Nick Miller released from WWE
Vince McMahon to appear and ‘shake things up’ on WWE Raw
Falls count anywhere match added to Impact Homecoming PPV
UFC returns to BT Sport in latest UK, Ireland TV deal
Becky Lynch episode of WWE Chronicle to premiere on Saturday
MLW TV taping spoilers: Pentagon Jr. vs. Teddy Hart
NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Gedo
Impact Wrestling results: Moose vs. Cage, Santana vs. Fenix
Left My Wallet: Lanny Poffo on baseball, Randy Savage, and WWE 12/14
WOL: ROH, MLW, Lars Sullivan, All Elite Wrestling, tons more! 12/14
JNPO: A look at today’s indie wrestling scene 12/14
B&V&G: Granny, NXT, THURSDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI! 12/14
We’re looking for you thoughts on these three shows this weekend:
ROH Final Battle tonight
NJPW’s final show of the year tomorrow morning
WWE TLC on Sunday
You can leave a thumbs up, down or in the middle along with a best and worst match to email@example.com.
We’re looking for reports on tonight’s WWE house show in Nashville, as well as tonight’s NXT show in Jacksonville and last night and tonight’s MLW shows in Miami to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROH FINAL BATTLE ON PPV AND HONOR CLUB AT 8 P.M.. EASTERN
Kenny King vs. Eli Isom
Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon I Quit match
Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Matt Taven vs. Dalton Castle
Marty Scurll vs. Christopher Daniels for ROH title shot
Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein for WOH title
Jeff Cobb vs. Hangman Page for TV title
Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian vs. Young Bucks vs. Briscoes ladder match for tag titles
Jay Lethal vs. Cody for ROH title
MLW LIVE TV SPECIAL AT 8 P.M. EASTERN ON BEIN SPORTS FROM MIAMI SHRINE AUDITORIUM
Dezmond Xavier & Kotto Brazil vs. Andrew Everett ladder match for middleweight title
Dragon Lee vs DJZ
Rush vs. Rich Swann
Besides the matches listed above, Tom Lawlor, Pentagon Jr. and Low Ki will all be on the special.
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING AT 8 P.M. EASTERN ON AXS TV
Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
Chris Jericho vs. Evil for IC title
CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
Halcon Suriano Jr. & Robin vs. Espanto Jr.& Grako
Raziel & Cancerbero & Disturbio vs. Fuego & Electrico & Astral
Titan & Triton & Esfinge vs. Vangellys & Misterioso Jr. & Templario
Soberano Jr. vs. Forastero
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja & Diamante Azul vs. Shocker & Rey Bucanero & Bestia del Ring
Caristico & Volador Jr. & Valiente vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson & Cuatrero
BELLATOR AT 10 P.M. EASTERN FROM THE NBC ARENA IN HONOLULU ON PARAMOUNT
Derek Campos (144.2) vs. Sam Sicilia (145.5)
Alejandra Lara (125.1) vs. Julianna Velasquez (124.2)
Daniel Crawford (146) vs. A.J. McKee (146)
Javy Ayala (263.4) vs. Frank Mir (250.4)
Brent Primus (154.9) vs. Michael Chandler (153.9) for the lightweight title
NEW JAPAN LIVE FROM KORAKUEN HALL AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN AND 1:30 A.M. PACIFIC LATE TONIGHT ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Teruaki Kanemitsu & Ren Narita vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Toa Henare vs. Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh
Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
Evil & Seiya Sanada vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Tetsuya Naito & Bushi & Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado
Kazuchika Okada & Togi Makable & Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma & Kushida vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimori & Gedo
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
Saturday we are looking for reports on WWE shows with Raw in Bakersfield, Smackdown in Oakland and NXT in Jacksonville as well as the ROH TV tapings in Philadelphia (Jeff Cobb vs. Luchasaurus, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tracy Williams, PJ Black vs. Juice Robinson, Rush vs. TK O’Ryan) and Evolve in Woodside, NY to email@example.com.
