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WON NEWSLETTER: October 4, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE Extreme Rules review, G1 Climax updates

WWE’s Extreme Rules show on 9/26 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH was decent. Most of the matches were good, but there was nothing blow away.

The show was built around two bouts, Roman Reigns vs. Demon Finn Balor for the Universal title and Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair for the women’s title. Both had gimmicked finishes.

The Demon match ended with Demon ont the top rope when the top rope suddenly collapsed and he fell into the ring injured, and got pinned by a spear. The bout had been the most exciting on the show, but at one point the idea was that Demon had died. Then his music played and he acted as though he was resurrected, and in fact, that was the verbiage used, and he made a comeback until the rope broke.

In the Smackdown women’s title match, Belair powered out of the disarmer and set up the KOD when Sasha Banks ran into attack Belair for the DQ. Banks also laid out Lynch after the match to set up a three-way program.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking G-1, WWE draft and other news topics. I did a show last night with Gonzalez talking about all the news of the week and the business situation in the U.S.  You can send questions to the show tonight to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Not a lot of mainstream interest in stuff this week with no major UFC or boxing events. The UFC show yesterday ranked No. 15 in Google searches at 50,000. Kevin Holland earlier today had 20,000 and ranked No. 6. On Wednesday, Manny Pacquiao cracked the list at 50,000 for his filing to run for President of the Philippines. On Tuesday, Jon Jones was No. 13 at 50,000 when more details came out on his arrest. Ronda Rousey was No 15 at 50,000 for her announcing the birth of her first child.

We're looking for your thoughts on today's G-1 Climax show at Dolphins Arena in Nagoya, thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com. We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE house show in Lexington, KY.

G-1 tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo has:

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chase Owns
  • Evil vs. Tama Tonga
  • Taichi vs. Jeff Cobb
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Yoshi-Hashi
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Sanada

The one thing from today's show everyone is raving about, besides the Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre and Shingo Takagi vs. Kota Ibushi matches is evidently the post-match of Ishii vs. Sabre was something to behold.

Raw tomorrow is the draft. On last night's show, we talked about possible stuff they could be doing for Raw.  The big angle is that Paul Heyman is supposed to manipulate to get the Usos to Smackdown, and if not, Roman Reigns has ordered the Usos to leave him for dead.

In last night's UFC main event, all three judges gave Thiago Santos rounds 2, 3 and 5 and gave Johnny Walker 1 and 4, so Santos got straight 48-47 scores.

On FOX today stations at different times are airing a WWE special building up the King of the Ring tournament.  

Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Kenou to win the N-1 tournament today at Korakuen Hall. People were raving about this match.  Nakajima will challenge GHC champion Naomichi Marufuji for the title on 10/10 in Osaka.  That show also announced Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenou vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Keiji Muto.

WWE results from San Juan, PR last night:

  • Dominik Mysterio b Jinder Mahal
  • Shotzi & Nox b Natalya & Tamina
  • Keith Lee b Drew Gulak
  • Finn Balor & Drew McIntyre & Cesaro b Roman Reigns &* Usos
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo b Mace & T-Bar
  • Charlotte Flair b Rhea Ripley to keep Raw women's tile
  • Damien Priest b Sami Zayn to keep U.S. title
  • Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio had been advertised as the main event for the Universal title.  We don't have confirmation of why Rey Mysterio wasn't on the show. (thanks to Ed Luis Valentin)

AEW

  • AEW for 11/10 in Indianapolis topped what they drew for the 2019 show in the city on the first day tickets were put on sale to the public, topping 4,200. (thanks to William Zdon)
  • The movie "Queenpins" which stars Paul Walter Hauser, Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell, will have AEW references. Digital Spy reported that the movie was scripted to have WWE references.  Hauser said that when he signed on, he told the people doing the movie that he was friends with Tony Khan and could probably get them a better deal on licensing and images and they agreed to it  

OTHER NEWS

  • UWN from last night on PPV from Commerce, CA with the finals of the UWN title tournament that dates back two years: Juicy Finau won three-way over Vinny Massaro and Honest John, Blake Troop b Jordan Clearwater, David Finlay b Will Allday, Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin b Kevin Martinson & Rust Taylor & Daniel Garcia, Ruby Race b Vita Van, Midnight Heat b Peter Avalon & Ray Rosas, Chris Dickinson b Mike Bennett to win the UWN title.
  • Nicole Savoy said that she suffered a bruised sternum in her match at the MLW tapings in Philadelphia last night.
  • The defunct 2CW promotion in upstate New York ran a reunion show last night in Syracuse, NY geared around paying tribute to Jon Huber, who was one of the groups top stars.  The show is available free on YouTube and includes Thunder Rosa vs. Mercedes Martinez and Alex Shelley vs Davey Richards.  The main event of Nick Ando & Cloudy, who were friends of Huber, against Stu Grayson & Evil Uno.  The lights went out and when they came back on, -1 was in the ring to a huge pop and used a low blow and assisted chair shot to help Uno & Grayson win. (thanks to Ross Blair)
  • WrestleMax from Friday night in Affton, MO:  Eli Rossi & ATM b Zay Washington & Aaron Roberts, Darian Bengstron b Rahim de la Suede, Brooke Valentine b Tootie Lynn Ramsey, Edvin Kudic b Moses the Deliverer, Kevin Lee Davidson b Graham Bell, JDX b Kevin Blackwood, Laynie Luck b Blair Onyx, Mike Outlaw b Camaro Jackson, Minoru Suzuki b Calvin Tankman (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Stand Alone Pro Wrestling on 10/9 in Lacey Township, NJ at the High School with a battle for the promotion and BWO name.  Alex Hammerstone and Anthony Greene are on the show.
  • Trey Miguel vs. Jonathan Gresham for the Warrior title and Aramis  vs. Rey Horus vs. Gringo Loco for the Lucha title headline for Warrior Wrestling on 10/16.  The show features an appearance by Bret Hart and a loaded show with Buddy Mathews, Davey Richards, Moose, Alex Shelley, Josh Alexander and Sam Adonis.
  • Minoru Fujita has been hospitalized so his challenge for DDT Universal champion Daisuke Sasaki scheduled for 10/12 at Korakuen Hall is being moved back.
  •  Pro Wrestling Epic from last night in Affton, IL:  Pisto Balderas b Arrow, Blake Steel b Dallas Taylor, Doug E. Best won Battle Royal, Johnathan Zulu b  Fletch Malone, Barackus &* Nasty Juan Sanchez & Santa Chiva b Johny Blade & Chucky Bates & Jesus de la Rosa,  Thom Latimer b Kendall Beck, PT Beckham b Tommy Davis, Berserker b Leone Mephisto, Jeff Gant b Benjamin Trust, Kamille won three-way over Allysin Kay and Melanie Cruise (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)

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