Post-Rumble angle likely for Mania

Sunday, 25 January 2015 19:51

There was a quick pull-apart with John Cena and Rusev after the Rumble during the post-game show, so that may answer the Cena question for WrestleMania.

 

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WWE Royal Rumble 2015 results and coverage: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

Sunday, 25 January 2015 16:02

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Booker T was talking about Anthony Rumble Johnson beating Alexander Gustafsson in the pregame show.  I'm sure that'll get over great.

Dwayne Johnson is backstage.

NEW DAY VS.  TYSON KIDD & CESARO & ADAM ROSE

It ended up not being an elimination match but a one fall match.  Kidd pinned Kingston after Cesaro gave Kingston a forearm from outside the ring.  Crowd was totally behind Kidd & Cesaro and booed the New Day.  Kingston used the Trouble in Paradise on Rose, who was on the apron and fell out of the ring.  Rose distracted the ref and Cesaro used the forearm and Kidd got the pin with spinning fisherman buster.  They pushed the idea that Kidd & Cesaro are now in line for a tag team title match.

THE ASCENSION VS. NEW AGE OUTLAWS

The Ascension won with the Fall of Man on Billy Gunn, after Gunn had his neck snapped on the top rope by Konnor.  Short match.  Not much to it.  Crowd booed The Ascension winning a lot, not so much heat but they really liked the Outlaws and don't like Ascension at all.

Stephanie and HHH were backstage.  They talked about having a problem with Sting.  Paul Heyman came out.  The place cheered him like crazy.  Heyman said Brock Lesnar was the answer to the problem with John Cena as champion and he can answer the problem of Sting.

USOS VS. MIZ & MIZDOW FOR THE TAG TITLES

Good match, fairly short.  The Usos won when Jimmy tagged in, superkicked Miz, Jey power bombed Miz off the top rope and Jimmy did a twisting splash for the pin.  Miz was saved from a prior splash off the top while Jey twice kicked out of a skull crushing finale from Miz and another from Mizdow.

Noble & Mercury were playing WWE Immortals and Seth Rollins was mad they were playing games before the biggest match of his career.  Rollins said he wasn't the future, he was the "right now."  Crowd seemed to cheer Rollins.

BELLA TWINS VS. PAIGE & NATALYA

This was booked as almost a squash.  They just beat down Natalya for several minutes and before she could get a hot tg in, Brie pulled Paige off the apron when Natalya tried to hot tag her.  Nikki then nailed Natalya with a forearm to the face and pinned her.  Disappointing because no drama to the match.

We've got almost two hours left for the Rumble and the title match.

Interview time.  Roman Reigns said the only thing that matters tonight is winning the whole thing.  Goldust & Stardust did a weird interview.  Rusev said tonight his rise to power will be complete.  He vowed to crush the champion at WrestleMania.  Miz & Mizdow both vowed to win the match and Miz got mad Mizdow said he was going to win.  Show said he was an angry, vicious and angry giant because of what Lesnar did.  He vowed to get at Reigns.  Fandango & Ros talked.  Bryan got the last interview.

BROCK  LESNAR VS. JOHN CENA VS. SETH ROLLINS FOR THE WWE TITLE

This was a match of the year candidate.  Lesnar destroyed everyone early.  Cena laid him out  on the floor.  Rollins came off the top rope with an elbow onto the Spanish table on Lesnar.  They said Lesnar broke his rib.  Cena and Rollins were kicking out of each others' moves.  Cena had Rollins in the STF when Noble and Mercury made the save. Cena gave them both AA's at the same time.  Rollins came back with a curb stomp for a near fall on Cena and then a Phoenix splash.  Lesnar ran in with a German suplex on Rollins.  Lesnar went for a second one but Rollins landed on his feet and nailed him with the briefcase.  Lesnar kicked out and Rollins went for a curb stomp but Lesnar caught him with the F-5 for the pin.  The crowd took to Lesnar as the babyface.  They disliked Cena the most.

ROYAL RUMBLE

We'll be back in an hour plus for this one.

Bubba Ray Dudley was the first surprise throwing out Miz & R-Truth and brawling with Luke Harper.

The next surprise was the Boogeyman.

DDP was another surprise. 

Okay, so they turned Roman Reigns heel but not by choice.  Reigns won and faces Lensar for the title.

