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NEWS

WWE SmackDown ratings up despite tough competition on cable
WWE postpones four NXT house shows due to Hurricane Irma
WWE Mae Young Classic episode eight results: The finals are set
Lucha Underground results: ‘Career Opportunities’
NJPW Road to Destruction results: LIJ vs. Chaos elimination tag match
WWE NXT results: Asuka says goodbye to NXT

AUDIO

WOL: Asuka, Mae Young Classic, Raw ratings, GFW TV, tons more! 9/7
WOR: GFW update, Smackdown, New Japan, Asuka, ratings, more! 9/7
F4D: Smackdown, Geek of the Week, 1996 Royal Rumble, tons more! 9/6
DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show: The late 1930s World title picture 9/6


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 4, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: McGregor vs. Mayweather, Dr. Wagner Jr. unmasks, more

A look at Mayweather vs. McGregor, and when happens next, is the lead story in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer. Read about the week that had two matches of the century and one match of the decade all within 15 hours.

Look at the fight, the judging, the realities of how McGregor and Mayweather each fought, the future of McGregor and tons of different business numbers and indicators. Check out the problems people had in viewing the show, the gambling, TV numbers and head-to-head competition.

This issue has a major feature on TripleMania, both the Dr. Wagner mask loss and the incident with Sexy Star and Rosemary. Look at the business of the show and the amazing television numbers, go through the Sexy Star match and what happened to lead to what happened, comments from many in wrestling, explanations, as best as there are, the background as to why things fell apart, how much Wagner earned for losing his mask, how much Wagner and L.A. Park were offering to lose their mask to local promoters, and the famous story of what was supposed to be the debut of Dr. Wagner Jr., in a tag team match with his father, and why the two never teamed up.

Read about the situation with Ric Flair.

This issue has a run down of the big What Culture shows of the past week with some of the top talent in the world, including the YouTube business, Will Ospreay vs. Rey Mysterio, and more.

Examine the WWE injury bug and some of the reasons the injury rate is so high, get a run down the latest injuries, thoughts on the schedule, Nikki Bella on two TV shows at the same time, Asuka’s future, The Cena/Reigns promo, Sami Zayn fund raising efforts, thoughts on the Mae Young Classic, new show for Cena, update on Ciampa, woman referee, Nakamura talks about his UFC offer, Jericho talks his role in the Styles vs. Owens situation, most-watched shows on the WWE network for the week and full coverage of all the WWE and NXT arena events over the past week and business notes.

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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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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
It was announced on Ric Flair’s social media accounts today that Flair is changing representation and has parted ways with Melinda Morris Zanoni and Legacy Talent & Entertainment. Flair will announce new representation tomorrow.
The New York Post ran an article on Ronda Rousey potentially being part of a Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen match in WWE and the dilemma of who would win if it happens.
After Asuka vacated the NXT Women’s Championship last night, WWE uploaded a video where William Regal said he’d be letting people know about the future of the title in the next few weeks.
The Argus Leader has an article on Shayna Baszler competing in the Mae Young Classic.
Responding to a tweet from the Singh Brothers, The Rock told them and Jinder Mahal that they’re doing great.
John Cena and Shaquille O’Neal appeared together on an episode of Carpool Karaoke.
The Kingston Whig-Standard interviewed Drew McIntyre about his journey back to WWE and winning the NXT Championship.
Al Arabiya English spoke to Finn Balor in an interview that was conducted over SummerSlam weekend.
Pro Wrestling
CMLL revealed the card for this year’s anniversary show in a newspaper ad. The event will take place at Arena Mexico on September 16th and will have two mask matches. Here’s the lineup:
Niebla Roja vs. Gran Guerrero in a mask match
Caristico, Flip Gordon & Volador Jr. vs. Satoshi Kojima, Mephisto & Ultimo Guerrero
Princesa Sugehit vs. Zeuxis in a mask match
Kraneo, Rush & Sam Adonis vs. Barbaro Cavernario, Felino & Negro Casas
Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone & Valiente vs. Cuatrero, Forastero & Sanson
The Panther, Blue Panther Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs. Dragon Rojo Jr., Hechicero & Polvora

Minoru Suzuki vs. Michael Elgin for the NEVER Openweight Championship at Destruction in Fukushima on Sunday will be a lumberjack match after the stipulation was set up on NJPW’s show this morning.
NJPW unveiled the logo for Wrestle Kingdom 12.
Kazuchika Okada appeared on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s podcast to discuss his placement at number one on this year’s PWI 500.
Katsuyori Shibata wrote about how an email from Yoshihiro Takayama helped him before he underwent his second surgery earlier this year.
Jeff Jarrett has updated his bio on Twitter. It now reads: “Husband! Father! Family Man! Love to quote Scripture and Quotes that mean something 2 me… Several new projects on the way…Bookings, email JJ4Jarrett@gmail.com”
Jay White vs. Punishment Martinez in a Las Vegas street fight has been added to the lineup for ROH’s Death Before Dishonor PPV on September 22nd.
FreeSports, a new freeview channel in the UK, announced today that Five Star Wrestling will be airing weekly live shows on the station starting in 2018. The announcement came after PCW had already indicated that they’d be working with FreeSports, with PCW posting today that the deal is off after months of FreeSports pursuing them. The promotion wrote that they could only promise what they can deliver. Amid controversy and backlash from some wrestlers, Five Star Wrestling announced earlier this year that their 128-man tournament and arena tour had been postponed until next February.
Mae Young Classic participant Santana Garrett will be wrestling at MLW One-Shot on October 5th.
USA Today interviewed Davey Richards about going to medical school and continuing to take independent bookings.
UFC/MMA
Dave Meltzer has an article for MMA Fighting on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather officially breaking the PPV record in the United Kingdom. It did more than one million buys there.
Cris Cyborg was granted a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission and plans to compete in the sport.
Cowboy Cerrone vs. Darren Till is slated for the main event of UFC Fight Night in Gdansk on October 21st.
Alistair Overeem accepted a challenge from Francis Ngannou.
The UFC released the second and third episodes of Embedded for Saturday’s PPV.
Demetrious Johnson doesn’t care about his placement in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. Johnson also appeared on TSN and voiced his opinion that there are too many fights in the UFC.
Ray Borg said that he was a little bit surprised to get the title shot against Johnson.
Forbes reported that the Fertitta brothers have sold their remaining stakes in the UFC.

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