Thursday Torch Today – JIM ROSS on the Livecast, SD final PPV hype, U.K. Tour kicks off, JCW’s “Rassle Rap” kicks off, Bayley interview, Network sched, UFC fighter calls out C.M. Punk, WWNLive’s N.Y. return date, Bret Hart returning to U.K., New Japan releasing theme CD, Videos – Chikara Season Finale clip & Hero vs. Galloway

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Bret Hart not returning to AEW anytime soon
Bret Hart (photo credit Mike Lano © PWTorch)

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TORCH TODAY – Thursday, December 10, 2015

MORNING UPDATE

– PWTORCH LIVECAST ALERT: Jim Ross (now back @JRsBBQ) returns to the Livecast today with PWTorch editor Wade Keller. Ross’s live interview is at 5:00 p.m. EST at PWTorchLivecast.com.

– Tonight’s WWE Smackdown completes the hype for WWE’s TLC PPV. Included is a main event of WWE World Hvt. champion Sheamus & Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose. Plus, the Owens-Ambrose IC Title contract signing for TLC. (Full Match Preview)

– WWE’s U.K. NXT Tour kicks off Thursday night in Newcastle, England. Neville is on the tour from the main roster. Plus, Sami Zayn makes his in-ring return after recovering from injury. (Full Tour Preview) (Reports Wanted to pwtorch@gmail.com)

Previewing the tour, NXT Women’s champion Bayley talked to the Daily Record about her male and female wrestling inspirations, now inspiring female wrestling fans, and main roster aspirations.

– JCW’s “Rassle Rap” charity tour kicks off Thursday in Indiana featuring the top stars from Juggalo Championship Wrestling in action. (Full Details & Dates on the tour)

– WWE NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS: No new content on Thursday. WWE is re-airing a lot of original content from earlier in the week, plus a Raw vs. Nitro flashback to January 15, 1996. Raw had The Undertaker vs. Isaac Yankem (ahem, Kane) before they were brothers and early-days Steve Austin vs. Matt Hardy. Meanwhile, Nitro had a huge double main event of Ric Flair vs. Sting and Lex Luger vs. Randy Savage. (Full Thursday Schedule)

– The latest UFC fighter to call out C.M. Punk is John “Doomsday” Howard. Howard, who is fighting on the prelims of Thursday night’s “UFC Fight Night” card, said why he wants to fight Punk in an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.

“Phil Brooks got a pass to the UFC because of his notoriety,” said Howard. “Maybe he is a legit caliber UFC fighter, but I want to be the guy he fights to prove he belongs in the UFC. I’m smaller than him. He’s a middleweight and I’m a welterweight, but I’ll come up in weight. If he whips my butt, I’ll eat my words–but let’s see him prove it against me.”

Bret Hart is heading back to the U.K. for a one-man event in April 2016. Hart has been booked by Triple M Promotions for a speaking engagement at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21. Included will be a photo & autograph session, meal, auctions, and Q&A session. [ Ticket Package Info ]

WWNLive announced their return to New York in March. The EVOLVE show will take place at La Boom in Queens, N.Y. on Mar. 19. Tickets go on-sale on Friday. Next up for WWNLive is the EVOLVE 53-55 tour in January in Florida.

– New Japan Pro Wrestling announced a new theme song collection CD featuring 15 tracks. “NJPW Greatest Music Vol. 4” will be released on January 13, 2016. The pre-sale info & track list can be found at NJPW.co.jp.

– Chikara released a clip from their 2015 season finale, “Top Banana,” featuring Kimber Lee snapping off a series of German Suplexes in the “Challenge of the Immortals” tournament finale. The high-resolution video clip previews the full show available for $11.99 at ChikaraPro.com.

– WWNLive released a full match of Chris Hero vs. Drew Galloway from EVOLVE 31 as part of their weekly freebie. The full EVOLVE Title match can be viewed below.

https://youtu.be/XwI8cNRRWZU

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