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We're looking for reports 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.


SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • The results of this year’s NXT year-end awards were announced on the TakeOver: Philadelphia pre-show, with Aleister Black and Asuka winning big. All of the awards were voted on by fans:
    • Overall competitor of the year: Asuka
    • Male competitor of the year: Aleister Black
    • Female competitor of the year: Asuka
    • Breakout star of the year: Aleister Black
    • Match of the year: Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne (with both appearing on the pre-show) from TakeOver: Chicago
    • Rivalry of the year: Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
    • Tag team of the year: SAnitY
    • TakeOver of the year: War Games
    • Future star of NXT: Cezar Bononi
  • Johnny Gargano wrote about being in the main event of TakeOver: “From local VFW halls to a preshow dark match at the ECW Arena to the Main Event at the Wells Fargo Center. Over 13 years has lead to this moment. Difficult roads often lead to some pretty cool destinations. Tonight's the night, Philadelphia.”
  • Almas also tweeted about tonight being a dream of his: “When I signed on WWE, I always had dreams, today is one of all these dreams here in philadelphia being in the main event."
  • WWE showed Gargano and Candice LeRae arriving for TakeOver together in a brief video where Cathy Kelley previewed the main event.
  • WWE noted that Nigel McGuinness isn't calling TakeOver tonight due to being under the weather.
  • The Wells Fargo Center posted a time lapse video of the ring and stage being set up for TakeOver.
  • Ronda Rousey has made two more Instagram posts from Colombia, which is where she’s filming the movie “Mile 22.” The latest post is from late this afternoon.
  • PWInsider reported that The Undertaker, Michelle McCool, and EC3 are among those in Philadelphia this weekend. With all of the people who are in town for “Big Four” PPVs, it remains to be seen if that means much.
  • Ricochet spoke to ESPN about his time at the Performance Center since reporting and called it one of the coolest experiences of his career.
  • The Daily Beast has an article on a 2006 sexual assault allegation against Vince McMahon. The alleged incident was covered at the time and charges weren't filed by prosecutors.
  • In an advertisement for Raw’s Elimination Chamber PPV, the T-Mobile Arena asked fans which 12 wrestlers they want to see in the Chamber matches. That would indicate that there are going to be two of them.
  • Andre the Giant passed away on this date 25 years ago.
  • The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and JJ Dillon) reunited at the Icons of Wrestling convention in Philly today. Flair also posted a photo with Sting from the convention.
  • Randy Orton, who won the match, and other wrestlers rewatched and commented on last year’s Royal Rumble.
  • In a post-Raw 25 video, Finn Balor and Shawn Michaels talked about what their potential dream match would have looked like. Michaels reiterated that there’s no chance the match happens now.
  • WWE Shop is selling a Rusev Day calendar.

Pro Wrestling

UFC/MMA

Today in Professional Wrestling History: The Rock defeats CM Punk to win WWE title


WRESTLING OBSERVER / F4W - WRESTLEMANIA 34 in NEW ORLEANS

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  • WHEN: Friday, April 6th, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Doors open at 8:45 a.m. for VIP ticket holders and at 9:15 a.m. for general admission)
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  • WHERE: The Court of Two Sisters restaurant in downtown New Orleans; 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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