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Daily Update: Logan Paul vs. KSI, Mile 22, weekend wrap-up

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We're looking for reports on today's WWE Raw show in Rochester, NY, Smackdown in St. John, NB and U.K. tapings in Birmingham, UK as well as from yesterday's UK tapings to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're also looking for your thoughts on yesterday's TripleMania show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

Monday has the live Raw in Toronto plus a Smackdown house show in Peterborough, ONT, which will contain a Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley match from Raw.

Smackdown and 205 Live are taped Tuesday in Toronto with Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella for the women's title and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for a tag team title shot.

The Raw crew has a Wednesday night house show at the O2 Arena in London.

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.

WON NEWSLETTER: August 27, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Summerslam and NXT Takeover Brooklyn reviews, more

It’s a big news and history issue of the Observer out this week. Look at the decision to make Roman Reigns Universal champion, how WWE went about doing it, the Becky Lynch situation, the future of Brock Lesnar, the business of SummerSlam, and a rundown of All In ticket sales and Madison Square Garden ticket sales for ROH that has a very interesting lesson.

There is a long story on the career of Villano III, the famous match of the year with Atlantis and go back to 2000 for the atmosphere of that unique show. 

Run down NXT Takeover Brooklyn, with business of the how, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results. 

Also run down plans for the NXT Evolution top of the card, exactly where the WrestleMania main events stand, how the Mae Young Classic finals had to be changed, the U.K. women's tournament, and more on Matt Riddle signing with WWE.

Also look at L.A. Park vs. Rush, what happened to the match, the politics behind it, the CMLL anniversary show and Impact going head-to-head in Mexico City with the anniversary show.

Examine AAA's TripleMania show and the controversy regarding Alberto El Patron and the show.

Read about New Japan's biggest matches for the next seven weeks, including Long Beach and King of Pro Wrestling. 

Also look back at the G-1 Climax tournament with a look at the consistency of work, the biggest matches and much more.

Read a huge history piece on Walt Harris and 1960s Northern California pro wrestling and the heyday of Roller Derby. 

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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We already have our weekend show up covering TripleMania, UFC and the latest news, plus a new interview with Chris Jericho about the current wrestling scene.

The Logan Paul vs. KSI fight was gigantic, reportedly doing 800,000 iPPV buys (an all-time record) and it did 3 million Google searches, as it was ahead of everything all weekend except John McCain and Leonard Bernstein on Saturday. UFC Fight Night was No. 10 today with 20,000 searches but didn't crack the top 20 yesterday.

Netflix has a full season of a TV documentary called "Nuestra Lucha Libre" on right now.

Does anyone know how to watch the documentary that aired after TripleMania last night? People have raved about it.

Former UFC fighter Bec Rawlings beat Britain Hart via split decision in the main event of last night's Bare Knuckle boxing PPV. Another former UFC fighter, Joey Beltran, lost in the semi to Arnold Adams. 

Mile 22 with Ronda Rousey is estimated at doing $6.03 million this weekend and fall in the No. 6 position at the box office giving it a two-week total of $25.17 million. That's a bigger than hoped for drop of 56 percent from the first weekend.

