Daily Update: Brickhouse Brown, Aldis vs. Flip, CM Punk
THE LATEST NEWS
MLW Battle Riot spoilers: 40-man match, Rich Swann injured
WWE announces more participants for Mae Young Classic
Stephanie McMahon to make ‘historic announcement’ on WWE Raw
Impact Wrestling results: Slammiversary XVI go-home show
NJPW G1 Climax 28 night five live results: Okada vs. Page
THE LATEST AUDIO
WOL: Dr. Lucha, Jimmy Havoc, Steph’s big announcement, more! 7/20
Wrestling Weekly: Hogan’s reinstatement and the locker room’s reaction 7/20
B&V&G: Granny, NXT, THURSDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI! 7/20
The only poll for this weekend will be for Impact’s Slammiversary, so please email a thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match to email@example.com.
We’re looking for reports tonight on the ROH show in Nashville and the NXT show in Ocala, FL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. EASTERN
Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto in the 2016 G-1 Climax final
Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito in the 2017 G-1 Climax final
MLW ON BEINSPORTS TONIGHT AT 8 P.M.
Shane Strickland vs. Low Ki for MLW title
ROH ON HONOR CLUB AT 8:30 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT FROM THE NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM
Nick Aldis vs. Flip Gordon for NWA title
Young Bucks vs. Briscoes vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Kenny King vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shane Taylor vs. Jonathan Gresham for a TV title shot
Cody vs. TK O’Ryan
Matt Taven vs. Marty Scurll
Punishment Martinez vs. Scorpio Sky for TV title
Sumie Sakai vs. Karen Q
SHINE IPPV AT 9 P.M. FROM THE ORPHEUM IN YBOR CITY, FL
Rain vs. Stormie Lee: “I quit” match, Rain retires if she loses
Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez vs. Kiera Hogan & Dementia D’Rose vs. Aja Perera & Aerial Monroe vs. Holidead & Thunder Rosa for tag titles
Candy Cartwright vs. Leva for the Nova title
Su Yung vs. Kimber Lee
Jordynne Grace vs. Xandra Bale
Brandi Lauren vs. Amber Nova
Tesha Price vs. Jenna
Dynamite Didi vs. Alex Garcia
CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. TONIGHT ON THE CMLL FACEBOOK PAGE
Principe Diamante & Super Astro Jr. vs. Espanto Jr. & Yago
Lluvia & Marcela & Mistique vs. Amapola & Dalys & Reyna Isis
Esfinge & Titan & Triton vs. Kawato San & Okumura & Polvora
Cuatrero vs. Mephisto
Caristico & Dragon Lee & Mistico vs. Cavernario & Negro Casas & Penta 0M
Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Ciber the Main Man & Scharly Rock Star &The Chris
LEGACY FIGHTING AT 10 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT ON AXS TV
NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT LIVE AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY MORNING FROM KORAKUEN HALL ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Michael Elgin & Ren Narita vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Sho
Evil & Bushi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
Jay White & Yoh vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado
Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay vs. Hangman Page & Chase Owens
Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
Toru Yano vs. Kota Ibushi
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Seiya Sanada
Tetsuya Naito vs. Juice Robinson
Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hirooki Goto
Saturday we’re looking for reports on the Raw show in Lexington, KY, Smackdown in St. Louis, the ROH TV tapings in Atlanta (Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne for WOH title, Marty Scurll vs. Kenny King, Silas Young vs. Flip Gordon, Karen Q vs. Jenny Rose and Jay Briscoe vs. Christopher Daniels plus the debut of Jeff Cobb) and NXT in Venice, FL to email@example.com.
NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT LIVE AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN SUNDAY MORNING FROM HACHIOJE
Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino
Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Toru Yano & Jado
Tomohiro Ishii & Sho vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada vs. Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
Michael Elgin vs. Yoshi-Hashi
Evil vs. Bad Luck Fale
Minoru Suzuki vs. Jay White
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hangman Page
Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe
Sunday’s schedule includes a Raw house show in Pikeville, KY and Smackdown in Springfield, IL.
UFC ON FS1 FROM THE BARCLAYCARD ARENA SUNDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON IN HAMBURG, GERMANY
Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. Eastern
Damian Stasiak vs. Pingyuan Liu
Darko Stosic vs. Jeremy Kimball
Davey Grant vs. Manny Bermudez
FS1 at Noon Eastern time
Aleksander Rakic vs. Justin Ledet
Khalid Taha vs. Nad Narimani
Emil Meek vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Nick Hein vs. Damir Hadzovic
David Zawada vs. Danny Roberts
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marc Diakiese
Marcin Tybura vs. Stefan Struve
Vitor Miranda vs. Abu Azaitar
Glover Teixiera vs. Corey Anderson
Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Anthony Smith
IMPACT PPV FROM THE REBEL COMPLEX IN TORONTO AT 8 P.M. ON SUNDAY
Tessa Blanchard vs. Allie
Johnny Impact vs. Rich Swann vs. Fenix vs. Taiji Ishimori
Tommy Dreamer vs. Eddie Edwards House of Hardcore rules
Sami Callihan vs. Pentagon Jr. hair vs. mask
LAX vs. Homicide & Hernandez in a street fight for tag titles
Su Yung vs. Madison Rayne for Knockouts title
Matt Sydal vs. Brian Cage for X title
Austin Aries vs. Moose for Impact title
Raw is Monday from Cincinnati. Stephanie McMahon will return for a major announcement. Also Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley, winner faces Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, and Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel vs. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt for the Raw tag team titles. They are also advertising Lashley & Reigns & Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler & Kevin Owens & Elias, but odds are that match will never happen. There is also a Monday night Smackdown house show in Carbondale, IL.
Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday in Evansville, IN. Announced so far is Carmella vs. Becky Lynch in a non-title match Hideo Itami vs. Drew Gulak vs. Mustafa Ali vs. TJP for a shot at Cedric Alexander’s cruiserweight title.
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Hogan takes first step towards WWE return
Nearly three years after being fired from the company, Hulk Hogan’s return to WWE took a major step forward on Sunday. After Hogan was spotted flying into Cleveland — which was apparently a failed attempt to avoid him being seen coming to Pittsburgh, where WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view was being held — WWE announced on Sunday afternoon that Hogan had been reinstated into their Hall of Fame.
WON NEWSLETTER: (July 23, 2018): ROH/NJPW to run MSG, Hogan reinstated into WWE HOF, more
A look at the ROH/NJPW planned show in Madison Square Garden and the huge ramifications this show could have on the industry is the lead story of a big double-issue of the Observer.
The lead story goes into how ROH/NJPW got the date back after WWE blocked it, why those at Sinclair were always confident they would be able to run the date and their big ace on why they have leverage on WWE.
Find out who was announced, who wasn’t and why, as well as ticket prices, and what significant milestone this show can reach that no non-WWE show in history ever has.
Read what happened backstage with Hulk Hogan, talent reactions to Kofi Kingston and Titus O’Neil, what the problems were in how this was handled and the real issues involved. .
Look at the hilarious irony of the new UFC business deal in Russia.
This issue has full coverage of the Extreme Rules show, a look at the upcoming SummerSlam show, a look at the issues with the crowd, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
Read more on the G-1 Climax tournament with business notes, standings, schedule for the next week, plus match-by-match coverage and star ratings
Also look at yet another rise in WWE stock and why, predictions on WWE future profits, Daniel Bryan talks his future and contract situation, Bryan talks about his in-ring style change, update on Vince McMahon, Dwayne Johnson’s latest movie, Bret Hart and Martha Hart argue over Owen Hart, Owen Hart honored this week, and Rousey TV appearance.
Read how a recent FCC ruling affects the growth of ROH.
Also look at the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament, a look at the participants, schedule and championship plans.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
We are sorry to report the death of Frederick Seawright aka Brickhouse Brown today at the age of 57. Seawright had been battling brain cancer for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was just honored earlier this year by the Cauliflower Alley Club given their courage award. Seawright was a protege and close friend of Terry Funk. He was best known in Tennessee where he was a headliner and feuded with Jerry Lawler. He was a great talker in particular and a very underrated heel who, due to his size, never got much of a break elsewhere.
UPDATE: Brian Blair tweeted on Saturday that Seawright has yet to pass away: “Thank you so much George, but stop the tape. Brickhouse is Mother Victoria just called me to inform me that Brick was still alive and woke up, somehow, last night and said he was hungry. Stay tuned as this is not over, unbelievable! I’ll write what happened on my Facebook page.”
ROH has had interest in C.M. Punk returning, presumably for the MSG show, but we’re told that is a long shot. But feelers have been sent.
Here’s my appearance on Talk is Jericho talking about Bruiser Brody with a lot of stories that probably haven’t been talked about previously.
William Corgan talks tonight’s Nick Aldis vs. Flip Gordon match. He noted that the match is in the same building as the May 7, 1989 match with Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat which at the time was considered one of the greatest matches of all-time.
AXS TV will be airing the last three G-1 Climax finals tonight. At 8 p.m. they will air the 2016 final with Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto. At 9 p.m. they will air the 2017 final with Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito. At about 12:30 a.m. (after the Legacy Fighting Championships) they will air the 2015 finals with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. All three matches are classics.
For WWE house shows this weekend, Braun Strowman is not advertised on Raw shows except for Monday. Daniel Bryan is advertised for all the Smackdown shows. WWE has told us that Jeff Hardy will be appearing at the weekend shows so the injury angle they shot at Smackdown isn’t carrying over to house shows. Randy Orton isn’t advertised on any shows this weekend except TV. That would be strange if only because St. Louis is tomorow night and that’s a home game for him.
Titus O’Neil as a follow-up to what he wrote earlier in the week, wrote: “I’m nowhere near perfect, make mistakes as well as I have had to ask for forgiveness and give it as well. We can all grow in various areas of our lives. Accept full responsibility when you’re wrong and in due season through actions, forgiveness and respect comes.”
