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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 8/7/2017: Looking at Kota Ibushi's G1 reintroduction

As this summer's G1 Climax begins to wind down for New Japan Pro Wrestling, so does a stretch of matches that has further reminded everyone that Kota Ibushi is one of the absolute best professional wrestlers in the world. While that isn't a surprising development, it was a necessary one after Ibushi's relatively quiet last two years in pro wrestling.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: August 7, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE second quarter earnings, UFC 214, more

A look at the WWE business notes for quarter two is among the top stories of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also look at the deja vu of Jon Jones, in-depth on G-1, Io Shirai, the negotiations for Broken Hardys and much more.

Look at what aspects of WWE business right now are the most valuable and how they compare to last year, the state of the company, the future of TV or streaming rights fees, Facebook and Netflix heads talk about content like WWE, the drop in U.K. ratings, the WWE network numbers and what it says, the recent WWE cost cutting measures, as well as the state of live show attendance and real WrestleMania number.

Go in depth as UFC tries to remake Jon Jones as a big star, the Daniel Cormier fight, the story behind it, the potential of a Brock Lesnar fight and where it stands and when it can happen, the similarities between this Jon Jones and the other one, a look at UFC 214, Tyron Woodley's complaints, Dana White buries him, the realities of being a pro athlete in a sport where fans decide the stars, Cris Cyborg gets a title, all the business notes as well as match-by-match coverage and how much everyone made in their fights.

An update on the G-1 Climax tournament with the MVP race, the standings, the schedule, business notes and coverage of all the tournament matches of the past week, is in this issue.

Also there is an update on the SummerSlam card, who was being groomed for a top spot at the end of the year, the ticket demand for SummerSlam and NXT Takeover, the Bayley injury, a match that won't be happening at SummerSlam, and much more regarding the show.

Look at Royal Rumble tickets, John Cena getting his biggest Hollywood break, update on Cena's pro wrestling appearances including his first PPV after SummerSlam, everything you want to know about the fight over the Broken Universe gimmick, Chris Jericho in TMZ, Jericho in WWE, and Jericho's music.

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WON BACK ISSUE: July 17, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WCW Bash at the Beach with big angle reviewed, plus tons of news

It all started in late 1995 at the coffee table of the strength coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Kim Wood's house. Brian Pillman was 33 years old. His body was breaking down from the years of football and high flying wrestling. His contract was due the next summer. His future was stable in that there was little doubt he'd be able to renew his deal, probably for at about the $250,000 per year on a three-year deal at the level he was at.

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  • Less than two weeks before TakeOver: Brooklyn, tonight's episode of NXT TV has a face-to-face segment with Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre, Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. No Way Jose, and the debut of The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford).
  • Ford posted a message about making his debut.
  • Jon Jones continued to tease a future fight with Brock Lesnar, writing on Twitter last night that he's thought about showing up in the front row at SummerSlam.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin & Kevin Owens in a street fight was the dark match after SmackDown last night. Nakamura pretended to steal a fan's phone while taking pictures after the match.
  • Arn Anderson made an appearance on the edition of "Fashion Peaks" that aired on SmackDown.
  • James Ellsworth returned to TV last night after his "30-day suspension" came to an end.
  • Braun Strowman pretty hilariously read a scene from the movie "Juno" in a video produced by The Ringer.
  • Cathy Kelley tweeted that her NXT Insider YouTube show that debuted recently is no more.
  • Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss turned 26 years old today. Chris Jericho also made his WWE debut on this day 18 years ago.
  • ESPN has an article on Asuka's NXT Women's Championship reign nearing 500 days.
  • Fox 5 in Atlanta ran a story on Heath Slater opening a wrestling school in the area.

Pro Wrestling

  • In an interview with, Low Ki explained why he wears a suit in the ring and claimed that he left NJPW after being threatened with a suspension due to not wanting to wrestle in Fukushima after its nuclear disaster.
  • Katsuyori Shibata posted a bittersweet update on his condition.
  • Mark Haskins vs. Silas Young has been added to the card for ROH's iPPV in Liverpool on August 19th.
  • WCPW announced KUSHIDA vs. Travis Banks, Hiromu Takahashi vs. Mike Bailey, and War Machine vs. The Briscoes for their iPPV in Leeds on August 22nd.
  • The Metro has an article on criticism that Lio Rush received for a spot where he no sold a powerbomb off of a ladder and through a table in a match against Joey Janela for CZW last weekend.
  • Ted DiBiase made an appearance at Evangel Temple in Meridian, Mississippi last night.


  • Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre appears to finally be becoming official for the UFC's show at Madison Square Garden on November 4th after GSP posted a picture of himself signing his bout agreement.
  • Bisping detailed being robbed and almost drowning on a recent vacation in Hawaii.
  • Johny Hendricks will face Paulo Borrachinha at the MSG show.
  • Jon Jones wants to make peace with Daniel Cormier.
  • Floyd Mayweather said that his fight against Conor McGregor is for "all the blacks around the world" after McGregor generated controversy for racial remarks that he had made.
  • Andre Berto, Mayweather's last opponent, discussed Mayweather vs. McGregor and said that McGregor has a chance if he catches him early.
  • Bob Arum said that Mayweather doesn't deserve his 50-0 record if he beats McGregor because he's not fighting a real boxer.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: Ric Flair defeats Dusty Rhodes to win NWA World title

F4W Online / Wrestling Observer Vegas Convention Event Info

August 17-21; All times are TBA; Full information on the group Facebook page; Activities subject to change

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  • Thursday: Meet at the High Roller for Bowling at the Link; Party at Carnival Court at Hurrah's
  • Friday: Kiss Mini Golf tournament at the Rio; Dinner at Texas de Brazil; Suite party (location TBA)
  • Saturday: Future Stars of Wrestling show featuring Disco Inferno, Stephan Bonnar, Phil Baron, Shotzi Blackheart, and co-main events: 3-way match with Leva Bates vs. Mia Yim vs. Hudson Envy, and "Filthy" Tom Lawlor vs. Thomas Santell (f.k.a. Antonio "The Promise" Thomas); NXT viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
  • Sunday: SUPER CHINA BUFFET DAY at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at 1pm; SummerSlam viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
  • Monday: Goodbye lunch at Chen Chen at NY NY
  • All website members will also receive a 15% discount on any purchases from the Las Vegas Fight Shop for the entirety of the convention

Texas de Brazil, Wicked Spoon, NXT and Summer Slam will all be sign up and pre-paid events, prices and collection begin in mid July~!

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