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- NXT's Velveteen Dream to wrestle at two EVOLVE shows
- Toni Storm injury not believed to be too serious at this point
- WWE 2K19 roster reveal: First 75 wrestlers confirmed
- WWE London live results: Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss
- WWE NXT results: Undisputed Era vs. Pete Dunne & Ricochet
- Cruiserweight title match set for WWE Super Show-Down
- WWE SmackDown ratings down slightly coming off post-PPV episode
- Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 date and location announced
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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Reigns and Rousey win big at WWE Summerslam
WWE closed SummerSlam 2018 with the two faces of the company holding their respective titles. In matches that went over relatively well -- or in the case of the main event, at least averted what appeared to be certain disaster -- Roman Reigns won the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey captured the Raw Women's title on Sunday. Over three years after the Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar saga started, it ended pretty anticlimactically.
One of the most unique pro wrestling events of all-time, All In, is looked at as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Find out about the different venues considered for the show and why they didn't happen, why the show would have been a success without selling 10,000 tickets, and Bullet Club T-shirt sale numbers.
Read about the WWE and Saudi Arabia with tentative plans for a return show.
This issue runs down Hell in a Cell.
Read full coverage of TripleMania.
Find out about a major front office shakeup in WWE, SummerSlam in Toronto and the craziest big show weekend perhaps in history, why WWE stock continues to rise in value, more on Neville's release, who in WWE should leave, and Evolution ticket sales.
Also look at the horrible cancer stories within the pro wrestling and MMA industry over the past week, including the death of Ed Cohen and Aya Koyama and the cancer battles of Kid Yamamoto and Akira Taue, with details on what happened with Taue.
Look at the most recent UFC show, with business notes and match-by-match coverage.
This issue has a feature on Steve Musulin, better known as Steve Travis.
Read an update on the clearance levels of all the major channels that have wrestling and MMA programming in the U.S.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
- Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss at yesterday’s house show in London wasn’t a squash match like at SummerSlam. The story was that Bliss avoided Rousey early, faked an injury after Rousey hit judo throws, and then attacked Rousey and was on offense until Rousey made a comeback and submitted her with an armbar. Rousey will also face Bliss at Hell in a Cell in San Antonio, Texas on September 16.
- WWE uploaded the full Mae Young Classic bracketology special to YouTube after it aired on the Network last night. They also released the non-spoiler bracket for the tournament. The MYC will begin airing weekly after NXT next Wednesday, with it leading into the finals taking place at WWE’s Evolution pay-per-view on October 28.
- Gabe Sapolsky tweeted about Velveteen Dream working EVOLVE 112 in Joppa, Maryland on September 7 and EVOLVE 113 in Queens, New York on September 8: “Dream was requested by us because of his history at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD. We wanted a homecoming. He was then asked to do Queens, to give the fans something special at La Boom. Dream was not ‘sent’ by anyone, he agreed and wanted to. This is WWE helping the independent wrestling scene. This is WWE, EVOLVE and Velveteen Dream giving fans a unique, memorable and exciting experience. This is what is good for our business. Thank you.”
- After a complaint letter was addressed to the Tennessee Attorney General and the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Finance and sent to local media outlets, Glenn Jacobs (Kane) told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he doesn’t condone the use of steroids and has never taken them. In the letter, Al Thompson, a Pennsylvania man who founded Protect Our Youth from Steroids, attempted to connect Jacobs to steroid use in WWE and said Jacobs was perfectly fine with surrounding himself with steroid users while on tour with the company.
- The Orlando Sentinel interviewed Mae Young Classic participant and former American Ninja Warrior standout Kacy Catanzaro about her career with WWE since transitioning to pro wrestling.
- Keith Lee told WWE.com about how Dusty Rhodes helped with his “Bask in my Glory” catchphrase: “When I first met and worked with him, he let me know how much and where I lacked. I applied his words and honed myself. During the 2013 tryout, if you were going to show who you were on a microphone, you had to do it in front of The American Dream. When I finished, he pulled me aside and said to me, ‘That's it, baby. You've got a presence I can literally bask in. Take it and do what you want.’ And thus, ‘Bask in my glory’ was born. It is now something I hold very dear.
- Eve Torres-Gracie and Rener Gracie welcomed the birth of their second child this week. The baby is named Renson and is their second son.
- Charlotte Flair read Goodnight Moon in a video for TV Guide.
- WWE posted a brief "behind-the-scenes" video from SummerSlam.
- Dave Bautista spoke to Flickering Myth about his film career and getting turned down after auditioning for two Star Wars movies.
- DDP will be a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience next week. UFC’s Daniel Cormier will also be a guest on one of next week’s episodes.
- ROH has officially announced that Jushin Thunder Liger will be facing Kenny King at Death Before Dishonor in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 28. Dave Meltzer reported that the match would be taking place at the PPV in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
- Along with continuing to build to Nick Aldis vs. Cody Rhodes, the latest episode of the NWA's All Incoming features emotional comments from Cody about his father Dusty and wife Brandi.
- beIN Sports is currently off AT&T, DirecTV, and DirecTV NOW amid a carriage dispute. In addition to airing on beIN on Fridays, MLW also uploads their TV episodes to their YouTube channel at 6:05 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays.
- El Hijo de LA Park vs. Jimmy Yuta is set for MLW’s War Games event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 6.
- Jonathan Gresham vs. El Phantasmo is set for the first night of Revolution Pro Wrestling’s TV tapings at York Hall in London next week.
- The Clark County District Attorney in Nevada has decided not to press domestic violence charges against Nick Diaz following an alleged incident in May. The case was dismissed with prejudice and charges can’t be refiled later. Diaz issued a statement after the decision: “I’m grateful this case is finally over, I want to thank my team and my lawyer Ross Goodman for the excellent work. But most importantly, I want to thank the fans who stuck by me throughout this process. I’m happy to put this chapter of my life behind me and I’m looking forward to focusing on my return.”
- Tyron Woodley said he isn’t going to fight Kamaru Usman on short notice if Darren Till misses weight for UFC 228.
- Woodley, Till, Nicco Montana, and Valentina Shevchenko took part in a conference call today ahead of the September 8 PPV.
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