Women’s Tag Team title match set for Monday’s WWE Raw
AEW announces ticket info for second and third TV episodes
MLW to honor Gary Hart at Texas TV tapings
Joe Hendry signs with Ring of Honor
HHH TakeOver audio: NXT-FS1 rumors, Simone Johnson updates
WOL: Huge weekend of wrestling, NXT, SummerSlam, G-1, more! 8/9
JNPO: Colby, Trump shoutouts, and Vinny Mac in Afghanistan 8/9
Big Audio Nightmare: G1 check-in, Budokan weekend preview 8/9
B&V&G: Granny, NXT, WWF Superstars of Wrestling from 1992! 8/8
HHH TakeOver audio: NXT-FS1 rumors, Simone Johnson updates 8/8
ROH IN TORONTO TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. EASTERN AT THE MATTAMY ATHLETIC CENTER ON HONOR CLUB
Silas Young vs. P.J. Black
Caristico & Soberano Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs. Cavernario & Hechicero & Templario
PCO & Body King vs. TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia
Bandido & Mark Haskins vs. Jonathan Gresham & Jay Lethal
Kelly Klein vs. Tasha Steelz for WOH title
Rush vs. Dalton Castle in a no DQ match
Shane Taylor vs. Tracy Williams for TV title
Matt Taven vs. Alex Shelley for ROH title
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa in a ladder match for ROH tag titles
CMLL TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN ON THE CMLL YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK PAGES FROM ARENA MEXICO IN MEXICO CITY
Magnus & Oro Jr. vs. Nitro & Sangre Azteca
Atlantis Jr. & Dulce Gardenia & Titan vs. Ephesto& Mephisto & Okumura
Women’s elimination match: Dalys vs.. Lluvia vs. Sanely vs. Comandante vs. Mystique vs. Stephanie Vaquer vs. Jarochita vs. Skadi vs,.Reyna Isis vs. Magnifica
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja & Valiente vs. Negro Casas & Sanada & Sanson
Ultimo Guerrero vs. Ciber the Main Man for CMLL heavyweight title
Volador Jr. & Dragon Lee & Diamante Azul vs. Euforia & Forastero & Gran Guerrero
NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX A BLOCK FINALS FROM BUDOKAN HALL IN TOKYO AT 5 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD AND 9 P.M. ON AXS TV
Juice Robinson & Ren Narita vs. Jon Moxley & Shota Umino
Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma vs,. Jeff Cobb & Toa Henare
Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi & Bushi vs. Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Sanada vs. Bad Luck Fale
Evil vs. Lance Archer
KENTA vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi for A block championship
UFC FROM MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY ON SATURDAY
ESPN at 5 p.m. Eastern
Veronica Macedo (125.5) vs. Polyana Viana (126)
Alex da Silva (155.5) vs. Rodrigo Vargas (156)
Geraldo de Freitas (135) vs. Chris Gutierrez (156)
Rogerio Bontorin (125.5) vs. Raulian Paiva (125.5)
Marina Rodriguez (115.5) vs. Tecia Torres (115)
Gilbert Burns (171) vs. Aleksei Kunchenko (170)
Cyril Gane (241) vs. Raphael Pessoa (261)
ESPN+ at 8 p.m. Eastern
Enrique Barzola (145) vs. Bobby Moffett (146)
Oskar Piechota (185) vs. Rodolfo Vieira (185.5)
Ilir Latifi (204.5) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (205.5)
Humberto Bandenay (146) vs, Luiz Eduardo Garagorri (145.5)
Vicente Luque (171) vs. Mike Perry (170.5)
Valentina Shevchenko (124.5) vs. Liz Carmouche (125) for women’s flyweight title
NXT TAKEOVER TORONTO AT THE SCOTIA BANK ARENA AT 7 P.M. EASTERN SATURDAY NIGHT ON WWE NETWORK
Jordan Myles vs. Cameron Grimes for Breakout tournament finale (for Wednesday’s NXT TV show)
Tyler Breeze & Fandango vs. Forgotten Sons (for Wednesday’s NXT TV show)
Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae
Shayna Baszler vs. Mia Yim for women’s title
Street Profits vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly for tag titles
Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong vs. Pete Dunne for North American title
Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano for NXT title – First fall street fight, Second fall wrestling match, Third fall stips picked by William Regal
MLW FUSION AT 9 P.M. EASTERN SATURDAY NIGHT ON BEIN SPORTS
Alexander Hammerstone vs, Savio Vega for the National Openweight title
Rey Hours vs. Bestia 666
NEW JAPAN G-1 B BLOCK FINALS AT BUDOKAN HALL ON SUNDAY AT 5 A.M EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
Evil & Sanada & Bushi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare vs. KENTA & Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. & Lance Archer & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Taichi
Toru Yano vs. Jeff Cobb
Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi
Juice Robinson vs. Jon Moxley
Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito
WWE SUMMERSLAM ON SUNDAY AT 6 P.M. EASTERN ON WWE NETWORK
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for Universal title
Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton for WWE title
Bill Goldberg vs, Dolph Ziggler
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon – If Owens loses he must quit WWE
A.J. Styles vs. Ricochet for U.S. title
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
Becky Lynch vs. Natalya submission match for Raw women’s title
Bayley vs. Ember Moon for Smackdown women’s title
Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan for cruiserweight title
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX FINALS AT BUDOKAN HALL ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT 2 A.M. EASTERN AND 11 P.M. PACIFIC ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Raw will be live on Monday from Toronto with Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss defending the women’s tag titles against Asuka & Kairi Sane and The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler.
