-At AAA’s Heroes Immortales 13 In a fast-paced, sprint of a match, Kenny Omega captured the AAA Mega Championship from Rey Fenix. As is well known at this point, All Elite Wrestling and AAA have a working relationship with many members of the Elite working matches in Mexico to this point. Kenny joins the Young Bucks as AEW members to hold AAA gold in 2019. Omega faced Rey Fenix for AAA Mega Championship. When Omega will be defending the title is yet to be determined, and on this week's edition of AEW Dynamite, it was acknowledged that Kenny Omega had won the title.
-This October 21st episode of Monday Night Raw, which featured a main event of the Street Profits vs The O.C., drew an average of 2.34 million viewers. This was up from last week’s viewership of 2.28 million viewers. Hour 1- 2.48 million viewers, Hour 2- 2.37 million viewers, Hour 3- 2.18 million viewers. The highest-rated segments of the show featured Drew McIntyre vs Ricochet and the Allistar Black segment.
-The October 22nd of AEW Dynamite results residing in Pittsburgh, PA-SCU (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian) defeated The Dark Order to advance to the Finals in the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament -The Lucha Brothers defeated Private Party to advance to the Finals in the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament -Kenny Omega defeated Joey Janela-A brawl broke out between the Inner Circle (AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz) -The Young Bucks defeated Best Friends -After the match, the Bucks accept Santana and Ortiz’s challenge at Full Gear -Britt Baker defeated Jamie Hayter -Jon Moxley vs PAC ended in a Draw
Dynamite which featured stiff competition Wednesday night going up against the world series and the NBA drew in an average of 963,000 viewers. This was down from last week’s viewership of 1.01 million viewers. The breakdown of the ratings pattern is below.
AEW Dynamite, while putting up tremendous rating demos and share, is suffering the same issues:
Week 1-2: Down 1.41 to 1.14 with .305 viewers lost or 19.1%
Week 2-3: Down 1.14 to 1.01 with .13 viewers lost or 11.5%
Week 3-4:Down 1.01 to .963 with .038 viewers lost or 1.05%
AEW from week 1-4 has .433 viewers lost or 32.56%
I fully expect a bounce back for AEW next, and this week's viewership is not indicative of the direction of the product.
-At the Southside Wrestling in Great Britain, Cody announced that All Elite Wrestling had signed Olympic Boxing Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo, to the company. Ogogo got face to face with MJF and layed him out with a punch.
NXT Results from October 22nd
-Rhea Ripley defeated Bianca Belair
-Matt Riddle defeated Cameron Grimes
-Isiah Swerve Scott and Breezango defeated The Forgotten Sons
-Angel Garza defeated Jack Gallagher
-Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox defeated Marina Shafir Jessamyn Duke
-Roderick Strong defeated Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic
-After the match, the Undisputed Era took out Lee and Dijakovic but Ciampa, Gargano and Balor came out. Balor turned on both men and turned heel to close the show.
The NXT Ratings pattern is as follows
Week 1-2: Down 1.18 to 1.0 with .173 viewers lost or 14.8%
Week 2-3: Down 1 to .89 with .11 viewers lost or 11.43%
Week 3-4: Down .89 to .79 with .1 viewers lost or 11.34%
Week 4-5: Down .79 to .712 with .087 viewers lost or 9.87%
Week 5-6: Down .712 to .698 with .014 viewers lost or 1.62%
NXT from week 1 to week 6 with .481 viewers lost or 40.1%
At an NXT live event in Jacksonville, NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler announced that on their return to Jacksonville on December 5th that it would be an exclusive all women's show.
EVOLVE is excited to announce that Evan Bourne is returning to action for the first time since 2013. Bourne is signed for the following EVOLVE events:EVOLVE 139 on November 9th in Queens, NY-EVOLVE 140 on November 10th in Brooklyn, NY-EVOLVE 141 on December 6th in Livonia, MI-EVOLVE 142 on December 7th in Chicago, IL. Evan Bourne was one of WWE's most exciting stars. He was known for his spectacular "Air Bourne" finisher off the top rope. He rose to be WWE Tag Team Champions along with Kofi Kingston. Bourne's last match was in 2013 and he parted ways with WWE in 2014. He competed as Matt Sydal, but the Evan Bourne name and persona were retired.
