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TNA teases debut for Impact Thursday - Who could it be? The guess is obviously Cody Rhodes.

WWE SmackDown live results: Cena vs. Ambrose; I-C title match - Read the results from Smackdown last night so that you can clear space off your DVR just in time for the awesome fall lineup. Steve Khan has you covered.

WWE SmackDown video highlights: John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose - Now that you've read about Smackdown, just watch the parts you want in highlight form. Joe Currier has it on lockdown.

The Usos vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno booked for WWE No Mercy - James and J. Uso will take on Heathcliff Slater and Terrance "The Rhinocerous" Gerin at WWE No Mercy, the next Smackdown branded Pay-Per-View / WWE Network special event.

Stardom Five Star Grand Prix tournament finals are set - All the news and notes from the Stardom womens wrestling promotion brought to you by our man Chris Aiken

WOL: Solo Sempervive on a tough night for Raw, TNA rumors, more 9/20 - Listen to find out if Semp can hold down the fort sans Bryan

B&V&V: Retro Raw and Nitro, first Stunner on Vince McMahon, first Goldberg match! 9/20 - They boys are back. Listen to Bryan and Vinny and Craig breakdown the infamous William Goldberg vs. William "Hugh Morrus" DeMott match.

Daily Update: Raw ratings still bad, Adam Cole visits ESPN, Cyborg heavy - If you were asleep most of yesterday, catch up with yesterday's daily update.

Figure Four Weekly, 9/19/2016: The Unlikely Story of TJ Perkins (Part I)  - T.J. Perkins being the winner of WWE's Cruiserweight Classic and first champion of the new version of the cruiserweight division was something of a surprise. It was clear that Zack Sabre Jr. and Kota Ibushi were booked as the stars, but neither signed with the company. Gran Metalik (Mascara Dorada) and Perkins, who both signed... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter, September 19, 2016: CM Punk loses UFC debut, TJ Perkins wins Cruiserweight Classic, Backlash review, tons more - The two-year odyssey, odd being the key part of the word, of C.M. Punk to the UFC octagon saw the door shut and the clock strike midnight, not Eastern time, but Cinderella time.

In the end it was simple reality. Starting out at 36 with very limited training past some Jiu Jitsu classes from Rener Gracie, no great athletic gifts and a body beaten up by 15 years of pro wrestling was not going to be able to train for two years and be able to compete in the UFC.

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WON Back Issue, August 30, 1999: WWF Summerslam, Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart first match, more - Jesse Ventura's return to pro wrestling drew the mainstream attention which probably led to a lot of curiosity buys, and WWF made the most of it putting on one of the better PPV shows of 1999. Subscribers click here to continue reading.


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The latest NFL offereing from Vinny V is now available in podcast form. Vinny V's football podcast, LOCKED ON SEAHAWKS, can be heard on audioboom.com. Follow Vinny V and @lockedonseahawks so that you never miss a show.

The Death of WCW by Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds is now available as an audiobook through Amazon.com and Audible. Bryan did the narration for the book and it runs almost fifteen hours, so grab yours today!


After he defeated John Cena last night, it was announced that Dean Ambrose will challenge AJ Styles for the WWE World Championship on next week’s episode of SmackDown.


  • Before SmackDown began last night, Rich Swann vs. Lince Dorado was filmed for this week’s edition of Main Event. Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Breezango was also filmed for the show.
  • Austin Aries, The Godfather, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Kerry Von Erich, Mojo Rawley, Papa Shango, Tye Dillinger, and Eddie Guerrero were announced as playable DLC characters for WWE 2K17.
  • Brian Kendrick discussed his journey back to WWE in an interview with Michael Cole.
  • Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows released another episode of their Talk N’ Shop podcast with Chris Jericho as a guest and presented by Talk is Jericho.
  • At the conclusion of Monday Night Raw at the FedExForum last Monday night, WWE announced that it will present SmackDown Live from FedExForum on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The exclusive presale is going on now, and runs through Friday, September 23 at 10pm. PASSWORD: MEMPHIS. Tickets go on sale to the public on November 4.
  • The Sun (UK) has a look at Tim Wiese and his transition from football (soccer) goalkeeper to pro wrestling trainee at the WWE Performance Center.
  • Sky Sports also has a feature on Wiese.
  • In another article from Sky Sports, it chronicles longest reigning champions in WWE history.
  • WWE has acquired the the Hamilton Avenue site of the nonprofit AmeriCares according to this article, for $26.9 million.
  • Kevin Owens discusses training with Hannibal at Jacques Rougeau's wrestling school in this clip.
  • Here is a story about Vinny Mac helping out Donny Trump.


