Daily News Update – January 29, 2020

Well, here I am in the 21st century now, as I bought my wife a Series 3 Apple Watch for an early Valentine’s Day present, and ended up with her Series 1 watch in exchange.  It’s pretty awesome, actually.  And to think I was such a hardcore Android guy just a few years back.

DATELINE:  Samoa Joe suffers a concussion at Monday Night RAW.  That poor bastard just cannot catch a break, injury-wise.

DATELINE:  RAW was down 12% from last year’s Rumble show ratings.  Again, really, it means nothing.

DATELINE:  The Performance Center took in three new recruits from India.  Trained by the Great Khali.  That doesn’t sound encouraging.

And since I probably won’t get a chance to review it, here’s yesterday’s AEW Dark, which, in case you haven’t heard, was ON A BOAT.

Daily News Update – January 28, 2020

Oh, we’ve got some stuff going on this morning!

DATELINE;  Andrade has been suspended for 30 days due to a Wellness violation.  What the heck is with all the failures all of a sudden after years of radio silence?

DATELINE:  The original winners of the Rumbles were actually supposed to be Roman Reigns and Shayna Baszler, like everyone in the world predicted, but Vince switched things up shortly before the show.

DATELINE:  AJ Styles is out with a shoulder injury and he might be gone for a while.

And finally, WWE has released a better camera angle of the Edge return, so here you go…


Daily News Update – January 27, 2020

That Rumble match is proving pretty divisive!  However, we as a people can still all come together and agree that we’re tired of Charlotte at the very least.

DATELINE:  Vic Joseph got bounced as lead RAW announcer before the show and will be replaced by Tom Phillips.  I honestly can’t tell the difference between them anyway.

DATELINE:  Edge has signed a new 3-year deal and will be working with Orton at Wrestlemania, according to Observer radio this morning.

DATELINE:  The Briscoe Brothers have signed a new deal with ROH.  Was anyone else gonna put them on national TV anyway?  Doubt it, so good for them.

Today’s free match is from New Japan, as Goto takes on Jeff Cobb from the G1 San Fran special last year…

Strong Style Saturday Thread – January 25, 2020

The weekend of wrestling BEGINS.  Well, last night, but wrestling on the WWE Network begins tonight.

Tonight is Worlds Collide on the WWE Network, which is baffingly taking place in the US instead of the UK, where people would actually know everyone.  Apparently tickets aren’t selling for the show, surprise surprise, but it should be a neverending lineup of **** matches, or as we call it on Wednesdays, AEW.

DATELINE:  The NWA announced the return of the Crockett Cup in April, which will be their next PPV.  I’m all over that one.

DATELINE:  Daniel Bryan is making eco-friendly t-shirts.  This is what you call a “slow news day item”.

Today’s free match on WWE’s YouTube channel is the 2018 Women’s Rumble match!

Daily News Update – January 24, 2020

Friday is upon us again!

DATELINE:  AEW Dynamite was down slightly in the ratings, dipping like the waves in the ocean, while NXT was up slightly, rising like the tide.

DATELINE:  Tonight on Smackdown, it’s a CONTRACT SIGNING.  Those always go well.

And this morning’s grappling exhibition is a bonus match from the cruise, featuring Joey Janela against Fenix!


Daily News Update – January 23, 2020

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives with no more wrestling on boats.  Until next year.  Try to cope.

DATELINE:  Keith Lee won the North American title from Roderick Strong on NXT last night, thus breaking up the Undisputed Era’s stranglehold on the titles.

DATELINE:  Hangman Page and Kenny Omega won the tag team titles from SCU.  Which, in case you haven’t heard, happened ON A BOAT.

And tomorrow night sees HARD TIMES for the NWA, only $20 on Fite.TV.

Daily News Update – January 22, 2020

Not much in the way of news updates on the Observer site because everyone’s ON A BOAT for a few days.

DATELINE:  Tonight is of course AEW from the Jericho Cruise, featuring Moxley v. Pac for the #1 contendership and SCU defending the tag titles against Kenny Omega and Page.  Although I have not read the above link, there’s spoilers for the show tonight, so BUYER BEWARE.

DATELINE:  Marty Scurll will appear on Friday’s Hard Times PPV as the ROH and NWA relationship seems to be getting more serious.  Can a promise ring be far behind?

Daily News Update – January 21, 2020

Well thankfully Monday is over.

DATELINE:  Chris Jericho announces another cruise in 2021.  Let’s face it, he’ll probably still be LE CHAMPION when it rolls around.

