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Truth Tracker: A look at Singh’s plan to boost the capital gains tax – CTV News

October 11th, 2019

The NDP says it will bring in $8 billion by taxing investment profits, such as a second home, family cottage, or company shares.

But even leader Jagmeet Singh admits his plan will affect more than just the wealthy Canadians he’s targeting.

“Well, we know that the majority of people impacted by this will be the wealthiest. There are some that will be impacted and in a small way that that are not the wealthiest in society,” he said.

For a lot of Canadians, these investments are nest eggs.

The NDP says it will change the capital gains tax on investment profits from 50 per cent back to 75 per cent.  It was lowered in 2000 for several reasons, including that it was notoriously difficult to assess.

CTV’s Richard Madan takes a closer look.

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Tokyo braces for worst typhoon in 6 decades – Global News

October 11th, 2019

Tokyo and surrounding areas braced for a powerful typhoon forecast as the worst in six decades, with streets and trains stations unusually quiet Saturday as rain poured over the city.

Store shelves were bare after people stocked up on water and food. Nearby beaches had not a surfer in sight, only towering dashing waves.

Typhoon Hagibis, closing in from the Pacific, is expected to bring up to 80 centimeters of rain in the Tokyo area, including Chiba to the north that had suffered power outages from a typhoon that hit last month, and some buildings remained partly repaired.

READ MORE: Typhoon Hagibis threatens Japan, leads to flight and rugby match cancellations

Rugby World Cup matches, concerts and other events have been canceled. Flights were grounded and train services halted. Authorities acted quickly, with warnings issued earlier this week, including urging people to stay indoors.

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Some residents taped up their apartment windows in case they shattered. TV talks shows showed footage of household items like a slipper bashing through glass when hurled by winds as powerful as the approaching typhoon.

The typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958 left more than 1,200 people dead and a half-million houses flooded.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet held a disaster management meeting Friday. He said 17,000 police and military troops were ready for rescue operations.

0:32Typhoon Faxai makes landfall in Japan as heavy rain lashes Tokyo

Typhoon Faxai makes landfall in Japan as heavy rain lashes Tokyo

“The typhoon could cause power outages, damage to infrastructure and significantly affect people’s lives,” Abe said.

Hagibis, which means “speed” in Filipino, was advancing north-northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 162 kilometers per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It was expected to make landfall near Tokyo later Saturday and then pass out to sea eastward.

Evacuation advisories have been issued for risk areas, including Shimoda city, west of Tokyo. Dozens of evacuation centers were opening in coastal towns, and people were resting on gymnasium floors, saying they hoped their homes were still there after the storm passed.

READ MORE: Tokyo struck by strong winds as Typhoon Faxai makes landfall

The storm has disrupted this nation’s three-day weekend, which includes Sports Day on Monday. Qualifying for a Formula One auto race in Suzuka was pushed to Sunday. The Defense Ministry cut a three-day annual navy review to a single day on Monday.

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All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines grounded most domestic and international flights scheduled Saturday at the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya airports. Central Japan Railway Co. said it will cancel all bullet train service between Tokyo and Osaka except for several early Saturday trains connecting Nagoya and Osaka. Tokyo Disneyland was closed.

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Protests Are Coming To BlizzCon In The Wake Of Blizzard’s Hong Kong Fiasco – Kotaku

October 11th, 2019

Multiple groups are in the process of organizing protests set to take place outside BlizzCon, the annual convention held by game developer Blizzard, in response to its suspension of a Hearthstone player for expressing support for Hong Kong during a live event. Today, digital rights non-profit organization Fight For The Future launched a website and Discord to kick off its organizing efforts, and a “ProtestBlizzCon” subreddit is gaining serious steam as well.

Take one look at the internet right now, and it’s pretty apparent that people aren’t happy with Blizzard. After it suspended Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai and stripped him of his prize winnings at the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters for wearing a mask and saying “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age,” fans and industry pros alike have been vocal about their disapproval of the move, which they see as Blizzard backing down in the face of Chinese economic pressure. Today, Blizzard partially reversed its decision, returning Blitzchung’s prize money and cutting his suspension down to six months. However, it still intends to forbid players from speaking about politics at its events.

