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Smackdown, Mixed Match Challenge and 205 Live are from Las Vegas. Among the things announced for the show is a rap battle with Sheamus & Cesaro vs. The Usos with New Day as hosts, Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair, and Mixed Match Challenge Smackdown finals with Carmella & R-Truth vs. The Miz & Asuka.


  • Atsushi Maruyama & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Tajiri & Gianni Valletta
  • Masa Fuchi & Koji Iwamoto & Ultimo Dragon vs. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato & Yusuke Okada
  • Zeus & The Bodyguard & Osamu Nishimura vs. Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi & Black Menso-re
  • Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu vs Parrow & Odinson
  • Jun Akiyama & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Takao Omori & Manabu Soya
  • Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Joe Doering & Dylan James

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking ahead to 2019

As we enter December, it feels like 2019 has been cemented as an absolutely pivotal year for the immediate future of professional wrestling. The global arms race for talent continued this past week. It was confirmed that WALTER, who is legitimately one of the best wrestlers in the world, has signed with WWE. He's been signed for NXT's United Kingdom brand and could play a part in the potential NXT Germany. 

WON NEWSLETTER: December 10, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Death of Dynamite Kid

A look at the life of Dynamite Kid is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer.

Look at his influence on the industry, his in-ring sacrifices, read comments from Bret Hart & Julie Hart, a look at his early days and his arrival in Stampede Wrestling, and his explosion of popularity in Japan.

Also look at Vince McMahon's latest stock sale, as well as co-President George Barrios selling stock.

Read about the decision to flip flop Takeover and the Hall of Fame ceremony in April. Look at awards given to Cena, wrestlers and charity work, and more on the restrictions placed on U.K.

Look more at the XFL and the battle with the AAF that Vince McMahon is going to have starting next spring. 

Examine UFC's decision to sign Greg Hardy and debut him on the same show as Rachael Ostovich and the marketing behind both fights. 

Read the update on the New Japan tag team tournament tour with results, business notes, lineups, the Tanahashi & Okada tag team and more.

This issue has an update on the WWE TLC show, with the card, plus ticket sale updates.

Read full coverage of both UFC shows from the past week, with match-by-match coverage and business notes on both shows.

Also look at the PPV numbers for Liddell vs. Ortiz what lessons is teaches.

There is also coverage of AAA's Guerra de Titanes and ICW's Fear and Loathing.

Read more on the MMA debut of the former Jack Swagger.

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  • PWInsider reported that Jason Jordan was in Birmingham, Alabama last weekend getting his neck evaluated. He’s been out of action for around a year and has been working as a producer.
  • John Cena was on The Graham Norton show with actor Matthew Mcconaughey, who brought up he was once kicked out a an arena in Treeport for throwing tomatoes at Skandor Akbar.
  • Pre-show tickets for a SmackDown event in Elmira, New York on March 23 will go on sale on 12/14. Matches already being advertised include Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States title, AJ Styles vs. The Miz and Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch. Obviosuly, the card is subject to change. Click here for tickets, pre-sale code is WWELIVE.
  • Rhyno reiterated on social media that he is not retired and will fulfill contractual obligations after being “fired” from Raw last week.
  • Titus O'Neil shot a cover for his upcoming book "There's No Such Thing As A BAD Kid" at the WWE Performance Center today. The book will be released next summer.
  • Kevin Owens will be making an appearance at the Cavalcade of Custons at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 11 from 6-8 p.m.
  • WWE wrestlers were on a Try Not to Laugh challenge video for Fine Brothers Entertainment.
  • Matt Hardy spoke to Wrestling Inc, saying there wasn’t a timetable for his return, but he plans to return to the ring.
  • WWE posted a video of new Raw tag team champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable posing with the titles.
  • Bothmembers of the Revival commented on Seth Rollins’ shout out on Raw last night.
  • You can watch Becky Lynch on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show here.

Pro Wrestling

  • Joe Doering and Dylan James won this year’s AJPW Real World tag league. They defeated Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa to earn 14 points overall, putting them ahead of everyone else.
  • Tetsuya Naito cut a promo on Chris Jericho wearing Jericho’s recent facepaint ahead of their match at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
  • Tank Abbott, who had stints both in UFC and WCW, spoke to Hannibal TV recently. He said he recently got a liver transplant, dying five times on the operating table during the surgery. He’s since lost 100 pounds and has quit drinking.


  • ESPN got a statement from USADA explaining why the site reverted back to showing Lesnar submitting five tests when originally there were six. "USADA updates the Athlete Test History page of the UFC/USADA website on a weekly basis," said USADA spokesperson Adam Woullard to ESPN. "During an update on the week of October 15th, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the information on the page being displayed incorrectly. The correct test history for the athlete is one test [that week], not two. The issue has been fixed and the testing numbers on the website are all accurate. We are still investigating the specific technical issue that led to the error."
  • Valentina Shevchenko isn’t in a rush to face Joanna Jedrzejczyk again after defeating her this past weekend to win the flyweight title.
  • Jedrzejczyk was interviewed by Polsat Sport, saying she gave everything in that fight, but did make some mistakes.
  • Jessica Penne and Jodie Esquibel in a strawweight division fight will take place on UFC’s ESPN debut on 2/17.
  • ESPN says that UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia sold out “in minutes”.

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