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WON NEWSLETTER: May 3, 2021 Observer Newsletter: UFC 261 recap, NHL-Turner deal

How the NHL deal affects both WWE and AEW is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  

We look at the deal, have Tony Khan's comments on it, update on AEW and TNT, AEW vs. NHL ratings, declining ratings equals larger right fees, notes on the next WWE and AEW deals, and key contract years for AEW and WWE.

Also in this issue:

A complete rundown of UFC 261, background of the show, match-by-match coverage, poll results, business notes, as well as what categories UFC won in television ratings this past week.

Peacock subscribers, Supreme Court ruling on a WWE case, WWE going back on the road, Mickie James talks her issues with her final run, why no second Evolution PPV show,  front office changes in WWE, Daniel Bryan talks his future goals, Paul Levesque talks physical Hall of Fame, new WWE announcer, new WWE signings, how wrestling fared as compared with other sports on television, former headliner says he's returning to WWE, upcoming major TV matches and the most-watched segments on YouTube of recent shows.

CMLL and ROH relationship falling apart, how Mexico is changing with a new promotion, the question a lot of the CMLL and AAA wrestlers have to ask themselves and money figures the top talent is getting with the new promotion.

What other wrestlers held three major world titles in three different companies besides Kenny Omega and details of that. 

Impact Rebellion with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results, as well as early PPV notes, where the company is going forward and what happened in the Omega vs. Swann match.

WWE's highest stakes television match in a long time with Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan.

A feature on Jake Paul, Triller's lawsuit, and Paul challenges involving Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz and Kamaru Usman.

PPV numbers from television from every company over the past six months.

More on last week's feature about historical world title unification matches from different companies, including a reference to Babe Ruth.

How long the average fan watches the key wrestling shows, how many different people are actually watching, what show is watched live the most and what show is time delayed the most.

More into detail on the ratings than any other source, how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.

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We have a number of new shows up this weekend. Bryan and Lance Storm did a Friday night show and Bryan and I also talked to Chris Jericho for a long show on Friday talking behind the scenes in AEW, Garrett and I did a lengthy show with Evan Husney talking Dark Side of the Ring which was a really interesting show talking about the past seasons and the  coming seasons.  Bryan and I also did our weekend show last night.

For Google trends this past week, yesterday's UFC show was No. 5 with 200,000 while the Anthony Ruiz vs. Chris Arreola boxing match on PPV was No. 11 at 100,000. Joe Rogan was No. 15 on Wednesday with 100,000 for his giving people medical advice on the vaccine, while Logan Paul was No. 2 on Tuesday with 200,000  for the announcement of his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Jiri Prochazka looked like a very legit light heavyweight title contender with his win over Dominick Reyes last night. He'll face the winner of Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira for the title in his next fight most likely.

UFC has nothing officially announced for a main event for this coming Saturday's show on ESPN. There is talk of Michelle Waterson vs. Marina Rodriguez as the headliner. Cody Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw was to be the main event, but Dillashaw suffered a bad cut and is likely out. Donald Cerrone vs. Diego Sanchez was the semi, but Sanchez was released from his contract.

The camp of Kai Kamaka III is protesting the decision of last night's fight with TJ Brown. Judge Michael Bell and Sal D'Amato both gave rounds one and three to Brown, giving him the win.  Judge Adelaide Byrd gave all three rounds to Kamaka. Reporters' scores were 100 percent for Kamaka.

Greg Oliver has a story on the death of former wrestling promoter Rob Russen at 75.  His background included founding the NWF and IWA, promoting house shows for WCW and at one point being Vice President of Verne Gagne's AWA.  He also had a background in music and boxing. Russen had been in poor health for years and passed away in The Philippines.

