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Raw is tonight from San Antonio with Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus for the WWE title with Vince McMahon as referee. Follow F4WOnline.com’s live coverage.
We’re also looking for reports on yesterday’s WWE show in Corpus Christi (Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for IC title; Kane vs. Bray Wyatt).
NEW JAPAN NEW YEAR’S DASH AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TUESDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
No matches have been announced for the “Raw after Mania” show, but Kevin Kelly and Matt Striker will be calling the show in English and there will also be the Japanese feed..
The first Smackdown on the USA Network will be taped on Tuesday night in Laredo. Mauro Ranallo debuts as announcer and John Cena will be on the show.
TNA ON POP TV AT 9 P.M. FROM BETHLEHEM, PA
Matt Hardy vs. Ethan Carter III
Bobby Lashley vs Eric Young
Winners of these two matches meet for the vacant TNA title
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter
We have our annual business year in review as the lead of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week. We cover our awards balloting year from 12/1/14 to 11/30/15 looking at the biggest events and biggest draws, with the year’s biggest crowds, records set in several different companies, Cena compared to those in similar positions on the all-time list, the year’s PPV buys for every wrestling, MMA and boxing show, how this year compared with other years.
Dwayne Johnson returning for WrestleMania, different ideas of where he may fit in, and his recent track record of WrestleMania matches.
The history of New Japan on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome. The first New Japan Tokyo Dome show and its main event, what drew the first house, what Lou Thesz said to Antonio Inoki after the show and why Thesz thought the result was a good thing and why it ended up being a waste. We look at how this year’s show will differ from last year as well as a match-by-match rundown and a look at the history of the New Japan big four, Tanahashi, Okada, A.J. Styles and Nakamura, with all of their previous Tokyo Dome matches.
Jonathan Coachman on HGH usage in WWE, why usage is so prevalent in certain types of sports and entertainment.
WWE injury coverage, why WWE stars are doing more NBC media, how movies with Sting are doing at the box office, how the WWE’s head of medical came across in the movie “Concussion” plus a concussion expert on Daniel Bryan situation. Update on Nikki Bella, NXT sellouts, Brock Lesnar’s next match, Cena facing a surprise opponent, Chris Jericho on future, Royal Rumble, Sin Cara injury update, NXT in Dallas, the go-home show for WrestleMania, two international stars about to start with WWE and the Bayley character on the main roster.
The holiday show in Madison Square Garden coverage, Ben Askren talks about One’s possibly revolutionary weight cutting regulations that could be the catalyst for changing MMA. We look at the first Rizin show, the sad spectacle of Sakuraba, the pro wrestlers on the show, the mentality behind why certain people were on the show and match-by-match coverage.
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TODAY’S DAILY UPDATE
Wrestling Observer Radio with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez will be returning with 2 shows today. The first show covering the Tokyo Dome show early tonight, then late tonight we will have a show covering tonight’s WWE RAW. If you’ve got any questions we will be doing questions tonight at firstname.lastname@example.org
A strong Tokyo Dome show earlier today: NEW JAPAN WRESTLE KINGDOM 10 Results. Expect angles to be shot at New Year’s Dash at Korakuen Hall for the big shows in February, plus they should be announcing the Fantastica Mania lineup. We have comments from a few people at the show live in the feedback section.
As noted on the front page, Chris Jericho is expected on Raw tonight. We don’t have anything confirmed other than he was in San Antonio last night and that he’s reported to be backstage today.
With the debut of Smackdown on USA on Thursday, the expectation is a big angle will be shot for this show. This was geared to be a really big television week with the start of the Hardcore build for the Royal Rumble PPV, the No. 2 show of the year.
The story going around regarding Jim Ross and the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcasting has nothing to it. I think he was asked a question that if the job was offered would he take it, and he said he’d move to Pittsburgh if it was offered. That’s true, if it was offered he would take it, but there are no talks in that direction and it would shock people if there would be any talks. It was said to be a response to a question that then took on a life of its own.
TNA has added a graphic showing Angelina Love & Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne vs. Jade & Marti Bell & Rebel for the Impact debut tomorrow night on Pop TV. Love is pregnant so nobody expects her to wrestle on the show. Love is scheduled to appear on the show. TNA has given away tickets for all the tapings in Bethlehem, PA since they are running five straight nights including a PPV on Friday night that has had almost no pub whatsoever around it. Billy Corgan has recorded a new theme for Impact that debuts tomorrow, performed by The Smashing Pumpkins.
Brock Lesnar is the main person advertised for the 2/8 Raw show at the Key Arena in Seattle. Lesnar is advertised back for next week’s Raw in New Orleans. We’ll see if that is promoted tonight.
Lilian Garcia returns to Raw this week after missing last week with laryngitis.
NXT goes back to taping on Thursday night. They have another year-in-review show on Wednesday and the first new show of the year will air on 1/13.
The WWE Network is being advertised on the end boards during the NHL games at the Barclays Center.
Lots of photos on Vince McMahon, HHH and Stephanie McMahon being at the Dallas Cowboys game yesterday. They advertised in the stadium that WrestleMania was coming on 4/3.
WWE stock closed at $17.61 per share today, down 23 cents.
UFC 195 was the No. 4 most searched for term on Friday in the U.S. and the No. 5 most searched for term on Saturday. Both were 200,000 searches, which would correlate to a normal to slightly below normal level PPV number in most cases.
Holly Holm will be on UFC Tonight on Wednesday. There is talk that this is to talk about her next fight.
As far as the weekend movies went, Daddy’s Home with a John Cena cameo remained No. 2 behind Star Wars grossing $29,205,583 in week three, a small drop from No. 2. Sisters, where Cena has a more prominent role, was No. 4 at $12,760,730 also in week three. Concussion was No. 8 at $8 million. Daddy’s Home was also No. 2 in Australia and Spectre (Dave Bautista) was No. 10 in Australia and No. 18 in the U.S.
A correction from yesterday, the Magen Boys Entertainment Action for Autism show listed here for Vaughn, ONT at the Avenue Banquet Hall with Nikolai Volkoff, Brodus Clay, Rhino, Brutus Beefcake and Virgil will be on 1/27. All funds go for Autism Awareness.
Danny Casas beat Toscano in a hair vs. hair match yesterday in Naucalpan.
CMLL on Saturday night at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City: Nitrito b Aereo, Magnus b Metalico, Arkangel de la Muerte b Oro Jr. Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Polvora b Triton, Estellita & Princesa Sugei b Seductora & Tiffany, Niebla Roja & Pierroth & Rey Hechicero b La Mascara & Maximo Sexy & Valiente (thanks to Kris Zellner)
The Catch Wrestling Alliance announced they are bringing authentic catch to Singapore on 3/5 at the City Square Mall Fountain Square in Singapore. The matches are shoots that must end with either pinfalls or submissions, with 20 minute rounds and no chokes allowed.
MCW on 1/23 in Joppa, MD featuring Matt Hardy, with Jeff Hardy in his corner, against King McBride for McBride’s MCW title.
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