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WON NEWSLETTER: June 7, 2021 Observer Newsletter: AEW Double or Nothing review, more WWE cuts

Double or Nothing is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Match-by-match coverage, star ratings, poll results, surprising PPV numbers and reasons why it happened, the atmosphere, what did and didn't work and the signing of Mark Henry and the situation with Lio Rush.

Also in this issue: 

WWE front office hires, their background, the shift in company strategy an how they fit in, as well as the reasons for the controversy regarding Jamie Horowitz and what happened when he was at FOX.

WWE cutting of Braun Strowman, Lana, Ruby Riott, Aleister Black, Murphy and Santana Garrett, reasons all were let go as well as the future prospects for all of them individually.

WWE schedule going forward, with the shows through September, the exclusive first word on plans for NXT going on the road, and a SummerSlam update.

New Japan/WWE talks, the history of Vince McMahon and booking of WWF talent in Japan when working with the Japanese, next Takeover show, more firings, U.K. and Canadian ratings, next week's TV show and most-watched WWE videos.

A major feature on the life of 60s and 70s star Tony Marino, from his bodybuilding days to his start in wrestling, his international tours, the Battman gimmick from the Batman TV show, his biggest career shows, being part of setting the all-time indoor pro wrestling gate record for North America in 1970 and more.

More detail on ratings than any other source, how every segment on NXT and AEW did with different age groups and more, all other wrestling shows of the past week, how many different viewers the shows had which is very different from the television number, breakdown of who watches the shows, how they watch, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

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Garrett Gonzalez and I will be talking about all the news of the week such as WWE hirings and firings, tonight's TV, AEW business and more with Wrestling Observer Radio. Bryan and I will be doing a show on Saturday night this weekend as well.

Regarding the move of the Kenny Omega vs. Jungle Boy match from the scheduled 6/11 Dynamite show to 6/26, Tony Khan said he decided he wanted the match to air live (6/11 and 6/18 are taped shows) and wanted to make 6/26 a major show.

We don't have more details but NXT did 668,000 viewers on Tuesday. We'll have the rest of the numbers in the next issue.

Smackdown tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX:

  • Apollo Crews vs. Kevin Owens IC title
  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio vs. Usos for Smackdown tag titles
  • Bianca Belair will issue a challenge to Bayley
  • For 205 Live: Austin Grey vs. Ariya Daivari and Ari Sterling vs. Sunil Singh

AEW Dynamite tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT:

  • Mark Henry, The Inner Circle, Britt Baker, Sting and Darby Allin aer on the show
  • Red Velvet vs. The Bunny
  • Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson vs. QT Marshall & Anthony Agogo
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Nick Comoroto  bullrope match
  • Jungle Boy & Christian Cage vs. Private Party  
  • Young Bucks vs. Penta & Pac non-title match

New Japan Strong at 10 p.m. tonight on New Japan World:

  • Kevin Knight vs. TJP
  • Adrian Quest vs. Barrett Brown
  • Satoshi Kojima & Karl Fredericks vs. Danny Limelight & JR Kratos

The celebrity boxing business isn't looking good based on PPV advance numbers. Granted, most buys are done the day or or day after, but for the shows this weekend based on numbers we received from one significant provider, Odom vs. Carter is dead in the water, NWA When Our Shadows fall is at 6.7 percent of where the AEW show was on the Friday before, and here's the scary one, Mayweather vs. Paul is at 69 percent of where the AEW show was two days out.  Yes, based on advance television PPV buys, it is actually trailing.  Of course almost all buys are day or show and right after.

UFC tomorrow on ESPN+ starting at 4 p.m. Eastern:

  • Claudio Puelles (155) vs. Jordan Leavitt (156)
  • Sean Woodson (145) vs. Youssef Zalal (146)
  • Manon Fiorit (125.5) vs. Tabatha Ricci (124.5)
  • Alan Patrick (154.5) vs. Mason Jones (156)
  • Makwan Amirkhani (146) vs. Kamuela Kirk (146)
  • Francisco Trinaldo (169.5) vs. Muslim Salikhov (171)
  • Tanner Boser (242) vs. Ilir Latifi (240)
  • Montana de la Rosa (126) vs. Ariane Lipski (124.5)
  • Tom Breese (186) vs. Antonio Arroyo (186)
  • Dusko Todorovic (186) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (186)
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio (170.5) vs. Miguel Baeza (171)
  • Roman Dolidze (186) vs. Laureano Starpoli (185)
  • Walt Harris (264) vs. Marcin Tybura (251)
  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik (254) vs. Augusto Sakai (255.5)

After announcing him for the new season that starts on 7/10 in Philadelphia last night, MLW announces Aramis has signed a multi-year deal with the promotion today.  

