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We're looking for your thoughts on both today's WWE Super Showdown and Wednesday's New Japan Best of the Super Juniors tournament, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com" target="_blank">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also taking polls on the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, for both the MVP of the tournament and for the best match of the tournament to dave@wrestlingobserver.com" target="_blank">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also got polls for UFC 238 tomorrow night and for New Japan Dominion on Sunday, thumbs up, down or middle, best & worst match.

We're also looking for reports from tonight's Impact tapings in New York at the Melrose Ballroom to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV AT 8 P.M. EASTERN FOR A TWO HOUR SPECIAL

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Jay White
  • Juice Robinson vs. Jon Moxley for U.S.title
  • Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi Best of the Super Juniors finale

CMLL AT ARENA MEXICO TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN ON THE CMLL FACEBOOK PAGE AND YOU TUBE (YuuTube after the completion of the show)

  • Electrico & Oro Jr. vs. Coyote & Grako
  • Black Panther & Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr. vs. Disturbio & Kawato San & Virus
  • Audaz & Stuka Jr. & Valiente vs. Mephisto & Rey Bucanero & Ephesto
  • Templario vs. Cavernario
  • Angel de Oro & Caristico & Niebla Roja vs. Gilbert El Boricua & Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero
  • Block A in the Copa Dinastia (family) tag team tournament
  • Volador Jr. & Flyer
  • Rush & Bestia del Ring
  • Negro Casas & Felino
  • Euforia & Soberano Jr.

COMBATE AMERICAS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT ON UNIVISION AND UNIVISION DEPORTES AT 10 P.M. ON DAZN

  • Rafa Garcia (155.6) vs. Esteven Payan (155)
  • Jose Alday (135) vs. Juan Pablo Gonzalez (135.4)

UFC 238 FROM CHICAGO SATURDAY

Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. Eastern

  • Grigorii Popov (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (136)
  • Bevon Lewis (186) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)
  • Angela Hill (116) vs. Yan Xionan (116)

ESPN AT 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Calvin Kattar (146) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145)
  • Alexa Grasso (115) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (116)
  • Pedro Munhoz (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (134)
  • Nina Ansaroff (115) vs. Tatiana Suarez (114)

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern

  • Blagoy Ivanov (251) vs. Tai Tuivasa (259)
  • Jimmie Rivera (136) vs. Petr Yan (136()
  • Donald Cerrone (155.5) vs. Tony Ferguson (155)
  • Valentina Shevchenko (124) vs. Jessica Eye (125) for women's flyweight title
  • Henry Cejudo (134) vs. Marlon Moraes (134) for vacant bantamweight title

MLW ON BEIN SPORTS AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON SATURDAY NIGHT

  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. MJF

NEW JAPAN DOMINION AT 3 A.M. EASTERN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT/EARLY SUNDAY AT NEW JAPAN WORLD AND FITE TV

  • Jon Moxley vs. Shota Umino
  • Satoshi Kojima vs. Shingo Takagi
  • Jushin Liger & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jay Whtie & Taiji Ishimori & Chae Owens
  • Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii for Never Open Weight title
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Evil & Sanada for IWGP tag titles
  • Dragon Lee vs. Will Ospreay for IWGP jr. title
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito for IWGP IC title
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Chris Jericho for IWGP heavyweight title

WWE returns from Saudi Arabia with house shows with Raw in Fresno on Sunday and Smackdown in Stockton, CA.

Monday has Raw in San Jose.  They have not canceled Monday's show in Reno for Smackdown and are billing Roman Reigns, Bayley, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston and Drew McIntyre on that show.  That would mean they wouldn't be on Raw but I wouldn't take that one to the bank.

Smackdown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday in Sacramento.

A look at Will Ospreay and the Super Juniors tournament win, a study of PPV buyers of AEW, WWE and Impact and questions regarding WWE and Saudi Arabia are among the lead stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The lead story talks about the rise of Ospreay, the Super Juniors tournament, the debut of Jon Moxley in New Japan, then new Juice Robinson, the Super J Cup business, Dominion, plus a rundown of the last three nights of the tournament.

We also look at Ospreay's interviews and his future goals.

We also have a look at WWE Super Showdown and the last minute story involving the women and the culture.

We've got full coverage of Takeover Bridgeport with the next main event, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We also look at Gargano's big run.

We've got a story on the life of Atsushi Aoki, the All Japan booker and trainer and his career.

We've got a study on PPV buyers and what the real crossover between WWE and AEW and Impact and AEW among buyer actually is. 

We also go into depth on the Wade Keller interview with Jon Moxley,birth of Hulkamania, reaction from WWE, WWE looking at changing how they do entry level wrestler contracts for obvious reasons, Ric Flair releases videos, Flair has more out of the ring issues, WWE putting money into sports streaming service and partnering with former UFC owners, injury updates, name changes, why a major streaming service was stopped by WWE from non-WWE events, most-watched shows of the week on the WWE  Network, WWE market value and reports from the weekend WWE events.

