WWE Network announced today that they are expanding the network into India.
Last night’s Bryan and Vinny show features a Raw Review!
Check out today’s wrestling history. And if you love history talk you must check out the Karl Stern Show 10/22: Storytelling series on the monsters of pro-wrestling history!
Big news out of UFC today with Jon Jones being reinstated, that will certainly lead to a rematch with current light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. Also, check out today’s WOL on the news: Wrestling Observer Live 10/23: Jon Jones reinstatement, Dr. Lucha talks Lucha Underground, more!
Keeping with the MMA theme check out Josh Nason's Punch-Out ep. 17: MMA Weekly's Erik Fontanez
News came out today that former UFC and Bellator heavyweight Lavar Johnson was charged with domestic assault stemming from an incident last August.
Check out Ryan Frederick’s preview, betting odds and predictions for UFC Dublin.
Please send reports to Dave Meltzer on the following:
GFW TV tapings from Las Vegas
Heavyweight title tournament final: Nick Aldis, Bobby Roode and Chris Mordetzky;
Brian Myers vs. Kongo
Kong vs. Kevin Kross
Tag title tourney with Luster the Legend & Adam Thornstowe, Bollywood Boyz, Kenny King & Joey Ryan and Remy Marcel & Jack Manley, Bestia 666 vs. Cielo Escorpion,
NEW GEN title four-way with Virgil Flynn vs. Jigsaw vs. TJP plus Sonjay Dutt vs. Seiya Sanada)
We are also looking for Reports on tonight's ROH tapings in Kalamazoo, MI (Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong for TV title, A.J. Styles vs. Donovan Dijak, Briscoes vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus, Michael Bennett & Matt Taven vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian for tag titles, Adam Cole vs. Dalton Castle, Leah Von Dutch vs. Crazy Mary Dobson, Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs. The Boyz, ACH vs. Cedric Alexander)
Please send reports to Dave Meltzer
Yes, Kenny King is supposed to be in Kalamazoo and Las Vegas on the same night.
This weekend we'll be taking our big show poll only on Hell in a Cell Sunday.
Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Isao Kobayashi
Michael Page vs. Charles Ontiveros
Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson
Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho for the vacant middleweight title
Page is usually someone worth going out of your way to see.
New Japan World has a live show at 6 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow morning from Tokorozawa
- Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu & Juice Robinson
- Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Jay White & David Finlay non-title
- Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada & Kushida & Alex Shelley vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens & Young Bucks
- Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto vs. Cody Hall & Tama Tonga
- Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
- Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ricochet & Matt Sydal vs. Kazuchika Okada & Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta
New Japan also opens its junior heavyweight tag team tournament on Friday night/Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. Eastern and 2:30 a.m. Pacific time from Korakuen Hall
- Togi Makabe & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Captain New Japan vs. Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka & David Finlay & Jay White
- Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
- Hiroshi Tanahashi& Tomoaki Honma & Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
Tag team tournament first round matches:
- Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly
- Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
- Mascara Dorada & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Young Bucks
- Matt Sydal & Ricochet vs. Alex Shelley & Kushida
UFC ON FIGHT PASS FROM DUBLIN, IRELAND AT 1:15 P.M. EASTERN TIME - Saturday
For Canada: Tomorrow's UFC main card from Dublin will air from 4-6 p.m. Eastern in Canada on The Fight Network and again at9 p.m. and 1 a.m. for prime time viewing in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.
Bubba Bush (185) vs. Garreth McLellan (185)
Darren Elkins (145) vs Robert Whiteford (145)
Tom Breeze (171) vs. Cathal Pendred (169)
Scott Askham (184) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (185)
Aisling Daly (115) vs. Ericka Almeida (115)
Stevie Ray (155) vs. Mickael Lebout (155)
Neil Seery (125) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (125)
Nicolas Dalby (170) vs. Darren Hill (171)
Reza Madadi (156) vs. Norman Parke (156)
Paddy Holohan (126) vs. Louis Smolka (125)
Sunday we'll be looking for reports on the NXT show as part of the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.
WWE HELL IN A CELL SUNDAY FROM THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES AT 7:30 P.M.
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker Hell in a Cell match
Seth Rollins vs. Kane for WWE title vs. Kane's job as Director of Operations
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt Hell in a Cell match
John Cena vs. ? for U.S. title
Big E & Kofi Kingston vs. Dudleys for tag titles
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback for IC title
Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella for Divas title
Neville & Dolph Ziggler & Cesaro vs. Rusev & Sheamus & King Barrett (preshow match at 7:30)
Raw will be live in San Diego on Monday night.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Figure Four Weekly:
Jerry McDevitt cuts quite the legal promo on Konstantine Kyros as part of his latest screed in the ongoing legal battle over WWE's alleged role in wrestlers' brain damage.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
- WWE.com had a story on James Storm where he gave the indication it's up to WWE if he signs or not. He didn't work last night's TV. He said that Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, who he knew from TNA, opened the door for him. He also admitted he was at the show in Nashville even though he had previously denied it.
