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Daily Update: Bret Hart fighting prostate cancer

Bret Hart battling cancer

In what will most certainly be Bret Hart's toughest battle yet, Hart announced he has prostate cancer earlier today.  "I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all."  Bret Hart's complete statement.  From all of us at F4WOnline we give our best wishes to Bret Hart and his brother Smith in their simultaneous battles with cancer. 


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Raw tonight is in Birmingham, AL  Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are scheduled on the show.  We're looking for reports, please send to Dave Meltzer.  Nothing has been announced but Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are scheduled, and we should get a better idea of the Fast Lane card.

We're also looking for reports on yesterday's WWE house shows in Columbus, GA and Tupelo, MS, as well as the weekend NXT shows in Venice and Largo, FL.

Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Memphis, TN.


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Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: February 1, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2016 Royal Rumble, Road to Wrestlemania, more

Coverage of the Royal Rumble and where things lead to WrestleMania is the lead story in a jam-packed news issue of the Wrestling Observer.  TNA's statements regarding A.J. Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, the timing, what is accurate, and a lot that wasn't in those statements as to why the deal didn't happen. The process that led the stars from New Japan and more. The Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum injuries and title match cancellation and what directions UFC took to try and save it.  More on the injury to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the death of Archie "Mongolian Stomper" Gouldie, some stories about his life and career.  WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016, New Japan Fantatstica Mania tour with full rundowns and stories behind it, Nikki Bella injury and what led to the increase in ratings for Raw and Smackdown.

The story behind why HHH won the title, why it was the right booking decision given the destination, questions about the execution, the confusing Fast Lane main event, what the original booking plan was behind Roman Reigns ascension to the top and why it was so hard for Vince McMahon to decide against his winning at last year's WrestleMania, and questions about the crowds at Fast Lane and Mania for the main events. Update WrestleMania, chart out the Royal Rumble with how long everyone was in, eliminations, and news, Rumble business, poll results and match-by-match results with star ratings. 

The situation with New Japan losing talent, and how the CMLL stars did on the tour.

The arrival of Shinsuke Nakamura to WWE and why he's in NXT, an update on Daniel Bryan, NXT finances for talent, another endorsement deal for Dwayne Johnson, notes on the next WWE network live special, updates on NXT talent coming to the main roster, lots of WWE injury notes, WWE plans for post-Mania and the European tour, Lesnar dates, details on NXT tapings as well as details on all the weekend WWE events.

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight on Wrestling Observer Live talking Raw, Benson Henderson, TNA, Lucha Underground and more with Wrestling Observer radio.  You can send e-mail questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

ROH officially announced Hirooki Goto coming for its 2/26 PPV show and 2/27 TV tapings. We had reported Goto a couple of weeks back.  The New Japan wrestlers on both shows will be Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Goto, Kushida, Gedo and Tomohiro Ishii. 

In a surprise to everyone, including those in the organization, the debut of Lucha Underground on television in Canada last night was the first episode of season one, not of season two. (thanks to many)

Davey Richards appears to have a torn meniscus, although the injury isn't certain as he was going to get examined once he got home.   The injury was from a match yesterday in Birmingham, UK, where the Wolves lost the ROH tag team titles to Beer Money.      

Ricky Johnson, the uncle of Dwayne Johnson, suffered two heart attacks yesterday.  He was treated yesterday at Scarborough, ONT General Hospital in Toronto but are back home for rest and recuperation.  He seems to be doing a lot better today. (thanks to Dave Musgrave)

WWE

  • WWE Studios will be releasing the movie "Countdown" on 4/5, right after WrestleMania.  The movie features Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Lana and Rusev.  The story is about a madman who kidnaps and threatens to blow up a young child, an officer, played by Ziggler, haunted by the loss of his own child, defies his captain, played by Kane, to attempt to rescue him.
  • Stephanie McMahon's scheduled segment today on Good Morning America got bumped.  She said that it has been moved to later in the week.  She taped the segment on Sunday.
  • Sisters was No. 9 at the box office this past weekend in Australia while Daddy's Home was No. 10.  In the U.S., they were at No. 19 and No. 12 (thanks to James Stanios)
  • New Day doing media for tonight's Raw
  • Richard Sherman attempts an RKO on Clay Matthews during the Pro Bowl.  It didn't work out well.

