Friday Torch Today – WWE line-up tonight (Report Wanted), HONMA on NJPW TV, huge Friday indies shows, Foley WSJ profile, Melina not part of Lucha Underground?, AAA stars at NBA: Mexico City, Japan notes, Jericho on Weiland death


TORCH TODAY – Friday, November 4

– LIVECAST ALERT: Join Bruce Mitchell and Travis Bryant of the East Coast Cast at 7:00 p.m. EST for the Friday Livecast wrap-up taking calls & emails at Also, be sure to listen to this week’s interviews – Pat McNeill with former WCW wrestler Bob Cook on Wednesday and Wade Keller with Justin Credible on Thursday.

– WWE is on the road this weekend starting Friday night in Johnson City, Tennessee. The top available stars are on the show. For those attending, there will be tighter security. (We’re looking for reports sent to if you attend a show.)

  • WWE Title match: Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
  • Tag Title match: New Day vs. Dudleys vs. Lucha Dragons
  • Divas Title: Charlotte vs. Paige
  • Big Show vs. The Ascension in a handicap match

– New Japan Pro Wrestling is back on AXS TV this week. Scheduled to air at 9:00 p.m. EST is Honma vs. Ishii vs. the NEVER Openweight Title and Bullet Club vs. Team Tanahashi.

– It’s another huge Friday in independent wrestling. The Kliq is in Altoona, Pa. for Big Time Wrestling, Sami Callihan officially returns to the indies for Rockstar Pro, Mick Foley headlines Maryland Championship Wrestling, Ricky Steamboat is making an appearance, and NWA Mid-South has a packed card. (Full Weekend Events Center)

– WWE NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS: WWE is early-releasing this week’s Superstars episode at 3:00 p.m. EST before the regular airing at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Mick Foley was profiled by the Wall Street Journal for his appreciation of Santa Claus, especially at his $1.1 million home in Smithtown, New York. WSJ quoted “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on Foley having good spending habits, allowing him to afford a nice home after retiring from the ring.

– Former WWE Diva Melina is not in the plans for Season 2 of Lucha Underground, reports former TMZ producer Ryan Satin. The writing crew reportedly does not have a role for Melina, as they do not want to repeat the John Morrison (Johnny Mundo) & Melina pairing from WWE TV.

Chris Jericho, while finishing up a U.K. tour with “Fozzy,” commented on the reported death of rocker Scott Weiland.

– This week’s miscellaneous wrestling news from Japan reported at

– And, finally, AAA stars had a presence at the NBA’s Mexico City game between the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics on Thursday night. AAA stars LA Parka and El Hijo del Fantasma appeared courtside at the game.

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