- 1986 Crockett Cup added to WWE Hidden Gems
- Zack Sabre Jr. to defend G1 spot against YOSHI-HASHI
- WWE & BT Sport confirm multi-year TV deal for UK and Ireland
- AEW to unveil Women's title at All Out
- WWE NXT results: Undisputed Era vs. Dream, Riddle & Breeze
- WWE SmackDown ratings down against news programming
- ROH TV results: Cobb vs. Lethal vs. Rush vs. PCO
- WOL: Creating a superstar of the 2020s, Smackdown, Dave Meltzer, more! 6/20
- WOR: Lionheart, Smackdown, ratings, Stomping Grounds, AEW, more! 6/20
- F4D: Tom Lawlor on SmackDown, Beyond Wrestling, and more 6/19
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE's women's division since WrestleMania 35
More than two months removed from the first women's WrestleMania main event, the WWE women's division is struggling to regain the momentum it had earlier this year.
In a rematch from Money in the Bank, Becky Lynch will defend her Raw Women's Championship against Lacey Evans at Stomping Grounds. Bayley and Alexa Bliss will look to improve upon their underwhelming feud from 2017 as they face off for the SmackDown Women's Championship at the pay-per-view.
A look at what we can learn from the ticket sales to AEW's All Out show, the ticket demand, how it compares with WrestleMania's and major UFC events, details on the number, why the secondary market tickets are so limited, why ticket demand was so strong out of the block, reaction of the ticket industry, details on the process used for selling the ticket and what the number mean, and rate of sales for the biggest WrestleMania.
Also have a look at WWE Stomping Grounds, including ticket demand, lineup, thoughts on the matches, interest in Super Showdown and more.
Read a preview of the G-1 Climax tournament, with the lineups, who are the favorites, different storyline directions, what matches will air on television, live broadcast times of every show on the tour and more.
Take a look at Adrian "Lionheart" McCallum and his recovery from a broken neck to become a U.K. star, and the sad ending of his life.
Also look at cities being considered for WrestleMania, what city is a favorite for the next two years, value of WWE to FOX and FOX Friday numbers, WWE gets an Espy, full card for next Takeover, update on XFL, death of AAF and how they are related, more Ric Flair legal issues, funny stories on WWE names, new movie with WWE stars, new TV deal, WWE salaries and revenue, and a WWE star honored.
This issue has a complete rundown of Bellator in Madison Square Garden, the plight of Aaron Pico, notes on the new fighters, pushed fighters who lost and match-by-match coverage.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
Bobby Eaton, 60, has been hospitalized since Friday with heart issues. Jim Cornette reported that congestive heart failure led to fluid buildup in Eaton's chest, legs and other parts of his body, forcing his heart to have to pump harder. He's being treated with medication and diuretics and his heart rate is now down and his pacemaker is working well.
A GoFundMe account has been launched by ICW to raise money for the funeral of Adrian McCallum (Lionheart) in Glasgow.
Bet Online has these odds for Stomping Grounds:
- Seth Rollins -1000 vs. Baron Corbin +525
- Kofi Kingston -950 vs. Dolph Ziggler +500
- Becky Lynch -400 vs. Lacey Evans +250
- Bayley -500 vs. Alexa Bliss +300
- Roman Reigns -150 vs. Drew McIntyre +110
A story on next week's Will Ospreay vs. Robbie Eagles match.
- Shawn Michaels spoke to Challenge Mania about his new movie, 90 Feet from Home, how taxing the role was, transitioning to acting and his decision to snip off the hair.
- NXT this weekend has shows tonight in San Antonio, tomorrow night in Houston, Saturday night in Dallas and Sunday in Oklahoma City.
- Paul Heyman has gotten into a Twitter battle with Ranveer Singh, an actor from India, who used the phrase, "Eat. Sleep. Dominate. Repeat." Heyman wrote he's litigious and then Eat. Sleep. Deposition. Repeat.
- UFC is working on a stadium show in Australia for the Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya middleweight title match.
- UFC also runs an 8/3 show at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
- Alexey Kunchenko vs. Laureano Staropoli has been added to the 8/10 show in Montevideo, Uruguay.
