Daily Update: WWE network news, Payback, Camp WWE, Chyna

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With heavy changes coming to the WWE Network, specifically the WWE removing the ability for multiple people or devices to sign in to one account, it will be interesting to see if that effects the viewership numbers for tomorrow’s WWE Payback pay per view / network special event. The initiative was supposedly set to start March 1st, but it has taken some time to go into effect. Some fans are now receiving a message that reads “stream limit exceeded” when attempting to login, signifying that someone else or another device is currently logged in. The WWE has changed their Terms of Service to read: 

Access to WWE Network is subject to approval of your Payment Method information and verification of other information you submit to us or that is otherwise provided to us. Accordingly, if your payment (flat fee or monthly) cannot be processed for any reason, including because your Payment Method is no longer valid, we may terminate your access to the WWE Network immediately. Although your WWE Network subscription is accessible on a number of devices, your use is limited to one (1) WWE Network stream on one (1) device at any given time. IF YOU CIRCUMVENT OR ATTEMPT TO CIRCUMVENT ANY OF THE USE RESTRICTIONS IN THESE TERMS, YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE TERMINATION AND YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO LEGAL ACTION. SHARING OF LOGIN INFORMATION, INCLUDING PASSWORDS, IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

If you are a “piggy backer” on the WWE network, today would be a good time to subscribe yourself as there may be a mass attempt to sign up tomorrow, just before the beginning of the PPV once people realize that they no longer can “borrow” a friend’s account.

Camp WWE debuts on the WWE network immediately after the PPV tomorrow. 


Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles for WWE title
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
The Miz vs. Cesaro for IC title
Charlotte vs. Natalya for women’s title (Ric Flair and Bret Hart in the corners)
Enzo & Cass vs. Vaudevillains for a tag team title shot
Kalisto vs Ryback for the U.S. title (preshow match at 7:30 p.m.)


Captain New Japan & Juice Robinson vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & Jay White & David Finlay vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi & Will Ospreay & Gedo
Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet for IWGP jr. tag titles
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Yoshitatsu vs. Kenny Omega & Young Bucks for Never six man tag titles
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa for IWGP tag team titles
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yuji Nagata for Never title
Kushida vs. Jushin Liger for IWGP jr. title
Hirooki Goto vs. Evil
Kazuchika Okada vs. Seiya Sanada
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii for IWGP heavyweight title

Raw will be Monday night in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.


NXT Full Sail tapings results: Bayley “injury”; Finn Balor returns; big debuts  
Bayley (maybe) injured at NXT tapings  
Former TNA World Champion debuts at NXT tapings
The Week In British Wrestling: PROGRESS marches on; RevPro sells out
WWE NXT results: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Drifter; Samoa Joe title win footage. 

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READ IT HERE: The death of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer and the saga of Conor McGregor and UFC

The life and career of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer and the saga of Conor McGregor out of UFC 200 and Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier as the new main event are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. There is also an update the TNA situation, with tons of notes on the future of TNA and Lucha Underground and one of the best wrestlers in the world joins ROH.

The lead story looks at the life of Joanie Laurer. The story examines the circumstances of her death, the publicity it received, the media coverage that never looked past the surface and was almost totally lacking context regarding her role in wrestling, and her post wrestling life. The story also looks at her start in pro wrestling, how she got into WWE, her role in the ascension of HHH to the top of the card, how she was booked, how the relationship with HHH benefited her, and just how hot pro wrestling was during that time period.

A look back at her IC title win and the back story, and why her title reign was so short along with a look at her run with Eddy Guerrero, doing Playboy, her departure from WWE, why she never lost the women’s title, her most-watched match of her career and it wasn’t in WWE, the attempt to make her a star in Japan, the WWE Hall of Fame and her life after wrestling, all in this issue.

This issue examines how Conor McGregor managed to get himself off the biggest UFC event of the year, how his strategy backfired, the UFC press conferences, the new Cormier vs. Jones fight, business notes for UFC 200 as well as a rundown of UFC 197, with all the business news, match-by-match coverage, pay records and poll results.

In this issue, there is a look at the upcoming Payback show, notes about the angle for power, the NXT title change, the return of John Cena, Bret Hart talks return to WWE, update on WWE Board of Directors, update on the concussion lawsuits and counter suits, WWE trying to make moves to Japan, WWE with new movie partnership, WWE wins awards and the update on the Global cruiserweight series. Finally, there is also a look at the Adam Rose suspension, a new WWE book, plus details on all the NXT shows over the past week as well as the complete WWE European tour.


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Regarding the WWE Network clamping down on password sharing, we have gotten mixed reports in the last few days. Some have noted that they can only watch on one device in their household (meaning, if they’re watching on Apple TV, if they try to go outside and watch on their phone they encounter issues), and others have said they’ve had no problems watching on two devices at the same time. It may be that two devices are allowed if connected to the same IP address, meaning if you try to watch on your phone over 4G LTE it might flag you.

If you are encountering issues with the WWE network, we’d love your feedback sent to bryan@wrestlingobserver.com, since he’ll be discussing this on Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Live and it will be pertinent with WWE Payback airing later in the day.

Both the National Enquirer and the Globe have articles on Chyna this week. Her death garnered a significant amount of mainstream media attention which continues this weekend.  It likely would have gotten even more had Prince not passed away and dominated media coverage.  As noted over the last few days, WWE has added a Chyna collection to the WWE Network.

Smackdown did 2.1 million viewers this week, down over 300,000 from last week. Rough week for WWE ratings.

