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Old 08-29-2019, 10:47 PM   #921
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Dustin Rhodes has signed a contract extension with AEW.

AEW issued a press release announcing the news today. It's a multi-year extension, though the exact length of the deal wasn't revealed.

Dustin will be an in-ring wrestler for AEW and is also joining their coaching staff as a promo coach and match producer.
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ROH has confirmed the first four participants for their number one contender's tournament.

It was announced today that Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, Kenny King, and Marty Scurll will be participating in the eight-man, single-elimination tournament. The other four wrestlers for it will be announced tomorrow.

ROH wrote that the bracket will be revealed on Monday (September 2).

The winner of the tournament will challenge for the ROH World Championship at Final Battle, which is taking place at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, December 13. Matt Taven currently holds the title.
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Australian wrestler Shazza McKenzie will be taking part in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out.

On Twitter today, AEW confirmed McKenzie as the latest entrant for the match. It's taking place on Saturday's All Out pre-show and will feature 21 wrestlers in total.
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WWE have applied to trademark Breezango and The Outliers.

Also of note: After proclaiming earlier this month that Adam Cole never used his name prior to joining WWE (which was obviously factually incorrect) and could never use it if he were to leave WWE, WWE sent the following to the United States Patent and Trademark Office:

"The Applicant would like to correct information that was provided in the previously filed response. Applicant wishes to advise the Examining Attorney that the “name” in the mark does indeed identify a stage name or professional nickname. Mr. Austin Jenkins that is referred to in the Examiner’s Office Action did actually use this fictional character name prior to working with Applicant and can use this name if he were to cease working with Applicant. Accordingly, attached to this response is the required Consent, which has been signed by Mr. Jenkins."
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It's not clear whether Pac has signed a long-term deal with the company. Those in the company said that Pac was not booked for an angle on the show. But it had been known they were talking with him about coming in ever since they knew the date he was going to lose the Open the Dream Gate title. Pac and AEW had a five-date deal but not a full-time deal, and the match in England against Hangman Page that AEW released on YouTube was one of those dates. There has been an attempt to get him to sign a full-time deal but he's been very loyal to Dragon Gate. Pac was heavily speculated to be one of Chris Jericho's mystery partners for the first TV show in a six-man tag against Omega & The Young Bucks, but LAX has also been speculated on for that role. But if a deal was made with him, the idea was likely for him to make a surprise debut, but the circumstances were necessary that they needed a top guy for the match and he was the best name for the spot.
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Double or Nothing did about 111,000 buys on PPV worldwide between streaming and television, a record for a pro wrestling promotion without television. So that would be the goal here to see if they can maintain that. Losing Omega vs. Moxley hurts somewhat since PPV is usually a late decision, but it also only makes the match bigger when they do it next. The show will be unopposed. But the same day there are two shows a few hours earlier that are head-to-head, NXT UK Takeover on WWE Network and NJPW Royal Quest from London on FITE.
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Because of the Olympics in 2020, which takes place in August and most of the key arenas will be used, the decision has been made to move G-1 to the fall next year

There is a going on behind-the-scenes regarding TV-Asahi, which has an ownership stake in New Japan (Bushiroad is the primary owner) and is partners with New Japan World. Apparently the issue is FITE getting the live broadcasts for the Melbourne and London shows. For Melbourne, we were told it was a situation where they weren't equipped to handle the technical end and FITE was, and thus FITE got the live broadcast. I don't know why London is on FITE but the New Japan World subscribers in many cases were wondering why the J Cup shows weren't on.
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Lance Archer noted being unsigned with New Japan. I can't imagine, given the dearth of guys his size who can work at the level he can (like, basically nobody) that WWE or AEW wouldn't want him. The only negative I can see is he's 42 and traditionally big guys don't have the longevity athletically, but he also seems to be the exception to the rule
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Billy Corgan's NWA announced more details on its first set of TV tapings. We don't know if this will be a weekly Internet series, as they have talked about, or actual television. the tapings will be on 9/30 and 10/1 in Atlanta at the Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios, so it'll be the return of studio wrestling with a 100 seat capacity. They announced that multiple former NWA champions would be brought to the first tapings. Of the legendary enduring champions, really the only ones alive are The Funk Brothers and Ric Flair, and Flair I can't see doing it even though he lives in Atlanta. Terry Funk hasn't been traveling due to health issues. Dory I could see doing it. There are shorter term guys like Ron Garvin and Tommy Rich who are around, and all the post 1991 guys. Nick Aldis as world champion, James Storm as National champion, Allysin Kay as women's champion, plus Eli Drake and Ricky Starks are announced. Joe Galli was announced as the lead announcer.
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Regarding any idea of running on Mondays down the line, Tony Khan has said that he'd never go against the NFL, and that's four months of the year on Mondays
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At one point the scheduled first show on TNT was to be an introduction special and PPV hype show, similar to what UFC has done, which would have aired on 8/30, the night before All Out. It was never announced and evidently with the schedule listing "Supernatural" in the time slot it was talked about for, it doesn’t look like it’s happening. I was on the TNT schedule at one point. Nobody in AEW had said a word about it of late

There was at least last week still talk of an introduction special to promote the debut on the network but has been announced on that front either
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Regarding Kenny Omega's DDT appearance on 11/3, his contract allows him to work Japan provided it doesn't interfere with an AEW date. Nobody knows big picture. He was offered a match with DDT on their big show and took it. The reality is that New Japan has not called him to offer him any dates, unlike with Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. At one point, when Dallas got off to a slow start, there was at least talk of calling him but they never did, and even if they did, it was in the U.S. and would likely not be allowed. It's just like everything with NJPW and AEW in the sense that from the outside everyone knows they can be mutually very beneficial to each other but there's no movement as best we can tell of anything happening. It is notable that New Japan is not sending talent as much to ROH but that's because they look to be running the U.S. more on their own. AEW's policy, as shown by the AAA situation, is they are glad to work with AAA, will send their top guys to AAA's big shows in Mexico, but not in the U.S
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Testimony regarding UFC pay brought up a few notable things. Between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2017, all the UFC fighters combined made $626 million. All the WWE wrestlers combined made about $400 million. During that same period, Floyd Mayweather made $638 million. A lot of WWE talent is paying attention to this case. People realize that if the plaintiffs win (which I still can't fully understand how this would happen), there is virtually no difference between UFC and WWE within their respective markets from a history standpoint and there is probably more of a history of WWE holding down competition and underpaying talent as a percentage of revenue than against UFC.

While WWE and UFC talent is underpaid compared to the revenues generated, that isn't illegal and the talent signed deals. They can unionize and do collective bargaining. If they don't, I don't see how a court case can rule against the companies for getting people to sign for less money and to increase profits, because whatever you think of it, whether it's WalMart, or whatever, these companies are hardly unique in that structure. A lot of talent in NXT have seen that AEW and ROH are offering a lot more money and better working schedules. WWE is renegotiating deals and bumping some NXT talent up in pay
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Daniel Bryan hopes to see a trio of top Mexican wrestlers make the jump to WWE.

While Bryan was in Colombia for a WWE Live Event in Bogota, he spoke to Super Luchas and was asked about which three Mexican wrestlers he would love to see go to WWE. After Bryan initially mentioned the likes of Negro Casas and Blue Panther, he changed his answer to three more modern grapplers: Rush, Bandido and Dragon Lee, all of whom wrestle for either New Japan Pro Wrestling or Ring of Honor outside of Mexico.

