TUE UPDATE: Latest on Emma alleged theft, Chael update, F4W banquet, WWE on NYTimes list, more



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We're looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown and Main Event show in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center.  Cesaro (if he's allowed to work after the eye injury last night) vs. Dolph Ziggler was announced for Main Event.

We're also looking for reports on the TNA show Sunday in Lakewood, NJ.

The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, with the latest on Money in the Bank, WWE injury updates, ROH Best in the World, New Japan Dominion, an article on TNA going to New York, and the G-1 Climax tournament is up on the web site.

 
 
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The lead story previews King of the Ring, as well as talks SummerSlam possibilities, why certain people are more or less likely to headline, what's next for Brock Lesnar, long-term for Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt, the Bad News Barrett injury and card.
 
We also look at the first live ROH PPV show.  We note the production issues, what happened at the end, what former WWE star was originally booked on this show and what role he was to have, as well as why it didn't happen.  We look at why book a title change, if there will be another show, and notes on the wrestlers ROH introduced.
 
We also have our usual coverage of the show with poll results, match-by-match coverage and star ratings.
 
We also look at TNA venturing to New York, the reality of pro wrestling on television right now, TNA morale, the Pennsylvania tapings, a look at future television shows and plans, why Raw abandoned the Manhattan Center, the six-sided ring vs. four-sided ring, a look at the Eric Young title reign and Bobby Lashley as champion, and what is missing.
 
We also look at the Extreme Rules PPV numbers and what it says about network viewership as well as the future.  We've also got more on Mania ticket sales and how the WrestleMania DVD has been doing.
 
We also look at the farewell of Vickie Guerrero, her career in WWE, her awards and her final angle.
 
We also look at a big angle she was in that was dropped cold
 
We've got an update on Batista, WrestleMania payoff notes, funny Pat Patterson coverage, WWE awards, return of Bret Hart to Raw, WWE stars in sports Hall of Fame, Batista talks the reaction on his return, Brodus Clay talks his departure and WWE video game notes.
 
We also look at developmental, lots of injuries, Australia tour and upcoming lineups, Rose Buds, Eva Marie and her wedding, plus business notes from the past week and highlights of all the WWE shows over the past week.   
 
We've got a feature on the 2014 G-1 Climax tournament with the bracketing and lineups, as well as lessons from last year, why the A block is a killer, iPPV notes on the biggest shows and a look at New Japan's second biggest show of the year on 8/10.
 
We also look at the New Japan Dominion PPV, including the killer early matches, business notes, a full match-by-match rundown with star ratings as well as the lineup for the next two iPPV shows before G-1.
 
We've got a look at Scott Coker returning as a promoter to head Bellator.  We look at changes expected to happen, why the changes were made, the origins of the tournament format, the schedule, how long talks had taken place for the change, and why what worked for Coker in the past will be almost impossible to duplicate today.
 
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--Busca en un Idolo finals
 
--Updates from Arena Mexico
 
--The La Sombra vs. Volador Jr. double title match
 
--Arena Mexico main events on U.S. television
 
--Cage of death leads to an unmasking
 
--Notes from the most recent AAA taping as well as upcoming matches
 
--Dragon Gate gears for one of its biggest shows with multiple title matches
 
--Latest angles
 
--A major show planned for August
 
--Wrestle-1's top matches for next week at Sumo Hall
 
--Who will be in TNA title match
 
--TNA star faces Great Muta in main match
 
--European champions headed to Wrestle-1
 
--Where the idea of using European champions came from
 
--Several upcoming title matches
 
--New Japan and Big Japan stars coming to major NOAH show this coming week
 
--Will the GHC title change hands
 
--New Japan stars at NOAH show
 
--Hiroshi Tanahashi 15th year anniversary match
 
--New Japan stars headed to Europe
 
--New Japan injury note
 
--Former ECW champion needs emergency surgery
 
--25th anniversary show for Kintaro Kanemura
 
--Lineup for 2014 Fire Festival from Zero-One
 
--Notes on the career of Don Greene, a Tennessee star from the heyday of Memphis wrestling
 
--Notes on the original Heavenly Bodies tag team
 
--Jerry Jarrett talks Don Greene
 
--Unique reason career heel went face
 
--Notes on the death of Larry Nelson
 
--How Nelson got into wrestling
 
--How Nelson got a noteworthy figure into broadcasting
 
--What Nelson has been doing after wrestling
 
--Notes on Global Force Wrestling
 
--What they need for survival
 
--Battle of Los Angeles 2014 notes
 
--Key contract issues in ROH
 
--Frankie Kazarian ROH notes
 
--Matt Hardy indie scene notes
 
--Bully Ray talks his own love life
 
--Tommy Dreamer angle in TNA
 
--Hernandez talks his release
 
--TNA stars ready to return
 
--Notes on all the TNA TV through mid-July
 
--A look at 3 different TNA title changes
 
--More on UFC stars Espy nominations
 
--Who has the best chance of winning
 
--Update on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
 
--Notes on a UFC double-shot this week
 
--What's at stake in the biggest fights
 
--Looking at UFC 175
 
--Update on Daniel Cormier and Junior Dos Santos returning from injuries
 
--Why Cormier is not getting surgery until after July 5th
 
--UFC releases a major name for the last decade and why he never reached the stardom expected
 
