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We're looking for reports on tonight's ROH show in Buffalo, NY (Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. The Kingdom, Mark Briscoe & War Machine vs. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr., Will Ospreay vs. Punishment Martinez, Christopher Daniels vs. Hiromu Takahashi, Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Cody & Marty Scurll) and tonight's NXT show in Jacksonville, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com


FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 10/9/2017: Recapping WWE Hell in a Cell 

With WWE having an annual pay-per-view built around multiple Hell in a Cell matches, it's only natural that they mostly just become standard matches that are surrounded by a roofed cage. But that wasn't the case at this year's PPV. Sunday night's show was bookended by two great Hell in a Cell matches where the structure was essential in telling the story that was going on in the ring.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: October 16, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Hell in a Cell review, Tokyo Dome main event, more

A look at the WWE booking coming out of Hell in a Cell is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the business of the show, update on Neville, other changes on Raw this week, a look at the upcoming shows, as well as a look at match-by-match coverage of Hell in a Cell with business notes, star ratings and poll results.

Read about New Japan coming out of King of Pro Wrestling, the next shows on New Japan World, the direction it looks like things are going as well as match-by-match coverage of King of Pro Wrestling with star ratings, interest levels and poll results.

This issue contains updates on the Brock Lesnar contract situation, the Ric Flair 30 for 30 special and how there are two specials that night on wrestlers from the 80s and 90s, more on what happened with Jimmy Jacobs, update on Dwayne Johnson, the Vince McMahon movie, Conor McGregor and WWE, Ronda Rousey and WWE, Miz hosting a TV show, Nikki Bella Dancing with the Stars notes, weird coincidence of tragedies, Bret Hart talks Eric Bischoff, new WWE Network series, and UK ratings.

Coverage of UFC 216, the plight of Demetrious Johnson, the business notes on the show, some very surprising numbers, the direction things are going, plus poll results and match-by-match coverage, as well as pay for each of the fighters on the card, in this issue.

Read about the Santino Marella/Jim Cornette story, how it got started and everything thathappened this weekend between the two of them.

Have a look at summer business comparisons to see how WWE, ROH and Impact are doing as compared with the previous year in various categories.

Look at details on the ratings for all the national shows over the past week, including breakdown of who was watching all of the WWE shows

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WON BACK ISSUE: September 18, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Raw/Nitro ratings war, NJPW vs. AJPW, more

In what was the most significant, and closest Monday night ratings race so far this year, a heavily criticized edition of Nitro on 9/11 scored the highest rating for the show in its regular opposed format since 1/10 and the closest margin between the two shows since 12/20. Nitro finished with a 3.20 rating (3.47 first hour; 2.93 second hour) and a 4.8 share. Raw did a 5.90 rating (5.36 first hour; 6.38 second hour) and an 8.9 share.

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Ric Flair's first public appearance will be at 7 p.m. tonight in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse, doing a book signing with his daughter for their new book "Second Nature." 

FITE TV will be broadcasting 15 different live events this weekend from all over the world this weekend, the most in its history. The two big events Rizin from Fukuoka, Japan which starts at 1 a.m. Eastern and 10 p.m. Pacific on Saturday night, and features Frank Shamrock vs. Kazushi Sakuraba in a grappling match, and ROH Global Wars at 7 p.m. Sunday with Kenny Omega vs. Yoshi-Hashi for the U.S. title in Chicago.

Sunday's ROH show in Chicago will be before the second largest crowd in the history of the promotion, in excess of 2,400. Tonight's ROH show is sold out in Buffalo but there will be standing room tickets available.

Stephanie McMahon says that fans dictate what happens in WWE.

Impact Wrestling will be launching the Impact Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV today, on Ch. 204. This will be a 24-hour streaming channel using old and new Impact footage, and which will feature Xplosion every Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The channel is at www.impactwrestling.com and www.Pluto.tv.


  • Topps has released new Women's Division trading cards dedicated to the past, present and future of women's wrestling.
  • Beth Phoenix did a box break video.
  • Linda McMahon was in the background at the Trump press conference earlier today.
  • Here's a story on Shayna Baszler starting in NXT.


  • Tim Means will face Belal Muhammad on the 11/18 show in Sydney, Australia. Means replaces Jesse Taylor, who was pulled from the show due to a drug test violation.
  • Due to an injury to Jeremy Kennedy, Humberto Bandenay will take his place against Alexander Volkanovski on the Sydney show. Volkanovski has a 12 fight winning streak.
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Alejandro Perez has been added to the 12/9 show in Fresno.
  • UFC Fight Pass will be airing the Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio Bigfoot Silva kickboxing massacre for free from Guangzhou, China. The fight is expected to air about 8 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday morning.


