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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • The lead story concerns AEW and WWE and the momentum changes, the current business environment for both companies, when momentum shifted and reasons, a listing of all the turns on AEW television of late, and goes into detail on the AEW issues with CM Punk & Adam Page, Eddie Kingston & Sammy Guevara, Thunder Rosa's injury and it is real and so much more. It's a major story and talks about the key things for AEW's future as well as the talent meeting. Also in the issue:
  • Update on Clash at the Castle and All Out including business notes
  • Hot ticket sales for AEW & WWE shows
  • UFC 278 coverage in detail by Ryan Frederick
  • A fascinating historical piece on UK star Bert Royal and the Royal Brothers tag team, why they are so important in different aspects of the changes in UK wrestling in the 50s and 60s
  • How the pandemic has affected the Japanese wrestling business as compared to other sports and sports franchises, as well as the hierarchy of popularity and how it has changed from pre-COVID until today including the percentage increase or decrease in attendance of the major groups.
  • G1 Climax star ratings, as well as readers voted best match of G1 and G1 MVP
  • More on the New Japan and Stardom joint show
  • The death of Howard Brody and his contributions to pro wrestling
  • DDT Peter Pan show
  • Television ratings for the past week
  • Arena Mexico Grand Prix
  • Next major Stardom event
  • Next major New Japan matches around the country
  • Update on Dark Side of the Ring
  • One of the best wrestling announcers who never got a break looks to be leaving
  • A look at both nights of the RevPro 10 year anniversary shows
  • Time slot changes in October for Dynamite and Smackdown
  • Upcoming ticket sales for AEW and WWE
  • International TV ratings
  • MMA judging criteria changes
  • More on Johnny Gargano's return to WWE
  • Why Jeff Jarrett is out at WWE
  • Big E update

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Wednesday News Update

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WWE

  • Matches taped for NXT Level Up this week include Duke Hudson vs. Myles Borne, Valentina Feroz vs. Sol Ruca, Arianna Grace vs. Erica Yan, and Xyon Quinn vs. Dante Chen.
  • Drew McIntyre teased a return to his old music in a vignette on Twitter.
  • This week’s episode of The Bump, featuring AJ Styles and Hit Row.
  • Sami Zayn on Twitter explained why he didn’t attack Kevin Owens on Raw: “To clarify, I didn’t hit Kevin Owens because I felt the ref could see me in his periphery and I didn’t want to cause Jey Uso to lose by DQ. I’ve explained this to The Bloodline and the issue has been resolved. Friday’s championship celebration will proceed as planned. Thank you.”
  • Ridge Holland told Metro he wants the Brawling Brutes stable to show a ‘more serious edge’: "We’ve done some comedy stuff, and we really need to show people that we’ve got that mean streak and we’re not here to play games, you know? I think we’ve got a lot to give and a lot to show. I don’t think there’s a trio like us. The styles, we all mesh very well. So yeah, it would be nice to get our teeth stuck into something and show people what we’re capable of.”
  • BT Sport posted a skit of Damian Priest hanging out with a Welsh family.
  • The latest episode of G4 and WWE’s Arena, featuring The Street Profits.
  • Full segments and matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include The Cutting Edge with Randy Orton and Wayne Brady from 2010, Becky Lynch & Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Lacey Evans from the June 10, 2019 episode of Raw, and John Cena & Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane & King Barrett from WWE Beast in the East 2015.

AEW/ROH

  • Kenny Omega was interviewed by Sports Illustrated ahead of tonight’s AEW Trios Tag Team title tournament match where he and The Young Bucks will face Will Ospreay and Aussie Open and talked about his rivalry with Ospreay. “There may be some tense moments between myself and Will,” Omega is quoted as saying. “I’d like to test him, and I’m sure he’d like to test me. I also would like to test myself and see if I’m really in a position where I can hang with the best. I’ve had one match [since returning from injury] to feel it out, which was a very unique scenario. I came back to AEW after a long hiatus and wrestled against three of the top luchador wrestlers in the world in a four-sided ring. Normally when I am testing myself against top luchadores in AAA, we’re in the six-sided ring. I’m still determining where I am, but I am going to push myself as far as I need to in order to keep up with him—and I am going to push myself hard enough to send a message to Will Ospreay that he’s just not quite there yet.”

Other Wrestling

  • Tokyo Sports reported that Shinjiro Otani is still paralyzed from the neck down, but is now fit enough to focus on rehabilitation. He also sent a note saying he believes he can overcome the injury and thanked the fans for their support.
  • In an update on Patrick Clark (Velveteen Dream), PWInsider is reporting that Clark remains incarcerated in Seminole County, Florida, where he was transported following his arrest, and has a court date for September 19 at 1:30 pm.
  • PWInsider reported that Alex Hammerstone is injured and will miss Thursday’s AAW event. The belief is he suffered a concussion.
  • Faby Apache on social media announced that she has left AAA.
  • JONAH spoke to NBC Sports Boston about his WWE departure, planned main roster call up, and more.
  • The latest Hiroshi Tanahashi Aces High column, where Tanahashi wrote about an online confrontation with Hiroshi Hase.
  • Torrie Wilson has signed a promo deal with Clubhouse Media Group, an influencer-based social media firm.
  • Stardom is set to have an all-women's audience for their September 8 event.
  • Steven Church of N-x211 Entertainment has filed a trademark for ‘Wrestling at the Chase’, which is the name of the longtime weekly wrestling show in St. Louis.
  • Variety has a profile on Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who is also the owner of WOW: Women of Wrestling.
  • Ric Flair told The New York Post that he regretted doing a “fake heart attack spot” during his retirement match. “I made the mistake of saying to someone in the match that I felt lightheaded, so everybody jumped way too early [toward the finish of the match], and I just said [in my head] that this was the only way to slow it down.”