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F4W NEWSLETTER: NXT's USA Network era starts strong Joseph Currier gives his thoughts on NXT's live premiere. Plus, Vinny's TV reviews.

NXT took advantage of their head start over AEW by hitting a home run with last week's live premiere.

It wasn't surprising that NXT's first live episode was good -- it would have been pretty shocking if it wasn't. Even if there have been occasional peaks and valleys, NXT has always been a good show. Triple H and his team know what they're doing and the roster is stacked with talent. But NXT was able to pass one of their most important tests: creating a show that feels must-see and different from what they were already offering viewers.

It's become clear that NXT is going to be a place that features all of WWE's non-main roster sub-brands. In addition to the regular NXT talent on display, the show featured an appearance by WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER and his Imperium stablemates. There was also a Cruiserweight Championship number one contender's match, with Lio Rush making his return and defeating Oney Lorcan.

Due to the final episodes of the USA Network series "Suits," the first two live editions of NXT are being split across USA and the WWE Network. Last week's USA Network hour featured a really good fatal four-way number one contender's match that saw Candice LeRae defeat Mia Yim, Bianca Belair, and Io Shirai to become NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler's next challenger. Cameron Grimes squashed Sean Maluta, and Roderick Strong became the new NXT North American Champion by defeating Velveteen Dream. The first NXT broadcast of the USA Network era ended with every member of Undisputed Era holding a title.

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WON NEWSLETTER: NXT debut on USA, Clash of Champions reviewed

NXT debuted on the USA Network and we look at the good and the bad of the first broadcast, plus have coverage of a number of major weekend shows and stories behind the scenes at all of them, and extensive details on New Japan's business plans going forward as some of the lead items in the new issue of the Observer.

We look at the changing TV landscape, NXT numbers, problems with the web site, the two big TV bouts, all the things promoted for the future, and what happened at the show.

We also have a full report on Clash of Champions, with a look at the business notes, the Hell in a Cell show, a major item going forward on ticket sales throughout U.S. wrestling, PPV estimates, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We look at the changes at AXS TV and how it affects wrestling going forward, as well as MMA.

We also look at tons of changes happening in WWE in October, FOX's plans for promoting Smackdown, Smackdown on the West Coast, Paul Levesque talks changes in NXT, what When Worlds Collide will be, Takeover changes, value of NXT to WWE business going forward, FS 1 studios show update, Smackdown going overseas, Kacy Catanzaro, Royal Rumble notes, Ric Flair notes, WWE stock market value, most watched shows on the WWE Network, as well as a look at the weekend WWE and NXT live events with match rundowns, highlights and business notes.

We've got coverage of New Japan's Destruction shows, previewing this week's big show, the Young Lions tournament, as well as looking at the two shows this past week.

We look at the New Japan annual financial report, talking about revenue, profits, U.S. expansion and how it's going, why WWE runs so many smaller markets and how that applies too New Japan and AEW, a look at where New Japan revenue comes from, New Japan World subs, merchandise sales, what match was most important to New Japan World growth, how AEW got television on TNT without ever running a show while New Japan struggles to make any TV money.

We also have an interesting talk by Jon Moxley about competing in G-1.

We also have full coverage of AAA in New York, the story behind why it was different from a usual AAA show, why a lot of talent wasn't there, why the main event was handicapped as compared to past matches as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings, business notes and poll results.

We also have a full repot of UFC from Vancouver, what's next for the different fighters, match-by-match coverage and business notes.

We also update the situation over the weekend involving Big Cass.  We run it down, a well as give his own thoughts on why he's sorry for what happened.

We also have full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

We've also got 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.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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  • Steve Austin is officially being advertised for SmackDown’s FOX premiere next Friday (October 4). The theme of the show is SmackDown’s 20th anniversary celebration
  • A one-hour condensed version of NXT will air on Sportsnet 360 in Canada on Fridays at 7 p.m. Eastern time, with it leading into Friday Night SmackDown.
  • NXT’s Lacey Lane has gotten her new WWE name. She is now going by Kayden Carter.
  • Southside Wrestling announced that WWE has pulled all of its NXT UK talent from their farewell show on October 26. Revolution Pro Wrestling is taking over Southside operations starting on October 28.
  • wXw announced that WALTER won’t be appearing at Sunday’s World Tag Team Festival event due to a scheduling conflict. It was noted that Ilja Dragunov will still be on the show.
  • WWE Network News reported that AWA SuperClash IV will be uploaded to the WWE Network’s Hidden Gems section tomorrow
  • WWE created a Twitter account for “WWE’s The Bump” today. It posted a “for internal use only” audition video with Evan Mack, who was formerly a host for Afterbuzz TV and joined WWE as a production assistant. WWE had trademarked The Bump as a potential show name. The video teased that The Bump would be premiering at 10 a.m. Eastern time next Wednesday, though further details haven’t been revealed.
  • Tucker’s rental car was broken into yesterday. He tweeted: “If anyone sees some of my gear up for sale online please let me know. Terrible way to end what was otherwise I nice trip to San Francisco. Love you big @otiswwe. #BlueCollarSolid”
  • The WWE Performance Center posted a video with Lio Rush discussing his return on last week’s NXT.
  • The online lobby system is returning for WWE 2K20.
  • Podcast One sent out a press release with comments Steve Austin made on his podcast about if he could ever have one more match: “For the last couple of weeks, down there at the Raw reunion in Tampa, down there at the Madison Square Garden show at Monday Night Raw -- people always ask me, ‘Hey man, you’re still in really good shape. You got one more match left in you?’ And I tell them, ‘Man.’ I say, ‘You know, it’s a tough thing to think about.’ Physically, would I be able to have one more match? Yes, most definitely, and I could make it to that match without being injured. Although the risks are always there, just because I think all of the surgeries, I had… where I had the spinal stenosis, and getting that bone spur taken off my spinal cord -- I’m in a good place. Nerves are feeling a lot better than they use to. So, you know, in theory, could I have a match? In theory, yes.”
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair’s Hell in a Cell match from 2016.

