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WON Preview (July 23, 2018): ROH/NJPW to run MSG, Hogan reinstated into WWE HOF, more

July 23, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: ROH/NJPW to run MSG, Hogan reinstated into WWE HOF, more

A look at the ROH/NJPW planned show in Madison Square Garden and the huge ramifications this show could have on the industry is the lead story of a big double-issue of the Observer. Also look at Hulk Hogan's backstage WWE appearance with the talent and how it went wrong, plus updates on Extreme Rules, SummerSlam and G-1, and look at the deaths of two Hall of Famers, Rayo de Jalisco and Masa Saito.

The lead story goes into how ROH/NJPW got the date back after WWE blocked it, why those at Sinclair were always confident they would be able to run the date and their big ace on why they have leverage on WWE. Look at why MSG came back to the table on the date after canceling the show, the last time a non-McMahon family member ran a pro wrestling show at MSG and what legends headlined, and MSG's statement on the show.

Find out who was announced, who wasn't and why, as well as ticket prices, and what significant milestone this show can reach that no non-WWE show in history ever has. Also look at what this means to the key free agents, how WWE has been doing running MSG, and different types of things that can happen next.

Read what happened backstage with Hulk Hogan, talent reactions to Kofi Kingston and Titus O'Neil, what the problems were in how this was handled and the real issues involved. Look at how Hogan could have handled things better and the variety of reactions from the talent and why some people misread the situation. Go into detail with the real issues involved in what started all this.

Look at the hilarious irony of the new UFC business deal in Russia.

This issue has full coverage of the Extreme Rules show, a look at the upcoming SummerSlam show, a look at the issues with the crowd, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Read more on the G-1 Climax tournament with business notes, standings, schedule for the next week, plus match-by-match coverage and star ratings

Also look at yet another rise in WWE stock and why, predictions on WWE future profits, Daniel Bryan talks his future and contract situation, Bryan talks about his in-ring style change, update on Vince McMahon, Dwayne Johnson's latest movie, Bret Hart and Martha Hart argue over Owen Hart, Owen Hart honored this week, Rousey TV appearance, lots of Mae Young Classic news, a look at the new WWE signees and their backgrounds, Cain Velasquez training at Performance Center, U.K. tapings this week, notes on ticket sales for all the major summer events, former WWE star looking to return, why so many WWE stars live in Texas, WWE wrestler autobiography coming out, a well as a look at the most-watched shows of the past week on WWE Network.

Also look at all the WWE and NXT arena events from the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

Read how a recent FCC ruling affects the growth of ROH.

Also look at the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament, a look at the participants, schedule and championship plans.

This issue has coverage of this past week's UFC show from Boise, with match-by-match coverage and business notes on the show, and full coverage of this past week's PWG show.

Look at the career of 70s star Andre Carpentier.

Take in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them, plus the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


Also in this issue:

  • A look at CMLL's big show celebrating Atlantis' 35th anniversary
  • Next week's major show
  • ROH stars coming to Arena Mexico
  • Big Negro Casas anniversary show coming
  • A look at AAA's last TV taping and booking direction as well as this week's big show
  • A look at last week's Crash show and the unique lineup coming next month
  • Who is leaving Crash and for what reason
  • A look at Dragon Gate's biggest show of the year
  • All Japan major singles tournament coming and first round matches
  • NOAH jr. tag tournament notes
  • What happened with Josh Barnett and Jay White after the Cow Palace show
  • New Japan star wins major legit wrestling tournament
  • Juice Robinson hand injury update
  • More on the sentencing of Ayako Hamada
  • Unique Takayama benefit card coming up
  • Takako Inoue anniversary event
  • Lots of injuries and latest from Stardom group
  • Legends returning for Keiji Muto's next show including one of Korea's all-time legends
  • Pro wrestler to be inducted into mainstream sports Hall of Fame
  • Update on Arolucha
  • A look at the last Major League Wrestling TV taping
  • Update on C.M. Punk and A.J. Lee
  • Pro Wrestling at Southfork and promotion using celebrates with its wrestlers
  • New Zealand group draws record crowd
  • David Arquette and Bryan Alvarez wrestle
  • Husband and wife wrestle each other in a stip match
  • Notes on Progress' biggest show in its history
  • Revolution Pro announces big tournament
  • New star headed to ROH
  • A look at the All In show
  • Being the Elite notes
  • This week's ROH shows
  • Notes from ROH U.K. tour
  • Update on Alex Shelley
  • Impact U.K. TV change
  • Other wrestling shows now on TV in the U.K.
  • Notes on Impact ratings in the U.K.
  • Wrestling at the Chase debuts on U.K. television
  • A look at the upcoming Impact PPV show
  • Lots more on UFC finances
  • How UFC numbers compare with WWE numbers
  • Notes on Anderson Silva's return
  • Welterweight title update
  • UFC September PPV bouts
  • UFC injury notes
  • This week's UFC show
  • Dana White/Brendan Schuab feud
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Fedor vs. Sonnen notes
  • Notes on Bellator weekend show

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