Daily Update: G1, Rusev returns, Daniel Bryan tweets

THE ROUND-UP

The Latest from the F4W Staff

NEWS

Shinsuke Nakamura returns after missing Saturday WWE house show
LaVar Ball potentially appearing on WWE Raw in Los Angeles
UFC Fight Night 112 live results: Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee
ROH TV taping results: Christopher Daniels gets his rematch
Impact Wrestling’s Bram injured during match in Italy
WWE Vancouver, BC, Canada live results: Rollins challenges Mahal
Bellator NYC live results: Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva

AUDIO

WOL: Solo Sempervive runs down a busy weekend 6/25
DragonKing Dark: The Baltic Sea Anomaly 6/25
WOR: Bellator PPV craziness, Nakamura, NXT Takeover line-up, more! 6/25
WOR: Death of Mr. Pogo, Mauro Ranallo to NXT, ROH PPV, more! 6/24
Wrestling Weekly: Ranallo to NXT, Murnick, Buddy Wayne, mailbag 6/23

The SmackDown crew is in Everett, WA and ROH TV tapes in Lowell, MA (Ultimo Guerrero vs. Matt Taven, War Machine vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley, Bully Ray & Briscoes vs. Young Bucks & Hangman Page, Deonna Purrazzo vs. Kelly Klein vs. Karen Q, Mandy Leon vs. Jenny Rose).

UFC FROM OKLAHOMA CITY AT THE CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CENTER

Fight Pass at 5:30 p.m. Eastern

Johnny Case vs. Tony Martin
Jeremy Kimball vs. Josh Stansbury
Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones

FS2 at 7 p.m. Eastern

Darrell Horcher vs. Devin Powell
Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz
Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori
Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch

FS1 at 9 p.m. Eastern

B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Alex Garcia vs. Tim Means
Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes
Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish
Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks
Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee

NEW JAPAN FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL ON MONDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN

Shota Umino vs. Tetsuhiro Yagi
Tomoyuki Oka vs. Katsuya Kitamura
Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Taka Michinoku vs. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Hirai Kawato
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Jado
Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr & Desperado
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay vs. Evil & Seiya Sanada & Tetsuya Naito & Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi
Minoru Suzuki vs. Yoshi-Hashi for Never Openweight title

Raw will be Monday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman return for the show and there will be a confrontation between Goldust and R-Truth. There is also a SmackDown brand house show in Bakersfield, CA on Monday night.

NEW JAPAN FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL ON TUESDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME

Shota Umino vs. Tetsuhiro Yagi
Tiger Mask & Hirai Kawato vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Liger
Togi Makabe & Katsuya Kitamura vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Seiya Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi
Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Taichi & Desperado
Kushida vs. Bushi for IWGP jr. title

SmackDown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday in San Diego. The SmackDown show will feature the Usos vs. Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder in a non-title match, Naomi vs. Lana for the women’s title, Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin and a women’s Money in the Bank ladder rematch.


FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 6/19/2017: Looking back at the Cruiserweight Classic one year later 

Last week brought the announcement of the first four wrestlers who will be participating in WWE’s Mae Young Classic this summer. Toni Storm, Princesa Sugehit, Lacey Evans, and Sarah Logan will help make up a diverse 32-competitor field from all around the world. It was this time last year that similar announcements were being made for an almost identical project. And while WWE hopes that the Mae Young Classic will further the cause of women’s wrestling, last year’s cruiserweight tournament still leaves behind an undefined legacy.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: June 26, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Money in the Bank review, G1 announcement, more

A look at what is next on the horizon for WWE and coverage of Money in the Bank is the lead of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Look at what the plans were for SummerSlam and the Universal title headed through WrestleMania.

Coverage of Money in the Bank, with notes on the finishes, business notes, match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings, inside.

Have a look at the 2017 G-1 Climax tournament, who got in and who was on the bubble who didn’t make the list, and what to look for when the blocks are announced.

An update on the accident involving Matt Hughes, an update on his health and a look back at his career, is inside.

A feature on Buddy Wayne, one of the best wrestlers in the Northwest during a period of time, why he was never a major star, and a number of people in wrestling comment about him and his career, all in this issue.

