The latest from the F4W Staff
ROH TV results: Keith Lee & Shane Taylor vs. War Machine – The men in black take it to the War Machine in an epic battle on this episode of ROH TV.
WWE SmackDown video highlights: Styles vs. Ambrose; Becky Lynch returns – SmackDown Live is back, in clip form.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke booked for WWE Hell in a Cell – But not in a cell.
WWE SmackDown live results: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose – The chinless James Ellsworth appears on SmackDown for the third week in a row, and the Hype Bros battle the Ascension.
Raw ratings inevitably drop following Goldberg’s return – Heyman and Lesnar were not enough to save Raw this time.
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar set for WWE Survivor Series – A rematch of one of the most disappointing matches ever, is set for Survivor Series.
Roderick Strong, eight others officially join new WWE recruiting class – Finally, Roderick Strong shows up in WWE, and thankfully not the K-Mart cafeteria line.
B&V: Retro Raw and Nitro from this week in 1997 10/25 – Bryan and Vinny watch TV from 19 years ago and tell you why it’s way better than Raw today.
FREE WOL: Jeremy Botter on FloSlam deal, Raw, Hell in a Cell, Brock Lesnar, more! 10/25 – FloSlam is about to change the iPPV game for independant professional wrestling. Jeremy Botter tells you how.
WOR: FloSports pro-wrestling, RAW report, Hell in a Cell, TNA lawsuit, more 10/25 – More on FloSports, plus an early PPV preview for the WWE’s triple main event show, Hell in a Cell.
Figure Four Weekly 10/17/2016: More on the deregulation of pro wrestling in California – To pick up where we left off last week, in 1989 deregulation of pro wrestling was put before the State Assembly and passed. Here’s how it was discussed in the minutes for the October 20, 1989 meeting of the California State Athletic Commission (emphasis ours): “Assembly Bill 1040 was signed by Governor Deukmejian and, except for the 5% tax on the amount paid for admission, will completely deregulate professional wrestling January 1, 1990… 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 24, 2016: Pinpointing the day that lead to TNA’s current predicament, UFC layoffs, more – What has been the long-time inevitable but several times delayed financial implosion of TNA can really be traced back to one afternoon. Largely based on a contract with Spike TV, TNA was taking in more revenue than any pro wrestling company in the world aside from WWE through 2014. If a company like ECW would have gotten that type of a deal, they would probably still be flourishing today… Current subscribers click here to continue reading.
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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.
Wednesday News Update
He ain’t hype!
Last night’s SmackDown featured matches with implications for the upcoming traditional Survivor Series elimination tags. The Hype Bros defeated The Ascension to earn a spot on SmackDown’s tag division team against Raw, and Nikki Bella defeated Natalya to become captain of SmackDown’s women’s team. Heath Slater and Rhyno also retained their titles in a match against The Spirit Squad and will automatically be on SmackDown’s tag division team.
Terrance Jean-Jacques, 24, who signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in April, was released to the custody of his parents following a dangerousness hearing in Haverhill District Court Tuesday. Jean-Jacques will be wearing a house arrest ankle bracelet until December 6th.
ESPN’s The Undefeated profiled Sasha Banks.
Paul Heyman posted a self-deprecating tweet about his promo from Raw on Monday.
Mandy Rose has received criticism on social media after a Snapchat post that insulted a black woman’s hair.
A study found that the WWE Network is now the fifth most subscribed to streaming service in the United States.
Tommaso Ciampa commented on one full week of training at the WWE Performance Center.
Nikki Bella credited Shayna Baszler for coaching her and for her new submission finisher.
Nate Rau, who was in attendance for today’s hearing regarding Billy Corgan’s lawsuit against TNA, covered the day’s proceedings for The Tennessean. During the hearing, TNA attorney Travis Parham said that the tax lien filed against the company by the Tennessee Department of Revenue is an accounting mistake and a non-issue.
The Tennessean has video clips of Corgan and TNA’s attorneys from today’s hearing.
Billy Corgan tweeted about the hearing: “Very pleased with the court proceedings today in Nashville. Appreciate those who’ve followed the case carefully, separating spin from fact”
Sports Illustrated featured a first-person account from Cody Rhodes about his relationship with his father.
The estate of Chyna will no longer be run by her former manager, as the mother of the recently deceased wrestler, Janet Laque, told Pro Wrestling Sheet that she’s just been appointed by the court to take control.
A radio station in Wilmington NC recently had Kurt Angle and Sting call in to promote an upcoming show. During Sting’s interview he mentioned his thoughts on his final match with Rollins, and Angle mentioned where he wants to retire. Check out the clips here and here.
