When Will Shinsuke Nakamura Make His Main Roster Debut?

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Shinsuke Nakamura has been absolutely tearing it up in NXT since his debut at NXT Takeover Dallas last year where he easily defeated Sami Zayn. From there he was able to beat everyone he stepped into the ring with, silencing the critics that felt he couldn’t make the transition from the Japanese Indies to NXT. The only defeat yet to be avenged in his recent loss to Bobby Roode which ended his second reign as NXT Champion.

Many feel it’s long overdue for Nakamura to move up to the main roster on Raw or Smackdown, however he was not drafted last year during the brand extension. With no NXT Championship around his waist to defend, the time is ripe and there are odds on exactly when he will appear. The most likely time will be sometime in April with odds of 1/2 and this month coincides with Wrestlemania. Even is Shinsuke does not appear at Mania, it is very likely he will show up on the main roster shortly thereafter.

Here are the odds for when exactly we’ll see Shinsuke make his main roster debut.

February 2017 6/1

March 2017 3/1

April 2017 1/2

May 2017 or later 2/1

Source: Paddy Power

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WWE News Alert 1/19/17

WWE News and Rumors | January 19, 2017

 

  • Randy Orton was involved in an incident with a picture seeking fan at a gym in Arkansas. After being interrupted in between sets Orton was photographed without his consent and allegedly delivered an obscenity laced tirade on the culprit. Randy then finished his set and told everyone to enjoy their workouts.Randy Orton Angry

 

  • Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg is expected to go on last at Wrestlemania 33 as the true main event. This might lead to speculation that one of the two will become Universal Champion by the event.

 

  • Michael Cole is transitioning to an off-air backstage role in the future. He is currently grooming his potential replacements. Cole is still undefeated at Wrestlemania.

 

  • Speaking of Jerry Lawler, he will be announcing the Royal Rumble match itself at the PPV.

 

  • WWE Network is said be finalizing a deal to carry Insane Championship Wrestling, a top independent in the United Kingdom.

 

  • Darren Young has injured his right elbow after an apron bump in a match taped for Main Event vs Epico. No timetable available for recovery as of press time.

 

  • Tajiri is still out of commission from an knee injury sustained in early January in NXT.

Rest In Peace Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka


We would like to extend our condolences to the Family of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Jimmy was 73, and was suffering from stomach cancer. He recently was deemed unfit to stand trial for the death of his girlfriend in 1983 as we have previously reported.

Jimmy was known as a high flying wrestler, who was very much the inspiration for what you see in wrestling today. Jimmy was also one of the few wrestlers to wrestle barefooted. He also was the first person to wrestle the Undertaker. In his career he worked for many wrestling companies and territories, and worked the independent wrestling circuit until 2014.

On a personal note. I worked on a few shows with him during the time I was involved in wrestling. He treated everyone with respect, whether you were the champ or the ring crew, and was a very humble man. It was always a pleasure to be in his presence.

Rest in peace.

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WWE News Alert 1/13/17

WWE News and Rumors January 13 2017 | 1/13/2017

  • According to The Wrestling Observer, The John Cena vs Undertaker match for Wrestlemania is scrapped. Taker will now face a RAW competitor, possibly Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns.
  • The Three matches for Mania that seem etched in stone are Seth Rollins vs Triple H, Shaq vs The Big Show and Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar.
  • Rumors matches are Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho and a Fatal 4way for the RAW Women’s Championship between Charlotte, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax.
  • Don’t expect Paige to be at Wrestlemania. She’s expected to return in Summer at the earliest.
  • After RAW went off the ait Monday, The Undertaker performed a double chokeslam on Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. [youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb56FDQoDX8″ width=”500″ height=”300″]
  • Vince McMahon was photographed on crutches at the Wrestlemania 34 Press Conference.
  • Mick Foley teased on twitter that the RAW GM position may be up for grabs when asked for an assistant GM position by Lana.

WWE News Alert 1/12/17

WWE News and Rumors January 12, 2017 | 1/12/17

  • R.I.P Timothy Smith (AKA Timothy Well or Rex King) age 55. He died on Kidney Failure.
  • R.I.P Elijah Mainville (AKA Drax Shadow) age 9. He lost his brave battle with cancer.
  • The WWE Performance Center has it class of possible call ups to the main roster known as the “Terry Taylor Class”. The current crop being prepared are Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillenger, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Andrade “Cien” Alma, Alexander Wolfe, TM61, Hideo Itami, Kassius Ohno and Elias Sampson.
  • Brock Lesnar will be doing a Raw Live event in Buffalo, NY March 10 at the Kaybank Center.
  • Satnam Signh Bhamara, a 7’2″ took part in a WWE Tryout.
  • Former WWE, WCW and ECW Star Perry Saturn released a short video explaining he was about to become homeless. This is Perry’s GoFundMe Page – https://www.gofundme.com/perrysaturn
  • The Sandman underwent knee surgery.sandman knee surgery jim fullington
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WWE News and Rumors 1/6/17

