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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

July 4, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Forbidden Door review, Logan Paul signs with WWE

  • Among the highlights:
  • Match and performer of the week
  • A look at Forbidden Door
  • The most detailed business notes and poll results on the show
  • The unique ticket selling aspect
  • How injuries plagued the show
  • Plans that changed not due to injury
  • AEW injury rate
  • What we've learned about AEW, PPV and what can draw that people thought couldn't from this show
  • Why people both did and didn't buy the show
  • Who bought this and Double or Nothing, and who bought this that didn't buy Double or Nothing
  • The ball being dropped on the follow-up
  • How much money the show took in
  • Where the show ranked as far as biggest AEW shows
  • Complete rundown of every match
  • Abraham Riesman's story on Vince McMahon and Rita Chatterton looked at from all aspects
  • Logan Paul signs with WWE, early SummerSlam notes, Money in the Bank notes and origin
  • Cain Velasquez sues the man he shot
  • Full UFC coverage from Saturday
  • Stardom Fight In The Top PPV coverage
  • The most detailed look at television ratings from last week
  • CMLL's biggest star undergoes surgery
  • Notes on a lot of different tournaments
  • Most Outstanding Wrestlers of 2022
  • Next ROH PPV show
  • Kenny Omega talks a number of different subjects
  • International TV ratings
  • Streaming numbers from the past week
  • Ticket sales for upcoming shows
  • Francis Ngannou's return
  • ESPY awards for wrestling and MMA
  • This week's UFC how preview
  • Huge upset leads to Bellator title change
  • The story behind Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson and Paul Wight being on Raw
  • Story on a new WWE signing that got a lot of publicity this past week and what they are looking for
  • WWE, AEW and NJPW injury updates
  • Different booking ideas that have been talked about
  • WWE star whose contract is expiring and has yet to sign a new deal
  • Gina Carano talks doing a fight with Ronda Rousey
  • A look at all the WWE live events over the past week

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Friday News Update

  • Garrett and I will be doing a unique show today, both talking news and also talking with Brian Solomon about his book on The Sheik and Greg Oliver regarding his Sports Illustrated article on Rocky Johnson. Bryan and I will cover UFC 276 and Money in the Bank tomorrow night.
  • The New Japan PPV show that Rocky Romero talked to Denise Salcedo about that he couldn't say more than October about, is not confirmed. The current plan is a late October show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. As noted, this is not finalized but is the current idea.
  • AEW announced a collectible toy line through Diamond Select Toys. They will be offering a variety of products based on AEW characters including two-inch Minimates poseable figures, four-inch Vinimates vinyl figures, 10-inch Garry, Diorama PVC sculpture and 11-inch Premier Collection statues.
  • Smackdown is tonight from Phoenix, AZ with all the men's and women's MITB participants appearing. Raquel Rodriguez & Lacey Evans & Shotzi face Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan & Asuka, New Day vs. Viking Raiders and Happy Corbin will talk Pat McAfee.
  • AEW Dynamite in its regular 10 p.m. slot on TNT has:
  • 20 man Rampage Rumble. It's a combination two ring Battle Royal but Rumble style entrants with the winner of each ring then facing off under Battle Royal rules. The winner gets a shot at interim champion Jon Moxley. 
  • Young Bucks in a non-title match with Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi 
  • Nyla Rose vs. Toni Storm.
  • WWE is doing a 30 percent ticket discount for the Raw on 7/25 in Madison Square Garden with the code WWE4th. The show is tentatively scheduled to include Roman Reigns, Logan Paul and Ronda Rousey.
  • Impact Against All Odds PPV tonight from Center Stage in Atlanta on Impact+ and FITE TV:
  • Black Taurus vs. Laredo Kid
  • Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Chris Bey & Ace Austin
  • Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James & Mia Yim
  • Rich Swann vs. Brian Myers for Digital title
  • Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary vs. Tenille Dashwood & Gisele Shaw for Knockouts tag title
  • Sami Callihan vs. Moose in a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match with Raven appearing
  • Honor No More vs. Heath & Chris Harris & James Storm & Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson
  • Mike Bailey vs. Trey Miguel for X title
  • Jordynne Grace vs. Tasha Steelz for Knockouts title
  • Josh Alexander vs. Joe Doering for Impact title
  • UFC 276 tomorrow night from the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • ESPN+ at 6 p.m. Eastern
  • Jessica Rose-Clark (135.5) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (136)
  • Maycee Barber (126) vs. Jessica Eye (126)
  • Andre Muniz (185.5) vs. Uriah Hall (186)
  • ABC & ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern
  • Brad Tavares (185.5) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (185)
  • Donald Cerrone (170.5) vs. Jim Miller (170.5)
  • Ian Garry (171) vs. Gabe Green (170)
  • Brad Riddell (155.5) vs, Jalin Turner (155.5)
  • PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern
  • Pedro Munhoz (135.5) vs. Sean O'Malley (135)
  • Robbie Lawler (171) vs. Bryan Barbarena (170.5)
  • Alex Pereira (184.5) vs,. Sean Strickland (185.5)
  • Alexander Volkanovski (144.5) vs. Max Holloway (144.5) for featherweight title
  • Israel Adesanya (183.5) vs. Jared Cannonier (184.5) for middleweight title
  • Latest Money in the Bank odds from BetOnline
  • Bianca Belair -1400
  • Carmella +550
  • Ronda Rousey -1400
  • Natalya +550
  • Usos -400
  • Street Profits +250
  • Theory -200
  • Bobby Lashley +140
  • Kambi has star rating odds for the show so you can bet over or under
  • Men's MITB ****1/2
  • Women's MITB ****
  • Belair vs. Carmella **3/4
  • Rousey vs. Natalya ***3/4
  • Usos vs. Street Profits ****
  • Theory vs. Bobby Lashley ***1/2
  • Penta & Fenix vs. Andrade & Rush was originally scheduled for Wednesday's AEW show in Detroit but Fenix was one of the people who had health issues which caused the creation of the Rampage Rumble match that airs tonight.
  • PFL tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern
  • Jarrah Al Silawi (170.4) vs. Magomed Umalatov (170.4)
  • Larissa Pacheco (154.6) vs. Genah Fabian (156)
  • Magomed Magomedkerimov (170.8) vs. Dilano Taylor (170.8)
  • Ray Cooper III (170.4) vs. Brett Cooper (170.4)
  • Rory MacDonald (170.8) vs. Sadibou Sy (170.2)
  • Kayla Harrison (155.6) vs. Kaitlin Young (155)

