day wearing kente cloth this month: “Yes, we’re wearing kente because it’s Black Panther season & Black History Month. No, you should not come for us because you think we’re being divisive & schismatic. Yes, we’re going to take some time to acknowledge our dreads, our Afro puffs, and our chocolatey skin.”

In court documents filed in Ford’s lawsuit against John Cena, Cena claimed that there was nothing in the contract he signed that prevented him from selling a rare Ford GT he bought within 24 months after the sale. Ford alleges that Cena profited off of the car and wasn’t allowed to sell it within two years after being selected in the application process.

Titus O’Neil tweeted that he’s in the process of writing a book.
Big E: https://twitter.com/WWEBigE/status/963810934367113216 , Cena: http://www.tmz.com/2018/02/13/john-c...ercar-lawsuit/ , Titus: https://twitter.com/TitusONeilWWE/st...97427965071361

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PWG announced that Matt Sydal is off their Neon Knights show on Friday due to injury. Brody King will make his PWG debut and sub in for Sydal against Adam Brooks.

ROH uploaded Tenille Dashwood’s in-ring debut for the promotion on YouTube. Dashwood teamed with Mandy Leon against Stacy Shadows & Kelly Klein.

Jeff Cobb posted a picture on Instagram teasing that he was backstage at SmackDown last night.

In his autobiography, Gedo wrote about meeting Jericho and how hard Jericho has worked throughout his career.

Jonah Rock is set to make his PROGRESS Wrestling debut against Zack Sabre Jr. in London on February 25th.
PWG: https://twitter.com/OfficialPWG/stat...11755187290112 , ROH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-jABzaKrik , Cobb: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfL2rPGle6C/ , Gedo: https://twitter.com/reasonjp/status/963533598761484289 , PROGRESS: https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/...50594728505344

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Announced for tomorrow's edition of Impact Wrestling is Sami Callihan vs. Bobby Lashley. Lashley, who has departed the company, is now contractually free to appear anywhere he chooses.

There's been talk of late that former ECW live events booker Greg Bagarozy could be coming in to help book venues for Impact. We are told that Impact Wrestling Director Michael Vedder has suggested Bagarozy for the role. A lot of people have been praising Vedder's work since he came back in to the company.

We have gotten a few questions on how the NWA is able to use TNA/Impact footage on their videos. There is some sort of working relationships between the two sides stemming out of Anthem's settlement with Billy Corgan last year. The two sides have mad multiple meetings about how Anthem and the NWA can work together, but Corgan has had those discussions with lots of other companies as well.
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The questions about Corgan sparked this, however. It felll through the cracks at the time, but PWInsider.com has confirmed that the lawsuit brought against Impact Wrestling last year by Fraley International, LLC ended in September 2017 with a ruling brought against Impact. Fraley had sued TNA Entertainment, LLC so it does not appear that current owner Anthem Sports and Entertainment was on hook for the judgment. Fraley International, which handles importation of merchandise from overseas, had sued over money owed from shipments of TNA merchandise being brought to the United States after they were produced in the Far East. In Aprill 2017, attorneys representing Impact in the case withdrew as their representation and after receiving permission from the Chancery Court in Nashville to allow them to do so, citing lack of payment. From that point on, Impact never responded or appeared in court during the proceedings, making the case pretty easy for Fraley to win. There's no word what Fraley won or whether they ever actually collected the judgment.
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A pre-trial conference in the lawsuit Flosports filed against WWNLive last year is set for 2/27 before Judge Lee Yeakel in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division.

What is interesting about that conference is that on 12/28, Judge Yeakel signed an order referring the WWNLive motion claiming that the lawsuit against them should not be heard in Texas for lack of jurisdiction to another Judge, Andrew W. Austin. Judge Austin has not, to the best of PWInsider.com's knowledge, issued a ruling on that matter.

Flosports filed a motion on 12/22/17 seeking to have WWNLive's previous request for the lawsuit the streaming provider brought against them shut down. Flosports' lawsuit, seeking $1 million in damages, revolves around allegations that WWN, run by Sal Hamaoui and Gabe Sapolsky, had "robbed Flosports" by provided false information that led to the streaming provider paying inflated prices for WWN content.
More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...wsuit.html?p=1

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Above is a sneak peek at February's WWE Network Collection. This month includes: Alexa Bliss - Five Feet Tall, Goldberg - Who's Next?, and the WWE Hall of Fame 2018 Class.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3VpCk_BxvU

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Hulk Hogan was apparently considered to appear at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom last month as an honorary member of the Bullet Club, according to a new report from Sports Illustrated. New Japan approached Hogan about appearing at the show, however talks fell apart when Hogan demanded $750,000 for the appearance.
Link: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/02...ziggler-salary

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Sports Illustrated reports that Ziggler has just signed a new contract with WWE. The new deal is reportedly for two years at $1.5 million per year. It was noted that Ziggler had always planned on re-signing with the company.
Same link as the Hogan story above.

