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We're looking for reports on the non-Raw matches, dark or Main Event stuff from Everett, WA tonight as well as from the NXT shows in San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City and the Pro Wrestling Revolution show in San Francisco on Saturday to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also looking for your thoughts on Stomping Grounds last night, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com" target="_blank">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

Raw is Monday night from Everett, WA.  Announced so far is Ricochet vs. A.J. Styles in a non-title match, plus Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon.


  • Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yuji Nagata & Yota Tsuji
  • Ren Narita & Shota Umino & Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe & Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Sanada & Bushi & Shingo Takagi
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Juice Robinson & Mikey Nicholls non-title
  • Sho & Yoh & Toa Henare & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori
  • Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger & Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada vs. Douki & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Lance Archer & Taichi
  • El Phantasmo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi for British commonwealth jr. title
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Yoshi-Hashi for British Commonwealth title and G-1 spot

Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday night from Portland, OR.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE's women's division since WrestleMania 35  

More than two months removed from the first women's WrestleMania main event, the WWE women's division is struggling to regain the momentum it had earlier this year.

In a rematch from Money in the Bank, Becky Lynch will defend her Raw Women's Championship against Lacey Evans at Stomping Grounds. Bayley and Alexa Bliss will look to improve upon their underwhelming feud from 2017 as they face off for the SmackDown Women's Championship at the pay-per-view.

WON NEWSLETTER: June 24, 2019 Observer Newsletter: AEW does another sell out, Stomping Grounds struggles

A look at what we can learn from the ticket sales to AEW's All Out show, the ticket demand, how it compares with WrestleMania's and major UFC events, details on the number, why the secondary market tickets are so limited, why ticket demand was so strong out of the block, reaction of the ticket industry, details on the process used for selling the ticket and what the number mean, and rate of sales for the biggest WrestleMania.

Also have a look at WWE Stomping Grounds, including ticket demand, lineup, thoughts on the matches, interest in Super Showdown and more.

Read a preview of the G-1 Climax tournament, with the lineups, who are the favorites, different storyline directions, what matches will air on television, live broadcast times of every show on the tour and more.

Take a look at Adrian "Lionheart" McCallum and his recovery from a broken neck to become a U.K. star, and the sad ending of his life.

Also look at cities being considered for WrestleMania, what city is a favorite for the next two years, value of WWE to FOX and FOX Friday numbers, WWE gets an Espy, full card for next Takeover, update on XFL, death of AAF and how they are related, more Ric Flair legal issues, funny stories on WWE names, new movie with WWE stars, new TV deal, WWE salaries and revenue, and a WWE star honored.

This issue has a complete rundown of Bellator in Madison Square Garden, the plight of Aaron Pico, notes on the new fighters, pushed fighters who lost and match-by-match coverage.

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Bryan and I will be back talking Raw, Seth Rollins, Will Ospreay, and whatever other news comes up tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio as wellas taking your e-mail questions to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.
Expect some different ideas tonight for Raw to get around the new ban of wrestling during commercial breaks.
You know how this goes, but it'll all go down tonight, but the planned main event as of this moment for Extreme Rules in Philadelphia on 7//14  is Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans vs. Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch.  With three weeks of TV until the PPV, I'd expect more of the show than usual will be out for a day-after show.  Tonight's show should also get the post-PPV ratings bump so the rule of thumb is to not expect any record low level stuff this week.
New Japan has ordered buysumotickets.com to stop facilitating New Japan Fan Club memberships to people from outside Japan.  The fan club is supposed to be for Japan, but fans had gone through sumotickets to join by using proxy Japanese addresses.  New Japan has indicated they will be starting an International Fan Club.  This avenue had been the best way for foreigners to get premium seats at the major shows.  It's a major blow to the super hardcore American fans that have been flying over for the big events.  
Joey Janela should be good to go for Saturday's Fyter Fest match with Jon Moxley.  His hand was bruise and swelled up badly over the weekend in a match in Australia.


  • A lot of people have been talking about this document just released from 2016 when the Trump campaign was to research and vet Linda McMahon regarding being appointed to the cabinet. (thanks to Corey Lieb and Christpher Cruise)
  • Stomping Grounds got 200,000 Google searches yesterday.  That's usual B show numbers, ahead of Super Showdown.  It was 7th yesterday.  The update for Saturday is that The Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov fight was 2nd with 200,000 and the UFC show was fifth with 50,000.  The Women's World Cup game had 5 million on Sunday and the India vs Afghanistan cricket game was first on Saturday.


  • A significant light heavyweight fight between ranked fighters between Jim Crute of Australia and Misha Cirkunov of Canada has been added to a 9/14 show in Vancouver, BC.
  • Melissa Gato has pulled out of her 7/6 fight in Las Vegas.  She was to face Julia Avila, who wi9ll now face Pannie Kianzad, who had been released by UFC but is being brought back for this late replacement fight.
  • Martin Day pulled out of his 7/13 fight with Benito Lopez in Sacramento due to knee surgery.  Vince Morales is the name going around as the replacement, although that is not confirmed.


