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PWG BOLA Night 3 results: A winner is crowned; Young Bucks vs. Pentagon Jr & Fenix - Who emerged as the 2016 BOLA Tournament champion? A better question may be, who will be getting stretched in half by champion Zach Sabre Jr. next?

California Dreamin': NXT heading west for five-date October run - Good news for west coast NXT fans. Mark your calendars! Maybe Tiffany and Sly will make a cameo appearance. That seems unlikely given the show ended in 1997.

CMLL Aniversario results: La Mascara & Dragon Lee put their masks on the line - I wonder if the loser had botox prior to the unveiling. I guess I'll have to read to find out who it was.

PWG Battle of Los Angeles night one results: BOLA begins - Wouldn't it make more sense to have night two results here instead? No. Night two was so awesome that it needs time to digest. Relive night one first. 

WWE Superstars results: Rusev vs. Jack Swagger - Haven't we seen this feud a zillion times? Yes, but you've never read it recapped by James Cox. He makes it far more palatable. Enjoy!

DragonKing Dark episode 31: Phantom memories 9/4 - Karl Stern gets weird. Actually, he holds it together pretty well, but he talks about some weird stuff. 

AD: HUMAN HEAD TRANSPLANT 9/4 - Bryan Alvarez's side project is After Dark radio. If you're a fan of professional wrestling, you're also probably a fan of the surreal world of conspiracy theories and ghost stories. So is Alvarez. You'll fit right in. 

Figure Four Weekly: 8/29/2016, NWA vs. Department of Justice - Recently, as an outgrowth of my interest in public records, court records, and so on, I started to get into the habit of filing Freedom of Information Act (or "FOIA") requests with various United States government agencies. It was the same fascination that took me to the court records; There's stuff out there, just waiting to be seen, that nobody was looking at... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 6, 2016: Kevin Owens wins WWE Universal Title, Joe Silva leaves UFC, tons moremore - Kevin Owens captured the WWE Universal title in a four-way elimination match on 8/29 in Houston as part of the company’s latest reset.

HHH returned for the first time since WrestleMania, single-handedly winning the match by giving both Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins pedigrees and basically handing the championship to Owens in the latest version of The Authority handing out the championship instead of talent winning it... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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WON BACK ISSUE: August 2, 1999, Vince McMahon comments on Bret Hart, WWF Fully Loaded review, more - While nobody in their right mind believed that they'd heard the last of Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart, McMahon went out of his way to goad Hart into responding with blistering comments on TSN's "Off the Record" talk show, which was taped on 7/22 and aired on 7/27... Subscribers click here to continue reading.


Sasha Banks sent out this tweet: "You shouldn't settle for what's expected. The Boss is gonna be on Raw tonight an I got some bad news. Legit boss always." Hopefully the news isn't too bad. 

We'll post info on how to get the BOLA DVD when it is released. Day two is a must see up and down the show but particularly for the Will Ospreay & Matt Sydal & Ricochet vs. Young Bucks & Adam Cole match. It was amazing.

Minoru Suzuki has been added to the 10/6 WCPW iPPV "Refuse to Lose" from England that is the one that Jim Ross and Jim Cornette are announcing.  

Coming off BOLA, what appears to be the first Jeff Cobb vs. Matt Riddle match will take place on 9/16 for AAW in Merrionette Park, IL. Matches announced or that show are a tag title match with Mat Fitchet & Davey Vega vs. Jake & Dave Crist, Abyss vs. Sami Callihan, Chris Hero vs. Fenix, Cobb vs. Riddle and Heidi Lovelace & Kimber Lee vs. Devin & Mason Cutter. 

Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and other news. We should have time for questions so you can send them to:

World Wrestling Entertainment

  • In the discussion on last night's show regarding whether Paige was threatened with being fired by WWE exec Mark Carrano if she didn't break up with Alberto De Rio, when MSL reported it, MSL never said directly that Paige had said that, although it was also obvious from how he talked that it was a source very close to the situation. 
  • WWE returns to action with Raw tonight from the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The Raw crew will be flying out right after the show for the Wednesday house show in London. 
  • Smackdown will be Tuesday night from Lincoln, NE.
  • The much talked about "Hidden Gems" including the October 23, 1983 Last Battle of Atlanta between Tommy Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer, a cage match blow-off of a long feud, go up on the WWE network tomorrow. Apparently the 28 minute segment was produced, but never aired on television. It was one of those old-time arena single camera shoots most likely they they'd use was filming angles at the Omni. Also going up was the 1980 WWF vs. NWA champion battle with Harley Race vs. Bob Backlund. 
  • Tommaso Ciampa needed five stitches and a chunk of his lower lip removed. His mouth was busted up in one of his matches at PWG this past weekend.
  • John Cena cut a video for Jason Williams, the principal of Henry Hill School in Napier, New Zealand. Williams put Cena in a mural with other athletes trying to inspire kids to do anything they set their mind to. Well, Williams lived that. He's been trying for a long time to meet Cena including attending two WWE events previously but couldn't get through to him. Williams was in Los Angeles recently for a professional development trip, and flew to Chicago on his own one more time to try and meet Cena and have him cut a video for his students. He said that security pushed him through, had him shake hands and smile for a photo and he was being pushed on and said he only had a few seconds to convince Cena to make a video. But since the story of Cena on that mural had gotten publicity, Cena immediately figured out who the guy was, had agreed to do the video and said he was very grateful to be on the schools' walls. The story is here. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • A story on WWE wrestlers being injured is here. (thanks to Chris Cruise)


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  • Abel Trujillo was injured and has pulled out of his 9/17 fight with Evan Dunham in Hidalgo, TX. UFC is looking for a replacement.
  • The final episode of "The Evolution of Punk" airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on FS 1.


  • Alex Marvez updates us on One Man Gang after his house was flooded.
  • Pro Wrestling Sheet released a video clip of Jeff Hardy fighting a kangaroo that will appear on Impact on Thursday night. The show is called Delete or Decay and the idea is that Matt is trying to teach Brother Nero to fight instead of be a spot monkey. He calls the kangaroo Smokin Joe, claiming it is the ghost of Joe Frazier.
  • Brooke Adams, the former TNA woman wrestler and WWE dancer in the ECW days, gave birth to her first child, Jace, yesterday. Congratulations to her.
  • Sandra Gray, who appeared on many episodes of Total Divas, the former WWE seamstress, has now opened up a fashion store in Winthrop, GA. 
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Columbus, IN: Bobby Black b Scarecrow Eddie Felson, Lightning Bolt b Drax O'Brien, Jonathan Wolfe won four-way over Kenny Cage, Kid Thunder and Tankman, Clint Poe b JKO, Mad Dog Jesse Sawyer b Cousin Cooter, Too Cool TJ & Shawn Kemp b TVZ-DQ. Next show is 10/1 with an appearance of Jimmy Valiant. (thanks to Jerry Wilson) 
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling on 9/17 in Glen Carbon, IL at the Sports Academy.
  • NWX on 9/18 in St Catharines, ONT at the CWF Wrestling School
  • Wrestling with ALS on 11/11 in Fort Erie, ONT at Canadian Hall.
  • NWA Mid South Wrestling on 9/3 in Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle Plex: Jakbo Edwinn b Johnny Morton, Dos Amigos Locos b Paco & Jason Roberts, Matt Riviera b Bobby Fulton, Jeremy Moore b Colin Delaney, Greg Anthony d Michael Elgin over 30:00 with the NWA National title and IWGP and IC titles both on the line. Next show is 9/10 with The Iron Empire defending the NWA tag titles against The Heat Seekers.
  • CWF on 9/30 in St Catharines ONT at the CWF Studios.
  • Lucha Xtreme TV from Saturday night in Fresno: Skitzo b Hunter Freeman, Big Dogg b Dark Usagi, Manny Fernandez b Anthony Idol-DQ. TV tapings are 9/10 in Coalinga, CA at West Hills College at 4 p.m.
  • North Wrestling in Newcastle, England has a show on 11/5 at the Riverside with Mark Haskins.
  • Here is a story on former WCW wrestler and baseball player Dale Torborg.


