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We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw show in Trenton, NJ and NXT show in Ocala, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're looking for your thoughts on tonight/tomorrow's New Japan Best of the Super Juniors finals, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobsever.com.

We're also doing polls his weekend on the UFC 212 show Saturday and the WWE Extreme Rules show on Sunday.

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING PRESENTS NEW BEGINNINGS ON AXS TV AT 7 P.M. EASTERN TIME

  • Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for IWGP jr. tag titles
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer for IWGP tag titles
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Juice Robinson for Never title
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Manabu Nakanishi vs. Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi for Never Open weight title
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki for IWGP heavyweight title

LEGACY FIGHTING ALLIANCE FROM BURBANK, CALIF. ON AXS TV AT 9 P.M. EASTERN TIME 

  • Kyler Phillips (3-0) vs. Jonathan Quiroz (2-1)
  • Alonzo Menifield (2-0) vs. Khadzhimurat Bestaev (4-1)
  • Domnic Reyes (5-0) vs. Jordan Powell (8-6)
  • Karen Darabedyan (12-6) vs. Sam Liera (12-9)
  • Curtis Millender (11-3) vs. Kevin Holland (9-2)

CMLL AT ARENA MEXICO WITH FIRST ROUND OF GRAN ALTERNATIVA TOURNAMENT

  • Shockercito & Stukita vs. Mercurio & Pequeno Violencia
  • Drone & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Fuego vs. Virus & Misterioso Jr. & Disturbio
  • Rey Cometa vs. Dragon Rojo
  • Rush & Hechicero & Pierroth vs. Negro Casas & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys

Gran Alternative tournament teams

  • Atlantis & Esfinge
  • Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson
  • Mistico & Star Jr.
  • Shocker &. Forastero
  • Blue Panther & Pegasso
  • Mascara Ano 2000 & Cuatrero
  • Titan & Stigma
  • Kraneo & Espanto Jr.

BEST OF SUPER JUNIORS FINALS LIVE FROM TOKYO YOYOGI GYM AT 4 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING EASTERN / 1 A.M. FRIDAY NIGHT PACIFIC

  • Yuji Nagata & Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Katsuya Kitamura & Tetsuhiro Yagi
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Jado vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe & Hirai Kawato
  • Volador Jr. & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku & Desperado
  • War Machine & David Finlay & ACH vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
  • Ricochet & Dragon Lee & Satoshi Kojima & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi & Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
  • Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki & Marty Scurll
  • Will Ospreay vs. Kushida in Best of the Super Juniors final match

Saturday we're looking for reports from the Raw show in Reading, PA, Smackdown in Bridgeport, CT, ROH TV tapings in Chicago Ridge, IL (Young Bucks vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, Jay White vs. Punishment Martinez, Jay Lethal vs. Caprice Coleman, Bobby Fish vs. Silas Young, Dalton Castle & The Boys vs. The Rebellion, Flip Gordon vs. Jonathan Gresham) and NXT in Venice, FL to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC 212 FROM THE JEUNESSE ARENA IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

6:30 p.m Eastern on Fight Pass

  • Marco Beltran (126) vs. Deiveson Alcantara (126)
  • Luan Chagas (171) vs. Jim Wallhead (170)
  • Jamie Moyle (116) vs. Vivianne Pereira (113)

Prelims at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1

  • Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Brian Kelleher (134)
  • Johnny Eduardo (136) vs. Matthew Lopez (136)
  • Antonio Carlos Jr. (185) vs. Eric Spicely (184)
  • Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Marlon Moraes (136)

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern

  • Yancy Medeiros (171) vs. Erick Silva (171)
  • Paulo Borrachinha (186) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (184)
  • Vitor Belfort (185) vs. Nate Marquardt (186)
  • Claudia Gadelha (116) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115)
  • Jose Aldo (145) vs. Max Holloway (145) for UFC featherweight title

Sunday we're looking for reports from Smackdown in Glens Falls, NY and ROH in Collinsville, IL (Christopher Daniels defends ROH title against the winner of the Rumble earlier in the show; Young Bucks vs. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia, Jay Briscoe vs. Shane Taylor, Bully Ray & Mark Briscoe, Caprice Coleman & Rhett Titus vs. Silas Young & Mark Briscoe, Frankie Kazarian vs. Flip Gordon).

WWE EXTREME RULES PPV AT 7:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME SUNDAY ON THE WWE NETWORK

  • Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt for a title shot at Brock Lesnar in July
  • Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz for IC title in a title can change hands via DQ match
  • Hardys vs. Sheamus & Cesaro for tag titles in a cage match
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley for the women's title in a kendo stick on a pole match
  • Neville vs. Austin Aries for the cruiserweight title in a submission match
  • Rich Swann & Sasha Banks vs. Noam Dar & Alicia Fox

Raw will be Monday in Wilkes-Barre, PA. There will also be a Smackdown brand house show in Elmira, NY, and the NXT European tour begins with a show in Aberdeen, Scotland.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 5/30/17: How the WWE Network changed the pro wrestling marketplace

Though the service launched over three years ago, it's still becoming increasingly apparent that the WWE Network has forever changed the pro wrestling marketplace. FloSports raising the month-to-month rate of its streaming products, including FloSlam, for new subscribers to $29.99 per month has most recently reignited the conversation about the pricing of wrestling broadcasts.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: June 5, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Record low Raw ratings, death of Frank Deford, more

A look at what the record low ratings for Raw mean and don't mean, and the value of Raw to the USA Network, is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also, have a look at legendary sportswriter Frank Deford, the current WWE creative direction, more on the push of Jinder Mahal in India, the promotion you've never heard of that just drew 58,000 fans to a show this past week and how they did it, and the Best of the Super Juniors tournament coverage.

