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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

The aftermath of the AEW brawl after All Out
Why suspensions were lifted
The CM Punk injury and how it changes things
AEW video game promotion in Japan
What people under suspension aren't allowed to do
Tony Khan position
Clearing up some wrestling stories
Ideas for AEW to improve the developmental rate of its young talent
The most important thing for AEW long-term
Ways to get wrestlers more time in the ring
Ways to get wrestlers more time learning promos and angles
Complete coverage of UFC 279
The life and death of UFC star Elias Theodorou
Coverage of this past week's Stardom PPV show
How every wrestling show this past week did in the ratings, competition, football, where WWE & AEW fall in entertainment standings, how the segments on the major shows did
Unique finish to set up CMLL tournament final
Final build to the anniversary show
CMLL star undergoes surgery
Promotion talk about new reality show idea
Stardom Five Star Grand Prix update
New Japan and Stardom business rundowns, profits, losses, revenue, streaming numbers
Kota Ibushi update
Yuji Nagata celebrates 30 years in the ring
New Japan Strong TV for the future
Talk about the Desperado vs. Jun Kasai bloodbath
Generational dream match announced between 80 legend and modern legend
Konosuke Takeshita's ten year anniversary
Ricky Steamboat returns to the ring
How viewing is changing
Story behind Steamboat's comeback
More on movies about 80s stars and a movie on the life of modern star
Hall of Famer from Japan wants match with Moxley
Wrestling cartoon show canceled
Latest on WBD and wrestling
More AEW injury news
Ticket sale numbers for WWE & AEW shows
International TV numbers
Streaming numbers
More on the business of doing major shows
Commission examining UFC backstage brawl
More Clash at the Castle news
WWE projected revenue for this year
Why Raw will have a problem next week
Gable Steveson update
New talent coming to NXT
A&E bio news

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Tuesday News Update



  • Damian Priest, Finn Balor, and Rhea Ripley will be the guests on WWE’s The Bump tomorrow morning.
  • Matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Big E vs. Roman Reigns from the September 20, 2021 edition of Raw, New Day vs. The Bloodline also from the September 20, 2021 edition of Raw, and Goldberg vs. Kane from the December 8, 2003 edition of Raw.


  • This week’s AEW Road to, focusing on Wednesday’s Grand Slam event.
  • Tony Khan announced on social media that Grand Slam is now the highest grossing TV show in AEW history.
  • Khan also wrote on Twitter: "To celebrate the biggest live gate tomorrow night at AEW Grand Slam, we have a special gift for the ticket buyer who puts us at or above the $1 million mark for the first time ever: a commemorative Grand Slam chair signed by greats from the Tournament of Champions!"
  • Action Bronson was on Ariel Helwani’s podcast talking about his match at AEW Rampage Grand Slam.
  • John Silver was interviewed by NY Sportsday ahead of Wednesday’s AEW Grand Slam event.
  • Silver also talked to Wrestling Junkie about balancing comedy with wrestling. "The thing is, some of the biggest stars in wrestling have been funny also,” he said. “If you look at The Rock, all his promos are pretty funny. Kurt Angle. These are people that can go in the ring that are the biggest stars ever, but they bring a lot of comedy to it as well. I really don’t worry about it. The real fans are going to appreciate the comedy, but also the wrestling. So I really don’t think about it that much.”
  • In addition to his interview with Helwani, MJF was also on the Rasslin podcast with Brandon Walker.
  • This week’s Sammy Guevara vlog.

Other Wrestling

  • PWInsider reported that the third season of Young Rock officially kicked off production on Monday in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Tony Deppen will face YAMATO at GCW Fight Club on October 8.
  • Jonathan Gresham will be working dates for GCW, including October 8, 9, 22, 23, and November 20.
  • The second season of Heels on Starz will premiere on October 9.
  • David Finlay was interviewed by NJPW’s website.
  • The upcoming wrestling RPG WrestleQuest has released a new combat trailer.
  • The Rock shared a new poster for the upcoming film Black Adam on social media.
  • Masked Republic announced in a press release that they have teamed with Carlos “Spiff TV” Suarez and DJ Luian will be featured in “a new transmedia franchise” inspired by lucha libre films.
  • NWA stars Cyon, Natalia Markova, and Bryan Idol appear in the new Smashing Pumpkins video “Beguiled”.
  • Greg “The Hammer” Valentine turns 71 today. Other birthdays include Ethan Page and Arn Anderson