Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/10/16/post-news-update-additional-roster-changes-wwe-noah-bischoff-at-starrcast/
By: Andrew Thompson
POST News Update
**Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE wanted to purchase Pro Wrestling NOAH but the deal fell through. Meltzer added that WWE has talked to several companies in Japan and has attempted to purchase those companies as well.
**It was revealed on WWE’s ‘The Bump’ series that No Way Jose, Mojo Rawley, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, The IIconics and Sarah Logan are moving to Monday Night RAW. Heading to SmackDown are Luke Harper, Cesaro, Drake Maverick, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and Dana Brooke. The Usos are listed as members of the RAW roster on WWE.com. They went undrafted in this year’s WWE Draft.
**Eric Bischoff has been announced for Starrcast IV in Baltimore, Maryland.
**Cain Velasquez joined Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and revealed that his WWE contract allows him to work one more date for AAA:
So, I’m still gonna be able to compete in one of their shows. So, that is awesome that WWE just gave me the green light to go ahead and to compete on one of their shows of AAA’s choosing so, they know I have one more obligation with AAA and they gave me the green light on that so, to me, it’s a great opportunity to come in and be a part of the WWE roster.
**Paul “Triple H” Levesque joined the first edition of WWE Backstage on FS1 with Renee Young and Booker T and revealed that Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross have been traded to SmackDown for “future considerations and draft picks”.
**Finn Balor is heading back on the road with NXT as he is scheduled for their forthcoming live event tour which kicks off in Portland, Oregon on October 17th.
**IGN has footage of WWE’s Xavier Woods and Grammy-award winning artist and producer T-Pain at TwitchCon playing the ‘Cuphead’ video game.
**Sports Video Group published an article about some of the technology WWE is using for ‘The Bump’.
**ScreenGeek chatted with Jon Moxley recently and asked Moxley if he has ever thought about how different his career would be had he left WWE in 2015 which was the last time he signed a contract with the sports-entertainment company.
“That’s an interesting question. I’ve often thought, and wondered, what would have happened if I left in September of 2015, which was when I signed my last contract with WWE. But, at that point, I was still kinda like, still trying to do things their way and I just kinda like… It never occurred to me to leave really back then. It felt like I wasn’t, like I hadn’t completely… I never really bought into their bullsh*t kind of thing, but I was trying to be optimistic. Like, be grateful for the opportunity and try to make the most of it and, you know, save money and so forth. But, I often wonder what would have happened if I had the foresight to just leave back then. I don’t know,” he said. “It could have been worse, it could have been better, but, ultimately, everything’s supposed to work out how it’s supposed to be. The timing of, like, leaving at just the moment that AEW came into existence and just merging at the same time, that feels like a historical thing that I’m very grateful that it happened. Hopefully, it’s historical. We look back in five years and maybe it didn’t matter at all. But, you know, we’ll find out.”
**Newsweek spoke with Ric and Charlotte Flair about WWE 2K20.
**According to SoCalUncensored, Tyler Bateman has signed with Ring of Honor and will be exclusive to ROH in the United States beginning in November.
**One-half of Aussie Open, Mark Davis confirmed through social media that he will be out of action indefinitely after rupturing his MCL and ACL and his “turnaround time with surgeries and recovery is looking quite extensive.”
**Tom Prichard sat down with KHQA for an exclusive interview and during the conversation, he talked about Nikki and Brie Bella catching on to wrestling and becoming stars after putting in the work:
There are some people who do understand what it takes to make what we do in the ring look really, really good but there’s others who don’t catch on so quick, but later on do become stars. The example I can give you is the Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie. They didn’t have a clue when they came to us in Tampa but eventually they learned and they did the dedication part and they worked hard to become stars.
**Hannibal Courier-Post profiled the American Championship Wrestling promotion based out of Missouri. The promotion recently held a show that Glenn “Kane” Jacobs and Tom Prichard were present at and comments from both men are included in the piece.
**Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair was interviewed by ‘DualShockers’ and said he wishes he could share the ring with the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles:
“I wrestled everybody,” Flair said when asked if there’s anybody from the past that he wishes he got to wrestle. “A guy that people ask me over and over again — I said I wish I’d been around to wrestle Roman he’s a tremendous talent. It’s a great time to be a wrestler,” Flair said.
