THE LATEST NEWS
- NXT San Diego live results: Tyler Breeze appears
- Meiko Satomura confirmed for WWE Mae Young Classic
- Impact Wrestling results: Fallout from Slammiversary XVI
- NJPW G1 Climax 28 night nine live results: Okada vs. YOSHI-HASHI
- Marina Shafir makes her in-ring debut at NXT house show
THE LATEST AUDIO
- WOL: Four Horsewomen, MLW, NXT title change, tons more! 7/27
- Wrestling Weekly: WWE Evolution, potential NJPW Long Beach mistake 7/27
- B&V&G: Granny, NXT, THURSDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI! 7/26
For this weekend, we'll be doing a poll on the Saturday New Japan show from Nagoya since it's the biggest show as far as a major building goes so far this tour, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to email@example.com.
We're looking for reports on last night's NXT show in San Diego as well as tonight's Raw show in Columbus, GA and NXT shows in Riverside, CA and Jacksonville, FL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT (DAY ONE OF G-1)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
MLW AT 8 P.M. EASTERN ON BEIN SPORTS
- 40 man Battle Riot headlines a two-hour special
CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT
- Kaligua & Stukita vs. Pequeno Nitro & Pierrothito
- Black Panther & Blue Panther Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Okumura & Templario & Tiger
- Soberano Jr. & Titan & Valiente vs. Forastero & Sanson & Cuatrero
- Caristico vs. Cavernario
- Atlantis & Diamante Azul & Volador Jr. vs. Rush & El Terrible & Bestia del Ring
- Ciber the Main Man& Scharly Rockstar & The Chris vs. Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero
Saturday we're looking for reports on the Raw show in Tallahassee, FL, Smackdown in Wildwood, NJ and NXT shows in Las Vegas and Fort Pierce, FL to email@example.com.
G-1 TOURNAMENT FROM NAGOYA AIICHI KEN GYM AT 5 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY MORNING ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
- Jay White & Yoh vs. Hangman Page & Chase Owens
- Evil & Bushi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shota Umino vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Sho
- Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Michael Elgin & David Finlay
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tama Tonga
- Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano
- Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Tetsuya Naito vs. Hirooki Goto
- Kenny Omega vs. Seiya Sanada
WORLD OF SPORT ON ITV IN THE U.K. AT 5 P.M. GREENWICH TIME
UFC ON FOX FROM THE SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY
Fight Pass at 4 p.m. Eastern time
- Alvaro Herrera vs. Devin Powell
- Randa Markos vs. Nina Ansaroff
- Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau
- Alexis Davis vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Ross Pearson vs. John Makdessi
FOX at 6 p.m. Eastern time
- Ion Cutelaba vs. Gadzhirmurad Antigulov
- Islam Makhachev vs. Kajan Johnson
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Austin Arnett
- Alex Morono vs. Jordan Mein
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alexander Hernandez
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo
- Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Sunday has Raw in Daytona, FL, Smackdown in Hershey, PA and NXT in Phoenix.
NEW JAPAN G-1 TOURNAMENT FROM KAGAWA AT 6 A.M. MONDAY EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino
- Tomohiro Ishii & Sho vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
- Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada vs. Toru Yano & Jado
- Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
- Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
- Jay White vs. Hangman Page
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Evil
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yoshi-Hashi
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin
Raw is Monday in Miami with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Ronda Rousey returning to the show. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin are on the show. Smackdown will be running in Fort Myers, FL.
Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday in Tampa with Usos vs. Sheamus & Cesaro in a first round match in a tag tournament to get the tag title shot at the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam.
While this month marks the two-year anniversary of the premiere of the Cruiserweight Classic, the division that the tournament spawned is still one of the most puzzling parts of WWE programming. From a rough start, to it becoming the Enzo Amore show, to it being rebooted when Paul "Triple H" Levesque took over as showrunner, 205 Live has been constantly changing and never able to fully find its footing since it debuted in November 2016.
The WWE's heavily promoted all women’s' PPV show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the announcement made on Raw, whether this will be a regular event, the actual first women's PPV in the U.S., and thoughts on the business of this.
