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We're looking for reports on WWE Raw in Fresno, SmackDown in Rio Rancho, NM, NXT in Bethlehem, PA and Largo, FL and ROH TV tapings in Las Vegas to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

BELLATOR MMA AT 9 P.M. EASTERN SATURDAY FROM THE SAP CENTER IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Spike at 9 p.m. Eastern time

  • Justin Linn (146) vs. Aaron Pico (144.5)
  • Adam Piccolotti (155.2) vs.  Goiti Yamaguchi (155.9)
  • Javy Ayala (265.3) vs. Roy Nelson (262.4)
  • Paul Daley (171) vs. Lorenz Larkin (171)
  • Benson Henderson (155.9) vs. Patricky Pitbull Freiere (156)

Taped for Spike on 10/6 for Bellator Kickboxing

  • Joe Palacios (146) vs. Malaipet Sasiprapa (144)
  • Jorina Baars (142.8) vs. Anmek Van Gestel (142.5)
  • Najab Idali (182.8) vs. Joe Schilling (185.2)
  • Raymond Daniels (169.7) vs. Karim Ghajji (169.3)
  • Kevin Ross (144.3) vs. Domenico Lomurno (143.4)

NJPW DESTRUCTION IN KOBE AT 3 A.M. EASTERN TIME AND MIDNIGHT PACIFIC LAST SATURDAY/EARLY SUNDAY FROM KOBE WORLD MEMORIAL HALL ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hirai Kawato vs. Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka
  • Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger vs. Taka Michinoku & Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Takashi Iizuka
  • Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • Baretta vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • War Machine vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer for IWGP tag titles
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Kota Ibushi & David Finlay
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & David Finlay vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Bushi
  • Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay vs. Evil & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson for U.S. title

Sunday we're looking for reports from the WWE SmackDown house show in Las Cruces, NM and NXT in Amherst, MA.

WWE NO MERCY AT 7:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME SUNDAY FROM THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for WWE title
  • John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
  • Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro & Sheamus for WWE tag title
  • The Miz vs. Jason Jordan for IC title
  • Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Emma vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks fro women's title
  • Neville vs. Enzo Amore for cruiserweight title
  • Apollo Crews vs. Elias (preshow match at 7:30 p.m.)

Raw will be Monday night from Ontario, CA. Neither Brock Lesnar nor John Cena are being advertised for Raw this week even though both will be in Southern California the night before. SmackDown has a house show Monday night in El Paso, TX.

SmackDown and 205 Live will be taped Tuesday night in Glendale, AZ.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 9/18/2017: Remembering Bobby Heenan

When someone passes away, whether it's a celebrity or someone in our lives, a usual lament is that we didn't appreciate them enough while they were alive. It's typical human nature for us to not fully grasp how important someone is until they're gone. But in the sadness that has surrounded the death of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, it's clear that wasn't the case with him.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:September 25, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The deaths of Bobby Heenan and Otto Wanz

It’s a double issue this week of the Observer with major stories on Bobby Heenan and his career as well as Heenan behind the scenes, a story on the WWE Network and behind the different ideas they've talked about, as well as lengthy pieces on historical figures Otto Wanz and Ruben Juarez.

Look at Henan’s different roles in wrestling, how he got started, the WCW era, the AWA years, leaving WWE and why he may have never been brought back by WWE full-time.

Find out all the different ideas thrown out in the recent WWE Network survey, as well as the viability of some of them.

With Otto Wanz, look at his AWA title, his biggest career matches, how he got started in boxing and wrestling, a story regarding he and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the heyday of the CWA and how it was different from every other promotion in the world and what made it such a great territory to learn in, and what made him famous as a celebrity in Austria.

