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We're looking for reports from the WWE Raw show in Everett, WA (afternoon show at 1 p.m.), Smackdown in Denver and NXT in Peterborough, ONT and Bartow, FL, as well as Lucha Underground in Los Angeles to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC ON FOX ON SATURDAY FROM THE AMWAY CENTER IN ORLANDO, FL

Fight Pass at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time

  • Manny Bermudez (10-0) vs. Albert Morales (7-3-1)
  • Alex Perez (19-4) vs. Eric Shelton (11-4)
  • Russell Doane (15-7) vs. Rani Yahya (24-9)
  • Sam Alvey (31-10) vs. Marcin Prachinio (13-2)

FOX AT 6 p.m. Eastern time

  • Alan Jouban (15-6) vs. Ben Saunders (21-8-2)
  • Angela Hill (7-4) vs. Maryna Moroz (8-2)
  • Sara McMann (11-4) vs. Marion Reneau (8-3-1)
  • Renan Barao (34-5) vs. Brian Kelleher (18-8)
  • Max Griffin (13-4) vs. Mike Perry (11-2)
  • Ilir Latifi (13-5) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (22-10)
  • Jessica Andrade (17-6) vs. Tecia Torres (10-1)
  • Jeremy Stephens (27-14) vs. Josh Emmett (13-1)

Sunday we're looking for reports from WWE Smackdown in Ontario, CA and NXT in Barrie, ONT.

WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER AT 7:30 P.M. FROM THE T MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

  • Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Elias vs. The Miz vs. John Cena vs. Braun Strowman for the No. 1 contendership to the Universal title
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mickie James for the Raw women's title
  • Asuka vs. Nia Jax
  • Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Apollo & Titus O'Neil for the Raw tag titles
  • Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
  • Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel (preshow mach)

Monday has the live Raw in Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center. John Cena and Brock Lesnar are on the show. Ronda Rousey is not advertised, but it would make sense for her to be there since it's Anaheim. There is also a Monday Smackdown house show in San Diego.

Tuesday has Smackdown in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Ruby Riott vs. Naomi has been announced, along with Finn Balor & Sasha Banks vs. The Miz & Asuka in mixed match challenge and cruiserweight title tournament matches the Roderick Strong vs. Kalisto and TJP vs. Cedric Alexander.

​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE Announces the end of brand exclusive PPVs

Less than two years into the current brand split, WWE announced last week that the era of brand-exclusive pay-per-views is coming to an end. Sunday's Elimination Chamber will be the last Raw-exclusive event, and Fastlane on March 11th will be the final SmackDown PPV. Starting with Backlash on May 6th, every PPV will feature wrestlers from both Raw and SmackDown. The schedule for 2018 initially listed five dual-brand shows (the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, Money in the Bank, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), five Raw-only shows, and four SmackDown ones.

WON NEWSLETTER: February 26, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Raw gauntlet match, brand exclusive PPVs ending, more

A look at some of the longest matches in WWE history is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Then, look back to the Bruno Sammartino era and his matches with Waldo Von Erich and Pedro Morales, as well as look at the gauntlet match on Monday with notes on records.

Look at the reason behind WWE changing its PPV schedule, cutting back on the individual brand PPV shows and lowering the number of shows this year, the reasons behind it, the schedule for the rest of the year and an update on the next two PPV shows.

Read about the possible retirement of Keiji Muto and the latest issues facing Roman Reigns. Also look at past precedents in this situation.

There is a detailed look at New Japan's tour of Australia, including business notes, the highlights from all the shows and talks regarding returning.

Look at Donald Cerrone and career all-time records in UFC with coverage of Sunday's show from Austin, TX.

Read a major feature on the career of Jeff Jarrett, from his days working for his father, the move to WWF, what did and didn't work, the infamous holding up Vince for money and background of that story, his WCW run, why WWF never took him back, the starting and history of TNA and why WWF is putting him in its Hall of fame.

Read notes on the death of Tom Zenk and how it relates to an entire era of wrestling.

This issue has more on the release of Rich Swann and his schedule, an update on the cruiserweight title tournament, a unique match added to the next Madison Square Garden show, executive positions opened, SummerSlam notes, The Miz's baby shower, where WWE holds live events, WWE market value, Ronda Rousey honored and the most-watched shows over the past week on the WWE Network.

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WON BACK ISSUE: January 29, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, Shawn Michaels to return

In what was one of the best PPVs in the history of the WWF, the company gave a big tease for the eventual Rock vs. Steve Austin match which at this point still looks to be the headliner at Wrestlemania, putting Austin over in the Rumble. The show, featuring some strong highs and only a few lows, featured an early match of the year candidate in the Chris Jericho IC title win over Chris Benoit in a ladder match.

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