The Latest from the F4W Staff
ROH TV taping results: The road to Final Battle
Kevin Owens clarifies why he had to leave WWE’s South American tour
Triple H to wrestle at WWE’s house show in Chile on Sunday
PWG All Star Weekend 13 night one results: Tag title main event
UFC Fight Night 118 live results: Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
Kansas City pro wrestling announcer Bill Kersten passes away
WWE St. Louis, MO, live results: Rollins & Ambrose vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
WOR: Breaking News Audio on changes to TLC, PWG, Nia Jax and more! 10/21
WOL: Breaking news on WWE TLC shakeup, updates on everyone, more! 10/20
Wrestling Weekly: Doing the drives, Monster Factory camp, Burrhead Jones 10/20
B&V&G: NXT, Lucha Underground, Granny’s Wrestling Report, more! 10/20
We’re looking for reports from WWE Raw in Mankato, MN, SmackDown in Santiago, Chile, and NXT in Aiken, SC and Citrus Springs, FL.
PWG FROM RESEDA, CALIFORNIA
Matt Sydal vs. Rey Hours
Jonah Rock vs. Adam Brooks
Joey Janela vs. Marty Scurll
Young Bucks vs. Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Haskins
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Walter
Chuck Taylor vs. Ricochet for PWG title
Sunday we’re looking for reports from SmackDown in Santiago, Chile and NXT in Johnson City, TN.
WWE TLC FROM THE TARGET CENTER IN MINNEAPOLIS SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ON THE WWE NETWORK
Kurt Angle & Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Kane & Braun Strowman & The Miz & Cesaro & Sheamus in a TLC match
Finn Balor vs. AJ Styles
Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore for the cruiserweight title
Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James for the women’s title
Asuka vs. Emma
Rich Swann & Cedric Alexander vs. Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher
Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks (preshow match)
NEW JAPAN AT TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL MONDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Leo Tonga
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado & Taichi & Taka Michinoku
Toru Yano & Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Katsuya Kitamura vs. Kota Ibushi & Juice Robinson & David Finlay
Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Seiya Sanada
Kushida & Hirai Kawato vs. Yoh & Sho in the first round of the jr. tag team tournament
Dragon Lee & Titan vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi in the first round of the jr. tag team tournament
Raw will be Monday night from Green Bay, featuring the return of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.
SmackDown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday in Milwaukee.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Looking at Neville’s potential post-WWE life
While Neville’s situation with WWE remains unresolved a week after news broke that he wanted out of the company, his potential entrance into the global pro wrestling landscape would provide the most interesting test case yet of how successful someone could be outside of WWE in this era. Neville being unhappy isn’t an isolated incident.
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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: October 23, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal, Observer Hall of Fame candidates, more
A look at the WWE PPV picture over the next two shows, the championship scene and the TLC show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer, a double issue that features three back-of-the-book features, one on PED usage and lifestyle changes in pro wrestling, one on the life and times of Bobby Heenan and another of the 2017 Hall of Fame.
The lead story looks at Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal, the return of Kane and some of the new programs.
Look at the ROH Global Wars week, what the business says and doesn’t say, a rundown of the Chicago show, the anti-WWE movement, along with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
Examine WWE drug testing, lifestyle changes among the wrestlers, what WWE talent is and isn’t allowed to do, beating tests, TUE’s, what Dave Palumbo said, what WWE has said in response, just how prevalent are TUE’s in WWE compared to other sports, double standards and rules between office, talent and part-time talent, why WWE drug tests in the first place, why the idea that pro wrestling isn’t a competitive situation is as shallow a thinking as possible and how the business has changed over the years as far as the look to be a star.
Look back at the life outside of wrestling of Bobby Heenan.
Check out the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot and thoughts on the candidates including breaking down most of the candidates on the ballot.
Get updates on WrestleMania ticket sales, Jinder Mahal in India, Austin Aries talks the economics outside WWE, WWE earnings and predictions for PPV numbers, and updates on Neville and Nia Jax.
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WON BACK ISSUE: September 25, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF moving to Viacom, WCW Fall Brawl reviewed, more
The Delaware Supreme Court on 9/18 ruled 3-0 not to overturn the Chancery Court ruling that the WWF would be able to accept the Viacom deal, and thus ending its 17-year relationship with the USA Network. The decision was more than one month in the making, which left much of the entire pro wrestling industry, and both networks, paralyzed to an extent, certainly as it pertained to wrestling programming.
