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Smackdown tonight from Hershey, PA:
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
R-Truth vs. Adam Rose
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Brie Bella vs. Naomi
Prime Time Players vs The Ascension non-title
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns non-title
New Japan runs Korakuen Hall early tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time live on New Japan World
Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jay White vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Cody Hall
Kushida & Captain New Japan vs. Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Gedo
Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba & Gedo
Kazuchika Okada & Michael Bennett & Matt Taven & Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. A.J. Styles & Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson & Young Bucks
The story behind UFC losing perhaps its biggest fight of the year with Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, update on WrestleMania and the match that isn’t in the plans right now, the TNA-GFW situation and how it happened, and how many expect big changes in UFC very soon, multiple WWE related lawsuits, Tough Enough and the WWE & TNA monthly business rundowns are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
Our lead story looks at the injury to Conor McGregor, what UFC attempted to do to save the fight, why the fight didn’t happen, McGregor building up a later fight, how much does this change hurt, the positives of Mendes in the spot and the mentality of the PPV buyer. We look at the key issues involved in the fight not happening.
We also look at why the TNA/GFW alliance took place, why TNA made the call to Jeff Jarrett, plans or non-plans going on, why this is beneficial to both, departures from TNA, where that talent would go next and more.
We look at why Saturday’s UFC show in Hollywood, FL was the end of an era on several accounts, both from the uniform standpoint, as well as drug detection and weight cutting standpoints. We also make a suggestion of something that is already done in other sports that UFC should implement, although it will never happen, as well as an example of why weight-cutting is done the way it is.
We also look at a lawsuit against WWE for making allegedly misleading claims that led to the stock price going way up, and then falling. We look at a unique thing that came up regarding the key witness, stories changing, and if stories were legit to begin with.
We also look at the death of the bill to legalize MMA in New York, and how it went down.
We also have early notes on next year’s WrestleMania, an update on Sting, how the main event planned is unique because it’s out of WWE’s control if it happens, more on Reign vs. Wyatt, the Japanese tour, ideas for the network in 2016, Japanese pro wrestler tryouts, Dolph Ziggler on his contractual situation, The Rock at the house show in Boston, Rock movie news, update on Tyson Kidd, update on WWE network, update on lawsuits against WWE, and notes on the new season of Total Divas.
We also look at awards WWE is nominated for, Randy Orton, WWE announcing, and notes on the weekend NXT and WWE house shows and business notes and highlights from all of the shows.
We’ve got coverage of the UFC show in Hollywood, FL, how the card fell apart beforehand, business notes on the show, and what should happen next for Yoel Romero. We also look at TNA Slammiversary.
We’ve got a story on the new season of Tough Enough, what has and hasn’t worked so far, notes on the ratings, notes on the competitors, who are said to be the favorites, what on the show is misleading and more on what is involved.
We also have our monthly business review for WWE & TNA, looking at monthly business in a number of categories. We look at what categories are up, how far down are the ones down, and what one category with WWE that is significantly up and one that is collapsing.
The Observer is the world’s most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.
We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.
