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Old 07-12-2018, 10:45 AM   #2081
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lol Roman being on tv every week is what's leading to him getting booed.
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:25 AM   #2082
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:03 PM   #2083
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Lol wow. The disconnect between Vince McMahon and his audience is unreal
Vince is either stubborn, an idiot, or both, and I don't tend to think of him as an idiot.

If you treat your consumers as if they're stupid, by giving them a product that they'd essentially have to be stupid to enjoy, like the current WWE writing, etc., then the consumer's that have more options and exposure to other products, which "younger" people typically have more of, are going to eventually move on to a different product.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:49 PM   #2084
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Breaking news: WWE nominated for 0 Emmy's.

Time for Kevin Dunn to upgrade the free video editing software he has on his laptop and shake the camera more.
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Martha Hart has responded to Bret Hart’s allegations that she is erasing the memory of her late husband.

The press release stems from a recent Bret Hart interview on CBS Sports' In This Corner podcast where he said that he felt Martha had done more to erase Owen Hart's memory than to preserve it.

“I think Martha, Owens’s widow, she is a very obtuse, square-headed person,” he said on the podcast. “I think she’s done more to erase my brother Owen’s memory than she ever did to remember him. I think it really bothers me that the fans that loved Owen so much don’t get a chance to remember him.”

Martha issued a press release yesterday defending her decisions, saying that she does not want WWE profiting off of Owen, as she blames the company for his death.

“Bret’s comments are rooted in the fact that I have steadfastly refused to work with the WWE to exploit Owen’s image for commercial gain,” she says in the release. “Owen was an incredible entertainer and I know that his many fans around the world enjoyed his wrestling career immensely. I encourage them to continue to do so. But I am firm in my belief that the WWE was responsible for Owen’s death. As a result, I cannot and will not support any efforts by the WWE to profit from Owen’s memory.”

“Bret Hart's comments are disrespectful and cruel,” she continued. “It is disappointing that so many in the media have chosen to report them without seeking my perspective.”
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Brock Lesnar’s next WWE match is set for next month’s SummerSlam event.

Dave Meltzer has confirmed that Lesnar will be back in the ring for WWE’s premiere summer show. It isn’t known who he will face. A five way elimination bout was originally set for Extreme Rules that would have determined the next contender for the Universal title, but that was cancelled. Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley, who were the first two announced for the bout, will instead battle in a singles match.
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Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) have officially announced the return of international wrestling, TV and pantomime star Grado on night 2 of their annual Shug’s Hoose Party weekend event on 28-29 July 2018. The event will now take place at the legendary O2 Academy in Glasgow after a fire caused the closure of the city’s O2 ABC, the original venue for the event.

The ROH Dojo is proud to announce its affiliation with four of the top, internationally-recognized wrestling schools in the world. The World Famous Monster Factory, Team 3D Academy, Maryland Championship Wrestling, and the Power Factory will provide a pipeline of talent and well over 150 years combined in professional wrestling among their trainers and lineages.

While Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tetsuya Naito were listed, it was somewhat notable that the other member of NJPW’s big four, Kenny Omega, wasn’t advertised along with them when ROH and NJPW announced their April 6, 2019 G1 Supercard for Madison Square Garden. It seems obvious that Omega will be added if he re-signs with NJPW.

Hangman Page is the seventh announced entrant for ROH’s International Cup tournament, joining Jimmy Havoc, Joe Hendry, Mark Haskins, Kip Sabian, Jonathan Gresham, and Christopher Daniels. There’s only one name left to be announced. The tournament has a United Kingdom vs. United States theme and will take place on next month’s Honor Re-United tour shows in Edinburgh and Doncaster, with the winner challenging for the ROH World Championship in London on August 19.

Santino Marella tweeted that his daughter is training to be a pro wrestler: “Today was day one of me overseeing my daughters training personally and acting as her head coach, @WWEPerformCtr is our goal for 2019”
ROH: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...emies.html?p=1 , ROH Cup: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ca...world-champion , Santino: https://twitter.com/milanmiracle/sta...59193903079424

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With the high ticket prices, this weekend's NJPW show was almost surely the largest or second largest gate ever at the Cow Palace, as the old record gate was set with 9,000 paid and 11,000 total but lower ticket prices for the 2004 No Way Out PPV where Eddy Guerrero beat Brock Lesnar to win the WWE title. WWE continued to run the Cow Palace as a regular rotation arena through 2012, and only hit 7,000 fans, roughly the same as this show, once since then.
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According to the story, the feeling from the FOX side is the signing of Smackdown guarantees them good Friday night ratings for five years. We’ve spoken to some in television who question that, citing the numbers have fallen this year and Tuesday is a much better night to draw. They will do significantly better than they do now, simply because the move from cable to network makes the show available in 20 million more homes and it’s on a station with a much larger base audience. That should more than offset the losses of moving to Friday. The hope is solid 3 million to 3.5 million viewers. Whether that’s doable at first is a question, and at that point the key is whether, if numbers across the board continue to fall, if Smackdown falls at a slower or a larger rate than television at large. The belief is that with it being live, the drops over the five years will be smaller, and thus from a competition standpoint, it becomes more valuable.
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GLOW season two on Netflix has been a huge success. On the first three days the show was put up (6/29 to 7/1), the season averaged 700,000 viewers in the U.S. per episode, and 86 percent were between 18 and 49, the highest concentration of 18-49 viewers of any original streaming content on Netflix that Nielsen has analyzed. It also had viewership where the mean (meaning half above and half below) family income was $80,200 per year, the third highest of any Netflix series behind only “The Crown” and “House of Cards.” This is the opposite of the actual pro wrestling audience, although GLOW is not a pro wrestling but is considered by many one of the best television/streaming shows there is with the backdrop of the characters being woman wrestlers. Season two is said to be similar to season one, which several publications called one of the best television shows of 2017. Kia Stevens (Awesome Kong in TNA), a regular cast member, got great reviews for her work this season.
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When talking about buildings that ROH or nobody but WWE can get, it appears the Staples Center in Los Angeles is another one. Cody noted this past week that he had tried to talk with them about hosting All In and was pretty much told that they weren’t interested in any wrestling that wasn’t WWE.
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While Rey Mysterio has not signed with WWE, the discussions are close enough that they’ve talked about what commitments he has and doesn’t have left. All In is obviously a key thing. For obvious reasons, because of the nature of the show, he wants to do it and for the same obvious reasons, they would rather he doesn’t do it. He also wants to drop his Crash heavyweight title, which right now is most likely to be to Bestia 666, since that’s the direction it looks like it’s going, if he signs.
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Jim Ross & Paul O’Brien are working on a second biography, the sequel to his “Slobberknocker” book, which would cover 1999 to the present, which includes a ton of things including his being phased out of full-time announcing, his working for WWE and New Japan at the same time, and of course, the death of his wife. Speaking of Ross, the fact he wasn’t placed as an announcer for the Mae Young Classic (which he did last year) or the U.K. show (which he did the first time) seems to indicate he’s probably not going to be doing lead announcing much if any going forward for WWE.
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Garza Jr. and Ultimo Ninja were both supposed to have started here already at the same time as Keith Lee and Io Shirai, but actually haven’t because visa issues have to be taken care of. But they should be starting soon

