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WON NEWSLETTER: September 20, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Big E wins WWE Championship, WWE at MSG

Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the 9/13 Raw to win the WWE championship from Bobby Lashley, signifying his switching brands and reuniting The New Day.

Born Ettore Ewen, the 35-year-old Tampa product was a state heavyweight champion wrestler at Wharton High School and football player, who went to the University of Iowa, and after college, became a powerlifter.

A mutual friend contacted Jim Ross, and he was given a WWE tryout in 2009 and WWE signed him to a deal at that time. He started as Big E Langston in Florida Championship Wrestling, which was shortened to Big E. He was popular due to his personality and those in developmental thought he could be a groundbreaking performer with his leaping ability and agility and power combination.

In 2012, he was brought up to the main roster, and on November 18, 2013, won the IC title from Curtis Axel. But his career took off in 2014 as part of the New Day tag team. The idea started out silly but ended up being tweaked by the three guys in it and the group held the Raw tag team titles twice and Smackdown version of the titles six times.

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Our weekend show is up on the site right now. We did two shows this weekend, one with Garrett Gonzalez on Dark Side of the Ring and the AEW & WWE trends and what they say about the future and last night we talked about the weekend shows and the first two nights of G-1.

I'd say go out of your way to see Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii from night one of G-1. It's easily one of the best matches of this year.

For this past week, the only thing that trended on Google in combat sports was UFC yesterday being No. 9 with 100,000 searches yesterday. Notable that nothing from Dark Side on Thursday cracked the list on Friday.

G1 returns for more A block matches on Thursday at Ota Ward Gym in Tokyo and the next B block show is Friday in the same gym. We are looking for your thoughts on the first two nights of the tournament, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match for each show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com. We're also looking for reports on Friday's Game Changer show, last night's WWE in North Charleston, SC, tonight's WWE in Augusta, GA and tomorrow's WWE show in London at the O2 Arena.

To attend the WWE show in London tomorrow you need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Stardom Five Star Grand Prix ends tomorrow at Korakuen Hall.

Raw tomorrow has announced Natalya & Tamina defending the tag titles against Rhea Ripley & Nikki ASH, Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler, Sheamus vs. Jeff Hardy and if Hardy wins the U.S. title match at Extreme Rules becomes a three-way, Alexa Bliss welcomes Charlotte Flair t the playground, the hotshot match of Roman Reigns & Usos vs. New Day and the celebration of Big E's title win.

Results from WWE in Newcastle, UK today:

  • Street Profits b Chad Gable & Otis
  • Kevin Owens b Happy Corbin
  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio NC Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler
  • Finn Balor & Mysterios b Roode & Ziggler & Seth Rollins
  • Shinsuke Nakamura b Apollo Crews to keep the IC title
  • Drew McIntyre b Jinder Mahal in a street fight
  • Becky Lynch b Bianca Belair to keep the women's title. Lynch was cheered more than Belair. Both were cheered. McIntyre gave a great speech about his journey and talked about independent shows in newcastle. (thanks to Rob Coll)

Former Florida & Carolinas referee Stu Schwartz passed away this weekend.

If you've seen the news about the death of Roger Brown, who was one of the best NFL defensive linemen of the 1960s and part of two different versions of the Fearsome Foursome, Brown did wrestle during the off season for The Sheik and for Mike LeBell in the Michigan-Ohio territory and Southern California territory during the off-season from football in 1967-70.

Julius Anglickas was named the newest person in the Bellator light heavyweight Grand Prix tournament replacing Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. Johnson pulled out of the 10/16 title fight with champion Vadim Nemkov due to an undisclosed illness and Anglickas will be getting the title shot and a spot in the tournament's final four.

RevPro from today in London. Aussie Open vs. Destination Everywhere where Aussie Open won the tag titles got a standing ovation and tore the house down. Will Ospreay retained the British title over RKJ in 35 minutes. Ethan Allen & Luke Jacobs b Doug Williams & Brendan White, Kenneth Halfpenny & Shaun Jackson ad Chuck Mambo &* TK Cooper in four-way, Shota Umino b Dan Moloney, Michael Oku won three-way to keep the cruiserweight title over Chris Ridgeway & Robbie X,  Yota Tsuji b Mark Haskins, Gisele Shaw b Hyan to keep the British women's title in a 2/3 fall match, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher won the tag titles over Michael Oku & Connor Mills, Will Ospreay b RKJ to keep the British title.  After the match, Ospreay was beating down RKJ when Umino made the save. Oku & Mills helped Ospreay and then Aussie Open came out to apparently save, and attacked Umino first but then helped Ospreay and were announced as the newest member of the United Empire group in New Japan. (thanks to David Hayter, Spencer Bentley, Gary Sweetapple and @HashtagWrest)

WWE

  • Raw is locally advertising for 9/27 in Cincinnati a main event of Big E & Randy Orton & Riddle vs. Bobby Lashley & AJ Styles & Omos.
  • MVP had knee surgery this week so he'll be out of action for a while.
  • An update on the UBS Arena ticket sales. The Raw show on 11/19 is now at 2,365 tickets out (sales plus comps) while the 12/9 AEW Dynamite in the same arena was at about 6,200.

UFC

  • On last night's show they did a very nice tribute to Suzy Friton, the make-up woman who passed away from cancer this past week. They also announced that the make-up room at UFC events will be called the Suzy Friton Room.
  • Also on the show they noted that Raquel Pennington was hospitalized for more than 30 days with COVID-19 and was in really bad shape.   
  • Ryan Hall vs. Derrick Minner has been added to the 12/11 show.
  • Adrian Yanez vs. Davey Grant has been added to the 11/20 show.

OTHER NEWS  

  • Ron Fuller, Les Thatcher and Jimmy Golden will be doing a live Q&A podcast on 10/13 in Knoxville at Calhoun's on the river. Tickets are $30 and come with two free autographs and door prizes and a buffet dinner is included in the price.  Fuller is also putting up on YouTube his USA Wrestling shows from 1988, weekly, in order, every Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Southeastern Rewind Channel. The shows are then reviewed by Fuller and Thatcher later in the week. They will also put up old Southeastern clips every two weeks. The first clip was of a Michael Hayes vs. Terry Gordy cage match from 1978.
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL:  Waco b Richard Shaw, Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby b Billy McNeil & Sean Vincent, Big Texan DCOR Kowalski, Bobby D b Rick Ruby, Derek Stone b Ax Allwardt, Christopher Hargas & Ken Kasa b Gary Jackson to win tag titles (Jackson & Gil Rogers were the champions and Rogers wasn't there), Attila Khan b Flash Flanagan in a no DQ match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Tri City Wrestling from last night in Quincy, MI:  Solo b Kyler Coleman, Adam Wick b Alex Taylor, Hornswoggle & El Ridiculoso b Christopher Saint & Nick Xero, Chuck Wagon & Maynard R Nek b Brutus Dylan & Let Er Rip to win tag titles, Jack Price b Aaron Orion to win the TCW title, Zach Gowen b Tommy Vendetta to win the lightweight title.

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