The Monday Night Raw go-home show for Crown Jewel features the following advertised so far:
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
WWE Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch vs. WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Kairi Sane
Jerry Lawler is hosting a "Divorce Court" segment with Lana and Rusev
The Crown Jewel line up for Thursday, October 31st from King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is as follows
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Cain Velasquez for the WWE championship
Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bray Wyatt For the Universal Championship in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
Tag Team Turmoil To Crown The World Cup Best Tag Team In The World
The New Day, The Viking Raiders, Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, The Revival, The O.C., Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, and The B-Team
Team Flair vs. Team Hogan
Team Flair: Randy Orton, King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre vs Team Hogan Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ali, Shorty G, and Ricochet
AJ Styles vs The winner of the 20 man battle royal
Mansoor vs. Cesaro
-While Cain is signed to a 3 year deal with WWE and will be with the company full time, the Tyson Fury deal originally was just for this on match. Tyson Fury has been training at the PC and absolutely has enjoyed every aspect of the angle and the business. If financial terms make sense for both sides it is likely he would do another angle or match, however, as of now the only match he is signed for is at Crown Jewel.
-The official premiere of WWE Backstage will not only feature John Cena, but also future NFL Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski. Rob last appear with WWE at Wrestlemania 33 helping his friend Mojo win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
-Xavier Woods underwent surgery to repair an Achilles' tear in his ankle suffered on WWE's tour of Australia, the initial time table on the injury is 8-12 months.
MLW SuperFight PPV which will take place on November 2nd at Cicero Stadium features the following line up
Jacob Fatu (c) vs LA Park in a no DQ match for the MLW Championship
Teddy Hart (c) vs Austin Aries for the Middleweight Championship
The Dynasty MJF and Richard Holliday (c) vs The Von Erichs's Ross and Marshall for the MLW Tag Team Championship
Filthy Tom Lawlor vs Timothy Thatcher
Alex Hammerstone (c) vs Davey Boy Smith Jr, for the Openweight Title
Jimmy Havoc vs Mance Warner in a Stairway to hell match
Gringo Loco,Puma King and Septimo vs Injustice (Myron Reed,Jordan Oliver, and Kotto Brazil)
Marty Scrull will be wrapping up with the company in the next 2 weeks, and will be heavily sought after by every major promotion. Maria Manic who contract with Ring of Honor expired prior to her even having a match after being built up for months visited the WWE PC last week for a tryout/meeting. After visiting with WWE, she went back to Ring of Honor and received a much better deal than that was originally offered to her.
-Impact's next PPV will be named "Hard to Kill" will take place in January of 2020
-Impact will officially begin with on AXS TV and Twitch on October 29th, 1 week from Tuesday.
-Joey Ryan has signed a multi-year deal with Impact Wrestling, most importantly to Joey during all the negotiations as he was very sought after is that he could continue to help grow and work in the indies. Joey Ryan posted the following on his social media on Sunday evening:
“It made the most sense IMPACT WRESTLING has been the most consistent wrestling program on TV for the past 2 years, I get to keep all of my indie dates and best of all, they let me be me"
-Kylie Rae (formerly of AEW) Appeared on the Bound For Glory Show, in addition to working the show the night before with the company. Kylie Rae last worked for AEW at Double or Nothing before asking for and having her release from the company granted. At the time of writing, Impact is very interested in bringing her in full time, again at the time of writing nothing has been signed.
-Ace Romero also signed a multi-year deal with Impact Wrestling over the weekend and working in the ladder match at Bound For Glory. Ace appeared at All In, most recognizable from his was with MLW in the past.
-Alex Zayne and Black Christian made their first appearance on Impact this past Saturday tearing down the house is the process. Zayne actually hit a diving corkscrew moonsault off of a second-floor balcony. Alex Zayne is quickly becoming one of the hottest free agents in the US. Alex has been opening eyes everywhere, and his most recent PWG really put him on a different level for some. I do not expect come February that Alex Zayne or Blake Christian is not locked up to an exclusive deal with a major company, and Blake likely sooner.
