-WrestleMania XXX is pretty much confirmed for the Superdome in New Orleans, LA reports The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
This will be the first time a there has been a pro wrestling show at the Superdome since WCW booked Nitro there on June 21, 1999.
-Vince McMahon is legitimately scheduled for surgery on his left hip, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The angle with Brock Lesnar was a storyline reason to give him a reason for it. McMahon had the bad hip for some time.
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RAW RATING - Fans were interested to see if The Rock won the WWE title and who won the Royal Rumble as this week's RAW did 5,020,000 viewers and a rating of a 3.7, the highest it did since the July 23 RAW 1000 episode. Hour one did 4,860,000 viewers, hour two did 5,270,000 viewers, and hour three did 4,930,000 viewers. The show in total did around 700,000 viewers more than last week. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com)
ONLY ONE CHAMBER MATCH AT THIS YEAR'S ELIMINATION CHAMBER PPV - The current plan for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is to only have one Chamber match instead of the usual two. Usually, one title is defended on the show in a Chamber match while the other match is to determine to number one contender for the other title for WrestleMania. The Rock and CM Punk already have a one on one match at the pay-per-view and it looks like the only Chamber match this year will be to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight title currently being held by Alberto Del Rio. John Cena - the winner of the Royal Rumble - has already selected to wrestle for the WWE title at WrestleMania whoever the champion might be at the time.
INTERCONTINENTAL CUP TOURNAMENT SCRAPPED - The Intercontinental Cup - a tournament involving eight Superstars to determine the number one contender for the IC title - has been scrapped. It was supposed to start on tonight's Main Event on ION which was taped yesterday before the Smackdown show however there was no mention of it all. "I am pleased to announce that I have managed to negotiate a complete cancellation of the #IntercontinentalCup tournament," tweeted Wade Barrett earlier today. "I think you'll all agree that this is fantastic news. Warm regards, Your Intercontinental Champion." Meanwhile, Ryback will be the special guest on Miz TV on the show and the two matches taped are Tensai vs Titus O'Niel and Ryback vs Antonio Cesaro.
(courtesy Wrestling Online Network) TAZ JOINS ACES & EIGHTS AND RUINS WEDDING - As expected, the wedding between Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan didn't go as expected and it was interrupted by a friend of the former multiple-time tag team champion. Just as the rings were going to be exchanged, color commentator Taz - who was the "best man" for the wedding - asked Ray if he really wants to go ahead with this. After shutting up Brooke Hogan, Taz removed his jacket and revealed himself as the newest member of the Aces & Eights, as the group rushed to the ring and destroyed everything. "What was supposed to be a night of celebration, turned into a nightmare. Devon was 1 thing. Taz your dead to me scumbag," Bully Ray tweeted later, continuing the angle on Twitter. "Dead? I just came to LIFE! All business big man," Taz replied. WEDDING ANGLE DRAWS VIEWERS - The wedding angle between Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan garnered a spike in interest amongst the TNA fans as the this week's show registered around 300,000 additional viewers from the previous week. The live IMPACT on Spike TV did 1,600,000 viewers with a rating of 1.15. The show had just an average of 18,000 viewers less than the January 3 IMPACT, which was the highest rated since the August 23, 2012, show. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com) > JEFF HARDY OFF UK TOUR DUE TO LEGAL ISSUES - The current TNA champion Jeff Hardy will not be traveling to the United Kingdom for the Road to Lockdown tour and will miss four weeks worth of IMPACT as the company will be taping the television shows in Manchester and London. In an official statement, TNA said that Hardy will not be making appearances on the other side of the pond due to an "injury" that he sustained at the hands of Aces & Eights during yesterday's tapings of IMPACT that will air this coming Friday. In reality, Jeff Hardy cannot travel to the UK due to legal issues he has in the United States. TNA also announced that Sting will be replacing Hardy on the tour and he will be appearing at all live events including the four television tapings that will be held. Hulk Hogan will also be part of the TV tapings. > HOGAN'S EX-WIFE CHARGED FOR OCTOBER DUI ARREST - TMZ.COM is reporting that Linda Bollea - the ex wife of Hulk Hogan - has been officially charged with DUI stemming from an incident that led to her arrest in October of last year in Malibu, California. An attorney for Linda claimed at the time that his client only had a glass of champagne at an event on an empty stomach but antibiotics that she took prior to attending the event shot up the alcohol effect and registered a .084 in blood alcohol level when she was stopped by the cops, which is over the legal limit in the state. The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged Linda with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and also one count of driving on a suspended license. The case will be heard in front of a judge later this month and if convicted she can face up to 18 months in jail although it's very highly unlikely she will spend a second behind bars.
The Elimination Chamber PPV is scheduled for February 17th in New Orleans
Here is the poster for the event with the scheduled participants in the Elimination Chamber main event, no word yet on whether all of these men will compete in one EC match or in split between 2 EC matches.
courtesy Wrestling Online Network: FLAIR TO WRESTLE IN JAPAN - How do you say Wooooo! in Japanese? Well, probably the same! Fans in the Land of the Rising Sun will get their Ric Flair fix later this month as the Nature Boy will be wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling in an event to be held on January 26 in Tokyo. Flair will team up with Keiji Mutoh - better known to American wrestling fans as the Great Muta - to take on Tatsumi Fujinami and Seiya Sanada. Mutoh and Flair feuded for a while when he - under the name of The Great Muta, was brought in the NWA by manager Gary Hart. Muta went on to feud with Flair, Luger, and even Sting who he eventually won the NWA TV title from, only to lose it a few months later to Arn Anderson.
> RAW RATING - The New Year's Eve Monday Night RAW drew a 2.31 rating with an average of 3,552,000 viewers, up just slightly from last week's 2.2 rating on Christmas Eve. Hour one did 3,397,000 viewers, hour two did 3,644,000, while hour three did 3,614,000. It marked the second time in a row that hour three gained viewers on hour one in months however the third hour kept losing viewers over the second as it has been the norm since RAW moved to 180 minutes. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com) > HOGAN REFILES LAWSUIT AGAINST GAWKER - After dismissing the federal lawsuit against Gawker for the posting of his sex tape, Hulk Hogan re-filed the lawsuit against the same company in a Florida state court. TMZ.COM is reporting that Hogan is once again seeking $100 million from Gawker and has refiled the case to consolidate his claims against the NY-based media company and Heather Clem, the person who he had sex with in the tape. Hogan - who already had a lawsuit filed against Clem in Florida - claims that the former wife of Bubba "The Love Sponge" played a part in leaking the sex tape to the media. Gawker posted a one minute video clip of Hulkamania running wild all over Clem a few months ago and then gave a detailed description of the whole video, almost blow by blow. His lawsuit against Bubba was dropped after the two reached an agreement out of court and then Bubba apologized twice to Hogan on his radio show.
> MIKE KNOX REVEALED AS LATEST ACES & EIGHTS MEMBER - Former WWE Superstar Mike Knox was unveiled as a member of the Aces & Eights during yesterday's IMPACT on Spike. Knox was part of a tag team cage match in the main event of the show which saw the return of Sting and he was unmasked by Kurt Angle after he ended up alone in the ring against Samoa Joe, Sting, and Angle himself. Knox wrestled for WWE during the company's failed attempt at reviving the ECW brand and he played the role of Kelly Kelly's boyfriend. He then switched to RAW in 2008 and moved to Smackdown in 2009 but was released a year after following WrestleMania XXVI.