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The Raw-Branded PPV TLC is coming up. Here is the news of the go home week leading into it.

General sources are as normally credited to http://www.f4wonline.com/ and http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/news.html and http://fightnetwork.com/ and http://www.411mania.com/wrestling and http://www.pwi-online.com and http://www.thescore.com/trending while please also note that all news and rumours are subject to updates and changes.

Raw's Tables, Ladders & Chairs on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TLC:_Tables,_Ladders_%26_Chairs_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwetlc

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*WWE Raw Women's Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Mickie James
*Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match: The Shield (The Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) & Raw GM Kurt Angle vs. The Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane and The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro)
*Asuka vs. Emma
*WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Kalisto (C) vs. Enzo Amore
*Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann
*"The Demon Finn" Balor vs. SmackDown's AJ Styles

*Kickoff Show Match: Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox
*Kickoff Show: Drew Gulak's PowerPoint Presentation

NXT Takeover: War Games on Saturday, November 18 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXT_TakeOver:_Houston and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Fatal Four-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
*War Games Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young & Killian Dain w/ Nikki Cross) vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering)
*NXT Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
*Aleister Black vs.Velveteen Dream
*Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Series_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: RAW WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. SD WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers [Sunil & Samir])

-A few Canadians participated in WWE's most recent developmental tryout camp: Munraj Sahota, son of legendary star Gama Singh Jr., former national amateur wrestling champ Jeremy LaTour, and mulit-sport competitor and two-time Ontario amateur wrestling champion Sean Dawkins.

The WWE put out a list of the recent attendees at the tryouts at the WWE Performance Center. The biggest name of the group was the former Madison Rayne (Ashley Lomberger), who was with TNA on-and-off since 2009 and finished up the promotion earlier this year. Other names among those attending, including Karen Q (Karen Yu), who has been featured on the Women of Honor specials from ROH, independent wrestler Matthew Justice (Matt Hannan), Munraj Sahota (the son of Gama Singh), El Hijo del Medico Asesino (who was signed to FCW in 2012 but released shortly afterwards, but did make it to FCW television), MMA fighter Andrews Nakahara, who was a member of the Ultimate Fighter Season 21 featuring ATT vs. The Blackzilians and fought earlier this year on a World Series of Fighting card and had fights with Kazushi Sakuraba and Ryo Chonan among his fights with the now defunct DREAM organization. The prospect that got top billing in the article was 7-foot boxer Taishan Dong from China, who has a 6-0 pro record, but hasn’t fought since December 2015 and is 29-years old.

-At https://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/1398605-the-rock-approves-of-golden-tate-s-people-s-elbow-td-celebration the Rock approved of Golden Tate's People's Elbow celebration.

-Noted on Friday night, the current plan for the Survivor Series is for the main event to feature a non-title match between Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal. From what sources say, this had been the direction for quite some time and is one of the few options the WWE can go to with no challengers for Mahal on the Smackdown side and for Lesnar, the only option was Finn Balor to keep Lesnar busy before going into the Roman Reigns build up in 2018. Lesnar is scheduled for next week’s Raw the night after TLC and could kick off the program as early as that show.

-The Raw tapings take place Monday night in Portland, Oregon and they have announced a steel cage match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman for the “go home” show before TLC.

-Neither Bray Wyatt nor Bo Dallas worked the live events over the weekend in Saskatchewan. Samoa Joe was listed in some of the local advertising but wasn’t on the shows either.

-Jinder Mahal has been all over Indian media over the past few days to promote the WWE’s upcoming tour in December. Mahal was on lots of various outlets and received a lot of attention for a photo up with Sachin Tendulkar, who is a famous cricket player and politician in the country. Tendulkar tweeted out how proud Mahal was making their country and sent it out to his 20+ million followers.

-Austin Aries posted an interesting message on Saturday, stating that over the next six-weeks he will be making more money than the last four-months in the “big leagues”. It continues the trend of names leaving the WWE with a lot of buzz and finding out the economy of the independent scene can be very strong if one can navigate the system and have a following. Aries has been announced for the November House of Hardcore shows in St. James, New York on November 17th, in Philadelphia on November 18th, a match with Ricochet in New South Wales on November 27th and has been announced for the IPW group of the U.K. for their December 17th card.

-The WWE has announced the signing of female performers Kavita Devi, who participated in the Mae Young Classic and Shadia Bseiso. Devi is the first female signed of Indian descent and Bseiso is the first female from the country of Jordan to be signed.

In conjunction with Jinder Mahal's media tour of India, WWE announced that Kavita Devi and Shadia Bseiso (who is from Jordan) have signed with the company -- touting that they're the first Indian and Middle Eastern women to sign WWE contracts. Both attended tryouts that the company held in Dubai this past April.

“Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,” Paul "Triple H" Levesque said. “We’re confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE superstars as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”

Devi lost to Dakota Kai in the first round of the Mae Young Classic. A clip of the match that WWE posted on YouTube far outdrew anything else from the tournament due to interest in India and it being posted on Indian news websites, with it currently approaching eight million views.

Dave Meltzer reported in the September 18th edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Devi was already under contract with WWE. Meltzer notes that she's not scheduled to start in the United States until January.

-WWE HOFer Diamond Dallas Page will be releasing another book next summer through Rodale Books called “Own Your Life: How to Make Yourself Positively Unstoppable”.

-Mickie James was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame over the weekend.

-Lilian Garcia sang the national anthem at the NFL's New York Jets vs. New England Patriots game.

-A new documentary called "Roddy Piper: In His Own Words" looks at Pipers career from interviews he's done. A percentage of all sales will be going to the Doernbeacher Children's Hospital, which Piper had worked on fund raising events for in the past.

-Roman Reigns and Cody have gone back-and-forth and featured Cody bringing up Reigns during a promo at the Global Wars event on Sunday night. It began when Cody did an interview for Ring of Honor after his match with Kushida in Columbus on Saturday night. It was clearly an in-character interview and Cody referred to himself as “the biggest damn draw in the entire industry”. A fan tweeted the video to Roman Reigns and he responded by saying “I don’t even need to clink the link and watch it. If that house didn’t draw over 100k. He’s just talking silly.” This led to Cody addressing Reigns on the Global Wars (without stating his name) and said he thought the vest was covering his gut or failed drug test, but it was covering up envy.

-Jimmy Jacobs made his first public appearance since his WWE release when he showed up in the crowd at the conclusion of Sunday’s Ring of Honor Global Wars show in Villa Park, Illinois. The show ended with The Bullet Club inside the ring and went to take a selfie and didn’t have a phone, which led to Jacobs being pointed out in the crowd and he took a selfie with the group.

-Anthony Carelli briefly addressed the Jim Cornette story at Sunday’s Destiny Wrestling event in Mississauga, Ontario. Carelli referred to him as a “bully”.

-Adam Cole and Britt Baker will be featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” this Sunday night on CNN at 9pm Eastern.

-The WWE stock closed at $22.59 on Monday.

-Ric Flair posted his Mt. Rushmore of pro wrestling at https://www.thescore.com/news/1399349-look-ric-flair-reveals-his-mount-rushmore-of-wwe

-Last week, Dave Palumbo, who handles the nutrition and supplementation for Paul "Triple H" Levesque, made comments on an episode of Matt Riviera's podcast that the WWE's drug policy allows for use of Hormone Replacement therapy (shooting testosterone) as well as HCG and HGH.

The actual quote in question was, "They're allowed to take hormone replacement. They can go to an HRT place and get testosterone replacement, 100 mg a week, whatever they prescribe nowadays," said Palumbo, a former well-known competitive bodybuilder. "Those are acceptable. A lot of the wrestlers do it, and it's not for me to say whose using what, but they're very minimal doses."

Today, the WWE responded to the comments that Palumbo made by saying that he was misinformed on the subject and the drug policy does not allow for use of those substances unless an endocrinologist and the WWE's medical staff approved of it for legitimate medical need.

-The WWE 2K18 video game will officially be released tomorrow.

-There was a news report that John Cena is selling his Lamborghini for $148,000 through Lamborghini Palm Beach.

-Daniel Bryan and Big Show are scheduled for a signing and a Q&A on 11/5 at Play Fair 217 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York for Mattel.

-Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Big Cass and Finn Balor are scheduled for Ringside Fest on 10/29 at Caroline's on Broadway in Times Square in New York. They will be doing autograph signings and photos.

-Baron Corbin, whose wife is from Puerto Rico, talked to reporters about how the damage on the island has bothered him.

-Chen chen Li, a Chinese kickboxer, came out to Mark Henry's WWE theme song on the weekend Glory show. Announcer Sander Schrik in Holland talked about Henry when the song played.

-Rich Swann takes on Jack Gallagher on 205 Live this week.

**UPDATES for Oct.17/17**

-The WWE rounded out the card for TLC on the go-home edition of Raw.

As expected, Finn Balor will be facing Bray Wyatt at Sunday's pay-per-view -- or rather The Demon will be taking on Sister Abigail. Balor delivered one final message to Wyatt on Raw, which ended with his face transforming into an orange version of his Demon persona.

The match will be the third time Balor vs. Wyatt has happened on PPV in recent months. While wearing his Demon paint, Balor defeated Wyatt at SummerSlam in August. Balor then got another win over Wyatt without the paint in a match that was billed as "man vs. man" at No Mercy last month.

With much of the Raw roster involved in the main event, there will be multiple matches in the women's and cruiserweight divisions at TLC. Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox is set for the pre-show, and WWE lists that there will be a cruiserweight tag match with Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann teaming against Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher.

The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota will host TLC on Sunday night.

-The WWE's plans for the Survivor Series main event should be confirmed on tonight's episode of SmackDown.

After returning from his media tour of India, WWE is advertising that Jinder Mahal will be making an announcement about his plans for Survivor Series and issuing a challenge for the dual-branded pay-per-view. As Dave Meltzer reported last week, plans call for Mahal to face Brock Lesnar in the main event of the PPV in a match where neither Mahal's WWE Championship nor Lesnar's Universal title is on the line.

The direction for the rest of the Survivor Series card should become clear in the coming weeks. The last brand-exclusive PPV before Survivor Series will take place on Sunday as Raw presents TLC.

Tonight's SmackDown from the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington will also feature Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from Hell in a Cell, Sami Zayn will open the show with a promo after aligning himself with Kevin Owens last week, Baron Corbin will be involved in a match, and Breezango's Pulp Fiction-inspired edition of the Fashion Files should finally air.

-The WWE announced today that tickets for WrestleMania 34 would go on sale on November 17th at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

The 2018 WrestleMania takes place on April 8th at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and is expected to be headlined by Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.

Tickets will be priced from $35 to $2,000. The $2,000 tickets will be for the first nine rows on the floor and, as usual, will include the take home commemorative WrestleMania chair. Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com.

For some of the best seats, the WWE is also doing WrestleMania travel packages, which will include tickets to all WrestleMania week events. Those are available on October 30th at noon through wrestlemaniatravel.com.

Those WrestleMania week events will include WrestleMania itself, Raw, SmackDown, NXT TakeOver, Fan Axxess, and the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. Raw, SmackDown, TakeOver, and the Hall of Fame will take place at the Smoothie King Center.

-Nikki Bella safely cruised through another week of Dancing with the Stars last night. She and her partner earned a judges’ score of 27/30 for their jazzy interpretation of a song from the upcoming Disney film Coco. She and her partner were right in the middle of the leaderboard with that score, which were generally high last night – including one couple receiving a perfect 30.

-On SmackDown Live for an unknown time, Tom Phillips has been sent on assignment so Michael Cole will be doing double duty taking his commentary booth spot for the meantime.

-The competition from the MLB playoffs and Monday Night Football led to last night's episode of Raw doing the lowest numbers since a June 12th show that went against the NBA finals.

Raw did 2.68 million viewers, down seven percent from last week.

It was still third for the night on cable, trailing the Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL game that did 8.38 million viewers and a New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros baseball playoff game that did 5.11 million viewers.

Dancing With The Stars, featuring Nikki Bella, did 9.57 million viewers, up three percent from last week. The NFL was down 18 percent from last week, while baseball was up 14 percent.

With a Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman steel cage match as the main event, the audience held in the third hour better than most weeks. The only demo that showed a significant drop from hour one to three was over 50 and 12-34 showed a rare increase.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.73 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.73 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.61 million viewers

-205 Live has Enzo Amore & Ariya Daivari vs. Kalisto & Mustafa Ali and Rich Swann vs. Brian Kendrick.

-Ahead of Mahal vs. Lesnar likely being set up for Survivor Series tonight, Mahal spoke to ESPN about wanting that match, his work ethic, striving to be the greatest of all time, and denied rumors that he has a shoulder injury. In a Twitter Q&A session, Mahal also said that he wants to defend his title against John Cena at WrestleMania 34.

-While appearing on Busted Open Radio, Chris Jericho discussed Neville potentially leaving the WWE and the matches that he’s had with him. Jericho said that he thinks Neville could be a bigger star outside of the WWE than he was in the company due to getting a bigger opportunity, but leaving the WWE is like walking off of the side of a building and being told a net is there without being able to see it. Jericho said Neville has the talent, ability as a character, and the intelligence to succeed elsewhere.

-Dave Palumbo walked back the comments that he made about WWE’s drug testing policy.

-Shadia Bseiso, the first Arab woman to sign a WWE contract, discussed with reporters the road that she’s taken to get to the promotion.

-Triple H posted a picture with Lio Rush and welcomed him to NXT.

-WWE.com ran an article on Adam Cole and Britt Baker appearing on an upcoming episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” show.

-Braun Strowman, The Rock, Razor Ramon, and Alexa Bliss are in WWE’s next line of Funko Pops.

-Sunil Singh will face AJ Styles next week on SmackDown Live.

-After Jinder Mahal did indeed issue the Survivor Series challenge to Brock Lesnar, they announced on TV that Brock Lesnar returns on Raw to respond.

-Shane McMahon will return to SmackDown Live next week.

**UPDATES for Oct.18/17**

-After rumors that Nia Jax walked out of Raw started going around the internet yesterday, Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Jax has been granted a leave of absence by WWE due to personal reasons. There's truth to the story despite WWE denying it.

-Chris Jericho spoke to Metal Injection about Jimmy Jacobs’ firing from the WWE. He had praised Jacobs for his ideas in the past and continued to do so in the interview. Jericho said that he would’ve tried to help Jacobs out if he was on the road with the WWE when Jacobs was fired, but taking a picture with the Bullet Club during their invasion of Raw like Jacobs did is something that you can’t do. Jericho theorized that the picture was the final straw that led to Jacobs’ firing.

-Sports Illustrated has an article about Neville’s situation with the WWE, with it noting that Neville has been "miserable" since January and that he was unhappy when his match with Austin Aries at WrestleMania was moved to the pre-show and kept off the DVD of the event. Neville was still in the video intro for 205 Live as of last night.

-Daniel Bryan again teased a return to the ring on Twitter by replying to a joke about Sami Zayn saying that Bryan isn’t an in-ring performer anymore. Bryan’s daughter also watched her father’s appearance on SmackDown last night.

-Reby Hardy went at it with WWE costume designer Julie Youngberg on Twitter after Youngberg wrote that she’d rather see “dead Matt” than “Broken Matt” in WWE. Youngberg was apparently formerly married to Shannon Moore.

This escalated quickly with Reby Hardy responding:

"Say it in person next time ! Say hi, babe ! What’s GOOD, twitter fingers !!! Just remember: I ain’t got a job to lose. Bitch you seen both me & Matt about 20x at TVs & have never said a damn thing. Shut up, pu***"

The two continued to go back-and-forth with one another with insults thrown both ways.

Youngberg had a falling out with Matt & Reby Hardy in the past. In 2015, Youngsberg posted the following statement alleging that the two were stalking and hacking attempts on Youngberg:

"So great news. The police came over the other day who are working on my case of the person/people who are hacking me, stalking me, making up horrible lies, slander, etc and are trying to break up the beautiful marriage Shannon and I have. Funny enough the cops traced the emails back to a town none other than Cameron NC!!! Hmmm, lol, Just a little more time before they crack the false name the acct was opened under but they are working on it. Let's just say what comes around goes around and sorry a**holes Shannon and I love each other way too much to let psychopaths like you with nothing better to do with your lives or time than to try and ruin ours. Your pathetic and sad excuses for human beings. If I were you right now I’d be extremely nervous for the outcome."

-RealSport101 interviewed Tyler Breeze and Fandango about their team and how the Fashion Files was created.

-In an interview to promote WWE 2K18, Sting spoke about wanting a match with The Undertaker before he had to retire in 2015.

“We’ve had a brief conversation, and I just told him, I said, man, I just always wanted to have that match,” Sting said. "It wasn’t necessarily reciprocated so I’m not sure where he stands or if he had any interest at all, to be quite honest. But I did. I don’t mind saying.”

-With competition from both the Major League Baseball playoffs and the NBA season kicking off, WWE SmackDown Live saw a drop in audience from last week. This week’s episode of SmackDown Live averaged 2,320,000 viewers on the USA Network. The show went up against the season opener between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics on TNT, which did a big number of 5,598,000 viewers. Smackdown also went against the last hour of the Yankees vs. Astros game and then the Dodgers vs. Cubs games began at 9pm against the second hour of Smackdown. The number was down 6% from last week’s Smackdown and was their lowest number since June 12th.

-The WWE has announced that tickets for next April’s WrestleMania card in New Orleans will go on sale on Friday November 17th for the general public. The tickets will be priced from $35 all the way up to $2,000 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This is a quick turnaround for the city to get WrestleMania, with the same venue hosting WrestleMania back in 2014.

-The WWE stock closed at $22.54 on Wednesday.

**UPDATES for Oct.19-20/17**

-The WWE NXT Twttier at https://twitter.com/WWENXT/status/921029189154889729 broke the news that the NXT Champion Drew McIntyre will defend the title against The Undisputed Era's Adam Cole in San Antonio on Friday, November 17 with hometown star Shawn Michaels as special guest referee. This is the day before NXT Takeover but the same night in the same city as the first of 3 ROH events in the area.

WWE announced that Michaels will be refereeing an NXT Championship match between Drew McIntyre and Adam Cole, which will take place as NXT comes to the Aztec Theatre for a house show on November 17th. McIntyre is set to defend his title in Houston against Andrade "Cien" Almas the next day.

The likely reason for Michaels being added to the show is because Ring of Honor has a show in San Antonio head-to-head that night.
Ring of Honor had announced a show for Friday November 17th in San Antonio for the first night of their annual Survival of the Fittest tournament and are running Dallas on Saturday and Oklahoma City on Sunday. ROH has announced that The Young Bucks will be working the San Antonio card on November 17th. The WWE is running Houston that weekend with NXT Takeover on Saturday, Survivor Series on Sunday and then Raw and Smackdown also taking place at the Toyota Center along with the aforementioned San Antonio show.

Originally McIntyre vs. Cole was to headline the TakeOver show in Houston until the decision was made to revive the War Games concept. Cole will be teaming with Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly against SAnitY (Eric Young. Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain) and The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong in a three-team War Games match at TakeOver.

TakeOver: War Games will be the first of four WWE events to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston during Survivor Series weekend. The venue will host Survivor Series, Raw, and SmackDown over the following three nights.

-Ring of Honor has also announced that Kenny Omega will be working the big Supercard of Honor show over WrestleMania weekend on Saturday April 7th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Omega joins Hiroshi Tanahashi, who has also been announced for the card and should be the biggest ROH show of the year. The event will take place at the UNO Lakefront Arena, which can be configured to hold approximately 10,000 people. No matches have been announced but it will obviously be a loaded show given the talent already announced and it will also be going head-to-head with the NXT Takeover event on the eve of WrestleMania.

With both Omega and Tanahashi announced, it means NJPW isn't running a major date at that time, and also means that much of the New Japan talent will likely be available. Normally NJPW runs a major show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo on that weekend, and thus, the New Japan stars haven't been available to ROH for its annual Mania events.