**Newshub spoke with former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Peyton Royce and Billie Kay and both had the following to say about Dakota Kai’s return to in-ring competition after Kai suffered a torn ACL last year:
“I think Dakota is an absolute superstar,” Royce said. “To come back from an injury like that and then perform at the level she has since that comeback proves what type of heart and passion she has for the business.”
“I’ve known Dakota for a very long time and it’s really exciting to see how her career has grown. I’m super proud of her, but also really eager to see what she can accomplish in the future.” Kay said.
**New Zealand Herald ran a story about a former teacher who is set to make his professional wrestling debut soon.
**WrestlingINC was a part of a media scrum with IMPACT World Champion Brian Cage and Cage stated that after Bound For Glory, he wants to work with Naomichi Marufuji who’ll be wrestling Michael Elgin at the pay-per-view.
“I know I’ve thrown it out there. I keep saying this too that I’m trying to make it happen, put it into fruition because I know Marufuji is still in Windsor for our TV tapings and I absolutely want to work him. I don’t care if he wins or loses to Michael Elgin. I’ll gladly give him a title shot and that’s the number one guy I think I want to work,” Cage expressed. “Especially because that’s probably a then or never kind of matchup so… there’s a ton of guys who I’d love to work and will work, but he’s the first guy if I had to pick just because I don’t know when he’ll be back around.”
**On a recent edition of Jim Ross’ Grilling J.R. podcast, he and Conrad Thompson reviewed the 2009 WWE Hell In A Cell pay-per-view. When it came time to talk about Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison’s match on the card, Jim Ross expressed that Ziggler has encountered hideous booking throughout his years in WWE and feels that Ziggler could’ve been in the same category as Shawn Michaels had he been booked properly.
“I cannot tell you, or begin to tell you or outline, the hideous booking that Dolph Ziggler has encountered over his career in WWE. If you go back and look at it with any diligence, the chronological accuracy of his career in WWE, you’ll begin to shake your head and you’ll say, as I have, ‘How is he still even remotely relevant?’ The only answer to that is the fact that Dolph Ziggler is a supreme athlete, and if given the opportunity to become the star that his abilities said he could do, we’d be talking about him in the same sacred tones we talk about a Shawn Michaels,” Ross expressed. “Athletic, charismatic, but he never got the oomph from the company to put him over the top to where… ‘We’re not gonna do this to you for now. We’re doing this to you forever.’ Talents need to know that as far as we’re concerned, you’re our guy. The only thing that’s gonna screw this up for you being our guy is you, and Ziggler was the guy and it’s just a shame he has not been booked better than he has, but I would pay as an AEW guy, anytime I could see a Morrison/Ziggler program, that makes sense over multiple weeks of episodic television, count me in.”
**The November 4th edition of RAW is emanating from Long Island at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the arena is advertising Seth Rollins versus “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for the Universal Title in a Steel Cage match.
**Kirby Alexander shared on Twitter that he’ll be the ring announcer for IMPACT Wrestling’s All Glory event. Kirby currently does the ring announcements for Freelance Underground, GCW and Black Label Pro. He previously announced for AAW, IWA Midsouth and several more promotions.
**According to WWE Network News, a new batch of Mid-South Wrestling episodes will be added to the WWE Network on October 21st.
**Dalton Castle spoke with WWL.com ahead of Ring of Honor’s Glory By Honor show last week in New Orleans and here’s how Castle responded when asked how ROH can stay the course with all of the wrestling going on right now:
“I think we stay the course. We have been in existence for over 16 years. We continue to produce the best wrestling in the world. We never lose track of what Ring of Honor is, and that is being the best wrestling in the world and connecting with the fans that stick with us. I guess I don’t see this as a big issue. I was sad to lose a lot of people. A lot of friends of mine moved on. But we’ve been through this before. I’ve lost really talented friends in the Ring of Honor locker room, then we’ve built it back up. We’ve done it again and again. It’s just a cycle. But the one thing that remains constant is that Ring of Honor continues to succeed,” Castle said.