We heard there was interest in Lacey Lane but not sure if it’s just as someone for the Mae Young Classic or for a developmental deal, but her name was being talked about
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Goldberg did an interview and said that nobody has contacted him about doing anything since his match with Lesnar. He said he was never asked about doing WrestleMania this year. He said he talked to Vince about the Hall of Fame, since he went on last and the place emptied out. He said it was a disservice to the people being inducted and it was a disservice to the fans at home. He said before fans wanted to be entertained at wrestling but now they want to dictate what happens. He said some fans are poison to the rest of the fans and said it’s not fair to the guys who bust their ass and are on the road away from their families trying to entertain the fans. He said he’s be interested to come back to face either Reigns or Undertaker, but that’s not up to him.
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Paul Heyman could be back working with WWE in a backstage capacity, if their own internal documents are to be believed.

Heyman is currently serving as the "advocate" for WWE Universal Champion, but that hasn't exactly kept him on television much these days. Lesnar instead has focused on his quest for another UFC Championship, appearing at UFC 226. It doesn't appear that this has prevented Paul Heyman from dipping his toes back in the WWE waters.

Fightful.com was informed on Monday afternoon that the former ECW owner and Smackdown Live head writer Heyman was backstage at WWE's show in Boston.

WWE had Paul Heyman listed on their production script as contributing to multiple segments on the show. He was listed alongside several writers, including Ryan Ward in putting together the opening live show of WWE Monday Night Raw that featured Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns' face-to-face backstage. In addition, Heyman was also listed for Bobby Lashley's "live shot" during segment 8, which aired after the Bo Dallas vs. Matt Hardy match.

Heyman was listed under "Road" which is a road writer, along with several others. There was also a name under "home." When asked for clarity about this term from a person familiar with it, they said "writers at home will be sent assignments to write scripts for an interview or backstage altercation and then fire it back to their point person in the trenches."

Fightful.com reached out to both WWE and Paul Heyman for comment or confirmation on the matter, but were told that Heyman would rather not comment, and WWE opted to instead ask me about the document as opposed to addressing the question, with one source telling me it could have been an error.
Link: https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/e...nes-raw-monday

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On the latest episode of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, I had the pleasure to speak with Associate Producer of the new documentary, "350 Days", Evan Ginzburg. Among many other films, Ginzburg was also the Associate Producer of "The Wrestler", which was instrumental to him landing his role for 350 Days. Ginzburg was in charge of bringing in the 38 wrestlers who were a part of the documentary, which featured Bret Hart, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Lanny Poffo, Greg Valentine, Paul Orndorff, and others, with many conducting their last interviews before passing away ...

Among various topics, Ginzburg discussed the origin of the Hulk Hogan character. While many are aware that Hogan and others admit that their character was inspired from Billy Graham, Ginzburg explained that it goes even further back than that.

"[Hogan] had unbelievable charisma," said Ginzburg. "I mean, you'll never mistake Hulk Hogan for Lou Thesz or Billy Robinson, but the charisma was off the charts. Much of what Hogan took was from Billy Graham, who's one of the stars of the movie. Billy Graham.. I'll tell you the lineage; people are not really aware. Muhammed Ali went to a radio station. By sheer coincidence, he was on the same station as Gorgeous George. Muhammed Ali was very quiet, he was Cassius Clay at the time. Very quiet and soft spoken.

"And Gorgeous George was like, 'kid, you gotta hype it up. I'll show you how to move tickets.' And Muhammed Ali was like transfixed by the charisma that Gorgeous George had. So then you had guys like Billy Graham who patented themselves after Muhammed Ali! Okay? And then Hogan and [Jesse] Ventura stole half of Billy Graham's act, okay? So, there is a lineage there, and it's an interesting lineage that people aren't really aware of."
Link: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...he-characters/

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Jeff Hardy spoke to the Canton Repository about toning it down on house shows and doing the swanton bomb less because his lower back has been hurting him: “Lately, my lower back has really been bothering me to the point where I haven’t been doing the swanton as much in the live events just to protect it. I think looking forward I’m gonna have to be more like that, because nothing lasts forever. I’ve been real lucky, and naturally on TV I always want to go all out, but in the live events, I might have to hold back a little. I’m glad my face paint has come back. That’s always fun for people to see, because it’s original and unique each and every night, and I love doing that. Growing up I was a huge fan of Ultimate Warrior and Sting, and I wanted to be a little bit of both of them.” Hardy has been using a Twist of Fate that ends like a stunner as a finisher lately.
Link: http://www.cantonrep.com/entertainme...rify-audiences


Some other sheet news includes:
  • Maria Kanellis recently revealed on Instagram that she is heading to WWE's PC next month to get back into shape for an in-ring return within the near future. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlEiM1OhtIv/
  • According to the Observer, Tessa Blanchard's deal with Impact Wrestling was reported to be 2 years in length.
  • According to rumors going around the net, another indie wrestler is currently dealing with sexual harassment allegations this time involving leaking nude photos of female co-workers. The wrestler involved is named Joey Axl and already has been kicked out of two previously booked events as part of the fallout so far. Will Ospreay recently started a online campaign to get the wrestler kicked out of the industry. https://twitter.com/WillOspreay/stat...05889025667073
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, Brock Lesnar (41), Sami Zayn (34) and Shane Helms (44) all celebrated their birthdays today.
  • Recent episode of the Ross Report podcast show had Josh Barnett as the guest talking about NJPW's G1 Special in San Fran and Ross' recent rib injury. https://omny.fm/shows/the-ross-repor...-of-br#sharing


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Old 07-13-2018, 04:55 AM   #2087
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Children and young people are not as fucking stupid as WWE thinks. They make the classic mistake of thinking that kids will fall for pantomime as if it is real. More kids were watching during the Attitude era when things were "cool." Good television should be their priority; not stupid television that they think will appeal to kids, but is really only watched by the people who formed their habits and fandom long ago.
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All In has their broadcasting team set for the upcoming September event.

