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Daily Update: Stephanie McMahon, Terri Runnels, Daniel Cormier

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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Thoughts on AEW Double or Nothing

This year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view offered WWE the chance to revitalize one of their best match types.

The Money in the Bank briefcases haven't been all that much of a factor over the past couple of years. Both men's winners (Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin) failed on their cash-ins. The women's winners (Alexa Bliss and Carmella) were successful, but Bliss cashed in on the same night that she won the 2018 ladder match. WWE has missed out on being able to use Money in the Bank as a star-making tool or something to kick off notable angles.

WON NEWSLETTER: May 27, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Death of Ashley Massaro, Double or Nothing preview

A story on Ashley Massaro, the ramifications of her death, mental illness in pro wrestling and the legal fight she was in, the horrible story about Kuwait are all part of an extensive lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at her career before wrestling, life after wrestling, rundown the physical toll of pro wrestling, winning Diva Search, comments from those who knew her, her thoughts on a comeback, the concussion lawsuit and all the different questions her career as a swimsuit contest winner being rushed into pro wrestling matches because she got so popular so quickly raise.

Also look at the one debut of a promotion show in history that can compare with AEW's Double or Nothing, look at the difference between this show and All In, the different fights the promotion has to face, and a detailed rundown of why Pac isn't on the show, his status with the company, what the company wants out of its PPV shows, where a number of suggested surprise wrestlers are booked on that night, and why putting on the best shows is not the complete or even close to the key factor in a wrestling war.

Also look at the changes in television wrestling in the U.K. in 2020, and what this may mean when it comes to WWE and AEW in that market as far as exposure, and whether that is or isn't a big issue.

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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Additional notes by Joseph Currier

WWE

  • In storyline, Stephanie McMahon condemned Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar for teasing and then not revealing which champion Lesnar would challenge this past Monday on Raw, saying that they disrespected the WWE and the WWE Universe. She said she will officially take this up with the McMahon family and the “Executive Team.”
  • Kofi Kingston arrived in Ghana today for his return visit to the country. It’s Kingston’s first visit to his home country in 26 years, and a WWE film crew is with him to document the trip. WWE posted part one of their “Homecoming” series on the visit.
  • WWE has put up the entire Target: NXT TakeOver episode that premiered on the WWE Network, which takes a look at Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole, Shayna Baszler and Io Shirai ahead of their matches at NXT TakeOver XXV.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel also uploaded The Authors of Pain vs. DIY (ladder match) and Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne from NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

Pro Wrestling

  • Terri Runnels on social media called her arrest a mistake and said that she had the gun in her carry-on bag at the airport because she had spent several days at her mother’s house, which has “armadillos and other critters” that go after her mother’s chickens and garden. She said that she forgot the gun was in her bag that she had been using for carry-on luggage.
  • Samu took to Facebook to thank those who attended his charity event on 5/29. He is currently battling liver cancer.
  • Pro Wrestling Sheet talked to Sick Nick Mondo, aka Matt Burns, about directing the Jon Moxley vignettes
  • Busted Open Radio uploaded their interview with Tony Khan.
  • Alicia Atout interviewed Kenny Omega the day after Double or Nothing.
  • TMZ talked to the former Enzo Amore and Big Cass, who say Ric Flair is indestructible.
  • Ross and Marshall Von Erich talked to Wrestling Inc about their impending arrival in MLW and how they are supportive of them living in Hawaii.
  • Jim Cornette will be available for meet and greets at MLW’s TV tapings in Waukesha, Wisconsin this Saturday.
  • Jonathan Gresham and Eddie Kingston have been announced for PROGRESS Wrestling’s shows in Newcastle on July 6 and Manchester on July 7. This will be Kingston’s PROGRESS debut.
  • Former WWE announcer Todd Pettingill’s radio show, which had been running since the mid 1990s, is ending this Friday due to the radio station, WPLJ in New York City shutting down.
  • Mick Foley has been announced for Starrcast III.
  • The former Damien Sandow, going under the name Aron Stevens, is being advertised for Battle Arts PRO on July 13 in Mississauga.

UFC/MMA

  • Marc Raimondi talked to Daniel Cormier about Brock Lesnar choosing WWE over UFC, saying as a businessman he made the right decision. “He’d have to work his ass off [to fight me] and it’s probably going to go the bad way,” Cormier said. “Whereas with the WWE, it’s usually determined in his favor. So, as a businessman, I think Brock made the right decision.”
  • Jessica Andrade was robbed at gunpoint in Niteroi, Brazil on Thursday. She was with her wife when criminals stopped and robber the car, taking their smartphones. Andrade’s coach said they are both fine despite the incident.
  • Ilir Latifi has pulled out of his Saturday fight against Volkan Oezdemir. The bout will not be replaced.

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