A lot of pro wrestling personalities are in town for UFC 200 and other activities. For those asking, Paul Heyman is in town but he's working on publicizing a bikini contest at the Hard Rock. He hasn't been seen at any UFC activities. TNA champion Bobby Lashley was at last night's UFC show. Jim Ross is also in town for the show. Several of the cast members of Total Divas are also filming segments for the show, but not all of them.
There is no word whether Randy Orton will be at the show, but Dana White last night said that there would be a WWE plug on the show. 2K is also expected to have a video commercial built around Brock Lesnar at some point during tonight's show.
We have you covered for all of your UFC 200 live coverage. Just use the link below.
Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time
- Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
- Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
- Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
- T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
- Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano
PPV a 10 p.m.
- Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for interim featherweight title
- Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva non-title
- Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
- Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes for bantamweight title
Tonight night we're looking for reports on WWE shows in Toronto (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Usos, Cesaro, Charlotte, Natalya, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, The Miz, Sheamus, Apollo Crews) and Danville, IL (Big Show, Kane, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Eric Rowan, Dudleys, Rusev, Dolph Ziggler, Enzo, Cass, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch) and ROH in Baltimore (Adam Cole & Adam Page & Nick Jackson vs. Colt Cabana & Jay Briscoe & Jay Lethal, Silas Young vs. ACH last man standing, Bobby Fish vs. Kamaitachi, Jay White vs. Lio Rush, Christopher Daniels vs. Moose, Mark Briscoe vs. Donovan Dijak vs. Chris Sabin vs. Frankie Kazarian and Rhett Titus & Kenny King vs. Will Ferrara & Cheeseburger).
Sunday we're looking for reports from WWE in London, ONT (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, A.J. Styles, Sami Zayn, Usos, Cesaro, Charlotte, Natalya, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, The Miz, Sheamus, Apollo Crews) and Fort Wayne, IN (Big Show, Kane, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman Erick Rowan, Dudleys, Rusev, Dolph Ziggler, Enzo, Cass, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.
Raw will be live on Monday from Detroit. Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke is announced and Rusev vs. Zack Ryder is being hinted at. Stephanie and Shane McMahon are advertised. Then again, Shane was advertised the past two weeks and wasn't at either show.
Smackdown, the final taped episode of the show, will be done on Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, MI.
TNA Impact has an almost live show out of Orlando headlined by Bobby Lashley vs. Eddie Edwards with the TNA & X titles both at stake on the Destination X show.
Wednesday is crazy television with a live UFC show, Ultima Lucha Dos, Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura on NXT and the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament.
- UFC 200 DFS Playbook: value picks, who to avoid
- UFC Fight Week Observer Staff Picks, pt. 2: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha
- Vince McMahon returning on Raw; other matches announced
- Moose tweets goodbye to ROH, pulls out of August indie date
- The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale Las Vegas live results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha 2
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Figure Four Weekly
READ IT HERE: Figure Four Weekly 6/27/2016: WWE concussion lawsuit update, more - The latest information in WWE's concussion lawsuit.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
READ IT HERE: July 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Preview for massive UFC weekend, including UFC 200, plus tons of news - A full preview of UFC's massive weekend including UFC 200, plus tons of news and notes.
The lead story is the biggest week in UFC history and an update on UFC sales talk, all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. There is also a look at the WWE brand split from a business standpoint and update changes since the original plans were made, cover the return of Shinsuke Nakamura to Japan as a WWE star, Final Deletion and a history of pro wrestling on July 4th.
In this week's issue, there is more information on UFC's record numbers they are hoping to beat, the role of Brock Lesnar, the difference between Lesnar in UFC in 2008 and 2016, price changes, the prior record gate, Lesnar vs. Hunt, wrestlers vs. strikers as they age, what happens if Lesnar wins, what WWE did get from UFC, advertising Lesnar to the WWE audience, looking at the different fights and the card.
The WWE draft, the changes in the WWE audience, doing additional PPV and the economics of it, what should be looked at to determine if the brand split has worked and why the moves have been made, is covered. Plus, more on the WWE tour this past week going to Hawaii for the first time in six years, and Shinsuke Nakamura returning to Japan as the star of the tour.
