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THURS UPDATE: SummerSlam, NXT TakeOver preview, Harley Race, Natalya

by WrestlingObserver.com Staff

This Sunday is SummerSlam, between now and then we have a few shows.  NXT TakeOver in Brooklyn on Saturday, UFC Fight Night Saskatoon headlined by Holloway against Oliveira on Sunday.  ROH also has a show Saturday.  Smackdown airs tonight to kick it all off.

Bryan Alvarez and Mike Sempervive return today with Wrestling Observer Live to further discuss this weekend as well as other current events. This can be listened to live here or through the iHeart Radio app.

Tonight:
Smackdown (8pm Eastern on SyFy)

  • Ryback vs. Big Show
  • The New Day vs. Los Matadores and El Torito
  • Neville vs. Bo Dalls
  • Brie Bella vs Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch

Orton, Ambrose, Reigns and Cesaro vs. Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Kevin Owens

If you don't watch it or just want to read spoilers:  WWE Smackdown TV results (August 20): SummerSlam go-home show, huge eight-man tag

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The new issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to th site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring a chat with Konnan about the state of AAA heading into TripleMania XXIII. We discuss the company's improvements in production, advantages over WWE and differences in philosophy, how to listen to fans, and much more. Plus, as always, we have  all of the usual reviews and international news, including Dr. Lucha's TripleMania preview.

Last week's FREE Figure Four Weekly is still up with a look at the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI may have helped Hulk Hogan cover up his racist and homophobic comments. A judge has ordered the FBI to turn over the records of their investigation, and what Gawker is saying in court about what has and hasn't been turned over paints a very interesting picture. 

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WWE’s weekend in Brooklyn is the main story in this weeks Wrestling Observer Newsletter now available. This includes both Summerslam on Sunday as well as NXT Takeover on Saturday. We also have full coverage of the now finished G1 Climax and what the results mean for NJPW in the near future. In addition we look at UFC teamsters looking at options of unionization and the morale issues that spawned it. We also have a look at the AAA TripleMania PPV show, UFC ratings increases, the brawl at the WSOF show, UFC suing Wanderlei Silva and Layla retiring.
 
 
The issue is on the site right now at August 24, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Summerslam preview, G1 Tournament and finals review, Silva trial details

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We look at the WWE events in Brooklyn with three straight full houses and look historically at the only other promotion that has been able to do it historically and the record, as well as updates on the NXT and SummerSlam shows and more details on the NXT card as well as the probable main event stipulation and ticket demand.
 
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