The crowd turned on the match when Bryan was eliminated.  Early on they made Wyatt the monster throwing everyone out, including Bryan.  The crowd booed a lot after, although they cheered guys like Ziggler, Ambrose, and Mizdow.  Reigns was booed way more than Cena.  The crowd was really  mad when their favorites got out.  Fans were chanting for Rusev at one point.  Rusev disappeared at one point and was never thrown out.  It appeared the last four guys were Reigns, Ambrose, Show and Kane.  Kane & Show dumped Ambrose.  Kane & Show both went at it and Reigns came back to eliminate both to apparently win.  Kane & Show after the match beat down Reigns until The Rock came in.  Rock & Reigns cleaned house.  Then Rusev, who was never eliminated, showed up and Reigns eliminated him quickly.  The crowd booed even when Rock tried to endorse Reigns.  Oh well, we knew it was a risk and it happened.

So either they are forced to go heel with Reigns, or other cities react differently to Lesnar and Reigns than this crowd.  And what happens to Bryan for Mania? 

We'll have a lot more later tonight.

 

2014 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards, Notes on every major award, winners of every award since 1980, Royal Rumble build, Fantastica Mania 2015, McGregor breaks records

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Shine iPPV report 1-23 Ybor City

Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:53

By Ed Loredo

This show was a little shorter then the past few ones, just two hours but it was a damn great two hours.

Match #1: Amber O'Neal Gallows w/ Bullet Club member Doc Gallows defeats Amanda Rodriguez, Good little opener for the show. Amber has great presence and actually make a really great heel, Amanda has been the opening match jobber the last few show but does a great job at it and I can see her being moved up the card down the line. Doc seemed to be enjoying himself thru out the match.
 
Match #2: B.T.Y. of Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle w/ So Cal Val defeat Solo Darling & Luscious Latasha, Match was actually supposed to be Solo vs Latasha but BTY asked for the tag match and they were also accompanied to the ring with Andrea, the former  Rosie Lottaalove who has lost something like more then half her body weight but is still a monster. Solo looked absolutely Stunning in her Tony the Tiger ring gear. After the match So Cal orders Andrea to destroy Solo and Latasha and she does.
 
Valkyrie of  Allysin Kay, Taylor Made, Su Yung, and April Hunter come out and cut a promo that they are taking Shine Back over and mention getting rid of Havok from Shine.
 
Match #3 Taylor Made vs Jessica James: James is a local Texas indie worker getting her first break in Shine and she did a great job. Taylor one of the most improved wrestlers of the past year continues to get better and better, really good match and show goes to an other level for the rest of the show.
 
Match #4 Leva Bates defeats Su Yung by DQ: This was one hell of a fight and it seems like every time I see these two wrestle they just beat the shit out of each other. Leva other then coming out with a Purge mask was not in costume and was way more serious and aggressive. Su is DQ for not breaking the mandible claw and as Su and April Hunter were celebrating Leva got one last shoot in and knocked Su off the ring to the floor. Great match
 
Match #4 Allysin Kay Defeats Athena: This was an excellent match, just non stop action between two of the best women workers out there. Allysin is by far the best heel in Shine and Valkyrie come of very dominant after all 3 matches. Athena was on the verge of winning when April got involved and help cause Allysin to get the win. 
 
Match #5 The Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb) & Leah Von Dutch defeat SHINE Tag Team Champions Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) & Thunderkitty w/ Leilani Kai: Great match by far Legendarys best match in Shine. Malie is so good at all the little things and Thunderkiity continues to be one of my favorite gimmicks in wrestling. The Kimber Bombs who have been one great heel team are showing that they can be one hell of a good Babyface team and LVD continues to impress.
 
Match #6 SHINE Championship Match Mia Yim defends vs. Santana This was the match of the night. I think Mia is the best Women's worker in America and Santana kept up with her this whole match, lot of back and fourth action including Santana hitting an incredible dive to the out side. Mia wins with the Package piledriver. After the match they congratulate each other and then Amber O'Neal attacks Santana and they fight to the back, then Valkyrie its the ring and they beat down Mia. leva fallowed by James and Athena try and make the save but are also beating down. Allysin cuts promo saying Valkyrie are taking over when, JASSICA HAVOK makes her return to Shine and hits the ring and cleans house and gets rid of Valkyrie and the babyfaces stand together as show goes of the air~! 
 

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        We're also looking for reports on the weekend NXT shows in Cocoa Beach, FL on Friday and Starkes, FL last night.
 
