POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate fulfill final UK indie dates

Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate fulfill their final UK independent dates, matches for tonight's episode of Raw, Beyond Wrestling announces a weekly show for April, talent added to WrestleMania Week shows and more.

POST IT NOTES

**We have a huge week of shows coming up with lots of coverage of Wrestle Kingdom on the site. Wai Ting and I will have a show up right after the Tokyo Dome card Friday for members of the POST Wrestling Café. If you subscribe to the Café this week, you will instantly receive access to the last year of bonus shows, including 26 editions of Rewind-A-Wai including our recent ECW One Night Stand 2005 that went up this past weekend. We will also have another Rewind-A-Wai out this Sunday on ECW’s Massacre on 34th Street pay-per-view from December 2000 as the company was entering its final days.

**The latest edition of the EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion is out today with Chris Charlton being joined by Michelle Cain to review 2017 at the Tokyo Dome. The two discuss Wrestle Kingdom 11 with the first match between Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega and the DDT promotion running a card inside the empty Tokyo Dome. The EGGSHELLS series will wrap up with one final show this Thursday as Chris tackles 2018 and Wrestle Kingdom 12 with the voice of New Japan, Kevin Kelly.

**On Tuesday, we will have a Wrestle Kingdom 13 Primer show out with Wai Ting, WH Park and myself previewing the Tokyo Dome card from top-to-bottom and catching you up on all the stories heading into the show.

**A reminder that there is no Rewind-A-Raw or Rewind-A-SmackDown tonight and tomorrow because of New Year’s. Wai Ting and I will have a show out on Wednesday reviewing Raw and SmackDown and catching up the latest news and a final look at Wrestle Kingdom 13.

**The POST Wrestling Store has a sale that wraps today where you can buy one item and get the second one 50% off. We are also doing a special where you can buy a POST Wrestling shirt and sticker combo back and get 30% off.

**You can leave your feedback to ECW’s Massacre on 34th Street event for the next Rewind-A-Wai on the POST Wrestling Forum.

POST WRESTLING SCHEDULE (Wrestle Kingdom Week)
*Today: EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: Wrestle Kingdom 11 from 2017 with guest Michelle Cain
*Tuesday: Wrestle Kingdom 13 Primer Show with John Pollock, Wai Ting, and WH Park
*Wednesday:
 Rewind-A-Raw & SD with John Pollock and Wai Ting
*Thursday: upNXT with Braden Herrington and Davie Portman with their Best and Worst of NXT 
*Thursday:
 EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion Finale: Wrestle Kingdom 12 from 2018 with guest Kevin Kelly
*Friday:
 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 POST Show with John Pollock and Wai Ting (Patreon)
*Saturday:
 NJPW New Year’s Dash POST Show with John Pollock and Wai Ting
*Sunday:
 Rewind-A-Wai #27 on ECW’s Massacre on 34th Street from Dec. 2000 (Patreon)
*Sunday:
 Impact Wrestling’s Homecoming POST Show with John Pollock & Nate Milton

WRESTLING NEWS

**Tonight’s New Year’s Eve edition of Raw was taped last Friday in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and below are the matches airing on the show:
*Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler in a steel cage match
*Battle Royal for a shot at the Intercontinental title
*The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks, Bayley and Ember Moon
*Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley
*Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers vs. Rhyno and Heath Slater
*Dean Ambrose vs. Battle Royal winner for the Intercontinental title
*Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Nia Jax and Tamina

**Here are the matches that were taped Saturday in Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown:
*Naomi vs. Sonya Deville
*Becky Lynch and John Cena vs. Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega
*Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
*AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Joe/Hardy winner in a #1 contender’s match for the WWE title shot at the Royal Rumble

**Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate appear to have had their final independent matches on the UK scene following Sunday’s PROGRESS card at the Electric Ballroom. Dunne defeated Bate in the main event and afterward, Dunne stated it was his last independent show. Jim Smallman later tweeted a thank you message to Dunne and Bate and would seem to confirm the reports about certain NXT UK talent restrictions for 2019 and beyond. Both Dunne and Bate will be wrestling for Destiny Wrestling in Mississauga, Ontario on January 20th.

**Beyond Wrestling has announced they will be launching a two-hour weekly show called “Unchartered Territory”. The show will launch on Wednesday, April 3rd during WrestleMania Week and will air weekly on Wednesdays at IndependentWrestling.tv (Powerbomb). The shows will air from The Electric Haze in Worcester, Massachusetts each Wednesday and will be heavily based on match content rather than presenting a formatted show for television. SI’s Justin Barrasso has a story on the launch of the show with comments from Drew Cordeiro of Beyond.

**Beyond Wrestling is also running their “Heavy Lies the Crown” card at 9 pm Eastern and streaming on Powerbomb.tv with the following card:
*Tracy Williams vs. Orange Cassidy
*Nick Gage vs. Josh Briggs
*David Starr vs. Chris Dickinson
*Eddie Kingston vs. Stokely Hathaway
*Simon Grimm vs. Timothy Thatcher
*Matt Cross vs. Andrew Everett
*John Walters vs. Wheeler Yuta

**Ring of Honor has added a six-man tag with Marry Scurll, PCO and Brody King vs. Silas Young and The Briscoes to the Honor Reigns Supreme card on January 13th in Concord, North Carolina. The show will be streaming live on Honor Club.