UFC / MMA
Miesha Tate said that she can’t remember parts of her UFC 200 fight against Amanda Nunes.
CM Punk is celebrating his 38th birthday today.
Cat Zingano called out Sasha Banks and Charlotte on Twitter.
Quebec wrestling legend and former WWWF & WWF wrestler Gilles “The Fish Poison” talks about the infamous fight between Gilles former partner Sailor White and legendary shooter Billy Robinson where Robinson was allegedly knocked out at this link.
Gilles Poisson talks about wrestling Andre The Giant before 29 000 fans at Montreal’s Jarry Park and the difficulties he had working with him in the ring at this link.
TNA Gut Check winner Alex Silva discusses TNA’s disfunction behind the scenes and why he was only used by the company a few times after winning the first “Gut Check” despite being under contract to the company and paid weekly for a year at this link.
Lucha Underground’s Rey Mysterio Jr. joined The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling this past week for an exclusive interview conducted during New York City Comic Con. Rey discusses Season 3’s progress thus far and what his future plans are for Lucha Underground and how he is playing a new role as mentor and veteran to the locker room.
Marty “The Moth” Martinez joined The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling this past week and opened up about his personal career evolution as well as taking the listeners deep inside “the temple” as he gives the backstory of his character, the potential plans for The Moth Tribe and the influences behind his unhinged persona.
JAPW: Alberto el Patron takes on Sami Callihan at the 20thAnniversary Show on November 12, 2016 in Rahway, NJ at the Rahway Rec Center. Doors open 6:00pm. Bell time 7:30pm. Tickets.
Lucha de los Muertos x Cybertronic Spree Rock Concert, November 6th at Lee’s Palace – The Cybertronic Spree will be dishing out a crazy intergalactic rock show! Alongside Toronto’s favourite Robot Rockstars, we have a full Lucha Libre event lined up. Check out the matches that will be taking place on Sunday, November 6th at Lee’s Palace. Tickets.
This is an interesting look at television ratings.
BCW Excellence returns to St. Clair College featuring former WWE Superstar Santino Marella! Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM, St. Clair College, 2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor, Ontario N9A 6S4
Tickets are still available online.
Friday, November 11, 2016 – BIG WEST WRESTLING presents BIRTHDAY BASH V, Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC. Big West turns a Big FIVE years old! FOR THE BIG WEST TELEVISION TITLE: “Dastardly” Danni Deeds challenges Shotgun Stevens.
VIPW makes its return to the Departure Bay Activity Center Saturday November 26th with another action packed night full of high flying, hard hitting, family entertainment! Main Event: VIPW Womens Championship No Count Out! No DQ! No Holds Barred! Riea Von Slasher (C) vs Nicole Matthews!
VIPW once again returns to the Legion in the depths of Langford B.C. to bring the best pro wrestling the island has to offer! Main Event *6 Person Tag Team Match* The Von Slasher Family vs BJ Laredo, Scott Steel and Nicole Matthews!
Pure Wrestling Association: November 5th – Campbell River, British Columbia. Navy League Hall 911 13th Avenue, Campbell River, BC, Doors open at 7:00pm. Bell time at 7:30pm.
This article is about Mark Schultz and his recent racial twitter tirade.
German Pay-TV channel “TNT-Serie” just announced that they have signed with Lucha Underground. They start airing the first season on December 10th. The show will air every Saturday at 10:40pm. They signed German wrestling commentary legend Günter Zapf, who did commentary for WWE shows for years and Mike Ritter to do commentary voice-overs for the matches. The backstage skits will air in English with German subtitles.
Holiday Havoc in 3D Live Pro Wrestling featuring Team 3D, Keith Lee, Michael Elgin, Matt Cross, Hanson, Raymond Rowe, Lou Sterrett, AR Fox, Sammy Guevara, Jessica James, Kat Green, Barbi Hayden and more.
Crossfire Wrestling returns to the Merritton Community Centre 7 Park Avenue St. Catharines ON for “JINGLE BELL BRAWL V” Saturday December 3rd, 2016 5pm Bell Time with a special Double Main Event. Partial Proceeds will go To The Niagara Peninsula Children’s Foundation.
Pure Wrestling Association Live Pro Wrestling – December 4th, 2016, Centennial Hall, 309 S Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan, B.C. Doors open at 2:00pm. Bell Time at 4:00pm. Tickets cost $15 for General Admission or $10 Youth
Today in Wrestling History (10/26): Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Eddie Guerrero at WCW Halloween Havoc
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