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WWE Raw ratings down a bit, second lowest hour two in history
Six-man tag title match set for NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome show
VIDEO: Omega attacks Jericho in angle at NJPW press conference
WWE Raw video highlights: Strowman vs. Kane ends in double countout
NJPW World Tag League finals results: LIJ vs. Guerrillas of Destiny
Cedric Alexander to face Drew Gulak on WWE Raw next week
WWE Raw live results: Number one contender’s match
WOL: Dr. Lucha Steve Sims on the Aro Lucha situation 12/12
DR. KEITH PRESENTS: The Pro Wrestling Journey! 12/12
WOR: Jericho vs. Omega, Tokyo Dome, Raw, new Royal Rumble main event, more! 12/12
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly 12/4/2017: Looking at WWE’s match of the year candidates
While there’s still some time for WWE to shape how the company’s 2017 will be remembered, the beginning of December marked the end of this year’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards calendar. The insane output of high-end matches New Japan Pro Wrestling had during the voting period will rightfully lead to a strong showing in the Match of the Year category, but WWE’s in-ring year shouldn’t be forgotten. Though a full year of brand-exclusive pay-per-views and not having the Cruiserweight Classic may have led to a decline from 2016, WWE produced their fair share of matches that deserve to be in contention for best of the year.
WON NEWSLETTER: December 11, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC 218 review, Impact management changes, more
There are a number of different features in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, including why last week’s UFC show is so important historically, an update on the Shane McMahon-Daniel Bryan storyline, the changes in direction at Impact once again and the new power structure, a look at the Clash of Champions show, the Konnan / Crash split, U.S. TV coverage of Wrestle Kingdom and how New Japan is doing on U.S. TV, the idea behind a 205 Live tour and much more.
Look at the last three UFC events and why they are important, including lessons regarding the value of titles or shows that on paper look to be filled with action and what it means to the public. Read our poll results for UFC 218 and full coverage of the show including the good and bad of China, the creation of the women’s flyweight title, two match-of-the-year candidates, as well as questions regarding sport vs. spectacle and the message being sent.
Examine the business numbers for the shows including UFC 218 preliminary PPV numbers.
Look at the changes at the top with Impact, Don Callis’ background in wrestling, who looks to be gone from Impact next, and the directives the company is under.
Read about the WWE Smackdown direction leading into the PPV show, and the long-term of Daniel Bryan and where things currently stand.
This issues goes into detail on the Konnan / Crash split, the different factors that led to it, what Konnan said about it, the Aroluxe deal and what this means long-term for Crash.
Have a look at the New Japan TV deal in the U.S., viewership update on the show, plans for Tokyo Dome coverage and what led to numbers increasing.
Check out WWE’s plans for a 205 Live tour, including plans for the division.
Also, look at Jim Johnston leaving WWE and his work in the promotion, why the WWE stock price is rising and what UFC has to do with it, more WWE injuries, and WWE Week on the USA Network.
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WON BACK ISSUE: November 27, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Survivor Series review, Stan Hansen retires, more
The rapidly changing world of wrestling changed once again, as a Steve Austin vs. HHH main event at Survivor Series didn’t end with a pinfall in the ring, but with a forklift dropping a car, purported to be with HHH inside, theoretically to a Wile E. Coyote like catastrophe (where the victim should be dead, but will, of course live to see another day). The angle, largely to explain HHH taking some time off to rest his back and hip injuries, kept HHH’s unusual streak alive of having done no pinfall jobs in singles matches on PPV.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE
The go-home show for Clash of Champions takes place tonight as SmackDown is in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kevin Owens will face Shinsuke Nakamura, with Sami Zayn in Owens’ corner and Randy Orton in Nakamura’s. There will also be a face-to-face segment with AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal.
205 Live will continue to build to next week’s Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak number one contender’s match, along with the storyline of Enzo Amore flirting with Nia Jax.
After the way Raw ended with Braun Strowman and Kane going to a double countout, Dave Meltzer noted that Brock Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane is the plan for the Royal Rumble on Wrestling Observer Radio last night.
Lesnar will officially return to television on Raw next week. He hasn’t appeared on TV since beating AJ Styles at Survivor Series.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting a baby girl next spring.
Lilian Garcia interviewed Paige on an emotional episode of her Chasing Glory podcast.
PWInsider reported that Rockstar Spud, who is scheduled to be in the cruiserweight division, will start with WWE next week.
The Metro interviewed Braun Strowman about working with Vince McMahon.
Steve Austin praised last night’s Intercontinental Championship match between Roman Reigns and Cesaro: “Cesaro and Roman just ripped it up. Real good match. #WWE @WWE”
Ric Flair now has his own YouTube channel. Responding to a question, he said his three favorite matches of his career were against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24, against Ricky Steamboat in Chicago, and against Harley Race at the first Starrcade.
Ruby Riott had her first pro wrestling match seven years ago today.
Drew Gulak taught other wrestlers how to play dreidel for Hanukkah.
WWE also released a video wishing everyone happy holidays.
WDRB in Louisville ran a story on Matt Cappotelli’s battle with terminal brain cancer.
DJ Z tweeted that an MRI showed he has three ruptured discs in his neck. While he doesn’t need surgery, he wrote that he’ll be taking a couple of months off to heal.
Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega are on the cover of the latest issue of Weekly Pro Wrestling magazine in Japan.
This week’s episode of the Killing the Town podcast with Lance Storm and Don Callis featured Callis and Jericho talking about the angle where Jericho attacked Kenny Omega at NJPW’s World Tag League finals.
Yoshihiro Takayama will be a DLC character in Fire Pro Wrestling World, with all of the proceeds going towards Takayama’s medical expenses.
Jushin Thunder Liger explained why he isn’t on social media in his autobiography.
SANADA & EVIL will face Aussie Open at Revolution Pro Wrestling’s High Stakes show on January 20th at York Hall.
Spoofing the list that Cody Rhodes put out after he left WWE, James Ellsworth posted a list of women’s wrestlers he wants to face in intergender matches.
Darren Young’s first post-WWE indie appearance will be for WrestlePro in Union, New Jersey on March 9th. He’s scheduled to wrestle and take part in a meet and greet.
In an interview with Damon Martin for FloCombat, Cris Cyborg continued to lobby for a match against Ronda Rousey in WWE.
Daniel Cormier said he’s ready to get the stench of the Jon Jones situation off of him when he faces Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220.
Alexander Gustafsson wants to take on the winner of Cormier vs. Oezdemir, but he considers Jones the “real champion” and wants another fight with him.
Cormier noted that Cain Velasquez is back training again.
Robert Whittaker is happy to have closure with Georges St-Pierre vacating the middleweight title.
Frankie Edgar thinks he’ll return in March or April to face Max Holloway.
Dana White wants to get a deal done on a new contract for Cub Swanson.
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