The latest from the F4W Staff
WWE NXT results: Roderick Strong makes his debut
WWE suspends developmental talent following domestic violence related charges
SmackDown ratings down slightly on Tuesday night
WWE NXT results: Roderick Strong makes his debut
Lucha Underground results: Mil Muertes vs. Prince Puma
WOL: Scary Raw year-to-year ratings decline, news, Dave Meltzer interview, more! 10/20
WOR: TNA disaster, bailouts, Smackdown, Lucha U, GSP, UFC cuts, more! 10/20
F4D: OVERWEIGHT CLASSIC, plus GSP, Combates America, Smackdown, Impact, more! 10/19
WOL: Goldberg, Smackdown, Paul O’Brien interview, more! 10/19
B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro leading to Survivor Series 97 and Halloween Havoc! 10/18
NXT opens its weekend tour tonight in Lakeland, FL.
IMPACT TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ON SPIKE
Moose vs. Bobby Lashley
Mahabali Shera vs. Mike Bennett
Eddie Edwards vs. Cody for TNA title
NEW JAPAN LATE TONIGHT/TOMORROW MORNING AT TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Yuji Nagata & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomoaki Honma & Teruaki Kanemitsu & Hirai Kawato
Manabu Nakanishi & Yoshitatsu vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Bone Soldier
Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens & Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata & Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
David Finlay vs. Will Ospreay
Angel de Oro & Titan vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta in the first round of the jr. tag tournament
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Fuego in the first round of the jr. tag tournament
Young Bucks vs. ACH & Taiji Ishimori in the first round of the jr. tag tournament
Figure Four Weekly 10/17/2016: More on the deregulation of pro wrestling in California – To pick up where we left off last week, in 1989 deregulation of pro wrestling was put before the State Assembly and passed. Here’s how it was discussed in the minutes for the October 20, 1989 meeting of the California State Athletic Commission (emphasis ours): “Assembly Bill 1040 was signed by Governor Deukmejian and, except for the 5% tax on the amount paid for admission, will completely deregulate professional wrestling January 1, 1990… Current subscribers click here to continue reading.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Oct 24, 2016: Pinpointing the day that lead to TNA’s current predicament, UFC layoffs, more – What has been the long-time inevitable but several times delayed financial implosion of TNA can really be traced back to one afternoon. Largely based on a contract with Spike TV, TNA was taking in more revenue than any pro wrestling company in the world aside from WWE through 2014. If a company like ECW would have gotten that type of a deal, they would probably still be flourishing today… Current subscribers click here to continue reading.
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WON BACK ISSUE:,WON September 20, 1999: Eric Bischoff fired from WCW, Beyond the Mat review, more – Although wrestlers were singing “Ding, Dong, the Witch is dead,” Friday night in Baltimore, when the word of Eric Bischoff’s re-assignment within Turner (read that as a nice way of saying firing) reached the wrestlers, once the initial happiness wore off and reality set in, the reality is little has changed… Subscribers click here to continue reading.
Thursday News Update
We have a long discussion on last night’s audio show regarding TNA and a lot more in the current newsletter regarding all the different things regarding the promotion that have gone down this past week, including the real blow-by-blow of when the real problems started.
Paige underwent neck surgery, having three screws put in her neck yesterday in Florida. The surgeon was the same one who did Nikki Bella’s recent neck surgery.
This is the last somewhat quiet weekend probably until Christmas. UFC has shows every weekend starting on 11/5 and 11/12 is the biggest UFC show in history, and 11/19 and 11/20 is one of the biggest weekends of the year for major shows. This weekend’s biggest events are Bellator tomorrow night which includes Bobby Lashley fighting Josh Appelt, Arena Mexico with block B of the Universal title tournament, and New Japan opens its junior heavyweight tag team tournament tomorrow (early morning U.S. time).
Lucha Underground finally announced some matches for Sunday’s show in Phoenix at the Arizona State Fair. Johnny Mundo faces Brian Cage in a falls count anywhere match to headline the Noon show. A 3 p.m. show will be headlined by Pentagon Dark vs. Mil Muertes with Vampiro at ringside. Others announced for the shows are Drago, Jack Evans, Ivelisse, Taya, Mariposa, Son of Havoc and Aerostar.
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ROH announced today that The Panther (son of Blue Panther) and Misterioso Jr. (son of Misterioso) will be appearing on shows on 11/3 in Arlington, TX and 11/4 in San Antonio as part of the Survival of the Fittest tournament.
Another CMLL star, Dragon Lee, will face Bobby Fish for the ROH TV title on the 12/2 Final Battle show in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Ringside Collectibles on 10/29 at Caroline’s on Broadway in Times Square, NY will have appearances of Daniel Bryan and Bayley from 9 a.m. to Noon, and Finn Balor and Sasha Banks from 1-4 p.m.
Bill Goldberg training with Jimmy Pedro, the Olympic judo bronze medalist here.
A documentary on Eric Bischoff will air after Raw on Monday night on the WWE Network.
New fights added to December UFC shows: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum on 12/30 in Las Vegas (this has been known for some time and already reported but UFC made it official today), Paul Craig (8-0) vs. Luis Henrique de Silva (12-0) has been added to the 12/17 show in Sacramento, Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith has been added to the 12/9 show in Albany, NY, and Jared Cannonier vs. Ian Cutelaba has been added to the 12/3 show in Las Vegas.
Newly announced Evolve matches: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ethan Page on 11/12 in Queens, NY, Chris Hero vs Tracy Williams on 11/12 in Queens, NY, Drew Gulak vs. Dustin on 11/12 in Queens, NY, Drew Galloway & Dustin vs. Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi for the tag titles on 11/13 in Joppa, MD, Hero vs. Matt Riddle eon 11/13 in Joppa, MD, Gulak vs. Sabre Jr. on 11/13 in Joppa, MD, Galloway & Dustin vs. Dick Togo & Ricochet for tag titles on 12/11 in Melrose, MA.
