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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

August 1, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Vince McMahon resigns from WWE

  • In this issue:
  • The life and career of Vince McMahon. His rise, his fall, both sides of the coin, how things could have been different. The fall of the territories, the WCW feud, buying the company from his father, his pre-WWF promotions, announcing, getting on the USA Network, the expansion, Hulk Hogan, Saturday Night's Main Event, the first WrestleMania, the death of Crockett Promotions, the McMahon family as TV characters, angles with the family he suggested that never happened, a potential sale, Paul Levesque, what brought Vince down, Brock Lesnar, Tony Khan and much more.
  • WrestleMania 2024
  • Full coverage of ROH Death Before Dishonor with business notes
  • SummerSlam and Clash at the Castle notes
  • Full coverage of the G1 tournament, with business, standings, star ratings and all that good stuff
  • Full coverage of Saturday's UFC show
  • Television ratings for every national wrestling show
  • Details behind the IWGP Women's Championship and why
  • Stardom PPV coverage from last week and the upcoming shows this week
  • Dragon Gate's biggest shows of the year this week
  • Why a top Dragon Gate star left the promotion
  • Lots of injury updates
  • New Japan Strong tapings
  • Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame induction ceremony notes
  • Nick Wayne's flight issues make mainstream news
  • Update on AEW injuries and business
  • Streaming numbers for the week
  • Fedor's last fight
  • How much Peacock is really losing
  • NXT vs. AEW is back on
  • International TV ratings

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter:

June 20, 2005 Observer Newsletter: ECW One Night Stand

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Monday News Update

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Bryan and I will be up tonight covering Raw and the latest wrestling news. We did shows Saturday covering SummerSlam and UFC 277 and last night covering Ric Flair's final match. Most of what we needed to say about the Flair show is on last night's show.

Regarding the Sasha Banks and Naomi rumors of them returning, I don't know that it's signed yet but it is moving in that direction and internally they do expect it to happen.

I have a Sports Illustrated feature on changes in WWE.

Raw is tonight in Houston. A big crowd of well over 10,000 is expected at the Toyota Center. Riddle vs. Seth Rollins is advertised locally. They are doing a worked injury angle with Riddle so who knows when he's back on TV wrestling, but it should be soon. No matches are announced at this point for TV. With it being the Monday after SummerSlam plus the curiosity of Paul Levesque creative, it should be another big number for television ratings as well.

We are looking for your thoughts on SummerSlam, UFC 277, the Flair retirement show and both NJPW shows in Nagoya with a thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match for each show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com. We're also looking for reports from Raw in Houston tonight live with any Main Event or dark matches or anything notable about the live crowd or not on television to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

G-1 tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m.from Hamamatsu has Tomohiro Ishii vs. Great O'Khan, David Finlay vs. Will Ospreay with the physical U.S .title belt at stake, Tom Lawlor vs. Toru Yano, Tama Tonga vs. Sanada and Hirooki Goto vs. Kenta.

The WOW show returns to television in syndication on 9/17 and will air in every major market.

Today is the third anniversary of the death of legendary pro wrestler Harley Race. Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of the death of Roddy Piper. Both were major historical figures in the sport and Piper's influence in WWE being the powerhouse it is today is generally underplayed.

WWE

  • Today marks 700 days for Roman Reigns as champion, the longest reign since Hulk Hogan in the 80s. It also marks 1,000 days for his career as champion, also among the longest total time as champion in history.
  • Several WWE stars including Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles are headed to Saudi Arabia next week for Gamers8, an electronic sports and games event held in Riyadh.

UFC

  • Yair Rodrgiuez said Saturday that he had no interest in facing Josh Emmett in a title eliminator for an interim title and wants to wait until Alexander Volkanovski is ready to get his title shot he was told he'd get with a win over Brian Ortega. He beat Ortega on the ABC show in Long lsland when Ortega was injured in the first round.

OTHER NOTES

  • Defy from Friday night in Tacoma, WA: No Way Jose b Ethan HD, Cody Chhun b Adriel Noctis, Guillermo Rosas b Levi Cooper (Tucker), Su Yung b Rebel Kel, Bollywood Boyz b Eddie Pearl & Ricky Gibson in a Mumbai street fight Christopher Daniels b Ortiz to keep interim Defy title. Next show is 8/20 at Washington Hall in Seattle. (thanks to Matt Farmer)
  • Funeral services for David "Blackjack" Brown are 8/3 at the Crane Funeral Home at 368856 Goddard in Romulus, MI 48174 at 11 a.m.
  • New Japan posted the Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay match from the 2020 G-1 Climax tournament which finished high in match of the year balloting on its YouTube page today. (thanks to Suju Abraham)