POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Steve Austin to interview The Undertaker

WWE Network launching a new interview series, Raw from Manchester, Sin Cara requests WWE release, Rusev speaks about Saudi Arabia, an interview with The Rock & more.

POST IT NOTES

**Wai Ting and I will be back tonight with Rewind-A-Raw reviewing the taped show from Manchester, England. We will also go through all of today’s news and take your feedback. I also had a chance to watch the Showdown in San Jose card that New Japan held on Saturday and will quickly run through that card.

**WH Park is joined by wrestler Davis Storm to review New Japan’s Showdown in San Jose card from Saturday night.

**Davie Portman has a bonus edition of upNXT reviewing EVOLVE 139 & 140 from the weekend with guests Jesse from the 6 and John Siino.

**Andrew Thompson was covering Starrcast IV this past weekend in Baltimore and sent over several media scrums with Colt Cabana, Marko Stunt, Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Hangman Page, and Sammy Guevara that are on the POST Wrestling YouTube page.

**On Tuesday at Noon Eastern, I’ll be on Doctor Mouth’s Rock and Roll Lunch Party on CIUT 89.5 FM. The Toronto-based station is doing its annual membership drive this week and I’ll be on during the first half-hour.

POST SCHEDULE

*Monday: Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock & Wai Ting
*Tuesday: MCU Review on Thor Ragnarok with Wai Ting & Daniel Perry (Patreon)
*Wednesday: Rewind-A-Dynamite
*Wednesday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Thursday: Café Hangout with guest Andrew Thompson (LIVE at 3 pm eastern for all Patrons)
*Friday: British Wrestling Experience
*Friday: Rewind-A-SmackDown (Patreon)
*Saturday: The Rocky Maivia Picture Show with Nate Milton & guest Andrew Thompson (Planet 51)
*Sunday: Thunderstruck #4 with WH Park & guest Emily Pratt (Liger vs. Brian Pillman, SuperBrawl II)
*Sunday: POST Puroresu with John Pollock & WH Park

WRESTLING NEWS

**The WWE has announced that the Broken Skull Sessions, hosted by Steve Austin will be launching on the WWE Network later this month. The return of Austin’s sit-down interview format will feature The Undertaker as a guest for the premiere on Sunday, November 24th following the Survivor Series. From the release:

Mark has been doing The Undertaker for 30 years and he has had one of the greatest runs in the history of the business,” Austin told Variety. “He’s stayed in character all this time. He’s made a few appearances on some talk shows way back in the day, but no one has really ever heard from Mark Calaway the man…I think he was enthusiastic because he has been quiet for so long so now he has the chance to share some stories like everyone else has. He’s had one of the most high-profile careers and, back in his heyday, had some of the most outlandish stories from the road. We had a great time shooting the breeze.

Austin hosted a similar series on the WWE Network with sit-down interviews involving Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon, Dean Ambrose, Paul Heyman, Edge & Christian, AJ Styles, Paul Levesque, and Paige among others. The last airing occurred in 2016. Austin did a promo for the show stating they would discuss The Undertaker’s time working in Texas, WCW, and ending the WrestleMania streak in 2014.

The WWE confirmed to POST Wrestling that the series “will be exclusive to the WWE Network” after we inquired about potential integration with the company’s new podcast network.

It’s a rare sit-down interview involving The Undertaker, who has limited his out-of-character interviews throughout his career. His most prominent interview occurred in March 2002 when he spoke to Michael Landsberg for an edition of Off the Record when TSN was the Canadian rights holder for Raw and served as a week-long promotion for WrestleMania X8 in Toronto. He has also done a lengthy chat with Pastor Ed Young.

**Tonight’s edition of Raw is a taped show from the Manchester Arena in England. The episode was taped this past Friday directly following the Friday Night SmackDown taping. They have announced that the men’s team representing Raw at the Survivor Series will be named with Seth Rollins serving as the captain of the team. Below are the matches that were taped for the tonight’s show:
*Kabuki Warriors vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair in a non-title match
*Drew McIntyre vs. Sin Cara
*Seth Rollins vs. WALTER
*Cedric Alexander vs. Andrade
*Erick Rowan vs. TBA
*Viking Raiders vs. Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster
*AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo

**They are promoting the show around Lana’s “shocking confession” to further the story with Rusev and Bobby Lashley.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling is running The Globe Theatre in Los Angeles tonight, although the show is not airing on New Japan World. Below is the lineup for the card:
*Jay White, Chase Owens & Gedo vs. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & Bushi
*KENTA, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs. Hirooki Goto & Roppongi 3K
*Kota Ibushi vs. Ren Narita
*Sanada & EVIL vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Rocky Romero
*Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado vs. Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Clark Connors
*Colt Cabana & Toru Yano vs. Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin
*Amazing Red & TJP vs. Aarow Solow & Alex Zayne

**After a mini-feud with Andrade, WWE performer Sin Cara announced that he has requested his release from the company. Like Mike Bennett, there is no indication that WWE has granted his release and it’s unknown what this will mean for the performer. Below is the statement he sent out:

Last night, after prayer and much consideration, I made one of the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my professional wrestling career: I have asked for my release from the WWE.