Running the building on a weekend with so many tourists in town, and with Omega, the biggest non-WWE draw in the United States right now, is an attempt to break the company's all-time attendance record of 3,500, which was set at last year's Supercard of Honor in Lakeland, Florida. That show was headlined by The Young Bucks vs. The Hardys in a ladder match.

Before Supercard of Honor, Omega is set to wrestle at ROH's shows in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 11th and in Lakeland on November 12th. He previously wrestled for the promotion at all four stops of their Global Wars tour last week, defeating YOSHI-HASHI to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship at Sunday's iPPV in Chicago.

-There's finally an air date for ESPN's 30 for 30 film on Ric Flair film, Nature Boy. It'll run on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

-Mick Foley made an appearance at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ, on Tuesday, October 17th, to promote his new book, Saint Mick. SLAM! Wrestling photographer George Tahinos was there, and said there was about 150 people there.

"Mick talked about the book and answered questions for about 25 minutes before he started signing. Was very fan friendly, took photos with everyone and signed extra items if people had anything. Staff was very good. Good experience for everyone," reported Tahinos.

-Following the episode of Ultima Lucha Tres, Ricochet / Prince Puma posted a photo with the caption “Clock starts now” as a not-so-subtle reference to his status. Ricochet will become a free agent in 90-days now that his final appearance on Lucha Underground has aired. Rumours persists that he's going to sign with the WWE.

-Total Bellas did 563,000 viewers on Wednesday night on E! The number was up 11,000 viewers from last week.

-The WWE stock closed at $22.62 on Thursday.

-Bray Wyatt is said to be ill and there is no update on his status for Sunday. Bo Dallas has been ill as well for the last 2 weeks.

-Nia Jax is out of action with the WWE after the company had been denying it all week. Alexa Bliss, who is her friend, and who wouldn't do an interview without WWE approval, said to the New York Post that she wouldn't call it a leave of absence but that Jax is taking some time off, blaming it on the tough WWE road schedule. Bliss said that she took some resets while in NXT but nobody knew about them.

UPDATE: There really isn't much to the story of Nia Jax's situation with the WWE, which has gotten overblown due to the lack of information out on it.

Jax has a few weeks off, until the European tour. One can call it a leave of absence, although she and the WWE are both denying that, but that's a vague terminology and it could be called that.

WWE's tour of Europe will kick off in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1st.

Jax is just resting up since she wasn't figured into any major storylines, but according to those close to her, stories that she stormed off at Raw (she wasn't even at Raw to begin with), asked for a leave of absence, or is unhappy with her pay are all untrue.

-Jimmy Jacobs did an interview for Live Audio Wrestling that will air Sunday. He said that he made no mistake in posing for the photo and he's okay with how everything went down. He said that when he was fired, he was told the photo was the reason. When asked if anything else was part of the reason, he said, "If it was, I'm not aware of any of that. It's certainly possible but who knows."

-Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 11 a.m. for the 12/5 Smackdown & 205 Live tapings in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Arena.

-The Los Angeles Clippers has a WWE Night on 10/28 with wrestlers at the Clippers vs. Pistons game.

-The WWE will be holding tryouts in Santiago, Chile this weekend.

-Jim Ross was promoting his book on Colin Cowherd on FS1 and predicted that at some point, probably for a one-shot deal that Conor McGregor would get a paycheck from Vince McMahon. It's a good bet that some day that will happen. Cowherd said that he didn't think McGregor would fight for UFC again because there's more money in the WWE. He really said that, and on FS1 that airs the UFC.

-Kevin Owen's won't be appearing at WWE's three remaining house shows in South America this weekend.

The WWE announced the news on their website today, citing personal reasons as to why Owens won't be at the shows in Argentina and Chile. Owens did travel to South America with the SmackDown roster and wrestled at Thursday night's event in Buenos Aires, Argentina before missing the rest of the tour.

Owens took part in a triple threat match for the United States Championship match in Buenos Aries. Baron Corbin defeated Tye Dillinger and Owens in the match to retain his title.

The WWE will be back in Buenos Aires again on Friday night for another show at Luna Park. The tour will then conclude with stops at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile on Saturday and Sunday before the roster flies back home to the United States for Tuesday's episode of SmackDown in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It is unknown what the status is for Owens for this Tuesday’s television in Milwaukee, where they had set up Shane McMahon’s return to television to confront Owens and Sami Zayn.

-MAJOR BREAKING NEWS came on Friday via the WWE at http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwetlc/article/kurt-angle-returns-replace-roman-reigns-at-wwe-tlc-aj-styles-the-demon?sf123717574=1 that medical issues have caused a ton of changes to the TLC PPV this Sunday. In the piece, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt are now off the PPV as they continue to try to quarantine the issue which many sources say is meningitis. As noted above on the Update PPV Card, AJ Styles will be coming in from SmackDown to take on Finn Balor now in a fight of former NJPW Bullet Club Leaders. It will be the first time they've ever faced each other. Kurt Angle, who hasn't wrestled in 11 years for the WWE, is now in for Roman on the Shield team to take on the Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane and the Bar. This will be Angle’s first match since this past February for TNA Impact and first WWE match since 2006.

It is clear that they felt they needed something major for the company to not only have Angle’s first match back with no promotion, but also putting him in an incredibly physical and dangerous style of match. There were signs of the meningitis issues when Bo Dallas was announced as being off TV due to medical issues. Bray Wyatt and JoJo Offerman were then taken off TV quietly, with the former having done the pre-taped Titantron videos beforehand for the last 2 weeks of Raw. No official injury reports were cited by the WWE, but The Pittsburgh Tribune's Justin LaBar first reported Wyatt and his brother Bo Dallas, as well as Raw ring announcer JoJo Offerman, had missed television and live events due to viral meningitis .Dave Meltzer noted in Thursday's daily update that Wyatt is said to be ill as well.

After announcing some major shakeups to the TLC card earlier this afternoon, the WWE issued a statement to ESPN about the reason behind the changes.

"We have confirmed that three of our performers have been diagnosed with a viral infection," a WWE representative told ESPN. "As a precautionary measure, we are ensuring in-ring performers and staff are tested and immunized in accordance with recommended medical guidelines."

Wrestling Observer's Bryan Alvarez tweeted that the AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor match is currently scheduled to get a good amount of time on Sunday and that creative is working on big changes for Raw with Reigns out. Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc. reports that the WWE is testing members of the RAW roster for the mumps. It was reportedly discovered while the talent was being tested for viral meningitis.

Kurt Angle posted on Instagram about returning to the ring at TLC on Sunday:

“Is it true??? Oh It's damn true! Your Olympic Hero will be wrestling along side of The Shield at #TLC this Sunday. Be sure to watch. #yourolympicheroisback”

Daniel Bryan replied to the news of Angle’s return by posting “Interesting…” and the thinking face emoji.

AJ Styles also posted a video via WWE's Twitter in response to his match, saying that he’s heading to TLC to represent SmackDown. Styles also made a slight reference to his and Balor's past in Japan.. The WWE indicated that Finn Balor will still be wearing his “Demon” paint for the match against Styles.

-The Raw crew has a show in St. Louis Friday night at the Scottrade Center and is headlined by The Shield vs. Braun Strowman & Cesaro & Sheamus. On Saturday, the same crew is in Mankato, Minnesota and then TLC is Sunday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Drew McIntyre wrote about Angle returning and Balor facing Styles:

“This has sent the @WWENXT tour bus into meltdown”

-Shown at http://www.bardown.com/mohamed-sanu-will-rock-custom-ric-flair-cleats-this-weekend-1.891272 are custom Ric Flair cleats NFL Atlanta Falcon's receiver Mohammed Sanu is going to where Sunday for a Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots. Ric Fliar posted:

"Of Course! Thank You To Sanu And The Entire Falcons Organization. Much Respect! Looking Forward To Sunday!!!"

-Shawn Michaels is on tour with NXT working backstage at this weekend’s house shows. Michaels posted a video of him talking to Johnny Gargano about Gargano’s losing streak.

-The mayor of Vancouver declared Thursday “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Day” due to The Rock’s upcoming “Skyscraper” movie being filmed in the city.

-Pete Dunne has his first T-shirt on WWE Shop.

-City Pages in Minneapolis interviewed Sasha Banks about her history in the city, her start in pro wrestling, and wanting to wrestle Asuka.

-Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverly taunted rookie Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball with John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” after hitting a shot over him in Ball’s NBA debut.

**UPDATES for Oct.21/17**

-Announced at https://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/1403102-ric-flair-to-yell-play-ball-ahead-of-game-7-in-houston is that with the Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees MLB playoff series going to Game 7 tonight, that the Houston Astros are pulling out all the stops for Saturday's winner-take-all clash at Minute Maid Park against the New York Yankees. Prior to the game, wrestling legend Ric Flair will start the proceedings by yelling "Play Ball," the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

There's already a connection between the wrestler and the baseball team, as Astros outfielder Josh Reddick uses Flair's theme song as his walk-up music.

Flair's appearance in Houston will come just two months after he was hospitalized due to serious health issues that left him in a medically induced coma.

-There is an article at http://www.bardown.com/vancouver-mayor-proclaims-oct-19-to-be-the-rock-day-as-thanks-to-johnson-for-providing-jobs-1.891494 about Vancouver's mayor declaring October 19th The Rock Day. When The Rock was 22, he went to Vancouver for the first time while he was playing in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders.

On Thursday, October 19th, the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, stopped by the set of the movie 'Skyscraper' to present The Rock with a proclamation stating that October 19th will now be known as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Day in Vancouver.

-With Kevin Owens off of the remainder of the tour and AJ Styles returning to the United States to face Finn Balor at TLC, the WWE has lined up a big replacement for tomorrow's house show in Santiago, Chile.

The company revealed today that Triple H is heading to Santiago and will be in action at Sunday's show at the Movistar Arena. The match will be the first time Triple H has wrestled since WrestleMania 33 in April, where he lost to Seth Rollins to conclude their feud. The WWE has yet to reveal who Triple H will be facing at the show in Chile. Triple H tweeted about the news:

"My boots are packed and I’m coming for a fight. #WWESantiago, I’m headed your way. Chile, get ready...it’s #GameTime"

The SmackDown roster has been in South America for house shows in Argentina and Chile this weekend. After wrestling at their first show in Buenos Aires, the WWE announced that Kevin Owens would be missing the rest of the tour due to personal reasons. Owens clarified why he had to leave the tour in a tweet today.

"I’m not sick. I’m not hurt. My family needed me home," Owens wrote. "Thank you to @WWE & the fans in Argentina & Chile for their support and understanding." Owens had wrestled in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, taking part in a triple threat match for the United States Championship where Baron Corbin retained his title over Tye Dillinger and Owens. The WWE then announced that Owens would be missing shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday due to personal reasons.

Styles missed the first show in Buenos Aires due to what was reported as stomach issues before then wrestling last night. He'll be back in the United States for Sunday's TLC pay-per-view as he faces Balor in one of the show's matches that was put together on short notice due to health issues that are impacting Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.

**UPDATES for Oct.22/17**

-With no time on television to build to the revised TLC card, the WWE released a few promos to hype up the pay-per-view. AJ Styles and Finn Balor discussed facing each other for the first time and the similar paths they’ve taken to get to this point, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose reacted to Kurt Angle being their new partner at TLC and Roman Reigns not being able to wrestle at the show, and Braun Strowman, Cesaro, and Sheamus sent warnings to Angle ahead of Sunday.

-With Reigns currently out of action, Rollins & Ambrose defending their Raw tag titles against Cesaro & Sheamus in a street fight main evented Friday night’s house show in St. Louis. Strowman, who usually faces Reigns on the Raw house shows, defeated Balor.

-Angle wrote about his return to a WWE ring:

“#wweuniverse, be sure to tune in to my return to WWE action tomorrow, Sunday, at TLC. It's been 11 years and long overdue. I will proudly team up with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, members of the notorious faction ‘The Shield’. Couldn't be more excited. #itstrue”

Angle also responded to a question about Neville and Nia Jax’s status, saying that he doesn’t know about Neville but Jax will be returning soon. Dave Meltzer reported that Jax will return to WWE in time for November’s European tour.

-The Miz and Maryse had their gender reveal party today, where they found out that Maryse will be giving birth to a baby girl. Miz wrote:

“The #ItBaby is a GIRL! If she gets half the brains, beauty, and strength of her mother @marysemizanin then she’s gonna be a powerful woman.”

-The WWE has posted a video looking at Jinder Mahal’s media tour of India.

-Jimmy Jacobs made a surprise appearance at tonight’s WrestleCircus show. He confronted Sami Callihan and mentioned being fired for the Bullet Club selfie. Callihan punched him down but Jacobs came back and hit a spear. Jacobs tweeted after the appearance:

“For the record, I have zero bitter feelings towards WWE. I had a great two and a half years there. But now I’m very excited to perform again.”

-With Roman Reigns off the house shows, this weekend’s shows were headlined by street fights with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro & Sheamus. The shows were scheduled to have The Shield working six-man tags on the shows prior to Reigns being pulled.

-Monday’s episode of Raw will feature Brock Lesnar answering Jinder Mahal’s challenge in Green Bay. It's a smaller arena so it's expected to be the first Raw sellout in several weeks. Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown in Milwaukee will feature Shane McMahon’s return for the first time since Hell in a Cell.

-In an interesting trivia note, today is also the 17th anniversary of Kurt Angle’s first WWF title win. Angle defeated The Rock on this date in Albany, New York at the No Mercy pay-per-view event.

-The first of the Survivor Series ads on the kickoff show advertised that there will be Raw vs. SmackDown matches on the card.

-As far as the Kambi odds for the star ratings for tonight's matches, the over/under are:

Banks vs. Fox *3/4
Asuka vs. Emma ***1/4
Kalisto vs. Enzo **
Balor vs. Styles ****1/2
TLC match ****1/4
Bliss vs. James **3/4
Kendrick & Gallagher vs. Alexander & Swann **1/2

Originally when one could bet on what would win best match for tonight, the original odds came out with Emma vs. Asuka as the favorite followed by TLC and any other match paid +350. Of course people bet on any other match (given Styles vs. Balor) and it was taken off the boards. The new odds are Balor vs. Styles as the best match favorite at -183 while any other match is +130. One can also get +400 odds if you bet that a match tonight will be five stars. Usually that's +1500.

-As of last night, it didn't look like tonight's TLC PPV would sell out although it'll be a good crowd. It's possible it could sell out with a very strong walkup.

-According to the WWE, there is no set timetable on when Kevin Owens would return. He is out of action due to a family matter.

-As far as the other wrestlers, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns and Bo Dallas, they will be reevaluated in eight days for an update. All WWE Raw talent was ordered to get shots for Measles, Mumps and Rubella on Thursday stemming from the illness that has kept the aforementioned three off tonight's show.

-Elias vs. Jason Jordan got teased on the kickoff show after the 2 appeared with GM Kurt Angle and thus they did a few short segments on the TLC PPV to start that feud then had a match on it.

-WWE WrestleMania Travel Packages are out and are very expensive. WWE is offering its most expensive at $9,175 per person to $8,525 per person for a group of two or more, which guarantees first five row tickets or Mania, Takeover, flying on a private flight with WWE legends from New York to New Orleans, and getting behind the scenes meet and greets with stars. There are a number of cheaper packages that get as low as $2,125 per person for 100 level seating at all the shows, and Axxess tickets down to $1,150 per person for a group or four.

-The Miz was the Grand Marshall of the Krewe of Boo parade in New Orleans this weekend. As noted yesterday, Miz & wife Maryse are having a daughter.

-Ryan Cabrera, a singer, and Avril Lavigne, who is a major name singer, posted photos dressed up as Miz and Maryse for Halloween. They posted photos and said they actually wore authentic ring outfits that Miz & Maryse had when they went to their house for a party.

-Big Cass was doing Ringside Fest in New York next week and the price was dropped from $69.99 to $49.99 which is a rarity because usually on those shows, the price increases due to demand. Alexa Bliss, for example, is getting $119 for an autograph and photo combo pack which is more than Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Cass.

-Ric Flair will be making an appearance for the House of Glory promotion in New York on 12/16 at Club Amazura in Jamaica, Queens, NY.

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TLC is in the books but not without lots of fallout due to the changes made. The 'viral infection' took its toll on the roster as Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns and Bo Dallas at the moment are still under quarantine and will be re-evaluated next Monday. Meanwhile other people are missing due to other reasons like Nia Jax and Kevin Owens. Shows are being rewritten this week while trying to keep November's Survivor Series PPV intact to be Raw vs. SmackDown, so here is how this week is going down.

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NXT Takeover: War Games on Saturday, November 18 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXT_TakeOver:_Houston and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Fatal Four-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
*War Games Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young & Killian Dain w/ Nikki Cross) vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering)
*NXT Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
*Aleister Black vs.Velveteen Dream
*Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Series_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. SmackDown WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers [Sunil & Samir])
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. SmackDown United States Champion Baron Corbin
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Tag Team Champions The Shield (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Men's Team vs. Team SmackDown's Men's Team (Randy Orton and 4 others TBA)
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Women's Team (Captain Alicia Fox, Bayley, Sasha Banks and 2 others TBA) vs. Team SmackDown's Women's Team (Captain Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Naomi, Carmella w/ James Ellsworth & Tamina w/ Lana)

-Tonight’s episode of Raw will take place from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin and will feature Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman appearing on the show to answer Jinder Mahal’s challenger for their match at Survivor Series. As noted, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas will not be on the show with Dave Meltzer noting to the LAW that Reigns has the mumps and they are scheduled for a checkup next week to see if they can be cleared. It's not certain when he'll be back but it's not going to be a longtime thing, a couple of weeks is what people are saying. No word on Bray Wyatt or Bo Dallas yet until next Monday's re-evaluation.

Tonight will also see the beginning of the build to Survivor Series with the TLC show making it clear that it will be a theme of Raw vs. Smackdown for the show and a minimum of two traditional Survivor Series matches with the men and the women. With Kurt Angle now cleared, he is obviously an option to use next month in Houston or be saved when they have an opponent that is ready and a story. At the moment, the only viable opponent for Angle is The Miz coming out of TLC and anything else would be starting from scratch.

What is expected to be teased or announced tonight would be a Miz vs. Baron Corbin match at Survivor Series, likely with neither title at stake and Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. The Usos and Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya, and possibly Kane vs. Braun Strowman. It has also been talked about for the Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal main event to have John Cena as referee but that would be dependant on his filming schedule.

Planned for Raw is Sasha Banks vs. Bayley with the winner becoming team captain of a Raw vs. Smackdown elimination match. The Horsewoman vs. Horsewoman match will not be at Survivor Series but it will still happen at some point. There will be an either a Team Enzo vs. Team Kalisto match tonight, or the start of a build for that match at Survivor Series tonight.

-The SmackDown crew is returning from their tour of South America and won’t have a house show tonight. They are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday night for the television tapings with Shane McMahon scheduled to return. Kevin Owens’ status is up in the air and it isn’t yet known if Owens will be at television this week due the family matter he is tending to. Planned for Smackdown is a multiple person match to determine the Smackdown team captain of a women's elimination match at Survivor Series.

Tuesday night’s episode of SmackDown Live will be going head-to-head with Game 1 of the World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and Houston Astros. Raw will not face any competition from the World Series but still face the usual NFL Monday Night Football game, with this week being the top 2 teams in the NFC East from Philadelphia and Washington.

-Triple H ended with working with Rusev at the live event in Santiago, Chile on Sunday afternoon. Hunter won clean with the pedigree and later danced with the New Day inside the ring.

-At https://www.thescore.com/news/1404955-the-rock-shuts-down-comedian-who-told-him-wrestling-isn-t-real the Rock shut down a comedian online for claiming wrestling isn't real and that he's a dummy for believing it.

