POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: ROH Final Battle Preview, Spring Break sells out (again)

A preview of tonight's Final Battle pay-per-view, MLW running a live special, Impact Wrestling's viewership goes up, UFC staying on BT Sport, Dana White vs. Oscar De La Hoya and more.

POST IT NOTES

**Tonight on the site, Mike Murray will be joining me for our ROH Final Battle POST Show as we review their final pay-per-view of 2018.

**On Saturday, we will have the newest edition of the EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion with Chris Charlton chatting 2014 with Juan Torres of The Lions Marks and Wrestle Kingdom 8. This was the card headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura, who won a famous fan poll and beat out Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for the main event slot at the Tokyo Dome.

**We will also have the December edition of POST Puroresu out Saturday as WH Park joins me to discuss the passing of Tom Billington, the New Japan, and All Japan tag tournaments, PAC winning the Open the Dream Gate title, the Tokyo Sports Awards, an outlook on the major Japanese companies, and WH’s year-end awards.

**For members of the POST Wrestling Café, we have our monthly MCU review out today with a review of “Captain America – The First Avenger”. Next month’s review will be The Avengers and we will be joined by Brent Chittenden for that review.

**We were very happy with Thursday’s Café Hangout and that show can be downloaded as a podcast or watch the video version below. On the show, we had a big preview of the WWE’s TLC event and were joined by Smash Wrestling’s Sebastian Suave to chat this Sunday’s card in Etobicoke, the changing landscape on the independent scene, losing PCO on this weekend’s show, the difficulties of having television, the rise of Tarik and the Super Showdown card in August, and lots more. This is really insightful from someone with a great grasp of the independent scene and the perspective from a promoter and wrestler.

**We have the latest POST Roundtable available to download as a podcast with our guest Ariel Helwani of ESPN and you can also watch the full interview on our YouTube channel.

WRESTLING NEWS

**Off the top, I wanted to send my condolences to the family and friends of Jon Gayle-West, who was murdered on Wednesday at the age of 29 in Toronto. Jon worked at TSN and previously at Sportsnet, where he had been featured on Aftermath TV numerous times. He also did work with the Toronto-based Superkick’d Live group where he served as an announcer. He was also a big fan of MMA and one of his last tweets was from the TSN set last week when Ariel Helwani was in-studio for an interview. I did not know Jon or meet him, but the outpouring of stories and memories indicate what a great person this man was. Police responded after reports that a car had driven into a tree and when they arrived, they identified the driver as Gayle-West and he was discovered to have gunshot wounds and was without any vital signs. TSN put together a video tribute for Gayle-West.

**Regardless of the outcomes, this weekend will be one of significance for Ring of Honor with Cody, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Page fulfilling their final appearances for the promotion. Cody has been working without a contract while the other deals are set to expire at the end of December. The deals for Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are set to expire at end of 2018, as well.

Tonight’s Final Battle card will give a glimpse into Ring of Honor’s talent structure for 2018 and based on how the above talent is booked, whether they will be able to retain any of them. I sense a lot more interest for this pay-per-view than most Ring of Honor shows because of the uncertainty. The promotion has recently signed PCO and Brody King and has been aggressive going after other talents with Court Bauer of MLW alluding to the promotion attempting to sign two of their performers, but those performers declined. Obviously, Ring of Honor doesn’t want this weekend’s narrative to be that the promotion has peaked, and the top stars are leaving. They need a solid foot forward this weekend and that would mean new talent, surprises and something big to end the year and send their fanbase into 2019 optimistic rather than lamenting any performers that won’t be around.

All the talent mentioned above are scheduled for Saturday’s television tapings in Philadelphia and would be the official send-off if they are leaving.

Here is the preview of tonight’s show:

*Jay Lethal vs. Cody for the ROH title – I expect the atmosphere to be incredible for this one because of the unknown status of Cody and the possibility of something noteworthy occurring. Cody winning the title would send the show off the air with lots of buzz and the promotion could elevate someone at the television tapings by beating Cody or striking a short-term deal with Cody to continue. There are so many variables at play and if ROH truly believes they are losing these guys, trying to retain them through Madison Square Garden would be my priority. The reaction will be interesting because historically you would assume the audience would turn on the guy potentially leaving but I don’t sense that here with any of the Elite guys. If anything, it could be Lethal they root against because they want to see something newsworthy, which Cody winning would represent. The backstory is Cody defeated Lethal in his ROH debut at Final Battle 2016 and Lethal evened the series at Supercard of Honor in April 2017, so this is the rubber match. Cody has stated previously this will be his final match with Ring of Honor.

*Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Briscoes in a Ladder War for the ROH tag titles – This should be off the charts. The Ladder War from September 2016 involving The Young Bucks, Motor City Machines Gun, and Kazarian and Daniels was one of the best ladders matches, ever. It’s going to be a tall order to follow this match as the audience is probably going to get 20-25 minutes of insanity here. The story is that SCU has been told their contracts won’t be renewed after 2018 unless they hold titles so Kazarian and Sky need to win to keep their jobs. In hindsight, the storyline makes ROH come off as the heels to the audience with SCU so popular that’s being taken away from the fans. Again, anyone can win this one with the wiggle room of dropping the titles Saturday night, but The Briscoes would be the safe pick given the other contract situations.

*Jeff Cobb vs. Hangman Page for the ROH Television title – This sounds like a great match on paper with both having tremendous years. Page has elevated himself to one of the top performers that are bound to have an enormous 2019. Cobb has been booked very strong since debuting, already winning the title and I don’t think there’s a chance he’s dropping the title tonight.

*Marty Scurll vs. Christopher Daniels – Scurll won the Survival of the Fittest tournament to receive a future ROH title shot and was goaded into putting that title shot on the line against Daniels tonight. Again, Daniels needs to have a title by the end of the year or his contract is not renewed. If Daniels is leaving, I could see him winning tonight and going for the title at the tapings, ultimately losing and getting a big farewell.

*Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jonathan Gresham – I love this match, Gresham is the most under-utilized performer on the ROH roster and this is a major match in his career. The chain wrestling and submission sequences should be excellent and with the added hour they have on the pay-per-view, this match should benefit greatly. I expect these two to have a supportive crowd and Gresham falls short in the end, as Sabre has a major match at Wrestle Kingdom and don’t see him losing beforehand.

*Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon in an I Quit match – I’ve enjoyed this feud and it dates to Supercard of Honor when Bully Ray turned and has been targeting Gordon since. Bully is a tremendous heel and you can see how this program is designed for Gordon to get to the next level. I have no doubt this will be violent and unlike any matches, Gordon has had with the idea of conquering the bully (pun intended) and showing a violent side.

*Dalton Castle vs. Matt Taven – It’s a match that is lost within the depth of this card. Castle has had a bad year because of his injuries and it’s been a write-off. This could be a sleeper match on the card, especially if Castle is healthy and can go. Taven has been holding his version of the ROH title that naturally leads to a future title program, so I can see Taven winning and going to that match at the Anniversary card in March.

*Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein for the Women of Honor title – The women’s division has not gotten off to a big start in 2018. I didn’t think Sakai was a great choice as champion in April when she won, and I think its time to go with someone else. I think Klein is the choice, she’s been the major heel of the division and would provide this division with a strong heel presence.

*Kenny King vs. Eli Isom – This will probably open the show and feels like a New Japan match with one of the young lions. Isom should get some hope spots and near falls, before falling to the Royal Flush.

**To no surprise, Game Changer Wrestling had another immediate sellout for the second part of Spring Break III over WrestleMania weekend. The first card takes place Friday, April 5th at 8 pm and the second show the Saturday night at Midnight with both from the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. The second night is being promoted around “The Greatest Clusterfuck” battle royal match. GCW has also stated they Saturday card won’t begin until everyone attending the Ring of Honor show at Madison Square Garden arrives.

**MLW is in Miami, Florida tonight for the second straight night at the Scottish Rite Temple. They will be airing live on beIN Sports at 8 pm Eastern with the first live edition of Fusion. Below are the matches scheduled for the taping:
*Low Ki vs. Konnan in a No Disqualification match for the MLW title
*Tommy Dreamer vs. Brian Pillman Jr. in a Singapore Cane match
*Dezmond Xavier vs. Hijo de LA Park vs. Kotto Brazil vs. Andrew Everett in a ladder match for the vacant MLW middleweight title
*Rush vs. Rich Swann
*Dragon Lee vs. DJZ
*Ace Romero vs. Barrington Hughes

The live Fusion special will feature Rush vs. Rich Swann, Dragon Lee vs. DJZ, and the four-way ladder match on beIN Sports.

**Impact Wrestling averaged 140,000 viewers on Pop TV on Thursday. It was their highest figure since the timeslot move to 10 pm on the network. The viewership average was up 21% from last week and that was against a much stronger NFL game this week. The L.A. Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game this week did 17,346,000 viewers on Fox and 3,286,000 on the NFL Network, which is up from 10,761,000 and 1,946,000 respectively for last week’s game.

