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Old 08-29-2018, 03:41 PM   #2201
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Slik I see your point on Roman/Rock however I think that match would be so mega huge for WWE/Roman that they cannot pass it up if they can get it. I can see Roman/Rock having a really fun match and likely Roman would be selling the whole match which would please the Wrestlemania audience. So what if they lose their shit when Roman hits the spear 1...2.....3 WWE already has their money and won't be coming back to NYC for WM for probably 10 years.
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:03 PM   #2202
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True.

And a grumpy crowd reaction has not deterred WWE yet, because as I myself am a perfect example, many will likely attend another WM regardless or continue to watch.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:38 PM   #2203
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Other than gate potential and additional network buys, Rock v Reigns is a dead end. Like Slik said, Rock shouldn't come back to lose, Reigns shouldn't lose, but winning doesn't really do anything for him either.

If they can draw Rock out for something like a 4 or 5 match run then maybe it'd be beneficial.

From a pure entertainment standpoint I'm all for it tho.
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Pro Wrestling Illustrated released their annual PWI 500 online today, with Kenny Omega ranked at number one. The list factors in kayfabe accomplishments like title wins. The top 10 was revealed on this week’s episode of The Ross Report:
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  3. Kazuchika Okada
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The 8/29 edition of Smackdown Live brought in 2,350,000 overnight viewers, down from last week's 2,437,000 overnight viewers.
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Ring of Honor has confirmed the Television title match for next month's Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view and announced one of NJPW's top stars for the post-PPV tapings.

Punishment Martinez will be defending his TV title against Chris Sabin at Death Before Dishonor. Sabin defeated Silas Young in a number one contender's match in June to get the title shot.
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WWE Network News reported that Antonio Cesaro, Dean Ambrose & Damien Sandow vs. Seth Rollins, Derrick Bateman (EC3) & Johnny Curtis (Fandango) is being added to the WWE Network’s hidden gems section this week. The match took place for FCW in 2011.
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NJPW announced that All In will be available on-demand for New Japan World subscribers “shortly after the live broadcast.” Further details on when the show will be uploaded haven’t been revealed.

Episode six of “All Us” is largely focused on building to Christopher Daniels vs. Stephen Amell at All In.

Terry Funk told Sports Illustrated that a problem with his abdominal hernia is preventing him from traveling to Starrcast and All In. Funk said about the success of All In: “I think it’s wonderful that Cody is having success, and I was really looking forward to seeing him. Cody and Dusty are similar in so many ways, but they’re different also. I’ve never met anyone like Dusty. He was loved by everyone and everybody. He was a phenomenal in-ring performer who understood the business, and that was passed on to Cody."

FreeSports in the United Kingdom revealed that Revolution Pro Wrestling is going to start airing on the channel in September. RevPro has TV tapings taking place at York Hall in London on September 5 and 6, and they'll air on FreeSports later in the month. 5 Star Wrestling was formerly on FreeSports before the promotion shut down.
NJPW: https://twitter.com/njpwglobal/statu...15524812972033 , All In: https://youtu.be/FxiwLSyZOAI , Funk: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/08...pson-starrcast , RevPro: https://twitter.com/FreeSportsUK/sta...33285313126401

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Martha Hart holding her husband’s Hall of Fame plaque. Owen Hart was inducted posthumously into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame on July 28. pic.twitter.com/ECYLzMKbFo
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Tuesday's post-SmackDown episode of WWE's Miz & Mrs. on the USA Network drew 1.161 million viewers and ranked #6 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographic.

This is down from last week's episode, which drew 1.235 million viewers and ranked #3 for the night. This is also the lowest viewership and lowest 18-49 demographic ranking for the show since it began.

Last night's episode was the season one finale of the show. The second season will begin airing some time in 2019 ...

Below is our Miz & Mrs. Season 1 Viewership Tracker with totals:
  • Episode 1: 1.473 million viewers
  • Episode 2: 1.303 million viewers
  • Episode 3: 1.225 million viewers
  • Episode 4: 1.162 million viewers
  • Episode 5: 1.235 million viewers
  • Episode 6: 1.161 million viewers

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  • Recent episode of the Chasing Glory with Lillian Garcia podcast show had Bobby Roode as the guest. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...stling-in-tna/
  • According to Post Wrestling's John Pollock, WWE recently changed their plans for the Becky-Charlotte storyline due to poor reception. Instead of being a typical face-heel feud, both are going to be presented more evenly in terms of motivates and reasons. Same for Becky's heel turn being dropped in favor of being more anti-hero or Austin-like.


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Old 08-30-2018, 02:31 AM   #2205
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Kevin Owens will drop 25 lbs to get in "Chris Benoit shape" and return as "Silent" with his new manager....Paul Heyman


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Lol, we all know what happens when Kevin Owens is asked to lose weight.
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I heard Rock was maybe going to appear at SDLive 1000 and was negotiating for the Royal Rumble...but I can't see WWE doing Rock vs Roman because it doesn't help anyone. Roman gets booed out of the building if he pins Rock, Roman shouldn't lose to part-timers at WM and The Rock really shouldn't return to lose. A Rock/HHH or Rock/someone like Miz program makes more sense to me.
Rock/Hogan, Rock/Cena, Rock/Cena II.

Roman is going to get booed out of the building anyway. Reigns loses to part-timers anyway (three times in the past SummerSlam-to-SummerSlam year alone). He also lost to Bobby Lashley.

If Rock comes back, he is headlining the PPV, because nothing will be able to follow it. Why would you put Triple H or The Miz in another WrestleMania main event? Although Triple H would probably be down for it, and I think that was the plan a few years ago. Just let Reigns beat the advertised Mania main event record and never mention the fact that he's lost 2 or 3 of those 5.
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Old 08-30-2018, 04:58 AM   #2207
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Rock/Roman as a one off would be great.
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Gabe Sapolsky tweeted about Velveteen Dream working EVOLVE 112 in Joppa, Maryland on September 7 and EVOLVE 113 in Queens, New York on September 8: “Dream was requested by us because of his history at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD. We wanted a homecoming. He was then asked to do Queens, to give the fans something special at La Boom. Dream was not ‘sent’ by anyone, he agreed and wanted to. This is WWE helping the independent wrestling scene. This is WWE, EVOLVE and Velveteen Dream giving fans a unique, memorable and exciting experience. This is what is good for our business. Thank you.”
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Keith Lee told WWE.com about how Dusty Rhodes helped with his “Bask in my Glory” catchphrase: “When I first met and worked with him, he let me know how much and where I lacked. I applied his words and honed myself. During the 2013 tryout, if you were going to show who you were on a microphone, you had to do it in front of The American Dream. When I finished, he pulled me aside and said to me, ‘That's it, baby. You've got a presence I can literally bask in. Take it and do what you want.’ And thus, ‘Bask in my glory’ was born. It is now something I hold very dear.
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Indies Roundup:
ROH has officially announced that Jushin Thunder Liger will be facing Kenny King at Death Before Dishonor in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 28. Dave Meltzer reported that the match would be taking place at the PPV in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Along with continuing to build to Nick Aldis vs. Cody Rhodes, the latest episode of the NWA's All Incoming features emotional comments from Cody about his father Dusty and wife Brandi.

beIN Sports is currently off AT&T, DirecTV, and DirecTV NOW amid a carriage dispute. In addition to airing on beIN on Fridays, MLW also uploads their TV episodes to their YouTube channel at 6:05 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays.

El Hijo de LA Park vs. Jimmy Yuta is set for MLW’s War Games event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 6.

Hiroshi Tanahashi has been added to the Ring of Honor television tapings on Saturday, September 29th in Las Vegas. There will be a large contingent of New Japan talent on the tapings as the tapings are one day before New Japan’s next Long Beach card in California.
ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ki...r-his-hometown , NWA: https://youtu.be/3-1NIrp8V_4 , MLW: https://twitter.com/MLW/status/1034945201310257152

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A few details have emerged regarding the injury that Toni Storm suffered at NXT United Kingdom's television tapings in Birmingham, England over the weekend.

Dave Meltzer notes that it was a spine injury that Storm suffered. She hasn't been evaluated yet, but the injury is not believed to be too serious at this point.

The referee put up the "X" sign to signal that Storm was hurt on Sunday after she lost to Rhea Ripley in the finals of the two-night, eight-woman tournament to crown the first NXT UK Women's Champion. Storm was able to walk to the back unassisted after the match.

PROGRESS and wXw announced yesterday that Storm is off their shows this coming weekend due to the injury. Storm had held the wXw Women's Championship, but the promotion announced that the title would be vacated since it would have gone over four months without being defended.
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WWE Super-Showdown will air live at 5AM Eastern/2AM Pacific in the US on October 6 (in the US) according to WWE.com.
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DK Publishing are currently working on books about the first 20 years of Smackdown as well as WWE's Greatest Grudges for 2019 releases.
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The WWE has adjusted several European dates from the first weekend of November and moved the shows to October. It is widely believed this will clear their calendar for their second card in Saudi Arabia that weekend, with PWinsider.com reporting the event, is scheduled for Friday, November 2nd. Earlier this year, the WWE entered a ten-year deal with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia that launched with an event in April in Jeddah. While some attempted to divorce the WWE from the politics of the region, it became impossible with so many concessions made by the WWE with regards to who could work the show and amplified by a public service announcement on the broadcast to promote the changes within the country. The event is expected to take place one week after the all women’s pay-per-view.
In another case of WWE being tone deaf with this deal, Saudi government recently announced they will be executing a female activist among a group of activist who were arrested for advocating for more human rights in the country. Since WWE's Greatest Rumble event, they have been cracking on female activists trying to promote for more women's rights in the country.

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As I stated on Rewind-A-SmackDown, the portrayal of Becky Lynch has been slightly adjusted coming off last week’s reaction to her turn. The new idea is for Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair to have less of a babyface and heel dynamic and instead, they are two ex-friends that each have valid reasoning for their actions. It is not designed to be a double turn. The thinking behind turning Becky initially was to freshen her character and have her in a bigger spotlight, which they feel they can still achieve this way. While they are many examples of the WWE fighting the audience on specific characters, this is one where they seem to have realized immediately that there is a better option to achieving the same objective.
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There were three ideas for venues for All In, one being the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA, which is near where the Young Bucks live; the other was the Cow Palace in San Francisco, ironically for a July date that New Japan ended up taking, because it was inexpensive to rent for a building of that size and was a legendary arena that Cody had drawn one of the bigger independent crowds in recent years at as the headliner for a cage match with Joey Ryan promoted by All Pro Wrestling. The decision was made for Labor Day weekend, and the Cow Palace had costs associated with streaming that didn’t make it viable. So they went for the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, IL, which had the advantage of being the same city as Pro Wrestling Tees, one of the events sponsors, meaning shipping tons of T-shirts could be done the most conveniently and the most economically.

Even if the show failed to sell out or draw 10,000 people, it would likely have been a success figuring in the merchandise sales ... Most notably, with the exception of WrestleManias, which also does about 75 percent of ticket sales outside the area of the show, this would be the most widely traveled to U.S. event in history.

Because there is no precedent historically for this show, promoted with no local television and off some out-of-market ROH syndicated television but mostly through their own YouTube show, there is no real way to read what this means. About the only thing for sure is they ran a building too small for the ticket demand, and priced the show far too low ... But going in, there was no track record and their idea was to keep the price affordable to make it so price was not a barricade in hitting the number 10,000.
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The more successful, the harder it will be. A huge success will have WWE looking to shut it down as much as possible, and that’s not even mentioning the MSG success.

With the exception of Marty Scurll, who is under contract to ROH for about another year, and Mysterio Jr., who is all but gone to WWE already, almost every key player on this show will have contracts due before February.
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Due to all the heat about Rush vs. L.A. Park hair vs. mask not being on the 9/14 anniversary show, CMLL has actually responded ...

Rush now says that Park was being disrespectful by working for AAA and that they couldn’t make the match when Park had put his mask up somewhere else. Actually that does make sense. Julio Cesar Rivera on the CMLL Informa show said it wasn’t Park’s fault, but the fault of AAA, which they said was threatening CMLL over using Park and because of that CMLL couldn’t sign him for the match. Well, that would make sense if Park wasn’t booked on that very show, and continuing to be booked regularly ...

By the way, AAA has made a lot of legal threats to wrestlers over the years, but this seems to be a story completely made up. Konnan actually said the story was made up. Park, who is working the anniversary show, posted legal papers showing that he owned the name and that AAA had given up any rights to the name, and AAA couldn’t stop him from doing the match ...

The issue, in the end, is because it’s the one nobody can say publicly because in Mexico they are still careful about how far they’ll go in saying results are not real and nobody can say this, is that Park came in to lose his mask for a big payoff on a big show figuring Dr. Wagner Jr. got his payoff and he’s 52 years old and it’s time. Then, he kept drawing big houses week after week and became the hottest wrestler in Mexico. Realizing that, plus he was able to work AAA’s big shows on top, and that unlike many, his gimmick is so important to his character that he will take a career hit as just Adolfo Tapia, the unmasked guy as opposed to the legend in the legendary outfit, he felt that maybe his career wasn’t just about over after all and reconsidered. We do know that Park has talked with promoters about being willing to lose his mask, but he’s trying to delay it until 2019 or later, as opposed to now.

