POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE 6/11 – Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii announced for Rev Pro’s ‘Strong Style Evolved’

Dana White has stated that Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones want to fight each other, Rev Pro releases cards for Strong Style Evolved shows feat. Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii, the trailer for Season 2 of GLOW, female wrestler releases story of being groped by Mario Milano in 2010, a preview of Raw tonight & more.

POST IT NOTES

**We have another packed week of shows coming up on the site leading into the weekend with TakeOver and Money in the Bank from Chicago. It all begins tonight with Rewind-A-Raw as Davie Portman from upNXT will be joining me to review Raw and we will also be taking your feedback and questions. Wai Ting will return this Friday for our review of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ for members of the POST Wrestling Café. Here is our scheduled for the week:
*Tonight: Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock & Davie Portman
*Tuesday: Rewind-A-SmackDown with John Pollock & Nate Milton
*Wednesday: British Wrestling Experience with Martin Bushby, Oli Court & special guest JP Houlihan
*Thursday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Friday: Marvel review of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ with John Pollock & Wai Ting (Patreon)
*Saturday: NXT TakeOver review with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Sunday: WWE Money in the Bank review with John Pollock & Wai Ting


WRESTLING NEWS

**Tonight’s episode of Raw takes place from the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas and is the final Raw leading into Money in the Bank this weekend. The following has been announced for tonight’s show:
*A face-to-face between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey
*Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode vs. Finn Balor
*Ember Moon vs. Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
*Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal

**The SmackDown crew has a house show in Jonesboro, Arkansas tonight. The local advertising is listing AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, but the WWE website is not advertising Styles or Bryan for the show. The television tapings are Tuesday night in Memphis, Tennessee with the Money in the Bank Women’s Summit and Andrade Cien Almas vs. Sin Cara.

**Independent female wrestler Shazza McKenzie has posted a lengthy statement regarding a 2010 incident with Mario Milano, who was one of the most popular wrestlers in Australia’s history and died in 2016. McKenzie was prompted to share her story after learning of a local Mario Milano memorial tournament being hosted in Sydney. McKenzie alleges that in October 2010, when she was two years into the business, she met Milano at a local show and he wanted to teach her his abdominal stretch in front of the locker room. McKenzie was placed in the hold with her arms trapped and proceeded to be groped by Milano. McKenzie added that the story has been brought up repeatedly by those that watched and treating it like a joke. McKenzie stated she wanted her story to be shared and is not looking to press charges over the incident.

**Dusty Rhodes passed away on this date in 2015 at the age of 69. There have been a lot of memories shares today of Rhodes, who was one of the great characters in the industry’s history.

**WWN announced last week that NXT North American champion Adam Cole will be working on the EVOLVE 107 card, on Sunday, June 24th in Melrose, Maryland. On Monday, the promotion announced that Cole will defend the North American title against WALTER in the main event. The card will also feature Matt Riddle vs. DJZ and will stream on WWNLive.com.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling will be making their G1 announcements next weekend. The participants for the annual tournament will be announced during Sunday’s Kizuna Road card, the block announcements will be made June 18th, and the main events on the cards will be announced during the June 19th card.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the lineups for the upcoming Kizuna Road Tour that begins on Friday. New Japan World will be carrying the June 17th, June 18th, and June 19th cards. Below are the lineups for those three shows:
*June 17th at Korakuen Hall:
Michael Elgin vs. Hirooki Goto for the NEVER Openweight title, Kazuchika Okada & Jay White & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & David Finlay, Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi & Sanada & EVIL & Bushi vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku, KUSHIDA & Jeff Cobb & Togi Makabe & Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Roppongi 3K & Rocky Romero & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Shota Umino & Tomoyuki Oka, Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
*June 18th at Korakuen Hall:
Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado for the IWGP junior heavyweight title, Kazuchika Okada & Jay White & Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto & Gedo vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA & Jeff Cobb, Tetsuya Naito & EVIL & Sanada & Bushi vs. Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku, Roppongi 3K & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe & David Finlay & Toa Henare, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoyuki Oka, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro vs. Shota Umino & Ren Narita, Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
*June 19th at Korakuen Hall:
Tetsuya Naito & EVIL & Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi vs. Super Strong Machines “No. 69” & “Ace”, “Justice”, “Buffalo” & “Don” (Super Strong Machine will be in the corner of the masked Strong Machines, which you can see will be a team of recognizable babyfaces), Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Jay White & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb & Juice Robinson & David Finlay, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Taichi & Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado & Taka Michinoku vs. Roppongi 3K & Rocky Romero, Togi Makabe & Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Toa Henare & Shota Umino & Tomoyuki Oka, KUSHIDA & Ren Narita vs. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro

**Tomoaki Honma’s return match will take place on the June 23rd show of the tour in Yamagata in a ten-man tag. Honma will be teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi against Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi. Honma has been out of action since March 2017 after taking a draping DDT off the rope onto his head.


**Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks will be taking on the New Day later this week at Electronic Gaming Expo in Los Angeles. The match was built up through Xavier Woods and Kenny Omega online with the announcement made on Street Fighter V Twitter account and is being promoted on the WWE website. The match will take place this Thursday at 4 pm Eastern and will stream on the Capcom Twitch account.

**Revolution Pro has announced the matches for the Strong Style Evolved cards with New Japan on June 30th in Milton Keynes and July 1st in Manchester.

