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AEW STARTS 2020 WITH A BIG RATINGS WIN
AEW Dynamite returned on Wednesday night with its best ratings numbers since October 16th, averaging 967,000 viewers, up 42 percent from the previous episode.
In the important 18-49 demo, AEW finished 13th for the night on cable with a 0.36 rating, up 44 percent from the previous episode and also the best number Dynamite has done in that category since October 16th.
Compared to NXT, who held their year-end awards had its lowest number on the USA Network, averaging 548,000 viewers which was down 34 percent from last week. They did a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demo, dropping to 66th for the night on cable in that category, which was down 32 percent from the Christmas night episode of NXT.
NIKKI BELLA ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT
Former WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella has announced that she has got engaged to professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev.
As revealed on Instagram, Nikki revealed that the couple actually got engaged in November when Artem popped the question whilst the couple were on holiday in France.
In the post, Nikki said;
Excited for 2020 and the next decade with you @theartemc ❤️ I said yes in France in November! We have been trying to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the New Year!
Nikki and Artem met as partners on the set of Dancing With The Stars in 2017. Nikki was previously engaged to fellow wrestler John Cena.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
TWO MATCHES MADE FOR SMACKDOWN
Two big matches have been made for tonight’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan will be teaming up against King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler. This stems from Reigns preventing Corbin from winning last week’s number one contender’s match, in which Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz to earn a title shot against The Fiend at the Royal Rumble.
WWE has also announced SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Lacey Evans & Dana Brooke for tonight’s show.
This comes from last weeks tag team match between Brooke, Evans, Bayley and Banks where Evans dropped the champ with the Women’s Right, but Sasha made Dana tap to the Bank Statement.
The FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee is hosting tonight’s SmackDown.
FOUR-WAY NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS MATCH MADE FOR NXT
Roderick Strong’s next challenger will be decided on Wednesday’s episode of NXT when Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, Damien Priest and Cameron Grimes battle in a fatal four-way match for the number one contendership of the NXT North American Title.
The match was announced via tweet by NXT GM William Regal. This will be the first live NXT of 2020.
TWO MORE MATCHES MADE FOR NXT UK TAKEOVER BLACKPOOL II
Two more matches were made for next weeks NXT UK TakeOver Blackpool II.
NXT GM Johnny Saint revealed that Eddie Dennis will take on Trent Seven, and Jordan Devlin will face Tyler Bate in singles contests.
The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England is hosting UK TakeOver: Blackpool II on Sunday, January 12th.
WWE PODCASTS HIRE GIANT BOMB PRODUCER
Online content producer Dan Ryckert has announced on his Twitter that he is set to head-up WWE’s podcast team.
Giant Bomb producer Ryckert announced he will be in charge of both ‘in-house and on the road’ podcasts for WWE. Ryckert has experience in the field as a part of the Giant Beastcast and Panning The Stream, as well as working with Giant Bomb and being an author in his own right. He has also been a life-long WWE fan.
WWE currently produces weekly podcasts starring Corey Graves and The New Day and a third is on the way starring Alexa Bliss.
MAJOR MLW NEWS INCOMING?
MLW Founder, Owner & CEO Court Bauer has been in Los Angeles several times over the past few weeks to meet with potential TV and licensing partners, which appears to be related to the story dropping soon.
BRIAN PILLMAN JR TO CHALLENGE FOR MLW TITLE AT ZERO HOUR
MLW announced this morning that World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu will defend his title against Brian Pillman Jr. at their Zero Hour television tapings.
This is based from the dying embers of the Hart Foundation vs CONTRA Unit feud which has significantly died down since Teddy Hart’s release.
The show is taking place at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas on Saturday, January 11th.
CHRIS BROOKES ANNOUNCES MOVE TO JAPAN
Following his final match on his current tour with DDT Pro Wrestling, British wrestler Chris Brookes has announced he will be moving to Japan in 2020 for a year.
Making the announcement at Korakuen Hall he said that Japan has “made him a better wrestler” and wants to stay there longer.
He then announced on Twitter that his final UK match for the foreseeable future will be a Schadenfreude and Friends event in Manchester on February 18th.
FIGHT CLUB PRO ANNOUNCE FIRST DTTI 2020 TEAM
Fight Club Pro have announced that the current IMPACT Tag Team Champions The North will be the first entrants into this year’s Dream Tag Team Invitational.
Ethan Page and Josh Alexander will be making their debuts in Fight Club Pro for this three-day tournament, taking place from Friday 10th to Friday 12th April in Watford, Wolverhampton and Manchester respectively.
DANI LUNA VS GISELE SHAW ANNOUNCED FOR CHAPTER 102
PROGRESS Wrestling has announced the first match for their debut in Cardiff.
Two females who are no stranger to wrestling in Wales, Dani Luna and Gisele Shaw will be action for Chapter 102 at the Tramshed in Cardiff, Wales.
Dani Luna is fresh off a valiant effort against former PROGRESS Women’s Champion Meiko Satomura and Shaw impressed in a four-way earlier in 2019. These two have also wowed audiences facing off in Dragon Pro Wrestling.