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WON NEWSLETTER: June 14, 2021 Observer Newsletter: SummerSlam to Las Vegas, NJPW Dominion review

Updated coverage on SummerSlam and early word on Survivor Series is the lead story on this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We look at the location, the time of the show and why they are limited in time, the new stadium, talk about top matches plus more on Dwayne Johnson and WrestleMania, Survivor Series and a plan for an August Takeover.

Also in this issue:

Dominion, the Shingo Takagi title win, with match-by-match coverage, star ratings, poll results, business notes and booking direction.

Plans for a WWE draft, a WWE TV show on verge of being canceled, Bret Hart documentary, Stephanie McMahon talks WWE business, WWE ticket sales, Miz talks injury, UK & Canada viewing numbers, WWE looks a changes in how it does house hows, WWE autograph new rules, most watched WWE videos of the past week and WWE market value.

The next two WWE major events with lineups, notes about the Takeover crowd, matches announced and not yet announced for Hell in a Cell and more.

Full coverage of this past Saturday's UFC show.

Cyber Fight show combining NOAH, DDT, Ganbare Pro and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling.  We look at Keiji Muto's title loss, why he got the title in the first place, why Marufuji wasn't the guy who should have won, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

The death of controversial wrestler Angel o Demonio.

More into detail on the ratings than any other source, how many different viewers the shows had which is very different from the television number, breakdown of who watches the shows, 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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Bryan and I will be back tonight taking In Your House Takeover, Stardom PPV and the rest of the latest news. You can also send questions to the show tonight to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Antonio Inoki, 78, had emergency surgery due to an intestinal issue a few weeks ago. He has been hospitalized for much of this year with various health problems and his lower back is in a lot of pain and deteriorating leaving him mostly wheelchair bound.    

Sinclair is looking at adding a streaming sports channel. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

NXT Takeover tonight at 8 p.m. on Peacock from Orlando, FL:

  • Xia Li vs.  Mercedes Martinez. The biggest test of Li's career to date. Li is currently a -950 favorite to win
  • Cameron Grimes vs. LA Knight in a ladder match to revive the old Million Dollar belt. The build has been comedy oriented. Grimes is outstanding and this will be a new environment for him. He started training with the ladder experts like the Hardys as a teenager. Knight's been given a big chance here. Grimes is a very slight betting favorite at -125.
  • Bronson Reed & MSK defend both the North American title and NXT tag titles against Santos Escobar & Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza. I'm not a fan of singles and tag titles being defended in matches that aren't singles or four-man tag matches. But it looks to be a good action match. Reed & MSK are -850 favorites.
  • Raquel Gonzalez vs. Ember Moon for the women's title. Another big test for Gonzalez who is a huge favorite to retain at -1000.
  • Karrion Kross defends the NXT title against Adam Cole, Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly and Johnny Gargano. By all rights given the talent involved and that they are likely to be going 30:00 or more, this should be a classic match. The last updated odds had Kross as the favorite at -250, while Cole is +550, O'Reilly is +750, Gargano is +1000 and Dunne is +1100.

We're doing polls this weekend on both UFC 263 and NXT Takeover In Your House so you can leave a thumbs up, down or middle along with a best and worst match from each show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

How is this for a story on Brandon Moreno:

  • He debuted on the Ultimate Fighter and was the last man picked
  • He was cut by UFC after some losses
  • His weight class was scheduled to be dropped except Henry Cejudo saved it
  • He became the first Mexican-born UFC champion last night.

Moreno's title win was one of the best feel good moments in UFC history.

Dana White last night said that he thinks Colby Covington and not Leon Edwards should get the next welterweight title shot at Kamaru Usman.

Nate Diaz said he wants to fight again in the next few months. Diaz got an amazing pop and reaction throughout his fight. If he had pulled that win out in the closing seconds it would be talked about for fight of the year.

White said that he thought last night would be Demian Maia's last UFC fight. It was the last fight of Maia's contract and he's 43 years old.

As far as Lauren Murphy vs. Joanne Calderwood's fight for a potential women's flyweight title shot, which Murphy won via split decision, Murphy won round two and Calderwood won round three. The first round was very close and could have gone either way so it was just a close fight.  Media scores were 55 percent for Calderwood and 45 percent for Murphy.

Today's is the 12th anniversary of the death of Mitshuaru Misawa from a severed spine from neck problems. Misawa was among the greatest wrestlers of all-time and as far as a major arena is concerned, Misawa at Budokan Hall would rank with Bruno Sammartino in Madison Square Garden as the biggest and most successful long-term draw in an arena of that size in history.

