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Daily Update: Alberto & Paige, Heyman, Pro Fighters League

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GFW IMPACT ON POP TV AT 8 P.M. EASTERN

  • Suicide & Grado & Braxton Sutter vs,. KM & Mario Bokara & Fallah Bah
  • Moose vs. EC 3 for Grand Championship
  • Alberto El Patron & Dos Caras & El Hijo de Dos Caras vs. LAX & Homicide

G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT IN EHIME AT 6 A.M. EASTERN FRIDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Michael Elgin & Tiger Mask & Hirai Kawato vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi & Desperado
  • Toru Yano & Jado vs. Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Seiya Sanada & Bushi
  • David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
  • Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Evil & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Kota Ibushi
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Yoshi-Hashi
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 7/31/2017: Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones inches closer to reality

On the heels of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, another unlikely combat sports event seems to have become a genuine possibility. Jon Jones challenged Brock Lesnar to return to the Octagon after regaining the UFC light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier last Saturday night. "Brock Lesnar," Jones said. "If you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon."

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: August 7, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE second quarter earnings, UFC 214, more

A look at the WWE business notes for quarter two is among the top stories of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also look at the deja vu of Jon Jones, in-depth on G-1, Io Shirai, the negotiations for Broken Hardys and much more.

Look at what aspects of WWE business right now are the most valuable and how they compare to last year, the state of the company, the future of TV or streaming rights fees, Facebook and Netflix heads talk about content like WWE, the drop in U.K. ratings, the WWE network numbers and what it says, the recent WWE cost cutting measures, as well as the state of live show attendance and real WrestleMania number.

Go in depth as UFC tries to remake Jon Jones as a big star, the Daniel Cormier fight, the story behind it, the potential of a Brock Lesnar fight and where it stands and when it can happen, the similarities between this Jon Jones and the other one, a look at UFC 214, Tyron Woodley's complaints, Dana White buries him, the realities of being a pro athlete in a sport where fans decide the stars, Cris Cyborg gets a title, all the business notes as well as match-by-match coverage and how much everyone made in their fights.

An update on the G-1 Climax tournament with the MVP race, the standings, the schedule, business notes and coverage of all the tournament matches of the past week, is in this issue.

Also there is an update on the SummerSlam card, who was being groomed for a top spot at the end of the year, the ticket demand for SummerSlam and NXT Takeover, the Bayley injury, a match that won't be happening at SummerSlam, and much more regarding the show.

Look at Royal Rumble tickets, John Cena getting his biggest Hollywood break, update on Cena's pro wrestling appearances including his first PPV after SummerSlam, everything you want to know about the fight over the Broken Universe gimmick, Chris Jericho in TMZ, Jericho in WWE, and Jericho's music.

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WON BACK ISSUE: July 10, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF signs Brock Lesnar, future of ECW, more

With the WWF television situation being straightened out, now all eyes are on the future of ECW, both as far as national television and the company's survival itself. ECW was officially canceled, as expected, by TNN effective with the show airing on 9/22. This date appears to preclude any chance of USA Network having ECW ready to go on the air the Monday after WWF leaves (which is believed to be the first week of September, although nobody has been able to confirm an official date), in an attempt to have a wrestling show ready to keep at least a small part of the huge audience that by habit tunes to USA in that time slot.

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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

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The new Professional Fighters League announced today the formation of a Strategic Advisory Council and announced big-time players involved, David Hill the former FOX Network Chairman and John M. Fahey Jr. the Chairman of Time Inc and for Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society. Hill will be receiving the Pete Rozelle Radio-TV Award from the Pro Football Hall of fame in Canton on Saturday. He spent 22 years with FOX and was involved in the talks that brought UFC to the network in 2011.

Paul Heyman announced last night on WPIX television in New York that he would be doing a talk show with Jim Ross on 8/18 at the famed Gotham Comedy Club in New York. Heyman said if Lesnar didn't leave SummerSlam with the belt, that he and Lesnar would leave WWE and noted that in ECW, the one thing he always believed in was upholding stipulations.  When he was asked about Jon Jones vs. Lesnar, he said he would leave that to Lesnar's comments already made publicly.

Alberto and Paige were on the Busted Open radio show today talking about the incident on 7/9 at the Orlando Airport. They downplayed the incident, saying they argue like a normal couple but it's under the media spotlight. She said that the reason her family wrote what they did is they don't know the situation and respond based on what they read in social media. He said that they argue, and three minutes later they are fine. Alberto said that he has an agreement with GFW regarding his suspension and when it will be lifted and will be back to work soon. She said she had a CT scan earlier today and can't wait to get back to WWE once she gets clearance. Paige said Alberto can be an asshole at times but he's her asshole.

