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Daily Update: Weekend schedule, new AEW trademark, Dana White

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • Match and performer of the week
  • The Bray Wyatt return, speculation, numbers, comparisons to Punk
  • Full coverage of Extreme Rules and business notes
  • Jon Moxley signs five-year deal, the signing of Renee Paquette, how his situation changes and how it stays the same, plus why he did so, why he wasn't looking at signing at one point and will he work indies
  • The fight for the rights to Antonio Inoki's name now that merchandise is expected to be huge
  • How Inoki was pushed from a young age
  • Inoki vs Bruno
  • New Japan Declaration of Power full coverage
  • Upcoming New Japan events
  • Impact Bound for Glory coverage
  • Ross Hart looks at the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet
  • TV ratings from the last week, including international numbers and streaming numbers
  • What show set its all-time viewership record in the U.K?
  • How Raw & Dynamite rank on cable for the week
  • Preview of TripleMania
  • NOAH announces major show
  • PWG returns
  • Ronda Rousey key speaker at Gene LeBell funeral
  • AEW gets major vote of confidence
  • Update on status of Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and C.M. Punk
  • Ticket sales for upcoming WWE, AEW and UFC events
  • Vince McMahon documentary news
  • Upcoming contenders for Roman Reigns

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Friday News Update


Garrett Gonzales is out of town today so we won't be doing a show. Bryan and I will be back Sunday night covering all the weekend news.

Smackdown tonight is from New Orleans with Sheamus vs. Karrion Kross vs. Ricochet vs. Solo Sikoa with the winner getting an IC title match against Gunther. Also LA Knight vs. Mansoor and Kofi Kingston vs Sami Zayn. Of course the big thing is the return of Bray Wyatt It will be interesting to see if his announced television debut moves ratings as much as his teased non-appearances did.

Rampage tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT has Claudio Castagnoli & Jon Moxley vs. Butcher & Blade, Anna Jay vs. Nyla Rose for Rose's belt, Isiah Kassidy vs. Ethan Page and if Page wins, Matt Hardy has to join The Firm but if Kassidy wins, Private Party is out of their deal and can join Matt Hardy, plus FTR & Shawn Spears vs. Brian Cage & Kuan & Toa Leona.

AEW has filed for a trademark for the term Varsity Club.

Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta are joining forces again to start a new promotion doing slap fighting. They are attempting to get it sanctioned in Nevada.

For this weekend, we are looking for reports on these shows:

      • Smackdown tonight in New Orleans with dark matches and anything not on the live show
      • WWE tomorrow night in Phoenix
      • WWE tomorrow night in Sioux City, IA
      • WWE Sunday in Topeka, KS
      • We are looking for results, finishes and highlights to

The only weekend poll will be for tomorrow night's Triplemania show from Arena Ciudad in Mexico City. It will air on FITE at 9 p.m. Eastern. The top matches are El Hijo del Vikingo vs Fenix for the Mega championship and Pentagon Jr. vs. Villano IV in a mask vs. mask match. On paper when it comes to talent, it's a very strong show. The Observer goes into more on this.

UFC weigh-ins for tomorrow's show on ESPN+:

Main card at 7 p.m. Eastern:

      • Alexa Grasso (125.5) vs. Viviane Araujo (126)
      • Cub Swanson (135) vs. Jonathan Martinez (135.5)
      • Jordan Wright (185) vs. Dusko Todorovic (186)
      • Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Victor Henry (136)
      • Misha Cirkunov (206) vs. Alonzo Menifield (205.5)

Prelims at 4 p.m. Eastern:

      • Mana Martinez (136) vs. Brandon Davis (136)
      • Nick Maximov (185.5) vs. Jacob Malkoun (185.5)
      • Joanderson Brito (146) vs. Lucas Alexander (145.5)
      • Piera Rodriguez (115.5) vs. Sam Hughes (115)
      • Tatsuro Taira (126) vs. CJ Vergara (129) - Vergara Missed weight by three pounds so had to forfeit 30 percent of her purse.
      • Mike Jackson (170) vs. Pete Rodriguez (170.5)
      • Mike Jackson is the MMA reporter who previously fought C.M. Punk.
      • The Brandon Royval vs. Askar Askarov fight is off because Askarov had an issue cutting weight.

