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WON NEWSLETTER: September 21, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Stacked NJPW G-1, more

With a huge feature on the crazy story of the original Hollywood Blonds tag team with the death of Jerry Brown, we've got a double issue this week of the Observer up on the site right now. 

Our lead story looks at this year's G-1 tournament looking at every card, the stories going into the card, the restrictions, the odds, and the new Will Ospreay, start time for every show, complete lineups, comments by Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley regarding this year's new format. 

Also in this issue:

Update on WWE Clash of Champions, with the matches announced, updates on titles not yet announced with matches and keys to the show.

The situation with Matt Riddle and Samantha Tavel.

Daniel Cormier getting COVID and a new UFC product being pushed.

Changes at the USA Network, Sasha Banks with a major acting gig, Update on Jeff Hardy, details behind the Paul Heyman/Roman Reigns pairing, new contracts signed in WWE, wrestler teases gimmick change, Mandy Rose angle, law being talked about reglated to the Sonya Deville incident, Retribution update, this coming week's WWE television, Randy Orton new business, Ivar injury update, Ronda Rousey update, Next NXT Takeover, weird TV moment, Sports & International ratings, Jimmy Jacobs talks WWE protocol and Vince McMahon, injury update, movie with WWE performers, market value of WWE and the most-watched shows on WWE Network.

This past week's UFC show with the stories behind the show and match-by-match coverage.

New Japan's last show this past week before G-1, held at Korakuen Hall, with the matches and angles and what is being pushed.

Our huge feature covers the life and career of Jerry Brown, who teamed with Buddy Roberts to form the Hollywood Blonds, one of the greatest heel tag team acts of all-time. This major feature looks at their beginnings, their heyday in Quebec and Florida, places they went, who they faced, as well as the other territories they went, championships they held, the second version of the Hollywood Blonds people don't remember, the mentality of the act and some crazy Jerry Brown stories, with lots of comments from Bill Watts, who put the team together.

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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • More details are out regarding the death of Joe Laurinatiis, best known as Road Warrior Animal, at the age of 60. TMZ is reporting that Laurinitis died at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri on Tuesday night. His wife called law enforcement at around 11:49 PM. By the time law enforcement arrived, Laurinitis had already passed away. The cause of death is said to be natural causes.
  • WWE has released their statement regarding Road Warrior Animals death.
  • Paul Ellering, longtime manager of The Road Warriors, commented on Animal’s death: “Today we lost the engine of the train LOD. Animal was a partner, warrior, and friend. He will be welcomed home by a waiting Hawk.”
  • This week’s episode of The Bump has Paul Heyman, Jey Uso, Alexa Bliss, and Candice LeRae.
  • Roman Reigns appeared on the The Bloodline with LLS podcast, where he spoke about his experience with leukemia. 
  • Drew McIntyre spoke to PWInsider on the Thunderdome, Keith Lee, Randy Orton, and more.
  • The first episode of Alexa Bliss’ podcast, Uncool with Alexa Bliss, is now available.
  • Bliss spoke to Vicente Beltran. When asked about Ronda Rousey, Bliss said she didn’t think things have changed much since she left. “Our whole roster is dependent on more than just one person,” she said. “There wouldn't be an impact if it wasn't for the women opposite of her in the ring helping her to get there. A lot of bodies laid down for her success. It just goes to show that all of our women can be main eventers and all of our women can have that spotlight.”
  • John Morrison talked to Chris Van Vliet about returning to WWE, The Austin Aries incident at Bound for Glory, The Miz, and Taya Valkyrie.
  • PWInsider is reporting that WWE filed opposition on 9/21 against Cody, who is attempting to trademark the terms “Slamboree” and “Match Beyond”. WWE stated that they bought the rights to those concepts when they purchased WCW in March of 2001. 
  • WWEShop has added a new Cameron Grimes t-shirt.
  • Angel Garza turns 28 today, while Kairi Sane turns 32.

Other Wrestling

  • Miro talked to Sports Illustrated about his release from the WWE and his new role in AEW. He also hinted that he could be appearing elsewhere. “I love professional wrestling, and it has so much left to offer me,” he said. “As soon as I got that call [from WWE], I immediately knew I wanted to go two places. The first one, I’m already here. The second, you’ll find out when the time is right.”
  • Impact announced that along with the return of Victory Road in October, Turning Point will take place in November and Final Resolution will take place in December. All three events will stream live on Impact Plus.
  • Joey Janela announced that YOSHIHIKO will be a part of his Spring Break IV event on October 10.
  • ROH uploaded footage of their COVID-19 sanitizing during their Pure tournament tapings.
  • The latest Aces High column has Hiroshi Tanahashi talking about not going on an excursion trip and ultimately deciding not to join Keiji Muto in jumping to All Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • Matt Hardy turns 46 today. AEW wished him a happy birthday in a tweet.

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