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Smackdown and 205 Live take place tonight in Indianapolis. Announced matches include Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roman Reigns for the IC title and Heavy Machinery & Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler & The Revival. Tony Nese vs. Oney Lorcan vs. Ariya Daivari has been announced for 205 Live. 
 
UFC ON ESPN 2 FROM THE TD GARDENS IN BOSTON STARTING AT 6 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT

  • Tanner Boser (247.5) vs,. Daniel Spitz (240)
  • Brandan Allen (185) vs. Kevin Holland (183.5)
  • Sean Brady (167.5) vs. Court McGee (170)
  • Randy Costa (134) vs. Boston Salmon (135.5)
  • Kyle Bochniak (145) vs. Sean Woodson (144.5)
  • Diana Belbita (125) vs. Molly McCann (125)
  • Manny Bermudez (148) vs,. Charles Rosa (144)
  • Darren Stewart (185) vs,. Deron Winn (188.5)
  • Maycee Barber (126) vs. Gillian Robertson (126)
  • Joe Lauzon (153) vs. Jonathan Pearce (154.5)
  • Greg Hardy (264.5) vs,. Ben Sosoli (264)
  • Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Jeremy  Stephens (145.5)
  • Dominick Reyes (203) vs. Chris Weidman (204)

*Bermudez missed weight by two pounds and has to forfeit 20 percent of his purse. Winn missed by 2.5 pounds and also has to forfeit 20 percent of his purse.

CMLL AT ARENA MEXICO TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. ON CMLL YOUTUBE CHANNEL

  • Angelito & Fantasy vs. Pierrothito & Pequeno Nitro
  • Blue Panther Jr. & Pegasso & Black Panther vs.  Misterioso & Okumura & Sagrado
  • Rey Cometa vs. Stigma
  • Sanson & Cuatrero & Forastero vs. Soberano Jr. & Atlantis Jr. & Audaz
  • Caristico & Angel de Oro & Diamante Azul vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Euforia & Gran Guerrero
  • Mistico & Fugaz vs. Valiente & Star Jr. in the Gran Alternative tournament finals

Saturday has a Raw house show in Trenton, NJ and NXT in both Vancouver, BC and Daytona, FL. We're looking for reports at newstips@wrestlingobserver.com
 
AAA HEROES INMORTALES FROM ORIZABA, VERARCUZ LIVE ON TWITCH SATURDAY AT 9 P.M. EASTERN

  • Argenis & Lady Shani & Octagoncito & Pimpinela Escarlata vs,. Australian Suicide & Vanilla & Demus & Mamba
  • Villano III Jr. & Lady Maravilla vs. Nino Hamburguesa &Big Mami for Mixed tag titles
  • Drago vs. Daga for the Latin American title
  • Dinastia & Octagon Jr. & Puma King vs. Abismo Negro Jr. & Arez & Super Fly
  • Copa Antonio Pena tournament
  • Fenix vs. Kenny Omega for AAA Mega heavyweight title
  • Psycho Clown & Rey Escorpion vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. & Averno vs. Pentagon Jr. & El Texano Jr. vs. Pagano & Chessman in a four team cage match

NEW JAPAN JUNIOR TAG TOURNAMENT SATURDAY IN NIIGATA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD (taped)

  • Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs  Volador Jr. & Titan
  • Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura vs. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
  • Sunday has a Raw show in Rochester, NY and NXT in Kelwona, BC.

 
NEW JAPAN JUNIOR TAG TOURNAMENT MONDAY IN AKITO ON NEW JAPAN WORLD (taped)

  • Sho & Yoh vs. TJP & Clark Connors
  •  Raw will be live on Monday from Cleveland.  A.J. Styles & Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Street Profits & ? will be on the show, plus Rey Mysterio and Cain Velasquez.

The Smackdown crew runs Monday in Sydney, Australia and Tuesday in Brisbane, Australia.
 
