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Daily Update: Raw tonight, CMLL Anniversary show, All In


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We're also doing weekend polls on NXT Takeover and SummerSlam so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to

We're also looking for reports on tonight's Raw show in Brooklyn with Main Event matches or anything else not on the live TV show, as well as reports from the Smackdown house show in Atlantic City to We're also looking for reports from the ROH show in Doncaster, England.

Smackdown and 205 Live take place Tuesday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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 20, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Death of Jim Neidhart, ROH/NJPW sell out MSG

We've got a ton of news and analysis on why the next nine months will be so interesting in pro wrestling in the new double-issue of the Observer.

Look at the ROH/NJPW Madison Square Garden sellout and its ramifications. Look at how tickets went, how many were bought by ticket brokers, and how this compares money wise to the biggest non-WWE shows in North America,

Take an extensive look at the life and career of Jim Neidhart. Look back at Neidhart before pro wrestling as a world class shot putter, how he got his start in pro wrestling, and who talked him into trying pro wrestling, his attempts to play in the NFL,

There is an extensive look at the final three days of the G-1 Climax tournament. 

Also look at SummerSlam and NXT Takeover, with a look at the two shows, ticket sales and why Takeover looks to be such a strong event.

Examine the Colt Cabana lawsuit against C.M. Punk, and who saw that one coming.

Updated Rey Mysterio Jr. and WWE notes, the future of Matt Hardy, first match official in the women's evolution PPV, wrestlers who are learning the production side, details on a lot of new WWE injuries, and matches advertised for 1,000th Smackdown,

Also look at Jeff Jarrett's lawsuit against Anthem Entertainment.

Take in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them.

Read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering SummerSlam and the rest of the weekend news with Wrestling Observer Radio. You can send questions to the show to

The expectation this morning was a crowd of about 12,000 for Raw tonight. That's above usual, but would be slightly shy of a sellout. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler is set for tonight, and Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Ronda Rousey and HHH are all scheduled.

Actually pretty quiet coming off SummerSlam. A few guys were obviously busted up, but it didn't appear there were any serious injuries.

Steve Musulin, who wrestled under his real name as well as Steve Travis from 1977 to 1984, including two tours of the WWF, passed away on 8/10 after a lengthy illness at the age of 67. We talked about his death on last night's show and there will be a story on him in Wednesday's issue.

CMLL will be announcing its Anniversary show on Wednesday. The long pushed L.A. Park vs. Rush mask vs. hair match looks to be off. It's been rumored off for weeks even though both were pushing it the last time Park was at Arena Mexico, and he's booked there again on Friday. Rush & Cavernario vs. Volador Jr. & Matt Taven in some form of hair match was teased in challenges on Friday. They did a brawl on Friday with Volador and Rush, with Volador wanting a match. Rush asked the crowd if they wanted him to face Volador or L.A. Park, figuring the brawl would make them say Volador and that would be the way out of it. Except, the live crowd wanted Park. Oh well, not everything works as well as WWE's idea for Reigns and Lesnar last night. 

There was a lot of talk regarding Penta 0M and Rey Fenix this weekend. They were scheduled for Friday night's APW show in Daly City, CA. This was after Fenix took that booking instead of a high-profile match at Arena Mexico that same night. Fenix contacted the promotion during the day and said he was having flight problems and his flight was canceled but he was looking to get a new flight. Eventually he didn't make it. Penta 0M said he suffered a back injury on Thursday night. Penta was also supposed to wrestle Saturday night for Pro Wrestling Revolution. He wasn't there either, citing the back injury. Both did wrestle on a show last night in Mexico. APW was able to get Ultimo Dragon at the last minute for one replacement. Penta told the promoters he will reset the date.

Cody did an interview about All In, and when asked about C.M. Punk, said Matt Jackson asked him to do the show but was turned down. There is also a new video promoting the event.


  • Natalya on last night and being in the ring with Ronda Rousey last night: "I needed tonight so much. I love my friends at work. I love New York. I love how you've all been so wonderful to me this last week more than I could have ever imagined. And I'm looking forward to a fresh start tomorrow."
  • Paul Levesque announced new NXT shows for 10/11 in St. Charles, MO, right outside St. Louis, 10/12 in Southaven, MS, right outside Memphis and 10/13 in Owensboro, KY.


  • The funeral for former wrestling and Roller Derby television announcer Walt Harris will be this coming Monday, 8/27, at the Queen of Heaven Funeral Home at 1965 Reliez Road in Lafayette, CA 94549 from 10 a.m. to Noon. You can call 925-932-0900 for more info. All wrestling and Roller Derby fans are welcome.
  • One Fall Power Factory will be hosting the first American Dream Scholarship Super Camp at the Canton Village Shopping Center with two days of classes plus a live event on 8/26 with eight matches. Cody and Brandi Rhodes are putting this on with a coaching staff of Les Thatcher, Tom Prichard and Kevin Kelly. There will be two rings to train in and the coaches will decide on four men and four women in a tournament on the live event and in the end there will be one male winner and one female winner of the American Dream scholarship.
  • Pro Wrestling Mid South from Saturday night in Dyresburg, TN: Jeffro Wilson b The Wonderboy, Greg Anthony b Brandon Ray, Sharknado b Trent Ware, Dale Wylde b Addison Caime, Jeff Cobb b Matt Riviera-DQ.
  • Low Ki vs. Jonah Rock has been announced for NHPW in Australia on 11/30. It will be an MLW title match if Low Ki is still champion on that date.
  • Abyss was announced as the fifth member of Sami Callihan's team on the 9/6 MLW War Games show in Fort Lauderdale. The two teams in War Games are John Morrison & Tommy Dreamer & Kotto Brazil & Barrington Hughes & Shane Strickland vs. Callihan & Jimmy Havoc & Abyss & The Death Machines.
  • Dann Lennard, an Australian historian who noted that the recent Will Ospreay vs. Robbie Eagles match was one of the best matches he's ever seen, when talking about Ospreay vs. Slex on Melbourne Championship Wrestling's 100th show on Saturday, said, "the best bout I've seen since Ospreay vs. Robbie Eagles last week." But he seriously said that you should go out of your way to see it when it goes on-line. He also said that Tetsuya Naito went all out, even one week after G-1, in the main event with Jonah Rock.
  • Best in the West has an iPPV on 8/25 in Santa Cruz, CA at the Veterans Memorial Building at 5 p.m. Pacific time with Kenny K vs. Kadin Anthony vs. Matt Cross, Niko & Wiseguy vs. Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro, Chris Masters vs. Bison Braddock, and Funnybone vs. Sinn Bodhi vs. JR Kratos.
  • Blackcraft Wrestling has its debut iPPV on Friday night from Pittsburgh. Among the matches are Pittsburgh's Britt Baker vs. Saraya Knight, Taya Valkyrie vs. Isla Dawn vs. Samantha Heights, PCO vs. Chris Dicksinson and the main event is a no DQ match to crown their first champion with Johnny Blackcraft (John Hennigan) vs. Brody King vs. Jimmy Havoc.
  • Superkick'd on 9/21 in Toronto at The Great Hall at the Longboat Mall.
  • CIPW on 9/29 in Kitchener, ONT at the CBPW Academy with a taping for
  • MCW on 9/29 at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD plus 10/6 in Galena, MD at the Volunteer Fire Company and 11/9 back at the MCW Arena.

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