The other half is what we mentioned last week, that CMLL could still have done the match, but had Rush lose his hair, which isn’t the end of the world although Rush has never lost his hair, but he’s got super charisma, could get mileage out of being bald and having it grow back and eventually it’ll grow back. But CMLL wasn’t going to let Rush lose his hair to somebody who also works for AAA and is an outsider.
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Starting with the 9/1 show, World of Sport is moving up 30 minutes to a 4:30 p.m. start time and will remain in that time slot until all ten episodes are finished, which would be 9/29 ... It was considered a good sign that they didn’t take it off the schedule or just air it on a Sunday morning because this would have been a face-saving excuse. The real good sign was the ratings on 8/25 were up 28 percent to 700,000 viewers and peaked at 900,000. And while this isn’t exactly fair because of ITV’s reach and WWE on Sky, but a replay of Raw that went head-to-head with a replay of WOS saw ITV do 155,000 viewers and Sky do 1,000 viewers. Then again, two months from now there is a good chance there will be no ITV World of Sport so this one-sided victory means nothing in the big picture. Still, a 28 percent increase in ratings was a great sign and if there is another big increase this coming week it ups the odds for a renewal, that looked very unlikely a week ago.
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Xavier Woods is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most subscribed to video game channel in the world which as of last week had 1,633,509 subscribers, which is really quite the accomplishment. The channel is also not under the Woods name, but the Austin Creed name (a prior pro wrestling name, his real name is Austin Watson), meaning he owns it and can control it if he leaves WWE
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I’m not sure if this means main roster or just ideas, but WWE is looking to trademark about 15 new names, mostly newcomers and Corey Graves who are on the main roster. The names not on the main roster, and one would think this indicates they are on the call-up radar, are Shayna Baszler, Kairi Sane, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish.
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Regarding this week’s rumors, the idea of A.J. Lee in the Evolution PPV would sound very difficult given the circumstances. As of two weeks ago, there was nothing to it and there were rumors, but it sounded like a very difficult deal. The whole situation with the lawsuit against her husband (C.M. Punk) would seem to make it almost impossible even with the suit being settled. Stranger things have happened but this would be high on that list
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The @WrestleVotes Twitter account, which has broken several legitimate scoops in the past year or so, noted that Bray Wyatt is in line for a slight refresh to his character. They wrote, "The character should remain in tact once he returns to TV, but I'm expecting a renewed push along with a singles baby face run. Pivotal time in his career ahead."

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  • According to the Observer, WWE recently downgraded their ticket sales expectations for the upcoming Australian Super-Show from 80k to around 60-70k.
  • Also according to the Observer, early ticket sales for WWE's Evolution PPV are slower than usual for a WWE PPV event. Didn't hit sell out status in any of the pricing sections being sold.


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Impact Wrestling's ratings were up a bit for this week's special episode.

The show, called "Impact ReDefined," averaged 225,000 viewers on Pop TV last night. That's up from last week's 212,000 viewers but is the fourth-lowest audience that Impact has drawn in 2018.
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Glenn Jacobs (Kane) was sworn in as mayor of Knox County, Tennessee at the Knoxville City-County Building today ahead of tomorrow being his first official day on the job. Jacobs did his first weekly Facebook Live video and also posted a picture of himself putting together a chair, captioning it with “Hard at work on my first day in office…” Dustin Rhodes, who’s good friends with Jacobs, was with him at today’s event.
Link: https://www.wate.com/news/glenn-jaco...040/1409981194 , https://twitter.com/GlennJacobsTN/st...49691155492865

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Sami Zayn lobbied for Cyndi Lauper to be inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame: “I only today realized that @CyndiLauper is not in the @WWE Hall of Fame celebrity wing. As part of the ‘rock n' wrestling connection’ with MTV in the 80's, she was CRUCIAL to WWE crossing over into mainstream. Arguably no celebrity more deserving. #InductCyndi”
Link: https://twitter.com/SamiZayn/status/1035310836242411522

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WWE is uploading collections on Stephanie McMahon and The Hardys to the Network on Monday.
Link: https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/...n-wwe-network/ , https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/...rk-collection/

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All In takes place from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois tomorrow. The show is available through pay-per-view, Fite TV, and HonorClub. All In is included with HonorClub VIP subscriptions, and other HonorClub subscribers can purchase it with a 50 percent off discount. All In: Zero Hour will air exclusively on WGN America at 6 p.m. Eastern time before the four-hour main card begins at 7 p.m. The show will also be uploaded to New Japan World, though when it will be added is “to be determined.” Here’s what’s been announced for the event:

The Young Bucks & Kota Ibushi vs. Rey Mysterio, Fenix & Bandido
Kenny Omega vs. Pentagon Jr.
NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis defending against Cody Rhodes
Kazuchika Okada vs. Marty Scurll
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal defending against the winner of the Over Budget Battle Royale
Madison Rayne vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Britt Baker vs. Chelsea Green
Hangman Page vs. Joey Janela (Chicago Street Fight)
"Arrow" star Stephen Amell vs. Christopher Daniels
15-participant Over Budget Battle Royale for an ROH World Championship shot against Jay Lethal later in the night (Moose, Rocky Romero, Colt Cabana, Jordynne Grace, Ethan Page, Brian Cage, Billy Gunn, Jimmy Jacobs, Marko Stunt, Brandon Cutler, and Punishment Martinez have been confirmed) (All In: Zero Hour)
The Briscoes vs. Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky (All In: Zero Hour)
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At today’s All In press conference/weigh-in, it was revealed that Earl Hebner will be the referee for Nick Aldis and Cody Rhodes’ NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship match. Hebner, Jerry Lynn, Rick Knox, Todd Sinclair, and Paul Turner were announced as the referees for the show in June.
Link: https://www.fite.tv/watch/all-in-wei...ference/2o7pe/

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Dustin Rhodes tweeted a message to his brother wishing him the best ahead of All In: “Hey little brother @CodyRhodes , I want to wish you the very best as you go #AllIn and fight for the coveted #NWAWorldHeavyweightChampionship . The world is watching you and what you have done is incredible. Try to enjoy the magic created. #ILoveYou #AllIn #BeAtHomeWatchin”
Link: https://twitter.com/Goldust/status/1035592468773982210

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Travis Banks has had to pull out of this year's Battle of Los Angeles tournament.

Pro Wrestling Guerilla announced today that Banks won't be able to wrestle in BOLA due to an injury. He'll be replaced by Sammy Guevara, and two of the first round matchups have been shuffled. Banks was supposed to face Shingo Takagi in the first round, but Takagi will now take on Ilja Dragunov. Jonah Rock, who had been matched up with Dragunov, will now wrestle Guevara in the opening round.

Banks suffered a dislocated shoulder in July. He provided an update on the injury this week, noting that he initially thought he would be cleared to wrestle sooner rather than later but that hasn't been the case and he still doesn't have a return date to give everyone.

BOLA 2018 is taking place at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles from September 14-16. Banks is the second person to drop out of the tournament, with Matt Riddle having been replaced by Trevor Lee last month due to Riddle signing with WWE.
Link: https://twitter.com/OfficialPWG/stat...34614717407232 , https://twitter.com/Travis_BanksPW/s...92023626461184

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Ring of Honor announced the following Flash sale with 20% off DVDs at www.ROHWrestling.com:

Save 20% on ALL #ROH DVDs in the #ROHProShop through Labor Day with checkout code: ROHFLASH#HonorClub always takes AN ADDITIONAL 15% off!

Check out all the new DVDs at https://t.co/VgqPj8BfXC! pic.twitter.com/F3Udox5wAb
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) August 31, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/ringofhonor/stat...54099390046208

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WWE has a new poll asking fans if we have seen the last of Kevin Owens on RAW after he "quit" this past Monday night. As of this writing, 67% voted, "No, he'll figure out a way to get back on Team Red." The rest went with, "Yes, KO is finished with the red brand."
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"Leaping" Lanny Poffo will be bringing back stories of his brother, the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage, with his new podcast,, The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo. Lanny and JP Zarka of ProWrestlingStories.com will take you through his time in the NWA territories in the 1970s to becoming a star in his father Angelo Poffo's promotion, working in International Championship Wrestling (ICW), traveling with Randy to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in June of 1985 all the way up to today. Weekly features include the "Macho Man Clip of the Week", "Poem/Limerick of the Week" and more. The podcast drops this Monday here with new episodes each Monday at 3 a.m. ET.
Link: https://audioboom.com/channels/4971557.rss


Some other sheet news includes:
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Jeff Hardy (41), Mickie James (39), and Ember Moon (30) all celebrated their birthday today.
  • Recent episode of the Edge & Christian podcast show had Drake Maverick as the guest.
  • According to ratings website ShowBuzzDaily.com, this week's episode of Lucha Underground had 83,000 viewers as its viewership.


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After making her Raw commentary debut last month, Renee Young again filled in for Jonathan Coachman and called this week’s show with Michael Cole and Corey Graves. Coachman had obligations with his job as the host of The World Long Drive Association on the Golf Channel. Young wrote about doing commentary for the show: “I got to call Raw again and the Undertaker showed up!!! To call out Shawn Michaels!!! What is this life?! Thanks for letting me sit at the cool table @michaelcole and @wwegraves”
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Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon (part three) and Ted DiBiase collections will be added to the WWE Network next month.
Link: https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/...eud-revisited/

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PWInsider reported that Joey Mercury was arrested on Saturday morning after police were notified that he was sleeping in his car outside The Marriott in Schaumburg, Illinois. Mercury has no pending charges in Illinois, but police found an outstanding warrant from Florida and he was taken into custody. He’s being held on $2,500 bail ahead of a court day tomorrow. What the warrant was for isn’t yet known. Mercury works for ROH as a trainer and producer and was in Chicago to work backstage at All In.

In an article where they interviewed Pro Wrestling Tees owner Ryan Barkan, Sports Illustrated reported that Pro Wrestling Tees in Chicago generated almost $500,000 during All In weekend (Thursday to Sunday) and sold over 20,000 products.

Saturday’s episode of World of Sport averaged 400,000 viewers on ITV, a big decline from last week’s 700,000. The show shifted to a new time slot this week and started a half hour earlier.

Game Changer Wrestling announced that they’ll be holding a show in Los Angeles on November 16. That’s the Friday of Survivor Series weekend in LA.

The NWA had three different cameramen documenting the Cody vs. Aldis title change, which was the most emotional thing on the show, and their footage will be featured on their YouTube series going forward. One would think Cody will soon he showing up doing dates for the NWA going forward.

PROGRESS Wrestling has announced that Matt Riddle will be facing Mark Haskins on September 30th at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London. Following Riddle’s appearance at NXT TakeOver last month in Brooklyn, it was announced he would wrestle one final independent show for PROGRESS, which does have a relationship with the WWE. The card will be headlined by WALTER taking on Tyler Bate for the PROGRESS championship.
PWTees: https://www.si.com/wrestling/2018/09...-weekend-sales , WOS: https://twitter.com/the_watw/status/1036535560364609536 , GCW: https://twitter.com/GCWrestling_/sta...55424876982273

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Kurt Angle answered a question on Facebook about what he feels his best accomplishment in WWE has been: “Proving to everyone that a ‘shooter’ or ‘real wrestler’ could be the best entertainer of his era. I was very proud of what I was able to accomplish, whether I was loved or hated.”
Link: https://www.facebook.com/realkurtang...22R%2399%22%7D

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Batista hasn't wrestled since leaving WWE after a short five-month run in 2014. While Batista has expressed interest in returning to WWE, he has been concentrating on his movie career, where he had great success with his role as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy / Avenger series.

During a recent interview with talkSport, Batista discussed how his movie career would not have happened if he didn't leave WWE in 2010.

"It came about out of spite," Batista said of his transition from pro wrestling to acting. "First it came from me discovering I was a horrible actor. I wanted to become a better actor and I wanted to do it while I was still with WWE. They would not give me the opportunity within the company. I said that I should be given the opportunity to do it outside of the company, and they said 'absolutely not.' I said, 'Well, I'm going to let my contract run out, and I'm gonna leave.' So that's exactly what I did and I set out to be an actor."
Link: https://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news...t-wwe-in-2010/

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In his last run with WWE in 2013-2014, Batista wasn't thrilled with how things went creatively. If he did come back again, he would make sure he had more say with his stories and his opponents.

"I think, one, it would have to be the right time, and two, it would have to be the right opponent. That's pretty much it, and it would have to make sense," Batista said. "Yeah, I think the last time I went back was with really good intentions and I felt like I wasn't delivered what I was promised and that was just creatively. So, that would be it, I'd have to have a strong say of what I did and who I worked with. It would have to make sense as far as time, not only do I have to be free, but I also have to factor in there is a risk that I would be injured. If I got injured I would need some time to rehabilitate myself, so I always kind of factor those things in."
From another interview Batista had this time with WhatCulture Wrestling: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...return-to-wwe/

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I know that Many people think that Vince McMahon will never retire. However with Triple H having more power now than anyone else has had since Vince took over from his father do you think that Vince could step aside sooner than we think?

In a word? No. WWE is his baby and his creation. Now, could he spend some of his time with another venture, like the XFL? Sure, but WWE is his domain and I don’t ever see him totally handing over the reins to anyone else.
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As I discussed in my 90 minute breakdown of the "All In" PPV earlier today in the Elite section of PWInsider.com, the show came dangerously close to going off the air without a finish. After The Kenny Omega vs. Pentagon Jr. segment went nearly 15 minutes over its scheduled time (including the entrances and post-match angle with Chris Jericho attacking) and Marty Scurll vs. Kazuchika Okada bout went 12 minutes longer than planned, backstage there was a lot of scrambling. Plans to have separate entrances for everyone in the six man tag were scrapped and turned into one entrance for each team. They cut half of the match out in order to fit the limited time they had (18 minutes including entrances) and the production team was able to negotiate more time for the satellite feed, which had to go off the air on time due to the fact it was being aired on cable and satellite PPV as well as Internet streaming. They were able to get one additional minute and as it turned out, they needed it as the three count took place with 20 seconds of airtime left. Had the Bucks not been completely on point with going to the finish with perfect timing, it would have been an absolutely disaster. Instead, it was a home run.

During Scurll vs. Okada, production was losing their mind trying to get their attention to get them to go home. We were told during the show it was painfully obvious they were sending signals to Scurll and Okada.

Chris Jericho was snuck into the building during Nick Aldis vs. Cody and as soon as his segment was over, he was rushed to a private plane in order to make his concert in Kansas later that evening.

