By Dave Meltzer
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Sunday has WWE in Daytona Beach (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Prime Time Players, Dolph Ziggler) and Tallahassee (Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Big Show, Ryback)
*Battle of Los Angeles today in Reseda, CA
*Ring of Honor last night in Atlanta
*Global Force Wrestling last night in Richmond, VA
*NXT last night in Fort Pierce, FL
*NXT Thursday night in Tampa.
Raw will be Monday in Tampa. Announced so far is that Sting will be opening the show and appearing live, that there will be a Beat the Clock challenge with Paige, Sasha Banks and Charlotte with the winner getting Nikki Bella at Night of Champions for the Divas title plus Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Miami.
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SUNDAY’S NEWS UPDATE
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Want to mention all the nice people I was able to meet the last two nights at the PWG show in Reseda. As mentioned in the report, last night’s show was one of the best live events I’ve ever seen. It’s just amazing the talent level at both shows, from all around the world.
The Discovery Network station Discovery en Espanol and well as the Discovery Network station in Romania and Eurosport in Finland are all listed as dropping Impact.
Zahra Schreiber, the girlfriend of Seth Rollins and a WWE developmental talent was covered as showing an Instagram photo from 2012 which showed a medal with the swastika on it in the background. She defended it saying the swastika meant prosperity and meant that long before Hitler. She worked last night’s house show in Fort Pierce as the manager with Solomon Crowe.
Stevie Richards made a surprise appearance at last night’s ROH show in Atlanta and did a pull-apart angle with Jay Lethal. Taelor Hendrix was in the corner of Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Lethal.
Cliff Compton was scheduled to wrestle Mark Briscoe but couldn’t appear as he was hospitalized with a seizure. He was in the building and rushed via ambulance to the hospital. He was released from the hospital late last night.
Kevin Iole reported that UFC was trying to book Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Valerie Letourneau as the No. 2 fight for the 11/15 show in Melbourne, Australia at Etihad Stadium. However that isn’t likely since Letourneau was injured in her win last week over Maryna Morosz in Saskatoon. Claudia Galdelha, who is also injured, wasn’t happy to hear that there could be a title fight before her, Gadelha said she’d be ready to fight in December or January. It makes sense to put Jedrezjczyk on the same show as Ronda Rousey, who now headlines that show.
In a post on Friday night, it was written that the stadium holds 90,000. It will actually be set up for 70,000. It’s never held that many in the past.
A fan tried to jump Dean Ambrose on Tuesday night at the Smackdown tapings in Providence. There was footage on the www.tmz.com . site showing a guy who had gotten over the barricade and was running toward Ambrose from behind but security, right before he got to Ambrose, tackled him. The report stated that the fan was holding a sharp object.
Bellator announced Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassel vs. King Mo Lawal will be the first round pairings at the lightheayvweight tournament on 9/19 in San Jose. Both will be two round fights, and the winners come back for three-round fights later in the show.
A first-ever Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Low Ki match is scheduled for Jersey All Pro Wrestling on 11/14 in Rahway, NJ. At one time these two were scheduled to feud in WWE in a major program, but plans changed long before it ever came close to happening . Also announced for that show are The Hardys, Konnan & Homicide & Hernandez at LAX,. MVP, Jack Evans and Candice LaRae.
I believe there is a pre-sale for the Royal Rumble on 1/24 in Orlando at Amway Arena with the code rumble16. The pre-sale definitely started at about 10:15 p.m. last night. Tickets go on sale to the public on 11/20.
Rich Brennan was announced as the new full-time lead announcer on Smackdown.
The WWE Network’s airing of SummerSlam that is up right now has edited out The New Day’s song parody of “Empire State of Mind.” They also edited out Brock Lesnar flipping off Undertaker right before the finish of that match. That’s weird because there are tons of episodes of Steve Austin flipping people up in the archives (thanks to Leon Peters).
Hulk Hogan talked about wanting to run for Vice President on the ticket with Donald Trump. Note that as another thing that isn’t about to happen.
In Google searches for yesterday, Shane Moseley was No. 12 with 50,000 and Leo Santa Cruz was No. 14 also with 50,000.
UIPW has a show today in East Los Angeles at the UIPW Auditorium featuring a three-way for their title with Volador Jr.. defending against Mephisto and Johnny Mundo. That’s an interesting political match since Volador and Mephisto are headliners for CMLL and Mundo headlines for AAA and Lucha Underground.
