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This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
- Match and player of the week
- SummerSlam Recap, Poll, Star Rating, Angles
- First notes on Clash at the Castle
- Commercial notes in both programs.
- Scary movements during the show.
- Ric Flair’s latest game show, the good, the bad, the ugly and where it ranks among the biggest independent shows ever.
- The life and legacy of Ric Flair
- Behind-the-scenes notes from the show
- Commercial coverage of the program.
- UFC 277 coverage by Ryan Frederick, match by match, what happens next for all the key fighters on the show, trade notes and more
- Complete coverage of G1 with the standings, key stories, notes on this week’s matches and coverage of all shows from last week.
- Coverage of the two main Dragon Gate shows over the weekend, including one of the company’s best matches, title changes, and future notes.
- The life and career of Gil Hayes, a Stampede Wrestling Hall of Famer who was one of the key components of WWC in Puerto Rico, a unique life of a headliner that is largely forgotten today.
- Ratings and trends of all national programs
- CMLL announces the biggest matches for its anniversary show, the biggest event of the year
- CMLL announces its annual World Grand Prix
- First two nights of the Stardom Five Star Grand prix
- More on the new IWGP Women’s World Championship and why it’s happening
- Karl Fredericks leaves New Japan
- Recap of the New Japan show in the US
- News XFL under Dwayne Johnson
- Wrestling women starting
- New book on ECW
- More news about King of the Indies
- Old promotion in Mexico restarts with a national TV deal
- WBD finances and how it affects AEW, as well as where AEW could be very valuable
- AEW cost compared to Discovery’s usual fee, ratings and compared to WWE programming
- AEW’s new trademark and what it means
- More about the new AEW promotions
- Upcoming WWE and AEW ticket sales
- Broadcast numbers for WWE and AEW
- International television ratings
- Important new UFC fight scheduled
- Jake Paul-Rahman fights crumbling notes
- Sasha Banks and Naomi
- peacock finance
- New PPV location
- WrestleMania launch party
- How Nick Khan came to WWE and his ability to make deals
- What was the match that never happened that led to Nick Khan’s first interaction with WWE?
- Dana White talks about her only WrestleMania live
- Bryan Danielson talks about the famous Talking Smack segment with Miz
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Sunday news update
- Bryan and I will be back tonight to cover all the latest news including Battle of the Belts, G1, Smackdown, AEW drama and WWE changes.
- Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti were scheduled to get married today.
- Saturday’s G1 show from Osaka was easily the best G1 show yet, no surprise there. Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi was everything expected and more. But the biggest news of the weekend was Jonah removing Kazuchika Okada from the ranks of the undefeated. The G-1 continues on Tuesday and Wednesday in Hiroshima. On Tuesday, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Sanada vs. Chase Owens (who had a lifetime fight with Ishii earlier today), Tama Tonga vs. Taichi, Lance Archer vs. Jonah and Tetsuya Naito vs. .Kenta. It begins at 5:30 am Eastern time on Tuesday morning.
- No update on Tatum Paxley and Carmella beyond injuries was legitimate at last night’s shows. Paxley appears to have a jaw injury and Carmella a head injury, but nothing is confirmed. (thanks also to the help of Matthew Ray and Shaun Burn)
- Ric Flair was in action last night at the WWC Anniversary event in Bayamón, PR. Andrade vs. Carlito as the main event. Ric Flair was in Andrade’s corner. This led to Carlos Colón coming out and giving Flair some punches and a head butt. Carlito pinned Andrade to win the match.
- Jake Paul attempted to pick a fight with KSI on 8/27. KSI beat Logan Paul to start this whole story of web celebrities making big money. Paul’s fight with Hasim Rahman Jr. scheduled for last night fell through due to weight issues as discussed. KSI was scheduled to fight on August 27, but his opponent fell through and he said he would get a new opponent. Jake Paul said that he would go down to 180 to make the fight. He claimed that the KSI people said they would agree to the fight only if Paul fought it without being paid and his side took 100 percent. Paul agreed to those terms and KSI said he would do the fight, but not on 8/27, because a fight that big should be Wembley Stadium. Paul called him all kinds of names.
- A&E tonight has the Lex Luger biography at 8pm, Rivals talks about the war between WWE and WCW (I’m sure it will be a fair representation of that) at 9pm and Smack Talk at 10pm will also feature Lex Luger.
