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This week’s wrestling newsletter: Roman Reigns backtracks on WWE debut, Kota Ibushi-NGBW affair
- Roman Reigns detailed schedule, what he’s working on, his next title defense, current plans for his biggest game of the summer.
- Behind the issues with Kota Ibushi and New Japan, where they started, where they stand, and who is trying to calm things down
- WrestleMania backlash, business numbers, match by match star ratings and poll results
- An update on all the big AEW and WWE summer shows, how tickets are moving, the secondary interest in the marketplace and the million dollar gates
- The unique ending of the UFC Heavyweight Championship by Rose Namajunas and what she says about scoring and cornering and how open scoring plays a role in this
- Complete coverage of UFC 274 with PPV numbers, TV numbers, match after match, what’s next, and more
- Hall of Fame career Daniel Cormier, someone who reached the top in two different sports and became the UFC Champion and did not train to bat until around the age of 30
- Co-promotion main assortment
- Ratings for the past week, where wrestling ranks on cable, where AEW ranks in terms of the smallest knitting sports show, how each division performed in AEW, and factual comparisons to last year’s numbers
- wrestling in arena mexico
- Joss Robinson and his contract with NJPW
- Super Junior’s Best Notes
- Tammy Sych’s updates including the sad situation with Bill Demot
- Ted DiBiase is sued by the Mississippi Department of Human Services
- The life of famous referee and office Charlie Smith of GCW fame
- The legend of the ’90s is out of retirement again
- A look back at the British Bulldog
- Lowest Rated Cable Station
- Match of the week and artists of the week
- AEW and Warner Media Update
- AEW Upcoming Shows
- Tony Khan talks about Bret Hart in AEW
- Blackpool Combat Club original idea
- Stunning UFC Business Run
- UFC revenue and how much it goes to fighters
- UFC Upcoming Matches
- Former WWE wrestler wins Bare Knuckle Fighting
- Strange booking Lacey Evans
- Questions about money in the bank in 2022
- International TV Ratings
- Running numbers
This week’s Retro Observer newsletter: April 4, 2005 Observer Newsletter Release: WrestleMania 21 Preview, All Japan Women’s Shutdown
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Saturday news update
- Against the Boston Celtics’ sixth series game against the Milwaukee Bucks, last night’s SmackDown averaged 1.80 million viewers in the National Rapid Ratings. That’s down from the 1.92 million viewers the show attracted to Fast Citizens last week. The rating in demo 18-49 was 0.4.
- Bianca Belair and The Miz are scheduled to appear at the NBCUniversal fronts on Monday morning, while Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair will face Fox on Monday afternoon. Deadline notes that the NBCU “transformed WWE into its sports division in terms of sales, a move that gave it additional incentive to promote WrestleMania during the Super Bowl last February.”
- Stephanie McMahon spoke to Deadline about WWE being both sport and entertainment: “It’s really both. It’s like sports theater. It’s the story, and that’s why you care…. It’s swept up in storylines. We can write bell moments, we can write Hail Marys. We have a leg up in sports.” …you may object to what we do, but you will never be bored.”
- The Penthouse Park Tower Stamford, owned by Vince and Linda McMahon, has been put on the market for an asking price of $4.1 million.
- WWE has revealed the official poster for the show’s September match at Castle Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The poster features Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Bianca Belair, Edge, Cody Rhodes and Becky Lynch.
- Rick Boogs posted an update on his recovery from a quadriceps tear to his patellar tendon he suffered at WrestleMania 38. Boogs said he’s been ahead of schedule in achieving his physical therapy goals.
- At Talking Smack, WWE provided an injury update to Madcap Moss after he was attacked by Happy Corbin on SmackDown last night. It was said that Moss suffered a bruised cervix.
- The Usos appeared in this week’s edition of WWE After the Bell.
- WWE’s YouTube channel carried Cody Rhodes’ debut on Raw against Randy Orton on July 16, 2007, Bayley vs. 2019 SmackDown Episode.
- In an ad on his new YouTube channel, Yu Ishino (who previously wrestled for Stardom using the name Kagetsu) appeared as a trans.
- Virgil It was announced that he had been diagnosed Stage II colon cancer.
- After last night’s revolution, AEW Uploaded video of the post-promo video Frankie Kazarian has challenged Scorpio to Sky for a rematch for the TNT Championship when AEW comes to Los Angeles next month. Sky held against Kazarian at the Rampage after Ethan Page hit Kazarian with the TNT title belt. After the match, Sky betrayed his former tag team partner Kazarian by hitting him with another shot in the belt.
- Dax Harwood Thanks fans for the appreciation They showed him after losing to Adam Cole on Wednesday at Dynamite: “After my match with Adam Cole on Wednesday night, Long Island decided to give me a standing ovation. I’ve never felt anything like this in my career. You made all this happen. Not some kind of ‘push’ Not a “turn.” It was for all of you. The appreciation you showed did not go unnoticed.”
- Jeff Hardy was the guest on this week’s episode of AEW Unrestricted.