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Announced for Raw are  The Miz vs. Roman Reigns for the IC title and Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman. No John Cena or Brock Lesnar scheduled for the show for the next couple of weeks.

Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday, also in Denver. Cedric Alexander vs. Jack Gallagher was announced for 205 Live.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 9/25/2017: Recapping WWE No Mercy

While No Mercy may have been the biggest brand-exclusive pay-per-view that WWE has put on since the roster split, it was clear coming out of the show that the company's focus is on building to one future match. Whether it's at WrestleMania in New Orleans next year or at some point before then, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are on a collision course towards an inevitable meeting.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:WON Preview: October 2, 2017: WWE No Mercy reviewed, potential CTE test for the living, more

A look at why the top two matches at No Mercy went down the way they did, the small picture vs. the big picture, plus upcoming PPV thoughts and Vince McMahon’s vision is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

This issue talks about the Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman and John Cena vs. Roman Reigns match layouts and talks about why they went as they did. This issue also has a full review of the show, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

There is a story that can change all contact sports when it comes to career longevity and legal liabilities that will undoubtedly shorten careers, which is the ability to detect CTE in people while they are still alive.  

Have a look at the Flo Sports lawsuit against WWN and Evolve, what is likely behind it, what the suit says, what it means for the future of Flo Slam, what the goals of Flo Slam were, and what the lawsuit is really about.

Notes from a memo sent to Evolve talent regarding guidelines for the show and lots more that broke this past week on the story, in this issue.

Read more on the sale of the DDT promotion in Japan.

Check out the WWE's cease and desist order sent to the Young Bucks, the episode of “Being the Elite” that led to this happening, exactly what WWE is asking and what happened in the “DX Invasion” spoof.

Plus, more on Jeff Hardy's injury, the Kevin Owens head-butt of Vince McMahon, Starrcade in Greensboro, Daniel Bryan talks about opponents outside WWE, John Cena talks his future, a few new women looking at WWE, a gold medalist talks going to WWE, wrestlers returning from injuries, and the most watched shows on the WWE Network this past week.

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WON BACK ISSUE: September 4, 2000: Fantastic WWE Summerslam reviewed, big ECW weekend, more

As the bar raises once again, the question becomes when does the bar hit the breaking point. SummerSlam was a spectacular show, with a great main event storyline going in, and even with a little tweaking of the main event itself due to Kurt Angle's injury, a strong storyline paid off at the end while leaving the viewers still wanting more. But the match that stole the show was the tables, ladders and chairs match with Christian & Edge, The Dudleys and the Hardys.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio. We'll be covering Raw and the rest of the news and you can send questions to the show to

I want to send my best thoughts out again to those in Las Vegas and just what an absolute senseless attack that was, but also not to forget that there are millions in Puerto Rico right now still suffering at the same time. This has been such a terrible last couple of months for natural disasters. 

Saturday's UFC show will go on as scheduled. Dana White told Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the company would be donating $1 million to the families of the victims of the tragedy. Joe Rogan announced all ticket money from the comedy show he's doing Friday night will also be donated to the Las Vegas Victims fund. A ton of UFC fighters, and the vast majority of the office, live in Las Vegas. UFC sent out a memo very late last night asking everyone to contact them in case some of the staff may have been on the site of the shooting. 

Arda Ocal, who was formerly an announcer in WWE, I was told was at the site but is okay.

We have an audio show up with Jim Ross on the site today. We tried to bring up different subjects than most on it. Ross' autobiography, "Slobberknocker," will be released tomorrow, covering his life up through 1999.

Raw tonight will feature another segment with Enzo and the cruiserweights. The NFL game head-to-head is the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Redskins.

Billy Corgan has now officially taken over ownership of the NWA. He did an interview with Sports Illustrated talking about ideas he has for the future and how he and Ed Nordholm of Impact have been having regular conversations.


  • John Cena will be in Los Angeles for the "Dancing with the Stars" tonight with Nikki Bella performing.
  • Both Dean Ambrose and Renee Young had already left Las Vegas for Denver tonight so were not in Las Vegas last night when the shootings took place. 
  • An interview with Charlotte Flair about her book written with her father is here.
  • An article on Mick Foley making a donation to answer letters to Santa, and reading/signing new book in Santa Claus, IN is here. (thanks to Jim Lemond)


  • Rafael Natal announced on the MMA Hour today that he was retiring form MMA.
  • UFC has announced Kalindra Faria vs. Mara Romero Borella as a women's fight on the PPV card on Saturday.
  • I was just told that because of what happened last night, the secondary market price for Saturday's UFC show has plummeted.


