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Raw is in Baltimore. The crew will leave Baltimore right after Raw so there is no chance this week for a Raw invasion of Smackdown. There is also a Smackdown house show in Raleigh.

We're still looking for reports from the Thursday NXT show in Spencer, IA, as well as from Baltimore tonight for Raw with the Main Event matches and dark matches and anything else not on the live show, as well as reports from the Smackdown house show in Raleigh tonight to

Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday from Norfolk.  Matches announced for Smackdown are Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode 2/3 falls and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens both in matches to determine who gets on the Smackdown Survivor Series team.

The Raw European tour opens on Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 10/23/2017: Recapping WWE's unusual TLC PPV

Making the most of a bad situation, Sunday night's TLC pay-per-view provided a fun ending for what must have been a rough week for WWE. Two wrestlers (Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt) being pulled from a PPV due to a viral infection just days before the show is always a bad situation. But TLC being built almost solely around the in-ring reunion of The Shield made the timing especially awful. Having a mediocre PPV is forgivable in the Network era, but WWE knew that they had to give ticket holders worthy replacements.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:October 30, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE TLC reviewed, Survivor Series lineup, plus tons of news

The story behind the illnesses to WWE stars and how the plans went down for Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles to be on TLC, as well as the current Survivor Series card, ideas on huge name additions to the show, and an update on the health status of the wrestlers is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. 

Look at the TLC show, with match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings. Get the update on the health issues with the missing talent, the story behind HHH working a house show this week, the story behind Balor vs. Styles, previous Balor vs. Styles history, booking that makes no sense at all, and a look at Survivor Series plans.

This issue has an early word on what will be one of the biggest stories of the next year, which are the UFC television negotiations. Also, look at how this is also a huge story for WWE because of all the similarities but WWE talks come one year later.

Inside, there is an update with the WWE television situation as far as the proposed U.K. show, update on Ronda Rousey in WWE and where things stand, update on ideas for new WWE television shows, the WWE vs. ROH head-to-head in San Antonio heats up, Shawn Michaels challenges Johnny Gargano, Jimmy Jacobs talks his firing, lots of news about WrestleMania VIP packages, more on steroids in wrestling and health effects, an update on Nia Jax, the story behind why John Cena never went heel, WWE makes an investment, McGregor and WWE, Nikki Bella update, notes on a trainee that a lot of people are talking about, and most watched shows on the WWE Network.

Read the notes on all of the WWE and NXT events over the past week including business highlights and highlights from the shows.

There is also a feature on former Central States television announcer Bill Kersten, who passed away, as well as Stan "Big K" Kowalski, a Midwest star who passed away.

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WON BACK ISSUE: October 1, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Disappointing WCW ratings, WWF Unforgiven reviewed, more

Whatever changes in the landscape temporarily that would result from the WWF going to a lower rated network appear to have been overstated. It was thought that this would be the week for WCW to capitalize, as viewers, used to WWF on Monday nights, would switch to WCW when finding other programming on the USA Network. Even though, due to the court decision coming in late and Viacom not getting nearly the amount of publicity they had planned to hype the debut of Raw,

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, New Japan, Live Audio Wrestling news, Survivor Series news, as well as taking you questions that you can send

I'd like to make mention of Mick Foley's fundraiser to benefit Puerto Rico. I believe the auction on a number of items ends today. A lot of wrestlers have donated items.

The NFL game tonight pits the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos. No baseball tonight. After last night, that would have driven Raw to its lowest numbers since June.

Very sorry to report that Live Audio Wrestling has been canceled and John Pollock and Jason Agnew were let go by The Fight Network. It's sad that the Impact acquisition has devastated Anthem's television network, first losing Robin Black and now Pollock, who is the total real deal as a reporter. I've been doing that show every weekend for 19 years and have enjoyed it greatly. John, Jason and Dan Lovranski have been great to work with and I wish the best to all of them.     

In the Super Juniors tag team tournament earlier today, Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH beat Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado and Yoh & Sho beat Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi to advance to the finals which take place on Sunday's Power Struggle show in Osaka.


