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Old 11-01-2016, 10:09 PM   #441
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The Monday, 10/31 edition of WWE Raw did 2.59 million viewers, the second lowest number in the last 19 years.

The Halloween edition of the show finished just ahead of a 9/26 show that drew 2.46 million viewers and went head-to-head with a U.S. presidential debate ...

8 p.m. 2.75 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.62 milion viewers
10 p.m. 2.44 million viewers
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TNA was dealt a fairly significant blow on Tuesday morning as the company's television partner in the United Kingdom, Challenge TV, announced that they would no longer be carrying Impact Wrestling starting in the beginning of next year.

Challenge's statement: "We know that many TNA fans will be disappointed to hear this, but we wanted to let you all know that as of January 2017, Challenge will no longer be the home of TNA in the UK. TNA has been a huge and important part of Challenge’s story over the years and we will treasure some great moments like the British Bootcamp and UK tours. We have been proud to bring UK viewers coverage of TNA and have huge respect for the company and its fans. TNA is packed with great talent and we know they will continue to do great things -- we wish them all the best."

Largely due to their TV deals, the UK has been one of the best markets globally for TNA. The promotion has regularly run tours of the UK in front of some of their best crowds of the year, but they haven't yet announced a tour for 2017.

TNA responded to the news on Tuesday with a statement of their own on the company's Facebook page. In the statement, TNA mentioned spoilers as a reason that they would no longer be airing on Challenge and said that they are looking forward to announcing a new opportunity soon that will allow them to air Impact closer to when the show is broadcast in the United States.
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The drama that has unfolded over the last month regarding TNA's future continued in a Nashville, TN, courtroom Monday as Billy Corgan's request for control over the troubled wrestling company was rejected.

In her ruling, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle said that the temporary injunction Corgan was seeking didn't meet the burden of proof required to attain it. He is due to be paid back on several loans he had made the company that included the option to take over Carter's voting rights if TNA became insolvent. That was the basis of Corgan's case due to the amount of money TNA owes in contrast to the amount of revenue the company has.

Corgan is due to be paid back on Tuesday, November 1st. The musician had sued the company, Dixie Carter, and more in an effort to get voting rights and control.
According to the Observer, Aroluxe's CEO is currently in charge of TNA in the wake of Corgan's lawsuit.

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The main thing in the TNA ruling is that Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled against Billy Corgan in his attempt to get a restraining order that would prohibit TNA from selling off any of its assets. This opens the door to selling to Anthem Sports aka The Fight Network. Jason Brown of Aroluxe will be in charge of the company. Dixie Carter will still have a position in the company, but whether she was any power, and she won't have final power, is uncertain. Corgan appears to be looking at continuing his legal challenge for ownership, and there are unanswered questions but Hobbs Lyle's ruling didn't appear favorable to me to him regarding his key points of contention. As far as what will and won't change, it's too soon to tell.

The key to this is TNA will continue with Anthem Sports funding the company. Everyone should start getting paid. As far as what happens with the budget given little revenue is coming in, that's another thing to soon to tell. Another question is who stays and who goes. For now, Corgan, even though listed as President, won't be part of it unless he comes to an agreement with the new owners, but doing so would kill his lawsuit that he said he is continuing.
Some more details about the potential aftermath from Corgan's lawsuit.

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Pro Wrestling NOAH has reportedly been sold to Japanese IT company Estbee.
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PWInsider.com has confirmed that WWE NXT star Austin Aries has suffered a large orbital fracture from the evil looking kick he received from Shinsuke Nakamura at the NXT house show last week in California.

Aries is slated to undergo surgery later this week in Birmingham, Alabama and will be out of action at least until first quarter of 2017.
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WWE superstars like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Xavier Woods, Sasha Banks, and more are coming to Boom Studios in comic book form. The series will follow multiple wrestlers going about their daily business, like breaking tables, fighting in the ring, and grilling out on top of a WWE truck.

On November 9, the publisher will debut its first comic utilizing the WWE license: WWE: Then. Now. Forever, and you can see a preview of this issue below. This is an introduction to what Boom Studios has in store for fans, when the ongoing WWE series launches in January.
Link to the article with some images and more details: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/wwe.../1100-6445015/

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I haven't been in the ring yet. That's the one thing after those 12 years that is probably the most important to reacquaint yourself with, but I'm going in for one match. I'm not going to get into the ring for 20 days straight to reacclimate myself to hitting the ropes because, hopefully, the only thing that will be hitting is my fist hitting Brock's face and him hitting the mat, so the reality is I'm going to be taken to Suplex City. I'm going to take some suplexes in this thing. Yeah, but it is what it is. It ain't like I didn't play in the NFL, dude. I may be old, but I know what I'm getting myself into.
Part of an interview Goldberg had on a recent Booker T podcast episode.

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Eric Bischoff's podcast has been added to the MLW Radio network starting on 11/3.
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"You're talking to me and I'm not even answering you because I'm constantly thinking towards ways in which words play," Amore said. "Just things that are funny to make people interact and to keep the audience participating. My mind is always going in that direction." The result is a notebook that he estimates is well over 1,000 pages of written promo material. Everywhere Amore goes, the book comes with him.

"I have it backed up on the internet up in a cloud somewhere [too]," he said. "There is no question about that."

Amore believes the process of writing it down helps to imprint the material into his brain. When a fellow superstar says something to him on live TV and it sparks something he wrote down two years ago and forgot about, he is able to deliver an instant comeback. "That's the way my mind works," he said. "All of a sudden it's flying out."
From a recent interview ESPN had with Enzo Amore. Link to the interview itself: http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/1...ny-ability-mic

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WWE have already abandoned trademarking Drew Gulak and Tony Nese. [Note from Mike: I wonder if this was a case of the left hand and the right hand not knowing what the other was doing as neither of them are, as of this writing, signed to WWE deals.]
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Al Snow announced on his Facebook page that The Al Snow Wrestling Academy will be the "Global Development Center" for TNA Impact Wrestling.
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It appears that the ACH situation we wrote about a few weeks back did not go without ripple effects after all as PWInsider.com has confirmed from multiple sources that he is finishing up with the company.

ACH is currently signed to an exclusive deal but will not be signing another deal with the promotion. There is always a possibility he will to be used down the line on a per-date basis, but we have heard that after the end of the year, the two sides will part company.

It's been obvious for some time there is a rift. Several weeks ago, ACH worked a pair of events, AAW's Jim Lynam Memorial events in Illinois and at one of the events, used the mic to make veiled comments that many believed were about ROH. That upset a number of people in the ROH locker room that felt ACH was being disrespectful, especially since he wouldn't have been able to work the shows without getting permission from someone in ROH management.
PWI thinks WWE could be a likely destination depending on how interested the company is in signing him once his release is official.

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EVOLVE Champion Timothy Thatcher vs. Fred Yehi in a non-title encounter has been announced for the 11/12 EVOLVE event in Queens, NY. Thatcher vs. Tony Nese is set for the 11/13 EVOLVE event in Joppa, MD, teasing the idea that should Nese win the belt he could take it and appear on Monday Night Raw with it.