WWE

  • A review of "Armed Response," the WWE movie out this week with Seth Rollins. Another story on that movie.
  • Hooked on Events will have viewing parties for SummerSlam throughout the U.K. There will be viewing parties and in some cases wrestling guests. Viewing will be at Shooters Sports Bars in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham, at The Grand Clapham Junction in London, at Walkabout in Sheffield, Derby and Reading and Felsons Sports Lounge in Bornemouth.
  • Sami Zayn is raising money for a mobile medical center in Syria at SamiForSyria.com. He's raised more than $41,000 of his $48,000 goal.
  • Tomorrow night's WWE house show in Halifax with the Raw crew is officially sold out. (thanks to Jarvis Googoo) 
  • The Kurt Angle collection starts on the WWE Network on Monday night with matches against Shawn Stasiak, Val Venis, Chris Jericho, Rikishi, The Rock, HHH, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Edge, Big Show, Brock Lesnar, Eddy Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Shelton Benjamin, Randy Orton and more.
  • University of Florida President Kent Fuchs did a video with Titus O'Neil that will play on 8/18 at 7:30 p.m. at the O'Connell Center at the New Student Convocation. O'Neil was a former football player for the Gators from 1997 to 2000 under Steve Spurrier and was also the Vice President of the Student Government at one time.

UFC

  • DAZN, a streaming service that covers Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and Canada, will be offering Mayweather vs. McGregor as part of their 9.99 monthly package in both Germany and Austria. They'll stream the fight live at 3 a.m. local time with German commentary, available for all major smart TV platforms as well as Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast, Xbox One, PS 3 and 4, and web browsers, and has apps for Android and Apple devices. They also have a one-month free trial. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
  • Tyron Woodley says all is fine with he and Dana White.
  • Tickets for the 9/16 show in Pittsburgh at he PPG Paints Arena, headlined by Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern time, priced from $150 down to $60. 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Atsushi Onita headlines a show called "Once in a Lifetime" on Saturday night for CZW in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone against Matt Tremont. There will also be an Onita meet and greet from 4-6 p.m. Lio Rush also faces Joey Janela and Shane Strickland faces Masada.
  • Kevin Eck talks the biggest wrestling stars from Maryland.
  • Dave Bautista and The Avengers script.
  • AAW on Saturday night in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus with Sami Callihan & Jake Crist & ? vs. Juventud Guerrera & Rey Fenix & AR Fox, Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier vs. Stephen Wolf & Trey Miguel, Samantha Heights vs. Ivelisse, Jessicka Havok vs. Leah Vaughn, Bob Holly vs. Keith Lee, ACH vs. Mat Fitchett, Chuck Taylor vs. Andrew Everett and more. The women's bouts are part of a tournament to crown the first AAW women's champion. Also in the tournament for future bouts are Allysin Kay (Sienna), Britt Baker, Candice LeRae, Delilah Doom, Kylie Rae, Rachael Ellering, Su Yung and Veda Scott.
  • NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling presents what is billed as its last show on 8/19 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.  One kid can get in free with every paid adult ticket.  Rob Conway vs. Devin Driscoll will headline the show.
  • In an interview on Sean Waltman's podcast X-Pac 12360, Gail Kim said that she started as a producer for GFW at the last set of television tapings.
  • Hulk Hogan is now working with Marc Mero in Mero's anti-bullying gigs at schools.
  • Tier 1 Wrestling on 8/13 in New York at the Queens Theater with Flip Gordon vs. Darius Carter as the main event.
  • CWE from Tuesday night in Stonewall, Manitoba: Kaito Kiyomiya b Rob Stardom, Tony Kozina won four-way over Alex Anthony, Ethan Price and Kenji Brea, Silas Young & Kute Kody b Danny Duggan & The Mercenary, Tyler Colton (managed by Nikita Koloff) b Kaz Karter, Kelly Klein b Tasty Travis, Shane Sabre & Phil Atlas b Jacob Creed & Bobby Collins.
  • CWE from last night in Gladstone, Manitoba: Kaito Kiyomiya b Kenji Brea, Silas Young b Alex Anthony, Kelly Klein b Jordynne Grace, Tyler Colton & Danny Duggan b Jacob Creed & Bobby Collins, Mercenary won three-way over Kaz Karter and Ethan Price, Jonathan Gresham & Shane Sabre & Phil Atlas b Tony Kozina & Kute Kody & Tasty Travis.  
  • Defy Wrestling tonight in Tacoma, WA at the Temple Theater Grand Plaza Ballroom with Shane Strickland vs. Lio Rush plus Jeff Cobb vs. Ethan HD, Flip Gordon vs. Mike Santiago and Desi Derata vs Cat Power.
  • Chaotic Wrestling tomorrow night in Danvers, MA with Cody Rhodes vs. Elia Markopoulos and Donovan Dijak's last match with the promotion against Josh Briggs. Ted DiBiase will be there as a guest.
  • Lucha Toronto on 8/27 at Lee's Palace in Toronto.
  • Barrie Wrestling on 8/12 at 49 Ferris Lane in Barrie, ONT
  • NFC MMA tomorrow night in Atlanta at Center Stage Theater with Nathan Williams defending his Georgia featherweight title against Josh Blyden.
