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WON NEWSLETTER: May 31, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE returning to live crowds, WarnerMedia-Discovery merger

Dave Meltzer reports on WWE returning to live crowds, the proposed WarnerMedia-Discovery merger, Nick Khan has been in talks with New Japan Pro Wrestling about WWE becoming NJPW's exclusive American partner. 

Also in this issue: 

  • Updating WWE going on tour and what early ticket sales show
  • Double or Nothing preview and ticket sales for all upcoming AEW events and what it says about the brand right now
  • Full UFC coverage from last week
  • A look at both Warrior documentaries and separating fact from fiction
  • Collision in Korea and going through fact vs. fiction as well
  • Most detailed look at television viewership over the past week
  • Amazing training notes about an 80s star about to return to the ring
  • AEW TV schedule notes for June

And much more.

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and the rest of the current news with Wrestling Observer Radio as well as taking mailbag questions that can be sent to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

The AEW PPV show did 50,000 searches yesterday for the No 13 spot. That's well below the 200,000 for Revolution or WWE shows.  PPV indications are very good thus far. We also have a poll for the next two days on Double or Nothing so you can vote thumbs up, down or middle with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com. If you are someone who usually doesn't buy AEW PPV shows and bought this one, we are looking for the reason you purchased the show at the same email address.

WWE Smackdown averaged 1,755,000 viewers and 0.4 in 18-49 in the overnight ratings, which is the lowest overnight number since going to FOX.  AEW was expected to do its lowest number as well, but that won't be out until tomorrow.

Raw will be going against two NBA playoff games tonight, the game four of the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards which has already started at the late game at 9:30 p.m. with the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz.  Every show has been doing very low numbers against the playoffs as Raw last week did its second lowest in history in 18-49. Announced for Raw tonight is Miz TV with Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley, A.J. Styles & Omos vs. Elias & Jaxson Ryker for the Raw tag titles, Randy Orton vs. Xavier Woods, Shayna Baszler vs. Reginald and Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre to determine who gets a title shot at Bobby Lashley at Hell in a Cell.

As expected, the U.S. team dominated the Pan American games wrestling competition.  The U.S. won ten gold medals with Kyle Snyder winning his sixth Pan Am games gold medal and David Taylor winning his fourth.  The rest of the team won their first. The winners were Vito Arujau at 125, Shelton Mack at 134, Joey McKenna at 143, Alec Pantaleo at 154, Kyle Dake at 162, Tommy Gant at 174, David Taylor at 189, Nate Jackson at 202, Kyle Snyder at 213 and Gable Steveson at 275.  Taylor won his gold medal match in 24 seconds.  Steveson won five matches in just 4:21 total.  On the women's side, the US had five champions in  six divisions with Sarah Hildebrant at 110, Ronna Heaton at 117, Kayle Miracle at 136, Tamyra Mensah-Stock at 150 and  Adeline Gray at 167.  

There was an angle at the Robles Promotions show in McAllen, TX last night. After a rare appearance by El Hijo del Santo in a tag match, a tall masked man came out, and cut a promo about how as a kid he watched Santo at El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos (the big arena for wrestling in the 70s and 80s in Naucalpan that drew 1 million fans in its best years) and then unmasked as Alberto El Patron. The reaction was mixed between some cheers and some boos but it was mostly flat and awkward.  Alberto and Santo talked about how much they respected each other and Alberto pushed he would be wrestling Andrade, who he also called La Sombra, on 7/31 at the Payne Arena in a co-promotion between himself and Robles promotions and Mario Davila and invited Santo to appear on the show and Santo agreed (thanks to Eduardo Martinez)

UFC

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Askar Mozharov has been added to an 8/28 show

AEW

  • Dark Elevation tonight which was taped before a hot crowd on Friday:
  • Thunder Rosa vs. Reka Tehaka
  • The Acclaimed vs. The Tate Twins (The Boys from ROH)
  • Leyla Hirsch vs. Robyn Renegade
  • Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison vs. Luther & Serptentico
  • Nyla Rose & The Bunny vs. Red Velvet & Big Swole
  • Penta vs. Jack Evans
  • Tay Conti vs. Ashley D'Amboise
  • Jungle Boy vs. JD Drake
  • For Dark on Tuesday
  • Billy & Colten Gunn vs. Cezar Bononi & Ryan Nemeth
  • Kris Statlander vs; Robyn Renegade
  • Alex Reynolds & Stu Grayson & 5 vs. Angelico & Jack Eavns & Serpentico
  • Red Velvet vs. Diamante
  • Jungle Boy vs. Bear Bronson

OTHER NOTES

  • Forbes has a story on Booker T and Sharmell Huffman's wrestling school and local promotion.
  • WrestleMax St. Louis from last night:  Mike Outlaw b Frodo the Ghost, Camaro Jackson b Everett Connors, Blair Onyx b Olivia Rochelle, Calvin Tankman wno a three-way over Levi Everett and Edvin Kudic, JDX DDQ Rohit Raju, Kevin Lee Davidson b Xavier Walker in a no holds barred match, Jake Something b Beef the Freak, Brooke Valentine b Laynie Luck, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett b Chris Hendrix & ATM (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • KSW returns with fans on 6/5 in Gdansk, Poland at the ERgo ARena with Mariusz Pudzianowksi (14-7) vs. Lukasz Jurkowski (17-11) and Salahdine Parnasse (14-1-1) vs. F9lip Pejic (15-4-2).
  • AXS will be airing Slammiversary from 2016 on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with Bobby Lashley vs. Alberto El Patron and Sonjay Dutt vs. Low Ki 2/3 falls.  
  • Josh Alexander vs. TJP X Division 60 minute marathon match will air starting at 7 p.m. Thursday  night on AXS.

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