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WON NEWSLETTER: September 13, 2021 Observer Newsletter: AEW All Out review, Gable Steveson signs with WWE

Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole (Austin Jenkins), Ruby Soho (Dori Prange) and Minoru Suzuki were all unannounced surprises on AEW’s All Out on 9/5 from the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL.

The show may end up historical and certainly felt like it was historic in the building. It felt it just as much if not more watching on television with the announcers soundtrack. In the days that have passed, many have talked about it as the best U.S.-based PPV show in history and it has to be in the discussion. There have been a few better shows judged strictly by match quality, and it’s too soon to ascertain anything long-term of what it means. Short-term it led to Dynamite beating Raw for the first time ever same day in the same week.

But when you consider atmosphere, news value, crowd, announcing match depth and creativity, it’s a hard one to beat.

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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

What should be among the biggest episodes of Raw this year takes place tonight from the TD Garden in Boston. The entirely redone show has Bobby Lashley vs. Randy Orton for the WWE title and Big E has vowed to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase tonight. Raw goes head-to-head with the Baltimore Ravens vs.  Las Vegas Raiders season debut of Monday Night Football. Usually that means a decline in Raw but with this show I would expect an increase.  Also on the show is Damien Priest defending the U.S. title in an open challenge against Jeff Hardy. Charlotte Flair vs. Shayna Baszler in a non-tile match, Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley, Doudrop vs. Eva Maria and New Day & Mansoor & Mustafa Ali vs. A.J. Styles & Omos & T-Bar & Mace are also announced for the show. 

Anyway the key is I don't expect Dynamite, even though it'll be in front of a sold out Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Wednesday, to be matching Raw in the ratings this week even with the football opposition, but who knows?

AT&T has sold TMZ to FOX ahead of the upcoming WarnerMedia/Discovery merger.

Thanks to Tyler Davis, Richard Hartshorn, Derrick Maul, Mike Youngblood and Richard Dunbeck for the reports from the weekend WWE shows. We're looking for reports from Boston tonight for anything not on the live Raw show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com as well as your thoughts on last night's ROH PPV show, thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match. On the show last night, Jake Atlas vs. Taylor Rust match was cut short due to an injury by Atlas which explains why the match felt so off.

An update on the Mike Johnson report that ROH may not have any more shows before fans this year. According to ROH, that is not correct and Final Battle will be taking place in front of fans in Baltimore in December. They are taping television in front of no fans tonight and tomorrow night.

Jake Paul said that he would love to box Jorge Masvidal next. Paul said that today to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour.  Paul said that hopefully Dana White would allow Masvidal to take the fight and said he thinks it would be his toughest challenge and biggest fight. Masvidal would probably accept that fight but UFC also most likely would not allow it.

Shinjiro Otani has broken two bones in his left forearm and will need surgery, and thus will be out of action for some time.

WWE

  • On the new "Feel the Power" podcast, Big E talked extensively about his own battles with depression and suicidal thoughts when talking about the death of Shannon Spruill.  Xavier Woods said he had similar battles and thanked Tyler Breeze and Viktor of the Ascension for helping him get through it (thanks to Post Wrestling)

AEW

  • Dark Elevation for tonight: Nyla Rose vs. Skye Blue Daniel Garcia vs. Lee Moriarty Emi Sakura vs. Queen Aminata Butcher & Blade vs. Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum Penelope Ford vs. Layna Lennox Frankie Kazarian vs. Ren Jones Jade Cargill vs. Shawna Reed Anna Jay & Tay Conti vs. Elia Shae & Jaylee Garcia vs. Moriarty is the match that led to Moriarty being offered an AEW contract.

UFC

  • After Jim Miller pulled out of this Sunday's show due to COVID, his opponent, Nikola Motta will now face replacement fighter Cameron VanCamp who will make his UFC debut after winning his last two fights via submission in less than 30 seconds.

OTHER NOTES

  • Just want to mention former pro wrestling legend Joe Laurinaitis, Road Warrior Animal, would have turned 61 today. The Road Warriors as far as being influential and over would be very close to the top of any tag team in history.
  • The game show "You Bet Your Life," a show taken from the Groucho Marx show from like 60 years ago, debuted on FOX with Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks as host. There was a pro wrestling category: AEW Dynamite is the newest wrestling league to challenge the WWE.  What does AEW stand for? The guess was American Extreme Wrestling What wrestler and Trainwreck co-star performed his own intro music with lyrics, "It's the franchise boy I'm shining now.  You can't see me.  My time is now?" The contestants debated between Dwayne Johnson and John Cena before picking Cena The WWE used to be called WWF, but that name already belonged to a charitable organization.  What does WWF stand for? The contestants knew it was the World Wildlife Fund. What pro wrestler plays the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy? The contestants said Jason Momoa, who is not a wrestler. When they were told Dave Bautista was the correct answer, none of the contestants had heard of his name. What famous WWE wrestler started in UFC but finished as a pro wrestler. The contestants knew it was Ronda Rousey. What, you think they should have said Matt Riddle?
  • Koji Iwamoto, who had been out after testing positive for COVID, will be returning for All Japan on Thursday night..
  • On the TV show "Billions" this week, there was a discussion of wrestling and the name Big Cat Ernie Ladd was name dropped.
  • United Wrestling Coalition presents OzzyFest III, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Kelly's Banquet Hall in Wrightstown, NJ. Ozzy is the son of Daily Murder, who is three years old and was born with multiple congenital heart defects and every year the promotion attempts to do a show t raise money to help offset all the major health costs.

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