  • Roy Lucier at roywarrenlucier@yahoo.com is looking for 1992 Keilian AAA action figures of Rey Mysterio Jr. still in the package.
  • NWA Wildside is doing a 2017 Reunion show on 9/9 in Cornelia, GA at the Landmark Arena.
  • Legacy Fighting debuts in Branson, MO at the Branson Convention Center on 9/1 for a show on AXS TV headlined by Kyle Noblitt (8-0)  vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0). Katy Collins (7-2) from Branson, MO will be in the co-feature.
  • Legacy Fighting also runs on 9/8 in Broomfield, CO at the 1st BankCenter headlined by Ian Heinisch (8-0) vs. Markus Perez (8-0) on AXS as well as what is billed as the retirement fight of former UFC and Bellator fighter Gilbert Smith, facing Andrew Kapel.
  • Bellator MMA will be part of the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops race on 8/19 in Bristol, TN at the famous Bristol Motor Speedway. Phil Davis and Dan Henderson will do a meet and greet on 8/18 from 3-4 p.m. at the Fan Zone and there will be four live fights on Saturday, headlined by Ben Sergent (7-0) of Nashville against Brandon Bell (7-6) of Johnson City.
  • MMA Combat on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The winners will move on to championship rounds on 9/13 and 10/21 and battle for the Coliseum Gladiator Championships in seven weight classes.
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling is doing tryouts on 8/18 at the Fale Dojo in Auckland, New Zealand. For more info you can call Adam McFarlena at 0278072133. 
  • A story on a show in Australia this week with Will Ospreay on tour.
  • Pure Wrestling Association on 9/16 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club with Carlito vs. Eddie Osbourne as the main event plus Josh Alexander vs. Kaito Kiyomiya.
  • Junction City Wrestling on 8/20 in Toronto at the Shacklands Brewing Company.
  • XICW on Sunday in Wyandotte, MI: Kef Sweat b Kevin Shaw, Blake Acumen b Jay Maynard, Mysterious Movado & Jeff Brooks b El Mano del Diablo & Dr. Replica, Johnny Devine b Joe Coleman, Dre Jacobs b Chris Moore, El Ridiculoso & Willie Watts b Palmer Cruise & Xavier Walker, Gavin Quinn b Jake Crist, Kongo Kong b Zachary Wentz, Sabu b D-Lo Brown, DBA & Malcolm Monroe III NC Hakim Zane & Jake Something, DBA & Malcolm Monroe & Jaimy Coxxx b Hakim Zane & Jake Something & Idris Abraham in a loser leaves XICW match, Shane Douglas b Mahabali Shera. (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • Over The Top on Saturday at the Dublin National Stadium in Ireland features Mick Foley and is headlined by Ryan Smile vs. Mark Haskins vs. Marty Scurll.
  • OTT also runs Sunday at Belfast at Manuel Hall with Foley, plus British Strong Style vs. Kings of the North, Scurll vs. Matt Sydal, Jordan Devlin vs. Jimmy Havoc, Mark Haskins vs. Mat Cross, Ricochet vs. Jeff Cobb, plus Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae.
  • Bob Evans is putting together a Pro Wrestling Supercamp from 8/29 to 9/1 in West Warwick, RI. Only 40 spots are available. Those teaching at the camp will include Terry Taylor, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Kevin Kelly, Delirious, Ian Riccaboni, Danny Cage, Preston Quinn, and others.
  • Dean Malenko will be doing a seminar on 9/15 at 3 p.m. in Cleveland. The price is  $100 and will be limited to the first 25 people who sign up. You must be 18 years of age and have previous pro wrestling training.
  • Martin Stone will be off Saturday's FIP show in Ybor City, FL. Fred Yehi now defends the FIP title against Tracer X.
  • Travis Banks & TK Cooper will be on the 8/12 Evolve show in Queens, NY against Chrisi Dickinson & Jaka.
  • Two Evolve documentaries are: Tracy Williams vs. Matt Riddle Mini-Doc. Mock ESPN 30 For 30 With Stokely Hathaway.
  • Cody Rhodes returns to Austin,TX, where his father grew up, on Saturday for WrestleCircus and talks the return.
  • Cody Rhodes was a guest on Atlanta and company promoting ROH's return to Center Stage in Atlanta.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: WWF SummerSlam 1997

F4W Online / Wrestling Observer Vegas Convention Event Info

August 17-21; All times are TBA; Full information on the group Facebook page; Activities subject to change

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  • Thursday: Meet at the High Roller for Bowling at the Link; Party at Carnival Court at Hurrah's
  • Friday: Kiss Mini Golf tournament at the Rio; Dinner at Texas de Brazil; Suite party (location TBA)
  • Saturday: Future Stars of Wrestling show featuring Disco Inferno, Stephan Bonnar, Phil Baron, Shotzi Blackheart, and co-main events: 3-way match with Leva Bates vs. Mia Yim vs. Hudson Envy, and "Filthy" Tom Lawlor vs. Thomas Santell (f.k.a. Antonio "The Promise" Thomas); NXT viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
  • Sunday: SUPER CHINA BUFFET DAY at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at 1pm; SummerSlam viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
  • Monday: Goodbye lunch at Chen Chen at NY NY
  • All website members will also receive a 15% discount on any purchases from the Las Vegas Fight Shop for the entirety of the convention

Texas de Brazil, Wicked Spoon, NXT and Summer Slam will all be sign up and pre-paid events, prices and collection begin in mid July~!

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