Their Twitter account today revealed that their broadcasting team will comprise of Impact backstage interviewer Alicia Atout, Impact and New Japan color commentator Don Callis, former WWE backstage interviewer and announcer Sean Mooney, ROH announcer Ian Riccaboni, PWG announcer Excalibur, ROH ring announcer Bobby Cruise and former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts. It wasn't announced what roles each would have on the broadcast, though the Young Bucks did ask Don Callis to do announcing when they made him part of All In last month during a New Japan's Dominion event.

Cody Rhodes talked to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio this past weekend about distribution methods for All In. Rhodes mentioned that there would be both internet streaming and pay-per-view options. Despite that, no specific details have been announced as of this writing.
Link: https://twitter.com/ALL_IN_2018/stat...76659180134406

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With four more wrestlers being announced today, the lineup for this year's Mae Young Classic continues to take shape.

As expected, Io Shirai will be one of the participants in the tournament. After it was reported that she was signing with WWE, Shirai departed Stardom in June and then made an appearance at a WWE house show in Tokyo, Japan, where it was announced that she would be joining NXT this summer ...

Nicole Matthews, an indie wrestler from Canada who was an alternate for the first Mae Young Classic, will be an entrant this year. She began her in-ring career in 2006 and has long been a regular for Shimmer in the United States and ECCW in Canada.

Jinny, who recently signed a United Kingdom-brand contract with WWE, will also be taking part in the Mae Young Classic. She's PROGRESS Wrestling's current Women's Champion.

Rounding out today's announcements, former "American Ninja Warrior" standout Kacy Catanzaro has been confirmed for the tournament. She made her debut at an NXT house show in April after signing with WWE in 2017 and reporting to the Performance Center this January.

Kaitlyn, Rhea Ripley, Shirai, Matthews, Jinny, and Catanzaro are the first six wrestlers to be announced for the tournament, which will be taped at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida on August 8 and 9. There will be 32 participants in total.
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The 7/12 edition of Impact did 284,000 overnight viewers, up from last week's 304,000 overnight viewers.
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Anymore on why MVP was released from Major League Wrestling? Kind of a tough blow for him to be pretty much dominated in his feud against Sami Callihan then be released.

No one at MLW has been willing to comment on the situation.

When WWE performers appear at comic-cons, are they paid by the con or WWE?

Unless they have it in their contracts that they can make outside appearances, it usually goes like this: the third-party bringing in the talent books them through WWE, then pays WWE. WWE pays the talent.

When Smackdown goes to FOX, why are they saying it will be part of FOX Sports?

It will air on the FOX Network (the same network that airs the Simpsons, etc.) but they are being placed under the FOX Sports umbrella, nothing more.
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On Jim Ross’ podcast this week, he provided an update on his rib injury from this past Saturday at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Ross bruised the left side of his ribs and lung, which also caused some issues for his sternum with concerns about contracting pneumonia. As a result, he missed two appearances this week with one scheduled Asheville, North Carolina for the Headlock for Hunger organization of which Ross is a spokesman. Ross was also scheduled to appear in Knoxville, Tennessee for Glen Jacobs’ mayoral race in Knox County. Josh Barnett was a guest on the show and felt they were being disrespected during the sequence with Jay White throwing Juice Robinson into the guardrail that led to the injury to Ross. Ross and Barnett confirmed that the two apologized afterward and were sincere, with Barnett added that he gave them a lecture. Barnett called the ring crew’s lack of care for the set up “a gross oversight” and cited the timekeeper who had the guardrail come down directly on his knee in a separate incident.
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Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff spoke to the New York Post on the promotion running Madison Square Garden over WrestleMania Weekend. Koff stated that there was “correspondence” between ROH and Madison Square Garden since the date was pulled last month. On the Garden’s change in stance regarding ROH running the building, Koff stated:

I think that’s a question better asked of Madison Square Garden because we were very aggressive in wanting that date and we thought we had that date, but we did what we had to do as a business. [MSG] did what they had to do as a business and I guess all of a sudden there was a phone call and we were able to work it out. That’s probably their story to tell because they made the call and said let’s get on the phone and see if we can work this out. They wanted us. They knew that we would be good promotion. I think they were just looking for a satisfactory outcome for all parties.
Link: https://nypost.com/2018/07/13/why-ww...enge-it-at-msg

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Lucha Underground saw an enormous increase this week with 156,000 viewers watching Wednesday’s episode on the El Rey Network, up from 88,000 the prior week. This week’s episode featured Mil Muertes defeating Cage for an Aztec Medallion, as well as The Mack and Ivelisse securing medallions. The closing scene featured the first appearance of Killer Kross, who instructed Paul London to murder Mascarita Sagrada, and he obliged so it appears the Mascarita Sagrada character has been written off.
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Impact Wrestling has added a 5150 Street Fight between the two versions of LAX as well as a singles match between Tessa Blanchard and Allie for the Slammiversary card next weekend in Toronto. Below is the updated card:
*Austin Aries vs. Moose for the Impact Wrestling title
*Su Yung vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockout’s title
*Matt Sydal vs. Brian Cage for the X Division title
*Tommy Dreamer vs. Eddie Edwards in a House of Hardcore Match
*Sami Callihan vs. Pentagon Jr. in a Hair vs. Mask Match
*LAX vs. LAX in a 5150 Street Fight
*Johnny Impact vs. Fenix vs. Rich Swann vs. Taiji Ishimori
*Allie vs. Tessa Blanchard
Links: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...61242855096320 , https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...81895150985216

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A new Table For 3 episode with Eric Bischoff, JBL and Bruce Prichard will air on the WWE Network after Monday's RAW goes off the air. Below is the synopsis for the thirty-minute episode:

"Former adversaries turned allies Eric Bischoff, JBL and Bruce Prichard debate 'War' stories, trade insults, and pay respect to one another."
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WWE has a new poll asking fans if Ronda Rousey should get a RAW Women's Title with the winner of Sunday's Extreme Rules match between Nia Jax and champion Alexa Bliss. Rousey will be at ringside for the match. As of this writing, 64% voted, "Yes. Her first opportunity was interrupted, and she should get another chance." The rest went with, "No. She only got the first match so quickly because Nia challenged her, and she should work her way back up for the next one."
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WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry and NWA owner Billy Corgan are wrestling stars that have been announced for the Concussion Legacy Foundation's inaugural National Advisory Board. WWE, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have worked close with CLF, which was co-founded by former WWE Superstar Christopher Nowinski, and Triple H is a Board member. You can read more from CLF at the link below:

