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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: AEW roster starts to take shape

Plans for All Elite Wrestling started to come into focus at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida last Tuesday. A surprise appearance by Chris Jericho closed the event, with Jericho instantly becoming the highest profile signing AEW has made in its brief history. "I'm Chris Jericho, and I am all in with All Elite Wrestling," Jericho said to begin his speech. "Surprise -- I think we just took things to a different level, didn't we?" Jericho said he's not here with AEW for the money -- he's here because he believes in doing something new and different. 


WON NEWSLETTER: January 21, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Ring of Honor signs Rush, more 

The business year in review issue of the Wrestling Observer is out with looks at both the biggest drawing cards and best big match wrestlers of the modern era.

This issue looks at combat sports including the biggest crowds of 2018, what main eventers headlined the most successful house shows, PPV numbers for 2018, big crowds broken down by major promotion, and UFC PPV comparisons over the last 12 years.

Also have a detailed look at the new signings and negotiations over the past week. Look in depth at the battle to sign Rush, including what MLW and RHO offered, how CMLL played a role, and when Rush will be a free agent.

Read the update on the Royal Rumble show, the story behind why Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman was pulled from the show a long time before it got out, the real reasons why the match isn't happening and why it continued to be pushed even though it wasn't happening. 

Read a complete rundown of the NXT UK show, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Examine the success of WWE stock, the new U.K. training center, WWE women’s' tag team titles, the reasons behind some of the debuts of new characters on television, Vince McMahon's new XFL update, WWE changing hosts for WWE Network, new contracts signed, injury updates, who wants out, and the Nigel McGuinness documentary.


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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • SmackDown takes place tonight at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Matches for tonight include Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade in a 2 out of 3 falls match, Mandy Rose vs. Naomi and The Miz vs. Cesaro with their tag team partners in their respective corners. Mr. McMahon will also moderate a face-to-face between WWE champion Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles ahead of their match this Sunday.
  • Sasha Banks had some words for Ronda Rousey following what went down on Raw: “You wanna call me a faux horsewomen? I laugh. You wanna say you're gonna tap me out? I say come try it. You wanna call into question my desire for professional wrestling? I'll kick your teeth in, tap you out, and send you back to your farm wishing you never even stepped in a ring. Enjoy the next couple of days because come Royal rumble @rondarousey you step into my world. And I ain't got no time to waste on fake ones. #legitboss”
  • WWE 24: WrestleMania 34 will air after the Royal Rumble this Sunday.
  • Stephanie McMahon will narrate “Special Olympics: 50 Game Changers” which will air tomorrow on SportsCenter from 8-10 a.m. ET
  • WWE 2K19’s Rising Stars DLC pack is out now.
  • Performance Center trainees were asked their Royal Rumble predictions.
  • WWE put out a press release saying they are now partnering with New Era Cap, who will make hats and other headwear for WWE going forward.

Pro Wrestling

  • The Tag Wars semifinals and finals will take place at the Road to G1 Supercard on January 26. The winners will get a shot at the ROH tag team titles and will be a part of the NWA’s Crockett Cup tournament on April 27.
  • Marty Scurll will face either Mark Haskins or Jonathan Gresham on the same night. Who he will face will depend on who advances in the Tag Wars tournament.
  • MLW announced that internet host GoDaddy will be sponsoring future events, starting with next Saturday’s MLW Fusion live event.
  • PWInsider reported that Roxanne Biggerstaff, who briefly worked for Impact Wrestling as a valet for the Disciples of the New Church, passed away Friday after being found unresponsive in her home.
  • Impact has renewed their deal for Mexico with MVS Comunicaciones/MVStv.
  • Impact Wrestling uploaded Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. AJ Styles from Final Resolution 2006 to their YouTube page.
  • Congratulations to Masato Tanaka, who is now a father to twins.
  • Leva Bates is warning people on Twitter that there are fake accounts pretending to be her that are asking for money.

UFC/MMA

  • Colby Covington is still upset that despite being interim champion, he was snubbed for the title shot against Tyron Woodley in favor of Kamaru Usman.
  • Holly Holm told MMA Fighting that if she were to face Amanda Nunes, she would want to do it at bantamweight, not featherweight.
  • UFC will return to Miami for a Fight Night event on April 27.
  • Edson Barboza will face Justin Gaethje on March 30 in Philadelphia.
  • Gian Villante vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk is now set for the UFC Fight Night show in Prague, Czech Republic on February 23.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: WWF Royal Rumble 1994


Ed in San Antonio presents the WON/F4W Empire Events for WRESTLEMANIA Weekend (more to be added):

  • Sunday, April 6th, at 12:00 pm: Empire lunch (all you can eat) at Churrascaria Plataforma ($90 per person), located at 316 W. 49th street in Manhattan. Purchase tickets here~! 
  • Luxury Bus to MetLife Stadium for Wrestlemania: We will depart from the Hilton Midtown (site of Wrestlecon) located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Departure time is 4:00 pm and will return from MetLife approximately 30 mins after the event. Times are subject to change, and cost $67.00 per person for the round trip. Purchase tickets here~! 

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