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Daily Update: AAA canceled Guerra de Titanes, WWE released Brad Maddox

AAA canceled Guerra de Titanes

The big pro wrestling news of the day is AAA cancelling Guerra de Titanes for no adequately-explained reason. They now have no TV tapings scheduled with just two weeks of TV in the can.  The speculation is that perhaps Rey Mysterio, who was one half of the main event versus Johnny Mundo for the vacant AAA Mega Title (Alberto Del Rio last champion), was unavailable, and thus the show is going to be postponed rather than canceled.  This would not be the first time AAA has stated a show was canceled when it was actually only postponed to a different date.

TV Tonight:

NXT at 8:00 p.m. ET on WWE Network has Bayley (c) vs. Eva Marie for the NXT Women’s Championship, Apollo Crews vs. Jesse Sorensen, Asuka vs. Dana Brooke, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder vs. The Vaudevillains for the NXT Tag Team Championship, and the contract signing for Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe

UFC Tonight airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, but it’s a “Before They Were Champs” special for Thanksgiving Eve instead of the usual news/talk show.

The Ultimate Fighter at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 is a rerun of last week’s episode.

Impact Wrestling at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America is the latest edition of the World Title Series.

The Ultimate Fighter at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 is a new episode titled “Nice and Flowy.” Summary from Fox: Due to a twist in the competition, one fighter shows heavy emotion after being eliminated from the competition. Even though he won his fight, his shot at getting into the UFC is put on hold. After a sudden turn of events that brings another fighter back into the competition, Dana White has a big surprise for the fighters that will help them relax before the quarterfinals begin. In the first two quarterfinal fights, a European powerhouse sharpens his unorthodox style by planning to use an open stance and unpredictable angles to take down his heavy-chinned opponent. In the second quarterfinal fight, one fighter must work on extreme technical defense and polish his ground game if he has any hope of defeating his opponent.

ROH at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America has Laya Von Dutch vs. Tracy Aries, Moose vs. Carter, Donovan Dijak and J Diesel vs. Moose and Michael Elgin, and a main event of Jay Lethal © vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH Television Championship.


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Figure Four Weekly

Figure Four Weekly (11/16/15): Rey Mysterio vs. Low-Ki and The Anatomy of a Dream Match
A road report for Jersey All-Pro Wrestling's 19th Anniversary show takes a deep look at the latest match in Rey Mysterio's dream match tour vs. Low-Ki.


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We have one of the biggest issues of the year, with such a huge news week this past week.  We look at exactly what went into Holly Holm's victory over Ronda Rousey, a story on the life and times of Nick Bockwinkel, the Reid Flair angle and build to Survivor Series, Destination America dropping wrestling, and the 104-year-old attendance record being broken, as well as the story behind the firing of Billy Gunn, an update on The Rock at WrestleMania, La Sombra to WWE, the AAA world title gets decided and a lot more are headline stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now.

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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE

WWE

  • Really the biggest surprise of this story is that it took so long: WWE released Brad Maddox today. He had just appeared on The Tonight Show as The Undertaker’s victim in an appearance to promote Survivor Series.
  • The former La Sombra did an interview for Medio Tiempo talking his WWE career.  He said it had always been his dream to come to WWE and he's been taking one-on-one English lessons three days a week as his main focus right now.  He seemed to indicate that there is no rush to get him going in terms of choosing a character, a new name, a TV start date, etc.  
  • Dave Meltzer is a guest on the Ross Report with Jim Ross, up right now at Podcast One.
  • Story about Bob Backlund and his new book up here.  Bryan and Dave interviewed Bob a few months back, which you can listen to here.
  • Not a pro wrestling story per se, but Frank Gifford’s family issued a press release announcing that a postmortem exam revealed he was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. One major point being argued in the WWE concussion lawsuits of late is Konstantine Kyros (the wrestlers’ attorney) pointing out that WWE is now a major donor of the Concussion Legacy Foundation with Paul Levesque on their board, but WWE seemingly hasn’t been: 1. Pushing wrestlers to pledge their brains or 2. Asking the families to do the same postmortem. Basically, the question is that if they’re supporting the research financially, why aren’t they supporting it in other ways?
  • WWE has begun uploading episodes of the old NWA World Championship Wrestling program on the WWE Network, years ranging from 1985 to 1987. It’s been a gradual process over the last day or so, but already around 30 episodes have been added.
  • If you want to hear the man who was shot outside of the WWE Performance Center explain his side of of the story (he said he was just trying to get laughs), you can do so here.  
  • Impact Wrestling TV taping tickets for January 5-9 in Bethlehem, PA, are on sale here and you can use the code SANDS2016 for a discount.
  • Matt has a WWE Youtube observation: "Just thought I'd point something out from the WWE's YouTube account, since that's how I catch up on anything Raw related these days:  They uploaded exactly zero seconds of Sheamus speaking from Raw. Plenty of Triple H, Stephanie and Roman Reigns from that promo, but nothing from the guy who actually won the company's top title. Guess they figured we weren't interested in what he has to say, which I guess is accurate, given the rating the show got.  Not only have they not learned from the last two people they've done the cash in-Authority puppet trope with (Orton, Rollins), but they seem to be doubling down. Interesting."
  • Interview with our own Big Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Outsiders Podcast.
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  • Nicole Bass is doing a Go Fund Me to attempt to avoid being evicted.
  • Fire Pro Podcast reviews the Tenryu retirement show as well as a Survivor Series preview (taped Sunday morning, so listen to us talk about every possible situation that could have happened besides what they actually did) here.

MMA

  • USADA officially suspended Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic from UFC competition for two years today. He could have gotten four years for “aggravating circumstances” but his admission of guilt (for using human growth hormone) was swift enough that USADA was fine with sticking to two years. It’s not clear yet if USADA was able to get a positive test result or if this was based entirely on his admission.
  • Cathal Pendred announced his retirement today via Twitter. He claimed that his heart just isn't in competing anymore although he does hope to stay involved in the sport in some way. Pendred competed on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter and retires with a 17-4-1 record, including 4-2 in UFC. Pendred was perhaps best known as a training partner of Conor McGregor and is hugely popular in his native Ireland. He had lost his last two fights, including a first round KO at the hands of Tom Breese last month in Dublin.
  • Invicta is working on a fight between Cyborg and Cindy Dandois that presumably would be at a catchweight of 140 lbs. It’s set to be the co-main event of Invicta FC 15, which will take place in Los Angeles, with a Strawweight title bout headlining the card.