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**A Go Fund Me campaign has been launched to assist the family of one of our listeners, Jamel. Two weeks ago, a tragic car accident led to the loss of his child. Two children and the mother of one of the children passed away due to the car accident and they are seeking funds to assist with the burial costs and to help the family. If you have the means to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Their goal is set at $8,000 and they are almost at the halfway mark.
**Wai Ting and I will be LIVE with Rewind-A-SmackDown tonight at 10:15 pm Eastern right after the WWE Draft edition of SmackDown. We will be going through all the news from the past few days, a recap of SmackDown, and going through all the draft moves. Plus, we will take your feedback and calls. This show will be available live and to download for all members of the POST Wrestling Café.
**This weekend, we will have two G1 Climax podcasts coming out. On Saturday, I’ll be joined by Mike Murray to review the A Block show from Osaka. On Sunday, Wai Ting and Mark Buckeldee will review the B Block show in Aichi with both podcasts available to members of the POST Wrestling Café. Your Café membership gives you access to our entire archive, including the past 12 shows we’ve done for the G1, and access to Rewind-A-SmackDown.
**The latest G1 Climax Podcasts and written reports are available in POST Wrestling’s G1 Climax section of the site.
**I wanted to make mention of the great work from Andrew Thompson throughout this week and the G1 season as he’s been a major help as Wai & I provide our annual coverage for the G1.
**Our next Rewind-A-Wai will cover WWE Survivor Series 2002 from Madison Square Garden featuring the debut of the Elimination Chamber. The feedback thread is available on the POST Wrestling Forum to leave questions and your reaction to the show. Our review of the event will be released next Tuesday.
*Tonight: Rewind-A-SmackDown (LIVE at 10:15 pm ET for Patrons)
*Saturday: G1 Climax – Day 13 with John Pollock & Mike Murray (Patreon)
*Sunday: G1 Climax – Day 14 with Wai Ting & Mark Buckeldee (Patreon)
*Monday: Rewind-A-Raw with John & Wai
**WWE begins its two-night draft on Friday Night SmackDown with a loaded show as they shake up their rosters. The show airing tonight at 8 pm Eastern on Fox includes the following:
*Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the SmackDown women’s title
*Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle vs. The Miz & John Morrison
*The Fiend Bray Wyatt vs. Kevin Owens – The Fiend’s first match ever on television
*Big E. vs. Sheamus in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
*Otis defends himself in his lawsuit with The Miz
*Ashante “Thee” Adonis vs. Brian Kendrick on 205 Live
*Ariya Daivari vs. Jake Atlas on 205 Live
**The draft pool for tonight’s show includes: Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Dana Brooke, Humberto Carrillo, Elias, Angel Garza, Drew Gulak, Heavy Machinery, The Hurt Business, Mickie James, Lucha House Party, Drew McIntyre, Murphy, Rey & Dominick Mysterio, Naomi, New Day, Roman Reigns, Ricochet, Seth Rollins, Mandy Rose, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax, Shorty G, AJ Styles, and Jey Uso.
For every two picks on SmackDown, there will be three picks for Raw featuring the talent listed above.
A few observations:
*The SmackDown babyface side needs some new blood. With Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston on the sidelines, the depth is limited to Jeff Hardy, Matt Riddle, Otis, Big E., and lately, Jey Uso as the top babyfaces on the brand. Of all the performers listed tonight, Ricochet needs a reset in a major way but there is no guarantee on his trajectory improving on a different show.
*For the heel side on SmackDown, it’s all built around Roman Reigns and this show should be heavy on babyfaces to cycle around Reigns with a big destination for WrestleMania. The current depth on the heel side features The Fiend Bray Wyatt, Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, The Miz, John Morrison, Braun Strowman (if you consider him a heel), Sheamus, and King Corbin. I could see several of those names moving to Raw as there are way too many heels on SmackDown.
*The tag division isn’t a strength for either show. On SmackDown, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura are the best choice to hold the titles but the division is bare. The Miz & John Morrison and Heavy Machinery are off doing their own programs separate from the titles leaving The Lucha House Party that are hinting at a break-up, and the literal Forgotten Sons. There is a case to be made of taking some underutilized performers to create a few teams to add to that division and provide television time for several underneath performers.
*The women’s division needs to be restocked with babyfaces as it’s down to Sasha Banks, Nikki Cross, and Naomi while the heel side has Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Lacey Evans & Tamina. It has not been established what role Carmella will have but based on last week’s promo on the fanbase it appears she is another name on the heel side.