Why this is a story on the declining football ratings, a lot of this applies to WWE. Check out this article from USA TODAY.
The scheduled debut of Baby Slice, the son of Kimbo Slice, on tomorrow night’s Bellator show in Memphis, is off as opponent Rick Bing went for the all-time record as he showed up 25 pounds above weight.
Pacific Coast Wrestling on 11/12 in Torrance, CA at the Oak Street Gym features Rob Van Dam vs. Pentagon Jr., plus Mr. 450 Hammet, Scorpio Sky, Jeff Cobb, Fatu, Willie Mack and The Sheik.
Ryback, Bully Ray, Boogeyman, Velvet Sky and Melina have been added to the 11/5 MCW show in Joppa, MD. Ryback will face 6-foot-8 Sean Studd, the son of John Studd. They also have an 11/11 show in Waldorf, MD at the Unique Sports Academy with Kevin Nash, and 11/12 in Frederick, MD at the Indoor Sports Center with Kevin Nash.
Tito Ortiz did a TMZ Sports interview to promote his 1/21 fight with Chael Sonnen at the Forum in Los Angeles saying it’s revenge because Sonnen pinned him when both were college wrestlers about 20 years ago.
Brandon Vera will defend his One heavyweight championship on 12/2 in Pasay, Philippines at the Mall of Asia Arena. Sekine has a 7-0 record and is making his debut in One after competing in Deep in Japan.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance on 12/9 on AXS TV from Branson, MO at the Convention Center features former Iowa Hawkeye wrestler Jordan Johnson (5-0) vs. LeMarcus Tucker (5-1) in a light heavyweight fight as the main event. This is the final RFA show before the merger with Legacy goes through and the two groups form the new LFA.
Bobby Lashley, Cryme Tyme and Boogeyman headline Rumble II on 11/12 at Alameda High School in Alameda, CA.
CWE Adrenaline was gotten a TV clearance on Shaw TV Ch. 11 in Thompson, Manitoba.
All Pro Wrestling on 11/11 in Pacifica, CA at Ingrid B. Lacy PTO is headlined by Cody Rhodes vs. Joey Ryan, MVP vs. Jeff Cobb, plus Reno Scum, Colt Cabana, Brian Cage and Jacob Fatu.
CCW on 10/29 in Chatham, ONT at the Wish Centre featuring a Battle Royal.
Georgi Kharakanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky an Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Karla Benitez have been added to the 11/10 Bellator show in Tel Aviv, Israel. Karakhanyan replaces James Gallagher, who was moved to the 12/16 show in Dublin. The Israel show is headlined by Andrey Koreshkov defending the welterweight title against Douglas Lima.
559 Fights tomorrow night in Fresno at the Tower Theater headlined by Bryce Gonzales defending his bantamweight title against Daniel Campagna.
Tom Prichard and Bushwhacker Luke appear for IWF on 10/22 at the IWF Centre in Nutley, NJ.
CMLL Sunday in Guadalajara: Avispon Negro Jr. & Micro b Destello & Guerrero de la Muerte, Black Sugar & Capitan Cobra b Mr. Apolo & Gitano, Freezer d Magico, Evola & Exterminador b El Hijo del Javier Cruz & Acqui, Flash & Kempo Dragon & Star Black b Jocker & Principe Kisho & Terremento King Jr.
CMLL Monday in Puebla: Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Especial & Inquisidor b Astro & Paris & Vega, Astral & Asturiano & Electrico b Mini Jocker & Pequeno Violencia & Sauron, Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stigma & Stuka Jr. b Kraneo & Olimpico & Ripper, Atlantis & Johnny Idol & Maximo Sexy b Sam Adonis & Negro Casas & Shocker-DQ, Euforia & Gran Guerrero & La Mascara b Mascara Dorada & Mistico & Valiente. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
Wise Pro Wrestling on Saturday night at the Rickshaw Theater in East Vancouver, BC with Joey Ryan and Jeff Cobb appearing.
All Star Wrestling on 11/4 in Cloverdale, BC at the Alice McKay building on the Fairground with Sinn Bodhi.
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con on 10/29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center will have a panel on the old GLOW promotion. Among those appearing are MTV, Lightning (Cheryl Rusa) and Roxy Astor. Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara) will be at the convention and Rob Van Dam appears on Geek Speak TV live in a panel on 10/29 at 1 p.m.
Jersey All Pro Wrestling on 11/19 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center has an afternoon convention and a live show headlined by Low Ki & Homicide vs. Da Hit Squad in a cage match. It’s the company’s 20th anniversary show. Alberto El Patron, Drago, Aerostar, Deonna Purrazzo, Sumie Sakai and JT Dunn are also on the show. They will also be raising money for the family of Frank Iadeviam, the former promoter who passed away.
AAW on 11/4 in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street with Prince Ali vs. Zack Sabre Jr., plus Sami Callihan, AR Fox, Matt Hardy, Davey Vega, Matt Fitchett, Chris Hero, Dave & Jake Crist, Andrew Everett, Trevor Lee, Chuck Taylor, Rey Fenix, Eddie Kingston, Homicide, Kongo Kong, Jessicka Havok, Jeff Cobb, Heidi Lovelace, Kimber Lee and Dezmond Xavier.
An interview with Muhammad Hassan about his WWE career is here.
Kevin Eck on his Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot here.
A story on the JBL interview with Bruno Sammartino is here.
A great story on a conflict of interest in promoting and managing here.
Today in Wrestling History (10/20): Mad Dog Vachon wins the AWA Title
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