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Daily Update: Drew McIntyre, GCW, Yuji Okabayashi

<h1 class="rtecenter"><strong><u>DAILY UPDATE</u></strong></h1> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" src="https://i.imgur.com/t2Gsv1v.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Latest News:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-results/wwe-main-event-results-veer-mahaan-vs-shelton-benjamin-364326">WWE Main Event results: Veer Mahaan vs. Shelton Benjamin</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/indies/terminus-debut-streaming-fite-tv-commentary-team-announced-364346">Terminus debut streaming on FITE TV, commentary team announced</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/aew-news/jake-atlas-debut-part-eight-match-aew-dark-elevation-lineup-364341">Jake Atlas debut part of eight-match AEW Dark: Elevation lineup</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/drew-mcintyre-reportedly-suffering-legit-neck-issues-364311">Drew McIntyre reportedly suffering from legit neck issues</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/brock-lesnar-wins-wwe-championship-day-1-364301">Brock Lesnar wins WWE Championship at Day 1</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Latest Audio:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/punch-out/jnpo-pro-wrestling-year-review-november-2021-364291">JNPO: Pro wrestling year in review - November 2021 1/2</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/after-dark/dragonking-dark-death-bruce-lee-364321">DragonKing Dark: The death of Bruce Lee 1/2</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-radio/wor-roman-reigns-day-one-ppv-lesnar-drew-swole-ratings-more-364316">WOR: Roman Reigns, Day One PPV, Lesnar, Drew, Swole, ratings, more! 1/2</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/bryan-and-vinny-show/bv-wwe-day-one-rampage-sonny-omara-364306">B&amp;V: WWE Day One, Rampage, Sonny O'Mara 1/1</a></li> </ul> <hr /> <p><strong>JOB LISTING:&nbsp;<u>Wikipedia guru</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Do you have experience writing Wikipedia pages? 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Box 1228, Campbell, CA&nbsp;<a href="tel:95009-1228">95009-1228</a>, you can get $1&nbsp;off in every price range.</p> <hr /> <h1 class="rtecenter"><strong><u>SUNDAY&nbsp;NEWS UPDATE</u></strong></h1> <p class="rtecenter"><strong><u><img alt="" src="https://i.imgur.com/bYmW92k.jpg" /></u></strong></p> <p><strong>Bryan and I did our weekend show last night covering Day 1 and all of the news of the past few days.</strong></p> <p><strong>Drew McIntyre's injury was legit in the sense he really does have a neck injury, and the angle done where Happy Corbin &amp; Madcap Moss took him&nbsp;out was a cover story for his taking time away to recuperate. </strong>He has been having neck pain for some time. The hope is that his taking off now will heal him and he won't need major surgery.&nbsp; They are checking out what the neck issues are very soon so it is too soon to know if or how long he'll be out of action.</p> <p><strong>For Google searches for this week there&nbsp; wasn't much with no big boxing or MMA fights.</strong>&nbsp;The Jake Paul vs. Dana White grandstand challenge is No. 16 today at 50,000 searches.&nbsp; Day 1 yesterday did a big number, 500,000, probably due to the situation with Roman Reigns.&nbsp; The only other thing this week was Conor McGregor at No. 17 on Monday with the Charles Oliveira call out.</p> <p><strong>We're looking for your thoughts on WWE Day 1, NOAH at Budokan Hall on 1/1, and Stardom at Sumo Hall on 12/29.</strong> You can leave a thumbs up, down or middle for each show along with a best and worst match to <a href="mailto:dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com</a></p> <p><strong>We're also looking for reports from tonight's WWE show in Fayetteville, NC to <a href="mailto:dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>GCW iPPV from last night in Atlantic City, NJ:</strong>&nbsp; Mark &amp; Jay Briscoe b Alex Zayne &amp; Blake Christian to keep the GCW tag titles (best match), Calvin Tankman b Yoya, Joey Janela b Scotty 2 Hotty (really good), Homicide won 20 man Rumble to become top contender for Jon Moxley's GCW title, Alex Colon b John Wayne Murdoch via ref stoppage in a deathmatch to keep the Ultraviolent title. (thanks to Ross Blair)</p> <p><strong>Yuji Okabayashi won the Big Japan Strong title earlier today from Takuya Nomura.