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Old 11-11-2017, 11:45 PM   #1561
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A long play for India is a much wiser move than expecting instant success there. Plus it gives people a long time to forget how crappy Jinder Mahal was.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:01 PM   #1562
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The Survivor Series go-home edition of Raw saw a solid increase in numbers to an average of 3.02 million viewers, up nearly seven percent from last week ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.26 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.06 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.77 million viewers
In terms of hourly rankings, RAW went #2, #3, and #6.

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WWE's tour of India is down to one stop.

The Times of India confirmed today that WWE's planned December 8th house show at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi has been canceled, with the December 9th date at the venue now being branded as a "Supershow."

In a match that was set up a few days ago, Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal has been announced as the main event. Mahal will be the only SmackDown representation on what is otherwise a Raw house show ...

Jeet Rama & Kishan Raftar, who are Performance Center trainees from India, will now be wrestling in their home country as they face Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas. Kevin Owens will no longer be appearing on the tour after originally being scheduled to challenge for Mahal's WWE Championship before he dropped it to AJ Styles.
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Another pro wrestler is trying their hand at mixed martial arts.

While appearing on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this afternoon, Jack Swagger (real name Jake Hager) announced that he's signed with Bellator MMA and will be debuting as a heavyweight in 2018. Swagger said he's wanted to do MMA for a long time and had been negotiating with Bellator since the summer, finalizing terms with them over the weekend.

When asked how the news would affect his pro wrestling schedule, Swagger said he wants to continue wrestling in addition to his new career in MMA. Swagger has been working on the independent scene since departing WWE earlier this year.
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The WWE Network has started uploading episodes of the original “reality show” run of NXT.

WWE 365, which is focused on a year in the life of a wrestler, will be debuting on the WWE Network after Survivor Series. Kevin Owens is expected to be featured in the episode.
Link: http://www.wwenetworknews.com/2017/1...-nxt-episodes/

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NJPW announced that their revenue for the last fiscal year (August 2016-July 2017) was up 20 percent from the previous year.

Justin Credible credited the help of WWE’s wellness program for being able to live a life that he never thought was possible.

WrestleCircus announced that their show that was set for this Saturday has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, asking people to respect their privacy during this time. They have a form set up for fans who bought tickets to receive refunds. (thanks to reader Jake Koch)

In an interview with CBS Local Sports, Joe Koff reiterated that ROH will be launching an on-demand/streaming service in the first quarter of 2018. Koff said that they tested streaming events on last month’s Global Wars tour. When asked about pay-per-views, Koff noted that they might continue to have traditional PPVs but said the entertainment world is heading towards a streaming model.
NJPW link: https://twitter.com/EvanDeadlySinsW/...25401268531200 , Credible link: https://twitter.com/PJPOLACO/status/930472886569185286 , WrestleCircus link: https://twitter.com/WrestleCircus/st...70325359345664

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Former WWE Tag Team Champion Rob Conway is working as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando this week.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans who will win the big champion vs. champion match at Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view. As of this writing, 54% voted for WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar while the rest went with WWE Champion AJ Styles.
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There has been talk backstage today of adding another Kickoff show match with a Raw vs. Smackdown theme.

The official main event of the 12/26 Madison Square Garden return will be John Cena vs. Samoa Joe based on local advertising. That will be Joe's first time headlining in the Mecca.

There has been talk of doing a WWE 24 episode based around the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw. The company is already working on one dedicated to the Hardy Boyz.
For some reference about another pre-show match, Survivor Series is going to be 6 hours long this year (2 hour pre-show, 4 hour PPV).

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While the expectation in recent weeks has been that former WWE Cruiserweight champion Neville was on his way out of World Wrestling Entertainment, sources within the company have told PWInsider.com that there have been recent positive discussions between Neville and the company.

There is a belief among some in the company that talks have gone so well that Neville could actually be returning to action for WWE before the end of the month. One source even believed Neville could be back as soon as this week, but PWInsider.com has (as of this writing) not been able to confirm that. Obviously, we will see if that is soon the case ...

