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Old 09-14-2019, 03:48 PM   #961
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That fucking sucks about Tenryu. Such a legend. Getting old sucks.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:38 PM   #962
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:42 PM   #963
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Sort of want to see it happen just for the weirdness of WWE running one of their weekly PG television shows from a venue called "BangBros Center" and "The BBC"
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:20 PM   #964
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Undertaker rumored to cost Fiend the match at HIAC as revenge for Kane...feel like Fiend getting pinned by Seth sould be a really bad idea....rumored Fiend vs Taker at Survivor Series...
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:24 PM   #965
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Undertaker rumored to cost Fiend the match at HIAC as revenge for Kane...feel like Fiend getting pinned by Seth sould be a really bad idea....rumored Fiend vs Taker at Survivor Series...
Could be interesting. Would be better if Feind doesn't get pinned of course. I dunno, Taker takes him "to hell" or something.
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:45 PM   #966
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It’s like they can’t avoid booking themselves in a corner. People will firmly be behind Bray in a match vs. Seth, they’ll be pissed if/when Taker costs him the match/Seth wins. But The Fiend should not be champ, and should not be beaten yet.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:08 PM   #967
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WWE better be fully prepared with having crowds despising Taker if that happens since there is no way he's getting cheered in a feud against Bray.

Same for if Taker ends up being the first guy to beat the Fiend clean.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:44 PM   #968
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Yep.

There’s an element of schadenfreude in it but it’s quite laughable.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:49 PM   #969
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:32 PM   #970
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I think Bray is getting the belt from Seth and Seth goes to Smackers.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:53 PM   #971
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Seth should go back to ROH.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:53 PM   #972
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:03 PM   #973
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After doing one of the worst numbers in the show's history last week, Raw rebounded with a seven percent increase to 2.27 million viewers for its three hour average last night ...

Raw was down 14 percent from the same week last year and was 10th place overall on cable for the night ...

Raw had the usual pattern with a third hour drop, but the decline was nowhere close to record levels ...

The three hours for Raw were:

8 p.m. 2.42 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.32 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.08 million viewers
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Both NJPW and WOW are pre-empted next Saturday on AXS. This was planned before the sale so don't read this into a decision having been made. Not to say that getting rid of many involved with putting together both shows can be seen as a positive either.
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WWE has said that they expect to make an announcement very soon, perhaps tomorrow, regarding Starrcade, which is expected to be a WWE Network special. We were independently given an 11/30 date for the show, and WWE's current schedule lists Atlanta for that day, but WWE only confirmed the imminent announcement of Starrcade.
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Jerry Lawler is becoming more active with his official YouTube channel, including episodes of his Classic Memphis Wrestling TV. If you've never had a chance to see Memphis, you have truly missed out on some of the best, most entertaining stuff of all time.
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The main event of MLW's first-ever pay-per-view will be a no disqualification match.

It was announced today that Jacob Fatu and LA Park's MLW World Heavyweight Championship match at Saturday Night SuperFight will have a no DQ stipulation. The PPV is taking place at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois on November 2.

In storyline, Park is cashing in his golden ticket to challenge for Fatu's World Heavyweight title at the PPV. Park got the golden ticket by winning this year's Battle Riot match.
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In a correction from earlier today, Vince McMahon is not at tonight's Smackdown taping in Atlanta, GA.

McMahon went through plans for the show several times over the course of the day via telephone during production meetings, but is not physically present at the taping ...

PWInsider.com is told that Bruce Prichard, Michael Hayes, Ed Koskey and Eric Bischoff are running tonight's TV taping.

We are told Paul Heyman, who heads the Raw side of things, is not at the taping.
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Ric & Charlotte Flair are scheduled for WWE appearances while SmackDown is in Atlanta today, but with Ric’s contract up at the end of the year (according to Wrestling Observer), the fight over “The Man” trademark, and his booking on Chris Jericho’s Jan. 2020 cruise, there’s talk he might not re-sign.
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As Luke Harper was at Clash of Champions, Pro Wrestling Sheet’s sources told them Rusev was hidden backstage all day and during Raw to keep his return a surprise. WrestleVotes tweeted earlier one element of the show was being kept a secret on the production rundown, and it was his part in the Kanellis angle.
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ECW Press will release an official biography on WWE Hall of Famer Andre the Giant in April 2020.

The book, titled, The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant will be written by Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert, who have done several excellent books on pro wrestling together. Laprade was also one of the producers on HBO's Andre the Giant documentary.
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NOAH is going to run cards at Korakuen Hall on January 4th and 5th on the same days of New Japan’s Tokyo Dome cards next year.

Lenny Leonard, who is one of the best commentators in the industry is going to Japan in November to call the next major Dragon Gate card. Leonard and Larry Dallas will be calling the Gate of Destiny card on November 4th in Osaka.
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It looks like Jeff Hardy won't be going anywhere for a while.

Fightful Select learned this weekend that the former WWE, World Heavyweight, TNA Champion Jeff Hardy has already had his WWE contract extended for "at least" another year due to injury.

Earlier this year, WWE opted to roll over Matt and Jeff Hardy's contracts for another year into 2020. However, we're told that this decision to add time to Jeff's contract came after that.
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On the latest episode of Road To AEW on TNT, All Elite Wrestling revealed the bracket for the Tag Team Title tournament. The tournament will consist of seven teams and begin on Oct. 9 in Boston.

On one side of the bracket, The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) will face Private Party (Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy) on the Oct. 9 episode of AEW on TNT. The bottom half of the bracket features The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr & Fenix) against A Boy And His Dinosaur (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus), who were voted into the tournament by the fans. That match takes place on the Oct. 16 episode of AEW on TNT.

The other side of the bracket features two members of SCU (Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky & Kazarian) against The Best Friends (Chuckie T & Beretta). That match also takes place on Oct. 16. The Dark Order (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) received a first-round bye in the tournament as a result of winning mini-tournament, defeating The Best Friends in the finals at AEW All Out.

The semifinals will take place on Oct. 23 while the finals of the tournament are set for the Oct. 30 episode of AEW on TNT.

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The 9/10 edition of Smackdown Live brought in 2,064,000 overnight viewers up from last week's 2,061,000 overnight viewers.
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The season one finale episode of the USA Network's Straight Up Steve Austin brought in 848,000 overnight viewers.

The average audience for the season was 990,000.
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After returning on SmackDown last night, Brock Lesnar is being advertised for another WWE appearance this month.

The Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona announced today that Lesnar will appear on the Monday, September 30 episode of Raw at the venue. It's being advertised as the "season premiere" of the show, with that being the first week of WWE's new TV schedule. SmackDown's FOX debut is taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Friday, October 4
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Furthermore, Wrestling INC reports that Lesnar is being advertised for the Nov. 15 episode of SmackDown, which emanates from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
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NJPW’s English-language website interviewed Jon Moxley. Moxley said he plans to be at Wrestle Kingdom 14: “100% I plan to be at the Tokyo Dome. I don’t know who I’ll be facing, whether I’m still US Champion. But I’ve been in Wrestlemania, in the G1, and this is the next step. Anyone who’s anyone in Japan has competed in the Tokyo Dome, so I absolutely plan on being there.”
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A number of readers have sent words their cable guides are listing the series title for All Elite Wrestling's TNT series as "All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite."

Eric sent word that on Tuesday 10/1, TNT has a two-hour special listed titled "Countdown to All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite" airing from 8 -10 PM Eastern.
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Matt Bloom commented on tonight's big NXT broadcast:

It took a lot of hard work from a lot of hard working, talented people to get to this point. The hard work doesn’t stop and there’s a lot of hard working, talented people ready to give their all. We are ready for tonight. We. Are. NXT. #NXTonUSA pic.twitter.com/m5FxgQwlks
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WWE have applied to trademark "Follow That My Friend" and "FTMF" as a name for a show as well as for merchandise use.

The trademark is a reference to a statement Triple H made after the NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff event.

WWE has already released a NXT t-shirt using the term.
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The former Hijo del Fantasma is posting NXT graphics pushing tonight's debut with his real name, Jorge Bolly, so it appears that (for now at least), that will be his NXT ring name.
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Ed Nordholm and Scott D'Amore were at last night's WOW, Women of Wrestling TV taping in Hollywood. Nordholm was seen in the crowd while D'Amore was in the production truck. There will be another WOW taping tonight at the Belasco Theater.

It was announced yesterday that Anthem Sports & Entertainment has hired Randy Brown as Senior Vice President of Distribution and Peter Cohen at Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy & Content Development. Both had been working as strategic advisors for the company. Brown had previously worked with ESPN, among other companies. Cohen has worked for HBO, MTV and Much Music in the past.

For those who have asked why Impact didn't immediately shift over to AXS TV, we are told that they are finishing commitments to the Pursuit Channel. AXS TV's social media is already heavily pushing Impact's forthcoming debut.
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The Arn Anderson podcast tweeted the following heralding the arrival of the first episode this Tuesday, as well as a new shirt

Less than a week away from the premier The Arn Show. The excitement is building. Arrive. Spinebuster. Leave. Get your shirt now. https://t.co/UNUtRx0JwN pic.twitter.com/N2FS3tj318
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Although NXT got its Wednesday television show up and running before AEW, that hasn't stopped AEW from making its presence known, even in the middle of NXT programming.

In the middle of NXT's debut show on the USA Network, a commercial for AEW aired after the fatal four-way match involving Candice LeRae, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Mia Yim. LeRae won the match to become the No. 1 contender to the NXT Women's Championship.

Fightful has learned of people seeing that ad on multiple television providers with Optimum and Verizon Fios being among those listed. The commercial wasn't aired nationally, but it did air locally in markets such as New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Tampa and more.

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I don’t like “Follow That My Friend” for a TV show.
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I don’t like “Follow That My Friend” for a TV show.
Probably going to an NXT UK catchphrase.

NXT UK - Follow That My Friend

Kinda cool. WWE is showing so much product. Three hours on Monday, Tuesday (soon to be Friday), and three hours on Wednesday with NXT and NXT UK. Insanity.
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The much-hyped live debut of NXT on USA Network averaged 1.179 million viewers last night.

That's almost 40 percent higher than when an NXT episode aired on USA during WWE Holiday Week in December 2017, although that was a taped show that aired out of prime time and was also simulcast on the WWE Network ...

NXT did not finish inside the top 20 in terms of total cable TV viewers but did land fourth in the 18-49 demo with a 0.43 rating. The season premiere of American Horror Story did a monster 1.00 rating in the demo and 2.126 million viewers.

Suits, which immediately followed NXT on USA, averaged 955,000 viewers for its penultimate episode. Last week’s Suits did a virtually identical 965,000 viewers, so the strong NXT lead-in appears to have had no effect, but it does give an indication of what kind of numbers USA Network might be expecting from programming in that time slot.
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The last time WWE had a third television brand, ECW, it started with more than three million viewers and the number fell quickly.

In presentation, there were some similarities to ECW, trying to present itself using terms like unapologetic. There was a wild brawl at the end of the second hour. But they pushed the wrestling and refrained from breaking tables. It was very organized and it was not about a blow out show, but more about building, with some stuff for next week and even more for the week after, when it goes head-to-head with AEW’s debut.
Some historical tidbits on the last time WWE debuted a third show on cable television although the key difference was ECW being doomed from the start because of Vince and the clashes in creative with Heyman.

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Paramount Animation and WWE Studios are partnering together for a project that includes roles for Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns.

It was announced today that Paramount Animation and WWE Studios will co-produce an animated film called "Rumble." The film "is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes. Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a lovable underdog monster into a wrestling champion." ...

"Rumble" is expected to be released in the summer of 2020. It's being directed by Hamish Grieve. WWE Studios' Susan Levison and Richard Lowell are executive producers on the film.
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Lio Rush officially returned to WWE NXT tonight. Returning to WWE NXT has been the plan for Rush since last April/May when he was pulled from the main roster. Rush defeated Oney Lorcan to become the top contender for the Cruiserweight Championship, so we'll be seeing a lot more of him soon.
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Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke with the media following the 9/18/19 edition of NXT on the USA and WWE Networks. Here are a few notes from the media call:
* Triple H expressed to the NXT roster that it would be difficult to top what they did on the debut show.
* One major concern was the pacing of the show due to commercials. Triple H feels that things were handled well.
* He stated that last night’s episode was about character building being presented in a different manner than usual but a matches-only format won’t always be on the schedule.
* In regards to Lio Rush’s return, that has been in the works for quite some time and he praised Rush and Oney Lorcan for their performance[s].
* Vince McMahon kept in contact with Triple H throughout the day and was seemingly excited. Triple H received a congratulatory text from Vince after the show and added that Vince embraces the uniqueness of NXT.
* Triple H stated that Tommaso Ciampa is close to being cleared to return.
* Triple H expressed that there is no wiggle room on the USA Network as they have hard outs that NXT would not have on the WWE Network.
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Former WWE star Marc Copani, better known by most as Muhammad Hassan was profiled by Syracuse.com. Copani is currently the principal at Fulton Junior High School in New York. Copani shared that he was heartbroken by how quickly his WWE career came to an end because he gave his all to the company:

“I was heartbroken,” he said. “I put everything I had into the WWE and had it all taken away from me. I just withdrew from wrestling altogether.”

Marc returned to in-ring competition in 2018 for ‘The Dynasty’ promotion. He wrestled on three separate occasions for said promotion but told Syracuse.com that he is never wrestling again because he does not enjoy it the way that he used to.
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NXT debuted on the USA Network on 9/18 as the third straight night of pro wrestling that week on the station. The first show consisted of two dark matches, a one-hour show on USA followed by another 51 minutes on the WWE Network. You got a lot of hard work, an emphasis on in-ring and building matches for the future. There was less time for interviews, and much higher quality of wrestling than on Raw or Smackdown. Indeed, if it wasn’t a WWE product, the push of no B.S., had any other company said it, would be taken as a knock on the WWE main brands themselves ...

