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DAILY UPDATE

Latest News:

VIDEO: Fast & Furious 9 trailer starring John Cena   
Killer Kelly signs on for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport III   
Ultimate X match returning for TNA: There’s No Place Like Home   
Two matches announced for ROH Past vs. Present   
Marty Scurll vs. Jay White official for ROH Supercard of Honor XIV   
WWE confirms five new NXT UK signees   
AEW Dynamite coming to Milwaukee and St. Louis in April   
NJPW New Beginning USA Miami results: Eight-man tag action   
WWE announces four matches for SmackDown   

Latest Audio:

WOL: Michelle Wilson and George Barrios leave, AEW vs. NXT ratings, more! 1/31
Wrestling Weekly: WWE corporate shakeup, promo missteps 1/31
Left My Wallet: Alex Zayne on Kobe, New Japan U.S. tour, and tacos 1/31
B&V: Bryan and Vinny review AEW and NXT head-to-head! 1/30

We’re looking for reports from Tulsa tonight with the dark matches at the WWE Smackdown tapings and NXT in Citrus Springs, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

We’re also doing polls this weekend for both New Japan shows in Sapporo, thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

No WWE house shows this weekend.  It’s the new deal.  House shows lose money so they are cutting way back on them. 
 
CMLL TONIGHT AT ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. ON THE CMLL YOU TUBE PAGE

Robin & Arkalis vs. Akuma & Espanto Jr.
Drone & Fuego & Diamond vs. Kawato San & Okumura & Virus
Stuka Jr. & Atlantis Jr. & Star Jr. vs.  Negro Casas & Mephisto & Ephesto
Soberano Jr. vs. Templario
Angel de Oro & Titan & Niebla Roja vs. Gilbert el Boricua & Euforia & Gran Guerrero
Caristico & Cavernario & Valiente vs. Diamante Azul & Ultimo Guerrero & Felino

NEW JAPAN NEW BEGINNING IN SAPPORO TOMORROW MORNING AT 4 A.M. EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura  vs. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs. Yota Tsuji & Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Will Ospreay & Sho & Yoh & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki
Ryu Lee & Robbie Eagles vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
Tetsuya Naito & Sanada vs. Jay White & KENTA
Kazuchika Okada & Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Evil
Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi for the Never open weight title

NEW JAPAN NEW BEGINNING IN SAPPORO LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 1 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Toa Henare vs. Yota Tsuji
Yuya Uemura & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tiger Mask & Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Gabriel Kidd vs. El Phantasmo
Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Robbie Eagles vs. Shingo Takagi & Evil & Bushi
Sho & Yoh & Jon Moxley & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki
Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi vs. KENTA & Jay White & Taiji Ishimori
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay for British heavyweight title
Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi

We’re looking for reports on the Saturday New Japan show in Atlanta to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com
 
NXT runs Sunday in Orlando.
 
Raw is Monday in Salt Lake City.


WON NEWSLETTER: February 3, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, WM 36 takes shape

A look at the current WrestleMania card, as well as what big name is being talked with, what big name is not on the card, as well as the Royal Rumble decision making is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We also have complete Rumble coverage including a table with each participant, how long they were in, eliminations, number of entry and exit and more.  We look at Vince McMahon’s change in the winners in the last week, the stories told in the Rumble, why the winners were changed, the return of Edge, his new contract, how he got such a big deal, the WWE injuries, the Andrade drug test failure, those who were not in the Rumble and why, business notes on the way and what are expected to be the biggest wrestling crowds of the year.  We also look at viewer interest in the show, the interest as compared to the UFC 246 show, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

The new issue also covers: 

The sale of Pro Wrestling NOAH to CyberAgent, more on big companies buying wrestling franchises, plans for NOAH under the new ownership and the relationship with DDT as it stands right now.

UFC 246, with show notes, business notes and match-by-match coverage.

Worlds Collide with match-by-match coverage, star ratings, business notes and what did and didn’t work on the show.

Changes in the WWE house show business and why.  We look at both the positive and negative of it. We also look at the behavior of Vince McMahon at the Rocky Johnson funeral, the incident with Brock Lesnar and Matt Riddle, new contracts signed, wrestler asking for her release, WWE Canadian numbers, Charlotte Flair talks Kairi Sane concussion, new WWE signees, the most-watched shows on the WWE Network and house show coverage.

New Year’s Dash from New Japan, the Jushin Liger retirement ceremony, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and the angles coming out of the show.

A bio on Hercules Ayala, one of the biggest stars of the glory days of Puerto Rican wrestling, covering how he started there, his work outside Puerto Rico, how he first got into Stampede Wrestling, his biggest matches on major stadium events including major bouts with Ric Flair and Randy Savage, his heel turn with Carlos Colon, the aftermath of the death of Bruiser Brody and how he was used to try and get the business back.

NWA Hard Times PPV show.