NEW: We're proud to introduce our inaugural National Advisory Board! Read up on @TheMarkHenry, @brandichastain, and the Hall of Famers, Olympians, Philanthropists, Business Executives and many more who are helping us lead toward a safer future: https://t.co/oNvQ3QNtUy pic.twitter.com/hLcTzb3xwX
— Concussion Legacy Foundation (@ConcussionLF) July 12, 2018
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The top ten most-watched shows for the past week on the WWE Network were: 1. Table for 3 for Bliss, Stratus and Lita; 2. NXT from 7/4; 3. 2018 Money in the Bank; 4. Something Else to Wrestle with from 7/4 on Rock; 5. Ride Along with Kay, Royce, Rusev, English and Lana; 6. Hardys Woken; 7. 2017 Extreme Rules; 8. 205 Live from 7/3; 10. U.K. from Royal Albert Hall day one

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So Paul London is a murder...the signs were always there.

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I hope they don't fuck around with things too much and have Io Shirai take the Mae Young Classic. When they do the inevitable match with Kairi Sane, it'll have that story behind it.
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Whether it was curiosity coming off the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, or more likely, over Brock Lesnar and the Universal title, Raw rebounded strongly last night to 2.86 million viewers, a 16 percent increase from last week even going up against the Home Run Derby, which traditionally has hurt Raw numbers ...

The three hours for Raw were:

8 p.m. 3.12 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.86 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.62 million viewers
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During an appearance on “Conversations With Maria Menounos,” Charlotte Flair said she expects to be cleared to return on July 31 after undergoing surgery for her breast implants rupturing. Charlotte worked through the issue before having surgery.
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Corey Graves tweeted that WWE Shop won’t be releasing the “Shut up, Saxton” T-shirt that they had already put up: “Sorry guys, no #ShutUpSaxton shirt. Out of my hands. We tried.”
Link: https://twitter.com/WWEGraves/status...79389789392897

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The FIght Network, which Anthem Sports & Entertainment (the parent company of Impact Wrestling) owns, will have a daily block of programming on Showcase TV in the UK starting at 9 p.m. every night. That will include Impact airing on the channel at the same time as it does on Pop TV in the United States, along with replays on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Impact’s UK and Ireland Twitter account tweeted that the show will still be airing on 5Spike as well.

PROGRESS Wrestling revealed that, due to his commitments with New Japan Pro Wrestling, Zack Sabre Jr. won’t be able to wrestle at their Wembley Arena show on September 30. Sabre had been scheduled to challenge for the PROGRESS Championship in the main event. NJPW’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed show will take place in Long Beach on September 30, and Will Ospreay also had to be pulled from the PROGRESS card because of it.

Jimmy Havoc vs. Christopher Daniels, Mark Haskins vs. Jonathan Gresham, Joe Hendry vs. Hangman Page, and Kip Sabian vs. Flip Gordon will be the first round matches in ROH’s International Cup tournament in Edinburgh and Doncaster next month. The winner will challenge for the ROH World Championship in London on August 19.

Marty Scurll vs. Kenny King, Karen Q vs. Jenny Rose, and Jay Briscoe vs. Christopher Daniels have been announced for ROH’s TV tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta this Saturday.

Evolve has announced for 8/4 in Philadelphia Matt Riddle vs. Shane Strickland for the Evolve title, Joey Janela vs. AR Fox in a non-title match, Darby Allin vs. Austin Theory and JD Drake vs. Jon Davis vs. Odinson vs. Josh Briggs.

Kotto Brazil vs. Myron Reed has been added to Thursday's MLW show in Queens, NY at the Melrose Ballroom.

Impact Wrestling has announced that Curtis Granderson of the Toronto Blue Jays will be appearing at Slammiversary this Sunday as the ‘title holder’ for the main event between Austin Aries and Moose. The co-promotion with the Blue Jays will also include John Hennigan throwing out the first pitch at this Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre.
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In major wrestling news since it involves ROH TV exposure, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has serious concerns about the Sinclair Broadcasting merger with Tribune Media and that the agency would not approve it. They felt that they had an issue with Sinclair selling a number of stations but retaining control of those stations. The decision surprised a lot of people. Those opposing the merger have the votes to keep it from happening. Had the merger gone through, Sinclair would have owned 215 stations in 102 markets, and would reach 59 percent of the country. The FCC has ruled that one company can only have local stations covering 39 percent of the country, so they were selling 23 stations to keep under that number, but the deal means they would still control the stations they were selling. The merger not being approved blocks ROH from television in places like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles unless things are amended.
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ROH updated their Honor Reunited lineup for 8/16 in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Corn Exchange:
*The Young Bucks & Marty Scurll vs. Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes.
*International Cup Quarter-Finals:
*Flip Gordon vs. Kip Sabian.
*Adam Page vs. Joe Hendry.
*Christopher Daniels vs. Jimmy Havoc.
*Also appearing are Tenille Dashwood, Viper, Mark Haskins, Jonathan Gresham, Kay Lee Ray, Chardonnay and more.
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And will he keep the same direction on where the company is going or will he have his own vision?

I have said MANY times that anyone that is expecting WWE to become NXT if/when HHH takes over will be very disappointed. That won’t happen. But, what I do expect to happen is for more logic to come to the product. I also expect that there will be more explanations to things, as opposed to now when we are often expected to just accept things that often make no sense. So I expect a tighter, more logical product, but one that stays within the kid friendly confines that they are in now. And you know what? That’s OK. The Simpsons has been on for years because kids like it and their parents do as well.
From a recent PWI weekly Q&A article.

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Christopher Jeter at FanSided has a piece on the WWE’s choice to get back into business with Hulk Hogan. Jeter looks at the many troubling portrayals of African-American performers in the past, as well as other minority depictions. In addition, there are the examples of others within the company using racist language either on camera or behind-the-scenes, with the Michael Hayes incident from 2008 one of the most prominent. During a WrestleMania after party, Hayes made a joke towards Mark Henry that included the n-word that was highly offensive and resulted in Hayes being suspended. Hayes also lost his title as an Executive but remained with the company.
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This past Sunday’s episode of Total Bellas from Paris dropped 17% with 594,000 viewers watching on E! The show was based around Nikki Bella’s bachelorette party where they traveled to Paris. It was a sizable drop from the 719,000 viewers the week prior. While there was a WWE pay-per-view airing at the same time, the show didn’t experience any viewership drop last month on the night of Money in the Bank.
The Nikki-Cena breakup stuff has been mostly a dud in terms of interest for this season and probably not what WWE, E!, and/or the Bellas were expecting coming into the season. Probably didn't help that Nikki "spoiled" the story by getting back together with Cena right before the season started making the whole thing feel fake.