The negative is that of those on the first show, few had ever been on any sort of major television before.

Mia Yim was in Impact, using the name Jade, but very few new viewers would know her. Cameron Grimes was in Impact as Trevor Lee, but that was long after Impact left Spike. Roderick Strong spent years in ROH, as did Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. There was no attempt to educate people on who these people were, or bring up to speed who were the champions and what were the programs. Considering this show was there to reach a new audience, the assumption that everyone knew was a mistake. That was a clear weakness. But if they did that they’d have to cut back on the ring time.

At some points, notably some of the backstage stuff, it did feel low rent. The 400-seat arena came across like you’d think, but the crowd was very hot for the first hour, and quite normal for the second. Of course this crowd understands the game and their role and they were there to do their part. Whether it can last for two hours is a question, as those there said it was almost like a switch went off after the first hour ended. They knew the stakes weren’t as high on USA and the reactions were toned down. But for the first hour, the crowd was said to be as up as it has been since the first night of the first Mae Young Classic. The show sold out the 400 seats at Full Sail, and it’s likely every show will do that for at least the next few months. With all the talk of Twitter trending, the real stat that correlates with public interest, the Google searches, saw it not crack the top 20, where No. 20 was 50,000, meaning it fell well below that. By contrast, Clash of Champions had 200,000.
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The next PPV, Hell in a Cell, only has a three week television build, taking place on 10/6 in Sacramento. The show is not selling well. At this point only six of the 22 upper deck sections are on sale and even three lower deck sections on the side of the hard camera aren’t for sale, and Sacramento has always been an historically strong WWE market . There were 781 secondary market tickets out with an entry price of $43.
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Anthem’s purchase of AXS TV last week, which led to a number of major executives being let go, has led to more changes. As expected, Impact Wrestling was announced as starting on the station in October, right after the 10/20 Bound for Glory event. No day or time slot has been announced. One of the reasons Impact had taken a 10 p.m. Friday night slot earlier this year was the idea that when Smackdown went to FOX and ended at 10 p.m., they’d have an audience of a few million fans already watching TV. Given Anthem’s ownership of the station and the company, they will get what Anthem feels is the best time slot and I’d think Tuesday or Thursday would be better ...

Nothing has been said regarding New Japan or WOW. Some will jump to conclusions because on 9/21, neither show will air, but that was a planned preemption before the sale. Still, when Ed Nordholm made the comment to the Observer last week, it hardly sounded like a vote of confidence for either show. WOW was and still is scheduled to tape 12 weeks of television this week in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater.

There are already ads on AXS touting Impact coming to the station, in October, debuting after Bound for Glory, calling it a redemption. They ran them all through the New Japan show on 9/14.

When the sale of the station story started being known, there were those in Impact who felt that the sale would lead to a New Japan/Impact relationship, even though those in New Japan, with no knowledge of what was going to happen, were said to be loyal to ROH. Still, New Japan running ROH arenas in the Northeast on their own, with a far greater ticket demand than ROH has, on the same weekend ROH is having a PPV with no New Japan talent, says something. New Japan, for the first time in years, was not part of the War of the Worlds tour, and ROH talent, since Jeff Cobb appeared for G-1, has not been on New Japan shows either in Japan or the U.S. It was notable that there was no ROH talent in the Super J Cup, nor advertised for the next California shows.

At this point there is some relationship with Pro Wrestling NOAH and Impact, with Naomichi Marufuji at Bound for Glory and Rhino at NOAH’s major show on 9/16 in Osaka. NOAH has also worked with MLW.
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After years of talk about AAA coming to Madison Square Garden, it didn’t exactly happen, but Invading New York did take place on 9/15 at the Hulu Theater in the MSG complex ...

The PPV numbers were so low you wouldn’t believe them. In more than one market with a high percentage of Hispanics, there were 0 buys, as in not a low number, but zero. Based on actual numbers we have, it would indicate less than 60 buys nationwide and even that may be high because the early market actuals included heavy Hispanic markets. There must have been some iPPV numbers, but our response level was very low.

They had a great walk-up and were nearly sold out, with 3,000 fans. It was a mostly Mexican fan base, as opposed to Puerto Rican, since the New York-based Puerto Rican combo of LAX (without Konnan, who never appeared on the show) were not the crowd favorites when challenging Pentagon Jr.& Fenix for the AAA tag titles ...

Between visa problems and injuries, there were 18 wrestlers and referees that were listed as appearing in original announcements who weren’t there. La Parka, in particular was a part of all the advertising and was never mentioned. In all, 20 visas didn’t come through by the time of the show, even though they were applied for months ago. All 20 were expected to come in this week, and those wrestlers will be available for Los Angeles.

Every performer on the show already was a regular worker in the U.S., whether getting visas years ago through Lucha Underground or other prior U.S. work, or not being Mexican. The only exception was Dave the Clown, and odds are he must have had a visa going in given he was the only exception to that rule. Others who at one point were scheduled on the show were Amazing Red, Dezmond Xavier and Homicide.
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Some notes from the Bushiroad annual financial report. New Japan grossed $50 million during the period from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019, which would be the biggest year in its history. It was up 10.8 percent from last year. New Japan drew 436,000 paid for live attendance during the year, which makes the sixth year in a row live attendance has increased. Profits for New Japan were down from last year. Actual profits were not listed, but there was a category Bushiroad reported for sports companies, which means New Japan and their other sports company, Kixroad, their kickboxing company. In that category, which is dominated by New Japan, profits dropped from $7 million to $5.6 million. The difference, with revenue up, is that the company made more investments in visual content (all the videos) and in expansion into international markets (U.S., Australia and U.K. in particular) ...

House show revenue for New Japan was up 12.8 percent from the previous fiscal year. They actually ran fewer live events, but because they ran more shows in larger buildings, the total attendance was up with less events. Also, New Japan’s overseas merchandise revenue was way down, which is due to the loss of the big U.S. merch movers after January. They did about $25 million in ticket sales (average ticket price at $57.33 per head), $15 million in merchandise and $10 million in content, which would be basically New Japan World and television.

The only mention of New Japan World listed the number as above 100,000. If we go with that number as the average for the year and about $8.33 per sub monthly, you get to the $10 million mark, but that’s split with TV-Asahi, the co-owners. So it looks like $5 million from World and $5 million from television. That’s the difference between the Japanese and American markets, as in the U.S., television (and some streaming services) will pay big money for rights fees of pro wrestling. New Japan is not strong enough in the U.S. to do so, and in Japan, paying big for pro wrestling doesn’t exist because their television is so different. The strength of the business is merchandise, with LIJ and Bullet Club leading the way. The business plan for this coming year is to grow attendance by running more larger arena shows, which, in turn, will continue the growth of merchandise. New Japan does, when it comes to per-head at events, roughly double the merchandise sales as WWE.

Long-term, the goal is to follow the lead of WWE and UFC in growing the content business ... The plan to grow the content business is running more live events in the U.S., and making New Japan World more user-friendly for those speaking English.
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Session Moth Martina, who signed here last week, also had a WWE offer. There are ups and downs. The ROH deal allows her to work her indies in Japan and the U.K. without any restrictions, past the dates ROH runs shows. There’s also a lot quicker ascension to the spotlight in ROH that in NXT due to the difference in roster size. WWE has its obvious advantages, notably more talented women overall and a bigger spotlight and money for those who break out of the pack, but it’s also much harder to do so.
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There is nothing new regarding Kacy Catanzaro. From what we’ve been told, she hasn’t been around the Performance Center of late and she’s on a leave. There is no definitive word of whether she will come back and wrestle again or not. She’s just in a situation of deciding what she wants to do
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WrestleNomics noted some things about roster growth. In 2014, WWE had 90 wrestlers on the main roster and 59 in training. Now they have 129 wrestlers listed on the main roster and 136 in training. So for the first time they have more wrestlers on the roster than WCW did at its most bloated
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Maria Kanellis angle back on Raw this week, the eventual plan is to reveal who the father is and build to that as a mystery for a ratings boost. Rusev is not the answer. It was described that this will be more a running joke than an angle building to a major reveal

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  • Because of the upcoming Wednesday Night War, Meltzer reported that the Observer Newsletter will be going on a new weekly release schedule from late Wednesday to now a late Thursday release. Main reason is due to AEW & NXT ratings news being too important to hold off for the following week under the current schedule.


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Uh, Dave, I’m pretty sure the no BS line is aimed at AEW, and they’re awful at introducing their characters and you never call them out on it. I think the idea is to not use major stars and launch fairly “cold.”
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ROH has announced appearances by "Speedball" Mike Bailey and Aussie Open for next month's United Kingdom tour.

Bailey will make his ROH debut in a match against Bandido at ROH's Honor United show in Bolton, England on Sunday, October 27. That event will also feature Jeff Cobb challenging either Matt Taven or Rush for the ROH World Championship. Taven is defending his World title against Rush at Death Before Dishonor on September 27 ...

Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) will face Villain Enterprises (PCO & Brody King) at ROH's Honor United show in London, England on Friday, October 25.
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The Big Lead reported that the current plan is for WWE’s weekly studio show on FS1 to premiere on Tuesday, November 5. The show will be hosted by Renee Young and the working title is "WWE Backstage." The Big Lead wrote that: “Who will be joining [Young] is not yet decided. Several names are being discussed including, but not limited to, Booker T, Edge, Christian, and Paige.”
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The Young Bucks told TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy that AEW’s United Kingdom TV deal is still in negotiations. When asked if the deal would be done before the AEW Dynamite premiere, Nick Jackson said: “I don't want to say yes and then it's not."
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Team Pump (Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace & Petey Williams) vs. Team MDK (Nick Gage, Kris Statlander & Thomas Santell) is the first match announced for the opening round of CHIKARA’s King of Trios 2019. The tournament is taking place from October 4-6.
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WWE applied to trademark "WWE's The Bump" for a show title on 9/16. The filing was for good and services, specifically, "A show about professional wrestling; the production and exhibition of professional wrestling events rendered live and through broadcast media including television and distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing wrestling news and information through broadcast media including television and distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing information in the fields of professional wrestling through broadcast media including television and distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing a website in the field of professional wrestling."

WWE also applied to trademark Isaiah "Swerve" Scott, Riddick Moss, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel over the last week.
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The big test is October 2nd and what the percentage of the audience watching this past Wednesday is going to stay or sample the new alternative ...

October 2nd needs to be a major show and WWE has the tricky predicament of promoting NXT, SmackDown’s launch on Fox, and to a lesser extent the pay-per-view that same week. This week’s audience would back the theory that there was a strong word of mouth and awareness of the show with an adequate promotion on Raw and SmackDown that didn’t include an over-the-top hammering of the premiere.

The numbers that come out on October 3rd for NXT and AEW will be dissected and decoded from all angles, but one question it should answer is a crossover. Has AEW created its own fanbase or will there be a siphoning of the NXT audience on week one? If AEW and NXT both put up shows that attract 900,000 to one million apiece, it tells me there was a large audience not being served that have returned or been created by AEW. If NXT has a drop of 30-40% from their first two weeks, that would indicate AEW having the curiosity appeal and taking a healthy amount from the NXT audience. Realistically, this cannot be examined like our calendars are set to 1999 and I expect a strong amount to be watching both shows weekly and if this drives people to the WWE Network or B/R Live then it’s still a win for each side. A lot will be made of the viewership figures, and they are an important metric for the long-term but the best option for everyone is healthy audiences for both sides and that is my expectation.

The trap is whether either side will feel the pressure to hotshot matches and storylines in hopes of winning the week versus the long-term objective. WCW was caught in this trap in 1998 and beyond where winning the week superseded everything else ...

My last thought on this week’s show, and it hit me almost immediately Wednesday night, is how badly this is needed for the wrestling industry. The fact is, the industry has needed this level of competition and interest since 2001 but no company was ready. As much promise as Impact had in 2010 when they moved to Monday nights, they were not ready for that spot and could not sustain. In AEW’s short existence, it has passed the tests given from selling tickets, hitting remarkable pay-per-view figures without television, and seem poised for a long-term strategy that is distinctly different from WWE, which is key to the public’s interest. By December, if we are looking at consistent audiences of 1.8-2 million viewers watching the shows combined, I take that as a solid win for each and finally represent the tent expanding of professional wrestling fans.
John Pollock had a really great article that I felt was worth sharing about the importance of the Wednesday Night War on the wrestling industry.

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The Wrap’s Tony Maglio and Jennifer Maas reported that Friday Night SmackDown on Fox will be airing on tape delay for viewers on the west coast. The live airing at 8 pm will allow for live viewership for those in the eastern and central time zones along with those on DirecTV. The mountain time viewers will either get the show at 6 or 9 pm dependent on their cable affiliate. The Wrap added that the show will stream live on FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app live at 8 pm Eastern across the country and remain on the app for 30-days. The strategy is inherently to appeal to viewers on the west coast where treating SmackDown as a live sporting event would mean airing at 5 pm Pacific, which is a much weaker timeslot than prime time even on tape delay.
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Speaking to Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) gave their thoughts on NXT's debut show on Wednesday ...

Matt added, "I'm rooting for them, I want them to have a good show. Ours is just going to be better."

The Wednesday Night War will not only take place in the ring and through the ratings, but in the media as well. We've already seen various NXT and AEW superstars comment on the upcoming war with most championing their product above all. Triple H recently stated that he wouldn't trade anyone on the NXT roster for anyone else.