NEW JAPAN JUNIOR TAG TOURNAMENT TUESDAY IN IWATE ON NEW JAPAN WORLD (taped)

  • Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 

F4W NEWSLETTER: WWE's draft missed opportunity Joseph Currier looks at how the draft failed to establish a unique identity for SmackDown on FOX.

With a chance to establish a unique identity on FOX, this year's draft was a missed opportunity for WWE.

The draft was an early indication of what WWE will look like on FOX. Following up on a loaded premiere episode, it gave SmackDown an opportunity to define itself as a FOX property. WWE had the full weight of the network behind them, complete with pre-taped appearances by FOX's biggest sports personalities. But instead of leaning in to that identity, WWE gave mixed messages.

Ever since WWE struck their deal with FOX, there's been some question about how SmackDown would fit into the network's portfolio. It's categorized as part of FOX Sports, with WWE Backstage even airing weekly on FS1. SmackDown gives FOX the benefit of having live programming on Fridays for 52 weeks out of the year, but it's really more of a hybrid between sports and a weekly television show. WWE is never going to be -- and shouldn't be -- a promotion that presents itself as a pure sport. The beauty of pro wrestling is that you can create the over-the-top spectacle that sports can only wish to achieve. With appearances by Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury on the FOX premiere, it seemed like WWE was going to be taking SmackDown in that direction.

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WON NEWSLETTER: October 21, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Eric Bischoff fired, WWE draft disappoints

In a huge week of news,we've got all the details in the new issue. Our lead story looks at the firing of Eric Bischoff. We look at his hiring, why it was largely not expected to work out by those who had worked with him in recent years and why people from the past rarely work when brought back into wrestling.

This week's Observer also covers: 

Bruce Prichard and the problems with both Raw and Smackdown.

WWE draft, why the moves were made, how the draft shows were put together and have a depth chart of where all the talent looks to be positioned, who got broken up and who haven't had a brand chosen for them yet.

Signing of Tyson Fury and Cain Velasquez by WWE. We look at WWE's place in Riyadh season, the kind of money being thrown around, why Anthony Joshua is facing heat while WWE really isn't, the set up for Velasquez vs. Lesnar and questions about Velasquez and his WWE career going forward, the background of how Fury and Velasquez got to WWE, the challenges Velasquez faces in WWE and the Crown Jewel show.

WWE's plans for NXT Japan, what major star has been signed and others who have been talked with, DVR viewership of Smackdown, updated WWE PPV numbers, Hulu numbers, Mike Bennett on why he wants to leave, Maria Kanellis responds. Hardy family drama, WWE gets award nominations, Injury updates, Evolve shows, most-watched shows on the WWE Network, plus a look at every arena event from WWE & NXT over the past week.

Coverage of King of Pro Wrestling with the background, the destination, the Tokyo Dome plans, Power Struggle, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Extensive coverage of Bushiroad's purchase of Stardom, how this happened, why Rossy Ogawa sold to Bushiroad and not WWE, what WWE was offering, Stardom's new TV deal, why this doesn't mean New Japan and Stardom are affiliated, Stardom coming to the U.S. in December and political implications of all this, as well a plans for the biggest Stardom show ever.

UFC in Tampa this past week with Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson and Jedrzejczyk's quest for the strawweight title.

Full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

For this week, because visas and plans were made, they are using the old rosters to Raw will still have people like Bray Wyatt, King Corbin and Lacey Evans and Smackdown still has Kevin Owens for Australia. Daniel Bryan is also on the Australia tour. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch work tomorrow's house show in Trenton, NJ but are not advertised for Rochester, NY, which lists A.J. Styles, Braun Strowman, Corbin, Evans, Wyatt and Ricochet as the top stars.

John Arezzi, who hosted a wrestling talk show, ran the Fred Blassie Fan Club as a kid, and has experience in country music, minor league baseball and promoting pro wrestling is putting out an autobiography in the spring of 2021, working with Greg Oliver, from ECW Press.

