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Daily Update: WWE Roadblock aftermath, New Day, Warrior Award

SUNDAY AFTER WWE ROADBLOCK

Check out the post-WWE Roadblock Wrestling Observer radio.  We also cover the New Japan Cup, the Great Sasuke movie and more.  Roadblock was the 6th most searched for term yesterday on Google with 100,000.  That would be at the level of a very weak PPV show.  Also, the reason the booking was changed for the Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt match last night is because Wyatt's back is in real bad shape and he couldn't wrestle.   We got a ton of reports on streaming problems yesterday for Roadblock as well as for the New Japan Cup. 


 

We're looking for your thoughts on yesterday's Roadblock and New Japan Cup finals, 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

We're also looking for reports from last night's ROH show in Philadelphia and today's WWE shows in Erie, PA (New Day, Charlotte, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Sheamus, Chris Jericho) and Hershey, PA (Kevin Owens, Big Show, A.J. Styles, Kalisto, Braun Strowman, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev, Kane, Becky Lynch, Ryback, Usos and Dudleys). Please send all reports to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

Raw will be in Pittsburgh on Monday.  Among those advertised are Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, HHH and Stephanie McMahon.  Roman Reigns is not advertised for the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Cincinnati with Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, A.J. Styles, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt advertised.


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

The New Day vs. League of Nations program is continuing.  On Raw tomorrow night they are doing New Day defending the tag team titles against Rusev & Alberto Del Rio.

There will be a Warrior Award winner this year, but like last year, it'll be nothing remotely close to what Warrior suggested with his idea of inducting a hard working employee into the Hall of Fame.

Chris Jericho appears tonight on "Hollywood Game Night" on NBC at 10 p.m.

ROH last night announced a return to Philadelphia on 7/16 for television tapings. 

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian debuted a move called "The Best Meltzer Driver Ever" last night, which was a combination tombstone piledriver by Kazarian and Daniels spiking by doing his Best Moonsault Ever spot, in a match against The Young Bucks and the Motor City Machine Guns.

WWE

  • We've also heard that there are issues processing WWE Network subscriptions with the sign-up page crashing at times.  My advice is if you are wanting to WrestleMania to sign up now. 
  • There were two dark matches at Roadblock last night.  Mark Henry beat Randy Reign (who wasn't announced by that name) and Goldust beat Viktor of The Ascension
  • Stephanie McMahon and Renee Young are representing WWE at the SXSW conference today in Austin, TX.  Stephanie will be speaking about WWE's charity efforts. 
  • The movie "Countdown" with Kane and Dolph Ziggler will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on 4/5.  More here.
  • CBS aired a promo of the Middle Tennessee basketball player after the team beat Old Dominion to win the Conference USA tournament last night cutting the Ric Flair limousine riding promo (thanks to Daniel Ericson)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Johnny Mundo is doing a comedy performance tonight at The New Movement at 616 Lavaca St. in Austin, TX at 7:30 p.m.
  • Chyna did an interview for CBS in Detroit
  • A story on Abyss in the Huffington Post
  • Notes on James Laurinaitis, the NFL star who is the son of Road Warrior Animal and is now a free agent
  • A Hulk Hogan story regarding his case
  • Smash Wrestling on 4/2 in Oshawa, ONT at the Harmony Creek Community and Events Centre.
  • Smash Wrestling results from last night in St. Catherines, ONT:  Tyson Dux b John Greed, Mike Rollins & Pepper Parks b The Fraternity, Sebastian Suave b Brent Banks, Jennifer Blake b Courtney Rush, Scotty O'Shea b Joey Ryan, Jeremy Elliot & Zak Atticus b Primo Scardino, Johnny Gargano b Tarik to retain the Smash title (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • There is a Kickstarter campaign to fund  a movie called "Church" that starts on Thursday with a number of pro wrestlers.  It is described as an action/horror feature with evil angels, good demons, vampires, Lucifer and possibly the end of the world, in the vein of "The Crow meets Constantine."  Those listed for roles include Johnny Mundo, Jake Roberts, Maria Kanellis, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, Shelly Martinez, Sinn Bodhi and Gangrel.
  • Mike DeGeorge at mo.mike@gmail.com is looking for a DVD of the 2001 King of Indies tournament.
  • CWE reported setting their attendance record on Friday night in Winnipeg for the King of Transcona tournament:  Tommy Lee Curtis b Eric Walker, Mike Mission b Sydney Manson, Bobby Collins b Kal Creed, Dick Blood & Billy Blaze b Tod bullet & Wildman Firpo, Adam Knight b Tyler James, Moses Luke b Roy Dragneel, Hot Prospect b Kory Kinkade, Josh Calisto b Kevin Cannon, Orin Veidt & Petey Brown b Danny Duggan & Scottie Raver, Bobby Jay b Robb Mass, Bobby Jay won the Battle Royal with all the undercard winners, throwing out Adam Knight to become King of Transcona
  • CWE has the Bobby Jay Birthday Bash on 4/22 in Winnipeg and Rookie's Sports Bar.  Chase Owens and Bobby Jay are headliners.
  • Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis:  Brandon Aarons won four-way over J-Mal Swagg, Varik Morgan and Tyler Copeland to win jr title, Varik Morgan won Battle royal, Prince Moses & Damion Cortese DCOR A.J. Williams & Da'Maruis Jones, Brandon Espinosa won Battle Royal, Danny Adams won three-way over Mike Outlaw and Matt Kenway, Jake Dirden b Brian James-DQ, Gary Jackson NC Moondog Rover (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Acclaim Pro Wrestling on 4/30 in Ottawa at the SPK Dom Polski Polish Combatants Centre.
  • Super kicked on 4/23 at the Great Hall in Toronto.
  • Wrestlemerica from last night in Barnesville, GA before 100 fans:  Iceberg b Scotty Beach, David Tita b Johnny Nixx, Owen Knight b Anthony Henry, Amber Gallows b Kiera Hogan to retain the NWA women's title, Joey & Matt Lynch b Chris Crunk & Ken Lee, Tyson Dean b Fry Daddy to retain the WrestleMerica title (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  CT Brown b Tyranus, Chico Adams b Alex Todd, Mike Reed b Josh Parker, Brandon Scherer b Braydon Knight, Rhett Giddins b Josh Hess & Ace Andrews in a cane on a pole match.  Next show is 4/2 with Santana Garrett.
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 4/17 in Oshawa, ONT at the Legion Hall with Cody Deaner and Tyler Tirva.
  • Ring Wars Carolinas on 4/2 in Lumberton, NC at the Priscilla King Arena.

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