The Latest News
- More matches for NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool revealed at TV tapings
- NXT UK TV taping spoilers: Build to TakeOver Blackpool
- NJPW World Tag League: Updated standings and results
- Larry Matysik passes away at 72 years old
- WWE Starrcade live results: Two steel cage matches
- NJPW World Tag League live results: EVIL & SANADA vs. Sabre & Taichi
- Bray Wyatt returns to the ring at WWE Starrcade
- Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III live results, Tom Lawlor's return
- Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya targeted for Australia's UFC 234
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- WOL: Larry Matysik, Liddell vs. Ortiz, Filthy Tom, more! 11/25
- WOR: Larry Matysik, Chuck Vs. Tito 3, UFC Beijing, TakeOver: Blackpool, more 11/25
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NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE MONDAY FROM YOSHITSUNE ARENA ON SAME DAY TAPE DELAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
- Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
- Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
- Baretta & Chuckie T vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
- Evil & Sanada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
- Tama Tonga & Tanga La vs. Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb
ALL JAPAN REAL WORLD TAG LEAGUE MONDAY IN NIIGATA ON ALL JAPAN TV
- Atsushi Maruyama vs. Hikaru Sato
- Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs. Atsushi Aoki & Yusuke Okada
- Parrow & Odinson & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Jun Akiyama & Zeus & Black Menso-re
- Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Tajiri & Gianni Valletta
- Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi
- Joe Doering & Dylan James vs. Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu
Raw takes place Monday night in Milwaukee. AOP vs. Chad Gable & Bobby Roode for the tag titles is on the show. There is also a Smackdown house show on Monday in Cedar Rapids, IA.
ALL JAPAN REAL WORLD TAG LEAGUE TUESDAY IN SHIRAKAWA GENERAL GYM ON ALL JAPAN TV
- Kotaro Suzuki vs. Yusuke Okada
- Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Koji Iwamoto & Hokuto Omori
- Tajiri & Gianni Valletta vs. Parrow & Odinson
- Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu & Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Jun Akiyama & Zeus & Atsushi Maruyama & Black Menro-re
- Joe Doering & Dylan James vs. Takao Omori & Manabu Soya
- Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Jake Lee & Ryoji Sai
Smackdown, Mixed Match Challenge and 205 Live take place on Tuesday in Minneapolis. Mixed match challenge starts single elimination playoffs with Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox vs. ? & Ember Moon and Finn Balor & Bayley vs. Bobby Lashley & Mickie James.
NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE WEDNESDAY FROM MITO CITIZENS GYM ON SAME DAY TAPE DELAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Evil & Sanada vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
- Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi'
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Baretta & Chuckie T
- Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
- Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi
- Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
With standout performances from Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Brock Lesnar, and Daniel Bryan, Survivor Series and the days leading into the pay-per-view were as strong of a stretch as the WWE main roster has had all year. An injury that took Lynch out of what was going to be the biggest moment of her career thus far ended up having plenty of silver linings.
Look at what came out of Survivor Series as the lead story in the new issue of the Observer. The issue runs down more plans for the Royal Rumble and another planned main event and angle for WrestleMania, and look at the strange booking and what makes sense and doesn't.
Also look at the trademarks of All Elite Wrestling, who is behind the promotion, what they need, and the important questions on how this relates to pro wrestling in 2019.
Read an update on New Japan on AXS TV, with the announcing change and early year schedule including Tokyo Dome coverage.
Examine the plans by WWE to open up territories around the world, including places earmarked first, the announcement expected to be made imminently and the philosophy behind these expansions.
Read why the XFL in 2020 is different from 2001 and how the media differences make this a new ball game, plus one of the leading television executives in the country talks about being willing to get into bed with the XFL
In addition, there are rundowns from all the WWE arena events from the past week with results, highlights and business.
There is a rundown of NXT Takeover War Games, with notes on the show, story behind the lineup, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
Also look at the domestic violence case involving UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich and her husband, what each side is claiming and more.
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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE
We have two weekend shows up on the site, the Friday night show talking All Elite and last night's show talking Larry Matysik and a lot of wrestling history including the start of WCW and how it went down, plus last night's Golden Boy MMA show with Liddell vs. Ortiz and more.
Thanks to everyone for their kind words about Larry Matysik. For those in the area, Larry's funeral will be this coming Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Renner Funeral Home at 120 N. Illinois Ave. in Belleville, IL. Fox 2 in St. Louis and Ch. 4 in St. Louis as well as the Belleville News-Democrat and St. Louis Post-Dispatch are all expected to run stories over the next few days.
