- Becky Lynch & Charlotte vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks set for WWE Raw
- AAA reveals Cain Velasquez's match for Invading NY
- AJ Styles vs. Cedric Alexander added to WWE Raw
- MLW returning to Dallas area for Zero Hour tapings
- Naomichi Marufuji confirmed for Impact Bound for Glory 2019
- WWE's Becky Lynch featured in new ESPN SportsCenter commercials
- Rey Mysterio vs. Gran Metalik announced for WWE Raw
- NJPW Road to Destruction results: Tanahashi & Taguchi vs. Suzuki-gun
- NXT Lakeland, FL, live results: Fatal four-way elimination tag match
- Chris Jericho to defend AEW World title against Cody at Full Gear
- WOL: Weekly wrap-up, AEW tickets, Raw in MSG, Jericho belt, more! 9/6
- Left My Wallet: Vinny vs. Producer Rob 9/6
- Wrestling Weekly: All Out fallout, WWE writing team changes, NXT on USA 9/6
- B&V&G: Granny, NXT, WWF Superstars of Wrestling from 1992! 9/5
ROH GLOBAL WARS TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. FROM THE FORD COMMUNITY CENTER IN DEARBORN, MI ON HONOR CLUB
- Dak Draper vs. Haitian Sensation in Top Prospect tournament
- Rush vs. Stuka Jr.
- Joe Hendry & Dalton Castle vs. Jonathan Gresham & Jay Lethal
- Bandido vs. Jay Briscoe
- Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia vs. Volador Jr. & Triton
CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. TONIGHT ON THE CMLL YOUTUBE CHANNEL
- Ultimo Dragoncito &Shockercito vs. Pierrothito & Pequeno Violencia
- Raziel & Cancerbero & Tiger vs. Star Jr. & Magia Blanca & Principe Diamante
- Titan & Soberano Jr.& Audaz vs. Mecha Wolf 450 & El Hijo del Villano III & Virtus
- Diamante Azul vs. Euforia
- Ciber the Main Man & Big Daddy & Gilbert El Boricua vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Negro Casas & Gran Guerrero
- Mistico & Caristico & Dragon Lee vs. Cuatrero & Sanson & Forastero
Saturday has NXT in Gainesville, FL.
UFC 242 FROM ABU DHABI ON SATURDAY
ESPN+ at 10:15 a.m. Eastern
- Don Madge (155) vs. Fares Ziam (155)
- Omari Akhmedov (186) vs. Zak Cummings (185.5)
- Muslim Salikhov (170) vs. Nordine Taleb (171)
- Belal Muhammad (170) vs. Takeshi Sato (170)
FX at Noon Eastern
- Ottman Azaitar (156) vs. Teemu Packalen (156)
- Liana Jojua (134.5) vs.; Sarah Moras (138) - Moras missed by two pounds
- Zubaira Tukhugov (146) vs. Lerone Murphy (146)
- Joanne Calderwood (126) vs. Andrea Lee (126)
PPV at 2 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+ PPV
- Diego Ferreira (156) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (156)
- Shamil Abdurakhimov (257) vs. Curtis Blaydes (251)
- Islam Makhachev (155) vs. Davi Ramos (156)
- Edson Barboza (155.5) vs. Paul Felder (155)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Dustin Poirier (155) for lightweight title
ROH GLOBAL WARS SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. FROM THE ODEUM EXPO IN CHICAGO, IL ON HONOR CLUB
- Austin Gunn (Billy's son) vs. Dante Caballero in Top Prospect tournament
- Silas Young & Josh Woods vs. Okumura & PJ Black
- Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Brawler Milonas & Beer City Bruiser vs. Rey Bucanero & Hechicero non-title
- Shane Taylor vs. Joe Hendry non-title
- PCO & Brody King & Flip Gordon vs. Bandido & Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams
- Colt Cabana vs. Dalton Castle vs. Kenny King vs; Marty Scurll
- Jeff Cobb & Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham vs. Caristico & Stuka Jr. & Triton
- Rush vs. Cavernario
- Matt Taven vs. Volador Jr.; for ROH title
MLW FUSION ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 9 P.M. ON BEINSPORTS
- Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Richard Holliday
- Jordan Oliver vs. Gringo Loco
BELLATOR ON SATURDAY NIGHT FROM THE SAP CENTER IN SAN JOSE AT 10 P.M. ON DAZN
- Gaston Bolanos (145.5) vs. Daniel Casey (144.2)
- Pedro Carvalho (144.1) vs. Sam Sicilia (145) in the first round of the featherweight Grand Prix
- Tywan Claxton (144.3) vs. Emmauel Sanchez (144.1) in the first round of the featherweight Grand Prix
- Adam Borics (144.7) vs. Pat Curran (144.6) in the first round of the featherweight Grand Prix
- Derek Campos (144.9) vs. Daniel Straus (144.4) in the first round of the featherweight Grand Prix
- Ryan Bader (228.7) vs. Cheick Kongo (239.2) for the Bellator heavyweight title
Sunday has a Supershow in Syracuse, NY, with the Raw crew, plus Roman Reigns, Charlotte, Flair, Bayley, Ember Moon, Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston from Smackdown also on the tour.
