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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Smackville, EVOLVE & the WWE Network

Joseph Currier looks at two Network specials and what they could mean for the future of the service.

EVOLVE's 10th Anniversary Celebration streamed on the Network opposite AEW Fight for the Fallen on July 13. Another in-ring special has also been added to the Network schedule for this month, with "Smackville" set to air this Saturday (July 27).

Smackville is similar to past specials like The Shield's Final Chapter and WWE Starrcade. The WWE Network broadcast of Smackville will be an hour long. Kofi Kingston will defend the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match, Finn Balor will face Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a rematch from Extreme Rules, and there will be a musical performance segment with Elias.

The Smackville name is playing off the show taking place in Nashville, Tennessee and the city's Bridgestone Arena, which is the home of the Nashville Predators. The event was just a house show prior to the special being announced, and it will still feature some untelevised matches.

Televised house shows have been something WWE has surveyed subscribers about for a long time. Smackville feels very much like a by-the-numbers house show card. After already having defeated them in his most recent pay-per-view title defenses, Kingston is facing Joe and Ziggler again. Balor has already moved on to a storyline with Bray Wyatt and is set to take some time off from WWE after SummerSlam, so it seems unlikely that he'll be regaining the Intercontinental title. The Smackville theme should play into the Elias segment, but it's unlikely that it will have much meaning to the larger audience.

WON NEWSLETTER: July 22, 2019 Observer Newsletter: SummerSlam takes shape, Fight for the Fallen review, more

The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter runs down one of the biggest weekends of the year when it comes to big shows, with lots of behind the scenes talks regarding WWE to FOX and the strategy, updates on Eric Bischoff's role with WWE, an idea WWE has to strike back at AEW, the Turner reaction to AEW thus far and plans for SummerSlam.

We've got full coverage of Extreme Rules, AEW Fight for the Fallen, the first week in Japan of G-1 Evolve and UFC's show in Sacramento.  We've got results, business notes, background of the shows, star ratings for the matches and poll results.

A look at the SummerSlam card including bouts not yet announced and more details on the show, what wrestler is taking time off, who came up with the Raw Reunion concept and why it has been overdone, live and PPV business for Extreme rules and more notes on the show.

We also update PPV figures for every promotion.

There's also an update on Harley Race, who is currently hospitalized

What did and didn't work at Fight for the Fallen, how the streaming did, what lessons are learned, update on television card for All Out, and the WWE's reaction. There's also a look at the G-1 Climax, Will Ospreay, business so far last week's shows and this week's shows

An update FOX plans for Smackdown, other programming on FS 1,the Bayley interview with Kristine Leahy and what is says about Fox Sports and a UFC story, the WWE audience and who watches Raw, Smackdown and both. We also update Jeff Hardy's arrest, Hardy's past, what to look for this week in the WWE's Investors call and business notes, excuses coming home to roost and more.

Eric Bischoff's arrival in WWE and his actual job and why it's so much different than was announced and what people think..  We also look at new WWE angles and directions, changes for television being pitched, WWE injury notes, one of the best wrestlers in the world at a recent tryout, current value of WWE, most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network, plus a look at all the arena live events from WWE and NXT with results, highlights and business notes.

We look back at Saturday's UFC show, the return of Urijah Faber, the early stoppage in the main event and the business notes on the show.

Also, a look at the Evolve show, the idea of such a show on he WWE network, the good and bad of the show, what one of the results shows and the surprise. We also look at DDT's recent big show with match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

There's also a run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows and results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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Pro Wrestling

  • AEW’s Tony Khan, The Young Bucks, Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Kia Stevens (Awesome Kong), Nyla Rose, Jungle Boy, and Michael Nakazawa were in attendance and promoted AEW’s weekly TV show at the Television Critics Association press tour event today. It was noted that the name for AEW’s TV show will likely be announced in the next week or so. Wednesday Night Dynamite has been expected to be the name.
  • Flip Gordon is out of his scheduled match against Trey Miguel at Friday’s PWG Sixteen event due to injury. Miguel will instead face Andy Brown.
  • This year’s ROH Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view will take place at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas on September 27. ROH will also hold TV tapings at Sam’s Town the next night.
  • Riho will be wrestling in Stardom and will start at their Korakuen Hall show on August 10.
  • The Spirit Squad (Kenn Doane & Mike Mondo) have joined MLW and will hold an “open workout” at MLW’s TV tapings in Queens, New York tomorrow night.
  • Impact Wrestling will hold TV tapings in Mexico City on August 15 and 16.
  • Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace & Petey Williams will team together at Impact’s Unbreakable show on August 2. The event will air live on Impact Plus.


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