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WWE has a show tonight at Arena Ciudad in Mexico City. It will be a Raw house show but Rey Mysterio is also working the show. We're looking for a report on the show to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC FROM ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA SATURDAY NIGHT

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

  • Alex Gorgees (156) vs. Damir Ismagulov (155)
  • Christos Giagos (155) vs. Mizuto Hirota (156)

FS1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Kai Kara France (126) vs. Elias Garcia (124.5)
  • Keita Nakamura (171) vs. Salim Touahri (171)
  • Ben Nguyen (125.5) vs. Wilson Reis (125.5)
  • Alexey Kunchenko (170) vs. Yushin Okami (170)
  • Paul Craig (206) vs. Jim Crute (205)
  • Suman Mokhtarian (145) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (145)
  • Tony Martin (170) vs. Jake Matthews (171)
  • Mark Hunt (264) vs. Justin Willis (263.5)
  • Tyson Pedro (205) vs. Mauricio Shogun Rua (206)
  • Junior Dos Santos (255) vs. Tai Tuivasa (262)

NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE AT 2 A.M. EASTERN AND 11 P.M. PACIFIC LATE SATURDAY NIGHT FROM OSAKA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Evil & Seiya Sanada vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
  • Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
  • Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
  • Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Baretta & Chuckie T
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kazuchika Okada & Kushida & Rocky Romero vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori & Gedo

ALL JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT SUNDAY IN FUKUOKA

  • Koji Iwamoto & King vs. Yusuke Okada & Hokuto Omori
  • Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi & Koji Niizumi vs. Jun Akiyama & Atsushi Maruyama & Black Menso-re
  • Joe Doering & Dylan James & Tajiri & Gianni Valletta vs Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa & Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato
  • Kengo Mashimo & Kai vs. Parrow & Odinson
  • Takao Omori & Manabu Soa vs. Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu
  • Jake Lee & Ryoji Sai vs. Zeus & The Bodyguard

Sunday has WWE in Bossier City, LA with the Raw crew while the Smackdown crew runs Arlington, TX.

NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE FROM KOCHI MONDAY ON SAME DAY TAPE DELAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
  • Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
  • Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
  • Evil & Seiya Sanada vs. Trent Baretta & Chuckie T

Raw is Monday in Houston with Ronda Rousey & Natalya vs. Nia Jax & Tamina. 

NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE FROM KOBE ON TUESDAY SAME DAY TAPE DELAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida
  • Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
  • Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
  • Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
  • Baretta & Chuckie T vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
  • Evil & Seiya Sanada vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay

ALL JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT TUESDAY IN ORO 

  • Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs. Yuma Aoyagi & Atsushi Maruyama
  • Jun Akiyama & Kishin Kawabata & Carbell Ito vs. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato & Yusuke Okada
  • Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu & Naoya Nomura vs. Joe Doering & Dylan James & Black Menso-re
  • Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. Tajiri & Gianni Valletta
  • Kengo Mashimo & Kai vs. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa
  • Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. Parrow & Odinson

Tuesday has Smackdown in Austin, TX with the Smackdown semifinals of the Mixed Match Challenge with Jeff Hardy & Charlotte Flair vs. vs. R-Truth & Carmella and The Miz & Asuka vs. Jimmy Uso & Naomi.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Starrcade 2018 and the future of the WWE Network

After WWE revived the Starrcade brand for an untelevised house show in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2017, this year's Thanksgiving weekend event was part house show/part WWE Network special. The show took place in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday before a one-hour version of Starrcade 2018 aired on Sunday. The Network special featured a mix of matches and segments. 

WON NEWSLETTER: December 3, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Death of Larry Matysik, NXT UK contract changes

Sorting out the future of the UK independent scene and the changes made in what WWE UK contracted wrestlers are allowed to do is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The new double issue is a major look back at history as well, with a huge story on Larry Matysik and the rise and fall of St. Louis wrestling in the 70s and the 80s, and a look at Texas wrestling with the life of Jose Lothario.

The lead story talks about the original WWE deals, cards that have to change, promotions that have to change booking plans at different levels, as well as the end of Walter on the independent scene.

