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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • Match and performer of the week
  • The life and times of Gene LeBell, MMA, stunt work, pro wrestling, an accessory to a murder, being trained by Lou Thesz, national judo champion, enforcer work in boxing and wrestling, details on the supposed first mixed match in history and later refereeing Ali vs. Inoki, the Bearcat Wright story, Steven Seagal, Bruce Lee, Chuck Morris, Ronda Rousey, Roddy Piper, the Los Angeles wrestling territory 
  • Updated G1 Climax report with all the bouts last week, the standings and the final shows
  • Clash at the Castle update
  • Vice's Tales from the Territory, what is and isn't confirmed
  • UFC Saturday night coverage
  • AAA Triplemania preview and Verano de Escandalo coverage
  • The death of the Mexican star TNT, and a look back at a boom period for wrestling in that country
  • The most detailed look at the pro wrestling TV business over the past week
  • More on the CMLL anniversary sow
  • More on the CMLL Grand Prix
  • Konnan and Dorian Roldan talk AAA future
  • *Stardom Five Star Grand Prix update
  • NOAH N-1 tournament
  • Ric Flair talks his last match
  • Dave Bautista movie update
  • Death of Mike Masters/Rocky Jones
  • Former early Raw performer loses race for senate
  • Lots of AEW updates
  • Major star talks going to AEW
  • AEW & WWE streaming numbers
  • Ticket sale updates on AEW & WWE shows
  • UFC new deal in its second biggest market
  • Lots of new major UFC fights
  • Bo Nickal and UFC
  • Vince McMahon's new payments found
  • Questions being asked about a WWE branch
  • Returns of Dexter Lumis, Karrion Kross & Scarlett
  • Women's tag team title tournament
  • New WWE TV show filming

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Friday News Update

  • WrestleMania tickets are now available to the public through Ticketmaster for the shows on 4/1 and 4/2 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.
  • A number of markets will not air Smackdown live tonight due to NFL teams in he area having preseason games on the local FOX channel, so check your local guides to find out when the show will air. Also, when the fast nationals come up, it monitors all FOX stations meaning the markets that air much higher rated football will be added into the number, making it look like a monster rating. The actual number to take serious won't be available until Monday.
  • Raleigh for Smackdown has a big advance with more than 8,000 tickets out. Announced for the show is a Liv Morgan/Shayna Baszler contract signing, Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah vs. Xia Li & Shotzi in the women's tag team tournament and Gunther vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC title. 
  • AEW Rampage tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT has Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo defending the AAA mixed tag titles against Dante Martin & Skye Blue, Austin & Colten Gunn vs. Erick Redbeard & Danhausen, Sonny Kiss vs. Parker Boudreaux and Orange Cassidy vs. Ari Daivari. Bryan Danielson does an interview pushing Wednesday's match with Daniel Garcia in a 2/3 fall bout, plus Hook also appears.
  • Impact Emergence on Impact+ tonight from Cicero IL
  • Brian Myers vs. Bhupinder Gurjar for the Digital Media title
  • Taya & Rosemary vs. Deonna Purrazzo & Chelsea Green for the Knockouts tag title
  • Deaner & Joe Doering vs Chris Sabin & Kushida
  • Sami Callihan vs. Steve Maclin
  • Honor No More vs. Bullet Club - If Honor No More loses they must disband, if they win they can get title shots
  • Bandido vs. Rey Horus
  • Mike Bailey vs. Jack Evans for the X title
  • Jordynne Grace vs. Mia Yim for the Knockouts title
  • Josh Alexander vs Alex Shelley for the Impact title
  • No polls this weekend. We will be looking for reports on these shows
  • Smackdown tonight in Raleigh, NC (only dark match and stuff off television)
  • WWE Saturday show in Salisbury, MD
  • WWE Sunday show in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Reports can be sent to
  • G1 will be at the Machida Gym in Tokyo at 5 a.m. Eastern tomorrow with Aaron Henare vs. KENTA, Toru Yano vs jeff Cobb, Shingo Takagi vs. Juice Robinson, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Will Ospreay and Taichi vs. Jay White.
  • UFC tomorrow night in San Diego on ESPN starting at 4 p.m. Eastern time
  • Youssef Zalal (135.5) vs. Da'mon Blackshear (134)
  • Jason Witt (179.5) vs. Josh Quinlan (175)
  • Ode Osbourne (125) vs Tyson Nam (126)
  • Gabriel Benitez (155) vs. charlie Ontiveros (155)
  • Cynthia Calvillo (125.5) vs. Nina Nunes (125.5)
  • Martin Buday (266) vs,. Lukasz Brzeski (236.5)
  • Angela Hill (119.5) vs. Lupita Godinez (119)
  • Gerald Meerschaert (185) vs. Bruno Silva (186)
  • Ariane Lipski (135.5) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (135)
  • Devin Clark (205) vs. Azamat Murzakanov (204)
  • Yazmin Jauregui (114.5) vs. Iasmin Lucindo (116)
  • Nate Landwehr (145.5) vs. David Onama (145)
  • Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Marlon Chito Vera (135.5)
  • Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on Showtime
  • Austin Vanderford (184.4) vs. Aaron Jeffrey (185)
  • Said Sowma (243.3) vs,. Gokhan Saricam (248.2)
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (129) vs. Bruna Ellen (125.6)
  • Valentin Moldavsky (238.2) vs. Steve Mowry (249.8)
  • Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (170)
  • Macfarlane missed weight by three pounds. 
  • Vanderford has been on AEW many times during the ATT angle and is the husband of Paige VanZant.
  • BetOnline has the odds for the Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre title match as even with both at -120.
  • MLW announced that its 8/27 TV taping in El Paso TX will instead be a house show. MLW contacted some talent originally booked for the show and said they wouldn't be using them. All those with booking canceled will receive half of their usual booking fees Because they haven't gotten a new announced TV deal there was no need to tape the show.

