THE LATEST NEWS
WWE SmackDown ratings inch up with no big competition
SmackDown tag title match moved to WWE MITB pre-show
Ricochet misses house show, fine for TakeOver: Chicago
ROH TV results: The Briscoes vs. Roppongi 3K
NXT Belgium live results: Aleister Black teams with Dunne & Gargano
WWE SmackDown video highlights: Asuka taps out Carmella
Jericho explains absence from NJPW US shows, All In
WWE 205 Live results: Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese, six-man tag
WWE SmackDown live results: Final build to Money in the Bank
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NXT TakeOver Chicago media call: Ricochet and Shawn Michaels updates 6/13
DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show: Karl opens the mailbag 6/13
B&V&C: Retro Raw and Nitro from 19 years ago this week! 6/12
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 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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy will be the main event of next week’s 205 Live. They’ve been positioned as the three top challengers for Cedric Alexander’s Cruiserweight Championship.
Itami paid tribute to Mitsuharu Misawa on the ninth anniversary of his passing.
A second vignette hyping that Lio Rush’s debut is coming soon aired on 205 Live last night.
After Rusev tweeted that a hotel employee stole from him and Lana, Paige also criticized the Sheraton in Memphis and said things were stolen: “If you’re in the Memphis area don’t EVER stay at the @SheratonMemphis it’s literally the worst. Things stolen, bad customer service and room service takes two hours just for a salad and WE are the inconvenience. Ugh. The worst.”
Rusev tweeted that he’s pressing charges for the theft and has filed a police report.
WWE uploaded Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak’s first round match in the United Kingdom Championship tournament, which was taped at Full Sail University last month.
WWE put out a video with Cathy Kelley discussing The New Day’s “dream match” Street Fighter V battle against Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks at E3 tomorrow. Woods cut a promo on the matchup, which will stream on his UpUpDownDown YouTube channel at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
Woods and game streamer CDNThe3rd finished 24th out of 50th in a Fortnite celebrity pro-am at E3 and earned $10,000 for Connor’s Cure.
On today’s pre-TakeOver: Chicago conference call, Triple H denied that WWE is looking to build a new Performance Center. He was responding to comments made by Bobby Roode and said there aren’t any current plans for it, but they’re always looking to grow and evolve.
Mike Jackson responded to Daniel Bryan saying he could beat him on the ground: “Look Daniel Bryan; I will do you worse than I did your man Punk because I will have no reservations in punching this guy in the face 100-percent. And at will.” Bryan also replied to a tweet from Jackson by writing “interesting” with the thinking face emoji,
Wrestling DVD Network reported that “Shawn Michaels — The Showstopper Unreleased,” a three-disc DVD on Michaels, is scheduled to be available for purchase in late September or early October.
CMLL wrestler Arkangel de la Muerte passed away at 51 years old after suffering an apparent heart attack.
The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes will be hosting an eight-hour “Bullet Club is Fine” marathon on AXS TV on July 7th, leading up to that night’s G1 Special at the Cow Palace. Here’s the schedule for the marathon (all times Eastern):
12 p.m. — Kenny Omega vs. Jay White (New Beginning in Sapporo)
1 p.m. — The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Cody & Marty Scurll (Honor Rising 2018)
2 p.m. — The Golden Lovers vs. The Young Bucks (Strong Style Evolved)
3 p.m. — The Golden Lovers vs. Cody & Hangman Page (Sakura Genesis)
4 p.m. — Cody vs. Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page (Wrestling Dontaku)
5 p.m. — The Young Bucks vs. SANADA & EVIL (Dominion)
6 p.m. (two hours) — Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada (Dominion)
Jushin Thunder Liger threw out the first pitch at a Japanese baseball game and then wrestled one of the mascots.
Aztec Warfare IV will be airing on tonight’s season four premiere of Lucha Underground.
Adam Cole’s NXT North American Championship defense against WALTER at EVOLVE 107 on June 24th won’t be airing on the broadcast for the show but is being taped to potentially be used in the future.
EVOLVE 106 on June 23rd has been moved from La Boom in Queens to the Most Precious Blood Youth Center in Brooklyn. The show will start at 8 p.m. Eastern time and stage tickets that were bought for Queens will be ringside tickets in Brooklyn. The promotion noted for ticket holders to contact Trevin@WWNLive.com about a refund if they can’t attend at the new venue.
Joey Janela will be challenging for Austin Theory’s WWN Championship at EVOLVE 106. Here are the updated lineups for the shows:
EVOLVE Champion Matt Riddle defending against Shane Strickland
WWN Champion Austin Theory defending against Joey Janela
WALTER vs. Darby Allin
Chris Dickinson, Jaka & Dominic Garrini vs. Tracy Williams, Timothy Thatcher & Anthony Henry
AR Fox vs. DJZ
Bad Bones, Josh Briggs, and Jarek 1:20 are also advertised
NXT North American Champion Adam Cole defending against WALTER
EVOLVE Champion Matt Riddle defending against AR Fox
FIP World Heavyweight Champion Austin Theory defending against DJZ
Tracy Williams vs. Chris Dickinson
Darby Allin vs. Jarek 1:20
Dominic Garrini vs. Josh Briggs
Jaka, Timothy Thatcher, Anthony Henry, Bad Bones, and Joey Janela are also advertised
ROH announced a United States vs. United Kingdom International Cup tournament for their Honor Re-United tour shows this August. The first round will take place in Edinburgh on August 16th, the semifinals and finals are set for Doncaster on the 18th, and the winner will challenge for the ROH World Championship in London on the 19th.
PCW Ultra changed the name of their July 27th show in Los Angeles from “All Violence is Legal” to “Sound the Alarm” after backlash due to Rich Swann being booked on it. Swann will still be appearing, and the name of the show wasn’t a reference to him. Su Yung, Swann’s wife, tweeted in defense of her husband: “@GottaGetSwann is amazing & talented. Any & all crowds should be lucky to see him live. We happy. He doesn’t beat me. Stop harrasing him. RT”
Jimmy Havoc vs. Tom Lawlor is set for MLW’s TV tapings in Orlando on July 12th.
ICW debuted a new design for their World title.
Former NFL player Greg Hardy knocked out Austen Lane in the first round during their fight on last night’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Hardy will be signed to the UFC, though Dana White indicated that he would fight elsewhere while under contract to get more experience first. Hardy was arrested on domestic violence charges in 2014, with the charges being dropped when the victim failed to appear in court during his appeal. Hardy was suspended from the NFL and went on to play one more season after being signed by the Dallas Cowboys. In 2015, Deadspin released photos of the victim from when she said Hardy attacked her.
In an article on the LA Times, it was reported that an industry source said UFC 225 did less than 150,000 buys on pay-per- view.
White told TMZ that he has a meeting with Conor McGregor scheduled for June 18th. McGregor has a court date in Brooklyn tomorrow following April’s bus attack.
Robert Whittaker isn’t interested in facing Yoel Romero right now after defeating him twice.
Tyron Woodley has opened as a slight favorite against interim champion Colby Covington.
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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, 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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