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Daily Update: SmackDown ratings, Charlotte Flair, The Bunny

Fast nationals for SmackDown, Charlotte has to miss an appearance, and more.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

November 14, 2022 Observer Newsletter: WWE Crown Jewel, NJPW Battle Autumn

*Full coverage of WWE Crown Jewel & New Japan Autumn Attack, business notes on both shows, how successful Crown Jewel was on Peacock, PPV, public interest and business notes on Autumn Attack, plus poll results and more.
*What's next for WWE and New Japan
*Cain Velasquez granted bond, Daniel Cormier talks, and a look back at the situation
*A look back at the 60s and 70s tag team of Kurt & Karl Von Steiger, including unique political moves, the night they won the AWA tag titles and why the team split up
*Full coverage of Saturday's UFC show, including the probe on the suspicious gambling patterns on one of the fights
*Dragon Gate's Gate of Destiny coverage
*PWG's show on Sunday honoring Alan Denkenson and featuring one of the best trios matches of the year and in PWG history
*The most complete look at the TV ratings for the past week
*Streaming numbers
*AEW has great success in one international market, not in another
*Next Stardom PPV show
*Update on the New Japan Tokyo Dome show
*Crazy story of a plot to steal the NWA title by one of the biggest stars of all-time
*More on Andre the Giant carer losses
*A very important note on streaming ratings and what it says for viability of WWE & AEW next deals
*The Nick Aldis-Billy Corgan split
*The story behind former wrestling sponsor winning $75 million and getting national publicity
*Politician wants to honor former national hero wrestler who has been forgotten about since his heyday was 40 yeas ago
*Notes on the Teddy Hart documentary
*A look at the veracity of stories on the Hawaiian episode of Tales from the Territories
*Taryn Terrell career noes
*Wrestler and promoter arrested
*Movie on Baron Von Raschke
*Full Gear notes as well as matches to be added
*Notes on MJF's first major Hollywood role
*A look at AEW ratings in 2021 vs. 2022, what is up, what is down
*Bandido contract notes
*AEW woman star filming a movie
*More on skirmish backstage at Anderson Silva vs. Jake Paul fight
*Upcoming Raw and Smackdown notes
*Sasha Banks training with former WCW star
*WWE injury updates
*Ticket sales for upcoming AEW and WWE events.

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter:

September 21, 2005 Observer Newsletter: Spike & WWE counterprogram one another, TNA Unbreakable

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Saturday News Update

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WWE

  • Last night’s SmackDown averaged 2.115 million viewers in the fast national ratings, up from last week’s fast national number of 1.970 million viewers. The rating in the 18-49 demo was up to a 0.5.
  • It was noted on SmackDown last night that Sami Zayn wasn’t at the show due to personal reasons.
  • Indus Sher will return to in-ring competition on Tuesday’s episode of NXT.
  • Charlotte Flair announced that she won’t be able to make her scheduled appearance at the Big Event NY expo this weekend: “Hey guys! I was so excited to see everyone this weekend at the @bigeventny with @FitermanSports, but I am not able to make the signing. I promise I’ll see you soon. I miss all of you ps you can go say hi to my hubby.”
  • Liv Morgan posted a picture with AEW’s Abadon from Big Event NY.
  • The Ringer published a feature story from Jonathan Snowden on Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels’ feud and how their philosophical battle inside the ring continues in today’s wrestling.
  • WWE has filed a trademark for “Michin.”
  • In a tribute to his late nephew Takeoff, rapper Quavo wrote that their first dream was to be a tag team together in WWE. Migos (Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset) performed at WWE Day 1 this January.
  • A new Table for 3 episode featuring Rey Mysterio, Booker T, and JBL was uploaded to Peacock/WWE Network yesterday.
  • Top Dolla is holding his sixth annual canned food drive on Saturday, November 19 at the University of Maryland’s football game against Ohio State.
  • On this day in 2018, Becky Lynch officially became "The Man."
  • Shotzi, Braun Strowman, and The Brawling Brutes were interviewed on The SmackDown LowDown.

AEW/Other Wrestling

  • The Bunny tweeted about her match against Toni Storm that’s set for next Wednesday’s Dynamite: “I've spent the last six months working tirelessly to heal my neck. This Wednesday on #AEWDynamite all the blood, sweat and tears will be worth it. Time to claw my way back and prove once again that I'm a contender and a f***ing draw. #AcknowledgeMe”
  • Thunder Rosa gave a shoutout to the AEW women’s division while speaking about her injury status: “Shoutout to all the AEW women’s division. You guys are doing great, but I’m getting better. Time is coming. I’m coming back soon [she smiled]. I know you guys are really eager to know when I’m coming back. The news will come later. I’m sorry, I don’t have a timeline. I just wanna thank everyone for being so happy to see me and asking to come back.”
  • Renee Paquette was the guest on this week’s episode of AEW Unrestricted.
  • On the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Dark Side of the Ring co-creator Evan Husney was asked about the possibility of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appearing on Tales from the Territories: "We would have loved it. He’s probably the busiest person in Hollywood, it’s crazy the amount of stuff he’s doing in terms of the brands, Black Adam, and now that Black Adam is out, that’s been consuming him in terms of his time, traveling, promoting the movie and doing all of that stuff. I can’t even believe he has time to promote Territories during all of that. We appreciate everything he’s done for that. The time the show came together, we didn’t have a lot of time, we had to go and we couldn’t consider his schedule or anything else, we had to make it and deliver it to the network. If we had a little bit more time or it happened a little later and there was that little window where he would have been more available, we probably would have. Maybe in the future, there is an opportunity, potentially, if we do a season two, to have him on the show. We’d love to have him on the show, it’d be incredible.”