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David Otunga Off Survivor Series Kickoff; Becky Lynch Talks Total Divas & More

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David Otunga Jennifer Hudson

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David Otunga Off Survivor Series

It’s being reported that David Otunga will be missing Sunday’s Survivor Series. As we’ve been reporting today, he and former fiancée Jennifer Hudson have split up, and Hudson has filed an order of protection against the WWE commentator.

According to a report from TMZ, Otunga pulled out of the show to focus on his custody dispute with Hudson. Otunga is a regular on WWE PPV kickoff panels.

Becky Lynch Talks Total Divas & More

In a recent interview, Becky Lynch talked about why she’s not interested in appearing on Total Divas.

“It’s not something I ever wanted for myself. It’s a great opportunity for the women. But I never envisioned myself in that role. And there’s a certain mystique about myself that I’d like to keep. I don’t want to give out too much of Rebecca Quinn.”

She also talked about the face/heel dynamics in WWE and on the indies.

“When I was on the independent circuit, I always played the heel role, but I always felt that no matter what, I was able to connect with the fans. Whether I was good or not, there was a connection there because I think I just really love wrestling. If you’re a fan, you love wrestling. When you can feel that radiating off somebody, I think you tend to gravitate toward them.”

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Management Company Says Ric Flair Is Lying About Recent Allegations

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Ric Flair’s former management company, Legacy Talent & Entertainment, spoke with TMZ and issued the following response to the Flair’s allegations that they ripped him off:

“Ric Flair has always been known to be dramatic and looking desperately for the spotlight. That’s fine as a wrestler but it is despicable when he blatantly lies.”

“As anyone who read [the Ric Flair Grantland article] knows, Ric has always left a trail of destruction in his wake whether it be from his ex wives, the IRS, State Departments of Revenue, creditors, or from his former business partners and friends… the debris is everywhere.”

“Our client wishes Flair nothing but the best and is sad that things have come to this after over a decade of hard work and incredible results for their client.”

As for the explanation for the finances, Legacy said the following:

“Our client provided Flair an accounting of funds as they always did throughout their representation. Flair then demanded funds that belonged to buyers be released from trust that he had not yet earned and our client would not be bullied into doing anything unethical. In reality the $37,000 in dispute are in his management company’s trust account while we were working out a settlement on the sums of money owed our client from deals and money Flair hid from his management.”

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Ric Flair Suing Former Management Company; Legacy Talent & Entertainment Issues Statement

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Ric Flair Suing management company

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Ric Flair is suing his former management company, Legacy Talent & Entertainment. According to TMZ, Flair claims that he is owed $25,000.00 for his 30 For 30 documentary, but his manager stole the money. He is also claiming that he is missing a $12,000.00 royalty payment from Jake’s Fireworks.

Flair said that he reached out to his former manager to find out what was going on, and he was informed that they used the money to pay legal fees. Flair says he never authorized them to do this. He’s saying he’s owed at least $46,000.00 in total.

Legacy and their attorneys released a statement this afternoon about the lawsuit, and it was less than flattering when it came to Flair.

“Ric Flair has always been known to be dramatic and looking desperately for the spotlight. That’s fine as a wrestler but it is despicable when he blatantly lies.

“As anyone who read [the Ric Flair Grantland article] knows, Ric has always left a trail of destruction in his wake whether it be from his ex wives, the IRS, creditors, or from his former business partners and friends… the debris is everywhere.

“Our client wishes Flair nothing but the best and is sad that things have come to this after over a decade of hard work and incredible results for their client.

“Our client provided Flair an accounting of funds as they always did throughout their representation. Flair then demanded funds that belonged to buyers be released from trust that he had not yet earned and our client would not be bullied into doing anything unethical. In reality the $37,000 in dispute are in his management company’s trust account while we were working out a settlement on the sums of money owed our client from deals and money Flair hid from his management.”

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Bret Hart Brags About Punching Vince McMahon Out

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Bret Hart recently spoke with Calgary Herald. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Punching Vince McMahon backstage after the Montreal Screwjob: “It was only one punch but it was such a beautiful punch. Of all the things I’ve ever done in my life, it was the sweetest, most beautiful punch anyone could ever throw. It was just amazing. The whole memory of it brings a smile to my face. I just maybe wish that I’d mopped the floor with Triple H and Shawn Michaels both at the same time right after. That would have been ideal. … I think what it really amounted to was a case of Vince — and he’s a very macho kind of guy — he wanted to back me down in front of everybody in the dressing room and show that he was the boss and save face. So he took it upon himself to put himself in a physical situation, which was laughable. But he put himself in that situation and I knocked him out.”

Being lied to by people he worked with: “To be lied to and screwed over legitimately by people that I had worked so hard for, I think it’s always been a black eye on them, not me. Everything I said was true, everything that I said happened, it happened the way it did.”

Goals when he got into wrestling: “I got into wrestling to make some money, see the world, and meet girls. I accomplished that. Those were my initial goals. When I look back on everything, I’m really amazed by my career. I had so many wonderful guys that I worked with and great matches, that’s what was most important to me — and the fans. I had a great fan base across the country and around the world.”

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Adam Cole Busted Open at Thursday’s NXT Live Event

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During Thursday’s WWE NXT Live Event in Austin, TX., Adam Cole was busted open the hardy way in a six man tag between The Undisputed Era and Sanity. Correspondent Cody Walper sent along the following regarding the incident:

“They set up a spot on the floor literally right in front of me where Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly and Cole all got sent into each other head-first by Sanity and it sounded like a soda busting in a freezer. Cole bled heavily and got pulled to the back to get cleaned up. The rest of the guys did an awesome job buying time until Cole came back out (never once breaking character) and continued the match.”

