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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: July 11, 2022 Observer Newsletter: Money in the Bank recap, WWE & AEW business notes

Among the highlights:

  • Match and Performer of the week
  • Full coverage of Money in the Bank, business numbers and analysis, crossover fans with AEW, SummerSlam show and business and a look at the SummerSlam card.
  • The last two months of business for WWE and AEW, including major notes regarding both companies as far as arena success and a change in momentum going forward, as well as major gains by wrestling in what age groups.
  • New Japan talks its business when it comes to training young talent, goals for G-1, women's matches in New Japan, return to the UK, joint show with Stardom and changing from old traditions.
  • UFC 276 coverage and what comes next for the champions, controversies, rundowns of the fights and business notes.
  • The life of Masashi Aoyagi, one of the key players in the start of the Japanese indie scene, as well as in the connection of karate to pro wrestling
  • The career and controversies of the retiring UFC star Donald Cerrone
  • The story of PWG and its influence on the changes in pro wrestling and what we were taught that was no longer valid to modern fans. A look at 19 years of some of the best matches ever held and top stars before they became famous.
  • The most detailed look at pro wrestling on television and ratings over the past week
  • More on sports rights fees and Tony Khan talks negotiations
  • Realities of pro wrestling on television
  • The next ROH PPV show
  • AEW sets international ratings record
  • Ticket sales for upcoming WWE & AEW shows
  • Looking back at WWE working with promotions on a joint promotion show
  • Streaming numbers for WWE & AEW
  • Big E update
  • Tyson Fury/WWE update
  • Israel Adesanya wants to do WWE
  • WWE & UFC head-to-head several more times this year for major shows
  • Next MSG show
  • Rundown of A&E TV shows on Sunday nights

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: May 30, 2005 Observer Newsletter: UPN moves SmackDown to Friday, ECW PPV turns into political fight

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Sunday News Update

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  • Bryan and I will be back tonight talking all the latest wrestling news. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
  • Garrett and I talked extensively on the Vince McMahon story on our weekend show. If you have any thoughts or questions coming out of that show send to the mailbag address above and we can discuss it tonight.
  • The second Vince McMahon story, as far as wrestling curiosity goes, doesn't seem to have been anywhere near as significant as the first. There was mainstream coverage, but nowhere near the level of the original story. While I hesitate to read too much into fast nationals, the rating appears it will end up the same or down from last week, which was the Friday before July 4th which is usually a below usual number. And this was with the return of Roman Reigns to television.
  • From notes from talent on Friday night, it was business as usual. Vince was there running creative. Emotions varied based on different people. Nobody can imagine Vince not being there, but the reality is that most people, including those far more powerful than Vince McMahon in their own worlds, would not survive the allegations in Friday's Wall Street Journal article. One person noted that Vince was no selling everything, "Letting everyone know he's not blinking" and said something to the effect of "Have fun guys, have a great show" after ending the production meeting.
  • Last night's UFC show did not crack the Google trends. They must be figuring things differently because there has been a big change in numbers, much lower and fewer each day. It's too suddenly to be a change in patterns. The only thing related to boxing, MMA and pro wrestling to trend this week was Vince McMahon was No. 5 on Friday with 100,000 and Joe Rogan was No. 13 on Wednesday for revealing that he turned down Donald Trump as a guest on his show.
  • Looking for reports from tonight's WWE house shows in Reno, NV and Waco, TX to dave@wrestlingobserver.com Thanks to everyone for the awesome response on the shows this week.
  • While not scheduled, due to popular demand (ie lots of responses), we're doing a poll on yesterday's Stardom show, thumbs up, down or middle, along with the best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.
  • The first of the next couple of months of Sunday's being WWE night on A&E starts tonight with the two-hour Undertaker bio at 8 p.m., followed by WWE Rivals wit Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at 10 p.m. and Smack Talk with Kane at 11 p.m. They also replay the block from midnight to 4 a.m.
  • It was noted that Rhea Ripley posted a Twitter photo of herself on a heart monitor. Ripley has been out of action for what she described as dental issues and brain issues for the last five weeks.
  • Riddle & Street Profits vs. Roman Reigns & Usos was announced for 7/25 in Madison Square Garden, which is likely a dark match on the Raw tapings, but also indicates Reigns & Usos are expected to be there. Reigns has been advertised for the show along with Logan Paul and Ronda Rousey.
  • WWE in Sacramento last night drew the second largest house show crowd of the year with more than 7,000 fans (thanks to DD and Gerald Broussard):
    • Gunther b Ricochet to retain the IC title
    • Raquel Rodriguez won a three-way over Lacey Evans (as a heel) and Shayna Baszler
    • Happy Corbin b Drew Gulak
    • Viking Raiders b Jinder Mahal & Shanky
    • SmackDown Women's Champion Liv Morgan won a three-way over Natalya and Ronda Rousey by pinning Natalya
    • Madcap Moss b Humberto
    • Unified Tag Team Champions Usos won three-way over Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods and Sheamus & Butch
    • Roman Reigns b Drew McIntyre in a 26:55 main event to keep the Undisputed title. Reigns then cut a promo, noted that there were more than 7,000 fans (the only crowd for a house show larger was 3/5 in MSG for that show that was heavily pushed on TV with Reigns and Brock Lesnar both defending the title). It was a total babyface promo. He mentioned taking a lighter schedule after ten years on the road. This was his first house show in several weeks.
  • WWE in Bossier City, LA, last night (thanks to Sonny Hammoud and Georgio Arcade)
    • Theory b Dolph Ziggler
    • Veer b R-Truth
    • Carmella b Doudrop
    • Carmella b Dana Brooke to win the 24/7 title
    • Dana Brooke b Carmella to win the 24/7 title
    • Ezekiel b Ciampa
    • Asuka b Becky Lynch
    • Omos b Cedric Alexander
    • Finn Balor b Dominik Mysterio
    • Riddle b Seth Rollins
    • A.J. Styles, Damian Priest, Street Profits,Kevin Owens, Liv Morgan, Bobby Lashley and Bianca Belair were advertised and not there. Owens is injured and Morgan worked the SmackDown show as she's switched brands now that she's champion.
  • Bobo Brazil, one of the top stars of the 50s, 60s and 70s, would have turned 98 if he was still alive today. On the other end of the spectrum, Nick Wayne turned 17 this weekend.

