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Old 05-05-2018, 08:43 AM   #1881
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Aja Kong still wrestles? Those women in Japan have long-ass careers.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:52 AM   #1882
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I think just as a joke. I saw her wrestle Ibushi in a literal street fight recently.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:59 AM   #1883
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Oh, well that's a shame. But thanks for the clarification.
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In an interview with Pat Laprade for TVA Sports, Kevin Owens revealed that he recently signed a new five-year deal with the WWE, which would keep Owens under contract until 2023.

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Old 05-08-2018, 01:30 PM   #1886
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Brock is not expected to defend the Universal Title again until Extreme Rules in July. Lesnar will not appear on RAW until after Money In The Bank. He is currently not scheduled for SummerSlam, but if plans change his next defense could move from Extreme Rules to SummerSlam in August.


Roman was interviewed backstage yesterday as to way to let him cut a promo without the live crowd booing him. Vince was very concerned the Long Island crowd would create the wrong atmosphere than what he would like Roman Reigns to receive. Roman will likely be cutting more backstage promos, as Vince felt the backstage promo was a big success.


Vince would like to continue with more 'getting to know' Bobby Lashley segments to help the audience feel more comfortable in viewing Lashley as a major superstar.


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Old 05-08-2018, 01:55 PM   #1887
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The current plans call for Roman to get the 'Daniel Bryan' storyline of being screwed by management all the time to prevent him from being champion, so when he wins the belt finally it will generate a large response. No word on if Kurt is turning heel, but the plan is for the audience to feel like Roman has been screwed by WWE management and is fighting back against all odds.

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Roman was interviewed backstage yesterday as to way to let him cut a promo without the live crowd booing him. Vince was very concerned the Long Island crowd would create the wrong atmosphere than what he would like Roman Reigns to receive. Roman will likely be cutting more backstage promos, as Vince felt the backstage promo was a big success.
Vince's paranoia over crowd reactions for Reigns is beyond comical now. This should be the clear sign to him that Reigns is not top star material and/or desperately needs a serious change in direction done for him.

Closest Vince ever got to this level with Cena was whenever Cena looked weak in feuds and he panicked over potential lost merch sales. With crowds, Vince didn't care or just had Cena repeatedly leach crowd heat from others who were more over.
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:15 PM   #1891
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]The current plans call for Roman to get the 'Daniel Bryan' storyline of being screwed by management all the time to prevent him from being champion, so when he wins the belt finally it will generate a large response. No word on if Kurt is turning heel, but the plan is for the audience to feel like Roman has been screwed by WWE management and is fighting back against all odds.

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Old 05-08-2018, 04:43 PM   #1892
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I like Roman and think he's a good wrestler...but I don't like Roman as "the top guy".

He would be a great upper mid card badass face...or a good heel...but the two moves of doom, 'sympathetic' babyface character and push doesn't fit him at all.
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:24 PM   #1893
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How was he screwed at WrestleMania? He got his ass kicked. I think Vince has forgotten what wrestling is.
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Raw ratings last night fell 12 percent even though the episode was coming off a PPV, doing 2.68 million viewers, a shockingly low number that would be among the lowest in modern history.

The number is far below what the shows have been doing and there was no television competition that would explain that level of a drop, although the NBA playoffs did a strong number. Ratings normally increase after PPVs, but Backlash was considered among the worst PPVs in company history. Still, there is no history of terrible shows leading to weaker ratings one day later ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.79 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.73 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.55 million viewers
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Booker T will be filling in on commentary for next week’s Raw in London. Jonathan Coachman is missing the show due to his broadcast duties for the World Long Drive Association on the Golf Channel.
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An advertisement for Impact Wrestling’s Global Wrestling Network streaming service was shown at the end of Table for Three with Shane McMahon, Kurt Angle, and AJ Styles on the WWE Network. Footage from Angle vs. Styles in Impact was shown on Table for Three and the ad directed viewers to GWN to see their matches.
Link: https://twitter.com/Maffewgregg/stat...52816904458242

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When asked about the potential for the United Kingdom to host WrestleMania, Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke about the logistical issues that are involved and said other pay-per-views would be the first step in that direction: “Can we get there? Sure, maybe over time. We would take steps in that direction and those steps are probably other pay-per-views. From my point of view I'd like to bring other meaningful events through WWE, whether that's NXT or the United Kingdom championships, taking international brands and putting them on in those markets. As the world becomes smaller and more technologically advanced, it becomes easier to do these things live from different places. From my end, that's what I'm working towards."
Link: http://www.skysports.com/wwe/news/14...per-view-event

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Bret Hart reflected on his relationship with his brother Owen on what would have been his 53rd birthday yesterday: “Thinking of my brother Owen instantly brings a big smile. He was like sunshine every day.
Link: https://twitter.com/BretHart/status/993657085341589504

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PROGRESS Wrestling announced that they’ll be touring five cities in the United States this August. They’ll be in New York on August 4th, Boston on the 5th, Seattle on the 9th. Chicago on the 11th, and Detroit on the 12th. Every show except the one in Seattle will be a doubleheader with EVOLVE Wrestling, with EVOLVE in the afternoon and PROGRESS at night. They’re working with Defy Wrestling for the Seattle show. Venues and ticket information have yet to be announced, but tickets for Chicago and Detroit will be available at EVOLVE’s events in those cities on May 19th and 20th.

Before likely heading to WWE, Keith Lee’s final matches for Beyond Wrestling will be on May 26th in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and May 27th in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bully Ray vs. Cheeseburger has been added to the card for ROH’s War of the Worlds show in Lowell, Massachusetts tomorrow night. SANADA, EVIL, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, Kenny King & Flip Gordon is set for Toronto on May 11th, and Tenille Dashwood will face Karen Q in Chicago on May 13th. New ROH War of the Worlds matches announced are Tetsuya Naito vs. Beer City Bruiser in Toronto on Friday night and the Dawgs vs. Jushin Liger & Cheeseburger at the TV tapings in Chicago this coming Sunday.

The latest episode of the NWA’s Ten Pounds of Gold series focuses on Nick Aldis and Colt Cabana’s title match in China.
PROGRESS: https://progresswrestling.com/blogs/...-to-coast-tour , Lee: https://twitter.com/beyondwrestling/...76436853665792, NWA: https://youtu.be/z4wWQofaYZ0

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It appears that Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship reign will extend into the summer.

Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio last night that Lesnar won't be on WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, which will take place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on June 17th. After Money in the Bank, WWE's next two PPVs are Extreme Rules in Pittsburgh on July 15th and SummerSlam in Brooklyn on August 19th.

Lesnar signed a new deal with WWE after retaining the Universal title against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34, but the length of that contract -- aside from it being short-term -- isn't yet known.

When Lesnar will be making his next appearance isn't known either. He most recently defeated Reigns in a steel cage match at the Greatest Royal Rumble, with it ending in controversy as Reigns speared him through the side of the cage.
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The UFC isn't yet at their reported $400 million a year goal for their TV rights, but they got a bit closer on Tuesday morning as the promotion announced they have entered into an agreement with ESPN to air 15 Fight Night events on ESPN's new OTT service, ESPN+, beginning in January 2019.

The five-year deal is for $150 million annually. according to the Sports Business Journal who had the story first. Additionally, they added this kills any chance another streaming provider could get in the mix as it's an exclusive deal.
While strictly not wrestling related, UFC's new tv deals are still very important since WWE needs UFC to get a big deal in order to get their own big deal with the next tv contract. More details: https://www.f4wonline.com/ufc-news/u...ry-2019-257301

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????Y’all can’t deny it, I’m a f****** rider you don’t wanna f*** with me ???? ?????????????? https://t.co/3GmZOBmxDv
— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) May 8, 2018

Former WWE and current Ring of Honor star Brandi Rhodes suffered a broken clavicle in two different places while touring Japan for the STARDOM promotion this past week. Even after the injury, Rhodes worked two additional matches on the tour.

On her Twitter account, Rhodes noted, "I’ll admit my first thought was “time to go home”. However, my second thought was, “how can I fight with one (left) arm?” I figured it out and competed in 2 more tag matches w/ Oedo Tai. I love wrestling."