  • Regarding rumors of Detroit hosting WrestleMania 35 in 2019, the Detroit Sports Commission, which would be in charge of such a bid, admitted they had made failed bids for 2017 and 2018, but claimed they did not submit a bid for 2019. 
  • The new season of Total Divas opens on Wednesday night.
  • Paul Levesque announced NXT shows on 12/14 in Birmingham, 12/15 in Memphis and 12/16 in Little Rock. 


  • Madison Square Garden sent out a mailer offering 25 percent off selected remaining tickets for Saturday night's UFC 217 show in Madison Square Garden headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre.


  • Keith Lee vs. Walter for the WWN title was announced as the main event for Evolve on 12/9 in Queens, NY.
  • Esfinge and Rey Cometa will be appearing on the ROH shows on 11/17 in San Antonio and 11/18 in Dallas.
  • MVP was announced for the 12/7 MLW show at Gilt Nightclub in Orlando.
  • Progress 56 from last night in London, UK: Omari & Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis b Alex Cupid & Dillon D'Angelo & Conor Mills, Strangler Davis b Timothy Thatcher, Zack Gibson & James Drake b Chris Brookes & Jimmy Havoc, Walter b Wolfgang to retain the Atlas title, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven b David  Starr & Jack Sexsmith, Toni Storm b Charli Evans to keep the women's title, Travis Banks b Keith Lee to retain the Progress title. Mark Haskins turned on Starr & Sexsmith after their match. They return on 11/28 at the Electric Ballroom in London. They also run 11/12 in Manchester. (thanks to Noel Rattigan)
  • A World Fighting League kickboxing show from Holland that aired on Spike in The Netherlands did 121,000 viewers for a show headlined by Remy Bonjasky vs. Melvin Manhoef.  
  • The main event peaked at 240,000 viewers. Those are great numbers for Holland. Marloes Coenen and Semmy Schilt were on the commentary team, as was Ernesto Hoost. The show was in Almere, Holland with about 3,000 fans. (thanks to Henk Mulder)
  • United Pro Wrestling and Ultimate Championship Wrestling have a Toys for Tots show on 12/9 in Bowling Green, KY at the National Guard Armory. Tickets are $8 if you bring a new unwrapped toy for donations.
  • NWL from last night in Springfield, MO: Leo Howlette b Thor Theriot, Gary Jay b Shane Sanders, Dak Draper b Jet Royal to keep the KC title, Mike Outlaw b Buddy Shepherd, Carolina b Marti Belle, Maverick b Anthony Gutierrez to win the NWL St. Louis title, Jack Foster & Ray Briggs & Flex Zebra b Ace Steel & Jeremy Wyatt & Michael Strider. (thanks to Brian Hoops)
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling from yesterday in St. Louis: Jackal b Tony Esteem, Viktor Van Stein & Xavier Shadowz b Keon Option & Justin D'Air, Brandon Aarons b Jaden Roller, Savanna Stone b Rahne Victoria, Roy Lewis b The Snitch, Brandon Espinosa b Justin D'Air. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Overcome on 12/18 in Hamilton, ONT at the Lincoln Alexander Centre at 4 p.m. headlined by Foxx Vinyer vs Josh Alexander vs Ryan Swift in a benefit show for Men's Shelters and Addiction Services. 
  • NLW on 1/27 in Hamilton, ONT at Christopher's Banquet Hall.
  • C4 on 11/24 and 11/25 in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club. 
  • Smash Wrestling on 11/10 in Cobourg, ONT at the Community Centre in a show to raise money for awareness of mental illness as well as alcohol and substance abuse in sports.
  • Hamilton Pro Wrestling on 11/18 at the Christopher Banquet Hall.
  • Great North Wrestling on 11/5 in Rockland, ONT at the Jean Marc Lalonde Arena with Hannibal vs. Savio Vega and a Battle Royal that includes Pierre Carl Ouellet plus Wes Brisco.
  • A school teacher was on Let's Make a Deal today dressed up as Dr. Wagner   

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