WWE News and Rumors for January 6, 2017

  • Brock Lesnar has been added to the Madison Square Garden Live Event on March 12, 2017. This will be for the Smackdown Brand and while Lesnar was drafted to RAW, this as of press time will not be broadcasted anywhere.
  • Goldberg is set to wrestle at Fastlane as part of his 3 match deal with the WWE. No word on who is his opponent(s) will be.
  • WWE welcomes Zhao Xim, Yifeng and Big Boa, recruits from China.
  • WWE also welcomes Julia Ho, Andrea, Heidi Lovelace and Kimber Lee to the Performance Center. WWE is obviously stocking up for the upcoming Women’s Tournament on the WWE Network.
  • Jonathan Coachman recently tweeted that he does not beleive Ronda Rousey will be signed to WWE as the company is not in the business of rebuilding broken stars.
  • The Ric Flair Show, a podcast hosted by Flair and Conrad Thompson has ended. Ric’s online merchandise shop has also closed. These events are evidence hes going to be appearing in WWE more regularly.
  • Shane McMahon was at the NXT tapings at Full Sail University, but to what capacity is unknown.
  • The WWE is mildly interested in The Broken Hardys, both of whom’s contracts with TNA will be up very soon.
  • Alberto Del Rio is still in talks with TNA. Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantel have also returned to TNA. Dixie Carter is no longer involved.
  • Mick Foley’s haircut on RAW was self administered.
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WWE News and Rumors 1/5/17

WWE News and Rumors for January 5, 2017

  • DDP and Rick Rude have been announced as the first inductees to the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.
  • A fan known as “Tie Dye Guy” dressed as Hulk Hogan was forced to change seats as he was causing a disturbance for the live programming. Hulk apologized for it happening.
  • Paige was backstage at RAW but obviously didn’t appear on the program. The purpose was to check in with medical concerning her injuries. Boyfriend Alberto Del Rio was with her but did not enter the building.
  • Wrestlemania 34 will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the same location as Wrestlemania 30.
  • The current “plan” for Bayley is for her to get a big win against Charlotte for the Women’s Championship in an attempt to recreate “The Yes Movement” from Wrestlemania 30 with Daniel Bryan.
  • Ryback has released a self help book available on Amazon and Kindle titled “Wake Up: It’s Feeding Time”.
  • Former WWE Announcer Todd Grisham will now be working for UFC.
  • All charges against Jimmy Snuka have been dropped as the judge dismissed the case.
  • The storyline with Cedric Alexander, Alicia Fox and Noam Dar happened for the sole purpose of Vince McMahon wanting to hear Noam say “Fox” in a Scottish Accent.

Dixie Carter Resigns!!!

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Forms Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC., Acquires Control of IMPACT Wrestling

Toronto, Canada (January 4, 2017) – Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in TNA IMPACT Wrestling, and has formed Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. Anthem also owns Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, which is IMPACT Wrestling’s exclusive broadcast partner in Canada and worldwide digital partner.

“We are thrilled to have acquired TNA IMPACT Wrestling,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent of Fight Network. “As we grow Anthem’s linear, digital and mobile platforms globally, top tier content with global appeal is key to that success and this acquisition is a perfect strategic addition to our portfolio. IMPACT has been a dominant wrestling brand around the world for more than a decade and we are confident that Anthem can leverage its assets and strategic partnerships to take IMPACT Wrestling to even greater heights.”

Mr. Nordholm, who has been the managing director of the IMPACT Ventures Board of Managers since October 2016, will assume the position of President of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. Dixie Carter will resign from her position as Chairman of Impact Ventures and join the Advisory Board of Fight Media Group, which holds all of the combat sports-related assets of Anthem, where her focus will be on the global growth of the combat sports-related brands owned by Anthem.

“Anthem has been a great partner for many years,” added Dixie Carter. “We have worked hard to find the right company who would acquire TNA, use its strategic influence and have a long-term commitment to the brand. TNA’s incredible fans, talent and staff deserved to see the brand continue to thrive after 15+ years of incredible growth. I’m excited to move to a new position and work with Anthem on their global strategic plan, and I am confident TNA IMPACT Wrestling is going to be a huge part of their success.”

Ms. Carter will remain a minority equity stakeholder.

Homicide Charges Against Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Breaking News from The Morning Call

The 34-year mystery surrounding Nancy Argentino’s death may forever remain unsolved now that a Lehigh County judge has dismissed homicide charges against retired WWE wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.

During a closed-door hearing in Allentown Tuesday, Judge Kelly L. Banach granted defense attorney Robert Kirwan’s motion to end the case, which stalled in June when the judge found Snuka, 73, incompetent to stand trial.

 
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Rest In Peace Karen Belcher

 

This was the background photo on her profile, and it seemed to be an appropriate sentiment.

If you were involved in or attended wrestling shows in New Jersey and PA, you may have come across Karen Belcher at one of these shows. We just lerned of her passing. She was well known to and liked by independent wrestlers who she helped promote through Pro Wrestling Digest. She was often armed with her camera at these events, taking photos of all the workers. I’ve personally been friends with Karen for 11 years, and we mostly spoke online. I really had a lot of love for that woman and all she did for us. She was the definition of wonderful human being. Thank you Karen!

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