**Sam Roberts interviewed NXT Champion Adam Cole at the WWE 2K20 launch event and Cole shared that he did not know he was going to have the face-off with Finn Balor on NXT TV until the day of:
“So I saw him walking around, still didn’t know — absolutely day of, then when I found out, again… I actually had one of Finn Balor’s farewell matches in England and that was the only time we’ve ever wrestled. So, prior to that, I had never really worked with him before,” Cole said. “So, to get the chance, again, to have that match with Riddle then have that giant, exciting, no one in the building saw it coming — I almost like those more than matches sometimes. Like there’s cool moments of, ‘Oh my God, he’s here…”
**NJPW1972.com published an open letter from Shota Umino who is set to embark on excursion soon. Here’s a portion of the letter in-which Shota talks about working with Jon Moxley:
“I want to start again. Put myself in a new environment, in new circumstances. Nobody to help me, nobody to show me what to do. Square one, from scratch. That’s why I never once thought to follow Jon Moxley. I want to do this by and for myself, to study and search for that ‘something’. When I was with Moxley during the G1, he didn’t give me any advice. If I asked for some he would just give some vague praise. ‘Good job, like that’. If I asked him for anything more concrete, he’d tell me to be more confident. What makes him who he is isn’t moves, style, technique. It isn’t ‘heart’. It’s… ‘something’. That something is a stance toward professional wrestling. Teaming with Moxley, I don’t know if I can say I learned any new moves, or that I showed any more heart than normal. What I learned was something important about attitude and stance toward a match. I did nothing but grow underneath him.”
**Mick Foley announced that 100% of his merchandise sales from his U.S. ‘Nice Day Tour’ will go to former TNA Women’s Knockout Champion ODB to get her food truck back up and running.
**Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline interviewed Becky Lynch and Ric Flair.
**WrestleZone’s Bill Pritchard chatted with AEW co-Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes ahead of AEW’s show in Philadelphia. Cody revealed that on the Friday before Full Gear, AEW will release their top five W/L records for singles competitors and tag teams.
“So not to scoop it, but I don’t think anyone will mind this bit of news: On Friday before Full Gear, the Friday before Full Gear, I think we’re going to put out our first ever top fives, and the top five should become a weekly thing, and this isn’t just broadcast, this is also social,” Rhodes revealed. “Just like with college football and the AP poll. You get your top 20, and sometimes a guy who’s 5-0 is not ranked in the top three because of the quality of the wins, the softness of the schedule and it’s fun because in college football, people argue, especially when we get near the playoffs, should they, should they not. PAC right now, has these great wins over Hangman Page and Kenny Omega. He’s essentially Ohio State for us at this point. There’s got to be a title shot in his future, and there is if he keeps winning and keeps going. But I believe before Full Gear, we’ll have our top five for women, for tags and for singles and now that we have more and more — every week this helps us so much from data. I’ve expanded… to be fair, Kevin Sullivan’s expanded the lower thirds on talents so you can see their records. We want their records to be more present because Jim Ross is talking about them, Tony Schiavone is talking about them but once we get a few more wins, a few more losses, a few more draws, whatever they may be, it really helps create that tapestry for us, which is something we promised and it wasn’t just a campaign promise. Sports-centric, the guys winning the matches are the guys in the title matches.”
**Sportskeeda interviewed Ring of Honor Top Prospect tournament competitor Makita and Makita told the publication about when he had the chance to meet WWE Hall Of Famer Eddie Guerrero and Eddie inspiring him to become a professional wrestler:
“I would have to say as soon as I knew that, Uhm, actually —technically it was through Eddie. You know who Eddie Guerrero is? Yeah, I had met Eddie Guerrero once… it was like a press conference that they had for a WWE pay-per-view and he… we had a little talk and the talk was about, you know, my future in life and everything like my dreams and what I wanted to do and I had told him I wanted — I thought about wrestling but at that point I was so little in size and I didn’t think, you know, wrestling was meant for guys like me who were really small,” he said. “His advice was that him and Rey Mysterio were small, so like, there’s a possibility that, you know, a guy our size could become champion, and I didn’t believe him till I actually watched him become champion then I also watched Rey become champion. That year that Rey Mysterio became champion was the year I think, it was the year Eddie was put in the Hall Of Fame that WrestleMania. I was actually there live in Chicago, and once I watched Rey win the title, that was the day that it clicked in my head. I went, ‘Eddie told me this would happen,’ and for it to have happened… it was meant for me to do this. So then I got into wrestling right after that.”