OTHER

  • Masked Republic is bringing 100 wrestles and four live events to the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on 8/31 and 9/1. Many of the biggest names will be there including Rey Mysterio Jr. (Friday only), Konnan, Ultimo Dragon, L.A. Park, Tinieblas Jr., Penta 0M, Rey Fenix, Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis, Psycho Clown, El Hijo del Fantasma, Fantasma and more. There will be live shows on 8/31 at 8 p.m., headlined by Rey Mysterio Jr. & Penta 0M & Rey Fenix vs. Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy & ?, and 9/1 is headlined by Tinieblas Jr. & Ultimo Dragon & Mesias vs. Pirata Morgan & Fantasma (wrestling) & El Hijo del Fantasma.
  • Pro Wrestling Championship Series from Friday night in Alton, IL: Dallas Cayde & Mighty Micah b Rasheed Ali & Shane Sanders, Hoodie Howlett b Jake Parnell, Jake Dirden b Matt Kenway, Christian Rose & Thomas Shire won three-way over Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers and Anthony Gutierrez & Logan Riegel, Paco Gonzalez b Gary Jay, Danny Adams b Adrian Surge, Jeremy Wyatt b Mike Outlaw, Davey Vega b Kevin Lee Davidson, Eddie Kingston b Mat Fitchett. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Blackcraft Wrestling's debut show on Friday night in Pittsburgh before about 400 fans: KTB b Zicky Dice, Vipress & Harlow O'Hara b Willow Nightingale & Ashley Vox, Matthew Justice won four-way ladder match over DeMarcus Kane, G-Raver and Stockade, Cortez Castro (Ricky Reyes) b Kris Chambers, Taya Valkyrie b Samantha Height (Isla Dawn was booked but pulled from the show by WWE and they wished her well in her future endeavors on the broadcast), PCO DCOR Chris Dickinson, Dave & Jake Crist won four-way to win tag titles over Duke Davis & Ganon Jones Jr., Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter and Matt Cross & Josh Prohibition, Connor Braxton won a Devil's Dance (Rumble) match, Saraya Knight b Britt Baker to become first women's champion, Johnny Blackcraft (John Hennigan) won three-way to win Blackcraft title over Brody King and Jimmy Havoc via curb stomp into thumbtacks. Paige was at the show watching her mother's match. (thanks to Joe Kazmer and Jake Koch)
  • The Tessa Blanchard vs. Chelsea Green main event for Zelo Pro Wrestling on Friday night was changed to Blanchard vs. Miranda Alize vs. Laynie Luck when Green wasn't on the show. No reason was given. Xia Brookside was advertised but she was pulled by WWE for the women's tournament on the U.K. tapings.
  • EPW from last night in Perth, Western Australia before 400 fans: Damian Slater & Marcius Pitt b Del Cano & Nacho Taco to keep tag titles, Jack Edwards & Tipene & Taylor King b Jonathan Wimbledon & Jordan Bishop & Julian Ward, Scotty Ryan won three-way over AZ Vegara and Jay Taylor to keep Coastal title, Tyler Jacobs b Hayden Zenith, Garry Schmidt b Billy Williams, Alex Kingston & Logan Grey b David Nero & Kiel Steria, Gavin McGavin b Michael Morleone to win EWP title in a cage match. Cage match said to be great. Next show on 11/3 will be Jonah Rock's first match withe the promotion since 2015. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Asylum Pro Wrestling from last night in Christchurch, New Zealand: Mareko b Michael Richards, Reece Breeg & Bogan Jesus b Jitters & Umlaut, Candy Lee b Grace Lightning, CruiserMates b Will Power & Taylor Adams, Kane Khan won three-way over James Shaw and Jake Shehan, JK Moody & Bryant b Ben Mana & Adam Avalanche, Toa Henare b Charlie Roberts.
  • IWA vs. MCW from last night in Sydney: Chris Abbott b Lochy Hendricks, Slex b Mick Moretti, Matt Rogers won Battle Royal, Gino Gambino b Mehmet to keep the MCW title, Jackson Kelly & Will Kiedis & Brad Alexander b JXT & Mitch Waterman & Nick Bury, Randal b Syd Parker in a no DQ match. 
  • Stardom late afternoon show from today in Osaka: Hazuki won three-way over Ruaka and Leo Onozaki, Jamie Hayter b Nicole Savoy Kelly Klein b Saki Kashima, Momo Watanabe & Utami won four-way over Hanan & Shiki Shibusawa, Rachael Ellering & Kimber Lee and Tam Nakano & Starlight Kid, Jungle Kyona b Konami, Mayu Iwatani b Natsu Sumire, Kagetsu b Natsuko Tora. 
  • Stardom early afternoon show from today in Osaka: Konami b Natsuko Tora, Kagetsu & Hazuki b Leo Onozaki & Ruaka, Rachael Ellering & Kimber Lee & Kelly Klein b Utami & Starlight Kid & Shiki Shibusawa, Nicole Savoy b Saki Kashima, Natsu Sumire b Momo Watanabe, Jungle Kyona b Tam Nakano, Mayu Iwatani b  Jamie Hayter. The singles matches are all part of the 5 Star Grand Prix tournament.
  • ECCW on 9/8 in New Westminster, BC at Sapperton Pensioners Hall. They also run 10/12 in New Westminster at the Anvil Theater with Nicole Matthews and Sammy Guevera.
  • Mark Henry and Primo Colon are being advertised for a WWC show on 9/15 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
  • The match between Bryan Alvarez and a mystery partner vs. The Beach Bums (PeachMachine & Mikey G) is available on the F4W video page.

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