  • More on the different gambling options for New Japan Pro Wrestling related to betting on the G-1 Climax tournament. (thanks to David Taylor at wweleaks.org)
  • Impact has announced a partnership with the MLS team FC Dallas with Brian Cage attending the 7/4 game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.  Cage at halftime will attempt to score on a penalty kick against FC Dallas mascot Tex Hooper, the bull.  He will be doing other promotion for the team.   This will build Impact's 7/7 PPV in Dallas at Gilley's Dallas where Cage defends against Michael Elgin.  Impact officials say that Cage,who suffered a hip injury in Australia over the weekend, is good to go for the PPV show.
  • Tickets are now on sale for the first day of the New Japan Super J Cup on 8/22 in Tacoma, WA at the Temple Theater.  Tickets are on sale at www.njpw1972.com/53769  Defy also has a show featuring some New Japan talent on 8/23 in the same building and tickets will go on sale on 7/5 at 10 a.m.  Defy also runs 7/26 and 7/27 with the S8XGP tournament at Seattle's Washington Hall with  Tama Tonga, L.A. Park, Brian Cage, Joey Janela and Artemis Spencer with tickets at www.defywrestling.com
  • Nick Gage debuts with AAA on a 7/12 AAA/EMW show in Tijuana.
  • OTT from Sunday in Dublin, Ireland:  Puma King b Justy, Jimmy Havoc & Raven Creed b CT Flexor & Valkyrie, Darren Kearney & LJ Cleary & Nathan Martin b Martina & Angel Cruz & B Cool, Scotty Davis b Darby Allin, Bandido b Rey Hours, Mark Haskins b Terry Thatcher via decision to win the gender neutral title, Charlie Sterling & Sha Samuels & Zack Gibson b Aidan Epic & Capt. Sexsea & Fabulous Nicky, Jordan Devlin b Sean Guinness to keep the OTT title, Walter b David Starr via referee decision (thanks to Paul Sosnowski)
  • PWA from Saturday night in Edmonton before 350 fans:  Above Average Joe's b The League in a submission match to win Canadian tag titles, Reid Matthews kept PWA Mayhem title in elimination tables match over Colton Kelly, fxBobby Sharp, Kenneth Anthony, Sky Flyer Jeff Tyler and Maxton Flexwell, Omen Gabriel & Mephisto b Space Mountain, Zoe Sager won four-way to become PWA women's champ over Alex Zwicker, Kylie Morgan and Kat Von Heez, Shawn Spears b Shaun Moore to win PWA Commonwealth title, Original Marky won three-way over Sheik Shaz and Michael Allen Richard Clark to win PWA title, Teddy Hart b Michael Richard Blais in 40:00 in what was said to be an incredible match (thanks to Ross Hart)
  • Michael Elgin, Konnan and Lanny Poffo will all be at the CWE show on Friday in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.
  • WrestleCircus from last night in Austin, TX:  Daga won four-way over Low Rider, Teddy Hart and Aerostar, Will Allday & Alex Gracia b Anthony Greene & Scarlett Bordeaux, Colin Delaney (who was doing the announcing and was a late in-ring replacement for injured Colt Cabana) b Jordan Len-X, Gentleman Jervis b Sami Callihan to keep the Sideshow title, Dezmond Xavier won three-way over JT Dunn and Jake Atlas, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel won three-way over Logan Riegel & Sterling Riegel and Private Party, Peter Avalon b Orange Cassidy (Leva Bates was at ringside and dressed and acted like Orange Cassidy), Scorpio Sky b Tessa Blanchard to keep the Ringmaster title in a very good match after outside interference.  Fans were thanking Blanchard when Sami Callihan hit the ring and laid out Blanchard with a piledriver, and then Daga made the save (thanks to Shannon Walsh and wrestlingwithdemons.net)
  • Rise will be doing an all-women's show on 9/1, the day after AEW All Out, at 5 p.m. at the Ealges Club in Berwyn, IL.  There will be an eight-woman single elimination one-night tournament.
  • Sendai Girls vs. All Out from today i Tokyo:  Akino b Sakura Hirota, Dash Chisako b Shunma Katsumata, Chihiro Hashimoto b Yuki Iino, Meiko Satomura d Konosuke Takeshita over 20:00, Takeshita & Katsumata & Iino b Chisako & Satomura & Hashimoto to win the KOD trios titles (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
  • Very interesting note is that Impact is sending Booker T to their media day on Wednesday for Press Pass on the Impact YouTube and Facebook page.  Booker T's Reality of Wrestling is working with Impact for a show on 7/6 in Houston on Twitch.  It's notable that Booker T was on the preshow panel for Stomping Grounds yesterday.
  • LFA on 8/2 in Dallas at The Bomb Factory on AXS TVG live features Levi Mowles (11-4) vs.  Adrian Yanez (8-3) and Hailey Cowan (3-1), a former Acrobatics and tumbling All-American at Baylor faces Lisa Mauldin (3-1).

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