The Latest from the F4W Staff
NJPW announces change in Wrestle Kingdom 11 tag title match
Weekend Indies & overseas wrestling notes: House of Hardcore, OTT, WrestleCircus
WWE Roadblock live results: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
UFC on FOX 22 ratings teach an important marketing lesson
UFC on FOX 22 live results: Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson
PWG Mystery Vortex live results: Chris Hero addresses his situation
Bellator 169 recap: King Mo dominant in bland victory in promotion’s Ireland debut
NJPW Road to Wrestle Kingdom 11 results: The final stop before the Dome
WOR: ROADBLOCK End of the Line, UFC on FOX ratings, more! 12/18
B&V: WWE Roadblock End of the LINE~! post-show! 12/18
WOL: WWE Roadblock End of the Line pre-show and more! 12/18
AD: Monsters and mysteries of North Dakota 12/18
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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 12/12/2016 The Paige/Alberto Del Rio relationship isn’t funny anymore
International Wrestling Revolution Group, or IWRG, has been one of Mexico’s top independent promotions for over two decades. Yet aside from the period where it was the Mexican home of Ultimo Dragon’s students when Toryumon was getting off the ground, the promotion rarely got much international attention… Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: December 19, 2016 Vice article on WWE behind the scenes, Wrestlekingdom 11 card, more
A look at the inner workings of WWE and the latest change in creative is the lead story of a double-issue this week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also, a look at the greatest tag teams of all-time, New Japan’s Tokyo Dome show, WWE house show rules, Japanese awards, American awards and what exactly happened in incidents with Alberto Del Rio and Shad Gaspard over the past week.
The lead story covers the major Vice story on the WWE, including Shane McMahon’s attempt to get control of creative, the situation with Kevin Dunn, Paul Levesque and Stephanie McMahon, when Stephanie McMahon was in creative, insiders talk Vince McMahon’s philosophy, the firing of the No. 3 guy in creative and how it went down, and updated notes about the WWE Network, the current audience and the company’s future.
This issue has a look at the ratings John Cena drew for Saturday Night Live, an update on A.J. Styles’ ankle injury, Zack Ryder injury, Jerry Lawler talks being let go, Finn Balor’s return, WWE looking to get outside funding and why stockholders are concerned, more on the WWE Network, projections for WWE business in 20-16 and network numbers, Chris Hero and WWE update, legend to do a coaching gig with WWE, and notes on a lot of new talent signing and new talent trying out.
Finally, this issue has coverage of UFC 206, including what’s next for the various stars of the show, business notes on the show, early PPV estimates, ratings news, plus match-by-match coverage and poll results from the show… Subscribers click here to continue.
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WON BACK ISSUE: November 22, 1999 WWF Survivor Series review, Austin neck trouble, more – In an industry with no rules, regulations or morals, there is nothing that happened this week that was out of the ordinary. And that’s sad. The big story this week should have been that the biggest star in wrestling today, has his career in jeopardy due to finding out just how badly thrashed his neck is… Subscribers click here to continue.
MONDAY NEWS UPDATE
WWE PPVs are definitely declining in public interest. The TLC show two weeks ago was the first time I can recall a WWE show not cracking the top 20 in searches for the day. The Smackdown shows have done far worse from the start than the Raw shows. Last night’s show was No. 16, with 100,000 searches, but it used to be 200,000 minimum for most shows. PPVs always have more searches than TV shows, but UFC on Saturday for a TV show had three in the top 20, with Paige VanZant (No. 5), Urijah Faber (No. 12) and Sage Northcutt (No. 18). Bernard Hopkins was No. 12. That correlated with what will likely be the best December UFC ratings in several years.
Clutch Chairz and WWE have cut a marketing deal to produce licensed chair designs of WWE stars. The first run of chairs will be released in the first quarter with John Cena, Steve Austin, New Day, Enzo & Cass, Sasha Banks and others.
With NXT Takeover on 1/28 in San Antonio, WWE has booked NXT shows for 1/26 in Houston and 1/27 in Dallas. Tickets go on sale on 12/23 at 10 a.m. at NXTTickets.com.
There will be a Smackdown show on 2/21 in Ontario, CA. Tickets go on sale 1/5.
A story on Alexa Bliss is here.
New Japan World has now put up the compete January 4th Tokyo Dome shows from 1992 to 2006 for non-subscribers for free. That is a lot of history, including the past few years where the show was among the best shows in the world every year.
Lita has been added to Wrestlecon over WrestleMania weekend.
Northeast Wrestling will have a Ricky Steamboat seminar on 1/21 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Northeast Wrestling arena in Bethany, CT. The price is $50 and limited to 30 people.
The Best of the West promotion in Fresno has moved its TV from KAIL to the local NBC affiliate, KSEE 24. They will air late Saturday night at 1 a.m. directly after Saturday Night Live. The station is carried as Comcast 4 and 704 in HD in the Fresno market. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
Millennium Wrestling Federation’s 5th annual Paul Bearer Holiday Headlocks Toy Drive is underway. For more info go to www.BostonWrestling.com.
OTT from Sunday in Belfast, Northern Ireland before a sellout 300 fans: Tucker b Luther Valentine, PA Ward & Rocky Mac b Justin Cool & Kenny Williams, Joe Coffey b Fabien Aichner, Worker & Martin & Hornswoggle b Adam Flex & Brian Abs & Carl Curl, Damien Corvin & Bonesaw b Social League in a tag team title match, Katey Harvey won three-way over Kay Lee ray and champion Martha to take the women’s title, Marty Scurll b Ricochet via submission. They announced a return date of 2/5 featuring Eddie Kingston and Mark Andrews.
AAW on 12/30 in Merrionette Park, IL with Sami Callihan vs. Rey Fenix for the AAW title, AR Fox vs. ACH for the Heritage title, Pentagon Jr. vs. Chris Hero, Heidi Lovelace vs. Kimber Lee, Davey Vega & Silas Young vs. Chuck Taylor & Colt Cabana, plus Drew Galloway, Matt Riddle, Michael Elgin, Jeff Cobb, Homicide, Mat Fitchett, Dave & Jake Crist, Dezmond Xavier and Kongo Kong. They also run 1/7 in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus with Taya vs. Jessicka Havoc, Davey Vega & Mat Fichett vs. Hoolingans, plus Sami Callihan, John Morrison, Michael Elgin, Rey Fenix, Colt Cabana, Arik Cannon, Nick Brubaker, Silas Young, ACH, Zero Gravity and more.
In the coverage of the PWG show, we made mention of how coming off BOLA, the Jeff Cobb vs. Matt Riddle match became the hot match to have on the indies. AAW may have had their first singles match but it should be noted that they had booked the match before BOLA.
Legacy Fighting Alliance on 1/20 in Prior Lake, MN for a show on AXS TV headlined by former Bellator star Mike Richman vs. Lazar Stojadinovic, plus former UFC fighter Chico Camus vs. Darrick Minner.
Border City Wrestling from yesterday in Tecumseh, ONT: Kurt Hendrik b Sheldon Jean, Movado & Matrix b Muscles Marinara & Fabio Morocco, Randy Reign b Dustin Quicksilver, Phil Atlas b Karou, Fraternity b Clan Freedom, Joe Coleman b N8 Mattson, A-1 & Tyson Dux & Aiden Prince b Johnny Devine & Jon Bolen & Jon E. Bravo (thanks to Leonard Brand)
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