Daily Update: Rollins' knee injury, Foley, Lucha Underground

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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 1/30/2017: Recapping the 2017 Royal Rumble 

Given the star power in the match, Randy Orton winning the 2017 Royal Rumble was always going to be underwhelming to some. It was only who he eliminated last that redeemed the moment to most who were disappointed. Orton capped off a solid Rumble match at the Alamodome by last eliminating Roman Reigns, who entered at #30 after interference from Braun Strowman cost him his shot at the Universal Championship earlier in the night… Subscribers click here to continue.

WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: January 30, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble preview, part 2 of Jimmy Snuka bio, plus tons of news

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Have a look at Pentagon Jr., Daga and Garza Jr. leaving AAA and how many questions that asks. This includes the situation with Sexy Star, big questions facing Lucha Underground, the attempt to build The Crash promotion into a force in Mexico, notes on Lucha Underground contracts, exactly where this all stemmed from and why talent was unhappy with AAA, the Lucha Underground move that makes everything even more questionable, and how this relates to the bigger picture of wrestling all over the world right now.

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WON BACK ISSUE: January 10, 2000 NJPW Tokyo Dome reviewed, 1999 in revenue for promotions, more 

The mixed promotional angle, the very thing that New Japan has specialized in for nearly three decades, looks back in the forefront as representatives from WCW (J.J. Dillon and Paul Orndorff) and RINGS (Akira Maeda) along with Nobuhiko Takada all met with New Japan management in conjunction with the company’s biggest show of the year 1/4 at the Tokyo Dome… Subscribers click here to continue.


Seth Rollins posted a series of tweets about the knee injury that he suffered on Raw: “Wanted to take a second to thank everyone who has reached out to me over the last two days. Life doesn’t always go your way, but that is no excuse to surrender. If anything, obstacles exist to help us grow and evolve. This reinjury to my surgically repaired knee is real and a lot is up in the air right now, but one thing remains constant: my resolve. This doesn’t end for me until I’ve reclaimed the throne. And for me, fighting and defeating Triple H is the only way. I will work harder than I ever have and push myself beyond what I know. This isn’t over. The only way to wear the crown is to slay the king. I know what must be done and there’s nothing that can stop me.” 
As has been pointed out by many, Rollins appeared to suffer the injury when Samoa Joe took him down for the Coquina Clutch during their brawl on Monday.
Joe posted an in-character tweet about Rollins’ injury: “@TripleH I believe I have delivered as requested.”
Finn Balor tweeted a get well card to Rollins.
Mick Foley posted on Facebook that he’s gotten his health insurance back and will be getting his right hip replaced whenever he has time in his schedule. Foley said that he’ll be taking time off from Raw after the surgery because he won’t be allowed to fly for about six weeks after.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a non-title match was announced last night for next week’s SmackDown.
NXT’s next round of TV tapings is taking place at Full Sail University tonight.
ESPN interviewed Nikki Cross about her career and being a last-minute addition to SAnitY.
Kevin Owens appeared on the latest episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast, which is a live show that was taped in Toronto over Survivor Series weekend.
ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET. Basil DeVito spoke to The Post in Athens, Ohio about the documentary.
Pro Wrestling
MLW Radio noted that seasons one and two of Lucha Underground are coming to Netflix on February 15th. The two seasons will also be available on Netflix in Canada.
The third season of Lucha Underground will resume on the El Rey Network on May 31st.
Bobby Lashley will face Jeff Cobb at WrestleCon in Orlando, Florida on March 31st over WrestleMania weekend.
Dana White again spoke out about Ronda Rousey’s status in an interview with TMZ Sports, saying that the day comes for all professional athletes where they don’t have it anymore and that’s what happened to Rousey.
Edmond Tarverdyan is still coaching Travis Browne and will be in his corner on February 19th.
Brett Okamoto tweeted that Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Kelly is being targeted for UFC 209 on March 4th.
Francis Ngannou wants a fight with Cain Velasquez after his win over Andrei Arlovski.



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The bus will leave at 4pm (time subject to change) for WrestleMania and will leave WrestleMania no later then one hour after the show. If you would like a seat email Ed at f4wfan@hotmail.com or message him on the BOARD~! for Paypal payment instructions


WHAT: Dinner at Texas de Brazil
WHEN: Friday March 31st
WHERE: 5259 International Dr Ste F1, Orlando, FL 32819 at 5 p.m. (they may open at 4:30 for us)
WHO: All your best empire buddies
DETAILS: The cost of the dinner will be $68.00 which includes the dinner, salad bar, soft drinks and tea, and dessert, tax and tip. This is a pre pay dinner and you can send payment to paypal at Srjaialaiot@yahoo.com (please send as a gift to a friend). Payments must be made by March 24th (if you wait until after that, Ed will charge an extra $5.00 for being a pain).

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