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  • Rush vs. Vinny Marseglia
  • Shane Taylor vs. Owens/LSG.Black winner for TV title
  • Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Jeff Cobb vs. Kenny King in an elimination match - whoever beats Taven gets an ROH title shot, if Taven wins, whoever he beats last can never challenge for the titles
  • Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson for ROH tag title
  • PCO & Brody King & Marty Scurll vs. Bandido & Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams for trios titles


  • Dragon Lee vs, Caristico in J Cup semifinal
  • Will Ospreay vs El Phantasmo in J Cup semifinal
  • Shota Umino vs, Alex Coughlin
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Clark Connors
  • Soberano Jr. vs. Ren Narita
  • Karl Fredericks vs.  Juice Robinson
  • Jushin Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi & Amazing Red & TJ Perkins vs. Robbie Eagles & Sho & Yoh & Rocky Romero
  • Tetsuya Naito & Bushi vs. Taiji Ishimori & Jay White
  • Super J Cup finals

Raw is Monday in New Orleans with Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre and Miz vs. Baron Corbin in King of the Ring matches.

Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday in Baton Rouge with King of the Ring matches with Buddy Murphy vs. Ali and Shelton Benjamin vs. Chad Gable, plus 205 Live bouts with Jack Gallagher vs. Brian Kendrick and Kalisto vs. Ariya Daivari.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Sasha Banks returns to WWE Joseph Currier looks at the return of Sasha Banks and what it means for the women's division. Plus, Bryan Rose's Japan notes, and Vinny's TV reviews.

The return of Banks gives Lynch the opponent she's needed since WrestleMania. After winning the biggest women's match in company history, Lynch was put in an impossible position by WWE. She had to maintain her momentum without having any credible opponents to face. Lacey Evans was a poor choice for her first challenger.

One of WWE's most important goals should have been elevating Lynch and the women's division further. It was always known that Rousey wouldn't be with WWE forever. It's great that Rousey was able to have main event-level matches with the company. It's great that the Rousey/Lynch/Charlotte Flair rivalry was so deserving of its top spot going into WrestleMania.

But a year of progress doesn't mean that much if you don't continue to build upon it. Instead of Lynch facing someone who was near her level, her opponent was a wrestler who wasn't even in a star in NXT.

WON NEWSLETTER: August 26, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Birth of the Wednesday Night WarDetails on NXT and AEW competing on Wednesday nights, plus tons of news.

The birth of the Wednesday Night War is the top story in the new edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 

We discuss how the NXT to USA deal came about, when NXT wrestlers were told, how this impacts the WWE/Fox relationship, and what this means for the NXT brand, going forward. 

We have details on the finances of the NXT to USA deal, and we break down the head-to-head aspect of NXT vs. AEW. We also have comments from a major television executive who gives his perspective on the deal, as well as the potential for audience burnout. 

A story on the latest AEW TV taping sellouts is also featured in the new issue. We also have notes on the secondary ticket market demand for all of the AEW shows. 

An obituary for Eddie Marlin is also in the new issue, with a ton of details on his life. 

Also in this issue, Ryan Frederick covers this past weekend's UFC show, and we have detailed TV ratings and business notes on the show. 

We also wrap up our G1 coverage with a detailed breakdown of each individual's star ratings for the tournament. 

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

As always, we have 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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We have two weekend shows up on the site. Bryan and I did a show on the latest news as well as the Super J Cup, and then Garrett Gonzalez and Jerry Jarrett did a show with me today talking Eddie Marlin, the wrestling promoters of the 70s and 80s, the decline of the NWA, network deficit spending for WWE by FOX and USA and why, and more topics.

Marc Raimondi reported last night that Cain Velasquez, who was at the New Japan show with his family, had an informal meeting with the promotion.

El Hijo del Vikingo was injured last night.  We don't have an update but it looked bad, like a knee dislocation.  He was catching a guy on a routine cross body off the top but his legs were in a bad position and his leg twisted upon falling. For Rey Fenix, while he did wrestle last night in another tag match with his brother against Teddy Hart & Juventud Guerrera, he did very little, no flying and seemed to get hurt again and was helped out.  He was first hurt on Friday night.

There are still a few tickets left for my show a week from Saturday morning in Chicago at. I will be doing the show with Jim Valley as the host/moderator.

AEW will be announcing at least one more date tomorrow.  I don't know this, but I do expect the fall PPV to be announced next Saturday on the show. 

Just a note according to those in AEW, Pac was not scheduled to be in Chicago this weekend for All Out until Jon Moxley was injured.


  • With no major WWE, boxing or UFC shows this weekend, the only thing that trended in the combat sports genre was the engagement of Becky Lynch to Seth Rollins, which was No.20 on Friday with 50,000 searches.  Are there any other genres where characters on the same television show or movie get engaged and it's reported as Becky Lynch gets engaged and not Rebecca Quin?  Like last week, I didn't even think for a second to write that Hobbs got married. 
  • Kambi's over/under on the new Kenny Omega vs. Pac match is ****3/4. 
  • Also some other new odds from Kambi (thanks to David Taylor and :
  • Viewers for the 9/18 NXT TV show Under 1 million +130 1.0-1.49 million -110 More than 1.5 million +165 
  • Viewers for the 10/2 AEW TV show Under 750,000 -133 750,000 to 1.490 million +140 More than 1.5 million +190
  • Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin are co-favrorites to win King of the Ring, slightly over Andrade  McIntyre and Corbin are at +375 and Andrade is at +400.
  • Raw tomorrow night is going head-to-head with the MTV Video Music Awards show.  In the past, that show has hurt ratings. 


