Daily Update: The day before WrestleMania, Jim Ross, Cody

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THE ROUND-UP

The Latest from the F4W Staff

NEWS

NXT TakeOver live results: Bobby Roode vs. Nakamura; Asuka vs. Ember Moon
ROH Supercard of Honor XI live results: The Hardys vs. Young Bucks
NJPW’s two California U.S. shows, meet and greets sell out within hours
WWE unveiling new NXT title belts at TakeOver: Orlando
Women’s tournament coming to WWE Network this summer
WrestleMania Week: WWE gives a sneak peek at the set
A look at what’s streaming live during WrestleMania week
EVOLVE 81 recap: The man of the hour

AUDIO

WOR: WWE Hall of Fame, JR WrestleMania, Hogan, Austin, Rock, Foley, tons more! 4/1
WOL: WrestleMania weekend, Ian Riccaboni talks ROH, Dr. Lucha, more! 3/31
Wrestling Weekly: JBL/Mauro, George South, mailbag 3/31


FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 3/27/2017: Looking ahead to Wrestlemania 33  

As what has now become nearly a full week of WrestleMania-related events begins, the card for WWE’s marquee event of the year is virtually complete. There are 12 matches announced for WrestleMania 33 heading into the final week of build on television, though some issues still remain. Triple H vs. Seth Rollins has to be officially announced, participants in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal have to be confirmed, and we’ll see if there are plans for the SmackDown tag titles and a few other notable wrestlers left without anything scheduled…

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: April 3, 2017: Massive Wrestlemania weekend preview, plus tons of news  

With WrestleMania coming up on 4/2 in Orlando as part of the biggest weekend of pro wrestling events, as far as pure volume goes, ever in the U.S., this year, more than any other, it has been the name more than the combination of the parts.

There really isn’t the one giant main event, or two, like most years have. Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg was counted on as the main event dating back to when the program was first put together late last year. It’s not like the angle is cold because it’s not. Goldberg’s interviews have been stronger than anyone could have expected, and his impact and popularity hasn’t seemed to fizzle. Sure, his winning the title from Kevin Owens was sure to draw a few boos. But in Philadelphia, a city where if people were going to turn on him, that would be the place, while mentions of him to the live crowd drew boos, when he actually came out, it was the loudest chants of the night…

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WON BACK ISSUE: March 6, 2000: WWF No Way Out review, Mick Foley retires, more

Unlike most other wrestlers of similar fame, to do a career retrospective on Mick Foley is best saved for an examination probably years down the road. He was the classic overachiever, who defied all the odds, and was possibly the single greatest influence inside the ring on styles changing in the business of the past ten years. In a career destined, because he wasn’t that great athletically and didn’t have what was believed to be the right look and physique, for being mid-card for life, he ended up when his career came to a close, as one of the five biggest stars in North America, and even as a best-selling author… 

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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
At his live show in Orlando today, Jim Ross confirmed that he’s been in talks with WWE about a return for months and described appearing at WrestleMania as something that “may” happen. Ross was also interviewed by ESPN about the loss of his wife and returning to WWE.
Mauro Ranallo tweeted that it breaks his heart that he won’t be at WrestleMania, but said he’s happy that JR will be part of the broadcast.
Nikki Bella said that both her and John Cena are taking time off after WrestleMania. Cena will be filming a movie and Bella said that her absence will be to help heal her neck injury.
Kurt Angle reflected on his Hall of Fame induction. Angle tweeted after it was over: “Thank you to ALL WWE Fans. I will cherish my HOF evening forever. #CreatingMoments #itstrue”
WWE uploaded video of the 2017 Hall of Fame class receiving their rings from Vince McMahon and Triple H.
In addition to the names we reported, Bearcat Wright was also announced as a legacy award inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame at the ceremony last night.
Goldberg tweeted yesterday that his plans after WrestleMania are “taking a little time off to reflect then heading back to the gym.”
Donald Trump thanked JBL for praising him on Fox News.
The Rock will be on the Tonight Show next Wednesday.
Paul Heyman’s marketing company signed a deal with independent record label Reviver Entertainment Group.
The New Day spoke to GQ in advance of hosting WrestleMania 33.
Fox Sports has a story about the family ties between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.
Eve Torres Gracie, Maryse, and Kelly Kelly will be on an upcoming episode of “Table for Three.”
Alexa Bliss was interviewed by IGN about her match on Sunday and her ring gear.
Between The Ropes spoke to Samoa Joe, Nikki Bella, Big Show, Paul Heyman, DIY, Charlotte, Renee Young, and Bobby Roode at media events in Orlando.
WWE posted the full episode of “Bring it to the Table” that was taped at Camping World Stadium.
Pro Wrestling
Cody Rhodes announced that he’ll be in the 2017 G1 Climax at a fan event prior to ROH’s Supercard of Honor XI show today.
Tonight has a busy schedule of shows that are streaming live. Supercard of Honor kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET and NXT TakeOver: Orlando and the WWN EVOLVE vs. PROGRESS Supershow are at 8 p.m. The card for the Supershow (which airs on FloSlam) is:
EVOLVE Champion Zack Sabre Jr. defending against Mark Haskins
Matt Riddle vs. Drew Galloway vs. Fred Yehi vs. Tracy Williams vs. Parrow vs. Jon Davis to determine the first WWN Champion
Pete Dunne vs. ACH
Ethan Page vs. Jimmy Havoc
Travis Banks & TK Cooper (w/ Dahlia Black) vs. Chris Dickinson & Jaka
LuFisto defending the SHINE Championship against Su Yung
Keith Lee vs. Jason Kincaid

Last night’s WrestleCon show is now available on the Highspots Network.
UFC/MMA
Ryan Bader will make his Bellator debut at the Madison Square Garden show against King Mo on June 24th. Their fight will be on the portion of the card that airs on Spike TV before the PPV.
Chris Weidman discussed whether Conor McGregor has a chance against Floyd Mayweather.
Dave Meltzer has a story on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for MMA Fighting.

Today in Professional Wrestling History (4/1): WWF WrestleMania X-Seven

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