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The Sheets (Observer Newsletter Edition):

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Bob Armstrong, one of the biggest stars in the history of pro wrestling throughout Georgia, Alabama, the Florida Gulf Coast and Tennessee, passed away on 8/27 at the age of 80 ...

As far as a national angle goes, he would probably be best known for one of the great television feuds of the early 80s with Roddy Piper in Georgia.

Piper started as a television announcer with Gordon Solie in mid-1981, using his gift of gab, and became the architect of the heel color commentator role. He started out as an analyst, but was polite, well dressed, funny and was always deferential to Solie. But he would say things at certain times designed to rub the people the wrong way. He wasn't a heel per se, but people were supposed to think he was a little arrogant, and not like him, but at the same time respect his analysis of the matches.

In November, Bob returned from Southeastern Championship Wrestling with some fanfare. For the first time, he was teaming with 21-year-old son Brad. The two had held the Southeastern tag team championships.

The two immediately won the November 26, 1981, Thanksgiving night tag team tournament at the Omni in Atlanta, on the company's biggest show of the year. They beat The Sheepherders (Luke Williams & Jonathan Boyd), Kevin Sullivan & Wayne Ferris (Honky Tonk Man) and beating Masa Saito & Mr. Fuji in the finals, to become the new National tag team champions.

Piper would routinely criticize the team, with the idea that Bob was too concerned about his son and thus wasn't a good tag team partner for him. He would say that the correct role is to sacrifice your partner to tire out the opposition and then hot tag in, but that Bob wouldn't let Brad get beaten on for long enough to tire out the opponents. Bob would tell him to mind his own business.

It started small, but every week, one of the highlights was the interplay on interviews between Piper and Armstrong.

Piper would interview him and criticize him, and Armstrong was the perfect foil, older, and with his character, Piper would come across as someone who showed no respect for a babyface that fans genuinely liked. For months the interview segment with Piper and Bob was among the highlight, and often the most talked about part of the weekly television show. Keep in mind that at this point in time, Georgia Championship Wrestling was the most popular show on cable television, with the two-hour Saturday how averaging a 6.4 national rating and the one hour Best of show on Sunday averaging a 6.6, and Piper was a key part of it.

Every week it was a Piper making fun of Armstrong's skinny legs, and Armstrong asking if he's ever seen a racehorse. Piper always got the last word in on every subject, but with Armstrong, the key was that the babyface, Armstrong, always got the last dig in. Once, Armstrong cut a promo about whoever his opponent was that week at the Omni, and made a dig that when he's done, he's coming after Piper next.

Piper did a promo about how Bob says he wants to fight him, but first he has to take out the garbage, first he has to go to the store and buy groceries, and basically make fun of him being every family father.

"It's like mind over matter," Bob would say when Piper would run him down,, "I don't mind and you don't matter," and then Bob would walk off and leave Piper hanging.

Dusty Rhodes would also at times get the last word in, but with Armstrong, it was more personal.

After months of this, one day in the TBS Studios, it finally happened. Armstrong and Piper got into it, doing an uncontrollable brawl all over the studio. Those type of brawls happened almost every week, but this was at a different level. For one, it had been built up for months, and second, both guys knew the brawl had to be next level to live up to the expectations from all those months. Also, because of how long it had been built up, the fans were screaming, and all over the country, wrestling fans were talking about what they knew was going to happen at some point for months, and finally it did.

At the time, even though ratings were incredible--only 15 million homes in the U.S. had cable in 1981, and 1 million homes watched the Saturday and Sunday shows, which averaged 2.2 viewers per home, or 2,200,000 viewers weekly. Today, with cable in six times as many homes, and network in seven times as many homes, wrestling rarely hits that number.

It was the first cable show in history that hit 1 million homes, and really, it was the success of that show that spawned cable television as we know it. At the time, the belief is that nobody outside of Atlanta would watch a local Atlanta television station, but Ted Turner thought different, figuring sports were underserved, and airing the Braves, the Hawks, local soccer and wrestling, he figured there would be national interest. But nobody thought it was local wrestling that would be the star program on the station.

But there was no money in getting big ratings on television. The promotion was not lighting the world on fire at the time when it came to selling tickets, even with using the biggest names from around the country.

Jim Barnett was still running Georgia Championship Wrestling, coming back in 1974 after leaving Australia, and winning the war for the NWA against Ann Gunkel's All South Wrestling.

Ole Anderson was the booker.

At the time Piper only worked as a television announcer in Georgia on Saturday mornings, as his main job was as a top heel for Jim Crockett Promotions.

Wrestling at the Omni was doing about 5,000 fans and $25,000 most weeks, which was running at a slight loss.

Everyone watching wrestling, and certainly Barnett, saw dollar signs in Piper. Armstrong was really supposed to be the first guy to get Piper over, and set him up for the bigger babyfaces, like Rhodes and Tommy Rich.

Barnett rarely gave Anderson input into booking. He would bring in guys and tell Anderson who he thought could get over, and ask Anderson to protect them. Sometimes Anderson would and sometimes he wouldn't.

In theory, since it was Piper's first match, and also because the program was so hot that they should in theory get a series of matches, a Piper win by cheating seemed logical.

Barnett had a social engagement, but knew by the advance that this would be a big night. Even though the listed main event was Race defending the NWA title against Rich, Barnett and everyone who watched television knew the real main event was Piper's first match at the Omni. Barnett, who had been appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 to the national theater and arts board, had another engagement that night.

Barnett told Anderson about the first Armstrong vs. Piper match, "Whatever you do, Piper has to get his hand raised."

They drew nearly 13,000 fans and more than $60,000, not quite a sellout, but the largest crowd since a boom period had ended some time back. Anderson booked a double count out. Barnett was furious. Anderson told him that Armstrong was full-time and Piper was Crockett's guy and wasn't working the territory and he didn't want to have an outside guy beat his own guy..

"Piper never drew big in Atlanta again," Barnett lamented to me about the feud, noting that Bob was mid-level babyface whose role was to be the guy with credibility that Piper would beat before getting to guys like Rhodes, Mr. Wrestling II and Rich. Barnett said the timing was everything, and Anderson not giving Piper wins at that time ruined his specialness.

Whether it was the finish, or it was just people wanting to see their local guy kick Piper's ass after all those months of talking once and had a magic that wasn't going to be recaptured even if Piper had won, who is to say.

The rematches didn't draw anything special, but Piper did help Georgia Wrestling a lot in Michigan and Ohio where they were touring, where he often wrestled Armstrong. They did some matches in other territories as well.
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It was a huge week for WWE, with the debuting of the Thunderdome concept that led to a major ratings increase, the return of Roman Reigns, SummerSlam, the third biggest show of the year, and NXT Takeover.

The Thunderdome concept, ever evolving, has the Amway Center set up with virtual fans in front of the hard camera and a lot of special effects. The key to this is if ratings hold up after the big increases this past week.

Raw was up 23.4 percent in viewers; 39.6 percent in 18-49–although some of that increase was based on coming the day after SummerSlam but it was also against heavy competition; Smackdown was up 13.3 percent in viewers; 9.6 percent in 18-49.

If it does, it says the majority of the pandemic drops were due to the venue and not the creative, although it is a combination of both that was the culprit. If the novelty wears off and things go back to the level of the prior week, that would be a major blow.

For Smackdown, the opening visual was strong. The laser light show and brightness of the building was a strong start. The problem was the audio. The fans that were shown really weren’t making any noise. They piped in fake sound, which is good for the bad matches, but bad for the good matches. Because it was just fake sound, the noise and ups and downs had no relation to the match. In particular, when Jeff Hardy won the IC title from A.J. Styles, there was no real pop, nor was there pops for his lines in his post-match interview ...

It was a learning experience. The second show two nights later, SummerSlam, on 8/23, saw them use a coordinator who would direct the fans to react. When Randy Orton came out, fans were told to boo. These were contrived reactions, even worse than the wrestlers as fans, because it was mostly the piped in noise that didn’t relate to matches, with some coordinated cheers and boos and chants that were loud, but clearly not organic. Plus, they limited it, so really it was mostly done in the matches they wanted to enhance. When a heel would come out, the coordinator would tell everyone to do a thumbs down, so you’d see everyone in unison doing something that you would never actually see for a real life crowd ...

On the positive side, the look and production of the show does make a difference and by a month from now we’ll be able to figure out how much. The other positive is whether the matches themselves get over, the performers look far more like stars being in a better setting and being able to do stronger entrances. The old scenario was nearly impossible to make new stars, which was key because WWE badly needed them. Now, they look more like stars, but it’s still a situation where there are no organic stars being made by the fans, not that WWE listened to the audience that much to begin with ...

The positive is WWE was in complete control of its crowd, something it hasn’t had for more than 15 years. Usually when somebody does a heel turn, the crowd cheers them wildly because they are there for “moments” and “events.” But on Raw, when Aleister Black turned heel on Kevin Owens, nobody cheered. The one thing WWE did get in the pandemic was control of the crowd reactions ...

Still, it was a huge improvement over the Performance Center as the ratings showed. The reality is not just show content, but even when it came to the look and production of the show, AEW was ahead of WWE the past few months and it showed in the difference in gains and steadiness of numbers. Now WWE is ahead of AEW at least when it comes to look and production and looks like the more major league, which is really the key advantage it had left. It also makes it curious as to why, since WWE has the ability to do it with very minimal cost as the full-time tenant through the end of October, that they are still doing NXT with the low-rent look at Full Sail University.
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Reigns returned at the end of SummerSlam, attacking and laying out both former Universal champion Braun Strowman, as well as new champion The Fiend Bray Wyatt, with spears. Reigns appeared to have some face work done (enough so that Randy Orton on Twitter actually made a joke about his teeth) and changed up his physique, looking both slimmer and more muscular. While rumors about his return were around the last two days, this was kept as a secret from the writers and just about everyone until around the last few days.

Reigns’ return should help Smackdown for a week or two in ratings and less after that, but he’ll be the star of the brand once again. In a sense it’s a positive in hindsight he wasn’t around, throwing out the health issue. Granted, missing Mania wasn’t a good thing from a company standpoint and Smackdown was hurt without him, but he wasn’t tainted being part of the low-rent looking shows and now he’s fresh. The health issue is still there. And with UFC with all its testing and having issues with COVID every week, and they take far more precautions, this isn’t without risk. The larger arena allows for more distancing and the actual testing greatly lowers the risk.
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The interest level in the [SummerSlam] show was way down as compared to the shows in the past. The searches for the show were at first listed as 200,000, but an updated top search list on Sunday doesn't have WWE or SummerSlam listed. And the No. 20 for the day was 100,000. Even at 200,000, it would be less than one-tenth the interest level of the 8/15 UFC show headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic. 200,000 is a usual B WWE PPV show level and SummerSlam traditionally would be between 500,000 and 1 million.
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Karrion Kross (Kevin Kesar, 35) captured the NXT championship and then had to vacate it due to suffering a separated shoulder in the opening minutes of his win over Keith Lee on 8/22 at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

The technical injury was a separated acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder. The injury came early in the match after an exchange of strikes and Lee came off the ropes with a shoulderblock and Kross took the bump on his right shoulder, and immediately grabbed it. Just judging from his strikes prior to the injury there may have been a pre-existing minor injury because there were differences in how he threw right handed strikes from the start of the match.

The company had been grooming Kross to build NXT around as champion since his arrival. Kross had said he expected to be out of action a minimal amount of time after the injury, but before he got his MRI.

Nobody has officially said anything regarding what the MRI showed, past the 8/26 show opened with Kross vacating the title and vowing to be back, not giving a timetable. William Regal in a later promo said that Kross would be out of action for a long period of time. The indication was surgery but nobody has specifically said that. If Kross was not to need surgery and be out a month or two, they could work around it.
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As New Japan Pro Wrestling gets ready to run its first major outdoor stadium show in 21 years, they have experimented with their own form of new technology.

Starting with the 8/26 show at Korakuen Hall, the company adopted Yama's Remote Cheerer Powered by Sound JD. The technology was already being used in Japan for baseball and soccer. Unlike in the U.S., in Japan the culture is such that all fans at live events wear masks, but also are asked, and listen, to not cheer, boo or do chants. So at the shows, there have been a lot of clapping, but it's very different from the atmosphere of the past.

Those in the arenas were given access to devices and if they push certain buttons, the device will cheer or boo. Even though it's very different, the atmosphere is somewhat similar to the fake crowd noise pumped in at U.S. sports events and on the recent WWE broadcasts, the background noise that has virtually no connection to the match or promo itself.

With New Japan, because the fans are in control of sounds, and because there are fans in the building, there is a correlation between what goes on in the ring or the promo and the sounds. But it's still far from optimum.
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NEW JAPAN: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that they would allow foreigners who have residency in Japan to return next month, which would open the doors for people like Will Ospreay, Juice Robinson and Bea Priestley
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Moxley was on Wrestling Observer Radio and told a funny story about the Death Rider gimmick. Moxley debuted in videos in New Japan for a first big match with Juice Robinson, where he won the U.S. title. He had a contract through WrestleKingdom with the original idea being he wins the U.S. title, then would do an angle when Karl Anderson would attack him out of nowhere at the October Sumo Hall show and that would lead to the Tokyo Dome. In theory, Anderson was winning the title. So that’s another reason Anderson has been so adamant that he made a big mistake signing the new deal. The guy in the jacket with the Death Rider jacket wasn’t Moxley but a guy basically there to be a body double. They wanted a jacket that would fit the character and the body double guy went to a Goodwill store to get a jacket which had “Death Rider” on the back. That’s actually where the name came from, just happened to be on the jacket and New Japan decided it would then be his nickname and the name of his finisher, because WWE owned the dirty deeds name.
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Jericho explained where the Mimosa Mayhem idea came from, since it was his concept. "I got the idea, kind of, coming from one of those of old Atsushi Onita exploding barbed-wire death match sort of things (Jericho worked for FMW early in his career and was on big stadium shows during Onita's heyday) and, you know, a lot of suspense, kind of like a battle royale, getting thrown out, holding onto the ropes, that sort of a thing. Of course, if someone is able to throw the other, into the pit, the vat, the container of mimosa, then they're the winner. So of course, it makes perfect sense for the storyline of this feud with Orange Cassidy. Of course, he's orange juice and I'm a little bit of the bubbly... the champagne. We're just trying to think of some cool ideas and that just popped into my head and I thought it would be a kind of fun match that can have a lot of twists and turns and false finishes and that sort of thing to it.
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Tickets for the 8/27 show, about 500 of them, sold out in four minutes. That really isn’t much of a surprise with so few tickets available. Even though the plan is to tape every other week, what they are doing next week is keeping everyone in Jacksonville from 9/2 to 9/9 with TV live on 9/2 and 9/9 and the PPV on 9/5. The feeling is if they have everyone in town already they can keep them for the week and for obvious reasons they didn’t want to tape 9/9 prior to 9/5. The 9/9 taping will be for shows on 9/9, 9/16 and 9/17 plus Dark for those days as well
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We got a copy of the letter sent to all fans who attended the 8/27 tapings. The basic rules are masks required at all times except when eating and drinking. Guests can only eat or drink while sitting in their assigned seat or a seating area. Masks must completely cover the mouth and nose. Guests who fail to comply are subject to ejection. Cars can only be parked in every other parking lot spot. Masks are recommended in the parking lot and tailgating is prohibited. No liquids or beverage are allowed inside but food is permitted provided it is unwrapped and inside a one gallon clear plastic bag. Everyone has to have their own mobile ticket. Concessions are cashless. Smoking is prohibited

From those who attended live, they said everyone was masked, the crowd was loud given the small numbers in a big outdoor building, and it was a super well behaved crowd, lots of PWG regulars from the Southeast who were just happy to see a major live show
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Brandon Thurston, who was the closest of any analyst when it came to WWE’s profitability and revenue in the last quarter, almost perfectly on target while almost everyone was high on revenue but low on profit margin, had readjusted his 2020 projections to a year-end $100 million in profits, almost identical to last year. The company was running well ahead of that pace, but his belief is the costs of going live every week and of the Thunderdome set up will lead to profits of $13.05 million in quarter three and $17.4 million in quarter four. This model is based on no revenue from live events, no merchandise from live events and no second Saudi Arabia show for the remainder of this year. Given AEW, NFL and NASCAR will be having paid attendance now and shortly, I suspect WWE will try and do at least some live events going forward. Whether they can do them with, say 30 percent capacity, and make them profitable is a big question, but arenas are going to cut deals wanting shows back. Right now the leading analysts are predicting WWE profits for the year being $115 million to $140 million, which would break last year’s record of $99.6 million. But none have revised with the greater expenses of running every show live rather than taping in clusters and doing multiple shows at a time, and the added production expense of the new format
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WWE posted for job applicants on Linked In looking for a new head writer for Smackdown. Wasn’t it NXT that just lost its head writer? Lead writer doesn’t mean as much today as it used to. A lot of different people are called lead writer even though Ed Koskey is the lead writer on Smackdown and he’s not leaving as far as anyone knows. But other like Ryan Callahan and Ryan Ward have been called lead writers so it’s not a singular person, but just wanting to add a new higher level writer
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After getting the big push on the first week of Raw Underground, Babatunde has disappeared, which is quite the feat when you're a legit 6-foot-9 and 360 pounds
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For the 8/24 Raw, Vince was on the phone all day with the writers. That morning, the changes started. He made multiple changes via phone and then got to the building at 7 p.m. and wanted to review the show and started making more changes. The third hour of the show wasn’t finalized until after 9 p.m., while the show was in progress. The Raw Underground stuff was actually taped well before they went on the air. The only actual match promoted all week long, until the day of the show, was Ivar vs. Ziggler for Raw Underground. That never happened, was never discussed on the air, nor was there any explanation regarding it not happening even though both were there
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Paul Ellering claimed that he was going to come in full-time as the manager of AOP right before the pandemic, and has no idea if it’s still in the cards as he hasn’t heard from anyone. That would have been under Paul Heyman who was going to give AOP a big push as his top heel tag team, but that makes little sense since they were to be Seth Rollins’ muscle at the time. It fell apart when Rezar suffered a torn biceps and the decision was made to take Akam off television until he could return. One person on the inside said that Ellering's name was never brought up for the return of AOP before the pandemic or since because Vince didn't like him, which is why he had AOP turn on him their first night on the main roster. The plan right now is when they return to not put them back with Rollins, but that could always change tomorrow. The return is expected sometime between late September and the end of the year. Not sure what will be done with them as Heyman was going to give them a huge push but before Heyman had some power, they weren't even being used
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The top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week were: 1. SummerSlam; 2. NXT Takeover; 3. WWE 24: WrestleMania 2020 The Show Must Go On; 4. R-Truth Game Show; 5. SummerSlam pregame show; 6. WWE Untold: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks from Brooklyn; 7. Raw Talk on 8/24; 8. WrestleMania 20 day two; 9. 2020 Royal Rumble; 10. The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. The first episode of Talking Smack was only No. 21. Neither 205 Live nor this week’s NXT show cracked the top 25. The NXT shows the week of Takeovers never seem to chart well because people watch Takeovers. The NXT preshow on Saturday also didn’t chart which kind of tells you for NXT its best to not label something as a preshow and just add that match to the main show
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Raw, with a combination of the Raw debut of Thunderdome and being the day after SummerSlam, pulled its best numbers since the day after WrestleMania, with an average of 2,028,000 viewers and 0.67 in 18-49.

The show the day after WrestleMania did 2,100,000 viewers. The number was even more impressive because the 18-49 number was up 39.6 percent from the show the week before which did the fourth lowest number in that demo in history, with the strongest gains in 35-49 at 48.5 percent.

Overall the show's total audience was up 23.4 percent. Next week will probably give a better idea of the difference the Thunderdome concept will make longer-term because there will be a first week novelty and coming off SummerSlam helped as well, and even Roman Reigns curiosity, although that should help the 8/28 Smackdown show the most.

The show went against tough competition with two NBA playoff games on TNT, the game against the first 74 minutes doing 2,140,000 viewers and 0.72 in 18-49; and the game against the last 106 minutes doing 2,979,000 viewers and 1.34 in 18-49. The major competition was the Republican National Convention which averaged 6,544,000 viewers on FOX News in hour three. However the crossover wasn’t that strong because the third hour drop was actually less than usual. There were also NHL playoff games which did 837,000 and 0.26 for the early game and 692,000 and 0.25 for the late game on NBC Sports Network.

The good news was that the audience held up well, especially in hour three against the highly rated Republican convention. The first hour did 2,140,000 viewers. The second hour did 2,045,000 viewers. The third hour did 1,900,000 viewers.

Overall, Raw was 20th for the night and sixth in 18-49, behind two NBA games, two FOX news shows covering the convention and 90 Day Fiancé ...

As compared to the same week last year, Raw was down 19.7 percent in viewers, 16.3 percent in 18-49 and 38.9 percent in 18-34.

First-to-third hour drops were 12.2 percent for women 18-49, 13.7 percent for men 18-49, 27.8 percent for teenage girls, 19.9 percent for teenage boys and 11.5 percent in over 50.
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Smackdown on 8/21 did its best numbers of the pandemic era, based on the hype for the debut of Thunderdome, doing a 1.38 rating and 2,198,000 viewers and 0.58 (753,000 viewers) in 18-49 (1.32 viewers per home).

It was up 14.0 percent in household ratings, 13.3 percent in viewers and 9.6 percent in 18-49 from the prior week. The show before the pandemic was generally doing about 0.75 in 18-49 so they were not back to usual levels.

Smackdown was the only non-rerun on network television and easily won the demo as a number of shows did 0.4. Smackdown’s 0.4 in 18-34 was way up from usual, with nothing else on network above 0.2. Smackdown usually does 0.3 and has done several 0.2s in the last two months. In total viewers, Smackdown finished next to last as a Dateline Classics rerun did 2,175,000 viewers.

In the half hours, the first half hour did 2.24 million viewers for Vince McMahon, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt and Retribution in the first segment and Sheamus vs. Big E. The second half hour did 2.14 million viewers with Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik and promos with Mandy Rose and then Bayley & Sasha Banks. The third half hour did 2.19 million viewers with Bayley vs. Naomi, Banks vs. Naomi, interviews with Sonya Deville and Nikki Cross and the start of A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy. The final half hour did 2.10 million viewers for Styles vs. Hardy, The Firefly Fun House and the ending segment with Strowman destroying Wyatt and The Fiend coming out of the ambulance.

Last year over the same weekend with reruns, FOX avenged 1,038,000 viewers and 0.3, so they more than doubled last year.
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Some more notes on NXT on 8/19, and going unopposed. As noted last week, but this spells it out even more, the AEW under 35 audience did not watch NXT while the 35 and older audience did.

NXT did 310,000 viewers in 18-49, up 50.5 percent with no AEW competition. 38,000 in men 18-34 (down 2.6 percent from the opposed prior week), 22,000 in women 18-34 (up 4.8 percent), 168,000 in men 35-49 (up 71.4 percent) and 82,000 in women 35-49 (up 70.8 percent).

If we look at what AEW did on 8/12, basically on a percentage basis, you can’t even basically trace the AEW 18-34 movement to NXT (basically 0 out of 105,000 viewers). In males 35-49, one would estimate 38.5 percent of the AEW audience watched NXT. In women 35-49, one would estimate 30.9 percent of the AEW audience watched NXT.

As far as individual groups went, in Males 18-49, the high point of the show was Adam Cole & Pat McAfee. In Women 18-49, it was Dakota Kai vs. Jessi Kamea and Legado del Fantasma vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango & Swerve Scott. In men overall 2+ it was the Cole/McAfee segment. In women overall it was Johnny Gargano vs. Ridge Holland, which also had the mot total viewers of any segment, which is because it was on first and had the big lead-in.

In the segment-by-segment, NXT opened with 921,000 viewers and 306,000 in 18-49 for Johnny Gargano vs. Ridge Holland. The second quarter was 871,000 viewers and 318,000 in 18-49 for Dakota Kai vs Jessi Kamea. The third quarter was 848,000 viewers and 325,000 in 18-49 for the beginning of Santos Escobar & Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango & Isaiah Scott. The fourth quarter was 873,000 viewers and 340,000 in 18-49 for the end of that six-man tag match. It was also the high point of the night for 18-49s. The fifth quarter with the Adam Cole-Pat McAfee angle and the beginning of Aliyah & Mercedes Martinez vs. Rhea Ripley & Shotzi Blackheart did 847,000 viewers and 324,000 in 18-49. So the Cole-McAfee segment, put in the best time slot usually (Q5 for the show), lost 26,000 viewers and 16,000 in 18-49. The sixth quarter with the continuation of the women’s tag match drew 779,000 viewers and 279,000 in 18-49, so that was a huge drop. The beginning of Finn Balor vs. Velveteen Dream rebounded to 842,000 viewers and 289,000 in 18-49, and the bulk of the match in the final quarter did 863,000 viewers and 309,000 in 18-49.

Because of no AEW and NXT gaining so many 35-49 new viewers, NXT skewed slightly younger than Smackdown this week, with Smackdown the oldest skewing show, followed by NXT, Raw, UFC and AEW as the youngest. For the week AEW skewed younger than every sports show of the week on television except the NBA, and it skewed younger than about half the NBA games during the week.
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Even though the NXT show on 8/26 was the first show after Takeover and had no AEW competition, nor NBA competition, the overall audience declined with 824,000 viewers and 0.24 in 18-49, good for 24th place on the night.

The audience was down 3.4 percent from the unopposed show the prior week, while 18-49 was identical. There were slight gains in women 35-49 from last week but women under 35 were almost nonexistent, so once again they picked up none of that AEW fan base.

They did go against the Republican convention and Fox News in the head-to-head hours did 5,850,000 and 7,088,000 viewers which is about double usual. The Weather Channel due to hurricane threats did far better than usual. The NHL game on NBC Sports Network did 982,000 viewers and 0.29 in 18-34. It still indicated that in a normal week if they ran unopposed they could do about 900,000 viewers or more ...

The show did a 0.13 in 12-17 (up 30.0 percent from last week), 0.12 in 18-34 (up 33.3 percent), 0.36 in 35-49 (down 7.7 percent) and 0.41 in 50+ (down 2.4 percent). The audience was 63.8 percent male in 18-49 and 82.4 percent male in 12-17.
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AEW on 8/22 did 755,000 viewers and 0.31 (407,000 viewers) in 18-49. While the numbers were similar to the prior show on 8/12 which did 792,000 viewers and 0.32 (417,000), given being out of prime time and a different night, it’s completely different circumstances.

AEW benefitted by having a far stronger lead-in than usual with the NBA playoff game lead-in doing 1,607,000 viewers and 0.62 in 18-49, but was hurt by starting 34 minutes later than advertised due to the game going long. It was and also hurt on the DVR front because the last 34 minutes were off the DVR for people who only recorded the show itself as per normal. AEW did go head-to-head with NXT Takeover, so it still had pro wrestling competition in the time slot. But with Takeover available in so few homes it was a factor, but a very minor factor as compared to a television show which would draw a far higher audience.

AEW was No. 5 on cable for the night, behind three NBA games and barely behind UFC. UFC had a number of advantages over AEW, between being in prime time, having a slightly stronger lead-in, being on its regular night and being on a stronger station ...

The other thing to look at is audience demo changes even though the final audience and 18-49 numbers were similar, so you could say that almost all the AEW fans came over.

But here’s the difference as compared with 8/12. For this show they did 0.17 in 12-17 (up 21.4 percent, likely due to the NBA ,lead-in because this is a bad time slot for teen viewers, especially on the West Coast), 0.21 in 18-34 (up 20.8 percent, again strong NBA demo), 0.41 in 35-49 (down 12.3 percent) and 0.25 in 50+ (down 3.8 percent).

In 18-49, the audience was 72.7 percent male as opposed to 59.2 percent for the last Wednesday show. The NBA game lead-in was 73.4 percent male, so their make up was closer to NBA than AEW. Essentially they picked up some NBA fans but some of their regular women’s audience missed it due to unfamiliar time slot or being Saturday. In teenagers, they were 64.7 percent male as opposed to 54.2 percent male the last Wednesday show, so the same thing applies. The NBA was 75.0 percent male in 12-17 so in this case it was a mix of what they usually get and the heavier male skew of an NBA game.

More notes as far as each demo went, men 18-34 did 96,000 viewers (up 47.7 percent from the previous show), women 18-34 did 55,000 viewers (down 8.3 percent), men 35-49 did 186,000 viewers (up 2.2 percent) and women 18-34 did 70,000 viewers (down 36.4 percent)...

The key to note in the quarter hours is because people’s watching via DVR wouldn’t have gotten the last two quarters, those numbers are artificially low by a small amount. So the decline for the Darby Allin vs. Will Hobbs match is significant, but the decline for the women’s tag match is to a degree, but some of the 361,000 to 288,000 18-49 drop is due to extenuating circumstances. The Cody vs. Lee segment had to rebuild and did, gaining 98,000 viewers and 68,000 in 18-49, but that number would have lost out in homes that watched same night via DVR.

The quarter hours are notable because the first quarter at 6:34 to 6:49 with FTR vs. Private Party and Jon Moxley interview did 1,002,000 viewers and 575,000 in 18-49. Because of the NBA lead-in, that would be the biggest quarter of the show in more than six months. But it went back to normal in quarter two with 724,000 viewers and 416,000 in 18-49 with an MJF promo and the beginning of Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall & Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy vs. Butcher & Blade & Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix. Quarter three did 791,000 viewers and 444,000 in 18-49 for the rest of the eight-man tag, the post match with Eddie Kingston’s promo, the Britt Baker, Reba, Penelope Ford and Kip Sabian vignette and the beginning of the Inner Circle/Best Friends & Orange Cassidy angle. Quarter four did 767,000 viewers and 423,000 in 18-49 for the rest of the Inner Circle/Best Friends & Cassidy angle and Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds & Alan Angels match. It fell to 712,000 viewers and 386,000 in 18-49 for the rest o the six-man tag and a promo with Tully Blanchard, FTR and Adam Page. The sixth quarter fell to 666,000 and 361,000 in 18-49 for Darby Allin vs. Will Hobbs and the post-match with Allin, Taz, Ricky Starks and Brian Cage. The seventh quarter did 640,000 viewers and 288,000 in 18-49 with Allie & Brandi Rhodes vs. Ivelisse & Diamante. And the final quarter did 738,000 viewers and 356,000 in 18-49 for the Brodie Lee TNT title win over Cody and post-match destruction.
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That's huge if Japan is gonna let the international crowd back in who got a place there.

Beef up the roster and shuffle things up a bit for NJPW.
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The second Raw in the ThunderDome, going against strong sports competition, averaged 1.90 million viewers and a 0.58 rating in 18-49.

Those numbers were down seven percent in viewers and 13 percent in 18-49 from last week's strong Raw debut in the new arena and day after SummerSlam episode. But the numbers were still far above what the show did during most of the pandemic. They are still well below pre-pandemic numbers as the last full month average before the pandemic was 2.29 million viewers, 0.74 in 18-49, and 0.53 in 18-34 ...

Raw was 23rd overall last night, and fifth if you factor out news coverage. In 18-49, Raw was fifth behind the two NBA games, 90 Day Fiance, and Below Deck Mediterranean ...

The big story was a 19 percent first-to-third hour drop. It seems to indicate more interest than usual coming off Payback, but more audience loss than has been the case in recent weeks. That indicates people were not as interested in the three-way to determine the title contender at Clash of Champions as compared to other recent main events ...

Raw was down 24 percent in viewers, 30 percent in 18-49, and 40 percent in 18-34 as compared to the same week last year.

The three hours were:
8 p.m. 2.10 million viewers
9 p.m. 1.88 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.70 million viewers
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Variety is reporting more members of the voice cast for Paramount Animation and WWE Studios "Rumble" will include basketball legend Charles Barkley, comedienne Bridgette Everett , former boxing champion Chris Eubank. They join Will Arnett, Terry Crews, Michael Buffer, Stephen A. Smith, Ben Schwartz, Tony Danza, Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch and others in the animated movie about a monster wrestling universe. The film has a current release date of January 29, 2021.
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For those who asked about whether WWE is adding other additional PPVs after Payback returned, here is how their calendar currently shapes up:

There is no main roster PPV scheduled for October currently. There will be a NXT Takeover on 10/4.

WWE Hell in A Cell is set for 11/1 with Survivor Series slated for 11/22

WWE TLC is set for 12/20.

So, while Payback was an additionally added PPV, there are currently no plans to add others to the 2020 PPV calendar.
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Nikkan Sports conducted an interview with RAW Women’s Champion Asuka. Asuka talked about some of her goals that she set for herself upon arriving in WWE and one of her main goals was to strengthen the company’s women’s division.

“When I came in, the word ‘Diva’ wasn’t used anymore, and female athletes were also known as ‘superstars.’ I’m going to strengthen the women’s division from now on. I thought this was my mission. When I was just coming to WWE, I played the main role at the NXT competition several times. It was rarely said that it’s really amazing! ‘Congratulations to the main!’ It was rare for a female player to appear in the main at WWE, but now I am left to the main of PPV and TV broadcasting. Isn’t it one of the first motivations to start closing the gender gap in WWE?”

Asuka also compared wrestling in America to wrestling in Japan. She stated that while in Japan, there were not many women that came to see her wrestle so that was a positive change for her to see when she arrived in NXT.

“Well, I think it’s unique. When I was in Japan, there weren’t many women coming to see me, so it was really nice to be a fan. At that time, I was conscious of trying to increase the number of fans who are watching male professional wrestling. The world of female professional wrestling is like a small village. I was thinking of getting the fans to be fans, and I thought that if they didn’t become happy players, they wouldn’t reach the level that would be accepted in the world.”
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Ringsiders Wrestling chatted with Aaron Solow recently. During their conversation, Aaron revealed that he and Ricky Starks were a part of Rusev’s WrestleMania 31 entrance as they played the role of the soldiers holding the Russian flag.

“Ricky and I were actually in Rusev’s entrance for Mania 31. You can never tell. Unless there’s some technology that can really zoom in, you’ll never be able to tell. But we’re the soldiers for Rusev when he comes out and we’re holding the Russian flag.”

Prior to going out in front the crowd, the extras were met with handshakes from Linda McMahon who thought that they were actual soldiers.

“And then another funny story about that is because we were dressed in the soldier uniforms the whole time and we’re kind of just all in line waiting. Ricky, myself, the other extras and I think it was Linda McMahon. Linda McMahon comes walking up to us and she starts shaking all of our hands and I’m wondering why is she doing this and then by the time she gets to me and Ricky she’s like, ‘Thank you for your service.’ I don’t know what’s going on. I just nodded my head and when she walked off I was like, ‘Oh God, she thinks we’re real soldiers.’”
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Triple H has given the WWE Universe a look into what to expect when NXT UK re-launches.

On Twitter, Triple H showed a video of the set for the NXT UK re-launch, taking place at the BT Sport Studios in London. During NXT TakeOver XXX, it was announced that NXT UK will return later this month.

NXT UK has not run new episodes in months and has instead been airing best-of compilations and matches that were never before seen featuring names such as Adam Cole, Matt Riddle, and others.

