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WWE has the Raw house show in Des Moines and SmackDown in Cedar Falls, IA. We're looking for reports to

Raw will be Monday night from Omaha with The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy for the IC title. There is also a SmackDown house show in Rochester, MN.

SmackDown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday in Sioux Falls, IA with Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Randy Orton in the main event for the top contendership for the WWE title.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 8/28/2017: Mayweather vs. McGregor lives up to the spectacle

Conor McGregor may not have defeated Floyd Mayweather last Saturday night, but a similarly impossible upset did happen - the superfight delivered on almost every level. It seemed like that had no chance of happening going into the night. Spectacles in sports rarely do meet the hype going into them; it's almost impossible for them to. Mayweather vs. McGregor in particular appeared destined to leave audiences unsatisfied..

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: September 4, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: McGregor vs. Mayweather, Dr. Wagner Jr. unmasks, more

A look at Mayweather vs. McGregor, and when happens next, is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer. Read about the week that had two matches of the century and one match of the decade all within 15 hours.

Look at the fight, the judging, the realities of how McGregor and Mayweather each fought, the future of McGregor and tons of different business numbers and indicators. Check out the problems people had in viewing the show, the gambling, TV numbers and head-to-head competition.

This issue has a major feature on TripleMania, both the Dr. Wagner mask loss and the incident with Sexy Star and Rosemary. Look at the business of the show and the amazing television numbers, go through the Sexy Star match and what happened to lead to what happened, comments from many in wrestling, explanations, as best as there are, the background as to why things fell apart, how much Wagner earned for losing his mask, how much Wagner and L.A. Park were offering to lose their mask to local promoters, and the famous story of what was supposed to be the debut of Dr. Wagner Jr., in a tag team match with his father, and why the two never teamed up.

Read about the situation with Ric Flair.

This issue has a run down of the big What Culture shows of the past week with some of the top talent in the world, including the YouTube business, Will Ospreay vs. Rey Mysterio, and more.

Examine the WWE injury bug and some of the reasons the injury rate is so high, get a run down the latest injuries, thoughts on the schedule, Nikki Bella on two TV shows at the same time, Asuka's future, The Cena/Reigns promo, Sami Zayn fund raising efforts, thoughts on the Mae Young Classic, new show for Cena, update on Ciampa, woman referee, Nakamura talks about his UFC offer, Jericho talks his role in the Styles vs. Owens situation, most-watched shows on the WWE network for the week and full coverage of all the WWE and NXT arena events over the past week and business notes.

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WON BACK ISSUE: August 7, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Gordon Solie passes away, Owen Hart lawsuit developments, more

Gordon Solie, an icon figure of this industry who announced more pro wrestling matches on television than any man who ever lived, passed away from brain cancer officially on 7/28 at the age of 71. Solie was found that morning by his family, and it is being listed as the date of his death. It is believed his death may have taken place as early as late Wednesday night, as nobody heard from him on Thursday, and the house was exactly the same on Friday morning as it was on Wednesday night, when his daughter was over for dinner.

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(By Joseph Currier and Bryan Rose)

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  • Though she’s gotten some support online to take over the vacant position on the SmackDown announce team after JBL’s departure, Renee Young tweeted: “While I truly appreciate all of the support on this, I would just like to remind everyone that I was never very good at commentary for NXT”
  • The next four episodes of the Mae Young Classic will be uploaded on the WWE Network tomorrow. Those episodes will include the second round, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches and will set things up for the live final on the WWE Network on September 12th after SmackDown.
  • The Times of India has an article on MYC participant Kavita Devi.
  • Safe Horizon shared Charlotte Flair’s story of overcoming domestic violence that she wrote about in her upcoming book.
  • In an interesting title stat, The Miz is approaching a combined 444 days as WWE Intercontinental Champion through his seven reigns with the title. He surpassed Tito Santana’s 443 days and will surpass Honky Tonk Man’s record of 454 this week. Pedro Morales currently holds the record with 619 days.
  • Carmella tweeted that her and Big Cass have bought their own house.
  • Kurt Angle spoke to the Miami Herald about his return to WWE, his favorite wrestlers on the roster, and his storyline with Jason Jordan.

Pro Wrestling

  • Dave Meltzer on last night’s Wrestling Observer Radio mentioned that both Matt Riddle and Jeff Cobb are heading to New Japan for an upcoming tour. There doesn’t seem to be any specifics as to how they will be used or when they will arrive, but it is possible that they could be one of many teams participating in the World Tag League this December. Riddle and Cobb have teamed on the indies as The Chosen Bros.
  • PWG finishes off the Battle of Los Angeles tonight with the remainder of the weekend-long tournament. Still alive are Dezmond Xavier, Marty Scurll, Rey Fenix, Penta 0M, Zack Sabre Jr., Ricochet, Donovan Dijak, Sammy Guevara, Travis Banks, Jeff Cobb, Matt Riddle, and Keith Lee. The next tournament matches won’t be known until they happen, with a triple threat elimination match set to decide the winner.
  • Though Dave Meltzer called BOLA night two one of the best shows in PWG history, things were marred a bit in the main event when the ring broke shortly after it started.
  • The team of Pete Dunne, Trent Seven & Tyler Bate won CHIKARA’s annual King of Trios tournament last night in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. They defeated Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako & Cassandra Miyagi in the finals.
  • HoHo Lun announced that he can now start taking bookings worldwide.
  • The PAX Rumble was held this weekend at PAX West, featuring an intro from Kenny Omega.


  • Regarding their fight last night in Rotterdam, Alexander Volkov mentioned in the post-fight conference that with all the eye pokes caused by Stefan Struve, he didn’t think Struve fought all that fairly.
  • Demetrius Johnson had strong words for Ray Borg following some pretty confident words from the challenger.
  • Jose Aldo is willing to face anyone at UFC 217 and called it a dream to fight at Madison Square Garden.
  • FloCombat interviewed Tony Ferguson about his next fight against Kevin Lee.

Today in Professional Wrestling History: DiBiase & Hansen win AJPW tag titles


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