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WWE Florence live results: Styles and Nakamura tease a WM match
NXT Riverside, CA, live results: Ronda Rousey attends the show
WWE sets up Jinder Mahal vs. Triple H for house show in India
UFC Fight Night 120 live results: Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis
WOR: UFC Fight Night, Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor, Sami and Kevin Owens update, more! 11/12
WOR: Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer interview WALTER 11/10
WOL: Filthy Tom in studio, Seth Petruzelli, Lucha Underground, news and more! 11/10
Wrestling Weekly: Les recaps his week at the WWE Performance Center 11/10
We’re looking for reports from the Smackdown house show in Florence Italy and ROH in Lakeland, FL (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta & Chuckie T, Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal, Adam Page vs. Flip Gordon, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Shaheem Ali & LSG, Beer City Bruiser vs. Marty Scurll, Mandy Leon vs. Stella Grey).
Raw is tomorrow from Atlanta. Roman Reigns returns on the show and there will be a three-way with Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Dana Brooke for the final spot on Team Raw for the Survivor Series.
Smackdown and 205 Live will take place Tuesday from Charlotte. Matches announced are New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara and Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair for the women’s title.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 11/6/2017: Examining Jericho and Omega’s Tokyo Dome matchup
In a match that seemed impossible not all that long ago and was still pretty shocking when the announcement was made, Chris Jericho will face Kenny Omega for New Japan Pro Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th. That was confirmed in a video at NJPW’s Power Struggle event last weekend after Omega had defeated Trent Barreta to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: November 13, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Chris Jericho makes surprise return to NJPW, GSP returns, more
The story of how the Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho match came to be, including what is and isn’t true regarding Jericho’s contract with WWE, is one of the lead stories of a loaded up double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This issue also has coverage of UFC 217, NJPW Power Struggle and Impact Bound for Glory, an update on Survivor Series, a look at the career of Manami Toyota, and the last two months of business breakdowns for WWE, ROH and Impact.
The lead story details the announcement of Jericho vs. Omega, the video, the twitter feud, where the idea of the match came from and the steps that had to be taken to get it approved. Look at Jericho’s last WWE contract, what the nature of the NJPW deal really is, Omega’s NJPW contract and when it expires and his thoughts on 2018, and why NJPW made the match.
Check out the business of New Japan World, the lineup for the Tokyo Dome and why the matches are taking place, the goals for the Tokyo Dome, the NJPW return to the U.S. and pitfalls of the date and place, as well as a look the upcoming NJPW tag team tournament and full schedule.
Look at the return of GSP, the MSG UFC show, the three title changes, the PPV numbers, the live numbers, TV numbers, and other business notes. Plus, look at the future for the three weight classes impacted by the title changes and the reality of the GSP performance, full coverage of the show with poll results.
Read the update on Survivor Series, the Owens-Zayn incident that resulted in them being sent home, the updated card, ticket sales, and this week’s WWE title change backstory.
This issue has an update on the concussion lawsuit including new claims by attorney Konstantine Kyros about wrestlers who have suffered from CTE and living wrestlers having problems with dementia, more on Ric Flair’s 30 for 30, lots of news on the departure of Austin Aries from WWE, the common theme of those being let go, WWE star gets a new TV non-wrestling show and why this War Games is really nothing like the original.
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WON BACK ISSUE: Nov. 17, 1997 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The Montreal Screwjob, pt. 1 and Nov. 24, 1997 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The Montreal Screwjob, pt. 2
It will go down in history as the single most famous finish of a pro wrestling match in the modern era. Twenty or 30 years from now this story, more than any famous wrestler jumping promotions, more than any prominent death, and more than any record setting house, will be remembered vividly by all who watched it live, and remembered as legendary from all who hear about it later. Through the magic of videotape, the last minute of this match will live forever, and be replayed literally millions of times by tens of thousands of people all looking for the most minute pieces of detail to this strange puzzle.
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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE
A correction from our audio show last night regarding the Conor McGregor situation. There is no commission in the U.K. or Ireland, but Bellator used the Mohegan Tribe commission out of Connecticut as the regulators for the event, so it was regulated. They would have the power to suspend McGregor except he’s not licensed by their commission, so they have spoken with the UFC and commissions where is he licensed. We’ll see what transpires out of this.
The UFC officially announced last night that Jose Aldo will get a rematch with Max Holloway in the main event of the 12/2 PPV from Detroit for the featherweight title. Aldo replaces the injured Frankie Edgar.
