Has TNA Been Sold To WWE And Billy?, Goldberg vs. Lesnar, UFC Fighter Dies, B.J. Penn Fight Off

- WrestleZone.com reported today via Justin LaBar that WWE will be purchasing the TNA Wrestling video library, while Billy Corgan is going to become the new majority owner and is expected to rebrand the company. They did not report a deal has been finalized, nor did they offer any other details.

We’re able to confirm that FloSports, a company that WWE recently invested in, had been looking to purchase TNA. As for what FloSports wanted to do, they wanted to purchase TNA and grow the promotion. WWE was eyeing the tape library and expressed interest in a select few talent contracts. This is very much a breaking story and we’ll continue to follow as more details are made available.

- Jim Ross furthered the rumors about Bill Goldberg returning to WWE, noting on his Twitter that he had heard Goldberg was going to return to face Brock Lesnar at the company’s Survivor Series pay-per-view in November. We noted in our Members content that the word coming out of Raw was that Goldberg was expected to announce a deal to return to WWE tonight on SportsCenter. We still can’t confirm that’s the announcement Goldberg intends to make but we first reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com in June that WWE was attempting to get Goldberg back in the ring for a main event match at Wrestlemania 33.

If Goldberg and WWE agreed to terms on a contract, it makes sense for him to return to face Lesnar at Survivor Series. As we noted in yesterday’s Ask WNW, WWE badly needs a buzz right now and if the only way they can do it is pull the part-timer card, it’s time to do it. A possible stumbling block though could be Goldberg’s health as he noted last night on social media that he just had knee surgery.

- In a incident similar to that of WWE producer Jamie Noble, Alberto Del Rio was attacked by a man with a knife after a car accident. The driver of a car that hit Del Rio slashed him as he turned around during a road rage altercation. The attacker went for Del Rio’s face but he avoided it and took him to the ground. Del Rio was able to wrestle the knife away from his attacker but the man was able to get back to his car and drive off. Alberto actually tried to still charter a flight to make his commitment with AAA but was talked out of it as he was hospitalized. AAA were originally furious at Del Rio for no-showing but have since apologized and the relationship is fine due to the circumstances. MLW Radio has more.

- The rumor on Dolph Ziggler, as we talked about in Ask WNW, is that WWE wants to transition in him from the ring to a behind the scenes role. No word if Ziggler is even interested in that but it’s something to note heading into his match against The Miz in a “title vs. career” match at Sunday’s No Mercy pay-per-view.

- Josh Samman, a middleweight fighter under contract with UFC, died Wednesday after being in a coma since last week. He was found unresponsive last Thursday at his friend Troy Kirkingburg’s home. Kirkingburg was found dead. The cause of death for Samman is not currently known, pending an autopsy. Samman and Kirkingburg were found by police after responding to a call of a possible drug overdose. Samman was reportedly scheduled to face Oluwale Bambgose at UFC Fight Night 102 on December 9, 2016 in Albany, New York. He tweeted a photo last month of him signing the contract. MMAFighting.com has more at this link.

- Total Divas is set to return to E for its sixth season on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8 PM on E. Keep in mind the Total Divas spinoff, Total Bellas, is set to premiere on the network tonight at 8 PM ET. The cast for season six will feature The Bella Twins, Eva Marie, Naomi, Natalya, Paige, Lana, Maryse and Renee Young.

- Randy Orton beat Bray Wyatt in a dark match main event after last night’s Smackdown went off the air.

- Daniel Bryan announced on Twitter that Baron Corbin will face Jack Swagger at Sunday’s No Mercy pay-per-view. Below is the updated card:

* AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
* Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
* Rhyno & Heath Slater vs. The Usos for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
* WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler in a “title versus career” match
* Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
* Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
* Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger
* Curt Hawkins returns

WWE No Mercy, a Smackdown pay-per-view, will take place on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. We’ll have complete coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.

- Jon Jones was originally scheduled to have a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday, October 10, 2016 in regards to his positive drug test prior to UFC 200 in July. The hearing has been postponed until at least November, Fox Sports has confirmed. Jones was pulled from the show when he tested positive for two estrogen blockers, which are considered banned substances.

- Brock Lesnar also reportedly requested a continuance on his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday, October 10, 2016. Lesnar tested positive for an estrogen blocker but the results weren’t known until after his fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200.

- B.J. Penn has pulled out of his scheduled main event fight against Ricardo Lamas at UFC Fight Night 97 on October 15, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines due to an undisclosed injury. MMAJunkie.com broke the story.

- Eddie Alvarez told The MMA Hour on Monday that it seems like Conor McGregor has a lot of fans that are WWE fans, who don’t know much about fighting at all, they just like him. Here’s the quote as he talked about being greeted with jeers at the UFC 205 press conference:

“It just sort of reiterated to me what his fan base is," Alvarez said. "His fan base is him. They're people who, it's all perception. It seems like he has a lot of WWE fans, guys who don't know much about fighting at all, they are just like him. You can have them fans, they're not the fans I want anyway. You can boo all day long."

"I don't want fans who don't know s**t about MMA," Alvarez said. "I'd rather have a fan who knows the sport, enjoys the sport, and can see value.”

  • Hollie Gorczynski

    Surely WWE are picking up the brand/trademarks alongside the library effectively forcing a Corgan rebrand if the deal goes ahead? Or would WWE have to license the brand from Corgan’s ‘TNA’ in order to use it on the network?

    • Meanie40

      I highly doubt WWE would pick up anything related to TNA without having unlimited rights to use it. So I’m guessing Corgan will rebrand to make a “fresh start” that WWE won’t be associated with.

  • Yves Heinrich

    I don’t recall if UFC released Brock from his contract or told him he will fight again, but a fine (like a big fine – as much as he earns in his WWE contract!) should make him pay for his unprofessional actions.

  • Joseph James

    I wonder how the perception of that match is 12 years later. Goldberg vs Lesnar seemed like a mistake that shouldn’t be repeated. I just can’t get behind it.

  • kyleferretti

    I dont understand why the WWE would move Ziggler to behind the scene when he is one of their best in ring workers. Especially to a talent strapped brand like Smackdown right now.