*Of the talent that is either taking time off or injured on the SmackDown side you have Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (New Day is grouped together), and Elias listed as draft options while Jimmy Uso and Lars Sullivan are not listed. Bryan going to Raw to feud with Randy Orton or staying on SmackDown for a big program with Reigns are significantly better options than bringing him back to wrestle at the IC title level.
**David Bixenspan has uncovered an e-mail sent to Samantha Tavel by NXT Senior Referee & Extra Talent Liason Drake Wuertz that supports Tavel’s claim that she lost bookings due to her relationship with Matt Riddle. Bixenspan was able to obtain a copy of the email dated January 31, 2020, from Wuertz that was prepared as an exhibit when Riddle’s side was seeking a restraining order, which they did not proceed with. The email states that NXT was canceling the bookings for Tavel (who performed as ‘Candy Cartwright’) on February 5th and March 4th stating:
Apparently there were some past issues I wasn’t aware of with you and one of our talent that would not make for an ideal work environment.
Tavel has alleged in her lawsuit that she lost bookings at this time from WWE and EVOLVE, although it has been pointed out that there were videos posted by EVOLVE with Cartwright serving as the social media ambassador as late as March 1st with the Fightful outlet posting several of the EVOLVE videos that were added on that date from the EVOLVE 146 card in Melrose, Massachusetts.
**Kevin Owens did a lengthy interview with Bleacher Report to promote tonight’s match against The Fiend Bray Wyatt and the state of his character in WWE. On the Aleister Black program, he noted that the story could have been assisted with more substance behind Black’s attack on Owens and noting that he has no idea where it’s heading.
I feel like Aleister could have explained his reasoning a little bit better and that would’ve helped the story and help me understand why all of it’s happening. It is what it is right now. We’re kind of past the point of explaining each other. He attacked me, I fought him back. I’m sure it’s building to one big match where we can settle it once and for all, but I don’t really know where any of it is going at this point.
He said he expects to switch brands just because he is also drafted to the other brand every year but also noted that in 2019 he was earmarked to return to NXT, which never panned out, and isn’t interested in that move any longer:
Last year at some point, I was going back to NXT. It was all in motion and it was going to happen, and then it didn’t. To say that’s a thought that crossed my mind would be an understatement, but I would tell you right now that that’s not the case anymore. That’s just not where I’m at anymore. Now, I want to be on Raw or be on SmackDown and just fight like hell to create some memorable moments for everybody. That’s all I want at this point.
**Steve Cutler spoke with the Borne the Battle podcast on the current state of The Forgotten Sons, the creative process in NXT and the main roster, and the creation of the three-man unit. The answers were transcribed by Andrew Thompson:
Cutler says he does not know when The Forgotten Sons will back on WWE TV:
Couldn’t tell you and I wouldn’t tell you either way. Just one of those things where it’s we’re being patient and doing what we can and waiting for our spot and waiting for our time and it’s coming, don’t worry. It’s coming.
Cutler says the communication with creative on SmackDown is better than the communication with creative in NXT:
No, so it’s kinda funny with — it’s kinda funny with creative since we’ve been called up. It’s been better communication than we had in NXT. Not saying it was bad in NXT but it has just kinda been more hands-on to where we can be there to talk and a lot of the verbiage they would give us from the scripts were very like, ‘Oh wow, this is actually kinda something I would say’ but then we reform it into how we would speak it and say it and we’d send it back and they come back. They’d be like, ‘Oh, Mr. McMahon wants you to say this so if you can get this line in there,’ and it’s just one of those things where you’re working back and forth and it’s like no problem. But, they kinda got the gist of us, I feel main roster on SmackDown, creative had more of an understanding of what to do with us than NXT because it’s just a — both NXT, SmackDown and RAW are all different. NXT is more wrestling based and kind of getting a character out there, but more or less everything is based on wrestling where RAW and SmackDown is the entertainment part of WWE.
Cutler tells the story of how The Forgotten Sons were created:
It’s kinda funny how it all worked out too with how Blake and Murphy and Alexa Bliss for a little bit. They were the tag champs in NXT and I was doing a bit called the ‘America’s Greatest Son’ as my character and I was kinda being very condescending as a veteran. Kinda, ‘Oh, you wanna thank me for my service? Now you wanna thank me’ type-thing, and it was kinda catching along with creative and they were liking it and they said, ‘Keep doing this but you can walk that line a little bit but don’t cross it, but if you wanna test the waters…’ I’m like, ‘Okay, no problem.’ That’s the best part of NXT is trying to figure out you and how you can make certain things work and that was one of the things I was doing and then, when Blake and Murphy kind of ended, he was on his way back from an Australia tour and beforehand, he started this gimmick called The Beautiful Blake and it was very flamboyant, and… then Velveteen Dream came along and then it kinda ended Blake’s kinda character because it was not fitting to what they wanted as a narrative so Blake texted me as they were on their way back from Australia. He said, ‘Hey, are you really serious about being a tag team?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah,’ because that was the writing on the wall at that time in NXT was getting on as a singles is very hard, especially with the influx of guys that made their name on the independents and come in, go straight to TV.
