POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Kevin Owens expected to undergo knee surgery

Kevin Owens is expected to have minor knee surgery to address a lingering issue, UFC does strong prelim numbers, team for NJPW's Super Junior Tag League & lots more.


**Monday’s edition of Rewind-A-Raw is on the site with Wai Ting & I reviewing the show from the Allstate Arena in Chicago and discussing the announcement of Shawn Michaels returning to the ring, The Bellas turning on Ronda Rousey, Kurt Angle’s return, Bobby Lashley’s turn with an update regarding Kevin Owens, and more. We also discussed the brawl at the end of UFC 229 and the issues stemming from the incident and announce the winner of our Instagram contest for a copy of “Creating the Mania” by Jon Robinson. You can subscribe to POST Wrestling’s free feed on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, Google Play & wherever you listen to your podcasts.

**Wai Ting and I are back tonight with Rewind-A-SmackDown with a full review of the show, a discussion on today’s news items, a look at the Power Struggle card and we will take feedback at the end of the show. We will also have a new Double Shot coming out Wednesday morning for members of the POST Wrestling Café. On tonight’s show, we will have reviews of last Being the Elite, last week’s episode of Impact Wrestling & a preview of Bound for Glory this Sunday.



*Tonight: Rewind-A-SmackDown
*Tonight: Double Shot, including Impact review & Bound for Glory preview (Patreon)
*Thursday: upNXT & Forever Young with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Friday: Rewind-A-Wai covering NXT Arrival from Feb. 2014, as chosen by Espresso Executive Producer
*Saturday: EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: 2005 with guest Matt Charlton
*Sunday: Impact Wrestling Bound for Glory POST Show with John Pollock & Nate Milton


**Tonight’s SmackDown, 205 Live & NXT tapings are taking place from Indianapolis, Indiana at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the following announced:
*Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown women’s title- If Becky is disqualified, she loses the title
*Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy in a World Cup Qualifying Match
*Randy Orton vs. Big Show in a World Cup Qualifying Match
*Miz TV with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan
*Braun Strowman & Ember Moon vs. Finn Balor & Bayley on the Mixed Match Challenge
*AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair vs. R-Truth & Carmella on the Mixed Match Challenge

**We were informed that last night’s angle involving Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens was done to explain Owens’ needing time off for knee surgery. It was conveyed to us that Owens is not expected to miss too much time, so it doesn’t appear to be a major injury. During the match, Lashley attacked Owens’ knee and then repeatedly wrapped it around the post after the match. This also saw Lashley turn heel and had been something that people with the company had been pushing for. For his part, Owens was received strongly by the Chicago audience as a babyface and it will be interesting to see how he is booked when he returns and if they opt to turn him or keep him in the heel role.

UPDATE: We were informed later in the day that while the hope is Owens’ knee surgery is minor, they won’t know the full extent of the injury until the knee is assessed. There is a possibility of the injury being more serious and could require a longer recovery time.

**The switch for Evolution with Trish Stratus teaming with Lita against Alexa Bliss and Mickie James was said to be the original plan all along. Trish Stratus and Alexa Bliss was the first match announced for the event when tickets went on sale in Long Island, but as it was described to us the tag match was always the direction. Regarding Bliss’ injury, she was set to be evaluated on Monday and internally she is expected to be cleared soon.


**New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced the lineup of teams for the Super Junior Tag League tournament, which begins on October 16th and the finals take place November 3rd at Power Struggle. This year it is a round robin tournament with the following teams: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Roppongi 3K, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask, Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles (in Monday’s update we had incorrectly listed Eagles as Bad Luck Fale’s partner for the Tag League next month, it was Fale making the announcement that Eagles was teaming with Ishimori), BUSHI & Shingo Takagi, KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin, Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH, and Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr.

The Super Junior Tag League will begin October 16th and stream live on New Japan World with the following matches on the opening night:
*Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
*Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH
*El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin
*Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Roppongi 3K

**WWN Live has announced their full schedule for WrestleMania Week next April with the following shows taking place under their umbrella:
*Thursday, April 4th at La Boom in Queens: EVOLVE at Noon, wXw at 4 pm, DDT at 8 pm, Kaiju Big Battel at 11:55 pm
*Friday, April 5th at La Boom: SHIMMER at Noon, WWN Supershow Mercury Rising at 4 pm
*Saturday, April 6th at The Bell House in Brooklyn: More Than Mania Wrap Up Party at 2 pm

**John Cena and Kurt Angle are the first entrants into the eight-man World Cup tournament that will take place at Crown Jewel on November 2nd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Global Battle Royal on Raw featuring Kurt Angle winning as the masked Conquistador was well done and got a great pop for Angle’s unmasking after eliminating Baron Corbin. That was also Angle’s first match on Raw since January 16th, 2006, when he faced Shawn Michaels.

