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SUN. UPDATE: Kushida vs. O'Reilly, Hero wrestles 3 hour match, Kidd injury, Rock announces TV special

By dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave Meltzer, WrestlingObserver.com

We're looking for your thoughts on today's New Japan Best of the Super Junior finals from Tokyo, 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">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also looking for reports on these shows:

  • NXT Friday night in Fort Pierce, FL
  • ROH Friday night in Collinsville, IL
  • WWE Saturday night in Baton Rouge
  • WWE today in Lake Charles, LA (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett)
  • WWE today in Pensacola, FL (Roman Reigns, Big Show, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus)
  • Raw is Monday in New Orleans.

New Japan World has another show that will be up Wednesday (not live as the show is on Tuesday from Korakuen Hall), but it's unique because it's the Suzuki-gun show, which means it's more a NOAH show, although a lot of New Japan stars are on it:

  • Genba Hirayanagi & Hitoshi Kumano vs. Jack Gamble & Jon Webb
  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Gedo vs. Captain New Japan & Captain NOAH
  • Jushin Liger & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Taichi & Desperado
  • Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Harada vs. Shelton Benjamin & Taka Michinoku
  • Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yuji Nagata
  • Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan for NWA tag tiles
  • Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Yoshihiro Takayama

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Lafayette, LA.

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Also in this week's issue:

--Update on this year's Busca de un Idolo tournament

--Latest big matches from Arena Mexico

--Former star from more than 20 years ago returns to Arena Mexico for the first time in decades

--More on the AAA World Cup show

--Notes from the last two sets of AAA TV tapings

--Wrestle-1 world tour notes

--Road to Keiji Muto tournament

--Dragon Gate King of Gate tournament

--Next big Dragon Gate matches

--Cryptic tweet by an American who wrestles in Japan

--An interesting what if regarding New Japan bookings

--Politics of wrestling regarding New Japan

--What New Japan may have to change

--Notes on the Super Juniors tournament and all the results

--Benefit show for cancer-striken star

--Genichiro Tenryu's final match in Osaka

--Update on GFW

--Mid Atlantic wrestling reunion

--Update on Terry Funk

--Update on Lucha Underground and Alberto Del Rio

--More on NESN deal

--What wrestling star has a 3.83 GPA in collage right now

--ROH notes from the weekend shows

--Really weird stuff in TNA

--Contract singing announcements

--Notes from a second TNA conference call with talent

--What happened with Tyrus and GFW

--GFW reaction

--TNA 2015 Hall of Fame plan that fell through

--Notes on TNA arena events

--Update on legislation to get UFC in Madison Square Garden

--Looking at Sara McMann's complaints about he Reebok deal

--The business and income of Ronda Rousey

--UFC boosts minimum

--UFC lawsuit update

--Upcoming UFC title matches

--What happened with the Leslie Smith street fight on Saturday night

--UFC makes a number of cuts

--Update on T.J. Grant

--Update on Rashad Evans

--Lots of new UFC fights

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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

- The Kyle O'Reilly vs. Kushida match today is one you should go out of your way to see as well as the Thiago Tavares vs. Brian Ortega UFC fight. Yesterday had two really strong shows. 

- Chris Hero will be wrestling for three straight hours today in Waterloo, IA, since donations topped $3,000 for ALS.  He was going to do 30 minutes for every $500 donated.

- WWE acknowledged the Tyson Kidd injury from Tuesday in a match with Samoa Joe, although the website only had vague details, saying he "sustained an injury."  It also noted that it was, as expected, a dark match even though the Superstars logo was in the background when it was taped Tuesday night in San Antonio.  WWE's policy is now to be vague on all injuries.  We were told it was a spinal cord injury and that he was hopeful of making a full recovery.

- Weekend sports searches were Belmont Stakes 5,200,000; Champions League 1,000,000; Women's World Cup 400,000; Stephon Curry 200,000; Red Sox 200,000; Serena Williams 200,000; Stan Wawrinka 200,000. The only thing combat sports related was Miguel Cotto with 100,000, making it the No. 8 searched term in the U.S. yesterday.

- San Andreas was No. 2 at the box office this weekend, estimated at $26.44 million, trailing the opening week of Spy at $30 million.  Entourage, which features Ronda Rousey, opened at No. 4 with $10.42 million.  Pitch Perfect 2, with Lana, did $7.7 million in its fourth week out.

- Biggest MMA and pro wrestling Twitter topics today in the U.S.: Dan Henderson 10,300; Thiago Tavares 7,570; Kushida 5,502; Ben Rothwell 3,651

- The U.S. World Team Trials in wrestling will air at 7 p.m. this coming Sunday night on NBC Sports Network.

- Dwayne Johnson and Spike TV have announced a special called Rock the Troops, basically an entertainment show filmed overseas as a military base that will air on Veterans Day in 2016.  There will announcements upcoming regarding who will be performing.

- This coming weekend has both a WWE Money in the Bank and AAA iPPV going pretty much head-to-head on Sunday, while UFC has a show on Saturday with Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum and Eddie Alvarez vs. Gilbert Melendez.  Alvarez vs. Melendez on paper looks to be a can't miss match.

- What a terrible day for UFC predictions. Front Row Brian and Mike Sawyer went 3-2, with Brian picking Dan Henderson and Anthony Birchak's upsets.  Jack Encarnacao, David Bixenspan and Steve Juon were 2-3 while me, Josh Nason, Mike Sempervive and John Pollock went 1-4.