BT Sport has also lent its studio to British boxing promotional company Queensberry Promotions, with a number of shows featuring British stars Carl Frampton, Daniel Dubois and Michael Conlan airing on ESPN+ in the United States. The BT Sport Studio will also be the site of a world championship fight between unified junior welterweight titlist Josh Taylor and Apinun Khongsong on September 26.
Link: https://twitter.com/TripleH/status/1300894888058384384

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Jim Cornette has lost a preliminary injunction in his lawsuit against G-Raver.

Cornette filed a lawsuit in December 2019 over a t-shirt with his likeness being stabbed that said "Fuck Jim Cornette." G-Raver's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was denied.

In the preliminary injunction (via Alexandra J. Roberts), the court ruled t-shirts sold by G-Raver aren't commerce but speech, "G-Raver sold the shirts...to critique Cornette’s views on deathmatch wrestling through parody; 1a protects this expression...because parodies are a valuable means of expression to weaken the ideas the celebrity espouses. On top of that, the shirts don't create a likelihood of confusion and Cornette's name may possess the distinctiveness that would make it a trademark. It's certainly not a famous one capable of dilution. Even if it were a mark, defendants' uses aren't similar."

Cornette's right of publicity claim also failed with the ruling saying, "even when the use is facially for a commercial or advertising purpose; the relevant exception here is...the shirts are expressive works & the use is through a communications medium."

The court holds the shirts to be works "invented by G-Raver's imagination" and thus they are transformative.
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Know your role and shut your mouth, jabroni.

Now, when you use the term 'jabroni,' no one can tell you that you're using a slang term as the word has officially been added to the dictionary.

The official definition reads:

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Slang. a stupid, foolish, or contemptible person; loser:

She always has a comeback to own the trolls and jabronis on Twitter.
Shut your mouth, you dumb jabroni!

Also called en·hance·ment tal·ent [en-hans-muhnt tal-uhnt], job·ber [job-er] .Professional Wrestling. a wrestler whose purpose is to lose matches against headlining wrestlers in order to build up the status and fame of the headliners: The man is a legend in the ring—he eats jabronis for breakfast.
The Rock made the term famous during the late 90s, calling his opponents 'jabronis' during his electric promos. The term has stuck around for wrestling fans and is still used to this day.
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The group known as Retribution will only be causing chaos on Monday nights.

According to John Pollock of POST Wrestling, Retribution will be exclusive to WWE Raw moving forward.

Fans may have noticed that Retribution didn't cause any chaos on the most recent episode of SmackDown and were absent from SummerSlam and Payback as well. The announcers continued to focus on the group, even airing video packages highlighting their antics, but the masked men and women were absent from those shows.
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There is expected to be major ratings in TV ratings moving forward, especially involving sports, as Nielsen begins counting out-of-home viewership. Viewers will now be counted from places such as bars, restaurants, and airports. Viewers will also be counted if they take their mobile devices from the home and use those to watch.

This latest Nielsen tool is supposed to make a huge change in sports ratings moving forward, particularly major sporting events, and generally for the NFL, according to F4Wonline.com. WWE and AEW will also be affected, but likely on a much smaller scale.

OutKick's Ryan Glasspiegel noted that Nielsen counting out-of-home viewership is a game-changer, and a huge deal that can't be overstated. OutKick reports that the out-of-home viewership will be incorporated into the numbers that Nielsen currently releases the day after events. While household rating numbers will remain constant, viewership is going to be an inexact comparison to previous year's numbers.

Nielsen will reportedly measure out-of-home viewership via a beeper-like device carried by people who are in Nielsen's measurement sample. The device will capture and recognize the audio of what people are watching away from their homes. OutKick noted that this will go for everywhere from a friend's home, to a hotel, bar, gym, restaurant, and so on - hundreds of places. It was noted that an interesting aspect will be if people remember to carry the device, when they're already leaving the house with things like wallets, keys, and phones. Nielsen household samples have to opt in to the company's in-home measurement tools, but this new way of counting views involves an extra step in carrying the device with you.

It was noted that there will also be interesting scenarios at bars and restaurants that air sports programming, but also play music during commercial breaks. One Nielsen source speculated to OutKick that in this scenario, if there's a 200-minute game and the sound of the game is on for 160 minutes, then the viewer would be counted for 160 minutes in the average minute audience, but not the other 40 minutes. It was also said that any time a viewer watches something with headphones while out of the house, such as the gym, the data won't be counted as streaming numbers are measured separately from TV viewership ...

It was also noted by F4Wonline.com that the sports world has been waiting for a change like this as ratings decline each year, and now there's an idea that they will have a comeback year, or at least a year where the declines are not as bad. Previous tests have found that this method increases the number of younger viewers, which means the key younger demographics that have been hurt in recent years may see a comeback. Previous tests also found that this method skews more heavily towards female viewers. There's an idea, based on previous experiments, that out-of-home viewing will skew closer to a 50/50 split on male and female viewers.
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As noted on Monday, it was reported, via Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT, that WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon told Randy Orton to make Keith Lee a star in their match at WWE Payback on Sunday, which Lee won clean in under 7 minutes. You can click here for that report, which noted that McMahon wants to push Lee "to the moon" on the RAW brand.

In an update, it was noted by Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda that Lee is said to be "very well-liked" backstage, by WWE higher-ups and other Superstars.

Regarding Lee's planned push, word is that he is in line for a "big, but steady push" to the top of the red brand.

WWE recently changed Lee's theme song and look, after negative feedback to what he came to the main roster with after SummerSlam, and word now is that his appearance may be "tweaked" more as they move forward.
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TV Guide in their new listings has AEW Dynamite No. 57 in a list of the 100 best television shows in the U.S. I can't recall a pro wrestling show ever making the list other than GLOW. No. 1 was Better Call Saul.
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MJF"s lawyer, who faces Jon Moxley on Wednesday's show, Smart Mark Sterling, is an independent wrestler as well as the producer and co-host of Matt Cardona & Brian Myers' podcast. He trained with MJF at Myers' school in New York, which is also where Kris Statlander was trained.
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Paradise Alley Pro Wrestling, which is run by former WWF and WCW star Paul Roma and longtime WWF enhancement talent Mario Mancini, received a cease and desist letter, dated 8/28, ordering them to shut down as their wrestling school as been deemed as being in violation with a local zoning law that lists "wrestling studios" under adult entertainment aka pornography.

The letter states the town was made aware that wrestling events were being held in the space on 8/27 and such events violate the city's rules on "adult oriented businesses and entertainment establishments." The school has been ordered to halt all wrestling activity immediately under threat of fines and potential criminal charges if they resume training or presenting events. The school has 30 days to appeal the decision and if they choose not to do so, that will be considered an admission that they are liable for violating the zoning law and could be subject to "an assessment or judgment" by East Haven. The letter does not state who brought the complaint against PAPW.

The irony here is that Parade Alley Pro Wrestling, as a promotion, bills itself as family friendly and has promoted a number of events over the last five years in the Nutmeg State to raise money for different charities.
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Heel by Nature reports that WWE is having some trouble trademarking EVOLVE after buying the company earlier this summer on July 2.

The trademark was filed by former owner Salem Hamaoui back in November, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office initially refused the application due to an issue with the documentation.

The USPTO said at the time: “Registration is refused because the specimen does not show the applied-for mark in use in commerce in connection with any of the goods and/or services specified in the application.”

Hamaoui never responded so the trademark was subject to being abandoned. On August 4, WWE lawyer Lauren A. Dienes-Middlen filed a notice to revive the application and change ownership to WWE. The USPTO stated on August 25 that the application can’t move forward because of confusion with a trademark for “EF EVOLVED FIGHTS MIXED WRESTLING”.

WWE has six months to respond.
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As previously reported, WWE confirmed a mutual parting of ways with NXT announcer Mauro Ranallo yesterday (Aug. 31) ... Dave Meltzer offered more commentary on Ranallo’s exit on today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio.

As noted in yesterday’s report, Ranallo had recently missed some NXT shows because he’s in British Columbia, where his mother is currently hospitalized. According to Meltzer, while in British Columbia, Mauro Ranallo came to the realization that he would not be returning to WWE. Currently, Ranallo plans to continue doing his broadcast work with Bellator MMA and Showtime Boxing.

Meltzer added, “It was told me to me that he’s 50 years old, and it kind of brought into perspective that he’s here to be a mental health advocate, and doing wrestling every single week under that pressure is not what he’s here for.”

Meltzer continued that while Ranallo’s WWE exit “wasn’t a big blowup,” Ranallo felt that it was time to go while his mother is currently hospitalized.
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Add former CZW Champion Joe Gacy to the list of former EVOLVE stars who have signed a NXT/developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. Gacy, 33, was a member of The Unwanted in EVOLVE, holding the EVOLVE Tag Team Championship.

Gacy debuted in 2006 and has worked all over the Northeastern independent scene as well as Germany's WXW promotion.

PWInsider.com is told Gacy is the final talent from EVOLVE expected to be signed at this time, following Josh Briggs, Anthony Greene, Brandi Lauren, Leon Ruff, Curt Stallion and referee Jake Clemons.

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That's interesting re: the wrestling school being shut down for being "adult entertainment."

I wonder if other states/counties/whatever have similar ordinances in place.
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Airing to an unfamiliar night -- but unopposed by AEW Dynamite for the third straight week -- NXT on USA Network was up three percent in overall viewership from last Wednesday's show, averaging 849,000 viewers.

It was the second highest audience for NXT this year, just trailing the episode two weeks ago that averaged 853,000 viewers ...

Perhaps more importantly, NXT did a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demo and finished 10th overall on cable in that category, the highest the show has finished since the first couple of weeks on USA. That rating was up 8.3 percent from last week and is the highest for NXT since December 18 of last year.

In the individual demo categories, the ratings -- as compared to last week,were: women 18-49 -- 0.19 (up 11.8 percent), men 18-49 -- 0.33 (up 10 percent), people 18-34 -- 0.14 (even); females 12-34 -- 0.11 (up 120 percent); males 12-34 -- 0.18 (down 10 percent); people 25-54 -- 0.30 (up 7.1 percent), and people over 50 -- 0.40 (down 2.4 percent) ...

AEW Dynamite will air in its regular time slot tonight with NXT airing a repeat broadcast of last night's show on SyFy.

NXT will again air on Tuesday next week due to the NHL playoffs.
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The experiment of placing NXT on a Tuesday night provided the show with its second-best viewership figure of 2020 and the highest rating in the 18-40 demographic since December ...

It’s NXT second-highest figure thus year trailing the August 19th show, which ran unopposed in its normal Wednesday night timeslot on the USA Network. This would be NXT’s fourth-highest viewership average since October 2nd, 2019.

After three weeks of running without AEW competition, NXT has averaged 842,000 viewers and a 0.25 demo rating. That compares to 696,000 viewers and a 0.18 rating for the three previous episodes that went head-to-head with AEW, so they have experienced a 21 percent increase in viewership and 38.8 percent jump in the demo rating.

The results would give one enough evidence to argue strongly that NXT is best served to air on a different night if the intention is to grow this product and put the show in the best position possible when their contract with the USA Network comes due. In that sense, this week’s number could be looked back on as a pivotal one if that decision is made.
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Ring of Honor announced Wednesday they have launched a 24/7 digital linear network called ROH Best On The Planet.

The service is currently available on STIRR's channel 357, a free live streaming service owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group who also owns ROH. In the press release, ROH noted that additional distribution partners will be announced and are working with sports network Stadium to help make that happen.

The channel features non-stop ROH action including new and past episodes of ROH TV, archived pay-per-views and On Tour shows. STIRR is available on Roku TV, Fire TV, Apple TV and both iOS and Android devices.
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After WWE purchased the company he co-founded, longtime wrestling promoter and booker Gabe Sapolsky released a statement Wednesday where he said he is retired from promoting and booking indie wrestling.

In July, Sapolsky and co-founder Sal Hamaoui sold the rights to EVOLVE and the content library for both that company, Full Impact Pro and Dragon Gate USA to WWE for an undisclosed sum after several months of discussions. Hamaoui is continuing with streaming service WWN which was not part of the deal.

Sapolsky has been a consultant for NXT since 2018 and is expected to remain in that position.
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In her first appearance since her departure from WWE, the former Renee Young discussed her first week out of the company, her experience having COVID-19 this summer, and how the company's reaction to her announcing the news didn't go over well internally or with her personally.

Now going by Renee Paquette, she was a guest on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast and was asked by host Jimmy Traina about the rumors WWE weren't happy with her decision to go public. She said she likes to be transparent about things and there's no shame in having the virus, but wanted to be responsible and ensure those who were around here were aware.

"But yeah, it was not well received," she said.

She said that after her tweet announcing the news at night, she awoke the next day to several texts:

"They weren't even even like 'You shouldn't have posted it.' But it was like, 'We really wish you gave us a heads up that you were going to post it.' It was bad for PR and whatnot. But again, I wouldn't have even thought to be like, "Hey guys, I'm gonna tweet that I have COVID, ha, ha. Like, that was just not what I was thinking about when I posted about it."

Asked if WWE should have shut down early on in the pandemic, Paquette said she felt less concerned at SummerSlam given the testing they are doing now and that proper testing and protocols should have been implemented from the beginning. She also admitted she felt "a little slighted" as she "didn't really feel like anyone was all that concerned that I got sick. That bothered me for sure."

Paquette said she knew fairly quickly that she had the virus despite an initial negative test, feeling a gradual increase in symptoms and that her husband (Jon Moxley) didn't think she had it. To this day, she still feels some aftereffects from time to time despite being COVID free.

She said there wasn't a definitive moment when she decided to leave WWE but that when Backstage got canceled and she got her virus diagnosis on the same day, it forced her to take stock of her career and that she realized there wasn't a lot for her to do in WWE that represented career progress. She added she will still be working for Fox in relation to WWE but that they are currently trying to figure that situation out.

When it was time to announce her decision, she talked to Michael Cole as both her boss and friend. No one tried to talk her out of her decision once they knew her mind was made up and that doing a show like Talking Smack again or random backstage interviews felt like taking steps back at this point in her career.

She said she has not spoken to AEW about working there since leaving and joked about the assumption that everyone that leaves WWE is going there. Her goal is to be "Lady Rogan" and be in more control of her content. She said she has a non-compete for "quite a while" and intimated it's much longer than 90 days. She said she would open to talking and that it was tough in having to pretend that Moxley didn't exist as she wasn't allowed to tweet about him.
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Colt Cabana is reviving his Art of Wrestling podcast.
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The Rock responded to Jabroni being added as a word to Dictionary.com:

Wow - very cool!
Honored have a word actually make the dictionary.
Making my all my teachers very proud ????????
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They also reveal that September will see a new addition never before added to the classic content library in Velocity, which ran from 2002 to 2004 featuring Smackdown talents before migrating with Raw's secondary show at the time, Heat over to WWE's website as a webcast before being retired in 2006.
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Brandon Thurston at Wrestlenomics looked at data over the past five years regarding the viewership bump Raw would receive following a pay-per-view. His research shows that over that period it’s the episodes of Raw following WrestleMania (+16 percent), Royal Rumble (+12 percent), Money in the Bank (+10 percent), and SummerSlam (+9 percent) that saw the largest increases from the prior four episodes. In 2020, the overall pay-per-view bump on Raw has been 4 percent but when factoring out the four big shows listed above, it’s only an increase of 0.3 percent.
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Eric Young is atop the IMPACT Wrestling mountain yet again, after four years away from the World Title.

"I’m doing well. What’s the old saying? 'It’s good to be king,'" Young told Fightful in an exclusive interview just after winning the championship.
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Eric Young went from not being used on WWE TV, to being released, to being a free agent during a pandemic, to returning to the IMPACT brand in one of the hottest stories the company has seen in recent years. That's not lost on him ...

We've heard of new champions, namely Deonna Purrazzo, who not only don't have contracts, but haven't had full-time offers. That isn't the case for Young. He's with IMPACT, and doing some side gigs as well.

"Yeah, I’m committed there. I signed a two year exclusive deal. So, exclusively wrestling with them. It will be all IMPACT! all the time for me. I mean, I have tons of other interests like TV, outside of that I’m crazy into fantasy sports. Just actually this morning signed a deal with SportsGrid, I’ll be doing a Sunday morning fantasy prep show for them that airs digitally online and all over the world. Like I said, I’m a very experiential person. I want to do everything. I’m running out of time in the day. One guy can only do so much. For me, IMPACT! is my home. It was my home away from home when I was gone. Now, I’m back. It’s just a very cool place to work, a very cool place to be involved. I said, for me, I just wanted to be involved. I just wanted to be doing something. The fact that I’m the World Champion, I’m the flag bearer, I’m the flagship of the show, it is a huge honor for me. Something I feel that I’ve earned and I deserve, but I will not rest on it, you know what I mean? I’ve never been a person that’s rested on it. I want to improve myself. I want to improve IMPACT! and in turn improving my life. Everything is circular that way. The task at hand is huge. We’ve got a long ways to go, but the opportunity is there. It’s limitless potential in this locker room and I can’t wait to get going and do some other amazing things."
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All Elite Wrestling an the NWA will be holding a big interpromotional match at All Out this Saturday. NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa will be challenging Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s Championship. It is not every day that promotions work together like this and now we have more details about how the relationship came to be.

Fightful Select (subscription required) is reporting that the entire deal to bring Thunder Rosa in was constructed between Billy Corgan and AEW. Rosa was said to have wanted to be respectful towards NWA but doesn’t think anything is surprising in how the deal was made.

Rosa first appeared on the August 22 episode of Dynamite, challenging Shida for her title. Their match was quickly signed for All Out for September 5. Rosa will be making her in-ring debut tonight on AEW Dynamite.
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Tenille Dashwood has made her return to the IMPACT Zone.

Dashwood crashed Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo’s Black Tie Event on IMPACT, making her first appearance for the company in nearly six months. Her last appearance was on the April 14 episode of IMPACT, which was taped in March, when she defeated Taya Valkyrie.
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MJF's personality isn't for everyone and he's pissed off his fair share of fans throughout the years.

It's better to piss off fans than be pissed on by fans.

Speaking to the New York Post, the number one contender for AEW World Title, recalled a couple of fan horror stories he's experienced during his time in wrestling.

“At AEW, a fan tried to dress up I believe like a pilot and was trying to convince our security that they were supposed to fly me out on a private jet after the show,” MJF said. “I can assure you that that guy was most certainly not my pilot, so there was once a fan who literally tried to kidnap me. I’ve seen it all. When I was in Mexico, people threw a car battery at me and urine at me. That’s because I don’t tiptoe around. I don’t hide how I feel.”

MJF isn't afraid to insult anyone and everyone

Arn Anderson, who has been around wrestling for nearly four decades, has seen it all and has his own fan horror stories. Even he is surprised fans don't kill MJF on the spot.

“I just happened to be walking by a monitor when he started [a stage show at a Starrcast fanfest] and my God, I couldn’t believe the kid was getting away with the stuff that he was saying, that a herd of people didn’t bum rush the podium and cuff him and take him to jail,” Anderson said. “It was unbelievable how he was toeing the line.”

Taz went on to call MJF "a pain in the ass, but [AEW's] pain in the ass."

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That's interesting re: the wrestling school being shut down for being "adult entertainment."

I wonder if other states/counties/whatever have similar ordinances in place.
if anyone ever caught wind of them filming those creepy fetish videos like what tyler black/seth rollins was in, i would
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With Wednesday all to itself in terms of live wrestling, last night's All Out go-home episode of AEW Dynamite averaged 928,000 viewers on TNT, matching February 5 for the show's fourth highest total of 2020.

That was up 14.1 percent from last week when the show aired on Thursday night.

In the 18-49 demo, Dynamite averaged a 0.36 rating, up 24.1 percent from last week and matching the highest number in that category since January 15. The show was eighth for the night on cable in the demo ...

A replay of Tuesday's NXT aired on SyFy and finished 125th in the 18-49 demo with a 0.04 rating. It averaged 183,000 total viewers, so it likely had little impact on the AEW number.

The total combined audience for NXT and AEW this week was 1.777 million viewers. That's the highest since November of last year and the third highest ever, but it's also with the show airing on two separate nights as compared to head-to-head like they usually do.

In the individual demos, as compared to last Thursday, Dynamite did: women 18-49 -- 0.21 (up 10.5 percent), men 18-49 -- 0.51 (up 30.8 percent and fourth overall on cable), people 18-34 -- 0.23 (up 21.1 percent), females 12-34 -- 0.10 (down 28.6 percent), males 12-34 -- 0.28 (up 12 percent), people 25-54 -- 0.43 (up 30.3 percent), and people over 50 -- 0.35 (up 16.7 percent).

Next Wednesday, AEW gets the night to itself again for the post-All Out edition of Dynamite. NXT will air on Tuesday again next week due to the NHL playoffs.
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During a stream on his Twitch channel Wednesday night, AJ Styles revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year.

“I also tested positive a couple of weeks ago, probably almost a month. I think, ago," Styles said when asked about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announcing that he and his family battled COVID-19. "I feel for people who have to deal with this, but I gotta say, I didn’t have many problems with it. So, hopefully The Rock and his family, hopefully everybody is safe and everybody is taken care of and nobody has too bad of symptoms and stuff like that. It sucks, it’s not good for anybody.”

Styles said he was one of the lucky ones and didn't have severe symptoms. He had a headache and "maybe a couple boogers" but never had a fever.
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AEW president and booker Tony Khan did a one-hour long media call Thursday afternoon, hitting on a variety of topics from this Saturday's All Out to Brock Lesnar to booking philosophies and more.

Here's some of the highlights:
  • He was asked about free agent Brock Lesnar and said he couldn't comment while putting over how he's a great fighter and wrestler and that he doesn't get enough credit ...
  • He said the FTW Title will be defended and that he's working on a "pilot" on how to make it different than the World or TNT titles.
  • He said the reason Big Swole vs. Britt Baker is on the Buy In pre-show is that his philosophy is to put big names and stars in front of more viewers to help drive PPV buys. He confirmed the match will be cinematic in nature due to Baker still recovering from her injuries.
  • He talked about his relationship with NWA president Billy Corgan and how the connection between the two was initially helped by Chris Nowinski. At this point, no other NWA talents are scheduled to be part of AEW, but he thought having Thunder Rosa involved made sense for both sides. He said the Rosa-Serena Deeb match from Wednesday was a home run and talked about Deeb came into the picture.
  • He discussed how they keep surprises just that, saying a very small circle helps control things getting out there, adding "There's a lot more surprises ahead for you in the upcoming weeks."
  • Khan said he held back on the go-home show, focusing on more wrestling in the first half and more storyline in the second half ...
  • He said the Dynamite after All Out is going to be "really, really good" with some surprises.
  • Saturday's Matt Hardy-Sammy Guevara Broken Rules match is a last man standing-style affair with a loser leaves town stipulation for Hardy.
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The cease and desist order filed against Paul Roma and Mario Manicini's Paradise Alley Pro Wrestling school in East Haven, CT on 8/28 has been officially rescinded with the school being given permission to resume training and events, PWInsider.com has confirmed.

PWInsider.com is told that Joseph Maturo Jr., the Mayor of East Haven stepped in upon learning of the situation and helped settle the issue.

The belief is that the original cease and desist may have come from, believe it or not, someone miunderstanding what professional wrestling was and we are told that the ordinance used to back the cease and desist will be adjusted so such a thing could not happen in the future.

The school had been informed that they were in violation with a local zoning law that lists "wrestling studios" under adult entertainment aka pornography. The verbiage of the local zoning law was designed to prohibit massage parlors that could double as places of prostitution or "studios" that could potentially house the filming of pornography in some form, which again, would not be what professional wrestling is, but the terminology "wrestling studios" was utilized in the ordinance as it was written and used to enact the cease and desist, despite PAPW having operated out of the same facility for years.
at the whole issue revolving around someone thinking wrestling was some sort of porn instead.

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As PWInsider.com has previously reported, the next WWE NXT Takeover will be on Sunday 10/4.

Currently, there is no planned Takeover for the night before Survivor Series in November.

However, WWE has added another Takeover on Sunday 12/6.
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The United Wrestling Network's Primetime Live PPV series, the first undertaking for a weekly pro wrestling series on PPV since the early days of NWA: TNA, debuts 9/15 on In Demand and FITE.TV. The series will be available for $7.00 per episode or a bundle of $23.99 for the month on FITE. The series will be priced $11.99 weekly on InDemand.
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An NXT show at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia that was originally set for April has been moved to Thursday, December 17th. Tickets for the event at Center Stage are currently on-sale. POST Wrestling reached out to Center Stage for a comment about tickets being on-sale for the show.
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Richard Deitsch welcomed Renee Paquette, also known as Renee Young onto his Sports Media podcast. Renee talked about contemplating leaving WWE several years before her recent departure and how the company would not grant her release because she was under a talent contract.

“When I had actually thought about leaving WWE several years ago and I was not granted my release at the time because I was under a talent contract but they wouldn’t let me out of that contract, and it turned out to be a good thing. I got to do a ton of stuff beyond that-that I wouldn’t have the career that I have today had I not been there for the past three years. But as I sort of accepted that I’m like, ‘Okay, I am gonna be here for longer. What are these other opportunities and these other things that I’m gonna get to do here?’ I’ve also accumulated this knowledge of wrestling that I’m not gonna be able to use anywhere else so, to just throw that away seems like a waste of the past almost decade, you know?”
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There is a hearing scheduled on 11/12 in The Hilsborough County Court in Tampa, Florida in the case of Phillip A. Thomas, the man arrested inside WWE star Sonya Deville's home last month. The hearing is related to the temporary injunction filed against Thomas in order to prevent him from approaching or contacting Deville or her family.

Thomas remains incarcerated without bail in Tampa as Judge Catherine Caitlin ruled on 8/20 that he was a threat to the safety of the community after Deville testified about Thomas invading her home and the hundreds of threatening messages she discovered sent to her social media accounts after authorities provided her with Thomas' name post-arrest.

As previously reported, Thomas has been charged with Aggravated Stalking, Armed Burglary of a Dwelling, Attempted Armed Kidnapping, and Criminal Mischief. Thomas is being represented by a public defender and has involved his fifth amendment right to remain silent. The Tampa Bay Tribune is reporting that Thomas' attorney argued that bail should be set at $2 million and that he could be electronically monitored but the court shot that down given the nature of the situation.
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MJF chatted with Inside The Ropes to promote his AEW World Title match at All Out. MJF discussed some of the comparisons that he’s been a part of throughout his career and how the goal post is constantly moved for him regarding those comparisons.

“You know, it’s funny the comparisons were changing every week. When I first debuted, the comparisons were, ‘He’s another EC3’ and then I surpassed those comparisons so they kept moving the goal post. ‘Oh he’s just another Miz,’ they moved the goal post. ‘Ah, he’s great but he’s no Randy Orton.’ Uh, screw me man. That’s somebody I grew up watching and idolizing. ‘He’s great but he’s no Chris Jericho’ then I got in the ring with Chris Jericho and people went, ‘Oh man, oh snap. He’s not just holding his own here, he’s kinda taking the ball, running and scoring a touchdown’ and that’s what I love about pro wrestling is the fans constantly feel the need that they need to be satiated and they need to be proven right, but no one’s been proven right about me yet. The dialogue about me when I first came in was I was a guy that was just good at promos. Then, I got to have the Jungle Boy match and I got to kind of shove it down everybody’s throat that not only am I good at wrestling, I’m great at wrestling, but I’m a special attraction. I’m not gonna come on Dynamite and wrestle every single week. That’s not my job. Roddy Piper didn’t wrestle every single week. Roddy Piper, he grabbed you by the balls and when it was time for him to wrestle, it was either a pay-per-view or it was a big money match on TV. That’s what MJF is all about. So for me, that was one of the rare instances I got to go out there and show the world how great I am as a pro wrestler. So, the comparisons to Chris Jericho, do I like them? Yeah, I love every comparison I get because they’re comparing me to great talents, but I do find it interesting that the goal post keeps getting moved more and more. I won’t be shocked by the time it goes, ‘MJF is great but he’s not as good as God’ and when that happens, we’ll have jumped the shark and we’re getting pretty close to those comparisons.”
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Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated spoke with NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa. During their conversation, Rosa said she has seen the criticisms of AEW’s women’s division and in her match against Hikaru Shida at All Out, both of them are going to show what a championship match looks like.

“I’m the NWA women’s champion, and I get to walk into an AEW pay-per-view for a match against Hikaru Shida—to me, that is an honor. I know people have been very hesitant about what they’ve seen in the last couple of weeks in the AEW women’s division. I’ve read the criticism, but we are going to show what a championship match should look like. I’ve been visualizing my entrance, my moves, my MMA technique, and I wish I was getting in the ring with her right now.”
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AJ Styles can be a professional next to Paul Heyman.

It's no secret that there is some bad blood between Styles and Heyman following Heyman being accused of lying by Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. According to the OC members, Heyman was the one who planted the idea in Vince McMahon's head to fire Gallows and Anderson in April after previously telling them they were safe.

Styles admitted he wanted to be off Raw and away from Heyman following the incident.

Styles got his wish as he was moved to SmackDown, but Heyman now joins him on the blue brand as the advocate for Roman Reigns.

"It is what it is," said Styles on his Twitch stream when asked about Heyman coming to SmackDown. "I could care less. It's water under the bridge. Not saying that I have forgotten what he's done, but I'm not gonna be that guy who holds a grudge, I'm not like that. Okay dude, you know you pissed me off, you know how I feel, I may not ever trust you again, can I get along with him professionally? Absolutely. Doesn't mean I'm gonna be mean to him or say anything, it's over. My buddies are doing fine."

Heyman was fired from his position as executive director of Raw shortly after Styles was moved to SmackDown. Both men are now on SmackDown, but Styles appears willing to work in a professional manner.
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Kevin Nash is another wrestler who tested positive for COVID.

Following The Rock announcing he and his family tested positive for COVID, Nash took to social media to welcome Rock to the team, revealing he and his family had also tested positive for the virus. It is unknown exactly when Nash got the virus. Nash said he was tired due to the virus while his wife still hasn't regained her smell or taste. His son was asymptomatic.
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Wade Barrett is officially set for his third straight week of NXT commentary.

On Twitter today, Barrett confirmed that he'll again be part of the commentary team for next Tuesday's episode of NXT: "There’s no way I’m missing this one. This is fast becoming a habit.. see you next week for another #NXTSuperTuesday! #WWENXT"

PWInsider reported earlier this week that Barrett was in negotiations with WWE to return to the promotion full-time as a commentator. He's called the past two NXT episodes with Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix.

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The WWE's ability to license and merchandise Brock Lesnar ended this past week, which comes months after the end of the actual contract.

Lesnar had been a free agent since WrestleMania but that news never broke and at the time considered largely a formality given it made no sense for WWE to use him during the pandemic and the belief was that he was out of everyone else's price range. The belief was that, at 43, he was not going to do UFC once he pulled himself again out of the USADA testing pool and that AEW would not be able to afford to make a comparable offer to what WWE could in his case, and he's purely a money guy ...

For AEW it would be a statement move, but ultimately in this environment such a move, given the price tag we are talking about and the schedule he's looking at doing, it wouldn't appear to make any economic sense. Plus a key part of his WWE act, Paul Heyman, is still under contract to WWE ...

The contract gives the WWE rights to continue to sell merchandise for a length of time, in this case around five months, after the deal expires. That period is what just expired this past week.

One person in the company noted that it makes no sense to sign Lesnar to a new deal at the moment, as it would only be to keep him from AEW. The belief is Lesnar could, and probably would try to use AEW as leverage, but that at the end of the day, the belief is Lesnar's value to AEW would be nowhere near his price tag and a deal with Lesnar makes no sense for a company basically trying to just break even during the pandemic. It was said that for Lesnar, like for Tyson Fury (who issued a challenge to Drew McIntyre this past week for a match), that it's at this point Saudi Arabia and WrestleMania as the only shows that make sense right now and the belief right now is Saudi Arabia won't happen this year. Lesnar’s name had been talked about in WWE in reference to a Drew McIntyre rematch for this coming WrestleMania, but that was if McIntyre was to retain the title, which has also been considered to go to Randy Orton, who in theory would be earmarked for Edge and not Lesnar. But nothing in that direction is close to being decided.

Lesnar and WWE was described as the exact same thing that UFC is doing with Conor McGregor, in the sense that his pay is so high for a show that it doesn't make sense to use him until you have a big money event.

His contract expiring isn't a new thing but in the past he's always signed a new deal before the time frame where the WWE's ability to merchandise him ends. When that time frame ended, they had to remove all merchandise from the web site.

Mike Johnson at PW Insider reported that there were talks for a new deal, which would have allowed them to continue selling his merchandise, that had an impasse.

Lesnar usually has his deal expire by design, and teases going to UFC, which would give him a big offer. It is believed Lesnar received $8 million for his UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt and would have been able to get a similar if not larger deal for a fight with Daniel Cormier, which he shot an angle for before UFC had the deal in place. This gave him a ton of leverage in his last set of negotiations. Lesnar also always tries to sign short-term contracts, which has worked in his favor, but would work against him if Vince McMahon decides they’ve gotten what they need out of him, such as the quick loss to McIntyre to try and establish a new top guy, and that his huge paycheck and working few dates no longer made sense.

It is always possible AEW could make him an offer, which no doubt would be what he would be counting on.

Lesnar now is actually more valuable to one party than for anyone else, including WWE, which is ESPN ...

The reality is that if Lesnar had any interest in UFC, and he knows he can make more money for one fight there than he can earn in a year or perhaps multiple years in WWE, and at his age, the idea that he’s never even talked to White, if true because White is often not honest, would seem to indicate zero interest in fighting.

Another key is that Lesnar is not a big spender and doesn’t need money. He likely has enough to not just live the rest of his life, but also to insure a great life for his children after he’s gone.
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Roman Reigns turned heel and joined up with Paul Heyman, and then won the Universal title in the main event of the 8/30 Payback PPV ...

It’s not known whether it was Reigns or McMahon who made the call to put Heyman with Reigns, but Reigns did ask to be turned heel on his return after being out of action since March due to concerns over COVID-19.

Reigns probably should have been turned years ago but the company was adamant that he was the only person who could follow John Cena as the top full-time face of the company. The feeling is that you need a guy who has great looks, a muscular body, be at least 6-feet tall, preferably an inch or two taller, and has charisma. A lot of WWE fans rejected that, and really, as shown with New Japan and Tetsuya Naito, had they turned him heel, the fans on their own would have eventually turned him babyface, and he’d be stronger because of that and no longer face the adversarial relationship since the fans believed they had chosen him as opposed to him being forced on them. Essentially this is the same thing, only years later, and Reigns is now 35 instead of 30.

As far as Heyman, he has a top tier contract and without Brock Lesnar, they could either pay him a high figure to be a booking consultant after removing him from the guy working under Vince McMahon in charge of Raw, or try and make use of him as talent, so it fell together ...

