MON. UPDATE: Dusty Rhodes, NXT on road, UFC main event, Alexander retires, AAA show

July 24, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

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We’re looking for reports no Raw tonight in Cleveland, which means lots of easy heat for Cavaliers mentions.  The show features the return of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, which means we’ll probably have an idea of where Lesnar is going for Battleground.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tomorrow night in Buffalo.

Last week the big story was the tease of a Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar match at WrestleMania.  This week we have a double issue because of such a busy news week, with our lead story talks about the background of that promo and why the match isn’t happening.  We have the background of Austin, Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon, what led to the promo on the WWE Network, why Vince McMahon was unhappy about it, and what happened from there including Austin talking about the situation.

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–The debut of the three generations of green mist trio

–Dragon Gate two big shows coming this week

–All Japan’s big event for the week

–A tag team of stars from two different promotions has a long reign as tag champions gone

–More on the new Japan NOAH relationship and how this relates to the New Japan World service

–New Japan scouting talent in the U.S. this summer

–New Japan’s upcoming shows in Singapore

–Satoru Sayama health update

–Notes on the beginning shows of Global Force Wrestling

–Notes on the lineups and what is and isn’t important about these events

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–Chris Hero’s three hour gauntlet match and full details

–Bill Goldberg talks about a potential pro wrestling farewell match and what could stand in the way

–Who Goldberg still keeps in touch with in wrestling

–Goldberg talks Brock Lesnar

–A look at the big show at Citifield in New York this past week

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–Kris Travis talks return from cancer

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–A suspended senator in Canada participates in a pro wrestling show

–Early ROH champion moving into MMA

–Son of former Oregon star suspect in a beating death

–Wrestling star in talks for a national cable television show unique deal

–Update on the next ROH PPV

–A look at the weekend ROH events

–Why they did the Mickie James angle

–TNA gets another international deal

–UFC’s Labor Day weekend show announced

–Two new title fights announced

–Comparing Bader vs. Gustafsson as challengers for Cormier

–When Cormier is targeting his first title defense

–What Bader needs to do to get a title shot

–Update on Anderson Silva and his suspension hearing, as well as Nick Diaz

–Ben Rothwell accuses Cain Velasquez of PEDs and Velasquez responds

–Former UFC star gets TV major network announcing gig

–An interesting question that the courts may have to decide regarding UFC contract clause

–Lots of new UFC fights

–Notes on Shamrock vs. Kimbo

–The first head to be cut off in new stronger penalties for PED usage

–War Machine has court outburst

–TV martial arts star with pro wrestling ties in bad health

–Fighter comes back from nearly being stabbed to death to win a small promotion world title

