We're looking for reports on last night and tonight's TNA TV tapings in Bethlehem, PA (A Bobby Lashley vs. Bobby Roode title rematch is being taped) and tonight's NXT show in Wachula, FL at
NXT on the WWE Network today
Charlotte vs. Emma
Hideo Itami (KENTA) vs. Justin Gabriel
C.J. Parker vs. Baron Corbin
Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn vs. Titus O'Neil & Tyson Kidd
The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter talks Night of Champions and the WWE economy, the 2014 Hall of Fame and how the candidates fare in a number of categories, the NXT Takeover special, a look at why TNA hasn't been able to improve, and thoughts on the WWE Monday Night War documentary.
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We look at Sunday's Night of Champions show, the main event direction and the build to all of the matches.
We also look at the Hall of Fame candidates in a number of categories. We look at who fares better than expected among modern wrestlers, and someone in his 20s who already has Hall of Fame contender stats. We look at who has done well in Wrestler of the Year awards, Match of the Year awards, overall long-term drawing power as well as world title histories and reigns. We look at how they make certain candidates look better, and others not so good.
We look at the NXT Takeover show, with match-by-match coverage with poll results and star ratings. We look at the debut of KENTA, the creative behind NXT, and the pitfalls of running shows frequently outside of Florida, as well as plans for the next live special.
We also have updates on WWE tape library, more on Ric Flair, a new WWE TV deal talked about, the latest on C.M. Punk and WWE issues, Notes on the Monday Night War story on Bret Hart and key points left out, is WWE really after German soccer star Tim Wiese, Update on Hulk Hogan, how much NXT talent is earning, WWE business notes from the past week as well as highlights from all the weekend house shows.
We also look at the weekend UFC show from Brazil, and the fighter who is anonymously closing in on a lot of UFC records.
We also look at the Grantland.com TNA story, and look at what it says and exposes about the product over the years. We look at where TNA stands, how it got there, the state of the TV deal, Dixie Carter, Vince Russo, and using crutches in arguments.
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--Final CMLL major show before the anniversary card
--Alberto Del Rio's AAA in-ring debut
--Dragon Gate tag team tournament update
--Keiji Muto anniversary show
--Wrestle-1 world title tournament notes
--Notes on the annual Real World Tag League event
--All Japan singles tournament update, and junior heavyweight tag team tournament update
--Notes on the NOAH version of Survival Series
--Update on New Japan on iPPV
--Next major New Japan show
--Building that show
--FMW nostalgia show featuring Onita working twice
--Kenta Kobashi promotes another show
--More notes on Sean O'Haire and his background
--Update on Lucha Underground
--Changes in Evolve
--Wrestler comes out of retirement
--Who to watch for in 2016 Olympics
--ROH presents Dream match in a week
--Update on ACH missing Toronto show
--More on Bound for Glory
--New TNA signing
--New TNA TV show
--More on Nick Diaz's arrest
--UFC title fight delayed
--UFC books a major stadium for a big show next year
--UFC issues with drawing women viewers
--Lots of UFC business notes including a lot on ticket sales
--Longtime sponsor is leaving UFC
--TV documentary reality show on UFC fighter
--Georges St-Pierre and a title shot
--Benson Henderson talks moving up in weight
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Alexander Gustafsson talks fighting plans
--Marketing of UFC 178
--Dana White talks Thiago Silva
--Jacare Souza talks next business move
--Bellator names new COO
--Former UFC star gets cut
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Paul Alperstein, who made millions in an outside business endeavor and used it to fund the short-lived American Wrestling Federation, passed away. He was 58. The promotion ran in 1995 and 1996 using former WWF and WCW stars of the 80s led by Sgt. Slaughter, Tito Santana and Bob Orton Jr. They spent money to buy TV in the major markets, but were unable to draw crowds, and lost tons of money in a short period of time.
--The final match of the Wolves vs. Team 3-D vs. Hardys series, a Full Metal Mayhem match, will not be at Bound for Glory, but will be taped tomorrow night in Bethlehem, PA. The winners will be TNA tag team champions.
--The Nevada Athletic Commission has a big meeting on Tuesday which will address, among other items, Wanderlei Silva's running from his drug test in May; the Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier brawl and Robert Drysdale's failed drug test.
--Todd Duffee returns to UFC on 12/6 in Las Vegas, to face Anthony Hamilton. Duffee had been out of action with a rare neurological issue called Parsonage-Turner syndrome and hasn't fought in nearly two years.
