Friday’s Torch Today (Evening Update) – Lawler vs. Funk, NJPW TV, GFW, Taker/WWE in Mexico

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


Torch Today – Friday, October 16


– Some hard-hitting pro wrestling is on TV tonight. AXS TV presents the latest installment of New Japan’s 2015 Tokyo Dome Show tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST. Matches include Ishii vs. Makabe for the NEVER Title and Sakuraba vs. Suzuki in a grudge match.

Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk is happening in 2015. Good for them. The “Last Stand” is set for Jackson, Tenn. next Saturday, October 24. Jim Ross blogged about this match and other week-in-review topics in his latest blog at

“Eugene” Nick Dinsmore made interesting comments about why he was fired as an NXT trainer in an interview on Colt Cabana’s podcast. Dinsmore noted that he’s too old to relate to the younger crew who may or may not receive constructive criticism well, but too young to be viewed as a respected voice, so it did not work out. Now, he’s opening his own wrestling school in South Dakota. Full Recap at

– On behalf of Global Force Wrestling, Sonjay Dutt was interviewed about his wrestling career, aimed at Indian fans. (Interview via American Bazaar)

– GFW will be part of an interesting “Time Credits programme” where wrestling fans can book tickets to GFW’s U.K. Tour by helping out the community. Magnus (Nick Aldis) talked about the collaboration benefiting his hometown. (Interview via Lynn News)

LIVECAST ALERT: Bruce Mitchell and Travis Bryant of the East Coast Cast host the Friday wrap-up edition of the Livecast at 7:00 EST on Call in/listen at

– VIDEO OF THE DAY: Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page, and “Resurrection of Jake Roberts” director Steve Yu appeared on the Busted Open satellite radio show for 45 minutes.


– WWE has a big weekend tour of Mexico running Friday through Sunday. WWE hopes adding The Undertaker and Ric Flair will help business at a time when they do not have a Hispanic headliner on the roster. WWE also has a domestic tour in West Texas with top champions John Cena and Seth Rollins. We’re looking for reports sent to if you attend a show this weekend. (Full Weekend Preview)

Hulk Hogan, a man without a wrestling home, continues to make a push for one last wrestling match. Hogan, in promoting his one-man show in Sheffield, England next month, talked to the U.K. Star about getting in shape for a potential send-off match:

“There’s a lot of wrestling opportunities out there. WWE would be a great place to end my career. Everything would have to be very calculated. I’d want to go out there one last time to have fun. It would have to be something I’d really have to have a handle on, because I can’t afford any more downtime or surgery.”

Vince McMahon made the list of big donors to New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s U.S. presidential campaign, as reported by Bloomberg. The latest disclosure shows McMahon and Linda McMahon made individual donations of $2,700 to the campaign.

Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara) talked about getting back in the ring for the first time in one year for Border City Wrestling this weekend. She also had interesting comments on not watching wrestling as much as she used to, and why. Full Interview with the Windsor Star.

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