Her husband Cody noted on Twitter that she would be undergoing surgery as the broken bone is poking into muscle.
Link: https://twitter.com/TheBrandiRhodes/...80576112705536

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Lucha Underground applied to register a number of trademarks on 5/2. Some of these characters and concepts have already appeared on the series' first three seasons, while others relate to material in the forthcoming fourth season, which begins next month on the El Rey Network
List of everything trademarked: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...marks.html?p=1

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Click Orlando is reporting that the city is going to make a big push to bring WrestleMania back to the city in 2023 or 2025. The site reports that the city is planning to spend $1 million to secure a future WrestleMania for the city, which would come from tourist tax money. Orlando hosted the event in 2008 and returned in 2017 with both events taking place at the Citrus Bowl (now Camping World Stadium). Last week, it was announced by Rob Higgins of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission that Tampa was submitting a bid to host WrestleMania in 2023, 2024, or 2025 at Raymond James Stadium, in addition to bidding for a future Royal Rumble in either 2022 or 2023.
Links: https://www.clickorlando.com/enterta...entral-florida & http://www.tampabay.com/sports/2018/...ming-to-tampa/

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PROGRESS Wrestling’s next big card is “Chapter 69: Be Here Now” on Sunday, May 20th, with Travis Banks defending the PROGRESS title against Jack Sexsmith and Toni Storm vs. Jinny for the women’s title in Manchester at the Victoria Warehouse.
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Tyler Bate suffered a shoulder injury against Kassius Ohno on Sunday in their Super Strong Style 16 tournament match for Progress Wrestling. Bate was removed from today’s card and replaced by Ohno with the promotion announcing the injury and replacement before today’s final card of the tournament.
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WWE is still working on new ways to get fans to cheer for Roman Reigns, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio. Meltzer said that WWE is trying to recreate the Daniel Bryan storyline with Reigns where management is favoring Brock Lesnar and trying to screw him over, which is why he isn't champion. He noted that while fans aren't buying it, the company is still going with it.
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The new "Table For 3" episode with WWE Champion AJ Styles, Shane McMahon and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle is now available on the WWE Network. This was the season premiere and the promo above confirms the following episodes to air in the near future plus one additional episode with Big Show and others guests.

* Edge, Christian, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy
* Jeff Jarrett, Elias, "Road Dogg" BG James
* Trish Stratus, Lita, Alexa Bliss
* Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair
* Natalya, Nia Jax, Beth Phoenix
Link: https://twitter.com/WWE/status/993659915582390272


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Old 05-08-2018, 11:33 PM   #1897
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Michael Hayes was also behind Brock vs. Reigns at WrestleMania. I don't know how much blame you can put on Hayes, given that Reigns is toxic right now and there are lots of reasons for that. And Seth Rollins is glorious and doesn't have the same pressures on him. That being said, if you were doing a refresh of WWE programming, Hayes would probably not make the cut. He's also caused them a few backstage problems (thinking mainly of the Bobby Lashley incident). He might be a dude like Kevin Dunn that just needs to be lost in the reshuffled deck when something happens to Vince.

It's pretty weird that John Morrison is going to probably have more exposure than anyone in the WWE.
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:59 AM   #1898
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I could see WWE making a play to get Morrison back with that news honestly.
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:23 AM   #1899
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I think the door has always been open to him. He’s kept himself relatively busy.
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Following last Tuesday's SmackDown, which had the lowest audience of 2018, this week's total fell even further.

The show averaged 2.293 million viewers on the USA Network, down six percent from last week. It was the lowest non-holiday number for SmackDown since June 13th of last year.

As will be the case for the next several weeks, SmackDown was up against heavy competition from the NBA playoffs as the Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz game airing directly opposite the show did 4.082 million viewers on TNT. They were also up against a heavily-publicized NCIS episode, which did over 15 million viewers in the 8-9 p.m. hour.
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Xavier Woods wrote that he has one hole and two partial holes in his tongue due to an uppercut Cesaro gave him on last night’s SmackDown.
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Tommaso Ciampa blocked the WWE Network’s Twitter account for wishing him a happy birthday yesterday.
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After undergoing open heart surgery in March, Vader tweeted that he underwent another successful operation to correct an irregular heartbeat: “Yesterday I had a surgery on my heart .My heart had shifted to an A-Fib irregular heart beat A person in a fib has substanily increased chance of Heart Attack &Stroke.The surgery was to put the HEART in normal sinus rhytmn. it was a success”
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Matt Cross (Son of Havoc in Lucha Underground) has been addeed to the lineup for All In.

Along with an accompanying article on ESPN, Lucha Underground released an extended trailer for their fourth season. The season will premiere on the El Rey Network on June 13th.

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuchika Okada has been announced for Suzuki’s 30th anniversary event in Yokohama on June 23rd.

Ultimo Guerrero and Titan will be wrestling at ROH’s TV tapings at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 2nd.

Travis Banks defending his PROGRESS Championship against Jack Sexsmith and Jinny challenging for Toni Storm’s Women’s title are set for PROGRESS’ show in Manchester, England on May 20th.
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Charlotte Flair will be undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured implant, PWInsider.com has confirmed. One source believes Flair will undergo the surgery following the WWE European tour that kicks off this week.
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And on today's episode of Talk is Jericho with Daniel Bryan, Jericho revealed that he was also the backup plan to team with Bryan against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn if Shane McMahon wasn't cleared in time for WrestleMania 34.

"A few weeks before WrestleMania, maybe three or four weeks, I get a call from Vince," Jericho said. "And he’s talking about Shane and his appendix, not his appendix, his diverticulitis, and he had an infection in his hand and he had, there was one other thing as well...staph infection...hernia, that was it. And he goes, ‘Listen, we don’t know if he can do ‘Mania.'"
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WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus noted on her website that topics of discussion for her upcoming "Table For 3" episode on the WWE Network with Alexa Bliss and Lita are Alexa's pet pig Larry Steve, Lita's early days in Mexico, Trish finding yoga and the busyness of the business. She added that the topics are subject to editing.




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  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 24th anniversary of WWE holding their first (and only) ever Rumble match in the country of Japan. The match itself featured 18 entrants and Taker won after eliminating Bam Bam Bigelow.
  • Recent episode of Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast show had Corey Graves as the guest talking about if he actually dislikes Coachman and Saxton, thoughts on working with Coachman, and his FCW days. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-byron-saxton/
  • Wrestling Epicenter held a recent interview with Matt Sydal talking about the recent Impact TV tapings, thoughts on changes being made in Impact, and comparing his runs in different companies. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...recent-impact/


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The number of entrants and the final two in that Japan Rumble match were interesting. Wonder how they decided on 18. That's a random ass number.
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A change in the card led to new champions last night at the first ROH War of the Worlds event in Lowell, Massachusetts.

During the show Castle came out and said that due to accumulating injuries, he would be unable to defend the ROH championship tonight. He reiterated that he was not relinquishing the title, but would instead take time off to heal injuries. It was reported in the newest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Castle has back and hand injuries, including a possible break in the hand.

An angle was set up during the Coast 2 Coast/Marseglia and O’Ryan bout where SoCal Uncensored came out from the back and took the ROH six man tag team titles from The Kingdom, who in storyline had recently stolen them. This set up a new match for later that night, where The Kingdom regained the six man titles from SoCal Uncensored, ending their two month reign with the titles.
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ROH Champion Dalton Castle was held off of this week's events due to a broken hand as well as ongoing issues with his back. The hope is that he will return to the ring by next month's PPV. He's been dealing with the back issues for months and the timing of the injury has to be extremely frustrating for him. I wasn't a fan of the company not announcing the main event change until we were well into the show, but they did it very well as a way to build up to the Kingdom getting a nice pop winning the Six Man Tag Team Championship in their backyard.
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The belief in the U.K. is that Toni Storm has signed with WWE. Apparently there was a video montage for the King of the Ring two-day event at Royal Albert Hall in London on 6/18 and 6/19 and her photo was shown. Storm was scheduled for June with Stardom and told the promotion that she needed to leave after the 6/17 show because she had a date she need to make on 6/18 in England. She could be working it without a contract, similar to when she was in the Mae Young Classic. WWE is also attempting to sign a lot of talent in the U.K. right now for both their own television show, and more, to keep them away from ITV, which started taping television today. But it is not confirmed she signed and if she did, she and WWE would be keeping it secret anyway.
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We're waiting for more on this, but it appeared Charlotte Flair had a dental issue during her match today in Oberhausen.
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Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., and Stuka Jr. will be on the ROH shows on 6/15 in San Antonio and 6/16 in Dallas. This will be the debut of the Hall of Famer Atlantis in ROH.

The All In press conference will take place on Sunday at Pro Wrestling Tees in Chicago at 2 p.m. Eastern live on Twitch and Facebook. Tickets for the show go on sale that today and some names and announcements of matches are expected.

MLW announced a three-way match to determine its first tag team champions on the 6/7 show at Gilt Nightclub in Orlando with Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. Jason Cade & Jimmy Yuta vs. Dirty Blondes.

World Series Wrestling announced Marty Scurll vs. Robbie Eagles on 6/22 in Melbourne, as well as Jimmy Havoc vs Abyss plus Joey Ryan appears. On 6/23 in Melbourne they have Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jonah Rock and Brian Cage vs. John Morrison. 6/25 in Sydney has Rock vs. Cage.
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We've had a few questions of late asking about the status of the planned Vince McMahion biopic Pandemonium. There has been no real change in the project. A new, updated draft of the screenplay was written (this would be a third draft) and we are told, was submitted to Bradley Cooper for his interest in playing McMahon. Sources tell us there's been no final word on a yay or nay from Cooper, as of this week.
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It looks like being advertised on the WWE Network really paid off for IMPACT Wrestling. The Global Wrestling Network app went from the 669th position for the top free sports app of iOS to 101st tonight and growing. This is more than the night after Redemption when they peaked at position 130 and higher than any other day of 2018 and the same repeats in every country where the app is available. In Canadian charts they went from 1239th to 97th in a single day and in Great Britain they went from 1029th to 143rd.
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New Japan Pro Wrestling's three US Trademark applications (Strong Style, King of Sports, Strong Style Evolved) were given initial refusals due to the applications being submitted unsigned, resulting in them being not properly verified.

