Daily Update: WOS ratings, UFC & BT Sports, Tragos/Thesz HOF

THE ROUND-UP

THE LATEST NEWS

MLW Battle Riot results: Tom Lawlor stands tall in 40-man match
Brian Christopher pronounced brain dead after suicide attempt
UFC on FOX does record-low ratings despite promise of great fights
WWE Main Event results: Gable & No Way Jose vs. The Ascension
Nikolai Volkoff passes away at 70
Brickhouse Brown passes away after battle with cancer
NXT Ft. Pierce & Las Vegas live results: Luke Menzies debuts
UFC on FOX 30 live results: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier 2

THE LATEST AUDIO

WOR: Breaking News Audio on deaths of Brian Lawler, Nikolai Volkoff and Brickhouse Brown 7/29
WOR: WWE financials, G-1, UFC Calgary, World of Sport, tons more! 7/29

We’re doing our weekend poll on Saturday’s New Japan G-1 show from Nagoya, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

We’re also looking for reports from last night’s WWE Raw show in Tallahassee, yesterday and today’s WWE UK shows in Cambridge, England, All Japan in Osaka, the Raw show tonight in Daytona Beach, FL, Smackdown tonight in Hershey, PA and NXT in Phoenix to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

NEW JAPAN G-1 TOURNAMENT FROM KAGAWA AT 6 A.M. MONDAY EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino
Tomohiro Ishii & Sho vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada vs. Toru Yano & Jado
Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku
Hirooki Goto & Yoh vs. Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
Jay White vs. Hangman Page
Minoru Suzuki vs. Evil
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yoshi-Hashi
Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin

Raw is Monday in Miami with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Ronda Rousey returning to the show. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin are on the show. Smackdown will be running in Fort Myers, FL.

Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday in Tampa with Usos vs. Sheamus & Cesaro in a first round match in a tag tournament to get the tag title shot at the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at 205 Live two years after Cruiserweight Classic

While this month marks the two-year anniversary of the premiere of the Cruiserweight Classic, the division that the tournament spawned is still one of the most puzzling parts of WWE programming. From a rough start, to it becoming the Enzo Amore show, to it being rebooted when Paul “Triple H” Levesque took over as showrunner, 205 Live has been constantly changing and never able to fully find its footing since it debuted in November 2016.


WON NEWSLETTER: (July 30, 2018) Wrestling Observer Newsletter: All women PPV WWE Evolution announcement, more

The WWE’s heavily promoted all women’s’ PPV show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the announcement made on Raw, whether this will be a regular event, the actual first women’s PPV in the U.S., and thoughts on the business of this.

Look at SummerSlam, with both the matches announced thoughts on those matches, and several other bouts that will either be added, are being pushed and the one match that hasn’t been teased at all that has been talked about a lot this past week.

Get in-depth notes on Matt Riddle and expectations of his coming to WWE and his prospects in NXT and on the main roster, names WWE is after, Dwayne Johnson’s annual income, Rock and wrestling again and what the holdup would be.

Look at the state of Impact Wrestling after its most well received major show of the year. Look at the change in the hardcore stigma of the company, and look at injuries on the show, the next month of television and the direction, as well as match-by-match coverage and star ratings of Slammiversary.

This issue has detailed coverage thus far of the G-1 Climax tournament. Look at the standings, the business, match quality; the ridiculous level of tournament matches thus far, injuries, this week’s schedule, plus match-by-match coverage and star ratings for all the shows of this past week.

Look at the Dragon Gate promotion after its biggest show of the year.

Read about the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony and Ronda Rousey, as well as a look back to 2013 when women were first signed to the promotion and the immediate decision for them to headline on PPV the first night in.


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

This has really been one of the saddest days I can recall with the news of the deaths of Nikolai Volkoff, Brickhouse Brown, and Brian Lawler. In addition, Matt Hardy reported that his good friend, Tracy Caddell, the father of Trevor Lee, passed away from a heart attack last night. Matt and Caddell started together promoting local shows as ECWF which became Omega Pro. I want to send my sympathies to all the friends and families of all these people. 