- Jerry McDevitt told us that he has never spoken or dealt in any way with the woman in question in the first Wall Street Journal article. WWE’s investigation into Vince McMahon began in March when a friend of the woman sent an email to the Board of Directors. The Wall Street Journal reported that the letter sent referred to McDevitt, but McDevitt said that was categorically false. We had mentioned that story on the recent Talk is Jericho show.
- We are looking for reports from the WWC anniversary show in Bayamon, PR, Friday and Saturday night NXT shows in Largo, FL and Gainesville, FL, as well as tonight’s WWE show in Fayetteville, NC at email@example.com
- Thanks to Thomas Simpson and Alan Thomas for the Greenville report.
- The Canadian National Post picked up Ronda Rousey’s suspension and reported it as real news.
- MMA Fighting reports that Leandro Lo, a BJJ legend, was shot in the head and died while attending a concert earlier today in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 33 years old. Police officer Otavio Oliveira Velozo is a suspect, as witnesses said Velozo grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table, prompting Lo to knock him down and pin him to the ground. They were separated and then Velozo allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. Lo had won eight IBJJF world championships in the black belt division since 2012.
- Sam Alvey reported suffering a broken jaw in his fight last night against Michael Oleksiejczuk at the UFC event in Las Vegas last night.
- We are looking for your opinion on the G-1 show in Osaka, thumbs up, thumbs down or middle, best and worst match for each show at firstname.lastname@example.org
- There was nothing this week from pro wrestling, boxing or mixed martial arts that cracked Google search listings except for Conor McGregor on Friday, who finished at No. 8 with 100,000 searches because his fiancée, Dee Devlin, got a tattoo of McGregor’s name to celebrate his 35th birthday. That means Saturday’s UFC show on ESPN didn’t even make the charts, which is unusual. Nothing from WWE registered.
- Rob Van Dam will be inducted into the 2300 Arena at the Hardcore Hall of Fame in Philadelphia on 12/17. If ever there was an obvious choice for the Hall of Fame, RVD would be up there with the likes of Sabu, Taz and Terry Funk.
- Bully Ray said he tore his hamstring in a game last night at the 2300 Arena. He said so after the main event where he and PCO battled Atsushi Onita and FMW Leather. Results: Brian Kendrick b VSK, Ray Jaz b Facade, Dark STG y Beastman b Afa Jr. y Charlie Haas, Rich Swann b Willie Mack, Jasmine Allure b Myka, Buddy Matthews y Tony Nese b Brian Cage y KC Navarro, Ken Shamrock b Davey Boy Smith Jr., Atsushi Onita and Super Leather b PCO and Bully Ray. The next show is 12/17 with RVD vs. Rhino, Bubba & Devon are joined by more Shane Douglas, Tod Gordon, Bill Alfonso, Sabu and Sandman.
- WWE Performance Center strength and conditioning coach Sean Hayes finished. He will take a new job as a strength and conditioning coach for the XFL owned by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia.
- Titus O’Neil’s back-to-school job in Tampa (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
- Bill Goldberg honoring the military in South Texas for the Purple Heart Organization
- Canadian Elite Wrestling from August 12-14 in Dauphin, Oak Lake and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Sanctuary Fight Club form last night in Hamtramck, MI: Ren Jones beat Shane Saber & Joe Demaro, N8 Mattson b Kyler Coleman, Gavin Quinn & Juntai b Solo & Jody Threat, Alex Shelley b James Alexander, Karam b Dickie Bronson (thanks to Leonard brand)
- The annual AIW JT Lighting Invitational tournament takes place August 19-29 in Cleveland, OH at the Odeon. The biggest names in the 24-man field are Drago, Colin Delaney, Jack Evans, Dom Garrini, Eric Young, Adam Priest, Dalton Castle and Ernest the Cat Miller.
- Someone uploaded many images of California in Spanish from 1976 and 1977 (thanks to Gerald DeTrolio)
- King Jerry Lawler Memphis BBQ Company opened a restaurant in Houston on the East Side and the Houston Chronicle has a story about it (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
- At Friday’s PFL show at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, they had the semi-finals of the lightweight and light heavyweight tournament on ESPN. Stevie Ray defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision and Olivier Aubin-Mercier defeated Alexander Martinez in the lightweight semifinals. For light heavyweights, Omari Akhemdov beat Josh Silveira and Robert Wilkinson beat Delan Monte. The finals will be in December.
- Eugene Palermo, the son of veteran WWF referee Bucky Palermo, passed away this morning (thanks to Norm Connors)
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