Major League Wrestling's two trademark applications for 'War Games' have been initially refused due to likely hood of confusion with MGM's trademarks of 'Wargames'. In addition to sounding similar in name, they were also refused due to the likely confusion with the use of services provided by both companies for their trademarks. MLW's use of service focused on providing wrestling and sports entertainment through various means while MGM's focused on production and distribution of DVDs featuring entertainment which was enough for the USPTO to claim confusion with consumers. They provided screenshots of WWE's, ROH's and Highspots' websites as examples of places that produces and distributes DVDs featuring wrestling and entertainment.
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On WWE not having women compete at the Greatest Royal Rumble: “I understand that they are a business, a global business and they are always looking to expand their global presence. However, I do feel this was a direct conflict of interest with them maintaining any integrity or truth to the fact that they say they would like to push forward women, their roles and their reputations in this business as anything resembling equal to a male. Make the money, that’s fine, but don’t try to cover it up. Don’t say, “No, we are doing this because in the future we would like to help progress their culture forward!” No, you want the money, you’re a business and businesses make money. That’s okay. From my perspective over here, I don’t own your business so that’s your call. From a PR perspective don’t say you are doing it because, “We want to help progress that culture forward.” Uh no, it’s a direct conflict of interest, in my opinion.”
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Auleaga “Neff” Maiava, who is generally credited as the first Polynesian and Samoan pro wrestling star, passed away on 4/21 at the age of 93. Maiava was believed to have been the second oldest wrestler still living before his death (the oldest is believed to be U.K. wrestler/referee Joe D’Orazio, who is 95).
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We still haven’t been able to confirm anything regarding the proposed show at 100,000 seat MCG Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on 10/6. It was mentioned on television and reported about in the Australian media. WWE was supposed to make the official announcement in early April and that came and. Obviously there are snags but nobody has confirmed what they are. WWE has not responded to any questions regarding the show. What we do know is that something that was part of the deal hit a snag, but don’t know if it was something repairable or not.
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Ray Rowe, 33, of War Machine, and Sarah Logan (real name Sarah Brides), 24, have set a 12/21 wedding date. The two have been engaged for some time and were together as a couple before either was in WWE.
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A funny story on the Undertaker vs. Rusev casket match at the Greatest Royal Rumble show. If you recall, it was originally Undertaker vs. Rusev and then changed to Undertaker vs. Jericho and then changed back to Rusev. Jericho, as a courtesy, told McMahon that he was going to Fukuoka to shoot another angle with New Japan for his match with Naito at Dominion. Just a couple of hours later he was told that the Prince of Saudi Arabia asked for Rusev in he mach instead of him so they were taking him out. Given that the Prince clearly was wanting talent from years back (Hogan, Undertaker, Yokozuna, Ultimate Warrior) on the card and requested them, it is hard to believe he would have specifically on that day asked for Rusev for that match and not Jericho, particularly since the match had been changed to not be Rusev just a few days earlier. That probably also explains how the story got out that Jericho was going to Japan since in telling Vince the secret, it was no longer a secret.

Bryan also talked about how much he hated being General Manager because he had to be around wrestling every week but wasn’t allowed to wrestle. He said had he not been cleared, he was 100 percent going to ROH, CMLL and New Japan starting in September. He said he was looking at working a program where he would feud with Bullet Club.
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Lawler had a CAT scan after his recent stroke, and noted on his podcast that he has brain damage in a number of cells in his brain. He said he’s felling no ill effects whatsoever and the doctor told him he was phone even with the damaged cells, but was very lucky as it could have been far worse.
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The top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network for the past week were: 1. Backlash; 2. Table for 3 with Styles, Angle and Shane McMahon; 3. Greatest Royal Rumble; 4. Camp WWE episode one; 5. Greatest Royal Rumble pregame show; 6. NXT from 5/2; 7. Ride Along with O’Neil, Crews, Bliss and Strowman; 8. Backlash post-game show; 9. Something Else to Wrestle With with Bruce Prichard & Conrad Thompson on Shawn Michaels on 5/2; 10. 205 Live on 5/1.
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With him scheduled for a meet and greet at Pro Wrestling Tees' store in Chicago, CM Punk will at least be playing a small part in All In weekend.

Pro Wrestling Tees announced today that Punk will be appearing at their store on Friday, August 31st. There are only 200 tickets available, with them set to go on sale on May 23rd at noon Central time. Autographs will cost $50, professional photo opportunities are the same price, and autograph/photo combos with an exclusive T-shirt will cost $90.

The meet and greet being the day before All In is bound to increase speculation that Punk will play a further role that weekend, though he lives in Chicago and already partners with Pro Wrestling Tees for his online merchandise store.
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Charlotte Flair flew home to get dental work done after having her bridge knocked out in yesterday's show in Oberhausen, Germany. She was going to be flying home Sunday from the tour already because she was scheduled to be part of the Needham Investment conference on Tuesday in New York with WWE President Michelle Wilson. So she was never scheduled for TV this week. She was scheduled to fly back for the rest of the tour after.
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Indies Roundup:
Appearing at today's World of Sport tapings in Norwich, England were Davey Boy Smith Jr., Grado, Primate, Joe Hendry, Martin Kirby, Iestyn Rees, Viper, Kay Lee Ray, Bea Priestley and Sha Samuels, Stu Bennett (formerly Wade Barrett) was both authority figure and TV announcer, along with SoCal Val and Alex Shane.

Brandi Rhodes had shoulder surgery yesterday. She also wrote about her matches before the surgery in Japan that "If you feel inclined to criticize matches I worked with a double fracture, seek help."

Tickets for the 7/19 MLW TV taping in Long Island City, NY at the Melrose Ballroom go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at MLWtickets.com. Advertised for the show are Shane Strickland, Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, Barrington Hughes, MJF, Sami Callihan, Salina de la Renta and ACH.

Although he is advertised for an eight man tag team bout tonight, PWInsider.com has learned that ROH Champion Dalton Castle will not be competing due to his back issues. His replacement has not been 100% confirmed from a creative standpoint as of this writing, but ROH is toying with a few ideas.

Ring of Honor has announced that Ultimo Guerrero and Titan will be working the June 2nd television tapings at the Manhattan Center.
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The 5/3 edition of Impact did 295,000 overnight viewers, down from last week's 299,000 overnight viewers.
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WrestleCon 2019 will be held at the New York City Hilton Midtown (the site of the 2004 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony) on Friday 4/5/19 and Saturday 4/6/19, which is the largest hotel in New York City and the largest Hilton hotel in the United States.
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The Miz was interviewed by Sports Illustrated at this link, discussing, among other topics, how he gets upset when the WWE Championship isn't presented as the main event on PPV events. "My goal is to make the WWE championship as relevant and prestigious as it should be," Miz told SI's Justin Barrasso. "Now do I think AJ Styles is doing a terrific job as WWE champion? Absolutely. But that WWE Championship should be in the main event of every pay per view, and it upsets me when I see that it’s not. My goal is to not only win the Money in the Bank contract, cash it in, and become WWE champion. I want to put that title back where it belongs: the main event. Like I always say, the man makes the title, the title doesn’t make the man. I will make the WWE Championship the most prestigious and honorable title in all the WWE just like I did the Intercontinental championship."
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For those who have asked, there are no current plans for another round of 205 Live house shows at this time. They are giving the brand time to continue to grow and find itself before they attempt to bring it back out on the road independently.
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WWE NXT stars Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli are both out injured, just as their program against each other was set to begin. Sabbatelli suffered a torn pec during a house show match while Moss suffered what we are told is a knee injury. He was on crutches at this week's NXT TV tapings. Sabbatelli was not at the tapings that we have heard. No word yet on how long they will each be out. The timing of the injuries really sucks for them.
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A new thirty-minute "Table For 3" episode will premiere on the WWE Network after Monday's RAW goes off the air. This episode will feature Elias, "Road Dogg" BG James and 2018 WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett, and will include a performance of the "Be With My Baby Tonight" single. Below is the synopsis:

"Bonded by their love of music - Jeff Jarrett, Elias and Brian James come together to discuss their greatest hits and favorite stories."
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Dean Ambrose continues to spend time in Birmingham, Alabama to be near WWE doctors as he prepares for his return to the ring for WWE. PWInsider notes that Ambrose has been living just about full-time in Birmingham for the past month or so. Ambrose has been out of action since December with a triceps tear. We reported before WrestleMania 34 that Ambrose was seen wearing a sling around Birmingham while wife Renee Young was in town visiting. It was reported in December that Ambrose would be out of action for 9 months.
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The "Road To The Undisputed Championship" WWE Network Collection on current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar was recently re-added to the service after being removed in February. WWE noted on Reddit that some of the more popular Collections that were removed will be re-added over the next two months.





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The Miz can cut some good promos when he's not under WWE directive, but I just don't buy him as a main event guy.
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Even with a taped show and going against the most-watched NBA game so far this season on cable, Raw was actually up two percent from last week's low mark, doing 2.74 million viewers.