WWE & Pro Wrestling

We will have several ROH guests on Wrestling Observer Live next week in advance of Sunday’s PPV, including ROH champion Jay Lethal, Kyle O’Reilly, and CHEESEBURGER!
Congratulations to Kofi Kingston and his wife on the birth of their fourth child, Orion Kingsley Sarkodie-Mensah.There are a couple cool events coming up in Kansas City. In just two weeks, you can meet Kurt Angle at the KC Pro Wrestling Training Center in Lenexa, KS. Then, on June 4, we return to Turner Rec Center for Metro Pro Wrestling’s Sixth Anniversary Show, featuring legendary tag team Demolition and the beginning of a 16-man tournament for the Metro Pro Championship. You can buy tickets for our June show now.
This week’s 6:05 Superpodcast with David Bixenspan and Brian Last features the first part of their interview with wrestling radio and fan convention pioneer John Arezzi (covering his days as Freddie Blassie’s fan club president, talking his way into doing WWWF TV jobs, his early conventions, and more), a Michael Hayes interview from Dallas radio in 1988 (promoting his concert at the Sportatorium), some amazing stories and uncanny impressions from Tom Robinson in the Dennis of Week, a discussion of the promotions in the running for the ESPN wrestling slot in 1985., and much more.
In the new documentary about Foxcatcher, which was at one point the DuPont owned Olympic wrestling training facility, the Schult’s wife describes Dave Schultz’s last moments, “I gave him a kiss on the forehead and he died.”
Seth Green talks about Camp WWE and what it was like to work with Vince McMahon.
Lince Dorado talks the WWE Global Cruiserweight Tournament.
Johnny Gargano was the latest guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. It was a great discussion, covering who he idolized as a kid, who he idolizes now, meeting Randy Savage, pro wrestlers still being fans, booking a dream feud for WrestleMania 33, and more. Here is the Sports Illustrated write up. (thanks to Chris Featherstone)

UFC & Mixed Martial Arts

There is a Titan FC show tonight on UFC Fight Pass 
Here is an article on the subject of Jon Jones and his career ascent.


4/30 Pro Wrestling in Santa Cruz, CA at the VFW Hall on 7th ave. This show is 21+ and will have 7 matches. For tickets go to ComedySuplex.com. 
4/30 Tonight’s Gold Rush Pro Wrestling’s Reach For The Gold V Event will stream live at 7pm pst. Main Event: Heavyweight Title Ladder Match JR Kratos (c) vs. Boyce LeGrande, plus a 4 Way Tag Title match and more!
4/30 – Absolute Intense Wrestling “Girls Night Out 17” – Doors: 6:00PM, bell:7:30PM, live From Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, 1355 West 70th Street, Cleveland,Ohio 
4/30 AIW Girls Night Out in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mount Carmel with Heidi Lovelace vs Crazy Mary Dobson, Gail Kim vs. Lufisto, Kelly Klein vs. Marti Belle, Maria Manic vs. Cristina Diamond plus Shayna Baszler, Mia Yim (Jade) and more.
4/30 Legacy Wrestling in Manheim, PA, with Johnny Gargano, Koko B. Ware, Dave Crist, Candice LeRae, and more.
5/1 IWA Mid South on Sunday in New Albany, IN  at the Pride Bar & Lounge with Kongo Kong vs. Reed Bentley as the main event.
5/6 Evolve in Baltimore
5/6 AAW in Merrionette Park, IL, featuring Sami Callihan vs. Ciampa, Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix, Michael Elgin vs. Matt Cage, Moose, Silas Young, AR Fox, Donovan Dijak, Kimber Lee, and tons more.
5/6 Dem Great North Wrestling in Ottawa, Canada
Tatanka headlined by River City Wrestling on 5/6 in Cibolo TX at the Old Main Ice House.  Hernandez is also on that show.
Northeast Wrestling runs 5/6 in Schenectady, NY at the Armory with Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Booker T, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Hanson and Eddie Edwards.  They also run 5/7 in Waterbury,CT a the Waterbury PAL Building with Matt Hardy, Hanson, Kamaitachi, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis and Dijak.  Among the matches in Waterbury are Hanson vs. Ron Zombie, Matt Hardy vs. Brian Anthony and Kamaitachi vs. JT Dunn. 
5/7 Dynamo Pro Wrestling in St. Louis at the Cinco de Mayo Festival on the corner of Ohio and Cherookee St..  Matches will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with free admission.  They will also air an evening show at 7 p.m. at  Stratford Bar & Grill at 800 S. Highway Dr. in Fenton, MO.
5/7 Evolve in Queens at La Boom
5/7 UWC in Wrightstown, NJ at Kelly’s Bar and Banquet Hall.
5/7 CHIKARA in Philadelphia at the Wrestle Factory.
5/7 New England Championship Wrestling on 5/7 in Wakefield, MA with all the titles on the line.
5/7 Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
NWA Collision Course on 5/7 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with Chase Owens & X-Pac vs. Jordan Kage & Chris Richards, Jason Kincaid vs. Michael Elgin and more.
Maryland Championship Wrestling on 5/13 in Joppa, MD with MCW vs. Global Force Wrestling at the MCW Arena headlined by Nick Aldis vs. Brian Myers for the GFW title and Jeff Jarrett & Punk Rock All-Stars vs. Ken Dixon & The Ecktourage.  There is also a GFW Next Gen title match with Sonjay Dutt vs. DJ Zema Ion vs. Lio Rush.
5/27 Promociones El Cholo runs Tijuana at the Auditorio with Atlantis & Caristico & Valiente vs. Cibernetico & Sharly Rockstar & Ultimo Guerrero as the main event.
5/28 CWE on 5/28 in Thunder Bay, ONT has Frankie Kazarian, Silas Young, Jason Kincaid, Chase Owens and Lio Rush.
Smash Wrestling on 6/11 in Oshawa, ONT.

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