--Chael Sonnen talks retirement
 
--Why Sonnen competes at Metamoris
 
--Dan Henderson's next move
 
--John McCarthy talks problems with judging
 
--Former UFC legend mends fences and will return at UFC sponsored event next week
 
--UFC injury updates
 
--UFC signings and lots of new fights
 

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Good bye Chael: The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.

-- So here is the deal with Emma according to an article in the Hartford Courant. She was charged with sixth-degree larceny for allegedly stealing -- get this -- not an iPod, but an iPod CASE valued at $20 from a local Wal-Mart. Her attorney states that she was going through the self-checkout line buying a bunch of stuff and accidentally forgot to scan the iPod case. Obviously I don't know what really happened, but I do know she told other people that same story, and it's not like something like that couldn't happen. If that is what actually went down, the idea that she was arrested and this is now a news story both online and all over the Hartford Courant website is pretty goofy. She appeared in community court Tuesday and the judge suggested she do community service. The feeling from talking to people within WWE is that it's probably a story today and will be largely forgotten about tomorrow.

-- Don't forget A COUGAR COUNTDOWN tonight on the WWE Network at 9 ET celebrating Vickie Guerrero.

-- Craig, Vinny and I return tonight with the post-Vinny V wedding show, plus reviews of Raw and Money in the Bank.

-- Last call for the F4W/Wrestling Observer banquet in Vegas this week. Ed writes: We turn in the final number and payment on Wednesday for the Friday night banquet at Buca Di Beppo's at Excalibur, so if they want to go the need to send ($42.00) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- I have an interview herewith Brian Fritz talking Death of WCW and all the news in wrestling and MMA over the past few weeks.

-- WWE 50 comes in at #15 in Sports on the New York Times Bestseller Listalt

-- Impact did an 0.9 rating and 1.14 million viewers this week.

-- For those wondering, Ralek Gracie has decided not to take Chael Sonnen off the Metamoris jiu-jitsu show in August despite Chael's two drug test failures and subsequent firing from FOX and UFC. I talked to a friend yesterday who watches all the Metamoris shows who said he was refusing to buy this one if they kept Chael on the show. I wonder how many others will make that call. Ralek actually told Ariel Helwani, and I can't even believe I'm typing this: "We will test his skills only."

-- Latest trailer for Rock in Hercules is up here.

-- Dana White officially confirmed today that Pat Miletich is next to go into the UFC Hall of Fame.

-- How about this? For the first time in the 80-year history of the brand, Wheaties will offer America the opportunity to select the next elite athlete to be featured nationally on the iconic Wheaties box. Kicking off today is the Wheaties NEXT Challenge powered by the leader in Connected Fitness, MapMyFitness. Five world-class athletes from five emerging sports will compete for this honor in an innovative way—by asking their fans to get out and move. Challenge participants will vote for their favorite athlete by logging workouts through the MapMyFitness platform – either manually documenting online, recording through any of the apps (MapMyFitness, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk) or by connecting any one of the 400+ compatible devices. The Wheaties NEXT Challenge runs through August 31, and the athlete with the most votes via workouts logged will appear on the Wheaties box in early 2015. Among the five that fans can select? Anthony “Showtime” Pettis representing mixed-martial-arts (MMA). A native of Milwaukee, WI, Pettis made his professional MMA debut in 2007 and instantly took the sport by storm, amassing an impressive 17-2 record. Known for his flashy, gravity-defying kicks, Pettis captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight championship in 2013 and cemented himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Pettis supports the Gadzuric Foundation and Exploit No More.

-- The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Ultimate Alliance to develop a grassroots sports program providing local youth the access and opportunity to excel in wrestling. The program will provide children the resources to develop techniques, fundamentals, and the mindset to perform successfully in the sport of wrestling as well as teaching discipline, focus, and accountability for daily life.

-- TNA's Jessie Godderz all over the place. He's the co-host of the new ESPN Arm Wrestling Series CAWL to Arms this coming Saturday at 1 ET on ESPN2; He's CBS's social media ambassador on Twitter for Big Brother on July 8th at 3 ET; and he makes a return to Big Brother, which you can check out at the 19:00 mark here.

-- I am on the Wrestling Outsiders Podcast with Emerson and Brian Whitner tomorrow here.

-- EA Sports UFC predicts the Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman fights with simulations here.

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-- Santino promotes anti-bullying in New York here.

-- Thiago Silva returns to MMA on August 29th.

-- Larry Sweeney Night auction eBay that fans should check out .

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