-Shane McMahon, who was announced for Smackdown tomorrow, is in Green Bay. He has been at Raw shows before and not appeared on the show, but with Raw vs. Smackdown as the theme for the next month, his being on Raw is more possible.

-AJ Styles said the "too sweet" sign at the end of his match with Finn Balor was something they decided and not something they were told to do. They said they wanted to show they haven't forgotten where they came from and that they love their Bullet Club brothers. The Young Bucks did reply positively to his explanation.

-Kalisto will have his rematch on 205 for the Cruiserweight Championship against the new champion Enzo Amore.

**UPDATES for Oct.24/17**

-After two years without wrestling on French TV, two new wrestling TV programs began in Quebec last week. Last Wednesday, October 18, it was WWE Raw on TVA Sports. It marked the first time the WWE was in French in Quebec since 1998. Every Wednesday night, one hour of Raw will air. The commentators are Pat Laprade and comedian Kevin Raphael. Then on Sunday, October 22, it was a mix of ROH and IWS on RDS 2. It's the first time that ROH has ever aired in French in Quebec. They showed matches from Death Before Dishonor. IWS is a longtime local promotion, where Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn really got their start. The promotion was even showcased in Owens' DVD. It's going to be once a month with radio personality Ben Cossette and RDS' Stephane Morneau as announcers. It's the first time that a local promotion is on TV since Sylvain Grenier's TOW had four shows on RDS 2 in December 2013. The last time any wrestling was on French TV in Quebec was in 2015 with TNA, which was on air for 11 years on RDS.

-At https://www.thescore.com/news/1405699-ex-wwe-star-davey-boy-smith-jr-saved-woman-from-jumping-off-bridge is a recap of how former WWE and current NJPW talent Davey Boy Smith Jr. saved a woman's life when he saw her about to jump from a bridge ledge. He tried to talk to her and actually pulled her down from where she was and held her down until police came. He posted on Facebook that his knowledge and grip strength from all his grappling training allowed him to pull her her up from where she was hanging and she wasn't small either. He said he put her in a mount position and wouldn't let her move, for fear she had a gun, until the police arrived.

-Just a couple of days after losing the Cruiserweight Championship, Kalisto will get his rematch on tonight's episode of 205 Live.

That was announced during Raw last night, with Kalisto saying that he was invoking his rematch clause against Enzo Amore. To further set up the match, Kalisto pinned Amore in a 10-man tag on Raw after hitting the Salida del Sol.

Amore regained the Cruiserweight title by defeating Kalisto with help from a thumb to the eye at TLC on Sunday. Kalisto had won the championship from Amore in a lumberjack match on Raw just two weeks ago, which was a decision that was made when plans were changed due to Neville wanting to leave the company.

Before 205 Live, tonight's SmackDown will feature the continuation of the angle where the SmackDown roster invaded Raw last night. Various things announced for tonight's show includes Shane McMahon addressing how Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have acted over the last couple of weeks. AJ Styles vs. Sunil Singh has been announced for SmackDown and, as was previously noted, Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto for the Cruiserweight title is set for 205 Live.

Other matches planned as of this morning were a five-way women's match to determine the captain of Team SmackDown, Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara for the United States title in a follow-up of Sin Cara's upset countout win last week, The New Day versus Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin.and the Usos against Aiden English & Rusev (who are now going to be pushed as a regular tag team).

They'll likely also talk more about last night's Raw Under Siege angle that ended the show. Following up on last night's Raw, tonight is another big night of WWE programming with the follow-up to the Raw vs. SmackDown angle. Nothing has been said about a Raw invasion of SmackDown, similar to what happened last night, but it would seem inevitable.

-One of the weirdest Raw ratings patterns ever took place last night, but overall the show did an average of 2.94 million viewers, up nine percent from last week due to the PPV bump, indicating a lot of curiosity coming off the TLC show. It was Raw’s highest number overall since the return of Monday Night Football this season.

However, the hour-to-hour drop was among the largest in history.

Raw finished third for the night on cable. The Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles game did 11.28 million viewers, and the other show that beat Raw was the SportsCenter episode after the game.

Dancing with the Stars on ABC with Nikki Bella did 9.15 million viewers.

On average, 23 percent of those watching the first hour weren't watching the third hour. In reality, the turnoff number would be much higher because the start of the show was likely well above the first hour average, and the end was likely lower than the third hour average. Even in the male 18-49 demo the drop from hour one to hour three was 19 percent.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.33 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.97 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.56 million viewers

-Though a lot of viewers tuned out before the surprise show-closing angle where the SmackDown roster invaded Raw, WWE’s clip of the segment has been watched more than two million times already, which is a very strong but not overwhelming number. Ratings for tonight’s SmackDown and next week’s Raw will tell how effective the angle was.

-After having to leave SmackDown’s tour of South America last week because his family needed him at home, Kevin Owens tweeted a thank you to fans, friends, family, and others in the pro wrestling business for their outpouring of support. Karina Steen, Owens’ wife, also wrote a post on Instagram thanking people for the messages they’ve sent and saying that things are okay now:

“Thank you all for the kind messages asking if everything was alright. It was one of the toughest weeks of our lives but we are ok now. This guy travelled half way around the world to get back to us and I don't know what I would have done without him. Best husband and dad we could ever ask for”

-Nikki Bella had another strong showing on Dancing with the Stars last night, with her team finishing in a tie for fourth place. Four teams finished below them.

-John Cena is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to spread awareness about eradicating polio across the world.

-The WWE uploaded some video of Triple H’s return to the ring and him dancing with The New Day from their house show in Santiago, Chile last Sunday.

-The New York Post interviewed Alexa Bliss about her rise in WWE, being on Total Divas, and overcoming battles with anorexia as a teenager.

-The Minnesota Star Tribune ran a story on Elias’ anti-Green Bay Packers comments from Raw in Wisconsin last night.

-ROH posted a promo where the Bullet Club offered the McMahon family a 10 percent discount on tickets to ROH's show in San Antonio, Texas on November 17th. The promo was in response to NXT having a house show in San Antonio (with Shawn Michaels refereeing a title match between Drew McIntyre and Adam Cole) the same night.

-Samir Singh will take on AJ Styles next week on SmackDown Live, Shinsuke Nakamura faces off with a returning Kevin Owens, and Bobby Roode gets Dolph Ziggler in a best 2-out-of-3 falls match where the latter 2 matches will have the winners join Team SmackDown in the Survivor Series Men's match.

**UPDATES for Oct.25/17**

-Goldberg will be featured in a new WWE 24 in November.

-ESPN issued a press release of the 30 For 30 documentary on Ric Flair to premiere on November 7. Obviously, the subject of Reid’s passing is a major area focused on and is really heart wrenching to watch with Ric’s reaction described in real time when he found Reid in the hotel room. Among those interviewed for the special is Ric’s first wife Leslie, his children David & Megan & Ashley and lots of people from within the industry. In the clip, Flair talks about how people would live vicariously through him in the 1980s and video of athletes imitating him were shown.

-NJPW star KUSHIDA took to Twitter to voice his disapproval of Enzo Amore's punch that looks similar to KUSHIDA's.

-William Regal is returning to EVOLVE and he will be available for pictures, autographs and appearing on the EVOLVE 96 live event.

-Sports Illustrated reported that Nia Jax did not want to lose clean to Sasha Banks at TLC. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jax’s cousin, encouraged Jax to walk away if she was unhappy.

-Nia Jax replied to Natalya and Tamina on Twitter, teasing that she’ll be part of the Raw women’s team at Survivor Series.

-Nikki Bella did well on this week's Dancing With the Stars, receiving a judges' score of 36/40, despite the fact that her partner stumbled at one point. John Cena was in the audience which is presumably why he didn't intervene when the Smackdown Live roster invaded RAW on Monday.

-Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are celebrating their wedding anniversary today.

-Shawn Michaels posted on Twitter that the “ab-off” featuring himself vs Johnny Gargano has been made official for NXT Takeover WarGames.

-AJ Lee appeared on the latest episode of The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast and discussed leaving the WWE, CM Punk, living with bipolar disorder, her new book, and more.

-Despite big competition from Game 1 of the World Series, Smackdown was up 16% from last week and would indicate there was a lot of curiosity after the closing angle to Raw. SmackDown Live averaged 2,699,000 viewers on the USA Network and is their highest number since September 12th (a big show promoted around Vince McMahon’s return to television for the Kevin Owens angle). Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros did just under 15 million viewers on FOX.

In an interesting comparison, last year SmackDown Live also went up against Game 1 of the World Series. Last year’s series did a much bigger name matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians trying to break the longest droughts without a World title with 19,370,000 and was a big hit to the SmackDown audience, with the show only doing 2,187,000 viewers.

If the World Series goes to a Game 6, that game would go up against next week’s episode of SmackDown Live on Halloween night and the combination would likely take a big chunk out of the Smackdown number. It is also the last domestic show for the WWE crew before the big European tour that goes from November 1st – 12th.

-The number for Monday’s episode of Raw was a very mixed bag. On the one hand, it was their highest number since the NFL season began with Monday Night Football competition. However, once you look at the pattern over the three-hours, it paints a bleaker picture with big drops in the second and third hours. The overall drop from the audience in the first hour to the third was a staggering one of 23.3%. The number shouldn’t be used as an indictment on the invasion at the end of the show, because that wasn’t promoted ahead of time and the number for Tuesday’s Smackdown and next week’s Raw would be better indicators of whether or not the closing angle hit with the audience.

-Tonight is the season-finale of Total Bellas with this season building towards John Cena’s proposal to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania and Brie giving birth.

-The WWE stock closed at $21.55 on Wednesday.

-In what could be a sign for his future with the company, Neville was removed from the video intro for 205 Live this week. It’s the first time that he hasn’t been in the intro since the news that he wanted to leave the WWE broke.

-Sami Zayn will be this week’s guest on the Edge & Christian podcast.

-Triple H announced that “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)” by Power Trip and “Play” by Marmozets are the official theme songs for NXT TakeOver: War Games.

-BBC has a video profile on Mae Young Classic participant and WWE signee Kavita Devi.

-Chris Jericho will be appearing on an episode of First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” YouTube show tomorrow.

**UPDATES for Oct.26/17**

-The WWE released their third-quarter results on Thursday morning.

The WWE Network finished the third quarter with a total of 1,578,000 worldwide subscribers, which is broken down to 1,206,000 U.S. subscribers and 427,000 international.

The total paid at the end of the quarter was 1,507,000 with 1,106,000 paid subs from the U.S. and 401,000 international paid subs.

The quarter as a whole for the network has to be disappointing as they added 392,000 new subscribers, but that was offset by 453,000 cancellations for a churn of 61,000 subs (the third quarter also had a big drop in Q3 of 2016 with 67,000 dropping the service). This shows that the strength of the pay-per-views, as the main events were stronger this year, only has a very minor effect on subscription numbers. The other take is that the Mae Young Classic, with all the hype, really meant nothing for subscriber numbers. They also predicted another drop in Network subscriptions, as much as 50,000, in the fourth quarter. The pattern is for the big growth for the Network to come in the first quarter and early second quarter.

There are now over 8,900 hours of content on the WWE Network. The key are increases in profitability in most categories, with only WWE Studios and home entertainment falling below last year's numbers.

Overall revenue for the quarter was up from the same quarter last year with the company bringing in $186.4 million in revenue with OIBDA of $40.4 million for the quarter. These figures are up significantly from the third quarter of 2016, which had OIBDA of $24.5 million off revenue of $164.2 million. This would make the first quarter in recent memory where the profits beat the dividend payout, which was $9.42 million.

They are very strong in terms of their projections to close out the year and have adjusted their OIBDA from $100 million for 2017 to a range between $108 and $112 million. They are also projecting “at least” $115 million in OIBDA for 2018.

The WWE also increased profitability of house shows, although it was by running more total events as the average attendance dropped from 5,300 to 4,900 per show.

Licensing profits went from $4.6 million to $6.7 million due to an increase in mobile game sales.

During the conference call, the WWE pushed the idea of localized television, like they have in the Middle East and India, and have secured 20 new advertisers for television. They pushed the worldwide aspect of the product by noting that of the athletes training at the Performance Center, 40 percent come from outside the United States.

In regards to their television deals that expire in 2019, they are planning to announce a new U.S. rights deal between May – September 2018 (the deal with NBC Universal expires September 30, 2019), an announcement on their U.K. television deal by the end of 2018 (Sky deal expires December 31, 2019) and an announcement for their television deal in India by the end of 2018 (TEN Sports deal expires December 31, 2019 as well).

The strong numbers led to a stock price increase of $2.27 per share to $23.82 at the time of this writing. With the WWE having its strongest quarter of profits in more than a decade, stock closed today at $24.40 per share, up 13 percent.

-As Dave Meltzer confirmed in this week's edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jeff Jarrett checked into a rehab facility yesterday. Meltzer wrote that Jarrett came to grips with the fact that he had a problem, with Karen Jarrett working with WWE officials to set up the rehab stay.

The decision comes after Jarrett allegedly showed up late (with Jarrett saying he was held up at customs for three hours), was drinking and passed out backstage, and then wrestled while in no condition to perform at a show for Real Canadian Wrestling in Calgary last Friday. Jarrett then missed their show in Edmonton the next day as he returned to the United States.

Before the news that Jarrett was checking into rehab became public, WrestleCade also announced yesterday that he wouldn't be appearing at any of their events in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on November 24th, 25th, and 26th due to personal reasons.

Impact Wrestling revealed earlier this week that Jarrett was officially no longer with the company and that their rebrand into Global Force Wrestling was no longer happening, though Meltzer notes that he first heard about that before what happened with Jarrett over the weekend.

Jarrett is part of the WWE sponsored rehab program, which is open to all talent that was previously under contract to the company.

-Kenny Omega has added another Ring of Honor date to his calendar.

ROH announced today that Omega would be appearing at their show in San Antonio, Texas on November 17th, which will go directly against an NXT house show in the same city that night. NXT has Drew McIntyre defending his title against Adam Cole with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee.

ROH posted a promo earlier this week of the Bullet Club hyping up going against NXT, with them doing a skit where they extended an offer to any member of the McMahon family to purchase tickets to ROH at a 10 percent discount.

The ROH show in San Antonio will be the first night of this year's Survival of the Fittest. The final two nights of the tournament will take place in Dallas and Oklahoma City the following two days, with the winner getting a future ROH World title shot.

Before wrestling in San Antonio, Omega will be in action for ROH in Fort Lauderdale and Lakeland, Florida on November 11th and 12th.

-There are no main brand WWE house shows this weekend. The Raw crew starts back Monday and Smackdown Tuesday, then both go on a two-week tour of Europe.

-PWInsider reported the company is planning a major episode of Raw on 1/12 from the Barclays Center which would be the 25th anniversary special for the show that debuted at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York in January, 1993.

-Bill Miekina, the head designer of action figures for the WWE line at Mattel, will be appearing at Ringside Fest on 10/29 with Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Big Cass with the new 2018 line. He will also be in London on 11/4 and 11/5 at the Wrestling Shop Lie in Leicester Square showing the new product line.

**UPDATES for Oct.27/17**

-The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the WWE has plans to book a match featuring The Four Horsewomen of WWE – Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks and Bayley vs The Four Horsewomen of MMA – Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke.

-The WWE stock received a huge increase from the third-quarter earnings report and closed at $26.09 on Friday (the stock closed at $21.55 on Wednesday, prior to Thursday’s earnings report). For the quarter, the WWE made a profit of $21.8 million off revenue of $186.4 million and exceeded the projections going in. In addition, the WWE was so confident about the ramifications of this quarter and their performance expectations between now and the end of the year, that they increased their expected OIBDA (Operating income before depreciation and amortization) from $100 million for the year to between $108 and $112 million for the year. If there was a negative to the quarterly report, it was that the WWE Network ended the quarter with 1,507,000 paid subscribers and had a churn of 61,000 subscribers throughout the quarter. The pattern has emerged that people are going to add the network from January through WrestleMania and you will have moderate growth with people that hold onto the service and that July – December are going to be months where no matter what is promoted, there is going to be churn. They are increasing year-over-year, but it is small steps towards their hope of one day having 2 million paid subs.

-Rob Rousseau of VICE Sports has a piece up today, discussing the statements made by Warrior / Jim Hellwig over the years that were extremely offensive and tasteless. The decision to use Warrior as a central figure in the WWE’s current breast cancer awareness campaign, brought back to light all the statements Warrior made, specifically about the late Bobby Heenan being diagnosed with cancer and calling it “karma”. Dana Warrior was asked to comment on her late husband’s statements and provided VICE with the following comment:

"I will not be disloyal to my husband’s memory or speak ill of a man who is not here to defend himself. I can, however, tell you his heart was changed by conversations with his two daughters. The true testament of the man behind the character is his ability to evolve. My husband did just that."

-Mike Johnson reported at PWinsider.com, that the WWE will be planning a big 25th Anniversary episode of Raw in January. The current plan is to hold the anniversary special on Monday January 12th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The first episode of the show took place January 11th, 1993 at the Manhattan Center in New York. Their last major milestone they built a show around was for the 1,000th episode of Raw in July 2012 and the show was promoted for weeks and led to a massive number and coincided with Raw moving to the current three-hour format.

-Due to the upcoming European tour, the WWE crew has the weekend off before Monday night’s episode of Raw in Baltimore, Maryland. The SmackDown & 205 Live tapings are Tuesday night in Norfolk, Virginia. With the Raw crew flying overseas after Raw, it is unlikely there will be any presence from Raw on next week’s SmackDown episode.

-The WWE has added Triple H to five dates on the upcoming European tour. Hunter will be wrestling on November 1st in Glasgow, November 2nd in Brighton, November 3rd in London, November 4th in Minehead and November 5th in Cardiff, Wales. The tour begins next Wednesday and will run through Sunday November 12th.

All of those events will be Raw-brand house shows. WWE has yet to announce Triple H's matches or if the cards will be affected by the illnesses that caused a shakeup to the TLC lineup.

Triple H returned to the ring for the first time since WrestleMania at SmackDown's house show in Santiago, Chile last Sunday after Kevin Owens had to leave the tour to return home to his family and AJ Styles came back to the United States to wrestle Finn Balor at TLC. Triple H defeated Rusev with the Pedigree at that show.

-The first night of the tour on November 1st in Glasgow, Scotland will feature Pete Dunne defending the U.K. title against Wolfgang on the Raw show.

-This past Wednesday’s season-finale of Total Bellas did 674,000 viewers on E! It was the second largest number of the season and only trailed the season premiere last month.

-John Cena will be doing another talk show on 12/4 in Sheffield, England at the DSA Arena.

-Jeff Hardy will be launching an art gallery for his online web store on Tuesday featuring works he's been painting with his left hand only (due to his shoulder surgery).

**UPDATES for Oct.28/17**

-TMZ spoke to Enzo Amore who talked about getting his own locker room. It was previously reported that Enzo Amore was kicked out of the WWE locker room because of his behaviour.

-The WWE tweeted that the Bella Twins are planning their return to in ring action in 2018.

-Ric Flair who spoke to ESPN mentioned that he feels lucky to be alive after learning he had a 20 percent chance to live during his hospital stay.

-As previously noted, Ronda Rousey's long-rumored jump to WWE finally appears to be happening.

Plans are in place for the former UFC women's bantamweight champion to compete in a Horsewoman vs. Horsewoman match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans on April 8, 2018, according to Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.). The match would pit MMA stars Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir against WWE's Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.

There was talk of the match potentially taking place at Survivor Series on Nov. 19, but Meltzer reports it's being pushed back to 2018 give Rousey, Duke, and Shafir extra time to prepare.

Rousey hasn't fought since losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016.

