Daily Update: Ospreay wins ROH gold, NJPW, CMLL, UFC double header
The latest from the F4W Staff
And new ROH TV Champion…
Will Ospreay captures the ROH TV title in his debut
UFC Fight Night 100 DFS Playbook: Who to target & who to avoid
The Week In British Wrestling: NJPW comes to London
UFC Fight Night 99 DFS Playbook: Who to target & who to avoid
The Man In Japan: Kenny Omega’s Road To The Tokyo Dome, pt. 3
NJPW World Tag League 2016 results: Tetsuya Naito’s mystery partner revealed
TNA Impact Wrestling results: Jeff Hardy & Eddie Edwards vs. The DCC
B&V&G: Lucha Underground, NXT, Raw, Granny Wrestling Report, more! 11/18
FREE WOL! Survivor Series, Lucha Underground, NXT Takeover, WrestleMania, more! 11/17
DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show: A longform history of pro wrestling, pt. 6 11/17
WOR: Goldberg hurt, Survivor Series weekend, Lucha Underground, UFC, tons more! 11/17
F4D: Smackdown 900, Filthy Tom’s new baby, B-Sample update, OVERWEIGHT CLASSIC TURMOIL 11/16
Please send reports to firstname.lastname@example.org for the following shows:
NXT in Boston at the Agannis Arena
ROH show in Liverpool
NXT show tonight in Tampa.
For the weekend, we’ll be doing polls for both NXT Takeover and Survivor Series, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to email@example.com.
This is one of the biggest weekends of the year with Survivor Series, NXT Takeover, two UFC shows, Bellator and the ROH tour of the U.K. as the highlights.
INVICTA AT 8 P.M. TONIGHT ON FIGHT PASS FROM KANSAS CITY’S SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE
Samantha Diaz (115.9) vs. Miranda Maverick (118) – Diaz cut her hair to make weight, Maverick will be fined for missing weight
Stephanie Egger (135.7) vs. Alexa Conners (135.9)
Lynn Alvarez (115.5) vs. J.J. Aldrich (115.9)
Jessica-Rose Clark (136) vs. Pam Sorenson (140.6) – Sorenson will be fined for missing weight
Amber Brown (114.8) vs. Ashley Yoder (117) – Yoder will be fined for missing weight
Herica Tiburcio (105.9) vs. Simona Soukupova (106)
Angela Hill (114.8) vs. Kaline Medeiros (114.1) for the strawweight title
Tonya Evinger (134.7) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (134.1) for the bantamweight title
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING RETURNS AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TIME (one hour earlier than usual)
2016 New Japan Cup semifinals and finals
Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
Michael Elgin vs. Hirooki Goto
Winners meet in finals
CMLL LIVE FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME HERE
Fuego & Pegasso vs. Tiger & Virus
Drone & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa vs. Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora & Bobby Z
Angel de Oro & Dragon Lee & Volador Jr. vs. Cavernario & Felino & Negro Casas
Elimination match for Copa Leyenda Azul (Blue Demon Cup): Atlantis, Blue Panther, El Terrible, Diamante Azul, Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kraneo, Marco Corleone, La Mascara, Mascara Ano 2000, Maximo Sexy, Rey Bucanero, Hechicero and Ultimo Guerrero
We’re looking for reports Saturday from the ROH show in Leicester, England (Adam Cole vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley vs. Jay Lethal, Jay White vs. Joe Hendry, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Dalton Castle & Delirious, Dijak vs. Lio Rush.
