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Daily Update: Karrion Kross, WWE Most Wanted Treasures, Ric Flair's Last Match

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • Match and performer of the week
  • Rundown of SummerSlam, poll, star ratings, angles
  • Early notes on Clash at the Castle
  • Business notes on both shows
  • Scary moves during the show
  • Ric Flair's last match show, the good, the bad, the ugly, and where it stands among the biggest indie shows in history
  • The life and legacy of Ric Flair
  • Behind-the-scenes notes on the show
  • Business coverage of the show
  • UFC 277 coverage by Ryan Frederick, match-by-match, what happens next for all the key fighters on the show, business notes and more
  • Full G1 coverage with the standings, key stories, notes on the matches this week and coverage of all the past week shows.
  • Coverage of Dragon Gate's two major shows over the weekend including one of the company's best matches, title changes and future notes
  • The life and career of Gil Hayes, a Stampede Wrestling Hall of Famer who was one of the key building blocks of WWC in Puerto Rico, a unique life of a headliner who is largely forgotten today
  • Ratings and trends of all the national shows
  • CMLL announces the biggest matches for its anniversary show, the biggest event of the year
  • CMLL announces its annual World Grand Prix
  • First two nights of the Stardom Five Star Grand prix
  • More on the new IWGP World Women's Championship and why it is happening
  • Karl Fredericks leaves New Japan
  • New Japan's U.S. show rundown
  • XFL news under Dwayne Johnson
  • Women of Wrestling starting up
  • New book on ECW
  • More news on King of Indies
  • Old promotion in Mexico restarting with a national TV deal
  • The WBD financials and how it affects AEW, as well as where AEW could be very valuable
  • Cost of AEW compared to usual Discovery fare, ratings, and compared to WWE programming
  • New trademark by AEW and what does it mean
  • More on new AEW promotions
  • Upcoming WWE & AEW ticket sales
  • Streaming numbers for WWE & AEW
  • International TV ratings
  • Major new UFC fight scheduled
  • Jake Paul-Rahman fight falling apart notes
  • Sasha Banks & Naomi
  • Peacock financials
  • New PPV location
  • WrestleMania launch party
  • How Nick Khan got to WWE and his deal making ability
  • What was the match that never happened which led to Nick Khan's first interaction with WWE
  • Dana White talks his only live WrestleMania
  • Bryan Danielson talks famous Talking Smack segment with Miz

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Tuesday News Update

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WWE

  • Main Event matches taped for this week include Cedric Alexander vs. Shelton Benjamin and Mustafa Ali vs. T-Bar.
  • Ciampa and Shayna Baszler are set for tomorrow’s episode of The Bump.
  • Karrion Kross and Scarlett have been added to SmackDown’s internal roster, according to PWInsider. Kross is positioned as the number two heel under Roman Reigns.
  • DEFY announced that Kross will be unable to compete at their Doomsayers event on August 20. However, he and Scarlett will be at the show for an exclusive meet and greet.
  • PWInsider reported that filming is underway for the second season of WWE Most Wanted Treasures. AJ Francis, aka Top Dolla, has not been a part of the new season’s shoots as he was during the first season. Lita has been regularly involved.
  • Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of the WWE 2K video game, listed WWE 2K23 for a release for fiscal year 2023.
  • NBCUniversal has a job opening for a Creative Director, Peacock Sports & WWE.
  • Rey Mysterio is the subject of this week’s Canvas 2 Canvas.
  • Matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin from the August 9, 2021 edition of Raw, Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler from Hell in a Cell 2021, and a segment involving Alexa Bliss attacking Bayley with a kendo stick from the May 15, 2017 edition of Raw.

AEW/ROH

  • This week’s AEW Road to focuses on Chris Jericho vs. Jon Moxley, Jade Cargill vs. Madison Rayne, and the coffin match between Darby Allin and Brody King.
  • Recent AEW match graphics have shown Anna Jay’s name to be Anna Jay A.S. moving forward. Jay has mentioned the new name in recent promos.
  • TMZ has footage from the Tay Conti/Sammy Guevara wedding from over the weekend.

Other Wrestling

  • The epilogue for Ric Flair’s Last Match.
  • Keiji Mutoh will be wrestling as The Great Muta at NOAH's Osaka event on September 3.
  • Bobby Fish will face Yuya Uemura at DEFY Doomsayers on August 20.
  • GCW announced they are bringing in Dragongate’s YAMATO for their October 8 and 9 cards in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • KAORU, best known for her run in All Japan Women, Sendai Girls, and appearances on WCW programming in the 90s, had her final match on August 8.