There has been a lot of discussion this week in regards to potential fan interest in All Elite Wrestling, ratings for WWE RAW, and the talent loss in NJPW. Things have been quiet on the Ring of Honor front, however Wrestling Inc has a great read looking into the live events the company has coming up this month. Some exerts of the article are:
“On January 12th, ROH opens the year in Center Stage in Atlanta. The show is already sold out, with 700 tickets sold. ROH is on a 5-show sellout streak in Center Stage, its current longest streak (but also one of its smallest venues).
On January 13th, ROH completes the double-shot in North Carolina’s Cabarrus Arena. Tickets at the highest price level, $55, are sold out and as of 1/9, the best seats are in the 5th row. The seating chart does not show specific seats so a full count is not available. ROH announced that it will provide free tickets to United States military veterans via Vet Tix. Generally, the venue can be configured up to 5,500 fans and would easily accommodate any free demand for tickets. Prior shows at this Concord, NC venue have drawn between 500-1,100 fans.”
“In a rare ROH triple shot, the weekend of January 24th through January 26th is being promoted as The Road to Supercard G1. The 24th will be a return to ROH’s regular Dallas venue, Gilley’s. So far, about 385 tickets have been sold. In 2018, the venue sold out with 800 tickets and in two appearances in 2017, sales were 600 and 750.
The 25th is the use of an ambitious venue in Houston, the NRG Arena. A venue that can hold up to 8,000, appears to be set up with a little less than half of the seats opened. Just over 500 tickets appear to have been sold up to this point. Please note that according to a review of first day ticket sales, the corner floor sections near the ring were never opened up for sale. ROH has not been in the area since under previous ownership in 2009 for WrestleMania weekend. Those two weekend shows drew well at the time, between 1,800-2,000 fans each.
Finishing up the month on the 26th is a show at the Austin Highway Events Center. 424 tickets appear to have been sold thus far for the event. 4 events were held in the city between 2016-2018, drawing between 400-1,000.”
WWE Rumors: Speculation On The Revival Requesting Their WWE Release
A big rumor today regarding The Revival!
This week on Monday Night RAW, fans of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, The Revival, were once again disappointed by the use of the former NXT Tag Team Champions worked as they defeated Lucha House Party.
It was a change from when The Revival was losing to Lucha House Party, but still more of the same in a lot of fans’ eyes as we’ve seen the teams match-up a number of times on RAW since Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik were brought over from 205 Live. Today, there are rumors that perhaps Dash and Dawson have finally grown tired of their role in the company.
According to BodySlam.net, The Revival reportedly requested their release from WWE following the match on RAW, but there are no other details given. It should also be noted that a tweet from Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful is being taken as another indication that Dash and Dawson are trying to make their way out of the company:
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) January 16, 2019
EA’s Take: Wait and see, everyone. There’s still not enough information, in my estimation, to determine whether it’s true or not I think that’s why you’re seeing someone like Sean Ross Sapp only posting a gif instead of putting over a story. It looks like others are waiting for more details, so that’s the smart approach here.
WWE News: WWE Updates Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumble Match Participants
WWE makes some changes to the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumble Matches!
We had a lot of newsworthy items coming out of this week’s WWE television, one big story being the change made to the Universal Championship Match at Royal Rumble as Finn Balor will now challenge Brock Lesnar (see how it happened here).
With Finn now getting a title opportunity, that means that the Men’s Royal Rumble Match, as well as the Women’s, would both feature Superstars who were getting championship matches that same night as Sasha Banks had also continued to be listed as an entrant on the Women’s side.
Today, WWE has now updated the list of participants with each, removing both Balor and Banks. Currently, twelve spots remain on the Men’s side and eighteen for the Women. It should be noted that despite Naomi announcing on Twitter she would enter the match, WWE has yet to confirm her spot:
Men’s Royal Rumble
R-Truth (#30), Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Jinder Mahal, Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin, Elias, Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, John Cena
Women’s Royal Rumble
Carmella (#30), Natalya, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, Alicia Fox, Mickie James, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce