The Latest from the F4W Staff


The Young Bucks sign new two-year contracts with Ring of Honor   
The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale live results: Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott   
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  
Tickets for the post-Mania edition of Raw sell out quickly 

Okamoto joins Nason for a Punch-Out party…
Josh Nason’s Punch-Out: ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on DJ, Conor & Bjorn 12/3
WOR: ROH Final Battle, news on John Cena, UFC releases, more! 12/3
F4D: Colt Cabana talks Wrestling Road Diaries 3 and more! 12/2
WOL: Lucha Underground fan feedback, Dr. Lucha and more! 12/2


Hey DJ, your shoe’s untied…

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

Devin Clark vs. Josh Stansbury
Elvis Mutapcic vs. Anthony Smith

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Kailin Curran vs. Jamie Moyle
Brandon O’Reilly vs. Dong Hyun Kim II
Rob Font vs. Matt Schnell
Ryan Hall vs. Gray Maynard
Ryan Benoit vs. Brandon Moreno
Alexis Davis vs. Sara McMann
Jared Cannonier vs. Ion Cutelaba
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jorge Masvidal
Joseph Benavidez vs. Henry Cejudo
Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott for UFC flyweight title

We’re looking for reports on the following shows to:

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.  


Andre Fialho vs. Chidi Njokuani
Emily Ducote vs. Ilima MacFarlane
Justin Lawrence vs. John Teixeira
Darion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo


Manabu Nakanishi & Henare vs. Tetsuya Naito & Rush
War Machine vs. Brian Breaker & Leland Race
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa

We’re looking for reports on Sunday from WWE Raw in Monterrey, Mexico and from the 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).


A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match for WWE title
The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler in ladder match for IC title
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss in a tables match for the women’s title
Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt for tag titles
Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto in a chairs mach
Nikki Bella vs Carmella in a no DQ match


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.


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.

All of this and more in the giant new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter! 

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WON BACK ISSUE: November 8, 1999: Life and Death of Owen Hart documentary, RINGS tournament, plus more – The most publicized story ever in North American pro wrestling, the tragic death of Owen Hart on 5/23, is brought vividly back to life with the documentary “The life and death of Owen Hart.” The one-hour piece, debuted in Ontario on TVO on 11/3, in the rest of Canada on 11/6 on the A Channel and will be part of A&E’s bio week on pro wrestling, with an 11/16 showing… click here to continue.


Shinsuke Nakamura recaptured the NXT Championship from Samoa Joe at today’s live event in Osaka, Japan. The match will air in full on next week’s episode of NXT. The show also featured Asuka facing Nia Jax and DIY taking on Akira Tozawa and Tajiri.
Nakamura did an interview after the title win. WWE also uploaded a clip from the match.
Joe will challenge Nakamura for the title in a steel cage match on December 8th in Melbourne. That show is also being taped to air on the Network in some fashion.
Sophia Grace, who gained notoriety after appearing on the Ellen show, is coming to SmackDown next week after being invited by Nikki Bella.

Dave Meltzer noted on last night’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that The Young Bucks vs. Hardys is scheduled for ROH’s show in Lakeland, Florida over WrestleMania weekend after Matt Hardy challenged the Bucks in a video at Final Battle. Meltzer said that it came down to the wire whether TNA would send clearance in enough time for Hardy’s video to appear on the show.
Matt Hardy uploaded video of him issuing the challenge to The Young Bucks.
Bobby Fish missed Final Battle last night due to the death of his mother. Our best wishes to him and his family.
Matt Riddle will face Katsuyori Shibata for Revolution Pro Wrestling on January 21st at York Hall in London. It was announced previously that the show would also feature Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Marty Scurll after Scurll turned on Sabre.

Conor McGregor said that he’s still a two-weight champion and the UFC isn’t fooling anyone by stripping him of the featherweight title. He also explained why he got his boxing license.
Tito Ortiz claimed that his fight against Chael Sonnen will be his last.
Due to injury, Wandelei Silva will no longer compete in his previously scheduled fight against Mirko Cro Cop in RIZIN’s openweight tournament on December 29th.
After Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes were laid off by the UFC, Ariel Helwani tweeted that Forrest Griffin and Big Nog are still employed in their roles.
Ronda Rousey is scheduled to appear on the Conan show with Conan O’Brien this Wednesday on TBS.
Former NWA World Heavyweight, and TNA TV, X Division, and Tag Team Champion Abyss was the recent guest of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. He had much to share about AJ Styles being the favorite person he’s wrestled, learning so much from Sting, being a general backstage, being a member of Decay, and much more.
This story is about a wounded vet who is now trying to make his way into pro wrestling.
STRANGLEHOLD PRO WRESTLING makes it’s return to the wrestling scene with one of the most anticipated events of 2017. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, 15 Harmony Rd N, Oshawa, ON L1G 6K8 – Street Fights, Midgets and Half Dressed Women!!! PARENTAL ADVISORY ADVISED!
Kravitz talks to Brother Love.
Dalton Castle, Colt Cabana and ROH Champion Adam Cole joined THE JAKE BROWN SHOW on CBS’ this week to promote Final Battle and talk about their careers. (Interview begins around the 45 minute mark.)
EVOLVE 75 – Dec. 11th – Melrose, MA – 7pm EST – Tickets & Info – Broadcast At
It’s the Superkick’d Year End Bash! On Friday December 16, The Great Hall’s Longboat Hall goes ALL THE WAY UP  in Toronto!
Cross Body Pro Wrestling January 7th, 2017 Championship Match (C) Alessandro Del Bruno vs Tyler Thomas!
ECCW: CHAMPION VS CHAMPION Vancouver, B.C. December 10 2016
All Star Wrestling presents Girls Gone Wrestling: Friday, December 9 at 7:30 PM PST. Cloverdale Fair Grounds. 6000 184th St, Surrey, British Columbia V3S 4E7
Lucha Xtreme TV from the Saturday morning telecast in Fresno called “Holiday Highlights”. 1. Hunter Freeman & Mike Camdin defeated Dirty Doug & Chris Myra by pin, 2. Kaos defeated Robby Phoenix by pin, 3. El Spirito defeated Dark Usagi & So Cal Crazy by pin in a triple threat match.
Today in Professional Wrestling History (12/3): ECW December to Dismember


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