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We're looking for your thoughts on last night's Extreme Rules show 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.

We're also looking for reports from the WWE Raw show in Buffalo tonight as well as the Smackdown house show in Reading, PA tonightand Friday night's house show in Charleston, WV to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

Smackdown and 205 Live take place Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Announced for 205 Live is TJP vs. Noam Dar and Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa and Smackdown will have Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura U.S. title match.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Brock Lesnar appears at UFC 226 

Brock Lesnar made an in-person appearance and took part in his first pro wrestling angle since April this past Saturday night -- it just wasn't at a WWE show. While the Raw roster, with The Undertaker and Ronda Rousey as the special attractions, were at Madison Square Garden for a house show, Lesnar was at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas setting up his return to mixed martial arts. 


WON NEWSLETTER: (July 16, 2018) Daniel Cormier/Brock Lesnar fallout from UFC 226

Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar and details behind their proposed fight as well as how this relates to Lesnar in WWE is the lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue also covers the G-1 Special at the Cow Palace as well as G-1 notes for week one.

Look at why Cormier's win of the heavyweight title is very different from his light heavyweight win, the arguments about the greatest MMA fighter of all-time and others in that discussion, as well as the drug testing issue, the Cormier-Lesnar angle, and the earliest date Cormier vs. Lesnar can take place.

Have a more in-depth look at how the WWE and UFC television deals went down.

Read about the WWE stock price, how this complicates talks of a sale of the company, and current market value.

Get the update on a lot of WWE injuries and returns, Dwayne Johnson and the presidency, Ronda Rousey advertising, Paul Heyman being at Raw last week and why he was there, wrestling becoming part of Kane's Mayoral race, changes in the 2018 PPV schedule, and a second Jim Ross autobiography.

Read about the New Japan Cow Palace show, looking at the injuries to Hiromu Takahashi and Jim Ross with updates, thoughts on New Japan injuries, neck problems from the past and in other companies, why the injury probably took place, and what happened after the show with Jim Ross.

This issue has full coverage of UFC 226, with business notes, early PPV numbers, poll results and match-by-match coverage.

Read the updated thoughts on Extreme Rules.

Get in-depth information on the Enzo Amore situation after the police investigation ended.

Look at WWE's biggest U.S. house show of the year so far in Madison Square Garden featuring Undertaker and Ronda Rousey.


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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, Masa Saito and taking your e-mail questions that can be sent to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

In major wrestling news since it involves ROH TV exposure, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has serious concerns about the Sinclair Broadcasting merger with Tribune Media and that the agency would not approve it. They felt that they had an issue with Sinclair selling a number of stations but retaining control of those stations. The decision surprised a lot of people. Those opposing the merger have the votes to keep it from happening. Had the merger gone through, Sinclair would have owned 215 stations in 102 markets, and would reach 59 percent of the country. The FCC has ruled that one company can only have local stations covering 39 percent of the country, so they were selling 23 stations to keep under that number, but the deal means they would still control the stations they were selling. The merger not being approved blocks ROH from television in places like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles unless things are amended. 

Raw tonight will be based around, among other things, the Universal title and Brock Lesnar and the angle leading to SummerSlam however it goes down. The angle is there to boost ratings because with the Home Run Derby and coming off the lowest rated episode of Raw in history, it could have set a record low easily tonight without a unique angle.

The reason the Bryan & Kane vs. Bludgeon Brothers match went down the way it did is because Kane suffered a leg injury and really couldn't wrestle. He is getting around in a walking boot.

Hulk Hogan went home early in the show last night. He was just there to film the backstage apology angle. So he's not scheduled for Raw tonight.

Vince McMahon was not at Extreme Rules last night. They also hid Randy Orton from everyone until shortly before his angle.

The super tongue-in-cheek Being the Elite episode is up. Lots of news, the Jericho & Young Bucks vs. Omega & Scurll & Cody match announced and lots of other teases.

I will be on Chris Jericho's podcast again this Wednesday for a show about the 30th anniversary of the death of Bruiser Brody. 

WWE

  • Shinsuke Nakamura's 2015 Japanese autobiography, translated into English, is schedule for release by VIZ Media in hardcover on 8/7.
  • The Washington Post on Hulk Hogan. (thanks to Chris Cruise)

