- William Regal interview set for AEW Dynamite
- WWE Raw live results: Seth Rollins vs. Matt Riddle US title match
- AEW Rampage ratings up, ties best 18-49 demo number since April
- WWE SmackDown viewership up slightly, 18-49 demo rating steady
- Shawn Michaels: WWE has ‘every intention’ of running NXT specials outside Florida
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- October 17, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Bray Wyatt returns at WWE Extreme Rules, Jon Moxley re-signs with AEW
- Match and performer of the week
- The Bray Wyatt return, speculation, numbers, comparisons to Punk
- Full coverage of Extreme Rules and business notes
- Jon Moxley signs five-year deal, the signing of Renee Paquette, how his situation changes and how it stays the same, plus why he did so, why he wasn't looking at signing at one point and will he work indies
- The fight for the rights to Antonio Inoki's name now that merchandise is expected to be huge
- How Inoki was pushed from a young age
- Inoki vs Bruno
- New Japan Declaration of Power full coverage
- Upcoming New Japan events
- Impact Bound for Glory coverage
- Ross Hart looks at the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet
- TV ratings from the last week, including international numbers and streaming numbers
- What show set its all-time viewership record in the U.K?
- How Raw & Dynamite rank on cable for the week
- Preview of TripleMania
- NOAH announces major show
- PWG returns
- Ronda Rousey key speaker at Gene LeBell funeral
- AEW gets major vote of confidence
- Update on status of Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and C.M. Punk
- Ticket sales for upcoming WWE, AEW and UFC events
- Vince McMahon documentary news
- Upcoming contenders for Roman Reigns
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- September 5, 2005 Observer Newsletter: Pride Final Conflict recap, Chris Jericho announces WWE departure
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Monday News Update
Bryan and I will be back tonight for the second of three straight nights of shows of Wrestling Observer Radio. We are doing a Tuesday show this week instead of Wednesday because of the head-to-head tomorrow night.
As noted earlier today, Paul Levesque and Bruce Prichard are both not at Raw tonight. Levesque has COVID but ha been in contact. Brian James is running the show. Prichard was already scheduled to have the show off.
Raw is tonight from Oklahoma City and the competition will be tough tonight. There's no Bray Wyatt bump and they are going against the NFL, which is the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos tonight which isn't as strong as some of the games this season, but it's also against the deciding game five of the Yew York Yankees vs. Cleveland Guardians on TBS at 7 p.m. so that will go against the first two hours. The advance is more than 6,000 tickets out. Brock Lesnar is on tonight's show, presumably for a confrontation with Bobby Lashley, plus Seth Rollins vs. Matt Riddle for the U.S. title, The Miz vs. Dexter Lumis in a match where if Miz wins, Lumis must leave WWE forever and if Lumis wins, he gets a WWE contract, plus Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Alpha Academy and Elias returns. Cora Jade was also pushed as being on the show to announce who Roxanne Perez faces tomorrow night on NXT. Cameron Grimes may also be on the show. getting his tag team partners against Joe Gacy & The Dyad for tomorrow night.
Tomorrow has a lot on television with both loaded up Dynamites and NXT shows. Dynamite for the Tuesday special has four title matches with Jon Moxley vs. Adam Page for the AEW title, Chris Jericho vs. Dalton Castle for the ROH title, Death Triangle vs. Best Friends for the trios title and Toni Storm vs. Hikaru Shida for the women's title. Bryan Danielson, Wheeler Yuta, MJF and Saraya are also to appear on the show which takes place at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati.
NXT has Raquel Rodriguez vs. Cora Jade, Sonya Deville vs. Alba Fyre plus several expected main roster wrestlers which are expected to be announced on Raw tonight. We were told there will be a strong push tonight for the show because of it going head-to-head. There is also major league baseball playoffs with the Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres, but NBA and NHL all on television tomorrow night.
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The Wrap has a story on the WWE ratings on 9/23, Raw on 10/10 and Extreme Rules with Paul Levesque crediting the increases to the Bray Wyatt teases.
A WWE house show scheduled for 12/27 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit is canceled and a new date has been added in the building, a Smackdown taping on 1/20. At one point in the local discussions in Atlanta there was talk of moving the 1/1 PPV show to 12/27. As noted yesterday, Brandon Thurston reported Day One was canceled and not moving. WWE officials have not said anything but it is notable that they have shows on 12/26 and 12/28 but nothing on 12/27 which makes no sense either, especially since the week after Christmas is historically he best week to draw at the house shows all year.
UFC fighters were sent a memo today saying based on clear direction from sports betting regulators that all fighters are no longer allowed to bet on UFC fights, nor are embers of their teams. CBO Hunter Campbell noted that many states have restrictions that ban athletes, their families and training teams from getting on any sports that they play because of the ability to have inside information. Fighters can be on fights in other companies.
WWE was covered by CNBC today because the stock hit $76.90 per share today, the highest it has been in more than one year. This is during a down market. We've written for months about why WWE stock should do well compared to other stocks, which has to do with most of their revenue being guaranteed so an economic problem won't hurt them like it would most companies. Some of this is also with the new earnings call coming, there is often a little run-up leading to the earnings calls.
Sammy Guevara has been hired to do the broadcast of the 11/13 Global Titans Fight Series show in Dubai which is where Floyd Mayweather is fighting Deji in the main event and Bobby Fish makes his boxing debut.
There is a bio of Dwayne Johnson called "Dwayne The Rock Johnson: From WRestler to Hollywood Hero" earmarked for a January release.
Tony Khan will be doing a meet and greet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Daily's Place at the box office to try and boost ticket sales for the live Friday Rampage show.
There will be a DVD and Blu Ray release of the movie "Rumble" which WWE studio did, an animated movie featuring the voices of Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch.
Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in East Carondelet, IL: Jayson Breed b Waco, Curtis Wylde b Glenn Williams, Sean Vincent & The Intern b Brandon Barretta & Joe Vinetti, Gary Jackson b PT Beckham, Flash Flanagan b Richard Shaw, Big Texan b Sheik Prater, Bobby D b Kowalski in a lumberjack match to keep the Central States title (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
PWA Back Label on Friday night in Sydney, Australia at The Roundhouse has Shingo Takagi vs jack Bonza, plus Robbie Eagles on the show, The Velocities vs. MK PLus Ultra ad Ricky South vs. Mick Moretti in a cage match for the PWA championship.
Combate Global on Friday night at 11 p.m. Eastern on Paramount+ has a main event of Victor Cisneros (5-1) vs. Ramon Vizcarra (5-4).
The Samoan Swat Team vs The FBI (Little Guido & Ray Jaz) has been added to the MLW show on 10/30 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.