Thursday, November 20, 2014

TNA Announcer Calling NJPW Event With Jim Ross?

According to PWInsider,Jeff Jarrett reportedly had a few brief conversations with former UFC star Chael Sonnen about working the big New Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo Dome show in January with Jim Ross. Sonnen felt it was a courtesy call from someone who wasn't really familiar with his work.

While it is Jarrett's decision who works the pay-per-view with Ross, Ross has been given significant input into the decision. Jarrett and Ross were both leaning towards Mike Tenay as the leading candidate at one point.
Regarding rumors of Kevin Kelly working with Ross on commentary, Ring of Honor will be taping TV that week so Kelly isn't even a possibility.
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Update On Daniel Bryan's WWE Future

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has reduced the price of Daniel Bryan merchandise at live events by 60% to help clear it out. This could be another indication that Bryan isn't expected back any time soon but they are also doing the same with Rey Mysterio, who is expected back, and Zack Ryder, who will be back in six months.

While Bryan is still featured on WrestleMania 31 promotional material, there is still no internal timetable for his return and there are no plans for him in the WrestleMania season storylines. WWE's writers have been told not to figure Bryan into any programs until further notice.

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News On "Macho Man" Randy Savage/WWE Hall Of Fame

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

With the release of WWE's new "Macho Man" Randy Savage DVD this week, many people expect Savage to be the headliner for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame. Sting is also rumored for that role.
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Update On Chris Jericho's WWE Status

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter , Chris Jericho is being advertised for the January 17th WWE live event in Las Vegas. Jericho will reportedly be appearing on other WWE live events beginning in January and the two sides are working on a deal right now.

WWE officials seem confident in a deal being reached as they've told WWE's marketing department that Jericho is to work a full live event schedule during January and February.

The idea right now is that Jericho will be the "reverse Lesnar" in the sense that he only works live events and will not work TV or pay-per-view events during those two months. Plans can always change as Jericho didn't want to appear on TV last week when he worked the UK tour because he didn't want to come back and have his return not be a big deal. This may be the same reason why Jericho doesn't want to work TV or pay-per-view events on this next return that's being negotiated.

Jericho is not currently scheduled for WrestleMania 31 but would be able to appear as Fozzy's European tour wraps on March 21st
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Spike Comment On TNA Finding New Network

Our partnership with TNA Wrestling will officially come to an end with our last telecast on December 24.

Dixie Carter and her team have been incredible partners to work with over the past 9 years, delivering high-action entertainment and strong ratings.

As Spike continues to evolve into a network reaching a broader audience, we continue to look across our schedule to find opportunities to add original scripted and non-scripted programming that appeals to a wider demographic.

On behalf of everyone at Spike, we would like to wish Dixie and TNA all the best and continued success.

Kevin Kay
President, Spike TV
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