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Daily Update: Raw, Money in the Bank, Seth Rolins returns

Raw is at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore tonight. They'll be starting work on the Money in the Bank show and the big thing will presumably Seth Rollins' return interview as the show last night seemed to indicate a Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins title program. They'll also be pushing John Cena's return next Monday and we'll get new directions for a lot of the key talent. They are advertising Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose & AJ Styles vs. Sheamus & Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens, but that means nothing as they just announce matches locally and don't deliver them most of the time. We're looking for live reports with Superstars matches, dark matches or anything else that isn't part of the live show at

We're looking for your thoughts on last night's Extreme Rules show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to

NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS ON MONDAY FROM NIIGATA (this won't air live but should be up sometimeMonday on New Japan World)

  • Matt Sydal vs. Bushi
  • Kyle O'Reilly vs. Gedo
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. David Finlay
  • Kushida vs. Rocky Romero

NEW JAPAN BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS ON TUESDAY FROM YAMAGATA (this won't air live but should be up sometimeTuesday on New Japan World)

  • Tiger Mask vs. Volador jr.
  • Jushin Liger vs. Chase Owens
  • Bobby Fish vs. Ricochet
  • Will Ospreay vs. Trent Baretta

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Norfolk  Roman Reigns & Usos vs. A.J. Styles & Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson is the advertised main event. We're looking for reports on that at


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    READ IT HERE: May 23, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Extreme Rules preview, Vince McMahon sells portion of WWE stock, tons more

    A look at what's next for WWE after Extreme Rules, the UFC sale with lots of exclusive info, Vince & Linda McMahon selling their stock, Chris Weidman's injury and how that changes plans, the staggering drop in kids viewing for WWE and exactly who watches the TV today, plus UFC 198 coverage and Best of The Super Juniors tournament news are among the stories covered in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

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    Bryan and I will be back tonight to talk Raw, the Shane McMahon interview, and more on Cody Rhodes as well as take your e-mail questions to

    Pop TV President Brad Schwartz did an interview with PW Insider giving TNA a vote of confidence, saying what station would cancel its second highest rated show. Well, that's actually happened quite a number of times to wrestling shows including TNA last year. Schwartz did the interview no doubt because of all the stuff about canceling the replay on Saturday after just four weeks and no mentions at all in the upfronts in March about TNA when plugging shows. Schwartz claimed when they started on the station they wanted to give as many people as possible a chance to find it, so they premiered it and repeated it, but now repeats don't make sense with VOD and DVR's and people watching when they want to anyway. The problem is Pop is not a staggered network like most entertainment networks so prime time means 6 p.m. on the West Coast, which is why Destination America would do the midnight replay, so they have a prime time showing. He tried to give the idea that it was the plan to do so for a few months and then cut down to one airing, which makes zero sense because why do the time slot change just a month ago if the plan was to dump it? He did explain about growing up watching wrestling on Saturday mornings, but again, if that's the case you don't dump it in four weeks. He noted they never marketed the Saturday show and the plan was always to have one two hour broadcast. He claimed repeats don't work, although that's notable because Pop's highest rated show is a repeat.

    The ESPN 30 for 30 piece of Ric Flair was written about in Sports Illustrated this week. Rory Karpf is the director. The piece will be 90 to 120 minutes. The WWE has been fully cooperative as far as allowing them to use footage because of the WWE/ESPN relationship. 

    Sports Illustrated today made a list of the 50 fittest female athletes in the world. They have an explanation of how they do the lists, but it appears to me they're looking for women who are athletes and also ripped. But from combat sports and wrestling these were the names on the list:

    • 31 - Kayla Harrison - U.S. women's judo star who is likely to go into MMA after the Olympics
    • 30 - Miesha Tate
    • 26 - Michelle Waterson
    • 24 - Ashley "Charlotte" Fliehr
    • 19 - Ronda Rousey (you knew she'd be on the list)
    • 9 - Holly Holm
    • 7 - Claressa Shields - U.S. women's boxing Olympic gold medalist

            No. 1 was listed as Jessica Ennis-Hill, a women heptathlete.

    Results in the best of the Super Juniors earlier today from Niigata:

    • Matt Sydal (1-1) beat Bushi (0-2)
    • Kyle O'Reilly (2-0) beat Gedo (1-1)
    • Ryusuke Taguchi (2-0) beat David Finlay (0-2)
    • Rocky Romero (2-0) beat Kushida (0-2)

            So a tournament story is the champ and top Japan current junior heavyweight has to play catchup.


