POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Tag match added to Fight for the Fallen

AEW has added a tag match to Fight for the Fallen, Johnny Impact's contract has ended, Raw preview, Chris Jericho remembers Paco Alonso, MLW on pay-per-view & more.

POST IT NOTES

**The Impact Slammiversary 2019 POST Show is up on the site with Nate Milton and I spent over 90 minutes reviewing the card from Dallas, Texas. The two of went through the whole show, the decision to put Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard, we debate the finish of the match, the state of Impact Wrestling and we take your feedback.

**Tonight, Wai Ting and I are back with Rewind-A-Raw with a review of the show from Newark, New Jersey and going over the news, feedback, and questions as well as a preview of this week’s insane schedule.

**This Wednesday’s edition of the British Wrestling Experience will feature reviews of Rev Pro’s Ungovernables card, Progress Wrestling’s Chapter 90 & 92, EVE’s Wrestle Queendom, the retirements of Jack Sexsmith and Charlie Morgan, as well as Zack Sabre Jr. and Will Ospreay in this yea’s G1 Climax tournament. The show drops every other Wednesday here at POST Wrestling.

**We will have three guests on the live Café Hangout this Thursday at 3 pm Eastern. MLW CEO Court Bauer will return to chat about this past weekend’s Kings of Colosseum card, the announcement of their November pay-per-view, and more. Plus, Brendan Docherty from Wrestling Arcade is working with Rob Naylor on a book project going through major moments in wrestling’s history and will both be on the show to chat about it. You can listen to the show live if you are a Double Double, Iced Capp or Espresso member of the POST Wrestling Café.

POST WRESTLING SCHEDULE
*Tonight: Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock & Wai Ting
*Tuesday: Rewind-A-SmackDown
*Wednesday: British Wrestling Experience
*Thursday: Café Hangout with guests Court Bauer, Brendan Docherty & Rob Naylor (3 pm Eastern LIVE)
*Thursday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Friday: Rewind-A-Wai #40 – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 (Patreon)
*Saturday: AEW Fight for the Fallen POST Show with Pollock & Wai (LIVE for Double Double+ Patrons)
*Saturday: EVOLVE 131 POST Show with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Saturday: G1 Climax Day 2 Podcast (Patreon)
*Saturday: Cruel Summer “2003” with WH Park & Jojo Remy (Jun Akiyama vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan)
*Sunday: WWE Extreme Rules POST Show (LIVE for Double Double+ Patrons)
*Sunday: G1 Climax Day 3 Podcast (Patreon)
*Sunday: Cruel Summer “2004” with WH Park & Joey Bay (Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi)

WRESTLING NEWS

**Tonight’s episode of Raw takes place from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for the ‘go home’ edition heading into Extreme Rules this Sunday. There was a lot of positive buzz after last Monday’s show and it will be interesting to see if there was strong word-of-mouth after the show that leads to an increase in viewership. There have been several match announcements for the show tonight:
*Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch vs. Andrade & Zelina Vega
*Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns & Mystery Partner
*An appearance by Rey Mysterio

**Mike Johnson at PWinsider.com reported on Monday that Johnny Impact (John Hennigan) was set to finish up with Impact at Sunday’s Slammiversary event. Johnson reported that his contract expired several weeks ago but the sides agreed to work through the pay-per-view and ended with Swann pinning Impact. The report added that the two sides were still talking about the possibility of continuing to work together. He has been wrestling for Impact for the past two years and held the Impact title from October 2018 until this past April when he was defeated by Brian Cage.

**On Monday’s episode of Being the Elite, they added a tag match to this Saturday’s Fight for the Fallen card in Jacksonville, Florida. Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix will take on Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky with Christopher Daniels in their corner. There was a comedy bit at the start with The Young Bucks writing down notes, which included the date ‘October 2’ and Matt Jackson crossing off ‘Good Brothers’ in reference to Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows re-signing with WWE.

