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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: July 11, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Money in the Bank recap, WWE & AEW business notes

Among the highlights:

  • Match and Performer of the week
  • Full coverage of Money in the Bank, business numbers and analysis, crossover fans with AEW, SummerSlam show and business and a look at the SummerSlam card.
  • The last two months of business for WWE and AEW, including major notes regarding both companies as far as arena success and a change in momentum going forward, as well as major gains by wrestling in what age groups.
  • New Japan talks its business when it comes to training young talent, goals for G-1, women's matches in New Japan, return to the UK, joint show with Stardom and changing from old traditions.
  • UFC 276 coverage and what comes next for the champions, controversies, rundowns of the fights and business notes.
  • The life of Masashi Aoyagi, one of the key players in the start of the Japanese indie scene, as well as in the connection of karate to pro wrestling
  • The career and controversies of the retiring UFC star Donald Cerrone
  • The story of PWG and its influence on the changes in pro wrestling and what we were taught that was no longer valid to modern fans. A look at 19 years of some of the best matches ever held and top stars before they became famous.
  • The most detailed look at pro wrestling on television and ratings over the past week
  • More on sports rights fees and Tony Khan talks negotiations
  • Realities of pro wrestling on television
  • The next ROH PPV show
  • AEW sets international ratings record
  • Ticket sales for upcoming WWE & AEW shows
  • Looking back at WWE working with promotions on a joint promotion show
  • Streaming numbers for WWE & AEW
  • Big E update
  • Tyson Fury/WWE update
  • Israel Adesanya wants to do WWE
  • WWE & UFC head-to-head several more times this year for major shows
  • Next MSG show
  • Rundown of A&E TV shows on Sunday nights

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: May 30, 2005 Observer Newsletter: UPN moves SmackDown to Friday, ECW PPV turns into political fight

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Tuesday News Update




  • This week’s AEW Road To, focusing on Claudio Castagnoli vs. Jake Hager and the Triple or Nothing tag match for the AEW World Tag Team titles.
  • This week’s AEW Control Center with Tony Schiavone.
  • The Butcher is the guest on this week’s The Sessions with Renee Paquette.
  • Soundshpere has an interview with Max Caster where he says that a diss track is being made for The Gunn Club, who turned on The Acclaimed on last week’s Dynamite. “The track is DONE,” he said. “The song is called ‘Trash Day’ because we are gonna take out the trash when we get our hands on The Ass Boys there. I am not psyched with how that all turned out.”
  • Paul Wight talked to WrestlingInc about his upcoming role in the film ‘Marcus’.
  • This week’s Sammy Guevara vlog.

Other Wrestling

  • GCW announced they will be returning to Japan for a three show tour this fall.
  • The first of a three part documentary series on Ric Flair’s Final Match has been uploaded.
  • Slam Wrestling has an article on Virgil. In regards to his health, Slam Wrestling says he has suffered two minor strokes, stage one gastrointestinal cancer (not colon cancer), and the onset of dementia.
  • JONAH was interviewed by NJPW’s English website ahead of the start of the G1 Climax tournament this weekend.