Daily Update: Omega in England, Rampage vs. Mo, Hardys

July 17, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

THE ROUND-UP

The Latest from the F4W Staff

NEWS

Pentagon Jr. quits AAA, announces new name
NJPW/CMLL Fantastica Mania results: Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero
Bellator 170 live results: Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz
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
The Hardys vs. Young Bucks set for ROH’s WrestleMania weekend show

AUDIO

 
Wrestling Weekly: Omega, WWE taking over (again), mailbag 1/20
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

We’re also going to do a poll only on the today’s Fantastica Mania show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

We’re also looking for reports on today WWE Raw show in Canton, OH (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens) and Smackdown in Fort Wayne, IN (A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose).

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. 

Click here for full preview.


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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.


SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the latest news, including Pentagon Jr. and company, Tito Ortiz’s retirement at last night’s Bellator show, Royal Rumble, Fantastica Mania as well as taking your e-mail questions to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

King Mo Lawal vs. Rampage Jackson was announced for 3/31, no city mentioned, on last night’s Bellator show as a future major main event. It was funny as they were trying to make it a surprise, and announced Mo, and then someone accidentally for a split second put up the graphic that showed Jackson. It was taken down. Then Jackson came down, but still got a big pop. 

Kenny Omega worked yesterday for 4FW wrestling in Swindon, England. Fans were chanting best in the world constantly in the match with local champion Tiger Ali. At one point a 16-year-old fan grabbed the Iranian flag that Ali’s seconds were waving and tried to take a swing at RJ Singh. This made everything awkward and distracted the crowd from the match. Singh made a young child cry and then his parents started throwing food and swearing at him. Omega ended up winning with the one winged angel. The crowd was super hot throughout with some good near falls. He said he’d hope to see the crowd again sooner or later that teased he had some big offers and decisions to make. Someone yelled about the Royal Rumble and he laughed and said no matter where he goes, he’s glad to say 4FW was one chapter in his 2017 year. (thanks to Jordan Garland)

Matt & Jeff Hardy won the Crash tag team titles last night in Tijuana. Jeremy Borash was with them in Tijuana taping the match for Impact.

Added to the list of those not on this weekend’s Smackdown tour besides John Cena and Randy Orton, were Dolph Ziggler and Nikki Bella (which also meant Natalya since she’s Nikki’s opponent).

Aziz Ansari wore an NWO Wolfpac sweatshirt while hosting Saturday Night Live last night. His brother is a decade long subscriber to the Observer. (thanks to many)

WWE
Paul Levesque, Stephanie McMahon and Linda McMahon were all at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The current estimate is that “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” will open at No. 18 and gross $1.36 million this weekend, its first weekend of release.
Alberto Rodriguez and Paige will be hosting a Royal Rumble party this coming Sunday at his La Cantinita Restaurant in San Antonio and they are promoting that WWE stars will be coming to the restaurant after the show.
Jim Ross on Jimmy Snuka: On Jimmy Snuka and WWE’s tribute to him:

“I had no issues with it. I was glad they recognized it and recognized his passing. For wrestling fans, for many of them, he meant a lot to a generation of fans. I’m glad that they acknowledged it.

“It’s the wrong form, in my view, to continue to wear out a topic of a trial that never happened and a court case that’s been dismissed. I don’t know what happened and all this other stuff regarding Jimmy and the lady that was murdered. But golly, there’s a time and place to discuss those issues. And one would think that we’d have enough intelligence to let the family – he had a lot of kids, man. They have friends and they have cousins and I think to just let the family grieve before we go back on this Oliver Stone quest of proving Jimmy Snuka posthumously was a murderer. It’s ridiculous. It’s embarrassing.”

