Another week is down and it's a little bit of a milestone for the weekly report number ten. I admit that I've been focusing on other things and not really doing my best to keep up on the news or recent news. I will elaborate on the stance I have taken on this subject matter at a later date. Right now we will focus on the recent news and updates in wrestling world.
The biggest news coming out of All Elite Wrestling this week is two major debuts for the promotion and one mystery finally is reveled. For months we have heard about an "Exalted One" leading the Dark Order and rumors have been abound about who the leader could be. In my opinion, Brodie Lee being named as the "Exalted One" is fitting, but at the same time from out of left field. As for the other debut it was the way the show ended and we all knew who it was going to be when Vanguard One arrived in the arena. It was then reveled that "Broken" Matt Hardy had finally arrived and sided with the The Elite against the Inner Circle.
One of the things that I have been focusing a lot of my attention on and my excitement is coming on Tuesday, March 24, when Season 2 of Dark Side of the Ring will arrive. After providing us an incredible in depth look into the dark side of pro-wrestling it is excited to think about what is to come this season especially knowing that we will be seeing ten episodes instead of six like we saw in season one.
We will return to our normal weekly report next week with more in depth focus on the current news going around your favorite wrestling promotions. Spotlighting the small news you might've missed during a busy week!!!
Another weekly report you know what that means a week has finished and we need to retrace our steps and look back.
I had heard a few weeks ago that the Dark Side of the Ring will be returning at the end of this month and now today we got the fantastic news from the Dark of the Ring twitter. Last year the series premiered shining a light on the stories that have fallen to the waist side. The biggest difference between Season 1 and Season 2 will be that the season has expanded from six episodes to ten episodes. The series will be returning March 24 with a two hour premiere on Vice land.
There is a limited amount of news to cover the rest of this week's report based on the effect that the coronavirus prevention has had on the events. Recently, WWE has been confined to the performance center shaking up the WWE scene for the first time in quite a while. This will be the setting for WWE events for the foreseeable future or at least until the virus is under control. Until then everyone needs to be a little more cautious and aware of what is going on, and try to avoid basing your opinion on one source and just do some research before forming an opinion, because this is something you shouldn't really be ignorant about. Stay safe!!!
We are ending this week a day early, because we have a PPV this week end to focus on this Sunday.
Speaking of the PPV this Sunday the WWE will have it's final spot before Wrestlemania with the Elimination Chamber. With Drew McIntyre set to fight Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania we will find out who will challenge Goldberg for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
A few weeks ago there were a lot of questions about Matt Hardy's future in WWE with his contract expiring in the first week of March. With the first week over with it is official that Matt Hardy is now a free agent and ready to possibly move on from WWE. The only question now is if Matt Hardy is done with WWE does this mean he will be heading to All Elite Wrestling.
Earlier this week it was announced that Japanese Wrestling legend Yuji Nagata has been added to the upcoming ROH Pure Championship tournament. The wrestlers included in the tournament are as followed: Yuji Nagata, Fred Yehi, Marty Scurll, Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins, Slex, Rocky Romero, Alex Shelley, Doug Williams, Jonathan Gresham. The tournament will begin at ROH Night of Excellence on Friday, April 10 in Columbus Ohio and continued the following night in Pittsburgh, PA. Later in the month on Friday, April 24 in Philadelphia, PA the tournament to crown the new ROH Women's World Champion begins at ROH Quest for the Gold. The women included are as followed: Alex Gracia, Mandy Leon, Tasha Steelz, Session Moth Martina, Jenny Rose, Katarina, Nicole Savoy, Angelina Love, Kellyanne, Sumie Sakai. It is clear that ROH is set to have a very busy month of April.
Another week has completed and let's keep with the tradition of looking back at the previous weeks events that didn't get the proper spotlight.
Earlier this week it was announced that New Japan Pro-Wrestling has made the decision to cancel all live events scheduled between March 1 and March 15. In a quote taken directly from the New Japan website it reads "NJPW has reached this difficult decision after careful consideration. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, staff, and wrestlers is our highest concern. We remain deeply appreciative of your support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The events effected by the cancellation include Anniversary Tour, Anniversary Event, and New Japan Cup. For further announcements and more information please visit www.njpw1972.com/72903
For months at this point one of the more underrated news stories due to impact this move could have on All Elite Wrestling. Matt Hardy has been in limbo for months at this point all centered around him possibly leaving WWE. Now with March 2nd only a day away which is when his contract is set to expire the questions will continue. I've exalted all the possibilities and we will have our answers very soon.
