POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE 6/6 – CM Punk discusses end of trial and his fight at UFC 225

CM Punk sit down interview chatting the end of his trial and preparing for Mike Jackson at UFC 225, Shawn Michaels is keeping the door open for another match, a note on the Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey feud, Police Department issues a statement on Charles Williams case, television viewership report & more.

POST IT NOTES

**I encourage everyone to check out the plethora of shows we have put out over the past few days. We have Rewind-A-SmackDown up with special guests Nick Hausman & Ross Berman from WrestleZone chatting the CM Punk & Colt Cabana verdict and their live coverage from the courtroom throughout the trial. We also have a new POST Puroresu out with WH Park and I, and a new concept called the POST PROFILE and our first subject is Ken Shamrock with a mini audio documentary on his career and legacy.

**Later tonight, we will have a new edition of Keep It 2000 with Brian Mann & Nate Milton welcoming former WCW performer Lance Storm to the show to review the August 7th, 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro. You can subscribe to Keep It 2000 on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.

**Braden Herrington & Davie Portman will have a new edition of upNXT coming out Thursday morning with a review of tonight’s episode.

**Wai Ting and I will be reviewing the WWF’s King of the Ring 1993 show on Rewind-A-Wai this Friday for members of the POST Wrestling Café.  When you sign up for the Café, you will have access to every show we have done on the Café, including this week’s RAR Overrun discussing Total Bellas and a review of the Best of the Super Juniors Final.


WRESTLING NEWS

**On the Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey program, we were told by someone with knowledge of the situation in WWE that the intent was never to turn Jax heel in this program. It was described to me that Jax took the heel role too far last week on Raw and this past week was designed as a “course correction” to get Jax back and closer to a babyface role. The idea is that the program is between two babyfaces with added tension for the match.

**The WWE has announced that next week’s U.K. cards from Royal Albert Hall will be airing on a one-week tape delay on the WWE Network. The June 18th and 19th cards will be streaming on Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26th at 3 pm Eastern each day. The first night will feature the conclusion of the ongoing U.K. title tournament and the winner will receive a title shot against Pete Dunne on the second night. Night one will feature a six-man tag with Adam Cole, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven and appearances by Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The second night will include a tag match with Aleister Black & Ricochet taking on Velveteen Dream & EC 3.

**In an interview promoting the upcoming Royal Albert Hall shows, Shawn Michaels spoke to Sky Sports and left the door open regarding wrestling another match. For years, Michaels has always turned down the notion of breaking his retirement with lots of ideas thrown at Michaels over the years. In the interview, Michaels stated that if the right scenario presented itself he would consider it, but also couched that it would likely have to be a tag match with Triple H rather than a full-blown singles match. Michaels has not wrestled since WrestleMania 26, where he retired after his loss to The Undertaker in March 2010.

**We have a full breakdown of the past week’s television viewership for the WWE and UFC. The key points are that Raw and SmackDown didn’t rebound despite the NBA Finals not taking place on either night. Raw’s average was up 1.3% while going against the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals game, while SmackDown did its lowest average of 2018 without any sports competition. The silver lining was a 30% jump for Total Bellas that did 654,000 viewers this past Sunday after the two lowest numbers in the series’ history.


**The West Goshen Township Police Department, who are investigating the shooting involving former wrestler Charles “Rockin’ Rebel” Williams and his wife, issued the following statement to POST Wrestling regarding the case:

Further information regarding the June 1st shooting in the 300 block of North Five Points Road:

The decedents were a married couple in their fifties named Charles and Stephanie Williams. The Williams family resided at 302 North Five Points Road. Both appear to have died as a result of gunshot wounds that occurred sometime in the overnight hours. Initial indications support that Stephanie Williams was shot by her husband. Charles Williams then fatally shot himself. The investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the Chester County Coroner’s Office.

**Next week’s episode of SmackDown Live from Memphis, Tennessee will feature a Women’s Money in the Bank Summit with the SmackDown participants and a singles match between Andrade Cien Almas and Sin Cara.

**A vignette ran on 205 Live on Tuesday night for Lio Rush, who will be debuting in the near future.

**In a correction from an earlier news piece we had, in the first interview that Colt Cabana conducted with CM Punk from November 2014, Dr. Christopher Amann was identified by name early in the first interview. He mentioned speaking to Dr. Amann after having elbow surgery and being cleared before being checked in Birmingham, Alabama. Punk asked, “what kind of witch-doctory bullshit is that?” over being cleared without being checked on. Later in the interview, he frequently brings up a “Doc” but doesn’t specifically name Amann.

**The WWE stock closed at $62.66 on Wednesday and nearly hit $63 today.

**The Bovada outlet has posted odds on whether the XFL will make it to the second season. The question asked is, “Will the XFL fold before July 4th, 2021?” and odds are listed at -300 for “No” and +200 for “Yes”. The league is scheduled to launch in 2020.

