The Latest from the F4W Staff
- Jeff Jarrett returns to TNA in consulting role; update on GFW's future
- SmackDown falls back below Raw after last week's ratings win
- Lucha Underground results: Johnny Mundo takes on The Mack
- Mark Andrews added to WWE UK tournament lineup
- NJPW New Year's Dash results: The return of Suzuki-gun
- WWE NXT results: DIY vs. TM61 in Melbourne
- Anthem Sports to acquire majority interest in TNA Wrestling
- WOL: Dave Meltzer's first SIX STAR MATCH, Jarrett and TNA, tons more! 1/5
- F4W's Best Of 2016 audio compilation, part three 1/5
- WOR: New Japan Tokyo Dome, Smackdown, 205 Live, Ronda Rousey buyrate, more! 1/5
- Big Audio Nightmare: Adam & Mike break down Wrestle Kingdom 11 1/4
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TNA returns to Pop TV for an almost live episode tonight at 8 p.m. The show is scheduled to end at 10:10 p.m., so set your DVR's for an extra time frame or you'll miss the climax of the show. Eddie Edwards will be defending the TNA title tonight.
WWE is also taping NXT for the next month tonight at Full Sail University. We'll have coverage up on the site later tonight.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: WWE's transformative 2016
Though the malaise of three-hour Raws and seemingly constant content often made it difficult to appreciate in the moment, 2016 was a transformative year for WWE that featured high points in diverse in-ring action. Some of the same problems that have long existed still remain as we enter the New Year. Raws are, indeed, too long... Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: January 9, 2017 - Ronda Rousey loses potential final fight, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 review
The legacy of Ronda Rousey, the woman who in many ways changed the course of MMA and combat sports and entertainment history, took another unique turn on 12/30. In her return 13 months after suffering her first career loss, she was beaten in just 48 seconds when challenging bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes, the hardest puncher in the division, came out landing punches. Rousey showed no head movement or punch defense as she just took one punch after another to the head until the fight was stopped...
Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada may have put on the greatest match in pro wrestling history in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11 on 1/4 at the Tokyo Dome. The 46:45 classic, coming at the end of a show that lasted five hours and 40 minutes, set New Japan’s all-time record for live foreign streaming viewers, peaking at about 7:30 a.m. Eastern time. A Jim Ross/Josh Barnett commentated version of the match will air on 1/13 on AXS TV, which very well could be the best one hour pro wrestling television show ever...
Some key changes have been made to what was the WrestleMania show, although what those changes are isn’t confirmed. Three of the key bouts remain Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg, Seth Rollins vs. HHH and Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal. Aside from a Raw women’s title match, of which there are at least two different possibilities, everything else is up for grabs. The only other non-regular confirmed as wrestling on the show is Undertaker....
There is a saying that justice delayed is justice denied. That saying may as well have been put on the tombstone of Nancy Argentino back in 1983. Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach officially dropped all charges against Jimmy Snuka, 73, in the death of Argentino due to ruling that Snuka was mentally incompetent to stand trial...
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WON BACK ISSUE: December 12, 1999: WWF slightly tones down product, Vince Russo on WOL, more - After a week of bad publicity which sent sponsors running and sent its stock plummeting, the kinder, gentler WWF came back with a toned down Smackdown and a slightly toned down, although you'd have to examine to closely to notice, Raw show... Subscribers click here to continue.
THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
Bryan and I have a show up right now covering the Tokyo Dome show and the business of UFC 207 among other topics, plus another show with Rock Rims covering his book on the history of pro wrestling in Northern California.
We got some more news on the weekend incidents involving Alberto (Del Rio) Rodriguez and brother Guillermo in Austria. This is from an eye witness who was there for both skirmishes. The version verified the police statements about the incident printed in the new issue and that some of the tabloid coverage was exaggerated. Alberto & Guillermo were actually scheduled to leave and return home for an early morning flight, and be driven at about 2:30 a.m. to Vienna for their flight home after their match on Friday. Alberto then asked promoter Chris Raaber if they could stay an extra day and he'd use his miles to change the flights and so that happened.