United Wrestling Coalition on 9/5 in Wrightstown, NJ at Kelly’s Banquet Hall.
The funeral for Professor Elliot Maron will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Old Montifiore Cemetery at 121-83 Springfield Blvd., in Queens, NY, which will be a grave side service (thanks to Mike Lano).
World League Wrestling from last night in Troy, MO: Justin D’Air won Battle Royal, Brandon Espinosa & Kyle Roberts b Kevin Lee Davidson & Hannibal, Trevor Murdoch & Brian Breaker b Moonshine Mantell & Josef Von Schmidt, Jon Webb b Ace Hawkins, Heather Patera b Stacy O’Brien 2/3 falls to win the women’s title, Superstar Steve Fender & Derek McQuinn b Dave DeLorean & Jayden Fenix-DQ, Leland Race d Steve Anthony. Anthony is the NWA jr. champion who is headed to New Japan this month to defend the title against Tiger Mask.
Ric Flair was in the area in Missouri working with Harley Race in a training camp.
Dan Lennaard is looking for contact information on Outback Jack. Lennard is at email@example.com
Gold Rush Wrestling from last night in Pacifica, CA with the one-night Lady Luck tournament: Boyce LeGrande b Shawn Gunn, Boyce LeGrande b Corey Kresse, Brittany Wonder b Shotzi Blackheart, Kikyo Nakamura b Lisa Lace,Thunder Rosa b Luchadora Dutra, Cheerleader Melissa b Nicole Savoy, Thunder Rosa b Kikyo Nakamura-DQ, Cheerleader Melissa b Brittany Wonder, Jeff Cobb & Sione Finau b Suburban Commandos, Cheerleader Melissa b Thunder Rosa to win the Lady Luck tournament (thanks to Matt)
Smash Wrestling on 9/13 in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center with a women’s tournament with Team USA or Jessica Havok, Allysin Kay, Sassytephanie, Cherry Bomb, Kimber Lee, Candice LaRae, Heidi Lovelace and Veda Scott. Team Canada will be Nicolie Matthews, Portia Perez, Vanessa Kraven, Courtney Rush, Jennifer Blake, Jewels Malone, Xandra Bala and KC Spinelli.
Championship Wrestling Entertainment from Friday night in Vero Beach, FL for a TV taping: Johann Remsez & Ace Slater b Ace Andrews & Rex Bacchus, Santana Garrett b Grace Storm, Chico Adams b Aryeh Amor, Lince Dorado & Eddie Cruz b Barrio Brothers, Rex Bacchus b PRS, MJ Knight b Ashley Mayberry, Zack Monster b Heroe Byronico, JB Cool b Michael Kai Rayne, Zack Monster won three-way over Damien James and Donnie Able, Chico Adams b Romero-COR, Shaniah Aariyanna won four-way over Ashley Mayberry, Grace Storm and MJ Knight, Rhett Giddins b Big English, Tyranus b Josh Parker, Jesus DeLeon b JB Cool.
Shine Wrestling will have an iPPV this coming weekend from Ybor City, FL with Santana Garrett vs Allysin Kay, Athena vs. Vanessa Karaven, and Jessicka Havok vs. LuFisto.
This is really sad, from Billy Jack Haynes
The video of a wedding at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando
A story on former wrestler Pat O’Hara in the Tampa Tribune
Drew Galloway talks the U.K. wrestling scene
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1978 – Talisman beat Mario Valenzuela to win the Mexican national lightweight title
1987 – Pirata Morgan & Jerry Estrada & Hombre Bala beat Ringo Mendoza & Kiss & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in Mexico City to win the Mexican national trios titles
1997 – Julie Starr beat Sweet Saraya (Paige’s mother) in Norwich to win the British women’s title
1983 – Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bruiser Brody in Tokyo to win the International title
1989 – Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara in Osaka to win the All Japan tag titles
1995 – Masayoshi Motego beat El Hijo del Santo in Tokyo in a tournament final for the NWA jr. title
2003 – Milano Collection A.T. & Yossino & Condotti Shuji beat Masaaki Mochizuki & Kennichiro Arai & Dragon Kid, Cima & Suwa & Don Fujii and Tokyo Magnum & Susumu Yokosuka & Genki Horiguchi in a four-way to win the UWA trios titles
2009 – Naoki Tanizaki beat Kategora in the finals of a tournament for the Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate title
2013 – Dragon Kid & K-Ness beat Naruki Doi & Ricochet in Kobe to win the Open the Twin Gate titles