2015 will mark the 10 year anniversary of Monday Night RAW returning home to the USA Network after its stint on Spike TV previously. An excellent thing about the USA Network is the promotion the channel provides for the WWE. This is especially evident in light of the recent WWE Week—Monday Night RAW following the TLC Pay-Per-View, a live episode of SmackDown, the always popular Tribute to the Troops, movies starring WWE stars such as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Santino appearing in the film, Jingle All The Way 2. One of the highlights recently on WWE was the promo for the impending move of SmackDown from Friday to Thursday nights.
One of the common facts about the WWE is that SmackDown is filmed on Tuesdays and during its history it aired on either Thursdays or, for almost 10 years now, Fridays. While the move may be confusing to some, it’ll be interesting to see how a new night will effect the SmackDown audience. While Friday nights are commonly spent going out with friends, etc., and celebrating the start of the weekend, it also served as an excellent alternative to those who wanted to relax when their work week is initially finished and enjoy some good WWE programming. Will more people be at home to watch SmackDown on Thursday nights? What about the fall when the regular football season picks up again and not only will Monday Night RAW compete with Monday Night Football, but so will SmackDown compete with Thursday Night football.
This is also a world in which spoilers run rampant and what happens on SmackDown is usually known before it airs. Only time will tell, but from the commercials advertising the new schedule, change looks exciting.
Above is a video shot by a fan of Randy Orton making his return after last night’s RAW went off the air.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: (C) Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Kazuchika Okada
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: (C) Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kota Ibushi
AJ Styles VS Tetsuya Naito
IWGP Tag Team Championship: (C) The Bullet Club (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) VS Meiyu Tag ( Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata)
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: (C) Ryusuke Taguchi VS Kenny Omega
NEVER Openweight Championship: (C) Tomohiro Ishii VS Togi Makabe
Minoru Suzuki VS Kazushi Sakuraba (Match can only end by submission, KO or referee stoppage)
8-Man Tag: Mikey Nicholls, Maomichi Marufuji, Shane Haste & Toru Yanu VS Lance Archer, Shelton X Benjamin, Takashi Iizuka & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
6-Man Tag: The Bullet Club ( Jeff Jarrett, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi) VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma
IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship: (C) reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) VS The Time Splitters ( Alex Shelley & Kushida) VS The Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero) VS The Young Bucks
(Pre-show Match) 15-Man New Japan Rumble: Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata are confirmed participants.
Jim Ross & Matt Striker on commentary
A look at Global Force Wrestling presents New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 on Sunday, January 4, 2015
UFC 182: Jones VS Cormier – Saturday, January 3
Main Card 10pm ET
Light Heavyweight Title Fight: (C) Jon Jones (20-1) VS #2 Daniel Cormier (15-0)
Lightweight: #4 Donald Cerrone (25-6) VS #8 Myles Jury (15-0)
Middleweight: #15 Brad Tavares (12-4) VS Nate Marquardt (36-13-2)
Flyweight: #11 Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1) VS Louis Gaudinot (7-3)
Welterweight: #6 Hector Lombard (34-4-1) VS Josh Burkman (27-10)
Fox Sports 1 Prelims 8pm ET
Lightweight: Danny Castillo (17-7) VS Paul Felder (9-0)
Bantamweight: Marcus Brimage (7-3) VS Cody Garbrandt (5-0)
Heavyweight: Shawn Jordan (16-6) VS Jared Cannonier (7-0)
Lightweight: Evan Dunham (14-6) VS Rodrigo Damm (12-8)
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims 7pm ET
Omari Akhmedov (13-2) VS Mats Nilsson (11-3-1)
Women’s Bantamweight: Alexis Dufresne (5-1) VS Marion Reneau (4-1)
Randy Orton posted a video that went viral on over the Christmas holiday on Instagram of him taking a RKO from a young boy on a bed.
Our friend Ed Boston will be interviewing pro wrestler and owner of Global Force Wrestling Jeff Jarrett today on The Ed Boston Podcast at Blog Talk Radio. For the first time ever, GFW is bringing New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 live on pay-per-view here in the United States.
Jarrett on the Ed Boston Podcast can be heard later today, Tuesday, December 30 at 5:00pm – 5:45pm EST at Blog Talk Radio.