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WWE ANNOUNCE HUGE MATCH FOR NOVEMBER 4TH RAW
🚨 JUST ANNOUNCED 🚨
— NYCB LIVE (@NYCBLive) October 16, 2019
NYCB Live has just announced that the 4th of November will see the Fiend fight for the Universal Championship as he takes on Seth Rollins.
RAW that evening will be filmed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York. The episode comes just days after the pair meet at Crown Jewel. At the Saudi show, Seth will be defending his title from the Fiend in a falls count anywhere match.
This will be the third time the pair meet in less than a month, including their match at Hell in a Cell. During that encounter, the ref stepped in a stopped the action after the Fiend appeared injured.
You led me there…down a road I never thought I’d walk.
I don’t want your forgiveness. I want your vengeance. https://t.co/YG21FREMJI
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) October 15, 2019
SETH ROLLINS MEETS SISTER AFTER USING 23ANDME
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) October 15, 2019
Seth Rollins recently allowed fans a rare glimpse into his personal life. The star revealed that while using DNA service 23andMe, he discovered a brother and sister he never knew existed.
In a wild turn of events, I recently found out I have a brother (and sister, not pictured) I never knew existed! Thank you @23andMe for bringing people together. Life is a crazy, awesome thing and we are all insanely lucky to get to experience it.
Originally the star tweeted a picture on him and his brother. Seth commented that life was crazy and how lucky they were to have met. The original message was posted in early September, Seth then followed up yesterday posting a picture of him and his newly discovered sister.
Family update part 2: met my sister today! Beth is the one who made the initial discovery using @23andMe. Such a cool story. Such a cool life.
WWE ANNOUNCE BLOCKBUSTER TRADE
WWE announced this morning that Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross had been traded to SmackDown. Click here to learn all about the ‘blockbuster’ trade.
WWE ANNOUNCE ROSTER ADDITIONS
— WWE (@WWE) October 16, 2019
WWE has announced which brand the Superstar not picked in the draft will be working on.
Heading to RAW is The IIconics: Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, Mojo Rawley, No Way Jose, and Sarah Logan.
Heading to SmackDown are Cesaro, Luke Harper, Fire and Desire: Many Rose and Sonya Deville, Dana Brooke, and Drake Maverick.
WWE REPORTEDLY TRIED TO BUY PRO WRESTLING NOAH
Dave Meltzer has spoken about the WWE’s plans to expand into Japan and has claimed that the company tried to purchase Pro Wrestling NOAH.
Rumours have swirled for a while about WWE’s desire to expand their operation into Japan, setting up an NXT Japan brand. Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave confirmed that officials from WWE were actively working on the project. Apparently, WWE has decided to purchase an existing Japanese company and use it as a foundation for NXT Japan. This is in contrast to the way WWE started in the UK, building their own promotion from scratch.
Dave said that the company had spoken to a number of organisations, while a few were still up in the air, Pro Wrestling NOAH had walked away when approached.
BACKSTAGE GOSSIP ON ERIC BISCHOFF’S NEWEST WWE DEPARTURE
Yesterday it was announced that Eric Bischoff had been replaced as head of creative on SmackDown. As of yet no official reason has been given for Eric’s sudden departure, so soon after he had returned to the company.
According to F4Wonline, the decision to fire Eric was only reached early yesterday morning, with him being informed after a creative meeting. Dave Meltzer tweeted that FOX wanted Heyman in charge of SmackDown, but there hasn’t been any indication that they prompted the change. Bruce Prichard has been promoted to head of SmackDown creative. This wouldn’t be a huge change for Bruce or for SmackDown, it was Bruce’s role to help Eric get up to speed and help him run the shows after he rejoined the company.
On Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez said that some in the company saw Eric’s termination coming. According to Bryan Eric was blamed for a decline in moral. Apparently many didn’t enjoy working with Eric these past few weeks, citing issues like finding it hard to locate Eric at times, and Eric frequently disappearing. No sources were given for the rumours.
It was also noted that when Eric has hired, many considered it to be tempory, claiming that Eric would be used as a scapegoat the moment something went wrong. With the decline in SmackDown’s viewing figures, some are linking the two events.
LUCHASAURUS APPARENTLY INJURED AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S AEW SHOW
PWInsider has reported that fan favourite Luchasaurus will not be able to compete are tonight’s AEW Dynamite tapings.
Apparently, the star has torn his hamstring as so will not be able to compete.
Luchasauarus was due to team with partner Jungle Boy to take on The Lucha Brothers: Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix, in the first round of the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament. Instead, Jungle Boy will now team with Marko Stunt.
Also on tonight’s card:
- Chris Jericho (c) Vs. Darby Allin street fight for the AEW Championship
- Riho (c) Vs. Dr Britt Baker AEW Women’s Championship
- Jon Moxley and PAC Vs. Adam Page and Kenny Omega
- Best Friends Vs. SCU AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament first-round match
ROH REPORTEDLY SIGN TYLER BATEMAN
PWInsider has reported that ROH has signed Tyler Bateman.
Bateman debuted in 2001 for Xtreme Championship Wrestling and worked around until 2012. In 2012 he went from working for an average of 3 promotions a year to a minimum of 11. This has seen him compete for the likes of All-Pro Wrestling, Defy Wrestling and NJPW. In fact, Bateman trained at the LA NJPW Dojo in 2018.
CZW TO HOLD LIVE PAY PER VIEWS IN 2020
CZW has struck a deal with Stonecutter media to hold live pay per view events in 2020. In a press release the company state that Stonecutter will take overall distribution of content for CZW. The press release also talks about a pay per view event to be held in the summer of 2020. please see the full press release below:
NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Combat Zone Wrestling, LLC. (CZW) and Stonecutter Media Ltd., an industry leader in the creation and distribution of broadcast & digital programming, has announced a full-scale media content distribution agreement for all past, present and future CZW men’s and women’s events.
Combat Zone Wrestling, LLC. (CZW) and Stonecutter Media Ltd., an industry leader in the creation and distribution of broadcast & digital programming, has announced a full-scale media content distribution agreement for all past, present and future CZW men’s and women’s events.
Stonecutter Media Ltd., founded by media veteran Steve Karel, will be distributing a series of one-hour feature events on various cable, satellite, telco and digital platforms. These platforms will have linear distribution via pay-per-view, video-on-demand and Electronic sell-through (EST) basis. Additionally, there will be a live pay-per-view event produced by Stonecutter, slated for the summer of 2020.
The CZW and Stonecutter distribution deal will commence distribution in January of 2020. David Markland, owner of CZW, stated that he has been seeking a distribution partner with the breadth and reputation that Stonecutter Ltd. has for many years. Markland and Karel’s companies have been in discussion over this arrangement for an extended period, finally now resulting in a win-win agreement for both parties as well as the public demand for this type of entertainment.
Karel, who is the former general manager of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) dating back to the early 1990’s; as well as the founder of the Urban Wrestling Federation, and current broadcast and digital distributor of numerous wrestling brands, has said, “Combat Zone Wrestling is the reincarnation of Extreme Championship Wrestling – on a far greater, and much more intensive basis.”
Additionally, Karel has commissioned media distribution pioneer Irv Holender’s LA-based distribution company, Multicom Entertainment Group, Inc., to secure even more worldwide distribution deals.
With an expansive catalog of acclaimed classic television series, cult movies and new theatrical films, Multicom Entertainment has established itself as an industry leader, cultivating unprecedented relationships with distribution partners across the globe. Holender, who was the originator and co-owner of wrestling’s historic brand known as GLOW, is expected to amplify this overall media distribution effort further, catapulting the status of CZW within the indie-wrestling world.