So Blake and I started the tag team, did a few promos in class and creative loved it and they said, ‘Can you be funny?’ We did one funny promo. ‘Can you be serious?’ We did another week fit the mold, because obviously being a marine and kinda with us just as a heater, bigger guy, intimidating. Like, ‘Oh, okay cool. We can be the loud-mouth hyenas and then he can be the anchor where we just hide behind him type-thing but it really didn’t kinda come that way. We all molded into this tight-knit unit that eventually became The Forgotten Sons.
**The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office has issued a press release noting that Jose Rodriguez Chucuan (who wrestled as ‘Alberto Del Rio’ and ‘Alberto El Patron’) has been charged with a multi-count indictment alleging one count of aggravated kidnapping and four counts of sexual assault. We have a story on the main page with the details.
**New Japan’s G1 Climax resumes Monday with an A Block card in Osaka streaming at 4 am Eastern on New Japan World. Below are the line-ups for this weekend’s shows with the point totals:
Saturday, October 10th in Osaka at 4 am ET:
*Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
*Tomohiro Ishii (6) vs. Jeff Cobb (4)
*Jay White (8) vs. Yujiro (0)
*Will Ospreay (8) vs. Taichi (6)
*Minoru Suzuki (6) vs. Kota Ibushi (8)
*Kazuchika Okada (8) vs. Shingo Takagi (6)
Sunday, October 11th in Aichi at 5 am:
*Yota Tsuji vs. Gabriel Kidd
*Zack Sabre Jr. (6) vs. Yoshi-Hashi (2)
*KENTA (4) vs. Toru Yano (6)
*Sanada (6) vs. Juice Robinson (6)
*Hiroshi Tanahashi (6) vs. Hirooki Goto (6)
*Tetsuya Naito (10) vs. EVIL (8)
**This weekend, GCW presents The Collective from Indianapolis, Indiana, and represents the biggest weekend of the year for independent professional wrestling in the U.S. The group was on the cusp of holding its biggest card ever this past April with Joey Janela’s Spring Break IV, a concept show that has grown exponentially and was set to be the biggest independent show of the year. Like many, they were hit hard with the cancellation of WrestleMania Week in Tampa due to the pandemic. The company attempted some empty venue cards in March before shutting down and resuming shows this past July.
The Collective will see four cards per day through Sunday with GCW partnering with groups that include AIW, Black Label Pro, SHIMMER, Paradigm, and Glory Pro Wrestling.
There are the obvious concerns of running all these shows over three days with fans attending from various parts of the country and inevitably, wrestlers and fans coming in close proximity over the weekend. What is extremely concerning is that the shows are indoors as opposed to past events they had run in Indianapolis outdoors on the field. To run these cards indoors with fans in attendance seems like a major risk is being taken.
There will be performers from AEW and Impact Wrestling among the national companies on the shows and largely, you are left with the hope that people are as cautious and careful as possible but even with the best of intentions there is a significant risk on these shows that won’t have testing nor the means to ensure that anyone asymptomatic could attend or work one of these shows. I think a lot of people sympathize with the plight of these promotions and performers who have been hit hard this year but it’s still a struggle for me given the problems that are impossible to ignore.
All the shows will be available on FITE TV and it will be a test to see how well the shows fare financially without piggybacking off WrestleMania Week where the consumer is more inclined to travel to shows or take in a lot of shows. It also falls on the weekend where many fans are following the G1, which doesn’t affect the fans these promotions are already catering to but does for those that are fringe viewers of independent wrestling.
The shows begin at Noon Eastern today with Jimmy Lloyd’s D-Generation F followed by Southern Underground Pro at 4 pm, AIW at 8 pm, and For the Culture at Midnight. Saturday’s line-up features Effy’s Big Gay Brunch at 11 am, Glory Pro Wrestling at 3 pm, Joey Janela’s Spring Break 4 at 7 pm (which will be the big show of the weekend), and Freelance at Midnight. Sunday has Black Label Pro at Noon, SHIMMER at 4 pm, Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport (the other big event of the weekend) at 8 pm, and Paradigm Pro Wrestling at 11:30 pm.
