Daily Update: WWE Network news, Will Ospreay, Chyna

The WWE Network is making a major change regarding streaming from a single account.  After so many people noted they were leaving money on the table allowing for multiple streams, only one stream with a password is allowed at any given time.  

The company also sent out a survey to people who no longer subscribe asking what would get them interested in subscribing.  The choices listed are:

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1) If more original programming is added

2) If my Internet connection speed improves

3) When my overall interest in WWE improves

4) If a WWE gift card was available so I did not have to use a credit/debit card

5) If collections of specific superstars matches/highlights were no WWE Network

6) For a certain number of PPVs I’m interested in

7) If there was a premium WWE Network subscription for $12.99 that includes current episodes of Raw and Smackdown the day after they air on television

8) If my interest in current storylines improve

9) If more classic content is added

10) If WWE movies were added

11) When my budget allows me

12) If streaming quality improves

13) For a specific PPV show

14) I will never return to WWE Network

They had a second question regarding adding Raw and Smackdown the day after they air on television, so clearly they are exploring that idea and creating a premium higher priced tier.


THE ROUNDUP

WWE Smackdown results: Roman Reigns and AJ Styles confrontation, League of Nations dissension 
TUF 23 recap: Joanna & Claudia get physical on episode 2
WWE NXT results: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Drifter; Samoa Joe title win footage. 
UFC 200 gets its main event: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 
WWE RAW Hits & Misses: Dull matches, movie quotes, AJ intrigue


NXT will be taped tonight in Orlando at Full Sail University.

SMACKDOWN TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ON USA

Cesaro & Sami Zayn & Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus & Rusev

Damien Sandow vs. Baron Corbin

Enzo & Big Cass vs. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel

Apollo Crews vs. Stardust

Roman Reigns vs. The Miz


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In this week’s Observer the Conor McGregor/UFC issue as it relates to UFC 200, and the future and possible sale of TNA are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The top story runs down how the McGregor situation went down, how much money is at stake for the UFC if McGregor isn’t on the show, Dana White’s claims, a look at the most likely replacement fights and evaluating them, the possible UFC 200 momentum, as well as a rundown of UFC plans for what was expected to be the biggest weekend in its history.

The second big story has to do with the potential sale of TNA to Aroluxe, the company looking at buying them, and the moves Dixie Carter has tried to make, where things stand, a look at the business of TNA and what is needed to turn it around, and more.

There is also an update on the condition of Bray Wyatt, a look at the next WWE PPV show, Notes on the Total Bellas TV show, update on Total Divas and how badly this season declined in audience, more on the WWE drug test failures, more on Undertaker pulling out of the European tour and HHH wrestling on it, an update on Steve Austin, an update on the Global cruiserweight tournament, Brock Lesnar’s next match, how WWE affects the USA Network overall, former major star honored in Chickasaw nation Hall of Fame, upcoming major NXT dates, Bret Hart talks current WWE, Ryback talks WrestleMania, and notes on the November European tour including why TV location is so notable.

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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

Will Ospreay has signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Former Smackdown host Rich Brennan was released by the company yesterday. 

In the “I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner” department, a lawsuit has been filed against Ivy Investment Mangers Co and Waddell & Reed Investment Company in Olathe KS claiming the 16 directors of the trust spent $925 million on a “potentially criminal” start up boxing promotion as opposed to stable investments.  The claim is the investment to fund Premier Boxing, which then bought its way onto a number of television stations, “had no economic justification, but rather were motivated by Ryan Caldwell’s personal interests and benefit.”  Promoter Al Haymon is not part of the suit. 

More on Chyna:  People Magazine has a story that Chyna was planning for a big triumphant return to wrestling before she died.  Exactly what group was that to be with? Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that the trailer for an episode of “Botched” that Chyna was on has been removed.

B.J. Whitmer passed his concussion testing and will be back in the ring shortly with ROH.