**Impact Wrestling will be airing “Best of” shows for the next two weeks. They will return with a new episode on January 3rd, which is the final episode from the Las Vegas tapings and the go home show heading into the pay-per-view that weekend.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling will hold their final card of 2018 Saturday morning at Korakuen Hall and will stream at 4:30 am Eastern on New Japan World. Below is the card, including the main event that could be off the charts:
*Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay
*Kazuchika Okada, KUSHIDA, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Toru Yano vs. Guerrillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale, Taiji Ishimori and Gedo
*El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taichi vs. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi and Bushi
*Sanada & EVIL vs. Chase Owens and Yujiro
*Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Hirooki Goto
*Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero vs. Toa Henare, Tiger Mask and Jushin Thunder Liger
*Shota Umino and Ayato Yoshida vs. Ren Narita and Teruaki Kanemitsu

**Ring of Honor has announced the following matches for Saturday night’s television tapings at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia:
*Jeff Cobb vs. Luchasaurus in a Proving Ground match
*Rush vs. TK O’Ryan
*Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tracy Williams
*Juice Robinson vs. PJ Black

**John Cena spoke to the Toronto Sun and added further details on his upcoming WWE dates. The dates Cena is working will be non-televised appearances and then starts filming a new movie on January 20th in Vancouver.

**Impact Wrestling has added a Falls Count Anywhere match between Moose and Eddie Edwards to the Homecoming pay-per-view on Sunday, January 6th in Nashville, Tennessee.

**The WWE held a tryout at the Performance Center this week in Orlando. One of the athletes trying was former UFC fighter Eric Spicely. Spicely is 32 years old and began fighting in 2013 for the CES promotion. He got onto the Ultimate Fighter in 2016 on Team Claudia Gadelha. He fought six times in the UFC with wins over Thiago Santos and Alessio Di Chirico before losing fights to Antonio Carlos Junior, Gerald Meerschaert, and his last fight was a TKO loss to Darren Stewart in May of this year.

The other notable name at the tryouts was Olivia Hasler, who is better known on the independent scene as Penelope Ford, who was part of “All In” and a regular at Game Changer Wrestling.

**The WWE will be releasing a new episode of Chronicle focusing on Becky Lynch Saturday at Noon Eastern on their YouTube channel.

The WWE put up a story on those attending the tryout and included the following among the long list of names:
*Cal Bloom – The 25-year old son of former wrestler Wayne Bloom, who wrestled as Beau Beverly of The Beverly Brothers. He played football and worked with Ken Kennedy and Brad Rheingans.
*Emmanuel Matadi – An Olympic sprinter in the 2016 games for Liberia.
*Heba Ali – He is 22-years old and competed on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
*Matrick Belton – A former football player for the University of South Carolina
*Jeremiah Buoni – A bodybuilder who appeared on MTV’s Floribama Shore.
*Randy Bynoe – Canadian independent wrestler from Brampton, Ontario and trained under Anthony Carelli. He has been wrestling since June 2014. He has also competed in Boxing, Judo, and Muay Thai.

**The Raw crew has a show in Nashville, Tennessee tonight with Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Nashville Street Fight being advertised in the main event. The same crew is in Bakersfield, California while the SmackDown crew has a live event in Oakland before the TLC show Sunday night in San Jose.

**EVOLVE will be holding two cards this Saturday and Sunday that will stream on WWN Live. Saturday’s card from La Boom in Woodside, New York will feature Fabian Aichner defending the EVOLVE title against Roderick Strong and Austin Theory. Sunday’s card from Deer Park, New York is headlined by Aichner defending the title against AR Fox.\

**WrestlePro has announced their own show for WrestleMania Week with a show titled “Does Funny Equal Money” on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Rahway Recreation Center in New Jersey. They have announced Colt Cabana, Santino Marella, Kikutaro, Swoggle, Team Tremendous, the Blue World Order, and Impact performers Allie, Rosemary, KM, Fallah Bahh, and Scarlett Bordeaux for the card. There will be a signing at 6 pm and the show starts at 8.

**This past Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live averaged 1,977,000 viewers on the USA Network. This was their second straight episode to fall under 2 million viewers and their third-lowest episode since going live on Tuesday nights on the network. The viewership was up slightly from last week’s average of 1,948,000 viewers.

