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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 9, 2022 Observer Newsletter: WWE Q1 2022 financials, Forbidden Door presale sells out

  • Match and performer of the week
  • WWE business, profits, revenues
  • WrestleMania number releases and putting them into perspective
  • Elimination Chamber viewership and the obvious unsaid reason why it was up
  • Ticket demand for the Cardiff, Wales show
  • More on the WWE deal with A&E
  • Nick Khan talks multiple bidders for WWE rights deals including the next rights deal
  • Stephanie McMahon talks WrestleMania sponsorships
  • More on WWE recruiting and question on adding Performance Centers
  • Questions on doing a stadium show in India
  • What categories is business up and and what categories is it down
  • AEW Forbidden Door sellout and gate, ticket demand, the card, secondary market numbers
  • Full coverage of New Japan's return to the former Fukuoka Dome and all the angles, returns and direction of the company
  • Business notes on the show
  • What matches had to be changed as well as endings
  • Notes on the Best of the Super Junior tournament and Dominion
  • Story behind the changes to the WrestleMania Backlash show
  • What is the planned stadium direction
  • Ticket updates for all the WWE PPV thought the summer
  • Details on AEW's new television show
  • AAA Triplemania coverage
  • Story behind the Triplemania main event
  • Plans for the next Triplemania
  • More notes on the recent WWE cuts
  • Full coverage of Saturday's UFC show
  • A look at both Stardom PPV shows and future direction
  • Dragon Gate Dead of Alive coverage
  • TV ratings including what category AEW beat both Smackdown and Raw in
  • How the different segments did
  • CMLL Universal tournament concludes
  • New tournaments coming to CMLL
  • Who Stardom is interested in from AEW
  • King of Gate tournament
  • Who is Jumbo Tsuruta and his Memorial show
  • What was the highest rated pro wrestling match on television in history
  • Champion Carnival coverage
  • NOAH Sumo Hall coverage
  • What American signed a new contract with NOAH
  • Freddy Prinze wants to start a promotion
  • PWG coverage
  • Update on a new pro wrestling cartoon show
  • AEW and Warner/Media
  • A look at what is the likely Double or Nothing show
  • WWE vs. AEW in Long Island this week
  • AEW stars on TV show Sunday
  • WWE & AEW ticket sales for all the upcoming major events
  • Streaming numbers
  • Dana White on boxers pay
  • More on Jorge Masvidal charges
  • Plans for July 2 UFC show head-to-head with Money in the Bank
  • UFC longtime stars in a must-win fight
  • WWE draft plans
  • Canadian TV numbers for AEW & WWE
  • WWE European tour coverage

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: April 4, 2005 Observer Newsletter back issue: WrestleMania 21 preview, All Japan Women shuts down

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Tuesday News Update



  • Bianca Belair defeated Becky Lynch in a dark match following last night’s Raw.
  • The identity of Veer’s opponent last night on Raw is Rex Lawless, who competes regularly for NYWC and Beyond Wrestling.
  • Matches for this week’s Main Event will include Reggie vs. T-BAR and Apollo Crews vs. Akira Tozawa.
  • Guests for tomorrow’s episode of The Bump include Theory, JBL, and Drew Gulak.
  • 2K Games announced that they will be ending online support for WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20 starting on June 30. This will include all online functions including online matches and community creations.
  • Tonight’s preview of Young Rock on NBC: "On the day of the Brawl-B-Q, Rocky’s relationship with partner Tony Atlas hits a breaking point. Dewey becomes the object of multiple school crushes. Meanwhile, the extortion case against Lia reaches its conclusion."
  • WWE sent out a survey to members of their mailing list today regarding feedback for the first season of WWE Evil. The survey asks for interest in names such as Roddy Piper, Bobby Heenan, Paul Heyman, Mr. McMahon, Jake Roberts, JBL, and The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase as potential subjects for a second season.
  • Tickets for WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden on 7/25, which will be a Raw taping, will go on sale on 5/13. Advertised are Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, RK-Bro, Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Finn Balor, and The Street Profits.
  • On May 4, WWE filed to trademark the name ‘Rip Fowler’.
  • WPRI has has an interview with local business owners in Providence, Rhode Island talking about getting a boost thanks to WWE WrestleMania Backlash.


Other Wrestling

  • Bill DeMott’s Keri Anne DeMott Foundation issued a press release calling for WWE to remove Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch from their Hall of Fame after being charged with DUI manslaughter. “When do we start holding people #accountable BEFORE they kill themselves or someone else?,” DeMott wrote on Twitter. “When do we decide as law makers and judges that we DO NOT get to decide who should and shouldn’t be punished? When do organizations speak up for EVERYONE not just influential cases? #WHEN”
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH is accepting applications from wrestlers who are interested in joining the promotion through 5/15.
  • Jonathan Gresham’s TERMINUS promotion announced their next show, Modern Age Grapplin, for May 22.
  • The Washington Post has an interview with Jay White ahead of the NJPW show in Washington D.C. on May 14.