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Raw is tonight in Toronto. The show will be a legitimate sellout with more than 13,000 fans at the Scotiabank Arena. WWE has only had a handful of sellouts for non-PPV shows this year. Edge vs. Damian Priest has been pushed for two weeks plus Trish Status will be there and Alexa Bliss & Asuka face Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai in the women's tag team tournament.
Brian James, who was just begging for a job in AEW, was hired by WWE as Vice President of Live Events. The title is different but this comes right after Jeff Jarrett, the SVP of Live Events, was let go.
There will be a new team in the women's tag team tournament. WWE just announced that Gigi Dolin was injured on Friday and they are out and there will be a four-team match on Smackdown on Friday to determine who faces Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah in their spot. Dolin reportedly suffered a concussion in Friday's match. Dolin & Jacy Jayne were originally to be on tonight's Raw show in Toronto to build up Friday's match.
Independent promoter Graeme Keam of Canada has claimed that Levis Valenzuela (No Way Jose) had agreed to work a show for him, he sent him a plane ticket, found out that Valenzuela had switched the plane ticket to Orlando for this weekend and he ended up flying himself in for an AEW tryout instead. He wrote on Twitter, "No way Jose stole my money and flew to Orlando to appear on AEW Dark on my plane ticket. He lied to me all day."
AEW matches for Wednesday in Cleveland include the CM Punk vs. Jon Moxley unification match, Will Ospreay & Aussie Open vs. Penta & Rey Fenix & Pac in the trios tournament, Dax Harwood vs. Jay Lethal, Britt Baker vs. KiLynn King and Billy Gunn vs Colten Gunn. Rampage tapings have Claudio Castagnoli defending the ROH title against Dustin Rhodes. They have sold about 400 tickets the last three days so tickets are moving with the Punk vs. Moxley announcement and are right now at just under 4,700.
Merab Dvalishvili was a guest of Ariel Helwani today and said that Jose Aldo told him after losing to him that this was his last fight. Aldo has not spoken of this thus far.
New Japan's Rumble on 44th Street PPV show at the Palladium in Times Square basically sold out immediately this morning. They only had 1,025 tickets on sale and there are some platinum seats ($1,000) unsold but virtually everything else is sold. This was for the presale as actual on sale is Thursday.
They did a comedy sketch on BTE that came out today for a back story to make sense why Adam Page didn't come out when CM Punk challenged him. He was training the Dark Order for their trios tournament match. Jeff Jones told him Punk called him out like it was happening (this was taped long after) and Page didn't pay attention and told Jones to get out and he's doing something far more important. They also noted Evil Uno is out as he's doing a public appearance for AEW Games in Germany, and won't be on Wednesday's show taped for Friday. That would indicate the Friday Rampage match will be House of Black against John Silver & Alex Reynolds & 10, unless Page subs for Uno. Mark Sterling did an ad for position theft on the show because Stokley Hathaway took his spot. Mark Jindrak was used in the ad, since Jindrak was originally to be in Evolution years ago but lost his spot.. Also, the Young Bucks were heelish telling Kenny Omega he was the only one they considered as their partner and Brandon Cutler mae a face like everyone knows you asked Adam Page first.
(thanks to Stephen Lyon)
Canadian wrestling historian Vance Nevada is releasing a book called "Uncontrolled Chaos" as a comprehensive history of Canadian wrestling.
–WrestleMax St. Louis from Saturday night in St. Louis for the David Lee Memorial tournament for the vacant River City title:
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Pro Wrestling Australia announced a tour from 10/1 o 10/26 in the Gold Cost,Brisbane, Victoria, Wollongang,Newcastle Sydney and Canberra featuring Jessica Troy, Robbie Eagles and Mick Moretti. (thanks to Paul Robinson)
–C4 Wrestling did a Canadian cancer society fundraiser on Friday night in Ottawa, ONT before about 600 fans:
–EVE has Thursday night Riot at 229 The Venue in London, UK:
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A feud between Paul and Roman Reigns looks to be in the works.
Dynamite topped the cable charts in the 18-49 demo.
Khan appeared on the Sporticast podcast recently.
The Von Erich family biopic will also star Zac Efron and Harris Dickinson.
Team WCW and the nWo collided in a War Games match.
The WWE Hall-of-Famer will make his comeback as part of a Big Time Wrestling show.
The TV tapings are taking place in Norcross, Georgia this Sunday.
EC3 issued a statement on Thursday.