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Daily Update: NXT UK brand, Being the Elite, Kizuna Road

THE ROUND-UP

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THE LATEST NEWS

THE LATEST AUDIO

We're looking for reports on these shows to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com:

  • WWE today and tomorrow in London
  • Raw (non Raw recent anything off television of note from tonight in Grand Rapids,MI
  • Smackdown house show tonight in Fort Wayne, IN
  • WWE Saturday night in Champaign, IL
  • ROH Friday night in San Antonio
  • Crash Saturday night in Tijuana
  • Arolucha Sunday in Nashville

We're also looking for your thoughts on both NXT Takeover show and Money in the Bank, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

Raw is tonight in Grand Rapids, MI while Smackdown has a house show on Monday night in Fort Wayne, IN, and the WWE Network is taping a show at Royal Albert Hall in London (Final 8 in U.K. tournament with first round matches of Zack Gibson vs. Jack Gallagher, Flash Morgan Webster vs. Jordan Devlin, Joe Coffey vs. Dave Mastiff, Travis Banks vs. Ashton Smith, plus Isla Dawn vs. Toni Storm vs. Jinny vs. Killer Kelly for an NXT women's title shot and Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate & Trent Seven).

NEW JAPAN FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL ON TUESDAY AT 5:30 A.M. ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Kushida & Ren Narita vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori
  • Togi Makabe & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Toa Henare & Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino
  • Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taichi
  • Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson & Jeff Cobb & David Finlay vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Jay White & Yoshi-Hashi
  • Super Strong Machine retirement celebration
  • The Masked Machines (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Bushi & Seiya Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi

Smackdown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday night in Toledo with the only thing announced being Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy for the No. 1 contender position in the cruiserweight division on 205 Live. There is also a WWE Network taping on Tuesday at Royal Albert Hall in London (Pete Dunne vs. U.K. tournament winner for U.K. title, Shayna Baszler defends NXT women's title, Adam Cole defends North American title, Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong defend NXT tag titles).

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: A week of closure for CM Punk

What promised to be one of the most important seven-day periods of his life ended up being a week of closure for CM Punk. The week began with triumph and, though he was soon discharged and didn't suffer any serious injuries, ended with Punk being transported to the hospital. On Tuesday, after roughly two hours of deliberation, the jury ruled in Punk and Colt Cabana's favor in WWE doctor Chris Amann's defamation lawsuit against them. 

WON NEWSLETTER: WON Preview (June 18, 2018): Omega vs. Okada reaches new heights

A look back at the Okada-Omega IV match is the lead story in the new jam-packed double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week. The story goes back to the previous matches, the story behind the match, the booking of Okada-Naito, the Okada title reign, how Okada is viewed in Japan right now, what is next for New Japan, the future of Chris Jericho in New Japan, New Japan President Howard Meij talks the future and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Look at UFC 225, C.M. Punk's second fight, the story behind Yoel Romero's weight issues, business notes on the show and match-by-match coverage with poll results.

Examine Jeff Hardy's guilty plea in a DUI case and WWE standards, advertised matches for the Extreme Rules PPV in July, thoughts on a new UFC news talk show, Ronda Rousey contract info, WWE campaigning for an Emmy nomination, a SummerSlam main event update, the Corey Graves/C.M. Punk issue, a Rey Mysterio/WWE note, NXT at the Download Festival, UK show cards, Survivor Series ticket update, Cena and Rock movie updates, wrestler returning to WWE action from injury, tons of talk of the XFL, and Bret Hart talks drama in WWE matches.

Read about the most-watched matches from the past week on the WWE Network, as well as coverage of all the WWE and NXT events over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

Preview Money in the Bank and Takeover, look at the career that led Ronda Rousey into the UFC Hall of Fame including her pre-UFC career, a new streaming service that will cover dozens of promotions all over the world, and the sad death of Arkangel de la Muerte.

Read more on ROH talking about running Madison Square Garden and all kinds of things going on.

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio, talking Raw, WWE U.K., G-1 and other news. You can send questions to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

Regarding the WWE's U.K. announcement for an NXT U.K. show that was made earlier today at Royal Albert Hall in London at the tapings, WWE has not announced where the show will air, only that they will start taping on a regular schedule. The hope was to get it on television in the U.K. with the WWE Network as the fallback.

Carsten Schaefer, the longtime WWE German language announcer, suffered a mild heart attack on Saturday, which caused him to miss yesterday's PPV show. He said he had bad back pain and went to the hospital, and it was discovered he had a mild heart attack. He is still currently hospitalized.

The new episode of Being the Elite is built around the Elite vs. New Day E3 video game thing from Thursday and other shenanigans. There is a big tease at the end for a match between the two sides.

Money in the Bank got 200,000 searches yesterday. That's usual B show numbers and not big four level. It was the No. 4 most searched term on the Internet, and all three that beat it were World Cup related. For a comparison, the UFC 225 show a week earlier did 800,000. Actually C.M. Punk alone last week got more than the entire MITB show combined got this week.

Two documentaries to go out of your way to see are the Bruiser Brody documentary on Highspots.com which is free only until the end of the day today, as a celebration of what would have been Brody's 72nd birthday, and the Hardys documentary that debuted last night on the WWE Network. It was far more honest and deeper than any documentary they've done up to this point. It was more than scary at certain points.

Hiromu Takahashi beat Bushi earlier today at Korakuen Hall to retain the IWGP jr. title. Takahashi will next defend against his top rival, Dragon Lee. No date was announced but it would make sense for the 7/7 show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Cody did a press conference today and predicted 10,000 fans at the show. It will be tough because non-WWE wrestling isn't going to sell more than a few thousand seats in a major market without traveling fans, and as noted in the last issue, the traveling fans bought tickets for All In and the SF show is drawing almost exclusively from the local market. 

WWE

  • Raw has competition tonight from the MTV movie awards, which start at 9 p.m. on MTV. 
  • Stephanie McMahon is in France today at the Cannes Liones Festival representing WWE.

UFC

  • The UFC Performance Institute has published a comprehensive study of MMA in an 80-page journal called "Cross-Sectional Performance Analysis and Projections of the UFC Athlete." There are a ton of new data points which we'll write about shortly. A key in the evolution of the game is that fights are now on average longer and more striking oriented than 15 years ago. The bigger the weight class, the more knockouts you get. Women's fights are more striking oriented than men's fights. Men who fight at 145 are the strongest pound-for-pound and aerobic capacity is only slightly higher among men than women. They also found that the best weight to enter the cage is 10 percent above the contracted weight class.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • John Lister's book, "Have a Good Week... Till Next Week" the history of ITV World of Sport Wrestling, and history of Joint Promotions is now available worldwide on Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. The book features bios of about 50 stars of the era.
  • There will be a New York City premiere of the documentary "350 Days," about pro wrestling in the past that Evan Ginzburg put together. The premiere will be on 7/12 at 5 p.m. at the Regal Union Square 14 on Broadway in New York. Among those scheduled to attend are J.J. Dillon, Greg Valentine, Tito Santana, Joel Gertner, and many more stars. The movie stars Bret Hart and Superstar Billy Graham. There will also be a California premiere at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. It will play for one night only, on 7/12, in almost every major city in the country as part of Fathom Events.
  • The San Diego City Council, with tomorrow being 6/19, has made it Rey Mysterio Day in the city. There will be a 10 a.m. ceremony tomorrow morning at the Council Chambers.
  • Wrestling.co reported that Real 1, the former Enzo Amore, has cleared things up with Amazing Red's House of Glory wrestling and he will be working an August show over SummerSlam weekend with the promotion in Queens, NY at the NYC Arena. They reported that the deal having problems, where he was announced and then his attorney said he was going to be there, was due to a miscommunication that has been worked out.
  • Jessie Godderz, who debuted this past week on Lucha Underground in a heavily promoted segment, will be on the CBS show "The Talk" this week. The exact date has not been announced but last night he was announced for one of the shows.
  • AAW on 6/23 in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street has ACH vs David Starr for the AAW title, Kimber Lee vs. Kylie Rae for the women's title, Trevor Lee vs. Trey Miguel for the Heritage title, Sami Callihan vs. Brody King, Hudson Envy vs. Su Yung and Steven Wolf vs. Myron Reed vs. Rich Swann. 
  • Pentagon Jr., Jake Hager, Jimmy Yuta and Barrington Hughes have been added to MLW's Battle Riot match on 7/19 in Queens, NY at the Melrose Ballroom. The winner gets a shot at the MLW title whenever they want it. 
  • Allison Brie, the star of GLOW, will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS tonight at 11:35 p.m. to promote the new season of GLOW on Netlifx. She'll also be on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night at 12:35 a.m. on NBC. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Women's Superstars Uncensored from Saturday night in Voorhees, NJ: C-Bunny b Ray Lyn, Leyla Hirsch b Willow Nightingale, Mad Max b Delmi Exo, Maria Manic & Bobby Ocean b The Shook Crew, Kasey Cagtal b Kris Standtlander, Jordynne Grace b Keira Hogan to win the Spirit title, Tessa Blanchard b Mercedes Martinez to win the WSU title. (thanks to Jake Koch) 
  • The story of a 61-year-old man debuting as a pro wrestler to help his son deal with the loss of his mom.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: CM Punk 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, Lufisto & 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION