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We're looking for reports on yesterday's WWE show in Mannheim, Germany, today's show in Regensburg, Germany, NXT UK tapings in Hull, UK and NXT in Citrus Springs, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also looking for dark match reports from Smackdown tonight in Philadelphia.  Announced for the show are Bayley vs. Nikki Cross, Mustafa Ali & Shorty G vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for two positions on Team Smackdown and The New Day vs. The Revival for the tag titles.

CMLL TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN FROM ARENA MEXICO ON THE CMLL YOUTUBE PAGE

  • Retro & Sonic vs. Espanto Jr. & El Hijo del Signo
  • Princesa Sugehit & Shoko Nakajima & Jarochita vs. Dalys & Tiffany & Reyna Isis
  • Atlantis Jr. & Dulce Gardenia & Audaz vs. Hechicero & Kawato & Okumura
  • Angel de Oro vs. Felino
  • Titan & Star Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs. Sanson & Cuatrero & Forastero
  • Mistico & Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Negro Casas & Gran Guerrero

NEW JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT FROM CHICHIBUNOIYA AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks
  • Toru Yano & Colt Cabana vs. Jeff Cobb & Mikey Nicholls
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Shingo Takagi & El Terrible
  • Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer vs Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs,. KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Tetsuya Naito & Bushi vs. Jay White & Gedo
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare vs. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi

The European tour ends tomorrow in Dusseldorf, Germany, while Smackdown has a house show tomorrow at Washington, DC, and NXT has a UK taping in Hull, UK and a U.S. show in Daytona Beach, FL.  We're looking for reports on all of those shows to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

UFC ON ESPN+ SATURDAY FROM SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Cortez and Melo missed weight, but the commission later said that their scale was off by 0.7 pounds high so they actually made weight. Padua did miss weight. She didn't even know about the fight until last night).

  • Tracy Cortez (136.5) vs. Vanessa Melo (136.5)
  • Isabella de Padua (130.5) vs. Ariane Lipski (125.5)
  • Renan Barao (146) vs. Douglas de Andrade (145)
  • Warlley Alves (171) vs. Randy Brown (171)
  • Bobby Green (156) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155)
  • Edouardo Garagorri (145.5) vs. Ricardo Ramos (146)
  • James Krause (170.5) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)
  • Markus Perez (186) vs. Wellington Turman (186)
  • Antonio Arroyo (185) vs. Andre Muniz (186)
  • Jared Gordon (156) vs. Charles Oliveira (155)
  • Paul Craig (205) vs. Mauricio Shogun Rua (206)
  • Jan Blachowicz (205) vs. Ronaldo Jacare Souza (205)

NEW JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT SUNDAY FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks vs KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Toru Yano & Colt Cabana vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs Jeff Cobb & Mikey Nicholls
  • Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
  • Evil & Sanada vs. Shingo Takagi & El Terrible

NEW JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT MONDAY FROM KORAKUEN HALL AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks
  • Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Jeff Cobb & Mikey Nicholls
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
  • Toru Yano & Colt Cabana vs,. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer
  • KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • Tetsuya Naito & Bushi vs. Jay White & Gedo
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Shingo Takagi & El Terrible
  • Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi

Raw is Monday in Boston.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Divisive main event headlines AEW Full Gear

Joseph Currier looks at the reactions to Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega's unsanctioned match.

AEW's first pay-per-view since debuting on weekly television was headlined by what will likely end up being the most divisive match of the year.

For some, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega's unsanctioned lights out match at Full Gear was a hardcore classic. To others, it was a gratuitously violent and long match that was a misstep for AEW. They wrestled for over 38 minutes and did everything they could to try and have the epic hardcore match that its biggest fans thought it was. A board covered in mouse traps, a chain, a screwdriver, glass, barbed wire, and a barbed wire spider web were just some of the weapons used. By the end of the match, part of the ring was deconstructed -- and a Paradigm Shift DDT on the exposed wood finally put an end to things and gave Moxley the win.

