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THURS UPDATE: WWE NXT Takeover, Mark Henry talks retirement, Dave Bautista married

We're looking for your thoughts on last night's NXT show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to Dave Meltzer

We're also looking for reports on the WWE house shows the next three days in Saudi Arabia, as well as on tonight's NXT tapings at Full Sail University where they'll be taping the next four weeks of television.

Smackdown tonight on Syfy at 8 p.m.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E

Charlotte & Becky Lynch & Natalya vs. Bella Twins & Alicia Fox

Ryback vs. Rusev

Neville vs. King Barrett

Randy Orton & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & Braun Strowman

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

An update on the status of Daniel Bryan is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now and also can be subscribed to for home delivery.  We update his situation and how the decision on his future will be made shortly.  We also look at Daniel Cormier and the light heavyweight division and what the business notes say, the WWE's Madison Square Garden event with Brock Lesnar, TNA's Bound for Glory and world title tournament, Conor McGregor predicts the future once again, a pro wrestler is in the Japanese cabinet as well as our monthly look at the WWE and TNA's business indicators.

The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 12, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Daniel Bryan's pro wrestling future, UFC 192, WWE at MSG

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We look at what Daniel Bryan said this past week regarding his future and how the decision will be made for him soon, and what he'd like to do if he wasn't working for WWE.

We look at Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson and the shadow over the light heavyweight division, the news coming out of UFC 192, and full coverage of the event with business notes, early PPV indicators and poll results.

We look at the WWE Network special from Madison Square Garden, Brock Lesnar's return, how the show was promoted, Chris Jericho's 25th anniversary as a pro wrestler and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We also look at John Cena's time off and what it entails, how that changes the European tour and the current lineups set for both November tours, WrestleMania tickets, Hell in a Cell card changes, what's up with Paige, HHH talks NXT and difference with WWE, women, Jushin Liger, the chain of power and more.  HHH also talks Gabe Sapolsky.  We've got updates on Undertaker, Dwayne  Johnson, Chris Jericho, Ric Flair, Zeb Colter as well as a look at next season's Total Divas.  We also look at a tryout camp just held, more on WWE legal actions, Paul Heyman gives his thoughts on Austin vs. Lesnar, a new WWE signing, plus notes from all the WWE & NXT arena events of the past week with business notes.  

We also look at TNA's Bound for Glory, the unique title tournament, plus a full rundown of the show with star ratings and poll results.


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*There were people there all day waiting to get in, many before Noon.

*James Storm was there but never shown on camera

*Dark match was Bull Dempsey beating Sawyer Fulton with the sitting splash

*Lots of Dusty Rhodes chants all night long

*It's only a few people who start all the chants

*Hideo Itami and Sho Funaki were shown on TV, then went backstage.  They were only there for the shot

