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WWE SmackDown ratings down for post-Rumble episode
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Mandy Rose replacing Alicia Fox in WWE Mixed Match Challenge
WWE SmackDown video highlights: Styles teams with Nakamura
WWE 205 Live results: Cruiserweight title tournament begins
Rockstar Spud debuts as WWE 205 Live GM, title tournament set
Two matches set for WWE SmackDown next week
WWE Mixed Match Challenge live results: Strowman-Bliss vs. Zayn-Lynch
WWE SmackDown live results: The road to WrestleMania begins
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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly 1/22/2018: Recapping WWE Raw 25
With a rare opportunity to present an episode that reached a bit beyond WWE’s usual audience, Raw’s 25th anniversary show took place in New York City on Monday night. It was the most-anticipated Raw of the year, with WWE putting their full promotional force behind the event and inviting seemingly every available name from the past. With a rare opportunity to present an episode that reached a bit beyond WWE’s usual audience, Raw’s 25th anniversary show took place in New York City on Monday night.
WON NEWSLETTER: January 29, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Enzo Amore rape allegations, WWE Raw 25, plus tons of news
The most detailed coverage of the Enzo Amore allegations and firing is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Look at all sides of the story, from the allegations by Philomena Sheahan, details of who was in the room, why WWE was so quick to fire him, her claims, claims of people who know her, what is in the text message, the problem with the police investigation, what is next for 205 Live and plans that have been scrapped.
Also have a look at the WWE this week, including Raw 25, angles on the show, WrestleMania current plans, future of Brock Lesnar, Royal Rumble, the Takeover special, what audience flocked to Raw that usually doesn’t, how Raw viewer patterns have changed since the last similar special, what age group nearly doubled from last week, and how the gender split changed.
Read about the history of Raw, why it was moved quickly from the Manhattan Center, the move to two hours, how close the show came to being canceled and why it wasn’t, when the show started making the company significant money, how Raw and Vince McMahon in 2005 were responsible for the start of a major sports franchise, the story of Raw going to Spike and back to USA, and what are really the longest lasting wrestling shows in U.S. television history.
Full coverage of Raw 25 inside this issue.
Check out the Podcastone situation and why people are leaving, more on the 2019 Royal Rumble plans, more on WWE stock and the move being made for a cheap WWE Network sub and the reason, George Barrios says strange things about WWE talent contracts, Hogan talks Bullet Club and the smoke to that fire, Cena movie gets Academy Award nomination, Cena up for lead for another movie, success of Dwayne Johnson’s current movie, funny quotes from Michaels & HHH about Goldberg being a Hall of Famer from a few years ago, and more WWE injuries.
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WON BACK ISSUE: January 15, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2000 Year End Awards, final ECW PPV reviewed, plus tons of news
In what may have been the swan song of the promotion, ECW promised a “holy shit” surprise, which prompted debates over methods of promotion today as well as if there is any future left with the company in the wake of losing its New York television, cancelling next month’s PPV and not even producing a new TV show in the go-home week before a PPV show.
WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
Roderick Strong will be appearing on 205 Live next week as part of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament. Strong vs. Hideo Itami and Kalisto vs. Lince Dorado are set for the episode. It’s a 16-man single-elimination tournament, with the finals scheduled for WrestleMania. Cedric Alexander defeated Gran Metalik and TJP pinned Tyler Bate (while using Bate’s tights for leverage) to advance to last night.
Dixie Carter tweeted about Rockstar Spud (who is now known as Drake Maverick) debuting as the 205 Live general manager: “Oh my sweet @RockstarSpud. So very proud…but OF COURSE I’ve seen this in you all along! Best #BritishBootCamp decision. Best memories as YOUR sidekick, not the other way around. Best @WWE decision. #205Live #SDLive”
Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss defeated Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch on Mixed Match Challenge last night when Bliss jumped off Strowman’s shoulders and hit Twisted Bliss on Lynch. The live viewing numbers were down for the second straight week, but the total views are up slightly from where last week’s episode was at this time. The second episode has 1.7 million views compared to the first episode’s 1.9 million as of now.
Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports reported that WrestleMania 35 will be taking place at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, with New York being promoted as the host city. The New York area and Philadelphia have been the most talked about possible host cities recently.
Rory Gulak, who is Drew Gulak’s brother, and Chris Wylde were the team that faced the Bludgeon Brothers on SmackDown last night: Drew tweeted right before Rory’s appearance: “Man, I feel bad for whoever has to fight the Bludgeon Brothers next on #SDLive.”
James Ellsworth appeared on Talk is Jericho to discuss his time with WWE and being released by the company. Ellsworth said Carmella called him right after he got released and stayed on the phone with him until he was ready to hang up.
Kenny Omega praised The New Day in an interview with Sports Illustrated: “When I see Big E, I clearly see someone who could be world champion. The guy is on another level. Kofi is one of those guys who is good in all situations and can challenge for all titles, and Xavier is another great athlete who is talented in the ring and confident on the mic.” In response, Big E replied to someone who posted the quote where Omega complimented him: “You making this quote up? Don’t play with my emotions.”
Kane will be doing a live episode of Talk is Jericho in Knoxville on February 16th to support his campaign for mayor of Knox County.
Kane and The Undertaker will be appearing together at an event to support the campaign on March 1st.
Zelina Vega’s TakeOver: Philadelphia gear was a tribute to Lita.
Karl Anderson teased that the Balor Club will be featured on a season three episode of Ride Along.
TVInsider interviewed Natalya about the Total Divas season finale, the women’s Royal Rumble, and Ronda Rousey coming to WWE.
Ed Nordholm, Scott D’Amore, and Don Callis spoke to Newsweek about Jeremy Borash and EC3 going to WWE and Bobby Lashley departing Impact Wrestling. D’Amore said they have behind-the-scenes employees ready to step up in Borash’s absence. Nordholm said Lashley is free to figure out what he wants to do next, whether it be in pro wrestling or mixed martial arts.
Impact posted a sneak peek of the new opening video that will debut on tomorrow’s episode. The show is the first from the most recent set of television tapings.
Impact’s show with WrestlePro will take place on Sunday and stream on their Twitch channel on February 9th at 8 p.m. Eastern.
A rematch between Keith Lee and Tomohiro Ishii is set for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Epic Encounter at York Hall on May 11th. The two had a great match together last year.
David Finlay wished his father a happy birthday: “Happy birthday to my role model, mentor, and my hero. Since I started wrestling we’ve gotten so much closer and I’ve really learned to appreciate the sacrifices you made for mom, Alanna, Brogan, and me so much more. I wish I was home to have a Guinness with you. Love you Dad!”
WWN uploaded Bryan Danielson vs. Munenori Sawa for free on YouTube. Sawa will be wrestling for them over WrestleMania week.
The Club WWN streaming service is now available using the WWN Amazon Fire TV app. Today is the last day to get the first month free when you sign up for the service.
Simon Gotch will be making his MLW debut by teaming with Seth Petruzelli against Jason Cade & Jimmy Yuta on February 8th.
Floyd Mayweather tweeted out another video where he’s standing in an MMA cage. It appears to be an ad for Paddy Power, and Mayweather says: “2018. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?”
MMA Tonight on Sirius XM booked the wrong Dave Meltzer to come on and talk about Ronda Rousey signing with WWE.
Daniel Cormier told FloCombat about the conversation he had with Stipe Miocic before their fight was made official: “I told Stipe for $500,000, I’m not fighting Stipe Miocic. I threw out a big number and said for that number, I’m fighting Stipe Miocic. He goes, ‘I fu*king love you.’”
Kevin Lee thinks he makes for a better return opponent for Nate Diaz than Eddie Alvarez does.
Jacare Souza wants a shot at the middleweight title next, but he thinks a fight against Chris Weidman also makes sense.
Weidman also wants a fight for the title but thinks Souza is an intriguing opponent.
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