Not anything with major buzz this weekend as the UFC show didn’t crack the Google listings and the only thing in wrestling, boxing or MMA that did was Conor McGregor at No. 19 on Friday due to his actions at the Bellator show in Dublin.
PWInsider reported that the belief is Paige will be the fifth member of Team Raw at Survivor Series and that it will play out on Monday’s show. She had been earmarked for Smackdown and that was changed.
It’s not 100 percent because Vince McMahon can always change his mind, but Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are right now still booked for Tuesday’s Smackdown show in Charlotte.
The Shield vs. New Day match for Survivor Series is official and there will be angles likely on both Monday and Tuesday building the match. The New Day came home with the Raw crew to be at TV on Monday rather than work the final show of the tour in Florence, Italy today with the Smackdown crew.
ROH results from yesterday in Fort Lauderdale: Rain b Brandi Rhodes, Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser b Shaheem Ali & LSG, Jonathan Gresham won three-way over Simon Grimm and Josh Woods, Punishment Martinez b Shane Taylor, Chucky T & Trent Baretta won three-way over Marty Scurll & Hangman Page and Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara b Hanson & Cheeseburger, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley b TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia to keep the tag titles, Matt Taven b Flip Gordon, Cody b Rocky Romero to keep the ROH title, Jay Lethal & Dalton Castle & Kenny King b Young Bucks & Kenny Omega when Castle pinned Matt. Lots of schtick, highlight being Omega vs. Castle. (thanks to John Carey)
MMA Fighting has reported that the Patricio Pitbull Freire vs. Daniel Weichel Bellator featherweight title fight scheduled for Thursday (air date Friday) in Tel Aviv, Israel is out due to a knee injury to Freire. The fight is being moved back, as Freire expects to be ready by February. Weichel won’t be fighting on the show.
World Series Wrestling on 11/24 in Melbourne, Australia has sold out the Southeastern Entertainment Center for a show with Zack Sabre Jr., Joey Ryan, Ricochet, Sean Waltman and Austin Aries as the top draws.
Combat Zone Wrestling from last night in Sewell, NJ: JT Dunn won three-way over Ace Romero and Josh Briggs, David Starr b Tim Donst, Ethan Page b Space Monkey, Jimmy Jacobs b Sami Callihan, Maxwell Jacob Feinstein b Dezmond Xavier, Nate Carter & David McCall b Alex Reynolds & John Sliver, Joe Gacy b Shane Strickland to win the CZW title, Jimmy Lloyd b Brandon Kirk in a rope barbed wire match. The next show at the Rastelli Kids Complex on 12/9 for the Cage of Death show. Rickey Shane Page vs. Joe Gacy vs. Shane Strickland for the CZW title and Jimmy Lloyd vs. Matt Tremont are announced. There will be a toys for tots collection at the show.
Jonathan Coachman said publicly he is no longer with ESPN. This actually happened a long time ago but ESPN doesn’t list people who they cut unless they confirm it themselves. He hasn’t been on ESPN since the original major cuts.
Eric Bischoff was announced last night as the new co-owner of Cleveland Knights Championship Wrestling and the Director of Wrestling Operations. He will debut at the 2/9 show in Parma, OH to address the locker room and talk about his vision for the company. Results of last night’s show in Parma, OH: J-Rocc (with UFC fighter Jessica Eye as manager) won vacant CKCW title beating Angel Fashion and Sonny Vice in a three-way, Billy Gunn b Joey Ryan, Hiram Tua & Fenomeno BJ b Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson and Team Storm in a three-way flag match, Thunder & Lightning b State Line in a cage match, Kahagas b Shawn Phoenix, Star Roger (who is the best wrestler in Puerto Rico these days) won four-way over Robbie E, DJZ and Mike Mendoza, Vanilla Vargas b Miss Hannah, Vibora b JD Smooth, Sonny Vice & OT Fernandez & Taya Valkyrie & Nazareno & Riot City’s Most Wanted b RC Dupree & Seth Allen & Pat Monix & Brandon Edwards & CPA & Ricky Mantel. (thanks to Jeff Gorman)
NWX on 11/25 in St. Catharines, ONT at the CWF Training Facility.
Innovative Wrestling on 11/11 in Kingsport TN: Nicole Pain won over Chance Rizer and Austin West, ATM b Wayne Adkins, Cross Brothers b Heatseekers, Jordan Kage b Ali Shabazz, Chase Owens b Shawn Shultz, Jeff Connelly & Wild Bill & Travis Lee b Jones Boys & Tyler Foshie, Devin Driscoll b Lenny Stratton, Ugly Ducklings b GymNastyBoys-DQ
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