UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka will probably be just about over if not done by the time you read this, but it’s available on UFC Fight Pass if you want to check it out. UFC Fight Night 76 Dublin live results: Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Sunday we’ll be looking for reports on the NXT show as part of the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.
ROH Glory By Honor 14: Champions vs. All-Stars is tonight in Dayton, OH, with the following card:
ROH TV Champion Roderick Strong, AJ Styles & ACH vs. ROH Champion Jay Lethal and ROH Tag Team Champions The Kingdom
War Machine vs. The Briscoes
Adam Page vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Dalton Castle vs. Cliff Compton
The Addiction, Moose, and more.
Check out our Hell in a Cell Preview: WWE Hell in a Cell Preview and Predictions
WWE HELL IN A CELL SUNDAY FROM THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES AT 7:30 P.M.
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker Hell in a Cell match
Seth Rollins vs. Kane for WWE title vs. Kane’s job as Director of Operations
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt Hell in a Cell match
John Cena vs. ? for U.S. title
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Big E & Kofi Kingston vs. Dudleys for tag titles
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback for IC title
Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella for Divas title
Neville & Dolph Ziggler & Cesaro vs. Rusev & Sheamus & King Barrett (preshow match at 7:30)
Raw will be live in San Diego on Monday night.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Figure Four Weekly:
Jerry McDevitt cuts quite the legal promo on Konstantine Kyros as part of his latest screed in the ongoing legal battle over WWE’s alleged role in wrestlers’ brain damage.
Figure Four Weekly October 19, 2015: Latest Update On WWE Concussion Lawsuits
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
Doris Adkisson, the ex-wife of Jack “Fritz Von Erich” Adkisson and mother of the Von Erich brothers, passed away today. She had been in bad shape for years, and Per her son Kevin’s Twitter account, she was suffering from emphysema.
Luke Harper is back on the road after missing Raw and Smackdown. We were told it was a personal matter and he was expected back this week.
From those who have seen the run sheet for Hell in a Cell so far, we’re told it will be a better show than the build-up leading up to it. It would kind of have to be. Also, because the weather is great in LA (85 degrees and sunny), there is talk of doing the pre-show outside in the sunshine the way that FOX Sports does it.
Make of this what you will, but Rusev and Lana have been seen all over LA together in the places that TMZ normally hangs out.
WWE Breaking Ground debuts after the Hell in a Cell PPV on Sunday night. We’ve heard really good reviews about it from those who have seen it. The show will replay after Raw, which will be its usual timeslot from this point forwards.
Here’s a piece on new WWE signee, Australian-Samoan rugby player Dan Vidot.
WWE.com has a story about James Storm and what led him to WWE. He doesn’t say a whole lot about his future, which is interesting because he did not appear at the latest set of TV tapings, however on the show that aired on Wednesday night he was very specifically described as NXT’s newest signing.
2K Sports announced a creation utility for smartphones that will work with WWE 2K16, allowing importing of faces and stuff like that. The game comes out on Tuesday and is still available for pre-order with release date delivery.
Smackdown was up slightly this week to 2.2 million viewers.
Wednesday’s new Table for 3 will feature — get this lineup — Neville, Samoa Joe and BO DALLAS. I’ve seen several episodes and they are hit and miss. If they have the right three guys with the right chemistry, it’s great. Three guys without the chemistry is kind of boring. And I could do without guys like Dean Ambrose ranting and raving with a mouth full of food. Maybe next season it could just be DRINKS FOR 3.
KLTV has a story about Mark Henry doing an anti-bullying assembly at a high school in Tyler, Texas.
The new Undertaker “streak” box set has new artwork. It comes out on November 17th and is available for pre-order.
Vince Russo reached out to Vince McMahon offering his help with the product. Not kidding.
Ronda Rousey will do voiceovers for the FOX NFL Sunday show at noon ET tomorrow, and also appear on The OT afterwards.
TMZ has a story about former UFC and Bellator fighter Lavar Johnson, who remains incarcerated on $120,000 bond after allegeding beating up his girlfriend several months ago. He has plead not guilty to the charges. On of the charges was “assault with a deadly weapon”, and the deadly weapon was his fists.
Last night’s Bellator main event was one of the biggest upsets of the year, as Rafael Carvalho (about +700 as an underdog) defeated former champion Brandon Halsey (about -1100 favorite) by TKO with a liver kick to win the vacant middleweight championship. Both of Carvalho’s previous Bellator wins saw him brought in seemingly to be a warm body for the opponent to be showcased, yet he rose to the occasion and won. He did that again here.
On last night’s Bellator show, they announced a 3 part series “Road to Vengeance” leading into their next tentpole event on November 6th in St. Louis. Part 1 airs at 1130 pm eastern this coming Thursday
As noted on the front page, Roderick Strong beat Jay Lethal to win the ROH TV title last night, which would be the first time Lethal has been pinned in over a year. Lethal remains the ROH World Heavyweight Champion. His next major challenger for that title is scheduled to be AJ Styles. That match is scheduled to take place at Final Battle this year, ROH’s version of WrestleMania in December.
Global Force Wrestling has new champions following the television tapings on Friday night. Nick Aldis, the former Magnus in TNA, is the new Global Champion (their main title); Christina Von Eerie is the new Women’s Champion; the Bollywood Boys are the new GFW Tag Team Champions; and PJ Black, the former Justin Gabriel in WWE, is the new Nex*Gen Champion, which is I guess is their version of the X-Division Title.
Bill Apter pens first wrestling book
Minnesota wrestling historian to speak at Minneapolis Historical Museum
The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous
WWE declares dividend, stock rises
Here’s a random notes: Catherine Murray, widow of the late Kerry Von Erich, will appear on the 12/9 episode of The Price Is Right as a contestant. Lacey Von Erich was also at the taping, but wasn’t a contestant.