-As posted at https://www.thescore.com/news/1408603-t-pain-and-friends-mistaken-for-wwe-s-new-day the rapper T-Pain was walking through New York's LaGuardia airport on Thursday with his bodyguard Chris Britto and manager Andy Kabamba when they were stopped by an older woman who thought they were the WWE trio of Big E, Kofi, and Xavier Woods.

T-Pain got a laugh out of the situation, sharing a comparison photo on Instagram and tagging The New Day.

-The WWE announced that Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose would be defending their tag titles at the Raw-brand European tour house shows in Glasgow, Brighton, London, Minehead, and Cardiff, which are the same five shows that Triple H will be working. The main event of those events had been scheduled to be Roman Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose vs. Braun Strowman, Cesaro & Sheamus in six-man tag matches. The change would seem to indicate a shakeup to the card or that Reigns won’t be back in time for the start of the tour.

-Kurt Angle will also be making a non-wrestling appearance at the European tour show in Birmingham on November 7th. Angle posted a photo on Instagram of him getting new ring gear done for possible future matches.

-A new episode of “Table for Three” with Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins will air on the WWE Network after Raw on Monday night.

-NXT’s Sarah Logan and Ray Rowe of NJPW and ROH’s War Machine team announced their engagement.

-Tony Schiavone did a “Control Center” segment hyping up the card for WWE’s Starrcade house show that will take place next month.

-The Undertaker made an out-of-character appearance as he attended the premiere of Ric Flair’s 30 for 30 in Atlanta this week. Others who were there included Michelle McCool, DDP, Fit Finlay, Michael Hayes, and Luke Gallows.

-John Cena played The Pixies’ “Where is my Mind?” on the piano to celebrate the Bellas’ YouTube channel hitting 900,000 subscribers.

-Actor Jeff Goldblum reacted to an interviewer wearing a Breezango Fashion Patrol T-shirt.

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The Raw vs. Smackdown story continues this week on TV before the big European tour. Here is the news of the week.

General sources are as normally credited to http://www.f4wonline.com/ and http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/news.html and http://fightnetwork.com/ and http://www.411mania.com/wrestling and http://www.pwi-online.com and http://www.thescore.com/trending while please also note that all news and rumours are subject to updates and changes.

NXT Takeover: War Games on Saturday, November 18 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXT_TakeOver:_Houston and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Fatal Four-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
*War Games Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young & Killian Dain w/ Nikki Cross) vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering)
*NXT Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
*Aleister Black vs.Velveteen Dream
*Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Series_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. SmackDown WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers [Sunil & Samir])
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. SmackDown United States Champion Baron Corbin
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Tag Team Champions The Shield (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Men's Team (Captain Kurt Angle and 4 others TBA) vs. Team SmackDown's Men's Team (Randy Orton and 4 others TBA)
NOTE: If Team Raw loses, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon will fire GM Kurt Angle.
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Women's Team (Captain Alicia Fox, Nia Jax and 3 others TBA) vs. Team SmackDown's Women's Team (Captain Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Naomi, Carmella w/ James Ellsworth & Tamina w/ Lana)

-The WWE announced Sunday morning that Emma has been released and is officially no longer with the company. Their statement read:

"WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Emma. WWE wishes Emma the best in all of her future endeavors."

Emma's release comes less than a week after she had two fairly competitive matches with Asuka. Asuka made her main roster debut at TLC, with Emma getting a decent amount of offense in before losing. The next night on Raw, they had a similarly structured rematch.

If the decision was made by the company, that makes the booking in both matches even more confusing, not the result, but the makeup of the matches since Asuka didn't come across as special in either one, and Asuka's history in NXT is that she gets over best when positioned as dominant.

Emma, a protege of Lance Storm, signed with the WWE in March of 2011 and started the next year on NXT television. She debuted on the main roster in 2014 for an angle where she did a backstage romance with Santino Marella.

She was sent back down to NXT in January 2015, and did an a mean girls gimmick, the type that has been done multiple times in NXT, with Dana Brooke. The two were brought up in March of 2016. There was a long attempt to repackage her in the role of a glamorous woman that, after months, the company abandoned.

This is actually the second time in the last few years that the WWE has announced Emma's release. The company briefly parted ways with her in 2014 after she had been arrested for shoplifting an iPad case (which Emma claimed was due to an error while using self-checkout) before reversing course and revealing that she had been reinstated that same day.

-After receiving significant blowback on Twitter for a joke he made about Emma being released by the WWE, Lio Rush tried to clarify his comments and apologized to fans who thought they were inappropriate. Rush first referenced Emma losing to Asuka in Asuka's first two main roster matches at TLC and Raw last week. In a tweet that has since been deleted, he wrote:

"I guess these are the things that happen when you're not TRULY ready for @WWEAsuka."

The joke received criticism pretty quickly, including Peyton Royce pointing out that Rush just got to NXT and telling him that professionalism goes a long way. Bray Wyatt was one of the wrestlers from the main roster to respond, saying that Rush "ain't gonna make it here with the wolves."

In response to the blowback, Rush issued a statement on Twitter (with paragraph breaks added) just a few hours after the original post:

"At the end of the day, there's a certain level of respect within professional wrestlers in the sports & ENTERTAINMENT industry that is noted within peers. With that being said, Emma I respect you and everything you've done for our business. It saddens me that the 'controversial tweet' got completely blown out of proportion and looked at in a very insensitive way.

As a family man with a 4 year [old] son and expecting another, I would never laugh or mock the fact of someone loosing there job because of how it can affect self person and there families. Whatever the situation may be regarding the release, You're an amazing performer and respected athlete by yours truly and I'm sure you will excel beyond [expectations].

To my fans who may have seen this as inappropriate as well as Emma's fans, I apologize and I love you ALL regardless of the responses. On Behalf of myself and the WWE Goodluck!"

While Jack Gallagher, Dash Wilder, and others weren't as accepting of Rush's apology, Scott Armstrong (who works as a producer for WWE) called Rush a class act and wrote that rookie mistakes are made to be learned from.

-After announcing that Emma had been released, the WWE confirmed that two more wrestlers were also no longer with the company.

The WWE announced that Darren Young and Summer Rae had been released, with the company updating their statement to wish Emma, Young, and Summer Rae the best in their future endeavors.

Young suffered an elbow injury during a match on Main Event in January and never returned to television, though he came back at a house show in September and has been working on the road this month.

Along with other WWE wrestlers, Young was at last night's Los Angeles Clippers game to promote that Raw is coming to the Staples Center in December. Also there were The Miz, Enzo Amore (whose voice is back) and Becky Lynch. It was noted with the WWE at the event there were still a number of Bullet Club shirts in the crowd.

Summer Rae's career has also been affected by injury issues, though she's been waiting to return to TV for several months. Her last televised appearance came when she was sitting in the crowd with Asuka, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Bayley at the Mae Young Classic finals in Las Vegas in September.

The last time WWE fans saw Summer Rae she was part of Team B.A.D. and Blonde at WrestleMania 32 defeating Team Total Divas. She has been off recovering from injuries since that time. Rae joined the main roster on April of 2013 when she appeared as Fandango's valet on an episode of Raw.

Once a part of the Nexus and The Prime Time Players tag team with Titus O'Neil, Darren Young was betrayed by O'Neil in 2016 and in January of this year was hurt in a match with Sin Cara when they took on The Shining Stars. He had previous been working a new gimmick with Bob Backlund as his mentor, manager and coach.

-At http://www.bardown.com/adorable-child-recreated-the-rock-s-iconic-fanny-pack-photo-for-halloween-and-it-s-incredible-1.899385 are various people including a cute baby recreating the Rock's iconic fanny pack photo.

-The VICE Sports piece has received a response from the WWE. The company issued the following statement regarding Ultimate Warrior’s past statements and the use of his character in the “Unleash Your Warrior” campaign with the Susan G. Komen Foundation this month:

"WWE’s ‘Unleash Your Warrior’ breast cancer awareness campaign and annual ‘Warrior Award’ recognize individuals that exhibit the strength and courage of WWE’s legendary character The Ultimate Warrior. Any attempt to distract from the mission of these initiatives and take the spotlight away from the honorees is unfortunately misguided."

Frankly, if the WWE has an issue with anyone trying to “distract from the mission of these initiatives” then the source of the distraction is the Ultimate Warrior. It is pretty indefensible to look at the statements that Warrior made while he was alive and opt that he is the figure to build such a campaign around. It seems there are two categories of the WWE audience –one side lives in a fantasy world with their fantasy characters that can do no wrong and somehow the moral compass is thrown out the window with a separation of “their character” with the actual human being. The other category is people in the real world – and in the “real world”, this type of figure being the subject of a breast cancer awareness campaign would be criticized beyond belief.

-Dwayne Johnson told People Magazine Saturday while at the Los Angeles Convention Center for Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con:

"I think The People's President has a really nice ring to that, I'll just say that."

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was at the Los Angeles Comic Con this weekend, promoting his upcoming film Jumanji and mulling over running for President.

-Regarding changes to the first week of the Raw brand U.K. tour, it would appear Roman Reigns is off at least the early dates, because the main events were scheduled as The Shield vs. The Miz, Cesaro & Sheamus, and it's been changed to Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose defending the tag titles against Sheamus & Cesaro, and HHH has been added to the Raw brand tour. Reigns is still advertised as the main star for all of those shows. Kurt Angle will appear on the 11/7 show, which is the night after Raw, in Birmingham, UK.

The Raw tour begins on Wednesday and the SmackDown tour begins on Thursday. Because the Raw crew flies out of Baltimore to the U.K. right after the show, there will be no Raw invasion of SmackDown at least this week, and the way the schedule works, it'll be difficult to do it next week in the U.K. with the shows going on at the same time. It is possible they could do it as a pre-tape next week.

-The AP ran a big story on Ric Flair to promote the ESPN 30 for 30 show on 11/7.

-WWE's Mauro Ranallo was in Cardiff, Wales Saturday to broadcast the Anthony Joshua heavyweight boxing title defense over Carlos Takam at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales for Showtime.

-With a rare weekend off, Zack Ryder took girlfriend Chelsea Green (Laurel Van Ness in Impact) on a vacation to Jamaica.

-Kenny Omega responded to Chris Jericho, this time bringing their Twitter feud to an end. Omega stated that while Twitter angles are fun, it’s a lot of talk with no pay off.

-Austin Aries stated on Twitter that he was pulled from the WWE 2K18 video game.

-PWInsider.com reported that Roman Reigns will not be appearing on tonight’s episode of WWE Raw since he is still recovering from the illness that has taken him off the road for the past several weeks. The earliest that he's reported to being back is on the go home week of the Survivor Series when Raw is in Atlanta on November 13.

They reported that Samoa Joe is backstage at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, which is the site for tonight’s Raw. Joe has been off television since SummerSlam healing up from multiple injuries. Reigns' absence wasn't unexpected since the announcement on Friday of Triple H appearing to wrestle on at least the first week of the Raw U.K. tour seemed to be to give the shows a major replacement for Reigns not being there.

In addition, since the tour was built around The Shield reunion in matches with The Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro, and that Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose were instead announced as being switched to tag team title matches against Sheamus & Cesaro also seemed to confirm Reigns' absence.

PWInsider.com also reported that Bray Wyatt is backstage for tonight’s Raw in Baltimore and has been cleared by doctors to return to action.

Both Bray Wyatt and Nia Jax are confirmed as appearing on the tour. Both are expected to be in Baltimore to take the flight out from after Raw to Glasgow, Scotland, where the tour begins on Wednesday.

Either or both could return on Raw but it is confirmed both are expected in Baltimore.

Bo Dallas is being evaluated regarding whether or not he will be cleared to wrestle. He is in Baltimore as well.

As noted in last week's Observer, the stories regarding Jax that have been reported elsewhere were overblown as there were never any issues regarding her leaving, nor any walking out, nor any issues regarding doing a job. She had asked for a few weeks off and was always scheduled to return for the European tour and was always booked on Survivor Series.

-The 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw will feature special appearances by WWE Legends The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, among others. The WWE has yet to reveal any other details about their scheduled appearances.The company confirmed that the anniversary edition of Raw would be taking place at both the Barclays Center and the Manhattan Center in New York City on January 22nd, 2018. Matches from both venues will air on the broadcast and will feature wrestlers from Raw and SmackDown, along with legends making "special appearances" at the Manhattan Center.

A one-night return to the Manhattan Center is the WWE bringing Raw back to where the first episode of the show took place. The venue was home to Raw in the early parts of its run.

The episode will also be the go-home show for the 2018 Royal Rumble, with that pay-per-view set to take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 28th.

Tickets for the 25th anniversary episode of Raw will go on sale this Friday via Ticketmaster.

-Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James for the Raw Women's Championship and Finn Balor vs. Cesaro are scheduled for the show. If James were to win, theoretically they'd flip-flop her and Bliss' matches at Survivor Series.

The men's Survivor Series match, according to multiple sources, will be Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns & Finn Balor vs. Shane McMahon, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles. The current issue of the Observer covers the rest of the card as that was the only match not finalized this past week.

-Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday from Norfolk. Matches announced for Smackdown are Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode in a Best 2-out-of-3 falls match and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens both in matches to determine who gets on the Smackdown Survivor Series team.

-The NFL game pits the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos that is head to head to Raw. No World Series playoff baseball until Tuesday head to head with SmackDown. After Sunday night, that would have driven Raw to its lowest numbers since June.

-Very sorry to report that Live Audio Wrestling has been cancelled and John Pollock and Jason Agnew were let go by The Fight Network. It's sad that the Impact acquisition has devastated Anthem's television network, first losing Robin Black and now Pollock, who is the total real deal as a reporter. Dave Metlzer has been doing that show every weekend for 19 years and had enjoyed it greatly. John, Jason and Dan Lovranski have been great to work with and thus many wishes for the best to all of them.

-Regarding rumors of Detroit hosting WrestleMania 35 in 2019, the Detroit Sports Commission, which would be in charge of such a bid, admitted they had made failed bids for 2017 and 2018, but claimed they did not submit a bid for 2019.

-The new season of Total Divas opens on Wednesday night.

-Paul Levesque announced NXT shows on 12/14 in Birmingham, 12/15 in Memphis and 12/16 in Little Rock.

-Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese, Gran Metallik and Mustafa Ali will have a Fright Night Fatal Four way on 205 Live this week.

Come back for more news and notes, so don't 'cha dare miss it!
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Here is todays BTS update.

https://411mania.com/wrestling/stars-rumored-added-wwe-205-live/

According to Pwinsider (via sportskeeda.com), it appears that the WWE 205 Live roster is about to grow. Pwinsider believes that more Superstars are going to be added to 205 Live to strengthen its roster and that we’re going to see it happen over the next few weeks. The site didn’t speculate on who may be moved to 205 Live.

https://411mania.com/wrestling/rockstar-spud-hideo-itami-rumored-wwe-205-live/

According to Pwinsider, WWE is considering moving Hideo Itami up from NXT with the idea that he would join the Raw brand as a member of the Cruiserweight division. The idea has been pitched several times, but no timetable has been set for the move.
They also report that multiple sources within WWE have confirmed that WWE is looking to sign Rockstar Spud (recently released by Impact Wrestling) with the idea of adding him to the 205 Live roster.

https://411mania.com/wrestling/sin-cara-getting-re-need-push-signing-new-wwe-deal/

According to Pwinsider.com, Sin Cara has been getting pushed on Smackdown recently because he has a new sneaker line revealed, and because he has signed a new multi-year deal with WWE.

https://411mania.com/wrestling/ric-flair-praises-charlotte-top-3-wrestler-prefers-heel/

– Ric Flair recently spoke with Busted Open Radio (transcript via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…
On Charlotte Being an Overall Top 3 Wrestler: “I can’t put it in words. She is ‘it,'” Flair said. “To me, and I’ll say this to anybody, she’s in the top-three workers in the business right now. The only two that I think are better than her, I won’t say they’re better than her but they have more experience, are (Randy) Orton and (AJ) Styles. Maybe Seth Rollins. But in terms of athletic ability, work ethic, and workouts and her gimmick and everything.”
His Thoughts on Charlotte’s Babyface Run: “I hate her being a on the good side because she’s a much better heel, but she’s adjusted,” he said. “She’s kind of like right now a John Cena of the company, which is not a bad spot to have.”

https://411mania.com/wrestling/brie-bella-explains-supports-daniel-bryan-wrestling/
– Brie Bella recently spoke with Busted Open Radio (via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…
On Why She Supports Daniel Bryan Wrestling Again: “This is my thing, I told Bryan, ‘Obviously your health is everything to me… As long as doctors clear you, I’m OK,’ because I’m not the type of wife to ever hold back my husband from his dreams at all,” she said. “And why I fell in love with Bryan, is his passion.”

On Gearing Up For Her Own Comeback: “The moment they told him he could no longer wrestle in the ring, I’m not kidding you, that next day he has done everything to figure out how he can get back into that ring,” Bella said. “He’s flown all over the United States to do all these different oxygen chambers, all these different things. You can’t beat that passion, and that’s what I tell him. That right there, that’s passion that people will never be taught. I told him, ‘Whatever you want to do Bryan, I 100 percent support you.'”

https://411mania.com/wrestling/wwe-raw-rating-last-weeks-rebound/

– This week’s episode of Raw was down from last week’s rebound in both ratings and viewership. Monday’s episode brought in a 0.94 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic and 2.854 million viewers, down 9% and 3% from last week’s 1.03 demo rating and 2.953 million viewers. The numbers are still better than the 0.91 and 2.688 million from two weeks ago, it is worth noting.
Raw ranked #4 among cable originals for the night, per Showbuzz Daily. The NFL game lead the way with a 3.51 demo rating and 10.420 million viewers, followed by Love & Hip-Hop (1.12/2.216 million) and the post-game SportsCenter (1.08/2.777 million). The hourly numbers were:
8 PM: 0.98 demo rating (3.102 million viewers)
9 PM: 0.98 demo rating (2.943 million viewers)
10 PM: 0.87 demo rating (2.517 million viewers

https://411mania.com/wrestling/natalya-discusses-run-total-divas-welcoming-new-cast-members/

Natalya recently spoke with WWE.com about her run on Total Divas, welcoming new cast members and more…
On Being Part of Total Divas For The Entire Run: I think it’s been, for me, a journey, to be on this show since day one. It’s so cool that I’ve been able to allow the audience to be on that journey with me, that roller coaster of life. And we’ve never, ever let cameras behind the scenes before like this. We’ve never done a reality show like this before. So, to be able to share with the world what it is that we do, what makes us laugh, what makes us cry, what drives us nuts, what gets on our nerves – being able to share that sisterhood with the girls is most important. My life in and out of the ring isn’t the five minutes you see me on SmackDown or Raw or WWE programming. There’s so much more. To get to work is a struggle sometimes. It’s planes, trains and automobiles; [the week of] Hurricane Irma we almost didn’t make it to SmackDown LIVE

On Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Nia Jax Joining Total Divas: When I look at my favorite TV shows — for example, “Seinfeld” is one of my all-time favorite TV shows – I love watching George, Elaine, Kramer and Jerry. They feel like friends to me. I feel like myself, Naomi and The Bella Twins are all old friends because we’re from the very, very beginning of the show. But I also love it when we get new cast members on because I think it really spices things up. It really adds to the flavor and keeps things moving and new. You love your friends, but you also love seeing and meeting new girls.

On if we will be seeing anymore of her cat 2Pawz this season: Oh, you will definitely get to see more of the iconic 2Pawz. I’ve made sure to talk to Peyton Royce and Billie Kay about the word “iconic,” and they’re more than happy to lend it to me in talking about 2Pawz. Let me just tell you this: He’s as rich and famous as he’s ever been, and it’s only going to get better from here. He’s getting ready to drop a rap album, drop a perfume line, and he’s got a fleet of Pawzerattis in our garage ready to rock and roll for all the beautiful women that are lined up to have dates with him. Like a true reality star.

Check back for further updates as they come to hand.