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WWE has a new poll asking fans if Ronda Rousey will honor the last week of her suspension in order to keep the SummerSlam match with RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss. As of this writing, 60% voted, "Yes. She won't risk her Raw Women's Title Match." The rest went with, "No. She wants to fight Alexa Bliss and won't be able to stop herself."
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WWE is looking at adding more episodes of Mid-South Wrestling, WWWF All-Star Wrestling, and WCW Saturday Night to the vault over the next few months, according to PWInsider. The plan is to add the rest of those series before they start adding other classic series. They are also planning on adding up to 75 hours of additional WWF Coliseum Home Videos from the 1980s and 1990s, mainly some of the old VHS titles that were focused on various stars. They originally planned to add 75 more hours of WCW Saturday Night to the vault this month but that was delayed for more episodes of Sunday Night Heat to be added.
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Above is a promo for new content on the WWE Network - Camp WWE, Ride Along, The Edge & Christian Show, Table For 3, Story Time, a WWE 365 special on WWE Champion AJ Styles, a WWE 24 special on Ronda Rousey, The Mae Young Classic, Elias Unplugged and more.
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There was speculation on James Ellsworth's WWE future after Asuka destroyed him following her loss to SmackDown Women's Champion Carmella at last night's WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Ellsworth is not currently signed to a WWE contract and is still booked for indie dates. Ellsworth was not offered a contract with the recent return at Money In the Bank.

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  • Recent episode of The Steve Austin Show podcast had Joey Janela as the guest. https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Bad-Boy-Joey-Janela
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 7th anniversary of Money in the Bank 2011 event which saw CM Punk defeat John Cena for the WWE Championship in Chicago and "walk out" of the WWE.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 30th anniversary of Bruiser Brody's murder in Puerto Rico at a wrestling event. During an interview with Hannibal TV earlier this year, Tony Atlas shared his memories of being backstage during this infamous incident. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...-brody-murder/
  • WWE recently denied reports of Hulk Hogan's recent apology backstage to the locker room being taped for a future WWE Network special.
  • For those interested, PWI recently released an article about Hogan's apology to WWE's locker room and why he shouldn't be quickly forgiven. Went into details on how Hogan can actually rehab his image besides just doing PR fluff. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11...k-yet.html?p=1


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Re: The Christopher Jeter story: It has begun.
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I feel bad for ROH but Sinclair is a sh*tty company that encourages actual fake news and misdirectives, so good.
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This is true. Fuck Sinclair
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Yeah, I don't feel bad for those folks.
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With a jump to 2.293 million viewers on Tuesday night, SmackDown ratings increased for the second straight week. The show was heavily promoted around Shinsuke Nakamura defending his newly-won United States title against former champion Jeff Hardy.

This week's number was up from last Tuesday's 2.183 million viewers and 14 percent higher than the low-water mark posted two weeks ago ...

SmackDown continues to show huge declines in the year-over-year ratings, however, as this week's episode was down 10 percent over the same week in 2017, the fifth straight week the show has had a double-digit decline.
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One of The Rock’s earliest matches in his pro wrestling career will be tomorrow’s WWE Network Hidden Gem upload.

WWE Network News reported tonight that tomorrow’s upload will be a dark match between Dwayne Johnson and Bodydonna Skip, also known as Chris Candido. The reported synopsis lists a March 11, 1996 date meaning this would be his second ever WWE match, with a dark match against the Brooklyn Brawler the day before at a WWE Superstars taping being his first.
Link: http://www.wwenetworknews.com/2018/0...r-highlighted/

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Daniel Cormier told Instinct Culture at the Sports Humanitarian Awards that Seth Rollins texted him “Congratulations, now go kick Brock’s ass” after UFC 226. Cormier said he's friends with Rollins, and Cormier famously celebrated in the crowd when Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE title at WrestleMania 31.

During an interview with ESPN, Cormier joked that he’ll win the Universal title from Brock Lesnar.
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When asked about potentially wrestling in WWE, Travis Browne said he’s under contract with the UFC but would never say no to the possibility of wrestling. He said he’d love to work with Ronda Rousey and would want to be in a tag team with her. Browne is Rousey’s husband and said he’s never seen her happier than she is now.
Link: https://youtu.be/GO2ZAvnxlM4

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The latest edition of the NWA’s Ten Pounds of Gold series focuses on the build to Flip Gordon challenging for Nick Aldis’ title at ROH Honor for All on Friday.

Gordon vs. Silas Young is set for ROH's TV tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta on Saturday.

TMZ reported that David Arquette had a warm-up match in Tijuana, Mexico while wearing a mask before returning to the ring for Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.
NWA: https://youtu.be/nt57c9TlUGg , ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/fl...ficial-atlanta , Arquette: http://www.tmz.com/2018/07/17/david-...-match-mexico/

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Ayako Hamada has been placed under probation following her arrest for possession of methamphetamines.

Initially, outlets in Japan and the US reported that Hamada had been sentenced to eighteen months in prison. Sister Xochitl Hamada, however, told Mediotiempo in Mexico that Hamada had been sentenced to three years probation, and that if she were to violate her probation she could face eighteen months in prison.

In a statement to media in Japan, Hamada announced that she is retiring from pro wrestling due to the situation. She stated that she hopes to find work as a interpreter since she is fluent in both Japanese and Spanish.

Hamada, 37, was arrested back on May 13 for possession of a banned stimulant, in this case meth.
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The American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida began advertising WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar for the 7/30 Raw taping today.

The appearance would be Lesnar's first appearance on WWE programming since the Greatest Royal Rumble event back in April and would be the episode of Raw the week after his Summerslam 2018 challenger is determined.
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NJPW kicks off three straight days of G1 Climax at Korakuen Hall this morning. Day 4 will be live on NJPWWorld.com at 5.30AM Est/10.30AM UK with the following B Block matches:

*SANADA vs. Tama Tonga
*Zack Sabre Jr vs. Toru Yano
*Juice Robinson vs. Kota Ibushi
*Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
*Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto
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Brian Fritz of Sporting News is reporting that a day after she officially reported to the WWE Performance Center, ROH and STARDOM alum Deonna Purrazzo is the latest entrant into the 2018 Mae Young Classic.