ROH GLOBAL WARS SUNDAY IN MILWAUKEE AT THE POTAWATOMI CASINO AT 6 P.M. EASTERN ON HONOR CLUB
- Caristico & Stuka Jr. & Volador Jr. vs. Okumura & Hechicero & Rey Bucanero
- Angelina Love & Mandy Leon vs. Kelly Klein & Stacy Shadows
- Flip Gordon vs. PJ Black vs. Triton
- Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham vs Silas Young & Josh Woods
- Marty Scurll vs. Joe Hendry
- Brawler Milonas & Beer City Bruiser vs. PCO & Brody King
- Mark & Jay Briscoe & Cavernario vs. Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams & Bandido
- Matt Taven & Vincent (Vinny Marseglia ) vs. Rush & Jeff Cobb
F4W NEWSLETTER: Chris Jericho becomes first AEW World Champion Joseph Currier gives his thoughts on AEW choosing Jericho as their inaugural champion. Plus, Vinny's TV reviews.
When AEW debuts on TNT on October 2, they'll be doing so with Chris Jericho as their champion.
Saturday's All Out pay-per-view ended with Jericho defeating Hangman Page to become the inaugural AEW World Champion. After Jericho kicked out of the Dead Eye, Page hit a Buckshot Lariat and went for the Dead Eye again. The finish saw Jericho reverse the move and then connect with his Judas Effect elbow strike to win the title.
The match was very good, but it fell short of being the epic main event you'd want to crown your first World Champion with. The dynamic just didn't work quite as well as AEW wanted. The fans would ideally have been desperate for Page to defeat Jericho and become champion. But people weren't all that interested in booing Jericho -- and Page didn't have the momentum that he needed going into the match. The way Page won his way into getting the title shot was probably a misstep. It's understandable that AEW wants to create their own unique match concepts and give them meaning, but Jericho defeating Kenny Omega at Double or Nothing felt like a far bigger deal than Page earning his spot in the title match through winning the Casino Battle Royale. While Page got wins at Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen, they weren't against big enough opponents and they weren't strong enough victories for people to see him as being one of the top two wrestlers in the company.
Jericho was an obvious choice to become AEW's first World Champion. He's an easily recognizable star that lapsed and casual fans will already be familiar with. There will inevitably be criticism over a new company choosing a 48-year-old wrestler as their initial champion, but AEW isn't at any risk of being seen as a nostalgia promotion. It's fine to have one wrestler in their late 40s in a top spot. Signing Jericho and pushing him heavily is a no-brainer for any start-up company. Jericho is still wrestling at a high level, helps bring credibility to the promotion for those who aren't already fans of The Elite, and has protected his image by only working in main event-level matches with great opponents since departing WWE.
WON NEWSLETTER: AEW All Out review, Chris Jericho title saga, more
A full review of AEW All Out, and the saga of Chris Jericho's stolen belt are the lead topics of discussion in this week's double issue Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We have complete coverage of All Out from a live perspective, as well as the television version of the show. We talk about what worked, what might not have, and what we can learn about match order when laying out a card. We have the latest on the business of the show, including preliminary pay-per-view numbers.
We have coverage of AEW and WWE running the same markets, and have notes and numbers on how each promotion is doing in selling tickets there. We also have all the details on the Chris Jericho AEW title story.
NJPW Royal Quest is covered as well in the new issue. We have star ratings for the matches, as well as business notes for the show.
The upcoming WWE Clash of Champions show is covered in detail. We have a preliminary card for the show.
We also cover the WWE writing team shake-up that took place this week.
NXT U.K. TakeOver: Cardiff is covered in detail as well, with everything from match reports and star ratings, to attendance and what we can learn from the show.
We have a story on Cris Cyborg signing with Bellator, and talk about potential opponents for her.