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BlizzCon is Blizzard’s annual fan convention dedicated to beloved game series like Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Overwatch, and Hearthstone. Last year, it was attended by over 40,000 people, with hundreds of thousands more tuning in to panels and esports events online. It’s also a place where Blizzard developers to go to both make announcements and interact with fans. It is, in many ways, a focal point of Blizzard’s year.

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Fight For The Future’s protest will take place outside the Anaheim Convention Center at noon on November 1, the first day of BlizzCon. The organization is asking protesters to bring umbrellas as a sign of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong—who’ve adopted umbrellas as a symbol—or to cosplay as their favorite Blizzard characters.

The digital rights group decided to take up the protest banner because its central priority is to build an internet “free of interference or censorship and with full privacy,” according to its website, and Blizzard’s actions this past week fly in the face of that goal. Plus, the organization has its fair share of game-likers among its ranks, and they couldn’t just sit back and do nothing.

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“We have a lot of gamers at Fight For The Future, so it was on our radar,” product director Dayton Young told Kotaku over the phone. “We’re passionate about digital rights, and we thought this was a very clear example of censorship that was very disturbing to all of us. So we wanted to promote it to people in our community and let everyone know this was taking place.”

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Fight For The Future’s goal is twofold: to get developers and publishers to make a public commitment to supporting the rights of players, employees, and fans across the world, and to get Blizzard to fully reverse its decisions surrounding Blitzchung.

While Young believes that Blizzard’s statement and partial scaling back of Blitzchung’s punishment on Friday evening is a promising testament to the power of overwhelming public pressure, he doesn’t think Blizzard’s move solves the core issue, and the protest is currently set to proceed as planned.

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“The heart of the matter is, they still censored a man and punished him for speaking out and advocating for his own political freedom, and that’s what they’re continuing to do,” said Young. “They’re saying this because they don’t want to upset people, but I think people are already upset by their decisions… If Blizzard’s true goal is to ensure that every player always feels safe and welcome when competing in tournaments and playing Blizzard games, then Blizzard should let players, fans, and employees know that they can advocate for their own rights without fear of reprisal.”

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Although organizing efforts only began in earnest today, Fight For The Future has already reached out to numerous subreddits and various other involved parties via Twitter and other platforms, Young said. He’s happy to work with other groups organizing protests at BlizzCon, which will likely benefit them, seeing as Fight To The Future has helped organize digital and physical actions including the 2012 SOPA/PIPA internet blackout and physical protests against San Francisco-based company Salesforce’s support of ICE.

“I think hopefully we’ll be able to use that experience to help these gamers who are interested in getting their voices heard actually find a way to effectively protest,” said Young. “It’s fantastic for us to make tweets, it’s fantastic for us to make statements, but also putting something together, collaborating with each other, showing that we’re all together on this—I think that will be very successful in grabbing Blizzard’s attention.”

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The two moderators of the ProtestBlizzCon subreddit come from a very different background. Neither of them have experience organizing protests, but they felt like something needed to happen, and they were worried it wouldn’t otherwise.

“I didn’t feel like one would happen,” said one of the moderators, “TheStableBoy,” whose first name is Adrian. “For me it’s been a personal experience in a sense. Both my parents grew up in San Francisco and told me stories about times they went protesting,” he said in an email. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m the right person, but who does in most situations? I just want to make sure something at least happens, regardless of it’s just me alone standing outside. Basic human rights should be a given.”

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The subreddit’s other moderator, Mel “Kazemel89″ Thomspon, had been watching things unfold in Hong Kong for months and didn’t like what they saw from U.S.-based companies like Apple, Google, and the NBA. For Thompson, Blizzard was the last straw.

