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Daily Update: UFC cuts, Brie & Bryan's baby, TNA ratings improve


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  • WWE Raw in Hammond, IN, NXT in Tampa
  • ROH in Fort Lauderdale (Jay Lethal & Alex Shelley & Silas Young vs. Jay Briscoe & Christopher Daniels & Colt Cabana, Adam Cole vs. Bull James non-title, Hangman Page vs. Dalton Castle, Mark Briscoe vs. Frankie Kazarian)
  • WWE Raw in Milwaukee, SmackDown in Sioux City, IA, NXT in Ocala, FL
  • ROH in Lakeland, FL (Adam Cole vs. Silas Young for ROH title, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Dalton Castle & Colt Cabana, Kamaitachi vs. Jay Lethal, Mark Briscoe vs. Hangman Page, Punisher Martinez vs. Bull James) 
  • WWE Raw in Rochester, MN and SmackDown in Des Moines, IA

Raw will be Monday night from Minneapolis featuring the return of Brock Lesnar, plus Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins in a three-way non-title and New Day vs. Sheamus & Cesaro in a non-title match. It's the go-home show for Hell in a Cell. There is also a SmackDown brand house show in Dubuque, IA.

SmackDown will be Tuesday in Green Bay.

Figure Four Weekly 10/17/2016: More on the deregulation of pro wrestling in California - To pick up where we left off last week, in 1989 deregulation of pro wrestling was put before the State Assembly and passed. Here's how it was discussed in the minutes for the October 20, 1989 meeting of the California State Athletic Commission (emphasis ours): "Assembly Bill 1040 was signed by Governor Deukmejian and, except for the 5% tax on the amount paid for admission, will completely deregulate professional wrestling January 1, 1990... Current subscribers click here to continue reading.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Oct 24, 2016Pinpointing the day that lead to TNA's current predicament, UFC layoffs, more - What has been the long-time inevitable but several times delayed financial implosion of TNA can really be traced back to one afternoon. Largely based on a contract with Spike TV, TNA was taking in more revenue than any pro wrestling company in the world aside from WWE through 2014. If a company like ECW would have gotten that type of a deal, they would probably still be flourishing today... Current subscribers click here to continue reading.

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WON BACK ISSUE:,WON September 20, 1999: Eric Bischoff fired from WCW, Beyond the Mat review, more - Although wrestlers were singing "Ding, Dong, the Witch is dead," Friday night in Baltimore, when the word of Eric Bischoff's re-assignment within Turner (read that as a nice way of saying firing) reached the wrestlers, once the initial happiness wore off and reality set in, the reality is little has changed... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

Saturday News Update

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!

It's a girl! YES! YES! YES!

Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan recently revealed that they’re having a baby girl. The couple previously announced Bella’s pregnancy earlier this month. "When I found out it was a girl, I actually got really emotional," Bella said. "I have such an amazing relationship with my mom and I think, wow, I'm going to have that with my daughter. Also, as a woman, I now have my own blood to follow my legacy. It's such a special feeling my mini me!"

"I'm so excited we're having a little girl," Bryan said. "I'm sure that, just like her mother, she's going to steal my heart."


Moment #1 - Spoiler Alert: One of these men falls off the cage, repeatedly...


  • Ratings for this week’s episode of TNA Impact were up fairly significantly with 353k viewers watching the show compared to last week’s 284k. The show featured Cody Rhodes challenging Eddie Edwards for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event.
  • After a dominant win last night at Bellator 162, Bobby Lashley set his sights on the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and called out Eddie Edwards. Highlights of Lashley’s win (and the rest of the show) can be seen here.
  • ESPN profiled Kenny Omega and his rise to stardom in Japan.
  • Vader claimed on Twitter that Revolution Pro Wrestling was supposed to give him tape of his match with Will Ospreay to sell in the United States, but he said the company failed to do so.
  • Drew Galloway will face Tomoaki Honma at night two of UK Global Wars on November 11th.


