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Daily Update: Tony Khan, Rush, Cody Rhodes

Tony Khan interview notes, Rush comments on his AEW status, and more.

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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

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Wednesday News Update

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WWE

  • On Instagram today, Cody Rhodes shared an updated photo of the bruise that was caused by his torn pec.
  • DC has released the trailer for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Black Adam” movie.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. named who he feels is underutilized in WWE:
    • First of all, the return of Alexa Bliss was a complete and total tragedy. They literally just said, ‘Here’s a match.’ No story whatsoever. Here’s a match, but they just brought her back. Maybe they have something, so I’m not going to dump on that just yet.
    • But Kevin Owens, man, I feel he should be playing in major stories all the time. His level of commitment, his talent, and his ability to execute that talent in the ring and on the mic is next level. So he’s like writer proof. He should be a major title player. He should always be competing, or up near the top with, say Cody, Seth, Roman, Bobby, anybody who’s at world championship level. He should be involved with one of their character storylines at all times.
  • At his high school graduation ceremony, Declan McMahon (the son of Shane McMahon) posed with his uncle Triple H.
  • Liv Morgan turns 28 years old today.
  • Former WWE podcast producer Dan Ryckert spoke about his time working for the company during a Twitch stream last night.
  • Ciampa, Sonya Deville, and Sam Roberts appeared on WWE’s The Bump today.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Roman Reigns vs. Edge from Money in the Bank 2021, Booker T vs. John Cena from SummerSlam 2004, and Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero from Great American Bash 2004.

Other Wrestling

  • During his appearance on Busted Open Radio this morning, Tony Khan declined to comment when asked about MJF’s promo from last week’s Dynamite: "I can't comment on that part. I would say that it was a great night overall at The Forum, on the aggregate.”
  • Khan also spoke about CM Punk’s injury: “It is a setback, but we’re really excited to get CM Punk back. He’s gonna have surgery here very quickly and I am very nervous about it, but on the other hand, pretty optimistic because he’s gonna be seeing one of the top doctors in the entire world and someone really renowned in sports medicine. We were fortunate to be able to get him in quickly. So I’m excited to get him back.”
  • Khan explained why he chose to go with an interim AEW World Champion instead of having Punk vacate the title: “[It’s] Based on what happens in real fights, and to me, in the world of fighting, this is what you do. You have a great champion, and if they’re injured, you name an interim champion and set up an exciting unification fight. And I think we have a great chance to set something exciting up.”
  • Rush told Lucha Libre Online that he’s still in negotiations with AEW and isn't working for the company full-time right now: “Grateful with Tony Khan for giving me the opportunity. We are still under talks and negotiations. For now, there are just dates (not a full time contract). I already did the first jump (step), which is being in the PPV, and not just a segment, but they gave it the value that both Rush and Andrade have. They left that promo for the end. Nobody expected it, not even my own family”.
  • AEW announced its updated roster rankings.
  • LifeMed Institute posted a video yesterday of Kenny Omega undergoing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
  • William Regal was interviewed by Brandon F. Walker on Barstool Sports’ Rasslin’ podcast.
  • Taya Valkyrie vs. Brittany Blake has been added to the card for MLW Battle Riot IV.
  • Matt Cardona tweeted that he underwent biceps surgery yesterday and was back in the gym today.
  • Konosuke Takeshita will face Cole Radrick at Jersey Championship Wrestling’s Great American Birthday Bash show on Sunday, July 10.