Royal Rumble Sunday from Philadelphia
 
*Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins for WWE title - There are so many different ways this can go, especially with the wildcard of Dwayne Johnson being there, it being about the time to shoot the biggest Sting angle and so much more.  There is so much different speculation over what will transpire in every direction here.
*30 man Royal Rumble - For the most part, the two favorites are Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, which would lead to either of them challenging for the title.  Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton are very distant longshots.  There is also the question of crowd reactions and not wanting a repeat of last year. 
*Usos vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow for WWE tag titles - They seem to be pushing the Miz and Mizdow tension, which is natural but the act loses a lot when they split up.  Mizdow is hot doing the act and really Miz may get lost without Mizdow at this point.
*The New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension - A nostalgia match.  Don't think people care too much about it but in a short dose people will probably enjoy seeing the Outlaws schtick.
*Paige & Natalya vs. Bella Twins - This match should be better than most women's matches of late on PPV.   
*Xavier Woods & Big E & Kofi Kingston vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro & Adam Rose in the preshow elimination rules match at 7 p.m. - This should be a good match and with the elimination rules that means multiple falls and they should give it time.
        The Rumble is the No. 2 show of the year.  It's now Mania season.  All the big guns that they can get will be on TV today and tomorrow and we should get the top matches finalized for Mania.  The goal is to have some surprises and last year the Raw after the Rumble was one of the biggest ones of the year.
 
Raw will be Monday in Hartford, CT.  Both Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton are scheduled on the show.
 
Smackdown will be Tuesday in Boston.  John Cena is scheduled on the show.
 
One of our traditional biggest issues of the year, the 2014 Wrestling Observer Awards issue is now out.  The issue not only has the top ten place finishers, as well as others getting significant votes, in a number of categories, but also the winners of every category in the awards dating back to 1980.  We also have comments on the placings in all of the major awards.
 
The categories were:
 
Lou Thesz/Ric Flair 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
Best Technical Wrestler
Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (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 move
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

Read the new issue now! Jan. 26, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2014 awards issue

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers with a look at how wrestling is still way behind the times when it comes to violence against women, as well as notes on Daniel Bryan's return and all of the the usual reviews and news froma round the world. The Kindle edition for non-subscribers is available from the AmericanUK/IrelandCanadian, and Australian Amazon Kindle stores, as well as various other regional Kindle stores that I'm probably forgetting.

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The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.
 
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--Update on the return of Rush
 
--Major All Elite show at Arena Mexico featuring outside stars working with CMLL stars and what would have been a dream match in the 80s or early 90s
 
--AAA awards
 
--Notes on the next AAA TV shoots
 
--Reason a top rising star took his name from a song
 
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--Tournament for top contender for Dream Gate title
 
--More on the Suzuki-gun vs. NOAH program going on
 
--A look at NOAH's next major show
 
--Update on how the New Japan World streaming service is doing
 
--A.J. Styles gives his goal for 2016
 
--Notes on the death of Phyllis Lee
 
--More on the movie "Foxcatcher"
 
--More on the next PWG show
 
--More matches for WrestleMania weekend
 
--Details on Vince Russo's angle with wXw in Germany
 
--Jim Ross in a movie
 
--Former Tough Enough winner wants to return to pro wrestling
 
--Former WWE star in Will Ferrell movie
 
--More on Alberto debuting in Lucha Underground
 
--Notes on the February Lucha Underground shows
 
--More on pro wrestling PPV business
 
--What TNA talent list for the U.K. Says
 
--Notes on Feast or Fired
 
--Josh Matthews twitter war with Jim Ross
 
--Jon Jones drug tests the week of the fight
 
--Jones talks on television about all his issues and details of what he said
 
--Final gate numbers for Jones vs. Cormier and the story it tells
 
--Notes on UFC PPV going forward
 
--Notes on the return to UFC of a current pro wrestling world champion who isn't Brock Lesnar
 
--B.J. Penn's arrest
 
--Tons more UFC fights including a look at the welterweight division
 
--A look at Bellator signing Kimbo Slice
 
--A look at Bellator's first show of the year
 
--Update on Thiago Silva
 
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Our most requested issues in our history are:
 
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)a
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
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*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
 
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*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Royal Rumble, UFC, previewing Raw and talking Observer awards.  You can also send in questions for the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Want to make mention this is a sad day as it's the five year anniversary of the passing of Georgiann Makropolous, who was one of the sweetest people I ever came across in this industry.  She was like an aunt or a grandmother type to so many, being around wrestling since the late 50s and first running the Fan Clubs for Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino and for decades a ringside regular at Madison Square Garden, doing her own newsletter, web site, etc. 
 
--An update regarding Raw and Smackdown this week and the weather.  Snow is supposed to hit in Hartford around rush hour.  The belief is it will hurt attendance for Raw.  It may be fine getting there but at 11 p.m. when it's over, roads could already be shut down so it's risky.  Boston may be in the middle of a major snowstorm on Tuesday for the Smackdown tapings.  It may be tough getting the talent and equipment from Hartford to Boston on Tuesday.  (thanks to Ron Lemieux)
 
--The Pro Bowl, Senior Bowl and NHL All-Star game were all among the top searched items on Google yesterday and today, but nothing related to Dwayne Johnson so the buzz isn't mainstream at all yet, nothing related to Royal Rumble and nothing related to Anthony Johnson or anything from last night's UFC show.
 
