Google is closing its engineering office in Russia, but will continue to have employees in the country to focus on other areas. Google declines to comment on the reason for the closure or how many employees will be affected, but says it is still committed to its users in Russia.
We are deeply committed to our Russian users and customers and we have a dedicated team in Russia working to support them.
WWE releases a teaser video revealing that Steen (under the ring name Kevin Owens) will debut at NXT Takeover aired exclusively on the WWE Network on December 12th, 2014.
Ross announces through his blog that he will be making appearances for Q&A events on January 23 in Sayerville, New Jersey at the Starland Ballroom and January 25 in Philadelphia at Trocadero Theater.
WWE adds Hogan to advertising for Monday Night RAW on December 22nd, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Carter takes to Twitter to unveil TNA’s new logo for Impact Wrestling’s Destination America television debut.
WWE announces that Ziggler will receive another rematch for the Intercontinental Championship against Harper at TLC on pay-per-view on December 14th. The bout will be contested as a ladder match.
WWE announces Rollins will take on Cena in a singles competition tables match at TLC on pay-per-view on Dec. 14th. The anonymous RAW general manager sets the stipulation that if Cena loses the bout, he will no longer be the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Green is announced as the special guest host for the Slammy Award special episode of WWE Monday Night RAW. This will be Green’s second appearance as the guest host of the program.
WWE announces Miz and Sandow will defend their WWE World Tag Team Championships against The Uso Brothers on the TLC pay-per-view on December 14th.
WWE takes to Facebook to announce that Ziggler will get his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship against Harper on the November 28th edition of Smackdown. This will be the first match between the two since Harper obtained the championship on November 17th.
TNA wrestling announces it’s first official round of television tapings for new home, Destination America, will take place January 7th, 8th and 9th at the Manhattan Center in New York. Carter comments:
With the explosive sold-out crowds in New York City this past summer, returning to the Manhattan Center for three huge events as IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America was an easy decision
TNA issues a press release on the final airings of IMPACT on Spike TV. The final three episodes will not be live events but compilation episodes featuring the best matches of TNA history. Carter comments:
For the past 9 years, TNA and Spike have partnered to deliver the best professional wrestling in the world to our fans week in and week out. Before the move to our new home on Destination America in January, we wanted the final four episodes on Spike to celebrate the best moments for this incredible year of IMPACT and the greatest moments in TNA’s history.
NJPW announces details for a new American television program on AXS TV. The program will air on Friday nights at 8 pm and will begin on January 16th of 2015. The press release reads:
With this acquisition, AXS TV FIGHTS now offers one of the most diverse combat sports and sports entertainment programming line-ups on television
WWE announces Ambrose will take on Kane in singles competition on the show’s Wednesday, November 26th edition. The program airs at 7:00 pm on the WWE Network.
WWE announces the first official match for the TLC pay-per-view on December 14th will be Ambrose vs Wyatt in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
Two days before Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s entire power base will be in jeopardy at Survivor Series, WWE’s COO and Team Authority unleashed a ruthless assault on Team Cena during SmackDown’s main event.
TNA announces they will air a Thanksgiving special event on their Youtube channel on Wednesday, November 26th at 8:00 pm. The event will be hosted by Borash and will feature highlights of IMPACT’s greatest matches.
A Glass Explorer, Spencer Kleyweg, reports that the Google Glass Basecamps in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and New York are closing. The Basecamps served as a place for Glass users to get support for their devices, as well as for potential customers to see the device demonstrated in person. Google does not release a statement regarding the closing.
Netflix postpones the airing of Cosby’s new stand-up show, Bill Cosby 77 , due to sexual allegations that have surfaced against the comedian.
At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby 77.
NBC decides not to continue developing a sitcom featuring Cosby amidst multiple sexual assault allegations against him.
We can confirm that the Cosby project is no longer in development.