</strong></p> <p><strong>Regarding Wednesday's AEW move to TBS, </strong>here is a look at recent station moves for wrestling shows and how they have done:</p> <ul> <li>9/25/00 Raw moves from USA (last show 6,940,000 viewers0 to TNN (first show 7,110,000 viewers)</li> <li>10/3/05 Raw moves from Spike (last show 4,020,000 viewers) to USA (first show 5,569,000 viewers)</li> <li>10/3/08 Smackdown moves from CW (4,411,000 viewers) to My Network (3,160,000)</li> <li>10/1/10 Smackdown moves from My Network (2,770,000) to Syfy (2,520,000)</li> <li>1/7/15 Impact moves from Spike (980,000) to Destination America (359,000)</li> <li>1/5/16 Impact moves from Destination America (155,000) to Pop TV (255,000)</li> <li>1/7/16 Smackdown moves from Syfy (2,284,000) to USA (2,757,000)</li> <li>10/4/19 Smackdown moves from USA (2,099,000) to FOX (3,888,000)</li> </ul> <p><strong>The C.M. Punk segment on the NHL outdoor classic game yesterday only aired on Bleacher Report, not on the TNT broadcast.</strong>&nbsp;There was also no mention of AEW in promotions or commercials during the show, most notably nothing on the Saturday night Battle of the Belts special that one would think would be promoted on what was expected to be a high rated sports event. There was a promotion of Go Big Show on the post-game show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>UFC</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/1/2/22863468/jake-paul-escalates-war-of-words-dana-white-the-most-selfish-capitalistic-motherf-ckers-ever-seen;atestlaje">The latest</a> in the Jake Paul/Dana White war of words and grandstand challenges for today.</li> <li>Sportbetting.ag has odds for who will be UFC champion on December 31, 2022.&nbsp; We list the top five in each division:</li> <li>Flyweight <ul> <li>Brandon Moreno +190</li> <li>Askar Askarov+350</li> <li>Deiveson Figueiredo +350</li> <li>Henry Cejudo +700</li> <li>Alex Perez +800</li> <li>Alexandre Pantoja +800</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bantamweight <ul> <li>Petr Yan -170</li> <li>Aljamain Sterling +450</li> <li>TJ Dillashaw +700</li> <li>Henry Cejudo +1000</li> <li>Jose Aldo +1000</li> </ul> </li> <li>Featherweight <ul> <li>Alexander Volkanovski -180</li> <li>Max Holloway +350</li> <li>Chan&nbsp; Sung Jung +675</li> <li>Giga Chikadze +1100</li> <li>Calvin Kattar +1600</li> <li>Josh Emmett +1600</li> </ul> </li> <li>Lightweight <ul> <li>Charles Oliveira +200</li> <li>Islam Makhachev +200</li> <li>Beneil Dariush +400</li> <li>Justin Gaethje +600</li> <li>Conor McGregor +900</li> <li>Dustin Poirier +900</li> </ul> </li> <li>Welterweight <ul> <li>Kamaru Usman -250</li> <li>Khamzat Chimaev +300</li> <li>Leon Edwards +900</li> <li>Vicente Luque +900</li> <li>Belal Muhammed +1000</li> </ul> </li> <li>Middleweight <ul> <li>Israel Adesanya -165</li> <li>Robert Whittaker +425</li> <li>Marvin Vettori +700</li> <li>Jared Cannonier +800</li> <li>Derek Brunson +1100</li> </ul> </li> <li>Light heavyweight <ul> <li>Jiro Prochazka +275</li> <li>Alexander Rakic +300</li> <li>Magomed Ankalaev +300</li> <li>Glover Teixeira +400</li> <li>Jan Blachowicz +575</li> </ul> </li> <li>Heavyweight <ul> <li>Francis Ngannou +225</li> <li>Cyril Gane +275</li> <li>Curtis Blaydes +600</li> <li>Jon Jones +650</li> <li>Stipe Miocic +650</li> </ul> </li> <li>Strawweight <ul> <li>Rose Namajunas +275</li> <li>Carla Esparza +350</li> <li>Joanna Jedrzejczyk +450</li> <li>Zhang Weili +450</li> <li>Marina Rodriguez +650</li> </ul> </li> <li>Women's Flyweight <ul> <li>Valentina Shevchenko -600</li> <li>Katlyn Chookagian +800</li> <li>Taila Santos +800</li> <li>Andrea Lee +1200</li> <li>Manon Fiorot +1200</li> <li>Viviane Araujo +1200</li> </ul> </li> <li>Women's Bantamweight <ul> <li>Amanda Nunes -115</li> <li>Juliana Pena +200</li> <li>Holly Holm +600</li> <li>Irene Aldana +650</li> <li>Ketlen Vieira +1100</li> </ul> </li> <li>Women's Featherweight <ul> <li>Amanda Nuns -600</li> <li>Kayla Harrison +325</li> <li>Norman Dumont +1100</li> <li>Aspen Ladd +1200</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h2 class="rtecenter">OTHER NOTES</h2> <ul> <li>Emersyn Jayne defends the Eve title against Charli Evans in the main event for Eve on 1/7 at The Venue on Great Portland Street in London, UK.&nbsp; Charlie Morgan vs. Laura Di Matteo face off for the top contender spot.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Daily Pro Wrestling History:&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/other-wrestling/daily-pro-wrestling-history-0102-arn-anderson-wins-nwa-tv-title-364336">Arn Anderson wins NWA TV title</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>CONTACT INFORMATION</strong></p> <ul> <li>Poll opinions:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Dave@WrestlingObsever.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com</a></li> <li>Feedback:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:feedback@wrestlingobserver.com">feedback@wrestlingobserver.com</a></li> <li>Show results and news tips:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:NewsTips@WrestlingObserver.com">newstips@wrestlingobserver.com</a></li> <li>Wrestling&nbsp;Observer Radio questions:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:MailBag@WrestlingObserver.com">mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/related/wonf4w.html">Support the&nbsp;<em><strong>Empire~!</strong></em>&nbsp;with&nbsp;F4W shirts. 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