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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 3/27/2017: Looking ahead to Wrestlemania 33  

As what has now become nearly a full week of WrestleMania-related events begins, the card for WWE's marquee event of the year is virtually complete. There are 12 matches announced for WrestleMania 33 heading into the final week of build on television, though some issues still remain. Triple H vs. Seth Rollins has to be officially announced, participants in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal have to be confirmed, and we'll see if there are plans for the SmackDown tag titles and a few other notable wrestlers left without anything scheduled...

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: March 27, 2017: WWE potentially buying ROH, Jan Ross passes away, more 

This week’s lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is regarding ROH, WWE and the current situation with ROH. It looks at the ramifications of a possible purchase, and how a sale changes the dynamics of the industry far past just ROH.

There is an update on the WrestleMania situation, with notes on new matches and plans, as well as ticket sales and matches throughout the weekend.

There are notes on the unique story involving Impact Wrestling making a deal with AAA as well as a current deal with The Crash, which has all kinds of strange political implications. Plus, look at Impact planning a potential PPV show to be held in Mexico, the unique contractual hurdles involved, and recent changes in AAA writing.

An update on the Paige situation can be read about.

There are also a number of WWE Hall of Fame updates, how the Hall of Fame has changed, an update on Mauro Ranallo, an update on Shinsuke Nakamura, more on the WrestleMania 32 attendance, Kurt Angle talks his return, lots more people coming to WWE, Fan Axxess plans and matches scheduled, WWE responds to a concussion lawsuit, plus the most watched shows of the week on WWE Network.

Check out the notes on all the WWE and NXT arena events over the past week, with in-ring highlights, results, crowd reactions and business notes.

Inside has full coverage of the New Japan Cup finals, as well as the other tournament matches, plans for the next month in Japan including the next three New Japan World live events.

There is a major feature on the retiring Manami Toyota, arguably the greatest female wrestler of all-time, talking about her background, her heyday, the boom of women's wrestling, the Crush Gals and Beauty Pair era, the show where Toyota first got over, and so many of her awards.

Finally, look at CMLL's first major show of the year with business notes, who is Pierroth, and match-by-match coverage with tar ratings.


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WON BACK ISSUE: March 6, 2000: WWF No Way Out review, Mick Foley retires, more

Unlike most other wrestlers of similar fame, to do a career retrospective on Mick Foley is best saved for an examination probably years down the road. He was the classic overachiever, who defied all the odds, and was possibly the single greatest influence inside the ring on styles changing in the business of the past ten years. In a career destined, because he wasn't that great athletically and didn't have what was believed to be the right look and physique, for being mid-card for life, he ended up when his career came to a close, as one of the five biggest stars in North America, and even as a best-selling author... Subscribers click here to continue.

 


TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • WWE announced that Neville vs. Austin Aries for the Cruiserweight title, the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and the SmackDown Women's Championship match will be airing on the WrestleMania 33 pre-show, which will be two hours and begins at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday. Renee Young, Jerry Lawler, Booker T, and Shawn Michaels will be on the panel, with the first hour airing on the WWE Network and other platforms before the second hour airs on the USA Network in addition to those.
  • Aries tweeted about his match being on the pre-show: "I'm never 'relegated' to anything, I'm just who you add to things you need ELEVATED. #WrestleMania Pre-Show is now MUST SEE. #TheElevator"
  • Paige posted an in-depth statement about the pictures and videos of her that were leaked and being able to move on from them.
  • John Cena will voice the lead character in "Ferdinand," which is an animated film based on a children's book about a bull.
  • WWE will be doing WrestleMania week profile pieces on Seth Rollins, Bayley, Nikki Bella, and Kurt Angle.
  • Tonight's go-home episode of SmackDown has a non-title match between Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper and an AJ Styles/Shane McMahon contract signing. Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick is advertised for 205 Live.
  • Triple H spoke to Sports Illustrated and ESPN for articles.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura was interviewed by ESPN about his WWE entrance music and how it was created.
  • The New Day discussed hosting WrestleMania on SportsCenter.
  • Shane McMahon will be a guest on the Edge & Christian podcast this Friday.
  • Sporting News has interviews with Alexa BlissCharlotte Flair, and Tye Dillinger.

Pro Wrestling

UFC/MMA

  • The press conference for Bellator's Madison Square Garden show took place in New York City today. Though Wanderlei Silva wasn't there in person, he still traded insults with Chael Sonnen. Bellator has full video of the press conference.
  • Paul Heyman told Fox Sports that diverticulitis prevented Brock Lesnar from ever reaching his full physical peak.
  • Luke Rockhold has resumed full training and wants to fight Fabricio Werdum during International Fight Week.

Today in Professional Wrestling History (3/28): Shawn Michaels wrestles his last match

F4W / WO EMPIRE WRESTLEMANIA GROUP INFO

BUS INFO:

  • The Empire bus to WrestleMania, hosted by Leva "Blue Pants" Bates, will cost $50.00 and will be round trip from the Rosen Inn at 9000 International Drive 32819 (a few blocks away from Wrestlcon). 
  • The bus will leave at 3:30 p.m. (time subject to change) for WrestleMania and will leave the show no later than one hour after completion. If you would like a seat email Ed at f4wfan@hotmail.com or message him on the BOARD~! for Paypal payment instructions.

DINNER INFO:

  • WHAT: Dinner at Texas de Brazil
  • WHEN: Friday March 31st
  • WHERE: 5259 International Dr Ste F1, Orlando, FL 32819 at 5 p.m. (they may open at 4:30 p.m. for us)
  • WHO: All your best empire buddies, including BIG DAVE MELTZER
  • DETAILS: The cost of the dinner will be $68.00 which includes the dinner, salad bar, soft drinks and tea, and dessert, tax and tip. This is a pre-pay dinner. Send payment via Paypal to Srjaialaiot@yahoo.com (please send as a gift to a friend). 

Pro Wrestling Tees is now carrying our latest line of F4W shirts. Support the Empire~! Grab yours today!


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