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WON NEWSLETTER: July 26, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, Money in the Bank review

Dave Meltzer on the new reports regarding Daniel Bryan and CM Punk possibly heading to AEW, Money in the Bank 2021 review, and more.

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  • Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio talking about a ton of topics from Punk and Danielson to AEW, SmackDown, Jeff Hardy, UFC, New Japan, ratings and much more.
  • There is terrible news about the death of Brett Blair, Brian's son who was named after Bret Hart, who was found murdered at a remote construction site at just 29 years old. As of now, there are no clues as to what happened. I feel so bad for his family with this news coming just after the death of Paul Orndorff (one of his best friends) in addition to him just having major back surgery. Brian is a great guy and I have been reading his soon-to-be released autobiography -- a funny and serious book about life experiences during the territorial era, WWE in the 80s, the independent world, running a gym franchise and local politics  He has always been a great ambassador to this industry as president of the Cauliflower Alley Club, working with the different Halls of Fames and other groups, and work to help wrestlers down on their luck that people don't know about. 
  • Congratulations to Impact Wrestling's Trish Parker (Jordynne Grace) who competed last night in the World Natural Powerlifting Championships in Fayetteville, GA, at 165 pounds. She not only won the championship, but set state and national records in the bench press (210 which is an amazing lift for a women let alone one not on steroids), squat (320), deadlift (355) and total (885). There was also a 74-year-old man who did a 650 pound dead list in the competition.
  • There have been articles in Japan and other countries (including the U.S.) noting the contradiction that while the Olympics are not allowing spectators, other sports and New Japan's show today at the Tokyo Dome have had big crowds. New Japan also announced shows on 9/4 and 9/5 at the MetLife Dome in Saitama.  We're looking for your thoughts on the NJPW show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.
  • Regarding Steve Corino (seen above) coming out of retirement in a match against son Colby and whether means he's no longer with WWE, Corino is still there and not taking indie bookings. Colby went on social media and asked who he should wrestle on his August birthday show for the PWF in North Carolina, a promotion that his father owned and sold when he took the WWE job as a producer for NXT.  More people voted for his father than anyone, so he was asked about doing it.  He said he would, but would have to clear it with WWE and was not expecting the office to allow him to do so. The WWE agreed because they realized it was probably the only chance he would ever have to be able to do a match with his son. Steve has been training hard to get into shape at the Performance Center and they are producing vignettes to build the match as it approaches. As things stand today and because you never know in wrestling, it's a one-time thing and not a comeback for now.
  • In his Saturday UFC main event fight with Cory Sandhagen, decision winner TJ Dillashaw noted that his knee popped during a first round Sandhagen submission attempt. He said before the fight, he had pinched a nerve in his foot, hurt his left shoulder, and tore his right MCL. It was a high-level fight where the winner should be getting a bantamweight title shot.
  • There was a ton of pro wrestling presence at Friday's Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich bare knuckle boxing fight in Florida, won by Ostovich. Among those attending were Tony Khan, Paul Wight, Britt Baker, Christian Cage, Cash Wheeler, Jinder Mahal, Braun Strowman, Karrion Kross and Scarlett. VanZant is part of American Top Team, which is Dan Lambert's gym. Lambert just recently appeared on Dynamite in Miami.


-- After returning to action in Pittsburgh Saturday night, WWE house shows continue with an event in Louisville, KY, tonight. We are looking for reports from the show, with results, news items, highlights or anything else to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

--The Dwyane Johnson-produced documentary "Stuntman" which is a look at the life of famous stuntman Eddie Braun, is out on Disney+.


-- A fan that won the AEW Elite GM Invitational Championship got to make a match for Dark: Elevation and picked Lee Johnson vs. Luther.

-- AEW is turning going back to Jacksonville so fast after a one-year plus residency into a positive. Tickets for the 8/4 show at Daily's Place will likely end up the best with the exception of All Out, but it's not going to come anywhere close to 5100 tickets. The company is working with the Wounded Warrior Project and with every $20 or more donation between 7/25 and 8/2, you can get two free tickets to the show.


-- For last night's Dillashaw vs. Sandhagen main event, judge Derek Cleary had it 48-47 for Sandhagen with Sandhagen winning rounds two, four and five. Judge Sal D'Amato had it 48-47 for Dillashaw with Sandhagen winning two and four. Judge Junichiro Kamijo had it 48-47 for Dillashaw with Sandhagen winning two and five. I had the same card as Kamijo while media scores were 71% for Dillashaw.

-- In the Maycee Barber vs. Miranda Maverick fight, I saw it as Maverick clearly winning rounds one and two and Barber winning three, D'Amato gave Barber two and three, Dave Hagan gave Barber two and three and Chris Lee was the only judge for Maverick, giving Barber only round three, which was the same as my card. Media scores were nearly 100 percent to Maverick. This was an outright bad decision.  

--- Damon Martin of MMA Fighting reported that bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling defending against former champion Petr Yan in a rematch is slated for 10/30 in Abu Dhabi. The winner of this fight should face Dillashaw next.

-- Macy Chiasson, who was scheduled to face Aspen Ladd in last night's semi-main event, pulled out due to a stress fracture in her foot that was injured again while training earlier in the week. She could barely walk, so she said there was no way she could fight.

