THE LATEST NEWS
- NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco to air live on AXS TV
- Shawn Michaels to appear at WWE UK tournament show
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors night 5 results: Ospreay vs. YOH
- Impact Wrestling results: Sydal defends against Fantasma
THE LATEST AUDIO
- FREE WOL! NJPW Cow Palace on AXS TV, WWE vs. indies, RUSH vs. LA Park, more! 5/25
- JNPO 100: The post-UFC/ESPN TV deal supershow 5/25
- Wrestling Weekly: WWE TV deals, LA Park, Bruiser Brody 5/25
- B&V&G: Granny, NXT, THURSDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI! 5/24
We're looking for reports on last night's ROH show in Edinburgh, Scotland to email@example.com.
NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS UP TODAY AT SOME POINT ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Chris Sabin vs. Marty Scurll
- Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kushida
- Sho vs. Desperado
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING TONIGHT ON AXS TV AT 8 P.M. EASTERN
- Evil & Sanada vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. for IWGP tag team titles
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Tetsuya Naito for IC title
MLW TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. EASTERN ON BEIN SPORTS
- Shane Strickland vs. Pentagon Jr. for MLW title
- Simon Gotch Prize Fight Challenge
- Santana Garrett vs. Chelsea Green
BELLATOR 200 TONIGHT FROM SSE WEMBLEY AT 9 P.M. ON PARAMOUNT NETWORK
- Phil Davis vs. Linton Vassell
- Anastasia Yankova vs. Kate Jackson
- Mike Shipman vs. Carl Noon
- Aaron Chalmers vs.. Ash Griffiths
- Michael Page vs. David Rickels
- Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi for the middleweight title
CMLL AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT FROM ARENA MEXICO ON THE CMLL FACEBOOK PAGE
- Oro Jr. & Robin vs. Cancerbero & Raziel
- Audaz & Fuego & Drone vs. Kawato San & Puma & Tiger
- Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Rey Cometa
- Cavernario & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla vs. Niebla Roja & Titan & Valiente
- Angel de Oro & Soberano Jr. & El Hijo de L.A. Park vs. Sanson & Cuatrero & Forastero
- L.A. Park & Volador Jr. & Flyer vs. Rush & El Terrible & Bestia del Ring
PWG TONIGHT IN RESEDA
- Trevor Lee vs. Tyler Bateman
- Jake Atlas vs. Rey Hours
- Jonah Rock vs. Timothy Thatcher
- Matt Riddle vs. David Starr
- Bandido vs. Robbie Eagles
- Keith Lee vs. Adam Brooks
- Walter vs. Sammy Guevera for PWG title
NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS FROM NAGOYA ON SATURDAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Tiger Mask vs. Flip Gordon
- ACH vs. Yoh
- Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Will Ospreay vs. Bushi
ROH SATURDAY FROM LONDON AT 1 P.M. EASTERN ON HONOR CLUB
- Jay Briscoe vs. Mark Haskins
- Cody vs. Kenny King
- Shane Taylor vs. Toru Yano
- Tenille Dashwood vs. Kelly Klein
- Jay Lethal vs. Mark Briscoe
- The Kingdom vs SoCal Uncensored vs. Young Bucks & Adam Page for six man titles
The WWE goes on the road with a Raw show on Sunday in Hampton, VA. The regular Raw crew will be there except Roman Reigns.
UFC ON SUNDAY FROM LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND
Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time
- Trevor Smith vs. Elias Theodorou
FS 1 at 11 a.m. Eastern time
- Molly McCann vs. Gillian Robertson
- Carlo Pedersoil Jr. vs. Brad Scott
- Lina Lansberg vs. Gina Mazany
- Tom Breese vs. Daniel Kelly
- Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart
- Claudio Henique da Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
- Jason Knight vs. Makwan Amirkhani
- Arnold Allen vs. Mads Burnell
- Neil Magny vs. Craig White
- Stephan Thompson vs. Darren Till
NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS FROM NAGOYA ON SUNDAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Marty Scurll vs. Desperado
- Chris Sabin vs. Dragon Lee
- Sho vs. Kushida
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
ROH ON SUNDAY FROM DONACASTER AT 12:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON HONOR CLUB
- Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Toru Yano & Kenny King
- Cody vs. Scorpio Sky
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Page
- Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven
- Dalton Castle & The Boys vs. Bully Ray & Punishment Martinez & Shane Taylor
- Silas Young vs. Doug Williams for TV title
- Sumie Sakai vs. Chardonnay for WOH title
- Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Evil & Sanada vs. TK O'Ryan & Vinny Marseglia vs. Young Bucks
Monday will be the live Raw in Richmond, VA. Seth Rollins defends the IC title against Jinder Mahal and there is a gauntlet for the final women's spot in Money in the Bank with Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Sasha Bans, Ruby Riott and Mickie James.