Look at why Walter chose this deal and what makes him unique in WWE regarding goals, as well as why he's not already on the main roster and never went to New Japan. Look at how many promotions are affected, and the future of some of the most popular U.K. groups.

The article on Larry Matysik includes looking at some of the biggest matches of the St. Louis wrestling club, how Matysik started with pro wrestling, his start as a television announcer, the heyday of Wrestling at the Chase, how talent was paid, and how Ric Flair first got into St. Louis.

There is a feature on the career of Jose Lothario, the role of Mexican stars in Texas wrestling, how Lothario first became a major U.S. star long before his famous Texas run. Also look at his feud with Gino Hernandez, his long title history record, and comments from many of the biggest stars on his career.

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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • It appears that Zelina Vega & Aleister Black are the latest WWE couple to get married. Wrestling Inc and Pro Wrestling Sheet have both reported the news.
  • WWE stock closed yesterday at $73.96 per share, which was up 2.61 percent on the day.
  • Roderick Strong teased that he’ll be challenging for Fabian Aichner’s EVOLVE Championship at EVOLVE 117 in Queens, New York on December 15: “Thought of the day- NXT Superstars holding #EVOLVE titles? Well there are no bigger Superstars than the #UndisputedERA and I’ve won just about every @WWNLive title but the #EVOLVE title. So Maybe Dec. 15th I come to La Boom and #ShocktheSystem? #OurERA”
  • At their house show in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 12, WWE will present a check for the $100,000 donation they’re making to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation. The donation is in appreciation of appearances Kane (Glenn Jacobs) made for them this fall, including Super Show-Down and Crown Jewel.
  • The XFL’s website seems to have revealed that Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. will be home to the league’s eight teams. The teams will be officially announced next Wednesday.
  • Riddick Moss, who had been out of action due to a torn Achilles, returned to the ring at last night’s NXT house show in Jacksonville, Florida. He lost to Matt Riddle.
  • Xavier Woods criticized those who complain about wrestling, saying they come off as “entitled infants.”
  • Mike Quackenbush reflected on his time guest coaching at the WWE Performance Center: “Thank you to everyone at @WWENXT and the @WWEPC for making me feel so welcome! I relish the challenges, and I’ll cherish the adventures from a whirlwind week with all of you. I love the work & I love to teach, but I also learned so much being part of your team.”
  • WWE Network News revealed the content listings for the WWE Network’s Match of the Year 2018 and and nWo: For Life collections.
  • WWE uploaded Finn Balor vs. AJ Styles from TLC 2017 to their YouTube account.

Pro Wrestling

  • ROH’s Joe Koff told Wrestling Inc that he doesn’t expect The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Hangman Page to be with ROH in 2019: “I don't think so, and I don't think that that’s new news either. They definitely have something in mind... I'm very thankful for Cody and The Young Bucks and Page and their contributions to Ring of Honor. I think they were part of our great year -- they played a big part. They'll always be a part of the ROH family, and I'm always excited when people choose to take a different direction or go in a different direction because it's exciting for them as they embark on whatever their next chapter in their lives are.”
  • In an interview with PWInsider, Silas Young confirmed that he’s going to sign a three-year deal with ROH. Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Young was offered the three-year contract and was expected to accept.
  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan spoke to TMZ about his Thanksgiving week health issues. Duggan said he went to the hospital for an EKG and was told that his heart had gone into AFib. "I kinda knew something was wrong, but I was scared to go to the doctor," Duggan said. "If there's something wrong, go to the doctor. They can save your life like they might've done mine."
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling announced Tomohiro Ishii for their WrestleMania week show in New York City on the afternoon of Friday, April 5.
  • Chris Jericho posted a picture on Instagram yesterday with his father and Impact’s Ed Nordholm, Don Callis, and Scott D’Amore: “Great time hanging and chatting w @impactwrestling's #EdNordholm, #DonCallis & #ScottDamore (w a special appearance from #TedIrvine) last night in Toronto!”
  • Pentagon Jr. & Fenix vs. LA Park & Hijo de LA Park for the MLW Tag Team titles, Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Tommy Dreamer, and Simon Gotch vs. Ariel Dominguez aired on this week’s MLW Fusion episode.

UFC/MMA

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