It was the second lowest number since the end of football season, but all things considered, it should be viewed as a success given the NBA competition.

The big story was the lack of a third-hour drop, even with a main event that was advertised as Bobby Lashley vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Elias. There was a big second-hour drop when the Warriors vs. Rockets game began and most likely it would have been among the lowest numbers in history had the game started at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m., which helped out a little ...

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.90 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.69 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.63 million viewers
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With ITV taping pro wrestling this past week in Norwich, WWE attempted to sign as many of the top United Kingdom stars as possible in recent weeks to both keep them from World of Sport and also to be with them for their own heavier expansion into the U.K. market with a U.K. specific brand and weekly television.

WWE kicks off its next phase on June 18th and 19th with the King of the Ring tournament at Royal Albert Hall in London.

As noted in the current Observer, Toni Storm was key on the radar. While talent is not allowed to publicly talk about signings until WWE releases the names themselves, and this is not a list of confirmed siignings, those who have been in talks for the WWE's new project are Storm, Joe Coffey, Dave Mastiff (who had been pushed as the lead heel on the first ITV pilot show), El Ligero, Travis Banks, Chris Brookes, Jinny, and Eddie Dennis.
Some more details: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...dates.html?p=1

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"Avengers: Infinity Wars" which features Dave Bautista is now the 5th highest grossing movie based on worldwide sales in the history of movies.
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Harold Meij of The Netherlands today became the first foreign president in the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling. He speaks both English and Japanese fluently. He was Senior Vice President of Coca Cola Japan and was President and CEO of Takara Tomy, being one of the first foreign presidents of a major Japanese company. We'll have more on this is the next issue but this is very much a shock for a Japanese major wrestling company to have a foreign president.
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Rich Swann vs. ACH has been added to the 6/7 MLW Fusion TV tapings in Orlando.

Demand Lucha on 6/10 at Lee's Palace in Toronto with PCO, Teddy Hart, PJ Black Darby Allin and Joel Gertner.

Revolution Pro on 5/29 at the Portsmouth Guild Hall has Cody vs. Phantasmo.

Standalone Wrestling announced this week that all the core members of Bullet Club - Cody, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, Adam Page and Brandi Rhodes will be appearing at their 8/25 Boardwalk Beatdown event in Atlantic City, NJ at the Claridge Hotel.

Episode 102 of Being the Elite includes Cody and The Young Bucks’ reactions to how quickly All In sold out.

Matt Jackson told WrestleZone that he personally thinks All In should be about three hours long and that they worked with NJPW to find a date where they could use a star like Kazuchika Okada.

Rich Swann will debut for Impact Wrestling at their television tapings in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on June 1st and 2nd.
Standalone Wrestling: https://twitter.com/sawprowrestling/...93508917735424 , Elite: https://youtu.be/QosQNUqgblw , Jackson: http://www.mandatory.com/wrestlezone...ts-all-in-more , Swann: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...35039280926720

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In a message to the WWE Universe during SmackDown LIVE in London, it was revealed that Ronda Rousey will make her U.K. ring debut with WWE at the city’s iconic O2 Arena on Wednesday, Aug. 29, as part of a special, one-night-only WWE Live Event.

This will be Rousey’s first time performing in the United Kingdom as a WWE Superstar. Tickets to see her and your favorite Raw Superstars — including Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor and more* — are available now at www.bookingsdirect.com and www.theo2.co.uk.

Stay with WWE.com as more updates on Rousey’s U.K. debut become available.
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Paul Heyman took to Twitter today to comment on the success of the 9/1 "All In" event:
It goes without saying that #Dusty would be so very very proud of @CodyRhodes and @MattJackson13 and @NickJacksonYB, and I hope everyone involved is proud of themselves, because this particulatr accomplishment cannot and should not be understated.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) May 15, 2018

Jim Cornette, who has been critical of The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, among others, at times, commented on the "All In" event selling out 10,000 seats in 30 minutes:

@ALL_IN_2018 sold their 10,000 tickets in an hour today! @CodyRhodes got more than the in-ring from the Dream, Congratulations! Regardless of what I think about the conduct of certain parties on the show, that's a hellofa house!
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) May 13, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/HeymanHustle/sta...31559535288321 , https://twitter.com/TheJimCornette/s...08188988645384

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On Monday’s episode of Table for Three with Jeff Jarrett, Road Dogg, and Elias, it was revealed that AJ Styles’ WWE theme music was originally supposed to be for James Storm before Storm decided not to sign with the company.
More details: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...d-for-another/

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In an interview with The Sun, Roman Reigns discussed the reactions he gets from WWE crowds: “As long as fans are showing up and as long as they’re making noise, I’ve done my job. I’ve done what I’m supposed to do and that’s draw people into the building.
Link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/62904...rtaker-lesnar/

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Here are the updated lineups for ROH’s Honor Rising UK tour:
Edinburgh on May 24th:
  • ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes defending against Cody & Hangman Page
  • EVIL & SANADA vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
  • Shane Taylor vs. Scorpio Sky

London on May 26th:
  • ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom defending against The Young Bucks & Hangman Page
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Silas Young vs. Punishment Martinez vs. SANADA
  • Jay Lethal vs. Mark Briscoe
  • Shane Taylor vs. Toru Yano

Doncaster on May 27th:
  • ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes vs. EVIL & SANADA vs. The Young Bucks vs. Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan in a non-title
match
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WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy may have suffered a left leg injury in the dark main event after tonight's WWE SmackDown and WWE 205 Live tapings in London, England. Hardy defeated The Miz in that match using the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb. The match went around 8 minutes.

Fans on Twitter noted that the injury may have happened during Hardy's entrance. He was checked out by a doctor but was noticeably limping before and after the match.
More details: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...n-event-today/

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With Brock Lesnar not scheduled to work the upcoming WWE Money In the Bank pay-per-view, The Beast looks to break CM Punk's record for longest modern day title reign soon. Punk held the WWE Title for 434 days while Lesnar has held the WWE Universal Title for 407 days as of this writing. WWE recognizes Punk's 434-day WWE Title reign as the 6th longest of all-time and the longest of the 2010s.
More details: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...m-punk-record/

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No word yet on the status of the "Pandemonium" biopic on WWE Chairman Vince McMahon but PWInsider notes that a new, updated draft of the screenplay was submitted to actor Bradley Cooper for his interest in playing Vince. This would have been the third draft of the script. Word is that as of last week, there's been no final word from Bradley on if he will take the role or not.

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The 5/15 edition of Smackdown Live brought in 2,298,000 overnight viewers, up from last week's 2,293,000 overnight viewers.
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The Phoenix Police Department has concluded its investigation into a rape allegation that was made against Enzo Amore (real name Eric Arndt) and found that there isn't enough evidence to press charges.

Tom Cargill, an attorney for Amore, issued a statement today announcing that police have informed Amore that the case is closed.

The allegation against Amore, which stems from last October, was made public on January 22nd, with him being suspended by WWE that day and then released from the company on January 23rd. Cargill claimed that Amore only learned of the accusations after they were posted online.

Phoenix Police confirmed that the case has been closed but could be reopened if new evidence were to come to light.
Statement from Enzo's Lawyer: https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/p...s-filed-257856

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New Japan hit another milestone this morning by selling out Osaka-jo Hall.

They made the announcement this morning on Twitter. The building holds around 16,000 people, though that does change to around 13,500 for stages set up for boxing/wrestling. It would be the first time New Japan has sold out the arena since moving Dominion from the Bodymaker Colosseum to Osaka-jo Hall for the 2015 Dominion show, which is where the show has been held every year since then. Last year’s Dominion attendance was announced at 11,756.

Dominion usually winds up being one of the strongest cards New Japan puts together all year, feautring a number of high profile title matches. The fourth bout between Kenny Omega and IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada will headline this year's show. Unlike last year, the match will not only have no time limit, but will also be a 2 out of 3 falls match.

Dominion at Osaka-jo Hall will take place on June 9.
Link: https://twitter.com/njpw1972/status/996636341507997696

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Indies Roundup:
In the latest episode of their "Ten Pounds of Gold" series, The National Wrestling Alliance documented their championship being defended against Cody Rhodes at the "All In" event on 9/1

Ring of Honor will be holding their Best in the World pay-per-view card at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, June 29th. Tickets are available now for the show and range from $25-75. It is a larger venue than they previously run in the city and the arena having a capacity of 5,000.

MLW has announced a $20,000 Bounty Match between Shane Strickland and Brody King for their next television taping on Thursday, June 7th at the Gilt Nightclub in Orlando.

Minoru Suzuki and Taiji Ishimori have been added to NJPW’s Strong Style Evolved UK shows in Milton Keynes on June 30th and Manchester on July 1st, joining Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii.

