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The only poll for this weekend will be for Impact's Slammiversary, so please email a thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're looking for reports tonight on the ROH show in Nashville and the NXT show in Ocala, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. EASTERN

  • Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto in the 2016 G-1 Climax final
  • Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito in the 2017 G-1 Climax final

MLW ON BEINSPORTS TONIGHT AT 8 P.M.

  • Shane Strickland vs. Low Ki for MLW title 

ROH ON HONOR CLUB AT 8:30 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT FROM THE NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM

  • Nick Aldis vs. Flip Gordon for NWA title
  • Young Bucks vs. Briscoes vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
  • Kenny King vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shane Taylor vs. Jonathan Gresham for a TV title shot
  • Cody vs. TK O'Ryan
  • Matt Taven vs. Marty Scurll
  • Punishment Martinez vs. Scorpio Sky for TV title
  • Sumie Sakai vs. Karen Q

SHINE IPPV AT 9 P.M. FROM THE ORPHEUM IN YBOR CITY, FL

  • Rain vs. Stormie Lee: "I quit" match, Rain retires if she loses
  • Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez vs. Kiera Hogan & Dementia D'Rose vs. Aja Perera & Aerial Monroe vs. Holidead & Thunder Rosa for tag titles
  • Candy Cartwright vs. Leva for the Nova title
  • Su Yung vs. Kimber Lee
  • Jordynne Grace vs. Xandra Bale
  • Brandi Lauren vs. Amber Nova
  • Tesha Price vs. Jenna
  • Dynamite Didi vs. Alex Garcia

CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. TONIGHT ON THE CMLL FACEBOOK PAGE

  • Principe Diamante & Super Astro Jr. vs. Espanto Jr. & Yago
  • Lluvia & Marcela & Mistique vs. Amapola & Dalys & Reyna Isis
  • Esfinge & Titan & Triton vs. Kawato San & Okumura & Polvora
  • Cuatrero vs. Mephisto
  • Caristico & Dragon Lee & Mistico vs. Cavernario & Negro Casas & Penta 0M
  • Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Ciber the Main Man & Scharly Rock Star &The Chris

LEGACY FIGHTING AT 10 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT ON AXS TV

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT LIVE AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY MORNING FROM KORAKUEN HALL ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Michael Elgin & Ren Narita vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Sho
  • Evil & Bushi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
  • Jay White & Yoh vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay vs. Hangman Page & Chase Owens
  • Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
  • Toru Yano vs. Kota Ibushi
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Seiya Sanada
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Juice Robinson
  • Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hirooki Goto

Saturday we're looking for reports on the Raw show in Lexington, KY, Smackdown in St. Louis, the ROH TV tapings in Atlanta (Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne for WOH title, Marty Scurll vs. Kenny King, Silas Young vs. Flip Gordon, Karen Q vs. Jenny Rose and Jay Briscoe vs. Christopher Daniels plus the debut of Jeff Cobb) and NXT in Venice, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT LIVE AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN SUNDAY MORNING FROM HACHIOJE

  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino
  • Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Toru Yano & Jado
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Sho vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
  • Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
  • Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada vs. Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Michael Elgin vs. Yoshi-Hashi
  • Evil vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Jay White
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hangman Page
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe

Sunday's schedule includes a Raw house show in Pikeville, KY and Smackdown in Springfield, IL.

