- This week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter delayed
- Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin rounds out NXT UK TakeOver card
- NXT UK results: British Strong Style vs. Gallus
- NXT UK results: Tag Team title tournament finals set for TakeOver
- WWE SmackDown ratings down against Trump, network shows
- Updated list of WWE Royal Rumble entrants
- WWE SmackDown video highlights: Number one contender's match
- Asuka vs. Becky Lynch confirmed for WWE Royal Rumble
- The Bar vs. Shane McMahon & The Miz set for WWE Royal Rumble
- WWE 205 Live spoilers: Title match official for Royal Rumble
- F4D: Smackdown, Geek of the Week, tons more! 1/9
- WOL: AEW rally, Smackdown, Royal Rumble, more! 1/9
- WOR: Dave Meltzer tours the Giant Baba exhibit in Tokyo 1/9
- B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro from 19 years ago this week! 1/8
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: All Elite Wrestling becomes official
As the clock struck midnight and we entered 2019, All Elite Wrestling finally became official. Weeks of speculation culminated with AEW being formally announced at the end of a Being the Elite episode that was released at midnight Pacific time on January 1, 2019. With that came the announcement of Double or Nothing, which is the sequel to All In. While there are plenty of questions about what the roster for AEW will look like, the initial group of wrestlers has started to come into focus.
WON NEWSLETTER (ONLINE ONLY): January 7, 2019 Observer Newsletter special: History of the Tokyo Dome - NO HARD COPY AVAILABLE
When the Tokyo Dome opened on March 17, 1988, the idea of pro wrestling there wasn’t even an idea.
The Dome was built to be the new modern home of two baseball teams, the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League, the team of Shigeo Nagashima and Sadaharu Oh years earlier, the unofficial national team that had all its games on NTV, and sold out every game. The Dome held 48,316 fans for baseball, but for years, every single Giants game announced the attendance as 56,000. The other team, the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League, which played there through the 2003 season, were the ones that the average person could get tickets to see.
The idea was baseball and concerts, the Rolling Stones (who have 19 Tokyo Dome sellouts), Michael Jackson (who sold 405,000 tickets for nine dates in December 1988), U2, Madonna and Japanese artists. But while it has housed numerous sporting events, including NFL and Major League Baseball, with the exception of baseball and concerts, it’s probably best known for pro wrestling.
Pro wrestling was still huge on television back then. All Japan, headed by Giant Baba, was a fixture on Nippon TV, one of the major networks. New Japan, on TV-Asahi, had matches airing in prime time.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
- Heavy Machinery worked a dark match after SmackDown in Jacksonville, Florida last night. They defeated The Colons. WWE has been hyping that Heavy Machinery will debut soon, and EC3 and Lacey Evans (who are also part of this group of NXT call-ups) also worked dark matches before Raw in Orlando on Monday.
- AJ Styles defeated WWE Champion Daniel Bryan by DQ in another post-SmackDown dark match last night. Bryan got disqualified when he low blowed Styles, then Styles stood tall after the match.
- Chris Jericho, who has signed with All Elite Wrestling, was removed from WWE’s intro video for this week’s SmackDown.
- Episode five of the WWE Performance Center’s ARRIVAL video series on Matt Riddle focuses on Riddle’s NXT in-ring debut.
- Samoa Joe launched a YouTube channel and posted a vlog from this week’s house show loop and SmackDown.
- Carmella and R-Truth are visiting WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut today. In storyline, Carmella and Truth received an “all-expenses paid vacation to anywhere in the world” for winning Mixed Match Challenge -- and Truth picked WWE headquarters.
- Meet and greets with Johnny Gargano, The Street Profits and Fabian Aichner will be available to purchase at EVOLVE 119 in Brooklyn, New York on January 18. Adam Cole and The Street Profits will also have meet and greets at EVOLVE 121 in Atlanta, Georgia on February 15 and EVOLVE 122 in Concord, North Carolina on February 16.
- WWE uploaded last year’s women’s Royal Rumble match to their YouTube account.
- The Mirror has an interview with Bobby Roode.
- Poppy’s “X” is an official theme song for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix.
- Brandi Rhodes further explained her comments about women and men being paid equally in All Elite Wrestling: “Equal pay means equal opportunity regardless of sex. It does not mean that everyone will be paid the exact same salary regardless of their position. It means the gender pay gap does not apply. An entry level woman won’t make less than an entry level man because of her gender.”
- AEW president Tony Khan appeared on today’s episode of X-Pac 12360.
- HBO’s Vice was covering the AEW Double or Nothing rally as a news story.
- A Chris Jericho “AEW is Jericho” shirt is already available on Pro Wrestling Tees.
- NJPW president Harold Meij wrote in his blog this week (translation via Chris Charlton): ‘Talent will come & go. That’s life. Half of Japanese people have had more than one occupation. More overseas. There are different life stages, priorities change. What counts is that while here, [people] shine as bright as possible & produce the best product possible for us”
- A street fight stipulation has officially been added to Kelly Klein's Women of Honor World Championship defense against Jenny Rose at Honor Reigns Supreme in Concord, North Carolina this Sunday.
- Klein has re-signed with ROH.
- The latest episode of ROH’s “The Pinnacle” video series looks at Dalton Castle ahead of him challenging for Jay Lethal’s ROH World Championship at Honor Reigns Supreme.
- ROH is partnering with Vet Tix to offer select tickets to their events to military members, veterans, and immediate family of troops who were killed in action.
- DJZ will make his PROGRESS Wrestling debut in Bournemouth, England on March 9. DJZ is also set for PROGRESS’ show in Birmingham on March 10.
- The NWA uploaded Willie Mack’s National title defense against Sam Shaw from Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Brock Lesnar has yet to pay his $250,000 fine for his drug test failures from 2016.
- Jake Hager (the former Jack Swagger) said he thinks “some WWE guys” will be in attendance for his Bellator debut, and he thinks R-Truth will be performing musically at the event for him. Swagger makes his debut against JW Kiser at Bellator 214 on January 26.
- Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz is set for the UFC’s show on ESPN on March 30.
- Mackenzie Dern has decided to stay at strawweight instead of moving up a weight class.
- Luke Rockhold thinks Jon Jones is trying to manipulate Daniel Cormier to come back down to light heavyweight.
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