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We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE house shows in Roanoke (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt,  Sheamus, Ryback, Dean Ambrose) and Reading, PA (Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, King Barrett, New Day), as well as the weekend NXT shows in Cocoa Beach, FL on Friday night and Citrus Springs, FL on Saturday night.


Robbie E vs. Jessie Godderz

Awesome Kong & Brooke vs. Taryn Terrell & Jade & Marti Bell

Magnus vs. James Storm Non-sanctioned match

Davey Richards vs. Austin Aries - Winner gets to choose the Iron Man stipulation for the TV match already taped as the fifth match in the best-of-five for the tag tiles

Matt Morgan vs. Bram

Bobby Lashley & Ken Anderson vs. Ethan Carter III & Tyrus

King of the Mountain match:  Jeff Jarrett, Eric Young, Drew Galloway, Bobby Roode and Matt Hardy

Raw will be Monday night in Washington, DC.  This is the one show of this PPV cycle that Brock Lesnar isn't booked on.  He will be back the following Monday. 

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Hershey, PA.

A story about the life and career of Buddy Landel, plus the Jose Aldo injury, Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock and whether it was or wasn't real and Cora Combs and the last link to the heyday of U.S. women's wrestling are the main stories in the June 29 issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The Latest Wrestling Observer June 29, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Buddy Landel obituary, Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice coverage

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We first look at the injury to Jose Aldo Jr. and thoughts on the 7/11 fight with Conor McGregor.  We look at the different options UFC had in this situation.

We've got a major story on the life and career of Buddy Landel.  We look at the circumstances of his death, why Landel never reached the level of success his ability should have gotten him, his life before and after wrestling, and the story that, at the age of 24, changed the direction of his career.

Landel talked about getting fired from Crockett Promotions at what turned out to be the high point of his career, examine the talk of his being given the world title at the time, as well as his own very candid thoughts about if he had won the title.  We look at what was planned for him, and how his firing changed the entire history of the business because it in a roundabout way led to the creation of the Four Horseman.

We look at the situation with Crockett Promotions in the middle of a hot period in 1985, the Starrcade 85 show, and the Flair vs. Rhodes program.  We look at the story behind Landel's statement that he and Flair broke Elvis' attendance record in Raleigh and the true story of that night.

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We also look in depth at the Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock right.  We look at different kinds of works, and the ones that could not have happened and the ones that could have.  We look at what the person closest to the action said about it, as well as a look at the background of Ken Shamrock.

We also have a lot more about the records set for the fight, as well as future matches that both or either could do going out of this.  We also look at other business notes for the show, as well as Bellator's next major event in September, and full coverage of the TV event.

We also have an update on Daniel Bryan, Bret Hart talks Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns and others, Dolph Ziggler's future prospects, Talk of another NXT live special this summer, More on the next WWE network special show, notes on a former tag team of the year candidate team that WWE is looking at getting, more on Tough Enough, as well as Dwayne Johnson projects and injuries to Jamie Noble, Erick Rowan and Tyson Kidd.

We also have notes on why Randy Orton wasn't at TV this past week, frustration from the inside on WWE creative, Hogan talks WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels in a movie, WWE house shows, the sad plight of Chyna, as well as a look at the weekend NXT and WWE house shows as well as weekend business.

We also have coverage of the ROH Best in the World PPV show, and where the company is headed.

We've also got a story on the life of Cora Combs, the last link to the Billy Wolfe/Mildred Burke glory days of women's wrestling.  We look at her career, her decision in the promotional split that ended up taking the women's side of wrestling down, the Moolah years, being in the first woman's match ever held in New York and the story behind it.  We also look at the last period of her career, as Lady Satan, working against her daughter, as well as look at some of the oldest wrestlers of all-time and the oldest living wrestles..

We've also got full coverage of the weekly UFC show in Germany and the rise of Joanna Jedrzejczyk.  We look at her unique stardom, as well as other coverage of the show.

We also have notes on how the WWE's Payback PPV did and where the PPV business currently stands.

