Hello all and welcome to the Autumn 2019 Wrestling Thread! Sorry, it’s a little late, my day started a bit slower than expected, but I’ve got it in before the RAW SEASON PREMIERE so let’s do it to it!
RAW Season Premiere tonight including Lesnar, Hogan & Flair (sigh). Also Lawler back on commentary (for tonight at least)… yay? There are a few title matches tonight at least, so some potential for big moves ahead of next week’s draft where the roster will officially be split once again. Tonight’s matches are:
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins defends against Rey Mysterio
WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defends against Cedric Alexander
RAW Tag Team Champions Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler defend against Heavy Machinery
Friday Night Smackdown however is the biggest deal, with the main event booked as Kofi Kingston defending losing the WWE title against Brock Lesnar and a loser leaves town match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon. As Smackdown is now the premiere show on network TV Roman Reigns is suddenly invested in being on the blue brand now! As it’s the 20th anniversary expect some big name returns (probably Taker and Cena, The Rock is still not confirmed but that might be kayfabe) and will be very interesting to see how it does.
Oh, also there’s a PPV on Sunday, (who knew?) where the Bray Wyatt will once again have the whole world in his hands as everyone will be rooting for him dethroning Seth Rollins (or Rey Mysterio, lol). A week to go and the only other matches confirmed so far is Becky vs Sasha in the cell (can’t wait) and Roman/D-Bry vs The Metalhead Bludgeon Brothers (lol). Assumedly the premieres of Raw and SD this week will do a lot of heavy lifting towards this, but tbh these three are the only matches are gonna be invested in. There’s another Crown Jewel to go before WarGames/Survivor Series too though lol.
Meanwhile, The Mond… err Wednesday Night Wars are back! AEW goes against NXT (which properly goes to USA network now. Will be very interesting to see how these go. AEW’s next PPV is hilariously called Full Gear on November 9th, where we’ll finally get Moxley vs Omega and Mr bit of the bubbly himself will defend against Cody… who might book himself champion and go full TNA, we’ll see.
Autumn means we are now on the road to Wrestle Kingdom over in Japan with the next big stop being King of Pro Wrestling on October 14th where Tanahashi will celebrate his 20th year in the business, Jushin Thunder Liger returns to face Suzuki, Ospreay defends his Jr. Heavyweight title vs El Phantasmo, Moxley defends his U.S Title vs Juice Robinson, Ibushi puts up his WK contract vs EVIL and in the main event, Okada attempts to defend his world title against Sanada.
Think that’ll do for now, so will leave you with AEP’s new episode on a real doozy, Canadian Stampede: