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Daily Update: Roman Reigns Mania angle, Conor McGregor without opponent

Storyline or not?

WWE.com is pushing (complete with mobile alert) that Roman Reigns has undergone surgery for a shattered nose stemming from last night’s show-closing angle.

Meanwhile, from this fan video shot right behind the announcers’ desk, it sure looks like Byron Saxton hands Roman Reigns something right before he bleeds. Funny how that works.

We're doing polls this weekend on the Bellator show Friday and last night's WWE Fast Lane show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com" target="_blank">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

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We're also looking for reports on Friday night's NXT show in Gainesville, FL.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on  Tuesday night in Indianapolis. 

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Figure Four Weekly 2/8/2016 Kevin "Mordecai" Thorn voices issues with WWE Network royalties, more
Former WWE Superstar Kevin Thorn voices his frustrations with the amount of money WWE pays in royalties for the WWE Network, plus more.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Feb 22, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE 2015 Financial Report, Kevin Randleman passes

The 2015 business of WWE is the lead in a  packed issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We go through the keys to the current business: biggest revenue streams, why the stock was down, compare with the past, the truth about television ratings, house show business, social media effect, Vince McMahon talks ratings, what ratings mean right now and in the future, network numbers, both good and bad signs regarding those numbers, why numbers declined and will go up soon and what kind of seasonal gain can be expected.
The career of Kevin Randleman, his most famous matches, comments from Bas Rutten, comments he made about first getting into fighting, plus his career as a pro and college wrestler.
We also have a piece looking at matches that in one night changed promotions or made superstars, and how that fits in with this past week's Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega match.  A full rundown of the New Beginnings in Osaka and New Beginning in Niigata shows, with match-by-match coverage, story behind both shows, star ratings and poll results.  We also look at the big shows coming up for New Japan.
Lots more about Daniel Bryan, details on his medical issues, lots of things not really put into perspective, Brie Bella;s retirement, Wade Barrett situation, Titus O'Neil suspension and fine, FastLane notes, the weirdness of the Fast Lane main event as it pertains to the company's future, WWE injury updates, more on John Cena's injuries, Cesaro talks his own injury and Bryan retirement, WWE Network notes, notes on wrestlers who received tryouts last week, Jericho vs. Styles notes, WWE star opening up a wrestling themed restaurant, plus highlights of all the NXT and WWE house shows over the past week and business notes.
WWE's new Global Cruiserweight series concept, how the tournament will work, the schedule, the scouting of participants and more.
Bellator's deal with Rampage Jackson and details of how it happened.


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Details on the retirement of Giant Baba, a full rundown of ECW Guilty as Charged, plus tons of news.


WWE announced that SNICKERS will serve as the exclusive presenting partner of WrestleMania 32, which takes place Sunday, April 3 from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and broadcast live around the world on WWE Network.

TNA presents Lockdown tonight on Pop TV with Matt Hardy defending the TNA Title against EC3 in the main event.  Sports Illustrated has a look at the show here.  EC3 will also be the guest on Wrestling Observer Live this afternoon (12 PT/3 ET) which you can listen to on Sports Byline USA or through the links on the front page, and which will be available for subscribers afterwards as a download/podcast.


  • A new downloadable content pack was released for WWE2K16 today (the game is down to $40, now, by the way) featuring a number of matches featuring WWE Hall of Famers, including period appropriate wrestlers. You can get it on its own or as part of the game’s season pass. For hardcore fans, the addition of the new  characters and arenas more so than playing the specfic classic matches, with the arenas even including an ersatz Tokyo Dome via Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami at WCW Japan Supershow I.
  • Also, the PC version of WWE 2K16, which is out on March 11th and will include all of the downloadable content in the season pass, is now available for pre-order.
  • There’s a presale now through tomorrow, Thursday 11:59 P.M. for WWE Payback (well, Ticketmaster is now listing it as Extreme Rules) in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday May 22nd. WWEPC is the presale code.




Dragon Gate have announced the full card for next week’s Korakuen Hall show on March 2nd. The Korakuen shows are the monthly shows with the most heavy storyline emphasis and are available worldwide through Nico Nico iPPV. We’ll have a full guide on how to order next week when it’s available for purchase.

The key match is the semi-main which sees the return of “brother” YASSHI to the roster that he left 12 years ago. He’s teaming with his old Italian Connection stablemate Masato Yoshino to take on  Dragon Gate’s most dominant tandem “YAMADoi”. The main event also has alot to offer with the VERZERK heel unit going up against an Akira Tozawa led team of babyfaces who are looking to fire back against the heels who have started the year very strongly.

Dark Match: Kaito Ishida vs. U-T

1: Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito, Kenichiro Arai vs. CIMA, Takehiro Yamamura, Kaito Ishida

2: Gamma, El Lindaman vs. Don Fujii, “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa

3: Dragon Kid, Yosuke Santa Maria vs. Eita, Punch Tominaga

4: Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kness J.K.S. vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Jimmy Kanda

5: Special Tag Match: Masato Yoshino, “brother” YASSHI vs. Naruki Doi, YAMATO

6: Shingo Takagi, Cyber Kong, Naoki Tanizaki, Mondai Ryu, Kotoka vs. Akira Tozawa, Shachihoko BOY, T-Hawk, Big R Shimizu, Kzy

ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY: Dick the Bruiser & Crusher win AWA Tag Titles