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WON NEWSLETTER: June 1, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Hana Kimura Dave Meltzer covers a sad week for pro wrestling, reviews AEW Double or Nothing, and more.

An extensive story on the death of Hana Kimura is the focal point of this week's double issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The story covers numerous aspects, from cyber bullying to the realities of reality shows, comments from those who knew her well, pro wrestling and much more.  We look at everything from legislation being introduced, similar things with two reality stars in South Korea, and what happened on the show and after the show.

We look at why she was on Terrace House, her life as the daughter of a wrestler, her reality show story, what Terrace House is, what is and isn't real, her death, the immediate reaction to her death in wrestling, cast members talk about the show, story of what happened the night of her death, reactions from wrestlers, reactions from politicians, as well as a look at her career in the ring.

The new issue also covers:

AEW Double or Nothing show, PPV numbers, poll results, what this says about PPV, wrestling in the previous depression, Stadium Stampede background, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and more.

More on WWE's COVID-19 procedures at the last tapings, Matt Riddle to Smackdown, changes regarding usage of NXT talent on Raw or Smackdown, behind Drew Gulak signing new deal, what's up with Nigel McGuinness, A.J. Styles to Smackdown, IC title tournament, Kairi Sane injury, Samoa Joe health update, Ric Flair talks new deal, highest sports ratings of the week, Canadian pro wrestling ratings, Ronda Rousey update, Drew McIntyre has words with Colby Covington, Next week's TV, Seth Rollins talks Austin Theory, Becky Lynch update, value of WWE, and the most watched shows of the past week on the WWE network.

The ability of foreign wrestles and fighters to get into the U.S.

Safety precautions for the UFC shows in Las Vegas, what Nevada is mandating, as well as how the other major companies around the world are handling the situation.

AEW's angle with Mike Tyson, the good and bad of it as well as notes on the coverage.

An update on the XFL bankruptcy and Vince McMahon.

Update the financial issues with DAZN.

WWE's decision to follow AEW and use wrestlers as fans for the empty arena shows this pas week.

More on the death of Shad Gaspard and his memorial service.

Circumstances surrounding the death of Owen Hart including clearing up a lot of misconceptions that have been spread over the last 20 years. 

WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

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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  • Impact Wrestling posted a statement dedicating tonight’s Impact episode to George Floyd and his family: “Tonight’s episode of IMPACT! is dedicated to George Floyd and his family. IMPACT Wrestling is proud to engage with our fans every Tuesday night during the show, but tonight we will be silent. IMPACT Wrestling stands against racism and violence, in support of diversity and inclusion -- for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Floyd family and all who have endured social injustice.”
  • In response to a racist tweet from Linda Hogan, Tony Khan responded by announcing that she joins Hulk Hogan in being banned from AEW shows: “You’ve now joined your husband in being banned from all AEW shows. Congratulations.”
  • Bushiroad’s Takaaki Kidani spoke to Sports Illustrated about NJPW’s response to the coronavirus pandemic: “It’s only right that New Japan Pro Wrestling should protect their fans and wrestlers as best they can, so cancellations were the natural decision to make. As for wrestler pay, we want every wrestler to be in the absolute best shape that they can be when matches return, and wrestlers should be able to focus on their training without worrying about how they’re making a living.”
  • FTR are appearing on this Friday’s episode of the Jim Cornette Experience.
  • Bobby Fulton posted an update on his health: “Most of my cancer is gone except for a small tumor. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and thoughts!”


  • Daniel Cormier explained why he thinks Jon Jones is serious about vacating the UFC light heavyweight title: “I believe that he is more serious about walking away because in all those times that he was suspended and hurt and all that other stuff - gone - he kinda learned to live without that belt. For a long time he held the belt that when he lost the belt the first time, he probably thought his world was ending. But then he was gone for two years and life probably didn’t seem all that different. So he’s probably looking at life right now and understanding that, ‘if I walk away from this belt, is my life really gonna change all that much?’ I think that gives him comfort, and being able to say the things that he’s saying. So I think to a degree he does believe, I do believe, that he’s serious.”
  • Jan Blachowicz thinks Jones is just playing games: “I’m just a little bit tired of this situation. I’m just waiting. He’s not quitting. He’s not going to retire. I think this is his game to make more money and this is it. But we will see what the UFC will do. I’m just waiting for the UFC moves and that’s it. We will see. If he quits, then I hope my next fight will be for the title against Dominick Reyes. This is my next scenario if he quits but I don’t believe that. I’m still waiting for him.”
  • Jones helped clean up in downtown Albuquerque after Sunday night’s riots. 
  • Chuck Liddell spoke to MMA Fighting about de-escalating tensions at a protest in Huntington Beach.
  • Dan Lambert thinks Amanda Nunes should be considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time: “If it’s a conversation on the female GOAT, I don’t think there’s another name you can throw into the mix and have an argument over. Pound-for-pound GOAT is what I think she’s working her way into the mix on. Male, female, weight division, anything. I think her name should be in that mix right now. If you look at the run she’s been on, the champions she’s beaten, the ex-champions she’s beaten. The manner in which she’s beaten them and made it look so effortless, two divisions, I think her name should be in that hat with the other all-time greats, Jon Jones, D.C. (Daniel Cormier), GSP (Georges St-Pierre). I think her name is right there in that mix, male or female.”
  • Gilbert Burns has moved up to number one contender in the UFC’s welterweight rankings.

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