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  • James Storm vs. El Texano Jr.
  • Matt Sydal vs. Tyson Dux
  • Loser of the fall wears a turkey suit: Eddie Edwards & Dick Justice & Allie & Garza Jr. & Fallah Bahh vs. KM & El Hijo del Fantasma & Chris Adonis & Caleb Konley & Laurel Van Ness


  • David Finlay & Katsuya Kitamura vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
  • Togi Makabe & Henare vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
  • Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • War Machine vs. Baretta & Chucky T

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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Bryan and I have a new show just posted today up on the site covering the history of wrestling on Thanksgiving, Smackdown, WWE & UFC TV negotiations and more.

Former Hodge Trophy winner and Olympian Ben Askren's retirement fight against Shinya Aoki will be on tomorrow's One show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Askren will be defending his welterweight title.

New Japan tag team tournament results from the show in Kobe, Japan today:

  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens (2-0) beat Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (1-1)
  • Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (1-1) beat Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (0-2)
  • Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (1-1) beat Evil & Sanada (0-2)
  • Juice Robinson & Sami Callihan (2-0) beat Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto (1-1)


  • Derek Anderson pulled out of the 12/1 Bellator show in Thackerville, OK due to an injury and is being replaced by David "Caveman" Rickels against Adam Piccolotti at the WinStar World Casino.
  • MCW on 12/1 in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena features an appearance by Sgt. Slaughter. Joey Mercury vs. The Bruiser is the main event. They also announced that on 2/17 they will have Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and J.J. Dillon together along with Rosa Mendes.
  • Rockstar Pro Wrestling tonight in Dayton at 7:30 p.m. headlined by Trey Miguel vs. Jeremiah.
  • CZW Cage of Death on 12/9 in Sewell, NJ at the Rastelli's Complex with Rickey Shane Page vs. Shane Strickland vs. Joe Gacy and Joey Janela vs. MJF, along with Jimmy Havoc vs. Jimmy Jacobs.
  • Innovative Wrestling on 12/2 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.
  • MLW announced its third show of the new run would be 1/11 in Orlando at Gilt Nightclub featuring Matt Riddle.
  • For the MLW show on 12/7 in Orlando, if you go to and use the code WON, and you are a subscriber, you can get $5 off all tickets. 
  • AAW on Saturday at the Logan Square Auditorium in  Chicago has Rey Fenix vs. Jimmy Jacobs for the AAW title, Penta 0M vs. Zema Ion for the Heritage title, David Starr & Trevor Lee vs. Eddie Kingston & AR Fox, Shane Strickland vs. Fred Yehi, Dave & Jake Crist vs. Trey Miguel & Stephen Wolf, Sammy Guevera vs. ACH, Flip Gordon vs. Myron Reed and more.  They also run 12/2 in LaSalle, IL with the finals of their women's title tournament with Candice LeRae vs. Jessicka Havok as the last qualifer and the winner joining Ivelisse and Rachael Ellering in a three-way for the title, plus Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega vs. Shane Strickland & Keith Lee, Trevor Lee vs. Hurricane Helms, Jimmy Jacobs vs. David Starr, Matt Riddle vs. ACH, AR Fox vs. Sammy Guevara vs. Myron Reed and more.
  • CWO at The Rockpile in Toronto on 12/10.
  • IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand: Brook Duncan b Kingi, Danny Jacobs b Mitch Gray James Shaw d Liger, Michael Richards b Oliver Griffin, Privileged b Short & Sweet, Candy Lee b Ashlee Spencer, Mr. Burns b JB Bennett. Next show is 12/16 with fans bringing weapons. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
  • Combate Americas will be live on Telemundo at midnight Eastern on 12/1 with a show from San Antonio headlined by Kyra Batara (6-4) vs. Paulina Granados (4-2) from the Freeman Coliseum. Alberto Del Rio will be calling the action on the show.
  • Tito Santana was announced for the Legends of Wrestling & Professional Sports Convention for 2/24 in Winnipeg at the CanAd Inns Garden City.
  • CBPW on 12/9 in Kitchener, ONT at 69 Agnes St.
  • wXw from Saturday night in Dresden Germany: Laurance Roman won 10 man Battle Royal, Ilja Dragunov b Da Mack, Alexander James b Jurn Simmons, Ivan Kiev b Laurance Roman to keep the Shotgun title, Timothy Thatcher & Walter b Bobby Gunns & Jaxon Stone to keep the tag titles, Robert Dreissker & Julian Nero won three-way over Dirty Dragan & Emil Sitcoli and Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet, Martina b Jinny, John Klinger b Chris Colen in a ladder match to keep the wXw title. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
  • ECWA on Saturday night in Atlantic City at The Showboat Hotel with Tony Atlas appearing.
  • Battlewar on 12/8 in Montreal at Les Foufounes Electriques.
  • Smash Wrestling on Saturday night in Sarnia, ONT with Mark Andrews, Matt Cross, Joe Hendry and Tyson Dux.
  • Destiny Pro Wrestling on 1/21 in Mississauaga, ONT at the Battlarts Academy with Pete Dunne vs. Austin Aries.
  • GCW Seasons Beatings on 12/27 in Oshawa, ONT at Pop Culture Canada.

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