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​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Can a reboot salvage 205 Live?, pt. 2

It may take a while before we know whether the ongoing 205 Live reboot will be able to salvage the show, but there were positive developments both on television and behind the scenes last week. The most encouraging sign from last Tuesday's show was Roderick Strong advancing to the second round of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament. 

WON NEWSLETTER: February 12, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Wrestlemania plans, All Japan streaming service

An update on the road to WrestleMania, including the future prospects for Brock Lesnar, the story behind Ronda Rousey, changes this past week and what they mean for upcoming shows and the next three PPV cards being looked at is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at WWE vs. UFC for Lesnar, the contract term, the comparisons, why his leaving was a given at one point and isn't right now, changes in the Chamber match and different directions things can go. 

Read about the XFL, the weak heel side of WWE, Rey Mysterio Jr. talks WWE return, Takeover for WrestleMania card, Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament, notes on 2019 WrestleMania, changes to 205 Live, storyline stemming from a crazy real-life story, another new Dwayne Johnson project, success of Jumanji, Raw U.K. numbers, debut of Ricochet in WWE, several injury updates, 205 Live touring, advance ticket sales for shows, movie with WWE star, plus some notes on people training this past week at the Performance Center tryouts.

Look at All Japan's first show of the year and its Champion Carnival tournament, and streaming service.

Find out about the injury to Max Holloway and how UFC has shuffled around booking, what major match is now out the window, who is Yana Kunitskaya and why is she main eventing while having never fought in UFC, what prior ideas UFC had and notes on other major fights the company has tried to put together.

The UFC show in Belem, Brazil is reviewed with thoughts on Mario Yamasaki as referee, weight cutting, and lot of business notes on the show including the most intriguing business note of all when it comes to television and streaming.

This issue covers the debut show of 5 Star Wrestling on Freesports, looking at the matches and direction, as well as the situation with Booker T and Corey Graves as well.

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WON BACK ISSUE: January 29, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, Shawn Michaels to return

In what was one of the best PPVs in the history of the WWF, the company gave a big tease for the eventual Rock vs. Steve Austin match which at this point still looks to be the headliner at Wrestlemania, putting Austin over in the Rumble. The show, featuring some strong highs and only a few lows, featured an early match of the year candidate in the Chris Jericho IC title win over Chris Benoit in a ladder match.

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • Two title matches are set to air on tonight’s episode of NXT. Pete Dunne defends his WWE United Kingdom Championship against Roderick Strong and Shayna Baszler again challenges for Ember Moon’s NXT Women’s title.
  • Rusev & Lana moved on to the second round of Mixed Match Challenge by defeating Elias & Bayley last night. Though she has wins in NXT, it’s the first time Lana has ever won a match on the main roster. The final first round matchup will take place next week, with Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair facing Apollo Crews & Nia Jax. The winner of that will face Rusev & Lana in the next round.
  • Last night’s Mixed Match Challenge currently has 1.5 million views on Facebook, which is in line with what the show has been doing.
  • Charlotte Flair, Naomi & Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan in a six-woman tag match is set for SmackDown next Tuesday.
  • Big E tweeted about the significance of The New Day wearing kente cloth this month: “Yes, we’re wearing kente because it’s Black Panther season & Black History Month. No, you should not come for us because you think we’re being divisive & schismatic. Yes, we’re going to take some time to acknowledge our dreads, our Afro puffs, and our chocolatey skin.”
  • In court documents filed in Ford’s lawsuit against John Cena, Cena claimed that there was nothing in the contract he signed that prevented him from selling a rare Ford GT he bought within 24 months after the sale. Ford alleges that Cena profited off of the car and wasn’t allowed to sell it within two years after being selected in the application process.
  • PWInsider reported that Big Cass has been working out at the Performance Center recently, though they noted that they haven’t heard he’s been taking bumps in the ring. Cass underwent knee surgery last August to repair a torn ACL.
  • Titus O’Neil tweeted that he’s in the process of writing a book.
  • Edge & Christian appeared on the most recent episode of the Steve Austin Show.
  • The Miz spoke to TV Guide about how being on the Real World helped him prepare for pro wrestling.
  • Members of the WWE roster revealed their childhood celebrity crushes.

Pro Wrestling

UFC/MMA

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Austin vs. McMahon in steel cage match

WRESTLING OBSERVER / F4W - WRESTLEMANIA 34 in NEW ORLEANS

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Here we go again! It's back to New Orleans for Wrestlemania 34 and a huge weekend of spectacular professional wrestling related fun and wackiness. EdinSanAntonio Productions along with the Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Empire~! is proud to present the annual Wrestlemania weekend trip details. This huge weekend includes a number of website "members only" events. Below are the two events currently scheduled. Click here for full event details.

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  • WHAT: Wrestling Observer Radio LIVE Podcast Recording with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez
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