This is the Ric Flair "Fire and Ice" video that Larry Matysik did in 1982 that they would play all across the country.
The interest level in last night's Liddell vs. Ortiz Golden Boy show was well beyond most expectations. There were more than 500,000 searches regarding last night's show, making it No. 5 for the day yesterday. It was the same as the last UFC PPV and the same as Survivor Series, and five times that of Evolution and Greatest Royal Rumble. If it would have been on TV, it would have done a monster rating. It looks like it will destroy everything but Oscar & Tito's PPV predictions as far as what people expected going in. That said, Liddell was in no condition to fight and that was far sadder than even watching Ali vs. Trevor Berbick in his last fight when Ali should not have been fighting.
Tom Lawlor suffered a broken left hand in his loss to Deron Winn on the show, and also had three different cuts that required stitches.
Regarding Fenix, right now it looks like he'll be out of action for about a month. The injury took place in the first fall of his match with Cavernario, before the missed dive spot that everyone is pointing towards. Right now no word from AAA regarding what it will do about the heavyweight title that Fenix holds and was to defend next Sunday against Brian Cage.
Scheduled for the one hour edited WWE Network version of Starrcade tonight is A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a cage match, Sasha Banks & Ember Moon & Dana Brooke & Bayley vs. Nia Jax & Tamina & Alicia Fox & Mickie James, Elias concert with Ric Flair (which leads to the eight-women match), Miz TV with Nakamura and Rey Mysterio and I believe Nakamura vs. Mysterio which leads to Miz & Nakamura vs. Mysterio & Rusev.
AAW from last night in Chicago before a sellout of 575 fans: Ace Romero b Stephen Wolf, Fred Yehi b Mance Warner, Paco b Deonn Rusman, Jimmy Jacobs & Josh Briggs b Darby Allin & Jessicka Havok, David Starr & Eddie Kingston b Matt Sydal & Colt Cabana, Trevor Lee d ACH 60:00 (people were raving about this as one of the best matches of the year) in, Eddie Kingston attacked ACH after the match, Sami Callihan b MJF, Curt Stallion & Jake Something b Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett, AR Fox & Myron Reed b Laredo Kid & Rey Hours to keep AAW tag titles, Kyle Rae b Kimber Lee to win the AAW women's title in a great match, crowd very into this match. Rae used Brass Knux to win the title. (thanks to David Gould)
The next show is 12/8 in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus with Trevor Lee vs. DJZ for the Heritage title.
- No update regarding Bray Wyatt, who returned last night as the replacement for Braun Strowman against Baron Corbin. Perhaps he'll be the backup if Braun Strowman isn't ready. Strowman has surgery tomorrow and they won't know how long he'll be out until after the surgery.
- WSW International Assault from Saturday in Melbourne before a sellout of 500 fans: Cody b Joey Ryan in a staring contest that was billed for the U.S. title, Bandido b Stevie Flilip, Marty Scurll & Brody King b Concrete Davidson & Flip Gordon to win tag titles (Gordon subbed for Ryan in the title match), Walter b Jonah Rock (got a big reaction, worked 90s All Japan main event style), Brian Cage won four-way over Adam Brooks, Robbie Eagles and Tome Filiip to keep Impact X Division title, Brandi Rhodes b Indi Hartwell, Austin Aries lost via DQ to keep title in three-way against Chris Basso and Slex as the ref DQ'd both Basso and Slex after Aries was eliminated so Aries retained. (thanks to David Roughton and Kevin Chiat)
- World Series Wrestling from today in Perth, Western Australia: Cody came out and said he had gotten heat for defending the U.S. title in a staring contest and then Ryan came out. Ryan challenged him to defend the title in a rock, paper, scissors match. They called it a Dwayne, paper, scissors match. They tied three times but Cody won the next two and was declared the winner. The referee raised Cody's hand and took the dick flip by Ryan. Brian Cage b Bandido to keep the Impact X title, Brandi Rhodes b Savannah Summers, Walter & Jonah Rock b Logan Grey & Alex Kingston (said to be ****1/4), Marty Scurll b Damien Slater (said to be excellent), Body King won three-way over Marcius Pitt and Gavin McGavin, Austin Aries b Flip Gordon to keep the WSW title. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
- There is a movie called "Destroyer" which stars Nicole Kidman as a police officer who is looking to put away a gang of bank robbers that features Joseph Fatu, who may be related to the Anoa'i family as well as Jay Heiron, an MMA fighter who has fought in UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce. It comes out in December. (thanks to Andrew Benjamin)
- British Empire Wrestilng on 12/2 in London at the KNK Stadium in Mitcham, South London with KC Spinelli, Shotzi Blackheart, and others.
