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Daily Update: Jerry Lawler, G1 Supercard at MSG, Bound for Glory


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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Matt Riddle's future starts to become clear

It may have been a bit delayed, but Matt Riddle signing with WWE seems all but inevitable at this point. Riddle dropping the EVOLVE Championship to Shane Strickland at EVOLVE 108 this past weekend is only the latest indication of that. When Riddle pulled out of OTT's SummerSlam weekend shows in Ireland, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE had reconsidered its position on Riddle.

WON NEWSLETTER: (July 30, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All women PPV WWE Evolution announcement, more

The lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter cover the lives, careers and deaths of Brian Christopher Lawler, Nikolai Volkoff and Brickhouse Brown.

With Lawler, look at his death, his recent arrest, the decision to not bail him out, growing up in Memphis, how he started in pro wrestling, how he got his first push and his USWA heyday. 

Look the death of Nikolai Volkoff, what led to it, the true story of his name and where he got the gimmick as opposed to the public explanation that was always told.

Find out about the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Brickhouse Brown, how he was pronounced dead and came back to life, and his description of what happened when he was dead the first time. 

Read the update on the current SummerSlam show, business notes, Lesnar vs. Reigns, as well as the market value of tickets for all the rest of the summer major events.

Also there is more on the WWE FOX deal, new programming that both has and hasn't been discussed, updated contract information, new season of Total Divas, why Cain Velasquez was training at the Performance Center, and Sting talks if he will wrestle again.

Look at the debut of ITV World of Sport wrestling, why it was put on network TV in that time slot, ratings for the show and what they mean, who watched, why people were surprised about the viewership and what it means. 

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  • In an emotional episode of his podcast, Jerry Lawler opened up about the death of his son, Brian Christopher Lawler. Jerry said they had spoken to the sheriff before Brian’s death, and the sheriff assured him that jail would be the best place for Brian, that he would personally keep an eye on him, and that Brian would be safe there. Jerry continued to express doubt over whether Brian committed suicide. He said they’ve spoken to inmates who were in jail with Brian who don’t believe the story.
  • Ronda Rousey spoke to Sports Illustrated about the advice that Vince McMahon gave her before WrestleMania: “I usually walk out and I’m all business, but Vince specifically told me to go out and allow myself to feel everything that I was feeling and not hide anything. And not to try and go out and be the tough girl, but to allow myself to smile, to enjoy it because, according to Vince, when I smile the whole world wants to hug me.”
  • Karl Anderson and his wife welcomed their fourth son into the world this morning. The baby is named Cash and was born at 11:02 a.m.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander vs. Jack Gallagher in a non-title match and Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa are set for next week’s 205 Live.
  • Britt Baker defeated Tesha Price in a dark match at tonight’s Mae Young Classic tapings.
  • Miz & Mrs. averaged 1,225,000 total viewers on the USA Network last night, along with posting a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 demo. Last week’s episode averaged 1,303,000 viewers and a 0.46 rating.
  • This may not mean much, but the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is advertising Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton for WWE’s September 16 Hell in a Cell PPV.
  • Today is NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler’s 38th birthday.
  • Hulk Hogan took a picture with WWE Performance Center wrestlers Shadia Bseiso and Nasser Al Ruwayeh while at SmackDown in Orlando last night.
  • Asuka & Naomi defeated Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville in last night’s pre-SmackDown dark match. AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe & Randy Orton after 205 Live.
  • Rey Mysterio spoke to the Miami Herald about being one of the pre-order bonus characters for WWE 2K19. Mysterio said nothing is official on him re-signing with WWE yet.
  • WWE posted full video of Sasha Banks vs. Bayley from the first TakeOver: Brooklyn.

Pro Wrestling

  • The HonorClub presale for ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard tickets began today ahead of April’s show at Madison Square Garden. ROH COO Joe Koff issued a statement to Post Wrestling and noted that 60 percent of the tickets have already been sold: “We are currently 60% sold with general public for sale on Friday!" That general public sale will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern on Friday.
  • Tickets for Bound for Glory 2018 will go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. Eastern on August 25. Impact Wrestling will also be holding an on-sale party at Peterson’s Tavern in Binghamton, New York at 12 p.m. Eastern on August 25, where tickets will first be available. Bound for Glory is taking place at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens on October 14.
  • Pentagon Jr. vs. Sami Callihan in a Mexican Death Match has been announced for Impact’s TV tapings at the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto on Sunday.
  • After Tetsuya Naito defeated SANADA in the G1 this morning, EVIL brought Hiromu Takahashi’s jacket down to the ring. Naito mentioned that Takahashi wasn’t with them and said he doesn’t know whether Takahashi will be back from his neck injury soon or a while from now. He told Takahashi to come back as soon as he can, the Los Ingobernables de Japon members fist bumped, and Naito fist bumped Takahashi’s jacket. Takahashi posted a picture of himself fist bumping the TV screen to join in with the rest of LIJ.
  • Jazzy Gabert tweeted about not being in this year’s Mae Young Classic: “I wish I was somewhere else today, but it wasn't in my hands! While I'm thinking about these girls heaving the time of their life, I do what I do best.. leg training today!”
  • PROGRESS Wrestling co-owner Jim Smallman said that Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham vs. LAX at last night’s PROGRESS show in New York was one of the best tag matches that he’s ever seen.


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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.