--In the U.K., during the Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi fight, for a time both announcing teams, the U.K. team with John Gooden & Dan Hardy (great team by the way) and the U.S. team were audible on BT Sports 1.  The problem was fixed by the time of the main event (thanks to Matthew Singh-Dosanjh)  
 
--In predictions for last night, Jack Encarnacao and David Bixenspan went 4-1, me and Steve Juon went 3-2, Josh Nason, John Pollock, Frontrow Brian and Mike Sempervive were 2-3, and Todd Martin was 1-4.  Brian was the only one to pick Rumble Johnson.  I'm not liking judges since I'm 0-3 the last two weeks on the bad judges decisions matches.  Seven underdogs won on the show.
 
--A note regarding the results up from the ROH taping and the question as to whether the next ROH show in Philadelphia, on 8/21, will be at the 2300 Arena.  It will be at the Arena.  People were raving about the Bullet Club vs. Matt Sydal & Cedric Alexander & ACH match last night.
 
--Deontay Wilder's win over Bermane Stiverne last week on Showtime was the highest rated Showtime boxing telecast in two years. 
 
--Former UFC fighter Keith Jardine has a role in the movie "Inherent Vice," which stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin and got an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Jardine plays villain Punk Beaverton, who is talked about throughout the movie and is in two pretty major scenes.  He wares a massive swastika tattoo on his ace and is really jacked up and plays a pretty intimidating enforcer type.  He was said to have a great look at playing heavies in action movies (thanks to Jeff Parker)
 
--Bill Mercer reminisces about his days announcing wrestling for Fritz Von Erich.  Just a note that the story Mercer told about the waterslide, the guy who shoved him was actually Bugsy McGraw, not Moondog Mayne, but it was a long time ago and I'm surprised he remembered it.
 
--Rocky Romero talks New Japan Pro Wrestling 
--Todd Martin and Rob McCarron preview the Rumble

--This is a weird one, comparing the Patriots controversy with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to the tag team of Larry Hennig & Harley Race
 
--Today's CMLL show is headlined by Atlantis & Titan & Volador Jr. vs. Ephesto & Kraneo & Mephisto.
 
--Preston City Wrestling on Friday night ran a charity show to Kris Travis, who was one of the best U.K. wrestlers, and is now battling cancer:  All the wrestlers on the show worked for free.  Joey Hayes b Ligero, Noam Dar, Dean Allmark, Josh Bodom and Ashton Smith, Joseph Connors b Stixx, Doug Williams & Andy Wild b Kid Fite & CJ Banks, Dave Mastiff won over Mothman, Ryan Hendrix, Sam Wilder, Rains, Sam Bailey, Ruffneck, Deidre Barlow, Ashton Smith, Charlie Garrett, Viper and Dave Rayne, Pete Dunne & Damian Dunne & Mark Andrews (TNA) & Flash Morgan b Tyler Bate & Ryan Smile & Hunter Brothers, Bubblegum b Marty Scurll to retain the PCW cruiserweight title, Rampage Brown & T-Bone DCOR The UK Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight, Paige's brothers), Chris Masters b Martin Kirby.  Travis ran in after the match to save Kirby and hit Masters with a chair, which got a standing ovation.  He thanked everyone for coming (thanks to Jan Buxton)
 
--Ch. 43, the FOX affiliate in Knoxville, called FOXville TV, started a two hour wrestling block yesterday starting at Noon weekly.  The first hour is Great American Wrestling, which was really an OVW TV show hosted by Jim Cornette, talking about how OVW is coming to Knoxville.  At 1 p.m. is Tennessee Memories Wrestling, a nostalgia show hosted by Tom Prichard and Chris Lash, which included old matches from Continental Championship Wrestling and other area promotions that included a Battle Royal with names like Brad Armstrong, Jerry Oates, Bullet Bob Armstrong, Wendell Cooley, Mr. Wrestling II, Tommy Rich, Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden.  They also aired a cage match with Prichard vs. Jeff Jarrett from Dallas and next week they noted they would have a Ric Flair vs. Ron Fuller match.  At 1:30 is Smoky Mountain Wrestling which is a 30 minute show that featured Rob Conway vs. Jason Kincaid for the NWA title. (thanks to Preston Powers)
 
--CZW and WSU have a doubleheader at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, which is now becoming the U.S. version of Korakuen Hall, on 2/21.  The women's show will be at 4 p.m. with Hania vs. Athena in a TLC match, plus LuFisto vs. Shanna for the WSU title, plus Sassy Stephanie, Tessa Blanchard, Leva Bates and Cherry bomb.  CZW at 8 p.m. has BLK Jeez vs. Chris Dickinson for the CWA world title plus the Crist Brothers vs. Young Bucks for the CZW tag titles.  Both shows will be on iPPV at streamczw.com  They also have dojo shows on 1/28 and 2/11 at the CZW Academy in Blackwood, NJ.
 
