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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Brock Lesnar returns at Hell in a Cell

After losing the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, it took less than a month for Brock Lesnar to resurface in WWE. Lesnar didn't just get involved in the main event of Sunday night's pay-per-view -- the finish of the show was entirely built around his appearance. Roman Reigns speared Braun Strowman through a table, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose came out to fight on the outside, and Lesnar caused the Hell in a Cell match to end in a no contest.

WON NEWSLETTER: September 24, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Jon Jones set to return, more

The lead story runs down the Jon Jones situation in detail, his test failure, the campaign of attempted misinformation designed to fool the public, the tragedy of all this, and how this affects Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier.

Read a feature on the life and career of Noricum "Kid" Yamamoto, who passed away last week.

Find out about Shawn Michaels' planned return to ring action, what his proposed match is, the angle to set it up, the building of the angle, moves being made by WWE, and details behind the return of Brock Lesnar.

Go in-depth on the WWE concussion lawsuits being thrown out. Read about why, the big problems with the suits, as well as the big problem on the flip side of how the statute of limitations was being applied. 

Get the update on the Rey Mysterio's situation, the changes to 205 no longer being live, update on Alexa Bliss and Jeff Hardy when it comes to appearing on live shows, book coming out on the career of former WWE star, WWE hires new head of legal, notes on Starrcade 18, and Rousey vs. Cyborg rumor notes.

We've also got full coverage of the CMLL Anniversary show, with match-by-match coverage, star ratings as well as a chart on what wrestlers have headlined the most anniversary shows in history.

Get full coverage of this year's Battle of Los Angeles tournament, with a look at every match from all three days of what was some of the best wrestling shows that will be held anywhere in the world this year.

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  • Asuka & Naomi vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville has been added to the lineup for tonight’s SmackDown in Denver, Colorado. A contract signing for AJ Styles and Samoa Joe’s no disqualification, no countout match for the WWE Championship at Super Show-Down is also set, and Big E will face Sheamus tonight.
  • Bobby Lashley & Mickie James vs. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox and The Miz & Asuka vs. R-Truth & Carmella are tonight’s Mixed Match Challenge matches.
  • WWE stock was up again today, closing at $94.05 per share. That’s up 1.71 percent on the day and gives the company a $7.33 billion market capitalization.
  • Big Show will play a recurring character named “Big Pink” on SyFy’s “Happy.”
  • WWE noted that Kofi Kingston has set a record for the most cumulative days as Tag Team Champion in his career. Kingston has held a version of the titles for 954 days, surpassing Billy Gunn.
  • Carmella spoke to TV Insider about teaming with R-Truth on Mixed Match Challenge: “I’m game to have a good time and play a character and know my role. Whether it was being a manager for Enzo and Big Cass in NXT and then with James Ellsworth and now with R-Truth. It’s cool to show different sides of myself and my character. I feel like not that many people get to do that. They sort of stay the same their entire career, but I totally am open to all aspects of Carmella.”
  • Zack Ryder & No Way Jose defeated Mike Kanellis & Mojo Rawley and Apollo Crews defeated Tyler Breeze on last night’s Main Event tapings.
  • Becky Lynch appeared on this week’s episode of Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia.

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