Find out about Conor McGregor mentions on Raw, Daniel Bryan looks at changes he’d like to see WWE make and his thoughts on Matt Riddle and Kenny Omega, a look back at what happened behind the scenes regarding the Money in the Bank ladder matches, how Daniel Bryan got his title, why Dolph Ziggler lost his title right away and who was supposed to win that didn’t. Also, look at Shawn Michaels talking about current talent, former developmental wrestler critiques the TV, update on Kairi Hojo in WWE, the birth of Ric Flair, and a list of those at this week’s WWE tryouts.

Check out the value of WWE stock, plans for upcoming TV’s and the most-watched WWE network shows over the past week, and also look at all the WWE & NXT arena events over the past week with results and business notes.

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WON BACK ISSUE: May 29, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF Judgment Day review, Super J-Cup, more

It took a lot of guts in this day and age to attempt a 60:00 match. Nowadays, it’s considered gutsy to put on a 10:00 match on television and you never see anything but PPV main events last more than 20:00. The participants, Rock and HHH, went 36:28 at Wrestlemania. Several times during the broadcast of this show it was noted that both of their longest matches was a 30:04 PPV draw in 1998 which was a ***1/4 match.

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the UFC show and the latest pro wrestling news. We should also have time for plenty of questions so you can send them to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

Rusev returned as advertised in Vancouver last night, doing a three-way with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for the U.S. title.

The A and B block members in G-1 will be announced very late tonight at Korakuen Hall. We’ll have that info up first thing tomorrow morning. The actual cards should be up by Tuesday.

Bryan Danielson made a tweet to Cody Rhodes that has gotten people talking, first talking about how being ROH champion was one of the best times of his career and then saying, “If you hold the ROH title 462 days, I may have to come after you, which would be 9/28/18. Be forewarned.” He did immediately joke that he was trolling.

Impact Wrestling is teasing a huge surprise at Slammiversary. The only thing we’ve been told is that it is not a pro wrestler. Wrestlingnewsworld.com and other places are saying Shaquille O’Neal. The tease is that it’s the most famous person in Orlando and O’Neal was the biggest superstar in Orlando when he played for the Magic. Jarrett’s exact words were “the most powerful, influential resident of Orlando.” I was under the impression O’Neal lived in Atlanta, but I doubt that technicality matters.

As far as weekend trending numbers, nothing from ROH cracked 20,000 on Google. As of earlier today, Matt Mitrione was No. 7 for Sunday at 20,000 based on the crazy knockout with Fedor Emelianenko and his post-match promo. Bellator was No. 2 on Saturday with 200,000 which is about the same as a low level UFC show but behind the last few UFC shows. Eid Mubarak was No. 1. GLOW was No. 5 on Friday at 100,000.

WWE
Two more Madison Square Garden shows have been added to the WWE Network:
November 23, 1981: Bob Backlund vs. Greg Valentine cage match for WWF title, Pedro Morales vs. Don Muraco for IC title, Dusty Rhodes vs. Angelo Mosca, Mil Mascaras vs. The Executioner
December 28, 1982: Bob Backlund vs. Superstar Billy Graham lumberjack match, Pedro Morales vs. Don Muraco for IC title, Jimmy Snuka vs. Ray Stevens, Buddy Rose vs. Ivan Putski

William Regal will be appearing at the London Comic Con on 7/29 and 7/30.
The company announced an Australia and New Zealand tour from 9/13 to 9/16 with the Raw brand coming on 9/13 to Christchurch, 9/14 to Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena, 9/15 to Sydney’s Qudeos Bank Arena and 9/16 to the Brisbane Entertainment Center. 
Another story on Jinder Mahal.
UFC/MMA
Here are results from our panel picks from last night’s Bellator show:
3-2: Mike Sempervive, Ryan Frederick, Front Row Brian and Tom Lawlor
2-3: Josh Nason, Steve Juon, John Pollock, David Bixenspan, Paul Fontaine
0-5: Me and Mike Sawyer