"It's tough to pick because my favorites are now too old to go to WWE. I could aay, 'Wait a moment, I want Negro Casas in WWE' or something like that. I love Blue Panther, I love Negro Casas. The first time I saw him wrestle was like back in 1987 but he is incredible. In 2019, it still looks impressive. I have a ton of respect for them but thinking about guys that could potentially make the jump now to WWE, I would say someone like Rush. I think someone like Bandido would make it big as well as Dragon Lee," Bryan said.
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Following his victory in the Super J-Cup, El Phantasmo called Will Ospreay the "Autistic Assassin," playing off Ospreay's "Aerial Assassin" nickname. For obvious reasons, the comment drew backlash from those in attendance, leading to ELP issuing an apology.

"I'd like to address my actions after winning the Super J Cup this past (weekend)....

In the heat of the moment I called Will Ospreay "The Autistic Assassin" and I want to say sorry to anyone that was offended by my comment. It was uncalled for on my behalf and you deserve better. Looking back I wish I didn't say it, I promise it wasn't scripted, it was an unnecessary way of getting cheap [heat] and I genuinely apologize if you were hurt by my words. I've never been comfortable on the mic, the inexperience showed and I promise to do better going forward.

Sincerely, ELP"

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Old 08-30-2019, 11:12 PM   #922
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Lucha Libre AAA and Impact Wrestling are partnering together for AAA's show in New York City.

In a press release that was issued today, it was announced that AAA has engaged Impact to "promote the LUCHA INVADES NY event to be held in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on the eve of Mexican Independence Day, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. ET."
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All eight wrestlers have now been confirmed for ROH's number one contender's tournament.

It was announced today that Bandido, Colt Cabana, Mark Haskins, and PCO will be in the eight-man, single-elimination tournament. They join Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, Kenny King, and Marty Scurll as the wrestlers who will be taking part in it.

The bracket for the tournament will be revealed on Monday (September 2).
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Recently, Ric Flair applied to trademark 'The Man' for wrestling and merchandise purposes
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Jim Ross shared some notes on his Grilling JR podcast this week regarding WWE moving to Fox. When discussing the FS 1 studio show that WWE will have, Ross, said he was offered a role to be part of the weekly studio show. He was extended the offer from a top executive, but Ross was committed to AEW and could not accept it. Ross added that he expects Fox to have a greater say in SmackDown’s presentation and sound of the show than any partner WWE has had. In addition, he believes the current commentary team may not be the team that calls the show when it moves to Fox on October 4th.
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During The Women of AEW stage show at Starrcast ...

Brandi Rhodes then talked about some of the other women that are working behind the scenes at All Elite Wrestling including Matt Jackson's wife, Dana, who is the Chief Marketing Officer for the promotion, and Awesome Kong, who in addition to being a wrestler for the company, is also their first female coach behind the scenes.

“I don't think a lot of people know this yet, but I work very closely with our PR executive. Her name is Mandy O'Donnell, and she's a crazy badass, too," Brandi touted. “I mean, I'm not sure if everybody knows this too. Awesome Kong. She's one of our coaches. She's not just a competitor. She's the female coach. So we're getting there.”
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AEW officially confirmed the signing of announcer Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, with Goldenboy announcing that he’ll be calling All Out tomorrow. Dave Meltzer reported that the announce team for All Out will be Jim Ross, Excalibur & Goldenboy.
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Sports Illustrated reported that Impact Wrestling is working on a deal for Tenille Dashwood to appear in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out. Dashwood made her Impact debut earlier this month after signing with them.
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WWE will hold an online, streaming celebration of the Intercontinental Championship this Sunday 9/1. WWE's social media channels will feature the following content:

Sunday, Sept. 1
WWE Playback with Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett & Road Dogg
20 matches that define the Intercontinental Title marathon event on WWE Network
Former Intercontinental Champion Zack Ryder hosts a look back at 20 matches that define what the Intercontinental Title stands for, and the title bouts feature such memorable champions as Seth Rollins, The Rock and Randy Orton. The marathon begins streaming exclusively on WWE Network at 1 p.m. ET.

Monday, Sept. 2
WWE Top 10: Emotional Intercontinental Title victories
From Ricky Steamboat’s landmark victory over “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III to Zack Ryder’s dream-come-true Show of Shows win 29 years later, capturing the Intercontinental Championship has a habit of bringing emotions to the surface for any Superstar. WWE Top 10 ranks the most heart-wrenching wins in the title’s history.

Tuesday, Sept. 3
The Intercontinental Championship: By the Numbers
Go inside the unique history of the Intercontinental Title like never before with this video highlighting the stats that make this championship one of the most sought-after prizes in sports-entertainment.

Wednesday, Sept. 4
WWE Pop Question: Intercontinental Title edition
WWE Pop Question asks the Superstars of today who they feel is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time ... and some of their answers will surprise you.

The 8 most underrated Intercontinental Champions
Which bearers of the Intercontinental Title never got their rightful place in the spotlight? Which workhorses rarely come up in discussions about the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time? WWE.com gives eight unsung Intercontinental Champions the recognition they deserve.

Thursday, Sept. 5
Intercontinental Championship 40th anniversary roundtable with Randy Orton, Christian and The Miz

Cathy Kelley sits down with The Viper, Captain Charisma and The A-Lister to recap their own personal history with the Intercontinental Championship, their most memorable rivalries and matches involving the coveted prize and the title’s place in the annals of sports-entertainment. The roundtable begins streaming on WWE’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels at noon ET.

Friday, Sept. 6
20 matches that define the Intercontinental Title marathon event digital replay
If you missed WWE Network’s marathon of the 20 matches that defined the Intercontinental Title, catch the replay on WWE’s digital and social media platforms. The stream begins on WWE’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels at noon ET.

Saturday, Sept. 7
Editors’ Choice: 10 Superstars who will be Intercontinental Champion
Intercontinental Championship 40th Anniversary Week concludes with a look ahead to the future, as the WWE.com editorial staff predicts which competitors from WWE, NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live are destined to join the legendary Superstars to hold the prestigious title.
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On Thursday night, Starrcast featured a panel called “From Undesirable to Undeniable” where Tony Schiavone sat down to speak with Cody Rhodes.

Off the top, they addressed Schiavone’s new role with All Elite Wrestling while confirming interest from WWE in Schiavone’s services. Schiavone revealed it was Bruce Prichard that reached out and Conrad Thompson served as his agent going back-and-forth before he landed this deal ...

Schiavone added that he will be calling matches with Jim Ross in the future for All Elite Wrestling.

Cody discussed his role as an Executive Vice President and loves the job, to the point he’d be willing to take a step back from wrestling to focus more on it, if necessary ...

Regarding the television show on TNT, he emphasized a sports presentation and that’s the world Tony Khan comes from. There would be no twenty-minute promos in the ring, no invisible cameras backstage, and are not going to have a PG rating attached to it.

He is bullish on bringing big events to his home market of Atlanta, mentioning the 21,000 seat State Farm Arena as a possibility and adding the likelihood of bringing the TNT show and a future pay-per-view to the market ...

On the signing of Orange Cassidy, the said the Young Bucks made that hire and he was disappointed that those within the company didn’t defend the signing more. He mentioned critics of the signing and his argument is they are presenting a buffet, Cassidy is talented, and that more should have backed the decision to hire him.

He ended by reflecting on Rey Mysterio, who he credits for making his career by choosing to work with Cody at WrestleMania 27 in 2011. He added that he hopes WWE does right by Rey, or else he will scoop him up.