Reigns will next defend the title likely on the 9/27 Clash of the Champions show against the winner of a four-way on the 9/4 Smackdown show with Big E, Matt Riddle, Sheamus and King Corbin. The idea seems to be to save Fiend, his WrestleMania opponent in the original planning that Vince changed, to a later PPV. Sheamus being in is kind of weird since he’s lost to Big E and Jeff Hardy, who isn’t in, but in WWE the secondary title holders almost never challenge for the main title, which really makes no sense. Corbin also lost on the PPV.

The PPV main event looks to be Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton for the WWE title. Orton also lost on this show to Keith Lee, clean, fast and deceive, to a spirit bomb. Orton had been talked about to face Edge at WrestleMania for the title, so if Orton wins, Lee is set up perfectly as a challenger, although Lee taking the RKO in the three-way where Orton beat Lee and Seth Rollins to get the shot should have never happened if the plan is for a big Orton vs. Lee program.
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The Cartoon Network Latin America announced an animated cartoon series called Rey Mysterio. The character of Mysterio will be in a cartoon where a fan of Mysterio has found out secret information where the forces of evil are threatening the world, he calls on Mysterio and the two of them work together to save the world. The release never mentions WWE so this may be an outside project that he was able to work on his own. We’ll have more details on this next week
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Levesque talked about the relaunch of NXT U.K., which starts back 9/17 with new shows on the WWE Network. They taped last week at the BT Studios and Levesque said that would be the permanent site. I guess the decision is that taping at arenas with larger crowds isn't cost-effective. "That is the intent and the hope. BT has been, I can't say it enough, an amazing partner," Levesque said in an interview with Metro U.K. "When you look at that studio, it's perfect for what we do, but they are perfect for what we do. They have been a leader in changing the game in sport across all of Europe and, really, globally. They have once of the most technologically advanced studios in the world. It's an amazing facility. The intent is for us to be able to in there long term to be able to create this content, and I think if later down the line, we get to a place where fans can come in, obviously we'd be thrilled and excited." Levesque was also asked out the allegations of sexual misconduct in U.K. pro wrestling. "Part of this is why we started (the company) in the first place, to professionalize and put that system into place where everyone can feel safe and protected, and have a working environment that is inclusive of everyone and the opportunity to do what we do. We take every allegation very seriously, and you can refer back to our policy. It's zero tolerance for things of this manner. We look into everything. We look into it, we go from there to see what is legitimate, what is not, what is real, what isn't, and deal with it accordingly. While a lot of these things happened years ago, we take them very seriously. We also have an open policy with everybody. No one should ever feel like, `I didn't wanna say anything.' That's the exact opposite of what we want. We're trying to make this the safe, inclusive environment for everybody that it should be." A real question coming out of this regards talent that several of the major local promotions have stopped using based on allegations that WWE still has under contract, Jordan Devlin being the biggest name that comes to mind. If the allegations are true and serious, than he should be gone, but if WWE has truly investigated and found the claims to not be valid, then shouldn't the other companies use him? I don't know the answer of what is and isn't true in his case, just that he was working for companies as a top guy what are affiliated with WWE and this is a major contradiction. If nothing else, WWE should share what they've investigated if they have, and the other companies should share with WWE why they won't use him. There are two basic issues here. Either there is something to why other companies dropped using him but WWE feels they are untouchable and he's a good worker and all that, or he was unfairly accused and the other companies are afraid to use someone not guilty for fear of a public backlash. There's in the middle as well but if WWE investigated in situations like this the public and certainly other companies they work with have the right to know. Some people won't believe anything WWE says but that doesn't mean they shouldn't say it. And if what WWE says doesn't actually hold up, and that happens as well, WWE should want to know that if they really do care about the various situations. It's a really ugly, sometimes confusing and often contradictory situation
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Ric Flair on WrestlingInc.com said that his daughter may be out of action for a year. She had issues with her implants and needed to get them taken care of. She had worse issues a few years back, and got it taken care of to a degree but with a procedure that allowed her to return relatively quickly.
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When Tetsuya Naito was growing up, his favorite baseball team was the Yakult Swallows, and during the season he would go to about one home game a week at their home Meiji Jingu Stadium.

When he was 17, he was sitting in the left field bleachers when New Japan booked a show at the stadium headlined by the Great Muta vs. the Great Nita (Atsushi Onita).

21 years later he was on the field as the main star of the show as he became the 11th person to win the IWGP championship at least three times with a win over Evil in the main event of Summer Struggle in Jingu Stadium on 8/29.

Naito joins Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Keiji Muto, Shinya Hashimoto, Tatsumi Fujinami, Kensuke Sasaki, Kazuyuki Fujita, Shinsuke Nakamura, Riki Choshu and Hiroyoshi Tenzan ...

Naito also regained the IC title, his record setting sixth reign (he and Nakamura previously were tied with five) of a belt that dates back to 2011 and that he first won on September 25, 2016, in Kobe, from Michael Elgin.
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G-1 kicks off on 9/19 and they have not announced participants at this point. For foreigners to be able to be brought in, they'd have to arrive by 9/5 and quarantine in a hotel room for two weeks.

With the exception of the 9/3 show in Saitama and 9/8 in Mito, all the rest of the shows will air live on New Japan World. The jr. tag title tour will have only Japanese commentary live. It's not clear what will be done regarding English commentary for G-1, but the belief is that the bigger shows will have live English commentary like the stadium show did.
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Tony Khan said that while he and Billy Corgan negotiated the deal and he approved it, the idea of bringing in Thunder Rosa to face Hikaru Shida came from Kenny Omega

He also said that the second AEW show on TNT would debut over the next year. It was delayed by COVID. We had heard as of a few weeks ago that while there was no date, it was targeted for before the end of 2020 but in TV things can change ...

He also noted in regard to this past week’s show that his philosophy on PPV go-home shows is different from a regular show, and laid it out with the idea of good matches early and lots of promos late, which is not the usual way he puts shows together
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Tony Khan invited a number of guests to attend the 9/2 tapings who were fans who had been laid off in the Orlando/DeLand area as well as those who had been affected by the recent tornado. When he found out about a group of Orlando area NXT fans helping the clean up efforts from the tornado and a family that were fans who had been affected by the tornado, he invited them all to come to the show this week
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Regarding Matt & Jeff Hardy and them splitting up, they likely would have stayed together in the same company, or at least there was a good chance of it, but the contract situation played a part. Both signed on the same day, but Jeff had shoulder and knee surgery and other issues and WWE decreed that he owed them 20 more months and tacked that on. So he couldn't leave. If Matt didn't leave when he did, he likely would have been asked to sign for five years and while he did entertain the thought of staying, he opted for more creative control. Matt did an interview with Chris Van Vliet where he felt the Broken character would have gotten over better with live crowds. I believe that's the case as well, because fans would have done the big chants and stuff for him and that would make it appear to be a hot character, and with no fans, you are missing that. He sensed that and toned that down, but gave the impression when fans are back that he'd give the broken character another strong shot. The fact he's doing a broken match on the PPV and doing multiple characters on TV makes it clear the character isn't being dropped
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Pentagon Jr. is now Penta Cero M. That's the name he owns merchandising rights to. AEW was allowed to call him Pentagon Jr. because they work with AAA, which owns the Pentagon Jr. name. It was AEW that pushed for it because for a variety of potential projects AEW wanted to push them with a name they could market them as, and Rey Fenix owns that name but not just Fenix, which AAA owns, but he's been Rey Fenix in AEW from the start. Basically once they started merchandising them they didn't want to use an AAA-owned name and at some point they were going to switch it to a name he owns and it was just a question of when. It also coincides with the Masked Republic deal getting Penta Cero Miedo merchandise into Hot Topic
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Melissa Cervantes (Thunder Rosa) noted that she was invited to a WWE tryout last September, but she was training for her Combate Americas MMA debut and passed on it. The key is that they were not interested in her as a wrestler, but told her they were interested in her as a referee
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The most-watched shows on the WWE Network for the past week were: 1. Payback; 2. Day of SummerSlam 2015; 3. Payback kickoff show; 4. SummerSlam; 5. Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: Undertaker; 6. WWE Timeline: Rock & Nation of Domination; 7. WWE Chronicle: Braun Strowman; 8. Raw Talk for 8/31; 9. Broken Skull Sessions with Goldberg; 10. The Bump for 8/30. NXT was 18th for the week. Of all the indie stuff that was introduced last week, only an ICW show at No. 23 remained in the top 25
The indies stuff charting poorly is a bit surprising considering that originally was meant to be the basis for a new expensive Network sub tier. WWE probably would be looking at some abysmal new sub numbers for that new tier had they gone through with their plans.

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Raw on 9/1, for the second Thunderdome show, averaged 1,896,000 viewers and 0.58 in 18-49, on a night with very serious sports competition.

It did come the day after the Payback show and had an usually strong first hour, but faded with a 19.1 percent first-to-third hour drop, which is among the larger numbers of all-time.

It’s not exactly fair to judge the ratings drop yet if the key was the Performance Center location or the booking, although it obviously is a combination of both. The question is how much. If we go with the pre-pandemic average and the last show before moving into Thunderdome, it looks like of the 28 percent drop in viewers, about 17 percent is related to the product itself and 11 percent to the location. But that’s just based on second week numbers that are both hurt by strong competition and helped by the PPV the night before. Next week would be a much better gauge. Similarly, the 18-49 drop of 35.1 percent during the pandemic looks to be in that age group, 22 percent product and 13 percent location.

As compared to week one in Thunderdome, which was also the day after SummerSlam, the show was down 6.5 percent in viewers, 13.4 percent in 18-49 but in good news, it stayed even in 18-34, so the drops were largely in the 35-49 age group, the same age group that was up huge last week ...

As compared to the same week last year, the show was down 24.4 percent in viewers, 30.1 percent in 18-49 and 40.0 percent in 18-34.

The big third hour drop says that whatever it was in hour three being pushed the hardest, whether it was the three-way match after already seeing all three wrestling earlier, or the Raw Underground, it didn’t resonate at usual levels. The drops were 17.8 percent with women 18-49, 14.6 percent with men 18-49, a 21.8 percent increase with teenage girls and a 27.2 percent decrease with teenage boys and a 20.2 percent drop over 50.

The first hour did 2,104,000 viewers. The second hour did 1,882,000 viewers. The third hour did 1,703,000 viewers.
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Smackdown on 8/28 did a 1.34 rating, 2,144,000 viewers and 0.57 (738,000 viewers) in 18-49, not only winning the night in the key demo but actually beating three other shows overall instead of what has been its usual last place among big four network shows ...

The number was expected to be good largely as the return of Roman Reigns with a show long angle before you saw him. It was down 2.9 percent in households, 2.5 percent in viewers and 2.0 percent in 18-49 from last week. But last week was the first Thunderdome show and far higher than the show has done in months, so staying even is a good sign.

Smackdown was down 25.0 percent in 18-34 but still beat everything on television in that demo, 18-34, 25-54, tied with many shows for first in women 18-49 and won male 18-49 by a significant margin.

In the segments, the first half hour did 2.24 million viewers with Vince McMahon & Adam Pearce, Jeff Hardy & A.J. Styles and Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC title. The second half hour did 2.09 million viewers for The Firefly Fun House, Matt Riddle vs. Shorty G and more stuff with King Corbin. The third half hour did 2.16 million viewers with Bayley & Sasha Banks, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, Braun Strowman vs. Drew Gulak and Kalisto vs. Cesaro. The final quarter did 2.06 million viewers for Big E & Heavy Machinery vs. Miz & Morrison & Sheamus, all the promo around it, and the attempting to sign Roman Reigns segments.

FOX last year on the same Friday only did half of the audience with rerun programming, doing 1,043,000 viewers and 0.3 in 18-49, up 105.6 percent in viewers and 100.0 percent in 18-49.
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NXT on 8/26 unopposed did 305,000 viewers in 18-49, down 1.6 percent from the prior week. It broke down as 63,000 in men 18-34 (up 67.8 percent from the prior week), 22,000 in women 18-34 (same as the prior week), 130,000 in men 35-49 (down 22.6 percent) and 90,000 in women 35-49 (up 9.8 percent).

So that week, unlike the first week, with no NBA competition, the male 18-34 audience of NBA and AEW did watch NXT in larger numbers, unlike the prior week with no AEW but NBA ...

For NXT on 8/26, in 18-49, the high point was the William Regal interview and beginning of Santos Escobar vs. Isaiah Scott. The low point was the second half of Breezango vs. Imperium. In 18-34, the high point was Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jake Atlas and low point was Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai.

It opened at 866,000 viewers and 311,000 in 18-49 for Karrion Kross' speech vacating the title and the beginning of Breezango vs. Imperium. The rest of the tag title match fell to 779,000 viewers and 287,000 in 18-49. Ciampa vs. Atlas grew to 819,000 viewers and 299,000 in 18-49, which also included the post-match and a Candice LeRae interview. The fourth quarter with Bronson Reed and Austin Theory, plus Mia Yim vs. Shotzi Blackheart did 820,000 viewers and 302,000 in 18-49 The fifth quarter, with the Regal interview and the beginning of Escobar vs. Scott grew to 853,000 viewers and 323,000 in 18-49. The rest of Escobar vs Scott and a Johnny Gargano interview fell to 804,000 viewers and 301,000 in 18-49. Kyle O'Reilly vs. Drake Maverick and a post-match plus interviews with Rhea Ripley and Adam Cole did 823,000 viewers and 308,000 in 18-49. And the Shirai & Ripley vs. Gonzalez & Kai main event did 832,000 viewers and 311,000 in 18-49.
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NXT on 9/2, featuring the four-way Iron Man match with Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Adam Cole, did 849,000 viewers and 0.26 in 18-49 (336,000 viewers). It was the second highest viewership of the year (the highest numbers, shockingly, have all come in unopposed weeks) and the highest 18-49 number of the year.

Because of the number, it has led to a lot of talk about NXT perhaps going unopposed by moving from Wednesday to either Tuesday or Thursday, more likely the former. There was an internal discussion a few months ago weighing the pros and cons of asking USA to move. WWE at the time realized the NXT audience would be larger and there wouldn’t be the perception that they were losing to AEW if they weren’t head-to-head. Vince McMahon decided against it at the time because he didn’t want to give the impressions that they had backed down in the fight publicly, and privately, there was the issue of whether AEW going unopposed would do numbers in certain younger demos that would come close to Raw & Smackdown. The discussion was before the period AEW started winning a few weeks in women 18-34 and the week AEW won 18-34 overall even with opposition.

The numbers were in line with what the show did unopposed the past two Wednesdays, but the 18-49 number was higher. The key is the main event, as the show was the biggest the brand had since the Cole vs. Keith Lee show, but unlike that show, this was unopposed.

In the different demos, it did 48,000 in males 18-34 (down 23.8 percent from last week), 48,000 in women 18-34 (up 118.2 percent from last week), 166,000 in males 35-49 (up 27.7 percent) and 74,000 in women 35-49 (down 17.8 percent).

In the quarters, NXT opened at 831,000 viewers and 334,000 in 18-49 for the Legado del Fantasma vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango & Isaiah Scott street fight. The second quarter did 836,000 viewers and 331,000 in 18-49 for the end of the street fight and Candice LeRae vs. Kacy Catanzaro. The third quarter did 855,000 viewers and 343,000 in 18-49 for Bronson Reed vs. Timothy Thatcher. The fourth quarter was the ring intros for Finn Balor, Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, which did 804,000 viewers and 313,000 in 18-49. The first 15:00 of the Iron Man match did 869,000 viewers and 344,000 in 18-49. The next 15:00 did 864,000 and 347,000 in 18-49. The 30-45 minute mark did 839,000 and 332,000 in 18-49. And the final 15 minutes did 895,000 and 349,000 in 18-49.

Interestingly in 35-49, the show peaked with 251,000 viewers for the final 15 minutes of the Iron man and 98,000 in 18-34. The 18-34 peak of 103,000 was minutes 30-45.

NXT was No. 10 for the night in 18-49 on cable, trailing only an NBA playoff game, two NHL playoff games, five news shows and Teen Mom II on MTV.

The show was No. 7 in Males 18-49, behind only the NHL, NBA and three news shows on Fox News, No. 11 in 18-34 (a demo the show usually doesn’t do well in so that’s the main event) and No. 7 in Males 12-34, again a demo the show usually doesn’t place highly with ...

It was up 3.0 percent overall and 8.3 percent in 18-49, and would have been even higher if it was unopposed on the normal day.
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AEW on 8/27 airing on Thursday unopposed but going against the Republican convention that did its biggest numbers of the week, did 813,000 viewers and a 0.29 (376,000 viewers) in 18-49 ...

As compared to Saturday, where the show was out of prime time, not against the convention, but against the NBA but also had the benefit of a stronger than usual lead-in, it was up 7.7 percent in viewers and down 7.6 percent in 18-49 ...

Really because of the variables, the comparisons don't mean a lot. However, the show did 77,000 in male 18-34 (down 19.8 percent which is the lack of NBA lead-in), 58,000 in women 18-34 (up 5.5 percent), 172,000 in male 35-49 (down 7.5 percent, probably due to lack of NBA lead-in) and 69,000 in women 35-49 (down 1.4 percent).

While they were on different days, NXT did beat AEW in women 35-49 by 90,000 to 69,000 but Wednesday is the familiar day. AEW greatly more than doubled even on an off night in both men and women 18-34 and outdid NXT 172,000 to 130,000 in men 35-49.

It opened at 759,000 viewers and 332,000 in 18-49 for Young Bucks vs. Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall and the beginning of Young Bucks vs. Best Friends. It grew huge, to 853,000 viewers and 373,000 in 18-49 for the bulk of Young Bucks vs. Best Friends and Best Friends vs. FTR. Viewers fell to 806,000 and 18-49 grew to 385,000 for a Darby Allin skit, Lance Archer vs. Sean Maluta and the beginning of an Archer & Jake Roberts promo. Next was big growth to 869,000 viewers and 410,000 in 18-49, both show peaks for the Archer, Roberts, Taz, Brian Cage and Ricky Starks confrontation and most of the MJF/Jon Moxley contract signing. The end of the Moxley/MJF contract signing, a Santana & Ortiz interview and beginning of Pentagon & Rey Fenix & Butcher & Blade vs. Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. & Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss match did 841,000 viewers and 404,000 in 18-49. Most of the eight-man tag and beginning of the Dark Order segment fell to 781,000 viewers and 375,000 in 18-49. The end of the Dark Order segment plus Big Swole vs. Rebel & Penelope Ford did 796,000 viewers and 370,000 in 18-49. Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara in a tables match did 796,000 viewers and 361,000 in 18-49.

In 18-34, the peak was the Moxley/MJF contract signing and the low point was Hardy vs. Guevara.

AEW did a 0.20 in 12-17 (up 17.6 percent and its best mark in months), 0.19 in 18-34 (down 10.6 percent), 0.39 in 35-49 (down 5.9 percent) and 0.30 in 50+ (up 20.0 percent). The audience was 67.2 percent male in 18-49 and 61.0 percent male in 12-17.
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While the number itself, by going largely unopposed, doesn’t really say a lot due to a number of variables, there are different things to learn from the AEW show on 9/3, which did 928,000 viewers and 0.36 in 18-49 (469,000 viewers).

On the surface, the number would indicate an unopposed show doing 1 million or more viewers a week and probably in the 0.4 range in 18-49. This week’s show was coming back to the time slot after two weeks off, and while men did well, women, which had been AEW’s most impressive audience before being bounced around, did not. That audience also didn’t move with AEW as much to the new nights.

The show did have NXT competition, although minimal, as the replay of the show the night before did 183,000 viewers and 0.04 in 18-49. But the key factors which likely kept it well under 1 million and 0.4 were a less than marquee show with no big matches announced and really one of the weaker shows of the year, bigger NBA ratings than have gone against wrestling so far, and the two weeks off hurting the women’s audience ...

Based on everything, on a non-NBA night for a regular marquee show IF women come back and if the show is regularly in its time slot as opposed to being bounced around, AEW looks to be able to do a steady 0.41 in 18-49 if we go with the idea it would do an 0.30 regularly with competition (a little lower than it’s been averaging on Wednesday in recent weeks) and if we go with a normal 750,000 on a Wednesday opposed, and women come back at their 8/12 levels, we’re looking at a 1,095,000 range in total viewers most weeks and 1,214,000 and 0.48 for a blow away night (a show that would have done 900,000 and 0.36 under the current competitive umbrella).

So regarding a decision by USA/WWE to move NXT, those are the key numbers on the other side to consider. In 18-49, which is the only figure that really matters, AEW unopposed will not beat Raw or Smackdown right now ...

As far a the future goes, that’s the key. That’s harder to predict. WWE has a multi-hear history of major declines in the key demo. If we say Raw and Smackdown are at 0.55 right now (Raw did 0.58, Smackdown did 0.57 this past week but it’s still early in the Thunderdome phase) and WWE declines over the course of the next year by 25.5 percent and AEW stays steady, they would be in a flat-footed tie with Raw and Smackdown next year at this time. That doesn’t mean WWE can’t reverse the trend, as they can. That doesn’t mean AEW can stay even, since TV in general is falling. WWE’s y-o-y decline in 18-49 has been closer to 40 percent most weeks of late, this past week was a good week and was still at 30 percent. Some (but the minority, not the majority) is the pandemic and running the PC as we’ve seen. If NXT stays in that spot, WWE has to decline about 43.6 percent y-o-y and AEW stays even to catch up, and that is very unlikely to happen in one year. So that’s the key factor here.

Overall, AEW was No.8 for the night in 18-49, trailing three NBA related telecasts on ESPN, three FOX News shows and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It tied AEW’s best 18-49 number of 2020 ...

In the different demos, AEW did 122,000 in males 18-34 (up 58.4 percent from last week), 41,000 in women 18-34 (down 29.3 percent), 208,000 in males 35-49 (up 15.1 percent) and 98,000 in women 35-49 (up 42.0 percent).

The show opened with 883,000 viewers and 445,000 in 18-49 for Santana & Ortiz vs. Best Friends. The second quarter did 832,000 viewers and 430,000 in 18-49 for the beginning of Young Bucks & Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy vs. Private Party & Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian. The third quarter, with the finish of that match and Kenny Omega interview did 860,000 viewers and 434,000 in 18-49. The fourth quarter, with the Omega interview plus FTR, Tully Blanchard and Adam Page, Chris Jericho interview and Jericho vs. Joey Janela did 899,000 viewers and 445,000 in 18-49. The Jericho-Janela post-match angle with Jake Hager and Orange Cassidy and Sonny Kiss, a video piece of Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara and the verbal stuff with Taz, Jake Roberts and Eddie Kingston did 1,008,000 viewers and 508,000 in 18-49. The brawl with half the world in the ring, Brodie Lee and Dustin Rhodes interview and most of Serena Deeb vs. Thunder Rosa did 972,000 viewers and 482,000 in 18-49. The ending of Deeb vs. Rosa Jon Moxley promo and the Big Swole, Reba and Britt Baker angle did 974,000 viewers and 501,000 in 18-49. And Jon Moxley vs. Mark Sterling and the post-match with MJF and Wardlow did 999,000 viewers and 505,000 in 18-49.

In 18-34, the peak was the Deeb vs. Rosa, Moxley promo and Baker angle at 190,000 viewers. In 35-49, the peak was the Jericho-Cassidy angle, Hardy & Guevara video and Taz & Jake & Kingston promo at 343,000.

As compared to last week when it was unopposed by another wrestling show completely but on a Thursday and with a better show and lower rated sports competition, AEW did a 0.15 in 12-17 (down 25.0 percent due to the female drop), 0.23 in 18-34 (up 20.7 percent), 0.49 in 35-49 (up 27.0 percent) and 0.35 in 50+ (up 16.7 percent).
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Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole to crown a new WWE NXT Champion will kick off tonight's edition of WWE NXT on the USA Network. WWE taped tonight's NXT earlier today and is also taping next week's episode today as well. NXT returns to its regular Wednesday night timeslot next week.
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As it turns out, based on schedule changes, there is no NHL game on USA this Wednesday. Like last week, NXT will still be airing on Tuesday and there will be a replay on Wednesday. Right now the replay is scheduled by SYFY and not USA.
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Former WWF Intercontinental Champion Marty Jannetty is now claiming that his confession a few weeks back that he allegedly murdered someone when he was 13 years old, hitting them with a brick as they attempted to sexually assault him, was part of a "wrestling storyline", according to TMZ.com.

Jannetty claimed that the plan was to build to a match with a "former corrections officer" with the idea that should Jannetty lose, he would be arrested. Jannetty, 60, has not wrestled since 2018. He did not name who the "officer" would be or what promotion this had been allegedly planned for.

Back in August, Jannetty appeared on Boston Wrestling's YouTube channel to discuss his apparent murder confession. You can find the complete show at this link. During that 20 minute discussion, Jannetty stated that when he was 13, a front desk clerk at Victory Lanes, a bowling alley in Columbus, Georgia attempted to rape him. Jannetty, who was working at the bowling alley at the time, stated that he knew the person was known for selling weed (which is why Jannetty went to see him) but didn't know the same person "lured" children ...

If Jannett's claim of the incident happening when he was 13 was indeed true, the alleged murder would have taken place in 1973. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations' website does not currently list any unsolved murders prior to 1980.

Jannety claimed that once he was red-flagged getting on a flight and the police got involved, investigating, he knew he had to drop the storyline. The Columbus Police Department are still investigating Jannetty's claims.
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Tessa Blanchard will make her first appearance in the independent scene since being released by Impact Wrestling.

She will headline the first Warrior Wrestling Stadium Series event on September 12. She will defend the Warrior Wrestling Women’s championship against current Impact star Kylie Rae.
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Undertaker - The Last Ride will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 12/15. The 2020 Survivor Series will be released on DVD on 12/29.
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Yen Press issued the following:

Yen Press Acquires the Manga New Japan Academy for Digital Release

NEW YORK, NY (9/8/20) – Yen Press, LLC announced the acquisition of the manga series New Japan Academy, an action-packed and comedic manga series featuring stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling by artist HIROKU. and consultation by New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

It’s the stars of New Japan Pro-Wrestling as you’ve never seen them before! Teenager Tetsuya Naito is aiming for the top of New Japan Academy, but in order to be the champion, he’ll have to face formidable students like “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada and the “Once-in-a-Century Talent” Hiroshi Tanahashi. Luckily for Naito, he has his boys in Los Ingobernables de Japon on his side! No matter the odds, Naito’s motto remains the same: tranquilo.

With the rise in worldwide popularity of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the manga New Japan Academy is a highly-anticipated release by the many passionate fans of the pro-wrestling promotion and the stars within it. A story told from the point of view of Tetsuya Naito, one of the most popular pro-wrestlers in the world due to his tenure at both New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), New Japan Academy shows fan-favorite wrestlers like they’ve never been seen before!

New Japan Academy, Vol. 1 is scheduled for an October 2020 release exclusively on digital platforms.
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Big Japan Wrestling, seeking to garner more of an audience beyond Japan, has officially launched an English language Twitter account.
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Fightful has learned some of the current planned lineup for IMPACT Wrestling's biggest show of 2020.

Every year since 2005, IMPACT Wrestling has spent the entire year building towards the Bound for Glory event in October. Over the years, the event has been headlined by such names as Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Drew McIntyre.

As first revealed on Fightful Select, the current plans for the 2020 event are already being worked out

Fightful has learned several of the plans ahead of IMPACT Bound For Glory this October.

As of now, Ken Shamrock is pegged for a high level match with Eddie Edwards. Shamrock has been feuding and teaming with Sami Callihan in recent months.

After returning at Slammiversary, Rich Swann and IMPACT World Champion Eric Young's heated feud is expected to continue at IMPACT Bound For Glory.

There is a four-way IMPACT Tag Team Championship match in the cards with Motorcity Machine Guns, The North, The Good Brothers and Ace Austin & Madman Fulton.

An IMPACT Knockouts Championship match between Deonna Purrazzo and Kylie Rae is also tentatively scheduled for the show.

In addition to these matches, we're told a 6-way IMPACT X Division Title match, as well as a Call Your Shot Rumble are planned.
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WWE has made a couple of edits to a wXW show that has been released on the WWE Network that look to be due to allegations made during the #SpeakingOut movement. The WON reports that wXw’s 2019 Toronto show, which was added to the Network in its independents section, does not have a Julian Pace vs. Daniel Makabe vs. Cima vs. Brent Banks match as well as an angle between David Starr and WALTER.

Allegations against Starr were the catalyst for the #SpeakingOut movement, when he was accused of sexual abuse and rape. Pace and Jay Skillet were released by wXw after the company investigated claims against the two made by students from the wXw Academy against him.
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You might have seen Thunder Rosa in WWE if they had their way, but not as a wrestler.

The ambitious Rosa has appeared on American television for five different companies, basically everyone but IMPACT and WWE. In 2019, Rosa actually had a tryout scheduled with WWE, but didn't end up going.

"I was supposed to go, last September, for a referee try out," Rosa told Fightful. "That was like a week before I signed my contract for MMA. That was in WWE. Dorian, the hurricane, happened and my things kept getting canceled, getting canceled and then I was getting too close for me to sign my contract for my fight and I was already training. I had like three months training. I was like, “I can’t wait.” One week’s too long for me not to train. I just sent them an e-mail saying, “Thanks for the opportunity, hopefully we can work something out in the future,” and I left it as that. That happened my career skyrocketed ‘cause we made it happen. But, yeah, man. It’s insane. But, other than that, I never got any e-mails or interest or nothing," Rosa stated.
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NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa joined the ‘This Is The NWA Podcast’ one day after her AEW Women’s World Title match against Hikaru Shida at All Out. Thunder Rosa was defeated by Shida in the match but feels that she gained more than she lost. Rosa feels that from the moment she showed up in AEW to promote the match with Shida, she showed that AEW does not have a woman like her on their roster.

“It’s been a team effort and I just came there and just represented and yesterday [All Out] was really good because [Hikaru] Shida was — she was willing to do something different. She’s worked with us, I mean of course the people that she works with in AEW, but I don’t think they have a woman like me on the roster and I showed it from the moment I showed up there. That first week, I went there and I went to training and I showed the girls how you should look when you train, and how you should look when you get in the ring. You should be the same way and you should train as hard because it’s national TV and it’s prime time, you know?”

Rosa said the powers that be were pleased with the match. She shared the advice that Kenny Omega gave to her and Shida before their match and that was to show everyone what a “real women’s wrestling match should look like.”

“The thing is the pressure was [a lot]. Everybody was like, ‘You guys have to knock it out of the park,’ Wednesday too and… another thing, they gave us time which they never do on Dynamite, ever, on women’s wrestling and then I come and I’m the NWA Champion who’s not even signed and it’s just like… we’re in the back, there was supposed to be some stuff and then [Kenny] Omega came then he looked at us and said, ‘Show them what a real women’s wrestling match should look like.’”
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Championship Wrestling from Hollywood returned to TV with new, original in-ring content this past weekend, airing nationally on YouToo America (YTA) as well as the Z Channel and other markets via local syndication.

The episodes were taped in an empty arena format and were the first episodes under new booker Aron Stevens aka the former Damian Sandow in WWE.

The episode was more of a traditional, episodic style format with storyline vignettes and outside of the ring interviews conducted by Jon Roberts helping to move storylines forward. Previously, CWH had been a series of bouts and some interviews leading to those matches but episodically, there wasn't as much of a strong narrative from week to week and this reboot of sorts appeared to change that old formula up somewhat
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TV Insider chatted with IMPACT Wrestling talent Heath Slater. Heath shared that there are a few talents in WWE who he has been in contact with that have expressed that they would like to experience what’s transpiring in wrestling outside of WWE but they have a significant amount of time left on their respective contracts.

“They know when they are locked down under contract, they can’t get out. That’s the bottom line. You may have well signed yourself up for the military. But guys that did get released and guys from other companies have been texting and calling and asking about Impact. The WWE crew, some of them have been like, ‘Man, that would be awesome to do this, But I still got a year-and-a-half or another year.’ I’m like, ‘Remember what you’re saying because years go by pretty fast. So if you really want to, I might know a guy.’ The interest is there for sure" ...

After being released, Heath made an appearance on RAW and had a promo segment and a quick match with WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Initially, Heath turned it down but stated that McIntyre pleaded with him to do the segment as it got approved.

“That’s exactly what that was. McIntyre called me a month or so in advance. I told him I wasn’t going back, and I didn’t want it. Then literally two weeks before Slammiversary he pleaded with me to let him pitch working together. He was sure they would go for it. Then when he called me back and said they went for it I was like, what?! It was one of those things where Drew is one of my best friends inside and outside the ring.

We just clicked 12 years ago when we met. I’m in the ring with him and Dolph [Ziggler], who is a friend too. I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to hit a home run and speak from the heart and let you know how I feel.’ Thankfully, it was one take and came off great. I wanted to prove to them that I could have been doing this the whole damn time if you gave me the opportunity. Now you give me the opportunity to come back one day to show what I can do, I’m going to spread my wings and fly to other companies and give them my talent.”
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WhatCulture spoke with IMPACT World Tag Team Champion Chris Sabin ...

When it comes to how Sabin has seen tag team wrestling change over the past decade, he feels that a good portion of that credit should go to Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks. Sabin feels that a handful of tag teams have patterned their style after The Bucks.

“Honestly, I think as far as tag team wrestling goes, The Young Bucks had a huge influence on today’s tag team style of wrestling. Not everyone does it of course, but a lot of teams on independent shows try to replicate The Young Bucks’ style of matches. I think that’s the biggest difference I see from back then is the difference those guys have had on tag team wrestling. They really changed the business, that’s for sure.”
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Nick Aldis revealed that the National Wrestling Alliance had plans in place to tour the U.K. before the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Comicbook.com spoke with Adam Cole. Cole responded to the mixed reactions that spawned from the finish of the NXT Championship Fatal 4-Way Iron Man match from last week. Cole admitted that he’s one who views things in a positive light and saw the finish as a cliffhanger. He also understands why some viewers were not happy with the result.

“However, I do understand that some people were upset. I understand that some people want to see a definitive end to a match like that, and it makes total sense. But that’s actually kind of, as weird as it sounds, that’s what I love so much about pro wrestling, is you’ll have one match that will happen with a certain result, and like you said, half the people will go, ‘That was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. They couldn’t have ended that any better. This was perfect’, and then you’ve got another group of people who were so upset and so angry, and think it’s the dumbest thing in the world. The beautiful thing is that both people aren’t wrong, and both people are right, and you can think whatever you want to think.”
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Stardom's canceled shows from August have now been rescheduled.

The Japanese promotion announced that the canceled August 22 and 23 shows, which were called off due to precautions stemming from positive COVID-19 tests. The two shows will now be combined into one event on October 3 at Yokohama Budokan.
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Former WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres reveals her own family's battle with COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has owned the majority of 2020 regardless of your walk of life. Recently, WWE legends such as The Rock and Kevin Nash have revealed their own stories battling COVID-19 and even current WWE Superstar AJ Styles admitted to testing positive recently.