--Insane Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Wanniassa, Australia at the Erindale PCYC.
 
--Dropkixx UK Wrestling on Friday night in Ilfod, Essex, England at the Ilford Sports Club.
 
--Premier British Wrestling on Saturday night in Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland and Town Hall.
 
--Real Tennessee Wrestling on Friday night in Columbia, TN at Old Harvey's Gym.
 
--Anthony Njokuani vs. Gifford Thomas headlines the 2/13 Legacy Fighting Championship show on AXS.
 
--Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling on Friday night in Victoria, BC at the Velox Event Centre, and Saturday night in Nanaimo, BC at the Departure Bay Activity Centre. 
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Pontiac, MI:  Shane Mercer b Zach Gowen, Weedman b Warchild, Kongo Kong b Jimmy Jacobs, Ring Rydas b Super Tiger & Spider Monkey, Mad Man Pondo b Rude Boy, 2 Tuff Tony b Colt Cabana to keep the title (thanks to Leonard Brand)
 
--Juventud Guerrera and Mr. Niebla are scheduled for a show in Los Angeles tonight at Casa de Mexicano.
 
--Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon group has a TV taping in Mexico City today headlined by Atlantis & Ultimo Dragon vs. Arkangel de la Muerte & Euforia.
 
--A father-and-son three way was announced for 2/20 at the Auditorio in Tijuana with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Rayman vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. & Dr. Wagner III vs. Canek & El Hijo del Canek (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Lucha Xtreme on Fresno TV last night:  Thunder Rosa b Ikyo, Harshaw Smith b Manny Mars, Mike Rayne b Levi Shapiro, Idris Jackson b Big Ugly JD Bishop (thanks to Jon Southerland) 
 
--Prairie Wrestling Alliance from last night in Edmonton:  Brandon Von Danielson b Michael Blais, Marky b Colton Kelly, Chase Patrick b Brody Malibu, Durrango & Steele b Team Commonwealth, Frentico b Fabian Ribiero, Brett Morgan b Travis Cole (thanks to Dwayne Soper)
 
--Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Cornelia, GA before 150 fans:  Slim J b Fred Yehi, Kevin Blue over Trever Aeon, Gran Laredo and Jacob Ashworth, Azrael & Stryknyn b Geter & Brian Blaze, CB b P Dog-DQ, Jeremy Foster b Lars Manderson, Mikael Judas b BJ Hancock.  Next show is 2/14 (thanks to Bill Behrens) 
 
--IWF from Friday night in Mesa, AZ:  Kevin Kross b Evan Daniels, First round for IWF title:  Uhaa Nation b Matt Sydal, Chris Hero b ACH, Drew Galloway b Tommaso Ciampa, Brian Cage b Biff Busick, Shaun Ricker b Joey Ryan, Young Bucks b Trevor Lee & Shane Strickland, Brian Cage won four-way over Nation, Hero and Galloway to become first champion in 28:00 (thanks to Joe D)

MORE INTERNATIONAL THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING NOTES
1978 - Dynamite Kid beat Jim Breaks in Preston to win the British welterweight title
1979 - Seiji Sakaguchi beat Johnny Powers in Okayama to win the NWF North American title
1983 - Kwik Kik Lee, who was Akira Maeda, beat Wayne Bridges in London to win the European heavyweight title
1989 - Mighty Inoue beat Joe Malenko in Osaka to win the NWA Int. jr. title
1998 - Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada beat Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace in Yokohama to win the All Asia tag titles
2014 - Takeshi Morishima & Maybach Taniguchi beat Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste to win the GHC tag titles in Osaka
 
 
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TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)
 
1:45 AM ET
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2015 FALLOUT Exclusive to the WWE Network, experience the inside story and post-match analysis following Royal Rumble.


2:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND Relive the hype surrounding the main event that started it all - Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.


3:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten most awesome Superstar Entrances ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.


4:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS The Bellas clash as Brie's wedding fastly approaches and Nikki avoids telling John about her previous marriage.


5:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The war comes to a shocking conclusion, upstaged only by the talents that cross enemy lines in the years that follow.


6:00 AM ET
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2015 Royal Rumble 2015 features a triple threat title match between John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Seth Rollins and the 30-man Royal Rumble match.


9:00 AM ET
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2015 Royal Rumble 2015 features a triple threat title match between John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Seth Rollins and the 30-man Royal Rumble match.


