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We're looking for reports from last night's Raw show in Moline, IL, Non-Raw stuff from tonight's Raw in Des Moines and reports from tonight's Smackdown show in Sioux City, IA to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're also doing our weekend poll for the New Japan Sengoku Lord show from Saturday, 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.

Raw on Monday will be from Des Moines, IA. Smackdown has a house show Monday in Sioux City, IA.



  • Shuji Ishikawa vs. Dylan James
  • Kengo Mashimo vs. Gianni Valletta
  • Ryoji Sai vs. Yuji Okabayashi
  • Yoshitatsu vs. Daichi Hashimoto

Smackdown and 205 Live will be Tuesday night in Lincoln, NE. Kofi Kingston vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is currently scheduled.



  • Kento Miyahara vs. Ryoji Sai
  • Kengo Mashimo vs. Yuji Okabayashi
  • Jake Lee vs. Sam Adonis
  • Joe Doering vs. Joel Redman

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Ronda Rousey confirms hiatus from WWE

Part one of Ronda Rousey's professional wrestling career officially came to an end at WrestleMania.

Nearly three months after Dave Meltzer first reported that Rousey was likely finishing up with WWE at WrestleMania 35, Rousey made things official this week. She wrote on Instagram that she was going on an "impregnation vacation" with her husband Travis Browne. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, who Rousey is friendly with, then reported that Rousey is taking a hiatus from WWE to start a family.

WON NEWSLETTER: April 22, 2019 Observer Newsletter: WWE Superstar shake up results, more

A rundown of the fallout of the Superstar Shakeup leads off this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 

Go through the moves, the names, the direction, what it says about 205 Live, those coming and going, key people not brought up, couples and read a depth chart of the new rosters.

Look at the situation with Undertaker, the U.K. talk show situation and what happened, how did it happen, update on Sasha Banks situation, update on Money in the Bank PPV, update on Luke Harper, Alexander Wolfe, WWE's relationship with Stardom, and WWE injury updates.

Also look at UFC 236, with match-by-match coverage, poll result and business notes.

Examine the Viceland documentary and the situation that led to the Montreal screwjob, including claims by Jim Cornette and Vince Russo about being the architects, from the background, and why it happened.

Also look at the career of Rich Franklin as he goes into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Read a feature on the legacy wing inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame, including major write-ups on Jim Barnett and Primo Carnera, as well as Hisashi Shinma's role in Japanese wrestling booking history.

Run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows.

As always, read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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Bryan and I will be back tonight after Raw, talking the latest shakeups on the WWE roster, plans changing and all the news from tonight's show, as well as Viceland docs, UFC and the latest news. We have a great weekend show with Garrett Gonzalez and myself talking to Pat Laprade about Raw & Smackdown, Andre the Giant, the Montreal screwjob and Quebec sports and entertainment. 

Mighty John Quinn, who wrestled in the 60s, 70s and into the early 80s, mostly in Canada, but was a huge star in England, passed away earlier today at the age of 78 from complications in surgery during a stroke. Quinn, who drew the only true sellout at Wembley Arena by a U.K. promotion for his 1979 match with Big Daddy (the other Daddy Wembley shows that legend had it were sellouts, including the famous Haystacks match, actually drew between 5,000 and 7,000). He was a major star in several Canadian Territories and had a 1968 Madison Square Garden main event against Bruno Sammartino, using the name, The Kentucky Butcher. He had multiple matches with Sammartino in the other major arenas as well. He was  a bigger star in Europe, where he held the area's world heavyweight championship four times, holding it as late as 1986, and kept going back to Europe until falling out with the U.K. promotion in 1987. In recent years, Quinn was beset with a multitude of health issues. He was the cousin of Pat Quinn, the former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Want to make mention of ESPN signing Marc Raimondi from MMA Fighting, which Raimondi announced this morning. ESPN got one hell of a reporter. I've worked with Marc for his entire tenure at MMA Fighting and I've got the greatest of respect for him and consider him a good friend and am very happy for him getting this opportunity. 

There is still nothing firm regarding whether the 6/8 San Jose Takeover show is still on with the Saudi Arabia show being on 6/7. Basically everything is on hold because the Saudi Arabia show, originally set for 5/3, then moved to 6/7, is probable but not 100 percent right now. What we do know is that tentatively the 6/7 Salt Lake City show was moved to 6/16 and the 6/8 Denver show was moved to 6/15. Those would be the dates they couldn't have U.S. shows is they are going to Saudi Arabia. The fact these moves have been made, but not announced, tells you they are pretty sure that Saudi show is on. The 6/16 Backlash show scheduled in San Diego is 6/16, but it is now no longer scheduled as a PPV, but will continue as a house show. There is talk the Backlash PPV will be on 6/23 which is currently listing shows in Spokane, WA or Abbotsford, BC. We were told it would most likely be in Washington, but it may not necessarily be Spokane.

Riki Choshu's retirement show will be on 6/26 at Korakuen Hall, which will also be closed-circuited into movie theaters all over Japan. Choshu is one of the ten biggest native stars in Japanese wrestling history and it will be the end of the 37-year legendary feud with Tatsumi Fujinami. Choshu will team with Tomohiro Ishii and Shiro Koshinaka against Fujinami, Keiji Muto and Togi Makabe.


  • NXT stars will be doing auctions tonight to help raise money for Ricochet's mother, who lost her home in a fire this past week. 
  • The company announced a tryout camp in China from 7/15 to 7/18, looking for 50 athletes to choose from. It will be the second tryout in Shanghai.
  • A story on Ricochet.


  • We're told today's New Japan Korakuen Hall show, while no specific matches of the year, was a hell of an entertaining show.   
  • The final episode of "Riverdale" with Luke Perry on it will be airing Wednesday night. He was on last week's episode at the end. He wasn't in a lot of the episodes this season. It will be interesting how he's written out. Perry also will be in the movie "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" that will be released on 7/26. It's a Quentin Tarantino movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
  • Jon Fitch talks about his using steroids and why, and says it was a dumb move.
  • Kyle Snyder has been added to the Beat the Streets event on 5/6 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Snyder will face Nishan Randhawa of Canada at 213 pounds. Also two-time national champion Yianni Diakomahlis face India's Bajrang Punia. The big match on the show is a dream match of Jordan Burroughs vs. Ben Askren, Olympic gold medalist vs. two-time Hodge trophy winner and unbeaten MMA fighter.
  • CWE on 4/30 in Sudbury, ONT at the Polish Combatants Hall with Psicosis & Roy Gordon vs. Robin Lekime & Martn Pain.
  • New England Fights noted that its 4/27 show in Portland, ME at the Aura has sold out, making it the sixth straight sellout for the promotion, dating back one year.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 4/24 at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha. 
  • A story on a weekend legends of the ring gathering. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

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