Daily Update: Rollins injury, Presidential Debate vs. NFL vs Raw

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Smackdown is Tuesday night from Cleveland. The main event is A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE title. John Cena and Randy Orton are both scheduled on the show.

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No update on Seth Rollins past he was needing medical attention after taking the super gut buster from Kevin Owens in the match last night. He was having X-rays done earlier today. Cesaro, at last word, was fine, even though it looked scary the way he landed from that tope.

With the presidential debate, there’s a lot of talk of how tonight’s show will be the lowest rated Raw in history. To me, I’d completely discount the rating no matter what it is, and would consider anything over a 1.8 household number as a success. They may get a PPV bump, but but really the numbers from the last two weeks were more of a story than if this week does do poorly, because they are indicative of where they are at. Tonight’s number, if it stays even, says we’re probably not falling much from the past two weeks for the rest of football season. But if it’s way lower, the last two weeks are still the numbers far more indicative.

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For tonight’s show, they are pushing a storyline that HHH and Stephanie McMahon left the Clash happy with the idea that they are working together to keep Kevin Owens as champion. So the idea is Seth Rollins saw through them but Mick Foley didn’t. 
Emma, Paige and Luke Harper are all backstage again today in Cincinnati. Keep in mind all three were last week and weren’t used.   
WWE is offering combo tickets in Chicago for Raw and Smackdown tapings at the All-State Arena in Chicago on 12/26 and 12/27. The Monday night show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Tuesday show at 6:15 p.m. They are pushing Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Charlotte as the top stars on Raw and Dean Ambrose, A.J. Styles and Becky Lynch as the top stars on Smackdown in advertising.  Also listed for Raw are Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, New Day, Sasha Banks, Rusev and Cesaro. For Smackdown also listed are Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Nikki Bella and The Usos. They are pushing the idea you can get a ticket for both shows for just $30 (not $30 each but $30 for two tickets) with the tag line of being the best value in entertainment.  
Asuka (Kanako Urai), turns 35 today. 
Bruno Sammartino makes what he calls his final signing appearance on 11/19 in New York City as part of the Big Event Convention.
They are debuting a new Table for Three after Raw tonight with Kane, Big Show and Mark Henry.
The WWE 2K 17 Welcome to Suplex City TV spot is here.
There was a scary moment at the Progress Wrestling show on Saturday night at the Brixton Academy which was apparently one of the bigger indie events of the year. A match between Sebastian and Pastor William Eaver saw Eaver hit Sebastian with a clothesline, the bell rang, the referee made the count, and stopped at two like he was supposed to. The problem was that Sebastian never kicked out. They then stopped the match and promoter Jim Smallman told the crowd this was real and medics came to the ring.  Sebastian was carried out on a stretcher, although he was okay and walking around backstage. He just apparently knocked out. Results from the show: Rampage Brown b Joe Coffey to win the Atlas title, Jinny & Alex Windsor & Dahia Black b Nixon Newell & Laura DiMatteo Pollyanna, Sebastian NC Pastor William Eaver, Pete Dunne & Trent Seven b James Davis & Rob Lynch to win the tag team tiles, Paul Robinson b Chuck Mamgo, Zack Sabre Jr. b Tommaso Ciampa 2/3 falls, Nathan Cruz & Zack Gibson & El Ligero & Dave Mastiff b Jack Gallagher & Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews & Damon Mosetr, Mark Haskins won the Progress title in three-way over champion Marty Scurll and Tommy End by making Scurll tap to the sharpshooter after Jimmy Havoc returned and dropped Scurll with the acid rainmaker. They announced another show at the Brixton Academy on September 24, 2017, so it looks like this will be an annual thing. (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
