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Daily Update: SmackDown ratings, Julia Hart & Darby Allin, Cody Rhodes

Updates on Hart and Allin after Rampage, Cody talks his torn pec recovery, and more.

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September 26, 2022 Observer Newsletter: AEW Grand Slam, Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul announced for WWE Crown Jewel

AEW Grand Slam report, the business, the future angles coming out of the show, ideas for the show for next year, angles, Saraya, Great Muta, business notes, highest TV gates in U.S history including inflation adjusted and warning signs.
Behind the Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul idea and why it's reasons for happening are very different than a traditional PPV main event
CMLL's 89th anniversary show. A report on the major show this year with the hottest crowd and some of the best action and booking.
Updates on Extreme Rules
The U.S. team wins the men's world team championship and places second with women, how the team members did and an 18-year old capturing a world championship
Jose Aldo, the featherweight great, his career and how he helped get featherweights into the UFC
WWE & AEW business over the past two months. What categories are up and down and by how much. Also comparisons to May & June numbers and the most unique note about attendance increases and decrease
Complete coverage of last week's UFC show
Kento Miyahara, All Japan returns to Budokan Hall for its 50th anniversary, and first time since 2004
Dangerous Gate 2002 from Dragon Gate
TV ratings including how each segment on the major shows did
Former WWE wrestler talks about going to CMLL and wants to be in next year's Anniversary main event
Legend from TV boom returns to Arena Mexico
Notes on next week's CMLL Night of Champions fan voting show
Stardom Five Star Grand Prix update
Last match of the Great Muta
Fantastica Mania may be back
Former WWE announcers television show canceled
Former WCW announcer now a network radio news anchor
Former WWE star open movie company
Kurt Angle talks about a return after double knee replacement but notes it probably won't happen
MLW TV taping news
Things is another promotion affect world title
Next questions about WBD long-term
MJF talks his return and future AEW Revolution 2023
Streaming numbers
International TV ratings
The second biggest PPV match of all-time may be rematched in 2023
White Rabbit
NXT changes
Hulu and WWE update
Young Rock update

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Saturday News Update



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  • Julia Hart tweeted that she’s okay after the scary table bump that aired on last night’s Grand Slam Rampage. There was a spot where Hart was bumped off the apron, but she missed the table and only her legs hit it. The rest of Hart’s body landed on the floor.
  • Darby Allin posted a photo showing the staples he needed to get in his head after teaming with Sting against The House of Black in a no DQ match on Rampage. Allin captioned the photo with “Worth it.”
  • William Regal was the guest on the latest episode of AEW Unrestricted.
  • Karl Anderson spoke to Sports Illustrated ahead of facing Hiroshi Tanahashi at Sunday’s NJPW Burning Spirit in Kobe:
          • To me, Tanahashi is top-10 all-time. I would watch him in 2008, 2009 and 2010 have these ridiculous matches. I learned from the emotion he brought out of the fans, how he’d accelerate at the right times, the way he would bring the fans to life. I look at him as one of my greatest teachers. He knows that, and we have a great relationship.
          • It’s crazy to think I’m defending a championship against him. Just saying that still feels surreal to me. I’m really grateful for this moment. I always tell young wrestlers to enjoy the journey. I look back on some of my memories in Japan, and there were times I didn’t appreciate it enough because I wanted to get home, or the travel sucked. So it’s a reminder to appreciate the moment. And Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever. Just getting in the ring with him motivates me.
  • With Anderson being a free agent, Sports Illustrated asked him if there’s a chance he’ll end up teaming with AJ Styles or Finn Balor in WWE again: “Just like you said, never say never. We’ve got verbally agreed upon dates with New Japan Pro-Wrestling for an extended period of time. But there’s such a built-in story with Bullet Club, and we never got to finish the story [in WWE] with AJ Styles or even Finn. There’s been a lot of things that have happened in the business, so you can never say never. Any time we can work with brothers like AJ and Finn, we’re always going to listen to that.”
  • Thursday’s Impact averaged 82,000 viewers on AXS TV, up from the 67,000 viewers the show averaged last week. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.01.