  • The Mexican Senate designated today as Dia del Luchador, basically it’s the Luchador Day.
  • PROGRESS Wrestling released a video package for Sunday’s title match. On Sunday, Marty Scurll will defend his PROGRESS Championship against Tommy End and Mark Haskins in a triple threat match.
  • This story is about a female wrestler who was inspired by Bill Goldberg.


What'd you expect to happen?

  • Mickey Gall challenged Sage Northcutt to a hair vs. hair match. This kid gets it. 
  • Ariel Helwani tweeted that Cris Cyborg weighs 155 lbs as of this morning. She needs to make 140 lbs for her fight against Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night this Saturday.


  • Chris Featherstone, host of Pancakes and Powerslams, has written an article on former WWE Tag Team Champion Rico Constantino’s declining health. Featherstone started a campaign for him to raise money to cover medical bills and ongoing hospital visits. Please share.
  • Ian Hamilton has a column at backbodydrop.com about how certain British groups are potentially ruining parts of the British scene for themselves and others with by cutting ticket prices.
  • The Prairie Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce that on its final live event of 2016, Cody Rhodes will compete against Michael Richard Blais. Rhodes discusses his meeting with Blais here. The Prairie Wrestling Alliance is based out of Edmonton Alberta, Canada and has been a breeding ground for superstars, such as Tyler Breeze, Jinder Mahal, Tyson Kidd and more.
  • Bad news for two Mongolian wrestling coaches. They have been suspended over an incident during a match.
  • Two time WWE tag team champion Rene Dupree gives his opinion on Kevin Owens as WWE Universal Champion at this link.
  • Keith Rainville, indie publisher of lucha libre and Mexican horror related media through “From Parts Unknown imprint”, just released a book on lucha. Check it out here.
  • A new podcast by PeachMachine and co-host Mikey G called The Comedy Suplex Podcart is available on Soundcloud.com and at ComedySuplex.com. This week the duo yak about how to gamble on professional wrestling
  • RESULTS: Big West Wrestling presents BOWL-A-RAMA II: August 12, 2016, Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC. The debuting Michael McCaw won the Second Annual BOWL-A-RAMA tournament. Shotgun Stevens defeated Leon Grayson in a non-title match; Mike Rizzo used the Big West Rulebook to get Shotgun out of having to defend the Big West Television Title. Black Dragon defeated Slammer. Collin Cutler interrupted a thunderous “Thank You” chant for Matt XStatic, that was spearheaded by Mike Chisholm, Liiza and T-Shock. Collin Cutler defeated the debuting T-Shock via submission. SUGAR COUSINS (Mad Dog & Shane) won the Gauntlet Match to win the vacant Thrash Tag Team Titles. Order of entry and elimination: PURPLE WIZARDS (Nick Radford & Rusty Diamond) defeated MEAN MACHINES (Junior & Senior); Purple Wizards defeated Tony Cage & Zarif Metovic; THE CONSTELLATION (Xavier Galaxy & Jack Nelson) defeated Purple Wizards; Danni Deeds & Mike McCaw defeated The Constellation; Sugar Cousins defeated Deeds & McCaw (Deeds assaulted Shane, post-elimination); Sugar Cousins defeated ADULT SOCIAL SOCIETY (Collin Cutler & Shotgun Stevens).
  • RESULTS: Big West Wrestling presents RUTLAND RUMBLE VIII: September 9, 2016, Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC. ADULT SOCIAL SOCIETY (Bambi Hall & Collin Cutler) defeated Don Hellion & Liiza in a Mixed Tag, when T-Shock interfered to stop an assault on Liiza…only to be injured, himself! Michael More issued an open challenge, defeating the debuting Colton Kelly to retain the Okanagan-Interior Title. Black Dragon, Kobra Kai, Michael McCaw & Wildkard defeated Bosnian Adonis, Jack Nelson, Tony Cage & Xavier Galaxy in an Eight-Man Tag. Sugar Shane defeated “Dastardly” Danni Deeds in the Blue Heights Brawl; post-match, the two shook hands in a sign of respect. Danni Deeds won the 2016 Rutland Rumble, last eliminating Michael More; Bosnian Adonis was the “Ironman” of the match, starting first and lasting until the Final Four. Shotgun Stevens defeated “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar to retain the Big West Television Title, when Xavier Galaxy interfered.


