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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 women’s 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?
Countdown to WWE Royal Rumble

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. I’ve 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

Impact: BDC and Lashley take it to the streets
Lashley had his title taken from him when MVP introduced the Beatdown Clan and stuck the proverbial knife in the back of his former friend. Tonight on TNA Impact, Lashley wants his title back and he will go to the streets of New York City to get it from MVP. Plus, Feast or Fired hands out shots at TNA gold and a pink slip! All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

Reigns ready to (win) Rumble
Roman Reigns, born Leati Joseph (Joe) Anoa’i, was, quite frankly, born to wrestle. He is the son of Sika Anoa’i of Wild Samoans fame, his brother, Matt, is the wrestler known as Rosey, his uncle Afa Anoa’i was the other half of the Wild Samoans and his extended Samoan family members include the likes of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and The Usos, to name some.

Smackdown!: Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback need to win to enter Royal Rumble
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
The Royal Rumble is on Sunday and there are still some holes in the Rumble match itself. Sure, there are always surprise guests to fill those spots, but almost one-third of the match is empty. There's a good chance that some newly re-hired superstars can fill those voids as Smackdown! come to us from Austin, Texas.

NXT: NXT Championship contender tourney kicks off
After Kevin Owens again ruined a Sami Zayn title defense, Zayn has had enough. Tonight on WWE NXT, NXT GM William Regal has an announcement regarding the latest NXT special and the main event. Where does this leave the NXT Champion and his former best friend? Plus, a tournament to decide the number one contender for the NXT Championship kicks off! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE NXT!

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

Jan 18 ... Total Divas: Nikki and John Cena compete; Paige treats Nattie like a piece of meat; Eva's got a broken teat

Jan 18 ... Retro review: Bodysmasher nothing but 'pulpy dreck'

Jan 17 ... Quebec old-school DVDs are 'tres bon'!

Jan 16 ... Impact: Lashley beat down by Beatdown Clan

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