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WON NEWSLETTER: September 28, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Road Warrior Animal

A look at the Road Warriors, the biggest drawing tag team in pro wrestling history, is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We talk about the birth of the team, the background of Joe Laurinaitis, the early days of Hawk, Animal and Rick Rude in pro wrestling, the role of Ole Anderson and Eddy Sharkey in the story, why the Road Warriors did and didn't work certain territories, why they rarely worked with Bruiser Brody, why they ended up in AWA, JCP, and how they wound up with WWE. We also look at their departure from WWE, Animal leaving wrestling, and their return.

Also in this issue:

COVID in WWE, AEW and CMLL, changes that were made, why AEW and WWE had a breakout in the same week, how AEW is changing its procedures, the belief of how this all started and much more.

G-1 Climax tournament, with an overview of the first shows, this week's lineups, standings, poll results, star ratings and more covering all the first week shows.

Sports news that affects WWE's next television deal as well as shakeups at NBCU that also do.  We look at a new WWE marketing idea, Stephanie McMahon's stock sale, why WWE stock fell, Undertaker talks the end of his documentary, changes at NXT UK, What NXT UK talent were told at meeting this week, NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament, former WWE star talked about returning, more on the Retribution storyline, who is doing the rules and the story behind the finish of the Raw match.  We also have international ratings notes, WWE up for awards, new WWE marketing ventures, Roman Reigns talks changes in his presentation, Dwayne Johnson talks, why Kane is in the news again, WWE market value as well as a look at the most-watched shows on the WWE Network.

Saturday's UFC show and more thoughts on Colby Covington and the line between playing bad guy wrestler and being offensive is.

WWE's next two major shows with the cards and backgrounds.

Dragon Gate Dangerous Gate show from this past week.

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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • Today’s guests on The Bump included Kyle O’Reilly, Santos Escobar, and Hiram Garcia. Next week’s guests for The Bump will be Wade Barrett, RJ City, and actor Ken Jeong.
  • Edge on the Busted Open radio show said that he didn’t have a time table regarding when he would be able to return from his triceps injury he suffered at Backlash earlier this year. "So, I don't know yet,” he said. I know it's a lot slower than I thought it was going to be because I just have this mentality of, 'Right. No big deal. Surgery, PT and we grind through it, we break down the scar tissue and off we go.' So, I don't know if it is the injury itself, if I'm a little older, I don't know what it is, but it's not as fast as I would've liked."
  • The Rock revealed the cast of the upcoming NBC show based on his life. Bradley Constant will play 15-year-old Rock, Stacey Leilua will play Ata Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson will play Rocky Johnson, Uli Latukefu will play 20-year-old Rock, Ana Tuisila will play Lia Maivia, and Adrian Groulx will play 10-year-old Rock. The show is currently slated to premiere mid-season.
  • PWInsider is reporting that Jeff Hardy’s next court date for his October 2019 arrest for driving while impaired has been moved to 10/22 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Sports Illustrated has an article on WWE and their work with children who are fighting pediatric cancer. People Magazine spoke to Roman Reigns and Stephanie McMahon, also regarding pediatric cancer.
  • Bryan Rose has a review of WWE 2K Battlegrounds for the Nintendo Switch.
  • The Singh Brothers spoke to Global News Canada about being unable to return to WWE due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • There will be a WWE panel at the New York Comic-Con on Friday, October 9 that will feature Zelina Vega, Triple H, and Drew McIntyre as they discuss the biggest moments that have taken place on WWE Raw.
  • Cameron Grimes turns 27 today, while Isaiah “Swerve” Scott turns 30.

 

Other Wrestling

  • Trevor Murdoch defeated Aron Stevens last night on United Wrestling Network’s Primetime Live to win the NWA National championship.
  • Variety has an article on the one year anniversary of AEW Dynamite’s launch on TNT.
  • On the Pro Wrestling Junkies podcast, Matt Cardona says his short-term AEW contract expired on September 5 following his match at AEW All Out. He expressed interest in continuing his run with AEW.
  • Jon Moxley spoke to Bleacher Report about his run in AEW.
  • The latest Aces High article looks at Tanahashi’s thoughts on Antonio Inoki’s shift towards what would be known as Inokism following the departure of Keiji Muto.

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