-- In Google searches for the week, last night's UFC show only had a placing of TJ Dillashaw at No. 9 with 100,000 searches, which is lower than most shows have been doing.  VanZant was No. 10 on Friday with 100,000. On Wednesday, both Daniel Bryan (100,000) and CM Punk (50,000) placed. Last Sunday's Money in the Bank was No. 3 for that day with 500,000.


-- Moose is taking bookings out of Orlando through Bill Behrens at showbis@aol.com. He is open for doing matches, autograph signings and photo ops. Behrens is also booking talent like Griff Garrison, Earl Hebner, Devon Dudley, Stevie Richards, Al Snow, Sean Waltman, Hernandez, Matt Sydal, Lance Archer, Brian Cage, Cheeseburger, TJP, Mike Posey, Jim Mitchell, Slim J, Marcus Kross, and others.

-- Kaz Hayashi is out of action having tested positive for COVID-19.

-- The Gathering from last night in Charlotte:  Mike Jackson (at 71) b Antonio Alonzo, Lodi b Dustin Bozworth, Colby Corino b John Skyler, Samantha Star (managed by her mother Baby Doll) b Shalonece Royal (managed by Dark Journey), The Revolt b Overkill, Sam Houston b Mitch Hurley, Kamille b Kenzie Paige to keep the NWA women's title, Mr. Hughes b Bam Bam Bundy, Nick Aldis b Trevor Murdoch to keep the NWA title.

-- The Los Angeles Times has a story on the amazing judo coach Yosh Uchida, who five years ago had promised Colten Brown, who he coached at San Jose State, that he would attend the Olympics in 2020 if he made the U.S. team.  Well, four years became five years and he was ready to go at 101 years old, had the trip all planned and then he wasn't allowed to go.  Uchida, who we've written about many times, has coached 72 (yes that isn't a misprint) collegiate national championship teams, 48 men and 24 women. It's a record that nobody in history is close to and that nobody will ever come close to.

-- Shane Shadows Championship Pro Wrestling in Petersburg, WV on 8/4 at the Fairgrounds features Tony Atlas, Ricky Morton, The Barbarian, The Patriot (Tom Brandi) and others.  It's a free show with admission to the Tri County Fair.

-- Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling from last night in Kalkaska, MI: Jack Price b Kevin Giza, Jimmy Shalwin b DLW, Aaron Orion b Eli Shelton-DQ, Joseline Navarro b Jody Threat, Alex Weir b Rohit Raju, Uncle Chase Burnett b Max Morrison, Kevin Kalloway & Evan Tyler b Dread King Logan & Mitch Hewitt, Tommy Vendetta won over Jumal Kyng, Jack Verville and Christopher Saint

-- Metro Pro Wrestling from last night in Southgate, MI:  Daniel Wolf & Iron Eagle & Top Gun b Donte Casson & Forever Young & The Mummy, Solomon Stone b Matt Hagen Lamario Starr b Alex Van Zant, Soultaker b Darian Ultra, Orlando Christopher b Mullock, Eric Ely b Kenny Urban, N8 Mattson b LJ Lawrence, Tanner Nix b Hannah Henderson, Jason Page b Travis Titan to keep Heritage title. (thanks to Leonard Brand)

-- CIW from  last night in Waldron, MI:  JJ Castillo b Treyvon Smith, Nelson Edwin Robert Doolittle & Dustin Mack b Ace Evans & Road Rash, Warrior Princess Tenshi b Thunderkitty-DQ, Kaiden Monahan b Frank Isaac Anderson, Kongo Kong b Sean Lawhorn, Jeremy Monahan & Pete Monahan & Landen Monahan b Gary Dawson & Mr. Main Event & The Modfather, Bryan Castle b Billy Ray Daniels, Gio Bronco & Nick Xero & JP Oo b Jheras Grey & Danny Astro & Dylan Derringer, Malice b Leatherface, Danny Atlas won Battle Royal. This was a benefit show for CIW owner Phil Monahan who was hospitalized for weeks with COVID and is still recovering and unable to work. (thanks to Leonard Brand)

-- SICW from last night in East Carondelet, IL:  Bobby D b Kowalski, War Machine b Gator Smith, Curtis Wylde b Richard Shaw, Billy McNeil b Ken Kasa, Attila Khan b Frankie D, Ax Allwardt DCOR Big Texan, Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby b Sean Vincent & Jason Breed, Gil Rogers b Christopher Hargas (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)

-- EPW from last night in Perth, Western Australia:  Dan Moore & Bobby Marshall b Casey Johns & James Hartness, Michael Morleone b Chris Target, Davis Storm b Edith Night, Gavin McGavin b Joel Hagan, Taylor King won over Tyler Jacobs, Marcius Pitt, Jesse Lambert and Kaz Jordan, Damien Slater b Julian Ward, Del Castro & Zenith b Taylor King & Jack Edwards in a no DQ tornado mach to win the tag titles, Mickey Nicholls b Kiel Steria to keep the EPW title. Steria did a moonsault out of the ring and both his shins hit the guardrail, but he avoided serious injury (thanks to Kevin Chiat)

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