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So this weekend, particularly tomorrow, is insane.

We're doing four polls this weekend, for tonight and tomorrow night's New Japan New Beginning shows in Sapporo, NXT Takeover tomorrow and WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday. 

You can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match for each show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw show in Wilkes-Barre, PA and NXT show in Toms River, NJ (Johnny Gargano & Roderick Strong vs. Andrade Cien Almas & Lars Sullivan) at newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TIME

  • Kota Ibushi vs. Cody
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White

BELLATOR MMA AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON THE PARAMOUNT NETWORK

  • Steve Kozola vs. Jake Smith
  • Kendall Grove vs. A.J. Matthews
  • Saad Awad vs. J.J. Ambrose
  • Lorenz Larkin vs. Fernando Gonzalez

LEGACY FIGHTING AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON AXS TV

CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN

  • Flyer & Robin vs. Akuma & Espanto
  • Electrico & Astral & Star Jr. vs. Cancerbero & Nitro & Raziel
  • Audaz & Starman & Drone vs. Disturbio & Misterioso Jr. & Virus
  • Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. vs. Forastero & Cuatrero & Sanson
  • El Terrible vs. Diamante Azul for the Mexican national; heavyweight title
  • Atlantis & Dragon Lee & Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero & Euforia 

AAA GUERRA DE TITANES TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. EASTERN FROM JUAN DE LA BARRERA GYM IN MEXICO CITY AIRING ON TWITCH

  • Lanzelot vs. Australian Suicide for cruiserweight title
  • Lady Shani vs. Faby Apache for Reina de Reinas title
  • Psycho Clown vs. Rey Escorpion in a chain match
  • El Hijo del Fantasma vs. El Texano Jr. in a cage match for the Latin American title
  • Johnny Mundo vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. for the AAA Mega heavyweight title with Vampiro as referee

NEW JAPAN NEW BEGINNINGS IN SAPPORO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AT 4 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Michael Elgin vs. Katsuya Kitamura
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Kushida vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Kota Ibushi & Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Cody & Marty Scurll & Hangman Page
  • Will Ospreay & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Gedo vs. Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
  • Jay White & Sho & Yoh vs. Young Bucks & Kenny Omega
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IC title

We're also looking for reports Saturday on the Raw house show in Baltimore and Smackdown in Richmond, VA to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC FROM CHARLOTTE ON SATURDAY

Fight Pass at 4 p.m. Eastern

  • Austin Arnett vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Niko Price vs. George Sullivan

FS1 at 5 p.m. at 5 p.m. Eastern

  • Vinc Pichel vs. Joaquim Silva
  • Justine Kish vs. Ji Yeon Kim
  • Juliana Lima vs. Randa Markos
  • Maria Romero Borella vs. Kaitlyn Chookagian
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Bobby Green vs. Erik Koch

FOX AT 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Frank Camacho vs. Drew Dober
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Andre Fili vs. Dennis Bermudez
  • Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs. Derek Brunson

NXT TAKEOVER FROM THE WELLS FARGO CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA ON WWE NETWORK AT 8 P.M. SATURDAY NIGHT

  • Nikki Cross vs. Lacey Evans (for TV on Wednesday)
  • Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Bate (for TV on Wednesday)
  • Kassius Ohno vs. Velveteen Dream
  • Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole in an Extreme rules match
  • Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Authors of Pain for the tag titles
  • Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler for the women's title
  • Andrade Cien Almas vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT title

NEW JAPAN NEW BEGINNINGS IN SAPPORO AT 1 A.M. EASTERN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Katsuya Kitamura vs. Juice Robinson
  • Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & Shota Umino vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Hikuleo (Leo Tonga)
  • Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi & Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Chase Owens
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
  • Kota Ibushi & David Finlay & Kushida vs. Cody & Marty Scurll & Hangman Page
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi & Will Ospreay & Gedo vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Bushi & Seiya Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Young Bucks vs. Sho & Yoh for IWGP jr. tag titles
  • Kenny Omega vs. Jay White for U.S. title

WWE ROYAL RUMBLE PPV AT 5:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME SUNDAY ON WWE NETWORK

  • 30 Man Royal Rumble
  • 30 Women Royal Rumble
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman for Universal title
  • A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a handicap match for WWE title
  • Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for Raw tag titles
  • Usos vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin in a 2/3 fall match for Smackdown tag titles
  • Bobby Roode defends the U.S. title in an open challenge (pre-show match)
  • Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The Revival (pre-show match)
  • Kalisto & Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado vs. Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher & TJP (pre-show match)

On Monday will be Raw from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and a Smackdown house show in Newark, DE.

Smackdown, 205 Live and Mixed Match Challenge will be Tuesday in Philadelphia. The mixed match challenge match is Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss vs. Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch.


​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly 1/22/2018: Recapping WWE Raw 25 

With a rare opportunity to present an episode that reached a bit beyond WWE's usual audience, Raw's 25th anniversary show took place in New York City on Monday night. It was the most-anticipated Raw of the year, with WWE putting their full promotional force behind the event and inviting seemingly every available name from the past. With a rare opportunity to present an episode that reached a bit beyond WWE's usual audience, Raw's 25th anniversary show took place in New York City on Monday night. 