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MONDAY’S NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw as well as the latest news and taking e-mail questions that you can send to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
Really sad story from Josh Alexander about having to retire and needing neck fusion surgery.  I just saw Josh Alexander & Ethan Page wrestle the Young Bucks in February at PWG and they had a hell of a match.  He’s going to do a final match on 7/12 in Hamilton,ONT teaming with Ethan Page against Scotty O’Shea & Alessandro Del Bruno for Alpha 1 Wrestling.
There are expected to be more references to Dusty Rhodes on the show tonight and they’ll be pushing a documentary on Rhodes that will air on the WWE Network tonight.
WWE announced a date in Toronto on 9/25.
NXT will be doing shows a the Louder than Life Festival in Louisville on 10/3 and 10/4.
UFC has announced an 8/23 show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira in the main event.  It will be the UFC debut in Saskatoon, a city that was, per capita, among their best on PPV a few years back.
WWE was the fourth most searched for topic yesterday on Google at 200,000 searches, which is the usual level for a B PPV show.  It was behind Game of Thrones (2 million) and E 3 (1.2 million) and Oak Island, NC (200,000).
On Twitter, the lists relating to wrestling and MMA were Money in the Bank at 309,000, Fabricio Werdum at 12,200 and Sheamus at 30,500.
There were a lot of problems with the AAA iPPV feed last night, even after the show.  It kept me from watching the show.  I did start to watch some this morning and the problems had cleared up.  Because of interviewing people on Dusty Rhodes, I didn’t really have time to get through the show.
Tickets for the 8/8 UFC show in Nashville headlined by Ovince Saint Preux vs. Glover Teixeira go on sale Wednesday to Fight Club members, Thursday will be the Internet password ticket sales and they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time to the public.  The other top fights are Michael Johnson vs,. Beneil Dariush and Sara McMann vs. Amanda Nunes.
Nate Marquardt said he is not retiring after his loss to Kelvin Gastelum Saturday night in Mexico City. 
There will be another PBC show on NBC on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. with Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 knockouts) vs. Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 knockouts) and Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 knockouts) vs. Robert Garcia (37-3, 23 knockouts).  Broner is coming off a win on the 3/7 NBC show.  NBC Sports Network will air the pregame show at 1 a.m. tonight and again at midnight on Wednesday.
Spike will air two different Countdown to Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock shows in prime time on Wednesday, a first-run show at 8 p.m. as well as a replay of their face-to-face show taped in St. Louis at 9 p.m.
UFC has just announced a deal with Titan Fighting Championships with every Titan Fighting Championships show airing live on Fight Pass with a debut on 7/18 with a 12 fight show headlined by former UFC fighters Mike Ricci vs. Pat Healy and Kurt Holobaugh vs. Andre Harrison.  The entire Titan library of 33 shows will also be uploaded on Fight Pass in upcoming months..
WWE stock rose slightly today, going up seven cents per share to $15.63.
The back issue of the Observer today covers Buff Bagwell breaking his neck on live TV and the now famous DX invades Nitro episode of Raw with a funny story about what happened after.
WWN has put a 2005 DVD release called “Dream” hosted by Dusty Rhodes up on their Free Preview Channel on the WWN Roku Channel.
Paragon Pro Wrestling announced it would debut on POP TV, which is the former TV Guide Channel, on 7/4, every Saturday morning at 6 a.m.  PPW will include Gangrel, Tyshaun Prince, Wes Brisco and Jessy Sorensen.
Elite British Wrestling from Friday night in Sheffield, England before 200 fans:  Mark Sanders b Antonio Thomas, Sam Goodison NC El Ligero, Caleb Crow & Joey D won four-way tag, John Green b King Dangerous, Kris Travis also worked on the show in the opener.
Ranarchyon 6/20 for ECCW in Port Coquitlam, BC at the Leigh Square Elks Hall #49.
PWA on 7/18 at the Alpine Club in Kitchener, ONT with Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Davey Boy Smith Jr., and Carlito.
PWA on 6/20 in Welland , ONT at the Rose Festival.
CHIKARA from yesterday in Indianapolis:  Ultramantis Black & Obariyon& Kodama b Jervis Cottonberry & Los Ice Creams, Heidi Lovelace b Argus, Max Smashmaster & Flex Rumblecrunch & Jaka b Silver Ant & Frightmare & Blind Rage, Eddie Kingston b Drew Gulak, Icarus & Dasher Hatfield & Mark Angelosetti b Amasis & Worker Ant II & Ashley Remington, Ophidian & Shynron b Jakob Hammermeier & Soldier Ant, Hallowcked b Oleg the Usurper, Fire Ant & Race Jaxon & Hype Rockwell b Juan Francisco de Coronado & Boar of Moldova & Prakish Sabar (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
Vendetta Pro Wrestling from Friday night in Santa Maria, CA:  Sunami won over Vintage Dragon and Ricky Ruffin, Shane & Shannon Ballard b Mike Rayne & Mike Menace, Matt Riviera b Brian Kendrick to keep the Western States Heritage title, Lil Cholo b Rik Luxury.  Next show has them back on 8/8 in a hair vs. hair match with special ringside enforcer King Mo Lawal.
Court Bauer talks Dusty Rhodes at www.MLWradio.com from his start in the 60s until the present time.
Pro Wrestling All-Stars from Saturday night in Roseville, MI:  Necro Butcher b N8 Mattson, Chuck Stein & Atlas Hytower b Darrell Jackson & Jamal King, Rod Street won three-way over Owen Travers and Whip O’Doyle, Zach Gowen on Battle Royal (thanks to Leonard Brand)
Entourage was No. 1 at the box office in Australia for the second straight weekend.  In that country, San Andreas was No. 4.
Premier Wrestling returns on 9/19 to San Jose, CA at Del Mar High school.
Daniel Bryan interview, done before the death of Dusty Rhodes, talking about Dusty Rhodes
Dusty Rhodes’ final interview, done Monday night for the Two Man Power Trip podcast
A look at the Hulk Hogan movie Suburban Commando

