TURNBUCKLE CLUB NEWS & RUMOURS

JANUARY 2018.
- The Annual January 4th show is about to begin and it looks like Y2J/Omega and Okada/Naito will be the headliners. We will have results after the event.
- Looks like the Royal Rumble will feature two over-the-top-rope contests featuring one for the male's division and a second for the female's division. Expect both battles to be made up of 30 contestants each.
- McGregor was last heard taking shots at Khabib Nurmagomedov after this past weekend's UFC event.
- Cyborg was successful in getting the UFC to revoke all credentials to Jackson-Wink's social media representative following his comments suggesting that Santos was a man.
- Lots of rumours circulating these days that it's just a matter of time before the WWE is sold to Disney.
- Zuffa Boxing will be headed up by Dana White. Apparently he is currently trying to sign current champion, Anthony Joshua.
- GSP's trainer Firas Zahabi hinted recently that it would take a megafight to bring the French-Canadian back to the Octagon IE) Mayweather OR McGregor.

DECEMBER 2017.
- In WWE news, it looks like longtime music composer Jim Johnston has been released.
- According to sources, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey is training at the Performance Centre for a WWE debut.
- The rumour is to have Lesnar/Reigns main event WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.
- There are rumblings surrounding the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE. Other rumours suggest him and Eric B have something big for 2018.
- In UFC news, GSP made a triumphant return by sleeping Bisping. Unfortunately GSP has an ailment that he's dealing with.
- Francis Nganou dominated Overreem at UFC 218 with the most vicious uppercut KO ever to be witnessed in the Octagon. Watch out Stipe!
- In McGregor news... One day he's entertaining a fight with Manny Pacquaio, and the next moment he's involved in altercations with the Irish mob.

OCTOBER 2017.
- According to the dirt-sheets, Lesnar/Mahal and 4-Horsewomen (MMA vs. WWE) should happen at Survivor Series.
- Global Force Wrestling or Impact Wrestling will bring their Mania to Ottawa in November. Impact is now a Canadian company.
- ROH is gaining momentum and rumours have it that many WWE stars are seeking advice from Cody about life after WWE.
- After a recent interview with a rep from Hot Topic in Canada, it can be said that Bullet Club merch is one of the the hottest things going in that store.
- UFC 215 and 216 both drew abysmal ratings. UFC wants to spike ratings with GSP/Bisping at UFC 217 NYC/MSG in November.
- UFC is desperate to get Conor McGregor in the Octagon. He should be battling Tony El Cuycuy Ferguson for the strap.

SEPTEMBER 2017.
- In UFC news, it was reported earlier today that Daniel Cormier's loss to Jon Jones in July 2017 was overturned due to the fact that Bones used an illegal substance. DC will be re-crowned as the Light Heavyweight champion of the UFC.
- Global Force Wrestling has launched their GFW Network for something in the ballpark of $6/month.
- WWE will most likely have big plans for the two 4 Horsewomen factions at Survivor Series in November.
- In Boxing, GGG takes on Canelo this Saturday night (Sep 16). Purists will be tuning into this barn-burner. Many critics hyped up this event during the 'circus' that was Mayweather vs. McGregor.
- For those who never knew, Joey Abs/Pete Gas were prominent reasons for Matt Hardy getting fired back in the Lita/Edge days.
- For those wondering (not sure why you would) but Stevie Richards in a shoot said that Chyna was a diva, and Vince McMahon praised his match once only to have him get squashed by Ken Kennedy. He also said that Jamie Noble was someone who threw him under the bus. 
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JUNE 2017.
- It's official, Conor McGregor will indeed battle Floyd Money Mayweather on August 26th in Vegas! Expect PPV price to be around $100.
- HHH has invited Mayweather and McGregor to RAW to generate hype.
- Bellator had a successful debut at MSG in NYC. Coker is working on a deal to bring Lou Da Bella's Boxing and Bellator MMA together for some big Boxing vs. MMA bouts
- Bobby Fish made his NXT debut
- Cody Rhodes is now the ROH Champ. 
- Mauro Ronallo is now the voice of WWE NXT, Showtime Boxing (Mayweather vs. McGregor), and Bellator.

