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Daily Update: Seth Rollins undergoes surgery, Brock Lesnar added to house show


TV notes for tonight:

NXT on WWE Network at 8:00 p.m. ET has The Vaudevillains (c) vs. The Mechanics for the NXT Tag Team Championship in the main event.

UFC Tonight airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Impact Wrestling at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America features the continuation of the TNA World Title Series.

A rerun of last week’s edition of The Ultimate Fighter airs at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

An all-new edition of The Ultimate Fighter titled “Heart is Not Enough” airs at 10:00 p.m on Fox Sports 1.

ROH at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America features a main event of The Briscoes vs. The All Night Express.

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:

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  • Seth Rollins underwent successful surgery under Dr. Jeffrey Dugas on Tuesday to repair his torn ACL, MCL and medial meniscus.  WWE has a series of photos up on the website right now, and it appears WWE Network cameras were there documenting it for a future special.  The story is that this past Monday was the very first Raw show since he was called up from NXT in 2012 that he didn't appear on, the only person ever to hold that distinction.
  • If you haven't seen it, here is video of Seth Rollins blowing out his knee in Dublin during the Kane match.
  • Brock Lesnar was added to the January 9th house show at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
  • Undertaker is scheduled to be on Raw Monday.  Was awesome the way they promoted that at the end of this week's Raw.  Oh, wait.
  • Daniel Bryan did an interview with WrestlingInc during his publicity tour of India. Great line on him being seen as an “indie darling” yet getting over with the WWE fanbase at large: There was a lot of hesitation, as far as like, "Wait a second, how is this 5'8", 190 pound average person going to connect with these people", in what they call as "superstars"? We're called superstars, so, "How is he going to connect?" And that was the biggest question mark. They had a lot of doubts about me for a long time, but the real benchmark, for if somebody can connect with the WWE Universe, is if they connect. So it doesn't matter if you're big or small or whatever; if I go out there and the fans react, well then I've done my job.
  • This is kind of sad.  Remembering World Championship Wrestling at Walt Disney World.


  • Science Daily has a story citing a study which discovered that while MMA is more bloody than boxing, boxing presents a greater risk of serious injury.
  • Tim Kennedy really, really wants Vitor Belfort for his next fight. From the linked Facebook post: I am asking for Vitor Belfort for my next fight. Not because he is slower and fatter (even though he is) or because he can only use slightly less steroids, but because he is treated as a legend. He has been cheating his entire career. He doesn’t deserve anything but a good ass whooping and to be stricken from the books of MMA history.
  • One Championship Pride of Lions airs on the Fight Network in Canada on Friday morning and is also available on iPPV. The show features a rematch between Ben Askren and Luis Santos after their first fight ended in a no contest earlier this year. The show also features an up and coming Strawweight fighter that is someone to watch for in Angela Lee. She’s had submission wins in both of her career fights for One and is obviously someone they have big plans for as she’s already on the main card 3 fights into her pro career. A full preview of the show is available here
  • Episode 2 of the UFC Embedded series previewing UFC 193 is available here

Other Wrestling

  • Here on Veteran's Day, a good story on Jack Gacek here, the first pro-wrestler to die in World War II.
  • ROH runs this Friday, November 13th, 2015 with Survival of the Fittest 15 Night 1, TURNER HALL BALLROOM  - Milwaukee, WI, Doors open 6:30pm / Bell time - 7:30 pm CST. Tickets on Sale Now -  Matches signed include AJ Styles & The Young Bucks vs The House of Truth (Jay Lethal, Joey Daddiego & Donovan Dijak) w/ Truth Martini and The Kingdom w/ Maria vs reDRagon for the ROH World Tag Team titles.
  • On this week’s edition of Between the Sheets with Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan, they’re joined by Dr. Lucha Steve Sims to cover the week of November 3-9, 1994 including Randy Savage quitting the WWF to go to WCW, Antonio Inoki’s dream of a match in North Korea with George Foreman, a full rundown of maybe the greatest PPV ever: AAA When Worlds Collide, ECW November to Remember with Sabu breaking his neck and the Sandman blindness angle twist, & Greg Gagne demonstrating for Charlie Norris how a Native American wrestler is supposed to dance.