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Tonight’s Raw is in Sacramento, California...and it’s the last stop before Thursday’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Two wrestlers will punch their tickets to the show tonight.
Jinder Mahal and Xavier Woods meet in a King Of The Ring semifinal. Finn Balor awaits in the final at Crown Jewel after he beat Sami Zayn on last Friday’s SmackDown.
A Queen’s Crown semifinal has Doudrop vs. Shayna Baszler...with the winner heading to Crown Jewel to meet Zelina Vega in the final. Vega used a small package to pin Carmella on SmackDown...thanks to an assist from Liv Morgan.
Baszler helped Sonya Deville win a 2-on-1 match against Naomi on SmackDown.
Also announced for tonight: Charlotte Flair is set to defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair.
Belair was on last Friday’s SmackDown, where she helped Sasha Banks win a non-title match over SmackDown Women’s Champ Becky Lynch.
The Raw Tag Champs Randy Orton & Riddle have a non-title match tonight against the Street Profits. The Profits lost a Street Fight to the SmackDown Tag Champs The Usos on last Friday’s SmackDown.
Also tonight, WWE Champ Big E & Drew McIntyre vs. Doplh Ziggler & Robert Roode.
Rhea Ripley tweeted Sunday that her gear bag, which was also carrying her WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship belt, is missing...apparently misplaced after WWE’s show in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday.
(STINGER: New Japan)
We’re into the final week of New Japan’s G1 Climax tournament. Monday’s matches in the A Block will decide one half of the tournament final.
Four men are still alive...and tied at 12 points apiece at the top of the A Block standings: Kota Ibushi, Zack Sabre Jr., KENTA and Shingo Takagi. BUT none of them control their own destiny.
Ibushi and KENTA will meet in Monday’s main event. If Ibushi beats KENTA...and Sabre loses his match against Tanga Loa...Ibushi wins the block.
But if BOTH Ibushi and Sabre win on Monday...Sabre wins the block.
If BOTH Ibushi and Sabre LOSE...Takagi can take the block...IF he beats Yujiro Takahashi.
KENTA’s path is the most complicated. He must beat Ibushi...and also have Takagi lose...OR have Takagi AND Sabre BOTH win.
On Saturday’s New Japan Strong…
Will Ospreay pinned Karl Fredericks with Hidden Blade. After the match, TJP was revealed as the newest member of the United Empire.
New Japan announced Buddy Matthews - the former Buddy Murphy in WWE - will be part of its Battle In The Valley show in San Jose on Saturday, November 13th.
New AAA Tag Team Champions were crowned on Saturday night’s AEW Dynamite.
FTR - who entered under the masked guise of The Super Ranas - beat the Lucha Brothers...pinning Rey Fenix after hitting him in the head with one of the title belts.
At least four matches are announced for tonight’s AEW Dark: Elevation...including Nyla Rose, Emi Sakura & Diamante vs. Red Velvet, Ryo Mizunami & Kilynn King.
The bracket for the 8-man World Title Eliminator Tournament is now unveiled.
Matches begin on next Friday’s Rampage with Orange Cassidy vs. Powerhouse Hobbs. The winner will meet the winner of a match between Jon Moxley and Dark Order’s 10.
The other side of the bracket will have Bryan Danielson vs. Dustin Rhodes...and Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer. Those two matches will happen on next Saturday’s Dynamite.
The bracket for the TBS Championship tournament will be revealed on Friday night’s Rampage.
On this past Saturday’s Dynamite...The Young Bucks & Adam Cole beat Dark Order’s John Silver, Alex Reynolds & Evil Uno.
Malakai Black beat Dante Martin. Martin had Lio Rush in his corner.
Bryan Danielson submitted Bobby Fish.
Penelope Ford submitted Kiera Hogan.
Jon Moxley plowed through Wheeler Yuta in less than a minute.
Friday night’s Rampage saw Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page & former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos beat The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho, Jake Hager & TNT Champion Sammy Guevara.
Sky pinned Jericho after a distraction by Paige Van Zant set up Jericho to be hit by Jorge Masvidal’s running knee strike.
CM Punk beat Matt Sydal.
Ruby Soho used a backslide to pin The Bunny, but after the match...Penelope Ford & The Bunny attacked Soho and knocked her out with a pair of brass knuckles.
On the LIVE Buy In on YouTube Friday night...Bryan Danielson pinned New Japan’s Minoru Suzuki...and Bobby Fish beat Lee Moriarty.
It was officially announced late Friday night that Moriarty is now signed with AEW.
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