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*** Weekend Flashback ***
- From now till the Royal Rumble, I'll be flashbacking to some of my favorite moments in the Royal Rumble. This week's Royal Rumble flashback we're going back to highlights from the 1992 Royal Rumble where the winner became the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
- It appears WWE may be giving up on re-signing Brock Lesnar. Lesnar has still shown major interest in returning back to UFC once his current WWE contract expires the day after Wrestlemania 31.
- Randy Orton and Bad News Barrett returned this weekend at a WWE live house show. It's unknown still when both will return to live TV.
- WWE announced that the 2015 Extreme Rules Pay Per View will return to Chicago, Illinois. This will be the second time in six years Extreme Rules took place in Chicago.
- Former NXT World Tag Team Champions, Konnor and Viktor, aka The Ascension, will make their RAW debut tomorrow night.
- Braun Stowman made his NXT debut at this past week's live events. Stowman was said to have a very good debut, moves well in the ring for being a big guy, was great on the mic and is being nicknamed "Monster Among Men".
- Bo Dallas is expected to be ready to return from his foot injury by years end. It is unknown if he will return to TV right away or if WWE will save him as a Royal Rumble entrant.
- Darren Young returned to live action this week after being out since Wrestlemania 30 with knee surgery. It is unknown when he'll return to TV. Another possible surprise Royal Rumble entrant.
- If you're wondering where Heath Slater has been the past few weeks, fear no more. It appears that WWE has given Heath Slater some time off while he deals with his legal issues. Slater is being accused of an alleged assault on a female hotel employee during Wrestlemania 27 weekend.
- Early this summer, WWE threw out the idea of making this year's Royal Rumble a 40 Man Rumble. There has been no more mention or build up of that being true, so it appears we'll be seeing a normal 30 Man Rumble.
- Current WWE Legend, Kevin Nash, was arrested on Christmas Eve for attacking his 18 year old son, Tristen. The story states that Tristen Nash attacked his mother and Kevin Nash stepped in to help her. Tristen was also arrested at the scene and both were held with no bond. WWE has since suspended Kevin Nash from his Legends contract. Nash was also supposed to appear on the January 19th edition of RAW with Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan for an nWo reunion. WWE has pulled him from that show too.
- Blu-Ray/DVD News 1: WWE will be releasing a new Ultimate Warrior Blu-Ray/DVD in the Spring of 2015. It will feature a new documentary and Warrior matches from the past.
- Blu-Ray/DVD News 2: WWE will be releasing a new Blu-Ray/DVD on February 17th called "Destruction of The Shield". The disc's will include past matches of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. The match list can be viewed here.
- TNA is rumored to be angry with SpikeTV for the way they showed their last two "best of" episodes of TNA. SpikeTV showed both episodes later in the evening and not in their regular 9pm time. SpikeTV also not once advertised TNA jumping to Destination America in January.
- Destination America has added another TNA program to their lineup. Every weekend starting Saturday January 10th, "TNA's Greatest Matches" will be shown. The show will air TNA matches from TNA's twelve year history.
- Current TNA World Tag Team Champion, Abyss, is taking independent wrestling dates until the TNA relaunch in January.
- Gail Kim has still not signed a new TNA contract but has agreed to do a pay by appearance deal. There is a very good possibility we will see her for TNA's debut on Destination America.
- The TNA Knockouts Championship has received a make over for the reboot in January. The title, currently held by Taryn Terrell, used to be a white strap with red lettering. TNA has now changed it to a black strap with blue lettering.
The final card for the Global Force Wrestling pay per view, which is being partnered with New Japan Pro Wrestling has been announced:
- "IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship, Fatal Four Way Match": Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish (c) vs. Alex Shelley and Kushida vs. Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov vs. The Young Bucks
- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Tomoaki Honma vs. The Bullet Club (Jeff Jarrett, Bad Luek Fale and Yujiro Takahashi)
- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Toru Yano, Naomichi Marufuji, Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls vs. Takashi Iizuka, Shelton Benjamin, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer
- "UWFI Rules Match": Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Minoru Suzuki: (No rules. Only way to win is by knockout, referee stoppage or submission)
- "NEVER Openweight Championship Match": Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Togi Makabe
- "IWGP Jr. Championship Match": Ryusuke Taguchi (c) vs. Kenny Omega
- "IWGP World Tag Team Championship Match": The Bullet Club (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata and Hirooki Goto
- A.J. Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito
- "IWGP Intercontinental Championship": Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
- "IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match": Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada
*** Other Wrestling News ***
- Former WWE superstar, Shane "Hurricane" Helms, recently had successful surgery, repairing his ACL.
- WWE Hall of Famer, Tully Blanchard, suffered a torn bicep early this week. Blanchard was doing interference in his daughter, Tessa Blanchard's, match and suffered the injury performing a drop kick.
- Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion turned UFC Fighter, CM Punk, has announced his trainer. Punk will train with Roufusport for his UFC career and will be trained by Ben Askren. (Although this is UFC news and not wrestling news I will still be following CM Punk and give you updates on his jump to UFC.)
And that's this weekend's 3 Count. Join me every Sunday afternoon as I post news around WWE, TNA, GFW and around the wrestling world. Till next week, tap or snap.