THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE: TNA has first U.S. house show of year, Del Rio debut, USADA responds to Hauser, TNA loses German TV

By Dave Meltzer

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We’re looking for reports on tonight’s NXT show in Houston and TNA show in York, PA (Ethan Carter III with Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy, Bobby Roode vs. Drew Galloway vs. Ken Anderson for the King of the Mountain title, Tommy Dreamer vs. Eli Drake in a street fight, Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong, The Wolves vs. Abyss & Manik, DJ Zema Ion vs. Tyrus) at dave@wrestlingobserver.com”>dave@wrestlingobserver.com

Smackdown tonight from Little Rock

Paige & Becky Lynch vs. Naomi & Sasha Banks

Devon Dudley vs. Kofi Kingston

Cesaro vs. Big Show

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens

Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins & Sheamus

Wrestling Observer Newsletter 

A look at this weekend, which is one of the biggest weekends of the year with Bellator and CMLL having their biggest shows, plus a WWE PPV show and an ROH PPV, is one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have a look at the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, tons more on the Jimmy Snuka case, An update on TNA and the future of Kurt Angle, a letter UFC sent to all its fighters about unionization, plus full coverage of UFC 191 and Battle of Los Angeles, and thoughts behind Raw & Smackdown doing record low numbers.

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We look at next week’s big shows, including a preview of  CMLL’s main event, why L.A. Park is already gone from the promotion, and a preview of  both Raw and Night of Champions.

We’ve got more on the Jimmy Snuka case, with a background of WWE in 1983, Vince McMahon purchasing the company from his father, what was and wasn’t known in wrestling at the time, the first Snuka arrest, the decision made on Hulk Hogan being the face of the company’s expansion, the role Snuka’s autobiography played in his indictment, the corner saying why he felt there was no indictment and his quotes on the subject, new evidence, Buddy Rogers before his death talks about the subject, another coroner weighs in, a lawyer who investigated the case in 1983 weighs in, how Snuka handled his finances fro that point on, Snuka’s run in New Japan, the famous Brody & Snuka walking out on the tag tournament finals, what Vince McMahon was doing to protect Snuka, key Allentown officials talk cover-up rumors, WWE talks those rumors and more.

We also update the Kurt Angle TNA situation and why Angle said he was leaving the company when his contract expires in January.  We look at the situation with Destination America, what talent knows and how WWE fits into all this right now.

We look at the letter sent by UFC to all of its fighters regarding unionization and our thoughts on the subject.

We’ve got a look at the 2005 Hall of Fame ballot, a look at the new candidates and their credentials, candidates for the future, understanding of the process, as well as how everyone on this year’s ballot fared last year.

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We have an update on Ronda Rousey and WrestleMania, an upcoming WWE wedding, John Cena injury notes, WWE asks fans about PPV start times and thoughts, update on Amanda from Tough Enough and what appears to be her new deal, WWE pulling out all stops for next months tour of Mexico and why, Dean Ambrose talks acting, Nikki Bella as Divas champion, Eric Bischoff appearing on WWE Network, Undertaker’s future, the signing of Kana and she talks coming to WWE, Zahra Schreiber talks her firing, some NXT matches, a WWE wrestler on a sabbatical, as well as the WWE business notes from the past week and highlights from all the house hows.

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We also update things on Lucha Underground.

We look at next week’s ROH matches.

We look at a TNA wedding, lineups for the upcoming TNA shows, U.K. TNA ratings and updating Impact.