**Chris Jericho posted a message after learning of Paco Alonso’s passing. Jericho credited the promoter for giving him his break in Mexico and coming up with the name Corazon de Leon that Jericho competed under and was elevated to the main event in CMLL in 1993. Jericho first went to Mexico and worked for promoter Carlos Elizondo as Leon d’Oro. In his book, “A Lion’s Tale”, he said that 22-years of age he was making between $3-4,000 per week and was put up in the Plaza Madrid hotel during his time there.

**Impact Wrestling announced that Bound for Glory will take place from Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 20th. The venue was not announced by the promotion, but Mike Johnson at PWinsider.com reports it will be at The Odeum in Villa Park, Illinois.

**MLW issued a press release promoting their Saturday Night SuperFight pay-per-view that is scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd from Cicero Stadium in Chicago. In the release, they announced that the show will be carried by InDemand, DirecTV, DISH, and Vubiquity and will stream at Fite.tv. They are promoting a price of $19.95 and a run time of two-hours and fifty-minutes. The pay-per-view will go head-to-head with the UFC 244 event that night from Madison Square Garden, which was officially announced by the promotion this past Saturday, although no fights have been confirmed.

**The Chicago-area is going to see a huge schedule of shows during the fall. AEW is returning to the market for All Out on August 31st, Impact Wrestling is running Bound for Glory on October 20th, MLW’s pay-per-view is November 2nd, and the WWE will be running the Allstate Arena on four straight nights over Survivor Series weekend from November 22nd until November 25th.

**Ring of Honor’s next major event is the Manhattan Mayhem card on Saturday, July 20th from the Hammerstein Ballroom. Over the weekend, they added a match between Jonathan Gresham and Dragon Lee to the event along with an eight-man tag with Marty Scurll, PCO, Brody King & Flip Gordon taking on Bandido, Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins, and PJ Black. Manhattan Mayhem will be headlined by Matt Taven defending the ROH championship against former champion Jay Lethal and the Guerrillas of Destiny defending the ROH tag titles against The Briscoes in a Street Fight.

**A new edition of WWE ‘24’ focusing on Batista will premiere tonight on the WWE Network following Raw.

**The WWE stock fell 3.3% on Monday and closed at $72.66.

POLL RESULTS

What was the best match at Slammiversary?

Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard: 34%
Monster’s Ball: 26%
Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin: 24%
Rich Swann vs. Johnny Impact: 16%

MMA NEWS

**An injury to UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has taken the fighter off this Saturday’s card in Sacramento, California. Dariush was set to fight Drakkar Klose on the show and UFC officials are seeking a replacement to fight Klose. MMA Junkie was the first to report the news of Dariush’s withdrawal from the card.

**Veteran MMA reporter Luke Thomas has signed with Showtime and will be doing several shows on the Below the Belt network. Thomas put out a show this morning that will come out Mondays with Brian Campbell of CBS Sports where they discuss the MMA news from that weekend called Morning Kombat along with a fight analysis show called Morning Kombat Dissected. Thomas recently announced he would be stepping away from his hosting duties at SB Nation for The MMA Hour and The MMA Beat with both shows appearing to have ceased operation. Thomas also does a daily radio show for SiriusXM.

**After a week off due to International Fight Week, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series returns Tuesday on Fight Pass from the UFC Apex. Below are the five scheduled fights beginning at 8 pm Eastern:
*Jessie Wallace (9-2) vs. Joe Solecki (7-2) – Lightweight
*Antonio Trocoli (11-3) vs. Kenneth Bergh (6-0) – Light Heavyweight
*Hunter Azure (6-0) vs. Chris Olcon (4-0) – Bantamweight
*Maki Pitolo (11-4) vs. Justin Sumter (7-2) – Middleweight
*Jacob Rosales (11-4) vs. Jonathan Pearce (8-3) – Lightweight

**Nolan King at MMA Junkie has an incredible story about Jonathan Pearce, who was nearly killed during an incident at a gym in 2014. Pearce exchanged words with another member of the gym, who had anger issues, and struck Pearce from behind with a hook and then kicked him in the face. The story is harrowing to read and then see that Pearce not only survived but continued his fighting career and is now 8-3 and competing on DWTNCS on Tuesday night.

