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Daily Update: Oney Lorcan injury, Ronda Rousey, Vader


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We're looking for reports on these weekend shows:

  • Saturday's Raw show in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Saturday's Smackdown show in Albuquerque, NM
  • Today's Evolve show from Melrose, MA
  • Today's Raw show in Anaheim, CA
  • Today's Smackdown show in Fresno, CA

Monday has Raw TV in San Diego with Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins for the IC title. There is also a Smackdown house show in Bakersfield.

Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live in Ontario, CA. Announced for 205 Live is Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick & Drew Gulak vs. Kalisto & Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Ronda Rousey shines at Money in the Bank

The question of who should be the "top guy" in WWE going forward has been definitively answered. Ronda Rousey followed up on her incredible debut performance from WrestleMania with an even better showing at Sunday night's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. In what was only her second televised bout and her first singles match ever, Rousey proved that she belongs in the ring. 

WON NEWSLETTER: WON Preview (June 25, 2018): Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The death of Vader

A detailed look at the career of Leon "Vader" White is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at his career highlights, his recent health issues and his death, his football days and how he got started in wrestling.

Also look at the program that first put him on the map as a star, his feud with Otto Wanz. Check out the debut of Big Van Vader, and how he was not the original person chosen for the spot. Find out about Vader's first match including the celebrity involved and the riot. 

Go through his WCW career, his feud with Mick Foley, the development of the moonsault, his UWFI deal and the WCW champion vs. UWFI champion before 46,000 fans with Takada. 

This issue has an update of what happened behind-the-scenes that led to ROH having a date in Madison Square Garden and having it taken away, and the issues between the two companies.

Read full coverage of the Money in the Bank show with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results, as well as coverage of NXT Takeover Chicago.

Look at where WWE is going for Extreme Rules and SummerSlam.

There is an update on the Cow Palace show and the G-1 Climax tournament.

We've got a story on what happened with Big Cass and his being fired.

Look at WWE's plans to run a show in Melbourne at MCG Stadium and the huge ticket prices for the event.

Also have a look at the WWE shows in London at Royal Albert Hall and the beginning of the U.K. division and what has and hasn't been said.

Read a postscript on the C.M. Punk lawsuit.

Find out about the honor John Cena is nominated for, the TV commercial for the WWE video game, WWE injury updates, a WWE survey, Cena lawsuit settlement, who put together key matches at Money in the Bank, Undercover Boss, note on a new signee and gimmick idea.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio talking the weekend UFC show and the latest wrestling news. You can send in e-mail questions for the show to

The "suspended" Ronda Rousey is scheduled to wrestle on her first U.S. house show tonight in Anaheim, which is also the building that she headlined the first women's UFC fight against Liz Carmouche. 

John Greene, who wrestled on WCW television as enhancement wrestler Johnny Attitude, passed away on 6/12 at the age of 53. Greene trained at the Power Plant and was living in Port Richey, FL. He was later part of the Tru TV series Micro Championship Wrestling with Hulk Hogan. On the show, he played the role of Johnny G, a smalltime promoter who ran little people wrestling matches, and Hogan supposedly bought the company from him and had him run it. He was still promoting minis wrestling as late as this year.

Josh Barnett explains why he's leaving UFC but continuing his career.

Jesse White, the son of Leon "Vader" White, talked to talked to TMZ about how DDP, Steve Austin, Mick Foley and Sting were all keeping in contact with Vader of late. He said that Sting and Leon became every close over the last ten months and that the two of them would read the bible together on the phone and tell old stories.   

Oney Lorcan suffered a broken orbital bone in his right eye and will be undergoing surgery. That explains why he wasn't at the TV tapings this past weekend and Danny Burch was working singles matches.

The advances for Monday and Tuesday's WWE TV's aren't strong.


  • Both Carmella and A.J. Styles, or both the men's and women's champion, were off the Smackdown house shows this weekend as they are in Australia to promote the 10/6 show in Melbourne. 
  • Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was announced for Smackdown on Tuesday.


