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THE LATEST NEWS

THE LATEST AUDIO

We're looking for reports from last night's WWE show in Monroe, LA and tonight's Raw show in Bossier City, LA, Smackdown in Tupelo, MS as well as all of the NXT shows at the Download festival to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're doing polls this weekend for both the Dominion show and UFC 225, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match for each show to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

Monday has the live Raw from Little Rock with Sasha Banks vs. Natalya vs. Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor vs. Bobby Roode plus a face-to-face confrontation with Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey. There is also a Smackdown house show in Jonesboro, AR, and an NXT show in Paris, France.

Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live in Memphis with Andrade Cien Almas vs. Sin Cara and Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak & Brian Kendrick vs. Gran Metalik & Kalisto & Lince Dorado announced. There is also an NXT show in Antwerp, Belgium.

F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: CM Punk stepping back into the octagon

With Dr. Chris Amann's defamation lawsuit against him and Colt Cabana still being tried at the start of fight week, CM Punk's return to the UFC has almost become an afterthought. But in his hometown of Chicago on Saturday night, Punk will be stepping back into the Octagon just a few months short of the two-year anniversary of his loss to Mickey Gall. His opponent, Mike Jackson, is a 33-year-old photographer and combat sports personality with more fighting experience than Punk but just as many professional MMA bouts. 

WON NEWSLETTER: WON Preview (June 11, 2018) CM Punk and Colt Cabana win lawsuit, more

The most in-depth look at the Dr. Christopher Amann vs. C.M. Punk and Colt Cabana trial is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer.

Look at the background of the case, the real reasons it happened, key moments that tipped the jury in the direction, testimony that came out that made WWE look bad and the lack of reaction to it.

Find out the effect on Punk's fight preparation, Punk's feelings on the timing, the moral victory aspect, the goal, and why it went to trial. Look at the major mistakes made by Amann's attorney, and holes in WWE medical practices that are likely to be closed that current talent may not like.

This issue goes into detail on Punk's last pro wrestling match, the 2014 Royal Rumble, what was planned what went wrong, how it went wrong, and how everyone reacted.

Look at the Dominion show, the card, the build, the storylines, who should win and how the decisions should take place, as well as looking at the Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori match, Chris Jericho's return to WWE, and full details of the last two nights of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

Find out about UFC weigh-ins after Dana White wants them moved back to the afternoon, with a look at the direct statistics saying what has changed over the past two years and comments from White about why he thinks it's not working.

Look at the Shawn Michaels comeback talks, a rundown of Money in the Bank, value of WWE stock and why it rose this past week, Cena storyline, WWE pushing for an Emmy nomination, and new wrestlers that are signed and others who are getting tryouts. 

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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For this weekend, our weekend show is already up on the site. I won't be doing Sunday Night's Main Event this week but will be back next Sunday.

For the weekend, there were a number of UFC items among the most searched for the weekend. UFC 225 was the second most searched item in the U.S. yesterday with 500,000. C.M. Punk was No. 6 at 200,000 and Colby Covington was No. 13 with 50,000. Holly Holm was No. 9 so far today with 50,000. For a comparison, the NBA playoff final game had more than 10 million. The numbers would indicate a decent PPV number, not a big one, but decent. Most notable is that neither main eventer were the ones with interest. Nothing from New Japan made the list. The reality is that the only promotions that have that level of appeal to make the list are WWE (and no NXT show ever has), UFC and Bellator, although WrestleKingdom did make the list in January briefly.

Dominion is already one of the most responded to shows in the history of our polls. 

I expect the lineups for the Cow Palace and a number of other New Japan shows to be released either late tonight or Monday.

AXS TV is doing two hour specials on 6/29 and 7/6 for the Dominion show. The 6/29 show will have Hirooki Goto vs. Michael Elgin vs. Taichi, Young Bucks vs. Sanada & Evil, Hiromu Takahashi vs. Will Ospreay and Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito. The 7/6 show will have Rey Mysterio Jr. & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger vs. Cody & Marty Scurll & Hangman Page and Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada.

Will Ospreay said he was going to listen to his body and will be taking some time off to heal. He may do some independent shows but he's cutting back.

The new Golden Elite T-shirt was the best selling T-shirt in its first 24 hours of release in the history of Pro Wrestling Tees. 

The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. New Day in a video game battle takes place on 6/14 at the E3 2018 event in Los Angeles.

