Daily Update: Raw, Cena on the Today Show, Royal Rumble
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WWE Raw live results: Royal Rumble go-home show
Dunne, Bate & Seven off of wXw show due to WWE commitments
Pentagon Jr. quits AAA, announces new name
NJPW/CMLL Fantastica Mania results: Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero
Bellator 170 live results: Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz
WOL: Tito vs. Chael controversy, WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, more! 1/23
WOR: Tito Ortiz retires, Fantasticamania, Raw, Smackdown, RevPro, more! 1/23
B&V: NWA World Championship Wrestling, Ultimo Guerrero vs. Volador, more! 1/22
WOL: FantasticaMania main events, Chael vs. Tito, Royal Rumble, more! 1/22
We’re looking for reports on the non-Raw stuff, any dark matches of Main Event matches at Raw tonight in Cleveland. It’s the go-home show for the Royal rumble featuring both Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg, as well as for tonight’s Smackdown brand house show in Saginaw, MI (A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose) to email@example.com.
Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday night in Toledo. Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper has been announced for the show.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 1/16/2017 WWE’s path forward in the United Kingdom
While the specifics of what’s to come remain uncertain, it was clear as Tyler Bate stood in the ring alongside Triple H, William Regal, Finn Balor, and Fit Finlay at the conclusion of the United Kingdom Championship tournament that WWE has a legitimate path forward in the country… Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: January 23, 2017 Death of Jimmy Snuka, WWE UK tournament review, more
With WWE and New Japan gearing up for what is an inevitable battle in 2018, have a look at the long-term of the modern pro wrestling scene with both WWE’s latest international moves and what’s coming next, as well as New Japan’s plans in the new double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
It’s the first part of a story on the career of Jimmy Snuka, talking about his background, how he got into pro wrestling, how his popularity exploded in the WWF, his pre-WWF days, the death of Nancy Argentino, how the plight of Snuka shows how much pro wrestling and celebrity culture has changed, as well as Snuka’s time as a headliner in Japan and the resurrection of the Argentino case, in this issue.
Have a look at the WWE’s U.K. tournament, how this is laying the groundwork for bigger things not just in the U.K. but worldwide, independent promotions being talked about for the WWE Network, WWE going into competition with a business they partially own, a look at the U.K. scene, a look at how this affects certain talent with U.S. companies, and WWE sending out questions regarding expansion into a new part of the world.
Read about New Japan owner Takaaki Kidani’s talk regarding expanding into the U.S. market, his thoughts on WWE, our thoughts on a New Japan expansion, the AXS deal, the U.S. scene, how to handle the U.S. market and why the territories went out of business.
This issue has a look at the amateur and pro career of Kurt Angle and the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class.
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An update on the health of Vince McMahon, McMahon gives his thoughts on certain things in history and what actually happened, latest WWE network offers and why, Brock Lesnar’s schedule, will Brock do another UFC fight, Paul Levesque talks a women’s tournament, Levesque on Kenny Omega, Levesque on Zack Sabre Jr., Levesque on a U.K. PPV, changes to WrestleMania week, lots of WWE injury updates, WWE stock news, most watched shows on WWE Network, next week’s WWE television plus a look at all the WWE arena events from the past week with highlights and business notes.
Examine the prospects of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, why it will be under boxing rules if it happens, what would happen under any other rules, PPV prospects and the difference between boxing and MMA when it comes to headliner pay.
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WON BACK ISSUE: December 27, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WCW Starrcade review, NWO reforms, tons more
The idea to turn WCW around is–the same idea Eric Bischoff came up with that helped turn WCW around three-and-a-half years ago. The most important thing about the revival of the NWO with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett, all holding the major WCW title belts, as the final act of the 12/20 Nitro in Baltimore is not whether it was just copying something from the past. Of course it was nothing original, but the object of wrestling is not originality… Subscribers click here to continue.
MONDAY NEWS UPDATE
Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and the latest news. You can also send e-mail questions to the show to email@example.com.
There isn’t a lot of stuff advertised for Raw, but with this being the easiest night of competition for Raw since August, by all rights this should be the most-watched episode in a long time. With the Rumble as the No. 2 show of the year, I can see some interplay involving Lesnar, Goldberg, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman tonight.
Because it’s a four plus hour show, there should be some new matches added to the show today and tomorrow. The Raw and Smackdown title matches have been announced for weeks. IC champion Dean Ambrose and U.S. champion Chris Jericho are announced for the Rumble itself. The cruiserweight title and women’s title matches have also been announced, as Rich Swann vs. Neville and Charlotte vs. Bayley. So that would leave both sets of tag team titles as the only title matches that could be added.
Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis was reported by Kevin Iole to be moved from the UFC 208 show on 2/11 in Brooklyn to the main event position on the 2/19 show in Halifax.
