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WON NEWSLETTER: May 24, 2021 Observer Newsletter: AEW to TBS, Ospreay vacates IWGP World Heavyweight title

Our lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer analyzes the WarnerMedia and AEW new deal, from the change of stations in 2022, quarterly specials both the good and bad and what they can't be or they won't work, how to tape so much content, the benefits and non-benefits of TBS vs. TNT, of a second show, how the second show idea came about, and for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction.

Also in this issue: 

  • Turmoil in New Japan, COVID issues, and first hints of what is going on behind the scenes as well as Ospreay drops title
  • Full coverage of WrestleMania Backlash, PPV numbers, next direction, poll results
  • A look at all the WWE cuts and background behind them, who was and wasn't a surprise
  • Coverage of UFC 262, back story, where everyone goes next, all the business notes on the show
  • How AEW ticket sales are doing for all the events on sale now and what that tells us about where they stand and things stand
  • All the different questions that have come out of the talks to put together Georges St-Pierre vs. Oscar de la Hoya, plus freezing contracts, Jake Paul's new deal and more
  • Lots more behind the scenes of Mayweather vs. Logan Paul including who was originally to finance the show
  • News on TripleMania, Omega vs. Andrade and other plans for Mexico's big event of the year
  • A look back at what some would say was the biggest match ever in the Carolinas and step-by-step of building it, plus the unique story of the career of Don Kernodle, from a shoot match debut, the match that led to Starrcade and more
  • The story of Sergio el Hermoso & El Bello Greco, a landmark tag team and the glory days of UWA
  • The most complete look at TV ratings available, including who watches live, how long they watch and more
  • Match of the week and performer of the week
  • Pro wrestling legend to be inducted into sports Hall of Fame
  • What wrestling promoter sang backup for John Lennon

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  • John Cena apologized in Mandarin on Weibo, China’s popular social media platform, for referring to Taiwan as a country in an interview promoting F9. Although Taiwan is self-governing, China has used its economic influence to monitor speech regarding Taiwan, which remains a sensitive political topic.
  • Deadline reported that along with the already reported cuts in digital, WWE Studios and its film, TV, and social media departments also saw layoffs today.
  • James Wortman, a content director with WWE, confirmed on Twitter he was part of today’s cuts. Adam Kirshner, a digital video producer in WWE, also was part of the cuts.
  • Axel Tischer, formerly Alexander Wolfe, spoke to Ringsiders Wrestling regarding his release, saying that his contract expired on June 15th and WWE opted not to renew it. He also said there were plans at one point for a Sanity reunion. “But going back to the plan, actually the plan before the pandemic hit was to bring SAnitY back together.” he said (h/t Post Wrestling). “But then the pandemic hit and then E.Y. [Eric Young] got released, and what I know is that not even Triple H knew about EY. The only thing — and E.Y., he said it in an interview, he [Triple H] was one of the first guys to give him the call and, ‘Sorry man, I didn’t know about that,’ and I don’t know this, just [guessing], they probably tried to rehire him but, as I can relate right now, there’s no animosity, there’s no hatred but it’s a sour pill to swallow that they kind of like deny you and you kind of think, ‘Okay guys, you don’t want to have me? F you.’ We’re all humans, we all feel.”
  • Kofi Kingston told The Daily Star that Randy Orton’s name has to be considered when talking about the best in the world right now in professional wrestling. “What Randy does is unique in that way – he does so much without doing anything at all, so I’d have to put him in the conversation as being one of the greatest. “To be able to last so long… he’s even more compelling now in a lot of different ways. So as a performer, you can’t have the conversation [about the greatest] without having Randy be in there, from the longevity alone. That doesn’t happen by accident.”
  • Drew McIntyre spoke to the Dallas Morning News ahead of fans returning to arenas in July.
  • Bronson Reed talked to Sports Illustrated and Metro following his North American title win on last week’s episode of NXT.
  • Jaxson Ryker did an interview with Wrestling Inc about his new association with Elias.
  • Tyler Bate spoke to Sports Bible following his Heritage Cup win on last week’s NXT UK, and also talked about wanting to face A-Kid in a 60 minute unlimited rounds match.
  • Guests for tomorrow’s episode of The Bump include RJ City, Sonya Deville, Shinsuke Nakamura, TikTok sensation “The Professor” Nick Harrison, and Dominik and Rey Mysterio.
  • A 2 out of 3 falls match between Mustafa Ali and Ricochet will take place on this week’s WWE Main Event.
  • Alexa Bliss’ pet pig, Larry-Steve, has passed away.
  • WWE had added Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens from the May 23, 2017 episode of SmackDown, and Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler from No Way Out 2012 to their YouTube channel.
  • Roman Reigns turns 36 today.

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