Also in this week’s issue:
–New promotion that has had success dumps its two biggest stars
–A look at the All Elite show in Mexico City with several American stars brought in and others scheduled who had to pull out
–CMLL announces its next major big show main event
–Updates on reaction to the Busca de un Idolo tournament
–Notes on the last shows at Arena Mexico
–Notes on this year’s TripleMania and why it is taking place so late in the year
–Some major injuries to Lucha Underground stars
–AAA signs a longtime CMLL star
–Rey Mysterio Jr. headlines for AAA’s last TV tapings
–Why the Great Muta U.S. tour fell through
–An international promotion having money problems and having to cut back and losing wrestles in the process
–Notes on Dragon Gate’s next major show including some U.S. tours appearing
–Notes on the NOAH upcoming junior heavyweight tournament
–Updates on New Japan business
–New Japan World G-1 notes
–Notes on New Japan’s biggest main event of the week
–Notes on the New Japan U.S. television show
–Update on the original tiger Mask
–Genichiro Tenryu’s final match
–Hiroshi Tanahashi appears on DDT major show
–Update on Bruno Sammartino
–Dave Bautista likely to land another major movie role
–Notes on this past week’s PWG show including celebrities and four-star matches
–Notes on the next two PWG shows
–Young Bucks face Mysterio for the first time and notes no the show
–More talent appearing for Jarrett on shows
–Lots of news regarding the new NWA streaming service and Houston wrestling tape collection
–Another major streaming service announced
–Former WWE star set for a new E! reality show
–Another former WWE performer gets into legal trouble
–Notes on pro wrestling books
–Update on former WWE star Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore
–Update on the WWC’s last major show
–Former pro wrestler competing in high level bodybuilding contest
–One of the most reviled men of the last 50 years in wrestling is coming out of retirement once again
–Latest on Lucha Underground
–Notes on the ROH stadium show in Brooklyn
–Complete lineup for ROH’s next iPPV show
–Notes on the next ROH show in Las Vegas
–Updates on TNA titles after this set of tapings
–Everything on TNA television through mid-August
–Update on problems with production people
–Update on health of Kurt Angle
–Update on Jeff hardy
–Former WWE star working for TNA behind the scenes
–Controversy over Anderson Silva drug test result
–Ronda Rousey ESPY award nominations
–Crazy UFC schedule over an eight day period
–Official UFC 187 numbers
–Update on C.M. Punk training
–UFC’s return to Ireland announced
–Update Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson
–Lots of new UFC fights
–Aftermath of Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice
–Ken Shamrock talks about a fight with Frank shamrock
–More on Alexander Shlemenko suspension
–Foamer Pride star sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison
–An August battle of MMA legends falls through.
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Our most requested issues in our history are:
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you’ll know exactly what was said–the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)a
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our history)
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*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)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy’s win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair’s book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair’s book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez–this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
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*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year’s Eve 2005 coverage)
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby–many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling–the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff’s book and how the industry was changed forever)
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn’t click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride’s offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage–which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women’s wrestling) .
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair’s meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
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THURSDAY’S NEWS UPDATE
There are two major shows this weekend, both from Japan, with the WWE show that takes place Saturday morning and the New Japan Dominion show that takes place Sunday morning. The WWE has a two-hour window on the network, so I don’t know that the entire card will air since in Japan, the local station airing the show has a three-and-a-half hour window. Last word was Michael Cole and Byron Saxton announcing the show. The Dominion show is New Japan’s biggest card since the Tokyo Dome, headlined by A.J. Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP title, and the culmination of pretty much all the current angles.
On last night’s show, when we talked about wrestling pilots that were shot that turned into shows, two have made it on the air, Lucha Libre USA, which never got any reaction, and Wrestling Society X was picked up by MTV, but didn’t last long.
Jim Ross announced that Paul O’Brien, who has written a number of wrestling novels, will join Scott Williams in working on his autobiography.
Conor McGregor will be appearing on Conan O’Brien tonight at 11 p.m.
Jose Aldo’s team has released X-rays that clearly show he suffered a broken rib.
I was told that last night’s Ultimate Fighter show was the best episode of the season, with some horrible refereeing, an amazing comeback and a temper tantrum that has to be seen.
Destination America numbers
ROH at 8 p.m. 157,000 viewers (lowest to date)
TNA at 9 p.m. 267,000 viewers (lowest to date except for the week they ran a show from one year earlier)
ROH at 11 p.m. 81,000 viewers (lowest to date)
TNA at midnight 51,000 viewers (lowest to date)
Boy do those numbers speak volumes. From both sides perspective, that has to be a huge disappointment.
The Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker.com for posting his sex tape with Heather Clem, that was supposed to start Monday, has been delayed to a later date. The case generated a good deal of publicity this past week. Hogan has already settled out of court with Clem, so the only defendant is the web site.
Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards won’t be appearing on the next PWG show on 7/24 due to having to be in Orlando for TNA tapings. I’m not sure if they were ever announced in the first place, but they at first were planning on doing the show. Tickets for that show should sell out in five or so minutes tonight.
The WWE has appointed Tracey Keenan as its new Vice President and General Manager for the UK and Ireland territory. Her previous tie was WWE Vice President of commercial Partnerships for the Europe, Middle East and Asai markets.