WWE did allow Trent Seven and Pete Dunne’s matches from Saturday’s Revolution Pro show to appear on the RevPro streaming service. So even though it is unlikely RevPro will be on the WWE Network, at this point they appear to be on good terms with WWE. Regarding the talk on the show last night, two interesting notes. It was Trent Seven, not Tyler Bate who was pulled from the next Saturday podcast taped in London along with Dunne and Seven. But Dunne being in San Antonio for the Rumble would be in question since he was advertised for the main event against Jimmy Havoc for Progress Wrestling in London for a sold out show at the Electric Ballroom.
There is a mid-season finale of Total Divas on Wednesday built around the U.S. version of the Rusev & Lana wedding.
John Cena was back hosting The Today show this morning. What’s amazing is he’s done this so many times that within wrestling, people don’t even see talk about it as a big deal. Even a few years ago, the idea a wrestler, aside from Dwayne Johnson, would be in that kind of a position would be almost unthinkable.
Mickie James will be doing an interview on Smackdown tomorow explaining her reasons for being La Luchadora.
After Raw on the WWE Network wil be Corey Graves & Cathy Kelley previewing the next five episodes of Holy Foley with Mick & Noelle Foley. The new episodes go up on Sunday.
HHH announced that there will be a 2/22 NXT taping in Orlando at the University of Central Florida, instead of at Full Sail University. He also announced a 2/24 show in Miami.
Renee Young, Jerry Lawler, Booker T and Shawn Michaels will be doing the Rumble pre-show panel that starts at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
Today’s Variety has a story on one of the films at Sundance, “Bushwick,” a low budget movie which stars Dave Bautista. The review called it solid B movie excitement, and said, “a surprisingly potent performance from professional wrestler (and “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-star) Dave Bautista should only add to the appeal for a young male audience.” The story noted the real star is Brittany Snow, but Bautista should be central to the promotion of the movie. The characters played by Snow and Bautista end up bonding during a military invasion of Brooklyn.
WWE announced tickets going on sale Friday for a 3/24 show in Montreal at the Bell Centre, a Raw show featuring Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as the stars and also advertising Charlotte Flair, Cesaro, Sheamus and The New Day. Tickets can be ordered at www.evenko.ca.
“Moana” was No. 4 at the Australian box office this past weekend and No. 12 in the U.S. in its ninth week of U.S. release. (thanks to James Stanios)
An interview with Xavier Woods as he discusses The New Day breaking the WWE tag team record, Black Excellence and why the team will last forever.
If you are going to San Antonio for this coming weekend, here are some of the events scheduled:
Friday night has River City Wrestling at Turner Club in Kirby, TX with Jeff Jarrett, Santana Garrett, Swoggle, Hernandez, Homicide and Bushwhacker Luke wrestling plus autograph signings with Jim Ross and Noelle Foley.
Friday night has Evolve partnering with the Texas Wrestling Academy. There will be a Texas Academy pre-show at 7 p.m. and Evolve at 8 p.m. local time with Chris Hero vs. Keith Lee plus Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi vs. Jeff Cobb & Timothy Thatcher for the tag titles which airs live on Flo Slam.
Saturday night has Evolve at 2 p.m. local time (1 p.m. on FloSlam) with Thatcher vs. Cobb and Hero’s final match with the promotion against Zack Sabre Jr.
Saturday night is NXT Takeover from San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum at 7 p.m. local time.
Sunday has a Jim Ross show at The Improv San Antonio Rivercetner at 2 p.m.
AAA was scheduled for a press conference tomorrow regarding TripleMania. Obviously they’ll have to address the departures of Pentagon Jr., Daga and Garza Jr. All three worked their Friday night Guerra de Titanes show and then showed up in Tijuana for the Crash promotion and noted that they had left the company. We’re now told TripleMania will take place at Arena Ciudad in Mexico City and not Plaza de Toros, which may be announced tomorrow.
For MMA history buffs, Jeff Osborne has apparently decided to close down HooknShoot with the final show on 3/4. HooknShoot, based in Evansville, IN, was one of the original MMA groups in the U.S. Osborne goes back decades with the sport, a longtime pro wrestling fan who became a pro wrestler and then was on the ground floor with MMA. The group drew some huge crowds when MMA was in its infancy, and he promoted the shows similar to how one would have promoted pro wrestling in the Memphis territorial days. But the most important historical thing about HooknShoot is that it was the first promotion to start using women fighters, including Miesha Tate, Shayna Baszler, Tara LaRosa and Julie Kedzie long before Strikeforce and Elite XC started pushing Gina Carano.
This is the only local Winnipeg coverage so far that we’re aware of regarding Kenny Omega’s Tokyo Dome match and maybe the only mainstream coverage in all of Canada.
The DDT streaming service has debuted and the first month is free.
The World MMA Awards television show will be shot live on 3/2 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
This week’s pro wrestling quiz. The theme for inauguration week is “Transitions of Power in Pro Wrestling.”
CWA Wrestle Raise from Saturday night in North LittleRock AR before a sellout 525 fans: Greg Anthony b Matt Taylor, Tim Storm (NWA champion) b Michael Barry in a non-title match, Johnny Morton b Jakob Edwin, OMGs b Love Connection, Tim Storm & Buff Bagwell b Matt Riviera & Greg Anthony.
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