Lots of stuff made the top 20 Google search charts this past week. UFC was the biggest thing over the weekend with 2.65 million searches from last night's Israel Adesanya vs.  Marvin Vettori fight, a number that was about what you would have expected for a show like that.  Besides Adesanya as part of the main event, the key names searched for included Nate Diaz, Brandon Moreno and Paul Craig. Craig's submission was No. 4 earlier today at 50,000.  For yesterday, the Tik Tok vs. YouTube fight show did 1.2 million for No. 2, Diaz was No. 4 with 500,000.  Moreno was No. 10 at 100,000.  Aaron Carter in a celebrity boxing match was No. 5 on Friday at 200,000.  Claressa Shields making her MMA debut on Thursday was No. 11 at 100,000.  The Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul show did 5 million.  NXT Takeovers have charted before but most often they don't. I would not expect tonight's show to do so.

The Mark Henry wanting to bring Adam Scherr (Braun Strowman) to AEW story.

With the A&E bio season over, there is a Most Wanted Treasures episode going head-to-head with Takeover from 8-10 p.m. on A&E. The show features Stephanie McMahon enlisting Mark Henry and Paul Wight to search for Andre the Giant memorabilia. This was filmed before either Henry or Wight went to AEW.  


Cara Noir defends his Progress title against Elijah in the main event for the show that takes place 6/19 and airs on Peacock.


  • A story on the Lamar Odom vs. Aaron Carter fight.
  • AAW from Friday night in Merrionette Park, IL before 440 fans:  Hakim Zane (Rohit Raju) & Ace Austin & Madman Fulton b Dante Leon & Travis Titan & Myron Reed, Davey Vega b Stor Grayson, Allysin Kay b Allie Katch, Josh Alexander d Mat Fitchett( (said to be really good), Joeasa & Deonn Rusman b Manders & Matthew Justice to win AAW title titles, Schaff b AJZ, Fred Yehi b Daniel Garcia, Kris Statlander b Hyan to keep AAW women's title, Mance Warner b Jake Something to keep AAW title.  
  • Legacy Fighting announced  a 7/2 show in Shawnee, OK at the Grand event Center just outside of Oklahoma City.  Jesse Murray (8-3) faces Joshua Silveira (5-0), the son of Marcus Conan Silveira and a former wrestler at Arizona State) for the light heavyweight title in the main event.  The co-main event, for the interim flyweight title, has Charles Johnson (8-2) vs Yuma Horiuchi (8-3).  Horiuchi is the first Japanese fighter to sign with the LFA.  Like all LFA shows, this will air on UFC Fight Pass live.
  • EPW from last night in Western Australia: Dan Moore & Bobby Marshall & Jesse Lambert b Aaron Hawk & Jonathan Windsor & Chris Target, Julian Ward b James Hartness, Damian Slater b Michael Morleone in a submission match, Taylor King & Jack Edwardes b Del Cano & Zenith-DQ in a tag title match, Kaz Jordan b Bruno Nitro, Edith Night b Casey Jones in a street fight, Joel Hagan b Ryan Allen, Marcius Pitt b Gavin McGavin.  Next show is 7/25 headlined by Mikey Nicholls vs. Kiel Steria for the EPW title.
  • Due to a lockdown, the Melbourne City Wrestling show this month has been moved to 7/10. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • A horse that goes by the name Dick the Bruiser won a race yesterday at Arlington Park in Chicago (thanks to Barry Werner)
  • Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis:  Rick Ruby b Jimmy D, Johnny Blade b Garrett Shanks, CJ Shine b Frodo the Ghost, Moondog Rover b Damion Cortess, D'Mon G d Ryan Ash, Ricky Cruz & Keith Smith Jr. b Kahyman & Damian Blade-DQ, Moondog Rover & Ricky Cruz & Keith Smith Jr. b Kahyman & Damian Blade & Damion Cortess (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Mission Pro Wrestling from last night in Buda, TX:  VertVixen b Rache Chanel, Alex Gracia b Shana Reed, Jazmin Allure b Gypsy Mac, JennaCide b Savanna Evans, Robyn Renegade & Charlotte Renegade b Killa Kate & Seishin, Holidead won three-way over Marti Belle and KiLynn King, Rosa Negra b Masha Slamovich to keep the title.  This is Thunder Rosa's all-women's promotion and lots of the talent from here works AEW. (thanks to wrestlingwithdemons.com)

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