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I'm back to kickoff the November WWE News!

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NXT Takeover: War Games on Saturday, November 18 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXT_TakeOver:_Houston and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Fatal Four-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
*War Games Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young & Killian Dain w/ Nikki Cross) vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering)
*NXT Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
*Aleister Black vs.Velveteen Dream
*Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Series_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. SmackDown WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers [Sunil & Samir])
NOTE: John Cena will be the Special Guest Referee.
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. SmackDown United States Champion Baron Corbin
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Tag Team Champions The Shield (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Men's Team (Captain Kurt Angle and 4 others TBA) vs. Team SmackDown's Men's Team (Captain Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobbdy Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and 1 other TBA)
NOTE: If Team Raw loses, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon will fire GM Kurt Angle.
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Women's Team (Captain Alicia Fox, Nia Jax and 3 others TBA) vs. Team SmackDown's Women's Team (Captain Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Naomi, Carmella w/ James Ellsworth & Tamina w/ Lana)
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Enzo Amore (C) vs. Kalisto

-Nikki Bella and her partner were eliminated Monday night from Dancing With the Stars, along with another couple in the season’s first double-elimination. Her first dance – a jive – was marred with some sloppy footwork and earned them a low score of 24/30. Her second performance was part of a team dance with three other couples and poor synchronization led to their downfall. This now frees her up to return to the WWE ring. Bella tweeted about being eliminated:

“Beyond shocked & sad about @artemchigvintse & I’s elimination. 9’s & the power of the #BellaArmy last week is shocking! But what an amazing journey! I’ve learned so much. Most of all 2 take chances, don’t be afraid, & live life 2 the fullest! Thank you DWTS!” John Cena also tweeted about Bella's elimination, writing that no one knows more than him about how much she dedicated herself to the show and saying that it’s another reason why she inspires him every day.

-Ticketmaster.com reported that there will be an online pre-sale for tickets to The Manhattan Center portion of the Raw 25th anniversary special. The pre-sale begins tomorrow at 10am EST.

-The 2016 film The Chair, which features late WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in his final movie role is now available.

-Vince McMahon apparently wasn't too fond of Ryback's physique during his time with the WWE.

On a recent episode of Colt Cabana's "Art of Wrestling" podcast, Ryback (real name Ryan Allen Reeves) revealed his signature singlet look was the result of McMahon thinking he was overweight.

"It's funny because (Vince) was the one that put me in a singlet because he thought I was fat at one point. I have never been fat at any point in my career but this was a real thing," Ryback said, as transcribed by Doric Sam of Wrestling Inc. "Word had gotten back to me that I needed to lose 30 pounds, and this was right before I debuted as Ryback. I was in trunks, but they put me in a black singlet, which made me look like a black Big Show.

"I thought to myself that I had to do something with this, so I got a hold of RVD and asked him if It was cool that I airbrushed my singlet because I had to do something. I had done this the week before and everybody was like, oh that looks good, so I thought, OK, this is going to work."

The WWE eventually tried to get Ryback to ditch the singlet for trunks, which he refused to do. He left the company in 2016.

"I responded back that it wasn't happening, and that he can talk to me if he wants to, but I'm wearing my singlet," he said. "I'm in control, I'm not wearing trunks. So, afterwards I started not to trust anything that was going on."

-In her first public comments since being released by the WWE, Emma took a positive approach to her future in a tweet. Emma wrote,

"I feel very fortunate to have the most amazing family, friends and fans in the world! I am excited for the future. The best is yet to come!"

Along with Darren Young and Summer Rae, Emma was part of a round of WWE roster cuts that were announced on Sunday morning. Emma was the only one of the three currently being featured on television and her release came less than a week after she had competitive matches with Asuka at TLC and on last week's episode of Raw.

Young, who was one of the WWE wrestlers who attended a Los Angeles Clippers game this past Saturday night to promote that Raw is coming to the Staples Center in December, has yet to comment on no longer being with the company. In her first post on Instagram since being released, Summer Rae wrote that she's not giving up on Summer just yet.

-The second member of Raw’s men’s division team for Survivor Series was confirmed as WWE.com announced that Braun Strowman would be teaming with Kurt Angle. Dave Meltzer reported that Raw’s team would be Angle, Strowman, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns & Finn Balor.

Shane, Orton, Roode, and Nakamura have now been officially confirmed as being part of the team, with a qualifying match between AJ Styles and Rusev to decide their final member next week. Angle and Braun Strowman have been announced for the Raw side for the traditional five-on-five elimination tag match between the brands.

If all goes according to plan, Styles will be confirmed as SmackDown's last team member and Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Finn Balor will join Angle and Strowman.

-Mick Foley’s auction for relief efforts in Puerto Rico raised $21,261.12 by the time it concluded.

-Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love and his girlfriend Kate Bock dressed up as Sting and Hollywood Hogan for Halloween.

-AJ Styles faces off against Rusev in the final SmackDown Survivor Series qualifying match on SmackDown Live. Plus, SmackDown Tag Team champions The Usos defend against Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable.

-On 205 Live, it was also announced that Enzo Amore would be defending his Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto at the pay-per-view. That will be Survivor Series' only title match since all of Raw's champions are facing SmackDown's champions in non-title bouts at the show.

-Reported at http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/tyrese-blasts-the-rock-cries-over-child-custody-dispute-1.3659469 is one of the ongoing feuds Dwayne Johnson has been having with various actors on the Fast and the Furious movies. Tyrese detailed his issues with his "Fast & Furious" co-star Dwayne Johnson in multiple social media posts Wednesday and also says he's hurting because he has not seen in daughter in two months.

The singer-actor wrote that if Johnson returns for the film's ninth installment, he won't come back. Tyrese also called Johnson a "clown," "selfish" and "NOT the people's champ." There have been ongoing issues with Johnson and Vin Diesel as well.

He called out Johnson in an Instagram post last month around the time The Hollywood Reporter said that a 2019 "Fast" film is intended to be a spinoff starring Johnson and Jason Statham.

-In an interview noted at https://www.thescore.com/news/1412147-watch-the-rock-reveals-which-current-wwe-stars-he-d-want-to-wrestle the Rock said he during a Q&A session at Comic Con in Los Angeles over the weekend, Johnson named Reigns, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar as the three current WWE Superstars he'd most want to wrestle today.

Reigns told The Mirror's Neil Docking recently that he's eyeing a WrestleMania showdown with Johnson. Triple H also teased a potential WrestleMania match against Johnson in an interview on Facebook Live last month.

-A photo posted by the WWE shows that Triple H teamed with the Shield's Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins during the European tour, donning the vest too. The lineups for the tour had to be reshuffled since Roman Reigns wasn't medically cleared to go on it. He was supposed to team with Rollins & Ambrose, though WWE later announced that they'd be defending their tag titles against Cesaro & Sheamus before changing the cards again where Bray Wyatt tagged with the Bar. Triple H wore full Shield gear for the match after being given a vest by Rollins, who cut a promo trying to explain the logic of Triple H teaming with them by saying that it was a call that he never thought he’d make and that you always need to have a plan B. The match in Glasgow was Wyatt’s first since being out for the last several weeks with a viral infection.

-The WWE is advertising Braun Strowman vs. Kane for several stops on Raw’s European tour shows, including a possible meeting at next week’s Raw television taping at the Manchester Arena.

-Paige sent out a tweet thanking Mandy Rose, Nikki Cross, Ember Moon, and Ruby Riot for helping her train for her comeback at the Performance Center over the last few weeks.

-Les Thatcher has also been spending some time at the Performance Center as a guest trainer this week.

-A fan in the front row was hit in the face with the top of the announce table after Sami Zayn threw it off on SmackDown Live.

-The New Day dressed up as old-school pro wrestling characters, with Big E dressed as Akeem, Kofi Kingston as Brother Love, and Xavier Woods as Jimmy Hart.

-Baron Corbin cut a promo responding to The Miz ahead of their match at Survivor Series.

-Kelly Kelly left the door open for a return to the ring in an interview with E!.

**UPDATES for Nov.2/17**

-Shane McMahon announced on Twitter that Jinder Mahal will be defending his WWE Title on Smackdown next week, which will be taped in Manchester, England.

The WWE announced today that AJ Styles would be challenging for Mahal's WWE Championship on the show. In a storyline update, Shane McMahon revealed the news on his Twitter account:

"Due to @JinderMahal vicious attack on @AJStylesOrg, he will defend the #WWEChampionship against AJ this Tues. in Manchester, UK on #SDLive."

As part of his program with Mahal, Styles has defeated both Singh Brothers over the last two weeks. Mahal laid out Styles following Styles' match with Samir Singh on Tuesday.

Mahal vs. Styles was always the planned direction, likely for the final pay-per-view of the year on December 17th in Boston. Their program has already started as the main event on the SmackDown brand house shows.

Styles had been scheduled to face Rusev in a Survivor Series qualifying match to determine the final member of SmackDown's men's division team next week, but whether that will still happen at some point isn't clear. The Usos defending their tag titles against Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable is also set for SmackDown in Manchester.

Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar and The Usos vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose in non-title champion vs. champion matches are currently scheduled for Survivor Series in Houston on November 19th.

-On the latest episode of the "Something To Wrestle" podcast, Bruce Prichard, who served as Vince McMahon's right-hand man for nearly 25 years, revealed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was very particular about egg whites during his wrestling days. Johnson was a regular at Waffle House, and wouldn't let cooks separate the eggs for him.

"He also used to like to stop at Waffle House and he would get a dozen eggs and he would ask them for a glass and he would crack and separate his own egg whites," Prichard recalled, according to Sports Illustrated's Jimmy Traina.

"'Bring me the 12 eggs,' and then he would separate the eggs. And then sometimes if they knew who he was, sometimes he'd go back and cook his own eggs, but he would have his chicken breast and his egg whites, but he liked to crack his own eggs and separate them because I guess he didn't trust them."

Johnson still loves his eggs. He consumes two in the morning and a 10-egg-white omelette before bed every day.

-Facing big competition from the World Series and taking the usual hit that the WWE does when their shows air on Halloween, SmackDown ratings fell 21 percent on Tuesday night. The show was down to 2.119 million viewers, which is the third lowest number for SmackDown since moving to a live format on Tuesday nights.

The show was ninth for the night on cable in terms of total viewers but did finish second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.65, trailing only American Horror Story.

The big competition was from game six of the World Series, which did over 18 million viewers on Fox during the two hours it aired opposite SmackDown. Ratings stalwarts NCIS, Bull, and This is Us also did big numbers against the show.

For only the second time since August, the show was down from the same week last year, which also went up against game six of the World Series.

SmackDown retained only 75 percent of the Raw audience from the previous night, one of the lowest totals since the brand split, but that can also be chalked up to Halloween and the competition from the World Series.

Next week should return to normal levels as the World Series ends tonight and there will likely be advancement in the Raw vs. SmackDown angle leading into Survivor Series in less than three weeks.

-Now that the main event for NXT's next TakeOver special has officially been announced on television, WWE has revealed the rules for this month's War Games match:

*There will be a steel cage that surrounds two rings.

*A member from each team will start the match, with there being three separate shark cages near the entranceway that the other wrestlers are put in before they enter.

*After five minutes, the remaining two members from one team will be let out of their shark cage and into the ring. Following that, there will be a three-minute period until the next team's wrestlers are let in. There will then be a final three-minute period until the last team's members are allowed to join the match.

*The match can be won by pinfall or submission once all of the teams have fully entered.

The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly), SAnitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain), and Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain will be the three teams involved in War Games, which is the first time WWE has used the concept since acquiring WCW in 2001.

The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas will host NXT TakeOver: War Games on November 18th. Other matches that have been confirmed for the show are Drew McIntyre defending his NXT Championship against Andrade "Cien" Almas, Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross for the vacant Women's title, and Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream.

-The WWE once again did The Shield, being Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & HHH, beating Sheamus, Cesaro & Bray Wyatt as the main event of their European tour show in Brighton today. They did the same main event yesterday in Glasgow.

-The presale for the 25th anniversary of Raw at the Manhattan Center sold out immediately. There will be a General Public sale for tomorrow. With only a few hundred seats, they'll go instantly.

-Emma, Darren Young and Summer Rae are all currently being paid through the end of February on a non-compete deal so they won't be signing anywhere until March at the earliest.

**UPDATES for Nov.3/17**

-Following the departures of Emma, Darren Young, and Summer Rae earlier this week, another wrestler has been released from their WWE contract.

NXT's Sawyer Fulton posted a statement on Twitter today announcing that he's no longer with the company. He wrote that he worked as hard as possible to come back after being injured in 2016, but it didn't end up working out. He noted that he's going to continue in pro wrestling and vowed to get back to WWE in the future.

Like with Emma, Young and Summer Rae, injury issues significantly hindered Fulton's career. He suffered an arm injury towards the end of last year that kept him out of action for several months. Due to the injury, he was written out of the SAnitY stable as Killian Dain joined Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, and Nikki Cross in the group.

Fulton made his return in an angle at a house show in April and defeated Brennan Williams in his first match back in May but never returned to television.

Fulton, whose real name is Jacob Southwick and who was an amateur wrestler in college, signed with WWE in 2012 after starting his career in Mid-Ohio Wrestling. His full statement about his release is available to read below:

"Wow there [are] a lot of feelings going through my head right now. First off, thank you to everyone who has supported me the last 5 years. Coaches, brothers, fans, family, and an amazing woman named Abby. This has been an absolutely amazing time in WWE. After my injury I worked as hard as possible to come back, and it just happened to not work out.

However, I'm not ashamed of being released by any means, I held nothing back and at the end of the day I'm happy to leave with my head held high. I'm going to continue to work hard as possible and learn all I can in wrestling, nothing changes but the name.

The last thing I said to Canyon [Ceman] and Coach [Matt] Bloom was that I'm still young and I will be back in WWE and I fully intend to prove it. I want to be a great professional wrestler, that goal will never change, only the path that takes me there. Honestly I can not wait to start down this new path, and travel, and wrestle in front of new crowds.

WWE, NXT thank you for everything you have done for me, and we will see each other again soon. And for all my brothers in the back, I'm sure we will make another town together in the future. I love You all. See you soon!"

-In a fitting stipulation for their guitar-based feud, the WWE announced today that Elias and Jason Jordan would face off in a guitar-on-a-pole match on next week's episode of Raw from the Manchester Arena.

Elias and Jordan last wrestled on television two weeks ago, with their match ending in a disqualification when Elias bruised Jordan's arm with a guitar shot. Their issues continued on last Monday's Raw as Jordan broke Elias' guitar after interrupting his musical performance.

Their angle began at TLC last month, with Jordan throwing food at Elias while he was singing after Elias interrupted a conversation that he was having with Kurt Angle on the pre-show. Jordan then defeated Elias in a match on the pay-per-view.

Also set for next week's Raw is a Miz TV segment with Kurt Angle that will open the show after Angle was confirmed as the captain of Raw's Survivor Series team last Monday.

Both Raw and SmackDown will be taped in Manchester next week as part of WWE's European tour. Jinder Mahal defending his WWE Championship against AJ Styles and Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable challenging for The Usos' tag titles are scheduled for SmackDown Live.

-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.

-On Wednesday has Raw in Dortmund, Germany and Smackdown in Leeds, UK.

-Raw and Smackdown in Manchester this week are both sold out with 14,000 tickets sold. That's a marked contrast from the U.S. markets where the attendance for both has been well below normal the past few months.

-Figure Four Films will be presenting a documentary called "An Extraordinary Gentleman," about the life of Jack Gallagher. The documentary covers his career prior to signing with the WWE.

**UPDATES for Nov.4/17**

-The special guest referee for the Universal Champion vs. WWE Champion match at this month's Survivor Series pay-per-view appears to be set.

Dave Meltzer notes that the decision has been made for John Cena to referee the non-title match between Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal at the PPV. Meltzer previously reported in the October 30th edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Cena had been talked about as an option to referee Lesnar vs. Mahal, with The Rock and Steve Austin also being considered if they were open to doing it and if their schedules allowed it.

Cena hasn't been on WWE television since losing to Roman Reigns at Raw's No Mercy show in September. That Cena is a "free agent" in storyline would seem likely to play into him refereeing the match.

Before Survivor Series takes place on November 19th, Mahal will defend his WWE Championship against AJ Styles on next Tuesday's episode of SmackDown in Manchester, England.

-The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Ric Flair airs on Tuesday, November 7 in the United States, and on Friday, November 10th, at 7:30 pm ET on TSN 5 in Canada.

-Les Thatcher recently was brought into the WWE Performance Center in Orlando as a guest trainer. Here's what he posted to Facebook after the experience:

"Just getting settled at home after an amazing week at The WWE Performance Center.Got to work in an great training facility with a talented staff of coaches, and a great roster of athletes. The energy was trememdous and I can't say thank you enought to everyone there for ther hospitality, professionalisum,& hard work. They made me feel right at home and my only hope is that I left as much of a positive vibe as I brough home with me, and we can do it again. God bless you all!"

-The WWE tweeted that WWE stars Jinder Mahal and Becky Lynch recently trained with Coach John Kavanagh, who trains UFC star, Conor McGregor.

-The Undertaker was spotted leaving a Best Buy wearing an "American Gun" shirt which features the American flag in the shape of an assault rifle. The shirt is made by a company called Centurion, which promotes traditional conservative values.

-The next new episode of WWE Ride Along will air immediately after WWE Raw on Monday night and will feature the Hardys and Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas.

-An update to the previous reports of tension between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his Fast and Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson. Apparently, The Rock's people got hold of Gibson and the two have mended fences.

-The WWE released Performance Center trainee Leo Gao yesterday, with Pro Wrestling Sheet reporting that a neck injury Gao suffered in August may have played into the decision. Gao reported to the Performance Center this year after being one of the recruits that the company signed from China in 2016. Though he never made his debut, WWE.com ran a story about him that chronicled the time he live-tweeted getting lost in Orlando, his “Stone Cold” Steve Austin impersonation, and more.

-Glenn Jacobs (Kane) is releasing two pro wrestling-inspired T-shirts for his mayoral campaign. The designs are modeled after the old Raw is War logo and the Bullet Club’s shirts.

-Josh Reddick, who is a huge pro wrestling fan, sported the Houston Astros’ customized WWE Championship and channeled his inner Ric Flair at their World Series parade yesterday. Triple H also sent out a tweet inviting Reddick to Survivor Series in Houston later this month.

-Triple H reunited with a fan he met 10 years ago before WWE’s house show in London yesterday:

“Great to see my buddy Luke after 10 years tonight before #WWELondon. Keep fighting champ, I’ve always got your back!”

-AJ Styles cut a promo on Jinder Mahal in advance of their title match on SmackDown.

-In an interview with Rolling Stone about her time on Dancing with the Stars, Nikki Bella said she wants to be the first female wrestler in WWE to reach The Rock or John Cena’s level.

-Finn Balor met Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele when he visited the Spurs’ training facility this week.

-Mike Mooneyham has an article on Asuka and how the WWE has handled her time on the main roster.

The rest of the news will roll out, so don't 'cha dare miss it!
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The WWE continues its European tour including their TV this week on tape delay. Here is the news as the tour happens this week.

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NXT Takeover: War Games on Saturday, November 18 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXT_TakeOver:_Houston and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Fatal Four-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
*War Games Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young & Killian Dain w/ Nikki Cross) vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering)
*NXT Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
*Aleister Black vs.Velveteen Dream
*Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan
*WWE United Kingdom Championship Match: Pete Dunne (C) vs. Johnny Gargano

Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Series_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. SmackDown WWE Champion AJ Styles
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. SmackDown United States Champion Baron Corbin
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Men's Team (Captain Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Jason Jordan) vs. Team SmackDown's Men's Team (Captain Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobbdy Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena)
NOTE: If Team Raw loses, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon will fire GM Kurt Angle.
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Women's Team (Captain Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks and 1 other TBA) vs. Team SmackDown's Women's Team (Captain Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Naomi, Carmella w/ James Ellsworth & Tamina w/ Lana)
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Enzo Amore (C) vs. Kalisto

-For as wild of a year as 2017 has been for pro wrestling, next year already appears to be following suit.

