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Wrestling Observer Newsletter
The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: February 1, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2016 Royal Rumble, Road to Wrestlemania, more
Coverage of the Royal Rumble and where things lead to WrestleMania is the lead story in a jam-packed news issue of the Wrestling Observer. TNA’s statements regarding A.J. Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, the timing, what is accurate, and a lot that wasn’t in those statements as to why the deal didn’t happen. The process that led the stars from New Japan and more. The Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum injuries and title match cancellation and what directions UFC took to try and save it. More on the injury to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the death of Archie “Mongolian Stomper” Gouldie, some stories about his life and career. WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016, New Japan Fantatstica Mania tour with full rundowns and stories behind it, Nikki Bella injury and what led to the increase in ratings for Raw and Smackdown.
The story behind why HHH won the title, why it was the right booking decision given the destination, questions about the execution, the confusing Fast Lane main event, what the original booking plan was behind Roman Reigns ascension to the top and why it was so hard for Vince McMahon to decide against his winning at last year’s WrestleMania, and questions about the crowds at Fast Lane and Mania for the main events. Update WrestleMania, chart out the Royal Rumble with how long everyone was in, eliminations, and news, Rumble business, poll results and match-by-match results with star ratings.
The situation with New Japan losing talent, and how the CMLL stars did on the tour.
The arrival of Shinsuke Nakamura to WWE and why he’s in NXT, an update on Daniel Bryan, NXT finances for talent, another endorsement deal for Dwayne Johnson, notes on the next WWE network live special, updates on NXT talent coming to the main roster, lots of WWE injury notes, WWE plans for post-Mania and the European tour, Lesnar dates, details on NXT tapings as well as details on all the weekend WWE events.
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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE
Last night’s Wrestling Observer Radio with myself and Bryan Alvarez talking all the weekend news from UFC, TNA and WWE. We also talk in detail about the Awesome Kong/Reby Hardy incident that took place on Friday in the Manchester, England dressing room.
Pro Wrestling Sheet announced that at today’s Lucha Underground tapings that talent were told that there would be a third season, but not when filming was to begin. The scheduled right now is for July. It also said Lucha Underground would be hitting the iTunes store in a few months.
Beer Money captured the TNA tag team titles today in Birmingham, England, cashing in their briefcase, beating The Wolves.
At the UFC post-fight press conference, they said would be announcing the date for Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier rematch within the next week.
Tye Dillinger is the latest WWE injury, collapsing when landing reversing out of a vertical suplex against Sami Zayn, apparently blowing out his right knee. He will be evaluated tomorrow.
I’ll be on the MMA Hour at www.mma.fighting.com with Ariel Helwani tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Other guests on the show will be Benson Henderson, Fabricio Werdum, Scott Coker and Anthony Perosh.
Stephanie McMahon will be on Good Morning America tomorrow in the 8 a.m. hour.
Dwayne Johnson on Monday: “Ha well at WWE events, going off script is what I live for. So much more fun for the fans. Nightmare for Vince.”
WrestleMania Fan Axxess tickets for Dallas go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow with the code TWWETME
A John Layfield interview with Ron Simmons will air after Raw tomorrow night.
English translations of Shinsuke Nakamura’s promo from yesterday both in the ring and the press area
A story on WWE ref Charles Robinson
For yesterday, UFC was the seventh most searched term in the U.S. with more than 100,000. Among those ahead included the Pro Bowl, Serena Williams and NHL All-Star game. No. 16 was Sage Northcutt with 50,000.
Former WWE star Dave Bautista posted this: “Anyone who buys that goofy UFC Reebok shit is endorsing the fighters getting fucked out of their sponsorships. Just a thought.”
Phil Mushnick again rips on New York for considering legalizing MMA
Concern from Ireland that travel companies think there is less interest in people going to Las Vegas again so quickly
A crazy clip from a Joe Lauzon fighter from last night.
Southern States Wrestling did a Mongolian Stomper tribute on its TV show this week
Lucha Underground debuts tonight on TLM in Canada with shows at 10 p.m and midnight.
Bret Hart has started a company called Sharpshooter Funding, a capital investment firm to help small Canadian businesses that his son, Dallas, will be the head of sales for.
TV Asahi 2 in Japan announced they will be airing five hours of Antonio Inoki’s most famous matches on 2/20, which is Inoki’s 73rd birthday.
Gabi Castrovinci, known as Raquel in TNA (she was on Tough Enough this past season), had her first match last night against Santana Garrett in Orlando. Full results: Josh Parker b Rex Bacchus, Josh Hess & Ace Andrews b CT Brown & Alexx Light, Braydon Knight b Tyranus, Brandon Scherrer b Chico Adams, Mike Reed b Jonny Vandal, Santana Garrett b Rex Bacchus, Santana Garrett b Raquel to retain the Wonder of Stardom title, Rhett Giddins b Mark Silva-DQ, Rhett Ghddins b Mark Silva to keep the Florida title. Next show is 2/20.
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