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THE LATEST NEWS

THE LATEST AUDIO

We're looking for reports from tonight's Madison Square Garden show (Undertaker & Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens & Elias & Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins for IC title, Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax with Alexa Bliss as referee) to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com. This is Undertaker's first match in MSG in eight years as well as Rousey's debut.

UFC 226

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

  • Emily Whitmire vs. Janie Moyle
  • Dan Hooker vs. Gilbert Burns

FS1 at 8 p.m.

  • Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin
  • Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Rob Funt vs. Raphael Assuncao
  • Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall

PPV at 10 p.m.

  • Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Michael Chiesa
  • Mike Perry vs. Paul Felder
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou
  • Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier for heavyweight title

NEW JAPAN FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO COW PALACE

  • Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo & Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh vs. King Haku & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida vs. Hangman Page & Marty Scurll
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Jeff Cobb for Never Open weight title
  • Young Bucks vs. Seiya Sanada & Evil for IWGP tag titles
  • Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay vs. Tetsuya Naito & Bushi
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee for IWGP jr. title
  • Jay White vs. Juice Robinson for U.S. title
  • Kenny Omega vs. Cody for IWGP heavyweight title

Sunday has WWE Raw in Bridgeport, CT. Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax is also on this show.

Monday has Raw in Boston. There is also a Smackdown house show in Augusta, ME.

Tuesday night is Smackdown and 205 Live from Manchester, NH including Asuka vs. James Ellsworth in a lumberjack match and Cedric Alexander vs. Hideo Itami for the cruiserweight title.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at WWE's Universal title picture

Three months removed from the crowd rejecting the main event of WrestleMania, the Universal Championship picture is still a bit of a mess. It seemed like things were finally starting to fall into place with the announcement of a multi-man number one contender's match for Extreme Rules. But, without all that much of a real explanation, the match was canceled the next week.

WON NEWSLETTER: (July 9, 2018): Death of Matt Cappotelli

A look at the life and brief wrestling career of Matt Cappotelli is the lead item in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Learn in this story why Cappotelli, who only had 37 matches in the WWE in his career, was so well liked by the people who knew him best. Find out about his battles with cancer, how fate got in the way of three different WWE startups and the plan for him to win a championship immediately after his call-up.

Look at the back story behind his interview after he learned he had cancer, his second battle with cancer, the Bob Holly situation and what could have been with the angle, his grudge match with Holly in OVW, plans for him in WWE and more.

Read more on Oscar De La Hoya and his MMA plans for Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell and the money deal and business involved.

Find out about Max Holloway being pulled from this week's UFC show.

This issue has full coverage of the ROH Best in the World PPV as well as Jay Lethal's ROH title win, including star ratings and poll results.

WWE's Extreme Rules is updated.

 Read more about the Leslie Smith case and how this could affect pro wrestling and MMA going forward and which companies it likely will and won't affect.

Coverage of WWE's return to Japan this past week is in this issue.

There are notes on a Daniel Bryan interview, a show during SummerSlam week, as well as a list of talent at the recent WWE tryouts and their backgrounds. Look at a new WWE Network special, next week's TV, and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week. Also, Seth Rollins talks the Shield reunion that never seems to happen.

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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

Pro Wrestling

  • Dragon Lee defeated Flip Gordon in the finals to win this year’s King of Indies tournament last night.
  • Chris Charlton translated a tweet from Kota Ibushi where he noted that he was sick due to dehydration but vowed to be in the best shape possible for the G1: “Ibushi’s sick, apparently severely dehydrated for the second time this year (guessing the first time was during his bout with flu in February). Vowing to be in as best shape as possible before the G1 kicks off next week.”
  • AJ Mendez tweeted about receiving the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Multicultural Outreach Award: “I was so honored to be given the Multicultural Outreach Award at the 2018 @NAMICommunicate convention. Thank you for inspiring me, NAMI! My mission of spreading mental health awareness, encouraging education, and shattering stigma is just getting started.”
  • Kenny King vs. Shane Taylor vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jonathan Gresham has been added to ROH’s July 20 show in Nashville.

UFC/MMA

Daily Professional Wrestling History: The birth of the NWO

12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. It's time to announce the details of the 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~!

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 Gladys Gibson 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 appearing will be Kris Wolf along with many more future stars. There may even be a classic star or two making an appearance. You won't want to miss this show! Check out the convention's Facebook page for all additional information.

CONTACT INFORMATION