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Wednesday Daily Update: Gorgeous George movie, new WWE 2K16 video, UFC co-main event off, & more

Gorgeous George and his then-wife Betty (Public Domain Photo)

TV rundown for tonight:

No UFC programming on Fox Sports 1 due to the MLB Playoffs.

NXT at 8:00 p.m. ET on WWE Network has a battle royal to determine the number one contender to Finn Balor’s NXT Championship.

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

ROH at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America has ACH vs. Matt Sydal match four of their best of five series, Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs. The Boys, and Jay Lethal vs. Watanabe for the ROH Television Championship

Evolve will have two shows this weekend on via WWN Live. Sami Zayn will be appearing on both shows live, but won’t be on either iPPV.

Evolve 49 - Saturday at 7 pm EST

  • I Quit Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Ethan Page (if Gargano loses, he must leave WWN)
  • Timothy Thatcher and TJ Perkins vs. Trent Baretta and Rocky Romero
  • Drew Gulak vs. Trevor Lee (Winner gets Evolve title shot the next night)
  • Anthony Nese vs. Andrew Everett vs. Matt Cage vs. Peter Kassa
  • Tracy Williams vs. Willie Mack
  • Matt Riddle vs. Jonathan Gresham

Evolve 50- Sunday at 8 pm EST

  • Evolve Championship: Timothy Thatcher vs. Winner between Drew Gulak and Trevor Lee
  • Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero vs. Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley
  • Willie Mack vs. Gulak/Lee loser
  • TJ Perkins vs. Tracy Williams
  • Matt Riddle vs. Chris Dickinson
  • Andrew Everett vs. Peter Kassa
  • Ethan Page vs. Matt Cage


Figure Four Weekly:

The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to the site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring details on all facets of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker, including a better understanding of Gawker's defense, what else the judge has sealed to protect Hogan, and more. On top of that, we have all the usual stuff like Vinny's reviews and international news.


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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Wednesday Daily Update

  • Variety reported late last night that WWE Studios has signed Josh Gad and writing partner Ryan Dixon to do the screenplay for a Gorgeous George biopic. They had optioned John Capouya’s excellent George biography right after his Hall of Fame induction in 2010, but it morphed into a documentary before being shelved.
  • With opponent Stipe Miocic injured, Ben Rothwell has officially been pulled from next week’s UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Duffy card in Dublin. Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi has been bumped up to the semi-main event slot.
  • 2K Sports sent out the official trailer for the WWE 2K16 creation suite. The game comes out on October 27th and is available for pre-order now.
  • Hulk Hogan appeared on BBC Radio 5’s Sarah and Dan’s Extra Edition to push his latest UK speaking gig. Most of the interview ended up dealing with his racist comments, and this time he didn’t blame a childhood where the N-word was a term of endearment.
  • WrestlingDVDNetwork posted a vague report that the upcoming Owen: Hart of Gold DVD and Blu-Ray sets may be changed in some form. The project was done entirely without approval or involvement from Owen’s widow Martha, who sued WWE in the past to try to stop them from ever using his image again. Those counts were all thrown out (she settled with WWE on the issue of unpaid royalties), but she’s made it clear that her position is that this is something she doesn’t want WWE doing.
  • GFW Las Vegas TV taping lineup for 10/23: NEX*GEN Championship Finals: PJ Black vs. Virgil Flynn vs. Jigsaw vs. TJP, NEX*GEN Contenders match: Sonjay Dutt vs. Seiya Sanada, Bestia 666 vs. Cielo Escorpian, Women’s Championship Final: Christina Von Eerie vs. Amber Gallows, Tag Team Championship semifinal: Reno Scum vs. Teaze N Sleaze, Tag Team Championship semifinal: Bollywood Boyz vs. Whirlwind Gentlemen, Global Championship contenders match: Brian Myers vs. Kongo Kong (w/ Henry Maxwell) vs. Kevin Kross, plus new GFW Global Champion will be crowned. Also appearing: Jeff Jarrett, Karen Jarrett, Nick Aldis, Bobby Roode, Chael Sonnen, Chris Mordetzky and The Masked Saint.
  • World Series of Fighting announced WSOF 26 for Friday, December 18th in Las Vegas featuring 145-pound champion Lance Palmer against the winner of Alexandre Almeida vs. Saul Almeida at WSOF 24, and Tyrone Spong vs. the dreaded TBD. However, the image WSOF had in their email featured Jake Heun as Spong’s opponent, so there’s some quality control issues going on there.
  • Just this week, Spong had, for at least the second time in recent months, offered to take a UFC fight as a late replacement (vs. Ben Rothwell) in spite of being under contract to WSOF.
  • Speaking of Rothwell, the UFC will not book a replacement against him for the impending UFC Ireland Fight Pass show. Assume that Rothwell vs. the injured Stipe Miocic will be rescheduled as the next fight for both men.
  • The post-Royal Rumble RAW will be at Miami’s American Airlines Arena for the first time in two years on January 25th. Presale started Wednesday with the password GOHEAT
  • The code for the presale for tickets to the December 21st Raw at the Target Center in Minneapolis is RAWMINNY.
  • Tickets for WWE’s December 27th house show in Chicago (WWE always does major market house shows Christmas week) have a pre-sale starting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. local time (public on-sale Saturday) with the password WWECHI
  • Here’s a video of Trina Michaels cutting a long promo on the AWS promotion.
  • Robbie E is still desperately trying to get headlines for TNA in calling out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Here’s Robbie’s appearance on the Chad Dukes Show this week.
  • Here’s a local feature on SiriusXM Busted Open’s co-host Dave LaGreca.
  • With no UFC or Bellator this coming weekend, here are some of the top regional shows upcoming and how you can view them:

Legacy FC 47 on AXS TV on Friday at 10 p.m. eastern has former UFC fighter Clay Harvison in the main event against TUF 15 competitor Jordan Rinaldi in the main event. Nothing much else of note on that undercard

Rumble on the Ridge 33 is available online for $9.95 on Friday night at 8 pm Pacific, 11 eastern, and features six fights, with the most notable fighter being former Bellator Heavyweight and regional veteran Tony Lopez in the main event against Jared Torgeson

Battlefield Fight League 39 airs on Saturday at 8 pm eastern on The Fight Network. No notables names on this card and the main event features Welterweights Dejan Kajic against Curtis Harriott

The biggest show of the weekend is WSOF 24 featuring former UFC Fighters Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami in the main event. The show airs on NBC Sports Network at 9 pm eastern on Saturday. The Fitch-Okami winner will face Jake Shields for the group’s welterweight title early next year. The title is currently vacant after WSOF stripped former champion Rousimar Palhares of the belt last month. Other notable fights on the card: Blagoi Ivanov vs Derrick Mehman for the WSOF Heavyweight title, Vinny Magalhaes vs UFC vet Matt Hamill and Nick Newell vs Tommy Marcellino. Newell is the fighter who was born with one arm that fought Justin Gaethje for the WSOF lightweight title last July.

The prelims of the WSOF show are available online for free starting at about 7 pm eastern. The biggest names on that portion of the show are former UFC fighters Pat Walsh and Colton Smith as well as former Featherweight title challenger Rick Glenn.