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NEW JAPAN FROM KORAKUEN HALL MONDAY AT 5:30 A.M. ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado
  • TJP & Clark Connors vs. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
  • Sho & Yoh vs. Volador Jr. & Titan
  • Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi

Raw is tonight from St. Louis, with Jerry Lawler hosting a Divorce Court segment with Lana and Rusev, Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan in a falls count anywhere match and  Becky Lynch vs. Kairi Sane in a non-title match.

NEW JAPAN ON WEDNESDAY AT 6 A.M. EASTERN FROM SHIZUOKA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Yota Tsuji & Tomoaki Honma vs. TJP & Karl Fredericks
  • Titan & Volador Jr. vs.; Douki & Desperado
  • Jushin Liger & Clark Connors vs.; El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
  • Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi & Bushi & Sanada vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Toa Henare vs. Jay White & KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura vs. Sho & Yoh in tag tournament
  • Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi & Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi

AEW FROM CHARLESTON, WV AT 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY ON TNT

  • Chris Jericho & Cody contract signing
  • Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian vs. Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix in tag title finals with Rock & Roll Express presenting the AEW tag belts to the winners
  • Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. Jack Evans & Angelico & Kip Sabian
  • Hangman Page vs. Sammy Guevara

NXT FROM WINTER PARK, FL AT 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY ON USA

  • Cameron Grimes vs. Tyler Bate
  • Kairi Sane & Asuka vs. Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox for women's tag titles

F4W NEWSLETTER: Looking at Raw and Smackdown's new rosters Joseph Currier takes a look at where things stand coming out of the WWE Draft.

With both nights of the draft, free agent roster additions, and even a trade now out of the way, the new rosters for Raw and SmackDown look to be set.

WWE's handling of the draft may have been lackluster, but this is a pivotal time for the company. If WWE is really going to commit to the brand split and making Raw and SmackDown stand out as different from each other, they need to get the roster mix right. They're also working with two different television partners and will need to make sure FOX and USA Network don't feel like they're playing second fiddle to the other.

WWE is a promotion that's overloaded with talent. That would seem like the ideal environment for a brand split, but the company's lack of top-tier stars has been a barrier to the roster split's long-term sustainability. When there's a ratings slip, it's easy to say Becky Lynch or Roman Reigns not being on both shows is the reason for it. And while the Wild Card rule may not have been overly popular, any of its short-term effects were probably a positive for ratings.

Here's what the new Raw and SmackDown rosters look like coming out of the draft:

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WON NEWSLETTER: October 28, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Nate Diaz fight in jeopardy, NJPW US expansion, more

We have a huge double issue this week, with a special Hall of Fame feature, some shocking ratings news from overseas, New Japan's international expansion, Randy Couture's heart attack and coverage of the major shows.We also cover:

The situation with Nate Diaz and why the UFC 244 main event looks to be in jeopardy.

New Japan Pro Wrestling's opening up a new U.S. outpost.  We look at what the goals of the company are for 2020, who is in charge, why they are in charge, who surprisingly isn't involved and why.  We look at how the U.S. market has changed for New Japan, ticket sales for the upcoming shows, how it would be best served for New Japan in this market and the lessons learned from what they've done so far.

The difference between the fans in Japan and the U.S. for New Japan, the type of buildings they are looking at running and the ultimate goals.

Update on the situation with Randy Couture.

WWE Crown Jewel, with the lineup and circumstances of the show.

AAA Heroes Inmortales with the Kenny Omega vs Fenix AAA title change as well as a look at the rest of the show.

Xavier Woods, have all the Canadian TV ratings, 2020 NXT plans, Randy Orton update, Seth Rollins talks Kenny Omega, WWE news regarding lineup for the Mexico City show, major WWE signing, Update on 205 Live, WWE 2K commercial news, former Lucha Underground star talking with WWE, Dana White talks Cain Velasquez in WWE, former New Japan star teaching at performance center, reasons for the stock price decline, most watched shows this past week on the WWE Network, as well as a rundown of all the NXT and WWE shows, with match-by-match coverage and business news.

Impact Bound for Glory, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

A huge feature looking at the 2019 Hall of Fame elections, strongest and weakest candidates with bios on a lot of the different performers.  We look at everyone's strengths ad weaknesses as well as the leading still active candidates.

A complete rundown of the Wednesday night wars over the past two weeks, how both shows are doing in every segment and with every demo group.  We look at the median age of viewers, how the World Series affected viewing and more.

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

The results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, Smackdown ratings, Albert Hardie Jr. on Wrestling Observer Radio. We'll also be taking your email questions that you can send to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Jay Lethal suffered a broken arm in his match with PCO in Bolton, UK at the ROH show. Brody King suffered a knee injury on Friday's show at York Hall in London. No word on the seriousness of either injury.

