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Interview Highlight: Daniel Bryan Speaks on Third Doctor Visit for Concussions, Says He Would Wrestle in the Indies if WWE Does Not Clear Him

Former WWE World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan sat down with Meghan Sullivan of IGN to talk about a variety of topics.  The full interview is available at this link.  One of the topics they hit on was the current debate regarding his head trauma and concussion history.

Bryan noted that he did have a concussion in April, and that WWE is “very hyper-sensitive about concussion stuff right now.”  Bryan went on to explain that his future is a bit in limbo at the moment, and that WWE is sending him to a third doctor for evaluation.

“One neurologist who specializes in concussions – who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year – cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent. But the WWE’s medical doctor is skeptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me. So now, we have two doctors: one saying no, one saying yes. They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”

Bryan noted that he would consider returning to the independent wrestling scene if WWE refuses to clear him.  “John Cena and I actually had this discussion.  He said, ‘if something were to happen to you and WWE, would you go back to doing the indies?’  Absolutely!”

He also noted in the article that he does have second thoughts about returning to the ring if the third doctor advises that he should not do so, which is encouraging to hear.  He also mentioned going to Mexico as the first place he would go if he would return to the independent scene, which is an interesting choice.  The full interview is definitely worth the read.



TNA Impact Wrestling “Bound for Glory” 2015 Quick Results for 10/4/2015

The following are the quick results for tonight’s TNA “Bound for Glory” pay per view event.  Refresh the page for updates throughout the evening.  The card for tonight’s event is as follows:

  • Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
  • Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley; TNA “King of the Mountain” Championship
  • Gail Kim (c) vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
  • Tigre Uno (c) vs. Opponents to Be Determined; Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship
  • The Wolves (c) vs. Bryan Myers and Trevor Lee; TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Abyss vs. Chris Melendez vs. Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E vs. Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Mahabali Shera vs Aiden O’Shea; “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, winner gets a TNA World Championship Match.
  • Ethan Carter III (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Heavyweight Championship under Triple Threat rules, Jeff Hardy as Special Referee

TNA “Bound for Glory 2015,” Live from Charlotte, NC at Carrabus Arena

After an opening video package to hype the various matches, Josh Mathews and D’Angelo Dinero checked in for commentary.

Match #1 – Tigre Uno (c) def. Andrew Everett,  DJ Z, and Manik to retain the TNA X-Division Championship.  The match was fought under Ultimate X, with Uno kicking Everett away in the end to retain the belt.

Match #2 – Tyrus won the “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, featuring Mr. Anderson, Abyss, Chris Melendez, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E, Eli Drake, and more. Al Snow made an appearance, with Head, and Tommy Dreamer also appeared in this match.  Tyrus eliminated Mr. Anderson to win, then had a confrontational promo with EC3 after the match.

Match #3 – The Wolves (c) def. Brian Myers and Trevor Lee to Retain the TNA Tag Team Championship. Richards hit a superplex on Lee, then they combined for the brainbuster/kick combo finish.

Match #4 – Bobby Roode (c) def. Bobby Lashley to retain the TNA King of the Mountain Championship. Lashley tried for a submission to end it, but Roode countered to the Roode Bomb for the win.  They shook hands afterward.

They had a moment for Earl Hebner being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame on Saturday night.  Billy Corgan made an appearance and set up a video package to spotlight it.

Match #5 – Gail Kim (c) def. Awesome Kong to retain the  TNA Knockouts Championship.  Kong tried to grab Kim while she was on the ropes, but Kim hit Eat D’Feet out of it and rolled Kong through to pin her.

Match #6 – Kurt Angle def. Eric Young, No Disqualification Match.  Young focused his offense on Angle’s neck, but Angle won with the Ankle Lock by submission.

Match #7 – Matt Hardy def. Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway to win TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match under Triple Threat Rules, Jeff Hardy as special referee.  This ended when EC3 brought in a chair.  Hardy took it, then jabbed Carter with it and hit him over the back.  Jeff hit the Twist of Fate on EC3, and Matt hit a big running boot on Galloway to pick up the victory.

Drew Koscelek will be by sometime Monday with a full recap of the show in much more detail.  Thanks for checking in for the results tonight!


Interview Highlight: Paul Heyman Gives Hype to Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar at the Madison Square Garden WWE Live Event

As you know, tonight is the WWE Network presentation of the live event from Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Listed as the main attraction of the show is a match between Big Show and Brock Lesnar.  Paul Heyman, “the advocate” for Lesnar played “Three Questions” with Sports Illustrated’s “Hot Clicks” Blog to hype tonight’s event, which you can read here. (Note, you need to scroll down the page to get to the piece)

They touched on a number of subjects, but one of note was the criticism of Big Show.  It was noted that fans chant for him to retire, and Heyman was asked why fans should watch Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar tonight.  Heyman answered as follows:

“If Brock Lesnar is in the main event at Madison Square Garden, it doesn’t matter to me who his opponent is. We’re going back to the Roman Coliseum and we’re feeding victims to the lions. And they always packed the Roman Coliseum for that. Big Show happens to be the meatiest victim we could find for Brock Lesnar. I don’t think we’re paying to see a one hour classic at Madison Square Garden. I don’t think fans are paying to see WWE’s version of Ali and Frazier going 15 rounds. People are paying to see Brock Lesnar eat someone alive. The are paying to see whoever it is, in this case The Big Show, to Suplex City. People are paying to see Brock Lesnar eat, sleep, conquer, repeat. And that’s exactly what they’re going to get this Saturday. If people are criticizing the Big Show, I think people are looking at the wrong end of the Main Event.”


The NXT Report 09/23/15 – Eva Marie vs. Carmella, Dempsey vs. Breeze, Blake & Murphy vs. Vaudevillains for the NXT Tag Championships, plus more!

