The latest from the F4W Staff
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte to main event WWE Hell in a Cell
WWE Q3 financial notes: Network sub average dips; revenue to date up 8%
Attorneys for TNA & Billy Corgan make their case in court
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar set for WWE Survivor Series
FloSports announces deal with WWNLive, launches pro wrestling streaming service
Urijah Faber to retire after UFC on FOX 22 fight
NXT San Jose, CA, live results: Rich Swann, Roderick Strong, Nakamura, more
F4D: ACTION ORTIZ on Overweight Classic, ROH, House of Hardcore, more! 10/28
WOL: Hell in a Cell preview, Lucha update with Steve Sims, more! 10/28
Wrestling Weekly: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte, FloSlam, Booty-O’s 10/28
WWE HELL IN A CELL SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. FROM THE TD GARDEN IN BOSTON
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the women’s title in a Hell in a Cell match — WWE makes history with the unadvertised first time women are in a PPV main event tonight. The pressure is on and that means they’ll be getting ample time to do what they need to do, because nobody wants it to flop. There has been no smart money coming in so these odds don’t mean much. The last show was the rare show without smart money coming in so they may have been able to convince their guys not to game the system and thus give away the finishes.
Banks is right now a -190 favorite. This could go either way. Charlotte has never lost on PPV, but going on last in Boston it would make sense for Banks to win, and if she’s going to lose, it should be in another city. The idea they want to create history, although making the decision to put them on last the night before the show is nuts, would mean you’d normally want to put the home town wrestler over.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal tile in a Hell in a Cell match — On paper these two should have a good match, although their interaction thus far has been good but not great. Owens was a -1350 favorite to retain here. One would expect some kind of interference involving Chris Jericho here.
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the U.S. title in a Hell in a Cell match — We’ll see how much the Boston audience turns on Reigns. These two have consistently had good matches in their program. Reigns is a -1800 favorite to retain.
New Day vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for the tag team titles — Sheamus & Cesaro have been losing in the matches building up this program, up until Monday where they won the non-title match. New Day has been built up for months breaking Demolition’s record, and a loss of the title here doesn’t make sense with that kind of build. New Day is a -365 favorite.
T.J Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick for the cruiserweight title — The big story here is whether Perkins “will let” Kendrick win, which is a story that does this new title no favors. But this division should never have been kicked off by average matches. Kendrick is a -535 favorite.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson — Anderson & Gallows are -460 favorites to win here, which makes sense since in the 50/50 booking world, it’s been Anderson & Gallows losing the matches in the television build.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke — Brooke is unique in the sense she’s the one person Bayley has a hard time getting a good match out of, and has done a number on Bayley’s popularity ever since they started the program. Bayley is a -1050 favorite to win, which makes sense with Brooke having won their TV match.
Cedric Alexander & Lince Dorado & Sin Cara vs. Drew Gulak & Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari in the preshow match — You would think the faces go over, particularly since the faces are under contract and the three heels are not under contract. The Alexander team is the -350 favorites.
On paper the show looks good. The six man tag opener should be fast paced and acrobatic. They’ll probably have the Hell in a Cell matches spread throughout the show. All should be good and New Day’s matches are usually good and rarely great. But at the end of the day, this show is all about the women’s match and if they deliver and if the crowd treats it as a big deal.
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ROH TV tapings last night in Baltimore
NXT tonight in Los Angeles (I believe they will be taping television tonight)
Smackdown house show tonight in Allentown, PA
WWE HELL IN A CELL SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. FROM THE TD GARDEN IN BOSTON
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal tile in a Hell in a Cell match
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the women’s title in a Hell in a Cell match
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the U.S. title in a Hell in a Cell match
New Day vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for the tag team titles
T.J Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick for the cruiserweight title
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Cedric Alexander & Lince Dorado & Sin Cara vs. Drew Gulak & Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari in the preshow match
Raw will be Monday night in Hartford, CT. It will be the Halloween themed show, and Bill Goldberg is scheduled to appear. Ratings usually are down significantly so if they’re not, that would be attributed to Goldberg. There is also a Smackdown brand house show on Monday night in Trenton, NJ.
Tuesday will be the Smackdown tapings in Newark, NJ.
The Raw crew opens up the European tour in Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday night.
Figure Four Weekly 10/24/2016: Deregulation of pro wrestling in Arizona — In Arizona, deregulation of professional wrestling wasn’t a pressing matter by any stretch when the topic was first broached in 1981. There was no major promotion running in the state and little to no full time work, with only one licensed promoter, who was running shows weekly in Phoenix… Current subscribers click here to continue reading.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Oct 31, 2016: Billy Corgan vs. TNA, Urijah Faber retiring, more — The battle for control of TNA hit the courtroom this past week and we’ve got not only the blow-by-blow, but what it all means, in a detailed lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also break that two of the world’s best wrestlers are seriously considering coming to WWE in 2017, the retirement of Urijah Faber and his legacy, the Flo Sports pro wrestling streaming service and why it could be a game changer but what it needs to become one, notes on Hell in a Cell and much more in a jam packed news issue.
Our lead story breaks down the entire TNA situation, what was said in public who was said in private, who is screwing who, why this went to the courts, what are the motives of Billy Corgan, WWE’s interest in purchasing the company and so much said publicly that ended up not being true.
We look at the career of Urijah Faber, the rise of the WEC on his back, the rise of Sacramento MMA and his becoming the first under 145 pound major star.
We’ve got a preview of Hell in a Cell as well as a story on who goes last. We also update a story on how WWE’s biggest star may be banned from appearing in several states, one of WWE’s biggest stars is right now off Survivor Series and why, Paige’s neck surgery, WWE asks fans about lots of indie groups, an overseas show that will be taped for the WWE Network, lots of notes on new people signed by WWE and their backgrounds.
