- Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will alternate live appearances on Raw leading up to their main event match at next month’s Survivor Series pay-per-view. Goldberg will appear live on next week’s Raw, where we are assuming the bout will be made official. Lesnar will appear the next week, October 24, in Minneapolis followed by Goldberg appearing on October 31st in Hartford, CT. Both Lesnar and Goldberg are scheduled to appear on the November 14, 2016 episode of Raw, which is the go-home to Survivor Series episode.
- Sports Illustrated is celebrating Ronda Rousey’s upcoming return to the octagon by releasing new photos of her in body paint:
— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) October 12, 2016
- Here’s a video of the experience:
- Rousey will return to UFC in a fight against Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
- Speaking of Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg has continued to voice her frustration by not getting to fight Rousey. On an appearance on Speak for Yourself on Fox Sports 1, Cyborg questioned if UFC would get behind her more if she had blonde hair and blue eyes. Dana White appeared on the same program earlier in the week and explained there isn’t a belt in the women’s featherweight division because there aren’t enough good women fighters at 145 pounds to create an entire division. It’s believed Cyborg will get Rousey in a catchweight fight if Rousey beats Nunes for the title in December but Dana White is taking a “wait and see” approach.
- John Cena will work his final WWE live event tonight in Phoenix, Arizona with the Smackdown brand before he goes on hiatus to film season two of American Grit. Cena’s next advertised live event is the day after Christmas on December 26, 2016 from Madison Square Garden in New York City. He is also scheduled to work Survivor Series next month.
- Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, known collectively as American Alpha, expressed disappointment in an interview with The Mirror about being left off last month’s Backlash pay-per-view. Below are their comments:
Jason Jordan: "It was definitely frustrating. It's a minor setback but it's one of those things, as much as we wanted to be a part of that, as much as we wanted to be the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions, we have to take into account our background. We have experienced things like that and there is always going to be a minor setback and disappointments in there. We have to look at the grand scheme of things and even though we missed this first SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view, it's okay. We have to get past that and continue to move forward because we feel we have an extremely long career ahead of us with a whole lot of success. We can't dwell on missing that pay-per-view no matter how much we wanted to be on it. It's just added a little bit more fuel to the fire because we're ready to get back in there and show we feel we should have been tag team champions.”
Chad Gable: "That was disappointing. We wanted to come in and chase the titles immediately. We wanted to be the first champions and establish the credibility that we think we can bring to titles like that. We wanted those titles immediately and hold them for as long as possible. Unfortunately, I [kayfabe] got injured. We had been taken out, and we lost our shot unfairly. But at least we can argue that we beat The Uso's and that we deserved our shot at the finals. We still haven't gotten our shot that we think we deserve. We still think we have a title shot coming, so we can't be so disappointed or dwell on anything for too long. We just keep moving forward and keep looking forward because there is no sense in dwelling on the past.”
- Seth Rollins recently did a Facebook live chat that you can watch at this link. In it, he discussed using the pedigree as his finisher in-character, stating it was originally done as a tribute to Triple H but now he uses it as an act of defiance. He would love to work Samoa Joe when he is finished WWE NXT and addressed other topics that you can check out at that link.
- TNA Wrestling is in deep trouble financially in addition to two lawsuits filed against them. There are multiple companies that have worked with them that have not been paid and they also owe back taxes. This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling was nearly pulled by Pop TV over a musical rights issue, which resulted in some themes being edited off the broadcast.
- We’re less than one week away from Bobby Lashley’s return to the cage as he’ll fight Josh Appelt at Bellator 162 next Friday, October 21, 2016 at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN. Jerry Lawler announced that Lashley will appear with other Bellator fighters at his "Hall of Fame Bar & Grille" on Beale Street in Memphis on October 19th to promote the show.
- Alberto Del Rio and Paige were cage side for last night’s Combates America “Empire Rising” show. Del Rio was on commentary for the main event, which saw John Castaneda knock out Gustavo Lopez. Former WWE talent Ricardo Rodriguez served as fight announcer, as the show’s main card aired live on UFC Fight Pass.