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WWE SmackDown posts best ratings in four months
CMLL releases lineup for 85th Aniversario show
Tetsuya Naito, LIJ to make appearance at Arena Mexico
Erick Rowan to undergo surgery for biceps tear
WWE SmackDown video highlights: New Day win Tag Team titles
WWE 205 Live results: Lucha House Party vs. Murphy & Nese
Women’s title rematch, tag team bout set for WWE SmackDown
Bryan vs. Miz for title shot, tag match announced for Super Show-Down
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. Miz & Maryse set for WWE Hell in a Cell
WWE SmackDown live results: Tag Team title rematch
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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: ROH and NJPW sell out Madison Square Garden
With All In still a few weeks away, the second pro wrestling show in the United States to sell over 10,000 tickets since the death of WCW is already official. Tickets for Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden went on sale last week, with the April 6, 2019 event selling out in just a few days. Approximately 9,000 of the 15,000 tickets were sold after the first day of the HonorClub pre-sale, they were up over 12,000 after a second day of pre-sales, and they sold out shortly after being made available to the general public last Friday.
WON NEWSLETTER: (August 20, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Death of Jim Neidhart, ROH/NJPW sell out MSG
We’ve got a ton of news and analysis on why the next nine months will be so interesting in pro wrestling in the new double-issue of the Observer.
Look at the ROH/NJPW Madison Square Garden sellout and its ramifications. Look at how tickets went, how many were bought by ticket brokers, and how this compares money wise to the biggest non-WWE shows in North America,
Take an extensive look at the life and career of Jim Neidhart. Look back at Neidhart before pro wrestling as a world class shot putter, how he got his start in pro wrestling, and who talked him into trying pro wrestling, his attempts to play in the NFL,
There is an extensive look at the final three days of the G-1 Climax tournament.
Also look at SummerSlam and NXT Takeover, with a look at the two shows, ticket sales and why Takeover looks to be such a strong event.
Examine the Colt Cabana lawsuit against C.M. Punk, and who saw that one coming.
Updated Rey Mysterio Jr. and WWE notes, the future of Matt Hardy, first match official in the women’s evolution PPV, wrestlers who are learning the production side, details on a lot of new WWE injuries, and matches advertised for 1,000th Smackdown,
Also look at Jeff Jarrett’s lawsuit against Anthem Entertainment.
Take 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.
Read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
It was made clear on last night’s SmackDown that Becky Lynch attacking Charlotte Flair after Charlotte won the triple threat SmackDown Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam was a full heel turn. Lynch said the fans act like they’re with her, but she asked if they were really there the whole time. She said there was no hashtag about giving her a chance and no boycott over Charlotte being added to the match. She also blamed the fans for applauding Charlotte winning the title and said the fans don’t say Lynch is the greatest of all time whenever asked. She said they’re a generation of all talk and opinion with no action. The fans still cheered Lynch, though not as loudly as at SummerSlam.
Bill Goldberg’s Twitter was hacked, with the hacker sending out tweets today where they threatened Donald Trump and challenged him to a fight. Goldberg deleted the tweets and spoke to TMZ, telling them that he reached out to the Secret Service on his own. Him and his team have offered to help however they can to catch whoever’s responsible. Goldberg said during his interview with TMZ: “I’m sick and flippin’ tired of people trying to steal people’s identity because it’s happened to me a number of times. These people are bullies and I’m sick and tired of it.”
WWE posted video of Mauro Ranallo’s reactions on commentary during Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano’s last man standing match from TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.
WCCW Star Wars from 1981 is going to be added to the WWE Network as this week’s addition to the Hidden Gems section.
Jerry Lawler appeared on the ABC affiliate in Memphis to discuss his frustrations with jail staff and his doubt over whether Brian Christopher Lawler’s death was a suicide.
Asuka defeated Mandy Rose in the dark match before SmackDown last night. Daniel Bryan defeated Samoa Joe by DQ after 205 Live, with The Miz interfering and AJ Styles making the save.
Barclays Center officials donated $10,000 to Connor’s Cure after hosting SummerSlam weekend.
John Cena teased using a “secret weapon” when he teams with Bobby Lashley against Kevin Owens & Elias at WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia on October 6. Cena has been hyping that he’s going to debut a new move at WWE’s house show in China on September 1.
Cena is producing a prank series for Facebook Watch where celebrities meet their biggest fans while the fans are hypnotized.
Chris Champion, who was part of the New Breed tag team with Sean Royal and was also known as Yoshi Kwan in WCW, has passed away at 57 years old. William Regal paid tribute to him on Twitter: “Sorry to hear of the passing of Chris Champion, known in the early 90’s in WCW as Yoshi Kwan. I got on great with him and his brother Mark Starr,( also passed away)both born in England. Chris was an odd cat but we got on well.”
Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks are the guests on today’s episode of Talk is Jericho, with the interview having been taped in June. Chris Jericho said he told Vince McMahon about All In a few months ago, and Vince replied that he wishes they would have called him because September (when the show is being held) is the worst time of the year to promote.
Jericho appeared on today’s episode of James Ellsworth’s “#DuhCast” and said he’d be open to working for other non-WWE promotions if it’s creatively satisfying and something he can really sink his teeth into. He said he’s loyal to WWE, but the time of him saying he’ll never work for anyone other than Vince McMahon in the United States is gone. Jericho said it’s a whole new world and different market than it used to be.
The Young Bucks released their new “Superkick Party” theme song and entrance video.
The Young Bucks are also the guests on this week’s episode of The Ross Report.
Impact Wrestling’s show in Manchester, England on September 9 will air live on the promotion’s Twitch channel. The show is in conjunction with Wrestling MediaCon.
Revolution Pro Wrestling announced WALTER & Timothy Thatcher vs. Chris Brooks & Jonathan Gresham for their September 8 show in Manchester, which is night one of this year’s British J-Cup.
Taya Valkyrie will be making her MLW debut at the promotion’s War Games event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 6. She’ll be teaming with Joey Ryan against Aria Blake & MJF.
Low Ki is set to defend the MLW World Championship against Jonah Rock at New Horizon Pro Wrestling’s show in Perth, Australia on November 30.
Josh Alexander revealed that, after over six months of work and over $3,000 spent, his United States work visa has been denied. He thanked AAW for sponsoring him.
Michael Chandler has signed a new multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA.
Yoel Romero told Ariel Helwani that his fight against Paulo Costa that was announced for Madison Square Garden in November won’t be happening because he needs more time to heal after undergoing surgery for a broken orbital bone after his last bout.
Tom Lawlor appeared on the MMA Hour this week to discuss being released by the UFC, noting that he’s looking at it as opening the door to other opportunities that will hopefully come his way.
UFC fighter Desmond Green suffered minor injuries during a five-car crash this weekend where two people were killed. The Florida Highway Patrol said that Green lost control of his Dodge Durango and the vehicle veering into the path of a tractor-trailer caused a chain reaction.
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