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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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  • During a virtual meet and greet with the Mania Club, Roman Reigns spoke about a change to his look for his match against Jey Uso at Sunday’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view: "The gear, let me address that; get over it. I'm not going to run out there in trunks. I've been wearing a SWAT outfit my entire career, so I'm going to stick with those pants. If you watch on Sunday, you'll probably see me with my shirt off. That will be the change. That's going to be the only difference. I never wanted the outfit to be the costume for me. I don't want my outfit to be the superstar."
  • Reigns also discussed potentially getting new music: “The music, that's a little more than me creating my own music. We have to go through the channels with that one. It's not like I came out and am an ultra bad guy. You've seen it in little steps and little layers. I want all the nuances to add up. Because I am a full-time performer, you have to keep things fresh, so I decided to save the new music. Hopefully, down the line, once more drastic things happen and the story unfolds."
  • AEW’s Jon Moxley spoke to The Sun about the on-screen partnership between Reigns and Paul Heyman: “The concept of him and Paul Heyman -- that was very cool to me. I think that's gonna work out really good. All my friends there (WWE), I wanna turn the TV on and I wanna see them kicking ass and doing great."
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said Reigns is the WrestleMania opponent that would make the most sense if he ever returns to the ring: "You know, you and I have talked about this, and it’s so funny how a lot of people always say, ‘well, if you ever go back to WrestleMania, who would be the opponent that you would face?’ Feels like the one that would make sense, right, would be Roman. In terms of box-office draw." Johnson also said that he would be honored to lose to Reigns.
  • WWE is partnering with Wines That Rock to launch a collection of wines. An Undertaker 2018 cabernet sauvignon and Ultimate Warrior 2019 zinfandel are now available to pre-order.
  • The debut episodes of Uncool with Alexa Bliss premiered today. The Miz and NSYNC’s Lance Bass were her guests for the podcast’s two-part debut. Video of the Miz episode is also available on WWE’s YouTube channel and the WWE Network.
  • For this Friday’s SmackDown, WWE is advertising that Otis will decide whether or not to forfeit his Money in the Bank contract after being served with a lawsuit from The Miz and John Morrison on last week’s show.
  • Last Friday’s SmackDown averaged 2.037 million viewers in the final ratings, up from the overnight number of 1.954 million viewers.
  • Stephanie McMahon sold $2,255,710 worth of WWE stock yesterday.
  • British GQ has a story on how Drew McIntyre trained for WrestleMania 36 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Bronson Reed cut a promo about being in this Wednesday’s NXT gauntlet eliminator match and his history with Finn Balor.
  • Balor spoke to Sports Illustrated about falling in love with “Seinfeld” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • TVInsider and Sports Illustrated published interviews with Zelina Vega yesterday.
  • Alexa Bliss, Paul Heyman, Candice LeRae, and Jey Uso will appear on tomorrow morning’s episode of WWE’s The Bump.
  • RETRIBUTION’s T-Bar (Dominik Dijakovic), Mace (Dio Maddin), and Slapjack (Shane Thorne) now have Twitter accounts. 
  • WWE touted their success at this year’s Cablefax FAXIES.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Cactus Jack vs. Triple H in a falls count anywhere match from the September 22, 1997 episode of Raw, Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship from Clash of Champions 2019, and Seth Rollins vs. John Cena for the United States Championship from Night of Champions 2015.

Other Wrestling

  • Allysin Kay and Simon Grimm have been announced for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 2020. The show is taking place at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, October 11 and will be available to watch live via Fite TV. Jon Moxley, Josh Alexander, Homicide, Deonna Purrazzo, Calvin Tankman, Chris Dickinson, “Grizzly” Kal Jak, Lindsay Snow, Erik Hammer, Killer Kelly, Tom Lawlor, Alexander James, and Davey Boy Smith Jr. are also set for the show.
  • Moxley appeared on the Fight Game Podcast and spoke to Garrett Gonzales and Justin Knipper about Bloodsport, what he loves about MMA, and more.
  • Wrestling Inc has interviews with Hangman Page and Benjamin Carter.
  • Evil Uno is the guest on the latest episode of Sitting Ringside with David Penzer.

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