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Today, WWE has a SmackDown brand house show in Monroe, LA and what is traditionally the biggest independent show of the year, Wrestling Under the Stars by Northeast Wrestling at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY (Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. for the NEW title with Ricky Steamboat as referee, Robbie E & Deonna Purrazzo vs. Jerry Lawler & Brandi Rhodes, The Now vs. Vinny Marseglia & TK O'Ryan for the NEW tag titles, Ryback vs. Hanson, Battle Brothers vs. Amazing Graysons vs. Adrenaline Rush, Brian Anthony vs. Brad Hollister, Keith Lee vs. Wrecking Ball Legursky, Laredo Kid vs. Flip Gordon vs. Garza Jr. plus appearances by Chris Jericho, Mick Foley and Bob Orton Jr.).

Raw will be Monday night in Memphis. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are scheduled for the show along with John Cena (who is now on the Raw brand). Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss for the women's title is on the show. There is also a SmackDown brand house show in Texarkana, AR.

SmackDown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday night in Little Rock. Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Gallagher no DQ has been announced. 


FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 8/21/2017: A weekend in Brooklyn for SummerSlam

As WWE's four-day stretch in Brooklyn began to wrap up, my biggest takeaway from my time in New York City was just how special live wrestling can be. Being at an event in-person can make a great show like NXT TakeOver seem even better, a marathon like SummerSlam feel less tiresome, and the Raw crowd amusing itself with the wave and playing with beach balls somehow a bit less annoying.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: August 28, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Jon Jones fails drug test, Mayweather vs. McGregor, more

With SummerSlam, the Jon Jones drug test failure, McGregor-Mayweather and a major story on Daniel Bryan, it’s one of the biggest issues of the year, a double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out to members right now.

Our lead story looks at the Jon Jones situation from all angles, looking at the drug he is alleged to have failed the test for and its usage, the time line, last year's failure, the potential penalties, the ramifications for Daniel Cormier and the value of the light heavyweight title, responses from several people involved, what is likely to happen with the title, what UFC was planning for Jones, UFC's promotion of Jones, as well as how this affects Brock Lesnar, which is huge, and Lesnar's leverage and negotiations for a new WWE contract.

Have an in-depth look at the history of boxer vs. wrestler and other types of mixed matches when analyzing Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather. Find out what this means financially and otherwise to UFC, why nothing of the sort has ever happened previously, and why it probably will happen more going forward. Examine just how much revenue this fight is looking at generating. Look at how buys are tending, predictions on buys, and how a success will change combat sports forever and especially the UFC if it was knockout power champions.

Look at the issues of sanctioning, the smaller gloves, and lots of different mixed matches going through time including stories related to Frank Gotch, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, Gene LeBell, the Ali vs. Inoki match, and even Wilt Chamberlain when it comes to unique matches talked about in the past.

Full coverage of SummerSlam, including stories behind what happened in different matches, the business for the weekend, a look at the next two WWE PPV shows, the situation with title changes, Baron Corbin, Rusev as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.

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WON BACK ISSUE: July 31, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WCW does big business in Australia, WWF Fully Loaded review, more

The country of Australia, apparently wrestling-starved, banged out amazing business when tickets went on sale for an October tour of World Championship Wrestling, which includes four television shoots. On 7/21, the first show that went on sale, a Nitro taping in Melbourne on 10/13, sold out the Rod Laver Arena (capacity for a Nitro taping would be probably close to 10,000) with tickets priced from $300 Australian down to $65, sold out in less than three hours (reports of a 90 minute sellout are exaggerated, but only slightly).

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Just want to send best wishes to everyone in Houston and that vicinity, and anyone else suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Best of luck over the next several days and we're thinking of you.

So yesterday we had two different Matches of the Century and a third match of the decade all within ten hours. Our weekend radio show covering Mayweather vs. McGregor and Sexy Star and everything else is already up. Mayweather vs. McGregor was estimated at doing $2.4 million at theaters last night. It would have beaten every movie except two for total gross last night, even though it was in about 400 theaters as compared with more than 3,000 for the two movies that beat it, and they all had multiple showings.

