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WON NEWSLETTER: June 29, 2020 Observer Newsletter: #SpeakingOut continues, WWE COVID-19 outbreak

The worst week in the pro wrestling industry since 2007 is looked back on in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We go through name after name, case after case, the culture, the situations, suggestions on changes and a history dating back to the 30s of women in wrestling's plight.  We look at Joey Ryan, the WWE talent, people fired from every company, companies restructuring, attorney letters, Jim Cornette, Sammy Guevara, Travis Banks, Marty Scurll, the U.K. culture, the legal aspect, the ugliness from the fan base, David Lagana, Michael Elgin, death of CHIKARA, and pretty much the only mainstream place that will touch the story.

We also look at the COVID outbreak in WWE.  We look at how it happened, why AEW is at risk, the new taping schedule, the plans to return to shows with fans quicker than you think, how the AEW decision making went, how WWE is getting around the travel ban, the Orlando, the mask ordinance, and much more.

The new issue also covers:

The ending of WWE Backstage, the Tuesday night block and more.

Update on the New Japan Cup tournament with this coming week's shows.

What was supposed to be a big deal and ended up going nowhere due to COVID, the Tessa Blanchard Impact title win. We talk about the ending, and why it happened the way it did.

Possible end of Undertaker's career, where wrestling stood this past week in sports ratings, WWE gets new overseas deal, most-watched shows on WWE Network and WWE's current worth.

This week's UFC show that featured a guy with a destroyed knee winning one of he best fights of the year.

Next two weeks of Wednesday night wrestling. 

Update on Extreme rules.

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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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering Raw, New Japan Cup and some recent television sports news related to wrestling. You can also send questions to tonight's show to mailbag@wrestlingobsever.com.

Cody on Twitter said that Sammy Guevara would be back and he would be a better person and better wrestler for what happened with his being suspended.

Jeff Jarrett's lawsuit against Impact Wrestling and Anthem is scheduled to go to trial tomorrow. Jarrett had given Impact the rights to use his Global Force Wrestling tapes while he worked for the company, but felt that once he was no longer with the company, they had no rights to the tapes.  Impact, which had the master tapes, had deleted them. 

WWE's John Brody has been heavily criticized for his statements regarding how WWE has handled the COVID situation.

After the ratings last week, there is more interest in this week's Wednesday shows with AEW Fyter Fest vs. NXT Great American Bash.

NXT has:

  • Oney Lorcan vs. Timothy Thatcher
  • Rhea Ripley vs. Robert Stone & Aliyah and if Stone & Aliyah win, Ripley must join the Robert Stone brand
  • Roderick Strong vs. Dexter Lumis strap match
  • Mia Yim vs. Candice LeRae vs. Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai elimination match
  • Io Shirai vs. Sasha Banks non-title

AEW has:

  • Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus vs. MJF & Wardlow
  • Private Party vs. Santana & Ortiz
  • Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford for the women's title
  • Cody vs. Jake Hager for the TNT title
  • Kenny Omega & Adam Page vs. Best Friends for the tag title
  • Chris Jericho will be announcing on this show

WWE tapes in Orlando Wednesday through Friday this week, with the next two weeks of NXT on Wednesday, two episodes of Smackdown and 205 Live on Thursday and two episodes of Raw and Main Event on Friday. 

WWE

  • Raw tonight has contract signings for both Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler and Asuka vs. Sasha Banks for the Extreme Rules PPV show. Matches announced are Apollo Crews vs MVP in a non-title match, Viking Raiders vs. Andrade & Angel Garza and Akira Tozawa vs. R-Truth for the 24/7 title. Also advertised as appearing are Ric Flair and Randy Orton.
  • Titus O'Neil and Dave Bautista will be on a UNICEF live stream on Amazon tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. Also listed as appearing are the NBA's Paul Gasol, Laurie Hernandez of gymnastics and Danielle Kang of the LPGA.
  • The movie "Jumanji: The Next Level" starring Dwayne Johnson comes to Starz on 7/3.  Another Johnson movie, "Race to Witch Mountain" starts on Disney+ on 7/3.
  • FS1 will be airing the 2018 Survivor Series show featuring Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar, which was a hell of a match, as was Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair. There is also both a men's and women's Survivor Series match.

AEW

  • The lineup for Dark tomorrow night:
    • Shawn Spears vs.; Max Caster
    • Butcher & Blade vs. Low Rida & Fuego de Sol
    • Ricky Stars vs. Griff Garrison
    • Scorpio Sky vs. Brady Pierce
    • Brandi Rhodes & Allie vs KLynn King & Skyler Moore
    • Lance Archer vs. Pineapple Pete
    • Young Bucks vs. Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon

MISCELLANEOUS

  • There will be new Japan Cup shows this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning at 6 a.m. Eastern. The 7/3 show will bring it down to the final two who will face off on 7/11 in the first New Japan show with fans.
  • Harold Meij and Hiroshi Tanahashi talk about New Japan's return.
  • Low Ki made a post about not wearing a mask in public which garnered a ton of controversy. If people haven't realized our country is not listening to doctors, and Canada's listening to doctors resulted in what happened, I don't know what to say, but here was his post.
  • ONE announced a show called No Surrender for 7/31 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Impact announced it has a TV deal with Pluto TV LATAM, covering Latin America.
  • Impact also announced a Rumble style match with Kimber Lee, Rosemary, Jessicka Havok, Neveah, Alisha Edwards, Susie, Kiera Hogan, Tasha Steelz, Taya Valkyrie and Kylie Rae for the 7/18 Slammiversary PPV show.
  • Invicta returns for a Fight Pass show at 8 p.m. on Thursday night headlined by Julianna Lima vs Emily Ducote
  • Melbourne City Wrestling has announced new procedures for its return. Melbourne had 75 new cases yesterday, so pro wrestling's return may not be as quick as thought last week.
  • Oliver Copp announced the first new product from the TNM wrestling simulator line in 17 years to commemorate TNM's 25th anniversary. People interested can download a free 28-day trial version here.

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