Coachman defends WWE on ESPN
Jonathan Coachman on ESPN spoke in defense of WWE concerning the lawsuit filed by 53 former wrestlers, being very upset about it. In being upset, he claimed that he suffered 10 to 20 concussions between 2003 and 2008 while with WWE, including one on the first day of his training. He praised Vince McMahon and claimed, among other things, that Vince takes care of guys and pays them enough to live long after they are retired and all he asks is they come to WrestleMania and sign autographs once a year. He was furious at the suit, but inadvertently, by saying he had so many concussions that he never had evaluated, he probably did more harm than good. Plus, his claiming that Vince takes care of all the ex-wrestlers out of the goodness of his heart is ridiculous. Guys get royalties for merchandise sold or being in DVDs, and the amount varies greatly, but the idea he pays everyone’s bills for a year and all they have to do is come to Mania once a year, and now they are suing him is such malarkey and that he said it on ESPN is really speaking without thinking.
WWE Draft SmackDown beats Monday’s Raw in viewership
Chad Mendes suspended for two years following drug test failure
Super J-Cup opening round results: Kushida vs. Taiji Ishimori
Cody Rhodes teases Ring of Honor debut
WWE Raw and SmackDown live rosters
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READ IT HERE: Figure Four Weekly 7/18/2016: Does WWE policy apply to Brock Lesnar? – The latest big pro wrestling/mixed martial arts hybrid story involving Brock Lesnar saw him flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) for a potential anti-doping violation in an out of competition test collected on June 28. The results came in on the evening of July 14th and the UFC was notified the following day.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter
READ IT HERE: July 25, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Results of the WWE draft, Brock Lesnar fails USADA drug tests, – The WWE draft ended up just as planned from the start, with the same dynamics of Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins as the top Raw program and John Cena vs. A.J. Styles as the top Smackdown program.
With one of the biggest news weeks of the year, it’s a double issue of the Observer this week, covering the draft, the Jon Jones & Brock Lesnar drug test failures and drugs failed for, the Roman Reigns drug test failure, a major WWE star who is no longer under contract, lots more on the UFC sale, details on the latest concussion lawsuit against WWE, as well as coverage of the beginning of the G-1 tournament and the beginning of the Super J Cup.
The lead story covers the draft. We look at what, when the draft idea started, were the planned main events for SummerSlam. We look at what did and didn’t change about the draft and why. We look at what failed about the draft. We look at what changed in the final week before the draft. We look at why certain people were called up from NXT and some interesting decisions made. We look at the situation with he cruiserweight, the announcing team changes, and what’s new with Brock Lesnar.
We’ve got a complete rundown of not only who is on what brand but slotting and what the slotting shows, as well as the Cesaro interview.
We also go through the Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar drug test failures. We talk about the drugs, what their medical usage would be for, Jones past test results and Twitter responses. We also look at what Lesnar tested for, Mark Hunt’s reaction, what punishment Lesnar is facing, and how this pertains to pro wrestling. We also look at what John Cena said about the test failure.
We’ve got more on the UFC sale including several other companies that had interest in buying UFC and why each one ended up dropping out as the bidding reached high points. We look at what different stations had wanted to do with UFC, and why a media company would have made sense as a buyer. We look at what revenue stream and logic was used to generate the $4 billion sale figure, as well as notes on Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta after the sale.
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READ IT HERE: June 14, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Sable sues WWF for $140M, Martha Hart upset with WWE – Pro wrestling’s latest spill into the national headlines came with Rena Mero’s $140 million lawsuit filed on 6/3 against Titan Sports and her subsequent quitting of the company.
THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
The Cesaro interview that has gotten a lot of talk in recent days
John Cena talks Brock Lesnar’s drug test failure
Tickets for Backlash, the 9/11 show from Richmond, have a presale that starts on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
WWE will be doing both Raw & Smackdown tapings from the same arena in Denver on 10/17 and 10/18.
Linda McMahon and Dolph Ziggler were at the Republican National Convention. Ziggler was there for Fox News.
Jose Aldo has been saying that a match with he and Conor McGregor is likely to headline the November show in Madison Square Garden. With Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones (likely) not available, that does seem to make sense.