This week on NXT we saw Finn Balor make his next move or at least Imperium made the decision for him. The Imperium made the decision easy for him by jumping him and prompting a possible move in the future for Finn to NXT UK. Since his move to NXT it seems like Balor has hit his stride again and was given a much needed rehab of his character. In my opinion, there is a problem that Balor could be booked so well in NXT, but so differently on the main roster.
A new week is almost here and that means we need to look back at the previous week one more time.
This past week's edition of AEW Dynamite was by far the best, and most well rounded episode thus far and set the bar high for upcoming episodes of the show. Reality is it is where we are going and not something to expect on a regular basis. Cody and Wardlow really defied expectations for the first Steel Cage in AEW history and Cody's moonsault was the smoothest thing I've seen in a long time. I don't always praise AEW, but this was a great show ahead of Revolution and I will be paying attention this Wednesday night.
WWE will return to Saudi Arabia this week coming up with another Super Showdown, but this time The Fiend will collide with Goldberg for the Universal Title and it will be the test for WWE to see if they've changed. The Fiend needs to be given his chance to show how credible he can be and Super Showdown is the first step for him to do that.
A month after Jushin "Thunder" Liger officially called it a career another legendary figure from New Japan's past will be hanging up the boot for the last time. New Japan legend Manabu Nakanishi wrestled his final match yesterday in Korakuen Hall competing alongside his friends Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata one final time. Nakanishi may not have reached the level of some of his fellow stars, but he will leave behind legacy of incredible moments and memories that helped define a generation of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Nakanishi chose to go out on his terms and in wrestling that is always applauded so even though we are sad to see you go we are thankful you leave on your terms. Thanks for the memories and enjoy a much deserved retirement.
It's Sunday and that means it's time for a weekly report and to look back at another week of wrestling moments.
After Free Enterprise last weekend it became official on this week's edition of NWA Power at Crockett Cup in April it will be "National Treasure" Nick Aldis defending the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship against "The Villain" Marty Scurll. If Marty wins he takes the "Ten Pounds of Gold" and if Nick wins Marty will write him a check for $500,000.
Speaking of championship on this week's edition of AEW Dynamite a new Women's Champion was crowned as Nyla Rose toppled Riho. I for one thought that Nyla should've been the first champion this way Riho could have chased the gold instead of things going the way they have, but either way Nyla now has the gold and should maintain control of the division for the foreseeable future.
After a brutal attack from Randy Orton this past week on Raw it seems like Matt Hardy wants to prove a point and will go head to head with the "Viper" this week in a No Holds Barred Match. The only question we need to ask is how "dark" this match will get?
Another week has come and gone now it's time for our weekly report!!
After receiving his 10 Lashes this past week on AEW Dynamite it appears that it's time for the next stipulation. The three stipulations were Cody can't touch MJF, 10 Lashes and a match with Wardlow. Now Cody I'm sure will showing the effects of the 10 lashes to, but they will be just some of the battle scars Cody will have ahead of his highly anticipated match with MJF at Revolution on February 29. Either way though it's Cody vs Wardlow in a Cage on February 19.
Speaking of Wednesday night NXT had a major return that shook the present dynamic to it's very core when after four months on the shelf Velveteen Dream has finally returned to action. If Undisputed Era didn't already have enough problems they have another with a healthy Velveteen Dream.
Tonight in Baltimore there will be a very special event presented by Ring of Honor called Free Enterprise. The reason this event is special is due to the involvement of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis in the main event. Tonight Nick Aldis teams with Rush against PCO & Marty Scurll of Villain Enterprises. This match is another step forward in the developing rivarly between Marty Scurll and NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. Will Marty accept Nick's terms or will he have a counter offer for the match at Crockett Cup we find out tonight!!
