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​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly 1/22/2018: Recapping WWE Raw 25

With a rare opportunity to present an episode that reached a bit beyond WWE's usual audience, Raw's 25th anniversary show took place in New York City on Monday night. It was the most-anticipated Raw of the year, with WWE putting their full promotional force behind the event and inviting seemingly every available name from the past. With a rare opportunity to present an episode that reached a bit beyond WWE's usual audience, Raw's 25th anniversary show took place in New York City on Monday night. 

WON NEWSLETTER: January 22, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Paige's in-ring career with WWE over, Reigns steroid allegations, more

A look at the career of Paige and the injuries that appeared to end it is one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Read about her career, the movie on her life that is forthcoming, how the movie affected the last few years, details of the injury, how this compares to Bryan Danielson, how the movie got started, her life before WWE and her role in the changes in the WWE women's division.

Look at the situation with Conor McGregor, as well as a huge show UFC is looking at doing in the fall.

Read comments on the Roman Reigns allegations and the WWE background on how different allegations have been handled.

There are changes in plans of the rumble show, an update on a lot of talent talking with WWE, many coming into WWE, history of why Bobby Lashley left WWE, former TNA star talks wanting to move to WWE, Jey Uso's DWI arrest, notes on a lot of new talent starting at the Performance Center, Cena projects on Nickelodeon, who is coming in for 25th Raw, who isn't coming to the 25th Raw and why, and a complete scheduled for Mixed Match Challenge.

Check out how house show plans changed with the Samoa Joe injury, WWE injury notes, WWE signs new giant, UFC star's name talked about for WWE, Cena and Rock move notes, WWE stock price value and most-watched shows for the week on the WWE Network. Look at the WWE and NXT arena events over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

Look at the head-to-head battle with UFC and Bellator this week, the hoped for stardom of Francis Ngannou, Sonnen vs. Rampage, Cormier vs. Oezdemir and more.

Read about the UFC show in St. Louis and the most emotional moment in UFC television history. Plus, look at the unique nature of how the television audience changed and why the ratings were so high.

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WON BACK ISSUE: January 8, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Paul Heyman considering selling ECW, more on Wrestler of the Year, more

Citing a number of factors, including the enormous pressure he's been under over the past year, the large company debt and what he sees as the future landscape of the business, Paul Heyman said he was in serious negotiations to sell either a majority share or all of Extreme Championship Wrestling.

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • Asuka submitted Carmella with an armbar as Asuka & The Miz advanced over Carmella & Big E on Mixed Match Challenge last night. The show peaked at over 90,000 viewers live and has over 680,000 views as of now. Both of those numbers are down from last week. Asuka & Miz will face Sasha Banks & Finn Balor in the next round, with their match set for week seven of the tournament.
  • Big E wrote a post on Instagram praising Carmella as a partner: “I couldn’t ask for a better partner. She’s clearly always willing to use unconventional means to achieve victory. She’s also made this past month an absurd amount of fun. My only regret is that it took me this long to fully realize how funny, creative and gifted she is.”
  • Next week’s Mixed Match Challenge match is Alexa Bliss & Braun Strowman vs. Becky Lynch & Sami Zayn.
  • Samir Singh will be out of action for a while due to tearing his ACL. Singh revealed that he suffered the injury last week and wrote that the past week has been emotional for him.
  • Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon, and AJ Styles will appear together on an upcoming episode of Table for Three.
  • Styles made his WWE debut in the Royal Rumble on this day two years ago.
  • WWE uploaded their annual “by the numbers” video for the Royal Rumble.
  • Sasha Banks appeared on MTV’s TRL yesterday.
  • Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, and X-Pac reflected on returning to the Manhattan Center for Raw 25.
  • Corey Graves will be the guest on Edge & Christian’s podcast this week.

Pro Wrestling

  • PWG announced the card for their next show, which will be called Neon Knights and will take place on February 16th: PWG World Champion Chuck Taylor defending against Trent Barreta Keith Lee vs. Matt Riddle Flip Gordon (making his PWG debut) vs. Zack Sabre Jr. David Starr vs. Travis Banks Dalton Castle vs. Joey Janela Adam Brooks vs. Matt Sydal
  • Impact Wrestling will have a live road show with Border City Wrestling and Destiny Wrestling at the Don Kolov Arena in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on March 4th. The show will be on Impact’s Twitch channel. (thanks to reader Jake Koch)
  • Hirai Kawato is set to make his CMLL debut as a rudo at Arena Mexico next week as he heads there on excursion. NJPW has post-match comments with English subtitles from Kawato’s final match before going to Mexico.
  • Dick Togo will be undergoing medical treatment after being diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis bacteria.
  • wXw announced that Keith Lee will replace Jeff Cobb in their 16 Carat Gold tournament in March. The tournament will take place on March 9-11, and Cobb had to withdraw due to Lucha Underground tapings being scheduled.
  • Terri Runnels’ new podcast debuted on MLW Radio this week.

UFC/MMA

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Vince McMahon wins 1999 Royal Rumble

WRESTLING OBSERVER / F4W - WRESTLEMANIA 34 in NEW ORLEANS

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