UFC ON FS1 FROM THE BARCLAYCARD ARENA SUNDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. Eastern

  • Damian Stasiak vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Darko Stosic vs. Jeremy Kimball
  • Davey Grant vs. Manny Bermudez

FS1 at Noon Eastern time

  • Aleksander Rakic vs. Justin Ledet
  • Khalid Taha vs. Nad Narimani
  • Emil Meek vs. Bartosz Fabinski
  • Nick Hein vs. Damir Hadzovic
  • David Zawada vs. Danny Roberts
  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marc Diakiese
  • Marcin Tybura vs. Stefan Struve
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Abu Azaitar
  • Glover Teixiera vs. Corey Anderson
  • Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Anthony Smith

IMPACT PPV FROM THE REBEL COMPLEX IN TORONTO AT 8 P.M. ON SUNDAY

  • Tessa Blanchard vs. Allie
  • Johnny Impact vs. Rich Swann vs. Fenix vs. Taiji Ishimori
  • Tommy Dreamer vs. Eddie Edwards House of Hardcore rules
  • Sami Callihan vs. Pentagon Jr. hair vs. mask
  • LAX vs. Homicide & Hernandez in a street fight for tag titles
  • Su Yung vs. Madison Rayne for Knockouts title
  • Matt Sydal vs. Brian Cage for X title
  • Austin Aries vs. Moose for Impact title 

Raw is Monday from Cincinnati. Stephanie McMahon will return for a major announcement. Also Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley, winner faces Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, and Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel vs. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt for the Raw tag team titles. They are also advertising Lashley & Reigns & Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler & Kevin Owens & Elias, but odds are that match will never happen. There is also a Monday night Smackdown house show in Carbondale, IL.

Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday in Evansville, IN. Announced so far is Carmella vs. Becky Lynch in a non-title match Hideo Itami vs. Drew Gulak vs. Mustafa Ali vs. TJP for a shot at Cedric Alexander's cruiserweight title.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Hogan takes first step towards WWE return

Nearly three years after being fired from the company, Hulk Hogan's return to WWE took a major step forward on Sunday. After Hogan was spotted flying into Cleveland -- which was apparently a failed attempt to avoid him being seen coming to Pittsburgh, where WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view was being held -- WWE announced on Sunday afternoon that Hogan had been reinstated into their Hall of Fame.


WON NEWSLETTER: (July 23, 2018): ROH/NJPW to run MSG, Hogan reinstated into WWE HOF, more

A look at the ROH/NJPW planned show in Madison Square Garden and the huge ramifications this show could have on the industry is the lead story of a big double-issue of the Observer. 

The lead story goes into how ROH/NJPW got the date back after WWE blocked it, why those at Sinclair were always confident they would be able to run the date and their big ace on why they have leverage on WWE. 

Find out who was announced, who wasn't and why, as well as ticket prices, and what significant milestone this show can reach that no non-WWE show in history ever has.

Read what happened backstage with Hulk Hogan, talent reactions to Kofi Kingston and Titus O'Neil, what the problems were in how this was handled and the real issues involved. .

Look at the hilarious irony of the new UFC business deal in Russia.

This issue has full coverage of the Extreme Rules show, a look at the upcoming SummerSlam show, a look at the issues with the crowd, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Read more on the G-1 Climax tournament with business notes, standings, schedule for the next week, plus match-by-match coverage and star ratings

Also look at yet another rise in WWE stock and why, predictions on WWE future profits, Daniel Bryan talks his future and contract situation, Bryan talks about his in-ring style change, update on Vince McMahon, Dwayne Johnson's latest movie, Bret Hart and Martha Hart argue over Owen Hart, Owen Hart honored this week, and Rousey TV appearance.

Read how a recent FCC ruling affects the growth of ROH.

Also look at the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament, a look at the participants, schedule and championship plans.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

We are sorry to report the death of Frederick Seawright aka Brickhouse Brown today at the age of 57. Seawright had been battling brain cancer for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was just honored earlier this year by the Cauliflower Alley Club given their courage award. Seawright was a protege and close friend of Terry Funk. He was best known in Tennessee where he was a headliner and feuded with Jerry Lawler. He was a great talker in particular and a very underrated heel who, due to his size, never got much of a break elsewhere.

UPDATE: Brian Blair tweeted on Saturday that Seawright has yet to pass away: "Thank you so much George, but stop the tape. Brickhouse is Mother Victoria just called me to inform me that Brick was still alive and woke up, somehow, last night and said he was hungry. Stay tuned as this is not over, unbelievable! I'll write what happened on my Facebook page."