Eve Torres revealed in an Instagram post that she and her husband, Rener Gracie, have tested positive for the virus, and even her young child, Renson, has a fever and is assumed to be positive.
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Raw on Labor Day did 1.73 million viewers and a 0.48 rating in 18-49, by far the lowest for a show since the beginning of the ThunderDome.

Raw was hurt by sports competition with the NBA playoff game going against the first 72 minutes doing 2.71 million viewers and a 1.06 rating in 18-49, and the game against the last 108 minutes doing 3.45 million viewers and a 1.21 rating in 18-49. College football on ESPN did 1.15 million viewers and 0.35 and the NHL playoffs on NBC Sports did 958,000 viewers and 0.28.

As compared to last week, Raw was down nine percent overall, 17 percent in 18-49, and 30 percent in 18-34 ...

In 18-49, Raw was fifth behind two NBA playoff games, Inside the NBA, and Below Deck Mediterranean.

The first-to-third hour drop was eight percent, actually low, but that was because the first hour started low due to Labor Day. Labor Day traditionally has people starting the show later than usual, peaking in hour two, and then falling. Usually the third hour drop isn't as bad because so many tuned in after 9 p.m. as compared to a usual week.

In women 18-49, Raw was 12 percent higher in hour three than hour one due to tuning in late, although males 18-49 were 14 percent down, teenage girls were 12 percent down, teenage boys were 10 percent down, and over 50 was eight percent down.

As compared to the same week last year, it should be noted that this week last year was the season debut of Monday Night Football which did 13.04 million viewers against Raw and led to a huge decline from what Raw had been doing. But even though this was not against the NFL, the show was down 19 percent overall, 30 percent in 18-49, and 52 percent in 18-34.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 1.76 million viewers
9 p.m. 1.80 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.61 million viewers
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For the first time in the “Thunderdome Era” of Raw, none of the hours topped two million viewers. The first hour averaged 1,762,000 viewers compared to the last two weeks that saw 2.1 million viewers open the show ...

It was Raw’s lowest-performing show since the August 17th go-home episode for SummerSlam, which was the last Raw to take place at the WWE Performance Center.

The final four episodes of Raw at the Performance Center averaged 1,674,000 and a 0.485 demo rating. So, this week’s number is still ahead of the viewers and right at the same demo rating ...

This week’s show didn’t advertise anything in advance until the day of the show when they revealed three matches late in the afternoon with Dominik Mysterio vs. Murphy (that was announced as a Street Fight during Raw), Randy Orton vs. Keith Lee, and a Raw Underground fight between Aleister Black and Kevin Owens.
WWE's inability to announce near full cards well before the day of the show has been hurting them for a long in terms of show interest. Its also been a reason for NXT's struggles against AEW since AEW does a much better job advertising their next week's show by giving a near full card way earlier than WWE and NXT do.

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AEW's Countdown to All Out special averaged 357,000 viewers on TNT on Saturday afternoon.

The viewership number is up 3.8 percent from the Countdown special that aired prior to this May's Double or Nothing pay-per-view. That Countdown show aired at 10 p.m. Eastern time on the night before the PPV. Countdown to All Out aired at 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday leading into the event.

In the important 18-49 demo, the improvement was more significant. Countdown to Double or Nothing averaged a 0.10 rating and finished 51st for the night n the cable ratings. Saturday's All Out preview special was up 40 percent in the demo, averaging a 0.14 rating and finishing 23rd on cable in that category.

There was competition in the form of the opening day of college football as well as coverage of the Kentucky Derby, which aired directly opposite the Countdown show and averaged nearly 5.5 million viewers on NBC.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed an appeal by former wrestlers suing WWE for claiming the company didn't protect them from repeated head injuries and concussions that could have resulted in CTE and other physical and mental health ailments.

In doing so, they affirmed the ruling by a Connecticut district court two years ago that the claims were either frivolous or filed after the statute of limitations expired and that WWE couldn't have known concussions or head injuries caused CTE.

Several cases that began popping up in 2014 and 2015 around the country were eventually consolidated in Connecticut and involved well-known wrestlers both dead and alive including Billy Jack Haynes, Jimmy Snuka, Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, Mr. Fuji, Viscera, and more. An issue raised is that the wrestlers in question worked around the world for different organizations and not just WWE so identifying what organization brain injuries might have occurred in would prove difficult.

The Second Circuit also dismissed additional related lawsuits against WWE because they were filed too late as well as dismissed lawyer Konstantine Kyros' appeal of sanctions imposed by U.S. District judge Vanessa Bryant. In 2018, she ruled Kyros must pay WWE's legal fees for the case and said he repeatedly failed to comply with court rules and orders.
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The United Wrestling Network's Primetime Live PPV series, the first undertaking for a weekly pro wrestling series on PPV since the early days of NWA: TNA, debuts Tuesday 9/15 on In Demand and FITE.TV. The series will be available for $7.00 per episode or a bundle of $23.99 for the month on FITE. The series will be priced $11.99 weekly on InDemand.

The broadcast team for the Primetime Live series will feature long-time UWN commentator and former Impact Wrestling commentator Todd Keneley handling the play by play for the series. He'll be joined by recent NXT on-air talent Alyssa Marino, who makes her return to the United Wrestling Network, where she had appeared prior to her WWE tenure. The NWA's lead announcer Joe Galli will be on the broadcasts as well from his home in San Antonio and will be appearing to deliver breaking news, interviews and special reports. UWN President Dave Marquez and Mayra Dias Gomes will handle interviews. UWN and NJPW Ring Announcer Adnan Kureishy will be appearing in that role as well.
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The Wrap is reporting that longtime WWE-NBCUniversal ally Bonnie Hammer has been moved to NBCUniversal Vice-Chair, a corporate advisor to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell. Bonnie Hammer is moving away from the chair of NBCUniversal Content Studios, having been in the NBCU corporate hierarchy since 1989
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AJ Styles spoke on his Twitch stream regarding the recent restrictions WWE has outlined for some third party outlets. Styles confirmed that Twitch and YouTube don’t appear to be affected and said the company wants its talent to stream and interact with its audience:

Let’s talk about the stream. Is it going to continue? And from the contacts that I’ve had, the information I got is WWE does want us to interact with our fans, and that means streaming. They want this to happen, they want you to have a YouTube channel, there are things they want you to do and be able to do and what we knew was a little vague at first.

We did different things and it was borderline whether we knew we could do it or not and so, those will be answered but streaming I don’t think will be one of those that are taken away, um, YouTube is not one of those that will be taken away. There will be changes in other areas I’m sure of it and I don’t know exactly where that is. But let me say this again, they, the WWE want us to be able to stream and interact with our fans and that’s exactly what we’re doing, that’s exactly what I’m doing. From Adam Cole to Breeze and Xavier Woods, Baron Corbin it’s what we do, it’s fun.

Styles also clarified several things about his news last week that he had previously had COVID-19 and how he quarantined for ten days:

Another thing I need to clarify is with the COVID. I had that like a month-and-a-half ago, whenever it was to the point where the CDC says you have to be quarantined for ten days. I got tested, I went home for ten days, stayed in the basement, was able to go to work because of the scheduling when they had it (TV tapings) next, it was ten days I was able to go back to work. The reason I let you guys know is that I wanted to let you guys know that for some of us it’s not that bad, for some of them it is. I just wanted you guys to know that I had it and that I’m okay – and had I not been tested I never would have never known I had it and I could have spread it, I guess. So, that’s good on WWE’s part for testing everyone, that’s a good thing.
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Vince McMahon was one of 25 billionaires mentioned in a Forbes articles listing all the billionaires that dropped off this years Forbes 400 list from last year. His net worth of $1.8b (as of July 24 2020) fell short of the $2.1b required to make the list. The COVID-19 pandemic was blamed for him being cut this year.

Meanwhile, Shahid Khan, father of AEW's Tony Khan, with a net worth of $7.8b was #66 on the list.
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According to WWE Network News, the following independent shows will be added to WWE Network this weekend:

ICW Fight Club 95.
EVOLVE 126.
wXw Shortcut To The Top 2020.
PROGRESS Chapter 94.
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Gary Cassidy at Sportskeeda reports that WWE’s European tour that was initially postponed from this past spring to the fall has now been moved to the spring of 2021. The new tour lists six shows beginning April 28th in Cardiff at the Motorpoint Arena, April 29th in Sheffield, April 30th in Newcastle, May 1st in Glasgow at the SSE Hyrdo, May 2nd in Birmingham, and ending with an episode of Raw on Monday, May 3rd in London at the O2 Arena.
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After NXT, they shot an angle where Robert Stone announced that Mercedes Martinez is out of the Robert Stone Brand. They filed a restraining order against Martinez.
Rumor going around is that Martinez is one of the official members of Retribution which would explain why NXT randomly abrupted Ripley's feud with Dakota and Rachel since they needed Ripley's feud with Martinez to be finished quickly. Also would explain the rushed cage match announcement despite their feud not being worth that feud ending stip yet.

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Matt Cardona wrestled his first match outside of the WWE umbrella in 14 years, and he said doing it in All Elite Wrestling was an easy decision.

After Cody implied that All Elite Wrestling wouldn't be bringing in his friend Cardona, the opposite happened. Cardona opened up to Fightful how and why all of that went down, even after an EVP indicated it wouldn't.

"I mean, it was one of those things that Cody is one of my good friends, if not one of my best friends, so it was kind of a no-brainer. On our podcast, our producer would always joke, “AEW confirmed” in that nerdy internet troll voice. I was like, “Listen, nothing is confirmed yet, we’re talking.” Of course, I wanted to be and still want to be in AEW because it’s the best. For how many years did we hear, “The next fed’s comin’. The next league’s comin’,” and it never did, right? AEW it comes, it arrives and it exceeds all expectations in my opinion. They’re mainstream, pay-per-views, live on TNT, action figures. This is the real deal. So, who wouldn’t want to be involved in this?," Cardona said.

It was quickly reported that Cardona's deal with All Elite Wrestling was a short term one, but it became clear that Cardona wanted to be with the company on a more permanent basis. The former Zack Ryder tells us some more broad plans and goals for his tenure.

"Listen, I didn’t come to AEW to just get a t-shirt on AEWShop.com. It’s a very nice shirt, but that’s not why I came to AEW. I came to AEW to win Championships, to have great matches, to have fun, right? So, I would love to wrestle Cody for that TNT title or go for the AEW title. Maybe team with Cody for the Tag Team titles. But, just being in the ring for the first time in five months on Dynamite, it was just so much fun. I was very nervous before. I watched it once, I’ll never watch it again. That’s it. But, I loved it. I loved the whole experience. That’s what wrestling should be, I think. I can’t wait to do it again," said Cardona.

Even if All Elite Wrestling doesn't end up happening full time for Cardona, there's plenty of other places he could land. Right now, options are limited, but he's looking forward to navigating uncharted waters, as he has many times before.

"I love to the hustle. Whether it would be on that old YouTube show or the Major Wrestling Figure podcast, I love being creative and hustling and seeing the results to my hard work and now, being free, there’s nobody that’s going to stop me. If I fail I fail. But, I want to at least try. That’s why I was so excited being free. It’s weird right now, there are no independents. There’s a couple going on here and there. But, I want to wait until everything’s safe. I don’t want to take any independent bookings and then have to cancel them. So, that is a weird predicament, not being able to wrestle on these independents. But, hopefully soon we’ll be able to," Cardona said.
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On Monday's WWE Raw, Ivar of the Viking Raiders suffered an injury performing a suicide dive to the outside. Ivar immediately knew something was wrong, throwing up the "X" sign for himself as the camera cut away. An audible was called for the finish and the camera did show medical staff attending to Ivar after the eight-man tag.

Following Raw, WWE informed fans Ivar was transported to the hospital and suffered a cervical injury, noting that he is expected to make a full recovery.

On Tuesday, Ivar posted the following update on his condition:

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Coming off the heels of Saturday's All Out pay-per-view, AEW Dynamite last night averaged 1.016 million viewers on TNT, up 9.5 percent from last week. It was the highest viewership for Dynamite since the show's second-ever episode.

In the 18-49 demo, Dynamite finished seventh on cable with a 0.37 rating, up 2.8 percent in that category. It was the highest 18-49 number for the show since January 15.

Comparing the individual demo ratings to last week, when the show charted at eighth in the 18-49 rankings with a 0.36, the numbers were as follows: women 18-49 -- 0.24 (up 14.3 percent). men 18-49 -- 0.51 (even), people 18-34 -- 0.22 (down 4.3 percent), females 12-34 -- 0.15 (up 50 percent), males 12-34 -- 0.24 (down 14.3 percent), people 25-54 -- 0.43 (even), and people over 50 -- 0.40 (up 14.3 percent)

The 18-49 number with men is particularly impressive as it was fourth overall on cable behind two NBA games and the SportsCenter broadcast that immediately followed one of those games. In the people 12-34 category, AEW finished just shy of Raw this week, which did a 0.23 rating.

With NXT airing on Tuesday this week, Dynamite was again unopposed by wrestling competition. The overall combined viewership for AEW and NXT was 1.854 million viewers, up 4.3 percent from last week. It was the highest combined total since October 2, which was the night of Dynamite's premiere episode.
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This week's Super Tuesday II edition of NXT, which featured Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole for the vacant NXT Championship and a steel cage main event between Rhea Ripley and Mercedes Martinez, averaged 838,000 viewers, down 1.3 percent from last week.

The show ranked 15th on cable in the 18-49 demo with a 0.22 rating, down 15.4 percent from last Tuesday. Despite no AEW competition, there were NBA playoff games on TNT. The late game went against the second half of NXT and averaged 4.65 million viewers.

Though it was down from last week, the viewership was NXT's third highest of 2020.

Here's a look at the other demo categories and how they compared to last week's NXT, which also aired on Tuesday: Women 18-49 -- 0.15 (down 21.1 percent), men 18-49 -- 0.29 (down 12.1 percent), people 18-34 -- 0.09 (down 35.7 percent), females 12-34 -- 0.06 (down 45.5 percent), males 12-34 -- 0.14 (down 22.2 percent), people 25-54 -- 0.28 (down 6.7 percent), and people over 50 -- 0.43 (up 7.5 percent).

Ratings for the cable news channels, which do really well in NXT's strongest demo, were way down this Tuesday. That explains the viewership for the show remaining steady despite ratings dropping in every demo except people over 50.

NXT returns to Wednesday night next week.
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Update --

WWE has announced that "following the tournament, the NXT UK Heritage Cup will be defended as a championship under the same rules."

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An eight-man tournament with British Rounds rules will soon kick off on NXT UK.

WWE announced today that the Heritage Cup tournament is coming to NXT UK. Seven of the eight participants for the tournament have been revealed. They are: Flash Morgan Webster, Noam Dar, Alexander Wolfe, A-Kid, Dave Mastiff, Joseph Conners, and Trent Seven.

Here are the rules for Heritage Cup matches:

There will be six rounds for tournament matches. Each round will be three minutes.
There will be 20-second breaks between each round.
All matches are two-out-of-three falls.
Falls can be won by pinfall, submission, or countout.
Once a fall occurs, the round ends.
Once someone has won two falls, they are declared the winner and they advance in the tournament.
If there's a disqualification or knockout, the match ends.
If a match goes the full six rounds, whoever is ahead on falls wins.

More details for the tournament will be announced on NXT UK next Thursday (September 17). The episode will feature NXT UK's return to new in-ring action for the first time since events were paused in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tapings for NXT UK's return are being done at BT Sport studios in London, England with no fans in attendance.
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NXT UK Women's Champion Kay Lee Ray is set to make her first title defense since January.

KLR will defend her NXT UK Women's Championship against Piper Niven on the Thursday, September 24 episode of NXT UK. The announcement of the match was made on today's NXT UK episode that previewed the brand's return to in-ring action.
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On the Wednesday edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer clarified the status of AEW Dynamite for next week and specifically the one-hour show that is scheduled to air after the NBA playoffs Wednesday night.

As announced by AEW on Dynamite, if the Los Angeles Lakers/Houston Rockets NBA playoff series ends in six games, Dynamite will air on Wednesday in its usual time slot. However, if the series goes to seven games, Dynamite will air at 8 PM Eastern on Thursday. Game six is scheduled for Monday night.

However, AEW had planned to air a one hour Dynamite following the playoff game and the post show that Meltzer said is scheduled to be taped today. If Dynamite can air on Wednesday as planned, that one hour show would air on Tuesday, September 22nd instead. The time slot wasn't given, but Meltzer said that none of the announced matches would be on that one hour show.

Other notes:

Bryan Alvarez said Thunder Rosa has a per-date deal with AEW and next week's Dynamite match with Ivelisse will be for her NWA Women's World title.
Promos and appearances by AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, Lance Archer and Jake Roberts will be part of next week's two-hour Dynamite.
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John Cena will be one of the hosts of a revival of the obstacle course competition series Wipeout on TBS.

It was announced today that Cena and Nicole Byer will host TBS' revival of Wipeout. Camille Kostek will be the host in the field for the series and will cover the contestants’ progress throughout each round ...

Cena will also be an executive producer for the series ...

Wipeout originally debuted on ABC in 2008 and aired until 2014. When TBS' revival of the show will be premiering hasn't been revealed.
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WWE Producer Sarah Stock was officially released today as part of the WWE cutbacks, PWInsider.com has confirmed. She had initially been placed on furlough back in April.

Stock, 41, had been working as a producer on the main roster. She initially signed to become a WWE Performance Center Guest Coach in 2015, occasionally making cameos on NXT broadcasts as well, before being shifted to a main roster Producer role.

Prior to her time in WWE, Stock had a tremendous international in-ring career, performing as Dark Angel in CMLL and AAA. In the United States, she is best known for her time as Sarita for Impact Wrestling, where she teamed with current WWE star Zelina Vega, then known as Rosita.
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WWE Producer Mike Rotunda, 62, was among those who were officially released by WWE as part of today's cutbacks, PWInsider.com has confirmed.

Rotunda, the father of WWE stars Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, had been with WWE in a Producer/Agent role since 2006.

Rotunda retired from in-ring performances in 2004. He is perhaps best known as former WWF Tag Team Champion Irwin R. Shyster (IRS) and had a long career in the WWF, WCW, Jim Crockett Promotions, the AWA and Championship Wrestling from Florida ...

PWInsider.com is told that Rotunda had been furloughed back in April. At that time, he opened an official Pro Wrestling Tees store.
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Impact Wrestling announced that Barry Scott, the voiceover artist who added a great dimension to TNA and Impact video packages:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Barry Scott. For years Barry was the iconic voice of TNA Wrestling, lending us gravitas and credibility. He will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/rPxGsK8gqk
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 10, 2020
Link: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...56050518609926

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Q - What happens when AEW goes to Picture in Picture outside of the United States?

A - I am told the announcers keep calling the action.
Except for Canada which I think doesn't do split screen for commercial breaks on TSN.

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Several days ago, former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang took to social media and shared his thoughts about the new edict that’s being established in WWE, which was first reported by Wrestling Inc. that talent will have to stop using third parties (Twitch, Cameo etc.) within 30 days or face the potential of fines, suspensions or even termination.

Yang sat down with Chris Van Vliet for an exclusive interview to further discuss the topic at hand. Yang feels that it’s shameful and plain greedy that the WWE is worth billions of dollars and mistreats workers. He added that the affordability argument does not apply to the sports-entertainment company because of their investment and recent losses by way of the XFL.

“Well this story is dead real and I will say though that there are a lot of effective storylines that kind of melded reality with fiction, so to the extent that this ends up being part of a narrative, I’d be open to it because I think the fans know. The fans are smart. The fans understand what’s going on. It’s one reason why a lot of people support AEW is that they get this negative vibe from the WWE about the way the talent’s being treated and you can tell that… you can tell that has nothing to do with the bottom line anymore because the McMahons have made so much money. They have enough money where they’re investing in these football leagues and whatnot and then the XFL failed again. If you’re a wrestler, breaking your back and then the WWE is like, ‘Oh we can’t afford you, you’re fired.’ It’s like, ‘Well, you probably could have afforded me if you could afford to lose tens of millions on that debacle,’ and so the affordability argument does not apply to WWE in a way that it applies to every other firm. If you look at AEW, I have a feeling their economics are real. But the WWE does not have those constraints anymore because it’s a public company, the McMahons are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, they spend it on all sorts of stuff.

And the company worth’s 3.3 billion and so if your company’s worth 3.3 billion and you’re mistreating workers, I mean that’s just shameful. Really it’s shameful. There was a point in the distant past where you could’ve made a legitimate argument based upon cost but now you can’t. Now it’s just plain f*cking greed… so we can all see it, fans know. So it’s one reason why a lot of people want there to be fair treatment of wrestlers and genuine competition in the market.”

Yang touched on WWE talents being classified as “independent contractors”. He rebutted against the argument that talents are the ones who signed the contract so they should be aware of what they signed off on. Yang feels that-that’s a reason why so many back All Elite Wrestling is so that they can create a competitive market so wrestlers don’t get exploited.

“Well one, I heard from a former who’s not happy about this particular clarification or this particular rule but the truth of it is that there’s a vastly uneven bargaining table at work where if you’re a performer and WWE says, ‘Hey, here’s this contract and we’re going to stick a bunch of things in it that you think are unfair, ridiculous and exploitative,’ at the end of the day you feel like you have no choice but to sign that deal because WWE holds the keys to the kingdom. They are the largest company, they’re the surest means to elevate your career and there hasn’t been a genuinely competitive market for years. It’s one reason why I, like many other fans naturally root for AEW to succeed and create a genuine competitive market so that wrestlers don’t get exploited. But the reality is that WWE is a quasi-monopoly and imagining that, ‘These wrestlers, oh, they know what they got into,’ it’s like, well, they really didn’t have a genuine chance to negotiate a bargain.”

At the beginning of the interview, Andrew Yang shared how he was first informed of WWE’s new edict. Yang mentioned that he has been on the side of MMA fighters who are involved in similar situations with Dana White and UFC. Yang reiterated that if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected to office this year, then he could be in position to change how WWE goes about treating their wrestlers in a contractual sense.

“I actually got a message from someone who’s a part of WWE, pointing out the story to me about how WWE was saying, ‘Hey, don’t go on Cameo or Twitch’ and it infuriated me because I know that the WWE has been trying to play it both ways for years where they’re saying, ‘Can’t do anything without our say-so. We own you, but you’re an independent contractor and we have nothing to do with your health, retirement, any of the benefits you get that would accrue to an employee.’ So to me, you have to make a choice at some point. If you’re gonna control all the aspects of a wrestler, performers waking life then you should take some responsibility too for that person. A bigger picture, maybe they have a kid, maybe they get maternity, paternity leave, maybe they get an off-season, maybe they get recovery time and I say this as someone who’s been a long time fan of the sport. I know you [Chris Van Vliet] know a lot of the performers well yourself. They’re putting their life on the line, their health on the line, their family life on the line all the time. They made Vince a billionaire and then the fact that he’s still being so heavy-handed about their ability to make a simple buck on Cameo just struck me as so absurd and ridiculous and wrong and I’ve been on the side of MMA fighters who are in this similar boat frankly, with UFC and Dana White and because I got this note from this performer I said, you know it’s past time someone calls Vince out for this. Particularly if Joe [Biden] and Kamala [Harris] win, I may be in position to do something about it.”
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Aleister Black’s eye was driven into the steel steps on the 7/27 edition of Monday Night RAW by Murphy. Black was off TV for several weeks and returned just a few weeks after the segment and is now involved in a feud with Kevin Owens. After RAW went off the air on 9/7, Aleister Black and Zelina Vega went live on their Twitch channel.

Aleister visibly has a black rim around the iris of his eye and he spoke about that during the stream. While he did not want to get too much into how that coloration formed around his eye, he said it obviously was related to the steel steps spot but there were issues coming out of that and more to it than what people know.

“Yeah, it’s been a sh*t day guys. But I’m not gonna bore you with that… Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room, this thing [his eye]. It was a lot more that happened to the eye than a lot of people know, that’s why I was wearing the glasses. Half of it was obviously what happened but it was a little bit of an issue here and there. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. That’s why it looks like that. That’s it. I don’t wanna talk about it, I don’t wanna get into it. You’re gonna have to deal with me for a while, if it clears up with this nice little rim in my iris so…”

A user in the chat mentioned how they did not see the black rim around Aleister’s eye while he was on RAW Underground. Aleister said it was there, but the camera did not zoom in on him when he took his bandage off.

“Oh it was there, it was there. They didn’t zoom in on me. You could see it really small at one point in the beginning when I took my bandana off.”
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Gail Kim joined Lisa Marie Varon, Mickie James and SoCal Val on GAW TV. Gail revealed that both she and Robert Irvine tested positive for COVID-19 but they are both feeling better now.

“A lot of people don’t know this but I’m gonna say it out loud. We got COVID, so we did get COVID. Yeah, actually I’m glad we got through it quickly. Two weeks for both [of] us and [we] feel like we have antibodies which is great but of course still being careful. But it was more annoying than anything so, I’m just thankful we didn’t go through — I hear horror stories of people [and] what they’ve experienced.

So yeah, I feel like he [Robert Irvine] got it and then I caught it from him.”

On the topic of IMPACT Wrestling, while Gail is still agenting matches, she has been promoted to a member of the Talent Relations team with D’Lo Brown. Gail praised D’Lo for helping her adjust to the position.

“So now, it’s kind of changed a little bit. I still agent some of the girls’ matches but now Madison [Rayne] has started agenting a little bit. They’re trying to get her in there doing a little bit more and they bumped me up. I’m now co-Talent Relations with D’Lo [Brown]. I love D’Lo.

When I got promoted last month, I got a couple people just joking around saying, ‘Congratulations… I think’ because Talent Relations was always seen as that asshole position I guess. But you gotta remember, there’s never been a woman in that position and I think women handle things a little bit differently. Like we can be a little bit more empathetic at times I think and so far I’ve had such great feedback and I think as a woman, being in this position, I think it’s a positive that people feel… they feel like I’m more approachable to talk to maybe. I’m not sure. I’m only a month in but everything’s been going really great and D’Lo, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. From day one, he’s like, ‘I want everyone to see you as my equal’ because he’s the Head of Talent Relations and we just take turns with everything, everything’s very 50/50. He’s just an amazing guy.”
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AEW’s Jack Evans noted on Twitter that he’s currently out of action with a hairline fracture in his cheekbone. Jack appeared on the 9/9 Dynamite to back Angelico in his match against Orange Cassidy.
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NXT announcer Vic Joseph was the latest guest on WWE’s After The Bell podcast. Joseph told the story of a car accident he was involved in where the result of it was the first responders putting a white sheet over him because they did not think he was alive.

“I got into a car accident, which I never talked about this publicly either, and I went from the backseat through the front seat and had to go to speech therapy, relearn how to talk. There’s a scar on my face that no one ever sees. I don’t know if they can zoom in right now, if you [Corey Graves] ever noticed it. My knee from top to bottom, my knee was completely out. I was on the side of the road, white sheet over me. That’s how bad it was. I’m not joking either, I’m being dead serious and I moved and I remember them screaming, ‘Oh, he’s alive’ and they ran and got me, put me on the gurney, cut my shirt off and I made a joke. Like an off-handed Ohio State/Michigan joke because they were wearing a Michigan shirt… I woke up, neck brace on, they’re pulling glass. There’s a scar on my face. There’s still a piece of glass in there. So anyways, I had to go to speech therapy to relearn how to talk.”
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Ring of Honor C.O.O. Joe Koff joined the Outside Interference podcast with Kenny Herzog that’s on the MLW Radio Network. Koff shared his thoughts about Ring of Honor’s resumption of television tapings and how they could’ve ran in the state of Florida but mentioned that there appears to be “no rules” when it comes to wrestling during the pandemic in that state.

“I think this whole COVID pandemic is really about controlling what you can control. And there were so many different ways we could have wrestled. We could have wrestled in Florida where the other two major promotions wrestle, where there seems to be no real rules. The governor says, you know, just be careful.”

Ring of Honor’s Flip Gordon has voiced his opinion about the Coronavirus pandemic and how he’s skeptical about it. Koff said that regardless of what Flip says on Twitter, Flip knows what he had to do to be able to wrestle at the ROH tapings.

“That’s one person tweeting whatever he’s tweeting. Flip understood what he needed to do to be part of the taping or not to be part of the taping, and that will continue. I’m not going to be influenced by the Twitter world or what people say or don’t say. We’ll do the right thing based on [proper protocols and governance and common sense.]”
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Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select reported today that Miro is signed with AEW as talks have been ongoing for quite a while. Per the report, the deal was “long term pending an option on the deal.”

The deal will allow him to work for NJPW in addition to some dates on the independent wrestling scene. It should be noted that while he can work for NJPW, he can only do so in Japan. Thus, when the COVID-19 pandemic slows down and NJPW starts to run shows again in the United States, he can’t work events in America.
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Nia Jax isn't too happy with WWE using a picture of her after being Facetuned.

Jax took part in a photo shoot holding the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship and a photo that was put up by WWE was modified. In an Instagram post that can be seen below, Jax voiced her displeasure over her picture being Facetuned. Jax has stated that she asked WWE to replace the modified picture with the untouched one.
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE4MEVshWdl

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Forbes chatted with Heath Slater. When asked would he have considered running for President of the United States with his current campaign gimmick that he’s been doing on IMPACT, Heath said that he’d 100 percent attempt to run for office.
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Fightful is sad to report that Stevie Lee, who performed in TNA as Puppet 'The Psycho Dwarf' has passed away.

He also performed on “Half Pint Brawlers," which was a short-lived reality show on Spike TV.

Lee was most famous for pulling a gun on Jeff Jarrett and masturbating in a trash can on television. A GoFundMe has been set up in his honor.

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The WWE sent out a vague letter to talent on 9/3 regarding third party bookings that led to a ton of questions among wrestlers, some complaints, and even drew a strong reaction from a former candidate for President in 2020.

A week later, it is somewhat more clear what this means. Exactly what it was supposed to mean, or if it changed due to the reaction and tweets by Andrew Yang, is uncertain.

Talent who got details at the 9/7 Raw in a little more detail thought the policy had been eased up on, but still weren’t sure of everything.

By the next day, the explanation of the policy was that the communication to talent was not about issuing new rules, but simply a reminder of contractual agreements. The company told talent that they were encouraged to be active across all social media platforms. But that talent it not allowed to independently monetize WWE-owned or controlled intellectual property.

Basically, talent was not allowed to use their WWE characters in social media to make money without WWE being involved in the deal.

At first the belief was that talent would not be allowed to be involved with Cameo or Twitch. There was concern about YouTube as well, although the belief is that the company wanted talent on YouTube and Twitter promoting the company and themselves.

One talent said that at the 9/7 Raw they were told that they would have to switch to using their real names as opposed to their WWE names for YouTube and Twitch, but would have to let the company know.

A few days earlier, talent had been told by Mark Carrano that WWE owns the real names and that you couldn’t get around the policy by using your real name.

Regarding if talent was to get an endorsement deal or have a way to earn money on platforms like Cameo or Only Fans, are they allowed to do it using their real name, the reaction was that there are a variety of factors in play including agreements in place and how activations are branded and/or promoted on multiple platforms. The matter will be determined through the specifics and communication. In other words, it seems like things are on a case-by-case basis.

Another person noted that the vagueness was due to the fact that nothing is etched in stone and it constantly changes. It was said that Vince McMahon had talked about this as a problem dating back months. At first he wanted to put a stop to everything, but before doing so, COVID hit. He had talked a few times about it and never pulled the trigger.

A key is that there were talents that were using their WWE names in sponsorship deals which the company wasn’t happy with ...

Some believed this was in specific related to Cameo, with the idea WWE wanted either a corporate relationship with that company, work with another similar company or start something similar, and thus didn’t want its own talent making individual deals that would hurt the company’s overall bargaining power ...

Some, if not most talent, were privately upset, noting that with the pandemic, those without large guarantees and on prior lower guaranteed deals are earning a lot less due to no house show pay and lower merchandise pay. Now the company, while still claiming talent as independent contractors, is taking away an outside way to make income that does not affect their WWE performances or work with other promoters. The independent contractor classification has been weird because WWE controls all bookings, interviews, when people work, their work schedule and even how they work and what they say.

The argument was that because they now have far more time off with the cutback in arena events and travel, that they can use that time to both make money and also market themselves in other platforms as stars which also helps the company with stars being seen in different platforms.

Another person noted that Nick Khan, the new company President, made a killing in Hollywood by procuring third party deals for his clients, but now has to take Vince McMahon’s side on a policy that wouldn’t allow that. Another argument is that Bruce Prichard is an executive and also allowed to make money doing a podcast, but also backed up McMahon’s decision.
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The different concussion related lawsuits backed by attorney Konstantine Kyros against Vince McMahon and the WWE, that were thrown out in 2018 by Connecticut Circuit Court Judge Vanessa Bryant saw her decision upheld on 9/9 in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

The various suits claimed that McMahon and the WWE knew of the dangers of head injuries and never warned the wrestlers. Bryant threw the case out citing both the statute of limitations having expired in most of the cases and also no evidence presented that showed WWE knew that concussions or head trauma caused CTE, as most of the cases in question were prior to 2008, when the term CTE first broke into the sports world ...

In the case of about 50 wrestlers headed by former Road Warrior Animal Joe Laurinaitis, ironically the older brother of longtime WWE executive John Laurinaitis, there was an attempt to not only overturn the decision throwing out the concussion case but also get a ruling that WWE had misclassified its wrestlers as independent contractors and not employees, as well as claims that the talent deserved to be paid royalties for when they appeared on the WWE Network. In addition, Kyros was attempting to get sanctions against him levied by Bryant overturned. The appeals court refused to rule on the sanctions. Kyros will be able to appeal the sanctions until after the trial court sets the amount he would have to pay to WWE ...

There were a number of arguments that made this case a tough one. For one, simply put, the original lawsuit had far too many flaws and in certain cases was full of shit, including trying to argue that Frazier’s heart attack death was somehow caused by CTE, of which he was never documented as having since his brain was never examined. The lawsuit in the case of many of the wrestlers would list every date the lawyers could find of matches that they worked and claimed brain damage in each match. There were also issues where almost all the defendants had worked all over the country for different promoters, and only a small percentage of their careers were even spent in WWE in many cases. Angelo Mosca, who most definitely suffers from severe memory issues, as an example, played college football, then many years of Canadian football, as well as wrestled all over the world in a career that went from 1960 to 1986, and full-time from 1969 on. During that period, the only time working for the McMahon family was for most of 1981 with a main event heel run working with the likes of Bob Backlund and Pat Patterson, and a three-month run in late 1984.

So while it is very possible his WWF stint had a percentage to do with his current situation, it is likely only a small percentage. In addition, Connecticut law only provides a three year window to file a claim based on an injury from the time of the injury, and not the time the person discovers the injury. It was noted in the appeal that even if WWE concealed the risk that blows to the head could cause permanent degenerative neurological damage (keep in mind there was no evidence WWE did so) that it was time barred because none of these cases were filed within three years of the original injury.