Mick Foley is doing a coloring book for Grown-ups called "Cactus Jack and the Beanstalk" which will be out by Halloween for $11.95 through WOHW's Bledtime Stories.

WWE

  • Ch.7 news in Brisbane did a news feature on Daniel Vidot of NXT, pushing the WWE Australia tour that starts on Monday with the Smackdown crew.
  • Early Crown Jewel odds:
    • Cain Velasquez -200 vs. Brock Lesnar +150
    • Seth Rollins -120 vs. Bray Wyatt -120
    • Tyson Fury -600 vs. Braun Strowman +350

UFC

  • Tom Aspinall, who had fought in the U.K for Cage Warriors as a heavyweight, and is 7-2, has signed with UFC.
  • Melissa Gatto was officially suspended for one year after a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic.She will be eligible to compete again on June 5, 2020.  She believed she failed for a contaminated supplement.The problem is, and this is where the drug program favors those with money, is she couldn't afford the $500 per test to find out if Furosemide was in the supplements she was using.
  • Doo Ho Choi vs. Charles Jourdain has been added to the 12/21 show in Busan, South Korea. Choi is best known as The Korean Superboy.  

AEW

  • Chris Jericho will be a guest on Talking Dead, after Walking Dead, on Sunday. (thanks to Tom Mehs)  

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Killer Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux appear at the Baltimore Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday at Booth 205.
  • MCW on 1212/2 in Culpeper, VA at Easter View High School with Melina and Swoggle.
  • Minoru Tanaka faces Kingston Eclipse for All Star Wrestling Australia on 11/23 in Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Jeff Cobb and TJP headlined a show in The Philippines this past Saturday night.
  • Combate Americas on 11/1 on Univision and Univision Deportes works with TS-1 Promotions for a show in the Dallas area at the Curtis Culwell Center.
  • Revolution Wrestling Federation on 10/27 in Harrisburg, PA at the Midtown Arts Center.
  • PWA Colosseum will run live on Ovo Play at https://play.ovo.com.au/channel/6940.  It's a two-night tournament at 8 p.m. Sydney time late tonight in the U.S. 
  • The first round of the tournament took place earlier today in Sydney:  Ricky South b Davis Storm (tournament first round), Shazza McKenzie won over Unsocial Jordan, Carter Deams and Marcus Kool, Rory Gulak b Treehugger Luchi, Massive !Q won over The Prefects, Silverback, Black Shirt Cool Group, Lux, Juan Direction, Speed Force and The Kelly Gang, Matty Wahlberg b Chris Basso (first round), Travis Banks b Sam Osborne (first round), The Nations b Velocities & Caveman Ugg, Orange Cassidy b Jessica Troy (first round) (thanks to Alex Donnelly)
  • OvoPlay is also streaming the ITV World of sport series.
  • GOUGE on Saturday night in Raleigh, NC at Clouds Brewery.
  • Defy Wrestling tomorrow night at Washington Hall in Seattle with Schaff defending the Defy title against Tom Lawlor,Cima & Guillermo Rosas & Cody Chhun vs. Matt Sydal & Cook Brothers, Amazing Red vs. Jacob Fatu, Mike Santiago vs. Josef Samael in a street fight, Kikyo vs. Rebel Kel and Douglas James vs. Jet Knight.
  • CWE tonight in Fannystelle, Manitoba at the Fannystelle Hall
  • The NWA announced they have sold out at the TV Studio in Atlanta for their 12/14 Into the fire PPV show.
  • A story on Rocky Johnson and his new autobiography.
  • A look at the Timothy Thatcher vs Tom Lawlor bout on the MLW 11/2 PPV show.
  • Kiera Hogan sat down with The Wrestling Estate to discuss Bound For Glory, Impact moving to AXS TV, taking her relationship with Diamante public and the chances of seeing Diamante back in Impact.

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