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This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
- Game and Actor of the Week
- The life and times of Gene LeBell, MMA, stunt work, pro wrestling, accomplice in a homicide, training Lou Thesz, national judo champion, enforcer work in boxing and wrestling, details of what is believed to be the first mixed match in history and later refereeing Ali vs. Inoki, The Story of Bearcat Wright, Steven Seagal, Bruce Lee, Chuck Morris, Ronda Rousey, Roddy Piper, Los Angeles Wrestling Territory
- Updated G1 Climax report with all of the last week’s fights, rankings and final shows
- Clash on Castle update
- Vice’s Tales from the Territory, what is and what is not confirmed
- UFC coverage on Saturday night
- AAA Triplemania preview and Verano de Escandalo coverage
- The death of Mexican star TNT and a look back at a boom in wrestling in this country
- The most in-depth look at the pro wrestling TV business over the past week
- More about the CMLL anniversary sow
- More on the CMLL Grand Prix
- Konnan and Dorian Roldan discuss the AAA future
- *Stardom Five Star Grand Prix Update
- NOAH N-1 Tournament
- Ric Flair talks about his last match
- Update on the Dave Bautista movie
- Death of Mike Masters/Rocky Jones
- Former Raw cast member loses Senate race
- Lots of AEW updates
- Big star talk goes to AEW
- AEW and WWE streaming numbers
- Ticket sales updates for AEW and WWE shows
- UFC new deal in its second largest market
- Lots of new big UFC fights
- BoNickal and UFC
- Vince McMahon’s new payments found
- Questions are asked about a WWE branch
- Return of Dexter Lumis, Karrion Kross & Scarlett
- Women’s Tag Team Title Tournament
- Filming for a new WWE TV show
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News update from Friday
- WrestleMania tickets are now available to the public through Ticketmaster for the 4/1 shows. and 2.4.
- A number of markets will not be broadcasting Smackdown live tonight as NFL teams in the area have preseason games on the local FOX channel. So check your local guides to find out when the show airs. Additionally, when the fast national teams emerge, it monitors all FOX channels, meaning the markets that broadcast much higher rated football are included in the number, making it look like a monster rating. The really serious number will not be available until Monday.
- Raleigh for Smackdown has a huge lead with more than 8,000 tickets. Announced for the show is a signing of Liv Morgan/Shayna Baszler, Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah vs. Xia Li & Shotzi in the Women’s Tag Team Tournament and Gunther vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC Title.
- At AEW Rampage tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT, Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo will defend the AAA Mixed Tag Titles against Dante Martin & Skye Blue, Austin & Colten Gunn vs. Erick Redbeard & Danhausen, Sonny Kiss vs. Parker Boudreaux and Orange Cassidy vs Ari Daivari. Bryan Danielson does an interview advancing Wednesday’s match with Daniel Garcia in a 2/3 fall fight, and Hook also makes an appearance.
- Impact Emergence on Impact+ tonight by Cicero IL
- Brian Myers vs. Bhupinder Gurjar for the Digital Media title.
- Taya & Rosemary vs. Deonna Purrazzo & Chelsea Green for the Knockouts Tag Title
- Deaner & Joe Doering vs. Chris Sabin & Kushida
- Sami Callihan vs. Steve Maclin
- Honor No More vs. Bullet Club – If Honor No More loses they must disband, if they win they can get title chances
- Bandido vs. Rey Horus
- Mike Bailey vs Jack Evans for the X Title
- Jordynne Grace vs. Mia Yim for the Knockouts Title
- Josh Alexander vs. Alex Shelley for the Impact title
- No polls this weekend. We will be looking for reports on these shows
- Smackdown Tonight in Raleigh, NC (Dark Match and TV stuff only)
- WWE Saturday Show in Salisbury, MD
- WWE Sunday Show in Atlantic City, NJ
- Reports can be sent to [email protected]
- G1 will perform tomorrow at 5am at Machida Gym in Tokyo with Aaron Henare vs. KENTA, Toru Yano vs. Jeff Cobb, Shingo Takagi vs. Juice Robinson, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Will Ospreay, and Taichi vs. Jay White.