Look at SummerSlam, with both the matches announced thoughts on those matches, and several other bouts that will either be added, are being pushed and the one match that hasn't been teased at all that has been talked about a lot this past week.
Get in-depth notes on Matt Riddle and expectations of his coming to WWE and his prospects in NXT and on the main roster, names WWE is after, Dwayne Johnson's annual income, Rock and wrestling again and what the holdup would be.
Look at the state of Impact Wrestling after its most well received major show of the year. Look at the change in the hardcore stigma of the company, and look at injuries on the show, the next month of television and the direction, as well as match-by-match coverage and star ratings of Slammiversary.
This issue has detailed coverage thus far of the G-1 Climax tournament. Look at the standings, the business, match quality; the ridiculous level of tournament matches thus far, injuries, this week's schedule, plus match-by-match coverage and star ratings for all the shows of this past week.
Look at the Dragon Gate promotion after its biggest show of the year.
Read about the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony and Ronda Rousey, as well as a look back to 2013 when women were first signed to the promotion and the immediate decision for them to headline on PPV the first night in.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
- For the WWE weekend tour, Braun Strowman is not being advertised for the Raw house show run while Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are not being advertised for the SmackDown shows.
- WWE stock closed at $81.75 per share today, down 2.50 percent from yesterday. The company’s market capitalization is at $6.12 billion.
- George Barrios appeared on CNBC to discuss WWE’s Q2 financial report and TV deals with the USA Network and Fox.
- Four Horsewomen of MMA member Marina Shafir tweeted about making her NXT in-ring debut at last night’s house show in Largo, Florida: “Wow! Just wow! Thank you #NXTLargo for such an incredible welcome! Tonight was nothing like I’ve ever experienced before, and now that the adrenaline has dumped, I’m gunna go pass out now! @WWENXT” WWE also has some brief clips of Shafir from last night and an interview with her.
- Tyler Breeze made a surprise appearance at last night’s NXT event in San Diego, California, losing to Lars Sullivan. Breeze previously wrestled at an NXT house show in Jacksonville, Florida in May.
- Keith Lee wrestled at his first NXT house show tonight in Jacksonville. He defeated Dan Matha in 15 seconds.
- Today is Paul “Triple H” Levesque’s 49th birthday. Dolph Ziggler also turned 38 years old today, while ROH and NJPW’s Adam “Hangman” Page turned 27.
- While she’s been announced for the PPV, Beth Phoenix tweeted that she doesn’t know what her role will be at Evolution.
- Season eight of Total Divas will premiere on E! at 9 p.m. Eastern time on September 19. Nikki Bella responded to a gif (a zoom in of Cody Rhodes cupping his ear) that Matt Jackson tweeted after the phrase “All in” was used multiple times in the commercial for the season: “Lol we all felt the same when we saw it too!”
- Goldust was sworn in as an honorary sheriff’s deputy in Williamson County, Texas today.
- R-Truth posted a photo on Instagram of the pieces of floating bone that were removed from his shoulder before he returned to action.
- Elias did an in-character interview with Complex about his new EP.
- Carmella spoke to the Fort Myers News-Press to promote Monday’s house show at the Germain Arena.
- WWE has video of Diamond Dallas Page guest coaching at the Performance Center and teaching DDP Yoga.
- WWE.com published a story on Sarah Schreiber, the newest NXT backstage interviewer.
- Mattel released the trailer for “WWE: Outside the Box,” which is an action figure web series.
- WWE has a sneak peak of John Cena voicing Baron Draxum in Nickelodeon’s “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
- The B Block is back in action as the G1 comes to Aichi for a show that begins at 5 a.m. Eastern time overnight/tomorrow morning. Kenny Omega faces SANADA in the main event, with Tetsuya Naito vs. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi, Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano, and Tama Tonga vs. Zack Sabre Jr. as the other tournament matches.