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  • Sports Illustrated had a recent interview with Joey Styles: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016...ting-interview
  • According to the Observer, Sasha was originally planned to beat Charlotte the day of their Hell in a Cell match but Vince forced last minute changes to be made to both the result and parts of the match itself. Being speculated around the next this might have been Vince's way of getting some payback on being forced to make the Women's match as the real main event for Hell in a Cell.
  • According to reports ITV messed up on selling tickets for their World of Sport pilot show taping with over 1000 more tickets sold than seats possible at the arena used.
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Old 11-01-2016, 10:14 PM   #442
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It'll be interesting to see how, if at all, having a new parent company will effect NOAH's relationship with New Japan.
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Old 11-01-2016, 10:36 PM   #443
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So TNA wants to find a new TV partner in the UK because of spoilers but continue to tape 3 months of TV at a time? I'm sure their India deal will be next.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:30 AM   #444
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That's the TNA spin on the story. They're getting dumped because Challenge get higher ratings from 30-year old episodes of Bullseye.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:45 PM   #445
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:50 PM   #446
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If TNA does appear on British television again, it'll probably be on some random rubbish channel that nobody watches like W, Sony Channel, TruTV or DMAX.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:51 PM   #447
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The best thing that can happen for TNA in the UK is Dave picking it up.

They occasionally show boxing so why not wrestling?

But I really doubt Dave would go after TNA.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:13 PM   #448
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The 11/1 edition of SmackDown Live garnered 2,187,000 viewers, up from last week's 2,127,000 viewers.
Next week is going to be brutal since its a taped show and Election Night.

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World Wrestling Entertainment announced this afternoon that they will debut a new weekly Cruiserweight series titled "205 Live" on Tuesdays at 10 PM Eastern on the WWE Network. The title of the series is a play off the weight limit for the CWC.

The series will debut on Tuesday 11/29. PWInsider.com has confirmed that the plan is for the series to broadcast live on the Network after Smackdown Live goes off the air on the USA Network. "Talking Smack" would follow the Cruiserweight series at 11 PM Eastern.

Unlike the CWC, which was taped at Full Sail Live, "205 Live" will be broadcast live from that week's Smackdown taping, which means that the Cruisers will be working both Raw and Smackdown tapings going forward, making them the only talents to do that on a weekly basis, post-brand split.

It is possible they could tape the Cruiser series before they broadcast Smackdown, but everything we have heard thus far is that the plan is to have a live Cruiser broadcast every week on the WWE Network, 52 weeks a year. The idea here is to create new, original content to make the Network an even more enticing overall package for subscribers. The weekly Cruiser series was among the potential additions to the Network that had its interest tested in recent fan surveys.
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More announcements for the Raw vs. SmackDown traditional Survivor Series elimination tag matches were made on SmackDown last night. The SmackDown men’s team will consist of AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Baron Corbin. The women’s team will be Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Naomi and the team will be coached by Natalya. American Alpha and The Usos also won qualifying matches and will be part of the SmackDown tag division’s team.

Also on last night’s SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler issued an open challenge to any member of the Raw roster to challenge him for the Intercontinental Championship at Survivor Series.
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Brock Lesnar will face Rusev at WWE’s live event in Mexico City on December 3rd.
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In the press release about the WWE Network’s new cruiserweight series, Akira Tozawa is billed only as Tozawa and Brian Kendrick is referred to as The Brian Kendrick.
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The Mohegan Sun arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA announced on their social media accounts on Wednesday that Undertaker would be returning on November 15th for the 900th episode of SmackDown. No indication was given as to what Undertaker would be doing during the appearance.

Mystery has seemed to surround Undertaker since he last appeared on WWE television at WrestleMania 32 in a victory over Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match. Dave Meltzer has reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Undertaker told everyone after that match that it was his last, but nothing has been officially announced by Undertaker or WWE.
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Stardom president Rossy Ogawa has confirmed Dave Meltzer’s report that Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo have gotten offers from WWE.
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It was officially announced today that WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has settled his legal issues with Gawker.com as part of a confidential settlement. Hogan had acquired a $140 million legal judgment against the website, its owner Nick Denton and the editor responsible for reviewing and posting snippets of a Hogan sex tape that Hogan was not even aware existed, Albert "AJ" Daulerio earlier this year. Hogan had been pursuing payment of the judgment since.

Deadline.com is reporting the settlement was for $31 million.
Also gets around $10 million from Gawker's owner and a portion of the amount from Gawker's recent sale as part of the terms. Link with more details about the breakdown in the settlement: http://www.wsj.com/articles/gawker-m...07236?mod=e2tw

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While the lawsuit Billy Corgan has filed against TNA, etc. is still moving forward, it is interesting to note that based on the documentation revealed over the course of that case that TNA was required to pay Corgan back the $1.8 million he had lent them on 11/1. PWInsider.com has not been able to confirm whether that actually has happened or not, but one would think TNA would be opening themselves up to even more legal procedures if they have not.

As if TNA hasn't had enough headaches in recent weeks, their server has crashed, leading to all of the company email being down.
Corgan was owed his $1.8 million back yesterday although Fight Network's parent company teased they and not TNA were going to be the ones paying him back.

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MMAFighting.com has an interview with Kid Kash where he mentions that he has no respect for CM Punk because he had everything given to him in wrestling, and would like to knock him out in an MMA fight if given a chance.

Kash will be fighting for Valor Fights this Saturday in Nasville, TN.
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Just when you thought there might be some stability to TNA-related stories for the time being, we’ve discovered yet another lawsuit filed against the company over an unpaid debt. While this one, which dates back to June, was filed in the same court as Billy Corgan’s lawsuit, quirks in the court’s online search system made it difficult to find. In this case, TNA has been sued by the company that handles the design, import, and export of their merchandise for ShopTNA.
TNA is being sued for around $44k.


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Shortly after an email was sent to talent and the staff, Anthem Sports & Entertainment and Impact Wrestling sent out a joint press release Thursday confirming what had previoulsy been stated about Anthem funding the company and taking over.

From the release:

"Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. and Impact Ventures, parent company of TNA Impact Wrestling, today announced that Anthem has provided a credit facility to TNA to fund operations.

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global sports media company that operates Fight Network, Impact Wrestling's exclusive broadcaster in Canada, as well as exclusive worldwide digits streaming partner for all TNA programming. It is also an equity stakeholder of Impact Ventures.

The agreement includes the appointment of Anthem Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm to the Impact Ventures Board of Managers. The company will be managed by the Board with Mr. Nordholm representing the Board on all major operation and restructuring decisions. Dixie Carter will continue as Chair of the company, a well as her position on the Board of Mangers. Billy Corgan is no longer with the company" ...

Talent was told that Carter would remain on the board but would no longer be part of day-to-day operations.

What is also notable is that Corgan was supposed to be paid back his money owed with interest on Tuesday. As of today, he claimed he had not been paid yet.

"FACT: TNA was supposed to pay me two days ago, which they swore in front of a judge," wrote Corgan on Twitter. "Yesterday they asked for a day to get $ together upon which, (yesterday or today), they'd reach out directly to settle all claims. So they lied again and have used the time as a weapon."

Corgan is planning on continuing his legal battle for control of the company.

"FACT: I have still not been paid, and I'm exploring all remedies including new filings with court and converting to 36 percent equity."
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Carter also stated that Aroluxe Media, described in the letter as "also an equity stakeholder" will continue on as the production team overseeing TNA's shows in 2017. Carter's letter stated the next set of tapings would be in early January, confirming PWInsider's report several weeks back that they would be taping 1/5/17-1/10/17.
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TNA knew that their deal with Challenge was in jeopardy months ago so they began shopping around Impact Wrestling to various networks in the U.K. with little interest from anyone. One group they met with was Premier Sports, a pay sports channel in the U.K. formerly known as Setanta Sports. The station ended up being completely discouraged by what they learnt of TNA's past dealings with networks in the U.S. when they did their research on how TNA's deals with both Spike and Destination America saw them canceled due to a mixture of poor ratings and mishandled business relationships, along with declining viewership on Challenge in the U.K. Despite this TNA told Premier Sports that they would be off Challenge and available in the U.K. in January
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The plan for right now is to do a Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns champion vs. champion program in December. Keep in mind that will change every week between now and then.
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BILD, the leading newspaper in Germany, claims that Tim Wiese's contract with WWE is for $332,000 per year. Wiese made his debut on today's show in Munich. I'm skeptical of that figure but it has not been denied to me either.
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Despite all the talk that the series would delve into Bryan Danielson's depression issues following his retirement from the ring, the 11/2 episode Total Bellas episode on E! only garnered 536,000 viewers, a series low and down from last week's 630,000 viewers.