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Also in this week's issue:

--More on AAA's Verano de Escandalo show

--Former WWE star signs major deal as a brand ambassador with one of the biggest movie companies in the world and his duties

--Another former WWE star working big shows in AAA

--Notes on future AAA shows

--Ricochet returns to Japan

--Notes on the next Dragon Gate iPPV show

--Final event of the Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial tour

--Notes on the upcoming NOAH GHC jr. tournament

--More G-1 Climax notes as far as TV goes

--New Japan heads to Singapore

--Notes on Dusty Rhodes and Tommy Rogers

--More on Global Force Wrestling

--Lots of PWG notes

--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show

--Pro wrestling returns after 20 years to one of its most famous former arenas

--More on Lucha Underground

--Notes on upcoming ROH shows

--A look at the next month of ROH television

--More on people leaving TNA

--Story behind Hernandez coming to TNA

--More on TNA PPV show

--TNA wrestlers appear on Destination America programming

--UFC press conference coming

--Major official leaves UFC

--Lots of new UFC fights

--More talk about UFC events in the future in Mexico City

--Why Dana White didn't go to the UFC show in Germany

--Dana White talks about a reality show he's filming

--Latest on the heavyweight title picture

--Lots of changed matches on the UFC shows

--UFC injury updates

--Lots of new UFC fights

--Stiffest MMA suspension to date to a former champion

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  • Nothing from the weekend in combat sports made it to the Google listings.  For twitter, the biggest numbers were Yoel Romero (70,800), Jeff Jarrett (3,229), Jacare Souza (3,158), Gay Jesus (6,699) and Slammiversary (3,434).
  • San Andreas was No. 6 at the box office this weekend and is estimated at doing $5,275,000 and is at $141.9 million domestic after five weeks.
  • The UFC Canada comment regarding a potential 12/5 show after New York fell through was:  "Following the news in New York, we are now looking at the schedule for the remainder of the year and will be making event decisions in the coming weeks.  There is nothing to announce or confirm at this time."
  • GFW will make the official announcement of Nick Aldis, formerly Magnus, with the promotion tomorrow. 
  • A story on Dwayne Johnson's new movie project "Rampage"
  • Conor McGregor will be a guest on Conan O'Brien on TBS on Thursday night. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • This week, Dusty Rhodes was on the cover of Globe Magazine and Kevin Nash, as part of Magic Mike XL (which opens this week) was on the cover of People Magazine (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
  • All Elite Wrestling has a show at Arena Mexico today headlined by Shelton Benjamin & Rush vs. Volador Jr. & Ezekiel Jackson, plus Marco Corleone & La Mascara vs. Hernandez & Heddi Karaoui.  Notable that Hernandez was still booked there as of yesterday with the TNA PPV today.  Jackson, who is Big Ryck in Lucha Underground, is also notable because All Elite is considered competition to AAA.
  • Gunner and James Storm are now taking independent bookings through Bill Behrens at  Gunner is flying out of Greensboro and Storm out of Nashville.  Also available is Moose out of Atlanta, as well as A.J. Styles (Atlanta), Drew Galloway (Tampa), Matt Sydal (Tampa), Sean Waltman (Philadelphia), Christopher Daniels (Los Angeles), Frankie Kazarian (Los Angeles), Devon Dudley (Orlando), Tommy Dreamer (New York LaGuardia), DDP (Atlanta), Shane Helms (Raleigh), Earl Hebner (Richmond), Abyss (Cincinnati), Eric Young (Nashville), EC 3 (Tampa), Big Ryck (Los Angeles) and The Young Bucks (Los Angeles).
  • Santana Garrett and Colt Cabana debut with GFW on the 7/9 show in Appleton, WI.  Cherry Bomb Laura Dennis debuts on 7/10 in Erie, PA.  Johnny Gargano is booked on 7/11 in Eastlake, OH.
  • Josh Nason went 5-0 in predictions last night on the UFC show, while David Bixenspan, Front Row Brian, Steve Juon, Jack Encarnacao and Mike Sempervive went 4-1, me and Mike Swayer went 3-2 and John Pollock went 2-3.
  • Bayley was off the NXT shows this weekend due to a broken hand. 
  • Karen Jarrett talks going to TNA
  • TNA Slammiversary airs live in France on Mai Chaine Sport at 2 a.m. and will be re-airing on 7/5 at 8 p.m.
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling canned food drive show last night in Columbus, IN which brought over 1,200 cans of good to the East Columbus Community Center: Scarecrow b Jonathan Owens, AJ Hawkins b Wicked Clown, Clint Poe b Dewey Brown, Mitch Johnson & Miss Alice b Stompin Steve to win the Intergender tag team titles, Drax O'Brien & Lightning Bolt Jackson b TVZ, Flash Flanagan b TJ Kemp.  Next show is 8/1 (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
  • World League Wrestling from Friday night in Troy, MO:  Jon Webb (NOAH) b Michael Magnuson, Derek McQuinn b Jon E. Rock, Leland Race b Dustin Bozworth-DQ, Stacy O'Brien b Heather Patera, Dave DeLorean & Jayden Fenix b Brandon Espinosa & Justin D'Air, Superstar Steve Fender & Derek McQuinn b Dave DeLorean & Jayden Fenix to win tag titles (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno, CA:  Prince Nagi & Kevin El Divino b Johnny Dynamo & Aki So, Mustafa Saed & CB 3 b Vintage Dragon & Cyanide, Johnny Plinko b Marcus Eriks-DQ (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • Smash Wrestling on 7/19 at 4 p.m. in Toronto before Battleground at the Franklin Horner Community Center with Matt Cross vs. Tarik in an I Quit match, Chris Hero vs Rich Swann, Johnny Gargano vs. Scotty O'Shea and Drew Gulak & Biff Busick vs. Overdogs, plus Super Smash Brothers, Candice LaRae and more.
  • The Crash runs Friday night in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal with La Parka & Psycho Clown vs. Parka Negra & Zorro and ACH vs. Bestia 666 vs. Extreme Tiger (Tigre Uno) vs. Pentagon Jr., plus two other Lucha Underground wrestlers with B-Boy vs. Famous B and Australian Suicide & Rey Hours vs. Flamita & Daga. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • The Iowa Northwoods League baseball team the Waterloo Bucks has pro wrestling night on 7/9 at Riverfront Stadium featuring an appearance by Kevin Nash.  He will sign autographs before and during the game, throw out the first pitch and do 1/2 inning of broadcasting.  The first 500 fans will get a foam wrestling belt.  This is the night before the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame events in Waterloo.
  • Alberto El Patron, Tommy Dreamer and Colt Cabana headline 7/12 in Pasadena, TV o na show called Bustin For Autism produced by Lone Star Championship Wrestling with the show at 6 p.m.  Alberto faces Houston Carson, Cabana faces Raj Singh (Jinder Mahal), Hernandez faces Ray Rowe of ROH and Dreamer faces Lance Archer and Cherry Ramons faces Joey Ryan.  Also scheduled to appear are Jim Duggan, Scott Norton, Katrina and Ivelisse from Lucha Underground, Candice LaRae, Gene Snisky, Matt Riviera, Greg Anthony and Chaz Taylor.
  • Great North Wrestling on 8/14 in Brockville, Canada at the Memorial Center with Road Warrior Animal as the referee for Hannibal vs Darko.  Honky Tonk Man is also on the show.
  • Chael Sonnen talks a number of subjects including the heavyweight division of UFC, Joe Rogan, politics, steroids, drug legalization, Mel Gibson, Racism and of course… the current state of the Heavyweight division. It's an hour and twenty minute interview, so the below video is time coded more specifically to his MMA comment. Some highlights as they relate to MMA.

