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FRI. UPDATE: UFC vs. WWE, Ric Flair on NXT, New Japan tourney, PWG, Top NOAH team at WWE camp

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We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Jackson, MS (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett), ROH in Collinsville, IL (Jay Briscoe & Roderick Strong vs. Moose & Michael Elgin, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Matt Sydal & Delirious non-title, Jay Lethal vs. Raymond Rowe non-title, Matt Taven vs. Hanson, Michael Bennett vs. Dalton Castle, Adam Page vs. Mark Briscoe, Silas Young vs. Cheeseburger) and NXT in Fort Pierce, FL at">

We'll be doing one poll this weekend, which will be for Sunday's New Japan Best of the Super Juniors final show.

World Series of Fighting at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Network

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Chuka Willis

Mark Drummond vs. Michael Hill

Smealinho Rama vs. Blagoi Ivanov for heavyweight title

Lance Palmer vs. Chris Horodecki for featherweight title

New Japan on AXS at 9 p.m.

Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan

RFA on AXS at 10 p.m.

Danny Mainus vs. Boston Salmon

Ashley Gooch vs. Brandon Griffin

Andrew Sanchez vs. Clinton Williams

Bruno Fazatto vs Jarred Mercado

Thiago Rodrigues vs. Marcus Edwards

Benjamin Smith vs. Gilbert Smith for welterweight title

Saturday we're looking for reports from:

WWE in Baton Rouge (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett).

WWE in Salt Lake City (Roman Reigns, Kane, Dean Ambrose, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus)

ROH in Nashville at the Fairgrounds Arena (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe non-title, Michael Elgin vs. Matt Sydal, Roderick Strong vs. Dalton Castle, Moose vs. B.J. Whitmer vs. Cheeseburger vs. Silas Young, Adam Page vs. Will Ferrara)

NXT in Largo, FL

UFC on Saturday from New Orleans

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

Leonardo Morales vs. Jose Quinonez

Ricardo Abreu vs. Jake Collier

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Justin Edwards vs. Joe Proctor

Christos Giagos vs. Chris Wade

Omari Akhmedov vs. Brian Ebersole

Derrick Lewis vs. Shawn Jordan

Alex Caceres vs. Francisco Rivera

Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak

Brian Ortega vs. Thiago Tavares

Yancey Medeiros vs. Dustin Poirier

Matt Mitrione vs. Ben Rothwell

Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch

New Japan World live from Tokyo Yoyogi Gym at 4 a.m. Eastern time Sunday

Kushida vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the 2015 Best of the Super Junior championship

Sunday we're looking for reports from:

WWE in Lake Charles, LA (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett)

WWE in Pensacola, FL (Roman Reigns, Big Show, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus)

Raw is Monday in New Orleans.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Lafayette, LA.

In a busy news week, we've full coverage of all of UFC's changes when it comes to drug testing, as well as other things the company is doing for fighters, looking at the pluses, the minuses, and the loopholes in the new system of drug testing.  We also look at Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin, Samoa Joe in WWE and how it's changed, Destination America and wrestling, we've got a look at Money in the Bank, Elimination Chamber, the death of Tommy Rogers, UFC in Brazil, Dwayne Johnson's latest projects and the retirement of Masashi Aoyagi.

The new issue is up on the site at June 8, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Tommy Rogers bio, Austin-Lesnar notes, WWE signs Samoa Joe full-time

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Our lead story looks at the UFC's new drug testing program, the keys to the program, questions that still need to be answered, loopholes, how often fighters will be tested, ability to beat the system and more.

We look at Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin, Austin's promo on the WWE Network, Austin vs Lesnar history, and the value of next year's WrestleMania on PPV and the Network.

We look at the new deal Samoa Joe is talking with WWE about, how the deal has changed, Joe's future on the indies, Joe's ROH future, what led to the change, as well as an update on the Tyson Kidd injury situation in the match with Joe.

We also preview and update Destination America and wrestling, as well as the competition on Wednesday nights.  We update Destination America on TNA and ROH, comparisons, how TNA hurt itself if it needs to shop for a new outlet by his actions this past two weeks, DA promotion of the two shows and why ROH on DA is only good for TNA.

