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Daily Update: Rashad Evans retires, Brock Lesnar, Eli Drake contract


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We're looking for reports from Raw in San Diego with Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins for the IC title as well as tonight's Smackdown show in Bakersfield, CA and the Saturday night show in Salt Lake City to


  • El Ligero vs. Mitch Hitchman
  • Roderick Strong & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Tyler Bate & Trent Seven for the NXT tag titles
  • Charlie Morgan vs. Killer Kelly
  • Travis Banks vs. Noam Dar vs. Flash Morgan Webster vs. Mark Andrews for the No. 1 contender for the UK title
  • Adam Cole vs. Wolfgang for North American title
  • Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream & EC 3
  • Shayna Baszler vs. Toni Storm for NXT women's title
  • Pete Dunne vs. Zack Gibson for U.K. title

Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live in Ontario, CA. Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was announced for the Smackdown show. Announced for 205 Live is Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick & Drew Gulak vs. Kalisto & Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik.


  • Tim Caron (185) vs. Jordan Williams (185)
  • Jamall Emmers (146) vs. Julian Erosa (145.5)
  • Josh Parisian (265) vs. Greg Rebello (248)
  • Te Edwards (156) vs. Austin Tweedy (155.5)
  • Antonina Shevchenko (125.5) vs. Jimee Nievera (126) Shevchenko is the sister of UFC star Valentine Shevchenko

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 covering Raw and the latest wrestling news. You can send in e-mail questions for the show to

Rashad Evans officially announced his retirement today. Dana White had said that after the Chicago PPV show and Evans loss that he would be retiring but he didn't confirm it. He was on Ariel Helwani's MMA show today and said after having some time to think, he's retiring.

WWE is doing an angle that contract negotiations with Brock Lesnar and WWE have stalled and thus they don't have a date for his next title defense. 

Impact announced that Eli Drake has signed a new deal. The time frame of the deal is at this point not clear.

Advertising in San Antonio lists the 9/16 Hell in a Cell PPV top matches as Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens and A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe. Keep in mind that advertising in Pittsburgh listed two different cards, and they ended up changing both of them.

Kevin Harvey noted that Rise was in trouble. He said the 6/29 show in South Gate, CA will go on as will the 7/7 and 7/8 shows. He said he doesn't want to cancel 10/19 in Berwyn, IL but ticket sales have been pulled. He said those who have tickets will be refunded if the show is canceled. Harvey said it's a real possibility that the 7/8 tapings in Naperville, IL could be their last show. 

New Japan has put up the legendary Stan Hansen vs. Big Van Vader match from the Tokyo Dome for free on New Japan World in honor of Vader.

The last set of NJPW interviews includes the Juice Robinson promo that people have been talking about for the Cow Palace show. Aside from the swearing, this is the closest thing to old school promos that are in wrestling.



