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Jon Jones suspended for one year, signs on for grappling match vs. Dan Henderson 11/7 10:52am PST
NJPW reveals full World Tag League lineup, four Wrestle Kingdom matches 11/7 8:16am PST
Chris Jericho & Sin Cara get into altercation after WWE event
Lucha Underground San Diego, CA, live results: Angelico vs. Johnny Mundo street fight
Daily Update: UFC Fight Night 98, Big Damo in NXT, Wrestle Kingdom 11
UFC Fight Night 98 live results: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson
NJPW Power Struggle live results: Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay Lethal
WWE Superstars results: Dana Brooke vs. Alicia Fox
B&V: Go-home shows for Starrcade 1986, ROH TV, more! 11/6
AD: Monsters and mysteries of Utah 11/6
WOL: Pro-wrestling and MMA news, and Bryan talks sports with Mike 11/6
Raw is from Glasgow, Scotland. Nothing has been announced for the show. There will also be a Smackdown brand house show tomorrow night in Aberdeen, Scotland that we’ll be looking for repots from.
Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday from Glasgow, Scotland, with Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the women’s title. There will also be a Raw house show on Tuesday in Oberhausen, German.
Wednesday has a Raw house show in Berlin, Germany and a Smackdown house show in Birmingham, England.
Figure Four Weekly 10/31/2016: California wrestling regulation in 1977 – In reaching out to various athletic commissions to get whatever old pro wrestling-related records I can find, I may have hit a relative jackpot with the California State Athletic Commission. Record retention at the different commissions varies wildly, and while the CSAC doesn’t retain event-specific records from the pre-computer era, they do have the minutes of their monthly meetings going back to 1977… click here to continue.
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The Death of WCW by Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds is now available as an audiobook through Amazon.com and Audible. Alvarez did the narration for the book which runs almost fifteen hours, so grab yours today!
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Nov 7, 2016: Judge rules in favor of TNA, Hogan settles with Gawker – In what will likely be the biggest business issue of the year, this issue has extensive looks at the business behind TNA, WWE and UFC as part of a double issue of the Observer up on the site today.
The lead story looks at the presentations and evidence in Billy Corgan’s failed attempt to get an injunction against TNA and into power. The decision behind Anthem Sports’ funding the company, who will be in charge, the financial questions involving Corgan and what type of money is being fought over, Corgan’s reaction, the value of TNA’s television deals, the true background of TNA losing its TV deal in the U.K. with Challenge with ratings notes, as well as notes on meetings with another station and a laughable press release, examined in this issue.
This issue also looks at the reasons behind the Gawker settlement with Hulk Hogan.
Inside, there is a full WWE business rundown with all the figures from the last quarter, why the stock price went down so much after the numbers came in and why it was delayed, an in-depth look at the WWE network, the percentage of subscribers who let their subscriptions expire or canceled in the last three months, how the network did last year vs. this year in adding and losing subscribers, and what it says about SummerSlam and other PPVs, the value of doing two PPVs per month, company projections on numbers short-term and long-term, the value of the PPVs this year vs. last year to the network, and if WWE is for sale.
Plus, check out the breakdown of where WWE’s money comes in, as well as profits by division and details behind what is up and what is down for the quarter.
UFC business, including the amount FOX is paying UFC from last year, this year and next year, how the TV money compares with that of WWE, PPV revenue for last year and projections for this year, updated numbers on the drawing power of McGregor and Rousey, why the front office was cut so harshly, and where UFC’s money comes from, all in this issue… click here to continue.
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WON BACK ISSUE: November 7, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Judge rules in favor of TNA, Hogan settles with Gawker – TNA’s short-term issues as far as who will be in charge of the beleaguered franchise were settled on 10/31 when Nashville Chancery Court Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled against Billy Corgan’s request to get an injunction against the company making any financial moves unless he was put in charge… click here to continue.
Monday News Update
Bryan and I will be back up tonight covering Jon Jones, Chris Jericho vs. Sin Cara, Raw and the latest news. If you’ve got questions for tonight’s show you can send them to email@example.com.
Both Sin Cara and Chris Jericho worked on the Raw show today as part of the main program after their altercation last night.
Both Raw and Smackdown this week are taped shows. The results from Raw are up on the front page right now and we hope to have Smackdown results up on the front page tomorrow before it airs on television.