“What is happening are horrible human rights violations and suppression,” Thompson told Kotaku in an email. “When Blizzard, whose games and mottos support heroes and freedom, and [who] has stated on their company grounds [that] every voice matters, took away Blitzchung for simply saying he supports Hong Kong as the revolution of our times, I was shocked… He never used any foul or extreme language about China. It shows how companies are willing to say they support diversity and heroes until it doesn’t pay.”

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Blizzard’s Friday evening statement didn’t change Thompson’s mind, either. He called the situation “ridiculous,” saying that “Blizzard has shown its true colors and now is trying to put the genie back in the bottle.”

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Already, the ProtestBlizzCon subreddit is awash with sternly worded condemnations of Blizzard and the Chinese government, as well as creative protest ideas. Adrian and Thompson are planning to adopt some of those, many centering around the Overwatch character Mei, who has become a symbol of resistance in Hong Kong. Thompson said the protest will likely feature “shirts, banners, and flyers that have memes, images, and art of Overwatch’s Mei supporting Hong Kong.”

“We have one Mei cosplayer we are trying to support and get to BlizzCon to protest Blizzard and support Hong Kong outside the Anaheim Convention Center,” he said. “We are looking into ideas on how to donate or fund her into getting there.”

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Adrian and Thompson are aware, though, of how zealous some video game fans can get (and allegedly already have gotten, in this case) when it comes to companies making moves they’re ardently opposed to. They do not want their subreddit or the ensuing protest to devolve into a movement of hate, harassment, or racism.

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“We want to ensure it’s on point and polite, because not everyone knows yet or doesn’t have all the facts on the situation, and lots of misinformation is out there,” said Thompson. “We also don’t want this to become a subreddit of hate against Chinese people; lots of mainland Chinese suffer under the CCP government, such as Uighur Muslims who have lost their rights because of their religion… So far this subreddit hasn’t become extremist, and I’m glad that most people who have joined support protesting Blizzard in legal and well thought-out plans to gain awareness.”

Fight For The Future’s Young said that his organization, too, will do everything it can to “discourage” poor behavior during BlizzCon protests. The staff of the Anaheim Convention Center have also been paying attention to these nascent organizing efforts, and they believe they’re prepared to facilitate both the convention and nearby protests.

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“As a major visitor city, we have significant experience hosting high-profile events,” a spokesman for the convention center told Kotaku in an email. “The Anaheim Convention Center works closely with event organizers and the Anaheim Police Department to ensure a safe experience for both attendees and those who may want to peacefully express themselves.”

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More than anything, Adrian wants “a peaceful protest” that raises awareness of the recent actions of both Blizzard and other companies that have similarly turned a blind eye to China’s handling of Hong Kong. Despite the number of people who’ve already rallied to their cause, though, they aren’t certain there’ll be much of a turnout when the time comes.

“I say that because the Area 51 [event] had about two million people, and it turned out to be 100-ish?” Adrian said. “I know people joined the sub for the memes and shitposts, but me personally, I hope for it to at least inform others of what’s been happening.”

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“Many have posted of already deleting their Blizzard accounts to show their protest and that they support Hong Kong,” Thompson said. “So hopefully in the coming days, as more people become aware, we can have enough members to have a big enough protest to make a change.”

“We’ve seen this wave over the past couple days of people making games, people doing cosplay, people making their own parody Hearthstone cards,” said Young. “It’s great to see people exercising their freedom of expression. It’s very important for them to do that. Activision-Blizzard and other game companies need to know that this isn’t going to just go away.”

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Conservatives running Facebook ads falsely accusing Liberals of planning to legalize hard drugs on Chinese-language page – The Globe and Mail

October 11th, 2019

Conservative ads in Chinese that say the Liberals will legalize all hard-drugs. ‘Previously, Trudeau legalized marijuana, he now intends to legalize hard drugs! If you want to receive latest information in Chinese, please like our Facebook page.’

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The federal Conservative Party has been running Facebook ads on its Chinese-language page falsely accusing the Liberal Party of planning to legalize hard drugs, rhetoric the Conservatives have pushed aggressively in Chinese but have made little reference to in English.