The Bucks found those comments funny given WWE's courting of The Elite when they were free agents at the end of 2018.

"It just made me laugh. C'mon... we know you wanted us," said Nick.

Matt noted, "A year ago you were trying to get us all [The Elite]! Don't act like there was no interest and you wouldn't trade for us because I know for a fact you would."
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Former ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann recently took to Twitter to voice his displeasure about Braun Strowman of hearing during a baseball game on Fox Sports to promote WWE SmackDown moving to the Fox Network.

This, of course, led to a response by The Monster Among Men himself who is simply played it off as though Keith could not believe how good he looked in the clip.

However, Weatherman Kevin Lighty stepped up to the plate to voice his displeasure, and Braun shut him down quick.

This led to a flurry of responses from many in the industry including Mark Henry, Sean Waltman, Corey Graves, and The Blue Meanie.
Link with all the tweets: https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/w...uring-baseball

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In an interview that he gave to The Sporting News earlier this month, Kross explained that “the issues began last year regarding merchandising,” though he’s “been advised not to go into the full detail of the issues.” According to two sources familiar with the situation who spoke to Deadspin, the merchandising issues are that Impact talent just haven’t been sent merchandise royalty statements, much less royalty payments themselves, since last year. (Kross also said in the Sporting News interview that he “was attempting to retrieve something that was supposed to be given to me.”)

The reasons for this are unclear, with possible explanations including staff changes and embarrassment. (To that latter point, Joe Lanza of Voices of Wrestling revealed on a recent edition of their flagship podcast that traffic data he saw for Impact’s website, the home of their merchandise business, showed embarrassingly low numbers.) Since quarterly royalty accounting statements is guaranteed contractually for all Impact wrestlers, not sending them would be a breach; it’s one that it appears only Kross has responded to, and which Impact won’t recognize because it could turn the entire roster into effective free agents.

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Triple H has a team and something resembling a vision. Wanting to sign The Young Bucks to be part of the circus isn’t the same as constructing NXT-specific plans around them. If I were the WWF in 2000, I’d rather have the Radicalz than the nWo. The Young Bucks are mistaking an attempt to prevent the travelling audience from galvanizing with their intrinsic value. They aren’t putting their foot in it like Omega, but it is clear things go way over their head.
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Is that still a thing? Why are they even concerned about WWE?

Anyway.

Every time I see this thread, I hope the rumors are a lot more spicy. Like maybe one day I come in and read a rumor that Alexa Bliss jacked Rey Mysterio's son off with her butt cheeks.

" Word backstage is that Natty recently submitted a DNA test to Ancestory.com and found out her her father is one of the Bushwackers "

" Naomi may have gotten so drunk one night she had sex with the wrong Uso Brother. "

" Before becoming engaged to Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch came clean with him about being born with a small testicle attached to her clitoris "

" Asuka will wrestle on TV "
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I remember those insane click bait rumors back in the day.
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Raw last night averaged 2.21 million viewers, down three percent from the 2.27 million viewers of the prior week's show.

Even with loading up the third hour with a number one contender's match with Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Robert Roode vs. Ricochet and doing a rematch of the Clash of Champions main event of Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman, it was unable to prevent the usual third hour drop, as hour one to hour three fell 13.8 percent, which is normal for the show ...

The year-to-year drop was six percent, much lower than usual, but last year's Raw during this week set the modern record low at the time of 2.35 million viewers, although that has been broken a number of times since ...

It was the eighth smallest audience for Raw of the modern era, with the other seven shows all having taken place since December, two of which were Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, which shouldn't count ...

The three hours for Raw were:

8 p.m. 2.37 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.21 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.04 million viewers
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Mauury Povich tweeted the following video, playing up the current Maria Kanellis baby daddy storyline:

The door is open...@WWE @RusevBUL @MariaLKanellis @RealMikeBennett #Raw #Maury22 pic.twitter.com/RkqwsflT04
— The Maury Show (@TheMAURYShow) September 23, 2019

As PWInsider.com noted on 9/20, there was a pitch within WWE to have Povich take part in a segment on Raw regarding the Kanellis baby storyline. We'll see if it goes beyond social media videos.
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Revolution Pro Wrestling announced today that Amazing Red will be taking part in this year's British J-Cup. It's being held at York Hall in London, England on Sunday, November 24.
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Though Kofi Kingston will have little to do with the Wednesday Night War as he is not involved with NXT, that hasn't stopped media from asking questions about the upcoming battle with AEW. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Kofi weighed in on All Elite Wrestling.

"Not for me," Kofi said when asked if AEW was on his radar. "I think it's great to have competition and it's awesome, especially Cody [Rhodes], I know him very well and he's out there doing something special and giving an opportunity to a lot of other people. Kudos to that. But for me, I'm so busy trying to do so much significant stuff trying to be the best WWE Champion that I don't really have time to watch other wrestling. But I'm all for competition. It brings out the best in everybody."
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TheWrap.com reported that AEW has been talking with WarnerMedia executives about a studio show in addition to the weekly Dynamite show. Executive Brett Weiss was quoted as saying, "Knowing full well that within the WarnerMedia ecosystem we have B/R Live, we’ve got all these different components at our disposal. The more content for these fans the better, and we would love to figure out what something like that looks like."
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Cody confirmed on Twitter that AEW Dynamite will be rated TV-14.
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The current plan is to provide some sort of Impact Wrestling programming on The Pursuit Channel going forward, but nothing has been confirmed in terms of those plans.

Nolan Edwards, an independent wrestler from Tenneseee, has been hired to join the company's production team ...

There's a lot of excitement about AXS TV among those in the company. They should be happy as it's the biggest thing to happen to Impact since Anthem usurped the company from Dixie Carter.

Impact will continue to stream its episodes weekly on Twitch,
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Sportsnet 360, the Canadian broadcaster for WWE programming will be picking up NXT and airing a Friday night block of wrestling content.

Beginning October 4th to coincide with Friday Night SmackDown’s move, Sportsnet 360 will carry 4 ½ hours of wrestling content beginning at 6:30 pm Eastern with the Aftermath studio show.

The studio show that is hosted by Caroline Szwed with panelists Anthony Carelli, Jimmy Korderas, and Mike “Nug” Nahrgang will serve as the lead-in for the WWE block that begins with an airing of NXT at 7 pm Eastern followed by Friday Night SmackDown at 8 pm and WWE Main Event at 10 pm.

Sportsnet 360 is only listing NXT for a one-hour slot and not the full two hours that the show has expanded to.

NXT is not available in Canada on Wednesday nights but will be available on the WWE Network for Canadian and international viewers on Thursday nights on a 24-hour delay from the USA Network airing.
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Impact Wrestling confirmed its move to Tuesdays next month with the first episode of Impact airing October 29th at 8 pm Eastern ...

With the move to AXS TV, there is stability and not a pressure to hotshot or drive numbers up to keep the broadcaster happy as they are now the supply and the demand of the equation. The goals will be centered around growing their audience and monetizing the property through pay-per-view, live events, and other ancillary income. By going this route, they have chosen, they have given up the option of Impact securing television rights fees from another outlet, which has been so lucrative for WWE, UFC, and Bellator.

The success of the move to AXS TV will be hard to quantify as the network doesn’t subscribe to Nielsen and therefore, their numbers won’t be known, although the increase in visibility alone guarantees more eyes than with Pursuit ...

When you add up WWE, AEW, Impact, New Japan, Ring of Honor, and MLW’s weekly programming on U.S. television, we are now looking at fourteen hours of original programming in the United States on a weekly basis. That number greatly increases when you include all the digital offerings on a weekly basis from all the promotions out there ...

New Japan is in an interesting position with its U.S. strategy going into this weekend’s shows in the Northeast. Aside from the Guerrillas of Destiny working the Summer Supercard show in Toronto this past August, there has been little to no crossover between Ring of Honor and New Japan. On paper, it makes a lot of sense for New Japan and Impact Wrestling to be working together but it also made a ton of sense for New Japan and AEW to sort out their problems and that has not happened.
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New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced Shota Umino and Ren Narita are leaving overseas excursions. Narita is going to Los Angeles and will train at the L.A. Dojo under Katsuyori Shibata while Umino will be going to the U.K.
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WrestleVotes says he was told by a person who works for Fox that the network wants The Fiend on SmackDown. It is unknown which brand The Fiend Bray Wyatt will appear on following the draft.
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WrestleVotes is reporting that WWE will change the look of Raw and SmackDown next week. The account also reports that pyro will return next week as well.
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Nyla Rose apologizes.

On Sept. 22, AEW star Nyla Rose sent out a hateful tweet in reply to a user who sent a hateful tweet of their own. Rose hinted that the user may have been molested before quickly deleting the comment. Of course, being the internet, nothing truly dies. You can view the original tweet in the screenshot below. The account Rose replied to no longer appears to exist.

Rose issued an apology for her tweet, writing, "I would like to apologize for my comment yesterday. I have always tried to take the high road and rise above/ignore the hateful/hurtful insults I receive daily. Unfortunately, I let some hateful comments get in the way of my better judgment. I believe that sometimes people forget that real people are on the other end of the screen. I replied in frustration and anger and didn't consider the people that it could affect and hurt. For that I am truly sorry."
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SmackDown averaged 2.099 million viewers on Tuesday night, up two percent from last week. This was the final SmackDown on USA Network before the show moves to FOX next Friday night (October 4) ...

Year-over-year, SmackDown was only down four percent from the same week in 2018. Network TV ran their season premieres last night and -- despite strong numbers for those shows -- SmackDown held up pretty well all things considered.

Since moving to USA, SmackDown has averaged 2.364 million viewers. That's 84 percent of Raw's viewership during the same time span.
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WWE Network News is reporting that tomorrow's "Hidden Gem" selection on WWE Network will be none other than AWA SuperClash IV from April 8, 1990 emanating from the St. Paul Civic Center, which featured the following action:

Jake Milliman vs Todd Becker
Brad Rheingans & DJ Peterson vs. The Texas Hangmen (Killer & Psycho)
Baron von Raschke vs. Col. DeBeers
Tommy Jammer vs. Tully Blanchard
Kokina Maximus (the future Yokozuna) (w/Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie) vs. Nord The Barbarian
AWA World Heavyweight Championship w/ Nick Bockwinkel as Guest Referee: Mr. Saito © vs. Larry Zbyszko
Tag Team Steel Cage Match: Paul Diamond & The Trooper vs. The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom)
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Impact Wrestling recently paid a bonus to talents who worked on a long pre-tape day in Las Vegas for the Brian Cage-Melissa Santos wedding, which will air this Friday on Impact Wrestling. The long day had been a bone of contention for talents, which management realized and provided the bonus as a combination thank you and make-good.
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WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin is now being promoted as appearing on the debut of WWE Friday Night Smackdown next week on FOX.

WWE had previously been promoting a number of legends as appearing, including Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting. Add Austin to the list.
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As reported on PWInsider.com, WWE recently trademarked the name "The Bump" for a future series. During the video, text quickly flashes on screen saying next Wednesday at 10 AM, so it appears this will be a digital series with elements similar to some of ESPN's sports discussion shows.
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2K issued the following in advance of the release of the WWE 2K20 video game next month:

The highly requested online lobby system is back in WWE 2K20. Lobbies will streamline the process of pairing up players and getting them into a match as quickly as possible. We’re also excited to talk about new developments in MyPLAYER, Road to Glory, and MyPLAYER Towers.

CREATE A LOBBY.

If you have an exact online multiplayer match in mind, creating a lobby is the way to go. Select from a wide variety of match types and rules with up to six players. Choose the arena, Superstar gender, and even toggle the restriction to only allow default WWE Superstars (a.k.a. Fair Play). You can start out in private mode to invite friends and then open the remaining slots to the general public if you prefer. Once in a lobby together, everyone can voice chat as they select Superstars and the lobby creator makes decisions on the match at hand. Players will now have full visibility on how the match is coming together ...

MYPLAYER EVOLUTION

... For the first time ever, any special creation parts you unlock through playing MyCAREER, Road to Glory, and MyPLAYER Towers are also available in the general Create-a-Superstar mode. On top of that, you can export the appearance of your MyPLAYER out to the general character creations as well!

Road to Glory and MyPLAYER Tower fans will be familiar with the process of earning stars to enter special pay-per-view events. These Road to Glory events now include female matches for the first time, in addition to male matches.

DAILY REFRESHED MATCH CHALLENGES

The new Tonight’s Match feature in Multiplayer places you in a new match every day that rotates through match types, rules, genders, and arenas to make it simple to constantly try something new
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Beyond airing live on FOX starting 10/4, WWE's Friday Night Smackdown will also air live on Fridays in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

There are replays listed for the FOX premiere episode for FOX Sports 2 for Saturday 10/5 and Tuesday 10/8 as well. If that replay pattern continues, the series will still be available for fans on Tuesday nights if they wish to watch it on that day.
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All Elite Wrestling filed to trademark the Chris Jericho catchphrase "A Little Bit of the Bubbly" on 9/18.

During a Twitter Q&A, Nick Jackson stated AEW was working on a video game deal and that there would be dark matches before and after the AEW Dynamite TV tapings.
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There is a big story in AdAge covering lots of news items regarding Friday Night SmackDown’s launch on Fox. The article includes the news that Progressive Insurance will be coming on board as the presenting sponsor of the show, lots of information regarding the response from the advertising community, and a potential lessening of the commercial spots on the show. The article also teases a potential appearance by Dwayne Johnson on the debut show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Basically FOX managed to do what USA Network and NBC struggled to do by getting a bunch of notable companies to sponsor and/or buy ads for the first time for WWE shows where in the past they had no interest or viewed wrestling as a weak tv market.

