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Daily Update: Andrade El Idolo, The Shield anniversary, Full Gear

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

*Full coverage of WWE Crown Jewel & New Japan Autumn Attack, business notes on both shows, how successful Crown Jewel was on Peacock, PPV, public interest and business notes on Autumn Attack, plus poll results and more.
*What's next for WWE and New Japan
*Cain Velasquez granted bond, Daniel Cormier talks, and a look back at the situation
*A look back at the 60s and 70s tag team of Kurt & Karl Von Steiger, including unique political moves, the night they won the AWA tag titles and why the team split up
*Full coverage of Saturday's UFC show, including the probe on the suspicious gambling patterns on one of the fights
*Dragon Gate's Gate of Destiny coverage
*PWG's show on Sunday honoring Alan Denkenson and featuring one of the best trios matches of the year and in PWG history
*The most complete look at the TV ratings for the past week
*Streaming numbers
*AEW has great success in one international market, not in another
*Next Stardom PPV show
*Update on the New Japan Tokyo Dome show
*Crazy story of a plot to steal the NWA title by one of the biggest stars of all-time
*More on Andre the Giant carer losses
*A very important note on streaming ratings and what it says for viability of WWE & AEW next deals
*The Nick Aldis-Billy Corgan split
*The story behind former wrestling sponsor winning $75 million and getting national publicity
*Politician wants to honor former national hero wrestler who has been forgotten about since his heyday was 40 yeas ago
*Notes on the Teddy Hart documentary
*A look at the veracity of stories on the Hawaiian episode of Tales from the Territories
*Taryn Terrell career noes
*Wrestler and promoter arrested
*Movie on Baron Von Raschke
*Full Gear notes as well as matches to be added
*Notes on MJF's first major Hollywood role
*A look at AEW ratings in 2021 vs. 2022, what is up, what is down
*Bandido contract notes
*AEW woman star filming a movie
*More on skirmish backstage at Anderson Silva vs. Jake Paul fight
*Upcoming Raw and Smackdown notes
*Sasha Banks training with former WCW star
*WWE injury updates
*Ticket sales for upcoming AEW and WWE events.

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Wednesday News Update



  • Today’s episode of The Bump, featuring JBL and Baron Corbin.
  • Triple H will be speaking at SXSW.
  • Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Jon Moxley spoke to Sports Illustrated on the tenth anniversary of The Shield’s debut in WWE.
  • WWE stock closed at $77.80 on Wednesday.
  • The presale code for WWE’s 30th anniversary of Raw show on January 23 is RAW30.
  • Season 9 of WWE SuperCard will be released today on iOS and Android. New features include a TLC mode, new card tiers, official match commentary, and special equipment.
  • WWE matches added to YouTube today include Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins from WrestleMania Backlash 2022, RK-Bro vs. The Usos from Survivor Series 2021, and Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles from WWE Extreme Rules 2016.


  • Tony Khan on Twitter noted that Full Gear this Saturday is close to a $1 million dollar live gate.
  • MJF on Twitter: “There’s been a shadow casted over AEW by a bunch of f****** bulls***. We are closer then ever to stepping out of the darkness and into the light. We have the roster. We have the platform. Now all we need is stability, change, and leadership. We need the Devil. I’m ready."

Other Wrestling

  • Andrade el Idolo, who is currently suspended from AEW, posted a video saying he would have to pull out of an event in Cudahy, California due to an “issue to attend,” saying he would explain at a later date. During the video, he was shown wearing what appeared to be a hospital gown. Andrade, who was set to face Dralistico, has been replaced by Rey Fenix.
  • William Regal, Christopher Daniels, and Tony Schiavone spoke to Pro Wrestling NOAH about their memories of The Great Muta.
  • Tokyo Joshi Pro has a profile on Billie Starkz, who is heading to the promotion.
  • The full episode of this week’s NWA Power.
  • Nick Alids spoke to Sportskeeda, declaring himself a free agent following his departure from the NWA.
  • David Marquez on the Aldis/NWA split: “For the past week I’ve been asked to comment on the Nick Aldis/NWA fallout. All I’ll say is my dealings with Aldis were not the best and watching him angle for influence within the promotion, I knew he and Billy (whom I’m 50/50 with) would not last as partners. I spent two decades promoting NWA Champions and I enjoyed my time doing that, whomever was wearing the title. I always did my job.”
  • The Polynesian Pro Wrestling episode of Tales from the Territories scored 74,000 viewers, 28,000 in 18-49.
  • Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics reported that the eighth episode of WOW averaged 229,000 viewers, down from the 263,000 viewers from the October 30 episode.