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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 live results, news & recap
NXT TakeOver San Antonio live results: Nakamura vs. Roode
NXT TakeOver pre-show TV taping & dark match results
EVOLVE 77 recap: Chris Hero bids farewell to independent wrestling
UFC on FOX 23 live results: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena
EVOLVE 76 recap: Chris Hero’s farewell weekend begins
WOR: 2017 Royal Rumble coverage! 1/30
Bryan and Vinny Royal Rumble post-game show! 1/29
AD: Monsters and mysteries of Kansas! 1/29
We’re looking for reports on these WWE weekend shows:
Raw brand Saturday night in Abilene, TX
Smackdown brand Saturday night in San Angelo, TX
We’re also looking for reports tonight from Raw in Laredo, TX for what is likely to be one of the highest rated episodes of the show this year. Brock Lesnar is advertised. Bill Goldberg is not advertised for the show and as of last night was still not booked on the show.
We’re also looking for reports on tonight’s Smackdown show in Hidalgo, TX, which is headlined by John Cena vs. A.J. Styles vs. Baron Corbin for the WWE title.
Smackdown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday in Corpus Christi, TX.
There will also be another NXT TV taping at Full Sail University on Wednesday, starting the build for the WrestleMania show in Orlando.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 1/23/2017: Previewing the unpredictable Royal Rumble
Whatever your feelings are on WWE inevitably using part-timers to boost another WrestleMania season, it’s undeniable that their inclusion has added intrigue to the 2017 Royal Rumble. Suggesting otherwise would be presenting alternative facts. Even with their limited presence on television, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker have added a level of unpredictably — even if it’s only perceived — to next Sunday’s show at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas that hasn’t been matched in recent years… Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: January 30, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble preview, part 2 of Jimmy Snuka bio, plus tons of news
A look at WWE plans that are locked in place, and other plans up in the air, related to WrestleMania, and how the Royal Rumble, Fast Lane and Elimination Chamber fit in is the lead story in the new double-sized of the Wrestling Observer.
There is also a major feature on the life of Jimmy Snuka, his growing up, full career, career records, the Nancy Argentino death case and reaction to his death. Plus, check out the 2016 win/loss records of all WWE talent, why Tito Ortiz is so important in MMA history, and Fantastica Mania coverage as well as notes on future major events around the world.
A look at the most loaded Royal Rumble match in years, and how all the top names figure into WrestleMania leads the news. Read about what the Mania matches say, ticket sale news from the Rumble and NXT Takeover, and where things go from there.
Have a look at Pentagon Jr., Daga and Garza Jr. leaving AAA and how many questions that asks. This includes the situation with Sexy Star, big questions facing Lucha Underground, the attempt to build The Crash promotion into a force in Mexico, notes on Lucha Underground contracts, exactly where this all stemmed from and why talent was unhappy with AAA, the Lucha Underground move that makes everything even more questionable, and how this relates to the bigger picture of wrestling all over the world right now.
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WON BACK ISSUE: January 3, 2000 Goldberg injured after car window stunt goes wrong, tons of news
It appears that Bill Goldberg will be out of the ring somewhere in the neighborhood of ten to 15 weeks as the word going around within the company but others are optimistically saying it’ll be closer to six weeks. The actual blow which cut up Goldberg’s arm did air on television which was an elbow shot into the window of the limo that didn’t break the first few times… Subscribers click here to continue.
MONDAY NEWS UPDATE
“As with any major live event, not to mention one with more than 52,000 attendees, you can expect to receive some number of complaints. The 20 complaints we received is much less than any event of its size. Nonetheless, WWE will, as always, do everything possible to accommodate our fans.
After Raw will be a WWE 24 documentary on last year’s WrestleMania on the WWE Network. The preview talks about the emotional journeys of HHH, Charlotte Flair, Shane McMahon and others behind the scenes at Mania in Dallas.
The 4/10 Raw TV taping will be at the Nassau Coliseum, the first event in the new renovated arena. That will thrill the talent to no end, since Nassau isn’t exactly the favorite city to do television in because of a history of bad crowd reactions.
WrestleMania Fan Axxess tickets are on sale today using the code WWEAPP
Moana was No. 13 at the U.S. box office and No. 6 at the Australian Box Office this past weekend. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone was No. 28.
Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Mark Andrews both ended up working for Progress on Sunday in London. Andrews won a multiple person match over Marty Scurll, Trent Seven, Jack Sexsmith, Sebastian, Dave Mastiff and Nathan Cruz to get a title shot. Dunne retained his Progress title losing via DQ to Jimmy Havoc in the main event. So the only guys brought over were Wolfgang and Tyler Bate, who both worked on Saturday night’s show in San Antonio in matches taped for NXT this week.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson will headline the 3/18 show at the O2 Arena in London, which will be a Fight Pass exclusive show.
Aisling Daly, a strawweight best known for being very likeable during the strawweight title tournament on Ultimate Fighter, announced her retirement today citing an abnormality on a brain scan.
Bellator on Friday night did an above average 720,000 viewers.
Lucha Libre vs. Kaiju Big Battel on 3/5 in Toronto at Lee’s Palace.
PWA Live Pro Wrestling on 2/11 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club with Josh Alexander vs. Speedball Mike Bailey.
Gouge from Saturday night in Fuquay Varina, NC: Moose Czerwinski won Rumble, Head Rush b Snooty Fox, Jakob Hammermeir b Seymour Snott to win the Scientific trophy, Otto Schwanz b Dirty Deeds & Metalico, Waylon Maze & Juan Jeremi b Ryan Miller & Encore, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Chet Sterling, Timmy Lou Retton b Moose Czerwinski.
Blue Water Championship Wrestling in Port Huron, MI on Saturday night: Sean Casey won Battle Royal, Ingris Isley b Shawna Reed, El Diablo & Masked Grappler b Mr Fitness & Frank Stein, Leah Vaughn b Thunderkitty, Cody Hawk b N8 Mattson, Justin Mane d James Alexander, Malia Hosaka b Ingrid Isley, Caleb Stills & Alex Weir b Cory Lyon & Kat Sweat, Sean Casey b Atlas Hytower, Ken Anderson b Buff Bagwell. (thanks to Leonard Brand)
NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 2/11 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with the final battle with Chase Owens vs. Jason Kincaid.
Northern Wrestling Experience on 2/11 at the CWF Training Facility at 20 Hartzel Rd., in St. Catharines, ONT.
F4W / WO EMPIRE WRESTLEMANIA GROUP INFO
The Empire bus to WrestleMania will cost $50.00 and will be round trip from Rosen Inn at 9000 International Drive 32819 (a few blocks away from Wrestlcon).
The bus will leave at 4pm (time subject to change) for WrestleMania and will leave WrestleMania no later then one hour after the show. If you would like a seat email Ed at email@example.com or message him on the BOARD~! for Paypal payment instructions
WHAT: Dinner at Texas de Brazil
WHEN: Friday March 31st
WHERE: 5259 International Dr Ste F1, Orlando, FL 32819 at 5 p.m. (they may open at 4:30 for us)
WHO: All your best empire buddies
DETAILS: The cost of the dinner will be $68.00 which includes the dinner, salad bar, soft drinks and tea, and dessert, tax and tip. This is a pre pay dinner and you can send payment to paypal at Srjaialaiot@yahoo.com (please send as a gift to a friend). Payments must be made by March 24th (if you wait until after that, Ed will charge an extra $5.00 for being a pain).
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