Obviously, Game Seven of the World Series helped hurt the ratings as they drew an audience of over 40 million.
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ACH and ROH have evidently come to a verbal agreement on a mutual release although as of this writing it was not signed nor official, but that is likely the end result of this week.

PW Insider first reported he was finishing up with the company when his contract expired, but then we got word that instead of waiting for the contract to expire, they came to an agreement for a mutual release ...

We did hear that ACH wasn't happy it became the story it did and wished he'd never said it. But after the situation came to light, he did tell ROH officials he was frustrated in the promotion. We don't know the details of his frustrations but it's likely over his push.
According to PWI, ACH will become a free agent after December 31st.

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According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, here is the latest on the new WWE 205 Live show. The announcement of the show was in response to a fan survey, which asked fans about a weekly live cruiserweight show. The cruiserweight wrestlers will continue to work Monday nights on Raw and shoot angles for the Tuesday show. Cruiserweight talents will also be working NXT weekend tours so that everyone is getting enough dates. WWE has been using Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari for the division, but at this time they aren’t signed and they have not been advertised for the show.
Some new details regarding the upcoming Cruiser show. Also seems some of the guys originally brought in from the CWC tournament are getting cut or given the part time treatment soon.

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Speaking of women, it now looks like Kairi Hojo is coming with Io Shirai. Stardom knew last week that Shirai was leaving and Hojo was on the verge, and was pushing for Hojo to stay noting she'd be their top star. Right now both are scheduled to stay with Stardom through about April of next year. Shirai will have her 10th anniversary big show on 3/20 at Korakuen Hall and that will be her last major event. Hojo will have a homecoming show in April and then also probably be leaving, although Stardom is trying to convince her to stay because losing one won't be so bad but losing both will be devastating, in particular because they have nobody at their level to elevate to take their places. The promotions' big three of late have been those two and Mayu Iwatani.
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The U.S. paid WWE Network subscribers went from 990,200 in the U.S. and 242,900 outside the U.S. to 1,070,800 in the U.S. and 373,400 outside the U.S. So the increase over a full year was 80,600, which is still going up, but nowhere close to the rate projected. Originally WWE had projected U.S. network subscribers by this point would be 2.5 million to 3 million.
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Right now the plan is for the NXT women's tournament, which will be similar to the cruiserweight classic with an international field and a weekly WWE network show to be taped in either January or March. The funny thing is there are women who have been contacted that don't work for WWE for the tournament, and some have been told January and some have been told March regarding being available. But several women have been contacted and told they are in, and dates to be available. It could also be like the cruiserweight tournament where they tape over a series of months, but the talent wasn't told that and some talent contacted have dates on overseas tours they have to get rearranged if they are to be in the tournament.
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Stephanie McMahon was on "The Chew" on ABC, a cooking show where she was promoting Survivor Series and Goldberg vs. Lesnar and talked about how much fun she has playing a bad guy on television. One of the hosts asked why they used to call the women "Divas," and her response was that the fans demanded it and Vince always listens to the fans.
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TNA knew that their deal with Challenge was in jeopardy months ago so they began shopping around Impact Wrestling to various networks in the U.K. with little interest from anyone. One group they met with was Premier Sports, a pay sports channel in the U.K. formerly known as Setanta Sports. The station ended up being completely discouraged by what they learnt of TNA's past dealings with networks in the U.S. when they did their research on how TNA's deals with both Spike and Destination America saw them canceled due to a mixture of poor ratings and mishandled business relationships, along with declining viewership on Challenge in the U.K. Despite this TNA told Premier Sports that they would be off Challenge and available in the U.K. in January
Haha, even Premier Sports wont take them.

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Just about as comical as you being obsessed with WWEs business adventures.
And can't tell the difference between revenue and profit.

NOTE: It is important for businesses attempting to expand to increase their top line, but that is not my point, although you watch "expert debater" CyNick go straight for that.
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The situation with TNA and Billy Corgan had a few twists and turns this morning stemming from a New York Post article by Richard Morgan.

The key to the story at this point is that even though TNA is being controlled and funded by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, for reasons of saving money based on the Corgan contract, they are claiming they haven't been sold, even though for all real purposes they have.

The point to this is that Corgan's deal with TNA when fronting them $1.8 million (a figure Corgan has now confirmed) is that if the company was sold, he was entitled to a 50% transfer fee, meaning the company would owe him $2.7 million. Anthem Sports has been willing to pay Corgan $1.8 million, or at times $1.9 million (claiming they were willing to pay six
percent interest), but not $2.7 million, and also insist on him dropping his lawsuit against them before they would pay him.

Corgan is asking for the money, but refuses to drop the lawsuit, and claims that if they don't pay him he has the right to convert the payment into 36 percent of TNA stock. It would be a minority interest. Anthem is clearly avoiding the term purchase of TNA and going through with an actual purchase, in order to avoid the transfer fee.

In court they had said they would pay the amount of $1.9 million (they said the number owed plus six percent interest) on November 1st. As of today, it had not been paid. TNA is demanding that if they paid the money, that Corgan sign a release, breaking all ties between the company which would mean that he would have to drop the ongoing lawsuit and could not sue the company going forward.
Link to more details from the Observer and containing the link to the New York Post report: http://www.f4wonline.com/tna-news/bi...oan-tna-223961

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Scheduled for 12/26 in Madison Square Garden: A.J. Styles vs. John Cena (which may be his return) vs. Dean Ambrose for WWE title, Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Luke Harper Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz cage match for IC title, Rhyno & Heath Slater vs. Usos vs. Breezango vs. American Alpha for tag titles, Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella vs. Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss for women's title, Apollo Crews & Jack Swagger & Hype Bros vs. The Ascension & Vaudevillains, Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin
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New Japan is also likely to announce at least some of the Tokyo Dome matches for 1/4 either tonight or at a press conference over the next few days. What is most likely is they will shoot a lot of angles tonight, since Power Struggle usually is an angle-filled show, and then the match announcements will take place in a few days.
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TNA head writer David Lagana announced today that he has left the company ...

Lagana started with TNA in 2011 after being hired from ROH.

In a farewell article he noted learning from Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, Dusty Rhodes, Pat Patterson, Gerry Brisco, Shawn Michaels, Paul Levesque, Michael Hayes, Brian Gewirtz, Adam Pearce, Hunter Johnston, Matt Conway, Billy Corgan, Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, Bruce Prichard, Jeff Jarrett, and Dutch Mantel.

It is very notable he did not include John Gaburick or Dixie Carter on that list.

Lagana was expected to be a more powerful player in the new TNA under Corgan, but he was expected to be in a tenuous position when Corgan didn't get control of the company.
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In an announcement on Friday, FloSports revealed that independent promotions Beyond Wrestling and PWX would be airing live events on the streaming service. FloSlam will stream Beyond's December 11th event in Melrose, MA, along with PWX's two-night X16 tournament on November 19th-20th.

The promotions are the second and third announced additions to the lineup, with the company previously announcing that they had reached an exclusive multi-year deal to stream events from EVOLVE and the rest of the World Wrestling Network.

Beyond tweeted that, for now, their deal is only for the December 11th show and 90-day rights to its VOD ...

