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Daily Update: Ospreay to make ROH debut, GSP back in UFC, WWE CWC continues

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Ospreay to make ROH debut

Huge news broke yesterday as Ring of Honor announced on the “ROH Update” that the “Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay will make his ROH debut on the promotion's “Reach For The Sky” tour in the UK this November.

There was speculation that Ospreay would be exclusive to EVOLVE in the United States after Paul Heyman presented Ospreay with an EVOLVE contract on behalf of Gabe Sapolsky during Heyman's speaking series in the UK last month, but Dave Meltzer reported that nothing had been officially signed.

Ospreay is under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and their relationship with ROH would seem to make them a natural fit for his US home, but whether Ospreay will compete stateside for ROH remains to be seen.

Meltzer reported in the August 8th edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Ospreay was still in talks with both EVOLVE and ROH.

Here are the venues that will host Ring of Honor’s “Reach For The Sky” tour events.

  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016: LIVERPOOL OLYMPIA, BELL TIME: 7:30PM GMT, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2016: LEICESTER COMMUNITY SPORTS ARENA, BELL TIME: 7:00PM GMT, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2016: SEYMOUR LEISURE CENTRE - LONDON, BELL TIME: 7:00PM GMT, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

In 2016, Ospreay won the “Best of Super Juniors” Tournament, making him the youngest to ever win the annual New Japan Pro Wrestling competition. He has been in some instant classic match-ups including his match against Ricochet in the BOSJ tournament.

THE ROUND-UP


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

Georges St. Pierre, in an interview with Ram Gilboa for Bloody Elbow, claims that he is starting the USADA process to return to fighting. He will begin being drug tested as of today in Las Vegas. He also talked about potential opponents, including Michael Bisping and Nick Diaz.

Newsweek has published an interview today with Pat Patterson tying into the release of his autobiography Accepted. In the interview he speaks about being gay in pro wrestling, Vince McMahon possibly retiring and his thoughts on Roman Reigns' suspension. Read the interview here. There is also an excerpt from the book here.

As was announced, When ROH returns to the United Kingdom for the first time in nearly 10 years, it will feature the ROH Debut of Will Ospreay, one of the most sought after professional wrestlers in the game today. Kevin Kelly originally broke the news as part of the 8/9/16 ROH Update.

Ring of Honor Returns to LIVE Pay Per View Friday, August 19th at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific with DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR. Here is a sneak peek of the PPV opening video.

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT

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PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING

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  • Ric Flair appeared at the Atlanta Falcons training camp on Tuesday. At the NFL training camp, Flair hyped up the players and cut promos. He cut one promo putting over wide receiver Julio Jones. In another video, Fl redid one his classic promos surrounded by the whole team. ESPN also picked up the story.
  • Related to Flair appearing at the Falcons training camp, one columnist bemoans Flair having allegiances to many different football teams in an article from NFL.com headlined “Ric Flair needs to pick an NFL team and stick with it.” 
  • #WatchROH TV this weekend featuring ROH World Champion Jay Lethal & Adam Cole making their match at #DBD official plus tag team action featuring the Young Bucks, Addiction & RPG Vice!
  • RING OF HONOR: DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR XIV PAY-PER-VIEW: Friday, Aug. 19th, 2016, 6:00pm PDT, Sam’s Town Live at 5111 Boulder Highway - Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tickets on sale now featuring these matches: ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: ADAM COLE vs JAY LETHAL (c), ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP: MARK BRISCOE vs BOBBY FISH (c), TRIPLE THREAT - ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: TETSUYA NAITO & EVIL vs MICHAEL ELGIN & HIROSHI TANAHASHI vs THE ADDICTION (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & FRANKIE KAZARIAN) (c), NON TITLE IWGP Heavyweight Champion “RAINMAKER” KAZUCHIKA OKADA vs DALTON CASTLE W/ THE BOYS, and much more.
  • RING OF HONOR: NATIONAL TV TAPING: Saturday, Aug. 20th, 2016, 6:00pm PDT, Sam’s Town Live at 5111 Boulder Highway - Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tickets on sale now featuring these matches: ROH World TV Championship: Shibata will face the winner of the 8/19 Mark Briscoe vs Bobby Fish match, Tag Team Match: IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions The Briscoes vs. Lio Rush & Jay White, Six Man Tag Team Match: Chaos (Roppongi Vice & Toru Yano) vs. ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction & Kamaitachi

UFC / MMA

  • Aisling Daly is out of her fight with Michelle Waterson at the UFC show on September 3rd in Hamburg. No replacement has been announced as of yet.
  • Ning Guangyou, the winner of TUF China, test positive for a banned substance in an out of competition test prior to his upcoming fight with Marlon. He will not be suspended, however, as the substance he tested for is commonly found in meat in his home country. The test took place on May 19 and the UFC was informed in July, which is why that fight was moved from the originally scheduled UFC 202 card to the UFC on FOX card one week later.
  • A flyweight fight between Brad Pickett (25-11) and Iuri Alcantara (33-7) has been added to the UFC show in Hamburg on September 3rd.