Also inside is a rundown of the business over the past two months for WWE, Impact and ROH, and a look at the reality of cord cutting and what it means, WWE business metrics, DVR usage, why Raw's ratings tell only a small story about its value to USA, the television industry as a whole, do ratings matter, and changes in the PPV business.

Examine my time working with Frank Deford and The National, as well as his career, and his work.

Plus, look at the next two WWE PPVs, the main event planned for SummerSlam, and the direction the title picture is going, and more on Jinder Mahal as champion, WWE's worldwide decisions and the quandary of doing business in India.

Check out the KSW promotion and the angles and stories that drew 58,000 to a show this past week, including notes on their top stars.

There are updates on WWE Network and other promotions airing on it, William Regal talks what WWE wants in talent and puts over a Rugby League star signed and who he was high on that the previous regime saw nothing in, and the new system vs. old system, Hulk Hogan, WWE injuries, Cena' return, box office for Cena, Batista and Rock, contract expiring for an international star, lots of new women starting with the company, Lucha Libre star signs with the company, new TV show the company is behind with three of its stars, new WWE product in marketing deal with other companies, longest winning streaks, and WWE U.K. deals.

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WON BACK ISSUE: May 8, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF Backlash review, Sakuraba defeats Gracie, tons more

Mark Coleman was the big winner but Kazushi Sakuraba came out as the big hero in the highest profile MMA show in history on 5/1 at the Tokyo Dome. Coleman defeated Akira Shoji, got what amounted to a forfeit win over New Japan's Kazuyuki Fujita and became the first man in nearly five years to tap out Igor Vovchanchin, who went into the tournament as the top rated heavyweight in the world, before 38,000 fans (ticket prices ranged from $950 for ringside down to $57 for the upper deck so the gate was several million dollars).

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Randy Orton, The Usos and Naomi are all not listed for this weekend's Smackdown shows, although all are scheduled for television this week.

For whatever this is worth, there was so much money bet yesterday on Samoa Joe to win on Sunday that he was taken off the board at Paddy Power. Paddy Power has been getting a lot of smart money bet this year but Thursday is usually early since Vince often doesn't make up his mind until the day of the show. But in this case, with Brock Lesnar being the opponent of the winner and McMahon having Lesnar's stuff usually detailed out way in advance, it is possible this is legit.

Impact has announced its first house show in a long time for 8/5 at the Minor League baseball stadium in Staten Island, NY. There will be a ticket pre-sale starting on Monday.

We will try and put a link up on Twitter at around 9:30 p.m. Eastern time for the Arena Mexico show. Because there are so many matches on tonight's show, it'll be almost surely rushed badly. 

Superstar Billy Graham talks about how he's clean of Hep C after new treatment. (thanks to Hannibal TV)

WWE

  • Movie Concerts Peru, the co-promoters in that country with WWE, announced a return on a date to be announced soon, but likely in November. The info we have indicates 11/30 at the Jockey Club in Lima, Peru for Smackdown looks to be the plan.
  • For next weekend's house shows when Randy Orton and the Usos return, the top matches right now are Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton for the WWE title, Kevin Owens vs. A.J. Styles for the U.S. title, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler, and Usos vs. New Day vs. Colons for the tag titles.
  • There will be a Bruno Sammartino compilation and a Ladder match compilation video that will be coming out Monday on the WWE Network.
  • An update on Kane running for Mayor of Knox County.
  • The Orlando Sentinel has a story on Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy's "Sisterhood of the Squared Circle" book.
  • Today is the 40th birthday of A.J. Styles.

UFC

  • The Chan Sung Jung vs. Ricardo Lamas fight that was scheduled for 7/29 in Anaheim is off due to an injury to Jung.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Crash is running at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana tonight with Nicho & Mr. Aguila & Damian 666 vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. & Garza Jr. & Daga, plus Penta 0M & Rey Fenix vs. Black Terry & Skayde, Flamita vs Rey Hours, Jack Evans & Zorro vs. Bestia 666 & El Hijo de Pirata Morgan
  • A story on Travis Banks.
  • Evolve announced all dates through the end of September: 6/24 in Melrose, MA 6/25 in Queens, NY 7/8 in Charlotte 7/9 in Atlanta 8/11 in Joppa, MD 8/12 in Queens, NY 9/22 in Detroit 9/23 in Chicago 
  • Michael Elgin was an unannounced surprise at the IWA Mid South show last night in Jeffersonville, IN, and he defeated Larry D to win the IWA title. He vowed to defend the title in Japan and Mexico and said winning was the highlight of his career, because watching a tape of the 2002 Ted Petty Invitational is what introduced him to independent wrestling. Elgin didn't miss any dates even though he suffered a freak non-wrestling related ankle injury earlier this week. (thanks to Gary Wilson)
  • Big Time Wrestling on 6/11 in Hastings, FL at the W.E. Harris Community Center with Billy Gunn, Ricky Steamboat, Jesse Neal, The Dudley Twins, Michael Tarver, Amber Nova and Tokyo Monster Kahagas.
  • CWE tomorrow at 1 p.m. on Morden, Manitoba at the Morden Block Party Street Festival.
  • NFC on 6/30 at the Electric Cowboy in Kennesaw, GA headlined by Clay Harvison vs. Brandon Longano.
  • Combate Americas announced a show on 7/27 in Miami at the Mana Wynwood. The main event of a ten-fight show is Abner Lloveras (20-9-1) vs. Javier Fuentes (9-4). Lloveras is from Barcelona and Fuentes is from Madrid. The tie-in is that on 7/29, Real Madrid will have a soccer game with FC Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami so this is a promotional tie-in.

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