Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson for the ROH Title will headline the next ROH PPV which will be taped on 11/22 in Chicago.
All Japan’s Akira Raijin has signed a deal with TNA and is now living in the U.S. He has also started taking independent bookings.
The New Zealand Herald has an interview up with Santino Marella at https://www.nzherald.co.nz/.
As noted earlier here on the website, a special show celebrating Jerry Lawler’s career will take place on 11/7 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. The show will be called Lawler 35. For more info, visit lawler35.com.
Jim Ross has a new blog entry up. Highlights are below: On the passing of Lia Maivia: Our family sends its condolences to the family of the late Lia Maivia who passed away a few days ago at the age of 81. Lia promoted pro wrestling on the island of Hawaii for years after the death of her husband, High Chief Peter Maivia. Lia was a engaging lady who had a wonderful spirit and, much like my late mom, was quite the character who was always fun to be around. Never a dull moment. I do know that she was so proud of her grandson Dwayne Johnson and deservedly so. I am really happy that I had the chance to meet Lia after hearing so much about her in th early part of my career. She will be missed by all that knew her and her legacy will be forever remembered in the annals of pro wrestling. On Bret Hart: Yours truly received a cool email from Bret “The Hitman” Hart this week. It is always nice to hear from friends especially friends that are happy and doing well. Bret’s provocative autobiography has made its way onto the New York Times Best Seller list and it cannot come more highly recommended from me. There are only a few books that I have read that I honestly feel all wrestling and sports fans should read and this is one of them. I still think that Bret’s autobiography would make a entertaining film or dramatic series on a HBO-like network. On Jeff Hardy: The enigma known as Jeff Hardy and yours truly were on the same flight coming out of Laredo to DFW to catch our connecting flights home Tuesday and I am happy to report that there were no “incidents” that would be considered internet worthy. That is unless snoring is considered controversial and that would have been me. I will admit it. I’m man enough to say I snored rather loudly or so I am told on the American Eagle flight. I should have hooked up my CPAP machine but it was in checked baggage. I apologize to all my fans….both of you. On Smackdown: It was nice to see that approximately 3.5 million viewers turned in last Friday night to view Smackdown on MyNetworkTV which isn’t the easiest network to find. Wrestling fans have always been among the most loyal television viewers in existence and here’s to hoping that they keep tuning in on Friday’s as yours truly is still trying to earn that elusive “gold watch.” I remember back in the day when Mid South Wrestling got monster ratings in New Orleans on independent station WGNO that rivaled what the local, network newscasts were garnering.