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Old 09-30-2016, 09:53 PM   #348
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Originally Posted by Observer
The story of James Gibson (Jamie Noble) being stabbed twice and hospitalized is correct but. Pro Wrestling Sheet reported the story this morning and WWE sources confirmed the story is accurate and the company was also hoping to get more details. The Mercer County (West Virginia) Sheriff's Office is listed as saying Gibson returned home this morning after a long drive (Cleveland most likely) and left the house to get a snack while his girlfriend took a bath. Upon his return to his Mobile home park, a driver pulled up behind his car and started yelling at him for cutting him off on the road. The story is that Gibson apologized but the two men in the other car continued to yell at him. Gibson took one of them down and two more men got out of the car and one pulled out a knife and stabbed Gibson in the upper back and mid-spine before they sped off. Gibson was rushed to the emergency room. The story said he was no longer in the emergency room but still was hospitalized.
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Originally Posted by PWI
The 9/29 edition of Impact Wrestling did 365,000 viewers, down from last week's 377,000 viewers.
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Originally Posted by Observer
Wednesday's episode of Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network drew a total of 123,000 viewers - down from last week's total of 134,000 viewers and the lowest total going back to season 2, according to PWTorch. The previous low came on June 15th during season 2, 128,000 viewers.
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Originally Posted by Observer
The Royal Rumble will be held on 1/29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, the same building that they drew 60,525 fans in (48,014 paid) in 1997, so this is the 20th anniversary of that event. Tickets go on sale on 10/14 for the Alamodome show.
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Originally Posted by Observer
Regarding TNA, this is what we know. The talent has been told to come to Orlando and that everything is on. Nobody knows who is paying for it. Nothing has been announced regarding a sale. Nobody has officially said the shows are on, particularly Bound for Glory, but talent is under the impression that the shows are on.

Drew Galloway is off the show Sunday. No word on who will face Aron Rex in the finals of the Grand Championship tournament. Galloway will be on the show in some form most likely, but isn't able to wrestle due to a neck injury.

Stories regarding flights being canceled to Bound for Glory as far as we can tell are untrue. Everyone we're aware of who would be booked on the show is still booked on the show in some form or another.
Observer's report came before TNA made an official announcement regarding Galloway's replacement.

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Originally Posted by PWI
According to multiple sources, TNA's crew arrived this morning at Universal Studios Orlando to begin loading in the company's set, lighting, ring, etc. for this Sunday's Bound for Glory PPV.

Meanwhile, TNA's Dixie Carter posted the following on Twitter: "I don’t make it a habit to reply to speculation, but I'll say if you're close to Orlando this Sun-Sat YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THESE TAPINGS! Going to be an INCREDIBLE live #BoundForGlory on Sunday and big things planned for @ImpactWrestling shows. @PopTV"
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Originally Posted by Observer
Michael Elgin may become the first person ever to headline a PPV in the U.S. and Japan within a seven day period, which will make for an interesting trivia note, since he headlined the Destruction in Kobe on Sunday and is headlining ROH All-Star Extravaganza tonight. You have to remember that PPV wasn't a thing in Japan in the early 90s when Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan would headline in the U.S. and Tokyo Dome shows.
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Originally Posted by Observer
More 1993 and 1994 ECW episodes have been added to the WWE Network. Some apparently were taken from old VHS tapes because the masters are either unusable or not there. The September 28, 1993 and October 5, 1993 episodes are actually identical. What is listed as the November 8, 1994 issue is actually the November 1 issue. The real November 8 issue wasn't uploaded as of yesterday.
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Originally Posted by PWI
In what was described to PWInsider as a "mutually agreed upon decision", WWE has released NXT performer Stuart Tomlinson aka Hugo Knox, 31. Knox had not worked a match for the brand since this past August.

Knox, a former soccer goalkeeper from Great Britain, had been signed to a WWE developmental deal in December 2013. He had not been a featured regular on the NXT TV series.
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Originally Posted by Observer
The recent exodus of so many wrestlers from AAA is because of pay issues. There are guys who are as much as two months behind on pay, which doesn’t sound good. TripleMania payoffs were much lower than expected and we also heard it wasn’t that hard in Mexico City to find free tickets to that show. The top guys are being paid on time because they have to do that

Fenix is this week’s AAA departure, but that’s been expected ever since he moved from Mexico City. He’s now working as Rey Fenix. Nobody yet knows how this will affect his standing in Lucha Underground. Because of the value of the dollar vs. the peso, he can make far more working indies in the U.S. than in Mexico, like his brother, Pentagon Jr., who is still affiliated with AAA. Venum has also quit the promotion.
Pretty much the Mexican equivalent of TNA when it comes to recent money and management problems. Past 2-3 years has been a really bad decline for the company.