What Stephanie McMahon said about Lesnar and his response, Stephanie McMahon honored, Hideo Itami's return, update on Jerry Lawler, A.J. Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi talks Styles and his ring psychology, Battleground, new programs planned, Dr. Chris Amann vs. C.M. Punk lawsuit update, Nike opposing WWE in trademark case, and another group of names WWE has shown some interest in, all covered in this week's Observer.
A big history piece on pro wrestling on July 4th, dating back 136 years, including one of the most legendary matches from 100 years ago, and the big July 4th events of the 80s. Why July 4th hasn't had a lot of major shows, but there have been some major historical events on the day as well as why for more than three decades no super shows were held on the day, is covered. The last year's of the regional era and the beginning of the national era with the WWF vs. Jim Crockett Promotions, and much more in this week's issue.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter BACK ISSUE
READ IT HERE: May 31, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Death of Owen Hart - The life and death of Owen Hart, details on WWF Over the Edge, plus tons of news.
SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
DDT announced that “Speedball” Mike Bailey will debut for the Japanese promotion in August. Bailey is currently unable to wrestle in the United States after being temporarily banned from the country due to entering without a work Visa.
WWE and Pro Wrestling
- Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff will be doing a panel together about their time in WCW at the Montreal Comic Con on Saturday night.
- The Good Men Project has an interview with Mick Foley about transitioning from wrestling to his new career in comedy.
- James Storms’ wife is pregnant with their second child and they posted a video telling their son.
- The Sporting News has an article about Brock Lesnar with quotes from Jim Ross.
UFC and MMA
- Jon Jones was named the greatest fighter in UFC history on Fox Sports One’s show ranking the organization’s top 200 fighters. Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, and Chuck Lidell rounded out the top five.
- USADA confirmed to ESPN that Jones’ B sample tested positive for the substance that caused the initial failure.
- Daniel Cormier is informed that his fight with Anderson Silva is official on the latest episode of UFC Embedded.
International Fight Week media from SB Nation’s Submission Radio:
- Cowboy Cerrone is betting $1000 on Anderson Silva to beat Daniel Cormier.
- Actor Jonathan Tucker says that he would’ve thrown down with Nick Diaz.
- Booker T announced that Randy Orton will be on his radio show to talk about his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
- This week on 6:05 Superpodcast, Brian Last and David Bixenspan talk to long-time wrestling historian/photographer/fan club member/reporter/etc. Don Laible about the '70s NY fan scene, the inner workings of the wrestling magazines, an ECW wrestler holding him hostage(!), and much more. Also: The story of the time that a fake Dick the Bruiser Jr. worked the Los Angeles Times and much more!
SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR
- TONIGHT - UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Anderson Silva vs Daniel Cormier; Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt; Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title; Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar for the interim UFC featherweight title
- TONIGHT - Pure Wrestling Association in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club.
- TONIGHT - New England Championship Wrestling presents World Women's Wrestling at The Brockton Fair, 600 Belmont St, Brockton, MA
- TONIGHT - Pure Wrestling Association "Summer Assault” 11 Year Anniversary - Alpine Club, 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario
- TONIGHT - All Pro Wrestling + Fit of Mind present: #MalaceInThePalace from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA.
- TONIGHT - Upstate Pro Wrestling in Rochester, NY, features Ethan Page, HC Loc, a triple threat match main event, and more.
- TONIGHT - Acclaim Pro Wrestling presents: Star-Mageddon 6!
- TONIGHT - Smash Wrestling in Fort Erie, ONT at the Native Friendship Center. Chris Hero will headline this fundraising event.
- TOMORROW - CCW in Essex, ONT at 26 Fairview Ave. with Cody Deaner headlining.
- July 13 - UFC Fight Night in Sioux Falls, SD. Michael McDonald vs John Lineker
- July 15 - NWA Texoma in Sherman, TX headlined by Rob Conway & Matt Riviera defending the NWA world tag team titles plus Greg Valentine making an appearance.