There is also a Monday night Smackdown house show in Fayetteville, NC.
NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS FROM TOCHIGI ON TUESDAY ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
- Taiji Ishimori vs. Tiger Mask
- ACH vs. Bushi
- Flip Gordon vs. Yoh
- Will Ospreay vs. Yoshinobu Kanemau
Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live in Raleigh. Samoa Joe vs. Daniel Bryan for the final men's spot in Money in the Bank is on the show plus Miz & Sheamus & Cesaro vs. The New Day, and Cedric Alexander defends the cruiserweight title against Buddy Murphy.
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE cashes in on TV rights boom
The company appears set to cash in on the live sports television rights boom they've been banking on since before their last deal with NBC Universal was agreed to in 2014. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on May 16th that the USA Network would likely be retaining Raw, with NBC Universal paying as much as three times more for the show than they did previously, which would equate to somewhere around $240 million annually. But in prioritizing Raw, it meant that SmackDown would be shopped around to other suitors.
The two biggest stories from an industry business perspective broke on consecutive days, the WWE deal with FOX and the UFC deal with ESPN. This issue has the most detailed coverage of both stories you'll find anywhere, from the money, what the money means to both sides, what the deals entail, how this changes things for both companies and much more.
Look at Jimmy Pitaro's thoughts on UFC to ESPN, the aging of the UFC and WWE audience, is UFC really the youngest skewing sport, the good and bad of the ESPN deal, the value of the WWE and its stock, Vince McMahon's personal value with the stock, the timing and why these deals came in the way they did, value of streaming vs. television, the archaic pay structure in WWE, and the difference in television hours of WWE and UFC going forward with the new deals.
Read about the big shows upcoming, New Japan at the Cow Palace, All In, NXT Chicago, Money in the Bank and SummerSlam with a lesson on ticket sales, the secondary market and where people are coming from who are attending these shows.
Check out the angle this past week that could lead to one of the biggest matches in the history of Mexican wrestling, L.A. Park vs. Rush in a mask vs. hair match.
This issue updates the plans for PPV shows and time running with the latest changes made, an update on the legal situation with C.M. Punk and Dr. Christopher Amann. Look at the idea of other groups streaming on WWE Network and the latest talk on it.
Read the plans for a WWE summer tournament, Dwayne Johnson's latest business, movies with wrestlers, Cena & Nikki Bella, More WWE injury updates, wrestlers returning to WWE, U.K. tournament first round matches, new WWE signing, next MSG card, Mauro Ranallo news, TV ratings in the U.K., most-watched shows for the week on WWE Network, as well as a look at all the WWE & NXT live shows of the past week with match-by-match coverage and business notes.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
Nick Diaz was arrested today on domestic violence charges in Las Vegas. Diaz was being held on $18,000 bail. Police were called to a Las Vegas residence at about 7 pm. last night and made an arrest last Friday. TMZ reported that the woman claimed she and Diaz have had an on-again, off-again sexual relationship for years but he's taken a turn for the worst, claiming he's been using cocaine.
She claimed Diaz attacked her last night, slammed her to the ground and choked her. Police were called and found her with red marks around her neck and eyes and she was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries.
Today's Best of the Super Juniors results from Osaka:
- Marty Scurll (1-2) beat Chris Sabin (1-2)
- Ryusuke Taguchi (1-2) beat Kushida (1-2)
- Sho (2-1) beat Desperado (2-1)
- Dragon Lee (3-0) beat Hiromu Takahashi (1-2)
So there are reports that Darren Till, who is fighting at 170 on Sunday, was weighing 216 pounds a couple of days ago.
The trial in the Dr. Christopher Amann vs. Phil Brooks (C.M. Punk) and Scott Colton (Colt Cabana) trial is now set to start on Tuesday. Jury selection started yesterday.
