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The Latest from the F4W Staff

Report: Robbie Lawler vs. Cowboy Cerrone set for UFC's MSG debut - MSG will be the location of UFC's first New York show, and that first show already has an awesome match signed. Hopefully Cerrone can get in some wake boarding time on the Hudson river to prepare.

WOL: Sempervive & Stern on The Last Battle of Atlanta 9/7 - That's right, Howard Stern joins Mike Sempervive... as if... Howard wouldn't have a clue, so Semp brings in the great KARL Stern to reminisce about the newest WWE gem.

WWE SmackDown video highlights: Meet the Slater kids - Smackdown is back, in video highlight form. Watch the show in 20 minutes and then go get some exercise. We've got a big weekend of sitting down and watching TV in store. 

B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro including Brian Pillman stealing Marlena~! 9/6 - Bryan and Vinny were probably in their dorm rooms at a Nitro party with Stagger Lee Marshall the first time this aired. Listen as the fellas recount their re-watching experience, 19 years after the original airing. 

American Alpha out of SmackDown tag title finals due to Chad Gable "injury" - Bad news for the other team Alpha as Gable gets injured. Maybe they could sign Money Mendes to replace him. He's doing anything for the next two years.  

The Day In Punk: Interesting CM Punk fight license twist, Embedded, photo shoot - Ohio is for lovers, not fighters, apparently. 

Heath Slater's journey to the SmackDown roster to continue at WWE Backlash - The unsigned Heath Slater sure is getting a lot of air time for a supposed non-employee. Let that be a lesson to Indy wrestlers. Never sign with WWE if you want to be on WWE TV. 

WWE SmackDown live results: Backlash go-home show - Sure, it's a Smackdown only PPV this Sunday, but it's the first of the new era!

Figure Four Weekly: 8/29/2016, NWA vs. Department of Justice - Recently, as an outgrowth of my interest in public records, court records, and so on, I started to get into the habit of filing Freedom of Information Act (or "FOIA") requests with various United States government agencies. It was the same fascination that took me to the court records; There's stuff out there, just waiting to be seen, that nobody was looking at... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

F4W YouTube Page: Tons of clips and full free audio shows that you can tell your friends about, and much more to come! Make sure you subscribe today!  

Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 6, 2016: Kevin Owens wins WWE Universal Title, Joe Silva leaves UFC, tons more more - Kevin Owens captured the WWE Universal title in a four-way elimination match on 8/29 in Houston as part of the company’s latest reset.

HHH returned for the first time since WrestleMania, single-handedly winning the match by giving both Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins pedigrees and basically handing the championship to Owens in the latest version of The Authority handing out the championship instead of talent winning it... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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WON BACK ISSUE: August 2, 1999, Vince McMahon comments on Bret Hart, WWF Fully Loaded review, more - While nobody in their right mind believed that they'd heard the last of Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart, McMahon went out of his way to goad Hart into responding with blistering comments on TSN's "Off the Record" talk show, which was taped on 7/22 and aired on 7/27... Subscribers click here to continue reading.



  • The quarterfinals of the Cruiserweight Classic will conclude on the WWE Network tonight. The show will feature Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins and Zack Sabre Jr. vs Noam Dar.
  • In regards to Monday Night Raw ratings, the drop of 16.66% from hour 1 to hour 3 was the third biggest drop in the last 19 months and the hour 1 to hour 2 drop was the 3rd highest since RAW went to 3 hours.
  • Cesaro defeated Sheamus at today’s house show in London to earn his first victory in their best-of-seven series. Sheamus now leads Cesaro 3-1 in the series. 
  • Kevin Owens was Michael Cole’s guest on this week’s edition of Cole’s WWE.com interview series.
  • In a post on Facebook, Mick Foley provided details on the opening segment of last Monday’s Raw and his relationship with Stephanie McMahon.


