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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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by Joseph Currier and Bryan Rose


  • The post-Stomping Grounds episode of SmackDown is taking place at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon tonight. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston will respond to Samoa Joe attacking him and putting him in the Coquina Clutch on last night’s Raw. Kingston vs. Joe is official for Extreme Rules.
  • Sonya Deville indicated that she’ll be facing Ember Moon on SmackDown: “I didn’t forget, tonight I get to whoop @WWEEmberMoon back into her fantasy world  I love Tuesdays! #SDlive”
  • Drew Gulak will make his first appearance as Cruiserweight Champion on tonight’s 205 Live. Jack Gallagher vs. Mike Kanellis is also set for the show.
  • Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Jinder Mahal recently signed a new five-year deal with WWE.
  • PCW thanked WWE for granting permission to a number of wrestlers who have asked to work PCW’s tribute show for Lionheart this Friday. The event is taking place at Evoque Nightclub in Preston, England, with all profits from ticket sales, merch, and the raffle going to Lionheart’s parents to help with funeral costs.
  • While taking part in a nickname contest during last night’s Raw, a young fan answered CM Punk when asked who calls themselves the Best in the World.
  • Abby the Witch and Mercy the Buzzard from Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House appeared in the background of backstage segments on last night’s Raw.
  • The WWE Performance Center’s YouTube account posted a video of Kacy Catanzaro reacting to Ricochet’s United States title win from Stomping Grounds.
  • The next WWE DVDs set for release include a Roddy Piper unreleased matches set and a DVD featuring The Miz.
  • Mark Henry appeared on today’s episode of the Steve Austin Show.

Pro Wrestling

  • TMZ Sports reported that prosecutors have dropped their case against Terri Runnels after Runnels accidentally brought a gun to the airport last month.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. retained both his RevPro British Heavyweight Championship and his spot in this year’s G1 Climax by defeating YOSHI-HASHI in the main event of this morning’s Kizuna Road show.
  • After defeating IWGP Tag Team Champions Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa in a non-title match this morning, Juice Robinson & Mikey Nicholls said they want Tonga & Loa’s titles. Tonga & Loa vs. Robinson & Nicholls (in what was announced as a non-title match) is set for Southern Showdown in Melbourne this Saturday.
  • NJPW has a look at Robbie Eagles prior to his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title match at Southern Showdown.
  • ITV did a story on Darby Allin for their YouTube page.
  • EVOLVE released their updated cards for this weekend:
  • EVOLVE 129 (Saturday, Queens, New York):
    • EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory defending against Leon Ruff
    • Roderick Strong vs. Anthony Henry
    • Tyler Breeze vs. AR Fox
    • EVOLVE Tag Team Champions Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy defending against Anthony Greene & Curt Stallion
    • Josh Briggs vs. Arturo Ruas
    • Shotzi Blackheart vs. Brandi Lauren
    • JD Drake vs. Stephen Wolf vs. Sean Maluta vs. John Silver
    • Harlem Bravado vs. Babatunde
    • Adrian Alanis & Liam Grey vs. Brandon Watts & Randy Summers
  • EVOLVE 130 (Sunday, Brooklyn, New York):
    • EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory vs. Roderick Strong in a non-title match
    • WWN Champion JD Drake defending against Babatunde
    • Tyler Breeze vs. Anthony Greene
    • Anthony Henry vs. Arturo Ruas
    • EVOLVE Tag Team Champions Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy vs. AR Fox & Leon Ruff vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds in a non-title match
    • Josh Briggs vs. Brandon Taggart
    • Curt Stallion vs. Sean Maluta
    • Brandi Lauren vs. Natalia Markova
  • Dragon Lee has been announced for ROH’s Manhattan Mayhem TV tapings in New York City on July 20 and their Mass Hysteria HonorClub show in Lowell, Massachusetts on July 21.
  • This week’s episode of MLW Fusion is now available on YouTube. It was headlined by Tom Lawlor, Ross Von Erich & Marshall Von Erich vs. Contra Unit (Jacob Fatu, Josef Samael & Simon Gotch) in a tornado tag match.
  • The final episode of Being the Elite before Fyter Fest was uploaded yesterday.
  • Chris Van Vliet interviewed Eli Drake about his departure from Impact Wrestling.
  • Mike Quackenbush started a YouTube channel called “Til We Make It,” which gives advice to younger wrestlers.


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