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Daily Update: WWE house show results, Katlyn Chookagian done with UFC

Weekend house show results from WWE, Katlyn Chookagian finishes contract with UFC and some Royal Rumble rumors.

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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We have two weekend shows. I did one show with Garrett Gonzales talking about the Hall of Fame, Jon Moxley, MLW lawsuit against WWE, ratings notes and more. The weekend show with Bryan Alvarez is also up talking about the Hall of Fame, and New Japan, Rampage, Smackdown, UFC and more.

Regarding searches on Google for the week, there were two items that came up in the top 20 this past week. John Cena was No. 16 on Tuesday for noting that he was probably not going to be at WrestleMania this year. UFC was No. 9 yesterday with 200,000 for coverage and interest in the company's first show of the year.

The Toronto Star article on the battle for wrestling supremacy between Vince McMahon and Tony Khan that has gotten a lot of talk, mainly for a paragraph with a WWE comment knocking AEW.

We're looking for reports from last night's WWE show in Fargo, ND and tonight's show in Sioux Falls, SD to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

Results from Fargo last night: Damien Priest b The Miz to keep the U.S. title, Madcap Moss b Ricochet, Chad Gable b Riddle, Bobby Lashley b Kevin Owens in seconds, Becky Lynch kept the Raw women's title over Bianca Belair, Doudrop an Liv Morgan, Finn Balor b Austin Theory, Omos b Montez Ford, Charlotte Flair kept the Smackdown women's title in a three-way over Shayna Baszler and Naomi with Sonya Deville as referee, Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins & Big E b Roman Reigns & Usos.

Baszler is expected to be a super huge babyface tonight in Sioux Falls unless WWE insists on her insulting her former hometown.

Whatever rumors are going around, these two things are not true:

  • There will be no AEW involvement at the Royal Rumble. Jon Moxley will not be at that show.
  • TJ Wilson is still working for WWE and stories of him quitting are inaccurate.

Not saying this will happen, but with Monday being the first NFL playoff game in history opposite Raw, in theory Raw should do one of its lowest numbers of all-time. Like with last week, if Dynamite beats Raw or Raw does a weak number by its standards, it really isn't significant of anything past the power of an NFL playoff game. The first number to show what level Raw really is at will be the show on the 24th. To make things worse for WWE, Dwayne Johnson will be working with the Manning Brothers announcing the ESPN 2 version of Monday's game. No matches have been announced thus far for Raw.

Katlyn Chookagian's last fight of her UFC contract was last night's win over Jennifer Maia. She wants to stay in the promotion but UFC had not offered her a new deal.

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  • Drakker Klose vs. Brandon Jenkins is earmarked for the 4/16 show.

OTHER NOTES

  • Wrestling Revolver announced that due to flight cancellations and COVID exposure that a lot of people are off tonight's show in Clive IA, but Mike Bailey, Ninja Mack and Alex Zayne have been added.
  • Stardom from earlier today in Toyohashi: Syuri won 1 vs. 3 match over Ruaka, Waka Tsukiyama and Mai Sakurai, Tam Nakano & Mina Shirakawa b Giulia & Thekla, Mayu Iwatani& Hazuki & Koguma b Momo Watanabe & Starlight Kid & Saki Kashima, Mirai d Unagi Sayaka, Maika & Himeka b Saya Kamitani & Utami Hayashishita.
  • West Coast Pro from Friday night in South San Francisco, CA: Viento & Mr. Iguana & Midas Kreed b El Cucuy & D-Rouge & Adrien Noctus, Vinnie Massaro b Bryan Keith, Titus Alexander won four-way over Alpha Zo, Kenny King and TJP, Nicole Savoy (replacing Debbie Malenko who was ill) b Masha Slamovich, Jacob Fatu b Homicide, Davey Richards b Kevin Blackwood, Mike Bailey won three-way over Aramis and Rey Horus, AJ Gray b Juicy Finau to keep the West Coast Pro title. The next show was announced with Gray & Effy vs. Fatu & a mystery partner.
  • Outlandish Paradise from last night in Canton, GA: Chris Bey won over AC Mack, Darian Bengston and Myron Reed, Nzo b John Skyler (replacing Rich Swann), Carlie Bravo won Battle Royal, Effy b Dalton Castle, Thunder Rosa b Taya Valkyrie, Evil Uno b Zicky Dice
  • Mark & Jay Briscoe have been added to the NEW Wrestlefest show on Saturday night in Poughkeepsie,NY.
  • KSW's top bouts from last night in Szczecin, Poland:
  • Sebastian Rajewski(12-6) b Nicklas Backstrom (11-4) via decision
  • Krystian Kaszubowski (10-2) b Robert Maciejowski (5-4-1) via decision
  • Michal Materia (31-8) b Jason Radcliffe (17-9) via TKO from punches at 4:07 of round one
  • Ibragim Chizhigaev (16-5) b Tomasz Narkun (18-5) via 48-47 decision to win the light heavyweight title ending the six-year run of Narkun as champion
  • Marian Ziolkowski (24-8-1) b Borys Mankowski (229-9-1) via 48-47 decision across the board to retain his lightweight title.
  • The former Jaxson Ryker and Gunnar is now taking independent bookings and autograph shows through Bill Behrens at showbis@aol.com He is based in Charlotte, NC.
  • LFA on 2/4 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN at 9 p.m. Eastern on UFC Fight Pass. The main event is a bantamweight bout with Daniel Argueta (6-0) vs,. Mairon Santos (12-0).