**John Cena spoke with ‘Good Housekeeping’ to promote the film ‘Playing With Fire’ and Cena further cemented that he will never stop waving the WWE flag and does not think he’ll ever retire:
“WWE is my family, they’ll always be my family and none of any of this exists without them, and I will never forget that,” he explains. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire, because I don’t look at it like that … You don’t retire from your family. I will never, ever stop waving the WWE flag … I don’t think I’ll ever separate myself from them. As a 42-year-old, going to be 43 in April … I already know that I’m a little lighter, I’m a little slower, I’m not as strong, so all of the physical signs are like, ‘I’m here, I’m here, I’m here,’” he says. “I can’t lie to myself and say those things aren’t happening. They are, and either I accommodate my performance, or just say, ‘Hey, it’s time to do something different.'”
**talkSPORT interviewed Matchroom Sport founder and chairman Barry Hearn and asked him about Tyson Fury’s current run in WWE. Hearn stated that what Fury is doing is “a bit cringey” but Tyson needs the profile. Hearn added that on the publicity front, Fury needs people to buy the pay-per-views that he’s on.
“Tyson Fury has a big problem in terms of – not enough people know him in America. He’s looking for the big payday obviously against Deontay Wilder. He needs a higher profile to make that attractive and he’s doing what he does best. It is a bit of a circus, of course it is, it’s a rehearsed nonsense, but this is the world we’re in. Today’s world commercially, I hate to say this because I love sports, it’s probably more important to be famous than good,” Hearn expressed. “That’s the social media world we’re living in. What Tyson Fury’s doing in a funny old way is making himself famous. It is a big cringey I know, but bless him, he needs the profile. He’s not the most exciting boxer but he’s very, very good. In other words, he’s not attractive in his style, but he’s difficult to beat. That’s ticking the box on the boxing front. On the publicity front, he needs people to buy pay-per-views, he needs people to recognize him in the street. If you dress up like he’s dressing up or go on WWE or whatever and slap a few people around, it’s hilarious to start with, then it’s a bit cringey. But in the American market more people probably know him from that than any of the fights he’s had so far in America.”
**Former ICW World Heavyweight Champion Grado is launching his ‘Wrestling Daft’ podcast along with writer, comedian, and filmmaker Robert Florence.
**Former WWE writer Alex Greenfield shared on Twitter that he once pitched for Randy Orton to repeat The Undertaker’s name five times in a call-out promo to summon The Undertaker as a salute to Candyman.
**Seth Rollins was able to meet his sister for the first time through the 23andMe service.
NJPW Road To Power Struggle/Super Jr. Tag League Results (10/16/19)
* Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma def. Jushin Thunder Liger & Yota Tsuji
* EVIL, SANADA, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi def. DOUKI, Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
* KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi & Jay White def. Karl Fredericks, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto
* Super Jr. Tag League Tournament Match: Titan & Volador Jr. (1-0) def. Yuya Uemura & Tiger Mask (0-1)
* Super Jr. Tag League Tournament Match: Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi (1-0) def. Clark Connors & TJP (0-1)
* Super Jr. Tag League Tournament Match: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (1-0) def. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (0-1)
* Super Jr. Tag League Tournament Match: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (1-0) def. Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay (0-1)
**During the 10/16/19 NJPW Road to Power Struggle show, the following names were revealed for the 2020 NJPW/CMLL Fantasticamania tour: Caristico, Negro Casas, Angel De Oro, Niebla Roja, Flyer, Titan, Soberano Jr., Audaz, Stuka Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Fuego, Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Sanson, El Cuatrero, Forestero, Barbaro Cavernario, OKUMURA, Luciferno, Tiger and Dulce Gardenia.
**The Dallas Morning News ran a story about Lance Archer capturing the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship at King of Pro Wrestling.
**There are “Fired” t-shirts up on the ‘83 Weeks’ Pro Wrestling Tees store. CM Punk reacted to the shirt on Twitter by noting, “Wedding day or nah?”
**Fightful interviewed Jordynne Grace and Grace shared her thoughts about Tony Khan stating that he was not a fan of her intergender wrestling spot at ALL IN:
“I think that it’s his company so he can do whatever he wants. I don’t agree necessarily with what he said. I also don’t like domestic violence. I’m really against that but, I think he’s also new to the wrestling world so maybe he doesn’t understand it entirely which is totally okay and I think once he sees some proper intergender wrestling, he might change his mind,” Grace feels.
