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Friday News Update

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  • Garrett and I will be back tonight and we have a lot of stuff to talk about over the past few weeks since we last did a show. Bryan and I will be doing our weekend show on Sunday night.
  • Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty earlier today on attempted murder, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, carry a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony and many other charges from the incident in February where he allegedly shot Paul Bender after believing his family member was molested by Harry Goularte, who was in the car with Bender as Velasquez gave chase.
  • Israel Adesanya defends the UFC middleweight title against Alex Pereira, who beat Adesanya twice in kickboxing, one via knockout, in the main event the 11/12 PPV show from Madison Square Garden.
  • Smackdown tonight in Greenville, SC, which had more than 6,100 tickets out as of today.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludvig Kaiser - If Nakamura wins, he gets a shot at Walter's IC title
  • Roman Reigns will be there to talk about his match with Drew McIntyre on 9/3 in Cardiff Wales
  • A gauntlet match for a shot at Liv Morgan's Smackdown women's title at the Clash at the Castle with Sonya Deville, Shotzi, Shayna Baszler, Xia Li, Raquel Rodriguez, Aliyah and Natalya. 
  • For what it's worth, when Vince was in charge, they were building Rodriguez to be with Morgan and Ronda Rousey as the key women in the division. 
  • AEW tapes Rampage and Battle of the Belts tonight in Grand Rapids, MI at the Van Andel Arena. Almost 6,000 tickets are out for the show.
  • For tonight:
  • Jon Moxley vs. Mance Warner non-title
  • Madison Rayne vs. Leila Gray
  • Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs. Tony Nese & Josh Woods for the tag titles in a street fight
  • For Battle of the Belts Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Wardlow vs. Jay Lethal for TNT title
  • Claudio Castagnoli vs. Konosuke Takeshita for ROH title
  • Thunder Rosa vs. Jamie Hayter for women's title
  • PW Insider reports Edge will be at Raw on Monday in Cleveland.
  • We will be doing polls on both G-1 shows in Osaka this weekend, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • We're also looking for reports on these shows with results, finishes and highlights to dave@wrestlingobserver.com:
  • Smackdown tonight in Greenville, SC (dark matches only)
  • AEW tonight in Grand Rapids, MI (everything but the Rampage matches)
  • WWE Saturday in North Charleston, SC
  • WWE Sunday in Fayetteville, NC
  • G-1 continues at 4 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning from Edion Arena in Osaka
  • Yoshi-Hashi vs. El Phantasmo
  • Toru Yano vs. Lance Archer
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Jay White vs. Great O'Khan
  • Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi
  • We didn't get full details of Wednesday's AEW ratings into the newsletter last night because of some delays in getting quarters and demos. Orange Cassidy vs. Jay Lethal had the most viewers and women because it usually starts that way. The quarter with the Lethal-Wardlow angle and Young Bucks turn peaked the 18-49 number. Christian vs. Matt Hardy did well and in several key demos the high point was the dumpster match. The male 18-34 audience was way up from usual but males 35-49, usually the show's key audience, were very low. I sense the younger audience is getting into the newer characters like The Acclaimed that the older audience isn't quite as familiar with. The show didn't have the marquee match power at the level of most shows so I didn't expect a big number. But this coming Wednesday with Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho, and Darby Allin in a coffin match, that show should do a bigger than normal number.
  • UFC weigh-ins for tomorrow night's show in Las Vega which runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on ESPN
  • Main Card
  • Thiago Santos (206) vs. Jamahal Hill (205)
  • Vicente Luque (170.5) vs. Geoff Neal (171)
  • Mohammed Usman (236.5) vs. Zac Pauga (239)
  • Brogan Walker (125.5) vs. Juliana Miller (125)
  • Augusto Sakai (260) vs. Serghei Spivac (249.5)
  • Ariane Lipski (128.5) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (125.5) - Lipski missed weight by 2.5 pounds. The bout will proceed with Lipski being fined 20 percent of her purse.
  • Sam Alvey (186) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (185.5)
  • Terrance McKinney (155.5) vs. Erick Gonzalez (155)
  • Bryan Battle (171) vs. Takashi Sato (170.5)
  • Jason Witt (170) vs. Josh Quinlan (169)
  • Cory McKenna (115.5) vs. Miranda Granger (115.5)
  • Mayra Bueno Silva (135.5) vs. Stephanie Egger (134.5)
  • Hasim Rahman Jr. did a weigh-in today I guess to prove he was going to make 205 pounds when his fight with Jake Paul scheduled for tomorrow night in MSG was called off. So he scheduled a big press weigh-in, and missed weight, coming in at 206.6. Rahman Jr. was supposed to make 200, asked to raise it to 205, and then when his team asked for 215, Paul's side canceled the entire show, saying he wasn't going to fulfill the contracted weight agreed upon.
  • A correction in the Observer. We had mistakenly reported Andrade as La Sombra lost his mask to Volador Jr. in the 2013 CMLL anniversary show. Of course it was Volador who lost his mask that night and Sombra lost to Atlantis in 2015, before going to WWE.
  • The PFL playoff semifinals are on ESPN at 7 p.m. tonight
  • Robert Wilkinson (205.8) vs. Delan Monte (205.2) in a light heavyweight tournament semifinal
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. Alexander Martinez (156) in a lightweight tournament semifinal
  • Omari Akhmedov (204.6) vs. Josh Silveira (206) in a light heavyweight tournament semifinal
  • Anthony Pettis (155.6) vs. Stevie Ray (155.8) in a lightweight tournament semifinal
  • Silveira is the son of early MMA star Conan Silveira. The winners of the bouts go to the finals in December where each division champion gets $1 million.
  • AAW has signed a streaming deal with Highspots TV. They will be airing live on the service with the first show on 9/1. This will be the start of Highspots doing live streaming. There are already 150 AAW events which has streamed non-live events for years.
  • AAW will be running 9/1 at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago for those coming in early for All Out. Matches announced are Christi Jaynes vs. Billie Starkz for the women's title, Jah-C & ACH vs. Alex Hammerstone & Ace Perry for the tag titles, Ace Austin vs. Davey Vega for th Heritage title and Silas Young vs. Brayden Lee. Josh Alexander, Mat Fichett, Masha Slamovich, Jake Something, Manders, Fred Yehi, Davey Richards, Gringo Loco, Mike Bennett, Laredo Kid, Rich Swann and Dante Leon are also scheduled

