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THE LATEST NEWS

Impact’s positive ratings trend continues for Feast or Fired reveal
PWG Time is a Flat Circle results: Chuck Taylor vs. Keith Lee
NXT Lakeland, FL, live results: Ember Moon vs. Lacey Evans

THE LATEST AUDIO

WOR: IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada 3/24
WOR: Jason Hehir talks the upcoming Andre the Giant documentary! 3/23
WOL: Sempervive & Nason talk Daniel Bryan, Khabib-Ferguson, more 3/23

We’re looking for reports from the WWE Raw show in Kitchener, ONT, Smackdown in Trenton, NJ and NXT in Tampa to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We’re also looking for reports on Sunday from the Raw show in Buffalo and the Smackdown show in Fairfax, VA to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

ALL JAPAN ON ALL JAPAN STREAMING SERVICE FREE FROM SAITAMA ON SATURDAY NIGHT (SUNDAY) AT 2 A.M. EASTERN TIME

Atsushi Maruyama & Yutaka Yoshie & Naoshi Sano & Keiichi Sato & CarBell Ito vs. Masakodo & Ishinriki & Revlon & So Daimonji & FG Mask
Masa Fuchi & Tajiri & Yohei Nakajima vs. Osamu Nishimura & Ultimo Dragon & Kotaro Suzuki
Koji Iwamoto vs. Josh Bodom
Naoya Nomura & Kai vs. Yoshitatsu & Yuji Hino
Suwama & Hikaru Sato & Yusuke Okada vs. Kazuyuki Fujita & Kendo Kashin & Nosawa
Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata vs. Takao Omori & Manabu Nakanishi for All-Asia tag titles
Atsushi Aoki vs. Shuji Kondo for jr. title
Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. Dylan James & Ryoji Sai for world tag titles
Joe Doering vs. Kento Miyahara for Triple Crown

NEW JAPAN STRONG STYLE EVOLVED AT 8 P.M. EASTERN SUNDAY ON AXS TV

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky vs. Sho & Yoh & Rocky Romero
Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Hirooki Goto & Gedo
Chuckie T & Toru Yano vs. Lance Archer & Dave Boy Smith Jr.
Cody & Marty Scurll vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi & Dragon Lee vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi
Will Ospreay vs. Jushin Liger
Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki
Jay White vs. Hangman Page for U.S. title
Young Bucks vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi

Raw is Monday night in Cleveland. John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are all advetised to be on the show and Cena vs. Kane has been announced. There is also a Smackdwon house show in Indiana, PA.

Smackdown, 205 Live and Mixed Match Challenge are all Tuesday night from Pittsburgh. Among the matches advertised are Bobby Roode & Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal & Samil Singh, Charlotte Flair & Bobby Roode vs. Finn Balor & Sasha Banks, and a four-way with TJP vs Akira Tozawa vs. Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto.


​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE changes the name of Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal

For less than three days last week, the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal was listed as part of the WrestleMania 34 lineup. The match, which will feature wrestlers from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT as WWE attempts to get as much of the women’s division on the card as possible, will still be happening. But it will instead be called the “WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal” after WWE had to change the name due to fan and sponsor backlash.


WON NEWSLETTER: Wrestling Observer Newsletter (March 26, 2018): WWE medically clears Daniel Bryan

A look at how Bryan Danielson got cleared to return to WWE in depth is the lead story in the new double-issue of the Wrestling Observer, in what is one of our biggest news issues of the year.

Read the details of the how, the when, and what has happened over the past two years in his attempts to get cleared and try to answer every key question about it in this story. Look back at his last two years as a wrestler, why he didn’t leave and wrestle elsewhere, why WWE wouldn’t let him wrestle, the reactions from different doctors that he saw, the story behind his retirement speech two years ago and even doctor reactions to that speech.

Also, there is an update on the WrestleMania card, with new matches official and other matches on the schedule. Go through the name change of the Moolah Battle Royal and how that went down.

Look at Vince McMahon’s new competition for a football league.

This issue has a story on the New Japan Cup, as well as this week’s Long Beach show, and the booking of Zack Sabre Jr. to become the next big-time superstar in the promotion. Review all the tournament matches of the past week and the business of the tournament.

Plus, there’s more on the video alleging PED use by Roman Reigns, the failure to provide any proof and even possible legal ramifications from all this.

Find out about the press conference for next year’s WrestleMania, who was brought in and who wasn’t, lots more on WWE’s big show in Saudi Arabia, new Ronda Rousey business, mainstream interest in WrestleMania, Jeff hardy, Ultimate Deletion, an update on WWE injuries, thoughts about more major house shows, an update on the WWE U.K. project as well as several more names that WWE has either signed or is looking into signing including one major superstar. 

Take a look at 5 Star Wrestling and its closing up shop after a disastrous run.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
With Johnny Gargano gone from NXT in storyline, Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are continuing their program off of television. WWE uploaded a video today where Gargano waits outside of the Performance Center and tries to attack Ciampa when he arrives in his car. Ciampa tweeted about the angle: “atWWENXT – do you see what happens when you encourage a child’s poor behavior? This happened on YOUR property. First you get me a piece of garbage rental car…then security allows HIM to show up?!? I’ve moved on. It’s time he does too…”
Bray Wyatt tweeted for the first time since the Ultimate Deletion: “Everything is gray. I feel you fading. I failed you. You failed me. Don’t leave me. Not in this place.” Wyatt also lost to Matt Hardy at last night’s Raw house show in Toronto.
There appeared to be an injury scare with Apollo at tonight’s house show in Kitchener, though he did end up finishing the match.
While speaking with CNN-News18, Triple H was asked about Brock Lesnar’s contract situation and didn’t open up much: “To be honest I really don’t have anything to share in this conversation and we’ll see where it goes. Brock is Brock, he’s an interesting guy to be with, makes it challenging which is always wonderful and we’re working on it. We’ll see where that goes as time goes on.” Triple H noted that WWE has a good working relationship with the UFC and he speaks to Dana White regularly.
The Undertaker turned 53 years old today.
Ronda Rousey told Sky Sports that her time in WWE is the happiest she’s been since her wedding day last August. Rousey said that, though her body is aching and she’s mentally exhausted from everything she’s learning, mastering something new is one of the greatest pleasures in life.
AJ Styles was also interviewed by Sky Sports and explained why he doesn’t consider himself to be the best wrestler in the world: “No, I would not agree with that. I think there’s still a lot to be learned by AJ Styles and you can’t consider yourself to be the best when you’ve still got so much stuff to learn.”
Ricky Morton has been helping out at the Performance Center the past two weeks.
The Soul Rebels played John Cena’s theme song around New Orleans to promote WrestleMania.
Cena spoke to TheWrap about the admiration that he has for The Rock.
In a video, WWE listed the five wrestlers with the most WrestleMania losses: Triple H (12), Shawn Michaels and Big Show (11), and Chris Jericho and Kane (nine).
WrestleMania returns are the subject of this week’s video top 10 list.
D’Lo Brown congratulated Ivory and Mark Henry on their WWE Hall of Fame inductions: “It was my pleasure 2 work with @MorettiIvory & @TheMarkHenry both of whom are being inducted into this years class of the #HOF.2 people I have nothing but love and respect for.They completely deserve this honor for all they have done for and have given to our business.#WWEHOF2018”
Pro Wrestling
Ahead of Strong Style Evolved, NJPW held an event at their new LA dojo today. In addition to the autograph signings and press conferences, there were three matches at the dojo. Juice Robinson & David Finlay defeated Brody King & Tyler Bateman, Scorpio Sky beat Rocky Romero, and KUSHIDA & Uptown Andy Brown lost to Roppongi 3K.
Katsuyori Shibata, who is the head coach of the dojo, doesn’t consider himself retired yet and said he’s still recovering from his injury, which he still has a number of limitations from.
In preparation for Strong Style Evolved, New Japan World has a sit-down interview with The Young Bucks about their match against Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi.
The New York Times ran a story about NJPW’s expansion into the United States. It’s noted that “dozens of cities, including New York and Chicago — now WWE strongholds — are circled like targets” on a map at NJPW headquarters.
Jim Ross spoke to Bleacher Report about Strong Style Evolved and gave his thoughts on the WrestleMania 34 card.
Cody Rhodes tweeted about locations that were considered for All In other than Chicago: “Toronto, Dublin, San Fran, Philly, St Louis…a few more were all seriously considered and a few scouted.”
For HonorClub subscribers, Ring of Honor opened up a beta testing phase for their new app. They’re testing for iOS, Android and Android TV, and Roku.
Jay Lethal vs. Jonathan Gresham, which is a rematch from earlier this year, is set for ROH’s show in Columbus, Ohio on April 15th.
ROH is taping television at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia on June 30th.
UFC/MMA
In a boxing note, Canelo Alvarez has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and will have to appear at a commission hearing on April 10th. Alvarez tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol twice in February, with him citing contaminated beef as the reason for the failures. He’s scheduled to have his rematch against Gennady Golovkin on May 5th, though that could be in jeopardy.
Robert Whittaker said that he won’t agree to still fight Yoel Romero at UFC 225 if Romero misses weight.
Max Holloway thinks Floyd Mayweather’s talk about competing in MMA is a PR stunt.

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