TNA yesterday announced the hiring of Eric Sherman as Chief Strategy Officer. His background included working for MTV Networks overseeing VH1 Classic, VHA 1 Soul and Palladia and President of Fuse TV.
Magic Mike XXL, with Kevin Nash in a key role, debuted last night an did $9.3 million its first night. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new Terminator movie did $8.9 million for second place.
Also told the Cima & Matt Sydal & Ricochet vs. Yamato & Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino match at today’s Dragon Gate show at Korakuen Hall was a match of the year candidate. (thanks to Case Lowe)
These are the names appearing at the UFC Fan Expo 7/10 and 7/11 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian/Plazzo: Jheny Andrade, Luciana Andrade, Jon Anik, Rafael dos Anjos, Andre Arlovski, Raphael Assuncao, Carly Baker, Joseph Benavidez, Chrissy Blair, Kahlihi Blundell, C.M. Punk, Travis Browne, Bruce Buffer, Liz Carmouche, Arianny Celeste, Donald Cerrone, Michael Chiesa, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, John Dodson, Frankie Edgar, Rashad Evans, Urijah Faber, Don Frye, Kelvin Gastelum, Jamillette Gaxiola, Gary Goodridge, Renzo Gracie, Forrest Griffin, Clay Guida, Vanessa Hanson, Johny Hendricks, Matt Hughes, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Anthony Johnson, Demetrious Johnson, Michael Johnson, Shawn Jordan, Chuck Liddell, Guy Mezger, Stipe Miocic, Pat Miletich, Rose Namajunas, Megan Olivi, Brittney Palmer, Julianna Pena, BJ Penn, Kendra Perez, Dustin Poirier, Luke Rockhold, Ben Rothwell, Bas Rutten, Dan Severn, Erick Silva, Cub Swanson, Oleg Taktarov, Tecia Torres, Frank Trigg, Chris Weidman, Fabricio Werdum, Tyron Woodley, Paige VanZant, Paul Varelans and Cain Velasquez.
Naomichi Marufuji was announced as coming to Harley Race’s annual World League Wrestling camp from 8/24 to 8/28 in Troy, MO. Marufuji will instruct along with Gedo of New Japan, Tom Prichard and Ric Flair. For more info you can call 517-392-4100 and check out more info at www.harleyrace.com/2015trainingcamp.html
Another major boxing PPV show is almost set for November with the expected Canelo Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight. ESPN.com reported the promoters are working out the basics but expect the fight on either 11/7 or 11/21, and at 155 pounds. This is expected to do more than 1 million buys.
Regarding the discussion of last night’s show, we’re told Patrick Martin on Tough Enough was a huge fan as a kid and studied wrestling before starting at the MCW school. We’re also told that Alex, who was cut, was far from the least knowledgeable person about wrestling on the cast, but just got caught saying something stupid in an argument.
Alexander Frekey not only got cut from the show but also was fired from his job the same week because he had asked for time off to do the show saying his boss called him and said they were struggling and since you’re not around we’re letting you go. He also said he knew quite a bit about wrestling and nearly went to wrestling school coming out of college. He said the scene was taken way out of context saying that knowledge of history doesn’t help you with physical performance. He said he knew as much as Patrick except Patrick was better with dates.
Becky Lynch is expected out of action for a few weeks due to a hip flexor injury that we were told was minor.
The 30 minute Finn Balor special airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. on the WWE Network.
Although TMZ has reported that the mother of Doink the Clown was suing WWE, as noted before, it was the mother of two of Matt Osborne’s children who is filing suit.
Odds have shifted for the Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes fight. Mendes was originally a 6-to-5 favorite, but as of earlier today, McGregor was a 7-to-5 favorite.
Nothing at all on twitter right now gaining any traction from wrestling, boxing or MMA. The two most talked about things are WWE History with 662 tweets and TUF Talk (coming off last night’s Ultimate Fighter show) with 276.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata, in an excellent match, headlines the AXS New Japan show tomorrow night from last year’s G-1 tournament.
