PED's Revealed; Lesnar at SummerSlam
The Nevada Athletic Commission at its hearing today confirmed the two drugs Jon Jones tested positive for on 6/16 were hydroxy-clomiphene and letrozole, both estrogen blockers. Both are drugs that you would use to prevent getting minor female characteristics while your natural testosterone is low coming off a steroid cycle. There are other uses for the drugs but that would be the common use for athletes. Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen had both reported those were the drugs he tested positive for.
In similar UFC drug test news, Brandon Howard got a statement from the New York State Athletic Commission that said that because the state doesn't license wrestlers individually, that even if Brock Lesnar was suspended in Nevada, which would be a suspension adhered to by all commissions that license participants in pro wrestling, he would not be suspended from pro wrestling in New York. They stated Lesnar is not a licensee, and only the promoter, the WWE, had a license. So Lesnar could only be stopped from wrestling based on the professional medical judgment of the examining physician, a decision of the WWE or if Lesnar himself decides not to participate. So his SummerSlam appearance is not in jeopardy with a Nevada suspension unless WWE makes that decision, and right now they haven't made that decision.
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- Both OklaMania shows from Shawnee and Oklahoma City
- New Japan G-1 Climax show in Sapporo
- ROH TV tapings from last night in Philadelphia
- WWE house show last night in Bangor, ME
- WWE today in Glens Falls, NY (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, John Cena, A.J. Styles, Chris Jericho, Neville, New Day, Wyatts)
- WWE today in Augusta, ME (Miz, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Big show, Kane, Vaudevillains, Darren Young, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Enzo, Cass, Dudleys).
- Evolve tonight from Melrose, MA
Raw will be in Providence, RI. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE title will headline, plus they will announce the General Managers of Raw and Smackdown.
The WWE draft and the beginning of split brands takes place from Worcester, MA.
SUPER J CUP FIRST ROUND AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD FROM KORAKUEN HALL IN TOKYO
- Matt Sydal vs. Kaji Tomato
- Gurukun Mask vs. Kenou
- Yuma Aoyagi vs. Taichi
- Jushin Liger vs. Eita
- Titan vs. Will Ospreay
- Bushi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Daisuke Harada
- Kushida vs. Taiji Ishimori
- ROH Philadelphia, PA, TV taping results: Jay Lethal vs. Colt Cabana
- NJPW G1 Climax 26: What wrestler & match are we excited to see?
- NJPW G1 Climax 26 opening night live results: Tanahashi vs. SANADA; Okada vs. Marufuji
- WWE Augusta, ME, live results: Rusev vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Kalisto
- NXT Louisville, KY, live results: Finn Balor teases main roster debut
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READ IT HERE: Figure Four Weekly 7/11/2016: The Final Deletion - TNA got more positive buzz this past week than any time in recent memory thanks to The Final Deletion, an avant garde production from the mind of Matt Hardy. Shot on the Hardy compound (at least in-storyline as taking place right on the property line between Matt and Jeff's homes), it was, in some ways, from the same DNA as something like Lucha Underground...but also completely different, and arguably more self-aware.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
READ IT HERE: July 18, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC sold for 4 billion dollars, UFC 200 review, notes on the WWE draft, more - Details on the sale of UFC for 4 billion dollars, recap of UFC 200, notes on the WWE draft, plus tons more.
The most detailed look at how the UFC got sold and the business ramifications of the sale is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also inside, a look at the Brock Lesnar deal, where things stand going forward with Lesnar, a lot of updated thoughts on the WWE draft, the future of John Cena and notes on how that affects WWE business, Battle of Los Angeles, and coverage of all the UFC shows.
This issue contains a copy of the letter that all the UFC fighters were sent by management and what they were told about the sale.
An in depth look at how the original partners came together and the 2001 sale of the UFC to Dana White & The Fertittas, how much money White and the Fertittas probably got in the sale, plus a lot of things about the sale that haven't gone public yet. There’s also a look at White's new contract with the company, and the company's business numbers for 2015.
Inside, examine how things are likely to change, where Lorenzo Fertitta is likely to go, the new owners and where their money came from, other bidders, and how the deal almost fell through. Plus, take a look at Lorenzo Fertitta & Dana White's role in the company going forward, how the source of the money to buy the company changed in recent weeks, why they were able to get $4 billion and what rivalry outside sports is key in them increasing revenue.