Thursday 9/22 - Sunday 9/25

Thursday 9/22

  • All-Star Wrestling: 7:30 PM, Abbotsford Arts Center, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M2, Canada. Tickets.
  • Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, NC at the Collette Rec Center features a meet & greet at 6:00 PM before the live show. Appearing are Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Cody Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Trevor Lee.

Friday 9/23

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Invicta FC: Live from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Interim Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia Defends Against Roxanne Modafferi
  • Absolute Intense Wrestling: A Farewell to Johnny Gargano - 1355 West 70th St. Cleveland, OH - Tickets.
  • Pure Wrestling Association: Parksville, British Columbia
  • 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.
  • All Star Wrestling: Cloverdale, BC, 7:30 PM, Cloverdale Fairgrounds Alice McKay Building, 6050 176 St, Surrey, BC V3S 4E7, Canada. LIVE EVENT MEET & GREET.

Saturday 9/24

  • ROH: Reloaded Tour; Duluth (Atlanta), GA 7:00 pm. Tickets.
  • East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), 49 ANNIVERSARY SHOW, Woodbury Heights Community Center, 741 Helen Ave, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097. Tickets.
  • 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.
  • IWA Midsouth Wrestling presents the Hybrid Cup, at PRIDE Bar in New Albany, IN.
  • Ignite Wrestling in Vero Beach, FL at the IG Center features Dave Crist.
  • UCW, September 24th 7:30 PMBay City,MI UCW Champion Hakim Zane vs MVP, plus appearances by Ron Simmons and Fred Ottman
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rock Solid: Anarchy in Angus 14: A Nightmare on Mill Street, 7pm - 10pm, Angus Recreation Centre, 8527 County Rd. 10, Angus, Ontario. Tickets.
  • Pure Wrestling Association: Campbell River, British Columbia
  • NXT in Kitchener, Ontario at The Air
  • Elite Canada Championship Wrestling: New Westminster, Sapperton Pensioners Hall
  • Main Event Pro Wrestling in Longview, TX at Pine Tree High School, 5pm, Big Daddy Yum Yum and others. Tickets $10
  • All Star Wrestling: Maple Ridge, BC, 7:30 PM, Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre. LIVE EVENT.
  • ElkMania 4 Press Release: Charity Professional Wrestling, in Beverly, MA. Beverly/Salem Lodge of Elks, 39 Bow Street, Beverly, MA. Doors at 6:00pm with a 7:00 pm bell time. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside the Museum Place Mall in Salem, MA. (1 Church Street, Salem, MA)

Sunday 9/25

  • Join NECW & Meet The Stars and Celebrate The Grand Opening of Nick's Comically Speaking! Meet Swoggle and JTG from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more info call (978) 304-0396.
  • Canadian Wrestling’s Elite: Nick "Magnus" Aldis defends the GFW title against Matt Hart of the Hart Family in Calgary.
  • Rizin: Former K-1 kickboxer Minoru Kimura will make his MMA debut against former Pride fighter Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (29-30-2)

Daily Pro Wrestling History (09/21): Goldberg wins the WWE World Heavyweight Title