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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: June 20, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Vince McMahon under investigation by WWE Board of Directors

One of the most important wrestling news stories in years is taking place right now and is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer out today. The issue has:

  • Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis, the alleged payouts, the key aspect of the story, how the story broke, notes on the investigation, the prior burial of Stephanie McMahon, the timing of her leaving, the firm handling the investigation, and what happens next.
  • Jeff Hardy arrested, more details, AEW response and more
  • Update on AEW Forbidden Door show and fan interest levels
  • The career of Keiji Muto with his retirement announcement
  • Report on the changes to the 2022 G1 Climax tournament
  • Issues with top AEW talent in G1 this year
  • Update on WWE Money in the Bank and ticket interest levels
  • UFC 275--coverage of one of the greatest fights in MMA history, business notes and poll coverage
  • New Japan Dominion coverage, match-by-match with star ratings, storylines, business notes and poll results
  • Cyberfight show
  • College athletes that WWE signed this week to NIL deals
  • How the death of Hana Kimura led to a change in Japanese laws on cyberbullying
  • Pro wrestling TV ratings over the past week
  • Notes on the oldest tradition in wrestling, now in its 89th year
  • The family tag team tournament update
  • News from this week's Triplemania
  • Key Stardom rule
  • Dream trios match of Triple Crown champions
  • Early notes on N-1 tournament
  • Movie on famous pro wrestling family
  • NWA 74th anniversary show
  • 70s and 80s star doing autobiography
  • One of the year's best independent matches
  • Ticket sale updates for all the major pro wrestling and UFC shows
  • AEW injury update and story
  • FTR managed by Bet Hart
  • Politics of Forbidden Door show
  • International TV ratings
  • AEW stars announcing MMA
  • New major UFC fights and this week's card
  • Another major UFC retirement
  • News for those who get Peacock free
  • Notes on Paige being dropped by WWE
  • Roman Reigns schedule
  • Oliver Luck vs. Vince McMahon trial
  • Ronda Rousey talks the one MMA fight she would still do and how it almost happened years ago and why it didn't

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Tuesday News Update

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WWE

  • WWE released a tribute video honoring Tim White following his passing.
  • A graphic in memory of White was also shown at the start of last night’s Raw.
  • Impact Wrestling’s Scott D’Amore thanked WWE and AJ Styles for the video message Styles sent in for Slammiversary: “Thank you so much to @AJStylesOrg for taking the time to share his thoughts and feelings about @IMPACTWRESTLING. AJ is truly the more Impactful talent in the 20 year history of this company. Thank you to @WWE for allowing AJ to be part of #Slammiversary”
  • Styles responded to D’Amore: “Thanks Scott, it was an honor. You’ve always been good to me. It was a pleasure being able to show you and impact my gratitude.”
  • Five law firms have now issued press releases announcing that they’re investigating WWE for potential violations of federal securities laws amid the Vince McMahon scandal.
  • During an appearance on Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Shotzi spoke about no longer using her tank as part of her ring entrance: “That wasn’t my decision, but I’m embracing the change because I’ve been the ballsy badass my entire career. Even on the Indies I was always a babyface. It’s nice seven years later to finally change up the character and find something new within me. I think I’m finally grabbing the horns and growing with it and I feel like it’s finally clicking.”
  • WWE congratulated former 24/7 Champion Rob Gronkowski on his retirement from the NFL. It’s the second time Gronkowski has retired from football.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar from the September 19, 2002 episode of SmackDown, Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship from Money in the Bank 2019, and Cena & Trish Stratus vs. Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix from the December 22, 2008 episode of Raw.

Other Wrestling

  • After being called out for body shaming Adam Cole by saying that Cole needs to put on more weight, Booker T clarified that he has nothing but love and respect for Cole. Booker T said he and Cole are tight, and he was only trying to enhance Cole instead of breaking him down.
  • Hangman Page tweeted today: “i just hope that when im old and retired i don’t lower myself to some sh*t ass podcast where i trash the younger generation that’s just chasing the same fortune wrestling has afforded me”
  • Tony Khan told The Canadian Press about wanting to bring AEW to Canada soon: “We’re all back on the road this past year and we’ve been all over America, but I do look forward to bringing an AEW live events to Canada soon. I think we have a chance to really build a strong presence, not only what we’ve established on television with TSN, but also with live events for the fans.”
  • AEW uploaded its Road To video promoting tomorrow’s Dynamite.
  • Impact Wrestling has officially announced that Josh Alexander will defend his Impact World Championship against Joe Doering at Against All Odds on Friday, July 1. The show is an Impact Plus/Impact Ultimate Insiders special.
  • In a post on her Instagram Stories, Madison Rayne revealed that she broke both of her nasal bones at Slammiversary.
  • Scott D’Amore posted a picture of Ed Nordholm, Dixie Carter, and Billy Corgan together at the Slammiversary PPV: “Last night’s #Slammiversary was such a special night for @IMPACTWRESTLING. Past & present came together for one magical night. This picture sums it up perfectly. The 3 Presidents in this company’s history @Billy, @DixieTNA, & @ednordholm celebrating 20 freakin years!”
  • A press conference for Ric Flair’s Last Match will take place in Nashville this Thursday.
  • On The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Effy discussed his feud with Jeff Jarrett from GCW: “I have to brag on myself. Now that he ran back to Vince (McMahon), and maybe we're doing a Memphis storyline where this goes longer, but I think I deserve one more match. I was at the top of the mountain. I did not die to the guitar shot that happened at Hammerstein Ballroom. I no sold a guitar shot, I've never seen it done from Jeff Jarrett. Second, I took The Stroke with a guitar around my neck, I've never seen it done before. Everybody tried to talk me out of it because it's very dangerous, but I said, 'I have to have this moment.' Everyone asked, 'How is Jeff Jarrett?' I got the full Jeff Jarrett experience. I got to fight him, I got to lose to him, and I got to have him decide to change the finish halfway through a show. You have to get the full Jeff Jarrett and when you look back on the memoir you go, 'Well, he got me too,' me and Vince have that in common now.”
  • Paquette noted on Instagram that she recorded an upcoming episode of The Sessions with her husband Jon Moxley appearing as the guest: “We just recorded an episode of The Sessions. We get personal. Set your alerts for Thursday. @jonmoxley @thevolumesports”
  • Johnny Gargano will return to AIW for a special meet and greet at their Absolution XV show in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, July 23.
  • Will Ospreay announced that his father has beaten cancer: “Kept it close to the chest as it’s a family matter. But big smile over my face today and I wanna share it! My dad is just beat cancer !”
  • This week’s episode of Sammy Guevara’s vlog is now available.