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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 12/12/2016 The Paige/Alberto Del Rio relationship isn't funny anymore

International Wrestling Revolution Group, or IWRG, has been one of Mexico's top independent promotions for over two decades. Yet aside from the period where it was the Mexican home of Ultimo Dragon's students when Toryumon was getting off the ground, the promotion rarely got much international attention... Subscribers click here to continue.

WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: December 19, 2016 Vice article on WWE behind the scenes, Wrestlekingdom 11 card, more

A look at the inner workings of WWE and the latest change in creative is the lead story of a double-issue this week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also, a look at the greatest tag teams of all-time, New Japan's Tokyo Dome show, WWE house show rules, Japanese awards, American awards and what exactly happened in incidents with Alberto Del Rio and Shad Gaspard over the past week.

The lead story covers the major Vice story on the WWE, including Shane McMahon's attempt to get control of creative, the situation with Kevin Dunn, Paul Levesque and Stephanie McMahon, when Stephanie McMahon was in creative, insiders talk Vince McMahon's philosophy, the firing of the No. 3 guy in creative and how it went down, and updated notes about the WWE Network, the current audience and the company's future.

This issue has a look at the ratings John Cena drew for Saturday Night Live, an update on A.J. Styles' ankle injury, Zack Ryder injury, Jerry Lawler talks being let go, Finn Balor's return, WWE looking to get outside funding and why stockholders are concerned, more on the WWE Network, projections for WWE business in 20-16 and network numbers, Chris Hero and WWE update, legend to do a coaching gig with WWE, and notes on a lot of new talent signing and new talent trying out.  

Finally, this issue has coverage of UFC 206, including what's next for the various stars of the show, business notes on the show, early PPV estimates, ratings news, plus match-by-match coverage and poll results from the show... 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.

TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

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  • SmackDown & 205 Live will air tonight from Detroit.
  • It was announced on last night’s episode of Raw that Roman Reigns would once again challenge Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble in January. As a stipulation for the match, Chris Jericho will be suspended above the ring in a shark cage to stop him from interfering.
  • With Reigns scheduled for the Universal title match, it’s possible that he won’t be a participant in this year’s Rumble match.
  • Last night also saw new directions for the women’s division with programs pitting Charlotte Flair against Bayley and Sasha Banks against Nia Jax starting.
  • Rich Swann & TJ Perkins will face Neville & Brian Kendrick on tonight’s edition of 205 Live.
  • Finn Balor reflected on his injury and said that the target is still to be back in time for WrestleMania in an interview with ESPN.
  • New Raw tag titles were introduced on Raw last night as Mick Foley awarded new champions Cesaro & Sheamus the new belts with red straps.
  • Triple H discussed WWE’s plans for the UK market and had some praise for Will Ospreay in an interview with ESPN.
  • The Miami Herald has an article on Chad Gable.
  • Zack Ryder tweeted that he may be out anywhere from 4-9 months after undergoing knee surgery.

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING

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UFC / MMA

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VARIETY

  • Sting was featured in a parody video released by the Dallas Cowboys today with him assuming the role of the team’s "intimidation coach."
  • 2K today announced availability of the first update to WWE SuperCard – Season 3, the latest iteration of 2K’s popular WWE collectible card-battling game. Today’s update, which begins releasing today for iOS and Android devices, features the Throwback Plus Pack.
  • EPISODE 19 - Bow Down to the Queen (Of Rings), Current Global Force Wrestling wrestler Lei'D Tapa! During WrestleCade weekend in Winston-Salem, NC, the Queen (Of Rings) sit down backstage to have an elegant & wildly entertaining interview. Also with her is her longtime husband & manager Royal Red.
  • HPW Wrestling begins their 19th Straight year of bring Pro Wrestling to Columbus, IN Saturday January 7th at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. This is a packed show with 7 Big Matches and the Return of FLASH FLANAGAN!!! 4 HPW Title Matches All your favorite HPW Stars in action.
  • Former TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion Thea Trinidad was the latest guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. She credits Tommy Dreamer for giving her a break in the business, as well as Rey Mysterio and Lita as inspirations. Trinidad also explained how her relationship with Aries started out, and her experience in NXT wrestling Asuka.

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