    • The Shane McMahon interview with Mick Foley on his return will air for one hour after Raw ends on the WWE network. 
    • For the weekend, WWE was the No. 5 most searched term yesterday with 200,000 for the PPV. That's normal range for a WWE PPV show, but down from Payback which was 500,000. The Billboard Music Awards had 2 million and the Golden State Warriors had 1 million. But they beat the Penguins and the French Open. 
    • Ted DiBiase on Twitter mentioned to say prayers for George Steele who was going through some health issues. Best of luck to him in his current situation. He's beaten some major health issues in the past.
    • Enzo Amore has been back traveling and will be at TV tonight. That doesn't mean he'll be used but it does mean he's doing better, which is a good sign.  
    • Big E has been announced as attending the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame ceremony in Waterloo, IA. He played football for the Iowa Hawkeyes and prior to that, was state heavyweight champion in high school in Florida. Dan Gable said, "I'm excited to have WWE Superstar Big E at one of our biggest events of the year. Working together always yields the best results. We appreciate the support of WWE." Gerald Brisco is a huge supporter of the Dan Gable Museum and the Tragos/Thesz Hall of fame. He'll be doing an autograph session on 7/23 at 2 p.m. and will attend the induction banquet which includes myself, Bob Backlund, Chael Sonnen, Joe Blanchard, Lex Luger, and JJ Dillon being honored.
    • For those traveling to Las Vegas for Money in the Bank, the Electric Daily Carnival will be in town all weekend and that will bring 100,000 tourists into town. Hotel in Las Vegas are now charging for parking for the new arena, but if you're an MLife member, parking is free.
    • The company this past week taped Ride Along shows with the announcers, Michael Cole, JBL and Byron Saxton, and another with The Dudleys.
    • After the show last night they announced a return to the Prudential Center on 11/1, which will be a Smackdown taping.
    • Finn Balor is headed to the HMV Super Store at 333 Yonge St. in Toronto tomorrow at 5 p.m. for an autograph session.
    • WWE stock was down 39 cents per share to $16.64.  The decline is likely due to the news Vince McMahon sold so many shares at $16.50 last week.


    • Paige VanZant has been inked and a role was especially created for her in the movie "Kickboxer:  Retaliation" after producers saw her on Dancing With the Stars.  Dave Bautista, Jean Claude Van Damme and Gina Carano are the three leads in the movie.
    • Joe Rogan is in Rolling Stone talking about UFC and Conor McGregor and even stronger about leaving. 