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Originally Posted by Observer
New Japan owner Takaaki Kidani gave the annual company financial rundown. In the 2015-16 fiscal year which just ended, the company grossed $32 million and posted a $4.1 million profit, which would be high points for the company in both categories dating back probably 15 years. Last year’s numbers were $27 million in revenue and $3 million in profits. WWE is roughly 20 times larger than New Japan. He noted that New Japan is more popular in Japan and throughout Asia, but he also said it’s rare to find an industry where the No. 2 group in the world is that far behind the No. 1 group. His goal remains $100 million in revenue. The big thing is that while live attendance is not up, like in the U.S., those who are going are really hot for the product as the merchandise numbers at the house shows are great.
According to NJPW's owner, NJPW World has around 40k subscribers since its launch with only 8k from outside of Japan.

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Originally Posted by Observer
For those wondering about the negotiations for the next TV contract with USA, even with the lower ratings, USA’s inability to create new hit shows continues to make WWE more valuable to the station. So much can change in TV in three years so it’s not something you know about until we get to 2018 and the lowering audience may not justify a rights increase, or maybe it will depending on the television landscape. But WWE is more valuable to USA than it was three years ago even with the big ratings drop. For the week ending 9/18, USA averaged 1,346,000 viewers in prime time, putting it in fifth place overall. But take Raw and Smackdown out of the picture, that average falls to 932,000, putting them in 11th place. It was only a few years ago that USA was not only No. 1, but would have remained No. 1 even without WWE programming.
Baring a sudden change of fortunes the next couple of years, USA Network is pretty much going to be in a lose-lose situation with the next WWE tv contract talks. Either keep them and spend more than getting back or drop them but have a weaker channel till something equivalent replaces it.

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Originally Posted by PWI
The Bellas are in New York City this week promoting next week's series debut of E! reality series "Total Bellas" and appeared on AOL Build, an afternoon streaming interview series that airs live from a small studio in NYC.

During the interview, Brie Bella admitted that when she retired, she had two months to go on her own WWE contract and wanted to enjoy them and have a happy ending, but the retirement of Daniel Bryan and wanting to support him as he exited the ring made that difficult. She noted they were already filming the series when the decision from WWE came to retire Bryan came about and there was talk of shelving the series. Bella admitted that she didn't want to retire at that point but it was a hard place to be in and now she is concentrating on the next stage of her life, joking that back bumps and baby bumps don't mix.

Brie noted that some of the material in the series is very sad because Bryan was dealing with his "dreams being taken away" but fans know there is a happy ending coming because he is back on screen as the Smackdown General Manager.

During the interview, Nikki Bella told a story of confronting Bryan because she felt he wasn't being supportive enough of Brie, which led to a massive argument including Bryan cursing, which was out of character for him.
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Originally Posted by Observer
Here’s a scary stat. Between everything, the WWE writing team will this year be responsible for 580 hours of first-run programming in 2016 (with all the various shows including shows for the network and international). That explains why the TV is often not inspired and the burnout and turnover rate on the team is so high
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Originally Posted by PWI
WWE has officially released the Daniel Bryan vs. The Bear "documentary", which Bryan has been talking up and pushing fans to get WWE to release via Twitter:

Watch Part 1 of Daniel Bryan's "Documentary," #DanielBryanVsTheBear. @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/n456dItvuh
— WWE (@WWE) September 30, 2016

"Do you know how much heart it takes to defeat a BEAR??!!" - @WWEDanielBryan

Watch Part 2 of #DanielBryanVsTheBear. pic.twitter.com/CG9FEQsGUJ
— WWE (@WWE) September 30, 2016

“This is going to be ME and the BEAR … TO THE DEATH!” - @WWEDanielBryan

Watch the conclusion of #DanielBryanVsTheBear. pic.twitter.com/2UaXyyVTfn
— WWE (@WWE) September 30, 2016

Some other sheet news includes:
  • Chris Jericho is currently rumored to be leaving the WWE after Hell in a Cell ppv to work on a new Fozzy album and tour. Possible he could be out for almost all of 2017 or announcement his retirement like he's teased recently.
  • According to PWI, WWE ended up being successful in getting the class-action concussion lawsuit against them to be moved to a more pro-WWE court and are currently trying to get the Bagwell/Raven unpaid royalties lawsuit moved to the same court. http://www.pwinsider.com/article/105...dates.html?p=1
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, the only reason the final Nitro episode was aired with RAW was due to Turner Broadcasting already spent money for new episodes prior to WCW's sale. PWI revealed the WWE didn't want to spend any more money on WCW once the sale was official. http://www.pwinsider.com/article/105...-and-more.html
  • According to the Observer, both Dixie and John Gaburick are rumored to be responsible for getting the WWE involved with TNA sales talks. Gaburick rumored to have played a bigger role and doing it since he believes he is getting fired once Corgan buys the company. Rumored to be doing everything possible to stall Corgan's attempt or persuade the WWE to offer him a job if they bought it.
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