Daily Update: UFC fallout, Elimination Chamber, Triple H

DAILY UPDATE

Latest News:

The Elite to face Inner Circle in AEW Blood & Guts match   
Tag team match added to WWE Elimination Chamber pre-show   
MLW Fusion 100 video & results: Jacob Fatu vs. CIMA   
WWE Allentown, PA, results: Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton 
Updated list of entrants for ROH Pure and Women’s title tournaments   
NXT UK spoilers: Number one contender’s battle royal   
WWE Main Event results: Akira Tozawa vs. Eric Young   
UFC 248 live results: Adesanya vs. Romero, Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk  

Latest Audio:

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We’re looking for your thoughts on both the Elimination Chamber and UFC 248 shows, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We’re looking for reports on the TNA show on Friday in Atlanta, as well as NXT shows from Cleveland on Friday and Detroit on Saturday to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

Elimination Chamber at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on WWE Network:

Women’s Chamber: Shayna Baszler, Asuka, Natalya, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Since the winner faces Becky Lynch and they’ve already shot the angle for Lynch vs. Baszler, one thinks Baszler wins. If not, then Vince changed his mind.  Baszler is a -1500 favorite while Asuka is +1200, Morgan is +3300, Riott is +2800, Natalya is +3300 and Logan is +10,000. 
Smackdown tag title chamber: Miz & John Morrison, New Day, Usos, Lucha House Party, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode and Heavy Machinery.  The big thing looks to set up Otis vs. Ziggler. Miz & Morrison are -210 to retain the titles. On paper this looks like the best match on the show along with Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
Street Profits vs. Seth Rollins & Murphy for Raw tag titles. Street Profits are -350 favorites and Rollins & Murphy are +225.  Should be a good match.
Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn & Cesaro in a handicap match for the IC title. Lots of late betting on the heels so Strowman is only a -120 favorite.
Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo for the U.S. title. Andrade is a -130 favorite. This should be good as well.
A.J. Styles vs. Aleister Black no DQ.  Black is a -165 favorite. The only way I can see Styles losing, given he’s facing Undertaker at WrestleMania, is that there is outside interference and his guys either botch it and he loses, or it’s Undertaker who causes it.
Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak. Technically this should be good. Bryan is a -420 favorite. The thing here is whether the crowd gets into Gulak, since he’s gotten very little of a push. It should be noted that Gulak is from the area so the crowd should be better for him  than somewhere else.
Viking Raiders vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder. It reads like a Viking Raiders win.

From a star power standpoint, this is one of the weakest PPVs the company has ever done, and it’s on a short build. So many regular top stars aren’t on the show and neither the WWE nor Universal titles are at stake. The idea of the key matches have changed many times. 


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WON NEWSLETTER: 40th Annual Awards Issue The results from the 2019 WON awards are in.

One of the year’s biggest issues, our 40th annual awards issue is out this week.  The issue covers these awards:

1) Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award for Wrestler of the Year; 2) MMA MVP; 3) Most Outstanding Wrestler; 4) Most Outstanding MMA Fighter; 5) Tag Team of the Year; 6) Best On Interviews; 7) Promotion of the Year; 8) Best Weekly TV show; 9) Pro Wrestling Match of the Year; 10) MMA Match of the Year; 11) U.S/Canada MVP; 12) Japan MVP; 13) Mexico MVP; 14) Europe MVP; 15) Non-heavyweight MVP; 16) Women’s Wrestling MVP; 17) Women’s MMA MVP; 18) Best Box Office Draw; 19) Feud of the Year; 20) Most Improved; 21) Most Charismatic; 22) Bryan Danielson Award/Best Technical Wrestler; 23) Bruiser Brody Award/Best Brawler; 24) Best Flying Wrestler; 25) Most Overrated; 26) Most Underrated; 27) Rookie of the Year; 28) Best Non-Wrestler; 29) Best TV announcer; 30) Worst TV announcer; 31) Best Major wrestling show; 32) Worst major wrestling show; 33) Best wrestling maneuver; 34) Most Disgusting promotional tactic; 35) Worst TV show; 36) Worst match of the year; 37) Worst feud of the year; 38) Worst promotion of the year; 39) Best Booker; 40) Promoter of the Year; 41) Best gimmick; 42) Worst gimmick; 43) Best book; 44) Best documentary

We have the top placings in every category as well as a list of winners of every award dating back to 1980.

The new issue also covers:

Coronavirus and an update on its affect on Japanese pro wrestling.

Young Bucks vs. Kenny Omega & Adam Page match and compare it to great tag team matches of the past, in particular Misawa & Kobashi vs. Kawada & Taue from 1995 and Midnight Express vs Fantastics from 1988.

AEW Revolution with business notes, storylines, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Preview Elimination Chamber with early business notes and the current demand.

Folding of the Wrestle-1 promotion.

WWE and All Japan, WrestleMania ticket sales and secondary market interest, update on WrestleMania show, Jeff Hardy, John Layfield in the Hall of Fame, XFL ratings updates, Injuries and other WWE absences, notes on a new WWE wrestler who just had his first match this past week, Renee Young talks her situation and Jon Moxley, next MSG show, Notes on the Tampa Takeover show, company value, most-watched shows on WWE Network, and a rundown of all the WWE and NXT live events over the past week with highlights and business notes.

Saturday’s UFC show, looking at the key matches and stories, business notes and match-by-match coverage.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we’ve got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

All the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering a ton of stories including David Starr, Scott Steiner, Wednesday ratings, Elimination Chamber and everything else we didn’t get to last night. Our awards show is up on the site right now from last night.

For Google searches, UFC 248 had 2.1 million searches. That’s a strong number, really better than would have been expected for that show, so the late build of the two main events was strong.  Things not associated with UFC 248 that made the list was Tony Ferguson at No. 17 on Friday with 50,000 and Scott Steiner due to his health scare at No. 17 on Saturday with 50,000.

Regarding the two title fights at UFC 248, in Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero, Sal D’Amato scored rounds three through five for Adesanya, Chris Lee scored rounds two through five for Adesanya and Ron McCarthy scored three through five for Adesanya. I scored three through five for Adesanya as well.  Media scores at last look were 61 percent for Adesanya. It was close.

For Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bell scored one, four and five for Weili, Derek Clearly scored two, four and five for Weili and Eric Cohen scored three through five for Jedrejczyk. Media scores were 71 percent for Weili. That fight is likely to win fight of the year and was one of the greatest fights in UFC history.

Paul Levesque received a Lifetime Achievement award from Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday as part of the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH.

AAA has a press conference on Wednesday to announce TripleMania.

WWE
Paige will be appearing 7/3 to 7/5 for WAW, her parents’ promotion, in the U.K. at Pontins Southport.
UFC
Dana White last night said that if a Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor rematch happens, it would be the biggest fight in combat sports history. Well, that’s up there with Arum predicting Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder would do McGregor-Pacquiao numbers. At least McGregor-Khabib will come closer than Fury-Wilder did.  
Brian Ortega reportedly slapped Korean music artist Jay Park at last night’s show. It was quickly broken up. Park was the translator for Chan Sung Jung and evidently Ortega was mad at how he translated something.  Park told Ariel Helwani that Ortega came up to him when Jung went to the bathroom and asked if he was Jay Park. When he said “Yes,” according to Park, Ortega open palm slapped him. 
AEW
Bill Apter talks to Jake Roberts.
MISCELLANEOUS
A story on DirecTV likely to be falling.
70-year-old Mike Jackson worked on Friday for Impact at their TV taping in Atlanta. Reports are he looked great.
Former UFC star Chris Leben will face former University of Alabama linebacker Marcel Stamps in a Bare Knuckle fighting championships main event on 4/11 in Birmingham, LA at the Boutwell Auditorium. Heavyweight champion Joey Beltran defends his title against Mark Godbeer.  Stamps played form 2004 to 2008 and knocked out Kendall Grove previously in a Bare Knuckle fight.
Wrestling Go from yesterday in Sydney, Australia:  Bee Boy b King Shahil, Lena Kross & Parker Tomas b Kingsley & Xena, Ricky South b Lex Lennock, Cear & The Buccaneer b Lee Morrow & Matthias Clock, Matty Wahlberg NC Tree Hugger Luchi, ASPN b Shazza McKenzie to keep the New Zealand women’s title, Aaron Jake won over Massive Q, Mr. Christmas and Nikki Van Blair, Saxon Hughes b Axton Ursus, Jay Sorbert won three-way over Jessica Troy and Donnie Mako to win the Silver medal.  (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
Chris Masters and Minoru Tanaka work for All-Star Wrestling Australia on 4/18 in Sydney.
Wrestling Go from Friday in Sydney:  Johnny Wehlan b Chris Stevens, Jessica Troy b Lena Kross, Alex Irvine b Jackson Spade-DQ, Mat Gauge & Milen Malice b Lex Lennock & Silvio Milano, Parker Tomas b King Shahil, Big Fudge d The Perfects, Saxon Hughes b Johnny Wehlan, Kai Drake b Robbie Eagles in 47:00.  Match was said to be technically good but too long for the crowd.
EPW from last night in Perth,Western Australia:  Tipene b Aaron Hawk, Casey Johns b Edith Night, Del Cano b Jay Taylor, Gavin McGavin won over Taylor King, Michael Morleone and Dan Steel, Bobby Marshall & Dan Moore b Damien Slater & Julian Ward, Bruno Nitro NC Junior Li, Davis Storm b Marcius Pitt to win Coastal title in a career vs. title match.  There was a sendoff to Ward who is moving to Canada.
Keith Greenberg is writing a book for ECW Press on Pro Wrestling in 2020 with Brexit, the US presidential election and the coronavirus as backdrops. He’s looking to hear from wrestlers or promoters at IndieWrestlingBook@gmai.com
Northeast Wrestling from last night in New Bethany, CT:  JT b Chris Battle, Brad Hollister b Chuck O’Neill, Wrecking Ball Legursky b Richard Holliday, Karen Bam Bam b Little Mean Kathleen, Bobby Orlando b  Kenny Bengal, RJ Rude & Zane Bernardo b Bear Country-DQ, Vincent b Mike Verna, Christian Casanova b Delirious to keep the Facebook title, Keith Youngblood won four-way over JT Dunn, Wrecking Ball Legursky and Brad Hollister
Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN: Cooter b Guy Lombardo, Rudy Switchblade b Scarecrow, Randall Floyd b Big D, Dodo Brown b John Doe-DQ, Truth Magnum b Ace Jackson, Jay Lee b Allie Parker, Buck Sexton b TJ Kemp.  Next show in Columbus, IN is 4/4. .
Pro Wrestling EVE from yesterday in London: Laura Di Mateo b Kira Chimea, Kasey b Maddison Miles, Jetta b Clementine, Sammii Jayne b Holidead to keep International title, Zoe Lucas b Rebel Kinney, Skye Smitson b Session Moth Martina, Rhia O’Reilly b Jazzy Gabert to keep Eve title, Kasey b Sammii Jayne to win International title. Jetta challenged  O’Reily in a career vs. title match for the 5/10 anniversary show. 
Eve announced an all-women’s show on 5/8 where the entire crew,announcers, referees and backstage people will be women and tickets are available to anyone who identifies as a woman (thanks to Chris Gannon)

Daily Pro Wrestling History: The Wild Samoans win WWF Tag Team titles


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