The Latest from the F4W Staff
NJPW/CMLL Fantastica Mania results: Maximo vs. Hechicero
ROH TV results: Cody the American Nightmare vs. Steve Corino
WWE pulls more UK talent from appearances
NJPW/CMLL Fantastica Mania results: Dragon Lee vs. Cavernario
TNA Impact Wrestling results: Race for the Case
WWE pulls contracted UK talents from FloSlam broadcast
The Hardys vs. Young Bucks set for ROH’s WrestleMania weekend show
JNPO: Sean Grande on Tito vs. Chael, Superfly Snuka, and the last 18 months 1/20
Bryan & Vinny: NXT, Lucha Underground mid-season finale, Granny, more! 1/20
WOR: Kenny Omega talks Tokyo Dome, G-1, more! 1/19
WOL: WWE business with Dave Meltzer, Raw and SmackDown, weekend schedule, more! 1/19
WWE has Raw in Indiana, PA, SmackDown in Dayton, OH and NXT in Fort Pierce, FL. We’re looking for reports on those shows to email@example.com.
BELLATOR ON SPIKE ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 9 P.M. ON SPIKE TV FROM THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES
Derek Anderson (14-2, 160.1) vs. Derek Campos (17-6, 154.2) – Anderson only missed weight by 4.1 pounds
Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1, 145.9) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3, 145.6)
Ralek Gracie (3-0, 183.9) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2, 185)
Paul Daley (38-14-2, 170.8) vs. Brennan Ward (14-4, 170.9)
Tito Ortiz (18-12-1, 204.8) vs. Chael Sonnen (28-14-1, 205.8)
FANTASTICA MANIA AT 4:30 A.M. LATE SATURDAY/EARLY SUNDAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Blue Panther Jr. & Henare & Soberano Jr. vs. Gedo & Jado & Cavernario Barbaro
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Stuka Jr. vs. Hechicero & Okumura & Raziel
Dragon Lee & Titan vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
Maximo Sexy & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay & Ephesto
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Atlantis & Kushida & David Finlay vs. Tetsuya Naito & Rush & Seiya Sanada & Evil
Mistico vs. Euforia
Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero
Sunday has WWE Raw in Canton, OH and SmackDown in Fort Wayne, IN.
Raw will be the Royal Rumble go-home show in Cleveland. Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg are both on the show. There will also be a SmackDown show in Saginaw, MI.
SmackDown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday night in Toledo. Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper has been announced for the show.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 1/16/2017 WWE’s path forward in the United Kingdom
While the specifics of what’s to come remain uncertain, it was clear as Tyler Bate stood in the ring alongside Triple H, William Regal, Finn Balor, and Fit Finlay at the conclusion of the United Kingdom Championship tournament that WWE has a legitimate path forward in the country… Subscribers click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: January 23, 2017 Death of Jimmy Snuka, WWE UK tournament review, more
With WWE and New Japan gearing up for what is an inevitable battle in 2018, have a look at the long-term of the modern pro wrestling scene with both WWE’s latest international moves and what’s coming next, as well as New Japan’s plans in the new double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
It’s the first part of a story on the career of Jimmy Snuka, talking about his background, how he got into pro wrestling, how his popularity exploded in the WWF, his pre-WWF days, the death of Nancy Argentino, how the plight of Snuka shows how much pro wrestling and celebrity culture has changed, as well as Snuka’s time as a headliner in Japan and the resurrection of the Argentino case, in this issue.
Have a look at the WWE’s U.K. tournament, how this is laying the groundwork for bigger things not just in the U.K. but worldwide, independent promotions being talked about for the WWE Network, WWE going into competition with a business they partially own, a look at the U.K. scene, a look at how this affects certain talent with U.S. companies, and WWE sending out questions regarding expansion into a new part of the world.
Read about New Japan owner Takaaki Kidani’s talk regarding expanding into the U.S. market, his thoughts on WWE, our thoughts on a New Japan expansion, the AXS deal, the U.S. scene, how to handle the U.S. market and why the territories went out of business.
This issue has a look at the amateur and pro career of Kurt Angle and the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class.