A bio on Carlos Rocha, the Portuguese star who was one of the biggest drawing cards in North America in 1971 and 1972 with his bloodbaths against The Sheik and Abdullah the Butcher. We look at those feuds as well as look back at The Sheik in Toronto during the period when he was one of the biggest single city draws in pro wrestling history, and how his undefeated streak put limits on the Rocha feud. We look at how Sheik vs. Rocha was the biggest drawing Toronto feud of the era, and why he outdrew Andre, Bruno, Bobo Brazil and all the other major Sheik foes in Toronto. We also look at his return to North America and his retirement run in the WWWF.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we’ve got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

There really isn’t a lot more on Vince McMahon’s firing of co-Presidents Michelle Wilson and George Barrios yesterday. It came out of nowhere. Those in the company have no answers as to why. Stock insiders claim it was due to a disagreement regarding investing money into the company.  The profit margin for the fourth quarter and the year is at the low end of projections, and for the year, was down $20 million from the original guidance. WWE said yesterday that annual OIDBA will be around $180 million, at the beginning of the year they projected $200 million.  In October they changed that projection to from $180 million to $190 million. Keep in mind the original guidance for the year only had one Saudi show and no NXT television revenue worked in. Both did sell millions of dollars of WWE stock back in July. President of WWE is a tough position because everyone in it gets dumped, and even Vince’s own wife didn’t last in that position. It’s always said when you work too closely with Vince, and are not family, you are going to have a shelf life.

The stock closed today at $48.88 per share, down $13.42 per share from yesterday’s close. It’s an overreaction because the reality is the key TV deals are still in place for years and the company is idiot proof as far as making money for years. That said, Wall Street was stunned and a lot of questions regarding earnings being lower than expected were being asked. And Wall Street doesn’t even know about the house show cutback or the decline in the interest of the Rumble. Another big thing will be the network subscription number on 12/31 which will be announced in six days. It is possible it could fall below 1 million if it stays above 1 million, it will be a sign that putting NXT on television had no real effect on network numbers.  But that’s an if.

Analysis have had very divergent views of the stock. Morgan Stanley has just its projected price to $54, Evercore ISI to $50 and Loop Capital to $50.  But MKM Partners still lists a projected price of $92.

WWE announced that Frank Riddick III, who will be the interim CFO until they find a permanent person for the spot, will be paid $33,333.33 per week.

Bret Hart announced that he will be having surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. 

WWE
Roku and FOX are at a negotiations stalemate. Roku’s distribution deal ends tonight. Roku claims they have been unable to reach a new deal with FOX and FOX also declined an extension to the current deal. 
UFC
Diego Sanchez was suspended for three months for testing positive for Ostarine and S-23 from a test that came back on 10/26.  That means his suspension is already over. Sanchez had one of his supplements tested and both substances showed up and thus his suspension was only three months instead of two years since that indicated inadvertent usage.
Similarly, Ovince Saint Preux tested positive for Ostarine and di-hydroxy-LGD-40-33 and two other drugs in an 11/1 test.  He submitted his supplements to be tested and they showed the supplements contained the banned substances. He also was given a three month suspension which is also now over. 
Blagoi Ivanov vs. Augusto Sakai has been added to a 5/9 PPV show from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Marion Reneau vs. Ketlen Vieira was also agreed to on the how according to an original report from MMA Junkie.
Cody Stamann vs. Raoni Barcelos is earmarked for the 3/28 show in Columbus, OH.
AEW
Riho and other women from Stardom were on this week’s episode of S.W.A.T. on CBS. The team had to go to Japan to transfer a prisoner who escaped and Riho played the prisoner’s girlfriend. She played a wrestler and there were wrestling scenes in the show.
MISCELLANEOUS
Mistico will be out two to three months after surgery to remove a screw that came loose stemming from a 2014 surgery when he broke his leg. Doctors put a rod in his leg to help heal it and one of the screws became loose. They had been building a Mistico vs. Gran Guerrero big match that will have to be put on hold.
Defy has its third anniversary show tonight in Seattle at Washington Hall with the Jurassic Express from AEW, The Strong Hearts form AEW, Killer Crown, plus Schaff vs. Artemis Spencer in a ladder match and Josef Samael & Jacob Fatu vs. The Amerikan Gunz in a tag team title match.
Impact announced that there will be an Ultimate X match on its 4/3 show in Ybor City, FL.
CWO on 2/9, 2/17 and 3/12 at The Rockpile Bar & Nightclub in Toronto.
All Star Wrestling on 2/29 in Vancouver, BGC at the Maritime Labour Centre.
Combate Americas on 2/21 in Mexicali, Baja California which will air on Univision, Univision Deportes, AXS in the U.S. and Televisa 5 in Mexico.  The main event has Rafa Garcia (11-0) vs. Humberto Bandenay (18-7, 1 no contest) for their lightweight title, plus Yasmine Jauregui (4-0) vs. Karen Cadillo (4-1).
River City Wrestling on 2/8 in San Antonio at The Grand Event Center.
559 Fights on 2/8 in Orange Cove, CA at the Community Center will crown a middleweight champion with Jared Velasquez (4-3) of Orange Cove against A.J. Perez (3-1) of Fresno.

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