UFC

  • In the Saturday UFC on FOX predictions, Josh Nason and I went 4-1, while Mike Sempervive, Mike Sawyer, Steve Juon, Ryan Frederick, John Pollock and David Bixenspan went 3-2, and Frontrow Brian went 2-3.
  • Sage Northcutt apparently went into Saturday's fight with strep throat and loaded with antibiotics, and had been hospitalized two days prior to the fight.
  • USADA isn't messing around when it comes to drug testing
  • Ronda Rousey turned 29 today.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Global Force Wrestling announced they would be part of WrestleCon on 4/1 and 4/2 a the Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas.  Jeff & Karen Jarrett are confirmed for the events. 
  • VIP ticket sales for WaleMania on 3/31 sold out in two hours, but General Admission tickets are still available  For more info you can go to www.MLW.com 
  • For anyone who has not sent payment for dinner or the bus for WrestleMania weekend activities in Dallas, contact f4wfan@hotmail.com  If you have sent, please ask for confirmation to make sure you are on the right lists.
  • ROH has put some added tickets on sale for its TV taping that weekend in Dallas.  But if interested, purchase fast because they are likely to be gone quickly.
  • The Paris Judo Grand Slam this weekend has sold out a 15,000 seat building.  Teddy Riner and Kayla Harrison will be fighting.  Here is a guide.
  • Beyond Wrestling from Saturday night in Somerville, MA:  JT Dunn b Joey Janela in a cage match, Ryan Galeone b Jonathan Gresham, Matt Riddle b Chuck O'Neil in a battle of former MMA fighters with Drew Gulak as referee, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa b Hit Squad, Zack Sabre Jr. b Brian Fury, Shynron b Travis Gordon, Chris Hero b Matt Tremont, TJ Marconi & Darius Carter & Anthony Gangone b Jaka & Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik, AR Fox b Tracy Williams in a submission match, Kimber Lee & Heidi Lovelace b Sami Callihan & Chris Dickinson
  • Pro Wrestling Syndicate vs. GFW results from Saturday night in Rahway, NJ in a make-up card for the event canceled by the blizzard:  Habib the Car Wash Guy b Sonjay Dutt, Pepper Parks b Cliff Compton, Chris Steele & Sandy Mann won three-way over Reynolds Brothers and Aesthetic Enterprises, Brian Myers b Chris Payne, Anthony Bowens won six-way over CPA, Niko Rikos, Bobby Wayward, Maxwell Feinstein and Drunken Swashbuckler, Matt MacIntosh b Danny Maff, Team PWS of Pat Buck & Fallah Bahn & Kevin Matthews & Mario Bokara beat Team GFW of Jeff Jarrett & Nick Aldis & Heavenly Bodies.  After the show, PWS owner Pat Buck announced that the company has a new name starting with the 3/5 show, and will be called WrestlePro (thanks to Sylvan Gerald)
  • Toryumon results from yesterday in Naucalpan for a TV taping for Japan:  Ikaro & Sonic b Fireman & Daisuke Hanaoka, Princesa Sugei b Reyna Isis, Dragon Rojo Jr. & Escandalo & Patan b Fiero & Padrino & Super Ciudadano, Solar I d Black Terry (double pin, fans threw money in the ring when it was over), Angel de Oro & Ultimo Dragon & Titan b Arkangel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas & El Terrible (thanks to Kris Zellner)  
  • NWA Mid South Wrestling from Saturday night in Dyresburg, TN:  Kevin Lee Davidson b Dale Wylde, Keon Option b Van Van Horn, Tim Storm b Apoc to keep North American title, Matt Riviera & Rob Conway b Josh Lewis & Jeremy Moore to retain NWA tag title, Greg Anthony b John Saxon to keep NWA National title.  Gary Michael Capetta was inducted into the NWA Mid South Hall of Fame.  They announced a 2/20 show with Riviera & Conway defending the tag titles against Bobby Fulton of The Fantastics & Dexter Hardaway an Anthony vs. John Saxon vs. Rodney Mack in a three way for the National title.
  • Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Mt. Airy, GA before 892 fans with appearances by Ricky Steamboat and Road Warrior Animal.  Chase Owens b Jeff Lewis Neal, Maverick b Jordan Kage, Rick Steiner b Michael Judas, Johnny Swinger b Rikki Nelson, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson b Heatseekers
  • Big Valley Wrestling in Las Vegas from Saturday night:  Suede Thompson b Beast the Butcher in a lumberjack match, Players Club b Team BatKins in a ladder match, Night Warriors b Faces of Evil, Greg Romero b Ricky Tenacious, Tomaste b Sizzlin James Slay (thanks to Mike Trask)
  • The West Coast Wrestling Federation presents a tribute show for Darren Dean on Saturday night in Yuba City at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds.  Dean, who passed away recently, is from Yuba City and had been scheduled on this show.
  • Barrie Wrestling on 2/15 in Barrie, ONT at the Ferris Lane Community Church.
  • C4 wrestling on 2/26 in Ottawa, ONT at the Vanier Columbus Club.
  • A wrestler and MMA fighter jailed for running a string of cannabis farms
  • A story on Kevin Nash

ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY: Daily pro wrestling history (02/01): Brown and Geigel win North American tag team titles

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