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THURS UPDATE: Former wrestling promoter arrested, Total Divas & TUF numbers, GFW, Kurt Angle, NXT


By Dave Meltzer

We're looking for reports on tonight's NXT tapings in Orlando at Dave Meltzer

Smackdown tonight from Wilkes-Barre:

Paige vs. Sasha Banks

Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose & Jimmy Uso vs. Big E & Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods

Sin Cara & Kalisto vs. The Ascension

Seth Rollins vs. Ryback non-title lumberjack match

New Japan runs at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow  Eastern time from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo live on New Japan World

Yohei Komatsu vs. David Finlay

Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger vs. Jay White & Sho Tanaka

Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada & Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo & Rocky Romero & Baretta

Kazuchika Okada & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Tama Tonga & Cody Hall

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Kushida vs. Bad Luck Fale & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Kenny Omega

Togi Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kota Ibushi & Tetsuya Naito

Hirooki Goto & Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii       

The last two matches are kind of unique and could be something.

There is an Invicta show tomorrow on Fight Pass from Kansas City.

A look at next weekend, which is one of the biggest weekends of the year with Bellator and CMLL having their biggest shows, plus a WWE PPV show and an ROH PPV, is one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have a look at the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, tons more on the Jimmy Snuka case, An update on TNA and the future of Kurt Angle, a letter UFC sent to all its fighters about unionization, plus full coverage of UFC 191 and Battle of Los Angeles, and thoughts behind Raw & Smackdown doing record low numbers.

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We look at next week's big shows, including a preview of  CMLL's main event, why L.A. Park is already gone from the promotion, and a preview of  both Raw and Night of Champions.

We've got more on the Jimmy Snuka case, with a background of WWE in 1983, Vince McMahon purchasing the company from his father, what was and wasn't known in wrestling at the time, the first Snuka arrest, the decision made on Hulk Hogan being the face of the company's expansion, the role Snuka's autobiography played in his indictment, the corner saying why he felt there was no indictment and his quotes on the subject, new evidence, Buddy Rogers before his death talks about the subject, another coroner weighs in, a lawyer who investigated the case in 1983 weighs in, how Snuka handled his finances fro that point on, Snuka's run in New Japan, the famous Brody & Snuka walking out on the tag tournament finals, what Vince McMahon was doing to protect Snuka, key Allentown officials talk cover-up rumors, WWE talks those rumors and more.

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We also look at the affect that Dr. Wagner Jr. and L.A. Park have on business in Mexico, what dream of L.A. Park fell through, Rey Mysterio in AAA and notes on several big shows plus names they are talking about bringing in.

We also update the Dragon Gate tag team tournament and the NOAH Jr. tag team tournament.  We also look at New Japan's next international tour, why Tenryu vs. Okada is taking place in November, what foreign stars are being discussed for New Japan, and Hiroshi Tanahashi doing the DDT show and the future of Yohei Komatsu and Sho Tanaka.

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We look at next week's ROH matches.

We look at a TNA wedding, lineups for the upcoming TNA shows, U.K. TNA ratings and updating Impact.

We also have Conor McGregor talking his future, McGregor vs. Faber and why it didn't happen, key UFC announcements over the pat week including new shows, new main events and new title matches, the retirement of Sam Stout, Rousey doing "Road House," next UFC TV events, update on Charles Oliveira, UFC's most popular markets, how much Rousey and McGregor are carrying things right now and former UFC star buys $2.75 million mansion from a rock star.

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We also update Fedor Emelianenko and his situation, as well as a former WWE star debuts this week as an MMA announcer and top pro wrestling stars attending.  We also look at the results of the latest medical study on injuries suffered in boxing vs. MMA and where each is more and less dangerous than the other.  

