Daily Update: WWE notes, PWG, Poppy performing at TakeOver


Latest News:

WWE Raw viewership and ratings down from post-Rumble episode
WWE’s Maria & Mike Kanellis welcome birth of second child
Timothy Thatcher signs WWE deal, reports to Performance Center
MLW announces Battle Riot III for Philadelphia
ZSJ vs. Ospreay British title rematch set for RevPro High Stakes
KENTA & Ishimori teaming together at ROH Supercard of Honor XIV
WWE Raw video highlights: Number one contender’s match

Latest Audio:

WOL: RAW, Goldberg, Saudi Arabia, tons more! 2/4
DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show: From the Pages of the Observer 2/4
Big Audio Nightmare: NJPW New Beginning tours, NOAH, AJPW, Stardom 2/4
WOR: RAW, WWE stock, Goldberg, Charlotte to NXT, more! 2/4

WON NEWSLETTER: February 3, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, WM 36 takes shape

A look at the current WrestleMania card, as well as what big name is being talked with, what big name is not on the card, as well as the Royal Rumble decision making is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We also have complete Rumble coverage including a table with each participant, how long they were in, eliminations, number of entry and exit and more.  We look at Vince McMahon’s change in the winners in the last week, the stories told in the Rumble, why the winners were changed, the return of Edge, his new contract, how he got such a big deal, the WWE injuries, the Andrade drug test failure, those who were not in the Rumble and why, business notes on the way and what are expected to be the biggest wrestling crowds of the year.  We also look at viewer interest in the show, the interest as compared to the UFC 246 show, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

The new issue also covers: 

The sale of Pro Wrestling NOAH to CyberAgent, more on big companies buying wrestling franchises, plans for NOAH under the new ownership and the relationship with DDT as it stands right now.

UFC 246, with show notes, business notes and match-by-match coverage.

Worlds Collide with match-by-match coverage, star ratings, business notes and what did and didn’t work on the show.

Changes in the WWE house show business and why.  We look at both the positive and negative of it. We also look at the behavior of Vince McMahon at the Rocky Johnson funeral, the incident with Brock Lesnar and Matt Riddle, new contracts signed, wrestler asking for her release, WWE Canadian numbers, Charlotte Flair talks Kairi Sane concussion, new WWE signees, the most-watched shows on the WWE Network and house show coverage.

New Year’s Dash from New Japan, the Jushin Liger retirement ceremony, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and the angles coming out of the show.

A bio on Hercules Ayala, one of the biggest stars of the glory days of Puerto Rican wrestling, covering how he started there, his work outside Puerto Rico, how he first got into Stampede Wrestling, his biggest matches on major stadium events including major bouts with Ric Flair and Randy Savage, his heel turn with Carlos Colon, the aftermath of the death of Bruiser Brody and how he was used to try and get the business back.

NWA Hard Times PPV show.

A bio on Carlos Rocha, the Portuguese star who was one of the biggest drawing cards in North America in 1971 and 1972 with his bloodbaths against The Sheik and Abdullah the Butcher. We look at those feuds as well as look back at The Sheik in Toronto during the period when he was one of the biggest single city draws in pro wrestling history, and how his undefeated streak put limits on the Rocha feud. We look at how Sheik vs. Rocha was the biggest drawing Toronto feud of the era, and why he outdrew Andre, Bruno, Bobo Brazil and all the other major Sheik foes in Toronto. We also look at his return to North America and his retirement run in the WWWF.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we’ve got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

ORDERING INFO: Order the print Wrestling Observer right now and get it delivered via mail, by sending your name, address, Visa or Master Card number and an expiration date to dave@wrestlingobserver.com or by going to www.paypal.com directing funds to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

Rates in the United States are $14.50 for 4 issues, $35.50 for 12, $70 for 24, $116 for 40 and $149.50 for 52.

In Canada and Mexico, the rates are $16 for 4, $27 for 8, $38.50 for 12, $76 for 24, $126 for 40 and $162.50 for 52.

For the rest of the world, rates are $18 for 4, $48.50 for 12, $93 for 24, $155 for 40 and $201.50 for 52.

If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order to P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228, you can get $1 off in every price range.


Drew McIntyre is the guest on tonight’s episode of WWE Backstage. Greg Miller of Kinda Funny will appear on the Promo School segment.
WWE stock closed today at $47.36 per share. That number is up 2.78 percent from yesterday.
After breaking her leg last July, Karen Q announced today that she’ll be undergoing another surgery: “Today will be 27 weeks post surgery. Tomorrow, I’ll be going under the knife again. Some may see this as a setback, but I see it as an opportunity to heal properly, mentally and physically, so that I will be unstoppable in the ring.”
Triple H announced that Poppy will perform “Fill The Crown” and “Anything Like Me” live at NXT TakeOver: Portland on February 16.
Squared Circle Sirens reported that Aja Perera has signed with WWE and reported to the Performance Center yesterday.
Buddy Murphy spoke to Metro UK about being in the Royal Rumble match with Edge: “I remember when he retired on television, I was a fan back then. I remembered bawling my eyes out just because of how tragic and unexpected it was. But I’m not gonna lie, I did enjoy coming out at number 30, pulling him out and kneeing him in the face. There was a childhood dream, so to speak, accomplished at that moment.”
Natalya posted a picture of the black eye she received against Asuka on Raw last night.
WWE announced the platinum autograph signing schedule for WrestleMania Axxess.
The Kansas City Chiefs posted a picture of Patrick Mahomes with the custom title belt that WWE sent to the team after they won the Super Bowl.
Jerry Lawler appeared on today’s episode of the Steve Austin Show.
Other Wrestling
PWG is paying tribute to Kobe Bryant with the name of their next show. “Kobe” will take place at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 29.
“I’m Broken” by Pantera is the official theme song of NWA Power season three.
AEW uploaded a Road to Huntsville video ahead of tomorrow’s episode of Dynamite.
The UFC has uploaded episodes one and two of Embedded for UFC 247.
With the service being offered in a bundle with Disney+ and Hulu, ESPN+ was up to 6.6 million subscribers at the end of December.
Dana White said he wasn’t happy with Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal’s confrontation on Super Bowl Radio Row: “I don’t love it. People think because I’m a promoter I’m like, ‘Cha-ching. That’s great for us.’ But it’s not great for us. We’re here at the Super Bowl — Radio Row at the Super Bowl, the NFL — and these two are acting like neanderthals.”
Jon Jones feels like he can defeat Stipe Miocic at heavyweight.
Jones thinks Dominick Reyes is a much scarier fight than Corey Anderson.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was asked about a potential rematch with Conor McGregor: “I’m surprised that people even question me about a rematch. It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight. Everyone saw what happened in the Octagon. I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him, he even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is: do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson.”

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Sabu & The Tazmaniac win ECW Tag Team titles


Poll opinions: dave@wrestlingobserver.com
Feedback: feedback@wrestlingobserver.com
Show results and news tips: newstips@wrestlingobserver.com
Wrestling Observer Radio questions: mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
Support the Empire~! with F4W shirts. Grab yours today