**CM Punk and Colt Cabana are interviewed by Steven Muehlhausen of Fightful following the jury delivering their verdict:


MMA NEWS

**John Morgan of MMA Junkie sat down with CM Punk on Wednesday prior to his fight with Mike Jackson this Saturday in Chicago at UFC 225. Punk stated there was more than just a weight lifted off his shoulders from the conclusion of his 3 ½ lawsuit that was filed against him and Colt Cabana by Dr. Christopher Amann. Punk suggested that the case was delayed repeatedly to throw him off, knowing that his fight was approaching but that it didn’t affect him with the hard work in camp occurring before the trial began on May 26th.

Punk was indifferent to his placement on the card in response to criticism of his fight taking place on the pay-per-view portion above such names as Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans, Joseph Benavidez and teammate Sergio Pettis.  To me, if you aren’t using Punk on a platform for maximum return, then why are you booking him, to begin with? He is on the UFC roster because of a belief he will draw money, as he did for UFC 203, it’s unknown if he will have that same effect this time around. I can’t dispute the decision to put him on pay-per-view and even though I love the flyweight fight between Benavidez and Pettis, there is no way their fight will have the same interest as Punk’s fight on Saturday.

He noted that he could be on the chopping block if he loses this fight, he was adamant to UFC president Dana White that he wanted to fight again regardless of whether it was in the UFC or not. It was interesting, I spoke to White immediately after the Punk vs. Mickey Gall fight and White suggested to me that Punk’s next fight should probably be somewhere other than the UFC.

**The Professional Fighter’s League kicks off their seasonal experiment on Thursday night with a card from The Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The new concept is that is that the PFL will be promoting seven weight classes (featherweight through heavyweight) with a regular season, playoffs, and a championship final with $1,000,000 to the winner in each weight class. The weigh-ins on Wednesday wreaked some havoc as heavyweight Shawn Jordan completely missed the heavyweight limit of 266 pounds by weighing in at 275.2 pounds and his regular season matchup with Philippe Lins was scrapped. There is also a rule in place by the New York State Athletic Commission that heavyweight fighters but weight within 25 pounds of each other and caused several matchups to be mixed around to match guys with fighters close enough in weight. The fights will air on FaceBook at 6:15 pm Eastern and the main card runs on the NBC Sports Network at 9 pm. Below is the updated card:

MAIN CARD
*Andre Harrison vs. Juma Tuerxun – Featherweight
*Lance Palmer vs. Bekbulat Magomedov – Featherweight
*Max Coga vs. Timur Valiev – Featherweight
*Alex Nicholson vs. Jake Heun – Heavyweight

PRELIMINARY CARD
*Valdrin Istrefi vs. Jared Rosholt – Heavyweight
*Jack May vs. Josh Copeland – Heavyweight
*Marcos Galvao vs. Nazareno Malegarie – Featherweight
*Kelvin Tiller vs. Caio Alencar – Heavyweight
*Magomed Idrisov vs. Steven Siler – Featherweight
*Lee Coville vs. Alexandre Almeida – Featherweight
*Francimar Barroso vs. Daniel Gallemore – Heavyweight


**The strawweight fight between Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel has been rebooked for the UFC Fight Night card on July 14th in Boise, Idaho. The fight was pulled by the New York State Athletic Commission last Friday when they were set to fight that evening in Utica. The NYSAC was concerned that Aguilar could have a contagious infection, while Aguilar stated that something was on her lip but had been cleared by a doctor to compete.

**Below is Episode 3 of this week’s UFC Embedded episode, featuring CM Punk attending a Chicago Cubs game hours after his civil trial wrapped up:


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POST PURORESU – June 2018
John Pollock & WH Park review the Best of the Super Juniors, preview Dominion, discuss Kento Miyahara vs. Naomichi Marufuji, a review of Stardom’s Cinderella tournament, Io Shirai WWE bound and WH’s “Fashion Report”
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/gbgp7t/POST-PURORESU-June-2018.mp3
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REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN 6/5/18: SD review, Nick Hausman & Ross Berman chat CM Punk & Colt Cabana’s lawsuit victory
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/5dm9zf/RASD-JUNE-5-2018.mp3
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POST PROFILE: Ken Shamrock
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/7vudur/POST-PROFILE-Ken-Shamrock-June-2018.mp3
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RAR OVERRUN 6/4/18: New Japan BOSJ Finals, Total Bellas Episode 3
https://www.patreon.com/posts/19259336
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REWIND-A-RAW 6/4/18: This was a bad show
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/d4jzx4/180604_RAR.mp3
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POST ROUNDTABLE #6: Mauro Ranallo & Haris Usanovic
https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/06/03/post-roundtable-6-mauro-ranallo-haris-usanovic/
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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.