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We've noted before how the future of WWE Blu-rays have been up in the air after several titles were pulled due to bad sales, costs associated with production and weak support from retailers. WrestlingDVDNetwork.com reports that WWE Home Video distributor Warner Bros. may have taken most, if not all, of the WWE Blu-ray titles out of print. This could mean that there will be no new WWE Blu-ray copies produced. It has not been confirmed that they have ceased production on future WWE Blu-rays as the WDN report appears to only affect the back catalog of titles. WDN notes that there should be confirmation on the status of the WrestleMania 34 Blu-ray soon. WWE has releases a WrestleMania Blu-ray every year since WrestleMania 24.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • Rumor going around the net teases at WWE planning a potential Daniel Bryan match to happen at this year's SummerSlam event. If true, would confirm previous rumors about WWE wanting to medically clear Bryan before his contract expires to entice him to sign a new deal.
  • Recent episode of the Steve Austin Show podcast had Edge & Christian as the guests. https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Edge--Christian
  • Recent episode of Talk Is Jericho had Will Ospreay as the guest. https://omny.fm/shows/talk-is-jerich...-bea-priestley
  • According to PWI, Nigel McGuinness is currently dealing with an illness as the official reason for his lack of appearances recently on NXT.
  • As part of the lawsuit by Ford against Cena in regards to selling a sponsorship car without permission, Cena admitted he has been running out of money and needed to sell the car to pay some bills.
  • Fightful wrote a recent article in regards to the current mess caused by the Elgin situation at Powerbomb TV. https://twitter.com/FightfulOnline/s...22617000243201

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Hogan wanting $750,000 for Wrestle Kingdom is crazy but also believable
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I dunno, Karl Anderson apparently used to get $750,000 a year. If you had a choice between Karl Anderson for a year and Hulk Hogan for a night, it's arguable that Hogan for a night would be more valuable to a company trying to get some attention in the US.
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I dunno, Karl Anderson apparently used to get $750,000 a year. If you had a choice between Karl Anderson for a year and Hulk Hogan for a night, it's arguable that Hogan for a night would be more valuable to a company trying to get some attention in the US.
Probably not Hulk Hogan now. Too old, and too much of a has been. He's still a legend and can perform in his own way, but Karl Anderson can fulfill dates and be a workhorse... he may not be a draw but you need that consistency. He can shine your big stars night in and night out because he's pretty good.

Hogan's reach is no longer enough where he can show up for a night and garner that much attention. Most people think he's a joke at this point.

Now if you could get Hogan to play ball and utilize him properly on a consistent, then he'd probably be infinitely more valuable than a "mechanic" like Anderson.
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I dunno, Karl Anderson apparently used to get $750,000 a year. If you had a choice between Karl Anderson for a year and Hulk Hogan for a night, it's arguable that Hogan for a night would be more valuable to a company trying to get some attention in the US.
Its just too expensive for a one time appearance considering how small their yearly profits are. Last year they made around $34 million in revenues but net profit was only a few million.

Also if Hogan's time in TNA/Impact is any indication, he likely won't promote the company after his appearance and/or try to get all his buddies deals as well. Think when Hogan was in TNA, he ended up talking more about WWE than TNA in official interviews.
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Rumor goign around the net involves WWE currently considering two options for Kurt Angle at Mania. One involves him & Ronda vs Triple H & Steph while the other option is Angle vs Rollins. In regards to the mixed tag match, Strowman is currently considered as the backup option if Rock is unable to be at Mania and WWE still wants the match done.

In regards to post-Mania plans, Observer reported WWE is seriously considering the idea of pairing Paul Heyman with Reigns. The idea would be for Heyman to cover for Reigns; lack of promo skills as a top star and as a backup in case Lesnar really does leave for MMA again.

Another post-Mania rumor involves Heyman being paired with Ronda Rousey to help with her promos and as a backup plan for Lesnar

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There have been reports going around about Jeff Jarrett being offered a spot in this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. While not confirmed, there was a list of names a few weeks ago under consideration and he was on the list.

Spoiler tag used since its related to potential Mania plans & Rumors regarding a potential member of this year's Hall of Fame.

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After Kazuchika Okada made the challenge and Will Ospreay accepted last weekend, the main event for New Japan Pro Wrestling's 46th anniversary show is now official.

