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F4W NEWSLETTER: The Fiend challenging for Universal title at HIAC Joseph Currier looks at how quickly Wyatt's Fiend character has been elevated to the title picture. Plus, Bryan Rose's notes on Japan, and Vinny's TV reviews. 

With an upcoming Universal title shot at Hell in a Cell, WWE seems poised to elevate Bray Wyatt's Fiend character to the absolute top of the company.

Sunday's Clash of Champions pay-per-view ended with an angle to kickstart The Fiend's program against Seth Rollins. After Rollins retained the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman in the main event, The Fiend appeared and attacked Rollins as he was celebrating on the stage. The lights went out during the celebration, with The Fiend then hitting Sister Abigail on Rollins and putting him in the Mandible Claw.

The next night on Raw also included an angle with The Fiend. At the start of the show, it was confirmed that Rollins will defend his Universal title against The Fiend inside of Hell in a Cell at next month's PPV. In the main event segment, The Fiend put Kane in the Mandible Claw after Kane made an appearance in Knoxville, Tennessee and saved Rollins from Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. The Fiend then taunted a terrified Rollins, and the show ended with a distorted version of the Firefly Fun House theme song and intro video.

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WON NEWSLETTER: NXT debut on USA, Clash of Champions reviewed

NXT debuted on the USA Network and we look at the good and the bad of the first broadcast, plus have coverage of a number of major weekend shows and stories behind the scenes at all of them, and extensive details on New Japan's business plans going forward as some of the lead items in the new issue of the Observer.

We look at the changing TV landscape, NXT numbers, problems with the web site, the two big TV bouts, all the things promoted for the future, and what happened at the show.

We also have a full report on Clash of Champions, with a look at the business notes, the Hell in a Cell show, a major item going forward on ticket sales throughout U.S. wrestling, PPV estimates, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We look at the changes at AXS TV and how it affects wrestling going forward, as well as MMA.

We also look at tons of changes happening in WWE in October, FOX's plans for promoting Smackdown, Smackdown on the West Coast, Paul Levesque talks changes in NXT, what When Worlds Collide will be, Takeover changes, value of NXT to WWE business going forward, FS 1 studios show update, Smackdown going overseas, Kacy Catanzaro, Royal Rumble notes, Ric Flair notes, WWE stock market value, most watched shows on the WWE Network, as well as a look at the weekend WWE and NXT live events with match rundowns, highlights and business notes.

We've got coverage of New Japan's Destruction shows, previewing this week's big show, the Young Lions tournament, as well as looking at the two shows this past week.

We look at the New Japan annual financial report, talking about revenue, profits, U.S. expansion and how it's going, why WWE runs so many smaller markets and how that applies too New Japan and AEW, a look at where New Japan revenue comes from, New Japan World subs, merchandise sales, what match was most important to New Japan World growth, how AEW got television on TNT without ever running a show while New Japan struggles to make any TV money.

We also have an interesting talk by Jon Moxley about competing in G-1.

We also have full coverage of AAA in New York, the story behind why it was different from a usual AAA show, why a lot of talent wasn't there, why the main event was handicapped as compared to past matches as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings, business notes and poll results.

We also have a full repot of UFC from Vancouver, what's next for the different fighters, match-by-match coverage and business notes.

We also update the situation over the weekend involving Big Cass.  We run it down, a well as give his own thoughts on why he's sorry for what happened.

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

We've also got 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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  • On his Instagram account, Goldberg posted video of an angle where he got into a confrontation with Dolph Ziggler at Andiamo Steakhouse in Las Vegas. Bellator’s Roy Nelson and the UFC’s Eryk Anders were also in the video holding Goldberg and Ziggler back.
  • Ziggler tweeted about the video: “dipsh*t took a break from ruining wrestling to ruin my night off. I’m not interested. get a hobby or go fishing or something. Maybe you can do that without getting hurt. no other warning or comments on this, from me. Thanks” WWE hasn't acknowledged the angle as of now.
  • A new episode of WWE Photo Shoot will air on the WWE Network after Raw on Monday. Christian will be featured on the show.
  • At WWE’s house show in Shanghai, China today, EC3 again won the 24/7 title before dropping it right back to R-Truth. Chad Gable counted the pin for R-Truth to regain the title.
  • NXT’s Xia Li returned to her home country for the Shanghai house show. She teamed with Carmella and defeated Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. Li tweeted about the appearance: “Tonight it was the best moment of my life. I’m so proud to debut in my home country, front of my family and friends and all off the WWE Chinese fans .what’s a great night!”
  • WWE interviewed Bret Hart while he was backstage at Raw’s house show in Calgary last night.
  • Natalya also reflected on wrestling in Calgary.
  • The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is advertising a face-to-face segment with Kofi Kingston and Brock Lesnar for the November 15 episode of SmackDown. Lesnar is challenging for Kingston’s WWE Championship on SmackDown’s FOX premiere on October 4.
  • Titus O’Neil appeared on the sidelines of today’s University of Wisconsin vs. University of Michigan college football game to promote SmackDown’s move to FOX.
  • Ric Flair also made a brief appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay today ahead of the University of Georgia vs. Notre Dame.
  • Kane went on the Two Man Power Trip podcast to talk about his recent Raw appearance, The Fiend, the Attitude Era, and his upcoming book.
  • Mandy Rose is on the cover of the October issue of Maxim Australia.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss from Hell in a Cell 2018.

Pro Wrestling

  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s wife Debra wrote that Duggan underwent two emergency surgeries in 24 hours due to a severe infection. Debra noted that Duggan will be in the hospital for a few more days, but doctors think they got all of his infection: “Hello everyone, this is Debra. This picture is hours after his second emergency surgery in 24 hours. He had a severe infection but we think we got all of it although he will be in the hospital for a few more days. Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.”
  • Impact Wrestling uploaded video of LAX’s farewell to the company. LAX faced Rich Swann & Willie Mack in their last match for Impact. It took place at last month’s TV tapings in Mexico City and aired last night.
  • The Young Bucks spoke to TalkSport about Triple H saying he wouldn’t trade anyone on the NXT roster for anyone else in the world: “Nick: That made me laugh. Like, come on.. we know you wanted us. Matt: A year ago you were trying to get us all [The Elite]! A year ago you were trying to get every one of us to come and work for you, so, that’s cool. You can say whatever. Don’t act like there was no interest in us and you wouldn’t trade for us because I know for a fact, you would. You know what I mean?”
  • The NWA uploaded Allysin Kay’s NWA Women’s Championship defense against Heather Monroe from Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.
  • Tampa Bay ABC affiliate WFTS is doing a year-long look at local pro wrestlers who made an impact. They kicked it off with a feature on Bob Roop.
  • Here’s the obituary for Tim Brown, a pro wrestler who passed away on Tuesday.
  • Our Josh Nason was on the Limitless Wrestling podcast last week.


  • Cain Velasquez was asked about his future in MMA/pro wrestling: “I think it’s definitely too early to tell right now. For me, I’m just kind of focused on the task at hand and right now that’s the wrestling and that’s for October. I just want to put on a good show for October. And then I’ll see what happens after that, if I want to keep doing some more wrestling, get a fight, my options are open.”
  • Dana White spoke about UFC 244 going against Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev on November 2: “We started talking about this date, and then a week later, I heard they were going to do that fight. I think they’re crazy to go the same night as us on DAZN, but it is what it is.”
  • UFC owners Endeavor announced their IPO for this Friday.
  • James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and the rest of the Houston Rockets visited the UFC’s Performance Institute and worked out with Forrest Griffin.

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