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Old 08-30-2019, 11:14 PM   #923
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Remember when Dalton Castle was all the rage for about 6 months? Boy that fizzled out fast.
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Old 09-01-2019, 02:04 AM   #924
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If the signing of someone needs to be defended then that itself is an issue.
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Old 09-01-2019, 08:31 PM   #925
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Old 09-01-2019, 08:53 PM   #926
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I’m sure Vince already did more on Wednesday than sit around and twiddle his thumbs.

It’s a great opportunity to expand business and prove to stockholders that Triple H can run the day-to-day.
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Old 09-01-2019, 09:17 PM   #927
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I’m sure Vince already did more on Wednesday than sit around and twiddle his thumbs.

It’s a great opportunity to expand business and prove to stockholders that Triple H can run the day-to-day.
It's almost like when Vince Sr gave Vince jr Maine to promote to see if he could handle the business back in the late 70s
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Old 09-01-2019, 11:14 PM   #929
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Casey gave an update revealing more details on her recent back injury.

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Old 09-02-2019, 04:58 AM   #930
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That's actually a shame. Kacy had real potential.
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:32 PM   #931
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Casey gave an update revealing more details on her recent back injury.

What would prevent someone from just getting injured on purpose to leave?
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Old 09-02-2019, 06:13 PM   #932
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Besides being a really dumb and risky thing to do, WWE probably has that loophole closed since they already add injury time to contracts whenever they feel like it.

Supposedly WWE ignores Wellness Policy violations if they think it was done on purpose in order to trigger the three strikes firing.
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Old 09-02-2019, 07:42 PM   #933
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Imagine forcing someone to work for your company when they so badly want out, they tank their own drug test as an avenue to get canned.
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I would not be surprised if there was some sort of release clause that prevented the talent from working elsewhere. A conditional release. But if not and talent did that, I just expect it could burn bridges there and make you look like you can't really be trusted. But I don't blame talent for wanting out of WWE and getting desperate.

Just release everybody who wants out and leave them lying around. Fans will demand that AEW pick up everybody and it floods them. If AEW don't choose other talents, then people will bitch that AEW is missing opportunities. It murkies the water around them.
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I would not be surprised if there was some sort of release clause that prevented the talent from working elsewhere. A conditional release. But if not and talent did that, I just expect it could burn bridges there and make you look like you can't really be trusted. But I don't blame talent for wanting out of WWE and getting desperate.
Believe that is the actual case. WWE only willingly grants releases if some guarantees are made by the talent and/or they feel confident that person has no real star power of value for elsewhere.

WWE would also lock down even harder on granting future releases the moment someone fools the company or gets very popular elsewhere.
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The left side of the bracket has PCO vs. Kenny King and Dalton Castle vs. Mark Haskins in the first round. The right side has Colt Cabana vs. Marty Scurll and Bandido vs. Jay Lethal.

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On the viewership front, the AEW countdown special from this past Friday night averaged 390,000 viewers on TNT. I would view that very positively as it was a short-notice program and would suggest there is a lot of momentum behind the brand going into their television debut next month. To compare, last year’s “Zero Hour” pre-show going into ALL IN averaged 196,000 viewers on WGN America.
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Matt Taven will be defending the ROH title against Volador Jr. this Saturday in Villa Park, Illinois at Global Wars Espectacular and the winner will defend the title against Rush at Death Before Dishonor Friday, September 27th in Las Vegas.
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The AAA Tag Team Championships will not be featured in All Elite Wrestling going forward so that the company can focus on their own Tag Team Championships which will be crowned in a tournament on the AEW TV series. The hope and plan is that AAA will still be sending talent to the company.
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Referee Aubrey Edwards announced that she’s working with AEW full-time starting today: “Yesterday was huge, but today is too! Today I'm officially a full-time referee for @AEWrestling. This was a long time coming, but I needed to close the doors on my previous job before saying anything. Now I yell at people to pay my bills. What is life?”
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Conrad Thompson quickly got another Starrcast on the books as it's been announced that Starrcast IV will take place from Nov. 7 - 10 in Baltimore. The event will once again be held in conjunction with another major All Elite Wrestling pay-per-view as AEW will hold their Full Gear event on Nov. 9 from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore
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Raw on Labor Day finished pretty much exactly like it did the week before, averaging 2.51 million viewers, a drop of one percent from the prior week's 2.53 million viewers.

The old pattern returned with a major third hour decline, although the 12 percent first-to-third hour drop was still well below the period before Paul Heyman was put in control ...

Raw was down 13 percent from the same week last year ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.64 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.56 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.33 million viewers
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Monday’s Labor Day episode of Straight Up Steve Austin with Becky Lynch as the guest averaged 1,097,000 viewers. That’s up from last week’s 987,000 viewers and is the show’s best viewership since the series premiere drew 1,211,000 viewers on August 12. This week’s rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.44.
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In a post on Instagram, Carmella wrote about a recent health scare: “I recently had a health scare that shook my world. I was super apprehensive (still am) to post about it because I’m not looking for any sort of sympathy. Instead, I wanted to share what this past month has taught me. You might find my perception to be trivial and unimportant, but these are my thoughts. For the first time in six years I was forced to slow down. I’ve never had an injury with time off or anything of the sort since I started with WWE. I was able to slow down for a few weeks and just be. It opened my mind and my eyes to the world I didn’t notice for six years and allowed me to be present instead of worrying about the next thing on my to do list. I took a break from social media and it really allowed me to live in the moment and see what was right in front of me. I had conversations with people I would have normally never seen because my head would be buried in my phone. More importantly, social media is not real. The fact that I at one point or another would get bothered by a few crass comments made by presumptuous ill mannered trolls makes me laugh now. It’s all so insignificant at the end of the day. Do these trolls care about my health and well being? Are they the ones who will be there for me when sh*t hits the fan? Hell no. So why would I care what people on an app in my phone have to say about me? I spent time with the most important people in my life. In a world where I’m constantly on the road, I rarely get more than a few hours with those who matter most to me. I’m grateful I was able to spend so much time with my sister and my parents who are my world. I was also constantly laughing with my boyfriend who is the most supportive man on the planet. I truly don’t know what I would do without him. Things can and will go wrong, regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is. It’s important to feed our bodies with happy thoughts, clean and healthy foods and all of the positive vibes. Let’s all try to be a little better as humans. Everyone we meet is going through SOMETHING. Be nice. Life is short. Hug your family, laugh more, let the little things go, buy the shoes and drink the wine”
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WWE Raw is one of the eight nominees for The Show of 2019 in this year's E! People's Choice Awards.

Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Riverdale, Stranger Things, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and This is Us are the other nominees for the award. Fan voting is underway now and will end on Friday, October 18 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
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On his podcast, Chris Jericho noted that Kenny Omega and PAC were both upset as they ran out of time and didn't get to do everything they wanted in their match at All Out.

It was also noted that the entire roster had their faces scanned for future usage, likely meaning video games or action figures.

Jericho specifically noted he requested Aubrey Edwards to referee his match against Adam Page at the PPV. Malenko was the Producer for that match.
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2K Games officially released the following ...

WWE 2K20 tells the whole story in 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution. Cover Superstar Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, and Sasha Banks – the Four Horsewomen – describe the journey to bring women’s wrestling to the forefront of WWE in their own words with exclusive live action footage.

