Daily Update: UFC weigh-ins, Wednesday ratings, Tom Cole

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Latest News:

WWE SmackDown live results: Final build to Elimination Chamber   
Face of the Revolution qualifier announced for AEW Dynamite  
Impact Wrestling’s Heath set to undergo surgery   
NJPW in ‘significant talks’ for return to AXS TV   
Edge appearance to kick off WWE SmackDown   
Kairi Sane unable to get WWE permission to work Stardom show   
Konnan ‘doing better’ after COVID-19 diagnosis, release from hospital   
WWE’s Bo Dallas still under contract, preparing for life after wrestling   
AEW’s Sammy Guevara not expected back in Impact Wrestling   
AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT ratings up, viewership gap narrows  

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WON NEWSLETTER: February 22, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Death of Tom Cole, NXT TakeOver review

Dave Meltzer covers the death of Tom Cole, reviews NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day and more.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

For the first time maybe ever, Garrett Gonzalez and I will be doing two shows over the next two days, with a Friday night show as well as a late Saturday night show. Bryan and I will be back Sunday covering WWE Elimination Chamber.

A few added notes on Wednesday ratings. AEW was No. 4 for the night where almost everything was down from usual levels due to the blackout in Texas. The late-night NBA game was No. 2, but AEW head-to-head beat the NBA game on ESPN by 0.31 to 0.25 in 18-49 while viewers were almost identical at 747,000 for AEW and 749,000 for the NBA game. NXT finished No. 39 which is a lot better than the show has been doing. All the breakdowns are in the current issue and there will be more breakdowns in next week’s issue. Both shows beat the NHL game on NBC Sports Network.

Smackdown tonight has Kevin Owens & Daniel Bryan & Cesaro vs. King Corbin & Sami Zayn & Jey Uso. 205 Live has August Grey vs. Ariya Daivari.

The 2020 Awards issue will be out in one week. 

UFC weigh-ins for tomorrow’s show on ESPN+  starting at 5 p.m. Eastern.  Four fighters missed weight, including one all-time record miss as Rafael Alves weighed 157.5 pounds for a fight contracted at 145 against Patrick Sabatini. That fight has been canceled.

Serghei Spivak (245) vs. Jared Venderaa (265)
Aiemann Zahabi (136) vs. Drako Rodriguez (140.5). Rodriguez missed by 4.5 pounds and had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Zahabi
Chas Skelly (146) vs. Jamal Emmers (145.5)
Shana Dobson (126) vs. Casey O’Neill (125.5)
Nate Landwehr (146) vs. Julian Erosa (145.5)
Eddie Wineland (135.5) vs. John Castaneda (136)
Drakkar Klose (156) vs. Luis Pena (155.5)
Jared Gordon (150) vs. Danny Chavez (145). Grodon had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Chavez
Andrei Arlovski (249.5) vs Tom Aspinall (244.5)
Phil Hawes (185) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (185.5)
Aleksei Oleinik (240) vs Chris Daukaus (234)
Charles Rosa (146) vs. Darrick Minner (146)
Ketlen Vieira (138) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (135.5). Vieira forfeits 20 percent of her purse to Kunitskaya
Curtis Blaydes (259) vs. Derrick Lewis (263)

The current issue of the Observer has an in-depth story on Tom Cole and the tragedy of his death. Slam Wrestling has a story on his funeral held earlier today.

WWE
The Wall Street Journal today had an interview with CFO Kristina Salen talking about COVID changes, the WWE network moving to Peacock and other subjects.
Elimination Chamber odds from BetOnline.ag
Raw
Drew McIntyre -200
Sheamus +250
A.J. Styles +600
Randy Orton +700
Kofi Kingston +4000
Jeff Hardy +5000

Smackdown
Kevin Owens -125
Cesaro +150
Daniel Bryan +450
Jey Uso +1000
King Corbin +5000
Sami Zayn +5000

UFC
TikTok has struck a multi-year deal with UFC to host exclusive livestreamed content and behind-the-scenes content.
Gregor Gillespie vs.Brad Riddell has been added to the 3/20 show.
Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones has been added to the 3/6 show. Bautista replaces injured Randy Costa
Gina Mazany, who has done some pro wrestling out of Las Vegas, will face Priscilla Cachoeira on 5/15.
SportsBetting.ag lists Kamaru Usman as a -310 favorite over Jorge Masvidal.
AEW
Tony Khan’s position at the Jacksonville Jaguars has been elevated to Chief Football Strategy Officer. This was part of hiring Karim Kassam as Senior Vice President of Football Operations Strategy, overseeing technology and analytics and working with Khan.  
A story on Anthony Bowens of The Acclaimed. (thanks to Barry Werner)
OTHER NOTES
The 2011 Destination X PPV will air on AXS TV at 3 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, which included Abyss vs. Brian Kendrick for the X title, Christopher Daniels vs. A.J. Styles, RVD vs.Jerry Lynn, Samoa Joe vs Frankie Kazarian, Alex Shelley & Robbie E (Robert Stone in WWE) vs. Amazing Red vs. Shannon Moore, and Young Bucks vs. Eric Young & Shark Boy.
CM Punk movie update news.
Dragon Lee vs. Brian Johnson for the ROH TV title will air on 3/3 at 7 p.m. Eastern on the ROH:  The Experience Facebook page.
Kevin Eck’s weekly ROH news report.
Mike Bennett debates Disco Inferno about modern wrestling.
A BBC video on Muslim wrestlers and how much they like WWE. (thanks to Lee Wall)
An interview with ROH’s Joe Hendry talking about him singing since he can’t travel to the U.S. and wrestle and shows aren’t being run much in the U.K. is at
SWE Fury TV show results from this week’s episode
Angel Cammacho defeated Gideo Vane
The Blood Hunter defeated The Bible Club in a Handicap Match
Rob More Received an Award from SWE Fury Lifetime Achievement Award presented by James Beard and Tim Storm
“The Real Deal” Nobbie bryant defeated AJ Barratt
Jazmine Allure defeated Livi Loka
Rodney Mac defeated Bam Bam Malone to become the #1 contender for the SWE Fury TV Title.
Christi Janes Defeated Miranda Gordy to become the new SWE Fury Women’s Champion
The full episode can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Slam Wrestling talks to Gabi Tuft, the former Tyler Reks who has come out as transgender.
RF Video will be doing virtual autograph signings with Mike Rotunda on 2/21 and a rare appearance with Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock together on 3/4.
Pro Wrestling Phoenix on  3/26 at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE.
Bare Knuckle Boxing returns to the Biloxi MS Civic Center on 3/19 with an iPPV show headlined by Leonard Garcia, the former UFC star, against Joe Elmore.  former WBO Junior welterweight champion DeMarcus Corely will face Reggie Barnett Jr.
LFA tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on UFC Fight Pass from the Hartman Arena in Park City, KS ios headliend by Victor Altamirano (8-1) vs. Carlos Mota (5-0) in a flyweight fight and another flyweight fight with Charles Johnson (7-2) vs. Karelee Pangilian (6-0).
Jerry Lawler, Arn Anderson and Brooke Hogan were all announced for the next WrestleCon in Tampa over WrestleMania weekend.
Deathmatch Downunder in Melbourne, Australia has rescheduled the show set for last weekend, canceled due to a lockdown, to 3/6.
MLW this coming Wednesday will air a 2003 show that includes Terry Funk  C.M. Punk, Joey Styles, Steve Williams, Satoshi Kojima and Steve Corino.
Innovate Wrestling on 3/27 at the Kingsport, TN Civic Auditorium for Innovate Homecoming.

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