*Stephanie McMahon was chanting "Women's wrestling" with the crowd 

*Bayley and Sasha Banks both looked exhausted leaving the building  

  • UFC on Fox 17: Myles Jury to face Charles Oliveira, plus one more
  • TNA announces UK shows will be recorded for TV
  • WWE Smackdown results (10/8): Roman Reigns & Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt & Braun Strowman
  • Exclusive for WrestlingObserver.com by Irv Muchnick Jimmy Snuka murder trial: Is involuntary manslaughter count the poison pill?
  • New Japan has a press conference at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday to announce Wrestle Kingdom 10.  That appears to mean the Okada vs. Styles and Tanahashi vs. Naito winners are a lock for the Tokyo Dome with no more matches to go.  The announcement will air live on New Japan World.
  • In an interview with Philly.com, Mark Henry said that he will be retiring shortly after WrestleMania, when his current three year deal expires.  He said he was going to retire in 2013 but Vince McMahon convinced him to stay, but he's 100 percent done with wrestling at the end of this deal.  
  • WWE's third quarter business report will be on 10/29.  That will be when the new network number will be released.  The stock may start rising in anticipation.
  • That's what happened today, as it's not up to $19.55 per share, up 78 cents for the day. 
  • Tommaso Ciampa was at the show last night because he's working the NXT TV tapings tonight but he is still a free agent, they are just using him on television at this point.
  • Notes on the new A.J. Styles action figure
  • Congratulations to Dave Bautista, who was married over the weekend.  Among those at the wedding were friends like Jimmy Noonan, Chris Jericho and MVP.
  • Rosa Mendes was just engaged to boyfriend Bobby Schubenski in Paris, France.  The couple is expecting their first child in February.  This will all be covered in the Total Divas show next season.
  • The most recent Tokyo Dome show from 1/4 starts airing tomorrow night on AXS and will continue for the next five weeks, complete with Mauro Ranallo calling both Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada.
  • The WWE is looking for a Branding Vice President to work under Stephanie McMahon.  The job entails setting strategy to grow revenue and generate positive perception of the brand.
  • Tommy Rich headlines for Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 11/7 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
  • Pure Wrestling Alliance on 10/23 in Guelph, ONT
  • Alpha-One on 11/15 at Crazy Bill's in Hamilton, ONT. 
  • Cody Deaner vs. Eric Young headlines the Jingle Bells Brawl on 12/5 in St. Catherines, ONT at the Merritton Community Centre.
  • The TLC PPV presale for the 12/13 show in Boston at the TD Garden is WWETLC.  The presale is going on right now.
  • There is a presale going on for the 12/30 Holiday show at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore with the code WWELIVE  Appearing are Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Kane and more.  The presale goes through 10 p.m. tomorrow night.
  • XICW 15th year Bash on 10/18 at The Ritz in Detroit with P.J. Black, Sonjay Dutt, Rhino an Truth Martini.
  • Dory Funk's BANG on 10/24 in Reddick, FL at the People Power Festival (which has nothing to do with John Laurinaitis).  There's an all you can eat festival featuring a pro wrestling show with all cage matches.
  • NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 10/17 in Elizabethton, TN, at the High School, featuring Ricky Morton and an appearance of Ricky Steamboat.
  • CWE on 12/2 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan at the Yorkdale Central School will include a $5 donation of each ticket sold to the cancer fund for Ron Rurak, a suppoerter of the promotion
  • CHIKARA runs on 10/10 in Haverhill,MA at St. Joseph's School.
  • Former WWE performer Romeo Roselli was in a Miley Cyrus wedding digital short on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
  • The World Series of Fighting announced an eight-man lightweight tournament for 11/20 in Phoenix at the Comerica Theater.  The show airs on NBC Sports Network.  The eight men involved are Luis Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, Brian Cobb, Jorge Patino, Joao Zeferino and Rich Patishnock.
  • Classic Championship Wresting on 10/24 in Chatham, ONT at the WISH Centre headlined by Cody Deaner vs. Derek Wylde.
  • CZW iPPV on Saturday night from Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ.  The show is available at CZWrestling.com at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
  • River City Wrestling on 10/23 in Selma, TX at Retama Park.  Tanaka, Hernandez and April Hunter all appear.
  • Barrie Wrestling on 11/7 in Barrie, ONT.
  • Battlarts Pro Wrestling on 10/17 at Santino Marella's Don Kolov Arena in Mississauaga, ONT featuring Sanyu from Japan.
  • CWE on 12/3 in Brandon, Manitoba at the Houston's County Roadhouse.
  • All-Star Wrestling Fight Night on 10/23 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC featuring a Battle Royal.
  • ONE Championship has a show tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia headlined by middleweight champion Igor Svirid vs. Vitaly Bigdash.  The show airs on iPPV as well as on The Fight Network starting at 9 a.m. Eastern time. 
  • Jim Cornette interviewed Irv Muchnick on the Jimmy Snuka case at www.MLWRadio.com
  • WWE Network three month gift cards are now available at WalMart.
  • Mick Foley will be replacing Ric Flair in an appearance on an 11/7 show in Nashville at the Fairgrounds. 
  • Barbie Blank talks the TV show WAGS and her situation with WWE
  • Is he the sleaziest man around wrestling?
  • A video promoting the upcoming WWE 2K Sports game
  • FoxSports.com interview with Chris Jericho talking about his 25-year wrestling anniversary, his start to where he is now, how he has stayed relevant, when he really felt he understood wrestling, his future including WrestleMania 32 and more.


1973 - Masked Lee & Juanita de Hoyas beat Miyoko Hoshino & Peggy Kuroda to win the WWWA tag tiles

1989 - Mitsuhiko Nishiwaki & Madusa beat Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada to win the annual tag team tournament

1997 - El Hijo del Santo beat Felino in Leon to win the WWA welterweight title

2001 - Kendo Ka Shin beat Masayuki Naruse in Tokyo to win the IWGP jr. title

2004 - Takao Omori beat Masato Tanaka in Tokyo to win the Zero-One United National title

2004 - L.A. Park beat Nicho in Tijuana to win the XLAW heavyweight title

2004 - Universo 2000 beat Canek in the finals of the Leyenda de Azul tournament at Arena Mexico

2005 - Brock Lesnar won a three-way over Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono in Tokyo to win the IWGP heavyweight title plus Black Tiger (Rocky Romero) beat Tiger Mask to win the IWGP jr. title

2006- Great Sasuke beat Super Delfin in Morioka to win the Tohoku jr. title

2007 - Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Yuji Nagata in Tokyo to win the IWGP heavyweight title

2012 - Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Tokyo to win the IWGP tag titles

2012 - KENTA (Hideo Itami) & Maybach Taniguchi beat Magnus & Samoa Joe in Yokohama to win the GHC tag titles