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WON NEWSLETTER: July 20, 2020 Observer Newsletter: NJPW Dominion and the return of fans, more

The first pro wrestling shows in four months with major crowds took place this past week as New Japan Pro Wrestling ran two major events at Osaka Jo Hall. Our lead story talks about the rules in place for the show, the Weekend of Evil, how the crowd was told to behave and how different it was than a U.S. or Mexico crowd, as well as a look at New Japan booking, the next major shows along with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results for both shows.

The new issue also covers:

UFC 251, the story behind all the changes to the show, match-by-match coverage, where the main event winners go next and all the business notes on the show, including what you were told and what wasn't the case.

Reopening of Bellator and questions regarding its leading revenue stream.

Details on the WWE mask policy, the fines, the role of Kevin Owens in this and more.

Wednesday night ratings, looking at AEW, NXT, UFC and even how NASCAR figured in, where the viewers were gained and lost, as well as what every segment on the show did and some of the most staggering news imaginable when it comes to this past week's NXT show.

WWE Extreme Rules and Impact's Slammiversary shows coming up.

WWE and Peacock Network dealings, notes on SummerSlam this year, what numbers to look for at WWE Investors call, what factors play into the WWE Network numbers, Paul Levesque talks WWE handling of COVID, Edge talks his triceps injury, Why an angle on Raw nearly didn't happen when one of the participants turned it down, update on Charlotte Flair, Canadian & U.K. ratings, how WWE relates to sports ratings, Matt Hardy talks Jeff Hardy angle, as well as the most watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network, WWE market value and next week's top TV bouts.

A feature on the Wednesday night UFC show.

FITE TV bringing a Japanese wrestling doubleheader to the U.S. this coming week with Tokyo Joshi Pro and DDT.  

Ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I have one show up from last night covering Impact Slammiversary, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, UFC from last night and other subjects, and we'll be talking Extreme Rules on our show tonight. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Bobby Fulton is back hospitalized. His son, Dillon Hines, wrote, "I'm sadly informing you today that my father has been admitted to the hospital. He's in poor condition. Please send positive thoughts and prayers for him. Thanks!" Les Thatcher posted that Fulton's cancer has returned.  I hope that's not the case. Fulton had been told by his doctors he had beaten cancer just a few weeks ago.

Lance Storm posted that he is no longer with WWE. He had been furloughed from his job as a producer since the company had cut back on producers with no live events and he lived in Canada. "For what it's worth, I'm now officially unemployed. First time since I left SMW in Nov. 1994."

Extreme Rules is tonight starting at 6 p.m. Eastern with the pregame show at 7 p.m. for the main show:

  • Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt non-title - This is a taped swamp match.  There is no reason a taped match shouldn't be good, but the Wyatt vs, Randy Orton match that was similar to this was pretty bad a few years ago.  It seems like this is a set up for Strowman vs. The Fiend at SummerSlam based on Strowman's interview Friday night.  At last word on 5Dimes Strowman was a -160 favorite.
  • Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE title. I don't sense a great deal of interest in this, but it should be a great match. The main issue is that nobody believes Ziggler can win. McIntyre at last word was a -1750 favorite.
  • Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio in an eye for an eye match. Basically, if Mysterio signs his contract, he should win.  If he doesn't, he probably should lose. These two can have an incredible match and maybe they will, but the stipulation, it ends when somebody pulls the others' eye out is plain stupd.  Rollins is a -360 favorite, I don't have any word Mysterio has or hasn't signed past he hadn't as of a week ago, and if he had, given this match, they would likely try and keep a secret until the match is over.
  • Asuka vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw women's title.  It feels like this match has the most actual interest as on paper it should be great and the two haven't wrestled each other very often.  Asuka is a -420 favorite.
  • Bayley vs. Nikki Cross for the Smackdown women's title.  Bayley has pinned Cross in tag two weeks in a row and is a -600 favorite to retain. Unless Cross is turning heel or winning the title, the television results make no sense. Match should be decent or better.  
  • New Day vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro for the Smackdown tag titles in a tables match - Again, on paper this should be a really good match and may be that. But the tables stipulation weakens the match. New Day is -325 to retain.
  • Apollo Crews vs. MVP for the U.S. title - The likely possibilities are Crews retaining or MVP winning with Cedric Alexander turning and joining his table. Crews is a -280 favorite to retain.

It's been pretty much a dead week for combat sports as far as mainstream goes after UFC 251 last Saturday. The only two things that trended for real on Google this past week were the Wednesday night UFC show, being No. 3 for the day with 200,000 searches, even though it actually was the lowest rated UFC primetime show ever, and last night's show was also No. 3 day for the day, but at 100,000. One would expect Extreme Rules to do about 200,000 today.

One of the few mainstream stories regarding sexual allegations against pro wrestling is a Philadelphia Inquirer piece on CHIKARA being shut down that talked to several involved. (thanks to Bill King, Mike Kuzmuk, Tom Wersderfer and many others)

Joey Ryan took to Twitter to attempt to defend himself over nearly 20 different allegations.

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