The Latest from the F4W Staff
WWE SmackDown live results: Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
Brock Lesnar informs the UFC of his retirement from MMA
WWE Raw ratings hold steady on Monday night
Senate confirms Linda McMahon to lead Small Business Administration
WWE Raw video highlights: The Festival of Friendship
Report: Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather come to financial terms on mega-fight
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena WWE title match set for SmackDown
WWE Raw live results: Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley
WOR: Raw, new champion, friendship smashed, more! 2/14
WOL: WWE Elimination Chamber fallout and Road to WrestleMania 2/13
WOR: Elimination Chamber, ROH, WhatCulture PPV, more! 2/13
B&V: WWE Elimination Chamber PPV, Vinny on New Japan, more! 2/12
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 2/13/2017: Bray Wyatt’s overdue WWE Championship win
From nearly the moment The Wyatt Family debuted on the main roster, Bray Wyatt’s place as a future WWE Champion seemed almost certain. The only surprising thing about Wyatt capturing the title is that it took until Sunday night at the Elimination Chamber, where he was finally presented as the force that WWE has all too often failed to portray him as over the last three-plus years… Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: February 13, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW New Beginning review, WWE Fast Lane/Elimination Chamber cards, more
An update on the WWE’s WrestleMania plans and then two PPV’s leading to WrestleMania is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We update the situation with the Seth Rollins vs. HHH proposed match, new matches that have changed due to injuries, update injured talent and a new proposed championship match on the Mania show, as well as more on different planned matches.
We also look at plans for both Elimination Chamber and Fast Lane.
We’ve got full coverage of the New Beginning in Sapporo show headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings, poll results and business notes. We look at the build up angle and the story behind the main event, and this week’s show in Osaka.
We look at the big coup by WWE Studios working with Dwayne Johnson, a current WWE star being talked about for doing MMA, Kurt Angle talks wrestling in WWE, NXT Takeover Orlando notes, and lots of thoughts on the XFL documentary and key points that were not in.
We also have more WWE WrestleMania week plans, more on Mike Adamle and his battle against dementia and his background, update on a lot of WWE injuries, a surprise coach at the Performance Center and update on where that come from, and another WWE movie project.
We also have tons of notes on the wrestlers brought to the Performance Center this past week as well as other athletes for tryouts, including who they are and their backgrounds including some very unique prospects. We also look at the most-watched shows of the past week on the network as well as a rundown of all the WWE and NXT arena events this past week with both highlights and business notes.
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WON BACK ISSUE: January 24, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WCW Souled Out review, WCW turmoil, more
The most tumultuous four-day period in the recent history of World Championship Wrestling started with WCW getting the word that an injury would cause champion and main eventer Bret Hart to miss the Souled Out PPV. As dominos starting falling one by one, it ended with a new booker, the crowning of a new champion who asked to be released from his contract anyway, and his vacating the title voluntarily some 18 hours later and possibly with several wrestlers leaving the company… Subscribers click here to continue.
TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE
Gran Metalik is scheduled to make his 205 Live debut tonight, with Neville vs. TJ Perkins also set for the show.
Bobby Roode vs. Kassius Ohno for the NXT title is being advertised for next week’s NXT TV tapings at the University of Central Florida. Shinsuke Nakamura returns to TV on that show as well.
Vince Vaughn has been tapped for a role in “Fighting with my Family,” the film that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s production company is producing about Paige and her family. Vaughn will play an “80’s wrestling star who squandered his money and opportunities because he didn’t have the capacity to handle his fame.”
WWE announced Braun Strowman vs. Big Show for next week’s Raw.
Kelly Kelly was backstage at Raw, with WWE posting a video on their YouTube channel teasing her making an appearance at WrestleMania.
DIY reacted to Kevin Owens turning on Chris Jericho during the Festival of Friendship.
Heath Slater and The Ascension’s rental car was broken into during WWE’s trip to Oakland for a house show on Monday.
Bray Wyatt got the custom plates for his WWE Championship. Troy University also has an article on Wyatt becoming WWE Champion.
Ring of Honor has announced Jay Lethal vs. Cody Rhodes in a Texas bullrope match and The Kingdom defending their trios titles against Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser, and a mystery partner for the promotion’s WrestleMania weekend show in Lakeland, Florida on April 1st.
Marty Scurll defending the TV title against Lio Rush is also set for ROH’s 15th Anniversary PPV on March 10th in Las Vegas.
In addition to the Honor Rising cards that were released, NJPW announced a Togi Makabe 20th anniversary show for February 21st at Korakuen Hall. Makabe will team with Tomoaki Honma against Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano in the show’s main event.
Kazuchika Okada is scheduled to face Tiger Mask W in a non-title match for NJPW on March 6th.
Joey Janela has announced a WrestleMania week show that will take place in Orlando on March 30th, with Matt Riddle vs. Dan Severn and Eddie Kingston vs. Matt Tremont already scheduled.
Dave Meltzer appeared on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast.
After reports claimed that he and Conor McGregor had agreed to financial terms on their potential boxing super-fight, Floyd Mayweather tweeted that no deals have been made and he’ll be the first to let the world know if he does come out of retirement.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is re-evaluating Conor McGregor’s punishment for his bottle-throwing incident at the UFC 202 press conference prior to his fight against Nate Diaz.
Karim Zidan has an article on Bleacher Report focusing on the UFC’s unsuccessful pursuit of Fedor over the years.
Luke Rockhold is targeting a fight with Jacare Souza.
Johny Hendricks commented on his weight cut now that he’s moved up to middleweight.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alan Jouban is set for the UFC’s show in London on March 18th.
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