TOMORROW’S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:06 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

1:06 AM ET
FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Daniel Bryan – Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

1:36 AM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES Corey Graves jumps into horse racing, gambling, the legendary infield, and much more at The Preakness on this episode of Culture Shock!

1:51 AM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young chats with the King of the Ring Bad News Barrett, discussing everything from music, marine biology and everything in between!

2:06 AM ET
CELEBRATING THE DREAM In honor of one of the most iconic and legendary figures in Sports Entertainment, WWE Network celebrates the life and times of Dusty Rhodes!

3:06 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

4:06 AM ET
FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Daniel Bryan – Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

4:36 AM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES Corey Graves jumps into horse racing, gambling, the legendary infield, and much more at The Preakness on this episode of Culture Shock!

4:51 AM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young chats with the King of the Ring Bad News Barrett, discussing everything from music, marine biology and everything in between!

5:06 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS What starts as a couples road trip for Eva and Ariane ends in an all out blowout, and Bryan is keeping tabs on Brie.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Infamous Intercontinental Champions of all time!

7:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH In the pursuit to become a WWE Superstar, eight hopeful athletes compete for a million dollar WWE Contract and find out who is Tough Enough!

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS What starts as a couples road trip for Eva and Ariane ends in an all out blowout, and Bryan is keeping tabs on Brie.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Infamous Intercontinental Champions of all time!

10:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH In the pursuit to become a WWE Superstar, eight hopeful athletes compete for a million dollar WWE Contract and find out who is Tough Enough!

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS What starts as a couples road trip for Eva and Ariane ends in an all out blowout, and Bryan is keeping tabs on Brie.

12:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Infamous Intercontinental Champions of all time!

1:00 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Whether it’s winning the Diva’s Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter… These Divas do it all to stay trending.

1:30 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Rey Mysterio: Life of a Masked Man features exclusive and candid comments from the Ultimate Underdog on his sports entertainment path!

3:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH In the pursuit to become a WWE Superstar, eight hopeful athletes compete for a million dollar WWE Contract and find out who is Tough Enough!

4:00 PM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee sits down with Darren Young in this unfiltered and revealing conversation.

4:30 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Not everything can be found on Google. Shocking Title Changes gives rank to some of the most OMG Title Matches of all time!

5:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Backstage politics, corporate mergers, and questionable decisions would doom sports entertainment’s former powerhouse.

6:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Straight to the Top: The Money in the Bank Anthology presents the lineage of this epic match!

8:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH 40 finalists face a 3-day tryout to determine which 13 will earn the right to prove they are TOUGH ENOUGH.

9:00 PM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee sits down with Darren Young in this unfiltered and revealing conversation.

9:30 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Not everything can be found on Google. Shocking Title Changes gives rank to some of the most OMG Title Matches of all time!

10:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Backstage politics, corporate mergers, and questionable decisions would doom sports entertainment’s former powerhouse.

11:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH 40 finalists face a 3-day tryout to determine which 13 will earn the right to prove they are TOUGH ENOUGH.