UFC ON FOX SATURDAY
Fight Pass at 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Juan Adams (266) vs. Chris De La Rocha (253)
Zak Cummings (185) vs. Trevor Smith (186)
Adam Milstead (204) vs. Mike Rodriguez (203.5)
FS1 at 5 p.m. Eastern
Jordan Griffin (146) vs. Dan Ige (146)
Jack Hermansson (185) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (186)
Jared Gordon (156) vs. Joaquim Silva (155)
Bobby Green (155) vs. Drakkar Klose (156)
Dwight Grant (169) vs. Zak Ottow (171)
FOX AT 8 p.m. Eastern
Jim Miller (155) vs. Charles Oliveira (152)
Rob Font (136) vs. Sergio Pettis (135)
Edson Barboza (156) vs. Dan Hooker (156)
Kevin Lee (156) vs. Al Iaquinta (156)
EVOLVE FROM CLUB LABOOM IN WOODSIDE, NY ON SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. EASTERN TIME
Fabian Aichner vs. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Theory for Evolve title
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford vs. JD Drake & Anthony Henry for Evolve tag titles, if Drake is pinned, the person who beats him wins his WWN title
Kassius Ohno vs. Darby Allin
AR Fox vs Curt Stallion
Leon Ruff vs. Josh Briggs
BSHP KNG vs. Joe Gacy
Harlem Bravado vs. Joe Bailey
BELLATOR ON SUNDAY AT 10 P.M. EASTERN ON DAZN
Nainoa Dung (153.3) vs. Kona Oliveira (153.7)
King Mo Lawal (203.8) vs. Liam McGeary (203.4)
Neiman Gracie (168.8) vs. Ed Ruth (169.3) in the welterweight Grand Prix tournament
Rafael Carvalho (186) vs. Lyoto Machida (185.9)
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (125) vs. Valerie Letourneau (124.4) for the women’s flyweight title
Sunday we’re looking for reports from Evolve in Deer Park, NY.
WWE TLC FROM THE SAP CENTER IN SAN JOSE AT 6 P.M. EASTERN ON WWE NETWORK
R-Truth & Carmella vs. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox in MMC championship match for No. 30 spot in Royal Rumble
Natalya vs. Ruby Riott tables match
Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton chairs match
Buddy Murphy vs. Cedric Alexander for cruiserweight title
Sheamus & Cesaro vs. New Day vs. Usos for tag titles
Bobby Lashley vs. Elias ladder match with guitar hanging from ceiling
Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax for Raw women’s title
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for IC title
Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin TLC match for Rumble title shot vs. Corbin being full-time GM
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka in TLC match for Smackdown women’s title
Daniel Bryan vs. A.J. Styles for WWE title
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Fabian Aichner vs. AR Fox for Evolve title
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford vs. Harlem Bravado & Austin Theory for Evolve tag titles
Roderick Strong vs Darby Allin
Kassius Ohno vs. Anthony Henry
Priscilla Kelly vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Josh Briggs vs. Adrian Alanis
Joe Gacy vs. Joe Bailey
Curt Stallion vs. Leon Ruff vs. BSHP KNG vs. Colby Corino
There is a huge Raw on Monday in Sacramento as they are taping for both a live show and doing the 12/24 show. There is a lso a Smackdown house show in Stockton on Monday.
Tuesday has a double TV taping for Smackdown live, plus one or two episodes of 205 Live, and the 12/25 Smackdown all in Fresno.
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: The revitalization of the new Daniel Bryan
When Daniel Bryan announced his emotional return to the ring, it was fairly inconceivable that he’d end up being a vicious and pompous environmentalist heel just eight months later. But the character change has revitalized Bryan and taken him to the highest points since the immediate aftermath of announcing his comeback. With Bryan completely buying into the change, “the new Daniel Bryan” has been far better in execution than it would have sounded on paper.
WON NEWSLETTER: December 17, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Fantastic Tokyo Dome card, death of Larry Hennig
A look at New Japan going into the Tokyo Dome, notes on lots of new television deals and a story on the life of Larry Hennig heads up this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Our lead story is a preview of the Wrestle Kingdom 13 show, with the lineup, storylines, tag team tournament rundown, this weekend’s shows and full coverage of the tag team tournament finals with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.
Look at the glory days of the AWA with a story on the life of Larry Hennig. Start with his legit sports background, why he never wrestled or played football in college, how he got started in pro wrestling, and his rise to fame as a heel in the AWA.
Look at one of the 60s most successful tag teams, Harley Race & Larry Hennig, and their feud with Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. Also look at the rest of Hennig’s career all over the world.
Also look at the future of Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt, George Bush’s connection to pro wrestling, WWE week on USA, WWE rules for what U.K. talent can do, injury and illness updates, John Cena talks on future, notes on and WWE tryouts.
