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Daily Update: Tony Khan, Fabian Aichner, XFL

Khan speaks ahead of tonight's Dynamite, Aichner leaves Imperium, and more.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Triple H announces in-ring retirement, WrestleMania weekend

The new issue of the Wrestling Observer is out right now. Among the highlights are:

  • The far more important story regarding Paul Levesque than his retirement from wrestling, which is his health, what he went through, and how that impacts his future both in and out of wrestling
  • WWE weekend shows, cards, ticket sales, secondary market sales, comps, Saturday main event, key results regarding the main event scene, the Hall of Fame, Shad Gaspard, Undertaker and NXT Stand & Deliver.
  • 2021 Shad Gaspard/Jonathan Huber award winners
  • New Japan Cup final coverage, the angles building to Sumo Hall, MVP, best match poll and the final two shows.
  • Stardom's two shows at Sumo Hall. A look at the key matches and what is next for the largest women's wrestling company in the world.
  • Finances of UFC and WWE, including how they are so similar as businesses as well as where they are different. We also look at the key business deal each has that doesn't involve TV rights and how WWE got so much of a better deal with a product that otherwise would have driven one-quarter the revenue and why
  • Full coverage of this week's UFC show
  • Who was the best college heavyweight of all-time
  • More on the arrest of Chael Sonnen, why the felony charge was dropped and the lawsuit regarding the case
  • Ric Flair and Mark Madden
  • TV ratings and key points from those ratings for every show this week including peak segments, what type of viewers each show generates, who draws the youngest audience and how the shows rank with all of television and in the sports world.
  • The return of the Universal champion of champions tournament
  • More notes on the second Triplemania show this year
  • Notes on New Japan US shows
  • The wrestling career and post-wrestling life of the former Rocky King
  • Ticket sales for upcoming shows
  • Why UFC is running in Singapore in June
  • UFC star elected into wrestilng Hall of Fame
  • International wrestling TV ratings

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: February 7, 2005 Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, business year in review

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Wednesday News Update

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WWE

  • There was an angle on NXT last night where Fabian Aichner walked out on Marcel Barthel during Imperium’s tag team match against The Creed Brothers. Gunther unsuccessfully challenged for Bron Breakker’s NXT Championship in the main event of the episode.
  • WWE debuted a new NXT Championship belt design.
  • On Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Randy Orton was asked what he’d like his legacy to be:
    • I think my legacy is longevity. I think finding a way to do it in a smart way to where you stay true to the things from the era of my father, the art of professional wrestling, not just thinking that, ‘Okay, if I clothesline this guy’s head off, because I was a big, bad linebacker in the NFL, and that’s what’s gonna get me to my next week and get people to buy my t-shirts, and that’s what’s gonna get me over.’ No, we got to do this 200 times a year.
    • I want my legacy to be that I made sure that the guys like Edge, and Seth Rollins, and AJ Styles and, God, I miss Daniel Bryan. I wish he was still here. But these guys that are coming up like Priest, Theory, the Street Prophets, Riddle, these guys that have all the potential in the world. In some cases, like the first guys, I listed, Roman as well, these guys that can work, and they know the art of this business, I want my legacy to be that I was able to, with these gentlemen, take this business to the next generation and make sure that that new wave of talent knows how to do it the right way, staying true to the art of what it is, and making sure that number one priority is taking care of your opponent’s health that you’re in the ring with. That needs to be number one in every case. I think if that’s my legacy, I’m happy with that.
  • During a gaming stream on Facebook, Ronda Rousey spoke in-character about her loss to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 38: "I'm all sore. I got screwed. I tapped out Charlotte and the ref didn't see it. I was trying to wake up the ref, Charlotte tried to ambush me from behind. What a world. Charlotte cheated. I should have been ready for a cheater. There should be no amount of cheating that can beat me, that's how good I have to be.”
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia’s XFL unveiled a new logo today ahead of the league relaunching in 2023. They also released a hype video for the league.
  • This week’s episode of WWE’s The Bump featured an in-studio interview with Cody Rhodes.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship from Extreme Rules 2021, Randy Orton vs. Kane in a no DQ match from the April 6, 2012 episode of SmackDown, and a Stephanie McMahon/Brie Bella contract signing segment from the August 4, 2014 episode of Raw.

Other Wrestling

  • Tony Khan told Sports Illustrated that FTR vs. The Young Bucks will be the main event of tonight’s Dynamite: “It’s a pay-per-view quality card that’s free to everyone with cable TV. This is a loaded card, and Young Bucks–FTR will be the main event. That’s one of the most anticipated matches on television in a long time.”
  • Khan also said that, after the success of Supercard of Honor, he feels even better about the price he paid for ROH: “I’ll say that I am very happy with what I paid, especially knowing now how well the Supercard of Honor pay-per-view did for us. I felt good about it when I did the deal, and I feel better about it now.”
  • The latest episode of Wrestling With Freddie is part one of an interview with Khan.
  • The Algemeiner has an interview with MJF. MJF spoke about how proud he is to be Jewish: “I think I’m the best wrestler in the world, and I just so happen to be Jewish – and I just so happen to be very proud of it.”
  • With his WWE non-compete clause expiring, Gabe Sapolsky made an Instagram post about his future in pro wrestling today. Sapolsky wrote that he isn’t pursuing any jobs in wrestling but will still listen. He’s open to:
    • -Occasionally holding Twitter Spaces or group Zoom calls with indie wrestlers to give some of my knowledge for free if someone organizes it.
    • -1-on-1 consulting wrestlers, promoters, creative people for $100 per hour. I will put my heart and soul in this and give you thorough, honest and constructive feedback/lessons.
    • -In person seminar for $1000 or more plus trans/hotel.
    • -Starting an indie promotion with at least $1 million dollars in the bank at my disposal to back it.
  • Alfredo Esparza published an obituary remembering Raziel, who died earlier this week.
  • GCW has announced The Collective 2023 for next year’s WrestleMania week. The Collective will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles from March 30 to April 1.