This issue contains details on the Vince McMahon/Kevin Owens angle, WWE bringing back the Starrcade name, the sale of WCW to WWF in 2001, the legacy of Starrcade, the first Starrcade, how Vince McMahon destroyed Starrcade and helped drive Jim Crockett Promotions out of business, the new Starrcade show, the next NXT Takeover show, more on Ric Flair, Ronda Rousey in WWE notes, Nikki Bella on Dancing With the Stars, Chris Jericho's cruise idea in detail, and a Shayna Baszler update

Get an update on the Impact promotion and its move of TV to Ottawa, looking at the plans, the GFW name, the building they are going to, the pros and cons of moving, the situation with Jim Cornette, what happens to the ATT angle, and much more.

This issues runs down of the CMLL 84th anniversary show, the two mask vs. mask matches and match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

Also look at the New Japan Destruction in Hiroshima show, the angles, why King of Pro Wrestling looks like one of the best shows of the year, new lineup for Destruction in Kobe and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

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WON BACK ISSUE: August 28, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Hall of Fame issue

In our largest one year inclusion in history, seven new members were named to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in a balloting of performers, front office people, reports, historians and some well known wrestling experts. Four of the newcomers were voted on by the largest voting panel to date and three others were chosen largely by lobbying from historians providing research as to why they clearly belonged.

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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • In an interview with WWE.com about the 20th anniversary of his debut, Goldberg continued to keep the door open for a potential return to the ring. “Hey, man, never say never, dude,” he said. “Stranger things have happened. I did sit [around] for 13 years and then suddenly appear back in the ring. Let’s just say it ain’t gonna take nearly the effort to get me ready again that it did last time. So, I’ll see you on the rebound for damn sure.”
  • Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, Kairi Sane, Dakota Kai, and Raul Mendoza are all on the road with NXT for their first house shows outside of Florida on this weekend’s tour of New England.
  • Today is also Sane’s 29th birthday.
  • Apollo Crews vs. Elias is the pre-show match for tomorrow’s No Mercy pay-per-view.
  • John Cena appeared on yesterday’s episode of the Edge & Christian podcast to discuss his future in pro wrestling and his storyline with Roman Reigns.
  • TMZ asked Charlotte Flair about a potential match against Ronda Rousey, with Charlotte saying that Rousey knows where to find her. Charlotte said she’s not part of creative and doesn’t know if anything is set for a future match.
  • Country music star Darius Rucker visited Ric Flair as Flair continues to recover from his health issues.
  • Flair also appeared on the Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN Radio on Thursday to discuss last month’s health scare and how alcohol abuse led to the situation.
  • The Lapsed Fan podcast has parts one and two of their tribute to Bobby Heenan. Mike Mooneyham reflected on Heenan’s career in his latest column for the Post and Courier.

Pro Wrestling

  • Kenny Omega returns from his knee injury and defends the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship for the first time as he faces Juice Robinson at Destruction in Kobe overnight. It’s the last of NJPW’s Destruction shows, with most of the undercard being tags that will build to King of Pro Wrestling in October. War Machine will defend their IWGP tag titles against Guerrillas of Destiny and Killer Elite Squad in Kobe as well, and Trent Barreta will have his first singles match at heavyweight against Yujiro Takahashi. The show starts at 3 a.m. Eastern time.
  • NJPW World has parts one and two of a video interview with Omega about his return from injury.
  • ROH announced during last night’s Death Before Dishonor PPV that Omega would be on all four stops of their Global Wars tour in October. He had previously only been scheduled for the Chicago show on October 15th.
  • ROH also revealed that Supercard of Honor XII, their WrestleMania weekend show next year, will take place on Saturday, April 7th at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
  • The Ring of Honor tournament that will take place on Chris Jericho’s cruise next year will be for a future shot at the ROH World Championship.
  • PWG released the preview for the DVD of the third night of this year’s Battle of Los Angeles.
  • WDRB in Louisville has a story on OVW’s benefit show for Matt Cappotelli.
  • Celeste Bonin, who was formerly Kaitlyn in WWE, posted on Instagram that she was training in the ring for the first time in four years today at Main Event Training Center in Florida.
  • Yuji Nagata will face Zack Gibson at night one of RevPro’s Global Wars UK shows on November 9th. Rocky Romero vs. Bubblegum is set for the next night.

UFC/MMA

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Angle defeats Austin to win WWF World title

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