POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Elias Theodorou passes away

Elias Theodorou passes away at 34, Raw goes against Monday Night Football, All Out 2021 buys, Black Wrecellence list, Madusa book & more.

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POST IT NOTES

**Rewind-A-Raw is live at 11 p.m. ET tonight on the POST YouTube channel. Wai Ting and I will have a complete review of Raw from Portland and discuss the latest news including the passing of Elias Theodorou, Friday night ratings from SmackDown & Rampage and take your feedback from the POST Wrestling Forum and Super Chats.

**For POST Wrestling Café members, we will be releasing the sixth installment of TALK on Tuesday featuring a 90-minute discussion with Wai Ting and I. This will be predominantly a non-wrestling chat focusing on Wai’s paternity leave and becoming a parent and will be a worthwhile show for long-time listeners.

**On Wednesday, upNXT is hosting a special roundtable show discussing the one-year anniversary of the NXT 2.0 rebranding. Davie Portman & Braden Herrington will be joined by Denise Salcedo and Jason Solomon to discuss the changes over the past year, the good and the bad, as well as its future. This will be available on the main POST Wrestling feed.

**Our UFC 279 POST Show is up on the site and on the POST YouTube channel:

POST SCHEDULE

Tonight: Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock & Wai Ting (11 p.m. ET)
Tuesday: Pollock & Ting – TALK (Patreon)
Wednesday: Rewind-A-Dynamite with John & Wai (10 p.m.)
Wednesday: NXT 2.0 Roundtable with Braden, Davie, Denise Salcedo & Jason Solomon
Wednesday: Shot in the Dark with John Siino
Thursday: MCU L8R – She-Hulk Ep. 5 with WH Park & Rich Fann (Patreon)
Friday: Rewind-A-SmackDown (Patreon)
Sunday: Wrestlenomics Radio

WRESTLING NEWS

**WWE Raw takes place from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon tonight and sees the return of Monday Night Football, which will occupy the top position on cable throughout the season. They have announced several matches for tonight’s show going against the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks:
*Women’s Tag Team Championships: Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Dakota Kai & IYO SKY
*Edge vs. Dominik Mysterio
*Bianca Belair’s open challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship
*Johnny Gargano’s first match back

**Brandon Thurston has updated the estimate for last year’s buys for All Out, which was AEW’s record number. Wrestlenomics has updated the estimate of 215,000 buys, up from the previously reported number of 205,000. This show featured CM Punk’s first match in 7 ½ years after debuting for AEW several weeks prior. Last week, it was reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that this year’s All Out show has an early estimate of 135-142,000 buys (this could adjust based on television and satellite buys, which are slower to be reported than digital buys). This year’s All Out will end the streak of each year’s pay-per-view outdoing the same show from the previous year. AEW’s next pay-per-view Full Gear is on Saturday, November 19th, and will not include CM Punk wrestling on the show after sustaining an injury in his match with Jon Moxley last weekend.

**The annual Black Wrecellence list of the top 500 Black wrestlers has been released by Righteous Reg of the Grapsody podcast and PWI. This year, the top ten features Bianca Belair at the top followed by AEW’s Swerve Strickland, Bobby Lashley, Carmelo Hayes, Jonathan Gresham, Ricky Starks, Jade Cargill, AC Mack, and Big E.

**The NEVER Six-Man tag titles will be defended by Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & YOH in Beppu this Sunday. The champions will defend against House of Torture’s EVIL, Yujiro & SHO and will take place under “Tornado Dog Cage Survival” rules with the following description:

For the first time ever, this unique bout will see tornado rules apply- there will be no tags, and submissions and pinfalls can count by anyone on anyone. Additionally, in each of the four sides of the ring at ringside will be a dog cage. Teams can opt to lock an opponent inside one of the four cages to eliminate them from the match. Should all three members of a team be shut in a cage, the match will end.

The same card this Sunday will feature an Elimination match in the main event with Jay White, Good Brothers, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Toru Yano, KUSHIDA & Jado and will stream on New Japan World at 4 a.m. ET.

**ECW Press has announced that The Woman Who Would Be King: The Madusa Story will be released on April 18, 2023. Debra Miceli worked with SLAM Wrestling’s Greg Oliver on the biography that will extensively cover her careers in pro wrestling and monster truck with the foreword written by Paul Heyman. The book is available now for pre-order.

**Bret Hart is appearing at a familiar location today when he is honored for being added to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Hart is appearing at the Victoria Pavilion, which was the long-time home of Stampede Wrestling, for a special presentation.