Also look at ONE attempting to become a significant player on the U.S. scene with its deal with TNT, its big signings, but also a look at the company’s real economic numbers.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
Garrett Gonzalez and I will be doing shows tonight and tomorrow night since Bryan is wrestling tonight in Seattle and doing a Q&A tomorrow. Tonight we’ll cover ROH and whatever comes out of that, perhaps MLW, Bellator and more. I’ll be doing shows with Bryan Sunday and Monday night. You can also send questions for both nights to email@example.com.
For WWE this weekend, Ronda Rousey is not listed on the Raw shows in Nashville nor Bakersfield. I didn’t see Nia Jax listed either so they may be working on their PPV match. Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio aren’t working Oakland tomorrow night, but Randy Orton is. All three are listed for Stockton on Monday and television on Tuesday.
Remember marathon shows on Monday and Tuesday beacuse WWE is doing no tapings next week due to Christmas. Sacramento on Monday will have to be around a six-hour show and Fresno on Tuesday will be close to five hours. They will run live and then immediately tape the show for Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Both shows this week in theory should be up coming off the PPV, and the expectation is that both shows next week will set record lows. You can throw out the ratings for the two weeks after this beacuse they really don’t count, but if they aren’t record lows, that would actually be a surprise.
Regarding WWE departures, Nick Miller returned to Australia when his baby was born and decided to stay. The door is not shut on his returning if he chooses to. The story about Taishan Dong being one is true but that is actually from some time back. Tucker from the U.K. was also taken off the web site but we don’t have any information past that.
New Japan’s final show of the year starts at 4:30 a.m. Eastern tonight with the dream tag match of Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi. Expect some angles on the show given it’s the last full show until the Tokyo Dome so it’s essentially their go-home show.
Bill Fralic, who was an NFL major star with the Atlanta Falcons and a huge pro wrestling fan and knew at least some of the WCW talent well, passed away earlier today at the age of 56. He had been battling cancer. Fralic was in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania II that included a number of NFL stars, and was the most focused on guy doing a program with John Studd.
The WWE schedule on Sky the next few weeks has changed:
Raw on Monday will air on Sky Sports Mix at 1 a.m. and be replayed at 10 p.m. Tuesday on Sky Sports Action.
Smackdown will air at 1 a.m. late Tuesday on Sky Sports Action and be repeated at 11 p.m. Wednesday on Sky Sports Action.
Raw on 12/24 will air at 1 a.m. on Sky Sports Mix and be repeated at midnight on Sky Sports Mix.
Smackdown will not air live on 12/25. It will be available on demand after the show and first air on 10 p.m. Wednesday on Sky Sports Mix and again at 10 p.m. Thursday on Sky Sports Arena.
Raw on 12/31 airs at 1 a.m. live on Sky Sports Action and will be repeated at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Sky Sports Action.
Smackdown on 11/ will air live at 1 a.m. on Sky Sports Action and be repeated Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Sky Sports Action.
Starting on 1/7, all WWE programming returns to Sky Sports Arena.
Jerry Lawler is still not satisfied with answers regarding his son Brian’s death.
Ariel Helwani said that UFC is trying to put together Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou for a 2/17 show in Phoenix which would be the first major show on ESPN.
Jessica Rose-Clark was pulled from tomorrow’s show due to issues cutting weight. She was to have faced Andrea Lee.
Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall has been added to the 3/2 show in Las Vegas, which will be the second PPV show of the year.
Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders, who was once the boyfriend of Becky Lynch, has been added to the 2/17 show in Phoenix, along with Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury and Nik Lentz vs. Scott Holtzman.
Journey Pro Wrestling from last night in Kansas City: Fuego del Sol b Jay Ballard, Jason Stryfe b Devin Thomas, Gary Jay b Kevin Hue, Sharkbait won three-way over Steven Wolf and Logan Reigel, Rasheed Ali vs. Marty Michael vs. Dallas Gaies vs. Kenny Omondo was a no contest, Dak Draper b Niles Plonk, Rikki Starks b War Horse, Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega b Left Coast Guerillas, Jeremy Wyatt b Matt Cross to keep Gateway title. (thanks to Brian Hoops)
Sabotage Wrestling War of the Genders 3 on 1/5 in Irving, TX with Thunder Rosa vs. Kody Kane vs. Shotzi Blackheart vs. Fuego del Sol vs. Nikki Knight vs. GPA for the intergender championship, plus Leva Bates vs. Angel Blue last woman standing.
A story on Rob Strauss appearing on Dwayne Johnson’s Titan Games show.
Daily Pro Wrestling History: Jeff Hardy wins WWE title at Armageddon 2008
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