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WON NEWSLETTER: June 21, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE SummerSlam & Hell in a Cell notes, NXT TakeOver: In Your House review

Updates on the WWE PPV shows heads up the new issue of the Observer, including proposed main events, ticket sales and the reason for the Hell in a Cell change.

Also in this issue:

Update on the health situation of Antonio Inoki.

Another Saudi Arabia lawsuit, the details in the suit and the two possible endings including comments from Jerry McDevitt.

Updated ticket sales for all the WWE shows through early September, demand and comparisons with AEW, plus why WWE books NBA buildings and blocks off most of the building while AEW runs smaller buildings.

Dwayne Johnson talking the presidency, Edge creative, Brock Lesnar in WWE, new WWE hires, house show changes, Ronda Rousey update, international AEW & WWE ratings, what WWE is looking for in tryout camps going forward, ESPY Award, Titus O'Neil, John Cena movie, vaccines in WWE, Andre the Giant history, WWE injuries, WWE new names, plus the most-watched videos of the past week and WWE market value.

The decision by New Japan Pro Wrestling to run three Domed stadium shows in the upcoming months and how the Saitama dates preclude them from their biggest named American stars, plus the attempt to run so many major shows on successive dates in July.

Full coverage of UFC 263, with poll results, match-by-match rundowns, and the future direction of the top fighters on the show.

Full coverage for NXT Takeover, including poll results, star ratings, direction after Takeover, the next two major dates for the promotion, as well as interest level in the show.

An update on Don West, the former TNA announcer, as he battles brain cancer.

The Federacion promotion, the latest company to try and make it as a major group in Mexico, what went wrong, and the history of new attempts to go national in that country.

Stardom Cinderella tournament finals and the main event that has gotten so much talk, Utami Hayashshita vs Syuri, with the background on the two, plus coverage of storylines and direction, match-by-match with star ratings.

More into detail on the ratings than any other source, how many different viewers the shows had, breakdown of who watches the shows and how they watch, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering Hell in a Cell and the other wrestling news. If you've got any questions for the show you can send them to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com. For those who didn't listen to the Friday show, we've gotten a lot of compliments regarding the interviews with both Michelle Billington and Dr. Alex Patel on that show.

A Jon Moxley appearance was announced for the New Japan show at The Torch at the Los Angeles Coliseum on 8/14. Moxley is not allowed to work U.S. dates without the approval of Tony Khan, so for those who don't see this as a sign of a positive working relationship between the two sides right now, you are trying way too hard to miss the obvious.

Natalya vs. Mandy Rose has been added to the WWE Hell in a Cell kickoff pre-show.

Six matches have been announced for Hell in a Cell. There is usually a pre-show match at 7:30 p.m. with the main show at 8 p.m. Odds are from Betonline.ag:

  • Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro: They had one of the highlight matches at WrestleMania so this should be great. Cesaro opened as the favorite but fans are backing Rollins with the idea of 50/50 booking and he's now the -170 favorite. They had been running angles for this for weeks so even though it was a late addition it was likely always in the plans.
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler: With the gimmick, expect more voodoo than wrestling.  Bliss is a -1600 to -1000 favorite
  • Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: These two always have great matches. Owens -350 favorite.  This was a late addition but they had been running angles.
  • Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the Raw women's title. Also likely to be a good match. Ripley is the -250 favorite.  
  • Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a Hell in a Cell match for the Smackdown women's title. One would expect this to also be a strong match with Belair a -200 favorite.
  • Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE title. If McIntyre doesn't win, he can never challenge for the title as long as Lashley has it.  The way I'd read this is there is nobody else out there for Lashley other than Brock Lesnar.  There's no deal at this moment, but obviously they can make a deal.  If that's the direction, Lashley should win. If not, they'd better have a big outsider to bring in for Lashley or else McIntyre should win. I suppose they could go with Bill Goldberg or Bray Wyatt. There aren't a ton of viable options. Lashley at last look was a -315 favorite.