WWE 2K20 2K SHOWCASE: THE WOMEN’S EVOLUTION
  • NXT TakeOver – Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair v. Natalya w/Bret Hart
  • NXT TakeOver: Rival – Sasha Banks v. Charlotte Flair v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch
  • NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn – Bayley v. Sasha Banks
  • Night of Champions 2015 – Charlotte Flair w/Paige & Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella & Alicia Fox
  • WrestleMania 32 – Charlotte Flair w/Ric Flair v. Becky Lynch v. Sasha Banks
  • RAW – Sasha Banks v. Charlotte w/Dana Brooke
  • Backlash – Becky Lynch v. Alexa Bliss v. Carmella v. Naomi v. Natalya v. Nikki Bella
  • Hell in a Cell – Charlotte Flair v. Sasha Banks
  • Elimination Chamber – Becky Lynch v. Mickie James
  • RAW – Bayley v. Charlotte Flair
  • Fastlane – Sasha Banks v. Nia Jax
  • WrestleMania 33 – Bayley v. Charlotte Flair v. Nia Jax v. Sasha Banks
  • WrestleMania 34 – Charlotte Flair v. Asuka
  • Evolution – Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair
  • WrestleMania 35 – Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair v. Ronda Rousey
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WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon joined Barstool Sports’ The Corp podcast and elaborated on several topics including her stating that WWE is not listening to their fans to a certain degree. “I think we’re maybe not listening as closely as we want to be right about now. I just think that they’re being very vocal and they’re telling us exactly what they want and sometimes to your point earlier, it’s not what you want to do because you’re setting them up for something else. Well, sometimes it’s a setup for a payoff of something even bigger and they just have to be patient and sometimes, we’re not listening as well as we would like to.” Stephanie said.

While speaking about the WWE Network app, Stephanie mentioned that there could be different price points for the app: “And then, of course, our direct-to-consumer platform which is the app — the WWE Network, and that currently has — it bounces between 1.5 and 2 million subscribers and that is what we created to super-serve our most ardent fan base. So that’s where WrestleMania is, that’s where our previously called, still called pay-per-views are. Later this year, we’re going to be rolling out version 2.0 with some more customized features and potentially different price points.”

Stephanie McMahon also commented on the storied rumors about Vince McMahon hating sneezing. She stated that he hates it because he cannot control it and it upsets him. “Totally,” Stephanie admitted that she has sneezed around her father. “He doesn’t hate me for it but it’s always with a *growling noise*. But, on the flip side, I’ve been around when he has sneezed. He doesn’t like anything he can’t control. So the fact that he can’t control the sneeze is very — it makes him upset.”
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n noticing that Kross hasn't been booked to wrestle for IMPACT since Slammiversary, Fightful sent an inquiry to the company for clarity on his status Sunday. Tuesday, Bill Pritchard of Wrestlezone issued a report that Fightful was able to confirm, noting that Kross refused to blade during his Slammiversary match with Eddie Edwards in July. The concerns raised were the lack of blood testing, and the absence of an on-site doctor that made talent feel unsafe about the request. Word is, that Kross had no problem losing, but preferred to use fake blood given the circumstances.

The story ended up tying together with another, when Fightful reached out to several employees and wrestlers about the news that IMPACT would be paying for hotels. In asking around, many wrestlers claimed that they've not been paid in full for their merchandise. We should clarify this wasn't across the board, but were told is was a point of contention between IMPACT and Kross in the past, as well.

We were told that many IMPACT contracts are structured to include non-disparagement clauses, and provisions to prevent talent from speaking on what the deals entail. When speaking with an employee of IMPACT Wrestling, they noted that Kross has been speaking with the company via an attorney for several weeks, and believes that IMPACT has been in breach of his contract. IMPACT still reportedly has several months on the deal, and the option to roll it over, though the amount of time was indeterminate.

This could also end up affecting Kross' AAA bookings. AAA has a show coming up on September 15, and is actually gaining the help of IMPACT to promote the event, an IMPACT worker revealed. IMPACT and Ed Nordholm specifically are said to be allowing AAA to use their promoter's license and several other amenities, and implied to the company that they'd prefer Killer Kross to not be on those shows. Kross has worked dozens of dates for AAA over the last several years, most recently at August's TripleMania show.

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In their article on the WWE writing team shake-up that Dave Meltzer reported last night, The Wrap wrote: “The SmackDown moves also come amid growing questions about Bischoff’s leadership of the show. The insider cited Bischoff’s decision to hire Stevie Long, a former Sons of Anarchy writer who was found asleep in the writers room by longtime producer Michael P.S. Hayes on his first day on the road with WWE. (Long is still with WWE.) Bischoff declined to comment; Long’s manager was unable to provide a comment from his client by the time of publication. Bischoff and his SmackDown creative team have also come under scrutiny for this summer’s Erick Rowan doppelgänger storyline, in which an unknown attacker drop heavy backstage scaffolding on top of Roman Reigns, injuring the company’s No. 1 star. According to the WWE insider, the storyline was botched so bad that explaining to anyone what it was supposed to be wouldn’t make any sense at all.”
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In advance of tomorrow's War Chamber event (which is about to sell out in advance), MLW issued the following announcement ...

DALLAS – With Major League Wrestling's Dallas debut tomorrow night tracking to sellout, MLW today announced its return to the Dallas area.

MLW will return Saturday night January 11, 2020 to the NYTEX Sports Centre with MLW: ZERO HOUR
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Starting with this Wednesday's Ohio Valley Wrestling Fight for Freedom event at 4th Street Live in Louisville, Kentucky, OVW will be airing their TV series live weekly on WBNA Channel 21.

The series will air every Wednesday until October, where the series will move to Tuesday nights for the first time in its existence, airing live on that day instead in order to avoid the WWE NXT vs. AEW Wednesday Night War.
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With one week remaining, AAA has finally announced additional matches for their card at Madison Square Garden. On Friday, they announced that Cain Velasquez will team with Psycho Clown and Brian Cage against Black Taurus, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr. Despite the set up at TripleMania, Killer Kross is not booked in the match, it was reported by Fightful this week that due to the issues between Kross and Impact Wrestling that it was implied to AAA not to book Kross on the Madison Square Garden show next weekend.

The AAA show at The Garden will also feature a tag match with Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. LAX, and they confirmed the Reina de Reinas championship match between Tessa Blanchard and Taya Valkyrie. The main event on the show is a rematch from TripleMania between Dr. Wagner Jr. and Blue Demon Jr. The card takes place Sunday, September 15th and will be available on Fite TV.
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WWE are gearing things up for October. A few things are notable. One is that even though NXT will be on television, the idea of bringing up guys from NXT to the main roster, being Raw and Smackdown, will continue, as opposed to NXT being its own third major league brand . There are plans for people to be called up. As noted earlier, there are plans for the announcing teams to be separated, at least at this point, which would mean no more Graves on both shows. He’ll end up on one or the other. There will be changes in the roster, not a ton but some, with the idea of another draft special for October ratings mostly to try and keep the expected first week momentum that the first Smackdown show is expected to get bringing in all the stars from the past as well as Lesnar and all the Raw stars being on Smackdown first week. So the next draft will take place starting on the second Smackdown on 10/11 in Las Vegas, with it finishing up on the 10/14 Raw show in Denver. The idea is that FOX will present that show like it is a legitimate sports draft. Starting on Smackdown is supposed to be a sign that Smackdown is no longer the B show as well
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On the announcing side, with Renee Young hosting the FS 1 weekly version of UFC Tonight, except it being WWE and I’m virtually certain it’ll be even more of a house organ (not that UFC Tonight wasn’t but they never ignored big issues and I can’t imagine the WWE show being like that), FOX is very high on her which could lead to her being exclusive with that brand. The second part is still up in the air
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For MSG, it’s about 75 percent sold for Raw on 9/9 and 55 percent for Smackdown on 9/10. They’ve been advertising heavily in the local market, far more than usual. The belief was that even before Austin was announced, they would sell out Raw for sure, but given how many tickets are left, it doesn’t look good and Smackdown has little chance without a late gimmick or papering. Those within the company have said they don’t believe it’s the lack of interest, but the ticket prices, and the ticket prices are a major factor for sure. I was told Sacramento, which is historically a great WWE market, is not looking like it will sell out for Hell in a Cell either, which in the market is also blamed on the pricing as opposed to a lack of fans having interest. Smackdown with Undertaker given ten days out and 7,000 tickets out, that has to be the lowest for a TV shoot in that building in history
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Bayley, Banks and Mysterio’s promos on Raw were all done without being scripted word-for-word, basically the old bullet points style and going for it. There is a movement to try and do more of that going forward, similar to the leeway that Owens (and I believe Bryan but that hasn’t been told to me directly) get on Smackdown and why his promos, if not both of theirs, come off better than almost anyone
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As far as the All Out PPV goes, it was a mixed bag. Traditional U.S. television PPV was down significantly from Double or Nothing, although will finish well ahead of All In. Streaming PPV in the U.S. on B/R Live was up, although we don’t know by how much. TNT did a one hour hype show at 10 p.m. the night before, but on TNT, they pushed B/R Live as the way to see it and not traditional PPV as hard, so it made sense B/R numbers would be up.

