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THE LATEST NEWS

NXT UK TV taping spoilers: Pete Dunne vs. Noam Dar
UFC on FOX 30 live results: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier 2
WWE Columbus, GA, live results: Reigns-Rollins vs. McIntyre-Mahal
NXT Jacksonville, FL, live results: Keith Lee in action
NJPW G1 Climax 28 night ten live results: Kenny Omega vs. SANADA

THE LATEST AUDIO

WOR: Author John Lister on the UK wrestling scene 7/28
WOL: Four Horsewomen, MLW, NXT title change, tons more! 7/27
Wrestling Weekly: WWE Evolution, potential NJPW Long Beach mistake 7/27
B&V&G: Granny, NXT, THURSDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI! 7/26

We’re looking for reports on the Raw show in Tallahassee, FL, Smackdown in Wildwood, NJ and NXT shows in Las Vegas and Fort Pierce, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC ON FOX FROM THE SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY

Fight Pass at 4 p.m. Eastern time

Alvaro Herrera vs. Devin Powell
Randa Markos vs. Nina Ansaroff
Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau
Alexis Davis vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Ross Pearson vs. John Makdessi

FOX at 6 p.m. Eastern time

Ion Cutelaba vs. Gadzhirmurad Antigulov
Islam Makhachev vs. Kajan Johnson
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Austin Arnett
Alex Morono vs. Jordan Mein
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alexander Hernandez
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres
Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier

Sunday has Raw in Daytona, FL, Smackdown in Hershey, PA and NXT in Phoenix.

NEW JAPAN G-1 TOURNAMENT FROM KAGAWA AT 6 A.M. MONDAY EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino
Tomohiro Ishii & Sho vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada vs. Toru Yano & Jado
Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
Jay White vs. Hangman Page
Minoru Suzuki vs. Evil
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yoshi-Hashi
Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin

Raw is Monday in Miami with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Ronda Rousey returning to the show. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin are on the show. Smackdown will be running in Fort Myers, FL.

Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday in Tampa with Usos vs. Sheamus & Cesaro in a first round match in a tag tournament to get the tag title shot at the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at 205 Live two years after Cruiserweight Classic

While this month marks the two-year anniversary of the premiere of the Cruiserweight Classic, the division that the tournament spawned is still one of the most puzzling parts of WWE programming. From a rough start, to it becoming the Enzo Amore show, to it being rebooted when Paul “Triple H” Levesque took over as showrunner, 205 Live has been constantly changing and never able to fully find its footing since it debuted in November 2016.


WON NEWSLETTER: (July 30, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All women PPV WWE Evolution announcement, more

The WWE’s heavily promoted all women’s’ PPV show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the announcement made on Raw, whether this will be a regular event, the actual first women’s PPV in the U.S., and thoughts on the business of this.

Look at SummerSlam, with both the matches announced thoughts on those matches, and several other bouts that will either be added, are being pushed and the one match that hasn’t been teased at all that has been talked about a lot this past week.

Get in-depth notes on Matt Riddle and expectations of his coming to WWE and his prospects in NXT and on the main roster, names WWE is after, Dwayne Johnson’s annual income, Rock and wrestling again and what the holdup would be.

Look at the state of Impact Wrestling after its most well received major show of the year. Look at the change in the hardcore stigma of the company, and look at injuries on the show, the next month of television and the direction, as well as match-by-match coverage and star ratings of Slammiversary.

This issue has detailed coverage thus far of the G-1 Climax tournament. Look at the standings, the business, match quality; the ridiculous level of tournament matches thus far, injuries, this week’s schedule, plus match-by-match coverage and star ratings for all the shows of this past week.

Look at the Dragon Gate promotion after its biggest show of the year.

