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Daily Update: G1 in Osaka, Seth Rollins, HoHo Lun

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We're looking for reports from WWE Raw in St. John, New Brunswick, Smackdown in Montreal, NXT in Largo, FL and GFW in Staten Island, NY (Bobby Lashley & EC 3 & Low Ki vs. John Hennigan & James Storm & ?, LAX vs. Sonjay Dutt & Drago for the tag team titles, Sienna vs. Taya vs. Allie, Trevor Lee vs. Mario Bokara).

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT AT 4 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY MORNING (1 A.M. TONIGHT PACIFIC) FROM THE EDION ARENA IN OSAKA

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

UFC FROM ARENA CIUDAD IN MEXICO CITY ON SATURDAY

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

  • Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera
  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
  • Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Bradley Scott vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT AT 3 A.M. EASTERN (MIDNIGHT PACIFIC) FROM ACT CITY HAMAMATSU

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

Sunday has WWE Raw in London, Ontario and Smackdown in Ottawa, ONT.

Monday has Raw in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Smackdown has a house show in Kingston, Ontario.

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TUESDAY MORNING FROM YOKOHAMA BUNKA GYM

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

Tuesday has Smackdown tapings also in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Naomi vs. Carmella in a non-title match has been announced. For 205 Live, they've announced TJP vs. Rich Swann.

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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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • As was noted in our report from the show, Seth Rollins missed last night's Raw house show in Halifax due to transportation issues. He tweeted an apology to the fans: "Apologies to everyone in Halifax tonight. Was traveling since 4am to make the show, but didn't land in NS until almost 10pm. I owe ya!" Rollins should be back tonight in Saint John.
  • HoHo Lun did an interview with WWE.com where he explained why he asked to be released. “I went to Hong Kong for vacation about three weeks ago and that’s when I realized that my mother is sick,” Lun said. “That’s why I decided to tell Matt Bloom, the head coach of the PC, that I wanted to request my release.” The article credits Lun for helping WWE's Chinese recruits acclimate to the United States and he teases that he may return in the future.
  • There was a segment on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last night where Colbert talked about WWE trying to trademark the phrase "3:16." They had someone playing Jesus and cutting a wrestling promo. (thanks to reader Jake Koch)
  • Mae Young Classic participant Xia Li posted a picture of her arm in a sling on Instagram.
  • The Ottawa Citizen interviewed Jinder Mahal about his WWE title reign and being from Calgary.
  • AJ Styles celebrated 17 years together with his wife.
  • WWE uploaded Styles vs. Cena from last year's SummerSlam for free on YouTube.
  • Charlotte Flair appeared on today's episode of UpUpDownDown with Xavier Woods.

Pro Wrestling

  • On a show that was defined by upsets, both Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega lost at this morning's G1 show in Osaka. EVIL beat Okada in a great main event that seems like it will set up a title match between the two in the fall. Omega lost to Juice Robinson, which could set up Robinson challenging for either Omega's US title or the briefcase if he wins the G1. Michael Elgin also defeated Minoru Suzuki and could be in line for a NEVER title shot.
  • Not much changed in the B Block standings with both Okada and Omega losing. Okada tops the block with 12 points, Omega and EVIL have 10, and Suzuki and SANADA are both alive with eight. Omega holds the tiebreaker over EVIL due to his previous win. The next B Block show is on Tuesday morning, with Okada vs. Suzuki, Omega vs. SANADA, and EVIL vs. Elgin as the three most significant matches.
  • Tomorrow's A Block G1 show will set up the block finals. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Tetsuya Naito vs. Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto vs. Bad Luck Fale, Kota Ibushi vs. YOSHI-HASHI, and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Yuji Nagata are the tournament matches.
  • AXS will begin their coverage of this year's G1 on August 18th by broadcasting Ibushi vs. Naito and Tanahashi vs. Sabre from the first night.
  • Impact ratings were down a bit this week, coming in at 276,000 viewers after doing 286,000 the week prior.
  • CTV News in Vancouver Island ran a story on Chelsea Green (Laurel Van Ness in GFW).
  • OTT announced at their show today that The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Marty Scurll will be wrestling at their National Stadium show on December 9th. Fenix and Will Ospreay are also advertised.
  • TK Cooper clarified that he and Dahlia Black have new five year visas to work in the UK and can apply for residency after three years.
  • Corey Graves tweeted about the result of his brother's hair match against Blue Panther for CMLL.

UFC/MMA

  • Dave Meltzer has a story for MMA Fighting on Stephan Bonnar going into pro wrestling.
  • Rashad Evans spoke to MMA Junkie ahead of his fight against Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night in Mexico City tonight.
  • Marc Ratner criticized the lack of unification rules in MMA.
  • Bob Sapp lost a kickboxing match in less-than-ideal fashion.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: Great Sasuke defeats Ultimo Dragon to win unified J-Crown

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

For ticketing information go to https://f4wvegas.brownpapertickets.com/

  • 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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