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Daily Update: Shinjiro Otani, ratings, WWE Raw

Dave updates Shinjiro Otani's condition, talks Friday's ratings, and previews Raw.

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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 including a fairly major story that has gotten limited play. You can also send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
  • There is no update on Shinjiro Otani, which is the most important news of the day. Unfortunately, in this case, no news is not good.
  • Regarding Friday's ratings, both Smackdown and AEW won their time slots on network (Smackdown) and cable (AEW Rampage). Smackdown was first for the entire night as Shark Tank, which had been battling for first, is starting to fade of late. AEW won the4 slot because there was no NBA game against them, as they usually finish second out of the 124 cable stations rated on Friday's at 10 p.m., although in recent weeks they had fallen below that. Rampage was fourth for the entire 24 hours on cable. While we won't have this official until tomorrow, Rampage is likely to have been the youngest skewing sports show for the week on television.
  • Raw tonight is from Detroit with The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes, Sasha Banks & Naomi defend the women's tag titles against Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, A.J. Styles vs. Damian Priest and Rey Mysterio vs. Veer. Plus MVP's VIP lounge with Omos. There certainly has been a tease of Ripley & Morgan splitting up. Roman Reigns & Usos vs. Drew McIntyre & New Day has been advertised locally as a dark match. We're looking for live reports on the Main Event, dark match or anything else on the live show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • We're looking for your thoughts on both the Hyper Battle New Japan show and UFC 273, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • Henry Cejudo officially announced he is coming out of retirement. He said he's re-entering the USADA testing pool meaning he has to wait six months before he can fight. He said that he wants to face Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title in an attempt to become the first three-division champion in UFC history.
  • Champion Carnival results from today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:
    • B block: Yoshitatsu b Kuma Arashi
    • A block: T-Hawk b Shotaro Ashino
    • B block: Suwama b Takuya Nomura
    • A block: Jake Lee b Shuji Ishikawa
  • There are three tournament matches on Wednesday in Hodogaya with Jake Lee vs. Shigehiro Irie, Shotaro Ashino vs. Ryuki Honda and Kento Miyahara vs. Takuya Nomura.
  • The WWE Evil episode that airs after NXT tomorrow night will be on Ric Flair. 
  • Michael Malott, who beat Mickey Gall on Saturday's UFC show in a fight that aired on ESPN, said that he was donating his show money ($10,000, which sounds ridiculously low when you consider ESPN pays UFC about $15 million per PPV show and about $7 million more for each TV show) because his coach's daughter is battling cancer. Dana White stepped in and said he would take care of the $10,000 and then Jake Paul also donated $10,000 and as of today fans and fighters have combined to donate $109,000.
  • The book "Blood and Fire: The Unbelievable Real Life Story of Wrestling's Original Sheik" by Brian Solomon is being released tomorrow. I've been looking forward to this one The Sheik was one of the biggest drawing heels in pro wrestling history. 

WWE

  • Ronda Rousey & Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville plus Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre is being advertised for the 5/6 Smackdown tapings at the Nassau Coliseum.

AEW

  • Pre-sale codes for this coming Thursday for AEW shows
  • 6/15 in St. Louis, MO at Family Arena is kh37mvp
  • 6/22 in Milwaukee is UWM414HP
  • There were 3,196 tickets out as of this morning for Wednesday's Dynamite in New Orleans.

UFC

  • Alex Oliveira's contract expired and UFC did not renew him after he has lost four in a row.
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos has pulled out of Saturday's fight with Mounir Lazzez, citing personal reasons.

Other Notes

  • Mariusz Pudzianowski, the huge Polish drawing card, at 45, fights in the main event of KSW 70 on 5/28 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland against Michal Materla (31-8).
  • World League Wrestling from Saturday night in Troy, MO: Brandon Espinosa b Sean Logan, Rahim De La Suede b Moses the Deliverer, Leland Race b Tom Coffey-DQ, Superstar Steve Fender b Luke Anthony, Billy Jarrell b Derk Stone-DQ (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • XICW from last night in Detroit, MI: Adam Wick won four-way over Jack Price, Solo and Kyler Coleman to win the vacant lightweight title, Soultaker b Billy Ray Daniels, Isaiah Broner b Brutus Atwell, Mark Ross b Jaimy Coxxx, Malcolm Monroe III b Michael Elgin, Dre Jacobs & Jontae Keith b Justin Dream & TJ Meyer, LJ Lawrence b Mongo, DBA & Cayden Monroe b Tommy Vendetta in a last man standing match, Charlie Haas b Aaron Orion to win the Midwest title (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Kalkaska, MI: The Purge b Max Morrison & Jimmy Shalwin, Brutus Atwell b KJ Reynolds, Dre Jacobs & Justin Dream b Conrad Loucks & Kyler Coleman, Aaron Orion won six-way over Tommy Vendetta, Jack Price & Adam Wick & Isaiah Broner, 9 to 5 b Chase Barnett & Solo, Justin Kyle b Kaplan, Jason Hotch won three-way over Marko Stunt and Trey Miguel, Jumai Kyng b Jackson Stone. Detroit Red Wings legend Darren McCarty was the ringside enforcer in the six-way (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • NSPW from Saturday night in Quebec City, Quebec before 416 fans: The Chabots b South Shore Wrecking Crew, Kevin Blanchard b Pee Wee to keep jr. title, TDT b The Heavyweights, Dave La Justice b Michel Plante, Matt Falco b Louie O'Farrell, Yann Pike & Dylan Donovan won three-way over Marko Estrada & Toxic Dars and Sebastian Suave & Tarik to win the tag titles, Beast King b Rogen, Matt Angel won four-way over Zak Patterson, Benjamin Tull and Zak Patterson to keep the NSPW title (thanks to Patric Laprade)
  • Bill Behrens at showbis@aol.com noted he has a list of wrestlers that can be booked for independent shows and autograph shows including Cody Hall, Griff Garrison, Marcus Kross, Christopher Daniels, Logan Creed/Mads Krugger, Jaxson Ryker/Gunner, Luke & Perry Hawx, Shannon moore, Mikael Judas, Caprice Coleman, Slim J, The Tate Twins, Dirty Dango, JTG, Joe Hendry, Josh Woods, Mark & Jay Briscoe, Moose, Lince Dorado, Adrian Jaoude, Ethan Page, TJP, Fred Rosser, Brian Cage, Lance Archer, Matt Sydal, Jay Lethal, Cheeseburger, Jonathan Gresham, Delirious, Rhett Titus, Silas Young, Shane Taylor, Sabu (no matches), Sinn Bodhi, Mecha Wolf 450, Paul Diamond (no wrestling),k Tommy Dreamer, Al Snow, Glacier, Shane Helms (no matches), DDP (no matches), Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, Al Snow, Rick Steiner (no matches), Hernandez, Stevie Richards, Blue meanie, Nunzio, Boogeyman, Ezekiel Jackson, Alex Riley, Jay Bradley, Wes Brisco, Mike "Nova" Bucci, Johnny Swinger, Raven, Earl Hebner, Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff, Jerry Jarrett, Missy Hyatt and Gerald Brisco.
  • A Go Fund Me has been set up for Rory Fox, an independent wrestler who gained some fame from an MTV special. Fox suffered a torn quad on Saturday night in a match in Kansas City for the Dynamic Wrestling Federation and had surgery today and has a lot of bills.
  • Mike Taverna (Mike Verna) and Kevin Matthews will be on tonight's episode of The Equalizer on CBS.
  • Eddie Kingston appears for AIW on 5/21 in Akron, OH.