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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

      • Match of the week and Performer of the Week
      • How the hurricane has affected WWE and AEW for this week including changes to AEW programming
      • Update on the Performance Center in Orlando
      • Why Florida is so key to American pro wrestling right now
      • The Bray Wyatt experiment and how it has done so far and what we can learn from it
      • The update on the Wyatt situation
      • TripleMania preview, what Americans are being brought in, lineup, and why some champions aren't there
      • The Five Star Grand Prix finals PPV show
      • What to look out for on the PPV
      • Update on Extreme Rules, matches not announced, and business updates on the next few WWE PPV shows
      • Full coverage of New Japan's major show of the month with Will Ospreay vs. David Finlay
      • New Japan shows in England, U.S. and Japan updates
      • The most detailed update on the ratings from the past week
      • Death of Starman
      • Frequency of recent CMLL deaths
      • Major CMLL debut
      • AAA announces show in the U.S
      • Major international star to make his U.S. debut
      • More on the Keiji Muto farewell tour
      • Notes on Takeshita vs. Higuchi
      • Ric Flair update
      • Territories on Vice notes
      • Young Rock notes
      • Ted DiBiase case makes national news because of Brett Favre
      • Women of Wrestling news
      • Japanese stars headed t the U.S.
      • More on the Von Erichs movie
      • Inventor of the ladder match
      • GCW in Japan
      • Bound for Glory updates and Victory Road coverage
      • Battle of the Belts news
      • Notes on high profile real wrestling fights and how companies handled them
      • Advance ticket sales for AEW & WWE and there i a lot of news regarding that
      • Streaming numbers for AEW & WWE
      • International TV ratings
      • Crazy Dana White story and being told he had ten years left to live
      • UFC signs Bo Nickal, one of the best prospects in years
      • Strange USADA news
      • Lots of new UFC fights
      • Bo Nickal challenges Chimaev and Logan Paul
      • Melvin Manhoef retirement
      • Preview of the Bellator and UFC shows this week
      • What sports entertainment company lost the most money
      • Lots of notes about WWE developmental
      • 25th anniversary of DX Raw notes
      • What PPVs will the top stars be appearing on
      • What was supposed to happen in Drew McIntyre segment on Smackdown
      • Landmark lawsuit verdict coming
      • Big E holds college record
      • A look at all the WWE arena events of the past week and business notes

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Friday News Update


Garrett Gonzales and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio talking the news as well as Tales from the Territories. Bryan and I will be back Sunday for our weekend show.

Smackdown is tonight from Winnipeg. There were just under 9,000 tickets out for the show as of today. Announced are:

      • Hit Row vs. Los Lotharios
      • Shotzi vs. Bayley
      • Ricochet & Madcap Moss vs. Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa

Rampage tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT:

      • The Acclaimed vs. Private Party vs. Butcher & Blade for the tag titles
      • Lee Moriarty vs. Fuego del Sol
      • Jamie Hayter vs. Willow Nightingale
      • John Silver vs. Rush

UFC tomorrow at 4 p.m. Eastern from Las Vegas airing on ESPN+:

      • Guido Cannetti (135.5) vs. Randy Costa (135)
      • Julija Stoliarenko (139.5) vs. Chelsea Chandler (140)
      • Maxim Grishin (205.5) vs. Philipe Lins (205.5)
      • Krzysztof Jotko (185.5) vs. Brendan Allen (186)
      • Joaquim Silva (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)
      • Ilir Latifi (253) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (254)
      • Mike Davis (155) vs. Vlacheslav Borshchev (155.5)
      • John Castaneda (139.5) vs. Daniel Santos (138.5)
      • Sodiq Yusuff (145.5) vs. Don Shainis (146)
      • Raoni Barcelos (135.5) vs. Trevin Jones (135)
      • Randy Brown (170.5) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (170)
      • Mackenzie Dern (115.5) vs. Yan Xiaonan (115.5)
      • The Jessica Penne vs,. Tabatha Ricci fight is off due to Penna being ill, not related to her weight cut. She was feeling bad all week and diagnosed with bronchitis so had to pull out as her condition worsened during the week.