WWE

  • Hulk Hogan did a show with Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff last night. After the show Hogan was asked about going back to WWE and said things were moving "quite quickly." 

UFC

  • UFC has put out a trailer on the Quintet promotion.
  • A story on Michelle Waterson going into broadcasting.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Melbourne Championship Wrestling announced Tetsuya Naito vs. Jonah Rock for their 8/18 show. The crowd went nuts at the announcement at last nights show, as loud or louder than when they announced Kazuchika Okada appearing. Results of the show were: Jake Lindo & Campberll Crawford b Mitch Waterman & Nick Bury, Vanca Dams b Mike Burr-DQ, Tome Filip b Funtime Phil, Slex b Nick Armstrong, Stevie Filip b Loche Hendricks, Indi Hartwell b Taylah Rose, Syd Parker & Caveman Ugg b Damian Slater & Marcius Pitt. Tenille Dashwood and Will Ospreay were announced for 7/21, with Dashwood facing Indi Hartwell, Ospreay facing Hendricks and GinoGambino vs. JXT. Main event said to be excellent. Told that Tome & Stevie Filip are two wrestlers to watch. (thanks to David Roughton and Kevin Chiat)
  • Popek Monster (3-3), Olympic wresting medalist Damian Jankowski (3-0), Scott Askham(16-4) and bodybuilder Akio Szostak (3-2) will be fighting on the 10/6 KSW show at SSE Wembley in London.
  • PCW from last night in Wilmington, CA: Darby Allin won four-way over Ace Romero, Eli Everfly and Jake Atlas, Steve Madison b Stephan Bonnar-DQ, Hammerstone b ACH, Matt Riddle won three-way over Jeff Cobb and Brody King, Tessa Blanchard b Rachael Ellering, Warbeast b Jake & Dave Crist, Shane Strickland b Dragon Lee, Penta 0M b Sami Callihan in a cage match. Next show will be 7/27 with Penta & Warbeast, managed by Kevin Sullivan, against Callihan & Crist Brothers in an all violence is legal match. (thanks to Jake Koch and Mike Trask)
  • Stardom results from Saturday in Yokohama: Shiki Shibusawa b Leo Onozaki, Natsuko Tora b Hanan, Hazuki & Natsu Sumire won three-way over Deonna Purrazzo & Zoe Lucas and Jungle Kyona & Kaori Yoneyama, Momo Watanabe & Io Shirai & AZM & Konami b Mayu Iwatani & Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano & Saki Kashima, Kagetsu b Toni Storm to win the World of Stardom title. (thanks to Jake Koch)
  • Su Yung defends the Impact Knockouts title against Saraya Knight on 7/7 in Naperville, IL for the Rise promotion.
  • CZW Tournament of Death from yesterday in Berlin, NJ: Jimmy Lloyd won three-way over Casanova Valentine and Stockade in a cinder blocks, baseball bat and bundles match, Mance Warner won three-way over Josh Crane and Dale Patricks in a light tubes stable guns match, Rickey Shane Page b Drew Parker in a light tubes match, Brandon Kirk won over Dan O'Hare, Kit Osbourne and Conor Claxton in a four corners of pain barbed wire match, Jimmy Lloyd b Mance Warner, Rickey Shane Page b Brandon Kirk, Matt Tremont b Toby Klein in a fans bring the weapons match, Jimmy Lloyd b Rickey Shane Page to win the tournament of death. Next show is 7/29 in Asbury Park, NJ with MJF v.s Dezmond Xavier for the CZW title. (thanks to Bob Magee)
  • Shine from yesterday in Queens, NY: Rain b Allie Recks, Natalia Markova won three-way over Aja Perera and Willow Nightingale, Kiera Hogan & Dementia D'Rose b Luscious Latasha & Gabby Gilbert, Priscilla Kelly b Holidead, Leva b Stormie Lee, Candy Cartwright b Santana-DQ, LuFisto b Su Yung to keep Shine title, Penelope Ford & Maria Manic b Mercedes Martinez & Ivelisse to win tag titles.
  • Eve from yesterday in London: Charli Evans b Viper, Millie McKenzie b Addy Starr, Kasey b Mischa East, Laura DiMatteo b Jetta, Jamie Hayter b Erin Angel, Kay Lee Ray b Kris Wolf, Charlie Morgan & Session Moth Martina b Bea Priestley & Chardonnay.

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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.

CONTACT INFORMATION