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This Week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
- The history and creation of War Games
- How the rules have changed and what did and didn’t work this year
- The copies of War Games
- Why WWE didn’t do War Games on the main roster, and why they started it on NXT
- Business notes on how the show did, live, streaming, PPV
- Crossover audience between War Games and Full Gear and Crown Jewel
- Full show coverage with poll results
- The story behind William Regal’s AEW departure
- Why many questioned the MJF booking
- Best of Seven notes
- PPV number updates, as well as updates on the last four AEW PPV shows
- Who bought Full Gear, Forbidden Door or All Out and patterns
- Revenue, movie gate numbers and more
- Notes behind the title changes
- Match by match coverage and poll results on the show
- Updates on the Royal rumble, ticket sales and more notes
- New Japan and Stardom Historic X Over
- The story behind Kairi winning the IWGP title and not Mayu Iwatani
- The story behind Omega vs. Ospreay
- Match by match coverage and poll results
- C.M. Punk mocks the brawl, Young Bucks & Kenny Omega mock C.M. Punk, and more
- TV ratings over the past two weeks, including where AEW faltered this week and did great the week earlier and it’s the same group, the huge drop during the show of Raw, what about Smackdown was the best of the year for the show, and where wrestling ranked in the sports charts and the entertainment charts the past two weeks
- Wrestling legend gets honored by an international embassy
- Cain Velasquez wrestling and the story behind it
- Stardom PPV show coverage
- Updates on all the traditional Japanese tournaments
- Update on Kota Ibushi
- Fantastica Mania news
- Generational legends battle this past week
- Ricky Steamboat comes out of retirement
- Plan for a statue of iconic wrestler to be built in his home town
- Battle of Los Angeles news
- Mayor Glenn Jacobs in the middle of controversy
- Injury changes the winner of a tournament
- Major WWE legend coming out of retirement in December
- One of the most well traveled wrestlers of all-time passes away
- Former ECW and WWE star retiring
- Thoughts on wrestlers whose contracts are coming due
- New angle off television for recently signed AEW wrestler
- International TV ratings
- AEW & WWE streaming numbers
- Lots of new UFC main events
- Conor McGregor gets sued twice
- UFC gaming controversy
- MMA returns to CBS prime time
- PFL season finale
- Paul Levesque talks WWE future
- Big stock rise for WWE and why
- Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon talk WWE business, international, buying companies and more
- WWE injury updates
- Ticket sales for upcoming WWE & AEW events
- Next MSG show
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Saturday News Update
- A reunion between InDex (Indi Hartwell & Dexter Lumis) took place at last night’s NXT house show in Jacksonville, Florida. Lumis was a special guest on the show, defeating Javier Bernal.
- WWE uploaded a video setting up a match between Charlie Dempsey and Hank Walker for NXT.
- During an interview with Bill Apter for Sportskeeda, Kurt Angle was asked if he’ll have one final match:
- I don’t think so. I had knee replacements five months ago. I’m good. I think I had a good enough career that I’m very proud of. If it does come to be, then it will probably be like a tag match like Ric Flair did so that I don’t get exposed. I hate to say it, but I’m not exactly the same wrestler I used to be. But if I did decide to have a wrestling match, it would be against younger guys that could carry me. And I would make sure it’d be a tag match so I wasn’t exposed.
- And it’s hard to say this right now because I’m basically telling the fans, ‘Hey, I can’t really wrestle anymore but watch me in my next match!’ But I’m just telling the truth. I’m an honest person, and I’m just saying I’m not like I used to be and never will be. But you know what, maybe down the road, I might do a tag match.
- On her Instagram stories yesterday, Charlotte Flair posted a picture in the ring with NXT’s Zoey Stark and Alba Fyre, seemingly working out with them. Charlotte captioned the picture with “Thank you ladies.”
- Ric Flair commented on Randy Orton’s back surgery:
- I talk to him all the time. Yeah, I asked him and talked about his surgery because I didn’t think he wanted me to share. But yeah, he’ll be back better than ever. There’s a look of a great wrestler, look at him, he just looks good. I mean, he carries himself very [well] I think him and Roman would be huge. I think him and Cody would be huge. There’s some really big matches, like when the queen comes back. I mean God, I’m pushing for, I would like it to be Bianca Belair but I mean, there’s some great matches for her too when she comes back.
- Peter Rosenberg has an interview with Sami Zayn. Zayn was asked about wrestlers from other promotions who he would like to face:
- I do see some guys out there. MJF pops to mind – I think he’s very talented. There’s a kid in AEW called Dante Martin who’s just, like, a really great high flyer and it kind of reminds me of the matches I would have on the independents with guys who are really good high flyers, so just strictly based on in-ring, I think, just if we were working an indie in front of 300 people.
- Zayn also mentioned that he misses Kenny Omega:
- It’s guys that I’ve worked with before that I just miss and that I would love to work with again now like Kenny Omega just as an example. I’m listing a lot of AEW guys here, but you know I haven’t seen him in 10 years. That’s insane. The last time I saw him was in December of 2012 and, you know, I miss him and I miss working him. He was super easy to work — he was a lot like me actually, I thought, very detail-oriented.
- A video aired during SmackDown last night with Karrion Kross choosing Rey Mysterio as his “next victim.” Mysterio hasn’t wrestled since October due to an injury that required him to wear a walking boot.
- A vignette showcasing another character repackage for Lacey Evans also aired on SmackDown. Evans was shown doing Marine training with the theme of the video being that she’s going back to basics.
- This weekend, Mia Yim is working her first house shows since returning to WWE.
- The Brawling Brutes, Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi, and Ricochet appeared on The SmackDown LowDown.
- WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded the following matches: Edge vs. Kane (December 3, 2010 SmackDown), Bobby Lashley vs. Omos (WrestleMania 38), and Batista vs. Randy Orton (Armageddon 2008).
- Jade Cargill posted a tweet yesterday saying that she did voiceover work for a “huge animated show.” Cargill wrote: “Did my first voice over for a huge animated show today. So excited to share in the future. God is AMAZING.”
- Saraya had her wisdom teeth removed this week: “Landed from work. Straight off the plane to the dentist to get my wisdom teeth out. This all start just before I had to wrestle a real life dentist. The IRONY.”
- Tony Nese was the guest on this week’s edition of AEW Unrestricted.
- The public defender for Tammy “Sunny” Sytch filed a motion yesterday requesting that Sytch’s next pre-trial hearing be pushed back yet again.
- Daily Update: InDex reunite, Kurt Angle, Charlotte Flair – WON/F4W
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