  • Pat Lundvall’s reign on the Nevada Athletic Commission is coming to an end this month.
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall 2 will now main event UFC Fight Night 99 on November 19th in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim was the original main event before Nelson had to pull out due to injury.
  • The rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz from UFC 202 has been made available as a free fight on the company’s YouTube channel.


  • Former FCW Heavyweight Richie Steamboat was the latest guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. He had much to share about the Hall of Fame career of his father, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, as well as his time in FCW.
  • There was a radio advert here in Scotland for the November 8th edition of Smackdown Live in Glasgow. The advertisement mentioned that AJ would be defending the world title against Ambrose.
  • Pure Wrestling Association, Live Pro Wrestling, October 21st, 2016, Guelph, Ontario: 1/2 the Tagteam Champions Lenny Lilac defeated Brandon Jacobs, Vanessa Kraven defeated Kc Spinelli, Jimmy King/Joey Allen defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan/Brandon Hynes, Aiden Rayne defeated Viking in a Pure Violence Rules match, “Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander defeated “Reckless” Ryan Swift, “Quebec Wrestling Terrorist” Carl Leduc defeated “Big Ticket” Reggie Marley to become the NEW Ontario Champion, Andrew Davis defeated Bobby Sharp in the Main Event.
  • Crossfire Wrestling: Rose City Riot Oct 22nd Welland, Ontario, Saturday, 5 PM - 8 PM. Crossfire Wrestling along with Bullett Proof Baseball, Peak Performers Realty and Crackerjack Stadium presents Rose City Riot! Professional Wrestling returns to Welland Ontario at Bullett Proof Baseball Building A 1100 Niagara Street. 6 matches are on the card including 2 Championship Matches! The Main Event for The Crossfire Wrestling Heavyweight Championship will be Former ECW Heavyweight Champion "The Franchise" Shane Douglas w/ "The Infamous" Jay Moore in his corner vs The Crossfire Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Cody Deaner. Tickets Available.
  • Cody Rhodes was on Arrow this week. Episode was “A Matter of Trust” - TV Guide listing had it as “Green Arrow is forced to battle new drug dealer Garrett Runnels, who is terrorizing Star City, after Wild Dog strikes out on his own to take the dealer down but quickly learns he’s not up to the task.” In the show however his character was called Derek Sampson (not Garrett Runnels) and was pushing a drug called Stardust. Cody was killed off in the first 15 minutes in a fight scene by being thrown into a vat of his own narcotic. Later it is learned he didn’t die but the vat of drugs made him into a stronger villain that did not feel any pain.
  • Danyah will be back in the Smash Wrestling ring where she will represent Canada against Team USA's debuting Ingrid Isley!
  • We are 3 weeks away until the biggest show of  Jersey All Pro Wrestling’s history, the 20th Anniversary Show on Saturday, November 12, 2016. At the building we made famous the Rahway Rec Center, 275 East Milton Ave, Rahway, NJ. Doors open at6:00pm, bell-time 7:30pm. At 7:00pm they will be holding a special Hall of Fame ceremony, inducting Homicide, Low Ki, and Da Hit Squad into our Hall of Fame. Previous inductees into the JAPW Hall of Fame are Magic, Don Montoya, The Haas Brothers, Lowlife Louie Ramos, Chino Martinez, The Bald Guy, and our late founder Fat Frank Iadevaia. Tickets for this event are available online.
  • LIVE PRO WRESTLING! - Saturday November 26th, 2016, C*4: Capital City Championship Combat
  • Presents "SHOCK WAVES” at Vanier Columbus Club, 260 McArthur Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • ALL Tickets - $20 Doors at 6:30PM / / Start Time at 7:30PM. Advance tickets available NOW at the VENUE (Vanier Columbus Club, 260 McArthur Ave), and at VERTIGO RECORDS (193 Rideau Street, Ottawa)! All tickets for September 24th’s “Cheap Thrills” event will be honoured at this show date. Event is all ages – Adult Accompaniment ages under 16.

Today in Wrestling History (10/22): Kurt Angle wins his first WWF World Title