WON NEWSLETTER: January 29, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Enzo Amore rape allegations, WWE Raw 25, plus tons of news

The most detailed coverage of the Enzo Amore allegations and firing is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Look at all sides of the story, from the allegations by Philomena Sheahan, details of who was in the room, why WWE was so quick to fire him, her claims, claims of people who know her, what is in the text message, the problem with the police investigation, what is next for 205 Live and plans that have been scrapped.

Also have a look at the WWE this week, including Raw 25, angles on the show, WrestleMania current plans, future of Brock Lesnar, Royal Rumble, the Takeover special, what audience flocked to Raw that usually doesn't, how Raw viewer patterns have changed since the last similar special, what age group nearly doubled from last week, and how the gender split changed.

Read about the history of Raw, why it was moved quickly from the Manhattan Center, the move to two hours, how close the show came to being canceled and why it wasn't, when the show started making the company significant money, how Raw and Vince McMahon in 2005 were responsible for the start of a major sports franchise, the story of Raw going to Spike and back to USA, and what are really the longest lasting wrestling shows in U.S. television history.

Full coverage of Raw 25 inside this issue.

Check out the Podcastone situation and why people are leaving, more on the 2019 Royal Rumble plans, more on WWE stock and the move being made for a cheap WWE Network sub and the reason, George Barrios says strange things about WWE talent contracts, Hogan talks Bullet Club and the smoke to that fire, Cena movie gets Academy Award nomination, Cena up for lead for another movie, success of Dwayne Johnson's current movie, funny quotes from Michaels & HHH about Goldberg being a Hall of Famer from a few years ago, and more WWE injuries. 


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WON BACK ISSUE: January 8, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Paul Heyman considering selling ECW, more on Wrestler of the Year, more 

Citing a number of factors, including the enormous pressure he's been under over the past year, the large company debt and what he sees as the future landscape of the business, Paul Heyman said he was in serious negotiations to sell either a majority share or all of Extreme Championship Wrestling.


FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Just days after Cormier saying he wouldn't take the fight, UFC has announced Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title as the main event on the 7/7 show in Las Vegas. The two will also be coaches for the spring season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The UFC also announced eight-man lightweight and featherweight tournaments for the reality show featuring all undefeated fighters:

Lightweight:

  • Thailand Clark (7-0, Fort Worth)
  • Joe Giannetti (6-0, Nowell, MA)
  • John Gunther (6-0, Cleveland)
  • Jose Martinez (4-0, Lorain, OH)
  • Richie Smullen (3-0-1, Arklow, Ireland)
  • Mike Trizano (6-0, Ramsey, NJ)
  • Allan Zuniga (13-0, San Miguel Costa Rica)

Featherweight:

  • Jay Cucciniello (8-0, Malaga, Spain)
  • Tyler Diamond (9-0, Oroville, CA)
  • Bradn Katona (6-0, Dublin, Ireland)
  • Bryce Mitchell (9-0,Cabot, AR)
  • Suman Mokhtarian (8-0, Sydney, Australia)
  • Dulani Perry (4-0, Houston)
  • Kyler Phillips (5-0, Surprise, AZ)
  • Ricky Steele (5-0, Boise, ID)

For the weekend house shows, no John Cena on anything except for the Rumble. Brock Lesnar is working against Kane at the house show in Baltimore tomorrow night for the Universal title. Randy Orton isn't working the Richmond Smackdown show, but he is working the Newark, DE show. Aside from that, all the major names are scheduled for the house shows.

ROH has switched its upcoming shows and the 2/9 show in Concord, NC, that was to be a TV taping will now be a house show. The TV taping will now be on 2/10 at Center Stage in Atlanta. The Atlanta matches are now in Concord with Cody & Marty Scurll & Adam Page vs. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia & TK O'Ryan and Jay Lethal vs. Jonathan Gresham. One match in Atlanta for TV will be Chuckie T & Baretta vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe.

A long discussion about all the ramifications of the Montreal screw job and the behind-the-scenes of what happened between me and Chris Jericho on today's episode of Talk is Jericho. It's really fascinating looking back at how much pro wrestling changed because of all this.  

WWE

  • The company announced the signing of Mohamed Fahim a 28-year-old boxer from Egypt, to a developmental deal. Fahim was signed off the April tryout in Abu Dhabi.  
  • The company will be releasing a Best of Shane McMahon DVD on 6/11. 
  • This is a great piece on Kassius Ohno, really should be put on television.
  • Detroit Free Press on the XFL relaunch.
  • A story on Bobby Fish returning home for last night's NXT house show in Albany, NY, with notes about him previously working as a substitute teacher while also wrestling.