As we reported at the time, until Neville was actually released, there was always a chance that the two sides could come to terms, paving the way for his return to the company. If what we are hearing is correct, that road has been paved.
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The updated 12/15 ROH Final Battle PPV in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom:
*ROH champion Cody Rhodes vs. Dalton Castle.
*Tommy Dreamer & Bully Ray vs. The Briscoes.
*ROH TV champion Kenny King vs. Punishment Martinez vs. Shane Taylor vs. Silas Young.
*Jay Lethal vs. Marty Scurll.
*The Addiction vs. War Machine.
*Matt Taven vs. Will Ospreay.

The show is sold out but will air on all PPV outlets.
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Speaking of Jericho, he was recently interviewed by Viktre.com and discussed the night he won his first WWE World title.

"I was told in the afternoon that I was going to win when Vince McMahon said to The Undertaker at the catering table: 'Hey 'Taker, how do you know the business is going down the toilet? Because we're putting the belt on Jericho' and that's how I found out I was going to be the champion," Jericho said.

"I came back through the curtain, everyone was gone because when you're on last everybody leaves to get out of the traffic quicker. Sat there by myself and then drove to a hotel where room service stopped at midnight, it was 11:58. They wouldn't serve it, so I got pizza. They wouldn't bring it to my room, so I had to go down to the lobby to get it. When I went back up, I was locked out. Went back down to the lobby, the guy wouldn't let me in even though I just checked in a few minutes earlier. Dropped the pizza on the floor when he finally did let me in. So, I spent the night being the first undisputed champion eating cold, fuzzy pizza in a Ramada Inn somewhere in Anaheim, California. So, no hookers and blow there, kids."
Link to the interview: https://www.viktre.com/iamjericho/on...ld-fuzzy-pizza

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Alisha Edwards, Swoggle (f.k.a. Hornswoggle in WWE), The Veterans of War (Mayweather & Wilcox) and Mahabali Shera have all been removed from the active roster of Impact Wrestling.
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Mahabali Shera is gone from Impact Wrestling. The company removed him from their roster page on their website today, but we are told the departure quietly happened about two months ago.

As of today, no one from the Nashville office has been spoken with about what their future with the company will be once that office is folded into the office in Toronto. There is a belief among some that the Nashville office could be gone as soon as 12/1.
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Per PWInsider Elite, Mike Johnson is saying Triple H was a last minute decision to put him in the match, it was legitimately decided within the last 48 hours and Jordan found out Sunday night.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, around 40 wrestlers have been released this year from Impact since Anthem started purging the company for costs reasons. http://wrestlingnews.co/impact-wrest...-left-in-2017/
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, NJPW's Okada has had 6 IWGP title defenses this year totaling around 4 hours in length. https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCirc...s_year_with_a/
  • Impact Wrestling's Rosemary is reported to have suffered a leg injury during a Shimmer show over the weekend.
  • PWI reported the WWE was considering plans during last weekend for Paige to be added as the 5th member of Team RAW for the Survivors Series match. Bayley ended up being announced as the final member during last night's episode of RAW.
  • According to the Observer, Jonathon Coachman was actually released by ESPN during the last batch of major cuts but only made public last week by a tweet from Coachman.
  • According to PWI, Marty Scurll recently applied for a trademark to his wrestling name.
  • The National had a recent interview with Ceasro talking about getting injured at No Mercy, dream matches in WWE, and working with the Hardys. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-he-doing-now/


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Following up on AJ Styles' WWE Championship win from last Tuesday, SmackDown ratings were essentially even for this week's Survivor Series go-home show -- averaging 2.607 million viewers.
Last week had 2.603 million viewers as the average.

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After he was written off television last week, WWE announced that they've released James Ellsworth today.

The company's statement: "WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar James Ellsworth. WWE wishes Ellsworth the best in all of his future endeavors" ...