The show was far and away the most successful pro wrestling iPPV event ever carried by FITE.tv.
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The WWE has announced a second season of the Mixed Match Challenge to air on Facebook Watch. The series will return Tuesday, September 18th, and air each Tuesday night with a pre-show at 9:50 pm and then begin at 10 pm Eastern following SmackDown Live. The following teams have been announced for the upcoming season:
*The Miz & Asuka (the winners of the first season)
*AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair
*Finn Balor & Bayley
*Bobby Lashley & Sasha Banks
*Alexa Bliss & Braun Strowman
*Kevin Owens & Natalya
*Lana & Rusev
*Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox
*R-Truth & Carmella
*Jimmy Uso & Naomi

The second season will consist of 14 episodes that will feature two matches per week. The finals will take place at the TLC event on Sunday, December 16th. In addition, the series will be available on Facebook Watch outside of the U.S. for the first time viewers in Australia, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, France, Germany, the Philippines, Spain, Vietnam, and Thailand able to watch it live.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKokI6vdFGU

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The NWA came out of the weekend with more interest than it has had in decades and their next major event is their 70th-anniversary card. The show will take place from Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, October 21st and will be airing on FITE TV. David Lagana was a guest on the Voices of Wrestling network on Sunday, reiterating that the NWA will bring back the National title and will have a video series to accompany that championship as well. Lagana added that the match between Aldis and Cody was the first chapter and there would be a rematch down the road, while also noting that Cody will be a free agent at the end of 2018.
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The indie wrestler who played Jimmy James for the squash loss to The Authors of Pain on last night's RAW was James Alexander, who also appeared on WWE 205 Live earlier this year. No word yet on who played Keith Thompson.
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The WWE Network has added even more episodes of All-Star Wrestling to the Vault section. WWE announced the following blurb for the addition:

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Just added to WWE Network: 66 episodes of All Star Wrestling

This month, exclusively on WWE Network, enjoy 50 new hours of one of WWE's very first weekly televised series, All Star Wrestling. Harken back to the famed Hamburg Fieldhouse in the early 80s and witness the origins of WWE Hall of Famers like Pedro Morales, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Sgt. Slaughter, Hulk Hogan and many more. All Star Wrestling dominated the airwaves for 15 years and was at the forefront of expanding the exposure of WWE across America.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • RAW's ratings are delayed till tomorrow due to Monday being Labor Day holiday.
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Xavier Woods celebrated his 32nd birthday today.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know", last Sunday was the 16th anniversary of Eric Bischoff awarding the World Heavyweight belt to Triple H as RAW's first top champion during the 1st brand split era.
  • PWI had a recent article discussing why its time for ROH to hold their own Hall of Fame and who should be in the inaugural class. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/12...ucted.html?p=1


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Raw on Labor Day was up very slightly from the prior week on a night that included college football on ESPN, but much lesser cable competition.

Monday's Raw did 2.87 million viewers, up one percent from 2.84 million viewers last week ...

It was slightly behind last week in the first two hours but held the audience better than last week in hour three.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.95 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.93 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.74 million viewers
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Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair are now set for two high profile matches in the next couple of months.

WWE announced today on their website that Becky Lynch will face Charlotte Flair for the WWE SmackDown women’s title at WWE Super Show-Down. This is in addition to their match that has been announced for WWE Hell in a Cell later this month.

The two have been feuding since SummerSlam, when Charlotte took advantage of a prone Lynch and pinned her to become SmackDown women’s champion. Lynch didn’t like the outcome and jumped Charlotte, throwing her over the announcer’s table. The two have exchanged tense words since then and are first scheduled to meet in a title match at Hell in a Cell on September 16.

Here is the current card for WWE Super Show-Down, which will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia on October 6:

The Undertaker vs. Triple H
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE title
John Cena and Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens and Elias
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz - winner gets a WWE title match
The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
Ronda Rousey and the Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad
Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy for the WWE Cruiserweight title
The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for the WWE SmackDown tag team titles
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch for the SmackDown women’s title
Asuka and Naomi vs. The IIconics
An appearance by Shawn Michaels
Link: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwe-super-...?sf196990012=1

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Toni Storm will be returning in time for PROGRESS Wrestling's Wembley Arena show later this month.

PROGRESS announced today that the Women's Championship match for the September 30 event will be Jinny defending her title against Storm and Millie McKenzie in a triple threat match: "BREAKING: with confirmation from our medical team that @tonistorm_ will be fit to compete by 30th Sept, both she and @MillieMcKenzie0 take their title shots and look to dethrone the #Queen @JinnyCouture when we head to @ssearena!"

Storm also tweeted about the match announcement: "I’ll be back stronger than ever"
Link: https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/...03802276651008 & https://twitter.com/tonistorm_/statu...07385537658880

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Tessa Blanchard has signed with Women of Wrestling and is set for the promotion's first television tapings for AXS TV next month.

Blanchard will challenge reigning champion Santana Garrett for the the WOW World Championship at the tapings. Blanchard is also working as a trainer at WOW's Training Center in Southern California.

The first set of WOW tapings for AXS will take place at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on October 10 and October 11. WOW will begin airing weekly on AXS in January 2019 ...

Blanchard will be wrestling for WOW while also being part of Impact Wrestling, where she is the current Knockouts Champion.
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Heath Slater wrote a post on Instagram about the tag teams and factions he’s been in and wanting to do things his own way one day: “I got signed with @wwe when I was 22 years old. I’ve been through Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling and The Foundation of @wwenxt Ive been in faction after faction and tag team after tag team none of them actually went the way I hoped. I just hope that one day before this is all over that I can do things my way. And as a grizzled young vet in the business I hope that time comes sooner than later.”
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnWvqpEA...athslater_xxii

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In the aftermath of All In, the NWA and Being the Elite have both released fallout episodes from the show. The NWA’s Ten Pounds of Gold episode focuses on Cody and Nick Aldis backstage before their match and Cody’s NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship win. Being the Elite is over 47 minutes long and chronicles the weekend.

Ring of Honor issued an announcement via social media that the final group of tickets that will be released for their April 2019 Madison Square Garden debut are now on sale after production plans were finalized. This may be your only chance to get tickets unless you are going to attempt the secondary market.

The next season of “Survivor” featuring John Hennigan as a contestant, will premiere on Wednesday, September 26th with a 90-minute special at 8 pm Eastern on CBS.
NWA: https://youtu.be/ck4LnU7a3dQ , Elite: https://youtu.be/CSQdnl4n6CY , ROH: https://twitter.com/ringofhonor/stat...63464614891520

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Ric Flair and Charlotte Flair were the latest guests of the Photo Shoot series on the WWE Network. Both Ric and Charlotte are featured on the "Wooo" edition of WWE 2K19, and gave the viewers an inside look of the photo shoot that is placed on the video game cover ...

Flair also saw a picture of him and Ricky Steamboat, and called him the greatest babyface in the history of pro wrestling.

"There will be arguments about this, [but] not many that can stand. [Steamboat is] the greatest babyface of all time," said Flair. "I don't think anyone had better matches in the history of the business than Steamboat and I had. [His] physique, second to none. Legitimately tough, and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet in your life."
More highlights: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...e-of-all-time/

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Above is new video of Jeremy Borash talking to WWE NXT Superstar Tegan Nox about her Mae Young Classic match with Zatara that airs tonight.

"It's incredible, I'm still speechless," Nox said. "It's been a year in the making and tonight I get to finally show everybody in the WWE Universe exactly what Tegan Nox is all about."
Link: https://youtu.be/W1g_UqjuHmI

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Lanny Poffo, better known as The Genius during his WWE run and the brother of Macho Man Randy Savage, didn't necessarily squash the rumor regarding his brother and Stephanie McMahon.

For decades there has been an urban legend about Savage having an affair with Stephanie McMahon in the mid-1990s. According to the unsubstantiated story, Savage was blacklisted from WWE until his passing once Vince McMahon learned of the affair years later.

Poffo addressed that rumor during the first episode of his new podcast, The Genius Cast.

"I don't know, and if I knew I wouldn't tell you because Randy was very private and I have absolutely no idea if that happened," Poffo explained. "I will tell you what did happen. Triple H had done an interview with a magazine and they said, what do you think of Hulk Hogan and The Macho Man? He said that they are great but they are dinosaurs. Evidently, Hulk Hogan didn't mind being called a dinosaur, but Randy Savage took big exception to it" ...

"I have absolutely no idea if the urban legend is true," said Poffo. "Like I said, if it were true I wouldn't tell you because it is nobody else's business. There is only one other person who knows for sure and that is Stephanie McMahon. Randy is not here and she is not talking, so, let's give him the benefit of the doubt and just talk about something else."
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Tuesday night's SmackDown averaged 2.319 million viewers on the USA Network, down one percent from last week and five percent from the post-SummerSlam show two weeks ago ...

SmackDown was down 10 percent in the year-over-year ratings, which has been the recent trend. This was the 12th straight week the show has had a decline from the same week in the previous year.

With network first-run shows set to debut in a few weeks, it's likely SmackDown's ratings will drop 5-10 percent from the current levels as it has done in previous years.
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Two "Hiden Gems" focusing on Mae Young Classic competitors will be added today to WWE Network:

Heat 06/12/2006 – The Climb

Long before making a name for herself in the Mae Young Classic, Mercedes Martinez goes one-on-one with Victoria in this match from Heat.

Mae Young Classic competitor Meiko Satomura teams with WWE Hall of Famer Madusa against Japanese legend Akira Hokuto and Kaoru.

Below is the synopsis for the WCW Worldwide match:
WCW Worldwide 02/09/1997 – Legends in the Making
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Former Ring of Honor broadcaster Mike Hogewood died Wednesday at 63 years old. Best known for his work as a college sports announcer for the Atlantic Coast Conference and for various on-air roles at local broadcast stations, Hogewood became the ROH play-by-play man when the promotion had a run on HDNet in 2009, now AXS TV, despite having no wrestling experience.

Ring of Honor paid tribute to Mike Hogewood on their website. He did announcing for their ROH on HDNet show from 2009-2011.

Ohio Valley Wrestling will tape its 1,000th episode on 10/10. It will feature appearances from Hurricane Helms, Billy Gunn, Tommy Dreamer and Abyss.

New Japan has released the first part of a Katsuyori Shibata documentary called “California Dreamin’”, where he talks about his move to California.

Tickets for Wrestle Kingdom go on sale to New Japan Fan Club members on 9/10. An interesting note is that they are putting more tickets on sale, standing room tickets in the upper deck because with whatever they have planned and their business increases this year, they expect to have the first Tokyo Dome real sellout in 17 years.

Bein Sports has dropped DirecTV so that’s another blow for the reach of MLW
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The NJPW Destruction Tour kicks off tomorrow in Korakuen Hall for the first of three consecutive Road to Destruction shows. This show will be live on NJPWWorld.com at 5.30AM EST/10.30AM UK.
  • Ran Narita & Shota Umino vs Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Juice Robinson, Michael Elgin, David Finlay & Aoya Yoshida vs Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimori
  • Toa Henare vs Beretta
  • Hirooki Goto & Gedo vs Taichi & TAKA Michinoku
  • Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay vs Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
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Matt Hardy tweeted the following regarding the possibility of a new WWE Network show featuring House Hardy as mentioned in the recent WWE survey:

A possible @WWENetwork show starring #HouseHardy that emanates from The Hardy Compound? With the original team behind the helm? This sounds positively MAGICAL! --> https://t.co/XQtC8XIKd9 pic.twitter.com/2lrVdQ2Yee
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The total attendance at All In was 11,263 (and a few days after the show they had already released an 11,263 T-shirt), which was, with the set up, was the fire department maximum they could put in ...

The live gate was $458,525. We don’t have final merchandise numbers but every item they had sold out, and the key event shirt, the All In shirt, sold out at 3:30 p.m., 90 minutes before the show started and 30 minutes after the doors opened ...

FITE TV grossed more than $1 million between iPPV sales and Starrcast iPPV sales. That would probably indicate in excess of 20,000 iPPV orders, which was well above expectations if you figure 80 percent of the revenue came from the show and 20 percent came from the convention. The Starrcast convention sold 11,000 tickets, but that doesn’t mean 11,000 people because people bought tickets for multiple events ... Pro Wrestling Tees did just under $500,000 worth of T-shirt business over the weekend through all channels, and most of the merchandise in the venue would be part of that total. Highspots reportedly had its biggest merchandise day ever at the convention as well as its biggest weekend ever, which is huge because they are a key part of every WrestleMania weekend.

The first hour, airing from 6-7 p.m. Eastern, did 196,000 viewers on WGN. It was the best number on the station for the day and is in line with what most of the station’s top rated prime time original shows do, even on the worst night of the week for television and being out of prime time ... PPV numbers aren’t available at this point, and with no prior reference point it was impossible to predict. Illegal streaming numbers were about the same as for a non-major WWE PPV event, which these days don’t do more than 20,000 to 30,000 buys. Google trends, historically an excellent predictor, showed that the show did not crack the top 20 for the day, so this had its cult interest but it didn’t have the mainstream interest of a major UFC and WWE event. But nothing in pro wrestling that isn’t WWE or the death of a major star has ever cracked the top 20 in recent memory.
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A lot of people were upset by the Joey Ryan angle, which was a spoof of Undertaker’s druids. For those who watched BTE, they knew Ryan had to confront Hangman Page. The fans live expected it, but people who didn’t watch BTE and were watching with the idea of seeing a loaded PPV and thinking it would be like a New Japan match, weren’t thrilled. They showed a video of the “dead” Ryan on his back, and suddenly his penis got hard and erect and came to back life, and announcer Don Callis made reference to his being resurrected. Some were offended on religious grounds. Others didn’t like the fact that the druids were dressed up as white dicks. Ryan then did his routine, confronting Page and putting Page’s hand on Ryan’s dick and Ryan doing the dick flip. This was definitely a moment that was the one that separated the live audience, which reacted well to it and with the build, saw it as something that had to happen for storyline reasons and others who thought the white dicks were just like a bad WWE idea.
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There were attempts to get both Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay to announce the Cody vs Nick Aldis match. Schiavone had a college football commitment. Aldis had asked for Tenay to announce it with the idea it would give it more of an authentic feel. Tenay never spoke to Cody directly, only Conrad Thompson, and they never made a deal.
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The 10/28 Evolution PPV show at this point has sold 7,000 tickets to the Nassau Coliseum. It will end up close to full as a full house is scaled at 10,900. Of those 7,000 tickets, about 2,400 went to ticket brokers and the price to get in is $41
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The key players in the ring, Cody, Omega, Young Bucks and Page (Scurll was not in the ring for the finish and he’s the only one whose contract doesn’t expire by the end of January) vowed to stick together in their upcoming negotiations and certainly left one with the impression they aren’t going to WWE. The best we can say right now is this. The vow to stick together among the five is legit. The decision of what that means hasn’t been made and WWE, which has made strong overtures, is an option. It’s not going to be an easy decision. There are many different things to weigh, some obvious and others not so obvious. The belief is that WWE is not blind to the obvious angle and has the same basic idea that would be obvious regarding how to use them at first.
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While New Japan has had at least informal feeler talks with a number of WWE stars whose deals are coming due, you don't see people, even those whose fortunes are going nowhere, leaving to try and do what Juice Robinson has done.

