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WON NEWSLETTER: June 8, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Black Lives Matter

We have a feature on systemic prejudice in the U.S. as the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Also in this issue:

The Dana White/Jon Jones story, explaning the economic realities, the economic fallacies and where things stand with both men's arguments. We look at what does and doesn't make sense economically, why Jones and Conor McGregor and all the top draws have lost value to UFC, plus exactly what both men have said about each other and where things stand.

The economics of what Jones has drawn in the past, and the numbers of recent UFC show.

The unwritten WWE rule about not criticizing other talent in a public forum outside of storyline-related reasons, why it was broken this past week, what was said, as well as looking at the ties beween the ownerships of the different wrestling companies with Donald Trump, statements released, and the key things no talent can say.

New WWE Network updates.

Upcoming guidelines for WWE shows, Paul Levesque talks COVID testing, notes on more WWE cuts, Vince McMahon sends out memo, original Gronkowski plans and why they changed and why now.

Upcoming Backlash and Takeover shows, an update on the XFL bankruptcy, how WWE is involved and more.

Update the Kairi Sane injury, Vince McMahon bio, Drake Maverick angle, people talked about for main roster, WWE hires new man t head the Middle East business, Kurt Angle talks why he's not returning at this point to WWE, plus we look at the current market value of WWE and poll results, as well as WWE's own track record.

Coverage of Saturday's UFC show with the storylines and the business news, plus match-by-match coverage.

A large feature on the retirement of Stu Saks and the westling magazine era, the life and times and the glory years of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the death of the magazine business, how VinceMcMahon tried to kill it early, and the different stages of the magazine era.

A feature on the wrestling career, and life of Danny Havoc from many of the people who knew him best in the industry.

In-depth looks at the 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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  • Tuesday’s edition of WWE Backstage will be an all-women's episode of the show. Sonya Deville has been announced as a guest for it. As the lead-in to Backstage, FS1 is airing WWE’s Evolution PPV from 2018 starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
  • WWE Watch Along will air on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch during NXT TakeOver: In Your House tomorrow night. Natalya, Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Renee Young, and more will appear.
  • Shawn Michaels, Keith Lee, Mia Yim, X-Pac, and Mauro Ranallo are appearing on tomorrow’s special edition of WWE’s The Bump, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.
  • WWE posted a brief video with Todd Pettengill running down the card for TakeOver: In Your House.
  • Triple H teased that the band Code Orange will be performing at TakeOver.
  • Xavier Woods gave a powerful speech about his life experiences, community, and taking action against racism.
  • Charlotte Flair spoke to The Daily Star about Bayley and her heel character: "I think [having] the opportunity to evolve, and being on camera with her real-life best friend [Sasha Banks], and playing off of that, has really given her layers to the character. It has been fun to watch, but I do think that when it's the two of us, it's very hard to tell that story! It's like 'Am I the bad guy? are you the bad guy?!. But, from afar and as an outsider looking in, it has been great to see her take the ball and run with it, because I don't know that it is a natural fit for her. It is coming across that way and it's great."
  • Talksport interviewed Matt Riddle about his backstage confrontation with Brock Lesnar from this year’s Royal Rumble.
  • The Metro also has an interview with Riddle.
  • The WWE Performance Center’s YouTube channel released a video on Kurt Angle refereeing Riddle and Timothy Thatcher’s cage fight on NXT.
  • AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan will be the grand marshals for the NASCAR Cup series event on FS1 on Wednesday.
  • Today is WWE Champion Drew McIntyre’s 35th birthday. WWE has a Playlist video of McIntyre’s greatest conquests.
  • El Hijo del Fantasma’s mother got a tattoo of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship to celebrate her son’s title win.
  • Members of the WWE roster picked what they think the greatest match ever is.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Asuka vs. Bayley from NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II and Seth Rollins vs. Batista from the May 9, 2014 episode of SmackDown.

Other Wrestling

  • FTR appeared on yesterday’s episode of the Jim Cornette Experience. While furthering their feud with The Young Bucks, they claimed that they’re still negotiating with AEW: “That’s the thing. So, we’re negotiating still. We have a short-term almost handshake deal because they want to get this thing done because it’s been talked about for so many years. So we’re not under any long-term obligation to anybody...We’ve been very transparent with them that we’re willing to work with these guys, but there’s a very real possibility that it’s not going to be pretty and we’re not going to respond well to some of the things they said before. He knows this…I think Tony is very aware of those things you said, I think he knows and I think he welcomes it. He seems very excited about the possibility that things could get real ugly real quick and if he’s willing to do these deals that he’s kind of put in place right now, to me that’s the green light to do whatever we need to do.”
  • On episode two of NWA Girl Power, Marti Belle, Allysin Kay, MJ Jenkins, and Ayla Fox had a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd and issues of racism and police brutality.
  • In an interview for WrestleZone’s The Watch List, Chris Jericho discussed his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi from Wrestle Kingdom 14 and the Stadium Stampede match from Double or Nothing: “If you haven’t seen Jericho versus [Hiroshi] Tanahashi from Tokyo Dome -- this year, it seems like it was years ago -- but that was one of my favorite matches because you have two guys with the same mindset. Everyone thinks you just go to Japan and beat the sh*t out of each other, and that’s not the case. Tanahashi is really smart and I enjoyed putting that match together, the camaraderie we had. Never worked, never touched each other in the ring ever, and that’s when you know you have a real pro in there. And then the Stadium Stampede -- if you haven’t seen it, some people are calling it the best match they’ve ever seen. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for many reasons. Wrestling has all different shapes and sizes and we used all of them in that Stadium Stampede match.”


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