Raw Is Next For Goldberg, Matt Sydal Arrested, Mickey James And Roderick Strong In NXT

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- WWE has begun to add Bill Goldberg to upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw following his deal to return to the company being finalized. In addition to being scheduled for next week’s Raw in Denver, he’s also scheduled for the October 31st episode of Raw in Hartford, CT and the November 14th Raw in Buffalo, NY. Goldberg is expected to face Brock Lesnar in the main event of WWE Survivor Series on November 20, 2016.

- Former WWE star Evan Bourne, who now works as Matt Sydal in New Japan Pro Wrestling, was arrested in Japan on September 23, 2016. Nikkan Sports was first to report the news as Bourne entered the country with 2.12 grams of liquid marijuana in his possession at the Kansai Airport in Osaka Bay. The liquid was to be vaporized out of an e-cigarette. Bourne was convicted on Thursday and may not be able to wrestle in Japan any longer due to the country’s strict drug laws. Bourne was suspended twice during his time in WWE for testing positive for synthetic marijuana. He was off several NJPW shows last month but noted he had an issue that prevented him from leaving Hawaii. Based on this report, it looks like he was stuck in Japan due to the arrest.

- Ken Doane and Mike Mondo, Spirt Squad members Kenny and Mikey, are expected to be used again on WWE Smackdown in the coming weeks. Contracts, however, cannot be confirmed at press time.

- Like The Big Show, it appears Mark Henry will be used as more of an attraction on WWE television from this point forward. Henry said recently he was happy in his role and we’ll be seeing what happens in a little bit.

- We’ve received questions as to why we are now covering UFC and mixed martial arts and it has to do with an increased interest amongst our readers that began with UFC 200 in July. Not to mention the tremendous downturn in professional wrestling industry wide. WWE is drawing record-low audiences, TNA Wrestling is barely hanging on and there is no other promotion challenging for the mainstream audience in the United States. We’re still continuing our thorough pro wrestling coverage but we’ve officially added MMA to our daily content.

- Speaking of TNA Wrestling, a hearing is scheduled for next Thursday to address Billy Corgan’s lawsuit filed against the company and Dixie Carter in Nashville.

- There were several notes to come out of the WWE NXT tapings, which took place last night from the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. I’m closing my update with these so if you don’t want to be spoiled you can stop reading now. We’ll have complete taping results on the main listing shortly.

- Mickie James is returning to WWE as she’ll face WWE NXT Women’s Champion Asuka for the title at WWE NXT TakeOver: Toronto on November 19, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Mickie wasn’t at last night’s taping but a video message will air on an upcoming episode of NXT.

- Niko Bogojevic is now working as Otis Bogojevic in WWE NXT. He’ll team with Tucker Knight to face Austin Aries and Roderick Strong in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic on Wednesday’s episode of NXT.

- Yes, you read that correctly as Roderick Strong is officially a WWE NXT talent after months of us reporting that he was WWE bound. The company announced his debut for next week’s episode in a press release and Triple H tweeted the customary awkward Twitter photo.

- WWE NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura took out Sanity after WWE finished taping several weeks of NXT as they were beating up on TJ Perkins and Kota Ibushi. Nakamura took them all out to send the crowd home happy.

- Below is the updated card for WWE NXT TakeOver: Toronto on November 19, 2016 following the latest set of NXT tapings:

* Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE NXT Championship
* Asuka vs. Mickie James for the WWE NXT Women’s Championship
* Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger
* The finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

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