Candidate for Match of the Year

  • If you didn’t attend B.O.L.A. live and can’t decide whether or not to buy the DVD, this is all you need to see. Amazing. A preview for night one is also available. All three BOLA shows can be pre-ordered on PWG’s website.
  • On his Instagram account, Jack Gallagher said his last independent wrestling date may be at PROGRESS Wrestling’s show on September 25th at Brixton Academy. Gallagher was recently featured in a video on Raw that hyped the brand’s upcoming cruiserweight division.
  • Scott Hall tweeted a response to yesterday’s report from TMZ Sports that he was recently kicked out of an airport bar in Atlanta: “Thank you to everyone for your support and concern regarding my recent relapse. I'm back on track and doing well. #BadGuy #HallGood”
  • Ultimo Guerrero, Okumura, and Hechicero will represent CMLL in Ring of Honor’s upcoming tournament to crown the promotion's first trios tag champions.
  • The Briscoes revealed Toru Yano as their partner for the ROH trios tournament in a video posted online.
  • Likewise, Taeler Hendrix vs. Deonna Purrazzo from MCU Park in Brooklyn was uploaded to YouTube by ROH.


  • On Pro Wrestling Tees, The Young Bucks are selling a parody of The New Day’s Booty O’s shirt. Each purchase comes with a mini SuperKix cereal box. Kofi Kingston tweeted a response to the shirt.
  • Ricochet has been added to the EVOLVE 68 card this Saturday. He’ll face Matthew Riddle and Tony Nese in a three-way match.
  • EVOLVE released a mini-documentary on DUSTIN’s recent return to the promotion. In the video, DUSTIN explains why he no longer wrestles under the name Chuck Taylor.
  • Drew Galloway will appear at NJPW/RevPro Global Wars night two on November 11th. Tyler Bate will also debut for RevPro on the co-branded shows.
  • Recent Braun Strowman opponent Johnny Knockout and multiple time Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Gable were on this episode of Under the Mat Radio show.
  • IGNITE Wrestling has signed the phenomenal Dave Crist to participate in the main event against theunpredictable Aaron Epic.
  • #WatchROH this weekend on your local Sinclair station featuring LETHAL, NATIO & EVIL vs BULLET CLUB and BOBBY FISH defends the World TV Title against SHIBATA.
  • Ring of Honor returns to Live Pay Per View on Friday, September 30th with ALL STAR EXTRAVAGANZA 8! Available on all major providers, Fite TV, rohwrestling.com & the Playstation Network!


  • There is a new documentary coming out extending beyond the octagon and taking a deeper look into what life is really like within the world of MMA. THE HURT BUSINE$$ follows the daily lives of UFC Champions Jon "Bones" Jones, "Suga" Rashad Evans, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and more. Along with a look at their day to day lives, it examines how the sport went from being shunned as barbaric to the popular, celebrity-creating entertainment operation it is today.  
  • Dave Meltzer reports that early estimates indicate that UFC 202, headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor, broke the record for most pay-per-view buys in UFC history.
  • Tickets for UFC 204: Bisping vs. Hendo go on exclusive pre-sale tomorrow, September 8, from 10:00am BST. Select promotion UFC Newsletter and use the password MANCHESTER on the Manchester Arena Box Office or Ticketmaster to get your tickets 24 hours ahead of the general sale.


  • Spike TV has a new original documentary on “The Fight Of The Century-Ali-Frazier I”. It is narrated By Ice T and premieres Friday, September 9 At 11:15pm ET/PT.
  • University of Minnesota wrestling coach J. Robinson has been fired over drug allegations.
  • former PROGRESS champion Pastor William Eaver appeared on the tv show "Dara O'Briain goes 8 bit" this past Monday night, not as a wrestler... But in a pair of gold trunks cos playing as Zangief from the Street Fighter games. Acting as a human game controller.
  • This week, NECW takes TV you back to July 9, 2016 as new NECW Heavyweight Champion, Todo Loco makes his first title defense against NECW Television Champion "Pure Talent" Chris Escobar managed by James Maddox in a 2 out of 3 falls showdown.
  • Great news for fans of the Milkman. Gary “The Milkman” Millman just made an appearance on Smackdown Live, followed by an appearance on Under the Mat Radio discussing such topics as his segment on Smackdown LIVE with Kane, how the name The Milkman came about, that type of milk he prefers, his love for Star Wars, and If he will vote for Hillary or Trump.
  • The Comedy Suplex Podcart with the PeachMachine and Mikey G bring you a look at how they would fix the C.M. Punk vs. Mickey Gall fight. 