12:00 PM ET
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2015 Royal Rumble 2015 features a triple threat title match between John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Seth Rollins and the 30-man Royal Rumble match.


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WWE announces release

Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:20

The departure of Justin Gabriel, who quit the company a few days ago, was officially confirmed by WWE.

WWE released a statement that WWE and Gabriel had come to terms today on a release.

 

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On this day in pro wrestling history: NWA vs WWWF champion at Super Bowl of Wrestling at the Orange Bowl, Rogers vs. Bobo Brazil for WWWF title,

Sunday, 25 January 2015 11:47

By Brian Hoops

1950 - Yvon Robert defeated Whipper Billy Watson to win the Toronto NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec.

1951 - Tarzan Kowalski defeated Bill Longson in Kansas City, Kansas for the NWA Heart of America (later known as Central States) Heavyweight Title.

1954 - Wilbur Snyder and Sandor Szabo defeated Lord James Blears and John Tolos to become the first NWA International Television Tag Team Champions in Hollywood, California.

1961 - Sam Steamboat defeated Dick Hutton for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1963 - Buddy Rogers makes his first defense of the WWWF World Heavyweight Title, defeating Bobo Brazil in New Haven, Connecticut.

1964 - Dominic DeNucci defeated Ray Stevens for the San Francisco NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California

1969 - Stan Pulaski and Chris Tolos defeated Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, Nebraska for the AWA Midwest Tag Team Title.

1969 - Assassin #2 (Tom Renesto) and The Professional (Doug Gilbert) defeated Alberto and Ramon Torres to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title

1972 - Dean Ho and Fritz Von Erich defeated Thunderbolt Patterson and Johnny Valentine for the NWA American Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.

1972 - El Mongol defeated Buddy Colt in Macon, Georgia to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title and Flash and Rocket Monroe defeated Bob Armstrong and Bill Dromo for the NWA Macon Tag Team Title.

1975- Bobo Brazil defeated The Sheik for the Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Detroit, Michigan.

1978 - Jack and Jerry Brisco defeated Ivan Koloff and Mr. Saito to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Titles at the Superbowl of Wrestling in Miami, Florida. Also, Mike Graham and Steve Keirn defeated Jimmy and Johnny Valiant to win the NWA Florida US Tag Team Title. WWWF World Champion, Superstar Billy Graham and NWA World Champion, Harley Race wrestled to a 60 minute time limit draw.

1982 - Roger Kirby and Jerry Valiant (Guy Mitchell) defeated Eddie Gilbert and Ricky Romero for the NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Wichita, Kansas.

1983 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Johnny Heffernan and Don Kent) defeated Ron Bass and Barry Windham to win the NWA Florida Global Tag Team Title in Miami, Florida.

1984 - Angelo Mosca, Jr. defeated Iwan Koloff to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Shelby, North Carolina.

1991 - Bill Dundee defeated Gary Young to win the vacant USWA Texas Title in a tournament final in Dallas, Texas at the Sportatorium.

1992 - Brad Rhenigans and Baron Von Raschke defeated The Punishers to win the PWA Tag Team Title in Annadale, Minnesota.

1993 - Ron and Don Harris defeated Jerry Lawler and Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA Tag Team Title in memphis, Tennessee

 

Pro Wrestling Syndicate TV report

Sunday, 25 January 2015 08:03

1.Footage from last weeks match with Mario Bokara defeating Colt Cabana via submission to keep his PWS title, then after the match Bonesaw chairbashes Bokara & Cabana & after that, Insane Clown Posse [ICP] comes out to chase Bonesaw away.
 
2.We're back in the studio with host David Adams saying it's a good thing ICP came to chase away Bokara or who knows what else would've happened, says that nobody likes Bonesaw nowadays & says ICP's no different. After that "Prime Time" Sam Roberts from the "Opie & Jim Norton" show appears to where David asks as to what is he doing here, Sam says he heard about the show to where he'll "save" the audience & David says he was about to say that on this weeks show, you'll see Alex & Kyle The Reynolds Brothers [TRB] vs The American Wolves' [TAW] Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards. Sam says TRB is on a streak of beating every tag team, says they won't have a problem with TAW & David says it should be 1 heck of a match.
 
3.A video promo of Bokara appears to where he does a promo about Bonesaw interfering in his match vs Cabana, says he deserves respect to where he ran thru Luke Hawx & has destroyed Abyss & has destroyed Joker. He tells Bonesaw that he made a mistake because he didn't finish the job on him & says he's still the PWS champ to where there's nothing Bonesaw can do about it. Then after this is a video promo with Fallah Bahh, "Shining Edward Jackson" & The Heavenly Bodies [THB], Desirable Dustin & Gigolo Justin in the locker room.
 