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It was reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Kevin Sullivan will be joining All Elite Wrestling as their VP of Post-Production. We have not been able to confirm the additional number of people that had been working with Sullivan and are leaving, as well. Mike Johnson at PWinsider.com reported that Jim Morris is also leaving with Sullivan for AEW.

UPDATE: I spoke with one person at Impact Wrestling who told us the number of people that left with Kevin Sullivan was “less than ten”. We were not given the specific number.
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Brad Davis of SE Scoops has further details on the move, reporting that Sullivan could not secure a contract with Anthem, leading to Sullivan striking a deal with AEW that will bring his entire production company and team at Kevin Sully TV (KSTV) over to AEW. Sullivan and his team will work directly with AEW lead producer Keith Mitchell.

IMPACT had been outsourcing the majority of its production work to KSTV, which had assembled all of IMPACT's weekly programming for domestic and international providers.

KSTV had previously done work with AEW, producing the cold opens for Fight for the Fallen and Fyter Fest.

IMPACT has reportedly hired a local Tennessee producer to handle the work in the wake of KSTV's departure. A source told SE Scoops that securing Sullivan and KSTV is a “huge strategic move” by AEW and “crippling” to IMPACT.
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The UK-based Southside Wrestling group announced Wednesday that talent under WWE contract have been pulled from their ninth anniversary card on October 26th. The news came two-days after Revolution Pro announced they would take over operations of Southside, beginning on October 28th, although we can’t confirm if that was the specific reason for talent being pulled. The card was set to feature Joseph Conners, Ilja Dragunov, Kay Lee Ray, El Ligero, Saxon Huxley, and Xia Brookside, who are all NXT UK performers. In the release from Southside, the promotion said “We asked permission in advance and accepted all conditions. We have spent a small fortune on posters / flyers / banners for the show which are now unusable”. They went on to end the release with “Although this is business we have personally taken this badly. 9as was our goodbye and we wanted to say it with the stars who made us what we are, our previous champions and most importantly our close friends”.
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NXT superstar Lacey Lane revealed on social media that she has had her name changed to Kayden Carter. Carter still has her Twitter user name as "Lacey Lane" but her handle has been changed to @wwekayden.
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Who is the greatest WWE SmackDown superstar of all-time? That's the question WWE has posed to fans in a new social media tournament.

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For 20 years, SmackDown has been home to some of the most iconic Superstars in all of sports-entertainment history. But who is the greatest? That’s up to you!

Right now on WWE’s official Twitter page, Instagram Story and Facebook Story, you can decide which blue brand competitor will advance to the next round of the SmackDown Greatest Superstar tournament. The 16 first-round matchups, featuring 32 SmackDown stalwarts, were seeded according to Superstars’ win percentages in matches that took place on SmackDown. The winner of the SmackDown Greatest Superstar tournament will be announced next Friday prior to SmackDown’s debut on FOX.

The tournament is broken into four distinct regions based on legendary Team Blue General Managers: Paige, Teddy Long, Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman.
Link with all the first round matchups: https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/w...rstar-all-time

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Podcast One sent out a press release with comments Steve Austin made on his podcast about if he could ever have one more match: “For the last couple of weeks, down there at the Raw reunion in Tampa, down there at the Madison Square Garden show at Monday Night Raw -- people always ask me, ‘Hey man, you’re still in really good shape. You got one more match left in you?’ And I tell them, ‘Man.’ I say, ‘You know, it’s a tough thing to think about.’ Physically, would I be able to have one more match? Yes, most definitely, and I could make it to that match without being injured. Although the risks are always there, just because I think all of the surgeries, I had… where I had the spinal stenosis, and getting that bone spur taken off my spinal cord -- I’m in a good place. Nerves are feeling a lot better than they use to. So, you know, in theory, could I have a match? In theory, yes.”

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Going against network TV season premieres, NXT on USA ratings dropped this week, averaging 1.006 million viewers on Wednesday night.

After finishing an impressive fourth in the 18-49 demo last week, the show dropped 26 percent in that important category and fell to eighth place with a 0.32 rating. The viewership total was only down 15 percent, meaning the show lost more viewers in that age range than overall.

The audience drop-off for NXT was far greater than it was for Raw, which only dropped three percent this week. Tuesday's SmackDown actually gained viewers from the previous week. The highly-rated premieres on the main broadcast networks can't be blamed either as that was also the case on Monday and Tuesday night.
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Though Wrestle Kingdom 14 will be a two-night event, New Year Dash will still be taking place in January.

NJPW has announced that New Year Dash 2020 will take place at Ota City Gymnasium in Tokyo on Monday, January 6. The Tokyo Dome will host Wrestle Kingdom 14 night one on January 4 and night two on January 5.

New Year Dash is NJPW's annual post-Wrestle Kingdom event and features the start of new angles coming out of the company's biggest show of the year.

New Year Dash had taken place at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall up until now.
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Although All Elite Wrestling filed a trademark on the Chris Jericho catchphrase "A Little Bit of the Bubbly" on 9/18, Jericho himself actually beat them to the filing. On 9/10, Jericho applied to trademark 'A little bit of the bubbly' for the following:

"Goods & Services: Bandanas; Hats; Shirts; Sweatshirts. FIRST USE: 20190905. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20190905"

"Goods & Services: Champagne; Sparkling wines; Wine; Wines and sparkling wines"

Meanwhile, AEW applied to trademark All Elite Fleet on 9/2
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Former WWE, WCW and World Class star Samu Anoa'i is scheduled to undergo a liver transplant today in Pennsylvania. Anoa'i announced in October 2018 that he was battling stage four liver cancer.
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After several days of being in the hospital, WWE Hall of Famer Superstar Billy Graham posted the following on his Facebook page:

Heart Issues

Hey fans, I am back home from the Mayo Clinic Hospital. I wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. I need rest right now but by this coming Sunday evening I will give all my Facebook fans an in-depth report on the status of my heart. All I will say for now is that I have suffered a heart attack and am in constant heart failure. I am of course on medications for my heart and will be for the remainder of my life. I am keeping the faith and will fight !!!

Superstar Billy Graham
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Post Consumer Brands and WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced an expanded partnership that brings the thrill and excitement of WWE to cereal boxes nationwide as superstars Becky Lynch and Big Show will be featured on the front of nearly 7 million boxes of Post Honeycomb® cereal and Post Golden Crisp® cereal. The partnership was announced today at Advertising Week in New York City ...

For a limited time, fans can get a free three-month trial of WWE Network when they purchase three boxes of participating Honeycomb cereal or Golden Crisp cereal and redeem their receipts online. The promotion begins Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. To redeem the promotion and for full details and terms, please visit www.wwexpost.com.
Missed a big opportunity not doing this with The New Day when they had the cereal-based gimmick.

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2K officially announced the following updates to Universe Mode for the upcoming WWE 2K 20 videogame:

Are you a hardcore Universe Mode player? Then there’s plenty to get excited about in WWE 2K20. Check out this list of updates that will give players more freedom to create than ever before.
  • Major and minor show match limits have increased from 7 to 9.
  • Pay-Per-View match limits have doubled from 7 to 14.
  • The number of championship titles per major show has increased from 6 to 7.
  • Simultaneous rivalries on major shows have increased from 3 to 4.
  • Pay-Per-Views can be co-hosted by up to 3 major shows versus the previous 2.
  • Players have more freedom to delete and add promos and matches.
  • 50 of the most-used cutscenes have been reshot with female mocap actors to look more authentic when female Superstars are used.
  • 25 new cutscenes have been added.
  • 3,040 new promo lines are in the game.
  • Custom Matches can now be included in Match Tables, along with new Mixed Tag Matches.
  • New Championship Match setting in Match Tables can be used to make certain matches a title match.
  • Main Event matches in Match Tables have been tweaked so that those match types are more likely to occur on the show (Example: Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View).
  • New rivalry content includes options such as low-intensity enemies making peace after a single Pay-Per-View or low to mid-intensity allies slowly falling out over several weeks instead of a sudden turn.
  • The overall menu flow has been streamlined to make it more accessible to those new to Universe Mode. All deeper options are still available for experienced players.
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The NWA has announced Thunder Rosa, Marti Belle and Ashley Vox have been announced for next week's NWA TV tapings in Atlanta.

The announcing team will be Joe Galli and Jim Cornette. Dave Marquez and Kyle Durden will be working as correspondents on the tapings.
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On September 30th, the National Wrestling Alliance will hold a press conference at the Hard Rock Café in Atlanta, Georgia ahead of their television tapings later that day and on October 1st. Appearing at the press conference are all champions of the NWA. Also, Billy Corgan will reveal the name of NWA’s weekly television series and where viewers can watch the show.
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The Washington Post profiled several stars of All Elite Wrestling ahead of the company’s debut show on TNT in Washington, DC. The publication also spoke with Brett Weitz, who is the general manager for TNT, TBS, and truTV. Brett said that he is surprised WWE Chairman Vince McMahon “went to defense” as quick as he did in regards to NXT going head-to-head with AEW:“It’s really rare for a challenger to be on offense right out of the gate and I’m surprised Vince went to defense as fast as he did,” TNT’s Weitz says, adding, “I don’t think a monarchy can last forever.”
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WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER is not appearing at wXw’s show this coming Sunday. WALTER took to Twitter and revealed that he asked for that day off to lighten his travel schedule and apologized to those who were looking forward to seeing him live.
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According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, Dish Network has dropped FOX channels.
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Newsweek interviewed Ring Of Honor C.O.O. Joe Koff. Koff opened up about ROH’s partnership with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and NJPW wanting a stake in America and touring the country independently without the assistance of other promotions:

“They [partnerships] are important in the development of your organization. We’ve been very generous in that regard because we think wrestling as an industry is important, not just being the promotion or ‘that’ promotion. So whenever an opportunity arises, we are open to taking it. I think right now what you are seeing is, as more eyes are on it, you have people saying, ‘Let’s get in it’, and getting in it today is a lot different than the past,” Koff explained. “One thing Sinclair has always afforded us, and one reason we got into professional wrestling, is that I had distribution. I have a lot of distribution via our over-the-air, free coverage, be it at our emerging network like on Stadium or Charge. Hopefully, soon, nothing is finalized yet. Plus we have our own streaming platform. I don’t have to go out and find it. That will always be an advantage. Right now it’s a good time for a lot of these promotions to start to come out on their own. New Japan is a wonderful partner. I don’t want you to think MSG was all Ring of Honor. It was a combination at the right time with a good card, and it was a good partnership. We would have done the same for them at Wrestle Kingdom and their Japan shows. But they want a stake in America as well and not be associated with it, which is why you’re seeing New Japan touring independently of other promotions. I don’t blame them. It’s a business and that’s their business.”
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Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reports that SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt) will be the dark mark for AEW Dynamite on Oct. 2.
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as mentioned a few days ago on the blog, Dragon Lee is off all CMLL cards as apparent punishment for working PWG's BOLA against orders.

very quietly, Rush has also not worked a show for CMLL in about three weeks and isn't on any current lineups.
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It was reported earlier this week that the WWE 205 Live series is set to move to Friday nights on the WWE Network next week, and that WWE would still film the show after SmackDown each week.

In an update, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that this is not a permanent schedule change. 205 Live will air from Los Angeles next Friday night, after SmackDown goes off the air, but the company has not decided on if they will keep the show on Fridays. It was noted that several ideas are being thrown around, including possibly ending 205 Live altogether. Until they come to a final decision on the future of the show, it will air on the WWE Network after SmackDown goes off the air on Fridays ...

Apparently 205 Live is suffering from low viewership on the WWE Network as well. Meltzer noted that Network numbers show that the show hasn't done well in a long time. He speculated that it would be more cost-effective for WWE to sell an hour of weekly post-SmackDown programming to FS1 or some other network, than to tape 205 Live for airing on the WWE Network each week.

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The promotional push for SmackDown's move to FOX will include WWE personalities appearing on FOX News' "FOX & Friends" next week.

Kofi Kingston will be on the morning show on Monday (September 30), Stephanie McMahon will appear on Tuesday (October 1), Charlotte Flair will appear on Wednesday (October 2), and Roman Reigns will be on the show on Thursday (October 3).

The segments will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. There will then be a meet-and-greet with that day's guest at 9:15 a.m. Eastern. WWE noted that the meet-and-greets are only for the first 150 fans and will be weather permitting.
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WWE's return to Saudi Arabia is set for Halloween.

WWE's Arabic website announced today that Crown Jewel 2019 will take place at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 31. Tickets will go on sale on Monday (September 30) at 6 p.m. local time ...

With SmackDown moving to Friday nights on FOX, SmackDown will take place the day after Crown Jewel.
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Over the last several days, WWE has been teasing a series titled "The Bump" on social media ...

PWInsider.com is told that The Bump will be a morning talk-show style series that will debut on Wednesday morning 10/2 featuring discussion of WWE-centric topics. We were told the idea for the show is to be a light and fun talk show mixed with ESPN Sportscenter style discussion.

The series will stream on WWE social media channels. We have not heard if it will be airing on the WWE Network.
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Jerry Lawler spoke with The Memphis Commercial Appeal about returning to the Raw commentary booth. On how the conversation went, Lawler noted, "I got a call about it Tuesday morning from Kevin Dunn (WWE's executive vice president of television production)," Lawler said. "He said, 'I've got a proposition for you. It may be good news, and it may be bad news.' He knows I don't like to travel a whole lot anymore, so that was the bad part. I said, 'What's the good part?' He said, 'We want you back on Raw. He told me it's for however long I want to do it, so that sealed the deal."

