Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/10/29/pollocks-news-update-spring-break-iii-feat-atsushi-onita-is-sold-out/
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**Tonight’s episode of Raw takes place from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. While nothing has been announced for the show, we had been told last week that it was likely that John Cena’s involvement at Crown Jewel would be addressed tonight. At last word, he was not working Crown Jewel this weekend, but the company has continued to promote his participation in the World Cup tournament. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker & Kane are advertised for tonight’s episode.
**The WWE announced Monday evening that Brock Lesnar will be on the show tonight.
**The SmackDown crew has a house show in Macon, Georgia tonight with AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch advertised. The television tapings are in Atlanta Tuesday at the Philips Arena.
**Sunday’s Evolution show was a success all around and one of the WWE’s best shows this year with an incredible crowd in Long Island, New York. The crew was essentially the same with several members of the backstage crew, producers, some writers and the talent taking a charter flight to Charlotte, North Carolina for tonight’s Raw episode. Some were going to have to fly early on Monday to Charlotte. The next week is going to insane as the key personnel involved are flying to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and after Crown Jewel to get to Manchester, England for the television next Monday and Tuesday.
**The WWE’s stock dropped over 5% today and closed at $66.16 after opening at $70.69.
**Tickets for Joey Janela’s Spring Break III event went on sale Monday at Noon and were gone almost immediately. Tickets started at $75 for General Admission and Standing Room Only and went as high as $195 for front row seats. They are running the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, which is hosting ten wrestling shows that weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey. The venue’s website lists a capacity of 800 for standing room events and 400 with chairs, so I would imagine that the wrestling events will hold approximately 600. Obviously, they could have run a larger venue and if anything, they underpriced tickets because demand was enormous for this show.
Spring Break has become the big party show of the weekend and carved out a healthy audience each year. They also have announced Atsushi Onita for the card and it’s no surprise this show sold out. I don’t know what the gate total is but given the price points this should be one of the most successful U.S. independent shows ever. The big independent shows running in New York and New Jersey are going to do well, although it’s an expensive area of the country to run and for Spring Break, it’s a long trek for those staying in New York to travel to Jersey City, especially if they are seeing multiple shows per day. The namesake of the event, Joey Janela will not be able to wrestle on this show after undergoing major knee surgery this past Friday and he was expected to be out of action for one year.
**The Friday night of WrestleMania Weekend will also feature MLW at the Melrose Ballroom and Joey Ryan’s Penis Party at the Midtown Hilton Hotel as well as the WWE’s Hall of Fame ceremony. There is room for another event that night and I imagine MLW and WrestleCon will benefit from the Spring Break sellout with many fans shut out that attempted to buy tickets.
**WrestleMania 35 tickets will be going on sale Friday, November 16th at 10 am Eastern. The cheapest tickets will be going for $35 and go up to $1,000 with additional “Gold Circle” VIP packages that range from $2,000-2,500. The VIP packages include tickets within the first nine rows, a special VIP entrance into the stadium and a commemorative chair to take home. WrestleMania takes place on Sunday, April 7th from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
**John Oliver spent several minutes of his HBO program Sunday to the WWE’s decision to go ahead with their event in Saudi Arabia this Friday. Oliver outlined the propaganda from the first show and some of the tone-deaf promotional elements to the DX vs. Undertaker & Kane match that focus on death. They also put together a parody ad for the event with an over-the-top announcer hyping that women cannot perform on the show and the WWE is ignoring human rights.
**The Washington Post has a story on the WWE’s Evolution event and the event being overshadowed by the company’s decision to run the Crown Jewel event this week in Saudi Arabia. It also discusses the impact of Ronda Rousey coming to the WWE and leading to a show like Sunday’s.
**New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that Hirooki Goto will be challenging Taichi for the NEVER Openweight title this Saturday in Osaka at Power Struggle. Goto is replacing stablemate Will Ospreay, who suffered an injury earlier this month for Revolution Pro Wrestling and was removed from the current tour and Saturday’s show.
**The WWE’s relationship with EVOLVE has increased a lot recently. There has been a relationship for a long time with Gabe Sapolsky working as a creative consultant with the company, but there is going to be more NXT talent appearing on EVOLVE shows. In the past, NXT would allow talent to work their shows but could not have their matches streamed on WWN Live, that has changed, and talent can be streamed. On Sunday’s card in Ybor City, NXT talent Fabian Aichner won the EVOLVE title from Shane Strickland and the Street Profits defeated Jaka & Chris Dickinson to become the EVOLVE tag champions. The show also featured Dan Matha, Adrian Jaoude, Cezar Bononi, and Jessie Elaban (who was in the Mae Young Classic this year). Aichner is scheduled for EVOLVE’s upcoming events on November 9th in Livonia, November 10th in Oak Lawn, and the New York cards on December 15th and 16th and the Street Profits have also been announced for November 9th and 10th, which are the same shows Mustafa Ali will be working.
**Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Jeff Jarrett in their Hair vs. Hair match on Sunday night at AAA’s Heroes Inmortales in Puebla. The finish came after interference and Wagner Jr. hitting Jarrett over the head with a guitar. Jarrett was shaved completely bald. Below are the results from the show:
*Faby Apache over Scarlett Bordeaux, Keyra & Starfire to retain the Reina de Reinas championship
*Mocho Cota, Jr., Carta Brava, Jr. & Tito Santana over Drago, Aerostar & Angelikal and Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata & Maximo
*Rey Escorpion & Texano, Jr. over Flamita & Bandido and Laredo Kid & DJZ to retain the AAA tag titles
*Pagano won the Copa Antonio Pena match over Chessman, Averno, Hijo del Vikingo, Super Fly, Kahos, Parka Negra, Espectro, Hijo del Fantasma & Nino Hamburguesa
*Psycho Clown & Murder Clown over Killer Kross & Monster Clown
*Dr. Wagner, Jr. over Jeff Jarrett in the Hair vs. Hair match
**MLW has announced a match between Kotto Brazil and Trey Miguel for November 8th at their next television taping for Fusion. The card is headlined by Pentagon, Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. LA Park & Hijo de LA Park for the MLW tag titles along with Low Ki vs. Shane Strickland for the MLW title. The card will take place at Cicero Stadium in Chicago with a 7 pm bell time.
**Here are the results from Saturday’s DEFY Wrestling card: Randy Myers over Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Doc Kliever & Drexel over Leon Negro & Sonico, Ethan HD & Mike Santiago and Flamita & Bandido to retain the tag titles, Artemis Spencer over Rey Fenix, Brody King over Jeff Cobb, and Shane Strickland over SCHAFF to retain the DEFY championship.
**Jeff Cobb announced at the DEFY card that it was his last match with the promotion since will be going exclusively with Ring of Honor in the United States.
**WrestlePro out of New York has announced they are going to Anchorage, Alaska next year for a show. The promotion announced “The North Will Remember” for Saturday, April 20th at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage and they are promoting Mick Foley, John Hennigan, Colt Cabana, Sonjay Dutt, Chris Mordetsky, Fallah Bahh, MJF, Hornswoggle, Kevin Matthews, and Taya Valkyrie among others for the card.
**Below is the UFC’s Countdown to UFC 230 special to promote Saturday’s card from Madison Square Garden:
WWE EVOLUTION POST SHOW
John Pollock & Wai Ting review what they thought was one of WWE’s best shows of the year headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair in a Last Man Standing match, and Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler. We also discuss the limited production of the show, the commentary team, and the incredible crowd.
EGGSHELLS PODCAST COMPANION: 2007 W/ ALAN COUNIHAN
Episode 17 sees Chris Charlton and Alan Counihan look at 2007. NJPW starts the tradition of calling their biggest show of the year Wrestle Kingdom, which sees New Japan take on the top stars of AJPW. Results are mixed, but Yuji Nagata and Minoru Suzuki are a highlight.
REWIND-A-WAI #22: WWE Battleground 2016 w/ Espresso Executive producer Jerry Kilgore
John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Battleground 2016 just days following that year’s WWE Draft. WWE Champion Dean Ambrose faces Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to determine whether the title moves to Raw or SmackDown. Plus, Bayley makes a surprise debut, Randy Orton appears on the Highlight Reel, and Kevin Owens faces Sami Zayn for THE LAST TIME.
upNXT & Forever Young 10/25/18: Here’s Johnny!
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman chat this week’s episode of WWE NXT featuring the SHOCKING reveal of “Who Attacked Aleister Black?” PLUS! The lads discuss the final episode of the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
BREAKING NEWS: WWE to run Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia
John Pollock and Wai Ting have a special breaking news show to discuss the WWE’s decision to go forward with the Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia next wee
DOUBLE SHOT 10/24/18: NWA 70th Anniversary, WON Hall of Fame, Total Divas
John Pollock reviews this past Sunday’s NWA 70th Anniversary card featuring Cody vs. Nick Aldis. Wai Ting provides his weekly review of Total Divas. Pollock reveals his ballot for this year’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
RASD 10/23/18: Latest on WWE Crown Jewel, SD & MMC reviews, Evolution Preview
The final show before Evolution featured a segment shot at the PC with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. Plus various pairings of World Cup participants with Jeff Hardy taking on Randy Orton and The Miz facing Rey Mysterio.
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