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We're looking for reports from today's Raw show in Huntsville, AL and Smackdown in Roanoke, VA to

Raw will be live on Monday night in Knoxville. There is also a Smackdown house show on Monday night in Charleston, SC.


  • Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Juice Robinson & Sami Callihan
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi
  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
  • Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Evil & Seiya Sanada

Smackdown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday in Lexington, KY with A.J. Styles vs. Singh Brothers in a handicap match and Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton.

Wednesday will be NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 11/20/2017: Five standouts from Survivor Series weekend

While an overbooked main event on Sunday didn't end things on the best note, Survivor Series weekend mostly lived up to the huge promise it had going in. NXT put on another excellent TakeOver special, with every match on the card serving its purpose. Even with the changes, War Games was a spectacle that justified WWE bringing back the concept.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:November 27, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE/UFC TV contract negotiations, Survivor Series review, more

The single most important business story for both WWE and UFC, regarding the biggest stable revenue stream for both, television rights fees, is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer. With UFC's contract coming due in 2018 and WWE in 2019, look at official talks by UFC, unofficial talks by WWE, the uniqueness that the same person is negotiating both new contracts, how they are intertwined, who had expressed interest in UFC and what kind of money do they want and what is being offered, and how WWE strongly ties into all this. Look at the money both companies are getting, the current exposure, and who are the big players in the game. Also look at the risks of WWE leaving USA and why a drop in ratings may still be strongly to their benefit.

Look at the details of how and why the planned Royal Rumble main event match is no longer taking place. Look at the reasons behind it as well as the complete 2018 WWE PPV schedule, and why WWE is cutting back on shows and changing the format in others.

This issue has complete Survivor Series weekend coverage, including business notes, why things took place the way they did, injury updates, what did and didn't work along with poll results and match-by-match coverage plus star ratings.

Check out full coverage of the NXT Takeover special, the changes in War Games and business notes.

Plus, more on ticket sales for the Tokyo Dome show and the history of those ticket sales, as well as negotiations updated regarding viewership of the show in the U.S.

Read why Roman Reigns won the IC title, update on John Cena's schedule, Jennifer Hudson-David Otunga breakup, Ric Flair's lawsuit against his former agents, a potential new WWE TV show, why NXT is taping at Center Stage, A.J. Styles talks his future including retirement, details of all the women that were brought up to the main roster, Kevin Owens documentary, WWE cancels another show, weird WWE Network mailer, the real story behind the origination of Starrcade, and notes on this year's Tribute to the Troops show.

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WON BACK ISSUE: WON Back Issue: The History of Pro Wrestling on Thanksgiving

A long time ago....In a galaxy far far, well, not that far away..... “Starrcade 83, don’t miss your chance to be part of the sports event of a lifetime. See Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine, first time ever in a collar match. A Flare for the Gold, Ric Flair vs. Harley Race for the world heavyweight championship and Jack & Jerry Brisco vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood for the world tag team title. Starrcade 83, Greensboro Coliseum, a Flare for the Gold, don’t you miss it.”

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The weekend Observer radio show is up on the site right now.

For what it's worth, this is the WWE poll on who should face Brock Lesnar next:

  • Braun Strowman 10%
  • Bray Wyatt 3%
  • Dean Ambrose 1%
  • HHH 4%
  • Roman Reigns 5%
  • Seth Rollins 3%
  • Finn Balor 64%
  • Samoa Joe 6%
  • Other 4%

The reason Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson weren't at the Starrcade show last night as first advertised is they were pulled to work on the Nashville card, which was the Raw crew show.

Coco, which is the top rated movie for the Thanksgiving weekend, grossing an estimated $49.02 million in its opening weekend, has a cameo gag involving El Santo. Daddy's Home 2, which features John Cena, was No. 5 at $13.25 million, putting it at $72.7 million in three weeks of domestic release. (thanks to Irv Muchnick) 

Today's New Japan tag team  tournament results from Nagoya:

  • Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb (2-1) b David Finlay & Katsuya Kitamura (0-3)
  • Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (3-0) b Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (1-2)
  • Baretta & Chucky T (2-1) b Henare & Togi Makabe (0-3)
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (2-1) beat War Machine (2-1)

I'm on the 6:05 podcast talking about trips to Japan with Kurt Brown and Jeff Bowdren. It is available at & iTunes.