  • UFC is working to get Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington as a main event for the 11/2 PPV show in Madison Square Garden.


  • Hobbs & Shaw is expected to finish fifth this weekend at the box office with $8.14 million,  It opened in China this week and did $102 million in that country which is the largest August movie debut ever in China.
  • Combate Americas results from Friday night in Lake Tahoe, CA:  Gustavo Lopez b Joey Ruquet via knockout in 1:45 in a bantamweight title match; Bruno Cannetti beat Andras Quintana via straight 29-28 scores in a featherweight title match and Jose Luis Verdugo b Erik Sanchez on straight 30-27 cores.
  •  Warrior Wrestling announced a shuttle from Starrcast t their show in a bus that will be hosted by Brian Pillman Jr.  For into on the Brian Pillman Jr. party bus it's at
  •  NEW from last night in Bethany, CT:  Kip Sabian b Christian Casanova, Mike Gamble & Dexter Loux b Brett Ryan Gosselin & Ring Crew sweeper, Keith Youngblood b Mike Verna, Penelope Ford b Adira, Private Party b Randy Summers & Brandon Watts, RJ Rude & Zane Bernardo b Brian Anthony & Daniel Evans to win the tag titles, Luchasaurus b Chris Battle, Darby Allin b Wrecking Ball Legursky to win the heavyweight title (thanks to Nick Mahmood)
  •  Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling from earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:  Yuki Aino b HikariNoa, Himawari Unagi & Pom Harajuku b Yumi & Mahiro Kiryu, Yuna Manase & Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shiarkawa b Nodoka Tenma & Rika Tatsumi & Raku, Su Yung NC Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki b Maki Ito, Shoko Nakajima & Riho b Mirai Maiumi & Suzume, Natsumi Maki b Gisele Shaw to become first International Princess champion, Misao & Sakisama b Miyu Yamashita & Miu Watanabe to keep tag titles (thanks to Shannon Walsh and
  • Shine from Livonia, MI yesterday afternoon:  Brandi Lauren b Avery Taylor, Leah Vaughn b Lindsay Snow, Aerial Monroe & Aja Pererea b Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson, Double D Rose DDQ Holidead, Shotzi Blackheart b Natalia Markova to keep Nova title, Ashley Vox & Exo b Luscious Latasha & Gabby Gilbert-DQ,Allysin Kay won three-way to keep Shine title over Ivelisse and Mercedes Martinez (thanks to Shannon Walsh and
  •  Blitzkrieg Pro and Big Time Wrestling show from last night:  The Batiri won over Maine State Posse and East Coast Bastard Crew in a ladder match for the Blitzkrieg Pro tag titles, VSK b MJF, Bobby Orlando & Max Caster & Bryce Donovan b Facade & Todo Loco & Scotty Wild, Boogeyman b Orange Cassidy Bull James won Battle Bowl Rumble, Jake Hager b Richard Holliday (replacing Dan Severn), Kris Statlander b Skylar in a falls count anywhere match, Bobby Orlando b Kris Statlander to win the Bedlam title, Pentagon Jr. & Fenix b Juventud Guerrera & Teddy Hart.  During the match Pentagon and Fenix were both unmasked, ended up getting each others' masks and worked the rest of the bout intheri brother's mask.  Fenix looked to have reinjured his hamstring and was carried out by two members of the ring crew after the match.  (thanks to Scott Crawford)
  • Stardom for today's afternoon show in Osaka:  Starlight Kid won three-way over Rina and Hina, Kagetsu & Jamie Hayter & Natsu Sumire b Bea Priestley & Utami Hayashishita & Leo Onozaki, Momo Watanabe b Saki Kashima, AZM b Hazuki, Hana Kimura & Konami & Avary b Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano & Saya Iida, Andras Miyagi b Jungle Kyona, Arisa Hoshiki b Natsuko Tora.
  • Stardom from today's evening show in Osaka:  Momo Watanabe & Leo Onozaki b Avary & Rinda, Kagetsu & Hazuki & Andras Miyagi b Ariisa Hoshiki & Starlight Kid & Saya Iida, Tam Nakano b AZM, Jamie Hayter b Natusko Tora, Natsu Sumire b Mayu Iwatani, Konami b Utami Hayashishita, Jungle Kyona b Bea Priestley, Saki Kashima b Haa Kimura
  • Jeff Cobb was announced for a 10/12 show in The Philippines for PWR, a card that TJ Perkins is also at. 
  • Summer Rae and Tenille Dashwood appear on 10/16 for NHPW in Western Australia.
  •  NHPW from last night in Perth, Western Australia:  War b Jebediah, Rogan Karguis b Cannon Connors, Dallas McClane & Hercules Rockerfeller b King Shahil & Slam Sixx, Kenicki Wheeler b Creek Murdoch, Steph De Lander b Lena Kross, Julian Ward b Rory Holmes, Toa Henare won three-way over Vincent Sterling and Aaron O'Malley (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  •  The World Judo Championships are at Nippon Budokan. Hall withy 839 judoka from 147 countries.  Shinya Aoki is there and Anthony Carelli is also there.

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