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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Roman Reigns cutting back on WWE appearances, Kota Ibushi-NJPW issues

  • Roman Reigns schedule in detail, what he is working, next title defense, current plans on his biggest summer match.
  • Behind the issues with Kota Ibushi and New Japan, where they started, where it stands and who is trying to smooth things over
  • WrestleMania Backlash, business numbers, match-by-match with star ratings and poll results
  • Update on all the big AEW & WWE summer shows, how tickets are moving, secondary market interest and million dollar gates
  • The unique ending of the UFC strawweight title reign by Rose Namajunas and what it says about scoring, cornering and how open scoring plays a part in this
  • Complete UFC 274 coverage with PPV numbers, TV numbers, match-by-match, what next and more
  • The Hall of Fame career of Daniel Cormier, someone who made it to the top in two different sports and becoming a UFC champion having never trained in striking until nearly the age of 30
  • Major joint promotion show lineup
  • Ratings for the past week, where wrestling ranks on cable, where AEW ranks as far as youngest skewing sports shows, how each AEW segment did, and realistic comparisons with last year's numbers
  • Wrestling at Arena Mexico
  • Juice Robinson and his NJPW contract
  • Best of the Super Juniors notes
  • Tammy Sytch updates including sad situation with Bill DeMott
  • Ted DiBiase sued by Mississippi Department of Human Services
  • The life of popular referee and office person Charlie Smith of GCW fame
  • Legend of the 90s coming out of retirement again
  • A look back at the British Bulldogs
  • Lowest rated cable station
  • Match of the week and performer of the week
  • AEW and Warner Media update
  • Upcoming AEW shows
  • Tony Khan talks Bret Hart in AEW
  • Blackpool Combat Club original idea
  • Amazing UFC business run
  • UFC revenue and how much goes to fighters
  • Upcoming UFC matches
  • Former WWE wrestler wins in Bare Knuckle fighting
  • Strange booking of Lacey Evans
  • Questions about the Money in the Bank in 2022
  • International TV ratings
  • Streaming numbers

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Tuesday News Update



  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Cody Rhodes spoke on what he wants his legacy to be. "I don’t want my wrestling legacy solely to be that I helped start an alternative wrestling company,” Rhodes said. “I’m really proud of that and I want it to be part of my legacy, but what I’ve always wanted is what I’m after right now. I’m getting a second chance at that, and that is my entire focus. I want to do this for my whole family. My wife, my daughter, my sister Teil, my mom. If I can’t hand this title to my dad, it would be wonderful to hand it to my mom.”
  • Rhodes also talked about his tattoo, saying there will soon be temporary tatoos on WWE Shop. “Temporary tattoos are going to be released by WWE Shop, and people now see it as an extension of me," he said. "That’s what it is. When I was here before, everyone tried to tell me who I was. That wasn’t a bad thing—I was searching, too. Now I’m reaching my final form. That’s why I am sticking to my guns about my character, keeping it as close as possible to who I am. But I’ll promise you this—I’m not getting another one.”
  • After Booker T on Raw Talk discussed how Seth Rollins had an ‘a lot of help’ in WWE, Rollins responded on Twitter. “This narrative is false. I started wrestling at 18 years old in back rooms of bars, in pole barns, at UAW Halls, the occasional parking lot. Lost money. Broke bones. Drove countless hours alone just to build a name that got erased the second I walked in the WWE door.”
  • The Most Wanted DLC Pack for WWE 2K22 has been released today, which adds Cactus Jack, Vader, The Boogeyman, NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov, and Indi Hartwell to the game’s roster.
  • Deadline is reporting that AGT Extreme, which had premiered earlier this year and featured Nikki Bella as a judge, has been ‘indefinitely parked’ after failing to make it onto NBC’s schedule for the 2022-23 season.
  • A preview for tonight’s Young Rock on NBC: "Nashville, 1987: Rocky takes a promising new wrestling job but is faced with a difficult decision; Ata spends a night out with Miss Elizabeth; teenage Dwayne starts to worry about his dad's health; in 2032, Dwayne seeks advice from an old friend.”
  • Sasha Banks is a guest on 'old as Balls with Kevin Hart.


  • William Regal told Metro UK that he will never wrestle again. “No, never. No,” he said. “My last official match was against Cesaro. My last few years, I didn’t realise – it’s come out recently, I had a serious neck problem for 20-odd years. It finally caught up with me. All I ever wanted was a 20-year wrestling career when I started – I ended up with a 30-year wrestling career. I couldn’t have asked for any more. If you’re not me and you’re just looking from the outside, “Oh he should have been this, he should have been that” – no.”
  • Dustin Rhodes is the guest on this week’s The Sessions with Renee Paquette.
  • Jeff Hardy is the guest on AEW’s Unrestricted podcast.
  • This week’s Sammy Guevara vlog.

Other Wrestling

  • HMC Bruno LLC has announced a 94-minute feature documentary film called “Bruno Sammartino”, which is the authorized biography of the former WWE Champion that chronicles his life growing up in war-torn Italy during World War II to headlining Madison Square Garden. The documentary is out now across various digital outlets including iTunes, Apple TV, Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, and Dish Network, among other on-demand outlets.
  • Bushiroad owner Takkai Kidani on Twitter: “Wrestlers and writers spend their precious time to have matches and create art works for the fans. We should respect them, stand by them when they’re going through hard times to overcome together. We shouldn’t push common sense on creators that make things from scratch.”
  • Sports Illustrated has an article on a new wrestling toy line inspired by the AWA Remco figures from the 1980s.
  • Former WWE star David Otunga appears in the trailer for the upcoming She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series on Disney+.