The biggest MMA show of the weekend will be Bellator on Showtime tomorrow night at 10 p.m. from the Long Beach Arena:

      • Juan Archuleta (141) vs. Enrique Barzola (137.4)
      • Aaron Pico (144.6) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (145)
      • A.J. McKee (155.8) vs. Spike Carlyle (156.6) - Carlyle missed weight by 0.6 pounds
      • Patricio Pitbull Freire (144.6) vs. Adam Borics (145) for the Bellator featherweight title

CMLL has Night of Champions tonight with a night of all title matches voted on by the fans:

      • Mercurio vs. Pierrothito for the CMLL minis title
      • Los Gemelo Diablos I & II & Sagrado vs. Euforia & Hechicero & Mephisto for the CMLL trios titles
      • Jarochita & Lluvia vs. Amapola & Silueta for the Mexican national women's tag team titles
      • Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs. Dulce Gardenia & Espirtu Negro for the CMLL tag tiles
      • Titan vs. Suicida for the CMLL welterweight title
      • Mistico vs. Rugido for the NWA middleweight title

We're looking for reports on these weekend shows:

      • Smackdown tapings tonight in Winnipeg (dark matches only)
      • Saturday night house show in Bismarck, ND
      • Saturday night house show in Regina, Saskatchewan
      • Sunday house show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
      • You can send results, finishes and highlights to
      • We're also taking a poll for the Stardom show on Saturday, thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match to

The current issue has the Stardom PPV preview for the finals of the Five Star Grand prix. The show starts at 2 a.m. tonight Eastern time and 11 p.m. Pacific. The show is available here.

A correction from the issue of the Observer based on a miscommunication. There is not a plan for Samoa Joe & Wardlow vs. Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland. However, there were segments with those guys scheduled for TV this week that had to be changed due to the Hurricane and Tony Khan's decision to allow anyone who needed to stay in Florida to stay this week. Lee was there and did appear but something with he and Strickland, as well as something with Joe & Wardlow didn't happen for that reason.

The scheduled NXT weekend house shows have been canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

Power is back on at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

Regarding the WWE Day 1 show and the 1/1 date, there is both a major college football playoff game the night before in Atlanta plus the Falcons have a game on 1/1 although the game is at 1 p.m. so it would not be head-to-head with the PPV show.

Regarding the VICE documentary on Vince McMahon that Mike Johnson reported on, it will be a two-hour documentary and I believe it will air on 10/11. At least that was a planned date originally but it should be on a Tuesday night this month. I was interviewed for the piece and it covered the gamut of Vince's career.

PWInsider also reported Tales from the Territories fourth episode on Championship Wrestling from Florida and fifth on Stampede Wrestling, and that there will be an episode on Polynesian Pro Wrestling. Too bad nothing on Ed Francis' 50th state Wrestling which had wild stories. The first three episodes will be on Jarrett Promotions this coming Tuesday, Jerry Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman on 10/11 and I believe the AWA on 10/18.


More than 150 episodes of WWWF/WWF All-Star Wrestling from 1975-1982 are now on Peacock. (thanks to David Wolf)

FOX will be broadcasting a WWE special called WWE's Ten Most Extreme Moments tomorrow. It will air around the college football schedule. Check local listings for the time it airs on your local station.


Chuck Taylor, Kris Statlander and Orange Cassidy are on the just released episode of The Floor is Lava on Netflix.

Other Notes

Combate Global tonight on Paramount + at 11 p.m. Eastern from Miami has Roberto Romero (5-2-1) vs. Daniel Ayala (3-2) in a featherweight main event. Romero was Combate fight of the year last year against Sed Montanez. The semi has Carolina Gallard (7-4) vs. former UFC star Danielle Taylor (11-7).

Cage Fury Fighting Championships on 11/10 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa on 11/10 with Blake Smith (7-2) vs. Kendly St. Louis (6-4) and Lloyd McKinney (16-8) defends the flyweight title against an opponent not yet named. C.M. Punk will be doing the announcing of the show that airs on UFC Fight Pass.

Wrestling with Purpose has a benefit show tonight in Pembroke, FL to assist Victoria Jacobs who was diagnosed with breast and bone cancer. The show is still on.

GCW Charity Wrestling and POP Culture Canada tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Harmony Creek Community Center in Oshawa, ONT. Please bring canned food for the Simcoe Hall Settlement House and there will be prizes given away with one raffle ticket for each can donated. They also have a show Sunday in Peterborough, ONT at 6:30 p.m. at The Venue. Please bring canned food for the Kawartha Food share and there will also be a raffle with prizes.

Tri City Wrestling ha the fourth annual Cassidy Christie Memorial Cup tomorrow on Bay City, MI. All proceeds go to the Cassidy Christie Scholarship Fund. 

LFA tonight from Recife, Brazil on UFC Fight Pass at 10 p.m. Eastern with Bruno Lopes vs. Willyanedson Paiva for the light heavyweight title and Gabriella Fernandes vs. Karoline Martins for the interim flyweight title.

The AAA show in Tempe, AZ on 12/3 put tickets on sale this week and as of this morning there were only 294 tickets out (thanks to William Zdon/Wrestle Tix)