“That’s a tough dude right there man…. I did not know he was as good as he is. … I was shocked, I did not think that he could hold up against Cain and not only did he hold up, he BROKE Cain. Yeah that submission was there, but if it hadn’t been a guillotine it would have been an armor it would have been a choke, Cain was ready to be done. There were a million different ways to end that fight… That’s the point of fighting. To make the other guy quit."

On whether there’s a current case to be made for Werdum being among the top 3 heavyweights of all time, Chael addressed Fedor, Werdum’s standing losses, and then of course went full Chael on the heavyweight division -

“The whole point for point thing doesn’t exist. You want to figure it out, let’s get in the cage. A few of us will enter regardless of weight class and we can figure this damn thing out.

… The bottom-line is Jon Jones will show up and kick his ass right now (Werdum). He’d kick his ass it wouldn’t even be a problem. Daniel Cormier could go up and kick his ass! It’s the heavyweight class, he’s a tough guy, but it’s a wimpy weight class it always has been. If you’re a good athlete and you’re a heavyweight, you go into the NFL! You don’t go into cage fighting, the weight-class sucks and I don’t have respect for it, so there."


1963 - El Santo beat Karloff Lagarde to win the Mexican national middleweight title

1966 - Billy Joyce beat Ian Campbell in Edinburgh to win the British heavyweight title

1974 - Jumbo Miyamoto & Junko Sasaki beat Sandy Parker & Betty Niccoli to win the WWWA tag titles

1974 - Anibal beat Adorable Rubi in Mexico City to win the Mexican national middleweight title

1987 - Chigusa Nagayo beat Dump Matsumoto to win the Grand Prix tournament

1998 - Yukihiro Kanemura & Hiromichi Fuyuki & Koji Nakagawa beat Hayabusa & Hiskatsu Oya & Ricky Fuji in Hachinohe to win the FMW six man street fight tag titles

2008 - Minoru Suzuki & Taiyo Kea beat Joe Doering & Keiji Muto in Osaka to win the All Japan world tag title

2008 - Kennichiro Arai & Taku Iwasa & Shinobi beat Shingo Takagi & Gamma & Yamato in Nagoya to win the Open the Triangle Gate titles

2014 - Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori beat Suwama & Joe Doering in Sapporo to win the All Japan world tag tltles