Pro Wrestling 24/7 Wrestling Update
10/09/18 Here’s What’s Happening,
**Tonight’s SmackDown, 205 Live & NXT tapings are taking place from Indianapolis, Indiana at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the following announced:
*Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown women’s title- If Becky is disqualified, she loses the title
*Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy in a World Cup Qualifying Match
*Randy Orton vs. Big Show in a World Cup Qualifying Match
*Miz TV with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan
*Braun Strowman & Ember Moon vs. Finn Balor & Bayley on the Mixed Match Challenge
*AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair vs. R-Truth & Carmella on the Mixed Match Challenge
**We were informed that last night’s angle involving Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens was done to explain Owens’ needing time off for knee surgery. It was conveyed to us that Owens is not expected to miss too much time, so it doesn’t appear to be a major injury. During the match, Lashley attacked Owens’ knee and then repeatedly wrapped it around the post after the match. This also saw Lashley turn heel and had been something that people with the company had been pushing for. For his part, Owens was received strongly by the Chicago audience as a babyface and it will be interesting to see how he is booked when he returns and if they opt to turn him or keep him in the heel role.
UPDATE: We were informed later in the day that while the hope is Owens’ knee surgery is minor, they won’t know the full extent of the injury until the knee is assessed. There is a possibility of the injury being more serious and could require a longer recovery time.
**The switch for Evolution with Trish Stratus teaming with Lita against Alexa Bliss and Mickie James was said to be the original plan all along. Trish Stratus and Alexa Bliss was the first match announced for the event when tickets went on sale in Long Island, but as it was described to us the tag match was always the direction. Regarding Bliss’ injury, she was set to be evaluated on Monday and internally she is expected to be cleared soon.
**New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced the lineup of teams for the Super Junior Tag League tournament, which begins on October 16th and the finals take place November 3rd at Power Struggle. This year it is a round robin tournament with the following teams: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Roppongi 3K, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask, Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles (in Monday’s update we had incorrectly listed Eagles as Bad Luck Fale’s partner for the Tag League next month, it was Fale making the announcement that Eagles was teaming with Ishimori), BUSHI & Shingo Takagi, KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin, Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH, and Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr.
The Super Junior Tag League will begin October 16th and stream live on New Japan World with the following matches on the opening night:
*Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
*Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH
*El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin
*Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Roppongi 3K
**WWN Live has announced their full schedule for WrestleMania Week next April with the following shows taking place under their umbrella:
*Thursday, April 4th at La Boom in Queens: EVOLVE at Noon, wXw at 4 pm, DDT at 8 pm, Kaiju Big Battel at 11:55 pm
*Friday, April 5th at La Boom: SHIMMER at Noon, WWN Supershow Mercury Rising at 4 pm
*Saturday, April 6th at The Bell House in Brooklyn: More Than Mania Wrap Up Party at 2 pm
**John Cena and Kurt Angle are the first entrants into the eight-man World Cup tournament that will take place at Crown Jewel on November 2nd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Global Battle Royal on Raw featuring Kurt Angle winning as the masked Conquistador was well done and got a great pop for Angle’s unmasking after eliminating Baron Corbin. That was also Angle’s first match on Raw since January 16th, 2006, when he faced Shawn Michaels.
**MLW has announced that CMLL star Rush will be working for the group on November 8th on their “Fightland” card from Cicero Stadium in Chicago. MLW CEO Court Bauer stated in the release that it took over six months to finalize a deal to use Rush. They have not announced a match yet for him. The tapings in Chicago will feature Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. L.A. Park & El Hijo de L.A. Park for the MLW tag titles and Low Ki vs. Shane Strickland for the MLW title.
**EVOLVE has announced that 205 Live performer Mustafa Ali will be wrestling for the group on November 9th in Livonia, Michigan and November 10th in Chicago, Illinois. Ali’s matches have not been announced yet.
**Impact Wrestling has released the following countdown special for this Sunday’s Bound for Glory event at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens:
**The late Eddie Guerrero would have turned 51 years old today.
**In speaking with TMZ, UFC president Dana White believes that the Nevada State Athletic Commission should not be able to withhold Khabib Nurmagomedov’s entire fight purse from Saturday. The commission has not given Nurmagomedov his $2 million purse, but they have given Conor McGregor his $3 million purse. White felt that a fair sanction would be a $250,000 fine and a 4-6-month suspension. White added that the preliminary pay-per-view estimates for Saturday’s card are projected to top 2 million buys but not hit the 3 million mark. If those estimates are accurate, this would destroy the previous record set at UFC 202 between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, that did an estimated 1.65 million buys.
**Saturday’s preliminary fights from UFC 229 averaged 1,308,000 viewers on FS1 and were the most-watched pay-per-view prelims since UFC 207 in December 2016 (the undercard of Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey). When comparing to past pay-per-views headlined by Conor McGregor, this card’s prelims were less than UFC 205 (1,801,000 viewers) and UFC 202 (1,650,000) from 2016. This past weekend’s undercard was headlined by Jussier Formiga defeating Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision. The post-fight show following the brawl at the end averaged 364,000 viewers on FS1 and aired on FS2 as well with 151,000 viewers.
**ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Monday that the UFC is in talks with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis to fight at UFC 230 on November 3rd in New York City. The fight is far from finalized and would require an immediate turnaround for Lewis, who just fought on Saturday and absorbed a lot of damage prior to his stoppage of Alexander Volkov. For Cormier, he has two enormous fights on the table between Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones and this fight on short-notice could risk those fights if he were to lose or suffer an injury in the fight. Cormier has been adamant that he will retire in March when he turns 40 so his timetable is limited if he sticks to his deadline for retirement.
**Below is a Bellator 207 countdown special profiling the semi-final of the Heavyweight Grand Prix this Friday between Ryan Bader and Matt Mitrione:
**Bellator is returning to Italy for a card on Saturday, December 1st at RDS Stadium in Genoa. It will be a combination of mixed martial arts and kickboxing fights. The MMA portion will feature Alessio Sakara taking on Kent Kauppinen in a light heavyweight bout. On the kickboxing side, featherweight champion Gabriel Varga will defend his title against Shan Cangelosi. The kickboxing card will stream live at Noon Eastern on the Bellator app with the MMA card to air on the Paramount Network and stream on DAZN that day at 4 pm Eastern.
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