TUES UPDATE: Notes from Raw, Survivor Series, what's up with Vince, Ortiz injury, where Styles is taking the title, tons more

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We're also looking for reports from Smackdown tonight in Tampa. John Cena is advertised as wrestling Alberto Del Rio in a dark match on the show, as is Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton advertised.

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--All Japan prepares 41st anniversary show
--Tokyo Dome ticket notes
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--Wrestler critical of New Japan tournament feeling the top stars need to be in and aren't
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--More on Dos Caras' Japanese retirement match
--Still active wrestling star turns 70
--Notes on the career of Dennis Hall
--Pointed comments made regarding the death of Calvin Knapp
--A look at a new attempt for indie groups to work together and goals
--Update on Low Ki
--Update on Tammy Sytch
--A look at the next major ROH show, a unique angle and Jesse Sorensen
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--Background of new TNA TV announcer
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--Thoughts on UFC going to Mexico
--More on Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
--Mike Pierce injuries
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--Update on Ben Askren
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- WWE 2K14 - Xbox 360alt. And other platforms, obviously. Available today.

-- For those wondering about Vince McMahon, there were two Raw scripts last night, one featuring Vince and one without Vince. The latter ended up being used. He's expected back anytime.

-- After the show went off the air, HHH was so mad at the fans that he announced that he was hiring all of them as WWE employees. Then he fired them.

-- Dorian Roldan of AAA said on his Twitter that AJ Styles was coming to Mexico this Sunday to defend the TNA Title. Apparently he's sanctioning his own title defenses now or something.

-- Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin for the ROH Title is official for this year's ROH Final Battle.

-- Tito Ortiz medical update from his Twitter: CT scan showed a right C6 pillar fracture. By going through a high impact fight as he is scheduled for would put him at high risk for a spinal cord injury. It does appear that he is going to go onto full and complete healing 6-8 weeks. - Dr. William Smith, M.D.

-- Thanks to Jake for alerting me to this amazing Great Khali promo on Raw Backstage Fallout today.Amazingly, I have become quite adept at speaking Great Khalese, so what follows is the translation of what he said to Natalya: "Baby. You have lot talent. You deserve. You deserve. But I'm proud. You win today. I'm very sure you win. So you make my dreams true. Last time she slap you, I so mad. You mad too. But, you know, today payback!" YEAH!

-- This was the giantDave couldn't remember on the show last night.

-- Add Karo Parisyan to the list of those out of this Saturday night's Bellator show.

-- Next WWE show in Orlando is 2/2 with presale code wwelive.

-- Donald Cerrone is talking about moving to featherweight.

-- Jon writes: Eric the midget was on Howard Stern this morning. He stated that he wanted to buy TNA. His first order of business would be to add more females, and Stern said Eric would end up being sued because he would sexually harass the female wrestlers with his foot.

-- Jeff here with more: Long story short, he read "a report" that the Carters want to sell 70 percent of TNA and Eric is interested in finding investors to "help him" purchase the promotion. When they asked him for specifics on what he would do, Eric said he would build up the women's division. Stern replied, "So you would hire a bunch of hot women." Eric also reiterated that Magnus found Stern sidekick Robin Quivers attractive and would consider dating her. At Bound For Glory, Eric said another wrestler said the same thing. He offered to set up a "Robin Quivers TNA Wrestler Dating Game," but producer Gary Dell'A'Bate said he had "zero interest" working with Eric on anything. Stern did run down wrestling, saying, "It's all fake shit" and even knew enough to add "And it's not even Vince McMahon's promotion it's something else." If I was a TNA fan who did not know the promotion was for sale, this entire segment would be quite revealing. On the other hand, for people who believe "all publicity is good publicity," it was at least an advertisement for the promotion. Eric did not get to mention the show is on Spike on Thursday nights, so they struck out in the sense that he talked about the promotion for five minutes but without the "button," it really didn't constitute an advertisement.

-- Chris Long with a Ric Flair strut on Monday Night Football here.

-- For Thursday on Spike, 11-11:30 is the Alvarez vs. Chandler special where both guys review the first fight and several UFC stars including Dan Henderson, Ross Pearson and Michael Johnson weigh-in. 11:30 to midnight is Countdown to the show, focusing on Alvarez vs. Chandler, Mo vs. Newton and Curran vs. Straus

-- If you are a fan of wrestling video games, this Kickstarter is for you!

-- FILTHY TOM LAWLOR talks Raw and morehere.

-- The World Series of Fighting continues to expand its global footprint with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan (WSOF Japan). World Series of Fighting launches its new Japanese division in a partnership with the long-running and highly respected Pancrase organization, a Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial arts events since 1993 and is widely considered one of the most historically important organizations in the sport. The first World Series of Fighting Japan event is expected to take place in early 2014. The relationship will allow fighters from both sides of the Pacific Ocean to be featured in fight cards in both the U.S. and Japan, including recent World Series of Fighting addition Yushin "Thunder" Okami (29-8), one of the world's top-ranked middleweights. The launch of World Series of Fighting Japan marks the second international branch of the WSOF brand to be announced in the past month alone, as World Series of Fighting Canada is set for a Dec. 7 debut. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

-- Victor is selling some of his WWE, TNA and ROH DVD's from his collection and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

-- Tons of history today from Brian Hoops:

1946 - Antonio Cortez defeated The Cardiff Giant for the Florida Heavyweight Title (became Southern Heavyweight Title during his reign) in Tampa, Florida.

1953 - Pepper Gomez & Johnny Demchuck won the Northwest Tag Team Title from Doc Gallagher & Ivan Kameroff in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1955 - Don McIntyre defeated Fred Blassie in Atlanta, Georgia to win the Georgia version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title

1959 - John Smith & Tosh Togo defeated Don & Bobby Fields in a tournament final for the Gulf Coast version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama.

