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AEW TROUNCES NXT IN LATEST RATINGS
AEW Dynamite has pulled off it’s biggest ratings wins to date, topping 947,000 viewers compared to NXT, who had over 200,000 less viewers, coming out at 721,000.
NXT did not break the cable top 50, whereas AEW drew a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic, beating the 0.19 that NXT drew in the same demo by 89% this week.
AEW did have more viewers last week, but they did go up against NXT’s year-end awards. This is the first live ratings clash of 2020 between the two companies.
THREE MATCHES MADE FOR NEXT WEEK’S NXT
Three big matches have been made for next weeks episode of NXT.
WWE has announced that a number one contender’s battle royal will take place on NXT next Wednesday, with the winner going on to challenge Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Portland.
Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Chelsea Green, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Kayden Carter, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Io Shirai, Shotzi Blackheart, and Xia Li have all been confirmed for the battle royal.
We will also have the other two first-round matches in the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Classic tournament. Former NXT UK tag team champions Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) will take on the debuting duo of former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley, formerly known as Time Splitters. Also, The Bro-serweights (Pete Dunne & Matt Riddle) will take on another pair of former NXT UK Tag Team Champions in South Wales Subculture (Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews).
THREE MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR AEW BASH AT THE BEACH
A trio of big matches has also been announced for next weeks special ‘Bash At The Beach’ episode of AEW Dynamite.
DDP will make his All Elite Wrestling debut, teaming with Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall to take on MJF, The Butcher and The Blade.
After this weeks attack, Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida will join forces to take on Brandi Rhodes’ Nightmare Collective duo of Awesome Kong and Mel.
Finally, PAC will face Darby Allin in singles action.
SIX-MAN TAG MATCH MADE FOR JERICHO CRUISE DYNAMITE EPISODE
Looking further ahead, a big match has been made for the AEW Dynamite episode that is being taped upon Chris Jericho’s ‘Rock and Wrestling Rager’.
The Jurassic Express (Luchasarus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt) will take on Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz on January 22nd. Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Rager At Sea, which will depart from Miami to the Bahamas, runs from January 20 through January 24th and will have the majority of the AEW roster on board.
NORTH AMERICAN TITLE MATCH MADE FOR JANUARY 22ND NXT
After winning tonight’s fatal four-way number one contender’s match, Keith Lee will be getting his NXT North American title shot in two weeks time.
WWE has confirmed that North American Champion Roderick Strong will defend his title against Lee on the January 22nf episode of NXT. Lee earned his shot defeating Cameron Grimes, Damian Priest, and Dominik Dijakovic in last night’s main event fatal four-way.
AUSTIN GUNN SIGNS WITH ALL ELITE WRESTLING
Austin Gunn, son of WWE Hall of Famer Billy, has signed with AEW
Cody came out during AEW Dark tapings that took place tonight following AEW Dynamite and announced that Gunn had signed with the promotion.
Austin Gunn has been working dark matches for the company recently. He teamed with his father Billy (who works as a producer for the company) last week taking on Santana and Ortiz and this week against Shawn Spears and Preston Vance.
Gunn started wrestling in 2017 and has been working on the independent scene since then. He competed in the 2019 Top Prospect Tournament for Ring of Honor, losing to Dak Draper in the finals. He also appeared in the first All Out Battle Royal.
TYSON FURY RETURNING TO WWE?
According to @Wrestlevotes, there is speculation that Tyson Fury could be returning to the ring at WrestleMania 36 in April. There is even a rumour that he could be back as early as the Royal Rumble.
Wrestlevotes also notes that WWE sources say Fury’s boxing match against Deontay Wilder on February 22 is crucial to his appearance at WrestleMania. If Wilder gets the win, Vince McMahon isn’t going to throw big money at a man who just lost a fight on pay-per-view.
BIG MATCH AND MIZ TV ANNOUNCED FOR SMACKDOWN
This Friday’s SmackDown has a big tag team match as well as a must-see episode of Miz TV.
WWE has announced that The Usos will face Baron Corbin & Dolph Ziggler on this week’s SmackDown. Jimmy and Jey returned last Friday, saving Roman Reigns from another dog food attack from Corbin and Ziggler.
Also, there is an exclusive episode of Miz TV where The Miz will be interviewing a returning John Morrison. Morrison also made his WWE return last week, appearing from inside Miz’s locker room.
ROH ANNOUNCES SUPERCARD OF HONOR
Ring of Honor have announced this year’s Supercard of Honor will take place on April 4th in Lakeland, Florida.
It will take place once again during WrestleMania weekend, as last year it was replaced by the ROH and NJPW joint-promoted G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden.
No matches have been announced, but Villain Enterprises, La Faccion Ingobernable will be appearing, alongside new signees Slex and Session Moth Martina.
Tickets for the event go on sale next Wednesday, January 15th at 10AM ET/5PM GMT for HonorClub members. Tickets for the general public will be on Friday, January 17th at 10AM ET/5PM GMT.
SHOWTIME REPORTEDLY INTERESTED IN MLW
Wrestling Inc. is reporting that sources close to the situation are confirming interest in MLW from Showtime.
There has been rumours of a ‘major announcement’ incoming from Major League Wrestling, with a major partnership that would be “transformative to MLW’s immediate and long-term future.”
While Showtime has not aired any wrestling programming, they have had an interest in the genre in the past, previously being in talks with AEW last year.
Wrestling Inc reached out to MLW, who had no comment.
PAMPERO FIRPO PASSES AWAY AGED 89
Juan Kachmanian, best known as Pampero Firpo, passed away this morning at the age of 89.
Whilst not known to many, the native of Buenos Aires, Argentina has headlined almost every major pro wrestling arena in the world as one of pro wrestling’s top stars of the 60s and 70s. Firpo’s interview style was where Randy Savage got his guttural voice, the stream of conscious flow and his ‘oohhh yeah’ catchphrase.
Firpo had retired from pro wrestling in 1981.
PRETTY DEADLY VS MORE THAN HYPE ANNOUNCED FOR CHAPTER 101
A big tag team match-up has been made PROGRESS’ return to the Electric Ballroom in Camden.
More Than Hype (Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin) will be taking on Pretty Deadly (Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley). Pretty Deadly are currently undefeated in PROGRESS, and will look to continue their road to the PROGRESS Tag Team Titles.
Chapter 101: Dalmatians takes place on January 19th, and is the first show post Jim Smallman’s departure. It will be Matt Richards# first show at ring announcer.