Other Notes

  • Fozzy has shows on 9/19 in Charlottesville, VA at the Jefferson Theater and 9/30- in Richmond, VA at the Canal Club. i(thanks to Gene Restaino)
  • The NWA will be partnering with Vet Tix to offer free tickets to American soldiers and their families to upcoming shows.
  • Combate Global tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern on Paramount + has an all women's show headlined by Claire Lopez (6-4) vs. Camila Rivaroa (4-3-1).
  • N-1 tournament tomorrow is in Osaka with Go Shiozaki vs. Anthony Greene, Kazuyuki Fujita vs. El Hijo de Dr.. Wagner Jr., Kenou vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Masato Tanaka vs. Hideki Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Masa Kitamiya and Satoshi Kojima vs. Kinya Okada.
  • Bobby Fulton, who has drawn big crowds for shows in Chillicothe, OH, runs the Great Fall Bash on 10/15 at the OUC Shoemaker Center. Those appearing at the afternoon convention include Jake Roberts, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Luke Williams, Warlord, Barbarian, Erick Redbeard, Baby Doll, Buff Bagwell, Bobby Fulton Shark Boy, Jerry Lawler, Lex Luger, Greg Valentine, Brian Pillman Jr, Demolition, Paul Roma, Tatanka, Kamille, Ariane Andrew, Shane Douglas, Mr. Hughes, Sam Houston, Bill Dundee and more.
  • Defy on 8/20 at Washington Hall in Seattle has Karrion Kross, Scarlett (Meet and greet), plus Christopher Daniels, Swerve Strickland, Bobby Fish, Bollywood Boyz, Alex Shelley, Killer Kelly, Yuya Uemura, Titus Alexander, Cody Chhun and Dragon Gate's La Estrella.
  • Defy comes to Portland, OR on 10/8 at the Kliever Armory with Swerve Strickland, Christopher Daniels, Midnight Heat and Kevin Sullivan.
  • Debbie Malenko is back to West Coast Pro on 10/8 in San Francisco at the United Irish Cultural Center.
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling has partnered with Go passage for a streaming platform, the UCW Network, which will air PPVs and a weekly Friday night TV show.
  • Demand Lucha on 8/18 in Toronto at the Parkdale Hall with Effy, Allie Katch Gringo Loco and more.
  • 559 Fights tomorrow in Visalia, CA at the Valley Strong Ballpark.
  • Empire State Wrestling is opening a training school in Niagara Falls, NY. For more info you can email
  • Herschel Walker will be a guest at the NFC MMA show on 8/20 in Atlanta at District Atlanta.
  • WAR Wrestling on 9/10 in Lima, OH at the Empowered Sports Center.