FITE TV worldwide numbers were down ... But ITV PPV numbers in the U.K. were up. The impression was that they expected to end up about the same as the last show, which would be considered a success. But based on the U.S. PPV numbers, I think it’ll be down slightly, since TV PPV was down in almost every city we’ve gotten numbers from.

The only straight number we have, which is U.S. television PPV, looks to be about 28,000 buys. Double or Nothing as of a few days after was closer to 35,000 and ended up 39,000, so this should have another ten to 12 percent added to that number when all is said and done. All this together would indicate something around 100,000, which, while not up from last time, does show staying power which was the big question. It’s still above what any company other than WWE/F and WCW ever did, and many of those companies had weekly television on strong stations. It also beat most of the WCW shows at the end.

On both television PPV and B/R, 46 percent of those ordering had ordered Double or Nothing. That means 54 percent didn’t.
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The 9/15 AAA show at the Hulu Theater is now a joint show with Impact. That’s strange announcing this two weeks before the show. The reason is that AAA didn’t have a license to promote in New York, so they asked for a local promotion, ended up asking Impact, which has run there many times, and Impact wanted to be part of the branding in exchange for using their license.
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Daniel Rodimer, 41, who was part of the 2004 Tough Enough show with The Miz and Daniel Puder, and was the company’s No. 1 pick for stardom out of the group, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020 as a heel from Nevada. Rodimer with his blond hair,6-foot-6 and 285 pound fame and bodybuilder physique giving him the Dave Draper look to Vince McMahon (Draper was a famous 1960s bodybuilder who was the poster boy in that world before losing his spot to Arnold Schwarzenegger), didn’t win, because WWE left the voting up to the fans, who picked Puder due to his angle with Kurt Angle where he got Angle in a Kimura in a shoot.

There were forces in the company, including coach Bill DeMott who tried to push WWE to ignore the voting, where it was clear Puder would win, and just pick Miz, who was far more of a fan. Anyway, Rodimer was signed and sent to OVW. He cut his hair which changed his look. Still, Stephanie McMahon loved him and wanted to put him in Team RKO with Edge and Randy Orton in 2007, and giving him the name Daniel Rodman. But he decided pro wrestling wasn’t for him, and quit right before the team was going to be put into play and he was already on the booking sheets and figured in when he quit. He ended up moving to Las Vegas and got his law degree in 2013. He ran unsuccessfully for state senate in Nevada last year.

The Daily Beast in an article on him brought up a 2010 arrest for misdemeanor battery at a Waffle House in Naples, FL. As the police report goes, he was at the Waffle House at 2:30 a.m., and allegedly was bothering some women and a friend of the women asked him to leave them alone and he gabbed the guy by the neck and shoved him hard t the floor, hard enough that the police noted fresh red marks all over his back and neck. He then allegedly challenged another person to a fight, was screaming that he likes to “F*** people up” until two of his friends calmed him down. Police were able to arrest him quickly because, after doing all this, he threw down his business card with his name and face on it to the women, which was how police knew to arrest him. He allegedly told police at the time that he liked to hurt people. The charge was dropped after he agreed to go through anger management. He was on Fox & Friends recently and vowed to form a tag team with Donald if elected
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Talks of Impact going to AXS are said to be still quite active. As noted before, those at Impact were talking up the idea they’d be off Pursuit by the summer and move to a bigger station and those were the talks referred to, but the deal has been slower in being put together. Some of the talks did involve Anthem purchasing AXS, which would be interesting. I’ve heard nothing in this direction, and who knows what deals would have to be made, but when The Fight Network first started with Mike Garrow in charge, before he had to sell it to the Asper Family because of the losses, he and I always talked about the station coming to the U.S.
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Interesting that over half the people who ordered DON didn’t return for All Out. We’re dealing with estimates here, but if All Out gets 63k (56k + 12%), then that’s about 29k of the 71k DON got. That’s about 41% retention.
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I admittedly found a stream online. Especially after the Mox injury I didn't feel like the card was worth $55. The way I see it, I'm planning on going to 2 shows they're going to get my merch money (ticket money to resellers unless I get a direct ticket for Full Gear). The show ended up being ok but not worth $55. They should really consider a reduced ppv price
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Also find it hard to believe Anthem is buying AXS Tv since it's owned by Mark Cuban//Ryan seacrest/CBS and some other people
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I don't think AEWs PPV are going to be a good indicator of their audience retention/staying power until they drop the price. It's hard to justify that price in this day and age considering the price of getting competing companies PPVs.
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I torrented (still haven't even watched it yet.) I bought Double or Nothing. They're going downhill fast. Putting Hangman Page in a main event position this early was a major flub in my opinion. He isn't ready yet. He'd be a great midcard-upper midcard wrestler, not someone you want wrestling for your first main championship.

I get not wanting to go with an all ex-WWE main event for that belt on the first go around, but they have no one else ready to do something like that besides maybe the lucha bros who were obviously tied up in the tag division and Omega who already main evented the first ppv with Jericho so I can see why you wouldn't want to repeat that.

There in lies the problem though. They have nothing really interesting to offer on the main event side until they start making their own main eventers, which besides Cody hasn't happened yet.
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When you ask yourself “what’s next?” when it comes to AEW, the possibilities are pretty scant. MJF vs. Cody and The Revival coming over for The Bucks in 2020 are potentially exciting things. Everything else is just...there.

I genuinely think NXT is going to steamroll them. The show has existed for some time and has a formula down. It’s got a much deeper roster and can dig into its history and external rosters to bolster it. AEW is going to struggle between toggling TV matches designed to build and PPV matches given away on TV.
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Meltzer: WWE will no longer run the same arena on multiple nights during Big 4 PPV weekends. The Smackdown before the Royal Rumble will be moved to Dallas, Worlds Collide will be in Houston at the Toyota Center. The Rumble will be in Minute Maid Park, and RAW will be in San Antonio at AT&T Center.
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Raw averaged 2.13 million viewers, its second lowest modern era mark in history for a non-holiday show. The 15.4 percent drop from last week was much larger than usual for the first show against football.

The number speaks to the audience watching Raw being less loyal as compared to other years when football started.

The only episodes of Raw in modern history that did worse was a June 10 show against the NBA finals, and this past Christmas and New Year's Eve shows, which really shouldn't even count in comparison.

