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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 13, 2005 Observer Newsletter: WWE Draft Lottery begins, UFC 53 recap

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Friday News Update

  • No show tonight because Garrett Gonzales is on vacation but we'll be back next week. We will obviously be up tomorrow night covering SummerSlam and UFC 277, and Sunday covering Ric Flair's retirement show.
  • There are predictions of thunderstorm in Nashville tomorrow. 
  • Smackdown tonight at 8 p.m.from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta has a big advance, more than 9,000 tickets out as WWE business continues to grow at live events over the past month. Announced is New Day vs. Viking Raiders, Aliyah vs. Lacey Evans, Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre in an Irish Doneybook match with the winner headlining Clash at the Castle in a WWE title match plus Maximum Male Models.
  • Rampage at 10 p.m. will feature an interview with C.M. Punk as he talks his physical status and the world title, plus:
  • Best Friends & Orange Cassidy vs. Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt
  • Ethan Page vs. Leon Ruffin
  • Matt Sydal vs. Lee Moriarty
  • Ruby Soho vs Anna JAS
  • FITE TV tonight has the Ric Flair roast at 9 p.m. Eric Bischoff, DDP, Vickie Guerrero, Torrie Wilson, Brian Knobs, Lance Armstrong, Chael Sonnen, Jerry West, Eddie George and Tie Domi are scheduled to appear. 
  • GCW has an 11:30 p.m. start sow headlined by Jon Moxley vs. Blake Christian.
  • G1 continues with a shot at 4 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning from Dolphins Arena in Nagoya with Shingo Takagi vs. David Finlay, Tom Lawlor vs Jonah, Sanada vs. Great-O-Khan and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. As far as the art of pro wrestling, in that form there is nothing in pro wrestling better than a Tanahashi vs. Sabre match.
  • We're looking for reports from tonight's Smackdown Smackdown in Atlanta with dark match reports and anything not on the live show to
  • This weekend is loaded with major shows. So we will be doing polls on:
  • SummerSlam
  • UFC 277
  • Ric Flair retirement show
  • Both NJPW shows in Nagoya
  • Both Dragon Gate Kobe World shows
  • Both Stardom PPV shows
  • You can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle for all of those shows to
  • UFC 277 tomorrow from Dallas, TX.
  • ESPN fights starting at 6 p.m. Eastern
  • Orion Cosce (172.5) vs. Blood Diamond (169.5) - Cosce missed weight and forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Diamond
  • Nicolae Negumereanu (205) vs. Ihor Potieria (204)
  • Joselyne Edwards (137.5) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (135) - Edwards missed weight and forfeits 20 percent of her purse to Kim)
  • Michael Morales (170.5) vs. Adam Fugitt (171)
  • ABC and ESPN simulcast at 8 p.m. Eastern
  • Drakkar Klose (155.5) vs. Rafa Garcia (155)
  • Don'Tale Mayes (255) vs. Hamdy Abdelwahab (264.5)
  • Drew Dober (155.5) vs. Rafael Alves (155.5)
  • Alex Morono (171) vs. Matthew Semelsberger (171)
  • PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern
  • Anthony Smith (205) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (206)
  • Alexandre Pantoja (125.5) vs. Alex Perez (125.5)
  • Derrick Lewis (264.5) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (254.5)
  • Brandon Moreno (124.5) vs. Kai Kara-France (124.5) for the interim flyweight title
  • Julianna Pena (134.5) vs. Amanda Nunes (135) for the women's bantamweight title


  • SummerSlam odds at BetOnline

Roman Reigns -600
Brock Lesnar +350

Liv Morgan -200
Ronda Rousey +150

Bianca Belair -500
Becky Lynch +350

Usos -200
Street Profits +150

Bobby Lashley -300
Theory +200

Logan Paul -2000
The Miz +700

Pat McAfee -400
Happy Corbin +250

Balor & Priest -250
Mysterios +170

  • Sanga (Saurav Gurjar) has a role in the movie "Bahmastra" in India. He had been actor in India before being recruited into pro wrestling because of his size.
  • The 10/10 Raw show originally scheduled for New Orleans has been moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
  • C4 Energy is doing meet and greets with WWE stars
  • Tonight 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bianca Belair will be at Kroger's at 5544 Old Hickory Blvd, in Hermitage, TN
  • Tomorrow from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Street Profits will be at Twice Daily/White Bison at 2112 Charlotte Rd.
  • Tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m Liv Morgan will be at Twice Daily/White Bison at 2112 Charlotte Rd.


  • Edson Barboza vs. Ilia Topuria is expected to be on 10/29 according to a report by Laura Bynilla.

Other Notes

  • Ted Arcidi, who at one time held the world record in the bench press with 705.5 pounds, and later wrestled for WWE, saved 125 Acres of farmland In Milford, MA (thanks to Chris Cruise)
  • Effy is coming to Toronto for Effy's Lucha Vacation on 8/18 at Parkdale Hall. Also on the show is Gringo Loco, Allie Katch and La Estrella from Dragon Gate.
  • Legacy Fighting Championships on 8/26 in New Town, North DaKota at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge on UFC Fight Pass is headlined by Carlos Mota (7-1) vs. Rizvan Aubev (12-3) in a flyweight bout.