FloSlam will broadcast its first live pro wrestling show tonight with SHINE 38. The subscription costs $20 a month or $150 for a year.
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— Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks) November 4, 2016

Galloway, who suffered a neck injury in September when he was dropped badly on his head, and hasn't been able to wrestle since, formally announced that he would be missing his November 11th date in London, England, where he was to face Tomoaki Honma on a joint show with New Japan and Revolution Pro Wrestling, which was actually a pretty big deal because he'd be seen by New Japan officials, and his November 12th date in EVOLVE where he was to headline the show in Queens, NY, against Matt Riddle ...

UPDATE: WWE has given Tommy End permission to work the EVOLVE shows on November 12th in Queens, NY and November 13th in Joppa, MD to replace Galloway. However they are not allowing the End matches to stream on FloSports.
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With Tommy End replacing Drew Galloway on next week's Evolve shows, the lineups are changing for both the show in Queens, NY and in Joppa, MD. The new lineups are expected to be announced on Monday. End's matches will not be allowed by WWE to air on Flo Slam, which I guess tells you what WWE really thinks of the Flo Slam. In a similar situation, New Japan is allowing its talent appear on Revolution Pro's streaming service when they go to the U.K. for shows next week.
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According to the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is looking at bringing Japanese talents Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo into the company.

The women are reportedly leaving Japan’s Stardom promotion, but it was said Stardom is said to be attempting to retain Hojo. Both of them leaving would reportedly ‘devastate’ the company because they are two of Stardom’s biggest draws, but they could both possibly stay with Stardom through March or April of next year.

It’s unknown what either woman’s role would be with WWE as the Observer was not clear if they would be full-time or part-time, or what brand they would start with, just that WWE was showing interesting in them both. Sharai will reportedly finish up in Japan after an anniversary show in Japan on March 20th, and Hojo will work a homecoming show in April.

The timing is interesting because the Observer also mentioned on a related note that the reported women’s tournament in WWE would start to tape in January or March.
Some new details about possible dates for when both Japanese women wrestlers could be leaving Japan for the WWE.

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TNA began filming their "Total Nonstop Deletion" episode of Impact Wrestling this past Tuesday PWInsider.com has confirmed.

TNA is filming the entire episode, planned for the last episode of 2016, at the Hardy compound in Cameron, NC.
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Hogan remained in the discussion when Hall harkened back to WCW’s World War 3 pay per view from November of 1997. Hall won the 60-man World War 3 match, which—allegedly—assured him a future title shot with the WCW champion.

“I won at World War 3, and I was supposed to get the title shot at SuperBrawl,” explained Hall. “That was traditionally a big draw for WCW, and I was supposed to be the main event there vs. Sting. But Hulk c---blocked that and he took the main event spot and I never got the title match. That’s WCW in a nutshell.”
Hogan being a dickbag story from back in the day. Story comes from a recent interview Scott Hall had with Sports Illustrated. http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016...-jesse-ventura






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  • According to reports, Eva Marie's return to the WWE will be longer than originally expected due to being involved with another film at the moment. Production itself is currently planned to last till November 22nd. https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCirc...e_currently_a/
  • During a recent interview with TMZ, Stephanie McMahon teased the WWE preparing to offer Ronda Rousey a deal once her MMA career is over. Rousey herself recently teased about retiring very soon from both UFC and MMA. http://fightful.com/stephanie-mcmaho...r-ronda-rousey
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And can't tell the difference between revenue and profit.

NOTE: It is important for businesses attempting to expand to increase their top line, but that is not my point, although you watch "expert debater" CyNick go straight for that.
No most businesses that introduce a new revenue stream don't need to spend any money to launch it. It's pretty much common sense for business experts like Noid and Meltzer.
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Even with a taped show, the 11/7 edition of WWE Raw bounced back after Halloween, drawing 2.76 million viewers which better than it has been averaging for live shows of late, particularly those without special attractions ...

The positive is in the hourlies, but it's also a negative:

8 p.m. 3.07 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.73 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.51 million viewers
In regards to the hours, 8pm was the 2nd highest since NFL started while the 9pm and 10pm drops were both 4th biggest in RAW history (9pm) and 3rd biggest in the 3 Hour Era (10pm).

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WWE, in the form of a tweet by Shane McMahon, announced that Edge would be appearing on the November 15th episode of SmackDown.

Edge, who is currently working on a second season of Edge & Christian's network show, "The Edge and Christian Show that Totally Reeks of Awesomeness," will be doing a Cutting Edge segment.

The company is trying to promote the show from Wilkes-Barre, PA, which also includes the return of The Undertaker, as a major event celebrating the 900th episode of SmackDown.
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Tom Phillips has joined the SmackDown announce team, giving the show a four-man booth. He'll remain on the NXT announce team as well.
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ROH announced a "Decade of Excellence" tournament that will begin in December.
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Ric Flair tweeted that he voted for himself for president.
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2K today announced that WWE 2K17’s “Goldberg Pack” is now available to fans everywhere as downloadable content, enabling access to playable characters and arenas focused on legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg. Arriving on the heels of Goldberg’s return to WWE after more than 12 years, as well as his upcoming match against WWE 2K17 Cover Superstar Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, the WWE 2K17 “Goldberg Pack” offers content previously available to those who pre-ordered WWE 2K17 or purchased the WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Edition, including: Two playable Bill Goldberg characters (WCW and WWE); Playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas; Availability on all platforms for $4.99.
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The WWE has canceled NXT shows on 12/5 in Auckland, New Zealand and 12/6 in Wellington, New Zealand. They are cutting short the overseas tour and moving the scheduled 12/5 show in Perth at HBF Stadium from 12/15 to 12/5 and the 12/4 show in Canberra, at the AIS Arena from 12/14 to 12/7. No public reason was given for the changes in plans.
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The 11/20 ROH show in London, England has been moved from the Seymour Leisure Centre to York Hall at Bethanal Green. The show is almost sold out but there are some balcony seats available.
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The company is starting to promote its next major U.K. tour. Instead of coming right after WrestleMania, the next tour will be in May. Some dates announced are 5/7 in Liverpool, 5/8 in Bornemouth, 5/9 in London, 5/10 in Birmingham, 5/11 in Sheffield and 5/12 in Newcastle. It appears that the TV's will be show at the O2 Arena in London on 5/8 and 5/9.
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TNA held a conference call this afternoon with the TNA roster. We are told by sources that during the call, Carter officially introduced Anthem's Eric Nordholm as a member of the Board of Managers for the company, stating that the Board will be guiding the company going forward.

Carter praised the new relationship with Anthem Media, stating they have injected capital and resources into the company and will bring it to the next level. Nordholm addressed the roster and praised them for their hard work and said that the new agreement will be a great opportunity for both TNA and The Fight Network.

The idea of an over the top network utilizing TNA content was brought up. It was also noted that the company is looking towards getting back on a touring schedule (I would assume this means for live events) as well as strengthening it's relationship with their India TV partner, Sony Six.

When asked about creative changes, Dixie Carter noted that Dave Lagana tendered his resignation last week and that Billy Corgan was no longer with the company. She said that going forward, they would be going back towards a collaborative effort. It was noted that the creative department current consists of John "Big" Gaburick. Matt Conway and Madison Rayne and they are looking to hire more people to add to that end of the company.
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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross (who is bringing his one man show to Nashville, TN tomorrow) wrote in his latest blog that he spoke with Chris Jericho about the incident with Sin Cara Sunday evening on the Euroean tour.