- Here are the updated G1 standings after today’s A Block show:
- A Block: 8 pts -- EVIL, Hiroshi Tanahashi 6 pts -- Jay White, Minoru Suzuki, Kazuchika Okada 4 pts -- Michael Elgin, Togi Makabe, Bad Luck Fale 2 pts -- Hangman Page, YOSHI-HASHI
- B Block: 8 pts -- Kenny Omega 6 pts -- Tetsuya Naito, SANADA 4 pts -- Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Zack Sabre Jr. 2 pts -- Tama Tonga, Toru Yano 0 pts -- Juice Robinson
- Robinson cut a great promo about needing to get wins in the G1 and get on the same level as the top guys in the tournament to feel like he belongs.
- After Sunday’s Slammiversary PPV got a good amount of buzz, Impact Wrestling viewership saw a moderate increase this week. Last night’s show averaged 299,000 viewers, up close to nine percent from the previous week’s 275,000. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.07 after last week’s 0.06. The first two episodes of this month drew 304,000 and 284,000 viewers, respectively.
- After advertising that their show in Voorhees, New Jersey tomorrow will be “one of Matt Riddle’s final indy appearances before going to WWE,” CZW has changed it to just say that it will be one of Riddle’s final indie appearances.
- Two clarifications from yesterday’s update: MJF (Maxwell Jacob Friedman) will be appearing at tomorrow’s CZW show but isn’t able to wrestle due to his knee injury. MJF noted that he’ll be out of action for 2-6 weeks. WWN has added live iPPVs from their promotions to their Club WWN service, with shows then being uploaded to Club WWN and available to watch as part of the video on demand library for subscribers. The service costs $9.99 per month.
- Gail Kim posted a tweet in response to someone who said they wanted to see her on WWE’s Evolution PPV: “Happy for the women in the company but if I ever made. Return, it would only be for @IMPACTWRESTLING.” She then followed up on that when asked why she isn’t interested in returning to WWE: “Bc I’ve been there twice. I have never been happy there. Life is about happiness. Impact Wrestling is my happiness. It’s not about money sometimes.... people just don’t understand that.”
- Front row tickets to this year’s PWG Battle of Los Angeles will cost $115 per night, with general admission and standing room only tickets at $90 per night. They will go on sale on July 31 at 11 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific time.
- ROH announced Tenille Dashwood vs. Chardonnay and Punishment Martinez vs. Delirious for their Honor Re-United tour show in Doncaster on August 18.
- Revolution Pro Wrestling added El Phantasmo to the lineup for their British J-Cup tournament, which will take place in Manchester on September 8 and 9. He joins Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Chris RIdgeway, and Rocky Romero in the tournament. It will have 16 wrestlers in total.
- Chris Jericho spoke to Sports Illustrated about his Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise. He said Nick Jackson was the one to suggest Jericho & The Young Bucks vs. Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes & Marty Scurll for the cruise’s main event.
- Ultimo Dragon is the guest on today’s episode of Talk is Jericho.
- The band Wheatus will be performing at Joey Janela’s Lost in New York at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens on August 17.
- Dave Meltzer reported that the current estimate for UFC 226 is that the show did 380,000 buys on PPV. Meltzer noted, while it’s in line with UFC 220 (Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou), it feels disappointing for a show that was headlined by a champion vs. champion fight in Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov wrote “#SendmeLocation” and wants to face Conor McGregor now that McGregor has agreed to a plea deal in his UFC 223 bus incident.
- All 26 fighters made weight for tomorrow’s UFC on FOX show in Calgary.
- Dominick Cruz is cleared to return and hopes to fight before the end of the year.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she’ll be the women’s strawweight champion again sooner or later and then will decide whether or not she moves up in weight.
- Ariel Helwani tweeted that Derek Brunson has verbally agreed to face Israel Adesanya at UFC 230: “According to his team, Derek Brunson has verbally agreed to fight Israel Adesanya at UFC 230 at MSG on 11/3. No official word just yet on Adesanya’s side but the expectation is it’s a fight he wants. Developing.”
- Tyron Woodley said he thinks Darren Till will make weight for UFC 228 in September, but he’ll still fight him even if he doesn’t.
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12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention
Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. The 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~! is just around the corner.
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 Granny's 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 just booked for the show is a tag team Grappling Battel~! featuring Bryan Alvarez & Jack Jamieson vs. The Beach Bums (PeachMachine & Mikey G), You won't want to miss this show! Check out the convention's Facebook page for all additional information.
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