It's going to be a quiet weekend when it comes to major shows, as New Japan finishes its tag team tournament on Wednesday but has shows all weekend including a Saturday night/Sunday morning show which is the biggest so far this tour, and Bellator runs a show in San Jose tomorrow night.
We're looking for reports from tonight's NXT show in Orlando at Dave Meltzer
Smackdown tonight from Hershey, PA
Neville vs. Tyler Breeze
Becky Lynch vs. Brie Bella
Usos & Dean Ambrose vs. New Day
Devon Dudley vs. Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus & King Barrett & Alberto Del Rio & Rusev in a handicap match.
The New Japan tag team tournament continues tomorrow in Takamatsu:
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
Figure Four Weekly
Figure Four Weekly (11/23/15): Lots of Updates in Hulk Hogan-Gawker case
Lots of news including a win for Gawker, the new police report, the remaining mysteries of the case, what Bubba the Love Sponge is saying, and more.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Mick Foley's talk on WWE creative and a look at all the new moves WWE tried this week on television is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at the changes WWE attempted after a week of record low ratings, as well as the fan questionnaire sent out, what can be learned from it, and why they are asking exactly the wrong people.
We also look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current WWE business, as well as why the ratings may be important, but other factors are probably more important,when it comes to WWE's next television deal. We look at the different potential changes in the landscape look at what aspects of business are and aren't improving, as well as WWE's business in the big picture.
He also update the situation with A.J. Styles, and the New Japan tag team tournament with standings and notes on the tournament matches over the past week.
We also look at the TLC PPV update, more on La Sombra in WWE, questions about all the shoulder injuries, WWE security at live shows, Cena movie release, Brad Maddox firing, Maddox's WWE history, talents WWE has shown interest in, WWE overseas tour lineup and WWE weekend live event notes and business.
We have a look at the debut of the new Rizin promotion, major announcements for the first weekend of shows, the tournament, just how big Bob Sapp vs Akebono was the first time.
We also have a story on the domestic abuse claims by the girlfriend of Tomoaki Honma, and his response.
We look at the realities of the free agency of Benson Henderson, judging of the key fights, as well as full rundown of UFC's debut in South Korea this past week.
We've got notes of TNA's canceled tour of India, notes on the death of Tommy Gilbert and El Bello Greco, along with a feature on Stan Holek, a member of two of the most decorated tag teams of the 50s and 60s, the Lisowski Brothers with Crusher and the Neilson Brothers with Art Neilson. We look at the unique reason why all of his success was as a tag team wrestler, his biggest rivals, and his 13 runs as world tag team champion.
We've got a feature on the retirement of Act Yasukawa and the sad reason it happened.
We've also got the awards ballot for the 2015 awards and information on how well Hell in a Cell did this year on PPV.
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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE
- For the TLC show, the New Day vs. Lucha Dragons vs. Usos tag team title match will be a ladder match. Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose for the IC title will be a straight match. This will all be announced on tonight's show.
- UFC activities in Las Vegas for next week's three shows start on Tuesday. In many ways, this is the most ambitious week in company history, with the new stars show on Thursday, Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes on Friday and UFC 194 on Saturday.
- Tickets for the Raw after WrestleMania at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on 4/4 have a pre-sale on tomorrow at 10 a.m. Central time with the code DALLAS. These tickets will likely sell out quickly due to 60,000 to 100,000 tourists in town and only probably around 12,000 tickets available. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m. Central time.
- WJHL TV in Johnson City has noted that those attending tomorrow night's WWE live show in Johnson City at the Freedom Hall Civic Center should be advised of these new regulations for security reasons:
- New Japan World has released 79 new matches that have taken place in December of previous years this week.
- The legendary Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen match that we talked about on the audio show earlier this week was from September 23, 1981. It's generally considered Andre's best ever match. There are two Andre vs. Hansen matches up on New Japan World.
- TNA announced that they will be airing footage from the early PPV shows from Nashville called "The Asylum Years" on the TNA YouTube channel every Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
- TNA also has a three hour special on the Flipps app tomorrow night stating at 8 p.m. Eastern for $14.99. This will be a taped PPV. Originally this was to be a live show from Mumbia, India.
- CMLL tomorrow night at www.ClaroSports.com will have a singles title match with Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi from Arena Mexico. The match will start at about 11 p.m. Eastern time and it's free. It's not 100% that it will be available in the U.S., but the Friday night shows have been available the past few weeks.
- Don't forget today's FULL Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/03): Hulk Hogan pins Undertaker to win WWF Title
- WWE has released a ton of old television shows, a few each from Crockett Promotions, AWA, Stampede Wrestling, Mid South and Smoky Mountain Wrestling on its network.
- WWE and Lionsgate's Codeblack Films have a deal for co-producing and co-financing several moves, the first of which will be called "Brother's Blood." The movie will be filmed next month in New Orleans. What WWE star or stars involved that will likely suffer injuries on Raw at that time have not been revealed. More here.
- The New York Post ran a story on WWE's ratings declines today. They blamed the ratings decline on the WWE Network. I don't buy that for a second. They also use last Thursday's ratings to talk about the decline of Smackdown which is plain dishonest stats because everyone knows Thanksgiving night isn't indicative of what the show is doing. I mean, Smackdown has declined significantly, but using Thanksgiving ratings for your stats is intellectually dishonest.
- Brock Lesnar was announced for the 3/14 Raw taping in Pittsburgh. Lesnar should be appearing more regularly starting in a few weeks since he's booked for both the Royal Rumble (promotion of which starts on 12/14) and WrestleMania.
