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WON Preview (July 19, 2021): Paul Orndorff passes away, Conor breaks leg at UFC 264

July 19, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Paul Orndorff passes away, Conor breaks leg at UFC 264

A look at the life and career of Paul Orndorff, one of the top stars of the 70s, 80s and 90, is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer.  We go deep into the issue of dementia, his life after wrestling, what he was known for in wrestling, the street fighter talk, the fight with Tony Atlas, the fight with John Matuszak, his high school and college sports stardom in Florida, the unique story about how he got into pro wrestling and another street fight story just as he was breaking in where he wound up arrested and Eddie Graham thought it was great for business.

We look at his rise to stardom in the territorial era, the Vader fight, how he got started lifting weights, and his second run with Hulk Hogan that remains the most successful live event program in pro wrestling history.  We look at the Hogan vs. Orndorff years, both teaming and as rivals, the first WrestleMania, The Big Event in Toronto and how monumental that show was and how it blew away expectations.  We look at how WrestleMania III being held  at the Pontiac Silverdome came from the success of The Big Event.

We also look at the injury that changed the trajectory of his career.

Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor turned into the second biggest PPV event in UFC history.  Ryan Frederick, one of the top insiders in the MMA world, looks in depth at UFC 264, the stories that led to it, the success of the show, and what happens next coming out of it.  We look at the McGregor injury and what happened leading up to it.  We also look at the rest of the show, new stars to watch out for, business notes plus match-by-match coverage with poll results.

We look at the return of the arena business to WWE and AEW, ticket advances, the Arthur Ashe Stadium & Newark shows for AEW and WWE in Madison Square Garden all at the same time.  We look at the numbers and give all the qualifying information.  We also look at how other major shows are doing, this coming week's stuff, SummerSlam update, what AEW show are they peaking for a major event, how the debut of Rampage will change things, the Money in the Bank show, new WWE date and more.

We have more on the top matches for SummerSlam, names talked about for Bobby Lashley, NXT schedule change during the Olympics, the Bayley injury and one top star talks about why the training sessions were a bad idea, why employee morale in WWE is up, thoughts on Jimmy Uso and why the Uso will be kept strong, Belair & Banks ESPY, and other combat sport ESPY winners, the Riddle/Tavel lawsuit goes away and the story behind that, story behind the debuts of newcomers to main roster television, and Mandy Rose stuff, how often WWE,New Japan, NXT and AEW do rematches, where Dwayne Johnson claims the term Smackdown ame from, International TV ratings, Notes on shows coming up and bookings, Riddle's heat with Rollins and why, an idea they were considering to make the Bray Wyatt puppets real people, Bea Priestley talks her WWE signing, Big E talks fighting the new Day breakup, WWE stock value and the most-watched videos from WWE this past week.

We also look at the Tokyo Dome show this coming week, with the lineup and a look at each match.

We've got full coverage of the ROH Best in the World show, with business notes, notes on the next show, the title change, the women's tournament, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We also have a look at the Iron Man of MMA, Travis Fulton, a former UFC fighter who had more than 300 MMA fights and 75 boxing matches, who committed suicide by hanging while in prison on domestic violence and child porn charges.  We look at his arrest, what he was known for, why he was  cult favorite in the early days of the sport, some of the biggest names he fought, as well as looking back on the big controversy of a fight in California against Dan Severn and the charges that they worked the fight and Severn's side's response.

We also have the most in depth coverage of the television end. We go more into detail on the ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.  We look at actually how many different viewers the shows had which is very different from the television number, breakdown of who watches the shows, how they watch, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.

Also in this issue:

--This week's Arena Mexico news

--Second generation wrestler leaves CMLL and why

--The situation with the Monday night weekly shows in Puebla

--CMLL wrestle leaving to get her dental degree

--Dragon Gate prepares for its biggest two shows of the year and the Masato Yoshino retirement

--Complete lineups of the Kobe World Festival events which is the climax of the Dragon Gate year

--All Japan's big show of the week notes

--NOAH's big show of the week and and two big show coming up this week

--New Japan running major arenas all week with notable shows

--New Japan's Sapporo shows

--MMA legend wins a new title in Japanese pro wrestling

--The debut of Tiger Queen, a woman handpicked by Satoru Sayama to be the first woman Tiger Mask

--Update on Stardom shows

--How a unique part of the Stardom business is changing

--How the audience of Stardom has changed over the last year

--A look at the new Robles Patron Promotion with Alberto El Patron as a key figure and big show in mexico City

--Unique things from the press conference

--NWA update on big shows coming to St. Louis

--Northeast Wrestling draws big crowds this past week and major names being added to its anniversary event

--Notes on the return of PWG and ticket sales

--The Beatles documentary and what U.S. pro wrestling star did John Lennon talk about and nearly put in a song

--The return to pro wrestling of Debbie Malenko and how it went

--Update on CM Punk movie

--Notes on the September Cauliflower Alley Club banquet.

--Update on Brian Blair

--Junior Hodge Award winner

--The former Buddy Murphy returns to action after non compete

--Murphy talks what he was told was going to happen for him creatively that was dropped

--Murphy talks his unhappiness at the Aalyah Mysterio angle

--Huge names coming to a Tijuana show

--More stars test positive for COVID

--AAW notes

--A unique setting on a battle ship for a pro wrestling show

--MLW's return to action and all the angles and surprises and newcomers

--What's next for MLW

--Joe Koff talks relationship with CMLL and New Japan

--Mark vs. Jay Briscoe on the farm

--Tony Khan talks AEW future

--Matt Jackson injury update

--Cody Rhodes television show update

--This week's AEW show

--Big matches coming to AEW TV over the next few weeks

--New AEW game and why with Tony Khan this is an idea he would have for a ame

--Notes on the fan who jumped the rail in the Jericho/MJF segment

--New AEW signees

--What AEW character used to be on the WWE writing team during the Rock/Austin era

--What segment on AEW was taped a week ahead and why

--More on upcoming AEW shows

--Streaming numbers for the different AEW shows

--Dana White comments that made a lot of controversy this week

--Jake Paul talks UFC pay

--White talks why Donald Trump wasn't shown on the PPV show

--Endeavor company value

--Lots of upcoming fights including the return of Nick Diaz

--Domestic violence charges against a UFC woman fighter

--Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley

--Another MMA group talks PPV and why it's not the best idea

--More on Ariel Helwani's departure from ESPN and notes about UFC heavily promoting shows where they wouldn't in the past

--Where the Helwani/UFC problems really stemmed from

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