We're also looking for live reports from Raw in Greenville, SC with Superstars matches. dark matches and anything else not evident from the live show. Tonight's show, the go-home Raw for Survivor Series, features quarterfinals of the WWE championship tournament, with Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto, Kevin Owens vs. Neville and Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler. Undertaker is also booked on tonight's show so they'll probably do an Undertaker & Kane vs. Wyatt Family angle of some sort.
We're also looking for reports on yesterday's Lucha Underground tapings in Boyle Heights, Saturday's WWE show in Minehead, England and NXT shows in Winter Haven, Orlando and Sebring, Florida, at Dave Meltzer.
Smackdown tapings are Tuesday night in Knoxville.
Figure Four Weekly:
Figure Four Weekly (11/9/15): Reexamining indie wrestling distribution business models:
A look at where indie wrestling companies stand right now when it comes to capitalizing on technology and business trends, including comments from Whoo! Wrestling’s Allan Barrie.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
Exclusive news on WrestleMania, how SummerSlam has changed due to the Seth Rollins injury, updates on Rollins, notes on the WWE title tournament and what key stars besides Rollins and Randy Orton are now unlikely to wrestle at WrestleMania is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We also look at the different potential finishes of the WWE title tournament, how it looks to be progressing, a look at the Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock fight and look back 20 years to their two previous fights, lots of notes on the fight, and the back story.
We also look at WrestleMania tickets, the Wayne Rooney angle, Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista update, More on Alberto Del Rio's outside business and his angle in Puerto Rico, Undertaker week, WWE make more network predictions, notes from the next Madison Square Garden show, notes on Raw this week, Ronda Rousey talks WWE Divas division, what WWE star is ready to return from surgery, plus notes on all the WWE & NXT arena events of the past week and business note.
We also have our monthly business rundown of WWE and TNA, to see how both groups are doing as compared to the same period last year, as well as a breakdown on how every different WWE main event is drawing over the past month.
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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE
- Elizabeth, the mother of Reid and Charlotte Flair, not happy about last night's main event Raw angle. She tweeted: @WWE @StephMcMahon @VinceMcMahon @TripleH WWEWriters really, that lazy! #CheapHeat #disgusting#disrespectful #cruel #sad#RawGreenville
- And speaking of Twitter, Lana and Paige went at it on each other last night, a few tweets of which have already been deleted. Essentially, it started out with Lana claiming that Paige bullied her when she was in NXT. It was a discussion point within WWE today, and suffice to say, it's not an angle.
- In a non-coincidence, Charlotte is the guest on WWE's weekly SportsCenter segment tonight.
- Fox 13 in Tampa reporting that police are saying that Matt “Spiceboy” Loyd, a former Bubba the Love Sponge employee, is who stole and leaked the sex videos of Hulk Hogan and Heather Cole. His name had come up in the past but there had been nothing concrete.
- The intro for WWE’s “Owen: Hart of Gold” home video release, which is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 8th, is now available as a preview on YouTube.
- Also, as noted on last night's Wrestling Observer Radio, although she never signed the contract for the Divas Title match on Sunday at any point during the angle, WWE.com shot a photo of her signing backstage after the show went off the air.
- Here’s a local feature on Xavier Woods. (Thanks to Mike K.)
- Here’s a feature on WWE Hall-of-Famer Bret Hart’s appearance in Utica, NY.
- The Rock posted a video on Instagram of the promo before his very first wrestling match back for the USWA. He was a better promo on day one than half the guys on the roster today, perhaps more. Thanks to Mike K.
- The “Undertaker: The Streak R.I.P Edition 21-1” DVD set is out today in a special casket-themed package.
- 2K Sports put out a new post-release “Momentous” trailer for WWE 2K16 today.
- Speaking of, today is the anniversary of Rock's first-ever PPV match for WWE.
- The lineup of CMLL talent heading to the Fantastica Mania shows in January have been announced. Mistico, Volador Jr, Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Dragon Lee, Fuego, Stuka Jr., Mascara Dorada, Titan, Panther, Hechicero, Mephisto, Ultimo Guerrero, Bobby Z, Virus, Okumura and Cavernario Barbaro.