Grace also talked about re-signing with IMPACT Wrestling after her negotiations with the company went public:
“I was terrified. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life because I could’ve gone anywhere,” she said. “I really, really, really wanted to stay with IMPACT, but if they weren’t going to give me what I thought was fair to me, I was going to leave, and so I just decided I’m gonna stick with this — I was waiting on a phone call back because they were like, ‘Oh okay, we’ll talk about it. We’ll have a meeting’ and I was like, ‘Man, I’m so nervous’ and they called me back within five minutes and told me. I was like, ‘Thank you!”
**AEW’s Shawn Spears spoke with Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald for an exclusive interview. Spears talked about the off-screen relationship that he has with his on-screen manager Tully Blanchard:
“We speak at least a few times a week,” Spears said of he and Tully Blanchard. “He offers a ton of advice. Yes, we are on-screen together but behind the scenes, the knowledge is being passed on and I’m more than willing to accept it with open arms. We do have a personal relationship outside off-camera. I did a show in San Antonio, probably about three or four months ago so we went to the gym together, we went out to eat, we went to his house for a little while, we shared stories about wrestling so there’s a bond there between he and I which is wonderful because I think we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do, and from what I see and what I hear, a lot of people are enjoying this pairing. Here’s a guy that loves the industry, who’s been away from the industry for a very long time, but he has not lost a step and the knowledge he has is second to none. So, having him around me, personally, selfishly, is a blessing by having him around AEW and that young talent coming up, it’s just gonna be more beneficial for them especially with Tully’s mind a big, fast moving machine and he understands. So it is a full blown… he’s a friend of mine, I respect him, I admire him and hopefully that feeling is mutual.”
**‘TooFab’ released another portion of their chat with Sonya Deville in-which Sonya shared her thoughts about working with former RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.
**WWE is being nominated for a YouTube ‘Streamy Award’ in the ‘Social Good’ category for Connor’s Cure.
**According to KMOV4, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair will be present on the October 28th edition of Monday Night RAW in St. Louis, Missouri.
**Nick Hausman welcomed Michael Elgin onto the WINCLY podcast and Elgin made the claim that his match with Naomichi Marufuji at IMPACT Wrestling’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view will be the best match of 2019.
**Voting is now open on ROHWrestling.com and the public can vote on matches and stipulations for ROH’s November 2nd show in Pittsburgh.
**NJPW’s Tokon SHOP in Suidobashi is moving to a larger location, per NJPW1972.com.
**Here’s the second episode of NWA Powerrr. When the live stream concluded on YouTube, there were 12,000 viewers.
**Episode two of AEW DARK features S.C.U. (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky) & CIMA taking on The Dark Order (Stu Grayson, Evil Uno), Angelico and Jack Evans. Peter Avalon, Sonny Kiss, and Kip Sabian met in a Triple-Threat match and the fans in attendance in Boston saw Kenny Omega and Joey Janela clash in a non-sanctioned match to cap the night off. Following AEW DARK, Kip Sabian took to Twitter and confirmed that he suffered a dislocated index finger during his match.
**Chael Sonnen voiced his thoughts about Cain Velasquez coming to WWE and feuding with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Sonnen pitched the idea of Paul Heyman leaving Lesnar and siding with Velasquez to help him with promos.
**Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai’s friendship were documented by the WWEPC YouTube channel.
**Cody and Brandi Rhodes joined 6ABC in-studio to promote tonight’s episode of AEW: Dynamite in Philadelphia.
**A new video has been uploaded to the UpUpDownDown YouTube gaming channel featuring Xavier Woods and Johnny Gargano playing WWE SuperCard.
**New Japan Pro-Wrestling uploaded a mini-documentary to their YouTube channel which includes footage of SHO, YOH and Will Ospreay having a meal with Ospreay’s family. Will Ospreay landing on his neck at Sakura Genesis in 2018 was discussed.
**Alicia Atout of ‘A Music Blog, Yea?’ interviewed Dalton Castle and RJ City.
**The most recent guest on Superstar Savepoint on the UpUpDownDown YouTube channel was Mandy Rose.
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