Ross wrote, "Caught up with Chris Jericho Monday morning to check in regarding the reports of a ‘fight’ that Y2J had at a WWE event in the U.K. with Sin Cara. Chris said it was largely about nothing and that it resembled more of a scuffle than a full fledged fight. Sin Cara threw one punch and then the minor melee was broken up. Tensions often times rise on these extended, international tours which can bring out the worst in people. This scrap apparently occurred on the bus in route to Glasgow. At the end of the day, it was seemingly much to do about not that much on a slow news day online. (Bill Watts would have made the two fight to get the angst out of their systems. Cowboy did just that with Butch Reed and John Nord.) "

Ross also teased that there is a big announcement coming next month from AXS TV in regard to their relationship with New Japan and coverage on AXS TV. Man, could you imagine if they started broadcasting NJPW events live?
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As of this morning, Billy Corgan had not filed any new legal paperwork with the Chancery Court in Nashville. His lawsuit is still active, so it would appear that he and TNA are negotiating a settlement.

We are told by sources in Nashville that Anthem Media is taking a deep look at every aspect of TNA's business right now. Anthem is expected to become the majority shareholder in the company, but have not yet. It would appear they are waiting for the Corgan situation to be settled and for him to be out of the picture before any official sale is made.
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Is there a reason that Tom Phillips has been added to SmackDown? That announce team should really just be Mauro and one other guy. I know places have had four-man teams before, but that aesthetic for the sake of it just seems weird to me.
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I figured it would be Otunga getting the boot because his wife not wanting him to travel. Maybe Phillips is 3rd when Otunga cannot make it.
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Smackdown sabotage continues. 4 mouths at the commentator table, too much.
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The company is starting to promote its next major U.K. tour. Instead of coming right after WrestleMania, the next tour will be in May. Some dates announced are 5/7 in Liverpool, 5/8 in Bornemouth, 5/9 in London, 5/10 in Birmingham, 5/11 in Sheffield and 5/12 in Newcastle. It appears that the TV's will be show at the O2 Arena in London on 5/8 and 5/9.
"UK Tour"?

More like "England Tour".
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The 11/8 edition of SmackDown Live garnered 1,921,000 viewers, down from last week's 2,187,000 viewers. Election coverage definitely tapped into their audience.
Lowest in the Live era even though it was a very special case this week (Elections and being taped). Also ended up being the least viewed Smackdown episode for this year.

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The latest episode of The Kevin Gill Show was released this past Monday. New episodes with new interviews will be coming out every Monday going forward.

This week's episode featured The Wolfpac (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Sean Waltman). Some of their comments about Shawn Michaels taking over the WWE Performance Center have been transcribed below. You can also find some comments from Kevin regarding WWE's new show 205 Live.

On Shawn Michaels joining the WWE Performance Center:

Nash: How many people, including the two guys to my left, know that the new Head of the WWE Performance Center is Shawn Michaels?

Hall: Oh yeah, I knew that.

Waltman: Is he actually moving to Florida? I can't believe that.

Nash: Oh yeah, he's moving to Florida with the family and everything. If you thought that NXT was something wait til that son of a bitch gets down there and gives them his magic. There is nobody better than him. Physically nobody better. Psychology nobody better. It's going to be a game changer. I don't know what the hell they are paying him but it's got to be a lot because to get Shawn to do the 9-5...

Waltman: Whatever it is is a bargain.

Nash: His son wants to do graphic design. His daughter wants to be a veterinarian. Sea World is down there. There's a lot of advantages to being in Orlando over Abilene, TX. Nothing against Abilene. I hear there's a lot of good things going on there.

Gill: I don't think Full Sail has opened a branch out there.

Nash: Graphic design is something you have at Full Sail. "Go with Dad to work."
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WWE wrestler Terry Gerin, who works as Rhyno, one half of the SmackDown tag team champions with Heath Slater, failed to win a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday night.

Gerin was running as the Republican nominee in the 15th district, which covers Detroit suburbs like Dearborn, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Taylor and Monroe. After winning in the primary, he garnered 13,452 votes in the general election, or 38.2 percent of the votes, compared to 21,739 for Democrat Abdullah Hammoud with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
Supposedly did better than other Republican challengers in nearby districts.

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After Baron Corbin was removed from the SmackDown men’s division team, Shane McMahon took his spot and was added to the Survivor Series match on last night’s SmackDown. Breezango also won the last qualifying match to earn a spot on the tag division team.
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For whatever reason, the decision was made to do an injury to Baron Corbin to open up the spot for McMahon. It was done in a way to more strongly focus on Corbin, so it was clearly not a decision that they’ve given up on a guy who they seem to be building long-term as a loner babyface but has little going for him but his height and look.
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Pete Dunne and other UK talent received a WWE tryout on the company’s overseas tour.
Link with more details: http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/article...d?sf41659047=1

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The World Wrestling Network/EVOLVE announced that they have signed Matt Riddle to an exclusive multi-year deal.

Riddle will face Ricochet at EVOLVE 75 on December 11th. Ricochet was previously scheduled to team with Dick Togo in a match for the EVOLVE Tag Team Championship. DUSTIN will team with a partner of his choosing in a title defense at EVOLVE’s show on Sunday in Joppa, MD.
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WWE Smackdown’s James Ellsworth appeared earlier this week on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast and prior to be announced as Team Blue’s mascot for the upcoming Survivor Series elimination match he discusses with John Poz and Chad how this Cinderella story of his dream coming true is still somewhat developing. Detailing his previous opportunities battling AJ Styles for the WWE Championship and playing second to Dean Ambrose as a main addition to the WWE title feud, James talks his approach to each show and how his current run does not look to be ending anytime soon.
Link to the podcast episode: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/t...21_00_00-08_00

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On the latest edition of his podcast (transcript via wrestlezone.com), Booker T spoke about his run as WCW TV Champion, his thoughts on James Ellsworth, and more…

On Raw Talk:
I think that is what is really cool, to get the real side of what these people are going through. It’s easy to talk about nothing, it’s easy to make up something to talk about, but when it’s something that already there, it’s nice to be real. When I asked Charlotte on the show last week, and talked about Reid, it’s real talk, it’s stuff people out there really want to know about, and want to know how they deal with it and how they cope with it. Me, myself, personally I’ve gone through a whole lot, people can talk to me about anything, and I believe I can relate with them in some form of fashion ...

His Thoughts on James Ellsworth:
It is old. I’m tired of seeing James Ellsworth. This kid had one hell of a run, but send him back to the independents. I’ve seen this guy at a convention, I was appalled, but this guy is going to live this run for quite some time. He’s probably getting a good price out there on the Indy show. They’re probably bringing him in as an attraction, but the thing of it is, me personally I’m not a hater, but you must ride it for as long as you can. Look at Hornswoggle, he worked with WWE for 6-7 years, you can’t hate people like that, but you wonder how James Ellsworth fit into the WWE mold? It just makes you wonder. There are people in my Reality of Wrestling just scratching at the door, so when I see Ellsworth, there’s just gotta be a way, but you have to wait your turn, but it’s definitely getting a little old.
Link itself has more highlights: http://411mania.com/wrestling/booker...s-getting-old/

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It was previously reported that The Undertaker, Michelle McCool and the Ultimate Warrior’s family were at the opening home game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which included a championship celebration. WWE set up the appearance and wrote about it on WWE.com. The Undertaker was apparently set to meet and pose with LeBron James, but it never happened. When asked about it, Cleveland.com‘s Joe Vardon explained why it didn’t happen.

He wrote: “I love this question. For a quick review, The Undertaker was stationed outside the locker room at The Q for an uncomfortable hour (give or take) on opening night, apparently to meet James (with cameras and cell phones rolling for the fine folks at WWE to capture the moment and spread the footage around the globe). The reason, besides the huge publicity it would generate for the WWE, was James wore a T-shirt from Homage with The Undertaker’s likeness on the front on practice day prior to Game 5 of the Finals.

James arrived at The Q before the wrestler and his posse, and claimed not to know he was out there. But of course the word immediately spread through the locker room that The Undertaker was waiting outside.

