Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Report: WWE Nixes Diva Storyline

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

After an article appeared on WWE's website last week about the old Women's Tag Team Titles, there was talk internally of creating a Divas Tag Team Title but the idea was shot down. The titles would have been mainly for The Bella Twins, who are being given more TV time.
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News On Possible Royal Rumble 2012 Winner

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter,. Chris Jericho is in the running to win the Rumble main event since he's likely going to be challenging CM Punk for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 28.
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News On Possible Royal Rumble 2012 Winnter

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter,. Chris Jericho is in the running to win the Rumble main event since he's likely going to be challenging CM Punk for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 28.
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Update On Ric Flair/WWE Hall Of Fame 2012

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sources indicate that Triple H called Ric Flair on January 9th, before RAW aired and informed him of the Horsemen induction. Flair was at the TNA Impact tapings in Orlando.

It appears key people in TNA weren't aware of the induction until it aired on RAW. As of January 10th, no officials in TNA had spoken to Flair about it. Ric Flair and Vince McMahon do talk so the idea of inducting the Horsemen was likely brought up in the past. It's been discussed internally ever since WWE made amends with JJ Dillon and Arn Anderson alone was expected for the Hall of Fame in Atlanta last year.

WWE wants Flair to be there and likely wants him to be involved in the Network when it launches.
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Breakdown of TV Rating For WWE Raw 1/9/12

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, the 1/9/12 edition of WWE Raw did a 2.86 rating with 4 million viewers up against the Alabama vs. LSU BCS Championship football game which did a 16.22 rating and 24.21 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, Sheamus and Santino Marella vs. Wade Barrett and Jinder Mahal lost 238,000 viewers from the opener. The Edge Hall of Fame announcement, a segment with Eve Torres and Zack Ryder plus Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston gained 100,000 viewers back.

Brodus Clay's debut vs. Curt Hawkins plus a segment with The Miz, Primo and Epico lost 82,000 viewers. In the 10pm timeslot, CM Punk vs. Jack Swagger did a 3.00 rating and gained 128,000 viewers - another bad number for 10pm.

Backstage segments with The Bellas, The Miz, Ricardo Rodriguez, John Cena and Zack Ryder plus the Four Horsemen Hall of Fame video lost 193,000 viewers. The segment with R-Truth & Rodriguez plus the brawl with The Miz and Chris Jericho's appearance lost 130,000 viewers.

The segment with Eve Torres in the ring, Kane coming out and Zack Ryder trying to save her by taking her to his car lost 544,000 viewers and did a 2.39 quarter rating. It's a bad sign when RAW loses over a half-million viewers before the main event. The main event of Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler and the end segment in the parking lot gained 640,000 viewers for a 2.84 overrun rating. This is about normal viewership for the overrun but the second-lowest rating going back to 1997.

During the Cena vs. Ziggler main event, Male Teens went from a 2.4 rating to a 2.6, Males 18-49 went from a 2.3 to a 2.6, Female Teens went from a 1.0 to a 1.2 and Females 18-49 went from a 0.8 to a 1.0 rating.
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Promotional Posters For TNA Victory Road

Dixie Carter tweeted the following picture:

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Update On Cody Rhodes Vs Goldust At WrestleMania

Over on Twitter, Goldust said WWE officials are still debating having a match between Cody and himself at Wrestlemania.
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Cleveland Gets Raw In March‏

The WWE Raw Supershow on Monday, March 12th, 2012 will be at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Go to for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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London (Wednesday January 11, 2012): Top-rated Challenge TV show TNA IMPACT WRESTLING will be recorded at London’s Wembley Arena later this month – the first time the company has ever filmed the programme outside of the USA.

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING superstars including Sting, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode will shoot two all-new episodes at Wembley Arena on January 28 in front of thousands of British fans.

Sting’s appearance on the MAXIMUM IMPACT IV Tour will be his first in the UK in a decade and the final time he will wrestle in the country – with his last ever British match taking place at London’s Wembley Arena.

The shows will then be broadcast on Challenge TV in the UK and Ireland, Spike TV in the US and in more than 100 countries around the world. TNA IMPACT WRESTLING airs every Sunday night on Challenge TV, which can be found on Sky channel 125, Freeview channel 46 and Virgin Media channel 139.

The line-up of wrestlers for the Wembley Arena taping will also include James Storm, Bully Ray, Crimson, Samoa Joe, Gunner, Velvet Sky, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Mickie James, Tara, Doug Williams, Magnus, Mark Haskins, Austin Aries, Alex Shelley, Matt Morgan, Kazarian and Christopher Daniels.

Prior to the show, the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT IV UK Tour visits Nottingham (January 26) and Manchester (January 27) for live events. The TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and Xplosion television cameras will be at both to capture elements of the Tour.

TNA President Dixie Carter said: “The show at Wembley Arena will be a truly historic night for everyone at TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and all of our amazing British fans.

“This decision has been years in the making and I’m so excited to announce it is finally happening on January 28.”

“We are just a few tickets away from the London show setting a TNA attendance record, so I hope everyone spreads the word. If you are a fan of TNA, this will be one night you won't want to miss.”

Barbara Gibbon, Challenge’s Head of Channel, added: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Challenge’s loyal TNA viewers to see their favourite sports entertainment shows in a UK context for the first time ever.”

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Challenge is the only UK TV channel of its type with the biggest and best games shows from Britain and around the world.

Challenge is available on Sky channel 125, Freeview 46 and Virgin Media 139.
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*Spoiler* Results For TNA Impact Wrestling 1/19/12 & 1/26/12


For January 19, 2012 Episode

From Monday’s Taping

Match Number One: Gunner (with Ric Flair) defeated A.J. Styles with a DDT. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian interfered during the match.

