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  • Keith Lee vs. Darby Allin
  • Matt Riddle vs. Fred Yehi
  • Zack Sabre Jr. Vs. Tracy Williams for the Evolve title


  • Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs. Chuckie T & Baretta
  • Toru Yano vs. Colt Cabana
  • Kushida & Cheeseburger vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
  • Jay Lethal & Mark Briscoe & Kenny King vs. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Will Ospreay vs. Flip Gordon non-title
  • Marty Scurll vs. Hiromu Takahashi
  • Cody & Young Bucks & Hangman Page vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley & Jay White & Jonathan Gresham
  • Kenny Omega vs. Yoshi-Hashi for U.S. title

Raw is Monday night in Portland, OR, with Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in a cage match as the main event on Raw.

Smackdown and 205 Live will be on Tuesday from Seattle, with Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode.

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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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering all the weekend news. We will be talking the Ric Flair 30 for 30, ROH in Chicago, the Survivor Series main event and more. You can also send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

Frank Shamrock and Kazushi Sakuraba went to a ten minute draw in their grappling match today on the Rizin show in Fukuoka, Japan. The card itself lasted eight hours.

Michael Elgin won AAW's second annual Jim Lyman Memorial tournament in Berwyn, IL: Last night's results saw: Zema Ion b ACH in 6:42, Michael Elgin b Myron Reed in 11:28, Jeff Cobb b AR Fox in 11:28, Sami Callihan b Mark Haskins in 13:58, Teddy Hart won four-way over Steven Wolf, Andrew Everett and Brian Cage in 9:54 in an insane match, Elgin b Ion in 10:52, Cobb b Callihan in :33, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett won three-way over Paco & Eddie Kingston and Connor Braxton & Curt Stallion, Rey Fenix & Penta 0M b Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier in 16:02 (champions losing in a non-title match), Elgin b Cobb in 20 to win the tournament. I was told both the Friday and Saturday night shows were outstanding and the Friday show is available for $6.99.

Next summer Diamond Dallas Page will be releasing a book: "Own your Life: How to Make Yourself Positively Unstoppable".

In a slow MMA weekend in the U.S., perhaps the biggest actual name fighting was MacKenzie Dern on AXS who won her fight.

For those who have asked about Wrestle Kingdom tickets for 1/4 at the Tokyo Dome, this is the latest info.


  • Mickie James was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame over the weekend. 
  • Dwayne Johnson promoting the 2K18 video game.
  • The company announced the signings of woman wrestlers Kavita Devi from India and Shadia Bseiso from Jordan. Devi was in the Mae Young Classic. She was actually signed some time back and is scheduled to not be in the country until January.
  • Lilian Garcia sang the national anthem at today's New York Jets vs. New England Patriots game.
  • An interview with Wolfgang.


  • GSP/Michael Bisping & Dana White dropped the puck in a pre-game ceremony at last night’s Montreal Canadians vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Bell Centre.
  • GSP was also in the locker room pregame giving a motivational speech to the Canadians. (thanks to Grant Zwarych)


  • I Believe in Wrestling from Friday night in Orlando: Jon Cruz b Lou King Sharp, Saieve Al Sabah b Markos Espada, Jason Dugan won three-way over Leo O'Farrell and Alexander Zane, Mike Austin b Faris Hakeem, Salina de la Renta & Aria Blake b Kaci Lennox & Sofi Castillo, Jonny Vandal b Carlos Gabriel, Chasyn Rance & Jerrelle Clark b Chico Adams & Deon James to win the Florida tag team titles. Next show is 10/29 featuring Kevin Sullivan. (thanks to Al Haft)
  • The Honky Tonk Man will be appearing on 10/21 at the ECWA Super 8 ChickFight show in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center.
  • Glory Pro/Dynamo Pro from last night in Chesterfield, MO: Kevin Lee Davidson & Danny Adams b Matt Kenway & Aaron Dzinic, Savannah Stone b Rahne Victoria, Everett Connors b Gary Jay, Brandon Aaron won three-way over Brandon Espinosa and Roy Lewis. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • An update from Fridays' report, while Matt Cross won the IWA title in Sydney, Australia on Friday, beating champion Alex Titan and Jonah Rock in a three-way before more than 500 fans, a near sellout and a great crowd of Australian independent standards, yesterday in Melbourne, Cross defended the IWA title on a Melbourne City Wrestling show against Rock, the MCW champion. Rock won and is now a dual champion going into this upcoming PWG weekend. (thanks to Kirk Beattie)
  • CZW from last night in Sewell, NJ before about 275 fans: Kit Osbourne b David Starr, JT Dunn won four-way over Trey Miguel, Johnny Silver and Space Monkey, Matthew Palmer b Ace Austin, Shane Strickland b Ethan Page, Ace Romero NC Greg Excellent, Conor Claxton won four-way over Rickey Shane Page, Alex Colon and Brandon Kirk in a CZW rules match, Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful won over The Storm of Entrails and The Hooligans. Next show is 11/11 with Shane Strickland defending his title against Joe Gacy.
  • A new documentary called "Roddy Piper: In His Own Words" looks at Pipers career from interviews he's done. A percentage of all sales will be going to the Doernbeacher Children's Hospital, which Piper had worked on fund raising events for in the past.
  • A story on former WWE wrestler Zach Gowen.
  • Fred Esposito has written a book about his time spent as a wrestling fan entitled, "I'm a Mark: Dreams and Destiny of a Wrestling Fan."

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Jerry Lawler wins Southern title


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