WED UPDATE: Mae Young passing, Zingano statement on husband death, Verizon win could affect WWE Network, Jim Ross new gig, tons more



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WWE Main Event airs tonight with Los Matadores & Torito vs. 3MB, Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara and more.

UFC Fight Night is airing as we speak.

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.

We look at Silva's injury, the surgery, have notes from the surgeon, Silva's reaction, the impact of Silva and Georges St-Pierre not fighting in 2014, the absence of superfights, the biggest fights on the horizon, the controversy over Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman, early business numbers on UFC 168 from around the world and reaction in Brazil to Silva.

We also look at the Daniel Bryan heel turn into the Wyatt family. We look at WrestleMania, the turning of Bryan, the return of Brock Lesnar, the UFC rumors and Lesnar's contractual situation with WWE. We look at last year when Lesnar did agree to return to UFC and why it didn't happen,and why even if he did agree, it couldn't happen.

We've also got full coverage of UFC 168, with match-by-match ratings, business notes, how much everyone got paid, poll results and more.

We also have a lengthy story on the history of pro wrestling and MMA, and how they intermix, at the Tokyo Dome, covering nearly every show from the last 25 years. It's a history of the biggest events in Japanese history, the highs and lows of business, the most legendary matches and angles and how pro wrestling has evolved and changed.

We look at the first show and how it changed wrestling, how the second show changed All Japan and New Japan, how Ric Flair led to a unique show, the night the three biggest wrestling companies in the world at the time worked together, Starrcade in Tokyo Dome, the January 4th tradition, future Olympic medalists doing pro wrestling first, a 10 1/2 hour long show, names who appeared at the Tokyo Dome before they were famous, the show with 14 different Hall of Famers on the same event, the story behind the biggest gates in pro wrestling history, what led to the formation of the NWO, the hottest periods of business ever in Japan, shoots, worked shoots, double crosses, a 90 minute MMA match, retirement shows, the worst show ever, dream matches that never took place and why, Brock Lesnar, NOAH's biggest event and the rise of Hiroshi Tanahashi.

We also have more on the UFC Fight Pass channel, including more details on when it will be available around the world.

We also look at WWE's annual holiday show in Madison Square Garden.

We've also got details on the next few TNA PPV shows, what was taped, and what it does and doesn't say about the future.

We also look at the latest Olympic gold medalist to win a pro wrestling world heavyweight title, and how this one won it in a non-predetermined fashion.

We also have notes on Mae Young, Dwayne Johnson, Old School Raw, Chris Jericho, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards and all as it regards WWE. We also look at where the USA Network would be without Raw. We also look at new classes WWE is instituting for its wrestlers and why, wrestlers who have talked retirement, Cole and Layfield in a contest and Cena vs. Rollins.

We also look at the entire holiday week in WWE, both the house shows and TV tapings with highlights from every night.

We also look at Japan's annual celebrity arm wrestling competition featuring MMA fighters, pro wrestlers, sumos, baseball stars and more and who emerged victorious.

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Among the numerous tweets about the late Mae Young yesterday was this gem from Jim Mitchell, which pretty much sums her up the best: "Just got the news about the passing of women's wrestling legend, The Great Mae Young. I will never forget taking the late Chris Kanyon to Fabulous Moolah's training compound on a weekly basis in his early days and watching Mae Young repeatedly beat, kick, and stomp him into submission, while ripping the hair out of his head and smoking a big stogie without even dropping an ash. She was in her seventies then. Mae was one tough broad and a real character. The last of a breed. Rest In Peace."

-- WWE.com video tribute to Mae here.

-- Cat Zingano's statement about the passing of her husband to MMAWeekly.

-- This story has ramifications for Netflix, which means it could also have ramifications for the WWE Network. Verizon’s Victory Over FCC Rules Seen as a Loss for Netflix.