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  • Based on estimates from a recent episode of the RBR Weekly Wrestling podcast show, WWE will be making roughly $1.1 million per segment/match shown on Smackdown once their new deal with FOX begins. The estimates assume Smackdown does not get an extra hour and is around 8 segments per week.


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A collection on The Undertaker and Triple H’s rivalry and one on Curt Hawkins will be added to the WWE Network this month.
Link: https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/...e-highlighted/

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Chris Jericho discussed his All In appearance on today’s episode of his podcast. He said Cody Rhodes called him months ago when the show was announced, and Jericho said he wasn’t wanting to work non-WWE shows in the United States at that time. Jericho said his mindset has changed and he’s enjoying being part of this “revolution” of wrestling that’s going on. Jericho said he’d consider it, but the idea had to be right. Cody pitched him on being under the Burnard the Business Bear costume and attacking Kota Ibushi, but Jericho said he wasn’t really interested. Cody called him again, they kicked around ideas, and Jericho came up with attacking Kenny Omega and keeping their angle alive from the Tokyo Dome and having it be a late promotional opportunity for his cruise. They were able to work the logistics out with Jericho’s Fozzy concert in Kansas and get it pushed to later in the night. Pentagon Jr.’s extra costume was silver instead of gold, so they had to find a Home Depot and get gold spray paint at the last minute.
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Indies Roundup:
Destiny Wrestling, a Toronto-based promotion, will have their first iPPV on FITE TV on November 25. Titled Fearless, it will be hosted by Alicia Atout, Scott D’Amore and the former Santino Marella.

Cody has announced today on Twitter that he is writing a children’s book similar to the Young Bucks’ book as part of the Elite Team Series. It will be released next spring.

Wednesday’s episode of Lucha Underground averaged 100,000 viewers on the El Rey Network, up from their season-low of 83,000 the week prior. It was Lucha Underground’s highest number since August 8th.

On Saturday, WWN Live will present a SHINE card at 3 pm with the SHINE championship tournament scheduled. EVOLVE 113 will be streaming live at 6 pm Eastern with Shane Strickland vs. Tracy Williams for the EVOLVE title, and the live audience will see Velveteen Dream vs. Darby Allin in the main event.

NJPW announced Wrestle Kingdom 13 tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 25 and have a couple pre-sales before that. Ticket prices range from 4,500yen ($40) to 50,000yen ($450). Ticket bundles for international fans should be announced in the near future.
Cody: https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/statu...39949340663808

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The Hollywood Reporter has a story on a new biopic on WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson is in the works. The film entitled "Ring King" is being produced and written by Toronto-based filmmakers Jonathan and Justin Gajewski. The brothers have numerous assistant director credits for films and television produced in Toronto such as Suicide Squad, Scott Pilgrim Versus the World and Fox's Minority Report TV series. Dwayne Johnson has no affiliation with the film.
Link: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...f-2018-1139787

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Despite competition from the first game of the NFL season, Impact Wrestling ratings were up a bit this week.

The episode averaged 236,000 viewers on Pop TV, which is up from last week's 225,000. Viewership has increased each of the last four weeks, but the past five episodes are still the five lowest audiences Impact has drawn in 2018.
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Ring of Honor has confirmed the date and location of this year's Final Battle pay-per-view.

Final Battle 2018 will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Friday, December 14. This will be the third straight year that the venue has hosted the PPV. Aside from Final Battle 2015 being held in Philadelphia, the event has taken place in New York City since 2006.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to HonorClub members at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, September 12. They'll then be made available to the general public at 10 a.m. Eastern on Friday, September 14.
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Do you think that the reaction to Becky Lynch is similar to that of Daniel Bryan, while inadvertently, making Charlotte the female Roman Reigns? I feel the audience will now be booing Charlotte, even when she is past this feud because the current storyline is dictating that she came in out of nowhere, is getting pushed at the expense of other talent, etc.

I don't think that was the plan, but it sure looks that way. Of course, it wasn't the plan with Bryan either and he ended up headlining Wrestlemania 30, so this could all end up being extremely beneficial to Ms. Lynch!
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A few months back, Finn Balor cracked a joke about Acting General Manager Baron Corbin stealing his vest from TGI Friday's. Apparently, this got back to the restaurant chain who "fired" Corbin and sent him his severance package in the form of a gift card.

Thanks to @FinnBalor telling on me @TGIFridays fired me for "borrowing" a vest. It's a bummer but on the bright side I got my severance package in the mail yesterday. I'm getting boneless wings now who's going with me? pic.twitter.com/vvKP2u4mzM
— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) September 7, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/BaronCorbinWWE/s...48153256685569

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WWE has a new poll asking fans which match they're most looking forward to at the Hell In a Cell pay-per-view. As of this writing, 38% voted for the HIAC match between Braun Strowman and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns while 18% voted for Samoa Joe vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles, 17% for Becky Lynch vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair, 15% for the HIAC match between Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy, 7% for Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse, and 5% for Alexa Bliss vs. RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey.
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WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Oklerlund, Charly Caruso and Jonathan Coachman are the hosts for the new 30 Years of WWE SummerSlam DVD. The set is available now and can be purchased at a sale price via this Amazon link. Okerlund appears in this new promo for the set:

Join @TheGeneOkerlund @TheCoachrules & @CharlyCarusoWWE for an unprecedented look at THREE DECADES of #SummerSlam! pic.twitter.com/S3mLxw6A12
— WWE (@WWE) September 7, 2018
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Last night's Raw held up well against the first week of the NFL season, doing 2.74 million viewers, a drop of five percent from the prior week ...

ESPN ran a doubleheader, with the New York Jets blowout of the Detroit Lions doing 10.34 million viewers against the first two hours of Raw and part of hour three, while the last 52 minutes of Raw went against a Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders game that did 9.61 million viewers.

Raw was seventh for the night on cable, trailing only the two games and news shows. It also beat out both FOX and CW programming ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.82 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.80 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.60 million viewers
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On the 17th anniversary of her father (Michael Angel Trinidad) passing away in the 9/11 terror attacks, WWE posted a video with Zelina Vega (Thea Trinidad) being interviewed by Renee Young. Vega reflected on her memories of her father and that day. She also discussed how her father was a fan of professional wrestling and The Rock, how they bonded over wrestling, and her telling The Rock about him.

Vega wrote about her father: “Even 17 years later it’s still hard to breathe when they get close to reading his name at the #911Memorial ceremony but today and everyday I celebrate and represent for you Daddy. I’m on my way to Cajundome for #SDLive and live our dream. Thank you all for the luv #TRANQUILO”
Link: https://youtu.be/SUzbsVFrMU8 & https://twitter.com/Zelina_VegaWWE/s...59228514549769

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Indies Roundup:
Revolution Pro Wrestling announced that Global Wars UK will only be a one-night event this year, with the show being held at the Brixton Recreation Centre on October 14. Minoru Suzuki will defend his Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship against Tomohiro Ishii, and KUSHIDA will challenge for David Starr’s Cruiserweight title.

RIngside seats for the NWA’s 70th Anniversary Show are being priced at $70, with general admission tickets costing $19.48 (the year the NWA was founded). Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Central time this Friday. The show will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on October 21, and it’s being headlined by Cody Rhodes and Nick Aldis’ rematch for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.

David Arquette will team with the Hurricane this Friday for Northeast Wrestling.

The second part of the Katsuyori Shibata documentary looking at his life in California has been uploaded.

World of Sport this week scored 0.5 million viewers with a 5% share, up slightly from last week.

New Japan has a Road to Destruction card in Hinagahigashi Tuesday headlined by Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Yujiro vs. Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano. They have a show in Kyoto on Wednesday and Osaka on Thursday before Saturday’s big Destruction in Hiroshima card, which will stream on New Japan World.
RevPro: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/1039529542484938752, Northeast Wrestling: http://www.northeastwrestling.com/ , NJPW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQbO...ature=youtu.be

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CMLL and ROH are partnering to make CMLL's 85th Aniversario event available via HonorClub.

ROH announced tonight that this Friday's CMLL anniversary show will be streamed live for all HonorClub subscribers. It will also be available to watch on-demand.

The broadcast will only be shown with Spanish commentary, with it being done by CMLL's announce team. CMLL has yet to announce if the show will be broadcast anywhere other than HonorClub.
More details and event's card: https://www.f4wonline.com/mexico/cml...norclub-265566

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The talents decimated by The Author of Pains on Monday Night Raw were Wildkat Wrestling regulars Johnny Flex and Nathan Bradley.

The person attacked backstage by Braun Strowman and tossed painfully across the hallway was Wildkat Wrestling's Buku Dao.
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Michael Cole took to Twitter to comment on Renee Young being moved into a full-time announcing position on Monday Night Raw:

Work hard and you will be rewarded. Simple but true. Tonight will be a top 5 highlight in my 22 year career. Congrats @ReneeYoungWWE
— Michael Cole (@MichaelCole) September 10, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/MichaelCole/stat...59739035410432

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CM Punk (Phil Brooks) appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN Monday to promote Ultimate Beastmasters, which was released on Netflix last month. Punk listed off the movie projects he has been working on and was non-committal on a return to mixed martial arts. He stated he would decide by the end of the year and added that it wasn’t “UFC or bust” for him, suggesting he would be open to fighting elsewhere if he wasn’t retained by the promotion.
Link with more highlights: https://www.tpww.net/2018/09/intervi...-to-wrestling/

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WWE recently filed to trademark Walk With Elias, Adam Cole, Lars Sullivan and Danny Burch.
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WWE Hall of Famer Sting was a recent guest on Apter Chat, with Bill Apter. During the chat, Sting discussed how his character developed over the years and even shared how he came to use the 'Scorpion Deathlock'.

"I was fortunate enough in those early days, while I was still with Bill Watts, (Giant) Baba from Japan wanted me to come do a show," Sting said. "Bill sent me to Japan and there was a wrestler named Riki Choshu. He used that hold and I went 'oh, I like that' and so then the scorpion kinda popped in all at the same time and attempting to brand myself."
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The latest edition of Dinner With the King with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler is now online. The show was recorded in Chicago during Starrcast, and featured Lawler speaking to a live crowd. Below are some highlights.

Jerry Lawler on being associated with the word “puppies” in WWE:

The thing with the puppies, I did not coin the phrase. I was not the first one to say the phrase on WWE TV; but, because like you said I am so associated with that word puppies, most people think that way. That is probably the reason I’m not on TV anymore and I mean that seriously because they [WWE] went so politically correct. It’s not necessarily PG because they’re not PG. They’re further south than PG. They’re PC. They’re so politically correct to a fault and especially like they got so right now into – starting with the Revolution – now it’s all about empowering women and that’s a big political correct thing these days and everything, so WWE jumped right on that, so it’s about empowering women. They actually came to us and said, ‘Do not ever say that women are sexy or that they’re good looking or that they’re beautiful. You must treat them exactly like you would a male athlete. You could say that they are powerful, they’re strong, they’re athletic, all this stuff; but, nothing that would be considered sexist at all.

Lawler on slipping in “puppies” during the Raw 25th Anniversary show and Vince McMahon’s reactions:

This is like early on the show and I said, ‘JR [Jim Ross], it’s so nice to be here tonight and we’re gonna go back in time or something and I might even say puppies tonight.’ Immediately I hear [Vince McMahon] in my earphone (grunts), ‘Let’s stay away from that tonight.’ That was the last time it was ever said on there.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Paul Heyman celebrated his 53rd birthday today.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 2nd anniversary of AJ Styles first WWE Championship victory. Styles defeated Dean Ambrose for the belt at Backlash 2016.
  • PWG recently revealed the cards for this weekend's Battle of Los Angeles 2018 tournament. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/12...ineup.html?p=1
  • According to the Observer, WWE hasn't been unable to get both Pentagon Dark and Fenix's contracts with Lucha Underground voided via a loophole. At the moment, WWE can't sign both to deals till after the current LU season ends and can't use them on tv for another 6 months later.


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Tuesday's go-home show for Hell in a Cell saw SmackDown average 2.229 million viewers, down four percent from last week and marking the third straight week that SmackDown ratings have been down ...

SmackDown was down almost 20 percent year-over-year. The edition of the show that aired one year ago this week saw Vince McMahon make a rare appearance on SmackDown to confront Kevin Owens, who was in the middle of a program with Shane McMahon.

This was the 13th straight week that SmackDown has had a year-over-year drop and the 16th week in the last 17 that the show has been down from 2017.
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Young’s WWE audition tape is being added to the WWE Network’s hidden gems section this week. Beth Phoenix vs. ODB vs. Katie Lea (OVW, 2006) and Kaitlyn vs. Rosa Mendes (FCW, 2011) are also being uploaded.
Link: https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/...audition-tape/

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Indies Roundup:
EVIL & SANADA vs. WALTER & Timothy Thatcher is set for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Global Wars UK event at Brixton Recreation Centre on October 14. Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii for the Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship and David Starr vs. KUSHIDA for the Undisputed Cruiserweight title have also been announced.

Impact Wrestling announced that tickets for this year’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view have officially sold out, which was expected with the smaller building they’re running. The PPV is taking place at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, New York on October 14.

