Skip to main content

Daily Update: Greatest Royal Rumble, PWG, Greg Hardy

THE ROUND-UP

Image placeholder title

THE LATEST NEWS

THE LATEST AUDIO

WWE Raw is in Johannesburg, South Africa, Smackdown is in Johnson City, TN and NXT is in Bel Air, MD and Fort Pierce, FL. We're looking for reports on those shows to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC ON SATURDAY NIGHT FROM BOARDWALK HALL IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY

Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Tony Martin (170.6) vs. Keita Nakamura (170.6)

FS1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Merab Dvalishvili (135.2) vs. Ricky Simon (135.8)
  • Corey Anderson (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205.6)
  • Siyar Bahadurzada (171) vs. Luan Chagas (170)
  • Alex Garcia (171) vs. Ryan LaFlare (170.6)
  • Dan Hooker (155.6) vs. Jim Miller (155.4)
  • Brett Johns (135.8) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.2)
  • David Branch (186) vs. Thiago Santos (185.8)
  • Chase Sherman (247) vs. Justin Willis (265.4)
  • Frankie Edgar (145.6) vs. Cub Swanson (145)
  • Edson Barboza (155.6) vs. Kevin Lee (157)

PWG SATURDAY NIGHT FROM RESEDA, CALIFORNIA

  • Bandido vs. Rey Hours
  • Robbie Eagles vs. Joey Janela
  • Trevor Lee vs. Flash Morgan Webster
  • Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz vs. Tyler Bateman & Body King
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. Sammy Guevara
  • Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher
  • Keith Lee vs. Jonah Rock vs. Walter for PWG title

ALL JAPAN CHAMPION CARNIVAL FROM NAGOYA AT 4 A.M. EASTERN TIME SUNDAY ON ALL JAPAN'S STREAMING SERVICE

  • Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kai
  • Suwama vs. Yoshitatsu
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs. Ryoji Sai
  • Kento Miyahara vs. Joe Doering

Sunday has WWE Smackdown in Chattanooga and NXT in Johnstown, PA.

IMPACT REDEMPTION PPV FROM ORLANDO AT 8 P.M. EASTERN

  • Drago vs. Aerostar
  • Sami Callihan & Dave & Jake Crist vs. Tommy Dreamer & Moose & Eddie Edwards in a Hardcore match
  • Brian Cage vs. DJZ vs. Taiji Ishimori vs. El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Trevor Lee
  • Allie vs. Su Yung for Knockouts title
  • Matt Sydal vs. Petey Williams for X title
  • LAX vs. Eli Drake & Scott Steiner for Impact tag titles
  • Austin Aries vs. Pentagon Jr. & Fenix for Impact title

NEW JAPAN FROM KORAKUEN HALL ON MONDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Ren Narita vs. Yota Tsuji
  • Yuji Nagata & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino & Tetsuhiro Yagi
  • Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku & Taichi
  • Togi Makabe & Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson & Toa Henare & Kushida vs. Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Will Ospreay
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Jay White & Gedo
  • Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Sanada  vs. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado vs. Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi for IWGP jr. tag titles

Raw will be Monday in St. Louis as the go-home Raw for the Greatest Royal Rumble show. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are both scheduled for the show. There is also a Smackdown house show on Monday night in Bowling Green, KY.

NEW JAPAN FROM KORAKUEN HALL ON TUESDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Ren Narita
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Shota Umino vs. Yuji Nagata & Tomoyuki Oka
  • Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taichi & Taka Michinoku
  • Togi Makabe & Michael Elgin & Toa Henare & Kushida vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Will Ospreay
  • Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Sanada & Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Gedo
  • Jay White vs. David Finlay for U.S. title

Smackdown will be Tuesday in Louisville, KY. There will be a gauntlet match of the cruiserweights for the Friday night title shot at Cedric Alexander.

​F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking ahead to the Greatest Royal Rumble

With WrestleMania 34 just barely in the rearview mirror, WWE's second stadium show of the month is already under two weeks away. The Greatest Royal Rumble will take place at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27th and air live on the WWE Network at noon Eastern time. The card already has seven matches confirmed: a 50-man Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a steel cage, John Cena vs. Triple H, The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho in a casket match, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins defending against The Miz, Finn Balor, and Samoa Joe in a ladder match, The Usos challenging for The Bludgeon Brothers' SmackDown Tag Team titles, and a match to decide the new Raw Tag Team Champions. The WWE, United States, and Cruiserweight Championships will also be on the line.

WON NEWSLETTER: April 24, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The death of Bruno Sammartino

A look back at the life and career of Bruno Sammartino is the focus of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This is the most in-depth look at both his life inside and outside the ring, talking his career, his biggest matches, his conflicts with Vince McMahon and his father, the Phil Donahue show, his biggest feuds, how he got started, his weightlifting and the amazing story of his life as a child in Italy, and growing up to be one of the strongest men in the world.

Read about Sammartino’s appeal, his health issues, his family, the amazing story of his mother, why he refused to let Hollywood studios do a movie on his life, his learning to lift weights, his high school yearbook and goals, what he did out of high school, notes on two of his most famous early matches, how he first got noticed in Pittsburgh and got NFL and wrestling offers. 

Have a brief look at the career of Paul Jones, who also passed away this past week.

The break down of both Raw and Smackdown after the Superstar shakeup, looking at the depth charts, what categories are strong, what categories are weak and what changes can be made, all inside this issue.

Read the update on the Greatest Royal Rumble show and the ethical questions the show has brought up.

Look at the John Cena/Nikki Bella story, Ronda Rousey and Daniel Bryan working house shows, Bobby Lashley news, Chris Jericho talks New Japan, Jericho vs. Undertaker prior matches, Cena and Rock movie box office, Next week's WWE TV, beers named after two different wrestling legends, NXT big show lineups, and the name change of a WWE wrestler.

There is also an update on the UFC television contract talks.

Plus, this issue has the weekly coverage of all the ratings of the major shows, detailed notes on who is watching all the WWE shows, results from the major league events held around the world, the major TV show rundowns, and the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

ORDERING INFO: Order the print Wrestling Observer right now and get it delivered via mail, by sending your name, address, Visa or Master Card number and an expiration date to Dave Meltzer, or by using PayPal directing funds to Dave@WrestlingObserver.com

Rates in the United States are $13 for 4 issues, $32 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $14.50 for 4, $35 for 12, $67 for 24, $111 for 40 and $144 or 52. In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to moonsault@mediaplusint.com. For the rest of the world, rates are $16.50 for 4, $44 for 12, $85 for 24, $141 for 40 issues and $183 for 52. If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.)

If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can choose one free classic issue, or two free classic issues with a 40-issue subscription.

SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

Image placeholder title

WWE

Pro Wrestling

UFC/MMA

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Hulk Hogan defeats HHH to win Undisputed title

CONTACT INFORMATION