Pro Wrestling

  • Cody Rhodes posted a letter on Twitter sharing his thoughts ahead of AEW Dynamite debuting next Wednesday.
  • While taking part in a Twitter Q&A, Nick Jackson confirmed that there will be a dark match both before and after the AEW Dynamite premiere.
  • Nick also responded to a question that asked if there’s any chance AEW will have a working relationship with NJPW: “Doesn’t look like it.”
  • When asked about AEW coming to New York City, Nick responded: “Trust me. We’ve been working on this.”
  • Nyla Rose issued an apology for a response she sent to someone who was transphobic toward her on Twitter: “I would like to apologize for my comment yesterday. I have always tried to take the high road and rise above/ignore the hateful/hurtful insults I receive daily. Unfortunately, I let some hateful comments get in the way of my better judgment. I believe that sometimes people forget that real people are on the other end of the screen. I replied in frustration and anger and didn’t consider the people that it could affect and hurt. For that I am truly sorry.” Rose had tweeted “Awwwww you want attention hun?? What’s wrong baby? mommy not hug you enough??? Did daddy mouth touch you in the no no place?” in response to the transphobic message.
  • Cody and Brandi Rhodes appeared on KTLA to promote AEW Dynamite.
  • Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria) wrote about having her final match this past weekend: “As @therealkurtangle said, ‘Oh It’s True. It’s damn True’ Thank you @mastersofringentertainment for main eventing my final match this past Saturday. It’s such an honor leaving the ring as the Women’s Masters of the Ring Entertainment Champion. Thank you @realmelina , @theterrirunnels and @trishstratuscom for sharing this moment with me. Don’t be sad for me... be happy for me. I had an awesome 20 year run. I love you all so very much. I’m appreciative of your support and loyalty.”
  • MLW announced six matches for their show with The Crash in Tijuana on October 5: CONTRA Unit vs. LA Park, Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf Alexander Hammerstone (MLW National Champion) vs. Rey Horus (Crash Heavyweight Champion) in a title vs. title match The Hart Foundation vs. Dragon Lee, Soberano Jr. & Barbaro Cavernario  MLW Tag Team Champions The Dynasty defending against Ross & Marshall Von Erich and Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja in a triangle match Jimmy Havoc & Damian 666 vs. Mance Warner & Savio Vega in a Tijuana street fight Triple Amenaza vs. Haraganes
  • In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, ROH World Champion Matt Taven (whose contract had been set to expire at the end of this month) was asked about his future: “You don’t get to have too many surprises in this business, but I’m keeping this one close to the vest. This is a life-changing decision and a million different things go into it, so I have to weigh my options. No matter what, I’m grateful for every opportunity I’ve been given so far in my career and I don’t forget where I came from. I’m just going into this with an open mind and let the chips fall where they may.”
  • Cheeseburger and Josh Woods are set for the Vegas Wild Card eight-man tag match at Saturday’s ROH TV tapings. Cheeseburger will team with Jay Briscoe, Joe Hendry, and another partner to take on Jeff Cobb, Marty Scurll, Woods, and a partner.
  • NJPW’s English-language website has an article about the history of Kishin Liger.
  • Joey Ryan and Masa appeared on the latest episode of Wrestlers on the Road Ordering Room Service with The Young Bucks.


  • Stipe Miocic’s agent told ESPN that it’s highly unlikely that Miocic will be able to face Daniel Cormier again before the end of the year. Miocic suffered an eye injury due to eye pokes from Cormier in their second fight, and Miocic will have his eye reevaluated in three weeks to determine if another procedure is necessary. Miocic said in a statement to ESPN: “I'll be ready to fight when I can see out of both eyes again. I can't wait to defend my belt."
  • After their fight last weekend ended in 15 seconds due to an accidental eye poke, Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens is being rebooked for the UFC’s Fight Night show in Boston on October 18. It will be the semi-main event.

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