The WWE has canceled NXT shows on 12/5 in Auckland, New Zealand and 12/6 in Wellington, New Zealand. They are cutting short the overseas tour and moving the scheduled 12/5 show in Perth at HBF Stadium from 12/15 to 12/5 and the 12/4 show in Canberra, at the AIS Arena from 12/14 to 12/7. No public reason was given for the changes in plans.
The 11/20 ROH show in London, England has been moved from the Seymour Leisure Centre to York Hall at Bethanal Green. The show is almost sold out but there are some balcony seats available.
Due to Drew Galloway being off the Evolve shows this coming weekend due to his neck injury, the cards have been changed around. The shows, which will be the first men’s shows on the FloSlam service, are now:
Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern in Queens, NY
Timothy Thatcher vs. Drew Gulak for Evolve title
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ethan Page
Dustin vs. Matt Riddle
Chris Hero vs. Tracy Williams
Fred Yehi vs. Jason Kincaid
Darby Allin vs. Chris Dickinson
Tommy End vs Tony Nese (this match will not air on Flo Sports and will be a dark match)
Sunday night at 7 p.m. from Joppa, MD
Thatcher-Gulak winner defends against Nese
Hero vs. Riddle
Thatcher-Gulak loser vs. Sabre Jr.
Page vs. Dickinson
End vs. Williams (dark match)
The WWE has not made any comments about the altercation last night between Chris Jericho and Sin Cara.
Daniel Bryan is scheduled to remain in Europe after tomorrow’s tapings and will be appearing as the General Manager on the Smackdown brand house shows later this week.
The WWE is producing either a book or a magazine called “The Rock: 20 Years of Greatness,” which is now available.
UFC / MMA
The beginning of the New York publicity for UFC 205 is here.
The much delayed Bellator debut of Kevin Ferguson Jr., the son of Kimbo Slice, billed as Baby Slice, facing Aaron Hamilton, has been added to Bellator’s 11/19 show in San Jose. That is going to be one of the craziest nights of the year with UFC having a morning show from Dublin on Fight Pass, UFC and Bellator head-to-head on FS 1 and Spike, plus NXT Takeover from Toronto.
Congralations to Kurt Angle on the birth if his fifth child, Nikoletta Sky Angle.
Jim Ross is doing a show on Wednesday night at Zanie’s in Nashville. More on his show is here.
ROH has announced a 2/11 show in Pittsburgh at Stage AE.
Northeast Wrestling on 11/12 at the NEW Arena in Bethany, CT at 6:30 p.m. They are starting the show early so people can get home in time to watch the top matches at UFC 205. The show will feature the King of Bethany tournament with first round matches of Vinny Marseglia vs. Keith Youngblood, Wrecking Ball Legursky vs. Ron Zombie, Jimmy Preston vs. Dijak, Travis Gordon vs. Mike Bennett, plus Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, Hanson and more..
AAW from Friday night in Merrionette Park, IL: Dezmond Xavier b Joey Janela, Kimber Lee won three-way over Jessicka Havok and Heidi Lovelace, Besties in the World b An Office and a Gentleman, AR Fox b Jack Evans to retain the AAW Heritage title, Kongo Kong b Jeff Cobb (Cobb did a vertical suplex on 400 pound Kong where he held him in the air for seconds), Matt Hardy & Brother Hero (Chris Hero) b Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee, Zack Sabre Jr. b Prince Ali, Eddie Kingston & Homicide & Low Ki b The Killer Kult. Next show is 11/26 at the Logan Square Auditorium with Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, Rey Hours, Brian Cage, Jeff Cobb, Eddie Kingston, Homicide, Low Ki, and Trent Baretta, plus a main event with Sami Callihan vs. Hero for the AAW title.
One report we received was that the Great North Wrestling show we reported on yesterday with 500 fans actually had closer to 200.
CPW International from yesterday in Windsor, Quebec before 200 fans: The Bruiser b Jacques Lamoureux, Funky & Devin Beru b John Dundee & Thrax, Chato & Sexy Eddy b American Mercenaries, Razor Revolution b Dave LeJusticier Jr., Mercedes b Eve, Hannibal b Wes Brisco to retain Canadian title. Hannibal suffered a right eye injury from a chair shot. (thanks to Anthony Ambros)
Beyond Wrestling and Womens’ Wrestling Revolution did a doubleheader in Providence at Aurora, a tiny club.