Here’s a life lesson. If you don’t have an appointment, don’t already know James personally, aren’t a business associate or a small child, the odds of “meeting” James before or after a Cavs game in or near the locker room are not great. I once saw Houston Astros stud second baseman Jose Altuve try to get a meeting with James after a game against the Houston Rockets in Texas. The request came through various team PR officials. Let’s just say James had no interest.

Another rule. James is not cool with someone purposefully trying to make money or gain fame through him, away from the court. In other words, no PR stunts that don’t benefit James. He wore an Undertaker T-shirt. For him, that’s enough.“
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Technically at this point Dixie Carter still owns 92.5 percent of the company, but if and when they get the Corgan thing settled, the ownership is expected to be broken down as 85 percent Anthem, ten percent Aroluxe and five percent Carter. Carter is pushing hard for John Gaburick to keep his job, and at this writing he is still there.





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For the impending TakeOver show in Toronto, Paul Ellering will be hung above the ring in a shark cage for the Authors of Pain vs. TM 61 Dusty Rhodes Classic final, Evidently, somebody watched a tape of the Tommy Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer match from 33 years ago where they put Ellering in a shark cage above the ring, and decided to do it again.

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ESPN announced in a press release on Thursday morning that an edition of their 30 for 30 documentary series focusing on the XFL would premiere on February 2nd at 9 p.m. ET. The project -- titled "This was the XFL" -- was previously announced by Jonathan Coachman on an edition of The Ross Report with Jim Ross last May.

It seems that Vince McMahon will be heavily present in the documentary, with ESPN's press release touting that it will feature both McMahon and NBC executive Dick Ebersol. Director by Ebersol's son Charlie, the documentary will focus on McMahon and Ebersol's friendship as they attempted to build the failed football league.
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Apparently Sasha gained heat with Vince after the match, as the planned finish was for Sasha to go through the table and then get a natural selection for the finish, but as the table didn't break (because basically Sasha is not a 200lb+ guy that can easily break a table with his weight), the finish ended up being odd for the arena viewers.

Most of the people in the creative meeting tried to defend Sasha and explain to Vince the finish didn't worked out because people was pissed that Charlotte won clean (if Charlotte would have pulled the tights or the referee would have called an audible maybe the story would be different), but Vince was 100% convinced that his idea of Sasha losing clean in her hometown was the right move.

Meltzer also said that some people argued that if that was his plan all along, he should have moved the match to the middle, so people would not have to go home right after seeing Sasha losing her title.
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... What started with “The Final Deletion” and evolved to “Delete or Decay,” and most recently “The Great War,” at Bound for Glory, something special has been happening on IMPACT Wrestling from the Broken Brilliance of Matt Hardy.

Now, on December 15, 2016, from Cameron, NC at The Hardy Compound, the world will witness “Total Non-Stop Deletion!”
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If you’re the Hulkster himself, you get on your buddy Eric Bischoff’s podcast and try to squash that stuff. Hulk Hogan was on MLW’s Bischoff on Wrestling show and said no one has contacted him about working WrestleMania 33 in Orlando next year - and the story Brooke told TMZ about discussions between himself and WWE was a fabrication on her part:

Brooke’s running around on TMZ and made the statement about me and wrestling and WrestleMania. For the record, she needs the big boot to the head. I haven’t talked to anybody about WrestleMania. I just need to put that to rest. I asked Brooke, “What are you doing?”

She goes, “Oh, well, I’m just starting it up.”

I said, “Thanks Brooke.” It was kind of funny. I said, “No harm. No foul.” It was all in good fun.
According to other reports, WWE scrapped plans to bring Hogan back anytime soon after it was revealed he's involved in more lawsuits related to the tapes of his racial slurs being made public.

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EVOLVE announced that William Regal will be appearing for the live crowd at this Sunday's event in Joppa, MD as he is "on assignment" for WWE and that will have the crowd "buzzing." Regal will only be appearing for the live crowd, not for the Flosports stream of the show.
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The 11/9 season finale episode of Total Bellas on E! garnered 663,000 viewers, well up from the previous week's 536,000 viewers.

The average audience for the series' premiere season was 640,000 viewers.
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On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant dismissed wrongful death lawsuits against WWE filed by Michelle James, the girlfriend of Matt Osborne, and Cassandra Frazier, the widow of Nelson Frazier Jr.

Osborne, best known as "Maniac" Matt Borne and the original Doink the Clown, passed away on June 28, 2013, in Plano, TX, from an accidental opiate overdose at the age of 55.

Frazier, who wrestled as Viscera, Mabel and Big Daddy V among other names, passed away due to a heart attack at age 43 while in the shower at his home on February 18, 2014.

In both cases, the lawsuit was a claim that both men suffered brain injuries while working for WWE that in some form led to their early deaths. In both cases, neither wrestler's brains were examined after death to see if there was an issue with CTE.

Bryant ruled that James didn't provide facts that would indicate that Osborne had CTE or his overdose death was in any related to that CTE. Frazier was cremated without an autopsy ...

With Frazier, the case was dismissed because the planitiffs failed to allege a plausible casual relationship between his death and any wrongful acts by WWE.

Bryant noted that the lawsuit stated that "upon information and belief" both Frazier and Osborne had CTE, but neither lawsuit contained any information where such a belief could be derived. With no diagnosis of either man, she wrote that it was impossible to plausibly allege, much less prove, that either man developed CTE from their tenure working for the company.

She also noted that the complaint failed to establish any link between CTE and Frazier's heart failure, and the allegation that Frazier could have survived the heart attack if he didn't have CTE was "another bald and baseless allegation, which the court deems unworthy of the barest measure of credibility."

While Bryant wrote that lawyer Konstantine Kyros' "false and misleading statements" were "highly unprofessional," she did deny the WWE's request to take sanctions against him regarding these cases.
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WWE is planning on utilizing Heyman and Layfield more on the network with a variety of different programming ideas, including a show as a takeoff on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (in which Pete Rosenberg as their pro wrestling reporter was also under consideration for the spot) and trying to bring back a lot of the ECW characters to look back at that era, including Taz, The Dudleys, Dreamer, etc.'
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AAA has gotten a lot of heat with former wrestlers as they’ve beaten guys to the punch and registered names like Rey Fenix and Sexy Dulce, which are names they’ve never used. They also registered El Patron and are trying to get full rights to Octagon to prevent the original Octagon and El Hijo de Octagon, from using the name on indies. At least with Octagon, it was a gimmick Antonio Pena came up with, although Octagon started and became a star first in CMLL before AAA even started. Sexy Dulce is the name Sexy Star started using after leaving AAA and Rey Fenix is the name Fenix started using after quitting the promotion. They also registered Cero Miedo, which is the catch phrase of Pentagon Jr. Pentagon Jr. is still with the promotion but since his brother (Fenix) quit and he earns a lot more working in the U.S., there’s the fear he could leave
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Leon “Vader” White, 61, was in a bad auto accident this past week. He described it as near fatal, and that he was unconscious and trapped in the car upside down for about 35 minutes. His head ended up completely misshapen, being badly elongated and his face was badly bruised up, including two black eyes
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Drew Galloway won’t be given clearance to wrestle until 11/16, so his matches this coming weekend are off. He was to face Tomoaki Honma on the 11/11 Revolution Pro Wrestling/New Japan joint show in London. That’s a bad break for him because he’s a guy who could be a real star in New Japan, but the timing had never worked out. With his TNA contract expiring soon, he’d be free to go in 2017. He’s also off the Evolve shows on 11/12 in Queens, NY and 11/13 in Joppa, MD.
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It’s going to be very interesting in ROH because most of the key players in the promotion are under one-year contracts that would expire at or around 12/31, including The Young Bucks, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, Jay Lethal, Ray Rowe, Hanson, Kenny King, Steve Corino and B.J. Whitmer. The question becomes which on those list would have viable alternatives. It’s a weird situation because of the New Japan relationship. Some of the talent likes the ROH/New Japan mix because they get the Japanese bookings, although Michael Elgin for one has a New Japan contract and works ROH between tours and through New Japan, while the names on the aforementioned list work New Japan through ROH. Nobody knows how much of a factor TNA would be, particularly since the one person in TNA most knowledgeable about ROH and who pushed to sign ROH guys, David Lagana (who used to work for ROH), is no longer with TNA.