DATELINE:  Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are the new RAW tag team champions after last night.  I don’t even remember who the champions before them were.  Apparently Royal Rumble is this weekend as well.  Hell of a buildup this year.

And here’s James Ellsworth challenging Nick Aldis for the NWA World title last year.  No, really.

Daily News Update – January 20, 2020

Hey, the only NFL team I give a crap about, the 49ers, have managed to make it back to the Super Bowl again!  Movin’ the chains!

DATELINE:  If you didn’t see it, Conor McGregor knocked Cowboy Cerrone into the middle of next week in just 40 seconds on Saturday night and it was pretty awesome.  Apparently Conor can still fight after all the millions.

DATELINE:  The Impact Women’s title changed hands at their tapings in Mexico this weekend.  Sorry, that might have been a spoiler for Tommy, who is the last person still watching the show in North America.

And finally, AEW added a supplementary episode of Dark to YouTube on Saturday, featuring the Gunn Club against Shawn Spears and the Librarian.  Not to be confused with the match from the week BEFORE that was cut out of Dark, which did not feature the Librarian but did feature the Gunn Club and Shawn Spears.

Daily News Update – January 17, 2020


DATELINE:  The NWA announced that Marty Scurll will be appearing at the January 26 tapings.

DATELINE:  Impact will be reviving the TNA brand for “one night only” at WrestleCon.   Is there really nostalgia for it?

DATELINE:  Taz signs a multi-year deal to do announcing for AEW.  Apparently they couldn’t get the rights to the second “z” for him, though.

Daily News Update – January 16, 2020

All kinds of stuff coming out of the Wednesday Wars last night!

DATELINE:  Kacy Catanzaro returned in the women’s battle royale on NXT.  However, it was Bianca Belair who won to set up the title match for the next Takeover.

DATELINE:   The new AEW TV show will indeed be Dark moving to TNT and getting better production.  Expect WWE to immediately move 205 Live to whatever night they pick while HHH declares that it was their plan all along to have it there.

DATELINE;  The Jericho Booze Cruise show next week features Hangman & Kenny challenging for the tag titles, plus PAC v. Moxley in a #1 contender match, as they load up the show.  Also, THEY’RE ON A BOAT.

And in honor of Rocky Johnson’s passing, WWE posted a clip from Championship Wrestling, where we see a young Dwayne in the audience watching this dad wrestle.  RIP to the original Rock.

Daily News Update – January 15, 2020

Happy hump-day, with a low of -39C here in Saskatoon.  I had to do Powerrr last night because hearing “Into the Fire” made me think of warmer places and how I’d rather be there.  Mmmm, fire.

DATELINE:  Elias signed a five-year deal to stay in WWE.  Really, where else was he gonna go?

DATELINE:  Nick Aldis will face Flip Gordon in the main event of NWA’s Hard Times PPV.  Plus the NWA TV title tournament.

I haven’t watched AEW Dark yet, but here it is in case you want to…

Daily News Update – January 14 2020

Good morning!  The news is shockingly thin going into Royal Rumble, but I’ll soldier on for you.

DATELINE:  MJF is now done with MLW and will be apparently exclusive to AEW.

DATELINE:  Conor McGregor is claiming that he’s making $80 million to fight Donald Cerrone.  Guys, I think he might be fibbing a little.

And here’s Being the Elite for this week, so you can catch up on all the AEW backstory.

Daily News Update – January 13 2020

Hey, it’s -30 degrees Celsius here in Saskatoon this morning and probably all this week.  How’s YOUR day going so far?

DATELINE:  Tessa Blanchard won the Impact World title at whatever their PPV was yesterday.  I’m sure that was a popular decision backstage.

DATELINE;  Kazuo Sakurada, better known as Kendo Nagasaki, passed away this weekend.

DATELINE:  Brian Cage has reportedly jumped from Impact to AEW.  Although his wife is denying it on Twitter.  Maybe he’ll start a mysterious group of evil heels.

This morning, enjoy Jeff Hardy v. Edge from Royal Rumble 2009!

Daily News Update – 01.10.20

Well, we’re back with NWA Powerrr again, and boy did I miss it.  Hopefully Corgan’s money doesn’t run out before he finds a real TV deal.

I figure that since I’ve been doing these every morning in Brian’s absense I might as well make a header image for it, too.

DATELINE:  AEW kicked the shit out of NXT this week in the ratings.  There’s just no nicer way to put it, sorry.

DATELINE:  ROH will feature their “Supercard of Honor” show over Wrestlemania weekend.

And for your viewing pleasure, Carmella hosts a new YouTube show called “If It’s On the Internet”, where she addresses various rumors and HOT NEWZ.  Now that’s a good use of her!