WED UPDATE: Jimmy Snuka murder case to go to trial, TNA UK tour, and more

Show notes for tonight:​
NXT TakeOver: Respect airs live on WWE Network at 8:00 p.m. ET (pre-show at 7:30 p.m. ET) with Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match or the NXT Women’s Championship, Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe vs. Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic semifinal, Jason Jordan & Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin & Rhyno in the other Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic semifinal,  the tournament final, Asuka vs. Dana Brooke. and Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze.
UFC Tonight airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 

A rerun of last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter airs at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and it’s titld “A Faithless Foe.” It has Connor McGregor lecturing the fighter who lost last week, a Team Faber fighter skipping practice, and more

Impact Wrestling at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America is the the first show where we don’t really know what will air because it will consist of the “non-storyline” matches shot at the last set of tapings. Officially, this is the start of the “World Title Series” to determine a new champion in light of Matt Hardy vacating the title to render Ethan Carter III’s injunction moot. Your mileage may vary as to whether or not this was planned all along, especially considering they announced that some of the Knockouts will be participating.

The Ultimate Fighter at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 is titled “Just Do Something.” The fighters spend a night out relaxing with their coaches.

ROH at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America is loaded, with The Time Splitters vs. The Briscoes and Kazuchika Okada vs. Roderick Strong.

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Figure Four Weekly:

The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to the site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring details on all facets of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, including a better understanding of Gawker’s defense, what else the judge has sealed to protect Hogan, and more. On top of that, we have all the usual stuff like Vinny’s reviews and international news.

The recent FREE Figure Four Weekly is still up with a look at the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI may have helped Hulk Hogan cover up his racist and homophobic comments. A judge has ordered the FBI to turn over the records of their investigation, and what Gawker is saying in court about what has and hasn’t been turned over paints a very interesting picture.

Also, now available for the first time on Kindle (meaning Kindle devices and anything with the Kindle app) is Fall Guys, the seminal 1937 book that has been described as being like the 1930s version of the Wrestling Observer. It was surprisingly not on Kindle already, so we put together a nice version with a full table of contents w/ chapter marks, proper formatting on everything, etc. Right now it’s available from the American, Canadian, and Australian Amazon/Kindle stores OR you can also buy it from anywhere in the world on PayHip, who will provide you with both Kindle and ePub (every other e-reader) format files, and you can either sideload them to your device or have them email it to your Kindle.


Wrestling Observer Newsletter

If you saw the JBL interview with Eric Bischoff, or even if you didn’t, we have what is already one of the most talked about and praised issues of the Wrestling Observer this year up on the site right now.  The main theme is fact vs. fiction, covering both the WWE historical view of the Monday Night Wars and the Eric Bischoff version, going through every point and cutting through things like outright B.S., faulty memories and interesting truths.

The new double issue also covers SummerSlam in Brooklyn, the real story behind the UFC announcing a show in Madison Square Garden, Jon Jones’ legal punishment and future, coverage of both of the New Japan PPV shows this past week as well as a look at their direction as they build toward King of Pro Wrestling and later, the Tokyo Dome show, UFC in Japan and a look at that business, the retirement of Rich Franklin, a Hall of Famer running for Mayor, the retirement show of Genichiro Tenryu, more concerning drug testing questions, SummerSlam PPV numbers and what we can learn from them, as well as the death of German legend Axel Dieter Sr.

The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter:  October 6, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Analysis of Bischoff Network interview, Jones plea and tons more. 

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In the UFC Madison Square Garden announcement, we look at the thought process behind the strategy.


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Wednesday Daily Update

Raw ratings
SmackDown spoilers
NXT TakeOver: Respect preview
Today in history
The defense and prosecution in the Jimmy Snuka case agreed to skip a preliminary hearing and go straight to trial today, with the defense getting all of the grand jury transcripts as part of the deal. Snuka’s lawyer described a potential preliminary hearing as a “sham” because the prosecution was going to have one investigator recount what was heard in front of the grand jury, arguing it would be hearsay. Anyway, with Snuka about to undergo chemotherapy, it’s in everyone’s best interests to move quickly. Snuka’s lawyer had one of the most unfortunate gaffe’s you’ll come across in something like this, saying that, with regards to his client, “he’d like to leave this world knowing that he’s an innocent man, not whatever you think he’s guilty.” So he doesn’t know now?
Irv Muchnick has gathered all of his blog’s Snuka coverage into a handy index.
James Storm has been spotted at Full Sail University, for whatever it’s actually worth.
2K Sports announced all of the details for WWE 2K16’s optional downloadable content. A Hall of Fame Showcase mode includes, of all things, Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami from the first annual WCW Superbrawl in 1991. The game is out on October 27th and available for pre-order now.
TNA officially announced the January UK tour.
Marcos Galvao’s Bellator Bantamweight Championship defense against Eduardo Dantas has been postponed due to Dantas suffering a rib injury.
World Series of Fighting has officially announced their one night lightweight tournament for WSOF 25 on November 20th in Phoenix, Arizona. The fighters in the tournament will be Luis “Baboon” Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, Brian “The Bandit” Cobb, Jorge “Macaco” Patino, Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino and Rich Patishnock.
News from Kris Zellner’s Lucha Report (fullly illustrated version with results and lineups available here):

ALL ELITE has changed their name to LUCHA LIBRE ELITE and they also announced that they are running Arena Mexico on 10/25.

Former EMLL performer Héctor Picasso Martínez aka Guerrero Negro Jr. was shot twice early Monday morning from someone who was driving past him and he was hit twice out of the six shots fired. He was with his girlfriend at the time and she was able to drive him to the hospital where he was classified to be in stable condition but delicate. 

Dave has two nw articles at MMAFighting:

UFC 192 postmortem

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UFC 192 prelim viewership notes

Shimmer’s 10th anniversary events take place on Saturday & Sunday, October 10th & 11th, at the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL. Bell time on Saturday, October 10th is 10:00am (doors at 9:30am). Bell time on Sunday, October 11th is 12:00pm (doors at 11:30am). Volumes 76-79 of the SHIMMER series will be filmed during the course of the weekend, with two full DVDs worth of live matches each day.
Mister Saint Laurent gets interviewed in a “Really Busy People” feature
Choker has a show this Saturday, October 10th, 2015 @ 7:00 at St. Joseph’s School, 56 Oak Terrace, Haverhill, MA 01832.
If you missed it, Bill Apter’s book was released earky and is now available on Kindle as well as in paperback. Really enjoy what I’ve read of the book so far. It’s supposed to be a “bathroom read” with chapters you can read in any order.
WWE’s next home video release is Sting: Into the Light on DVD and Blu-Ray, which comes out this coming Tuesday and is available for pre-order.
Jets linebacker fined by NFL for pro-wrestling style slam
According to a press release sent yesterday, season 5 of Total Divas has already begun production. The cast for this upcoming season are the Bella Twins, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Paige, Rosa Mendes and Amanda Saccomanno, the finalist of this season’s Tough Enough who will be going under the name Mandy.
Ronda Rousey geeks out over video games
NWA Classics 24/7 adds Gino Hernandez vs. Harley Race
Latest episode of the Fire Pro Podcast takes a look at this past weekend’s WWE Live at MSG show, recent ratings woes, Eric Bischoff’s sitdown interview on the WWE Network, TNA Bound for Glory and more
Wrestling historian George Shire to speak on Minnesota wrestling history
Paul Orndorff to receive men’s wrestling award from the Cauliflower Alley Club