The Showtime documentary on Mauro Ranallo airs at 9 p.m. tonight Eastern time, 6 p.m. Pacific
WWE better pray for a Houston Rockets win tomorrow night, because if there's a seventh game between the Golden State Warriors and Rockets, it will take a bite out of hours two and three of Raw. Like a big bite. If the Rockets win tomorrow, there is no game seven, and Raw will rebound to pre-NBA playoff numbers.
The Matt Riddle vs. Will Ospreay match from Dublin's OTT promotion from two weeks ago. This looks like such a great match to see live.
- A four-way with A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe will headline a 7/1 show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo.
- Mark Dallas announced today that ICW and Firecracker Films are creating a new reality show for the BBC, somewhat similar to Tough Enough. They are looking for wrestlers to train for the show.
- There will be a free event on 6/1 at 7 p.m. at the MWF Studios at 360 Main St., in Melrose, MA with Tony Atlas and John Cena Sr. taping season two of Memories and Legends. You can e-mail email@example.com to get a ticket.
- The new season of Lucha Underground, which starts on 6/13 in the U.S., will start on 6/16 on TNT Serie in Germany, which is a Turner-owned station that airs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Gunther Zapf and Mike Ritter are the announcers. Zapf did WWE announcing from 1993 to 2013 as well as doing NFL commentary in Germany for years and works with wXw in Germany, doing voice overs for their bigger video packages. Ritter did German commentary for WCW from 1997 to 2001, and was later the German announcer for TNA. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
- NHPW Global Conflict from today in Perth, Australia before 150 to 200 fans: Casey Johns b Azalea, Lena Kross b Avary, Vincent Sterling b Lazar Armani, Madison Eagles b Desi Deratta, Rogan Karguis b Michael Spencer, Jebidah & Creek Murdoch b David Nero & Jono Petreski, Avary won over Azalea and Desi Derata, Jeff Cobb won over Jarrad Slate and King Shahil. Cobb will challenge The Don Michael Morleone tomorrow night. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
- Matt Riviera won the Buford Pusser Memorial Cup last night in a Battle Royal at the Adamsville, TN Buford Pusser Festival. Pusser was the character that the "Walking Tall" movie series was named after, and he was also a pro wrestler in that part of the country. Doug Gilbert and Bill Dundee were in the match.
- Defy Wrestling debuts in Portland, OR tomorrow night at the Hawthorne Theater with Matt Sydal vs. Matt Riddle, Joey Ryan vs. Randy Myers, Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin, Xia Brookside vs. Nicole Matthews and more.
- Smash Wrestling on 7/13 in Sarnia, ONT at the River City Vineyard. They also run 7/15 in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theater with Walter and Matt Cross as the headliners.
- Pro Wrestling Phoenix from last night in Omaha: Branden Juarez b Dalton Lee Roth, Carson Rockwell b Brett Bishop, Con Artiest b Robert Storm in a hair vs. hair match, Purple won over Joey Daniels, Paul Daniels and Axel Greece, Willy Sweet b Zac James in a street fight, Tim Boston b Pat Powers, Larz Metzger & Johnny Ruckus b Moonshine Russell & Duke Cornell, Branden Juarez b Preston Maxwell.
- World Class Professional Big Time Wrestling has a convention and show tomorrow in Circleville, OH. J.J. Dillon and Bobby Fulton have been on local media.
- AML Wrestling tonight in Winston-Salem, NC at the Fairgrounds Annext with Kevin Nash doing autographs before the show.
- The first Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship show is 6/2 in Cheyenne, WY on PPV. Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez faces Lewis Rumsey in a five round fight. Another former UFC fighter, Bec Rawlings, will face Alma Garcia.
- CWE tonight in Medicine Hat,Alberta at the Stampede Wildrose Room with Ron Simmons appearing.
- WWN announced that Josh Briggs, James Drake and Anthony Henry have signed contracts. They are expected to make more signing announcements. The key to signing talent would be to keep them away from ROH or MLW among others.
Daily Professional Wrestling History: Jushin Liger wins IWGP Junior Heavyweight 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, Hudson Envy & Shotzi Blackheart, Samantha Heights & Brittany Blake, and Miranda Alize & Kylie Rae. Kris Wolf will also be appearing 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.
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