Backstage Update On Future Changes For WWE SmackDown!

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that there has been on going talk of having a special live show for SmackDown! when officially moving to the USA network. However there’s also been speculation of moving SmackDown! to Tuesday nights. The fresh idea has been heavily talked about but yet to be finalized.

Recently WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler teased WWE fans saying that WWE SmackDown! could be going live when it moves to the USA Network 2016. You can view that video below:

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WSOF Renews International TV Partnership

World Series of Fighting sent out the following today:

IMG AND WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING RENEW MEDIA RIGHTS DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP

IMG has secured distribution for World Series of Fighting programming
in over 70 countries and territories internationally since 2013

LAS VEGAS (October 21, 2015) – IMG, a global leader in sport, fashion and media, and world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise World Series of Fighting, have renewed their international media rights distribution agreement, it was announced today.

“IMG has been a tremendous partner for our growing MMA sports franchise, so we are thrilled to continue our relationship that has helped expand World Series of Fighting’s footprint on television all over the globe,” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva.

Hillary Mandel, SVP, Head of Media North America for IMG said, “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with World Series of Fighting, and help them continue to grow their worldwide audience. The events have proven to be extremely popular with fight fans and viewers all over the globe, and we are looking forward to continuing to expand the reach and awareness.”

Since the two companies initially struck a deal in 2013, IMG has effectively placed World Series of Fighting programming in over 70 countries and territories around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Peru and Russia. The U.S. rights are held by NBC and NBCSN.

In June, combat sports television channel, Fight Network, signed on to distribute World Series of Fighting events in Canada as well as in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa and The Middle East.

World Series of Fighting boasts a stellar, fast-growing roster of both elite level MMA talent, including renowned superstars Jake Shields, Jon Fitch, Yushin “Thunder” Okami, David Branch and Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong, as well as a collection of home grown world champions and rising stars, such as undefeated Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje, Lance Palmer, Marlon Moraes and Timur Valiev.

Live World Series of Fighting action returns to NBCSN from Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT when, for the first time in its three-year history, the company will roll out a one-night, eight-man elimination tournament in its lightweight (155 pounds) division. The winner, who will have fought three times that night, will be named the number one contender and next challenger for Gaethje’s lightweight crown.

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UFC Fight Night 76 Main Event Canceled, McGregor Offers To Fight

Originally scheduled to headline UFN 76 in Ireland this Saturday was Irish star Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier. Duffy has reportedly suffered a concussion while training at Tristar gym, and as a result, has been removed from the fight with Poirier.

UFC issued the following statement regarding the cancellation:

“Having learned that Duffy received a strike to the head during training earlier this week, UFC sent him for medical tests in Ireland for precautionary purposes. The results determined that Duffy suffered a mild concussion and due to the proximity of the fight this Saturday UFC will not permit him to compete. The health and safety of UFC athletes will continue to be the top priority for the organization. As such, UFC has respected standard athletic commission regulations, which recommend a medical suspension from competition as a result of the concussion.”

Poirier has reportedly rejected a replacement opponents.The list included as Norman Parke, Ross Pearson, and Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor released the following tweet earlier:

I will give peanut another crack at the King no sweat.
I’ll take the gate. It’s my gate anyway. A cool 7. Cash.
See you at the weigh ins.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 21, 2015

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Brock Lesnar Explains How Close He Came To Leaving WWE And Signing With UFC This Year

Brock Lesnar revealed during a recent interview just how close he came to leaving WWE and signing with the UFC earlier this year.

Lesnar explained the reaction he got from Vince McMahon, and how he approached returning to the fight game when he thought he was definitely making the move.

Find out exactly what Lesnar had to say by clicking here.

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James Storm Tweets Backstage NXT Photo, 5 Forgotten Hell in a Cell Competitors

James Storm tweeted the following on his WWE NXT debut against Danny Burch. Tonight’s episode of NXT will be featured on the WWE Network.

Tonight we are NXT and I, I am James Storm . See ya tonight on the @WWENetwork @WWENXT @WWE pic.twitter.com/ON7ReISJ75

— James Storm (@JamesStormBrand) October 21, 2015

Did you know these five Superstars competed inside the deadly Hell in a Cell?

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WWE Officially Announces Tyler Breeze’s SmackDown! Debut

The WWE SmackDown debut of NXT Superstar Tyler Breeze was announced today on their official website. They released the following:

NXT Superstar Tyler Breeze stunned the WWE Universe by making his surprise main roster debut Tuesday night during a SmackDown television taping in Austin, Texas. What business did the Gorgeous One have on the best show on Thursday night? Who did the newcomer tangle with on his first night? Find out this Thursday night at 8/7 C on Syfy.

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Backstage EVOLVE 49 News – Attendance Record Set, Gargano’s Future, Mack

Partial Source: Pwinsider.com

– EVOLVE 49 reportedly set an attendance record for the promotion. The event was held at La Boom in Queens, New York.

– Johnny Gargano did not appear at Saturday night’s EVOLVE event in Long Island, New York due to a prior family commitment. Gargano was in action at Sunday night’s event and defeated Ethan Page in an I Quit match. The feeling backstage at Sunday night’s event was that Gargano turned a major corner in his career as a top star for EVOLVE.

– Willie Mack was late for the event due to delays with American Airlines. The situation was that Mack checked into his flight via the app, but he was not given a seat number. After arriving at the airport, TSA would not let Mack through, and he spent a great deal of time being sent back and forth from TSA to customer service. When Mack finally resolved the issue, he missed his flight. As a result, the decision was made to use Chris Dickinson since he was there to shoot an angle with the debuting Matt Riddle. By the time Mack arrived, almost everyone else in the locker room had their matches scheduled. Earl Cooter was assigned to work with Mack instead.

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