**The WWE stock closed at $72.66 on Friday.

**Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) has announced that Shinjiro Otani will face Eddie Kingston on Thursday, April 4th at their WrestleMania Week card from White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. The AIW will take place Thursday night at Midnight and will also feature Nick Gage, Scott Steiner, and Swoggle.

**Superkick’d Live is holding a card at The Great Hall tonight at 1087 Queen Street West.

**On Sunday, Smash Wrestling has a show at the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario with Jimmy Havoc vs. Holden Albright, Tyson Dux & Tarik & Brent Banks vs. The Kevin Bennett Experience, Kikutaro vs. Mike Rollins, and Sebastian Suave vs. Daniel Garcia at 5 pm. This show will be a television taping for their series on The Fight Network, which airs Thursdays at 8:30 pm Eastern as a lead-in for Impact Wrestling.

**Greektown Wrestling is holding a show at the Eastminster United Church in Toronto at 310 Danforth Avenue on Sunday at 6 pm. The card will feature Tommy Dreamer, Tajiri, Mikey Whipwreck, Jazz, RJ City, Ethan Page, Josh Alexander, and more.

**The upcoming “Fighting with my Family” based on Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) and her family will be released in theatres on February 22nd.

**The Ring Warriors series that has been airing Saturday mornings on WGN America, will be added to Amazon Prime on Saturday, December 22nd.

**MLW will begin producing a digital series on The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart, Harry Smith, and Brian Pillman Jr.) for their YouTube channel titled H2tv.

TELEVISION REVIEW

Impact Wrestling (Dec. 13th)

RESULTS: Rich Swann over Dave Crist in an Ultimate X Qualifying match, Trey Miguel over Trevor Lee in an Ultimate X Qualifying match, Fenix over Santana, Jordynne Grace over Ruby Raze, Brian Cage and Moose ended in a No Contest
-The highlight of the show was a singles match with Fenix defeating Santana as a precursor to the tag title match at Homecoming next month. Both men were tremendous, and this was one of the better television matches on Impact in a long time. The match at the pay-per-view should be strong and in front of a better crowd than Las Vegas should elevate it. The audience didn’t add any atmosphere for this show and didn’t feel lively.
-The main event between Brian Cage and Moose ended with Eddie Edwards escaping the asylum (the facility and not the Nashville Fairgrounds) in a hospital gown and attacking Moose. I don’t enjoy this Edwards character at all, it’s so silly and takes someone that was gaining traction over the summer and turned into a comedy figure.
-Tessa Blanchard continues to be one of the strongest characters and had an in-ring segment with Taya Valkyrie to promote their rematch at the pay-per-view. The segment also revealed that Gail Kim will serve as the special referee after Blanchard knocked down the referee in their previous match. They had a very good match at Bound for Glory and it’s a program that has worked well. They are also building up Jordynne Grace as a future challenger and have Allie and Kiera Hogan in a separate program so the women’s division is doing well.
-The Ultimate X qualifiers were too short to be anything special but there is a lot of talent set for the Ultimate X match and should be a good match in January. The card for Homecoming looks very strong on paper.
-Johnny Impact is still a tough fit as the lead babyface champion and it’s a difficult match to promote with Brian Cage, who is another babyface and neither are standouts as speakers. Johnny is feuding more with Killer Kross than he is Cage, with the idea that Kross is trying to draw out Impact’s killer instinct so he is prepared for Cage at the pay-per-view.
-The next two weeks will be “Best of” shows on December 20th and 27th. They will have another episode from the Las Vegas tapings on January 3rd, which is the final episode before Homecoming that weekend.

PAY-PER-VIEW REWIND

ROH Final Battle 2017
Friday, December 15th
Hammerstein Ballroom

*Matt Taven over Will Ospreay
*War Machine over Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian
*Jay Lethal over Marty Scurll
*Motor City Machine Guns over Best Friends to retain the ROH tag titles
*Silas Young over Kenny King, Punishment Martinez and Shane Taylor in an Elimination match to win the ROH Television title
*The Briscoes over Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer in a New York Street Fight
*The Young Bucks and Hangman Page over Dragon Lee, Flip Gordon and Titan to retain the ROH six-man tag titles
*Dalton Castle over Cody to win the ROH title

MMA NEWS

**The UFC will be staying with BT Sport as their home in the UK and Ireland. Earlier this year, it was announced that the promotion would be moving to Eleven Sports. According to the Guardian, the UFC was able to activate an exit clause before the deal went into effect after Eleven Sports failed to land distribution deals with Sky, Virgin Media, and BT. The UFC announced they would be remaining on BT Sport in a press release Friday with the broadcaster retaining the exclusive rights to the UFC’s main card events as part of the new multi-year deal.

