NXT at 8:00 p.m.ET on WWE Network has Finn Bálor vs. Tye Dillinger and Samoa Joe vs. Tyler Breeze.
UFC Tonight returns at 8:00 pm. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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Impact Wrestling at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America continues the TNA World Title Series.
The Ultimate Fighter has a new episode at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and is followed by a TUF Talk segment at the start of Fox Sports Live.
ROH at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America features Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, & Michael Elgin vs. Adam Cole, Michael Bennett, & Matt Taven as the main event.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE —
While it wasn’t noted in our Smackdown spoilers Tuesday night, Rusev wrestled Neville and apparently injured himself with the match being stopped early due to an arm injury. As of now, there’s no update of the injury other than it’s legitimate and not a work.
Maryland Championship Wrestling sent out a note today congratulating Tough Enough alum Patrick Clark for officially signing with WWE, and clarified that he didn’t no-show any events for them. They wanted to respect him signing with WWE and thus, kept quiet about his non-appearances for them in mid-October.
HHH is apparently on a kick to announce all new signings on WWE.com.
For what it’s worth, Wade Barrett and Sheamus are now considered a tag team.
A reader wrote in they received Target’s first Christmas catalog in the mail and in an ad for WWE’s steel cage ring, the figures used were Ultimate Warrior, Eddie Guerrero, and Yokozuna’s Hall of Fame figures.
The Young Bucks announced that they had signed an exclusive deal with Ring of Honor, the terms of which will allow them to continue working for New Japan Pro Wrestling. So no Lucha Underground for them. Or WWE, obviously.
Gawker is going to appeal the ruling allowing a forensic investigation to determine if they leaked Hulk Hogan’s racist comments to the National Enquirer; explains how they couldn’t have been the leak anyway.
Friend of the site Chris “Mookie” Harrington uploaded Hogan’s 1998 WCW contract (from a public filing in one of the WCW racial discrimination lawsuits) if you’re into looking at these types of things. It went viral (relatively speaking) after being posted on Reddit and there are a lot of analysis pieces up on different sites, including one by our own David Bixenspan.
Bill Apter inducted into St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
Bruno Sammartino on the mend
Promo for this Friday’s NJPW on AXS TV with Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi from Wrestle Kingdom 9 in January.
Former WWE tag team champion Brian Kendrick was on Ring Rust Radio this week. He has no future matches booked in NXT right now, but he talked about his experience there, training Eva Marie, and his time in TNA.
Rodney Mack & Big Ramp cut a promo for this Saturday night’s IHWE/NWA Tales From The Ringside Halloween event.
Bellator’s announced “signing” of Kurt Angle Wednesday was for their 11/4 Fan Fest prior to their Friday, 11/5 event in St. Louis, MO. Josh Nason confirmed with the promotion that he isn’t signed to a fight contract.
KLAS in Las Vegas is reporting that UFC may put in a bid for naming rights for the new Las Vegas Arena that will house UFC 200.
Nick Diaz posted an interesting tweet regarding his five-year Nevada State Athletic Commission suspension. He and his legal team are in talks regarding a settlement, which according to reports could have him back in the Octagon fighting by 2016.
Miesha Tate is contemplating retirement in light of her recent treatment by the UFC..
Dana White announced that Joanne Calderwood is out of her main event fight against Paige VanZant that headlines the UFC’s December 10th card, so Rose Namajunas will be taking her place. No reason has been given yet for Calderwood bowing out. This is just Namajunas’ second UFC fight to VanZant’s fourth, as her return fight after losing the strawweight title tournament final was cancelled when opponent Nina Ansaroff fell ill after missing weight.
Ariel Helwani is reporting that Lei’d Tapa (yes, of TNA fame) is being considered for Gabi Garcia’s opponent in an MMA fight at the first Rizin Fighting Federation show. I am not making this up. No doubt Tapa is a tough girl, but in terms of a pure MMA fight, Garcia is a multi-time BJJ world champion.
There is an extended preview for UFC 192 here: https://youtu.be/utWAWUjIHoc
Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is doing a meet and greet on Monday, 11/2 at Hahn Extreme Fitness in Arnold, MO, from 7-8 PM.