- Happy birthday to Mick Foley, who turns 50 today.

- Mecca Wrestling Headlock for Hospice on 6/27 in Cornwall, ONT at the Agora Centre.

- Daniel Puder's My Life My Power Entertainment has a show on 6/21 in Pasadena, TX headlined by Daniel Puder & Major Mark vs. former TNA star Jesse Sorensen & Alex Chamberlain.

- Future Stars of Wrestling from Friday night in Las Vegas:  Funny Bone NC Mike Dalite, Tito Escondido & Che Cabrerrra b Jarrett 120 & ?, Vegas won three-way over Leon Hater and Jayson Cash, Willie Mack b Jeff Cobb, Vegas Originals b BFFs-DQ, Jakob Austin Young b Ryan Taylor, Reno Scum b PpRay, Brian Cage won four-way over Kenny King, Kevin Kross and Tyshaun Prince (thanks to Mike Trask)

- Full Impact Pro from Friday night in Ybor City, FL:  Alexander Rudolph & Frank Wyatt & Jake Parnell b Chasyn Rance & Deimos & Josh Hess, Jody Kristofferson b Jonny Vandal, Martin Stone b Bolt Brady, Blake Edward Belakus DCOR Rhett Ghiddens, Jason Cade & Aaron Solow b Gary Jay & Jayson Falcone, Santana Garrett b Josh Hess, Aaron Epic b Maxwell Chicago-DQ, Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma b Devin & Mason Cutter, Rich Swann b Mason Ryan.  Teddy Hart will be wrestling on Tuesday at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando at 7 p.m. as will Martin Stone, Jody Kristofferson, Mark Silva, Lince Dorado and Santana Garrett.

- Smash Wrestling from last night in Toronto:  Dan O'Hare & George Gattono b Preston Myles & Cecil Nyx, Brent Banks won four-way over Jason Kincaid, Kevin Bennett and Facade, Scotty O'Shea b Pepper Parks, Team Canada (Vanessa Kraven, Xandra Bale, Jewels Malone, Courtney Rush & Portia Perez) b Team USA (Candace LaRae & Cherry Bomb & Jennifer Blake & Feria Azul & Veda Scott)in a women's elimination match, Super Smash Brothers b Goat Brigade, Matt Cross DDQ Tarik, Rich Swann b Sebastian Suave, Samoa Joe b Chris Hero.  Main event was a very physical 16:00 match.  Tarik distracted Hero at the finish.  Hero challenged Rich Swann for a July Smash show.  (thanks to Steve Khan and Dave Musgrave)

- Fandango's music played yesterday at the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs. Sydney Roosters Rugby League game after a goal by the Sharks.   A fan played it on the trumpet.

- Premier Wrestling today at 5 p.m. at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA with JR Kratos (7-2) defending his Premier title against Dylan Drake (4-3), Timothy Thatcher (2-2-1) vs. Marcus Lewis (4-3) and Jeff Cobb (5-2-1) vs. Kaimana (1-2) plus three other matches.

- The NWA announced that Circle City Wrestling out of Indiana has joined the alliance.  Rob Kincaid is the promoter of the group that debuted in the 90s under Mike Samples.

- Lucha Xtreme TV show from last night on Fresno TV:  Buddy Royal b Manny Mars, Prince Nagi b Levi Shapiro-DQ, Levi Shapiro & Buddy Royal b Manny Mars & Prince Nagi.  The next show is 6/21 in Selma, CA at the Taco Festival at the Selma Pioneer Village Shopping Center at 1880 Gonzalez Pkway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. (thanks to Jon Southerland)

- Jim Ross, Edge and Beth Phoenix appear Wednesday at Ingles Store #7 on Tunnel Rd. in Asheville, NC for Headlock on Hunger and the local food drive.

- Kevin Matthews will be replacing George Murdoch (Tyrus) on Friday's GFW debut show in Jackson, TN, facing Moose.  Kongo Kong will replace Murdoch against Moose on the Saturday show in Knoxville.

Brutus Beefcake is shocked Ric Flair doesn't think he was a good wrestler

2015 G-1 Climax tournament announcement video by New Japan

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

  • 1960 - Rikidozan & Toyonobori beat Frank Valois & Dan Miller in Nagoya to win the All-Asia tag tiles
  • 1976 - Rip Tyler & Eddie Sullivan beat Great Kusatsu & Mighty Inoue in Fukuyama to win the IWE tag title
  • 1979 - Antonio Inoki beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the Madison Square Garden tournament
  • 1983 - Marty Jones beat Fit Finlay in Croydon to win the world mid heavyweight title
  • 1990 - El Hijo del Santo beat Fuerza Guerrera in Tokyo to win the WWA welterweight title
  • 1996 - Gedo & Jado & Hiromichi Fuyuki beat Yoji Anjo & Yoshihiro Takayama & Kenichi Yamamoto in Sapporo to win the WAR six-man tag tiles
  • 1998 - Perro Aguayo & Perro Aguayo Jr. beat Fuerza Guerrera & Mosco de la Merced in Chihuahua to win the Mexican national tag titles
  • 2009 - Masato Yoshino & BxB Hulk & Pac (Neville) beat Cima & Gamma & Kagetora in Nagoya
  • 2011 - Virus beat Guerrero Maya in Mexico City to win the vacant CMLL super lightweight title