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Raw tonight is from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Brock Lesnar is on the show. Liv Morgan vs. Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop is a top match with the winner facing Becky Lynch for the title at the Royal Rumble. Riddle & Randy Orton defend the tag titles against Otis & Chad Gable, plus Alexa Bliss returns. Tommaso Ciampa and Pete Dunne are there, but they were also there Friday and just worked a dark match.
Raw goes against the Alabama vs. Georgia college football championship game. The game would be expected to draw a considerably larger audience then the usual NFL Monday game.
This would be the toughest competition for Raw since last year's championship game. However, for whatever reason, probably because WWE picks up at the start of the year on the Road to WrestleMania, the show usually does better than during football season. Last year the game did 18.22 million viewers and 5.05 in 18-49, while Raw did 1.82 million viewers and 0.55 in 18-49.
Mike Johnson at PWInsider reported Drew McIntyre in Pittsburgh with a neck brace on. We had been told McIntyre would be getting an MRI this week on his neck. WWE talent when injured are frequently sent to Dr. Joseph Maroon, the company's head of medical, who is based in Pittsburgh.
Miesha Tate is officially moving down to 125 pounds in an attempt to get a title shot after losing a decision at bantamweight to Ketlen Vieira in November. Tate is expected to face Lauren Murphy on the 4/9 show. Murphy just lost to Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight title fight. Given there are no strong challengers for Shevchenko right now, a win by Tate has a very good chance of getting her a title fight, although she'd be a heavy underdog since Shevchenko is probably the best pound-for-pound woman fighter in the promotion, if not the world.
Based on the minute-by-minute ratings for Dynamite on Wednesday, the star segment was not the title match, nor Punk, nor Jericho, but Ruby Soho vs. Jade Cargill which peaked at 1.2 million viewers and about 650,000 in 18-49.
Deonna Purrazzo beat Rok-C to win the ROH women's title at the Impact tapings yesterday. The match will air on Impact Thursday night. The 2010 Destination X PPV will air at 3 p.m. Thursday. AXS will start its New Japan show with highlights of shows that aired on AXS from the past with either Jim Ross or Mauro Ranallo announcing starting a week from Thursday at 10 p.m., right after Impact.
A correction from the weekend. After confirming the baseball Hall of Fame rules, in which you have to hit the exact percentage to be inducted (in baseball it's 75.00%), someone who gets 60% but going to more digits is under 60.00% wouldn't be inducted so there will be four inductees to the Observer Hall of Fame in the issue out Thursday.
We are continuing our weekend polls for Impact Hard to Kill and night three of WrestleKingdom so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to email@example.com.
- A.J. Styles heads to NXT tomorrow to face Grayson Waller in a match that has been built up for weeks. Other matches are Pete Dunne vs. Tony D'Angelo in crowbar on a pole match, Xyon Quinn vs. Santos Escobar with Katrina Lopez going with the winner and Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta & Wendy Choo (formerly Mei Ying) vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter & Amari Miller.
- Alex Oliveira vs. Kevin Holland with Holland moving from middleweight to welterweight is set for the 3/5 UFC show in Las Vegas. Holland has fought at welterweight before.
- A correction from yesterday's update. In the story about Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira coming out of retirement on a gimmick boxing show on 1/30 in Brazil, it is actually his twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, also 45, who is coming out of retirement for a 220 pound weight class boxing match against former UFC fighter Leonardo Guimares.
- A story on Ricky Morton entering the Super 8 tournament from the Wrestling Estate. Morton had agreed to do the show last year but a last minute cancellation ended that. The show takes place on 3/26 at The Jersey Dugout in Morganville, NJ.
- The PFL announced a four-year deal with Century Martial Arts has the official striking equipment partner of the promotion. The deal kicks off next month with the PFL Challenger Series shows on fubo Sports network.
- Finance Buzz listed Swoggle, James Ellsworth, Tito Santana, Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Charles Wright and Sandman as among the best cameo values in sports due their low price and popularity index numbers.
- KSW's first show of the year will be Saturday night in Szczecin, Poland with two title fights. Marian Ziolkowski (23-8-1) defends the lightweight title against Borys Mankowski (22-8-1) and Tomasz Narkun (18-4) defends the light heavyweight title against Ibragim Chuzhigaev (15-5).
- Lucha Va Voom announced shows on 2/11 and 2/12 at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. All attendees must be over the age of 21 and have proof of a vaccination. Taya Valkyrie and Extreme Tiger will be on the shows.