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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: June 13, 2022 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk & Cody Rhodes injured, WWE Hell in a Cell review

  • Performer and match of the week
  • Updates on C.M. Punk, Cody Rhodes, the injuries, how WWE and AEW are booking around the injuries, details of the injuries, surgeries, AEW interim title and medical protocol questions
  • Hell in a Cell coverage, the matches, the ticket demand, PPV numbers, interest level and WWE & AEW crossover fan base
  • Hiromu Takahashi sets Best of the super Juniors records, business of the finals, angles for Dominion and more
  • AEW Double or Nothing PPV number update
  • Saturday's UFC coverage and what comes next for the fighters on the show
  • NXT In Your House coverage
  • Television ratings for every national show, ups, down and competition
  • Expected CMLL anniversary show main event
  • AAA and running in the US
  • Stardom & New Japan joint show
  • Movie being made about the life of an active women's wrestling star and details
  • Notes about young retirements in Dragon Gate an the booking
  • CyberFight show at Saitama Super Arena
  • Kota Ibushi and New Japan update
  • Benefit event for Shinjiro Otani
  • More on Ric Flair's return
  • Johnny Rodz and the infamous Roddy Piper story
  • Olympic wrestler talks about better conditions for pro wrestlers
  • Notes on PBS documentary on St. Louis wrestling
  • MJF update
  • All-Atlantic title and thoughts
  • Forbidden Door notes
  • International TV ratings
  • Ticket sales for upcoming U.S. events
  • Streaming numbers for AEW & WWE
  • UFC revenue and profits update
  • This week's UFC show
  • Major fight Dana White is looking at for the interim heavyweight title
  • ONE debuts on Amazon Prime
  • Bellator allows one of its top stars to do Bare Knuckle Fighting
  • Update on Stephanie McMahon
  • More on Vince McMahon autobiography
  • Hilarious Vince McMahon deposition in the liver Luck case
  • Why Edge was kicked out of Judgment Day
  • Reports from all the WWE events this week with business notes

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: May 4, 2005 Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 21 breaks records, TNA Lockdown review

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Tuesday News Update



  • Matches taped for Main Event this week include Shelton Benjamin (returning from injury) vs. Akira Tozawa and T-Bar vs. Reggie.
  • The Miz & Mrs. episode that aired after Raw last night did 519,000 viewers with a 0.14 in 18-49, which put them in 24th place for the night.
  • WWE and TEG Dainty announced that they have delayed their August tour in New Zealand and Australia to a later time.
  • A behind-the-scenes look of WWE’s Pride Month photo shoot.
  • Sonya Deville was interviewed by Forbes after appearing at the LA Pride Parade this past Sunday. When asked what Pride means to her, Deville said “I think every year it kind of means something a little bit different to me, just as I evolve in my journey and get more comfortable with who I am and my sexuality,” she said. “I feel like it's different every year. It used to be I would watch from afar and I would wish I could be out there, but I just wasn't ready yet. And so now it's a thing where I embrace it and I get to go out and do these events and I feel comfortable doing so. And now I get the opportunity to use my voice and my platform to speak out for what we believe in, and for the community, and hopefully create a safer, more open environment in sports, entertainment and in WWE, for those looking to join, and watch, and letting them know that it's a very inclusive space in WWE, and if I'm here, we all can be here.”
  • The Atlanta Voice has an interview with Kesahun Moore, who was named in WWE’s second annual Next In Line class.
  • The New York Post has an article on Seth Rollins.
  • Peacock is ending free access to their streaming service for Xfinity customers.
  • Free matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella from Money in the Bank 2011, Seth Rollins vs. Elias for the Intercontinental title from Money in the Bank 2018, and Edge vs. John Cena in a TLC match from Unforgiven 2006.
  • Paige on Twitter: So it’s I’ve been told there are people making fake emails pretending to be me to try and scam promoters etc. The only 2 emails that are MINE are:, That being said. Now I’ve had a few days to chill, let’s goooo!


Other Wrestling

  • Jay Briscoe on Twitter: “We have a baby folks!!! Murphy “Big Murph” Pugh came a month and a half early but he’s getting stronger every day!! Appreciate the continued prayers and positivity.”
  • PWInsider is reporting that former WWE star Ken Patera is releasing an autobiography.
  • PWInsider is also reporting that former TNA star Rhaka Khan, real name Trenesha Biggers, will stand trial on 7/22 in El Paso, Texas on charges of interference with child custody and “aggravated kidnapping facilitate”. Biggers was indicted back in August of 2019 and became a wanted fugitive after failing to appear in court. She was arraigned in December of 2019. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest several weeks ago, but was rescinded after Biggers posted bond.
  • CNN is reporting that a law inspired by Hana Kimura’s death has passed in Japan, where offenders convicted of online insults can be jailed for up to one year or fined 300,000 yen ($2,200).
  • HAYATA of Pro Wrestling NOAH will head to Nottingham for Wrestle Carnival’s first anniversary show on August 7.
  • Masa Takahashi of DDT will be wrestling for Progress Wrestling in Birmingham in September.
  • The family of Mark ‘Rollerball’ Rocco will be hosting a charity night to raise funds for kids with dementia on September 17 at the Crest Court Hotel in Altrincham, Manchester.