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CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN ON THE CMLL YOU TUBE PAGE

  • Super Astro Jr. & Robin vs. Akuma & Espanto Jr.
  • Disturbio & Sagrado & Tiger vs. Dulce Gardenia & Fuego & Esfinge
  • Angel de Oro & Atlantis Jr. & Niebla Roja vs. Bestia del Ring & Ephesto & Luciferno
  • Dragon Lee & Titan & Caristico vs. Mephisto & Cuatrero & Forastero
  • Volador Jr. vs. Negro Casas
  • Ciber the Main Man & Cavernario & Diamante Azul vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Gilbert el Boricua & Sanson

IMPACT AT 10 P.M. TONIGHT ON PURSUIT AND TWITCH

  • Desi Hit Squad vs.; Big Mami & Nino Hamburguesa
  • Ace Austin vs. Eddie Edwards
  • Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. El Texano Jr.
  • Sami Callihan & Jake Crist vs. Tommy Dreamer & Tessa Blanchard in a street fight

There is a Raw house show Saturday in Macon, GA.  We're looking for reports on the show to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

NEW JAPAN FROM YAMAGATA AT 5 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Shota Umino vs. Yuya Uemura in Young Lions Cup
  • Clark Connors vs. Michael Richards in Young Lions Cup
  • Yota Tsuji & Ren Narita & Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin
  • Ryusuke Taguchi & Toa Henare & Togi Makabe & Yoshi-Hashi & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jado & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
  • Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles & Tomoaki Honma vs. Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo & Chase Owens
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger & Sho & Yoh vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs Sanada & Shingo Takagi & Bushi
  • Tetsuya Naito & Evil vs. Jay White & Gedo

UFC FROM VANCOUVER, B.C. ON SATURDAY AT 5 P.M. EASTERN ON ESPN+

  • Austin Hubbard (156) vs. Kyle Prepolec (155)
  • Ryan MacDonald (135.5) vs. Louis Smolka (135.5)
  • Jordan Griffin (145) vs. Chas Skelly (146)
  • Hunter Azure (135.5) vs. Brad Katona (135)
  • Miles Johns (135.5) vs. Cole Smith (135)
  • Augusto Sakai (258) vs. Marcin Tybura (257.5)
  • Misha Cirkunov (205.5) vs. Jim Crute (205)
  • Uriah Hall (184) vs. Antonio Carlos Jr. (185.5)
  • Tristan Connelly (169.5) vs. Michel Pereira (172) - Pereira missed weight and forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Connelly
  • Todd Duffee (244.5) vs. Jeff Hughes (251)
  • Nikita Kyrlov (205.5) vs. Glover Teixeira (204.5)
  • Donald Cerrone (155.5) vs. Justin Gaethje (155.5)

IMPACT VICTORY ROAD ON SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. FROM ENID, OK ON IMPACT+

  • Moose vs. Stephan Bonnar
  • Taya Valkyrie vs. Rosemary for Knockouts title
  • Ethan Page & Josh Alexander vs. Rich Swann & Fuego del Sol
  • TJP vs. Michael Elgin
  • Sami Callihan vs. Hawk
  • Eddie Edwards vs Rohit Raju
  • Keira Hogan vs. Desi Derata

BLOODSPORT FROM THE SHOWBOAT IN ATLANTIC CITY AT 8 P.M. ON FITE TV

  • Erik Hammer vs. J.R. Kratos
  • Rory Gulak vs. Matt Makowski
  • Lindsay Snow vs. Sumie Sakai
  • Allysin Kay vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Nick Gage vs. Killer Kross
  • Anthony Carelli (Santino Marella) vs. Simon Grimm
  • Zachary Wentz vs. Anthony Henry
  • Tom Lawlor vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Timothy Thatcher
  • Josh Barnett vs. Chris Dickinson

MLW AT 9 P.M. SATURDAY NIGHT ON BEIN SPORTS 

NEW JAPAN DESTRUCTION IN BEPPU SUNDAY AT 4 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Yota Tsuji vs. Karl Fredericks in Young Lions Cup
  • Shota Umino vs. Alex Coughlin in Young Lions Cup
  • Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi & Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Toa Henare & Clark Connors & Michael Richards
  • Jushin Liger & Sho & Yoh vs. Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki
  • Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. KENTA & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs. Sanada & Shingo Takagi & Bushi
  • Tetsuya Naito & Evil vs. Jay White & Chase Owens
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa defend the IWGP tag titles against Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for British heavyweight title

WWE CLASH OF CHAMPIONS AT 6 P.M. EASTERN SUNDAY ON THE WWE NETWORK FROM THE SPECTRUM CENTER IN CHARLOTTE

  • Seth Rollins vs Braun Strowman for Universal title
  • Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton for WWE title
  • Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan no DQ
  • Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks for Raw women's title
  • Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair for Smackdown women's title
  • Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for Raw tag titles
  • Big E & Xavier Woods vs The Revival for Smackdown tag title
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz for IC title
  • A.J. Styles vs. Cedric Alexander for U.S. title
  • Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville for women's tag title
  • Drew Gulak vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado for cruiserweight title

AAA FROM THE HULU THEATER IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK AT 6 P.M. EASTERN ON PPV AND FITE TV

  • Cain Velasquez & Brian Cage & Psycho Clown vs. Black Taurus & Rey Bucanero & El Texano Jr.
  • Tessa Blanchard vs. Taya Valkyrie for Reina de Reinas championship
  • Pentagon Jr. & Fenix vs. LAX for AAA tag titles
  • Dr. Wagner Jr.vs.  Blue Demon Jr.