MISCELLANEOUS
In what may be a good sign for a strong rating, the No. 2 most searched for term yesterday on Google was Tito Ortiz, with more than 200,000 searches. 
AAW from Friday night in Merrionette Park, IL: Jake & Dave Crist b Eddie Kingston & Homicide in a cage match with lots of interference, AR Fox won four-way over Dezmond Xavier, DJZ and Moose, Andrew Everett & Jack Evans retained the tag titles over Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett, Sami Callihan b Candice LeRae to retain the AAW title, Kongo Kong b Conor Baxton & Eddie Machete, Matt Sydal b Davey Richards, Mercedes Martinez b Angelina Love to retain the Shimmer title, Drew Galloway b Silas Young (Young’s last match with the promotion), Abyss b Colt Cabana, ACH & Rey Fenix b Brian Cage & Michael Elgin. Next show is 2/4 in LaSalle, IL with ACH vs. Trevor Lee, Dave & Jake Crist vs. Xavier & Zachary Mendez and Allysin Kay & Jessicka Havok vs. Candice LaRae & Samantha Heights, plus Callihan, Fox, DJZ, Arik Cannon, and David Starr. They also run 2/17 in Merrionette Park, IL with Matt Riddle, Low Ki, Chuck Taylor, Trent Baretta and King Cuerno.
Baja Stars Wrestling from last night in San Diego (Pentagon and Fenix worked this show before going to Tijuana for the Crash show) before 300 fans: Hornicito over Valek and Rey Malingo, Rasta Lion & Krazy Klown & Rey Malingo b Venom & Motros Jungle & Mike Camden, Efekto & Exodus b Bionico & Nightmare Azteca, Seiya & Legacy & Sargon b Super Boy Jr. & Principe Indu Jr. & Zarco, Buffalo Ayala won three-way over TJ Boy and Star Boy via DQ, Rey Fenix & Misterioso b Pentagon Jr. & Rayden. (thanks to Steve Bryant and SoCalUncensored.com)
Big Time Wrestling presents the Battle Royal (does that group still use the old Roy Shire trophy?) on 1/27 at the Newark, CA Pavilion with an 18 man Battle Royal featuring Joey Ryan.
Legacy Fighting Alliance on AXS fights from Friday night in Prior Lake, MN: Gabby Romero (1-1) b Linsey Williams (0-1) via choke at 3:15; Mitch White (3-1) b Lloyd McKenney (9-5) via guillotine in :24, Brandon Jenkins (10-4) b Billy Christianson (12-7) via TKO at 1:41 of the second round, Bobby Lee (6-0) b Matthew Marsh (4-2) via Kimura at 3:40, Ben Neumann (12-4) b Damion Hill (12-6) via choke at 2:31 of the third round, Chico Camus (17-7) b Darrick Minner (17-6) via unanimous decision, Lazar Stojdinovic (12-5) b Mike Richman (18-7) via unainmous decision.
Legacy Fighting announced a 2/24 show from the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO with Marcus Edwards vs. Adam Townsend in the main event.
Lucha Libre Wrestling on 1/29 at Variety Village Gym in Scarborough, ONT at 5 p.m.
Pro Wrestling Championship Series from last night in Alton, IL: Gary Jay b Everett Connors, Paco Gonzalez b Jason Roberts, Alexandre Rudolph b Makaze, Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful b Evan Gelistico & Austin Blackburn, Danny Adams b Colt Cabana, Gary Jay b Alexandre Rudolph, Danny Adams b Paco Gonzalez, Michael Elgin b Sean Orleans, Gary Jay b Danny Adams, Davey Vega b Mat Fitchett (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
NWA Big Apple on 1/27 in Hackensack, NJ at the High School in a fund raiser for the Police Benevolent Association and Fraternal Order of Police. 
Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling before an SRO crowd of 320 fans last night in East Carondelet, IL: Big Hoss b Eric Fantabulous, Curtis Wylde b Bobby D, Big Texan b Moondog Rover, Sean Vincent b Mike Gannon, Flash Flanagan b Dave Vaughn, Mark Houston over Attila Khan & Chris Harges-DQ in a handicap match, Kongo Kong b Travis Titan & Jimmy D & Big Country Poe in a 1 vs. 3 handicap match, Ken Kasa & Gary Jackson b Johnny Blade & Superstar Steve (thanks to Larry Matysik)
Empire State Wrestling from last night in St. Johnsburg, NY: Brandon Thurston b Rickey Shane Page, Coconut Jones won three-way over Cloudy and Anthony Gaines, Big Cat Lemmer b Ron Falco, Colin Delaney & Cheech & Frankie Feathers b Mikey Everynite & Steve Cage & Terrell Kenneth, RJ City b Vince Valor, Braxton Sutter b Silas Young, Gregory Iron b Johnny Adams, Kevin Bennett b JT Dunn, Oliver Street Express b Rochester Wrecking Crew-DQ, Alex Daniels b James Sayga, Bill Collier b Trent Baretta to retain ESW title (thanks to Todd Brantley)
Battle Club Pro from last night in Bronx, NY: Zachary Wentz won three-way over Facade and Myron Reed, CAP NC Caveman Kongo, David & Jake Crist b Massage NV, Rude Boy Riley d Matt MacIntosh, Craven Varro won gauntlet, Darius Carter b Jordynne Grace, Brute VanSlyke b Danny Maff, Dezmond Xavier b Shane Strickland (best match on show), Drew Galloway b Anthony Bowens to retain WCPW title (thanks to Shin-Blade)
Miami Pro Wrestling from Friday night in Miami, FL: Jonny Vandal b Axx Clover, J-Dawg Brooks b Tracer X, Flex Magnum b CT Brown, Amber Nova b Chasyn Rance, Aaron Epic b Braydon Knight, Jesse Neal b Brady Pierce. (thanks to Al Haft)
I Believe in Wrestling on Friday night at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando.

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

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).

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