It will be Okada (the IWGP Heavyweight Champion) vs. Ospreay (the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion) in a non-title match. Okada mentioned there being a history of the Heavyweight Champion facing the Junior Heavyweight Champion when he made the challenge for the anniversary show.
More details and card for the event: https://www.f4wonline.com/japan/okad...-lineup-251776

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Impact announced that its 4/22 Redemption PPV will be in Orlando at the Impact Zone. The original plan was Toronto but they couldn't find a venue that made it work. Impact will also be airing their 4/7 show in New Orleans at the Sugar Mill live on Twitch.

Aaron Frobel (Michael Elgin) filed a suit against "Moses Malone" (a pseudonym) in Circuit Court in Warren County, Missouri, claiming she wrongly associated his name with men who sexually assault women.

Pro Wrestling Revolver announced a 4/7 Pancakes and Piledrivers show at WrestleCon with Jessicka Havok vs. Meiko Satomura, Penta 0M & Rey Fenix vs. Teddy Hart & Jack Evans and Colt Cabana & Marty DaRosa vs. Joey Ryan & Session Moth Martina.
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Xavier Woods noted that his car was broken into last night. He said he doesn't keep anything valuable in there so he wasn't that upset, but that the people who broke in left it a mess, smoked cigarettes in the car and spilled Polynesian sauce.
Link: https://twitter.com/XavierWoodsPhD/s...42430839812099

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Rich Swann has already been added to the 3/10 Big Event in Queens, NY and will be signing and taking photos at the convention.
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This afternoon, it was officially announced that the original lineup of The Smashing Pumpkins will be reuniting and touring. Obviously, NWA owner Billy Corgan is the centerpiece of that legendary musical act so the financial riches that will come with that reunion will certainly be a positive for the National Wrestling Alliance at some point.

Meanwhile, the NWA officially released James Ellsworth's challenge of NWA champion Nick Aldis, which was filmed on Sunday at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood:
Seems Corgan is running out of money again which is why the Smashing Pumpkins reunion is happening according to the band's original bassist. Link to the NWA title match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ2qW4tMGQs

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As of this morning, the WWE roster has not been informed of any plans to go forward with dual-branding of PPV events.

Although I have not yet confirmed his role, WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page is slated to be at this Monday's Raw in Phoenix, Arizona.

Will Ospreay, while on Chris Jericho's podcast this week, noted that he's been approached by WWE about signing but turned down the idea immediately, wanting to stay with New Japan, citing the insanity of the WWE schedule for talents.

WWE Network has been adding new episodes of World Class Championship Wrestling in an effort to fill gaps that exist in the current run of episodes. WWE has at times sought out private collectors to track down content that was missing from the actual library they acquired.
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For the year, WWE grossed $800,959,000, by far its record year, up 9.6 percent from last year. Profits were $32,116,000. In 2016, the company grossed $729,216,000 and the profits were $33,725,000. However, the decline of profits is misleading as there was an $11,284,000 charge, a one-time payment arising from the enactment of the new tax law, of which $10,878,000 was a charge due to the re-measurement of deferred tax assets and $406,000 associated with reparation of foreign earnings. So normalized, the profit margin would have been $43.4 million, the best since 2010, about the time WWE started spending money to start the network. It has come slower than expected, and the growth in profits wasn’t because of the network, as predicted eight years ago. The original predictions of $150 million to $250 million in profits and three to four million subscribers by this point aren’t close to happening and the latter won’t happen for decades, if ever.

For the year, profits on the WWE Network rose from $36.9 million to $57.3 million. The company profits about $3.12 per month per paid subscriber, up from $2.17 in 2016. The increase has been cutting back when it comes to some programming as well as cutting back on the number of PPV shows. Those numbers are actually not completely accurate, because the network division includes actual PPV revenue. In 2017, the company took in $14.2 million from traditional PPV on 16 shows (about 950,000 buys for the year), up from $12.6 million the prior year on 15 shows (about 850,000 buys for the year).
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While WWE has not officially stated the end of brand-specific PPV shows, the belief internally is that is the case. WWE officials told us that an announcement regarding this would be made shortly, which would also indicate the end of them ...

While again not official, within WWE the belief was that, because of having to fit the top stars of both brands, that the former B shows will be increased an hour with two match pre-shows and four hour PPV shows. They will have both shows specifically pushing the same PPV every month and all the top stars would be on it. The negative is a lot of the middle and lower card acts won’t be on PPV as much, if at all. And if they’re not on the PPV, they’ll be focused on less on television ...

