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NBCSN Shutdown.#WrestleMania Attendance. New Names For Royal Rumble. SmackDown Results. Dusty Classic On 205 Live.

January 23rd, 2021

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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, January 23, 2021..

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Results from Friday’s SmackDown, 205 Live and New Japan Strong are straight ahead in this update but first…

The cable TV landscape is shifting...and WWE finds itself right in the middle of those changes.

The Wall Street Journal reports the NBC Sports Network will shut down before the end of the year. Much of NBCSN’s existing programming, including NHL games and NASCAR races, would reportedly move over to the USA Network. It’s not clear how - or if - WWE’s shows on USA would be affected.

We should mention the NHL’s current TV deal with NBC Sports ends after the current season already underway.

This could be a clue to the number of fans who will be able to attend WrestleMania.

The NFL says it will have around 22,000 fans in attendance at next month’s Super Bowl. That includes 7,500 vaccinated health care workers who are being invited to the big game at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium - the same venue that will host WrestleMania on April 10th & 11th.

(STINGER: WWE)

An actual intergender match on WWE TV. Sasha Banks got her hands on Carmella’s sommelier Reginald on Friday night’s SmackDown. Reginald showed off some great athleticism before Sasha caught up with him and forced him to submit to the Banks Statement.

It appears Banks and Carmella are now set for a SmackDown women’s title match in the near future.

Charlotte Flair and Asuka crossed over from Raw to pick up a win over Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott.

Sami Zayn handcuffed himself to one of the ringside barricades for the first half of the show. He finally freed himself to ruin the Intercontinental Title match between Big E and Apollo Crews.

A match between Adam Pearce and Paul Heyman was teased for last night’s main event. It never happened. This week it was Heyman’s turn to suffer a suspicious “injury”. Reigns subbed in and beat up Pearce for a bit...before Kevin Owens showed up and battered Reigns - punctuating the beatdown with a pop-up powerbomb through the announce table.

Also, King Corbin beat Dominik Mysterio. It was Dominik’s first match since last November.

SEVEN new names announced for the Rumble matches themselves: Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Tamina.

TWO matches from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournaments on last night’s 205 Live - but no real surprises.

Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher beat Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari...and Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell cruised past new NXT signees GiGi Dolin and Cora Jade.

(STINGER: AEW)

An interesting new match added to Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite. Dolph Ziggler’s brother, Ryan Nemeth, will make his AEW debut...against Hangman Page.

(STINGER: New Japan)

New Japan is holding a major show on its Road To The New Beginning tour this morning. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships are on the line in the main event.

Last night, an upset in the main event on New Japan Strong...Ren Narita SUBMITTED Ring Of Honor’s Bateman.

(STINGER: Ring Of Honor)

Brian Johnson will get the next shot at Dragon Lee’s Ring Of Honor Television Championship. Johnson won a poll on the “ROH The Experience” Facebook page, and that’s where the match will be shown on a date to be determined.

ROH Dojo student Joe Keys will get his shot at Jonathan Gresham’s Pure Title on NEXT weekend’s ROH TV.

MLW made it official Friday. Savio Vega will return to MLW on Wednesday’s Fusion - in Carribean Strap Match for the Carribean Heavyweight Championship held by Richard Holliday.

That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, January 23. Our next update comes your way MONDAY morning. Enjoy your weekend. Be sure to subscribe to this feed. We also thank you in advance for leaving a glowing rating or review..

I’m Matt Carlins. Thank YOU for listening.

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