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WON NEWSLETTER: May 31, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE returning to live crowds, WarnerMedia-Discovery merger

Dave Meltzer reports on WWE returning to live crowds, the proposed WarnerMedia-Discovery merger, Nick Khan has been in talks with New Japan Pro Wrestling about WWE becoming NJPW's exclusive American partner. 

Also in this issue: 

  • Updating WWE going on tour and what early ticket sales show
  • Double or Nothing preview and ticket sales for all upcoming AEW events and what it says about the brand right now
  • Full UFC coverage from last week
  • A look at both Warrior documentaries and separating fact from fiction
  • Collision in Korea and going through fact vs. fiction as well
  • Most detailed look at television viewership over the past week
  • Amazing training notes about an 80s star about to return to the ring
  • AEW TV schedule notes for June

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking about all the latest news and there is a lot of it, including Smackdown, AEW Dynamite, New Japan/WWE talks, SummerSlam and more. You can send questions for any of these subjects to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Smackdown on FOX at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight

  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for the tag titles
  • Jimmy & Jey Uso vs. Street Profits

AEW tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on TNT has:

  • Jade Cargill open challenge
  • Darby Allin vs. Cezar Bononi
  • Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page vs. Stu Grayson & Evil Uno
  • Joey Janela vs. Adam Page
  • Miro vs. Dante Martin for TNT title
  • Hikaru Shida one year anniversary as champion celebration
  • Inner Circle feature with Eric Bischoff

New Japan Strong tonight at 10 pm. Eastern on New Japan World:

  • Clark Connors vs. AJZ
  • El Phantasmo vs. Wheeler Yuta
  • Tom Lawlor vs Chris Dickinson for Strong Openweight championship

CMLL has a PPV tonight on the Mexican Ticketmaster site featuring a one-night family tournament, the Copa Dinastia

Double of Nothing odds from www.BetOnline.ag:

  • Kenny Omega -450 vs. Orange Cassidy +350 vs. Pac +500
  • Britt Baker - 400 vs. Hikaru Shida +250
  • Miro -600 vs. Lance Archer +350
  • Young Bucks -120 vs. Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston -120
  • Inner Circle -120 vs. The Pinnacle -120
  • Casino Battle Royal: Christian Cage -250, Penta -350, Jungle Boy -450, Powerhouse Hobbs -500, Matt Hardy -800, 10 -800
  • Anthony Agogo -160 vs. Cody Rhodes +120
  • Sting & Darby Allin -500 vs. Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page +300
  • Adam Page -200 vs. Brian Cage +150

AEW announced a partnership with Harkins Theaters for Double or Nothing on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. with a five hour show.

For the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul fight in Miami, out of 65,000 tickets put on sale, right now there are about 10,000 left.

WWE

  • A story on Titus O'Neil helping out the Tampa area schools. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • Adam Cole talks about Pete Dunne on the Mark Andrews podcast. The full interviews with Cole and also Dunne are available to listen to now on latest episode of the Mark Andrews: My Love Letter to Wrestling podcast.
  • A story on WWE prospects Jacob and Drew Kasper.
  • On Tuesday night's Jeopardy show, the category was tournaments and the clue was "This organization's first King of the Ring saw Don Muraco beat The Iron Sheik," which of course meant "What is WWE." (thanks to Ken Raftery)

UFC

  • Michel Pereira vs. Niko Price has been added to the 7/10 UFC show in Las Vegas.

AEW

  • A Britt Baker interview with DAZN.
  • AEW has relaxed the rules somewhat starting tonight in that masks are recommended but no longer mandatory for fans at the shows.

OTHER NOTES

  • Kevin Eck's weekly look at ROH.
  • A story on Luke & PJ Hawx is at (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • Triller announced a concert with Hip Hop superstar Meek Mill, Latin star Myke Towers and Reggaeton star Lunay directly before its 6/19 boxing PPV show at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
  • Innovate Wrestling on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium
  • IWF on 8/21 and 8/22 in Nutley, NJ at the Rec Center. Headlining is former ECW and WWE wrestler Nunzio.
  • The new Federacion promotion in Mexico announced Shane Taylor and Extreme Tiger for the 6/19 PPV show.
  • ROH Survival of the Fittest will debut next weekend on TV with Flamita vs. Rey Horus. Also set for TV is Josh Woods vs. Silas Young in a Pure rules match.

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