- Not that this will happen, but they were advertising this match for the 12/15 Smackdown tapings in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center of Bray Wyatt & Sheamus & Kevin Owens vs. Kane & Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose. (thanks to Mike Omansky)
- Dwayne Johnson is on the cover of the new issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine
- Ric Flair and Charlotte appear on 12/18 at iPlay America at 110 Schanck Rd in Freehold, NJ from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Reader Jeff Bukantz note last night the Dudleys were at the Rangers-Islanders game on camera and did a trivia contest for two tickets to the 12/28 Raw show at the Barclays Center. He said that it died live, nobody reacted to them at all.
- WWE stock closed at $17.32 per share today, down 11 cents.
- Dewey Foley, Mick's son, will start as a writers assistant in January. Writers assistants are not writers.
- An interview with La Sombra
- A WWE licensing story
- Some weekend TV programming
Serra-Longo Fight Team special on Friday at 7 p.m. on FS 1
Aldo vs. McGregor All Access show on Saturday at 3 p.m. on FOX
Ultimate Insider with Chris Weidman, Jose Aldo and more on Sunday at 4 p.m. on FS 1
AXS TV's Inside MMA has a Ronda Rousey special tomorrow night at 12:30 a.m. Eastern time, with Miesha Tate, sports psychologist Ken Baum, Shannon Knapp, and MMA Junkie radio hosts George and Brian Garcia. The show airs after the Legacy Fighting Championships show at 10 p.m.
- Beneil Dariush is injured and off the 1/17 UFC show in Boston where he was to face Mairbeck Taisumov in what was a sleeper match on that show. Former New Jersey state wrestling champion Chris Wade faces Taisumov as a replacement.
- Lucha Underground will be part of a City of Los Angeles TV commercial for the "Discover LA campaign. They will be doing a match with two Luchadores and would like fans to come as audience members. It takes place Saturday afternoon and will be a four-hour shoot. You have to commit to staying for the four hours. All fans will get a complimentary meal and Lucha Underground poster. It's at the Lucha Underground Temple at 516 S. Anderson St. in Los Angeles. You must be 18 or older to attend. they'd like you to wear Lucha Underground T-shirts or hat, but nothing black. You have to e-mail the promotion for times and ability to attend.
- A story on Ric Flair's podcast co-host Conrad Thompson
- Luke Williams talks Bruiser Brody and his murder
- Jimmy Snuka's ex-girlfriend claims she was told how Nancy Argentino died
- A story on former WWWF referee Bucky Palermo
- Four members of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading team will be a the Wrestlecon convention in Dallas over WrestleMania weekend with tons of major pro wrestling names. For more info you can go to www.Wrestlecon.com.
- East Coast Wrestling toys for Tots event Saturday night in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center.
- Icons of Wrestling and Comic Book Collectorfeset on 4/16 at The Arena in Philadelphia from 9 a.m will have an event covering pro wrestling, science fiction, pop culture, comics, movies and TV. For vendors who with to be involved send for into to email@example.com
- New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Wilmington, MA at West Real Estate from Noon to 3 p.m. have a public appearance with free autographs and photo ops with a donation of an unwrapped toy.
- Combate Americas on 12/16 in Hollywood, CA at the Florentine Gardens with John Castaneda vs. Kiko Lopez for a show that airs live on NBC Universo at 11 p.m. Eastern and 8 p.m. Pacific time.
- Premier Wrestling results from Saturday in Gilroy, CA: Joe Graves b Jeff Cobb via unanimous decision after three rounds, Alexander Hammerstone (2-0) b Tyler Bateman (1-3), Timothy Thatcher b Jeff Cobb (6-5-1) via second round submission, Khamora b Nicole Savoy (3-2) in a semifinal for the women's athlete title, Raze b Kiko (0-2) in a semifinal for the women's athlete title, Vito Rea (1-0) b Buddy Royal (2-5), Womens' tourney finals: Raze (2-2) b Khamora(2-2) to become first champion, JR Kratos (9-2-1) went to a double knockout with Gabriel Gallo (4-0-1) for the Premier title, Joe Graves (4-1-1) b Timothy Thatcher (5-3-1) via fifth round submission to win the Embrace the Grind tournament
- American Combat Wrestling on 12/19 in New Port Richey, FL at the All Sports Arena.
- Smash Wrestling on 1/16 at the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Toronto.
- Shine runs 12/11 in Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum with Santana Garrett headlining an all womens show that including April Hunter, Marti Belle, Allysin Kay, Jessicka Havok, Amber Gallows, Malia Hosaka, Leilani Kai, Daffney and more.
- CWE tonight in Brandon, Manitoba with Charlie Haas vs. Tommy Lee Curtis and Silas Young vs. Chad Tatum at the Houston's Country Roadhouse.
- There is a Lucha Libre show on 12/19 in Dallas at the Indoor Soccer Zone with Atlantis & El Hijo de L.A. Park vs. Bestia 666 & Ultimo Guerrero
- Upcoming main events at the Auditorio in Tijuana are 12/18 with Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park vs. Damian 666 vs. Pagano, 12/25 with Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Super Muneco vs. Damian 666 & Pakal & Rey Misterio II, and 1/8 with the original Gronda & L.A. Park & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Cibernetico & the original Cien Caras & Dr. Wagner Jr. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
- Pure Wrestling Association on Friday night in Guelph, ONT at Red Chevron.
- IWF on 12/5, 12/12 and 12/19 at the IWF Centre in Nutley, NJ.
- Maryland Championship Wrestling tomorrow night in Felton, DE at the Delaware Auto Exchange with Mick Foley and The Head Bangers appearing.
Don't forget today's FULL Pro Wrestling History including International history: Daily pro wrestling history (12/03): Hulk Hogan pins Undertaker to win WWF Title