WWE also announced that Tegan Nox, Jessica Elaban and Reina Gonzales have been added to the tournament.

Already confirmed for the tournament are Rhea Ripley former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn, Io Shirai, Nicole Matthews, Jinny, former American Ninja Warrior star Kacy Catanzaro and Vernice Gabriel, a female star in the Philippines.

The tournament, in its second year, will be taped next month for the WWE Network.
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Ring of Honor will return this Friday 7/20 with "Honor For All" in Nashville, TN at the Municipal Auditorium which will air live for Honorclub subscribers, which you can subscribe to by clicking here.,

Announced for the event:
*ROH TV Champion Punishment Martinez vs. Scorpio Sky.
*NWA Champion Nick Aldis vs. Flip Gordon.
*Women of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai vs. Karen Q.
*ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes vs. IWGP Tag Team Champions The Young Buck vs. The Addiction - Non-title.
*Kenny King vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shane Taylor vs. Jonathan Gresham to determine top contender for ROH TV Championship.
*Cody vs. TK O'Ryan.
*Matt Taven vs. Marty Scurll.
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Austin Aires is set to defend his title at Slammiversary on this Sunday. Aries will put his Impact World Championship on the line against Moose in front of a sold-out Toronto crowd ...

The Belt Collector took part in a media call today where I had the chance to ask about other WWE Superstars who might not be happy and ready to strike out on their own. Aries said at this point there is such a vibrant array of options that it gives someone a world of possibilities outside of Vince McMahon and Company.

"I mean listen, if there's a number of men and women over there who feel they're in a position where they're spinning their wheels," Aries said. "Or maybe not getting the opportunities they feel they earned that are immensely talented. I'm not gonna name names but I think anyone in that position who wants to better themselves, I think Impact Wrestling provides a platform at least that's not gonna tie you down and lock you in and give you the opportunities to actually go and prove that."

While Aries declined providing specifics, he noted that talent have other options if they feel that they're not being utilized properly.

"They go and do that also independently across the world. So you know it's a unique opportunity. Listen, there's a lot -- they have a huge roster and there's a lot of talent on there. There's only so many spots and so many hours of television. So you know I'm sure there are people who feel like they're getting left out or they're not getting the shots that they want, and if they find themselves free and clear, it's cool. There's a nice vibrate professional landscape right now for people to go out and apply their craft."
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Christian recently discussed the reason for his finisher's name change during a Q&A episode of E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness. Captain Charisma said the reason for this switch-up came down to how dangerous he wanted the move to appear.

"The name The Unprettier kinda came as a joke between myself and The Hardys and Adam we would joke around," Chrisian said. "I don't even remember how we came up with it but I jokingly called it The Unprettier because I hate how it makes you feel so damn unpretty. We would jokingly talk about it behind-the-scene and somebody and somebody heard it, I think it might have been Michael Cole or somebody.

"He said it on the air and it kinda just stuck from there. But I never thought the name matched how dangerous the move was. So when I came back from TNA to WWE I kinda wanted to repackage a few different things, the name of my finish being one of them. I had a conversation earlier that first day back with Vince and I told him my feelings on it and what I wanted to name it and he went, 'no that's great. Do it.' So that's how it got changed."

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  • The Sporting News had a recent interview with Deonna Purrazzo talking about her recent signing with the WWE, this year's Mae Young Classic tournament, and more. http://www.sportingnews.com/wwe/news...n1d25bk6ertf7x
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, yesterday was the 38th anniversary of Verne Gagne's 10th and final AWA Championship victory of his career. Gagne defeated then champion Nick Bockwinkel for the title.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, yesterday was the 8th anniversary of the first ever Money in the Bank PPV in the WWE. Miz won the RAW brand case while Kane won the Smackdown brand case.
  • NJPW's official website held a recent interview with Tetsuya Naito talking about his issues with how NJPW picks wrestlers for the G1, facing Omega and Ibushi in this year's tournament, and his thoughts on facing fellow LIJ member SANADA in this year's tournament. http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...imax-entrants/
  • During a recent episode of The Ross Report podcast show, Jim Ross revealed he currently expects to not be involved with this year's Mae Young Classic tournament. He stated WWE has yet to contact him for the event and also admitted he could have done a better job on commentary in last year's tournament.


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That's awful news about Hamada.
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Taynara Conti defeated Vanessa Borne in a Mae Young Classic qualifying match at last night’s NXT TV tapings. Conti, who is from Brazil, was also in last year’s tournament and was one of the NXT wrestlers in the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal this April. Conti lost to Lacey Evans in the first round last year.

Spoiler tags used since its related to a Mae Young Classic qualifier match from the recent batch of NXT tapings.

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On next week’s WWE Raw, Bobby Lashley will face Roman Reigns, with the winner moving on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal title at Summerslam. According to cagesideseats.com, the current plan is for Roman Reigns to defeat Bobby Lashley and go on to win the Universal championship from Brock Lesnar at Summerslam.

Spoiler tags used since its related to rumored plans for Lesnar's match at SummerSlam.

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On this week’s episode of his Dinner with the King podcast, Jerry Lawler said he’s heard Howard Finkel is in really bad health and that, while he emphasized that he’s not sure of this, Finkel may have suffered a stroke.
Link: https://youtu.be/scHz1vSbBYY

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Bret Hart continued his public back-and-forth with Martha Hart, Owen Hart’s widow, by posting a lengthy statement on Facebook. Bret responded to the statement that Martha put out after he criticized her for not allowing Owen to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Bret wrote that the Owen Hart Foundation is a wonderful charity, but he doesn’t think it should be the sole outlet to remember Owen and that his wrestling career should be acknowledged.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/25112331444...6642506929443/

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WWE unveiled Ronda Rousey’s first action figure and other new figures during San Diego Comic-Con.
Link: https://www.wwe.com/inside/mattel/ga...s#fid-40240931

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The G1 Climax continues at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo overnight/tomorrow morning, with Kazuchika Okada vs. Hangman Page headlining the show. The other A Block tournament matches are: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Togi Makabe vs. EVIL, Minoru Suzuki vs. YOSHI-HASHI, and Michael Elgin vs. Jay White. The show will begin at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time and will be available for free via the Japanese commentary live feed as part of “G1 Fan Appreciation Day.” Here’s the full card:

Kazuchika Okada vs. Hangman Page
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Togi Makabe vs. EVIL
Minoru Suzuki vs. YOSHI-HASHI
Michael Elgin vs. Jay White
Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Sho
Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
Tetsuya Naito & SANADA vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Toru Yano & Jado
Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino
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NJPW held a 10-bell salute for Masa Saito at Korakuen Hall at the start of today's G1 show.