ROH has confirmed three more matches for this month’s Honor United tour. Kenny King is facing Punishment Martinez in Edinburgh on May 24th, Cody Rhodes is wrestling King in London on the 26th, and Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven is set for Doncaster on the 27th,
NWA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vvctxWafAM , NJPW: https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/996842511921532929 & https://twitter.com/RevProUK/status/996659307465854976

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House of Hardcore will import the Impact Wrestling feud of Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan for the promotion's Hanover, MA debut at the Starland Sportplex this Friday 5/18 as the two will face off in a Boston Street Fight. Also announced for the event are HOH TV champion Willie Mack, Joey Mercury, Tommy Dreamer, Bull James, Alex Reynolds, MJF, The Squad, Brian Cage and more.

This Saturday, the promotion returns to the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA featuring Tommy Dreamer, Eli Drake, Moose, LAX, OVE, Joey Mercury, Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack, Bull James, Brian Cage, Alex Reynolds, MJF, The Squad, JT Dunn and more. There will be matches taped for Impact Wrestling TV at the event.
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WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley/Bully Ray tweeted the following

I pitched an idea for a game show to @WWENetwork called “SuperStar Squares” (think “Hollywood Squares”)

Would be fun and entertaining w/ fans being the contestants. https://t.co/Xhs44hSZIb
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) May 16, 2018
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Above is a preview for the latest episode of "Something Else to Wrestle" with Bruce Prichard on the WWE Network, featuring a discussion on WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwXRUPOESkw

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NJPW spoke with the newest member of the Bullet Club, Ishimori (aka Bone Soldier), and asked why he decided to go with the Bullet Club.

"That's a stupid question," Ishimori said. "The Bullet Club is the most famous group going. I can be in Japan and still have my name go worldwide. If I'm in Bullet Club, Taiji Ishimori's name goes global. And this way, I can pick fights with anyone in the junior division, except Marty Scurll."
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WKBW in Buffalo, New York notes that Ronda Rousey will make her Buffalo in-ring debut at the Monday, July 16th RAW show from the KeyBank Center. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10am and will cost between $19 and $119.
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It was announced on Tuesday that the WWE will be returning to the O2 Arena on Wednesday, August 29th for a special card featuring Ronda Rousey wrestling in the city for the first time. They are also advertising Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor for the event.
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Showtime released another trailer for their documentary on Mauro Ranallo and his mental health battles. Ranallo discusses his bipolar disorder, with the trailer including clips from him at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. The documentary will premiere on May 25th. Ranallo was also a guest on the RIch Eisen Show today.
Link: https://youtu.be/CEgJO-zrtyk


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WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley/Bully Ray tweeted the following

I pitched an idea for a game show to @WWENetwork called “SuperStar Squares” (think “Hollywood Squares”)

Would be fun and entertaining w/ fans being the contestants. https://t.co/Xhs44hSZIb
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The WWE Network began uploading 1983 TV episodes of Mid-South Wrestling over the last few hours.

PWInsider.com previously reported that WWE planned to add 76 new episodes of the series to the Vault section of the streaming service.

Created in 1979 by Bill Watts, Mid-South ran the Gulf Coast territory through the mid-1980s when it was purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions. The 1983 episodes will feature Hacksaw Duggan, Steve Williams, Kamala, Ted DiBiase, Matt Borne, Mr. Wrestling II, Gino Hernandez, The Great Kabuki, Andre the Giant, Junkyard Dog, a rookie Marty Lunde (who would go on to become Arn Anderson) and more.
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Ring of Honor has added the "Kevin Steen: Ascension to the Top" compilation to the HonorClub streaming service. The nearly 7 hour presentation showcasing the early days of Kevin Steen (now Kevin Owens in WWE) in ROH, includes the following matches.

The Global Wrestling Network now features every PPV from the Asylum era of the company.

Evolve is running iPPVs on Saturday night from Summit, IL and Sunday from Livonia, MI. They also announced Darby Allin vs. Walter on 6/23 in Queens, NY and Allin vs. Jarek 1:20 on 6/24 in Melrose, MA.

Jake Hager vs. Tom Lawlor for the MLW title and Brody King vs. Shane Strickland has been announced for the 6/7 MLW Fusion TV tapings in Orlando at Gilt Nightclub.

AAW on 5/25 in Chicago at the Logan Square Arena with Jessicka Havok vs. Kimber Lee for the women's title, Darby Allin vs. Brody King, Penta 0M & Rey Fenix vs. AR Fox & Myron Reed, Eddie Kingston vs. Fred Yehi, Sami Callihan & Jake & Dave Crist vs. Shane Strickland & Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz plus Besties in the World, Zema Ion, Juice Robinson, Jake Something and Colt Cabana.

Jay Lethal pulled out of the AWF tour in Australia this week due to his concussion. He was supposed to face Ryback earlier today. There were said to be less than 100 fans at the show which included Christopher Daniels, Ryback and Cima, as well as Lethal being advertised.

Regarding the 6/29 show in Daytona Beach that Kenny Omega is promoting, they are in the same boat as the Cow Palace in the sense they can’t announce any matches until after Dominion, because things scheduled for Dominion affect this show

Due to his duties with Impact, Don Callis won’t be back until Dominion. Kevin Kelly will be doing the 6/3 and 6/4 Korakuen Hall shows live, which are the final day of the Best of the Juniors round-robin and the finals the next day
ROH: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...mpilation.htmL

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How is it that WWF was able to sign Lex Luger while he was the WCW Champion in 1992. There's no way WCW had him holding the title while not under contract?

WWF didn't sign Luger to come over as a wrestling talent. He was signed to WCW, but the WWF signed Luger as a bodybuilder to come to the World Bodybuilding Federation as a performer for that brand, which technically didn't violate Luger's WCW contract. He finished up at WCW Superbrawl II, losing the WCW World title to Sting and moved on to the WBF. Luger even appeared on a Wrestlemania show, being interviewed "via satellite" while representing the WBF. As it turned out, Luger was injured in a motorcycle accident and wasn't able to do any posedowns for the lone WBF PPV broadcast. Luger was eventually shifted over to the WWF, debuting at that year's Royal Rumble as The Narcissist persona, likely after his original WCW deal would have expired. It was a case of WWF figuring a way to work around WCW's deals, to WCW's detriment.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles about how Luger was able to work for the WWF while under contract with WCW.

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Ahead of a possible title defense against Cody Rhodes at All In, Nick Aldis will be facing The Young Bucks on ROH's Honor United tour.

ROH has announced that Aldis, the current NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, will be in action at Honor United: Edinburgh on May 24th. The storyline for the match is related to Aldis appearing at All In, with him making it one of the stipulations of him agreeing to defend the title against Cody. Aldis will be teaming with a "partner of ROH's choosing" ...

This will be Aldis' in-ring debut for ROH, though he was shown in the crowd during Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll at Supercard of Honor XII last month.
More details & cards for ROH's UK tour: https://www.f4wonline.com/ring-honor...inburgh-257956

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Variety said that the leading candidates for landing Smackdown are Fox, Facebook and Amazon. WWE stock had a giant day off yesterday's news of how high bidding for Raw had gotten, closing at $50.31 per share, its all-time record.
Link: http://variety.com/2018/digital/news...ve-1202814297/

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Below is an ongoing resource list featuring confirmed contract expirations, reported by respected news outlets or the talent themselves. You can also find Fightful's constantly updated injury report at this link.

WWE:
Brock Lesnar: August 2018
Mauro Ranallo: June 2019
Daniel Bryan: September 1, 2018
Kevin Owens: April 2023 (minimum; signed 5-year deal in 2018)
Paige: 2019
Big Show: Spring 2021
Mandy Rose: Late 2020
The Miz: 2022
Stephanie McMahon - October 7, 2019 (as on-screen talent)
Mojo Rawley- 2020

NJPW/ROH:
Young Bucks: Through 2018
Kenny Omega: January 2019
Jim Ross: January 2019 (with AXS)
Josh Barnett: January 2019 (with AXS)
Jay Lethal: Through 2018
Michael Elgin- January 2020
Kota Ibushi- Working as freelancer

Impact Wrestling:
Moose- July 2020
Eli Drake- July 2018
Kiera Hogan- June 2018
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The Hot Topic web site listing of top ten T-shirts on sale had Chris Jericho’s Ingobernables T-shirt (Lista Ingobernables de Jericho) that he wore in the attack of Tetsuya Naito on 5/4 in Fukuoka as not only the best selling shirt, but more than double No. 2 which was Steven U Pink Diamond. Jericho’s Alpha Club shirt was No. 5. No other pro wrestling shirt cracked the top ten on that list
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Revolution Pro is no longer allowed to use any wrestler signed to a WWE U.K. deal. I presume that would also mean a lot of other promotions have found the same thing out. Defiant Pro is out as are all promotions that have a decent distribution or a streaming service, other than Progress and ICW, which have financial ties to WWE. It was a clear eventuality that anyone who understood the game would have known was coming, no matter how many times it was denied at first
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The ROH War of the Worlds tour did well, but with less of the top stars from New Japan (only Tetsuya Naito as far as top stars went), it wasn’t the usual four sellouts. The 5/9 show in Lowell, MA, drew 1,900, which was close to full and their best showing in that market to date, particularly good for a Wednesday. 5/11 in Toronto did a sellout, but that was 1,400 paid. 5/12 in Royal Oak, MI sold out with 900 paid. The 5/13 TV tapings in Chicago did 1,800, which is the company’s second best number ever in the market. Kenny Omega drew 2,500 pretty much by himself (all that was announced for that show was Omega’s name and it sold out in three days with no matches announced), the last time they ran a major event in the Odeum in Chicago