New Japan's first show of Wrestling Dontaku from the Fukuoka Convention Center will be at 5 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning with live English commentary:

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Master Wato & Tiger Mask & Toru Yano vs. Dick Togo & Evil & Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori
  • Minoru Suzuki & Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Kazuchika Okada & Sho & Yoh
  • Will Ospreay & Jeff Cobb & Great O'Khan & Aaron Henare vs. Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Bushi
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tanga Loa - if Sabre wins, he and Taichi get a tag title shot, if Sabre loses, he and Taichi can never challenge for the titles again
  • Tama Tonga vs. Taichi ladder match for possession of the iron fingers
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White for the Never openweight title

Late Monday night at 2 a.m. Eastern or 11 p.m. Pacific (starts as Raw ends on the West Coast) will be the second Dontaku show featuring Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi for the IWGP heavyweight title.  Keep in mind these two already had a match of the year winner in 2019.

The A&E biography on Randy Savage airs at 8 p.m. tonight, followed by the search for WWE treasures on A&E at 10 p.m.

At last night's Rey De Reyes show, besides the set up for Kenny Omega vs. Andrade El Idolo for the AAA title and Deonna Purrazzo vs. Faby Apache for the Knockouts title vs. Reina de Reinas title, they also introduced Diamante Azul, Puma King and Sam Adonis with a "La Empresa" T-shirt in th 104th NWO remake. La Empresa is the nickname of CMLL, although they haven't been called the Empresa since the 90s.

Impact is doing a special offer that you can get two months free of Impact Plus by ordering using the promo code REBELLIONX


  • The Orange County Register has a story on Tito Ortiz filing for unemployment benefits.
  • This week's SWE Fury television show results: Moonshine Mantell defeated Bam Bam Malone Amber Nova and Charity Kane defeated Miranda Gordy & WOAD Big Cass aka Caz XL with Melina defeated Christian Mox Rodney Mac successfully defended the SWE TV Title over Noby Briant Texas Champion The Blood Hunter with Salina De La Renta defeated SWE Fury World Champion Charlie Haas beat Will Alde The full episode can be found here.
  • BCW from Friday night in Melbourne, Australia:  Skech b Carlo Cannon in a last man standing match, Mitch Waterman b Royce Chambers to keep the Battle Express title, Caity Luxe b Viksin, Zhan Wn b Big Cuz in a bodyslam match, Slex b Nick Bury to win the BCW title, Tome Filip & Cadman b Gore & Stevie Filip, Gabriel Wolfe b Adams Brooks via count out, Mad Dog & Cletus b Jonathan Preston & Sean Preston to win the BCW tag titles.  Next show is 5/8 with Marcius Pitt vs. Caveman Ugg and Royce Chambers vs. Slex. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • The LFA announced shows on 5/14 and 5/21 for Fight Pass from Sioux Falls, SD at the Sanford Pentagon.  The 5/14 show has Rafael Carvalho (16-5) vs. Sharaf Daviatmurodov (17-3)-1) in a middleweight bout and Vernon Lewis (8-4) vs. Alejandro Solorzan (9-2) in a heavyweight bout.  5/21 has Josh Friend (7-1) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (8-3) in a middleweight bout.
  • AXS TV will be airing the 2013 Slammiversary show headlined by Bully Ray vs. Sting for the TNA title in a no holds barred match, Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles and a tag title match with Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Austin Aries & Bobby Roode vs. James Storm & Gunner.
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling on 5/22 in Glen Carbon, IL at the Sports Academy.
  • MLW is billing its Wednesday night show on YouTube around Josef Samael controlling all championship bouts of Jacob Fatu.
  • Stardom from today in Hiroshima: Saya Kamitani won three-way over Hina and Lady C, Utami Hayashishita b Rina, Maika & Himeka & Natsupoi b Tam Nakano & Mina Shirakawa & Unagi Sayaka, Mayu Iwatani & Starlight Kid & Hanan b Natsuko Tora & Konami & Ruaka, Giulia & Syuri b Momo Watanabe & AZM to retain the Goddesses of Stardom tag titles

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