Daily Update: Raw with Goldberg & Heyman, TNA lawsuit, Paige & Del Rio

THE ROUND-UP

NEWS

Georges St-Pierre: ‘I’m a free agent’ after terminating UFC contract
Paul Heyman set to appear on tonight’s episode of Raw
Lucha Underground’s first house show tour gets dates, big sponsor   
EVOLVE 71 recap: Matt Riddle vs. Chris Hero   
Alberto Del Rio & Paige get engaged in the ring in Puerto Rico
WWE Phoenix, AZ, live results: Emma returns to the ring

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We’re looking for reports from Raw tonight in Denver, with Superstars matches and dark matches and anything else not on the live show to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com. The show features the return of Bill Goldberg after 12 years. Paul Heyman will also be on the show tonight.

We’re also looking for reports from the Smackdown brand house show in Laramie, WY tonight.

SmackDown is Tuesday, also in Denver, featuring A.J. Styles vs. James Ellsworth for the WWE title and Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi.


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Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Oct 17, 2016: Details on the return of Goldberg to WWE, the return of Ronda Rousey to action in UFC, more.


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Monday News Update

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering Raw and the latest news. You can also send e-mail questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

There are expectations for Raw to do its best rating since football season started with a full week of promotion for Bill Goldberg. Goldberg brought his family in and did a lot of media this morning. The football game is the Jets and Cardinals, with neither team with winning records, although the Jets are still the New York market. Canadian ratings are not expected to be good given the Blue Jays are in the baseball playoffs against the Cleveland Indians and the Blue Jays draw incredible ratings throughout Canada. 

The advance for the WWE tapings tonight and tomorrow in Denver must not be that good because there are local reports of tickets being given away, as in hundreds of them for the shows. Locally they started pushing Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal title and Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the U.S. title for tonight, which are likely dark matches. For tomorrow, with no John Cena on the show, the main event dark match being pushed is Dean Ambrose & Randy Orton vs. A.J. Styles & Bray Wyatt.

On the TNA front, on Thursday the contents of the lawsuit are expected to be released. We pretty much went into the financial mess everything is in. There are people, including Billy Corgan, who want the company but the issue is taking care of the debt which nobody wants to do. 

In the story on Alberto Del Rio and Paige getting engaged last night, it should be noted that Del Rio is not yet divorced, although he is going through a divorce.

WWE

As noted yesterday, after Raw tonight will be Legends with JBL featuring Bruno Sammartino. 
Daniel Bryan got pub yesterday in New York as he was at the Islanders game at the Barclays Center and did a television interview after the first period talking about the origination of the “Yes” chant, which Islanders fans now chant after every goal.  Was told he came off very likeable (thanks to Denis Gorman)
There will be a Booker T roast on 11/10 at the Houston Improv.  Among those roasting him will be Stevie Ray, Sharmell, Bruce Prichard, The Dudleys and MVP.   
Emmalina is backstage at Raw.  As we’ve seen, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll be on the show tonight.
Acclaim Press announced a biography on Hillbilly Jim, with forewords by Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart.  The book is called “Hillbilly Jim:  The Incredible Story of a Wrestling Superstar.”
VARIETY

Maria Kanellis was back on CNN today talking about Donald Trump and her experiences with him on “The Apprentice.” She has been doing media and is very negative on Trump.
If anyone knows contact information for Wendi Richter, let me know. One of the Japanese promotions would like to get in touch with her.
APW Halloween Hell from Friday night in Daly City, CA before 287 fans: Jeff Cobb and Karl Fredricks co-won Battle Royal, Joey Ryan b Matt Carlos (Ryan then plugged an 11/11 match with Cody Rhodes in the same building), Jacob Fatu (who got a recent WWE tryout), won three-way over Will Rude and Marcus Lewis, Rik Luxury b Will Cuevas in a dog collar chain match, Shozti Blackheart b Desi de Rata, Reno Scum b Jeff Cobb & Karl Fredricks, Matt Hardy b JR Kratos, MVP b Jody Kristofferson to win the Universal title and then turned heel. Evidently a fan let off a smoke bomb in the arena at the end of the match. Fans were chanting “Delete” and “Obsolete” at Hardy after he won. Jeckles distracted Kratos to allow Hardy to win. (thanks to Mike Lano)
The debut of Wrestle Circus was at a nearly full Ironwood Hall in Austin, TX. There were a number of no-shows, including Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Michael Elgin due to injury, Lince Dorado and Tama Tonga. Ethan Carter III was given their heavyweight title over local star Ray Rowe in the main event. Jordan Len-X b Trevor Lee, Andy Dalton b Mike Dell, Hangman Page b Willie Mack, Jervis Cottonbelly NC Dick Justice (this was announced as a falls count anywhere match and they brawled out of the building with the idea the match continues until the next show), Scorpio Sky won the Sideshow title in a four-way over DJZ, Aaron Solow and Ricky Stars, Laredo Kid b Carson, Donovan Dijak b Keith Lee (best match on the show based on our reports), Tony Nese b Sammy Guevera (Nese tried to play up being a WWE star), Christi Jaynes won three-way over Leva Bates and Jessica James, Ethan Carter III won four-way over Ray Rowe, Colt Cabana and Lance Hoyt to become the first champion in an elimination match.  Cabana was out first, followed by Hoyt. Bates was dressed up like Matt Hardy and everyone was chanting “delete” at her. (thanks to Nicholas K)
Baja Stars USA on 10/22 in San Diego at Parque de la Ala has  Dragon Lee & Maximo Sexy & Raiden vs. Enfermero Jr. & Star Jr. & TJ Boy.
There is a show in Gimnasio Indepencia in Tijuana on 10/23 featuring Negro Casas vs. Arandu and Extreme Tiger vs. Rey Hours (Dragon Azteca Jr.) vs. Bestia Salvaje in a three-way.
Promociones EMW on 10/28 in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal has El Texano Jr vs. Pentagon Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr. on top plus Garza Jr. & La Parka & Rey Hours vs. Hernandez & Paul London & Mesias (thanks to Kris Zellner)
The Fight Network announced airing TKO 3: Resurrection on 11/4 from Montreal featuring Chris Horodecki (21-6-1 1 no contest) vs. Derek Gauthier (7-6) from Tristar Gym in the main event.
River City Wrestling on 11/4 in San Antonio at Retama Park Horse Race Track with Cody Rhodes vs. Hernandez plus Jim Duggan vs. Joey Spector.
NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 10/22 in Rogersville, TN at the National Guard Armory. 
ECWA has a Super 8 tournament for women on Saturday night in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center with Rachel Ellering, Karen Q, Tasha Steelz, Aja Perera, Deonna Purrazzo, Kiera Hogan, Maria Manic and Britt Baker.
Best in the West on Fresno TV on Saturday night: Brandon Pinion b Anthony Butabi, Nathan Graves & Superbeast b Pooh Jack & Mustafa Saed, Diablo Azteca b Will Roberts. A.J. Kirsch did the commentary using a surfer gimmick as Broseph Joe Brody. Next live show is 11/13 in Merced, CA at the American Legion Post 83 with Jeff Cobb and Joey Ryan. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
GOUGE on 10/22 in Fuquary Varina, NC at the DraftLine Brewing Company.
Today in Wrestling History (10/17): Triple H vs. Steve Austin at No Mercy 1999


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