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Daily Update: Reigns & Styles, CM Punk, WWE TV in Mexico


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We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw show in Alexandria, LA, Impact TV tapings in Windsor, ONT (Austin Aries vs. Aiden Prince, Dezmond Xavier vs. Phil Atlas, Matt Sydal & Kongo Kong vs. A1 & El Reverso) and NXT in Sebring, FL to

We're doing two polls over the weekend, for both Sunday and Monday's New Japan shows at Korakuen Hall, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to


Fight Pass at 7 p.m.

  • Jarred Brooks (125.8) vs. Jose Torres (125.2)
  • Johnny Eduardo (135.8) vs. Nathaniel Wood (135.4)

FS1 at 8 p.m.

  • Desmond Green (155.4) vs. Gleison Tibau (155.2)
  • Belal Muhammad (170.2) vs. Chance Rencountre (170.6)
  • Nik Lentz (155.4) vs. David Teymur (155.8)
  • Lauren Murphy (125.6) vs. Sijra Eubanks (125.6)
  • Sam Alvey (204.8) vs. Gian Villante (205.2)
  • Julio Arce (145.4) vs. Daniel Teymur (145.8)
  • Jake Ellenberger (170.4) vs. Ben Saunders (169.4)
  • Walt Harris (253) vs. Daniel Spitz (243.8)
  • Gregor Gillespie (155.6) vs. Vinc Pichel (155.8)
  • Jimmie Rivera (134.6) vs. Marlos Moraes (135.4)


  • Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Cody


  • Jeff Cobb vs. Jake Hager
  • Sami Callihan vs. Joey Janela


  • Astral & Electrico & Principe Diamante vs. Disturbio & Metalico & Sangre Azteca Jr.,
  • Drone & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa vs. Okumura & Puma & Tiger
  • Diamante Azul & Niebla Roja & Soberano Jr. vs. Rey Bucanero & Hechicero & Shocker
  • Cuatrero vs. Angel de Oro for CMLL middleweight title
  • Mistico & Caristico & Flyer vs. Sanson & Forastero & Ultimo Guerrero
  • L.A. Park & Volador Jr. & El Hijo de L.A. Park vs. Rush & El Terrible & Bestia del Ring


  • Chris Sabin vs. Desperado
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Marty Scurll
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Sho
  • Dragon Lee vs. Kushida

We're looking for reports on Saturday from the Raw house show in Baton Rouge, LA, Smackdown in Waco, TX, ROH TV tapings in New York (Dalton Castle vs. Ultimo Guerrero for ROH title, Mark & Jay Briscoe & Punishment Martinez vs. Young Bucks & Adam Page, Titan vs. Cody, Bully Ray vs. Cheeseburger no DQ no count out, Jay Lethal vs. Chuckie T, Sumie Sakai & Stella Grey vs. Gabby Ortiz & Riley Shepard, Kenny King vs. Jonathan Gresham, Kelly Klein vs. Jenny Rose), Impact TV tapings in Windsor, ONT (Rich Swann vs. Rey Fenix, Austin Aries & Phil Atlas vs. Moose & Al-1) and NXT in Fort Pierce, FL to


  • Will Ospreay vs. Flip Gordon
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoh
  • ACH vs. Tiger Mask
  • Bushi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Chris Sabin vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Desperado vs. Dragon Lee
  • Marty Scurll vs. Sho
  • Kushida vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Sunday has Raw in Lake Charles, LA, Smackdown in Arlington, TX and Impact PPV tapings in Mississauga, ONT.


No matches announced but it will be the A block winner vs. B block winner for the championship, and for the Dominion title shot.

Raw is Monday in Houston with Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode, Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens, Nia Jax vs. Natalya in a non-title match plus a tag team Battle Royal for the top contender spot for tag champs Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt. Smackdown has a house show on Monday night in Laredo, TX.

Smackdown and 205 Live will take place on Tuesday night in Corpus Christi, TX with Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch and Jimmy Uso & Naomi vs. Aiden English & Lana.

F4W NEWSLETTER: An early look at how April's NXT call-ups have fared

Over a month removed from the days after WrestleMania and the Superstar Shakeup, the most recent round of NXT call-ups have been -- at best -- a mixed bag in their first few weeks on the main roster. As has become tradition, the post-WrestleMania episodes of Raw and SmackDown saw new arrivals from NXT: Ember Moon, No Way Jose, The Authors of Pain, and Peyton Royce & Billie Kay. The wave continued the next week, with Drew McIntyre joining Raw and Andrade "Cien" Almas & Zelina Vega and SAnitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain) being announced as the newest members of SmackDown.

