SAT UPDATE: Weekend schedule, Jones vs. Texeira, Raw in New Orleans, Jon Jones happy day, Coachman tells story of worst WWE moment, more



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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 Monday 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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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- UFC 172 with Jones vs. Teixeira is likely going to be in Baltimore.

-- As of 11:25 AM Pacific this morning, Raw after WrestleMania was not yet sold out in New Orleans. May be gone by now.

-- Last night's After Dark Radio Show featuring open lines, emails and an interview with Dr. Lynne Kitei of the Phoenix Lights Network is up right now as a free download at afterdarkradioshow.com. If you love the show please spread the word on all the paranormal sites you visit. Greatly appreciated. All past shows are available for subscribers in our archive on this site, so check them out!

-- And don't forget tomorrow at 3 Pacific/6 Eastern we'll have a two hour LIVE edition of Wrestling Observer Live previewing TLC. You can call in at 855-478-4478 with your thoughts or predictions, or contact us via Skype to f4wonline. All the info will be up on the front page tomorrow but the best places to listen are Sports Byline USA radio affiliates, Sirius channel 794, XM channel 208, or the TuneIn Radio app or website searching Sports Byline or Wrestling Observer.

-- Last I heard, the VOD of Ring of Honor's Final Battle tonight will be available on their website Monday. If that changes we'll update the front page.

-- A trailer for Steve Austin's new Broken Skull Ranch reality series is up here.

-- Jim Cornette on WWE.com here. My guess is you should expect a fair amount of Smokey Mountain Wrestling with a Network launch.

-- Jon Jones is celebrating getting his driver's license back.

-- This week's new NXT is up herefor free.

-- Chael Sonnen noted that he has officially asked Anderson Silva if he'll be part of his training staff for the upcoming TUF: Brazil series. He was not immediately shot down.

-- The Westjet Airlines latest magazine advertising GSP appearing for a meet and greet at the Edmonton Rush pro lacrosse game on Jan 11, 2014. Thanks to Grant.

-- In-depth interview with Ivan Koloff talking the WWWF and more here.

-- The Stro has his WWE TLC predictions up here.

-- Full interview with Austin Aries talking TNA, the X-Division and more here.

-- Interview with Adam Cole in Long Island Newsday here.

-- Charles writes: So Jonathan Coachman was filling in for Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" with Greenberg's usual co-host former NFL player Mike Golic. And they did the usual Q&A segment where the last question was "What was the worst Smackdown you ever suffered". So Coachman said his worst was when Batista was making his big return to the ring and he (Coach) was supposed to take a Batista-bomb from him that night in the ring. So Coach after explaining the move to Golic, said he went in the back, found Batista and said lets do a rehearsal of this sequence because Batista had been out of action for a bit and they wanted to make sure they got the timing right. Now the problem was as Coachman explained, there was a long cement trough or block in the area where they going to practice. And Coachman said that as they were in the midst of executing the move, he smacked his head directly on that piece of cement and knocked himself out cold. He said it took a strip off the top of his head. Coach further said, that as they were practicing this move, Triple H was coming around the corner, saw what happened and fell down laughing so hard. Coach came to in the ambulance and he said that someone else who had already been beaten up that night, had to take the Batista bomb in his place.

-- Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of BAMMA 14 from Birmingham’s LG Arena today, December 14, at 4 p.m. ET. In the main event, British bad boy Paul “Semtex” Daley brings his explosive power as he is set to face Brazilian veteran Romario “Junior Killer” Manoel Da Silva.

-- WHO IS THE BEST OF THE CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS?
Randy Orton 35.8%
Kazuchika Okada 30.2%
John Cena 14.5%
KENTA 9.4%
Magnus 3.7%
Adam Cole 2.8%
El Terrible 1.4%
Akebono 1.2%
El Texano Jr. 0.5%
Masato Yoshino 0.2%
Kazuyuki Fujita 0.2%

WAS THE DECISION TO GO WITH HENDRICKS VS. LAWLER FOR THE VACANT TITLE CORRECT?
Yes 55.1%
No, should have been Condit 31.2%
No, should have been Askren 11.7%
No, should have been Maia 2.0%

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT UFC CHAMPION TO LOSE THEIR TITLE?
Chris Weidman 45.4%
Dominick Cruz 20.1%
Demetrious Johnson 13.1%
Ronda Rousey 10.0%
Jon Jones 6.1%
Cain Velasquez 2.2%
Anthony Pettis 2.2%
Jose Aldo 0.9%

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IMPACT?
Excellent 10.0%
Good 31.4%
Average 20.0%
Fair 17.1%
Poor 21.4%
47.4% of those responding didn't see the show

-- 1956 - Jerry Graham defeated Bobby Wepner to win the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Florida.

1963 - Verne Gagne won the AWA World Heavyweight Champion by defeating The Crusher in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1979 - Gino Hernandez & El Gran Markus defeated Jose Lothario & El Halcon for the NWA American Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas.

1983 - Dick Slater defeated Greg Valentine in Shelby, North Carolina for the United States Heavyweight Title

1992 - The Hell Raisers (Road Warrior Hawk and "Power Warrior" Kensuke Sasaki) defeated Scott Norton & Tony Halme (aka Ludvig Borga in WWF) for New Japan's IWGP Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

2003 - Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Osamu Nishimura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yutaka Yoshie in Nagoya, Japan to win New Japan's IWGP Tag Team Title.

2003 - At the Armageddon PPV in Orlando, Florida; Randy Orton defeated Rob Van Dam to win the Intercontinental Title. Mick Foley was the special referee. Ric Flair & Batista won a Tag Team Turmoil match to become the World Tag Team Champions defeating the Dudley Boyz, Scott Steiner & Test, Rob Conway & Rene Dupree, Hurricane & Rosey, Mark Jindrak & Garrison Cade, Lance Storm & Val Venis. Also, Triple H defeated champion Bill Goldberg and Kane in a Triple Threat match to win the World Heavyweight Title.

2008 - Jeff Hardy defeated Edge and Triple H to win the WWE Championship at the Armageddon PPV in Buffalo, New York.

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