June 30th in Milton Keynes:

*Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii for the British tag titles
*WALTER vs. Yuji Nagata
*Will Ospreay vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Chris Brookes vs. Yoshi-Hashi
*Tiger Mask vs. David Starr
*Jay White, Toru Yano & Gedo vs. Taichi, El Desperado & Takashi Iizuka
*Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro vs. Aussie Open
*Shota Umino vs. TBA

July 1st in Manchester:
*Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki for the British heavyweight title
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
*Will Ospreay vs. Taichi
*Jay White vs. Chris Brookes
*WALTER vs. Yujiro
*El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Iizuka vs. Yoshi-Hashi, Toru Yano & Gedo
*Taiji Ishimori vs. David Starr vs. Tiger Mask vs. El Phantasmo
*Yuji Nagata vs. Shota Umino
*Dan Duggan (an NJPW Dojo trainee) vs. TBA (announced as the same person that will face Shota Umino on the first night)

**New Japan has a Lion’s Gate card this Wednesday morning from Shinjuku Face that is headlined by Shota Umino taking on Ayato Yoshida and Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoyuki Oka. The card will be streaming on New Japan World.

**I watched the Kagetsu vs. Toni Storm match from the Stardom card on Saturday with Kagetsu becoming the World of Stardom champion. Kagetsu survived a guillotine from Storm, as well as the Strong Zero piledriver. Storm also hit a pair of suicide dives to the floor. The match went 19:24 and ended with Storm being shoved into the referee, Kagetsu sprayed her with mist and followed with a Death Valley Driver and 450 splash for the pin. It was a very good main event, but I would place it below the recent Momo Watanabe vs. Io Shirai match from earlier this month.

**Bianca Carelli, who is the daughter of Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli) is currently training to become a wrestler in London, Ontario at Tyson Dux’s school. She had her first match this past weekend when there was an open spot on a show.

**Last Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling saw a slight increase with an average of 296,000 viewers watching the show on POP TV, which is up from 283,000 the prior week. This past week’s episode was promoted around a fight between Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan in the woods.


**MLW has announced a $60,000 Bounty Match between Shane Strickland and Low Ki for the MLW world championship on Thursday, July 12th at the television tapings at Gilt Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

**DEFY Wrestling held a card on Saturday night in front of 545 fans at the Washington Hall in Seattle with the following results: Kimber Lee over Nicole Matthews, Shane Strickland over MVP, Dezmond Xavier over Scorpio Sky, Brody King over Super Crazy, Sonico over King Khash, Artemis Spencer & Billy Suede over Dr. Kliever & Drexl, SCHAFF over Kaimana, Ethan HD & Mike Santiago over Clark Connors & Carl Randers. DEFY will be holding their next card on July 13th in Seattle and then have a card July 20th in Portland, Oregon. They are running co-branded events with PROGRESS on August 9th and 10th at Washington Hall.

**Dwayne Johnson will begin shooting “Red Notice” in April 2019 with the film expected to be released in June 2020. Deadline reported on Monday that Gal Gadot has been cast to star in the film alongside Johnson and will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The film will be shot in Europe.

**Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of GLOW, which premieres on June 29th on the streaming service:

MMA NEWS

**Monday was Ariel Helwani’s final edition of “The MMA Hour” for Vox Media. Helwani is moving to ESPN and his first day will be this Friday. Helwani will be launching a very similar news show to air Mondays and is expected to be a similar format to “The MMA Hour”, which is the most popular MMA show of its kind. Helwani will also be launching a Wednesday podcast with Chael Sonnen as the co-host.

**Robert Whittaker’s camp posted an x-ray revealing that the middleweight champion suffered a broken thumb in his right hand during the fight with Yoel Romero on Saturday. Whittaker believed that the break occurred in the first round of the five-round bout. Whittaker went on to win the fight by split decision in the non-title affair following Romero’s inability to make the championship weight limit on Friday.

**Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans posted a lengthy statement as he reflected on his loss to Anthony Smith on Saturday at UFC 225. Evans stated that he is unsure what the future holds for him after losing his fifth consecutive fight. At the post-fight press conference, Dana White informed the media that he met with Evans after the fight and implied that Evans was leaning towards retirement and seemed to be agree with that decision. Saturday’s fight was Evans’ first at light heavyweight since 2016 after cutting to middleweight and losing a pair of split decisions at the lower weight.

**UFC president Dana White spoke to TMZ about the status of Brock Lesnar returning to the promotion. White estimated that Lesnar’s contract with the WWE will expire this summer and stated that Lesnar and Jon Jones want to fight each other.

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UFC 225 POST SHOW with John Pollock, PHIL & ZIGGY
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/a9bhqe/POST-UFC-225-Review.mp3
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NJPW DOMINION REVIEW with John Pollock & WH Park (Patreon)
https://www.patreon.com/posts/19347819
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THE POST INTERVIEW: Colt Cabana
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/f68qvi/POST-WRESTLING-Colt-Cabana-June-2018.mp3
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REWIND-A-WAI – WWF King of the Ring 1993 (Patreon)
https://www.patreon.com/posts/19301977/
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upNXT 6/7/18: Don’t Stop B’leeding with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
https://upnxt.podbean.com/mf/download/mqruer/upNXT-June7.mp3
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KEEP IT 2000 – Ep. 32 “Tank Sintra” with Lance Storm
https://keepit2000.podbean.com/mf/download/bertfj/KEEP_IT_2000_EP_32.mp3
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POST PURORESU with John Pollock & WH Park
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/gbgp7t/POST-PURORESU-June-2018.mp3
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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.