**The UFC has released their schedule for the remainder of 2019 with four weekends without shows. They will run a card every weekend this summer except for August 24th, November 23rd, November 30th, and December 28th. Their pay-per-view schedule will see shows on July 27th in Edmonton for UFC 240 (Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar), August 17th in Las Vegas for UFC 241 (Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic, Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis), September 7th for UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi (Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier), October 5th for UFC 243 (Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya) at a location TBA, UFC 244 on November 2nd at Madison Square Garden, and UFC 245 on December 14th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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IMPACT SLAMMIVERSARY 2019 POST SHOW

John Pollock is joined by Nate Milton to review the Slammiversary card from Dallas, the Intergender main event, the state of Impact Wrestling & more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/08/impact-slammiversary-2019-post-show/
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CRUEL SUMMER: Masahiro Chono vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (2002)

WH Park welcomes back the Eastern Lariat’s, Dylan Fox to discuss the finals of NJPW’s 12th G1 Climax tournament: Masahiro Chono vs. Yoshihiro Takayama from August 11, 2002.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/07/cruel-summer-12-masahiro-chono-vs-yoshihiro-takayama-2002-w-dylan-fox/
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G1 CLIMAX 29 POST SHOW: Opening Night

John Pollock & Wai Ting review every tournament match from the G1 Climax 29. Day 1 (July 6) is headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and KENTA vs. Kota Ibushi.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/07/g1-climax-29-post-show-opening-night-okada-vs-tanahashi-free-preview/
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CRUEL SUMMER: Keiji Mutoh vs. Yuji Nagata (2001)

WH Park is joined by the other mastermind of POST Wrestling, Wai Ting to discuss the finals of NJPW’s 11th annual G1 Climax tournament: Keiji Mutoh vs. Yuji Nagata from August 12, 2001.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/06/cruel-summer-11-keiji-mutoh-vs-yuji-nagata-2001-w-wai-ting/
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CAFÉ HANGOUT – July 4, 2019
It’s the season finale of Viceland’s The Wrestlers and host Damian Abraham joins John Pollock and Wai Ting in-person for the entire show. We chat the series as a whole and the final two episodes dealing with Witch Catch wrestling in the Congo and Exóticos battling homophobia in Mexico, plus your calls!
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/05/vicelands-the-wrestlers-finale-damian-abraham-in-studio-cafe-hangout/
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ASK-A-WAI: Ask Us Anything! (July 2019)

John Pollock and Wai Ting answer their patrons’ questions from the POST Wrestling Forum in the July 2019 edition of Ask-A-Wai.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/28141374
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upNXT 7/4/19: “Anybody Can get Lucky, Once”

The BDE chat all about the July 3rd Edition of WWE NXT including Tyler Breeze vs. Roderick Strong, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Cameron Grimes from the NXT Breakout Tournament, and Adam Cole’s championship tour in Cleveland.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/04/upnxt-7-4-19-anybody-can-get-lucky-once/
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POST Interview: Cody Saftic 

Cody Saftic returns to the POST Office to chat with John Pollock about UFC 239, Jones vs. Santos, Nunes vs. Holm, the UFC Hall of Fame, the changing media landscape & more.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/04/post-interview-cody-saftic-on-ufc-239-hall-of-fame-media-landscape/
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NJPW G1 Climax 29 Primer

Join John Pollock, Wai Ting and WH Park as they preview pro wrestling’s biggest tournament of the year in their NJPW G1 Climax 29 Primer.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/07/04/njpw-g1-climax-29-primer/
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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.