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THE LATEST NEWS

Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch announced for WWE Super Show-Down
Toni Storm returning in time for PROGRESS Wembley Arena show
WWE Raw ratings up very slightly on Labor Day
New Year’s Eve episode of WWE Raw to be taped in advance
Tessa Blanchard signs with Women of Wrestling, set for AXS TV tapings
All In: Zero Hour draws nearly 200,000 viewers on WGN America
WWE SmackDown video highlights: More build to Hell in a Cell

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WOL: All In numbers, Tessa Blanchard, Smackdown, Joey Ryan interview, more! 9/5
B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro from 19 years ago this week! 9/4


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: All In celebrates past, present, and future

Amid all of the speculation about what the show means for the industry and what’s next for those who put it together, All In was a celebration of the past, present, and future of professional wrestling. Taken as a whole, All In was a show-of-the-year candidate. It was important that the card delivered, but nothing could have taken away from the accomplishment of it even happening. 


WON NEWSLETTER: September 3, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All In preview, more 

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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
The 2018 Mae Young Classic premieres on the WWE Network at 9 p.m. Eastern time tonight and will air in that post-NXT time slot leading up to Evolution on October 28. The four matches airing on tonight’s episode are: Meiko Satomura vs. Killer Kelly, Tegan Nox vs. Zatara, Lacey Lane vs. Vanessa Kraven, and Rhea Ripley vs. MJ Jenkins.
WWE’s press release for season two of Mixed Match Challenge noted that the finals of the tournament will be taking place at TLC on December 16.
Buddy Murphy vs. Gran Metalik has been announced for next week’s 205 Live. Metalik defeated Murphy’s tag team partner Tony Nese last night.
PWInsider reported that Nia Jax, who hasn’t wrestled in several weeks, was at the WWE Performance Center this week doing physical therapy on her leg.
As they often do, WWE sent out a survey to gauge interest in potential new show concepts for the Network. They also asked if viewers would be more likely to watch NXT if it were live and about their interest in NXT UK and potential live event specials like last year’s Starrcade house show.
Heath Slater wrote a post on Instagram about the tag teams and factions he’s been in and wanting to do things his own way one day: “I got signed with @wwe when I was 22 years old. I’ve been through Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling and The Foundation of @wwenxt Ive been in faction after faction and tag team after tag team none of them actually went the way I hoped. I just hope that one day before this is all over that I can do things my way. And as a grizzled young vet in the business I hope that time comes sooner than later.”
Dave Bautista has signed with the CAA talent agency. He tweeted about the news: “Hi my names Dave and I’m here to f*ck sh*t up! Not literally! But if I do break anything I will fix it. And If I can’t fix it I will pay for it I swear! And then I will apologize and hug you until it becomes embarrassingly awkward. But yeah! Here we go!”
Diamond Dallas Page was the guest on yesterday’s episode of the Joe Rogan Experience.
Corey Graves tweeted a storyline explanation for how The Shield were able to get out of jail so quickly in their angle on Monday’s Raw: “Made a few calls this morning. Turns out @DavidOtunga has a judge friend in Columbus and called in a late night Labor Day favor for The Shield. Everybody can relax now.”
Pro Wrestling
In the aftermath of All In, the NWA and Being the Elite have both released fallout episodes from the show. The NWA’s Ten Pounds of Gold episode focuses on Cody and Nick Aldis backstage before their match and Cody’s NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship win. Being the Elite is over 47 minutes long and chronicles the weekend.
On Sean Mooney’s podcast, Marty Scurll said that his match against Kazuchika Okada only went one minute over its allotted time. Despite other things on the show going long, Scurll said Nick Jackson told him and Okada not to cut anything before their match. Scurll was asked about him not being out there for the show-closing promo and said that he didn’t know it was going on and was in the shower after his match.
Kenny Omega and Cody appeared on a live episode of Macaulay Culkin’s Bunny Ears podcast at Starrcast.
Omega also did a post-All In interview with Sports Illustrated.
Matt Jackson praised the five other wrestlers in the main event six-man tag at All In.
Ring of Honor announced that they’ve released the final batch of “production hold” tickets for the ROH & NJPW G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden next April.
Ahead of their match at EVOLVE 112 on Friday, NXT’s Velveteen Dream cut a promo calling Austin Theory entitled.
Here are the updated lineups for EVOLVE’s shows in Joppa, Maryland on Friday and Queens, New York on Saturday:
EVOLVE 112 (Friday) —
Velveteen Dream vs. Austin Theory (only for the live crowd)
WWN Champion Joey Janela defending against AR Fox
Chris Dickinson vs. Josh Briggs
Jaka vs. Leon Ruff
Priscilla Kelly vs. Kiera Hogan vs. Dementia D’Rose vs. Aja Perera
Darby Allin vs. Anthony Henry
JD Drake vs. Harlem Bravado
Tracy Williams vs. Jon Davis
Jason Kincaid & Facade vs. WWN seminar/tryout winners

EVOLVE 113 (Saturday) —
Velveteen Dream vs. Darby Allin (only for the live crowd)
EVOLVE Champion Shane Strickland defending against Tracy Williams
EVOLVE Tag Team Champions Chris Dickinson & Jaka defending against The Skulk
AR Fox vs. Austin Theory
Joey Janela vs. JD Drake

EVOLVE uploaded videos with Janela and Williams ahead of the shows.
Cheeseburger told The Wrestling Estate that facing either Jushin Thunder Liger or KUSHIDA at G1 Supercard would be his dream scenario.
UFC/MMA
Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff is set for UFC 231 in Toronto on December 8.
Justin Gaethje is interested in fighting the loser of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor or Tony Ferguson.
Owen Roddy, who is McGregor’s striking coach, said that he doesn’t think McGregor will retire after facing Nurmagomedov and that his future will depend on what fights are available.
Edson Barboza will face Dan Hooker at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee on December 15.
Al Iaquinta told Ariel Helwani that he’s agreed to face Kevin Lee in the main event of the December 15 show.

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