-- Dave and I will be back with Wrestling Observer Radio live at 3 AM ET/Midnight PT tonight talking all the news, tonight's UFC and more. If you haven't checked it out yet, we have a new landing page at F4WLive.comthat has all the live showtimes for various programs throughout the week. As always, if you can't hear a live show, everything is available for download for members about 10 minutes after the show ends. The stream runs 24/7 for anyone worldwide with the latest free shows plus daily audio news updates following each taped program.

-- Jim Ross announced a new podcast deal with Podcast One, which hosts the Chris Jericho and Steve Austin podcasts.

-- WWE tweeted this: Get your #WWEHOF tickets first in our online pre-sale TOMORROW at 10 AM CT with code WM30TW.

-- As noted last night, New Age Outlaws vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust at the Smackdown tapings was a non-title match. It appears at least Road Dogg was under the impression during the afternoon that it was a title match since he tweeted that he and Billy were taking the belts home later. Anyway, it appears they will be facing off in a match for the belts at Royal Rumble.

-- Preview of the upcoming Paul Heyman WWE DVD here.

-- Ariel Helwani has a big article hereabout GSP, who says that one of the main reasons he walked away from MMA was because of the lack of support UFC gave him regarding drug-testing for his fight with Johny Hendricks. Lorenzo Ferttita did an interview today saying he was shocked and disappointed to hear that, saying he felt they did more in regards to drug testing than any other organization.

-- Jason Mayhem Miller has unretired again.

-- A “Storm” is coming to Salt Lake as the always dangerous Alexander Shlemenko will put his Middleweight World Title and twelve fight win streak on the line against Tournament winner Brennan Ward live on Spike TV Friday, March 28th from Utah’s Maverik Center at Bellator 114. The night will also feature the Bellator return of fan favorite and Utah’s own Rad Martinez, who fights Edson Berto in a featherweight battle. The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event will be on sale on Friday, January 17th and can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and the Maverik Center Box Office.

-- Two nights before "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" takes place this Saturday, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will re-air "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting." The two-hour special re-airs Thursday, January 16 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. MMA legend Bas Rutten and Todd Harris host the look back at the promotions first seven fights, which highlight several of the amazing fights the fight company held in 2013. "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting" is produced by Tupelo-Honey Raycom in association with WSOF Productions.

-- For those who loved the F4W Thug Justice song which was a co-winner of our Christmas Rap Contest, well, Stephen has created F4W HOOD JUSTICE 2 which will debut on the Bryan & Vinny Show Thursday.

-- Andrew Goldstein, former WWE writer, talks the Network here.

-- Another SLOW AND HOT with Brittney Palmer here. Essentially, UFC takes it's mega-slow HD Phantom Cam cameras and films her doing stuff. It's distracting.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1953 - Dave Sims defeated Bobby Lane to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas.

1959 - Herb and Seymour Freeman defeated Reggie and Stan Lisowski for the Minneapolis NWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1962 - Larry Hennig and Duke Hoffman defeated Ivan and Nikita Kalmikoff in a tournament final for the vacant AWA World Tag Team Title in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1964 - Luther Lindsay and Shag Thomas defeated The Destroyer and Art Michalik to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Salem, Oregon

1969 - Don Carson and Dick Dunn defeated Flash and Rocket Monroe for the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama

1971 - Bill Dromo defeated Kintaro Ohki in Tokuyama, Japan to win the Japan Wrestling Association All Asia Heavyweight Title.

1972 - Dory Dixon defeated Kinji Shibuya for the NWA Beat the Champ Television Title

1974 - John Tolos defeated Pak Song to win the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title in Long Beach, California

1974 - The Great Mephisto defeated Jose Lothario for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1974 - Norvell Austin and Rocket Monroe defeated Gunga Din and Kubla Khan to win the Gulf Coast NWA United States Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama.

1975 - The Brute defeated Peter Maivia to win the San Francisco NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California

1977 - Buddy Rose and Jesse Ventura won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title from Dutch Savage and Jimmy Snuka.