Ellsworth joins Emma, Darren Young, Summer Rae, NXT's Sawyer Fulton, Performance Center trainee Leo Gao, and former Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl as wrestlers WWE has released over the last few weeks.
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Tickets are currently on sale for WrestleMania 34, which takes place on April 8th, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The online pre-sale, which is listed as ending at midnight tomorrow, can be accessed by going to Ticketmaster and using the password "TICKETS" in the Got Offers Code Box.

The show is tentatively scheduled to be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

It is the culmination of the biggest weekend of shows as promotions from all over the world will be running events in the New Orleans area. For WWE, the Hall of Fame ceremony, an NXT TakeOver special, Raw, and SmackDown will also be taking place in the city in the days surrounding WrestleMania.

For those in New Orleans, there will be an on-sale party at the Superdome tomorrow. Charlotte Flair will be making an appearance, and The Hardys, Mickie James, Mark Henry, Heath Slater, and Rhyno are scheduled to be there signing autographs. There will be some NXT matches as well, with Hideo Itami vs. No Way Jose advertised.
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A new promotion called Arolucha, Inc. announced today that Charles "Konnan" Ashenoff has been named its head writer.

Arolucha is the promotion written about a few times in the Observer that Aroluxe is backing, and is expected to be running a television pilot taping in December in Nashville.

Ashenoff, who is the booker for The Crash promotion based in Tijuana, as well as working for Impact, was a key in gathering the talent roster for Lucha Underground, and was expecting to be used as the head writer there, but that company instead went with Christopher DeJoseph, and Ashenoff was out of the promotion by its second season, shortly after brokering the deal to get Rey Mysterio Jr. into Lucha Underground.

Vince Russo's name has also been mentioned as far as creative with this promotion. The name has come up as an assistant writer but there is no confirmation of a deal in place at this point.
Some more details via PWI: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...owner.html?p=1

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WWE has added another house show in Abu Dhabi for Raw’s brief tour of the United Arab Emirates and India next month. The event will take place at Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium (with another WWE show taking place there the night prior) on December 8th, which was previously the date of their first show in India before that was canceled. Triple H vs. Roman Reigns in a rematch of the WrestleMania 32 main event is set to headline on the 8th.
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Charly Caruso, Booker T, and Sam Roberts will be on the panel for Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: War Games pre-show.
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In his first match for the company in several years, Joey Ryan will challenge for Kenny King’s ROH TV title at their Survival of the Fittest show in San Antonio on November 17th.

Cody Rhodes vs. Christopher Daniels in a Texas Death Match is set for Survival of the Fittest in Dallas on November 18th.

In today’s WWN email alert, it was noted that they’re in four different negotiations regarding their streaming future and that will shape what the EVOLVE schedule looks like going forward.

Zack Sabre Jr. will defend his Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship against Matt Riddle at Revolution Pro Wrestling’s show in London on December 8th.

The NWA uploaded full video of last weekend’s Tim Storm vs. Nick Aldis title match. They also have video of Storm’s post-match comments and an interview with him.
Ryan link: http://rohwrestling.com/news/kenny-k...an-san-antonio , ROH link: http://rohwrestling.com/news/texas-d...fittest-dallas , RevPro link: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/930419602798055425 , NWA link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXjoeQBjoYY

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WWE has a new poll asking fans who will win the two-ring main event of Saturday's WWE NXT "Takeover: WarGames" event. As of this writing, 44% voted for The Undisputed Era while 34% voted for NXT Tag Team Champions SAnitY and the rest voted for the team of Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain.
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WWE has not confirmed the fifth member of Team SmackDown for the women's 5-on-5 Traditional Elimination Match at Sunday's WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view as of this writing but it's believed that Natalya will get the spot. Charlotte Flair was on the team but she will now be facing RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss after winning the title from Natalya tonight.