VARIETY

  • Our own Mike Sempervive has coverage from day four of judo at the Rio Olympics.
  • TONIGHT: Canadian Wrestling's Elite has a show tonight, August 10th at the Roseau River First Nation, MB, at GInew School Gym, with a 7 p.m. start. It's free to residents of Roseau River First Nation, with an admission fee for everyone else. Here's some of what's on tap: Tyler Colton vs. Carlito; MENTALLO vs. Travis Cole; Danny Duggan vs. Rick Matthews; Mike Mission & Wildman Firpo vs. The Cannon Clan (Kevin Cannon & Rob Stardom); Kevy Chevy vs. Jeremy Joseph.
  • RESULTS: XICW Detroit "ATTACK AT THE YACK" results from last Saturday @ The Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan: Caleb Stills b Jay Maynard, Amazing N8 b El Ridiculoso, Light Heavyweight Champion Willie Watts b Dickie Bronson, Dr. Repcia b Movado, Joe Coleman defeated Idris Abraham & Mark Gjoka in a handicap match, Gavin Quinn b Orlando Christopher, Oi4k (Dave Christ & Zachary Wentz) b DBA & Malcolm Monroe III in a steel cage match to win the Tag Team Titles, Dominique Fabiano NC Joseline, Jeff Brooks & Jaimy Coxxx & Dominique Fabiano b The Scarboni's & Joseline, Jake Something b Zach Gowen in 9:54 to win the Xtreme Intense Title, Matt Cross b Midwest Champion Hakim Zane by DQ and Rhino defeated Sabu.
  • RESULTS: XICW Detroit "Motor City Rumble Royale" from Sunday @ The Imperial House in Clinton Twp., Michigan: Rhino b Gavin Quinn, Oi4k (Kyle Maverick & Aaron Williams) b Xavier Walker & Palmer Cruise, Zach Gowen b Xtreme Intense Champion Jake Something by DQ, Midwest Champion Hakim Zane b Matt Cross, Tag Team Champions Oi4k (Dave Christ & Zachary Wentz) b DBA & Malcolm Monroe III in a steel cage match and Gavin Quinn won the 30 man Motor City Rumble Royale, last eliminating Rhino.

