Daily Update: Corgan & Anthem settlement, MMA announcement, Raw

July 17, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation


The Latest from the F4W Staff


WWE Raw live results: Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks   
Former wrestler, Pro Wrestling NOAH executive director Haruka Eigen passes away
AJPW Sumo Hall results: Miyahara vs. Suwama for the Triple Crown


WWE Superstars results: The Social Outcasts explode
TNA Impact Wrestling results: Matt Hardy is once again broken
Lucha Underground results: Sexy Star vs. Johnny Mundo


B&V: NWA World Championship Wrestling from 30 years ago this week! 11/27
WOL: WWE PPV schedule, RAW, 205 Live, tons more! 11/27
AD: Monsters and mysteries of Colorado 11/27

We’re looking for reports on yesterday’s WWE shows in North Charleston, SC and Fayetteville, NC, as well as tonight’s Raw show in Charlotte (Superstars matches, dark matches and anything else not on the live show), as well as tonight’s Smackdown brand house show in Florence, SC (A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose with James Ellsworth as timekeeper). to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

Raw is tonight in Charlotte, NC. Announced for the show are New Day vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows for the tag titles and Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks for the women’s title. There will also be a Smackdown brand house show Monday night in Florence, SC.

NEW JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT TUESDAY FROM SASEBO (will air on tape delay Tuesday on New Japan World)

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Henare
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Leland Race & Brian Breaker

Smackdown will be live, Main Event will be taped, and 205 Live will debut Tuesday night in Columbia, SC. The 205 Live main event will be Brian Kendrick vs. Rich Swann for the cruiserweight title.

NEW JAPAN TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT WEDNESDAY FROM BEPPU (will air on tape delay Wedensday no New Japan World)

Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
Tetsuya Naito & Rush vs. Ray Rowe & Hanson

NXT will be taped on Wednesday at Full Sail Univesity in Winter Park, FL.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 11/17/2016: More on Buddy Rose

During his time splitting time between the Portland and San Francisco territories, Buddy Rose continued to make trouble with the California State Athletic Commission throughout 1978 and 1979. For some reason, all of the incidents appear to have taken place in San Jose, like the one discussed last week where he was being penalized for a ref bump… click here to continue.

WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: Nov 28, 2016: WWE Survivor Series, Goldberg agrees to more matches 

The story behind Bill Goldberg suddenly becoming the biggest pro wrestling star in 2016 is the lead story in this week’s new double issue of the Observer.  The story looks at the decision-making involved in having Goldberg beat Brock Lesnar so quickly at Survivor Series.  We look at what went wrong in Goldberg’s first WWE run, why things are different now, and why so much of this is timing.  We look at why Goldberg works so much better now and in many ways how it exposes what the company is doing for television.  We look at other options, the business behind Survivor Series, as well as full coverage of the show with poll results, match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

We also look at NXT Takeover Toronto, WWE’s decision on major PPV weekends regarding scheduling, more people suing WWE, the NXT tour of Australia, cutting the cord, the ECW special on WWE Network, notes on top athletes who were trying out at the Performance Center this past week off the Olympic team, and more.

We’ve got a huge feature on Ed Francis and the story of 50th State pro wrestling, the promotion that ran in Hawaii during the 60s and 70s.  We look at the popularity of the product, the masterminds behind it, the biggest stars, and the different phases of the company.  We look at his biggest angles, the closing of the territory the reopening of the territory, how Francis got the territory and how he made it work.  We look at the promotional war with Roy Shire, the mending of the fences, the famous angles, the high and low points, and why the building situation ultimately spelled the end of the territory.

We also have a look at the WWE Network vs. the old PPV methodology and how it affected profits over the past three years.  We look at why most people when examining this issue don’t see the full picture.  We look at why profits from the network are down this year even with more subscribers, and also look at UFC profits during the same last three years.

We also look at the two UFC shows over the weekend, as well as full details of the television head-to-head battle between UFC and Bellator.