Smackdown and 205 Live will be Tuesday night from Toronto.
F4W NEWSLETTER: Rey Mysterio and avoiding missed opportunity
Joseph Currier looks at Rey Mysterio’s current WWE run and the value he could still have to the company. Plus, Vinny’s TV reviews.
After three years away from the company, Mysterio made his full-time return to WWE last fall. His current run hasn’t been a failure, but this is the time when he’s freshest to WWE and the fans. That hasn’t really been capitalized on.
Mysterio won the US title from Samoa Joe at Money in the Bank, but his reign never got a chance to begin. He had to vacate the title after separating his shoulder. Wherever WWE was going with Mysterio’s son Dominick being by his side against Joe, that’s seemingly been dropped. When Mysterio returned, he was demolished by Bobby Lashley in his first match back.
Mysterio also participated in a number one contender’s battle royal last month, with Rollins winning and advancing to challenge Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Mysterio defeated Zayn at Raw Reunion, though the segment was mostly about returning legends getting to appear. RVD, Sgt. Slaughter, The Hurricane, and Kurt Angle stopped Zayn from walking out. Mysterio then hit the 619 and a frog splash to get the win.
Raw Reunion capitalized on the nostalgia of returning wrestlers from previous eras. Mysterio appearing on the same episode as them showed how much of an opportunity WWE is missing with him. Even at 44 years old, Mysterio is such an incredible in-ring performer. He can still be one of the most marketable people on the roster and one of the wrestlers with the most mainstream appeal. He can still connect as a top babyface. He’s a Hall of Fame wrestler that still has a ton of value to the company. WWE moved on from John Cena too quickly when he should have had time left as a top star, and they shouldn’t make the same mistake with Mysterio.
WON NEWSLETTER: August 12, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Life and death of Harley Race
The early career of Harley Race, his road to the world title and his battles with Hulk Hogan is the lead story of a special double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We examine why Race made such a convincing champion, the story behind his seventh world title win over Ric Flair and how Vince McMahon attempted to sabotage what at the time was the biggest pro wrestling event in history. We look at how the Flair vs. Race storyline at the first Starrcade went down, how Flair first became NWA champion, McMahon’s big move right before Starrcade, how many modern wrestlers copied him, what he was known for in Japan, the incident with Hogan and the story behind why there was so much of a delay in the Hogan vs. Race program in WWF and why it didn’t draw well.
We look at how Race first got involved in pro wrestling, the auto accident that killed his wife and nearly ended his career, his early career, how he got his first major career break at the age of 21, the legend of Bruiser & Crusher vs. The Dolly Sisters tag team, Race the street fighter, the creation of the world tag team championships in Australia, and his rise in the NWA. We look at the unique situation that led to his first world title reign, why it was never planned and how his work in seven weeks as champion changed his entire career. We also look at the road to his second world title.
We also update the G-1 Climax tournament with coverage of all the shows this past week with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.
We cover the biggest event of the year in Mexico, TripleMania, with business notes, lots on the debut of Cain Velasquez, the story behind his moves, the return of L.A. Park, The Elite, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
We also explore how the creative changes impacted the SummerSlam show, with notes on the different changes, the Takeover card, and the ticket demand going into the big weekend.
We look at yet another new WWE television show being proposed, Dwayne Johnson retiring as a wrestler, notes on Hobbs & Shaw, NXT business, WWE rules regarding U.K. talent, Goldberg pay, WWE looking at a major acquisition, WWE thinking about house show changes and why, WrestleMania 2021 news, an update on WWE show in Saudi Arabia, and an update on WWE touring schedule.
