In today’s update, the WWE’s decisions of late have a lot of fans scratching their head including Mick Foley, Jonathan Coachman continues to defend his statements on Twitter, Jon Jones breaks his media silence, and Solomon Crowe is now a former NXT talent.
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Figure Four Weekly
Figure Four Weekly (11/16/15): Rey Mysterio vs. Low-Ki and The Anatomy of a Dream Match
A road report for Jersey All-Pro Wrestling's 19th Anniversary show takes a deep look at the latest match in Rey Mysterio's dream match tour vs. Low-Ki.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
We have one of the biggest issues of the year, with such a huge news week this past week. We look at exactly what went into Holly Holm's victory over Ronda Rousey, a story on the life and times of Nick Bockwinkel, the Reid Flair angle and build to Survivor Series, Destination America dropping wrestling, and the 104-year-old attendance record being broken, as well as the story behind the firing of Billy Gunn, an update on The Rock at WrestleMania, La Sombra to WWE, the AAA world title gets decided and a lot more are headline stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now.
If you have an interest in history, this is a huge issue, as well as a perspective on what happened in the most talked about UFC fight in history.
We look at the fight, the background of Holly Holm, what is going on in Rousey's life, what led to the upset, thoughts on a rematch, what it means for business, the early business notes on the fight including where PPV may come in, previous fights like this, and what happened after the fight. We look at UFC's biggest upsets, the gambling perspective, rematch odds, business notes and match-by-match coverage with poll results.
The life and times of Nick Bockwinkel is one of the best bios we've done, with comments from people whose careers he has touched, my own personal thoughts on Bockwinkel, what current WWE superstar had his career path changed greatly because of a suggestion by Bockwinkel to an independent promoter, a look at his life, his career, some of his most famous matches, his career title history, the controversy over Hulk Hogan not getting the AWA title, his place in the business when it changed and life after wrestling.
We also look at the Reid Fliehr angle, how it was set up, comments by Ric Flair, how ESPN got exposed in its wrestling coverage, the Owen Hart DVD and more.
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TODAY'S DAILY UPDATE
- Here’s an hour-long MMA Fighting interview where Ariel Helwani interviews former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones about everything that has gone on in his life in the past year, the hit-and-run, arrest, and more. This is Jones’ first interview since everything went down this year.
- Solomon Crowe is no longer with NXT. According to one person very close to the situation, "He left on his own terms." They hadn't done much with him at all during his entire run there. They had a hacker gimmick for him, and I'm told there were actually a lot of really cool ideas that were bandied about, but WWE went with the most absolute basic, simplistic hacker gimmick that didn't get over at all and the rest is history.
- Dave Meltzer will be a guest on the Ross Report tonight at 9PM ET.
- Jonathan Coachman is denying that WWE’s Sportscenter segment is a time buy. Coachman also had a classic line that he’s been defending himself on about how there weren't any wrestling insiders who had ever taken a bump.
- Former WWE Champion Mick Foley said that he’s tired of being told as a WWE viewer that his favorites don’t matter and that he can “get used to watching football on Monday nights.” We’re guessing he might not doing his usual Santa Claus appearance there this holiday season.
- Tonight's Smackdown will be a Thanksgiving-themed episode of the show. You know, the Divas in Pilgrim costumes and the like. All the things that make it so easy to take the Diva's Revolution seriously.
- WESH TV in Orlando put up the video of the WWE Performance Center shooting from several months ago. It's not much. Well, aside from Armando Alejandro Montalvo being shot, though that seems to take place behind a police car. The first 15 minutes is him standing outside the Performance Center acting all crazy and trying to get inside. He does, in fact, rush the cops prior to being shot. He survived and is out of both the hospital and jail on bond, and will go to trial in February 2016. He is pleading not guilty to charges of resisting arrest, trespassing and aggravated assault on a police officer.
- 2K Sports released the New Moves Pack downloadable content for WWE 2K16 today and there’s a trailer to promote it. It includes new moves for Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Nikki Bella, and more. Bryan & Vinny & Craig will be giving away two copies of WWE2K16 on the show tonight. Subscribers have access to pretty regular contests with great prizes.
- WrestlingDVDNetwork reported that the upcoming NXT’s Greatest Matches Vol. 1 DVD and Blu-Ray set will include a CM Punk & Seth Rollins vs. Antonio Cesaro & Kassius Ohno dark match from 2012. The set comes out on March 8, 2016.
- In spite of what Road Dogg says, WWE is not making record profits this year.
- New UFC media darling Holly Holm talks fame and celebrity encounters on KRQE.
- Conor McGregor has an interview here where he says that Jose Aldo will crumble in the first round of their fight.
- Another one with Conor here where he says that Ronda Rousey is a great champion and will be back, and that Donald Trump needs to shut his mouth. Trump tweeted recently that Ronda was not a nice person. Strong words from the Donald.
- WSOF is facing some pretty serious allegations that heated up today. It centers around Ali Abdelaziz acting as both a manager and a matchmaker and whether or not he went out of his way to use his position inappropriately. Well, more inappropriately than already wearing both hats.
- Here’s a story about Bill Dundee doing an indie show.