All of this and more in a huge double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter available only for subscribers.

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WON BACK ISSUE: December 6, 2010 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The history of wrestling on Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving in most of the 80s meant some of the biggest wrestling shows of the year. The tradition was at its peak from 1983 to 1987, with the early Starrcades in Greensboro and later Atlanta as well, Star Wars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, the AWA at the St. Paul Civic Center, Mid South Wrestling at the Superdome in Louisiana and the early Survivor Series events… click here to continue.


We’ve got a special deal today for Cyber Monday as you can get a one-month subscription to the site for $3.99, which includes this week’s double issue which has a major business look at WWE network vs. old method with a startling conclusion, plus the new Hall of Fame issue will be out on Wednesday, plus back issues, and archived issues and radio shows. Our weekend radio show covering UFC is up now.

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio, covering Raw, the latest UFC news and more. You can send in questions for tonight’s show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com. 

Anthem Sports & Entertainment and Billy Corgan announced a settlement in their legal situation. Anthem has paid an undisclosed amount to Corgan and in exchange Corgan has dropped his lawsuit against Anthem. The deal was largely agreed on a few weeks ago, but the final terms weren’t settled until this afternoon. Corgan was quoted in the press release saying, “I’m pleased that an agreement is now in place that allows wrestling operations to continue. For my interest from the start was to provide support, be material or creative, to such a great roster and crew. And I plan on continuing in the business side of pro wrestling. I look forward to seeing where Anthem’s leadership takes the company in 2017, and with them the best.”

A major announcement regarding the world of MMA is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Those who will be there making the announcement are Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, T.J. Dillashaw, Donald Cerrone and Tim Kennedy as well as former Bellator promoter and founder Bjorn Rebney. If there are any clues, some believe this will be some sort of a union announcement. St-Pierre, Velasquez, Dillashaw and Kennedy are all represented by CAA, which is a rival talent group to WME IMG as far as talent representation. Cerrone has talked up the idea of a union of late. 

Also thanks to everyone for the nice comments on the current issue and the story about Ed Francis and pro wrestling in Hawaii. I wish I had another week on that one as it really could have been among the best stories I’ve ever done if I had a little bit more time on it as I could actually envision a movie on that topic with all the stuff that happened there. Hey, Seven Bucks Productions, anyone home. Just kidding. 

On Raw tonight, the top matches for the 12/18 PPV are expected to either be announced or made pretty clear. There was at least talk of a Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens U.S. title match main event, like they were doing at the house shows tonight, which would lead to a Universal title match. Owens vs. Reigns for the Universal title has been announced locally as the main event for the PPV, so the show should be the first step in getting there, as well as possibly Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho, which has also been advertised locally.

The WWN crew is moving its WrestleMania shows to the Ole Center in the Orlando area, saying it has better sight lines, is a more comfortable venue to spend a day at and has plenty of parking and full food service and a bar. There will be Evolve, Progress, Chikara, Shimmer, Beyond and Kaiju Big Battel shows.