**Below is the line-up for AIW’s Thunder in Indianapolis card at 8 pm tonight:
*Matthew Justice vs. Joshua Bishop in a No Rope Barbed Wire Match for the AIW title
*Danhausen vs. Mordecai
*Tom Lawlor vs. The Karate Man (Ethan Page)
*Dominic Garrini vs. Erick Stevens
*Lee Moriarty vs. Alex Shelley vs. Tre Lamar
*Mance Warner vs. Mr. Brickster
*Bitcoin Boiz vs. Levi Everett & Allie Kat
*Pretty Boy Smooth vs. Derek Dillinger vs. Zach Thomas vs. Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham
*To Infinity & Beyond vs. The Philly Marino Experience
**Here is the card for GCW’s For the Culture tonight at Midnight as part of The Collective:
*2 Cold Scorpio vs. AR Fox
*Jon Davis vs. Calvin Tankman
*JTG vs. Trey Miguel
*Dezmond Xavier vs. AJ Gray
*ACH vs. Lee Moriarty
*Suge D vs. Trish Adora
*Marti Belle vs. Faye Jackson vs. Devon Monroe vs. Willow Nightingale
*Air Wolf & Angel Dorado vs. PB Smooth & Tre Lamar vs. Christian Casanova & Tasha Steelz
**SHIMMER made the announcement that Priscilla Kelly will not be able to work her scheduled matches at The Collective this weekend due to a family emergency.
**Brandon Thurston at Wrestlenomics has an article attempting to get a better sense of the television rights fees that NXT is earning from the USA Network looking at a variety of sources and what has been reported. The NXT rights are reportedly up for renewal next year, which adds to the discussion of the strategy behind the show coming off the Tuesday experiment and the data we have to see what increase NXT could enjoy by moving off Wednesdays.
**AEW has added a fourth title match to next Wednesday’s Anniversary edition of Dynamite with Hikaru Shida defending the women’s title against Big Swole.
**Impact Wrestling has added a match between EC3 and Moose for Bound for Glory on Saturday, October 24th.
**NXT UK has announced that WALTER will defend the NXT United Kingdom Championship against Ilja Dragunov on the October 29th edition of the show.
**Josh Barnett spoke to Nick Hausman at Wrestling INC regarding why he isn’t facing Jon Moxley this Sunday on the Bloodsport card:
Well, I have some other prior commitments, so I’m not able to actively participate in this one as a wrestler, even though I will be there as a producer and booker, but Bloodsport isn’t just about getting in the ring. It’s about the nature of the event itself. The design behind it, and I’m really happy to be able to have Moxley there against someone like Chris Dickinson. And I think they’re going to make for a hell of a main event, and we’re going to continue on that legacy that we’ve been establishing since our very first event.
**AEW Dark has announced 14 matches for next Tuesday’s episode at 7 pm ET:
*Evil Uno vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. The Blade vs. Jungle Boy
*3, 4 & 10 of the Dark Order vs. Aaron Solow, Angel Fashion & M’Badu
*Darby Allin vs. Nick Comoroto
*Elayna Black vs. Red Velvet
*Colt Cabana vs. Griff Garrison
*Brandon Cutler vs. Peter Avalon
*Wardlow vs. Elijah Dean
*Fuego del Sol vs. Ricky Starks
*Joey Janela vs. D3
*Eddie Kingston vs. Baron Black
*Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix vs. Lee Johnson & Cezar Bononi
*Nyla Rose vs. KiLynn King
*Billy & Austin Gunn vs. Ryzin & Maxx Stardom
*Matt Sydal vs. Sonny Kiss
**Eddie Guerrero would have turned 53 years old today. His final pay-per-view match occurred on his 38th birthday in 2005 at the No Mercy card where he challenged Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship in Houston, Texas. Guerrero died one month later on November 13, 2005, when he was found unresponsive in a Minneapolis hotel room.
**Jay White turns 28 today.
**The WWE stock closed at $40.16 on Friday.
**The attempt to secure Conor McGregor’s next fight continues as the UFC is in negotiations to set up a rematch with Dustin Poirier. After the two conversed publicly with the idea of an “exhibition fight” for Poirier’s charity, the UFC got involved and have offered a January 23, 2021, date for the two to fight. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that McGregor will willing to take the fight but insists it takes place in 2020 adding that McGregor is open to fighting at the UFC 255 card on November 21st or UFC 256 on December 12th, and Poirier has also said he would fight on those dates and they are awaiting a response from the UFC. Both cards recently lost a fight with the flyweight title bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbrandt off the UFC 255 card due to Garbrandt tearing his biceps, and a proposed welterweight fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns after Usman wanted more time to prepare for the fight.