The next ROH PPV show is Best in the World on 6/29 in Baltimore at the 5,000-seat UMBC Center. That’s going to be interesting to see how it does. They are also doing TV tapings at the Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, VA the next day, which is a 10,000-seat building. Obviously that will be scaled way down because ROH usually doesn’t draw much over 1,000 for TV tapings. The Best in the World main event is Dalton Castle vs. Cody vs. Marty Scurll for the4 ROH title, so they are teasing issues with Cody and Scurll
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Right now, unless either side asks for a delay, the slander trial for the lawsuit filed by Dr. Christopher Amann against Phil Brooks (C.M. Punk) is scheduled to go to a jury trial on 5/21 in Chicago. I’m amazed it’s going this far because this is a case where either Punk was telling the truth or he wasn’t. If he wasn’t, he would want to settle because he could and probably would get hammered by the jury. If he’s telling the truth, there’s no case against him to begin with and with all the depositions and such, both sides should be able to figure out which way the wind is blowing. I’m sure there is more to it than that but I would think that one side, if not both, wouldn’t want it going to trial because of what would come out
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Craig Hutchinson, one of the major sports media figures in Melbourne, said that the WWE show on 10/6 at MCG Stadium was confirmed. WWE has continued not answering any questions on this subject
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Since people have asked about talent pay from the show, as of a few days ago, it hadn’t come in yet so nobody knew (well, those who made outside one-shot deals knew what they were getting paid). As of the last word I had, none of the women were paid bonuses based on the weekend nor were they expecting to be. It’s possible it could happen, because when I checked, the regular guys hadn’t gotten paid yet, but if it does happen, it will be a surprise to them. From a P.R. standpoint, I’d be surprised if they don’t, even though that would go against usual WWE protocol
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Orton had the European tour off since he now works a more limited touring schedule
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The top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week were: 1. Backlash; 2. Story Time episode 2; 3. NXT from 5/9; 4. WWE The Music WrestleMania 2018; 5. Something Else to Wrestle With episode on Ted DiBiase; 6. Story Time episode 1; 7. Greatest Royal Rumble; 8. Table for three with A.J. Styles, Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon; 9. NXT from 5/2; 10. Greatest Royal Rumble pre-show. Notable is that 205 Live was only ranked No. 13 this past week and actually trailed the NXT show from the week earlier as well as the Prichard show, let alone trailing the pre-show from Greatest Royal Rumble and barely beat out the Prichard show from the prior week
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If that is accurate, that would mean a number in the range of a $240 million price tag for Raw alone. That would be far beyond what most analysts were expecting, which was $240 million to $300 million combined for the U.S. rights to both Raw and Smackdown. If Raw is really getting a number at that level, it would mean the combined number for both shows would end up closer to $400 million, a figure USA Network wasn't interested in spending.

This continues the trend where the numbers are so high, that things like reaching the largest number of viewers, creating new stars, creating interesting matchups and storylines all really become a tiny factor in business, and business is all about producing as much overall product as possible and selling it to outlets looking for content, whether they be television or digital.
Meltzer on rumors of WWE's next tv deal value. Other rumors have the range between between $300 million to $500 million for RAW although the latter likely also includes Smackdown.


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Ric Flair had to cancel all three of his weekend bookings due to catching a bug, which, with his current condition, made traveling risky. He said he's missing weekend bookings in New York, Dallas and Hot Springs, AR. The Sunday show in Hot Springs, AR for the CWA promotion has announced they are bringing in Lex Luger as a replacement. Flair's situation is thought to not be serious, but he was advised against traveling and making it worse.
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Evolve is saying that it looks to be setting an attendance record for the promotion for Sunday's Matt Riddle vs. Keith Lee headlined event in Livonia, MI.

The next Bar Wrestling show will be 6/28, and it will be the company's first anniversary show. Brian Cage & Melissa Santos headline against Delilah Doom & Eli Everfly.

All Star Wrestling on 5/25 in Vancouver, BC at the Wise Hall & Lounge with Tommy Dreamer vs Adam Ryder and Sinn Bodhi vs. Randy Myers.
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The animated comedy web series "Dallas and Robo," where John Cena will be one of the voices, debuts on 5/30 on the WWE YouTube channel. All eight episodes of the series will go up that day.
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Tom Magee, a former bodybuilder best known for his run in the WWE, was severely beaten outside of his home on Tuesday.

According to a CBS Los Angeles report, Magee, 59, was assaulted by as many as six men in what appears to be a conflict over a parking spot. Magee, who serves as a neighborhood watchdog, spotted the men outside and confronted them. He suffered a broken jaw, broken eye socket and a concussion in the process. He has since then been released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home.

The Los Angles police department are investigating the situation. Justin Lee, 20, and Degrate Bryant, also 20, were taken into custody on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Magee, who has a background in olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and a black belt in karate wrestled for the WWE from 1986 through 1990. Infamously, the story goes that Bret Hart did such a great job carrying him in his debut match that he was quickly pushed as a top prospect.

Despite a tremendous athletic background, Magee never progressed as a wrestler and eventually left pro wrestling after his departure from the WWE.

He later went into acting, with a notable role in the 1991 film Stone Cold with former NFL star Brian Bosworth.
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The Best of the Super Juniors tournament continues Saturday with a live show at 5:30 am from Korakuen Hall on New Japan World with the following card:
*Shota Umino vs. Ren Narita
*Will Ospreay, YOH & Yoshi-Hashi vs. ACH, Tomoyuki Oka & Tiger Mask
*Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Flip Gordon & Toa Henare
*Taiji Ishimori & Chase Owens vs. Sanada & Bushi
*Dragon Lee vs. SHO – B Block
*El Desperado vs. Ryusuke Taguchi – B Block
*KUSHIDA vs. Chris Sabin – B Block
*Hiromu Takahashi vs. Marty Scurll – B Block
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The 5/17 edition of Impact did 326,000 overnight viewers, up from last week's 295,000 overnight viewers.
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Earlier this week, The Hollywood Report reported that Raw was expected to remain with NBC Universal with a rights increase “up to three times” its current value. The specifics were not reported, but Sports Business Journal has reported that the entire WWE package on NBC Universal was worth $180 million in 2017, which includes SmackDown Live and Total Divas / Bellas. On Thursday, Variety had a story that Fox, Facebook, and Amazon as frontrunners to land SmackDown, which NBC would not be attempting to retain because of the high renewal rate for Raw. Variety also threw out the option of placing SmackDown Live onto the WWE Network, which sounds like a ridiculous idea given the rights fees at play and the new subscribers it would require to make that transfer viable for the WWE.

The Variety piece also speculated on the idea of SmackDown becoming a three-hour program. While the wrestling consumer would scoff at that notion, many of the players bidding on the rights to the show would be unlikely to feel the same. It is a lot easier for a Fox to bid such a high amount spread out over 156 hours of yearly content versus 104 hours. If you’re a streaming property, the more content the better and as we have seen from the WWE Network, the statistic of “hours streamed” is a metric that a streaming service can boost with an additional hour of SmackDown each week.
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He was Senior Vice President of Coca Cola Japan from 2006 to 2014, and was President and CEO of Takara Tomy, a major toy company, becoming one of the first foreigners to be a President or CEO of a top-tier Japanese company.

Under Meij, Takara Tomy went from a money losing company to a profitable one, and its stock price tripled from when he took over in 2014. He was credited for putting toy machines in airports, licensed projects with many new companies and introduced a number of new lines based on animation, comic and film characters. The stock price dropped 11 percent the day he left the company in November.

His leaving was a surprise because of how successful it was under him. It’s also noted that in taking a job with New Japan, he went from a huge company, which did $1.72 billion in sales, for comparison, a relatively small company that is hoping to do about $40 million in revenue this year.

In an interview with Tokyo Sports, Meij said that New Japan was the No. 2 wrestling company in the world to WWE, but New Japan’s quality of wrestling is extremely high and is more exciting but in comparison with WWE, licensing income and digital media income is tiny. Kidani said Meij’s strength is in branding and marketing and Meij said his goal was to make New Japan the No. 1 wrestling organization in the world. He said the next steps were to sell out the Tokyo Dome and improve the company’s television situation.
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The contracts all have terms where WWE have the right to break the contracts at both the four month and the eight month mark, so that seems to indicate they are still uncertain of their plans
Some details about the signing spree WWE recently did for their UK plans.

