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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Recapping WWE Stomping Grounds

After a lack of interest heading into the pay-per-view, Stomping Grounds was a show that exceeded expectations.

Given that there weren't really any surprises at the PPV, that's probably mostly due to expectations being set too low. Nothing on the show was dramatically better than it should have been. The PPV succeeded where most good WWE shows do. Even if the build was underwhelming, a talented roster was able to go out to the ring and have good matches throughout much of the card.

WON NEWSLETTER: July 8, 2019 Observer Newsletter: The life and death of Perro Aguayo

With a gigantic week of news, we've got a double issue of the Observer this week, leading off with a look at the career of Perro Aguayo, one of the biggest drawing cards in pro wrestling history.

We look at his career highlights, the feud that made him a superstar, the big rivalries and big business booms he was part of, his most famous matches, the formation of AAA and his biggest career wins.

We also have more on Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman leading brands going forward.  We look at the angles on Raw and whose fingerprints were on what, the level of power they look to have, why this move was made, Wall Street's reaction to the move, how AEW fits into the picture, the audience they are trying to get back the Raw ratings increase that didn't hold for Smackdown, Heyman and Bischoff talk about their new positions, when Bischoff starts and an analysis of Heyman's first moves.

We also look at AEW's Fyter Fest, the chair shot, the preshow, the business numbers, comparisons with WWE and UFC programming, match by match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We also look at why the U.K. November tour is being rapidly changed, the Evolve special on WWE Network, Stomping Grounds business update, the story behind David Starr stomping on WWE tile belt and WWE reaction, Performance Center news, most-watched shows on the WWE Network and a rundown with business notes on all the WWE arena events this past week.

We also look at the career of Jacques Rougeau Sr, one of the biggest stars in Montreal wrestling history.  We look at the history of the Rougeau family, how Jacques got into wrestling, why he quit at first, what brought him back, how role in making the career of Ivan Koloff, his sons getting into wrestling, his biggest matches, his Jarry Stadium main event, the first $100,000 gate in Canada, and the Rougeaus feud with the Garvins.

We also look at WWE's tour of Japan this past week, with notes on both shows and business notes as well.

We run through New Japan's tour of Australia, with business notes , Southern Showdown match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results and the Ospreay-Eagles match.

We also update Extreme Rules with matches announced and others that could be added.

We've also got full coverage of UFC in Minneapolis including detailed business notes.

We've got a rundown on ROH Bet in the World from Baltimore, with business notes, match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

We also look at the changing television situation in the U.K. with the WWE's new deal with BT Sports and AEW's new deal.

We look at the TripleMania card and the unique team of Cody & Psycho Clown & Cain Velasquez.  There's also notes from Killer Kross, who is training Velasquez.

We also look at the wrestling career of Yoshiaki Yatsu, who had his leg amputated over the past week.  We look at his 1980s heyday when he was one of the best in the world, why he was important in history, his amateur background and his famous Pride match with Gary Goodridge.

We also look at the death of Jerry Seltzer, the famed Roller Derby promoter, how that game worked, how it exploded in popularity, why it died off, and Seltzer's later role in the ticketing business.

We also run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.

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Additional notes by Joseph Currier


  • Nikki Cross vs. Carmella has been added to tonight’s SmackDown, which will take place at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire . It’s the go home show for Extreme Rules and will also feature Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler, Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match, A Tag Team Championship Summit with Daniel Bryan & Rowan, Big E & Xavier Woods, and Heavy Machinery, and the reveal of Aleister Black’s Extreme Rules opponent.
  • Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari will face off in an “anything goes” match on 205 Live tonight.
  • According to this unlisted video on WWE’s YouTube page, they will be taping Raw and SmackDown on September 9th and 10th, respectively at Madison Square Garden. This comes just days before AAA is scheduled to run the venue on September 15.
  • Kofi Kingston did not wrestle at last night’s house show in Glens Falls, New York due to what was announced as an injury. A Wrestling Inc correspondent noted that Kingston said he’d be ready for Extreme Rules.
  • The Authors of Pain teamed for the first time since January at last night’s house show, losing to the team of Matt Hardy and Ali. Akam had been out due to a knee injury, but the two most recently appeared at WWE Super Showdown, competing in the 50-man battle royal.
  • Sasha Banks trained at the Sendai Girls dojo while in Japan.
  • Booker T talked about his situation with Starrcast, saying that he was unaware that the Conrad Thompson booking was for Starrcast, with Thomspon only saying it was an autograph signing, and that WWE had nothing to do with him pulling out.
  • Gary “The GOAT” Garbutt on Raw last night was former Alliance of American Football player Kosha Irby.
  • Bianca Belair recently celebrated her college graduation.

Pro Wrestling

  • Dragon Gate’s Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 2019 event on July 21 will have English commentary from Rich Bocchini and Larry Dallas.
  • Kota Ibushi injured his ankle during his G1 match against KENTA on Saturday. He said that he won’t give up regardless of injury.
  • Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling announced that Shoko Nakajima has been pulled from this weekend’s event as she is going to America for AEW’s Fight for the Fallen show on Saturday. Nakajmina later apologized on Twitter, confirming she will be in the US this weekend but didn't mention AEW specifically.
  • New Jack is releasing a memoir titled New Jack: Memoir of a Pro Wrestling Extremist which will be released on November 28.
  • Kevin Nash turns 60 years old today.


  • Tony Ferguson has expressed interest in moving up from lightweight, but is ready to replace either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Dustin Porier in case either one pulls out ahead of UFC 242.
  • The UFC has promoted Jeff Novitzky from vice president of Athlete Health and Performance to senior vice president of Athlete Health and Performance.
  • John Lineker has signed with ONE Championships.
  • Mickey Gall vs. Salim Touhari has been added to the 8/3 UFC event in Newark, while Mike Perry vs. Vicente Luque has been added to the 8/10 event in Montevideo.
  • Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder has been confirmed for UFC 242 on 9/7.

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