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Old 01-11-2018, 06:45 AM   #1641
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According the latest Wrestling Observer -- the Top two matches at WM34 are planned to be Cena vs Undertaker and Brock vs Roman. An angle will likely be shot at RAW 25 to hint at it.
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FOX has shown some interest in buying WWE according to Meltzer in the latest Observer. Never say never when it comes to Vince McMahon, depending on the price.
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:38 PM   #1642
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:49 PM   #1643
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:53 PM   #1644
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Fox buying a good thing or bad thing?
Depends. FOX has a stronger tv reach than USA Network but would also be owning a product with weaker viewer appeal than UFC. Also depends which network of theirs gets the WWE since regular FOX has a much larger base than FS1 but has to deal with local news demands while FS1 viewership might not be fond of having WWE mixed with pro sports.

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

Spoiler tags used since its related to possible Men's Rumble winners.

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


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

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

Both Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose are battling the flu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the best of my knowledge, it actually started in the original ECW. Fans used to do the "Woo" at Shane Douglas when he was nailing (or being hit with) chops to get under his skin, since he had ragged on Ric Flair so much. That evolved into fans doing it whenever there were chops and eventually, it moved over to fans watching other promotions doing the same, similar to fans doing the "One Fan" back to the ring announcers, which originated with UK fans.
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ESPN featured a story on WWE and their relationship with Ronda Rousey with a statement from Paul "Triple H" Levesque, answering speculation about a recent dinner between Rousey and the WWE executive in Los Angeles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Old 01-12-2018, 12:57 AM   #1646
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The NWA is working with Impact because on Sunday they will be filming an empty arena match with Jocephus vs. Tim Storm from the Impact Zone in Orlando with the winner being top contender for champion Nick Aldis. The match will be filmed before the Impact tapings that night.
If they want to film an empty arena match, they could just film during the tapings...
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:43 AM   #1647
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The OVE vs. LAX barbed wire massacre match that we were told was the highlight of the Ottawa tapings will not be airing on Impact after all. The match will instead debut on Twitch. The story is that it was too brutal for television.
Tweet from Konnan: https://twitter.com/Konnan5150/statu...51352287784960

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WWE sent out a press release for the Mixed Match Challenge listing the 12 charities being represented by the different teams. The winning team gets $100,000 for their charity. In addition to the grand prize, each charity will receive $10,000.
Braun & Bliss were revealed to be competing for WWE's own Conor's Cure charity. Some details regarding the charities involved: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...lenge.html?p=1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cactus Jack name, obviously, was created by WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley and has been used by Foley since he first debuted in professional wrestling in the late 1980s. The name was actually a tribute to Foley's father, as told in Mick's first autobiography Have A Nice Day!
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A GoFundMe campaign has been started to pay for the medical expenses of Mae Young Classic Competitor Jazzy Gabert, who recently revealed on the Edge and Christian Podcast that she had three herniated discs in her neck which led to her WWE contract being rescinded. They are currently at $1800 of a $4000 goal.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/alpha-female-surgery-support


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Kevin Owens has missed the last two nights of WWE Smackdown Live events due to what was described as an existing injury the former Universal champion has been working through, PWInsider.com has learned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- The Grand Championship has been dropped.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The three hours were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The driver never even lost his drivers license.

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

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

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

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

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


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Really interested to see if there's a paper trail with this Reigns stuff. And what happens with Bobby Lashley.
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