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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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  • Keith Lee, Jeff Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, and Kacy Catanzaro were guests on today's episode of The Bump.
  • Stephanie McMahon will be on next week’s episode of The Bump discussing the women’s revolution. The show will also hold “The Bumpy Awards.” Voting for the awards is now open.
  • 2K announced that WWE 2K Battlegrounds will be released on Xbox One X, Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Google Stadia on September 18. Here is a new trailer.
  • Booker T will be the guest on this week’s After the Bell with Corey Graves.
  • Robert Stone teased yesterday that a "huge new signing" for the Robert Stone Brand will be revealed on night two of NXT’s Great American Bash tonight: “My secretary Harriet just sent the paperwork over for my HUGE new signing I’ll be revealing tomorrow on @WWENXT baby. Can ya feel it??? The #RobertStoneBrand is on the rise. I know it. @WWE_Aliyah knows it. The @USA_Network knows it.”
  • Liv Morgan’s theme is now on WWE’s Music channel on YouTube.
  • Drake Maverick spoke to TVInsider about being fired by WWE, only to be rehired for NXT.
  • The Bella Twins have been signed by Michael Strahan & Constance Schwartz-Morini’s SMAC Entertainment.

Other Wrestling

  • The AEW Puppy Battle Royal will air on YouTube after tonight’s Fyter Fest event.
  • Cody will appear on Hot Ones: The Game Show which will also drop tonight after Fyter Fest.
  • The Slammiversary tease at the end of last night’s Impact hyped that the former World Champion who’s returning isn’t coming alone.
  • Next week’s Ring of Honor TV show will be a tribute to Hana Kimura.
  • Sue Marasciulo, Trent’s mom, was interviewed by Sports Illustrated following her appearance at last week’s Fyter Fest event.
  • Nintendo announced that the SNES game Natsume Championship Wrestling will be released for their Nintendo Switch Online library on July 15. It was originally a game using the All Japan Pro Wrestling license, but that was removed prior to the North American release.


  • Michael Bisping revealed that commentator Paul Felder will likely be quarantined and not call this weekend’s show due to being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Robert Whittaker’s manager has been arrested for allegedly defrauding a client out of $1.15 million dollars.
  • Here is the second episode of UFC 251 Embedded.
  • Bellator is targeting a July 24 return at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

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