FRI UPDATE: Weekend schedule, WWE major announcement, WWE injury update, Ratings, New book scheduled on Hall of Famer, Final Battle plugged on national TV

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        Smackdown tonight on Syfy:
Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match 
Mark Henry vs. Damien Sandow
Bella Twins vs. A.J. Lee & Tamina Snuka
Usos vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
Big Show vs. Ryback
        XFC runs tonight at 9 p.m. on AXS TV
        Shine iPPV tonight at 9 p.m. from Ybor City, FL
Rain vs. Amazing Kong for Shine title
Jessicka Havok vs. Allysin Kay
Amber O'Neal & Santana Garrett vs. Sassie Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers
Mia Yim vs. Ivelisse Velez
Leva Bates vs., Nevaeh
Angelina Love vs. Taylor Made
Mercendes Martinez vs. Heidi Lovelace
SoJo Bolt vs. La Rosa Negra
Su Yung vs. Solo Darling
        UFC is tomorrow on FS 1 and FOX
Facebook fight at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Darren Uyenoyama (8-4) vs. Alpetkin Ozkilic (8-1)
FS 1 at 5 p.m.
Abel Trujillo (10-5, 1 no contest) vs. Roger Bowling (11-4, 1 no contest)
Sam Stout (20-9-1) vs. Cody McKenzie (14-3)
Scott Jorgensen (14-7) vs. Zach Makovsky (16-4)
Bobby Green (21-5) vs. Pat Healy (31-16, 1 no contest)
Danny Castillo (16-5) vs. Edson Barboza (12-1)
Court McGee (16-3) vs. Ryan LaFlare (9-0)
FOX at 8 p.m.
Joe Lauzon (22-10) vs. Mac Danzig (22-11-1)
Chad Mendes (15-1) vs. Nik Lentz (26-5-2, 1 no contest)
Urijah Faber (29-6) vs. Michael McDonald (16-2)
Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1) vs. Joseph Benavidez (19-3) for the flyweight title
        ROH Final Battle on Saturday from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, NY
Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin vs. Jay Briscoe for the ROH title
Matt Taven vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the TV title
Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Eddie Kingston & Homicide for the tag team title
Kevin Steen vs. Michael Bennett in a stretcher match, loser can no longer use the piledriver
Roderick Strong & Jay Lethal vs. Eddie Edwards & ? (rumored as Chris Hero)
Young Bucks (IWGP jr. tag champions) vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas in a non-title match
Mark Briscoe vs. Silas Young in a strap mach
Matt Hardy vs. Adam Page
        This will not be available live, but will be up on VOD the next morning.  
        WWE TLC PPV on Sunday from Houston's Toyota Center at 7:30 p.m.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a TLC match to unify the WWE and World titles
1 vs. 3:  C.M. Punk vs. The Shield
1 vs. 3:  Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatts
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel & Ryback vs. Big Show & Rey Mysterio for tag titles
Big E Langston vs. Damien Sandow for IC title
A.J. Lee vs. Natalya for Divas title
Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel
        Raw will be live on Monday night in Dallas.
        On Tuesday night, there will be a taping for the 12/23 Raw show in Austin, TX.
        On Wednesday night in San Antonio, there will be a taping for the 12/20 episode of Smackdown.  On Thursday night in Corpus Christi, there will be a taping for the 12/27 episode of Smackdown.
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        We've got a very news-heavy issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter up on the site today as well as a new back issue from 1996.
        We look at Daniel Bryan and the Slammy Awards show, and how this is an example of a rapidly changing business and why the mixed messages and changing economic structure make things so much different than any other time in history.
        We look at the last time the market changed wrestling history in a huge way and whether this will or won't.  We look at the angle at the end of the Slammys, how it did and didn't build TLC and if all, some or none if the matches it did build will even happen and if it matters.
        We look at all the awards, matches and angles from Monday as well.
        We also have a look at the proposed WWE Network and UFC Network.  We look at the similarities, differences and most important long-term goals, both how they are similar and how they are very different.  We look at costs of original programming, how many subscribers the network would have needed had it been a TV network if WrestleMania was on it this year.  We look at the business of PPV on the Internet alone, the highlights of each package and chances of each.
        We also look at the changes in the upper echelon of WWE, and what they mean for Stephanie McMahon, Michelle Wilson and George Barrios.  We look at who answers to who, how things are the same and how they are different.
        We also look at WrestleMania coming to Santa Clara, how the decision was made, what was unique about the decision, how many cities were after it, and looking at WrestleMania site decisions in the future.  We also look at what former NFL star in the 70s played a part in WrestleMania coming to Northern California.
