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Daily Update: Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch, Joey Mercury, All In


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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Reigns and Rousey win big at WWE Summerslam

WWE closed SummerSlam 2018 with the two faces of the company holding their respective titles. In matches that went over relatively well -- or in the case of the main event, at least averted what appeared to be certain disaster -- Roman Reigns won the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey captured the Raw Women's title on Sunday. Over three years after the Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar saga started, it ended pretty anticlimactically. 

WON NEWSLETTER: September 3, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All In preview, more

One of the most unique pro wrestling events of all-time, All In, is looked at as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Find out about the different venues considered for the show and why they didn't happen, why the show would have been a success without selling 10,000 tickets, and Bullet Club T-shirt sale numbers.

Read about the WWE and Saudi Arabia with tentative plans for a return show.

This issue runs down Hell in a Cell.

Read full coverage of TripleMania.

Find out about a major front office shakeup in WWE, SummerSlam in Toronto and the craziest big show weekend perhaps in history, why WWE stock continues to rise in value, more on Neville's release, who in WWE should leave, and Evolution ticket sales.

Also look at the horrible cancer stories within the pro wrestling and MMA industry over the past week, including the death of Ed Cohen and Aya Koyama and the cancer battles of Kid Yamamoto and Akira Taue, with details on what happened with Taue. 

Look at the most recent UFC show, with business notes and match-by-match coverage.

This issue has a feature on Steve Musulin, better known as Steve Travis.

Read an update on the clearance levels of all the major channels that have wrestling and MMA programming in the U.S.

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  • Tonight’s Raw is taking place from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Nikki & Brie Bella facing two members of The Riott Squad, The B-Team defending their Raw Tag Team titles against The Revival, and an appearance by Shawn Michaels are advertised. Michaels will be promoting Triple H and The Undertaker’s match at WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia next month. As noted earlier, The Undertaker is reportedly backstage tonight.
  • Charlotte Flair posted a tweet setting up that her match against Becky Lynch at Hell in a Cell will be inside the cell: “.@BeckyLynchWWE So you want to settle this in a cell? I’m going to make one thing very clear. In a regular match I let go of your leg after you tap. In a cell, I let go when I want to. Either way this ends the same way... With you wondering what could have been as you limp away.” Lynch then responded: "Smart woman @MsCharlotteWWE, running your mouth while your jaw is still able. You pick where you lose the title. I’ll pick how. #IBooTheWoo" WWE has yet to officially announce their match.
  • While appearing on the Jonathan Ross Show, Dave Bautista said Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is on hold indefinitely and he doesn’t know if he wants to work for Disney after James Gunn was fired from the film.
  • Melina responded to Naomi naming her as someone she wants to face at Evolution: “I know in my heart having a match with you would be insanely magical. I absolutely adore you! Thank you for always being such an incredible person. Sending you all my love & please know, I’m so proud of you.”
  • Velveteen Dream has changed his Twitter name to “Indy Dream” and sent out tweets building up his matches against Austin Theory and Darby Allin for EVOLVE on Friday and Saturday.
  • Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon (part three) and Ted DiBiase collections will be added to the WWE Network next month.
  • Zack Ryder is the guest on today’s episode of Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia.

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