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We're looking for your thoughts on both today and yesterday's New Japan shows in Osaka, as well as UFC 227, 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 looking for reports on Friday's WWE Raw show in Augusta, GA, as well as today's shows in Savannah, GA and Albany, GA, and tonight's Evolve & Progress shows in Melrose, MA, to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

Raw will be live on Monday night from Jacksonville, FL. Matches announced are Ronda Rousey's first Raw match against Alicia Fox, and Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are not scheduled on the show. There is also a Smackdown house show in Gainesville, FL.

Smackdown and 205 Live take place Tuesday in Orlando with Sheamus & Cesaro vs. New Day for a shot at the Bludgeon Brothers' Smackdown tag titles at SummerSlam.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: The next step in WWE's Women's Evolution

WWE's "women's evolution" took its logical next step last week as the company announced its first all-women's pay-per-view. Aptly, the PPV will be called "Evolution." It will take place at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York on October 28. WWE is hyping that over 50 wrestlers from the past and present will be involved, with Trish Stratus, Lita, and Beth Phoenix already advertised. 


WON NEWSLETTER: (July 30, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All women PPV WWE Evolution announcement, more

The lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter cover the lives, careers and deaths of Brian Christopher Lawler, Nikolai Volkoff and Brickhouse Brown.

With Lawler, look at his death, his recent arrest, the decision to not bail him out, growing up in Memphis, how he started in pro wrestling, how he got his first push and his USWA heyday. 

Look the death of Nikolai Volkoff, what led to it, the true story of his name and where he got the gimmick as opposed to the public explanation that was always told.

Find out about the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Brickhouse Brown, how he was pronounced dead and came back to life, and his description of what happened when he was dead the first time. 

Read the update on the current SummerSlam show, business notes, Lesnar vs. Reigns, as well as the market value of tickets for all the rest of the summer major events.

Also there is more on the WWE FOX deal, new programming that both has and hasn't been discussed, updated contract information, new season of Total Divas, why Cain Velasquez was training at the Performance Center, and Sting talks if he will wrestle again.

Look at the debut of ITV World of Sport wrestling, why it was put on network TV in that time slot, ratings for the show and what they mean, who watched, why people were surprised about the viewership and what it means. 


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Our weekend show covering G-1, tons of WWE news including injuries, Mae Young Classic, UFC 227 and the aftermath is already up.

Arturo Hernandez, who wrestled under names like El Picudo and Devil Rocker in AAA, passed away on Friday from complications from diabetes at the age of 51. He was actually booked for a show the night he died, which was also his 51st birthday. Picudo was cousins with Antonio Pena and his father was Espectro I.

Week two ratings for World of Sport do not look good. The preliminary number for yesterday's show was 609,000 viewers, down 34 percent from last week. The reality is they didn't have anything that compelled people to return, and since the show reached an older age group, they were likely watching due to nostalgia, which never holds up long-term. The final number will probably rise slightly, but this could not have been a worse sign.

The announcement regarding television coverage of All In will be announced tomorrow during the Being the Elite show, although it may have been teased last night at the NEW show in Wappingers Falls, NY where they said the show would be on PPV.

Regarding Matt Hardy and questions about if his tweets are related to his retiring. As noted yesterday, he said that his lower back and pelvis are fusing together from all the punishment he's taken in his career. He is in pain, not terrible pain and will be undergoing new rehab treatment that he hopes will help. Everything as far as what he's doing is being played by ear but those were not retirement tweets, but they were to note that he's not going to be wrestling forever either.

Ric Flair and fiance Wendi Barlow will be having a commitment ceremony next month in Florida.

For this past weekend, the most searched for term on the Internet was UFC 227, which had 1 million searches yesterday. That would be far more than expected, and you could come up with reasons. That's usually, but not always, a good predictor for PPV and if accurate, the show did far better than expected. On Friday, the second most searched for term was Conor McGregor with 200,000 searches and fourth was Kane with 100,000.

WWE

  • Some WWE notes over the weekend. Roman Reigns was back on the road last night, after missing the Friday show due to being at Georgia Tech, his alma mater. Reigns & Seth Rollins beat Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in the main event in North Charleston. Ronda Rousey teamed with Natalya to face Alicia Fox & Alexa Bliss. On Smackdown, even though neither were advertised in the listings, both Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton were on the road last night for the Smackdown tour. 
  • The charity event for under privileged kids that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Titus O'Neil put together gave away more than 15,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as food, vision, dental, sports physicals and immunization shots and more than 31,000 people attended.
  • Paul Levesque will be at the Toronto Fan Expo this month along with A.J. Styles.

