The Latest from the F4W Staff
SmackDown ratings drop a bit for Royal Rumble go-home show
WWE SmackDown video highlights: AJ Styles calls out John Cena
WWE 205 Live results: Neville vs. Cedric Alexander
SmackDown six-woman tag team match booked for the Royal Rumble
WWE SmackDown live results: The last stop before the Royal Rumble
Raw ratings up slightly for Royal Rumble go-home show
Bellator 170 does big numbers for Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen
WOL: Goldberg’s head, Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, Raw ratings, more! 1/25
B&V: Pro-wrestling was much worse 19 years ago this week 1/24
WOL: Raw, Royal Rumble, Chael vs. Tito, Dan Hardy, crutches, more! 1/24
WOR: Full hour on Royal Rumble, Raw and WrestleMania, plus UFC news! 1/24
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 23, 2017 Death of Jimmy Snuka, WWE UK tournament review, more
With WWE and New Japan gearing up for what is an inevitable battle in 2018, have a look at the long-term of the modern pro wrestling scene with both WWE’s latest international moves and what’s coming next, as well as New Japan’s plans in the new double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
It’s the first part of a story on the career of Jimmy Snuka, talking about his background, how he got into pro wrestling, how his popularity exploded in the WWF, his pre-WWF days, the death of Nancy Argentino, how the plight of Snuka shows how much pro wrestling and celebrity culture has changed, as well as Snuka’s time as a headliner in Japan and the resurrection of the Argentino case, in this issue.
Have a look at the WWE’s U.K. tournament, how this is laying the groundwork for bigger things not just in the U.K. but worldwide, independent promotions being talked about for the WWE Network, WWE going into competition with a business they partially own, a look at the U.K. scene, a look at how this affects certain talent with U.S. companies, and WWE sending out questions regarding expansion into a new part of the world.
Read about New Japan owner Takaaki Kidani’s talk regarding expanding into the U.S. market, his thoughts on WWE, our thoughts on a New Japan expansion, the AXS deal, the U.S. scene, how to handle the U.S. market and why the territories went out of business.
This issue has a look at the amateur and pro career of Kurt Angle and the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class.
An update on the health of Vince McMahon, McMahon gives his thoughts on certain things in history and what actually happened, latest WWE network offers and why, Brock Lesnar’s schedule, will Brock do another UFC fight, Paul Levesque talks a women’s tournament, Levesque on Kenny Omega, Levesque on Zack Sabre Jr., Levesque on a U.K. PPV, changes to WrestleMania week, lots of WWE injury updates, WWE stock news, most watched shows on WWE Network, next week’s WWE television plus a look at all the WWE arena events from the past week with highlights and business notes.
Examine the prospects of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, why it will be under boxing rules if it happens, what would happen under any other rules, PPV prospects and the difference between boxing and MMA when it comes to headliner pay.
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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.
WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
ESPN’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell interviewed John Cena for an article about Cena’s value as a brand and business entity.
WWE announced on last night’s 205 Live that Akira Tozawa would be debuting on next week’s episode of the show.
Mojo Rawley was added to Sunday’s Royal Rumble match on last night’s SmackDown. There are now 22 entrants officially announced for the match.
During his appearance on SportsCenter yesterday, Roman Reigns said that Ronda Rousey could make a successful transition to WWE if she wanted to.
An interview with Asuka, Nikki Cross, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce ahead of their NXT Women’s Championship match at TakeOver and Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan will air on tonight’s episode of NXT.
Nikki Bella impersonated AJ Styles on the Bella Twins’ YouTube channel.
4FrontWrestling posted the entire Kenny Omega vs. Tiger Ali match that took place for the promotion last weekend for free on YouTube. The appearance was Omega’s first singles match since facing Kazuchika Okada at the Tokyo Dome, though Omega did work NJPW’s New Year’s Dash show in a 10-man tag match the next night.
4FW also uploaded a Q&A that Omega participated in.
NJPW has sold out their New Beginning in Osaka show on February 11th at the Edion Arena.
Ring of Honor announced that this year’s Best in the World PPV will take place on June 23rd at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts. Tickets for the show and the TV taping the next night are already on sale for ROH Ringside Members and will be available to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. ET.
EVOLVE will hold shows in the Chicago and Detroit areas for the first time in May. They’ll hold a show at Summit Park District in Summit, Illinois on May 20th before heading to the Monaghan Knights of Columbus Hall in Livonia, Michigan the next night.
EVOLVE also announced that Chris Hero’s matches in San Antonio this weekend will be the main event of both shows. Hero will face Keith Lee on Friday and Zack Sabre Jr. on Saturday in his final matches for the promotion.
Michael Bisping said that he’s not set on fighting Yoel Romero next and wants the biggest money fight possible.
Sage Northcutt is moving back to lightweight.
Ronda Rousey went to North Dakota last week to deliver supplies to protestors at the Standing Rock Reservation.
After it appeared that Chael Sonnen would be competing on short notice at Submission Underground 3, Bellator pulled him from the event.
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