The new issue also has a history piece covering Harley Race's St. Louis wrestling history. A lot can be learned from the piece, thanks to the late Larry Matysik's Wrestling at the Chase Record book.
We also have Ryan Frederick's coverage of the 8/31 UFC event in Shenzhen, China.
The passing of Australian wrestling legend, Norman Frederic Charles Lowndes, known as Sir Norman Frederich Charles III, is covered as well. We have notes on his life and career.
We look at AEW's hype show that aired on TNT, and break down the viewership for the show, and what can be learned from it.
We also have news and notes on all of the top wrestling and MMA promotions in the world.
We have full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.
As always, we have in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows,the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them.
We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
For the WWE weekend tour, Braun Strowman and A.J. Styles aren't advertised for tonight. Strowman has the weekend off. Styles is advertised for Syracuse on Sunday. Tomorrow night's Raw show in Halifax was canceled due to weather concerns due to the hurricane.
AEW tickets for Charlotte on 11/6 and the PPV in Baltimore on 11/9 went on sale this morning. Baltimore is well ahead of the pace of WWE's show Monday there, but is not close to being sold out, and it looks to be a pretty loaded lineup. We're at reality levels now, just like WWE doesn't sell anything out immediately, doesn't look like AEW will either except for special circumstances, unless TV creates a new buzz, and that goes for both companies. Charlotte is behind the pace of WWE's show on 9/15 in the same city.
Ricochet did an interview with Sports Illustrated essentially confirming what we wrote in this week's issue on Kacy Catanzaro. She's not hurt and he hasn't quit. That doesn't mean she won't quit or will wrestle again.
AAA announced new matches for its 9/15 show at the Hulu Theater at 6 p.m., which will be an iPPV on FITE TV. This is what has been announced:
- Tessa Blanchard vs. Taya for the Reina de Reinas title
- Pentagon Jr. & Fenix vs. LAX for the AAA tag titles
- Cain Velasquez & Psych Clown & Brian Cage. vs. El Texano Jr. & Rey Escorpion & Black Taurus
- Blue Demon Jr. vs. Dr. Wagner Jr.
Daga has signed with Impact.
- As noted earlier, Raw is expected to be loaded this week as far as an attempt to put on a good standalone show since it's the first week against the NFL, not to mention it being in Madison Square Garden. My strong feeling is Styles vs. Alexander is there to be a great match of course, but for more than just that. There is very much going to be an attempt to make news on this show for all those reasons, but the competition aspect and it's PPV go-home. The idea is also that Steve Austin will bring back lapsed fans so give them some angles and action to make them come back, which the Raw Reunion show failed to do.
- These are the updated BetOnline ads for Clash of Champions Seth Rollins -300 vs. Braun Strowman +200 Kofi Kingston -200 vs. Randy Orton +150 Becky Lynch -120 vs. Sasha Banks -120 Bayley -140 vs. Charlotte Flair -100 Shinsuke Nakamura -250 vs. The Miz +170 Big E & Xavier Woods -150 vs. The Revival +110 Rollins & Strowman +120 vs. Roode & Ziggler -160 Roman Reigns -600 vs. Erick Rowan +350 Drew Gulak -140 vs. Humberto Carrillo +125 vs. Lince Dorado +500
- Charly Arnolt (Charly Caruso) is promoting MotiveCBD products along with skiing legend Bode Miller and gymnastics star Gabby Douglas.
- A story on Big E (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
- Ariel Helwani reported that the Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington welterweight title match, scheduled to headline MSG on 11/2 on PPV have had negotiations hit a snag and UFC is looking at either a different welterweight fight or a different main event.
- ESPN 2 will be starting a weekly show called UFC Live most Friday's at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. The show will be debuting on 9/13, following Max on boxing and run for 30 minutes. Jon Anik, Karen Bryant and Megan Olivi will host.
- Linda McMahon is heading the fundraising for Donald Trump's reelection and more of the politics on that in this article.
- Taya Valkyrie vs. Tenille Dashwood for the Knockouts title was teased last night for Impact's Bound for Glory.
- Joey Ryan was backstage at the Impact tapings last night and they filmed stuff with him.
- There was an angle at today's New Japan show where Minoru Suzuki attacked Jushin Liger, who was doing commentary, and gave him the Gotch piledriver.
- Josh Alexander, who worked three matches last Friday night in winning the Jim Lyman Memorial Cup for AAW in Chicago, had woken up that morning with a 104 degree fever and didn't tell anyone until after the how was over.