ROH has had interest in C.M. Punk returning, presumably for the MSG show, but we're told that is a long shot. But feelers have been sent.

Here's my appearance on Talk is Jericho talking about Bruiser Brody with a lot of stories that probably haven't been talked about previously.

William Corgan talks tonight's Nick Aldis vs. Flip Gordon match. He noted that the match is in the same building as the May 7, 1989 match with Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat which at the time was considered one of the greatest matches of all-time.

AXS TV will be airing the last three G-1 Climax finals tonight. At 8 p.m. they will air the 2016 final with Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto. At 9 p.m. they will air the 2017 final with Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito. At about 12:30 a.m. (after the Legacy Fighting Championships) they will air the 2015 finals with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. All three matches are classics.

For WWE house shows this weekend, Braun Strowman is not advertised on Raw shows except for Monday. Daniel Bryan is advertised for all the Smackdown shows. WWE has told us that Jeff Hardy will be appearing at the weekend shows so the injury angle they shot at Smackdown isn't carrying over to house shows. Randy Orton isn't advertised on any shows this weekend except TV. That would be strange if only because St. Louis is tomorow night and that's a home game for him.

WWE

  • Titus O'Neil as a follow-up to what he wrote earlier in the week, wrote: "I'm nowhere near perfect, make mistakes as well as I have had to ask for forgiveness and give it as well. We can all grow in various areas of our lives. Accept full responsibility when you're wrong and in due season through actions, forgiveness and respect comes."
  • WWE is advertising Ronda Rousey for the 9/3 Raw show in Columbus, OH at the Schottenstein Center. Also advertised is Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin in a match that likely won't take place. (thanks to Devin Schultz) 

