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AEW POSTS LOWEST RATING OF 2020, STILL BEATS NXT
According to Showbuzz Daily, last night’s AEW Dynamite episode drew 828,000 viewers on TNT, topping the 712,000 viewers garnered by NXT on the USA Network.
AEW drew a 0.34 rating in the 18-49 demographic, outscoring the 0.22 rating by NXT. This is the lowest rating for Dynamite since the December 18 episode, which drew 795,000 viewers.
MVP SAYS HE HAS HAD HIS FINAL WWE MATCH
MVP announced on his Instagram that this week’s episode of RAW was his final match with WWE.
In a post reflect on his weekend where he appeared in the Royal Rumble and fought in a losing effort against Rey Mysterio, the former United States Champion said;
One for the history books. My FINAL WWE match took place on Monday Night RAW against my close friend and legend @619iamlucha A great way to close out that chapter. The end of my career looms larger every month. It’s been one HELL of a ride! I’m not finished just yet. But soon. Very soon. Thank you @wwe and the #wweuniverse for all the love!!! What an amazing week I’ve had.
Sunday’s Royal Rumble was the first time MVP has wrestled for WWE since 2010. He entered the match at number 12 and was quickly eliminated by Brock Lesnar.
WWE PRESIDENTS LEAVE COMPANY
WWE Co-presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson have left World Wrestling Entertainment, effective immediately.
In a post on the WWE Corporate website, they have announced that Frank A. Riddick III will be interim Chief Financial Officer, and has commenced a search for both a permanent Chief Financial Officer and Chief Revenue Officer.
Vince McMahon said on this departure;
“I would like to thank George and Michelle for their 10+ years of service and contributions to the organization. I am grateful for all that was accomplished during their tenure, but the Board and I decided a change was necessary as we have different views on how best to achieve our strategic priorities moving forward. We have a deep team of talented, experienced and committed executives across the organization, and the Board and I have great confidence in our collective abilities to create compelling content, engage our global fanbase across platforms, increase revenues, and drive shareholder value.”
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RONDA ROUSEY REPORTEDLY NOT APPEARING AT WRESTLEMANIA
On yesterday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has said that Ronda Rousey is not scheduled for this year’s WrestleMania.
Instead, Charlotte Flair will be using her Royal Rumble-earned title shot to challenge NXT Champion Rhea Ripley in Tampa, Florida.
Rousey has not been seen since last years WrestleMania, where she lost the RAW Women’s Championship to Becky Lynch.
HULK HOGAN TO APPEAR AT SUPER SHOWDOWN
According to PWInsider, Hulk Hogan will appear at WWE Super Showdown.
There’s no word yet on what Hogan will be doing at the event in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but he would be the first legendary name to appear at the highly controversial event. Hogan last appeared at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on October 31st, where he led a team against fellow Hall of Famer Ric Flair’s team.
WWE Super ShowDown 2020 will take place on Thursday, February 27th from King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
CIAMPA VS COLE CONFIRMED FOR TAKEOVER PORTLAND
On last night’s NXT, it was confirmed that Ciampa will challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Portland.
This match is taking place at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, February 16th.
WWE had advertised that William Regal would reveal Cole’s challenger for TakeOver on NXT, but after Ciampa laid out all of Undisputed Era, Cole made his choice clear that he will face Ciampa. The former NXT Champion then put the current champion through a table.
FIT FINLAY UNDERGOES SHOULDER SURGERY
WWE Producer Fit Finlay underwent shoulder replacement surgery this morning.
He took to Twitter to reveal his scheduled operation.
Finlay currently works behind-the-scenes with the WWE women’s division.
There’s no word yet on how the surgery went at the current time.
LUKE HARPER REPORTEDLY MAKING AEW DEBUT SOON
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, former WWE superstar Luke Harper will make his AEW debut imminently.
Using his name from the indies Brodie Lee, The 40 year old is expected to sign an AEW contract and make his debut during their March 18th Dynamite episode from his hometown of Rochester, New York.
DISCO INFERNO CONFIRMED FOR TNA THROWBACK SHOW
Glenn Gilberti, better known as The Disco Inferno, will appear on Impact Wrestling’s TNA-themed throwback show over WrestleMania weekend.
Impact is bringing back the TNA name for one night only on Friday, April 3rd from The Ritz in Ybor City, Florida. The event will also include The Amazing Red, Petey Williams, Scott Steiner, Chris Sabin, and Aces & 8s (D’Lo Brown and Ken Anderson).
CZW TO HOLD UK TOURNAMENT OF DEATH IN 2021
Combat Zone Wrestling owner DJ Hyde has announced a UK Tournament of Death in 2021. Click here for the full story.
TNT WRESTLING TO HOLD ALL-FEMALE DEATHMATCH TOURNAMENT IN 2021
At tonights ‘DOA’ Deathmatch Tournament in Liverpool, TNT Extreme Wrestling have announced that next years will be an all-female edition.
With this years including female stars like Charli Evans and Session Moth Martina, next years will feature some of wrestling’s toughest and most hardcore female talents.
This is the first all-female deathmatch tournament in Europe.