WWE

  • A story on NXT UK honoring one of its biggest fans (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

AEW

  • The ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV has a list price of $39.99 on Bleacher Report.

Other Notes

  • Wrestling Revolver last night: Mike Bailey b Manders to keep the Impact X title, Allie Katch b Jessicka Havok, Blake Christian won four-way over Zachary Wentz, Gringo Loco and Crash Jaxon, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett b Westin Blake & Steve Maclin to win the Revolver tag titles, Jake Crist b Mance Warner in a bunkhouse brawl, Dan the Dad b Jake Manning, Ruby Soho b Billie Starkz, Jon Moxley & Sami Callihan b Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards, JT Dunnn & Tyler Matrix & Logan James b Swerve Strickland & Rich Swann & Matthew Palmer in a cage of horrors match. They announced Killer Kross for a show on 9/17.
  • Stardom PPV results from yesterday in Tachikawa: Lady C won three-way over Yuko Sakurai and Hina, Hanan b Waka Tsukiyama to keep the Future of Stardom title, Mirai & Ami Sorei b Utami Hayashishita & Miyu Amasaki, Saki Kashima & Fukigen Death & Ruaka & Rina b Mayu Iwatani & Hazuki & Koguma & Saya Iida, AZM b Momo Kohgo to keep the High Speed title, Saya Kamitani b Starlight Kid to keep the Wonder of Stardom title, Syuri b Momo Watanabe to keep the World of Stardom title 
  • The two weekend matches I've heard the most about were Kamitani vs. Starlight Kid from this show and Thunder Rosa vs. Miyu Yamashita from yesterday's Tokyo Joshi Pro at at the the Ota Ward Gym. Yamashita won clean to set up an AEW Women's title match that is expected on TV in the next few weeks.
  • RevPro from today in Sheffield, UK (thanks to Chris Bourke):
    • Sunshine Machine b David Jones & Brendan White
    • Yota Tsuji b Joshua James
    • Velocities b JJ Gale & Callum Newman'
    • Luke Jacobs b Nico Angelo
    • Ricky Knight Jr. b David Francisco
    • Aussie Open b Destination Everywhere to win the A block in the Great British tag league.
    • Pac b Shota Umino to keep AEW All Atlantic title. The match was very over live. Pac said he wanted Tony Khan and Andy Quildan to book him a harder challenger for Manchester. Tsuji then attacked and turned on Umino.
  • United Wrestling Coalition on 7/23 in Bordentown, NJ at the Elks Lodge.
  • Defy comes to Tacoma, WA, on 7/29 with Christopher Daniels defending his interim Defy title, plus Ortiz from AEW, Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas. You must be 21 to attend.