UFC ON SATURDAY FROM BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND AT 12:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON FIGHT PASS
Abdul Razak Al-Hassan (170) vs. Charlie Ward (169)
Brett Johns (136) vs. Kwan Ho Kwak (136)
Marion Reneau (135) vs. Milena Dudieva (135)
Zak Cummings (172.8) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (171) – Cummings forfeits 20% of his purse for missing weight
Mark Godbeer (238) vs. Justin Ledet (240)
Amanda Cooper (116) vs. Anna Elmose (116)
Kevin Lee (155) vs. Magomed Mustafaev (156)
Ali Bagautinov (126) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (125)
Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs. Jack Marshman (184)
Teruto Ishihara (146) vs. Artem Lobov (144)
Timothy Johnson (264) vs. Alexander Volkov (249)
Ross Pearson (156) vs. Stevie Ray (155)
Uriah Hall (185) vs. Gegard Mousasi (184)
UFC ON SATURDAY NIGHT FROM SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Fight Pass at 6 p.m. Eastern
Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart
Pedro Munhoz vs. Justin Scoggins
FS 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Christian Colombo vs. Luis Henrique
Johnny Eduardo vs. Manny Gamburyan
Gadzhimt Antigulov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Cezar Ferreira vs. Jack Hermansson
Sergio Moraes vs. Zak Ottow
Warlley Alves vs. Kamaru Usman
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Thales Leites
Claudia Gadelha vs. Cortney Casey
Thomas Almeida vs. Albert Morales
Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
NXT TAKEOVER IN TORONTO ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON WWE NETWORK
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Samoa Joe for NXT title
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano 2/3 falls for tag titles
Asuka vs. Mickie James for women’s title
Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger
TM 61 vs. Authors of Pain in finals of Dusty Rhodes tag team classic
They will also tape matches for NXT television live starting at 7:30 p.m.
BELLATOR ON SATURDAY NIGHT FROM SAN JOSE, CA AT THE SAP CENTER AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON SPIKE TV
Keri Melendez vs. Sheila Padilla
Brandon Girtz vs. Adam Piccolotti
Linton Vassell vs. Francis Carmont
Michael Venom Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson for lightweight title
NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE IN GUNMA AT 2 A.M. EASTERN TIME LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
Teruaki Kanemitsu vs. Hirai Kawato
Katsuyori Shibata & Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Yoshitatsu & Billy Gunn & Kushida & David Finlay
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens & Bone Soldier
Manabu Nakanishi & Henare vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
Brian Breaker & Leland Race vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Ray Rowe & Hanson
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Tetsuya Naito & Rush
We’re looking for reports Sunday from the ROH show in London at York Hall (Adam Cole vs. Jay Lethal for ROH title, Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson vs. Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe vs. Nick Jackson, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Bobby Fish & ?, Jay White vs. Donovan Dijak, Lio Rush vs. Dalton Castle).
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WWE SURVIVOR SERIES SUNDAY AT 6:30 P.M. ON WWE NETWORK FROM TORONTO
Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns & Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman vs. A.J. Styles & Dean Ambrose & Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt & Shane McMahon in elimination match
New Day & Enzo Amore & Big Cass & Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson & Shining Stars & Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno & Usos & Jason Jordan & Chad Gable & Tyler Breeze & Fandango & Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder in tag team elimination match
Charlotte & Sasha Banks & Alicia Fox & Bayley & Nia Jax vs. Becky Lynch & Nikki Bella & Naomi & Carmella & Alexa Bliss in elimination match
The Miz vs. Sami Zayn for IC title
Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto for cruiserweight title, if Kalisto wins then cruiserweight move to Smackdown
Raw will be Monday night in Toronto. There will also be a Smackdown house show on Monday night in Kingston, Ontario.
NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE IN ISHIKAWA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD (will be up on Tuesday at some point)
Seiya Sanada & Evil vs. Bad Luck Fale & Bone Soldier
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yoshitatsu & Billy Gunn
Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
Katsuyori Shibata & Yuji Nagata vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi
Smackdown will be on Tuesday night from Ottawa.