Thisis a link to Volkoff’s last match which was two months ago.

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the ratings for ITV World of Sport yesterday. The first number out was 920,000 viewers, but it was noted that the final quarter hit 1.2 million, so it grew during the show. ITV has said the figure only includes SD viewing (which is the majority) and not HD viewing, and adding that, the figure may end up satisfactory or even promising. Those at ITV are publicly saying the number was a success. The decision on renewal is probably going to be made privately by week three, based on how the numbers hold up. 

The BBC reported that BT Sports has lost a bidding war for the U.K. rights to both the UFC and NBA. They had already lost Italian Series A football. The UFC will continue on the station until 12/3. Negotiations are close with the 11 Sport Network. We had reported this likelihood in the current issue of the Observer, but BT confirmed it to the BBC today.

This was as of a few hours ago, but for today, Brian Lawler was the most searched term on the Internet today and Nikolai Volkoff was No. 3. Jose Aldo was No. 9. Yesterday’s UFC show, even with the bad rating, was No. 3, but that was 100,000 searches which is nothing special for a FOX show. Mikey Garcia, the boxer, was No. 6, also at over 100,000.

The Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame had its induction ceremony last night in Waterloo, IA, which honored Owen Hart, Bruiser Brody, Dan Severn, Ben Askren and Koji Miyamoto. Stan Hansen and Barbara Goodish were there for Brody while the Hart family members including Harry Smith, Diana Hart Smith, Ross, Keith & Bruce Hart were also there. Miyamoto is someone that Lou Thesz himself would have hand-picked since Miyamoto wrote the first major Lou Thesz biography book and did several photo books with him as well. He’s one of the great historians. Believe me, I would have loved to have been there as that Hall of Fame now has very special memories for me and my parents after going there became major supporters of that Hall of Fame. Adam Pearce from WWE handled the ceremony.

We have our regular weekend show up on the site already and have a second show that Bryan and I did this morning on Volkoff, Brown and Lawler also up.

