POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE – Total Bellas renewed for a fourth season by E!

The E! network has announced that "Total Bellas" has been renewed for a fourth season, New Japan issues a statement regarding Tama Tonga, new match for "All In", season-finale of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, UFC documentary to feature Donald Trump, Sami Zayn's latest shoulder operation & more.

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**Today’s edition of Rewind-A-Raw with Wai Ting and I can be downloaded from the main site and wherever you listen to podcasts. On the show, Wai and I go through the day’s news, including “All In” airing on pay-per-view & WGN America, Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, and more. Then, we chat Monday’s episode of Raw featuring Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox, a tremendous performance from Paul Heyman, more matches for SummerSlam, Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin, your feedback & questions and a preview of this week’s shows at POST Wrestling.

**We are back tonight with Rewind-A-SmackDown and POST Wrestling Café members will also receive the “Double Shot”. We are moving this Café show to Tuesday nights permanently and will feature reviews of Lucha Underground, “Being the Elite”, and other topics we can’t fit into Rewind-A-SmackDown. Both Rewind-A-Raw & SD are going to feature a rundown of the day’s news at the start of the show as we received positive feedback to that addition last week.

**A new G1 Climax podcast will be out Wednesday for members of the POST Wrestling Café. Friday and Saturday’s Budokan Hall shows will be featured on the Café and Sunday’s final will be a free show on the site.


SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
*Tuesday: Rewind-A-SmackDown
*Tuesday: The Double Shot (this a new night for the show and will be its new home)
*Wednesday: G1 Climax Day 16 review (Patreon)
*Wednesday: British Wrestling Experience with Martin Bushby, Oli Court & Benno
*Thursday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Friday: G1 Climax A Block Final (Patreon)
*Saturday: EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion with Chris Charlton being joined by Damian Abraham to discuss 1996
*Saturday: G1 Climax B Block Final (Patreon)
*Sunday: The G1 Climax Final Night (Free)

WRESTLING NEWS

**The SmackDown and 205 Live tapings take place from Orlando, Florida tonight at the Amway Arena with the following listed:
*AJ Styles responds to Samoa Joe
*The Miz makes his SummerSlam announcement
*Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. The IIconics
*New Day vs. Sheamus & Cesaro in the finals of the tag tournament
*Zelina Vega vs. Lana
*Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami on 205 Live

**Total Bellas has been renewed for a fourth season by E! The announcement was made Tuesday, but no airdate announced for the next season. The third season averaged 634,200 viewers in their Sunday night timeslot, which was up 8% from the second season. The next season of Total Divas returns on Wednesday, September 19th and will feature Nikki & Brie Bella on the series.

**On Tuesday’s episode of “All Us”, it was announced that a four-way women’s match will take place at “All In” with Madison Rayne vs. Chelsea Green vs. Britt Baker vs. Tessa Blanchard. Cody also threw in a statistic that the event on September 1st has an approximate “fly in” rate of 70% of those attending.

**The second Mae Young Classic will take place Wednesday and Thursday at Full Sail University. The 32-woman tournament will be airing on the WWE Network with the final scheduled for October 28th at the “Evolution” pay-per-view. If anyone is attending the tournament, we would appreciate any results & notes being sent to john@POSTwrestling.com.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling issued a statement regarding Tama Tonga and citing his “inappropriate conduct”:

NJPW takes actions taken by our wrestlers seriously. In light of recent inappropriate conduct by Tama Tonga including SNS usage, the company has decided to take disciplinary actions against said wrestlers, and will issue updated guidelines to all wrestlers.

The statement doesn’t specifically mention his interaction with a fan on Sunday’s card from Osaka. Tonga jumped the guardrail and got into the face of a fan, who was said to have been heckling, and Tonga proceeded to grab him by the throat. Fraser Marriott, who was seated close by and was on our G1 podcast afterward, indicated this was not a plant in the crowd and was legitimate. The statement seems to cover various ground, including social media use as representatives of the company.


**The G1 Climax hits Yokohama on Wednesday morning with a card at 5:30 am Eastern on New Japan World with the following card and B Block tournament matches:
*Tetsuya Naito (5-2) vs. Sanada (4-3)
*Kenny Omega (6-1) vs. Toru Yano (1-6)
*Kota Ibushi (5-2) vs. Tama Tonga (2-5)
*Hirooki Goto (3-4) vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (4-3)
*Juice Robinson (2-5) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (3-4)
*Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay
*Jay White & YOH vs. EVIL & Bushi
*Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
*Hangman Page & Chase Owens vs. Yoshi-Hashi & SHO
*Michael Elgin & Shota Umino vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare

**Sami Zayn posted a photo Tuesday from a hospital bed, indicating he is having surgery for his second torn rotator cuff in the other shoulder. Zayn had surgery back in June on the right shoulder and is now dealing with the left shoulder. Zayn had stated at the time of the first surgery that he was hopeful of returning in time for WrestleMania next April.

