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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 tomorrow 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.

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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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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We have two weekend shows up. The first has Garrett and I looking back at Championship Wrestling from Florida and its heyday, looking at stars like Eddie Graham, Dusty Rhodes, The Von Brauners, Mike Graham, Dick Slater, Jack Brisco, Kevin Sullivan and the decision to make Bob Backlund the WWF champion in 1978. The second is a show Bryan and I did last night talking more on Florida, UFC, WWE and more.

There has been a lot of talk all day when Jordan Myles (Albert Hardie Jr.) called people's attention to a Jordan Myles T-shirt that was listed very briefly before being taken down several weeks ago. He said that even though the shirt was taken off very quickly, the fact it was made in the first place was troublesome. The shirt itself that was removed was very tone deaf to say the least. WWE has not responded with anything on the record regarding the background and timeline but it apparently was done weeks ago and Hardie has said it has been building up in him. Hardie hasn't responded either at this point.

The only thing that trended this past weekend is Ben Askren at No. 20 yesterday with 50,000.

A few notes and corrections from stuff on audio this past week:

  • The Authors of Pain were very briefly on Smackdown.  They were to be on the brand when Akam was injured.
  • The angle where Dusty Rhodes got in trouble at TBS was when the Road Warriors attacked Dusty Rhodes with a spike to the eye against the directives of TBS and Rhodes was removed as booker. Sting & Rhodes faced The Road Warriors at Starrcade on December 26, 1988, a month later.  Rhodes' last match in that run for WCW was January 17, 1989. He debuted with the new PWF with Mike Graham, he and Gordon Solie as the owners on March 4, 1989. He left for WWF on May 29, 1989 so he was there less than three months realizing it wasn't going to work.

WWE

  • Ali made a surprise appearance last night at a Dream Wave Wrestling show in LaSalle, IL.
  • Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt was the main event of the Raw house show last night in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
  • John Cena on the red carpet with his new girlfriend. (thanks to Ross Blair) 

AEW

  • The following has been listed on the FiteTV preview for this Wednesday’s show: 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

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Zeda Zhang vs. Spider Lady debuts the MLW women's division on the 11/9 tapings in Orlando on a show headlined by Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs.; Tom Lawlor.
  • BCW from Friday night in Melbourne, Australia:  Cody Swift b Mike Morleone to keep Battle Express title, Vixsin b Ayasha, Gabriel Wolfe & Big Cuz b Cletus & Zhan Wen, Kaz Jordan b DCT, Mick Moretti b Damian Slater, Preston Kindred b Carlo Cannon & Sketch to keep tag titles, Mortar b Tenille Dashwood and Danielle Moinet (Summer Rae) to keep women's title, Mad Dog b Syd Parker.  They announced an 11/29 how in Melbourne with Mad Dog vs Sabu in a barbed wire match. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • LFA on 11/22 in Broomfield, CO at the 1st Bank Arena with Brandon Royval (9-4) vs. Jared Scoggnis (9-1) in an LA flyweight title match.
  • NHPW from Saturday night in Perth, Western Australia:  Julian Ward & Rogan Karguis b Gorgeous Garry & Johnny Hardway, Creek Murdoch b WAR, Cannon Connors b Cornelius Low, Aaron O'Malley b Jebediah, Future Legends b Hercules Rockerfeller in a handicap match to win the tag titles, Rory Holmes b King Shail, Lena Kross b Tenille Dashwood.  Danielle Moinet (Summer Rae) was in Dashwood's corner. Main event was said to be a good match. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • ACW from Saturday night in Adelaide, Australia:  Matt Hayter b Kit Condor, Duke Marshall b Havok, Joe Mundie won four-way over Isaac Bailey, Joey Triton and Lil Onyxxx, Jesse Hendy b Dean Valente, DCT won three-way over Riley and Blair Valentine, Jack Rosseley b Felix Young, Adam Brooks b Ritchie Taylor in a tables match.
  • Slamforce Africa from Pretoria, South Africa yesterday:  Makita b X-Terminator, Kilimanjaro b Matthew Hammer, Andro Perseus b Kyle Ripley, Celeste Bonin (Kaitlyn in WWE) won three-way over Katie Forbes and Black Widow, PJ Black b Rob Van Dam to keep SFA world title.  There was a spot where Black went for a crossbody and in landing Van Dam broke through the ring. Van Dam looked hurt but they still did a Spanish fly off the top rope and Black won via sharpshooter submission. Black, who was the promoter, said he wanted to create more wrestling schools in South Africa and raise the profile of wrestling in the country (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Stardom did a Sunday doubleheader at Shinkiba in Tokyo today continuing the tag team tournament: Afternoon show:  AZM won three-way over Rina and Hina, Natsu Sumire & Session Moth Martina b Momo Watanabe & Leo Onozaki, Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima b Zoe Lucas & Bobbi Tyler, Tam Nakano & Arisha Hoshiki b Saya Ida & Saya Kamitani, Hana Kimura & Death Yama San b Kagetsu & Andras Miyagi, Bea Priestley & Jamie Hayter b Hazuki & Natsuko Tora, Riho & Starlight Kid d Jungle Kyona & Konami 15:00 Evening show:  This was a Masked Fiesta show where everyone wore a mask and had a different gimmick from usual:  Trainee Miyagi (Andras Miyagi) won a handicap match over Cyber Cat & Maysu Pinya, Tam Chika (Tam Nakano) & La Gatita (Saki Kashima) b Green Sayasaya & Muneko Onite (Saya Iiida & Saya Kamitani), Black Starlight Kid d Mini Iotica (AZM), Gas Mask (Hana Kimura) & Fairy Sexy Jungle (Jungle Kyona) & Pretty Wan-Chan & Death Pumpkin (Death Yama-San) & Bobo Wazowski & Monster Z Sullivan b Trainee Ishino & Trainee Urabe & Trainee Hayama & Trainee Tora (Natsuko Tora) & Trainee Maruyama & Trainee Hirata), Fantastic Girl (Mayu Iwatani) & UDN (Arira Hoshiki) & Super Riho (Riho) b Jigsaw & Black Fuzzy Beach& Gao Jr. (Bea Priestley & Momo Watanabe & Leo Onozaki) (thanks to Shannon Walsh and wrestlingwithdemons.net)
  • Combat Zone Wrestling Cage of death last night in Voorhees, NJ:  Joe Gacy b Jimmy Lloyd to keep CZW world title, The Rep b Anthony Gagnone & Homicide to keep tag titles, Jordan Oliver b Matt Tremont to keep Wired title, Conor Claxton b John Silver, Alex Reynolds b Ace Everett, Bear Country won four-team match, KC Navarro won six-way over Matt McIntosh, Leroy Green, DK Meadows, Eran Ashe and Kris Bishop.  DJ Hyde announced that CZW will air live on FITE TV starting 11/30 and the CZW and WSU video libraries will both be moving to FITE TV. There will also be material from CZW being used for one hour feature PPVs and a live PPV show over the summer. Next show is 11/30, followed by Cage of Death show on 12/14. (thanks to Bob Magee)
  • Defiant 3 women's show earlier today in Dublin:  Amy Allonsy b Jinny, Isla Dawn b Nina Samuels, Emi Sakura b Kanji, Toni Storm b Mille McKenzie, Sammii Jayne b Raven Creed, Debbie Keitel & Valkyrie b Gisele Shaw & Katey Harvey (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
  • MMA fighter Anthony Garrett talked about his Bellator 231 Fight vs former WWE Champion Jack Swagger this past Friday and gives reasons why he feels he should get a rematch in this clip from The Hannibal TV: 

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