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The Dana White/Jon Jones story, explaning the economic realities, the economic fallacies and where things stand with both men’s arguments. We look at what does and doesn’t make sense economically, why Jones and Conor McGregor and all the top draws have lost value to UFC, plus exactly what both men have said about each other and where things stand.

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The unwritten WWE rule about not criticizing other talent in a public forum outside of storyline-related reasons, why it was broken this past week, what was said, as well as looking at the ties beween the ownerships of the different wrestling companies with Donald Trump, statements released, and the key things no talent can say.

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Upcoming guidelines for WWE shows, Paul Levesque talks COVID testing, notes on more WWE cuts, Vince McMahon sends out memo, original Gronkowski plans and why they changed and why now.

Upcoming Backlash and Takeover shows, an update on the XFL bankruptcy, how WWE is involved and more.

Update the Kairi Sane injury, Vince McMahon bio, Drake Maverick angle, people talked about for main roster, WWE hires new man t head the Middle East business, Kurt Angle talks why he’s not returning at this point to WWE, plus we look at the current market value of WWE and poll results, as well as WWE’s own track record.

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Renee Young, Paige, Ember Moon, and Beth Phoenix are the panel for tonight’s all-women’s episode of WWE Backstage. Sonya Deville is also appearing on the show as a guest. WWE’s Evolution PPV from 2018 began airing on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern time leading into Backstage. Young, Paige, and special guests will also do a watch party for Evolution on FOX Sports’ social platforms starting at 9 p.m. Eastern.
In an interview with ESPN, Edge spoke about his reaction to finding out about the “Greatest Match Ever” tagline for his match against Randy Orton at Backlash: “I just laughed because I didn’t think it was serious. Then I realized fairly quickly it was. Then my reaction was, is this wise, because anytime you say something’s the greatest ever beforehand, you’re setting yourself up for failure. And I don’t ever want to think that way. I need to think the opposite of that. I can’t control the court of public opinion. I need to do and be proud of the work that I put in. All I can do is take it as if this is all just a bonus and in a weird way, a compliment. Or it’s a giant rib. I don’t know.”
Edge also explained why he doesn’t feel pressure because of the tagline: “I’ll preface all of this with saying there’s no such thing as the greatest match ever. You’re not going to be able to say definitively, what is the greatest song of all time? What is the greatest painting of all time? What is the greatest movie of all time? What is the greatest band of all time? It’s impossible, because there’s no general consensus — you can have great matches, but what is the greatest is going to be different to almost everybody. Vince [McMahon] is a promoter, and he’s promoting, but it’s like hyperbole. I mean, to me [the greatest match is] not possible. So that takes that pressure out of my mind immediately.”
WWE released an advertisement for this week’s NXT questioning what the start of Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship reign will mean for the future of Charlotte Flair. The commercial also asks if anyone can stop Karrion Kross. Two matches have been announced for the show, with NXT Champion Adam Cole facing Dexter Lumis in a non-title match and Finn Balor taking on Cameron Grimes.
Asuka congratulated Shirai on her title win.
Matt Riddle spoke to Talksport about ideas he had for potentially working with Kurt Angle: “You know what crossed my mind originally [with Kurt Angle]? There’s the management thing, but then like in my head — and maybe this is just greedy me — in my head, when I see Kurt Angle, even if I like him and I’m friendly with him, I know the money is in beating up Kurt Angle. I was really hoping he was going to cost me the cage match and then the Bro was going to snap and beat up Kurt Angle! Some deadlift Germans to an Olympic gold medallist from the Stallion? You telling me everybody at home wouldn’t be like ‘no he didn’t just dump him on his head!’ — because that’s what I do! It would have been crazy. Or, he could have managed me and then we had the back and forth with Baron Corbin because Corbin ended his career and this is the new phase, [he’s like] ‘this is my bro.’ And then I go on to beat the crap out of Corbin — which I would — that would have been pretty cool too. But I’ll say this, even if Kurt is not there and I still beat the crap out of Corbin, that’s still pretty cool too. It’s all good!”
Author Abraham Riesman told Slam Wrestling about the Vince McMahon biography he’s working on: “I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have the opportunity to write this book. I am fascinated by Vince McMahon and his place in both the culture and politics of contemporary America, and I hope I can provide readers with a window into him and his impact. Readers can expect a thoroughly researched chronicle and analysis of Vince’s life, built on interviews, documents, and footage. I’m hoping to grab wrestling fans, of course, but I also want to make the book readable for laypeople who just want a cracking good yarn about a significant and mysterious figure.”
Dakota Kai confirmed that her pink hair at TakeOver: In Your House was a tribute to Hana Kimura.
Wrestle Joy has a conversation with Drew McIntyre.
WWE Shop released a new Pride Fighter T-shirt for Sonya Deville that was designed by Urban Aztec.
In an extra clip from the WWE 24 episode on Ric Flair, Triple H discussed having to tell Flair that his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech was going too long.
Other Wrestling
Game Changer Wrestling announced that Backyard Wrestling 2 will take place on July 4. The show will be available live via Fite TV.
This week’s episode of ROH Week By Week ended with a brief promo where Jay White said he hasn’t forgotten about Marty Scurll or the challenge Scurll issued to him. The two were supposed to face off at Supercard of Honor XIV in April before that event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Talk N’ Shop A-Mania will take place on August 1.
Darby Allin posted a video of him jumping off a balcony into a pool. Allin also skated with Tony Hawk.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Ali Abdelaziz said that Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap has shown some improvement after being hospitalized last month: “Khabib is very strong, his family is very strong and his father is very strong. He’s improving. He opened his eyes, responding a little bit — good sign. Allah is in control. We have faith he will be better, but at the end of the day, it’s completely up to his health, whether it progresses or not. But he’s progressing, and we’re very happy about this.”
Dana White got into a debate about fighter pay with former NFL player and former NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth while appearing on ESPN’s First Take today.
Nate Diaz responded to the UFC’s announcement of Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns for UFC 251: “This is what’s wrong with people claiming they’re fighters settling for less cause they know they’re not worth sh*t you should’ve fought the next guy in line not the guy who would take less cause he’s told too that’s why no one will remember youguys This isn’t a title fight.” Diaz also wrote: “I get paid more than both of you together + F*CK REEBOK”
Sean O’Malley thinks there’s no way that Cody Garbrandt would take a fight against him: “There is no way that he takes that fight. There’s no way he takes that fight. It’s a lose-lose for him. One, he’s probably going to get knocked out. And two, he’s fighting someone that has a lot of hype, but if he beats me people will say, ‘Oh, but he’ … it’s a lose-lose for him, I feel like, so I’m sure they would avoid that fight.”
Henry Cejudo appeared on the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show.

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