**The following matches will air on AEW Dark Elevation tonight at 7 p.m. ET from the tapings in Buffalo last week:
*The Butcher & The Blade vs. Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto
*Athena vs. Emi Sakura
*Hikaru Shida vs. Christina Marie
*Buddy Matthews & Brody King vs. Isaiah Prince & Kubes
*Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir vs. JC Storm & Joelle Clift
*Julia Hart vs. Tiara James
*Ryan Nemeth vs. John Silver
*Dante Martin & Matt Sydal vs. Serpentico & Zack Clayton

**TripleMania is being listed on Fite TV for $22.99 U.S. on Saturday, October 15th from Mexico City. The card will include the finals of the Ruleta de la Muerte tournament between Pentagon Jr. and Villano IV and Hijo del Vikingo defending the AAA Mega Championship against TBA.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Burning Spirit tour continues Tuesday in Osaka with the main event of Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano vs. JONAH, Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito.

**The WWE stock closed at $70.10 on Monday.

**Matt Cardona vs. Mad Kurt has been added to GCW’s card in Liverpool, England this Friday at Hangar 34. The card includes Joey Janela vs. Nick Wayne, Session Moth Martina vs. Effy, Jordan Oliver vs. Blake Christian, Drew Parker vs. Alex Colon, Allie Katch vs. Millie McKenzie, and John Wayne Murdoch vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Clint Margera vs. Big Joe.

**DEFY Wrestling will be airing its Kingdom Come card live on Fite TV on Saturday, October 29th at 11 p.m. ET from Seattle, Washington. The card from Washington Hall will include Minoru Suzuki.

**Maryland Championship Wrestling results from Saturday night in Joppa at the RJ Meyer Arena: Angel Alvarado over Alex Divine and Steve Fuerte in a triple threat match, Trey Miguel (with Lio Rush in his corner) over Miami Mike Walker, Robert Locke & Eric Martin over Diego Cruz & Lor Diaz to retain the MCW tag titles, Mandy Leon over Zayda Steel, Erick Redbeard & Drolix & Chuck Lennox over The Jacobs’ Family, Tim Spriggs over Killian McMurphy, Chris Bey over Myles Hawkins, and “The Mecca” Brian Johnson won the 11-man Bruiser Strong Rumble Elimination match to win the MCW heavyweight title.

MMA NEWS

**The passing of Elias Theodorou is a really tragic story as he had been battling Stage 4 liver cancer and kept the news to a small circle around him. From a personal standpoint, I met him several months before he did the Ultimate Fighter and was immediately struck by his personality. It was clear that if he could win fights, he had the potential to be a very marketable fighter in the country. Some might be unaware, but when he took up fighting, he didn’t have any background in any type of martial arts and compared himself to a “blank canvas” when he started cold at the age of 21. To make it to the UFC within several years was an impressive accomplishment and had a very respectable career going 8-3 with the promotion. He was very media savvy and understood the value of promoting himself more than many as he would reach out seeking interview opportunities including when he was in the UFC. He was also an advocate for fighters and spoke up about a lot of issues regarding their treatment and spearheaded the allowance of TUEs for medicinal marijuana use when he was granted his first one in 2020 for a fight in Canada. It is a tragedy that someone so young was stricken with cancer and you can from the tributes posted that his death has hit hard with many people.

**Showtime and Most Valuable Promotions held the first press conference involving Jake Paul and Anderson Silva to promote their October 29th fight. The presser was hosted by Chael Sonnen, who fought Silva in two big fights in August 2010 and July 2012. Paul and Silva will be contested over eight rounds at 187 pounds at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Silva had two boxing fights earlier in his career and returned to boxing after leaving the UFC where he beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz in 2021. Paul is 5-0 as a pro boxer but this is the toughest fight of his career.

**UFC 279 drew an announced crowd of 19,125 and a gate of $5,670,271.86, which are extraordinary figures. Dana White stated at the press conference afterward that they didn’t need to refund one ticket after the main event changed on Friday. This card could have been a disaster if not for the willingness of the six fighters to accept new opponents the day before. Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez vs. Kevin Holland was only added to the card over the past month and if they didn’t have those fighters scheduled, and Khamzat Chimaev missed weight, it’s likely they would have had no main event and couldn’t have run this as a pay-per-view. After Chimaev, the only other welterweights on the card that weighed in as welterweights were Yohan Lainesse and Darian Weeks in the opener on the early prelims.

**The UFC returns to the Apex this Saturday with a Fight Night card headlined by a bantamweight fight between Cory Sandhagen (14-4) and Song Yadong (19-6-1, 1 NC). Sandhagen had decision losses to T.J. Dillashaw and Petr Yan in his last two fights and fought three times last year. Yadong is only 24 years old but has been fighting in the UFC since 2017 and has gone 8-1-1 in the promotion including wins in his last three outings against Casey Kenny, Julio Arce, and Marlon Moraes. Sandhagen is currently a -205 favorite on DraftKings. This is a very good main event.

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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.