Chad Dukes, Loud Goat and Thom discuss the potential raid of Ring of Honor, Cody Rhodes’ new gold, and why Thom is upset, all this and more on this week’s episode. #BelieveInTheWide
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Roadblock – WWE
The card for the next WWE Network live event is taking shape. Joining Roman Reigns challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship will be Chris Jericho taking on Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks defending the Women’s Championship against Charlotte in a 30-minute Iron Man match.
Styles Injured – With Spandex
Coming out of TLC, WWE World Champion AJ Styles is reportedly dealing with a “minor” ankle injury. The injury caused Styles to be pulled from in-ring action at Monday evening’s live event in Tyler, TX. Styles is still scheduled to face James Ellsworth for the title tonight on SmackDown Live.
Mickie James Offered Contract – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that Mickie James was offered a new contract with WWE to compete on the main roster “should she want to accept.” James returned to a WWE ring for the first time in six years at NXT Takeover: Toronto against Asuka.
Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Results – WWE
AJ Styles retained the WWE World Championship with the aid of James Ellsworth in the main event of last night’s TLC event. Styles & Ambrose pulled out all the stops including an insane 450 splash from the ring to a table at ringside by AJ and an Ambrose elbow from the top of a ladder mounted on one announce table through the other announce table. Also of note, two championships changed hands as Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch in a Tables Match for the Women’s Championship and Bray Wyatt finally won his first WWE championship as he and Randy Orton defeated Rhyno & Heath Slater to become SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions.
Final Battle Results – Ring of Honor
Not to be outdone, several big happenings occurred at Ring of Honor’s Final Battle pay-per-view Friday Night in New York City. Kyle O’Reilly defeated Adam Cole for the ROH World Championship, The Kingdom were crowned the first ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champions, Cody Rhodes debuted and turned heel against Lethal and the Ring of Honor fans, and it was revealed that Broken Matt Hardy and Brother Nero would be coming to Ring of Honor to challenge “The Bucks of Youth” and “Dim Boys”.
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Final Battle Preview – Ring of Honor
Ring of Honor’s Final Battle will air tonight at 9PM on pay-per-view and iPPV from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Notable matches on the show include Adam Cole defending the ROH World Championship against Kyle O’Reilly; Cody Rhodes vs. Jay Lethal; The Young Bucks defending the ROH World Tag Team Championships against The Briscoes; Marty Scurll defending the ROH World Television Championship in a four corners survival match against Will Ospreay, Bobby Fish, and CMLL’s Dragon Lee; Dalton Castle vs. Colt Cabana; and the finals of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament featuring The new Kingdom vs. Lio Rush, Jay White, & KUSHIDA.
Elimination Chamber Update – Wrestling Observer
An update to the story yesterday that the Elimination Chamber would be returning as a Raw exclusive show, the Observer is reporting that Chamber will now be a Smackdown exclusive show, with Fastlane now being the next Raw exclusive show following Roadblock and the Royal Rumble. Worth noting, in the previous brand split era, the Chamber often determined the challenger for the second World Championship match at WrestleMania after the Royal Rumble winner picked which brand’s World Championship they wanted to challenge for at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Details on Corgan’s TNA Exit – WrestleZone
Earlier this week Anthem Media and Billy Corgan announced they had resolved the debts Impact Ventured owed to Corgan for funding several recent television tapings. Now, details are emerging as to the future of TNA once the ink dries on the official settlement of the court case brought against Impact by Corgan. After the settlement is completed Anthem Media are expected to announce they have purchased majority shares of Impact Ventures meaning Dixie Carter could be out of a decision-making position within the company.
WWE Acquires a New Tape Library – With Spandex
WWE has purchased another tape library, this time for one of their early developmental territories, the Heartland Wrestling Association. The library contains 48 episodes of weekly programming featuring most notably early John Cena matches. It was also the home for some of the talent acquired from WCW like 3 Count, Mark Jindrak, and Raven as well as The Haas Brothers, D’Lo Brown, Nigel McGuinness, and Shark Boy.
Cody Talks Final Battle – For The Win
Cody Rhodes did a pretty big interview with USA Today’s For the Win promoting his appearance on ROH’s Final Battle PPV this Friday night against Jay Lethal.
Elimination Chamber Returns in 2017 – Cageside Seats
The Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ is hyping that they will host the next edition of the Elimination Chamber in 2017. Word is also emerging that the show will be a Raw exclusive in February.