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THE ROUND-UP

THE LATEST NEWS

WWE Main Event results: Mojo Rawley vs. Chad Gable
NXT Evansville live results: Last house show before TakeOver
WWE confirms Australia PPV, Triple H vs. Undertaker set
AJ Styles reportedly on the cover of WWE 2K19

THE LATEST AUDIO

WOL: New indie streaming service, Dr. Lucha, David Arquette wrestling return, more! 6/15
Left My Wallet: Sean Grande 6/15

We’re looking for reports on the Raw show in Champaign, IL, Smackdown in Dubuque, IA and ROH in Dallas to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NXT TAKEOVER AT 8 P.M. EASTERN SATURDAY NIGHT FROM THE ALLSTATE ARENA IN CHICAGO ON THE WWE NETWORK

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano street fight
Aleister Black vs. Lars Sullivan for NXT title
Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
Shayna Baszler vs. Nikki Cross for women’s title
Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream

ROH FROM GILLEY’S IN DALLAS AT 8 P.M. EASTERN ON HONOR CLUB

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Shane Helms & Delirious
Young Bucks vs. The Boys
Marty Scurll vs. Jay Lethal vs. Flip Gordon
Cody vs. Shane Taylor
Tenille Dashwood vs. Thunder Rosa
Matt Taven & TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marsegila vs. Atlantis & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr. for ROH six man titles
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. for ROH tag titles
Silas Young vs. Cheeseburger vs. Punishment Martinez vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Adam Page – If anyone pins Young, they get an immediate TV title shot afterwards

NEW JAPAN FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL ON SUNDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori
Togi Makabe & Jeff Cobb & Toa Henare & Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh
Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Seiya Sanada & Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Kazuchika Okada & Jay White & Tomohiro Ishii
Michael Elgin vs. Hirooki Goto for Never Open weight title

WWE MONEY IN THE BANK AT 6:30 P.M. EASTERN SUNDAY NIGHT FROM THE ALLSTATE ARENA IN CHICAGO ON THE WWE NETWORK

A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a last man standing match for the WWE title
Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match: Braun Strowman, Bobby Roode, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, The Miz, Rusev and a member of New Day
Women’s Money in the bank ladder match: Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Lana, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon
Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey for Raw women’s title
Seth Rollins vs. Elias for IC title
Carmella vs. Asuka for Smackdown women’s title
Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows for Smackdown tag titles

NEW JAPAN FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL ON MONDAY AT 5:30 A.M. ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoyuki Oka
Togi Makabe & David Finlay & Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Sho & Yoh
Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Seiya Sanada & Bushi vs Takashi Iizuka & Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson & Jeff Cobb & Kushida vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Jay White & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Desperado for IWGP jr. title

Raw will be Monday night in Grand Rapids, MI while Smackdown has a house show on Monday night in Fort Wayne, IN, and the WWE Network is taping a show at Royal Albert Hall in London.

NEW JAPAN FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL ON TUESDAY AT 5:30 A.M. ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Kushida & Ren Narita vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori
Togi Makabe & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Toa Henare & Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino
Rocky Romero & Sho & Yoh vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taichi
Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson & Jeff Cobb & David Finlay vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Jay White & Yoshi-Hashi
Super Strong Machine retirement celebration
The Masked Machines (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Bushi & Seiya Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi

Smackdown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday night in Toledo with the only thing announced being Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy for the No. 1 contender position in the cruiserweight division on 205 Live. There is also a WWE Network taping on Tuesday at Royal Albert Hall in London.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: A week of closure for CM Punk 

What promised to be one of the most important seven-day periods of his life ended up being a week of closure for CM Punk. The week began with triumph and, though he was soon discharged and didn’t suffer any serious injuries, ended with Punk being transported to the hospital. On Tuesday, after roughly two hours of deliberation, the jury ruled in Punk and Colt Cabana’s favor in WWE doctor Chris Amann’s defamation lawsuit against them. 


WON NEWSLETTER: WON Preview (June 18, 2018): Omega vs. Okada reaches new heights

A look back at the Okada-Omega IV match is the lead story in the new jam-packed double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week. The story goes back to the previous matches, the story behind the match, the booking of Okada-Naito, the Okada title reign, how Okada is viewed in Japan right now, what is next for New Japan, the future of Chris Jericho in New Japan, New Japan President Howard Meij talks the future and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Look at UFC 225, C.M. Punk’s second fight, the story behind Yoel Romero’s weight issues, business notes on the show and match-by-match coverage with poll results.

Examine Jeff Hardy’s guilty plea in a DUI case and WWE standards, advertised matches for the Extreme Rules PPV in July, thoughts on a new UFC news talk show, Ronda Rousey contract info, WWE campaigning for an Emmy nomination, a SummerSlam main event update, the Corey Graves/C.M. Punk issue, a Rey Mysterio/WWE note, NXT at the Download Festival, UK show cards, Survivor Series ticket update, Cena and Rock movie updates, wrestler returning to WWE action from injury, tons of talk of the XFL, and Bret Hart talks drama in WWE matches.

Read about the most-watched matches from the past week on the WWE Network, as well as coverage of all the WWE and NXT events over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

Preview Money in the Bank and Takeover, look at the career that led Ronda Rousey into the UFC Hall of Fame including her pre-UFC career, a new streaming service that will cover dozens of promotions all over the world, and the sad death of Arkangel de la Muerte.

