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Daily Update: Sami Zayn, G1 Climax, MLW War Games


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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: The next step in WWE's Women's Evolution

WWE's "women's evolution" took its logical next step last week as the company announced its first all-women's pay-per-view. Aptly, the PPV will be called "Evolution." It will take place at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York on October 28. WWE is hyping that over 50 wrestlers from the past and present will be involved, with Trish Stratus, Lita, and Beth Phoenix already advertised. 

WON NEWSLETTER: (July 30, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All women PPV WWE Evolution announcement, more

The lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter cover the lives, careers and deaths of Brian Christopher Lawler, Nikolai Volkoff and Brickhouse Brown.

With Lawler, look at his death, his recent arrest, the decision to not bail him out, growing up in Memphis, how he started in pro wrestling, how he got his first push and his USWA heyday. 

Look the death of Nikolai Volkoff, what led to it, the true story of his name and where he got the gimmick as opposed to the public explanation that was always told.

Find out about the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Brickhouse Brown, how he was pronounced dead and came back to life, and his description of what happened when he was dead the first time. 

Read the update on the current SummerSlam show, business notes, Lesnar vs. Reigns, as well as the market value of tickets for all the rest of the summer major events.

Also there is more on the WWE FOX deal, new programming that both has and hasn't been discussed, updated contract information, new season of Total Divas, why Cain Velasquez was training at the Performance Center, and Sting talks if he will wrestle again.

Look at the debut of ITV World of Sport wrestling, why it was put on network TV in that time slot, ratings for the show and what they mean, who watched, why people were surprised about the viewership and what it means. 

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Pro Wrestling

  • The G1 is back in action overnight for the final show before the block finals. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, and Tetsuya Naito are still alive in the B Block. Omega has 12 points, while Ibushi and Naito both have 10. If Omega defeats Toru Yano, Naito is eliminated due to Omega holding the tiebreaker over him. Omega and Ibushi will face off on August 11 in a match that may decide the block winner. Tomorrow morning’s show will begin at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time and will be headlined by the first-ever singles match between Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemates Naito and SANADA. Here’s the full card: Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA Kenny Omega vs. Toru Yano Kota Ibushi vs. Tama Tonga Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Juice Robinson Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Michael Elgin & Shota Umino Jay White & Yoh vs. EVIL & BUSHI YOSHI-HASHI & Sho vs. Hangman Page & Chase Owens Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
  • Michael Elgin tweeted an update on his bicep injury and noted that no serious damage was found: “Update - no tear in the bicep. Some scratches to the muscle and bruising/injury to the bicep head. A couple weeks of light pulling movements (but I just trained back and a few sets of biceps so it's good to go) well ok, it was painful. But no servere damage”
  • MLW announced that John Hennigan, Tommy Dreamer, Shane Strickland, Kotto Brazil & Barrington Hughes will face Sami Callihan, Jimmy Havoc, Leon Scott, Sawyer Fulton & a partner that has yet to be announced in a War Games match at their show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 6.
  • Brandi Rhodes has been cleared to return to the ring following her clavicle injury.
  • With Kid Lykos out injured, Jonathan Gresham will be filling in as Chris Brookes’ partner at La Boom in New York City tonight as they defend the PROGRESS Tag Team titles against LAX.
  • ROH announced that they’ll be coming to Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 3 for a set of TV tapings. Survival of the Fittest 2018 will then take place in Columbus, Ohio on November 4. The winner will earn a future shot at the ROH World Championship.
  • Kazuchika Okada was featured in GQ Japan.


Daily Professional Wrestling History: Kurt Angle wins TNA title from Sting

12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. The 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~! is just around the corner.

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 Granny's Doubles Match Classic! Already booked for the show are the teams Mia Yim & Leva Bates, Shotzi Blackheart & ???, Samantha Heights & Brittany Blake, and Miranda Alize & Kylie Rae. Also just booked for the show is a tag team Grappling Battel~! featuring Bryan Alvarez & Jack Jamieson vs. The Beach Bums (PeachMachine & Mikey G), You won't want to miss this show! Check out the convention's Facebook page for all additional information.