Just a note that the weekend coming up will have:

  • MLW's first PPV on Saturday
  • UFC 244 with Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal on Saturday
  • Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev on Saturday
  • Power Struggle from Osaka at 2 a.m. Eastern late Saturday night
  • DDT from Sumo Hall on the DDT service late Saturday
  • Dragon Gate on late Sunday night on the Dragon Gate network with English commentary
  • Big Japan from Sumo Hall late Sunday

For those of you looking to watch UFC 244 elsewhere, Buffalo Wild Wings is serving up a limited edition BMF wing sauce for customers who come in on Saturday night. That's to commemorate Diaz and Masvidal fighting for the one-time-only BMF title with Dwayne Johnson presenting the belt to the winner in Madison Square Garden.

WWE

  • Steve Austin's new show on the WWE Network called Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions, which will be interview segments with different wrestlers, debuts Thursday on the WWE Network.  Austin's prior interviews were the most-watched non-PPV programming on the network in the past.
  • Regarding Albert Hardie Jr., Titus O'Neil wrote  "I am 100 percent in agreement that the shirt is very distasteful.  That being said,bringing others into this to vent your frustrations or issues that have nothing to do with WWE or the shirt is also very distasteful.  If it's for the culture, don't attack those in it!!!"
  • Evolve is letting you pick Evan Bourne's opponent for shows on 11/9 in Queens, NY, 11/10 in Brooklyn, 12/6 in Livonia, MI and 12/7 in Chicago.  They have a limited number of choices so you can't pick Ricochet or anything like that. Voting is at @WWNEVOLVE on twitter. They also announced for 11/9 in Queens, Arturo Ruas & Anthony Gutierrez vs. Joe Gacy & Sean Maluta and for 11/10 in Brooklyn, Ruas vs. Eddie Kingston.  Andrew Everett also returns to Evolve on 12/;6 and 12/7.
  • A quick correction from what we had for a few hours yesterday.  The San Juan main event was Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt on Saturday.  Rollins vs. A.J. Styles was the main event in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.
  • An interview with Jinder Mahal talking about his injury status.
  • A story on Raw tonight. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • There will be an NXT show on 12/15 on the campus of San Jose State University.
  • An interview with Jerry Lawler.

UFC

  • MMA Fighting has reported Herbert Burns vs. Nate Landwehr with both making their UFC debuts on a 1/25 show.  Burns earned a shot by winning on the Dana White contenders series and Ladnwehyur is the M-1 Global featherweight champion.

AEW

  • Luchasaurus appeared on Saturday night at a show for Pure Pro Wrestling in Saginaw, MI.  He was booked to wrestle, but has a hamstring injury. He still came and interfered in the main event, helping CJ Anderson beat Kongo Kong.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Among the events scheduled for Starrcast are: 11/7 10  p.m. Starrcast Karaoke with Tony Schiavone 1/8 11 a.m. Colt Cabana podcast 1 p.m. Taz interviews Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus 2:30 p.m. Young Bucks talk show 4 p.m. Jim Ross interviews Jon Moxley 5:30 p.m Kenny McIntosh interviews 7 p.m. Tony Schiavone talks Jim Crockett Promotions with Jim & David Crockett 8:30 p.m. Starrcast talk show 11/9 10 a.m. Lex Luger and Ricky Steamboat Noon Great Muta 2 p.m.. Ron Simmons 4 p.m.Madusa, Missy Hyatt and Baby Doll 11:30 pm. Full Gear After party
  • Impact last night did a special TV show that will air on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving weekend called Throwback Throwdown.  It was a studio show with people dressing like it was the 1980s including Michael Elgin & Mad Man Fulton playing a bald Russian tag team.
  • Low Ki vs. Brian Pillman Jr. was added to Saturday's MLW PPV show.
  • AML Wrestling from last night in Winston-Salem, NC:  Markus Kross & Griff Garrison b James Ryan & Chance Ryzer, Chip Day b Brandon Scott, Billy Brash b Franco Varga, Colby Corino b Jason Kincaid, Zane & Dave Dawson b Gym Nasty Boys, CW Anderson b Preston Quinn.  Next show is 12/1 at the conclusion of the WrestleCade weekend convention(thanks to Brad Stutts)
  • Combate Americas has weigh-ins for its Friday night show on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Central time at the Curtis Culwell Center in the Dallas area.
  • Pat Laprade has stories on the deaths of Giant Gustave and one of The Scorpions of Quebec fame.
  • British vlogger Athers did a video about Britt Baker that includes contributions from (amongst others) Jordan Devlin, Trent Seven and Mike Bailey.

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