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Wrestling Review – January 2024

Wrestling Review – January 2024

Wrestling Review – January 2024

NJPW / WWE / AEW

Take a look back at the crucial moments of the last 30 days, at the wrestler and the match of the month with the January 2024 wrestling review.

 

WWE

  • January 1: The Rock’s back at Raw Day 1. The People’s Champ made a remarkable return to WWE on the first day of the year, confronting the Modern Day Maharaja Jinder Mahal, and asking if the WWE Universe would like to see him sit at… The head of the table. No need to clarify, WWE started 2024 with a bang thanks to these four words coming out of the mouth of the one and only, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
  • January 5: Seth Rollins breaks his own title reign record as WWE World champion. On January 5, he surpassed his 2015 reign which lasted 221 days and ended because of a vacancy due to a knee injury. On February 1, 2024, his reign reaches 250 days.
  • January 15: Seth Rollins gets injured during his championship match against Jinder Mahal. There was some concern surrounding his WrestleMania plans being questioned, but the World Heavyweight champion does not intend to miss it despite a torn MCL.
  • January 23: The Rock joins the TKO Board of Directors, and WWE announces that Monday Night Raw will be broadcasted on Netflix, starting in January 2025.
  • January 25: We learn that the WWE Network will be shut down outside of the US from January 2025. The source (Wrestling Observer) states that the content will be moved to Netflix.
    Janel Grant, a former WWE employee, accuses Vince McMahon of sexual assault and sex trafficking.
  • January 27: Bayley wins the Women’s Royal Rumble. Cody Rhodes wins the Men’s Royal Rumble and is the first wrestler to win back-to-back Rumbles since Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1997 and 1998.
    Naomi and Andrade return to WWE, Jade Cargill makes her in-ring debut and Liv Morgan, Omos and Sami Zayn make their return in action at the Royal Rumble.
    First WWE televised match for CM Punk in a decade.
    Vince McMahon steps down as chairman of the TKO Board of Directors.
  • January 29: CM Punk confirms, as some rumors emerged, that he sustained a torn triceps during the Royal Rumble, and officially announces that he will miss WrestleMania 40.

NXT

  • January 9: Oba Femi wins the NXT North American championship by cashing-in his NXT Breakout contract on Dragon Lee.

AEW

  • January 3: Deonna Purrazzo is All Elite. The Virtuosa arrived in AEW on the first episode of Dynamite in 2024 and revealed she had signed a contract with Tony Khan’s promotion.
    The Undisputed Kingdom is born. Adam Cole, Wardlow, Roderick Strong, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett reveal the name of their clan and state that they are coming for all the gold in AEW.
  • January 10: The classic AEW World championship belt is back, as MJF is longer champion.
    The Young Bucks are back.
  • January 17: Jay White & The Gunns win the ROH 6-man Tag Team championships on Dynamite by defeating Brian Cage & Gates Of Agony.

NJPW

  • January 4: Tetsuya Naito defeats SANADA in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 18 to win the IWGP World Heavyweight championship.
    Nic Nemeth makes his first ever appearance on a NJPW show, David Finlay becomes the inaugural IWGP Global Heavyweight champion and Kazuchika Okada beats Bryan Danielson in a classic at Wrestle Kingdom 18.
  • January 13: Matt Riddle makes his NJPW debut and Jack Perry appears to tear up his AEW contract at Battle In The Valley.
  • January 19: NJPW announces that Kazuchika Okada will leave the company, as he will not extend his contract after January 31.

TNA

  • January 13: At Hard To Kill, Jordynne Grace wins the TNA Knockouts World title, Moose wins the TNA World title, Nic Nemeth appears at the end of the show, and IMPACT Wrestling officially becomes TNA Wrestling again.

Indy

  • January 6: Mustafa Ali begins his World “campaign” at APC 20th Anniversary in Nanterre, Paris, France, defeating Aigle Blanc.

 

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Wrestler & Match of the month

Wrestler of the month

Cody Rhodes. It is hard not to go with the American Nightmare, as he just made history by being only the fourth wrestler in the history to win back-to-back Royal Rumble matches after Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin who all did it back in the 90’s. Cody Rhodes has his ticket for the main event of WrestleMania for the second year in a row, and will try to finally “finish his story” at the Lincoln Financial Field next April.

Cody Rhodes - WWE Royal Rumble 24

Cody Rhodes at WWE Royal Rumble 2024 (WWE)

Match of the month

Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) vs. Charlie DempseyAJPW Triple Crown championship, AJPW New Year Giant Series 2024 – Tag 2 (January 3)

The easy answer would have been Kazuchika Okada vs Bryan Danielson at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 here, but Katsuhiko Nakajima and Charlie Dempsey had a great chemistry together during their championship bout at AJPW New Year Giant Series 2024 – Tag 2 on January 3. The technical skills and adaptation of Charlie Dempsey were actually impressive, as he faced a Katsuhiko Nakajima doing what he does best: deliver a technical and intense pro wrestling performance inside the ropes. Katsuhiko Nakajima retained his title via pinfall in 19 minutes and 42 seconds. The match only lacked suspense, as the result was totally predictable.

The GHC Heavyweight championship match between Kenoh and Manabu Soya at NOAH The New Year 2024 was excellent too; the contest was based on the intensity and the progressive aspect of it made it even more enjoyable to watch.

Nakajima vs Dempsey - AJPW New Year Giant Series 24

Charlie Dempsey vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) – AJPW New Year Giant Series 2024 Tag 2 (AJPW)

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