WWE is advertising Ronda Rousey for the 9/3 Raw show in Columbus, OH at the Schottenstein Center. Also advertised is Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin in a match that likely won’t take place. (thanks to Devin Schultz)
David Branch vs. Ronaldo Jacare Souza is the first fight announced for the 11/3 show in Madison Square Garden.
WWN has started a $9.99 per month subscription service where you get all of their PPVs for the monthly price which starts with tonight’s Shine show. So Shine, Evolve, and FIP events are all for a monthly price.
Impact announced Scarlett Bordeaux debuting with the promotion soon.
TWE Pro Wrestling on 7/28 in Red Bank, TN at 4825 Dayton Blvd.
Xtreme Wrestilng Alliance on Sunday in West Warwick, RI: Kellen Thomas over Shane Strickland, Acey Babey, Jaxon Stone, Ace Austin, Steve Pena and Richard Holliday in a ladder match for the Firebird title, Killanova Inc. b DJZ & Andrew Everett, Worked Horseman b Jake & Dave Crist, JT Dunn b Austin Theory in a last man standing match, Sami Callihan b Paul London (replacing Matt Riddle), Matt Sydal won three-way over Flip Gordon (replacing Rey Fenix) and AR Fox, Jimmy Preston & Joey Bones b Jon Steele & Mike Verna, Rob Van Dam b John Morrison. Also appearing were Tom Prichard and Eric Bischoff. (thanks to Evan Grodzki)
Alpha-1 Wrestling on 7/29 in Hamilton, ONT at 222 Queenston Rd. and 8/19 in Oshawa, ONT at Polish Hall.
Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 8/4 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds with four title matches.
Anarchy Wrestling on 7/28 from the Landmark Arena in Cornelia, GA will also be on FITE TV as an iPPV for $9.99.
Osamu Nishimura, Joe Doering and Brian Blair will all be appearing on Dory Funk’s BANG show on 8/2 and 8/4 in Ocala, FL at the BANG TV Sound Stage.
MMA Pro League on 9/15 at the New Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City will be on Flo Sports as well.
Ring Warriors TV tapings on 8/8 and 8/9 in Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. They will have a tournament for the Grand championship with Austin Aries, Wes Brisco, Alex Chamberlain, Alexander Hammerstone, Luke Hawx, Marty the Moth and Jeff Cobb.
KSWA is putting on a benefit show for Ken Jugan aka Lord Zoltan, the longtime area wrestler who is battling cancer. He’s a good guy who has been around the wrestling business since his childhood. The show will be on 8/5 in Cheswick, PA at the Shriners Pavilion at 2 p.m.
The CWL promotion that is buying time to be on Detroit television announced that Matt Striker will be their announcer.
Great North Wrestling on 8/26 in Hawkesbury, ONT at the Robert Hartley Arena with Wes Brisco Devin Nicholson and a Battle Royal for the Canadian title.
Destiny Wrestling on 8/25 at the Battlarts Academy in Mississauga, ONT with Sami Callihan vs. Josh Alexander in a cage match and Michael Elgin vs. Petey Williams.
Eclipse Wrestling on 8/18 in Oshawa, ONT with Michael Elgin headlining.
Elliot Sexton vs. Brody King was announced for the 8/9 Progress show in Seattle.
Defy Wrestling tonight in Portland, OR at the Hawthorne Theater with Austin Aries vs. Shane Strickland for the Defy title, and Rey Fenix vs. Rey Horus.
Kagetsu vs. Viper for the World of Stardom title headlines Sunday’s Stardom show in Osaka.
Chelsea Green pulled out of U.K. shows this month due to a working visa issue she has to get taken care of.
Phil DeFries vs. Karol Bedorf for the KSW heavyweight title has been announced for the company’s 10/6 at SSE Wembley in London. The show will also feature the wide variety of KSW characters like Olympic wrestling medalist Damian Jankowski, Scott Askham, Michal Materla and Polish rap star Popek Monster.
Progress has uploaded its Australia shows from April on Demand Progress. I was told there are three **** or better matches on the tour that are now up, Logan Grey & Alex Kingston vs. Travis Banks & Julian Ward, Pete Dunne vs. Davis Storm, Dowie James vs. Tyler Bate and JXT vs. Elliot Sexton vs. Travis Banks.
Matt Taven will be debuting for CWE in Canada form 11/13 to 11/21, on a tour that will also include Vinny Marseglia and Rhett Titus. They will be working on 11/3 in Virden, Manitoba; 11/14 in Souris, Manitoba; 11/15 in Morden, Manitoba; 11;16 in Winnipeg; 11/17 in Thunder Bay, ONT; 11/18 in Sault Ste. Marie, ONT, 11/19 in Blind River, ONT; 11/20 in Sudbury, ONT and 11/21 in Kirkland Lake, ONT.
Crossfire Wrestling on Sunday at 4 p.m. in St. Catharines, ONT at the Merritton Community Centre.
Matt Riviera talks to Brennan Martin about his grandmother, Christine Jarrett, and the book on her life.
Daily Professional Wrestling History: Natural Disasters win WWF World Tag Team Titles
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 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 appearing will be Kris Wolf 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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