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  • Total Divas on Tuesday night drew 1,143,000 viewers, which was well up from the prior week.
  • The Ultimate Fighter last night did 622,000 viewers on FS 1.  That's for the show with Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber as coaches.  The first show of last season did 490,000 viewers.
  • Daniel Bryan talks his attempt to get back in the ring, Total Divas, his dream for the 2016 WrestleMania and more
  • I'm not sure that this means anything, but on Tuesday there were 94,700 tweets regarding Kana signing with WWE.
  • Catherine Jo Perry (Lana) had surgery on her left wrist today.
  • The rainstorm in Japan that has been all over the news killed attendance at shows today in Japan.  The New Japan show was in the city where the river overflowed and there was blooding.  There were only 480 fans at the show and some left early, as there were homes lost and damaged in the city.
  • Former Australian pro wrestling promoter Andrew McManus, 54, was arrested today at Melbourne Airport, among five people arrested in connection with allegations of cocaine importing and money laundering.  The FBI in the U.S. worked with New Zealand authorities on the case when Sean Carolan, an MMA fighter and racehorse trainer was discovered in 2011 with a black suitcase with $702,000 in cash in it.  He claimed the money came from Owen Hanson Jr., who was going to invest it in his weight loss business.  The authorities confiscated the money, but Carolan went to court to have it returned.  But in court, McManus claimed the money was his after an interview with police in 2012.  He said the money was from the Lenny Kravitz tour he had promoted in New Zealand, but he was using it to replay Hanson Jr., who had put up a deposit for a ZZ Top tour McManus promoted.  .
  • The movie "12 Rounds 3:  Lockdown" with Dean Ambrose will have a limited theatrical release starting tomorrow. 
  • UFC 194 tickets for 12/12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena went quickly to Fight Club members yesterday.  Some seats were held back for today's pre-sale using the code word GOBIG and some tickets will be put on sale Monday.  That's the Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo and Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold show that is expected to do another near record gate.  
  • Tickets for UFC's debut in Monterrey, Mexico go on sale to the public tomorrow.  A press conference was held toady in Monterrey with headliners Kelvin Gastelum, Ricardo Lamas, Diego Sanchez, Erik Perez, Leandro Silva, Efrain Escudero, Hector Urbina and Henry Cejudo.
  • A few days ago, when we mentioned it would be good for all talent with WWE dreams to get rid of any photos in social media that have a sexual connotation or any tweets that contain anything that could be taken racially, it was regarding Nhooph Al-Areebi (Jasmin) since some tweets of hers were discovered by those in the company a few days ago.  The company issued a statement saying, "WWE conducted a thorough investigation and has determined that Nhooph-Al Areebie's Twitter account was used without her knowledge when she was 16 and 17 years old.  Jasmin remains apologetic for any offensive remarks that were made."
  • The World Series of fighting announced three names to its Board of Directors, Mark Ford, the Executive Vice President of Global Advertising for Time Inc., Mike Stevens, the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the New York Giants and John Weiser, the President of U.S. Distribution for Sony Pictures Television.  The promotion also announced the signing of Caros Fodor and Cory Devela, both former Strikeforce fighters.
  • Global Force Wrestling announced for its 10/23 tapings in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena, the last tapings on the current schedule, that PJ Black, Jigsaw, Christina Von Eerie, Amber Gallows, Chris Mordetzky, Bobby Roode, Reno Scum and the Bollywood Boyz will be appearing.
  • Kurt Angle will be doing a speaking tour of the U.K.  Dates are: 11/18 in London 11/19 in Cardiff 11/20 in Leicester 11/21 in Rotherham 11/22 in Edinburgh 11/23 in Manchester
  • NXT has announced more title matches for next week in Texas
  • 9/17 in Houston Bayley vs. Emma for women's title
  • 9/18 in Austin Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin for NXT title
  • 9/19 in San Antonio Finn Balor vs. Tyler Breeze for NXT title
