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WWE Raw ratings only down a bit from last week’s three-month high
NJPW G1 Climax 27 night six results: Okada vs. SANADA 
WWE Raw video highlights: The build to SummerSlam picks up   
Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley added to WWE SummerSlam card   
Universal title fatal four-way set for WWE SummerSlam  
WWE Raw live results: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley


WOL: Finish of Styles vs. Owens, New York Times CTE story, Dr. Lucha, more! 7/25
DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Marathon: ECW Hardcore Heaven 1995 7/25
WOR: Raw recap, SummerSlam, G-1 preview, tons more! 7/25
WOL: WWE Battleground 2017 fallout 7/24

Smackdown and 205 Live are from Richmond, VA. Announced is Rich Swann & ? vs. TJP & ?.


Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi
Toru Yano & Jado vs. Seiya Sanada & Bushi
Minoru Suzuki & Taichi vs. Evil & Hiromu Takahashi
Michael Elgin & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yoshi-Hashi
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Bad Luck Fale
Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi
Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto


Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Desperado
Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yuji Nagata & Hirai Kawato
Kota Ibushi & Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Tomohiro Ishii & Jado vs. Tetsuya Naito & Bushi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay vs. Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi
Tama Tonga vs. Juice Robinson
Seiya Sanada vs. Toru Yano
Minoru Suzuki vs. Evil
Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima
Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Figure Four Weekly 7/17/2017: Mayweather vs. McGregor hype fails to meet expectations

While the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was bound to endlessly be compared to something out of WWE, the grandiose four-show world tour of press conferences to promote it felt more like a parody of pro wrestling. They made stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn, and London in an attempt to get the hype for their boxing match seen in as many relevant media markets as possible.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: July 24, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Brock Lesnar UFC return rumors, WWE Battleground preview, more

What exactly is going on with Brock Lesnar is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.

Look at Lesnar rumors as far as UFC goes, what is and isn’t reality, what steps he has to take before he can be in a match and why he won’t be fighting in UFC any time soon. Look at the UFC and WWE schedules and how murky certain things are, Lesnar’s WWE contract, how this is similar to 2015, as well as looking at potential Lesnar opponents in UFC. Find out how this plays into WWE bookings, with thoughts on SummerSlam, and the booking of SummerSlam and Battleground.

Check out the G-1 Climax tournament, run down the first night, New Japan’s business, the matches coming up this week along with match-by-match coverage and star ratings from Sapporo.

Examine Kurt Angle’s new angle with Jason Jordan, and look at the story, how it doesn’t fit into the original story, fan reaction and long-term potential.

Go in-depth into the Mae Young Classic, the Ronda Rousey involvement, Shayna Baszler push, behind-the-scenes, reactions to it and match-by-match coverage.

Look at a promotion that claims it has gotten $100 million in investment money to start competing on a worldwide basis.

Find out about the cancellation of the weekly version of Talking Smack. Look at the show, what worked, what didn’t work, why it’s continuing in a limited form, and the idea that WWE forgot to tell the hosts the show was being canceled. There is also an update of the latest PPV numbers.

Find out about the Shane McMahon helicopter crash, an update on the negotiations for the Hardys to get the broken gimmick, Bruno Sammartino being honored, Stephanie McMahon being honored, Jinder Mahal talks India market, UFC fighter and WWE star doing their own angle, TV station that aired WWE closes its doors, notes on an upcoming WWE movie release, WWE scouting, upcoming Raw house show lineups, plus the most-watched network shows over the past week and a look at every WWE and NXT arena event over the past week with highlights and business notes.

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WON BACK ISSUE: July 3, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF wins lawsuit to go to Viacom, King of the Ring review, more

Delaware Chancery Court Judge William Chandler ruled in favor of the World Wrestling Federation and Viacom on 6/27 in the lawsuit filed by the USA Network, which will result, officially, in September, for all WWF cable programming moving to Viacom stations TNN and MTV. Chandler ruled against USA Network’s claim that their right of first refusal in the contract, which expires in September, only pertains to the four wrestling shows on the network and not to an overall marketing deal between Viacom and the WWFE as a company.