We also look at a TV pilot based on backstage in WWE from 16 years ago, Ryback vs. WWE over trademarks, a Shawn Michaels movie, update on James Ellsworth, A.J. Styles vs. Shawn Michaels, the strange story of Curtis Axel in Minneapolis on Monday, Randy Orton’s turn, Shinsuke Nakamura update, WWE developmental star arrested and suspended, and more.
We look at the new Flo Sports pro wrestling streaming service, its potential as well as pitfalls hindering it from reaching its potential. We look at how this could greatly benefit the indie scene, as well as questions on whether it can work long-term.
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Sunday News Update
The semifinals of the New Japan tag team tournament took place earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Rocky Romero & Baretta defeated Ryusuke Taguchi & Fuego in one and Taiji Ishimori & ACH beat Ricochet & David Finlay in the other. The two winners meet in the finals on the Power Struggle show on 11/5 in Osaka’s Edion Arena, which is the next PPV show.
An interesting note if NXT is taping at the Palladium in Los Angeles, which I understand to be the case, and there’s also the PPV. This may be the first time WWE has taped in two separate parts of the country at the same time.
Rush vs. Ultimo Guerrero headlines today’s CMLL Dia de Muertos show at Arena Mexico, which also has Caristico & Marco Corleone & Diamante Azul vs. Shocker & Rey Bucanero & El Terrible The show starts at 7 p.m.Eastern time. WATCH HERE
Friday’s Arena Mexico(WATCH HERE) A very good main event with Valiente vs. Volador Jr. for the Universal title. The match third from the top is also worth watching, particularly the third fall build to the finish.
Guido Cannetti, who was scheduled to face Marco Beltran on this coming Saturday’s UFC show in Mexico City, had an issue with an out of competition test taken on 10/5 and thus has been pulled from the show.
Jonathan Coachman was at it again. This week on Ric Flair’s podcast, he said that UFC should have allowed Jon Jones to fight at UFC 200 even though they had gotten word a few days before the show of his failed drug test.
NWL, LLC has purchased the Kansas City based Metro Pro Wrestling promotion run by Chris Gough, who is the head writer for NWL. The group, now called NWL KC, will be running 26 live shows in 2017 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, with a debut show on 1/7. More than 50 performers have been signed with the idea of running shows in Kansas City and St. Louis on alternate weeks. It’ll be really interesting in this era of nobody running markets frequently what running every other week in the same building will do.
Preston Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Preston, England: El Ligero b Kenny Williams, T-Bone & Rampage Brown b Blue Zone, Dave Birch b Philip Michael Eddie Edwards b Ashton Smith to retain the TNA title, Bubblegum b Chris Ridgeway to retain the PCW cruiserweight title, Zak Knight b Roy Knight, Joey Hayes & Martin Kirby b Danny Hope & C.J. Banks, Iestyn Rees b Chris Masters to retain PCW title in an I Quit match as Masters quit to save Rees from hurting Joanne Rose. The Ligero, Edwards and Bubblegum matches were the best. Adam Rose was scheduled but not there due to transportation issues (thanks to Jan Buxton)
Marty Scurll won the two-night eight man tournament to be crowned the first Melbourne (Australia) City Wrestling champion. The weekend shows featured Evie from Shimmer and former Olympic judoka Jake Andrewartha on the show. (thanks to Paul Jones)
RCW from last night in Calgary: Scotltey Crue.b Dick Richards, Barricade b Zack Mercury, Moses Luke & Billy Blaze & Dick Blood b Cameron Stevenson & Eli Surge & Jeremy Joseph, Strike b Britton Balyis, Mutato b Leo London, Slammer & Ugg b Abyss & Jess Youngblood, Tiger Ali b Scorpio Sky to retain the British Commonwealth title, Scott Justice b Joey Vendetta i the finals for the vacant Canadian title (thanks to Steven Ashe)
Lucha Xtreme from Fresno television yesterday: Jake Atlas b Suzaku, Homicide b Tommy Wilson, Darwin Finch & Chazz DDQ Donny Suarez & Sean Black. (thanks to Jon Southerland).
Lucha Xtreme announcer Phil Medina is doing a benefit comedy show at the Gilroy, CA District Theater on 11/17 and 11/18 with an 8 p.m. start time to raise money for the Christopher High School Choir in Gilroy.
Pro Wrestling Championship Series from last night in Granite City, IL: Matt Kenway b Richard Faith, Austin Blackburn b Adrian Sruge, Outtkast b Paco Gonzalez, Jason Roberts b Angelus Layne, Stevie Fierce & Rob Matter b Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy, Mat Fitchett b Makaze, Gary Jay NC Danny Adams, Everett Connors b Sean Orleans, Mike Outlaw b Davey Vega (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
Hogtown Pro Wrestling on 11/11 at the Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto featuring Mike Bailey.
Acclaim Pro Wrestling from last night in Ottawa,ONT: Scot Parker b Michael Von Payton-DQ, Stu Grayson b KL Shock, KC Spinelli & Courtney Rush b Logan Reid & Spunk, Big Magic b Freddie Mercurio, Dash Bison b Xandra Bale, Deeno Benjamin & HC Ryder & Decker Lockhart b Jonathan Rukin & Bret MacLeod & Pauly Platinum, Prince Ali b Cecil Nyx, Vanessa Kraven b Franky the Mobster-DQ
There will be a Northern California Hall of Fame show at 4 p.m. on 11/6 at The Gold Mine at 930 Oddstad Blvd., in Pacifica, CA. Inducted will be Pepper Gomez, Michael Modest, Tony Jones and Jim Davis. There will also be a multi-promotional free wrestling show to follow.
Ted DiBiase officiating a wedding
Today in Wrestling History (10/30): Vader wins the Triple Crown
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