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WON NEWSLETTER: June 1, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Hana Kimura Dave Meltzer covers a sad week for pro wrestling, reviews AEW Double or Nothing, and more.

An extensive story on the death of Hana Kimura is the focal point of this week's double issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The story covers numerous aspects, from cyber bullying to the realities of reality shows, comments from those who knew her well, pro wrestling and much more.  We look at everything from legislation being introduced, similar things with two reality stars in South Korea, and what happened on the show and after the show.

We look at why she was on Terrace House, her life as the daughter of a wrestler, her reality show story, what Terrace House is, what is and isn't real, her death, the immediate reaction to her death in wrestling, cast members talk about the show, story of what happened the night of her death, reactions from wrestlers, reactions from politicians, as well as a look at her career in the ring.

The new issue also covers:

AEW Double or Nothing show, PPV numbers, poll results, what this says about PPV, wrestling in the previous depression, Stadium Stampede background, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and more.

More on WWE's COVID-19 procedures at the last tapings, Matt Riddle to Smackdown, changes regarding usage of NXT talent on Raw or Smackdown, behind Drew Gulak signing new deal, what's up with Nigel McGuinness, A.J. Styles to Smackdown, IC title tournament, Kairi Sane injury, Samoa Joe health update, Ric Flair talks new deal, highest sports ratings of the week, Canadian pro wrestling ratings, Ronda Rousey update, Drew McIntyre has words with Colby Covington, Next week's TV, Seth Rollins talks Austin Theory, Becky Lynch update, value of WWE, and the most watched shows of the past week on the WWE network.

The ability of foreign wrestles and fighters to get into the U.S.

Safety precautions for the UFC shows in Las Vegas, what Nevada is mandating, as well as how the other major companies around the world are handling the situation.

AEW's angle with Mike Tyson, the good and bad of it as well as notes on the coverage.

An update on the XFL bankruptcy and Vince McMahon.

Update the financial issues with DAZN.

WWE's decision to follow AEW and use wrestlers as fans for the empty arena shows this pas week.

More on the death of Shad Gaspard and his memorial service.

Circumstances surrounding the death of Owen Hart including clearing up a lot of misconceptions that have been spread over the last 20 years. 

WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

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

  • Stephanie McMahon posted a tweet today vowing to use her voice for anyone who has ever felt the impact and fear of racial injustice: “‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends’ - MLK. I love and support my Black friends and colleagues. To everyone who has ever felt the impact and fear of racial injustice, I will use my voice for you.”
  • Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, and Trent Seven sold 2,000 T-shirts in under 24 hours to raise money for Black Lives Matter.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that the state will be moving to phase two of their reopening on June 5. Part of phase two reads: “Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.”
  • WWE Backstage scored 121,000 viewers last night, down from the 125,000 the show scored last week. It ranked #143 for the night.
  • Wrestletalk reported that Chelsea Green has been discussed as a potential call-up to the WWE main roster.
  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Triple H spoke about the importance of the NXT Women’s Championship: “The NXT women’s title is one of the most meaningful ones in the business. That is a testament to all the women who played a role in that. The women in NXT, they’ve got something to prove. They’re really going out of their way to make a name for themselves.”
  • Ric Flair, JTG, Gallus, Drave Maverick, and Darren Young were guests on today’s episode of The Bump. The Street Profits have been announced for next week’s show.
  • A special edition of The Bump will air on Sunday featuring X-Pac, Mauro Ranallo, Keith Lee, and Mia Yim.
  • On The Bump it was revealed that, in storyline, Elias has been discharged from the hospital following the hit and run storyline on SmackDown last Friday.
  • Road Dogg will be this week’s guest on Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast.
  • Edge will star with Kelsey Grammer and Denise Richards in “Money Plane,” an action movie that is due to be released on digital platforms on July 10.
  • Today’s free matches added to WWE’s YouTube page include Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor from NXT TakeOver: The End and Kurt Angle vs. Edge from Backlash 2002.

Other Wrestling

  • Bushiroad said today in a statement that they are restarting live events in the wake of emergency orders being lifted across Japan. They also said that everyone in both New Japan Pro Wrestling and Stardom will undergo antibody tests.
  • After it was announced that she’s coming to the promotion, Deonna Purrazzo will make her first appearance on next Tuesday’s episode of Impact. Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace will also defend her title against Taya Valkyrie on the episode.
  • Cash Wheeler announced that FTR will be auctioning off ring-worn items to raise money for Black Lives Matter charities on Friday and auctioning ring-worn items in support of Pride Month on Tuesday, with there also being items donated and signed by Sonya Deville. FTR plan on matching and donating any amount they raise with the auctions.
  • Flip Gordon spoke to Wrestling Inc about his new contract with ROH.
  • ROH stars will play Dungeons & Dragons on their YouTube channel this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Participants include Cheeseburger, Session Moth Martina, Beer City Bruiser, Joe Hendry, and Brawler Milonas.
  • DDP bestowed the Diamond Cutter to QT Marshall.
  • Sugar Dunkerton is the guest on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho.

MMA

  • The first episode of UFC 250 Embedded is now available. 
  • Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade has been set for July 11, while a fight between Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez is being targeted for July 15.
  • Rafael dos Anjos is interested in a number of fights, including Anthony Pettis and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
  • Former UFC fighter Takeya Mizugaki, 36, has announced his retirement from MMA.
  • UFC has a video on the rise of Sean O’Malley. 
  • Tim Sylvia wrote on Instagram that he is still having trouble from the broken arm he suffered when he fought Frank Mir back in 2004: :So my arm been giving me problems for over a year now. The screws are backing out from my arm break when i fought @thefrankmir my dr. Contacted the @ufc cause it was paid for by them the first time. Sort of under workman’s comp. The ufc says it’s not there problem and will not cover it. I don’t have insurance and it’s going to cost well over 10,000 dollars to get fixed. Any thoughts on what i should do?:

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