The WWE Hall of Famer stated that the original plan was to have a two-man booth, "It was (Raw's executive director) Paul (Heyman's) idea to put Vic and Dio on Raw," Lawler said. "Apparently, what I was told, Vince (McMahon) said, 'You can't throw these two new, young guys on our flagship show. Call King.' That's how it happened."
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Neither NXT or AEW will air live in the U.K. NXT won’t be on television, limited to the next day airing on the WWE Network. Even though it will air on the WWE Network first in full form, NXT will air in Canada at 7 p.m. on Fridays, edited to one hour. AEW is very close to a Canadian deal, and given the word being out that the FITE stream won’t be available in Canada, that tells you that the hope and talks include going live. At this point main components of the Canadian deal are either done or close to it, and it’s at the Turner side’s level of the finishing touches.

For AEW, the U.K. deal was the subject of a ton of talk in recent days. ITV announced its deal with AEW on 9/25. The announcement was not scheduled and what happened is one person in ITV programming released the news on Twitter before either ITV or AEW had approved it, leaving people scrambling ...

Negotiations were still going on at the time for a first airing, on Thursday or Friday, with Friday being the day at one point, once the idea of going live fell through recently. The announcements weren’t supposed to be made until that was all finalized, which, at press time, it is still has not been.

What killed the live airing were problems between TNT and ITV 4 regarding commercial breaks that couldn’t be rectified. In the U.K., OFCOM, which regulates over-the-air television (as opposed to Sky and BT, which WWE airs on), mandates no more than 12 commercial minutes per show. TNT will have 15 or 16 minutes, and there are ways you think you can work through it by having one break per hour that is taken on TNT but not ITV 4, but that didn’t work out because they each had certain specifications on timing of breaks during the hours that couldn’t be worked out.

It would not have been impossible, but would have been difficult and ITV 4 decided they couldn’t do it live. There are ways around it with having dark breaks but ITV 4 didn’t want to do it and they aren’t doing it with any other shows and it was not something they wanted ...

But after a lot of negative reaction ITV 4 got, there is talk about debuting the show in a time slot closer to Wednesday or some kind of an earlier OnDemand solution. There will be availability live on FITE TV in countries that don’t get the show live, which would be priced at $4.99 per month or $2.99 per single episode. It is notable that besides Canada, FITE is not taking orders from Germany either, although it has not announced that. That would at least hint strongly of negotiations going on for television in Germany, and there are also talks in Australia, as well as one or two other countries that are coming down to the wire ...

At this point, with just days to go, nothing has been announced for Canada. The word is that Canada is also close at this point with sources close to the TSN side, the station rumored to be in he lead for the show for some time, saying the deal isn’t completed. The only thing that is confirmed is that a Canadian deal was in its final stages in the past few days. As noted before, Khan has been working on the deals himself rather than outsourcing to an agency like WWE does with CAA and previously did with Endeavor.
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In cost per point of demo ratings, these were the numbers FOX was charging for some different shows, Masked Singer was $2,500; Simpsons was $2,300; Empire was $2,250; Prodigal Son was $1,925 and Smackdown was $1,100. So the value for selling advertising is about half of a regular TV show, if the ratings of the two shows are identical. That’s actually an improvement for wrestling but it still means for ad value Smackdown really has to double the audience in the desired demos of other programming to be an advertising success. While USA Network was able to make money last year based on what it was getting in ad revenue for Raw and Smackdown vs. what it paid, with the higher rights fees, both USA and FOX will not come close to recouping their rights fees with ad sales on the shows.

Within television, the belief is that Smackdown will average a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, up from the 0.6 to 0.7 range it does now on USA, and the 0.8 FOX did this past season during the 8-10 p.m. Friday time slot. While not exact, that would figure to be 3.1 million viewers on average. But as these show, even if it beats last year’s 0.8, for it to be as valuable, it would have to average closer to a 1.6 in that demo, a figure that it is almost impossible for it to do, because to do so it would probably need to hit five million viewers on average and that is out of the range of possibility.

An 0.6 would be considered a failure. While a demo increase and audience increase doesn’t have to be the same thing, the expectations of a 35 percent increase sounds lofty. The first week and second week, the all the promotion in week one and the draft in week two, should beat that figure. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. The key is more the value of just being on FOX, because the increase in available homes and the decrease in audience by being on Fridays basically evens both out. So anything above 2.1 million or 2.3 million is the actual value of FOX over USA ..

Winter expects Smackdown to dominate the night in 18-49s. They also talked about reducing commercials in the show by 10 to 20 percent as a way to keep the younger audience from drifting away. But doing that will only raise the losses FOX takes because last year’s Smackdown did about $72 million in ad sales and the cost of Smackdown for FOX is $205 million, a large disparity. Even though FOX will likely get that ad sales number up somewhat, it’ll never come close to be able to make up that deficit.
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There are a lot of issues going on in CMLL after the death of Paco Alonso. Sofia Alonso is in control by title and has power, but her uncle, Chavo Lutteroth, who ran the promotion before Paco Alonso, is the one making all the financial decisions. Among the moves are increasing the cut the promotion gets and increasing their prices to American promoters. Another change is that the guarantees that many of the top stars are on have been cut greatly. We’re told the legends like Atlantis, Blue Panther and Negro Casas weren’t cut but many of the current biggest younger stars including Dragon Lee were

Lee was also pulled from at least three shows this week, including the Anniversary show, this coming week and the 9/24 Arena Mexico show ... While nobody has said why, the belief was that he worked BOLA, when CMLL told both he and Cavernario that they couldn’t do the show and he didn’t listen. We’ll see how this plays out because there was certainly talk over the weekend that all the things that have happened could get him to leave.

But the question is that if he does leave, how does that affect New Japan, which is a spot he doesn’t want to lose. The belief is that a guy like him can make as much money outside CMLL in Mexico, and more in the U.S. without the hindrances of CMLL. Plus, one would think every promotion in the U.S. would want him since he’s a genuine special talent with charisma. But no television promotion aside from ROH wants to use CMLL guys because MLW was burned by the guys then going to ROH, while AEW and Impact work with AAA and WWE has no deal with CMLL
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There was a lot of frustration regarding the New York show with the card having to change so often due to all the visas not coming in. This led to them using so many Americans and having to rely on AAA guys who were with Lucha Underground. The belief is all the visas will be in for Los Angeles on 10/23, but we don’t have that confirmed that they are in. That’s probably why no card has been announced but the idea is for it to be a loaded show ...

An interesting note is that a reason it did so terribly is that nobody knew. While these numbers being so small as estimates are tough to pin down, what we do know is that buys now look to be between 300 and 400, but almost none were live, like estimated at around 60. So of the very few people who bought the PPV, it appears most likely had no idea it was even on, then heard after the fact or perhaps saw favorable reviews and then bought it. With such a small number, that actually makes sense. ...

There’s also no word right now on how the 10/13 show in Los Angeles will be broadcast, or if

Well, we now know why there was an El Rey Network mention on the screen throughout the New York show. El Rey will be airing that show on 10/6 at 9 p.m. Eastern
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Regarding the name AEW Dynamite, like the original Tuesday Night Dynamite, in a trivia note, Khan as a kid used to book pro wrestling television and the name Dynamite was the name of his fantasy television show he put together so that’s the actual origination of the name
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The updated All Out television PPV number is just over 29,000, which is down from about 39,000 for the last show.
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One thing we’ve seen a lot of is WWE trying to close the holes that AEW can exploit going forward. The making NXT a very heavy wrestling product built around producing hot in-ring was to close the hole that AEW could have exploited since neither Raw nor Smackdown will likely go that direction. WWE is also going to bring back pyro to television. I mean, they’re getting so much money there’s no reason not to, because it’s again a little thing that fans like that AEW was expected to have, since they did with PPVs. WWE dropped it feeling it was an unnecessary cost and made no real difference when it came to ratings, but economics aren’t nearly as tight as they were when that decision was made
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The reason Lana hasn’t been around with Rusev is because they’ve got other ideas for Lana’s character and not like they don’t want to use her or anything like that
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Regarding NXT, there were some noting that raises have not come yet for talent since the TV deal started. There are guys who know that the company got a $30 million a year deal from USA and NXT talent is being told they are a third brand, but most of the talent is earning less than $100,000 per year, if not all but a few. The talent is also required to do a full rehearsal every Tuesday night at Full Sail for the Wednesday television. This will happen weekly and it’s mandatory, even for those with a decent amount of television experience ...

A lot of the regular fans were unhappy bout a few things. One was that during the live hour, when they did a commercial break, the action would slow down. It was noted to me by several people at Full Sail who were also at PWG, that the women’s match and Roderick Strong vs Velveteen Dream came across much better on television because the action was chinlocks and nobody did anything much for 4:00 during breaks. The women’s match, which came across as an easy **** match on television, was actually 6:00 of super action and four minutes of not so much. Strong vs. Dream also had a lot of non-action during breaks.

There’s also less fan interaction with talent. The die-hard fans were such because they got to know the talent personally and wanted to help them get over. They would hang out with them before the show at the food trucks. They’d go out after the show to the Ale House. There were no food trucks at the first taping, although it was a positive for talent as they had the WWE catering. Nobody went to the Ale House after ...

The talent used to park in the Full Sail parking lot and hang out with fans, and go in through the front entrance and leave through the front door and talk with fans and take pictures with them. This was changed to them parking in the back and it was impossible for any interaction at the first tapings. The tradition of the talent and fans ordering dinner together before the show was gone.
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While The Revival’s contracts are up in April, WWE has extended Daniel Wheeler’s (Dash Wilder) deal another ten weeks due to the period he was out of action in 2016 with a broken jaw.
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The greatest duo in history reunites at Starrcast IV.

Starrcast made some major talent announcements, beginning with Sting returning to Baltimore, the site of his first WCW World Championship victory. Sting will be decked out in the red, white, and blue facepaint and jacket, and carrying the WCW World Championship for photo opportunities with fans.

But the bigger announcement is that, for the first time ever, RoboCop will be coming to Starrcast.

Fans may remember RoboCop appearing at WCW Capital Combat 1990 to help Sting fend off the Horsemen. You can view RoboCop's WCW appearance in the video above.

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The promotion of a loaded Raw with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Brock Lesnar, led to a 16 percent jump in audience last night with Raw averaging 2.57 million viewers ...

9-1-1 on FOX, which featured Ronda Rousey, was the second highest rated show on television last night with 7.46 million viewers ...

Raw did its usual patterns of falling each hour, although the 10.6 percent first-to-third hour drop was less than usual, which is also a good sign ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.70 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.59 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.42 million viewers
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If you exclude the night after SummerSlam and the Raw Reunion in July, this was their highest overall average for Raw since the Superstar Shakeup on April 15th.
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A celebrity appearance has been added to this week's episode of NXT.

Wale posted a tweet today announcing that he'll be appearing with The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) tomorrow: "breaking news I’ll be on @WWENXT tmrw on @USA_Network at 8pm ... we gettin to it .. wit @AngeloDawkins an @MontezFordWWE. Please believe we want all the smoke!!!"

The Street Profits are getting their rematch for Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish's NXT Tag Team titles on the episode.

Wale is a rapper and professional wrestling fan who has appeared on WWE programming in the past. He hosted a rap battle between The New Day and The Usos on an episode of SmackDown in 2017 and did commentary on a 205 Live episode last year ...

The NXT appearance comes in advance of Wale's next album being released on October 11.
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AEW welcomed Alex Abrahantes to their broadcast team.
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Kevin Kelly tweeted that he was heading into the studio today to do English commentary for last Saturday’s NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed show in New York City.
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Stephanie McMahon appeared this morning on FOX Sport 1’s First Things to promote the Friday Night Smackdown move to FOX this week ...

It was noted the role of women has evolved over the years. McMahon was asked why that was important to her. She said there’s a huge knock against women’s sports because there’s no attendance or no buzz and she said that’s because there’s no promotion for it. When you look at WWE, their fans demanded they “give Divas a chance” with a hashtag that trended for days, calling for better athleticism and storylines. Vince McMahon saw it and told the fans to give them a chance. They rebranded the Divas division into Superstars and they received a new championship and since then they have been presenting the women stronger and have headlined Wrestlemania, breaking the MetLife Stadium revenue record.

On why fans should tune into Smackdown, she said they will see the best of sports and entertainment. The storylines are protagonists and antagonists like any other story but their issues are settled inside a 20 x 20 ring with the best performers in the world.

It was noted they have fans across generations and demographics. Stephanie said they are generational viewing because it translates to anyone. They have over 200 characters. They have one of the top YouTube channels. They appeal to everyone ...

Stephanie was asked if she would encourage her daughters to get involved in the sport when they were of age. McMahon said her oldest daughter (Note from Mike: 13 years old) has already started training and she would encourage them to follow their passion and use their work ethic. They would have to work hard if that was their choice.

McMahon was asked the secret of WWE’s staying power. She said it goes back to relatability and engaging the audience. What the audience does reflects what WWE does. Keeping that connection with the audience is what matters.
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Bandido posted a photo from a hospital on Tuesday while covering his face and added #7weeks in the post. Someone familiar with the situation informed us that the wrestler had surgery earlier today. Bandido had been working with a knee injury that is believed to have been an issue for him prior to the Battle of Los Angeles tournament but worked through the tournament and Friday’s ROH Death Before Dishonor event. Due to the injury, which ROH stated was a knee injury, he missed Saturday’s television tapings in Las Vegas. If he is out for seven weeks, that would mean he would be off ROH’s Honor United tour of the UK from October 25-27.
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In other wrestling news, a potential surprise for AEW’s premiere on TNT, Sports Illustrated has learned, is Jake Hager, better known from his WWE run as Jack Swagger. An ardent Trump supporter and legitimate big guy, Hager would fit in nicely as a villain for the promotion. He would also add depth to the card, and his work in Bellator MMA could have crossover appeal for AEW.

