The Latest from the F4W Staff
Raw ratings drop only slightly against national title game
How WWE helped a big boxing fight get booked at MSG
Okada vs. Suzuki headlines NJPW’s New Beginning lineup
WWE Raw video highlights: The Undertaker makes an announcement
The Undertaker enters the 2017 Royal Rumble
WWE Raw live results: The Undertaker & Shawn Michaels return to TV
WWE unveils United Kingdom Championship tournament bracket
Kenny Omega addresses his future & WWE rumors
WWE officially confirms New Orleans as WrestleMania 34 host city
TNA Impact TV taping spoilers: More title changes
WOR: RAW report, Royal Rumble, Kenny Omega, UFC fights, more! 1/10
WOL: Raw, Smackdown, Kenny Omega, WrestleMania 2018, more! 1/9
WOR: New Japan and Kenny Omega, CMLL, Raw and Smackdown previews, more! 1/9
B&V: NWA World Championship Wrestling and the return of Suzuki-Gun! 1/8
TNA also will be taping more television Tuesday through Thursday in Orlando and we’re looking for reports on those shows.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 1/9/2017 Chris Hero’s unlikely road back to WWE
Chris Hero returned to NXT as Kassius Ohno last week after a little over three years away from WWE developmental. All that happened in between is that he became arguably the best professional wrestler in the world. It’s not that Hero didn’t enter developmental in 2012 as an excellent performer. He was a genuine independent wrestling star even then, having worked for Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and seemingly everywhere else across the globe… Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: January 9, 2017 – Ronda Rousey loses potential final fight, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 review
Coverage of Wrestle Kingdom at the Tokyo Dome and the legacy of Ronda Rousey are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. There are updates on the WWE WrestleMania situation, coverage of the Japanese New Year’s Eve Rizin show and its mix of fighting and pro wrestling theatrics.
The lead story talks about Amanda Nunes’ win over Rousey, the lack of promotion by Rousey, how the show did on PPV and television numbers, what happened in the fight, the coaching of Rousey, the Rousey fan base, Rousey in WWE, Rousey’s legacy in MMA, how the history of MMA could have changed greatly by different matchmaking, the myths of Rousey’s career and the reality.
Check out the plans for the 2018 WrestleMania and the big announcement coming, new inductee into WWE Hall of Fame, notes on WrestleMania activities, strange WWE injury story, notes on upcoming Raw episodes, some comedy regarding top WWE stars, WWE value, most watched shows on WWE Network, plus notes from all the holiday week house shows and business notes.
Finally, this issue contains full coverage of the Rizin weekend shows, as well as the business notes on the show and the different storylines, including who they are pushing as stars for the future as well as what they are looking at doing next.
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WON BACK ISSUE: December 19, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF Armageddon review, more – The one thing I can say for WWF Armageddon is, it was a weird show. When it was over, I couldn’t say that I liked or disliked it, and based on the response here, a lot of people has similar reactions. Some of the undercard wrestling was decent. Nothing was particularly good. A few matches were pretty bad. But that’s to be expected both from the line-up, which didn’t promise on paper one good match, and from the WWF PPV undercards in general. Subscribers click here to continue.
TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE
Chris Jericho won the United States Championship in the main event of last night’s Raw in a handicap match where he teamed with Kevin Owens against Roman Reigns.
Tonight’s SmackDown features three already announced matches, with John Cena returning to the ring against Baron Corbin, The Wyatt Family challenging American Alpha for the tag titles, and Nikki Bella facing Natalya.
The Undertaker became the 10th official entrant in the Royal Rumble match last night. Seth Rollins was also added to the match earlier in the day.
Rich Swann is set to face Tony Nese on tonight’s 205 Live. The show will also feature Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar, as well as Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari participating in a parley.
WWE held a press conference in New Orleans today to promote that WrestleMania 34 will be taking place in the city in 2018. WWE uploaded a playlist of videos from the event.
Vince McMahon was pictured on crutches at the press conference.
Brock Lesnar will return to WWE TV in person on next week’s Raw. Lesnar also appeared at yesterday’s Winnipeg Jets hockey game.
The former Big Damo’s NXT name is now Killian Dain.
Universal acquired “The Pact” (which features John Cena in a role) for an April 20th, 2018 release.
WWE.com has an article on Andy Shepherd, who will be the ring announcer for the UK tournament this weekend.
PWG announced that their next show will take place on February 18th. Jay White will make his PWG debut against Marty Scurll, while Lio Rush faces Ricochet in his first match for the promotion. Also scheduled for the show: Zack Sabre Jr. puts his PWG title on the line against Chuck Taylor, Cody Rhodes returns against Trevor Lee, Jake Crist, Dave Crist & Sami Callihan take on The Young Bucks & Adam Cole, Jeff Cobb & Matt Riddle team against Michael Elgin & Brian Cage, and Rey Fenix faces Trent Barreta.
AXS TV released another promo video for the Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega match from the Tokyo Dome that will air this Friday night. Jim Ross and Josh Barnett did the voice overs for the match today.
Our Dave Meltzer was on today’s episode of the Steve Austin Show to talk about the Okada vs. Omega match, WWE, and Ronda Rousey’s UFC 207 loss and her future.
Dana White fired back at Meryl Streep over her critical comment about MMA at the Golden Globe awards.
Daniel Cormier will call UFC Phoenix with Jon Anik. Former WWE and ESPN personality Todd Grisham will make his UFC broadcast team debut on the studio show.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is all but done for UFC 209.
The UFC confirmed that Tyron Woodley defending his welterweight title against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will headline UFC 209.
Demian Maia tweeted about the Woodley vs. Thompson fight.
TJ Dillashaw claimed that Cody Garbrandt is trying to avoid fighting him.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will discuss possibly removing marijuana from its banned substances list at a meeting on Friday.
The UFC canceled an event that was scheduled for Las Vegas on March 3rd.
Today in Professional Wrestling History (1/10): Taz defeats Shane Douglas to win ECW title
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