WWE

A story on young deaths of pro wrestlers
Stephanie McMahon will be speaking at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit in New York on 5/5.  She will be part of the Hunting for Millennials session that also includes Kevin Kay, the president of Spike TV.
WWE filing a trademark for the name “Enzo” rather than “Enzo Amore” may indicate dropping his last name.

UFC/MMA

Former TUF winner Diego Brandao was released by UFC shortly after an arrest on 4/15 on felony battery charges stemming from an alleged brawl outside an Albuquerque strip club.
Joanne Calderwood vs. Valerie Letourneau in the first ever UFC women’s fight at 125 pounds has been added to the 6/18 show in Ottawa.  That’s notable because UFC doesn’t have a 125 pound division, so it may be the sign that they are going to add it down the line.  Both women had been fighting in the 115 pound division.
UFC 200 tickets are available today for those with a password and tomorrow to the public priced from $205 to $1255.   
Mitch Clarke vs. Joe Duffy in a lightweight fight was announced for the 7/7 show in Las Vegas, the first of the three nights. 
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad has been moved from the 6/4 show in Los Angeles to the 7/7 show in Las Vegas.
Shawn Jordan, a former UFC fighter, has signed with the World Series of Fighting.  Also having signed with the group is Lorenzo Hood, a former NFL, CFL  and Arena Football player football player who is 9-3 in MMA. 
ONE announced on 5/6 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium that Roger Gracie will face Michal Pasternak to become the first ONE light heavyweight champion and Angela Lee of Singapore will face Mei Yamaguchi of Japan to become the first ONE women’s atomweight champion.  Middleweight champion Vitaly Bigdash is off the show due to an injury.
Punchdrunk Radio and Badboy are doing a Baddest Fan on the Planet Giveaway. Send a video impersonating a Bruce Buffer UFC Octagon introduction.

MISCELLANEOUS

Les Thatcher is looking at doing both one day seminars as well as weekend training camps.  For more information you can contact him at lesthatcher@zooomtown.com
After all the controversy regarding the name, the former Flamita, now Octagon Jr., is quitting AAA and dropping the name.
Donald Nemeth, 29, the younger brother of both Dolph Ziggler and former WWE performer Briley Pierce, was charged with aggravated murder in connection with the shooting of 34-year-old Joseph Mascol on 1/23 at the University Hotel and Suites in Cleveland.  The police are charging Nemeth with attempting to rob Marscol before shooting him.  
A story on a new blood test that can detect concussions 
Jeannie Williams, who used the name Jeannie Clarke and Lady Blossom as a manager in pro wrestling in the 90s, and was married to Chris Adams, Billy Jack Haynes and Steve Austin, has an autobiography coming out on 5/4.
The weekend schedule on FITE TV

Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern:  Tuff N Uff from Las Vegas for $9.99

XPTV presents KTFO MMA at 7 p.m. Saturday night from Long Island for $9.99

Next week’s schedule on FITE TV

Evolve 60 on 5/6 at 8 p.m. Eastern from Joppa, MD headlined by Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for $14.99

Super Kombat from Bucharest, Romania for $5.99 on 5/7 at 1 p.m.

Evolve 61 on 5/7 at 6:30 p.m. from Queens, NY headlined by Drew Galloway vs. Johnny Gargano for $14.99