The page has run a total of six ads, according to Facebook’s advertising transparency library. Of those, two are still active. One ad says, “Previously, Trudeau legalized marijuana, he now intends to legalize hard drugs!” Another ad, similarly saying the Liberal Party intends to legalize “hard drugs,” was also purchased in October but was taken down by Facebook for violating the platform’s advertising policies. That ad depicts a hand using a razor blade to divide a white, powdery substance sitting on a mirrored surface.

The Liberal Party denies planning to legalize hard drugs if re-elected and calls such ads “disinformation.”

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“This is yet another example of Conservatives copying the American right-wing playbook, spreading false information to scare and mislead voters,” Liberal Party spokesperson Joe Pickerill wrote in an e-mail.

Mr. Trudeau has said on the campaign trail that his government is not considering decriminalizing any currently illicit drugs.

The Conservatives, however, are not backing away from the ads’ content. In a statement in English earlier this week, the Conservatives referred to “Trudeau’s not-so-hidden agenda: Legalizing hard drugs.”

Besides the ads, the Chinese Facebook page has also featured videos with the same accusation. Two videos were posted on Thursday – one with a narrator speaking in Mandarin and the other in Cantonese. Over a backdrop of debate footage, a voice warns, “In the French-language debate, Mr. Trudeau was asked whether he would legalize hard drugs, and he replied ‘not right now.’ Doesn’t such statement admit that Trudeau’s Liberal Party is planning to legalize hard drugs?”

Conservative spokesman Simon Jefferies said Mr. Trudeau keeps saying he has no plans to legalize hard drugs like heroin, crystal meth, and crack cocaine “right now.”

“If Justin Trudeau tells us precisely when he is going to legalize dangerous drugs, we will amend our ads to reflect the new information.”

A third ad, which alleged that the Liberal Party will tax capital gains from home sales, was again denounced by Mr. Pickerill, who described it as “100-per-cent false.”

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Combined, those three ads cost the Conservative Party between $200 and $1,097 (Facebook only provides a range for the cost of individual ads and how many times they’ve been seen.) The ads were seen between 11,000 and 25,000 times, and were targeted only at people living in British Columbia and Ontario.

Tung Chan, former CEO of the Chinese-Canadian social-services agency SUCCESS, who is also a long-time Tory supporter, said the drug ads are quite “over the top” and have stirred fear among Chinese-Canadian voters.

The Conservative Party “has gone to the road of trying to stoke the most [basic] fear of people, with which I totally disagree,” he said in an interview. “I do not believe that is a place for a political party to go.”

But he said such tactics are usually effective in the Chinese community because Chinese-Canadians, especially the older generation, have a “very deep, profound abhorrence to hard drugs, particularly opium.”

Richmond, where more than half the residents are of Chinese descent, has opted not to allow cannabis shops.

Laura Edelson, lead researcher with the Online Political Ads Transparency Project at New York University, which monitors and studies political advertising on Facebook, said these ads line up with what her group has seen in the United States.

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It conforms to a tactic that Ms. Edelson has seen before, where Facebook pages will buy ads on the platform to drive traffic to their more-incendiary, less-scrutinized content. “That’s a common pattern,” she said.

“So far, we’re seeing these claims in the less-prominent language in a given country,” Ms. Edelson said. “We’ve seen that before, particularly in the United States, where maybe Spanish-language content is more extreme.”

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Robert Forster, Oscar-Nommed Star of ‘Jackie Brown,’ Dies at 78 – Variety

October 11th, 2019

Robert Forster, a prolific character actor who was nominated for an Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” and appeared in more than 100 films, died Friday in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He was 78.

Tarantino created the bail bondsman character Max Cherry with Forster in mind, and the role netted him his first Academy Award nomination.

Most recently Forster reprised his “Breaking Bad” role as Ed in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which was released Friday, and appeared in Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and in “Werewolf.”

David Lynch cast the actor with a distinctive weathered look in “Mulholland Dr.” and in the rebooted “Twin Peaks” as Sheriff Frank Truman.

