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F4W NEWSLETTER: Rey Mysterio and avoiding missed opportunity

Joseph Currier looks at Rey Mysterio's current WWE run and the value he could still have to the company. Plus, Vinny's TV reviews.

After three years away from the company, Mysterio made his full-time return to WWE last fall. His current run hasn't been a failure, but this is the time when he's freshest to WWE and the fans. That hasn't really been capitalized on.

Mysterio won the US title from Samoa Joe at Money in the Bank, but his reign never got a chance to begin. He had to vacate the title after separating his shoulder. Wherever WWE was going with Mysterio's son Dominick being by his side against Joe, that's seemingly been dropped. When Mysterio returned, he was demolished by Bobby Lashley in his first match back.

Mysterio also participated in a number one contender's battle royal last month, with Rollins winning and advancing to challenge Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Mysterio defeated Zayn at Raw Reunion, though the segment was mostly about returning legends getting to appear. RVD, Sgt. Slaughter, The Hurricane, and Kurt Angle stopped Zayn from walking out. Mysterio then hit the 619 and a frog splash to get the win.

Raw Reunion capitalized on the nostalgia of returning wrestlers from previous eras. Mysterio appearing on the same episode as them showed how much of an opportunity WWE is missing with him. Even at 44 years old, Mysterio is such an incredible in-ring performer. He can still be one of the most marketable people on the roster and one of the wrestlers with the most mainstream appeal. He can still connect as a top babyface. He's a Hall of Fame wrestler that still has a ton of value to the company. WWE moved on from John Cena too quickly when he should have had time left as a top star, and they shouldn't make the same mistake with Mysterio.

WON NEWSLETTER: August 12, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Life and death of Harley Race

The early career of Harley Race, his road to the world title and his battles with Hulk Hogan is the lead story of a special double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We examine why Race made such a convincing champion, the story behind his seventh world title win over Ric Flair and how Vince McMahon attempted to sabotage what at the time was the biggest pro wrestling event in history.  We look at how the Flair vs. Race storyline at the first Starrcade went down, how Flair first became NWA champion, McMahon's big move right before Starrcade, how many modern wrestlers copied him, what he was known for in Japan, the incident with Hogan and the story behind why there was so much of a delay in the Hogan vs. Race program in WWF and why it didn't draw well.

We look at how Race first got involved in pro wrestling, the auto accident that killed his wife and nearly ended his career, his early career, how he got his first major career break at the age of 21, the legend of Bruiser & Crusher vs. The Dolly Sisters tag team, Race the street fighter, the creation of the world tag team championships in Australia, and his rise in the NWA.  We look at the unique situation that led to his first world title reign, why it was never planned and how his work in seven weeks as champion changed his entire career.  We also look at the road to his second world title.

We also update the G-1 Climax tournament with coverage of all the shows this past week with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

We cover the biggest event of the year in Mexico, TripleMania, with business notes, lots on the debut of Cain Velasquez, the story behind his moves, the return of L.A. Park, The Elite, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.

We also explore how the creative changes impacted the SummerSlam show, with notes on the different changes, the Takeover card, and the ticket demand going into the big weekend.

We look at yet another new WWE television show being proposed, Dwayne Johnson retiring as a wrestler, notes on Hobbs & Shaw, NXT business, WWE rules regarding U.K. talent, Goldberg pay, WWE looking at a major acquisition, WWE thinking about house show changes and why, WrestleMania 2021 news, an update on WWE show in Saudi Arabia, and an update on WWE touring schedule.

We have notes on how TV will be routed come October, Fox talks abut Smackdown, lots of WWE injury updates, intergender matches, WWE ticket sales, Mae Young Classic 2019, a new WWE producer, Reigns talks Dean Ambrose, Lio Rush update, a surprise return to WWE in two weeks, complaints at NXT live events about fans, Evolve news, WWE market value, most-watched shows on WWE Network, as well as a rundown on all WWE live events held over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

We've got full coverage of the UFC event in Newark headlined by Colby Covington's win over Robbie Lawler.

We also look back at the PWG 16th anniversary show, the rise of PWG, and the Battle of Los Angeles participants.

We also have full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

As always, we have in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows,the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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  • A steel cage with weapons is suspended above the ring and tarped off at TakeOver: Toronto tonight. It will be the stipulation for the third fall of Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano's NXT Championship match.
  • WWE filmed a segment where R-Truth retained the 24/7 title against Drake Maverick and Titus O’Neil at his SummerSlam meet and greet.
  • Knox County communications director Rob Link noted that Glenn Jacobs (Kane) isn’t scheduled for any upcoming WWE appearances. WWE has advertised Kane for house shows in Bossier City and Lafayette, Louisiana on August 23 and 24.
  • Paige wrote that she’ll need to undergo one more surgery on her neck: “Not the best pic of me but had another consultation with my fave doctor in the world! @thejuanuribe checking up on my neck. Unfortunately I have the neck of a 60 year old. The first fusion healed perfectly. But I developed another hernia above it after my match in Uniondale. It didn’t get better over time.. One more surgery.” Paige also tweeted that she isn't going anywhere: "I’ll be back supporting my girls in no time not going anywhere!"
  • Squared Circle Sirens reported that Kavita Devi will undergo surgery for a torn left ACL on August 15.
  • Bleacher Report has a feature story on Kofi Kingston.
  • A Chicago police officer is under investigation for giving Hulk Hogan a ride on the tarmac of O’Hare International Airport.
  • WWE posted a video from this week’s tryouts in Toronto.
  • WALTER, Yuki Ishikawa, and Timothy Thatcher stopped by the tryouts and visited William Regal. Regal tweeted: “Great @WWENXT try out today in Toronto with hard working competitors and a treat for me to see and talk to like minded Pro Wrestlers Walter, Mr Ishikawa and my friend Timothy Thatcher. I would of loved to compete against all 3 but my time is over. My hair is Dandy though!”
  • WWE has SummerSlam diary videos for Becky Lynch and Ember Moon.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan from SummerSlam 2013 and the North American title ladder match with Adam Cole, Ricochet, Velveteen Dream, Killian Dain, EC3, and Lars Sullivan from NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.

Pro Wrestling

  • Kota Ibushi defeated Kazuchika Okada this morning to advance to the finals of the G1 Climax. The winner of the B Block will be decided at tomorrow morning’s show, which begins at 5 a.m. Eastern time. Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White is the main event, and Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi, Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii vs. Taichi, and Toru Yano vs. Jeff Cobb are the other tournament matches. Goto, Moxley, Naito, and White all have 10 points and are still in the running, while Ishii and Yano are still barely in contention at eight points. The G1 finals will take place at 2 a.m. Eastern time on Monday morning.
  • NJPW held a memorial ceremony for Harley Race prior to today's G1 show.
  • Rush confronted Matt Taven at Summer Supercard last night and was indicated as the next challenger for Taven’s ROH World Championship. Taven retained against Alex Shelley at Summer Supercard, while Rush defeated Dalton Castle in a no DQ match.
  • AEW posted video of Matt Jackson announcing The Young Bucks vs. Private Party for AEW’s second TV episode on October 9. It will be a first round match in their Tag Team title tournament. They also uploaded Hangman Page’s appearance at House of Glory’s High Intensity 8 last night and the promo he cut about his All Out match against Chris Jericho.
  • Marty Scurll will make a pre-show appearance at House of Glory’s Chapter 4 show in Queens, New York on October 5.


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