Brad Tavares vs. Caio Magalhaes has been added to the 9/10 show in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Augusta Montano vs. Belel Muhammad has been added to the 9/17 show in Hidalgo, TX, as well as Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson.
UFC competitor George Sullivan voluntarily disclosed information to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that could pose a potential compliance issue with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Out of an abundance of caution, Sullivan has been removed from his scheduled bout on Saturday night against Hector Urbina while USADA conducts an investigation into the matter. – Urbina will still weigh in as a potential backup opponent should there be a need for him to compete in another bout on Saturday. Otherwise, he will be re-booked for another card in the near future.
Another fight announced today by UFC is for the Fight Night show in Hidalgo, TX on September 17th. Belal Mohammad (9-1) goes up against Augusto Montano (15-2) in a welterweight fight. Also added to that show is a welterweight bout between veteran Roan Carneiro (20-10) vs Kenny Robertson (15-4). Carneiro returns to 170 after going 1-1 as a middleweight , including a 1st round KO loss to Derek Brunson in February
A late addition to the Salt Lake City card in two week is a strawweight fight that will be on the main card which features Maryna Moroz (7-1) taking on the unbeaten Justine Kish (5-0)
In what could end up being a big story down the road the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) will be voting soon, according to Marc Ramoldi, on the more liberal use of 10-8’s and even 10-7’s. The vote will take place on August 1st and if passed, the new regulations would go into effect on January 1st of 2017.
The retired Mirko Cro Cop has been granted a release by UFC, which will allow him to compete in the Rizin openweight Grand Prix, which begins in September. Cro Cop was suspended for 2 years after a USADA violation but would not be subject to that suspension in Japan. He will be receiving a first round bye in the tournament so his first fight won’t actually happen until September.
Tickets for Bellator 160, which features a main event of Benson Henderson vs Patricio “Pitbull” Friere for a shot at Michael Chandler’s lightweight title, go on sale on Ticketmaster and the Honda Centre Box office in Anaheim tomorrow. There is a presale that starts today for members of the Bellator Fight Nation.
A story on the Nevada Athletic Commission’s awareness of Tommy Morrison boxing while having been diagnosed with AIDS
One Fighting Championships runs 8/13 at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian in Macao with Adriano Moraes defending the flyweight title against Andrew Leone.
The Michael Venum Page knockout of Evangelista Cyborg Santos was the most viewed Facebook video in Bellator history with 3.3 million.
Jeff Cobb is taking bookings for September through December at firstname.lastname@example.org
Absolute Intense Wrestling on 8/26 in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Michael Elgin, Tommy End, Shigehiro Irie and Teddy Hart appearing.
Lance Russell and Dave Brown are doing a Q&A session from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow at Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar and Grille in Memphis. Russell will be doing a second Q&A on Saturdayfrom 5-8 p.m.
Ultimate Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Halifax, NS before 300 fans: Maddison Miles b Rae Lyn, Steve Arsenault won three-way over Julien Young and Mike Delite, Forrest Cullen b Blue Astro, Julien Young b Forrest Cullen, Darkside Express beat Kickin and Screamin and Sabotage, Maritime Menace b Tim Lennon, Tatanka b Jason Rumble, Rikishi b Kris Hicks, Markus Burke b Dylan Bostick.
Saturday’s Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat Q&A scheduled in Bethlehem, PA at the Sands has been moved to 12/17.
Legacy Wrestling on Saturday night in Manheim, PA at Spooky Nook Sports with Eddie Smooth vs. Lio Rush vs. Shynron plus DJ Hyde Matt Tremont, Mickie James and Veda Scott.
CZW has free TV tapings on 8/13 in Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone at 2 p.m. and a live iPPV at 8 p.m. The tapings will be for a TV pilot and the big show has Matt Tremont vs. Joe Gacy for the CZW title.
NOVA Pro Wrestling on 8/12 in Fairfax, VA at the Jewish Community Center with Arik Royal vs. Tracy Williams Cedric Alexander vs. Shane Strickland plus Sonjay Dutt and Tim Donst appearing.
Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 8/5 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Nashville, IN at the Brown County Fair and 8/6 in Columbus, IN at the Bartholomew Country 4-H Fair.
Pure Wrestling Association on 7/23 in Kitchener, ONT a the Alpine Club.
Appearing at the San Diego Comic Con today at 4 p.m. is Matanza Cueto and Dragon Azteca Jr. Tomorrow at 10 a.m. will be Pentagon Dark & Fenix; at 12:15 p.m. will be Joey Ryan and Laura James and at 2:15 p.m. will be Famous B. They will all be at the Headlocked Booth #1901.
Lucha Toronto on 8/27 in Toronto at the Benelife Wellness Centre with Lince Dorado.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe show they talked about Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and said it like pro wrestling to build up Trump tonight to see if Trump responds to Cruz (thanks to Jake Koch)
Beau James has a book out called “Don’t Miss This: The History of Pro Wrestling in Kingsport, TN 1960-69” at kingofkingspoort.com as well as Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle.
A wrestling show on the U.K.’s ‘My Life in Sport’ interview show with legendary World of Sport wrestlers Johnny Saint & Marty Jones at 1:10:20. The interview is about 35 mins in total but split into 2 parts within that hour of the show.
They talk about the likes of Billy Robinson, Vince Sr & Jr and Triple H in there as well as the Big Daddy/Giant Haystacks era.
In the latest issue of Mitchell Hamline’s Cybaris journal (an Intellectual Property Law Review) there’s an article: What’s in a Name, Brother—Profit or Publicity: An Analysis of Trademarking Ring Names in Professional Wrestling
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A story on mini wrestling in New Jersey
Main Event Results
Golden Truth & Apollo Crews defeated The Dudley Boyz & Baron Corbin. Crews pinned D-Von with an Olympic Slam
Kalisto defeated Viktor
Mark Henry & Jack Swagger defeated Breezango after Henry pinned Fandango with a World’s Strongest Slam
The Shining Stars, Sheamus, & Alberto Del Rio defeated The Usos, Dolph Ziggler, & Titus O’ Neil after Sheamus pinned one of the Usos
The Summer Slam Events Calendar
TONIGHT – TNA IMPACT WRESTLING moving to Thursday nights on Fight Network
July 22 – NWX presents A New Beginning at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St. Catharines, ON
July 22 – Ignite Wrestling in Fort Pierce, FL at the National Guard Armory on a show with Lince Dorado, Mr. 450 Hammet, Lio Rush, Martin Stone, Los Ben Dejos, and more
July 22 – AIW runs on 7/22 in Cleveland, OH, with Ethan Page vs. Josh Prohibition vs. Josh Alexander, and Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae vs. Ethan Carter III & Karlee Perez
July 22 – The Lou Thesz Hall of Fame weekend show in Waterloo, IA, featuring Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan, Wes Brisco, B. Brian Blair, Jessika Havok, Tessa Blanchard, a steel cage match and more – This is the weekend Dave Meltzer will be honored.
July 22 – Bellator 159 from Mulvane, KS. Darrion Caldwell vs Joe Taimanglo. Melvin Guillard vs David “Caveman” Rickells
July 23 – ECWA returns to Woodbury Heights, NJ; ECWA Champion Sean Carr vs. Greek God Papadon in the Main Event
July 23 – Live Pro Wrestling, Glengarry Sports Palace, 170 McDonald Blvd. Alexandria, Ontario
July 23 – UFC on FOX from Chicago – Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko.
July 23 – Chikara Pro announced a doubleheader event at Toronto’s Franklin Horner Community Center.
July 23 – AAW in Merrionnette Park, IL, with Sami Callihan vs. Pentagon Jr., Zack Sabre Jr., Marty Scurll; Tommaso Ciampa; Fenix; Johnny Gargano, and plenty more. Here’s what you missed on their last show.
July 23 – Masters of Ring Entertainment in Wilmington, NC, as part of Pro Wrestling Fan Expo 3 will feature Jeff Jarrett vs. ECIII vs. James Storm, announced by Jarrett, at the Merritton Community Centre 7 Park Ave St. Catharines, ON
July 24 – WWE presents Battle Ground PPV at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It will be the fourth event under the Battleground chronology, and the first event under the newly reinstated WWE brand extension.