  • Chris Jericho has started his own YouTube channel. (thanks to James Ryder)


  • AAW from last night in Chicago before a sellout of 580 fans in what multiple reports are calling the company's best show of the year and DJZ vs. Penta 0M may have been the best show in company history: Dave & Jake Crist b Trey Miguel & Stephen Wolf, Jake Something & Brubaker & Curt Stallion & Connor Braxton b Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett & Paco & Colt Cabana, Shane Strickland b Fred Yehi, Myron Reed b Flip Gordon, Eddie Kingston & A.R. Fox b David Starr & Trevor Lee, ACH b Sammy Guevara, DJZ b Penta 0M to win the Heritage title, Rey Fenix b Jimmy Jacobs to retain the AAW title. (thanks to Derek Walker of and David Gould)
  • John Lister reviews the new Brian Pillman book.
  • PWA on 12/1 in Guelph, ONT at the Red Chevron with Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Eric Cairnie in the main event.
  • Pro Wrestling Chaos: All or Nothing from yesterday in Bristol, UK:  Big Grizzly b Beano in a ladder match, Nathan Bane b Chris Andrews, Brotherhood b Project Lucha to retain the Knights of Chaos title, Marty Scurll b Dick Riley, Mike Bird & Drew Parker b Mikey Whiplash & Joey Janela, Jackel & Gideon and Charlie Sterling & E Ryan, Jinny b Sierra Loxton to keep the Maiden of Chaos title, Matt Riddle b Eddie Dennis to win the Pro Wrestling Chaos title. (thanks to Tom Hennings)
  • In today's episode of the comic strip The Knight Life, two characters are talking, one wants a military man in the White House to overthrow Cheto with a sleeper hold and overthrows him. The other says, "Wouldn't that be a military coup?" And the other responds, "Not if it's done in a Lucha Libre mask and tiny wrestling shorts." (thanks to Brian Henke)
  • Rise is doing a fan participation beta test on their site for $1, and will air a match for fans to watch. They will determine from the test if they can do an iPPV this coming Friday night for their all women's show in South Gate, CA featuring Mercedes Martinez vs. Toni Storm, Delilah Doom vs Rosemary in a cage match and Lufisto vs Dust in a barbed wire match.
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in St. Louis: Roy Lewis b Jackal, Frodo Meyer b Ricky Rodriguez, Savanna Stone b Snitch, Elvis Aliaga b Aaron Dzinic, Victor Von Stein & Xavier Shadowz won three-way over Keon Option & Justin D'Air and Jon Webb & Jack Gamble, Adrian Surge b Jaden Roller, Makaze NC Brandon Aaraons. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Netflix is now airing the movie "Bushwick" which features Dave Bautista. Bautista has been in talks about returning to WWE.
  • Big League Wrestling from today in the U.K. saw Alberto El Patron beat Matt Riddle via submission in the main event, plus Jamie Hayter b Ayesha Raymond to become the BLW women's champion. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Empire State Wrestling from last night in Niagara Falls, NY: Gregory Iron won Battle Royal, Cheech & Colin Delaney b Nick Ando & Cloudy, Anthony Gaines b Coconut Jones to win ESW Interstate title, Cougar Brothers b Randy Philbrick & Andrew Carvatta-COR, Brandon Thurston b Mikey Everynite, Frankie Feathers b Ethan Page, Kevin Bennett won over Bill Collier, Matt Sydal, Kevin Blackwood, Sean Carr and Gregory Iron to win the Ilio DiPaolo Cup and earning him a title shot at his choosing, Kevin Bennett cashed in and beat R.J. City and Braxton Sutter to win the ESW title, Vince Valor & MVP b The Fraternity. (thanks to Todd Brantley)

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Starrcade 1987 vs. first Survivor Series


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