There was a fight between Alberto and a 26-year-old Austrian and punches were thrown. Guillermo jumped in to help his brother. It wasn't a bad fight but Alberto did deliver some damage to the guy, and he was bruised up but not hurt badly. The police were called. At the police station, the two brothers started arguing in Spanish so nobody knew what they were saying or fighting over. The belief was Guillermo was just trying to calm Alberto down and Alberto was yelling at him. Alberto did break the zip-ties and they used ankle shackles, but the shackles were around Alberto's wrists, not his ankles.
There was a back of a chair broken off and some blood splattered on the wall from Alberto and Guillermo's fight. Guillermo was not knocked out as per media reports, but he did go to two different hospitals and took a train to the airport while Alberto had already left by cab. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
Jeff & Karen Jarrett are in Orlando for the TNA tapings, as is Dutch Mantell. Also at the tapings include Brooke Tessmacher, Davey Richards, Angelina Love and Caleb Konley. Tonight's show will also, at least theoretically, promote a PPV show that takes place on Friday night.
Suzuki Gun and Dragon Lee appeared earlier today at New Year's Dash at Korakuen Hall. Key matches set up included Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP title, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. for the IWGP tag team titles, Tetsuya Naito vs. Michael Elgin for the IC title and Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee for the jr. titles.
New Japan World picked up 5,500 new subscribers from the U.S. alone on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We are on verge of getting more feedback to Wrestle Kingdom than any show since either the 2015 or 2014 WrestleMania, depending on the next two days, which is ridiculous when you think about it. But it is almost a lock at this point to break last year's WrestleMania number.
- As noted on the front page, Mark Andrews, whose TNA contract expired a few days ago, has signed with WWE and will be part of the U.K. championship tournament that takes place 1/14 and 1/15 in Blackpool, England.
- Presale for the 3/12 afternoon house show in Madison Square Garden is going on now and ends at 10 p.m. tomorrow with the code WWEMSG
- Mark Hunt has agreed to face Alistair Overeem on the 3/4 show in Las Vegas. Hunt had been turning down fights stating that he wanted it in his contract that if his opponent fails a drug test, he could get their entire purse. UFC wouldn't agree to it. But Hunt said that at some point, he has to fight to support his family. He's been outspoken that he felt the $250,000 fine that Brock Lesnar received was far too lenient.
- A story on betting in the Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes fight is here.
- New Japan has a press conference in a few hours where they will likely announce the Fantastica Mania tour matches.
- A quick reminder that tomorrow night's CMLL show airs live and free on Claro Sports and on paper, it's an usually strong lineup. I believe New Year's Dash is also available on the New Japan World site for free. I know it was free earlier today when it was live.
- First Light, a daily hour-long radio magazine show that airs on 300 stations on its section on famous birthdays, noted that of Jim Ross earlier this week.
- A story on a survey examining the popularity of various wrestling companies is here.
- More on the death of UFC studio producer Adam Geller, which we talked about on the radio show last night. It was Lennie Hardt, not Howard Finkel, who did his wedding and we've got a ridiculously awesome clip from his wedding is here.
- A story on the remake of World of Sport wrestling is here.
- CZW on 1/14 in Voorhees, NJ with Joe Gacy defending the title against Rickey Shane Page.
- Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9) and Adam Piccolotti (9-0) vs. Brent Primus have been added to the 2/18 Bellator show in San Jose. That's the show headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione.
- AAW on Saturday night in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus has Sami Callihan vs. John Morrison for the AAW title, ACH vs. Jake Crist for the AAW Heritage title, Rey Fenix vs. Michael Elgin, Silas Young vs. Colt Cabana and more.
- Ontario independent wrestler Bill Skullion has opened up a wrestling school called the Lucha Slam Championship Wrestling Training Centre in Brantford, ONT at 183 Erie Ave. The grand opening will be Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m. The head instructors will be Skullion and Kaitlin Diemond. They also plan to run monthly shows out of the gym.
- NWL KC debuts on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City. They will be announcing the new Kansas City championship title, showing the belt and detailing the tournament that will crown the first champion.
- Carnaval de Lucha on 1/29 at Variety Village in Scarborough, ONT featuring Josh Alexander, Super Smash Brothers, and Sami Callihan.
- NWX on 1/22 at the CWF Training Facility in St. Catharines, ONT featuring Rene Dupree.
- Rock Solid Wrestling on 2/20 at 1 p.m. in Wasaga Beach, ONT at the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka Reeplex
Today in Professional Wrestling History (1/5): Kerry Von Erich wins World Class gold
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