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We have a look at the life of Tommy Rogers, looking at the highlights of his career, how he achieved stardom, the last years of his life, how he got into wrestling, how The Fantastics were formed, the feuds with the Midnight Express and The Sheepherders, the first Clash of Champions, the first Crockett Cup, and time in Japan.

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We also note Kevin Owens talking his career, Ric Flair talk show,who Flair wants to manage, WWE stock updates, notes on all the WWE and NXT house shows plus business notes from the past week.

We also look at how the Brazilian economy affects UFC in different ways, how it is similar to situations with pro wrestling in the past, as well as a look at Saturday's show with match-by-match coverage and business notes.

We also look at the pro wrestling career of Masashi Aoyagi, and how he got into wrestling, what promotion he kicked off and how that changed the wrestling business and more.

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Also in this week's issue:

--Update on this year's Busca de un Idolo tournament

--Latest big matches from Arena Mexico

--Former star from more than 20 years ago returns to Arena Mexico for the first time in decades

--More on the AAA World Cup show

--Notes from the last two sets of AAA TV tapings

--Wrestle-1 world tour notes

--Road to Keiji Muto tournament

--Dragon Gate King of Gate tournament

--Next big Dragon Gate matches

--Cryptic tweet by an American who wrestles in Japan

--An interesting what if regarding New Japan bookings

--Politics of wrestling regarding New Japan

--What New Japan may have to change

--Notes on the Super Juniors tournament and all the results

--Benefit show for cancer-striken star

--Genichiro Tenryu's final match in Osaka

--Update on GFW

--Mid Atlantic wrestling reunion

--Update on Terry Funk

--Update on Lucha Underground and Alberto Del Rio

--More on NESN deal

--What wrestling star has a 3.83 GPA in collage right now

--ROH notes from the weekend shows

--Really weird stuff in TNA

--Contract singing announcements

--Notes from a second TNA conference call with talent

--What happened with Tyrus and GFW

--GFW reaction

--TNA 2015 Hall of Fame plan that fell through

--Notes on TNA arena events

--Update on legislation to get UFC in Madison Square Garden

--Looking at Sara McMann's complaints about he Reebok deal

--The business and income of Ronda Rousey

--UFC boosts minimum

--UFC lawsuit update

--Upcoming UFC title matches

--What happened with the Leslie Smith street fight on Saturday night

--UFC makes a number of cuts

--Update on T.J. Grant

--Update on Rashad Evans

--Lots of new UFC fights

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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)

*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)

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*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)

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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)

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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)

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  • UFC and WWE are both running the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans within two days of each other.  While both sides will claim there is no competition and they attract different audiences, Raw coming after a UFC in the same market is usually way down from usual levels.  In this case, however, I think both will probably be hurt by the other but UFC will be hurt worse given the lack of star power in the lineup.
  • The AAA Verano de Escandalo show on 6/14 from Arena Monterrey will be on iPPV in both English and Spanish.  The show will go head-to-head with WWE's Money i the Bank show.
  • Ric Flair will be working the NXT show in Columbus, OH on 6/13.  Zack Ryder is booked on the NXT tour next weekend as well, which runs Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus.
  • New Japan hasn't released the card yet for Sunday's show in Tokyo at the second Yoyogi Gym.  We'll update when the card is out, which should be later today.
  • The 6/26 PWG show in Reseda, CA, sold out in six minutes last night.
  • Add Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste from Pro Wrestling NOAH to those at the current WWE tryout camp.  They were doing cardio and fundamentals yesterday.
  • I'm told to set my DVR tomorrow for the CMLL show on Azteca America as apparently the Dragon Lee vs. Negro Casas match is worth seeing.
  • The first-ever Rush vs. L.A. Park match was announced for 6/27 in Tlalnepantla (thanks to Robert Bihari) 
  • Bellator has released eight fighters:  Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Razak Al-Hassan, Alejandro Villalobos, Curtis Millender, Jesse Juarez, Rafael Silva, Antonio Duarte and Julio Cesar Nevez.
  • Premier Wrestling on Sunday at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA at 5 p.m.

