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Daily Update: Poll for McGregor's next foe, Trish Stratus to get award.

What used to be one of the biggest days of the year for wrestling is now dark today in the U.S., although there are probably 50 to 100 shows in Mexico today, probably two dozen in the Mexico City metropolitan area alone including an iPPV show.  WWE goes back to a full-time schedule tomorrow.  New Japan will not be airing on AXS today as they are taking some time off.

Here is today's FULL Daily Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/25): One of the biggest nights in North American wrestling

CMLL IPPV TONIGHT AT 6 P.M. EASTERN TIME (starting three hours earlier than usual) HERE
 

Estrellita & Vaquerita & Lluvia vs. Dallys & Seductora & Tiffany

Blue Panther & Stuka Jr. & Brazo de Plata vs. Kraneo & Polvora & Vangellys

Maximo Sexy & Super Parka & Valiente vs. Cavernario & Kamaitachi & Negro Casas

Ultimo Guerrero & Cibernetico & Volador Jr. vs. Caristico & Mistico & Rush

Cage of death, last man in the cage loses his mask:  Puma, Triton, Fuego, Super Comando, The Panther, Tiger, Sangre Azteca, Esfinge, Blue Panther Jr., Raziel, Cancerbero and Pegasso

There is no video on demand of this show.  It can only be viewed live.

WWE returns to action with what in recent years has been the biggest house show of the year, Christmas week show, this time tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden, with Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the U.S. title, Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for the IC title).  WWE also runs the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Saturday night with Roman Reigns vs Sheamus for the WWE title, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt and New Days vs. Usos vs. Lucha Dragons for tag titles.

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Lindaman & Takehiro Yamamura & Kaito Ishida vs. Don Fujii & Yosuke Santa Maria & Nosawa

Jimmy K-Ness & Jimmy Kanda vs. U-T & Kzy

Masakatsu Funaki vs. ? in a Colosseum rules ten round match

Kotoka vs. Eita for the Open the Brave Gate title

Yamato & Naruki Doi vs. Gamma & Punch Tominaga for Open the Twin Gate tag tiles

Masato Yoshino & Akira Tozawa & T-Hawk vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Dragon Kid & Big R Shimizu vs. Naoki Tanizaki & Cyber Kong & Mondai Ryu vs. Ryo Saito & Jimmy Susumu & Genki Horiguchi for the Open the Triangle Gate titles

Shingo Takagi vs. Cima for the Open the Dream Gate title

Sunday has WWE shows in Hartford, CT (Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena; Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens) and Chicago at the All-State Arena (Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus for WWE title, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt, New Day vs. Usos vs. Lucha Dragon for tag titles).

Monday will be the live Raw from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as well as a house show in Allentown.  With the house show in Allentown, those not expected at Raw since they are billed at the house show are Kane & Dudleys & Tommy Dreamer vs. Wyatt Family, Charlotte vs. Paige for the Divas title and Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze.

RIZIN DEBUT SHOW ON LATE MONDAY/EARLY TUESDAY FROM SAITAMA SUPER ARENA (some matches air on U.S. TV on Spike Thursday morning at 10 a.m.)

Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. James Thompson

Carlos Toyota vs. Kiril Sidelnikov

Yuki Motoya vs. Felipe Efrain

Hiroyoa vs. Wicky Nishiura under K-1 rules

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Hinata with alternate rounds of MMA rules and K-1 rules

A.J. Matthews (Bellator) vs. Anatoly Tokov

Hideo Tokoro (Bellator) vs. Kizaemon Saiga

Hiroyuki Takaya vs. D.J. Taiki

Valentin Moldavsky vs. Yuta Uchida - heavyweight tournament reserve fight

King Mo (Bellator) vs. Brett McDermott - first round of heavyweight tournament

Teodoras Aukstuolis vs. Bruno Cappelozza - first round of heavyweight tournament

Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov - first round of heavyweight tournament

Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochoazka - first round of heavyweight tournament

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinya Aoki

WWE is also running two shows on Tuesday, with the Smackdown tapings in Washington, DC as well as a house show in Providence (John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for U.S. title; Rusev vs. Ryback, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt, Charlotte vs. Paige for Divas title, Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze).

Wednesday has a WWE show in Toronto at the Ricoh Coliseum (John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens) and Baltimore (Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella & Alicia Fox vs. Naomi & Sasha Banks).

RIZIN FROM THE SAITAMA SUPER ARENA (some matches air on U.S. TV on Spike Thursday morning at 10 a.m.)

