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WWE SmackDown ratings up for Hell in a Cell fallout
Madison Rayne signs one-year contract with ROH
Report: Rey Mysterio officially signs WWE deal
2K announces details on WWE 2K19 DLC
Matches set for next week’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge episode
ROH TV results: Six-man tag main event, Lethal issues a challenge
WWE SmackDown video highlights: Becky Lynch’s title coronation
WWE Mixed Match Challenge results: Season two premiere
WWE 205 Live TV taping spoilers: Cruiserweight title match
WWE SmackDown live results: Styles vs. Almas, Nakamura vs. Rusev
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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Brock Lesnar returns at Hell in a Cell
After losing the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, it took less than a month for Brock Lesnar to resurface in WWE. Lesnar didn’t just get involved in the main event of Sunday night’s pay-per-view — the finish of the show was entirely built around his appearance. Roman Reigns speared Braun Strowman through a table, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose came out to fight on the outside, and Lesnar caused the Hell in a Cell match to end in a no contest.
WON NEWSLETTER: September 17, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The story of Dave Meltzer, more
The new issue of the Wrestling Observer goes through my life experiences with pro wrestling from childhood. Preview one of the biggest weekends for major shows of the year, including Hell in a Cell and the CMLL anniversary show.
Look at UFC 228, with match-by-match coverage and what the results mean, as well as the early business indicators on the show.
Run down wrestling shows from the Media Con in Manchester including the British J Cup and a unique Impact show.
Look at Rock’s daughter training to be a fourth generation pro wrestler, Matt Riddle notes in WWE, update on Neville, update on WWE and a number of top indie stars, Vince McMahon changing his feeling on managers, Renee Young’s first week as official third person in the booth, Matt Hardy’s future, Ric Flair’s commitment ceremony, and WWE nominated for awards.
Read more on the Mixed Match Change, first episodes of the new season of Total Divas, funny Stephanie McMahon quote, Batista talks Smackdown 1,000th episode, most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network and WWE stock value.
Run down all the Raw, Smackdown and NXT events held over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
With the show airing on Wednesday nights on the WWE Network due to Mixed Match Challenge, 205 Live was taped before SmackDown last night. Lio Rush vs. Noam Dar, which was originally announced for this week, is set for next week’s episode. Mustafa Ali will also face Hideo Itami.
Week three of the Mae Young Classic airs on the WWE Network after 205 Live and NXT tonight. Mia Yim vs. Allysin Kay (Sienna), Kaitlyn vs. Kavita Devi, Toni Storm vs. Jinny, and Karen Q vs. Xia Li are this week’s matches.
The $100,000 that WWE is donating to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation was requested by Glenn Jacobs (Kane) in appreciation for appearances he’ll be making for the company this fall.
Natalya and Tyson Kidd appeared on today’s episode of Talk is Jericho, which is a tribute to Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
Bobby Lashley told The Big J Show on KRSQ Hot 101.9 that him facing Brock Lesnar is a natural matchup that needs to happen.
Paige did an interview with The Mirror to promote tonight’s season premiere of Total Divas.
Nia Jax also spoke to TV Insider about the new season of Total Divas.
Bayley tweeted that she had her first pro wrestling match 10 years ago today.
Ahead of Super Show-Down, WWE has uploaded Triple H and The Undertaker’s match from WrestleMania XXVII to their YouTube channel.
Northeast Wrestling announced that Kenny Omega will be in action at their show on November 9 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
NJPW posted an in-character interview with Omega where he continued to take shots at Hiroshi Tanahashi.
SHIMMER’s StreamSHIMMER streaming service has officially launched. The promotion noted that the web player and Roku app are available and that they’ll be on Amazon FireTV soon. Their first 61 events are on the service now.
Paul Orndorff thanked everyone who has supported him and donated to the GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the property taxes he owes and to keep him from losing his house. The campaign has exceeded its $10,000 goal.
Sami Callihan will be facing Jimmy Havoc in a “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” match at MLW’s TV tapings in Queens, New York on October 4. Here are the match types that will be featured on the wheel:
Body Bag Match
Coal Miner’s Glove Match
Barbed Wire Match
First Blood Match
Prince of Darkness
I Quit Match
Dog Collar Match
OTT announced Hirooki Goto & Sean Guinness vs. Satoshi Kojima & Michael May for their Fourth Year Anniversary show in Dublin on October 13.
Filming has wrapped on “‘Girl On The Third Floor,” a haunted house horror movie that stars CM Punk. Deadline wrote that Punk plays “Don Koch, a man who is failing as a husband. He now views fixing up an old house as a chance to make up for past mistakes. Meanwhile, his wife, Liz Koch, is concerned about the renovation timeline as they have a baby on the way. As Don tears the house apart, it begins to tear him apart as well, revealing the rot behind the drywall.” Deadline also noted that this is “the first movie for fledgling genre production and distribution outfit Queensbury Pictures.”
Despite Conor McGregor tweeting that tomorrow’s press conference to promote Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor will be open to the public, MMA Junkie reported that it will remain a press-only event. It will also be streamed live.
BetDSI put out a list of prop bets for tomorrow’s press conference.
Cris Cyborg called Amanda Nunes a traitor for associating with American Top Team and Colby Covington.
Tyron Woodley said that, if an MRI on his thumb comes back fine, he’d have no issue with facing Colby Covington in November.
Kayla Harrison has signed a new deal with the PFL and will be part of their women’s lightweight tournament next year.
This Monday was proclaimed Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Day in Honolulu in honor of Macfarlane, who is Bellator’s women’s flyweight champion.
Scott Coker, Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi, Rampage Jackson, and Wanderlei Silva took part in a conference call today to promote Bellator 206, which will be taking place on September 29.
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