THE LATEST NEWS
- WWE SmackDown ratings down for Fastlane go-home show
- Semifinals set for WWE Cruiserweight title tournament
- WWE SmackDown video highlights: Sami Zayn pins Kevin Owens
- WWE 205 Live results: Ali vs. Murphy, Gulak vs. Andrews
- WWE Mixed Match Challenge live results: Second round continues
- Nakamura vs. Rusev, women's tag match set for WWE Fastlane
- WWE SmackDown live results: The Fastlane go-home show
THE LATEST AUDIO
- WOL: RAW ratings, Smackdown, Fast Lane, Dr. Lucha and more! 3/7
- B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro from 19 years ago this week! 3/6
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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The XFL went from television's penthouse to its outhouse in record time as ratings plummeted on NBC to the point the entire league is already being labeled, just two weeks in, a major failure in most circles.It got so bad, that on 2/12, just eight days after the initial ratings for opening night came in at well above the levels even the most optimistic in NBC expected, that emergency meetings were held after an embarrassing show with a tremendous finish went 45 minutes long due to an alleged generator problem, an injury, and a double overtime.
WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
- NXT is taping television at Full Sail University tonight. The episodes will feature the final build to TakeOver: New Orleans and the continuation of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. There will also likely be an official update on Bobby Fish after he appeared to suffer a significant knee injury over the weekend.
- Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne replaced Tyler Bate & Trent Seven in the Dusty Classic and faced Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch in the first round.
- NXT also introduced the North American Championship as a secondary singles title and EC3 debuted at the tapings. The first champion will be crowned in a ladder match with EC3 and five other wrestlers at TakeOver.
- Teasing a potential match between the two, WWE.com posted an article about Ricochet and Velveteen Dream going back and forth on Twitter.
- Fabricio Werdum told MMA Fighting that he wants to compete in the UFC and WWE at the same time and initially said that he has a meeting with a WWE representative in San Diego on Thursday. But Werdum then tweeted that he spoke about maybe doing lucha libre: “Hey guys to make it clear I spoke about maybe doing Lucha libre in México. Not WWE. I meant wwe style (pro wrestling) but I am a @ufc fighter and my focus 100% is fighting in the ufc and whatever decision I make after my fighting career @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 will be involved.”
- Alexa Bliss & Braun Strowman defeated Naomi & Jimmy Uso last night to move on to the semifinals of Mixed Match Challenge. They’ll face Asuka & The Miz in two weeks. Next Tuesday’s match is Lana & Rusev vs. Charlotte Flair & Bobby Roode, with the winning team moving on to face the winners of a “second chance fan vote” in the semifinals.
- Strowman appeared on TMJ4 in Milwaukee prior to Raw on Monday.
- Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Jeff Hardy has gotten the okay from his surgeon and is waiting to be cleared to return to the ring by WWE.
- Nickelodeon revealed the character art for John Cena’s character in “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
- WBKO in Bowling Green, Kentucky interviewed Hillbilly Jim about being announced for the WWE Hall of Fame.
- Jeff Jarrett, who’s also in the 2018 Hall of Fame class, appeared at last night’s Nashville Predators hockey game.
- Jinder Mahal told The Indian Express that it’s his goal to win the WWE Championship again and defend it in India.
- Former WWE wrestler Eve Torres Gracie and Rener Gracie announced that they’re expecting their second child.
- WWE is partnering with the Special Olympics on a campaign to end the use of the “r-word.”
- Cesaro and Sheamus will be the guests on Edge and Christian’s podcast this week.
- Tenille Dashwood vs. Brandi Rhodes and Sumie Sakai vs. Hana Kimura in Women of Honor Championship tournament matches will air on Facebook Live on Friday prior to ROH’s 16th Anniversary PPV.
- Ahead of it airing on TV, ROH uploaded Dashwood and Stacy Shadows’ first round match on YouTube.
- Vegas Seven interviewed Dalton Castle ahead of ROH’s Anniversary show taking place at Sam’s Town Live on Friday.
- Chris Charlton started an Indiegogo campaign for his upcoming book “EGGSHELLS: Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo Dome“ and has already entered the stretch goals phase.
- Sami Callihan continued his storyline with Eddie Edwards in an interview with WrestleZone.
- David Bixenspan spoke to Cody Rhodes for an article about Cody and The Young Bucks’ “All In” show.
- An official hotel for All In weekend will be announced on Monday.
- Blackrock Productions acquired the rights to produce the book “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue” as a film or limited series.
- Dave Meltzer wrote an article about the ratings for the UFC 222 prelims for MMA Fighting. The broadcast averaged 905,000 viewers and peaked at 1,076,000 for Mackenzie Dern’s UFC debut.
- Holly Holm still wants to fight and isn’t considering retirement.
- The UFC announced Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes for UFC 225 in June. The show will take place in Chicago, with CM Punk rumored to have his second fight on the card.
- Darren Till is hoping to face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 224 in May.
- According to a study, MMA fighters cut more weight than athletes in other combat sports.
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