Every move AEW has made in its brief history has been overanalyzed to the point of exhaustion. Each positive and negative moment has probably been assigned too much importance. But AEW is defining its identity over the course of the promotion's first year. Moxley vs. Omega is now always going to be part of that. Full Gear was an opportunity for AEW to put their best foot forward to an audience that has sampled their first six weeks of TV. While it's likely that some things were gimmicked and Moxley vs. Omega wasn't quite as violent as it came off as, AEW not only didn't shy away from the "blood and guts" criticism that Vince McMahon leveled at them -- they leaned into it.

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WON NEWSLETTER: November 18, 2019 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review, more.

The return of C.M. Punk to the pro wrestling scene and coverage of AEW's Full Gear and the lessons after seven weeks of television of what we've learned from AEW and NXT are the lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We examine the timeline of C.M. Punk and his deal with WWE Backstage, including the original approach, how things were viewed along the way, the last AEW offer and how much AEW wanted him, what he said that led to AEW going cold, and his debut on Backstage on Tuesday night.

We cover what has and hasn't happened for NXT and AEW since getting television. We look at things like maintaining audience, live sales, PPV, NWA Powerr and its reaction and numbers, key demo ratings, how NXT came close once, PPV numbers, how the date backfired on AEW, how PPV changed with television with organizations in the past, plus full coverage of Full Gear with business notes, match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

The new issue also covers: 

Survivor Series update with booking changes made, how that affects TLC and early plans for that show, plus a key title match not yet announced.

Steve Austin's new WWE Network show, the value of WrestleMania, how ticket sales this year differed from shows in the past, Johnny Gargano injury and how that changed the Takeover card, ACH update, Sin Cara talks wanting out, new John Cena movie, Rusev talks his angle with Lashley, Starrcade card, Evolve notes, as well as WWE market value, most watched shows on WWE Network and a look at all the WWE and NXT live events over the past week with results, highlights and business news.

Notes on New Japan's coming to San Jose with match-by-match coverage.

Full rundown on the UFC show in Moscow and the stories behind it.

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

Subscribers can access the new issue on the front page of the site here.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

WrestleMania tickets for Tampa went on sale today. They have sold very well but plenty of seats are left.

The IPW UK promotion, which dates back to 2004, announced it would be closing its doors at the end of this year.  It is the latest casualty of the declining U.K. scene which independent promoters had predicted in advance would be happening due to the changing landscape.   

For this week in the New Japan tag team tournament, the New Japan World broadcasts are only in Japanese. There will be English announcing toward the end of the tournament.

Regarding the Johnny Gargano neck injury, right now his prognosis is undetermined. 

The Undisputed Era are backstage at Smackdown. PWInsider also reported McKenzie Mitchell, former Impact interviewer, who WWE signed recently, is also backstage.

Lionsgate has will be releasing a documentary called "The Ronda Rousey Story:  Through My Father's eyes on Tuesday. Besides Rousey, also in the documentary include former pro wrestling star Gene LeBell (who helped train Rousey), Randy Couture, Dana White and John McCarthy.

WWE

  • At the NXT U.K. tapings today in Hull, they announced the next U.K. Takeover show would be in Blackpool, England.  No date was announced but the word going around was that it would be in January.
  • The 11/21 NXT house show in Milwaukee has been moved to 2/21.  They want the talent working out their weekend Takeover and Survivor Series matches.
  • Bill Goldberg will be appearing on the TV show Schooled on ABC on Wednesday night. He will play the same Coach Nick Mellor role that he played on The Goldbergs last season. He will be an alumni football player.
  • Announced for the 12/26 Madison Square Garden show:
    • Kabuki Warriors vs. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch for tag titles
    • Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan
    • Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley
  • Rapper Mega Ran's new song "Sunset Flip," which features WWE's Xavier Woods, is out now. it's a part of my new album called "AGES, Vol 1."
  • Boa had surgery in Birmingham yesterday on his right shoulder in Birmingham.
  • The movie "My Spy" starring Dave Bautista is scheduled for a 1/10 release.

