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This week’s Wrestling Observer newsletter:
- Among the highlights:
- Competition and artist of the week
- A look at the forbidden door
- The show’s most detailed business notes and poll results
- The unique aspect of ticket sales
- How injuries plagued the show
- Plans that haven’t changed due to injury
- AEW injury rate
- What we learned about AEW, PPV and what can pull people thought they couldn’t from this show
- Why people did and didn’t buy the show
- Who bought this and Double or Nothing, and who bought this that didn’t buy Double or Nothing
- The ball is dropped on the follow-up
- How much money did the show cost?
- Where the show is ranked as far as the greatest AEW shows
- Complete overview of every match
- Abraham Riesman’s story of Vince McMahon and Rita Chatterton viewed from all aspects
- Logan Paul signs with WWE, early SummerSlam notes, Money in the Bank notes and origin
- Cain Velasquez sues the man he shot
- Full UFC coverage as of Saturday
- Stardom Fight In The Top PPV Coverage
- The most detailed look at last week’s ratings
- CMLL’s biggest star undergoes surgery
- Notes on many different tournaments
- Most Outstanding Wrestlers of 2022
- Next ROH PPV Show
- Kenny Omega talks about a number of different topics
- International viewing figures
- Streaming songs from the past week
- Ticket sales for upcoming shows
- The Return of Francis Ngannou
- ESPY Wrestling and MMA Awards
- The UFC how preview of this week
- Major upset leads to Bellator title change
- The Story Behind Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson and Paul Wight on Raw
- Story of a new WWE signing that has been getting a lot of publicity over the past week and what they are looking for
- WWE, AEW and NJPW injury updates
- Different booking ideas talked about
- WWE star whose contract expires and hasn’t signed a new deal yet
- Gina Carano talks during a fight with Ronda Rousey
- An overview of all WWE live events from the past week
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Monday News Update
- Bryan and I will be back tonight to talk about Raw and the latest news with Wrestling Observer Radio.
- Happy 4th of July to everyone.
- Raw is in San Diego tonight. All that was advertised ahead was Rey & Dominick Mysterio in their hometown against Finn Balor & Damian Priest, plus The Miz will respond to Logan Paul’s challenge for SummerSlam. This will be the star of the SummerSlam build. Due to the holidays, TV ratings would be expected to be much lower and it’s not even worth worrying if that’s the case. They will be helped somewhat if they come out of a PPV show. But if after two straight big numbers they don’t get a big this week, or if there’s a big drop, it’s completely pointless.
- We’re looking for your thoughts on WWE Money in the Bank and UFC 276, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down, or thumbs down, along with a best and worst match at [email protected]
- We are also looking for reports from last night’s WWE show in Tucson, AZ and from Raw in San Diego tonight with anything not on the live show, such as Main Event matches, dark matches and audience reactions to [email protected] wrestlingobserver.com
- WWE had a talent meeting for Money in the Bank. Not much came out. Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque spoke and told the talent that they were one big family and how well things were going. They didn’t answer any of the Vince McMahon questions or any other questions.
- Impact made a personal video for Don West, who is battling brain cancer. Mike Tenay was the most important person associated with them for doing this, and Scott D’Amore contributed over $13,000 to West’s medical bills just a few weeks ago. In addition to those on the roster and in the current company, Impact had Dixie Carter, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and many others shot the video. Tenay and Don West were deeply moved by the comments made. Tenay and West were hoping that the video could be shared and I believe they are currently seeking everyone’s approval for it.
- AEW set its all-time UK viewership record on ITV 4 on 24/6 with 188,000 viewers. That was the go-home show for Forbidden Door. Maybe that has to do with Will Ospreay because the ratings went way up for the shows he was on.
- Due to the holidays, the reviews will be postponed this week. In principle, everything is reset one day. Friday’s numbers should be out tomorrow. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and last week numbers must be on Wednesday. At the moment it looks like the Wednesday issues will be released on Thursday, but that could change.
- WWE did 30 percent off tickets to SummerSlam and Raw at Madison Square Garden on 7/25 and got some good ticket movement in both places. There are currently more than 28,000 tickets distributed for Nashville for SummerSlam, of which more than 25,000 would be paid for. This is before any of the hard television hype for the show that is supposed to start tonight.
- Shotzi made a post saying she knew the spot where she lost her foot on the ladder would cause Botchmania and that she accepted that, but said the reaction from people trying to fire her or worse was too much. She also noted that she was not injured in the match, which is a good thing.
- Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Les Thatcher’s professional wrestling debut on July 4, 1960 for Boston promoter Tony Santos. He started with a team that also included Pat Patterson. Thatcher trained in Boston and his first show was on July 4 in Blue Hills, ME, at age 19.
- Tomorrow night is WWE Night for the Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Fans in attendance will receive a WWE pillow from Austin Riley with an Austin 3:16 smash hit and a WWE title belt.
- The Cardinals will also have a WWE Night on 8/16.
- Israel Adesanya noted in an interview with BT Sports in the UK that he came up with the idea of his Undertaker entry the Tuesday before the show. At the time, he had no idea that Vince McMahon and his company would be on the show. He said he had already sorted it out with UFC and then he was told on Saturday morning that Vince McMahon was coming to his fight. He said he makes them play WWF entrance songs during his wrestling training at the Attitude Era camp. Undertaker, a huge MMA fan, tweeted approval.
- Jessica Eye, who has dabbled in independent pro wrestling in the past, said she wants to get into pro wrestling on Saturday night after her MMA retirement.
- Ariane Lipski vs. Ariane Lipski Priscilla Cachoeira was reported by MMA Fighting for 8/6 in Las Vegas.
- New Japan today posted the Keiji Muto vs. Masahiro Chono final of Sumo Hall’s first G-1 Climax tournament in 1991 on his YouTube page. The success of that first tournament paved the way for something in its 32nd year starting in a few weeks, one of the oldest wrestling traditions in the world. (thanks to Suju Abraham)
- In yesterday’s update when listing the ICW No Holds Barred results, we listed it as from Maybee, NY, but it was from Maybee, MI.