We have notes on how TV will be routed come October, Fox talks abut Smackdown, lots of WWE injury updates, intergender matches, WWE ticket sales, Mae Young Classic 2019, a new WWE producer, Reigns talks Dean Ambrose, Lio Rush update, a surprise return to WWE in two weeks, complaints at NXT live events about fans, Evolve news, WWE market value, most-watched shows on WWE Network, as well as a rundown on all WWE live events held over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.
We’ve got full coverage of the UFC event in Newark headlined by Colby Covington’s win over Robbie Lawler.
We also look back at the PWG 16th anniversary show, the rise of PWG, and the Battle of Los Angeles participants.
We also 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
While this has not been announced officially, ITV Box Office will be carrying All Out as a PPV event in the U.K.
Trish Stratus has been saying that Sunday’s match with Charlotte Flair will be her final match.
Ariel Helwani puts together his first E:60 at ESPN with a feature on Daniel Cormier which will air Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern and 6 a.m. Pacific. I have a very small role it in. I’ve seen the finished product and you will really like it. Here are some clips. Here is a story on Helwani putting the show together.
Impact announced Bound for Glory on 10/20 in Chicago at the Odeum Expo Center with tickets now on sale at www.impactwrestling.com Titanium tickets at $300 get front row for Bound for Glory, admission to the 10/18 show in South Bend, admission to the fan interaction 10/19 at 115 Bourbon Street and early admission to Bound for Glory
Lance Storm announced today that he will be closing down his Storm Wrestling Academy after his next session in September. Storm noted that in the last 14 years he has trained wrestlers from approximately 30 countries. He already notified those who had signed up for 2020 sessions that he was finishing up at the end of the year. Storm said, “My body is getting tired and my kids are adults now, so a moderate road schedule is acceptable. I reached out to see what my options were and got an offer I liked.”
Tegan Nox returned to action last month after major knee surgery.
Stephanie McMahon talks to Fortune magazine about SummerSlam, as well as makes a comment on AEW. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
DK Publishing announced a new book: WWE: 35 Years of WrestleMania. The book will be released on 9/3 and will cover every WrestleMania.
Jimmy Uso, who is not on the SummerSlam card, was pulled from autograph signings because he was unable to get across the border due to his recent DUI arrest,.
ESPN has a story on WWE recruiting former football players. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
The Edmonton Sun has a story on Roman Reigns,who played for the Edmonton Eskimos after his first bout with leukemia.
The 10/12 show that was expected to be at the Chase Center in San Francisco will instead be taking place in Tampa.
Alex Oliveira vs. Nicolas Darby has been added to the 9/28 show in Copenhagen, Denmark.
OWE from Wednesday in Toronto: Sunny Zhai b Buck Gunderson, Dark Order b Lindaman & T-Hawk, Sammy Guevara b Alexander James, Cima & Christopher Daniels b Private Party, Gao Jinglia b Mike Bailey (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
Smash vs. Progress from Wednesday in Toronto: Mike Rollins b Trent Seven, Brent Banks & Tyson Dux b Aussie Open, Jordynne Grace b Alexia Nicole to keep Progress women’s title, Walter b Kevin Bennett, Tarik b Jordan Devlin, Toni Storm b Jody Threat, Team Smash of John Greed & Daniel Garcia & Idris Abraham & Joe Coleman b Team Progress of David Starr & Chris Brookes & Travis Banks & Paul Robinson (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
wXw Ambition from yesterday in Toronto: This was a one-night UWFI style tournament: Timothy Thatcher b Alexander James, Daniel Makabe b Bobby Gunns, Daniel Garcia b Buck Gunderson, Walter b Mike Bailey, Timothy Thatcher b Daniel Makabe, Walter b Daniel Garcia, Yuki Ishikawa b Tyson Dux, Walter b Timothy Thatcher to win tournament. (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
Progress from yesterday in Toronto: Jordan Banks b Travis Banks, Toni Storm b Holidead, Aussie Open won three-way over Dark Order and Andy Williams & Pepper Parks, Trent Seven b Eddie Kingston, Chris Brookes & Jordynne Grace b David Starr & Jody Threat, Walter b Paul Robinson to keep Progress title. Dave Musgrave called it the best live show he’d ever seen.
Toni Storm was pulled from today’s wXw who in Toronto. We don’t have any more details on it past that she’s already been in town and has wrestled on other shows.
Some shows in Toronto the next two days:
Smash Wrestling at 8 p.m. tonight has Kevin Bennett vs. Mike Bailey, plus Jordynne Grace, Rosemary, LuFisto, Tyson Dux, Veda Scott, Daisuke Sekimoto and Walter.
A combination women’s show at the Summit tomorrow at 11 a.m. has Nicole Savoy vs. Nicole Matthews for the Shimmer title, Mercedes Martinez vs. Jordynne Grace for the Femmes Fatales title, Rosemary vs. KC Spinelli for the Smash title, Zoe Lucas vs. Aerial Monroe for the Phoenix of Rise title, Priscilla Kelly vs. Cheerleader Melissa vs. LuFisto vs. Allysin Kay, Delilah Doom vs. Shotzi Blackheart and more. Bull Nakano will headline a meet and greet at 9 a.m.
OWE tomorrow at 3 p.m. has Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Rekka & Gaia Hox, Sebastian Suave vs. Cima, Gao Jinglia vs. Sammy Guevara, Psycho Mike vs. Sky, T-Hawk vs. Daniel Garcia and Lindaman vs. Brandon Cutler.
Wrestling Revolver on 8/23 in Dayton at The Brightside with a one night tournament. Some first round matches are Daga vs. Tessa Blanchard, Jimmy Havoc vs. Jessicka Havok and Jake Crist vs. Nevaeh. They also run 10/4 in West Des Moines, IA at the Val Air Ballroom with Larry D vs. Killer Kross vs. Mad Man Fulton, plus Tessa Blanchard, Rich Swann, Daga, Jessicka Havok, JT Dunn, Mance Warner and more
MCW Tribute to the Legends on 10/5 with a Convention at Noon at a show at 7 p.m. The meet and greet will include Kane and the Briscoe Brothers.
Innovate Wrestling tomorrow in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.
Shine on 8/24 in Livonia, MI at 4 p.m. with Allysin Kay defending the Shine title against Mercedes Martinez and Ivelisse, Luscious Latasha & Gabby Gilbert vs. Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo for the tag titles and Shotzi Blackheart defending the Nova title against Natalia Markova.
Right after will be an Evolve show in the same building at 8 p.m. with Matt Riddle vs. Josh Briggs, Austin Theory vs. Anthony Henry, JD Drake vs. Arturo Ruas, AR Fox vs. Joe Gacy anything goes, Curt Stallion vs. Anthony Greene, Babatunde vs. Sean Maluta, Leon Ruff vs. Brandon Taggart and Stephen Wolf vs. Anthony Gutierrez
Evolve on 8/25 in Chicago has Austin Theory vs. JD Drake vs Josh Briggs for the Evolve title, AR Fox & Leon Ruff defend the tag titles against Matt Riddle & Curt Stallion, Arturo Ruas vs. Anthony Henry no holds barred, Shotzi Blackheart vs. Brandi Lauren Kendo stick match, Babatunde vs. Joe Gacy, Adrian Alanis & Liam Grey vs. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett, Stephen Wolf vs. Sean Maluta and Anthony Greene vs. Paco.
AXS tonight at 9 p.m. will be airing the 2009 Affliction show headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel.
Ken Shamrock’s first Valor Bare Knuckle show is 9/21 from New Town, ND at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge with a one-night heavyweight tournament that will include former UFC fighters Jack May, Remeau Thierry Sokoudjou and Mark Godbeer, plus former K-1 star Mighty Mo. This will air live on PPV for $29.95.
Pro Wrestling EVE tomorrow at the Resistance Gallery in London has Millie McKenzie vs. Roxxy, tag champs Jetta & Erin Angel vs. Debbie Keitel &U Valkyrie, Nina Samuels vs. Laura Di Matteo, Sammi Jayne vs Charlie Evans and more.
Impact announced tickets are now on sale for Bound for Glory on 10/20 in Chicago.
Emily Anzulis from Titan Games is now training for pro wrestling under Tom Prichard in Knoxville.
Former WWE star Jillian Hall Fletcher said that she was expecting her first child in March.
Warrior Wrestlnig is hopeful of finalizing a deal to bring in former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir for the 9/1 show in Chicago.
A story on David Crockett, the former announcer and WCW executive. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
An interview with AEW announcer Alex Marvez is at
Cain Velasquez will be doing a meet and greet and taking part in the Pro Wrestling Revolution show on 10/5 in San Jose at Mt. Pleasant High School where he’ll meet childhood idol El Hijo del Santo
A story on ROH attendance problems.
A story on former star Thunderbolt Patterson.
A story on Shakira Barrera of the GLOW TV show. (thanks to Barry Werner)
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