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> It looks like WWE, UFC and Bellator will have at least a temporary reprieve from their ratings declines, and other sports like the NFL and NBA will have an illusion of a turnaround late next year. Nielsen has announced that ratings will be changing next year and they will be measuring viewing outside the home, in places like bars, airports and offices as well as other areas.
> Nielsen has been testing out doing ratings of out-of-home viewing and has found that sports events in particular, with sports bars, will increase an average of 11 percent with the added viewership. As a general rule, news shows, often watched in airports and offices, would increase on average about seven percent. For example, this past Super Bowl in February would go from 101 million viewers to 113 million under the new system.
> Straight Up Steve Austin that followed Raw did 841,000 viewers, a drop of 23.3 percent from the prior week’s show with Becky Lynch.
> El Hijo de Mano Negra is apparently on the way in to CMLL.
> The Fenix vs. Kenny Omega AAA title match takes place on 11/17 in Orizaba. They’ve only had one singles match, last year in Poughkeepsie, that was fantastic. Many people live said it was the best match they had ever seen
> Some notes on the TV ratings over the past two weeks in Mexico. For the weekend of 8/31, AAA did 401,000 viewers, CMLL did 223,000, NLL did 215,000 (that’s the Alberto El Patron group), Raw did 156,000 and Smackdown did 184,000
> For the weekend of 9/7, AAA did a 1.77 rating 995,000, CMLL did a 0.72 and 408,000, NLL did a 0.58 and 329,000, Raw did a 0.32 and 178,000 and Smackdown did a 0.43 and 243,000. The TripleMania show in the regular Friday afternoon time slot did a 2.89 rating and 1,630,000 viewers. This was not the live show where they aired Blue Demon Jr. vs. Dr. Wagner Jr., mask vs. hair match, but the regular time for a show that aired The Young Bucks & Omega vs. Pentagon Jr. & Fenix & Laredo Kid, and Velasquez (believed to be the big reason for the high rating) & Cody & Psycho Clown vs. El Texano Jr. & Killer Kross & Black Taurus.
> They debuted three new characters under old names on the 9/8 show in Puebla, which drew 4,900 fans. They debuted a new Bengala, who is the third wrestler to get that name and gimmick. It’s the former Arkangel Divino. A new Octagon Jr. debuted, and that’s Golden Magic with a new mask. That’s notable because Golden Magic is one-third of the trios champions. The third was Abismo Negro Jr., who is the former Eterno. All three were younger guys with a lot of potential. The new gimmicks are only for AAA television and the word we get is they’ll be using their old names on outside dates.
> The idea is that AAA owns the rights to those names, but previous attempts at making a new Octagon Jr., the first of which was Kalisto, didn’t go over well and the most vocal fans don’t like this. AAA’s mentality is that they own the gimmicks, and in the case of Octagon and Abismo Negro, they were iconic characters. The second rendition of Pentagon and La Parka ended up huge stars. But they are the exception. The daughter of Abismo Negro went on Facebook and said the new character is not a relative and she isn’t happy about it, and also claimed it was her father who designed the outfit
> If you believe the interview direction, it appears the Tokyo Dome direction is Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP title on the 1/4 Tokyo Dome show, and that the winner would then face the IC champion on 1/5 with the idea you’d end the weekend with the first person in company history to hold both titles at the same time. This has not been announced, but both Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito have been talking about holding both belts at the same time with Ibushi talking about winning the IWGP belt the first night and IC belt the second night with the idea of creating history.
> While this can’t be announced until after the Ibushi vs. KENTA match on 9/16, it looks like Ibushi vs. Evil will take place for the briefcase, likely on the 10/14 King of Pro Wrestling show at Sumo Hall. Ibushi worked the G-1 with a sprained ankle ligament with some bone damage. He was limited in his flying. He was told he needed rehab but wouldn’t need surgery. So of course he worked on it from there, which couldn’t have helped. He said he had to concentrate on flexing the thigh while in his matches to keep the angle from further damage
> They announced an 11/11 show in Los Angeles at the Globe Theater to go with the 11/9 show in San Jose. That’s a Monday night but it’s a small building. That’s a major downsize from Long Beach (5,000 to maybe 600 for the Globe) and I have no idea why New Japan continues to run Los Angeles so frequently while not running most of the rest of North America. San Jose is also the third time in the market, running a 2,500 seat arena. No word on how big a show, but it makes no sense if they’ve got the top talent to run the Globe
> The 9/27 show in Lowell, MA is now close to sold out, while 9/28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom and 9/29 in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena, were instant sellouts. The talent list is Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada, Shingo Takagi, Bushi, Jay White, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, KENTA, Rocky Romero, Sho, Yoh, Lance Archer and the New Japan debuts of The Rock & Roll Express. The Rock & Roll Express at this stage on a New Japan show sounds weird, but the story behind it is that Gedo absolutely loves that team from when he was a kid studying American wrestling