Smackdown will be taped Tuesday night in Newark, NJ while NXT runs Tuesday night in Cardiff, Wale.
NXT TAKEOVER FROM SSE WEMBLEY IN LONDON ON WEDNESDAY
Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe for NXT title
Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin
Bayley vs. Nia Jax for women's title
Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady for tag titles
Emma vs. Asuka
Figure Four Weekly
Figure Four Weekly 12/7/2015: McDevitt comments on concussion lawsuits
Details on Jerry McDevitt's comments on the ongoing concussion lawsuits against WWE, Alan discusses potential candidates for 2015's best rookie.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Coverage of the biggest weekend in UFC history, the stories behind the big matches, scouting the fighters, the business and handicapping the fights is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at the promotion of the show, how changes in the UFC can affect the major fights, little things in each fight that haven't beentalked about, fugure for the winners and much more is looked at.
We also look at the New Japan Tokyo Dome show, the New Japan tag team tournament, what's new with A.J. Styles and his schedule, the controversy over the winners of the tournament and how it played out, New Japan business this past month and going forward, tournament standings and a rundown of the shows this past week.
We also have an update on Sting and his condition coming off the match with Seth Rollins, something to watch for about a very significant WWE employee, WWE increasing security at leve events, WWE putting up lots of new content on the network, why the Stampede tapes were taken down, Alberto Del Rio blames AAA for his not coming back and losingg the title, why the time-line of what he says doesn't add up, another new franchise movie idea for Dwayne Johnson, a new WWE movie annnounced, Mick Foley's son with WWE, Sami Zayn's return, Tommy Dreamer's schedule, WWE surveys, John Cena media, WWE and ESPN update, NXT taping news, Brock Lesnar schedule news, WWE firing, Del Rio & Colter alliance, as well as notes on all the NXT house shows from the past week as well as all the WWE house shows of the past week and the business from the last week.
We've got a look at this year's Tokyo Sports pro wrestling awards, all the winners, how the balloting went down, as well as a list of every MVP dating back to 1974, and why different people won the awards and the nature of the politicas behid the awards.
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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE
WWE posted video of the post-match celebration with Roman Reigns and all the Usos last night. Dean Ambrose is there. Zero talk whatsoever about why he didn't help on Sunday night.
As noted on last night's Wrestling Observer Radio Raw post-game show, Wade Barrett is out with an undisclosed injury.
- WWE Raw ratings way up with Vince McMahon return
- Paul Fontaine takes another look at Raw Ratings
- Here’s a new Ric Flair interview talking his daughter Charlotte and all of her recent success here.
- Hey Savannah, Georgia! The Rock and Zac Efron are bringing Baywatch to your town.
- Mick Foley dressed as Santa bringing presents to kids with cancer.
- Jonathan Snowden at Bleacher Report and Brian Fritz at The Sporting News both interviewed new “voice of SmackDown” Mauro Ranallo about landing his dream job. The Snowden interview is the more newsworthy of the two, with Ranallo alluding to SmackDown becoming a hybrid of NXT and Raw.
- On a related note, the entire original crew (Renee Young, Kyle “Arda Ocal” Edwards, and Ranallo) from “Right After Wrestling” is now under WWE contract. The show still lives on as Aftermath. (Thx Don Forbes)
- Gawker gets a victory over Hulk Hogan for now, as they were granted a stay barring his team from being able to search their computer network.
- Our “Filthy” Tom Lawlor wasn't the only one upset about Sage Northcutt making $40k and $40k for this Fight Pass main event last week. Eddie “Truck” Gordon, Chris Camozzi, Nick Newell and Ryan LaFlare have also gone public with the discontent.
- Ronda Rousey is actually smiling upon her return from the Marine Corps Ball, all decked out in a Daniel Bryan hoodie.
- Chris Weidman on his own doom from Saturday’s UFC 194: I will remember this moment forever. It has already changed me for the better. The motivation I have inside myself has never been stronger. I did not feel like myself in there for many reasons but it was a loss that I needed and deserved. I have been playing back different moments in the fight where i didn't do or react the way I should have but this was all part of a true master plan that God has in store for me. I will be back and I will be champion again. I just wanna let everyone know that I am ok. I am so blessed with an amazing family, friends, team and fans. Thank you all so much for the support. It means more now than ever.
- MMAJunkie has released a sample chapter from Chris Leben’s upcoming autobiography, which is out January 5th and available for pre-order now.
- With the 20th annual ECWA Super 8 tournament coming up next year, it will be an “all-star” edition featuring only past entrants. Jason Kincaid was announced as the first entrant in the tournament, which takes place on April 23rd.
- On the latest edition of Between the Sheets, Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan are joined by Pete Lederberg to discuss December 8-14, 1988 including the arrival of Jim Herd in and the exit of Dusty Rhodes from WCW, the disaster that was AWA Super Clash III with some wild stories before the show even happened, the complete awesomeness of Tatsumi Fujinami, the relationship of Memphis, Continental, & Knoxville wrestling in 1988, and much more. As a bonus, Pete talks about the history of the Wrestling Fans International Association to close the show.
- The final 2CW show is this Sunday and they’re doing a livestream of the event.
- AIW is bringing a strong final show to close out the year this Friday in Cleveland, OH, with Scott Hall, Col. Robert Parker, Amazing Red, Bunkhouse Buck, and the regular cast.
- Fire Pro Podcast this week talks about Conor McGregor’s amazing knockout of Jose Aldo Jr, then follows that up with talk about the B section of the Observer Awards with their picks here.
- Trina Michaels is accepting wrestling, appearance and interview bookings at her email address.
- Former NFL’er Brennan Williams (now Marcellus Black) will wrestle for the first time for Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling Christmas Chaos show on 1/30.
Here is today's FULL Daily Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/15): Triple H, Kurt Angle wins WWE titles at Armageddeon