UFC

  • David Branch vs. Ronaldo Jacare Souza is the first fight announced for the 11/3 show in Madison Square Garden.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • WWN has started a $9.99 per month subscription service where you get all of their PPVs for the monthly price which starts with tonight's Shine show. So Shine, Evolve, and FIP events are all for a monthly price. 
  • Impact announced Scarlett Bordeaux debuting with the promotion soon.
  • TWE Pro Wrestling on 7/28 in Red Bank, TN at 4825 Dayton Blvd.
  • Xtreme Wrestilng Alliance on Sunday in West Warwick, RI: Kellen Thomas over Shane Strickland, Acey Babey, Jaxon Stone, Ace Austin, Steve Pena and Richard Holliday in a ladder match for the Firebird title, Killanova Inc. b DJZ & Andrew Everett, Worked Horseman b Jake & Dave Crist, JT Dunn b Austin Theory in a last man standing match, Sami Callihan b Paul London (replacing Matt Riddle), Matt Sydal won three-way over Flip Gordon (replacing Rey Fenix) and AR Fox, Jimmy Preston & Joey Bones b Jon Steele & Mike Verna, Rob Van Dam b John Morrison. Also appearing were Tom Prichard and Eric Bischoff. (thanks to Evan Grodzki)
  • Alpha-1 Wrestling on 7/29 in Hamilton, ONT at 222 Queenston Rd. and 8/19 in Oshawa, ONT at Polish Hall.
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 8/4 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds with four title matches.
  • Anarchy Wrestling on 7/28 from the Landmark Arena in Cornelia, GA will also be on FITE TV as an iPPV for $9.99.
  • Osamu Nishimura, Joe Doering and Brian Blair will all be appearing on Dory Funk's BANG show on 8/2 and 8/4 in Ocala, FL at the BANG TV Sound Stage.
  • MMA Pro League on 9/15 at the New Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City will be on Flo Sports as well.
  • Ring Warriors TV tapings on 8/8 and 8/9 in Sam's Town in Las Vegas. They will have a tournament for the Grand championship with Austin Aries, Wes Brisco, Alex Chamberlain, Alexander Hammerstone, Luke Hawx, Marty the Moth and Jeff Cobb.
  • KSWA is putting on a benefit show for Ken Jugan aka Lord Zoltan, the longtime area wrestler who is battling cancer. He's a good guy who has been around the wrestling business since his childhood. The show will be on 8/5 in Cheswick, PA at the Shriners Pavilion at 2 p.m.
  • The CWL promotion that is buying time to be on Detroit television announced that Matt Striker will be their announcer.
  • Great North Wrestling on 8/26 in Hawkesbury, ONT at the Robert Hartley Arena with Wes Brisco Devin Nicholson and a Battle Royal for the Canadian title.
  • Destiny Wrestling on 8/25 at the Battlarts Academy in Mississauga, ONT with Sami Callihan vs. Josh Alexander in a cage match and Michael Elgin vs. Petey Williams.
  • Eclipse Wrestling on 8/18 in Oshawa, ONT with Michael Elgin headlining.
  • Elliot Sexton vs. Brody King was announced for the 8/9 Progress show in Seattle.
  • Defy Wrestling tonight in Portland, OR at the Hawthorne Theater with Austin Aries vs. Shane Strickland for the Defy title, and Rey Fenix vs. Rey Horus.
  • Kagetsu vs. Viper for the World of Stardom title headlines Sunday's Stardom show in Osaka.
  • Chelsea Green pulled out of U.K. shows this month due to a working visa issue she has to get taken care of. 
  • Phil DeFries vs. Karol Bedorf for the KSW heavyweight title has been announced for the company's 10/6 at SSE Wembley in London. The show will also feature the wide variety of KSW characters like Olympic wrestling medalist Damian Jankowski, Scott Askham, Michal Materla and Polish rap star Popek Monster.
  • Progress has uploaded its Australia shows from April on Demand Progress. I was told there are three **** or better matches on the tour that are now up, Logan Grey & Alex Kingston vs. Travis Banks & Julian Ward, Pete Dunne vs. Davis Storm, Dowie James vs. Tyler Bate and JXT vs. Elliot Sexton vs. Travis Banks.
  • Matt Taven will be debuting for CWE in Canada form 11/13 to 11/21, on a tour that will also include Vinny Marseglia and Rhett Titus. They will be working on 11/3 in Virden, Manitoba; 11/14 in Souris, Manitoba; 11/15 in Morden, Manitoba; 11;16 in Winnipeg; 11/17 in Thunder Bay, ONT; 11/18 in Sault Ste. Marie, ONT, 11/19 in Blind River, ONT; 11/20 in Sudbury, ONT and 11/21 in Kirkland Lake, ONT.
  • Crossfire Wrestling on Sunday at 4 p.m. in St. Catharines, ONT at the Merritton Community Centre.
  • Matt Riviera talks to Brennan Martin about his grandmother, Christine Jarrett, and the book on her life.

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12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. It's time to announce the details of the 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~!

This year's event will be taking place in Las Vegas from August 16th to the 20th and will again be in conjunction with WWE's SummerSlam weekend a.k.a. Super China Buffet Day~! There will still be the usual events, but our big draw will be WWE's summer blockbuster PPV, SummerSlam. As per tradition, we will all gorge ourselves at a Las Vegas buffet, and then watch SummerSlam in a rented out movie theater. All information and ticketing prices are available now. Sign up ASAP as spots are limited for some events. 

This year will also feature a Future Stars Wrestling show which will include the first ever Granny's Doubles Match Classic! Already booked for the show are the teams Mia Yim & Leva Bates, Shotzi Blackheart & ???, Samantha Heights & Brittany Blake, and Miranda Alize & Kylie Rae. Also appearing will be Kris Wolf along with many more future stars. There may even be a classic star or two making an appearance. You won't want to miss this show! Check out the convention's Facebook page for all additional information.


CONTACT INFORMATION