POST-WRESTLEMANIA RAW SOLD OUT
The Monday Night Raw on April 4th in Dallas, Texas, AKA the night after WrestleMania show, officially sold out immediately today. Most tickets were sold yesterday in the pre-sale, as unlike some concert promoters, WWE doesn’t restrict the pre-sale to certain limited blocks of tickets.
Upcoming Event Schedule
NEW JAPAN TAG TOURNAMENT ON NEW JAPAN WORLD FROM KOBE
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Michael Bennett & Matt Taven
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano
Saturday has WWE house shows in Augusta, GA (Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, plus Big Show, New Day, Dudleys, Charlotte and Paige), WWE in Fayetteville, NC (Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose, Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler, Rusev vs. Ryback), NXT in Citrus Springs, FL and ROH in Fort Lauderdale at the War Memorial (Jay Lethal & Donovan Dijak vs. Young Bucks, Roderick Strong vs. Delirious for TV title, Matt Sydal vs. Jay Briscoe, Bobby Fish vs. ACH, Adam Cole vs. Kenny King, Moose vs. Dalton Castle vs. Cheeseburger vs. Rhett Titus, Mark Briscoe vs. Will Ferrara plus War Machine and Kyle O'Reilly).
LIVE ON NEW JAPAN WORLD FROM NAGOYA AT 2 A.M. EASTERN AND 11 P.M. PACIFIC LATE TONIGHT
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan & Sho Tanaka vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Ryuske Taguchi & Mascara Dorada & Yohei Komatsu
Jay White & David Finlay vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Juice Robinson vs. A.J. Styles (who is unlikely to be wrestling due to his back injury) & Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Kushida vs. Matt Taven & Michael Bennett & Gedo
Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil
Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi
Sunday has WWE in Charlotte (Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, plus New Day, Dudleys, Charlotte and Paige) and in Florence, SC (Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose, Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler, Rusev vs. Ryback).
Raw will be live Monday in North Charleston, SC. Nothing special has been announced for the show.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Jacksonville.
Figure Four Weekly
Figure Four Weekly (11/23/15): Lots of Updates in Hulk Hogan-Gawker case
Lots of news including a win for Gawker, the new police report, the remaining mysteries of the case, what Bubba the Love Sponge is saying, and more.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Mick Foley's talk on WWE creative and a look at all the new moves WWE tried this week on television is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at the changes WWE attempted after a week of record low ratings, as well as the fan questionnaire sent out, what can be learned from it, and why they are asking exactly the wrong people.
We also look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current WWE business, as well as why the ratings may be important, but other factors are probably more important,when it comes to WWE's next television deal. We look at the different potential changes in the landscape look at what aspects of business are and aren't improving, as well as WWE's business in the big picture.
He also update the situation with A.J. Styles, and the New Japan tag team tournament with standings and notes on the tournament matches over the past week.
We also look at the TLC PPV update, more on La Sombra in WWE, questions about all the shoulder injuries, WWE security at live shows, Cena movie release, Brad Maddox firing, Maddox's WWE history, talents WWE has shown interest in, WWE overseas tour lineup and WWE weekend live event notes and business.
We have a look at the debut of the new Rizin promotion, major announcements for the first weekend of shows, the tournament, just how big Bob Sapp vs Akebono was the first time.
We also have a story on the domestic abuse claims by the girlfriend of Tomoaki Honma, and his response.
We look at the realities of the free agency of Benson Henderson, judging of the key fights, as well as full rundown of UFC's debut in South Korea this past week.
We've got notes of TNA's canceled tour of India, notes on the death of Tommy Gilbert and El Bello Greco, along with a feature on Stan Holek, a member of two of the most decorated tag teams of the 50s and 60s, the Lisowski Brothers with Crusher and the Neilson Brothers with Art Neilson. We look at the unique reason why all of his success was as a tag team wrestler, his biggest rivals, and his 13 runs as world tag team champion.
We've got a feature on the retirement of Act Yasukawa and the sad reason it happened.
We've also got the awards ballot for the 2015 awards and information on how well Hell in a Cell did this year on PPV.
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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE
AJ Styles is officially off the NJPW tour. No word yet on his status for the ROH PPV on Dec 18th or the Tokyo Dome show on Jan 4.
UFC’s YouTube channel has put up a lot of hype videos for next week’s three cards, including episode #1 of UFC Embedded for Thursday’s “Paige and Sage” Fight Pass card, a preview of the Embedded-branded countdown show for UFC 194, Paige Vanzant vs. Alex Chambers from UFC 191 as a free fight to hype the Fight Pass card, Robin Black’s technical breakdown of Aldo vs. McGregor for The Fight Network, and a promo pushing that the winner of Aldo-McGregor joins Ronda Rousey on the EA Sports UFC 2 cover.
- A note on the Stampede Wrestling shows added to WWE Network this week: A number of people have been commenting on just how good they look. The shows were shot on film (presumably 16 millimeter) and it looks as if WWE has the original reels and got those re-scanned in HD instead of converting old transfers to standard definition video tape. That would mean that these are the first older wrestling shows available in HD. 16mm or better film is effectively higher resolution than HD, which is why old movies (as well as TV shows shot on film) look so stunning when released in HD for the first time.
- WWE’s “Owen: Hart of Gold” Owen Hart set will be released this Tuesday on DVD and Blu-Ray and can be pre-ordered now. WWE released a teaser of the documentary (and “Owen Tales” rib story special features) on the network during the week.
- Shooto Brasil airs on UFC Fight Pass starting at 5 pm eastern today. UFC has been pushing the fact that Michael Bisping will be doing commentary far more than any of the fighters on the card who, quite frankly, are virtual unknowns in North America. Main event is a Lightweight title bout between Ronys Torres and Wallace Lopes.
- The Fight Network in Canada will air UFC 189, probably the card of the year, tomorrow at 9 pm eastern. They’ll replay it several times over the next week.
- Meisha Tate had lots to say since she was shut out of a title shot in favor of Holly Holm, but now believes with Rousey’s loss to Holm it shakes up the division and she may get her title shot anyways.
- If you wondered how well, or in this case how little referees are paid to work the UFC matches. Check this article out. Big John's UFC 194 pay.
- Bellator 147 live results: Josh Thomson vs Pablo Villaseca
- One Championships : Kingdom of Khmer results from earlier today
- On the latest episode of the 6:05 Superpodcast, David Bixenspan and Brian Last talk about Vince Russo’s earliest days in wrestling with his radio show, the most horrifying botched spot they’ve ever seen, Ole Anderson as a Hall of Fame candidate, the real story behind the AWA Team Challenge Series, and much more.
- Metro Pro Wrestling returns to the Turner Rec Center on Saturday night, December 5 with "Yoga Monster" Mike Sydal vs. The Math Magician; Tag Team Championship Elimination Match: The King Brothers (c) vs. The American Bulldogs vs. The Commission vs. Kobra Kai Dojo; Kansas Championship Match: Redwing (c) vs. Kraig Keesaman; Central States Championship Match: Ace Steel (c) vs. "Rock 'n Roll Express's" Ricky Morton and 60-minute Iron Man Match for the Metro Pro Championship - Jeremy Wyatt (c) vs. Mark Sterling. If Wyatt loses, he is fired!
Don't forget today's FULL Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/05): Young/Roode win NWA Tag Team Titles