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THE LATEST NEWS

Impact Wrestling viewership down for third straight week
Prince Neff Maiava passes away at 93 years old
NXT Crystal River, FL, live results: Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
WWE responds to reported talks with Hulk Hogan
Taiji Ishimori joins NJPW at Wrestling Dontaku
Okada challenges Omega for NJPW Dominion

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Left My Wallet: Dasher Hatfield and 49ers fandom 5/5
F4D: Smackdown, Greatest Royal Rumble, Choppin Block, more! 5/4

NXT is in Daytona Beach, FL. We’re looking for reports on this show to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

WWE BACKLASH ON SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. EASTERN FROM THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER IN NEWARK, NJ, ON THE WWE NETWORK

A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a no DQ match for WWE title
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
Seth Rollins vs. The Miz for IC title
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton for U.S. title
Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss for Raw women’s title
Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair for Smackdown women’s title
Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott preshow match

Raw is Monday from the Nassau Coliseum in New York. There is also a Smackdown house show in Allentown, PA.

Smackdown and 205 Live are Tuesday from Baltimore. Mandy Rose vs. Becky Lynch was announced for the show an Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick vs. Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik was announced for 205 Live.


F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE’s bet on Saudi Arabia 

If WWE was concerned about criticism of their partnership with Saudi Arabia, they certainly didn’t show it at the Greatest Royal Rumble.The first event in WWE’s 10-year agreement with the Saudi General Sports Authority was a weird mix of special event, house show, and propaganda. It wasn’t just a stadium show with Saudi Arabia as its backdrop. The location wasn’t just spotlighted in the set design or advertising like with WrestleMania host cities. 


WON NEWSLETTER: May 8, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Fallout from the Greatest Royal Rumble

A look at the Greatest Royal Rumble, both the financial and ethical aspects and answering a lot of questions about the show is the lead story in the new double-issue of the Observer.

Look at the different controversies, from why the show is completely different from anything in pro wrestling history, to the questions regarding the women and Sami Zayn, attempts at defending the situation. Review the show itself, with a complete rundown of the Rumble, match-by-match coverage with star ratings, records set for the Rumble, the Lesnar vs. Reigns finish, and Lesnar going forward.

Look at first day ticket sales for New Japan’s show at the Cow Palace, why it’s difficult for New Japan to promote matches when they put tickets on sale, the Okada vs. Tanahashi feud, Chris Jericho in New Japan, talk of running more Dome shows in the upcoming years, as well as full coverage of the Hi No Kuni show in Kumamoto with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

This issue features Glenn Jacobs and his mayor campaign, including his chances of winning the overall election, details of how he won the election and the campaign itself, and wrestlers who came in to support him.

Have a look at the life and career of Universo 2000, the longest reigning world heavyweight champion in pro wrestling of the modern era, who passed away on Wednesday.

