POLLOCK'S NEWS UPDATE: WrestleMania 35 tickets get off to a strong start

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/11/16/pollocks-news-update-wrestlemania-35-tickets-get-off-to-a-strong-start/


**For the new Café Hangout show that Wai Ting and I are doing Thursday afternoons, the shows will continue to be live for Double Double, Iced Capp & Espresso members with the ability to call in. On Fridays, we will be posting the shows on the POST Wrestling YouTube channel, beginning with this week’s show with Martin Bushby of the British Wrestling Experience joining us:

**We also have our monthly Marvel review out with Wai Ting and I reviewing the 2011 release of Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins. We share our thoughts on the fourth film of the MCU, go through the themes, how Hemsworth performed as Thor, assessments of all the major characters, ranking the first four films of phase one, and taking your feedback. Plus, we chatted with Brent Chittenden from the True North Nerds podcast to discuss Stan Lee’s life and legacy at the top of the show.

**Chris Charlton will have a new edition of EGGSHELLS out Saturday morning with Damon McDonald from the Super J Cast chatting Wrestle Kingdom 4 from January 2010, headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura and Yoshihiro Takayama.

**On Saturday night, we will have the NXT TakeOver POST Show with Braden Herrington, Davie Portman and I reviewing the show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. That show will be a free one and available on both the upNXT and POST Wrestling RSS feeds.

**We will have the Survivor Series POST Show on Sunday night with Wai Ting and I. If you are a Double Double, Iced Capp, or Espresso member of the POST Wrestling Café, you will be able to watch the live stream of the POST Show immediately after the Survivor Series.


**WrestleMania 35 tickets went on sale to the public Friday following a pre-sale earlier this week. There was tremendous demand for the show with scattered tickets remaining two hours after they went on sale. It is not known how many tickets were put on sale and how many were held back but it appears that is going to be among the more successful shows the company has ever promoted. The non-platinum seats ranged from $107 - $2,507 with platinum seating going as high as $6,007 per ticket. The event takes place Sunday, April 7th at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and is the second WrestleMania to take place from the stadium with WrestleMania 29 in 2013 the first.

**The WWE has released a tremendous feature following Becky Lynch on Tuesday at the SmackDown tapings as she learned of the company’s decision to pull her from the Survivor Series. Seriously, this six-minute video could have been the cold open to SmackDown and ended by going to break with the tease of who Becky would choose to replace her.

**Shawn Michaels was a guest on Edge & Christian’s podcast on Friday to discuss his recent match at Crown Jewel. He said he was not going to do another match and compared the tag match at Crown Jewel to KISS and the Rolling Stones going overseas to “play their greatest hits”. On the financial front, he stated that he could make more money doing a singles match at WrestleMania than this tag match but did note that this tag match “was a special request” without mentioning who requested it. He said he could still feel the effects of the match, citing his knees and didn’t miss it.

**Game Changer Wrestling presents Joey Janela’s L.A. Confidential card tonight from the Hi Hat in Los Angeles, which is sold out. The card will be streaming on FITE TV for $13.99 at 11 pm Eastern and below is the lineup:
*Nick Gage vs. David Arquette for the GCW title with Arquette replacing the injured Joey Ryan
*The Great Sasuke vs. TBA
*Hardcore Holly vs. Brody King
*D-Lo Brown vs. Ethan Page
*Marko Stunt vs. DJZ
*Penelope Ford vs. Human Ford
*KTB vs. Fatu
*Tony Deppen vs. Jungle Boy
*Kikutaro vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Chase Owens vs. Eli Everfly vs. Delilah Doom vs Façade in a Scramble match

**On Friday afternoon, it was stated that Amazing Red will be unable to make it to Los Angeles due to weather problems flying out of New York. Red spent 24 hours at JFK airport and issued a statement that he was unable to make it for his match with Great Sasuke tonight.

**Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling dropped to 101,000 viewers on Pop TV and was their first drop week-over-week since the time slot change to 10 pm Eastern. The Thursday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks was the second most-watched Thursday game of the season with 16,828,000 watching on Fox and 2,839,000 on the NFL Network. Next week’s episode falls on Thanksgiving Night, which could be their lowest number ever given the time slot change being coupled with the holiday.

**PWinsider.com was the first to report that Trevor Lee gave notice to Impact Wrestling during the past week with his contract expiring at the end of 2018. The site adds that there is interest from the WWE in the 25-year old Lee, who had been wrestling for Impact since August 2015. Lee is a tremendous talent and his work at PWG and CWF Mid-Atlantic indicate that his ceiling is much higher than where he had been slotted at Impact.

**Joey Ryan provided an update following an MRI. Ryan has been diagnosed with an acute tear of his left pectoral and has been recommended to undergo surgery.

**Enzo Amore spoke to TMZ to explain why he was removed from a flight this week when he was accused of vaping on the flight. Enzo explained he wasn’t the one vaping but would snitch on the person that was. He got into an argument someone in street clothes, who turned out to be a flight attendant and he was taken off the flight and booked for the next flight.

**Tonight’s episode of MLW’s Fusion program will not be airing on beIN Sports but will resume next week. Instead, this week’s show will air on MLW’s YouTube channel at 8 pm Eastern with the following matches:
*Sami Callihan vs. Tom Lawlor in a Chicago Street Fight
*The Dirty Blondes vs. Joey Ryan & Hornswoggle
*Ricky Martinez vs. Dr. Rex Bacchus

**New Japan’s annual World Tag League tournament kicks off Saturday with a show from Kanagawa that will be streaming at 4:30 am Eastern on New Japan World with the following:
*Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Roppongi 3K & Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada, Shingo Takagi & Bushi
*Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare in the World Tag League
*Hangman Page & Yujiro vs. Best Friends in the World Tag League
*Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi in the World Tag League
*Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida in the World Tag League
*Killer Elite Squad & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Takashi Iizuka
*Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi vs. Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita
*Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji

**All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Real-World Tag League tournament continues Saturday with the second night of the tournament. There will be three tag league matches on Saturday and another three on Sunday’s show with both cards in Sapporo. Below is the full line up for Saturday’s event on AJPW.tv:
*Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama (1-0) vs. Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi (0-1) in a tournament match
*Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu (0-1) vs. Tajiri & Gianni Valletta (0-0) in a tournament match
*Joe Doering & Dylan James (0-0) vs. Parrow & Odinson (1-0) in a tournament match

**CM Punk spoke to the Associated Press about his upcoming commentary role with CFFC and the future of his mixed martial arts career. Punk acknowledged the need for a feeder system for fighters looking to get themselves prepared but stated he had no regrets about accepting the offer he received from the UFC because he would have regretted not doing it. On professional wrestling, he said he doesn’t follow it and people get upset when he says that but stated how powerful it was people still chant his name after leaving in 2014.

**A match between Kassius Ohno and Darby Allin has been announced for the EVOLVE 117 card on Saturday, December 15th in Queens, New York at La Boom.

**A Falls Count Anywhere match between PCO and LA Park has been added to MLW’s television taping on December 13th in Miami at the Scottish Rite Temple. The card also features Rich Swann taking on Shane Strickland and Rush vs. MJF.

**Ring of Honor has announced that their 17th Anniversary pay-per-view will take place from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas on Friday, March 15th and will be followed by a television taping the next night in the same venue.

**IWS has announced a three-way match with Nick Gage vs. Matt Tremont vs. The Green Phantom for their WrestleMania Weekend show on Saturday, April 6th at 4 pm from the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.

**WrestleCon has added Santana & Ortiz of LAX to the “U.S. vs. World” card during WrestleMania Week on Friday, April 5th at the Hilton Midtown Ballroom in New York City at 11 am.


**Bellator 209 will be streaming on tape-delay tonight on DAZN at 9 pm Eastern with Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defending the featherweight title against Emmanuel Sanchez in the main event from Tel Aviv, Israel.