UFC

  • Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje was announced for a 4/14 show in Glendale, AZ at the Gila River Arena.
  • UFC announced that Roy Jones Jr. will be doing a retirement fight on 2/8 in Pensacola, FL, at the Bay Center that will air on Fight Pass. Jones (65-9) will face Scott Sigmon (30-11-1) in a cruiserweight main event. Jones, in his prime, may have been the best boxer in the world, gaining international fame out of the 1988 Olympics and turning pro the next year.
  • Michael Oleksiejczuk has been provisionally suspended for a drug test violation taken on 12/30, the night he won a decision over Kalil Rountree.  

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Progress Wrestling is headed to Australia with shows on 4/17 in Perth, partnering with Explosive Pro Wrestling, 4/18 in Sydney, partnering with Pro Wrestling Australia, 4/20 in Melbourne, partnering with Melbourne City Wrestling and 4/21 in Ivercargill, New Zealand.
  • Shine has an iPPV tonight from the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL and FITE TV.
    • LuFisto vs. Rain for Shine championship
    • Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez vs. Isla Dawn & Lady Chardonnay Darcy for the tag titles
    • Priscilla Kelly & Aerial Monroe & Vanessa Kraven vs. Candy Cartwright & Kiera Hogan & Dementia D'Rose
    • Santana vs. Renee Michelle
    • Holidead vs. Dynamite DiDi
    • Leva vs. Brandi Lauren
    • Jordynne Grace vs. Natalia Markova
    • Stormie Lee vs. Tesha Price
  • Sahori, a AAA and CMLL star during a 20-year-career, passed way yesterday at the age of 41 due to a long battle with cancer.
  • Hirai Kawato's debut at Arena Mexico was moved from this coming Tuesday to a week from tonight due to some immigration issues.
  • Jim Ross will be doing a talk show Sunday at Noon at the Diamond Club at the Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia. It's only set up for 100 tickets and everyone will get an autographed copy of his book and also get to talk with and get a cell phone photo and do a Q&A with Ross and Jeremy Borash of Impact Wrestling.
  • Jushin Liger, Rocky Romero and Puma King headline for Pro Wrestling Revolucion on 3/10 in San Francisco at John O'Connell High School.
  • Lanny Poffo has set up a Kickstarter program for a comic book based on his WWE gimmick called, "The Genius Lanny Poffo, Wrestling's Smartest Man."     
  • NWL debuts tomorrow night at the Turner Rec Center in Kansas City with a six-way match for a shot at the NWL title, with Bolt Brady vs. Niles Plonk vs. Davey Vega vs. Leonel Howlett vs. Jet Royal vs. Mike Outlaw, plus ACH vs. Thor Theriot and Marti Belle vs. Hudson Envy.
  • Regarding the Judge Mathis show with former wrestler John Nord, the story is that Nord owed the plaintiff $4,750 in credit card bills. Mathis gave him a credit for $1,750 because Nord gave him 205 dolls to swell online and awarded the plaintiff $3,000. The case airs at the 28:50 mark. (thanks to Joe Puccio and Albert Frye)
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 2/10 in Oshawa, ONT at the Legion.
  • Innovate Wrestling tomorrow night in Bristol, TN at the Patton-Crosswhite VFW with a ring ropes made of barbed wire death match with Travis Dykes vs. Toby Farley.
  • A correction from yesterday in the Vulcan Wrestling show in Sydney. The main event was a 30 minute draw between Darius Vega and Mike Valuable. We had reported it as a win for Vega.
  • MascaraMania 2 on 4/21 in Toronto at the Alliance Banquet Hall.
  • Smash Wrestling on 3/31 in Sarnia, ONT at the River City Vineyard.
  • A video of Adnon Kaisy, before he was a Sheik in the AWA, wrestling Ian Campbell in Iraq when he was the top star in the country.
  • The NWA has put together a video of NWA title stuff between 2002 and 2009 when TNA controlled the title belt.
  • An interview with Jake Roberts promoting his one-man show. Said Roberts, “My stuff isn’t really comedy. It’s me telling things that happened, you know? Maybe Andre sitting on me and farting for 40 seconds, which was amazing. It’s unbelievable that anybody can fart that long., It was rude, it was crude, I’m just grateful I lived through it. That’s just very, very mild for what I go for. I go for the most insane stuff that would happen. There were some crazy things going on back in the day. I didn’t help the situation much with that damn snake around all the time, always getting me in trouble. It would show up in the craziest places, whether it be the shower, strip joint or whatever. The good thing is I have 38 years to pull from. There are a lot of stories to be told. A lot.”

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Mankind wins WWF World title on Halftime Heat


WRESTLING OBSERVER / F4W - WRESTLEMANIA 34 in NEW ORLEANS

Here we go again! It's back to New Orleans for Wrestlemania 34 and a huge weekend of spectacular professional wrestling related fun and wackiness. EdinSanAntonio Productions along with the Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Empire~! is proud to present the annual Wrestlemania weekend trip details. This huge weekend includes a number of website "members only" events. Below are the two events currently scheduled. Click here for full event details. 

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