Jeff & Karen Jarrett were at Bellator last night since they are doing a public appearance at today’s Staten Island Yankees baseball game to promote the Impact live event in August at the stadium.
Michelle Waterson was announced as being in this year’s ESPN Body issue.
MISCELLANEOUS
Mike Mooneyham has a nice column on Elliott Murnick, a longtime live event promoter for Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW whose family and the Crockett family built pro wrestling in the Carolinas, including talking with David Crockett.
Bill Goldberg is doing a one-week U.K. tour with talk shows tomorrow in Glasgow, Tuesday in Manchester and 7/2 in London.
NWL Kansas City from last night: Devlin b Shane, Marti Belle b Amber Lynn, Belvedere b Red Cloud-DQ, Dak Draper b Thor Teriot, Maverick b Mike Outlaw, Hans Ruger b Ken Dharma in a pose down, Anthony Gutierrez b Michael Strider, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett b Blaine Meeks & Jet Royal. Next TV taping is 7/8. They also have matches on 7/4 at RiverFest in Kansas City. (thanks to Joseph Myers)
Preston City Wrestling from Friday night in Preston before 500 fans: Tyson T-Bone b Philip Michael, Matthew Brooks won six-way over Ophidian, Jake Long, Arcadian, Seymour Gaines and Dave Birch, Saraya Knight (Paige’s mother) b Xia Brookside (Robbie Brookside’s daughter), Dean Allmark won three-way over Ashton Smith and Chris Ridgeway to keep the cruiserweight title, Roy & Zak Knight b Ricky Knight Jr. & PJ Knight, Bubblegum b David Starr, Danny Hope NC Martin Kirby, Danny Hope & Martin Kirby & Joey Hayes b Sha Samuels & CJ Banks & Lion heart, Sean Waltman & Moose b Iesteyn Rees & Zack Gibson. The Knight family match was said to have been fantastic. Ricky is the younger brother of Paige and PJ would be the nephew of Roy, Zak, Ricky and Paige.
Preston City Wrestling from yesterday afternoon before 700 fans: Lionheart b Danny Hope, Joey Hayes b Sha Samuels, Chris Ridgeway b Dave Birch, Philip Michael b Sheikh El-Sham, Seymour Gaines b Jake Long, Roy & Zak Knight b Chandler Sanford & Marcus Alexander Price, Iestyn Rees b James Finn.
Preston City Wrestling from last night in Preston before 1,200 fans: Bubblegum b Tyson T-Bone in a cage match (said to be great), Matthew Brooks b Dave Birch, Chris Ridgeway b Philip Michael, Dean Allmark won 2/3 falls over Ashton Smith to keep the cruiserweight title (said to be great), Roy & Zak Knight b Ricky Knight Jr. & P.J. Knight (also great), Moose won Battle Royal, Sean Waltman & Joey Hayes & Danny Hope b Iesten Rees & Lionheart & Sha Samuels. 
The next PCW show is the sixth anniversary card on 8/12 in Preston with Rees vs Bubblegum vs. T-Bone for the title, Allmark vs Jody Flesich for the cruiserweight title and Roy & Zak Knight vs. Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos for the tag titles. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
House of Hardcore from last night in Adelaide, Australia: Carlito b Matt Basso, Nick Armstrong & Chris Basso & Bull James b Davey Green & Kurt Baron & Jonah Rock, Colt Cabana b Mustafa Ali Vaez, Jack Swagger b Billy Gunn, Matt Cross b Andy Phoenix, Swoggle b Ryan Nemeth, Tommy Dreamer & MVP b Spirit Squad.
Lucha Xtreme from yesterday morning TV in Fresno: Mike Camden b Snipes, Anthony Idol b Ryan Kidd, Chaz Herrara & Darwin Finch b Drake & Dark Usagi. Next show is 7/29 from Chuckanski Stadium after the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game (thanks to Jon Southerland)
A teaser for Reflections with Gene Okerlund.
I Believe in Wrestling from Friday night in Orlando: Willie Brown b Carlos Gabriel, Amber Nova b Andrew Merlin, Axx Clover b Jason Dugan, Chico Adams b Mike Austin, Tyranus & Kaci Lennox b Deon James & Faris Hakeeem, Aaron Epic b Daniel Drennan-DQ, Chasyn Race & Jerrelle Clark & Jesse Neal b Josh Hess & Rex Bacchus & Mike Parrow. Next show is 7/21.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: Kurt Angle becomes King of the Ring

F4W Online / Wrestling Observer Vegas Convention Event Info

August 17-21; All times are TBA; Full information on the group Facebook page; Activites subject to change 

Thursday: Meet at the Big Shoot for Bowling at the Link; Party at Carnival Court at Hurrah’s
Friday: Kiss Mini Golf tournament at the Rio; Dinner at Texas de Brazil; Suite party (location TBA)
Saturday: Burgers with Granny for lunch; Future Stars of Wrestling show featuring Stephan Bonnar & Phil Baroni; NXT viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
Sunday: SUPER CHINA BUFFET DAY at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at 1pm; SummerSlam viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
Monday: Goodbye lunch at Chen Chen at NY NY

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