Strong Style Saturday Thread

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  • Brock Lesnar has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation by the USADA. UFC put out a statement, WWE simply repeated the charge and stated that “Brock Lesnar has not performed for WWE since WrestleMania and is not scheduled to return until Sunday, August 21.” Lesnar faces a two-year suspension from UFC if the charge is proven.
  • Wrestling Observer reports that WWE plans to split a few established tag teams during the Draft.
  • WWNLive has put the recent CWC qualifying match between TJ Perkins and Fred Yehi on Youtube.
  • NJPW’s G1 Climax tournament starts on Monday. It was announced at the press conference this morning that all shows would be multi-camera. You can read my primer here.

The Summer of Wrestling is here! Now talk, damn it!

Sunday Thread

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Brock Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 last night via unanimous decision. All three judges scored 29-27 in Lesnar’s favour and he is now 6-3 in MMA fights. He returns to WWE to face Randy Orton at Summerslam. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla announced yesterday that Jushin Thunder Liger is the 24th and final entrant in this year’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament. The names of the other 23 competitors are here and the tournament takes place on September 2nd/3rd/4th.

Now talk, heathens!

Strong Style Saturday Thread

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  • Ahead of the Cruiserweight Classic, WWE has added a Cruiserweight Anthology to the Network
  • Ric Flair is returning to the world of podcasting, and is doing so here
  • Shinsuke Nakamura got an unsurprisingly crazy reaction upon his return to Japan with WWE
  • The Club also talked about returning to Sumo Hall
  • …meanwhile Ambrose and Rollins worked together to take out Kevin Owens

In other news, Wales are in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and I am one happy and hungover Welshman.

Now talk, damn it!

Sunday Thread

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  • It’s time. It’s time. It’s Vader vs. Will Ospreay time. Yes, Rev Pro Wrestling are running the match in London on August 12th. More details here.
  • Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods were in attendance at the CEO 2016 Fighting Game Championships, and the two took part in a Street Fighter V exhibition match. You can watch it here.
  • It’s the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki. WWE has produced a short video about the legendary fight.

Some fresh Sunday reading for you: Bayless continues his ROH 2003 reviews and Maffew rewatches ECW on Sci-Fi so you don’t have to.

Now talk, heathens!

NJPW Dominion 2016

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June 19th, 16:00 from Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka

Today’s show is a stacked card, with all but one of NJPW’s titles being defended. Naito vs. Okada for the IWGP title headlines, while Ospreay will once again try and claim KUSHIDA’s Junior title, Nagata and Shibata face-off for the NEVER belt, and Elgin and Omega fight for the Intercontinental title in New Japan’s first-ever ladder match. Let’s get to it.

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Sunday Thread

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According to Forbes (via Wrestlezone), WWE has contacted Kurt Angle, Goldberg, Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio, among others, to help fill the rosters post-brand split. This follows Dave Meltzer’s tweet yesterday: “WWE just realized they have to fill two rosters, calling lots of 40+ year old guys to return for the new era.” 

NJPW Dominion was earlier today, it was excellent, and here’s my review. WWE Money In The Bank is later and the top of the card’s looking strong.

Now talk, heathens!

Strong Style Saturday Thread

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  • According to PW Insider, Jerry Lawler and Lauryn McBride have been released on bail and are due to be arraigned on Monday morning. Lawler remains suspended by WWE.
  • Will Ospreay and Vader had a friendly back and forth on Twitter.
  • Jeremy Botter of FloSports claims Brock Lesnar will use his WWE theme at UFC 200.
  • NJPW Dominion is tomorrow and features Okada vs. Naito (IWGP), KUSHIDA vs. Ospreay (Junior), Omega vs. Elgin (ladder match for Intercontinental) and Shibata vs. Nagata (NEVER). WWE Money In The Bank is also tomorrow and is headlined by Reigns vs. Rollins and Cena vs. Styles.

Now talk, damn it!

Sunday Thread

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NEWZ:

  • Bobby Roode debuted for NXT at their Download Festival show yesterday
  • AJ Styles is to appear on the Stone Cold Podcast on June 20th
  • Kazuchika Okada stopped by the Lucha Underground tapings
  • Adam Cole has been hospitalised with pneumonia and will miss this weekend’s ROH shows

And don’t forget – as if you could – that TNA Slammiversary is this evening, headlined by Drew Galloway vs. Lashley and #BROKEN Matt Hardy vs. Jeff “Brother Nero” Hardy.

Now talk, heathens!

Strong Style Saturday Thread

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Daniel Bryan visited the NXT tapings on Thursday, watching the majority of the show from the gorilla position and reuniting with Gabe Sapolsky, who was also there. This was first time Bryan has attended a WWE event since his retirement in February. The NXT roster, meanwhile, continued their busy week by heading to the UK for a tour, starting at Download Festival. Baron Corbin made a surprise appearance during yesterday’s event.

Elsewhere, Stu “Wade Barrett” Bennett delivered the bad news that Wade Barrett is gone for good and Smackdown scored its lowest rating of 2016 (1.996/0.57).

Today also marks one year since Dusty Rhodes passed away at the age of 69. Godspeed Dream.

Now talk, damn it!

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII: Final

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June 7th, 18:30 from Sendai Sun Plaza, Miyagi

On this, the fourteenth day of the tournament, we arrive at the final. Ryusuke Taguchi will face Will Ospreay, and the winner will claim the title of Best of the Super Juniors and earn themselves a shot at KUSHIDA’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Elsewhere, a card of mostly tag matches should give us a clearer picture of the upcoming Dominion PPV.

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