**In a follow up from Monday’s news update, the “All In” event will be available on Honor Club for subscribers in addition to FITE TV. The show will begin with the first-hour airing on WGN America and then go to pay-per-view for the remainder of the show. FITE TV is listing “All In” for $39.99.

**FITE TV will be carrying “Joey Janela’s Lost in New York”, which is being put on by Game Changer Wrestling over SummerSlam weekend. The event will cost $13.99 on FITE and will likely feature Matt Riddle’s final independent match for the foreseeable future. The card takes place from the increasingly popular Melrose Ballroom in Queens with the following matches:
*Joey Janela vs. Jinsei Shinzaki (Hakushi)
*Nick Gage vs. Meng
*PCO vs. Matt Riddle
*Nate Webb vs. MJF with a live performance by Wheatus
*Teddy Hart vs. Chris Dickinson
*Tony Deppen vs. Gringo Loco vs. Eli Everfly vs. G Raver vs. Jimmy Lloyd in a Ladder Match

**John Cena posted an update that he has dropped 18 pounds and is down to 236 pounds. He stated he has begun a new program that includes boxing, yoga, and grappling. Cena has been announced for the WWE’s return to Shanghai, China for a live event on September 1st with Cena teasing a new move he will introduce.


**A singles match between Finn Balor and Baron Corbin has been added to SummerSlam on August 19th.

**This year’s SummerSlam event will feature the kickoff show beginning at 5 pm Eastern from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the main show beginning at 7 pm. The TakeOver card the night prior will have a one-hour pre-show at 6 pm followed by the main card at 7 pm.

**Ruby Riott returned from injury on Monday’s episode of Raw. Riott last wrestled on June 29th at a live event in Rapid City, South Dakota and has been sidelined due to an MCL sprain in her knee.

**Next week’s episode of Raw from Greensboro, North Carolina will feature a three-way match for the Raw tag titles with Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel vs. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. The Revival on the final Raw before SummerSlam.

**The cover of this week’s edition of Weekly Pro Wrestling in Japan features an incredible action shot of Tomohiro Ishii delivering a lariat to Kenny Omega from their match in Osaka on Saturday.

**MLW has announced the teams for their War Games match that is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th, in Fort Lauderdale. The first team will feature John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer, Shane Strickland, Kotto Brazil & Barrington Hughes against Sami Callihan, Jimmy Havoc, The Death Machines & a mystery partner. The card takes place from the War Memorial Auditorium and tickets are available at www.MLWgo.com.

**The fourth season of “Ballers” starring Dwayne Johnson begins this Sunday night at 10 pm Eastern on HBO.

**The Crash has announced that women’s champion Tessa Blanchard will return on September 8th for a card in Tijuana.

**Kurt Angle unknowingly participates in the Kiki Challenge.

**The WWE stock closed at $79.18 on Tuesday.


MMA NEWS

**The season-finale of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series takes place tonight from the UFC Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. The finale is being promoted around Greg Hardy’s second fight of the season after appearing on the season premiere in June. Hardy had three amateur fights before his pro debut in June with Hardy earning first-round stoppages in each fight. Here is the card for tonight’s show:
*Heavyweight: Greg Hardy (1-0) vs. Tebaris Gordon (3-0) – Gordon had an extensive amateur background with eight fights before turning pro in May 2016. He has three stoppage wins and fought for LFA in his second fight ion July 2017. He last fought in December of last year stopping Marvin Skipper.
*Light Heavyweight: Kennedy Nzechukwu (5-0) vs. Dennis Bryant (5-1) – Nzechukwu fought on last year’s season and won his fight but didn’t receive a contract. He won two fights outside of the UFC earlier this year and last fought in May. Bryant is from Alaska and began fighting in 2012 but took a hiatus for over three years, returning in October 2015.
*Lightweight: Joseph Lowry (8-0) vs. Devonte Smith (7-1) – Lowry is the CFFC lightweight champion. He stopped Richard Patishnock in the first round of their CFFC fight last October and followed that up with a unanimous decision over Zach Fears in June this year. Smith turned pro in September 2015, he has won three straight and stopped former UFC fighter Justin Edwards in 90 seconds back in March.
*Featherweight: Jacob Kilburn (6-1) vs. Bobby Moffett (12-3) – Kilburn is 23-years old and won his last three fights, the most recent was a decision in June for Island Fights. Kilburn also had nine amateur bouts before turning pro in November 2016. Moffett trains with The MMA Lab and has been fighting since June 2013. He has fought for top regional promotions RFA, LFA, and Victory FC. This is already his fourth fight of 2018 and is coming off consecutive wins.
*Featherweight: Alex Gilpin (11-1) vs. JR Coughran (6-0) – Gilpin has won six fights and a very active fighter with four fights in 2016 and 2017. His last fight was for ACB in May where he submitted Adlan Mamaev. Coughran is undefeated as a pro since January 2016 and fought four times last year and has four first-round stoppages among his six victories.