NEW JAPAN WORLD TAG LEAGUE IN NAGOYA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD LIVE AT 2 A.M. LAST TUESDAY NIGHT ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Teruaki Kanemitsu vs. Hirai Kawato
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Yoshitatsu & Billy Gunn & Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay
Katsuyori Shibata & Yuji Nagata & Kushida vs. Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens & Bone Soldier
Manabu Nakanishi & Henare vs. Brian Breaker & Leland Race
Ray Rowe & Hanson vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa
Tetsuya Naito & Rush vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 11/16/2016: Buddy Rose and the California State Athletic Commission
Buddy Rose was always a troublemaker wherever he went, and northern California was no exception. Brought in as the new top heel while still headlining in the Portland territory, it wasn’t long before he started getting in trouble with the California State Athletic Commission. His first infraction was brought up at the commission’s August 13, 1978 meeting, stemming from a show a couple weeks earlier… click here to continue.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: November 21, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC 205 reviewed, Vader given 2 years to live, more
Conor McGregor and the records set on Saturday night is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We have a full report live from UFC 205, including the unique situation McGregor is in regarding his power from his box office, from the realities of the UFC sale, and his demands of getting a stake in the company. We look at the profit margin of McGregor’s three fights as well as the total revenue he generates. We look at what he means compared to a normal headliner. We look at the situation with him holding two titles, a look at the contenders in three weight classes on hold until McGregor makes his next pick for a fight. We look at the biggest live gates in combat sports history and where Saturday ranks, the retirement of Miesha Tate, and how UFC’s biggest enemy ended up leading to its most successful live gate ever. We also have early PPV buyrate trends and full match coverage.
We have a story on the life of Leon “Vader” White, the creation of Big Van Vader and how it got over, his WCW and UWFI runs, his brawl with Paul Orndorff, why he never won WWF title, and his recent serious health issues.
We look at Bill Goldberg and his first match in 12 years, and the business of WWE in Toronto this week.
Also in this issue, Paul Levesque talks Conor McGregor, new WWE signings, WWE WrestleMania weekend business comparisons, Sin Cara punishments, Hulk Hogan talks rumors of a return, Shawn Michaels at the Performance Center and the basic idea for who will do what, latest WWE injuries, a new WWE network show that was taped, Rhyno talks about his failed election, LeBron James/Undertaker story, XFL documentary, Paige update, and the McMahons/Foley/Bryan network special, Linda McMahon being considered for a major position in the Trump administration and even Dwayne Johnson talking about running for president in the future and his positives and negatives.
We have a WWE Network feature examining the different gimmicks the company is using to try to get new subscribers and maintain existing ones. We look at why they are done, the timing, the battle plan, why it could work, where they may be sacrificing money and how UFC is doing something similar.
This is just a taste of what is in the new 35,000 word weekly Wrestling Observer Newsletter for subscribers… click here to continue.
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WON BACK ISSUE: October 25, 1999: WWF No Mercy review, first Nitro with Vince Russo, more – The new era of WCW television began on 10/18 in Philadelphia, with Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara’s first Nitro. There was no mistaking the fingerprints even if viewers didn’t have that fact drummed into their heads from early in the show. Far more detailed work was done in scripting the show then at any Nitro in recent memory and possibly ever… click here to continue.
FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
WrestleMania tickets are available right now for the public. A lot of sections are already sold out between fans and the secondary market. They are running at Camping World Stadium which will have a Mania capacity of around 65,000.
Dana White did an interview with the Los Angeles Times where he said that Conor McGregor would not be fighting until May. He also talked about working with Ari Emanuel, that Michael Bisping’s knee injury won’t allow him to headline the 1/21 show in Anaheim and that right now they don’t have main events for that show, or the February and March PPVs. The story is here.
As reported in the Observer, Rush ended up being Tetsuya Naito’s mystery partner in the New Japan tag team tournament which started this morning. They beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson in today’s main event at Korakuen Hall on the first day. Today’s show is up for free on New Japan World. Subscribers will also get every match of the tag team tournament as well as the complete cards on both late Saturday/early Sunday and late Tuesday/early Wednesday that were just added to the schedule.
New Japan on AXS tonight will start at 8 p.m., which is one hour earlier than usual due to Lion Fights starting at 9 p.m.
Here is a really cool Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg video building up Sunday’s main event.
Charlotte talks this coming year’s WrestleMania in Orlando.
