We're also looking for reports tonight on the WWE Team Cena show in Fayetteville (John Cena, Randy Orton, Big Show , Ryback, Real Americans, Rhodes Brothers, Kane, Dolph Ziggler) and the TNA show in Batesville, AR at Southside High School (Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Magnus, Ken Anderson, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Gunner, Bro Mans, Chris Sabin, Gail Kim and Austin Aries).
Smackdown tonight at 8 p.m. on Ion
Usos vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns\
R-Truth vs. Fandango
Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan for tag titles
Nikki Bella vs. Aksana
Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel non-title
C.M. Punk & Usos vs. The Shield
Wrestle Kingdom at the Tokyo Dome tonight. The price is $35 at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 which may be for Spanish commentary. The Japanese commentary for 3,000 yen (closer to $30) is at www.ustream.tv/njpwjp The show starts at just after 2:30 a.m. Eastern and 11:30 p.m Pacific tonight
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan & Bushi vs. Tiger
Mask & Jushin Liger & Manabu Nakanishi & Super Strong Machine (Liger and Machine were both on the first Tokyo Dome show 25 years ago)
Young Bucks defend IWGP jr. tag titles against Alex Shelley & Kushida,
Taichi & Taka Michinoku and Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer defend IWGP tag titles against Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Rob Conway defends NWA title against Satoshi Kojima - Harley Race at ringside
Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie
Great Muta & Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin
Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale - Can only end via knockout or submission
Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Prince Devitt defends IWGP jr. title against Kota Ibushi
Kazuchika Okada defends IWGP title against Tetsuya Naito
Shinsuke Nakamura defends IC title against Hiroshi Tanahashi with Stan Hansen at ringside
UFC's first card on Fight Pass is free at www.ufc.tv/page/fightpass starting at 6 a.m. Eastern and 3 a.m. Pacific from Singapore:
Russell Doane (135) vs. Leandro Issa (136)
Jon Delos Reyes (135) vs. Dustin Kimura (135)
Tae Hyun Bang (156) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Dave Galera (136) vs. Royston Wee (134)
Quinn Mulhern (155) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (156)
Will Chope (146) vs. Max Holloway (146)
Shunichi Shimizu (135) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (136)
Luiz Dutra (171) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (171)
Sean Soriano (145) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (145)
Hung Gyu Lim (171) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (170)
We're also looking for reports on these Saturday shows:
WWE Team Cena in Greensboro (Cena, Orton, Show, Kane, Rhodes Brothers, Real Americans)
WWE Team Punk in Hampton, VA (Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, The Wyatts)
ROH TV tapings in Nashville at the Fairgrounds (A.J. Styles vs. Roderick Strong, Kevin Steen vs. Chris Hero, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Silas Young for TV title, plus Roddy Piper)
TNA in Jonesboro, AR at the Earl Bell Community Center (Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Magnus, Ken Anderson, Bobby Rode, James Storm, Gunner, Bro Mans, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin, Gail Kim).
We're also looking for reports from these Sunday shows:
WWE Team Cena in Roanoke, VA (Cena, Orton, Show, Kane, Rhodes Brothers, Real Americans)
WWE Team Punk in Fairfax, VA (Punk, Bryan, Shield, Wyatts)
TNA in Jackson TN at Northside High School (Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Magnus,
Ken Anderson, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Gunner, Bro Mans, Chris Sabin, Austin Aries, Gail Kim)
Old School Raw is Monday in Baltimore. C.M. Punk vs. Roman Reigns is the main event. Besides the WWE regulars, also appearing are Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Ric Flair, Gene Okerlund, DDP, Ted DiBiase Sr., IRS, New Age Outlaws, Roddy Piper, Booker T, Bob Backlund, Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty.
Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
A look at the history of pro wrestling at the Tokyo Dome, the injury and update on Anderson Silva, and the latest on WrestleMania and the Daniel Bryan turn are among the stories in this week's new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
-- As most of you are aware, WWE has a live presentation at CES on Wednesday night. Most believe it's the announcement of the WWE Network, but WWE hasn't said anything officially.