  • Championship Wrestling from Hollywood will debut on Saturday at 7 a.m. on 110 new CW Plus affiliates. These are mostly smaller market stations, as well as Tuff TV and Fite TV.
  • A match with new IWGP tag team champions the Killer Elite Squad, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr., against former champions War Machine, Ray Rowe & Hanson, was announced for the 10/13 ROH shows in Pittsburgh. The title won't be at stake in this match.
  • The Guardian has a story on brain damage and Muhammad Ali noting there is evidence he had it earlier than anyone has pegged it.
  • Defy Wrestling out of Washington has sent a letter to the former What Culture promotion which is changing its name to Defiant Wrestling. Matt Farmer of Defy Wrestling said they have trademarks on both Defy Wrestling and Defyance Wrestling and have asked them to reconsider using that name.
  • John Cena Sr. will interview Gary Cappetta this coming Friday night for his television/on-line series "Memories and Legends," with a free taping at the MWF Studios at 360 Main St., which is open to the public.
  • Price of Glory Wrestling from Saturday night in Coldwater, MI: Max Morrison & Alexander Beardslee & Robbie Keto b Jimmy Shalwin & Jack Verville & Mr. Nifty, Jack Thriller b Fabuzio, Noah Lott b Dollar, Joseph Schwartz & Zodiac b Blake Acumen & Matt Hagen, Devils Right Hand b Tony Thunder, Sean Tyler & Kidd Rude & Miss Angel b Rod Street & Officer #3 & Eva Lonis, Kongo Kong b Robbie E, Louis Lyndon b Bam-DQ (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • Aung La N Sang of Myanmar, the One middleweight champion, takes on kickboxing champion Alain Ngalani in the main event for a One show on 11/3 show in Yangon, Mayanmar.
  • Mucha Lucha Atlanta on 10/8 in Norcross, GA has Caristico vs. Rush vs. Mecha Wolf (Mr. 450) plus AR Fox vs. Rey Hours and Joey Lynch vs. Anthony Henry vs. Jeff Cobb.
  • ECCW has an eight-team tournament on 10/14 at Vancouver, BC at the Russian Community Centre. 90s star from Japan, Dr. Luther (Len St. Clair) is on the show.
  • Bodyslam Pro Wrestling from Aarhus, Denmark from Saturday night: Peter Olisadner b Shooter Schjotler, Chuck Cyrus b Emeritus, Panzer Division Sweden b Rayo Blanco & Timmy Force, Sixt b Voodoo Queen Amarah, Michael Fynne b Tank in a TLC match. The next show is 10/22 in Kolding, Denmark with Alexander James of CZW. (thanks to Kristian Buus Nielsen)
  • Alpha 1 Wrestling from yesterday in Oshawa, ONT: Kobe Durst b Colt Cabana, Jade Chung b Beautiful Beaa, Curt Stallion b Mark Wheeler, Steve Brown b Jesse Amato, PB Smooth & MJF b Dominic Garrini & Joey Janela, Shane Sabre won eight-way over Gregory Iron, Jim Nye, Dan Rockingham, Adams, Shane Sabre and Space Monkey, Josh Alexander b Rickey Shane Page, Ethan Page & Cody Rhodes b Besties i the World. Next show is 11/26 in Hamilton, ONT.
  • MLW announced Totino's at the official sponsor for Thursday night's show at GILT Nightclub in Orlando. The show will air as an iPPV three days after with the return of Tony Schiavone as an announcer, working with Rich Bocchini (Rich Brennan inn WWE). The card has Ricochet vs. Shane Strickland (who was in the incredible match with AR Fox this past week on Lucha Underground), MVP vs. Sami Callihan, Jeff Cobb vs. Tom Lawlor, Santana Garrett vs. Mia Yim, Jason Cade vs. Darby Allin, Jimmy Yuta vs. MFJ, Martin Stone vs. ?, plus matches with former UFC fighter and WWE coach Seth Petruzelli, Mike Parrow and Barrington Hughes.
  • Pro wrestling returns to the Cobo Center in Detroit on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a cage match with Abyss & Crazzy Steve vs. DBA & Malcol Monroe III, a three-way ladder match for the Midwest title with Gavin Quinn defending against Rockstar Spud and Hakim Zane, Mia Yim vs. Mercedes Martinez, Al Snow vs. Shane Douglas, Zach Gowen vs. Kongo Kong, Pepper Jack vs. Kid Canuckin a minis match, Jimi V vs Mark Gjoka, Joe Coleman vs. Mahabali Shera and Buff Bagwell & Jaimy Coxxx & Eddie Venom & Movado vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine & Cody Deaner and a mystery partner. There will also be a convention from Noon to 6 p.m. with a number of former stars of the Big Time Wrestling era, including Domenic DeNucci and Thunderbolt Patterson, plus Jim Cornette and Santino Marella. 
  • MCW on Saturday night from Joppa, MD: Joey Matthews won Battle Royal to get a title shot at any time he pleased, Shaun Cannon & Drake Carter b Sexy Steve & Jimmy Starz, Joe Keys b Anthony Henry, Ken Dixon b Ryan McBride, Greg Excellent won three-way over Dante Cabellero and Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Brittany Blake won three-way over Madison Rayne and Rosemary, Dirty Money b Eric Shapel, Paul Jordane & Bill Collier b Team Espana, Bruiser b Shawn Studd in a stairway to hell match to win the MCW title, Joey Matthews b Bruiser to win the MCW title.
  • Craig Mann is doing a charity donation to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico.
  • An interview with me is here.
  • Chael Sonnen talks Kyle Snyder and Sadulaev.
  • Bruno Sammartino is mentioned in this article on Bruno Mars.

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