The first month of Impact episodes from the Spike TV era have been uploaded to the Global Wrestling Network.

WALTER vs. Will Ospreay for the OTT Championship will headline OTT’s show at National Stadium in Dublin on October 13.
RevPro: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/1039937547823198214 , Impact: https://impactwrestling.com/bound-for-glory-sold-out/ , GWN: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...91385099345921 , OTT: https://twitter.com/OTT_wrestling/st...64202142396416

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Marko Stunt has been added to this weekend’s PWG Battle of Los Angles tournament.

It was announced today by PWG's Twitter account that Stunt will replace Chris Brookes, who is out of the tournament due to an undisclosed injury. Stunt will face Trevor Lee in a first round match that will take place during night two.

Stunt gained notoriety last month when he was a part of Joey Janela’s Lost In New York event that took place during SummerSlam weekend. Despite his small size, Stunt managed to impress against the much larger KTB. Following the match, Stunt was added to the All In Over Budget battle royal where he eliminated Moose early in the match. He was later eliminated by Bully Ray.

This weekend’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament will start with first round matches on September 14 and 15, with the finals taking place on the 16th. All three shows will take place at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Link: https://twitter.com/OfficialPWG/stat...03082409525248

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Stephanie McMahon was among the featured speakers today at the SportsBusiness Journal's 2018 SBJ Game Changers Conference in New York City, a one-day event focused on the multiple ways in which women intersect with sports. During a discussion panel called "Ideas That Move Us Forward: Storytelling In Sports Business," Stephanie revealed the reason behind WWE's success.

"We're successful for one reason only: We listened to our audience," Stephanie said.
Link with more highlights:http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...d-wwe-success/

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Recently on The Jim Ross Report, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross caught up with the newly crowned NWA World's Heavyweight Champion, Cody. Among many other pro wrestling topics, 'The Grandson Of A Plumber' talked about his role at All In and what he learned from his experience, planning a sequel to the wildly successful indie show, and the future of the NWA's top prize ...

During the interview, Cody hinted at planning another All In and noted that he learned a lot about time management [except for timing pro wrestling matches].

"Well, maybe we already started planning [laughs]." Cody added, "I kept writing these lists. And my dad was a big list guy and I have become a big list guy too. I kept writing these lists of these are the things to do to make sure you're in peak condition, and also make sure you're in peak mental state, and make sure you paid this guy and talked to this guy. I also learned I wanted to do every single thing with this show. I wanted to do payroll; I wanted to know elements of production; I wanted to know how many chairs were in the union catering room.

"Just, next time, I don't need to know all that stuff. I also learned you are only as good as the team around you and we've discovered some new teammates over the course of [All In] weekend."
Link: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-for-all-in-2/


Some other sheet news includes:
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 19th anniversary of Sting's 6th WCW World Championship victory. Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan for the belt at Fall Brawl 1999.
  • Recent episode of the SirusXM's Busted Open radio show had Chris Jericho as the guest. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...hon-right-now/


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WWE released a press release today announcing The World of The Rock, a comprehensive visual novel of The Rock’s WWE career. It will be out on October 2nd for $24.99, and will be published by DK.
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A collection featuring the “biggest losers” in WWE history will reportedly be coming to the WWE Network on Monday. Curt Hawkins will be the host.
Link: https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/...n-wwe-network/

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Kassius Ohno (formerly known as Chris Hero) posted a tweet yesterday marking his 20th anniversary in pro wrestling.
Link: https://twitter.com/KassiusOhno/stat...25848202272768

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Tetsuya Naito vs. Chris Brookes has been added to Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Global Wars UK show at Brixton Recreation Centre on October 14.

Minoru Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher has been signed for Over the Top Wrestling’s Fourth Year Anniversary show. WALTER will also defend the OTT World title against Will Ospreay.

Hart Foundation vs. Rich Swann, ACH and a mystery partner has been added to MLW’s television taping on October 4.

A number of unique bouts have been announced for the 9/22 ICW event in Woodside, NY at Ultimate Fitness Queens with Nick Gage vs. Psicosis, Joey Janela vs Jack Evans, Teddy Hart vs Eli Everfly, Homicide vs SHLAK, Rich Swann vs Danny DeManto, Alisha Edwards vs. Penelope Ford and more.

The Ironman match between Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham from this week’s episode of Ring of Honor can be watched for free on FITE TV. This was the best Ring of Honor television match this year and from a presentation standpoint, I felt it was one of the best television matches period this year.
RevPro: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/1040207080408444928 , OTT: https://twitter.com/ott_wrestling/st...421487622?s=21 , https://mlw.com/2018/09/13/hart-foun...nyc-october-4/ , ROH: https://www.fite.tv/watch/roh-364/2oaie/

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Ric Flair and Wendy Barlow have committed themselves to one another.

TMZ Sports first reported that Flair and longtime fiancee Wendy Barlow had a commitment ceremony on Wednesday at a resort in northern Florida. Video provided showed Flair walking down the aisle in what was said to be a custom suit, then Dolph Ziggler walking Barlow down the aisle. The Undertaker was also said to be there. Although initial reports said it was a wedding, including TMZ who first reported it, Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio last night said it was a commitment ceremony.

Ric Flair has been married four times in the past. Megan and David Flair were from his first marriage to Leslie Goodman. Reid and Ashley (Charlotte) were from his second marriage to Elizabeth Harrell. His most recent marriage was with Jacqueline Beems, who filed for divorce in 2012. Barlow and Flair became engaged in 2016.

Barlow was also briefly in WCW in the early 1990s as a part of the Flair For the Gold talk show segments as Fifi the maid.
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FOX's CFO John Nallen praised the forthcoming debut of WWE Smackdown during an investor's call today, commenting, "It’s a 50 to 52-week-a-year sport with no repeats. It’s a new novella every week. For us to have that kind of appointment programming, that audience, every week of the year, is a really unique opportunity for us.” Smackdown debuts on FOX in October 2019.
I give FOX about 6 months to a year before they start having buyers remorse. Link to the interview: https://www.thewrap.com/why-21st-cen...mackdown-live/

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Former TNA Champion James Storm, who debuted at last week's MLW taping in an angle designed to kick off a feud with Tom Lawlor is already done here. Yep, already. A source with the promotion said the two sides decided to "part ways." Storm attacked Lawlor during a bout with Joey Janela and later won a quick squash. My guess is none of that footage will ever appear on MLW TV ...

There were a number of executives from BeIN Sports (which is headquartered in Florida) and MLW sponsors at the Wargames event last week in Florida. BeIN Sports will be expanding the MLW's presence on their networks going forward ...

There was an attempt made to book the former home of WCW in Atlanta, the Center Stage Theater, but we are told that the attempt was dropped at the request of another promotion using the venue. The company is looking at other potential venues in that market. More as we confirm it.

During our coverage of the Wargames event last week in Florida, we noted that ACH was working the show with what was believed to be the flu. It was actually some sort of stomach bug that ended up hitting a number of others who work for the company during the same time period. ACH got really sick an hour before his match but still went out and performed, which you have to respect ...

The company is also looking to shift as many of its TV tapings and dates, which have traditionally been Thursdays since the company relaunched, to Saturday evenings.

No word yet on a WaleMania event over Wrestlemania weekend.
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Last Tuesday's SmackDown Live was at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. To promote the show, Carmella appeared as a guest on a local news station, KLFY News 10, and talked about how she went from dancing to being in the WWE.

"I was a dancer my whole life," Carmella said. "I've been dancing since I was three years old. Then I was a cheerleader in the NFL and in the NBA with the Lakers. My dad was actually a wrestler back in the day in the early 90's, he dabbled in it a little bit. So just kind of brought everything full circle with my dad's background and my love of and passion for entertainment" ...

Carmella has not been a bystander in the women's evolution, as she made history by becoming the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank. She talks about what it's like to currently be on the women's roster during the evolution and everything that has been accomplished so far.

"What a time to be a women in the WWE," said Carmella. "We're in the midst of this women's evolution and we actually have our first ever all-women's pay-per-view October 28th, which is huge! It's called WWE Evolution. It's going to be amazing. The first ever all-women's pay-per-view. The women, we're just taking over. [We've had] the first ever Hell in a Cell match. The first ever Money in the Bank ladder match, which I was the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank. So, it's just really cool to see the women just taking over."
Link: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ourney-to-wwe/

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Her WWE future:

"I hope to be around for a little bit. The Danielsons do want baby No. 2 so that's something that is on the horizon. If I can come back for a couple of months or more that's heaven for me.
Great even more nonsense Bellas stuff to look forward to watching for the next few months. Link with more highlights and interview itself: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-botch-on-raw/


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  • 2K Games recently released a new gameplay trailer for WWE 2k19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L1Zmmbou3s
  • In another incident of him having thin skin for booking criticisms, Road Dogg once again got into a Twitter spat and this time towards those still upset at WWE's handling of the Lynch-Charlotte storyline. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...w-becky-lynch/
  • For those interested, wrestling merch retailer Highspots.com is currently selling official All In merchandise.
  • This week's edition of the Observer Newsletter has been delayed due to scheduling issues.


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Despite going against regular season NFL football for the second straight week, Impact Wrestling viewership was up again last night.

The episode averaged 258,000 viewers on Pop TV, up from last Thursday's 236,000. This is the fifth straight week that Impact viewership has been up, with the promotion climbing back after drawing just 168,000 viewers on August 9.
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Indies Roundup:
PCW Ultra on 10/26 has announced Penta 0M, Shane Strickland, Tessa Blanchard, Jake Atlas, Hammerstone, Daga, Puma King, Abyss, Joey Janela, Sinn Bodhi, Brody King, Darby Allin, Eli Everfly and more.

The Monster Factory in Paulsboro, NJ, which has produced a number of stars over its decades-long existence, including Bam Bam Bigelow, Raven and current ROH TV Champion Punishment Martinez, will hold their first-ever TV taping tomorrow evening. The promotion will be announcing the broadcast outlet shortly.

In what will be the biggest test for the National Wrestling Alliance to date, tickets for their 10/21 70th Anniversary event at the Nashville Fairgrounds (aka TNA Asylum) are officially on sale, with ringside seats at $70 and general admission tickets at $19.48 at nwa70.com. It will be the biggest litmus test to date to see whether the promotion's excellent YouTube series will translate into ticket buying customers for the promotion's first full scale event since Billy Corgan purchased the company a year ago. The event will be headlined by NWA Champion Cody vs. Nick Aldis in a rematch from All In as well as the crowning of a new NWA National Champion. The three hour event will air live on FITE.tv, priced at $24.95.

MLW has announced that tickets for their WrestleMania Week card will be going on sale October 10th at 10 am Eastern. MLW’s event is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th in New York City and will feature a taping for their Fusion television program on beIN Sports.

Wednesday night’s episode of Lucha Underground saw the series hit their lowest average of the season with 79,000 viewers watching on the El Rey Network. It was a 21% drop from last week’s figure.
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Anthem Sports & Entertainment filed a motion asking the United States District Court of Tennessee for an extension in time so they can properly respond to the lawsuit filed by Jeff Jarrett and his company, Global Force Entertainment. Noting that Jarrett's attorneys have already agreed to an extension, Anthem has asked that the court give them until 10/15 before they file a response.
More details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/12...wsuit.html?p=1

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Are Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar under WWE deals anymore?

WWE has been very mum on the subject of Brock Lesnar. It was known he was finishing up at Summerslam, but it's never been stated that he's no longer under contract and any questions of that nature have been ignored. It's possible his deal expired, but it's just as possible he's still under contract but is being given the time off to pursue his UFC exploits, just as he was given the chance to compete at UFC 200.

As for Heyman, he has been backstage at recent TV tapings working in a behind the scenes capacity.
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Yahoo! Sports has an interview with Brie Bella about the challenges involved in returning to the ring after becoming a mother, including changes to her body after having given birth. On her dive mishap last week on Raw, Bella commented, "With any type of physical body change, it changes so much. Even last week on ‘Raw’ when I did the suicide dive and it was less momentum than I should have had, I forgot that I’m 10 pounds heavier than what I was. Gravity doesn’t lie. That was a little different for me. I don’t mind if I fail or if I succeed. No matter what, I want to look back with no regrets. If I fail, last week for example, I went to sleep at night and I was kind of bummed out, but I learned something about myself. I learned where my body is at, where I am at.”
Link: https://sports.yahoo.com/reclamation...015914952.html

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Zack Ryder tweeted:

I started my journey to become a professional wrestler 15 years ago this week. It all started in this garage... @NYWCWRESTLING. My only “job” has been wrestling for @WWE for the past 12 years. Dreams come true if you do the work...and stay #AlwayzReady. pic.twitter.com/TygDDcCzJl
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) September 13, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/ZackRyder/status...77517540712448

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El Hijo del Fantasma said that he was staying in AAA and not going to WWE
For those wondering, he is King Cuerno in Lucha Underground.

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The 9/30 Long Beach show is barely two weeks away and there are about 2,400 tickets sold, coming after a first show at the Walker Pyramid that sold out instantly. There was no way to get the traveling fans so soon after All In, but there was a feeling that after doing 6,333 paid in San Francisco, a different market, with largely local fans, in what is right now not considered as good a market as Southern California, that this is a disappointment.
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Things are not going well for Pete Polaco, 44, best known as Justin Credible in ECW and WWE. His wife had taken out an order pr protection against him in March and he has been arrested twice since then for violating it. He was released from the New Haven Correctional Center after the second arrest on $50,000 bond over the weekend. He was bailed out by the people involved in doing a documentary on his life and went to rehab. He had earlier gone through WWE sponsored rehab, thanked them and said he had turned his life around
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Konnan is now working as a senior agent for MLW and will be on almost all of the shows. MSL is head of talent relations, Bruce Prichard is a senior producer and Alex Greenfield is also a senior producer. Brian Pillman Jr. signed a three-year deal. They may try and work a deal to send him to New Japan as a trainee with the idea that for him to become a good worker and gain experience, he will progress far faster there than in US ...

