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Daniel Bryan and Kane fight over a casket on a live Smackdown!
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Vince McMahon finally faced an opponent that not even he could beat; Mother Nature. Thanks to a blizzard in New England, Smackdown! is going live tonight in Hartford, Connecticut to make up for the cancelled Monday Night Raw show. Oh, Monday Night Raw still aired, it just played out more like a three hour Royal Rumble post game show. Speaking of the Rumble, it will be interesting to see if all negative reaction from Sunday Night will carry over to tonight.

Paul London a 'cosmic missionary'
Paul London is bringing his unique personality to Toronto this weekend, and it's all a part of his efforts to see the world and share his knowledge. The 34 year-old grappler is some kind of a modern missionary.

NXT: Tournament and contract signing heat up
The next NXT Takeover special is a few short weeks away. With the event on the horizon, the quarterfinals of the NXT Championship contender tourney come to a close. Tonight on WWE NXT, Baron Corbin vs. Bull Dempsey and Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd determine who will move on to the semifinals. Plus, the Takeover main event contract signing for Zayn vs. Owens and the NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE NXT!

Lucha Underground: Prince Puma rattles Cage
Weeks of attacks and threats have been exchanged. Tonight, the champion goes up against a machine. Tonight on Lucha Underground, Cage gets a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship as he takes on Prince Puma. Will the undersized champion be an underdog against a challenger who proves to be more machine than man? Plus, Lucha Underground owner Dario Cueto is confronted by a mysterious figure! All that and more on this week's edition of Lucha Underground!

Total Divas: Brie wants to live in a jail; Eva Marie feels like a whale; Rosa chases Paige's tail
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
It's strange that WWE would air a new episode of Total Divas on the Sunday of a pay-per-view, like they did last weekend. But that's what they did, and as a result, this report is late. So let's dispense with the introduction, and head straight to the full recap.

Hayden set to make rare Canadian defense of NWA womenís title
By DAN MURPHY - SLAM! Wrestling
When Barbi Hayden captured the NWA women's championship last January, she vowed to be a fighting champion. One year later, Hayden's resume includes successful title defenses against Santana "Brittany" Garrett, Mia Yim, Athena, Nevaeh, Portia Perez, and Veda Scott. And on January 31, Hayden will make her first appearance in Canada for a scheduled NWA title defense against Jewells Malone from the Primos Wrestling Canada promotion in Winnipeg.

SLAM! Wrestling 2014 Awards
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
Looking back at the year that was, it's pretty obvious that the years was a bit of a mess. Usually, there's one or two dominant stars who few could argue were key to the year. But in 2014? It was Daniel Bryan, and then he was injured. It's not all that different as you check out the various thoughts from out writers in the various categories -- very few stood tall for the entire year.

Blizzard cancels Raw, Smackdown tapings
By SLAM! Wrestling
There are some things that even the mighty World Wrestling Entertainment can't overcome, like the weather. Tonight's scheduled Monday Night Raw show in Hartford, Ct., has been moved to Thursday, and Tuesday's Smackdown taping in Boston has been scrapped altogether.

Sufferin' Succotash! Roman Reigns booed by fans after Royal Rumble win
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
After a disastrous 2014 Royal Rumble in Pittsburgh, where the crowd hijacked the show with boos. Even going as far as booing Rey Mysterio, just because he was Daniel Bryan; one would think that WWE would do everything in their power set the scene for a repeat performance. Especially with a show deep in old ECW territory at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. So did WWE learn a lesson from last year?
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When a Royal Rumble goes bad ... again
PHILADELPHIA - It was a little disconcerting at the Royal Rumble Sunday night in Philadelphia when fans at the Wells Fargo Center started booing Roman Reigns when he appeared in the video at the top of the show. Iíve never been the biggest fan of the man with the Superman punch, but as far as I could tell, he seemed to be over with the live crowds wherever the WWE has traveled over the past few months

Jan 23 ... Impact: BDC and Lashley take it to the streets

Jan 23 ... Reigns ready to (win) Rumble

Jan 22 ... Smackdown!: Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback need to win to enter Royal Rumble

Jan 22 ... NXT: NXT Championship contender tourney kicks off

Jan 22 ... Lucha Underground: Cuerno stands over Drago

Jan 22 ... Santino promoting new style of pro wrestling at Battle Arts

Jan 21 ... Barns and prisons: Even more bad wrestling conditions

Jan 20 ... Two ex-WWE wrestlers file lawsuit over concussions

Jan 20 ... Texas to host WrestleMania 32

Jan 20 ... Raw: Big challenge for Cena in the Big D, plus a Raw Reunion

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