UFC

  • An 11/24 show in Beijing, China, the company's first show in the city, was announced for the Cadillac Arena. There are advanced tickets on sale in China right now. Endeavor China will be promoting the show.

OTHER

  • Northeast Wrestling on Friday night in Norwich, CT at Dodd Stadium: Corey Graves, Renee Young, Christian, Marty Scurll, Young Bucks and The Kingdom were all there signing autographs. Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Hart canceled the weekend. Obviously Lawler missed due to the funeral of his son on Friday and Hart suffered a head injury when a fan accidentally hit him with his megaphone at an autograph signing. Zane Bernard & RJ Rude b Mike Gamble & Dexter Loux, Brian Anthony & Anthony Battle & Tommy Grayson & JP Grayson b Ron Zombie & Chris Battle & Keith Youngblood & Daniel Evans, Wrecking Ball Legursky & Brian Milonas (managed by Jared Silberkleit) b Jake Manning & Caleb Konley, Tenille Dashwood b Adira, Brad Hollister b Matt Riddle (awesome match, brawling all over the baseball field including on the top of the dugout), Billy Gunn b Jimmy Preston, Jack Swagger b Flip Gordon to keep the NEW title, Rey Mysterio Jr. won three-way over Christian Casanova and Darby Allin.
  • Northeast Wrestling from last night in Wappingers Falls, NY before 2,600 fans and one of the biggest indie crowds of the year: Those appearing included Graves, Young, Christian, Scurll, Young Bucks, Kingdom, King Kong Bundy and Tito Santana. Christian Casanova b Jake Manning, Brian Anthony & Anthony Battle & Tommy Grayson & JP Grayson b Caleb Konley & Chris Battle & Keith Youngblood & Daniel Evans, Tenille Dashwood b Kasey Catal, Billy Gunn b Robbie E, Jack Swagger b Brad Hollister to keep the NEW title, Hale Collins b Wrecking Ball Legurksy, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Flip Gordon. Very good match. Mysterio put over Gordon, Will Ospreay and Ricochet for evolving the style of wrestling that he first brought to the U.S.
  • There was a lot of talk regarding an incident at the Revolution Pro show at the Cockpit in London today. Kurtis Chapman wrestled Chris Ridgeway. Sam Adonis came out and made a number of homophobic slurs, the f word, the h word and also used slurs directed at mentally disabled. The crowd was upset, with a large section turning their back on him and chanting "Don't bring him back." It hurt the crowd until the main event. Promoter Andy Quildan seemed upset and offered an apology before the main event started saying that everyone was welcome at RevPro. (thanks to Duncan Burdett)
  • An article on trageides from the original GLOW wrestling.
  • AAW from last night in LaSalle, IL before 385 fans: DJZ b Hakim Zane, Scarlett Bordeaux b Allie Kat, Curt Stallion & Jake Something b Sage Cainan & Dante Leon, Ace Romero won over Spyder Nate Webb, Brubaker, Connor Braxton, Bucky Collins, Mike Hartenblower, Kody Rice and Joe Acer, Sami Callihan & Dave & Jake Crist b Stephen Wolf & Paco Gonzalez & Space Monkey, Trevor Lee b Myron Reed to keep the Heritage title, Brody King b Zachary Wentz, Kimber Lee b Jessicka Havok to keep the women's title, MVP b Eddie Kingston, Mat Fichett & Davey Vega b LAX to keep the tag titels, ACH b Jeff Cobb to keep the AAW title.
  • World Class Revolution Wrestling announced a first time ever on 9/1 in Denton, TX a show that will have both Kevin Von Erich's sons Ross & Marshall and Kerry's daughter Lacey all appearing.
  • Scenic City Invitational from Friday night in Chattanooga, TN before 300 fans: Joey Lynch b Curt Stallion, Jake Parnell b Darius Lockhart, Corey Hollis b Ike Cross, PCO b Cyrus the Destroyer, AJ Gray b Too Cold Scorpio, Gary Jay b Cain Justice, Fred Yehi b Mance Warner, Nick Gage b Kerry Awful. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
  • Northeast Wrestling is bringing in Ultimo Guerrero to face Flip Gordon on its 8/11 show in Bethany, CT. JT Dunn, Brian Milonas, Brad Hollister and Robbie E are also on the show.
  • Eve has a double main event no 8/11 in London at the Resistance Gallery at Bethnal Green with Kay Lee Ray vs. Viper. 