        We've got notes on the death of UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario, more on what was believed to have been the heart condition that caused his death, what happened the past two weeks and more.
        We also have a feature on the UFC show in Australia and the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva.  We look at the career turnaround of Hunt, judging the fight, why everyone accepted the draw, the potential of a rematch, business and ratings notes from the show and match-by-match coverage.
        We also look at Hulk Hogan and WWE, Stephanie McMahon's stock sales, Vince McMahon's WWE stock holdings, WWE's Tough pre-Christmas television taping schedule, what WWE star is their a name trademark issue with, a new WWE signing, Rock movie update and background on a new WWE announcing hire.  We also have more on post-Christmas live shows, business from the past week as well as highlights from all the weekend house shows.     
        We also have the 2013 Japanese media awards for pro wrestling.
        We've also got a look at the biggest non-WWE pro wrestling event of the year, the 1/4 show at the Tokyo Dome.  We've got the complete lineup, an analysis of the card and recent history involving the headliners.
        We've also got notes on the New Japan tag team tournament, as well as a look at the final night show.
        We also look back at the career of Akira Taue with his retirement, as well as his farewell show report.
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows.

        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--A look at this year's All Japan Real World Tag League tournament
--Next New Japan iPPV notes
--New Japan tag tourney rundown
--Dos Caras' final match in Japan
--Unique wrestling attendance record set this week
--Jake Roberts and wrestling
--Biggest stars of the Pacific Northwest
--A look at ROH's Final Battle show
--Maria Kanellis talks heat with Bella Twins
--Why the A.J. Styles situation makes TNA look bad
--What happened behind the scenes
--What Styles will be doing next
--The world of Indies
--Update on Sting
--A look at all of TNA's TV through January 9th and where the angles are going
--Tons of new UFC fights
--What's up with GSP
--Time Magazine lists Ronda Rousey as a game changer
--Full season ratings notes for Rousey vs. Tate TUF
--Update on UFC injures
--Ben Askren on what went down in UFC negotiations
--More on Dana White's new reality show
--Pacquiao-Rios PPV vs. UFC the next week
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--Bryan and I have a new show talking about Georges St-Pierre's departure, the welterweight situation and the TLC PPV up on the site right now. 
--The WWE's announcement on 1/8 in Las Vegas of what is expected to be the big network announcement at the Wynn Hotel on 1/8 will feature Vince McMahon, John Cena, Steve Austin, HHH and Shawn Michaels.

--Alberto Del Rio has not been cleared after his concussion on Monday night.  He will be getting reevaluated Sunday. 
--Steve Austin was asked about having Vince McMahon as a guest on his podcast.  McMahon said that if their schedules link up, he'd love to do it, but would rather do it live than on the phone.
--Impact did its best rating in months last night with a 1.1 rating and 1.3 million viewers.
--The WWE web site has an article on the history of Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
--Yoshi Tatsu on Twitter wrote he was in the emergency room last night at 2 a.m. but didn't say more.   
Good idea 48.7%
Bad idea 15.6%
Doesn't matter 35.7%
Ric Flair 61.4%
Bret Hart 38.6%
Excellent 22.2%
Good 25.0%
Average 33.3%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 13.9%
        72.9% of those responding didn't see the show
Urijah Faber 70.1%
Michael McDonald 29.9%
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1883 - H.M. Dufur beat John McMahon in Boston to win the American Collar and Elbow championship
1920 - Ed Strangler Lewis beat Joe Stecher to win a version of the world heavyweight title
1961 - The Masked Executioner (Vic Christy) beat Lord James Blears for the Hawaiian heavyweight title
1963 - Enrique Torres beat Rock Hunter to win the U.S. title in St. Joseph, MO
1966 - The Infernos (Frankie Cain & Rocky Smith) beat Jose Lothario & Sammy Steamboat to win the world tag team titles in Tampa
1968 - Dusty Rhodes beat Tommy Martin (Leo Burke) in St. Joseph, MO to win the Central States title
1969 - Lonnie Mayne & Tony Borne beat Roger Kirby & Beauregarde to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1969 - Mario Milano & Spyros Arion beat Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy to win the IWA tag title in Melbourne
1976 - Don Leo Jonathan beat John Quinn to win the Pacific Coast title in Vancouver, BC
1979 - Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk beat The Sheik & Abdullah the Butcher in Tokyo to win the Real World Tag League tournament
1981 - Perro Aguayo beat Chris Adams in Naucalpan to win the WWF light heavyweight title
1982 - Mark Romero (Mark Youngblood) beat Hercules Hernandez in Kansas City to win the Central States title
1986 - The RPMs, Mike Davis & Tommy Lane beat Jeff Jarrett & Billy Travis to win the Southern tag team titles and Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond beat Akio Sato & Tarzan Goto to win the International tag titles
1986 - Rip Oliver beat The Assassin (David Sierra) to win the Pacific Northwest title
1987 - Miguel Perez Jr. beat Kareem Muhammad (Ray Candy) to win the Puerto Rican title in San Juan
1988 - Stan Hansen &  Terry Gordy beat Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada in Tokyo to win the Real World Tag League tournament in an awesome match.