In a shocker, Chris Jericho will be wrestling Kenny Omega at the Tokyo Dome for New Japan Pro Wrestling on January 4th, 2018. Omega retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Trent Barreta at the Power Struggle show and called out his next challenger after. It was teased that no one was left to challenge him, but Jericho then appeared in a video.

Jericho said he was the best in the world and the Alpha of this business before challenging Omega to the match, which Omega accepted. Jericho and Omega, who are both from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, have been engaged in a Twitter "feud" recently, but it wasn't apparent if that would ever amount to anything.

After Power Struggle, the other matches that appear to be set for Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome are Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White (who returned to NJPW as Switchblade) for the IWGP Intercontinental title, Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay vs. KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi for the Junior title, and Sho & Yoh vs. The Young Bucks for the Junior tag titles. Post show online they teased a photo that Kota Ibushi would challenge ROH World Champion Cody.

Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez will have more on the particulars surrounding Jericho wrestling for NJPW later. Jericho has been off the road for WWE and touring with Fozzy in recent months, with his most recent WWE match coming when he made a surprise appearance to face Kevin Owens and AJ Styles for the US title on an episode of SmackDown in July.

Meltzer notes that Jericho is able to work the match due to being a free agent after his WWE contract expired. Also, Chris Jericho announced a new project that he’s working on with the Travel Channel. A 30-minute special focusing on finding the hidden treasure of Butch Cassidy will air on the channel on November 17th.

-At http://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/video-triple-h-appears-icw-show-cardiff-245781 is video of Triple H appearing at an ICW show. While the Raw brand is in the United Kingdom for the first several stops on their side of the European tour, Triple H paid a visit to one of the country's promotions that the WWE is friendly with.

He made a surprise appearance at Insane Championship Wrestling's "Road to Fear & Loathing X" show in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday. ICW owner Mark Dallas and WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne were in the ring before Dallas called out Triple H to join them. Triple H got a big reaction from the crowd and cut a brief promo, thanking them for supporting the promotion and pro wrestling.

During the promo, Triple H called ICW one of the places where the wrestling business starts. He said the European scene is going to continue to grow, with guys like Dunne and Tyler Bate setting the world on fire, and closed by saying the industry is going to be taken to new heights.

Along with PROGRESS Wrestling, ICW is one of the promotions in the UK that WWE has a working relationship with. Noam Dar and Kassius Ohno have also appeared at ICW shows over the last few months.

The Raw roster is in Cardiff for a house show Sunday as well, with both Triple H and Dunne wrestling on the event.

-A reminder that the air date for ESPN's 30 for 30 film on Ric Flair film, Nature Boy is Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

-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.

Wednesday has Raw in Dortmund, Germany and Smackdown in Leeds, UK.

-After being released by the 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.

-Former WWE employees Jimmy Jacobs and Anthony Carelli/Santino Marella were backstage at the Impact Wrestling Bound For Glory show in Ottawa. Jacobs did show up on air on the PPV.

-Despite the fact that the Bludgeon Brothers, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, have yet to make their television debut, they have been competing on the WWE's European Tour.

-PWInsider.com reported that the WWE has released former Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl. He was wrestling as Bronson Matthews in NXT. He only worked a few house show matches and hasn’t wrestled in over a year due to concussion issues.

-At http://www.bardown.com/former-wwe-personality-is-super-mad-about-famous-rapper-stealing-his-name-1.907670 "Brother Love" Bruce Pritchard is upset that rapper Sean Diddy Combs has taken the name online, one of many name changes he's had over the years.

-Sin Cara suffered an injury during his match against Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn in Spain. He was scheduled to be evaluated Monday to see if he can wrestle at the show. Sin Cara didn’t end up wrestling at SmackDown’s house show in Lisbon, Portugal after suffering what's being diagnosed as a knee injury in a match against Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn in Spain on Sunday. After he got the news, he sent out a tweet apologizing to the fans for not being able to wrestle.

Triple H has been added to the SmackDown event in Lisbon after filling in for Roman Reigns on Raw's first five stops in the United Kingdom. He teamed with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose against Cesaro, Sheamus & Bray Wyatt in those matches.

Since Triple H won't be appearing at any of the other Raw events in Europe, The New Day will be on SmackDown in Manchester on Tuesday and then will wrestle on the Raw side for the rest of the tour. In fact on Raw on TV, the New Day commited Under Siege Part 2, costing the Shield the tag team championship to the Bar.

-While it remains to be seen how the match will be laid out or how long it will actually go, an intergender matchup is set for Tuesday's episode of SmackDown from Manchester, England.

The WWE announced that Becky Lynch would be facing James Ellsworth at the show. The announcement was made by Cathy Kelley in a video update, who went over how Lynch vs. Ellsworth was set up by a Twitter angle. Carmella volunteered Ellsworth, who had said Lynch wasn't deserving of being SmackDown's Survivor Series captain, for the match after Lynch challenged her.

-It appears that Roman Reigns won't be on Survivor Series due to battling the mumps as at Raw in Manchester, which is being taped ahead of time, they announced Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor & Samoa Joe as being the brand's team for their men's elimination match against SmackDown.

The original plan was for Reigns to return next Monday in Atlanta and be announced as the final member of the team. It is still possible that could be the case and they can shoot the angle next week.

PWInsider reported that Reigns may not be ready by Survivor Series and that Jordan could take his place, and the Raw show indicated the same thing.

A company official stated that they had not heard of a change in plans regarding Reigns not being back next week, but with the illness, it is certainly possible the return date could be delayed.

The Raw announce team did say a Shield Reunion will occur on Raw next week with Roman Reigns returning but it didn't change yet that Roman is not on the Raw team, or that he's ready for in ring action.

-This week’s episode of 205 Live will feature WWE’s UK division appearing on the show. Much of the cruiserweight roster wasn’t flown to the UK for this week’s TV.

-This year’s WrestleMania on-sale party will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 16th. The Hardys, Mickie James, Heath Slater, Rhyno, and Mark Henry will be there signing autographs, Charlotte Flair will make an appearance, and there will be some matches from NXT. Hideo Itami vs. No Way Jose has been announced as the main event.

-The WWE presented a customized title to Manchester Arena staff members, recognizing the courage the staff and first responders showed during May’s terrorist attack at the arena.

-Kurt Angle, Cesaro, and Sheamus paid a visit to the Manchester City soccer team ahead of Raw in Manchester.

-The Mirror interviewed Nia Jax about her recent time off from the WWE and being on Total Divas.

-The Nottingham Posts spoke to Chad Gable about American Alpha being split up and his time at the Performance Center.

-Triple H and Stephanie McMahon sent a gift basket to Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s daughter.

-The WWE sent out their usual customized championship title to sports league winners, in this case the Houston Astros. WWE fan and player Josh Reddick has been invited to bring it to Survivor Series.

-Mae Young Classic contender Jazzy Gabert posted an inspirational message about all that she’s overcome in her life.

-Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman will be back on Raw next week.

**UPDATES for Nov.7/17**

-For the first time since he was pulled from WWE's TLC pay-per-view due to a viral infection, Roman Reigns will return to television on next week's episode of Raw.

That news was announced towards the end of last night's show before Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose lost their tag titles to Cesaro & Sheamus. What Reigns will be doing next week or if he'll be wrestling at Survivor Series wasn't made clear, with Jason Jordan having been announced as the final member of Raw's men's division team.

Reigns was supposed to return on Raw in Atlanta, Georgia next week and be announced as the fifth member of the team. An angle could be shot to have Reigns replace Jordan, though another possibility for Survivor Series was opened up with The New Day costing Reigns' Shield stablemates their tag title match last night.

Brock Lesnar will also be on Raw next Monday, which will be the Survivor Series go-home show. Raw still needs to confirm the final participant for their women's team, with the storyline being that Alicia Fox wouldn't pick Bayley for it last night.

Their fifth member will join Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka & Sasha Banks in facing Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Carmella & Tamina at the PPV.

-After suffering a knee injury at SmackDown's house show in Spain on Sunday, Sin Cara has been cleared to return to the ring.

Dave Meltzer notes that Sin Cara was medically cleared today. Sin Cara, who has been involved in a feud with Baron Corbin on television, suffered the injury in a match against Corbin and Sami Zayn for the United States Championship.

Sin Cara was scheduled to be evaluated prior to yesterday's house show in Lisbon, Portugal but ended up not wrestling on the event. He tweeted out a message apologizing to the fans in Lisbon for missing the show and wrote that he hopes to see them soon. The US title match was changed to Corbin vs. Zayn vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler, with Corbin retaining after stealing the pin from Roode.

The earliest Sin Cara could return to action is at SmackDown in Manchester, England tonight, which has Jinder Mahal vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, The Usos vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable for the SmackDown tag titles, and Becky Lynch vs. James Ellsworth scheduled.

-PWInsider.com reported that the next classic promotion that may be featured on the WWE Network could be Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, which may be added in January.

-Michelle McCool teased a WWE comeback for one more match on Twitter when she responded to Charlotte Flair. Flair tweeted:

"Thank you Woman one more more match?!?" McCool’s response shows that she is open to the idea:

"Just seeing this…..I’ve been dying for someone to ask!!!!"

-WWE stars, Natalya and Dolph Ziggler visited Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, which is one of the biggest soccer teams in the world and presented them both with personalized shirts.

-Next week for Smackdown Live, Natalya will defend her Women's Championship against Charlotte Flair. Baron Corbin will defend his United States title against Sin Cara next week, plus The New Day will face Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

-Prior to wrestling at Survivor Series later this month, Kurt Angle will be in action in Birmingham, England today.

Though he was previously announced as just making an appearance at the event, Angle confirmed in a tweet today that he would be wrestling in Birmingham. He wrote:

"Birmingham UK!!! WWE Raw is here! My first 'WWE live event' in 11 years, in which I will be wrestling. #itstrue"

Angle took part in his first WWE match in over a decade last month as he teamed with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose at TLC. He filled in for Roman Reigns at that pay-per-view, with WWE having to find replacements for Reigns on their European tour as well. Triple H, Rollins & Ambrose took on Cesaro, Sheamus & Bray Wyatt at Raw's first five stops in the United Kingdom.

Angle will captain one of Raw's teams at Survivor Series on November 19th, with the match currently scheduled to be Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe & Jason Jordan vs. Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura & a partner that has yet to be announced.

-AJ Styles is once again the WWE Champion.

Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to win the title at tonight's SmackDown television tapings in Manchester, England. There was a near fall where Styles got his foot on the ropes after Mahal hit the Khallas at one point, with Styles then winning the title cleanly with the Phenomenal Forearm.

That would appear to have major ramifications for the Survivor Series pay-per-view card. Mahal was scheduled to face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a non-title champion vs. champion match at the show, but it was announced that Styles would be facing Lesnar at Survivor Series instead.

Styles and Mahal have also main evented the SmackDown brand house shows in non-title matches on their European tour up until now, with Styles winning all of those.

SmackDown's go-home show for Survivor Series will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina next week after WWE returns from the European tour.

-Being on tape doesn't seem to have even made the slightest difference in the audience for Raw last night from Manchester, England, as the show averaged 2.83 million viewers, identical to last week.

The show didn't start out quite as strong, and in a surprise during football season, it was the second hour that was the highest rated. There was a third hour drop, but not at the level of the previous two
weeks.

As far as the key competition, the Monday Night Football game with the Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers did 11.08 million viewers, up from the 10.42 million viewers the week before. Dancing with the Stars, with Nikki Bella off the show, fell from 9.93 million viewers to 9.30 million. But that number is still within the range of the norm for the season.

Raw was fourth for the night on cable behind the NFL, Hannity on Fox News (3.11 million), Tucker Carlson on Fox News (3.05 million), and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC (2.86 million).

The tag title match succeeded in keeping viewers better than recent third hours with Women's title and Cruiserweight title matches.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.94 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.96 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.63 million viewers

-“Nature Boy,” the 30 for 30 on Ric Flair’s life and career, airs on ESPN at 10 p.m. Eastern time tonight. Flair has been all over ESPN promoting it and Twitter has a Flair emoji for their “NatureBoy” hashtag. The special will also stream on ESPN3.

While appearing on ESPN, Flair said he’s not sure if he’s accepted the death of Reid yet. Flair also got emotional when talking about Charlotte’s career.

Flair appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” this morning.

GQ has an interview with Flair about the documentary, and Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has a review of the 30 for 30.

-Pete Dunne will be defending his WWE United Kingdom Championship against Johnny Gargano on November 18th in Houston, but it won’t be on the NXT TakeOver: War Games special. WWE announced the match today, with it likely taking place on the TV tapings they do prior to TakeOver.

Dunne & Mark Andrews vs. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate is also set for WWE’s house show in San Antonio on the night before TakeOver. Pete Dunne posted a photo of him receiving a tryout last year side-by-side with him debuting on Raw last night.

-The WWE posted the full list of people who attended their two days of tryouts in Manchester this week. It included indie wrestlers Eddie Dennis, Jack Sexsmith, Omari, Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey, Little Miss Roxxy, Samii Jayne, Chris Ridgeway, Iestyn Rees, Kasey Owens, and more.

-Piers Morgan responded to Corey Graves saying on commentary last night that Enzo Amore may be the only person less liked than Morgan in England:

“You’re the guy who couldn’t make it as a wrestler so turned to (bad..) commentary, right @WWEGraves? #WWERaw”

-It looks like at the moment the count out in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was an audible after the chop block spot legit injured one of the Usos.

**UPDATES for Nov.8/17**

-WWE announced the final member of Team SmackDown for Survivor Series is John Cena, and he will join Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and team captain Shane McMahon. Though he was originally scheduled to referee a match at the show, John Cena will instead be wrestling at Survivor Series.

Shane made the announcement about Cena joining the team on Twitter:

"Further proving #SDLive is the superior brand, I'm happy to announce @JohnCena will be the 5th member of Team Smackdown at #SurvivorSeries."

Raw's team for the match is currently scheduled to be Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and Jason Jordan.

Cena hasn't appeared on WWE television since losing to Roman Reigns at Raw's No Mercy pay-per-view in September. Reigns will return on next week's episode of Raw, possibly setting up his direction for Survivor Series.

In storyline, Cena is currently a "free agent" and can wrestle for both Raw and SmackDown. He was at one point planned to be the special guest referee for the Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal non-title champion vs. champion match at Survivor Series until plans were changed and it was decided that AJ Styles would win the WWE Championship from Mahal before the PPV.

John Cena tweeted a message about being added to SmackDown’s Survivor Series team:

“I am ready to answer the call where ever and whenever I’m needed. Where? #SDLive When? #SurvivorSeries”

-Rusev also posted an in-character tweet about Cena being added to the team:

“Congrats to my friend John Cena who qualified for the survivor series fair and square...... go get them TIGER”

-PWInsider.com reported that former Impact Wrestling star, Rockstar Spud is set to sign with the WWE, and starting with the company once all of his visa paperwork has been completed. Spud was formerly with Impact Wrestling.

-Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal publicly admitted that AJ Styles was the “better man” in a tweet:

"@AJStylesOrg was the better man for one night. Mark my words, The Maharaja will raise the crown again."

After losing the WWE Championship at yesterday’s SmackDown tapings, Jinder Mahal also took to Instagram to deny rumors about why he dropped the title:

“To @ajstylesp1, you were the better man for one night. Six months I held the #WWEChamoionship, defended it countless times, all over the world. I will one day raise the title again. To my haters and wrestling ‘insiders’, this was NOT an experiment, I am NOT injured, I have NOT violated the wellness policy. So keep throwing shade my way , it only motivates me.”

-WWE Hall of Famer Papa Shango will be appearing at this weekend’s “Frightmare in the Falls” horror convention, taking place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The voodoo priest will be appearing on Saturday for photos and autographs and a fan Q&A.

-Johnny Gargano will be challenging for Pete Dunne's WWE United Kingdom Championship in Houston, Texas on November 18th, but it won't be part of NXT's TakeOver: War Games broadcast.

The WWE announced the match yesterday while noting that being at the event is the only way to see it live. Given that wording, it seems likely that Dunne vs. Gargano will be part of the usual television tapings prior to TakeOver and will end up airing on NXT TV.

Gargano will become the first wrestler who isn't from the UK to challenge for the title since it came into existence earlier this year.

Before TakeOver, Dunne will also be appearing at NXT's house show in San Antonio (which goes against an ROH show in the city on the same night) on November 17th. He'll be teaming with Mark Andrews against Tyler Bate & Trent Seven, with Shawn Michaels refereeing the night's Drew McIntyre vs. Adam Cole NXT Championship main event.

Dunne made his Raw debut in a cameo this week, defeating Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore in a non-title match. Amore then got a win against Bate as wrestlers from the UK division were featured on 205 Live last night.

-After dipping to one of its lowest levels since moving to a live format for last Tuesday's episode that went against the World Series and Halloween, SmackDown was up 23 percent this week and averaged 2.603 million viewers. That number is near the viewership the show reached two weeks ago for the fallout of the SmackDown invasion of Raw.

SmackDown finished eighth for the night in total viewers on cable and was third in the 18-49 demo with a 0.82 rating. The show trailed American Horror Story in that demo, as it usually does, but also the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the life of Ric Flair, which did a 0.91 rating and 1.831 million viewers.

That the show was taped did not hurt the SmackDown rating at all, and it may have even helped as the WWE itself and several other websites had posted news about a title change before the show aired. AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship in last night's main event.

SmackDown retained 92 percent of the Raw audience from the night before, the second highest number of 2017.

The show was also up a whopping 35 percent year-over-year, but last year's episode was going up against coverage of the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that dominated both broadcast and cable television.

-AJ Styles thanked the fans in the UK for how they treated him last night and throughout his career:

“Judging by the reaction in Manchester last night after winning the WWE championship you’d think I was from the UK. Truth is, I’ve spent a lot of time in this part of the world and they have always treated me as one of their own. Thank you” WWE’s video clip of Styles winning the championship has over two million views on YouTube as of now, which is a strong number.

-ESPN has full video of their Ric Flair 30 for 30 available to watch online for those with cable subscriptions.

Rory Karpf, the director of the documentary, wrote that The Undertaker brewed coffee and had snacks for their crew and was one of the nicest people he’s ever interviewed.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast series has an episode about the Flair documentary that includes an additional conversation with Flair and Karpf.

-St. Louis today ran an article on Flair and other characters from Wrestling at the Chase.

-Chris Jericho discussed his match against Kenny Omega at the beginning of today’s episode of his podcast. Jericho said he would tell the whole story later but noted that he’s been working on the match for a couple of months, that Omega is the best performer in pro wrestling today, and it’s a best in the world vs. best in the world type of situation with him coming off the best run of his career. Jericho said they’re working on other ways for people to see the match in addition to New Japan World. Later in the episode, Austin Aries made an appearance to discuss his release from WWE.

-The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Mike Bennett looking for houses in Chicago.

-Owens and Zayn were sent home as a disciplinary measure after their post-match angle with The New Day didn't go as planned on SmackDown last night. They were supposed to stay in the ring to be beaten up by New Day following Zayn's loss but left the ring early.

Though other details are sparse at this point, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been removed from WWE's European tour.

Dave Meltzer reported that Owens and Zayn aren't at SmackDown's house show in Leeds, England today and won't be appearing on the rest of the tour. Both were on television last night, where they interrupted Shane McMahon and The New Day in SmackDown's opening segment and traded words with them in a promo.

