Daily Update: Cena teases tying Flair's record, Slater to SmackDown, more from Gall


The Latest from the F4W Staff

Vince McMahon undergoes surgery after suffering an injury – Let this be a lesson. When you’re squatting at age 71, go ahead and do a few warm-up sets first.

WOR: Vince McMahon injury, Randy Orton update, RAW report, tons more! 9/13 – Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer bring you all the latest in the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts on this edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.

WWE Raw live results: Will Roman Reigns join the Clash of Champions main event? – Everyone is clamoring for more Roman Reigns. The new era with Triple H handing Owens a title is off to great start. Read about all the action you missed while watching football.

WWE Raw video highlights: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens – Watch RAW in 2 minute clips. This way you can make it last 8 hours instead of merely 3. 

Luke Rockhold vs. Jacare Souza II headlines UFC Fight Night 101 – There’s been an additional 101 UFC fight nights to go with the 203 PPVs. It’s going to be difficult to continue to have stellar main events with so many shows. Luckily, we got one here.

Ryback: I’m legally changing my name to Ryback Allen Reeves – At least it’s not Ryback Allen Ryback.

Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho set for WWE Clash of Champions – Doesn’t everyone just want to see Jericho fight Lesnar for real? Book that match.

NJPW Road to Destruction results: Ingobernables vs. Tanahashi, Elgin & KUSHIDA – Sometimes Japanese wrestlers use all CAPITAL LETTERS to write our their names. I’m going to steal that. From now on, you can call me, RYBACK ALLEN RYBACK.

WWE Backlash preview & predictions: Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles; Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt – See how the F4W Staff did predicting Backlash. 

#PunkWeek: Even in defeat, CM Punk is a role model – Kids, don’t abuse your bodies with foreign chemicals. Wait until you’re 37 and have someone punch you instead.

Figure Four Weekly, 9/12/2016: More on the Last Battle of Atlanta, wrestling Holy grails, and WWE’s video library – The release of the Last Battle of Atlanta on WWE Network, discussed here last week in advance of it dropping, was met with mixed reaction online. The namesake match itself, Tommy Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer in a cage (with a roof on top for the first time in wrestling history) had become legendary more due to magazine hype and the lack of available footage than anything else… Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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!  

Wrestling Observer Newsletter, September 12, 2016: CM Punk making UFC debut, PWG Battle of Los Angeles review, more – A 19-month journey will come to an end, or to a new beginning on 9/10 when Phil Brooks, better known as C.M. Punk, steps into the cage in one of the biggest matches on the UFC 203 PPV card. While many people have tried to make analogies, using names like Brock Lesnar or James Toney, there is really nothing in UFC history really comparable to this. It was a weird experiment that many had written off as a failure six months into the story… Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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WON Back Issue, August 23, 1999: WCW Road Wild review, NJPW G1 Climax results, plus tons more – Steve Austin has become the subject of a lot of talk in the past week, with his various injuries, his probable, maybe almost assured dropping of the WWF title at SummerSlam and stories regarding him becoming harder to deal with… Subscribers click here to continue reading.


Potentially concluding the storyline of his journey to the WWE main roster, Heath Slater signing his SmackDown contract on air is being advertised for SmackDown tonight.
John Cena teased challenging for AJ Styles’ WWE World Championship, and breaking Ric Flair’s World title record in the process, on Twitter.
In reply to a fan asking if he would ever fight in UFC, Randy Orton tweeted, “I like making $. Over and over. Not once every 6 months… plus I’d prob fake punch the guy and get choked out. #lol”
Ryback was interviewed by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated about his departure from WWE and life after leaving the company.
WWE uploaded video of Lana speaking without her Russian accent in the upcoming film “Interrogation,” but kept kayfabe with interviews of Lana claiming she was putting on an American accent.
AJ Styles and Becky Lynch receive the customized plates for their championships.
Highlights from Bin Wang’s WWE debut.

