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We're looking for reports on tonight's NXT shows in Riverside, CA and Jacksonville, FL to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

Tonight is the much publicized TNA show from the Hardy Compound in Cameron, NC. at 8 p.m. on Pop. It was something completely different from what has ever been presented as a pro wrestling television show. The show also includes Eddie Edwards vs. Bobby Lashley for the TNA title. 


  • Yuji Nagata & Yoshitatsu & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask & Henare
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Chase Owens
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & David Finlay vs. Evil & Seiya Sanada & Bushi
  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Juice Robinson vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa & Bone Soldier
  • Katsuyori Shibata & Jushin Liger vs. Hirooki Goto & Jado
  • Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 12/05/2016: More history of pro wrestling in California

As 1979 went on, additional problems started to develop for promoters in California, but especially for Roy Shire in Northern California. Both wrestlers and promoters alike were revolting in different ways, and while the former was nothing new, the latter was a bit out of the ordinary. Shire had slowly been pulling out.. Subscribers click here to continue.

WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: December 19, 2016 Vice article on WWE behind the scenes, Wrestlekingdom 11 card, more

Vice Media published a tremendous story on WWE behind the scenes, written by Ian Frisch on 12/9. The story included the first revelation that in 2012, Shane McMahon made a major pitch to head creative and was rebuffed. The story was that in March 2012, leading up to that year’s WrestleMania, Vince McMahon called a surprise meeting at the WWE Production Office, and Shane McMahon was there with James Frey, the author of “A Million Little Pieces” and CEO of Full Fathom Five, a content creation company...

One could argue that with the exception of WrestleMania, the biggest pro wrestling event of the year is the 1/4 show at the Tokyo Dome. While it’s called Wrestle Kingdom 11, since that name started in 2007, the tradition of pro wrestling at the Dome on 1/4 dates back to 1992, and has been uninterrupted, even in the darkest years of the promotion when they had to give tickets away just to draw more than 10,000 fans...

New Day broke Demolition’s record this past week of 476 consecutive days as tag team champions in the WWE on a Raw episode built around the quest for the record... Subscribers click here to continue.

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WON BACK ISSUE: November 22, 1999 WWF Survivor Series review, Austin neck trouble, more - In an industry with no rules, regulations or morals, there is nothing that happened this week that was out of the ordinary. And that's sad. The big story this week should have been that the biggest star in wrestling today, has his career in jeopardy due to finding out just how badly thrashed his neck is... Subscribers click here to continue.


So sad to hear the news about the death of Craig Sager today. The guy set a standard for work ethic that was almost mind-bogglign with the way he refused to allow his health to limit him and in dedication to his work and craft. The guy would be in the hospital for cancer treatments during the day that would knock a normal person out, and then rush to an NBA game right after. He was a one-of-a-kind sportscaster and you could see the respect almost everyone in the NBA had for him both for his work and more for him as a person.

It was announced today on Wrestling Observer Live that wXw is the latest promotion to sign with FloSports. The sides inked a two-year deal which will start on 12/21 with the airing of this past weekend's anniversary show from Oberhausen, Germany that featured Jurn Simmons defending the title against both Marty Scurll and Adam Cole.

The annual All Japan tag team tournament ends on Sunday at Korakuen Hall with the finals being Kento Miyahara & Jake Lee vs. Get Wild, Takao Omori & Manabu Soya.

Tomorrow is PWG's Mystery Vortex show meaning that aside from the main event with Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Marty Scurll, nothing is announced at all for the show. 

Mickey Gall has reiterated that he wants his Saturday fight with Sage Northcutt on FOX to be a hair vs. hair match, which would be a first ever in the UFC. 


  • Tribute to the Troops last night did 1,394,000 viewers. That's down from 1,802,000 last year and makes it the least watched prime time pro wrestling show ever on the USA Network.
  • A very interesting article noting Shane McMahon no longer has any WWE stock.
  • Paul Levesque talks about the WWE expansion with the new U.K. show and Linda McMahon.
  • One of many stories about Linda McMahon running the Small Business Administration given the company's track record in regard to small businesses is here.
  • The Washington Post has an article on why Linda McMahon's appointment shouldn't be used as a punch line for pro wrestling jokes. (thanks to Ed Gursky)


  • ESPN had a long article on Ronda Rousey's comeback. The story about her wanting to move and have kids was the same thing I'd been told just a few days ago regarding her long-term plans.  
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne was announced for the 2/11 PPV show in Brooklyn.
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou was announced for the 1/28 FOX show in Denver.
  • There will be a UFC marathon on Christmas Eve on FS 1 showing one PPV show after another.
  • ESPN announced today that it has signed Brett Okamoto to a new multi-year contract. Okamoto is their MMA analyst.