Kofi Kingston then defeated Zayn in a match, with it later being announced that Owens & Zayn would be teaming against The New Day on next week's episode in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Without Roman Reigns, the WWE has been shorthanded on this month's tour. Triple H filled in for Reigns at Raw's first five stops, Kurt Angle teamed with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose yesterday, and New Day were moved to the Raw side for their remaining dates after this week's TV. How the SmackDown house shows will be affected by Owens and Zayn's absence remains to be seen.

SmackDown's final show before flying home from Europe will be in Florence, Italy on Sunday.

**UPDATES for Nov.9/17**

-Throughout the WWE European tour, the Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) have debuted their new gimmick to live audiences, with new ring gear and theme music. However, during the WWE’s recent show in Leeds, England, the duo appeared in their old Wyatt Family attire and used Luke Harper’s old entrance music.

-The WWE has announced matches for its return to Madison Square Garden on December 26. The WWE announced the following matches: Kane vs Braun Strowman; Shield vs Bray Wyatt & The Bar, John Cena vs. Samoa Joe.

-PWInsider.com reported that Roman Reigns is officially cleared to return to the ring, after having the mumps, and his return to TV looks take place on WWE Raw next Monday night in Atlanta, Georgia based on the advertising.

-The despicable internet hackers are at it again. Private personal pictures of WWE superstars Paige, Maria Kanellis and JoJo were leaked to some adult websites in the past couple of days.

-At http://www.bardown.com/devils-reveal-their-favourite-wrestlers-what-their-walkout-music-would-be-ahead-of-wwe-night-1.911152 is a piece for WWE Night at the New Jersey Devils NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers. SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan was present.

-The WWE announced today that Bayley, Mickie James, and Dana Brooke will face off in a triple threat match on next Monday’s episode of Raw to decide the final member of the show’s women’s team for Survivor Series. The storyline last week was that Alicia Fox didn’t pick Bayley for the team, which consists of Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka & Sasha Banks. They’re currently scheduled to take on Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Carmella & Tamina at the PPV.

-Chris Jericho is celebrating his 47th birthday today. While Jericho may be wrestling for NJPW at the Tokyo Dome in January, Vince McMahon’s Twitter account sent out a message wishing him a happy birthday.

-The Rock denied that he turned down the opportunity to appear in ESPN’s Ric Flair 30 for 30.

-Conrad Thompson, who is friends with Flair and used to co-host his podcast, reviewed the documentary on the Wrestling Estate podcast.

-The WWE uploaded video of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose’s post-match promo where they put over Kurt Angle after they teamed with him in Birmingham, England earlier this week.

-James Ellsworth was beaten down by the SmackDown women’s division at yesterday’s house show in Leeds, including Becky Lynch giving him a Stone Cold Stunner.

-Maria Kanellis-Bennett wrote an open letter on Facebook responding to people who have been critical of her and Mike Bennett and have called them jobbers.

-The Fremont News-Messenger ran a story on Dave Bautista and the success he’s found as an actor.

**UPDATES for Nov.10/17**

-The WWE is hyping Roman Reigns TV return to reunite with The Shield, which will take place on Raw Monday night:

“Sidelined due to illness and forced to miss The Shield’s anticipated return match at WWE TLC, Roman Reigns returns to Raw this Monday night to stand alongside Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose."

-Stephanie McMahon Tweeted the following on Veteran’s Day:

"This #VeteransDay @WWE will donate 10% of all @WWEshop proceeds to @HireHeroesUSA in support our military heroes. #WWEHero https://t.co/sbg7tUQhgb".

-The Wrestling Observer reported that Ric Flair will be appearing at Starrcade, a WWE live event taking place on November 25th in Greensboro, NC.

-More from the WWE Night in New Jersey at http://www.bardown.com/the-devils-held-a-wwe-night-their-mascot-hit-someone-with-a-chair-1.911887 shows even the NJ Devil mascot getting into the antics.

-At https://www.thescore.com/news/1417975-the-rock-unveils-new-under-amour-collection is the Rock's reveal of a new Under Armour line.

-It looks like Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn will be returning for television on Tuesday in Charlotte to face the New Day.

-Bryan Danielson talked with newspapers more about his expected return to the ring later this year.

-ESPN will be replaying the Ric Flair 30 for 30 on 11/19 at 10 p.m.

-Dustin Rhodes will be brought to ringside for the War Games match at the 11/18 Takeover show in Houston. Dusty Rhodes invented the War Games match in 1987, although the reality is that he invented and what this match will be are very different and they are really just creating their own new match and using the name of a famous match.

-The Bill Goldberg 24 documentary debuts after Raw on Monday night.

-Jeff Hardy will be doing a concert on 11/25 in Greensboro at The Blind Tiger. This will take place after the conclusion of the Starrcade show at the Greensboro Coliseum that night.

-Sasha Banks talked to India Today about wanting to wrestle Kavita Devi, a woman weightlifter from India in developmental.

**UPDATES for Nov.11/17**

-With it being Remembrance Day in Canada and Veteran’s Day in the USA, several WWE Superstars have posted on Twitter, publicly thanking the Veterans for their service and selflessness. "Thanking all of those who have courageously fought for our freedom.

#VeteransDay" — Vince McMahon;

"Free because of the brave. #RememberanceDay2017" — The Maharaja;

"BIG THANKS TO All those that have Served,Survived and Died to ensure the Safety of our Great Nation. God Bless you All and #HappyVeteransDay @usarmy @usnavy @navyudtsealmuseum @marines @theusacoastguard @unitedstatesnavyseals" — Titus O’Neil;

"Because they gave !" — Fit Finlay;

"Happy Veterans Day from Lawler’s Army to all who serve or have served our great nation!" — Jerry Lawler;

"Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your selflessness. Thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day.' — Samoa Joe;

"Forever grateful for all who have served and sacrificed in the name of inalienable rights. #VeteransDay" — John Cena

-The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the possibility of Hulk Hogan's return depends on whether or not WWE sponsors would react negatively to his return given the public backlash on his racist comments he made, which came to light during Hogan's case against Gawker.

-PWInsider.com reported that this year's Tribute to the Troops will be recorded December 5th in San Diego, and will air December 14th on the USA Network.

-Though they were sent home from WWE's European tour earlier this week, it doesn't appear that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are going to miss any time on television.

Dave Meltzer yesterday that Owens and Zayn are scheduled to be back for Tuesday's episode of SmackDown in Charlotte, North Carolina. As was announced previously, they'll be facing The New Day in a tag team match on the show.

Owens and Zayn were removed from the European tour after their post-match angle with New Day didn't go as planned at last Tuesday's SmackDown tapings. Owens and Zayn were supposed to be beaten down by New Day following Zayn's loss to Kofi Kingston but left the ring early, which Meltzer reported has been described as a selfish move on their part by some and as a misunderstanding by others.

Tuesday's SmackDown is the go-home show for Survivor Series. Two title matches have also been announced for the episode, with Charlotte Flair challenging for Natalya's Women's Championship and Baron Corbin defending his United States title against Sin Cara.

-Raw is Monday from Atlanta. Roman Reigns returns on the show and there will be a three-way with Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Dana Brooke for the final spot on Team Raw for the Survivor Series.

-The WWE uploaded a video focusing on AJ Styles and his day in Manchester where he won the title on SmackDown last week.

-While on WWE’s European tour, Styles cut a promo on Brock Lesnar and compared their matchup to David vs. Goliath.

-Paige, who had been dating Alberto El Patron, claimed to now be single in a video that she posted on Snapchat.

-WWE 365, which is focused on a year in the life of a wrestler, will be debuting on the WWE Network after Survivor Series. Kevin Owens is expected to be featured in the episode.

-To promote “Daddy’s Home 2,” John Cena did a video responding to comments made about him on IGN’s website.

-Mike Mooneyham has a story on Ric Flair and how his fame and fortune came at a high cost.

-Becky Lynch recorded a video congratulating a pair of fans who got married today.

-Daniel Bryan and Dan Ryckert of the Giant Bomb video game website took the “One Chip Challenge” where they try to tolerate eating a spicy tortilla chip.

-James Ellsworth was laid out by the SmackDown women's division again at WWE's house show in Milan, Italy.

**UPDATES for Nov.12/17**

-While Jinder Mahal may not be WWE Champion when the company heads to India next month, he already has at least one high-profile match set for the tour.

The WWE set up Mahal vs. Triple H for their December 9th house show on Twitter last night. Triple H first put out a video saying that he's been asked repeatedly if he's going to step back into the ring on the tour and challenged Mahal to the "biggest match in India's history" if the fans want it bad enough. Mahal then replied in a promo where he accepted the challenge.

The WWE will be in New Delhi, India for house shows at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on December 8th and 9th. Before losing the WWE title, Mahal was supposed to defend the championship against Kevin Owens at the shows. Whether Owens will still be on the tour (and who Mahal will be facing on the 8th if he isn't) hasn't been announced yet.

Mahal, the Singh Brothers, and Owens had been scheduled to be the only SmackDown representation on what are otherwise Raw house shows. Mahal would have been positioned as a complete babyface against Owens in India. Now that he's facing Triple H on the 9th, it seems more likely that both will end up getting cheered.

After losing the title to AJ Styles in Manchester, England last Tuesday, Mahal will inevitably get a rematch at some point. The next SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view will be Clash of Champions on December 17th.

-At https://www.thescore.com/news/1420184-john-cena-s-hometown-might-be-honoring-him-with-a-statue is a story about the possibility of John Cena's hometown erected a statue in his honour. A local pamphlet reads:

"Can't see John Cena? Soon you will!

He's a 16-time world champion. He's been in movies. He's even had his own rap album (You Can't See Me, 2005). And now, thanks to thousands of petitions from fans in his hometown of West Newbury, our hero is finally being recognized with a statue."

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The go home week for the big Survivor Series and NXT Takeover: War Games PPVs occur with a bunch of matches on Raw and SmackDown Live to decide the card participants. Here is the ongoing news for what goes down.

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NXT Takeover: War Games on Saturday, November 18 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXT_TakeOver:_Houston and http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Fatal Four-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
*War Games Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young & Killian Dain w/ Nikki Cross) vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering)
*NXT Championship Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
*Aleister Black vs.Velveteen Dream
*Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

*WWE United Kingdom Championship Match (dark match that will air the following week on NXT): Pete Dunne (C) vs. Johnny Gargano

Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 from Houston, Texas

Additional Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Series_(2017) and http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries

UPDATED PPV CARD:

*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. SmackDown WWE Champion AJ Styles
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. SmackDown United States Champion Baron Corbin
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair
*Champion vs. Champion Non-Title Match: Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Men's Team (Captain Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor & Triple H) vs. Team SmackDown's Men's Team (Captain Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobbdy Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura & John Cena)
NOTE: If Team Raw loses, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon will fire GM Kurt Angle.
*5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw's Women's Team (Captain Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks & Bayley) vs. Team SmackDown's Women's Team (Captain Becky Lynch, Naomi, Carmella, Natalya & Tamina w/ Lana)
*The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)

*WWE Cruiserweight Championship Kickoff Show Match: Enzo Amore (C) vs. Kalisto

-PWInsider reported that the belief is Paige will be the fifth member of Team Raw at Survivor Series and that it will play out on Monday's show. She had been earmarked for Smackdown and that was changed. At this time a Triple Threat match on Raw will occur for the final spot on the team between Mickie James, Bayley and Dana Brooke.

-It's not 100 percent because Vince McMahon can always change his mind, but Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are right now still booked for Tuesday's Smackdown show in Charlotte.

-The Shield vs. New Day match for Survivor Series is official and there will be angles likely on both Monday and Tuesday building the match. The New Day came home with the Raw crew to be at TV on Monday in Atlanta rather than work the final show of the tour in Florence, Italy on Sunday with the Smackdown crew.

-Jonathan Coachman said publicly he is no longer with ESPN. This actually happened a long time ago but ESPN doesn't list people who they cut unless they confirm it themselves. He hasn't been on ESPN since the original major cuts.

-Smackdown and 205 Live will take place Tuesday from Charlotte. Matches announced are New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara and Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair for the women's title. Right now the Raw invasion of Smackdown is scheduled for tomorrow's show in Charlotte. Due to scheduling, they were handcuffed and couldn't have done it the last two weeks even if they wanted to.

-PWInsider.com reported that former Cruiserweight Champion Neville, who has been off WWE TV for several weeks, could be returning soon. He had plans outside that were being held up because WWE was not going to release him from his contract.

-PWInsider.com reported that former WWE star Rob Conway is working as a guest coach in the WWE Performance Center this week.

-The WWE tweeted the first WrestleMania 34 pre-sale code: "Get your @WWE @WrestleMania 34 tickets FIRST in our online pre-sale this Wednesday at 11 AM ET using code TWEETS!"

-Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff did some tweets that have gotten people talking:

Hogan wrote: "When it rains it pours. I will never say I'm bored again. Business is getting crazy off the chain. Better than ever, one more time around the block! Thank u God. I am grateful."

Bischoff: "Game just changed. Stay tuned."

-Daddy's Home 2, which John Cena has a decent role in, not one of the main players but he gets a lot of lines late in the movie, was No. 2 at $30 million in its opening weekend. Thor was No. 1 at $56.6 million. The movie got killed by critics. The show did much better with audiences in exit polls.

-The WWE has been pushing the Bill Goldberg 24 documentary which debuts after Raw on the WWE Network.

-Cesaro talked about the upcoming show in Abu Dhabi, facing Kurt Angle and the Shield, his horrific injury to his teeth and his tag team partnership with Sheamus.

-Noted on commentary was that Ric Flair was backstage at Raw.

-The card for Survivor Series took another turn as Triple H returned to WWE television on Raw.

Triple H was announced as replacing Jason Jordan on Raw's Survivor Series men's team, with that coming after Jordan was involved in an injury angle where he hurt his knee earlier in the night. Jordan defeated Bray Wyatt before being laid out by him in a post-match attack.

Jordan, Kurt Angle's storyline son, was pleading with Angle about not being replaced when Stephanie McMahon came out and urged him to make the announcement. Triple H then made his way to the ring and gave Jordan a Pedigree. Heading into Survivor Series, Stephanie has been threatening to fire Angle if Raw doesn't beat SmackDown at the pay-per-view.

The men's five-on-five elimination tag match for Sunday's PPV is now Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor & Triple H vs. Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura & John Cena.

Though he hasn't wrestled on TV since WrestleMania, Triple H has been in action fairly regularly at house shows recently. He filled in at a show in Santiago, Chile last month before wrestling at several stops on WWE's European tour.

-They advertised Kalisto's birthday celebration for 205 Live.

**UPDATES for Nov.14/17**

-The WWE's tour of India is down to one stop.

The Times of India confirmed today that WWE's planned December 8th house show at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi has been canceled, with the December 9th date at the venue now being branded as a "Supershow."

In a match that was set up a few days ago, Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal has been announced as the main event. Mahal will be the only SmackDown representation on what is otherwise a Raw house show. While ticket sales likely played a factor, the WWE put out a statement saying that the decision to reduce the tour from two shows to one was to better serve the needs of their fans in the country:

"To meet the requests of WWE fans in India, and deliver the biggest main event in the country's history, WWE is combining two nights of family-friendly action into a one-night only, exclusive Supershow."

Jeet Rama & Kishan Raftar, who are Performance Center trainees from India, will now be wrestling in their home country as they face Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas. Kevin Owens will no longer be appearing on the tour after originally being scheduled to challenge for Mahal's WWE Championship before he dropped it to AJ Styles.

Those who bought tickets to the canceled show can exchange them for the next night or receive a refund.

The Raw roster will also be in Abu Dhabi on December 7th before heading to India.

-NXT is going on the road for its first few television tapings of 2018.

The Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, which used to be home to WCW Saturday Night, will host NXT TV tapings on January 4th, February 1st, and February 2nd. Tickets for the shows are set to go on sale on December 1st at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

With those shows taking place in Atlanta, it isn't clear if NXT plans to tape at venues other than Full Sail University more often next year.

After this weekend's TakeOver: War Games event in Houston, Texas, the next set of episodes will be filmed at Full Sail on November 29th as NXT begins the build to its Royal Rumble weekend special. Pete Dunne defending the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Johnny Gargano will take place on Saturday prior to the TakeOver broadcast, with that match likely to air in the coming weeks.

-Former WWE Star Greg "The Hammer" Valentine was announced as a recipient of a 2018 CAC Men's Wrestling Award at the upcoming Cauliflower Alley Club reunion.

-The Survivor Series go-home edition of Raw saw a solid increase in numbers to an average of 3.02 million viewers, up nearly seven percent from last week.

Some of the difference would have been due to the Monday Night Football game last night with the Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers only doing 8.76 million viewers, down 21 percent from the week before.

Raw was second behind the NFL game on cable for the night.

However, loading up the third hour, with the Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman segment, The Shield's first match back, and building to a Braun Strowman vs. Kane main event, did not keep the third hour decline from happening. The audience drop from hour two to hour three was 9.5 percent, a drop strongly among women and people over the age of 40. Men 12-34 increased five percent, but men 35-49 dropped eight percent.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.26 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.06 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.77 million viewers

-Tonight’s SmackDown has two title matches that could possibly change the card for Survivor Series. Natalya will defend her Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair and Sin Cara will challenge for Baron Corbin's United States title. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn are also back tonight after being sent home from WWE’s European tour and will be facing The New Day. There should also be a Raw vs. SmackDown angle that builds to Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.

-Enzo Amore posted a photo with Ric Flair backstage at SmackDown.

-While speaking with Busted Open Radio at the New Jersey Devils’ WWE night last week, Daniel Bryan said there’s an 85 percent chance that he’ll wrestle again and a 20 percent chance that WWE will clear him. Bryan noted that he won’t come back if he has a test done that says he shouldn’t and said he wouldn’t have a full-time schedule if he ever comes back to the WWE.

-Paul Heyman’s promo on Raw was interrupted by a fan proposing in the crowd. With the audience reacting to the proposal, Heyman played along and said she wouldn’t have said yes if she had ever been up close to a beast like Brock Lesnar.

-Vince McMahon granted a wish for a 19-year-old fan named Orlando as part of the Make-a-Wish program.

-Though she wasn’t on the show, Paige posted a video with Renee Young backstage at Raw last night.

-Goldberg tweeted about his WWE 24 special:

“Thx for positive response on the @wwe #wwe24 on the @wwenetwork Hopefully it all makes sense now.... #familyfirst #humbled #luckiestmanalive #dotherightthing”

-The WWE Network has started uploading episodes of the original “reality show” run of NXT.

-The NBA's Charlotte Hornets were ringside for SmackDown Live.

-Harper and Rowan the Bludgeon Brothers are set to debut next week on SmackDown Live.

**UPDATES for Nov.15/17**

-The WWE has announced it has future-endeavoured James Ellsworth.

After he was written off television last week, WWE announced that they've released James Ellsworth today.

The company's statement:

"WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar James Ellsworth. WWE wishes Ellsworth the best in all of his future endeavors."

Ellsworth lost to Becky Lynch in a match that was billed as a "battle of the sexes" at last Tuesday's SmackDown tapings in Manchester, England. He was superkicked by Carmella after the match but continued to be featured on the rest of the tour stops, getting beaten down by the entire SmackDown women's division after their matches on the house shows.

Following a memorable cameo in a squash match against Braun Strowman last year, the WWE started using Ellsworth on SmackDown and eventually signed him to a contract. He was first used as an underdog babyface and faced AJ Styles multiple times before turning heel and being paired with Carmella.

Ellsworth joins Emma, Darren Young, Summer Rae, NXT's Sawyer Fulton, Performance Center trainee Leo Gao, and former Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl as wrestlers WWE has released over the last few weeks.

He posted on Twitter the following after his release:

"Thank you @WWE for letting me live my dream,thank you fans for all the support, l'll continue to prove #AnyManWithTwoHandsHasAFightingChance"

-Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the insertion of Triple H into the Survivor Series elimination match could be building to Kurt Angle vs Triple H at WrestleMania 34. Kurt Angle and Triple H will join Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman to face Team Smackdown at WWE Survivor Series on Sunday night. The choice was made this week among many last second changes to the PPV.

