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Daily Update: WWE Hell in a Cell, The Bellas, Max Holloway


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We're looking for reports from the WWE Smackdown house show in Halifax, Nova Scotia, ROH TV tapings in Philadelphia (Cody & Young Bucks defend six-man titles against Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas, Punishment Martinez defends TV title against Aaron Solow, Hurricane Helms vs. Marty Scurll, Kenny King vs. Hangman Page, Coast 2 Coast vs. Vinny Marseglia & TK O'Ryan, The Boys vs. Baretta & Chuckie T), Cheeseburger vs. Will Ferrara, Sumie Sakai vs. Tasha Steelz non-title), NXT in Largo, FL and the WWE U.K. TV tapings in Birmingham, UK (which will include a tournament to crown the NXT UK women's title) to


Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Rani Yahya vs. Luke Sanders
  • Jon Tuck vs. Drew Dober
  • Kalindra Faria vs. Joanne Calderwood

FS2 at 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Mickey Gall vs. George Sullivan
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Markus Perez
  • Cory Sandhagen vs. Iuri Alcantara
  • Jams Krause vs. Warlley Alves

FS1 at 10 p.m. Eastern

  • Tim Williams vs. Erik Anders
  • John Moraga vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Bryan Barbarena
  • Angela Hill vs. Cortney Casey
  • Michael Johnson vs. Andre Fili
  • James Vick vs. Justin Gaethje


  • Llave de Gloria match
  • Australian Suicide vs. Shane Strickland vs. ACH vs. Sammy Guevera for the AAA cruiserweight title
  • Nino Hamburguesa & Big Mami vs. El Hijo del Vikingo & Vanilla vs. Dinastia & Lady Maravilla vs. Angelikal & Hiedra for the AAA mixed tag team titles
  • Aero Star & Drago vs. Golden Magic & Laredo Kid vs. Bandido & Flamita vs. DJZ & Andrew Everett for AAA tag titles in a ladder match
  • Mamba & Maximo & Pimpinela Escarlata vs. Carta Brava Jr. & Mocho Cota Jr.& Tito Santana
  • Jack Evans & Juventud Guerrera & Teddy Hart vs. Averno & Chessman & Super Fly in a lumberjack match
  • La Mascara & Rey Escorpion & El Texano Jr. vs. Joe Lider & Pagano & Murder Clown in a street fight
  • Jeff Jarrett vs. Brian Cage vs. Fenix vs. Rich Swann for AAA heavyweight title
  • Lady Shani vs. Faby Apache mask vs. hair
  • El Hijo del Fantasma vs. L.A. Park vs. Psycho Clown vs. Pentagon Jr. in a cage match, ultimate loser gets unmasked

Sunday has WWE Raw in Rochester, NY, Smackdown in Saint John, New Brunswick and WWE UK TV tapings in Birmingham, UK (including the finals of the NXT women's title tournament).

Monday has the live Raw in Toronto plus a Smackdown house show in Peterborough, ONT, which will contain a Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley match from Raw.

Smackdown and 205 Live are taped Tuesday in Toronto with Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella for the women's title and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for a tag team title shot.

The Raw crew has a Wednesday night house show at the O2 Arena in London.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: ROH and NJPW sell out Madison Square Garden

With All In still a few weeks away, the second non-WWE pro wrestling show in the United States to sell over 10,000 tickets since the death of WCW is already official. Tickets for Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden went on sale last week, with the April 6, 2019 event selling out in just a few days. Approximately 9,000 of the 15,000 tickets were sold after the first day of the HonorClub pre-sale, they were up over 12,000 after a second day of pre-sales, and they sold out shortly after being made available to the general public last Friday.

WON NEWSLETTER: August 27, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Summerslam and NXT Takeover Brooklyn reviews, more

It’s a big news and history issue of the Observer out this week. Look at the decision to make Roman Reigns Universal champion, how WWE went about doing it, the Becky Lynch situation, the future of Brock Lesnar, the business of SummerSlam, and a rundown of All In ticket sales and Madison Square Garden ticket sales for ROH that has a very interesting lesson.

There is a long story on the career of Villano III, the famous match of the year with Atlantis and go back to 2000 for the atmosphere of that unique show. 

Run down NXT Takeover Brooklyn, with business of the how, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results. 

Also run down plans for the NXT Evolution top of the card, exactly where the WrestleMania main events stand, how the Mae Young Classic finals had to be changed, the U.K. women's tournament, and more on Matt Riddle signing with WWE.

Also look at L.A. Park vs. Rush, what happened to the match, the politics behind it, the CMLL anniversary show and Impact going head-to-head in Mexico City with the anniversary show.

Examine AAA's TripleMania show and the controversy regarding Alberto El Patron and the show.

Read about New Japan's biggest matches for the next seven weeks, including Long Beach and King of Pro Wrestling. 

Also look back at the G-1 Climax tournament with a look at the consistency of work, the biggest matches and much more.

Read a huge history piece on Walt Harris and 1960s Northern California pro wrestling and the heyday of Roller Derby. 

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  • The AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is advertising Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s title for next month’s Hell in a Cell PPV. Whether or not those matches will be officially added to the card remains to be seen. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship and Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse have been officially announced. The AT&T Center is also advertising Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre.
  • Brie announced that her and Nikki Bella will be in action at Raw’s house show in Rochester, New York tomorrow.
  • Reigns responded to Strowman’s challenge to meet him in the middle of the ring on Monday’s Raw and set up the segment for the beginning of the show: “You literally tried to cash in after I wrestled for 30 min last Monday, sounds like the only way u can take MY title is by surprise.  Better luck next time Meat Shack. See u at 8pm at #RAW. #Toronto #B2R.” is calling it a one-on-one confrontation.
  • WWE stock closed this week at $82.27 per share.
  • In an interview with Renee Young, Natalya opened up about the passing of her father and honoring him at SummerSlam.
  • Donald Trump sent out a tweet last night wishing Vince McMahon a happy 73rd birthday: “Happy birthday Vince, you are truly one of the greats!”
  • Guinness World Records recognized Xavier Woods’ UpUpDownDown as the most subscribed to celebrity video game channel.
  • Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins have started a podcast about pro wrestling action figures.
  • The Miz and Maryse did an interview with Fox News to promote Miz & Mrs.

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