UFC

  • Justine Kish vs. Lucie Pudilova, Bevon Lewis vs. Alan Amedovski and Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stone have all been added to the 1/25 UFC show in Raleigh, NC.

AEW

  • A correction from the current Observer. We had listed the 12/4 tapings in Champaign, IL as sold out. There were no tickets available at Ticketmaster but the local college is selling the tickets and there are seats remaining.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Ice Ribbon reported today that Giulia is now officially released by the promotion and has signed a contract with Stardom.
  • Daniel Pineda, who was scheduled for the $1 million final of the PFL featherweight tournament against Lance Palmer on 12/31 in New York, failed a Nevada Athletic commission drug test.  This puts Pineda being in that fight in serious jeopardy.
  • Glory announced the signing of Rico Verhoeven (55-10, 16 knockouts), their world heavyweight champion, to a multi-year contract.  Verhoeven has won 17 fights in a row in the world's premier kickboxing organization.
  • The Netflix show "The Toys That Made Us" episode on the pro wrestling toy industry is now out. It talks about different eras of action figures dating back to the 80s.
  • Just Tap Out ran Korakuen Hall yesterday:  Black Giant & Black Eagle & Black Chango b Eagle Mask & EX Valion & Chojin Yusha G Valion, Mima Shimoda & Makoto b Rhythm & Yuki Shizuku, Saori Anou b Tomoaki Inaba, Syuri b Maika, Jushin Liger & b Taka Michinoku, Hayato Tamura & Arata b Ryuya Takekura & Kanon (thanks to Shannon Walsh and wrestlingwithdemons.net)
  • Combate Americas announced two new fights for its 12/7 PPV show headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Alberto El Patron.  Dani Barez (11-4) faces Joby Sanchez (13-5) in a flyweight bout and Gason Reyno (8-2, 2 no contests) vs. Angel Cruz (6-4) at 150 pounds.  The show takes place at the Payne Arena in McAllen,TX. Other bouts on the show are Melissa Martinez (6-0) vs. Desiree Yanez (5-1) and Dulce Garcia (Sexy Star, 1-0) vs. Marisol Ruelas (1-2).
  • Meiko Satomura will defend the Progress world title against Nicole Savoy on 11/30 at Washington Hall in Seattle for the Defy show. Defy runs both 11/30 and 12/1 in that building.
  • Hartley Jackson, who just left a  WWE coaching job, returns to the promotion that he founded, Wrestle Rampage in Australia, on Saturday night facing Tommy Knight.
  • MJF vs. Alex Hammerstone and TJP vs. Brian Pillman Jr. will be part of the Opera Cup tournament held by MLW on 12/6 at the Melrose Ballroom in  New York. 
  • Tom Lawlor vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Marshall Von Erich vs. Ikuro Kwon headline MLW Fusion on 11/16 on Bein Sports at 9 p.m. Eastern. 
  • Matty Wahlberg vs. Charlie Matthews in a battle of reality show stars takes place on the 12/14 PCW show in Melbourne, Australia.  Wahlberg was on the Australia version of Survivor. Matthews was on Australia's version of Love Island.
  • WPW from earlier today in Perth, Australia:  Dane b Dave Marshall, Delhi Dud Singh b York, Ryan Alllen b Odin-DQ, Showtime Clyde b Del Cano, Kornz b Leon Tully, Jarrad Slte b Matty Wahlberg-DQ 
  • AWF is bringing in T-Hawk for their 12/6 show in Sydney, Australia (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • CWE from last night in Edmonton:  Giant Orion b Jess Youngblood, Juventud Guerrera b Marky, Tyler James b Brian Johnson, Jimmy Jacobs b Danny Duggan.  They return to Edmonton on 5/3. Juventud Guerrera headlines tonight in Grande Prairie Alberta.
  • A story on Ron Simmons (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • Melissa "Thunder Rosa" Cervantes podcast can be found here.

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