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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • Among the highlights:
  • Match and performer of the week
  • A look at Forbidden Door
  • The most detailed business notes and poll results on the show
  • The unique ticket selling aspect
  • How injuries plagued the show
  • Plans that changed not due to injury
  • AEW injury rate
  • What we've learned about AEW, PPV and what can draw that people thought couldn't from this show
  • Why people both did and didn't buy the show
  • Who bought this and Double or Nothing, and who bought this that didn't buy Double or Nothing
  • The ball being dropped on the follow-up
  • How much money the show took in
  • Where the show ranked as far as biggest AEW shows
  • Complete rundown of every match
  • Abraham Riesman's story on Vince McMahon and Rita Chatterton looked at from all aspects
  • Logan Paul signs with WWE, early SummerSlam notes, Money in the Bank notes and origin
  • Cain Velasquez sues the man he shot
  • Full UFC coverage from Saturday
  • Stardom Fight In The Top PPV coverage
  • The most detailed look at television ratings from last week
  • CMLL's biggest star undergoes surgery
  • Notes on a lot of different tournaments
  • Most Outstanding Wrestlers of 2022
  • Next ROH PPV show
  • Kenny Omega talks a number of different subjects
  • International TV ratings
  • Streaming numbers from the past week
  • Ticket sales for upcoming shows
  • Francis Ngannou's return
  • ESPY awards for wrestling and MMA
  • This week's UFC how preview
  • Huge upset leads to Bellator title change
  • The story behind Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson and Paul Wight being on Raw
  • Story on a new WWE signing that got a lot of publicity this past week and what they are looking for
  • WWE, AEW and NJPW injury updates
  • Different booking ideas that have been talked about
  • WWE star whose contract is expiring and has yet to sign a new deal
  • Gina Carano talks doing a fight with Ronda Rousey
  • A look at all the WWE live events over the past week

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Sunday News Update

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  • For our shows this past weekend, we have a show Garrett and I did with Brian Solomon, whose great biography of The Sheik is out. We talked The Sheik, as well as talked Vince McMahon, who he worked for as part of the magazine and writing team. We also talked to Greg Oliver about his Sports Illustrated story on Rocky Johnson's multiple children before Dwayne who in recent years, thanks to DNA testing and Ricky Johnson, found each other. We talk a lot about Rocky Johnson the wrestler and the person. Last night Bryan, myself and Ryan Frederick talked Money in the Bank and UFC, along with the other weekend shows.
  • No controversial decisions as a rarity last night with both UFC title bouts being very one-sided in favor of champions Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya. It certainly appeared Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira is coming,which would be the first guy Adesanya has faced who can match him as a standup fighter.
  • For Google searches last night, the UFC show had 2.3 million and Money in the Bank had 200,000, about what one would expect for both. Sean O'Malley actually beat out the entire MITB show in yesterday's rankings. O'Malley and Donald Cerrone cracked the top 10 from last night (the main eventers are figured into the total and not broken out separately). Aside from that, nothing from pro wrestling, pro boxing or MMA cracked the top 20 this past week.
  • The UFC show on ABC last night only did 0.15 in 18-49 on the fast nationals. Keep in mind the audience was split between ABC, ESPN and ESPN+ but that is not a good prime time number.
  • There were three pro wrestler generated ring entrances at last night's show. I believe Jessica Eye came out to Shawn Michaels' music, but somebody on the undercard did. Jim Miller came out to the Road Warriors theme and Israel Adesanya came out to Undertaker's theme complete with a hat and urn. 
  • We're looking for reports from the WWE house show tonight in Tucson, PWG tonight in Los Angeles and RevPro's show today to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • The WWE show is advertising Seth Rollins vs. Riddle, Bianca Belair vs. Liv Morgan vs Rhea Ripley (who at last word wasn't cleared yet) vs. Becky Lynch and Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn.
  • PWG tonight at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles
  • Shane Haste vs. Titus Alexander
  • Jonah vs. Kevin Blackwood
  • Masha Slamovich vs. Yuka Sakazaki (first PWG women's match in a decade)
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Davey Richards
  • Buddy Matthews vs. Mike Bailey
  • Malakai Black & Brody King defend the tag titles against Aussie Open
  • Daniel Garcia defends the PWG title against Konosuke Takeshita
  • Our weekend polls are for WWE Money in the Bank and UFC 276, yo u can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match for each show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com
  • There were reports that Tony Khan and Jim Ross were at the UFC show in Las Vegas. That was incorrect. Apparently somebody put up on a photo of them from the 4/9 show in Jacksonville that they were at and it got circulated in a number of places. Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul Levesque, Pat McAfee (in a neck brace to sell the post-show attack from Happy Corbin) and Nick Khan were all sitting ringside for the last few matches after the WWE show ended. All but Khan were identified on television,
  • I have not seen this match yet, but will be watching it, but the match I've heard the most about being a must to see is Friday's Impact match with Mike Bailey vs. Trey Miguel for the X title. I did see the Chris Sabin vs. Frankie Kazarian match on TV Thursday night and those guys were great. That was a G-1 main event caliber singles match.
  • PAC vs. Shota Umino for the AEW All Atlantic title takes place this coming Sunday in Sheffield, England. It will be the first defense of that title.
  • Announced for Raw tomorrow is Miz addressing Logan Paul saying he didn't want to team with him. Plus Damian Priest & Finn Balor vs. Rey & Dominik Mysterio and the beginning of the hard build for SummerSlam.
  • The National Enquirer ran a piece on Vince McMahon this week. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
  • PFL ran Friday night with the last regular season women's lightweight and men's welterweight matches. For the women, going into the final four will be Larissa Pacheco, Kayla Harrison, Martina Jindrova and Olena Kolesnyk. In the final four playoffs Harrison will be going for her third $1 million check with a tournament win. Even though Rory MacDonald lost via unanimous decision to Sadibou Sy, he did make the final four with Sy, Carlos Leal and Magomed Umalatov.
  • The A&E WWE marathon started today at 1 p.m. Eastern and continues until 5 pm. tomorrow They will be airing the bio features on the likes of Mick Foley, Ultimate Warrior, Steve Austin, Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Roddy Piper.
  • Warrior Wrestling announced Tessa Blanchard for its 8/20 Stadium Series show in Chicago. Also announced is Athena vs. Kylie Rae and Rikishi.
  • A horse named Ring of Honor won the 7th race at Davenport in Australia on Sunday. (thanks to Barry Werner)
  • Lois Thomas, co-promoter for United Wrestling Coalition in South Jersey, which has done 22 annual Toys for Tots show each December (not counting 2020 due to COVID prohibitions) collecting at least 6,000 toys.and inspiring numerous East Coast indies to do the same, has major surgery scheduled. She has major surgery scheduled and a GoFundMe is being done for her.
  • Rich "Svengoolie" Koz on his 40 year tribute show included clips of Hulk Hogan, Honky Tonk Man and Roddy Piper. Koz is a longtime fan and reader.
  • ICW from last night in Maybee, NY: Shlak b Eric Ryan, Akira b Brandon Kirk, Satu Jinn b Neil Diamond Cutter, Tommy Vendetta b Bobby Beverly, Kasey Kirk b Dale Patricks, Krule b Carver, Joel Bateman b John Wayne Murdoch to keep death match title (thanks to Leonard Brand)