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Daily Update: WWE Raw, AEW All Out, FTR discuss video game

Dave Meltzer's Monday news update covers Raw, All Out hype, and FTR being left out of the AEW video game.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • The lead story concerns AEW and WWE and the momentum changes, the current business environment for both companies, when momentum shifted and reasons, a listing of all the turns on AEW television of late, and goes into detail on the AEW issues with CM Punk & Adam Page, Eddie Kingston & Sammy Guevara, Thunder Rosa's injury and it is real and so much more. It's a major story and talks about the key things for AEW's future as well as the talent meeting. Also in the issue:
  • Update on Clash at the Castle and All Out including business notes
  • Hot ticket sales for AEW & WWE shows
  • UFC 278 coverage in detail by Ryan Frederick
  • A fascinating historical piece on UK star Bert Royal and the Royal Brothers tag team, why they are so important in different aspects of the changes in UK wrestling in the 50s and 60s
  • How the pandemic has affected the Japanese wrestling business as compared to other sports and sports franchises, as well as the hierarchy of popularity and how it has changed from pre-COVID until today including the percentage increase or decrease in attendance of the major groups.
  • G1 Climax star ratings, as well as readers voted best match of G1 and G1 MVP
  • More on the New Japan and Stardom joint show
  • The death of Howard Brody and his contributions to pro wrestling
  • DDT Peter Pan show
  • Television ratings for the past week
  • Arena Mexico Grand Prix
  • Next major Stardom event
  • Next major New Japan matches around the country
  • Update on Dark Side of the Ring
  • One of the best wrestling announcers who never got a break looks to be leaving
  • A look at both nights of the RevPro 10 year anniversary shows
  • Time slot changes in October for Dynamite and Smackdown
  • Upcoming ticket sales for AEW and WWE
  • International TV ratings
  • MMA judging criteria changes
  • More on Johnny Gargano's return to WWE
  • Why Jeff Jarrett is out at WWE
  • Big E update

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Monday News Update


Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and all the latest wrestling news with Wrestling Observer Radio. You can send questions to the show to

WWE released a video today on social media of Seth Rollins and Riddle brawling in the parking lot before the show in Pittsburgh. I thought that was pretty clever.

AEW sent out a few releases today for the PPV show on Sunday, including a Bleacher Report release for the streaming PPV and a joint release for Joe Hand Promotions for movie theater locations. The nine matches that are being advertised is all that is listed, with Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho pushed in the main event spot on the top of the listings followed by Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs. The Acclaimed as second from the top in importance. They do say additional matches will be announced before Sunday but there's not a hint of an AEW title match to be announced later, no names for the ladder match although they are advertising the winner gets an AEW title match. It looks weird to have an AEW PPV lineup with no title match main event nor any listing for Jon Moxley, CM Punk, Adam Page, Young Bucks, Kenny Omega nor others who one would expect would end up on the show in some form.

Raw is tonight in Pittsburgh with Kurt Angle on the show. The finals of the women's tournament with Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah vs. Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky for the titles and Bobby Lashley vs. The Miz for the U.S. title are announced. The Usos and Sami Zayn are announced. Obviously the Rollins-Riddle thing will be followed up on. 

Judgment Day is scheduled to go to Cardiff for the PPV. Most likely if they are in a match, it would be either Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. Finn Balor & Damian Priest of a trios mach with Beth Phoenix and Rhea Ripley added. Based on last week's TV, one would think it is the mixed trios. One would think that angle and announcement should come tonight.

A DAZN interview with FTR. Regarding the video game story of them not in the first release (as noted on last night's Observer Radio show, they are likely to be in a later DLC release), they said it was no big deal. 

Conrad Thompson will be doing a 9/3 at 1:30 pm. Eastern time show on FiTE.TV with Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, Mick Foley, Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone raising Money for Steve McMichael, who is battling ALS.

Thanks to Jesse Scardina, Nick Alaimo, Jordan Sayle, Jesse Scardina and Alex Dudley for reports on the weekend WWE shows in Springfield, MA and Manchester, NH. 

A couple of notes, a correction from yesterday's report in that Raphael Assuncao is facing Victor Henry on 10/15, not Ricky Simon. Simon was Assuncao previous opponent.

Bellator announced hat the Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson light heavyweight Grand Prix final for a $1 million bonus and the division championship will take place on 11/18 at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The show will also feature Patricky Pitbull Freire defending the lightweight title against Usman Nurmagomedov, who is 15-0. 

Bellator also announced bantamweight Grand Prix tournament semifinal fights on 12/9 at the Mohegan Sun Casino with Raufeon Stots (18-1), the interim champion (champion Sergio Pettis is out with an injury) defending his title against Danny Sabatello (13-1) and Patchy Mix (16-1) vs. Magomed Magomedov (19-2).

Other Notes

WAR United We Stand on 9/10 in Lima, OH at the Empowered Sports Center.

Pro Wrestling EVE on Thursday at 229 The Venue in London features EVE champion Alex Windsor defending her title against Hikari Noa of Tokyo Joshi Pro, plus EVE International champion Laura Di Matteo defends against Skye Smitson. EVE champion Jetta & Charlie Morgan & Millie McKenzie face Emersyn Jayne & Lizzy Evo & Nina Samuels, plus Kanji vs. Alexxis Falcon.

Game Changer Wrestling has three shows planned for Japan which have all sold out.