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This week’s wrestling newsletter: Sasha Banks and Naomi exit Raw, Ric Flair returns to the ring
- Performer and match of the week
- Sasha Banks and Naomi exit WWE taping on Monday. What were the plans, where were things going, how did it go, what was the reaction, and what was not talked about that was the key to all of this
- Dwayne Johnson and XFL Get ESPN Deal, What It Means, What Their Competition Is Also A Look At Ratings
- Ric Flair’s Return to Wrestling, A Look at the Situation, the Match, and Others of His Wrestling Age, Why Ricky Steamboat Rejected the Match
- Ken Velasquez refused to release him on bail again, and the man accused of the shooting speaks, as does his lawyer
- AEW Double or Nothing and WWE Hell in a Cell plus action notes for this week
- Selling tickets for WWE Clash at the Castle in Cardiff
- Full coverage of the Capital Collation New Japan Show from Washington, DC
- Full coverage of Saturday’s UFC show
- Reviews for this past week
- Plan the main events for the next four WWE PPVs
- More details on why Stephanie McMahon is taking time off
- Money in the Bank update
- Update on Young Rock
- Running numbers
- A freak accident ends a main event after just three minutes
- Matt Jackson makes a challenging video for a major world title
- Five Star Grand Prix Championship
- Update on Kota Ibushi
- Japan’s new strong records for next month are declining
- Best of the Super Juniors update
- Update on Tammy Syech
- Wrestler shot dead
- Zachary Wentz talks about his picture of Hitler
- Former WWE Superstars Announced A New Trailer Showing Alistair Overeem’s Wrestling Debut
- A huge match between two of the best stars in the business on Sunday
- More on Warner Discovery features and what’s happening in Warner Discovery
- Tony Khan talks about the creative process
- Hikaru Shida gets upset
- Tony Storm talks about the original plan for Charlotte Flair’s corner
- AEW vs. WWE in Business Update in New York and Chicago
- International TV Ratings
- Sports Excellence of the Year
- How much did UFC CEO Ari Emmanuel earn last year
- Ari Emmanuel defends ESPN PPV deal
- A baseball legend on the MMA promotion board and a new investor
This week’s Retro Observer Newsletter: April 18, 2005 The Observer Newsletter: Matt Hardy released by WWE, Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
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Monday news update
- Brian and I will be back to talk about Raw, Kota Ibushi, the Women’s tag title, and more wrestling news and MMA tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio. You can send questions to the show to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kota Eboshi tweeted today that his mother attempted suicide just after Mother’s Day and blamed the stress of his ordeal. He also said that a notice of dismissal was sent in a text message without a meeting, but he said he will have a meeting soon. He has once again targeted NJPW President Takami Obari and booking assistant Yosuke Kikuchi as the source of his troubles.
- Regarding Friday Revolution, there is no specific time for the show. Fridays they listed 5:30 p.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. Pacific, but the start time will depend on the NHL schedule. The plan now is for Rampage to stream before the game or games start, and to show Countdown to Double or Nothing after the games are over on TNT. There could be two matches. There could be one. And there probably won’t be anything that depends on how the Avalanche vs. Blues and Panthers vs. Lightning. The avalanche is high 2-1 and the lighting is 3-0, so there’s a very good chance the streak will end. Avalanche Blues lead 2-1. If Avalanche wins tonight and Wednesday, there will be no game on Friday.
- Raw tonight in Evansville, Indiana. The only match announced earlier today was Cody Rhodes against The Miz. There’s also Bobby Lashley’s great challenge to Umos, whatever that means.
- Tonight on Raw facing the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics starting at 8:30 p.m. With nothing major to be announced, it could be tough. The Warriors could secure a place in the Finals tomorrow against NXT, so that’s also a tough competition. If the Warriors lose, the fifth game will be on Thursday and the sixth game will be on Saturday. At the Celtics-Heat, it will be game five on Wednesday against AEW. Game 6 will be on Friday against SmackDown. The seventh match will be against AEW PPV, which will affect that show.
- There’s also the National Hockey League playoffs tonight with Panthers vs. vs. Lightning at 7 p.m. and Avalanche vs. Blues at 9:30 p.m. There are also two NHL vs. wrestling games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- AEW and Joe Hand are working together again for Double or Nothing in movie theaters across the country. To check if there is a theater in your area, you will find it at JoeHandPromotions.com
- Kevin Kelly tweeted that it might soon be possible for New Japan fans to be able to cheer and boo at the shows, saying he hopes to be by 6/3 at Budokan Hall. Ohbari had also hinted at the same thing last week without mentioning any type of dating.
- New Japan presents a ten-match Best of the Super Juniors show tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. from Korakuen Hall with all tournament matches.
