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> There is no secondary market buzz on the San Antonio shows as compared to Toronto. You can get secondary market tickets for NXT Takeover for $25 and Rumble tickets for $40. Granted, I didn’t expect any kind of a secondary market inflation for Rumble when playing such a big building because the secondary market goes nuts when the primary market has little inventory. Rumble wasn’t going to be an advanced sellout at the Alamodome. But the key is that Rumble tickets must be selling well and it’s just a question of how many seats they are going to open up. It also means NXT has no great demand. Right now NXT has the floor section sold out but there are good seats in the 100s with great views still available. For the Rumble, 11th row ringside was still available and there were good seats in every price range I checked still available.
> There are long-term plans to follow the WWE UK Tournament concept and do similar tournaments to create as Asian champion and a Latin American champion
> While this can all change, the Terry Taylor class at the Performance Center, which is the one to groom people who will be are being considered right now for somewhat imminent main roster spots are Nakamura, Almas, Alexander Wolfe, TM 61, Itami, Ciampa, Gargano, Hero, Samson and Dillinger. The next group down, meaning right now not imminent but they are the ones who would move up when those in the top group go to the main roster would be Tino Sabbatelli, Riddick Moss, Damo, Authors of Pain, Tommy End, Roderick Strong, Dan Matha (who is 6-7 and a bodybuilder but has hardly worked in developmental), Oney Lorcan, Wesley Blake, Buddy Murphy, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. Bobby Roode doesn’t train at the Performance Center as his deal is different, nor does Eric Young, Samoa Joe and I believe Austin Aries so they wouldn’t be in get-ready classes
> The WWE canceled its 3/18 date at Madison Square Garden as a favor to building officials who were able to get the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs fight that night. Joe Fisher, the MSG Executive Vice President of Marquee Events, noted at the press conference for the fight that the WWE had to agree to move their date. “A lot of you don’t know this, but I really need to thank the WWE. Everybody says, `Why the WWE?’ Well, we had an event booked on March 18, with the WWE, and they are just tremendous partners. They realized the magnitude of this event and the fact that we needed to have it here. It had to be at Madison Square Garden. So, with their cooperation and partnership, they were willing to move off the date, and make this date possible. So I really, really want to thank all the great people at WWE.
> Victor Travagliante, who had been the lead announcer for Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore promotion, has signed to start here, likely with NXT. PW Insider reported that Travagliante will use the name Vic Joseph. They had been talking with him for months, as the first we’d heard about WWE having interest in him was at the same time they were contacting guys like Curt Hawkins, Jinder Mahal and Shelton Benjamin at the time of the brand split
> Shane Thorne of TM 61 will be undergoing knee surgery I believe on 1/12, which will put him out of action for several months.
> Those who started this week full-time in Orlando at the performance center are three wrestlers from China, Mustafa Ali, Daivari, Gulak, Nese, Tajiri, Mary Kate Glidewell (Andrea in Florida indies), Dori Prange (Heidi Lovelace), Kimberly Frankele (Kimber Lee), Julia Ho (Julie Real, a model, singer actress with a martial arts background), Hero and coach John Miller (Johnny Saint)
> They are looking for new gimmicks for TM 61 (although with Thorne injured there is no rush for this), Blake, Murphy, Steve Cutler, Aliyah, Moss, Sabbatelli and Matha, which is a good sign in the sense they see something in them, just not as they are right now
> WWE is scheduled to release a DVD called “WrestleMania Monday is Raw,” built around highlights of the Raw after WrestleMania
> Without a lot of new programming, these were the top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week: 1. NXT on 1/4; 2. Bring it to the Table (the talk show that got a lot of negative reviews from Jan. 2), 3. 205 Live from 1/3; 4. Talking Smack from 1/3; 5. Roadblock End of the Line; 6. NXT from 12/27; 7. 2016 Royal Rumble; 8. Survivor Series 2016; 9. WrestleMania 2016; 10. Story Time Episode 5. In the top 20 were Royal Rumbles from 2002, 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015