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Daily Update: AJ Styles, ROH streaming service plans, MMA notes

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The Latest from the F4W Staff

NEWS

AUDIO

We're looking for reports from WWE Raw in Mannheim, Germany, Smackdown in Padova, Italy, ROH in Fort Lauderdale (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks vs. Dalton Castle & Jay Lethal & Kenny King, Cody vs. Rocky Romero for ROH title, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. TK O'Ryan & Vinny Marseglia for ROH tag titles, Shane Taylor vs. Punishment Martinez, Adam Page & Marty Scurll vs. Baretta & Chuckie T vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, Matt Taven vs. Flip Gordon, Brandi Rhodes vs Rain) and NXT in Riverside, CA and Fort Pierce, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC FROM NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

FS1 at 8 p.m. Eastern time

  • Nina Ansaroff (115) vs. Angela Hill (115)
  • Sage Northcutt (155.5) vs. Michel Quinones (155)
  • Tatiana Suarez (115) vs. Viviane Perreira (114.5)
  • Marlon Moraes (136) vs. John Dodson (135.5)
  • Clay Guida (155) vs. Joe Lauzon (155)
  • Raphael Assuncao (135.5) vs. Matthew Lopez (138.5)
  • Cezar Ferreira (185) Vs. Nate Marquardt (185.5)
  • Junior Albini (265.5) vs. Andrei Arlovski (244)
  • Diego Sanchez (170) vs. Matt Brown (171) 
  • Anthony Pettis (155.5)  vs. Dustin Poirier (156)

COMBATE AMERICAS FROM CANCUN, MEXICO ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK AT 11:30 P.M. EASTERN

  • This will feature a one-night eight-man bantamweight tournament

Sunday we're looking for reports from the Smackdown house show in Florence Italy and ROH in Lakeland, FL (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta & Chuckie T, Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal, Adam Page vs. Flip Gordon, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Shaheem Ali & LSG, Beer City Bruiser vs. Marty Scurll, Mandy Leon vs. Stella Grey).

Raw is Monday from Atlanta. Roman Reigns returns on the show and there will be a three-way with Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Dana Brooke for the final spot on Team Raw for the Survivor Series.

Smackdown and 205 Live will take place Tuesday from Charlotte. Matches announced are New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara and Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair for the women's title.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 11/6/2017: Examining Jericho and Omega's Tokyo Dome matchup

In a match that seemed impossible not all that long ago and was still pretty shocking when the announcement was made, Chris Jericho will face Kenny Omega for New Japan Pro Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th. That was confirmed in a video at NJPW's Power Struggle event last weekend after Omega had defeated Trent Barreta to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:November 13, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Chris Jericho makes surprise return to NJPW, GSP returns, more

The story of how the Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho match came to be, including what is and isn't true regarding Jericho's contract with WWE, is one of the lead stories of a loaded up double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This issue also has coverage of UFC 217, NJPW Power Struggle and Impact Bound for Glory, an update on Survivor Series, a look at the career of Manami Toyota, and the last two months of business breakdowns for WWE, ROH and Impact.

The lead story details the announcement of Jericho vs. Omega, the video, the twitter feud, where the idea of the match came from and the steps that had to be taken to get it approved. Look at Jericho's last WWE contract, what the nature of the NJPW deal really is, Omega's NJPW contract and when it expires and his thoughts on 2018, and why NJPW made the match.

Check out the business of New Japan World, the lineup for the Tokyo Dome and why the matches are taking place, the goals for the Tokyo Dome, the NJPW return to the U.S. and pitfalls of the date and place, as well as a look the upcoming NJPW tag team tournament and full schedule.

Look at the return of GSP, the MSG UFC show, the three title changes, the PPV numbers, the live numbers, TV numbers, and other business notes. Plus, look at the future for the three weight classes impacted by the title changes and the reality of the GSP performance, full coverage of the show with poll results.

Read the update on Survivor Series, the Owens-Zayn incident that resulted in them being sent home, the updated card, ticket sales, and this week's WWE title change backstory.

This issue has an update on the concussion lawsuit including new claims by attorney Konstantine Kyros about wrestlers who have suffered from CTE and living wrestlers having problems with dementia, more on Ric Flair's 30 for 30, lots of news on the departure of Austin Aries from WWE, the common theme of those being let go, WWE star gets a new TV non-wrestling show and why this War Games is really nothing like the original.

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WON BACK ISSUE: Nov. 17, 1997 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The Montreal Screwjob, pt. 1 and Nov. 24, 1997 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The Montreal Screwjob, pt. 2

It will go down in history as the single most famous finish of a pro wrestling match in the modern era. Twenty or 30 years from now this story, more than any famous wrestler jumping promotions, more than any prominent death, and more than any record setting house, will be remembered vividly by all who watched it live, and remembered as legendary from all who hear about it later. Through the magic of videotape, the last minute of this match will live forever, and be replayed literally millions of times by tens of thousands of people all looking for the most minute pieces of detail to this strange puzzle.

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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

Pro Wrestling

  • DSport in India, which also carries ROH and Lucha Underground, indicated that NJPW is coming to the station soon.
  • Kazuchika Okada wrestled Slex at Melbourne City Wrestling’s November Rain show today. Bad Luck Fale also announced Gino “Juicy” Gambino as a member of Bullet Club Down Under.
  • In an interview with CBS Local Sports, Joe Koff reiterated that ROH will be launching an on-demand/streaming service in the first quarter of 2018. Koff said that they tested streaming events on last month’s Global Wars tour. When asked about pay-per-views, Koff noted that they might continue to have traditional PPVs but said the entertainment world is heading towards a streaming model.
  • Simon Grimm (formerly Simon Gotch in WWE) debuted for ROH at their show in Fort Lauderdale tonight and will also be appearing in Lakeland for them tomorrow.
  • Ratings for the first episode of Impact since Bound for Glory were down from the previous week’s go-home show. Impact averaged 250,000 viewers after doing 275,000 the week prior.
  • The Chicago Tribune interviewed Billy Corgan about his plans for the NWA.

UFC/MMA

Today in Professional Wrestling History: The Revival win NXT tag titles

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