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PFL TONIGHT FROM NYCB LIVE IN UNIONDALE, NY

ESPN 2 at 7 p.m.

  • Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Steven Siler
  • Damon Jackson vs. Movlid Khaybulaev
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Luis Rafael Laurentnio
  • Natan Schulte vs. Bao Yincang

ESPN + at 9 p.m.

  • Rashid Magomedov vs. Loik Radzhabov
  • lies Djiroun vs. Islam Mamedov
  • Akhmed Aliev vs. Carlos Silva
  • Andre Harrison vs. Peter Petties
  • Nate Andrews vs. Chris Wade
  • Lance Palmer vs. Alex Gilpin

NEW JAPAN AT KORAKUEN HALL AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN FRIDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Tiger Mask vs. Sho
  • Marty Scurll vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Shingo Takagi vs. Taka Michinoku
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Taiji Ishimori
  • Dragon Lee vs. Titan
  • Robbie Eagles vs. Douki
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs  Bandido
  • Yoh vs. Bushi
  • Rocky Romero vs. El Phantasmo
  • Will Ospreay vs. Ren Narita

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Recapping WWE Money in the Bank 2019

This year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view offered WWE the chance to revitalize one of their best match types.

The Money in the Bank briefcases haven't been all that much of a factor over the past couple of years. Both men's winners (Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin) failed on their cash-ins. The women's winners (Alexa Bliss and Carmella) were successful, but Bliss cashed in on the same night that she won the 2018 ladder match. WWE has missed out on being able to use Money in the Bank as a star-making tool or something to kick off notable angles.


WON NEWSLETTER: May 27, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Death of Ashley Massaro, Double or Nothing preview

A story on Ashley Massaro, the ramifications of her death, mental illness in pro wrestling and the legal fight she was in, the horrible story about Kuwait are all part of an extensive lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at her career before wrestling, life after wrestling, rundown the physical toll of pro wrestling, winning Diva Search, comments from those who knew her, her thoughts on a comeback, the concussion lawsuit and all the different questions her career as a swimsuit contest winner being rushed into pro wrestling matches because she got so popular so quickly raise.

Also look at the one debut of a promotion show in history that can compare with AEW's Double or Nothing, look at the difference between this show and All In, the different fights the promotion has to face, and a detailed rundown of why Pac isn't on the show, his status with the company, what the company wants out of its PPV shows, where a number of suggested surprise wrestlers are booked on that night, and why putting on the best shows is not the complete or even close to the key factor in a wrestling war.

Also look at the changes in television wrestling in the U.K. in 2020, and what this may mean when it comes to WWE and AEW in that market as far as exposure, and whether that is or isn't a big issue.


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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

Endeavor, the parent company of UFC, filed to go public as we reported months ago was going to happen. So many of the changes that have been made was to go to more stable revenue streams rather than heavily volatile revenue streams to make the company look good long-term for investors.

Starrcast events at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas today and on FITE TV:

  • 6 p.m. - Remembering Owen Hart hosted by Jim Ross
  • 6:30 p.m. - Joey Ryan documentary (this will not be on FITE TV)
  • 8:30 p.m. - Ron Funches and friends comedy show
  • 8:30 p.m. - An Evening with Cody & The Young Bucks

Reader Daniel Thomason noted that he lives in Dallas and during Raw there was a commercial for the New Japan show in Dallas on 7/6. The commercial didn't mention the names of any wrestlers or matches, but it was the first TV commercial airing in the market.  

We may have tickets left (would be down to two or three at most) for the Observer readers section for Double or Nothing combined with the Q&A on Saturday morning with me and Bryan Alvarez.

The Dark Side of the Ring posted this Bruce Prichard stuff edited out of their Randy Savage doc at Savage.
 

WWE

  • Carmella will be replacing Dolph Ziggler at the Oz Comic Con in Melbourne since the Comic Con is the same weekend as the Saudi Arabia show and Ziggler was a last-minute add to that show.
  • WWE has put up a December 4, 1983 show from the Omni in Atlanta on Hidden Gems, which includes Ted DiBiase vs. Buzz Sawyer and Ric Flair vs. Tommy Rich for the NWA title.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Sporting News interviews Dustin Rhodes. 
  • Sports llustrated talks to the Young Bucks.
  • The Undefeated talks to Brandi Rhodes.
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 6/1 in Columbus, OH at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
  • WrestleCircus on 6/23 in Austin, TX which will air live and free on Twitch.
  • CWE on 8/16 in Cochrane, Alberta at the Cochrane Ag Society Park.
  • Wrestling Revolver on 5/28 in Jeffersonville, IN at the Jeffersonville Arena with Larry D vs. Sami Callihan, Rich Swann vs. Trey Miguel for the Impact X title, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mance Warner vs. Zachary Wentz in a bunkhouse mach, Dave Crist & Mad Man Fulton vs. Trash Punk in a tornado match and more.
  • Sabotage Wrestling on Saturday night in Austin TX airing live on the HighSpots Wrestling Network with Shotzi Blackheart vs. Ricky Starks, Kody Lane vs. Veda Scott and more.
  • Scarlett Bordeaux will be working the 7/26 WrestleRock show in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Combate America runs 6/21 in Hidalgo, TX which will air on Univision, Univision Deportes and DAZN. Ricky Palacios (11-1) faces Cooper Gibson (9-2) in a featherweight fight plus Enrique Gonzalez (7-3) vs. Alejandro Martinez (4-3) at 150 pounds.
  • Joey Janela vs. Joey Ryan takes place on 6/23 for World Series Wrestling in Sydney, Australia.
  • Penta 0M & Rey Fenix have pulled out of the 5/31 AAW show in Austin, TX citing a family commitment that came up. In their place, AAW has added AR Fox, Ace Austin, Clayton Gainz, Paco and Kody Lane. The show is headlined by Sami Callihan vs. Darby Allin for the AAW title, Jake Something vs. Jimmy Jacobs for the Heritage title, Jessicka Havok vs. Priscilla Kelly for the women's title, Mance Warner vs. Eddie Kingston and Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz vs. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett, plus Ace Romero Juventud Guerrera, Thunder Rosa, Josh Alexander and more.
  • Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the ROH Summer Supercard at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto on 8/9. The show will feature talent from ROH, CMLL, New Japan and the NWA. 
  • WrestleTalk will be having a YouTube show featuring action from many of the U.K.'s top promotions including Wrestle Gate.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix had its 14th anniversary show last night in Omaha: Branden Juarez b Tim Boston, Santos Barbosa b Con Artiest, Pat Powers b Nick King, Uncle Ricky b Preston Maxwell, Brett Bishop b Moonshine Russell, Lars Metzger & Johnny Ruckus b Paul & Joey Daniels-DQ, Seto Kobara b Jack Darling, Jaysin Strife b Tony Cortez, Duke Cornell won three-way elimination match over Michael Elgin and Willy Sweet. Next show is 6/19 in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge.
  • Paul Verlander is selling his Observer and wrestling magazine collection.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Owen Hart passes away


F4W Empire Convention Info:

  • Ed in San Antonio presents PODER~! at the FSW arena on Friday 5/24 - Showtime is at noon - Main event: Bryan Alvarez vs. Logan Stunt
  • Empire dinner on Friday 5/24 at 8:30 p.m. at Texas de Brazil - Price is $82 - All you can eat meat and salad, sodas, tea, and coffee, plus dessert included
  • Empire suite party on Friday 5/24 for those who were not able to get the Q&A package - Price is $25

Purchase tickets here


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