At least some would be good additions for NXT, but the question is would WWE pay the same or more of what key guys make in ROH and New Japan combined, plus there is far more freedom in these companies to do what you want and wrestle how you want than there would be in WWE. Of course, if you hit it big in WWE, like many former ROH guys like Owens, Zayn and Rollins, you’re in a completely different stratosphere, but NXT contracts are generally the same or substantially less than the key ROH deals, depending on the person, and that’s not even figuring the New Japan money and the merchandise money (since ROH talent keep a far higher percentage of merchandise money than WWE talent does, although obviously if you’re pushed on WWE television, the difference makes that merch money night and day in favor of WWE). However, anyone of the names on this list, if WWE truly wants them, they can get them because they can afford to pay much more if they want them, and WWE will constantly need new real talent for its NXT tours when the current headliners move up
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With the network subscription numbers declining in September even with going with two PPVs, they are going to make another change when it comes to PPV. It hasn’t been completely worked out but the last word was there would be a few less shows in 2017 than were originally planned
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Cena is returning from filming the second season of “American Grit” after Christmas. He’s been scheduled for the 12/26 show in Madison Square Garden, which is the first Smackdown brand house show of the holiday week, and traditionally the company’s best drawing U.S. house show of the year.
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The situation with Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo reported here originally, where both were contacted by WWE and told the Stardom office they were going to leave around the spring of 2017, has changed again. Shirai, whose leaving was believed to have been a definite the way she told the company, is reconsidering. Hojo, who had gone back-and-forth on the decision before last week saying she was going, is also reconsidering. Both received new offers to stay and are thinking that they have sure things in their home country if they stay, and if they leave, it’s a shot in the dark and uncertainty. The big picture is that NXT is going to need some quality women wrestlers to work with the less experienced wrestlers, unless they never bring up Asuka (and at first Asuka was not brought in for the main roster, but simply to have her in NXT).

Shirai and Hojo are both pretty, and are excellent wrestlers, smoother technically than almost anyone, men or women, now on the roster. But they still may leave. The situation is also that there is the sense of loyalty in Japan to their company. They realize if both leave, the popularity of Stardom will fall greatly because there are no replacements. Shirai and Asuka also have past heat and Shirai has had people tell her that Asuka being in NXT will limit her upward mobility since Asuka got there first and is already a star, with the idea Asuka may be going nowhere, and that WWE isn’t going to push two Japanese women to be dominant on a roster at the same time. Shirai is a lot younger than Asuka, which works in her favor, and wrestles well, but doesn’t project the badass aura that Asuka is so good at getting over even though Asuka is not very big
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It’s interesting that Vince didn’t have them follow up on it because he loved the term sparklecrotch. On the show where it was used, he was laughing like a maniac every time Rollins said it which is why he had Rollins say it over and over again. But he didn’t order it scripted after the first week
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Mascara Dorada will be moving to Orlando soon as well. He did an interview where he said CMLL wasn’t on board with his doing the cruiserweight tournament, but he did it anyway. He said they didn’t seem unhappy about his going to WWE, probably because they figured at that point it was inevitable. He said that he and his wife went to a WWE live show in Mexico City many years ago and at that point decided he wanted to go there. He credited Balor for opening the door for him. He also said that WWE wanted him to take off his mask, but he was adamant about not doing it

Some other sheet news includes:
  • According to a report from Metro US, Vince and the WWE are currently distancing themselves away from Donald Trump since his election victory even though Vince previously donated to his campaign. Nobody knows the exact reason why considering they like to latch onto people who had ties with the WWE and become very successful elsewhere. http://www.metro.us/boston/wwe-vince...-uyI31diKVZwE/
  • Triple H will be holding his traditional NXT Takeover Q&A session tomorrow instead of next Friday.
  • For those interested, Walmart will be having WWE 2k17 on sale for $27 for this year's Black Friday sales.
  • According to the Observer, Roman Reigns has been pulled from the rest of the current European tour due to non-serious family related issues.
  • Also according to the Observer, TNA is currently behind paying Billy Corgan the money he was legally due to collect as the requirement to force him out of the company. He was owed the money on November 1st while Fight Network and TNA are trying to get the due date changed and/or amount legally reduced.
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:54 PM   #474
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Imagining Vince laughing "big McMahon laughs" at "sparkle crotch", and everyone around him just "nervously joining in" on his laughter.....
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They wanted to take the mask of Mascara Dorada? Good lord.

I hope the Japanese girls do sign with the WWE. It does seem weird for the usually "box ticking" WWE to sign two pretty young Japanese girls, because I could imagine the WWE thinking that the average fan might get confused. I'm sure the heat between Shirai and Asuka will be smoothed out by Triple H and possibly even be presented as a grudge match.
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Of the ROH guys, while you hear that they are interested in a few, I think Adam Cole will go to the WWE after his dates finish up after WrestleMania (smart) and that if they sign people from that list, Jay Lethal actually has the best chance. The company was apparently looking at him years ago, and now he's just got it all down. He's been a cornerstone for ROH in recent years, but he's done about as much as he can do there.

I can see Steve Corino going there as a trainer/commentator/Network personality.
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They wanted to take the mask of Mascara Dorada? Good lord.

I hope the Japanese girls do sign with the WWE. It does seem weird for the usually "box ticking" WWE to sign two pretty young Japanese girls, because I could imagine the WWE thinking that the average fan might get confused. I'm sure the heat between Shirai and Asuka will be smoothed out by Triple H and possibly even be presented as a grudge match.
For some reason Vince and the WWE don't like masked wrestlers even if the mask itself isn't completely closed. When they usually have them, its either for the short term or prefer just one for mask sales.
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You're absolutely right, I can see the value in not having a bunch of masked guys running around, but so often it crushes the guy they do it to. Juventud Guerrera got something out of losing his mask in WCW. That's it.

Since Rey Mysterio left, they haven't been able to plug the hole. Sin Cara is not going to cut it, and Kalisto was forced in an odd sort of way and it just didn't feel right. Gran Metalik's performance in the CWC made him appear like a "heavyweight" (not literally) masked player that could be something. I'm glad they went that way instead of just making him some Mexican dude.
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We have been told that as of a week ago the plan is to have Kalisto defeat Brian Kendrick to capture to WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Survivor Series and the whole division move to SmackDown Live. As noted, WWE has a new show titled, “205 Live” that will air live directly after SmackDown on Tuesday night. The show will showcase the cruiserweight division, so it would make the most sense for the company to move the division to the SmackDown brand

Spoiler tags used since its related to potential Survivor Series stuff.

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In a surprising move Friday, Billy Corgan announced on Twitter that he signed a settlement with TNA & Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

The leader singer of the Smashing Pumpkins didn't say much but did mention he'll be doing some media next week to "fill in the blanks" and "spell out what is/isn't in" the settlement.

Anthem property The Fight Network tweeted that they are "happy with arrangements made w/Mr. Corgan, allowing Impact Wrestling to put this behind them and focus on producing great shows."

