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We're looking for reports tonight from these shows to

  • WWE in Knoxville last night
  • ROH in Atlanta last night
  • ROH in Concord, NC tonight
  • WWE in Huntsville AL (Raw) and Lexington, KY (Smackdown tonight)

We're also looking for your thoughts on the NXT UK Takeover show from yesterday, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to


  • Jay Lethal vs. Dalton Castle for ROH title
  • Kelly Klein vs. Jenny Rose street fight for WOH title
  • Marty Scurll & Body King & PCO vs. Silas Young & Mark & Jay Briscoe
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Shane Taylor vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Rhett Titus Proving Ground mach
  • Bandido vs. PJ Black
  • Matt Taven & TK O'Ryan & Vinny Marseglia vs. Shane Helms & Delirious & Luchasaururs in a Proving Ground mach
  • Baretta & Chuckie T vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
  • Mark Haskins vs. Beer City Bruiser

Monday is Raw in Memphis. Announced is Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley for the IC title and Ronda Rousey & Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax & Tamina.

Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live tapings in Birmingham. Announced for Smackdown is a Miz TV celebrating Shane McMahon's birthday (he turns 49), Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade Cien Almas, Carmella vs. Sonya Deville and a Buddy Murphy non-title open challenge on 205 Live.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: All Elite Wrestling becomes official

As the clock struck midnight and we entered 2019, All Elite Wrestling finally became official. Weeks of speculation culminated with AEW being formally announced at the end of a Being the Elite episode that was released at midnight Pacific time on January 1, 2019. With that came the announcement of Double or Nothing, which is the sequel to All In. While there are plenty of questions about what the roster for AEW will look like, the initial group of wrestlers has started to come into focus. 

WON NEWSLETTER: January 14, 2018 Observer Newsletter: All Elite Wrestling details, Tokyo Dome, more

The most detailed coverage of All Elite Wrestling heads up the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Take an extensive look at the promotion, from its beginnings, background on its owners, its front office structure, senior management, contracts with the top guys, different concessions, other stars being talked with, details behind the Chris Jericho signing, an update on Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi, and more on proposed television deals.

Look at the New Japan WrestleKingdom show. Read about the top matches, changing of talent, MSG show, Bullet Club changes, business surrounding WrestleKingdom big shows of 2019 and early 2020 as well as full coverage of the Dome show with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

Read about the life of “mean” Gene Okerlund, his background before wrestling, his death and his wrestling career.

Look at the NXT UK Takeover show, update on several injured WWE stars, most watched WWE videos of 2018, new executive hire, and an injured wrestler may become an announcer.

Go in-depth on the Jon Jones situation covering the test results, how the story changed, what the experts said, what is misleading as well as the world of drug testing and PED usage.

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The weekend show that Bryan and I did is already up on the site.

At last night's ROH tapings in Atlanta, a babyface group called Lifeblood was put together of Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Bandido, Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams and Tenille Dashwood. People were also raving about Bandido vs. Haskins and how well both got over on their first night with the company.

We also heard great things about the tag title change in Impact last night with Fenix & Pentagon Jr. beating LAX. It was said to be a better match than from Sunday's PPV show. I believe the air date of that match will be 2/1. One of AAA's biggest stars, Psycho Clown, worked the tapings the last two nights.

Chris Sabin suffered a knee injury at last night's ROH show in Atlanta. We're awaiting an update on it.


  • Charlotte Flair is off this weekend's Smackdown tour because she was brought to the U.K. to do publicity and appear on the Takeover show last night.
  • Glenn Jacobs was at last night's WWE house show in Knoxville presenting a check for $100,000 to first responders in the county through the Public Safety foundation which was a WWE donation based on Jacobs working the Australia and Saudi Arabia shows and the Raws building those shows.
  • Lacey Evans, Nikki Cross, Heavy Machinery and EC 3 are booked for television in both Memphis and Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday. That just means they are booked to be there not that they will necessarily wrestle on the show. Last week Evans, EC 3 and Heavy Machinery all worked dark matches at television. There is nothing new regarding Lars Sullivan past what is in the current Observer.
  • If you didn't see it, I'd highly recommend WWE's Nigel McGuinness documentary that is on VOD on the WWE Network. It debuted after yesterday's Takeover show. 


