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We are looking for reports from these shows:

  • WWE Raw in State College, PA
  • WWE Smackdown in Florence, SC
  • ROH TV tapings in Nashville (Dalton Castle vs. Punishment Martinez for ROH title, Young Bucks & Adam Page vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky for trios titles, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Baretta & Chuckie T for tag titles, Cody vs. Matt Taven, Shane Taylor vs. Marty Scurll, Jay Lethal vs. Flip Gordon, Madison Rayne vs. Mandy Leon, Brandi Rhodes vs. Karen Q)
  • WWE 205 Live in Lowell, MA (Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt)
  • WWE NXT in Sebring FL
  • Revolution Pro from York Hall in London (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. for British tag team titles, Seiya Sanada & Evil vs. Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, Will Ospreay vs. Mark Andrews, Ryan Smile vs. Adam Brooks, Jinny vs. Millie McKenzie vs. Bea Priestley for women's title, Kurtis Chapman vs. Rob Lias and CCK vs. Josh Bodom & Zack Gibson)

UFC 220 FROM THE TD GARDEN IN BOSTON

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

  • Islam Makhachev (156) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
  • Enrique Barzola (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (146)

FS1 at 8 p.m.

  • Julio Arce (146) vs. Dan Ige (145.5)
  • Dustin Ortiz (125.5) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (126)
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan (170) vs. Sabah Houmasi (171)
  • Kyle Bochniak (146) vs. Brandon Davis (146)

PPV at 10 p.m.

  • Thomas Almeida (135.5) vs. Rob Font (136)
  • Francimar Barroso (205) vs. Gian Villante (206)
  • Shane Burgos (146) vs. Calvin Kattar (145.2)
  • Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (205) for the light heavyweight title
  • Stipe Miocic (246) vs. Francis Ngannou (263) for the heavyweight title

BELLATOR MMA FROM THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES ON PARAMOUNT NETWORK AND CMT AT 9 P.M. EASTERN

  • Henry Corrales (145.8) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (145)
  • Shane Krutchen (146) vs. Aaron Pico (145.2)
  • Michael Chandler (156) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (155.9)
  • Douglas Lima (169.3) vs. Rory MacDonald (169) for Bellator welterweight title
  • Rampage Jackson (253) vs. Chael Sonnen (222) in heavyweight Grand Prix

NEW JAPAN FANTASTICA MANIA FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

  • Drone & Star Jr. vs. Puma & Disturbio
  • Soberano Jr. & Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Okumura & Sho & Yoh
  • Satoshi Kojima & Atlantis & Kushida & Hirai Kawato vs. Rush & Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
  • Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero in brothers tag team tournament
  • Mistico & Dragon Lee vs. Sanson & Cuatrero in brothers tag team tournament
  • Volador Jr. vs. Cavernario for NWA Historic welterweight title

We're looking for reports on Sunday from these shows:

  • WWE Raw in Binghamton, NY
  • WWE Smackdown in Greeneville, NC
  • WWE 205 Live in Poughkeepsie, NY (Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt)

NEW JAPAN FANTASTICA MANIA FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN EARLY MONDAY MORNING

  • Ryusuke Taguchi & Fuego vs. Puma & Disturbio
  • Star Jr. & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Kushida vs. Okumura & Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh
  • Third place match in brothers tag team tournament
  • Atlantis & Hirai Kawato vs. Cavernario & Gedo
  • Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr. & Drone vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
  • Satoshi Kojima vs. Rush
  • Brothers tag team tournament championship match

Raw is Monday night from both the Barclays Center and the Manhattan Center for the 25th Raw with a giant list of former stars, Smackdown stars, and pretty much everyone being there with Roman Reigns vs. The Miz for the IC title as the main event.

Smackdown, Mixed Match Challenge and 205 Live will be taped in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Big E & Carmella vs. The Miz & Asuka is the mixed match challenge match.

​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly 1//15/2018: Looking at WWE's latest Performance Center class

While it's hard to predict whether someone will or won't have success on the main roster, the class that's scheduled to report to the WWE Performance Center this week includes some potentially game-changing talent. Ricochet, Candice LeRae, War Machine (Ray Rowe & Hanson), Kavita Devi, Kacy Catanzaro, Rinku Singh, Shadia Bseiso, Nasser Alruwayeh, Nicolai Salchow, and Saurav Gurjar have been reported as the latest names to sign with WWE.

WON NEWSLETTER: January 22, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Paige's in-ring career with WWE over, Reigns steroid allegations, more

A look at the career of Paige and the injuries that appeared to end it is one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Read about her career, the movie on her life that is forthcoming, how the movie affected the last few years, details of the injury, how this compares to Bryan Danielson, how the movie got started, her life before WWE and her role in the changes in the WWE women's division.

Look at the situation with Conor McGregor, as well as a huge show UFC is looking at doing in the fall.

Read comments on the Roman Reigns allegations and the WWE background on how different allegations have been handled.

There are changes in plans of the rumble show, an update on a lot of talent talking with WWE, many coming into WWE, history of why Bobby Lashley left WWE, former TNA star talks wanting to move to WWE, Jey Uso's DWI arrest, notes on a lot of new talent starting at the Performance Center, Cena projects on Nickelodeon, who is coming in for 25th Raw, who isn't coming to the 25th Raw and why, and a complete scheduled for Mixed Match Challenge.

Check out how house show plans changed with the Samoa Joe injury, WWE injury notes, WWE signs new giant, UFC star's name talked about for WWE, Cena and Rock move notes, WWE stock price value and most-watched shows for the week on the WWE Network. Look at the WWE and NXT arena events over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

Look at the head-to-head battle with UFC and Bellator this week, the hoped for stardom of Francis Ngannou, Sonnen vs. Rampage, Cormier vs. Oezdemir and more.

Read about the UFC show in St. Louis and the most emotional moment in UFC television history. Plus, look at the unique nature of how the television audience changed and why the ratings were so high.

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WON BACK ISSUE: January 1, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Candidates for Wrestler of the Year, Sakuraba defeats another Gracie, more

For a year that, with the exception of the success of the WWF, was hardly a banner year for the business, there is actually no shortage of candidates for Wrestler of the Year. The Observer awards balloting results will be announced here in two weeks, but before hand, I wanted to run down a list of the top qualifiers with my own comments on them.

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Today in Professional Wrestling History: Triple H wins 2002 Royal Rumble

WRESTLING OBSERVER / F4W - WRESTLEMANIA 34 in NEW ORLEANS

Here we go again! It's back to New Orleans for Wrestlemania 34 and a huge weekend of spectacular professional wrestling related fun and wackiness. EdinSanAntonio Productions along with the Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Empire~! is proud to present the annual Wrestlemania weekend trip details. This huge weekend includes a number of website "members only" events. Below are the two events currently scheduled. Click here for full event details.

WOR Podcast Taping:Purchase TICKETS for the Wrestling Observer Radio LIVE MAILBAG~!

  • WHAT: Wrestling Observer Radio LIVE Podcast Recording with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez
  • WHEN: Friday, April 6th, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Doors open at 8:45 a.m. for VIP ticket holders and at 9:15 a.m. for general admission)
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  • WHERE: The Court of Two Sisters restaurant in downtown New Orleans; 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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