TNA and Discovery Communications issue a press release on TNA moving to the Destination America channel in January of 2015. The release reads:
Our partnership in this uniquely entertaining franchise with TNA IMPACT WRESTLING provides a significant addition to Destination America’s programming strategy. The enduring, cross-generational enthusiasm of pro wrestling is felt by millions of fans around the country, from coast-to-coast and throughout the heartland. We are delighted to bring this beloved American pastime to the one and only network dedicated to celebrating the unique spirit of the U.S., Destination America.
Warner Bros. and WWE issue press release on new partnership for home entertainment distribution. The release reads:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and WWE (NYSE: WWE) have announced a multi-year partnership for home video distribution of WWE programming that will start on January 1, 2015 and include US distribution rights for physical and digital formats. The new agreement will provide WBHE the home entertainment distribution rights to release new documentaries, match compilations and pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®, as well as a robust catalog of collectible titles throughout the US. The companies have recently worked together on two animated series tied to the Scooby Doo and The Flintstones franchises.
WWE announces Larry “The Cable Guy” will be the guest host of the November 24th edition of Monday Night RAW live on the USA Network.
WWE and Mayor Landrieu announce via press release that Wrestlemania 30 generated over $142 million for the region in April of 2014. Landrieu comments:
On behalf of New Orleans, we thank all WWE fans that came from around the world to experience all that our beautiful city has to offer. The week-long series of events helped generate a record-breaking boost to our economy, and we look forward to the possibility of New Orleans hosting a future WrestleMania.
Marvel announces that Punk will write the story for Thor Annual project. Punk comments on the deal:
I think I just pestered all the right people and the right things kind of popped up. How exactly it came up, I can’t really, exactly remember. I can’t remember who said, ‘Hey. Wanna do Thor?’ You know what I mean? That pretty much blew my mind. I have to say, it’s been a long process.
WWE issues press release confirming Smackdown moving to Thursday nights. The release reads:
The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to Thursday nights on Syfy beginning January 15th at 8pm ET. With nearly 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night Raw®.
WWE announces Hogan will appear as a special guest on the October 20th edition of Monday Night RAW in Kansas City. The event’s ad reads:
Hulk Hogan returns to Kansas City for the first time in over a decade!
Stephanie McMahon announces handicap street fight main event for the October 20th edition of Monday Night RAW. The match will feature Cena and Ambrose taking on Kane, Orton and Rollins.
Maybe we see if John Cena and Dean Ambrose can act as a team against the team of Kane, “The Viper” Randy Orton let’s put Seth Rollins in there as well.
WWE announces Bella vs Bella match for the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. An added stipulation is that the loser of the match must become the winner’s personal assistant. Nikki comments:
I’m going to do more than prove who the better Bella is. Because the loser in our match? Is going to be the winner’s bitch for the next month. Oh, and Brie? For future reference – I prefer my lattes with almond milk.
WWE sends out mass email to WWE Network subscribers to inform that the web based streaming service will begin airing commercials before and during programming.
Today WWE Network will begin to run limited video advertisements. Here is what you can expect: No commercial breaks during scheduled programming, Limited advertising between shows. Occasional advertising before our video-on-demand content
While on tour in Europe, Morrissey reveals he has gone through a series of cancer treatments.
They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do. I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.
The band previews Play Ball, from their new album, Rock or Bust, which is scheduled to be released on Dec 2, 2014. This is the first album from the band that will not include Malcolm Young. Stevie Young, Malcolm’s cousin, fills in for him due to his battle with dementia. Johnson:
Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.
WWE announces to attendees of Friday Night Smackdown’s 15th Anniversary Show that the 2015 Royal Rumble event will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 25th, 2015.
TNA announces SingTel mio Sports 1 will air IMPACT and Xplosion throughout Singapore and Malaysia. Dixie Carter comments:
We are delighted that wrestling fans in Malaysia and Singapore can now join those in Japan, Thailand and 120 other countries around the world in enjoying the very best in professional wrestling each and every week.
Deen announces the release of a documentary that will delve into the story behind the racist remark that cost her career with Food Network and the support of several sponsors. The documentary will air on Deen’s website The Paula Deen Network.
We hope to have it out the first of the year and tell everybody the true story of what really happened. It was a painful year for me. It was a hurtful year when I found myself being labeled for something I was not.
