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Dudleys vs Erick Rowan & Luke Harper in a tables match
Zack Ryder & Jack Swagger & Damien Sandow & Goldust vs. Heath Slater & Curtis Axel & Adam Rose & Bo Dallas
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio for U.S. title
Becky Lynch vs. Brie Bella
Dean Ambrose & Neville vs. Sheamus & Kevin Owens
The Kalisto vs. Del Rio title match was said to be really good.
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The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: January 18, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW strips Nakamura, Sting to HOF
An update on Shinsuke Nakamura, WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. His departure, not losing the IC title in the ring, the decision making surrounding it, Nakamura's final matches in Japan and his start in the U.S., New Japan's next two PPV shows, and the future of the IC title.
Nick Diaz's updated suspension, Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler, and the welterweight division title situation. UFC 197 through 200 with talk about what is next for Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, MMA in New York, what huge publicity coup UFC had that fell apart, is UFC too confident about high ticket prices, and a number of future main events. The plans for C.M. Punk's debut.
Lots of WrestleMania updates, including what is on the books and other key matches. We've got more on John Cena's surgery, updates on a number of WWE injuries, a look at the first Smackdown on USA, more on brain injuries to fighters and wrestlers, Notes on the next NXT tapings, new WWE camps, double standards, Linda McMahon update, NXT weekend, and football background of two NXT stars.
Rundowns of all the WWE & NXT house shows over the weekend and business notes. Updates on Royal Rumble.
A feature on Sting and his career, from growing up through Memphis, through WCW and TNA and his final run in WWE. How he got started, his first break, the Ric Flair match that made him a star, when he was originally going to win the NWA title and why it was delayed, what happened when he was champion, the Hogan vs. Sting disaster, how he ended up in TNA.
Full coverage of TNA's tapings and PPV, contract issues, the Matt Hardy situation and what is the short-term future for television.
Yoel Romero and his potential test failure and how this changes the middleweight division. Romero's background, fighter reactions to his test failure.
The future of the AAA Mega championship and the current plans for Guerra de Titanes, the first major show of 2016 in AAA.
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The book "Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?" on pro wrestling, written in the early 70s by Sports Illustrated's Joe Jares, is being reprinted by Crowbar Press. It was the best wrestling book of its era. For more info
Tim Kennedy has noted that ISIS has been threatening him and the FBI has been investigating it. He essentially went on social media and challenged them saying, "Let those cowards come." Kennedy will also be a guest on Michael Bisping's Countdown show on Sirius XM Rush Ch. 923 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. I'm guessing Yoel Romero will come up.
Stephanie McMahon on Twitter talked about how she's getting into shape for WrestleMania.
Jerry Millen, the Vice President of Rizin, Tweeted today that Fedor Emelianenko would not be fighting on the 4/17 show in Nagoya, but would return later in the year.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony is being pushed back one week to 7/22 and 7/23 and still in Waterloo, IA of course. The induction will include myself and Chael Sonnen!
- Tomorrow's WWE lineup for New Delhi, India, its first show in India in more than 12 years: Roman Reigns vs. Big Show for WWE title, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt, New Day vs. Usos, Charlotte vs. Summer Rae for the Divas title, Ryback vs. Rusev (who returns on this show), Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze, Lovepreet Singh vs. Jason Jordan, Satender Ved Pat vs. Chad Gable -- Jordan & Gable have been working with the two at the Performance Center for their debuts in their home country which is why they are on the tour. I believe this is Gable's main roster debut as well.
- The Hall of Fame pre-sale tickets were a quick sellout yesterday. The remaining tickets held back go on sale tomorrow morning and will be sold out quickly.
- Ric Flair appears as part of the Days of the Dead festival on 2/5 to 2/7 at the Sheraton in Atlanta.
- WWE stock was up 73 cents per share today, which is a rebound plus after a bad day yesterday, to close to $16.83 per share.
- The Bellator Fan Fest in Houston featuring Kurt Angle, Tito Ortiz, Liam McGeary, Phil Davis and Randy Couture was announced for 2/18 at Dave & Buster's from 8-11 p.m. They did one of these in San Jose and it drew a huge crowd.
- There is a last minute change for Sunday's UFC show in Boston. Augusto Mendes, who was just announced a few days ago as a replacement to face Charles Rosa, has dropped off the show. Kyle Bochniak (6-0) is debuting to face Rosa literally three days before the fight. The main event of this show is TJ Dillashaw defending his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz.
- Cris Cyborg, will headline an Invicta show Saturday night, on Fight Pass.
- Urijah Faber appears in a TV commercial in Sacramento for Bell Brothers, a Sacramento Air Conditioning and plumbing company.
- Paul Fontaine previews the RFA show tomorrow night on AXS which is one of their bigger shows as far as star power
- ONE Championship on 1/29 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia features Ev Ting of Malaysia vs. Eric Kelly of The Philippines in the main event.
- There is a huge nostalgia show on 2/26 in Raleigh at the Dorton Arena, the old home of pro wrestling in that city. It features two cage matches with the Rock & Roll Express vs. Warlord & Barbarian, who will be managed by Jim Cornette, and Road Warrior Animal with be the gatekeeper. Also appearing are Lex Luger, Jimmy Valiant and Scott Steiner. And the second cage match is Matt Hardy defending the TNA title against Ethan Carter III.
- Evolve has a big show on 1/23 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Complex featuring an autograph signing of Jason Jordan & Chad Gable, an appearance by William Regal plus matches in their tag team tournament which features an amazing lineup with Timothy Thatcher & Zack Sabre Jr., Chris Hero & Tommy End, Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero, Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway, Caleb Konley & Anthony Nese, Drew Gulak & TJ Perkins, The Bravado Brothers and Team Tremendous.
- A story on longtime wrestling announcer Bob Caudle
- Infinity Pro Wrestling on 1/30 in Bloomington, IN at the National Guard Armory
- Absolute Intense Wrestling on 2/12 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Cleveland features Missy Hyatt, plus Alex Shelley vs. Candice LaRae, Heidi Lovelace vs. Veda Scott and more.
- Smash Wrestling on 2/6 in Oshawa, ONT at the Harmony Creek Community and Events Centre.
- CHIKARA's first show of the year will be a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on 1/30 Philadelphia at The Wrestle Factory.
- BANG on 1/23 in Ocala, FL at the new BANG Sound Stage at 2501 SW 57th Ave. #605, featuring Dory Funk Jr. and Johnny Magnum.
- Future Stars of Wrestling tomorrow night in Las Vegas for New Year's Resolution at the FSW Arena at 7 p.m. with Kevin Kross, Sinn Bohdi, and an appearance by Jake Roberts.
- There will be a fund raiser for Connor's Cure on 1/24 at The Lounge Bar in Luton, England at 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. with a Royal Rumble viewing party. Rock Bottom Radio is putting this on and they encourage fans to dress like your favorite wrestler.
- GOUGE returns on Saturday night for the Redneck Rumble in Fuquay Varina, NC at 5 p.m. at the Draft Line Brewing Company. The show is free.
- Jason Kincaid will be headlining CWE shows from 2/19 to 2/25 in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
- IWF Winter Warfare on 1/16 at 7 p.m. at the IWF Centre in Nutley, NJ.
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