  • The Adam Cole vs. Walter match today on the Evolve show in Melrose, MA won't be allowed on the WWN streaming service. The rest of the show, which features Matt Riddle vs. AR Fox, is on the service.
  • Progress today in London at the Electric Ballroom before a sellout 700 fans: Doug Williams b Michael Dante to keep the Atlas title, Laura DiMateo b Charlie Morgan, Will Ospreay b Jordan Devlin (said to be one of the best matches of the year in the U.K), British Strong Style b Besties in the World & Josh Alexander, CCK b Mills & Mayhew, Travis Banks b Chuck Mambo to keep Progress world title, Mark Davis b Chris Ridgeway to win the Natural Progressions Series. Great main event. Next shows are 7/15 in Birmingham (which is sold out) and 7/25 in Camden.
  • Jacques Rougeau talks to kids about bullying. (thanks to Grant Zwarych)
  • Dave Palumbo, John Romano, and pro bodybuilder Lee Priest talking former pro wrestler Jeep Swenson. (thanks to Daniel Thomason)
  • All Pro Wrestling from Friday night in Daly City, CA before 600 fans: Jungle Boy won gauntlet match over Rik Luxury, Tripp Cassidy, Steve Tresario, Marcus Lewis, Johnny Dynamite and Bison Braddock, Douglas James & Jake Atlas b Synn & PapoEsco, Flip Gordon b Manny Faberino, Reno Scum b Walter & Timothy Thatcher (this match tore down the house), Nicole Savoy b Shotzi Blackheart, Will Hobbs b Royce Isaacs, Karl Fredericks & Styker Ngongoseke b Matt Carlos & Dave Dutra to keep the tag titles, Penta 0M b MVP (great heat), JR Kratos b Jacob Fatu to win the Internet title. (thanks to Matthew Mann)
  • I guess we used to always say Jungle Boy was the son of Luke Perry, anyway, Jungle Boy's father's third season of Riverdale was confirmed for CW starting on 10/10 in the Wednesday at 8 p.m. time slot. The renewal of the show was announced some time back but the time slot was just announced this past week.
  • Stardom on Saturday in Osaka: Konami & AZM b Natsuko Tora & Leo Onozaki, Kaori Yoneyama b Zoe Lucas, Tam Nakano & Starlight Kid b Jungle Kyona & Ruaka, Kagetsu & Hazuki & Natsu Sumire b Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima & Shiki Shibusawa, Momo Watanabe b Deonna Purrazzo. Hazuki then challenged Watanabe for the title on 7/176 at Korakuen Hall. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Stardom also ran a second show today in Osaka: Ruaka suffered a rib injury the night before and couldn't wrestle so Kagetsu wrestled twice. Kagetsu b Leo Onozaki, Momo Watanabe & AZM b Deonna Purrazzo & Zoe Lucas, Natsuko Tora & Kaori Yoneyama & Jungle Kyona b Tam Nakano & Starlight Kid & Shiki Shibusawa, Kagetsu b Konami, Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima b Hazuki & Natsu Sumire to retain the tag team titles. Watanabe & Konami issued a challenge for the next show.
  • River City Wrestling on 7/6 in Kirby, TX at the Turner Club is headlined by Nick Aldis defending the NWA title against Lance Hoyt and Abyss in a Monster's Ball match defending the RCW title against Joey Spector, while Paige Turner defends the women's title against Rebel Tanea Brooks, Dr. Maldad vs. Laredo Kid vs. Baby Black and Taeler Hendix vs. Barbi Hayden.
  • Championship Wrestling from Ontario on 7/7 at the Rockpile in Toronto.
  • Pro Wrestling Ontario on 7/14 in Burlington, ONT at the Lions Club featuring the Amazing Canadian.
  • Cross Body Pro Wrestling on 7/14 in Kitchener, ONT at 69 Agnes St. features Josh Alexander vs. Alessandro Del Bruno.
  • SKM on 7/29 in Hagersville, ONT at the Community Centre.
  • Icebox's Pro Wrestling from 6/16 in Alameda, CA: Godfather was announced as their new commissioner. Icebox & Tony Fury b Pinoy Club, Jeckles b Jardi Frantz, Boogeyman b Super Beast, Cryme Time b Jacob & Journey Fatu (with their father the Tonga Kid) to keep the tag titles, Will Hobbs won a Battle Royal. (thanks to Mike Lano)
  • Shine on 7/20 in Ybor City, FL has LuFisto vs. Kimber Lee in a no DQ mach, Rain vs. Stormie Lee in an I Quit match and Rain retires if she loses, plus a four-team elimination match with Mercedes Martinez & Ivelisse, Keira Hogan & Dementia D'Rose, Holidead & Thunder Roa and Aja Perera & Aerial Monroe, plus Su Yung, Leva, Jordynne Grace and more.
  • Defiant Wrestling on 7/16 in Newcastle, UK at the O2 Academy has a 16-man Ringmaster tournament with Adam Brooks, Bad Bones, BT Gunn, David Starr, Kay Lee Ray, Kurtis Chapman, Kyle Fletcher, Mark Davis, Martin Kirby, Matthew Riddle, Millie McKenzie, Nathan Cruz, Omari, Simon Miller, Stevie Boy and TK Cooper. 
  • Bellator announced an 8/17 show in Sioux Falls, SD at the Sanford Pentagon headlined by Darrion Caldwell vs. Noad Lahat. Caldwell, the bantamweight champion, will be moving up to 145 pounds. In addition, Logan Storley, an 8-0 four-time All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota, will face A.J.Matthews.
  • CWE on 8/'2 in Carman, Manitoba at the Carman Arena.
  • PWA on 7/21 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club of Kitchener with Tyson Dux vs. Joey Allen and Josh Alexander vs. El Reverso.
  • The movie 350 Days will be holding a press conference tomorrow from 5-7 p.m. Eastern with producers Evan Ginzberg, Darren Antola and David Wilkins plus Greg Valentine, Lanny Poffo and Ric Drasin by phone.
  • PCW Ultra on 7/27 from Wilmington, CA has an iPPV with Tessa Blanchard vs. Britt Baker for their women's title plus Matt Riddle vs. Brody King.
  • A PCW Ultra cage match with Penta 0M vs. Sami Callihan will be airing on Impact either this week or next to help build the story for their mask vs. hair match at the Slammiversary PPV in Toronto on 7/22.
  • World Class Revolution Wrestling is taping TV on 7/21 in Parker, TX with a show called "Southfork Ranch: Who Shot JR?" JR in this case is Jim Ross, who hopefully isn't getting shot on their TV show. Announced for the show is Jim Ross, MVP, Taya Valkyrie, PCO, Scott Steiner, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Ross & Marshall Von Erich, Lance Hoyt and Trevor Murdoch.
  • PWA from last night in Blacktown, New South Wales before less than 100 fans: Big Fudge & Jude London won Gauntlet mach, Jay Law b Ricky South, Danger Paul, Gino Gambino b Jason Dewhurst, Kingston Eclipse b Kasai to win FWA title, Savannah Summers won three-way over Shazza McKenzie and Alyna to became FWA women's champion 5 Star Flash b Hurricane. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Asia Wrestling Entertainment in Malaysia has announced they will be running monthly shows at the Capita City Mall and Theme Park starting in November. They have a show on 6/30 in Kuala Lumpur with Chris Adonis (Masters) vs. Mihal Burns and Juventud Guerrera vs. Ho Ho Lun.
  • Underworld Wrestling canceled a 7/20 show in Melbourne, which went head-to-head with a Mick Foley one-man show as well as a Wrestle Rock show in that city. They next run on 8/17.
  • Conquer Pro Wrestling from Friday night in Orlando: Santana Garrett b Rene Michelle, Chuckles b Hero Byronico, Chance Champion b Joey Mayberry, Terrence & Terrell Dudley (Devon's sons) & Jude Jean b Chris Metro & JC Metro & Kiki Roberts, Jack Hurley b Jay Rios, Chris Melendez b Jesse Neal in a flag match, Rex Bacchus b Jason Static in a lumberjack match.
  • Dean Ayass and Liam Happe host a special episode of Because WCW, looking back at the stellar career of Vader, who passed away this week. They look back at their experiences of seeing him live, and how he shaped their love for WCW and their own personal wrestling philosophy. The episode can be downloaded on iTunes or here.

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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.