SUMMER SLAM EVENTS CALENDAR

AUGUST

  • 10 - Canadian Wrestling's Elite; The Roseau River First Nation, MB, at GI new School Gym, with a 7 p.m. start. Free to residents of Roseau River First Nation. Tyler Colton vs. Carlito; MENTALLO vs. Travis Cole; Danny Duggan vs. Rick Matthews; Mike Mission & Wildman Firpo vs. The Cannon Clan (Kevin Cannon & Rob Stardom); Kevy Chevy vs. Jeremy Joseph.
  • 12 - Big West Wrestling: Bowl-A-Rama II; Lake City Bowling & Billiards, Kelowna, BC Bowl with the wrestlers at 5:30pm. Watch them battle each other at 7:30pm!
  • 12 - Revolution Pro; London, York Hall in Bethnal Green. Featuring Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jeff Cobb
  • 13 - Combat Zone Wrestling: TV Taping; Tremont-Gacy, Strickland-Avalon. A free TV Taping at 2 pm and "The Boss is Back" on iPPV at 8 pm LIVE from the Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak RD in Voorhees, NJ! Tickets for iPPV.
  • 13 - Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling: Civil War; Russian Community Centre, 2114 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
  • 13 - Viva La Lucha; San Diego, CA, Eastlake High School in Chula Vista. Fundraiser event in the 619 featuring Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, TJP, Nicho/Psychosis, Teddy Hart, Willie Mack, Vermin, Los Luchas and more. This show has been moved a few miles south from Montgomery High School to Eastlake High School in Chula Vista. The talent scheduled to appear has remained the same as is the start time at 7:30pm.
  • 13 - World Women’s Wrestling: 2016 Iron Maiden Championship; The American Civic Center, Wakefield, MA. Tickets.
  • 13 - wXw NOW: The End; Tommy End's final show in Germany
  • 13 - NWA Mid South Wrestling; Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle-Plex headlined by Matt Riviera vs. Jeremy Moore
  • 19 - ROH: DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR XIV PPV; 6:00pm PDT, Sam’s Town Live, 5111 Boulder Highway - Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tickets. ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: ADAM COLE vs JAY LETHAL (c)
  • 19 - AAW; 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL, 8:00pm Bell Time, tickets. Trailer for our last show: United We Stand.
  • 19 - We Watch Wrestling: LIVE podcast recording; Copper Still 4485 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
  • 19 - Superkick'd Pro Wrestling Rock Show: Blazed; The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
  • 19 - House of Glory Wrestling; Jamaica, NY, The Hardys, Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III and Mickie James will appear.
  • 19 - Pure Wrestling Association: VIEX, Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 20 - Empire State Wrestling; St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, located at 7165 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, NY featuring extreme wrestling icon Raven. Bell time is 6 p.m. Tickets here.
  • 20 - Border City Wrestling: Heatwave; Royal Canadian Legion Col. Paul Poisson Branch 261, 12326 Lanoue Street, Tecumseh, Ontario N8N 1N3. Our regular ticket outlets (P-Jays Variety, Helou's Sports Cards, & Silver Tee Golf) - Border City Wrestling will be conducting a professional wrestling seminar before the BCW Heatwave show, with one of the greatest minds in the history of the wrestling business, Uncle Zeb Colter himself, Dutch Mantell! The seminar will start at Noon. The cost is $60.
  • 20 - Pure Wrestling Association: VIEX, Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 20 - Pure Wrestling Association: Carrotfest, Bradford, Ontario; Featuring Brutus the Barber Beefcake. Free 11:30am event. Plus, 2015's Carrot Cup will be airing in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Guelph and Stratford on Rogers TV 20 on August 19th at 9pm.
  • 20 - ROH: National TV Taping; 6:00pm PDT, Sam’s Town Live, 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tickets. ROH World TV Championship: Shibata will face the winner of the Mark Briscoe vs Bobby Fish match from Death Before Dishonor.
  • 20 - Fighting Back 6: Wrestling with Cancer; Vanier Columbus Club, 260 McArthur Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 20 - Reality of Wrestling: Summer of Champions 3; Featuring Kurt Angle, from the World Gym Arena in Texas City, TX. The event is preceded by a VIP Meet and Greet session to feature WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, Kurt Angle and Queen Sharmell. Tickets. Proceeds will be going to the Booker T Fights For Kids Foundation.
  • 20 - Best In The West; Fresno, CA, VFW Hall #8900, located at 3585 N Blythe, Featuring Jeff Cobb, Joey Ryan, and Mustufa Saed.
  • 20 - NXT: Takeover at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Samoa Joe vs Shinsuke Nakamura; Asuka vs Bailey; Revival vs Ciampa and Gargano
  • 20 - UFC 202 - DIAZ vs. MCGREGOR 2, from Las Vegas, NV
  • 21 - WWE: SUMMERSLAM; The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the twenty-ninth event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second consecutive SummerSlam to be hosted in the Barclays Center.
  • 21 - Pure Wrestling Association: VIEX, Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 21 - NWX: Live Pro Wrestling at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines
  • 21 - SMASH Wrestling: Super Showdown IV; Pickering, Ontario, Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering, Ontario L1V 3Y7. Tickets
  • 21 - Octagon & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan headlines in Houston at the Arena Theater.  
  • 26 - We Watch Wrestling: LIVE podcast recording; The Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Tickets.
  • 26 - All Star Wrestling; Cloverdale, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Alice McKay Building, it’s the semifinals and finals of the All Star Wrestling Tag Team Tournament.
  • 26 - Absolute Intense Wrestling; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1355 W. 70th St. Cleveland, OH
  • 26 - Conflict Wrestling: Black or White
  • 26 - Bellator 160; The Pond in Anaheim, live on Spike TV, Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull Freire
  • 27 - ROH: Field of Honor; Brooklyn, NY, MCU Park, ROH World Championship 4 Corner Survival: ROH World Champion: Jay Lethal vs. Adam Cole vs. Tetsuya naito vs. Hiroshi. Tickets.
  • 27 - Battlearts: Summer Heat; 4880 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1J8
  • 27 - LuchaTO at the Benelife Wellness Centre, 68 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1V9
  • 27 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Maia vs. Condit; Vancouver, BC.
  • 28 - Steel City Pro Wrestling: End Game; 222 Queenston Rd, Hamilton, ON L8K 1G6, Canada
  • 28 - Destiny wrestling: Summer Heat; Battlearts Wrestling Academy. Featuring MOOSE!

SEPTEMBER

  • 1 - AAW; Berwyn Eagles Club, 6309 W 26th St Berwyn, IL, 7:30pm Bell Time
  • 2 - MOONSHINE BRANDED WRESTLING: Italo-Canadian Hall, 1101 DiPietro Street, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, Doors Open @ 6:00p Bell Rings @ 7:00pm, Tickets : $10 CDN or $5 USD
  • 3 - UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett; Hamburg, Germany
  • 6 - SMASH-WRESTLING, Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2. Tickets Available.
  • 10 - Pure Wrestling Association: COWEX – Duncan, British Columbia
  • 10 - New England Fights 25: HEROES & VILLAINS; Lewiston, MA. Tickets.
  • 10 - Barrie Wrestling: Back to School 3; 49 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • 10 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio

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