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Daily Update: 205 Live's future, AEW TV rating, NWA tapings

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F4W NEWSLETTER: The Fiend challenging for Universal title at HIAC Joseph Currier looks at how quickly Wyatt's Fiend character has been elevated to the title picture. Plus, Bryan Rose's notes on Japan, and Vinny's TV reviews. 

With an upcoming Universal title shot at Hell in a Cell, WWE seems poised to elevate Bray Wyatt's Fiend character to the absolute top of the company.

Sunday's Clash of Champions pay-per-view ended with an angle to kickstart The Fiend's program against Seth Rollins. After Rollins retained the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman in the main event, The Fiend appeared and attacked Rollins as he was celebrating on the stage. The lights went out during the celebration, with The Fiend then hitting Sister Abigail on Rollins and putting him in the Mandible Claw.

The next night on Raw also included an angle with The Fiend. At the start of the show, it was confirmed that Rollins will defend his Universal title against The Fiend inside of Hell in a Cell at next month's PPV. In the main event segment, The Fiend put Kane in the Mandible Claw after Kane made an appearance in Knoxville, Tennessee and saved Rollins from Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. The Fiend then taunted a terrified Rollins, and the show ended with a distorted version of the Firefly Fun House theme song and intro video.

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WON NEWSLETTER: NXT debut on USA, Clash of Champions reviewed

NXT debuted on the USA Network and we look at the good and the bad of the first broadcast, plus have coverage of a number of major weekend shows and stories behind the scenes at all of them, and extensive details on New Japan's business plans going forward as some of the lead items in the new issue of the Observer.

We look at the changing TV landscape, NXT numbers, problems with the web site, the two big TV bouts, all the things promoted for the future, and what happened at the show.

We also have a full report on Clash of Champions, with a look at the business notes, the Hell in a Cell show, a major item going forward on ticket sales throughout U.S. wrestling, PPV estimates, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We look at the changes at AXS TV and how it affects wrestling going forward, as well as MMA.

We also look at tons of changes happening in WWE in October, FOX's plans for promoting Smackdown, Smackdown on the West Coast, Paul Levesque talks changes in NXT, what When Worlds Collide will be, Takeover changes, value of NXT to WWE business going forward, FS 1 studios show update, Smackdown going overseas, Kacy Catanzaro, Royal Rumble notes, Ric Flair notes, WWE stock market value, most watched shows on the WWE Network, as well as a look at the weekend WWE and NXT live events with match rundowns, highlights and business notes.

We've got coverage of New Japan's Destruction shows, previewing this week's big show, the Young Lions tournament, as well as looking at the two shows this past week.

We look at the New Japan annual financial report, talking about revenue, profits, U.S. expansion and how it's going, why WWE runs so many smaller markets and how that applies too New Japan and AEW, a look at where New Japan revenue comes from, New Japan World subs, merchandise sales, what match was most important to New Japan World growth, how AEW got television on TNT without ever running a show while New Japan struggles to make any TV money.

We also have an interesting talk by Jon Moxley about competing in G-1.

We also have full coverage of AAA in New York, the story behind why it was different from a usual AAA show, why a lot of talent wasn't there, why the main event was handicapped as compared to past matches as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings, business notes and poll results.

We also have a full repot of UFC from Vancouver, what's next for the different fighters, match-by-match coverage and business notes.

We also update the situation over the weekend involving Big Cass.  We run it down, a well as give his own thoughts on why he's sorry for what happened.

We also have full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

We've also got in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows,the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Additional notes by Joseph Currier

WWE

  • SmackDown tonight takes place at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. The featured storyline involves Roman Reigns intending to “clear the air” with Daniel Bryan following an attack on both of them by Erik Rowan and Luke Harper. Kofi Kingston will also take part in a sit-down interview to talk about his upcoming title match against Brock Lesnar. Shane McMahon has invited Kevin Owens to the show so they can settle their lawsuit, and Carmella will team with Charlotte Flair to take on Bayley & Sasha Banks.
  • 205 Live will feature the show debut of Danny Burch, as he will team with Oney Lorcan to battle Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak & Tony Nese. Humberto Carrillo will also face his cousin Angel Garza in singles action.
  • Mike Johnson of PWInsider is reporting that 205 Live may be moving to Friday nights starting next week. That way, the show would continue to air live following SmackDown. It was also noted in the report that the series is now in the hands of the NXT creative team.
  • Last night’s dark match featured Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair defeating Sasha Banks & Bayley.
  • Mickie James was part of the commentary team for last night’s Main Event tapings. James underwent surgery for a torn ACL in July.
  • Progressive will be the presenting sponsor of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
  • Carmella is the current 24/7 Champion after pinning R-Truth to win the title last night.
  • Baron Corbin is now being referred to as King Corbin on the WWE website.
  • WWE 2K20 has posted a video showing Chyna’s entrance in the upcoming video game.
  • Today is Stephanie McMahon’s 43rd birthday. WWE uploaded a Playlist episode looking at her most memorable moments.
  • Sonya Deville also turns 26 today and Shane Thorne turns 34.
  • The WWE PC YouTube page has a video showing Roderick Strong the day of the NXT premiere on the USA Network.
  • Brad Pitt talked to Cathy Kelly about his upcoming film Ad Astra. He was asked about performing in a WWE ring and didn’t seem interested.
  • Glenn Jacobs’ upcoming book titled Mayor Kane: My Life In Wrestling and Politics, is now available for pre-order.

Pro Wrestling

  • Cody confirmed on Twitter that AEW Dynamite will be rated TV-14.
  • Ashley Vox, Marti Belle, and Thunder Rosa have been added to the NWA’s TV tapings in Atlanta on September 30 and October 1.
  • Joe Hendry and Marty Scurll will be wrestling in the Vegas Wild Card eight-man tag match at Saturday’s ROH TV tapings. Hendry & Jay Briscoe have been announced for one team, while Scurll & Jeff Cobb are the first two wrestlers announced for the other.
  • The first episode of Arn Anderson & Conrad Thompson’s podcast was released today.
  • This week’s MLW Fusion episode has been uploaded to YouTube. The Dynasty (MJF & Richard Holliday) defended their Tag Team titles against The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) in a two-out-of-three falls match.

UFC/MMA

  • Matt Hughes is suing the train operator over the train crash that nearly killed him back in June of 2017.
  • Jeremy Stephens has been suspended for 180 days (or until he is cleared by an ophthalmologist) for the corneal abrasion he suffered this past weekend.
  • Jorge Masvidal has started a video series called The Diary of A Street Fighter building to his fight against Nate Diaz.

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