**Bellator is holding their first of two cards this weekend in Hawaii with Bellator 212 taking place from the Neil Blaisdell Arena. Tonight’s show is a “Salute to the Troops” special airing at 10 pm Eastern on the Paramount Network and DAZN with the following main card fights:
*Brent Primus (154.9) vs. Michael Chandler (153.9) for the Bellator lightweight title
*Frank Mir (250.4) vs. Javy Ayala (263.4)
*A.J. McKee (146) vs. Daniel Crawford (146)
*Derek Campos (144.2) vs. Sam Sicilia (145.5)
*Alejandra Lara (125.1) vs. Juliana Velasquez (124.6)

**Saturday’s Bellator 213 card from Honolulu will be headlined by flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending the title against Valerie Letourneau along with Lyoto Machida fighting Rafael Carvalho.

**The UFC will hold their final card on Fox Saturday night from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Below is the full card and results from the weigh-ins on Friday:

MAIN CARD (8 pm Eastern on Fox)
*Kevin Lee (156) vs. Al Iaquinta (156)
*Edson Barboza (156) vs. Dan Hooker (156)
*Sergio Pettis (135) vs. Rob Font (136)
*Jim Miller (155) vs. Charles Oliveira (152)

PRELIMINARY CARD (5 pm on FS 1)
*Zak Ottow (171) vs. Dwight Grant (169)
*Drakkar Klose (156) vs. Bobby Green (155)
*Jared Gordon (156) vs. Joaquim Silva (155)
*Jack Hermansson vs. Gerald Meerschaert (186)
*Zak Cummings (185) vs. Trevor Smith (186)
*Dan Ige (146) vs. Jordan Griffin (146)

FIGHT PASS CARD (4 pm)

*Adam Milstead (204) vs. Mike Rodriguez (203.5)
*Chris de la Rocha (253) vs. Juan Adams (266)

**The flyweight fight between Jessica Rose-Clark and Andrea Lee is off Saturday’s card after Rose-Clark was deemed “medically unfit” to compete.

**The UFC’s final Fox card Saturday night will be called by Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, and Paul Felder from Milwaukee.

**CFFC has a card from Atlantic City, New Jersey tonight airing on Fight Pass at 9 pm Eastern. One of the drawing points of the card is CM Punk providing color commentary for the event. The show is headlined by Cesar Balmaceda taking on Damian Norris for the vacant interim lightweight title.

**UFC president Dana White was furious after an interview Oscar de la Hoya gave to TSN where he took shots at the UFC for their lack of fighter pay. White contacted Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports to set the record straight and revealed several business notes regarding Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, who just headlined Golden Boy MMA’s first card last month:
*He stated that Chuck Liddell never made less than $1 million from the time he fought Randy Couture at UFC 52 in April 2005, which was their rematch following the first season of the Ultimate Fighter and both served as coaches
*In Liddell’s last three fights with the UFC against Rashad Evans in September 2008, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in April 2009, and Rich Franklin in June 2010, Liddell made at least $2.7 million per fight
*In Tito Ortiz’s final three fights with the UFC, he averaged $1.7 million per fight against Rashad Evans in August 2011, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in December 2011, and Forrest Griffin in July 2012
*Liddell’s combination of salary, royalties and appearance fees from the UFC after retirement broke down to $391,115 in 2011, $409,479 in 2012, $360,362 in 2013, $358,501 in 2014, $368,284 in 2015, $421,836 in 2016, $418,562 in 2017, and $14,577 this year (with the elimination of his salary)
*White also gave the business figures for the Liddell and Ortiz’s two fights in the UFC with the UFC 47 card in April 2004 drawing 106,000 buys on pay-per-view and the rematch at UFC 66 in December 2006 doing 929,000 buys. In the second fight, Liddell made $2,882,000 and Ortiz made $2,081,000.

**With the UFC dropping their January 26th date in Anaheim, California, the UFC 233 fights that were booked are being moved to different cards. The biggest fight left on that card was the welterweight fight between Ben Askren and Robbie Lawler, which will now take place March 2nd at the UFC 235 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, it was reported by MMA Junkie that the women’s bantamweight fight between Marion Reneau and Yana Kunitskaya will be moved to the ESPN+ card on Saturday, March 9th, and a middleweight between Anthony Hernandez and Markus Perez are set to be moved to the UFC’s ESPN+ card on February 2nd.

