THE LATEST NEWS
Michael Luisi out as president of WWE Studios
NWA to hold 70th Anniversary Show this October
Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet & Dunne announced for NXT TV tapings
WWE NXT results: Pete Dunne vs. Zack Gibson UK title match
Cody: Bullet Club members committed to taking next step together
Lucha Underground results: Last Man or Machine Standing
UFC signs Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes for final show of 2018
THE LATEST AUDIO
WOL: Becky Lynch heel turn fallout, news, DAILY FABLE, more! 8/23
WOR: Villano III, Champion, Becky, Lesnar, ratings, Smackdown, tons more! 8/23
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: ROH and NJPW sell out Madison Square Garden
With All In still a few weeks away, the second non-WWE 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 27, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Summerslam and NXT Takeover Brooklyn reviews, more
There was hardly a shortage of news coming out of this year’s SummerSlam show on 8/19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
It was three years and five months after the plan to coronate Roman Reigns as the company’s main champion by beating the guy who ended the streak, Brock Lesnar, was supposed to play out. It was delayed so often by fear of a bad fan reaction that the breaking of the streak was not even relevant in the storyline. Indeed, Reigns himself beat Undertaker a second time at a WrestleMania and that’s wasn’t relevant by this time either.
In this case, the company’s approach to avoid the negativity, but finally pull the trigger ended up with a clever bait & switch idea that at least made the fans at home not think the fans were revolting on the switch.
ORDERING INFO: Order the print Wrestling Observer right now and get it delivered via mail, by sending your name, address, Visa or Master Card number and an expiration date to Dave Meltzer, or by using PayPal directing funds to Dave@WrestlingObserver.com.
Rates in the United States are $13 for 4 issues, $32 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $14.50 for 4, $35 for 12, $67 for 24, $111 for 40 and $144 or 52. In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the rest of the world, rates are $16.50 for 4, $44 for 12, $85 for 24, $141 for 40 issues and $183 for 52. If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.)
If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can choose one free classic issue or two free classic issues with a 40-issue subscription.
THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
NXT is taping television at Full Sail University tonight, with the episodes focused on fallout from TakeOver: Brooklyn. We’ll have a report from the tapings once they’re over.
WWE released the official poster for Evolution, with it featuring Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler, Kairi Sane, Natalya, Trish Stratus, and Lita. Charlotte is front and center on the poster. When the show was announced, WWE noted that over 50 wrestlers from the past and present would participate in it. The NXT Women’s Championship, which Sane currently holds and was last held by Baszler, is one of the titles being defended on the show.
Road Dogg responded to a fan on Twitter who said the story they’re telling on SmackDown between Becky Lynch and Charlotte has been Lynch fighting and struggling for a title shot while Charlotte was handed an opportunity and took away a moment from Lynch: “That’s not the story you were told, that’s the story you wanted to hear. She had to do the exact same thing as Charlotte did, beat Carmella! They both climbed the exact same mountain”
WWE.com has a poll asking fans whether they supported Lynch the entire time that she was trying to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Daniel Bryan told Sky Sports that he really liked wrestling Big Cass during their feud. Bryan said he thought Cass progressed a lot when they worked together, that he wishes Big Cass luck and hopes he does very well, and that he likes Cass as a person and as a wrestler.
The New Day, Rusev & Lana, and Sasha Banks were guests on a WWE edition of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg.
Bret Hart was honored with a Blackfoot name meaning “Courageous Chief” at a ceremony in Calgary.
Jack Gallagher appeared on the latest episode of website Giant Bomb’s Get in the Ring.
On his podcast this week, Jim Ross said that he thinks Josh Barnett will be unavailable for NJPW’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed show in Long Beach, California on September 30. Ross said one of Barnett’s fighters has a fight in Japan against Bob Sapp for Rizin and he’s not sure if Barnett will be back in time to call the show with him on AXS. Ross said it’s still being worked on, but they have a pretty good plan in place.
Michael Elgin, The Briscoes, Flip Gordon, David Finlay, Dark Magic, Okumura, and El Mesias will be the international team for CMLL’s Gran Prix on October 5.
PROGRESS announced that Jimmy Havoc and Will Ospreay will face off in a two-out-of-three falls, no DQ match at their show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden on Monday. Paul Robinson will be the referee. If Havoc wins, he advances to the main event of PROGRESS’ show at SSE Wembley on September 30. Tyler Bate vs. Mark Haskins is also set for Monday’s show, with the winner getting a spot in the Wembley Arena main event for WALTER’s PROGRESS Championship.
EVOLVE released a mini-documentary on Shane Strickland winning the EVOLVE Championship from Matt Riddle.
The UFC released the poster for UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor. The tagline is “The world is watching.”
Andrea Lee issued a statement after her husband Donny Aaron was charged with domestic battery abuse and false imprisonment. Lee thanked everyone for their support, said her family is handling the situation to the best of their ability, and asked everyone to respect their privacy. She said that she’s looking forward to returning to the Octagon in the near future.
Dana White said that Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm is the best job he’s ever done on promoting a fight. White mentioned how he said that Rousey had never fought anyone like Holm in the lead-up to the bout.
Paulo Costa thinks that Yoel Romero is buying more time to train after their planned fight at Madison Square Garden fell through due to Romero not being able to return from a broken orbital bone in enough time. He said the UFC is working on making the matchup for January.
Yair Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov is off next month’s UFC 228 card due to Rodriguez suffering an injury. ESPN noted that the UFC is looking for a replacement opponent for Magomedsharipov.
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Neil Magny will headline the UFC’s Fight Night show in Buenos Aires on November 17.
Daily Professional Wrestling History: CM Punk wins World title at SummerSlam 2009
Poll opinions: email@example.com
Show results and news tips: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrestling Observer Radio questions: email@example.com
Support the Empire~! with F4W shirts. Grab yours today!d