**UFC fighter Cynthia Calvillo missed weight on Friday for her strawweight fight on Saturday against Poliana Botelho. Calvillo struggled to step onto the scale as she came in at 118 pounds and will be fined 20% of her purse with Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting reporting the fight is on. The video was very disturbing knowing that Calvillo will now have to fight tomorrow night.

**Below is the full card for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Buenos Aires with the today’s weigh-in results:

MAIN CARD (10 pm Eastern on FS1, TSN 5 in Canada)
*Neil Magny (171) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (171)
*Ricardo Lamas (145.5) vs. Darren Elkins (145)
*Khalil Rountree Jr. (204.5) vs. Johnny Walker (205.5)
*Cezar Ferreira (185.5) vs. Ian Heinisch (185)
*Marlon Vera (135.5) vs. Guido Cannetti (135.5)
Cynthia Calvillo (118) vs. Poliana Botelho (115.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (8 pm Eastern on FS 1, Fight Network in Canada)
*Michel Prazeres (170.5) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (170)
*Ulka Sasaki (125.5) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (125.5)
*Humberto Bandenay (145.5) vs. Austin Arnett (145.5)
*Laureano Staropoli (169) vs. Hector Aldana (169.5)

FIGHT PASS CARD (7 pm Eastern)

*Devin Powell (155) vs. Jesus Pinedo (156)
*Nad Narimani (145.5) vs. Anderson dos Santos (144.5)

**Invicta FC 32 takes place tonight from Shawnee, Oklahoma at 8 pm Eastern on Fight Pass with the following fights:
*Felicia Spencer vs. Pam Sorenson for the Invicta featherweight title
*MIZUKI vs. Viviane Pereira
*Ashley Cummins vs. Jessica Delboni
*Kaitlin Young vs. Sarah Patterson
*Julia Avila vs. Alexa Conners
*Kay Hansen vs. Erin Blanchfield
*Liz Tracy vs. Stephanie Geltmacher
*Kathryn Paprocki vs. Isis Verbeek
*Chelsea Chandler vs. Mitzi Merry

**Bellator and Monster Energy has announced a three-year extension to their partnership.

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upNXT 11/15/18: War Games Go-Home Show & Predictions
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman chat this week’s episode of WWE NXT featuring Kyle O’Reilly vs. Hanson and Bianca Bel-Air vs. Mia Yim. Plus, the guys give their full predictions for Saturday’s TakeOver: War Games.

BWE 11/14/18: RevPro Uprising, Progress Chapter 77 & 78, WWE UK
With Martin in Toronto, Oli & Benno hold down the fort and talk all the latest in the BritWres and wider European scene including Rev Pro Uprising and the last two shows from Progress, firstly Chapter 77 from Camden and then Chapter 78 from Manchester.

DOUBLE SHOT 11/14/18: Ultima Lucha Part 2, Being the Elite, Total Divas, Real World Tag League Night 1
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With Becky Lynch injured, WWE revamps Sunday’s Survivor Series card with Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles to become the WWE champion and Brock Lesnar’s new opponent, Ronda Rousey’s new opponent is chosen, plus more ramifications of the injury in this very eventful edition of SmackDown.

RAR 11/12/18: Bloody Lynch, SmackDown Attacks, Jinder Mauled
Monday’s Raw from Kansas City was the final Raw leading into the Survivor Series featuring a big angle involving the women of SmackDown storming the ring, Brock Lesnar making his first appearance since Crown Jewel, the men’s and women’s teams for Raw are finalized, two attempts at a silly tag team battle royal and Ronda Rousey has no time for millennials.

CONTENT TALKS TORONTO: Podcasting (Nov. 6, 2018)
POST Wrestling’s John Pollock joins a panel of fellow podcasters in this special discussion presented by Content Talks Toronto. This hour-long conversation features four experts discussing how they each got started in podcasting, what is required to start a podcast, ways they have each found success, and a number of other tips for anyone interested in the medium.

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