The arrangement ends a contentious fall season for Corgan, Anthem, and TNA which saw Corgan file a lawsuit against TNA over gaining control over the company due to unpaid loans. The judge denied that claim, but as of the November 1st deadline to be paid back, Corgan still hadn't been made whole which led to a formal request for payment, hampered by a complicated contract arrangement.
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As has become tradition, Paul Levesque (better known as Triple H) participated in his regular quarterly conference call with the pro wrestling media this afternoon ahead of next week's NXT TakeOver: Toronto Network special.

The most noteworthy moments on the call were Levesque shooting down recent rumors. When talking about the NXT Women's Championship match between Asuka and Mickie James at TakeOver, Levesque said that James was their first choice for the match and noted that she wasn't a conciliation prize. Levesque seemed to be referencing rumors that had emerged claiming that Trish Stratus was initially their choice to face Asuka given that the match was happening in Toronto.

Levesque also clarified that Shawn Michaels isn't the head coach of the WWE Performance Center. The idea originally came from an interview that Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, and Scott Hall did on the Kevin Gill show, but Dave Meltzer reported in this week's edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Matt Bloom still held that title.

While making the clarification, Levesque said that Bloom is doing a fantastic job in his role and said that Michaels' involvement at the PC is still to be determined. Levesque said that he thought Michaels would be most helpful in polishing talent that are almost ready for the main roster.

Addressing a recent survey that mentioned the possibility of NXT airing live, Levesque said that they're open to the idea if there is a big demand but said that there are no current plans for it ...

Levesque said that it's been interesting to build this TakeOver given recent turnover in the roster after the WWE Draft, calling it a rebuilding phase. He noted that the decision was made to have James challenge Asuka because he wanted time for other women to grow in NXT.
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Ring of Honor's upcoming tour of the United Kingdom won't be the last time we see Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll wrestle for the company.

ROH officially announced on Friday that Ospreay and Scurll had signed contracts with the promotion that will see them compete inside of ROH rings beyond the upcoming "Reach for the Sky" tour of the UK. ROH previously announced that both Ospreay and Scurll would be competing on the tour.

In their announcement, ROH referred to the contracts as "exclusive."

The two breakout British stars will be wrestling each other on the tour, as they're set to meet at ROH's show in London on November 20th. The night before, they'll team together in a non-title match against ROH tag champs The Young Bucks in Leicester. And Ospreay will face ROH TV Champion Bobby Fish in a non-title proving ground match in Liverpool on November 18th, with Scurll squaring off against Dalton Castle on the same show.
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The following press release was issued in support of "Slobberknocker", the official autobiography of WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross:

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2016 - His voice is known around the globe as THE voice of the WWE. Now the world we'll get to know the man behind that voice in an intimate autobiography from independent book publisher Skyhorse.

The book, entitled Slobberknocker, is due out in the fall 2017 and is Ross at his most personal, sharing his life from a simple upbringing to becoming one of the most recognizable figures in professional wrestling.

Ross has been involved in wrestling for over forty years. Not only is he a whiz behind the mic, but he also has an incredible eye for talent, helping sign such wrestling icons as "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and John Cena, to name a few.

This tell-all, named after his famous catch phrase, will cover Ross' life and career, with a climax at WrestleMania 15. After a second bout of Bell's palsy, J.R. was removed from the broadcast booth, only to return and call the main event between Steve Austinand The Rock.
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Taz appeared this morning on CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney to announce that he will be hosting a special, live episode of The Taz Show from 11 PM - 2 AM following the WWE Survivor Series on Sunday 11/20 ...

Taz tweeted out the following preview for the special:

BREAKING: Nov 20 on LIVE 11p-2a ET @CBSSportsRadio SPECIAL #TheTazShow #SurvivorSeries React pic.twitter.com/P9OUbDEL8h
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) November 11, 2016
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Chris Jericho was scheduled to do a Live Talk is Jericho podcast with AJ Styles on November 20th in Toronto, but promoters Mark Out Moments tweeted that due to a change in Styles' WWE schedule, Kevin Owens will be appearing instead. There will also be an NXT: Takeover Toronto after party on November 19th hosted by Christian and The Miz.
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The Fight Network’s The LAW recently interviewed Chris Jericho (here), who revealed which WWE writer came up with the idea of “The List”:

So what happened was the gift of Jericho and I wish I could take credit for saying I came up with it but Jimmy Jacobs, who has become a writer in WWE, his name is Chris Scobille but his wrestler name is Jimmy Jacobs, no stranger to anybody who is a fan of Ring of Honor or any of those big independent companies. He said I’ve got this idea of the List of Jericho and you put a couple names on it. Oh yeah, that’s a great idea and we did it. Of course you do it once and it was kind of funny, that’s pretty funny, let’s do it again. So we do it again the next week, it gets a little bit of a buzz and then I go to the props truck and say can you make me big, thick list in case I want to use it to hit somebody over the head with and engrave something on. Then, they just put a red piece of paper on it that said the List of Jericho. Meanwhile, this thing is growing. Then, the one week where I said you just made the list and people cheered, it’s like holy (expletive) this is not what we expected. Then, the week we were in there with New Day and I put all three of them on the list, I said the secret is when I put you on the list, you have to sell it like it’s a horrible thing and Woods was great. If people are laughing at it, then it doesn’t get over but because it’s a serious thing, to be on the list is horrible then suddenly we have this whole new world of stuff to deal with.
Link to the podcast episode: http://fightnetwork.com/law/nov-6-ed...o-bobby-roode/

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As noted, Hulk Hogan recently appeared on Eric Bischoff's new MLW Radio podcast and dismissed daughter Brooke Hogan's comments about people from WWE calling The Hulkster for a WrestleMania 33 return. Hogan said:

"I know if I don't bring it up nobody will. So anyway, Brooke's running around on TMZ and made the statement about me and wrestling and WrestleMania. For the record, she needs the big boot to the head. I haven't talked to anybody about WrestleMania. I just need to put that to rest. I asked Brooke, "What are you doing?" She goes, "Oh, well, I'm just starting it up." I said, "Thanks Brooke." It was kind of funny. I said, "No harm. No foul." It was all in good fun."
Hogan was actually working in New York City two weeks ago and speculation is that he was there filming WWE Network material, according to PWInsider. There have also reportedly been talks between Hogan and WWE about how the two sides can move forward and start working together again. We noted a while back how it was no coincidence that Hogan started appearing in WWE ads once again.

As of this writing, Hogan has not been re-added to the WWE Hall of Fame roster page.
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According to the Daily Star, it's being rumored that Linda McMahon could possibly become part of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet in the Commerce Department. It has been noted that the McMahon family donated around $7 million dollars towards Trump's presidential campaign.
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Braun Strowman has been featured in “Bodyslam Challenges” with The Big Show during the recent European tour. Those challenges are expected to continue through the month of December at upcoming WWE Live Events.

It’s believed that a feud between Stroman and The Big Show will kick off after the Survivor Series event on weekly WWE programming. The company will most likely bill the match as a “Battle of the Giants” or something along those lines.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • WWE will be selling a version of their official rule book called "WWE Book of Rules" starting early next year for $16. Besides the rules, it also gives details regarding different match types in the WWE and who have broken certain rules over the years. http://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/NOV162122
  • During a recent interview with Les Francs-tireurs, Kevin Owens revealed Ryback's only IC reign in the WWE was meant to last longer than it did. Ryback pissing Vince off the week before Night of Champions ended up being the main reason why Owens won the belt for his first IC reign. https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCirc...wg&sh=72e74beb
  • Jeremy Borash was recently announced to become TNA's new head of Creative starting next year. https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCirc...c6&sh=b9b5b4ca
  • Recent updates made on WWE's official website ended up confirming rumors Akira Tozawa got his first name dropped for his upcoming main roster debut. Also revealed Jack Gallagher has finished his indie commitments since he was also added to the superstar page.
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