WWE and Snickers announced a deal where they will be the presenting sponsor of WrestleMania on 4/2 in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. 
Although we had reported this weeks ago, WWE announced today that the next Takeover show will be on 1/26 in San Antonio, the night before the Royal Rumble.
Tickets for both the Raw & Smackdown on 4/3 and 4/4 after WrestleMania were just put on sale.
A story on Chad Gable leading to tonight’s Florence SC show.
Tickets for the 1/15 UFC show in Phoenix at the Talking Stick Resort Arena go on sale Friday to the public and Wednesday to Fight Club members. This is the show headlined by B.J. Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez.  Tickets are priced at $175 down to $40.
Another Bellator injury for the two shows this weekend. Emmanuel Sanchez, who was set to face A.J. McKee on Friday night in Thackerville, OK, was injured and is being replaced by Ray Wood (7-2), which is the semi-main for the show headlined by Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren for the bantamweight title. Bellator is doing both a Friday night show head-to-head with ROH, and a Saturday night show head-to-head with UFC this week. 
Bellator also announced a 1/27 show in Mulvane, KS featuring local favorite Dave “The Caveman” Rickels facing Aaron Derrow, plus two undefeated fighters, Chris Harris (7-0) against Jordan Young (5-0).
Another Washington Post story on Donald Trump with wrestling references in it. (thanks to Chris Cruise) 
Brian Cage will be at the 12/10 Evolve show taking on Darby Allin, while Drew Gulak vs. Jaka was also added to that show, and Dick Togo vs. Ethan Page and Fred Yehi vs. Jeff Cob were added to 12/11 in Melrose, MA. Both events will air on FloSlam.
Hall of Famer Manami Toyota worked two shows this past weekend in the U.K., with a show yesterday in Colchester for XWA teaming with Emi Sakura against Rhia O’Reilly & Jetta. She was wrestling in London on Saturday.
Progress Wrestling from yesterday in London: TK Cooper & Travis Banks b Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews, Pastor William Eaver b Joe Coffey, Pete Dunne & Trent Seven b James Davis & Rob Lynch, Matt Riddle b Will Ospreay, Jimmy Havoc b Marty Scurll-DQ, Nixon Newell b Katey Harvey, Pete Dunn won seven-way elimination over TK Cooper, Travis Banks, Matt Riddle and Jimmy Havoc to become the new Progress champion. The next show is 12/11 at the O2 Academy in Sheffield with Will Ospreay vs. Adam Cole. (thanks to Richard Benson)
A movie called “Dave Made a Maze” will have its world premier at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which is about a guy who builds a fort in his living room and ends up trapped inside with pitfalls, booty traps and creatures, leaving his girlfriend to get him out of the mess. John Hennigan aka Johnny Mundo is one of the stars of the movie.
Chris Nowinski is back on the November edition of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in the lead story talking about concussions and brain injuries as well as deaths in students playing football. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
Pro Wrestling Revolution on 2/25 at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco featuring Ultimo Dragon and Kikutaro.
We send our best wishes to Mickie James and her family and the Aldis family as her younger sister is starting chemotherapy today for cancer.
Big Time Wrestling on 12/2 in Newark, CA at the Newark Pavilion headlined by Shane Kody vs. El Guerrero vs. Will Cuevas, plus Teddy Hart and Torito. Fans are encourage to bring a new unwrapped toy donation for the local toy drive.
AAW on Saturday night in Chicago before an advanced sellout of 502 fans: ACH b Prince Ali, Marcus Crane & Kongo Kong & Colt Cabana & Dirty DL b Devin & Mason Cutter & Bucky & Connor Braxton, Mercedes Martinez b Kimber Lee in a Shimmer title match, Chuck Taylor won three-way over Jake Crist and Alex Daniels, Heidi Lovelace b Jessicka Havoc in an I Quit match, Low Ki & Homicide & Eddie Kingston b Bran Cage & Drago & Pentagon Jr. when Low Ki pinned Drago after a double foot stomp, Zack Sabre Jr. b Trent ? (Baretta), Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee b Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega to win the AAW tag titles, Sami Callihan b Chris Hero to retain the AAW title via submission to the stretch muffler.
Hoosier Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds has a show to benefit the Fireman’s Cheer Fund Toy Drive, so bring an unwrapped toy to the show.
PCW today announced that their Premier Championship out of Winnipeg changed hands on a Real Championship Wrestling show on Saturday night in Calgary. Scott Justice, the Real City Wrestling champion, beat PCW champion Jackie Lee in a belt vs. belt match. Both are graduates of the Lance Storm Academy. They have a rematch on a PCW show on 1/7 in Winnipeg at Doubles Bar.
NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 12/10 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with The Heatseekers vs. Team IOU.
Today in Professional Wrestling History (11/27): Starrcade 1985


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