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We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw show in Bangor, ME and NXT show in St. Augustine, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS TOURNAMENT FROM HIROSHIMA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD (Up on tape delay today)

  • Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger vs. Bushi & Shingo Takagi
  • ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TIME

  • Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi for Never Open weight title
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki

MLW FUSION ON BEIN SPORTS TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. EASTERN

Barrington Hughes & Kotto Brazil vs. Samu & Lance Anoa'i

  • El Hijo de L.A. Park vs. Sammy Guevara
  • Shane Strickland vs. Tom Lawlor

CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT ON THE MARCO CLARA FACEBOOK PAGE

  • Pegasso & Stigma vs. Cancerbero & Coyote
  • Diamante Azul & Mistico & Valiente vs. Dark Magic & Felino & Negro Casas
  • Copa Halcon Suriano Cibernetico match: Angel de Oro, Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Dragon Rojo Jr., Espanto Jr., Luciferno, Misterioso Jr. and Templario
  • Blue Panther & Black Warrior & Euforia & Panterita del Ring vs. Cuatrero & Forastero & Mascara Ano 2000 & Sanson
  • Caristico & David Finlay & Penta 0M vs. Rush & Cavernario & El Terrible

PWG TONIGHT FROM THE GLOBE THEATER IN LOS ANGELES

  • Flamita vs. Rey Hours vs. Puma King
  • Brody King vs. Timothy Thatcher
  • Trevor Lee vs. Darby Allin
  • Rey Fenix vs. Bandido
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hechicero
  • Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz vs. LAX for PWG tag titles
  • Walter vs. Jeff Cobb for PWG title

We're looking for reports on Saturday's WWE Super show in Hartford, CT (all the Smackdown crew, plus Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ronda Rousey, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns and Alexa Bliss) and the Raw show in Portland, ME (headlined by Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler), as well as the NXT show in Venice, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS FROM EHIME ON SATURDAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Chris Sabin & Kushida vs. Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr.
  • Sho & Yoh vs. Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori

PFL MIDDLEWEIGHT AND WELTERWEIGHT PLAYOFFS SATURDAY ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK AT 9 P.M. EASTERN TIME

  • Middleweight bouts: Abusupiayn Magomedov vs. Gasan Umalatov, Bruno Santos vs. Sadibou Sy, John Howard vs. Shamil Gamzatov, Louis Taylor vs Rex Harris
  • Welterweight bouts: Ray Cooper III vs. Jake Shields, Rick Story vs. Handesson Ferreria, Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Pavel Kusch, Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Bojan Velickovic

Sunday has a Super show in Boston with the entire Smackdown crew including Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, plus Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Ronda Rousey and Alexa Bliss.

Raw is Monday from Providence, RI. There is also a Smackdown house show Monday night in White Plains, NY.

NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS ON MONDAY FROM SHIMANE ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs. Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles
  • Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Sho & Yoh

Tuesday has Smackdown, 205 Live and Mixed Match Challenge from Newark, NJ with MMC bout of Bobby Roode & Natalya vs. Finn Balor & Bayley and Jimmy Uso & Naomi vs. Miz & Asuka plus 205 Live bouts with Mike Kanellis vs. Lince Dorado and Hideo Itami vs. Mustafa Ali in a falls count anywhere match.

NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS ON TUESDAY FROM TOTTORI ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado
  • ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Chris Sabin & Kushida

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Backlash to WWE Saudi Arabia relationship picks up

WWE's deal with Saudi Arabia has always been a bet that the overwhelming financial rewards would outweigh the inevitable public relations damage that it brings. With it so overtly going against the women's evolution messaging that the company is promoting, WWE entered into the 10-year agreement with the knowledge that there would be backlash. But that was a controversy that would mostly exist inside the wrestling bubble. 


WON NEWSLETTER: October 22, 2018 Observer Newsletter: WWE Crown Jewel controversy, plus tons of news

A detailed look at how the problems with Saudi Arabia affect WWE's 11/2 show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  
Read about the crowd reactions, John Layfield's television appearance, the different stages of reaction, the profit margin of the shows this year and next, and reaction of some senators.

