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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: June 20, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Vince McMahon under investigation by WWE Board of Directors

One of the most important wrestling news stories in years is taking place right now and is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer out today. The issue has:

  • Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis, the alleged payouts, the key aspect of the story, how the story broke, notes on the investigation, the prior burial of Stephanie McMahon, the timing of her leaving, the firm handling the investigation, and what happens next.
  • Jeff Hardy arrested, more details, AEW response and more
  • Update on AEW Forbidden Door show and fan interest levels
  • The career of Keiji Muto with his retirement announcement
  • Report on the changes to the 2022 G1 Climax tournament
  • Issues with top AEW talent in G1 this year
  • Update on WWE Money in the Bank and ticket interest levels
  • UFC 275--coverage of one of the greatest fights in MMA history, business notes and poll coverage
  • New Japan Dominion coverage, match-by-match with star ratings, storylines, business notes and poll results
  • Cyberfight show
  • College athletes that WWE signed this week to NIL deals
  • How the death of Hana Kimura led to a change in Japanese laws on cyberbullying
  • Pro wrestling TV ratings over the past week
  • Notes on the oldest tradition in wrestling, now in its 89th year
  • The family tag team tournament update
  • News from this week's Triplemania
  • Key Stardom rule
  • Dream trios match of Triple Crown champions
  • Early notes on N-1 tournament
  • Movie on famous pro wrestling family
  • NWA 74th anniversary show
  • 70s and 80s star doing autobiography
  • One of the year's best independent matches
  • Ticket sale updates for all the major pro wrestling and UFC shows
  • AEW injury update and story
  • FTR managed by Bet Hart
  • Politics of Forbidden Door show
  • International TV ratings
  • AEW stars announcing MMA
  • New major UFC fights and this week's card
  • Another major UFC retirement
  • News for those who get Peacock free
  • Notes on Paige being dropped by WWE
  • Roman Reigns schedule
  • Oliver Luck vs. Vince McMahon trial
  • Ronda Rousey talks the one MMA fight she would still do and how it almost happened years ago and why it didn't

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: May 9, 2005 Observer Newsletter: Death of Chris Candido

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Wednesday News Update




  • Dave Meltzer is reporting that four new matches will be added to Forbidden Door on tonight’s Dynamite.
  • AEW confirmed in a press release today that Forbidden Door will stream on the Bleacher Report app, website, and other connected devices for $49.99.
  • Forbes has a profile on AEW referee Aubrey Edwards.
  • Bleacher Report has a Q&A with Toni Storm.
  • Konosuke Takeshita now has a shirt for sale on

Other Wrestling

  • NJPW posted a video of Juice Robinson essentially refusing to hand over the IWGP United States title that he was stripped of prior to Dominion. Will Ospreay defeated SANADA to become the new champion.
  • A press conference will be held on Fite TV tomorrow at 2:00 pm ET regarding the Ric Flair’s Last Match event.
  • John Cooper, Mayor of Nashville, will declare June 23 “Ric Flair Day” at the Nashville Fairgrounds at 1 pm.
  • Additional tickets for Ric Flair’s final match will take place on June 24th at 12 pm ET. The show was recently moved to a bigger arena, the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
  • GCW uploaded Jon Moxley’s post-show promo from this past weekend’s You Wouldn’t Understand event.
  • A short video documentary on the Nick Wayne/Will Ospreay match that took place this past weekend at GCW I Never Liked You.
  • Bandido is out of the WrestleRex event on June 30 after suffering an injury at Triplemania this past weekend. Lince Dorado will take his place.
  • Lucha Libre AAA has announced an NFT partnership with Orange Comet.
  • Negro Casas and Volador Jr. have been pulled from JCW’s July 10th show in Ridgefield Park due to “lucha politics”.
  • Women of Wrestling have released their first trailer ahead of their return to television this fall on CBS affiliates.
  • Prestige Wrestling has uploaded a full match between Lee Moriarty and Konosuke Takeshita.