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"I know NXT is kind of like the indie darling promotion of the WWE; however, I have, maybe, next to 0% interest in going to NXT, to be honest. I'm just saying it does not jive with the goals I have in mind for myself or my [professional wrestling] career to go to NXT. As great as a guy like Bobby Roode is or Samoa Joe or Shinsuke Nakamura, I could go my entire career from this point on not wrestle those guys, and not feel like I missed something. And I don't mean disrespect to them. I just feel that I'm on borrowed time. My style is very physical and I push myself very hard and to the limit all the time to try and change wrestling and give people a reason to subscribe to a New Japan World or WWE Network and I know what we do isn't always cool, so I want to give you all a reason to find it cool again. And it's tough on me, so I want to make sure when I do these high risk matches and when I push myself beyond my boundaries that there is a point. And doing that in NXT, for me, would seem like a little bit of a waste."
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Wednesday's new episode of the "Something Else to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard" podcast on the WWE Network will feature a discussion on Vince Russo. The show will be released at 4pm EST in the WWE Network on-demand section.
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A new Table For 3 episode will premiere on the WWE Network after Monday's RAW goes off the air. The guests will be WWE Hall of Famer Edge, Christian, RAW Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy and WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy. Below is the synopsis:

"Legendary TLC icons Edge, Christian, and the Hardys reunite to relive the amazing matches, moments, and stories that defined their careers."
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WWE has a new poll asking fans which former WWE NXT Superstar has impressed the most since coming to the main roster. As of this writing, 52% have voted for Drew McIntyre while 16% voted for Andrade "Cien" Almas, 14% for No Way Jose, 10% for The Authors of Pain and 8% for The IIconics.

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Harold Meij's ambition impresses me, and I am curious to see if/where it all leads. A 3-hour SmackDown does not impress me. As lucky as Vince has been in the past to secure the deals he has, come along at the right time, find the right stars, etc., the way they are inflating themselves means that if that interest drops, you have a huge balloon to keep inflated with no air. If New Japan can get viable and get themselves into a position where a significant fraction of the people watching Raw each week would rather watch it, then I can see them cutting into WWE's viewing audience quite a bit.

I know which one I would rather watch if I had the option of two at the same time, or even in the same week.
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Raw last night dropped three percent to 2.66 million viewers, making it the fourth lowest number in the modern history of the show outside of holidays and football season.

The decline was even going live, with a weaker NBA game than last week, but a stronger NHL game ...

It was also the lowest rating outside of football season since June 12th of last year, but none of this is unexpected as it was clear the NBA playoffs would hurt Raw until they ended.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.79 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.77 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.45 million viewers
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The media push leading up to Sunday and all of the hype over John Cena and Nikki Bella's relationship status didn't mean much for Total Bellas ratings.

The show's third season premiere averaged 517,000 total viewers and a 0.27 rating in the 18-49 demo on E!. That's down from 674,000 viewers for the season two finale and 681,000 for last season's premiere.

It's also the lowest viewership for an episode in series history, though Total Bellas was moving to a new night for this season after previously airing on Wednesdays.
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WWE is looking at lengthening its pay-per-views by one hour starting with Money in the Bank.

Sky Italia on Facebook posted that the Money in the Bank show would be moved to a four-hour window starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time, from the previous 8 p.m. start.

Other cable providers were also contacted today with that information. They were told that most of the shows would run from 7-11 p.m., with the big four shows running from 6-11 p.m. It is unclear whether pre-game shows would be dropped or whether that would mean matches would begin 30 minutes to 90 minutes before the PPV start, depending on the show, as has been the case so far.
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While he didn't make an in-person appearance, Chris Jericho continued his feud with Tetsuya Naito at NJPW's Best of the Super Juniors show at Korakuen Hall this morning.

A video promo from Jericho played as Naito & BUSHI were in the ring after defeating Toa Henare & Tiger Mask IV. Jericho continued to act unhinged, swearing at Naito and saying, unlike Naito, he isn't tranquilo, he's "f*cking crazy."

Jericho promised to win the IWGP Intercontinental title from Naito and become a 10-time Intercontinental Champion with his WWE reigns. He also insulted the Japanese fans and said Naito will be known as the person that Jericho made famous when Jericho beats him at Dominion on June 9th and brings the title back to the United States.
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The libel trial pitting CM Punk and Colt Cabana against a WWE doctor has been delayed … Pro Wrestling Sheet can confirm.

Sources familiar with the case say it was delayed on Monday because both sides are discussing a possible settlement. The case had been on the docket for trial on Tuesday, May 22. However, no start time was ever listed. It’s believed additional delays are possible.

Dr. Chris Amann is asking for $1 million in damages for disparaging comments Punk made about him on Cabana’s podcast back in 2014.

Punk, real name Phil Brooks, alleged Amann knowingly allowed him to work through serious injuries and misdiagnosed a staph infection — among other issues. After the comments were made, WWE released a statement saying they investigated the issue and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

They also a released a weird video of Punk’s butt to “prove” he didn’t have a staph infection.
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Ken Shamrock tweeted about last night’s segment where Sami Zayn brought “Bobby Lashley’s sisters,” which were men dressed as women, to Raw: “When it's good, #RAW is great entertainment and unparalleled athleticism. When it's not, it can feel awkward to watch. The overall reaction to the Lashley bit makes me wonder, they had something more controversial written and the sister skit won out?”
Link: https://twitter.com/ShamrockKen/stat...59243967758336

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In an interview with Sportbible, Daniel Bryan detailed why he didn’t like playing the on-screen general manager of SmackDown: “It was very difficult. I disliked it, strongly. I would try and leave as soon as I could and if I found out they might not have a segment for me on TV, I would be texting the writers being like, 'Hey can I just stay home' -- a portion of that is not liking it and portion of that is because now I'm being away from Brie and my baby to do something I'm not passionate about. That was a weird mental thing for me.”
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The USA Network reality series Miz & Mrs, starring The Miz and his wife Maryse, will debut on Tuesday 7/24 at 10 PM, following that evening's episode of Smackdown Live. The series' first season will be six episodes, 30 minutes each.

As PWInsider.com first reported last year, WWE had been seeking to grow their footprint with new reality series with one pitch in Hollywood, titled The It Couple, based around Miz and Maryse's life in Los Angeles. The original plan for the series was for it to focus on their in-ring exploits as well as their personal lives and adventures as a married couple in Hollywood, especially with the birth of their first child impending. Although initially titled The It Couple, it was later renamed Miz & Mrs.

The series, as it had been pitched, would also feature Dolph Ziggler and musician Ryan Cabrera as well as Maryse's best friend and her mother as regular cast members on the series.
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North Carolina independent wrestler Victor Andrews played “Jessica”, one of Bobby Lashley’s sisters on the Raw segment Monday night.
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The Best of the Super Juniors tournament has Wednesday off and return Thursday with a card from the Ukaru Chan Arena and features the following B Block tournament matches:
*Tiger Mask vs. Bushi
*ACH vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Taiji Ishimori vs. Flip Gordon
*Will Ospreay vs. YOH
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Lindsay Cappotelli, the wife of former wrestler Matt Cappotelli, posted an update on her husband’s battle with brain cancer. She stated they have agreed to discontinue his radiation treatments and there doesn’t appear to be anymore they can do. Matt is having trouble communicating in full sentences with trouble chewing and eating. Cappotelli was one of the winners of the third season of “Tough Enough” in 2003 alongside John Hennigan and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling and thought to be a future breakout star. In 2006, Cappotelli stepped away from pro wrestling after the discovery of a brain tumor, which was operated on in April 2007 and was OVW champion at the time of the diagnosis. Last summer, the tumor returned and Cappotelli underwent another surgery to have a large portion of it removed.
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Indies Roundup:
Keith Lee had his send-off at EVOLVE 105 on Sunday night in Livonia, Michigan. It was billed as “The Final War” with EVOLVE champion Matt Riddle retaining the title over Lee with a running knee strike. Riddle wished Lee the best as the audience was chanting during the post-match. It was reported in March by Dave Meltzer at the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Lee had been offered a deal with PW Torch confirming that Lee has signed with the company.

DEFY Wrestling is holding a card this Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. They have announced Matt Riddle vs. Matt Sydal, Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin, Joey Ryan vs. Randy Myers, and Nicole Matthews vs. Xia Brookside (the daughter of NXT trainer Robbie Brookside).

Sammy Guevara vs. Fred Yehi has been announced for MLW’s TV tapings in Orlando on June 7th.

Doug Williams will be challenging for Silas Young’s ROH TV Championship at Honor United: Doncaster on Sunday. Dalton Castle & The Boys vs. Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez and Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Toru Yano & Kenny King have also been added to that show. Mark Haskins will face Jay Briscoe in London on Saturday.

Ring of Honor will return to Philadelphia on 8/25 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets will go on sale 5/30 for Honorclub members, followed by an official on sale on 6/1.

The All In Twitter account announced Flip Gordon and Brandi Rhodes will take on MJF and Madison Rayne at a WrestlePro event on June 8 in Rahway, New Jersey. The winner of the match will get booked for the sold out All In show on September 1. Brandi just had collarbone surgery, so we'll see how involved she is with this match.
MLW: https://mlw.com/2018/05/22/sammy-gue...ler-fred-yehi/ , All In: https://twitter.com/ALL_IN_2018/stat...44881234960384

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As noted, Ronda Rousey was scheduled to face Mickie James in singles matches on the WWE European tour that just wrapped up but plans changed at the last minute and Rousey teamed with Ember Moon and Natalya to defeat Mickie, Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan in six-woman matches. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the matches were changed because officials did not feel like Rousey was ready for a singles match with Mickie.

