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Daily Update: Ronda Rousey's coach files for bankruptcy, Hunting Hitler with Tim Kennedy


Tons of guests on Observer Live coming up this week including Tony Nese, Joey Eastman, Dave Meltzer to talk the newest Observer (new Thursday opening feature), and likely Dr. Lucha on Friday. Details on how to listen via TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, etc. are always available on the front page at showtime, Monday through Friday at noon Pacific/3 PM ET.

Also, for subscribers only, check out Filthy Tom Lawlor's show on Monday for information on how you can enter Tom's Twitter tournament to win a copy of WWE 2K16.  Another contest to win 2K16 has been ongoing for subscribers on the Bryan & Vinny & Craig Show and we'll talk more about that tonight.

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We're looking for reports on these weekend show at Dave Meltzer

*Raw tonight in Denver, with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not available on the live show

*GFW in King's Lynn, UK on Friday

*NXT on Friday in Gainesville, FL

*WWE on Saturday night in Billings, MT

Nothing special is being advertised for Raw tonight thus far.  The show will be at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Smackdown will be taped Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

UFC Programming

UFC 187, with the Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson and Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort fights, will air on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FS 1****


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We look at the ramifications of this on WWE, AAA, how the deal was put together, how he positioned it to AAA, how AAA has taken a huge talent hit, when the deal was really put together, how Del Rio was scheduled to main event AAA's next major show against what top U.S. star in a hair match, and his dates advertised in Mexico.  We look at other promotions that wanted him, Konnan talking about how the Myzteziz and Del Rio situation affects AAA, the Zeb Colter deal, how Lucha Underground and Del Rio fell apart as well as his huge money MMA offer just recently.


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  • In a note from last night's Observer Radio, while the Sting appearance at Survivor Series last year was not shown at all during the video package in a way that made it look like it had been erased from history, it was mentioned on commentary.
  • Also, regarding Nikki Bella not working the four-way and not being advertised for Survivor Series at this point, she appears to be taking some time off to treat some nagging injuries including to her neck and hip.
  • Raw dark matches from Denver last night saw Bo Dallas actually win a match over Zack Ryder, which was said to be pretty good, and Neville beat Heath Slater.  The Roman Reigns streak continues as he got the best reaction of anyone on the show all night according to live reports.
  • Usos will be the guests on the weekly ESPN Sportscenter segment this week.  Jey just returned from his shoulder surgery.
  • Dave Ba(u)tista will be on Jimmy Kimmel live tonight.
  • Paige and Madusa have been shooting their own angle on Twitter.
  • WrestlingDVDNetwork has a pre-release review of the WWE Ring in the Holidays DVD, which is available for pre-order. The DVD comes out a week from today.


  • Bloody Elbow’s Paul Gift broke the story that Edmond Tarverdyan, the head coach of Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne, and Jake Ellenberger, has filed for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It appears that he’s claiming no income, for the last few years, no ownership in the Glendale Fighting Club, and so on, and the trustee may not be buying that. His wife did not file bankruptcy. While it does vary, 10% of the show and win money is standard for coaching fees.
  • As Dave noted earlier, Matt Brown is out of his 11/21 main event against Kelvin Gastelum. No word yet on if there will be a replacement or if the fight will be scrapped.
  • Tim Kennedy on the MMA Hour talked about his new storyline, which is that he is going to return to UFC with the goal of smashing all former drug users.  He also talked about the new History Channel series that he's working on, Hunting Hitler, which kicks off next week.  He traveled to South America to investigate the long-standing conspiracy theory that Adolph Hitler did not kill himself in a bunker but rather escaped to South America where he lived out his days.  Kennedy said he never believed the story but teased that he might have changed his mind based on this investigation, but you have to tune into the new eight-part series to find out.
  • Chris Weidman is on the cover of the new issue of Men's Health Magazine.
  • Cosmo Alexandre, last seen defeating “John” Wayne Parr under Muay Thai rules for Lion Fight, has signed with World Series of Fighting. He’s 6-1 in MMA, having mostly fought in Bellator, except for his last fight, which was in Legacy FC.

Other Wrestling

  • Bubba the Love Sponge Clem may be in even more trouble with Nielsen Audio for ratings tampering.
  • On the newest episode of the flagship MLW podcast, Rey Mysterio speaks with Konnan and Court Bauer about the ADR-WWE situation, Rey's return to AAA, Edie Guerrero, the evil Rey Low Ki character, working Myzteziz/Carlístico and Rey’s retirement match idea and more.
  • On the newest Between the Sheets podcast, Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan are joined by Kurt Brown to discuss October 27-November 2, 1993 including the legendary Arn Anderson vs. Sid Vicious hotel room brawl and the huge aftermath that followed, the death of Oro who was on the verge of becoming the next big star in Lucha Libre, and the storm brewing involving the grand jury investigation into the WWF.
  • New trailer for “The Masked Saint” with Roddy Piper.
  • There is a Kickstarter up here for a Muscle Temple pro-wrestling comic book.  The top perk, for $550, is the opportunity to fly yourself to a wrestling show and get superkicked by the Young Bucks.  Not making this up.  It has already been claimed.  But there is more to see so check it out.
  • Chaos For Canines, with  all profits being presented to Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, will be Nov 22, at the Long Branch Legion 3850 Lakeshore Blvd Etobicoke, Ontario doors open at 1:30pm Bell time is 2:00pm there is a silent auction and tons of raffle items, don't miss this event. Names on the show include Canada's Amazing Race the 2nd place winners Nick and Matt The Flatliners, Kobe Durst, KC Spinelli, The Dirty Vets, EZE, The Goat Brigade, Joey Valentyne, Jim Nye, Danny Orlando, Aiden Rayne, Rob Rage and the night train Justin San. Tickets: Adults $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children under 12 $10 in advance and $15 at the door
  • The United Wrestling Coalition returns to Kelly’s Bar/Banquet Hall, 14 Railroad Avenue, Wrightstown, New Jersey on Saturday night, November 21, 2015 with a full card of action-packed matches! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. bell time. Tickets are just $10.
  • NWA Smoky Mountain’s Black Friday Brawl takes place Friday, November 27, from Evolution Sports Gym in Elizabethton, TN.