- July 16 - In Your Face Wrestling Presents: “Malicious Intent” - Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NYwww.iyfwrestling.com
- July 16 - Bellator 158 : London featuring Paul Daley vs Douglas Lima, Michael Venom Page, Linton Vassell and Matt Mitrione
- July 17 - Lucha by the Water ft Blue Demon Jr! - Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8, 3-6 pm. Tickets here.
- July 17 - Premier Wrestling at the IFDES Lodge and Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA with Joe Graves vs. Gabriel Gallo for the Premier. Tickets at www.premierwrestle.com.
- July 22 - Ignite Wrestling in Fort Pierce, FL at the National Guard Armory on a show with Lince Dorado, Mr. 450 Hammet, Lio Rush, Martin Stone, Los Ben Dejos, and more
- July 22 - AIW runs on 7/22 in Cleveland, OH, with Ethan Page vs. Josh Prohibition vs. Josh Alexander, and Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae vs. Ethan Carter III & Karlee Perez
- July 22 - The Lou Thesz Hall of Fame weekend show in Waterloo, IA, featuring Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan, Wes Brisco, B. Brian Blair, Jessika Havok, Tessa Blanchard, a steel cage match and more - This is the weekend Dave Meltzer will be honored.
- July 22 - Bellator 159 from Mulvane, KS. Darrion Caldwell vs Joe Taimanglo. Melvin Guillard vs David “Caveman” Rickells
- July 22 - National Fighting Championships in Kennesaw, GA at the Electric Cowboy with Chazz Walton (6-0 vs. Warren Smith (5-4) for the Georgia lightweight title.
- July 22 - Absolute Intense Wrestling in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel features Dutch Mantell, plus Ethan Page vs. Josh Prohibition vs. Josh Alexander for the Absolute title, Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae vs. Ethan Carter III & Karlee Perez (Catrina in Lucha Underground), Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Louis Lyndon, Skayde Jr. & Steve Pain & Gringo Loko vs. DJZ & Laredo Kid & Bandolero, Ray Rowe vs. Tim Donst plus B.J. Whitmer and Cedric Alexander.
- July 23 – Live Pro Wrestling, Glengarry Sports Palace, 170 McDonald Blvd. Alexandria, Ontario
- July 23 - Battle Arts will be taping television on at Santino Marella's Battle Arts Academy in Mississauaga, ONT. The taping begins at 7 p.m.
- July 23 - UFC on FOX from Chicago - Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko.
- July 23 - Chikara Pro announced a doubleheader event at Toronto’s Franklin Horner Community Center.
- July 23 - AAW in Merrionnette Park, IL, with Sami Callihan vs. Pentagon Jr., Zack Sabre Jr., Marty Scurll; Tommaso Ciampa; Fenix; Johnny Gargano, and plenty more. Here’s what you missed on their last show.
- July 23 - Masters of Ring Entertainment in Wilmington, NC, as part of Pro Wrestling Fan Expo 3 will feature Jeff Jarrett vs. ECIII vs. James Storm, announced by Jarrett in this video.
- Merritton Community Centre 7 Park Ave St. Catharines, ON
- July 24 - Crossfire Wrestling - Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue St. Catharines ON, for our 5 year Anniversary show "BRING THE HEAT V"
- July 24 - PWEclipse - Summer Surrender, Oshawa, Ontario
- July 24 - Fenix vs. Pentagon Jr. headlines for Lucha Libre New York at Club LaBoom in Queens, NY
- July 29 - Pro Wrestling Phoenix in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge features Sonjay Dutt vs. Hype Gotti.
- July 30 - WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 - Live on NBCSN from Everett, Washington. Also featuring Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs Caros Fodor in a brother vs brother fight
- July 30 - Smash Wrestling - Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2
- July 31 - BATTLEWAR 36; Les Foufounes Électriques, 87 Sainte-Catherine Street East
- Montreal, QC
- Aug 21 - Chavo Guerrero Jr. will appear for Smash Wrestling on in Pickering, Ontario at Super Showdown lV.