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Daily Update: AJ Styles & Nick Jackson injured, UFC odds, and more

AJ Styles

Injuries to WWE and ROH talent

A.J. Styles is off the weekend WWE house shows due to an injury. He was holding his back on Raw and he's had back problems dating back months although it is not confirmed it was a back injury. Style was working the Carolinas run with shows on Friday night in Greenville, Saturday night in Raleigh and Sunday in Columbia. I expect he'll be at Raw in Greensboro since it's the go-home show for Extreme Rules.

Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks was injured in the first Young Bucks match last night in Toronto. He was scheduled in the team ROH vs. Bullet Club main event at last night's fourth hour of the tapings but wasn't able to wrestle. It is believed to be a broken rib, but that isn't official. He is most likely off Saturday's ROH show in New York.

We're looking for reports tonight on the NXT shows in Seattle at the Paramount Theater and Bartow, FL. Please send to dave@wrestlingobserver.com


  • Sin Cara vs. Rusev
  • Becky Lynch vs. Dana Brooke
  • Kofi Kingston vs. Aiden English
  • Usos vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
  • R-Truth & Tyler Breeze vs. Goldust & Fandango
  • Sami Zayn & Cesaro vs. The Miz & Kevin Owens  


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Our lead story updates the talks of a UFC sale, plus an updated look at how the WWE is doing as a business, a look at WWE cuts, the booking behind the ROH Global Wars PPV and how New Japan and ROH are working together even more closely than on the surface, Global Wars coverage, a look at the status of a lot of ROH talent, coverage of the UFC debut in Holland, the hidden story of just how much of the male audience has been lost by WWE, as well as what WWE can learn from the NBA, and historical bios on Billy Wicks and Kato Kung Lee.

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Ray Leppan (Adam Rose) was given $1,000 bond and was released today after posting the bond, after appearing before the judge this morning.

Impact did 280,000 viewers on Tuesday night, which is the lowest number since they have only had one airing on Tuesdays.

Jushin Liger did return last night in Toronto on the ROH show and is scheduled for the New York show. Speaking of ROH, we got tons of people raving about the Kyle O'Reilly vs. Kushida match at the tapings last night. It was taped as the main event on the third hour of tapings.  I'll try and get an exact air date later. Donovan Dijak worked heel against Jay Lethal, flip flopping their roles in the angle. 

The Fight Network announced the hard launch of "AAA:  Lucha Libre Worldwide" on 5/5 at 10 p.m. The show will air every Thursday at 10 p.m., right after CMLL. There was a chance that the AAA show would fall apart on the station because the station cut a deal with rival CMLL and are airing the shows back-to-back. 

The WWE Network has added more than 100 episodes of Smackdown from 2000 to 2002 billed as the rise of the McMahon-Helmsley era.  Are you sure that isn't 2014 to 2016?


  • Someone from WWE sent this out as a guide for women looking to either get in or get into the planned women's tournament where outside talent will be used and it becomes something of a tryout:

*Stop gigging on indie shows.

*Get in your best shape possible

*Start working on promos

  • Devon Nicholson was invited to the next WWE tryout camp on 5/19 to 5/21 in Orlando, and then last week was sent a letter that said they were uninviting him. No explanation was given. Nicholson was originally in the camp upon recommendation from Gerald Brisco. 
  • Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen will be appearing on Saturday and Sunday at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI at the Suburban Collection Showplace.  The group appearing will be Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and J.J. Dillon.  Flair, who is now friends with University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, said he'll be at a couple of the games this season on the sidelines.
  • A story on Tucker Knight returning home for the NXT show in Portland this weekend can be read here. WWE stock was down 29 cents per share today to $17.79.
  • Announced for the 7/16 show in Madison Square Garden is Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles, John Cena vs. Alberto De; Rio, Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho plus The Vaudevillains, Apollo Crews, Karl Anderson, New Day, Charlotte, Ric Flair, Kevin Owens, Luke Gallows, Usos, Natalya and Stardust.


  • Sunday's UFC show did 60,000 viewers in Holland on Holland's version of Fox Sports. They had a big TV show preview with Bob Schreiber, Rico Verhoeven, Semmy Schilt and others including a famous Dutch actor Waldemar Torenstra, who is a big fan. Alistair Overeem appeared on RTL Late Night which is a major show in the country the day after the fight. (thanks to Hank Mulder)
  • Reuters tried to get comments from all of the companies listed in the ESPN story regarding purchasing UFC. None of the companies denied anything, all either not responding or issuing a no comment.
  • Currently, www.Bovada.lv has these odds

How much will UFC be sold for? The over/under is $3.99 billion

Will UFC be sold in 2016? 

