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WON Preview: July 4, 2016: NJPW G1 tournament preview, Ali vs. Inoki anniversary

WON Preview

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: July 4, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW G1 tournament preview, Ali vs. Inoki anniversary, more - A preview of NJPW's G1 tournament, notes on the anniversary of Ali vs. Inoki, plus tons more.

It's a double issue week featuring a look back 40 years at what was the biggest undertaking up to that point in pro wrestling history, and Inoki vs. Ali match, how it came together, what happened that night, coverage of the upcoming G-1 Climax tournament, coverage of Ultima Lucha 3 and details on where the company stands, full coverage of the WWE cruiserweight classic, ROH Best in the World coverage as well as a look at those coming and going from the promotion, the death of Ryan Jimmo, the life and times of Gypsy Joe, and far more about the fallout of the Roman Reigns suspension.

The lead story details this years G-1 tournament including what will air in English, newcomers to the tournament, some interesting political news regarding who is and isn't in it, as well as a complete lineup for every show.

This issue looks at the background of Ali vs. Inoki, the first time boxer vs. wrestler with major stars came close to happening, boxing champions who did wrestling and wrestlers who faced boxers including involving one of the all-time greats, Thesz vs. Marciano talk, and the two best known mixed matches prior to Ali vs. Inoki in the U.S.

There is also a look at Japanese pro wrestling in the 70s and how that led to the match, the business of Billy Robinson involving Inoki vs. Baba, how Inoki was being marketed, and the attempts to put together Ali vs. Bruno Sammartino and how that led to this.

The goals of Ali vs. Inoki for the New Japan side, the pro wrestling angles, just how big the match was why the match wasn't a work, where Ali's career stood at the time, media coverage, how the terrible rules were the reason the fight, Sammartino's broken neck and return, Stan Hansen becoming a superstar in Japan, and why Ali vs. Inoki was not a success in much of the U.S, and much more in this issue of the Wrestling Observer.

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Also in this issue:

  • Update on the health issues involving former CMLL headliner Thunder
  • Notes for this week's CMLL iPPV show with lineup
  • How the New Japan stars did this week at Arena Mexico
  • Mascara Dorada after being in the WWE tournament
  • Promotion falling apart due to financial issues and several wrestlers contracts not being renewed
  • Update on Dragon Gate's biggest show of the year
  • New Japan big show this week
  • Update on the Super J Cup for 2016
  • New Japan booking changes
  • Notes from New Japan's big show of the week
  • Small groups doing angles that sold out Korakuen Hall
  • The most disgusting promotional tactic of 2016
  • Update on George Steele
  • PWG Battle of Los Angeles news
  • Chyna Memorial Service news
  • Legendary pro wrestling announced big health issue
  • Future of Roderick Strong
  • Future of Bill Goldberg
  • Vader vs. Will Ospreay
  • Tommy Dreamer's promotion hits Australia
  • Battle of legends draws big crowd
  • Ex-WWE stars working on top in Puerto Rico
  • New Lucha Underground signing
  • Notes on ROH TV tapings for the next month
  • A look at matches planned for the next ROH TV tapings and a PPV match
  • TNA personality gets radio show
  • TNA has issues with U.K. promoters
  • Vince Russo admits to burying TNA with Pop TV
  • Lorenzo Fertitta with new job
  • Update on UFC sale talk
  • Campbell McLaren talks value of UFC and trying to buy it
  • More on C.M. Punk's UFC debut
  • UFC nominations for ESPY awards
  • UFC owner dividends at the end of 2014 and 2015
  • Dan Severn writes autobiography
  • Tons of new UFC fights
  • B.J. Penn's suspension update
  • Another legend wants Michael Bisping
  • Urijah Faber talks future
  • Coverage of Bellator Dynamite 

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