1988 - At Superclash in Chicago, Jerry Lawler beat Kerry Von Erich to unify the AWA and World Class titles, Greg Gagne beat Ron Garvin to win the AWA International TV title and Eric Embry beat Jeff Jarrett to win the World Class light heavyweight title
1989 - Andre the Giant & Haku beat Demolition in Huntsville, AL to win the WWF tag titles
1992 - Tony St. Clair beat Jimmy Snuka in Bremen, Germany to win the CWA British Commonwealth title
1992 - Gran Hamada beat Black Power in a tournament final to win the UWA jr. light heavyweight title
1992 - Kyoko Inoue & Aja Kong beat Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada to win the All Japan women's tag team tournament
1993 - Alundra Blayze (Madusa) beat Heidi Lee Morgan in the tournament final to win the WWF women's title 
1994 - Shinjiro Otani beat Norio Honaga in Osaka to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1998 - Cima beat Dr. Cerebro in Naucalpan to win the IWRG middleweight title
1998 - Sabu & Rob Van Dam beat The Dudleys in Tokyo to win the ECW tag tiles
2002 - Sting won a three-way over champion Lex Luger and Malice in Zurich to win the WWAS title
2008 - The Miz & John Morrison beat C.M. Punk & Kofi Kingston to win the WWE tag titles in Hamilton
--It was announced on Wednesday night that Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert have an agreement with Libre Expressions, the company that published their book on Montreal history, to do a Mad Dog Vachon biography that will be published in 2015.
--Celebrating birthdays today include Brad Rheingans (60) and Boris Zhukov (54).
--Larry Cameron was 41 when he passed away from a heart attack in the ring on a CWA show in 1993.
--USA was No. 4 in prime time cable this past week with 2.19 million viewers on average, well behind ESPN, which dominates during football season, at 3.29 million.  Last week's three hours of Raw were No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18 in the cable ratings.
--Iron Sheik at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta this week at
--Ring of Hope Wrestling as the final event at the Escondido CA Sports & Fitness tonight with Tim Donst & Makurs Riot vs. Devin Sparks & Ric Ellis
--There is a free MMA show tonight in Duluth, GA at Wild's Bill's.  If you bring a new toy to the door you will get a free general admission ticket for the 14 fight card.  With a free toy and $40, you'll get a ringside ticket.
--Maria Kanellis appeared this morning on VH-1's The Gossip Table show.  One of the hosts, Noah Levy, plugging her appearance on tomorrow's ROH show called it Ring of Horror at the Hammerstein Ballroom before correcting himself as saying it was Ring of Honor.  She put him in a headlock until he would plug the show. (thanks to Jim Baker)
--Andy Souwer has pulled out of his 12/28 K-1 fight in Foshan, China against Enriko Kehl due to coming down with appendicitis and needing emergency surgery.  Kehl also had to pull out due to injuries but they are minor and he will be fighting instead on 1/11.
--Bestia 666, the son of Damian 666, is one of the wrestlers at the current WWE tryouts.  Rey Mysterio has been opening doors for him.  Gaylon Summers of DDT in Japan, is also there.
--ROH announced a 6/6 date in Carbondale, IL at the Student Center at Southern Illinois University 
--TNA announced the cards for its next house shows on 12/27 in Philadelphia at the Licouras Center and 12/28 in New York at the Westbury Theater.  Both shows are the same with Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson, Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode, Bro Mans defend tag titles against Eric Young & Joseph Park, Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries, Velvet Sky vs. Le'd Tapa and Ethan Carter III appearing.
--An interview with Homicide promoting tomorrow's Final Battle is at
--Lucha Xtreme Wrestling on Saturday night in Elk Grove, CA with a TV taping as well as an iPPV show at the Pins N Strikes Entertainment Center.  Brian Tannen makes his final appearance for the promotion on this show before he starts with NXT.
--Daniel Puder, the former Tough Enough winner and MMA fighter, appears on 12/20 for I Believe in Wrestling at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando.

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