Pro Wrestling: EVE announced Meiko Satomura vs. Toni Storm in a no time limit match for their Global Women Strike show in London on September 27.

Ayesha Raymond, who was in last year’s Mae Young Classic and lost to Toni Storm in the first round, will make her Women of Honor debut at ROH’s Honor Re-United tour show in London on August 19.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Juice Robinson is replacing Matt Riddle at OTT’s WrestleRama weekend in Dublin on August 18 and 19.

Stardom’s Mayu Iwatani tweeted that she wants to wrestle at ROH & NJPW’s G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden in April 2019.
NJPW: https://twitter.com/MrLARIATO/status...74779292151808 , PWE: https://twitter.com/ProWrestlingEVE/...15104593661953 , ROH: https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ay...h-debut-london , OTT: https://twitter.com/OTT_wrestling/st...38556867948544 , Iwatani: https://twitter.com/MayuIwatani/stat...47512506916865

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Carmella tweeted:

Two years ago today, I was the very last draft pick. From Ms Irrelevant to the FIRST ever Ms MITB & now SD Women’s Champion. A lot has changed in two years and I’m only gettin started! #MellaIsMoney #tbt ???????? pic.twitter.com/HZFVuI8IyF
— Smackdown Womens Champion (@CarmellaWWE) July 19, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/CarmellaWWE/stat...85814732845056

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The original plan for the show[Extreme Rules] was for the Iron Man match to open the PPV and for the last hour to feature AJ Styles vs. Rusev, Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss and to close out with Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley, but the match order was shifted late in the day.
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Dreamer’s House of Hardcore promotion has collaborated with Impact, Billy Corgan’s NWA, and we’ve even seen Tommy Dreamer in Lucha Underground this year. According to Dreamer, however, WWE once offered him a lot of money to close his promotion. Dreamer commented on the matter during today’s Impact Wrestling media call.

“WWE asked me to sign a contract when I went back with the Wyatt’s,” Dreamer said referring to his brief 2015 run with the company. “They offered me a lot of money to close House of Hardcore and I refused.”
Link with more details and media call: https://www.sescoops.com/tommy-dream...e-of-hardcore/

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We have been able to confirm that the second ever female referee in NXT who worked the tapings tonight at Full Sail in Winter Park, Florida is none other than Aubrey Edwards.

Female pro wrestling referee out of Seattle, working all over the PNW Area.

She joins Jessika Carr as the two female referees for WWE’s developmental brand NXT.
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There have been a lot of rumors on Daniel Bryan's WWE contract status as of late. One rumor said Bryan turned down a contract extension and another claimed he signed an extension. Dave Meltzer noted on the Wrestling Observer message board that these reports are false. Meltzer wrote, "No extension has been signed or offered, as I had figured."
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Former TNA Knockout Chelsea Green, a.k.a. Laurel Van Ness, cancelled her upcoming dates for Chaos Wrestling and IPW. Green was at the WWE tryouts a few weeks ago, however she noted on Twitter that she was having Visa issues. IPW issued the following statement regarding Green:

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, which will become clearer in the next couple of weeks, Chelsea Green is unable to make her scheduled trip to the UK for Pro Wrestling Chaos & IPW.

We are working on a replacement at such short notice.

Chelsea does send her deepest apologies also..
Green also noted on Twitter that she is still planning on working the All In event on September 1st.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/IPWuk/posts/1790151401022641

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Charlotte Flair recently took part in ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. She was in her full birthday suit in the ring for the photo shoot with nothing covering her except the ring itself and the angles the photographer used. Flair recently spoke to Instinct Culture by Denise Salcedo at the Sports Humanitarian Awards where she discussed what it was like to be a part of the shoot ...

Flair admitted there were parts of the photo shoot that got a little awkward like when she had to do forty-five nude moonsaults for the camera. She said it was a nightmare come to life but the professionalism of the shoot soon removed her worry.

"Doing forty-five naked moonsaults was awkward. Which it's like a backflip in the air. I'm like, 'ah this is my worse nightmare.' You know when you wake up and you have forgotten you like shoes or something for work, I forgot my ring gear."
Link: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/...had-to-do-for/


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NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT LIVE AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN SATURDAY MORNING FROM KORAKUEN HALL ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
  • Michael Elgin & Ren Narita vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Sho
  • Evil & Bushi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
  • Jay White & Yoh vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay vs. Hangman Page & Chase Owens
  • Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
  • Toru Yano vs. Kota Ibushi
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Seiya Sanada
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Juice Robinson
  • Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hirooki Goto
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ROH has had interest in C.M. Punk returning, presumably for the MSG show, but we're told that is a long shot. But feelers have been sent.
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Titus O'Neil as a follow-up to what he wrote earlier in the week, wrote: "I'm nowhere near perfect, make mistakes as well as I have had to ask for forgiveness and give it as well. We can all grow in various areas of our lives. Accept full responsibility when you're wrong and in due season through actions, forgiveness and respect comes."
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Indies Roundup:
Impact announced Scarlett Bordeaux debuting with the promotion soon.

Destiny Wrestling on 8/25 at the Battlarts Academy in Mississauga, ONT with Sami Callihan vs. Josh Alexander in a cage match and Michael Elgin vs. Petey Williams.

Kagetsu vs. Viper for the World of Stardom title headlines Sunday's Stardom show in Osaka.

Chelsea Green pulled out of U.K. shows this month due to a working visa issue she has to get taken care of.
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Impact released the opening video for Sunday's Slammiversary PPV:

Slammiversary is the night where passionate fans from around the world come together.

To believe.

To celebrate.

And to dream.

Here's a #FirstLook at the Cold Open from this Sunday's Slammiversary LIVE on PPV and @FiteTV. This one is going to be for you. #SlamXVI pic.twitter.com/csxaZ38Tze
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 20, 2018
Link: https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/...28660584652800

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According to the USADA website, Brock Lesnar has been tested once ince re-entering the testing pool in advance of a planned UFC return in 2019.

Lesnar's test was done sometime after July 11th.
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The 7/19 edition of Impact did 275,000 overnight viewers, down from last week's 284,000 overnight viewers.
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In regard to the teased WWE announcement this Monday, there’s been talk in the last several weeks of a women’s PPV featuring talents from the main roster coming out of a report from ProWrestlingSheet.com.

