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WON NEWSLETTER: September 21, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Stacked NJPW G-1, more

With a huge feature on the crazy story of the original Hollywood Blonds tag team with the death of Jerry Brown, we've got a double issue this week of the Observer up on the site right now. 

Our lead story looks at this year's G-1 tournament looking at every card, the stories going into the card, the restrictions, the odds, and the new Will Ospreay, start time for every show, complete lineups, comments by Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley regarding this year's new format. 

Also in this issue:

Update on WWE Clash of Champions, with the matches announced, updates on titles not yet announced with matches and keys to the show.

The situation with Matt Riddle and Samantha Tavel.

Daniel Cormier getting COVID and a new UFC product being pushed.

Changes at the USA Network, Sasha Banks with a major acting gig, Update on Jeff Hardy, details behind the Paul Heyman/Roman Reigns pairing, new contracts signed in WWE, wrestler teases gimmick change, Mandy Rose angle, law being talked about reglated to the Sonya Deville incident, Retribution update, this coming week's WWE television, Randy Orton new business, Ivar injury update, Ronda Rousey update, Next NXT Takeover, weird TV moment, Sports & International ratings, Jimmy Jacobs talks WWE protocol and Vince McMahon, injury update, movie with WWE performers, market value of WWE and the most-watched shows on WWE Network.

This past week's UFC show with the stories behind the show and match-by-match coverage.

New Japan's last show this past week before G-1, held at Korakuen Hall, with the matches and angles and what is being pushed.

Our huge feature covers the life and career of Jerry Brown, who teamed with Buddy Roberts to form the Hollywood Blonds, one of the greatest heel tag team acts of all-time. This major feature looks at their beginnings, their heyday in Quebec and Florida, places they went, who they faced, as well as the other territories they went, championships they held, the second version of the Hollywood Blonds people don't remember, the mentality of the act and some crazy Jerry Brown stories, with lots of comments from Bill Watts, who put the team together.

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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  • During an interview with TMZ Sports, Dana White said he hasn’t heard a word from Brock Lesnar and doesn’t expect Lesnar to return to the UFC: “The guy has had a long killer career. He actually came in and became a UFC heavyweight champ and the guy's made a lot of money. I just don't see him coming back over here again at his age." White said he’d love to hear from Lesnar and find out how Lesnar and his family are doing, but he expects that would be the extent of their conversation.
  • Nigel McGuinness returned to the commentary team for 205 Live last night, calling the show alongside Vic Joseph. McGuinness tweeted: “Cheers for all the kind words about #205Live tonight - super happy to be back calling action alongside @VicJosephWWE again :)” McGuinness was furloughed by WWE in April but returned as part of the commentary team for NXT UK’s relaunch. He’s calling NXT UK remotely from the United States.
  • Sami Zayn tweeted about being back in the ring on last night’s SmackDown: “Woke up today feeling sore & stiff after last night’s match, my first match in 6 months. It’s this very specific ache, both dull & sharp, that you only get from a hard fought match. I missed it. One day it’ll be gone. I am so grateful that I still get to experience this feeling.”
  • WWE posted a storyline update on Sasha Banks after she was attacked by Bayley again on SmackDown last night: “UPDATE: @SashaBanksWWE was shaken up in last night's attack by @itsBayleyWWE, but no further injuries were sustained. Stay tuned to WWE digital and social as the story continues to develop.”
  • Another apparent Carmella vignette aired on SmackDown last night, though the person the vignettes are for hasn’t been officially revealed.
  • A new WWE 24 episode focused on Drew McIntyre will premiere on the WWE Network on Sunday, October 4. It’s titled “Drew McIntyre: The Chosen One” and will “go in depth on McIntyre’s career, both the exhilarating highs and mettle-testing lows, leading to his milestone WWE Championship victory at WrestleMania 36 last April.”
  • EVOLVE 127, episode one of wXw Shotgun 2020 season two, ICW Fight Club 96, and PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 101 were added to the WWE Network today.
  • While appearing on Barstool Sports’ My Mom’s Basement podcast, The Undertaker was asked how much of the decision to do his WWE docuseries was so that he couldn’t return to the ring again after his apparent retirement: "It was in my thought process. I have a whole group of people who are like, 'You can go out and do this, people will go crazy.' On the inside, I'm thinking, 'I don't move the way I used to move, it's a watered down version.' I also love this business so much and love performing. It's almost like I needed somebody to put the bullet in there and stop. Once we started rolling with this, it was in the back of my mind, 'I can get to a point where this will solidify it and I won't have a choice.' Originally, that's where I was at until I had to send the last 15 minutes to the Chairman [Vince McMahon]. He didn't like the ending at all. That's where we put the line back in there, 'never say never.' I'm coming to grips with it. Obviously, as we get close to [WrestleMania], I'll have that internal feeling like I should be getting ready for something."
  • Renee Paquette (formerly known as Renee Young in WWE) turns 35 years old today. WWE wished her a happy birthday on social media.
  • BT Sport’s No Filter has a behind-the-scenes video on NXT UK’s relaunch.
  • WWE uploaded a Playlist video featuring Daniel Bryan’s greatest underdog moments.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Mustafa Ali for the Intercontinental title from Smackville 2019, Roman Reigns & R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre & Elias from the May 28, 2019 episode of SmackDown, and Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode for the United States title from Clash of Champions 2017.

Other Wrestling

  • Night two of this year's NJPW G1 Climax takes place in Osaka overnight tonight with the first B Block action of the tournament. The show will air live on NJPW World starting at 1 a.m. Eastern time. Here's the card for the show:
    • B Block match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
    • B Block match: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. EVIL
    • B Block match: Hirooki Goto vs. KENTA
    • B Block match: Toru Yano vs. SANADA
    • B Block match: Juice Robinson vs. YOSHI-HASHI
    • Non-tournament match: Yota Tsuji vs. Gabriel Kidd
  • Brandon Thurston posted an NJPW business update following the release of Bushiroad’s annual report.
  • This week, AEW filed a trademark for the term “Blood Brothers.”
  • Fightful has an interview with Trent Barreta’s mom Sue.

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