Google searches related to boxing over this past weekend:

  • Mayweather vs. McGregor had 12 million searches. The only event with a UFC fighter ever at that level was the Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm fight.
  • Gervonta Davis (who won the semifinal fight) with 100,000 searches
  • ESPN signs contract with Top Rank with 50,000 searches
  • Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin had 50,000 searches
  • Miguel Cotto had 50,000 searches
  • Muhammad Ali had 50,000 searches
  • Badou Jack had 50,000 searches
  • Olivia Munn (the fact she was at the fight) with 20,000 searches
  • Dallas McCarver, the boyfriend of Dana Brooke and a Mr. Olympia competitor in bodybuilding who died, apparently from choking on food at 26, had 50,000 searches

The explanation, not that one will do, regarding Sexy Star is that the claim is Lady Shani shot on her from prior heat and both were hitting each other hard. Hamada started getting rough with her as well. She thought all three were after her and she put Rosemary in the armbar and ended up popping her elbow by doing a shoot armbar. One version we heard is she did apologize after, but Jeff Jarrett was furious and quite frankly, tons of people in wrestling were and there's no real excuse for what happened. Jarrett yelled at Vampiro backstage in the dressing room and was furious with Sexy Star. The situation was legit, and Rosemary may have more serious injuries.

Regarding Rush and Pierroth to the Crash, the deal is actually that they will still work for CMLL while also working for The Crash. Rush was at TripleMania last night and Dorian Roldan was trying hard to get him, including offering him next year's TripleMania main event. The Crash will have a press conference on Tuesday to announce a return to the Mexico City area and also talk about Rush.

WWE

  • WWE Films "Birth of a Dragon" will do an estimated $2.50 million this weekend on 1,618 screens, putting it in eighth place. For average gross per screen it was in sixth place.
  • Bill Apter interviewed former WWF wrestler Nick "Big Bully" Busick just hours before he went in for brain surgery on Friday. He talks about his son, who debuted recently for Bellator as well.
  • Apter also sent us word from Nick's wife that Nick is doing much better and hopes to be home in a few days. He's already up and walking around.
  • The last we heard, the first several shows from the Mae Young Classic will be released at 9 a.m. Eastern tomorrow on the WWE Network.
  • A correction from the update a few days ago regarding the video numbers of Enzo Amore, Braun Strowman and others from this past week. The numbers used were actually Facebook views, not YouTube views.
  • John Cena over Samoa Joe has been happening at the Raw brand house shows this weekend. They had advertised Roman Reigns vs. Joe vs. Braun Strowman as main events, but instead Reigns vs Strowman with the same DQ finish was happening.
  • Enzo Amore claimed he spent $10,000 to get front row tickets for the fight last night. 
  • Lee Thomas of Fox 2 Detroit gave a thumbs up to the WWE movie "Birth of a Dragon." He said it was a WWE movie that will be watched probably by fans of Bruce Lee and action movie fans, and said it was simplistic but fun. (thanks to Jake Koch).
  • Chris Jericho's book, "No is a Four Letter Word" comes out on Tuesday. He has book signings this week:
    • Tuesday in New York at Barnes & Noble on Warren Street at 5 p.m.  
    • Wednesday in Ridgewood, NJ at Bookends at 8 p.m.
    • Thursday in Tampa at Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m.
    • Friday in Orlando at Barnes & Noble on East Colonial Dr. at 7 p.m.
    • 9/6 in Los Angeles at Barnes & Noble on Grove Dr. at 7 p.m. 
  • The Orlando Sentinel interviews Tessa Blanchard, Lacey Evans, Toni Storm and Santana Garrett about the Mae Young Classic.
  • Mike Mooneyham talks to Lacey Evans.

UFC

  • Lineup for Dana White's Tuesday Contenders show on Fight Pass at 8 p.m. Eastern:
    • Janay Harding vs. Kelly McGill-Velasco
    • Adam Antolin vs. Casey Kenney
    • Allen Crowder vs. Don'Tale Mayes
    • Bevon Lewis vs Elias Urbina
    • Matt Frevola vs. Luke Flores

MISCELLANEOUS

  • ESPN's airing of last Saturday Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo was the second most watched boxing match on basic cable in 2017. Combining ESPN and ESPN Deportes, the show did 1.3 million viewers.
  • WrestleCircus announced that all profits and all tip money on Twitch for their 9/9 show in Austin, TX will go to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.  
  • Big West Wrestling on 9/15 in Kelowna, BC at Lake City Bowl and Billiards.
  • Innovate Wrestling on 9/9 in Bristol, TN at the VFW.
  • Rich Piana, another top bodybuilder, has passed away.
  • Tetsuya Naito throwing out the first pitch at the Hiroshima Carp baseball game.
  • An interview with Dave Bautista about Robert Downey Jr and Chris Pratt.

Today in Professional Wrestling History: WWF SummerSlam 2000

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