- “Tuesday Night At The Gardens,” Jim Cornette and Mark James’ new book about Louisville wrestling history is now available at Amazon.
- Battle Arts Academy has a nice little show planned for 12/6 in Mississauga, Ontario, with Mr. Kennedy, Dalton Castle, Ricochet, Kongo Kong, Rocky Johnson, Pepper Parks, and more.
- NECW presents World Women’s Wrestling this Sunday at 3 PM in Beverly, MA.
- Here’s a local story on an extra that got asked to play a bigger role in “Chokeslam”, a movie Mick Foley & Sir Lance Storm are in. (Thanks to Mike K.)
- Here’s a story about a local pastor bringing wrestling to Milford, DE, with a show featuring Tito Santana. (Thanks to Mike K.)
- On the newest edition of Between the Sheets, Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan are joined by Shimmer founder/booker/promoter/announcer Dave Prazak to discuss the week that was November 10-16, 1996. Topics include Curt Hennig jumping to WCW and how WCW botched most of the guys that jumped in this era, Great Sasuke’s influence on wrestling, Chris Jericho’s adventures in Japan, Antonio Pena losing his mind over La Parka jumping to Promo Azteca/WCW, ECW with a memorable November to Remember, and Randy Savage almost jumping to the WWF in 1996.
- This week’s Fire Pro Podcast looks at the fall of Ronda Rousey as well as a review of WCW Spring Stampede 2000 here
UFC & MMA
- Kenny Florian doesn't think it would be a good idea to give Ronda Rousey an immediate rematch despite the fact that very early odds for a future rematch have her listed as the favorite. On his and Jon Anik’s podcast, he said, "I think it would be a very bad mistake to give Ronda Rousey an immediate rematch with Holly Holm. I'm telling you now, I don't think she's ready. I think she needs to revamp her footwork, revamp her striking and know how to face a southpaw like Holly Holm. If she goes in there and loses for a second time the UFC will lose their biggest star."
- Bellator announced Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Derek Anderson for their 12/4 event in San Jose, CA, headlined by Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca. The promotion also announced they are heading overseas for three shows in 2016, doing shows in London, Tel Aviv, Israel, and Italy. No dates were announced, but they confirmed the London show will be held at O2 Arena and will be tape-delayed in the U.S.
- Here’s a quick hitter from Dana White on Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie in 2016. Needless to say, this is a much different White response than it would have been several years ago.
- Dave’s article about Holly Holm upsetting Ronda Rousey went up today at MMAFighting.
- Scott writes: "Last night (11/16) I was at the Baby Buggy 15th Anniversary Benefit Comedy Show at the Beacon Theatre here in NY where Amy Schumer performed along with Jerry Seinfeld. During her set, Amy said something along the lines of 'After the Ronda Rousey fight this weekend everyone kept saying that Holly Holm chick "looked like a fit Amy Schumer." What the hell!? I'M a fit Amy Schumer!' Not too much on the fight and just a reference used as a joke but the crowd definitely knew what she was referencing, and this was all mainly affluent older New Yorkers."
- Holly Holm is getting even more mainstream notice. Actress/comedienne Amy Schumer tweeted out today "Thanks everyone for congratulating me on my win Saturday. #UFC" and Holm responded by telling her she looked stunning in there.
- Titan FC runs on 12/18 in Kansas City, MO, featuring flyweight champion Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre in the main event.
- The prelims for Saturday's UFC did an incredible 1,394,000 viewers up against college football and the Democratic debate. A strong prelim number is usually indicative of a big PPV number.
- WSOF announced the full card lineup for Friday's WSOF 25 on NBC Sports Network. Only one actual fight is announced for the televised card since the early fights are streaming at WSOF.com. Not announcing the lineup ahead of time is usually a recipe for ratings disaster and this show is going up against a Bellator show on Spike and the usual Friday night AXS TV Fights. It would be very surprising if this show does any even close to a good number.