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Daily Update: Renee Young, Bret Hart, All In attendance


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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Reigns and Rousey win big at WWE Summerslam

WWE closed SummerSlam 2018 with the two faces of the company holding their respective titles. In matches that went over relatively well -- or in the case of the main event, at least averted what appeared to be certain disaster -- Roman Reigns won the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey captured the Raw Women's title on Sunday. Over three years after the Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar saga started, it ended pretty anticlimactically. 

WON NEWSLETTER: September 3, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All In preview, more

One of the most unique pro wrestling events of all-time, All In, is looked at as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Find out about the different venues considered for the show and why they didn't happen, why the show would have been a success without selling 10,000 tickets, and Bullet Club T-shirt sale numbers.

Read about the WWE and Saudi Arabia with tentative plans for a return show.

This issue runs down Hell in a Cell.

Read full coverage of TripleMania.

Find out about a major front office shakeup in WWE, SummerSlam in Toronto and the craziest big show weekend perhaps in history, why WWE stock continues to rise in value, more on Neville's release, who in WWE should leave, and Evolution ticket sales.

Also look at the horrible cancer stories within the pro wrestling and MMA industry over the past week, including the death of Ed Cohen and Aya Koyama and the cancer battles of Kid Yamamoto and Akira Taue, with details on what happened with Taue. 

Look at the most recent UFC show, with business notes and match-by-match coverage.

This issue has a feature on Steve Musulin, better known as Steve Travis.

Read an update on the clearance levels of all the major channels that have wrestling and MMA programming in the U.S.

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  • The build to Hell in a Cell continues on tonight’s SmackDown from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Usos vs. SAnitY vs. Rusev & Aiden English is the only match announced for the show, with the winners advancing to face Cesaro & Sheamus in a number one contender’s match next week. The team that wins that will challenge for The New Day’s Tag Team titles at Hell in a Cell. AJ Styles and Samoa Joe’s feud will continue, as will Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch’s. Charlotte vs. Lynch should be announced for Hell in a Cell imminently, and they’ve teased it being a HIAC match.
  • Before SmackDown, WWE uploaded a video of The Miz and Maryse in the empty arena cutting a promo and challenging Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella to come punch them in the face. When they didn’t, Miz and Maryse said Bryan and Brie are afraid of them.
  • A confrontation between Cedric Alexander and Drew Gulak and Gran Metalik vs. Tony Nese are set for tonight’s 205 Live.
  • Bret Hart published an emotional tribute to Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart today. The following is a portion of it: “I'm sorry for taking so long in making a statement about the recent passing of my longtime friend and companion Jim "Anvil" Neidhart. No loss has ever dimmed the light in my heart as this one. I loved Jim as more than a brother. He was a one-of-kind character. The most beautiful thing about Jim was how on the longest days and in the most miserable times, he could always make you laugh. He'll always be the "Anvil", the big rhino, the tank. He was the best friend I ever had and I owe him for everything good that ever came my way as a pro wrestler. Jim didn't need me so much as I needed him. We had always been close friends from the first time we met in Stampede Wrestling. We never fought or argued about anything and we were always in agreement. Aside from being my loyal friend, tag team partner, and brother-in-law, I can say Jim helped me keep my sanity during our numerous dark and lonely times. He was such a hilarious friend. Thank you Jim for a lifetime of happy and great memories.”
  • After making her Raw commentary debut last month, Renee Young again filled in for Jonathan Coachman and called this week’s show with Michael Cole and Corey Graves. Coachman had obligations with his job as the host of The World Long Drive Association on the Golf Channel. Young wrote about doing commentary for the show: “I got to call Raw again and the Undertaker showed up!!! To call out Shawn Michaels!!! What is this life?! Thanks for letting me sit at the cool table @michaelcole and @wwegraves”
  • 205 Live GM Drake Maverick was paired with The Authors of Pain last night as their new manager. Despite AOP being heels and Maverick being a face on 205 Live, It was indicated that he’ll still be GM going forward.
  • Drew Gulak paid tribute to former CZW wrestler Nate Hatred, who passed away over the weekend in a car accident, by writing “Hatred” on his wrist tape last night.
  • After her segment with Elias on Raw where she insulted her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Alexa Bliss tweeted: “Jk Columbus you know I love ya”
  • Ratings are delayed this week since Monday was Labor Day in the United States.
  • Today is Xavier Woods’ 32nd birthday.
  • National Geographic featured Mustafa Ali as someone who is breaking stereotypes of South Asian-Americans.

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