Daily Update: SmackDown, NWA, Velveteen Dream

THE ROUND-UP

THE LATEST NEWS

UFC 228 live results: Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till
Charlotte Flair vs. Sonya Deville set for WWE SmackDown
WWE Birmingham, AL, live results: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
NXT Pittsburgh live results: Six-man tag main event
NJPW Road to Destruction live results: Tanahashi/Juice vs. Okada/Beretta

THE LATEST AUDIO

Left My Wallet: ECW’s Joel Gertner talks All In, Starrcast, and more 9/8
F4D: Lance Storm on Mae Young Classic, Shawn Michaels wrestling return, more! 9/7
WOL: RD Reynolds talks the Death of WCW panel, plus news and more! 9/7
Wrestling Weekly: All In fallout 9/7


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: All In celebrates past, present, and future

Amid all of the speculation about what the show means for the industry and what’s next for those who put it together, All In was a celebration of the past, present, and future of professional wrestling. Taken as a whole, All In was a show-of-the-year candidate. It was important that the card delivered, but nothing could have taken away from the accomplishment of it even happening. 

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WON NEWSLETTER: September 10, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All In reviewed, HBK to return, more

The story of All In is the focus of this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Take the most detailed look at the business and ramifications of what is one of the most unique major events in pro wrestling history.

Examine the business of the show, the realities of the popularity level, the lessons of the show, the behind the scenes story of the NWA title promotion, wrestling vs. sports entertainment, the timing issues, the last famous show with a similar timing issue, the controversy regarding the Joey Ryan angle, and the story behind Chris Jericho being there.

Look at the Shawn Michaels-Undertaker segment, where things stand today about going forward, famous retirement stips and the angle on Raw leading to everything, as well as more on the show in Australia coming up next month.

Find out about Daniel Bryan’s WWE status, update Dave Bautista and his thoughts on wrestling again, notes on a taped December Raw show, Kevin Owens quitting, Evolution PPV business notes, Toni Storm update, new WWE signee proposes to girlfriend on stage right before coming to Orlando, NXT major star to Evolve, and Big Cass talks what got him fired.

Read notes on NOAH’s big show at Sumo Hall featuring Hideo Itami’s return to the promotion against Naomichi Marufuji.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
In addition to Charlotte Flair vs. Sonya Deville and the Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Rusev & Aiden English tag team number one contender’s match, WWE is teasing Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for Tuesday’s SmackDown. Hardy tweeted today: “Before I dive deep into Hell…I shall CLEANSE my soul. @ShinsukeN still lingers..so This Tuesday…He must be rendered #OBSOLETE”
“Mick Foley: 20 Years of Hell” will debut on the WWE Network after the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on September 16. Foley has been touring a one-man show to mark the 20th anniversary of his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker at King of the Ring 1998, and WWE filmed one of them to air on the Network. Foley (and Triple H) will also be appearing on this coming Monday’s Raw to promote Triple H vs. Undertaker at WWE Super Show-Down.
A new episode of WWE Story Time will air on the Network after Raw on Monday.
WWE stock closed this week at $87.02 per share. They’ve been flirting with $90 but have yet to reach the number. The company’s market capitalization is currently at $6.79 billion.
Matt Riddle tweeted a video of Dana White insulting him from years ago and questioning where Riddle could go to make the same money he did in the UFC. Riddle wrote in the tweet: “Hey Dana remember that time you fired me and talked all that sh*t on me to the world and called me a loser? I just wanted to say thank you for everything dummy.” Riddle, who has yet to make his NXT debut, also noted that he was backstage at last night’s NXT house show in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Lana took exception to her character model for WWE 2K19: “Who is this ?????? Never have I worn that gear or wrestled with short hair so I am very confused who this women is.”
Drake Maverick uploaded a video where he gave a storyline explanation for why he’s now managing The Authors of Pain. He said that, like with 205 Live, he recognizes untapped potential when he sees it. He said he’ll empower AOP’s sadistic instincts and is unleashing them on every tag team on Raw.
Pro Wrestling
Nick Aldis will face Doug Williams at Wrestling MediaCon tomorrow. The story for the match is that the winner will challenge for Cody’s NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at next month’s NWA 70th Anniversary show.
NXT’s Velveteen Dream defeated Austin Theory in a 14-minute dark match main event at EVOLVE 112 in Joppa, Maryland last night. Dream, who started his career in Maryland with MCW, cut a post-match promo where he thanked the fans, praised EVOLVE, and said he’s sure he’ll be wrestling Theory in NXT at some point. Dream is facing Darby Allin in a dark match at EVOLVE 113 in Queens, New York tonight.
Rich Swann, Yoh, KUSHIDA, David Starr, Sho, Rocky Romero, El Phantasmo, and Jushin Thunder Liger won their first round British J-Cup matches at today’s Revolution Pro Wrestling show in Manchester. The remainder of the tournament will take place tomorrow. Swann vs. Yoh, KUSHIDA vs. Starr, Sho vs. Romero, and Liger vs. Phantasmo are set for the next round.
Flamita & Bandido will face Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) in a non-tournament match at tomorrow’s British J-Cup show.
Allysin Kay (Sienna) defeated Mercedes Martinez in the finals of Shine’s tournament today to become the new Shine Champion.
Pentagon Jr. & Fenix defended their Tag Team titles against Drago & Rey Horus in the main event of this week’s MLW Fusion episode.
UFC/MMA
John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera was added to tonight’s UFC 228 main card after Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko was canceled.
The UFC uploaded episodes five and six of Embedded for tonight’s PPV.
Dana White confirmed that Colby Covington will get the next shot at whoever wins tonight’s Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till main event.
White said the UFC is planning a couple of press conferences to promote Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor.
Jessica Andrade wants to defeat Karolina Kowalkiewicz tonight and then challenge for Rose Namajunas’ strawweight title at UFC 232 in December.
Ariel Helwani reported that former UFC fighter Erick Silva will face Lorenz Larkin in a Welterweight Grand Prix alternate fight at Bellator’s show in Uncasville, Connecticut on October 12.

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