- Paige did a great job last night on Conan O'Brien. It was funny because she was there to plug Hell in a Cell, and Conan talked about seeing her on the show, even though she doesn't have a match on the show. I guess when they made the booking the left hand thought she would be on the card. They mostly talked about how she grew up in a wrestling family with her parents and brothers and how her mom was wrestling when pregnant with her so she started while still in the womb.
- The next Evolve shows will be 11/6 in Ybor City, FL and 11/7 in Orlando with Timothy Thatcher, Johnny Gargano, Drew Galloway, Caleb Konley, Anthony Nese, TJ Perkins, Drew Gulak, Tracy Williams, Ethan Page, Andrew Everett , Peter Kaasa and Matt Riddle scheduled.
- Lana is on the road in Southern California because she and Rusev were at the Clippers game last night.
- The episode of Ultimate Fighter that has gotten so much talk in the last few days will replay at 10 p.m. Eastern timeSunday night.
- The West Coast Wrestling Connection's TV on PDX-TV in Portland, OR, is being moved to Saturday nights at 11 p.m.
- Atlantis & Valiente & Volador Jr. vs. Rush & La Sombra & La Mascara is the main event of tonight's CMLL show at Arena Mexico. No word on whether it'll be geo blocked or not, but you can check at just after 9:30 p.m. Eastern time at www.ClaroSports.com
- CHIKARA from last night in Minneapolis: Chuck Taylor b Frightmare, Darin Corbin & Drake Carter & Shaun Cannon b Race Jaxon & Hype Rockwell & Farmer Frog, Arik Cannon b Oleg the Usurper, Kimber Lee & El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr b Icarus & Mark Angelosetti & Heidi Lovelace, Ariya Daivari won four-way over Wildcat, Kody Rice and Venom, Hallowicked b Jakob Hammermeieir, Ophidian & Eddie Kingston & Shynron b Juan Francisco de Coronado & Boar of Moldova & Parkash Sbar, Soldier Ant b Blaster McMassive (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
- My Life My Power Entertainment has a show on 11/14 in Miami at the Jackson Senior High School headlined by Daniel Puder.
- 41 years ago today in Miami Beach
Eddie Graham b Gary Hart in a lights out match
Dusty Rhodes & Mike Graham b Dick Slater & Toru Tanaka
Don Muraco & Bob Armstrong drew Hollywood Blonds (Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown)
Pak Song b Paul Jones to retain the Southern title
Jerry Brisco b Cowboy Bill Watts via DQ
Tony Charles b Dennis Stamp
Mongolian Stomper b Frank Hester
Cowboy Lang & Sonny Boy Hayes b Little Louie & Billy the Kid (thanks to Barry Rose)
The Freebirds vs. Terry Taylor & Missing Link is the new match today on NWAClassics.com
- Tyson Dux has a pre-wedding stag event in Windsor, ONT at Club Alouette. There will be two hours of wrestling at7 p.m. followed by the party at 9 p.m. Ages 19 and up can come. Wrestling has a ticket price of $20 and the wrestling and stag party is 440.
- Smash Wrestling on 11/7 in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Centre featuring Pentagon Jr. vs. Drago.
- Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Halloween Hell on 10/30 with the Bollywood Boyz from GFW against Ethan HD & Mike Santiago in a cage match at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC.
- Highspots has started the women's wrestling network on Roku. The first month is available for 99 cents.. They are also promoting a Queen of combat show on 11/29 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy's with a four-way tournament with Jessicka Havok, Santana Garrett, Taeler Hendrix and Tessa Blanchard, plus Rebel, Madison Rayne, Candice LaRae, Allysin Kay, Barbi Hayden, Andrea, Lufisto, Chelsea Green, Crazy Mary Dobson and more.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1964 - Jim Barnett and Johnny Doyle debuted World Championship wrestling with their first show headlined by world champion Killer Kowalski retaining his title over Domenic DeNucci. Kowalski would go on to be the greatest heel in WCW history, and DeNucci would go on to be the best drawing babyface in WCW history.
1981 - La Fiera beat Lizmark in Mexico City to win the NWA welterweight title
1981- El Satanico beat Solar to win the Mexican national middleweight title
1983 - Ringo Mendoza beat El Satanico in Guadalajara to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1983 - Enrique Vera won a three-way tournament over Dos Caras and Canek to win the UWA heavyweight title
1999 - Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa in Nagoya to win the All Japan tag title
2002 - Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Taka Michinoku & Gosaku Goshogawara beat Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka & Wagyuta Koroge in Tokyo to become the first WEW trios champs
2011 - Jun Akiyama beat Suwama in Tokyo to win the Triple Crown and Dark Cuervo & Dark Ozz beat Keiji Muto & Kenso to win the World tag titles, Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi beat Manabu Soya & Seiya Sanada to win the All Asia tag titles and Kenny Omega beat Kai to win the All Japan world jr. title