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Daily Update: New Day record, Roadblock matches, Emmalina absent


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We're looking for reports from Philadelphia with the non-Raw matches, Main Event stuff, dark matches and anything else not evident from the live show, as well as reports from the Smackdown show in Roanoke, VA and NXT show in Sydney, Australia to

We're also looking for reports on the WWE Saturday night show in Norfolk, and yesterday's show in Greenevile, NC to

Smackdown, Tribute to the Toops and 205 Live are all being taped in Washington, DC. today, as Randy Orton returns to the tour.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 12/05/2016: More history of pro wrestling in California

As 1979 went on, additional problems started to develop for promoters in California, but especially for Roy Shire in Northern California. Both wrestlers and promoters alike were revolting in different ways, and while the former was nothing new, the latter was a bit out of the ordinary. Shire had slowly been pulling out.. Subscribers click here to continue.

WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: December 12, 2016 Linda McMahon given Trump cabinet position, WWE TLC review, more

A look at Linda McMahon being named to Donald Trump's cabinet is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer newsletter. Find out what has been said that is totally misleading about her background, the background of Vince McMahon buying the WWF, her previous comments on Trump and others from wrestling who have been in similar positions.

This issue contains TLC show run down, with poll results, match-by-match coverage with star ratings, notes on the next set of Smackdown angles, where Raw is going for the next PPV and business notes on the show.

News on the Jerry Lawler and Lita situation, an update on the Jimmy Snuka manslaughter case, lots of WWE Network news and new surveys, John Cena and Dwayne Johnson updates on work outside of wrestling, new bookings for Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg, notes on two athletes WWE is looking at signing, Olympic gold medalist getting a tryout, WWE star gets engaged, former WWE stars returning, WWE product commercial awarded, update on several injuries, and a look at the most watched shows on the WWE Network this past week, all in this big issue of the Observer.

Also, check out the business notes regarding all the WWE and NXT live arena events held around the world over the past week, including highlights of every show.

Have a look at ROH's biggest event of the year, Final Battle, with a look at the show, contract updates, the story behind the Young Bucks vs. Hardys match, why Cody Rhodes turned, business notes and star ratings.

Coverage of the UFC TUF finale and the Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott title match, how close the Joseph Benavidez vs. Henry Cejudo fight really was, business notes on the show, and how much everyone on the show earned, all inside this issue.

Lastly, there are details on the ratings for all the national shows over the past week, including breakdown of who was watching all of the WWE shows, plus results of the major league arena events held all over the world this past week, as well as notes on the various TV shows... Subscribers click here to continue.

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WON BACK ISSUE:November 22, 1999 WWF Survivor Series review, Austin neck trouble, more - In an industry with no rules, regulations or morals, there is nothing that happened this week that was out of the ordinary. And that's sad. The big story this week should have been that the biggest star in wrestling today, has his career in jeopardy due to finding out just how badly thrashed his neck is... Subscribers click here to continue.



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  • The New Day successfully defended their titles twice on Raw last night to ensure that they would break Demolition’s record and become the longest reigning tag champs in WWE history.
  • Last night’s show also saw the addition of two more matches to this Sunday’s Roadblock card. Sami Zayn will be getting his match against Braun Strowman after being granted it by Mick Foley, and Big Cass will face Rusev as part of their ongoing feud.
  • Emmalina failed to appear on last night’s Raw as was advertised. Another video advertising that her makeover would premiere soon was on the show instead.
  • 205 Live was taped before Raw last night.
  • There will be a battle royal to determine number one contenders for the Wyatt Family’s tag titles on SmackDown tonight. AJ Styles will also defend his WWE Championship against James Ellsworth.
  • Bray Wyatt tweeted to Matt Hardy about the invitation he sent to the Wyatt Family to appear on Total Nonstop Deletion. Of course, no one from WWE was involved in the show.
  • Randy Orton talks to SI’s Extra Mustard about his match with Brock Lesnar, and his role in the upcoming movie “Shooter.”
  • Good news, all you fans of Ric Flair and chicken wings -- Flair is headed to the wing bowl in Philadelphia.
  • The Feb. 13 edition of RAW will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, tickets on sale Friday December 16th.
  • The Valentine’s day edition of SmackDown LIVE will be in Anaheim at the Honda Center. Tickets on sale this Friday.


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  • Tokyo Sports released their year-end awards list.
  • Vader tweeted that he recently got potentially good news regarding his health.
  • Cris Cyborg is now a US citizen.
  • Former UFC and Pride Fighting Championship fighter "Big Daddy" Gary Goodridge talks his friendship with Goldberg and how he thinks Bill would have done in MMA at this link. Goodridge then breaks down why he feels CM Punk did so poorly in his recent UFC fight at this link.
  • A clip of an interview that Triple H did in 2008 where he claimed that President-elect Donald Trump called Vince McMahon to make sure he was alright after the 2007 limo explosion angle is circulating around the internet today.
  • Here is an interview with DDT wrestling star Shigehiro Irie about his trip to America including facing Chris Hero, the differences between American and Japanese crowds, his favorite American food and much more!
  • 2K today announced that WWE 2K17’s New Moves Pack is now available as downloadable content, enabling access to a wide variety of in-game moves.  
  • Pro Wrestling Sheet has obtained surveillance footage that shows ex-WWE star Shad Gaspard dominating a man who threatened him with an air-soft gun this weekend.
  • ROH: Holiday shopping has never been so affordable for members of Honor Nation: ALL merchandise, including hats, t-shirts, DVDs, and more will be 10% off for all customers and 25% for RINGSIDE MEMBERS! The sale ends Friday December 16 at 11:59 PM and all orders come with FREE US SHIPPING!
  • King Mo speaks to Submission Radio about how Chael Sonnen reached out and helped him in the hospital, his issues with MMA judges, fighting in Dublin, why Fedor isn't past his prime and who he'd fight between Sonnen and Fedor.
  • Frank Shamrock returned to Submission Radio this week to reveal some untold stories about almost fighting Mike Tyson, when he got disillusioned with MMA,his thoughts on the MMAAA and Conor McGregor. When it comes to getting a stake in the company, Shamrock believes it's something that McGregor deserves: “Oh, a hundred percent and I think he should exercise it until he gets it. I mean, that’s what I did. That’s how I’m chilling and hanging out and enjoying my life. I was able to break my contract and took equity in Strikeforce, launched that and sold it back to ‘em. So there’s many ways to get paid, but when you have as much power as him, this is when you do a power move like I did and walk away. Like, see ya, good luck with your promotion, let me know how it works out for you.”
  • The New Yorker has an interesting look at what the Hulk Hogan / Gawker lawsuit could mean for the first amendment, especially as it pertains to president-elect Trump.

Today in Professional Wrestling History (12/13): Jerry Lawler unifies the AWA & World Class titles