POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE 1/7 – Enzo Cleared, Defending Title on Raw in Memphis

Enzo has been cleared by the WWE, he returned at the house shows this weekend and will defend the Cruiserweight title on Monday night against Cedric Alexander.

POST IT NOTES

**POST Wrestling’s “Worst of 2017 Show” is now available with Wai Ting and I joined by Jason Agnew and Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski. The show can be downloaded at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/01/06/the-worst-of-2017-show/ and also available through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and the TuneIn Radio app. The following categories are covered by the panel:

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**As we announced on the POST Wrestling Christmas Show, Wai and I will be hosting the live podcast panel at WaleMania IV over WrestleMania Week in New Orleans. The annual event takes place on Thursday, April 5th at Republic NOLA with ticket information at www.walemania.com. We hope to see many of your there.

**I wanted to let everyone know that Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski has launched his own YouTube series entitled “Slipped Through the Cracks” where he reviews forgotten vinyl releases from his enormous collection. You can watch the first five episodes and subscribe to the channel at this link.

**Wai Ting and I will be back on Monday night with a new edition of Rewind-A-Raw.

WRESTLING NEWS

**Enzo was recently cleared by the WWE to return to the ring and worked the Raw house shows events this weekend. It has been announced that the Cruiserweight title match with Enzo defending against Cedric Alexander will take place on Monday’s episode of Raw from Memphis, Tennessee. For those curious, the #1 contender’s tournament that Alexander ultimately won to get this shot began all the way back on November 27th.

**Following the New Year’s Dash event on Friday at Korakuen Hall, it was revealed at the post-show press conference that Jay White was joining the CHAOS faction. White joined the group but stated that he would eventually be coming for CHAOS leader Kazuchika Okada. White will be programmed with Kenny Omega for the immediate future and will likely take place on one of the three upcoming New Beginning shows.

**Regarding Chris Jericho and the eventual match with Tetsuya Naito, FOZZY has a big tour coming up that begins January 28th and will be going until the end of April. While there isn’t a show scheduled for February 10th (the date of New Beginning in Osaka), it seems highly unlikely that the match could take place that early. It could very well be a match that is built to for a bigger show such as Dominion in June.

**The Raw crew has a house show today in White Plains, New York with Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins advertised as the top talent. The SmackDown crew is in Mobile, Alabama with a “Mobile Street Fight” advertised between A.J. Styles and Jinder Mahal for the WWE title.

Monday’s episode of Raw takes place from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee with Brock Lesnar scheduled for the show. The SmackDown crew has a small house show in Montgomery, Alabama on Monday and the television tapings are in Birmingham on Tuesday night.

**The WWE Network’s “Straight to the Source” show hosted by Corey Graves will feature Enzo as this week’s guest and it will premiere on Monday night following Raw.

**Enzo also did an interview with The Sun in the U.K and spoke at length about Neville and his ongoing hiatus from the WWE. Enzo said that he hopes the WWE can resolve their issues with Neville and bring him back as he felt Neville is one of the best performers they have and worked the toughest schedule (Friday – Tuesday with the closing spot on 205 Live).

**This past Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling saw the show do a strong average of 309,000 viewers on POP TV. The last three weeks have seen an increase in viewership that has a large part to do with the lack of NFL competition on Thursday nights with the conclusion of the regular season. This was Impact’s highest number on POP since August 17th of last year, which was the Destination X special.

**Impact Wrestling returns to Orlando, Florida this Wednesday for five consecutive nights of television tapings. This will be the first set of tapings under the new regime of Scott D’Amore and Don Callis as the Executive Vice Presidents of the company. There are several big contracts coming due over the next few months including Bobby Lashley, Eddie Edwards and Ethan Carter III and their treatment at the tapings will be watched closely. Impact and MLW will also be going head-to-head in Orlando on Thursday night with MLW running a loaded card 25 minutes away from Universal Studios.

**Congratulations to former WWE and TNA talent Christy Hemme, who just gave birth to quadruplets. Hemme had three boys and one girl and all are healthy.

**At the closing of trading on Friday, the WWE stock stood at $31.05.

FORUM QUESTION (Reply in the comments section):

With this week’s episode of Impact being the first under the regime of Scott D’Amore and Don Callis, how is this going to affect your viewing?

Are you a regular viewer of Impact and will continue as usual? Have you stopped watching but will check out this week’s episode? Have you dropped Impact altogether?

I’m also curious how people are keeping up with the Impact product and how many of you have access to POP TV / Fight Network / Spike U.K. / Sony Six in India?

Respond-A-Wai!

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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.