-Daddy’s Home 2, the new comedy sequel featuring John Cena, was number two at the box office this past weekend. The movie opened with a $30 million weekend, coming in behind Thor: Raganok, which was number one taking in $56.6 million.

-The WWE announced that Triple H will be facing Roman Reigns on December 8th in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event will take place at Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium (with another WWE show taking place there the night prior) on December 8th, which was previously the date of their first show in India before that was cancelled.

-WWE legends Greg "the Hammer" Valentine, Brutus Beefcake, and the Honky Tonk Man have been announced as guests for next June's Niagara Falls Comic Con.

-PWInsider.com reported that WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz will be doing promotional work in New York City this week. On Friday at 2pm EST, The Miz will be appearing at BUILD Studio to promote the new season of the MTV series “The Challenge: Champs vs. All Stars”.

-In a post-SmackDown video, the WWE set up a match between the Bludgeon Brothers and the Hype Bros for next week.

The Bludgeon Brothers, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, previously appeared for the first time since being repackaged at SmackDown's European tour show in Ireland. They were wearing new red and black gear and had a new theme song but went back to their old attire and song later in the tour.

Next week's SmackDown will be the first post-Survivor Series edition of the show. In addition to fallout from that pay-per-view, SmackDown will start building to their December 17th Clash of Champions event.

-Tickets are currently on sale for WrestleMania 34, which takes place on April 8th, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The online pre-sale, which is listed as ending at midnight tomorrow, can be accessed by going to Ticketmaster and using the password "TICKETS" in the Got Offers Code Box.

The show is tentatively scheduled to be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

It is the culmination of the biggest weekend of shows as promotions from all over the world will be running events in the New Orleans area. For WWE, the Hall of Fame ceremony, an NXT TakeOver special, Raw, and SmackDown will also be taking place in the city in the days surrounding WrestleMania.

For those in New Orleans, there will be an on-sale party at the Superdome tomorrow. Charlotte Flair will be making an appearance, and The Hardys, Mickie James, Mark Henry, Heath Slater, and Rhyno are scheduled to be there signing autographs. There will be some NXT matches as well, with Hideo Itami vs. No Way Jose advertised.

-Following up on AJ Styles' WWE Championship win from last Tuesday, SmackDown Live ratings were essentially even for this week's Survivor Series go-home show -- averaging 2.607 million viewers.

The show finished sixth for the night on cable in terms of total viewers and fifth in the 18-49 demo with a 0.82 rating. Stronger than usual sports competition came from the opening night of the NCAA basketball season with consecutive games doing 2.97 and 2.67 million viewers. The announcement of the college football playoff rankings, a half-hour special on ESPN, did 3.785 million viewers, tops on all of cable.

For the third time in the last five weeks, SmackDown was down year-over-year, which corresponds with Raw being up in all but one of those weeks.

SmackDown retained 86.3 percent of the Raw audience from the night before, about average during football season. In addition to Raw's invasion in the closing segment, the episode also featured United States and Women's title matches that were promoted ahead of time. While Ric Flair returned to WWE television on the show, that wasn't promoted in advance.

The show-closing angle with Raw's retaliation to SmackDown's invasion from three weeks ago was not advertised but was heavily hinted at.

-In an article for the Players’ Tribune, Charlotte Flair wrote a letter to her father about her career and continuing his legacy.

With Charlotte winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship, WWE has yet to announce who will be replacing her in the women’s elimination tag match at Survivor Series. They said they'll announce the replacement at the PPV on Sunday, with rumours flying it could be Paige since she didn't appear on Raw as first reported, Natalya or even a returning Nikki Bella now that Dancing with the Stars is done.

-The WWE and the city of Orlando touted that WrestleMania 33 generated $181.5 million in “economic impact” for its host city.

-The Houston Chronicle has an article about Booker T and his Reality of Wrestling promotion.

-Charly Caruso, Booker T, and Sam Roberts will be on the panel for Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: War Games pre-show.

-The Rock called Bruno Sammartino the best babyface wrestler in WWE history on Twitter.

-Lillian Garcia, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Cameron, Summer Rae, and Candice Michelle attended the launch party for the Bella’s Birdiebee clothing line.

**UPDATES for Nov.16/17**

-Ahead of this weekend's pay-per-view, the WWE has already announced the location for next year's Survivor Series.

Survivor Series 2018 will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on November 18th. As is the case with all WWE "big four" PPVs, the arena will host an NXT TakeOver special on the Saturday before Survivor Series and Raw and SmackDown in the days after the show.

WWE noted that ticket information for all four events will be made available in early 2018.

This will be the first time California has ever hosted a Survivor Series. It will also be the first time an NXT TakeOver event has taken place on the west coast. Drew McIntyre dropped a hint about the news at NXT's house show in Riverside, California last Saturday, mentioning that there's never been a TakeOver out west in his promo after the main event.

While no further details have been revealed about next year's Survivor Series, the PPV has had a Raw vs. SmackDown theme over the last two years.

-The NXT Takeover: War Games press conference call was today with Paul "HHH" Levesque. Here are some of the highlights:

*HHH says Saturday is an opportunity to showcase War Games to a new generation of fans and help further establish NXT’s identity. He said there won’t be a roof on the War Games cage. The style has changed, as he mentions the possibility to do moves off cage or other things. He doesn’t think they’ve changed the concept. They actually fought in Creative over this where HHH wanted the traditional roof on the cage while Vince McMahon won out again as he didn't want the roof as he had to brand everything not of his creation in his way.

*The decision to put Undisputed Era together at the start was to get them rolling. There was a buzz about them coming in, there was an opportunity there, and they were all into it.

*HHH calls Survivor Series an amazing card. There is big star power in the men’s tag match. He says his presence, or anyone elses, isn’t absolutely necessary but it’s part of the storyline. He referred to Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles as a dream match, mentioning that it’s something people never thought they’d see a few years ago.

*Asked about using War Games and Starrcade, HHH says they happened independently and it’s coincidental. He has always been keen to use War Games and was looking for the right time once NXT started out. War Games allows them to bring something from the past into the future while maintaining Dusty Rhodes’ vision. There was some resistance to using War Games, over a year in fact that he's tried to make it happen, he was able to sell that it will become a meaningful event.

The full details of this is the following: While speaking with the pro wrestling media ahead of Saturday's NXT TakeOver special, Triple H discussed bringing War Games to a new generation of fans and confirmed another change from the original concept.

"We're not gonna have a roof," Triple H said on a conference call today. "I think it's a little bit limiting. I think the style has changed. Not saying that anybody is gonna do it in this match, but I think going forward as War Games becomes -- I try to think about the future. Look, Arn Anderson wasn't doing moonsaults off the top of the cage. So, I think there's a difference in how the business is done. This allows for there to a be a little bit of a different opportunity to do some things. I don't feel, personally, that we have changed the concept of what it is."

Though the rules have been tweaked, Triple H said he thinks they work better for today's generation. And while there are some changes, he said the match is still about teams "going to war" and it worked with the storyline that The Undisputed Era, SAnitY, and The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong are involved in.

Triple H noted that WWE using War Games and Starrcade this month was a coincidence and the decisions were made independently. He said he's always been interested in bringing back War Games and has been looking for the right time since NXT started up. He called TakeOver: War Games a chance to take something from the past into the future and slightly reinvent it while still staying consistent with Dusty Rhodes' vision.

WWE revealed the official rules for War Games earlier this month. There will be a cage that surrounds two rings, with someone from each team starting the match. The remaining members of the teams will be kept in shark cages near the entranceway. After five minutes, the two other wrestlers from one team will enter the ring. There will then be two three-minute periods until the members of the other teams are allowed in. Once that happens, the match can be won by pinfall or submission.

*HHH says it was a logistical issue with Full Sail when asked about 3 tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta. He says Full Sail is still their home and mutually beneficial. It was cool to go to to Center Stage where he started. There are date availability issues that led to them do the first 13 or so weeks of television in 2018 away from Orlando.

*HHH calls Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, and Wolfgang very talented. Putting together stuff in the UK takes some time, he wishes it happened sooner. He hopes to have something more definitive soon.

*HHH says it’s awesome Kurt Angle is back in the ring and he’s happy for him. They were taking it one step at a time when he came back with the company. Just started process of him going through medicals and talking with him when they needed him for TLC. He notes that he’d love to step back into the ring with Angle if it’s right for everyone. Calls him one of the best ever and says he picked up wrestling so fast.

*HHH says the Mae Young Classic opened their eyes to how much women’s talent is out there and ready. He mentions the deep roster they have both on TV and off.

-Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano's United Kingdom Championship match will be airing on NXT TV next week.

After the WWE previously announced that the match would be taking place in Houston prior to Saturday's TakeOver: War Games broadcast with no confirmation of whether it was being taped for television, a backstage segment with Gargano and William Regal on last night's episode set it up for next Wednesday.

In addition to that, Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville will also be taped for next week. The episode will feature video packages and post-match interviews from TakeOver as well.

Gargano is set to become the first wrestler born outside of the UK to challenge for the title. While the company's plans for its UK brand have still yet to be announced, Triple H noted on the conference call today that the WWE hopes to have something more definitive soon. He mentioned Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, and Wolfgang as being very talented wrestlers.

-Following his first appearance on WWE television since his health scare, Ric Flair will be part of the company's Starrcade house show later this month.

The WWE confirmed today that Flair would be appearing at Starrcade in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 25th. The event is the first time the WWE has used the Starrcade name since acquiring WCW in 2001 and the first time the Greensboro Coliseum has hosted the show since 1986, though there aren't any plans for it to air on the WWE Network.

Flair returned to TV to celebrate Charlotte's Women's title win with her on Tuesday's episode of SmackDown. In a nod to Flair's steel cage match against Harley Race at the first Starrcade, Charlotte will defend her title against Natalya and Jinder Mahal will challenge for AJ Styles' WWE Championship in a double steel cage main event in Greensboro.

Dustin Rhodes, who is listed under that name and whose father originally created the event, is scheduled to face Dash Wilder as well.

Here's the updated card for Starrcade:

WWE Champion AJ Styles defending against Jinder Mahal in a steel cage match
SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair defending against Natalya in a steel cage match
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defending against The New Day, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable, and Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a fatal four-way match
United States Champion Baron Corbin defending against Shinsuke Nakamura
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dustin Rhodes vs. Dash Wilder
Appearances by Ric Flair, The Hardys, Ricky Steamboat, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express

-Simone Garcia Johnson, the 16-year-old daughter of Dwayne Johnson, was announced today as the Golden Globes Ambassador. That has been a role for teenage daughters of famous celebrities. The Globe Awards will be on 1/7 from the Beverly Hilton on NBC. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Johnson said that she wants to study business at NYU and then pursue pro wrestling and eventually get into talent management.

-The NFL Rams are using Ric Flair's name to call audibles.

-This is not the final odds you can get on, but oddsmaker Jimmy Murphy for sportsbettingexperts.com is listing these numbers for Saturday:

Enzo Amore -350
Kalisto +300
The Miz -350
Baron Corbin +300
Cesaro & Sheamus +130
Usos -150
The Shield -210
New Day +180
Alexa Bliss -150
Charlotte Flair +130
Brock Lesnar -350
A.J. Styles +300
Team Raw Men +210
Team Smackdown Men -250
Team Raw Women +110
Team Smackdown Women -130

His predicted star ratings are:

Enzo vs. Kalisto **1/2
Miz vs. Corbin **1/2
Usos vs. Sheamus & Cesaro ***1/2
New Day vs. Shield ***1/2
Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte ***
A.J. Styles vs. Brock Lesnar ****
Men's elimination match ***1/2
Women's elimination match ***

**UPDATES for Nov.17/17**

-WWE performer David Otunga and longtime fiance Jennifer Hudson have split up and Hudson has filed a protective order against the former wrestler.

Hudson's publicists told People Magazine on Thursday that the two have been in the process of ending their relationship and she filed a protective order against him earlier in the day. The two had been a couple for nearly 10 years.

Tracy M. Rizzo, Otunga's attorney, countered to People, claiming Hudson is making up a story in order to gain custody of the couple's eight-year-old son, David Otunga Jr.

"David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now. However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child's primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute.

"As a result of Mr. Otunga's career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortuante, especially in today's climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties' only child."

After retiring from active competition in 2015, Otunga moved to commentary and a pre-show panelist postion, most recently for the Raw brand. The 37-year-old was the runner up on the first year of the NXT competition and was part of the big Nexus angle.

David Otunga has pulled out of appearing on the Survivor Series show (he was never advertised to appear on the show to begin with) after the bad publicity stemming from ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hudson accusing him of domestic abuse in what appears to be a child custody battle. She claims ongoing harassing and threatening behavior and that he once pushed her. In her court filings, she said they argued because he believed she was dating one of her producers and she denied that was true. She called police last night to try and get Otunga thrown out of their home. The police came and ordered him to leave the Chicago area home that she owns.

-Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) were announced as the recipients of a 2018 CAC Tag Team Wrestling Award at the upcoming Cauliflower Alley Club reunion.

-At http://www.bardown.com/this-hockey-team-s-ric-flair-chant-should-replace-all-pump-up-music-1.917949 is a piece about a hockey team using the Ric Flair chant as pump up music.

-Ric Flair is suing Legacy Talent and Entertainment -- the company that represented him for several years until he parted ways with them in September.

TMZ first reported on the lawsuit today, noting that Flair is alleging Legacy Talent and Entertainment owes him at least $46,000 after hiring a lawyer to look into his finances. Of that money, Flair is saying they didn't inform him about $25,000 they received from First Row Films, which is Rory Karpf's production company. Karpf directed ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on Flair.

The TMZ report states that Flair also noticed a $12,000 royalty advance he never got for an endorsement deal with Jake's Fireworks. Flair says Legacy Talent and Entertainment told him they were using the money to pay legal bills when he inquired about it, something Flair denies he approved.

Shortly after his health scare earlier this year, Flair announced that he was parting ways with Legacy Talent and Entertainment and their CEO Melinda Morris Zanoni. He is now being represented by Get Engaged Media.

On the heels of Ric Flair suing his former management firm, Legacy Talent and Entertainment, claiming he owes them at least $46,000, they claim the allegations are baseless and defamatory. They said:

"Ric Flair has always been known to be dramatic and looking desperately for the spotlight. That's fine as a wrestler but it is despicable when he blatantly lies. As anyone who read (articles on Flair) knows, Ric has always left a trail of destruction in his wake, whether it be from his ex-wives, the IRS, State Departments of Revenue, creditors, or from his former business partners and friends...the debris is everywhere."

They claim Flair was looking for money from a trust fund that he had not yet earned and the money in question is in his management's trust account while both sides worked out a settlement.

-The brand new series “WWE 365” will make its debut exclusively on the WWE Network this Sunday night immediately following Survivor Series. The first episode will follow a full year in the life of current WWE Superstar Kevin Owens.

-Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's oldest daughter hopes to follow in her father's footsteps and become a wrestler one day.

Simone Garcia Johnson, who was born to Johnson and his ex-wife (and current manager and business partner) Dany Garcia, spoke about her love of wrestling and career aspirations in an interview with Mia Galuppo of the Hollywood Reporter. She was recently selected as the 2018 Golden Globe Ambassador, a title formerly known as Miss Golden Globe.

"It's a sport that is unlike anything else in the world. There's just a certain amount of passion that every move and match requires, and that's so admirable," the 16-year-old said. "It's definitely something I've thought about and want to pursue."

While Simone's father has successfully transitioned from the WWE into acting, it's not something she's interested in pursuing.

"As much as I love and admire the film industry, I don't see myself pursuing a career in it at the moment," she said. "I plan to study business in college - NYU, hopefully - and after graduating, I want to pursue wrestling and eventually transition into talent management."

-Adam Cole got seven staples in his head from a head-butt last night in a six-man tag match in Austin. He actually had to leave the match, go to the back, get taken care of, and then returned for the finish of his match.

-WrestleMania tickets for New Orleans are now on sale to the public.

-John Cena vs. Roman Reigns plus Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins in a cage match are the two main events for the 12/26 show in Madison Square Garden based on this week's card changes.

-Bill Goldberg will be appearing on the TV show "The Goldbergs" on Thursday night on ABC.

-Kalisto walked the red carpet in his mask last night at the Latin Grammy Awards.

-The Miz talked on MTV's Evolution on Cheddar.

**UPDATES for Nov.18/17**

-Information at https://www.thescore.com/news/1425142-ric-flair-ring-worn-robe-hitting-auction-block is given for an auction for one of Ric Flair's wrestling robes.

-Bret Hart gave the Calgary Dinos a pep talk before their university football game against Laval.

-Confirming what had been expected, the WWE officially announced Natalya as the final member of SmackDown's women's team for Survivor Series today.

A spot was left open on the team when Charlotte Flair defeated Natalya to win the SmackDown Women's Championship on Tuesday. When running down the card for the pay-per-view on SmackDown, the WWE didn't reveal who would be taking Charlotte's place on the team -- though Dave Meltzer reported it would be Natalya in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Shane McMahon made the storyline announcement on Twitter:

"Individual competition drives every #SDLive Superstar. Even in defeat, @NatbyNature proved herself to be a fierce competitor and will be an asset to Team Smackdown’s 5 on 5 #SurvivorSeries Team. Let’s go to work, Nattie."

Natalya will join Becky Lynch, Naomi, Carmella & Tamina as they take on Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks & Bayley in an elimination tag match at tomorrow's PPV.

The Survivor Series card will mostly feature Raw vs. SmackDown matches, including the champions from each brand facing their counterpart from the other show in non-title bouts.

-With Shawn Michaels refereeing the match, Drew McIntyre retained his NXT Championship against Adam Cole at last night’s house show in San Antonio. Michaels gave Kyle O’Reilly the Sweet Chin Music at one point. In a post-match promo, Michaels responded to chants of “one more match” by assuring the crowd that he’s “too old for this sh*t.” Earlier in the show, Triple H came out and addressed the crowd ahead of TakeOver in Houston tonight.

-USA Today interviewed Triple H about the return of War Games.

-McIntyre and AJ Styles appeared on the Madd Hatta Morning Show in Houston to promote this weekend's WWE events.

-The WWE sent out an email to current Network subscribers offering them their first month free. They later issued a correction noting that the email was sent in error and apologized for any confusion, saying they hope you’ll enjoy Survivor Series.

-Another WWE Network offer sent to some people advertised that you could buy Survivor Series as a one-time purchase and access Network content through Monday for $24.99. With the first month being free to new subscribers and it being $9.99 to anyone else, that wouldn’t seem to be much of a deal. Much of the appeal of still offering traditional PPV is to reach people without good internet connections, but you’d need one to watch Survivor Series with this option anyway.

-The Canadian Press spoke to Bret Hart about being cancer-free after his battle with prostate cancer, the Montreal Screwjob, and what his life is like now.

-The WWE extended its condolences to Malcolm Young’s friends, family, and fans following his passing. Young was the co-founder of AC/DC and WWE used some of their songs as the themes for SummerSlam 1998 and WrestleMania 25.

-James Ellsworth sent out another message thanking the fans after being released by WWE:

“Thank you to all the wrestling fans for your overwhelming support, I'd always do anything to entertain you, and will continue to for years.”

-Former Performance Center trainee Leo Gao, who was let go earlier this month, also tweeted some comments about his release.

-Yesterday marked 21 years since The Rock debuted at Survivor Series 1996. He tweeted about the anniversary:

“Crazy it all started 21yrs ago today. Made my @wwe debut. My #1 goal was buy my parents their first home. 3yrs later in ‘99 I was able to. No idea where this crazy road would lead me, I just knew I was willing to work my @ss off and that I loved the hell outta Waffle House”

Come back as the PPV cards get filled out, so don't 'cha dare miss it!
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