The most notable thing is that the Austin segment should have been held for later in the episode, as Raw opened well in the first quarter, fell once Austin left, and continued to decline the rest of the show, with the main event being one of the lowest rated matches in Raw history.

None of the stats are good. The third hour was the lowest third hour except for Christmas and New Year's. The first-to-third hour drop, largely due to Austin, was the sixth worst in history at 21.9 percent. The audience was down 22.3 percent from last year's first show against Monday Night Football ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.36 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.18 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.85 million viewers
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Triple H spoke to Yahoo Sports about AEW going against NXT and being an alternative to WWE: “If you talk about the upstart, what they’re going out and saying is that they’re an alternative. We were that alternative five years ago. We opened the door for being an alternative, we opened the door to show people that it can be done on a bigger level and on a different basis. As far as being the alternative, great, go put on the best show you can put out, and we’ll put out the best one we can put out.”
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WWE and 2K announced today that for every retweet of this Twitter post, WWE 2K will donate $2 (up to $500,000) to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Anthem Sports & Entertainment has already made moves in the last 24 hours regarding AXS. PWInsider reported this afternoon that AXS’ Dallas office has been shut down. Adam Swift, who was behind getting wrestling on the network dating back to the ROH on HDNet days, has been let go as well as Cindy Ronzoni, who handled PR.
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A number of talents who are now contracted full-time to AEW will be closing their independent commitments up in the next few weeks. So, if you see talents working indies past the start of October, that's a pretty good sign they have not signed exclusives with the company.

Game Changer Wrestling will hold a "Curtain Call" event for Joey Janela on 9/30 with the show streaming live on FITE.TV

At the weekly AEW TV tapings, there will be additional content taped for future usage, potentially for Bleacher Report Live.
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Controversy in Revolution Pro Wrestling.

At RevPro Summer Sizzler on Aug. 30, Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) defeated Josh Bodom & Sha Samuels in tag team action to earn a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Titles. But perhaps the bigger story coming out of the match was the post-match attack on referee Aaren Wilde.

Wilde was attacked by Bodom & Samuels, who were allegedly upset over Wilde counting the pinfall earlier than planned. According to Wilde, he suffered shoulder and neck injuries, which have forced him to retire ...

Bodom has deleted his Twitter account. He wrote after the match, "Yo @RevProUK, plz get some qualified refs that aren’t shit. Also the York Hall fans are incurable, depressed slop jalops. Congrats to @DUNKZILLADavis & @kylefletcherpro on getting a free pass to Royal Quest tho. xoxox"
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Just one week after getting back to averaging a million viewers, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's show got its lowest viewership since it premiered.

According to Showbuzz Daily, "Straight Up Steve Austin" averaged 841,000 viewers and a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic, down from the 1,097,000 viewers and 0.44 rating the September 2 episode drew.

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I don’t know what it is about that retweeting for donations thing, but something about it just feels a bit sleazy to me. I guess it’s no different to other charity or paid advertisement, but the tone of it just feels off. Modern times, I guess.
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SmackDown averaged 2.061 million viewers on Tuesday night, down two percent from last week. More notably, the show retained 97 percent of the previous night's Raw audience, one of the highest retention rates since moving to Tuesday nights.

This confirms the thought that Raw's bad number was due to competition from Monday Night Football, which affected the rating more than it has in previous years, even with Steve Austin making an appearance on Raw.

SmackDown was only down seven percent year-over-year, while Raw had a 22 percent drop when compared to the first week of Monday Night Football in 2018.
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With Anthem having taken over the majority ownership in AXS TV, we have been besieged with questions about the future of WOW and New Japan Pro Wrestling on the cable network ...

However, at some point, decisions will have to be made and there has been extreme cost-cutting across the board already at AXS TV's offices across the United States. This is normal when one company absorbs another, as sad as it is, and there are likely more to come after over 40 employees were let go from offices in Los Angeles (the corporate HQ), Dallas (where a lot of day to day work was done) and Denver, which is extremely important to pro wrestling fans as that studio was where the nuts and bolts of the New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV show was put together.

We are told the Denver office was extremely gutted and as of now, there's no real understanding from the New Japan side yet on how things will be proceeding. Currently, New Japan has a deal through January 2020 with AXS TV. The process before the takeover was that New Japan would send over their tapes, which were edited live as NJPW produced their live events. AXS TV would do some minor editing with additional voiceover work by Kevin Kelly to fit the American broadcasts ...

Nothing is set in stone yet, but It's entirely possible that the NJPW on AXS TV shows, as part of a cost-cutting maneuver, could now be post-produced by Impact's production team or that AXS could go into New Japan repeats as everything is sorted out. We are told that the announcing teams for New Japan on AXS are not signed to AXS, so technically, Anthem could even have their own Impact Wrestling announcers voicing over any new content that is released.
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The Wrap is reporting that at least 40 people have been let go from AXS TV following the news that Anthem had acquired a majority stake in AXS. The report notes that there were more than 40 employees cut which includes contractors, consultants, and freelancers. The cuts happened within hours of the announcement. A source told The Wrap that there was no time for consultants to negotiate a new deal. Bob Gold, who is a spokesman for Anthem told The Wrap that AXS had a few more than 100 hundred employees before the cuts. There are currently 20 AXS employees left per the report but Bob Gold believes that number is higher. There are some AXS employees remaining in the Los Angeles office but most staffers in Dallas and Denver have been laid off.
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All three New Japan Pro Wrestling Super J Cup 2019 shows are up for viewing on New Japan World. Plus, last week's Road to Destruction shows have been given English commentary.

The Super J-Cup tournament was presented last month for the first time in the United States, produced by Jushin Liger, who competed in non-tournament matches.
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WWE Network News is reporting that more episodes of WCW Thunder are headed to WWE Network this Monday, September 16 as the September 2019 classic content drop. Currently, episodes on the streaming service run-up to June 21, 2000. It is unclear how many episodes will be added at this point. But if we get the normal 20 episodes that would put us at November 2000, meaning there would be one more content drop of Thunder in the future to complete the series.
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The latest Hidden Gem details are in and while we’re set for quite the considerable chunk of content tomorrow, there is a caveat to that statement. In 1994 and 1995, TBS decided to fill the early hours of its schedule with several different WCW marathons. These were given the name “WCW All Nighter” and featured a selection of classic matches alongside themed skits involving Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund etc as they partake in a late-night party.

This brings us to the upload planned for tomorrow. Dated 01/20/1995, this would appear to be the second of these long-form shows. However, that is where the controversy lies as this edition focused on the top 10 matches in Clash of the Champions history up until that point (with such a link possibly explaining WWE’s timing) ...

As always, here is the official description:

WCW 01/20/1995 – WCW All Nighter 1995 [Duration: 04:36:24]
Join Tony Schiavone, Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan as they count down the 10 greatest Clash of the Champions matches of all time.
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During an interview with Sporting News, Killer Kross told the publication that his relationship with IMPACT Wrestling is not in a good state. Kross did not dive into specifics but he stated that one of the roots of his issues with IMPACT has to do with merchandising. Kross says that he is trying his best to address the situation and is remaining civil and professional although it can be difficult. Killer Kross also confirmed that he will not be working AAA’s show in New York City on September 15th as he was originally scheduled to work the show but when IMPACT got involved, he was told he was no longer going to be a part of the event.
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Former CZW Tag Team Champions Beaver Boys (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) were the opponents of Heavy Machinery on the 9/10 edition of SmackDown Live at Madison Square Garden.
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Three years ago today at WWE’s Backlash pay-per-view, Becky Lynch became the first-ever SmackDown Live Women’s Champion and Heath Slater and Rhyno became the inaugural SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions.
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WrestleVotes reports that changes will be coming to WWE commentary teams once SmackDown moves to Fox. "A source has said the return of the 2 man booth is coming."
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The plans as of now for the new announce teams include Michael Cole heading to SmackDown on FOX. I’m also told Vic Joseph is set to become the lead man on Monday Night RAW. Not set in stone, as nothing is with WWE, but this is their working idea.
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At Dragon Gate Storm Gate 2019 on Sept. 11, Ultimo Dragon officially joined Dragon Gate after a teary in-ring speech alongside his disciple Masato Yoshino ...

