Daily Update: AJ Styles' ankle, Mickie James & Tajiri, McGregor on HBO


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AJ Styles suffers a minor ankle injury at WWE TLC
ROH TV tapings results: The Decade of Excellence tournament kicks off   
James Ellsworth to challenge for the WWE World title on Tuesday   
WWE TLC live results: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose  
WWE Main Event results: Superstars is no more
Daily Update: WWE TLC, Colby Corino arrested, Goldberg   
Bellator MMA weekend results: Eduardo Dantas retains; Darrion Caldwell gets revenge


WOR: WWE TLC, ROH TV tapings, Don Frye health update, more! 12/5
B&V: Bryan and Filthy Tom review WWE TLC 2016! 12/4
WOL: WWE TLC PPV pre-show, Lucha Underground, Chikara, tons more! 12/4

Raw is in Austin, TX. Nothing has been announced for the show. There is a Smackdown house show tonight 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.

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Bryan and I will be talking Raw, ROH, Bullet Club and the rest of the news with Wrestling Observer Radio tonight. It’ll be our fourth show in four ngihts. If you’ve got questions for the show you can send them to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Mickie James has been offered a WWE main roster contract, which we’ve also confirmed.
At this point we still don’t have an update as to whether A.J. Styles will be able to wrestle tomorrow night or tonight after his ankle injury. I’d expect either way he’ll be on the show doing an angle of sorts if he can’t wrestle tomorrow in Houston.
There were huge betting line movements when the smart money came in for TLC. By the time the show started, A.J. Styles was a ridiculous 110-to-one favorite. Even Demetrious Johnson wasn’t favored to that level. Alexa Bliss was -4650, The Miz was -1875, Nikki Bella was -1700, Baron Corbin was -4950 and Wyatt & Orton were -2150.
The Sunday Life newspaper reported that Conor McGregor will appear in one of the upcoming seasons of Game of Thrones. It was reported that one of the directors was a big MMA fan. McGregor knows “The Mountain,” Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, and even released a video sparring with him, and they often shoot in Belfast. (thanks to Matt Karpinski)
In the A block of the tournament, with one show left, which is Wednesday in Mito, here are the possibilities:

Tetsuya Naito & Rush face Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa.  If Tonga & Roa win, they outright go to the finals of the tournament and win the block.
If Naito & Rush win, and Brian Breaker & Leland Race beat Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, then Naito & Rush go tot the finals
If Naito & Rush win, Tenzan & Kojima win and Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page beat War Machine, then Kojima & Tenzan go to the finals
If Naito & Rush win, Tenzan & Kojima win, and War Machine wins, then it’s a four-way tie with those three plus Tonga & Roa, so I don’t think that one is happening

Today’s B block results from Kyoto

Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma (4-2) beat Bad Luck Fale & Bone Soldier (0-6)
Seiya Sanada & Evil (4-2) beat Kenny Omega & Chase Owens (2-4)
Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi (4-2) beat Yoshitatsu & Billy Gunn (2-4)
Katsuyori Shibata & Yuji Nagata (4-2) beat Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii (4-2)


Tajiri on Twitter said he starts full-time with WWE in the spring.
The 12/18 PPV main matches are expected to be set up tonight. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the women’s title is expected to be a stipulation match, but not sure what the stipulation will be considering they just did it in a Hell in a Cell match.
Elimination Chamber tickets for 2/12 in Phoenix go on sale on 12/16.
It is believed that the entire Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe title change match from Saturday in Osaka will be airing on the NXT show this coming Wednesday.
A story on A.J. Styles in the Amarillo newspaper.
The Kay Jewelers ad on last night’s show with the proposal was taped about a month ago.
Dwayne Johnson is scheduled on The Tonight Show on Friday night with Jimmy Fallon. Moana also was the No. 1 grossing movie this past weekend for the second straight weekend, doing $28.3 million. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
Brock Lesnar was announced last night in Dallas as headlining the 2/17 house show at the American Airlines Center, the next show in the city.  There is a presale code on Thursday using the code BROCK.
Paul Levesque (HHH) announced NXT dates for 1/12 in Indianapolis, 1/13 in Louisville and 1/14 in Nashville. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.  
A group of his contemporaries honored Steve Keirn for his long career in pro wrestling on Friday. Among those honoring him were Brian Blair, Buddy Colt, Ron Bass, Ronnie Garvin, Lanny Poffo, The Cuban Assassin, Rusty Brooks and Fred Ottman. 