- Bret Hart and Corey Feldman will be starring in a horror movie "Tales From The Dead Zone" about a medical examiner conducting autopsies on the victims or a horrible car crash, who imagines how they may have lived their lives. (thanks to Joe Puccio)
- Colt Cabana is out of action with a hematoma on his thigh which has left his with weakening of the leg so he had to pull himself off his bookings this week.
- Jim Ross has announced live shows on 7/12 in Jacksonville, the night before Fight for the Fallen, and 7/14 in Philadelphia, before the Extreme Rules show.
- The Von Erichs & Tom Lawlor vs. Jacob Fatu & Simon Gotch & Josef Samael will headline Saturday night's MLW TV show, plus Richard Holiday vs. Teddy Hart and Jordan Oliver vs. Isais Velasquez.
- Barbi Hayden is claiming she has signed somewhere. She pulled out of a show in the U.K. because of her signing. She has also worked as Abilene Maverick with WOW. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
- Kevin Eck reported a former ROH tag team champion will be returning next weekend at the Baltimore PPV or Philadelphia TV tapings and that a former ROH star from outside the U.S. will be returning full-time in the near future.
- AAW on 6/28 in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street has LAX vs. Besties in the World vs. Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz, Jake Something vs. Trey Miguel for the AAW Heritage title, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mance Warner loser leaves town, Kris Statlander vs. Priscilla Kelly, Eddie Kingston & Curt Stallion vs AR Fox & Myron Reed plus Sami Callihan,Fatu, Ace Austin and Clayton Gainz. They also run 7/12 in Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom.
- Silas Young vs. Josh Woods and Angelina Love vs. Jenny Rose vs. Tasha Steelz vs. Stella Grey for a shot at Kelly Klein's WOH title have been added to the 6/29 ROH TV tapings in Philadelphia.
- Dean Malenko will be doing a seminar on 7/21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CZW Wrestling Academy in Voorhees, NJ. The seminar cost is $75. It's open to pro wrestlers of any experience level. Check here for more info.
- J.D. Drake defends the WWN title against Babatunde of WWE on the 6/30 Evolve show in Brooklyn. Bobby Fish won't be wrestling on that show but will be doing a meet and greet, along with Roderick Strong and Kyle O'Reilly.
- O'Reilly vs. Josh Briggs takes place on the 6/30 show as well.
- Newcomers headed to Evolve are John Silver, Brandon Watts, Randy Summers, Milk Chocolate and Steven Pena.
- Roderick Strong will be doing a seminar as part of the 6/30 Evolve tryout in Brooklyn. This is open to wrestlers, referees and managers.
- Evolve on 6/29 in Queens, NY: Austin Theory vs. Leon Ruff for Evolve title Roderick Strong & Kyle O'Reilly vs. JD Drake & Anthony Henry Josh Briggs vs. Arturo Ruas Brandi Lauren vs. Shotzi Blackheart AR Fox vs. Stephen Wolf Plus Eddie Kingston, Joe Gacy and Babatunde
- Gouge on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Fuquay Varna, NC at the Fainting Goat Brewery.
- CWE on 6/29 in Morden, Manitoba at the Access Event Centre with Lanny Poffo & Sam Davidson vs. Jay Walker & Gabriel Lestat.
- Tickets are on sale for the Fighters Only Awards on 7/3 at the Pearl at the Palms in LasVgas at Ticketmaster.
- IPWA on 8/26 in Lehavot Haviva, Israel features Rabbi Swiss vs. Joey Ryan and promises to convert Ryan in the match. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
- MWE on 7/12 in St. Louis Park, MN at the Rec Center's ROC featuring an appearance of Nikita Koloff.
- Action Wrestling on 6/21 in Tyrone, GA with Marko & Logan Stunt.
- Shine announced they have canceled their 7/12 show in Philadelphia. They announced it was due to conditions beyond our control. Shine is still running an 8/24 show in Livonia, MI at 4 p.m. before an Evolve show in the same building. Shine is also running 6/29 at La Boom in Queens, NY at 3 p.m.
- An ROH video on the debut of Maria Manic.
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