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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: July 11, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Money in the Bank recap, WWE & AEW business notes

Among the highlights:

  • Match and Performer of the week
  • Full coverage of Money in the Bank, business numbers and analysis, crossover fans with AEW, SummerSlam show and business and a look at the SummerSlam card.
  • The last two months of business for WWE and AEW, including major notes regarding both companies as far as arena success and a change in momentum going forward, as well as major gains by wrestling in what age groups.
  • New Japan talks its business when it comes to training young talent, goals for G-1, women's matches in New Japan, return to the UK, joint show with Stardom and changing from old traditions.
  • UFC 276 coverage and what comes next for the champions, controversies, rundowns of the fights and business notes.
  • The life of Masashi Aoyagi, one of the key players in the start of the Japanese indie scene, as well as in the connection of karate to pro wrestling
  • The career and controversies of the retiring UFC star Donald Cerrone
  • The story of PWG and its influence on the changes in pro wrestling and what we were taught that was no longer valid to modern fans. A look at 19 years of some of the best matches ever held and top stars before they became famous.
  • The most detailed look at pro wrestling on television and ratings over the past week
  • More on sports rights fees and Tony Khan talks negotiations
  • Realities of pro wrestling on television
  • The next ROH PPV show
  • AEW sets international ratings record
  • Ticket sales for upcoming WWE & AEW shows
  • Looking back at WWE working with promotions on a joint promotion show
  • Streaming numbers for WWE & AEW
  • Big E update
  • Tyson Fury/WWE update
  • Israel Adesanya wants to do WWE
  • WWE & UFC head-to-head several more times this year for major shows
  • Next MSG show
  • Rundown of A&E TV shows on Sunday nights

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: May 30, 2005 Observer Newsletter: UPN moves SmackDown to Friday, ECW PPV turns into political fight

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Monday News Update

  • Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering Raw and the latest news. You can send questions for tonight's show to
  • Jon Moxley vs. Konosuke Takeshita in a non-title match has been added to Dynamite on Wednesday. This will be an interesting ratings match. Moxley is the company's biggest non-injured draw. Takeshita has been booked as a guy who has great matches but loses to the stars. It's an eliminator match which means if Takeshita wins, he gets a title shot. It would be one of the boldest star making moves for Takeshita to win, but Tony Khan usually doesn't book that way. On paper it's a great match.
  • Both the Pac vs. Shota Umino match from RevPro in England and Thunder Rosa's non-title loss to Miyu Yamashita on Saturday's Tokyo Joshi Pro show will air as part of Dark tomorrow night. Rosa will be defending against Yamashita shortly. Jonathan Gresham's ROH title match with Lee Moriarty will be taped on Wednesday for Friday airing on Rampage and likely lead to whatever the ROH title match is on the 7/23 PPV show.
  • Raw tonight has the first-ever singles match with Finn Balor vs. Rey Mysterio, coming from San Antonio, where Mysterio should be over huge in theory. Bianca Belair defends the women's title against Carmella. Brock Lesnar is on the show. Theory vs. Riddle and a Bobby Lashley open challenge were advertised but have been pulled from the show. They have a strong advance for tonight as WWE is showing an upswing in live business and will have more than 7,500 in the building.
  • Discovery announced today that Shark Week starts 7/24 with Dwayne Johnson as the Master of Ceremonies. 
  • We're looking for your thoughts on the Stardom PPV show from Saturday, so you can leave a thumbs up, down or middle, plus a best and worst match to
  • The movie "Marcus" (not to be confused with a 2018 movie of the same name) starring Paul Wight will be released digitally and at theaters on Friday.
  • WWE from Waco, TX last night:
  • Dana Brooke b Doudrop
  • Carmella b Brooke to win the 24/7 title
  • Brooke b Carmella to regain the title with distraction from Doudrop
  • Ezekiel b Ciampa
  • Veer Mahaan b R-Truth
  • Finn Balor b Dominik Mysterio
  • Ziggler b Theory (a correction from yesterday's report from Bossier City, Ziggler wont hat match as well)
  • Omos b Cedric Alexander
  • Asuka b Becky Lynch
  • Riddle b Seth Rollins in a street fight (thanks to Jared McClure)


  • In the American Century Celebrity Golf championship over the weekend, Pat McAfee tied for 61st place and The Miz was in 81st place (thanks to Brian Henke)
  • Mandy Rose vs. Roxanne Perez, Giovanni Vinci vs. Apollo Crews and Solo Sikoa vs. Von Wagner are the top bouts for NXT tomorrow.
  • Noam Dar vs.Mark Coffey for the Heritage title will be on NXT UK on Thursday

Other Notes

  • Jake Paul claims that Hasim Rahman Jr. (son of the former heavyweight champion) is now trying to renegotiate his deal so his 8/6 Madison Square Garden boxing match could be in jeopardy. They have a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Paul was on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and said that Rahman is making ten times his biggest payoff to date, but now wants more. Rahman is 12-1. Paul said they are not giving him any more money and claims Rahman may be scared to fight him.
  • Combate Global runs on Paramount Plus this coming Friday night at 11 p.m. with a women's 105-pound bout with Ana Palacios (6-1-1) vs.Bo Hyun Park of Korea (4-1).