Eva Marie vs Carmella

The announcers said there was some argument about Eva Marie’s match with Billie Kay. The question everyone asked was, “Was Eva Marie’s shoulders down?” They played footage from the match. After the replay, they played a video of Eva Marie, sending a message to the referee.

“..I just want to thank you for not caving in to the peer pressure of the biased fan base and doing the right thing by seeing my shoulders come off the mat. I appreciate your sound judgement from the bottom of my heart.”

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Ring of Honor Weekly Television Report for 9/30/2015 – Nakamura vs. Cole, Sydal vs. Kushida, Four Corners Survival Match, and More

Full Disclosure:  This is not a live, or delay live, report in the truest sense.  This is a review/report of the show as it aired in syndication on a local Sinclair broadcast channel over the weekend.  It is the same show that will air tonight on Destination America.  If you wish to watch spoiler-free, you can follow along as if it’s a live report just by watching how far you scroll through the report as the show airs.

Ring of Honor Weekly Television, Taped August 21, 2015 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aired September 30 on Destination America, and previously in ROH syndication.

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AXS TV to Showcase New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 Event in October

(Photo Credit: TV Asahi/New Japan Pro Wrestling)

In a press release sent to us here at Ring-Rap.com, AXS TV has announced that they will showcase the New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9” event during October.  Starting October 9 and running through November 6 the network will air various matches from the event.  The show starts at 9PM EST on your local AXS channel, so check your listings.  The press release is shown below:

LOS ANGELES – Sept. 30, 2015 – As the home to NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING, AXS TV has acquired the promotion’s action-filled 2015 pay-per-view event “Wrestle Kingdom 9.” This special edition will feature all 10 matches from the celebrated annual event, including an entire episode dedicated to the headlining rematch between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and rival Kazuchika Okada. The 10 matches will be broadcast over five consecutive weeks starting Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with commentary from Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett.

NJPW’s biggest annual event, “Wrestle Kingdom” takes place every Jan. 4 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Last year’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9” counted over 36,000 fans in attendance and featured a number of high-stakes clashes, including battles for IWGP Heavyweight, Intercontinental, Junior and NEVER Openweight Championships.

AXS TV’s presentation of “Wrestle Kingdom 9” kicks off with two junior heavyweight matches Oct. 9 starting with a four-way match for the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship followed by Ryusuke Taguchi defending his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title against Kenny Omega. Then, on Oct. 16, Tetsuya Naito and A.J. Styles face off in a singles match before Tomohiro Ishii defends the NEVER Openweight title against Togi Makabe.

NJPW’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9” continues on AXS TV Oct. 23 with three full matches: first the Bullet Club squares off against Tomaoki Honma and veteran tag team Tencozy in a six-man tag team match; then MMA legends Kazushi Sakuraba and Minoru Suzuki face off in a special single match; and Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows put their IWGP Tag Team Championship belt on the line against Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata.

NJPW airs an hour early Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT featuring an epic eight-man tag team match before Kota Ibushi challenges Shinsuke Nakamura for his IWGP Intercontinental Championship title. AXS TV wraps up “Wrestle Kingdom 9” with the anticipated main event between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and his rival Kazuchika Okada Nov. 6.

AXS TV’s NJPW episodes are produced by and acquired from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.

The episode listings are as follows:

Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

  • IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship four-Way Match – Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish; KUSHIDA and Alex Shelley; Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov; and Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship – Ryusuke Taguchi versus Kenny Omega

Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

  • Tetsuya Naito versus A.J. Styles
  • NEVER Openweight Championship – Tomohiro Ishii versus Togi Makabe

Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Tomaoki Honma versus the Bullet Club (Jeff Jarrett, Back Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi)
  • Special Single Match – Kazushi Sakuraba versus Minoru Suzuki
  • IWGP Tag Championship – Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows versus Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata

Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

  • Toru Yano, Naomichi Marufuji, Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste versus Takashi Iizuka, Shelton X Benjamin, Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura versus Kota Ibushi

Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Hiroshi Tanahashi versus Kazuchika Okada


WWE Raw Ratings for the September 28 Show Posts a New Low

Last night’s WWE Raw show was very pedestrian, and the television ratings numbers showed it.

The show averaged 3.476 million viewers in hour one, and hour two dropped to 3.326 million.  The final hour dropped all the way to 3.188 million viewers.  The average for the night was 3.3 million, which was down from last week’s 3.349 million.

The program scored an overall 2.33 rating, down from last week’s 2.47.  By contrast, the September 29, 2014 edition delivered 4.03 million viewers and a 2.83 rating.

Bill’s Thoughts:  We normally don’t post rating information, but in light of Drew’s Around the Ring segment I thought it would be worthwhile to share. 

The hourly viewership dropped throughout the show as noted.  In contrast, the Monday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers drew 13.5 million viewers.  It’s hard to lay this at the feet of any one cause – like the Wyatt vs. Reigns main event – or if this is the sum of a show that just wasn’t all that hot.

WWE will be building to Hell in a Cell in earnest starting next week, so we’ll see if the numbers bounce back.  But as for last night, it was a very pedestrian and formula edition of Raw and WWE has no one to blame but themselves for these kinds of numbers.



Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Reaches Plea Deal

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones has plead guilty to fourth degree felony charges regarding leaving the scene of an automobile accident in April.  In the deal that Jones and his attorneys reached, they asked for a “conditional discharge” on the plea.  If Jones meets the conditions of the deal, there will be no conviction on felony charges.

The judge granted the request.  This leaves Jones with 18 months of supervised probation.  Once Jones completes the probation and if all conditions are met, the felony charges will be discharged and not remain on Jones’ record.  Jones’ attorneys asked for the conditional discharge based on Jones’ behavior after the fact.

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