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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: MJF walk out & promo, Double or Nothing review

  • Match and Performer of the week
  • The MJF story, worked shoots, how it was handled, the potential positives and negatives and the key to all AEW angles right now.
  • Full coverage of Double or Nothing, with early PPV numbers
  • Kota Ibushi and New Japan, where it stands right now
  • New Japan Best of the Super Juniors coverage
  • The career of Tarzan Goto
  • Stardom PPV coverage
  • Jumbo Tsuruta and the Memorial show this past week
  • Television ratings
  • CMLL goes all the way with a young star
  • Dragon Gate booking issues update
  • Hall of Famer returns to New Japan
  • Death of Melanie Pillman
  • Cauliflower Alley Club 2022 notes
  • Upcoming AEW major events
  • Update on ticket sales for all upcoming WWE & AEW shows
  • Arrest of Jake Atlas
  • UFC returns to network television
  • Upcoming UFC events
  • How sports will affect wrestling ratings the next few weeks
  • Mustafa Ali talks his situation and thoughts on giving a release
  • International TV numbers
  • Streaming numbers

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: May 2, 2005 Observer Newsletter: UFC 52 review, Matt Hardy release fallout

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Tuesday News Update




  • WWE announced on Raw last night that Cody Rhodes will undergo surgery for his torn pectoral muscle on Wednesday.
  • PWInsider reported that Edge has now been positioned as a babyface on the Raw roster.
  • The Rock surprised his mother, Ata Johnson, with a new home and shared videos on Instagram. “I surprised my mom and bought her a new home. Took me and my design team 8 weeks to get it ready, where she could walk thru her front door for the very first time and everything she saw was brand new and a total surprise. I’ve been lucky enough to have bought her a few homes over the years, but this one is special as she’s told me over and over these past few years, “After a lifetime of traveling, I want this home to be my last. Thats my dream.”
  • The first trailer for Black Adam, which features The Rock as the titular character, will premiere tomorrow.
  • Ciampa and Sonya Deville have been advertised for this Wednesday’s episode of The Bump.
  • The Stand Back DLC pack for WWE 2K22 is out now. It features The Hurricane, Stacy Keibler, A-Kid, and Wes Lee.
  • On June 2, WWE filed trademarks for ‘WWE Legends’ and ‘WWE Smack Talk’.
  • A commercial for WWE’s upcoming shows on A&E starting next month.
  • Free matches added to WWE’s YouTube account includes The Usos vs. The New Day from WWE Money in the Bank 2017 and The Rock vs. John Cena from WrestleMania 29.
  • This week’s Out of Character podcast features Raquel Rodriguez.
  • Both Kayla Braxton and Mick Foley are celebrating birthdays today.


  • This week’s AEW Road to, which focuses on CM Punk and who will challenge for the interim AEW World Championship.
  • TNT aired their final scheduled NHL game for the season last night, so going forward Rampage will be in its regular timeslot of 10 pm ET.
  • In an interview with Monthly Puroresu, DDT’s Jun Akiyama expressed interest in wrestling Eddie Kingston, who has wanted a match with Akiyama. “I’m just glad to say that there are many people who still want to wrestle me even at this age,” he said. “I’d want to go against Eddie Kingston."
  • Toni Storm’s full interview with Renee Paquette.
  • Sammy Guevara’s latest vlog.

Other Wrestling

  • Stipulations for Shingo Takagi and Taichi's match for NJPW Dominion have been decided. Fans will either vote for a no time limit, limited finishes, ten count match (Taichi) or a 10-minute unlimited pinfall scramble where the most pinfalls wins (Takagi).
  • NJPW’s LA Dojo is hosting a special training seminar featuring Katsuyori Shibata and Hiroshi Tanahashi on June 24. More information here.
  • The latest edition of Aces High looks at Tanahashi's first encounter with Kazuchika Okada.
  • Stardom announced that Mayu Iwatani’s life story is being made into a movie, and auditions will be held for casting.
  • Dragongate announced that Riki Iihashi, who had made his debut for the promotion back in September, has retired from wrestling and no in-ring retirement match or ceremony will be held. He had been out of action since March with an injury.
  • Battle Slam Fight For ATL will air live on Fite TV on June 12.