**Masato Tanaka will be wrestling on the first night of Joey Janela’s Spring Break III on Friday, April 5th and Necro Butcher will be part of the second part the following night. Both shows take place from the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City and are sold out.

**Dragon Gate has announced that Masato Yoshino, Eita, Shun Skywalker, Susumu Yokosuka, and Big R Shimuzu will be part of the WrestleMania Week shows in April.

**Warrior Wrestling has a loaded card this Saturday at the Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The card is headlined by Brian Cage vs. Bandido and features Pentagon Jr. and Fenix vs. Matt Sydal and A-Kid, Eddie Edwards vs. Austin Aries, Moose vs. Ethan Page, Andrew Everett vs. Rich Swann, Tessa Blanchard vs. Britt Baker, Jordynne Grace vs. Kylie Rae, Titan, Sam Adonis & Super Crazy vs. Daga, Ultimo Dragon & Pat Monix, as well as a Free-For-All match that includes Brian Pillman Jr., Gringo Loco, Space Monkey, Matt Knicks and more.

**MLW has announced the signing of Gringo Loco.

**Booker T. is scheduled to wrestle Rex Andrews on January 12th for his Reality of Wrestling promotion.

**We have all the results from Rizin’s New Year’s Eve card from the Saitama Super Arena, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition bout.

**Ariel Helwani is hosting a live special tonight on ESPN 2 at 9 pm Eastern where he will be handing out his year-end awards. The special will also be airing in Canada at 11 pm on TSN 2. Helwani will have surprise guests joining him throughout the show and will be handing out awards in the following categories: Male fighter, Female fighter, Best fight, Round of the year, KO of the year, Submission, Breakout fighter, Most improved, Comeback, Upset, Rivalry, Coach, Event, Crowd, Walkout, Promo, Poster, Story, and the feel-good moment of the year.

**The PFL holds their New Year’s Eve card tonight at 7 pm Eastern on NBCSN. The show will feature the finals of their six tournaments with a $1 million purse going to the winner of each tournament. There is also a non-tournament fight as Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison will have her third professional fight on the card against Moriel Charneski. Here is the full card:
*Ray Cooper III vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov in the welterweight final
*Josh Copeland vs. Philipe Lins in the heavyweight final
*Vinny Magalhaes vs. Sean O’Connell in the light heavyweight final
*Kayla Harrison vs. Moriel Charneski
*Natan Schulte vs. Rashid Magomedov in the lightweight final
*Steven Siler vs. Lance Palmer in the featherweight final
*Louis Taylor vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov in the middleweight final

*****
EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: 2017 with Michelle Cain
Episode 29 sees Chris Charlton and Michelle Cain look at 2017. Hiromu Takahashi debuts in the Dome, Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada have a classic, and DDT runs the (empty) Dome for the first time.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/31/eggshells-podcast-companion-2017-w-michelle-cain/
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REWIND-A-WAI #26: ECW One Night Stand 2005
John Pollock and Wai Ting review ECW One Night Stand, WWE’s one-night-only revival of Extreme Championship Wrestling from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. We discuss the stories behind what many consider one of the best PPVs of all time, including its creation, the involvement of the WWE, Eddie Guerrero’s displeasure with his participation, JBL vs. the Blue Meanie and more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/30/rewind-a-wai-26-ecw-one-night-stand-2005/
*****
UFC 232 POST Show: Jones vs. Gustafsson, Cyborg vs. Nunes
John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok and Ziggy Cao to review UFC 232 featuring Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson and Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/30/ufc-232-post-show-jones-vs-gustafsson-cyborg-vs-nunes/
*****
EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: 2016 with Joe Lanza

Episode 28 sees Chris Charlton and Voices of Wrestling’s Joe Lanza look at 2016. AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura leave NJPW following their match, leading to a sudden elevation for Kenny Omega, and Kazuchika Okada finally vanquishes Hiroshi Tanahashi.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/29/eggshells-podcast-companion-2016-w-joe-lanza/
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THE WORST OF 2018 SHOW

It’s POST Wrestling’s Worst of 2018 show as the panel of John Pollock, Wai Ting, Braden Herrington, and Davie Portman go through the worst that 2018 had to offer.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/28/the-worst-of-2018-show/
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upNXT 12/27/18: Wrestling Day
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman chat this week’s episode of WWE NXT featuring Undisputed Era vs. Heavy Machinery for the NXT Tag titles, a number one contender’s fatal four-way for the NXT Women’s title featuring Bianca Bel-Air vs. Mia Yim vs. Io Shirai vs. Lacey Evans, a great Tommaso Ciampa promo and more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/27/upnxt-12-27-18-wrestling-day/
*****
RARSD 12/26/18: Xmas Raw & SD, UFC 232, Impact to Pursuit, Jingle Contest Winner

John Pollock and Wai Ting return after a short break for Christmas with condensed reviews of Raw and SmackDown from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Plus, they go through the entire UFC 232 mess involving Jon Jones and Impact Wrestling going to the Pursuit Channel in 2019.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/26/rarsd-12-26-18-xmas-raw-sd-ufc-232-impact-to-pursuit-jingle-contest-winner/
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BWE 12/26/18: Best of British & European Wrestling 2018

Martin, Oli & Benno are joined by Benno’s co-hosts on the Indy Corner Spotlight podcast, JP Houlihan and Joe Lemon, to talk all the best of British and European wrestling in 2018.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/12/26/bwe-12-26-18-best-of-british-european-wrestling-2018/
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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.