  • Premier Wrestling on 9/19 in San Jose at Del Mar High School at 6 p.m..  Tickets are $5 off regular prices at  JR Kratos (8-2) vs. Jeff Cobb (6-2-1) headlines plus Nicole Savoy (2-1) & Kahmora (0-1) vs. Raze (0-1) & Kikyo Nakamura (0-0), Timothy Thatcher (3-2-1) vs. Joe Graves (2-0-1), Gabriel Gallo (3-0) vs. Dom Vitalli (1-2), Alexander Hammerstone (0-0) vs. Dylan Drake (4-4), Marcus Lewis (4-4) vs. Julio Pedroza (3-3), Tyler Bateman (0-2) vs. Dalton Frost (0-0) and Nick Ruiz (3-4) vs. Hawaiian Lion (0-0).
  • There is a 35th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic wrestling team that was not allowed to compete due to the boycott at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas.  The 18 surviving members of the team, including former pro wrestler Brad Rheingans and Great Wojo, will be there, a will Dan Gable, Lee Kemp and Randy Couture (who will represent the late Jeff Blatnick).
  • Tanner Saraceno from Tough Enough will be fighting in the main event of an MMA show in Kuwait tomorrow night. 
  • Lennie Hardt, the famous Pride ring announcer, will be doing the Bellator show in San Jose on 9/19. 
  • Austin Matelson, who was in WWE developmental as Judas Devlin, is in the commercial for the new season of Big Brother. (thanks to Ross Blair)
  • CWE on 9/25 in Steinbach, Manitoba at the Legion Community Hall has eight woman Battle Royal.
  • Pure Wrestling Association on 9/19 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club and 9/13 in Kitchener, at the Williamsburg Town Centre Community Festival outdoors between 1 and 4 p.m.
  • Absolute Intense Wrestling tomorrow night in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School headlined by Bob Holly.  Also on the show are Louis Lyndon, Johnny Gargano, Candice LaRae, Colt Cabana, Athena, Cliff Compton and Eddie Kingston.
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Ricochet vs. P.J. Black in a three-way headlines a TV taping for Destiny World Wrestling on 10/3 at the Don Kolov Arena in Mississauaga, ONT.  There will only be 500 tickets available and they are expecting to sellout, as the ringside and VIP tickets are already gone. 
  • Smash Canada vs. USA womens' wrestling on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Franklin Horner Community Centre with Nicole Matthews, Portia Perez, Jewells Malone, KC Spinelli, Jennifer Blake, Vanessa Kraven and Xandra Bale of Team Canada against Kimber Lee, Cherry bomb, Sassy Stephanie, Jessicka Havok, Veda Scott, Candice LaRae, Heidi Lovelace and Allysin Kay of Team USA.
  • Great North Wrestling has a benefit show for the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Hawkesbury Ford in Hawkesbury, ONT with Frenchy Martin managing Hannibal against Myzery Barbarian.
  • Eddie Edwards headlines for New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Everett Rec Center in Everett, MA.  Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Mike McCarthy vs. Brad Hollister for the NECW title is one of the main events.
  • Jim Ross is doing a talk show tonight in Knoxville.
  • House of Hardcore runs 11/13 in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena and 11/14 in Queens at the Elmcor Center with Ethan Carter III, Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke as the FBI, Rhino, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Chris Hero, Austin Aries and Thea Trinidad.
  • Vince Russo is doing a Q&A on 9/28 in Dublin, Ireland at the Academy Plaza.
  • Tier One Wrestling on 10/2 at the R Studios in Queens, NY.
  • Carolina Wrestling Showcase on Saturday night in Asheboro, NC with Gunner and C.W Anderson.
  • Longtime Canadian independent wrestler Robby Royce announced he was retiring after 25 years.    
  • ECW Press has a 50% off sale on all of their books, which includes the new Bill Apter autobiography.
  • The new match uploaded to today is Wahoo McDaniel vs. The Spoiler in a two out of three falls match.
  • PBC returns to NBC with a 4 p.m. show on Saturday headlined by Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 knockouts) vs. Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 knockouts) from the Foxwood Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
  • A new comic book called Ringside #1 will be released on 11/25, written by Joe Keatinge.
  • The South Jersey WrestleFest and Convention takes place on 10/11 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center.  The convention starts at 3 p.m.  and features reps from  a number of independent promotions with New Jack, Sandman, Justin Credible and Raven. 
  • A BBC piece on Lucha Libre
  • Former pro wrestler Matt Ghaffari talks Alexander Kaerlin and Hulk Hogan among others
  • Jessie Godderz on Big Brother at the 7:40 mark
  • POP-TV also announced that Jessie will be "taking over" their network this Friday Night for their "Orwell Games" promotion at 12/11c.