It also makes having separate champions in each brand feeling even sillier since the key title bouts will be on shows with the other brand’s title also defended. You’ll have two women’s title matches and two tag title matches on most shows, along with two world title and two secondary singles titles and a cruiserweight title (which is likely to almost never be on the main PPV shows). There will be title matches relegated to the pre-show, hurting their significance. There will be less place for non-championship matches, and to get the top stars on the show, likely more multiple-person matches. Also, there will likely be more matches on the shows meaning less time or more rushed matches. So there’s good with the bad. The biggest complaint on WWE PPV shows has been the length of the big shows, and now every show will be five hours long.
Supposedly WWE is considering those multi-man matches to be mainly for their big stars not in title matches. Would be another big hit for the undercard.

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During 2017, there were 1,803,700 new subscribers and 1,735,300 canceled subscriptions. It would be logical to say that many of those are the same people.
That's actually really terrible for the net gain and a lock WWE is likely never hitting their lofty target goals they were expecting to have hit by now for subscribers.

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Alberto El Patron said he was very close to returning to AAA, and hinted it would be for TripleMania in August. He said he and Dorian Roldan talked things out and reached a verbal agreement but wants it all put on paper
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NJPW officially announced that their Los Angeles dojo would be opening in March. The prior Los Angeles dojo was the home of people like Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, Karl Anderson, Shinsuke Nakamura and Lyoto Machida among others

Michael Elgin signed a two-year NJPW contract through the end of January of 2020
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Miz, Rawley and Ziggler have all signed new contracts. They vary from two to four years but not sure which are which other than Miz was four years. So that should end any rumors of Ziggler going anywhere. There was never anything to that to begin with
In regards to Ziggy, his is rumored to be 2 years at $1.5 million per year. For some comparisons, he supposedly made $900k last year.

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With the OIBDA for the year breaking $100 million, stock bonuses were given to many of the key executives. Among them, Stephanie Levesque (as she’s corporately listed even though she uses McMahon in public) received 46,963 shares worth $1,659,569 on 2/12, leaving her with 166,484 shares worth $5,886,874. Michelle Wilson got 42,770 shares ($1,512,347) and has 482,460 shares worth $17,059,785. Paul Levesque got 43,145 worth $1,525,607 and now has 164,455 shares worth $5,815,129. George Barrios received 42,349 shares worth $1,497,461 and now has 434,997 shares worth $15,381,493. Kevin Dunn got 52,062 shares worth $1,840,912 and now has 737,658 shares worth $26,083,586
Going to be really expensive to buy out Dunn from the company assuming Triple H & Steph get rid of him in the future.

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Inside educated speculation is that Mysterio will sign some kind of a deal, maybe in 2019 if not this year, but it would be part-time. It’s possible he’d go to a term deal like Jericho where he’s with the company for a portion of time, and then has time off for his own projects or to work elsewhere. The thing with Jericho was that when he wasn’t wrestling, he’d be doing music or television but nobody thought he’d be doing pro wrestling since he’d made it clear he would never wrestle anywhere but WWE. Obviously that ended up changing because he saw the opportunity for the Omega match, but he had never wrestled anywhere but WWE and presumably was not going to do so, except there were flirtations with TNA many years ago according to those in TNA, but that’s the period he was gone for a long time and not the current period.
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Vice did an article on Riddle where it brought up his issues with marijuana and it keeping him from WWE or New Japan. He said that if the money was right with WWE and they told him to quit smoking, he’d quit smoking. He said he would never bring weed to Japan. “I’m not an idiot,” he said. He said he knows there’s a lot of drinking in Japan so he’d go there and enjoy himself. With New Japan, he had a deal for last year’s tag team tournament, teaming with Jeff Cobb. But Bushiroad, the parent company, found out about his marijuana past, failing tests in UFC and being such an advocate for the drug, that, because marijuana is viewed very differently in Japan, they told New Japan not to bring him in. Riddle himself said that he’s having fun doing what he’s doing. “Honestly, right now I make six figures. I make my own merch. I’m the main or co-main event of every show I’m on. I get to be me and I get to wrestle like I want to. Can they promise me that? If not, why would I go to WWE to probably make less money and be gone more? By the time they do pick me up, if they decide to, I’ll be worth so much more.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • FDA recently announced they have approved a new blood test meant to help diagnose concussions and their effects. More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...ncussions.html
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 14th anniversary of Eddie Guerrero's first and only WWE Championship victory. Guerrero defeated then champion Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004 for the title.
  • Recent episode of the X-Pac 12360 podcast show had Sean Waltman talk about Lucha Underground contacting him, memories of Curt Hennig, and being upset at past negative comments he made towards Ivory. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ripping-ivory/
  • Recent WWE media call with Rusev as a host included Rusev talking about the popularity of Rusev Day, showing personality on Total Divas and on TV, and Aiden English. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...glish-pairing/


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