There is a story looking back at the birth of UFC with the announcement of Art Davie into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Coverage of the birth of the new PFL, the $1 million tournaments and prize packages, the two-time gold medalist that is starting with the group, and a lot of former UFC names that have entered in the different weight classes.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
A new episode of Table for Three with Shane McMahon, Kurt Angle, and AJ Styles will air on the WWE Network after Raw on Monday.
Mickie James and Pat Patterson & Gerald Brisco: The Stooges collections are coming to the Network on Monday.
Triple H told The Mirror that WWE will be making announcements about their UK brand while in London for their shows at Royal Albert Hall next month.
Titus O’Neil’s slip for the Greatest Royal Rumble finished first on SportsCenter’s “Not Top 10” plays of the week.
O’Neil spoke to Mike Mooneyham about whether he wants the slip to be included in future storylines: “I hope not. I think the beauty in the whole thing is that they get it now. It happened, it was funny, and there are still ways we can create to be entertaining, but not necessarily dwell on it. It’s just like in life. Once I get over a situation, I’m over it. I’ll refer to it every once in a while, but I’m not going to harp on it.”
WWE released a 13-minute behind the scenes video from the Greatest Royal Rumble.
Tampa, Florida is submitting bids to host WrestleMania in 2023, 2024, or 2025 and the Royal Rumble in 2022 or 2023.
Charlotte Flair and Big Cass will be on WWE Now with Cathy Kelley and Mike Rome on YouTube and Facebook at 4 p.m. Eastern time prior to Backlash on Sunday.
Paige discussed her career-ending neck injury while appearing on this week’s edition of the Edge & Christian podcast.
WWE.com interviewed EC3 about the differences between his first and second runs with the company.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair rewatched and commented on Lynch’s SmackDown Women’s Championship win from Backlash 2016.
Natalya’s latest column for the Calgary Sun is a tribute to Andre the Giant.
The New York Post and ESPN have interviews with Samoa Joe ahead of Backlash.
Sami Zayn commented on today being the third anniversary of his Raw match against John Cena in Montreal: “3 years later, I can overlook the torn shoulder I suffered, and just appreciate how truly special the ovation and raw energy from the crowd was on this night in Montreal.”
WWE.com has a poll asking which match type Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa should wrestle in next, with three stages of hell leading stretcher, last man standing, falls count anywhere, ambulance, empty arena, Hell in a Cell, and steel cage.
Topped by Shane McMahon’s jump off the titantron in 2001, WWE looked at the 10 most extreme moments in Backlash history.
Pro Wrestling
The seating chart and ticket prices have been revealed for All In, with tickets priced at $153, $128, $103, $78, $53, and $28.
Following Wrestling Dontaku night two, NJPW posted video of Chris Jericho’s attack on Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada challenging Kenny Omega for Dominion
A bloody Naito cut a post-match promo backstage after being attacked by Jericho. Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi also commented after their main event from Dontaku.
The “Lista Ingobernables de Jericho” shirt that Jericho wore at Dontaku is already on sale on Hot Topic’s website and is coming to stores soon.
Nick Jackson tweeted a picture of the Bullet Club united without Omega or Cody Rhodes.
The Young Bucks revealed one of the designs for their upcoming Funko Pops.
Here are results from the first day of PROGRESS Wrestling’s Super Strong Style 16 tournament:
Pete Dunne defeated Doug Williams
Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Chuck Mambo
David Starr defeated TK Cooper
Angelico defeated Mark Andrews
Tyler Bate defeated Jordan Devlin
Zack Gibson defeated Joey Janela
Keith Lee defeated Flash Morgan Webster
Kassius Ohno defeated Chris Brookes

Ohno vs. Bate, Dunne vs. Gibson, Angelico vs. Lee, and Sabre vs. Starr are set for tomorrow.
Ohno, who was allowed to wrestle in the tournament by WWE, tweeted about his cameo for PROGRESS: “Wrestling still moves me. I think it always will.”
Toni Storm retained her wXw Women’s Championship against Tenille Dashwood in Oberhausen, Germany today.
The following matches have been announced for ROH’s War of the Worlds tour:
Lowell, MA on May 9th: Naito, SANADA & EVIL vs. Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas, The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan) vs. Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni)
Toronto on May 11th: The Young Bucks vs. Super Smash Brothers (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson)
Royal Oaks, MI on May 12th: ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes defending against Naito & BUSHI (main event)
Chicago on May 13th: ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes defending against Sho & Yoh, Flip Gordon vs. Jonathan Gresham

UFC/MMA
Dave Meltzer wrote about Fedor’s chances in Bellator’s heavyweight championship tournament.
Tom Lawlor spoke to MMA Fighting about the similarities and differences between pro wrestling and MMA.
Kevin Lee wants to be Nate Diaz’s opponent for his return fight.
As he returns from a two-year USADA suspension, Chad Mendes wrote that he has a fight coming up soon.
Bruce Buffer was added as a playable character in the UFC 3 video game.
Megan Anderson said her being booked against Holly Holm came as a shock.
John Gotti III won his second pro fight with a 32-second TKO.

Daily Professional Wrestling History: Second Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions


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