By Jason Powell
-New Japan Pro Wrestling is in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. The first show featuring Kazuchika Okada vs. Cody Rhodes for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the first round of the U.S. Championship tournament will be featured on Friday. The semifinals and finals of the tournament and a Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Billy Gunn match are among the matches on Saturday. Join me for live coverage as Saturday’s show airs on AXS TV at 8CT/9ET. Dot Net Members will hear my exclusive audio review after the show. Will Pruett will be attending both nights and will have live updates from the building on Sunday night.
-Impact Wrestling Slammiversary takes place on Sunday in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios. The show is headlined by Impact Wrestling Champion Lashley vs. Global Force Wrestling Champion Alberto El Patron in a unification match. The show also features EC3 vs. James Storm in a Strap Match. Join me for live coverage as the show airs on Sunday night at 7CT/8ET.
-We are looking for correspondents for the following WWE, ROH, and Evolve events listed below and the NXT shows we listed yesterday. If you are attending a show and want to help, send your report (or basic results) to firstname.lastname@example.org
-WWE is in Tokyo, Japan at Ryoguku Kokugikan tonight with the following advertised talent: Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho, Samoa Joe, Enzo Amore, Big Cass, Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz, Maryse, Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Asuka.
-WWE is in Odessa, Texas at Ector County Coliseum on Saturday with the following advertised talent: Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Triple Threat for the WWE Championship, Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles for the U.S. Championship, Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin, and The Usos vs. New Day for the Smackdown Tag Titles.
-WWE is in Tokyo, Japan at Ryoguku Kokugikan on Saturday with the same crew as Friday night.
-WWE is in Hobbs, New Mexico at Lea County Event Center on Saturday with the following advertised talent: Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Triple Threat for the WWE Championship, Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles for the U.S. Championship, Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin, and The Usos vs. New Day for the Smackdown Tag Titles.
-The next Evolve dates are July 8 in Charlotte at Uptown Live for Evolve 88, and July 9 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Marietta Event Hall for Evolve 89.
-The next Ring of Honor event is July 29 in Concord, North Carolina at the Cabarrus Arena.
Birthdays and Notables
-Terry Funk is 73.
-Scott Dawson (David Harwood) of The Revival is 33.
-Cody (Cody Runnels) is 32.
-Alicia Fox (Victoria Crawford) is 31.
-The late Ed “Strangler” Lewis (Robert Friedrich) was born on June 30, 1891. He died at age 75 on August 8, 1966
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Mister Saint Laurent, who offers passionate words about what MLW delivers that pro wrestling has been missing, addresses criticism of MLW's contracts, straying from the path that his family paved for him, discusses the MLW Saturday Night SuperFight pay-per-view event that will be held on November 2 in Chicago, and more (62:44)...