- Report: Roderick Strong scheduled for dark match at WWE SmackDown
- WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus to star in Christmas movie
- Reigns celebration, Kingston vs. Moss rematch set for WWE SmackDown
- NJPW New Year's Golden Series night two results: LIJ trios match
- NJPW pulls six wrestlers from event due to COVID-19 protocols
- Dwayne Johnson's Project Rock to become official UFC footwear partner
- Nick Jackson vs. Trent Beretta set for AEW Rampage as Rocky Romero gets COVID-19
- Buddy Matthews to make MLW debut at Blood & Thunder
- MLW Azteca results: Tag Team title match, Barrio Brawl, street fight
- Figure Four Daily with Lance Storm: AEW Dynamite and Impact thoughts
- Wrestling Observer Live: Dynamite ratings, Rampage line-up, ticket sales, more!
- Wrestling Weekly: Well-dressed trainers, who's staying in WWE, NXT & Dynamite rundowns
- Bryan & Vinny Show: AEW and NXT 2.0 reviews!
- WOR: A talk with NJPW's Kazuchika Okada
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
For this weekend, Garrett Gonzalez and I will be doing a show tonight talking about the news of the week as well as more on the lead stories in the new Observer. Bryan and I will be back Saturday night covering the UFC PPV, Smackdown, Rampage and the rest of the news.
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- Impact tapings tonight in Pembroke Pines, FL
- AEW from Washington, DC (matches and anything else that isn't on the live television show)
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- WWE Saturday night house show in Corbin, KY and Sunday night house show in Huntington WV.
- Northeast Wrestling Saturday night in Poughkeepsie, N
- Warrior Wrestling tonight in South Bend, IN
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The new issue of the Observer out today is probably our biggest business issue of the year. There are a number of key stores, with one looking at quarter four business, arena shows, television shows and audience breakdowns as well as gains and losses as compared to the previous year. We also compare where AEW and WWE are doing better or worse than the other, and factor in a lot of things that you rarely see brought up in these comparisons including time slot realities and why year-to-year comparisons are misleading.
We also have the annual Business Year in Review, with the biggest crowds, biggest draws, PPV numbers as well as the top draw in pro wrestling every year from 1916-2021 and the top 50 of all-time.
The other key story starts off with WWE's statement about AEW, but going in depth on that statement including what should be listened to, what is hypocritical in the statement, the reality of television rights fees, why the latter part of 2022 is so important to AEW, the future of AEW, the nature of its audience, television sponsorship of pro wrestling and UFC, the Vince McMahon promotional wars playbook and a lot more.
Charlotte Flair vs. Naomi and Kofi Kingston vs. Madcap Moss have been announced for tonight's Smackdown show. There will also be a Roman Reigns-Seth Rollins faceoff and a celebration of Reigns' long title reign. LA Knight and Roderick Strong are in Nashville tonight. They are likely in a dark match. For 205 Live, it's Javier Bernal vs. Draco Anthony, Bodhi Hayward vs. James Drake and Lash Legend vs. Fallon Henley.
Rampage tonight at 10 p.m.
- Hook vs. Serpentico
- Nick Jackson vs. Trent Baretta
- Jon Moxley vs. Ethan Page
- Jade Cargill vs. Anna Jay for TBS title
CMLL, which has been shut down due to COVID related issues and people testing positive, opens back up tonight for a show at Arena Mexico. It will be back on its regular Mexico City & Puebla schedule as of tonight.
UFC 270 for tomorrow:
- Prelims at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Matt Frevola (154.5) vs. Genaro Valdez (155.5)
- Vanessa Demopoulos (115.5) vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (115.5)
ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern
- Kay Hansen (125) vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius (125)
- Tony Gravely (135.5) vs. Salmon Oliveira (136)
- Jack Della Maddalena (170.5) vs. Pete Rodriguez (170.5)
- Raoni Barcelos (135) vs Victor Henry (135.5)
PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern]
- Michael Morales (170) vs. Trevin Giles (170)
- Cody Stamann (135.5) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (136)
- Andre Fialho (169.5) vs. Michel Pereira (170)
- Brandon Moreno (124) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (124) for flyweight title
- Francis Ngannou (257) vs. Cyril Gane (247) for heavyweight title
- A story on Kofi Kingston. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
- A story on the popularity of The Peacemaker with John Cena.
- Spin has a story on AEW using authentic entrance music and C.M. Punk's usage of Cult of Personality.
- Regarding Jon Moxley used the F word on Wednesday, like in the U.S. it did play live in Canada but was edited off the replay of the show.
- Brian Pillman Jr. is off tonight's Warrior Wrestling show in South Bend, IN due to medical protocol.
- AEW stars helped raise more than $8,000 yesterday working with Jimmy's Famous Seafood for an event for the Brigance Brigade Foundation which battles ALS.
- Kevin Eck's weekly report on ROH news
- Speaking of ROH, their weekly television show averages 400,000 viewers per week and 175,000 in 25-54.
- Tickets for Supercard of Honor by ROH on 4/1 at the Curtis Culwell Center went on sale today for Honor Club members. They go on sale to the general public on 1/28.
- Ian Riccobani and Bobby Cruise of ROH are at the Impact tapings tonight in Florida.
- Legacy Fighting tonight on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. Eastern from the Hilton Doubletree in Chesterfield, MO:
- Dan Moriarty (130.2) vs. Jeff Shell (130.2)
- Jeremiah Cutright (171) vs. Sarek Shields (170.2)
- Will Starks (156) vs. Glaucio Eliziario (159.8) -Eliziario missed weight by 3.8 pounds and was fined
- Arthur Estrazulas (164) vs. Brant Moore (166.4) - Moore missed weight by 0.4 pounds and was fined
- Charles Johnson (124.6) vs. Carlos Mota (123.8) for flyweight title
- World Class Pro Wrestling tomorrow night in Irving, TX has Jacob Fatu vs. Moonshine Mantell in a cage match. Appearing at the show include Mick Foley, Eric Embry, Scott Casey, Charlie Haas, Kevin Sullivan and former World Class announcer Marc Lowrance.