Tammy Sytch has been taken into custody by the Carbon County Probation Department and is awaiting a hearing on a possible probation violation.  
The son of Kimbo Slice, called Baby Slice, makes his pro debut on 10/21 in Memphis for Bellator in a prelim fight against Rick Bing. The fight at this point will stream on the Bellator web site as opposed to being on television.
Ricochet faces girlfriend Tessa Blanchard in the main event for Beyond Wrestling on Sunday in Somerville, MA. The show also features Joey Styles, Michael Elgin, Matt Riddle and MMA fighter Chuck O’Neil. 
Glory kickboxing on 12/21 in Denver featuring Gabriel Varga vs. Robin van Roosmalen for the lightweight title.
CCW on 10/29 in Chatham, ONT at the WISH Centre.
MCW from Saturday night in Joppa, MD: Bill Collier & Paul Jordane b Bo Nekoda & Cousin Clay, Ivory Robyn & April Sera b Maria Manic & Angelina Love, Joe Keys b Dante Cabinero, Honky Tonk Man & Koko B. Ware & Tito Santana b Rock & Bowl Express with Danny Davis (WWF version) as referee and Jim Cornette as a heel manager, Paul Jordane won a Bunkhouse Stampede, Brandon Scott b Nick Cutler, Brittany Blake won three-way over Kimber Lee and Ivory Robyn, The Ecktourage b Punk Rock All-Stars in an anything goes match, Ken Dixon b Chuck Lennox, Swoggle & Bruiser & Rayo b Studd & Jeremiah & Vineberg, Drolix b King McBride to win the MCW title in a dog collar match. Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, Shane Douglas and others were involved in this show. 
MCW has another show on Saturday night in Hollywood, MD at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department featuring Scott Hall appearing.
CWE tonight in Regina, Saskatchewan at The Exchange, headlined by Nick Aldis vs. Wavell Star for the GWF title.
CWE from last night in Calgary: Danny Duggan b Shane Sabre, Travis Cole b Tony Novak, Tommy Lee Curtis b A.J. Sanchez, Jacob Creed b Math Magician, Jason Kincaid b Tony Kozina, Nick Aldis b Matt Hart (of the Hart wrestling family) to keep the GFW title, Dynamite Dan & Pistol Pete b Phantasmo & Scotty Mac. Next show in Calgary is 1/15.
Koji Kanemoto won the VKF title in Japan this past week beating Suichiro Katsumara with a moonsault.
Ho Ho Lun, who was in the cruiserweight classic, made a surprise appearance for the HEAT-UP promotion in Japan, losing to Kazuhiro Tamura. Tamura is the owner of the promotion.      
IWF has live shows on 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/22 and 10/29 at the IWF Centre in Nutley, NJ.
CZW has a free TV taping on 10/8 in Voorhees, NJ at the Combat Skate Zone at 2 p.m. they also have a regular show at 8 p.m. that night. No tickets are needed for the afternoon show. The evening show has a tangled web match with Tim Donst vs. Alex Colon vs. Danny Havoc vs. Rickey Shane Page and Jonathan Gresham defends the CZW title against Homicide.
Pro Wrestling Revolver on 10/28 in Clive, IA at the Seven Flags Event Center featuring Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Marty the Moth, Brian Cage vs. Fenix, PJ Black vs. Trevor Lee, DJZ vs. Triton (CMLL) vs. Gringo Loco, Caleb Konley vs. Silas Young, Jessicka Havok vs. Jake Manning, AR Fox vs. Davey Vega vs. Mat Fitchett vs. Ethan Case vs. Matthew Palmer vs. Anthony Henry, Sami Callihan & Dave & Jake Crist vs. Jason Cade & Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz.
Lucha Libre Boom on 10/15 in Naucalpan has Caristico vs. Mascara Dorada vs. Titan vs. Volador Jr. Not sure yet about Dorada on that one because he is going full-time with WWE shortly.
El Hijo del Santo & son El Santo Jr. face Silver King & Silver King Jr. tonight in Nuevo Laredo a the soccer stadium for Lucha Libre Convencion.
On 10/14 in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal they have L.A. Park & ? vs Rush & La Mascara.
Major Baisden is starting a new promotion based in Kansas City called the NWL. He’s a successful entrepreneur who recently sold his last startup, a data services company, for a good bit of money. Chris Gough, a former WWE writer who has been active on the Kansas City scene, will be head of creative and talent relations, along with historian and former Memphis manager Scott Bowden. The idea is to start with shows in Kansas City and St. Louis, and expand into Texas, and then Portland and Seattle. They are looking at debuting in January. For more info you can go here. 
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