Daily Update: Chris Jericho, Wrestle Kingdom card, UFC 217
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NJPW returning to Long Beach, California in March
‘Tokyo’ Joe Daigo passes away at 75 years old
Chris Jericho to face Kenny Omega at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12
NJPW Power Struggle live results: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
UFC 217 live results: Michael Bisping vs. GSP, two more title fights
WOR: Tokyo Joe death, UFC 217 upsets galore, Bound for Glory, more! 11/5
WOL: Jinder vs. AJ Styles, UFC, Bound for Glory, tons more! 11/3
B&V&G: Granny, NXT, THURSDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI! 11/3
IMPACT BOUND FOR GLORY FROM OTTAWA, ONTARIO AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TIME
Eli Drake vs. Johnny Mundo for Impact title
Dave & Jake Crist vs. LAX in a 5150 street fight for Impact tag titles
Trevor Lee vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Dezmond Xavier vs. Matt Sydal vs. Petey Williams vs. Garza Jr. for X title
Sienna vs. Gail Kim vs. Allie for Knockouts title
Moose & Stephan Bonnar vs. King Mo & Bobby Lashley in a cage match
Rosemary vs. Taya Valkyrie red wedding (first blood) match
Grado vs. Abyss in a Monster’s Ball match – If Grado wins, he can stay in North America but if he loses he has to leave North America
Ethan Carter III & James Storm & Eddie Edwards vs. El Texano Jr. & El Hijo de Fantasma & Pagano
Monday is Raw from Manchester, UK. The only thing announced is Kurt Angle on Miz TV and Jason Jordan vs. Elias in a guitar on a pole match. There will also be a Smackdown house show in Lisbon, Portugal.
Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live from Manchester, UK with Jinder Mahal vs. A.J. Styles for the WWE title and Usos vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin for the tag titles. There will also be a Raw house show in Birmingham, UK.
Also on Tuesday, Fathom Entertainment will be presenting a Ted DiBiase documentary at movie theaters for a 7:35 p.m. showing across the country. ESPN 30 for 30 will do the Ric Flair story.
Wednesday has Raw in Dortmund, Germany and Smackdown in Leeds, UK.
Also on Wednesday will be the one-day release of the Conor McGregor documentary at theaters around the U.S.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 10/30/2017: Looking at WWE’s recent releases
At a time when WWE releases aren’t as common as they used to be, it was surprising to see three wrestlers let go this week. That WWE broke the news on a Sunday morning only made things more odd. The names who were released weren’t exactly shocking, with Emma, Darren Young, and Summer Rae no longer with the company. Of those, Emma was the only one currently on television.
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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: November 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE quarter financials, Manami Toyota retiring, more
The most complete look anywhere at WWE business over the summer and fall is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plus a look at three major documentaries out next week, two Hall of Famer retirements and Survivor Series and WWE booking updates.
Look at WWE’s positive financial reports at a time when some of the usual base categories are disappointing and what led to them. Read actual numbers in detail, how the stock is doing, how this quarter compared historically, as well as financial projections for the rest of the year and into next year.
Check out the TV rights situation, how the UFC negotiations look to tell the story for WWE and what the UFC negotiations say, what happens when WWE’s biggest TV deals expire as well as when the company expects to finalize deals in all of those markets going forward.
Read why the network is more profitable even with slower growth than projected, including different projections, exactly how many people signed up and canceled the WWE network in recent months and how it compares to last year. There are notes on WWE plans going forward for different changes with WWE network, the arena business, the changes in the pro wrestling business as well as looking at the Jinder Mahal question, has he helped, has he hurt and what the numbers say.
Plus, read about U.K. revenue, why YouTube views seem to mean nothing as far as driving revenue, the China experiment, as well as where WWE money comes from as far as what country over he past four years.
Find out if stronger marquee PPVs effects the network, as well as the remnants of the PPV business, how much WWE spends on tapings, the home video business, the digital media business, as well as the live event business and merchandise figures. Also, look at NXT numbers, Performance Center costs and other businesses the company has stake in.