MAY 1, 2017.
- Ring Of Honour tickets for Toronto are SOLD OUT! Tickets that originally ranged from $30-$80 are now going for $80-$150 on the secondary market like, "Stub Hub." Yes, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and top New Japan stars are on the card. It's time for ROH to stage events at a bigger venue.
- CM Punk will appear on an MTV reality show where he will have his second MMA fight against a contestant. This show has been recorded already.
- Now that WWE is trying to make a splash in India, Dubai, and the Middle East you can expect a major push for, Jinder Mahal, Daivari, Bollywood Boys, and maybe Alliya from NXT.. Don't be surprised if you see Mahal dethroning RKO for the strap.
- For those claiming that boxing is dead, think twice. The Klitschko/Joshua fight had 90,000 at Wembley. 
- UFC is not following supporting McGregor/Mayweather. They're also supporting Manuwa/Haye.
- UFC 213 (Fight Week July) seems to be developing really well: Werdum/Reem, Robbie Lawler/Cerrone, and possibly Bisping/GSP OR Cormier/Jones II.
- Bellator MMA will be on PPV in June for, "Bellator 180". Expect the following Fedor/Mitrione, Wanderlei/Sonnen, Phil Davis/Ryan Bader, and Michael Chandler.
- Expect Brock Lesnar to defend his title at, WWE Great Balls Of Fire in July.
- If you're in the Toronto area, you can meet the following wrestlers in the next few weeks: 
May 7: Kenny Omega, Young Bucks - Ted Reeve Arena Toronto. http://www.rohwrestling.com/live/events/2017/may/7/5717-war-worlds-tour-toronto
May 7: Road Warrior Animal - International Centre Mississauga. http://sportcardexpo.com/
June 2-4: Sting (Sunday Only), Nash/Hall/Xpac (Fri/Sat/Sun), Gene Okerlund (Sat/Sun), Tito Santana (Sat/Sun), Ryback (Sat) - Scotia Bank Convention Centre Niagara Falls. http://niagarafallscomiccon.com/guests
June 17: Pete Dunne Destiny Wrestling - The Woodbine Centre. http://www.destinyworldwrestling.com/
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APRIL 3, 2017.
- WrestleMania is underway and so far we've seen Mojo Rawley get a push by winning the Andre Battle Royale with help from Gronk.
- Many expect Reigns to beat Taker and Lesnar to beat Goldberg ultimately setting up a Reigns/Lesnar II WM showdown next year.
- Expect The Hardy's back at home in The WWE. The Young Bucks defeated them last night at ROH.
- Hulk Hogan may make an appearance at WM tonight.
- Mania is in Orlando this year. Next year WWE travels to New Orleans. I expect that they'll want to fill up the new Raiders stadium in Vegas.
- As much as we can praise HBK and Booker T for their in ring performances, we have to admit that they're terrible at a commentary table.
- Nakamura lost last night to Roode which has created a lot of conversations about Shinsuke possibly jumping to the main roster.
- It was confirmed last night that Drew McIntyre is coming to NXT.

 