After Decay “kidnapped” Senor Benjamin at the end of last week’s “Delete or Decay” edition of Impact, Matt Hardy tweeted a photo saying that they found Benjamin and the footage of the rescue will air on Impact this Thursday.
In his last independent wrestling match before heading to WWE/NXT on a full-time basis, Johnny Gargano will face his wife-to-be Candice Lerae at AIW in Cleveland on Friday, September 23rd.
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Mickey Gall said that he felt a strong obligation to make an example out of CM Punk in their fight. “I felt indebted to my sport, to the veterans of my sport — everyone in my sport — to go in there and dominate every second of this fight.” Gall said.
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman appears to be set for UFC 205.

Huge wrestling fan Glenn Danzig was on Chris Jericho’s podcast recently and discussed wanting to become a professional wrestler, but always believed he was too small.
Former Stampede Wrestling wrestler and booker, head dungeon trainer and New Japan Prow Wrestling Competitor Bruce Hart did a full shoot interview with Great North Wrestling that can be seen at this link.
Second generation wrestler Carl Leduc talks about his father Paul Leduc and uncle Joe Leduc and why Joe’s WWE run in the late 80’s was short lived despite his friendship with Hulk Hogan at this link.
Original “La Resistance” members Rene Dupre and Sly Grenier do a promo for the Great North Wrestling “Star Stampede” event Nov. 5th in Hawkesbury ON at this link. They will be taking on Jeremy Prophet & Paul Rosenberg.  Grenier was temporarily knocked out in what he described as a “stinger” in a match for CWA Quebec in Montreal this past Sunday due to a sloppy suplex type move performed by the local Quebec wrestler he was in the ring with on the show.
Antonio Inoki is in the news saying that North Korea’s nuclear test is aimed at the US, not Japan.
Friend of the site Missy Hyatt was the guest on the Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast.
Dr. Omalu, the doctor who is credited with discovering CTE, is claiming that Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned.
Kevin Nash is the subject of a new Guest Booker DVD from Kayfabe Commentaries, where he takes the book in WWE after he and Scott decide NOT to make the jump.
RESULTS: September 10 Back to School 3: The Barrie Wrestling Annual Back to School show! The D Man defeated Rip Impact, Lucha Freddie Mercurio beat The Professional Jaxon Jarvis, Gabriel Fuerza beat Anthony Fiasco in their I QUIT match, Carter Mason pinned Textbook Tyson Dux, Patient 705 beat Nick Wildley, Justin Sane retained the Three Pistols title beating Jim Nye and Rage, John Greed defeated Playboy John Atlas.
EVENTS CALENDAR: Friday 9/16 – Sunday 9/18

Friday 9/16 – Ring of Honor: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.

Friday 9/16

All Star Wrestling; Squamish, BC, Totem Hall, Stawamus Rd, Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0, Canada, tickets.
AAW: 115 Bourbon Street (3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL). Tickets.
Pure Wrestling Association: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
Smash vs Progress: Uncensored; Oshawa Music Hall, Oshawa, Ontario. Must be 19+ to attend.
Pure Wrestling Association: Private Event in Ontario
SuperKickd’d Pro Wrestling at 7:30 PM – 10 PM, The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
All Pro Wrestling on 9/16 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center features Sabu vs. The Almighty Sheik, Willie Mack & B-Boy vs Reno Scrum, plus Jody Kristofferson, JR Kratos, Marcus Lewis and Dylan Drake in a four way for the Universal title.

Saturday 9/17

UFC Fight Night, Poirier vs. Johnson: Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
ROH: Reloaded Tour; Lockport (Buffalo), NY, 7:00 pm. Tickets.
NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
Pure Wrestling Association: Alpine Club, Kitchener, Ontario
Pure Wrestling Association: Courtenay, British Columbia
SMASH VS PROGRESS: Smash Wrestling welcomes our friends from Progress Wrestling. Mark Haskins and Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Classic), Zack Sabre Jr. Mark Andrews and more will be part of the Progress Wrestling team in a Smash vs. Progress Canada vs. UK show in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.

Sunday 9/18

Pure Wrestling Association: Gold River, British Columbia
Alpha-1 Wrestling presents #‎Matrats2
NWX presents School’s Back In Session at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines, ON. Holden Albright vs. Joey Paradice (c) for the NWX Heavyweight Championship. Get your tickets by calling 289-687-5610.
Daily Pro Wrestling History (09/13): John Cena wins the WWE title by making Randy Orton quit

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