UFC

  • Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov have been added to UFC 280 on 10/22 in Abu Dhabi.
  • Sara McMann vs. Aspen Ladd, which was to take place this month, was moved to 9/12 because Ladd tested positive for COVID.
  • Ranked flyweights Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt Schnell has been added to a 12/3 show. Both are ranked in the top ten in the division .

Other Notes

  • Impact has moved its 9/23 and 9/24 tapings from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia to a new location of Skyway Studios in Nashville, where they did most of their taping during the pandemic.
  • Combate Global airs live on Paramount + tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern headlined by Cristian Perez (9-1) vs. Samuel Alvarez (7-5) and Claudia Diaz (18-11-1) vs. Andrea Amaro (2-2-2).
  • ISPW Wrestling will be doing wrestling events at the New Jersey State Fair at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. Special guests are:
  • Tony Atlas tonight from 6-9 p.m.
  • Boogeyman tomorrow from 6-9 p.m.
  • Jim Ross Sunday from 4-7 p.m.
  • Real One (formerly Enzo Amore) on Monday 6-9 p.m.
  • Doink the Clown (Ray Apollo) on Tuesday 6-9 p.m.
  • Brutus Beefcake on Wednesday 6-9 p.m.
  • Greg Valentine on Thursday 6-9 pm.
  • Ted DiBiase next Friday 6-9 p.m.
  • Sean Waltman next Saturday 6-9 p.m.
  • MCW on 8/13 in Havre de Grace, MD at the Theater at Havre de Grace.
  • The LFA has announced live events on UFC Fight Pass on 9/9 in Vail, CLO at the Dobson Arena, 9/16 in Prior Lake, MN at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and 9/30 in Recife, Brazil.
  • LFA tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on UFC Fight Pass headlined by Ary Farias (135.8) vs. Michinori Tanaka (135.4)
  • Battleground Championship Wrestling tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the 2300 Arena
  • Atsushi Onita & Super Leather vs. Bully Ray & PCO
  • Ken Shamrock vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Tony Nese & Buddy Matthews vs. Brian Cage & KC Navarro
  • Rich Swann vs. Willie Mack
  • Myka vs. Jazmin Allure
  • Dark STG & Beastman vs. Afa Jr. & ?
  • VSK vs. Brian Kendrick
  • The show will air live on FITE TV
  • There will also be an afternoon convention with these wrestlers plus Wardlow and Kurt Angle and many others.