Saturday, September 10 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio

  • 9 - Chaotic Wrestling & The Lowell Spinners present “A Night of Grand Slams,” Edward A. LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St. – Lowell, MA
  • 10 - CZW in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone with a doubleheader with a WSU Women's show at 4 p.m. that day and the men's show at 8 p.m.
  • 10 - Pure Wrestling Association: COWEX – Duncan, British Columbia
  • 10 - New England Fights 25: HEROES & VILLAINS; Lewiston, MA. Tickets.
  • 10 - Barrie Wrestling: Back to School 3; 49 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • 10 - Evolve in Deer Park, NY has Gargano vs. Sabre Jr., Galloway vs. Gulak, Dustin vs. Tracy Williams, Jigsaw vs. Fred Yehi, Riddle vs. Tony Nese, Perkins vs. Allin and Page vs. Dan Barry.    
  • 11 - Evolve in Woodside, NY at La Boom has Johnny Gargano & Cody Rhodes vs. Drew Galloway & Chris Hero in Gargano's last Evolve match, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ricochet, Matt Riddle vs. TJ Perkins, Dustin vs. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese vs. Darby Allin and Ethan Page vs David Starr. Joey Styles will also be appearing.
  • 15 - CCW Parkhill Fall Fair Pro Wrestling, 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm bell time. Cody Deaner vs. Jake O'Reilly for the CCW title.
  • 16 - All Star Wrestling; Squamish, BC, Totem Hall, Stawamus Rd, Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0, Canada, tickets.
  • 16 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.
  • 16 - AAW: 115 Bourbon Street (3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL). Tickets.
  • 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
  • 16 - Smash vs Progress: Uncensored; Oshawa Music Hall, Oshawa, Ontario. Must be 19+ to attend.
  • 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Private Event in Ontario
  • 16 - SuperKickd’d Pro Wrestling at 7:30 PM - 10 PM, The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
  • 16 - All Pro Wrestling on 9/16 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center features Sabu vs. The Almighty Sheik, Willie Mack & B-Boy vs Reno Scrum, plus Jody Kristofferson, JR Kratos, Marcus Lewis and Dylan Drake in a four way for the Universal title.
  • 17 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Lockport (Buffalo), NY, 7:00 pm. Tickets.
  • 17 - NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
  • 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Alpine Club, Kitchener, Ontario
  • 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Courtenay, British Columbia
  • 17 - UFC Fight Night, Poirier vs. Johnson: Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
  • 17 & 18 - SMASH VS PROGRESS: Smash Wrestling welcomes our friends from Progress Wrestling. Mark Haskins and Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Classic), Zack Sabre Jr. Mark Andrews and more will be part of the Progress Wrestling team in a Smash vs. Progress Canada vs. UK show in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.
  • 18 - Pure Wrestling Association: Gold River, British Columbia
  • 18 - NWX presents School's Back In Session at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines, ON. Holden Albright vs. Joey Paradice (c) for the NWX Heavyweight Championship. Get your tickets by calling 289-687-5610.
  • 22 - NXT; Toronto, Ontario at the Mattamy Athletic Center (the former Maple Leaf Gardens)
  • 22 - All-Star Wrestling: 7:30 PM, Abbotsford Arts Center, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M2, Canada, tickets.
  • 22- Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, NC at the Collette Rec Center features a meet & greet at 6 p.m. before the live show. Appearing are Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Cody Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Trevor Lee.