1978 - Canek defeated Dr. Wagner for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1979 - Ron Fuller defeated Austin Idol to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1983 - Mike Graham defeated Kevin Sullivan to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Miami, Florida.

1983 - King Tonga (Haku) defeated Invader I for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983 - Ringo Mendoza defeated El Faraon to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Guadalajara, Mexico

1984 - Arn Anderson and Jerry Stubbs defeated Jimmy Golden and Jacques Rougeau in a tournament final for the vacant NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title in Montgomery, Alabama.

1986 - Jesse Barr defeated Lex Luger to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.

1992 - Big Titan defeated Atsushi Onita to win the WWA World Martial Arts Title in Kobe, Japan.

1994 - The Italian Stallion defeated Killdozer for the Pro Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title in Belmont, North Carolina.

1995 - John Hawk defeated Kevin Von Erich to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.

1996 - Miss Texas (Jackie Moore) defeated Lady Satan (Debbie Combs) for the USWA Women's Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1998 - During an edition of WCW Thunder in Lakeland, Florida; Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated WCW Cruiserweight Champion Juventud Guerrera to win the title

-- New Scrapyard with Adam Pearce here.

-- Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, part of the "Triangle of Unity" along with wXw and CZW will have their first-ever show in Germany this weekend, co-promoted with wXw. As the BJW guys, namely Daisuke Sekimoto, are in Europe anyway, a few other bookers snatches up their services, starting with a show in Austria this Friday, promoted by Chris "Bambikiller" Raaber (Christoph Herzog in FCW a few years back). Thanks to Markus Grown A Man.

-- EVOLVE Wrestling will be teaming up with Filsinger Games for the release of a new wrestling card game based on the exciting Northeast promotion! The starter set it due for release in April featuring EVOLVE stars like Johnny Gargano, A.R. Fox, Ricochet, and Trent Barreta. More wrestlers will be announced in February and March! EVOLVE Wrestling is a promotion founded by Dragon Gate USA vice-president Gabe Sapolsky. EVOLVE strives to create dynamic, athletic action that advances all styles of pro wrestling. Filsinger Games has produced wrestling games for over 27 years. In addition to the fictional game Champions of the Galaxy, they also produce official games for Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling. Shimmer, and more. For more information go to: filsingergames.com or dgusa.tv/.

-- Thames Valley Wrestling are proud to announce that our debut show, “Ab Initio” has been scheduled for Friday, March 21st at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

-- Saturday January 25th., 2014 Bell Time 7:30PM, doors open at 6:45PM Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale Fairgrounds 6050 176 St., Surrey All Star Wrestling kicks off 2014 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey with New Years Resolutions. Scores are to be settled and champions will be crowned on the biggest show of the New Year.

-- Covey Pro Wrestling is proud to announce it will be making their Gaithersburg, MD debut with Covey Promotions’ Presidential Punishment! This incredible event will be in the great city of Gaithersburg, MD on Saturday February 15th with a bell time of 7:00 p.m. We will be wrestling in the Bohrer Park Activity Center at Summit Hall. This beautiful venue at 506 South Frederick Avenue is located adjacent to Gaithersburg High School. The ticket outlet for this event will be El Pollo Rico. El Pollo Rico is located at 211-G North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD 301-977-7760. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through our website, www.coveypro.com or at the door.

-- ESW "Retaliation" Saturday, January 18th, 2014 St. Johnsburg Fire Hall 7165 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, NY Doors Open: 5:00pm, Bell Time: 6:00pm Front Row: Sold out - General Admission: $10 Tickets available now at ESWShop.com Ticket prices increase $3 the day of the show http://eswwrestling.com/

-- Nicole Matthews of Shimmer in the new Abort Magazine

-- Latest Wrestling Eye Podcast talking Preston City Wrestlinghere.

-- Podcast interview with DDP here.

-- New James Storm interview talking TNA and more up here.

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