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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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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • A new tag team match has been added to tonight's NXT, with Io Shirai and Zoey Stark teaming up to take on Aliyah and Jessi Kamea.
  • On Raw last night, Nikki Cross revealed new superhero-inspired gear when she teamed with Alexa Bliss to defeat Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, qualifying for the Money in the Bank ladder match. On Raw Talk last night, Cross described the inspiration behind the new gear. “Do I have superpowers? I know I don’t,” she said. “I know I can’t fly or don’t have super strength. But the thing is, when I put on this outfit, I feel like I can do anything. I’m going to keep trying and keep getting back up. All anyone can ever do is believe in themselves, so, the last few weeks I have been working on this attire. I’m so happy to finally share it with the WWE Universe.”
  • Cross further wrote on Twitter this afternoon: “Bringing THIS to life has given me such joy. The [role] I have been on @wwe gave me the boost I needed to unveil this to the [world], that everyone has that spark and they can try anything they want to, just listen to your heart. I want to blossom like a butterfly. I want us all to.”
  • Franky Monet spoke to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, talking about her transition to WWE and her “encore” appearance tonight on NXT. “I've just been taking it in day by day and pinching myself every so often," she said. "It's been a crazy ride to get here, but I'm just enjoying every moment. Every time I get to be in the ring with this amazing talented roster, as well as learning from some of the greatest legends and producers and teachers that there are in the world of sports and entertainment, I'm honestly just enjoying myself. And I'm very excited for everyone to see the encore of my world premiere, which happens tomorrow night on the USA Network.”
  • Xavier Woods announced that he will be hosting EA's upcoming Play Live showcase, which takes place on July 22 at 1 pm ET.
  • Drew McIntyre spoke to CBS Cleveland ahead of WWE returning to live touring next month.
  • A new trailer for The Suicide Squad is now out, which features John Cena in a major role as Peacemaker. 
  • PWInsider is reporting that a lawsuit against the WWE has been filed in Florida by Jackson Parsons, who says he was injured in a traffic incident by a vehicle owned by WWE.
  • Matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Triple H vs. Hulk Hogan from the June 6, 2002 episode of SmackDown, Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus from the June 15, 2015 episode of Raw, and Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss from WWE Stomping Grounds 2019.

Other Wrestling

  • A GoFundMe has been established for former Impact announcer Don West, who is battling brain lymphoma.
  • It was reported earlier in the day that Aaron Frobel (Micheal Elgin) had gone missing and had left his phone at home after sending a “concerning message” on Facebook. Impact referee Brandon Rolle later posted a message saying that he has since been found.
  • People Magazine has an article featuring the first photos of Brandi and Cody Rhodes’ first-child, Liberty Iris Runnels.
  • Andrade El Idolo filed a trademark for his new name on June 4.
  • AXS has announced that their Wrestle Week block of programming will return in the week of July 12. Monday will have The Good Brothers hosting a screening of the film Pulp Fiction. Thursday will have the go-home edition of Impact prior to Slammiversary. Following Impact at 10 pm ET will be “Impact Wrestling: This is Slammiversary”, a preview for the pay-per-view which takes place that Sunday. Saturday will have the broadcast premiere of the Rebellion pay-per-view event from April, which had Rich Swann vs. Kenny Omega for the Impact World title.
  • Wesley Blake spoke to Sportskeeda, where he was open to the possibility of reuniting with former tag team partners Buddy Murphy and Steve Maclin.
  • On his AdFreeShows podcast, Kurt Angle talked about being in extreme pain due to all the damage from wrestling over the years.“I’m in extreme pain all day long," he said. "I do maintenance on my body all day, I do my neck traction. I have a thing called the iron neck. I have anti-gravity machine rollers. I stretch, I do a lot of weight training, I work on my body 2-3 hours a day. I have to. I’m so banged up now, I sacrificed a lot of my body in professional wrestling and amateur wrestling. I have to blame both sports, not just one. I’m paying for it now, but I’m managing it.”
  • Lita is a guest on this week’s Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette.
  • Metro spoke to JTG about his new run in the NWA.
  • Ariane Andrew spoke to Nick Hausman of Wrestling Inc. about her new single, “Born With It,” which is remixed by Damon Sharpe.
  • Eddie Kingston took part in a virtual signing.
  • The latest episode of Sammy Guevara’s vlog.

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