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WON BACK ISSUE: October 16, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Potential WCW sale, New Japan vs. All Japan, plus more
With its wrestlers in Australia and its front office personnel in a total state of uncertainty, media reports continued hot and heavy regarding a potential imminent sale of World Championship Wrestling. While virtually all reports listed Mandalay Sports as the prime suitor, with a group headed by Eric Bischoff, most of the talk over the weekend involved a longshot in the deal which has been rumored for some time, the potential of the World Wrestling Federation buying out its long-time competitor, particularly after a story on 10/9 in Multi Channel News.
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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE
Our Dave Meltzer noted that Chris Jericho is able to work his match against Kenny Omega for NJPW at the Tokyo Dome in January because Jericho is currently a free agent. Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez will discuss more on Jericho vs. Omega on tonight’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.
After being released by WWE last week, Emma announced today that she’ll begin taking bookings on February 1st, 2018 and thanked everyone for the overwhelming amount of inquiries she’s gotten.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are doing a series of “Ringside” talk shows next year.
Tyson Kidd, Natalya, and Davey Boy Smith Jr. shared their thoughts on the passing of Yukihiro Sakada (“Tokyo” Joe Daigo).
Finn Balor discussed the possibility of a WWE PPV taking place in the UK, saying the fans there deserve it.
The Lapsed Fan podcast’s coverage of the Montreal Screwjob began with a deep dive into “Wrestling with Shadows.”
In addition to the reveal of Jericho challenging Omega, Jay White returned to NJPW as the “Switchblade” character that had been built up in vignettes. He confronted Hiroshi Tanahashi after the main event, with them exchanging forearms and White laying Tanahashi out. It seems like that will be the Intercontinental Championship match for Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th, 2018.
NJPW appeared to set up an ROH World Championship match between Cody and Kota Ibushi for the Tokyo Dome in a backstage angle after Power Struggle went off the air. That would take place after Cody is set to defend the title against Dalton Castle for ROH at Final Battle in December.
Here’s what the partial card for the Dome show looks like as of now:
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defending against Tetsuya Naito
IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defending against Jay White
IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho (NJPW has yet to officially confirm whether the title will be on the line)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Marty Scurll defending against Will Ospreay, KUSHIDA, and Hiromu Takahashi in a four-way match
ROH World Champion Cody defending against Kota Ibushi
IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions Sho & Yoh defending against The Young Bucks
Much of the card for Wrestle Kingdom will be officially confirmed at a press conference overnight.
NJPW’s Takaaki Kidani noted that 30,000 fans is their target for Wrestle Kingdom’s attendance.
Jericho tweeted out a poster for his matchup with Omega.
Davey Richards wrote that he’ll be taking all of 2018 off from pro wrestling to focus on his medical studies, noting that he’ll return to the ring full-time in 2019.
WWN referee Brandon Tolle is debuting for Impact Wrestling at Bound for Glory tonight.
Ed Nordholm tweeted a photo of tonight’s stage for the PPV.
Those who order Bound for Glory on Fite TV will receive three free months of Impact’s Global Wrestling Network on-demand service.
Georges St-Pierre thanked everyone for making UFC 217 the best night of his career.
Dana White’s plans are for interim champion Robert Whittaker to be the first person to challenge GSP for the middleweight title.
White claimed that it’s looking like UFC 217 beat their estimate of a million PPV buys.
White is down for TJ Dillashaw’s next fight being a champion vs. champion matchup against Demetrious Johnson.
After winning the bantamweight title from him last night, Dillashaw said Cody Garbrandt doesn’t deserve a rematch right now and should work his way back up.
Rose Namajunas said she’s dealt with a lot worse in her life than Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s trash talk.
Despite her tweeting that she’ll be challenging for the 125-pound title, UFC officials claimed there are no plans for Paige VanZant to get that bout.
The UFC announced their event schedule for the first quarter of 2018.
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