FEBRURARY 20, 2017.
- We're on the Road To Wrestlemania and so far we have the following lineup for the, 'Grand Daddy Of Em All:' Lesnar/Goldberg, Jericho/KO, Shaq/Big Show
- Dana White and GSP have come to terms on a new UFC contract. Expect GSP to face Bisping OR Woodley/Thompson. The ultimate showdown would feature GSP/McGregor.
- It looks like Cyborg is getting the run-around regarding her shot at the world title.
- Despite rumours that Mayweather/McGregor is close to happening, it appears that this is just a publicity stunt.
- The Rock is working with WWE on a movie about Paige's life.
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DECEMBER 20, 2016.
- With less than two weeks remaining before Rousey's big return to the UFC, her opponent Amanda Nunes is reportedly ill. Rousey will most likely win this belt if she has an opponent who is ill two weeks out of her long anticipated return.
- Dana White has stated that he would want to have a champ vs. champ bout between Holm and Rousey if both are successful in their respective upcoming bouts.
- With Wanderlei Silva pulling out of his fight with Cro Cop in Japan, it looks like King Mo Lawal will fill in the open slot at Rizin.
- Take this for what you will, but WWE is advertising Batista meet and greets. Rumble is around the corner. Hmmm.
- It looks like Cyborg has expressed interest in attending a WWE tryout at their Performance Centre.
- Expect Brock Lesnar to somehow have a run-in with Goldberg at Rumble to set up a Part III at WM 33.
- Sting has accepted some kind of motivational speaking role with the Dallas Cowboys.
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DECEMBER 4, 2016.
- Just watched WWE TLC: Awesome main event featuring AJ Styles. Truly an amazing athlete. If you ever meet this guy, he's humble.
- Lots of speculation going around about Triple H possibly getting Connor McGregor to come in for Mania. Special Referee?
- Wanderlei Silva pulled out of his fight with Cro Cop in Japan.
- Samoa Joe lost the NXT title to Nakamura. Apparently Okada was backstage in Japan to meet Shinsuke.
- John Cena is going to appear on SNL. I have a legit question... Did this guy fail a wellness policy test?
- Goldberg will be appearing on future RAWs leading up to Rumble.
- Jericho and Kevin Owens pitched an idea to WWE studios for a possible film. These two have some amazing onscreen chemistry.
- Speaking of Hollywood. Looks like Santino Marella is aiming for a Hollywood future.
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NOVEMBER 22, 2016.
- Reports are going around that Goldberg has signed a big money deal with WWE. He had a thunderous ovation in Toronto.
- Rumours are circulating that Goldberg vs. Lesnar III should occur at Mania. Let's see.
- Early rumblings indicate that WrestleMania 33 might feature some big name returns: Hulk Hogan, Rock, Undertaker, not to mention Lesnar, Shaq, and Goldberg.
- Randy Orton broke character at Survivor Series to let Shane's boys know that their father was going to be ok.
- UFC Rousey vs. Nunes might be Ronda's last fight if she loses (which she might).
- McGregor should be back around May for another fight.
- UFC star CM Punk says he might have his second fight in January/February 2017? He should wait until 2018.
- Former WWE and ECW star Kid Kash lost in his MMA bout for Valor fight. He got rocked in a short period of time (under a minute?)
- NXT was a crazy event which showcased a serious bout between Joe and Nakamura. Interestingly enough, the big pop came from Tye Dillinger with his TEN gimmick!
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OCTOBER 4, 2016.
- Looks like Sasha Banks and Charlotte will be the first women to have a bout in a cell at WWE HIAC.
- Rumours are circulating that Goldberg is close to signing a WWE deal. He may face Lesnar at WrestleMania.
- WWE ratings are at an all time low (or very close to the all time low of the 90's). Many can attribute this to stiff competition from the NFL, Presidential debates, and lack of major superstars on the roster.
- Mick Foley is working on a new book.
- In UFC news, Jose Aldo is saying that he wants out of his contract.
- Rousey may be back for a December bout with Nunes.
- McGregor is on his way to making 40 million by the end of 2016. Nobody knows how legitimate these numbers are but it's been reported.
- Former WWE and ECW star Kid Kash is going to have an MMA bout for Valor fight.
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JULY 24, 2016.