DDP and John Hennigan (Morrison) are starring in a web series with Tony Horton, who founded P90X, as part of the new web series "Power Up with Tony Horton." The show features Horton and celebrity guests doing fitness challenges and having in-depth conversations. 

AAW's Jim Lyman Memorial tournament takes place tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on FITE from the Logan Square Auditorium. They also run tomorrow night with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals from the Logan Square Auditorium. Both shows are on First round tonight:

      • Yamato vs. Zachary Wentz
      • Schaff vs. Davey Richards
      • Fred Yehi vs. Calvin Tankman
      • Masha Slamovich vs. Dante Leon
      • Mike Bennett vs. Dave Vega
      • Gnaris Garvin vs. Silas Young
      • Manders vs. Josh Alexander
      • Ace Austin vs. Rich Swann


Odds at BetOnline for NXT Halloween Havoc:

      • Bron Breakker -400
      • Ilja Dragunov +275
      • JD McDonagh +700
      • Wes Lee +125
      • Carmelo Hayes +175
      • Von Wagner +400
      • Nathan Frazer +500
      • Oro Mensah +800
      • Julius Creed -400
      • Damon Kemp +250
      • Cora Jade -150
      • Roxanne Perez +110


Tickets went on sale today for the Fight Night from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL. Stephen Wonderboy Thompson vs. Kevin Holland headlines plus Tai Tuivasa vs Segei Pavovich in a battle of the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked heavyweight title contenders. This will air live on ESPN

Other Notes

Sting, Frankie Edgar, Todd Frazier, Jerry Lawler, Sgt. Slaughter and Tommy Dreamer will be part of the event on 12/3 in Toms River, NJ that will include Mike "Nova" Bucci's farewell match.

MCW tomorrow night at the RJ Meyer Arena in Joppatowne, MD has a meet and greet before the show with Bobby Fish, Buff Bagwell, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Leila Grey and more. Alex Divine & Angel Alvarado vs Brandon Scott & Myles Hawkins is the main event. Sabin & Shelley will wrestle Joe & Dante. Mandy Leon also wrestles on the show.

AIW on 10/27 at the Winchester Music Tavern in Lakewood, OH plus 11/25 in Eastlake, OH at Force Sports featuring Matt Cardona.

First Time Ever on 12/3 in Streator, IL features Alex Hammerstone

WAR Wrestling on 11/5 at the Empowered Sports Center in Lima, OH.

House of Glory Wrestling on 10/29 in Queens, NY at La Boom has announced Low Ki vs. Shingo Takagi and the Briscoes vs. Aussie Open.

Universal All Pro Wrestling last night in Toledo, OH: Kenny Urban b Rod Lee, Dread King Logan won 10 man match Aiden Prince b Ashton Day, Krimson b Murph the Minion, Crash Jaxson & Madman Fulton b Awesome Odyssey and Tommy Vendetta & Malcolm Monroe III, Allie Katch b Billie Starkz, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel b Jason Hotch &Sam Beale. Next show is 1/19 featuring Melina Perez.

Spike Trivet defends the Progress title against Mike Bird on Sunday in Cardiff, Wales. Sunshine Machine defends the tag titles against Greedy Souls. Progress also runs 10/23 at the Electric Ballroom in London. 

LFA at 9 p.m. Eastern on UFC Fight Pass from Sioux Falls, SD:

      • JaCobi Jones (154.6) vs. Christian Turner (155)
      • Christian Natividad (125.2) vs. Israel Galvan (125.6)
      • Jared Revel (184.4) vs. Renato Valente (184)
      • Yuma Horiuchi (125.6) vs.l Juan Puerta (125.2)
      • Jordan Heidman (243) vs. Daiowan Buckley (262.6)
      • Muiri Gafurov (134.2) vs.Diego Silva (137.6) for the bantamweight title. Because Silva missed weight, if he wins he does not get the title. If Gafurov wins, he wins the vacant title. Silva also has to pay a penalty to Gafurov for missing weight.