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Daily Update: Survivor Series matches, SD four-man booth, Evans off of UFC 205


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Figure Four Weekly 10/31/2016: California wrestling regulation in 1977  - In reaching out to various athletic commissions to get whatever old pro wrestling-related records I can find, I may have hit a relative jackpot with the California State Athletic Commission. Record retention at the different commissions varies wildly, and while the CSAC doesn't retain event-specific records from the pre-computer era, they do have the minutes of their monthly meetings going back to here to continue.

F4W YouTube Page: Tons of clips and full free audio shows that you can tell your friends about, and much more to come! Make sure you subscribe today!

The Death of WCWby Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds is now available as an audiobook through and Audible. Alvarez did the narration for the book which runs almost fifteen hours, so grab yours today!

Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Nov 7, 2016Judge rules in favor of TNA, Hogan settles with Gawker - In what will likely be the biggest business issue of the year, this issue has extensive looks at the business behind TNA, WWE and UFC as part of a double issue of the Observer up on the site today.

The lead story looks at the presentations and evidence in Billy Corgan's failed attempt to get an injunction against TNA and into power. The decision behind Anthem Sports' funding the company, who will be in charge, the financial questions involving Corgan and what type of money is being fought over, Corgan's reaction, the value of TNA's television deals, the true background of TNA losing its TV deal in the U.K. with Challenge with ratings notes, as well as notes on meetings with another station and a laughable press release, examined in this issue.

This issue also looks at the reasons behind the Gawker settlement with Hulk Hogan.

Inside, there is a full WWE business rundown with all the figures from the last quarter, why the stock price went down so much after the numbers came in and why it was delayed, an in-depth look at the WWE network, the percentage of subscribers who let their subscriptions expire or canceled in the last three months, how the network did last year vs. this year in adding and losing subscribers, and what it says about SummerSlam and other PPVs, the value of doing two PPVs per month, company projections on numbers short-term and long-term, the value of the PPVs this year vs. last year to the network, and if WWE is for sale.

Plus, check out the breakdown of where WWE's money comes in, as well as profits by division and details behind what is up and what is down for the quarter. 

UFC business, including the amount FOX is paying UFC from last year, this year and next year, how the TV money compares with that of WWE, PPV revenue for last year and projections for this year, updated numbers on the drawing power of McGregor and Rousey, why the front office was cut so harshly, and where UFC's money comes from, all in this issue... click here to continue.

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WON BACK ISSUE: October 18, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Death of Gorilla Monsoon, Droz paralyzed, more - Bob "Gino" Marella, who under the classic ring name Gorilla Monsoon was a fixture in the pro wrestling world for four decades, passed away officially at about 6:15 a.m. on 10/6 at his home in Mooresville, NJ at the age of 62... click here to continue.

Tuesday News Update



Robert "Bob" Backlund is not actually running for President today, but feel free to write him in...


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Or just vote normally...

  • Shane McMahon tweeted that Edge will appear on next week’s 900th edition of SmackDown and will host a segment of his “Cutting Edge” show.
  • We have full spoilers from today's SmackDown taping in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Seth Rollins was announced as the final member of Raw’s men’s division Survivor Series team on last night’s show. Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox were also announced as the final members of the women’s division team. The tag division team will be The New Day, Cesaro & Sheamus, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows and The Shining Stars.
  • Sami Zayn defeated Rusev on Raw last night to earn the right to answer Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental title open challenge at Survivor Series.
  • NXT participated in the mannequin challenge.
  • Tom Phillips has joined the SmackDown announce team, giving the show a four-man booth. He'll remain on the NXT announce team as well.


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Or maybe he's just really lost his mind...


  • Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy is off of UFC 205 because of an issue with Evans' medicals.
  • The UFC released the first episode of Embedded for UFC 205.
  • Cowboy Cerrone still wants a fight against Robbie Lawler.
  • Embattled former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy is reportedly training at American Top Team.
  • UFC 205 Press Conference: UFC President Dana White will host the final pre-UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, November 10th at 3pm. Don't miss the drama as main eventers Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor face off in front of the media and their loyal fans. This event is open to the public and tickets will be available at the MSG Box Office beginning at 12pm that afternoon.
  • On Wednesday, November 9th, UFC 205 fight week kicks into high gear as champions and challengers engage in their final preparations for the biggest night in UFC history. Alvarez, McGregor, Woodley, Thompson, Jedrzejczyk, and Kowalkiewicz will all be on hand, working out for fight fans on the MSG arena floor. This event is open to the public and tickets will be available at the MSG Box Office beginning at 9am that morning.

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10am: Eddie Alvarez - UFC lightweight champion
  • 10:20am: Joanna Jedrzejczyk - UFC women's strawweight champion
  • 10:40am: Tyron Woodley - UFC welterweight champion
  • 11am: Karolina Kowalkiewicz - Number 2 UFC women's strawweight
  • 11:20am: Stephen Thompson - Number 2 UFC welterweight
  • 11:40am: Conor McGregor - UFC featherweight champion


  • Ric Flair tweeted that he voted for himself for president.
  • WGN Radio looks into a new book titled “The Donald: How Trump Turned Presidential Politics into Pro Wrestling”
  • PWEclipse returns to the Oshawa Legion on November 26th with another exciting card.
  • On Oct 23rd, Jake O'Reilly  shocked the Oshawa faithful when he defeated both Cody Deaner and Shane Douglas albeit with some help.
  • Cody Deaner wants to get his hands on Jake O'Reilly and wrest away the PWEclipse Heavy Weight title from him for the Eclipse Nation, Jake O'Reilly has stated that Deaner must get past his Violent Gentlemen cohorts first- if he can find anyone foolish enough to join him!
  • 2K today announced that WWE 2K17’s “Goldberg Pack” is now available to fans everywhere as downloadable content, enabling access to playable characters and arenas focused on legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg. Arriving on the heels of Goldberg’s return to WWE after more than 12 years, as well as his upcoming match against WWE 2K17 Cover Superstar Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, the WWE 2K17 “Goldberg Pack” offers content previously available to those who pre-ordered WWE 2K17 or purchased the WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Edition, including: Two playable Bill Goldberg characters (WCW and WWE); Playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas; Availability on all platforms for $4.99.
  • Mecca Pro Wrestling presents "Bittersweet" - Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7 PM - 10 PM, NAV Centre NAV, 1950 rue Montreal Road, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 6L2. Doors open 6:15 pm - Bell time 7 pm.
  • World famous PWG winter sale is now live! Any 5 DVDs for $40 or 4 Blu-rays for $55!
  • The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling welcomes the under-dog story of 2016 and now a former #1 contender for the WWE Championship, James Ellsworth. Fresh off last week's edition of Smackdown where he again worked in the main title storyline with Dean Ambrose and Champion AJ Styles, Ellsworth and his two hands talk with TMPToW to discuss this roller-coaster ride he's been on and what his future holds with the WWE. “I do hear stuff but I don't count my chickens before they hatch, but I don't know what the future holds. I hope it is bright and I'm having the time of my life and am thankful for every opportunity that World Wrestling Entertainment gives me and I am learning so much just being there and it has been such a blast and everything has been going so well that I hope to be there in the WWE as James Ellsworth until I'm about 75 years old.”

Today in Professional Wrestling History 11/8: Nick Bockwinkel wins 1st AWA World title