MLW is also looking at moving tapings from Thursdays to Saturdays, which will be easier to draw fans, but tougher to get talent. Indie talent gets the majority of their bookings on Fridays and Saturdays and very little on Thursday, so they can get a lot more talent on those days, especially with the guys who are in demand, many will have Saturday bookings. But the key guys they are building around are under contract which means they’ll have priority on their dates and even the Mexicans who are in high demand are getting their dates well ahead of time

MLW wanted to run Center Stage in Atlanta and this was the first time they’ve tried to run a venue where the venue told them they wouldn’t rent to them based on a deal with other companies. The two companies that run Center Stage are ROH, which has no history of trying to block people, and WWE, which runs NXT shows there, and certainly does have a past history but it’s not as if there’s any direct tie that this came from WWE, just that they were told they couldn’t run the venue
Some more details on yesterday's batch of MLW news.

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World of Sport was up to 500,000 viewers on 9/8, which is a 25 percent increase from the series low of 400,000 the week before. But it’s still the second lowest, and next week will probably do worse because it’s being moved up another half hour to 4 p.m. ...

Even though the first-run ratings have dropped from 937,000 to as low as 400,000, those with the project expect it to be renewed for at least a second season as ITV and Martin Goldsmith have the early 2019 tour which will need TV to make it work. My gut is the tour may be used as a barometer for the future as if ITV can make money off touring and merchandise with the project they may keep them on in spite of falling ratings. More bad news is that the 9/22 show is moving to 2:30 p.m., before soccer instead of after it.
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Due to his size and look, both New Japan and WWE have interest in Killer Kross.
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More notes on the All In rating from 6-7 p.m. on Sunday on WGN America. The 196,000 number was down from the 227,000 number that Blue Bloods did in the same time slot the prior week. However, it drew a much younger audience, with 107,000 of the viewers 18-49 whereas Blue Bloods had 75,000, and 72,000 of those 18-49 viewers (67.3 percent) being male as opposed to Blue Bloods where it was 25,000 males in the demo and only 34.7 percent of the viewers being male
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According to a report we got, after a three-way tag title match on the 9/7 Raw show Birmingham where Ziggler & McIntyre retained over The B Team and Matt Hardy & Wyatt, a fan after the match begged Hardy not to retire. His response was, “Unfortunately, I don’t have a choice. This was probably my last match ever.” Hardy did work the rest of the weekend shows. He had already been pulled off television and reports from the weekend were that he was moving like he was hurting. Hardy had pretty much indicated that he wasn’t going to be wrestling for a while and has been learning the role of a producer while being out of action. Hardy then, after his match on 9/9 in Biloxi, wrote that it was the last match of Woken Matt Hardy. The last we heard, retirement was a possibility but not official, likely depending on how his body reacts to rest and injury rehab
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This past week has seen more talk regarding Penta 0M & Rey Fenix, and at this point it does look like not only is nothing happening in this direction soon, nor can it because of their Lucha Underground contracts. Both have started making commitments to promoters for next year, which indicates they aren’t planning on doing anything here anytime soon. WWE has had interest, obviously, since they are Mexican stars who can work great with Americans and have names on the indie scene ...

They are under contract with Lucha Underground until a few months after the season ends. At that point, I expect they’ll have the option to go almost anywhere.

The belief right now is that Lucha Underground is solid for another season, and that El Rey is paying them enough to continue as flagship programming going forward. With Konnan having a strong hand in creative in AAA and them being his guys, and Fenix being world champion right now, obviously they’ll be able to get a joint deal from both groups which would also likely have them working for Impact as well, just like they are now, and be able to do U.S. indies. But they are in talks about a deal with AAA and Impact right now. AAA does want them exclusively for Mexico if they can get that deal done, to keep them from also working for The Crash and CMLL.
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Stephanie McMahon spoke at the Sports Business Journal Game Changer conference on 9/12 and said “We’re successful for one reason only: We listen to our audience.” You can just imagine the reaction that drew. It was enough that reporter Katie Rosenberg, who tweeted that line, noted she woke up to a number of fans saying the opposite. Every writer I’ve ever spoken to, and most people who have run creative, have always said either these words or something approximating them, that the show is written for “the audience of one,” which is Vince McMahon

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Those All In numbers don't exactly scream "wrestling renaissance." They're only useful if you really want that 18-49 male demo, specifically. But that's compared to Blue Bloods, which is clearly preferred by women. If it was competing against a show preferred by men, then there isn't that straw to clutch onto. And who knows if those numbers are even sustainable?
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Depends on how you view the numbers since both Meltzer and John Pollock mentioned normal comparisons don't really work for something unique as All In.

Zero Hour's 196k puts them towards the lower end of Impact's numbers since they moved to POP but I think better than what Impact was doing near the end of their Destination America run. Not sure about ROH or MLW since their numbers rarely get reported.

In terms of comparisons with WGN, it did worse than Blue Bloods the previous week but for that night it was both the highest viewed and rated show for the network.

If there is a renaissance of sorts, its All In proving there is enough room for non-WWE stuff to be very successful in wrestling. Them getting that number without anything really great for Zero Hour and the 10k in tickets sales as the proof. Even NJPW's recent US shows and ROH's MSG success is more proof.
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Gotta be actual WWE employees at HQ if their tweets are pinging from the Bridgeport/Milford area.

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Old 09-18-2018, 05:17 PM   #2229
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That Ronda-Cyborg rumor sounds terrible if it also ends up main eventing next year's Mania. Pretty much telling the rest of their women's roster that they are useless and not even Charlotte is worthy of being involved in what could be the most high profiled women's Mania match ever.

That HBK-Taker rumor is equally terrible since not only did WWE toss away Reigns getting the rub from defeating and retiring Taker at Mania, that star making retirement rub is getting tossed away again because of WWE's ineptitude.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:28 PM   #2230
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This account nailed Brock at HIAC before it happened and a few other things before they were reported (like Bliss being out of MMC this week due to injury and Ember replacing her) so we'll see how their accuracy is, I guess
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Impact is back up for sale.

For fuck's sake. Someone just buy it and Old Yeller the damn thing.
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Impact officials have said the meeting wasn't about a sale of either the company or the library but they would probably say that even if it was about a sale.
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Raw did its lowest numbers since June last night, but that wasn't unexpected going against a big football game and the Emmy Awards.

Raw averaged 2.66 million viewers, down three percent from the prior week. Normally Raw would get a bump coming off a pay-per-view -- but with the Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears doing 11.72 million viewers and the Emmys on NBC doing 10.21 million viewers, that made the difference ...

Raw ended up in eighth place for the night on cable, trailing news shows and ESPN programming related to the NFL ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.84 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.75 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.43 million viewers
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Stephanie Bell aka Mia Yim was at the WWE Performance Center today and was featured on a video from the PC released by WWE. The former Impact Wrestling star was a competitor in the Mae Young Classic. She has lived in Orlando for some time, so she is local, but it's also quite possible she has signed a WWE NXT deal. If so, that puts her back in the same company with Adam Cole, who she partnered with in CZW and other independent promotions years ago. We've reached out to WWE for confirmation, but most likely that won't confirm until it's time for the official announcement of the next set of talents coming into the PC..
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Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham will face KUSHIDA & Jushin Thunder Liger at ROH’s TV tapings in Las Vegas on September 29. Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem Ali & LSG) will also challenge for the ROH Tag Team titles at the tapings. The Briscoes hold the titles and will defend them against Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian at Death Before Dishonor on September 28.

Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & SANADA vs. Shane Strickland, Bandido & Flamita has been made official for OTT’s Fourth Year Anniversary show at National Stadium in Dublin on October 13.

MLW announced that they’ll be taping TV in the Chicago area on November 8. The tapings will be held at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois, and tickets go on sale this Saturday.

Paul Richard, who has been the General Manager of New England Championship Wrestling for nine years, is retiring from the wrestling business and will be working with Christopher Nowinski in educating athletes on CTE. Richard himself said he was diagnosed with CTE and had nine concussions while wrestling.

David Arquette will be part of the Rise 10 show on 10/19 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club. He will be attending a seminar put on by Mercedes Martinez, Rain, Cheerleader Melissa and Lexie Fyfe. It sounds like an angle where Arquette tries to join the all-women's promotion.

Marko Stunt will debut on the 10/4 MLW show in New York at the Melrose Ballroom teaming with Rich Swann & ACH against the New Hart Foundation of Brian Pillman Jr. & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Teddy Hart. The main event on the show is L.A. Park vs. PCO.

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega will make his debut for Northeast Wrestling on Friday 11/9 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the promotion announced tonight:
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Judge Vanessa Bryant in U.S. District Court in Connecticut threw out all of the Konstantine Kyros led-concussion lawsuits against WWE earlier today. The two key ones were the remaining counts in the Vito LoGrasso and Evan Singleton cases, as well as the case with 53 different wrestlers including Joe Laurinaitis, Paul Orndorff, Jimmy Snuka and many others. Bryant strongly admonished Kyros for his complaints being too long, having irrelevant or non-factual arguments and said she has told him over and over to rewrite the complaints, only to have them come back with similar problems. She stated that having him rewrite the complaints would seem to lead to the same thing. She also ruled that the complaints were time barred in that such a lawsuit would have to come within five years of suffering the injuries in question and almost all the wrestlers involved were long since retired when the complaint was filed.
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Early this morning, attorney Konstantine Kyros issued a statement to PWInsider.com, announcing he intended to appeal Bryant's dismissal order, which included ruling that Kyros would be responsible for reimbursing some of WWE's legal fees.

PWInsider.com contacted WWE's lead counsel Jerry McDevitt for comment on Kyros' plans to appeal. Below is the complete response from McDevitt:

"This is the same kind of drivel Kyros pawned off on former wrestlers when soliciting them to sue WWE by false statements that he had obtained a billion dollar settlement for NFL players and would do the same for wrestlers, when in fact he had absolutely nothing to do with getting that settlement. He was caught repeatedly making false allegations; has been admonished repeatedly by federal judges about his dishonest behavior; and has now been subjected to two different sanction orders of the kind that would make most lawyers embarrassed and ashamed. The rant he sent you now insults the federal judge who issued the decision, and he still fails to address the basis of her opinion. He may well have been able to mislead those he solicited to join his lawsuits, but he will never succeed in misleading us or federal judges. Frankly, he should be disbarred."
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While there was a U.K. news story claiming WWE was confiscating pro-Becky Lynch signs at last night's show, the WWE has stated that they did not do so, but said it is possible if a fan was holding a sign in front of the hard camera, it may have been removed to prevent blocking camera shots.
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Netflix's GLOW, based on the 1980s Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling troupe and TV series, ended up with two Emmy wins.

GLOW's Stunt Coordinator Shauna Duggins won the Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program, becoming the first woman in history to score the accolade since it was instituted in 2002. The series also captured the Emmy for Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less).

In response to the wins, GLOW's Twitter account commented:

Thank you to the @TelevisionAcad and congratulations to team GLOW on winning 2 #Emmys! Special shout out to our awesome Production Design team and Stunt Coordinator Shauna Duggins on a history making win.???? pic.twitter.com/K09jcOxUQ4
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Wrestling historian Tim Hornbaker, who has written several excellent books on the business, officially released his latest, Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever on 9/18. The book provides an excellent, well researched account of the pro wrestling's world's reaction to Vince McMahon's push to take the WWF national and how Vince's moves and their reactions led, one by one, to the end of the promotions that had long carved out their own fiefdom in professional wrestling.
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I spoke with someone regarding Becky Lynch and the direction she is going. At SummerSlam, it was designed to turn Becky into a heel, however after the reaction that week in Brooklyn they decided to adjust and make it more about Becky and Charlotte’s issues with one another rather than making Becky a strong heel. The directive at the time was that Becky was a ‘Stone Cold’ type of character knowing she would be cheered, however, we are told that has somewhat changed. Internally, Becky is technically considered a heel, although she isn’t generally being received as one by the public. There are no plans to make Charlotte Flair a heel coming out of this.
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It's no secret that Becky's popularity has been on the rise since turning on Flair at SummerSlam. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the idea of last night's match was to slowly turn Flair babyface.

Despite Becky pinning Flair in the middle of the ring clean, the idea was to end the match with Flair as a babyface after Becky "screwed" her to win the title. Apparently Becky's big heel move was the post-match handshake blow-off. There was supposed to be a few significant heel moves by Becky during the match but both of them worked most of the match as a babyface. WWE officials knew going into the match that Becky would be cheered.
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Above is the intro for the new Curt Hawkins "Nothing To Lose" WWE Network Collection, featuring Hawkins as the host. The Collection is now live on the Network and features more than 20 videos with a look at major losses in WWE history.
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WWE has a new poll asking fans who they would rather have in their corner at WWE Super Show-Down - Kane or WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. As of this writing, 54% voted for Kane. As noted, Kane will be in The Undertaker's corner while Michaels will be in Triple H's corner for the big match on October 6 in Australia. It's believed this will lead to Michaels coming out of retirement for a big tag team match at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on November 2.
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Regarding WWE using a red Cell structure at this year's Hell In a Cell pay-per-view, @WrestleVotes reports that Vince McMahon made the call as a way to do something new, similar to when they dropped the Roman numerals from WrestleMania. It was also noted that they did a visibility test and everything was OK for the broadcast.

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Coming off Hell in a Cell and with Becky Lynch's Women's title victory over Charlotte Flair from the pay-per-view being the focus of the show, SmackDown viewership was up two percent over last week.

The show averaged 2.281 million viewers and finished eighth overall for the night in terms of total cable TV viewership. It was second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.78 rating -- almost identical to The Mayans on FX, which did a 0.79 ...

Year-over-year viewership was down nine percent, marking the 14th straight week the show has suffered a decline from 2017.
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SHIMMER’s StreamSHIMMER streaming service has officially launched. The promotion noted that the web player and Roku app are available and that they’ll be on Amazon FireTV soon. Their first 61 events are on the service now.

OTT announced Hirooki Goto & Sean Guinness vs. Satoshi Kojima & Michael May for their Fourth Year Anniversary show in Dublin on October 13.

