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Daily update: Holly Holm defeats Ronda Rousey, Nick Bockwinkel passed away

Ronda rousey upset by holly holm

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We're also looking for reports on the WWE show yesterday in Minehead, England and NXT shows in Winter Haven, Orlando and Sebring, Florida, and today's Lucha Underground taping in Boyle Heights and ICW show in Glasgow to Dave Meltzer

Raw will be live Monday night from Greenville, SC.  The show will feature the quarterfinals of the WWE championship tournament.  The quarterfinals have Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto, Kevin Owens vs. Neville and Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler.  I believe all four bouts will be on the show Monday but it's possible they may hold one of them off until Smackdown.  Undertaker and Kane will be back on Raw this week to build Survivor Series. 

Smackdown tapings are Tuesday night in Knoxville.

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  • I'm sorry for being so shaken last night in the show about Nick Bockwinkel.  Thanks to Bryan for doing a show so quickly after already completing a show.
  • All-time great Nick Bockwinkel passes away
  • Nick Bockwinkel on Hollywood Squares
  • Scott Bowden remembers Bockwinkel and Lawler feud
  • Holly Holm downs Ronda Rousey in major upset
  • Insane Championship Wrestling out of Scotland, the group Grado and Drew Galloway are the big stars of, announced after selling out a 4,000 seat arena today that they are going to take a much bigger step and try and run the 13,000 seat SSE Hydro Arena.
  • Roderick Strong didn't wrestle last night in the ROH Survival of the Fittest match in Hopkins, MN, due to suffering a concussion in his Friday night match in Milwaukee, from a kick by Cedric Alexander.  The impression we got last night is they don't think it's a bad concussion, but it is a concussion and you can't be risking it.
  • Aside from needing plastic surgery on her lip that was split in two, Ronda Rousey was okay physically last night.  Even though she was knocked out, the reports were that they don't believe she suffered a concussion.
  • Ronda Rousey got more than 10 million searches on Google this weekend, more than anything but Paris.  Usually that correlates to a buy rate number, which would be through the roof, but in this case I don't think it predicts anything.  Joanna Jedrzejczyk had 50,000 searches yesterday.
  • After Michael Elgin won Survival of the Fittest, which earns him a title shot, he said he'd like to get the shot in Tokyo.  The plan is for 1/4 at the Tokyo Dome.


  • Congratulations to Randy Orton, who got married to Kim Kessler yesterday in Las Vegas.
  • Tickets for the 2/21 Fast Lane PPV in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena go on sale to the public on 11/21.
  • Reader Reed Benson, who lives in mainland China, noted that the CCTV English news channel covered the Wayne Rooney appearance on Raw with King Barrett, on Friday.  Then on Saturday, they showed it again and the anchor said he just wanted to see it again.  Benson said that's the only two times he's seen anything wrestling related on CCTV's news in either English or Chinese.


  • Ronda Rousey's UFC comeback story starts with her desire to write it
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered a broken hand in the co-main event last night where she defeated Valerie Letourneau​ by decision.
  • On Friday Meredith Vieira on her show talked about the thing in Ronda Rousey's book about beating up her boyfriend when he shot nudes of her without her knowledge.  She said the UFC should step up and do something and set a precedent like Major League Baseball.
  • In UFC 193 picks, David Bixenspan led the way again with 4-1. Dave Meltzer, Josh Nason, Jack Encarnacao, Front Row Brian, John Pollock, and Mike Sempervive all went 3-2. Steve Juon and Mike Sawyer were each 2-3.
  • Tim Kennedy said he's positive Vitor Belfort is still using steroids and implies others are as well 
  • Cris Cyborg wasn't sad last night.  But she probably should have been