**Jon Jones and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya have been exchanging shots online throughout the past week. On Thursday night, Adesanya brought up a long-rumored story that Jones had once hidden underneath a cage at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s to hide from a drug inspector. It appears that after all these years, Jones confirmed the story when prodded by Adesanya:
Well you sleep under the cage so… Get in your tighty nighty and go to underneath the cage like the ugly putrid troll you are. Fun Facts! I napped under the cage in 2010 cuz I didn’t wanna waste gas going home so I stayed at the gym till evening training. jonathan stayed under the cage to hide from USADA during a random drug test. This is facts. Y’all must have forgot.
Brother explain your titty. I was hiding from Nevada state Athletic Commission, not USADA and that was years ago.. I had just smoked a blunt and was afraid I would fail my test for weed. that’s the actual truth. Now everyone knows everyone.
**All fighters made weight for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card on Fight Island. The show will be broadcast on ESPN+ in the U.S. with the following line-up:
MAIN CARD (8 pm Eastern on ESPN+)
*Marlon Moraes (136) vs. Cory Sandhagen (136)
*Edson Barboza (145.5) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (146)
*Ben Rothwell (265) vs. Marcin Tybura (263)
*Markus Perez (186) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (186)
*Tom Aspinall (252) vs. Alan Baudot (254)
*Ilia Topuria (146) vs. Youseff Zalal (146)
PRELIMINARY CARD (5 pm on ESPN+)
*Tom Breese (186) vs. K.B. Bhullar (186)
*Chris Daukaus (227) vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (265)
*Joaquin Buckley (185.5) vs. Impa Kasanganay (185.5)
*Tony Kelley (136) vs. Ali Alqaisi (136)
*Giga Chikadze (146) vs. Omar Morales (145.5)
*Tracy Cortez (136) vs. Stephanie Egger (135.5)
*Tagir Ulanbekov (126) vs. Bruno Silva (125.5)
**Bellator holds the first major MMA card in France on Saturday with the main card that will air at 11:30 am Eastern on the CBS Sports Network from the Accor Arena:
*Michael “Venom” Page vs. Ross Houston – 175-pound catchweight
*Emmanuel Dawa vs. Oliver Enkamp
*Ryan Scope vs. Alan Omer
*Darko Banovic vs. Mads Burnell
**UFC welterweight Rafael dos Anjos is off the UFC 254 card on October 24th after revealing he has been hit with COVID-19. Dos Anjos was scheduled to fight Islam Makhachev on the card in Abu Dhabi. Dos Anjos stated he had left California to train for this fight in Brazil at Nova Uniao.
**Former UFC light heavyweight Corey Anderson will make his Bellator debut against Melvin Manhoef on Thursday, November 5th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The card will air on the CBS Sports Network.
G1 CLIMAX PODCASTS
Day 10: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA
Day 9: Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay
Day 8: Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA
Day 7: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shingo Takagi
Day 6: Tetsuya Naito vs. Hirooki Goto
Day 5: Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
Day 4: Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Day 3: Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White
Day 2: Tetsuya Naito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Day 1: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi
BRITISH WRESTLING EXPERIENCE
Martin & Benno are joined by Sarah Grieve of Eat, Sleep, Suplex, Retweet to discuss RevPro Epic Encounters 2 & 3, the return of NXT UK, and the changes promotions are making following the Speaking Out movement.
upNXT 10/7/20: “Remember Moon”
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review WWE NXT featuring Tommaso Ciampa vs Kushida, Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley vs Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzales, plus an unfortunate injury to Ridge Holland.
REWIND-A-DYNAMITE 10/7/20: “Y30-J”, Dog Collar, This Week in Florida
John Pollock and Wai Ting review AEW Dynamite with the 30th Anniversary Special for Chris Jericho, new WWE PC recruits, WWE Raw ratings and lots more.
POST MOVIE REVIEW: ROCKY III (1982)
John Pollock & Wai Ting review Rocky III (1982) as Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) enlists the help of rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) to defeat new nemesis, Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
REWIND-A-RAW 10/5/20: Ali-Retribution, Netflix-GLOW, NXT TakeOver
John Pollock and Wai Ting discuss WWE Raw featuring the reveal of Retribution’s leader, NXT TakeOver 31 reactions, Netflix cancels GLOW, and your feedback ahead of the WWE Draft.
upNXT 10/4/20: NXT TakeOver 31
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review WWE NXT TakeOver 31 from the new Capitol Wrestling Center featuring Finn Balor vs Kyle O’Reilly for the NXT Championship.
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