Jonathan Coachman has been on Twitter the last few days trying to get people to retweet “Sports Center on the road at SummerSlam” to show his bosses the power of WWE fans and make coverage happen. He said he won’t be happy until he can bring both shows together (thanks to Jeff Bradley)
WWE sent out a release on Saturday’s show and only mentioned that Brock Lesnar will return to action and Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor, so they are specifically not announcing what will be on the show.
New Japan had an issue as they had to apologize to people who either purchased tickets to their shows on-line or signed up for their Fan Club between August 28, 2013 and April 28, 2015, over a security breach. The company said they will respond properly to correct any issues that come forward. This does not affect subscribers to New Japan World.
WWE stock closed down 12 cents per share to $16.53 today.
Valkyrie women’s wrestling on 7/9 in Woodbury Heights, NJ headlined by Kimber Lee vs. Kacee Carlisle.
Paragon Pro Wrestling debuts on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Eastern and Pacific on Pop! TV. The first show will have a Battle Royal to determine the top contender for their championshp and features Caleb Konley and Gangrel. Jessy Sorensen also defends the title in the main event. Pop! TV is on DirecTV 273 and Dish 117.
EWF tomorrow night in Covina CA at 4315 N. Vincent Ave.
Uproar Pro Wrestling on 7/11 in New Port Richey, FL at the Verizon Event Center with Jessy Sorensen, Eddie Graves and Leo Brien as headliners.
Destiny World Wrestling on 6/28 in Mississauaga,ONT: Will White b Phil Atlas, Randy Reign b Tyler Tirva, Tyson Dux b Josh Alexander, RJ City b Donovan Danhausen, PJ Black (Justin Gabriel) b Ethan Page, Joe Coleman b Cody Deaner, Taeler Hendrix b Ashley America, P.J. Black won over Will White, Randy Reign, Tyson Dux, RJ City and Joe Coleman to win their DWW world title. Among those at the show were Booker T (guest ref), Santino Marella, Scott D’Amore, Ron Hutchison and Ricky Johnson (Dwayne’s uncle). (thanks to Bob Kapur and Steven Ashe)
Brodus Clay will headline a tour of Alberta for CWE with shows on 8/26 in Camrose, 8/27 in Sherwood Park, 8/28 in Red Deer and 8/29 in Calgary.
Chris Nowinski is on briefly on the June HBO Real Sports show in a segment about head trauma in under-14 girls soccer. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
Jonny Fairplay is guest on the Wrestling Outsiders podcast at BlogTalkRadio.com/WrestlingOutsiders
CWE on 7/24 in Winnipeg at Rookie’s Sports Bar.
New England Championship Wrestling on 7/4 and 7/11 at The Brockton Fair in Brockton, MA. Admission is free with fair admission. On Saturday, Slyck Wagner Brown & Brad Hollister face Mike McCarthy & Todd Loco.
Booker T, Ariane Andrew (Cameron) and Virgil are appearing 7/9 to 7/12 at the San Diego Comic Con. Booker & Ariane will be signing from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Dangerous Adrenaline Wrestling Gladiators at the Maximum Sports Complex in Glassboro, NJ on 7/10.
KSW runs 10/31 at the SSE Arena (Wembley Arena) in London featuring Judo Jim Wallhead, Oli Thompson and James McSweney.
Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 7/12 in Oshawa, ONT at the Oshawa Legion 471 headlined by Cody Deaner.
Jim Duggan headlines for River City Wrestling on 7/12 in Kirby, TX at the Turner Club, facing Skitzkrieg in the main event.
Anarchy Wrestling from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 100+ fans: Stryknyn b Romeo Reynolds, CB Suave & Raphael King b Stitch Orisis & Kevin Park, Jeff Lewis b Bobby Moore, Jeremy Foster & Jacob Ashworth b Kevin Blue & Trevor Aeon, Todd Sexton b Sal Rinauro, Frank White & Dementia b Big FN Deal & SKS, Slim J & Fred Yehi b Washington Bullets to keep tag titles, Shadow Jackson & Logan Creede b Lars Manderson & Jagged Edge (thanks to Bill Behrens)
Bellator today announced the signing of Chase Gormley, the Titan FC heavyweight champion. Gormley has a 12-4 record, as has formerly fought in UFC.
JJ Dillon talks Dusty Rhodes, Eric Bischoff and his only match in Madison Square Garden
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