As Jackson was trying to do a promo some janitor character of sorts interferes, Jackson calls him "Packo" & tells him to leave by taking his broom & after this, Jackson says there'll be an 8 man elimination match tonight to where it'll be a clean sweep. He says it'll have THB & Fallah vs The Drunken Swashbuckler [TDS] & Devon Moore & Craven Varro of Reality Check [RC], says by the term "clean sweep" he indicates that they themselves are the surviving team & says that TDS drinks too much rum & feels that RC has his back.
 
Jackson says RC has their own back to where Fallah will eat them up & spit them out, says their team captain Brian Myers' working out now by busting out weights to where he's lifting weights, doing chin ups & pull ups & says he'll be buffed & ready to where he'll take out Kevin Matthews. He says THB will take care of RC, says that's how they'll do a "clean sweep" & then Starman comes in to where Jackson gets pissed off.
 
4.TRB beat TAW in a match, after the match, both teams shake hands in good sportsmanship & then after the match as TRB shake hands with 3 guys in the audience dressed as teddy bears shake their hands, they attack TRB. Then they unmask each other revealing that it's The Untouchables' AC Gamble, Anthony Bowens & Bobby Wayward to where they continue beating up TRB.
 
5.We're back in the studio with David says TRB's victory went sour quickly, Sam says when you're the champs you need to be ready for the next competitor & says David should've been ready for him when he came on the show tonight. David says The Untouchables came out to beat up TRB, says The Untouchables have talked about getting tag title shots for a while & says there's 3 of them & TRB only has 2 of them. Sam says The Untouchables figured out tag team wrestling by getting another guy & tells David that both he & Sam should get another guy. David says sometimes it's not always about the titles to where Mac Macintosh's still looking for Habib From The Carwash.
 
6.We go to a video promo to where Mac's looking for Habib in an actual carwash, then sees that it's closed to where on camera, he tells Habib that he stole his suicidal 6 way title & says nobody steals anything from him. He says he'll find him because he's fired up now & then leaves to continue finding Habib.
 
7.A promo by Dave D-Struction plugging PWS's 2007 to 2011 DVD's: www.bedofnailz.com/store.html for only $75, asks if you wanna see Bret Hart, Great Muta, DDP or Jake Roberts & says to look no further. He then plugs the 2012 DVD's for also $75, says in their 2013 DVD it has Jerry Lynn's last singles match & there's more in there & plugs www.prowrestlingsyndicate.com for more info. He says on the site you'll get PWS's whole DVD history for $300 to where there's 7 years on there.
 
8.After this is a "Don't Forget Your Roots" video where it mentions that the 1st wrestling dolls was in 1969 by the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance & says the set includes legends like Antonio Inoki & Giant Baba. Then it mentions about Antonio Rocca was the innovator of the torture rack & running elbow drop to where he was a main event nationwide. It also says Rocca depicted Superman on the Superman issue #155 comic book & says Antonio Inoki chose the Antonio name as a tribute to Rocca. It then mentions in 1945, Babe Ruth was a ref in some wrestling matches, then mentions Strangler Evan Lewis innovated the rear naked choke hold while Strangler Ed Lewis innovated the sleeper hold. It ends by saying Buddy Rogers innovated the figure 4 leg lock.
 
9.Then a "Once Upon A Time" video appears with the Monster Island guys Sprinkles The Clown, "Hellbelly" Jones, Doomsday & Giant Leather, then they recap them interfering in the Rahway ring by throwing fire at Jay Enterprise, then they beat up "Beefcake" Charlie & Damian Gibbs & carry out Balls Mahoney.
 
10.Back in the studio with D-Struction says if you like what you're seeing on the show, there's 2 ways to see more of this to where 1 of the option involves seeing them 1/31 at Rahway, New Jersey's Rec Center: www.bedofnailz.com/pwstickets.html & says that's 35 minutes from New York City's Penn Station. He says on the show you'll see John Hennigan [former WWE's John Morrison] vs Sabu, then says option #2 is to bring PWS to either your high school, college, stadium or arena, then says if you've got a corporate function or private party they'll be there & again plugs the site for more info.
 
11.Then they show last weeks video segment with Dave D-Struction in Rahway at a bachelor party for a fan named Travis, Dave asks Travis if he's enjoying himself to where Travis says yes & Dave says it's good that they've got a censor button that bleeped out whatever Travis said. He says PWS can be at your bachelor party too to where he again plugs the site, lets the fans at the party express how they feel & again plugs the site for more info.
 