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Daniel Bryan tweeted that Renee Young will join him for a “rogue edition” of Talking Smack on Tout after SmackDown tonight.
Tonight’s 205 Live has Neville vs. Ariya Daivari in a non-title match and Rich Swann & Cedric Alexander vs. TJP & Tony Nese.
After she did some of the interviews on Raw last night, it seems that Renee Young will be on both Raw and SmackDown going forward. She posted a photo with Charly Caruso on Instagram and wrote: “Dream team back in the (RAW) hiiiizouse!!! @charlycarusowwe (and yes, I’ll still be on Smackdown)”
It was announced on Raw last night that next Monday will have Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe in a triple threat match. There will also be a Miz TV segment with Jason Jordan.
John Cena and Roman Reigns have continued to build to a future match on Twitter. Reigns initially posted about the Philly crowd being quiet at Battleground, calling himself “The Big Fight” and saying that the crowd better bring their best when they return. Cena responded with: “Pride…always comes before the fall. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself young man. But if U want a BigFight careful what u wish for… #RAW” Reigns told Cena to come to his yard if he wants to face him.
Finn Balor thanked everyone for wishing him a happy birthday as he turns 36 years old today.
Brandon Howard has an article for Fightful that looks at which wrestlers in the women’s division are getting the most views on YouTube. Nikki Bella (22), Alexa Bliss (22), and Bayley (19) were featured in the most videos with over 500,000 views from January 29th to July 10th of this year. Eleven of Bella’s videos also included John Cena, though she hasn’t been on TV since WrestleMania.
Matt Hardy wrote about the ongoing legal situation with Anthem: “FUN FACT-Myself, Jeff & Reby spent $2500 & 4 days creating The Final Deletion set, with ZERO help from TNA, as it was our vision & creation.”
Kofi Kingston is now the only wrestler to win the WWE, World, Raw, and SmackDown tag titles.
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In a story that will be important to both pro wrestling and MMA, the New York Times has an article about chronic traumatic encephalopathy in football players. Dr. Ann McKee of the CTE Center at Boston University examined the brains of 111 deceased former NFL players and found that 110 of them had CTE. As McKee notes, there’s a selection bias involved with the process given that many of the brains were donated by families because the person showed symptons of CTE.
The most interesting booking note from the G1 through six shows is that Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega are both still undefeated, with them at the top of Block B with six points each. Minoru Suzuki and EVIL have four points. Toru Yano, Tama Tonga, SANADA, Juice Robinson, and Michael Elgin all have two points, and Satoshi Kojima remains winless.
There will be A Block matches on the show that takes place tomorrow morning from Miyagi at 5:30 a.m. ET. Those are: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito vs. Yuji Nagata, Kota Ibushi vs. Togi Makabe, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tomohiro Ishii vs. YOSHI-HASHI.
Sports Illustrated posted a story about a day in the life of Ricochet as he had a match against Rey Mysterio for XWA. He discusses WWE’s cruiserweight division and his situation with Lucha Underground.
What Culture Pro Wrestling announced that they’re bringing back their “Loaded” series, which had been canceled after YouTube’s changes to how wrestling promotions can monetize their content. The next episode will debut on their subscription service on August 3rd, then will be on Twitch on August 4th before coming to YouTube on August 5th.
Travis Banks will face Keith Lee at PROGRESS Wrestling’s show in London on July 30th.
Ring of Honor reacted to the demise of Daryl (Hiromu Takahashi’s stuffed cat).
Jon Jones said that Daniel Cormier knows that he wouldn’t use steroids and called the comments an attack on his character.
The UFC released the countdown special for UFC 214. They’ve also uploaded the first and second episodes of Embedded for the show.
Dana White told ESPN that he hasn’t had any conversations with Jon Jones since Jones was forced off of UFC 200.
Mike Tyson said that Conor McGregor is “going to get killed” by Floyd Mayweather in their boxing match.

F4W Online / Wrestling Observer Vegas Convention Event Info

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

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Thursday: Meet at the High Roller for Bowling at the Link; Party at Carnival Court at Hurrah’s
Friday: Kiss Mini Golf tournament at the Rio; Dinner at Texas de Brazil; Suite party (location TBA)
Saturday: Burgers with Granny for lunch; Future Stars of Wrestling show featuring Stephan Bonnar & Phil Baron, and co-main events: 3-way match with Leva Bates vs. Mia Yim vs. Hudson Envy, and “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Thomas Santell (f.k.a. Antonio “The Promise” Thomas); NXT viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
Sunday: SUPER CHINA BUFFET DAY at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at 1pm; SummerSlam viewing party at the Sci-Fi Center
Monday: Goodbye lunch at Chen Chen at NY NY
All website members will also receive a 15% discount on any purchases from the Las Vegas Fight Shop for the entirety of the convention

Texas de Brazil, Wicked Spoon, NXT and Summer Slam will all be sign up and pre-paid events, prices and collection begin in mid July~!

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