“I’ve done a lot of genre pictures in my career…I’ve always liked them,” Forster told the Bleecker Street blog upon the release of 2018’s indie drama “What They Had.”

Forster played Tim Allen’s father in “Last Man Standing,” a rare comedy appearance, and played the father of a comatose mom in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” which was nominated for ensemble acting prizes by SAG and the Gotham awards.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Forster started his career on Broadway in “Mrs. Dally Has a Lover” before John Huston cast him in “Reflections in a Golden Eye” opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.

He appeared in “Medium Cool” for director Haskell Wexler and starred in the TV series “Banyon” — reportedly the role that Tarantino remembered when casting him in “Jackie Brown” — and appeared in movies including “Alligator,” “Olympus Has Fallen” and “American Perfekt.”

Forster is survived by his children: Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; his grandchildren: Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and long time partner, Denise Grayson.

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Rihanna Shoots Down Rumors About Her New Album Title (Exclusive) – Yahoo Entertainment

October 11th, 2019
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Fans recently noticed that the singer registered a song she wrote called “Private Loving” to BMI, which collects artists’ licenses fees and distributes royalties, and began wondering if that was the title of her LP in the works.

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When asked to elaborate on what else fans can expect, Rihanna said that it’s “pending.” “I can give you a dot, a dot and a dot,” she jokingly replied, adding, “The thing is, when I get more information, you will be the first to know. I will gladly vomit that out on a red carpet.”

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Even so, Rihanna can’t wait to share her 504-page, 15-pound book that is filled with more than 1,000 images.

“It’s a piece of art that I am really proud of because I’ve been working on it for over five years. It’s something that I feel like my fans really, really want,” the Barbados native said. “They want a piece of art, they want a collection of memories that I can share with them, some of which they’ve shared with me, some of which they have no clue of…If you were never a fan of me, you get an insight into who I am.”

The singer and fashion designer’s stunning book features a lot of “personal images and a lot of images that my fans have never seen before,” she said, adding that it’s not just her Instagram printed in a book.

“They want to know; what else is there? What else are we missing? What do you do when we don’t see you?” Rihanna explained. “And this is a lot of insight to that and that’s the special gem about this book.”

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October 11th, 2019

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from October 11 – Bleacher Report

October 11th, 2019

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    It was draft night in WWE, and Fox was bringing out all the big guns for this October 11 edition of Friday Night SmackDown.

    Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins was set to open the monumental night with the promise that the winner would get his brand the first pick.

    Brock Lesnar appeared to address Cain Velasquez as well as his dominant WWE Championship victory.

    Charlotte also had granted Bayley a return title match after what happened at Hell in a Cell, and The Hugger was coming in angry.

    Beyond all that, WWE promised to reveal who was going to what brand for the foreseeable future. While not everyone would be drafted in the first night, stars like Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Kevin Owens were all to be drafted.

    It was a night that would change the landscape of the WWE for better or worse, and no one wanted to miss it.

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    Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns fought with all they had as usual. The Beastslayer even caught The Big Dog with a Pedigree. However, as both were recovering for the homestretch, Bray Wyatt appeared from under the ring and dragged Rollins underneath to cause a disqualification.

    The Architect dragged himself out with The Fiend appeared on the ramp to laugh at Rollins.

    Stephanie McMahon arrived to announce the first five draft picks: Becky Lynch to Raw, Roman Reigns to SmackDown, The OC to Raw, Bray Wyatt to SmackDown and Drew McIntyre to Raw.

               

    Result

    Rollins def. Reigns by disqualification

             

    Grade

    B

              

    Analysis

    Beyond the weird finish, this was another quality showing between two of the best in the business right now. Reigns and Rollins never fail to deliver whether are a team or rivals. It was an odd decision to have Wyatt get involved here especially since it seems likely Wyatt is heading to a different brand than Rollins.

    The first round of the draft started as expected but quickly surprised. The Fiend seemed like he was destined for Raw to continue his feud with The Beastslayer, but he’s going to the blue brand. Meanwhile, McIntyre suddenly has massive expectations behind him.

