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Daily Update: Jeff Hardy, WWE Raw, Holly Holm

Dave Meltzer discusses Jeff Hardy's arrest, tonight's Raw, plus a hall of fame honor for Holly Holm.

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Monday News Update

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  • Bryan and I will be back tonight and we've got a ton of topics to talk about including Jeff Hardy, Keiji Muto, Paige, the All Atlantic tournament and politics regarding the Forbidden Door PPV show.
  • The big news today is obviously the arrest of Jeff Hardy at about 12:30 a.m. very late Sunday night. The Highway patrol arrest report, first reported by Marc Raimondi of ESPN, said that Hardy was in a white car seen swerving and running off the roadway. The officers made the stop and said Hardy appeared to be in a stupor and confused. He was unsteady walking and smelled of alcohol, said the report. The report said they learned Hardy had bee drinking and he couldn't complete any portion of the sobriety tests successfully, or without risk of falling down. His breathalyzer tests registered 0.294 and 0.291, which are about 3.7 times the legal limit, so this was nothing where you could even remotely justify driving and not a close call. Why athletes and repeat offenders don't get an Uber in these situations is beyond me. 
  • While AEW has not said anything publicly WarnerMedia was told to stop all promotion of Jeff Hardy in any commercials or anywhere else immediately. They have stopped promoting the three-way ladder match for Wednesday and not sure if they will have a tag team title match with just the two teams or not. Another question regards the main event of TripleMania on Saturday in Tijuana which was to be the Hardys vs. Dragon Lee & Dralistico. We haven't heard from anyone there regarding how they will handle that. I don't know that this is even possible on this date but FTR replacing the Hardys and defending the tag titles against Dragon Lee & Dralistico would make sense. But then we have to open up the can of worms of FTR wrestling at Forbidden Door and also on an AAA show a week apart, because of the New Japan/CMLL relationship.
  • Raw tonight goes against game five of the NBA playoffs, but no NHL game. Smackdown actually did okay, about the same as they've been doing against the playoffs, on Friday night. Even though the finals have pulled much larger numbers than the other rounds, they haven't seemed to hurt wrestling anymore than wrestling has been hurt since mid-April when they started. 
  • Raw tonight at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita has one of the the lowest advance for a Raw taping since the pandemic. They had a big walk-up today so they will end up slightly above the Chase Center in San Francisco show, but it'll be in that ballpark. Announced for the show is Kevin Owens vs. Ezekiel, Judgment Day will explain their attack on Edge and Seth Rollins will talk about Cody Rhodes. 
  • We are looking for reports from Raw tonight with Main Event matches and any dark matches, as well as from yesterday's house shows in Albuquerque, NM and Springfield, MO, and any reports from the Cyberfight show yesterday. Send to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • We are also doing polls on UFC 275 from Saturday and New Japan Dominion on Sunday. You can send a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • Holly Holm was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday in Verona, NY. She is only the fifth woman boxer inducted into the Hall of Fame. In a trivia note, Marc Ratner is in both the boxing and UFC Hall of Fame. 
  • Thanks to Chris Hendricks for the NXT reports this week.
  • Still advertised for Dynamite on Wednesday is Chris Jericho vs. Ortiz hair vs. hair, Ethan Page vs. Miro in the All Atlantic tournament and Wardlow in a handicap match against 20 security guards. The show is being called Road Rager.
  • A correction from yesterday when talking about FTR weekend matches. The match with Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards that got all the raves was not the match with Bret Hart in their corner. The Bret Hart match was with Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr., managed by Arn Anderson. 

WWE

  • Damian Priest was an Ambassador for the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York over the weekend.

AEW

  • For Dark Elevation tonight, Mercedes Martinez & Serena Deeb face Miranda Gordy & Tootie Lynn, Evil Uno & 10 vs. QT Marshall & Aaron Solo and Nyla Rose vs. Max the Impaler.

UFC

  • Taila Santos will be undergoing surgery for a broken orbital bone suffered when she and Valentina Shevchenko clashed heads in round four of their fight Saturday night. She is flying back to Brazil to have surgery rather than have it in Singapore because then she would be unable to fly home after the surgery.
  • Bryan Battle vs. Takashi Sato is scheduled for 8/6.
  • Rani Yahya suffered a neck injury and pulled out of his 7/9 fight with Cody Garbrandt.

Other Notes

  • Tickets for the 7/1 Impact Wrestling Against All Odds PPV show from Center Stage in Atlanta are now on sale. They will also be taping television the next day.
  • AAW from Saturday night in Chicago before 435 fans: Davey Vega b Gary Jay, Manders b Hartenblower, Heather Reckless b Sierra, Fred Yehi b Karam, Silas Young b Brayden Lee (match got strong reviews), Ace Perry & Hammerstone retained the tag titles over Dante Leon & Shane Hollister, Josh Alexander b ACH (also got great reviews), Ren Jones b Corn Boy, Schaff b Russ Jones, Gnaris Garvin b Mike Bennett (got good reviews), Mat Fitchett b Ace Steel to retain the AAW title. Next show is 7/15 in Merrionette Park, IL with Fitchett defending against the winner of a match earlier in the show with Manders vs. Yehi, plus Christi Jaynes defends the women's title against Heather Reckless.
  • Northland Wrestling set its record with 425 fans in North Bay, ONT on Saturday night: Josh Bain b Miles Morgan, Magnum McLaren b MC Hardbody, Jimmy Spite b Riot, Tommy McCloud & Rusty blackwell b Warden Slade & Derek Diggler, Jon Gonzalez b Casey Platimum, Tyler Tirva b Matt Black, Jake O'Reilly b Ashe Benjamin, Cody Deaner b Dann Jarris, KC Spinelli b Zandra Lee, Jimmy Spite b Tomer Shalom, Jon Gonzalez won four-way over Jake O'Reilly, Tyler Tirva and Scotty the Body to become the King of the North champion (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix runs Wednesday night in Omaha,NE at the Waiting Room Lounge.
  • Ninja Mack makes his Toronto debut, plus Drago Kid, Mike Bailey and Gringo Loco appear on a 6/23 show called Lucha Block Party at the Parkdale Hall in Toronto.