- FWA from yesterday in Sydney, Australia: Gatt & Alex Backman b Cesar & Bee Boy and Fulton & Lee Morrow, Dazza won three-way over Alex Irvine and Silvio Milano, Sam Osborne b Gino Gambino, 5 Star Flash & Craven b Ricky South & Parker Tomas, Big Fudge & Jude London b Paris DeSilva & Shazza McKenzie, Savannah Summers vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Xena never got started, Tessa Blanchard & Tarlee b Savannah Summers & Xena, Matty Wahlberg b Jason Dewhusrt to keep title. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
- Stardom from today in Nagoya: Hanan b Ruaka, Saki Kashima & Natsumi b Rina & Hina, Utami Hayashishita b Chardonnay, Bea Priestley & Konami & AZM b Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano & Starlight Kid, Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora won three-way over Kagetsu & Hazuki and Hana Kimura & Mary Apache, Momo Watanabe b Natsu Sumire to keep the Wonder of Stardom title. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
- Lester Quarles, one of the great heels in Roller Games history, passed away yesterday at the age of 73 from colon cancer. He had been living in Las Vegas. Lester Quarles was the younger brother of DeWitt Quarles, one of the greatest natural skaters in history, who was with the Roller Derby Bay Bombers in the early 60s. Lester started in the early 60s with Roller Derby but switched to Roller Games in 1966. He had nowhere near the skating talent of his brother, but he had the look and promo ability, and was a tremendous heel as an infield manager in Roller Games, usually with the Texas Outlaws and other heel teams that would face teams like the Los Angeles T-Birds and Eastern Warriors. Quarles was in the hospital for a few months and then went to a rehab center for chemotherapy treatments. (thanks to Tom Wersderferer and David Katz)
- Melbourne Championship Wrestling from today in Melbourne: Aria b Bianka, Erika Reid b Vixsin-DQ, Avary b Tarlee in a falls count anywhere match, Aria & Erika Reid b Vixsin & Chanel Phoenix, Tessa Blanchard b Indi Hartwell. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
- Bruce Prichard is doing live shows on 3/22 in Sydney, Australia, 3/23 in Melbourne and 3/24 in Brisbane.
- Game Changer Wrestling from yesterday in Asbury Park, NJ: Facade b Saieve Al Sabah, Homicide b Alex Colon, Jimmy Lloyd b Rich Swann, Markus Crane & Shlak b Rejects, Eric Ryan b Brandon Kirk, Teddy Hart won over Puma King, Gringo Loco and Grim Reefer, Raver b Jeff Cannonball in a death match, Nick Gage b Jack Evans to keep GCW title.
- Masato Tanaka was announced for the Game Changer Wrestling show on 12/29 in Asbury Park for a match with PCO. He's also working on 12/28 for Absolute Intense Wrestling in Parma, OH.
- Wrestlecade from last night in Winston-Salem, NC: Hurricane Helms b Eli Drake, The Boys b Crimson & Jax Dane (Managed by Road Warrior Animal), CW Anderson b Kid Kash with Jerry Lynn as ref in an ECW rules match, Eddie Edwards & Carlito b Moose & MVP, Taya Valkyrie b Penelope Ford in a street fight with Amber O'Neil as referee, Crazzy Steve b Vampiro in a casket match, Caleb Konley won ladder match over Mil Muertes, Original Psicosis, Jason Kincaid, Marty the Moth and Luchasarus, Fallah Bahh won Battle Royal, Johnny Impact & PJ Black b Ultimo Dragon & Juventud Guerrera, NWA champion Nick Aldis b Jack Swagger.
- Big Time Wrestling on Friday night at the Newark, CA Pavilion has Johnny Impact vs. Eli Drake for the Impact title and Tessa Blanchard vs. Keira Hogan. On 12/1 in Salinas, CA at the PAL Youth Center has Impact vs. Moose and Blanchard vs.Hogan.
- The trailer for a new indie comedy feature film called, "The Marks."
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