FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE (11/30): Rousey match announced for Raw, Ventura reveals strategy to end up V.P. candidate on Democratic ticket in 2020, MLW live special, Total Divas, Tribute to Troops

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor


Ronda Rousey (photo credit Brandon LaClair © PWTorch)

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-WWE has announced that Ronda Rousey will wrestle on Raw, perhaps in an attempt to boost sagging TV ratings. Raw hasn’t drawn a TV rating above 1.80 in the last ten weeks. Rousey will team with Natalya against Nia Jax & Tamina. Dean Ambrose is being advertised, and Braun Strowman may be there in person also.

-WWE has announced Tribute to the Troops will be taped on Dec. 4 in Ft. Hood, Tex. WWE hasn’t announced yet when it will air, but it’s usually been a special on USA Network.

-The season finale of Total Divas on Wednesday drew 412,000 viewers, the third show of the entire season that drew above 400,000 viewers. The season average was well below the average for the series. Read Sarah K’s review of this episode here: 11/28 TOTAL DIVAS REVIEW: Natalya finds out her dad Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart died, Bellas discuss Socrates and Einstein, Money in the Bank backstage

-MLW has announced a two hour live special on Be In Sports network on Friday, Dec. 14 starting at 8 p.m. ET. It will feature Tony Schiavone doing live play-by-play for the first time live on cable TV since 2001. The night will feature a double main event as the leader of Los Ingobernables, Rush, fights Rich Swann. The second main event will feature a World Middleweight Championship ladder match with current World Middleweight Champion MJF defending against Kotto Brazil, Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett, and Jason Cade. For ticket info, CLICK HERE.


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-Former WWE color commentator and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura, who served one term as Minnesota governor in the early 2000s, wants President Donald Trump out of office. If Trump is president in 2020 and runs for reelection, Ventura wants to work with Democrats to defeat him. TMZ caught up with Ventura as he walked outside a courthouse in Orange County, Calif. to testify on behalf of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, which is facing racketeering and murder charges. “I don’t want to run and elect Trump,” he said. “If I run, I’m going to take a lot of Democratic votes.” He wants the Democrats and the Green Party that he is affiliated with to work together to elect Trump. He said he’s highly suspect the Dem’s won’t want that, so he’s going to go to the Dems to see what kind of deal they will make him not to run. He then threw his name into the hat as the V.P. candidate, saying that would unite the two parties. “And Donald’s a friend of mind,” he said. “I just liked him a whole lot better when he was the real estate mogul than now as president. They try to compare me to him. There’s no comparison.” He said the biggest difference is he was in the military and Trump wasn’t. WATCH TMZ CLIP HERE

-Harley Race’s World League Wrestling returns to the Race Wrestling Arena in Troy, Mo. (198 Cherry Blossom Way, Troy, Mo.) tomorrow (Dec. 1) with a tournament for the WLW Tag Team Titles and a main event of Jayden Dominic Rose & Stacey O’Brien vs. Leland Race & Miss Monica.

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