Pink Floyd announces it will release new album The Endless River on November 10. The album is a tribute to keyboard player Richard Wright who died of cancer in 2008. Artwork from the album is displayed in large cities around the world including New York, London and Paris. The album includes mostly instrumental tracks written and recorded by Pink Floyd members Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason while working on the 1993 album ‘Division Bell’. Gilmour:
We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.
The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognising a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.
The Lifetime Network continues on with the Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B , with Shipp as Aaliyah. The official air date is November 15, 2014. Lifetime had originally planned to shoot over the summer and release this fall, until Disney star Zendaya Coleman backed out of the project citing poor production values and moral discord.
WWE pens broadcasting deal with Fox Sports Latin America to bring programming to over 56 million homes. The deal takes effect October 6th. Fox representative comments.
No doubt this long-term partnership will give us the opportunity to continue to strengthen our content line-up, offering our fans in the region a strong and consistent weekly schedule of WWE programming through our portfolio of channels.
Altman announces Y Combinator will hold an online course through a partnership with Stanford University, where the class will be called CS183B, or How to Start a Startup. This opens up access to people who don’t make it into the program, and anyone else, including people in other countries:
At Y Combinator we are limited by class size, and in the people we can fund
2K Sports and WWE push back WWE 2K15’s release date from October 28th to November 18th for the Playstation 4 and X-Box One systems. The game will still be available in Playstation 3 and X-Box 360 format on October 28th.
WWE posts update on Ric Flair undergoing surgery and missing an event.
WWE Legend Ric Flair is recovering from successful surgery and will miss tomorrow’s scheduled guest referee appearance at SmackDown. Ric is doing well and we look forward to him returning to WWE in the near future.
WWE announces A.J Lee and Brie Bella will face Paige and Nikki Bella in tag team action on the evening’s edition of Monday Night Raw live from Lafayette, La.
ROH announces A.J. Styles vs Matt Sydal for Reloaded Tour show in Wheeling, West Virginia. The company’s website releases statement.
Thanks to a video aired during ALL STAR EXTRAVAGANZA, we already know that MATT SYDAL finally makes his much anticipated ROH return on September 27! But now we know his very first opponent…AJ STYLES!
Ring of Honor announces Jay Briscoe will defend his ROH championship against a surprise opponent at the Wheeling, WV show.
Additionally, we can confirm that new ROH World Champion JAY BRISCOE will defend his title in Wheeling! And his challenger will be determined that very night. On September 27th, the Honor Rumble returns! Whoever wins this rumble will be granted a title opportunity later in the night. means Briscoe’s first defense will be against an opponent he can’t prepare for – and someone completely unexpected might become champion!
Newslines reaches 15,000 approved posts, with 250-450 posts being approved daily. The largest number of approved posts in one day was 533. The site has over 400 writers on its waiting list.
Del Rio is reportedly cleared to wrestle by WWE in Mexico. Del Rio may now freely compete in other promotions outside of WWE.
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announce the celebrity participants for Season 19. The cast includes Lolo Jones, Lea Thompson, Sadie Robertson, Alphonso Ribeiro, Jonathon Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Antonio Sabato Jr., Tavis Smiley, and Michael Waltrip. Julianne Hough will be a new judge.
WWE publishes press release regarding Sringer’s RAW appearance on Monday.
Springer will bring more than 20 years of experience in moderating family feuds to bear when he steps in the ring this Monday night. Springer has been the host of the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show since its debut in 1991, and last appeared on Monday Night Raw in February, 2010.
Ross is set to call Battleground MMA event in Oklahoma on October 3rd, 2014 alongside former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen.
I think that, quite frankly this may sound egocentric, but I think the transition from calling a pro wrestling match and calling MMA fights would be easy. I think it would just be getting more familiar with fighters, more familiar with techniques, nuances that I try to study with ample preparation. I’d say the same thing about broadcasting football.
WWE announces Ric Flair will appear at NXT Takeover II to introduce Kenta as the brand’s newest signee.