- Alex Zane vs. Francesco Akira
- Titan vs. TJP
- Ryosuke Taguchi vs Clark Connors
- Bushy vs Wheeler Utah
- Yoh vs Ice Austin
- Duke in. El Phantasmo
- Mr Watteau vs. Ruby Eagles
- Hiromu Takahashi vs Yoshinobu Kanimaru
- Shaw vs Taiji Ishimori
- Desperado vs Lindaman
- We’re looking for reports from these weekend deals:
- WWE Saturday in Rockford, Illinois
- WWE yesterday in Fort Wayne, IN
- WWE yesterday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- RevPro yesterday from York Hall in London
- We’re looking for hits, finishes, and highlights to email@example.com
- Regarding open enrollment in MMA, there has been a lot of talk since Rose Namagunas’ fight against Carla Esparza. That horrific fight was almost certain to see more excitement if Namajunas knew that she was losing her rounds. Shannon Knapp, CEO and promoter of Invicta, one of the three major MMA groups (Invicta, LFA and Combate Global) that now uses open scoring regularly, told us she knew she would have to keep pace, “Nothing but positive feedback from everyone in the world.” Invicta. I’m with anything that puts some control back in the athletes’ hands. It doesn’t solve all problems, but is still a valuable tool for the athlete. Knowledge is the king of advertising using it to make real-time adjustments is invaluable.”
- Young Rock is ending its season with two episodes tomorrow at 8 and 8:30 p.m.
- Besides Will Ospray’s loss, Jeff Cobb also missed yesterday’s RevPro show at York Hall. Kobe was scheduled to face RKJ, but was replaced by Aaron Henry. RKJ won that match as well. As noted yesterday, people were interested in the Australian Open vs. Speed. Will Ospray was replaced by Michael Oku in the main event, losing to Minoru Suzuki.
- Tomorrow NXT announced a slew of matches:
- Braun Breaker vs Duke Hudson
- Mandy Rose vs. Andy Hartwell without a title
- Pretty Deadly vs. Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp changed the nickname
- Electra Lopez vs Alba Fire
- Wes Lee vs Sanja
- Stacks & Two Times vs Malik Blade & Edris Enofe
- Ikemen Jiro vs Von Wagner
- With no individual “world” champions, it will be fun to see what they do in the main events of the home shows. Now on the Raw brand, they have Bianca Belair defending the main event title every night. Smackdown still makes headlines with Roman Reigns but his days of touring the house are dwindling to an end.
- The Chicago Cubs will host the WWE Night on 5/30.
- WWE Network/Peacock will add Summer 1995 episodes of WWE Superstars.
- CM Punk -150
- Adam’s page +110
- Thunder Rosa -600
- Serena Depp +340
- Jade Cargill-1600
- Anna Jay +600
- Abdul Majeed Abdul Majeed Abdullah -150
- Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks +250
- Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland +250
- Moxley Team – 150
- Jericho Appreciation Society +110
- Young Bucks -200
- Hardee’s +150
- Hawk & Danhausen -1200
- Tony Ness and Mark Sterling +500
- Black House -140
- Triangle of Death +100
- Glory Pro Wrestling from Last Night in St. Louis: Frodo the Ghost & Donnell Benjamin b Myron Chapman & Mason St. Goodz, Tootie Lynn b Shazza McKenzie to retain the Midwest regional title, Raheem de la Suede four-way beat Blair Onyx, Anakin Murphy, August Matthews, Karam & Xavier Walker b Eli Rossi & ATM to retain the Glory tag titles, Rohit Raju b Layne Luck, Eddie Kingston b Davey Richards, Camaro Jackson & Kenny Alfonso b Myron Reed & Jordan Oliver, Dan the Dad b Davey Bang in a ladder match, Jake Things and Ethan Price, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett, and Mike Outlaw b Warhorse to retain the crown of Glory (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
- Mick Foley is performing on 5/6 in Buffalo and tickets go on sale tomorrow. 100 percent of ticket and merchandise sales will be donated to the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund.
- Killer Kross was announced at the 6/23 MLW Battle Riot Show in New York at the Melrose Ballroom.
- Ultimate Women of Wrestling from Saturday Night at the Sahara Theater in Las Vegas: Ashley D’Amboise b Jordan Blu, Zeda Zhang b Gamma Jewels, Charlette & Robyn Renegade, Delilah Doom & Myka Madrid, Christina Von Eerie b Nevaeh, Miranda Alize b Alex Gracia, Lei’D Tapa Dcor Jennacide, Santana Garrett b Christi Jaynes, Ivelisse b Mazzerati
- For what it’s worth, Brian Blair may have backed out of an interview with the Wrestling Shoot where he said Hulk Hogan would be in the bout with Ric Flair (six-man tag) on 7/31. But then he said he had read it online and Hogan would check if it was true.
- Final X will take place at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden 6/8 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. It will air on FloWrestling. The winner of the best two out of three matches will represent the United States at the World Championships 9/10 to 9/18 in Belgrade, Serbia. Gable Steveson declined in the vite but most notable American amateurs will compete including David Taylor, Jordan Burroughs, Helen Maroulis, Kyle Dake, Sarah Hildebrandt, Kayla Miracle, Nick Gwiazdowski and Yianni Daikomilhalis.
- Stu Grayson has announced that he will start taking reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org