There's also speculation on Paige possibly getting the spot as she was originally scheduled to return to the blue brand.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • In a "WWE Did You Know"type fact, today would have been Macho Man's 65th birthday.
  • According to the WWE and city of Orlando, Wrestlemania 33 generated roughly $181 million in tourism and economic activity for Mania week. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemani...orlando-region
  • Rock recently claimed Bruno was the best face wrestler ever in WWE. The tweet was part of a fan poll pitting him against Bruno asking who was the better hero in wrestling. https://twitter.com/TheRock/status/9...670735360?s=17
  • Update on Impact's recent departures news as it turns out Alisha Edwards was not released and an mistake caused her profile page to be removed from the roster page from Impact Wrestling's official website. Her profile was restored after the mix up occurred.
  • Main Event Radio held a recent interview with Bobby Lashley talking about being in Canada for Impact Wrestling, Impact young stars he's impressed with the most, Brock Lesnar, and Heyman contacting him whenever Lesnar pisses him off. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...when-he-upset/


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Following his first appearance on WWE television since his health scare, Ric Flair will be part of the company's Starrcade house show later this month.

WWE confirmed today that Flair would be appearing at Starrcade in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 25th ...

Here's the updated card for Starrcade:
  • WWE Champion AJ Styles defending against Jinder Mahal in a steel cage match
  • SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair defending against Natalya in a steel cage match
  • SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defending against The New Day, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable, and Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a fatal four-way match
  • United States Champion Baron Corbin defending against Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Dash Wilder
  • Appearances by Ric Flair, The Hardys, Ricky Steamboat, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express
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While speaking with the pro wrestling media ahead of Saturday's NXT TakeOver special, Triple H discussed bringing War Games to a new generation of fans and confirmed another change from the original concept.

"We're not gonna have a roof," Triple H said on a conference call today. "I think it's a little bit limiting. I think the style has changed. Not saying that anybody is gonna do it in this match, but I think going forward as War Games becomes -- I try to think about the future. Look, Arn Anderson wasn't doing moonsaults off the top of the cage. So, I think there's a difference in how the business is done. This allows for there to a be a little bit of a different opportunity to do some things. I don't feel, personally, that we have changed the concept of what it is."

Though the rules have been tweaked, Triple H said he thinks they work better for today's generation. And while there are some changes, he said the match is still about teams "going to war" and it worked with the storyline that The Undisputed Era, SAnitY, and The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong are involved in.

Triple H noted that WWE using War Games and Starrcade this month was a coincidence and the decisions were made independently. He said he's always been interested in bringing back War Games and has been looking for the right time since NXT started up. He called TakeOver: War Games a chance to take something from the past into the future and slightly reinvent it while still staying consistent with Dusty Rhodes' vision.
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Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano's United Kingdom Championship match will be airing on NXT TV next week ...

In addition to that, Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville will also be taped for next week. The episode will feature video packages and post-match interviews from TakeOver as well.

Gargano is set to become the first wrestler born outside of the UK to challenge for the title.
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Ahead of this weekend's pay-per-view, WWE has already announced the location for next year's Survivor Series.

Survivor Series 2018 will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on November 18th. As is the case with all WWE "big four" PPVs, the arena will host an NXT TakeOver special on the Saturday before Survivor Series and Raw and SmackDown in the days after the show.

WWE noted that ticket information for all four events will be made available in early 2018.

This will be the first time California has ever hosted a Survivor Series. It will also be the first time an NXT TakeOver event has taken place on the west coast.
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New Japan opens its tag team tournament on Saturday morning with a live show from Korakuen Hall on New Japan World. There will also be shows on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday that will be put up on tape delay later those afternoons but with only the tournament matches. The complete lineups for each day is in the 11/13 issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The 11/25 WrestleCade show in Winston, Salem, NC will stream live on FITE TV headland by Eli Drake vs. Jack Swagger vs. Johnny Impact and Ivelisse vs. Taya Valkyrie.