- Looks like both Lesnar and Jon Jones got caught for the same substance: Estrogen Blockers. Chael Sonnen called it! Apparently the UFC will not fine either of these guys. USADA may fine them and hand out 2 year suspensions.
- This came in earlier... Shevchenko defeated Holm at UFC Chicago. This upset ended with a unanimous decision in favour of Shevchenko.I feel sorry for Rousey who will be welcomed back with serious competition in what used to be her division. I'm sure Nunes, Cyborg, Tate, Holm, Pena, and Shevchenko will all be waiting for a pay day with the Rowdy one.
- I thought it was interesting how Arthur Jones (brother of Jon Jones) got popped this passed week for PEDs. Arthur plays for the NFL's Colts. Arthur like Jon won a title in his respective sport.
- Is it just me or was the Smackdown/Raw draft underwhelming?
- For those wondering, Sin Cara got into a real fight backstage w/ Simon Gotch. The report is going around that Sin Cara dominated Gotch. Gotch was sent home. So far Sin Cara has defeated Shaemus and Gotch in real life fights backstage!
- Not sure if you heard this one, but Amir Khan (boxer) wants to enter MMA for a McGregor payday?
- In more UFC news, Chad Mendes got popped for a banned substance under USADA. He'll be gone for 2 years.
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JULY 20, 2016.
- Lots of news surrounding the status of Brock Lesnar. After an impressive return to the, "Octagon" at UFC 200, Mr. Lesnar was popped for testing positive to a banned substance under USADA. This organization has yet to reveal what Brock tested positive to, but the rumour going around is that it could be related to something that helps him breath in cold climate regions. It's no secret that Brock lives in Canada now. Lesnar could face a 2-yr suspension from MMA. He could also lose up to 1.87 million dollars from his purse against Mark Hunt. Although the WWE is clearly not impressed by this, Lesnar is still expected to square off against Randy Orton at SummerSlam in August. Lesnar will not be able to compete in Wrestling OR MMA in any state covered under the NSAC. Lesnar can still compete in New York and Florida (home to WrestleMania 33).
- The WWE Draft is over and it looks like RAW is positioned to still be the #1 show within the company. Smackdown looks to be the underdog show. Big stars under the RAW banner include Reigns, Rollins, Lesnar, New Day, Balor, The Club, Zayn, Kevin Owens, and a bunch of Cruiserweights. Big stars under the Smackdown brand include, Cena, Orton, Ambrose, The Miz, Eva Marie, and AJ Styles.
- Over 50 wrestlers are involved in a civil suit vs. WWE. The issue? Concussions. Some big names mentioned in this suit include, Jimmy Superfly Snuka, Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorf, Demolition, Johnny The Bull, Road Warrior Animal (the brother of John Laurinaitis). CNN has an article about the suit at this link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/health/wwe-brain-injury-lawsuit/
- Listen to our DURGANA.COM Turnbuckle Club exclusive podcast with none other than, Dan 'The Beast' Severn. 
Very interesting interview: http://www.durgana.com/blog/music.html
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JULY 1, 2016.
- UFC 200 is a week away and many people are choosing Daniel Cormier to win. A lot of people are also expecting The Beast to be Hunted and Knocked out by Mark Hunt. I can say that as a Lesnar fan, I'm rooting for the 'CANADIAN' in this one.
- Now that Goldberg is in the WWE 2k17 game, and that Ali has died, expect both men to be inducted into the WWE HOF in 2017.
- It's been announced that CM Punk will make his long awaited UFC debut in Cleveland vs. Micky Gall. Expect Punk to lose this battle (according to experts).  
- WWE Network is pretty sweet... This wrestling version of Netflix is pretty cool. Just saying.
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JUNE 17, 2016.
- In case you have north of 4 Billion to spend, the last day to bid for UFC ownership was today. Two companies were Asian and the other was American.
- WWE recently signed a star out of China. Watch for his push as WWE tries to penetrate the Asian market.
- Expect Moose of ROH to join NXT.
- Tajiri is expected to make his return in the WWE Cruiserweight Challenge.
- In UFC news, Bisping may defend his belt against Hendo.
- Expect Lesnar to represent Canada at UFC 200.
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