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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, October 9, 2021.
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We won’t call it the Friday Night War just yet...but WWE’s main roster is set to go head-to-head against AEW for the very first time...and it’s gonna happen next week.
WWE is promoting a “Supersized” SmackDown airing on FS1 next Friday night. TV guides are showing that episode will run from 8-10:30PM Eastern...putting the final 30 minutes up against a LIVE episode of AEW Rampage.
WWE is promoting the return of Brock Lesnar for next Friday’s SmackDown. Plus, Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks.
Next Friday’s AEW Rampage will have The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho, Jake Hager & the TNT Champion Sammy Guevara vs. Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page & former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos....and CM Punk vs. Matt Sydal.
Punk opened last night’s Rampage...with a win over Daniel Garcia. He forced Garcia to tap out to the Anaconda Vice.
The Lucha Brothers are STILL the AEW Tag Team Champions. They beat The Acclaimed on Friday night’s AEW Rampage.
Ricky Starks got assists from Powerhouse Hobbs AND Hook...and beat Brian Cage in a Philadelphia Street Fight...to retain the FTW Championship.
Plus, Jade Cargill steamrolled Skye Blue.
The Lucha Brothers are back in Mexico for a big AAA show on Saturday. They’re set to defend the AAA Tag Titles against Laredo Kid & Hijo Del Vikingo.
The King Of The Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments got underway on Friday night’s SmackDown...with TWO first round matches from both brackets.
Finn Balor beat Cesaro. He’ll meet Sami Zayn in the King Of The Ring semifinals. Zayn advanced by beating Rey Mysterio...after some miscommunication between Rey and his son Dominik.
In the first round of the Queen’s Crown tournament...Carmella beat Liv Morgan...and Zelina Vega pinned Toni Storm with a Code Red.
We also now know the other half of both tournament brackets.
The other Queen’s Crown first round matches are Doudrop vs. Natalya...and Dana Brooke vs. Shayna Baszler.
The first round matches on the other side of the King Of The Ring bracket are Jinder Mahal vs. Kofi Kingston...and Xavier Woods vs. Ricochet.
Sonya Deville challenged Naomi to a match on next week’s SmackDown.
And Friday’s show ended with Edge challenging Seth Rollins to a match inside Hell In A Cell. That’ll happen at Crown Jewel.
Impact Wrestling presents its Knockouts Knockdown show tonight. It’s an Impact Plus exclusive starting at 8PM Eastern.
Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo will be in action...in a non-title match...against an opponent chosen by Mickie James. On Friday, we learned that the opponent will be Masha Slamovich.
Decay will defend the Knockouts Tag Titles against The Influence - Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne.
There will be a 4-Way Monster’s Ball Match: Jordynne Grace vs. Alisha Edwards vs. Kimber Lee vs. Savannah Evans.
Plus, a one-night tournament...with the winner getting a future Knockouts Championship match. The bracket is out there. Here are the first round matches: Tasha Steelz vs. Jamie Senegal...Chelsea Green vs. Renee Michelle...Lady Frost vs. Rachael Ellering...and Brandi Lauren vs. Mercedes Martinez.
(STINGER: New Japan)
New Japan’s G1 Climax tournament is running Saturday...with matches in the A Block.
Meanwhile, Kazuchika Okada and Jeff Cobb both remain undefeated and tied for the spot in the B Block. Okada beat Taichi on Friday. Cobb beat SANADA.
EVIL pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi...hitting Everything Is Evil after striking Tanahashi in the head with the IWGP United States Title belt.
Also on Friday, Hirooki Goto beat Chase Owens...and YOSHI-HASHI beat Tama Tonga..
Saturday night’s New Japan Strong has a Champion vs. Champion main event: NEVER Openweight Champ Jay White vs. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champ Robbie Eagles.
Also, FILTHY Tom Lawlor defends the Strong Openweight Title against Ren Narita…
And Fred Rosser vs. Minoru Suzuki.
Back in Japan...Stardom is running a major show on Saturday…
And on Sunday, Pro-Wrestling NOAH has a big show with Naomichi Marufuji defending the GHC Heavyweight Championship against Katsuhiku Nakajima in the main event…
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion HAYATA defending against Daisuke Harada
A GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Hajime (HA-jeh-may) Ohara & Atsushi Kotoge (c) defend against the Los Perros del Mal de Japón team of Eita (ay-tah) & Nosawa Rongai.
Plus, a tag team showdown: Keiji Mutoh & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kaito Kiyamiya & Kenoh.
Ring Of Honor’s weekend TV has ROH World Champion Bandido in action. He’s tagging with Rey Horus against The OGK - Matt Taven & Mike Bennett.
The process of deciding the next challenger for the ROH Women’s Title will begin with a 3-Way between Angelina Love...Miranda Alize...and Willow. The winner will move on to face the winner of another 3-Way match.
Also on this weekend’s episode...The Soldiers of Savagery vs. Dalton Castle & Dak Draper.
That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Saturday, October 9th. Our next update comes your way MONDAY morning. Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to subscribe to this feed. We also thank you in advance for leaving a glowing rating or review..
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