POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: TakeOver tickets move quickly in Brooklyn

NXT TakeOver tickets moved very fast when they went on sale Friday, UFC 231 tonight from Toronto, Spring Break teasing a second show WM Weekend & more.

POST IT NOTES

**On today’s EGGSHELLS podcast, I’m the guest chatting Wrestle Kingdom 7 from 2013 with Chris Charlton. This was a fun show chatting Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada’s first Tokyo Dome main event, an excellent match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Kazushi Sakuraba, the three-way between Prince Devitt, Low Ki, and Kota Ibushi, as well as Bob Sapp and Akebono working an eight-man tag.

**We have started adding the audio of our weekly Café Hangout shows as podcasts on the main feed. On this week’s show, we chat about the death of Tom Billington and the feature I wrote, the situation involving Greg Hardy being booked on the UFC’s ESPN+ debut card, an update on our year-end voting and more. The video portion will continue to be added to our POST Wrestling YouTube channel every Friday.

**We will have a UFC 231 POST Show up late tonight as Phil Chertok will join me for a rundown of the card from Toronto. That show will be free and available on the main POST Wrestling feed.

**On Sunday, Wai Ting and I will have a bonus show for members of the POST Wrestling Café reviewing the final night of New Japan’s World Tag League tournament.

**Braden Herrington and Davie Portman will have a bonus show out Sunday reviewing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie on the upNXT feed.

WRESTLING NEWS

**New Japan’s final night of the World Tag League takes place late Saturday at 1 am Eastern on New Japan World. Kevin Kelly and Excalibur will be calling the English broadcast and below is the lineup, including the finals of the tournament:
*Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi vs. Togi Makabe, Toa Henare, Ayato Yoshida, and Shota Umino
*Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka and Killer Elite Squad vs. Best Friends, Michael Elgin and Jeff Cobb
*Tomohiro Ishii and Roppongi 3K vs. Zack Sabre Jr, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado
*Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi and Bushi vs. Hangman Page, Yujiro and Chase Owens
*Kazuchika Okada, Kushida and Toru Yano vs. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale and Taiji Ishimori
*Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Marty Scurll vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, David Finlay, and Ryusuke Taguchi
*Will Ospreay vs. Taichi in a #1 contender’s match for the NEVER Openweight title
*Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi for the NEVER Openweight title
*Guerrillas of Destiny vs. EVIL and Sanada in the final of the World Tag League tournament

**Tickets to NXT TakeOver at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York went quickly on Friday. There are almost no seats available except for a handful on the floor and is essentially sold out. The card was originally planned for Saturday, April 6th and moved to the night prior. Many fans were happy with the move because it didn’t force them to choose between attending TakeOver and the Ring of Honor card at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. I didn’t think TakeOver would have a problem selling out either night as demand was could to be enormous either night. TakeOver will be going against Joey Janela’s Spring Break III, which is also sold out at the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.

**Game Changer Wrestling has released the logo for Spring Break III and identifying it as “Spring Break III Part 1”, indicating they will announce a second Spring Break show that weekend.

**Impact Wrestling fell to 116,000 viewers this past Thursday on Pop TV.

**Dragon Lee will take on DJZ this Friday during MLW’s live broadcast on beIN Sports from Miami, Florida. This Friday’s live show will also feature a four-way ladder match for the vacant middleweight title with Dezmond Xavier vs. Kotto Brazil vs. Andrew Everett vs. Jason Cade. The title was vacated by MJF, who suffered an elbow injury and could not wrestle on the show.

**The NWA’s Pop Up show they have announced for January 5th in Clarksville, Tennessee will feature Nick Aldis defending the NWA title against James Storm.

**PCO is off next Sunday’s Smash Wrestling card next Sunday in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Convention Centre. The promotion has announced that Jimmy Havoc will be facing local wrestler Holden Albright in place of PCO’s match.