We've got full coverage of the UFC show in Stockholm.

We've also got full coverage of Juicio Final, the first in what looks to be a new monthly CMLL concept.

We also run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Jon Moxley and the WWE creative process

After becoming the talk of the professional wrestling world when he joined AEW at Double or Nothing, Jon Moxley took things up to another level when he appeared on Chris Jericho's Talk is Jericho podcast last week.

While prefacing his comments with how grateful he was for his time in WWE, Moxley got years of frustration off his chest in the 90-plus minute podcast episode. The WWE creative process was his target, with Moxley saying that one of his goals in AEW is to prove that the process WWE uses sucks, is absolutely terrible, and is "killing the company."

WON NEWSLETTER: June 10, 2019 Observer Newsletter: The evolution of Will Ospreay

A look at Will Ospreay and the Super Juniors tournament win, a study of PPV buyers of AEW, WWE and Impact and questions regarding WWE and Saudi Arabia are among the lead stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The lead story talks about the rise of Ospreay, the Super Juniors tournament, the debut of Jon Moxley in New Japan, the new Juice Robinson, the Super J Cup business, Dominion, plus a rundown of the last three nights of the tournament.

Also look at Ospreay's interviews and his future goals.

Have a look at WWE Super Showdown and the last minute story involving the women and the culture.

Read full coverage of Takeover Bridgeport with the next main event, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Also look at Gargano's big run.

This issue has a story on the life of Atsushi Aoki, the All Japan booker and trainer and his career.

Read a study on PPV buyers and what the real crossover between WWE and AEW and Impact and AEW among buyer actually is. 

Go into depth on the Wade Keller interview with Jon Moxley, birth of Hulkamania, reaction from WWE, WWE looking at changing how they do entry -evel wrestler contracts for obvious reasons, & Ric Flair releases videos.

This issue contains full coverage of the UFC show in Stockholm.

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight previewing UFC and talking Super Showdown.  It's the third of at least six shows in a row I'm doing as we did a new show with Kevin Kelly last night, will be covering UFC on Saturday, Dominion on Sunday and Raw on Monday.

The Saudi Arabian government, after okaying women on today's show at some point and going back-and-forth since, had a change of tune and not only were Natalya and Alexa Bliss not allowed to wrestle on the show, but they weren't even on the show at all. No word yet on injuries from today's show, but it looked like both Bill Goldberg and Undertaker were shaken up in their match.  Goldberg apologized after the match saying that he knocked himself out early but thought he could finish.  Continuing while knocked out led to what happened from there.

While not announced yet by New Japan, Kazuchika Okada on Twitter talked about how tomorrow (which would be late tonight in the U.S.) there will be a contract signing with he and Chris Jericho and likely an angle out of that since they haven't shot an angle yet.

FITE TV is pushing a show tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern called "A Night You Can't Mist" which is the Impact/House of Hardcore match from Philadelphia as a $9.99 iPPV buy.  They are also airing Dominion for those who don't have New Japan World for $29.99 starting at 3 a.m. late Saturday night.

A correction from yesterday's update.  The Impact show tomorrow night on Impact+ is not free, but it's on Impact plus if you are a subscriber.  Impact has a show on Sunday that is free on its Twitch channel.

WWE

  • Roderick Strong & Kyle O'Reilly will be on the 6/29 Evolve show in Queens, NY at La Boom facing J.D. Drake & Anthony Henry.
  • Matt Riddle will be working the 7/14 Evolve show in Melrose, MA against Curt Stallion.
  • A WWE mockumentary on Greg Hamilton (thanks to Billy Sprague)

UFC

  • Added to the UFC 242 show on 9/7 in Abu Dhabi is Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos and Mairbek Taisumov vs. Diego Ferreira.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • ROH will be putting tickets on sale Wednesday for shows on 9/6 in Dearborn, MI,. 9/7 in Chicago at the Odeum Expo and 9/8 in Milwaukee at the Potawatmi Casino.
  • Impact has added a Women's Monster's Ball match for the 7/7 Slammiversary show with Taya Valkyrie vs. Su Yung vs. Rosemary vs. Jessika Havok.
  • Pentagon Jr. vs. Marty Scurll has been added to the World Series Wrestling show on 6/23 in Sydney.
  • WSU from 6/7 in Voorhees, NJ at The Coliseum headlined by Kris Statlander vs. Aja Perera in a women's show.
  • 70s and 80s star Scott Casey has an autobiography called "One Last Ride" by Cowboy Scott Casey on sale at www.CowboyScottCasey.com

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