-- WWE sent out a survey to certain people on their mailing list asking their thoughts on Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, CM Punk, John Cena, Ric Flair, Rock, HHH, Steve Austin and Warrior. Basically if the fans would like to see them back, what they'd like to see them do (wrestle, reality shows, commentary, etc.), or if they wouldn't like to see them back at all.
-- If you missed the UFC in Singapore weigh-ins and want to check them out, they're here.
-- Post-surgery video of Anderson Silva here, on crutches and smiling away.
-- TNA has a One Night Only PPV tonight featuring a tag team tournament. There is an Aces and Eights team along with guys like Petey Williams and The Hot Shots.
-- Chris Weidman has opened as a 2-1 favorite over Vitor Belfort. They're looking at having the fight take place in Las Vegas, which would likely mean Belfort would have to do so without the aid of TRT. I thought his health would be in grave danger without TRT?
-- Dylan notes: Quick tidbit, but at the beginning of the fourth quarter in the Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma they showed Toby Keith, and a couple of seconds later Jim Ross both on the sidelines. Ross was referred to as "WWE Hall of Fame Announcer."
-- Still a few days left for everyone to listen in our our free live stream. Every Bryan & Vinny, Observer Radio and Figure Four Daily that we've done over the past two weeks is currently streaming in order 24/7 through this link. You are welcome to spread the word to any of your wrestling/MMA friends to check it out. We're trying to test the capacity, and so far, pretty much zero problems. Our next live shows on the stream will be Sunday night for Wrestling Observer Radio and the Bryan & Vinny Show. In the meantime, tonight will be a new After Dark Radio which will stream live and free through this siteat 2 AM ET/11 PM PT, and Sunday's Wrestling Observer Live will air free and worldwide through a million different outlets (over-the-air radio, satellite radio, TuneIn Radio, this site, etc.) at 6 ET/3 PT. More details on all of these shows upcoming on the front page. If you love the live shows you should follow me on Twitter @bryanalvarez since it's used a lot, and use the hashtag #F4WLive when discussing the shows.
-- Andy writes: Not sure if you're aware of this or not, but in today's Boston Globe it was mentioned that New England Patriot reserve tight end Matthew Mulligan got a shout out from Hulk Hogan yesterday on Facebook, posting a video declaring Hogan's support of the Patriots. Mulligan apparently has ordered a replica title belt off of Hogan's website. Thought you'd like to know.
-- WHO WILL BE UFC'S BIGGEST DRAW IN 2014?
Ronda Rousey 70.5%
Jon Jones 16.5%
Chris Weidman 6.9%
Alexander Gustafsson 3.1%
Vitor Belfort 1.9%
Anthony Pettis 1.1%
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOKYO DOME SHOW EVER?
May 1, 2000 - Royce Gracie vs. Sakuraba 16.6%
October 9, 1995 - Keiji Muto vs. Nobuhiko Takada 14.1%
November 20, 1994 - Women's show 11.7%
April 13, 1990 - WWF, New Japan & All Japan combined show 10.2%
March 21, 1991 - New Japan & WCW, Flair vs. Fujinami 8.8%
April 2, 1995 - 13 promotion show 8.8%
April 4, 1998 - Inoki retirement show 7.8%
April 24, 1989 - New Japan vs. Russians 6.8%
January 4, 1996 - Second Muto vs. Takada, Inoki vs. Vader 5.4%
November 3, 2001 - Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazushi Sakuraba 5.4%
February 10, 1990 - New Japan vs. All Japan, US vs. USSR 3.4%
November 29, 1989 - UWF U Cosmos 1.0%
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF AUGUST
Ric Flair & Jim Ross in trouble over 2K Sports symposium 26.2%
New Japan G-1 Climax tournament 17.4%
Darren Young comes out 14.8%
HHH turns heel on Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton gets WWE title 13.1%
UFC debuts on FS 1 leading station to first night ratings win 7.7%
John Cena undergoes elbow surgery 6.8%
Anthony Pettis beats Benson Henderson to win UFC lightweight title 5.3%
Kurt Angle arrested for DUI, goes into rehab 2.2%
Bellator announces PPV 1.2%
Eddie Alvarez/Bellator contract dispute settled 0.7%
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1957 - Stan Mykietowich and Ted Stefanyk defeated Frenchy Champagne and John DePaulo for the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1957 - Dizzy Davis defeated Jim Wright to win the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas.
