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A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match for WWE title – Styles always delivers on big shows and it wouldn’t be surprising for a rising from the dead spot at the end, whether that’s Undertaker or James Ellsworth. But it appears the smart money is already in given the long odds right now. Styles is a -2450 favorite (more than 24-to-one odds) to retain the title.
The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler in ladder match for IC title – In what is being pushed as their blow-off match, Miz is a -1425 favorite to retain his title as well. This should also be a great match. Miz and Ziggler had one of WWE’s best matches of the year, and Ziggler had a killer ladder match with John Cena many years ago. Being put in a significant match that will be given time usually means he’ll shine.
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss in a tables match for the women’s title – Bliss is a -1350 favorite to win the championship. A tables match is usually a good out for a heel win over a babyface because it can be a fluke and leave openings for the face losing unfairly, not being pinned, and setting up rematches.
Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt for tag titles – Orton & Wyatt are -2150 favorites to win the match. For reasons we’ve talked about several times, it makes sense for them to take the titles because it would elevate the belts. The “cute” Heath Slater push has pretty much run its course and the titles are pretty much lower card comedy as long as they are champions.
Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto in a chairs match – Corbin is a -2450 favorite. Obviously the company has high hopes for Corbin as a future champion and Kalisto is in that position where Vince McMahon likes to have him bullied by the big guys.
Nikki Bella vs Carmella in a no DQ match – Bella is a -1500 favorite to win this one.
TLC shows because of the latitude of weapons usage, brawling outside the ring and no DQs in so many of the matches is usually among the wilder shows of the year. Smackdown right now is really short on the marquee value side so interest isn’t necessary high for the show, but it should deliver.
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The Young Bucks sign new two-year contracts with ROH & NJPW
Shinsuke Nakamura recaptures the NXT Championship in Japan
Chuck Liddell & Matt Hughes among latest laid off by UFC
Matt Hardy appears at ROH’s Final Battle to challenge The Young Bucks
ROH Final Battle live results: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
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Josh Nason’s Punch-Out: ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on DJ, Conor & Bjorn 12/3
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ROH Final Battle PPV
WWE Raw in Albuquerque, NM (Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns)
NXT in Crystal River, FL
NXT in Osaka, Japan with Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT title and Asuka vs. Nia Jax for the women’s title
WWE Raw in Mexico City, Mexico (Brock Lesnar vs. Rusev; Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns) at Arena Ciudad
WWE Smackdown in Oklahoma City, OK
NXT in Largo, FL.
WWE Raw in Monterrey, Mexico
ROH TV tapings in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena (First round of Decade of Excellence tournament for an ROH title shot in March with Christopher Daniels vs. Mark Briscoe, Alex Shelley vs. Colt Cabana, Jushin Liger vs. Jay Lethal and B.J. Whitmer vs. Jay Briscoe)
NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE MONDAY IN KYOTO ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale & Bone Soldier
Seiya Sanada & Evil vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yoshitatsu & Billy Gunn
Yuji Nagata & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii
Raw will be Monday in Austin, TX. Nothing has been announced for the show. There will also be a Smackdown house show on Monday night in Tyler, TX.
Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday night in Houston at the Toyota Center.
NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE WEDNESDAY IN MITO ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Henare
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Brian Breaker & Leland Race
War Machine vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
Tetsuya Naito & Rush vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 11/28/2016: Buddy Rose investigated by CSAC for getting too much heat
What is traditionally the most talked about issue of the year, the 2016 Hall of Fame Observer issue is now out with the full balloting, stories on both the people now in as well as notes on many not in, plus how candidates did when broken down by reports, historians, active wrestler and former wrestlers. Also, look at who is on next year’s ballot who is being dropped from next year’s ballot and others in danger of being dropped.
Take a look at what UFC is expecting with its next television deal, notes on the timing of the deal, why the deal is so important, the landscape of television in general, how cutting the cord affects revenues and what stations can afford, and who has expressed interest in UFC.
There are some very interesting things going on behind the scenes in wrestling regarding contract offers, moves being made by television and streaming services. Find out how this will affect the pro wrestling business over the next year and for time to come.
Read about the announcement of the new Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association, what they are looking for, what is and isn’t accurate, and how they are looking to get the concessions from UFC.
This issue has updates on the WWE women’s division, upcoming PPV plans, notes on PPVs in 2017, Tyson Kidd’s status, a TV show that was dropped and why, John Cena about to take another hiatus, new WWF signings, Hogan/WWE update, Big Show talks current situation, Dwayne Johnson movie box office, twitter hilarity, Jericho talks his current run, most-watched shows on the network, WWE gets new tape library as well as notes from all the WWE arena events from the past week with business notes and show highlights.
Finally, get an update on the situation with Daniel Cormier and how his injury led to Conor McGregor being stripped of the featherweight title, updates on UFC 206 and predictions on it, plus the injuries at AKA.
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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE
Bryan and I will be up again tonight for Wrestling Observer Radio as we’ll be covering the WWE TLC show and then tomorrow another WOR covering Raw, plus updating news each night. If you’ve got questions for the show you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Goldberg is scheduled for the 1/2 Raw show in Tampa.
Tonight’s show in Dallas at the American Airlines Center is expected to draw 12,500 fans.
Colby Corino was arrested on Saturday night in Tennessee and taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and other counts, as reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet. He’s being held on $40,000 bond. Corino was to start as a full-timer in the New Japan dojo in January.