As we look forward to another week it's time to look back at the week that has just ended and talk about the biggest news of the week. Even though Drew McIntyre challenging Brock Lesnar is big news it is also something we saw coming during the Royal Rumble or at least could've predicted so there really isn't anything more to talk about on that front at least right now.
One story I found interesting this week was according to both Fightful and Ringside news the WWE is trying to curb information from being leaked to dirt-sheets. During meetings at the Performance Center this week WWE informed talent of the new I guess they'd be called requests considering talent obviously still spoke with a dirt sheet. In my opinion, if this allows for more surprises to take place without information leaking out the nit would be a good thing, because it would allow for WWE to bring surprises back to programming and could make programs more interesting.
Two matches have been officially announced for AEW's upcoming PPV Revolution set for Saturday February 29 from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. The two matches set for the event so far are AEW World Champion Chris Jericho defending his title against Jon Moxley and Cody vs MJF in a grudge match. I for one didn't expect Cody and MJF to have a match at this event, but even though they're having the first match of the feud it doesn't mean it should be or will be the blow-off.
Last week I kicked off a series looking back at some of the biggest news of the past week that I might've either missed or that deserve more attention. As I mentioned last week to I will attempting to give new promotions the spotlight to mix things up.
It was announced earlier in the week that Jon Moxley will be challenging Chris Jericho for the AEW World Title at Revolution in February. Though this has been a match most of have been expecting to see it is now official and we can look forward to the first big match of 2020 for AEW.
Considering the day I am posting this it would be hard not to mention that tonight is the Royal Rumble event and the official start of the Road to Wrestlemania. I will be posting predictions for the event later tonight so I won't talk much about it other than saying the Royal Rumble is always my favorite event of the year, because of the Royal Rumble match. Who will win? Who will show up?
As Billy Corgan continues to grow the NWA brand he made a step in the right direction starting to work with Ring of Honor once again. The two companies were working together two years ago in the build up to All In. I'm not really sure if the agreement ever ended, but after All Elite Wrestling was formed the agreement did go on the back burner to allow ROH to focus on fixing their roster to replace all the talent they lost. Now with ROH in a better place then they were in 12 months ago they have returned to the old agreement. Considering tension has been building between Villain Enterprises and NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis it is clear that things seem to have just begun with this agreement, and should help both companies continue to build positive momentum.
To breakdown a little bit the point of this series is to help give a little bit more of a spotlight to the biggest news from the previous week that just ended. This way if something major took place in any of the major companies that I chose not to focus on in an article it will give me an opportunity to talk about some events in more depth or something else that happened. Another note worth mentioning is that it wont be focused on one company and week to week I will try and mix in different companies to not focus on the same companies every week.
In case you missed it this past week on NWA Power we saw the in ring debut of Scott Steiner teaming with The Wild Cards against Eli Drake, Tim Storm and Robert Gibson in the main event of the show. This week on NWA Power current NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis will defend his worlds championship against Ricky Morton. Again this is a match I never thought I would see cause you never really know which legends will be around for one more match. The shelf life for Rock N Roll is in question as they can't stay semi active forever so let's the dream matches out of the way while we still can.
Looking back on this week it is hard to not mention the entertaining segment on Raw involving R-Truth and Brock Lesnar. With the arrival of the 24/7 Championship it seems like R-Truth has gotten a new life and has found his stride again. Truth doesn't always hit a home run, but when he does the segment immediately become memorable. I don't remember Truth having much interaction with Brock Lesnar and seeing Mojo Rawley take advantage of a weaken Truth to take the 24/7 Championship. In my opinion, if this leads to Rawley getting a little more attention then I'll be happy, cause at this point I'm not sure if Truth needs the championship.
One week ago today history was made at the "Hard to Kill" PPV event from Impact Wrestling when Tessa Blanchard defeated Sami Callahan to capture the Impact Wrestling World Title. In the process Tessa became the first female wrestler to win a World Championship in a North American wrestling company. For those who might not be aware, Tessa had been competing against the men since the summer of last year and had a long standing feud with Sami Callahan and his OVE faction. I've said it before and will again that I don't have much of an issue with Tessa being champion as long as Impact keeps it simple and doesn't get to crazy with it. A simple reign will be just as good as giving her a reign that goes for too long and tries to do to much the first time around and Impact just needs to keep knowing where they are going next.