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Smackdown and 205 Live are in Toledo tonight with a gauntlet match on Smackdown and Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy for the No. 1 contender position in the cruiserweight division on 205 Live. 

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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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • With it being 6/19, today was declared “Rey Mysterio Day” in San Diego. Mysterio said he’s possibly getting ready to go back to WWE and indicated that it would be a three-year contract if they come to terms. Mysterio also mentioned that he has more dates with NJPW scheduled.
  • Mysterio tweeted about being honored today: “Honored & grateful with the city of SD 619 for officially naming today 6/19/Rey Mysterio Day! A Sincere Thank U to my fans [worldwide] for the support & unconditional love given through out my 28 yrs of career &  please understand that without your support I would not be who I am now!”
  • WWE stock closed at $66.14 per share today, which is another record-high number and up 3.46 percent on the day.
  • Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy will be the main event of tonight’s 205 Live.
  • With an angle that he officially signed his contract last week, Lio Rush could be making his 205 Live debut soon.
  • Total Bellas viewership was down slightly but remained strong on Sunday night. This week’s episode averaged 726,000 viewers, down from 734,000 last week. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.35, up from 0.33.
  • PWInsider reported that William Regal will be back on the road as NXT general manager for Thursday’s TV tapings in Orlando.
  • John Cena was announced as a finalist for the Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Kevin Durant, JJ Watt, and Doug Baldwin are the other finalists.
  • Cena and Ford settled out of court after Ford sued Cena for selling an exclusive car that he got the chance to purchase. Ford had claimed that Cena wasn’t supposed to resell the car as part of the agreement.
  • Charlotte Flair will be one of the 16 athletes featured in this year’s Body Issue of ESPN magazine.
  • Triple H said that Jinny suffered a concussion at yesterday’s United Kingdom Championship tournament show at Royal Albert Hall. She got hurt when catching Isla Dawn on a dive, and the planned fatal four-way match was started again as a triple threat with Toni Storm, Killer Kelly, and Dawn. Jinny tweeted about the injury: “Heartbroken? Yes. Seriously hurt? No. I'm so grateful to have the people I have in my life, friends and family checking up on me. And, thank you to all the fans who wished me well #YassQueen”
  • Triple H also said they aren’t yet sure where the NXT UK brand show will air.
  • Shawn Michaels and Pete Dunne appeared on BBC Radio 1Xtra today to promote the UK tournament.
  • The Mountain Goats released a song that they wrote about Sasha Banks after promising her that they would years ago.
  • Bobby Roode celebrated the 20th anniversary of his pro wrestling debut: “June 19 1998 was my very first pro wrestling match. It’s been an amazing 20 years in this business. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today! #Glorious”
  • Former rugby player Daniel Vidot spoke to news.com.au about signing with WWE and the character that he'll portray.

Pro Wrestling

  • PCO, perhaps better known as former WWF Tag Team Champion Quebecer Pierre, is the first announced participant for this year’s PWG Battle of Los Angeles tournament. The 50 year old has had a lot of buzz on the indies lately, especially since his match against WALTER at Joey Janela’s Spring Break II over WrestleMania weekend. BOLA 2018 will take place at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles from September 14-16.
  • PCO has also been added to MLW’s 40-person Battle Riot match in Queens, New York on July 19, joining Johnny Mundo, Pentagon Jr., ACH, Kevin Sullivan, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Teddy Hart, Rich Swann, Barrington Hughes, Jake Hager, and Jimmy Yuta.
  • Pentagon Jr. & Fenix defending their Tag Team titles against ACH & Rich Swann has been added to MLW’s TV tapings in Orlando on July 12.
  • Jay Lethal vs, BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels vs. Delirious, Marty Scurll vs. Rhett Titus, Silas Young vs. Flip Gordon, Mark Briscoe vs. Will Ferrara, Hangman Page vs. Frankie Kazarian, Cheeseburger vs. Beer City Bruiser, and Jay Briscoe vs. Kenny King will be the first round matches in the Sea of Honor tournament on Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise. The winner will receive a future ROH World Championship shot.
  • ROH has uploaded Round Robin Challenge, the second event from their debut year, to their HonorClub streaming service. ROH has noted that all of their shows from 2002 will be added.
  • Cody Rhodes said NJPW should “grow a pair” and tour the United States the next time they come to the country.
  • Toa Henare is graduating from the NJPW dojo.
  • The first NWA-TNA show took place on this day in 2002.

UFC/MMA

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.

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