Several female performers in the company have confirmed to PWInsider.com that they were told recently it was something the company has been working on developing.

PWInsider.com has been told by one source the show would take place in September at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. There are a number of Sundays open at the venue. WWE does not have any events currently listed for Sunday 9/30, so that could be the date. That said, WWE does not have any TV tapings scheduled for the Northeast and Monday 10/1, they are in Seattle for Raw, all of which obviously would make staging such an event a lot harder than usual.

Attempts to get WWE to confirm thus far have been unsuccessful. Stay tuned.
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ROH and MSG reached an agreement to drop legal action in exchange for getting their date back. The description was that MSG had no intentions of taking a lawsuit bullet for WWE. When asked by the New York Post how things changed, Koff said that MSG were the people to ask. Essentially after the legal situation got started, MSG called and offered them back the date.
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WWE is looking at promoting Hogan’s redemption by doing charitable things
Meltzer stated Hogan's recent Boys & Girls Club award was mainly due to WWE's efforts behind the scenes and less of Hogan being sincere on doing charity for non-PR reasons.

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While not shown on television, at the arena, they aired a video on the late Bruno Sammartino, all-time wrestling hero in Pittsburgh. The crowd cheered this video loudly, as one current wrestler after another sang the praises of the man who was the childhood hero to some, and their parents childhood hero to many others. Except when Reigns was shown. It didn’t matter what he said. The dye has been cast with Reigns. Daniel Bryan can endorse him and the fans will boo the guy they’d never boo. The Rock can endorse him and the same thing not only would happen, but already did happen.
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In the dressing room after the Cow Palace show, after both Juice Robinson and Jay White apologized to Jim Ross, apparently Josh Barnett spoke to both of them, White in particular about why he was so upset about what happened. Ross, who had Barnett on his podcast, didn’t say anything negative about Robinson and White and blamed it on the crew that set up the ringside area for not hooking the barricades together so that they wouldn’t tumble over on impact. New Japan’s timekeeper in another whip into the barricades during that match ended up with the barricades smashing his knee. Ross is doing better, but was in pain all week to the point he couldn’t sleep laying down in his bed and had to sleep in a chair for a few days
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Robinson had his broken left hand examined this past week and he hoped it would have healed. When he broke it, they said he’d need a cast for six weeks. That would be in a few weeks. He was told it was healing well, but slower than expected and he would probably need the hand in the cast until late September
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Jeff Cobb debuts for ROH on the 7/21 tapings in Atlanta. He’s got four dates, which would be Atlanta, the 8/25 tapings in Philadelphia and 9/28 and 9/29 in Las Vegas. The impression we have is that he’s chosen ROH over Impact because he loves working for New Japan and with ROH he can get off if New Japan wants him for a tour while if he signs with Impact, they won’t stop him from working with anyone, but Impact tapings would have to be his first priority
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According to those at Impact, the story that PCO was offered a contract and turned it down aren’t true. They claim PCO was just asked to come in for a taping to put Brian Cage over and that was all that was offered to start with
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Regarding a potential sale of WWE to FOX down the line, the bidding for much of FOX’s assets, such as cable stations like the regional sports networks and FX and its movie studios, looks to have been bid up to a $71 billion sale to Disney. Comcast had offered $65 billion but Disney came back with a higher bid and Comcast dropped out of the bidding, but Comcast is interested in purchasing Sky in the U.K. The point of this is the price got so high than FOX has far more cash then they expected to get out of the sale
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While not confirmed, there is a lot of talk about Undertaker wrestling at SummerSlam
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Charlotte is scheduled to start back on the road on 7/31. She explained her problems with her implants. She first got implants at the age of 21 and they were saline implants that leaked. She got them redone with silicon, and they also leaked, actually both of them. She didn’t know but she had started getting a lot of pain in her back and in different parts of her body. She didn’t know what was wrong because she couldn’t remember an injury. So she finally got checked and they included a mammogram which found that her pain came from her silicon leaking to other parts of her body, so she her breasts redone to prevent further leakage. Because of WrestleMania and being booked on Backlash, and shooting for the ESPN Body issue, she made the call to just work through it, get the surgery after Backlash, so she’d be back before SummerSlam
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Regarding Ellsworth, he is not under contract and just being used on a per date basis. Since this comeback, he has only been working TV dates and no house shows. This run has helped his indie bookings as there are very few guys featured on WWE television these days that indie promoters can use. But that also means they have no long-term plans for his role since if they had a long-term idea, he’d be signed
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Barbara Blank, 30, who was with WWE as Kelly Kelly from 2006 to 2012, is open for a return. She is currently working on a movie and a new clothing line. She left wrestling and married former NHL player Sheldon Souray, but the couple separated this past October. She was a regular castmate on the TV show “WAGS,” a realty show on E! about wives and girlfriends of sports stars (Brandi Runnels is on another version of that show currently) from 2015 to 2017, with her run with the show ending when she got separated. She is also working on a clothing line
Came from a recent interview Kelly Kelly had with website WrestlingNews.co: http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2018...in-wwe-return/

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Matt Riddle pulled out of 8/18 and 8/19 dates with Over the Top Wrestling in Ireland and will be replaced by Juice Robinson. Interesting that coincides with SummerSlam weekend given the talk that WWE has reconsidered its position on Riddle after four months ago not even allowing him to work at Axxess. Time will tell.
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The ten most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network were: 1. Extreme Rules; 2. Table for 3 with Eric Bischoff, John Layfield and Bruce Prichard; 3. Extreme Rules postshow; 4. Something Else to Wrestle with on C.M. Punk; 5. Extreme Rules preshow; 6. NXT on 7/11; 8. Table for 3 with Trish Stratus, Lita and Bliss; 9. 205 Live on 7/10; 10. 2018 Money in the Bank
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Above is a preview for the "Elias: Live from Bourbon Street" special that will air on the WWE Network this coming Monday after Table For 3 goes off the air. This was filmed at Razzoo Bar during WrestleMania 34 Week in New Orleans and will air for thirty minutes.

WWE also announced that a "Walk With Elias: The Documentary" special will air on the WWE Network after RAW goes off the air on July 30th. Next week is a big week for Elias as his debut album is supposed to be released on Tuesday.
Link: https://youtu.be/qZfdfKpIZqg

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WWE has a new poll asking fans which milestone they are most looking forward to for Elias. As of this writing, 76% voted for his first title run while the rest voted for his debut album, which is supposed to be released on Tuesday.

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