Spoiler tags used since its related to a potential surprise debut for AEW's TV show tomorrow.

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Cody Rhodes discusses the series of events that led him to AEW ...

Cody left WWE in May 2016 after being denied a request to drop the Stardust gimmick in favor of being Cody Rhodes again. Vince declining Cody's gimmick change kicked off the series of events that eventually led to the formation of AEW.

"It's very romantic, very like Game of Thrones-style with these warring houses," Cody said. "When I left WWE in 2015, I didn't think, like, 'I'm picking up that sword, we're going to war.' It's a wild, wild series of events. There were so many combustible pieces that led to all of this. You throw them together, and suddenly we are in a situation where I'm standing in front of the Turner Mansion with Brandi, in exactly the same spot Dusty took the team picture with WCW. And we're taking another team picture with a billionaire NFL owner who's a mega wrestling fan, ready to launch another national wrestling promotion. Had Vince listened to me when I really wanted to make the transition back to being Cody Rhodes, we wouldn't be sitting here. It's that fragile."

Instead of remaining in WWE, thanks to the advice and help of Kevin Owens, Cody linked up with The Young Bucks on the Independent circuit. The trio, along with Kenny Omega, SCU, and others, began making waves on Being The Elite, eventually leading to Cody and The Young Bucks running All In, billed as the largest Independent wrestling show in history.
Wonder if Vince is going to be pissed at Kevin Owens for accidentally playing a role in the birth of AEW.

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MLW announced A.J. Kirsch, has joined its broadcast team. Kirsch was on the 2011 version of Tough Enough as a wrestler but has mainly worked as a broadcaster in Northern California in recent years.
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Replays for Friday's SmackDown on Fox premiere:
Saturday (FOX Sports 2): 9 PM – 11 PM
Sunday (FOX Sports 1): 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday (FOX Sports 2): 5 PM – 7 PM
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In the United States, AEW Dynamite's premiere episode will replay on TNT this Saturday 10/5 at 10 AM and 10:30 PM EST as well as Tuesday 10/8 at 10 PM EST.
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Impact has announced they have invited Joe Maddon, the former manager of the Chicago Cubs, who led to the team to the 2016 World Series championship, to be a guest at Bound for Glory on 10/20 in Chicago's Odeum Expo Center. They said Maddon would be at ringside for a 20 person Rumble style match where the winner gets a future title match. The idea is that Maddon will give advice to the winner on what title to cash in on.
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Minoru Suzuki wrote that Yoshihiro Takayama has been moved to a new facility and note improvements Takayama has experienced. Takayama suffered a cervical spinal cord injury in May 2017 during a match where he attempted a sunset flip and landed on his head. The injury has left Takayama paralyzed.
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With the exception of the ambulance issue in New York City, New Japan was extremely happy with the weekend’s Fighting Spirit USA tour with stops in Lowell, MA, NYC and Philadelphia. Of the three shows, the Philadelphia event was said to have been the most profitable for the company at the gate, but New York City was the #1 night in terms of merchandise sales, with Lowell coming in second for merchandise numbers ...

Philadelphia was completely sold out, including an additional 200 standing room tickets that were made available because there were so many inquiries to the 2300 Arena for tickets after the initial immediate sellout ...

The Rock N’ Roll Express being brought in was said to have been a Jado idea.

Backstage in Philadelphia were WWE’s Kairi Sane, Ring of Honor’s Sumie Sakai and Cheeseburger and CZW’s DJ Hyde. Also at the Philly show, for the first time in decades in the building, was former ECW promoter Ed Zohn, who now works with PWX ...

There is early talk of perhaps doing more United States shows in the first quarter of 2020, but that is nowhere near confirmed.

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While doing an appearance on Wednesday's Collider Live podcast to promote Girl On The Third Floor, CM Punk discussed his recent tryout with Fox for the WWE Backstage studio show.

He confirmed the tryout and that his agents reached out to him because of how much Fox is investing into WWE with SmackDown. He said Fox was interested in him and that he hasn't dealt with anyone from WWE during the process, nor has he heard anything from WWE after the tryout.

He said he loves Renee Young and that the role would be similar to what he does for CFFC MMA. He said he was clear that he didn't want to come in just to dump on the product but that if there's something that's bad, he would have to be honest about it.

Punk didn't say where the process is at or how the tryout went. He did reiterate that he's not interested in returning to the ring, but is in a position where he's open to anything other than wrestling because he's grown as a person and is a businessman.
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Triple H appeared on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast and responded to a question about CM Punk trying out for WWE’s Backstage studio show on FS1: “Look, I’ve read about that as well. You know -- to be clear -- FOX is doing this show, and it’s their show, and it’s something they’re doing to talk about the WWE Universe and everything going on in it. They have a long list of people they’ve been interviewing and everything. But as far as for us, one of the things I think this company has shown over and over again, is never say never. If the opportunity is right for everybody and it’s right for our fans, then we are willing to put the past behind us and move forward. So -- you know -- I would say, never say never, but that’s also probably a long way from coming true. I don’t know. That’s also a little bit outside of my purview at the moment, but like I said, never say never.”
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The first episode of WWE’s The Bump premiered on the WWE Network and WWE’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages today. The talk show will air live at 10 a.m. Eastern time every Wednesday. Kayla Braxton, Matt Camp, Evan T. Mack, McKenzie Mitchell, Ryan Pappolla, and Dan Vollmayer are hosts for the show.
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Macaulay Culkin narrated a video about how The Rock got the word “smackdown” into the dictionary.
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Sports Illustrated reported that Chris Jericho vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi is scheduled for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14. Jericho’s contract with AEW allows him to have NJPW matches, and NJPW has already started building to him facing Tanahashi.
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MLW has officially unveiled the first member of its women's division.

It was announced today that Zeda Zhang has signed a "multi-year exclusive contract" with MLW. She previously appeared for MLW in 2018 after being released by WWE.

Zhang wrestled for NXT and took part in the inaugural Mae Young Classic while with WWE. She lost to Shayna Baszler in the first round of the tournament.

MLW noted that their women's division is scheduled to launch this year and that more details about the division and Zhang's first match will be revealed soon. The division is returning after MLW initially featured women's matches when it relaunched starting in 2017.
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Daniel Bryan participated in a Q&A for Nikki and Brie Bella’s podcast. The topic of retirement came up and Bryan said that his retirement from full-time in-ring competition is coming up sooner rather than later within the next few years:

“Well, and now, even still, as we look at my retirement from full-time wrestling which will be coming up sooner rather than later in the next couple of years, that probably won’t mean retirement for you [Brie Bella] for how busy you are. It will probably be me taking on more of the parental role, and so depending on jobs and that sort of thing, that’s been a nice switch in society that can happen.” Bryan said.
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At Monday's NWA TV taping press conference, owner Billy Corgan said that the National Wrestling Alliance is open to doing business and having their champions appear for any number of promotions. However, IMPACT Wrestling isn't among those.

"We consider ourselves a free agent in the market. We're available to work with anyone from All Elite Wrestling to Championship Wrestling from Hollywood to Ring of Honor. The only prohibition is IMPACT. We won't do business with them. Of course, we'll do business with WWE. We feel like an early UFC or Bellator. We feel like we're in the market and can do whatever we want to do. We have the champions right here.Think back of when ECW guys would appear on Raw. I think people really want innovation in the space," said Corgan. "I think our relationships with Ring of Honor, which extend to New Japan -- we have a great relationship with AAA. I think we could work with anybody at any time."

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AEW Dynamite is the victor in week one of the Wednesday Night War.

The Dynamite premiere averaged 1.409 million viewers on TNT last night and finished second for the night on cable in the all-important 18-49 demo with a 0.68 rating.

The latter was more than double the 0.32 rating that NXT on USA Network pulled in the same demo. NXT, despite limited commercial interruption and a loaded lineup featuring three title matches, averaged only 891,000 viewers, an 11 percent drop from the previous week, although the rating in the demo was the exact same as last week.

The most watched show on cable was an MLB Wild Card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics, which did 3.969 million viewers and a 1.03 rating in the 18-49 demo.

This can’t be spun as anything but a positive for AEW, as there had been previous industry projections that pegged the show as doing in the 500,000 viewer range.
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1,409,000 viewers for AEW Dynamite is a fantastic number. It’s not far off what Smackdown has done on some weeks. And to give a little perspective, the 2.4M fans that AEW and NXT did head to head last night would have beaten the Raw audience three of the last five weeks ...

At minimum, AEW brought more in more than 1.2M fans to the party last night. They also more than doubled NXT in the coveted people 18-49 demographic. That means that not only did they bring in new people, they brought in new YOUNGER people. Advertisers love to see that and they pony up to reach them ...

In WWE’s case, AEW’s strong debut, should it continue, could put pressure on Raw and Smackdown to change the way that they do some things. I can’t imagine TV partners ignoring the fact that a start up with very few household names is getting very close to the established brands right out of the gate. Maybe it leads to changes that fans like us will like. Of course, it could also lead to changes in NXT that we don’t like. It’s all to be determined.
The demo splits are a big key since after 3 weeks, the only demo that managed to stay consistent and/or grow was the 50+ demo which is the same demo that's been the strongest for RAW & SD and closer to the average age of a WWE viewer. Triple H keeps pushing the idea that NXT is the show that caters towards younger fans and disgruntled fans of WWE's main roster product but that might not end up being the case if things continue now that NXT is on regular TV.

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After he returned from injury last night, a documentary on Tommaso Ciampa is set to air on the WWE Network next week.

The special is titled "Tommaso Ciampa: blackHEART." It will debut on the WWE Network at 10 p.m. Eastern next Wednesday (October 9), which is right after next week's NXT airs live on the USA Network.

WWE.com described the special: "Witness the heroic struggle of former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa as he embarks on a difficult road to recovery from a devastating injury and finds strength from his wife, baby daughter, friends and the NXT Universe."
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A second match has been confirmed for MLW's Blood & Thunder television tapings.

MLW announced today that Low Ki vs. Timothy Thatcher is set for the tapings. They're taking place at GILT Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on the afternoon of Saturday, November 9.
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Some more information has been announced for tomorrow's SmackDown "blue carpet" pre-show.

Ahead of the Friday Night SmackDown premiere, the half-hour kickoff show will air live on FOX starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. FOX issued a press release today announcing that Renee Young and Booker T will anchor the desk for the pre-show, "welcoming special guests and offering insight and analysis on the upcoming matchups."

Charissa Thompson, the host of FOX NFL Kickoff, will be "on hand for arrivals and interviews outside the Staples Center, while WWE reporter Kayla Braxton provides exclusive backstage access to Superstars just moments before all the action."
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Though a new date for the event hasn't been announced, Lucha Libre AAA is rescheduling their Invading LA show.

The Forum in Inglewood, California had been scheduled to host Invading LA on Sunday, October 13. The venue sent out an email announcing that the show has been rescheduled
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Q - Why wouldn't WWE have John Cena advertised for the FOX Smackdown debut?

A - Cena has been announced as part of the cast for the new Suicide Squad film and that began filming in Georgia this week, so he's likely not available. It's possible he pops up as a surprise, but with everyone else scheduled, they are better off leaving John as something special down the line
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Diamond Dallas Page and Awesome Kong were backstage. Atlas Security were in the house. Conrad Thompson was sitting ringside.

Alex Marvez handled a lot of research for the announcers last night.
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The premiere of AEW Dynamite on TSN 2 in Canada reportedly drew 109,000 viewers on Tuesday night, according to POST Wrestling's John Pollock on Twitter.

AEW faced stiff competition in Canada last night as they went up against the NHL Opening Night game between the Ottawa Senator and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Prime Ministers French-language election debate also aired last night.

The AEW viewership was described as a good number for Canadian TV, according to Pollock.
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On Wednesday's episode of AEW Dynamite, Cody was laid out in two separate segments on the show. First, he was attacked by Chris Jericho following his victory over Sammy Guevara. Later in the night, Cody tried to save The Young Bucks from a beatdown by Jericho and Santana & Ortiz, but was eventually taken out by Guevara and a debuting Jake Hager.

Following the show, fans wondered where Cody's best friend, MJF, was as Cody was being attacked.

"I'm not gonna lie to you guys, I'm not in a good mood, at all because my best friend just got completely bludgeoned in the middle of the ring," MJF said in the post-show media scrum. "And I had no idea it was going on because I was back in my locker room, after my match, and I had no clue, and I just found out after the fact."

When asked why he wasn't paying more attention, MJF said, "Why wasn't I watching the monitor closely? Because I wrestled a match and I had to make sure that after the match that I had my ice bath, that I went in my whirlpool, and that I got a massage. Because I'm a top tier athlete and I make sure I'm 100% good to go after my match because unlike everybody else on this roster, I'm not some schmuck who is gonna get back in their car and go, 'Yipee, it's done.' That's not what real athletes do. Do you think that after Kobe Bryant is done playing a basketball game, that he doesn't put ice on his knees, that he doesn't get worked on? No."

MJF also vowed revenge on Chris Jericho, the man behind the attacks on Cody

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The night when it came to ratings was a big win for AEW, drawing 1,409,000 viewers to 891,000 for NXT. More important, because for the stations themselves, this battle was about the 18-49 demo, where AEW placed second for the night behind only the Major League Baseball Wildcard game that did a 1.03 in the demo and 3,969,000 total viewers. AEW did a 0.68 rating and 878,000 viewers in 18-49 while NXT did a 0.32 rating and 414,000 viewers. The big key is that while NXT had spent two weeks building up this show with essentially a Takeover card with three title matches, advertised limited commercials, did screen-in-screen during breaks, and did a nine minute overrun, their audience declined 11.4 percent from last week.