-Impact will be running a Flashback TNA show Wrestlemania weekend just outside of Tampa Bay, Florida. Impact is trying to drum up interest and fan support for The Motor City Machine Guns vs The Young Bucks at the show. Impact has not negotiated or talked to AEW in regards to this and it is something they are counting on a big fan reaction to help push the agenda. We did see a flashback of TNA this weekend when the Saturday show was being filmed on cell phones due to issues with connection in the venue. Interestingly that as soon as this information came out Alex Shelly has been at the WWE PC all week as a guest trainer.
BOUND FOR GLORY 2019 RESULTS
Call Your Shot Battle Royal (Winner Picks Title Match of Their Choice)
Eddie Edwards is out first followed by Reno Scum, Joey Ryan, Desi Hit Squad and The Deaners
Havoc, Rosemary, Madman Fulton. Johnny Swinger, Jordynne Grace, Swoggle, Tommy Dreamer, Kylie Rae, Sabu, Raj Singh, Fallah Bah,
Shera comes out last
Final four is Bah, Edwards, Fulton and Shera
Shera eliminates Bah after a Burning Hammer over the top rope
Edwards eliminates Fulton after running the rope and Eddie Edwards pulls the top rope down.
Edwards pins Shera after the Boston Knee Party
Taya Valkyrie (c) vs Tenille Dashwood For The Knockout Championship TItle
Taya Valkyrie wins via pinfall after a Road to Valhalla on Dashwood
The North (c) vs Rich Swann and Willie Mack vs RVD and Rhino - For The Impact Tag Team Championship
RVD turned on Rhino during the match and hit him with a superkick hitting, then hitting Swann with a superkick which then set up the pin for The North to get the win.
Michael Elgin vs Marufugi
Elgin picks up the win after a Burning Hammer (very traditional hard-hitting strong style match)
Jake Crist (c) vs Ace Austin vs Acey Romero vs Daga vs Tessa Blanchard - For The Impact X Division Championship Ladder Match
Ace Austin captures the title and the win after Tessa was battling with OVE member, then Ace hit Tessa with a baton, knocking her off the ladder.
Moose vs Ken Shamrock
Moose picks up the win after a Spearing and pinning Shamrock. Frank Trigg exposed the turnbuckle, and Shamrock ran to the corner setting up Moose for the finish. During the match, Ken Shamrock did a dive over the top rope to the outside (Undertaker look, current) Moose saved what could have been a nightmare of Ken Landing on his head and neck. Major props to Moose for taking care of the talent he is working.
Brian Cage (c) vs Sami Callihan - Impact World Championship No Disqualification match
Cage retains his title after a Drill Claw on Thumbtacks and pinning Sami. This match was as No DQ as No DQ can get, it might as well of bend a street fight or hardcore match, as fans got it all in this one.
More Backstage News and Notes:
The atmosphere backstage was very chill and positive, most talent was positively optimistic and some very excited about the future of the company. Many offers were made to different talent and many negotiations happened, as we noted a few of the examples above, others were offered and did not sign. Impact will continue to grow and add talent to their roster now that they have a viable television product again. While we have stated before that Anthem has considered purchasing Ring of Honor (Every major company has at least considered) the asking price is astronomical compared to the value that many, including major wrestling companies, feel it is worth. It is interesting to note the numbers have actually gone up at not down for Ring of Honor. More importantly, however, is the fact that it does not look like Sin Clair is any hurry to move the company, and in addition to this one of the company's I spoke with stated there are many hoops to jump through in purchasing the company. One of which that was brought up is that any new company would have to deal with Sinclair who will want some type of syndicated show for a set amount of time if the company is sold to air on their networks.
Impact taping and spoiler results for Windsor which was taped for AXS and the October 29th show
Sami Callihan defeated Brian Cage to win the Impact World title in a steel cage match. After the match Tessa Blanchard entered the cage after the match and stair down with Callihan
6 women tag
Jordynne Grace, Rosemary, and Alexia Nicole defeated Madison Rayne ,Taya Valkyrie,and Keira Hogan.
Rich Swann and Willie Mack defeated The Desi Hit Squad.
Daga defeated Jake Crist
Naomichi Marufuji defeated Josh Alexander.
Ace Austin defeated Eddie Edwards in a Street Fight
Michael Elgin defeated Fallah Bahh
Ken Shamrock vs Joey Ryan was set up fot the next set of tapings
Moose defeated Willie Mack
Tessa Blanchard, Tommy Dreamer, Daga and Rich Swann defeated OVE in a wild Street Fight