All of the New Japan talents who are in for the ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV on 9/28 will be appearing at the TV taping as well.

As PWInsider.com reported last night, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega will make his debut for Northeast Wrestling on Friday 11/9 in Poughkeepsie, NY at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center ... PWInsider.com has also confirmed that former WWE and ECW Champion Rob Van Dam has been booked for the date.
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The WWE Network is working on a WWE Chronicles documentary about Paige.

The paperback edition of the WWE book Second Nature, about Ric and Charlotte Flair, was officially released today.

The official release date for the Smackdown: 20 Years Later book is 5/7/19.
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As noted in recent weeks here on PWInsider.com, there had been a recent period where Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix had been noncommittal to promoters regarding independent dates in 2019. That, coupled with the fact that World Wrestling Entertainment was interested in the two brothers, led to a lot of speculation on the future of the duo, who have been involved in major storylines and matches in Mexico, The United States and beyond.

So, are they heading to WWE?

The answer to that is no.

PWInsider.com has learned from sources familiar with the duo's deals with Lucha Underground that they are still locked into a contractual non-compete for that series until 2020. If Lucha Underground gets picked up for another season, they would work that fifth season. If it does not, but there is a potential for the series to be picked up before their non-compete ends, they would be locked in and not be able to go and sign with WWE. So, they are not NXT bound.
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Major League Wrestling has signed a deal with BeIn Sports to bring a Spanish language version of the MLW: FUSION series on beIN SPORTS en Español. This is being seen internally as a big clearance for MLW, potentially doubling the size of the series' weekly audience as as beIN en Español has a very strong audience thanks to their boxing and soccer rights. The first episode will debut this Tuesday and will be airing in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Konnan, Pentagon Jr., Fenix and LA Park have all filmed interviews and promos to support the launch. The announcing team has not been announced yet, but I'd be shocked if Konnan wasn't involved ...

Kaci Lennox, who has been working as a backstage interviewer on MLW TV, has signed a deal with the company.

There have been talks with New Japan Pro Wrestling about sharing Brian Pillman Jr. with the idea that sending Pillman, who is still very early on in his career, overseas will help his growth as a talent ...

For those who have asked about MLW not having returned to Orlando at the Gilt Nightclub, it is not for lack of trying. The venue has had conflicting events on the dates MLW has reached out to book. MLW are now looking to run Saturdays, which are a big event night for clubs. Previously, they had been using the venue on Thursdays, which aren't as busy. MLW is still hoping to return there soon. There's a feeling that without the Orlando audience, they wouldn't have been in the position to get the TV deal and they really don't want to abandon the fans in the market ...

PCO, Pierre Carl Oulette, will be in regularly going forward.

The company is working on making Brody King, who made a great impression at the Wargames event, in as a regular as well.

MLW is talking with Sammy Guevara and working on bringing him in.

The plan is to make the Wargames and the Battle Riot matches annual occurences.
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There continues to be praise for Jessamyn Duke coming out of WWE NXT, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. WWE looks to be fast-tracking Duke and Marina Shafir, largely in part due to their connection to Shayna Baszler and RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey but also because of their progress.

It was reported earlier this summer that WWE had plans for a Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen match at the November 18 Survivor Series pay-per-view in Los Angeles but there's no word on if they still plan on doing that match ...

Meltzer also noted that a major pay-per-view match in November could be too soon for Duke and Shafir. Word is that Duke is way ahead of where she should be and Shafir is not far behind her. Rousey adapted quickly and Baszler could likely pull off a high-profile match like the Survivor Series match but it could be asking a lot of Duke and Shafir this early in their careers.

Regarding the rumored Flair vs. Rousey match at WrestleMania 35, the latest is that the match is not as locked-in for WrestleMania as everyone thinks, but it is definitely being talked about.
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WWE revealed that Daniel Bryan has an 88 rating in WW 2K19. Of the ratings announced so far, the only wrestlers ahead of him are AJ Styles (91), Triple H (89) and Braun Strowman (89). Close behind Bryan are The Undertaker (87), Randy Orton (87), Finn Balor (85), Jeff Hardy (84), Asuka (84), Rusev (84), Adam Cole (81), Shayna Baszler (81) and Mustafa Ali (81).
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Below is video of WWE Performance Center Coach Scotty 2 Hotty leading a class on in-ring stamina with the NXT Superstars earlier this week:

Some Tuesdays are easier than others. @TheScotty2Hotty has his class working on in-ring stamina this morning. pic.twitter.com/d5GnL2LQLd
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) September 18, 2018
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Impact Wrestling officials have reportedly reached out to MLW World Champion Low Ki to come in for their upcoming shows in New York next month. Despite Impact talent appearing on MLW shows recently, there are some that feel that this was a move by design to hurt MLW. Low Ki declined the bookings out of loyalty to MLW. Impact had recently booked MLW's Jimmy Havoc earlier this month for a match in the UK where he was beaten by Sami Callihan.
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Tonight's season two premiere of WWE Mixed Match Challenge peaked at 52,400 viewers on Facebook Watch. It was down 61% from the season one premiere in January, which peaked at 135,600 viewers. Last season, viewership never reached the 100,000 mark for the live airing again until the finale, which peaked at 114,000 viewers.

This week's viewership hovered in the 35,000 - 50,000 range before peaking at 52,400 in the middle of the AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair vs. Jimmy Uso & Naomi match. Viewership dropped to 43,000 viewers for the finish. The Braun Strowman & Ember Moon vs. Kevin Owens & Natalya match that preceded it topped at 43,600 viewers.

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Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship was just announced for WWE Evolution at tonight's WWE NXT taping in Florida.

Spoiler tag used since its related to a new match announcement for WWE Evolution made during tonight's NXT TV tapings.

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After facing Pentagon Jr. at All In, Kenny Omega has a match booked against the other member of the Lucha Brothers. Northeast Wrestling has announced that Omega will be facing Fenix at their show on Friday, November 9 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The event is Northeast Wrestling's 23rd anniversary show.

wXw Femmes Fatales on 10/5 in Oberhausen, Germany has Melanie Gray vs. Session Moth Martina, Wesma vs. Meiko Satomura, Toni Storm vs. LuFisto, Kris Wolf vs. Killer Kelly and Audrey Bride vs. Millie McKenzie.

Another match added to the OTT Anniversary show on 10/13 in Dublin at the National Stadium is a five-way with Rocky Romero vs. Gino Gambino vs. LJ Cleary vs. Paddy M vs. a mystery fifth man.

Adam Page is auctioning off his gear and the phone he used to almost kill Joey Ryan to raise money for the North Carolina Relief Fund on Ebay.

Matt Taven will be sporting a new look, as his head was shaved in the aftermath of the CMLL 85th Anniversary event.

Ring of Honor noted this week that The Briscoes have officially broken 1,000 days combined as ROH Tag Team Champions.

MLW has added a match between Shane Strickland and Tom Lawlor for the October 4th “Fury Road” events in Queens, New York at the Melrose Ballroom.
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A few notes on the talked about meeting with Ed Nordholm and Scott D'Amore with Paul Levesque at WWE headquarters. It was a meeting that WWE requested. There was said to be no substantial news out of it at this point. It was not Impact pitching ideas as was reported in the current issue.
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Sami Zayn, who has been out of action after surgery on each of his rotator cuffs, will be making his first public appearance in months, representing WWE during a signing at the New York Comic Con on Saturday 10/6.
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After her excellent match on the Mae Young Classic episode last night, Allysin Kay tweeted:

My FIRST match back after 7 months of an almost career-ending injury was main-eventing a WWE Network show. I knew my odds weren't great. But if I had to go out, this was the way I wanted to go. In flames ????????????#FrenemyWorldTour #MYC2018
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— Allysin Kay / Sienna (@Sienna) September 20, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/Sienna/status/1042822385500672000

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the following Hidden Gems were added to the WWE Network:

Lucha Legend: Rey Mysterio puts his WCW Cruiserweight Championship on the line against fellow luchador Super Calo in this rarely seen match from Nitro. (9/23/96)

Demolishing the Competition: WWE Hall of Famers unite when Tito Santana teams with the legendary Mil Mascaras to take on the tough tandem of Demolition. (8/28/87)

The Pride of Puerto Rico: The beloved Pedro Morales defends his WWE World Championship against WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan as their rivalry reaches a fever pitch. (3/15/71)

The Fighting Fifties: Mexican legend Rito Romero battles Danny Savich in a 2-out-of-3 falls contest from the famed Sportatorium in Dallas, TX. (8/26/52)
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Similarly, it was believed that Lesnar was done with WWE after SummerSlam, but the amount of money paid for the Saudi Arabia deal, a show that is far more lucrative now than WrestleMania, was enough to get Lesnar to return for the date.

The Lesnar deal was not a last minute deal. During the week prior to SummerSlam, it was expected by the Lesnar camp that McMahon would make a huge offer for the Saudi Arabia show, as well as WrestleMania. Lesnar had not signed a new UFC contract, where UFC would have the ability to block the appearance, although UFC and WWE are not operating as enemies and UFC may not have stood in Lesnar’s way of making such a big payday if he was under contract. It is not clear when the offer was made and agreed, but it was several weeks ago.

The exact nature of the deal is unclear past that Lesnar is looking at signing short-term deals, feeling that with all the money both UFC and WWE have, that the more he’s free, the more he can play both sides and get the best deal possible
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Whether the $40 million to $45 million deal from Saudi Arabia was made for two shows this year, or that’s the price for each show individually won’t be known until the fourth quarter business numbers come out at the end of January or early February. The entire Saudi Arabia deal has a confidentiality clause, but WWE does, as a public company, have to report the income and it is put in a category where you can pretty much estimate pretty closely what the number is.
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While the Melbourne Cricket Grounds can hold 100,000 people, the set up was to be for between 70,000 and 80,000. At first, in the scripted interviews, they had been using the number 70,000, which means, with the usual exaggerations on a stadium show, they were looking at probably 60,000. However, on Smackdown, the interviews were saying 60,000, meaning they are probably looking at closer to 50,000 as a real number. We’re told that a lot of tickets have been sold, and let’s face it, 50,000 for pro wrestling no matter where it is, is a great number, but there are plenty of seats available all over the stadium and in all but one price range.
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The actual reason Katsuya Kitamura hasn’t been around is because one of his legs was crushed in a horrible scooter accident. It’s not 100 percent that he won’t be able to come back but we’re told it doesn’t look promising. That’s a real sad story because he had superstar presence and most figured he’d be fast-tracked, because of his age and look, to main event status. He was just starting to do some really good singles matches in prelims so he was getting it down.
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World of Sport, moved up to 4 p.m. on 9/15, was down to 300,000 viewers, which was terrible, as it was down from 500,000 the prior week and well below the previous bottoming out number of 400,000. It also did a 3.9 share, a series low. Things look even worse since on 9/22 the show is being moved to 2:30 p.m., which is a worse time slot and the third time slot change since the series started.
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Jeff Cobb is now expected to sign with ROH, which would remove him from the independent scene aside from working PWG and out of U.S. dates for 2019. He’s expected to work both here and New Japan but wouldn’t be signing until after whatever waiting period he has to wait after the completion of this season of Lucha Underground. He had gotten an agreement that if he returned for this season and they wrote about his Matanza Cueto character, that after the season he could get a release from his original seven season deal
Cobb revealed his status on a recent episode of X-Pac's 12360 podcast show.

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I could see the idea of the U.K. show being put at that point in a Wednesday night block with NXT once the Mae Young Classic and Mixed Match Challenge runs end, but that isn’t official. Apparently the reason the U.K. show is on the network is because they had interest from BT Sports in the show, but BT is competition with Sky and it fell through, whether due to contract reasons with Sky or other reasons. WWE and Sky have had a long lasting relationship but there was a snag if you recall regarding the contract and the WWE Network. WWE never informed Sky about starting the network and Sky had just reached a deal where they would do PPVs of all the WWE PPV shows (previously they only did some on PPV and some aired on Sky).
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For the WWE Network, one of the reasons the subscription numbers are kept up is that if you cancel your subscription, you are then given a free month to try and get you to keep it
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Regarding rumors of Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg at WrestleMania that were going around, Ariel Helwani discussed them with Cyborg on his show and she didn’t act like there was a deal but obviously said she said she would be interested in doing such a match. She’s pushed the idea of late. I don’t sense there is anything to the story. One person in the company who would be in the loop on such things said that it has never been brought up to Rousey and without her approval it wouldn’t happen, and that it’s not something they think she’d want to do. There was legit bad blood between the two because of a public narrative of Rousey not wanting to fight her even though Rousey from the start had agreed to do so at 135, and continued to say that during her entire reign ...

While forgotten in history, the first UFC women’s fight in Anaheim was supposed to be Rousey vs. Cyborg. With the benefit of hindsight, history may have changed greatly. If they did that fight and Cyborg had won, the entire Rousey run never would have happened. Had Rousey lost that fight, who is to say the women would have ever drawn significant numbers since Cyborg never drew in Strikeforce after beating Gina Carano. Without the big Rousey run where she proved she could do big PPV numbers, the history of women in UFC, boxing, kickboxing and WWE would be extremely different to say the least.
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In the segment last week where the police officer was going to arrest Corbin for filing a false police report, which led to Corbin making the Raw tag title match at Hell in a Cell, a key element is that the ID pin on the officer’s shirt read “Ambrose.” So the idea was that the officer was a relative of Ambrose and it was Dean and his relative working a swerve on Corbin. It still doesn’t make sense that an officer would risk his career to do an arrest in that situation but there was at least more of a storyline explanation for it
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The belief is that the people running Progress like Jim Smallman will be ending up running the U.K. shows, particularly if they do house show tours. WWE has owned both the Progress and ICW libraries for some time but still has done nothing with them. It’s basically up to Vince McMahon when he wants to pull the trigger on it. For now, Vince hasn’t allowed any modern indies on the network. Some feel that will change and the stuff will start airing when they launch the more expensive tiered pricing where those type of things would be among the things put on the higher tier, which the expectation right now is will start in 2019. The only official word on the new more expensive tier is that it’s coming “sooner than later.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 21st anniversary of WWE's first ever "One Night Only" ppv in the United Kingdom. Besides making history, the event is also notable for being the last singles match between Bret Hart and Undertaker in the WWF.
  • According to the Observer, Impact Wrestling's current tv deal with POP TV expires at the end of this year.
  • Observer had a lengthy piece on WWE's victory in the concussion lawsuit and stated because of the lawyer Konstantine Kyros' antics, future CTE/concussion lawsuits against the company are now almost impossible to succeed in court. Judge kept cutting down the window allowed to sue and added several stips that tipped the scales way too much in WWE's favor in the future.
  • According to PWI, WWE is in the process of changing their contract terms from being standard 3 year deals to 4 year deals going forward. Rumored to have already changed some NXT contracts to include the extra year. https://twitter.com/SoDuTw/status/1042577346950250496
  • Madison Square Garden officials recently debunked rumors of Vince McMahon and WWE holding a meeting with the arena in an effort to get MSG to pull out from hosting ROH's G1 Supercard event next year.


