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WON NEWSLETTER: July 6, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Outbreak forces WWE to make changes, more

A wide variety of stories are featured in this week's double sized issue of the Observer. 

Our lead story looks at how WWE and AEW have handled COVID-19, including notes on the WWE outbreak, how its TV shows changed, Jon Moxley & Renee Young, handling of masks by both companies, how WWE's policy changed, what AEW did this past week, who missed this week's WWE television and reasons why in many cases, WWE responds to questions about how they've handled things and more.

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WWE firings and suspensions based on Speaking Out, Sammy Guevara, responses by a number of people who claims against them and how different companies have reacted.

More on the suicide death of Hana Kimura, her mother speaks, what she said to a friend and what was and wasn't staged about her role on Terrace House which led to her depression.

Motions filed by Jerry McDevitt on the Saudi Arabia situation, as well as a response by Hugo Savinovich, and what is and isn't relevant to the lawsuit itself.

Wednesday night competition, with the ratings in all the key demos for both shows, the ratings pattern, how every quarter and match did, what lessons are learned, what's up for next week, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

New Japan Cup with notes on local television, the storylines leading to the final four, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings of the last four shows.

The television industry and sports and how this affects WWE and AEW.  We look at WWE buying Evolve, Kane's political stance on masks,.Roman Reigns talks why he's not appearing for WWE right now, Update on the Oliver Luck lawsuit against Vince McMahon, Extreme Rules update, Kairi Sane's future, Edge talks injury, Canadian and U.K. TV ratings, how wrestling stands in sports ratings, Becky Lynch's push for her booking that WWE didn't do as far as losing the title, WWE star fears another surgery, Gail Kim talks traumatic WWE matches, Mike Chiods talks his departure, The Nexxus return, WWE stock value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

A major piece on the life and career of Killer Tim Brooks. We go from the start of his career, how he got into wrestling through his family, his first match, how he got his first break and became a main eventer, his biggest runs, his early successes in Japan, the forerunner of one of WWE's most famous angles, his career title history, his friendship with Bruiser Brody, and his running a promotion himself.

This past weekend's UFC show with the Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker fight of the year candidate, match-by-match coverage, plus business notes.

A feature on an all-time great pro wrestler who had a recent murder charge dropped due to dementia.

Titus O'Neil up for nomination this past year for the Muhammad Ali award.

Ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father and original trainer of Khabib Nurmagomedov, passed away today after battling COVID-19 and recent heart surgery related to the virus. He was 57. Nurmagomedov first took ill in May.

Announcer Ian Riccobani said the item in the new Observer about ROH not offering new deals during the pandemic with rare exceptions isn't true and that many have gotten them. He said some talents have gotten raises as well. Other talent has not even gotten offers for new deals.

Fighters Only has announced its World MMA Award nominees that can be voted on through 7/31. Male Fighter of the Year nominees are Henry Cejudo, Israel Adesanya, Justin Gaethje, Jorge Masvidal and Douglas Lima. Female Fighter of the Year nominees are Weili Zhang, Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg. Fight of the Year nominees are Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington, Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Dustin Poirier vs Don Hooker and Josh Emmett vs. Shane Burgos.

One of the big issues with fighting during the pandemic is lack of training. Max Holloway noted that his flight out of Hawaii was the first time he's actually seen his coach and corner men in person. He did no sparring this camp and his training was all from home getting coaching via zoom. ESPN story from Ariel Helwani's interview with Holloway.


  • The CBS show "Game On!" on Wednesday did 3,213,000 viewers and was tops for the night in 18-49 with an 0.6, and featured Rob Gronkowski and Becky Lynch. It was the highest rated show on television Wednesday in 18-49.


  • Marina Rodriguez vs Carla Esparza on 7/11 is off because one of Rodriguez's cornermen tested positive for COVID while in Sao Paulo for testing to allow people to fly to Abu Dhabi. Anderson dos Santos and Vinicius Moreira were taken off the 7/15 show because both tested positive. 
  • Shavkat Rakhimov was pulled from the 7/25 fight with Ramazan Emeev due to an injury.  
  • Jesse Ronson vs, Nicolas Dalby has been added to the 7/25 show. Ronson replaces an injured Danny Roberts.
  • Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam is being talked about for 9/12/ 


  • Brian Pillman Jr., who was in the audience at Wednesday's television, is under contract to MLW but his deal allows him to perform with AEW and there is no issue from.the MLW side. 
  • An interview with Chris Jericho on KNAC-TV. (thanks to Jeff Beecher)


  • ROH Honor Club's Fresh 50 Fridays tonight:
    • Delirious vs. Samoa Joe
    • Homicide vs. Nigel McGuinness
    • Colt Cabana vs.  Bryan Danielson
    • Tyler Black (Seth Rollins) vs. KENTA
    • Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs.  Kevin Steen & El Generico
    • Chris Hero vs. Davey Richards vs. Lance Storm
    • Nigel McGuinness vs. Tyler Black vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Austin Aries
    • Austin Aries & Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs.; Kenny Omega & Mark & Jay Briscoe
    • Kevin Steen & Bryan Danielson vs,. Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards
    • Chris Hero vs. Colt Cabana
    • Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Black
  • OVW announced a deal with Film Volt on the Roku App for international distribution. 
  • Harry Venis, the former mayor of Davie, FL passed away this morning. Venis ran shows in the city while mayor and even did a celebrity wrestling stint that garnered him some publicity.  He was mayor from 1997 to 2003 and was closely aligned with Rocky Johnson,who lived in Davie at the time, while mayor.
  • The Ascension told WrestleZone.com that their new names will be Big Kon and Vik, The Awakening as a team. 
  • Paradigm Pro Wrestling will air a UWFI style live tournament called Heavy Hitters 2 on 7/24 at 7:30 p.m. on IndependentWrestling.TV.  The show will be from Sellersburg, IN.  It will be a one-night 20 man tournament with matches under both UWFI and hardcore rules. Names listed include Stephan Bonnar, Tom Lawlor, Erick Stevens, Matt Justice, Dominic Garrini, Chris Dickinson, Calvin Tankman and A.J. Gray. Bonnar faces Justice in a street fight in the main event.  Matches can be won via knockout or submission, no pins, and there is a point system in place.  Matches also announced are Lawlor vs.Tankman, Garrini vs. Gary Jay Reed Bentley vs. Stevens, Aaron Williams vs. Gray and Cole Radick vs. Freddie Hudson.
  • Wrestle Rampage in Adelaide, Australia returns on 7/24.
  • FITE.TV and Synergy Pro Wrestling on 7/11 will air Alex Zayne vs. Blake Christian in a 30:00 Iron man match.  Proceeds will benefit the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund.  J.D. Drake vs. Tony Deppen and Jordan Oliver vs. LSG have also been announced. The iPPV will be priced at $12.99.
  • Eric Young returns to the ring on 7/24 for Lariato Pro Wrestling in Dublin, GA at the Southern Pines Ag Center.
  • KSW returns on 7/11 from a studio in Warsaw, Poland at www.KSWTV.com  The main event is Norman Parke (28-6-1) vs. Mateusz Gamrot (15-0), who once fought before 58,000 fans with Gamorot winning and a second bout ended as a no contest in Ireland. 
  • The Lucha Libre promotion Vanguardia has signed up with IWTV.
  • Audaz, a major 70s star in Mexico, performing as a singer in a movie after retiring from wrestling.
  • A wrestling themed ladder commercial. (thanks to Bill King)

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