- UFC tomorrow night in San Diego on ESPN from 4 p.m. Eastern Time
- Youssef Zalal (135.5) vs. Da’mon Blackshear (134)
- Jason Witt (179.5) vs. Josh Quinlan (175)
- Ode Osbourne (125) vs. Tyson Nam (126)
- Gabriel Benitez (155) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (155)
- Cynthia Calvillo (125.5) vs. Nina Nunes (125.5)
- Martin Buday (266) vs Lukasz Brzeski (236.5)
- Angela Hill (119.5) vs. Lupita Godinez (119)
- Gerald Meerschaert (185) vs Bruno Silva (186)
- Ariane Lipski (135.5) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (135)
- Devin Clark (205) vs. Azamat Murzakanov (204)
- Yazmin Jauregui (114.5) vs. Iasmin Lucindo (116)
- Nate Landwehr (145.5) vs. David Onama (145)
- Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Marlon Chito Vera (135.5)
- Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on Showtime
- Austin Vanderford (184.4) vs. Aaron Jeffrey (185)
- Said Sowma (243.3) vs. Gökhan Sarikam (248.2)
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (129) vs. Bruna Ellen (125.6)
- Valentin Moldavsky (238.2) vs. Steve Mowry (249.8)
- Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (170)
- Macfarlane missed the weight by three pounds.
- Vanderford has been with AEW many times during the ATT angle and is the husband of Paige VanZant.
- BetOnline has evened the odds for the title match between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre at -120.
- MLW announced that its Aug. 27 telecast in El Paso TX will be a house show instead. MLW contacted some talent originally booked for the show and said they would not be using it. Anyone whose booking has been canceled will receive half their usual booking fees. Since they didn’t get a new announced TV deal, there was no need to record the show.
- Fozzy has shows September 19th in Charlottesville, VA at the Jefferson Theater and September 30th in Richmond, VA at the Canal Club. Me (thanks to Gene Restaino)
- The NWA will work with Vet Tix to offer free tickets to upcoming shows to American soldiers and their families.
- Combate Global has an all women’s show tonight at 11pm Eastern on Paramount + headlining Claire Lopez (6-4) vs. Camila Rivaroa (4-3-1).
- N-1 tournament tomorrow is in Osaka with Go Shiozaki vs. Anthony Greene, Kazuyuki Fujita vs. El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Kenou vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Masato Tanaka vs. Hideki Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Masa Kitamiya, and Satoshi Kojima vs. Kinya Okada.
- Bobby Fulton, who has drawn huge crowds for shows in Chillicothe, OH, is officiating the Great Fall Bash on 10/15. at the OUC Shoemaker Center. Afternoon gathering attendees include Jake Roberts, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Luke Williams, Warlord, Barbarian, Erick Redbeard, Baby Doll, Buff Bagwell, Bobby Fulton Shark Boy, Jerry Lawler, Lex Luger, Greg Valentine, Brian Pillman Jr. Demolition , Paul Roma, Tatanka, Chamomile, Ariane Andrew, Shane Douglas, Mr. Hughes, Sam Houston, Bill Dundee and more.
- Defy on 8/20 at Seattle’s Washington Hall features Karrion Kross, Scarlett (Meet and Greet) as well as Christopher Daniels, Swerve Strickland, Bobby Fish, Bollywood Boyz, Alex Shelley, Killer Kelly, Yuya Uemura, Titus Alexander, Cody Chhun and Dragon Gates La Estrella.
- Defy is coming on 10/8. to Portland, OR at the Kliever Armory with Swerve Strickland, Christopher Daniels, Midnight Heat and Kevin Sullivan.
- Debbie Malenko returns on 10/8. back to West Coast Pro in San Francisco at the United Irish Cultural Center.
- Ultimate Championship Wrestling has partnered with Go Passage for a streaming platform, the UCW Network, which will air PPVs and a weekly TV show on Friday nights.
- Challenge Lucha on August 18 in Toronto at Parkdale Hall with Effy, Allie Katch, Gringo Loco and more.
- 559 bouts tomorrow in Visalia, CA at Valley Strong Ballpark.
- Empire State Wrestling opens training school in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, you can email [email protected]
- Herschel Walker will be born on August 20th. be a guest at the NFC MMA Show in Atlanta in the Atlanta District.
- WAR Wrestling on September 10th in Lima, OH at the Empowered Sports Center.