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WON NEWSLETTER: May 10, 2021 Observer Newesletter: AEW Blood & Guts, NJPW Wrestling Dontaku recaps

Dave Meltzer recaps the AEW Blood and Guts special, both nights of NJPW's Wrestling Dontaku.

Also in this issue: 

Idea of War Games, Blood & Guts coverage, understanding the ratings and business notes.

Ospreay vs. Takagi, Dontaku coverage and New Japan COVID issues explained.

Notes on the upcoming AEW & WWE PPV shows.

Saturday's UFC coverage.

The life of Randy Savage, what was and wasn't covered by A&E, aspects that were and weren't true.

AAA Rey de Reyes coverage and a major bout of international stars set up with Omega vs. Andrade.

Debut of a new promotion with lots of international stars coming to PPV.

Dragon Gate Dead or Alive coverage.

Lots of new info on exactly how people watch the major wrestling shows.

How many different people actually tuned in to see the different wrestling shows last week and why it's far more than people realize.

Champion Carnival finals notes.

Hall of Famer returns to start new major promotion.

Story behind the Reigns vs. Bryan match.

More into detail on the ratings than any other source, how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • The Godfather will be the guest on an upcoming episode of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions on Peacock/WWE Network.
  • WWE has filed a trademark for the name “Blair Davenport.” WWE hasn’t revealed who will be using the name.
  • Pat McAfee responded to a clip WWE posted of him arriving at last night’s Throwback episode of SmackDown and impersonating Vince McMahon: “Tonight was gonna be a memorable 1. I was prepared to have no voice for weeks.. Got the Bentley driven DAHN there. Shaved my face 4 the first time in my life. Ideas got changed immediately after filming this [tears of joy emoji]. I’m thankful we got the clip. All in all fun night on #SmackDAHN”
  • Ari Sterling (Alex Zayne) sent out a tweet thanking everyone after making his WWE debut on 205 Live last night: “Honestly there’s no way for me to find the words to thank everyone for the incredible support, from my day one homies to my one day peeps, thank you for every single time you’ve shown love. I promise it’s mutual
  • Ikemen Jiro also wrote after his WWE debut aired on last night’s 205 Live: “Thank you for world prowrestling funs!! Thank you WWE!! My debut match is over. From now on, I will continue to run in the WWE. This is IKEMEN JIRO!! #WWE #WWENXT #205live” In another tweet, Jiro thanked the fans in Japan for their support.
  • Mansoor told TV Insider that he found out about his Raw debut on the day of the show this past Monday: “I found out the day of. That’s the great thing about being a WWE superstar. When you go to work, you are kept on your toes. It’s exciting. I’ve been coming to the ThunderDome for the last two months doing Main Event. I think people have been taking a look at me and seeing if I’m ready. I was hoping this day would come. A member of the production team on Monday came to me, shook my hand, and said, ‘Hey, welcome to the team.’ I can’t tell you how happy that made me."
  • Bret Hart posted a message on Instagram joining in on Canada’s version of the This Is Our Shot COVID-19 vaccination campaign: “I already received my first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and I’m waiting for my second. Getting the vaccine not only helps stop the spread and protect me and my loved ones, but it also means I’m one step closer to seeing all my fans in person again. @thisisourshotca #ThisIsOurShotCA”
  • The Miz spoke to TMZ Sports about wanting to play Johnny Cage in a Mortal Kombat movie and how it would be a dream come true for him.
  • WALTER appeared on this week’s edition of WWE’s After the Bell podcast.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle from Vengeance 2005, Seth Rollins vs. Batista from the May 9, 2014 episode of SmackDown, and Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin from Backlash 2017.

Other Wrestling

  • With Mexico City moving down to yellow status on its COVID-19 monitoring system, CMLL will run its first Arena Mexico show with fans in attendance since March 2020. The show is taking place on Friday, May 21 and will be limited to 500 tickets sold with COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • On the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Kris Statlander spoke about returning to Dynamite after recovering from her torn ACL: “When I first got signed, we [herself & Orange Cassidy] were doing a whole lot of skits on BTE and everything and we were told it would never happen on TV. This is gonna stay on BTE just because of, you know, personal reasons and whatnot. Not our reasons but it was just something that wasn’t wanted for TV and then, the fact that how we made me joining them my actual return is still incredibly mind-blowing to me. How often do you see a woman wrestler return in a men’s main event gimmick match to team up with them and save them? When does that happen? Never does but it was kind of a huge moment for me but I didn’t realize. I was just like, ‘Oh, I’m just doing a goofy ass spot right here,’ but it’s to make amends with friends that I hadn’t been here for this whole time and stuff so I think it was really cool how it all actually happened.”
  • Dark Side of the Ring co-creators Evan Husney and Jason Eisener are the guests on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho.
  • Brian Pillman Jr. tweeted after the Dark Side of the Ring episode on his father aired: “Growing up I felt like I had no family at all. That was until I decided to venture into the wild world of professional wrestling. To everyone at AEW, MLW, and every Indy promotion in between... Thank you! Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for being my FAMILY!!!”

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