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Ric Flair comments on RAW angle

The most talked-about story since Raw continues to be the Charlotte/Paige interview where Charlotte's brother, Reid, who passed away, was used as heat to further the storyline.

Yesterday, Charlotte's mother expressed her disgust on Twitter for the angle. On Ric Flair's newest Woo Nation podcast, Ric said he was never contacted by WWE about the angle in advance, and said he cried while watching it. In an attempt to remain as political as possible, he said Charlotte was not in the position in her career to say no to any angle, that if he was a fan he wouldn't have liked it and that he wouldn't have booked something like that himself.  He said at the end of the day, he was still going to be at Survivor Series and he thought the two girls were going to have a great match and that would lead to people forgetting about the angle.  

Also, despite reports to the contrary, Ric's co-host Conrad said the story that the angle was Charlotte's idea is one hundred percent false.

 


 

NXT airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on WWE Network with a main event of Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss for the Women’s Championship.

Impact Wrestling airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America with more of the World Title Series.

A rerun of last week’s edition of The Ultimate Fighter airs at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

The Ultimate Fighter airs at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 with a new episode titled “Bullseye.” This will include not just the Coaches’ Challenge, but the final preliminary fight and the decision of which winning fighter will not advance due to having an uninspired performance.

ROH airs at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America with The Kingdom vs. The Addiction for the ROH World Tag Team Championship in the main event.

Fox Sports Live at 11:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 opens with the “TUF Talk” segment going over The Ultimate Fighter.

Figure Four Weekly:

Figure Four Weekly (11/16/15): Rey Mysterio vs. Low-Ki and The Anatomy of a Dream Match
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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE

Pro Wrestling

  • Why is John Cena gone right now? He announced on Twitter that he is hosting a new series coming to FOX called American Grit, a reality show focused on 16 contestants that will go through military and survival themed challenges. Given that UFC is also on Fox, you have to imagine there is some hope for cross-promotion and, dare we say it, a cageside interview?  We have gotten reports that the show is being taped at least in part in Washington State.
  • The whole Alberto Del Rio/AAA/Mega Title controversy will be settled officially at this year’s AAA Guerra de Titanes on December 4th. After all the talk about doing some sort of title tournament, the company changed their mind and it will not be Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Johnny Mundo for the vacant championship in a singles match.
  • Oddly enough, there is a poster for Guerra de Titanes that not only has Alberto del Rio front and center, but is also advertising that it will be his farewell show.
  • Here’s a random fun fact: the 2/29 edition of WWE RAW will be their first Leap Year edition in company history. Yes, they already have a hashtag for it.
  • TSN jn Canada has cancelled Off The Record, Michael Landsberg’s long-running interview show that regularly featured pro wrestlers at times. Landsberg was always really well-prepared and the boom period wrestling interviews were popular among tape traders back in the day for how good they were.
  • Rolling Stone has an oral history of The Wrestling Album to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.
  • Undertaker’s Gravest Matches debuts on WWE Network tonight.
  • ICYMI, ROH announced they’re doing what many do in Las Vegas after staying one night: staying another.
  • Here’s a local feature on Ted DiBiase talking about the role of religion in his life.
  • Bill Goldberg told Channel Guide Magazine that TNA had been contacting him with ideas.  He noted that he did a movie where one of his main adversaries was Bram of TNA.  He didn't seem like he was strongly considering the idea.
  • TNA’s Dixie Carter noted that she was heading to Los Angeles, likely to get people thinking that she's working on some sort of TV deal. She may very well be. However, last week she teased that there might be something in the works with Spike TV, and suffice to say, there was not and is not.
  • Here’s a Vice op/ed on whether mixed gender wrestling is good or bad.
  • You know it’s a relatively light news day when we get a story about a sumo wrestler making his head coach eat a container of wasabi. (Thanks to Mike K.)
  • Comics Alliance looks at Superman vs. Pro Wrestling. Really.
  • Some corrections to Paul Fontaine’s Nick Bockwinkel column from reader Jeff Sharkey: His famous Winnipeg Arena match with Ric Flair was not title vs. title (Bockwinkel wasn’t AWA Champion at the time)

MMA

  • Pre-sale tickets are available for UFC’s return to Boston on Sunday, January 17th featuring bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominic Cruz. Pre-sale tickets available here by using ‘BOSTON’ as the code. Public on-sale starts this Friday.
  • Mauro Ranallo continues to push for awareness of mental health issues through honesty about his own struggles.
  • Here’s Ryan Frederick’s early-week UFC preview piece along with some early betting odds.
  • Inside MMA will have a “Special Edition” episode about Holly Holm this Friday night at the special time of 11:30 p.m. ET on AXS TV.
  • Former Bellator VP and well-known MMA personality Sam Caplan is this week’s guest on Josh Nason’s Punch-Out, available on Wednesday night EST here on the site.