- Chris Jericho's "A Little Bit of the Bubbly" T-shirt is now the best seller at Pro Wrestling Tees.
- Johnny Swinger has signed with Impact and debuted at the tapings last night. They also set up Ken Shamrock vs. Moose for Bound for Glory and with LAX gone, Konnan has been moved to working with RVD & Rhino. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)_
- Kane, Joey Ryan and Renee Michelle will be at the 10/5 MCW show at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD. They will be part of a convention before the show at Noon to 5 p.m.
- ROH is doing a Future of Honor show called Honor Games on 9/20 at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD with Aria Palmer vs. Jenny Rose, Soldier of Savagery vs. Primal Fear and Sumie Sakai & Amy Rose vs. Giant Scott & Lady Frost.
- Robbie McAllister of the Highlanders has a seminar from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 in Oshawa, ONT.
- Combate Americas on 9/27 in Guadalajara, Mexico headlined by a featherweight main event with Horacio Gutierrez vs. Chase Gibson. The show airs live on Univision and TUDN. They also run 10/11 in Tucson, AZ with Jose Alday vs. Andre Barquero, a bantamweight fight, as the main event.
- CWA on 10/12 in Hot Springs, AR at the Convention Center Hall D.
- Limitless Wrestling on Friday night in Portland, ME at the Expo has Dan Maff vs. Ace Romero, AR Fox vs. Christian Casanova plus MJF, Kris Statlander, JT Dunn, Tom Lawlor, Chris Dickinson and The New Hart Foundation.
- CWA on Sunday has Brawl at the Hall in Hilmar,CA at the Grange Hall at 8188 Lander Ave at 3:30 p.m.
- Best of the West runs 9/14 in Fresno, CA at the Best of the West Studios at 5766 E. Fountain Way Suite #101 in Fresno at 6 p.m
- California Championship Wrestling on 9/29 in Los Banos,CA at the Paraiso Brewery at 80 West G. St at 4 p.m. headlined by Super Crazy.
- KSW has announced new fights for 9/14 at SSE Wembley in London. Heavyweight champion Phil DeFries (17-6) faces Luis Henrique (12-5). Henrique replaces Damian Grabowski who pulled out due to a hand injury. Tomasz Narkun (16-3) defends his light heavyweight title against Przemyslaw Mysiala (23-9-1). Roberto Soldie (16-3) faces Patrik Kinel (22-9) for the welterweight title and Norman Parke (27-6-1) faces Marcin Wrzosek (14-5) for the interim lightweight title.
- Defy on 9/27 i Seattle at Washington Hall with Schaff vs. Joey Janela as the main event. Bestia 666 debuts on the show against Rey Hours. You must be 21 to attend.
- ONE will be doing a Fan Fest on 10/5 and 10/6 at the Bellesalle Shibuya Gardens in Tokyo. Among those attending will be Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, Brandon Vera, Rich Franklin and Miesha Tate.
- Added to tomorrow night's MLW show in Dallas is Myron Reed & Kotto Brazil vs. Gringo Loco & Air Wolf. The show is at the NYTEX Sports Centre.
- Legacy Fighting tonight on AXS TV from West Valley, UT at the Maverik Center is headlined by Jon Neal (10-1) vs. Andrew Cruz (6-3) in a featherweight fight and Samson Phommabout (5-1) vs. Mauro Charlet (13-6).
- Bar Wrestling results from Wednesday night in Baldwin Park, CA: Phoenix Star & Zokre b Scorpio Sky & Watts, Jungle Boy b Royce Isaacs, Heather Monroe & Dom Kubrick b Penelope Ford & Kip Sabian, Killer Kross b Jake Atlas, Andy Brown & Tyler Bateman & Joey Ryan b Yuma & BHK & Ryan Taylor, Ivelisse b Ray Rosas, Diego won three-way over Luchasaurus and John Hennigan. This was billed as the farewell for Luchasaurus with the promotion, but may be for others in AEW as well. Next show is 9/18 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.
- Jimmy Jacobs is working a CWE tour of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia from 11/11 to 12/6.
- AAW on 9/29 at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago has Allysin Kay vs. Kimber Lee announced along with Sami Callihan, Jessicka Havok, Jake Something, Eddie Kingston, David Starr, Darby Allin and more.
- MLW announced a return date to Dallas on 1/11.
- Low-Ki posted this video.
- A story on Booker T's wrestling school (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
- A story on Canadian shoot style pro wrestler Daniel Makabe.
- A story on space aliens in wrestling.
- An interview with Chris Jericho.
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