Other Notes

  • Sarah Kaufman, the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion , who once fought Ronda Rousey in a heavily promoted Showtime fight, announced her retirement today from fighting at the age of 36.
  • Combate Global runs a five-fight show tonight from Miami on Paramount +, The main event is a featherweight fight with Ramiro Jiminez (5-0) vs. Devante Sewell (9-7). Ana Palacios vs. Bo Hyun Kim that was to take place today has been moved to 7/15 due to COVID protocol.
  • Keith Elliot Greenberg has written a book, "Follow the Buzzards: Pro Wrestling in the age of COVID-19 that will be released in October.
  • Cage Fury Fighting Championships on 7/29 in Tunica, MS at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino. Miles Lee (3-0) faces Donovan Beard (5-1) for the middleweight title. CM Punk will be announcing the show that airs on UFC Fight Pass.
  • Universal All Pro Wrestling has its first show in ten years on 8/18 in Toledo, OH with Trey Miguel, Aiden Prince, Madman Fulton, Lady Frost, Sam Beale and Jason Hotch.
  • Horror Slam and Game Changer Wrestling from Tuesday night in Detroit: Adam Wick b Cody Deaner, Akira b Jeremiah Goldman, Sean Lawhorn won Undeniable title over Atlas Hytower in three-way with Tony Deppen, Jimmy Lloyd b DBA, Kyler Coleman & Forever Young b Dread King Logan & Zach Thomas, Ace Evans & Jaxson Shadows and Nate Bock & Chinstrap Jesus to keep the Horror Slam tag titles, Malcolm Monroe III won three-way over Jordan Oliver and Cole Radrick to keep the Horror Slam title, Breyer Wellington won over Madman Pondo, Brutus Atwell and Chuck Stein, Satu Jinn b Hello Hardbody, John Wayne Murdoch b Hoodfoot to keep Death match title (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • Defy has announced shows on 7/16 and 7/17 at Washington Hall in Seattle. Matches announced include Davey Richards vs. Konosuke Takeshita, Swerve Strickland appears plus a three-way for the tag titles with the Bollywood Boyz vs. Schaff & Eddie Kingston vs. Midnight Heat.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix on tomorrow night at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE.
  • LFA on 8/19 in Niagara Falls, NY at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino airing at 9 p.m. Eastern on UFC Fight Pass. Adam Assenza (16-6) vs. Junior Melo (11-5) is the main event at lightweight.