Ever since I was a little boy all I wanted to do was wrestle and all my life I’ve made decisions and sacrifices in a position to accomplish that dream. I’ve traveled the world, gotten to know some amazing people, and wrestled for the incredible fans of the WWE Universe.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity that I was given, however, I’ve come to the realization that I am stuck in a place where I have no value as an athlete, performer or entertainer. I’ve worked hard for many years to polish my craft, have been a supportive team player and have waited patiently for the opportunity to show the world everything I could do. Unfortunately, after all these years, that opportunity never came nor do I feel it will ever come as long as I remain where I am at.

The best years of my professional wrestling career are ahead of me and I believe that the best is yet to come! This is not the end, this is the beginning of the next chapter and I am excited for what the future holds (Isaiah 43:18-19)

I want to thank the WWE for this amazing chapter, I will forever be grateful. Most importantly, thank you to the WWE Universe for your undying support.

Sin Cara (Jorge Arias) has been with WWE since December 2009 and previously wrestled in Mexico as Mistico (Luis Urive, the more popular version of Mistico, who now wrestles as Caristico) and later Incognito in AAA. In WWE, he assumed the name of ‘Hunico’ before his call up to the main roster. He became a stand-in for the initial Sin Cara (Urive) and led to a feud between the two as Sin Cara Negro and Sin Cara Azul. After that feud, he resumed his identity as Hunico on the main roster. After Urive left WWE in March 2014, Arias took over the Sin Cara persona.  He was drafted to Raw last month and was pushed briefly for this recent program with Andrade, including the addition of Catalina (Catalina Garcia) as his masked partner. After last week’s loss in a mixed tag match against Andrade and Zelina Vega, it seemed that the brief push for Sin Cara was done.

**House of Glory has announced that their ‘No Limit’ event this Saturday will serve as a benefit show for the late Matt Travis. The 25-year old died tragically this past weekend when he was riding his bike and was struck by a dump truck making an illegal turn in East Harlem, New York. The show is taking place in Jamaica, Queens with Kurt Angle, D-Von Dudley, Enzo, Low Ki, TJP, and The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express among those scheduled to appear. The event takes place at the NYC Arena (9112 144th Place) this Saturday at 7 pm with a meet-and-greet at 4.

**WWE talent Rusev was interviewed by The Sun in the U.K. and asked about the travel problems coming back from Saudi Arabia. Rusev tweeted during the issues, ‘At this point and time We need all the prayers…brother’ and added to the speculation of how significant the issues were coming back. Rusev told the outlet that:


Unpleasant, of course, because we all wanted to go home after being away for over 24 hours. We were all ready to get out and we couldn’t. The frustration just grew by each hour and me asking for prayers is nothing new. My father is a pastor, I’m a believer in God, Jesus Christ, our saviour, so I always ask for prayers just because I wanted to go home, not because we were held hostage. I don’t think anyone in their rightful mind is going to hold 170 people, American citizens, hostage, I don’t think that’ll reflect well anywhere.

Additionally, Rusev stated he would return to the county citing the amount of money he makes and added:

I love it, I love every single trip that we do there, I love how we break barriers with women wrestling there and Lana being able to go. I think it’s a great victory for the company, not just for that, but to open new doors and new opportunities to develop further, it’s just amazing.

**WWE issued a press release announcing that this past year’s WrestleMania generated $165.4 million in economic impact for the New York/New Jersey area with research conducted by Enigma Research Corporation. The stats listed that 52% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the area and stayed in the city for 4.6 nights, $23.9 million was spent on hotels and accommodations, and $6.6 million was spent by visitors at local restaurants. They compared it to WrestleMania 29 in the same location that generated $101.2 million in economic impact.

**John Cena is going to match a $1 million pledge by fundraisers for the FitOps charity with $2 million going to the group. Cena was an advocate for the charity that specializes in assisting military veterans in obtaining personal training certification and help with life after service.

**AEW Dynamite is going to Miami, Florida on Wednesday, January 15th. They are running the Watsco Center at the University of Miami and will be putting tickets on sale this Friday.

**Dan Maff, 46, has signed a contract with Ring of Honor following his return to the promotion last weekend. Maff, who appeared on the inaugural ROH card in February 2002, was brought back at the Unauthorized show in Columbus, Ohio to wrestle PCO on November 3rd. After the performance, the 20-year veteran was offered a deal and posted a video signing the deal and noting it was the first contract he had ever signed in professional wrestling.

**Qatar Pro Wrestling will hold a press conference this Thursday in Doha, Qatar to promote its upcoming event, QPW Superslam 2. The group has promoted that Eric Bischoff will be in attendance at the press conference.