1966 - Both World Wrestling Association championships change hands when Hard Boiled Haggerty & El Shereef defeated Pedro Morales & Luis Hernandez to win the WWA Tag Team Title, and Mark Lewin defeated Lou Thesz for the WWA Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California.

1970 - Tony Borne & Moondog Mayne won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champions defeating Mr. Fuji & Haru Sasaki

1972 - In Detroit, Michigan, Pampero Firpo won the Detroit version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title from Bobo Brazil

1974 - Dan Kroffat & Wayne Bridges defeated Gene Kiniski & Dutch Savage for the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1975 - Killer Karl Kox defeated Dick Murdoch to win the Tri-State version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1975 - Ken Lucas won the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama, defeating Bill Malone.

1976 - Kintaro Ohki & Kim Duk defeated Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA International Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1976 - The Destroyer defeated Abdullah the Butcher for the PWF United States Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan

1976 - John Quinn & Kurt Von Hess defeated Don Leo Jonathan & John Anson to win the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1977 - Black Gordman & Goliath won the NWA Americas Tag Team Title by defeating Victor Rivera and Texas Red.

1981 - Robert Fuller & Jos LeDuc defeated Jimmy Golden & Mongolian Stomper for the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title in Montgomery, Alabama

1985 - Rayo de Jalisco & Tony Benetto defeated Sangre Chicana & Cien Caras to win the Mexican National Tag Team Title.

1988 - The Cuban Commandos (Jerry Morrow & Cuban Assassin) defeated Chris Benoit & Lance Idol for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

1988 - The Road Warriors defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1990 - Eddie Gilbert defeated Jeff Jarrett for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1992 - Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated Fantasma de la Quebrada to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

1993 - The Great Sasuke defeated Battle Ranger Z to become the first FMW Independent World Junior Heavyweight Champion in Tokyo, Japan.

1994 - Mr. Pogo & The Gladiator defeated Atsushi Ohnita & Mr. Gannosuke for to win the vacant FMW World Brass Knuckles Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1995 - The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan by DQ to win the WCW World Title and Johnny B. Badd defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW Television Title at the Halloween Havoc PPV in Detroit, Michigan.

1995 - Tracy Smothers & Jesse James Armstrong defeated PG-13 (J.C. Ice and Wolfie D.) in Memphis, Tennessee, to win the USWA Tag Team Title.

1996 - Genichiro Tenryu, Nobutaka Araya and Ultimo Dragon defeated Hiromichi Fuyuki, Youji Anjoh and Bam Bam Bigelow in Osaka, Japan, to win the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Title.

1996 - Ric Hogan defeated Brian Christopher for the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

2000 - General Rection (Bill DeMott/Hugh Morrus) defeated Lance Storm & Hacksaw Duggan in a handicap match to win the WCW U.S. Title at the Halloween Havoc PPV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2000 - Genichiro Tenryu defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final for the vacant AJPW Triple Crown Title in Tokyo, Japan

2001 - Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura for the IWGP Tag Team Title in Fukuoka, Japan.

-- VPW presents "Autumn Uproar", Saturday November 2, at Deer Park Community Center in Deer Park, NY. For more information visit www.VictoryProWrestling.com

-- Original Bret Hart painting up here, ignore the misspelling of his last name. It's to benefit kidney research.

-- St. Jude's Parish Hall in Hopatcong New Jersey Hosts Pro Wrestling Benefit This Fri. November 1. All-star pro wrestling makes a rare appearance in the Hopatcong, NJ area on Friday night November 1st at 7:45pm St. Jude's Parish Hall (40 Maxim Drive/Route 607, minutes from I-80 & Route 46).

-- From the promoter: Fan Slam Signings is now offering personal appearances, Bodyslammin' Birthday parties, PPV parties, Bundy Night Raw, and more. Having or planning a Birthday party and want to do something unique and different? Fan Slam Signings now offers BODYSLAMMIN' BIRTHDAY PARTIES! Can you imagine King Kong Bundy cutting your cake? "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka taking a birthday picture with you? A birthday kiss from Sunny??! For further information on how you can book your very own BODYSLAMMIN' BIRTHDAY PARTY, please visit the Birthday Parties section of FanSlamSignings.com or Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Do you and your friends get together for wrestling PPV's every month? How cool would it be to throw a big PPV party and have a Wrestling Superstar there to hang out with you and your friends?! Now it's possible through Fan Slam Signings. We can make your childhood dreams come true! Email us for further info at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you live in the New Jersey area, you and your friends can have your very own BUNDY NIGHT RAW party on a Monday night and watch wrestling with KING KONG BUNDY! That's right. King Kong Bundy will come to your party and hang out and watch wrestling with you and your friends. For further info on how you can book a BUNDY NIGHT RAW party, e-mail us for further info at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you're a business looking to bring a Wrestling Superstar to appear at your next event, promotion, or grand opening- please visit our website at FanSlamSignings.com . Please keep continuing to check back at FanSlamSignings.com for more unique opportunities for fans to rub elbows with the Superstars of Wrestling!

-- Tecumseh, Michigan, kickboxer Katelyn Dykas will go for her first MMA title against her toughest opponent to date this Saturday, November 2, 2013, when she takes on Flint's Angie Jennings. The pair will meet for the Impact Fight League Women's Flyweight Championship in one of the featured bouts at the Donofrio Entertainment and Impact Fight League (in association with the Fillmore Detroit) IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" mixed martial arts event at the Fillmore Detroit. Tickets for IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm.

-- Rasslin critters on Over the Top Radio.

-- Chris Daniels talks Vince Russo and more here.

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