Finally, this issue considers where Lesnar stands coming off his win over Mark Hunt, how the deal with Lesnar was first made, a look at a clause in every WWE contract and what it specifically says about MMA, and a look at why C.M. Punk was able to get out of the clause. Plus, take a look at future MMA prospects with Lesnar, how much money he really got from the show, how he changed a lot of the criticism of his career, and why he's more valuable now than before.
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READ IT HERE: June 14, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Sable sues WWF for $140M, Martha Hart upset with WWE - Pro wrestling's latest spill into the national headlines came with Rena Mero's $140 million lawsuit filed on 6/3 against Titan Sports and her subsequent quitting of the company.
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The complete details of the draft are up. The first gut reaction is this isn't the way to do it, because the first thing it does is clearly establish Raw as the priority brand, not just getting first pick, but getting more top stars. It's very clear that a lot changed even in recent days. Things pushed on Raw last week like Miz & Maryse or Rusev & Lana splitting up clearly were decided not to even be considered. Also, they talked about tag teams being broken up, except it was announced that all the tag teams would be drafted together unless a General Manager/Commissioner decided against it. So for the most part, teams aren't going to be split up although there may be an exception. However, both the Lucha Dragons and Wyatt Family were listed in the individual category, not the tag team category. Also, Paul Heyman was not listed with Brock Lesnar. All the other managers were.
Today's G-1 opening show in Sapporo ended up being pretty great, particularly the Tanahashi vs. Sanada and Okada vs. Marufuji matches.
2K announced a Collector's Edition of WWE 2K 17, which will be limited to 50,000 copies worldwide, an NXT game. WWE 2K17 NXT Edition will be available exclusively for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for a suggested retail price of $99.99. The package will include the regular WWE 2K17 game, NXT enhancement pack with Shinsuke Nakamura, Nia Jax and Apollo Crews, lithographs designed by Rob Shamberger and autographed by Nakamura, a Demon Finn Balor collectible figure, Topps NXT TakeOver London Mat Relics cards and a Goldberg pack.
The signing schedule for the San Diego Comic Con sponsored by Headlocked and Masked Republic at Booth 1901 this week has:
- Wednesday Konnan from 7-9 p.m.
- Thursday Thunder Rosa aka Kobra Moon 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
- Thursday Lisa Varon aka Victoria/Tara 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday Jeff Cobb aka Matanza Cueto 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday Rey Horus aka Dragon Azteca Jr. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday Pentagon Jr. 10 a.m. to Noon
- Friday Fenix 10 a.m. to Noon
- Friday Joey Ryan & Laura James 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday Famous B 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday Brian Cage 10 a.m. to Noon
- Saturday Melissa Santos 10 a,.m. to Noon
- Saturday Johnny Mundo 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday Taya 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday Frankie Kazarian 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday Christopher Daniels 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday Lisa Varon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Tonight is the Raw go-home show for Battleground and the day before the draft, so from a news perspective there should be a lot, plus tremendous hype for tomorrow's first live Smackdown. The Battleground card is pretty much complete other than the announcement of the mystery partner of Sasha Banks against Charlotte & Dana Brooke.
- We got a report that Roman Reigns landed at Bradley Airport in Windsor, CT yesterday afternoon, which is 90 minutes from Providence. He's not advertised for the show and his suspension wouldn't expire until after the tapings this week. It's about an hour and half drive from Stamford so if he was supposed to do something at the office, one would think he'd fly into New York.
- More on Vince McMahon and Pokemon here.
- The Google Playstore has just added WWE and UFC Trading Card apps.
- WWE is discounting tickets for the 8/7 house show in Fresno, announced as Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE title, Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, New Day vs. Wyatt Family and more. It's noted the show is subject to change. They are offering four tickets for the price of three in certain price levels.
- A story on the WWE show in Augusta over the weekend is here.
- A story on Fandango is here.
