Daily News Update – January 26, 2021

Conor did 1.6 million buys, only good enough for third all time. RIP PPV.

Video: Edge Returns On Monday Night Raw

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/video-edge-makes-surprise-return-enters-royal-rumble/

Women’s Tag Team Title Match Set For Royal Rumble

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/new-title-match-added-royal-rumble/

ESPN Done With WWE Coverage

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/wwe-losing-media-partner-peacock-move/

Oh man with that bomb of a UFC PPV maybe they shouldn’t have broken up with WWE.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 03.11.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.11.96

Content warning this week?  WTF?  Also, I unlocked an achievement for watching a bunch of episodes of RAW on the Network.  It’s an eventful show and I haven’t even started it yet!  (Oh man, back when I was still watching the Network on TV screens instead of just on my computer all the time.  Now I don’t even bother with the various app versions of it.)  

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Monday Night Raw – January 25, 2021

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 25, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe, Michael Cole

It’s the go home show for the Royal Rumble and the big draw this week is the double return of Drew McIntyre and Goldberg. I’m not sure how much of an appeal that is supposed to have but WWE certainly sees something in it. Also we get a rematch from last week with Asuka defending the Women’s Title against Alexa Bliss, because WWE doesn’t like waiting on much. Let’s get to it.

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Wrestling During The Pandemic


Hey Scott,


I know independent wrestling isn't really discussed on the Blog, but this story on how some promoters have run shows during the pandemic while other promoters think it's wrong might be interesting for your readers. 


Where do you stand on this matter? Should indie shows still be running right now? Would you go to one by you?
No, I would not.  I have to be around people 8 hours a day because I have a full time job but going to malls freaks me out now and I haven’t been to a movie theatre for months or gone to a restaurant in months.  I have no desire to be out interacting with the public in situations where I’m not getting paid for it.  And Saskatchewan is one of the better places in the country for the virus!  I can’t even imagine living in Florida right now.  

Who you got?


Good morning Scott, you you got winning the 2 Royal Rumble matches Sunday?

Hell if I know what the CARD for Royal Rumble even is.  They’re not really going in any kind of direction for Wrestlemania that I can tell.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-27-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 27, 1985 (taped 04/19)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry topple Adams? How will the Midnight Express fare against Adias and Casey? What special announcement does Sunshine have in store for us? And who will join me for this marathon-like episode?

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Another day, another billion-dollar deal for the WWE. It happens.

Plenty of discussion on that from multiple threads and there will surely be more tonight as people digest what it means. For me it means paying $5/month instead of $10 so I’ll probably just use the $60 I save annually on holiday pajamas. Tom Brady continues to haunt my world and now he’s legitimately way too close to home. But on the plus side Conor McGregor got knocked out.

RAW is tonight. They are going to wheel out Goldberg again hoping that we care. And Alexa Bliss is being booked like a monster again for some reason and gets a shot at ASUKA. The most interesting thing for me is Matt Riddle trying to fight the Hurt Business gauntlet to earn a U.S. Title shot. There’s potential for a decent match or two in there.

And now some Rumble Final Fours of the past.

Keep it Clean!

Surprises at this year’s Rumble


Well apaprently at least one big surprise will happen at the Rumble, STWW podcast with Prichard hinted heavily at it. What could it be? Rock surprise appearance to set up Rock vs Roman at Mania? Edge, Cena, Christian, HBK in the Rumble? Becky returns one month after giving birth?

Maybe Brock?  He seems due for a payday.  

Shouldn’t NBCU just buy WWE entirely?


With NBC Universal investing $Texas (with a dollar sign) in WWE for 4 decades, wouldn't it just make more sense for them to buy the company entirely? I'm sure Vince could work in some sort of clause where he still has the final say on everything and can't be fired.



I think a lot of people are starting to suspect that might be the endgame, yeah.  Honestly if someone offered him $4 billion like UFC got he’d probably take it.  

Joshi Spotlight: Korakuen Holy War ’94

AJW KORAKUEN HOLY WAR ’94:
(03.03.1994)
* “Seisen” translates as “Crusade”, but the Ringstarfield guy who uploaded this called it “Holy War”, which is a million times cooler so I’m going with that. The early part of the year tends to be a tad light in AJW (their big events were kinda Spring/Winter-y), but this one has some interesting stuff, though the “Interpromotional” stuff has taken a dive in favor of feuds going on within AJW itself. The Aja/Sakie duo is definitely getting pushed ahead of the “Monster Squad” team of Aja & Bull (which seems to be mostly for special appearances). We also miss Numacchi’s retirement ceremony, as the goofy comedy character only lasts about eight months or so before she’s gone.

As usual with this guy’s clips, you have to find the whole match by searching his “Videos” for the show name.

“TL;DR- Why Should I Care?”: Actually a really awesome show, with two ****-ish matches in the final slots.

KUMIKO MAEKAWA vs. MIKI YOKOE:
* Even the narration on the YouTube video advertises this as a rarity, because Miki is “Soon Retired”. Though she wrestled a TON in 1993, it was generally untelevised “exhibition” stuff. Kumiko’s in blue, and Miki’s in this hideous green/blue Jobber Singlet, with what looks like big sneakers on.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – October 17, 1995

Beulah McGillicutty tells fans that mail is pouring into her box and that the size of her segment does not matter but how it is used.  A video package showcases her past appearances at the ECW Arena.

The Extreme Encyclopedia segment returns, hyping Rey Misterio, Jr. and Psicosis in Spanish.

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WWE Network sold to NBC for Peacock


https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/wwe-network-peacock-exclusively-streaming-1234890954/


I knew Peacock was doing poorly compared to other streaming services but I didnt realize it was “give Vince another billion” bad. Wrestling fans seem so focused on dwindling WWE ratings & Vince keeps cashing 10-figure checks.



It’s a content market and Vince has content.  I think it’s short sighted but he’s laughing all the way to the bank.  

WWE Network bought by Peacock


https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/wwe-network-peacock-exclusively-streaming-1234890954/

So, I guess the WWE Network wasn’t as profitable as expected if NBC Universal can lock down a multi-year, exclusive content deal to fold it into the Peacock platform.

RIP WWE Network.

 Well no wonder they’ve been half assing the content additions for the past couple of months.  Hopefully I can still access it.  

 

 

Daily News Update – January 25, 2021

Oooo, got me a new batch of Update covers from my main man Danny!

Daniel Bryan’s Wacky Retirement Plans

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/daniel-bryan-lofty-retirement-plans/

Watch: Meet The WWE’s New India Superstars

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/video-wwe-introduces-several-new-superstars/

Dax Harwood Teases Chad Gable Jumping To AEW (Maybe?)

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/aews-dax-harwood-teases-wwe-star-jumping-ship/

 

Sunday Night Reset: January 24, 2021

Man, even AEW Dark looks bad this week.

In NFL news, Tom Brady’s deal with Satan continues as he makes yet another Super Bowl, and this time will be the first QB to play in front of the home fans.  OF COURSE.

As for the opponent?  Buffalo and Kansas City are underway.

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Just to be clear


Between the Blue Lives Matter hats and t-shirts from the Last Ride and his recent comments on the Joe Rogan podcast, we all agree that it's a good thing that Undertaker bought into his gimmick and avoided interviews throughout his entire career, right?  Has anybody gone from “I can't wait to see what he has to say” to “what did he say this time?” so quickly?

Maybe Conor McGregor but yeah, point taken.