**The UFC 227 preliminary card averaged 717,000 viewers on FX this past Saturday night. The prelims were headlined by an outstanding fight between Pedro Munhoz and Brett Johns. The post-fight show after the pay-per-view averaged 122,000 viewers on FS 1.

**UFC president Dana White appeared on the “UFC Unfiltered Podcast” to cover a variety of subjects:
-He stated that the fight between Khabib Nuramgomedov and Conor McGregor was finalized the day before the press conference last week.
-He discussed going to the White House last week with Colby Covington, Matt Hughes, and Dan Lambert. White added that he shot footage with President Trump for one of the 25 mini-documentaries that will be released by the UFC later this year. The subject of the documentary will be the UFC’s cards at the Trump Taj Mahal, including the first pay-per-view after the Fertitta brothers bought the company in 2011. The Trump Taj Mahal hosted UFC 28 in November 2000 (Randy Couture vs. Kevin Randleman), UFC 30 in February 2001 (Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo), and UFC 31 in May 2001 (Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo II) before they went to the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey in June 2001.
-After the filming, White and his wife had dinner with Trump.
-White stated that Eddie Alvarez’s contract is up, and White is happy to re-sign him and is also fine with Alvarez deciding to sign elsewhere as he believes this is going to be the final contract Alvarez signs before retiring.


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G1 REVIEWS
Day 1: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20075340
Day 2: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20089267
Day 3: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20108958
Day 4: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20175404
Day 5: https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/07/20/g1-climax-28-review-july-20-okada-vs-page-free-preview/ (free preview)
Day 6: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20216801 (Wai Ting & WH Park)
Day 7: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20239930
Day 8: https://www.patreon.com/posts/g1-climax-28-26-20333420
Day 9: https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/07/27/g1-climax-28-review-july-27-okada-vs-yoshi-hashi-free-preview/ (free preview)
Day 10: https://www.patreon.com/posts/g1-climax-28-28-20374963
Day 11: https://www.patreon.com/posts/g1-climax-28-30-20416757 
Day 12: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20463115
Day 13: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20492701
Day 14: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20546470 (Wai Ting & WH Park)

Day 15: https://www.patreon.com/posts/20565708 (Wai Ting & Fraser Marriott)

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REWIND-A-RAW 8/6/18: Ronda Rousey’s first TV match, Paul Heyman cries
John Pollock & Wai Ting review Raw from Jacksonville with Ronda Rousey vs Alicia Fox, a tremendous performance from Paul Heyman, “All In” scheduled for PPV & WGN America, news from the day, feedback & more
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/kiaev8/180806_RAR.mp3
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UFC 227 REVIEW
John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok & Ziggy Cao to review the UFC 227 card from Saturday with T.J. Dillashaw defending the bantamweight title, Henry Cejudo unseats Demetrious Johnson, full rundown of the card, and we chat Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor.
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/ymdsii/UFC-227-POST-SHOW.mp3
*****
EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: 1995 with Wai Ting
Chris Charlton is joined by Wai Ting to chat the Tokyo Dome events from 1995 with the New Japan vs. UWFi feud, the Bridges of Dreams events, and lots more covered.
https://postwrestling.podbean.com/mf/download/rw7t5f/EGGSHELLS_Podcast_Companion__1995_w__Wai_Ting.mp3
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upNXT 8/2/18: The One with The BDE

Braden Herrington & Davie Portman are officially roommates and they document their move in addition to their review of this week’s episode of NXT.
https://upnxt.podbean.com/mf/download/2jbm5i/upNXT-Aug2.mp3
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About John Pollock 584 Articles
Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.