  • 9 - Chaotic Wrestling & The Lowell Spinners present “A Night of Grand Slams,” Edward A. LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St. – Lowell, MA
  • 10 - CZW in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone with a doubleheader with a WSU Women's show at 4 p.m. that day and the men's show at 8 p.m.
  • 10 - Pure Wrestling Association: COWEX – Duncan, British Columbia
  • 10 - New England Fights 25: HEROES & VILLAINS; Lewiston, MA. Tickets.
  • 10 - Barrie Wrestling: Back to School 3; 49 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • 10 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio
  • 10 - Evolve in Deer Park, NY has Gargano vs. Sabre Jr., Galloway vs. Gulak, Dustin vs. Tracy Williams, Jigsaw vs. Fred Yehi, Riddle vs. Tony Nese, Perkins vs. Allin and Page vs. Dan Barry.    
  • 11 - Evolve in Woodside, NY at La Boom has Johnny Gargano & Cody Rhodes vs. Drew Galloway & Chris Hero in Gargano's last Evolve match, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ricochet, Matt Riddle vs. TJ Perkins, Dustin vs. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese vs. Darby Allin and Ethan Page vs David Starr. Joey Styles will also be appearing.
  • 15 - CCW Parkhill Fall Fair Pro Wrestling, 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm bell time. Cody Deaner vs. Jake O'Reilly for the CCW title.
  • 16 - All Star Wrestling; Squamish, BC, Totem Hall, Stawamus Rd, Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0, Canada, tickets.
  • 16 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.
  • 16 - AAW: 115 Bourbon Street (3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL). Tickets.
  • 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
  • 16 - Smash vs Progress: Uncensored; Oshawa Music Hall, Oshawa, Ontario. Must be 19+ to attend.
  • 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Private Event in Ontario
  • 16 - SuperKickd’d Pro Wrestling at 7:30 PM - 10 PM, The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
  • 16 - All Pro Wrestling on 9/16 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center features Sabu vs. The Almighty Sheik, Willie Mack & B-Boy vs Reno Scrum, plus Jody Kristofferson, JR Kratos, Marcus Lewis and Dylan Drake in a four way for the Universal title.
  • 17 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Lockport (Buffalo), NY, 7:00 pm. Tickets.
  • 17 - NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
  • 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Alpine Club, Kitchener, Ontario
  • 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Courtenay, British Columbia
  • 17 - UFC Fight Night, Poirier vs. Johnson: Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
  • 17 & 18 - SMASH VS PROGRESS: Smash Wrestling welcomes our friends from Progress Wrestling. Mark Haskins and Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Classic), Zack Sabre Jr. Mark Andrews and more will be part of the Progress Wrestling team in a Smash vs. Progress Canada vs. UK show in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.
  • 18 - Pure Wrestling Association: Gold River, British Columbia
  • 18 - Alpha-1 Wrestling presents #‎Matrats2
  • 22 - NXT; Toronto, Ontario at the Mattamy Athletic Center (the former Maple Leaf Gardens)
  • 22 - All-Star Wrestling: 7:30 PM, Abbotsford Arts Center, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M2, Canada, tickets.
  • 22- Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, NC at the Collette Rec Center features a meet & greet at 6 p.m. before the live show. Appearing are Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Cody Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Trevor Lee.
  • 23 - Big Time Wrestling in Raleigh, NC at Dorton Arena features Flair and Steamboat together at Dorton Arena for the first time in 28 years, plus Jeff & Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Gangrel and Shane Helms with the meet & greet at 6 and show at 8.
  • 23 - Invicta FC: Live from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Interim Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia Defends Against Roxanne Modafferi
  • 23 - NXT; St. Catherines, Ontario at The Meridian Centre
  • 23 - Absolute Intense Wrestling: A Farewell to Johnny Gargano - 1355 West 70th St. Cleveland, OH - Tickets.
  • 23 - Pure Wrestling Association: Parksville, British Columbia
  • 23 - Pro Wrestling Eclipse takes a short trip to downtown Oshawa and visits the Oshawa Mason Temple. All tickets purchased on July 24 that list the venue as the Oshawa Legion will be honoured.
  • 24 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Duluth (Atlanta), GA 7:00 pm, tickets.
  • 24 - IWA Midsouth Wrestling presents the Hybrid Cup, at PRIDE Bar in New Albany, IN.
  • 24 - Ignite Wrestling in Vero Beach, FL at the IG Center features Dave Crist.
  • 24 - UCW, September 24th 7:30 PMBay City,MI UCW Champion Hakim Zane vs MVP, plus appearances by Ron Simmons and Fred Ottman
  • 24 - Big Time Wrestling in Spartanburg, SC at the Memorial Auditorium with the meet and greet at 5:30 and show at 7:30 with Flair, Steamboat, Hardys, Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Gangrel and Trevor Lee.
  • 24 - MCW Legends Convention at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD at 10 a.m. featuring Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, Howard Finkel, Honky Tonk Man, Hillbilly Jim, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Jim Ross, Bill Apter, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart, Tammy Sytch, Magnum T.A. and even Dennis Stamp.
  • 24 - Rock Solid: Anarchy in Angus 14: A Nightmare on Mill Street, 7pm - 10pm, Angus Recreation Centre, 8527 County Rd. 10, Angus, Ontario. Tickets.
  • 24 - Pure Wrestling Association: Campbell River, British Columbia
  • 24 - NXT in Kitchener, Ontario at The Air
  • 24 - Elite Canada Championship Wrestling: New Westminster, Sapperton Pensioners Hall
  • 318 Keary St, New Westminster, BC, 7:30pm Bell Time, doors at 7pm. Tickets.
  • 25 - Canadian Wrestling’s Elite: Nick "Magnus" Aldis defends the GFW title against Matt Hart of the Hart Family in Calgary.
  • 25 - Rizin: Former K-1 kickboxer Minoru Kimura will make his MMA debut against former Pride fighter Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (29-30-2)
  • 25 - Pure Wrestling Association – TBA – British Columbia
  • 30 - ROH: All-Star Extravaganza Weekend Day 1; Lowell (Boston), MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 9:00 pm (PPV)

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