After the match, Gunner tried to DDT Styles on the exposed floor but Styles was able to get free and he got a chair to keep Gunner away.

Match Number Two: Tag Team Champion Crimson defeated Magnus with Red Sky.

After the match, Samoa Joe attacked Crimson but Matt Morgan came out to make the save. Joe and Magnus were able to take care of both men and hit Morgan with elbow drop after a snap mare from Joe.

James Storm comes out and says he is finally getting what he has deserved and that is a shot at the Impact Wrestling Heavyweight Championship. Storm says he and Roode have been here since day one and that he showed Kurt Angle how it's done. He tells Roode “Sorry about your damn luck” and goes to leave.

Before Storm can leave, Jeff Hardy comes to the ring. Hardy says that if anyone deserves one more final encounter, it is Hardy after he got screwed by Bully Ray. Storm says that he got screwed over first and that if there is anyone who deserved a shot at Roode at Against All Odds, it is him.

Security comes out to get in-between the two, but Impact Wrestling World Champion Bobby Roode comes out.

Roode says Storm knows the stipulation was for the Number One Contender was going to wrestle the winner of the match between Hardy and Roode. Because there was no winner, there is no Number One Contender.

Roode then turns to Hardy and says that he has beaten him twice, so Hardy isn't getting a shot either.

Sting comes out and tells security to leave since everything is under control. He says Roode will defend his title at Against All Odds and tonight, we will have a match between Jeff Hardy and James Storm for the Number One Contender spot to see who faces Roode at Against All Odds.

From Tuesday’s Tapings

They re-taped the promo setting up the Number One Contender Match.

James Storm came out for a promo proclaiming how happy he is about winning the Number One Contender match to face Bobby Roode at Against All Odds. Storm said that he was better than Kurt Angle. At Against All Odds, he will beat Bobby Roode to win the Impact Wrestling World Championship. Storm then tells Roode Sorry about his damn luck.”

Jeff Hardy comes to the ring and he says that no one is getting a shot at Roode until he has his final encounter. Storm says that Roode screwed him first. Roode then comes out telling them to stop and asks if they can all just get along. Roode is flattered that they are bickering over his world title, but Roode reminds Storm of the stipulation that Storm became the Number One Contender to face the winner of the match between Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy. Because there was no winner, there is no match for Storm and his title shot is now null and void.

Roode says that he is all for giving to the needy, but he already gave Hardy two shots in five days and Hardy failed, so Storm isn't getting a shot either.

Sting's music plays and he comes to the ring. Sting says that Roode found another loophole and calls him clever, but they are fixing it tonight with a Number One Contender match tonight between Jeff Hardy and James Storm.

Match Number Three: Eric Young defeated Angelina Love (with Winter) by disqualification when Angelina kicked Young low.

After the match, Winter and Angelina attacked Young until ODB came out to make the save. Angelina and Winter got the advantage on ODB too until Young got a second wind and threw Angelina and Winter out of the ring. Young kissed ODB.

Impact Wrestling X Division Champion Austin Aries comes to the ring and says that he apologizes for sounding like a broken record, but there is no one in his league. Aries says that he has proven to fans that hate him and the nobodies that love him that he is the greatest man that ever lived.

Alex Shelley comes out and explains how he got injured a year ago and when he came back, his partner in the Motor City Machine Guns, Chris Sabin got hurt. Shelley says that he wanted to wait for Sabin to recover from his injury before returning, but Sabin told him it was okay for him to come back. Shelley recalls how a few months back, he fought with Aries over the title, but he was not the one who lost those matches and now he wants a shot.

Shelley and Aries then trade insults until Aries tells Shelley to go in the back and find an opponent to face to earn himself a title shot, even though Aries has beaten all of them.

Shelley tells Aries that that sounds good to him and that he will be the next X Division Champion.

Match Number Four: Number One Contender Match between James Storm and Jeff Hardy went to a no contest.

Bully Ray came out and hit referee Brian Hebner with a chain. Ray then hit Hardy and Storm with the chain. Referee Earl Hebner ran out and Ray beat up Earl. Refeee Brian Stiffler ran out and Ray attacked him as well.

Sting came out with a bat and hit Ray with it and chased them to the back. Roode then got in the ring and hit Storm and Hardy with the world title belt.

Roode got a mic and said with the power invested in him, he declares the match a no contest and calls himself still the most dominant champion in Impact Wrestling history.

For January 26, 2012 Episode

Match Number One: Tara defeated Velvet Sky and Mickie James when Tara pinned Mickie after hitting a side slam on Velvet on top of Mickie in a Number One Contender Match for the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Title

After the match, Tara celebrated with some of the fans in the crowd.

Match Number Two: Alex Shelley defeated Zema Ion with Sliced Bread #2.

Backstage, Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray brawled. Roode pulled up in a truck and joined in the attack on Hardy. Storm showed up and attacked Roode, but Roode and Ray got the upper hand on Storm until Sting chased them off.

Match Number Three: ODB and Eric Young defeated Winter and Angelina Love when ODB pinned Love after a TKO. After the match, ODB kissed Young.

Sting, Jeff Hardy, and James Storm cone to the ring and call out Bully Ray and Impact Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode. All five men brawl until Sting takes control and separates the other four men. This does not last long and they start brawling again.

The crowd wants them to fight. Sting makes a tag match for tonight with Storm and Hardy versus Ray and Roode. They start to brawl again, but Hardy and Storm gain the advantage. Storm wants the match to be a tables match and Sting okays it.

Match Number Four: Matt Morgan (with Crimson) defeated Samoa Joe (with Magnus) with a discus clothesline.