The Undisputed ended up scoring the victory in the match.

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David Otunga Off Sunday’s Survivor Series Event

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TMZ reports that David Otunga won’t be at Sunday’s Survivor Series event as part of the WWE pre-show discussion panel. Here is an excerpt of what was reported:

“Otunga is a regular as a host/commentator for WWE events and he was scheduled to work the pay-per-view event Sunday … one of the biggest WWE events of the year.

But sources close to Otunga tell us he wants to focus on the intense child custody fight with Jennifer Hudson … and decided to pull out of ‘Survivor Series’ coverage. “

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Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap – Ripping Paul Heyman, Choosing ‘Teen Mom’ Over RAW, Jinder Mahal to Regain WWE Title? More!

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Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane, Big Vito, and Kenny & Chris Bolin. On today’s show they’re going to share their thoughts on this past week’s episode of RAW & Smackdown Live.

Russo says that he was very dissapointed that WWE’s creative team ignored the fact that someone had to let The New Day into the building during last week’s episode of RAW. On this week’s show, he would have written the entire episode around the fact that there’s a mole on the inside who let those guys into the building the prior week. He thinks that would have been very captivating television, but WWE simply ignored it.

Russo saw no point of the in-ring promo segment between Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro on RAW. Lane agrees, saying that this was a filler segment. Bolin points out that he basically falls asleep anytime Sheamus speaks so he wasn’t captivated by this promo.

Bolin says that Jason Jordan has ‘Rocky Maivia’ heat right now, and the Atlanta fans were even thanking Bray Wyatt for hurting Jordan’s leg on RAW this week. It’s one thing for a Northeast crowd to act that way, but when a Southern crowd begins to turn on a babyface that heavily, you’re in real trouble.

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Chris Jericho: ‘I’d Have To Be A Pretty Big A-Hole To Call Myself A Legend’

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Chris Jericho spoke with TV Insider. Here are some highlights from the interview:

If he considers himself a legend: “I think I would be a pretty big a**hole to call myself a legend. Some people say that I have some sort of legendary status. And if someone says that, thank you very much. I’m more than happy to accept that. It’s hard for you to call yourself a legend. Although I did call myself the living legend in WWE. So, if you look back in 2004, my character definitely thought he was a legend.”

Last time he was starstruck: “I’ve met Keith Richards a couple of years ago, and that was big one. You just got to be cool and talk to them like they’re normal dudes. I still have my heroes. I saw Wayne Gretzky a few months ago. He had a couple of cocktails. I was sort of starstruck, but he was going off on how much he loved me and my work. I was like, ‘Wow, Gretzky likes me. I don’t care if he has had a couple of cocktails. I am talking to Wayne Gretzky!’”

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NJPW World Tag League 2017 Preview (11/18/17): The Tournament Begins

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NJPW’s World Tag League 2017 kicks off tomorrow on NJPW World. The tournament will have its first show at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall tomorrow, and World will stream the show live beginning at 4:30 am EST. Only tomorrow’s show and the show on November 30th will air live this month, with the tourney matches being uploaded to World for the rest of the shows.

Just like the G1 Climax tournament, the World Tag League is held under a points system, with 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The winners of the tournament will get a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at WrestleKingdom 12.

NJPW World Tag League 2017 Match Card

Syota Umino & Hirai Kawato vs Ren Narita & Tetsuhiro Yagi.

Tomoyuki Oka & War Machine vs Leo Tonga, Tanga Loa, & Tama Tonga.

Katsuya Kitamura, David Finlay, Jeff Cobb, & Michael Elgin vs Best Friends, Toru Yano, & Tomohiro Ishii.

Manabu Nakanishi, TenCozy, & Yuji Nagata vs Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Hangman Page, & Yujiro Takahashi.

Henare, Togi Makabe, & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs El Desperado & Killer Elite Squad.

Gedo, Will Ospreay, & Kazuchika Okada vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, & Tetsuya Naito.

World Tag League 2017 A Block Match
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto vs Takashi Iizuka & Minoru Suzuki.

World Tag League 2017 A Block Match
Sami Callihan & Juice Robinson vs SANADA & EVIL.

You can join me on Twitter (@AbbeyA) as I cover the show live beginning at 4:30 am EST Saturday morning, and we will have a full recap as soon as the show is in the books.

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WWE Survivor Series 2017: Early Betting Odds For Sunday’s Show

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WWE Survivor Series 2017

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The betting odds for WWE Survivor Series are rolling in. As it stands now, the odds are split for the traditional Survivor Series Elimination Matches, with RAW favored for the women and SmackDown Live slightly favored for the men. Brock Lesnar is a heavy favorite to beat AJ Styles, and not surprisingly, The Shield are the odds on favorites to defeat The New Day.

Charlotte has an edge over Alexa Bliss in her match, and Enzo Amore is the favorite to walk out of Sunday’s show with his Cruiserweight Title intact.

Just a reminder, the minus indicates the favorite and the plus is for the underdog. The number after the plus or minus tells us how favored or unfavored the competitors are.

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Betting Odds

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match (Men)
Team Smackdown -167 vs Team Raw +120

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match (Women)
Team RAW -295 vs Team SmackDown +200.

Champion vs Champion
Brock Lesnar -500 vs AJ Styles +300.

Champion vs Champion
Charlotte Flair -155 vs Alexa Bliss +110.

Tag Champions vs Tag Champions
The Usos -250 vs Cesaro & Sheamus +175.

Intercontinental Champion vs United States Champion
The Miz -139 vs Baron Corbin +100.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Enzo Amore -225 vs Kalisto +155.

The Shield -500 vs The New Day +300.

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