**Roman Reigns will be a guest on ‘After the Bell’ with Corey Graves this Wednesday.

**Last week, Deadline reported that Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions is partnering with 101 Studios to produce a film on the life of amateur wrestler Anthony Robles, who was born with one leg. Robles achieved great success as a three-time All-American and was a national champion in 2011.

**There is a new edition of Table for 3 airing tonight on the WWE Network featuring Shane McMahon, Bruce Prichard, and John Laurinaitis. The company released a clip previewing the show with McMahon recounting a ridiculous story regarding the sale of WCW in March 2001 and going to Panama City, Florida for the final Monday Nitro. According to McMahon’s story, he informed the locker room in WCW that the company had been bought out and everyone was stunned as he delivered the news. Laurinaitis then chimed in that only he and some of the lawyers were aware of the sale. The news broke the previous week and was the biggest story in the industry well in advance prior to the day of the final Nitro. This isn’t even one of those stories where there were reports out there, but the company had kept quiet, the WWE issued a press release on Friday announcing the purchase. So, this story was quite insane.

VIDEO

**Dwayne Johnson appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. The interview came together in a unique way where Johnson responded to Helwani’s tweet about the Mark Kerr film announcement. Helwani invited him onto his show publicly and Johnson accepted on Twitter. Johnson noted he appreciated Helwani taking a shot and asking him, noting how he doesn’t do many shows like this.

Johnson said it took a while to contact Mark Kerr and secure the rights to his life’s story for the film project. His agent, Brad Slater, was a key person putting everything together and pitching it to Kerr. He said he was open to the idea and was comfortable with Johnson playing Kerr. He acknowledged a lot of fans weren’t familiar with Kerr when he made the announcement in New York two weeks ago prior to UFC 244 and the film will educate people. The hope is to be in production in 2021 for the film.

**The latest edition of Being the Elite goes behind-the-scenes at Full Gear:

**Andrew Thompson was part of the media scrum with Eric Bischoff at Starrcast IV over the weekend:

**The latest edition of MLW Fusion was headlined by Teddy Hart defending the MLW middleweight against Myron Reed:

POST WRESTLING VIDEOS

 

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upNXT 11/11/19: EVOLVE 139 & 140 REVIEW

Davie Portman is back to chat all about this weekend’s two EVOLVE cards taking place from Queens and Brooklyn, New York. Davie is joined by John Siino to talk all about EVOLVE 139 and Jesse From The 6 to discuss EVOLVE 140.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/11/upnxt-11-11-19-evolve-139-140-review/
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NJPW SHOWDOWN IN SAN JOSE POST SHOW

WH Park is joined by Australian wrestler Davis Storm for a special NJPW Showdown in San Jose POST Show covering Saturday’s card.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/10/njpw-showdown-in-san-jose-post-show-with-wh-park-davis-storm/
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Thunderstruck #3: Jushin Liger vs. Rey Mysterio (12/29/96)

WH Park and Joey Bay take a look at a meeting of two masked wrestling legends as Jushin Liger does battle with Rey Mysterio Jr. at WCW’s Starrcade 1996 PPV from December 29, 1996.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/10/thunderstruck-3-jushin-liger-vs-rey-mysterio-jr-12-29-96-w-joey-bay/
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AEW FULL GEAR POST SHOW  

John Pollock & Wai Ting review AEW Full Gear headlined by Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho vs. Cody for the AEW Championship.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/10/aew-full-gear-post-show/
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RASD 11/8/19: “Sasha Baron Corbin”, AEW Full Gear Preview
John Pollock and Wai Ting review Friday Night SmackDown from England as Baron Corbin delivers a scathing, poop and testicle-filled promo to Roman Reigns.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/09/rasd-11-8-19-sasha-baron-corbin-aew-full-gear-preview/
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Café Hangout 11/7/19: Damian Abraham Live in-studio

On today’s Café Hangout, John Pollock and Wai Ting are joined in-studio by Damian Abraham as they take your calls about the week in wrestling news, discussing the closest ratings yet in the Wednesday Night Wars.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/07/cafe-hangout-damian-abraham-in-studio-nxt-aew-week-6-ratings/
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REWIND-A-DYNAMITE 11/6/19: AEW Full Gear Go-Home Show

John Pollock and Wai Ting review of the go-home edition of AEW Dynamite leading into the Full Gear pay-per-view on Saturday night.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/07/rewind-a-dynamite-11-6-19-aew-full-gear-go-home-show/
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upNXT 11/6/19: Dakota Cry

Braden Herrington and Davie Portman are back to chat all about this week’s WWE NXT following the SmackDown and Raw invasions!
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/07/upnxt-11-30-19-dakota-cry/
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REWIND-A-WAI #48: NJPW New Beginning in Osaka 2014

John Pollock and Wai Ting review NJPW New Beginning in Osaka from February 11, 2014, featuring an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/05/rewind-a-wai-48-njpw-new-beginning-in-osaka-2014/
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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.