Here is the complete Josh Alexander vs. TJP 60:00 match from last night's Impact with no commercial interruptions. Alexander and TJP are looking at touring their match on independent shows, doing various gimmick matches like Iron Man, 2/3 falls, X Division title matches as well as meet and greets and seminars. For more info you can contact Dave Penzer at david.penzer@gmail.com  

Impact sold out the few tickets they put on sale for Slammiversary on 7/17 in Nashville.

CyberFight Festival takes place Sunday morning at Midnight on Wrestle Universe and there will be English language announcing with Stewart Fulton and Mark Pickering. It's from the Saitama Super Arena and is a multi-promotional show. The top matches have Keiji Muto defending the GHC title against Naomichi Marufuji, Jun Akiyama defending the KO-D title against Harashima, Miyu Yamashita defending the Princess of Princess championship against Yuka Sakazaki and Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno vs. Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura.

An update on Steve McMichael battling Lou Gehrig's disease. (thanks to Barry Werner)

Arena Mexico will be able to increase capacity from 500 to 1,500 on 6/24. They will also start doing weekly Sunday shows in the building to go with the Friday and Tuesday shows.  The first Sunday date is 6/13.

AAA's Verano de Escandalo show, its version of SummerSlam, is set for 7/3. 

UFC

  • The Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland fight that was set for the August PPV has been moved up to  the main event for a 7/31 show.

AEW

OTHER NEWS

  • A story on Konnan's Impact on pro wrestling.
  • Kevin Eck's weekly look at ROH news.
  • Mark Kruskol looks at the biggest Survivor of the Fittest events in ROH,
  • The Cage Fury Fighting Championships, which is the MMA group that C.M. Punk announces for, will be starting up a grappling division with the first show on 7/1 in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena called Fury Professional Grappling with both gi and no gi matches.  The next MMA show is 7/3in Philadelphia with welterweight champion Evan Cutts (12-4) facing Yohan Lainesse (6-0) for the title.
  • NFC has announced a 6/12 show in Anderson, SC at Electric City MMA and 6/25 in Buford,GA at Tannery Row before returning with a Jiu Jitsu show on 6/26 at District Atlanta and an MMA show on 7/24 at District Atlanta.
  • Invicta on 6/11 with have The Phoenix tournament, with eight 105-pound women, Jessica Delboni, Jillian DeCoursey, Katie Perez, Katie Saull, Lindsey VanZandt, Linda Mihalec, Paulina Granados and Tabatha Watkins that will air live on AXS TV from Memorial Hall in Kansas City.  The winner of the tournament will get a shot at the Invicta title.  The show will have open scoring, meaning fans and athletes will know the score of the fight after every round.
  • Jeff Jarrett will do a live show on 6/12 from Jimmy's Famous Seafood in Baltimore.
  • Legacy Fighting tonight on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. Eastern from Shawnee, OK Manuel Medina (125) vs. Kevin Fernandez (126) Jacobi Jones (156) vs. Caleb Hall (156) Gerrica Trias (125) vs. Ky Bennett (124.5) Edwin Cooper Jr. (145.6) vs. Robson Jr. (145.2) Askar Askar (136) vs. Justin Wetzell (136) Terrance Mckinney (160) vs. Michael Irizarry (160)
  • Latin Urban Superstar Farruko will perform on the 6/19 Triller PPV at Loan Depot Park in Miami joining Meek Mill, Myka Towers, Snoop Dogg and Reggaeton performer Lunay in a concert prior the Triller boxing PPV.
  • After a gym fist fight angle between Real Tarzann Mike Holston and Vitor Belfort, they have been added to the Triller PPV show.
  • Conor McGregor is getting into the mobile gaming business with European mobile games developer Beetroot Lab for a game called Dystopia: Content of Heroes.
  • Daisuke Sekimoto and Yasufumi Nakanoue of Big Japan have been pulled from Wednesday's All Japan show due to a Big Japan COVID outbreak. Yoshitatsu is also off the show due to traveling to the U.S. for non-business reasons.  
  • Galli promotions on Sunday in Villa Park, IL has Black Taurus vs. Laredo Kid and Are &  Aramis vs. Gringo Loco & Golden Dragon.
  • Game Changer Wrestling runs Saturday at 3 p.m. with Tournament of Survival
  • A documentary on Chyna will air on VICE on 6/17.

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