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We're looking for reports from the WWE Raw house show in North Charleston, SC, Smackdown in Pensacola, FL, NXT in St. Petersburg, FL and Northeast Wrestling in Wappingers Falls, NY to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC 227 FROM THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time

  • Wuliji Buren (135.5) vs. Marlon Vera (135.5)
  • Danielle Taylor (115.25) vs. Weili Zhang (115.5)
  • Alex Perez (126) vs. Jose Torres (125)

FX at 8 p.m. Eastern time

  • Sheymon Moraes (146) vs. Matt Sayles (145.75)
  • Kyung Ho Kang (136) vs. Ricardo Ramos (135.5)
  • Montel Jackson (136) vs. Ricky Simon (135.25)
  • Brett Johns (135.25) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern time

  • Kevin Holland (184.75) vs. Thiago Santos (185.5)
  • J.J. Aldrich (115.75) vs. Polyana Viana (115)
  • Renato Moicano (146) vs. Cub Swanson (145.25)
  • Demetrious Johnson (125) vs. Henry Cejudo (125) for the flyweight title
  • T.J. Dillashaw (135) vs. Cody Garbrandt (134.75) for the bantamweight title

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT SATURDAY NIGHT LATE AT 2 A.M. EASTERN AND 11 P.M. PACIFIC FROM THE EDION ARENA IN OSAKA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Juice Robinson & Shota Umino vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Sho
  • Tetsuya Naito & Sanada vs. David Finlay & Toa Henare
  • Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
  • Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
  • Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Toru Yano & Gedo
  • Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Hangman Page
  • Jay White vs. Togi Makabe
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Elgin
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Evil

Sunday has WWE Raw in Savannah, GA and Smackdown in Albany, GA.

WWN/EVOLVE ON SUNDAY AT 4 P.M. EASTERN TIME FROM THE MELROSE, MA MEMORIAL HALL

  • J.D. Drake vs. Dom Garrini 
  • Anthony Henry vs. Jon Davis
  • Shane Strickland vs. Saieve Al Sabah
  • Jaka vs. Josh Briggs
  • Chris Dickinson vs. Tracy Williams
  • Matt Riddle vs. Austin Theory
  • Joey Janela vs. Darby Allin for WWN title 

Raw will be live on Monday night from Jacksonville, FL. Matches announced are Ronda Rousey's first Raw match against Alicia Fox, and Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are not scheduled on the show. There is also a Smackdown house show in Gainesville, FL.

Smackdown and 205 Live take place Tuesday in Orlando with Sheamus & Cesaro vs. New Day for a shot at the Bludgeon Brothers' Smackdown tag titles at SummerSlam.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: The next step in WWE's Women's Evolution

WWE's "women's evolution" took its logical next step last week as the company announced its first all-women's pay-per-view. Aptly, the PPV will be called "Evolution." It will take place at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York on October 28. WWE is hyping that over 50 wrestlers from the past and present will be involved, with Trish Stratus, Lita, and Beth Phoenix already advertised. 

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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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

Pro Wrestling

UFC/MMA

  • Nate Diaz tweeted “I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc” after Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov was announced at yesterday’s press conference. McGregor is facing Nurmagomedov on October 6, while Diaz is scheduled to face Dustin Poirier at Madison Square Garden on November 3. Diaz spoke to TMZ after the tweet and said he’ll fight at MSG if he feels like it. He said the UFC needs to start overpromoting him instead of underpromoting him.
  • Dana White told TSN that the UFC expects McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov to fall in the two million PPV buys ballpark. White said the company hasn’t talked about booking Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva and isn’t in the process of making it.
  • Brock Lesnar has been tested by USADA three times since entering back into the drug testing pool on July 3.
  • The UFC uploaded the final episode of Embedded for tonight’s PPV.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Lex Luger wins WCW title from Hollywood Hogan

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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