12.Then a video promo appears with Philip Simon II & Brother Jessie, Jessie says that Philip was never baptized but still has a chance & says he'll baptize him tonight in the mens locker room shower. As they enter the shower, David Adams appears taking his afternoon shower asking if it's true that Philip will be baptized, Jessie says Philip's not a full Christian yet but is a born again Christian & says he'll be baptized. He asks David if he's familiar with this, David says no & Philip explains that it involves cleansing him. He says it'll get rid of the "sexy cockroaches" that's around there & calls it disgusting.
 
Then soon Chris Payne appears by telling them that since they're talking about skanks & cockroaches, he'll be bringing his beautiful girlfriend at ringside tonight to where it's shows what he has by his side & tells Philip that since he's now baptized, he'll make sure that he sees the light.
 
13.We go to the ring to where David Adams introduces Sasha "Cody Lambert" Mitchell as the guest timekeeper & then we go to the match with Philip Simon II with Brother Jessie in his corner vs Chris Payne with Tessa Blanchard in his corner. Payne beats Simon in the match, then after the match & in the locker room, Jessie asks Philip if he's OK & tells him to turn the other cheek. He tells Philip not to go near Tessa anymore & both leave.
 
14.Another D-Struction video promo appears by again plugging the site if you like what you saw & says you can bring them to your high school, college, arena or stadium. He says PWS will bring the stars to you, then again plugs the 1/31 show to where you'll see Hennigan vs Sabu, & says you'll see legends like Larry Zbyszko, The Rock & Roll Express, Ricky Steamboat & more. He says tickets are on sale now to where he again plugs the site.
 
15.We're back in the ring with Mick Foley in the ring talking about PWS putting a card together with lots of great stars due to working their butts off by bringing you the best show as possible. He says tonight you'll see that to where he does his cheap pop bit by saying "right here, in Rahway NJ", then after this Myers, Fallah, Jackson & THB comes out to where Jackson tells Foley that he's fooling everyone by being a good guy & Foley gives him a promo lesson by saying not to talk while fans are looking at the funny sign his guys are holding.
 
Foley says let the fans laugh a bit & after that, Jackson can compliment him on being a nice guy. Jackson says it's good that he no longer wrestles & does stand up comedy because he again says Foley's fooling everyone, because he's a walking nightmare. He says Foley has ruined everyones childhood dreams, says the fans paid to see stars but they see a washed up, walking Santa Claus wannabe that wears a fanny pack & says Foley looks like someone from "The Wrestler" movie to where he's a disappointment.
 
Foley says he can see he's outnumbered to where he knows his place & role, says he can see that fans ain't disappointed because they understand him & Jackson says they know nothing. Foley says the fans knows that the reason why he walks a bit slowly due to him doing his best to entertain fans in the last 20 years, then as he admits to being a former wrestler Jackson says he's a former wrestler, author & everything else to where he's now nothing & tells Foley that he has no power tonight over any of them.
 
Then after this ICP comes out admitting that even though Foley don't have any power but they do have power tonight, then they say that Foley will be the special guest enforcer in this match & Foley says instead of him being the enforcer, it'll be "Cactus Sack" as the enforcer which has RC, Kevin Matthews & TDS come out for their match. During the match Jackson interferes in it which has Foley punch him out, then takes out "Mr. Socko" & shoves the "Socko Claw" down Jackson's throat all the way to the back. Fallah, Myers & THB beat RC, Kevin Matthews & TDS in this match.
 
16.Back in the studio with Sam & David with David saying that after Matthews suffered a cane shot to the head from Myers, that made Fallah scoring a victory in the match, Sam says he has never seen a cane that big since his co-host & David says the Myers vs Matthews feud is far from being over to where they were friends but now enemies. He says things in PWS is starting to heat up, Sam says Kevin hates Brian more then Sam hates David due to the lengths that both Kevin & Brian are going thru & says a camera was fortunate enough to catch up with Kevin.
 
17.A video of Kevin appears to where he tells the camera guy to follow him, then as he appears in a room he starts wrecking everything & then as he enters an in-ring wrestling work out, he goes after Brian to where he runs away. Kevin says he didn't come there for no reason to where he beats up Brian's workout partners, then after that he tells them that he hopes they've learned something from this & then leaves. After this is a video promo with Fallah, Jackson & THB in the bathroom to where Jackson's vomiting in the toilet due to "Mr. Socko" being in his throat.
 
18.After this is a video collaboration with the following doing promos: Johnny Howl, Craig Steele, Damian Gibbs & Beefcake Charlie, Jackson still vomiting in the toilet, The Untouchables, Team Espana, Chris Payne & Delroy Alexander. After the promos, the show ends with a promo for their upcoming 1/31 Rahway, NJ show.
 

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