Mike Davidson of Winnipeg got back into the wrestling promoting game and was set to debut a new promotion called Wrestling Supercard with shows on 11/23 in Thunder Bay, ONT, 11/24 in Winnipeg and 11/25 in Thompson using Santino Marella, Ken Anderson, Eugene and Shawn Daivari. On Tuesday, Davidson announced the shows were canceled due to low ticket sales.
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The 12/26 return to Madison Square Garden has a new, updated lineup:
*John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, with Reigns replacing Samoa Joe, who had been advertised vs. Cena earlier this week.
*WWE Raw Tag Team champions Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose in a steel cage match.
*Braun Strowman vs. Kane.
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The debut episode of WWE 365 featuring Kevin Owens will be narrated by actor and director (and big wrestling fan) Michael Rappaport.
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Staffers at the Impact Wrestling Nashville office began to be let go yesterday, PWInsider.com has confirmed. We are told that there were "support staff" let go as the company begins to fold Impact's offices into Anthem's existing infrastructure in Toronto.

No new update on the Don Callis situation.

The continuation of Lucha Underground will not have a profound effect on their talents that are currently working for Impact. LU intends to ease off on the contractual restrictions when they are not taping in order to let talents appear on other televised promotions.

Ethan Page, formerly with EVOLVE, will be coming in as Chandler Park, the storyline cousin of Joseph Park.

There's been talk of Impact being interested in using LU star Brian Cage of late.

Sonjay Dutt has been taking an increased role in all aspects of the management of the company. One source noted they wouldn't be shocked to see him taking the lead in booking going forward.
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According to PWInsider with the fourth season in play for Lucha Underground, wrestlers will be able to work for other televised promotions, when the company is not taping. Previously, wrestlers weren't able to do so until the a Lucha Underground season wrapped up.
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On his podcast this week, Jim Ross noted during his interview with Chris Jericho that he renewed his deal with AXS TV for another year. So he would be able to voice-over his match with Kenny Omega when it airs on the channel.

Jericho noted during the interview that he is working with New Japan Pro Wrestling to have the Wrestle Kingdom event available through traditional PPV means, so people without access to New Japan World would be able to view it.

On whether Vince McMahon knew about his deal with NJPW before it was publicly announced, he said he would not go into any specifics but mentioned that being smart, he would not do anything that would jeopardize their relationship. He added that if Vince knew what an effect such a match can have on his own business, then he should not have a problem with it.
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Matt Hardy's 'Broken Matt Hardy' trademark is close to being published for opposition.

On July 14th, two 'Aro Lucha' trademarks were filed by Arolucha, an LLC company based in Franklin, TN. One for wrestling and the other for merchandise. Both filings will be published on December 5th for any opposition.
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WWE posted an article with WWE Superstars picking their dream Survivor Series team. Braun Strowman went with The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Big Show, Bray Wyatt, and himself. Matt Hardy went with Jeff Hardy, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and himself.
Link to the article: http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorser...s-2017-edition

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NJPW Company business in the last fiscal year (August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017) was up significantly, pretty much commensurate with the attendance increase. The company grossed 3.859 billion yen (which translates to $34,010,000) and had 926 million yen profit ($8,160,000). Revenue was up 17.8 percent and profits were up 99 percent. Full-time employees increased from 45 to 61. It would have been the company’s most revenue since 1997, but in those days, a far larger percentage of the revenue would have been ticket sales. The revenue was 2.007 billion yen in tickets, 1.196 billion yen in merchandise, 656 million in television rights fees (plus New Japan World revenue).

If you go with the idea that on average there were 55,000 New Japan World subscribers at $8, and it’s a 50/50 revenue share with TV-Asahi, that would be $220,000 per month or $2.64 million per years, so all their TV deals combined would only be $3.14 million per year which is the difference between a Japanese based wrestling business and an American based sports business where it’s all about television revenue and very little about ticket sales and merchandise. When Tanahashi first got hot and the company began its comeback, it was doing $9 million annually in gross revenue, so it has quadrupled business in about six years. It’s still not even five percent as large revenue wise as WWE, which will gross in excess of $700 million this year. Profitability the gap is a lot closer. From January 1 through September 30 of this year, WWE profits were $27.8 million
Some comparisons on how huge the gap is between NJPW and WWE in terms of revenues.

