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Zack Sabre Jr. set for ROH Final Battle
WWE Madrid & Cardiff live results: European tour begins
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Daniel Cormier calls out Brock Lesnar after UFC 230 win
UFC 230 live results: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis

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WOR: UFC 230, Power Struggle, Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesnar
WOR: Crown Jewel thoughts, Power Struggle preview
WOL: Crown Jewel and Brock Lesnar’s UFC future

We’re looking for your thoughts on WWE Crown Jewel, as well as New Japan Power Struggle and UFC 230, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

We’re also looking for reports from last night’s ROH show in Pittsburgh, tonight’s ROH show in Columbus, OH, and tomorrow, spoilers from Raw in Manchester and Smackdown house show reports from Birmingham, England to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

ROH SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST AT 7 P.M. EASTERN FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO AT EXPRESS LIVE! ON HONOR CLUB

Survival of the Fittest first round matches:

Silas Young vs. Stuka Jr. vs. Marty Scurll
Andrew Everett vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Flip Gordon
Hangman Page vs. Colin Delaney vs. Dalton Castle
Beer City Bruiser vs. Christopher Daniels
PJ Black vs. Luchasaurus
Tracy Williams vs. Jonathan Gresham
Six winners advance to six-way tournament finals, winner gets an ROH title match
Madison Rayne vs. Dr. Britt Baker
Young Bucks & Cody vs. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan for six-man titles
Jay Lethal & Jeff Cobb vs. Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky in a non-title mach

Monday has Raw from Manchester, England, so it’s a taped show this week. There is also a Smackdown house show in Birmingham, England on Monday.

Tuesday has Smackdown, 205 Live and Mixed Match Challenge from Manchester, England (TJP vs. Gran Metalik, Buddy Murphy vs. Mark Andrews, Bobby Lashley & Mickie James vs. Finn Balor & Bayley and R-Truth & Carmella vs. Jimmy Uso & Naomi) and a Raw house show in Leeds, England.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Recapping WWE Evolution 

An incredible amount of devotion from all involved resulted in WWE’s first all-women’s pay-per-view being a special night and a strong contender for the company’s best show of the year. Evolution wasn’t just an event that was worthy of its place in history — it elevated it. The wrestlers who competed in the ring, everyone involved with putting the PPV together, and the fans in attendance all worked in unison to make Evolution a show that exceeded all reasonable expectations.


WON NEWSLETTER: October 29, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Roman Reigns diagnosed with leukemia 

Look behind-the-scenes at the decisions regarding Crown Jewel as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Find out about the decision making process, how the last week went down, why the show almost didn’t happen, negative media reaction, why WWE can survive negativity more now than in the past, what happened with John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Hulk Hogan, and different plans thrown out for Bryan vs. A.J. Styles and why they didn’t happen.

Read full coverage of WWE Evolution with notes on the business, notes on mainstream interest, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results from the show.

Go in-depth on WWE business. Look at where the declines took place that led to the stock falling, and what is and isn’t significant about them. Look at the network numbers and compare the post-WrestleMania drop with last year.

Look at the house show business, including Vince McMahon’s comments on the decline, as well as a breakdown on the merchandise business, NXT ticket sales and full 2018 attendance numbers for the main brands and for NXT.

Also look at WrestleMania tickets, WWE content production, a Roman Reigns story, more on Reigns’ diagnosis, the WWE/Evolve relationship, changes to Evolve through usage of WWE talent, plans for the next Takeover show, injury updates.


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Garrett Gonzalez and I did two weekend shows that are up on the site, the first covering Crown Jewel and explaining why the booking decisions happened the way they did. The second covers UFC 230 and New Japan Power Struggle, as well as Brock Lesnar’s contract info, Tokyo Dome card and much more.

There isn’t a lot from WWE house shows. The Raw shows are being headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin for the IC title.  Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella are working the Raw women’s title matches on the house shows. Daniel Bryan is on the Smackdown shows against Miz.

For this past weekend when it comes to Google searches, UFC 230 did more than 1,050,000 searches so that would indicate a PPV number in the same range as Daniel Cormier’s two prior shows this year which both did similar search numbers. Crown Jewel on Friday did 100,000, which was the same as Evolution the week before, both extremely low for WWE shows, so interest levels were way down among the public.

Black Label Pro Wrestling from last night in Crown Point, IN: Jake Parnell b Darby Allin, Allie Kat b Kylie Rae, PCO b Dasher Hatfield, Kevin Ku b Gary Jay, No New Friends won over Five Foot Pack Hunters, Riegel Twins and Space Pirates, Bryan Alvarez b Marko Stunt, Puma King b Gringo Loco, Jeremy Wyatt b Markus Crane, Kobe Durst b Rory Gulak, Ethan Page b Jordynne Grace in a falls count anywhere match to win the Black Label Pro title. Alvarez pinned Stunt after a superkick. They brutalized each other with hard chops. Alvarez’s chest was a mess when it was over. Stunt went for a handshake after but Alvarez kicked him and started punching him and issued a challenge for a 4/5 show over WrestleMania weekend in New Jersey where Alvarez & Tom Lawlor will face Stunt and an unnamed partner. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)

WWE
Tickets for the Smackdown tapings in Los Angles after Survivor Series on 11/20 at the Staples Center must not be doing well since the Staples Center sent out an e-mail blast that you can get tickets for the Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild game on 11/8 for $75 which also includes tickets to the 11/20 WWE show. 
WWE announced Raw on 1/14 in Memphis at the Fed Ex Forum. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. 
WXYZ-7 in Detroit was using a GIF of Tye Dillinger on its social media today flashing the “10” sign with his hands because Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked ten times today against the Vikings. The sports department at the station are big fans. 
MISCELLANEOUS
Impact will be doing a One Night Only taping on 1/26 in Hazleton, PA at the Holy family Academy working with the local PPW Entertainment group. Announced for the show is John Morrison (that’s what PPW is calling him, not his Impact name of Johnny Impact), Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Eddie Edwards, Eli Drake, Fallah Bahh, Scarlett Bordeaux, Kevin Matthews, Sean Carr and more.
MCW has shows this coming Friday night in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena and Saturday night in Hollywood, MD at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department.
EPW from last night in Australia before a sellout 400 fans: Gorgeous Garry & Jonathan Wimbledon b Tipene & Jack Edwards, Dan Steel DCOR Dan Moore, Kie Steria & David Nero b AZ Vegara & Jay Taylor, Jonah Rock b Julian Ward, Michael Morleone b Hayden Zemith-DQ, Gavin McGavin b Scotty Ryan, Logan Grey & Alex Kingston b Marcius Pitt & Damian Slater in a ladder match to keep the EPW tag titles (main event said to be off the charts). They did awards at the show naming Morleone the EPW Wrestler of the Year, Untouchables vs. Street Gang Hooligans in February as match of the year, Tipene as Rookie of the Year and Taylor King as Most Improved. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
Vanessa Kraven had surgery on her broken leg yesterday. She as injured on 10/27 at a show in Canada and she’s out for several months. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
Stardom from yesterday in Tokyo at Shin-kiba: Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita b Leo Onozaki & Hanan, Hana Kimura & Mary Apache b Starlight Kid & Natsumi, Tam Nakano & Shiki Shibusawa b Session Moth Martina & Natsu Sumire, Bea Priestley & Chardonnay b AZM & Konami, Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima b Kaori Yoneyama & Ruaka, Hazuki & Kagetsu b Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
Stardom from today in Fukuoka with the finals of the tag team tournament: Bea Priestley & Chardonnay b Session Moth Martina & Natsu Sumire, Konami & AZM b Kagetsu & Hazuki, Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora NC Tam Nakano & Shiki Shibusawa, Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita b Hana Kimura & Mary Apache, Starlight Kid & Natsumi d Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima 15:00, Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita (blue block champions) b Bea Priestley & Chardonnay (red block champions) to win the tournament when Hayashishita (who has been wrestling only a few months) beat Chardonnay with a backbreaker submission.
Shine from Friday night in Ybor City, FL: Avery Taylor b Red Velvet, Dynamite Didi won over Jordynne Grace, Rocky Radley and Violet Payne, Kiera Hogan b Amber Nova, Dementia D’Rose b Aerial Monroe, Brandi Lauren & Jenna b Gabby Gilbert & Luscious Latasha, Su Yung b Stormie Lee, Santana b Priscilla Kelly in a street fight, Aja Perera b Candy Cartwright to win the Nova title, Thunder Rosa & Holidead b Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez to keep the tag titles, Allysin Kay b LuFisto to keep the Shine title. Jordynne Grace attacked LuFisto after the match and choked her out.
Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in Swansea, IL: Moondog Rover b Jake Prater, Billy McNeil & PT Beckham b Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby, Carmeron Bra’Nae b Lady Pride, Ricky Cruz b Curtis Wylde-COR, Howard Mortiz & Math Magician b Big Texan & Waco-DQ, Sean Vincent b Attila Khan-DQ, Ken Kasa b Kowalski, Flash Flanagan (managed by J.J. Dillon) b Christopher Hargas. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
Paradox Pro Wrestling scheduled a show in Merced, CA last night. Tickets were priced at $50 down to $20 and featured a number of name wrestlers including Brian Cage, Killer Kross, Brody King, Tyler Bateman, Douglas James, Sammy Guevara, Eli Everfly, Jake Atlas, Jordynne Grace (who ended up working a show in Indiana), Zachary Wentz, Delilah Doom and others. The promoter canceled the show the night before and nobody heard from him since. The talent was never told the show was canceled. There was no word about refunds. The Best of the West promotion, a different group, posted on Facebook that they have a TV taping in Fresno today and are offering tickets for half price to anyone who purchased tickets to the show last night if you bring proof of the purchase to the venue. Some of the same talent including Brian Cage and Tyler Bateman were booked. Today’s show is at the Bitwise Hive in downtown Fresno at 6 PM. with Chris Bey vs. Brody King. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
Brutus Beefcake appears tonight in Vernon, NC for the CWE promotion at the Schubert Centre. He will be the outside the ring referee of the main event with Slave & Jade vs Michael More & Scarlett Black. Shigehiro Irie is wrestling on the show.
Premiere Championship Wrestling from last night in Winnipeg: Antonio Scorpio b David London, Antonio Scorpio b Alix Vanna, Moses Luke & Robby Royce b Adam Knight & Darren Dalton, Bobby Schink won three-way over Travis Cole and JL Spiker, Kevin O’Doyle b Jay Walker in a casket match, Antonio Scorpio b Jackie Lee to win the PCW title. Next show is 12/1. (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)

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