Smackdown, along with Main Event, will be taping tonight in Cincinnati, with Roman Reigns and Randy Orton advertised as the headliners. Results from tonight’s show can be sent to Dave Meltzer
We’re also looking for reports from the Saudi Arabia WWE shows over the weekend, as well as NXT from Saturday night in Winter Haven, Florida. You can send those results via the email above.
Evolve will have two shows this weekend on via WWN Live. Sami Zayn will be appearing on both shows live, but won’t be on either iPPV.
Evolve 49 – Saturday at 7 pm EST
I Quit Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Ethan Page (if Gargano loses, he must leave WWN)
Timothy Thatcher and TJ Perkins vs. Trent Baretta and Rocky Romero
Drew Gulak vs. Trevor Lee (Winner gets Evolve title shot the next night)
Anthony Nese vs. Andrew Everett vs. Matt Cage vs. Peter Kassa
Tracy Williams vs. Willie Mack
Matt Riddle vs. Jonathan Gresham
Evolve 50- Sunday at 8 pm EST
Evolve Championship: Timothy Thatcher vs. Winner between Drew Gulak and Trevor Lee
Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero vs. Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley
Willie Mack vs. Gulak/Lee loser
TJ Perkins vs. Tracy Williams
Matt Riddle vs. Chris Dickinson
Andrew Everett vs. Peter Kassa
Ethan Page vs. Matt Cage
Figure Four Weekly:
The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to the site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring details on all facets of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, including a better understanding of Gawker’s defense, what else the judge has sealed to protect Hogan, and more. On top of that, we have all the usual stuff like Vinny’s reviews and international news.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
An update on the status of Daniel Bryan is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now and also can be subscribed to for home delivery. We update his situation and how the decision on his future will be made shortly. We also look at Daniel Cormier and the light heavyweight division and what the business notes say, the WWE’s Madison Square Garden event with Brock Lesnar, TNA’s Bound for Glory and world title tournament, Conor McGregor predicts the future once again, a pro wrestler is in the Japanese cabinet as well as our monthly look at the WWE and TNA’s business indicators.
We look at what Daniel Bryan said this past week regarding his future and how the decision will be made for him soon, and what he’d like to do if he wasn’t working for WWE.
We look at Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson and the shadow over the light heavyweight division, the news coming out of UFC 192, and full coverage of the event with business notes, early PPV indicators and poll results.
We look at the WWE Network special from Madison Square Garden, Brock Lesnar’s return, how the show was promoted, Chris Jericho’s 25th anniversary as a pro wrestler and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
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The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 12, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Daniel Bryan’s pro wrestling future, UFC 192, WWE at MSG
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Tuesday Daily Update
From the front page:
Alberto El Patron and his brother off German shows due to a transportation dispute
You’re doing youself a disservice if you haven’t seen the Great Khali’s commercial for a cement company yet
Notes on the WWE/ESPN announcement
NJPW PPV announcement
Today in history
Travis Browne, on the MMA Hour Monday afternoon, confirmed the rumours that he and Ronda Rousey are a couple. “She’s my woman and I’m her man. There’s no boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. There’s no dating. We’re together.”
Stipe Miocic is out of his UFC Ireland co-main event fight against Ben Rothwell due to an unnamed injury. UFC’s Dave Sholler confirmed the news, and said they are looking for a replacement. The Fight Pass only event — headlined by Joe Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier — takes place a week from this Saturday, so that’s super short notice. Matt Mitrione has publicly offered to step in.
New Day appeared on Good Morning Cincinnati this morning to promote tonight’s SmackDown taping and it’s less wacky than what you’d hope for from new Day on a local morning show. Still worth a look, though.
Titus O’Neil (technically “Thaddeus Bullard, also known as WWE® Superstar Titus O’Neil”) will be the keynote speaker for the 30th annual Muster and Music Festival Weekend hosted by the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. The full press release can be read at Community.WWE.com.
After Sage Northcutt appeared on MMAJunkie radio on Monday, UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee called into the show to essentially call him out. There’s going to be a lot of that in the next few months as any fight with Northcutt is going to have a lot of attention.
A knee injury has forced former featherweight champion Pat Curran out of his “Bellator 145: Vengeance” against Justin “The American Kid” Lawrence (8-2) in Saint Louis on November 6, so Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (11-2) will be his short notice replacement.
The Hornswoggle video that showed him tripping during Brian Myers’ wedding was planned.
WrestleMania 32 travel packages are now available from WWE.
The presale code (presale going on now through Friday) for the December 23rd Raw at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY is BKRAW.
Tickets for the December 19th UFC on Fox (Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone for the lightwight title) in Orlando go on sale this Frida at 10 a.m. ET. UFC Fight Club® members can buy tickets Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET at www.ufcfightclub.com. UFC newsletter subscribers will get a resale code they can use on Thursday starting at 10 a.m. ET.
GFW Amped returns to Las Vegas on October 23rd for another TV taping with tickets available now. You can also check out the GFW Amped sizzle reel on YouTube.
In terms of retro updates on the WWE Network, over the last week they have been adding episodes from Raw (June-August) and Smackdown (November and December) from 2002.
WWE released Sting: Into the Light on Blu-Ray and DVD today. It includes a documentary about his life and career (you can see the intro on YouTube) and a wide array of matches including from the UWF. As far as stuff on on WWE Network, the highlights are probably the “Submit or Surrender” match vs. Cactus Jack from WCW Power Hour in 1991 and a 1995 match vs. Steve Austin from WCW Saturday Night, both of which are excellent.
Duke Keomuka vs. Ricki Starr is the latest match added for NWAClassics.com subscribers. Also, today is the 37th anniversary of the Houston Summit supercard headlined by Harley Race vs. Andre The Giant, much of which (including the main event) is available on NWA Classics.
On the latest Between the Sheets podcast, Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan cover October 6-12, 1997, including the death of Brian Pillman and how badly it was handled by the WWF, the beginning of DeGeneration X, Jim Cornette = angry man, all kinds of Japan goodness such as the debut of PRIDE, Paul Heyman correcting Wade Keller, and the sheer madness of an Eric Bischoff chat on Prodigy.
Metro Pro Wrestling (10/10 – Turner Rec Center, Kansas City, KS)
Redwing defeated “Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal via pinfall to become the new Kansas Champion; James E. Cornette announced that he and President Michael Strider would sit ringside during the Metro Pro Championship match between Metro Pro Champ Jeremy Wyatt and Central States Champ Ace Steel; “Vintage” Kraig Keesaman defeated Tyler Cook via pinfall with help from Iceman; “The Fittest Wrestler on Earth” Mark Sterling defeated the Math Magician via pinfall; “Dirdey” Jake Dirden defeated Mike Outlaw via pinfall; ACH defeated Jon Webb via pinfall; Davey Vega & The Commission defeated The King Brothers & The American Bulldogs via pinfall; Jeremy Wyatt retained his Metro Pro Championship via pinfall against Ace Steel after Jim Cornette waffled both Steel and President Strider with his tennis racket. After the match, it was announced that Jeremy Wyatt will put his Metro Pro Championship on the line against Mark Sterling on 12/5 in an Iron Man Match.