July 24 – Crossfire Wrestling – Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue St. Catharines ON, for our 5 year Anniversary show “BRING THE HEAT V”
July 24 – PWEclipse – Summer Surrender, Oshawa, Ontario
July 24 – Fenix vs. Pentagon Jr. headlines for Lucha Libre New York at Club LaBoom in Queens, NY
July 29, 30, 31 – ECCW returns to the Agrifair 2016 Abbortsford, BC with three shows per day. Friday and Saturday shows start at 12:00PM – 3:00PM – 8:00PM. Saturday July 30 will feature “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. Sunday’s shows start at 11:00AM – 2PM and 5PM
July 30 – UFC 201 – LAWLER VS. WOODLEY from Atlanta, GA
July 30 – WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 – Live on NBCSN from Everett, Washington. Also featuring Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs Caros Fodor in a brother vs brother fight
July 30 – Smash Wrestling – Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2
July 31 – BATTLEWAR 36; Les Foufounes Électriques, 87 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Montreal, QC
Aug 4-6 – !BANG! TV – Professional Wrestling Spectacular, 3 charity shows in 3 days. – More information.
Aug 5 – NEF Presents Dana White: Looking for a Fight. More info here.
Aug 6 – UFC FIGHT NIGHT – RODRIGUEZ VS CACERES, from Salt Lake City, UT
August 6 – Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt Carmel with Crazy Mary Dobson, Allysin “Sienna” Kay, Veda Scott, Shayna Baszler, Annie Social, Kelly Klein, Heidi Lovelace, Lufisto, Nicole Savoy and more.
Aug 12 – Live Professional Wrestling, downtown Toronto at the Tranzac! 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7, Canada – All proceeds go to the Autism Ontario group.
Aug 12 – BIG WEST WRESTLING presents BOWLING, BODYSLAMS & BBQ, Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
Aug 12 – Zack Sabre Jr. vs.. Jeff Cobb has been added to the Revolution Pro show in London at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Aug 13 – World Women’s Wrestling’s 2016 IRON MAIDEN Championship at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, MA
Aug 13 – wXw NOW – The End (Tommy End’s final show in Germany, booked by The Sumerian Death Squad)
Aug 13 – NWA Mid South Wrestling in Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle Plex headlined by Matt Riviera vs. Jeremy Moore.
Aug 19 – Superkick’d Pro Wrestling Rock Show – Blazed The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
Aug 19 – The Hardys, Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III and Mickie James appear for House of Glory Wrestling in Jamaica, NY. That’s the Friday before SummerSlam.
Aug 20 – UFC 202 – DIAZ VS MCGREGOR 2, from Las Vegas, NV
Aug 21 – WWE Presents THE SummerSlam PPV event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the twenty-ninth event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second consecutive SummerSlam to be hosted in the Barclays Center.
Aug 21 – Chavo Guerrero Jr. will appear for Smash Wrestling on in Pickering, Ontario at Super Showdown lV.
Aug 21 – Octagon & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan headlines in Houston at the Arena Theater.
Aug 26 – Absolute Intense Wrestling – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1355 W. 70th St. Cleveland, OH
Aug 26 – CONFLICT Wrestling: “Black or White”
Aug 26 – Bellator 160 from the Pond in Anaheim and live on Spike TV. Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull Freire
Aug 27 – UFC FIGHT NIGHT – MAIA VS. CONDIT from Vancouver, BC. I’m already pumped.
Aug 28 – Destiny wrestling proudly presents “SUMMER HEAT”.
Signing schedule for the San Diego Comic Con
Friday Pentagon Jr. 10 a.m. to Noon
Friday Fenix 10 a.m. to Noon
Friday Joey Ryan & Laura James 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday Famous B 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday Brian Cage 10 a.m. to Noon
Saturday Melissa Santos 10 a,.m. to Noon
Saturday Johnny Mundo 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday Taya 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday Frankie Kazarian 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday Christopher Daniels 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday Lisa Varon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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