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WON Preview (July 6, 2020): Outbreak forces WWE to make changes, more

July 6, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Outbreak forces WWE to make changes, more

A wide variety of stories are featured in this week's double sized issue of the Observer.  Our lead story looks at how WWE and AEW have handled COVID-19, including notes on the WWE outbreak, how its TV shows changed, Jon Moxley & Renee Young, handling of masks by both companies, how WWE's policy changed, what AEW did this past week, who missed this week's WWE television and reasons why in many cases, WWE responds to questions about how they've handled things and more.

We also have more on WWE firings and suspensions based on Speaking Out, Sammy Guevara, responses by a number of people who claims against them and how different companies have reacted.

We have more on the suicide death of Hana Kimura, her mother speaks, what she said to a friend and what was and wasn't staged about her role on Terrace House which led to her depression.

We also have motions filed by Jerry McDevitt on the Saudi Arabia situation, as well as a response by Hugo Savinovich, and what is and isn't relevant to the lawsuit itself.

We've got a breakdown of the Wednesday night competition, with the ratings in all the key demos for both shows, the ratings pattern, how every quarter and match did, what lessons are learned, what's up for next week, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

We also update the New Japan Cup with notes on local television, the storylines leading to the final four, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings of the last four shows.

We also look at the television industry and sports and how this affects WWE and AEW. We look at WWE buying Evolve, Kane's political stance on masks, Roman Reigns talks why he's not appearing for WWE right now, Update on the Oliver Luck lawsuit against Vince McMahon, Extreme Rules update, Kairi Sane's future, Edge talks injury, Canadian and U.K. TV ratings, how wrestling stands in sports ratings, Becky Lynch's push for her booking that WWE didn't do as far as losing the title, WWE star fears another surgery, Gail Kim talks traumatic WWE matches, Mike Chiods talks his departure, The Nexxus return, WWE stock value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

We've got a major piece on the life and career of Killer Tim Brooks. We go from the start of his career, how he got into wrestling through his family, his first match, how he got his first break and became a main eventer, his biggest runs, his early successes in Japan, the forerunner of one of WWE's most famous angles, his career title history, his friendship with Bruiser Brody, and his running a promotion himself.

We also have full coverage of this past weekend's UFC show with the Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker fight of the year candidate. We run down the show, match-by-match coverage plus business notes.

We also have a feature on an all-time great pro wrestler who had a recent murder charge dropped due to dementia.

We also look at what got Titus O'Neil up for nomination this past year for the Muhammad Ali award.

We've also got in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

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

Also in this issue:

--All-time legend talks retirement on a big show in early 2021 and the big match he wants first

--AAA talks about starting back up

--Dragon Gate key matches

--All-time great leaving All Japan for DDT and why

--All Japan's big show this  past week

--A look at NOAH's major matches in recent weeks

--How New Japan is handling COVID-19 on its shows back

--Harold Meij talks about COVID decision making

--Lineups for the New Japan U.S. streaming TV shows

--DDT returns to running before fans

--Update on the Cauliflower Alley Club and why this year's convention is up in the air

--Carl Reiner's connection to pro wrestling

--A look at the career of wrestling star and singer/actor El Audaz

--Henry Cejudo and pro wrestling

--Wrestling legend entering major city sports Hall of Fame

--Promotion attempting a new form of pro wrestling that both Nick Bockwinkel and Eric Bischoff talked bout more than 15 years ago

--More on Mr. Wrestling II

--NWA release

--Former Impact star legal issues

--Woman wrestler writing a book

--Update on MLW television

--Lots of Impact updates regarding new talent and recent angles

--Original plan for Dark Order

--BTE coverage

--UFC protocols for this month and how strict the policies are

--Dana White talks Jones, McGregor and Cejudo

--UFC star on richest celebrity list in his home country

--Dustin Poirier awarded

--Lots of upcoming UFC fights

--Heavyweight boxing title update

--Major MMA promotion double champ tests positive for COVID

--Combate Amercias returns and ratings notes

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