Daily Update: Super ShowDown, BOSJ finals, Road to Fyter Fest

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Mickie James to undergo ACL surgery
The Usos vs. The Revival set for WWE Super ShowDown pre-show
WWE SmackDown ratings down slightly for SSD go-home show
NXT UK results: Fatal four-way number one contender’s match
Aldis & Cabana vs. The Briscoes set for ROH Best in the World
Johnny Impact to challenge for X-Division title at Slammiversary XVII
ROH TV results: EVIL & SANADA vs. Nagata & Kojima
NJPW crowns BOSJ winner, title match set for Dominion
WWE SmackDown video highlights: Goldberg-Undertaker staredown
NJPW BOSJ finals live results: Shingo vs. Ospreay, Jon Moxley debuts

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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Thoughts on AEW Double or Nothing  

If it wasn’t already clear, the success of All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing has solidified one thing: the remainder of 2019 is going to be a great time for the professional wrestling industry and its fans.

AEW’s maiden voyage had a lot of hype to live up to. There’s always difficulty when something transforms from an idea to a fully-formed product, complete with its own issues and imperfections. And while Double or Nothing wasn’t perfect, it managed to exceed reasonable expectations.

WON NEWSLETTER: June 3, 2019 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Double or Nothing review 

A look at Double or Nothing and the debut of AEW is the lead story in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at how the show did on PPV, where the buys came from, and how this number compares with the other companies. Compare it with All In, look at what was both good and bad about running in Las Vegas, the problems with Starrcast and high spots of Starrcast, merch numbers, the Cody vs. Dustin match,

Look at what Jon Moxley is doing next, why he left WWE, and cover his detailed interview on Talk is Jericho about why he left WWE and his goals going forward.

Also look at WWE’s Super Showdown, including some questions that you can’t get away from asking. Also run down the show, and the issue of it being easy to say things when it’s to your benefit but another having to make decisions that back up your proclaimed beliefs.

Examine this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament and where New Japan goes next.

Read about new legislation that could greatly affect how WWE and AEW wrestlers are treated, preview Takeover Bridgeport, updated PPV cards, update on Ric Flair, update on Sasha Banks, Lineups for big shows and WWE looking at making more purchases. 

Have a look at the Hall of Fame career of Rashad Evans, from his start in winning The Ultimate Fighter, to winning the light heavyweight title, to his grudge matches with Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson, and famous bouts with the likes of Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell. 

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Natalya and Alexa Bliss have traveled to Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown, with Pro Wrestling Sheet reporting that they were flown to Saudi Arabia with the hopes that a women’s match will be approved by Friday’s event. Pro Wrestling Sheet noted that WWE officials have been going back and forth with the Saudi General Sports Authority and trying to get a potential women’s match approved for a few months. Renee Young also again made the trip to Saudi Arabia.
Sami Zayn is again partnering with the Syrian American Medical Society to launch a mobile clinic in Syria for those in need of medical aid. Their fundraiser starts at 2 p.m. Eastern time this Friday, which is the same time as the Super ShowDown main card begins.
Mick Foley will fly anywhere in the United States or Canada to meet people who donate $5,000 to Ashley Massaro’s daughter’s educational fund. He’ll travel anywhere in the world for a $10,000 donation.
TV Insider interviewed Kofi Kingston about his visit to Ghana
Cedric Alexander tweeted that he misses 205 Live.
Mattel is releasing a Slim Jim-inspired Randy Savage action figure.
Pro Wrestling
In his first match for NJPW, Jon Moxley won the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship by defeating Juice Robinson at the Best of the Super Juniors finals this morning. Moxley used an elevated double-arm DDT to win the match.
NJPW posted video of Moxley’s entrance, with him entering through the crowd for his match.
Will Ospreay, who announced that he’s moving to Japan, tweeted after defeating Shingo Takagi in the Best of the Super Juniors finals: “Thank you for your support & love. Thank You for the fight Shingo, pushed me to my limits. Thank You to the NJPW office for helping me with getting my new place in Japan, I cant wait & I’ll do my to not let you down. 2x Best Of The Super Juniors. And I’m only getting started!!”
Takagi said he wants a singles match against a heavyweight opponent at Dominion.
7,650 people was the attendance for the BOSJ finals at Sumo Hall.
NJPW’s post-Best of the Super Juniors press conference will air at 2 a.m. Eastern time overnight tonight.
AEW released episode one of their Road to Fyter Fest video series.
Dustin Rhodes appeared on today’s episode of Talk is Jericho.
Meiko Satomura will challenge for the PROGRESS Women’s Championship at PROGRESS Wrestling’s “Still Chasing” show at Alexandra Palace in London on September 15. Jordynne Grace currently holds the title.
Dean Malenko has been announced for Starrcast III.
Nick Gage will defend his GCW World Championship against Marko Stunt in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21.
Chris Van Vliet has an interview with Ryback.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi tweeted about rumors of Henry Cejudo being injured: “Henry Cejudo says he’s not injured despite the report. He said he knocked his knee in the training room and it hurt. But no structural injury and he’s not out of the fight.”
The UFC uploaded episodes one and two of Embedded for UFC 238. Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes for the bantamweight title, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye for the women’s flyweight title, and Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone are the top three fights on the show.
Ali Abdel-Aziz, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, claimed that Nurmagomedov is now the highest-paid athlete in the UFC with the new multi-fight contract he’s signed.
Dana White said he could “absolutely” see a rematch between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor happening at some point.
Nate Diaz told Ariel Helwani that he isn’t interested in a third fight against McGregor: “I’m not interested in it at all. I’m interested in winners. He lost his last fight, and I won my last fight. You think I’m trying to fight someone who just got his ass beat all over the place? I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu. That sh*t wouldn’t happen to me.”
The prelims for Saturday’s UFC show in Stockholm, which began airing in the morning, averaged 257,000 viewers on ESPN2.

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