--ROH will have a tryout camp on 10/18 and 10/19 in Bristol, PA at the company's gym. Instructors at the camp are Delirious (who runs the wrestling school and his booker), Kevin Kelly, Truth Martini, Bob Evans, Todd Sinclair, Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal and Roderick Strong. There is a $300 registration fee and it's open to anyone with at least one year of pro wrestling experience. Only 35 people can attend. For more info go to
--Two new fights added to the 12/13 UFC show in Phoenix, with the main card on FOX, are Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman and Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger..
--Stephen Arnell from "Arrow" on Facebook asked how he could host Raw. (thanks to Corey Hickman)
--Dwayne Johnson does an interview talking about his multiple arrests as a teenager at www.tv3.ie
--UFC will have a press conference on 9/26 at 1:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand to promote the 12/6 show, bringing in Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis.
--PWG announced this lineup for 10/17 in Reseda, CA
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Roderick Strong for the PWG title
Joey Ryan & Candice LaRae vs. Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor for the PWG tag titles
Adam Cole vs. Trevor Lee
Young Bucks vs. ACH & AR Fox
Biff Busick vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Bobby Fish vs. Cedric Alexander
Brian Cage vs. .Uhaa Nation
--The Fight Network has been added to Armstrong Cable in Butler County, Pennsylvania on Ch. 239 (HD) and Ch. 491 (SD).
--WWE stock was up 36 cents per share today to $14.98.
--Ric Flair, who is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days, will be appearing doing autograph and photo sessions with rival Ricky Steamboat on 11/14 in Springfield, MA at the MassMutual Center and 11/15 in Fishkill, NY at the Rec Center for Big Time Wrestling events. The shows will also feature Brian Christopher & Scotty 2 Hotty reuniting as Too Cool.. Tommy Dreamer vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. takes place in Springfield. For more into go to www.btwtickes.com
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1956 - Gene Kelly (Gene Kiniski) & Len Crosby beat Ray Gunkel & Herb Freeman in Dallas to win the Texas tag team titles
1956 - Fabulous Moolah won a one-night tournament in Baltimore beating Judy Grable in the finals to win the version of the world women's title that she held for most of the next 28 years
1961 - Dick Hutton & Sammy Steamboat won a tournament in Fort Worth to win the Texas tag team tiles
1981 - Alfonso Dantes beat Enrique Vera to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1992 - Lizmark beat Universo 2000 in Acapulco to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1993 - Mima Shimoda beat Bat Yoshinaga in Omiya to win the Japanese women's title
1994 - At Fall Brawl, Johnny B Badd (Marc Mero) best Steven Regal to win the WCW TV title, and Jim Duggan beat Steve Austin in seconds to win the vacant U.S. title
1995 - Fuerza & Juventud Guerrera beat Latin Lover & Panterita del Ring in Nuevo Laredo to win the Mexican national tag team titles and Perro Aguayo Sr. beat Cien Caras to win the WWA title
2002 - Chris Harris & James Storm won a tag team gauntlet Royal Rumble to win the NWA tag titles
2005 - At Unforgiven, Ric Flair beat Carlito to win the IC title and Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch beat Hurricane & Rosey to win the tag titles
2011 - Mark Henry beat Randy Orton to win the world title and John Cena beat Alberto Del Rio to win the WWE title
--On Mike & Mike on ESPN radio this morning, Jon Gruden was talking about why the Eagles do so well in the second half. He said that McCoy and Sproles were like a WWE tag team and that last week Sproles got the hot tag and cleaned house. (thanks to Neal Hager)
--Charity Appeal Wrestling on 9/26 in Luton, UK at the Celtic Supports Club will be raising money for a children's ward at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
--Virgil will be appearing at an Iron Sheik roast on 10/30 at Caroline's in New York.
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory with Bobby Eaton appearing. Eaton is also doing a training seminar that afternoon for both experienced and aspiring wrestlers. You can e-mail to
for more info.
--WAR on 10/11 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 9/26 in Church Hill, TN at the Volunteer High School.
--Newcastle Pro Wrestling on 9/20 in Charlestown, New South Wales at the Bowling Club with Mick Moretti & Madison Eagles vs. Robbie Eagles & Ryan Eagles.
--AXS Fights signed a multi-year broadcast contract with the CES MMA promotion, with the first show on the network on 1/30. CES runs in the Northeast and has its next show on 10/10 in Lincoln, RI at the Twin River Casino.