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Daily Update: Steve Austin, WWE Raw, Vitor Belfort

Dave Meltzer covers Steve Austin, WWE Raw, and Vitor Belfort pulling out of a fight.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

*Full coverage of WWE Crown Jewel & New Japan Autumn Attack, business notes on both shows, how successful Crown Jewel was on Peacock, PPV, public interest and business notes on Autumn Attack, plus poll results and more.
*What's next for WWE and New Japan
*Cain Velasquez granted bond, Daniel Cormier talks, and a look back at the situation
*A look back at the 60s and 70s tag team of Kurt & Karl Von Steiger, including unique political moves, the night they won the AWA tag titles and why the team split up
*Full coverage of Saturday's UFC show, including the probe on the suspicious gambling patterns on one of the fights
*Dragon Gate's Gate of Destiny coverage
*PWG's show on Sunday honoring Alan Denkenson and featuring one of the best trios matches of the year and in PWG history
*The most complete look at the TV ratings for the past week
*Streaming numbers
*AEW has great success in one international market, not in another
*Next Stardom PPV show
*Update on the New Japan Tokyo Dome show
*Crazy story of a plot to steal the NWA title by one of the biggest stars of all-time
*More on Andre the Giant carer losses
*A very important note on streaming ratings and what it says for viability of WWE & AEW next deals
*The Nick Aldis-Billy Corgan split
*The story behind former wrestling sponsor winning $75 million and getting national publicity
*Politician wants to honor former national hero wrestler who has been forgotten about since his heyday was 40 yeas ago
*Notes on the Teddy Hart documentary
*A look at the veracity of stories on the Hawaiian episode of Tales from the Territories
*Taryn Terrell career noes
*Wrestler and promoter arrested
*Movie on Baron Von Raschke
*Full Gear notes as well as matches to be added
*Notes on MJF's first major Hollywood role
*A look at AEW ratings in 2021 vs. 2022, what is up, what is down
*Bandido contract notes
*AEW woman star filming a movie
*More on skirmish backstage at Anderson Silva vs. Jake Paul fight
*Upcoming Raw and Smackdown notes
*Sasha Banks training with former WCW star
*WWE injury updates
*Ticket sales for upcoming AEW and WWE events.

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Monday News Update


Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio. You can now watch it live on video by subscribing to our video site. We'll be talking Steve Austin, Raw and all the latest news. You can also ask questions live during the show.

Regarding Steve Austin and WrestleMania, there is smoke to that fire and there are discussions happening. How they will transpire isn't known past Austin looks in great shape right now.

Raw tonight is in Louisville, KY. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the U.S. title has been announced. They announced the match days ago but today it was announced for the title. Also Matt Riddle vs. Chad Gable There were 6,900 tickets out as of this morning so a solid crowd. The last time Raw was in the building was one year ago and the paid for that show was barely 4,000 so things are stronger. The football game head-to-head is the Washington Commanders vs. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are the last undefeated team left at 8-0 in the NFL.

We're looking for reports from Louisville with Main Event matches and any dark segments to

We're also doing a poll on UFC 281, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to

AEW officially announced today what we had noted previously about Joe Hand Promotions bringing Full Gear to 300 movie theaters including Cinemark, AMC, Regal, Emagine and Marcus Theaters in the U.S. as well as Landmark Cinemas in Canada and Cinepolis in Latin America. The show will air from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Results from last night's WWE house show in Madison, WI:

      • Seth Rollins kept the U.S. title in a three-way against Matt Riddle and Bobby Lashley. Austin Theory interfered and attacked Lashley
      • A.J. Styles & Asuka b Damien Priest & Rhea Ripley
      • Dana Brooke b Tamina
      • Sheamus b Gunther via DQ in an IC title match when Imperium interfered and the Brutes made the save
      • Sheamus & Butch & Ridge Holland b Gunther & Giovanni Vinci & Ludvig Kaiser
      • Drew McIntyre b Karrion Kross in a street fight
      • New Day & Braun Strowman b Usos & Solo Sikoa
      • (thanks to Natalie and Jacob Groskreutz)

Titus O'Neil was on Good Morning America today as a celebrity judge for a best pie contest held in Tampa.

Vitor Belfort pulled out of his scheduled Saturday night boxing match wit Hasim Rahman Jr., for Misfits Boxing in Austin, TX. Belfort pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Misfits Boxing is KSI's promotion.

Kurt Angle and Mick Foley were filming an episode of WWE's Most Wanted Treasures today.

Other Notes

Combate Global has its final event of the year on Friday night on Univision and Univision Deportes starting at midnight Eastern. The main event has Cristian Perez (10-1) vs. Gilber Orodonez Huila (10-5) in a men's lightweight fight and co-main is Maritza Sanchez (3-1) vs. Dee Begley (3-1) in a women's strawweight fight.

The date of the Miyu Yamashita vs. Millie McKenzie match for Yamashita's Eve title that we wrote about yesterday is 11/27 at Korakuen Hall. (thanks to Shannon Walsh).

ICW No Holds Barred from Saturday night in Westville, NJ: AKIRA b Bam Sullivan, Aaron Williams b Gary Jay, Kristian Ross b Chris Bradley, Brandon Kirk b Danny Demanto, Hoodfoot b Dr. Redacted, Krule b Matt Tremont for the IWTV world title, Kasey Catal b Mickie Knuckles to keep the ICW American Death match title (thanks to Leonard Brand)

Rhia O'Reilly said that she suffered a fractured sternum and some cartilage inflammation yesterday on the EVE show in London where she defended her Eve tag team title with partner Skye Smitson over Hyper Misao (Tokyo Joshi Pro) & Session Moth Martina. She didn't appear a scheduled on yesterday's second EVE show with Nightshade replacing her and defending the title with Smitson and they announced it was Freebird rule O'Reilly did attack Charlie Morgan with a chair on the second show. O'Reilly wrote that she hopes to be back in action for the 1/7 Eve show in London.