THE LATEST NEWS
- WWE removes article advertising Rousey for every Raw until WM
- Shane to make WrestleMania announcement on WWE SmackDown
- WWE Raw video highlights: Roman Reigns confronts Vince McMahon
- New Japan Cup night four results: The quarterfinals are set
- Ultimate Deletion, Bliss vs. Asuka set for next week's WWE Raw
- Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal set for WWE WrestleMania 34
- John Cena challenges The Undertaker for WWE WrestleMania 34
- Brock Lesnar doesn't appear on WWE Raw, scheduled for next week
- WWE Raw live results: Brock Lesnar & Roman Reigns go face-to-face
THE LATEST AUDIO
- WOL: RAW fallout, full WrestleMania card, Rousey and Lesnar, more! 3/13
- WOR: RAW report, WrestleMania, Fabulous Moolah battle royal, tons more! 3/13
What had been expected for nearly a year became official on Sunday night as Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns was announced for WrestleMania 34. Reigns defeated Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, John Cena, Elias, and The Miz in the main event of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to set up him challenging Lesnar at WrestleMania. The match came down to Reigns and Strowman, with Reigns finally putting him down with two spears.
An updated look at WrestleMania, explaining the booking of Braun Strowman, the Brock Lesnar angle and plans for John Cena and Ronda Rousey are all in the headline story of this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Look at the story behind the Reigns promo, the goal of the promo, what is and isn't reality about Lesnar, when Lesnar returns, Lesnar's talks with UFC and his decision making right now and a reality check when we look back three years ago.
Also look at the John Cena interview, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio Jr., how the Rousey angle has gone so far, what the TV ratings said about Rousey's debut, women's title plans, as well as the rest of the WrestleMania and Fast Lane show.
Check out the Strowman situation for WrestleMania, flaws in the Elimination Chamber booking as well as full coverage of the show, with match-by-match rundowns with star ratings and poll results on the show.
Find out about Jon Jones' hearing before the California State Athletic Commission and what it means, as well as the completely befuddling remarks made prior to the hearing.
Look at what may be a WWE drug scandal with the tease of 15 names being involved including one who purchased $140,000 worth of substances. Read the claims out there and teases of what else will be released. Find out about the realities of drug testing and the changing pro wrestling business from when the death rate was so high.
Look at what talent WWE is interested in, WWE signing a deal to do events in Saudi Arabia, lots of news regarding the concussion lawsuits filed against WWE, what happened in a deposition that went badly for the plaintiff in one of those suits, more on Ronda Rousey training, Chris Jericho's 2018 schedule, why Apollo Crews' last name was dropped and the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament.
Examine the secondary market in New Orleans for WWE events, update on a deal to bring WWE into a 100,000 seat stadium this fall, Ric Flair becoming a celebrity in Latin America, UFC talent at WWE event and why they weren't identified, Bianca Belair injury update, WWE headed to Japan and the most-watched shows on WWE.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE
- Big E & Jimmy Uso vs. The Bludgeon Brothers has been added to the lineup for tonight’s SmackDown, with the storyline being that Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Jey Uso aren’t cleared to compete after Harper and Rowan’s attack at Fastlane.
- Charlotte Flair & Bobby Roode vs. Lana & Rusev is this week’s Mixed Match Challenge match. The winning team will face the winners of a second-chance fan vote in the semifinals.
- The semifinals of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament will begin on 205 Live tonight as Cedric Alexander faces Roderick Strong.
- Braun Strowman won a number one contender’s tag team battle royal by himself on Raw last night for the right to challenge Cesaro & Sheamus at WrestleMania. Whether Strowman will have a partner or if it will be a handicap match hasn't been announced yet.
- Kevin Owens tweeted about Shane McMahon being shown backstage when Roman Reigns confronted Vince McMahon on Raw: “Glad to see our #SDLive commissioner has his priorities in order. His crew is at a live event in Dayton, yet he’s sitting by daddy at #Raw in Detroit. Lovely!” Owens also mentioned Shane being at Raw instead of at SmackDown’s event in Dayton at last night’s house show.
- Mad Maxine, who got her start in wrestling through the Fabulous Moolah, issued a statement to Pro Wrestling Sheet about WWE announcing the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal for WrestleMania. In the statement, she writes about how Moolah treated women that she trained: “The Fabulous Moolah was a real-life heel. A lot of women paid to train at her school and then went out on the road. They risked life and limb in their matches and she repaid them with the worst kinds of abuses. She skimmed their money, she ignored women who were badly hurt, she pimped women out to creepy men and on and on.”
- Ronda Rousey discussed crossing over from mixed martial arts to pro wrestling while appearing on "The Ellen Show."
- The Bellas, Alicia Fox, and Carmella will be appearing on season two of TBS’ “Drop The Mic” rap battle series. They’ll be competing against Kate Nash, Jackie Tohn, Sunita Mani, and Britney Young, who are actresses from Netflix’s “GLOW” series.
- Today was Tamina’s last day in an arm sling as she recovers from shoulder surgery.
- Mike Kanellis thanked everyone who has supported him as he reached eight months sober: “As I sit here before #SDLive I feel the need to thank all the @WWEUniverse and all my fans before I got here, who have,over the last 8 months, tweeted me their encouragement and support. If you guys want to know what keeps me going, it’s you guys!! Thank You #WWE @WWE”
- WWE uploaded the new opening video for Raw.
- Triple H spoke to Robert Morris University’s Survey of WWE class via video.
- Sonya Deville was the guest on this week’s episode of “Chasing Glory” with Lilian Garcia.
- In conjunction with All In, “Starrcast” was officially announced for Labor Day weekend in Chicago. It’s a convention with wrestling podcasts and wrestling guests that will be joining them. Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and others who will be on All In are also scheduled to appear.
- The Bullet Club’s trip to Bar Wrestling, Hangman Page’s confrontation with Joey Ryan, and Kenny Omega being revealed as Bury the Bear at ROH’s 16 Anniversary PPV are featured on the latest edition of Being the Elite.
- Andrew Everett, Dezmond Xavier & DJZ vs. King Cuerno, Aerostar & Drago is the first match announced for the Impact Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground show in New Orleans on April 6th.
- Penta El Zero M vs. Nick Gage is also set for Joey Janela’s Spring Break II on April 6th.
- Vader tweeted last night that he was going in the hospital this morning for heart surgery: “Going in the hospital in the Am for heart surgery wish me luck and my Dr a good night's rest”
- Kimber Lee will be returning to CHIKARA and teaming with Los Ice Creams at this year’s King of Trios. Beyond Wrestling announced that she’ll be wrestling at their show in New Orleans on April 5th as well.
- During her appearance on “The Ellen Show,” Ronda Rousey answered a question about whether she’ll ever return to MMA: “I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo. No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting. I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”
- Yoel Romero said that he’ll be challenging for Robert Whittaker’s middleweight title at UFC 225 in Chicago.
- Alexander Gustafsson thinks Daniel Cormier is playing it safe by moving up to heavyweight.
- Luke Rockhold called out Michael Bisping on Instagram.
- Francis Ngannou is back in training after his loss to Stipe Miocic in January.
- Mirko Cro Cop insulted Roy Nelson after Nelson said he thinks Cro Cop is “back on the special supplements.”
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