Look at the issues with UFC and Khabib Nurmagomedov coming after UFC pulled Nurmagomedov's teammate off the company's next show, as well as where Nurmagomedov stands in popularity, and what is next for him.

Find out about the NXT U.K. television deal and how it went down, Kevin Owens injury update, ticket sales for Evolution, next PPV cards from WWE as well as major house show cards, and what FOX is looking for out of the wrestling product. 

Also look at the WrestleMania main event, what happen at Smackdown, WWE signs 7-foot-3 basketball player, WWE cuts three wrestlers, this week's schedule as well as a look at the most-watched shows on the WWE Network.

Find out about Eddie Alvarez signing with ONE and their financial information.

Look at the game changing team DAZN signed with Canelo Alvarez and how this changes the economics and culture of fight sports.

This issue has a huge feature on the life and times of Don Leo Jonathan, his legacy, his biggest matches, his title history around the world, his world titles, shoots, comparisons to modern wrestles, praise from other wrestlers and more. 

Read full coverage of both the good and the bad of Bound for Glory, with business and other thoughts on the show, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results. Also look at surprises for the show that fell through.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

Pro Wrestling

  • Today’s Super Junior Tag League matches in Hiroshima had Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger (2-1) defeat Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (2-1) and ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi (1-2) defeat El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (1-2).
  • Here is the poster for the Pro Wrestling All Stars Battle on February 19. It will feature a retirement ceremony for Abdullah the Butcher, who hasn’t wrestled since 2010. Stan Hansen will also be in attendance as a special guest.
  • ROH has begun announcing matches for next month’s Global Wars tour. Jay Lethal, KUSHIDA, Chris Sabin & Jonathan Gresham vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI) is set for Lewiston, Maine on November 7, The Young Bucks vs. KUSHIDA & Sabin vs. Lethal & Gresham vs. The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan) will be taking place in Lowell, Massachusetts on November 8, KUSHIDA vs. Gresham vs. Flip Gordon vs. BUSHI is set for Buffalo, New York on November 9, and Lethal will defend his ROH World Championship against Kenny King in Toronto on November 11.
  • Dalton Castle and CMLL’s Stuka Jr. and Guerrero Maya Jr. have been announced for ROH’s Survival of the Fittest tournament in Columbus, Ohio on November 4.
  • Pro Wrestling EVE has uploaded their entire WrestleQueendom show from May 5, featuring a match between Meiko Satomura and Kay Lee Ray.
  • PAC cuts a promo for the Dragon Gate Network.
  • David Starr vs. Tomohiro Ishii has been added to the 11/9 Rev Pro Uprising event in York Hall. The match was made after Starr issued a challenge to Ishii.
  • The Rock’s Jungle Cruise movie has been pushed back to July 24, 2020.
  • Anthony Carelli (Santino Marella) and his way welcomed the birth of their son Marko Jason Carelli.

UFC/MMA

  • Dana White on if he would want to rebook a Nate Diaz/Dustin Poirier bout: "I'm not interested in making a Diaz fight until Diaz is just absolutely dying to fight. When he's ready to fight he'll let us know."
  • Speaking of Poirier, he mentioned on his Twitter account that he will not need surgery and will recover in three weeks.
  • Nate Diaz on Poirier: “This guy mysteriously pulls out [with] no injury and it’s crickets from from the whole roster? I’m going back out on tour till the game mans up .. Shoutout to @GamebredFighter hes down respect.”
  • White also mentioned in an interview with ESPN that if Georges St-Pierre wants to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov, he’d have to go through a ranked contender first.
  • MSG Networks announced this morning that a three-part series called “Weidman’s World” will air on their network. It will feature his training prior to his 11/3 UFC 230 bout, which was originally supposed to be against Luke Rockhold.
  • Jorge Masvidal had some words for Leon Edwards, who he will face on the 12/29 UFC show.
  • Elizeu Capoeira will face Li Jingliang at UFC Beijing on 11/24.

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