Yes +150

No -200  

  • The new episode of "Dana White Lookin' For a Fight: Houston" debuts Monday on  Fight Pass and Tuesday on YouTube.  Dana, Matt Serra and Nick the Tooth do horseback riding, bull riding, meet with George Foreman and watch fights.
  • Victory FC on 5/21 in Topeka, KS will be on Fight Pass with the top two fights being Rob Morrow (24-20 vs. Kelvin Tiller (7-2) and Zak Bucia (14-7) vs. Jake Lindsey (10-4).


  • Our best wishes to Smith Hart of the Hart family who will be starting extensive chemotherapy this week for cancer. 
  • There will be two hours of New Japan on AXS tomorrow night starting at 8 p.m.
  • The first episode of All Japan Women Classics can be seen here. This is from a May 7, 1983 show headlined by Jaguar Yokota putting up her hair and the WWWA title against La Galactica, who put up her mask.
  • CZW and WSU have a doubleheader on Saturday in Voorhees, NJ at www.StreamCZW.com. A 4 p.m. Eastern show is headlined by Cherry Bomb vs. Allysin Kay for the WSU title. It's an all-women's show with Mia Yim (Jade in TNA), Veda Scott from ROH and Tessa Blanchard among others. The 8 p.m. men's show is headlined by Matt Tremont vs. Danny Havoc for the CZW title and Ready vs Hit Squad for the tag team titles.
  • Big Time Wrestling on Saturday night in Lincolnton, NC at the High School has a meet and greet at 6 p.m. and an 8 p.m. show. At the meet and greet will be Sting, Lex Luger, Magnum T.A., Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson and Buff Bagwell. Harold Jackson, the former WSOC TV sportscaster who is a big wrestling fan, will interview Sting in the ring during the show.
  • Northeast Wrestling results from Saturday night in Waterbury, CT: Kamaitachi b JT Dunn (said to be an incredible match), Michael Bennett b Chris Battle, Wrecking Ball Legursky b Bull Dredd in a street fight, Vinny Marseglia & Frankie Arion b Mark Shurman & Scotty Slade to win the tag titles, Jimmy Preston b Cam Zigami, Sumie Sakai b ?, Ron Zombie b Warbeard Hanson-DQ, TK O'Ryan b Donovan Dijak, Brian Anthony b Matt Hardy
  • Nova Pro Wrestling on 7/1 in Fairfax, VA at the Jewish Community Center of North Virginia with Donovan Dijak, Cedric Alexander, Veda Scott and more.
  • Total Combat Wrestling on 5/22 in Milan, Italy at the Elyon Club.
  • Lio Rush & Jason Kincaid vs. Kevin Cannon & Bobby Collins was announced for 5/10 in Souris, Manitoba.
  • Border City Wrestling on 5/28 in Tecumseh, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion at 7:30 PM. headlined by Eric Young.
  • Marty Jannetty and Pete Rose will be signing on Saturday in Sacramento at the McClellan Conference Center at the Sacramento Sports Collection show. Admission is $7. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info you can e-mail Roy Lucier at roywarrenlucier@yahoo.com. Supreme Pro Wrestling will have matches on the show at 10:30 a.m.
  • PWEclipse on 5/22 in Oshawa, ONT at the Legion has Tyler Tirva vs. Michael Elgin plus John Atlas vs. Phil Atlas.
  • New England Championship Wresting on 5/21 in Abington, MA at the High School with Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Brad Hollister in a lumberjack match for the NECW title.
  • Timothy Thatcher vs. Chris Hero for the Evolve title has been announced for 6/10 in Ybor City, FL. Also announced for that show is Drew Gulak & Tracy Williams defending the tag team titles against the Bravado Brothers. Cedric Alexander is on that show. Johnny Gargano & TJP vs. Drew Galloway & Ethan Carter III is the main event.
  • Damien Sandow, Jimmy Hart, The Godfather, Carlito and Ricardo Rodriguez are at the Heroes and Legends Convention on 10/22 in Fort Wayne, IN.
  • Atlantis & Caristico & Valiente vs. Cibernetico & Sharly Rockstar & Ultimo Guerrero headlines the 5/27 show at the Auditorio in Tijuana. There is also a border show on 5/29 in Mexicali at the Gimasio Municipal with Atlantis & Extreme Tiger & El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Valiente vs. Cibernetico & El Hijo del Solitario & Mr. Niebla & Sharly Rockstar.
  • AAA runs Tijuana at the Auditorio on 5/13 with Monster & Murder Clown & La Parka vs. Parka Negra & Villano IV & Zorro.
  • APW Camp Westlake tomorrow night in Daily City at the Pacelli Event Center with MVP, Gangrel, JR Kratos, Joey Ryan and Yoshitatsu.
  • GFW on 7/11 in Keyport, NJ at the St. Joseph RC Church has Colt Cabana vs. Damien Sandow.
  • Tommy Dreamer talks concussions and other subjects here.
  • An interview with Rocky Romero with The Sporting News is here.

Today in professional wrestling history: Koloff vs. Magnum Russian Chain match; Kevin Steen wins ROH World Title