**PCO has been forced to withdraw from tonight’s House of Hardcore show at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. PCO was scheduled to face Tommy Dreamer in the main event.

**Jonathan Gresham has been added to Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport card on Thursday, April 4th during WrestleMania Week. The show is promoted by Game Changer Wrestling and will take place on Thursday at 4 pm from the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.

**The WWE stock closed at $75.05 on Friday.

MMA NEWS

**The UFC 231 event takes place tonight from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. We will have coverage of the show on the site tonight along with a POST Show with Phil Chertok joining me tonight. Below is the card:

MAIN CARD (10 pm Eastern on pay-per-view)

*Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega for the UFC featherweight title
*Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title
*Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson
*Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak
*Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos

PRELIMINARY CARD (8 pm Eastern on FS 1)
*Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff
*Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
*Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye
*Elias Theodorou vs. Eryk Anders

FIGHT PASS CARD (6 pm)
*Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez
*Dhiego Lima vs. Chad Laprise
*Kyle Nelson vs. Diego Ferreira
*Aleksandar Rakic vs. Devin Clark

**Here is Episode 5 of UFC Embedded before tonight’s show at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto:

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EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: 2013 w/ John Pollock
Episode 25 sees Chris Charlton and John Pollock look at 2013. Kazushi Sakuraba makes a controversial return to prominence and has a classic with Shinsuke Nakamura. MVP and Low Ki finish with NJPW, and Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi continue a legendary rivalry.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/08/eggshells-podcast-companion-2013-w-john-pollock/
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Café Hangout: Dynamite Kid passes, Greg Hardy in UFC, Year-End Voting
John Pollock and Wai Ting chat the passing of “Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington, UFC’s decision to debut accused abuser Greg Hardy on the same card as domestic abuse victim Rachael Ostovich, Chris Engler joins us for an update on the POST Wrestling’s Year-End Awards and more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/07/dynamite-kid-passes-greg-hardy-in-ufc-cafe-hangout-live-12-6-18/
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REWIND-A-WAI $=#25: WWE SummerSlam 2013
John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE SummerSlam 2013 featuring two excellent main events in John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship and “The Beast vs. The Best” as Brock Lesnar faces CM Punk.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/07/rewind-a-wai-25-wwe-summerslam-2013/
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upNXT 12/6/18: Master of Puppets
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman chat this week’s episode of WWE NXT featuring a great angle between Ciampa, Black & Gargano; Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai; Matt Riddle vs. Punishment Martinez and more! Plus, this week’s 205 Live.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/06/upnxt-12-6-18-master-of-puppets/
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DOUBLE SHOT 12/5: Total Divas, Edge & Christian Show, ROH TV, Being the Elite
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the season finale of Total Divas, Ring of Honor TV, Being the Elite, and the latest Edge & Christian Show on the WWE Network
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/05/double-shot-12-5-total-divas-edge-christian-show-roh-tv-being-the-elite/
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RASD 12/4/18: Climate Change Draws Heat, TLC contract signing, MMC
SmackDown took place from Austin, Texas with the “new” Daniel Bryan explaining his disdain for polluters and socially unconscionable fans, the TLC contract signing went down involving Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka. Plus: Samoa Joe rented out a bar, Shane McMahon is taking the Survivor Series loss remarkably well, and AJ Styles took on The Miz in the main event.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/05/rasd-12-4-18-climate-change-draws-heat-tlc-contract-signing-mixed-match-challenge/
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RAR 12/3/18: The Bane of Dean’s Existence, TakeOver & HOF switch nights, ROH signings
Monday’s Raw in Houston featured Ronda Rousey teaming with Ember Moon against Nia Jax and Tamina, Dean Ambrose addressed the audience in a gas mask, and it was Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night so that meant yet another character turn. We also discuss recent news with WWE and ROH.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/04/rar-12-3-18-the-bane-of-deans-existence-takeover-hof-switch-nights-roh-signings/
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About John Pollock 1836 Articles
Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling.He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.