  • Best of the West TV from this weekend in Fresno: Lisa Lace b Adam Fury, Mike Rayne DCOR Johnny Butabi to keep the Best in the West title. Next show will be a live iPPV show on 8/25 in Santa Cruz, CA at the Veterans Memorial Building at 5 p.m. Owner Matthew Sparks was pushing a Go Fund Me for the family of the late Virgil Flynn III. The links on their Best in the West web site page. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • There was a benefit show for Virgil Flynn last night in Sacramento, CA for a show put on by Virgil Flynn III promotions. They announced that all of the proceeds and concessions went to his family and all the talent on the show worked for free, and they will continue to run shows with talent working free and the family get all proceeds through the end of this year. The next show will be 9/1 in North Highlands, CA. Marcus Lewis won Battle Royal to become the first Virgil Flynn champion, Super Beast won three-way over Will Hobbs and Boyce LeGrande, Toby Reynolds & D-Rogue b Dave Dutra & Jeckles the Jester, Toby Reynolds & D-Rogue b Daniel Torch & Just Zack, Brittany Wonder & Joey Smoke b Toby & D-Rogue, Sensei Coach Nuggs & Karate Kal Jak (Clayton Jack) b Brittany Wonder & Joey Smoke, Karate Kal Jak & Sensei Coach Nuggs b Johnny Plink & Steve Stamp, Jesus & Beto Kurze b Karate Kal Jak & Sensei Coach Nuggs, Mike Hayashi (Flynn's best friend) b Anthony Rivera, Sir Samurai & Scoot Robertson & Pat Fitzgerald & Drake Frost b Flaco Loco & JD Bishop & Bronson Bishop & Titus Alexander, Paul Isadora b Rob Hands, Chupacabra & Funnybone b Sheik Khan Abadhi & Mike Rayne, didn't get result of Lost Treasures vs. Reno Scum vs. Suburban Commandos.
  • Stardom from Saturday in Niigata: Shiki Shibusawa b Hanan, Natsuko Tora b Dust, Saki Kashima b Stephanie Vaquer, Kagetsu & Hazuki & Natsu Sumire b Jungle Kyona & Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki, Mayu Iwatani & Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano b Momo Watanabe & AZM & Konami. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Stardom from today in Sendai: AZM b Hanan, Konami b Leo Onozaki, Momo Watanabe b Dust, Kagetsu & Hazuki & Natsu Sumire b Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima & Stephanie Vaquer, Jungle Kyona & Kaori Yoneyama & Natsuko Tora b Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano & Shiki Shibusawa. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • H2O Wrestling on Friday night in Williamstown, NJ at the H20 Wrestling Center at the Monroe Business Center.
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN: Zack Pittman b Ace Jackson to win the cruiserweight title, Pizza Guy b Cole County Crusher, Duke the Nuke DDQ Butcher Manson, Richard Sharkey b ?, Scarecrow b War Machine-DQ, Drax O'Brien b Raul Lamatta, Fireball & Tank b Dynamite Dillen & Buck Sexton to win tag titles, Flash Flanagan b Kenny Cage-DQ. Next show is 9/4 at the HPW Arena.
  • Destiny Wrestling on 10/5 in Sarnia, ONT with Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, Josh Alexander, Cody Deaner, Stone Rockwell and more. Dunne holds the Destiny title.
  • Border City Wrestling announced its 25th anniversary show on 10/6 in Windsor, ONT at St. Clair College, where Impact recently taped. Johnny Impact, Eddie Edwards, Eli Drake, Matt Sydal, Sami Callihan, Keira Hogan, Scarlett Bordeaux, Tommy Dreamer, Kongo Kong, Moose, Petey Williams, D-Lo Brown, Chris Sabin, Johnny Swinger, Phil Atlas, Cody Deaner and more have been announced.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Great Sasuke wins Unified J-Crown


12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. The 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~! is just around the corner.

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 just booked for the show is a tag team Grappling Battel~! featuring Bryan Alvarez & Jack Jamieson vs. The Beach Bums (PeachMachine & Mikey G), You won't want to miss this show! Check out the convention's Facebook page for all additional information.


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