In this case, that law is badly flawed because concussion issues that lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s are usually not going to show up in athletes of this type until decades after they retire. So the morality of the situations in the case of a modern wrestler who may have spent the bulk of their career in WWF/E and decades later had problems with memory and other issues from head trauma would be very different from the legal definition.
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Gerald Brisco received a phone call from Vince McMahon on 9/9 letting him know that he would not be brought back to the company after a storied 36 years.

Brisco, who turns 74 on 9/19, had been furloughed in April and was one of as many as 70 people let go this past week in decisions made largely regarding not bringing back those furloughed at the time. Categories hit the hardest were live event producers, production managers, and those who worked in other aspects of live events, merchandise and travel.

A number of producers were furloughed and then let go. Lance Storm had already been officially let go after being furloughed due to issues in being able to get into the U.S. and back regularly. Mike Rotunda and Sarah Stock were also let go. I would that others furloughed were also let go but none were official. As a general rule, the company seems to have kept the younger producers and let the older ones go ...

There was a lot of bitterness from those feeling strung along. It was noted to us that people were told they would be brought back, but then the date of being brought back kept moving another month. In time the recognition with the record profits in quarter two, and the big contract hire of new President Nick Khan, led to bitterness because they were told the furloughs were the last thing the company wanted and were forced out of economic necessity. With the continued delays, many had started looking elsewhere, no longer being convinced they were being brought back, but it’s a tough economic market right now. Some of those let go have been brought back in recent weeks. Others were told this past week they officially were not being brought back.

WWE officials said that there would be no new talent releases at this time ...

Brisco privately felt that he knew the day was coming over the past few years given his age. But from the outside, his name was perhaps the most shocking of those furloughed.
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The Hell in a Cell PPV that was scheduled for 11/11 has been moved up a week to 10/25, meaning the day after both Impact Bound for Glory and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje in UFC. This may be because their deal with the Amway Arena ends on 10/30 and it would be much simpler to do it with the current set up than to set up and go somewhere else a week later
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The 9/7 Raw saw nothing advertised until about 90 minutes before the show. The reason is that Vince didn’t sign off on everything until late in the day. From what we were told and this was also the word going around backstage, Vince didn’t get the show and read it until late, when he got on the jet to Orlando. It was a risk regarding putting Dominik Mysterio vs. Murphy as the main event regarding keeping viewers for hour three. The one thing is with Labor Day, it’s often a late arriving audience and because of that, usually from an historical basis holds the hour three rating better than usual. But it’s still a risk since the prior week the third hour drop was substantial
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Lawler, in an interview with Austin on the WWE Network, brought up the change in how the company uses their announcers. He said that the company felt that he and Jim Ross were becoming too big of stars and were outshining the talent. That’s why they changed their approach with announcers. Lawler said in his mind if people think the announcers are stars, then they have the ability to help get talent over as stars. He also mentioned that he was taking over the narration of WWE Story Time from Gene Okerlund and actually plugged his 9/26 50th anniversary show in Jackson, TN, which is unusual for a WWE show to plug an independent show.
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AEW’s All Out show on 9/5 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, was a show that ended up with a lot of attention, which largely overshadowed the quality of the matches.

While the response was more positive than negative, it was still by far the most negatively received major AEW show to date, even with the key matches all delivering at a good-to-great standard.

The biggest item concerned Matt Hardy, a few weeks shy of 46 and with wear and tear of about three decades inside a pro wrestling ring. Hardy was having a Broken match with Sammy Guevara, basically a Last Man Standing match, with his career on the line if he lost ...

After a spot where Hardy gave Guevara a DDT on the top of his head on one of the picnic tables in the area that connects the stadium and Daily’s Place, they both brawled on a scissors lift.

They were about seven feet above the ground and fighting back and forth for a few seconds. Guevara was to tackle Hardy and both would fly off the platform and go through two tables set up on the floor. It wasn’t even the climax of the match, but simply the first of probably a few big spots they were planning as they were only 1:44 into the match when it happened. Guevara tackled Hardy and when they came flying off, it looked bad because Hardy was flying too far. It was a split second, both men’s bodies crashed through the table the farthest from the platform, missing the closest table for the most part. The table did somewhat break the fall but the shoulders and back of Hardy’s head hit the concrete hard. He was clearly rocked badly, and couldn’t get up for 44 seconds.

Guevara stalled ref Aubrey Edwards for a few seconds and then she slowly administered a ten count which would end the match, with the risk that at that point if Hardy couldn’t get up, in theory he would have to retire. While they would have worked a storyline around it, AEW very clearly doesn’t want to be the wrestling company who does stipulations and then ignores them, as noted by Cody still claiming he will never challenge for the AEW title in a stipulation that everyone figured would be forgotten about.

Hardy did get up before the ten count, but fell back down. Guevara tried to work with him but he was clearly out of it and unsteady. He got up and threw some punches but stumbled and fell again, and Edwards signaled for an “X” signifying there was a real injury. Dr. Michael Sampson came out and a few seconds later the bell was called for, by owner Tony Khan.

What happened next was the controversy. Hardy was up and walking with Sampson after it was called off. The two were talking. Hardy, talking in his broken character was screaming for Sammy and he was talking. He wasn’t stumbling around or anything at this point. Then they cut to the announcers who explained why the match had to be stopped. The time the announcers were talking and they showed the announcers and a crowd shot was 64 seconds.

At that point they showed Matt walking and he was walking fine. The bell rang and they restarted the match. They did a little bit of brawling but went right to the planned finish. They climbed the lighting grid. Matt seemed unsteady climbing. At one point Guevara seemed to grab him to steady him. But Matt climbed and knocked Guevara off the grid into a crash pad. Guevara sold it like his left shoulder was separated or dislocated and he didn’t get up at the ten count to end the match as planned ...

That overshadowed other issues, and was probably a major part of the reason this show got mixed reviews. Hopefully, just because of fan reaction from an entertainment standpoint and this being so publicized, it will lead to the ability for companies to mentally accept just stopping matches if there is a significant fear of a concussion. Hopefully it also leads to a lessening of stunt bumps. Wrestling is dangerous enough as it is ...

There are positives and negatives of Daily’s Place. One of the negatives is with so few people in a large outdoor place, sound doesn’t travel well, and so much of wrestling is based on sound. This show is the perfect example. The key matches on this show, as far as wrestling went, were great–in particular FTR vs. Kenny Omega & Adam Page. With a live crowd, given the creativity, execution and storytelling, this could have been a classic and it did get the most votes for best match on a show where that was a very competitive category. But it was a mixed bag. Some didn’t like it because it didn’t have the great crowd reactions, which had to do with bad micing, and inherent issues of a long show in brutal heat with fans all wearing masks zapping the crowd’s energy. Plus, the crowd was so far away that only the loudest chants really came across, and the crowd at the ring, the wrestlers, were either not as loud as the WWE talent was (let alone the fake noise piped in at WWE shows now) or the outdoor nature made that appear to be the case.

The show was almost five hours from the start to the finish. That’s been the length of most AEW PPV shows, even the Double or Nothing PPV during the pandemic was close to four-and-a-half hours. For those live it was too long because of the heat and humidity. That, combined with what those in the stands said was bad micing, it made the show seem like it wasn’t over with the live crowd. These matches in an indoor setting, and possibly on a cooler night outdoors, the length may not have been bad. But when the crowd is quiet, as has been the case in the COVID era, shorter shows seem to be the best ...

The heat and humidity also leads to worse footing on the ropes, most notable for the debut of Matt Sydal. Sydal was the surprise last entrant in the Casino Battle Royale and the first thing he was going to do was a shooting star press. He went up to the top for a move he’s done perfectly forever, slipped, and actually looked like he hurt himself but he ended up fine and didn’t have any troubles for the rest of the match. Wiping down the ropes between matches would help on a night that hot, not to say that would alleviate it in long matches ...

Jim Ross was also under controversy, to the point that both The New York Daily News and The Sun (U.K.) covered it. When Anna Jay was out during the eight-man tag with Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall & Scorpio Sky & Matt Cardona vs. Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana & Stu Grayson & Evil Uno, Ross said, “Did Anna Jay have a wardrobe malfunction, or is that wishful thinking in my book?” Ross did apologize after, writing, “Didn’t mean to offend anyone on the wardrobe malfunction line. Weak attempt at humor. Sorry. Now lighten up.”

He later deleted the tweet ...

The comment shouldn’t have been made. It is a product of changing times given that 20 years ago the same comment would have been viewed by that wrestling audience very differently. Jerry Lawler is remembered by some more for his ogling comments at the women on Raw in that generation than for his wrestling. But times have changed. People are also looking to blow things up and that makes things worse if you are in AEW or WWE, or are someone with enemies. At the same time, the apology should have been enough as opposed to making it worse, and I guess that’s why it was deleted.
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The early estimates for the show based on streaming orders through B/R Live and FITE TV, which the company gets right away, look like the show will do numbers at the level of the February 29, 2020 Revolution, or 100,000 to 110,000 buys. So it looks to be the third or fourth largest of the company’s six PPV shows to date.

It’s down probably 10 to 15 percent from the 2020 Double or Nothing company record (the largest for a non-WWE pro wrestling PPV show in 21 years), so it was back at normal levels for an AEW show. But one would think the number of people getting together to watch together is down as compared to prior shows, so that’s a negative, but on the flip side, I think most expected a number a little under average based on the lineup and the build.
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New Japan officially announced what looks to be on paper one of the more loaded G-1 Climax lineups in history during the 9/9 show at the Sun Plaza Hall in Sendai.

The key is that foreigners Will Ospreay, Jay White, Jeff Cobb, KENTA and Juice Robinson were announced for the tournament. This means all arrived in Japan by 9/5 to do two weeks of quarantine. Jon Moxley, who was one of the top stars in the tournament, wouldn’t be available this year under any circumstances because it would be four weeks away from AEW even under non-COVID circumstances. Until quarantine restrictions are over, requiring foreigners to be in the country for two weeks before they can leave quarantine after arrival, it’s pretty much impossible for Moxley or anyone under AEW contract to work in Japan for any promotion, as Kenny Omega was scheduled to work a number of big shows with DDT this year ...

For safety during COVID times, the two blocks will be kept separate in the sense that the wrestlers in the tournament will only do their singles matches on their block night. They will have the night off during the other blocks’ show rather than work tag team matches that would build up their next singles match.
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PRO WRESTLING NOAH: There is at least talk of a Nick Aldis vs. Great Muta NWA title match that would air in some form in the U.S. that would take place on 10/6. This could and at this point there are serious talks of this airing on regular television with Rob Hochman and Sonny Onoo as the announcers.
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One Florida fan who attends both NXT & AEW noted that the reason NXT was able to sell out 400 seats every other week was because tickets were $10 to $20 while the AEW tapings in Jacksonville are $40 to $60 and the last two tapings on 9/2 and 9/9 didn’t sell out even with 500-750 tickets being put on sale. The latter would be normal price range for shows and really cheaper than road shows for either group, but the difference is AEW ran three times (and the PPV was priced even higher) over an eight day period at those prices in the same building. We’re also told that as far as the live crowd for the first AEW TV taping and the PPV, a high percentage were NXT regulars
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The top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network for this past week were: 1. Broken Skull Sessions with Jerry Lawler; 2. Payback; 3. Raw Talk for 9/7; 4. R-Truth Game Show; 5. WWE Timeline: Flair vs. Savage WWE feud; 6. Talking Smack on 9/5; 7. Smackdown from 8/7; 8. Survivor Series; 9. WWE Break it Down: Sasha Banks; 10. NXT from 9/1 which was higher than usual with the four-way Iron man title match. Three independent shows cracked the top 25, while 205 Live and the U.K. show both didn’t. No. 16 was the March 16, 2019 Evolve show. No. 19 was the December 3, 2018 ICW show. No. 22 was a We Love Wrestling feature from wXw
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The Labor Day Raw on 9/7 was not a good sign at all leading to football season.

The show averaged 1,725,000 viewers and 0.48 in 18-49, making it the seventh least watched Raw in history and tied for the fourth lowest in 18-49.

As far as the Labor Day holiday excuse, goes, last year’s Labor Day show did 2,507,000 viewers, the 2018 show did 2,897,000 and the 2017 show did 3,069,000.

It’s a bad sign since ratings had been way up since going into Thunderdome and Raw next week goes against the start of the NFL season, which historically means a sizable drop, plus a possible game six between the Lakers and Rockets in the NBA playoffs ...

Raw was 17th overall, which is actually better than usual, due to much lower ratings for news shows on Labor Day as compared to a usual Monday, and fifth in 18-49 ...

It was down 9.0 percent overall and 17.2 percent in 18-49.

It had the Labor Day pattern where people arrived late, so the second hour was the highest rated. Usually that leads to less of a third hour drop ...

The first hour did 1,782,000 viewers. The second hour did 1,800,000 viewers. The third hour did 1,613,000 viewers.

As compared to the same week last year, we really need to look at two. Labor Day week was earlier last year so the real Labor Day vs. Labor Day comparisons are a drop of 31.2 percent in total audience, 42.2 percent in 18-49 and 58.2 percent in 18-34. As compared with the second September of last year, which is misleading because this would go against the first week of Monday night football, the declines are 19.0 percent in viewers, 30.4 percent in 18-49 and 52.1 percent in 18-34.

With viewers coming in later due to Labor Day, they don’t get tired as quickly so the third hour drop wouldn’t be as bad. In first-to-third hour drops, women 18-49 were up 12.1 percent in hour three. Men 18-49 were down 14.3 percent, teenage girls were down 12.0 percent, teenage boys were down 10.2 percent and over 50 declined 8.1 percent.
* The show did a 0.27 in 12-17 (same as last week), 0.23 in 18-34 (down 30.3 percent), 0.73 in 35-49 (down 12.0 percent) and 0.84 in 50+ (down 4.5 percent).
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Smackdown on 9/4 did a 1.27 rating, 2,129,000 viewers, an 0.61 in 18-49 (793,000 viewers) and a strong 0.4 in 18-34. It did its best viewers per home number in a long time at 1.39.

This was the show where Roman Reigns gave his explanation for the heel turn and had a big spike for the Bayley/Sasha Banks tag title match and post-match angle, and overall did a good number. We’re also far enough to where this is probably a little above what will be the norm for the Thunderdome shows meaning it is making a substantial difference.

Smackdown was first among the networks in 18-34 and 18-49 among network programming, still pretty much all reruns, by a large margin, as no other shows beat 0.4 and 0.2 respectively ...

The rating was down 5.2 percent from last week, the audience was down 0.7 percent from last week, while 18-49 was up 7.5 percent and 18-34 jumped from 0.3 to 0.4.

In the segments, the first half hour did 2.02 million viewers for the Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman interview and Heavy Machinery vs. John Morrison & The Miz. The second quarter jumped to 2.14 million and that quarter usually declines, built around the Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler title defense with Sasha Banks & Bayley. It jumped to 2.32 million, which is huge for the show, for the end of the tag title match and the breakup angle with Banks & Bayley, plus the segment with Jeff Hardy, A.J. Styles and Sami Zayn. The final quarter did 2.04 million with the Jey Uso win over Matt Riddle, King Corbin and Sheamus. While that was a huge drop for the main event, it’s still ahead of what the final 30 has been doing.

It’s way up from what FOX had last year, averaging on the same Friday for rerun programming 961,000 viewers, 0.3 in 18-49 and 0.2 in 18-34.
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NXT on 9/8, built around the Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor match for the vacant title and Mercedes Martinez vs. Rhea Ripley in a cage match, fell slightly, as expected with the tougher competition and less unique main event.

The unopposed show did 838,000 viewers and 0.22 in 18-49 (286,000 viewers), down 1.3 percent in viewers. It was also down 14.9 percent in 18-49, and finishing No. 15 for the night ...

It was sixth in its time slot on cable ...

Younger viewers were down which coincides with two NBA games instead of one, and both games being deeper into the playoffs and more attractive than the single game last week. Plus last week almost the entire show was the title match, and this week was the rematch, and it wasn’t going to do quite as well coming one week later.

The show did 39,000 in men 18-34 (down 18.8 percent from last week), 27,000 in women 18-34 (down 43.8 percent), 146,000 in men 35-49 (down 12.0 percent) and 74,000 in women 35-49 (same as last week).

The high point of the show for overall viewers was the Ripley vs. Martinez cage match. The high point for 18-49 was the second half of Cole vs. Balor. The high point of 18-34 was Cole vs. Balor. The high point of 35-49 was Ripley vs. Martinez.

The show opened at 812,000 viewers and 292,000 in 18-49 with the first half of Cole vs. Balor. The second quarter did 869,000 viewers and 310,000in 18-49 for the second half of Cole vs. Balor. The third quarter was 807,000 viewers and 284,000 in 18-49 for Cole and Balor backstage, and the Robert Stone, Shotzi Blackheart, Aliyah and Io Shirai segment. The fourth quarter did 804,000 viewers and 279,000 in 18-49 for a Timothy Thatcher interview, Velveteen Dream vs. Ashante Adonis and some Tyler Breeze & Fandango and Imperium promotion for next week.

The fifth quarter did 844,000 viewers and 279,000 in18-49 for Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory. The sixth quarter did 830,000 viewers and 272,000 in18-49 Roderick Strong vs. Killian Dain. The seventh quarter did 820,000 viewers and 262,000 in 18-49 for the post-match angle with Dain & Drake Maverick vs. Strong & Bobby Fish and the climax of the Candice LeRae and Tegan Nox angle. The eighth quarter was 918,000 viewers and 307,000 in 18-49 for Ripley vs. Martinez in a cage.

The show did a 0.11 in 12-17 (down 26.7 percent), 0.09 in 18-34 (down 31.3 percent), 0.35 in 35-49 (down 8.0 percent) and 0.43 in 50+ (up 7.0 percent). The audience was 64.7 percent male in 18-49 and 75.3 percent male in 12-17, so in particular there was a big drop with teenage girls from last week of 51.9 percent.
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The AEW show on 9/9 did 1,016,000 viewers and an 0.37 (481,000 viewers) in 18-49.

Although there is some psychological success in topping 1 million viewers, and the show went against NBA & NHL playoffs, being unopposed by NXT, that is about what should have been expected. It was the most viewers the show has done since the second episode of the show on 10/9 and in 18-34, it was the highest since 1/15. It was helped by coming off the PPV show, but didn’t have anything marquee advertised with Brodie Lee vs. Dustin Rhodes as the headliner. Of the company’s biggest stars (Chris Jericho, Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, Adam Page,. Orange Cassidy and MJF), Jericho and Cassidy were the only one who wrestled on the show and both were in non-marquee matches.

AEW nearly beat Raw in 18-34, with having 164,000 viewers to AEW’s 155,000. AEW won, barely in women 18-34, by a 64,000 to 63,000 mark, so they did start getting the women’s audience back. Still, both were hurt significantly in that demo by both the NBA and NHL ...

AEW was No 7 in 18-49 ...

The show did 91,000 in male 18-34 (down 25.4 percent from last week), 64,000 in women 18-34 (up 56.1 percent), 236,000 in males 35-49 (up 13.5 percent) and 90,000 in women 35-49 (down 8.2 percent).

They also had a huge pickup in teenage girls, increasing 121.7 percent from last week.

AEW’s viewer high point was Brodie Lee vs. Dustin Rhodes.

The high point in 18-34 (173,000) was the Adam Page interview and Chris Jericho & Jake Hager vs. Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss. The high point in 35-49 (358,000) and 18-49 was the ending of Jericho & Hager vs. Janela & Kiss, the Jericho interview, the MJF/Wardlow segment and Jon Moxley interview.

The show opened with 989,000 viewers and 498,000 in 18-49 for Penta & Fenix vs. Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus and Eddie Kingston post-match. The second segment did 1,004,000 viewers and 496,000 in 18-49 for a Lance Archer & Jake Roberts promo, Matt Hardy interview and the beginning of Cassidy vs. Angelico. The third segment did 1,026,000 viewers and 487,000 in 18-49 for the ending of Cassidy vs. Angelico, the post-match with Best Friends and Santana & Ortiz brawling, and Sabian & Miro segment. The fourth segment did 1,017,000 viewers and 486,000 in 18-49 for the Page interview and most of Jericho & Hager vs. Janela & Kiss.

The fifth segment did 1,026,000 viewers and 523,000 in 18-49 for te ending of Jericho & Hager vs. Janela & Kiss, Jericho’s interview, MJF & Wardlow and Moxley’s interview. The sixth segment did 989,000 and 469,000 in 18-49 for the FTR tag team celebration, Ricky Starks interview and the beginning of Nyla Rose vs. Tay Conti. The seventh segment did 973,000 viewers and 427,000 in 18-49 for the ending of Rose vs. Conti, the post-match with Hikaru Shida and Rose, and Kenny Omega interview. The final segment did 1,066,000 viewers and 458,000 in 18-49 for Brodie Lee vs. Dustin Rhodes and the post-match.

The show did a 0.17 in 12-17 (up 13.3 percent), 0.22 in 18-34 (down 4.9 percent), 0.52 in 35-49 (up 6.5 percent) and 0.43in 50+ (up 18.6 percent). AEW tied NXT in 50+, which is rare, but AEW was on its traditional day, but NXT was actually unopposed while AEW did have competition from the NXT replay.
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Loading up Raw and giving it the In Your Face theme worked for at least the first two hours as while the total audience for last night's show was down, the key demos were up against the NFL, which was way down in its opening Monday night.

Raw averaged 1.69 million viewers and 0.50 in 18-49, down two percent from last week in viewers and up four percent in 18-49. With anything less that a strong lineup with a Women's title bout, a champions vs. champions match, a cage match, and a Drew McIntyre vs. Keith Lee match, the show would have been expected to do near record lows.

There was a 16 percent first-to-third hour drop, a larger drop than has been usual ...

Conversely, Raw was down 26 percent in viewers, 31 percent in 18-49, and 34 percent in 18-34 from the same week last year.

Raw was fourth in 18-49 behind both NFL games and the SportsCenter show that aired at 1:31 a.m. after the second game ...

As far as the audience leaving from hour one to hour three, the drop was nine percent with women 18-49, 16 percent with men 18-49, a four percent increase in teenage girls, 14 percent decrease in teenage boys, and a 16 percent decrease in people over 50.

The three hours were:
8 p.m. 1.81 million viewers
9 p.m. 1.73 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.53 million viewers
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The trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian dropped today and featured a familiar face to wrestling fans: Sasha Banks.

Banks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado) will play an unspecified part, but there is speculation that her character will be a Jedi. A Disney Plus property, The Mandalorian is set in the Star Wars universe. Banks tweeted the trailer today, confirming her role.

The Mat Men podcast first reported Banks's involvement in the series back in February.
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On his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of June but just got his results back: “About an hour ago from the CDC, and the CDC told me that, yes, I have tested positive for the coronavirus -- back at the end of June... I never got my result back, but they called me, rest assured, today to tell me that back at the end of June when I got tested, I tested positive. And I’ve had three tests since then, and they all came back negative. But it just goes to show how backed up we really are with this system that we’re working with as far as people finding out if they got this, or if they don’t got -- I’m living proof. I’m living proof. Thank God I’m still here, and I got a healthy immune system. And God spared me on this one, but I could have been one of the nearly 200,000 that didn’t know I had this and I was gone on my way to the next life. But man, it’s bigger than that. I know what I went through for, you know, it wasn’t a long time - a couple of weeks that I went through it. I had the headaches, I had the night sweats, I lost my taste and smell for two weeks. And I thank God I was smart enough to quarantine from the family. I stayed away from everyone. I put myself off in the west wing [laughs], you know what I’m saying? And I stayed there for a couple of weeks until I started feeling better, until everything started subsiding, even my taste, I waited until that started to come back a little bit before I started meeting up with the family and what not. Thank God I did, because I could be like The Rock as far as the whole family coming down with this. Like I said, I got my mother-in-law here with us. It’s something that’s so serious. I just want y’all to be so careful with this.”
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In an interview with the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Mike Rotunda discussed his release from WWE: “Well, I got furloughed in the middle of April along with a number of other people so, it’s been quite some time and didn’t look like it was gonna open back up. I kind of prepared myself for it, but I wasn’t exactly sure what was gonna happen, which I’m fine with it. Like you said, I had a long run there, I’m 62-years old and to be honest with you, it was harder and harder to do all the traveling and keep that pace. It definitely helps being a little younger when you’re trying to keep the pace that you’d have to working for WWE. Especially, my whole time there, we did live shows. Like depending on which show you were on, we did both television shows and I did a ton of live events which were like Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then TVs were Monday, Tuesday until they switched to the Friday Night SmackDown. So I definitely put a lot of time in on the road and it’s kinda nice being home. My wife and I have been married, it’ll be 36 years in October and all but three years of that, I’ve been on the road so I mean, that’s a long time and I’m actually enjoying to be home more and be around my wife and see my grandkids some more and get a chance to go fishing more so, which I like to do living here in Florida. That’s my go-to, my relaxation so it’s given me an opportunity to do more, to me something that’s important to do and it’s fun for me.”
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Chris Dickinson and Calvin Tankman have been added to Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport, joining Deonna Purrazzo, Homicide, and Josh Alexander as wrestlers announced for the show. It’s taking place on October 11 as part of Game Changer Wrestling’s The Collective.
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Edward “Teddy Hart” Annis, 40, was sentenced to ten days’ imprisonment in Richmond County Jail on 9/10 following a court hearing before the Richmond City Circuit Court, Criminal Division in Virgnia, but was arrested again after being incarcerated.

As PWInsider.com has covered, Annis was arrested after being pulled over by authorities in Richmond on 2/12. Annis had been charged with possession of a schedule III narcotic and possession with intent to sell or distribute. During the court hearing on 9/10, it was ruled that there was probable cause in regard to the charges of possession of a schedule III narcotic and possession with intent to sell or distribute. Those charges will move on to a grand jury and should they decide to bring official charges against Annis after evaluating the evidence against him, Hart would stand trial for those charges ...

During the 9/10 hearing, Annis was found guilty of being in possession of a schedule III narcotic. He was also fined $21 in fines and court costs for not carrying or exhibiting his driver’s license or registration. He was also fined $61 for failure to use lights with wipers. Charges of being in possession of marijuana and for improperly mounted license plates were dropped as it was determined there was not sufficient evidence to pursue those charges.

However, court records indicate that Annis’ ten day jail sentence stemmed from a March 4th arrest, where he was taken into custody for violating his house arrest in Virginia. Annis had been staying at an apartment with Virginia-area wrestler Pork Chop Johnson. Johnson stated on social media that he removed Hart for his behavior in the apartment. Hart was also fined $232 in relation to that charge.

Court records also indicate that Hart had been declared a fugitive from justice on 5/4. Record list him as arrested on that charge on 9/11, one day after he had been processed into Richmond City Jail. Hart is scheduled for another hearing on 10/13, facing charges of a felony arrest without a warrant.
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The WWE concussion lawsuit court case was officially closed today by the Appeals Court in New York. The only remaining aspect of the case, which would fall under Connecticut Court, is the sanctions against the attorneys who represented the former WWF/WWE talents and how much the financial damages will be.
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As viewers of Monday Night Raw may have easily realized, the finish of Mickie James vs. Asuka did not go as planned last night.

The planned finish was for James to tap out to the Asuka Lock but the bell was rung prematurely while James and Asuka were grappling with James selling Asuka trying to lock her in a submission hold.

PWInsider.com has been told by numerous sources that the decision was made to ring the bell out of concern that James might actually have been out on her feet due to the way she was selling the move.

We are told James was actually fine and just did such an excellent job of selling that she was out of it that she fooled those overseeing the match, including the referee. We have heard different versions of who called for the finish, but the decison was made that the match be stopped out of concern for James, who was actually fine.
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Mickie James chatted with Comicbook.com ahead of the 9/14 episode of RAW. Mickie stated that she would like to see a women’s only show be added to the WWE Network. Mickie explained that the fan base is there for it and it could be something similar to a one-hour format like 205 Live.

“I feel that’s a very, it’s a big dream. It’s a big reach because it’s so much that’s involved when you’re creating something like that. I feel like where we are now, we have so much. First, we have the Network, which has so many outlets and so much stuff that we can do and different types of products that we can put out there.

We have the largest female roster that we’ve ever had combined between RAW, SmackDown, NXT and NXT UK, and there’s a vast amount of female talent, more female talent than there’s ever been. It could be an opportunity within our shows. Sometimes there’s really only time for a female championship match or whatever. A whole show, even if it was just an hour, like a 205 Live or something like that, that is cultivated just for the women, is something I think would satisfy a market that really just loves women’s wrestling. It’s a chance for a lot of females that perhaps don’t get a chance to shine as much on TV to shine there, and then Evolution could be our big pay-per-view of the year.”
Considering WWE has over 40 women wrestlers just on RAW, SD, and NXT, a weekly 1 hour women's only brand could work out very well. 205 Live's biggest problems were Vince/WWE's historically poor handling of Cruiser/Lucha style wrestling and the roster kept shrinking due to the Draft and Shakeups and wasn't being replenished until way too late.

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Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated interviewed IMPACT Wrestling’s Acey Romero about his journey to get healthier and drop down to the 200 pound range. While discussing his goals, Acey shared that he has two years left on his IMPACT contract.

“I was pleasantly surprised with my results, but there is still a long way to go. Wrestling is a big part of it, but this goes much deeper than wrestling. Success doesn’t mean anything if I don’t have my health.

I know people won’t believe what I want to do, but they won’t be able to believe the way I look, either. I have two more years on my contract, and my goal is to be Impact world champion. That’s my goal before the end of my contract. I’ll have to work my ass off to get there, but I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”

Romero opened up about how some in the wrestling business were not supportive of his weight loss venture. He said that some told him he was “killing his gimmick” and while he somewhat agreed, he said he was also killing his health.

“A lot of people reached out and said I’m killing my gimmick, that I should stay big. Maybe they’re right, maybe I am killing my gimmick, but I was also in the process of killing myself. I understand that now, so I’m doing this for me. If I kept going the way I was going, I don’t know if I’d make it to 40. I don’t want to be that guy.”
Whoever gave him that shit advice about him "killing his gimmick" due to him wanting to be healthy can go eff themselves and good for him on not listening to those dumbasses.

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Dave Marquez joined the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast to promote the Prime Time Live PPV special on 9/15. Marquez revealed that he had a health scare at an NWA Powerrr taping and had to go to the backstage area to be checked on by the doctor in attendance. He said that could’ve been a reason why Sean Mooney was brought onto the program ...

COVID precautions are in place for the Prime Time Live special. Marquez said that one of their announcers tested positive and he was around said individual so he went to get tested and had a series of tests set up in the days leading up to the 15th. Temperatures are being checked and if the staff does not trust the situation, a physician will be on-hand to conduct the COVID-19 test.

“You can’t necessarily trust the public getting tested and yeah, you could take their temperature and all that kind of stuff… we’re taking it pretty serious in our operation. I know that there’s others that don’t take it serious. Like today, I found out one of our announcers tested positive and I was with them four days ago so I went and got a test this morning. I’ll have another test next week and I’ll have another test on the 14th before the 15th to make sure everything is cool, and people are flying from across the country into this and so I have to take their word for it that they’re negative. Hopefully they have proof that they’re negative. We’ll take their temperatures and there is a COVID procedure at the stage if we really question it. There’s a physician or two to administer a test if we need it done. But, for the most part, we’re gonna be very cautious.”
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New Japan Pro-Wrestling revealed the bracket for the Lion’s Break Crown tournament. Logal Riegel is taking on The DKC. Clark Connors is facing off against Jordan Clearwater. Danny Limelight vs. Barrett Brown is set for the tournament as is Adrian Quest vs. Blake Christian.
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Q - I know I don't pay attention to RAW and SmackDown 100% of the time like I used to but wasn't Nia Jax suspended indefinitely. Did they ever mention how she returned and won the Women's tag titles?

A - The Smackdown hacker brought her back. Seriously, WWE is really good at not following up or explaining storylines
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles on WWE's way too often inability to follow through with their storylines.

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The AEW one hour show that was originally set for Wednesday night will now air on both TNT and TSN on 9/22 after NBA coverage.
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Hulu has purchased 100 hours of Vice TV programming including every episode of Dark Side of the Ring.
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While Major League Wrestling has announced deals with Fubo TV and DAZN, we are told that the promotion is not done seeking out new potential TV or streaming deals. The promotion is currently being represented by their agency, ICM Partners, for additional media deas, for multiple series ideas beyond MLW Fusion. The promotion will still be seen on BeIN Sport on Saturdays.

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WWE is hyping that a pair of "major announcements" will be made on tonight's episode of NXT.

In a tweet this afternoon, WWE revealed that NXT general manager William Regal will appear on tonight's show to make the announcements: "BREAKING NEWS: @RealKingRegal will have two MAJOR announcements tonight on #WWENXT"

Regal also tweeted: "A new episode, a new champion, and an upcoming #NXTTakeOver. I cannot overstate how grateful I am to work alongside the men and women of #WWENXT and tonight is about new opportunities."
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While the buys for the first Talk'N ShopAMania pay-per-view aren't public, it apparently did well enough that Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Rocky Romero are going to run it back this fall.

On the 700th edition of Chris Jericho's podcast Thursday, the trio announced that the sequel will air on Friday, November 13th, and will feature a "Ball for a Ball" match between Chad 2 Badd (Anderson) and Sex Ferguson (Gallows) as the main event.

Their initial attempt at a comedic wrestling show debuted on Saturday, August 1st and featured a main event of Badd vs. Ferguson in a Boneryard match. The show was filled with gimmick matches and cameos from Enzo, the Young Bucks, Heath Miller, Rocky Romero, Chavo Guerrero, Mike and Maria Bennett, D-Lo Brown, the Rock'n'Roll Express, Swoggle, Teddy Long, The Flock, and others.

In a past interview with WrestleZone, Gallows said they intentionally left several people off the first ShopAMania in case they did a sequel. The first one was filmed in Gallows' backyard over several long filming days in early-July and it's assumed the sequel will also be pre-taped.
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As had been expected, Wade Barrett has officially signed with WWE and will be a full-time part of the NXT announcing team going forward.

Barrett announced the signing this afternoon during an interview with Justin Barrasso from Sports Illustrated.

Barrett stated that he signed a one-year deal with the company with the option there to extend going forward.
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All Elite Wrestling filed a trademark on 9/10 for "All Elite Wrestling - Elite General Manager." The trademark filing is for good and services, "Downloadable game software; Downloadable computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones; Downloadable electronic game software for use on handheld computers and mobile gaming devices; Downloadable video game programs; Recorded video game software."
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Last night's United Wrestling Network PPV debut was marred by streaming issues for the FITE version, which seemed to get better as the show went on. We are told by readers who ordered the show on InDemand and other PPV providers that the PPV version did not have similar issues. UWN President Dave Marquez addressed the issued on Twitter:

Thanks to everyone who joined us tonight for #PrimeTimeLive! I do apologize for the technical issues on @FiteTV, those happened on their end. We’ll be replacing the show with a master file. See ya next week! pic.twitter.com/07IaoCSytm
— David Marquez (@CWFHMarquez) September 16, 2020

The show also ran into timing issues as several of the earlier matches ran long, leading to the Tribe vs. Wolf Zaddies and the UWN TV title bout between Dan Joseph and Levi Shapiro being extremely cut down. It seemed the tag match competitors had zero idea they were going to a time limit draw when the bell rang. The NWA Championship match between Nick Aldis and challenger Mike Bennett was obviously on hyperspeed as well as they rushed to make sure they could get through what was planned in the 8-9 minutes they had. Aldis' main events usually go in the 20-25 minute range, so they were working around what time they were left with ...

