The latest from the F4W Staff
NXT San Jose, CA, live results: Rich Swann, Roderick Strong, Nakamura, more
NXT Sacramento, CA, live results: Roderick Strong hits the road
The Week In British Wrestling: It’s Foley out, Balor in for ICW’s big night
Are New Japan’s split shows leading to self-‘Destruction’?
Urijah Faber to retire after UFC on FOX 22 fight
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte part of a ‘triple main event’ at WWE Hell in a Cell
F4D: ACTION ORTIZ on Overweight Classic, ROH, House of Hardcore, more! 10/28
WOL: Hell in a Cell preview, Lucha update with Steve Sims, more! 10/28
Wrestling Weekly: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte, FloSlam, Booty-O’s 10/28
NEW JAPAN AT KORAKUEN HALL AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Teruaki Kanemitsu vs. Hirai Kawato
Yoshitatsu & Juice Robinson vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Bone Soldier
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Angel de Oro & Titan
Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa & Chase Owens
Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay & Gedo vs. Kenny Omega & Young Bucks
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta in the semifinals of the junior heavyweight tag team tournament
Ricochet & David Finlay vs. ACH & Taiji Ishimori in the semifinals of the junior heavyweight tag team tournament
WWE HELL IN A CELL SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. FROM THE TD GARDEN IN BOSTON
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal tile in a Hell in a Cell match
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the women’s title in a Hell in a Cell match
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the U.S. title in a Hell in a Cell match
New Day vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for the tag team titles
T.J Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick for the cruiserweight title
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Cedric Alexander & Lince Dorado & Sin Cara vs. Drew Gulak & Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari in the preshow match
Raw will be Monday night in Hartford, CT. It will be the Halloween themed show, and Bill Goldberg is scheduled to appear. Ratings usually are down significantly so if they’re not, that would be attributed to Goldberg. There is also a Smackdown brand house show on Monday night in Trenton, NJ.
Tuesday will be the Smackdown tapings in Newark, NJ.
The Raw crew opens up the European tour in Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday night.
Figure Four Weekly 10/24/2016: Deregulation of pro wrestling in Arizona – In Arizona, deregulation of professional wrestling wasn’t a pressing matter by any stretch when the topic was first broached in 1981. There was no major promotion running in the state and little to no full time work, with only one licensed promoter, who was running shows weekly in Phoenix… Current subscribers click here to continue reading.
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The Death of WCW by Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds is now available as an audiobook through Amazon.com and Audible. Bryan did the narration for the book and it runs almost fifteen hours, so grab yours today!
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Oct 31, 2016: Billy Corgan vs. TNA, Urijah Faber retiring, more – The battle for control of TNA hit the courtroom this past week and we’ve got not only the blow-by-blow, but what it all means, in a detailed lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also break that two of the world’s best wrestlers are seriously considering coming to WWE in 2017, the retirement of Urijah Faber and his legacy, the Flo Sports pro wrestling streaming service and why it could be a game changer but what it needs to become one, notes on Hell in a Cell and much more in a jam packed news issue.
Our lead story breaks down the entire TNA situation, what was said in public who was said in private, who is screwing who, why this went to the courts, what are the motives of Billy Corgan, WWE’s interest in purchasing the company and so much said publicly that ended up not being true.
We look at the career of Urijah Faber, the rise of the WEC on his back, the rise of Sacramento MMA and his becoming the first under 145 pound major star.
We’ve got a preview of Hell in a Cell as well as a story on who goes last. We also update a story on how WWE’s biggest star may be banned from appearing in several states, one of WWE’s biggest stars is right now off Survivor Series and why, Paige’s neck surgery, WWE asks fans about lots of indie groups, an overseas show that will be taped for the WWE Network, lots of notes on new people signed by WWE and their backgrounds.
We also look at a TV pilot based on backstage in WWE from 16 years ago, Ryback vs. WWE over trademarks, a Shawn Michaels movie, update on James Ellsworth, A.J. Styles vs. Shawn Michaels, the strange story of Curtis Axel in Minneapolis on Monday, Randy Orton’s turn, Shinsuke Nakamura update, WWE developmental star arrested and suspended, and more.
We look at the new Flo Sports pro wrestling streaming service, its potential as well as pitfalls hindering it from reaching its potential. We look at how this could greatly benefit the indie scene, as well as questions on whether it can work long-term.
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WON BACK ISSUE: October 4, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF Unforgiven and UFC 22 reviews, tons more – The workload stemming from increasing the television demands of the WWF started to show through on 9/26 with a disappointing Unforgiven PPV show… Subscribers click here to continue reading.
Saturday News Update
Survivor Series will be a four-hour broadcast on PPV.
Two matches in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic took place at NXT’s live event in San Jose, CA last night.
A special taping of NXT will take place at the November 22nd episode of SmackDown in Ottawa.
Brock Lesnar will appear at WWE’s live event in Mexico City on December 3rd.
James Ellsworth met Gillberg at an independent show last night.
WWE’s YouTube channel looks at the top 10 wildest powerbombs in history.
WWE has a short ad for Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series based around the WWE 2K17 video game.
This is an article about Charlotte Flair and her passion for WWE history.
UFC / MMA
Fabricio Werdum talked to MMAFighting about losing his UFC broadcasting gig because of his Reebok protest.
Michael Bisping appeared in a segment on Fox Sports Live.
Dana White (wearing Nike apparel) appeared on the pregame show for game three of the World Series to discuss UFC 205.
Duane Finley of FloCombat reports that Fedor vs. Matt Mitrione is being targeted for Bellator in early 2017.
Mark Haskins will officially defend his PROGRESS Wrestling Championship against Marty Scurll and the returning Jimmy Havoc at The Electric Ballroom in Camden this Sunday.
Former NWA, IWGP, and GHC Heavyweight Champion Lance Hoyt was the latest guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. He spoke on his time in TNA and WWE, and now dominating the tag team division in Japan, currently wrestling for Pro Wrestling Noah. He also shared a hilarious Dusty Rhodes story. Full interview here.
Former Penn State wrestler has found himself in hot water over rape charges from 1999 which were discovered when school prosecutors were looking for dirt on pedophile Jerry Sandusky.
GNW’s full career shoot interview with TNA “Gut Check” winner Alex Silva is now posted at this link. According to Silva he is going to face a sentence of up to 3 years in prison this January due to a drug related criminal situation he was involved with.
Former WWWF wrestler and Quebec Wrestling star Gilles “The Fish” Poisson talks about the in-ring shoot incident where Ray Rougeau beat up Poisson’s former tag partner Zaurinuff Labeouf so bad that he never wrestled again at this link.
Poisson talks about his 2 stints with WWE at this link. He was managed by Freddy Blassie during his first run there where he feuded with Dominic Denucci.
Former WWE and WCW star Sam Houston opens up about all his life challenges and career highlights in an over 50 minute conversation with Chris Yandek of CYInterview.com. Sam reveals that he recently lost everything in the Louisiana floods and has moved temporarily to Las Vegas to live with his half brother Jake Roberts. “I reached the point to where I could’ve either broke and thrown it all way or but I chose to keep moving forward and not let it push me down. I mean I ain’t got nothing. I got my pickup truck and I got a few things, that’s what I got and I keep moving forward.” You can listen to the almost hour conversation at this link. A GoFundMe Page has been setup to assist Sam during his challenging time. You can find it here.
This Is Smash! – Toronto, Sunday, November 13 at 5 PM – 8 PM, Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave, Toronto, Ontario M8W 2B2. Tickets Available.
Live Pro Wrestling: Help Caleb Wrestle His Battle – Friday, December 9 at 7 PM – 10 PM, Knights of Columbus, 222 Queenston Road, Hamilton, Ontario L8K 1G6 Check out the article for more information on the cause of the event.
Great North Wrestling ”Star Stampede” Saturday Nov. 5th 2016 @ 7:30 pm, Robert Hartley Arena, Hawkesbury ON (Halfway between Ottawa and Montreal). Online tickets on sale now starting at $10 in advance through Ticketweb.ca or at The Robert Hartley Arena Reception desk!
RESULTS: NSPW Total Control 2016 10/22 Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec, Travis Toxic def Kevin Dunn, Clean Up Society (Joe Kovick & Michel Plante) def The Strangebulls (Justin Turnbull & Oliver Strange), Ivan Sullivan def Matt Falco, Marko Estrada (c) def Benjamin Tull, Pee Wee def Tom LeBlond by DQ, Hank Chabot def Judas and Domino Jonathan and Nick Cage, Chris Andrews def Mike Bedrich.
RESULTS: RCW Night Of Legends IV 10/22 Calgary, Alberta: Scotley Crue def Dick Richards, Barricade def Zack Mercury, Moses Luke & The Blazin’ Dicks (Billy Blaze & Dick Blood ) def Cameron Stevenson, Eli Surge & Jeremy Joseph, Strife def Britton Baylis, Mutato def Leo London, C-Block (Slammer & Ugg) def Abyss & Jess Youngblood, Tiger Ali (c) def Scorpio Sky, RCW Canadian Heavyweight Title Tournament Final Match (vacant) Scott Justice def Joey Vendetta.
Today in Wrestling History (10/29): Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant at WCW Halloween Havoc
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