Afternoon results: Karen Q b Angie Sky, Chris Hero b Brian Milonas, Taeler Hendrix b Lufisto, Donovan Dijak b John Silver, Deonna Purrazzo b Alexxis, Jonathan Gresham b Jaka, Kimber Lee b Sonya Strong, Matt Riddle b Chris Dickinson, Veda Scott b Jessicka Havoc, Zack Sabre Jr. b Keith Lee (really good), Donovan Dijak & Mikey Webb b Monsta Mack & Mafia.
Evening results: Darius Carter & Tommy Trainwreck & Devin Blaze & Anthony Gangone b Sami Callihan & Dave Crist & Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz, Veda Scott b Deonna Purrazzo, Matt Riddle b Jonathan Gresham, Belmont & Davienne & Sammi Lane b Solo Darling & Delmi Exo & Ashley Vox, Brian Fury b Warbeard Hanson, Kimber Lee b Taeler Hendrix, Donovan Dijak b Zack Sabre Jr., Anthony Stone & Davey Cash & Kris Pyro b Johnny Cockstrong & Dorian Graves & VSK, Joey Janela b Tracy Williams, Pinkie Sanchez & Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik b Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak & Orange Cassidy, Kimber Lee b Veda Scott to win the women’s tournament, Matt Riddle b Donovan Dijak to win the men’s tournament with help from JT Dunn. (thanks to Patrick Tobin)
CWE on 11/25 in Winnipeg at Rookie’s Sports Bar for the Movember to Remember fundraising event.
Premier Champoinship Wrestling from Saturday night in Winnipeg: Scott Justice NC Alix Vanna, Jay Walker b Shao Ming, Trent Nash & Shao Ming b Jay Walker & James Beaver, Antonio Scorpio b Zack Mercury, Bill Glaze & Dick Blood & Ace Riviera b London Dynasty & Bull Bodnar, Jackie Lee & Scott Justice b Alix Vanna & Big Bobby Shink, Scott Justice won Battle Royal. (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)
Best in the World TV from last night in Fresno: Joey Ryan b Virgil Flynn, Wiseguy won three-way ladder match over Sheik Khan Abadi & Chupacabra. Next taping is Sunday in Merced, CA at the American Legion Post at 6 p.m. with Wiseguy defending his title against JR Kratos, Eli Drake vs. Jeff Cobb and a tag title match. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
Hoosier Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Columbus, IN: Doink b Cody Daniels, Clint Poe b Kenny Cage, Paris Kelly b Haley Shadows, Cousin Cooter b Mad Dog Jessie in a dog collar match, Drax O’Brien b Lighting Bolt in a loser leaves town match for Tri State title, TVZ b Too Cool in a street fight, Scarecrow Eddie Felson b Bobby Black in a ladder match for the cruiserweight title, Dynamite Dillen b Timmy Danger in an HPW title match, Jerry Wilson b Diamond Dan in an arm wrestling match to retain 100 percent ownership of the promotion. Next show is 12/3 in Columbus, IN.
Masked Republic has announced a Lucha mask of the month club. Every month for $10 plus shipping fans will have a new mask sent to them from Mexico City. For more info go to LuchaLoot.com
Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts has an autobiography that will be released in April called “Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass through my WWE journey.” Tommy Dreamer has written the foreword.
ROH will be holding a tryout camp on 1/28 and 1/29 at their gym in Bristol, PA. Those instructing and giving advice will be booker Delirious, Kevin Kelly, Todd Sinclair, the Briscoes, Christopher Daniels, Bob Evans, Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara. They are looking for wrestlers with at least one year experience. They have recruited nine wrestlers from seminars like this one. For more info go to ROHDOJO@rohwrestling.com.
Jersey All Pro Wrestling has its 20th anniversary show on 11/12 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center with Alberto El Patron and Sami Callihan, as well as Drago appearing.
MCW on Friday night in Waldorf, MD at the Unique Sports Academy and 11/12 in Frederick, MD at the Frederick Indoor Sports Arena features meet and greets both nights with Kevin Nash.
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