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WON NEWSLETTER: July 5, 2021 Observer Newsletter: More WWE cuts, Del Wilkes passes away

A look back at all the WWE cuts of the last week, person by person, with the background, what the direction the company is going. We look at where different people would be best served working at next, highlights of their WWE careers, and a lot more about the cuts.

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A feature on Del Wilkes, known as The Trooper and The Patriot, his drug issues, his multiple arrests, his entire career, his noteworthy college football career, his biggest matches, how he broke in, and days in AWA, Global, All Japan, WCW and WWF, the origin of the idea of The Patriot that few know about, kicking his drug problem, what others have said about it, and his life after wrestling.

A talent move that will be very interesting to watch and long-term repercussions of this move, Great American Bash news, Money in the Bank news, ticket sales for all WWE shows and Breakout Star tournament news

AAA's biggest show of the year, with a look at the TripleMania lineup, Verano de Escandalo as well, restrictions and angles leading up to the big matches.

This past week's UFC show with Cyril Gane and Alexander Volkov, the next heavyweight title match, why Gane vs. Derrick Lewis is happening, why it's a bad idea, plus match-by-match coverage.

All Japan crowning a new Triple Crown champion after Suwama vacated the title due to COVID and the three-way with Jason Lee, Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoagi, the complete All Japan Ota Ward show.

More detail on the ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week, how many different viewers the shows had, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.

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  • WWE on Twitter sent out well wishes to Terry Funk, who confirmed through representatives that he is going through multiple health issues.
  • Matches taped prior to Raw for this week’s Main Event include Jeff Hardy vs. Veer and Angel Garza vs. Shelton Benjamin.
  • John Pollock of Post Wrestling reported that WWE is taping the final episode of Raw at the Thunderdome today.
  • Eva Marie spoke to Bleacher Report about her WWE return. She mentioned that after being signed back in October, there were times where she was slated to come up prior to vignettes airing in May. "There's always so many things where creatively, story-wise, there were so many [things] where I was going to come back before 'Mania, and then I wasn't," she was quoted as saying. "Timing is everything, and just making sure it made sense. That's kind of where it was at where I thought I was returning a lot sooner, and then it didn't make sense. WrestleMania wasn't the right moment, and right after wasn't, either. It was just looking for that right little slot to insert the storyline and create it and start it."
  • Dana Brooke announced her engagement on Instagram to boxer Ulysses Diaz.
  • The company has trademarked spelling variations of the new Nikki ASH character, including Nikki Ashe, Nikki Aash, and Nikkiash.
  • The Daily Star spoke to MSK about meeting Edge for the first time. 
  • Adam Cole talked to Sports Illustrated on his latest match with Kyle O’Reilly.
  • Tomasso Ciampa spoke to Sportskeeda about teaming with Timothy Thatcher and facing Karrion Kross.
  • Cesaro spoke to GiveMeSport ahead of the company’s return to the United Kingdom in September.
  • Full matches added to the WWE YouTube page today include AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura from Money in the Bank 2018 and Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton from Money in the Bank 2017.

Other Wrestling

  • A match between Quinn McKay and Mandy Leon has been set for two weeks from now on ROH television. If McKay wins, she will be entered into the Quest for Gold tournament.
  • Cody Rhodes, when asked about WWE continuing to use The Great American Bash name, responded on Twitter: “Business is business. They have the rights to many of Dusty’s greatest creations. My hope is that they do them justice and I will never be bitter about his legacy being honored and a whole new generation seeing he was a genius w/lasting concepts.”
  • Don West on Twitter regarding his recent brain lymphoma diagnosis: “I know that I am going through a tough deal but seeing all of your well wishes has boosted my spirit tremendously. Thank you to everyone for your support and your prayers and your kindness and I am going to beat this cancer so that I can go on the air again.”
  • AEW has released a Road to Dynamite video highlighting their Road Rager event on Wednesday.
  • On the All Night Long podcast, the former Killian Dain revealed that both he and Drake Maverick tested positive for COVID during their run as a tag team, causing he, his wife Nikki Cross, and Maverick to isolate. “There was a period where we were supposed to do something with the Undisputed ERA. We did one little thing with them, but boom. I have COVID,” he recalled. “I don't even have symptoms. That takes [Nikki Cross] off TV, she was doing a thing with Bayley. She didn't get [COVID-19], but she had to isolate."
  • Shota Umino, who has been out of action during the course of the pandemic, will make his in-ring return to RevPro on July 18 when he faces Dan Moloney.
  • The NWA released a video called Race To The Chase, highlighting their upcoming show at the Chase Park Plaza.
  • Cezar Bononi will make his GCW debut on the second night of GCW Homecoming on July 25.
  • Regarding trademarks, Matt Cardona has filed to trademark the term “Major Bendies." Ruby Riott, who is now going under the name Ruby Soho, has filed to trademark “The Runaway.” The former Vanessa Borne has trademarked “The Fetish," and Lady Frost has filed to trademark her in-ring name.
  • Chris Adonis spoke to Metro on drawing the ire of Hardcore Holly early in his WWE career.
  • Wrestle Zone spoke to Chuck Palumbo on his new YouTube series and his run as a professional wrestler.
  • Danhausen is the guest on this week’s Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette.
  • NJPW’s website held a Q&A with Satoshi Kojima.
  • Illinois News Live ran a story on a wrestling promotion in Bloomington opening up for its first new event since early 2020.

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