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THURSDAY’S NEWS UPDATE

This is up early and we will likely have another update up tonight.
USADA filed a response to Thomas Hauser’s article
Congrats to Dwayne Johnson and girlfriend Lauren Hashian, who are expecting their first child together
Combate Americas, an MMA promotion aimed at the Hispanic market, debuts tonight on NBC Universo at 11 p.m. Eastern time, with Alberto Del Rio as announcer.  Both Konnan and Rey Mysterio are also supposed to be part of the show.  
This past weekend was the single most watched opening weekend in NFL history.
Vitor Belfort accused Chris Weidman of stopping cycling because his testosterone level was somewhat low in their fight in May in an MMA Fighting article by Guilherme Cruz.  This was in response to Belfort’s test levels being right at the top level of acceptable even though he had a history of TRT use which would be because his body wasn’t producing enough testosterone in theory.  Belfort said that everyone was cycling testosterone but he was the only one honest about it, and even with the high reading, he has a deficiency and doesn’t have a normal social life.  As far as why he still had such a high level with this deficiency, he said, “I won’t reveal my secret, and my doctor’s secret, but we have been using natural things to meet this demand.”
TNA was just canceled today by DMAX which covers Germany and Austria.
Tommy Dreamer was at WWE Studios this past week, likely filming interviews.  Amy Dumas was back at the Performance Center.
There will be a South Jersey Wrestle Fest on 10/11 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center at 3 p.m. with a live show at 6 p.m.  Among those appearing are The Sandman, Justin Credible, Raven and New Jack.
New England Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Everett, MA:  Mike Garcia b Kris Pyro, Jacob b Foxx Vinyer, The Glamour Express b Heavy Hitters, Juvenile X b Fahrenheit, Mistress Belmont NC Alexxis Nevaeah, Beau Crockett b Dan Terry, Todeo Loco b Scott Levesque, Jack Maverick & Chris Escobar b Genesis & Damien Wayne, Mike McCarthy b Slyck Wagner Brown to win the NECW title.  Next show is 10/10 in Hampstead, NH at the Phan Zone with McCarthy vs. Escobar.
New England Championship Wrestling will return to broadcast TV on COZI-TV in Boston and MeTV in New York.  There will also be an all woman’s show on 11/22 in Beverly, MA at the Cove Community Center.
CWE on 9/30 in Virden, Manitoba at the Royal Canadian Legion.
ECWA on 9/19 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center.
Ultra Wrestle from Saturday night in Laurens, SC:  Joe Harrison b Caleb Crocker, Mason Mayles b Erik Thompson, Myles b Noah Young, Anthony Jannazzo b Jeff Connelly, Brice Anthony & Boomer Payne b TK Stark & Jett Black, Deon Johnson & Cruizer Lewis b Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain & Josh Powers-DQ (thanks to Thomas Simpson)’
Maryland Championship Wrestling Saturday night in Hollywood, MD at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department has Mickie James and Jake Roberts appearing.  They will be at a Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m.  James will also wrestle Kimber Lee on the card.
Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 10/4 in Oshawa, ONT at the Oshawa Legion with The Flatliners and Ethan Page.
Future Stars of Wrestling on 9/25 at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas with Brian Cage defending the FSW title against Kevin Kross.  Paul London and Willie Mack also appear.
There is a Fight Night card tomorrow night at Center Stage in Atlanta at 8 p.m.
Mecca Pro Wrestling on 9/26 in Kingston, ONT at Legion 560.
Live Pro Wrestling on 10/24 in Renfrew, ONT at RCAF 433 Wing.
North Shore Wrestling on 9/12 in Quebec City:  Tony Tremblay b Super Astro, Giovanni b Domino Jonathan, Alextreme & James Stone b Marty Boston & Mike Bedrich, Surfer Mitch won over Brad Alekxis, Branden O’Connor, Leon Saver, Liam Letto and Matt Novak, Scott Parker & Shane Matthews b Idriss & Oliver Strange, Midianne & Stafeny Sinclair b Angie Skye & Jessika Black, Shayne Hawke b Michael Style, Johnny Gargano b Excess, Dru Onyx & Judas & Pee We & Travis Toxic b Alex Price & Ivan Sullivan & Marko Estrada & Razen. (thanks to Steven Ashe)
Classic Championship Wrestling on 10/24 in Chatham, ONT at the WISH Centre headlined by Cody Deaner vs. Derek Wylde.
Ricky Steamboat will be appearing on the NWA Smoky Mountain show on 10/17 in Elizabethton, TN at the High School, which will have two Hall of Famers with Ricky Morton also appearing.  Steamboat will be in Morton’s corner as he faces former protege Kid Kash.
Marvelous Puroresu USA at the BPO Elks Lodge in Queensboro #878 in Elmhurst, NY with Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Sumie Sakai vs. Patrick Clark (Tough Enough) & Kimber Lee, Amazing Red vs. Lio Rush plus Chigusa Nagayo will be singing songs from the 80s, as well as Veda Scott, Cheeseburger and D.J. Hyde.  While Nagoya did have some major hits, she really isn’t that good of a singer.
Premier Wrestling Federation’s 7th annual Legacy Cup which includes Steve Corino and C.W. Anderson tapes place at Hubert, NC at the Hashimoto Hall, which is named after Shinya Hashimoto.
Premier Wrestling presents Premier X on Saturday at Del Mar High School in San Jose at 6 p.m. headlined by JR Kratos vs. Jeff Cobb for the championship plus Timothy Thatcher, Dylan Drake and others appear.

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

1987 – Kendo Nagasaki beat Wayne Bridges in Bradford to win the ASP heavyweight title and Fit Finlay beat Chic Cullen to win the British heavy middleweight title

2000 – Kaoru beat Manami Toyota to win the WWWA title and Miho Wakizawa beat Nanae Takahashi to win the Japanese title

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2000 – Gedo & Jado & Kaori Nakayama (woman wrestler) beat Kodo Fuyuki & Mr Gannosuke & Shinsuku-zame in Tokyo to win the WEW six-man titles

2006 – Averno beat Negro Casas in Mexico City to win the CMLL welterweight title

2009- -Shingo Takagi & Yamato beat Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito in Tokyo to win the Open the Twin Gate titles

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