An update on the health of Vince McMahon, McMahon gives his thoughts on certain things in history and what actually happened, latest WWE network offers and why, Brock Lesnar’s schedule, will Brock do another UFC fight, Paul Levesque talks a women’s tournament, Levesque on Kenny Omega, Levesque on Zack Sabre Jr., Levesque on a U.K. PPV, changes to WrestleMania week, lots of WWE injury updates, WWE stock news, most watched shows on WWE Network, next week’s WWE television plus a look at all the WWE arena events from the past week with highlights and business notes.
Examine the prospects of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, why it will be under boxing rules if it happens, what would happen under any other rules, PPV prospects and the difference between boxing and MMA when it comes to headliner pay.
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WON BACK ISSUE: December 27, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WCW Starrcade review, NWO reforms, tons more
The idea to turn WCW around is–the same idea Eric Bischoff came up with that helped turn WCW around three-and-a-half years ago. The most important thing about the revival of the NWO with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett, all holding the major WCW title belts, as the final act of the 12/20 Nitro in Baltimore is not whether it was just copying something from the past. Of course it was nothing original, but the object of wrestling is not originality… Subscribers click here to continue.
SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
James Ellsworth posted a video with fans outside of today’s SmackDown house show in Dayton asking for people to tweet to help get him in the Royal Rumble.
Dave Bautista responded to a tweet calling his 2014 run in WWE a waste: “Complete waste? I put your hero @WWEDanielBryan over at Mania and fought to keep Evokution together to put over The Shield. You’re welcome!”
WWE’s YouTube channel looks at the top 10 finishing moves performed on the stage.
Bray Wyatt was interviewed by Sky Sports earlier this week, where he said that Daniel Bryan would be his dream WrestleMania opponent of anyone from the past or present.
Triple H tried to explain the logic of the logistics of his feud with Seth Rollins in an interview with Fox Sports’ Wrestling Compadres podcast.
NJPW has uploaded parts one, two, and three of their most recent On the Road series that looks (largely in character) at Kenny Omega ahead of, during, and in the immediate aftermath of his Tokyo Dome match with Kazuchika Okada.
Omega had his first match since the Dome for 4FW in the United Kingdom today, where he defeated Tiger Ali.
Revolution Pro Wrestling announced that The Young Bucks would be returning to the promotion at their April 13th Epic Encounter show at York Hall in London.
RevPro held a big show today at York Hall, which featured Matt Riddle challenging Katsuyori Shibata for the British Heavyweight Championship. Shibata retained the title, which means that his match against Will Ospreay at the New Beginning in Osaka for NJPW on February 11th will be for the championship. Zack Sabre Jr. also defeated Marty Scurll on the show.
Spike TV in the UK has a commercial featuring Drew Galloway for the 5* Wrestling show that will air on the station next Saturday. The show is called Dominant Wrestling and will only air in the UK.
This Thursday’s episode of Impact was watched by 310k viewers on Pop TV. That number is up from the 277k who watched last week.
PWX has announced Jeff Hardy vs. Sami Callihan for their February 19th show at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, North Carolina.
Anderson Silva spoke about the UFC’s ownership change to WME-IMG in an interview with Brazilian TV show Combate News. Silva said that he believes everything will be okay, but said that the new owners are more concerned with the entertainment aspect of MMA than the sport.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes said that she may only have two or three fights left before retiring to start a family.
Junior dos Santos confirmed that he is off of the UFC’s card in Halifax on February 19th.
The F4W / WRESTLING OBSERVER WRESTLEMANIA DINNER INFO:
WHAT: Dinner at Texas de Brazil
WHEN: Friday March 31st
WHERE: 5259 International Dr Ste F1, Orlando, FL 32819 at 5 p.m. (they may open at 4:30 for us)
WHO: All your best empire buddies, plus plenty of nobodies
DETAILS: The cost of the dinner will be $68.00 which includes the dinner, salad bar, soft drinks and tea, and dessert, tax and tip. This is a pre pay dinner and you can send payment to paypal at Srjaialaiot@yahoo.com (please send as a gift to a friend). Payments must be made by March 24th (if you wait until after that, Ed will charge an extra $5.00 for being a pain)~!
Today in Professional Wrestling History (1/21): Steve Austin wins the 2001 Royal Rumble
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