On a related note, Rousey is said to have a "100% tremendous" attitude backstage, according to multiple sources. Meltzer's report noted that some of Rousey's co-workers see her as having no negativity and none of the "stuck-up star issues" or ego-related issues that some of the other big names that come into the company have had in the past. It's said that Rousey is quite the opposite and people say how refreshing it is that she's so humble, especially for being a star as she is. Rousey was described as a hard worker, happy and one that loves doing what she's doing now. Rousey reportedly has great respect for the wrestlers and the craft of wrestling.
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Above is a sneak peek at WWE's "Randy Savage Unreleased: The Unseen Matches of The Macho Man" DVD set t hat comes out on May 29th, courtesy of WrestlingDVDNetwork.com. The three-disc set featured 41 rare matches, 8 non-match moments, the "Speaking from the Heart" music video with unseen outtakes. The set features around 8 hours and 50 minutes of content on the WWE Hall of Famer. As you can see in the video, host Corey Graves is joined by Sean Mooney, Bayley and WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9UNmBv9XTM


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  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Daniel Bryan celebrated his 37th birthday today while Brian Pillman would have celebrated his 56th birthday.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, yesterday was the 17th anniversary of Triple H's infamous quad tearing moment. The injury occurred during a tag match of Triple H & Stone Cold vs. Jericho & Benoit when Triple H hurt his quad trying to break up a Wall of Jericho submission on Austin.
  • According to PWI, Big Cass might have actually suffered a legit injury last Sunday after faking being injured since last week's Smackdown.
  • Recent episode of the Edge & Christian podcast show had Edge talk about if WWE needs an offseason and why that is almost impossible to do. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-an-offseason/
  • WWE announced another Hidden Gems collection set will be arriving on the WWE Network this Thursday. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...ackdown-match/
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I doubt that they don't feel that Rousey is up to a singles match with Mickie, but is for Nia. There's something going on that Women's Title scene, and it wouldn't surprise me if they are working themselves with the idea to be to put the belt on Rousey in order to boost their standings with USA or whatever.
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Could be she’s “not ready for a singles match” and they’re planning a swerve at MITB. Could see Natalya winning the briefcase and cashing in before the Nia-Rousey match even starts, to set up something between Natalya (who would be more reliable to work with) and Rousey
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Against heavy competition from the NBA playoffs and network TV season finales, Tuesday night's SmackDown averaged just 2.195 million viewers, the lowest number of 2018.

Aside from Halloween night, it was the smallest audience for the show since June 13th of last year ...

For the second time in the last three weeks, SmackDown was down year-over-year. So far in 2018, the show is down an average of one percent as compared to the same time period last year.
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One of CMLL’s biggest stars will be next to challenge the Ring of Honor champion.

It was announced on Ring of Honor’s website that Ultimo Guerrero will challenge Dalton Castle for the Ring of Honor world title at New York City Excellence on June 2. It would be the first time a CMLL star has challenged for the title since the company forged a relationship with Ring of Honor back in 2016.

They did an angle back at the 16th anniversary show where Ultimo Guerrero stole the ROH title during a match with him and Volador Jr. against Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle. He later handed it back, with announcers speculating that he might want a title match down the line.

Titan, also from CMLL, has been signed for the event. He is set to face Cody.
Link: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/cm...orld-title-nyc

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With the lineup for it set, WWE has revealed the first round matches for next month's United Kingdom Championship tournament.

Jack Gallagher vs. Drew Gulak, Ashton Smith vs. Joseph Conners, Flash Morgan Webster vs. James Drake, Kenny Williams vs. Dave Mastiff, El Ligero vs. Travis Banks, Zack Gibson vs. Amir Jordan, Tucker vs. Joe Coffey, and Tyson T-Bone vs. Jordan Devlin are the opening round matchups. Aside from Gulak vs. Gallagher, all of those will be taking place at Download Festival from June 8-10 ...

The winners of the first round matches will advance to Royal Albert Hall on June 18th, and the winner of the tournament will challenge for Pete Dunne's WWE United Kingdom Championship at the venue the next night.

The bracket for the tournament will be announced next Wednesday.
Link: https://www.wwe.com/videos/wwe-u-k-c...tches-revealed

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Aleister Black teaming with Ricochet against EC3 & Velvetee Dream has been added to the lineup for WWE’s UK brand show at Royal Albert Hall on June 19th. That’s the second of two nights at the venue and will also feature Pete Dunne defending the WWE United Kingdom title against the person who wins the tournament on night one, along with NXT North American, Women’s, and Tag Team title defenses.
https://twitter.com/WWEUK/status/999349256736649222

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Indie wrestler Kevin Bennett was the person who lost to Andrade “Cien” Almas on SmackDown last night. Christopher Guy, which is former ROH Wrestler Ace Steel’s real name, was played by CHIKARA’s Juan Francisco de Coronado.
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Indies roundup:

Nick Jackson responded to someone who said they were waiting to see The Young Bucks in WWE: “Not possible right now we have 6 months left on our current contracts. Never say never but we’re very happy with what we’re doing.”

Austin Aries vs. Rich Swann has been announced for Impact Wrestling’s One Night Only PPV taping in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on June 3rd.

Momo Watanabe won the Wonder of Stardom Championship from Io Shirai this morning.

The NWA’s latest Ten Pounds of Gold focuses on the storyline fallout of Cody challenging for the NWA title being announced for All In.

Joey Janela vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman has been added to MLW’s June 7th TV tapings.
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WWE sources have confirmed with PWInsider.com that beginning with the 6/17 Money in the Bank PPV, all PPVs will commence at 7 PM Eastern with a Kickoff show prior to the event.

We are told that this doesn't necessarily mean all PPVs will be timed to run four hours exactly. It is most likely that the shows will run in the area of three hours to three and a half hours, although the company will have the ability to go longer or shorter as needed.

As we wrote a few days ago, major franchise events like Wrestlemania and Summerslam will obviously go much longer than the three hour-plus window.
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Do you think that by booking Braun so dominant that they have created a problem? He is so dominant that they can't really put him up against anybody without it hurting them, because he's pretty much going to destroy them. Could that be why he's being booked in these meaningless tag team matches? That being said, who do you think they could put him in a credible feud with where the booking could be even? Also what would you like to see them do with him? I would love to see him go after and win the Universal Championship, which should have happened ages ago. But even then who could possibly take it from him down the line?

At this point in time, it’s a problem because they don’t have him in the Title picture but they need to keep him strong. They could put him in a credible feud with Brock Lesnar or Seth Rollins very easily. If it’s me, I have one of those two beat Lesnar and free the Title belt, and then have the new champ feud with the other guy. Plus you can always have other guys feud with him. That is the beauty of booking, you can tell a story if you do it properly.
From PWI's weekly Q&A articles about the dilemma WWE has with The Bruan right now.

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After having been backstage at Raw several weeks ago in Long Island, WWE star Jason Jordan is slated to be at this Monday's Raw taping in Richmond, Virginia, PWInsider.com has confirmed.

Jordan underwent neck surgery on 2/5, described at the time as "a minimally invasive operation to decompress the nerve," by WWE Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon. WWE removed Jordan from all live events in January, but continued featuring him on WWE TV in non-physical roles despite him being one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions at the time.
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WWE is wrapping up production on the new season of The Edge & Christian Show later this week.

From what we have heard, there are a lot of fun cameos from a number of stars including Johnny Gargano, Funaki, Tommy Dreamer, Beth Phoenix and Kairi Sane.

We have also heard there will be some sort of scene related to the old Police Academy films.
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The Best of the Super Juniors tournament resumes Thursday morning with a card from the Ukaru Chan Arena at 5:30 am Eastern on New Japan World with the following card:
*KUSHIDA & Shota Umino vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Yota Tsuji
*Marty Scurll & Chase Owens vs. Chris Sabin & Tomoyuki Oka
*Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado vs. SHO & Yoshi-Hashi
*Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee & Toa Henare
*Bushi vs. Tiger Mask – A BLOCK
*ACH vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru – A BLOCK
*Taiji Ishimori vs. Flip Gordon – A BLOCK
*Will Ospreay vs. YOH – A BLOCK
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Above is a clip from the new "Something Else to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard" podcast on the WWE Network, featuring a discussion on Vince Russo claiming credit for Triple H's "The Game" nickname and his early success.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIvlhVDlfpI

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A fan on Twitter asked Cody Rhodes about streaming the September 1 All In event and Rhodes responded at this moment there's no plans to broadcast the event, which sold out in about 30 minutes. He did note they have some upcoming meetings that may change that though.

Cody u gotta make @ALL_IN_2018 a ppv event please mate I gotta watch it here in Canada I'm @ALL_IN_2018
— Michael James Kelly (@ihateyanks27) May 21, 2018


We have no plans to broadcast at the moment. But we do have fun meetings in LA, Baltimore, and Dallas almost the moment we get back from the UK. Probably cover some of it on #BeingTheElite

This is our first time in this role, we are exploring all options! https://t.co/cQVzUUOYA4
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) May 22, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/ihateyanks27/sta...14284850008069 , https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/statu...17439549558784


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