- Stan Hansen has been added to the guests appearing at the Lou Thesz/George Tragos Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo, IA. Hansen will be at the Impact Wrestling (local promotion, not TNA) show on 7/22 and the Hall of Fame ceremony the next day. Rob Schamberger has created a limited number of prints signed by Hansen and Shamberger that will be available for presale for $25 until Wednesday and $30 at the show. For more details you can go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beyond Wrestling from yesterday in Melrose, MA (this was held before the Evolve show in the same venue): Jonathan Gresham b Zack Sabre Jr. (ended via submission, they set a up a 2/3 fall match on their Americana 16 show), LuFisto b Veda Scott, Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz & Jaka b Danny Maff & Steve Mack & Brian Fury, Chris Dickinson b Pinkie Sanchez, Kimber Lee b JT Dunn, Matt Riddle b Tommaso Ciampa (thanks to Gregory Valko)
- Premier Wresting from yesterday in Gilroy, CA: Buddy Royal (4-5) b Levi Shapiro (1-1), Alexander Hammerstone (3-0) b Douglas James (1-1), Nicole Savoy (4-3) b Desi de Rata (0-1), Tyler Bateman (3-3) b Marcus Lewis (5-6), Jeff Cobb (7-6-1) b JR Kratos (9-4-1) to win the vacant Premier title and Shayna Baszler b Raze to win the Premier Women Athletes title. They put the women's title in the main event spot ahead of the men's title even with a match with Cobb vs. Kratos, who are the company's two biggest male stars.
- Steve Sims will be doing a show over the weekend and there will be a series of Lucha audio shows talking all the Lucha Libre news.
- Ring Wars Carolinas on 7/30 and 8/;6 in Lumberton, NC at the Priscilla King Arena.
- CHIKARA has a doubleheader on 7/23 with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.
- Ribelli Si Nasce 2016 for TCW in Rapallo, Geova, Italy yesterday: Pain b Kevin Dopa, Scandalo b Apollo, Death Mask & Paziente Zero b Carlo Birra & Break Bones, Sami Grayson b Backlash in an extreme rules match, II Marchese b Violent Joe to keep the Rebel title (thanks to Alessio Garbini)
- In Your Face Wrestling from Saturday night in Albany, NY: Troy Stevens over Lucain Caiker, Alex Cross and Marco, Wrecking Ball Legursky b Marades & Joe O'connor & Angel Kross in a 1 on 3 match, Roman Dominguez & Salvatore Morocco b Ricky Williams & Omar and Spectacular JC & 5 Star Jase, Tequila Rose won three-way over LuFisto and La Diva, Vigo & Sgt. Fury DCOR Elite Terrell & Steve Krux, Zack Clayton b Drake Evans, Ryan Rogan won over Mystify and Garrett Holiday, Trip b Lenn Oddity, Dewey Murray & Mattick b Hellcat & Chip Stetson, Slyck Wagner Brown b Cloudy, Eric Emanon & Thomas Brewington b Ron & Jordan Falco.
- Destiny World Wrestling from Mississauaga, ONT yesterday: Stone Rockwell b John Atlas, Black Bushido b Super Fuerza, Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas DuBois b Ash Istria & Robby Heart, Brooklyn Brawler (Steve Lombardi) b Tarik, Bill Collier DCOR Randy Reign, Brent Banks over Phil Atlas, Scotty O'Shea and Dustin Quicksilver, RJ City (managed by Scott D'Amore) b Colt Cabana to keep the Destiny heavyweight title. Commissioner Santino Marella announced RJ City would next defend against Damien Sandow.
- FULL on 8/21 in Houston at the Arena Theater has Octagon & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan
- Lucha Libre New York on Sunday at Club LaBoom in Queens, NY is headlined by Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix.
- Promociones Gutierrez on 8/3 in Laredo at the LIFE Pavilion has Atlantis & Octagon & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. L.A. Park & Laredo Kid & Rush. They are billing this as the 40th anniversary special for Rayo.
- Promociones Salinas on Friday night in Mission, TX at Salon Los Portales has Pirata Morgan vs. Corazon de Barrio in a hair vs. hair match (thanks to Kris Zellner)
- Sonjay Dutt is running a training camp for aspiring and experienced pro wrestlers on 7/29 in Omaha for $40. Anyone interested can go to ProWrestlingPhoenix@hotmail.com.
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