- The big story going on in the wrestling world has to do with the sale (or lack thereof) of TNA Wrestling. TMZ, alongside Pro Wrestling Sheet and PWInsiderreported on Thursday that Billy Corgan, president of TNA Wrestling, has filed a lawsuit against the company. According to reports, Corgan lists Dixie Carter, her husband Serg Salias, Dean Broadhead and Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA, as defendants. Corgan’s requested that all documents in the case, which were approved by a judge on Thursday, remain sealed. A temporary restraining order filed by Corgan has also been granted.
There was obvious heat between Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan at last week’s Impact tapings in Orlando but many didn’t understand the reason behind it. We’ve remained skeptical of WWE’s involvement in the attempted acquisition of TNA and the latest reports suggest that WWE is no longer interested.
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- Hideo Itami has been pulled from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic due to an injury and will be replaced by WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins, WWEconfirmed on Thursday. The official website noted Itami’s status for NXT TakeOver: Toronto is unknown but he will appear at the first NXT live event in Japan on December 3, 2016. The word is Itami has a neck injury that was suffered during a match where he teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura against Roddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli at a live event on October 1, 2016.
- This week’s episode of Total Bellas did 756,000 viewers on E. That’s up +124,000 viewers from last week’s premiere.
- Shinsuke Nakamura will defend the WWE NXT Championship against Samoa Joe at WWE NXT TakeOver: Toronto on November 19, 2016. The show will take place over Survivor Series weekend in the same building. TakeOver will also feature the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
- Erick Rowan recently spoke to Fitness Informant where he explained the change in wrestler physiques since the 1980s: ”In those days there was no wellness policy. It's about long-term fitness and health. I want to be able to play with my grandkids and have no pain… Wresting is not about looks anymore. But being on the road 300+ days a year you have to be in-shape. Mentally and physically. You don't have to be a bodybuilder but take respect in how you look, and it will improve the way you feel.”
- Michael Eglin fractured his orbital bone at last Sunday’s King of Pro Wrestling show and as a result has been removed from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Power Struggle” show on November 5, 2016. Elgin was scheduled for surgery today to repair the injury. He posted this update on YouTube.
- Bret Hart has apologized to Michael “PS” Hayes for comments that he made that offended him. Here are Bret’s comments from Facebook: ”I’d like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to Michael Hayes. A while back I made comments about the Freebirds not being as worthy of being in the WWE Hall of Fame as others. It was unfair for me to dismiss their contributions to the industry and they certainly did great things in Texas with the Von Erich Family. Michael Hayes always treated me with great respect, as did Terry Gordy, Ronnie Garvin and Buddy Roberts and I’m sorry if I disrespected any of them with my comments. Furthermore I apologize to both Triple H and Seth Rollins for any hurtful comments I made on my podcast. The reality of all this is the reason I quit doing podcasts in general, because they’re for the most part an outlet for negativity, and have left me with a reputation as being angry and bitter. I’m not, I’d spoke candidly and openly but it’s no excuse for minimizing other wrestlers or their contributions. In saying all that, I still believe Jim the Anvil Neidhart of the Hart Foundation, including Owen, Brian Pillman, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid, Jimmy Hart, The Rougeau Brothers, The Killer Bees, The Demolition, Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, and One Man Gang all deserve their place in the WWE Hall of Fame. My apologies to all. Bret Hart x”