  • 23 - MCW Pro Wrestling presents "Ringside with Jim Ross & Jim Cornette at Jimmy's Famous Seafood in Baltimore. Showtime 8:00PM, 6526 Holabird Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224. Tickets.
  • 23 - Big Time Wrestling in Raleigh, NC at Dorton Arena features Flair and Steamboat together at Dorton Arena for the first time in 28 years, plus Jeff & Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Gangrel and Shane Helms with the meet & greet at 6 and show at 8.
  • 23 - Invicta FC: Live from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Interim Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia Defends Against Roxanne Modafferi
  • 23 - NXT; St. Catherines, Ontario at The Meridian Centre
  • 23 - Absolute Intense Wrestling: A Farewell to Johnny Gargano - 1355 West 70th St. Cleveland, OH - Tickets.
  • 23 - Pure Wrestling Association: Parksville, British Columbia
  • 23 - Pro Wrestling Eclipse takes a short trip to downtown Oshawa and visits the Oshawa Mason Temple. All tickets purchased on July 24 that list the venue as the Oshawa Legion will be honoured.
  • 24 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Duluth (Atlanta), GA 7:00 pm, tickets.
  • 24 - East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), 49 ANNIVERSARY SHOW, Woodbury Heights Community Center, 741 Helen Ave, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097. Tickets.
  • 24 - EWA Evolution: World War Z at Tall Cedars Hall (2501 Putty Hill Ave.) in Parkville, MD. See the double ring, 5 vs. 5 Ladder War! Bell time is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 front row and $12 general.
  • 24 - IWA Midsouth Wrestling presents the Hybrid Cup, at PRIDE Bar in New Albany, IN.
  • 24 - Ignite Wrestling in Vero Beach, FL at the IG Center features Dave Crist.
  • 24 - UCW, September 24th 7:30 PMBay City,MI UCW Champion Hakim Zane vs MVP, plus appearances by Ron Simmons and Fred Ottman
  • 24 - Big Time Wrestling in Spartanburg, SC at the Memorial Auditorium with the meet and greet at 5:30 and show at 7:30 with Flair, Steamboat, Hardys, Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Gangrel and Trevor Lee.
  • 24 - MCW Legends Convention at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD at 10 a.m. featuring Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, Howard Finkel, Honky Tonk Man, Hillbilly Jim, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Jim Ross, Bill Apter, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart, Tammy Sytch, Magnum T.A. and even Dennis Stamp.
  • 24 - Rock Solid: Anarchy in Angus 14: A Nightmare on Mill Street, 7pm - 10pm, Angus Recreation Centre, 8527 County Rd. 10, Angus, Ontario. Tickets.
  • 24 - Pure Wrestling Association: Campbell River, British Columbia
  • 24 - NXT in Kitchener, Ontario at The Air
  • 24 - Elite Canada Championship Wrestling: New Westminster, Sapperton Pensioners Hall
  • 24 - Main Event Pro Wrestling in Longview, TX at Pine Tree High School, 5pm, Big Daddy Yum Yum and others. Tickets $10
  • 318 Keary St, New Westminster, BC, 7:30pm Bell Time, doors at 7pm. Tickets.
  • 25 - Canadian Wrestling’s Elite: Nick "Magnus" Aldis defends the GFW title against Matt Hart of the Hart Family in Calgary.
  • 25 - Rizin: Former K-1 kickboxer Minoru Kimura will make his MMA debut against former Pride fighter Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (29-30-2)
  • 25 - Pure Wrestling Association – TBA – British Columbia
  • 30 - ROH: All-Star Extravaganza Weekend Day 1; Lowell (Boston), MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 9:00 pm (PPV)
  • 30 - CWF presents Live Pro Wrestling at CWF Studios on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines, ON. 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Daily Pro Wrestling History (09/07): Bret Hart becomes the King of the Ring