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We're looking for reports from the ROH TV tapings in Fairfax, VA (Sumie Sakai vs. Hazuki for WOH title, Bushi & Evil & Sanada vs. Young Bucks & Hangman Page, Kushida vs. Jonathan Gresham, Tenille Dashwood vs. Karen Q vs. Madison Rayne vs. Kelly Klein in an elimination match, Kagetsu & Hana Kimura vs. Mayu Iwatani & Jenny Rose plus Austin Aries will be on the show), Raw in Bismark, ND, Smackdown at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, New Japan/Revolution Pro in Milton Keynes, England (Shota Umino vs. ?, Aussie Open vs. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi, Takashi Iizuka & Desperado & Taichi vs. Toru Yano & Jay White & Gedo, Tiger Mask vs. David Starr, Walter vs. Yuji Nagata, Chris Brookes vs. Yoshi-Hashi, Will Ospreay vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii for the British tag team titles), and NXT in Cocoa, FL to

Sunday has WWE Raw in Fargo, ND, Smackdown in Taipei, Taiwan and New Japan/Revolution Pro in Manchester, UK (Dan Duggan vs. ?, Yuji Nagata vs. Shota Umino, David Starr vs. Taiji Ishimori vs. Tiger Mask vs. Phantasmo, Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi, Walter vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Jay White vs. Chris Brookes, Will Ospreay vs. Taichi, Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr., and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki for the British heavyweight title).

Monday has Raw in Sioux Falls, SD. Nothing has been announced for the show. There is no Smackdown house show on Monday as it's a travel day coming back from Taiwan.

Tuesday has Smackdown in Omaha with James Ellsworth vs. Asuka announced plus a hint of Cedric Alexander vs. Hideo Itami for 205 Live.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Remembering Leon 'Vader' White

The professional wrestling world lost a truly one-of-a-kind figure last week. Leon "Vader" White, the best big man that the industry has ever seen, died on Monday, June 18 after years of heart problems and complications from a recent bout with pneumonia. Vader's son and former WWE developmental wrestler, Jesse, shared the news on Twitter: "It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm. Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. 

WON NEWSLETTER: (July 2, 2018): WWE announces new TV deals, more

The official announcement of the WWE's new television deals for the 2019-2024 television seasons is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. 

Find out about the financial figures for each year, what those numbers mean, what it means to WWE profitability, how much the company is now worth and how that valuation as compared to profits compares to other media stocks. Look at how much money Vince McMahon could have made if he didn't sell so much in December.

Look at a very interesting part of the WWE/Fox deal that hasn't been talked about. There are also notes from WWE Co-Presidents Michelle Wilson and George Barrios on the deal, what led to the deal, and how things have changed both regarding the perception of wrestling, its fans and other content ideas WWE has for television and streaming.

Read about the new Bellator deal with the money figures involved, how this changes the game for them, and how the entire game for all wrestling and MMA companies are no different due to these latest deals. 

Find out about the situation with Brock Lesnar and WWE, what the goals are for the latest storyline change, plans for the Extreme Rules PPV show and matches announced, matches told to the arena and matches seemingly being built.

Read the update on Rey Mysterio and WWE, Shinsuke Nakamura's injury, Jeff Hardy's injuries and lots of other WWE injury updates, Big Cass, Sami Zayn, Ronda Rousey as well as the amazing contract Oliver Luck got with Vince McMahon and what it says about the XFL. 

Look at Minoru Suzuki's 30th anniversary show and match with Kazuchika Okada, the retirement of Rashad Evans, coverage of UFC from Singapore, a look at the PWG Battle of Los Angeles, and the WWE

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Pro Wrestling

  • Kenny Omega issued a statement today following criticism that he’s received for Chasyn Rance vs. Aaron Epic taking place on the pre-show of last night’s CEO x NJPW event. Omega wrote that allowing the match was a “terrible oversight,” apologized to anyone who was truly hurt by the decision, and said he won’t be taking chances with talent that he isn't familiar with in the future. He also said he'd refund anyone who was in attendance that couldn’t enjoy the show because of it. He noted that he offered the dark match to the ring crew/wrestling school that they were working with and didn't decide on the matchup. Rance pleaded no contest in 2011 after being charged with lewd or lascivious battery for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 25 in 2008. He was forced to register as a sex offender for seven years.
  • Omega, Kota Ibushi, and the voice of Kevin Kelly appeared in a commercial for Fire Pro Wrestling World.
  • Thursday’s episode of Impact on Pop TV averaged 254,000 total viewers and a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demo. That’s slightly down from last week’s 262,000 but is the lowest viewership number of the year. Despite the NBA and NHL playoffs being over, Impact hasn’t rebounded back to the positive ratings pattern that they had earlier this year.
  • Terry Funk turned 74 years old today.
  • The Daily Mail reported that Linda Hogan is asking for Hulk Hogan to be held in contempt of court if he doesn’t pay her 40 percent of the revenue from his businesses, which she says was stipulated in their divorce.
  • The second season of GLOW debuted on Netflix yesterday and, like season one, has gotten very strong reviews.


  • The National Labor Review Board’s regional investigator informed Leslie Smith’s attorney that her case against the UFC will now have to go through the NLRB’s Division of Advice in Washington DC before they decide whether to file an official complaint. Her attorney commented on the matter: “It is my opinion that the UFC, unable to prevail on the merits, has now commenced the pulling of political strings to evade responsibility for violating the [National Labor Relations Act]. This only means delay, as Leslie will take all legal measures necessary to ensure Region 4’s initial determination stands.”
  • Early weigh-ins will remain through at least the Ultimate Fighter finale and UFC 226 PPV next week.
  • Josh Barnett’s manager told ESPN that Barnett already has offers from five different promotions since leaving the UFC.
  • Michael Chiesa thinks that he would have been offered the lightweight title main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov if he wasn’t injured in Conor McGregor’s bus-incident before the show.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Cody wins ROH World title

12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. It's time to announce the details of the 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~!

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 Gladys Gibson 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 appearing will be Kris Wolf along with many more future stars. There may even be a classic star or two making an appearance. You won't want to miss this show! Check out the convention's Facebook page for all additional information.