Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy announced their tour dates for shows from February 28 to April 8. As you can see in the tweet above, it’s a busy schedule with Jericho and the boys taking only some days off in mid to late March.
— FOZZY (@FOZZYROCK) December 4, 2017
Speaking of April 8, that’s the date of WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. Jericho’s last booking on that chart is in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, so he won’t be a part of WrestleMania.
Jericho’s next major wrestling match will be at New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 show on January 4 when he will face the IWGP US Champion Kenny Omega. It should be a great one.
TJR Thoughts: That’s a shame, but it’s not like Jericho has to work every WrestleMania. He’s a busy man as a wrestler, singer, actor and even a cruise host, so there’s nothing wrong with him sitting out a WrestleMania. It’s also an opportunity for members of WWE’s loaded roster to get a shot to do something worthwhile.
205 Live Gets Their First Dose Of Live Events
It was announced on Monday that WWE’s cruiserweight division will get their own 205 Live house shows (or live events) in January 2018. They are events that take place in the northeast USA and they will be held in smaller venues. Here’s more info from WWE.com on the dates:
- Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 – Kingston, RI – The Ryan Center
- Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Auditorium
- Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center
Tickets for each event go on sale Friday, December 8 at 10 AM.
According to PWInsider, the plan is for WWE to run 205 Live events one weekend in January, another weekend in February and see how it goes from there.
On a normal weekend, WWE has the Raw, Smackdown and main NXT brand working live events while the smaller NXT group will work in tiny arenas in Florida. That means WWE could have five different shows going on a Saturday and Sunday with the 205 Live brand in action too.
TJR’s Take: I think it’s good for the cruiserweight wrestlers to be able to have their own show. They can have longer matches, they can be seen as bigger stars to those fans in the northeast and most likely will be great shows because WWE will want there to be a positive word of mouth. It wouldn’t shock me if WWE put a legend or two on there for a special appearance to possibly boost ticket sales. Perhaps Triple H will be there to do a promo before the show begins to fire up the crowd. I don’t know that as a fact. Just saying it wouldn’t surprise me if they did that to build up the event even more.
Randy Orton Remembers Umaga
Randy Orton posted this on Instagram about Umaga passing away eight years ago. Funny pic of Umaga wearing Orton’s trunks.
12/4/09 8 years ago, many people including me lost a true friend. He was one of the most intimidating characters in the ring, but for those that knew him, he was one of the absolute funniest guys we knew. Here’s proof. In this pic if you look closely, he is wearing my trunks. They never fit me quite right after that night! #RIPUCE
TJR’s Take: One of my favorite matches Umaga had was against John Cena at Royal Rumble 2007. It was Last Man Standing. I have never written a review of it, but it was so good and one of those matches where I was impressed because it was way better than I thought it was going to be. They did a great job that night and Umaga looked like a much bigger star even in defeat.
Umaga was really well liked by his peers and respected by the fans. He is missed. Rest in peace, big man.
In Other News
– Smackdown Live airs tonight in San Diego. Here are some announced matches.
- U.S. Champion Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode in a non-title match.
- Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Tamina in a non-title match.
- The New Day vs. Rusev & Aiden English.
- The Bludgeon Brothers are in action with no opponents named.
This company sure loves non-title matches.
– WWE will also be taping their Tribute to the Troops special from San Diego earlier in the day on Tuesday featuring talent from Smackdown and Raw. It airs on December 14 at 8pmET on USA Network with more info on WWE.com here if you want it.
– Kevin Owens was not happy about something that happened on social media and let people know he deleted his Instagram while mentioning that people were going after his off.
Social media is an absolute cesspool. The way some people try and ruin people’s lives for no apparent reason is genuinely depressing. My Instagram is gone, again and now people are going after my wife too. It’s disgusting. Needless to say, I would never do this to my family.
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) December 4, 2017
Apparently the reason for it was because his wife’s Instagram account was hacked, so he deleted his account. (NoDQ)
– R-Truth, who has been barely active on the Raw brand in the last few months, had a shoulder surgery this week. He even did a Periscope video about it.
I got a few minutes y’all wanna talk? https://t.co/biUW5bZgsV
— WWE R-Truth (@RonKillings) December 4, 2017
He’s not expected to be out for that long.
– WWE Network added three items in the Collections section: Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn and 2017 Match of the Year contenders.
The Video Section
WWE posted their top ten list of quick submission finishes. I remember most of them well, but some of them were forgotten. Good list.
Here’s Samir Singh talking about some career advice he received from Triple H. Pretty cool story.
In Case You Missed It
Here’s my Raw Deal review for this week. Enjoyed it a lot thanks to three very good matches, plus some fun promos all night long and I like where things are going with the women’s division too.
I like to end this with a classic wrestling video. Here’s Brock Lesnar throwing Matt Hardy through a wall on Smackdown back in 2003. Sorry Matt.
Thanks for reading. Shoot me a message on Twitter @johnreport with any thoughts/comments on this and any ideas you may have for this column. I’ll be back tomorrow for more.