    • A note regarding last night's show when we were talking about the six-man opener on Saturday's New Japan show and how well Will Ospreay worked with Volador Jr., while Ospreay doesn't have experience in Mexico, he actually trained at a Lucha Libre school in London for some time so knows the style.
    • Wrestling Revolver on 6/10 in Cliva, IA at the Seven Flags Event Center features John Hennigan (Johnny Mundo) vs. Billy Gunn, Rhino vs. Trevor Lee, Tommy Dreamer vs. Bull James in a Hardcore match, Bob Holly vs. Sami Callihan, Su Yung vs. Jessicka Havok, Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Jack Evans, AR Fox vs. Michael Elgin plus PJ Black and Jody Kristofferson appear.
    • The Pentagon Black appearing this coming weekend in Shawnee, KS, is not Pentagon Dark or Pentagon Jr. from Lucha Underground, but the second Pentagon that worked in AAA.  He hasn't lived in Mexico in many years.
    • Wrestling Invades America from yesterday in Swansea, IL:  Da'Marius Jones won over Paco Gonzalez and Mike Outlaw, Justin D'Air b Rosko, Barackus & Tyler Copeland b Kevin Lee Davidson & Brandon Aarons, Billy McNeil b Ace Hawkins, Jim Hoffarth b Jimmy D & Bobby D in a handicap match, Brandon Espinosa b Blake Belakis (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
    • Pro Wrestling Eclipse from last night in Oshawa, ONT:  Kobe Durst b Jake Parnell, Jim Nye & Buck Gunderson won over Jason Roberts & Mikey Finnegan and Vaughn Vertigo & Gabriel Fuerza, Michael Elgin NC Tyler Tirva, Ethan Page b Everett Connors, Jewells Malone won four-way over K.C Spinelli, Kaitlin Diamond and Xandra Bale, Phil Atlas d Space Monkey, Cody Deaner & Michael Elgin & Josh Alexander b Tyler Tirva & Tyson Dux & Joshua James.  Next show is 7/1, a free show as part of the Canada Day celebrations.
    • In the Marvel Agents of Shield show, there was a line where a military guy was yelling at the leader of Shield (a comic organization dealing with superhero threats and issues) and said, "That was stupid.  Really stupid.  Like betting on WrestleMania stupid." (thanks to Mike DeGeorge)
    • Fenix vs. Pentagon Jr. takes place for Lucha Libre New York on 7/24 in Woodside, NY at  Club LaBoom.
    • Volador Jr. defends his UIPW title against both Caristico and Misterioso on 6/11 in Montebello, CA at the Grace Baptist Academy.
    • There is a Rayo de Jalisco Jr. 40th anniversary show on 6/18 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico with Ray & Lover Boy & Silver King vs. Capitan Furia & L.A. Park & El Hijo de L.A. Park as the main event.
    • Ignite Wrestling from Friday night in Fort Pierce, FL:  Klassic Brothers b Jude Jean & Josh Parker, Angel Rose b Red Velvett, Martin Stone & Aaron Epic b Rex Bacchus & Slade Porter, Kota Sekifuda b Jester Yorick, Jon Cruz & Jay Rios b Dirty Blondes, JB Cool b Mark Silva, Kahagas b Damian James, TNT b Braydon Knight & Chico Adams, Mr. 450 Hammet b CJ O'Doyle, Lince Dorado b Rhett Giddins (thanks to Kim Artlip)
    • Absolute Intense Wrestling's 24-man JT Lightning Invitational tournament takes place on 5/27 and 5/28 in  Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, with Homicide, Dan Severn, Tim Donst, Ray Rowe, Louis Lyndon, Tyson Dux, Tracy Williams, DJ Zema Ion, Colin Delaney, Cheech, Big Damo from the U.K,. Laredo Kid, Alex Daniels, B.J. Whitmer, Britt Baker, Brian Myers, Colt Cabana, Billy Gunn, Cedric Alexander, Veda Scott, Little Guido, Johnny Gargano, Candice LaRae and Josh Alexander.  Opening round matches are Severn vs. Delaney, Myers vs. Gunn, Alexander vs. Gargano, Rowe vs. Damo, Guido vs.  Donst, Dux vs. Williams, Alexander vs. Veda Scott, DJZ vs Laredo Kid, Daniels vs Baker, Lyndon vs. Cheech and Whitmer vs. LaRae.
    • TCW from yesterday in Rozano, Milan, Italy:  Antoninio Bellavita b Kombat Komedian to win Revolution title, Antonio Bellavita & Rocco Gioiello & Domenico Dinamite b Martini & Claudio Campari & Ciro Friariello, Saetta Nera b Fenice Rossa, Marchese b Darkness II, Marchese b Death Mask, Marchese b Break Bonsai, Pain b Marchese-DQ, Backslash & Oxlade Black b Sami Grayson & Violent Joe Turbo b Paziente Zero, Scandalo b Darkness II (thanks to Alessio Garbini)
    • CHIKARA's U.K. tour is 5/27 to 5/30 with shows in Birmingham, Manchester, North Shields and Glasgow.  In Glasgow, the main event is Princess Kimber Lee vs. Hallowicked for the Grand Championship of Chikara.
    • Dynamo Pro Wrestling on 5/28 in St. Louis at the Ready Room.
    • Here is a David Crockett interview preview.


    • June 4 - UFC 199 from the Forum in Los Angeles with Michael Bisping getting his first title opportunity of his career battling Luke Rockhold for the middleweight belt
    • June 5 - AAA's Victoria World Cup men and women's trio tournament finals at Los Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City which will be a live iPPV show
    • June 7 - New Japan Best of the Super Juniors finals from Sendai live on New Japan World
    • June 8 - NXT Takeover from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL featuring Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor in a cage match plus a loaded lineup that includes American Alpha vs. The Revival and probably Shinsuke Nakamura vs Austin Aries, which could be WWE's match of the month.
    • June 12 - TNA Slammiversary headlined by Drew Galloway vs. Bobby Lashley for the TNA title from Orlando
    • June 12 - Revolution Pro Wrestling in London, England headlined by Kurt Angle vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
    • June 18 - UFC in Ottawa: Rory McDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
    • June 19 - New Japan Dominion, one of the company's biggest events of the year, featuring Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada in an IWGP title match and Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi in a ladder match for the IC title
    • June 19 - WWE Money in the Bank from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas 
    • June 24 - ROH Best in the World from Concord, NC with Jay Lethal vs. Jay Briscoe for the ROH title 
    • June 25 - Ultima Lucha tapings in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles at The Temple
    • June 26 - Ultima Lucha tapings in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles at The Temple   
    • July 7-11 The 10th annual Wrestling Observer/F4W convention in Las Vegas, EdinSanAntonio has all the information up on Facebook, or email him at