Dave Marquez directed the PPV.

Although he was mentioned on the air, NWA President Billy Corgan was not at the PPV.

Joe Galli, Todd Kenley and Alyssa Marino were absolutely excellent on commentary last night.

There were zero injuries coming out of the show.

The backstage interviews were all pre-tapes from earlier in the afternoon.

Several hours before the PPV, there was a power outage in Long Beach, CA, where Thunder Studios is located, which obviously would have been a disaster had that happened when the show was on the air, but thankfully that didn't happen.
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Chris McCumber, who served as the President of the USA Network and Syfy will be leaving NBCUniversal after 19 years. McCumber was considered the point person in the relationship between the network and WWE.

McCumber had been with the USA Network since 2001 and was named its president in 2011. Deadline noted in its story that he spearheaded the negotiations with WWE with their latest deal for Raw believed to be worth $265 million annually for the five-year pact that went into effect last October.
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Daniel Cormier spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com regarding a potential future with WWE and gave the indication the two sides are talking and threw out his own ideas:

"We’ve been talking. We’ve spoken to some of the people over there in very, very early conversations. WWE is a company I’ve watched and loved my entire life. Put me at the commentary table. Let me call the matches for six months and tell you how great these wrestlers are in the ring. I would love that, and I wouldn’t be faking it. WWE is something I’ve loved my entire life.

Then, after those six months, what if I’m sitting next to Michael Cole, and Roman comes over and smacks the microphone out of my hand? But I’m an announcer. Will I hit him back? Then you’re asking if this will happen or not. That’s what I want, that slow build, the type of story you want to see, and your heart feels like it’s going to explode while you’re waiting for it. Give me the slow build, let it simmer."
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David Bixenspan has an extensive rundown of the latest involving the case between Matt Riddle and Candy Cartwright (real name Samantha Tavel). Bixenspan has obtained documents that outline Riddle and his lawyer Daniel J. Rose had filed a complaint against Tavel making numerous claims including committed stalking, threatening Riddle and his family, and destroying personal property. Last week, just three days before a hearing was scheduled, Riddle and his lawyer filed a notice for a voluntary dismissal to close the case.

Bixenspan analyzed the allegations in the complaint and whether they hold up based on the public evidence that is out there. One allegation was that Tavel posted Lisa Riddle’s (Matt’s wife) phone number and their home address, which public tweets show had the phone number covered in a screenshot post with no evidence that Tavel herself posted the Riddle’s home address.

In the documents, it states the affair began between Riddle and Tavel in November 2017 and didn’t end until July 2019. There was a claim by Riddle that Tavel showed up at Full Sail University this past February and was escorted out, although Full Sail University has not issued a response regarding the incident when asked by Bixenspan.
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ESPN spoke with Chad Johnson, who is the SVP of sales and development for the Jacksonville Jaguars about TIAA Bank Field being open to 25 percent capacity this past weekend for their opener. In researching a safe protocol, Johnson said they leaned on AEW’s presentation of shows next door at Daily’s Place to observe how fans acted and responded to the measures. Johnson said:

"We’ll have at least 10 dry runs of watching fan behavior, compliance, how they congregate, how they move. AEW, I sat there and filmed and watched how everybody moved. How long they took from the time they entered to the time they got to their seat. Where did they go? Where did they not go? We were studying that all along so we could adapt to their behavior.

When they were lining up and queueing, even when they were past where we had signage, people were following the 6-foot rule. It was perfect. They were so respectful of the process. I was really pleased. I was really pleased with how they kept their masks on. I was really pleased that they spent most of their time in their seats. They didn’t just go get a beer and hang out in open spaces. They really were respectful."
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[GCW Joey Janela's]Spring Break 4 has released four-match announcements for the card on Saturday, October 10th:
*Matt Tremont vs. Alex Colon – billed as Tremont’s final GCW match
*Jonathan Gresham vs. Lee Moriarty
*Alex Shelley vs. Tony Deppen
*Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz vs. Ironbeast
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WreslteTalk’s Louis Dangoor can exclusively reveal after speaking with WWE sources and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp that the backstage atmosphere at Raw and SmackDown shows has been much better over the last month or so.

Sources within the company have attributed the more positive atmosphere to the move to the Amway Center, with many feeling a lot happier and more positive following the move out of the Performance Center, which was to be expected.

The move to the Amway Center, which took place last month, is said to have given people backstage a lot more space backstage compared to the Performance Center, and that is said to have helped morale considerably.

Some members of the SmackDown roster have also attributed the positive atmosphere to the return of Roman Reigns, with the Universal Champion being seen as a clear lockerroom leader amongst his peers and higher-ups.

The shorter taping days will also have helped with the moral. WWE has gone from taping two weeks of SmackDown in one day to running weekly live shows.
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Sonya Deville's stalker Phillip Thomas II has pled not guilty to all charges. Thomas II was charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping, and criminal mischief.

Armed burglary of a dwelling is a felony punishable by life in prison. The other counts, attempted armed kidnapping and aggravated stalking with a weapon, are second-degree felonies with a maximum of 15 years each. Criminal mischief is a second-degree misdemeanor with a fine of $200 or less.

Thomas remains incarcerated as his bail of $2 million was denied after the judge deemed him a threat to the community.

The Hillsborough County Court ruled on August 24 they would not release any evidence to the public before the hearing in regards to Sonya Deville's case against her stalker Phillip Thomas.

A hearing is scheduled for November 12 relating to the temporary injunction filed against Thomas in order to prevent him from approaching or contacting Deville or her family.
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It was reported recently that NXT call-ups had not been given new contracts. Such had usually been the case when stars debuted on the main roster, but perhaps due to the pandemic and additional cost-cutting measures, new contracts were not given. Now, we have an update.

Fightful Select is currently reported that new deals have still not been offered. Additionally, the report states that WWE’s reasoning behind this has been that the talent’s travel and schedule have been reduced already so a new deal is not necessary.

The report also says the money associated with these contracts is significantly below what talent were being offered last year.

Among the most recent NXT call ups have been Keith Lee and the members of Retribution. While not officially called up, the group is reportedly made up of Dominik Dijakovic, Mia Yim, Mercedes Martinez, Shane Thorne, and Dio Maddin.

It remains to be seen when WWE will consider offering new contracts to the recent call-ups. If they are waiting for touring to begin again, it may be quite a while as this pandemic has no end in sight.

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Last night's AEW Dynamite on TNT averaged 886,000 viewers, down 12.8 percent from last week but up almost 10 percent from the last time the show aired head-to-head with NXT.

NXT was also up from the previous head-to-head battle, averaging 689,000 viewers. That's down 17.8 percent from running unopposed last Tuesday night but up 11 percent from the last head-to-head week on August 12.

With no NBA or NHL competition and news shows with a normal level of audience, Dynamite finished third on cable in the 18-49 demo on the night with a 0.34 rating. That's down 8.1 percent from last week but up six percent from August 12.

NXT managed a 0.18 rating in the demo, finishing 31st on cable. It was down 15 percent from last week but up 12.5 percent from August 12

In the other demo categories, it was the usual with AEW winning everything except people over 50, where NXT had a 0.36 to 0.32 advantage.

in women 18-49, AEW had a 0.23 rating to NXT's 0.13. In men 18-49, AEW doubled NXT with a 0.46 rating to NXT's 0.23. AEW was number one on cable in that demo.

In people 18-34, AEW had a huge advantage with a 0.24 rating to NXT's 0.10. AEW topped all of cable in that demo as well. In females 12-34, AEW had an advantage of 0.15 to 0.06. In males of the same age group, AEW drew a 0.26 rating and NXT drew a 0.14. AEW also topped cable in that category.

In people 25-54, AEW had a 0.38 rating to NXT's 0.22.

The combined audience of 1.575 million viewers was down 15.2 percent from last week when both shows aired on different nights but up 11.6 percent from the last time both aired on Wednesday.
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While AEW Dynamite and NXT on USA go head-to-head again this week, last week was the fourth week in a row the shows didn’t battle head-to-head with their first-run programs.

Last week NXT was moved to Tuesday night for the second straight week, bumped from the usual timeslot due to NHL playoffs on USA Network. It drew 838,000 live and same-night-delayed viewers last week (9/8), down from the prior week’s (9/1) viewership of 849,000. The following are the viewership numbers for NXT the last four weeks without Dynamite as competition.

9/8: 838,000
9/1 849,000
8/26: 824,000
8/19: 853,000
AVERAGE: 841,000

The prior four weeks averaged 684,000 viewers. So NXT, without AEW as competition, despite airing on a different night the last two weeks, gained 157,000 viewers on average each week.

Meanwhile, AEW was unopposed in its usual Wednesday night timeslot the last two weeks, drawing 1,016,000 live and same-night-delayed viewers last week (9/9), an improvement on the 928,000 the prior wee (9/2). The preview two weeks NXT aired on Thursday and Saturday instead, bumped from its usual Wednesday night timeslot due to scheduled NBA playoff games.

The last two weeks averaged 972,000 viewers. The prior two weeks moved from its usual timeslot but airing unopposed averaged 784,000. The previous four weeks averaged 831,000. So the last two Wednesdays, unopposed by NXT, AEW drew on average 161,000 more viewers than it averaged during the prior four week “normal” period when up against NXT.

So bottom line, it appears that each show gained right around 160,000 viewers who typically would have watched the other show instead live or on a same-night-delay. This week, the shows get back to normal and it’s possible that one of the shows will end up retaining some new viewers if some of those 160,000 who sampled the other show end up sticking with that show instead.
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On the latest edition of Wrestling with History on VOC Nation, Ken Resnick talked about the period in 1983 prior to the WWF recruiting Hulk Hogan and going national. Resnick discussed business mistakes made by Verne Gagne, Hogan giving Gagne an opportunity to match the WWF’s offer, the territory system, and much more. Here are some highlights:

On Verne Gagne’s reaction to McMahon’s push to go national: “I remember being in some of the discussions where Vince was kind of going through the country like a blitzkrieg…if you’re facing in business what was essentially a hostile takeover attempt by Vince McMahon or the WWF, the first thing you are taught in any business school is you circle your wagons (and) protect your own business. Being old school and so angered by what Vince was beginning to successfully do, Vern focused in trying to get into Vince’s backyard and let markets like Chicago and Milwaukee be basically second in thought and ripe for takeover.”

On business mistakes Gagne made that ultimately killed the promotion: “Vern sold the Winnipeg market and Winnipeg television to Wally Karbo, Jack Lanza, and Nick Bockwinkel. For a number of reasons, they ended up taking that television and giving that market to Vince. The late Dennis Hilgart, the promoter in Milwaukee, again a lot of it was financial, but he left Vern and he had the contacts and the agreements in Milwaukee and he went with Vince. It was a lot because Vern didn’t quite understand the corporate premise when you’re facing a hostile takeover that you circle the wagons. Vern left a lot of flanks exposed.”

On whether Hulk Hogan considered staying with the AWA: “Hulk did give Vern an opportunity. He was thinking about staying. One of the big things that Vince was able to offer was a high percentage of the secondary marketing – the tee shirts and hats and everything else – and Vern didn’t want to do that. He said ‘without me, you wouldn’t be able to sell anything; I’m not giving you that.’ I remember talking with Hulk and finally I said what’s stopping you? You’ve got 2 choices: You’ve got A, or you’ve got B which is 25x what A is.”
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Daniel Rose, the attorney for WWE Smackdown star Matt Riddle announced today that Riddle has filed a civil lawsuit against independent wrestler Samantha "Candy Cartwright" Tavel. PWInsider.com has not yet been able to acquire the lawsuit.

As previously reported, Tavel alleges that in May 2018 when both were working for EVOLVE, Riddle allegedly attempted to force her to sleep with him, leading to her performing oral sex instead out of fear after he allegedly grabbed her by the throat. She alleges this took place in a van with several others sleeping in the van at the time ...

In court documents for the now-dropped restraining order (also filed in July), Riddle stated he was in a relationship with Tavel outside of his marriage and that after he broke it off, Tavel has since targeted and harrased him. He also alleged she timed her accusations for the date of his "WWE" debut (on Smackdown) and alleged that Tavel was removed from a WWE taping at Full Sail University. Tavel denied the removal in the court documents, stating that she was not at the venue on the night in question.

Tavel continued to post proof of her relationship with Riddle on her social media since her initial allegation.
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Major League Wrestling ("MLW") today welcomed its newest member to the roster with LA Park Jr. officially joining the league.

The youngest son of the legendary LA Park, LA Park Jr. is the latest of several roster acquisitions that will be revealed in conjunction with MLW's highly anticipated restart this fall.
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PWInsider.com has confirmed Ivar of the Viking Raiders underwent neck surgery earlier this week in Birmingham, Alabama. We are told there is currently no timetable for his return but it is not expected to be a short recovery.

WWE NXT developmental talent Simone Johnson had knee surgery at the start of the week in Birmingham as well.
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For those of you who ordered the FITE.TV version of the United Wrestling Network Primetime Live PPV series, the replay version features a corrected broadcast. We are told that FITE was able to isolate what the issue was with the stream on Tuesday night and believes the issues have been resolved.

As we reported, several hours before the premiere, there was a power outage in Long Beach, CA that wiped out all the power at Thunder Studios. As they were going on the air live, UWN learned that the power outage completely wiped out all of their presets for graphics, lighting and audio, so just as viewers were watching for the first time, the production truck was feverishly trying to get everything that had worked for two days to have prepared back up and running.

Rocky Romero and several other New Japan Pro Wrestling reps were at the taping Tuesday.
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Q - Is it true Robert Englund was supposed to host Raw at some point?

A - Yes, Englund, immortalized by his turn as Freddy Krueger in The A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, was scheduled to guest host to promote his autobiography "Hollywood Monster" in 2013 but scheduling conflicts caused him to pull out. He was never officially announced by WWE.
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Rob Van Dam did an interview with WrestleZone’s Bill Pritchard. When asked about his contract status with IMPACT Wrestling, RVD said that he’s on a per-taping agreement with the company and elaborated on why he has chosen to not let his emotions get wrapped up in pro wrestling.

“We kind of are like by a handful of shows, you know? So Scott [D’Amore] said, ‘Hey…’ I gotta figure what month it is but, ‘Hey, we got these tapings coming up in August, can you make it? What about these dates?’ So it’s still like that so we [do it], might be two shows ahead and then at the end you might say, ‘Hey, what about the next ones?’ So right now I’m sort of taking it one step at a time and even though I’m having fun and stuff, I would never allow myself to invest feelings into it to a point where I could hurt emotionally or mentally. You really got to learn to not give a — can I swear on here? You have to learn what to give a f*ck about in life. In this business, there’s plenty of heartbreaks, there’s plenty of promises that are made that are gonna not come through and that’s just part of it. How you adjust to that depends on who you are, what your values are and those are all factors on where you get. For me, I’ve always been up front and saying I adjusted by not giving a f*ck after a while. So when someone says something’s gonna happen, I believe it when it does happen and so, I’m stoked that IMPACT thinks that I’m a worthy investment. Some people ask, ‘Dude you’re not even on the opening of the show. How could they have the biggest star there and not even have you –’ I don’t know but you know what? I don’t give a f*ck, they’re paying me, so I’m doing my part and I hope to see them go and I know they are gonna go places but how they do it, regardless of [if] it’s different than how I would do it or not, that’s part of my adjustment to make it work.”
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Doc Gallows, Rocky Romero and Karl Anderson joined Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast. Gallows revealed that while he was under contract to WWE, he was running independent shows based out of Georgia and when WWE found out about it, they wanted him to stop but Gallows quietly continued running shows.

Karl Anderson: “He was running shows about halfway through this little four year run in the fed and well, they shut him down halfway through because he wasn’t allowed to anymore.”

Doc Gallows: “So like any good brother would do, I just sold the promotion and then changed the name and just started silently running more.”
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John Morrison sat down with Chris Van Vliet for an exclusive interview. Morrison talked about his return to WWE and choosing them over All Elite Wrestling:

“So when season four of Lucha [Underground] ended, they have some stuff on their contracts where there’s a tail and the tail doesn’t stop until the episodes stop airing, and so I had signed with IMPACT and when everything was free and clear, I decided — I’m a free agent again, completely free, no ties anywhere. I’m going to figure out where I want to go. So I talked to WWE and I talked to AEW and I had a really good conversation with Vince [McMahon], and they made me a really nice offer and I ended up taking it.”
If the choice was about money, then he made a great decision being in WWE but if the choice was about anything else, then he made a bad decision since his current run has been a big waste compared to what he was doing on the indies.

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Shane McMahon joined Corey Graves on WWE’s After The Bell podcast ...

On the topic of RAW Underground, Shane McMahon talked about the inspiration behind the project and how some of his life experiences and interests led to the formation of RAW Underground.

“Quite a bit, quite a bit. I mean this goes way back. This is an original concept. This is more even going back to roman gladiator times when they used to have short matches to determine who was gonna be [the successor]. So the iterations, there’s been lots of stuff or similar things I should say — got ‘em in Japan for quite some time and I’ve been traveling to Japan since the late 80s, so when I was a teenager and I saw some of this so, it always resonated with me and again, you mentioned MMA and a lot of my friends do that sport. I also practice multiple forms of it and I really enjoy it so, if you can blend that with WWE entertainment and what we can compact together and again, it’s a work in progress. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”
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WWE 2K Battlegrounds is set to release on Friday, September 18, but reviewers were able to get an early copy of the game.

Twitch streamers newLEGACYinc played a handful of games this week and discovered an image that has a striking resemblance to former IMPACT Champion Tessa Blanchard.

Blanchard is currently a free agent after she departed from IMPACT Wrestling in June. It is unknown where she will end up next or if she has an offer from any company. She has remained at home during the pandemic era, choosing not to wrestling for IMPACT as they held empty arena shows heading into Slammiversary.
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Trent's Mom Sue is a jack of all trades.

We previously learned that Sue brought the crew at AEW Dynamite a batch of homemade cookies. MJF called the cookies "meh" while Eddie Kingston cut a promo on one cookie before burying it in his mouth.

Now, thanks to Bryce Remsburg, we also know that Sue brought brownies to AEW as well and even gave out some parenting advice.

Sue made another appearance on Wednesday's Dynamite, picking up her son Trent and his best friends Chuckie T and Orange Cassidy from their parking lot brawl against Proud-N-Powerful (Santana & Ortiz). Sue even let them in her vehicle even though they were a bloody mess.

She also left Santana & Ortiz with a parting gift.
Link to the gift: https://twitter.com/tde_gif/status/1306413109859491846

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During this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, a match between NWA Women’s Champion and Ivelisse broke down, with real life strikes exchanged between both competitors.

According to Fightful Select (subscription required), Thunder Rosa took exception to Ivelisse no-selling, which caused both wrestlers to go at each other physically.

Following the match, other wrestlers in AEW stated “they didn’t seem to be getting along prior.” Those in attendance believed the match would have to be edited, but it’s unknown if certain spots were removed from the broadcast. While many felt uncomfortable during the match, there has been support for Thunder Rosa backstage in the locker room.

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New Japan officially announced its G-1 lineups which will likely contain many if not most of the best matches of 2020.

What’s notable is that every show, except for the finals, will consist of six singles matches, which would be five tournament matches from one of th two blocks, and a singles opener involving a match up with Yuya Uemura, Yota Tsuji and Gabriel Kidd.

There will be no tag matches to build up the next card. The key is the shows will be shorter, but with the idea of not cutting back on match time in the tournament. All arenas will be sold to half capacity, so it is almost a lock that every show will sell out ...

All shows will air live in Japanese on New Japan World. The belief is that at least some of the shows will also air live in English. Right now it is not clear what shows with air live in English past the final three shows likely will .

In the B block anyone who beats Naito is likely to get an IWGP or IC title match in the fall. In the A block, people beating Takagi will likely be the ones challenging for the Never title between now and the end of the year. Those who beat Ospreay may challenge for the British title but that’s up in the air because of travel ...

Another note is that this will be a different Ospreay than before as he’s gained 15 pounds during the pandemic. By only wrestling twice five months, when he wasn’t battling depression issues he was on a bodybuilding regime and now has one of the best physiques in the company if not the business. With guys known for flying, like Rey Mysterio, gaining a lot of weight, even when it’s muscle, does affect the flying. I’ve only seen one match of this with the new weight and it was a tag match and he was working a different style with less acrobatics and more wrestling. And that may end up a positive because he’s not a heavyweight rather than a junior heavyweight and the added weight can strengthen weak spots as far as bumping, but can also put more stress on knees and back. If you look back historically at people like Davey Boy Smith, Mysterio, Dynamite Kid and others, they did have their best matches when they were lighter. But with others, like Kenny Omega, they had better matches bigger so each case is different, but stylistically it’ll likely be a different Ospreay.

While the lack of cheering crowds will hurt, from a health standpoint, the more days off and no tag matches between singles matches looks to be a positive as far as match quality and injury recuperation goes.
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Matt Riddle dropped a petition on 9/7 in Orange County to get a restraining order against Samantha Tavel (Candy Cartwright), who had accused him of sexual assault on Twitter and in an article in Newsweek, and is now expected to file a slander/libel lawsuit against Tavel on 9/22 for alleging he sexually assaulted her.

The first filing was simply to get a restraining order to keep her from the Performance Center, where she allegedly came and caused a scene on December 19, 2019.

Tavel and her lawyers were given five-day notice of plans to file a suit by Riddle against her in Marion Country in Florida on or after 9/22 based on giving five day notice based on comments that came out after the petition was dropped, claiming Tavel made up the claim and was attempting to ruin his career after he broke up with her.

Riddle and Tavel had a relationship for several years on-and-off and after it was broken off by Riddle a second time, Tavel accused Riddle of sexual assault from a few years earlier, said to be in a van that the two along with others from Evolve were traveling together to shows in. Her claim is that nobody else in the van was aware of it because they were sleeping.

WWE was aware of the issues between the two for more than one year and had looked into the case at the time and it had not affected Riddle’s standing with the company. Riddle had contemplated filing for a restraining order against her last year but it was said that he decided against doing so after he talked with WWE about the situation.

The two had a relationship at the time of the alleged sexual assault and continued the relationship after that time period.

According to an article by David Bixenspan on the Babyface vs. Heel web site, Riddle alleged by checking a category when filing for the original restraining order that Tavel had committed stalking, previously threatened, harassed, stalked, cyberstalked or physically abused Riddle, threatened to harm Riddle or family member or individuals close to him, used or threatened to use weapons against him such as guns of knives, destroyed personal property, including but not limited to telephones and other communication equipment, clothing or other items belonging to Riddle ...

Daniel Rose, the attorney for Riddle, alleged that there had been no public statements by Tavel in several months and they believed there would not be when they pulled the attempt to get the order three days prior. The article indicated they pulled it based on a filing from Tavel’s attorney trying to deny the order and to get it thrown out to where Riddle’s side would have to pay Tavel’s court costs.

In Riddle’s original petition he was attempting to keep Tavel from coming to the Performance Center. Riddle’s statement was that he met Tavel in 2016, and they started having an affair on November 6, 2017. He said he tried to break up with her in June 2018, but they ended up still seeing each other under he broke up with her again in July 2019.

He said Tavel systematically stalked, cyberstalked and harassed himself and hi wife since July 9, 2019. He said he blocked her on social media and changed his phone number, only for her to text him from a burner phone saying that if he didn’t leave his wife for her that he would be sorry and she would ruin his career.

Days later he and attorney Daniel J. Rose talked about filing a restraining order, but didn’t do it, but did contact WWE about the situation. The petition also lists that this past February (it was actually believed to be December 19, 2019) that Tavel came from New York to Full Sail University where he was working and she created a scene and had to be escorted out of the building.

On 6/19, Tavel accused Riddle of sexual assault during the Speaking Out movement back when both were working for Evolve. She said this took place in May 2018, alleging he forced her to perform oral sex on him out of fear when he grabbed her by the throat in a van when the two and three others were traveling together to shows. The reason she said there were no witnesses to this because everyone else in the van was sleeping. Riddle denied the charge and then filed for the restraining order this past July after she first made the claim. He admitted the two had a relationship and that after he broke it up she began harassing him. Riddle said these claims caused himself and his family “substantial emotional distress.”

Rose claimed Tavel posted Riddle’s home address and wife’s number on Twitter causing her to receive numerous crank calls and death threats which he said were recorded and could be brought to trial. It should be noted that there was a Tweet that showed a people finder web site but it was not from Tavel but from a fan who was part of the conversation, listing Riddle’s last two addresses from a people finder web site.

In a text Tavel released, Lisa Riddle’s phone number was blocked. Tavel’s attorney, Allison Lovelady, pointed to that and noted Tavel never released either their address nor Lisa Riddle’s phone number. However, there are people who have found evidence of people talking about Tavel’s texts that did have the phone number and noted it being deleted with a later text that hid the phone number. Riddle’s attorney claimed Tavel posted Lisa Riddle’s phone number on Twitter from a burner phone and then hours later deleted it and reposted it with the phone number covered up.

The claim was this phone number, later deleted, still resulted in Lisa Riddle’s wife getting death threats and hate messages. There were also claims that Tavel left phone messages to Lisa Riddle during this period threatening her ...

A release claiming victory after Rose and Riddle withdrew the injunction was sent out. The release claimed a false allegation that Tavel traveled to Orlando and caused a scene in February, which was listed in the petition, when she claimed she was never in Florida in February. The claim is that is now that the scene did happen in front of people on December 19, 2019 at Full Sail University.

The release tweeted by Tavel claimed that after Rose sent out a release over the summer first saying that they were going to attempt to get an injunction that Tavel suffered online harassment and retaliation against her, as well as cost her an opportunity to work with WWE and made it difficult for her to find work. Rose claimed that the WWE has made clear they were never interested in Tavel and this did not cost her a job with the company ...

Technically the claims were not dismissed, but withdrawn, and if anything the situation got more heated after the release with the claim by Rose that they were filing suit against her this coming week.

Still, WWE teasing this as part of a storyline on Smackdown last week is mystifying at best, insane at worst given the touchy nature of the subject.

Lovelady attempted to get the injunction dismissed saying there was no support for any claims of threats, destruction of property and/or use of weapons and text messages Riddle supplied showed no evidence of threats to ruin his career if he didn’t leave his wife.

She claimed the petition should be dismissed with Riddle having to pay Tavel’s legal fees and claimed Riddle’s attempt to keep her from attending events at the Performance Center but not from his home or any other location says this is an attempt to harm, harass and silence her and not to protect him.
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AAA: Konnan, on his podcast, said that they were hoping to be back running shows in October. He said it was not official and if there is an increase in the COVID-19 cases in Mexico it would be delayed
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NEW JAPAN: While it’s not announced that Jeff Cobb has signed here, it’s pretty much a sure thing. Cobb has said that he’s signed with a promotion but would wait for them to announce it. It’s known that he turned down AEW and ROH. This is the only place he’s been working since the pandemic started and pretty much everyone New Japan ism using right now is under contract because there are limited spots with running shorter shows with fewer matches
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Regarding Mexicans who can work in the U.S, besides Penta and Fenix, would be Laredo Kid, Black Taurus and Psycho Clown who all have visas. El Hijo del Vikingo doesn’t have a visa
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AEW: The ending of the Chris Jericho & Jake Hager vs. Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela match on the 9/9 show did more than 580,000 18-49 viewers and almost 1.2 million total viewers

The plan is to stay at Daily’s Place at least through November (and likely longer) and they’ve offered a plan for $175 for tickets for the next seven tapings which works out to $25 per show. As noted last week, they were going to have a lot of trouble running so frequently in the same location. WWE couldn’t even make this work in a population as large as New York and they only made it work in Orlando by having 400 seats and keeping ticket price low

The one hour show that was originally going to air on 9/16 before it turned out there was no NBA game that night, will air after the NBA on 9/22 on both TNT and TSN in Canada. The show has Matt Sydal vs. Shawn Spears, Anna Jay vs. Brandi Rhodes and Scorpio Sky vs. Benjamin Carter. The latter match, if it’s given time, should be tremendous. Still, it feels like this is a throw away show because it’s on late at night and none of the major stars are on it. I’d like this, coming right after NBA coverage, to be a chance to make new stars for the product and have a more marquee show, although Sky vs. Carter could wow people but there’s still no established major star power past Chris Jericho announcing
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Jericho on his Saturday night YouTube show said that he was the one who came up with Miro’s line that was anti-WWE. He told Miro the line and Miro couldn’t believe he’d be allowed to say that on television and Jericho told him here you can say what you want. "I've always been a fan of his. He's another guy, who, for whatever reason, fell through the cracks there and they are going to regret letting him go.” Jericho’s line was about “10 years under the same house, under the same glass ceiling" and chasing an imaginary brass ring. Well, you can take that brass ring and shove it up your ass," "I'm glad Miro came in and gave his mission statement," Jericho stated. "That said, we'll just leave it there now. This is not a place that wants to constantly bash another place. Obviously, when you come from another company, you have to acknowledge the fact that you came from there, because there's a history. But then you move on." Miro said he will not be talking about WWE going forward, although apparently he was not happy at all with Lana’s portrayal on the 9/14 Raw show since a lot of people were asking questions right after that angle aired whether that was done as a reprisal to his AEW interview

Jericho also said that him debuting as Sabian’s best man is actually part of a long thought out storyline in the sense Miro will be “The Best Man” as his nickname, as a takeoff on Curt Hennig as Mr. Perfect. "The Best Man thing is not a one-time deal," Jericho said. “It is going to be his new gimmick. He's the Best Man at everything, similar to Mr. Perfect. You know, Miro has always been a great guy, very funny guy, which a lot of people don't know. It's very cool to have him with us.
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I had figured the reason the [AEW] one year TNT anniversary show was 10/14 headlined by the Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer title match, and not 10/7 (the actual first show aired October 2, 2019) was because the Vice Presidential debate is scheduled for 10/7. But actually the reason is they’ve got other ideas for 10/7 which will have a different theme
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The signing of Will Hobbs and subsequent push starting with the Casino Battle Royale was because Khan was impressed with him when he saw him when he was brought in to job on Dark. He booked him on Dynamite against Darby Allin and was hands on in helping put together that match with the idea to show that Allin could beat a physically impressive guy and thought Hobbs performed great in the role
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Chris McCumber, who was the President of NBCU’s entertainment cable networks, USA and SYFY, has left the company after 19 years. This comes after Mark Lazarus, Chairman of NBCU television and streaming changed priorities and put Lifestyle Networks president Frances Berwick in charge of the new Entertainment and Business television division. NBCU reportedly did try to find a new role for McCumber, but he felt it was time to leave. It’s about prioritizing streaming and also cutting back on scripted programming on USA and SYFY and the idea of relying more on reality shows and live sports. McCumber has headed USA since 2011 and headed USA and SYFY since 2016. He was the point person in USA’s relationship with WWE. What this means is too early to know. McCumber was known to be a Paul Heyman supporter and wasn’t happy when he was taken off his role with Raw. He had been sold on the idea of a time frame of declining ratings in order to rebuild and create a generation of new stars, and was less happy when the emphasis was put on older stars. Whether he still felt that way a ratings somewhat stabilized is unclear
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The plans are to make the Reigns/Heyman dynamic as different as possible from Lesnar/Heyman. The idea is that everyone knew that while Lesnar was a mercenary, he was also friends with Heyman. He smiled at his promos, laughed at his jokes, and long-time fans knew the relationship dated back to Lesnar’s start on the main roster in 2002. With Reigns it is the opposite. There is no friendship. The idea is that with Reigns, he is completely in charge oft he relationship and that, at least in idea, Heyman was done in wrestling with Lesnar gone and had nothing left. Reigns made the call to bring him back so he’s indebted to Reigns for saving his career. There will be catch phrases such as “Reignsing, defending, undisputed champion” and there will be a designation of him as the Special Counsel and Reigns will be the Tribal Chief, as a takeoff on Peter Maivia’s role in Samoan culture in the 70s
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There has been talk on both sides of the aisle in the Florida legislature to introduce a bill that stems from the Daria Berenato/Sonya Deville case. It hasn’t been worded that I know of, but the idea of the bill would be to allow celebrities who have purchased homes confidentiality to where, for their own protection from crazed stalkers, it would be more difficult to get their home addresses. It’s been conceded that with Berenato, the guy was so intent that the guy may have been able to get it anyway but the case showed it was far too easy. The idea is that major sport pro athletes, wrestlers who appear on television and actors and actresses from SAG cards would be able to get their home addresses made confidential within the state
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Right now they are looking for ideas for television after the contract in Orlando expires at the end of October. They don’t want to go back to the Performance Center and they do want to do shows with paying crowds. The idea is to try and run outdoors where it is safer and continue to run live
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Right now the plan for Retribution, is that the main five characters will be Dominik Dijakovic, Shane Thorne, former Raw announcer Dio Maddin, Mercedes Martinez and Mia Yim. On Raw they cut a promo where they made it clear they were disgruntled talent who had been at the Performance Center who felt they hadn’t been given a fair chance. As noted last week, the decision has been made to only do this angle on Raw
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Jaxson Ryker, who not only disappeared from TV, but ended up taking his partners Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler down the tubes with him when the team was set to do a program with The New Day by his pro-Trump tweets in early June which went over great in the dressing room (including both partners publicly trying to separate themselves from him to no avail) was back on 9/15 with a Tweet saying, “Lay down your freedom brother. Raise those masks that do not (sic) good.” In fairness, even if he didn’t make those tweets, there were those in the company who felt The Forgotten Sons gimmick was probably not the right thing to put on television at the time. And yes, we do know that people were furious at Ryker while having to keep their mouths shut about Linda McMahon heading a Super Pac for Trump’s re-election fund raising
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The current market value of the company is $3.836 billion. Loop Capital, which had recommended selling until the stock hit $38 per share, is now listing as a hold and a $42 per share number saying that the decline in recent months now has the company about where it should be as far as value. In the projections of Alan Gould, he expects numbers to be lower than projections for the remainder of this year but increases in 2021 and 2022. Basically WWE hoped to get a boost from laying off 60 to 70 employees last week but that didn’t happen. But with the layoffs and cost cutting, the feeling is next year when things get back to normal with live events, plus cutting out a lot of the events that were money losers with a cutting back of shows, then profits will be higher than originally anticipated. Gould also felt a strong positive with the addition of Nick Khan. WWE really right now is a domestic and somewhat international based television rights fees business predominately, as is AEW. The feeling is Khan gives them a great person to handle negotiations. The decline in ratings is concerning but Gould believes right now that the next negotiations will lead to an increase in domestic rights from the current $470 million per year to about $658 million starting in October 2024
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Regarding the most-watched shows on the WWE Network for the past week: 1. WWE Day of SummerSlam 2020; 2. Clash of Champions 2019; 3. Talking Smack; 4. Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions with Jerry Lawler; 5. Raw Talk; 6. Payback 2020; 7. Smackdown form 8/7; 8. Clash of champions 2018; 9. NXT from 9/8 (Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor show) 10. SummerSlam 2020. The only independent show in the top 25 was the wXw Shotgun to the Top show at No. 19
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All things considered, the 9/14 Raw number has to be looked at as if it could have been worse. The show averaged 1,689,000 viewers and 0.50 in 18-49 against the season opening Monday Night Football doubleheader.

While it was the sixth lowest audience in the history of the show, given the competition, had the lineup not been strong it could have easily been a lot lower. It was down only 2.1 percent in viewers, when it often can drop 10 percent or more, and was actually up with younger viewers, 4.2 percent in 18-49 and 26.1 percent in 18-34 from the prior week. It was the first time since 2012 that Raw went up in 18-49 the first week of the NFL season, but they did really load up the show ...

For a comparison Raw was down 25.7 percent in total viewers from the same week last year, 30.6 percent in 18-49 and 34.1 percent in 18-34.

Raw was fourth for the night in 18-49, trailing only the two NFL games and the SportsCenter show at 1:31 a.m. after the second game ...

The first hour did 1,812,000 viewers. The second hour did 1,734,000 viewers. The third hour fell to 1,521,000 viewers.

Hour three was the fourth lowest hour in the history of the show, which featured the ending and post-match of Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins in a cage, Raw Underground, Kevin Owens vs. Aleister Black, Lana & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad and Drew McIntyre vs. Keith Lee ...

Regarding the first-to-third hour drop of 16.1 percent, above the recent norm, the drop was 8.8 percent with women 18-49, 15.7 percent with men 18-49, 3.8 percent with teenage girls, 13.7 percent with teenage boys and 15.7 percent over 50.

The show did an 0.25 in 12-17 (down 7.4 percent from last week), 0.29 in 18-34 (up 26.1 percent), 0.71 in 35-49 (down 2.7 percent) and 0.82 in 40+ (down 2.4 percent)
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Even with strong sports competition, Smackdown on 9/11 did a huge increase of 9.4 percent in viewers for its best numbers since the week after WrestleMania with a 1.43 rating, 2,329,000 viewers and 0.6 (824,000 viewers) in 18-49. The show had 1.35 viewers per home.

The rating was up 12.6 percent from last week while 18-49 numbers were up 3.9 percent.

The rating continues to be fueled by the return of Roman Reigns as a heel and the Bayley turn on Sasha Banks.

The show also remained even with an 0.4 in 18-34.

Smackdown tied with a first-run episode of 20/20 for first in 18-49 and won among network programming in 18-34 and men 18-49. Each network had first run programming and reruns combined. Smackdown beat two first run shows, Love Island on CBS (1,805,000 viewers) and Dateline on NBC (2,180,000) in total viewers and beat an America’s Got Talent rerun, placing in total viewers out of eight shows when it usually finishes last, although a number of cable shows like the NBA and Fox News also beat them. The early NBA game head-to-head on TNT did 2,563,000 and 0.95 in 18-49 and the late game did 4,691,000 and 1.87 in 18-49. The NHL on USA did 986,000 and 0.29.

Last year on the same week FOX had rerun shows in the time slot and averaged 934,000 viewers and 0.3 in the demo, so they were up 149.4 percent in viewers and 100 percent in 18-49.

In the segments, the first half four with the Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman interview and most of the Jeff Hardy vs. A.J. Styles IC title match did 2.35 million viewers. The second half hour with the end of Hardy vs. Styles and the Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro vs. Lucha House Party and interplay with the Street Profits fell to 2.26 million viewers. The big segment once again was the Bayley promo and footage of her turning on Sasha Banks, and the Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross match for the title shot at 2.39 million viewers. The Otis vs. John Morrison, Firefly Fun House and Reigns & Jey Uso vs. King Corbin & Sheamus match did 2.32 million viewers.
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AEW had a strong showing on 9/16 considering it wasn’t really a marquee show on paper, even if the end result was one of the best two hours shows the company has put on.

The key is that AEW showed where they are on a night without major sports competition, since neither the NBA nor NHL had games, but they were head-to-head with NXT.

AEW did 886,000 viewers and 0.34 (445,000 viewers) in 18-49, placing third on the night in the key demo in the first head-to-head battle with NXT since 8/12 ...

NXT did 689,000 viewers and 0.18, (229,000 viewers, or barely half), good for the No. 31 spot of the night ...

The last time the two shows went head to head, AEW did 792,000 viewers and 417,000 in 18-49, while NXT did 619,000 viewers and 206,000 in 18-49, but that was also against NBA and NHL competition ...

We don’t have breakdowns for Raw and Smackdown, but in 18-34, AEW did fewer viewers than both and we don’t have the women 18-34 numbers broken down at press time for the other two shows.

AEW doubled NXT in both men and women 18-34 and handily won in both groups 35-49. AEW won every demo by a sizeable margin except 50+ won 0.36 to 0.32.

AEW did 107,000 viewers in male 18-34, up 17.6 percent from last week’s unopposed show and up 64.6 percent from the last time they went head-to-head. AEW did 62,000 in women 18-34, down 3.1 percent from last week, but up 3.3 percent from the last head-to-head night. AEW did 186,000 in males 35-49, down 21.2 percent from last week but up 2.2 percent from the last head-to-head night. And AEW did 90,000 women 18-49, the same number as last week but down 18.2 percent from the last head-to-head night.

NXT did 41,000 viewers in male 18-34, up 5.1 percent from last week and 5.1 percent from the last head-to-head night. NXT did 26,000 in women 18-34, down 3.7 percent from last week but up 23.8 percent from the last head-to-head night. NXT did 106,000 in men 35-49, down 27.4 percent from last week but up 8.2 percent from the last head-to-head night. NXT did 56,000 in women 35-49, down 24.3 percent from last week but up 16.7 percent from the last head-to-head week.

AEW won every quarter and of course 18-49 big. The only quarter AEW didn’t win 18-49 by at least 200,000 viewers was quarter No. 7. AEW doubled NXT in quarters No. 4 and No. 8 and nearly in No. 1.

In the main event battle, AEW with the Best Friends vs. Santana & Ortiz street fight, an incredible visual, did 871,000 viewers and 420,000 in 18-49 while NXT with Damien Priest vs. Timothy Thatcher for the North American title did 599,000 viewers and 186,000 in 18-49.

AEW opened with 960,000 viewers and 504,000 in 18-49 for the Young Bucks angle and FTR vs. Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus. This was one of the best opposed quarters for AEW all year and was its high point with both men and women 18-49. NXT opened with 803,000 viewers and 253,000 in 18-49 for Io Shirai vs. Shotzi Blackheart.

In quarter two, AEW had 857,000 viewers and 451,000 in 18-49 for The attack on Matt Hardy and beginning of Frankie Kazarian vs. Adam Page, which was a loss of 103,000 viewers and 47,000 in 18-49. NXT did 801,000 viewers and 267,000 in 18-49 for the finish of Shirai vs. Blackheart, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Desmond Troy and a Jake Atlas interview. This was also NXT’s high point in both male and female 18-49.

In the third quarter, AEW had 935,000 viewers and 477,000 in18-49 for the end of Page vs. Kazarian and MJF vs. Shawn Dean. NXT did 747,000 viewers and 248,000 in 18-49 for Austin Theory vs. Kushida.

In the fourth quarter, AEW had 891,000 viewers and 438,000 in18-49 for an MJF promo, Taz technique, Eddie Kingston with Penta El Cero M, Rey Fenix, Butcher & Blade, and the beginning of Chris Jericho & Jake Hager vs. Private Party. NXT did 613,000 viewers and 202,000 in 18-49 for a Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae interview and most of the Tyler Breeze & Fandango vs. Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel tag match, which lost 134,000 viewers and 46,000 in the key demo.

In the fifth quarter, AEW had 904,000 viewers and 451,000 in 18-49 for most of Jericho & Hager vs. Private Party. NXT did 679,000 viewers and 232,000 in 18-49 for the end of the tag title match Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs. Xia Li & Jessi Kamea.

In the sixth quarter, AEW had 869,000 viewers and 425,000 in 18-49 for Thunder Rosa vs. Ivelisse for the NWA title and Jake Roberts & Lance Archer & Taz in the ring for a promo. NXT did 631,000 viewers and 230,000 in 18-49 for a Tegan Nox promo and the beginning of Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong vs. Drake Maverick.

In the seventh quarter, AEW had 796,000 viewers and 390,000 in 18-49 for the Jon Moxley attack by Brian Cage & Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs save. NXT did 638,000 viewers and 211,000 in 18-49 for the ending of Fish & Strong vs. Maverick with Killian Dain coming out, Maverick & Dain and a William Regal announcement.

Best Friends vs. Ortiz & Santana gained 75,000 viewers and 30,000 in 18-49. The Priest vs. Thatcher main event lost 39,000 viewers and 25,000 in18-49.
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Last night's Raw, even with a poor show, held pretty much steady from last week, doing 1.67 million viewers on average for the three hours and 0.50 in 18-49.

The total audience was down one percent and 18-49 stayed even, as did 18-34.

Raw was fifth on the cable charts in 18-49, behind Monday Night Football, the Monday Night Football kickoff show, and SportsCenter after the game, as well as Below Deck Mediterranean on Bravo ...

Last night's NFL game with the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Raiders aired live on both ABC and ESPN, giving it the weird combination of being the most watched and strongest demo television show on both network and cable at the same time. Between the two venues the game did 15.44 million viewers and a 4.7 in 18-49, beating Raw by more than 9-to-1 in both total viewers and the key demo, which is likely something that has never come even close to happening at that level in history.

As far as first-to-third hour drops, women 18-49 dropped 12 percent, men 18-49 dropped three percent which is much lower than usual, teenage girls dropped 19 percent, teenage boys increased six percent, and over 50 dropped 13 percent.

Raw was down 25 percent in viewers, 30 percent in 18-49, and 41 percent in 18-34 as compared to the same week last year ...

The three hours of Raw were:

8 p.m. 1.75 million viewers
9 p.m. 1.69 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.57 million viewers
The NFL stat over RAW is an eye opener and RAW likely will suffer even more next since they would be going against a very mouth watering Chiefs vs. Ravens game.

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Joey Janela will face off with one half of The Rock 'n' Roll Express at Joey Janela's Spring Break 4.

Janela released a video on Monday night announcing that Janela vs. Ricky Morton will take place at Spring Break 4. The show is being held at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, October 10. It will be available to watch live via Fite TV.

Morton made his Spring Break debut when The Rock 'n' Roll Express lost to Santana & Ortiz at Joey Janela's Spring Break 3, part 2 in April 2019
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The latest iteration of the "Best Of WWE" video series is now on the WWE Network. The Best of Clash of Champions is narrated by Matt Camp and runs over four hours, featuring the following:

-Ric Flair versus Ricky Steamboat for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (Two out of Three Falls), Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin Cajun

-Cactus Jack versus Ron Simmons for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary

-Ric Flair versus Sting (Unification of the WCW World and International Heavyweight Championships), Clash of the Champions XXVI

-Ricky Steamboat versus "Stunning" Steve Austin for the WCW United States Championship, Clash of the Champions XXVIII

-Bull Nakano versus Madusa, Clash of the Champions XXXIII

-"Diamond" Dallas Page and Lex Luger versus Scott Hall and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Clash of the Champions XXXV

-Sheamus versus Cesaro (Match Seven In Best-Of-Seven), Clash of Champions 2016

-Natalya versus Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship (Lumberjack Match), Clash of Champions 2017

-Randy Orton versus Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship, Clash of Champions 2019

-Sasha Banks versus Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship, Clash of Champions 2019
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WWE issued the following:

New WWE® Collection of Wines Set to Launch

New York, NY – September 22, 2020 - Wines That Rock, the entertainment and lifestyle wine company, today announced the first two releases in its new WWE Wines collection featuring WWE Legend The Undertaker® and WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior®. They will be available for pre-sale beginning today via wwewines.com with a shipping date of Thursday, October 22 in time for the holiday season.

Both unique offerings make up a collection of individually numbered, special vintages of limited-edition wines developed in collaboration with WWE. The wines were specifically chosen to represent each Superstar’s unique personality and will feature individually numbered labels, unique glass, dynamic artwork, and the winemaking talents of 2020 Wine Enthusiast’s ‘40 Under 40 Tastemaker’ Andrew Nelson.
The on-going AEW vs. WWE feud somehow managed to spill over into the wine industry now.

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Gerald Brisco tweeted the following, teasing that he may be AEW bound:

Oh gosh! We had some technical difficulties! I truly Khan't wait to tell you my big news! Stay tuned WEDNESDAY NIGHT for my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! What do you think it's gonna be? ????????█??#BriscosBigAnnouncement https://t.co/UZcmJeG5Wu
— Gerald BRISCO ????█?? (@Fgbrisco) September 22, 2020
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Dark Order member Evil Uno chatted with David Penzer on his ‘Sitting Ringside’ podcast to discuss the formation of Dark Order, joining All Elite Wrestling and his journey to AEW. Towards the end of the conversation, Uno expressed his desire to re-sign with AEW and how he would like to coach and/or have an office job there as well ...

Back in March, after months of hype surrounding the reveal of The Exalted One, said character was revealed to be the now-TNT Champion Brodie Lee. There was not a concrete plan regarding who was going to be The Exalted One until a month before the reveal but Evil Uno shared that Matt Hardy and Luther were both considered.

"We initially never knew who The Exalted One was gonna be. There was some talks of who potentially could be The Exalted One, but there was nothing on paper. All we knew was that we were gonna drag this out until we had an eventual reveal. Before the reveal, I think it was a month beforehand, if not a little earlier, we had inklings it was gonna be Brodie Lee and honestly we were very happy about it because I’ve known Brodie for over 15 years now. We’ve been good friends and I knew if he came in, he would take care of us and it would work because he’s a man of enormous stature, he’s a man that’s heavily respected and never really got his moments to shine, you know? And so I thought that was really good, but there definitely was some other names that were thrown in the hat as potential ones. I think most of them have kind of come out online but, Matt Hardy was an implied one that at one point was a maybe for about two days and then we decided it wasn’t but we kind of used the mystery and the fact that his contract was expiring and trying to — I was trying to entice people to think that it was him because he seemed like the most obvious subject and so, there was that. I heard Marty Scurll was also a potential but no one had ever discussed it with us. Dr. Luther I know did some interviews and some promos as a potential leader as well when it was just in the infancy and that moved on to be someone else but Brodie Lee was pretty much a concrete choice for the last month before the reveal happened in March."

The Dark Order debuted at Double Or Nothing in 2019 to a flat reaction from fans in attendance. Uno addressed that during the podcast and stated that it had to do with him and Stu Grayson not wrestling consistently in North America for close to six years, but the plan for the group was always to be a cult-like group with a build to their being a higher power revealed.

"When I had signed with AEW, we told them about this idea and the idea was that I would essentially have a ton of minions and we would recruit people to join in and they would essentially view me as a higher person so they would elevate us, and so when we started, The Young Bucks are very familiar with our work and they were very excited for us so they gave us a big reveal but we also knew that at the time, we hadn’t been in America in five years. We had changed our characters. It was kinda gonna come out to a whimper, but we were gonna slowly build it up and that’s what happened. When we were shown off in May of 2019 at Double Or Nothing, people weren’t very excited. People just didn’t know who we were because we hadn’t been wrestling in America in over six, seven years at the time, and so, that kind of grew with some discussions with them and we started turning it more into a cult. Trying to explain where do these minions come from, how do these people join our group, why do they join the group and so, it morphed over time and with TV, when you have TV every week, you have so much more opportunities to tell people who your characters are and so over the weeks it became clear that this was a scientology-like cult and eventually, the higher figure was not me. It was someone even above me and we were all doing his bidding and that’s kinda what has led to what we are today."
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TV Insider conducted an interview with Zelina Vega and one of the questions asked of Vega had to do with her thoughts on WWE’s shifted views on third-party outlets such as Twitch and Cameo. Here’s what Zelina had to say:

"WWE has always been respectful and encouraging with stuff like that for me. I remember even when I did my cosplay for the Royal Rumble. They thought it was really cool and different. Then Street Fighter tweeted about it. We love working on things like that. We have UpUpDownDown, doing things with Mortal Kombat. They have always been very supportive in that way. I love that I get a chance to do what I do and live my dream, but also I get to live out other dreams like working with Tekken and stuff like that. Never did I think playing Mortal Kombat as a kid that I would be at the Mortal Kombat reveal. It’s definitely a blessing. As much as I’m a fan of them, they’re fans of wrestling and mine. It’s mind-blowing."

Following up on that, Vega was asked how does she stay ring-ready when she has been a manager for the greater portion of her WWE run. Vega says she always tries to stay ready by training at the Performance Center or working with colleagues and while giving that answer, revealed that Amazing Red is her cousin.

"To switch my mindset, I knew eventually [wrestling more] was going to come. I always try to stay ready. Whether it was training at the Performance Center or training with co-workers behind the scenes if there is a ring. It’s fine-tuning what I knew already. Amazing Red is my cousin, so he kind of started this whole thing with me back when I was 18 years old. Working with that and what I learned from Andrade and now learning from Aleister, it’s a cool combination of all those things. It’s something I think the universe is ready for. Seeing a whole different side of me."
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WARHORSE joined Scrump and Dave Stenken on the PWTCast. The IWTV Champion reflected on his TNT Title match against Cody on AEW Dynamite and discussed some of the criticisms of the match that according to him, did not become too much until Jim Cornette and listeners of Cornette chimed in.

"Because they [the fans] would’ve been like, ‘Who the hell is this?’ It’s like, how do you have a debut match on TV at all if that’s the case, if no matter what, the question is who the hell is this? And I didn’t wanna go have a crazy, crazy match with Cody because what if I do f*ck up? And like either f*ck myself up, f*ck him up or just something looks dumb. Maybe I played it too safe or something? I don’t know. I had a lot of ideas and he had ideas too and we melded together and I thought we had a great match. But, as far as what other people saw, there was a lot of people that really liked it and there was some that didn’t but not as many people said they didn’t like it until the match happened Wednesday, Thursday was fine. Friday around mid-afternoon whenever [Jim] Cornette’s podcast came out and I don’t even have a problem with his podcast. Whatever, he can do whatever he wants. It’s his fans that didn’t have an opinion until he said he said his opinion and then all of a sudden they had an issue with the match that I had and they had been silent the entire time and then like, he didn’t say anything that I didn’t know he was gonna say. I know I’m not that tall, I know that people on f*cking Twitter have no idea what the deal is, why am I on TV, you know what I mean? I know that and he called me Whorehouse in the thing and I’ve been called that before. It’s not even creative. The best thing I took away from that is he liked my elbow drop. But, other than all that sh*t, it’s just weird how nobody was opinionated on it until he gave his opinion on it and then everybody was opinionated."
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The developments in the Retribution storyline from last night's WWE RAW are receiving a lot of mixed feedback on social media, and now word is that the presentation of the group was a hot topic of discussion backstage at the Amway Center last night.

It was reported today by @Wrestlevotes that the presentation of Retribution was a major topic of discussion last night, and was met with laughter at times backstage.

"The masks & names are already making the road for these guys impossible to climb," noted the source.
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The word making the rounds over the weekend was that Retribution vs. a WWE team was being targeted as the main event of Survivor Series.
Can probably scratch those plans off based on last night's episode of RAW and the negative reception Retribution has been getting.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shares his thoughts on a potential WrestleMania match against Roman Reigns.

In a video that was posted on The Rock's channel, the former WWE Champion spoke on who would be his WrestleMania opponent if he were to return to the company. Rock simply stated that it would make sense if it were up against Reigns given their family history and the potentially huge box office draw that match would produce.

"You know, you and I have talked about this and it's so funny how a lot of people always say, 'Well if you were to go back to WrestleMania, who would be the opponent that you would face?' It feels like the one that would make sense, right, would be Roman. In terms of box office draw [it would be huge]," Rock said.

This would be Rock's first match since WrestleMania 32 when he quickly defeated Erick Rowan in a matter of seconds. When it came to who would win that match, Rock didn't exactly give out an answer, but talked about how the booking meeting would go.

The Rock joked that WWE would tell him that Reigns would beat Rock and then Rock gets his win back at another WrestleMania, which is what happened when Rock and John Cena did for WrestleMania 28 and 29. In that series, Rock won the match at WrestleMania 28 and Cena won the rematch the following year.

"Well, I tell you this right now. I know how that works. I'm not going down that road because I know how that conversation goes. 'Listen, here's what we're thinking. Roman beats you now at this WrestleMania, but listen. Before you guys say anything, then on the next one, that's when...' But you what, I would be honored to not only share the ring with Roman and to go back to the WWE, but of course I would be honored to have him raise his hand on that one," Rock said.
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As noted last week on PWInsider.com, WWE Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy acknowledged that he signed a new contract with WWE during an interview with BT Sports in Europe.

PWInsider.com is told that while there have been rumblings that Hardy signed a five year deal making the rounds, that is actually incorrect. We have been told by multiple sources that the new contract, including that was added to Hardy's previous contract due to injury-related inactivity, is closer to 2-3 years total in length.

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So Steph sold off almost 50% of her WWE stock. eek....
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and the stock is low...haven't read any of Smeat's posts above this.. crazy
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So Steph sold off almost 50% of her WWE stock. eek....
That doesn't mean a whole lot. Board members exercise options all the time.

It is also important to note she only sold Class A stock. Class B stock is the WWE's class that has all the voting power.

I almost wonder if they have to sell the stock off at certain points, because otherwise you would have to think they would wait until the stock is higher.
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AEW's one-hour Late Night Dynamite special, which aired on TNT following game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals last night, averaged 585,000 viewers.

The special began at 12:38 a.m. on the East Coast. It finished ninth overall in the 18-49 demo with a 0.26 rating. That matches the rating NXT did on Sept 1 when it aired unopposed on a Tuesday night in prime time and beat the 0.22 rating that NXT did the following Tuesday, but those NXT shows obviously didn't have the benefit of an NBA lead-in.

Last night's Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA playoff game averaged 4.828 million viewers, topping all of cable and finishing third overall on television for the night. The post-game show that immediately followed the game averaged 1.743 million viewers on TNT, with Dynamite starting about 55 minutes after the game ended.

The strongest demo for AEW was men 18-49, where Late Night Dynamite did a 0.35 rating and was tied for seventh overall on cable.
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The no. 1 contender to the AEW World Title will be off TV for two weeks due to a self-admitted positive COVID-19 test.

On Wednesday, Lance Archer took to Twitter to reveal his positive diagnosis and how it came to be:

"When I returned from our last show, a family member was ill when I got home. I found out later a friend who had taken my family member to the Vet for our Dachshund was COVID positive. While at home, now I’ve also gotten sick tested positive. I feel ok, expect to see me in 2 wk"

Archer was scheduled to be in a six-man tag on tonight's AEW Dynamite, teaming with Ricky Starks and Brian Cage against AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, Will Hobbs, and Darby Allin. Moxley tweeted that he will now defend the title on Dynamite instead but didn't reveal the opponent.

For now, Archer is scheduled to face Moxley for the title at the company's anniversary edition of Dynamite on Wednesday, October 14th.
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On 9/21, WWE filed their opposition to Cody attempting to trademark 'Slamboree' and 'Match Beyond'.

WWE stated that they purchased the rights to those concepts when they acquired World Chamionship Wrestling in March 2001 and are utilizing them on the WWE Network and the WWE website.

WWE added because of the long standing use of the terms by WCW and WWE, they have become "indelibly linked" in the public's mind to be exclusively associated with WWE.

They also alleged that Cody filed for those trademarks in an "attempt to unfairly trade on the long-standing use and recognition" of their use with WWE.
at WWE claiming a "long standing use" of those trademarks. Same company that didn't give a crap about WarGames until a few years ago and had to pay off MLW to get the trademark for it back because they let it and almost every other WCW trademark lapse bsck in the day.

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CMLL’s 87th Anniversary Show is taking place on September 25th in Mexico City, Mexico and the company made the announcement that the World Trios Championship match will no longer take place on the show as Ultimo Guerrero has tested positive for COVID-19.

Guerrero, along with Euforia and Gran Guerrero were going to be defending the titles against Hechicero, El Terrible and Templario in a six-man two-out-of-three falls match. In place of that the bout, Titan is going to be defending the CMLL World Welterweight Championship against Soberano Jr.

The company revealed that Bandido has also tested positive for COVID-19 and will be off the 87th Anniversary Show.

Last week, CMLL revealed that Princess Sugehit tested positive for COVID-19. As of this writing, Ultimo Guerrero is the third wrestler in CMLL to test positive in the span of eight days.
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Roman Reigns was a guest on The Bloodline with LLS podcast to discuss his Leukemia diagnosis. Roman discussed what he felt like leading up to discovering that his cancer was in remission and being grateful that the talents he worked with took care of him before he was able to find out about the remission.

“But my spleen had enlarged and I think that was something that kind of [is] one of the more short-term serious side effects that I had to deal with, just involving the physicality of being in the ring and God, I’m so lucky that fortunately nothing happened. Thank God that I worked with some really, really talented performers and some great professionals and guys who [are] as violent and as physical as our job can be, they’re very good at what they do and then no one hit me in the wrong place and caused a rupture or anything like that because as I’m sure you know, being out of town, in an arena, on the road away from your family, something like that happens and you get rushed to the emergency room, go into surgery, it just can, along with how serious it is it can just cause an emotional rollercoaster for everybody so, that was something that we really had to take into account and get me out of the ring and that’s why it all just started to happen so abruptly. But I think the main thing I was feeling was the fatigue. Always feeling tired. Not quite sure why, even if I were able to get good nights of rest. Even had a couple of days of recovery being off the road, it just never felt like it got off of me. It was just that monkey on my back at all times but along with that, I always thought it was that when you’re working hard and chasing your dreams and you’re busting your tail every single week trying to get the job done, especially when you’re performing at an elite level, at the very top of the biggest company in the world, as far as sports-entertainment, these are just the riggers that come with the schedule of the lifestyle so, I tried to as we say in the wrestling business, I tried not to sell it but thank God we’re taken care of, between the company and my doctors, my Oncologist doing our blood tests and our CVCs and keeping track of that stuff. I was able to see my white blood cells getting out of whack again.”
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The ‘Sports Guys Talking Wrestling’ podcast welcomed Jay Lethal onto the show to chat about the ROH Pure Title tournament. Lethal detailed some of the COVID precautions that were in place as ROH filmed the Pure Title tournament.

“I’ll tell you this too, there were a lot of hoops to jump through with the commission. You gotta have your mask on right after you come back from the locker room so you’re tired but you still gotta put your mask on. There’s a room just for you and your opponent and then when you leave there, that room has to be cleaned and my match had to be at eight in the morning and then once your match is done, they have to clean the arena, clean the ring, change the canvas. It was a nightmare for the crew I’m sure. They were there from like 7 AM to like 11 PM and they get 20, 25 minutes after each match to disinfect everything. We had so many canvases because they changed them after everything but it was such a long day but everyone did it with a smile on their face because we were all just so happy to be back at work.”
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Sports Illustrated caught up with Miro (Rusev) for their ‘This Week in Wrestling’ column. Miro feels that he’s the best “all-around player” in professional wrestling and hinted that he’s going to top his WrestleMania 31 entrance while in AEW.

“It’s not a gimmick. I am the best. I am the best all-around player in professional wrestling. And people remember WrestleMania 31, the greatest entrance of any entrance, until you see how I top that in AEW.”
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TSN has a lengthy feature up about AEW broadcast team member Tony Schiavone which includes quotes from Schiavone. The longtime announcer discussed some of the talents on the AEW roster and who he’s been impressed with. Schiavone talked about MJF and the current AEW World Champion Jon Moxley who Schiavone feels is AEW’s Stone Cold Steve Austin.

“Obviously, MJF has because he is a throwback to the old heels. Jon Moxley – I didn’t see much of [his WWE character] Dean Ambrose, but only the Dean Ambrose from 2017 forward. I immediately said, ‘Man, Jon Moxley is kind of like our ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.’ And I like Jon Moxley better than Dean Ambrose. Again, I didn’t see the Dean Ambrose before 2017 and I heard that he was pretty rough and rugged, but I just love what Moxley does. I love the Young Bucks and not only because I respect them for being on the independents and the money they made and the following they got, but also just because they’re cool guys. They’re great guys to work with.”

Schiavone shared some of his thoughts from when he first found out he was going to be calling the action of AEW alongside Excalibur and Jim Ross. Schiavone was curious about what Excalibur had to offer based on his background.

“I like to think – well, I know I am – I’m easy to work with. I didn’t know Excalibur at all, and when I was told that you’re going to be working with a masked guy who used to run a promotion and used to be a wrestler, I’m thinking ‘Oh, boy. What do we got here?’ But he’s a very intelligent guy and he knows his stuff and he’s a good kid. He’s hardworking and he and I have struck it off. JR and I have known each other for ages, so I think one of the things that makes our chemistry good – if you, in fact, think it is that way and people think it is that way– is that I do know my role and I don’t try to force the issue.”

In terms of how he likes to call a show, Schiavone stated that he cannot watch the competition. He feels that if that becomes a habit, he may pick up certain things or incorporate a style into his announcing and wants to avoid that potentially happening.

“It’s hard for me to sit here and compare what we do to what the WWE does because here’s what I do – the exact same thing that I did when I did Nitro back in the day – I do not watch the competitor. If something is going on with the competitor, I’ll read about it or I’ll hear about it from somebody backstage, but I don’t watch it. The reason I don’t is an old thing Vin Scully used to say and, of course, I was a big baseball guy. Vin Scully said years ago that he never listens to any other announcer because he doesn’t want to get caught in the trap of trying to imitate what they say or how they call a game. And I don’t want to do that. I guess I can watch it with the sound down, but I can find out the information another way.

So I can’t sit here and say, ‘Hey, watch AEW because we are X-different than WWE’ because I don’t know what they’re doing. I just know that we have exciting wrestling, we have great storylines and I think it may be, from what I understand, a little bit more of what the fans really want in a wrestling program than what the WWE is providing.”
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Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp has an extensive interview with Matt Rehwoldt, the former Aiden English. One of the topics covered during the interview had to do getting access to Vince McMahon and Rehwoldt admitted that trying harder to reach Vince is something he could’ve done better ...

On the topic of television ratings, Rehwoldt feels that the era of ratings will be done away with over the next decade and he thinks advertising and all things related will be dumped into trending hashtags and SEO-related content.

“My thing is I’m pretty convinced and this is kind of a dive off but, I’ve always been convinced — if it doesn’t happen in the next ten years, I will be shocked. But I think television ratings are gonna go away. I think Nielsen is maybe gonna be around or something. I think advertising dollars are gonna be spent on trending hashtags and things like SEO and stuff like that. TV ratings I think are gonna get less and less important, so everyone talking about, ‘Oh, RAW’s lowest numbers ever.’ It’s like, yeah, maybe, but it’s like eight billion things to watch right now so, but people are still talking about X, Y, Z a ton on the internet and eyeballs are there. So that’s [where] I think advertising and media is going.”
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Pro Wrestling Sheet conducted an interview with Shotzi Blackheart ahead of NXT. Blackheart was asked if she thought that her being in the crowd at the Performance Center diminished her character a bit and she is not of that mindset in the slightest.

“It makes such a difference having us there. So I was really hyped for it. I don’t know if you’ve seen the dancing GIFs that come up for me doing audience work, but I loved it. I loved supporting my coworkers, so I was all for it and I took advantage of it. And I had a good time during everyone’s entrances. Some people kind of view it as we’re looked at as fans and not wrestlers when we do this, but I’m like, ‘Uh uh. I’m having the time of my life.’ And I’m supporting my coworkers. I know how I feel at NXT TV when I see the people that I train with out in the crowd giving me that energy. It just helps so much. So I can’t complain. They do it for me. I don’t mind giving back.”
Completely different stance than Tommasso Ciampa in a different interview who was against the idea of having regular NXT stars in the crowd since it was beneath their star status.

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IMPACT Wrestling is finally trying to lock down their Knockout's Champion.

Still technically a free agent, Fightful learned that recently IMPACT Wrestling made a long-term contract offer to Deonna Purrazzo.

The following was reported on Fightful Select:

After months of no contract offer, Fightful can confirm that IMPACT Wrestling has offered their Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo a full-time contract with the company. There's no word on whether or not pen has been put to paper, but we're told it's at minimum a two-year deal with financial increases as the contract goes on. There were rumors backstage that Purrazzo was going to leave the company in October, which led to an offer finally being made. Alex Shelley is also working without a contract as tag team champion, and EC3 says he does not have a contract at this time.

Purrazzo has already competed in several high profile match, including a show-stealing title win on Slammiversary, and a main event Iron Man Knockouts Title match on IMPACT. She sits at 5-0 in singles action on IMPACT programming since her return.
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For years fans believed The Undertaker would enter the arena on his motorcycle once again. The American Badass Undertaker was buried in 2003, bringing back the Deadman in 2004. It wasn't until WrestleMania 36 that The Undertaker returned on his motorcycle.

According to Undertaker, there were never plans for the American Badass to return after he was buried in 2003.

"Once I left American Badass, everyone was content with the hybrid version of the Undertaker. My style had changed. I kept a lot of elements of my in-ring work, geared towards the American Badass character. It didn't come up until this year. It dawned on me with the type of promos AJ was cutting, there was really no way I could bring the original Undertaker to (the match). It had become too personal and crossed too many lines. You're gonna have to get American Badass all grown up and he still has that evil side to him but a much more person approach. That's how we ended up with American Badass 2.0. Regardless of what I do on camera moving forward, that's the persona (I'll use)," said Undertaker on My Mom's Basement podcast.
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Last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite featured a parking lot brawl between Best Friends and Santana & Ortiz that got a lot of praise from wrestling personalities and fans. According to Fightful, the wrestlers backstage in AEW also were big fans of it.

Several wrestlers reportedly went out of their way to see the match in person, even though they weren’t on camera. Certain wrestlers and personalities appeared as the audience for the match, but others came out to watch from a distance even though they weren’t asked to be there.
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During today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the current status of NXT Superstar Chelsea Green and if she will be making it to the main WWE roster. According to Meltzer, Green is not part of the current Retribution stable on Raw, which has seen NXT Superstars Mia Yim and Mercedes Martinez join the group.

Meltzer added that Green was taken off of NXT TV right when it appeared she was about to get a push after she broke away from manager Robert Stone. When the angle was done, it was executed with the intent of brining Chelsea Green to the main WWE roster. Meltzer stated, “At the time, the idea was to bring her to the main roster, but they’ve made changes since then. So, who the hell knows what’s going on?”

Green is currently still listed as part of the NXT roster for WWE.

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Chelsea Green was going to debut on Smackdown, and they would call her Chelsea whatever color she was wearing that night, so it would change weekly.