**The UFC has announced that Diego Sanchez will fight Mickey Gall at UFC 235 on March 2nd in Las Vegas. After his win over George Sullivan in August, Gall challenged Sanchez and the fight has been accepted. Since winning the middleweight contract on the first season of Ultimate Fighter, Sanchez has fought 28 times for the UFC. After back-to-back losses to Al Iaquinta and Matt Brown in 2017, Sanchez was victorious in his last fight over Craig White by unanimous decision at UFC 228 in September.

**Bellator has announced a welterweight fight between Andrey Koreshkov and Lorenz Larkin on March 29th at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California. Koreshkov has won seven of his last nine fights with the two losses during that stretch against Douglas Lima. After losing his first two fights in Bellator, Larkin has won his last two over Fernando Gonzalez and Ion Pascu.

**LFA 57 has been announced for Friday, January 18th at 10 pm Eastern on AXS TV (the same night WOW Women of Wrestling premieres on AXS at 9 pm) with Youssef Zalal fighting Jose Mariscal in the featherweight main event. The card takes place from the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

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upNXT 12/13/18: Look Everyone…It’s Tyler
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman chat this week’s episode of WWE NXT featuring Ricochet vs. Tyler Breeze for the North American title, EC3 vs. Bobby Fish, The Mighty vs. Burch & Lorcan, and more!
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/13/upnxt-12-13-18-look-everyone-its-tyler/
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POST Roundtable #7: Ariel Helwani
John Pollock and Wai Ting are joined by ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani to discuss his career in our latest POST Roundtable.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/13/post-roundtable-7-ariel-helwani/
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BWE 12/12/18: Progress Ch. 80 & 81, ICW Fear & Loathing 11, Rev Pro TV, NXT UK, wXw, PAC, Dynamite Kid
Martin, Oli & Benno are back to talk their live experiences at Progress Chapters 80 and 81. They also review Insane Championship Wrestling’s Fear & Loathing 11, the last episode of Revolution Pro on Freesports and the latest episodes of NXT UK. Findlay Martin from Inside the Ropes joins them to discuss the life and career of Tom ‘Dynamite Kid’ Billington.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/12/bwe-12-12-18-progress-ch-80-81-icw-fear-loathing-11-rev-pro-tv-nxt-uk-wxw-pac-dynamite-kid/
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DOUBLE SHOT 12/12/18: BTE, MLW Fusion, Edge & Christian, Matt Riddle
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the latest edition of Being The Elite, MLW Fusion, Edge & Christian episode 3 and WWE PC’s Matt Riddle “ARRIVAL” specials.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/12/double-shot-12-12-18-bte-mlw-fusion-edge-christian-matt-riddle/
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RASD 12/11/18: Daniel Bryan defeats SUV owner, WrestleMania Rematch, MMC semi-finals
The final SmackDown before TLC took place from Las Vegas featuring a WrestleMania rematch between Asuka and Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan downgraded the people from sheep to parasites and took on Mustafa Ali, The Usos and The Bar squared off in a Rap Battle, and more build towards TLC.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/12/rasd-12-11-18-daniel-bryan-defeats-suv-owner-wrestlemania-rematch-mmc-semi-finals/
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REWIND-A-RAW 12/10: Slater, Ladders & Chairs, Rollins says “Raw sucks”; Wrestle Kingdom 13 card
Monday’s Raw took place from San Diego heading into TLC this Sunday. The show featured Seth Rollins’ announcement that “Raw sucks” because of Baron Corbin to set up a show-closing TLC match for the IC title, plus a “Face-to-Face” between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable challenging for the Raw tag titles, Drew McIntyre downplays being undefeated & more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/11/rar-12-10-18-slater-ladders-rollins-says-raw-sucks-wrestle-kingdom-13-card/
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NJPW World Tag League 2018 Final POST Show

John Pollock & Wai Ting review the NJPW World Tag League 2018 Final card featuring Guerrillas of Destiny vs. EVIL & SANADA, Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi for the NEVER Openweight Championship and Will Ospreay vs. Taichi.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/09/njpw-world-tag-league-2018-final-post-show-w-john-pollock-wai-ting/
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upNXT MOVIE REVIEW – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie (1995)
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman from upNXT are joined by friend of the show Scrump, to review the 1995 blockbuster, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie! It’s morphin’ time!
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/09/upnxt-movie-review-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-the-movie-1995/
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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling.He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.