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Special two-hour episode of WWE NXT set for next week
WWE Columbus live results: Bray Wyatt in action
WWE SmackDown beats Raw in ratings during Christmas week
WWE Long Island live results: Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena cage match

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Left My Wallet: Beer City Bruiser and Simon Diamond 12/28
JNPO: 2018 MMA Year In Review, pt. 2 12/28
B&V: Retro Nitro from 19 years ago this week! 12/27

We’re looking for reports on tonight’s Raw TV tapings in Detroit and the Smackdown brand house show in Baltimore to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

CMLL TONIGHT AT ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME

Arkalis & Oro Jr.vs. Coyote & Grako
Estrellita & Marcela & Lluvia vs. Amapola & Dalys & Tiffany
Kawato San & Okumura & Vangellys vs. Guerrero Maya Jr.& Flyer & Audaz
Atlantis & Diamante Azul & Titan vs. El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Hechicero
Dragon Lee & Mistico & Volador Jr. vs. Sanson & Cuatrero & Forastero
Caristico vs. Penta 0M

WWE on Saturday has a Raw house show in Chicago and Smackdown and 205 Live TV tapings in Pittsburgh. We’re looking for reports from those shows to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC 232 AT THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES

Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. Eastern

Montel Jackson (137) vs. Brian Kelleher (135)
Siyar Bahadurzada (171) vs. Curtis Millender (170)
Uriah Hall (185.5) vs. Bevon Lewis (186)
Andre Ewell (135.5) vs. Nathaniel Wood (135.5)

FS1 at 8 p.m.

Ryan Hall (154) vs. B.J. Penn (156)
Douglas Silva de Andrade (134.5) vs. Petr Yan (135.5)
Megan Anderson (146) vs. Cat Zingano (144)
Andrei Arlovski (244.5) vs. Walt Harris (258.5)

PPV at 10 p.m.

Chad Mendes (146) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (145)
Corey Anderson (204.5) vs. Ilir Latifi (205.5)
Michael Chiesa (170.5) vs. Carlos Condit (171)
Cris Cyborg (144) vs. Amanda Nunes (145) for women’s featherweight title
Jon Jones (204) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204.5) for light heavyweight title

Sunday has a Raw house show in Buffalo and a Smackdown house show in Tampa.

RIZIN PPV AT 10 P.M. SUNDAY FROM THE SAITAMA SUPER ARENA

Rena Kubota vs. Samantha Jean-Francois
Tyson Nobumitsu vs. Tofiq Musayev
Shinju Nozawa–Auclair vs. Justyna Haba
Ulka Sasaki vs. Manel Kape
Yuki Motoya vs. Justin Scoggins
Yusuke Yachi vs. Johnny Case
Kazuyuki Miyata (retirement fight) vs. Erson Yamamoto
Miyu Yamamoto vs. Mika Nagano
Daron Cruickshank vs. Damien Brown
Gabi Garcia vs. Barbara Nepomuceno
Jiri Prochazka vs. Brandon Halsey
Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki for the super atomweight title (108 pounds)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell for the bantamweight title
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

The Mayweather vs. Nasukawa fight will not be on the broadcast of the show in the U.S.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at WWE’s promise of change

After promising change, the challenge for WWE going forward is to make a real commitment to that instead of having it be a short-term ratings fix. Those vague promises of change were made during the opening segment of last Monday’s episode of Raw. Following two straight weeks of record-low ratings — with the first of them even being brought up on WWE television as Seth Rollins said Baron Corbin was the reason for the ratings dip — it was advertised that Vince McMahon would return to “shake things up.” Vince appeared and brought out Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Shane McMahon. WWE oddly blurred the lines between kayfabe and reality, with the McMahons also blaming Raw’s issues on Corbin. 


WON NEWSLETTER: December 31, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Jon Jones testing controversy, more

The most in-depth reporting on the Jon Jones case is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

This article tries to break down the time line, what the realities of drug testing are, what is misleading, why the show was moved, why the show had no reason to be moved, the limits on what drug testing can detect and how many statements over the past week have been double-talk, & the fishy parts of the case.

Also look at previous Jones tests and the controversy prior to the first Cormier fight that nobody talks about and why it was controversial. Go through the Tom Lawlor and Tim Sylvia cases.

Look at the new Impact TV deal, what is Pursuit TV, what options Impact had, comparing the homes that the different wrestling TV shows are in, & why it’s important for Anthem to keep Impact alive.

Read a rundown of WWE’s biggest annual house show of the year, the holiday show at Madison Square Garden. This issue has match-by-match coverage with star ratings and business notes, as well as appearances by Vince McMahon and John Cena, and Ronda Rousey being put in the main event.

Look at discussions regarding what could be the main event at WrestleMania and different angles on the match, the future of the top of the women’s division, more on Smackdown on FOX next year,

Look at Dragon Gate’s Final Gate show, its last major show of the year. Run down the show and talk of the future and update business for that promotion.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

I want to wish everyone a happy new year. We’ll have a number of shows over the next week from Japan.

AXS TV is running a Kenny Omega marathon which ends at midnight tonight. Here’s full lineup:

7 p.m. — Kenny Omega vs. Jay White for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship (New Beginning in Sapporo 2018)
8 p.m. — Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega in a no time limit, two-out-of-three falls match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (Dominion 2018)
10 p.m. — Kenny Omega vs. Cody for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (G1 Special in San Francisco)
11 p.m. — Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi vs. Cody for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (King of Pro Wrestling 2018)

ONE announced a television partnership with TV Tokyo in Japan. They didn’t announce what will air where. TV Tokyo is the equivalent of a network but if this is just product airing on the satellite station, that’s a very different story.

UFC’s Jeff Novitzky spoke to the media after weigh-ins today. He didn’t really say anything new past pushing that the Jon Jones treatment is similar to Grant Dawson in UFC who isn’t a major star and tested positive for the same drug in small amounts and was allowed to fight, and athletes in at least one another sport. One thing notable is the California State Athletic Commission did not know about Jones’ failed tests on 8/29 and 9/19 when they gave him a license nor over the weekend when they agreed to allow him to fight on short notice in the state. Nevada did know about the other two failed tests.

Bobby Hunt, a longtime Pittsburgh area prelim wrestler, passed away on 12/27. He was a Pittsburgh regular in prelims from 1963-1971.

Tomorrow night’s UFC prelims on FS1 will be the final show after seven plus years on the FOX family of stations.

UFC
Daniel Cormier officially vacated the light heavyweight title today to set up Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson tomorrow being for the title.
Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson and Cris Cyborg are scheduled to earn $500,000 each in base pay, not including whatever cut they may get out of the PPV.
MISCELLANEOUS
Trevor Dorbritz, who wrestled in the AWA as Jim Evans and worked on the Midwest independent scene a Trevor Adonis, is on life support after suffering a serious heart attack. He’s only 52. He did most of his major league wrestling as Jim Evans between 1987 and 1992.
It’s been reported in some places that Impact will start airing on the Pursuit app. At this point that is not the case.
The Knight family is planning an outdoor show on 6/2 in Norwich, England, at the soccer stadium. Grant Holt, a former star with Norwich City, will wrestle and be the headliner on the show.
What is billed as the first ever sellout for Jiu Jitsu takes place on 1/5 at Center Stage in Atlanta with a shows prootined by NFC BJJ.
SIW presents (W)Rasslin’ at the Ranch 2: City Slickers, on January 5 from TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa, FL. 

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Sting defeats Hogan for WCW title at Starrcade 1997


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