WON NEWSLETTER: (June 4, 2018) More details on Raw and Smackdown TV deals, more

An update on both the WWE & UFC television deals with how they went down and were intertwined in more details is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at actual finalization of the deals, how the contracts pay out, when the numbers figured and reported on actually come into play, and who negotiated the WWE's deal. Also look at what UFC had offered for both shows and just how differently things worked out.

Look at what both deals mean for the long-term perception of WWE and UFC, and the difference in air time on television between the two properties. 

Find out the new value of WWE, and one analyst talks about what he feels the stock value will be when the new deals come into play. Look at different estimates of WWE profit margins with the new deal, update UFC profit margins, and a look at the future.

This issue also has an update on news on both Money in the Bank, Extreme Rules and the return of Brock Lesnar.

Also, rundown week two of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament with match-by-match coverage, standings, schedule and star ratings for every show.

Have a look at the Dr. Christopher Amann lawsuit against C.M. Punk and Colt Cabana and early testimony, the Mauro Ranallo documentary, what was the key to Ranallo's career, the U.K. tournament and slow ticket sales, and John Cena's message to the locker room.

Look at what appears to be the final pro wrestling show at American Legion Post 308 in Reseda.

This issue runs down Io Shirai signing with WWE, the story behind it, her departure from Stardom, who she is, her link to Asuka, and two other Stardom women who are WWE-bound.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the UFC show, C.M. Punk trial and the latest news tonight and we'll also be back Sunday talking the Best of the Super Juniors. You can send e-mail questions to the show at

For this weekend, Roman Reigns will not be on the Raw tour but he is scheduled to return on Monday for television. A.J. Styles won't be on the house shows but also is scheduled to return at TV on Tuesday.

There wasn't much to the testimony so far in the lawsuit filed by Dr. Christopher Amann against C.M. Punk and Colt Cabana. Cabana and Punk both testified this morning. Cabana said he saw the lump in question more than once. Punk said about his appearance on the podcast in question that he was bitter. He said in late 2013 he was vomiting after every match and crying at times.

WWE announced today that Imagen Television will air both Raw and Smackdown in Mexico starting tomorrow. Raw will air on the station in one hour edited form at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Smackdown will air at 4 p.m., also edited down to one hour. 

The fight scheduled today at the UFC show in Utica, NY with Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel was canceled by the New York State Athletic Commission. Both had made weight yesterday. Aguilar complained about the commission saying the fight was pulled because she had chapped lips. Somehow my gut says that she isn't telling the complete truth.

The funeral for Hawaiian wrestling legend Prince Neff Maiava will be tomorow at the Co-Cathedral at St. Therese in Honolulu. There will be an internment at 10:30 A.M. on Monday at the Diamond Head Mortuary.


  • Nikki Bella and John Cena have reconciled according to US Weekly. What a shocker. 
  • Ring gear worn by Roderick Strong on November 18, 2017 at NXT War Games, and autographed later that evening at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX is up for bidding. The money from this will be donated to the in honor of one of Roderick Strong's best friends Dustin Yates Page


  • Shotzi Blackheart is expected to debut at the Impact tapings in Windsor, ONT on Friday night. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Vulcan Championship Wrestling from earlier today in Sydney, Australia: Jason Durhurst b Silvio Milano, Alexander Daniel b Bee Boy, Tony Cruze b Prince of Leon, Darius Vega b Lord Sabre, Mike Valuables b Johnny Starr, Lee Morrow b Hudon Hulk, JJ Spartan b AK 47. (thanks to James Stanios)
  • A group called Championship Wrestling League announced a TV taping on 9/29 for a two hour show that will debut on 10/12 on WADL Ch. 38 in Detroit in the Midnight to 2 a.m. time slot.
  • Best in the West TV results from last night in Fresno CA: Ruby Raze b Lisa Lace, Wiseguy & Niko b Sledge & Marcus Ericks in a tag title match. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • Over the Top has two shows this weekend. On Saturday in Dublin at the Tivoli Theater they have David Starr & Jordan Devlin vs. Low Ki & Walter, Pete Dunne & Mark Haskins & ? vs. Zack Gibson & Sha Samuels & Charlie Sterling, LJ Cleary vs. Tyler Bate vs. Kris Wolf and more. Sunday in Belfast at the Europa Hotel has Devlin vs. Bate, Dunne vs. Adam Maxted, Gibson& Samuel & Sterling vs Kings of the North, Tucker vs Curtis Murray and more. Trent Seven, who is injured, will be General Manager at both shows.
  • NFC is having its first-ever Jiu Jitsu show on 9/9 at Center Stage in Atlanta.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: The Shield vs. Evolution at Payback 2014

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, Hudson Envy & 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.