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As figured last week, James Storm is no longer with the company. His contract was running out and he was on a guaranteed annual deal in the $150,000 to $200,000 range, which isn’t a big number but Impact can’t afford numbers like that anymore. We’ll see if he can get into WWE.
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Regarding the Hall of Fame at Bound for Glory, once Jeff Jarrett left for good and they had nobody committed (the idea was Jerry Jarrett and Mike Tenay but Tenay wasn’t happening either way and Jerry, who did help start the company with Jeff and Bob Ryder and was a key guy in the early days, but left in a falling out with Jeff over Jeff using Vince Russo as booker and other things, in fact for years the two didn’t speak until reconciling) they decided to kill the concept, but James Storm was not on the list for being considered
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The Flair 30 for 30 show doing 1,831,000 viewers, the best rating for one of those shows since the December 10, 2016, show on the 1988 Miami vs. Notre Dame football game and its aftermath, has led to a lot of talk about more wrestling shows. One of the reasons the show was delayed so many times is that ESPN had turned down two other versions, and the unique direction this one took is something that you really couldn’t get with almost any other wrestler. For a comparison, the show on the XFL did 917,000 viewers. Rory Karpf, who put together the piece, said they would be releasing a DVD that would include a lot more interview footage that didn’t air on the show
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Just a clarification on Tenille Dashwood’s booking price, the $2,000 per show figure was for shows outside North America, for Europe, Japan and other markets. For North America the rate being quoted is $1,500 per show, plus round-trip airfare, hotel and ground transportation (on the indies promoters are expected to provide hotels and ground transportation, an expense that talent in WWE has to pay for on their own). That isn’t unusual for talent asking for bigger money booking fees for overseas shows since the travel is harder and you can often miss a day of regular bookings because of it. She’s also asking for a 50/50 split between her and the promotion for autograph and picture money and asking for 100 percent of her own other merchandise money (also consistent with most guidelines). She also asks for creative control, the ability to approve her opponent and do her own finishes, which in regular indies isn’t a deal-breaker since any top guy is basically going to have the right to approve that, but for some of the companies that run full-time and do storylines, that has been them balk. They are also asking for a 50 percent deposit ahead of time, which is also consistent with what most top stars on the market do unless they are working for a promoter they have a developed a long relationship with

Some other sheet news includes:
  • During today's media conference call, Triple H revealed more episodes of NXT will be taped away from Full Sail next year due to scheduling reasons. He stated they currently have plans for the first 13 weeks of 2018 to be taped at various locations.
  • During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, The Rock's daughter revealed she is considering the idea of becoming a pro wrestler in the future. If it happens, she would become the 1st fourth-generation star in wrestling and/or the WWE. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...-star.html?p=1
  • NWA is currently taking bookings for future NWA Championship matches after the Aldis-Storm II match. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...iness.html?p=1
  • Website UPI had a recent interview with Cody Rhodes talking about ROH's recent success, Arrow's Stephen Armell, and a possible future match with Kenny Omega. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...e-kenny-omega/


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Ric Flair is suing Legacy Talent and Entertainment -- the company that represented him for several years until he parted ways with them in September.

TMZ first reported on the lawsuit today, noting that Flair is alleging Legacy Talent and Entertainment owes him at least $46,000 after hiring a lawyer to look into his finances. Of that money, Flair is saying they didn't inform him about $25,000 they received from First Row Films, which is Rory Karpf's production company. Karpf directed ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on Flair.

The TMZ report states that Flair also noticed a $12,000 royalty advance he never got for an endorsement deal with Jake's Fireworks. Flair says Legacy Talent and Entertainment told him they were using the money to pay legal bills when he inquired about it, something Flair denies he approved.

Shortly after his health scare earlier this year, Flair announced that he was parting ways with Legacy Talent and Entertainment and their CEO Melinda Morris Zanoni. He is now being represented by Get Engaged Media.
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WWE performer David Otunga and longtime fiance Jennifer Hudson have split up and Hudson has filed a protective order against the former wrestler.

Hudson's publicists told People Magazine on Thursday that the two have been in the process of ending their relationship and she filed a protective order against him earlier in the day. The two had been a couple for nearly 10 years.

Tracy M. Rizzo, Otunga's attorney, countered to People, claiming Hudson is making up a story in order to gain custody of the couple's eight-year-old son, David Otunga Jr.
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David Otunga has pulled out of appearing on the Survivor Series show (he was never advertised to appear on the show to begin with) after the bad publicity stemming from ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hudson accusing him of domestic abuse in what appears to be a child custody battle. She claims ongoing harassing and threatening behavior and that he once pushed her. In her court filings, she said they argued because he believed she was dating one of her producers and she denied that was true. She called police last night to try and get Otunga thrown out of their home. The police came and ordered him to leave the Chicago area home that she owns.
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She says this was just the most recent in a pattern of escalating and threatening behavior and she says she's especially concerned because David is a 6'3" 240 lb professional wrestler.

Hudson goes on to say in legal docs, on occasion David left a gun and holster on their kitchen counter. He said it was a movie prop, but Hudson says, "David knows that I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm." She says, "I believe that he left it out to taunt, intimidate and frighten me, which he absolutely accomplished."
Link to the article: http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/17/jennif...ction-custody/

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Tonight's CMLL show is expected to draw one of the biggest crowds of the year with nostalgia nights, with major stars dating back to the 70s in four of the six matches. Black Terry, Canek, Cien Caras and Dos Caras, who all wrestled in he 70s in California, will be wrestling on the show, along with top 80s flyer Super Astro, boom period rivals Octagon and Fuerza Guerrera, and Hall of Famer El Satanico. Last year's show saw Negro Casas, Satanico & Fuerza Guerrera get huge reactions with the place going nuts, while the main event was one of the deadest matches of the year, but it drew a huge crowd. So they are repeating this with a similar main event with Rayo Jalisco Jr. (57) & Dos Caras Sr. (66) & Villano IV (52) vs Canek (65) & Cien Caras (68) & Mascara Ano 2000 (59). The show airs live, and will be available on the CMLL Facebook page for a replay viewing shortly after it ends.

Revolution Pro Wrestling announced Hiroshi Tanahashi for its 4/6 show in New Orleans which will be on Friday at 4 p.m.

Capitol Wrestling has inked a deal with Twitch as their live streaming partner with shows every Monday night.
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WWE NXT star and former ROH champion Adam Cole was legitimately busted open last night at the WWE NXT event in Austin, Texas during a six man tag between The Undisputed Era and Sanity. Cody Walper, who was sitting ringside, noted, "They set up a spot on the floor literally right in front of me where Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and Cole all got sent into each other head-first by Ssanity and it sounded like a soda busting in a freezer. Cole bled heavily and got pulled to the back to get cleaned up. The rest of the guys did an awesome job buying time until Cole came back out (never once breaking character) and continued the match."

The Undispted Era scored the win.

PWInsider.com has confirmed with several sources that Cole required several staples to close the wound. One source believed it may have been as many as seven.
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The 11/16 edition of Impact did 272,000 overnight viewers, up from last week’s 250,000 overnight viewers.
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Just in time for his return at Survivor Series, WWE Shop has the brand-new purple and green "Cenation Respect" John Cena gear.
Link to the new colors: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbnDGlWFSbt/

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The 'Broken Matt Hardy' trademark will be published for opposition on December 19th, so any parties who want to oppose will have a 30-day period beginning from that date to file an opposition.

If there is no opposition, the trademark will officially be in the hands of Hardy and available for him to use, within WWE or independently of the company.
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WWE announced some dates for their next European tour:

May 9 - Bournemouth, England
May 10 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
May 11 - Dublin, Ireland
May 14 - London, England (RAW TV)
May 15 - London, England (Smackdown TV)
May 15 - Birmingham, England
May 16 - Liverpool, England
May 17 - Newcastle, England
May 18 - Sheffield, England

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Some stuff from TPWW Frontpage:Impact Results – Nov. 16, 2017 – Eli Drake vs. Petey Williams
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