AEW REIGNS SUPREME IN WEEKLY RATING BATTLE
AEW was the highest-rated wrestling show on a Wednesday night for the eighth week in a row.
AEW finished almost 100,000 viewers in front, with them averaging 893,000, while NXT attracted an average of 794,000 viewers.
AEW is currently building toward their Revolution pay per view, with this week’s episode finishing with the brand’s first steel cage match. NXT had a TakeOver this past weekend in Portland.
SAMOA JOE REPORTED INJURED
Unfortunately, Samoa Joe’s name has come up as being injured again.
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, the star has suffered another head injury, this time while filming a commercial for WWE. The accident happened when Joe was taking a bump through a table.
Joe suffered a broken thumb at the end of 2019 which kept him sidelined for several weeks, upon his return he suffered a concussion on an episode of RAW. The previous concussion, when considered alongside his latest injury could mean Joe is out of action for some time.
REASON CFO$ NO LONGER WORKING WITH WWE REVEALED
Fightful.com has revealed why CFO$ and WWE are no longer working together.
The matter revolves around CFO$’ publisher. The report reads that the group was owed a significant amount of money and wanted to end their contract as a result. The group tried to have WWE buy them out of their deal, a move WWE seemed happy to support, but eventually came to nothing. CFO$ have a non-compete agreement with their published which is preventing them from returning to the WWE fold.
WWE is currently seeking new talent for its WWE Music Group.
TYLER BATE PULLED FROM SHOW DUE TO INJURY
— OTT WRESTLING (@OTT_wrestling) February 20, 2020
NXT UK star Tyler Bate has been pulled from a match with OTT Wrestling due to injury.
Bate last competed at the end of January, when he and Trent Seven teamed with Dan Moloney in a losing effort against Kid Lykos II and Schadenfreude: Chris Brookes and Kyle Fletcher. Tyler Bate was due to team with Trent Seven as Mustache Mountain competed at this weekend’s ‘Dead On’, on the 23rd of February.
There has been no word on the nature or severity of the injury, we here at TWM.news wish Tyler the very best in his recovery.
AEW REVEAL ACTION FIGURE COLLECTION
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) February 20, 2020
On last night’s episode of Dynamite, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, Dana Massie, revealed that the company would be releasing their very own action figures later this year.
The wrestling promotion is teaming with Jazwares and Wicked Cool Toys to produce and release the ‘Unrivaled’ figure collection. They will be released in the summer. So far Chris Jericho, Matt and Nick Jackson, Cody, Kenny Omega, and Jon Moxley. Other figures to be released later include Brandi Rhodes, MJF, Darby Allin, Britt Baker, Adam Page, Luchasaurus, and Jungle Boy.
AEW LAUNCHES PODCAST
🚨 The #AEWUnrestricted Podcast Debuts TOMORROW 🚨
Make sure to listen on available streaming platforms for the debut episode featuring #1 Contender @JonMoxley! And don't forget to listen to the podcast every Thursday as well! pic.twitter.com/IJB1JTHsdl
— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) February 20, 2020
AEW has launched its own podcast, AEW: UNRESTRICTED. The show was rumoured back in December of last year.
ICYMI, @AEWrestling launched a podcast today, and I co-host alongside my BFF @tonyschiavone24! Check out #AEWUnrestricted for free wherever you get your podcasts! New episodes will come at yah every Thursday, and today we kick it off with none other than @JonMoxley! pic.twitter.com/YcuTba3GKC
— Aubrey Edwards 💖💜💙 (@RefAubrey) February 20, 2020
The new show is hosted by Tony Schiavone and referee Aubrey Edwards. Edwards has become a fan favourite since AEW’s launch last year. Episode one had an interview with Jon Moxley, with Cody, The Young Bucks, and Brandi Rhodes all promised for future episodes.
The debut episode was released earlier today and is available from all popular podcast locations.
NJPW RETURNING TO UK, AND US TV DEAL UPDATE
On yesterday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed some happenings from Japan’s NJPW.
Dave revealed that the group is planning on returning to the UK later this year. He said that the promotion was aiming to do something along the lines of last year’s Royal Quest.
Dave also spoke of NJPW’s progress in securing a US TV deal. Unfortunately, the negotiations are moving slowly, with Dave using the term ‘preliminary at best’ when describing it. The promotion saw their deal with AXS TV cancelled a year early late last year. So far NJPW has not brought legal action.
ROH ADD MATCH TO 18TH ANNIVERSARY PAY PER VIEW
Signed for ROH’s 18th Anniversary PPV in Las Vegas March 13th…
Winner gets a title shot of his choice!
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) February 20, 2020
ROH has added a Dealer’s Choice match to their upcoming 18th Anniversary show.
Dealer’s Choice matches have the stipulation that the winner gets a title shot of their choice. The participants in the match are Dan Maff, Kenny King, Shane Taylor, and Tyler Bateman. The show with be hosted by Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, with the show due to be held on the 13th of March.