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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch win Royal Rumbles

For the second straight year, WWE went with two fan-pleasing choices as their Royal Rumble winners. WWE followed up on Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka's wins from last year by having Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch win their respective Rumble matches on Sunday night. The results were entirely predictable, but that doesn't mean they weren't the right choices. While there are other stories that WWE can tell, top babyfaces beginning their road to WrestleMania by winning the Royal Rumble will pretty much always work. 

WON NEWSLETTER: January 28, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Future of Ronda Rousey, Royal Rumble preview, more

A quick note that the format of this issue is different due to the fact I messed up my left hand in a bicycle crash on 1/24 making typing extremely difficult.

This issue has complete Royal Rumble and NXT results with eliminations, stats, and facts, plus Dave's comments. It also includes star ratings, NXT awards, and notes on the post show angle.

Roman Reigns is going to be in the Rock's new movie. There were some photos of Roman Reigns last week from where he's been filming the new sequel of the Fast and the Furious franchise, which had been kept kind of quiet. Reigns is playing Rock's character Hobbs' brother...

AEW released a short video with Cody Rhodes talking about signing Jungle Boy and the announcement that on February 7th, there is a Ticket Announcement Party at the MGM from Las Vegas. Brandi teased announcing more women at that event. There is a lot of talent expected at that event. CIMA is likely going to be there...

NJPW is very confident that it will not be an issue by the time the MSG G1 Supercard show comes up, with it being several months away...

From reports of the Dallas, TX Road to G1 Supercard show, Shibata's students, Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks, and Alex Coughlin are all seemed as really good in the technical aspect, with all their basics down, as they're being trained with the Japanese New Japan Dojo mentality. Shibata, who is the lead trainer in the US Dojo, has interpreters with him at all time during training...

Matt Sydal's contract with Impact Wrestling ended January 1st. He should be ready in a couple of months from a minor knee surgery he got last week...

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  • Raw tonight will take place at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The key segment being pushed is Stephanie McMahon inviting Becky Lynch to Raw after choosing Ronda Rousey over Asuka for a WrestleMania title match. Other matches include Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental title, Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross in a Elimination Chamber qualifying match and Jeff Jarrett vs. Elias. Kurt Angle will also be on the show to address his future.
  • PWInsider reported that Paige is scheduled to be at this week’s Raw and SmackDown, noting that it’s likely to promote this month’s release of “Fighting with My Family.”
  • WWE uploaded a “Day Of” video from behind the scenes at the Royal Rumble.
  • The latest #205Life episode features Hideo Itami as he prepared to depart WWE and return to Japan.
  • Triple H posted a picture of the custom title belt that WWE is sending the New England Patriots for winning this year’s Super Bowl.

Pro Wrestling

  • MLW’s Court Bauer tweeted about Pentagon Jr. and Fenix: “I want to thank @PENTAELZEROM @ReyFenixMx for an extraordinary 7+ months as the @MLW World Tag Team Champions. Mas chingons! MLW will always embrace you as family as you helped build this house. Wherever you go next always know you both are 1000000000% leyendas de Lucha Libre!”
  • Jay Lethal, at 646 days, has surpassed Samoa Joe as having the most total combined days as ROH champion.
  • New Japan World added a two part documentary that looked at the match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
  • The Great Sasuke announced that he is taking a year-long hiatus after his 50th birthday on 7/18. Citing multiple injuries in recent years, he wants to take time to heal.
  • Kris Wolf on her blog says that following her current tour, she is retiring.
  • The NWA launched a video series on National Champion Willie Mack.
  • Flip Gordon has started physical training following a torn MCL in his right knee.


  • Henry Cejudo is now open to the idea of having a rematch against TJ Dillashaw at 125 after Dillashaw made remarks calling his win a fluke. “If T.J. wants to run it back at 125 we can,” he told MMAJunkie. “If he still feels like he can beat me at ’25, let’s just run it again. To go to ’35 would be for the legacy, but I’m not opposed to him coming down to ’25 again. I’m not opposed to it.”
  • He also told MMAJunkie that the UFC has cut flyweight Dustin Ortiz.
  • Marlon Moraes says he has one fight left in his contract. He wants new contract and guaranteed title shot, and isn’t interested in anything else.
  • Rafael dos Anjos called out Conor McGregor on Twitter: “We have unfinished business, we got close to get it done twice. You pick the weightclass #RDA #Brasil #JesusFirst”
  • Aspen Ladd, who was removed from a UFC 235 bout against Holly Holm, wants UFC to give her a fight.
  • The first Embedded episode ahead of UFC 234 is now up.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Sabu & The Tazmaniac win ECW Tag Team titles

Ed in San Antonio presents the WRESTLEMANIAWeekend Events (more to be added):

  • Sunday, April 6th, at 12:00 pm: Lunch (all you can eat) at Churrascaria Plataforma ($90 per person), located at 316 W. 49th street in Manhattan. Purchase tickets here~!
  • Luxury Bus to MetLife Stadium for Wrestlemania: We will depart from the Hilton Midtown (site of Wrestlecon) located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Departure time is 4:00 pm and will return from MetLife approximately 30 mins after the event. Times are subject to change, and cost $67.00 per person for the round trip. Purchase tickets here~!