Read more on ROH talking about running Madison Square Garden and all kinds of things going on.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
Prior to TakeOver, Bianca Belair vs. Dakota Kai and War Raiders vs. TM61 are being taped for next week’s NXT TV. Adam Cole and EC3, who don’t have matches on the card, will be making appearances on the pre-show with Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Pat McAfee.
WWE posted a 10-minute video on Ricochet’s road to TakeOver, which includes him hurting his shoulder in Paris earlier this week.
While he could still be added if he’s with the company then, Brock Lesnar was noticeably not included in the names that WWE announced for their October 6th stadium show in Melbourne, Australia today.
There were no women’s matches at last night’s Raw house show in Peoria, Illinois, likely due to preparations for Money in the Bank. Braun Strowman also wasn’t on the show.
David Bixenspan has an article for Deadspin on documents in Dr. Chris Amann’s lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana revealing that Amann had relationships with Jillian Hall when she was with WWE and an indie wrestler that he met at a WWE tryout. A WWE spokesperson commented in the story: “We were not aware of this. We are investigating the matter and will determine if any action is warranted.”
Fox 13 in Memphis has an update on the police investigation into the items that Rusev and Lana said were stolen from their hotel room while in the city this week. A Sony digital camera, $500, and Rusev’s wallet were taken, with a cleaning person (who police said cleaned the room while a “do not disturb” sign was up) as the suspect. She said she found the wallet inside a chicken box in the trash. Security returned the wallet to Rusev, but it didn’t have the money in it.
PWInsider reported that Dean Ambrose was at the Performance Center over the last several days as he continues to recover from December’s triceps surgery. The report noted that it wasn’t known if Ambrose was working in the ring or just doing physical therapy.
WWE uploaded Travis Banks vs. El Ligero, Dave Mastiff vs. Kenny Williams, Ashton Smith vs. Joseph Conners, and Flash Morgan Webster vs. James Drake from the first round of the United Kingdom Championship tournament. The matches took place at Download Festival last weekend.
ESPN.com published an article on Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s feud prior to their street fight tonight.
Nia Jax was interviewed by Yahoo ahead of her title defense against Ronda Rousey.
Ember Moon also spoke to TV Insider about Money in the Bank and her being in the women’s ladder match.
WWE looked at “shocking Money in the Bank ladder match moments” for this week’s top 10 list.
In a clip from their WWE 24 special that will premiere after Sunday’s PPV, The Hardys discussed the inspiration for their Final Deletion match from TNA. It includes footage from the match with the Global Wrestling Network logo.
Pro Wrestling
The participants for this year’s G1 Climax will be announced at NJPW’s Kizuna Road show tomorrow morning, which begins at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time and has Hirooki Goto challenging for Michael Elgin’s NEVER Openweight Championship in the main event. The G1 blocks and top matches will be announced on Monday and Tuesday.
The Briscoes had travel issues and didn’t appear at last night’s ROH show in San Antonio. The Kingdom took their place, with The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll & Hangman Page defeating Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia in the main event.
The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story on Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho’s title wins at Dominion, which includes quotes from Omega, Jericho, and Dave Meltzer.
In an in-character interview with Sports Illustrated, Cody Rhodes named himself, Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Charlotte Flair, and John Cena as the five best wrestlers in the world.
Thursday’s episode of Impact averaged 276,000 viewers on Pop TV. That’s down from last week’s 296,000, which was up against the Washington Capitals clinching their Stanley Cup win. Both shows drew a 0.07 rating in the 18-49 demo.
After undergoing neck surgery, Jazzy Gabert said she’s been given the green light to return to the ring by her doctor. Gabert noted that she’s available for bookings. Gabert’s neck issues kept her from being signed by WWE after last year’s Mae Young Classic.
Kimber Lee, Viper, Nicole Savoy, Rachael Ellering, Kelly Klein, and Jamie Hayter were among the wrestlers announced for the 2018 Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix.
Kenny Johnson released a 15-minute documentary on Mike Parrow, his career in pro wrestling, and his journey to coming out as gay.
A singles match between Rush and LA Park will headline next Friday’s CMLL Arena Mexico show.
UFC/MMA
Dana White said people are f*cking idiots if they can’t respect what CM Punk did by crossing over into MMA and putting everything on the line.
Daniel Wanderley, who has coached Punk in jiu-jitsu, said he’s proud of Punk but hopes he will compete in jiu-jitsu instead of MMA going forward.
While filming “Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight,” White and Matt Serra got involved in a match at Jerry Lawler’s Bar and Grille on Beale Street in Memphis.
Claudia Gadelha is set to undergo knee surgery next week.
Domestic violence survivor Jessica-Rose Clark came out against the UFC signing Greg Hardy because she doesn’t believe people like that can change.
Tyron Woodley claimed that Colby Covington once ran off the mat “basically crying” after a sparring session with him.
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber discussed their rivalry together while appearing on the final episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour before he joined ESPN.
Former cutman Leon Tabbs passed away at 86 years old.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: WCW Great American Bash 1996


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, Lufisto & 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.


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