Rena vs. Jlena Valentino - women's match

Heavyweight tournament semifinals

Brennan Ward (Bellator) vs. Ken Hasegawa

Takeru vs. Yang Ming in K-1 rules

Soo Chul Kim vs. Maike Linhares

Gabrielle Garcia vs. Lei'd Tapa - women's super heavyweight match

Akebono vs. Bob Sapp - Shoot boxing rules (boxing, kicking, takedowns, no ground work or submissions)

Andy Souwer vs. Yuichiro Nagashima

Jerome LeBanner vs. Baruto (sumo star)

Kron Gracie (Rickson's son) vs. Asen Yamamoto (age group wrestling champion, son of former women's world champion Miyu Yamamoto)

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh

Heavyweight tournament finals


Figure Four Weekly

Figure Four Weekly (12/21/15): Hulk Hogan and Nelson Frazier Lawsuit Updates
Transcript gives new insight into the FBI/Gawker dispute, plus WWE gives us a peek at what their termination notices look like in the Nelson Frazier wrongful death lawsuit.



Wrestling Observer Newsletter

A look at the Slammy Awards, business of the show, who watched the show, suggestions made for improving the awards show idea, some history of where it came from and what happened at the show including injury updates.

We also have a story about both the California commission, doctors, and reps from the Association of Boxing Commissions talking about the problem of weight cutting in MMA as well as all the medical issues involved, win/loss records of bigger vs. small fighters, belief of how many fighters go into fights dehydrated, the dangers of fighting dehydrated, new weight class suggestions, the good and the bad of adding weight classes, the discussion of splitting up the heavyweight division and the ONE organization becomes the first promotion to take drastic steps in this subject with a look at their new regulations.

We also look at the life, career and significance of Lizmark, one of the biggest stars in the history of Lucha Libre, who passed away this past week.  We have his background, how he got into wrestling, his life before wrestling, why he first wore a mask, how he got the name Lizmark, his long run as a constant singles champion or top contender, his induction into the Hall of Fame, his run in the glory days of AAA, Lizmark Jr. and why he fell out of favor in WCW due to loyalty to his father, his biggest rivals, the wrestlers who emulated him and his title history.

We look at what is next for NXT, the upcoming tour dates, reaction to Roman Reigns internally, Notes on the video game, Mauro Ranallo updates, WWE injury updates, John Cena and Dwayne Johnson news, lots of WWE U.K. date business notes, Japan TV update, Two new wrestlers making main roster debut for one tour in January and why.  We also have notes from all the weekend house shows.

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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE

UFC did a poll on who fans wanted to see against Conor McGregor next.  The results were 39% wanted Jose Aldo, 37% wanted Frankie Edgar and 20% wanted Rafael dos Anjos.   

The Cauliflower Alley Club announced today that Trish Stratus would be getting the Iron Mike Mazurki award at their banquet this year.  That's the highest honor they have for a wrestler and it would be the first time a woman has ever been given that ward.  The reunion will take place in April in Las Vegas.  Jerry Lawler will be inducting Lance Russell at the same banquet.

Ric Flair will be working tomorrow's Madison Square Garden show, in his daughter's corner for a match with Paige.

Congrats to ROH's Roderick Strong and Marina Shafir of the Four Horsewomen, on their engagement a few days ago.

An article on the movie "Concussions".

Another article talking about the producers taking too much liberty with the truth.  For whatever reason, so many Hollywood movies based on real stories do this, and in more cases than not, it makes the movie worse, not better. 
 

WWE

  • Tribute to the Troops did 1,802,000 viewers on Wednesday night. That's way down from last year, even though the Tuesday Smackdown in WWE week was up from last year.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Kurt Angle has a role in an upcoming episode of Duck Dynasty on the A&E Network.
  • Jimmy Valiant will be inducted into the Mid Atlantic Hall of Heroes in August.
  • The trailer for a documentary on the 1976 Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki match, which is going to be getting a ton of talk next year because it'll be the 40th anniversary of the bout.  Josh Gross has a book coming out on it and this movie will also be coming out
  • Davey Richards appears for All Star Wrestling on 2/26 in Surrey, BC at the Cloverdale Fairground's Alice McKay Building.   
  • Patric Laprade on the 30th anniversary of the auto accident that killed Tarzan Tyler, Pierre "Dog Dog" Lefebrve and referee Adrien Desbois with interviews with family members about what is considered the biggest tragedy in the history of Quebec wrestling.
  • Beau James' blog talk program "Do Ya Wanna Be A Wrestler, Kid?" is back with a special two part episode featuring rare audio from 1974 of Mario Galento speaking openly about Pro Wrestling on Memphis' WE Radio. Mario pleads his case of why he was blackballed. Who was behind it.  How wrestling has changed in his time. He also takes calls from wrestling fans. Beau also talks about what is coming up with the program and his promotion Southern States Wrestling upcoming Silver Anniversary.   Part 1 and Part 2

Here is today's FULL Daily Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/25): One of the biggest nights in North American wrestling