There are still great seats available for tomorrow night’s NXT show in Toronto without going to the secondary market, but there are probably some bargains on the secondary market since supply exceeds demand. That isn’t the case at all for Survivor Series on Sunday.
Tony Nese, who has signed with WWE, will be doing some indie dates through 12/16 that he’s committed to but nothing after that.
USA Today has an interview with Paul Heyman about the Lesnar vs. Goldberg match.
A.J. Styles talks working for WWE and the breakup of The Club is here.
The Irish Times has an article on Becky Lynch.
Ryan Bader noted that his contract expires with his fight tomorrow in Sao Paulo, Brazil against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Ian McCall continues his unreal streak of fourth straight fights not taking place. The first three times, it was due to issues with his opponent. This time, regarding tomorrow’s show in Belfast, he took ill and was ruled unable to fight. Neil Seery, his opponent, weighed in and will get his show money. Seery had announced this would be his retirement fight, but since it isn’t taking place, he said he would still like to fight again.
Tonight’s CMLL from Arena Mexico features the annual Blue Demon Cibernetico (elimination match).
Volador Jr. defends the NWA Historic welterweight title against Mephisto on Tuesday night at Arena Mexico, which airs on the CMLL YouTube channel live.
Jim Ross is doing a talk show in Toronto on Sunday and here are some of the details of that in a Toronto Sun article.
Barrie Wrestling on 12/3 at the Ferris Lane Community Church in Barrie, ONT.
Pro Wrestling Phoenix from last night in Omaha: Zac James b Devin Carter, Robert Storm b Ajax Adams, Purple & Con Aritest b Dalton Lee Roth & Cuco Santiago, Rory Fox b Mad Dog McDowell, Darren Russell & Duke Cornell b Paul Daniels & Joey Daniels, Pat Powers b Branden Juarez. Next show in 12/14 at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha.
Tammy Sytch’s sentencing based on her probation violation that was scheduled for today was moved back to February.
These independent shows this weekend are doing holiday-themed charity events. (Thanks to Bob Magee for the notes.)
Pro Wrestling King returns to Century Center, 120 S. Saint Joseph St, South Bend, IN on November 18. Non perishable items are being collected for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. For your non perishable donation, receive $2 off the price of an adult admission ticket.
Dynamo Pro Wrestling will hold shows on both Saturday, November 19th at the Douglas Club in Wood River, IL and on November 26th at the Ready Room in St. Louis, MO, collecting Toys for Tots. The company will also be collecting toys for the Tots for Tots from Monday, November 7th through Wednesday, December 7 at our November events as well as several additional locations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Reno Wrestle Factory presents Headlock on Hunger on Saturday, November 19 with a 7:00 pm bell time at the Edward C. Reed High School, 1350 Baring Blvd, Sparks, NV to benefit The Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Admission is five cans of food.
NCW and Henderson County Toys for Tots presents “A Night To Give” on Saturday, November 19 at 7 PM at the Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post 5206, 900 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Seven big matches and four title matches. Doors open at 7 pm
and belltime is 8 pm. Proceeds from this event go to provide toys for local children. Henderson County Toys for Tots will have a special concession stand that night with all proceeds going to the Toys for Tots. Tickets prices are $10 for Adults or $5 plus an unwrapped new toy of equal or more value. Children ages 6-14 are $5. Children 5 and under are free with an accompanying adult.
Cross Roads Wrestling returns on November 19 to Riverside, NJ at 300 Rancocas Avenue, for “Fastlane to Pain”, which will serve as a fundraiser for Ben Miller and a canned food drive for the Bread of Life Food Pantry. Ben is a local boy from Riverside NJ who has multiple disabilities, and recently competed in the Special Olympics at Rowan University.
Primal Conflict Wrestling presents “A Night To Remember X” on November 19 in Harpers Ferry, WV featuring Tommy Dreamer with their annual non-perishable food drive for Jefferson County Community Ministries Food Pantry.
TODAY IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HISTORY 11/18: Team WWF vs. The Alliance
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