Dragon returned to Dragon Gate on July 21 at Dragon Gate Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2019. It was a historic night as he had not wrestled for the promotion since 2004.

Dragon was with the promotion, then called Toryumon, before their falling out. Toryumon would become Dragon Gate after the two parties split ways and Dragon took the name and trademarks with him to Mexico. Toryumon was designed to give trainees of Ultimo Dragon's school their initial in-ring experience.

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Who do you think Cole’s partner on SmackDown is going to be? JBL? Daniel Cormier?
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Assuming they actually go through with a 2-man booth, probably Tom Phillips or Corey Graves.
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I think Corey Graves will stay on Raw. Cole & Phillips would be really weird.

Actually...I could maybe see Cole & Lawler.
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Just as TNT will be airing a preview show of AEW before its 10/2 debut, FOX will be airing a one hour special called Smackdown's Greatest Hits on 9/27 at 8 p.m. the Friday night before the debut.
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In responding to a PWInsider.com inquiry about the future of New Japan and WOW on AXS TV, Ed Nordholm sent the following statement:

“Anthem has been public that it has not made any decisions regarding current programming. We have been long-time broadcast partners with TV Asahi for NJPW at Fight Network and hope to build on that relationship. We are in the middle of a season with WOW and about to tape another series of episodes next week, so no reason to make any decisions there in the short term. We’re looking forward to getting to know them better.”
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The deal actually first started with an attempt by Anthem to get Impact on AXS when they got word in the latter stages of 2018 that they weren’t going to be renewed by Pop TV. AXS turned down the initial deal, since Impact did not have a good reputation in the wrestling world at the time and AXS had its own wrestling franchise with New Japan. We first heard in December that talks were serious about Anthem buying AXS. Those in the industry have noted to us that with cord cutting and the emergence of alternative viewing options, there are more sellers than buyers when it comes to cable TV channels these days. While negotiations went slower than hoped for, they were completed with the idea Mark Cuban saw it as a good time to exit the genre, although he does retain an ownership percentage.
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AXS had slightly more than 100 employees before the cuts and the number of those employees left is expected, depending on different info, range between 20 and 60. Most were let go immediately upon the word of Cuban selling with no options for people trying to negotiate deals to stay. The Wrap reported that the cuts were heaviest among those working on the fight shows, MMA and pro wrestling, as well as virtually the entire Dallas office, most of the Denver office and many in the Los Angeles office. New Japan was produced weekly out of the Los Angeles office or the Denver office. Although Swift was in the bloodletting, Bob Gold, a spokesperson for Anthem, told The Warp that almost all the senior executives will be kept, although a lot of hints have been going that may not be the case.
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With Anthem owning the station, it could lead to pressure for New Japan regarding relations with ROH, the company they are currently working with, or Impact, which has been wanting to work with New Japan for some time. New Japan has had no interest in working with Impact, even though Don Callis, the head of creative of Impact, has worked as an announcer for New Japan. New Japan and Impact have had problems stemming from the treatment of Kazuchika Okada when he was sent to Impact prior to his ascending to stardom in 2012.

The early word from Japan is that this change will have no effect on their business relationships with other promotions, but this happened very suddenly from their standpoint. A few months ago, when it appeared this deal was close, those at TNA were talking like they expected when this deal went through that it would lead to New Japan working with them. Really, because it just happened, and nobody knows the future of New Japan on the station, everything is likely going to have to be sorted out.

In that seven year period, Impact management has completely changed. Nobody from that era is even around today. New Japan’s management has changed as well, although not nearly as drastically. The problems in the past are such that New Japan has told its talent not to work for Impact. Davey Boy Smith Jr., was known and one would believe Michael Elgin also fit into the category of those who were told not to work for Impact. Both have since quit New Japan, although Smith never made a deal with Impact, instead signing with MLW.
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The update on the [AAA] 9/15 show is that nothing from Impact has been announced and that Impact did, in fact, keep Killer Kross off the show. Hugo Savinovich and Matt Striker will be announcing the show. It will also air on iPPV through FITE TV, but not in Mexico, where it’s not airing live because it’ll be on TV Azteca shortly. There are some Impact wrestlers who will be added to the show since Impact is helping promote it, but maybe only a few names besides Blanchard, Taya and Cage.
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There was some complaining regarding the taping the Brian Cage wedding angle. It was an early morning shoot. Nobody had breakfast and they taped more than three hours with no water, coffee or food. People were more joking than complaining as it went on, about not having food and water. Ethan Page said something about how it would be nice to have something to drink, and Jimmy Jacobs, who is a producer, snapped in front of everyone and cut a promo about guys complaining and that if they didn’t like it they didn’t need to be there, but then stopped himself and realized he wasn’t coming off well and tried to walk it back
According to Fightful, the reason for lack of catering was due to Impact forgetting to put it in the budget for the tapings and didn't have the money on hand to pay for it.

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As far as business goes, the PPV, updated, is going to fall a little under what Double or Nothing did. What’s notable is the U.S. was down overall and somewhat significantly, while the U.K. was up, and outside the U.S./U.K. was down. Internally because the decline wasn’t big, they are blaming it on losing the Omega vs. Moxley match which was considered going in as the money match on the show ...

I think college football opening weekend hurt a little as well, but that will be the case every year since the plan is Labor Day Saturday from the Sears Center as tradition. Things changed since last week. U.S. cable & satellite was down, as of those reported by 9/9, it was at about 28,700 ...

B/R Live looks to end up even with DON, not up as early numbers looked, so that’s around 37,000. FITE, which handled the streaming internationally, ended up being up due to the U.K. Outside the U.K. it was down, but we’re told the final number is looking less than 20,000. ITV Box Office, which is U.K. television, was also up, so that’s over 15,000. We were told it was a lot easier to purchase this show through ITV Box Office, as it was push a button as opposed to going through steps. So we’re looking at in the range of 101,000, although I’ve been given indications the total number may end up shy of that.

Double or Nothing was around 109,000 to 111,000. If you compare it to All In, and throw out the ITV number since that’s not a fair comparison with those added in for this show, it’s up 40 percent year-to-year and most companies use year-to-year comparisons for shows. As for why it would be up in the U.K. and down the rest of the world, it’s been theorized that Double of Nothing may have been hurt by being on a holiday weekend or that the increase may be because of Pac being in a prominent position on the show, whereas DON had nobody prominent from the U.K. on it. I don’t sense Pac being strong enough, but in Japan, they’ve credited the strong performance the last few months of NJPW World in the U.K. to Will Ospreay.

