The Latest from the F4W Staff
NXT TakeOver headed to Toronto in November - Good news for the WWE fans in the great white north, NXT is headed to WWE "bizarro-land," a.k.a. Toronto.
The Week In British Wrestling: PROGRESS & ICW build to big shows - It's the calm before the storm across the Atlantic in Great Britain as PROGRESS and ICW prepare to blow off some steam.
WOR: Joe Silva leaving UFC, Smackdown, Del Rio, Daniel Bryan, huge news show 9/1 - Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez bring you all the latest news in the world of combat entertainment.
TNA Impact Wrestling results: Bobby Lashley vs. The Miracle - Can Bobby Lashley pull of a "Miracle"? Find out by reading the results from TNA Impact.
Daily Update: Daniel Bryan shoots, CWC highlights, Silva's departure - If yesterday was the day you dropped your iPhone in the sink, then catch up on what you missed while you were off line.
UFC 203: CM Punk & Mickey Gall conference call audio - CM Punk and Mickey Gall hype the fight of the... month, maybe. Find out if it will be the humble Phil Brooks or the confident CM Punk who enters the cage.
CM Punk: 'I’m not trying to talk anybody into the building on this one' - How did CM Punk predict his fight would go?
Weekend Poll: Dave@WrestlingObserver.com
- CMLL Anniversary show
There are no WWE house shows this weekend, nor NXT shows.
CMLL 83RD ANNIVERSARY SHOW FROM ARENA MEXICO ON TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
- Lluvia & Marcela & Princesa Sugei vs. Amapola & Dallys & Zeuxis
- Marco Corleone & Maximo Sexy & Stuka Jr. vs. Mephisto & Ephesto & Shocker
- Super Crazy vs. Rey Bucanero hair vs. hair
- Atlantis & Caristico & Mascara Dorada vs. Negro Casas & Felino & Cavernario
- Mistico & Valiente & Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero & Euforia for CMLL trios titles
- La Mascara vs. Dragon Lee mask vs. mask
UFC ON FIGHT PASS FROM HAMBURG, GERMANY SATURDAY AT 11:45 A.M. EASTERN TIME
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
- Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
- Jarjis Danho vs. Christian Colombo
- Taylor Lapilus vs. Leandro Silva
- Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Veronica Macedo
- Peter Sobotta vs. Nicolas Dalby
- Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
- Nick Hein vs. Tae Hyun Bang
- Ryan Bader vs. Ilif Latifi
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
WWE returns to action with Raw on Monday from the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Smackdown will be Tuesday night from Lincoln, NE.
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.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 6, 2016: Kevin Owens wins WWE Universal Title, Joe Silva leaves UFC, tons moremore - 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.
FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle of Los Angeles kicks off tonight in Reseda, CA. The second night of the tournament will take place on Saturday, with the winner being crowned on Sunday. The full list of participants in the loaded field can be seen here.
The card for tonight:
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Chris Hero vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Tommy End vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Fénix vs. Will Ospreay
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Jeff Cobb vs. Ricochet
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: John Hennigan vs. Matt Sydal
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Pentagón Jr. vs. Marty Scurll
- Non-Tournament Six-Man Tag Team Match: Dalton Castle & The Boys vs. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks
The card for Saturday:
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Sami Callihan vs. Cody Rhodes
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Kyle O'Reilly vs. Matthew Riddle
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Cedric Alexander vs. Mark Haskins
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Kamaitachi vs. Trevor Lee
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Mark Andrews vs. Pete Dunne
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Dalton Castle vs. Jack Gallagher
- Non-Tournament Tag Team Match: Fénix & Pentagón Jr. vs. Tommy End & Chris Hero
- Non-Tournament Six-Man Tag Team Match: Will Ospreay, Matt Sydal, & Ricochet vs. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks
Sunday’s card will be determined by the results of the first two nights.
WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT
- In an interview on AXS TV, CM Punk said Vince McMahon hasn’t contacted him about his debut at UFC 203 and claimed that McMahon is “currently bankrolling a lawsuit” against him. The comment is in reference to a defamation suit filed against Punk and Colt Cabana in 2015 by WWE doctor Chris Amann in response to comments Punk made about Amann on an episode of Cabana’s podcast.
- After creating controversy on Twitter earlier this week, ESPN’s Amin Elhassan issued an apology to Kevin Owens and his family. Elhassan had originally tweeted “Until someone told him it was scripted,” in response to a video of Owens’ son reaction to his father’s Universal title win. Elhassan went on to engage with wrestling fans on Twitter after making the comments.
- On today's edition of the MSL & Sullivan show on MLW Radio, host Mister Saint Laurent alleged that Alberto Del Rio and Paige getting drafted to separate brands was an attempt to separate them, and MSL claimed that WWE threatened to fire Paige if she didn’t break up with Del Rio.
- America Alpha were featured as the guests on this week’s edition of Michael Cole’s regular interview series on WWE.com.
- Rusev and Lana’s second wedding, held in Bulgaria, took place today.
- In a video on their YouTube account, WWE names The Rock, The Undertaker, Luke Harper, and Emma as the four hottest available free agents.
- WWE.com has an interview with Ember Moon about her journey to NXT.
- Headlined by La Mascara vs. Dragon Lee in a mask vs. mask match, CMLL’s annual anniversary show takes place tonight at Arena Mexico. The show won’t air live, but will be available as an iPPV on YouTube on Saturday.
- CHIKARA’s King of Trios will take place this weekend as well, and the promotion tweeted that Hornswoggle is out of the tournament due to an injury.
- TNA released a trailer for “Delete or Decay,” a Final Deletion-esque battle between The Hardy Boys and The Decay at the Hardy compound that will air on next week’s Impact.
- Before he joins the NXT roster on a full-time basis, Tommaso Ciampa bid farewell to Chicago’s AAW Wrestling on Thursday night with what was said to be an emotional farewell speech. Video of fans and colleagues sending him off by singing his “Psycho Killer” theme song can be seen here.
- As was noted in today's WWN Alerts, Ricochet has agreed to “several more EVOLVE bookings” after his match against Zack Sabre Jr. at EVOLVE 69 in Queens, NY on September 11th.
- Tomohiro Ishii will appear at November’s Revolution Pro and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-branded Global Wars shows.
UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett Hamburg, Germany
- ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that he’s hearing things are quickly moving in the direction of Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November 12th.
- In what was a formality, the UFC’s parent company has officially been granted a promoter’s license by the New York State Athletic Commission ahead of their MSG show.
- Dong Hyun Kim vs. Gunnar Nelson will headline UFC Fight Night in Belfast on November 19th at the SSE Arena.
EVENTS CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER
- 2 - MOONSHINE BRANDED WRESTLING: Italo-Canadian Hall, 1101 DiPietro Street, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Doors at 6:00pm bell time 7:00pm. Tickets.
- 2 - 559 Fights has its 50th show in Visalia, CA at the Convention Center.
- 2 - Rockstar Pro Wrestling iPPV from Dayton, OH at the Rockstar Pro Arena with Sami Callihan vs. Dave Crist, Dezmond Xavier vs. Zachary Wentz vs. Matt Cross and more.
- 3 - I Believe in Wrestling returns to the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando, FL.
- 3 - UIPW: Los Angels at the Clela Arena at 826 Clela Ave. in East Los Angeles with Teddy Hart & Coa Azul vs. Psicosis & Mariachi Loco
- 3 - ACE Collision Course: Morgan Jr. Arena, Wallington, NJ, MAIN EVENT: ACE Heavyweight Championship: TJ Marconi (c) vs Archadia
- 3 - Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Arena
- 3 - CWF presents Live Pro Wrestling at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines, ON.
- 6 - SMASH-WRESTLING, Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2. Tickets.
- 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 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio
- 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 - Alpha-1 Wrestling presents #Matrats2
- 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 - 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 - 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
- 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)
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