**MLW has announced that CMLL star Rush will be working for the group on November 8th on their “Fightland” card from Cicero Stadium in Chicago. MLW CEO Court Bauer stated in the release that it took over six months to finalize a deal to use Rush. They have not announced a match yet for him. The tapings in Chicago will feature Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. L.A. Park & El Hijo de L.A. Park for the MLW tag titles and Low Ki vs. Shane Strickland for the MLW title.

**EVOLVE has announced that 205 Live performer Mustafa Ali will be wrestling for the group on November 9th in Livonia, Michigan and November 10th in Chicago, Illinois. Ali’s matches have not been announced yet.

**Impact Wrestling has released the following countdown special for this Sunday’s Bound for Glory event at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens:

**The late Eddie Guerrero would have turned 51 years old today.



**In speaking with TMZ, UFC president Dana White believes that the Nevada State Athletic Commission should not be able to withhold Khabib Nurmagomedov’s entire fight purse from Saturday. The commission has not given Nurmagomedov his $2 million purse, but they have given Conor McGregor his $3 million purse. White felt that a fair sanction would be a $250,000 fine and a 4-6-month suspension. White added that the preliminary pay-per-view estimates for Saturday’s card are projected to top 2 million buys but not hit the 3 million mark. If those estimates are accurate, this would destroy the previous record set at UFC 202 between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, that did an estimated 1.65 million buys.

**Saturday’s preliminary fights from UFC 229 averaged 1,308,000 viewers on FS1 and were the most-watched pay-per-view prelims since UFC 207 in December 2016 (the undercard of Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey). When comparing to past pay-per-views headlined by Conor McGregor, this card’s prelims were less than UFC 205 (1,801,000 viewers) and UFC 202 (1,650,000) from 2016. This past weekend’s undercard was headlined by Jussier Formiga defeating Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision. The post-fight show following the brawl at the end averaged 364,000 viewers on FS1 and aired on FS2 as well with 151,000 viewers.

**ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Monday that the UFC is in talks with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis to fight at UFC 230 on November 3rd in New York City. The fight is far from finalized and would require an immediate turnaround for Lewis, who just fought on Saturday and absorbed a lot of damage prior to his stoppage of Alexander Volkov. For Cormier, he has two enormous fights on the table between Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones and this fight on short-notice could risk those fights if he were to lose or suffer an injury in the fight. Cormier has been adamant that he will retire in March when he turns 40 so his timetable is limited if he sticks to his deadline for retirement.


**Below is a Bellator 207 countdown special profiling the semi-final of the Heavyweight Grand Prix this Friday between Ryan Bader and Matt Mitrione:

**Bellator is returning to Italy for a card on Saturday, December 1st at RDS Stadium in Genoa. It will be a combination of mixed martial arts and kickboxing fights. The MMA portion will feature Alessio Sakara taking on Kent Kauppinen in a light heavyweight bout. On the kickboxing side, featherweight champion Gabriel Varga will defend his title against Shan Cangelosi. The kickboxing card will stream live at Noon Eastern on the Bellator app with the MMA card to air on the Paramount Network and stream on DAZN that day at 4 pm Eastern.

REWIND-A-RAW 10/8/19:
Raw took place from Chicago and featured the announcement that Shawn Michaels will wrestle at Crown Jewel as part of a reformed D-Generation X, Trish Stratus will now team with Lita against Alexa Bliss & Mickie James at Evolution, Kurt Angle has his first match on Raw in almost 13 years, The Bellas attack Ronda Rousey & much more on a loaded Raw.

John Pollock & Wai Ting are back for a big review of NJPW King of Pro Wrestling 2018 featuring an incredible main event between Kenny Omega, Cody & Kota Ibushi for the IWGP heavyweight title, a big angle involving Jay White & Gedo forming a new alliance with the BC OGs, an appearance by Chris Jericho, and the debut of Shingo Takagi.

Davie Portman chats with the voice of WWE 2K19 My Career Mode, A.J. Kirsch. A.J. talks about how he got the gig, what to expect from the new game, his love for The Legend of Zelda series and shares his thoughts on Shawn Michaels stepping back into the ring. All this, plus more! 

John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok & Ziggy Cao with the UFC 229 POST Show as they react to the show-closing brawl following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor and a review of the entire show.

John Pollock & Wai Ting review WWE Super Show-Down and discuss the main event featuring The Undertaker vs. Triple H, the post-match angle with Shawn Michaels and Kane, AJ Styles defending the WWE title against Samoa Joe and more.

Episode 16 sees Chris Charlton and John Carroll look at 2004. Despite a strong start to the year, NJPW would struggle, especially through a difficult IWGP title reign for Bob Sapp. Meanwhile, NOAH makes their Tokyo Dome debut with a fantastic Departure card.
ASK-A-WAI: Ask Us Anything (October 2018)
John Pollock & Wai Ting present the biggest Ask-A-Wai ever with 2.5 hours of mailbag questions being answered.
upNXT & Forever Young 10/4/18: Smokey Rooms & Scorpion Kicks

Braden Herrington & Davie Portman are joined once again by Dahlia Black to review this week’s Mae Young Classic episode, and they have reviews of NXT and 205 Live from the past week.

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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.