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- WWE NXT results: Tyler Bate vs. Roderick Strong
- WWE SmackDown ratings inch down for SummerSlam go-home show
- ROH announces KUSHIDA for next month's TV tapings
- UK title match set for pre-NXT TakeOver TV tapings
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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: ROH and NJPW sell out Madison Square Garden
With All In still a few weeks away, the second non-WWE pro wrestling show in the United States to sell over 10,000 tickets since the death of WCW is already official. Tickets for Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden went on sale last week, with the April 6, 2019 event selling out in just a few days. Approximately 9,000 of the 15,000 tickets were sold after the first day of the HonorClub pre-sale, they were up over 12,000 after a second day of pre-sales, and they sold out shortly after being made available to the general public last Friday.
The Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling show on 4/6 in Madison Square Garden sold out on 8/10 less than 19 minutes after the public on-sale began.
Of course, they had already sold 12,000 of the 15,000 seats put on sale, with the first 9,000 going to Honor Club subscribers on 8/8, and another 3,000 going to those with codes that weren’t hard to get, and in fact were tweeted out.
The significance of this could be monumental in ways that are obvious and other ways perhaps less obvious. While ROH officials would not release a gate number, it was confirmed to be well in excess of $1 million, making it the largest gate for a non-WWE pro wrestling gate not only in the United States, but likely anywhere in the world except for the Far East.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
- Elias tweeted that his concert at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Saturday has been canceled: “WWE Management insisted I postpone my solo concert this Saturday in New York City, however they have given me the opportunity to perform that concert live at Summer Slam.”
- Seth Rollins spoke to Sports Illustrated about The Rock potentially working WrestleMania and if he’d like to face him: “That’s cool, too. Don’t get me wrong. I love Rocky. I think he’s great. Love everything he’s done for this business. But my gut, my first instinct, says we don’t need him. We don't need him. If we’re not the guys who can main event WrestleMania, then how are we ever gonna be The Rock? How are we gonna be Stone Cold Steve Austin? We can’t hold onto these guys forever. We just can’t. To me, let’s do Seth Rollins-Roman Reigns before we do Seth Rollins-The Rock. That's me.”
- Natalya wrote a column paying tribute to her father in the Calgary Sun.
- WWE extended their condolences to Aretha Franklin’s family, friends, and fans after her passing today. Franklin appeared for the company when she performed “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania III and 23.
- WWE posted video of Ronda Rousey training at the Performance Center with Norman Smiley to prepare for her Raw Women’s Championship match against Alexa Bliss on Sunday.
- Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Pat McAfee will again be the pre-show panel for NXT TakeOver on Saturday. The pre-show starts at 6 p.m. Eastern time, with the main card beginning at 7 p.m.
- To further the angle where Aleister Black was attacked, WWE released brief surveillance video of the aftermath of it.
- Zelina Vega and Andrade “Cien” Almas appeared on Busted Open Radio today, with Vega talking about how much Almas has helped her in the ring and with psychology.
- ESPN released the first screenshot of Ronda Rousey in WWE 2K19.
- Becky Lynch did interviews with the New York Post and USA Today’s For The Win ahead of SummerSlam.
- Maria Kanellis commented (possibly in-character) after Charlotte Flair called Carmella a diva in a women’s world on SmackDown this week: “Be careful disparaging the women that fought for what you are getting. Experience is more of a bitch then, entitlement ever will be. We were Divas for a reason. We had to be. We all matter in the marathon called the Evolution of Women Superstars. And it’s not over. I see you. I’m with you. We were in the trenches together in full makeup, dresses and heels everyday, every show. Still fighting with babies, careers, husbands, and a stigma. Is it better to fight for the system or the spot? Both. Love you. Together we push the system forward, apart we forget our past. Those that forget their past repeat it.”
- CBS Sports has a feature story on Randy Savage’s summer of 1988 and time as WWF Champion.
- Ric Flair is the guest on this week’s edition of the Ross Report with Jim Ross.
- Killian Dain tweeted that the singlet he wore on SmackDown this week was his idea and design.
- ROH has announced Los Ingobernables de Japon member EVIL for their post-Death Before Dishonor television tapings at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on September 29. Like with KUSHIDA, he’s just announced for the tapings and not the PPV. The tapings are taking place one day before NJPW’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed show in Long Beach.
- A rematch between Marty Scurll and Shane “Hurricane” Helms, Hangman Page vs. Kenny King, Women of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai vs. Tasha Steelz in a non-title proving ground match (Steelz gets a future title shot if she wins), Trent Barreta & Chuck Taylor vs. The Boys, and Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan vs. Coast 2 Coast have been added to ROH’s TV tapings in Philadelphia on August 25.
- espnW has a feature story on intergender wrestling that's centered around Beyond Wrestling’s WrestleMania weekend show
- Dave Meltzer notes that people have been raving about the street fight between LAX and the OGz, which wasn’t filmed at the tapings and is being presented as an actual street fight, that airs on Impact tonight.
- Johnny Impact (John Hennigan) issued a challenge to the Bullet Club for Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling cruise this October.
- Revolution Pro Wrestling announced Rocky Romero, Sho & Yoh vs. El Phantasmo & Aussie Open for their show at the Portsmouth Guildhall on September 7.
- Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that PJ Polaco (Justin Credible) was arrested on Tuesday and is being held on a $7,500 bond after violating a protective order.
- Sports Illustrated published a story on the history of Dave Meltzer’s star ratings and the effect they’ve had on the industry.
- Police in Shreveport, Louisiana confirmed that an arrest warrant for Donny Aaron, the husband of UFC fighter Andrea Lee, is forthcoming after an incident that occurred earlier this month. Aaron is facing potential false imprisonment and domestic violence battery charges for allegedly attempting to burn Lee with a cigarette and choke her.
- Ariel Helwani reported that Francis Ngannou vs. Curtis Blaydes has been verbally agreed to for the main event of UFC Fight Night: Beijing on November 24.
- Derrick Lewis said that Ngannou looked scared from the get-go in their UFC 226 fight.
- Bellator’s James Gallagher said he’s been promised a bantamweight title shot in Ireland this December if he defeats Ricky Bandejas on Friday.
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