Tim Kennedy talks why Bjorn Rebney has a key spot in the MMAAA to Submission Radio:

On how Bjorn became a part of the MMAAA as an adviser

“We had to have somebody that understood the promoter perspective. We needed the intimate details of what the negotiations are like on the promoter’s side. When you’re negotiating with an agent, a manager, with an agency, with a firm, with contractual lawyers, when you’re talking to vendors from different venues, when you try to make an agreement with the venue, when you’re talking to different apparel lines, different sponsors, different ticket wholesalers from providing digital content online – like, these are all things, even though the group of guys that are board members know the sport as champions, former champions, longest standing champions, marquee-known name fighters, guys that coach the Ultimate Fighter, it is still the other side we don’t know. So it’s kind of a necessary evil. We have to have that perspective and Bjorn is that perspective. We can’t do it without him. We can’t do it without a guy like that. And I don’t know if he’s trying to right the wrongs that he did as a promoter. That’s his personal position or demons, that’s up to him. What I know is, that his heart is in the right place. I know that he’s trying to do the right thing, and maybe for the first time in his professional career he’s trying to, with everything that he has, at every resource that he has, take care of fighters. You know, maybe as a promoter he was doing his job the best that he could, and in some cases that is taking advantage of fighters, that is creating a bottom line for Viacom, that is proving exciting content. But he knows – we’ll call it the dark side – he knows the dark side very, very, very well. But right now, he is one hundred percent on board to supporting this board and supporting what we want to do. And ultimately, we’re the ones that will do and choose everything. We have all the power. We’re the ones that make all the decisions. When it comes down to a vote, you know, if we want him out of the room, he’s out and we talk about it. But he knows, and he is that expert that will provide that contrasting information about what the promotional side looks like. He knows the business.”


Brandon Thurston, who is one of the best pro wrestling researchers, is doing a study and is looking for feedback on the familiarity of promotions and how they are viewed from readers.
The newest member of The Bullet Club will be announced on Saturday at New Japan’s tag team tournament finals.  
ROH has announced a return date of 3/4 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, as well as a 4/28 date in Milwaukee.
Brian Cage has been listed as wrestling in both Joppa, MD on 12/17 for House of Hardcore and 12/17 for WrestleCircus in Austin, TX where he’s listed as facing Donovan Dijak. He’ll be working the Joppa show.
The Joppa show, on FloSlam, has Tommy Dreamer & James Ellsworth vs. The Spirit Squad, John Hennigan (Mundo) vs. Rey Fenix, Brian Cage vs. Moose, Jessicka Havok vs. Taya plus Brooklyn Brawler, Kikutaro, Sonjay Dutt, Eddie Kingston, Brandon Scott and more.
In yesterday’s update with the House of Hardcore results for Saturday night in Waukesha, WI, we didn’t have the opponent of Ken Anderson. Anderson’s opponent was named Sadist who wrestles for Dylan Postl’s company out of Oshkosh, WI. Postl, is better known as Honswoggle and Swoggle. (thanks to Bryan Koval)
Kayfabe Dojo Wrestling on Saturday night in Rochester, NY at Pineapple Jacks at 4 p.m.
NWA Mid South on Friday night in Ripley, TN at the Power Pro Arena headlined by Matt Riviera & Rob Conway defending the NWA tag titles against The Heat Seekers.
NWA Mid South results from Saturday night in Dyresburg, TN:  Johnny Morton b EMT, Rob Conway b Tornado, Jokab Edwinn b Matt Taylor, Greg Anthony b Tyson Dean-DQ, The Posse b Jeremy Moore & Josh Lewis, Tim Storm b Matt Riviera to retain the NWA  title.  J.J. Dillon managed Riviera.  Gary Michael Cappetta was the guest ring announcer and Bruce Tharpe was the referee for the main event. 
Best in the World TV results from last night in Fresno, CA:  Jo Killmeister b Brittany Wonder-DQ, Suburban Commandos b Sheik Khan Abadi & Chupacabra, Jeff Cobb b Eli Drake.  Next taping is Saturday in Fresno at the VFW Hall #8900 at 6 p.m. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
Movie City Wrestling on Saturday at the Clela Arena at 926 Clela Avenue in East Los Angeles is headlined by Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Paul London.  London is also doing a seminar that afternoon.
A correction from yesterday regarding Michihiro Omigawa at the judo tournament that Kenta Kobashi was at, Omigawa was a former judo star who fought in the UFC, not a former pro wrestler. (thanks to Paul Lazenby) 
A first-time ever match with ACH vs. Teddy Hart will take place on 1/15 in Calgary for the CWE promotion.
Absolute Intense Wrestling on 12/30 in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt Carmel has Britt Baker vs. Swoggle, Sonjay Dutt vs. Joey Janela vs. Laredo Kid vs. Eric Ryan plus Matt Riddle appears.
Two Hall of Fame birthdays today, Dynamite Kid turned 58 and Riki Choshu turned 65.  Larry Zbyszko also turned 65, Viktor of The Ascension turned 36 and Brooke Adams turned 32.
Shay Walsh (14-4) vs. Luiz Tosta (9-2) has been added to the TV fights on the 12/16 Bellator show from Dublin, which is headlined by King Mo vs. Satoshi Ishii.
Jessie Godderz of TNA did a public appearance with comedian George Lopez yesterday in Oxnard.

Today in Professional Wrestling History (12/5): TNA Turning Point 2004


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