UFC

  • Christina Denning, the attorney for Mark Hunt, told MMA Fighting that she is looking at amending some of their lawsuit against Lesnar and UFC based on Lesnar's returning and getting a title shot. She has not done so yet. 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Evolve has announced for 8/4 in Philadelphia Matt Riddle vs. Shane Strickland for the Evolve title, Joey Janela vs. AR Fox in a non-title match, Darby Allin vs. Austin Theory and JD Drake vs. Jon Davis vs. Odinson vs. Josh Briggs. For 8/5 in Melrose, MA, they have Janela vs. Allin for the WWN title, Riddle vs. Theory non-title, Strickland vs. Saieve Al Sabah and Tracy Williams & Josh Briggs vs. Catch Point. For 8/11 in Chicago, it's Walter vs. JD Drake and for 8/12 in Livonia, MI, it's Austin Theory vs. AR Fox for the FIP title and Walter vs. Anthony Henry.
  • The Bryan Alvarez & Tom Lawlor vs. Rock & Roll Express match from Saturday night is on Powerbomb.tv right now. 
  • AAW on Saturday night in Merrioniette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street has ACH & Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega vs. David Starr & Eddie Kingston & Trevor Lee as the main event. ACH is the AAW champion, Fitchett & Vega are tag champs and Lee is the Heritage champion. Also Kimber Lee vs. Su Yung for the women's title, Dave & Jake Crist vs. Brody King & Jimmy Jacobs, MJF vs. Ace Romero in a street fight, Rey Fenix vs. Dezmond Xavier, DJZ vs. Trey Miguel, Jake Something & Curt Stallion vs. Ricky Starks & Aaron Solow and more.
  • Kotto Brazil vs. Myron Reed has been added to Thursday's MLW show in Queens, NY at the Melrose Ballroom.
  • Innovative Wrestling on 7/28 in Bristol, TN at the Patton-Crosswhite VFW Post 6975.
  • Anarchy Wrestling has announced that its major shows will now be iPPVs through Fite TV. The first one will be 7/28, the Hostile Environment show which goes for $9.99.
  • Legacy Fighting Alliance on 8/10 from The Bomb Factory in Dallas on AXS is headlined by Damn Jackson (15-2-1) vs. Nate Jennerman (12-3) for the LFA interim featherweight title.
  • Tully Blanchard is now available for autograph signings and appearances through Bill Behrnes at showbis@aol.com. He is now based in San Antonio. He can also be booked in conjunction with his daughter, Tessa Blanchard, who is based in Orlando. Shannon Moore is also available, being based out of Raleigh, and can be booked alongside Lindsey Snow, also based in Raleigh.
  • Championship Wrestling League, the new Detroit promotion that has gotten local TV, has announced Alofa the Samoan Beast, who is the brother of Samu & Afa Jr.), Idris Abraham ad Joe Coleman.
  • Vendetta Pro Wrestling announced what is being billed as the last pro wrestling show at the Bakersfield Dome on 7/22 at 5 p.m. It is being billed as Fan Appreciation Night and tickets are free, first come first serve. The building has been sold and will be closing up soon.
  • Best in the West TV from Thursday in Fresno: Brandon Pinion gauntlet to regain the authority, Pinion b Diablo Azteca #1, Pinion b Diablo Azteca #2, Pinion b Jessie Poole, Alexander Bernard (current commissioner) b Pinion to retain authority, Mike Rayne d Funny bone. Next show is 8/25 in Santa Cruz, CA at the Veterans Memorial Building for an iPPV through Fite TV. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • Among those at the Thursday night premiere of "350 Days" in Hollywood were Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky, who did a sketch for Being the Elite there, as well as David Arquette, Eli Drake, Gene LeBell, Benny Urquidez, Paul Lazenby, Josh Barnett, Shad Gaspard, Rock Riddle, promoter David Marquez, and a number of former GLOW wrestles including Patricia Summerland, Roxy Astor, MTV, Daisy, Matilda the Hun and Andrea the Giant. On BTE, Scorpio Sky was all excited because he thought he was going to get to meet Andre the Giant. 
  • Quintessential Pro Wrestling from Thursday night in Baldwin Park, CA: Karl Fredericks b Tyler Bateman, Joey Ryan & Sage Sinn b Buggy Nova & Yuma, Artemis Spencer b Jake Atlas, Heather Monroe & Laura James b Peter Avalon & Ray Rosas, Matt Riddle b Luster the Legend, Mia Yim won elimination match over Nicole Matthews and Rachael Ellering, Adam Thornstowe b Jeff Cobb to keep QPW title. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • House of Hardcore from yesterday in Queensland, Australia: Al Snow b Mohamed Ali Vaez, EC Diamond b Thirteen, Swoggle b Joey Mercury, Nick Aldis b Jack Bonza to keep NWA title, Shazza McKenzie b Madison Eagles, Billy Gunn & Bully Ray & Angelina Love b Squad World Order, Lance Archer b Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack b Andy Phoenix to keep HOH twitch title. Mick Foley was at the show and praised the women's match. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Defy Wrestling on Friday night at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR with Austin Aries vs. Shane Strickland, plus Randy Myers, Joey Ryan and Rey Fenix vs. Rey Hours in a singles match. You mus be 21 and have a valid ID to attend.
  • Stardom's Sunday show at Korakuen Hall this week: Atsushi Onita appeared. Ruaka b Leo Onozaki, Starlight Kid & Shiki Shibusawa b AZM & Konami and Stephanie Vaquer & Hanan in a three-way, Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora & Kaori Yoneyama b Britt Baker & Kylie Rae & Dust, Viper b Tam Nakano to keep the SWA title, Mayu Iwatani & Dr. Wagner Jr. & Saki Kashima b Kagetsu & El Hijo de Dr.Wagner Jr. & Natsu Sumire, Momo Watanabe b Hazuki to keep the Wonder of Stardom title. Chigusa Nagayo was also at the show. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • FMLL has a show on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Denio's Swapmeet in Roseville, CA with Fuerza Guerrera & Negro Navarro vs. Solar & Blue Panther in a legends match.

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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 Gladys Gibson 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.


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