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FRI UPDATE: TNA Cancels tour, James Storm, UFC on FOX


This week's polls are for Wednesday's NXT show and Monday's New Japan King of Pro Wrestling show.  We're looking for your thoughts on both shows with a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to Dave Meltzer

We're looking for reports on all three WWE shows in Saudi Arabia.  There was a show last night, another one tonight and the final show tomorrow.

New Japan World Pro Wrestling Returns at 9 p.m. Eastern on AXS TV

Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Alex Shelley & Kushida vs. Young Bucks vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov for IWGP jr. tag titles

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP jr. title

This is the first of five straight weeks of matches from Wrestle Kingdom 9 at the  Tokyo Dome

CMLL has the B block of the Universal Champion of Champions tournament tonight, starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on

It's a one-night tournament with Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr., Mephisto, Negro Casas, Maximo, Valiente and Ephesto.  The winner meets Ultimo Guerrero (last week's winner) for the championship next week.  The show will be airing on Claro Sports but it may be geo blocked for the United States.  I've seen all kinds of Twitter stuff listing it but last week's show wasn't available.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on AXS TV

Shai Lindsey (133.6) vs. Zach Riley (135.4)

Vardan Sholinian (174.2) vs. Bojan Velickovic (174.4)

Justin Linn (134) vs. Matt Lopez (138.8)

Mike Jasper (183) vs. Gabriel Checco (184.6)

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (115) vs. Zoila Frausto (116.6) for the first women's strawweight title.  Because Frausto failed to make weight, Jones-Lybarger will win the title with a victory, but Frausto can not win the title if she wins. 

Gilbert Smith (170) vs. Bristol Marunde (169.8) for welterweight title

Spike has Glory Kickboxing tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern

WWE has only the show in Saudi Arabia tonight.

Saturday we're looking for reports on WWE in St. Louis (Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, New Day, Team BAD, Rusev, Ryback, Kevin Owens and Dudleys) and NXT in Winter Haven, FL.

Sunday has WWE in Bloomington, IL (Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, New Day, Team BAD, Rusev, Ryback, Kevin Owens and Dudleys).

New Japan King of Pro Wrestling at 3 a.m. Eastern and Midnight Pacific late Sunday night on New Japan World - Kevin Kelly & Matt Striker will be doing the announcing in English for the first time on the service

Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida & Mascara Dorada vs. Juice Robinson & Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka & David Finlay & Jay White

Tomoaki Honma vs. Yoshi-Hashi

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Kota Ibushi & Captain New Japan

Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta for the IWGP jr. tag titles

Kenny Omega vs. Matt Sydal for IWGP jr. title

Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale

Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii for Never Open Weight title

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito for the Tokyo Dome title shot

Kazuchika Okada vs. A.J. Styles for IWGP heavyweight title

Since most of the top matches at the Tokyo Dome will be announced on Tuesday, the winners of the last two matches are almost certain to be the main event, and this show will probably set up the other key matches with different angles.

Raw will be live from Chicago, generally one of the hottest WWE crowds anywhere, on Monday night.  So we'll see if Chicago can stay up through a three hour show.  No  Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman advertised.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped in Cincinnati on Tuesday.  No John Cena on the show, so Roman Reigns and Randy Orton are the advertised headliners.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

An update on the status of Daniel Bryan is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now and also can be subscribed to for home delivery.  We update his situation and how the decision on his future will be made shortly.  We also look at Daniel Cormier and the light heavyweight division and what the business notes say, the WWE's Madison Square Garden event with Brock Lesnar, TNA's Bound for Glory and world title tournament, Conor McGregor predicts the future once again, a pro wrestler is in the Japanese cabinet as well as our monthly look at the WWE and TNA's business indicators. 

We look at what Daniel Bryan said this past week regarding his future and how the decision will be made for him soon, and what he'd like to do if he wasn't working for WWE.

We look at Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson and the shadow over the light heavyweight division, the news coming out of UFC 192, and full coverage of the event with business notes, early PPV indicators and poll results.

We look at the WWE Network special from Madison Square Garden, Brock Lesnar's return, how the show was promoted, Chris Jericho's 25th anniversary as a pro wrestler and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.


