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WWE Raw posts lowest ratings since end of NBA playoffs
WWE officially confirms the signing of Shayna Baszler
Memphis wrestling legend Lance Russell passes away at 91 years old
WWE Raw video highlights: Reigns, Ambrose & Rollins tease a reunion
Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James set for WWE TLC
WWE Raw live results: The Miz vs. Roman Reigns


WOL: Lance Russell, news, Dr. Keith Lipinski interview, more! 10/3
WOR: Breaking News Audio on the death of Lance Russell 10/3
Big Audio Nightmare: NJPW and ROH previews, Iwatani injury, more 10/3
WOR: Raw, Billy Corgan and the NWA, ROH Chicago iPPV, more! 10/3

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While No Mercy may have been the biggest brand-exclusive pay-per-view that WWE has put on since the roster split, it was clear coming out of the show that the company’s focus is on building to one future match. Whether it’s at WrestleMania in New Orleans next year or at some point before then, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are on a collision course towards an inevitable meeting.

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This issue talks about the Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman and John Cena vs. Roman Reigns match layouts and talks about why they went as they did. This issue also has a full review of the show, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

There is a story that can change all contact sports when it comes to career longevity and legal liabilities that will undoubtedly shorten careers, which is the ability to detect CTE in people while they are still alive.  

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Notes from a memo sent to Evolve talent regarding guidelines for the show and lots more that broke this past week on the story, in this issue.

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The pro wrestling industry in both the United States and Japan has never been in a more tumultuous period than it currently faces with only two companies, at least as it stands right now, having anything that could be close to regarded as rosy long-term futures. The lack of substantial news as the new TV season is about to start makes the future of the U.S. scene, aside from the WWF, speculative, in some cases, to a scary degree.

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Tonight’s SmackDown from Denver, Colorado is the go-home show for Hell in a Cell. A face-to-face confrontation between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens is advertised for the episode. SmackDown will also open with an interview with Shinsuke Nakamura, Baron Corbin will face Tye Dillinger in a rematch from last week, The Usos will “read the New Day their rights” ahead of their Hell in a Cell match on Sunday, and there will be a new episode of the Fashion Files.
205 Live has Kalisto making his show debut and the continuation of the angle where he laid out Enzo Amore on Raw last night. A match between Cedric Alexander and Jack Gallagher is scheduled as well.
Last night’s Raw ended with a cliffhanger as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins met with each other in the locker room and nodded to each other without saying a word. That came after the storyline of an inevitable Shield reunion was furthered earlier in the night, with The Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus hitting a triple powerbomb on Miz and doing the Shield pose over his body. A Miz TV segment with Cesaro and Sheamus is advertised for next Monday’s Raw at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, which could be where the Shield reunion finally happens. The group made their debut at the arena and it was where Rollins turned heel on Reigns and Ambrose.
John Cena made an appearance on Dancing with the Stars last night to support Nikki Bella.
Ric Flair’s first announced public appearance after his health scare will be at the Heroes & Villains fanfest in Atlanta on November 18th.
Stephanie McMahon told TMZ that she’d love to have Ronda Rousey in WWE and that an offer for her to step into the ring still stands.
Kevin Pang of the AV Club wrote an article criticizing WWE for rewriting the Ultimate Warrior’s past and ignoring hateful things that he said. The article references Dave Meltzer being critical of WWE having breast cancer survivors wearing Ultimate Warrior T-shirts on Raw last night.
Alex Marvez wrote a story on Jim Ross’ new book being a love letter to his late wife Jan. Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report also spoke to Ross about the book and how he’s used work as a defense mechanism to cope with the loss of Jan.
The Metro interviewed Bayley about coming back from her shoulder injury and whether she thinks a heel turn is necessary.
Mickie James will be inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame later this month.
The Big Show appeared in an ad with NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth to promote a race on Sunday.
Pro Wrestling
Dave Meltzer sent along information about Lance Russell’s memorial service, which will take place on Saturday and the public is welcome to attend: “There will be a public visitation for Lance at Memorial Park in Memphis on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. At 3 p.m. that afternoon the family is inviting fans to come to Jerry Lawler’s Bar and Grille to celebrate Lance’s life. It taking place on Saturday at 11 a.m. is not a coincidence. The family felt he would have wanted it that way.”
The Memphis Commercial Appeal, WMC Action News 5, and WWE posted stories on Russell’s passing. Action News 5 also reposted a segment with Russell and Dave Brown reminiscing about their time calling wrestling in Memphis.
In his latest piece for Deadspin, David Bixenspan wrote about Russell’s passing and him being the greatest pro wrestling announcer ever.
EVOLVE released a video teasing that their next two shows would be the end, with it saying that “everything evolves to dust.” Various images of destruction were mixed in with the video and Matt Riddle and Keith Lee’s faces were crossed out on today’s WWN Alerts, likely meaning that it’s leading to an angle.
Will Ospreay vs. Flip Gordon is set for ROH’s Global Wars: Chicago iPPV.
PROGRESS Wrestling revealed that all three days of next year’s Super Strong Style 16 tournament will be taking place at Alexandra Palace, which was the venue that hosted their biggest show of the year this year. SSS16 will take place on May 5-7 in 2018.
Wolfgang will make his PROGRESS in-ring debut in an Atlas title match against WALTER on October 29th.
Revolution Pro Wrestling announced Tetsuya Naito vs. Marty Scurll for their November 9th Global Wars UK show at York Hall in London. Their show in Walthamstow the next day will have Toru Yano vs. Zack Gibson.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Brandi Rhodes will be a cast member in the Atlanta spinoff of the WAGS reality series.
In what was pretty much a formality, Damon Martin reported that Fox’s exclusive negotiating period with the UFC has ended and the UFC is now free to field other offers on TV rights. Their deal with Fox isn’t up until next year and both sides will keep discussing a new deal.
Dominick Cruz said that he agreed to fight Jimmie Rivera because Sean Shelby told him that Rivera would otherwise face Raphael Assuncao and the winner of that would get a title shot.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is going to meet with Dana White this week about a return. If Johnson does come back, his manager said that he will be doing so at heavyweight.
Kevin Lee said that he might be willing to give Conor McGregor a “title shot” if he becomes interim lightweight champion.
Volkan Oezdemir predicted that he’ll knock out Daniel Cormier within two minutes if they face each other.


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