  • There are a few changes to UFC's first show of the year on 1/19 at the Barclays Center. Randy Brown is off the show and has been replaced by Dwight Grant for a fight with Chance Rencountre. John Lineker was injured and has been replaced by Mario Bautista, who faces Cody Sandhagen. And Ion Cutelaba is out with an injury and has been replaced by Karl Roberson for a fight with Glover Teixeira.


  • Kellyanne was announced for the World Series Wrestling women's title tournament in March.
  • Melbourne City Wrestling announced the return of Mikey Nicholls (Nick Miller in NXT) as well as Tome Filip vs. Stevie Filip on 2/2. They will also work with SPW in New Zealand to promote an Australian/New Zealand super show on 7/13 in Invercargill, New Zealand.
  • MCW results from last night in Melbourne: Robbie Eagles won three-way over Jett Rouka and Tyson Baxter, Indi Hartwell b Tarlee, Shazza McKenzie b Avary, Dowie James & Adam Brooks b Mitch Waterman & Nick Bury and Elliot Sexton & Jonah Rock to win the tag team titles, Jimmy Havoc b Ritchie Taylor in a no DQ match, Slex b Rat Daddy to keep the Intercommonwealth title Gino Gambino b Mike Burr to keep the MCW title. Gambino came out with a new belt saying he was a real world champion how that he's defended the title in the U.K. They set up a Gambino vs. Slex double title match. This was Rock's last match with the promtion as he's headed to WWE. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)  
  • Limitless Wrestling from Friday night in Westbrook, ME: JT Dunn & MJF b Ace Romero & Anthony Greene, Ashley Vox b Kris Statlander, Andrew Everett b Josh Briggs, Chris Dickinson b Simon Grimm, Main State Posse b Thick Boys & Puf, Anthony Gagnone & Amazing Red b Private Party, Mr. Grim b Brett Domino, Brandon Kirk won six-way over Ace Austin, Willow Nightingale, Jordan Oliver, Ophidian and Whipster, Austin Theory & Christian Casanova b Harlow O'Hara & Pepper Parks. (thanks to Josh Nason)
  • West Coast Pro Wrestling from Friday night in South San Francisco before 150+: Jhen Giggalow b Cordova Levi Shapiro b Keita Murray, Johnny Dynamo b Vinny Wasco, Marcus Lewis b Derek Slade, Tyler Bateman won three-way over Luchasaurus and RJ Samuels, Darby Allin b Steven Tesario (best match on show), Terex DDQ Will Hobbs, Hammerstone b Facade. Next show is 3/1 at the State Room in South San Francisco. (thanks to Matt Mann)
  • The Northern California Roller Derby Hall of Fame dinner will be at Harry's Hofbrau in San Leandro, CA on 2/16 with the after party at Rickey's Sports bar. There was actually quite a lot of local publicity when I was in Japan about the famous Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose closing. That place was a regular post-show stop for both wrestlers and Roller Derby skaters when they performed in San Jose.
  • MWE last night in Eden Prairie, MN for the return of Nikita Koloff for his first pro wrestling show in the Twin Cities, where he grew up, in 27 years.  Levy Cruise b Storm Grayson, Tony Kozina b Angel Dorado, Mitch Paradise b Kevin Lee Davidson, Danny Duggan b Nick Nelson, Mentallo b Roy Gordon. Koloff had a confrontation with Paradise. Next show in Eden Prairie will be on 2/9 at Champions Hall.
  • Kevin Sullivan and Mick Foley worked a WBW show last night in Oregon, OH. Foley did an autograph appearance at the show and was special ringside enforcer for a match with Joseline Navarro vs. Lady Frost. Kevin Sullivan ran the show backstage.
  • An interview with Salina de la Renta is on “Shootin’ The Shiznit.”

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