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Daily Update: ROH Final Battle, NXT shows are a hot ticket

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We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's ROH Final Battle and Wednesday night's NXT Takeover, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to Dave Meltzer

We will also be doing a poll on tomorrow night's UFC show on FOX.

UFC, New Japan and ROH all finish 2015 tomorrow.

RING OF HONOR FINAL BATTLE AT 8:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME FROM THE 2300 ARENA IN PHILADELPHIA

Cheeseburger vs. Brutal Bob preshow match on You Tube at 8:30 p.m.

Young Bucks vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe for the top contenders for the tag titles

Moose vs. Michael Elgin

Dalton Castle vs. Silas Young

Alex Shelley & Matt Sydal & ACH vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Chris Sabin

Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly

Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Fish for TV title

Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. Hanson & Ray Rowe for ROH tag titles

Jay Lethal vs. A.J. Styles for ROH title

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING TONIGHT AT 9 P.M. EASTERN FROM THE CHELSEA AT THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS ON NBC SPORTS

Ozzy Dugulubgov (7-2) vs. Nic Herron-Webb (18-6), lightweight

Robbie Peralta (18-6) vs. Sheymon Moraes (7-1), featherweight

Josh Hill (12-1) vs. Beckbulat Magomedov (16-0), bantamweight

Jake Heun  (8-4) vs. Clinton Williams (7-2), light heavyweight

Lance Palmer (10-1) vs. Alexandre Almeida (17-5) for the featherweight title

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING RETURNS AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON AXS TV

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP title - This is a replay of the 2013 match of the year.

CMLL ON CLARO SPORTS AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN AT WWW.CLAROSPORTS.COMFROM ARENA MEXICO

NEW JAPAN FROM KORAKUEN HALL LATE TONIGHT/TOMORROW MORNING AT 4:30 A.M. EASTERN AND 1:30 A.M PACIFIC ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Jushin Liger & Kushida & Jay White vs. Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Yohei Komatsu vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Sho Tanaka

Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi

Hirooki Goto & Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil

Mascara Dorada vs. Bushi for CMLL welterweight title

Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii

Saturday we're looking for reports on the WWE show from the Forum in Los Angeles with Roman Reigns' first title defense against Sheamus, plus Alberto Del Rio vs. Brock Lesnar for the U.S. title and Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for the IC title and from the ROH TV tapings in Philadelphia (Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin, Moose vs. Matt Sydal vs. Jay Briscoe vs. Dalton Cantle, Adam Page vs. Mark Briscoe and Deonna Purrazzo & Hania the Huntress vs. Mandy Leon & Sumie Sakai).

Sunday will be WWE in Winnipeg with Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus for the WWE title and Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for the IC title.

Monday will be the Slammy Award edition of Raw from the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Smackdown will air live on the USA Network at 8 p.m. on Tuesday from Des Moines.  The New Day vs. Lucha Dragons for the tag team titles has been announced.

The USA Network will air Tribute to the Troops on Wednesday night at 8 p.m., a taped show from Jacksonville.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Conor McGregor winning the UFC featherweight title, the story behind UFC 194 and the path of Roman Reigns to the WWE title are the lead stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter with coverage of so many major shows over the past week.

We look at McGregor's financial  goals, the business of UFC 194 and the records set, early PPV projections, what is next for McGregor, TV viewership numbers in the U.S. and Brazil, , as well as the path of McGregor to being the No. 1 male star in the promotion.  We look at Frankie Edgar as a contender, potential of UFC 200 if Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor are booked on the same show, the last two PPV shows, Rousey vs. McGregor as draws, Luke Rockhold's middleweight title win, looking at the Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman judging and the future of the middleweight division.

We also look at the path of Roman Reigns to the WWE title, the increased viewership on Raw, where the new viewers came from and how viewership differed from recent weeks.  We look at the reaction to Reigns, and the storylines that led to that reaction.

We've also got complete rundowns on WWE TLC, NXT Takeover, as well as all three UFC events, including match-by-match coverage, business notes, star ratings and more.