NEW JAPAN DESTRUCTION IN KAGOSHIMA AT 5 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Yuya Uemura vs. Clark Connors in Young Lions tournament
  • Ren Narita vs. Michael Richards in Young Lions tournament
  • Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi & Shota Umino & Yota Tsuji vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Toa Henare & Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Sho & Yoh vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Jushin Liger vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs. Sanada & Shingo Takagi & Bushi,
  • Tetsuya Naito & Evil vs. Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi
  • El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori vs. Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay for the IWGP jr. tag titles
  • Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA with the Tokyo Dome title shot at stake.

Raw is Monday from Knoxville.  Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin for the King of the Ring tournament championship is on the show.

Smackdown and 205 Live are taped in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

The first live NXT on the USA Network will be on Wednesday night.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Bayley turns heel, WWE continues to focus on Horsewomen Joseph Currier looks at how WWE has addressed the women's division post-WM problems. Plus, Bryan Rose's notes on Japan, and Vinny's TV reviews. 

Bayley going through a long-anticipated character change was the latest step in WWE refocusing on the Four Horsewomen.

Bayley & Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross main evented last Monday's episode of Raw. Sasha Banks ran in and caused a disqualification by attacking Lynch. Banks struck Lynch with a steel chair until Bayley took it away from her. But instead of playing peacemaker between her friends, Bayley smiled and pummeled Lynch with the chair herself.

After beginning her heel turn and reuniting with Banks, Bayley cut a promo explaining her actions the next night on SmackDown. The crowd alternated between cheering and booing her. Bayley told the fans that their reaction was confusing. Instead of going full bore with the heel turn, Bayley spoke about her friendship with Banks and called Banks the one person who has always had her back. Bayley disingenuously talked about being a hero and a role model. She said she was trying to show kids what it means to be loyal and noted that she couldn't turn her back on Banks just because things got rough. Bayley said that SmackDown deserves a champion that gets the same kind of recognition as Lynch.

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WON NEWSLETTER: Anthem buys AXS TV plus tons of news 

In a move that has great ramifications in pro wrestling, Anthem Sport and Entertainment has purchased a majority interest in AXS TV and HDNet Movies and will begin running the two channels.

The deal also includes purchasing the AXS TV library of concerts, pro wrestling and MMA content, which would include U.S. broadcast rights to old ROH, many years of New Japan, WOW, and some defunct MMA promotions as well as countless smaller MMA shows.

Mark Cuban, who founded the stations, and AEG, his partners, will continue to own a minority interest. Part of the purchase team included Anthem, headed by Leonard Asper, and entertainer Steve Harvey, who will enter into a strategic content development agreement.

The company will continue operating from studios in Los Angeles and Denver, as well as use Anthem studios in Toronto, Nashville and Europe. The office in Dallas was closed down.

While not stated in the sales press release, as noted over the months this day has been in play, that if it was to go through, that Impact would move from The Pursuit Channel, where it has been dying on the vine, and move to AXS.

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.

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Garrett Gonzalez and I will be doing a show today talking about the week in review, Hall of Fame and other subjects.

The Chris Jericho cruise from 1/20 to 1/24 is now sold out four months ahead of time. There is a waiting list. in case somebody cancels.  Most of the top stars of AEW will be appearing and there will be lots of matches held on the cruise  plus Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, DDP, Jake Roberts, Booker T, myself, Bryan Alvarez, comedian Gabriel Iglesias, and more.  We will be doing daily radio shows from the cruise.

I just found out that the Emmys on the 22nd and BOLA finals are less than a mile apart head-to-head.

UFC

  • Toyo Tires will be the presenting sponsor for UFC Awards annually that will be determined by social media and on-line voting starting at the end of this year.
  • Ariel Helwani at ESPN reported that Zabit Magomedsharipov is out of the 10/18 show in Boston where he was to face Calvin Kattar due to an injury.
  • Manny Bermudez vs. Charles Rosa has been added to the 10/18 show in Boston.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • KSW runs on Saturday from SSE Wembley with three title fights.
  • Slave to the Death match weekend with shows tonight at the 52Eighty Sports Bar in Denver, tomorrow night at Union Station in Colorado Springs, CO and Sunday at The Watering Bowl in Denver.
  • Impact has joint shows with Border City Wrestling on 10/25 and 10/26 at St.Clair College Gym in Windsor, ONT, with Ken Shamrock, Michael Elgin, Brian Cage, Tessa Blanchard, Taya Valkyrie, Rhino, Sami Callihan and more.
  • Defy on 9/27 in Seattle at Washington Hall has Schaff defending his title against Joey Janela, the farewell  of Darby Allin as he faces Cody Chhun, Rey Hours vs. Bestia 666 plus Super Crazy.  They also run 10/19 in Seattle with Cima and Matt Sydal.
  • There's a SLAM! Wrestling interview up today with Ontario-based woman wrestler Jody Threat, who recently was a part of the WWE Canadian tryout, and was one of the women helping Trish Stratus get back into ring shape: 
  • A story on Friday the 13th themed wrestlers.

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