WWE
Tonight is the final episode of Total Bellas built around Daniel Bryan’s first match back at WrestleMania and the breakup of Nikki and John.
Regarding stories about the Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins IC title match and that it may have modified or changed in some way, the only thing we were able to find out was that suggestions were made to change the match up a little but nobody is sure where Vince McMahon stands on the issue. I think either way, it shouild be clear from tomorrow night’s show.
OTHER
MLW tickets are on sale now for the 10/4 return to the Melrose Ballroom in New York. Names announced for the TV taping are L.A. Park, Low Ki, Tom Lawlor, Rey Fenix, Pentagon Jr., Sami Callihan, Shane Strickland and the new Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Teddy Hart and Brian Pillman II).
Chaos after Dark on 9/23 at the Rockpile in Toronto for a 19+ show.
CWO on 8/18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rockpile in Toronto.
Greekktown Wrestling on 8/9 at 774 Danforth Ave. in Toronto for a 19+ show.
PCW from Friday night in Los Angeles: Jake Roberts came out to talk with the crowd about his recovery. Rich Swann won three-way over Jake Atlas and Matt Cross (said to be a fun opener with a lot of spots), Brody King b Joe Graves (replacement for Matt Riddle who pulled out and crowd was disappointed because of no Riddle), Dragon Lee b ACH (excellent match, said to be Best of Super Juniors quality), Hammerstone b Timothy Thatcher (fans chanted Single H at Hammerstone who kind of looks like HHH, not really but there is a resemblance as far as size, body and long blonde hair but the match didn’t click), Tessa Blanchard b Britt Baker (well worked match, one fan’s 90s chants at them ruined it for a lot of people), Shane Strickland b Flip Gordon to keep the light heavyweight title in the best match of the show, Penta 0M & War Beast b Sami Callihan & Dave & Jake Crist in a Hardcore falls count anywhere match which was mostly in the crowd and most of the audience couldn’t follow it. Penta pinned Callihan with a package piledriver. A lot looked unsafe. Very violent and the fans loved it. There were hard chair shots to the head and lots of chairs were thrown into the ring, including by fans. Some fans didn’t like it because of the violence level and others loved it. Penta threw a fireball at Callihan. (thanks to Brian Reznick and Russell Griffth)
Will Ospreay worked last night for Gippsland Pro Wrestling about two hours east of Melbourne. Ospreay wrestled JXT in the main event in a good match. It was said Ospreay wrestled a very safe match but still wowed the crowd. The group tripled their usual attendance, from about 100 to 300. Ospreay said his goal is to put Australian independent wrestling on the world map and JXT was somebody he had been looking to face for a while. Results were: Jake Lindo b Jud Newman, Fox b Locky Hendricks, Darcy Moss and Campbell Crawford in a four-way, Mohamed Ali Vaez b Nick Bury, Tommy Hellfire b Cousin Ali, Mitch Waterman b Slade Mercer, Aria b Bianka, Will Ospreay b JXT. (thanks to David Roughton and Kevin Chiat)
Crossfire Wrestling on 9/23 at the Merritton Community Centre in St. Catharines, ONT.
BCW from Friday night in Melbourne, Australia: Indi Hartwell won three-way over Vixsin and Kellyanne, Cletus b Vance Adams, Slade Mercer b Mad Dog, Alan Payne b Tomas Phulery, Tome Filip & Gabriel Wolfe b Nick Bury & Mitch Waterman, Syd Parker b Dowie James in a three stages of hell match. They announced Rob Van Dam vs. Parker on the next show. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
Progress announced Jinny vs. Toni Storm in Livonia, MI against the winner of the Jordynne Grace vs. Solo Darling match from Boston vs. the winner of Natalia Markova vs. Ashley Vox from New York in a four-way match. That will be for the Progress women’s title. Jinny is the current champion.
Killer Kelly vs. Jordynne Grace has been added to the 9/27 Pro Wrestling Eve show in London along with Toni Storm vs. Meiko Satomura no time limit match, Chihiro Hashimoto, Hana Kimura, Kay Lee Ray and Viper. Only 37 tickets are left at Evewrestling.com.
Moose is at the Impact/AML show in Greensboro today but he hasn’t been cleared to compete from his concussion last Sunday at Slammversary. Tessa Blanchard vs. Allie vs. Kristen Stadtlander was to be the opener and Tully Blanchard was backstage.
Stardom from Nagoya: Shiki Shibusawa b Leo Onozaki, Momo Watanabe & Konami won three-way over Dust and Stephanie Vaquer and Hazuki and Natsu Sumire, Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora & Ruaka b Tam Nakano & Saki Kashima & Hanan, Mayu Iwatani b AZM, Kagetsu b Starlight Kid. (thanks to Jake Koch)

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Ric Flair wins NWA United States title


12th Annual F4W Empire Vegas Convention

Greetings friends and fans of the F4W / Wrestling Observer website. The 12th annual F4W / Wrestling Observer Empire Las Vegas Convention~! is just around the corner.

This year’s event will be taking place in Las Vegas from August 16th to the 20th and will again be in conjunction with WWE’s SummerSlam weekend a.k.a. Super China Buffet Day~! There will still be the usual events, but our big draw will be WWE’s summer blockbuster PPV, SummerSlam. As per tradition, we will all gorge ourselves at a Las Vegas buffet, and then watch SummerSlam in a rented out movie theater. All information and ticketing prices are available now. Sign up ASAP as spots are limited for some events. 

This year will also feature a Future Stars Wrestling show which will include the first ever Granny’s Doubles Match Classic! Already booked for the show are the teams Mia Yim & Leva Bates, Shotzi Blackheart & ???, Samantha Heights & Brittany Blake, and Miranda Alize & Kylie Rae. Also just booked for the show is a tag team Grappling Battel~! featuring Bryan Alvarez & Jack Jamieson vs. The Beach Bums (PeachMachine & Mikey G), You won’t want to miss this show! Check out the convention’s Facebook page for all additional information.


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