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WON NEWSLETTER: September 14, 2020 Observer Newsletter: AEW All Out reviewed, more

A look at recent concussion and head trauma issues in wrestling as it relates to Matt Hardy and other recent situations in other companies is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer.  We go through Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara, how it was handled, Reby Hardy's reactions, AEW's releases, as well as look at many other high profile situations in the last few years in New Japan and WWE, including Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar and how that match pretty much tells you that there will always be exceptions to concussion protocol.

Also in this issue:

Other risks taken in AEW of late, along with complete coverage of All Out, with business notes inculding PPV numbers, poll results,match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

WWE's new policy on third party bookings, with WWE clarifying many issues, talent reactions, how things seemed to change during the week, as well as reaction from others in wrestling along with Andrew Yang.

G-1 Climax tournament including the blocks and favorites.

Appellate court ruling that threw out a series of lawsuits against WWE on different grounds.  We look at the legal technicalities regarding why these cases had little chance from the start, the one aspect still open and reactions from both lawyers.

Latest firings by WWE, who was involved , why they were done now, plus a look at the career of Gerald Brisco.

Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole, Clash of Champions card, PPV schedule change, NXT UK TV show note, Styles talks retirement, AOP firing notes, Canadian ratings, Where WWE ranks in sports ratings, Cena new TV show, Lawler talks why WWE announcing has changed, WWE star nominated for an award, next week's TV, WWE current market value as well as the most watched shows for the week on the WWE Network.

Complete coverage of this past Saturday's UFC show.

The formation of a new pro wrestling group by a major corporation and how it differs from any group in the world as far as its main platform.

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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  • David Bixenspan is reporting that Matt Riddle has canceled a restraining order against Candy Cartwright (Samantha Tavel), who accused Riddle of sexual assault, 36 hours before their court date over the order was due to begin. Riddle had accused Tavel of several allegations including (quoted in the documents): “Committed stalking.”, “Previously threatened, harassed, stalked, cyberstalked, or physically abused the Petitioner.”, Threatened to harm Petitioner or family members or individuals closely associated with Petitioner.”, “Used, or threatened to use, against Petitioner any weapons such as guns or knives.”, “Destroyed personal property, including, but not limited to, telephones or other communication equipment, clothing, or other items belonging to Petitioner.”, and “Threatened to harm Petitioner or family members or individuals closely associated with Petitioner.”
  • Deadline reported that Chris McCumber, the president of the USA and SyFy networks, will be leaving NBC Universal after 19 years. He is considered to be the person who spearheaded the negotiations between NBC Universal and WWE that led to their current television deal.
  • AJ Styles on his Twitch stream said that prior to re-signing with WWE, he was in talks with AEW. “Yeah, there were talks," Styles said. “It's a business. My contract in WWE was going to expire and there were talks happening. The Bucks are my buddies. We never discussed money or anything but there were talks about coming in. Again, it's all business."
  • This week’s episode of The Bump featured Trish Stratus and Mickie James, WALTER, and Jonathan & Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”.
  • Shane McMahon will appear on WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves this week.
  • Paul Heyman, Jey Uso, and NXT Cruiserweight champion Santos Escobar have been announced for next week’s The Bump.
  • Io Shirai vs. Shotzi Blackheart will open tonight’s episode of NXT.
  • Free matches added to WWE’s YouTube today include Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental title from the March 30, 2015 Raw, Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss vs. Miz and Asuka from the March 21, 2018 Mixed Match Challenge, and Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns from WrestleMania 35.
  • Our own Bryan Rose wrote a hands-on preview for WWE Battlegrounds, which comes out on September 18 for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC/Steam.

Other Wrestling

  • AEW has filed a trademark for “All Elite Wrestling - Elite General Manager”.
  • In the latest Aces High article, Hiroshi Tanahashi talked about his American influences and wrestling Scott Hall early in his career.
  • “Grizzly” Kal Jack has been added to Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport on October 11.

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