It may also be the U.S. was only down due to first week of college football, but the drop in cable/sat was far more than one would think. It’s probably that there was more must-see for the first show of the new promotion, and the DON numbers were so much higher than expected, and like everything, now things are coming back to reality levels. The long run, there is still the question of if the WWE Network and its pricing putting the $9.99 value on WrestleMania and Rumble will make it hard to get people to spend $50 on quarterly PPV shows
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Right now the plan is for the next television show on TNT to be a preview show for the Washington, DC opener, which would air on 10/1. That hasn’t been announced but has been scheduled for some time, with the idea of running at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday that Smackdown isn’t on. Tuesday Night Dynamite, which AEW trademarked, was obviously based on the idea of starting in the current Smackdown time slot the first week the show moves to Friday, but that didn’t work for TNT due to NBA commitments
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Cody came under fire from Outsports regarding the “puto” chant he was involved with at TripleMania. It wouldn’t have been an issue most likely except AEW put it on this past week’s Road To show. Puto is a derogatory chant that has been part of Mexican and Mexican American sports forever. That doesn’t make it right. Technically it means male prostitute, but at times it has been used as a gay slur. After their TripleMania match, Psycho Clown led the crown in chanting that at their opponents, as he does all the time. It’s considered part of AAA. That’s not a defense of it now because it used to be common at sports events like soccer in Mexico and I’ve heard that chant for decades in the U.S. at Mexican sports. But it’s a different time. Soccer has cracked down heavily on it so it is changing in that culture.

In Mexico, there has been no heat on AAA and it being chanted at wrestling is not an issue, and Psycho is probably the most popular of the current generation wrestlers in Mexico. After Psycho did it, Cain Velasquez joined in, as did Cody. It’s highly unlikely Cody even realized what it was he was doing. Velasquez would have known, being Hispanic and I’d say just living in San Jose you would know, but it’s also part of Mexican wrestling. AEW responded to the article saying, “Cody joined his teammates at AAA TripleMania for what he understood to be their post-match tradition in Mexico and was unaware of any negative connotations. Certainly the last thing Cody would want to do is hurt of offend anyone, anywhere.” At All Out, and this was prior to this being a controversy, Pentagon Jr. said the word during the ladder match. I’d be pretty much certain AEW from this point would ban that word and that the wrestlers won’t join in fans chants when they perform in AA
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Both WWE and AEW, and perhaps even MMA groups may have to reclassify their performers when they come to California in legislation that, if it passes there, may lead to other states following suit. Assembly Bill 5 was passed on 9/10 in the California State Senate, that is expected to pass through the State Assembly, and Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign it and put it into law on 1/1, redefining the employee vs. independent contractor law. The bill states that workers must be designated as employees, as opposed to independent contractors, if the company they work for exerts control over how they perform their tasks or if their work is part of the company’s regular daily business.

Pro wrestling likely fits into the former, but there is no arguing it fits into the latter, which would make wrestlers employees if they perform in California. Labor Groups are pushing for similar legislation in New York, and other states would be expected to follow. Because live touring is less important, it is not inconceivable that WWE and/or AEW would simply avoid running in California to avoid the law, but if New York and other states follow suit, that becomes far more difficult
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Even though there is a dispute given Ric Flair filed a trademark on “The Man,” since WWE has used the phrase for Lynch, Flair is still booked for the 10/4 first FOX show in Los Angeles. Flair’s contention is that he trademarked “To Be the Man,” so feels that’s part of it. WWE contends differently. In a funny story, Undertaker was on ESPN, and whether he knows about this or not, when on, talked about how Ric Flair is “The man.
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The Jericho belt story brings up similar stolen belt stories with Bruno Sammartino (WWWF) and Verne Gagne (AWA). Sammartino’s WWWF title belt was stolen after the September 27, 1965, match with Tarzan Tyler at Madison Square Garden. He had put the belt in a locked car as he, Arnold Skaaland and a few others went out for dinner after the show. The car was broken into. It got local TV coverage the next morning and local newspaper coverage. They brought it up on television and Sammartino was given a new belt. I don’t completely recall the Gagne story, but my best memory was that it was stolen at the arena in Decatur, IL, around 1976
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This past week was the ROH Global Wars tour, using CMLL talent instead of New Japan, and it’s quite clear the interest in CMLL doesn’t touch that of New Japan. The 9/6 show in Dearborn, MI, drew 600, while 9/7 in Villa Park, IL (Chicago area) and 9/8 in Milwaukee both drew 500 fans.

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John Cena is officially part of the cast for the next Suicide Squad movie.

The cast of the film was revealed via a tweet from director and writer James Gunn today, with Gunn writing "Don’t get too attached." The movie is called "The Suicide Squad" and is scheduled to be released on August 6, 2021.
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NJPW has announced the first set of names for their New Japan Showdown tour in California.

There will be two New Japan Showdown events on the tour. New Japan Showdown in San Jose will take place at the San Jose Civic on Saturday, November 9, while the Globe Theatre will host New Japan Showdown in Los Angeles on Monday, November 11 ...

Here are the wrestlers that have been confirmed for the New Japan Showdown events:
Kota Ibushi
Jushin Thunder Liger (San Jose only)
Juice Robinson
Kazuchika Okada (San Jose only)
Will Ospreay (San Jose only)
Tetsuya Naito
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Jay White
Chase Owens
Minoru Suzuki
Lance Archer
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It looks as though WWE is running a few tests when it comes to video-on-demand content on the WWE Network. According to the WWE Network Updates Facebook Page, showed that content listed under animation was uploaded to the server as a test one being listed as VOD What this really was is there using this week's episode of 205 Live to seemingly try to get a better recording live that will automatically be perfect for VOD. Meaning not have any excess content or advertisements on either side.
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Q - Has there been any talk of AEW running anywhere but the East Coast? We like wrestling out here in Minnesota, too!

A - Thus far, the bulk of the shows announced are in the East Coast but they just announced Nashville and I am told there will be a Mid-West city announced soon for TV.
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With 48-hours until the AAA/Impact Wrestling “Invading New York” card at the Hulu Theatre, it is hard not to view this show as a missed opportunity by the promotion and running a major market in the United States. There are currently four matches advertised and minimal buzz for the show that will be airing on traditional and streaming pay-per-view. In Canada, Rogers is carrying the pay-per-view at $39.99 and Fite TV lists it for $14.99 (U.S). The card currently has the following listed:
*Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Blue Demon Jr.
*Rey Fenix & Pentagon Jr. vs. Ortiz & Santana for the AAA tag titles
*Tessa Blanchard vs. Taya Valkyrie for the Reina de Reinas championship
*Cain Velasquez, Brian Cage & Psycho Clown vs. Black Taurus, Rey Escorpion & Texano Jr.
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Adult entertainment company Bang Bros stated it has submitted a $10 million bid for the naming rights for the the arena where the NBA's Miami Heat play. WWE has done shows at the venue, previously named the American Airlines Arena.
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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Thunder Rosa is making the transition to mixed martial arts after reportedly signing a deal with Combate Americas.

According to Marc Raimondi of ESPN, the promotion signed Thunder Rosa, whose real name is Melissa Cervantes, to a multi-fight deal and could make her debut on November 8 at a card in San Antonio, Texas. Squared Circle Sirens first reported that Cervantes could potentially sign with Combate Americas. She would go on and confirm the news on social media added that her weight class in MMA is yet to be determined.
Both WWE and AEW were very interested in signing her prior to her deciding to try a career in MMA instead.

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Casey Michael at Squared Circle Sirens reports that Indi Hartwell has signed a developmental deal with WWE. She will reportedly report to the WWE Performance Center next month.
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Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reports Japanese wrestling legend Genichiro Tenryu recently suffered a stroke, and as a result of that stroke, also suffered a cerebellar infarction that caused him to lose motor skills and balance.
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Planeta Wrestling reports that the WWE/CMLL meetings were concerning WWE seeking to acquire CMLL's tape library, looking for additional latinx content for their upcoming premium tier.

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