ROH Global Wars on 5/8 at 8 p.m. from Chicago with ROH & New Japan stars

Adam Copeland will be a guest star on the Canadian Global TV show “Private Eyes,” on 5/26.  That is the show which stars former 90210 star Jason Priestly.
An interview with New Japan’s Tama Tonga
Beyond Wrestling from Sunday in Somervile, MA:  Brian Fury b Drew Gulak, Eric Spicely & Chuck O’Neil (former UFC fighter) b Anthony Green & Cam Zagami (Cena’s TV show), Anthony Stone & Dave Cole b Da Hoodz, John Silver b Tommaso Ciampa, Shynron b Chuck Taylor, Crusade for change b Brandon Watts & Randy Summers & VSK & Dorian Graves (Watts suffered a neck injury and was taken out by an ambulance), Matt Riddle b Sugar D, Team Pezuzu v The Colony, Jon Gresham & Jordynne Grace b Ryan Galeone & Veda Scott, Kimber Lee b Colt Cabana, Hit Squad b Chris Hero & JT Dunn, Chris Dickinson NC Donovan Dijak.  Next show is 5/29 in Providence with Spicely vs. Riddle plus Michael Elgin (thanks to Chris Silva)
CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Asturiano & Meyer, Flyer & Oro Jr. & Pegasso b Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar & Policeman, Cavernario & & Felino & Rey Bucanero DDQ El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys, Ultimo Guerrero b Rush, Cibernetico & La Mascara & Mephisto b Atlantis & Caristico & Mistico (thanks to Kris Zellner)

EVENTS

4/28 All Star Wrestling in Maple Ridge, BC at the Westview Secondary School.
4/29 All Star Wrestling on in Surrey, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
4/29 Big Time Wrestling on Friday night in Prince George, VA at the High School includes a meet and greet at 6 p.m.with Mick Foley, Road Warrior Animal, Billy Gunn, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson and The Barbarian.  The same crew works Saturday night in Bluefield, WV at the Auditorium.
4/30 Pro Wrestling in Santa Cruz, CA at the VFW Hall on 7th ave. This show is 21+ and will have 7 matches. For tickets go to ComedySuplex.com.
4/30 AIW Girls Night Out in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mount Carmel with Heidi Lovelace vs Crazy Mary Dobson, Gail Kim vs. Lufisto, Kelly Klein vs. Marti Belle, Maria Manic vs. Cristina Diamond plus Shayna Baszler, Mia Yim (Jade) and more.
4/30 Legacy Wrestling in Manheim, PA, with Johnny Gargano, Koko B. Ware, Dave Crist, Candice LeRae, and more.
5/1 IWA Mid South on Sunday in New Albany, IN  at the Pride Bar & Lounge with Kongo Kong vs. Reed Bentley as the main event.
5/6 Evolve in Baltimore
5/6 AAW in Merrionette Park, IL, featuring Sami Callihan vs. Ciampa, Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix, Michael Elgin vs. Matt Cage, Moose, Silas Young, AR Fox, Donovan Dijak, Kimber Lee, and tons more.
5/6 Dem Great North Wrestling in Ottawa, Canada
Tatanka headlined by River City Wrestling on 5/6 in Cibolo TX at the Old Main Ice House.  Hernandez is also on that show.
Northeast Wrestling runs 5/6 in Schenectady, NY at the Armory with Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Booker T, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Hanson and Eddie Edwards.  They also run 5/7 in Waterbury,CT a the Waterbury PAL Building with Matt Hardy, Hanson, Kamaitachi, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis and Dijak.  Among the matches in Waterbury are Hanson vs. Ron Zombie, Matt Hardy vs. Brian Anthony and Kamaitachi vs. JT Dunn. 
5/7 Evolve in Queens at La Boom
5/7 UWC in Wrightstown, NJ at Kelly’s Bar and Banquet Hall.
5/7 CHIKARA in Philadelphia at the Wrestle Factory.
5/7 Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
NWA Collision Course on 5/7 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with Chase Owens & X-Pac vs. Jordan Kage & Chris Richards, Jason Kincaid vs. Michael Elgin and more.
Maryland Championship Wrestling on 5/13 in Joppa, MD with MCW vs. Global Force Wrestling at the MCW Arena headlined by Nick Aldis vs. Brian Myers for the GFW title and Jeff Jarrett & Punk Rock All-Stars vs. Ken Dixon & The Ecktourage.  There is also a GFW Next Gen title match with Sonjay Dutt vs. DJ Zema Ion vs. Lio Rush.
Promociones El Cholo runs Tijuana at the Auditorio on 5/27 with Atlantis & Caristico & Valiente vs. Cibernetico & Sharly Rockstar & Ultimo Guerrero as the main event.
Smash Wrestling on 6/11 in Oshawa, ONT.

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