Weigh-in results for Bellator's show in Dublin, Ireland tomorrow night on Spike:

  • Cameron Else (145.2) vs. Dylan Tuke (144.6)
  • Elina Kallionidou (135.8) vs. Sinead Kavanagh (135.2)
  • Brian Moore (146) vs. Daniel Weichel (145.6)
  • Anthony Taylor (145.8) vs. James Gallagher (145.6)
  • Satoshi Ishii (236.6) vs. King Mo Lawal (213)
  • Some heat at the weigh-ins with Taylor and Gallagher(thanks to Submission Radio)


  • Matt Sydal is taking bookings through Bill Behrens at showbis@aol.com. He's based out of Tampa. Others that can be booked through Behrens are Jay Lethal, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and The Young Bucks (only for dates outside the U.S.), Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, DDP, Tommy Dreamer, Mike Posey, Ricochet, Tessa Blanchard, Drew Galloway, Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Shannon Moore, Al Snow, Shane Helms, Slim J and many more.
  • An interview with TNA champion Eddie Edwards is here.
  • The Los Angeles Times reviews the new movie "American Wrestler" about an immigrant who gets made fun of in school until joining the wrestling team.
  • The AXS commercial for the Tokyo Dome shows that start on 1/13 is here.
  • Kevin Eck talks to Ryback about his plans for wrestling and other businesses.
  • Beyond Wrestling results from Sunday in Melrose, MA:  Mickey Webb won over Scotty Slade, Travis Flip Gordon, Elia Markopoulos, Christian Casanova and Cam Zagami, LuFisto b Kimber Lee, John Silver b Chris Hero, The Spirit Squad b Mike Draztic & Angel Ortiz, Jake b Sean Maluta, Chris Dickinson b Jeff Cobb, Matt Riddle b Dan Barry, Taeler Hendrix & Alexxis b Deonna Purrazzo & Jordynne Grace, Jonathan Gresham b Ricochet, David Starr b AR Fox to retain the wXw Shotgun title, Brian Fury b Donovan Dijak in Fury's last Behond match. (thanks to Patrick Tobin)
  • MCW on 1/28 in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena at 7:30 p.m. features Matt & Jeff Hardy, King Maxel, Queen Rebecca and  Senor Benjamin.
  • Teddy Hart vs. Chase Owens takes place for CWE on 1/21 in Thunder Bay, ONT at the Community Centre.
  • On Monday night, John Goodman was on Stephen Colbert's show and mentioned that a doctor gives him steroids to help his voice while he's performing on Broadway. Goodman then mentioned because he's on steroids he could go "Psycho Ronnie Rains on everybody with wrestling moves." Well, we know what John Goodman was watching when he was growing up.  Ronnie Rains was the babyface star of the Los Angeles T-Birds Roller Games team in the 70s.
  • Michael Elgin announced that he was no longer working with ROH going forward. There was a communication issues regarding a few dates and he wasn't happy about that and some other issues with the company. He's under contract to New Japan and there will be no issue with him working ROH shows that New Japan sends wrestlers to, but he's not working there independently of those shows.
  • In Tier 1 Wrestling results earlier this week, the team called the Cutthroat Kids should have been the Cutthroat Kings.
  • Joey Ryan and Keith Lee are working in Austin, TX this weekend for both WrestleCircus on Saturday and Inspire Pro Wrestling on Sunday.  Chris Hero vs. ACH is scheduled for Saturday. (thanks to John Tovar)  
  • Wrestle Pro on 1/7 in Union, NJ at the Columbia Club has Sonjay Dutt and Hornswoggle.
  • Absolute Intense Wrestling on 12/30 in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has Ray Rowe vs. Josh Prohibition, Britt Baker vs. Swoggle, Alex Daniels vs. Matt Cross, Sonjay Dutt vs. Joey Janela vs. Laredo Kid vs. Tracy Williams,
  • Chaotic Wrestling results from last weekend:  Elia Markopolous b Matt Logan, Davienne b Mason Wild, Anthony Green b Cam Zagami, Brick Masterson b Josh Briggs, Travis Gordon b Warbeard Hanson to keep New England title, Chas Del Monte b Brian Fury to retain CW title (thanks to Gregory Valko)
  • There is a show on 1/29 in Toronto at Variety Village.
  • PWA on 1/21 in Cambridge, ONT a the Hespeler Memorial Arena.
  • NWL announced the signing of Mike Outlaw, who will be on the St. Louis squad and use the name Dez Wellston, since he's from the Wellston neighborhood of St. Louis.
  • CHIKARA has its season finale up at www.CHIKARAPro.com  Its 2017 debut will be 2/4 at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia 

Today in Professional Wrestling History (12/15): Triple H wins the Raw World Title