We're looking for your thoughts on the show, you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

A few notes about the biggest things of interest this past week with combat sports. Earlier today, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was the No. 6 most searched in the U.S. at 50,000 and Jermall Charlo was No. 7 at 20,000. Hell in a Cell wasn't listed yet but usually WWE PPV's of this type wind up about 200,000, although WrestleMania Backlash actually trended less than usual and below AEW's Double or Nothing. For yesterday, Anderson Silva was No,. 9 at 100,000 and the UFC Fight Night was No. 15 with 50,000, which is near the bottom for this year for a UFC show.  Nothing else cracked the top 20 all week.

For last night's UFC show main event, judge Michael Bell gave the last four rounds to Chan Sung Jung over Dan Ige. Derek Clearly gave the last four to The Zombie. Sal D'Amato gave rounds two through four to Zombie. 100% of reporter scores went to him so there was little doubt.  Most gave Zombie four rounds, some three like the judges so no controversy.

This is not Neilsen ratings but it is a direct measure of millions of homes on Friday night. AEW was up 5.2% in hours watched (essentially viewers in Nielsen) from the week before while Smackdown was down 5.3%. However, the Nielsen fast nationals had Smackdown up 4% and logic would tell you with Roman Reigns vs Rey Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match that it should be up.

Eight police officers showed up at last night's Gamechanger Wrestling show in Laramie, WY, billed as Outlaw Mudshow, during the main event thinking it had gotten out of hand. The show had Jordan Oliver b Gringo Loco, Chris Dickinson b 2 Cold Scorpion, Jimmy Lloyd b Allie Katch, Manders b Matthew Justice in a bullrope match, Effy b Warhorse, AJ Gray b Orin Viedt, Ricky Morton b Atticus Cogar, Nick Gage b Mance Warner to keep the GCW title

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a story on Nick Khan, the WWE President, how he got started, and his bringing SummerSlam to the city. (thanks to Mike Kumzuk and others)

The final episode of WWE programming on A&E for this run is the Most Wanted Treasures final episode of the season from 8-10 p.m. going head-to-head with Hell in a Cell. The story is built around Ric Flair searching for old memorabilia including the robe he wore at the 1992 Royal Rumble.

Regarding the Triple Crown title that Suwama relinquished due to testing positive for COVID yesterday, it will be decided on 6/26 in a show at the Ota Ward Gym. Jake Lee will be in the match but his opponent has not been named yet. 

WWE

  • WXIX interrupted Smackdown Friday night for a report on tornado warnings in Cincinnati (thanks to Brian Henke)

OTHER NOTES

  • Charlie Haas got into a dust-up last night at an independent show in Texas.
  • Tandi Devi, 75, the mother of  Dalip Singh Rana (Great Khali) passed away earlier today in Ludhiana, India. She had been hospitalized for the past week and she had multiple organ failure.
  • Announced so far for the 40 man Battle Riot event for MLW on 7/10 in Philadelphia are King Muertes, Alex Hammerstone, Richard Holliday, TJP, Arez, Kevin Ku, Lee Moriarty, Gringo Loco, and Zenshi.
  • Stardom results from yesterday in Shizuoka:  Rina b Lady C, Momo Watanabe b Hina, Giulia & Syuri & Maika b Konami & Saki Kashima & Fukigen Death, Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani & AZM d Tam Nakano & Mina Shirakawa & Unagi Sayaka, Natsuoka Tora & Ruaka & Starlight Kid b Mayu Iwatani & Koguma & Hanan. This was the first match with Starlight Kid as part of Oedo Tai and against Stars since Oedo Tai won against her last week.  (thanks to JoshiSunTimes.com)
  • Memphis Wrestling from last night at The WrestleCenter:  Normal Mikhalkov b Justin Cole in a coward waves the flag match, Austin Lane b Derrick King, Dustin Star b Van Vicious, Nikki Lane b Paris Nelly-COR, Brett Michaels b Hollywood Horror Show, Blair & Briar Skimahorn b Lil Chris & Aaron Roberts & Zay Washington to win the tag titles (thanks to Brian Tramel)
  • CWE will be doing an Elite 8 iPPV show on 7/17. Announced so far are Mentallo, Shaun Martens, Kevin Cannon, and Tyler James.

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