  • In honor of Eddy Guerrero, this was his first match on U.S. national TV against Terry Funk.  Funk brought him in to get him a job,and after this match, he didn't get hired believe it or not
  • Friday night's Rush vs. La Sombra match
  • Things I wish I hadn't seen:  "What I really think the world needs is another Holocaust, but this time for the Islams of the world...The ones who REALLY should be extinguished.  HAIL TRUMP."  That was from Tammy Sytch.  
  • St. Louis Anarchy from last night in Alton, IL:  Christian Rose b Jojo Bravo, Matt Cage b Danny Adams, Trik Davis b Mike Outlaw, Devin & Mason Cutter b Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers, DJ Zema Ion b Everett Connors, Jordan Lacey b Gerald James-DQ in a 2/3 fall match, Mat Fitchett won Royal Rumble
  • Here’s a seven-minute Kevin Nash “shoot” interview.
  • St. Louis Anarchy from Friday night in Alton, IL:  Paco Gonzalez b Steve O Reno, Alex Castle b Mike Outlaw, Matt Cage b Trik Davis, Jeremy Wyatt & Christian Rose b Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers, Gerald James b Davey Richards to retain title in a 2/3 fall match, Ricky Starks won four-way over Mallaki Matthews, Jordan Lacey and Jay Howard, Davey Vega b DJ Zema Ion, Mat Fitchett b Jojo Bravo, Evan Gelistico & Adam Caster & Danny Adams & Everett Connors b Devin & Mason Cutter & Alexandre Rudolph & Jake Parnell-DQ (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Santana Garrett retained her NWA women's title today in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall over Holidead on the Stardom show.  It was the first time the NWA women's title was defended in Japan in a long time.  One report dated it back to when Moolah went, and I don't think Moolah went after the late 60s.   Results saw Jungle Kyouna b Morno Watanabe, Haruka Kato & Saori Anou b Hiromi Mimura & Starlight Kid, Act Yasukawa & Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura b Alex Lee & Datura & Kaori Yoneyama, Kairi Hojo b Mika Iwata, Io Shirai retained her Wonder of Stardom title over Sendai Sachiko, Meiko Satomura retaied her World of Stardom title over Mayu Iwatani via ref stoppage after she passed out from a choke (thanks to Al Haft)
  • Acclaim Pro Wrestling on 11/21 in Ottawa at the SPK Dom Polski Polish Combatants Centre
  • Lucha Toronto on 1/24 in Scarborough, ONT at 3107 Danforth Ave. with L.A. Park, Pantera, El Hijo del Pantera and Lince Dorado.
  • Chaos for Canines on 11/22 at 2 p.m. in Toronto at the Longbranch Legion.
  • CWF on 11/20 at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, NC with Shane Helms, appearing for a meet and greet and a 2/3 fall triathlon match.
  • Lucha Xtreme from last night on Fresno TV:  Guerrero de la Muerta b Jesse Poole, La Mascara (not the CMLL wrestler) b Chad Dougals, Mortal b Brandon Groom to win the Lucha Extreme title.  Next TV taping is Saturday in Merced, CA at the American Legion Post at 939 W. Main St. at 5 p.m.
  • Main Event Wrestling in Rushton, LA last night before 350 fans with Drew Gulak and Timothy Thatcher.  Action Jackson b Soldier Ant, Safari b Devyn, Manimal b Rodney Mack, Matt Justice b Raphael King, Chase Stevens & Cassidy Riley b Timothy Thatcher & Drew Gulak, Big Daddy Yumyum b Moonshine Mansell (thanks to Charles Humprhreys)
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in Swansea, IL before 400 fans:  Barracus b Brent Meyers, Gunner b Jimmy D, Sean Vincent & Chas Wesson b Bubba Troll & Curtis Wylde, Jake Dirden DDQ Ax, Chris Hargas & Brandon Espinosa b Bobby D & Ironman Ken Kasa, Bobby D won Battle Royal, Flash Flanagan b Gary Jackson-COR (thanks to Larry Matysik)
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling from last night in Joppa, MD:  Bruiser b Fenix Fury, Kai Katana b Hoss Hagood, Hell Cats won three-way over Punk Rock All-Stars and Dixon Line, Renee Michelle b Tessa Blanchard, Eddie Smooth b Bo Nekoda, Eric Chapel & Dirty Money b C-Fed & G-Fed, Mickie James b Amber Rodriguez in a loser leaves town match, King McBride b Brandon Scott.  Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillon and Baby Doll were there talking about their memories of their days wrestling in Baltimore.  They have shows on 12/4 in Felton, DE at the Delaware Auto Exchange with Mick Foley and The Headbangers, and 12/26 in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena with Chyna, Ethan Carter III and Ashley Massaro.
  • UPW November to Dismember in Rochester, NY from last night:  Ryan Cassidy b Jordan Falco, Marc Hauss b Carter Mason, Cheech b Kevin Bennett, Ethan Page b Coconut Jones, Tigerslayer 08 b Home Wreckers and Rochester Wrecking Crew in three-way to win tag titles, Lionel Knight b Space Monkey, Venomous NC Rik Matrix, Mattlick NC Cloudy, Professor Wessler & Dewey Lee & Chip Stetson & LaDiva & Eric Rosecroft b Victor Lord & Ron Falco & Thomas Torrens & Yamaraj & Dave Jacobs in a Survivor Series match, Maximo Suave b Tito Santana-DQ (thanks to Todd Brantley)   
  • Kevin Nash interview


1947 - Bert Assirati beat The French Angel in London to win the European version of the world heavyweight title

1967 - Al Hayes (Lord Alfred Hayes) beat Bruno Elrington in a tournament in London to win the Southern Area heavyweight title

1996 - Emilio Charles Jr. & Rey Bucanero beat Hector Garza & Mr. Niebla in Mexico City to win the CMLL Gran Alternative tournament

2001 - Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita beat Rie Tamada & Gami in Chicago to win the UWA womens' tag tiltes.