  • There are still a few tickets left for our show on 7/7 at 11 a.m. at the San Francisco Airport Westin the morning of the New Japan show. Only GA tickets are left.
  • Soberano Jr. defends the Mexican national welterweight title against Titan tonight in Puebla. The show starts at 9 p.m. on CMLL's YouTube Channel and also has a Volador Jr. & Flyer vs. Templario & Ultimo Guerrero main event.
  • Joey Ryan, Sami Callihan and Jason Cade have been added to MLW's 7/19 Battle Riot show in Long Island City, NY.
  • AAW from Saturday night in Marionette Park, IL before 501 fans: Myron Reed won over Stephen Wolf and Rich Swann, Scarlett Bourdeux b Savannah Stone, Moose b Eddie Kingston, Su Yung b Hudson Envy, Trevor Lee b Trey Miguel to keep the Heritage title, Brody King NC Sami Callihan, Colt Cabana b Maxwell Jacob Freidman, Jake Something & Curt Stallion won three-way over Nate Webb & Senza Volta and Paco & Ace Romero, Kimber Lee b Kylie Rae to keep women's title, ACH b David Starr to keep AAW title. Next show in the building is 7/21.
  • The Defy/Progress doubleheader in Seattle will have Progress on 8/9 in Seattle at Washington Hall, and then Defy will run 8/10, using a lot of the stars from Progress.
  • New Generation Wrestling is doing a joint show with Impact on Twitch on 8/19 in Knoxville at the Convention Center called the Uncivil War.
  • Sanson and Cuatrero face Rey Hours & Xtreme Tiger in the main event of a Baja Stars USA show on 8/18 in San Diego at 3020 Coronado Avenue.
  • Mistico & Niebla Roja vs. Shocker & Rey Bucanero plus El Hijo de Rey Misterio & Damian 666 vs. Rey Hours & Nicho headline Friday night in Tijuana at the Auditorio in a Firefighters benefit show.
  • The 7/12 House of Hardcore show in Adelaide, Australia has been canceled. The rest of the tour is still happening. Bully Ray & Craven & ? vs. Spirit Squad was announced for a tables match on their show on 7/11 in Perth.
  • SPW from Friday night in Singapore: Mighty Dragon b Saigon Hunters to keep tag titles, Ho Ho Lun b Power Warrior to keep China championships, Horros b Jake DeLeon & Robin Sane, Facade b BlackWarrow, Alexis Lee b Crystal, Trexxus & Andreuw Tang & Aiden Rex b Mark Davis & Wolfgang & Pete Dunne.
  • Venom Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia: Bobby Bishop b Mitch McCarthy, Sofia Morales b Erika Reid, B-Lara & PJ O'Connor b Damien Thorne & Ryan Thorne, Lynx b Slade Mercer, Jaxon Cross & Xander Sullivan b Rip Reilly & Jake Nova, Giant Kyote b Spaceman Dacey, Caveman Ugg b Tim Kade. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Pro Wrestling Revolution from Saturday night in Gridley, CA before 600 fans: Zuca b Ultrahashi Grappler III b Adran Quest, Ultimo Panda & Skayde & Dinamita b Vapor & Papo Esco & Arkady Federov, Rey Leon b Puma Negra, Nicole Savoy b Kimmy, Misterioso won four-way over Rey Fenix, Jacob Fatu and Mariachi Loco to win the PWR Open weight title, Penta 0M b Colt Stevens (amazing heat). You can see the show on the PWR Twitch channel. (thanks to Roy Lucier)
  • IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand: Liger b Falcon Kid, James Shaw & Jukebox Hero b XS, No Face b Junior Hawke, Britenay b Grace Lightning, Jakob Cross & Short & Sweet b Kingi & JB Bennett & Mr. Tagataese, Savage & Stone b Privileged, Magnum NC Little Ted, Candy Lee b Ashlee Spencer, Liam Fury b Mr. Burns. Next show is 7/21. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling Riot on the River on 7/6 at the Loading Dock Bar and Grill in Grafton, IL.
  • Demand Lucha on 8/25 has Lucha Libre at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ONT from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Mick Foley is coming to BANG TV for a fundraiser for four charities on Saturday at the BANG TV Sound Stage in Ocala, FL. He will be doing a talk show plus there will be a wrestling show for a $35 donation for Feed the Need for homeless children, Champions for Champions for Special Need children, the Marion County Humane Society and Society & Tax Man's Charities. There will be a Q&A with Foley.
  • Lucha Xtreme from the weekend TV show in Fresno: Beat the Butcher b Big Baby Powder, Kevin Duckes b Shaggy McLovin-DQ, Vinnie Massaro won four-way over Matt Fury, Michael Sawn and Dorian Black. Next TV taping is 7/1 at the Broadway Center in Fresno adjacent to Grizzlies Stadium at 2 p.m. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • Lucha Libre on 8/26 at Lee's Palace in Toronto headlined by Shane Strickland. 
  • Here's video of Pat Patterson vs Antonio Puglieei, March 16, 1968, Australia. Pugliesi is later known as Tony Parisi. (thanks to Paul Sonowski)
  • A story on a fan who turned wrestling travel into a business. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki

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.