The Latest from the F4W Staff


WWE Raw video highlights: Braun Strowman stands tall
Asuka headed to WWE Raw roster
PROGRESS Chapter 55 results: Pete Dunne vs. Travis Banks
Big Show set to undergo hip surgery later this month


WOL: Raw, Smackdown, Mae Young Classic, Asuka to RAW, more! 9/12
WOR: Raw report, No Mercy, Smackdown, New Japan worst show of 2017, more! 9/12
B&V: NWA World Championship Wrestling from 1987! Flair vs. Garvin incoming! 9/10

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 9/4/2017: Women’s wrestling takes another step forward with Mae Young Classic 

With everything but the final now having aired, the Mae Young Classic has again challenged whether women’s wrestling occupies enough of the current WWE landscape. The matches went about as well as could be expected. There were few bad ones, a handful of standouts, and a ton of pretty good matches. The 32-competitor field showcased female wrestlers of varying skill sets — from one participant having their literal first professional match (Xia Li) to veterans finally getting their first chance in a WWE ring after lengthy careers.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: September 11, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Jeff Jarrett takes leave of absence from GFW, PWG BOLA reviewed, more

A look at GFW, the departure of Jeff Jarrett, and where things go from here with the company is the lead story in the new issue. Look at the talks of a sale, incidents that happened, future direction, the current television situation, why the tape library isn’t going to be sold, the new creative team, the current angles, Bound for Glory plans, Alberto El Patron, the future of Jim Cornette, Bruce Prichard and others and more.

Look at the Mayweather-McGregor business; looking at PPV in the U.S. and U.K., live gate, what mistakes were made, and the state of McGregor coming out of the fight.

Check out the next two WWE PPV shows, the Cena vs. Reigns program and Enzo Amore and the cruiserweight division.

Details on the Battle of Los Angeles tournament including the Keith Lee vs. Donovan Dijak match, the future of Ricochet and Matt Riddle and how the New Japan/WWE situation fits in, and why the usual rules of wrestling and crowds don’t seem to apply in PWG.

Get an update on John Layfield leaving SmackDown, The Mae Young Classic, how the Mae Young Classic did on the WWE Network, new WWE TV deal in Canada, Hurricane Irma and WWE events, what opposing lawyer in concussion suit asked for as part of a settlement, Samoa Joe injury update, Sami Zayn update, more on the situation with Baron Corbin, Nikki Bella on Dancing with the Stars, WWE running Christmas and New Year’s live shows, injury updates, Australia tour notes, and company value. 

Full coverage of the UFC Fight Pass event from Rotterdam, Holland is in this issue.

Examine the real numbers when it comes to cord cutting, as well as how many people have access to the key stations wrestling and MMA are on.

Get details on the ratings for all the national shows over the past week, including breakdown of who was watching all of the WWE shows.

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WON BACK ISSUE: August 14, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WCW turmoil, Hall of Fame candidates, more 

The turmoil regarding the future of World Championship Wrestling continues with what apparently is a shake-up leaving Brad Siegel backing Vince Russo in complete control of the company. At the same time, the losses continue to escalate, with July’s losses estimated at $7 million, the most, by far, of any month in the history of a company now on track to lose close to $80 million over the course of this year. The main stories going around, seem to involve the prospective merger of AOL and Time Warner, and getting the company’s losses under control.

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WWE has a big night of television in Las Vegas tonight as the Thomas & Mack Center will host SmackDown, the Mae Young Classic finals, and 205 Live. Vince McMahon returning to television to address the Shane McMahon/Kevin Owens situation is advertised for SmackDown, plus there will be three title matches. Naomi will get her rematch against Natalya for the Women’s title, Tye Dillinger gets a shot at AJ Styles’ US title, and The Usos will face The New Day in a street fight for the tag titles.
205 Live will take place after the MYC finals end at around 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. The episode is listed as running for a full hour.
After Maryse and The Miz announced that they’re expecting their first child on Raw last night, Miz wrote a post on Instagram promising to Maryse and the baby that he’ll be the best father he can be and thanking WWE for letting them break the news on television because the company is where they first met.
Mick Foley wrote a Facebook post about his knee replacement surgery: “Hey, if you ever have a chance to talk to #WWEHOF Madusa, and she tells you something, believe it! Madusa warned me that this knee replacement was going to be painful, and the rehab to follow even worse. So far, she is right on the money! But I really needed the surgery. The hip replacement in April has helped tremendously, it was removed so much of the pain I was in the last eight or nine years. But without this knee operation, I was going to continue with that noticeable limp, in case you forgot what The Godfather once told us limpin’…it ain’t easy! As it turns out, my right knee has not been able to straighten for probably 10 years or more. As a result, I’ve been placing far too much weight on my left foot, every day for 10 years – and over the course of that time, it has greatly affected our walk… i’m kind of leaving to a domino reactions were other body parts or stressed when compensating for the knee injury. So, although this surgery is a tough one, It was also a very necessary one. Thanks to all of you responded yesterday with so many kind words. They were really helpful. Have a nice day!”
Alexa Bliss will face Nia Jax in a non-title match on Raw next week.
WWE ratings are delayed this week due to Nielsen’s data center in Florida having been closed for Hurricane Irma.
This week’s NXT television tapings at Full Sail University have also been postponed until Thursday due to the hurricane. They had been scheduled for Wednesday.
Kia Stevens (known as Awesome Kong and Kharma in pro wrestling) was one of the cast members from “GLOW” to appear on the Mae Young Classic red carpet broadcast on Facebook Live.
Vince McMahon will be a playable character in WWE 2K18.
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Rosemary has been cleared to return to the ring following the incident where she was injured by Sexy Star at Triplemania.
OVW is running a benefit show for Matt Cappotelli at Davis Arena in Louisville on September 23rd to help support Cappotelli as he battles brain cancer for a second time. Jim Cornette confirmed that he’ll be at the show and signing autographs and taking pictures with those who donate.
ROH announced that The Young Bucks will be wrestling twice on the September 22nd Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view. They’ll be defending their ROH tag titles against the Motor City Machine Guns in addition to teaming with Hangman Page to defend the six-man tag titles against the winner of a Bully Ray & The Briscoes vs. The Kingdom match that will take place earlier in the night.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas is official for UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden on November 4th.
Mickey Gall will also be on the UFC 217 card in a fight against Randy Brown.
Michael Bisping joked with Georges St-Pierre as they began the media tour for their fight at the MSG show.
Brian Stann explained his reasons for leaving his analyst role with the UFC, including wanting to be with his family more and the uncertain nature of a career in television.
Demetrious Johnson said that he might be done fighting for the year if his matchup against Ray Borg can’t be be rescheduled to UFC 216 in October.

Today in Professional Wrestling History: Sting wins WCW World title at Fall Brawl 1999


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