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Indies Roundup:
Ring of Honor has added a stipulation match to the card for next week's Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view. ROH announced today that Flip Gordon will be teaming with Colt Cabana against Bully Ray & Silas Young in a tables match at the PPV. Gordon and Bully Ray have been involved in a feud in ROH, with Cabana standing up for Gordon over the course of it.

World Class Revolution Wrestling on 9/29 in Ardmore, OK for OklaMania 3 has Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Jack wagger, Taya Valkyrie vs. Sajara Seven and John Morrison vs. Scott Steiner.

Brody King vs. Tommy Dreamer has been added to the MLW TV tapings on 10/4 at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY.

Tyler Bate & Trent Seven vs. Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel headlines on 10/5 for Destiny World Wrestling in Sarnia, ONT at the River City Vineyard. Pete Dunne is also on that show.

LAX will make their Pro Wrestling Guerrilla debut on 10/19 in Los Angeles vs. The Rascalz. PWG Champion WALTER vs. Jeff Cobb has been announced for the event as well.
ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ta...death-dishonor

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Tony Schiavone is set to call the main event for the NWA’s 70th anniversary show next month.

It was revealed during the latest episode of Ten Pounds of Gold that Schiavone will be calling the Cody and Nick Aldis match for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight title. Schiavone appeared briefly in a video message confirming the news. It appears to be a deal between the NWA and Major League Wrestling, where Schiavone currently works as a commentator for their television show.
Link: https://twitter.com/nwa/status/1043152920647278593

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New Japan Pro Wrestling wraps up their Destruction tour with “Destruction in Kobe” this Sunday airing at 3 am Eastern on New Japan World. Below is the lineup:
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the Wrestle Kingdom title shot
*KUSHIDA vs. Bushi in the IWGP junior heavyweight title tournament
*Tetsuya Naito, Sanada & EVIL vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
*Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Toa Henare vs. Jay White, Will Ospreay & Yoshi-Hashi
*Killer Elite Squad vs. Chuckie T. & Beretta
*Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ayato Yoshida
*Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
*Roppongi 3K vs. Ren Narita & Shota Umino
*Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura – these two have had 14 singles matches and each one has ended in a 10-minute draw
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The 9/20 edition of Impact did 229,000 overnight viewers, down from last week's 258,000 overnight viewers
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Nikki Cross noted that today marked ten years in the wrestling industry for her:

Ten years ago yesterday, I made my pro wrestling debut at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall. Wrestling doesn’t own me a thing but it gave me the world. Laugh the loudest, cry the hardest, love the most. Be the whirlwind in the room. Be the weird girl nobody wanted to play with. Be you pic.twitter.com/hxmU6CxtWa
— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) September 21, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/NikkiCrossWWE/st...95140981051393

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As noted last night, former NWA Champion and long-time TNA/Impact Wrestling stalwart Abyss has been named as the 2018 Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer. Abyss will be inducted officially on Saturday 10/13 at McHale's Pub in New York City. Tickets for the induction are already on sale.

Abyss took to social media to comment on his induction, commenting:

I’m absolutely over whelmed with the response to my upcoming @IMPACTWRESTLING Hall of Fame induction. Thank you ALL for your messages. This is one of the highlights of my career. I’m over come with emotion. Thank you to everyone who ever supported me. This is for all of YOU!!
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Wednesday’s episode of Lucha Underground averaged 97,000 viewers on the El Rey Network with Pentagon Dark dropping the Lucha Underground title to Marty the Moth Martinez to close the show. The number was up 22.7% from last week’s figure of 79,000. From July 11th – August 8th, the show averaged 129,000 viewers per week but since then has averaged 91,700 viewers.
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The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on Glenn Jacobs accepting a series of dates with the WWE this fall, beginning with the Super Show-Down event on October 6th. Jacobs spoke to the newspaper and said, “Basically, WWE contacted me, and they wanted to do a really big show, or series of shows, that they wanted to do. Of course, I was like, ‘Hey man, Vince (McMahon), I’m most likely going to be mayor’, and was the arrangement we came up to.” Earlier this week, it was announced that the WWE would be donating $100,000 to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation as a favor for Jacobs going to work these upcoming events for the company. Jacobs recently hired an assistant, Brad Hair, who will stand in for any events that Jacobs cannot attend with the Knox County Law Department and human resources approving the hiring of Hair.
Link: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/...ia/1357077002/

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WWE Network has added a thirty-minute Q&A special with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley. The Q&A was filmed after the "20 Years of Hell" special was filmed in Pittsburgh a few months back. The "20 Years of Hell" one-man show is available in the Originals archive as well. Below is the synopsis:

"The WWE Universe joins Hardcore Legend Mick Foley for a fun 'Fan Q and A' from Pittsburgh, site of the Mick Foley: 20 Years of Hell special."

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A combination of network season premieres and a strong NFL game led Raw to what will undoubtedly be the lowest rated episode in its history last night.

The Raw rating is not available, but the total audience was 2.35 million viewers. The previous modern-era low audience was 2.46 million viewers set on July 9. The September 26, 2016 Raw, which went up against the Clinton-Trump debate, also did 2.46 million viewers.

While excuses can be made, and those were the reason for the low number, there are season premieres every year and NFL big games every season. Last year's Raw during the same week did 2.91 million viewers, so that's a 19 percent year-to-year drop.

The show featured what will almost surely be the two lowest rated hours, hours two and three ...

The new Observer will go into more detail about where the audience was lost, but the big drop from hour one-to-two was viewers over the age of 50, which is Raw's usual largest audience demo. It was unusual in that the third hour was actually slightly up from the second hour by 6,000 total viewers.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.49 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.28 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.28 million viewers
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Liv Morgan has officially been diagnosed with a concussion from the two kicks that hit her in the head in the Yes Kick flurry by Brie Bella last night on Raw in Denver, Colorado.

Morgan appeared knocked out by likely the first kick, and in slumping, she fell into a second kick. She was out of the match quickly, but did return for a triple suplex spot.

Those backstage reported last night that she was okay, but WWE officials reported the concussion.

The company issued a statement today: "Liv Morgan has a concussion and is going through the proper protocol under WWE’s comprehensive wellness program."

She will be out of action until she passes Impact testing procedures and there is no way to estimate a time frame for that.
Would be legit surprised if she gets cleared for Super Show-Down and depending on lingering effects, even Evolution could be in doubt. Two big pay checks at risk because Brie is horrendous as a wrestler.

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After an errant Yes Kick rocked Liv Morgan and required her to leave the match during their six woman tag team bout on Monday Night Raw, Brie Bella issued the following comments on her Twitter account: “Every match on #Raw is an opportunity for us to entertain our fans. Our intentions as @WWE Superstars is to win the match, never injure our opponents. Thinking about @YaOnlyLivvOnce tonight.”
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We were told by one person within the company that she was said to be okay and walking around backstage with Brie and Morgan both apologetic to each other in the back
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Indies Roundup:
wXw and DDT will both be coming to the US during WrestleMania weekend. They will be a part of the WWNLive Experience, a group of collective shows that will take place at the La Boom nightclub in Queens, New York during WrestleMania weekend. Other promotions under the WWN banner will also run shows, including EVOLVE, SHIMMER, Kaiju Big Battel and their annual Supershow: Mercury Rising event. This is the first time DDT will run a show in the United States, while wXw previously ran shows in Philadelphia and New Jersey in 2010 and 2011.

Low Ki will defend his MLW World Championship against Daga at the promotion’s TV tapings in Queens, New York on October 4.

Kenny King vs. Chase Owens has been announced for ROH’s post-Death Before Dishonor TV tapings in Las Vegas on September 29.

Cody Rhodes will be donating 100 percent of his meet and greet proceeds for the NWA’s 70th Anniversary Show to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Women of Wrestling has announced that Shaul Guerrero, the daughter of Eddie & Vickie and the wife of WWE wrestler Aiden English, has joined the promotion as their ring announcer. Guerrero was in Florida Championship Wrestling from 2010-2014 and wrestled as Raquel Diaz before leaving the company. WOW will be holding their next television tapings on October 10th and 11th from the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. The promotion will be premiering on AXS TV in 2019
WNN: http://www.morethanmania.com/ , MLW: https://mlw.com/2018/09/25/low-ki-vs...ursday-in-nyc/ , ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ki...club-home-turf , WOW: http://www.axs.tv/press_articles/sha...-of-wrestling/ , Cody: https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/statu...53765887889419

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Carmella spoke to TV Insider about teaming with R-Truth on Mixed Match Challenge: “I’m game to have a good time and play a character and know my role. Whether it was being a manager for Enzo and Big Cass in NXT and then with James Ellsworth and now with R-Truth. It’s cool to show different sides of myself and my character. I feel like not that many people get to do that. They sort of stay the same their entire career, but I totally am open to all aspects of Carmella.”
Link: https://www.tvinsider.com/718264/wwe...k19-smackdown/

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The full card has been released for this Sunday’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed.

The show will headline with Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi teaming up to take on Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii ...

Here is the full card for this Sunday’s show, which will take place at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California:

Tomohiro Ishii and Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega
Juice Robinson vs. Cody for the IWGP United States title
The Young Bucks vs. Guerillas of Destiny for the IWGP tag team titles
Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll in a IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title tournament semi-final
Hiroshi Tanahashi and KUSHIDA vs. Jay White and Gedo
Tetsuya Naito, EVIL and SANADA vs. Zack Sabre Jr. and Killer Elite Squad
Flip Gordon, Chris Sabin and Jeff Cobb vs. Best Friends and Hirooki Goto
Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels vs. Chase Owens and Hangman Page
ACH, Ryusuke Taguchi and Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Roppongi 3K
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Rob Conway is a guest coach at the Performance Center this week. Conway is still competing these days in bodybuilding.
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New Japan had a brief update on Yoshi-Hashi following Sunday’s closing angle in Kobe. The promotion stated he was hospitalized after suffering a head and shoulder injury after falling into the ring apron. He got up from the fall and was cut open on the forehead and was quickly sent to the floor after a quick interaction with Jay White.
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The 8th annual Streamy Awards, which aim to recognize the best in web video, official nominations are out. WWE Mixed Match Challenge is nominated for a Sports Series Streamy Award "Lifeline" a YouTube Premium sci-fi series from Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions is nominated for Overall Sci-Fi/Action Streamy Award.
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WWE announced the following:

Big Show is ready to take on a new role: He’s set to star in a recurring role on the second season of Syfy’s hit show “Happy!” The World’s Largest Athlete has been cast as Big Pink, the cellmate of Ritchie Coaster’s diabolical character, Mr. Blue.

“Happy” stars Christopher Meloni as Nic Sax, a corrupt ex-detective-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever when an imaginary and extremely positive blue-winged horse named Happy appears.
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I notice MLW has recently used a couple of ex-WCW concepts such as Wargames and Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal. They are no threat whatsoever to WWE but I’m surprised they’re allowed to use anything that would be trademarked by WWE (okay, STWMTD probably isn’t). How are they able to do that?

The names are not owned by WWE as they didn’t keep the trademarks active after acquiring WCW in 2001. In the case of Wargames, that allowed MLW to trademark them and use it.


What did you guys think of WWE’s version of ECW when it first started with One Night Stand in '05 (one of the best wrestling PPVs ever) and '06 along with the follow-up? Was it originally the plan to make an alternative to Raw & Smackdown or did you already realize from the start that it would eventually be just another WWE-formatted show? I consider that one of WWE’s biggest blunders and looking back, what was the purpose of bringing ECW back anyway?

The success of the first ONS led WWE to bring back the brand. The original plan was to book a show that was similar to the original ECW for the first few months then slowly turn it into a WWE style (Vince McMahon-like) product. Instead, they went to the WWE style almost immediately and the brand lost its fan base. ECW fans weren’t interested in a WWE-ized version of the product.
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The top three matches for the 12/26 WWE Smackdown live event at Madison Square Garden are:
*WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a Steel Cage Match.
*WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair.
*The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan.

The event goes on sale this Friday 9/28.
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WWE recently filed to trademark the following names: Angelo Dawkins, Montez Ford, Otis Dozovic, Tucker Knight.

Some other sheet news includes:
  • Recent episode of the Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia podcast show had Stone Cold Becky as the guest. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cha...cia/e/56394374
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, last Sunday was the 17th anniversary of Kurt Angle's 2nd WWF Championship victory. Angle defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin for the belt at Unforgiven 2001.
  • Recent episode of WWE Network's Photo Shoot series had Scott Hall as the guest.


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Broken Universe sitcom could be good if it's all Matt Hardy. Really think the WWE Network lacks stuff like that with it talent. Like the Kevin Owens Show and Miz TV should be nightly talk shows on the Network instead of throw away segment's on Raw and Smackdown.

Also wasn't impressed by Mia Yim/Jade in her time in Impact and they really tried to push her.

Cornette doing the NWA show should be interesting, just got it for free today.

Brie needs to retire from wrestling.

Enjoyed the first season of Happy and should be a good role for Big Show.
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