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The Latest from the F4W Staff

NEWS

WWE SmackDown live results: Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles
Raw ratings up despite big third hour drop
NJPW 45th Anniversary show results: LIJ vs. Chaos six-man main event
WWE Raw video highlights: The Undertaker appears
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens set for WWE WrestleMania 33
WWE Raw live results: Fallout from Fastlane

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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 3/6/2017: Bad booking disappoints at WWE Fastlane 

Goldberg is one of WWE’s top champions in 2017. That it was a formality doesn’t make the reality of that sentence any less startling. Nearly 20 years after his peak in WCW, and over a decade after his first stint with WWE came to an end, Goldberg is going to main event WrestleMania. All of that was locked in when Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens to win the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane. Predictably, the main event was a wrestling match in name only. Goldberg won with a spear and a jackhammer in just over 20 seconds…

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: February 27, 2017, Massive Ivan Koloff bio, death of George “The Animal” Steele, tons more

The 2016 awards issue of the Observer is out with not only the winners, but the top place winners in every category as well as every winner of the awards which date back to 1980. Plus, have a look at the pros and cons of the Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping fight that looks to be the biggest PPV event at least until the fall, plus a detailed look at all the changes going on in TNA including people leaving, why they are leaving, where they are headed, who is coming in, and office changes.  We also look at the New Japan Cup, the career of Beth Phoenix, and Honor Rising tour.

The new issue has awards in these categories:

Ric Flair/Lou Thesz Award for Wrestler of the Year
MMA MVP
Most Outstanding Wrestler
Most Outstanding MMA Fighter
Best Box Office Draw
Feud of the Year
Tag Team of the Year
Most Improved
Best on Interviews
Most Charismatic
Bryan Danielson Award for Best Technical Wrestler
Bruiser Brody Award for Best Brawler
Best Flying Wrestler
Most Overrated
Most Underrated
Promotion of the Year
Best Weekly TV show
Pro Wrestling Match of the Year
MMA Match of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Best Non-Wrestler
Best TV announcer
Worst TV announcer
Best major show
Worst major show
Best maneuver
Most disgusting promotional tactic
Worst TV show
Worst match of the year
Worst feud of the year
Worst promotion of the year
Best Booker
Promoter of the Year
Best gimmick
Worst gimmick
Best Book
Best DVD/documentary

In this issue, there are notes on the business climate headed into WrestleMania week in Orlando as compared to last year, notes on Fast Lane, more on the WWE concussion lawsuit, departure of Jack Swagger from WWE, lots more on WrestleMania week, WWE Hall of Fame, HHH wrestling dates in March, a new WWE signee, John Cena outside activities and talks about Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Angle update and notes no next week’s TV. Plus, look at the most-watched shows on the WWE Network, business notes from all the WWE and NXT weekend shows and highlights.

There is also the results of the major league arena events held all over the world this past week, as well as notes on the various TV shows.


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WON BACK ISSUE: February 14, 2000, Vince McMahon announces the XFL, 1999 awards, more 

Vince McMahon made sports and business headlines on 2/3 with the announcement of him starting his own professional football league called the XFL. McMahon, who failed in negotiations last year to buy the Canadian Football League, looks to be that league’s No. 1 rival for players not quite good enough for the NFL in his eight-team league scheduled to start in February 2001 with each team playing ten games and ending with championship playoffs in April… Subscribers click here to continue.


TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
A number one contender’s match between Randy Orton and AJ Styles with the winner going on to challenge Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania is the most hyped thing for tonight’s SmackDown. John Cena & Nikki Bella will also team up on the show against James Ellsworth & Carmella. WWE.com is teasing that there may be entrants announced for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal as well.
Austin Aries conducting an interview with himself is advertised for 205 Live tonight after he began a program with Neville on Raw.
It was announced on last night’s Raw that Enzo Amore & Big Cass would take on Cesaro & Sheamus in a tag team title number one contender’s match next week.
WWE UK Champion Tyler Bate turned 20 years old today.
Big Show was interviewed by Yahoo Sports.
WWE is advertising that Emma will return soon, again.
Kassius Ohno spoke to WWE.com about returning to NXT.
Pro Wrestling
For the first time since becoming Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions, The Hardys will defend their titles at Friday’s 15th Anniversary pay-per-view. They’ll face The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice in a triple threat Vegas street fight. Bully Ray will also make his ROH in-ring debut in a six-man tag team match as he teams up with The Briscoes to take on War Machine & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
PROGRESS Wrestling’s show on March 31st in Orlando over WrestleMania weekend will be available as an iPPV on WWNLive.com. Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, Tyler Bate, Matt Riddle, Zack Sabre Jr., Mark Andrews, Shane Strickland, and Sami Callihan are scheduled to appear on the show.
NJPW announced that Yuji Nagata will be Tomoaki Honma’s replacement in the New Japan Cup. Nagata will face Tanga Loa in the first round.
Dick Togo vs. Zack Sabre Jr. has been announced for PWG on April 21st.
Impact Wrestling tweeted a promo video for this week’s episode, which will be the first of the new regime.
Matt Riddle will be appearing for WCPW on March 20th, 21st, and 23rd.
UFC/MMA
Ben Rothwell has been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation. The possible violation stems from an out-of-competition sample that was taken on February 6th.
In an interview with TMZ, Nick Diaz said that he offered to face Michael Bisping in a non-title fight at catchweight before Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre was made.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier has been verbally agreed to for UFC 211 in Dallas.
Yoel Romero posted on Instagram that he wants to speak to Dana White soon after GSP got the next shot at Bisping’s title instead of him. Romero also spoke to FloCombat about the decision.
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