JR Kratos (7-2) vs. Dylan Drake (4-3) for the Premier heavyweight title

Timothy Thatcher (2-2-1) vs. Marcus Lewis (4-3)

Jeff Cobb (5-2-1) vs. Kaimana (1-2)

Gabriel Gallo (2-0) vs. Sledge (4-4)

Joe Graves (1-0-1) vs. Buddy Royal (2-3)

Will Cuevas (1-2) vs. Dom Vitalli (0-3)

Tickets are on sale at

  • EWF tonight in Covina, CA at 4315 N. Vincent Ave.
  • TSW Night of Champions on 6/20 in Vincennes, IN at the Eagles Lodge.
  • Capital City Championship Combat on 6/19 in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club.
  • CMLL from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Furia Roja & Thunder Boy b Metatron & Tapatio, Magnum & Robin & Sensei b Camorra & Cholo & Rafaga, Astral & Electrico & Shockercito b Demus 3:16 & Nitrito & Pequeno Olimpico, El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys b Atlantis & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr., Mistico & Valiente & Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • Laredo Brother & Laredo Kid & Valiente  vs. Guerrero Negro Jr. & Teddy Hart & Mascara Maligna Jr. headlines 6/13 in Houston at Plaza Garibaldi.
  • Misterioso Jr. & Rush vs. Brian Cage & Steve Pain headlines Sunday in Cudahy, CA at the Potrero Night Club.
  • Volador Jr. & Misterioso Jr. & Mistico vs. Blood Eagle & Histeria & Mr. Niebla headlines 6/19 in Tijuana at Gimnasio Independence. 
  • One of our readers who subscribes to the WWE Network got an e-mail yesterday offering them June free. 
  • Rock Solid Wrestling on 7/9 in Sudbury, ONT for a benefit show for the Playground Hockey League.
  • Raymond Rowe of ROH in a music video
  • A stunner performed at a high school graduation
  • A show on movies with wrestlers
  • The CFL is the latest league to have a concussion lawsuit against it.  Every league of any size in a combat sport is going to get one of these 
  • The Miami Herald talks to Jerry Lawler about his DVD release, which includes an interview with his 89-year-old high school art teacher as well as Lance Russell
  • The definition of the word Flair includes Ric Flair


1965 - Killer Kowalski beat Hercules Cortez in Melbourne to win the IWA title

1971 - Mark Lewin & King Curtis Iaukea beat Tiger Jeet Singh & Mr. Fuji in Sydney to win the IWA tag titles

1974 - Mariko Akagi & Junko Sasaki beat Jean Antone & Sandy Parker in Nagoya to win the WWWA tag title

1980 - Antonio Inoki beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the Madison Square Garden tournament

1986 - Johnny Saint beat Jon Cortez in Bristol to win the world lightweight title

1990 - Terry Gordy beat Jumbo Tsuruta in Chiba to win the Triple Crown and Akira Taue & Shinichi Nakano beat Davey Boy Smith & Johnny Smith to win the All-Asia tag titles.  I was in Japan and supposed to go to that show and ended up at a business meeting in Tokyo that went long and you can just imagine my reaction later that night when I found out I missed a Triple Crown title change.  And yes, the Tsuruta vs. Misawa match three nights later at Budokan Hall was originally to be a Triple Crown title match, and if the title was at stake, I doubt Baba would have done the last minute switching of the finish and it wouldn't have been one of the most famous matches of the last 50 years in Japan.

1992 - Kyoko Inoue beat Bison Kimura in Asahikawa to win the All-Pacific womens' title

1997 - El Samurai beat Koji Kanemoto in Tokyo to win the Best of the Super Juniors tournament

2004 - Kazuyuki Fujita beat Hiroshi Tanahashi in Osaka to win the vacant IWGP heavyweight title

2005 - Takashi Sugiura & Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita in Tokyo to win the GHC jr. title


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