The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 12, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Daniel Bryan's pro wrestling future, UFC 192, WWE at MSG

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  • TNA wrestlers were just informed today that the late October house show tour has been canceled.  Those were shows on 10/29 in Thiobodaux, 10/30 in New Orleans, 10/31 in Baton Rouge and 11/1 in Biloxi, MS.  The New Orleans show was billed as "The Battle of New Orleans" and was to be a PPV taping.  
  • James Storm has not signed with WWE and TNA has tried to make him an offer to return, reportedly with a big pay increase
  • Announcer/wrestler Devin Taylor and Cal Bishop were cut by WWE this week
  • Regarding the women from Shine at the NXT show last night, they were not signed by WWE but WWE had them on the radar and since they were in the area brought them in as extras. 
  • The fourth annual Grapple at the Garden show will be on 11/29 in Madison Square Garden.  22 colleges including Cornell (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 9), Illinois (No. 12) and Northwestern (No. 15) will compete.  In the past they've also had singles matches involving MMA stars who want to compete at MSG.  This will be the prelude of the first time ever that the NCAA tournament comes to MSG from 3/17 to 3/19.
  • Congratulations to Nick Massie (Nick Jackson) of the Young Bucks and his wife on the birth of his daughter early this morning.  
  • A preview of the Sting:  Into the Light DVD, that is being released this week, will air on the WWE Network after Raw this week.
  • There will also be a new Table for 3 show on Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Sting, DDP and Vader, followed by a WWE Rivalries show on the Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat feud. 
  • For a clarification, Matt Riddle did an interview saying that WWE sent him to Evolve, which isn't exactly the case but not untrue either.  WWE did recommend to Evolve to use him as noted in Observer stories in the past, but sent is too strong in the sense Evolve made the decision to use him on their own because they think he has potential.  While the nice comments HHH made about Gabe Sapolsky clearly indicate they are on really good terms and WWE is probably looking at some form of a deal, right now the deal would still be in the talking stages.
  • The 12/19 UFC on FOX main card will be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone, Alistair Overeem vs. Junior Dos Santos, Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson and Randa Markos vs. Karllina Kowalkiewicz.  Jay Reddick has the story
  • Ronda Rousey on why she doesn't cut weight before appearances and commercials
  • Hulk Hogan is hosting a pool party at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday night at 10 p.m.  Cost is $20.
  • CWE has a 50 man Rumble to Remember on 12/4 in Winnipeg at the Holy Cross Gym.
  • Fight Night on 10/16 at Center Stage in Atlanta headlined by Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi which will air live on AXS that night at 9 p.m.
  • Russia's Vitaly Bigdash beat Igor Svirid at :36 of round via strikes to win the One middleweight championship Championship at the show earlier toady in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Moose and Seiya Sanada appear on 10/10 for Superkick'd Pro Wrestling in Toronto at The Great Hall.
  • A new match released today at is Magnum T.A. & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Midnight Express where the losing team gets five lashes with a belt.
  • The ECWA women's Super 8 tournament on 10/17 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center has added Deonna Purrazzo, Terra Calaway, Xandra Bale and Kennadi Brink (formerly Jessie Kaye) to the field.  


1968 - George & Sandy Scott beat The Assassins in Brisbane to win the IWA tag titles

1988 - Charles Lucero beat Yoshihiro Asai (Ultimo Dragon) in Monterrey to win the UWA welterweight title

1992 - Tomoko Watanabe beat Sakie Hasegawa in Tokyo to win the Japanese women's title

1993 - Sangre Chicana beat Fishman in Naucalpan to win the UWA light heavyweight title

1994 - Takako Inoue & Kyoko Inoue beat Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada in Kawasaki to win the WWWA tag titles

2006 - Team 3-D won a three-way over Erica & Margaret (Aja Kong & Awesome) and Sodom & Gamorrah to win the Hustle tag team title

2011 - Abyss & Chessman beat Extreme Tiger & Jack Evans in Monterrey to win the AAA tag team tiles and Electroshock won the Antonio Pena Cup

2014 - Cima & Don Fujii & Gamma beat Naruki Doi & Cyber Kong & Kzy in Tokyo to win the Open the Triangle Gate titles