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    King Corbin seemed out of his depth against Shorty Gable early, who threw him around with ease. However, The Lone Wolf managed to wear down the back of Gable, slowing the smaller star down so that each suplex hurt him. Corbin then managed to catch his rival with End of Days for the win.

    The second round of the draft saw five more wrestlers chosen: Randy Orton to Raw, Sasha Banks to SmackDown, Ricochet to Raw, Braun Strowman to SmackDown and Bobby Lashley to Raw.

               

    Result

    Corbin def. Gable by pinfall

             

    Grade

    C+

              

    Analysis

    WWE is nothing but consistent in its ability to run a match into the ground. Corbin and Gable have great chemistry, but this was one match too many so quickly. It just didn’t feel like it mattered. It did not help that it all just led to The King winning again.

    This second round showed that SmackDown got the short end of the stick with talent in the draft pool for the night. Bobby Lashley was hardly set up as a second round talent up to this point. Braun Strowman and Ricochet could be hugely featured stars for their brands.

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    Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman talked about Cain Velasquez and The Beast Incarnate’s desire to get back at the man that scarred him. Rey Mysterio came out with Velasquez, who promised to give Lesnar another scar at Crown Jewel when they fight for the WWE Championship.

             

    Grade

    D+

              

    Analysis

    It is amazing that WWE felt so uncomfortable with Velasquez speaking that they had Mysterio speak for him. He can speak fluent English even if he is not a great promo. This man is about to get a WWE Championship match, and the company does not want him speaking.

    This feud is entirely trusting build from another sport to get people excited, and it’s hard to say if it’s working.

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    Credit: WWE.com

    Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E introduced breast cancer survivors Sarah and Samantha Vayu, giving them championship titles for their courage.

    The OC tried to show they were the superior trio with an aggressive emphatic attack on The New Day early. However, Kofi was too motivated to not take the win here and caught AJ Styles with Trouble in Paradise for the win.

    The third round saw: Alexa Bliss to Raw, Lacey Evans to SmackDown, Kevin Owens to Raw, The Revival to SmackDown and Natalya to Raw.

               

    Result

    New Day def. The OC by pinfall

             

    Grade

    B

              

    Analysis

    This was a good match as expected, but it was rushed. The two barely got time before it got down to Styles and Kofi. The two had a great sequence to finish this match, hopefully signaling that Kofi is still to be a featured star going forward.

    Meanwhile, it was an odd statement to have Alexa Bliss drafted separate from Nikki Cross especially with Cross going to the same brand in the next round. Lacey Evans also was seemingly overdrafted, but she has frequently been overpushed by WWE.

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    For the fourth round, the final performers were drafted: The Viking Raiders to Raw, The Lucha House Party to SmackDown. Nikki Cross to Raw, Heavy Machinery to SmackDown and The Street Profits to Raw. The rest in the first night draft pool were left as free agents to be signed separately.

    Bayley came out with a new haircut and destroyed the Bayley Buddies before heading to the ring. She went after The Queen early in this match even hitting a Bayley to Belly for two. It felt like The Hugger had all the momentum but could not put this away. Even a diving elbow was not enough.

    However, after getting caught with Natural Selection, Bayley grabbed Charlotte and pulled her in for a small package three count. Afterward, the new champion denounced the entire WWE Universe.

               

    Result

    Bayley def. Charlotte by pinfall to become the new SmackDown women’s champion

             

    Grade

    A

              

    Analysis

    This was a great ending to the night. Bayley completed her evolution into a full heel, and she made the most of the moment. On a big night, she was the final one to win and to talk. It was perhaps the biggest moment of her career and a well earned one following a good match.

    It was an odd choice to cut the draft so short when WWE easily could have had another round. Guys like Cesaro and Shorty Gable were left without a home only to have it determined on WWE.com instead.

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Blizzard reinstates Hong Kong protestor’s prize, says “China had no influence” – Ars Technica

October 11th, 2019