But in the 18-49 demo, the audience was identical to last week. Now, obviously NXT had a better and more heavily promoted show and it should have increased in the demo rather than stayed even, so the competition did hurt. But the story was that for the most part, AEW drew some, but not a lot of viewers away from NXT, and it confirmed a few things. One is most of the AEW fan base was not a WWE fan base, as all studies of PPV buys up to this point had indicated. Although they very well may be heavily lapsed former fans. The other is that there are far more potential wrestling fans than people realized who are not WWE fans.

Another factor is that when you add the replay number, which we don’t have officially at this point but was around 650,000 viewers, that the total AEW viewers were not too far behind a typical Raw, and pretty much identical to what Smackdown had been doing on Tuesdays on USA.

It also appears strongly that WWE going out and rushing into getting the two week jump probably backfired. NXT has declined significantly both weeks ...

Indications are that this is not a nostalgia rating, as much as a sample rating. A TNT nostalgia rating for Nitro would have skewed older. This skewed young. One would expect the number to drop next week, just as NXT did, because TNT was plugging the show all over TNT and TBS at the end. But a major point is that the shows they were plugging it on skewed heavily over 50, but AEW did not draw that audience at all. If anything, this showed the value of the younger audience they had cultivated through social media.

The NXT decline was not the age groups AEW was strong in, but the age groups AEW was weak with. Now, granted this week’s show with three title matches should have increased by a good percentage from last week in every demo, and it didn’t so AEW did hurt. But the big drop was over 50, and that means the baseball game, which dominated that demo last night, was probably more of a factor in the NXT decline.
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In just looking at teenagers, boys saw AEW, with head-to-head competition from a WWE product and only the first episode, beat unopposed Raw by 37.5 percent, Smackdown by 42.1 percent and NXT (with competition) by 239 percent. For teenage girls, AEW was 11.1 percent behind Raw, 0.6 percent behind Smackdown and 52.6 percent ahead of NXT. For 18-34, for males AEW opposed (and only first episode not including reply) beat Raw by 39.9 percent, beat Smackdown by 36.4 percent and beat NXT by 157.7 percent. For 18-34, for women, AEW (first episode) beat Raw by 13.5 percent, beat Smackdown by 37.0 percent and beat NXT by 48.8 percent. Conversely, once you get to 35-49, both Raw and Smackdown have solid edges with both men and women, although AEW basically doubled NXT. Over 50, NXT beats AEW slightly and Raw beats AEW 0.99 to 0.34 and Smackdown beats it 0.97 to 0.34.

And while there is momentum, they did well in the age groups that have become the hardest for cable to reach, making them a good value for younger-skewing products for advertisers. But on the flip side, even if people liked the show, people liked NXT as well ...

The ultimate story here is that unless AEW drops significantly under 35 next week, and this isn’t a flash in the pan, WWE is already behind with fans in that age group. If that is the case, it completely exposes WWE as it’s not the change in television viewership that has changed their demos, nor run off older fans, but that they have lost touch with the younger audience. Even if AEW does drop big, this shows in that age group WWE probably has either way because there’s no way a new group in week one that has never had television should beat the industry leader solidly like that.
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The quarter hours are also notable because for AEW, teenagers opened at 330,000 and grew to 580,000 for the main event. But every other demo opened strong and either went down and picked up for the main event (18-34) or just declined throughout. Teen boys went from 260,000 for Cody’s match to 500,000 for the main event, but overall viewers went from 1,609,000 for Cody’s match to 1,381,000 for the main event. Teen girls opened at 70,000, grew to 140,000 for Riho vs. Nyla Rose, but then dropped big for the main event. At the same time, NXT declined with teens from 210,000 to 120,000 (they did grow to 150,000 for the unopposed overrun). The average viewer age hovered around 39 to 41, as compared to the 54 average for WWE programming and the 48 average for younger skewing NXT. Overall, both shows generally declined outside of AEW’s big increase throughout the show with teenagers. But in over 50, AEW declined from 455,000 to 334,000 for the main event and NXT fell from 408,000 to 352,000, but NXT won the night slightly in that demo during those quarters in between.

The night opened with 1,609,000 viewers for AEW and 913,000 for NXT. NXT with Riddle vs. Cole closed the gap to 1,551,000 to 981,000 against Cody vs. Sammy Guevara. MJF vs. Brandon Cutler lost 111,000 viewers vs. Io Shirai vs Mia Yim losing 15,000. Pac vs. Adam Page lost 125,000 viewers while Johnny Gargano vs. Shane Thorne lost 50,000. Riho vs. Rose lost 1,000 while Shayna Baszler vs. Candice LeRae lost 20,000. Pete Dunne vs. Danny Burch gained 29,000 viewers. The six-man main event of AEW gained 67,000 viewers while the NXT tag title match with Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Street Profits head-to-head lost 193,000 viewers in the final quarter. However, when AEW ended, NXT did pick up 139,000 viewers in the final ten minutes.

Interestingly, Baszler vs. LeRae killed it with those under 35, kind of like AEW, but got killed with older viewers. During the final quarter hour, with the battling main events, AEW had a 575,000 to 120,000 edge in teenagers and 444,000 to 145,000 edge with 18-34. In male 18-49, the final quarter was 629,000 to 228,000 for AEW and 280,000 to 126,000 in women 18-49.
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NXT had two surprises, both as new contenders for Cole, in Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa. Balor is in NXT as a full-time regular for the time being, as opposed to being a guy who will be on Raw or Smackdown. It was noted to us that even if Balor’s contract remains the same, he will end up making less money from the move unless they gave him a raise to go to NXT ...

But unless Balor got a higher guarantee, he will be missing out because on the main roster he’d be up for more house shows that talent is paid a percentage on as opposed to NXT when you just get your salary, he’d be out the bigger payoff events like a WrestleMania, Rumble or SummerSlam or European tour, and for him, his merchandise sales would be significantly lower.
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It took less than three months after the death of Paco Alonso for CMLL, the oldest and thought to be one of the most stable promotions in the world, to be in chaos. There is a ton going on behind-the-scenes that led to Rush and his father, Bestia del Ring announcing right after Rush won the ROH title in Las Vegas that they were going independent on 9/27. Immediately after, CMLL announced that they were firing Rush, and his brother, Dragon Lee, Lee, claiming that both men were not living up to the standards of the organization ...

The stuff reported on in recent weeks led to this. The basic story is that with Sofia Alonso in charge of the promotion, a lot of the old guard feared change, that they would lose their positions and she would hire younger people, or genuinely feared that a 28-year-old woman who had only been with the company for a relatively short period of time could run a business like this, even though she insisted, having learned from her father, that she was the person most equipped for it.

They went to Chavo Lutteroth, who ran the company in the 70s and 80s, before it was turned over to Paco Alonso around 1989 since Lutteroth had more interest in the family’s boxing and real estate business. Lutteroth essentially demoted Sofia Alonso , moving her back to her former position as the company’s head of marketing, and took charge of the business end. She still has power because some of her projects are continuing. But she has not attended shows in recent weeks and was not even at the 9/27 86th anniversary show, the company’s biggest event of the year.

New moves were made. Among them were both elevating the price of their talent to U.S. promoters and taking a higher percentage. Another was cutting way back on the guarantees, which included all members of the Munoz (Rush) family. Because of loyalty, the older stars like Atlantis, Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero and Blue Panther and the likes didn’t have their guarantees cut, but the younger stars, even though they were carrying things, did ....

another thing that irked the younger wrestlers, banning fans from the decades-old tradition of throwing money in the ring, although the latter was partially a safety concern because fans at ringside can get hurt by coins being thrown at the ring. For obvious reasons, a lot of the younger talent wants out, but getting a visa to work the U.S. is the hardest it has ever been.

In addition, previously CMLL talent in Mexico when working non-CMLL dates, were not allowed to work with AAA talent and other talent that the promotion didn’t like, but they were allowed to work with local independent wrestlers. The change was made that they would only be allowed to work with other CMLL wrestlers, with the idea that CMLL would then be able to get more bookings for their talent ...

The situation gets even more tense because CMLL is a longtime partners with New Japan, as partners now with ROH. ROH, with booker Hunter Johnston (Delirious) just in Mexico for the Grand Prix and meetings, was hopeful to strengthen that relationship. But Rush is their world champion and under a long-term deal. It appears Lee will become more of a regular. Will CMLL try and push those rules to ROH, where Rush and Lee couldn’t work with their talent, or New Japan, which brings to question the Lee & Titan tag team. In addition, ROH with Rush in particular, and New Japan with Lee, wouldn’t want to change the names of established star talent. So there is a ton of uncertainty, including questions over who else would leave.
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Rush and Lee both know that they can get into WWE when they want. Paul Levesque is said to be high on Lee, for good reason, and he’s a special talent, even though guys like him, see Gran Metalik, usually don’t fare too well in the WWE system. But it’s also taking major chess pieces off the board ...

Rush isn’t interested in New Japan as that’s not his cup of tea. Lee loves it there. Then there’s the question of AEW, and if Lee went there if it would keep New Japan from booking him, although they do use Jon Moxley and will use Chris Jericho most likely at the Tokyo Dome. It also should be noted that in AEW, there were those who are higher on Rush than Lee due to the injury to Hiromu Takahashi ... As you can imagine, AAA would want he and Lee, but that creates political issues with ROH and New Japan, and Rush has not committed to any AAA television dates at this point ...

Lee said that he’s heard from wrestlers in ROH, New Japan as well as from Andrade and has a big surprise announcement coming.
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Velasquez’s final AAA match on his current deal was to be the 10/13 show at The Forum in Los Angeles. The Forum confirmed rumors over the last week that the show is being postponed. One main event wrestler on the show had told friends that they were told the show was being moved to early 2020.

About 3,000 tickets had been sold for the show, which is realistically more than should have been expected for advanced sales, since Mexican shows are still heavily walk-up, but no doubt it would be a money loser. This was with no matches announced. But it’s not like ticket sales are going to be any better at that point in time.
Current estimated PPV Buys numbers for AAA's NY show reportedly are at 800 total.

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The biggest news regarding the Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor show on 9/27 is the lack of interest in the show ...

As does the fact that in a 900-seat arena in Las Vegas, Sam’s Town, not only did they have a weak advance, but even with giving away tickets at the end to basically anyone who wanted them, they started the show with maybe 600 in the building and ended up with about 800.

Worse are the PPV numbers. The last ROH show, Best in the World on 6/28 in Baltimore did an estimated 3,500 PPV buys. Death Before Dishonor at press time is estimated at just under 800. The actual decline from the last show was 77.7 percent, and this is not a year-to-year drop but a drop from June to September.
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An interesting note is that last year, on the opening Friday night of the season, FOX did 6 million viewers. As noted many times, while Smackdown may not beat first-run numbers FOX was getting last season, it’s 51 weeks of new programming and some of the rerun weeks of late have hovered around 1 million viewers.
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When Strowman signed his latest deal, it was a four-year contract believed to be for $1.2 million per year. The key to that number is there are exceptions, but generally, the top downside number WWE offers is $1 million. Obviously Styles signed for significantly more than that when his deal was due because of AEW. There are others who just because they knew how to negotiate, the company knew they could go elsewhere and make money, and the company feels were valuable that have guarantees above the $1 million threshold. The recent deal that Gallows & Anderson signed was five years at $700,000 per year each. They had turned down a $500,000 per year deal and were ready to leave when their contracts were due
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The decision was made this afternoon to not broadcast a new episode of 205 Live.

We are told that WWE made the decision to focus on the FOX Smackdown debut and things will return to normal next week.

The Cruiserweights were brought to Smackdown and had been preparing their matches tonight when the word came down from management.
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Konnan on his podcast talked about the possibility of Sofia Alonso leaving CMLL and starting her own promotion. This relates to the story in this week's Observer. All I can say about this is I'm stunned he said it publicly, but there is smoke to that fire.
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Scarlett Bordeaux has pulled out of a number of independent dates based on having signed a contract. She just had a WWE tryout.
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WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested yesterday evening in Moore County, North Carolina and charged with driving while impaired, PWInsider.com has confirmed.

The Moore County Police Department confirmed that Hardy was released around 11:30 PM last night from being incarcerated but declined to give additional details beyond what he has been charged with citing the fact that it is an ongoing investigation
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The latest digital album featuring unreleased versions of WWE theme songs "Uncaged X" is now available on all major streaming platforms. It features the following track listing:

1. Know Your Role (Nation Leader) [The Rock]
2. End of Days (I've Had Enough) [The Corre]
3. Sher (The Maharaja) [Jinder Mahal]
4. Interrogation (1998)
5. New Rockers (2007)
6. Not My Fault (2005)
7. Piracy (2006)
8. Quicksand (2006)
9. Southern Pride (2005)
10. New Kind of Power (Jeff Jarrett)
11. Who I Am (9th Wonder of the World) [Chyna]
12. Take a Pill (1997)
13.You Look so Good to Me (The Runway) [2003]
14. Man Beast (1997)
15. Too Much (1997)
16. Poetic Devastation (Virgil)
17. Addonas (1995)
18. You Better Recognize (D'Lo Brown)
19. Return the Hitman (Excellence of Execution) [Bret Hart]
20. Break an Egg (The Gobbledy Gooker)
21. Are You Ready? (Hall of Fame 2019) [D-Generation X]
22. With My Baby Tonight (Instrumental) [Jeff Jarrett & Jesse James]
23. Dark Side (Fully Loaded 1998) [Undertaker]
24. Medal (Retirement Medley) [Kurt Angle]
25 The Time Is Now (Champ Is Here) [John Cena]
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Randy Orton appeared to have been drinking a bit while playing Call of Duty on a Twitch stream on Thursday. During the stream, Orton praised the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite.

"Speaking of Vince, that AEW looked fucking cool, huh? Did you watch that show last night? Oh my God! I'll tell you what. It's that big match feel, the big show feel. Cody and Sammy Guevara, that kid can do some shit. I'd love to work with that kid. They had a great match. I thought opening the show with that match was a good idea and well received" ...

The full stream was deleted as Orton used the N-word while gaming.
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According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Jim Ross was offered a spot on WWE Backstage, which is WWE's upcoming studio show on Fox Sports 1. Ross reportedly turned down the offer.

As previously reported, Fox, not WWE, is in charge of producing and handling of WWE Backstage. Jim Ross currently serves as the announcer for All Elite Wrestling, a direct competitor against WWE.

Fox being in charge of the show has been evident in recent weeks as it was reported that CM Punk tested on-camera for the show. In a recent interview with Collider Live, Punk confirmed the report that he met with Fox and tested on-camera, but did not say if they reached an agreement.

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Raw last night dropped nine percent from last week, doing 2.33 million viewers on average.

The drop should have been expected since last week's number was heavily boosted by Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, and this week was still above the 2.21 million number of two weeks ago, and going against far tougher competition.

The show probably got a boost from Sunday's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Next week's episode should be high due to the draft. The negative reaction to the main event finish of Hell in a Cell was never going to have a statistical influence on ratings ...

The show was down only slightly from the 2.36 million mark the same week last year.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.44 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.33 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.23 million viewers
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The three-hour built around an angle involving boxer Tyson Fury averaged 2,334,000 viewers on the USA Network. Among people 18-49, Raw did a 0.75 for the night and was down from a 0.89 last week.
If the idea was for Fury's appearance to lead to a spike in interest from sports fans or younger viewers, it didn't work.

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TMZ.com was able to acquire a copy of Jeff Hardy's arrest report from his Driving While Impaired arrest on Thursday 10/3.

The police report notes that authorities received a tip about a careless driver around 8:40 PM.

Authorities located the car in front of a liquor store. Hardy emerged carrying a case of beer. Authorities followed the car and pulled him over when they "observed him weaving badly in his lane."

Hardy had "what seemed to be dried blood on his nose" and advisors officers that he and his wife "got into a fight."

The police report states that Hardy admitted to having two shots of vodka and admitted to being impaired. He failed a field sobriety test and according to TMZ was "was uncooperative when asked for a breathalyzer or blood sample." A judge signed off on a search warrant, allowing officers to extract a blood sample from Hardy, which was done after Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene.
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It appears that two expected WWE matches will be made official this Friday.

WWE has announced a press conference for noon Pacific time at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday. It will be with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Cain Velasquez, Rey Mysterio, Braun Strowman, Tyson Fury, and Paul "Triple H" Levesque.

As of last week, Lesnar vs. Velasquez and Strowman vs. Fury were planned to take place at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31.
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MLW has confirmed two new matches for their Saturday Night SuperFight pay-per-view.

Tom Lawlor vs. Timothy Thatcher is officially set for the PPV, which is taking place at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois on Saturday, November 2. MLW National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone will also defend his title against Davey Boy Smith Jr. at the event.
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WWE will kick off the Draft this Friday at the Friday Night Smackdown taping in Las Vegas with personalities from FOX and NBC Universal appearing to help draft WWE personalities to Raw and Smackdown. The word we are hearing is that once the Draft is done, there will be very little crossing over from one brand to another beyond WWE PPVs. The Draft will conclude on this Monday's Raw.
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Several readers sent word that AEW could conceivably be postponed tomorrow from its live airing on TNT. Each National League Playoff series are slated to go to Game 5 tomorrow. Ken McAndrew noted that yesterday, the early game went past the late game start, so they moved the late game to TNT until TBS cleared. Should that repeat itself, it's possible Dynamite's start time could be pushed back with the episode airing late.
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When asked why Havoc and Allin were being given a title oppportunity given that others have had better win/loss records on Twitter, Cody responded that the quality of their wins were being taken into consideration.
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AEW backer Shahid Khan was listed by Forbes as the 61st richest man in America on their most recent list, dated 10/02. Khan was listed as worth $7.8 billion. Vince McMahon also made the list, listed as worth $2.9 billion and ranked at #296.
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An arrest warrant was issued on 9/10 for Zachary Madsen, the man arrested after attacking WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart at the WWE Hall of Fame this past April, after he did not appear in court as scheduled on 9/9 in Kings Criminal Court in Brooklyn that day. Court records indicate the Nebraska native was returned on the warrant (which means he was picked up by authorities) and appeared before the court on 9/24. He is slated for another hearing on 11/12. Madsen is not currently listed as in custody.
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Jake Hager was a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. He said he was recruited to join All Elite Wrestling by Chris Jericho with the two sharing a trainer in Josh Rafferty. Hager is adjusting his training schedule to accommodate his mid-week travel for Dynamite episodes and worked it out with Bellator, who he said was behind his decision to join AEW. Hager’s next fight is on October 25th when he fights Anthony Garrett at Bellator 231 in Uncasville, Connecticut. It’s going to be interesting to see how much they promote his fight on a rival cable network with Hager fighting on the Paramount Network while TNT has a partnership with ONE Championship.
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Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Nyla Rose, Kia Stevens, and Jungle Boy spoke on a panel with Yahoo’s BUILD series about the launch of AEW Dynamite, the audience numbers from the debut, and their position in the industry. When asked how he landed in AEW, Moxley said it was Jericho that first alerted him that the company even existed. Moxley said he didn’t tell anyone in WWE, including friends, he was leaving other than his wife and Jericho was the first person he told, and Jericho said he needs to come to AEW. Shortly after, Moxley was on the phone with Cody and brought up to speed on AEW and called it great timing more than any other factor with the added bonus that Double or Nothing was in his hometown of Las Vegas.
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David Lagana notes on Tuesday that former TNA writer Matt Conway is working with the NWA as a producer on the new Power series.
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Impact Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH are holding a tryout on Tuesday, October 22nd at the Can-Am Dojo in Windsor, Ontario. The tryout will be run by Naomichi Marufuji and Scott D’Amore with the winner being sent on an excursion to Japan with NOAH.
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John Cena appeared on NBC's Today Show this morning and commented on why he's cut back so much on his WWE performance schedule....and it's not Hollywood.

Cena explained that even if it wasn't for his film and TV schedule, he'd be actively performing less, noting, "My body just can't handle the schedule anymore.

Cena explained. "When I turned 40, I really took a look in the mirror and said, 'Hey, man, I know you really like this, but instead of two hundred fifty performances a year, from here on out, just do it a hundred times and do it well, and then it became, 'Just do it fifty times and do it well.' Now it's like, 'Hey, you really have to prepare to get ready to perform and then really recover after a performance.' "
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Boom Studios! revealed the creative team behind the upcoming New Day graphic novel set for a 2020 release. The team consists of writers Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker as well as artists Daniel Bayliss The book will chronicle the trio's journey through WWE detailing behind-the-scenes stories featuring each member.
Link: http://www.boom-studios.com/archives...omic-con-2019/

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AA has announced the Invading LA show is postponed.

Dorian Roldan calls it "unexpected"

No new date has been determined.
Show was supposed to take place this Sunday.


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The eight teams taking part in this year’s Super Junior Tag League have been announced.

The tournament will begin at Korakuen Hall on October 16, which is just days after Kings of Pro Wrestling. The finals will take place at Power Struggle on November 3.

The teams for the tournament are:

Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura
Ryusuke Taguchi & Rocky Romero
Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles
SHO & YOH
Volador Jr. & Titan
TJP & Clark Connors
Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Missing from the tournament is Dragon Lee, who had been advertised previously on posters. Lee and his brother Rush were fired from CMLL last month.
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On the newest edition of WWE ‘The Bump’, a statement from referee Rod Zapata was issued to The Bump. Zapata was the official for Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt’s Universal Championship match at Hell In A Cell that resulted in a no-contest. Here’s the statement: “With Bray motionless, and Seth clearly doing whatever it was going to take to win that match… I had to think of the competitor’s safety and at that moment, I did what I thought was best.”
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALy9CDCvKLk

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Count Tommaso Ciampa among the many who were displeased with how WWE Hell in a Cell ended. Competing inside Hell in a Cell, the main event between Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins was ruled a "match stoppage" after referee Rod Zapata rang the bell following Seth Rollins using a sledgehammer.

Appearing on WWE's The Bump, former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa gave his thoughts on the finish.

"From a performer standpoint, if Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano at TakeOver: New Orleans ended by a ref stoppage, it's something that just doesn't fly in NXT. And that's what makes NXT the A Show."
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WWE Network News is reporting that a new version of the old Watchlist feature called "My List" has appeared on the WWE Network for the Amazon Fire Stick devices. The feature essentially allows you to save content to watch later. This means that the feature will likely be coming to other devices soon, which I'm sure will make most users very happy. According to the app notes when you update, any old content from the previous platform you had in your Watchlist should carry over. As with the prior version of this feature, when you add stuff to your list, it will ask you if you want to add a singular event to your list or all the events in a certain category i.e. TV show, pay-per-view, etc.
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Alyse Zwick, a news reporter based in New York City, tweeted the following:

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Tune in to @WWENetwork ! I’ll be hosting every week with “your buddy...your pal” @scottstanford1 !!
This Week in WWE will air every Thursday night on #WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/j6Z71ogSDC
— Alyse Zwick (@IAmAlyseZwick) October 9, 2019
Link: https://twitter.com/IAmAlyseZwick/st...39652484603905

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RISE Wrestling announced that Kylie Rae is slated to appear at their show on November 1st in Illinois. Kylie was recently announced for IMPACT Wrestling’s ‘All Glory’ show on-which she will be challenging for the Zelo Pro Women’s Championship as a part of a three-way match involving Shotzi Blackheart and champion, Laynie Luck.
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Cody Rhodes appeared on the Joe Cronin Show and was asked about the AEW chants at the conclusion of WWE’s Hell In A Cell pay-per-view. Cody shared that one of the participants in the Universal Championship main event left the bout concussed but did not say who. He admitted that hearing about the chants was flattering but would not gloat about it because of the injury he stated occurred during that match:

“When those come up… I wasn’t watching the pay-per-view but when those come up, everyone — your phone starts blowing up and your socials start blowing up. Whenever the crowd chants something whether it’s, ‘boring’, whether it’s the promotion, whether it’s your name, it means they want to be rewarded with something. When you’re in the ring, wrestling 101, and we know we want to reward them, so it was flattering. I wouldn’t be one to gloat about it only because I know one of the guys in that match got concussed and this job ain’t that easy but nonetheless, whenever we hear those chants, it’s more validation that what we’re doing and what we’ve been saying about this market existing is real.” Cody explained.
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Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke with Scott Fishman of TV Insider. Levesque stated that NXT will not be making TakeOver events longer just because they now have a bigger bandwidth for storylines. Levesque added that the USA Network was thrilled with the rating NXT received on its first-ever episode on the network. The piece also featured comments from Johnny Gargano and Gargano expressed that he is welcoming of All Elite Wrestling and thinks it’s cool that people are enjoying wrestling.
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Luke Harper's Twitter bio now reads

IG: @thislukeharper

DMs are wide open. Wwe threatened to fine me but it's cool when nxt talent cusses on Twitter.... got it.
Link: https://twitter.com/LukeHarperWWE

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NWA Powerrr premiered on Tuesday night on YouTube and Facebook to strong viewership numbers ...

Part of the YouTube viewership can be attributed to AEW Dark, which also premiered on Tuesday ...

NWA Vice President Dave Lagana told The Wrap that 22.1% of fans who watched NWA Powerrr came over on the suggested viewing from AEW Dark. Social Blade reports that NWA's YouTube channel gained 11,000 new subscribers over the past 24 hours
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The Rock congratulated Jim Cornette and the NWA on the premiere of NWA Power: “Congrats Jim, the boys, crew etc. Stumbled across this show last night and enjoyed it. I grew up in territories and started my career at channel 5 in Memphis so I have a lot of love/respect for small scale, crowd tv shows. Cool vintage feel. Keep working hard boys. Rock”
Link: https://twitter.com/TheRock/status/1181985618202521600

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As seen above, AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and actor Kevin Smith appeared on The Rich Eisen Show earlier today. Jericho was promoting AEW Dynamite and Smith was promoting the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot that hits theaters next week.

Smith and actor Jason Mewes appeared on last week's AEW Dynamite premiere from the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, to promote the "Reboot" movie. Smith revealed that they were disinvited from appearing on the WWE SmackDown FOX premiere a few nights later at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"You know how big it was?," Smith asked during a discussion on the Dynamite premiere. "It was big enough that... me and Jay were lucky enough to be involved, Chris invited us to be involved with the debut match on TNT. We were supposed to go do WWE, me and Jay, the very next day, which was Friday. Was it Friday? SmackDown. And then the morning after... because we were on the AEW show, it trended, like, there was a lot of coverage and stuff. So, the next morning we were told that WWE was like, you can't come on anymore, and they canceled us. They kicked me and Jay off the show, but not in a crazy way."
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On what would have been his 52nd birthday, WWE posted a milestone video on Eddie Guerrero’s championship victories.
Link: https://youtu.be/GgqwXh-LfNE


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