After a few weeks she was going to win the Smackdown Women's Championship under the name Chelsea Tyedye, although plans changed.

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After a week with no competition from the NBA or NHL playoffs, both sports were back last night and seemed to affect AEW Dynamite more than WWE NXT.

This week's Dynamite averaged 835,000 viewers on TNT, down 5.8 percent from last week. NXT was up one percent from last week, averaging 696,000 viewers on the USA Network.

The total combined audience of 1.531 million viewers was only down three percent from last week despite the NBA doing an audience of nearly 4.5 million viewers. News programming was also up from normal levels with Fox News averaging five million viewers in the two hours opposite Dynamite and NXT.

Dynamite averaged a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demo, down 5.9 percent from last week. It's the lowest number the show has done since August 27, when Dynamite aired on Thursday. It matched the lowest the show has done on a Wednesday since July 29. Dynamite ranked ninth overall on cable in the demo.

NXT finished 38th in the 18-49 demo, averaging the same 0.18 rating it did last week.

As usual, AEW won every demo except people over 50, where NXT had an advantage of 0.37 to 0.32.
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The major difference this week was the NBA playoffs, which had an off night last week. The game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat topped the cable charts with 4,484,000 viewers and a 1.76 demo figure. The NHL game between Tampa Bay and Dallas was eighth for the night with 1,145,000 with AEW tying them in the demo rating.

The NXT audience was largely unaffected by the NBA while AEW was hurt among its young male audience and with its 18-34 audience with declines in those categories.

For Dynamite, males 12-34 fell 31 percent this week with adults 18-34 dropped by 17 percent. Interestingly, NXT stayed even in both demos from last week. Both sides were hurt with males 18-49 as AEW was down 13 percent and NXT down 8.5.

Female viewership on both sides remained steady as did its older audiences in 25-54 and 50+. Among females 12-34, AEW increased by 7 percent and NXT saw a jump of 33 percent ...

If the Denver Nuggets vs. L.A. Laker series goes to a seventh game, it will be played next Wednesday.
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Rumors of a recent COVID-19 outbreak among NXT talents at the WWE Performance Center became real Thursday night as WWE released a statement somewhat acknowledging some positive tests.

“As part of ongoing testing protocols, WWE completed its second round of weekly COVID-19 testing on Tuesday. Individuals that tested positive will quarantine for 14 days, receive medical care, and then will only be cleared when they are symptom-free and test negative. Additionally, extensive contact tracing has taken place and other individuals have been placed in 14-day quarantine, and will then only be cleared after they test negative.”

As expected, WWE didn't release any information on the amount of talents that tested positive and cannot release names due to HIPAA laws.

PW Insider reported that training has been paused at the Performance Center as of Thursday.

NXT is covered for tapings until TakeOver on October 4th, giving time for recovery for those infected. It's unknown if this recent outbreak has affected main roster members, or even AEW talents, who might have come into contact with those infected.

Both Fightful and Spectrum Sports 360's Jon Alba first reported that during the week of September 9th, several positive tests resulted in some changes to their TV plans and that mask wearing has gotten a bit lax at the PC.
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NXT UK's Heritage Cup tournament is set to begin next week.

The Heritage Cup tournament will kick off with a first round match between Alexander Wolfe and Noam Dar airing on next Thursday's episode of NXT UK. Pete Dunne will be the special guest referee for the match.

Next week's NXT UK episode will also feature a triple threat match to determine the wildcard entrant for the Heritage Cup tournament. The participants for the triple threat match haven't been revealed. The wildcard entrant will round out the lineup for the eight-man tournament.

The drawing for the Heritage Cup took place on this week's NXT UK. The first round matches for the tournament are:

Joseph Conners vs. Dave Mastiff
Wildcard entrant vs. Trent Seven
Flash Morgan Webster vs. A-Kid
Alexander Wolfe vs. Noam Dar
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The updated lineup for this Tuesday's edition of United Wrestling Network's Primetime Live PPV episode 3 features:

*NWA National Champion Aron Stevens vs. Trevor Murdoch.

*Allysin Kay vs. Serena Deeb

*CWH Heritage Champion Ray Rosas vs. Papo Esco.

*Remy Marcel vs. Papadon.

*Ruby Raze vs. Cece Chanel

*Chris Dickinson returns.
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All Japan has also announced it will hold a memorial ceremony for Road Warrior Animal at its Korakuen Hall show on October 5.
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One of the reasons WWE issued an edict for talents to end their third-party relationships with platforms like Cameo may have been revealed as the company announced their own virtual meet and greets. The official announcement reads:

WWE Virtual Meet & Greets are your chance to chat one-on-one with your favorite WWE Superstars! This brand-new fan event gives you the opportunity to have an experience with a WWE Superstar like never before from the comfort of your own home.

All Virtual Meet & Greets are recorded so you will be able to keep the memory forever!

The next round of WWE Virtual Meet & Greets will take place this Friday, Sept. 25-Monday, Sept. 28. Tickets will be available tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET here!

Ticket includes:

2-minute private one-on-one video with selected WWE Superstar
Downloadable video of your meet & greets available within 48 hours of the event
Purchase exclusive personalized autographed items

Schedule

Friday, Sept. 25
Alexa Bliss: 1 p.m. ET
Finn Balor: 5 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 27
Big E: 10 a.m. ET
Bray Wyatt: 1 p.m. ET
Monday, Sept. 28
Asuka: 12 p.m. ET
Aleister Black: 2:30 p.m. ET
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WWE Hall Of Famer Edge underwent surgery for torn triceps following his match against Randy Orton at Backlash. It has been three months since the surgery and during Edge’s appearance on the ‘Squared Circle Pit’ podcast, he provided an update on how he’s doing.

“Recuperation is going good… today is two months and the first two months, there’s not a lot to do. You really just have to let it heal and let the surgery take and I think from this point going forward now, I’m gonna get the clearance to start going after it and pushing it and that’s what I do best honestly, in terms of injuries. That’s always what I’ve kinda done best and for whatever reasons, my mindset, I don’t get depressed. I just look at it as a challenge and when you look at it as a challenge, it’s just one more thing to try and conquer and come back from and that to me is really strangely exciting. To go, ‘Ok, this is another one, I got it. No problem.’ Once I can really put the nose to the grindstone, go after this thing, in a weird way it’s almost fun.”

Edge talked about wanting to help improve the overall WWE product with his input. As far as him directly being a part of that creative process, he stated that-that is not exactly the case but he just floated it out there that if a talent needs help, they can get in contact with him at any time.

“No, I’m watching basically to see who I could possibly help, whether that’s in terms of promos, whether that’s in terms of fleshing out character and I do see a lot of guys and girls that, ‘Oh okay, there’s something here. I don’t know if they’ve just fully figured out what it is yet’ and maybe I could help them figure that out. Maybe I could help them with their promos and help them figure out exactly what they’re trying to bring to the table in terms of their character and that to me is where I feel like I can help the most, while I’m out and having had 20 years of experience in this thing that is wrestling, right? So, I floated that out there as, ‘If anybody wants to take me up on this, I’m here to try and help do that’ and that to me is really exciting because I didn’t just come back to collect a paycheck. I really do wanna come back and try and help further the product and help talent that I feel, whether it’s underutilized or whether it’s just on the cusp of something but trying to figure it out and I might see something go, ‘Ooo, ok, right. That right there. If we can take that, magnify that, focus on that’ and that’s where I feel I can be really helpful.”
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Former NWA World Tag Team Champion Royce Isaacs confirmed that he has been granted his release from the National Wrestling Alliance. He wrote the following on Twitter:

“Now that its public; After a little over a year with the NWA I asked for and was granted my release. I’m excited for my next adventure and what the future holds, but I’m leaving with a lot of memories and friends and I will miss the awesome fans at GPB Studios. Stay tuned.”
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Alex Zayne shared on Twitter that he’s had to cancel the next two weeks of his bookings to self-quarantine because he was exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Zayne had dates lined up with Warrior Wrestling, Black Label Pro and Violence x Suffering.
Zayne also works for GCW and NJPW's weekly US show although in NJPW's case, they shouldn't be affected since they taped their current batch of episodes earlier in the month.

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Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture chatted with The Good Brothers (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson). Gallows and Anderson revealed that they’ll have their own special on AXS TV in the future.

Doc Gallows: “I am letting the cat out of the bag right here right now, I can’t say anything about titles or anything like that, but you’re gonna see us with our own special on AXS TV, that’s putting credit/belief into a ‘tag team’ or brand to come together, two guys that can entertain inside the ring and outside the ring. And I think that’s a big hats off to IMPACT Wrestling for realizing that yes, the single stars historically have been a draw in a New York state of fashion but that’s not always the case in modern day wrestling… {in regards to the series on AXS} I would say, think drunken late night talk show sprinkled in with IMPACT Wrestling stars of our choice and a little Talk ‘N Shop A Mania running wild brother…”

Karl Anderson: “A Good Brother Variety Show, that’s the way to put it. Everything that you could expect from us to just be stupid and fun and sitting down and drinking and talking. {laughs}”
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Serena Deeb is now under self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Deeb announced that she will be in quarantine for 10 days as a precaution, but did not say whether or not she tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Deeb will not wrestle on the September 29 United Wrestling Network Primetime Live show. In its place, Allysin Kay will face Nicole Savoy on September 29.
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Potentially bad news for Tegan Nox.

According to the latest NXT injury report, Nox is scheduled to undergo an MRI to assess the damage to her injured knee. Nox was seen laid out backstage by Candice LeRae prior to the number one contender battle royal for the NXT Women's Championship. LeRae took out Nox with a pipe and an equipment crate.

The report speculates that Nox suffered a torn ACL.
Current rumor going around the net is that Tegan Nox's injury is legit and not some WWE made up injury that gets changed later because WWE goofed up by making it too severe to bring someone back quickly.

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A shake-up behind the scenes in NXT UK.

According to Inside The Ropes Wrestling, Glen Joseph (the former co-owner of PROGRESS) has left his role as one of the show’s producers due to “personal reasons." Jim Smallman (another PROGRESS founder) has been promoted to the brand’s head writer.

NXT UK talent was told of this news during a Zoom call on Thursday.

Joseph previously stepped down from his role in PROGRESS over allegations during the Speaking Out movement. Despite being the head writer, Smallman still answers to Matt Bloom and Shawn Michaels, who are running the show remotely from the United States.

NXT UK held an extra-long training session at the UK Performance Center to knock off the rust for the next set of television tapings. According to the report, a number of matches required a re-shoot during the first set of tapings.

The report also states that more talent are set to debut in NXT UK shortly and talent was told to cease selling their own merchandise or using their names on third-party platforms, a similar edict WWE superstars have to follow.
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AEW changed their COVID testing protocols at Wednesday's tapings, Wrestling Inc. can exclusively report.

Wrestling Inc. has learned that AEW had talents get tested from their home in addition to getting test on-site at Wednesday's taping. Lance Archer apparently tested positive during that second round of testing. Also, the AEW medical staff consulted with the NFL COVID response team to come up with updates to their COVID testing process.

This apparently comes after several positive COVID-19 tests in the company. Jon Alba and Fightful.com reported that multiple AEW wrestlers who were at the September 9th tapings tested positive for COVID-19 in the two weeks since. The report noted that some of the talent that had tested positive had been brought in for the last set of AEW Dark tapings and are not under contract ...

We exclusively reported earlier this month about the COVID testing procedures implemented by WWE and AEW. AEW talent go to an off-site facility the morning of tapings to have a blood prick test taken. The test allows a talent to know within ten minutes whether they are positive or not. If the talent passes the test, they are given a wrist band and taken to Daily's Place. Talent cannot enter Daily's Place without the wrist band.

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COVID has now spread into a number of promotions this past week with a major outbreak in WWE, some in AEW and four of the biggest stars, if not more, in CMLL.

All three promotions had to change aspects of their television shows this week. AEW’s television main event was changed. NXT had changes as well as noted by those in the company but were not specific as to what the changes were past there was a significant outbreak. The outbreak was said to affect plans for the Raw brand for 9/28, but there has been no indication it affects the scheduled matches on the 9/27 Clash of Champions a far as participants in the bouts themselves.

However, those who have been training at the Performance Center of late have been taken off Raw or Smackdown tapings until further notice. There is also fear that the large number of Performance Center athletes who were under masks at Retribution may lead to issues due to interacting with the Raw roster on the 9/21 show ...

Most of the positives in AEW and NXT were related to talent that is in Orlando (not necessarily all, as there is thought some is also related to independent wrestling as some AEW talent and extras have worked some indie dates of late, Ben Carter being the name that has come out although he is not AEW contracted talent) ...

With the Orlando area being a hotbed as far as wrestlers go, talent from WWE and AEW socialize, go to the gym together, and some are even in relationships together, as well as socialize with some of the same fans and insiders. One person very familiar with the testing results and spread said that was the key reason why it happened at the same time with both companies. There is also the issue with independent promotions opening up, some with fans in attendance. While some are testing, not all are doing so. WWE talent never works independent shows but the non-contracted AEW talent work as many indies as they can, and some AEW contracted talent still works indies as well ...

AEW has gone a step farther of late in its testing. They are now requiring people to test before coming to Jacksonville and then they get tested a second time on arrival and are not allowed in until the results of the second test come in. With Tony Khan’s NFL connections, he is working with the NFL Covid response team for stricter protocol ...

In addition, Chelsea Green, who had not been on television in some time, said that she had COVID-19 but is now clear of it. Green is the girlfriend of AEW’s Matt Cardona ...

With WWE, and more specifically NXT, there were a number of stories going around based on people not there that should have been, and with no explanation, notably Bobby Fish (who suffered what we were told was a minor knee injury training kickboxing and BJJ which is why he wasn’t on TV and not COVID), Tyler Breeze as well as announcers Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett. The announcing team was instead Tom Phillips and Beth Phoenix (who does the shows from home in Asheville, NC and has no contact with anyone in Orlando) ...

The story going around is that one of the NXT coaches had it without having symptoms. He later tested positive, as did many others and it spread. It was also noted that the usage of masks when they reopened training at the Performance Center a few weeks ago had gotten lax.

For the 9/23 show, they darkened outside the ring and while there were some people there, the number of contracted talent acting as fans at Full Sail sounded like a tiny number. The crowd reaction was way down and unlike in the past, the crowd wasn’t shown. So many people who train at the Performance Center were quarantined due to having contact with people who have tested positive that they weren’t able to have many in the crowd.

The WWE has not publicly said this, but the word around is that classes at the Performance Center have been canceled. The reason given was they are shutting the gym down for Takeover prep ...

This has also ked to a number of changes in the longest-lasting traditional event in pro wrestling, the CMLL Anniversary show, traditionally the company’s biggest show of the year.

The 87th anniversary show scheduled for 9/25 at this point has officially lost Bandido, Ultimo Guerrero, Lluvia and Princesa Sugehit, all of which tested positive. There is talk of others, and we do know that Templario, who is currently scheduled to replace Bandido and face Volador Jr. for the NWA welterweight title, was sick midweek but had not tested positive.
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For NXT Takeover on 10/4, two title matches were determined on the 9/23 television show.

There is also supposed to be a reveal of a former NXT champion returning. Most figure this to be Bo Dallas, since he’s not doing anything and is still under contract. Robert Roode also fits into that category. The others on the roster are Sami Zayn, Andrade, Aleister Black, Seth Rollins, Big E, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura who are less likely.
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NEW JAPAN: The Super J Cast has reported that the October/November tour will be a combination of both the World Tag League tournament (usually November and December) and Best of Super Juniors tournament (usually May and June)
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AEW: The current schedule is that the 9/30 show is being taped on 9/25. Normally it would be taped 9/24, but the Jacksonville Jaguars were facing the Miami Dolphins at the stadium and that would require Tony Khan to be in two places at the same time, plus I don’t think it would be easy to run an event at Daily’s Place when there is a football game at the adjacent stadium. The 10/7 show, which will be the 30th anniversary of Chris Jericho’s debut special. Jericho’s first match was with Lance Storm on October 2, 1990 in Ponoka, Alberta. The anniversary show would be expected to be taped on 10/8 and air on 10/14

At the 9/24 Jaguars vs. Dolphins game, the fans at the game for the halftime entertainment had the Stadium Stampede match airing. It was edited down since halftime isn’t long enough to air the entire match. There were about 17,000 fans as they were playing to 25 percent capacity. At the end of halftime, the Jaguars mascot pushed Sammy Guevara into the pool

A ton of AEW talent were at the game together since they were in Jacksonville for the tapings.
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In the outright silly department, Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss were planning on announcing that their new tag team name was The New New Midnight Express. Jim Cornette, Dennis Condrey, Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton tried to trademark that name back in August. Cornette’s lawyer, Steven P. New, who advertises on his podcasts, sent a cease and desist to Megha Pareekh, the head of legal for AEW, to stop the team from using that name. Janela has since claimed it was all a rib to get Cornette mad. Cornette and Janela have real issues with each other
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Shanna (Alexandra Barrulas) said that she would be coming to the U.S from Europe. She said she first has to go and spend14 days in a neutral country that isn’t banned from travel to the U.S. as a quarantine and then can come in and is doing so. No word on if or when Pac, Cima, T-Hawk, Riho, Emi Sakura, Shoko Nakajima and others can return but basically the inability to travel back-and-forth is why they aren’t being used. In a lot of cases, such as the Japanese, the problem is foreigners can’t get back to Japan without a 14-day quarantine. Pac is a similar situation in that he could theoretically get in since they’ve made exceptions for athletes from other countries so baseball and NBA players could play, but he’d have to quarantine for 14 days returning home so it doesn’t work out. Bea Priestley is another. She’s no longer under contract but they’ve talked about being interested in using her again when she’s able to come to the U.S. Priestley lives in Japan now after getting out of the U.K. a few weeks ago and is starting back with Stardom
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For those who think the WWE will take a hit in its next television deal due to declining ratings, and there are so many variables about what the world, media and WWE ratings will be like in 2023 when the real negotiations will take place (current deals end at the end of September 2024), Turner Broadcasting has just given baseball a 65 percent increase to $535 million (Turner is just one of many baseball television partners) per year, up from $325 million, for a deal that would start with the 2022 season and end with the 2028 season. This is for a sport that skews older and also has declining ratings. Now, baseball provides tons of programming and no matter what, NFL, NBA and MLB are always going to be considered high priority top three sports in the U.S. so even with declining ratings they have a measure of prestige that wrestling doesn’t have. But still, the latest deal showed a big increase. Turner will get a lot more games and the Sunday afternoon game will be moved to prime time Tuesday nights. . An even bigger story as it relates to WWE is that NBCUniversal is said to be overhauling its entertainment division and putting less emphasis on cable and more on streaming. The Wall Street Journal noted that NBCU Chief Executive Jeff Shell is rethinking the inner workings of the company. It was noted the recent pushing out of Chris McCumber, who headed USA and Syfy, with no replacement is part of that. McCumber was a supporter and proponent of Raw. The article said that Syfy, E! (which airs Total Bellas) and Oxygen don’t have a long-term future. Still, cable generated $11.5 billion for NBCU last year out of $34 billion in company revenue
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Stephanie Levesque, which is the name she uses in these matters, sold 57,573 shares of WWE stock on 9/21 at $39.18 per share. This is a very interesting divestiture. She sold 43 percent of her Class A stock at a time when the price was at its lowest. She still remains with a large number (1,977,382 shares worth $78,274,587 based on that days’ price) of Class B stock that only is owned by members of the McMahon family (Vince, Linda and her, Shane had sold all of his WWE stock some time back, Linda still has some, Vince has a ton although he’s also sold a ton in recent years including $300 million worth for the XFL). Unless they are needing cash to build something or invest elsewhere, that’s a lot of stock to sell, and it’s not the selling itself, but the selling at such a low price that is notable. It’s at the lowest price the stock has been in a long time, and in theory way lower than it should be from the outside because for market value this should be much higher priced based on profit margins expected for the future. The hiring of Nick Khan was supposed to be a positive step for the stock because the market wanted a hire to replace Michelle Wilson and George Barrios, whose firings with no explanation really was what led to the stock’s big decline. But now there is concern about the negotiations for TV that ends in late 2024, and nobody really knows what the state of cable television and streaming is, as well as a ton of other factors. One would think people on the inside would want to acquire now if they are confident about the future and the price being lower than it’s value, so that’s really the question. Before when she sold tons of her stock it was to buy an expensive home and their sales in recent years had been at high prices. This sale got her $2,255,710. She has 76,324 remaining Class A shares worth $2,990,374.
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At a zoom meeting on 9/24, the talent was told Glen Joseph, the former co-owner of Progress and head writer of NXT U.K., has left the promotion due to personal reasons and that Jim Smallman, another former co-owner of Progress is now head writer for the brand. Joseph was with Progress through June, when he left his post over allegations by women against him. Smallman left Progress at the end of this past year to work full-time for WWE. NXT U.K., headed by Paul Levesque, is actually run by Shawn Michaels and Matt Bloom, but Smallman will be head writer and in charge of tapings since Levesque, Bloom and Michaels can’t travel to the U.K. and back right now ... It’s also reported that WWE has made signed more European talent which will start debuting on upcoming tapings. U.K. talent was also told that they could no longer sell their merchandise, which had been allowed as a way to make money since the U.K. contracts are for a low amount. They also have to follow the WWE main roster restrictions of not working with any third party companies, which were also previously allowed. People aren’t happy because most U.K. contracts range from $24,000 to $36,000 per year, although the top guy (Walter and maybe a couple of others) are believed to be well over triple the higher end because they had to make him an offer of real money to get him. Walter was in the range of most of the high-end NXT guys in the U.S. besides somebody like Balor who gets main roster money but was moved to NXT for the ratings war. Originally this was presented as that the talent would make most of their old money plus they’d get their WWE money and most were barely scraping by on wrestling just working indies, so even that $20,000 boost (which was what the original contracts were for) made a big difference for most
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Mike Johnson reported that Melina Perez, 41, would be returning. People in the company who should know did not know this, but since Johnson reported it the odds are that it’s true and do know of people who don’t know it but figured it was true. Perez denied it, but her denial seemed to indicate something was up, as she was mad at why someone would spoil a secret. She said she was not signed but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. She basically said that if she does sign that the story was still a lie and that she doesn’t know what her future is but then wrote “going back home to the WWE would feel like everything I’ve gone through was for this very moment, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.” It could also mean an idea was pitched for her but the deal isn’t made. And unfortunately, in far too many cases in recent years, talent has outright lied when reports of them returning comes out, only to claim later that they did because they didn’t want people to know.
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So anyway, here is the explanation of the finish of the Lashley & Alexander & Benjamin vs. T-Bar & Mace & Slapjack match. Lashley had the full nelson on Slapjack and T-Bar hit Lashley to break it up and they called for a DQ. It’s bad enough that we had just had two outside interference DQs already on the show. But there is a secret rule and it was explained to us by someone who worked within the secret rules department. Vince when laying out matches is very adamant that in a tag team match, the illegal man can’t hit a legal man or it is an automatic DQ unless it is done behind the referees back. There can be double-teams off tags for five seconds because that’s an old rule. You are also allowed to make saves, so that is not a DQ. Which is where it gets funny. Producers and wrestlers have to be very careful with brawling dives and four-ways in tag matches because an illegal man is never allowed to touch a legal man or the referees, who are told to call it as shoot, are supposed to do a DQ. And the poor referees, because if it’s a nothing match, sure you can call it as a shoot, but what if it’s an important match such as determining title contenders and they screw up. So the point is, the wrestlers and producers have to be ridiculously careful on this. It’s at the point that an illegal guy is not even allowed to dive on a pile unless he lands on another illegal guy. If it’s a legal guy, it’s a DQ. Of course if you’ve been paying attention at this point, you realize that in fact T-Bar hit Slapjack and was making a save when Lashley had him in his finisher and by the rules, this is actually not a DQ. But it happened anyway because it slipped through the cracks because everyone in thinking save thinks near fall break-up, which is okay, but thinks hitting the legal guy isn’t so it was a way out. So even under the dumb secret rule, they violated their own rule because they didn’t think Lashley’s finish at that moment was a finish, it was just a full nelson and not a pin. Another person explained that referees are told that any eye pokes or low blows are supposed to be called as DQ’s which is why they always do the distraction for them. Apparently the finish was supposed to have been an eye poke and not a save, so that’s the reason for the DQ
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There is apparently a reason Reigns dropped weight before his return. He did an interview where he said that he would be getting new ring attire where you would see his upper body and also that he will be getting new music to coincide with his more strongly evolving into his new character. During a meet and greet with the Mania Club, he said, “The gear, let me address that; get over it. I'm not going to run out there in trunks. I've been wearing a SWAT outfit my entire career, so I'm going to stick with those pants. If you watch on Sunday, you'll probably see me with my shirt off. That will be the change. That's going to be the only difference. I never wanted the outfit to be the costume for me. I don't want my outfit to be the superstar." He also talked dropping The Shield music. “The music, that's a little more than me creating my own music. We have to go through the channels with that one. It's not like I came out and am an ultra bad guy. You've seen it in little steps and little layers. I want all the nuances to add up. Because I am a full-time performer, you have to keep things fresh, so I decided to save the new music. Hopefully, down the line, once more drastic things happen and the story unfolds.
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Glenn Jacobs (Kane) is under fire for a video he released which showed the preamble of the Declaration of Independence and said “Today his foundation is under attack. Not from some enemy abroad, but from sinister forces within.” It then showed the faces of the Knox County Board of Health who have tried to institute a mask policy in the country, which Jacobs has been fighting county doctors on. The video goes on to say, “Unelected bureaucrats who cast down edicts which carry the force of law with no accountability and no recourse.” Dr. Maria Hunt of the County Board called out Jacobs for posting such a video. Jacobs took down the video and said he was sorry board members were threatened and claimed the video was not meant to be public. How do you spend time to produce a video that is so clearly trying to incite the residents to be mad at the Board of Health and then claim it was not meant to be public? Dr. Martha Buchanan said public health officials trying to contain COVID have seen an increase in social media threats since the video was posted. Dr. Patrick O’Brien said, “This division has got to stop. We’re in this together. Well do what we can based on science...if others want to g some other way or want to do it shooting from the hip, so be it.. You will reap what you sow.
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The Matt Riddle lawsuit against Samantha Tavel talked about last week was not filed this week, although it is said to be in the process of being filed. The incident that was first reported on December 19, 2019, at Full Sail where there was an alleged disturbance is now said to have been on October 2, 2019, said to be the day of the Riddle vs. Adam Cole NXT title match on the first live show on USA
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The top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network over the past week: 1. WWE Untold: John Cena vs. Edge feud; 2. Velocity September 25, 2002; 3. Clash of Champions 2019; 4. Talking Smack; 5. Uncool (new Alexa Bliss podcast) with The Miz; 6. Smackdown from 8/21; 7. Superstars’ First World title win; 8. Best of Clash of Champions; 9. Payback 2020; 10. Velocity May 1, 2004. The new Velocity shows were just uploaded this week, but when a C show from another era is beating modern first-run shows, you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. NXT was 11th this week and granted, it’s on TV in the U.S., and U.K. (And edited to an hour in Canada but airs ont he network first); but you still have the rest of the world. Raw Talk was only 12th. The first new U.K. show in months was only 14th. 205 Live didn’t make the top 25. That show is just dead and I don’t even know why they bother. They really should just be producing a 10-11 p.m. show for FS 1. The only indie show in the top 25 was Shotgun from wXw at No. 25. And even that beat 205 Live
WWE Ratings, AEW vs. NXT Ratings, AEW Dynamite Special Ratings:
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Raw on 9/21 essentially stayed flat with last week, averaging 1,668,000 viewers and 0.50 in 18-49 (643,000).

It was the sixth lowest number of viewers in the history of the show, but it was only down 1.2 percent in viewers and did the same number as last week in both 18-49 and 18-34 (0.29).

The show went against the Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints which simulcast on both ABC and ESPN. It did 7,984,000 viewers on ABC and 7,451,000 viewers on ESPN. Between the two networks it did 15,435,000 viewers and a 4.70 in 18-49. It was the extremely rare situation where the same show was No. 1 in viewers and in 18-49 on both network and cable at the same time. It also should be noted that football beat Raw by more than a 9-to-1 margin, a number that is unprecedented historically.

Raw was No. 5 in 18-49 on cable behind the NFL game, the kickoff show before the game, the SportsCenter after the game and Below Deck Mediterranean ...

Raw did 112,000 viewers in males 18-34 (down 10 percent from last week), 103,000 in women 18-34 (up 10 percent), 276,000 in men 35-49 (down eight percent) and 152,000 (up 16.9 percent).

It also went against an NHL playoff game that did 1,137,000 viewers and 0.33 in 18-49.

The show was largely built around Keith Lee vs. Drew McIntyre, with stipulations that changed multiple times, and the first meeting of Dabba-Kato vs. Braun Strowman, pushed harder than any prior Raw Underground match. The latter was pushed for the week. On TV, they also pushed Retribution’s first match against The Hurt Business as the main event. Given the Retribution push, their first match should have held the audience better although the drop in hour three was less than last week.

The first hour did 1,746,000 viewers. The second hour did 1,692,000 viewers. The third hour did 1,565,000 viewers. The third hour was up from last week but still among the least watched hours of WWE programming in history.

As compared to the same Monday last year, the show was down 24.5 percent in total viewers, 29.6 percent in 18-49 and 40.8 percent in 18-34 ...

The first-to-third hour drop was 10.4 percent, which is normal levels. As far as the drops during the show, women 18-49 dropped 11.9 percent, men 18-49 dropped 3.3 percent, teenage girls dropped 20.8 percent, teenage boys increased 6.7 percent and over 50 dropped 12.6 percent.
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Smackdown on 9/18 did a 1.27 rating and 2,037,000 viewers (1.33 viewers per home).

The show did a 0.54 (704,000 viewers) in 18-49 and 0.3 in 18-34.

It was down 11.2 percent in ratings, 12.5 percent in viewers, 14.6 percent in 18-49 and 25.0 percent in 18-34 from the unusually high number of the previous week. The 18-49 number was still better than the show did during almost all of the pandemic.

It was a drop from the last several weeks and it’s because the audience was lower than usual at the start. The culprit looks to be the NBA playoffs which did 4,921,000 viewers and a 1.98 in 18-49, about four times what Smackdown did in the key demo.

Smackdown tied for first among network shows in 18-49 with two shows on ABC ...

The big drop wasn’t a good sign, but I’d wait a week before worrying about it since the show has done well most weeks of late and this could just be a fluke. It started out lower than usual and grew throughout hour one, but fell slightly at the end.

The show did 111,000 viewers in Males 18-34 (down 36 percent), 104,000 in Women 18-34 (up 1.0 percent), 311,000 viewers in Males 35-49 (down 9.9 percent) and 178,000 in Women 35-49 (down 20.0 percent) ...

The first half hour drew 1.96 million viewers with The Dirt Sheet with Miz & Morrison, Otis running in and Cesaro vs. Gran Metalik.

The second half hour did 2.01 million viewers with A Moment of Bliss with Nikki Cross, Cross vs. Lacey Evans and a Roman Reigns video.

The third half hour did 2.07 million viewers with the Sasha Banks interview and Bayley attack plus A.J. Styles vs. Sami Zayn.

The final half hour did 2.07 million viewers for Big E’s attack on Sheamus and Roman Reigns & Jey Uso vs. Sheamus & King Corbin.

Last year on the same weekend FOX programmed reruns that did 1,505,000 viewers and 0.4 in 18-49, so it was up 35.3 percent in viewers and 25.0 percent in 18-49.
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The 9/23 AEW vs. NXT head-to-head was largely the same as the week before. The only difference is AEW was hurt in Males under 35 by the NBA playoffs. The game was huge with men in those same groups, and also went against the game three of the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning ...

One would think AEW was helped by a rare TV AEW title match with Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston or may have gone lower, as well as the debut of Miro. The return of Cody wasn’t advertised so that wouldn’t have helped.

NXT had two matches, a Battle Royal and Gauntlet eliminator, to set up title contenders in the top two matches at Takeover. NXT was essentially the same as last week in almost every demo so the NBA didn’t hurt them as much. But they were back for a second straight week in their regular slot.

AEW did 835,000 viewers and 0.32 in 18-49, good for ninth place on the chart. NXT did 696,000 viewers and 0.18 in 18-49, for No. 38 on the chart. The NBA finals on ESPN did 4,484,000 viewers and 1.76 in 18-49, while the NHL game on NBC Sports Network did 1,145,000 viewers and 0.32

AEW finished behind four NBA related shows all night on ESPN, the Stanley Cup game and Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson on FOX News. The news numbers were also way up from a usual Wednesday due to the Breonna Taylor non-indictments of two of the three officers story ...

Across the board, AEW & NXT were up with women this week and down with men, and the NBA did 72.5 percent male viewers in 18-49 and the NHL did 73.7 percent male viewers in 18-49, so that explains it.

AEW was down 5.8 percent in viewers and 5.9 percent in 18-49 as compared to last week with no NBA. NXT was up 1.0 percent in viewers and stayed even in 18-49.

Raw & Smackdown this week beat AEW in every demo including Women 18-34, where AEW had been winning.

AEW won handily in every key demo, doubling in Women 18-34 and nearly doubling in Men 18-34.

AEW did 76,000 viewers in Males 18-34 (down 29.0 percent from last week) to 39,000 for NXT (down 4.9 percent). AEW did 64,000 viewers in Women 18-34 (up 3.2 percent) and NXT did 30,000 (up 15.4 percent). AEW did 184,000 viewers in Male 35-49 (down 1.1 percent) and NXT did 98,000 (down 7.5 percent). AEW did 86,000 viewers in women 35-49 (down 4.4 percent) and NXT did 63,000 (up 12.5 percent).
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AEW Dynamite’s one hour special on 9/22 did 585,000 viewers and did a 0.26 in 18-49. The show aired from 12:38 a.m. to 1:37 a.m. It was easily No. 1 in its time slot and only one of three shows in that time slot to crack the top 150 for the night. It was No. 9 for the night, which sounds great for a show that late, but it had the benefit of a great lead-in. Because of the lead-in, it was going to be No. 1 in its time slot in 18-49.

Inside the NBA that did 1,743,000 viewers and 0.79 in 18-49. The audience was likely AEW hardcores and some NBA fans seeing the product for the first time. They put on a great wrestling show as far as match quality, but not using any major stars.

The show was No. 7 in 18-49 behind three NBA related telecasts and three Fox News shows in prime time. It was No. 8 in 18-34 and No. 6 in Males 12-34.

The show did a 0.12 in 12-17, 0.19 in 18-34, 0.33 in 35-49 and 0.20 in 50+. The audience was 67.3 percent male in 18-49 and 61.7 percent male in 12-17.



Smeat's note - Taking a break next week from doing sheet reports except for Friday. To be honest, the break might last at least a month with just posting sheet reports on Fridays. After what happened personally earlier this week (check the 100k thread in Casual for more details), just been struggling to be motivated to do sheets reports or anything in general. If anyone else wants to take over doing sheets reports, be my guest.
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