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WON NEWSLETTER: August 9, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Bobby Eaton & The Assassin pass away, WWE releases Bray Wyatt

In this week's issue:

  • Bobby Eaton, one of the all-time greatest between the ropes
  • Jody Hamilton and the legend of the Assassins
  • Bray Wyatt and Ric Flair's WWE departures
  • An update on how the biggest WWE & AEW shows upcoming are doing
  • WWE says AEW isn't competition publicly and at the same time what was happening not publicly
  • Dragon Gate's biggest shows of the year and the retirement of Masato Yoshino
  • A.J. McKee and the problems with the current set up in MMA
  • PWG returns
  • More detail on the ratings than any other source, how many different viewers the shows had, breakdown of who watches the shows, how they watch, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches
  • Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and the latest wrestling news. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

The debut of Rampage on Friday will not air on television in Canada. It will air on TSN Direct, which is TSN's streaming service. We're not sure if it's just this week or going forward. TSN will be airing CFL coverage every week and this week they've got three CFL games, plus the PFL and MLS soccer which covers their five television channels. Funny thing is that AEW would easily outdraw PFL and MLS. (thanks to Drew McConnell)

AEW has also closed a new deal with the Space Channel in Latin America, which is the station AAA is also on. Those who used to buy the FITE live international package were told today that as of 9/6, the package is no longer available in Latin America because Space has exclusive rights to the shows. Space has not said if AEW would air live, as it has been on a four-hour delay, nor have they said anything about getting Rampage. (thanks to Alberto Buckley).

Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Xia Li, Aliyah, Odyssey Jones, Austin Theory and Dakota Kai are all at Raw tonight. Orton is scheduled to open the show.  Hardy is back from battling COVID. The others are there and may work Main Event or dark matches or not at all. PWInsider also reported that Riddick Moss, who had knee surgery, is backstage.

SB Kento, who just won the Open the Brave gate title yesterday, was stripped of the title today after a show in Osaka where he went to a no contest with  Keisuke Okuda. A match for the vacant title takes place with Kento vs. Okuda on 9/11 in Osaka.

New Japan runs tomorrow at the Yokohama Budokan for New Japan World:

  • Desperado & Minoru Suzuki & Kanemaru vs. Wato & Taguchi & Tomoaki Honma
  • Chase Owens & Phantasmo & Ishimori vs,. Eagles & Tiger Mask & Toru Yano
  • Dick Togo & Evil & Gedo vs. Sho & Yoh & Togi Makabe
  • Shingo Takagi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi defend the Never Trios titles against Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Bushi.

In a trivia note regarding Markie Post of Night Court fame, who passed away over the weekend. Post was at one point the girlfriend of Mark Dawson, the son of Family Feud & Hogan's Heroes Richard Dawson.  The Dawson family were all big wrestling fans, particularly Mark.  She used to attend matches at the Olympic Auditorium with Mark in the mid-70s but I'm told she was by no means a wrestling fan.

New Japan ticket sales for Autumn Attack on 9/25 and 9/26 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, TX, got off to very weak starts today, like first reports of under 150 each night (thanks to William Zdon).

Bandido was banged up in his Sunday match with Black Taurus at PWG and missed a big singles match with El HIjo del Vikingo on Friday night in Neza. It ended up as Vikingo vs. Dave the Clown. Bandido said he has to get checked up but he thinks he just needs a rest and will be on the 8/20 and 8/21 ROH shows. Vikingo himself has an ankle injury.

Irma Gonzalez, the Mexican wrestling legend and pioneer who is like the Moolah or Mildred Burke of that culture, along with daughter Irma Aguilar, a big star herself, are both battling COVID.  

The movie "Notorious Nick," about Nick Newell, a one-armed MMA fighter, will open at theaters and on demand on Friday. A trivia note on Newell is that he was the college roommate of Brian Myers and that he became interested in MMA watching fights with Myers, who was already a fan.

AEW

  • AEW today added more than 700 new tickets for sale for the 8/18 Dynamite show from the Fertitta Center in Houston. They also put about 500 new tickets on sale for 8/20 in Chicago for the show that had been sold out.  
  • As of today, the Wednesday Dynamite show has 4,762 tickets out and Friday's Rampage debut has 4,643. (thanks to William Zdon)

UFC

  • Marc Raimondi reported that Amanda Nunes has been cleared of COVID and returned to the gym today. Dan Lambert said that Nunes hopes to fight Julianna Pena before December.
  • Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell has been moved from the 8/28 show to the 9/4 show.
  • Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Nassourdie Imamov are scheduled for 11/6 in Madison Square Garden.

OTHER NOTES

  • People are raving about a Wheeler Yuta vs. Daniel Garcia 60:00 draw that aired over the weekend on IWTV.
  • Odds from BetOnline.ag regarding what Gable Steveson does next? Wrestle this coming season at the University of Minnesota -150 Wrestle for WWE +100 Do an MMA fight +800 Sign with an NFL team +2500
  • NSPW from Saturday night in Canac Stadium in Quebec City, Quebec before 1,500 fans:  Pee Wee b Stephen Sullivan, Dave the Justice b KGB, Kevin Blanchard b Dylan Donovan, Ivan Sullivan b LuFisto, Matt Falcon b Channing Decker, TDT b South Shore Wrecking Crew, Marko Estrada b Toxic Mat Dars to keep the TV title (thanks to Pat Laprade)
  • XICW from yesterday in Marine City, MI:  Aaron Orion b Cody Deaner, Soultaker b Kyler Coleman, Tommy Vendetta b Jake Something, Jonte Keit b Solo, Jack Price & Alex Weir b Malcolm Monroe III & Adam Wick, Mongo b Dre Jacobs & Brutus Alwell, Chuck Wagon b Royce Carney III, Kevin Kalloway & Sean Tyler b Billy Ray Daniels & LJ Lawrence, Jaimy Coxxx b Zach Thomas, DBA b Dread King Logan
  • Combate Global has an eight-women tournament on Friday night on Univision and Paramount + for a Strawweight title shot.  Paramount + coverage starts at 11 p.m. Eastern on Friday. The first round has Yasmine Jauregui (5-0) vs. Stephanie Frausto (8-7), Criszaida Adames (4-0) vs Yajaira Cunningham, Paulina Vargas (4-1) vs. Claudia Diaz (1-2) and Karen Cedillo (4-2) vs. Clair Lopez.  Stephanie Frausto is the younger sister of former Bellator champion Zoila Frausto.
  • KSW on 9/4 in Warsaw, Poland has Roberto Soldic (18-3) defending the welterweight title against Patrick Kinci of the Czech Republic (24-9).
  • Stardom results from Kissei today: Tam Nakano won over Mina Shirakawa and Hina, Konami b Unagi Sayaka, Maika b AZM, Saki Kashima & Starlight Kid & Ruaka & Rina b Mayu Iwatani & Koguma & Hanan & Lady C, Utami Hayashishita & Momo Watanabe & Saya Kamitani b Giulia & Syuri & Natsupoi
  • CMLL starts back with weekly Monday night shows at Arena Puebla tonight.  Mistico & Volador Jr. & Caristico vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero & Templario headline.
  • Yota Tsuji starts on 9/4 with RevPro in the U.K., so that tells you where he's going and it's not the U.S. or Mexico.
  • 559 Fights returns on 8/14 at the Valley Strong Ballpark in Visalia,CA.

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