Today’s New Japan tag team tournament results form Kobe:
Tetsuya Naito & Rush (4-2) b Manabu Nakanishi & Henare (0-6)
War Machine (4-2) b Brian Breaker & Leland Race (2-4)
Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page (3-3) b Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4-2)
Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa (5-1) b Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson (2-4)
The company has already sent out travel package information for Survivor Series weekend in Houston in November 2017, with VIP packages that will include first five rows for Survivor Series, Raw, Smackdown and NXT shows plus a breakfast with wrestlers and hotel accommodations. Those staying for three days range from $1,350 per person for a party of four to $1,950 for one, and for four days it’s $1,575 per person for a party of four or $2,375 per person. There are also lower priced packages for non-ringside tickets and hotel stays ranging from $875 per person for three days for a party of four or $1,050 per person for four days for a party of four.
WWE will be airing another episode of Story Time after Raw on the WWE Network tomorrow night.
Tamina Snuka has been cleared to return after being out since May with knee surgery.
Pete Rosenberg will be on the pre-game show tonight. WWE is looking at using Rosenberg in different capacities on the network as their reporter. There are different talk show ideas where he’d be one of the guys involved.
A story on Mauro Ranallo and talks about his battles with depression.
Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis: J-Mal Swagg b Damion Cortese, Ace Hawkins b Big Texan, Garrett Shanks b Jimmy D, Moondog Rover b BT Daramola, Barackus b Gary Jackson, Varik Morgan b Deacon Cash-DQ, Brandon Espinosa b Da’Marius Jones-DQ. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
WWN President Sal Hamaoui and Matt Riddle were in China this week doing publicity for WWN expanding into MMA. Kenny Johnson is also there working on a documentary regarding the trip.
There was a snafu with PWG tickets on Thursday. Evidently they oversold front row. PWG sent letters to the people who got front row last and told them that they can either guarantee those people front row at the first show in 2017, or they can refund the tickets. That also means getting front row at the first show of 2017 will be harder than ever.
Heidi Katrina, the CMLL Reina International champion is in the U.S. through 1/20 and looking for bookings through Bill Behrens at email@example.com. She’s based in Detroit.
There is a benefit show for Gringo Loco, an independent wrestler who works Lucha Libre style, on 12/9 in Berwyn, IL, who suffered what we last heard was believed to have been a heart attack and has heavy medical bills. They are doing a show with a $10 donation that night at the Eagles Club.
New South Wrestling from Friday night in Franklin, KY: Shiner Sutton b John Irons, Shawn Shultz b Shawn Hurley, Christian James & Justin Grandberry b Vic the Bruiser & Arrick Andrews, Damien Wayne d Chris Michaels, Chase Stevens b Derek Neal-DQ. (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
Kenta Kobashi was a guest at Saturday’s Tokyo Grand Slam judo tournament. Woman wrestler Michihiro Omigawa was the guest on Friday. Here is a photo.
Lucha Xtreme TV results from yesterday in Fresno: Hunter Freeman & Mike Camdin b Dirty Doug & Chris Myra, Kaos b Robby Phoenix, El Spirito b Dark Usagi and SoCal Crazy. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
MCW from last night in Joppa, MD: Nick Comoroto & Cody Vance b Maxwell Jacob Feinstein & Malcom Mosses, Brittany Blake b Tessa Valentine, Leo St Giovanni & Shaheem Ali b Punk Rock All-Stars, Brandon Scott won over Jeremiah, Ryo and Greg Excellent, Damian Martinez b Chuck Lennox, Dante Caballeero b Lio Rush, Sean Studd b Bruiser, Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards b Appalachian Outlaws, Jim Duggan & Lance Anoa’i & Johnny Crabcakes b Rock & Bowl Express, Paul Jordane b The Ecktourage-DQ, Drolix b Ken Dixon,. Hell Cats b FU in a cage match. (thanks to Shin-Blade)
Red Rock Wrestling on 1/7 in Charlottetown, PE Canada at the Eastlink Center. Its’ a full-day of activities as one ticket gets you in to three hockey games and one pro wrestling event.
I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Aaron Epic b JD Amazing, Seth Petruzelli (former MMA fighter) b Faris Akeem, Kaci Lennox b Slade Porter, Leo O’Farrell b Axx Clover, Michael Patrick & Leo Brien b Rey Xion & Dinamita Solar, Mila Naniki b Raegan Fire, Seth Petruzelli b C.J. O’Doyle, Rhett Giddins b Josh Hess to keep Florida title. Next show is 1/13. (thanks to Al Haft)
House of Hardcore from last night in Waukesha, WI on Flo Slam: Bull James b Kevin Thorn, Matt Striker b Conor Braxton, Colt Cabana b Hot Shot, Ken Anderson b ?, Matt Cross b Tony Nese (great match), Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James b Aiden O’Shea & Angelina Love, Sami Callihan b Bob Holly, Al Snow & promoter Dave Herro b Abyss & Dameon Nelson in a cage match. Sandman helped Snow & Herro win the main event. Ryback also did a run-in during the Dreamer match.
Given that it’s Observer Hall of Fame season, an interesting Hall of Fame note. Baseball has changed its Hall of Fame rules to where instead of 15 years on the ballot, the window has been closed to ten years before you are removed if you don’t make it.
Today in Professional Wrestling History (12/4): Jerry Lawler wins the AWA Southern Title
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