  • Tickets go on sale on 10/20 for the MLW show on 12/7 in Orlando at MLW.com. Matt Riddle vs. Tom Lawlor will be on the show and Tony Schiavone will be announcing with Rich Bocchini (Rich Brennan). 
  • IWR Souled Out 4 Life on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Weatherford, OK and the Swosu Pioneer Cellular Event Center with Tatanka, Justin Roberts, Kevin & Marshall & Ross Von Erich, Eric Bischoff, Sean Waltman, The Steiner Brothers, Kevin Nash, Ted DiBiase, MVP and Ivelisse.
  • A story on Jim Lynam, who the AAW singles tournament this weekend in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club is named after is here.
  • Chidi Njokuani vs. Hisaki Kato was announced for the 12/1 Bellator show in Thackerville, OK. Njokuani is moving from welterweight to middleweight. The show is headlined by women's featherweight champion Julia Budd facing Arlene Blencowe.
  • Former UFC fighter Valerie Letourneau debuts in Bellator on 12/15 in a show in Newcastle, England. Letourneau will face Kate Jackson.
  • Justin Roberts' book "Best Seat In The House: Your Backstage Pass Through My WWE Journey" will be available as an e-book on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for 24 hours tomorrow for just 99 cents. The book spent ten weeks on the top 50 charts of best selling sports books when it was released earlier this year.
  • International Big Time Wrestling on 10/22 in Westland, MI at the Tokem Lounge at 4 p.m. featuring Tammy Sytch as a referee of the main event between the Fat World Order vs. Revenge of the Nerds. 
  • Billy Corgan will be a guest on The Tonight show tonight. He'll be on plugging his new album that comes out tomorrow called "Oliglala" so don't expect any NWA or TNA talk. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Gary Michael Cappetta is doing a talk show tour this weekend. He's got a show tomorrow night in Conyers, GA where he'll have Curtis Hughes as a guest. On Saturday night he'll be in Tampa, with Brian Blair and Dave Penzer as guests. On Sunday he'll be in Orlando.
  • There will be another Championship Wrestling from Florida legends fanfest on 10/28 in Odessa, FL at American Legion Post 147. There will be a fan fest from 2:30 to 5 p.m., an awards ceremony from 5 to 5:30 pm. and dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Appearing will be J.J. Dillon, Kevin Sullivan, Rocky Johnson, Brian Blair, Sherri Lee and Tony Marino. In a trivia note, yesterday was the 46th anniversary of Dillon's first-ever match in Florida, as he worked in a mixed tag team opener in West Palm Beach teaming with June Peterson to lose to Les Welch & Sherri Lee.  The main event on the October 11, 1971, show was Buddy Fuller vs. Leo Garibaldi.
  • Pro Wrestling Tees has a grand opening of its store at 2348 Damen Ave. in Chicago from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is 25 percent off everything in the store through Monday. Appearing on Saturday will be ACH, Jeff Cobb, Michael Elgin and Sami Callihan with music by DJZ. Appearing on Monday will be The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Adam Page, Cody and Marty Scurll. 
  • Combat Zone Wrestling on Saturday night in Sewell, NJ at the Rastelli Complex with Shane Strickland vs. Ethan Page.
  • Innovative Wrestling on Saturday night in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.
  • Smash Wrestling on 10/29 in Toronto at the Opera House featuring Petey Williams vs. Tyson Dux.
  • MCW on 11/11 in Hollywood, MD at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. There will be a meet and greet at 6 p.m. with Road Warrior Animal and Paul Ellering, as well as Joey Matthews, Abyss and Melina, plus at 7:30 p.m. show.
  • CWE on 11/24 in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.
  • NWL tomorrow night in Overland Park, KS has TV tapings headlined by Dak Draper vs. Arik Cannon
  • Shine on 10/10 in Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum has Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez vs. Holidead & Thunder Rosa, LuFisto vs. Vanessa Kraven and Priscilla Kelly vs. Santana as the top matches.
  • Booker T and Charles "Godfather" Wright will be appearing at Astronomicon from 2/9 to 2/11 in Sterling Heights, MI a the Wyndham Gardens.

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