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Daily Update: AEW Awards, Tony Schiavone, Jonathan Gresham

The AEW Awards are set to return, Schiavone talks Cody & Brandi Rhodes leaving AEW, and more.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2021 Awards issue, Cody and Brandi Rhodes leave AEW

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Wednesday News Update



  • Lita posted a message on Instagram reflecting on her Raw Women’s Championship match against Becky Lynch at Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia: “What an experience. It’s hard to put into words everything I’ve felt these past few weeks. But I can say the support I’ve received from all of you has touched me deeply. I thank you so much for the time you took to cheer me on, and the faith you had in me to get back in the ring. To the women currently grinding on the road to keep raising the bar, you inspire me daily. If this was the end, I am so proud. If it is not, I will arrive more prepared, train harder, and find a way to dig deeper. #thankyou #wwechamber #saudiarabia #lita #wwe”
  • After last night’s NXT went off the air, Tommaso Ciampa gave a speech to the crowd talking about what it means to him to be part of NXT. Bron Breakker & Ciampa are set to face Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode on next Tuesday’s episode of the show.
  • WWE ring announcer Samantha Irvin celebrated being five years sober.
  • Titus O’Neil, Damian Priest, and Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons were guests on this morning’s edition of WWE’s The Bump.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg for the WWE Championship from SummerSlam 2021, Kane vs. King Booker in a falls count anywhere match from the February 23, 2007 episode of SmackDown, and Rey Mysterio vs. Kane from the February 25, 2011 episode of SmackDown.

Other Wrestling

  • The AEW Awards will be making their return with a broadcast airing on YouTube at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, March 23. Voting for the awards is now open.
  • On his What Happened When podcast, Tony Schiavone spoke about Cody and Brandi Rhodes leaving AEW: “Cody Rhodes to me was one of the faces of AEW. Cody was the one who got me in touch with Tony Khan, and that’s why I signed. Of course, I’m very close to the family. We took many bus rides together to Jacksonville. I consider him and Brandi friends. I think we’re a better organization today because of them. I would like to wish them both the best and thank them for what they did for me. They played a major role in what AEW is. But, after you get over the shock of it, you kind of think, ‘You know what? It’s wrestling. It happens.’ This is the first one that’s left our company, but it’s one of our biggest names that left the company, so that’s why it’s the biggest shock. I’m very surprised and I hope he does well.”
  • Brandi Rhodes noted that her Shot of Brandi YouTube series belongs to her and will be continuing.
  • Fightful reported that ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham is scheduled to be backstage at tonight’s Dynamite in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • Paul Wight has joined the cast of sci-fi NFT series GenZeroes and will also be a producer for the show.
  • Lance Archer tweeted last night that his flight attempted to land four times before finally doing so safely: “Well that was fun! Never had a flight attempt to land 4 dif times. But finally did safely. That’s the main thing right?!”
  • Bryan Danielson made an appearance on SiriusXM’s Throwing Down with Renee Paquette and guest co-host Ryan McKinnell.
  • AEW announced its updated roster rankings.
  • AEW and Joe Hand Promotions have partnered together to make March’s Revolution pay-per-view available in select movie theaters.
  • “Cashflow” Ken Broadway will make his MLW debut against Ikuro Kwon at this Saturday’s SuperFight tapings in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • AJ Gray vs. ACH for the GCW Extreme Championship and Tony Deppen vs. Kevin Blackwood have been added to this Friday’s GCW Welcome to Heartbreak show in Los Angeles.
  • Violence is Forever and The Bad News Boyz will be two of the play-in teams for this year’s NWA Crockett Cup tournament.
  • Trish Stratus will be appearing at this year’s WrestleCon convention in Dallas during WrestleMania week.
  • Robbie Fox spoke to Matt Cardona on Barstool Sports’ My Mom’s Basement.
  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Cardona discussed why right now is the greatest time of his career: “This is the greatest time of my life and the greatest time of my career. I’m so busy, working on the podcast, wrestling, and being in the gym. I love the grind, I love the hustle. And I loved WWE – and I could pitch ideas, but nine out of ten times, they wouldn’t happen. Now I can do whatever I want.”