We also have a look at Mauro Ranallo's signing with WWE, his background, how the deal came to fruition and the path from announcing pro wrestling on TV while a teenage on national television in  Canada to the WWE 30 years ago, with stops in kickboxing, MMA and boxing in between.

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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE

A lot of interesting things to look out for on tonight's ROH show with Michael Elgin, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, Michael Bennett, Matt Taven and Maria Kanellis all either no longer under contract or contracts expiring shortly.  I believe Jay Lethal also fits into that category.  Tonight's lineup looks real strong on paper.  Jerry Lynn will be appearing at the Final Battle show tonight in an angle of some sort.  I'm told it will be a wrestling-heavy show.  Check out Dave Meltzer's play by play:  ROH Final Battle 2015 live results.

It was notable in a number of fighters today the physical changes.  USADA drug testing has completely changed the game for the better.  Fighters, on average, have shown up for fight week and in their first weigh-in (everyone weighs in when they get there so there are no big surprises) are about five pounds down from the average previously.  That isn't necessary PEDs, although in some cases it would be, but also people showing up with less weight to cut due to the IV ban. 

The confrontation earlier today, such as it was, between Nate Diaz and Michael Johnson

For all those talking about how TV viewership is down, the ratings in November for the three networks was identical.  Actually NBC was up 3% from last year, FOX was up 20% from last year, CBS was down 1% from last year and ABC was down 15% from last year.  The increases and decreases were largely sports related.  NBC had a good month for Sunday Night Football.  FOX had the world Series.  ABC had lower rated college football games.  Cable was down 8% for the month but many cable stations were up.  USA had a big decline overall and WWE's decline was part of it.

WWE

  • The NXT show in Royal Oak, MI is sold out.  
  • The pre-sale for the 4/1 NXT show in Dallas sold out in 30 minutes.  The public sale should sell out instantly. 
  • The last we heard, they are down to selling standing room tickets for NXT in Milwaukee on 1/14 after seated tickets sold out.
  • The movie "Santa's Little Helper" will air at 8 p.m. Sunday on the USA Network.  The Miz and Paige are both in the movie.  It starts WWE week on the network.
  • Sky Sports 2 in the U.K. will be doing an all day Christmas Eve WWE programming marathon starting on 12/24 at 6 a.m. including DVD profiles and documentaries. (thanks to Lee Wall)
  • Tickets must not be selling well for a house show on 2/13 in Fresno as they have offered four tickets for the price of two, six for the price of three or eight for the price of four starting on Monday and ending on Wednesday.  Announced as the top matches, which mean nothing at this point, are Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus for the WWE title and Kane vs Bray Wyatt.
  • A story on Titus O'Neil working with the homeless in Tampa
  • Kyle Walker is a fan of Neville

UFC

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A battle of wrestling standouts with former NCAA champion Darion Caldwell (8-0) vs. Joe Warren (13-4) will headline a 3/4 Bellator show in Thackerville, OK. 
  • Bellator announced that 18-year-old A.J. McKee, the son of Antonio McKee, had signed a multi-year contract with the promotion.  McKee, a featherweight, has a 3-0 record with all of his fights being since his April debut in Bellator.
  • Joey Ryan has signed a sponsorship deal with YouPorn Sports, a newly created division of the YouPorn adult entertainment web site.  As part of the deal, Ryan's new finishing move will be called the YouPorn Plex and he will model YouPorn clothing at his wrestling appearances.  The YouPorn plex will be the move he got fame from last week in DDT.
  • Jay Lethal talks Final Battle
  • ACW tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in New Port Richey, FL at the All Sports Arena.
  • Abyss (Chris Park) is doing a seminar at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Toronto at the Lithuanian House for $50.  You are asked to arrive by 1:45 p.m. to sign in.  It's open to wrestlers of all levels.
  • PWE Eclipse on 2/27 in Oshawa, ONT at Legion br. 43 with Cody Deaner, Ethan Page, Buxx Belmar ad Tyler Tirva. 

Here is today's FULL Daily Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/18): Daniel Bryan becomes WWE World Champion