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SmackDown and 205 Live are tonight in Oakland. A.J. Styles vs. Baron Corbin for the U.S. title is scheduled for the show.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 9/11/2017: Is the WWE main roster ready for Asuka?

With her vacating the NXT Women's Championship and the storyline of both brands negotiating for her to join them, it appears that it won't be very long until Asuka arrives on the main roster. That segment with her relinquishing the title aired on NXT TV last week, with there having been no announcement of how the next champion will be decided. But whoever it is, whether it's someone currently in NXT or one of the Mae Young Classic finalists, they'll have a difficult time living up to the standard that Asuka set.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:September 18, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Vince McMahon returns to TV, Mae Young Classic finals, more

The return of Vince McMahon for an angle with Kevin Owens and the copying of the Okada-Shibata spot is the lead in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. This issue has a run through of the next few WWE PPV shows.

Look at the mechanics behind it, the double standard involved and the WWE's attempt to heat up the product as football season starts.

Read a full rundown of the Mae Young Classic finals including thoughts on all 32 competitors, who has signed, who is likely to be signed, and who isn't likely to be signed. Plus, look at business notes on the tournament, both on where the shows stood in WWE Network ratings and public interest as compared with the early weeks of the cruiserweight classic, as well as some very interesting notes about what caused the peaks of interest.

This issues has an update on the condition of Big Show, why Asuka is going to Raw, WWE headed to India, Mick Foley's knee replacement, Foley's next book, Ric Fair's next book, return of injured wrestler, market value of WWE, plus notes on the weekend NXT shows and the first show of the Raw overseas tour.

Coverage of UFC 215, what happened to Ray Borg, the judging of Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko, what Shevchenko did wrong, how close a fight it really was, plus business notes on the show and match-by-match coverage with poll results.

Check out New Japan's first big show since G-1 ended, the Destruction in Fukushima, and what went wrong, why it went wrong and the main event booking, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Details on the ratings for all the national shows over the past week, including a breakdown of who was watching all of the WWE shows, plus results of the major league arena events held all over the world this past week, as well as notes on the various TV shows.

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WON BACK ISSUE: August 28, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Hall of Fame issue

In our largest one year inclusion in history, seven new members were named to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in a balloting of performers, front office people, reports, historians and some well known wrestling experts. Four of the newcomers were voted on by the largest voting panel to date and three others were chosen largely by lobbying from historians providing research as to why they clearly belonged.

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  • Tonight’s SmackDown will feature Shane McMahon’s response to last week’s angle with Kevin Owens attacking Vince McMahon, AJ Styles will defend his United States Championship against Baron Corbin, Natalya hosting a “Celebration of Women” is advertised, and Jinder Mahal will continue his storyline with Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • 205 Live tonight has the final build to Neville vs. Enzo Amore at No Mercy and follow-up to Jack Gallagher’s heel turn from last week.
  • Dave Meltzer tweeted that the advance for SmackDown tonight isn’t strong.
  • The New Day defending their tag titles against The Usos is official for Hell in a Cell on October 8th.
  • After Paige posted a photo of the Performance Center on Instagram yesterday, ran an article teasing that she’s preparing for her comeback and could be returning to either Raw or SmackDown. She tweeted today that she’s feeling great after her second day at the PC.
  • Nikki Bella (and her partner Artem Chigvintsev) finished with the fourth highest score on last night’s Dancing With The Stars premiere. Their performance ended with Bella throwing Chigvintsev over her shoulder and pinning him.
  • Jessica Solt, Bobby Heenan’s daughter, spoke to the Tampa Bay Times for an obituary on her father. The article notes that Heenan died of organ failures that were brought on by his battle with cancer.
  • posted video of Kassius Ohno and Joe Coffey shaking hands after their match in ICW.
  • Charlotte and Ric Flair’s book “Second Nature” is out today. Bleacher Report ran a longform profile of Ric and Charlotte to promote the book.
  • IGN debuted the first gameplay trailer for WWE 2K18.
  • The South China Morning Post has an article on Tian Bing wanting to make pro wrestling famous in China.

Pro Wrestling

  • Ed Nordholm told the Ottawa Citizen that Impact Wrestling’s tagline is “Less Talk More Action.” The article states that the company hopes to get about 500 fans a night at the Aberdeen Pavilion for Bound for Glory and the subsequent TV tapings.
  • PWG announced that their next shows will be on October 20th and 21st as part of All Star Weekend 13. Ricochet tweeted that he won’t be at WrestleCircus’ first anniversary show on the 21st due to it conflicting with PWG.
  • PWG also uploaded the preview video for the DVD of the first night of this year’s Battle of Los Angeles.
  • WhatCulture announced today that several key staff members (Adam Blampied, Adam Pacitti, Ross Tweddell, Sam Driver, and Jack King) will be leaving the website to focus on other projects. Blampied was WhatCulture Pro Wrestling’s on-screen general manager and the promotion will reveal his replacement at their “Refuse to Lose” show on October 2nd.


Today in Professional Wrestling History: Rick Rude wins WCW International title


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