The Latest from the F4W Staff
- AJ Styles-Jinder Mahal title match boosts WWE SmackDown ratings
- Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn removed from WWE European tour
- WWE Birmingham live results: Angle, Rollins & Ambrose vs. Joe & The Bar
- WWE UK title match set for pre-NXT TakeOver: War Games
- John Cena added to SmackDown's WWE Survivor Series team
- WWE SmackDown video highlights: AJ Styles wins the WWE title
- WWE 205 Live results: Enzo Amore vs. Tyler Bate
- Three matches set for WWE SmackDown next week
- WWE SmackDown live results: Mahal vs. Styles for the WWE title
- WOL: AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal, John Cena to Survivor Series, Zayn and Owens, more! 11/8
- WOR: Ric Flair 30 for 30, plus AJ Styles beats Jinder Mahal 11/8
- B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro from 19 years ago this week! 11/7
In a match that seemed impossible not all that long ago and was still pretty shocking when the announcement was made, Chris Jericho will face Kenny Omega for New Japan Pro Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th. That was confirmed in a video at NJPW's Power Struggle event last weekend after Omega had defeated Trent Barreta to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:November 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE quarter financials, Manami Toyota retiring, more
The most complete look anywhere at WWE business over the summer and fall is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plus a look at three major documentaries out next week, two Hall of Famer retirements and Survivor Series and WWE booking updates.
Look at WWE's positive financial reports at a time when some of the usual base categories are disappointing and what led to them. Read actual numbers in detail, how the stock is doing, how this quarter compared historically, as well as financial projections for the rest of the year and into next year.
Check out the TV rights situation, how the UFC negotiations look to tell the story for WWE and what the UFC negotiations say, what happens when WWE's biggest TV deals expire as well as when the company expects to finalize deals in all of those markets going forward.
Read why the network is more profitable even with slower growth than projected, including different projections, exactly how many people signed up and canceled the WWE network in recent months and how it compares to last year. There are notes on WWE plans going forward for different changes with WWE network, the arena business, the changes in the pro wrestling business as well as looking at the Jinder Mahal question, has he helped, has he hurt and what the numbers say.
Plus, read about U.K. revenue, why YouTube views seem to mean nothing as far as driving revenue, the China experiment, as well as where WWE money comes from as far as what country over he past four years.
Find out if stronger marquee PPVs effects the network, as well as the remnants of the PPV business, how much WWE spends on tapings, the home video business, the digital media business, as well as the live event business and merchandise figures. Also, look at NXT numbers, Performance Center costs and other businesses the company has stake in.
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It's come down to the finish line in the story of how the wrestling industry is going to shake down. Exactly what the future of World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling will end up being is up in the air, and it has never been a more harrowing time to be a full-time pro wrestler in the United States.
WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
- After losing the WWE Championship at yesterday’s SmackDown tapings, Jinder Mahal took to Instagram to deny rumors about why he dropped the title: “To @ajstylesp1, you were the better man for one night. Six months I held the #WWEChamoionship, defended it countless times, all over the world. I will one day raise the title again. To my haters and wrestling ‘insiders’, this was NOT an experiment, I am NOT injured, I have NOT violated the wellness policy. So keep throwing shade my way , it only motivates me.”
- AJ Styles thanked the fans in the UK for how they treated him last night and throughout his career: “Judging by the reaction in Manchester last night after winning the WWE championship you’d think I was from the UK. Truth is, I’ve spent a lot of time in this part of the world and they have always treated me as one of their own. Thank you”
- WWE’s video clip of Styles winning the championship has over two million views on YouTube as of now, which is a strong number.
- ESPN has full video of their Ric Flair 30 for 30 available to watch online for those with cable subscriptions.
- Rory Karpf, the director of the documentary, wrote that The Undertaker brewed coffee and had snacks for their crew and was one of the nicest people he’s ever interviewed.
- ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast series has an episode about the Flair documentary that includes an additional conversation with Flair and Karpf.
- St. Louis today ran an article on Flair and other characters from Wrestling at the Chase.
- Chris Jericho discussed his match against Kenny Omega at the beginning of today’s episode of his podcast. Jericho said he would tell the whole story later but noted that he’s been working on the match for a couple of months, that Omega is the best performer in pro wrestling today, and it’s a best in the world vs. best in the world type of situation with him coming off the best run of his career. Jericho said they’re working on other ways for people to see the match in addition to New Japan World. Later in the episode, Austin Aries made an appearance to discuss his release from WWE.
- John Cena tweeted a message about being added to SmackDown’s Survivor Series team: “I am ready to answer the call where ever and whenever I’m needed. Where? #SDLive When? #SurvivorSeries”
- Rusev also posted an in-character tweet about Cena being added to the team: “Congrats to my friend John Cena who qualified for the survivor series fair and square...... go get them TIGER”
- PWInsider reported that Rockstar Spud will be signing with WWE and starting with the company once all of his visa paperwork has been completed. Spud was formerly with Impact Wrestling.
- The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Mike Bennett looking for houses in Chicago.
- Today is IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada’s 30th birthday.
- Matt Morgan won his political race for District 4 Commissioner in Longwood, Florida with 58.5 percent of the vote.
- Matt Riddle will face WALTER at EVOLVE 97 in Melrose, Massachusetts on December 10th. That show will also have Zack Sabre Jr. defending his EVOLVE Championship against Jaka.
- EVOLVE has a video on Darby Allin’s journey in pro wrestling that revolves around him living in his car.
- John Hennigan will team with Shane Strickland against Allin & Jimmy Havoc at MLW: Never Say Never in Orlando, Florida on December 7th.
- Lian O’Rourke has a book on the life of Brian Pillman.
- Frankie Edgar has been pulled from his scheduled fight against Max Holloway at UFC 218 due to an injury. Ariel Helwani reported that Edgar, who was supposed to challenge for Holloway’s featherweight title in the show’s main event, will be ready to fight again in 12 weeks.
- Holly Holm’s agent said that Holm vs. Cris “Cyborg” Justino won’t be happening at UFC 219 due to not being able to come to financial terms on the fight.
- Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson’s father claimed that they haven’t been approached about facing Darren Till and aren’t interested in the matchup right now.
- Chael Sonnen said Georges St-Pierre looked the worst he’s ever seen at UFC 217, but it still didn’t matter because of how skilled GSP is.
- GSP gifted his middleweight title belt to his wrestling coach.
Today in Professional Wrestling History: Bockwinkel defeats Gagne for first AWA World Title
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