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Harold Williams’ Weekly Wrestling: [WWE] 12/26/23

Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, the UNDERTAKER 1 deadMAN SHOW tour, as well as NXT star Charlie Dempsey challenging for an AJPW championship in Japan and my suggestion for what should be done next.


WWE Friday Night SmackDown

12/22/23 (taped 12/15/23)

Bianca Belair, Michin, Shotzi, and Zelina Vega defeated Damage CTRL (Asuka, Bayley, IYO SKY, and Kairi Sane) (w/ Dakota Kai) in a,"Holiday Havoc" match

WWE NXT North American Champion Dragon Lee defeated Butch

Kevin Owens defeated Carmelo Hayes in a, "WWE United States Title #1 Contendership Tournament Semi Final" match

Santos Escobar defeated Bobby Lashley (w/ Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) in a, "WWE United States Title #1 Contendership Tournament Semi Final" match

AJ Styles defeated Solo Sikoa via disqualification


12/26/23 (taped 12/13/23)

Out The Mud (Bronco Nima & Lucien Price) defeated Chase U (Andre Chase & Duke Hudson) in an, "All Or Nothing" match

WWE NXT Heritage Cup Champion Noam Dar defeated Josh Briggs via disqualification

Cora Jade defeated Karmen Petrovic

Bron Breakker defeated Nathan Frazer

Joe Gacy defeated Joe Coffey

Riley Osborne defeated Lexis King in a, "WWE NXT Breakout Tournament Semi Final" match

Oba Femi defeated Tavion Heights in a, "WWE NXT Breakout Tournament Semi Final" match

Eddy Thorpe defeated Dijak in an "NXT Underground" match


The UNDERTAKER 1 deadMAN SHOW tour will be making a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall

in Clearwater, Florida on Sunday, January 28 at 8:00 PM. It will feature The Undertaker in an intimate setting sharing stories from his career and taking questions from fans in attendance.

If you live in the area and can attend this event- do so. Throughout his career, The Undertaker took the ideas of staying in character and keeping backstage stories private very seriously, so this is a golden opportunity as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time finally pulls back the curtain and connects on a personal level.

The recent partnership between WWE and Abema is a big deal for the Japanese wrestling industry, and there is now another development that shows the return of WWE's presence to the Japanese wrestling scene. WWE has sent NXT wrestler Charlie Dempsey to challenge for the Triple Crown Championship on January 3, 2024.

 The Triple Crown Championship is active in AJPW, one of the major companies here. I'm pleased to see WWE invest more in the Japanese market. Regardless of what the final result of this match will be, it will bring more attention to both NXT and AJPW. Looking beyond this match, I can conceive Charlie Dempsey and fellow No Quarter Catch Crew member Drew Gulak (who has experience wrestling in Japan) going to AJPW and winning the AJPW World Tag Team Championship. A championship win in Japan by NXT talent would strengthen WWE's international presence and further establish NXT as a developmental brand with global aspirations.


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