1964 - The Destroyer defeated Mad Dog Vachon in Portland, Oregon to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1965 - Pat Patterson defeated Pepper Martin for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1965 - Johnny Valentine defeated The Sheik in Toronto, Ontario to win the Toronto version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title
1977 - Bruiser Brody defeated Fritz Von Erich to win the World Class American Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1977 - Dutch Mantel and David Schultz defeated Danny Little Bear and Chief Thundercloud for the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1978 - Randy Savage defeated Don Kent for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama
1980 - Jimmy Valiant won the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Jackson, Tennessee from Jerry Lawler.
1983 - The Great Kabuki defeated Al Madril in Fort Worth, Texas to win the World Class Television Title.
1983 - Tully Blanchard defeated Bob Sweetan in a tournament final in San Antonio, Texas for the vacant Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Heavyweight Title
1986 - The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts) defeated Brian Adias and Kerry and Kevin Von Erich in Dallas, Texas, to win the World Class Six-Man Tag Team Title
1987 - Bill Dundee defeated Sam Houston to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Topeka, Kansas.
1988 - Moondog Spot defeated Tom Prichard for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Montgomery, Alabama.
1993 - The Tazmaniac defeated Flex Wheeler in a tournament final to become the first Century Wrestling Alliance Light Heavyweight Champion in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
1996 - Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich win the USWA Tag Team Title, defeating Jesse James Armstrong and Tracy Smothers in Memphis, Tennessee.
1999 - Rip Rogers defeated Doug Basham for the OVW Heavyweight Title in Louisville, Kentucky
2000 - During an edition of WCW Monday Nitro from Greenville, SC; David Flair and Crowbar defeated Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner in the finals of a one night tournament to win the vacant WCW World Tag Team Title.
2000 - Triple H defeated the Big Show to win the WWF Title during an edition of Raw is War from Miami, Florida.
-- Former WWE ref Wes Adams has a new column up here
-- Former writer Andrew Goldstein also talks his wrestling pet peeves here.
-- Uproar Pro Wrestling: Collision Course Saturday 1/11/14 Verizon Event Center 8718 Trouble Creek Rd New Port Richey, FL Doors open 7pm, belltime 7:30pm Tickets: Front Row=$15, Adults=$10 & kids 12 and under=$5
-- New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced the full card for the fight promotion's next event. The show, titled "NEF XII," will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee with a start time of 7:00 pm EST. Tickets to the event are currently on sale at the Colisee box office. In the main event of the evening, Maine MMA legend Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis (22-10) faces his former student "THE" Ryan Sanders (5-4) in a welterweight contest. Davis is a veteran of the UFC Octagon, and both Davis and Sanders have competed before national audiences on Spike TV with the Bellator promotion. The long-awaited showdown between the two has been brewing since Sanders' exit from Davis' Team Irish in 2011. Sanders now represents Young's MMA - Team Irish's chief rival in the Bangor area. The well-documented heat between the two camps is no secret to Maine MMA fans, and the rivalry is expected to come to a head in the February 8 bout. Sanders' recent Podcast interview regarding the bout can be heard at www.NewEnglandFights.com/Podcasts/.
-- WWE-themed wedding in the Huffington Post
-- NEW NEW YEARS REVOLUTION Saturday, January 18, 2014 Boys' Club 710 South Miller Street Shelbyville, IN 46176-2406 Doors open at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Bell Time
-- In Your Face Wrestling www.iyfwrestling.com Presents: "Cold Snap". TV ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j99S2Qhcu3A Saturday, January 11, 2014 7:00pm Ballston Area Community Center 20 Malta Ave, Ballston Spa, NY Visit http://iyfwrestling.com/bacc.php for directions