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
With no time on television to build to the revised TLC card, WWE released a few promos to hype up the pay-per-view. AJ Styles and Finn Balor discussed facing each other for the first time and the similar paths they’ve taken to get to this point, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose reacted to Kurt Angle being their new partner at TLC and Roman Reigns not being able to wrestle at the show, and Braun Strowman, Cesaro, and Sheamus sent warnings to Angle ahead of Sunday.
With Reigns currently out of action, Rollins & Ambrose defending their Raw tag titles against Cesaro & Sheamus in a street fight main evented last night’s house show in St. Louis. Strowman, who usually faces Reigns on the Raw house shows, defeated Balor last night.
Angle wrote about his return to a WWE ring: “#wweuniverse, be sure to tune in to my return to WWE action tomorrow, Sunday, at TLC. It’s been 11 years and long overdue. I will proudly team up with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, members of the notorious faction ‘The Shield’. Couldn’t be more excited. #itstrue”
Angle also responded to a question about Neville and Nia Jax’s status, saying that he doesn’t know about Neville but Jax will be returning soon. Dave Meltzer reported yesterday that Jax will return to WWE in time for November’s European tour.
The Miz and Maryse had their gender reveal party today, where they found out that Maryse will be giving birth to a baby girl. Miz wrote, “The #ItBaby is a GIRL! If she gets half the brains, beauty, and strength of her mother @marysemizanin then she’s gonna be a powerful woman.”
The New Day and Kalisto rewatched and commented on the New Day vs. The Usos vs. Lucha Dragons ladder match from TLC 2015.
WWE has a video looking at Jinder Mahal’s media tour of India.
The angle with Bully Ray teasing retirement was furthered as he was attacked by Jay Briscoe at last night’s ROH television tapings. Jay hit Bully with a cheap shot and he went down motionless. Tommy Dreamer ran down for the save, with Mark Briscoe then coming out and kicking Dreamer low. The Briscoes gave Bully a 3D and he was helped to the back after not moving for a few minutes. That would seem to set up The Briscoes vs. Bully Ray & Dreamer at Final Battle.
Other matches that appeared to be set up for Final Battle at the ROH tapings were Cody Rhodes defending his World title against Dalton Castle, Kenny King defending the TV title against Punishment Martinez, Silas Young, and Shane Taylor in a four corner survival match, Marty Scurll vs. Jay Lethal, and The Addiction vs. War Machine.
Matt Riddle won’t be working NJPW’s World Tag League tournament this year after all, though Dave Meltzer noted on last night’s Wrestling Observer Radio that Jeff Cobb (who Riddle was supposed to team with) will still be in the tournament with an unknown partner. Riddle will face Tom Lawlor at MLW: Never Say Never in Orlando on December 7th.
Ron Jeremy attended the first show of PWG’s All Star Weekend in Reseda, California last night, sitting next to our Dave Meltzer.
Jimmy Jacobs made a surprise appearance at tonight’s WrestleCircus show. He confronted Sami Callihan and mentioned being fired for the Bullet Club selfie. Callihan punched him down but Jacobs came back and hit a spear. Jacobs tweeted after the appearance: “For the record, I have zero bitter feelings towards WWE. I had a great two and a half years there. But now I’m very excited to perform again.” (thanks to reader Jake Koch)
Ratings for Thursday’s episode of Impact were down slightly from last week. The show averaged 267,000 viewers, down from 279,000. Impact was again against both Thursday Night Football and the MLB playoffs.
Hannibal TV uploaded video from Impact Wrestling’s Bound for Glory press conference at the Crust & Crate in Ottawa yesterday, where the Impact pizza and signature beverage was revealed. They also have an interview with Eli Drake about Bound for Glory coming to Ottawa.
Bill DeMott and his family are on a mission to end drunk driving after DeMott’s daughter was killed in 2015.
Bad Luck Fale wished AJ Styles and Finn Balor good luck in their match at TLC.
Conor McGregor was caught on camera using a homophobic slur multiple times when talking to Artem Lobov (his teammate) about Lobov’s loss to Andre Fili at today’s UFC Fight Night show in Gdansk, Poland. McGregor was also yelled at by the referee and told to back off while he was in the crowd during Lobov’s fight.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone posted a statement after losing to Darren Till in Poland. Cerrone complemented Till and said that he “broke the f**k” out of his nose.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz wants to face Jessica Andrade next after defeating Jodie Esquibel.
MMA Fighting has an article on the difficulty of building new stars after Gegard Mousasi’s controversial decision win in his first Bellator fight last night and Heather Hardy being bloodied in her loss to Kristina Williams.
Today in Professional Wrestling History: WWF No Mercy 2001
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