Read about the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony and Ronda Rousey, as well as a look back to 2013 when women were first signed to the promotion and the immediate decision for them to headline on PPV the first night in.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
Tyler Breeze continued to wrestle on the NXT road house show tour last night, losing a North American Championship match to Adam Cole in Riverside, California after Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong got involved. Aleister Black & EC3 defeated Tommaso Ciampa & Velveteen Dream in the main event. Breeze also made a cameo and wrestled at an NXT house show in Florida this May.
The “Walk With Elias” mockumentary that’s airing after Raw on Monday is listed as having an hour-long time slot on the WWE Network schedule. It’s about the making of Elias’ EP.
Cedric Alexander tweeted “You spelled quitter wrong” when someone wrote to him that it’s time for Neville to come back. Their tweet was in response to Alexander writing that the Age of Alexander will continue to reign supreme over 205 Live.
During an interview with Noelle Foley at San Diego Comic-Con, Rey Mysterio said that he’d love to close out his career with WWE and that he thinks he has anywhere from three to five years left in the ring.
Ember Moon told the Charleston Post and Courier that Beth Phoenix is her ultimate dream opponent.
Johnny Gargano spoke to the Arizona Republic about his relationship with Candice LeRae ahead of tomorrow’s house show in Phoenix.
Charlotte Flair appeared on Busted Open Radio earlier this week to discuss WWE’s Evolution PPV and her nearing a return to the ring.
Pro Wrestling
Kenny Omega staying undefeated in the G1 Climax by defeating SANADA in the main event and Juice Robinson getting his first win by beating Toru Yano were the key developments in the B Block standings this morning. Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii was the standout match from today, along with Omega vs. SANADA. Here are the updated standings:
A Block:
8 pts — EVIL, Hiroshi Tanahashi
6 pts — Jay White, Minoru Suzuki, Kazuchika Okada
4 pts — Michael Elgin, Togi Makabe, Bad Luck Fale
2 pts — Hangman Page, YOSHI-HASHI

B Block:
10 pts — Kenny Omega
8 pts — Tetsuya Naito
6 pts — SANADA, Kota Ibushi, Zack Sabre Jr.
4 pts — Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto
2 pts — Tama Tonga, Toru Yano, Juice Robinson

The G1 is off until Monday morning’s show in Kagawa, which starts at 6 a.m. Eastern time.
MLW’s Battle Riot show that aired on beIN Sports last night is available for free on YouTube.
Cody Rhodes was interviewed about balancing putting together All In while wrestling on the show, his role on the next season of “Arrow,” and Flip Gordon on episode three of “All Us.”
Doug Williams defending his Atlas title against Trent Seven is set for PROGRESS Wrestling’s Wembley Arena show on September 30.
Defy Wrestling announced Toni Storm vs. Nicole Matthews for their August 10 show at Washington Hall in Seattle.
UFC/MMA
Ion Cutelaba used Bret Hart’s entrance music and walked to the ring wearing Hart’s sunglasses at tonight’s UFC show in Calgary. Cutelaba won by TKO in the first round. Hart is at the show and was later shown on TV.
When asked if Conor McGregor would face further punishment for his UFC 223 media day bus incident, Dana White said McGregor has faced a lot of repercussions already and lost a lot of money and time. White said he and McGregor are good and McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is the fight people want to see.
White also said he’d love to book Tony Ferguson’s return from injury on the same card as McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov and that Max Holloway is doing well and getting better. He mentioned that the UFC would like to wait a little longer than Holloway’s timetable to return to make sure that he’s okay, but they don’t know what the timeframe is yet.
Nurmagomedov said he doesn’t want to finish McGregor early when they fight because he wants to make him pay.
Alex Oliveira will face Neil Magny at UFC’s Fight Night show in Sao Paulo on September 22.
Jose Aldo’s head coach said Aldo has to be mentioned on the list of all-time greats.
Petr Yan vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade is set for UFC Fight Night Moscow on September 15.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Eddie Guerrero wins ECW TV title


12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. The 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~! is just around the corner.

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 Granny’s Doubles Match Classic! Already booked for the show are the teams Mia Yim & Leva Bates, Shotzi Blackheart & ???, Samantha Heights & Brittany Blake, and Miranda Alize & Kylie Rae. Also just booked for the show is a tag team Grappling Battel~! featuring Bryan Alvarez & Jack Jamieson vs. The Beach Bums (PeachMachine & Mikey G), You won’t want to miss this show! Check out the convention’s Facebook page for all additional information.


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