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This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The new issue of the Observer is posted on the website with the following stories.
- Vince McMahon’s return, sales talks and Stephanie McMahon’s departure
- Who is currently running the company?
- What is Vince McMahon’s role today?
- How Vince McMahon came back to power
- A look at the various organizations that have expressed interest in WWE
- Can Tony Khan Take Over WWE?
- What numbers are involved in the transaction?
- What is the current market value of WWE?
- News from Saudi Arabia
- How far did the news spread?
- What the UFC’s sales experience in 2016 says about what’s being said publicly
- Stephanie McMahon, Frank Riddick and Nick Khan meeting notes with all company employees
- If something were to happen to Saudi Arabia, what would be the likely consequences based on past examples from the world of sports?
- What companies did Nick Khan tell employees when talking about sales?
- WWE morale changes
- 2022 business year revised for pro wrestling, MMA and boxing main events
- Biggest crowd of the year
- Main events above for the biggest crowds
- PPV numbers for the year
- Who drew the biggest crowd of 15,000+?
- UFC gate numbers
- $2 million gate list
- The biggest draw in pro wrestling every year since 1916
- The greatest playing cards in history
- The changing media landscape and how it affects AEW and WWE
- Morgan Stanley’s analysis of FOX’s losses on Smackdown
- The career of wrestler and promoter Johnny Powers, one of the biggest stars of the 60s and 70s
- The experience of preaching to the nation and what happened
- How he got his first break with Bruno Sammartino
- Multiple world title matches around the world
- He is running on major promotions
- Being the star of the NWF
- How Powers got into the early days of New Japan Pro Wrestling and his biggest matches there
- How Powers was promoted in Japan
- Powers and the Greatest 18 Club
- Complete coverage of the PWG Battle of Los Angeles with thoughts on the shows, where PWG stands, Chris Jericho’s appearance background, who to watch out for, and match-by-match coverage.
- A look back at Black Warrior’s career
- Take a closer look at all the ratings for this past week’s shows, as well as episode-by-episode
- An iconic Mexican figure looking at retirement
- Sting’s last match in Japan
- A big change in New Japan’s approach to the US
- Update on Sasha Banks/Mercedes Mone in New Japan with more dates
- How Mercedes moved tickets to its first match
- A look at the main matches of the next new Tour of Japan
- Superstar Billy Graham health update
- A TV presenter starts promoting a new group
- The Death of the Real Bobby Heenan and How the Pro Wrestling Legend Learned About His Brother and His Family
- The return of Adam Cole
- Kyle O’Reilly reports health
- Stream numbers for AEW and WWE
- International phone numbers
- Participation in upcoming shows
- California lawmakers criticize Dana White
- Dana White talks about her situation at a press conference
- Bellator signs arguably its best fighter
- Phil Baroni is charged with murder and faces life in prison
- PFL announces new tournaments
- WWE is trying to remove things from the discovery process with the MLW lawsuit
- How slow can the courts be in these situations?
- How much did Shane McMahon make from WWE in 2022?
- The former New Japan wrestler had a quiet start to WWE camp this week
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My weekend show with Garrett Gonzalez is now on the site and I’ll be back with Brian tonight to cover the weekend news. You can send questions to the show at [email protected]
Regarding last week’s Observer post about how fast things are changing, we were told that Vince McMahon was only back to facilitate the sale and wouldn’t be in the office or making any changes, but that has already changed. Ringside News first reported that McMahon had returned to the office and proposed changes, and we have confirmed that story as well. Talent was told on Friday that Paul Levesque will remain in charge of the creative, and Levesque rejected a scenario that Vince could make suggestions and he’s talking to a few people about the creative and they could make suggestions, but he makes the final calls. the performing boy.
It’s back to business as usual in the UFC. They had the first show and Dana White led the press conference announcing that Francis Ngannou was no longer with the company and that Jon Jones and Cyril Gane would meet in a 3/4 match for the heavyweight title. White said Ngannou was offered more money than any heavyweight in history (the most ever being Brock Lesnar, who was paid $8 million for his last fight) to face Jones, and threw a punch that Ngannou looking for easier competition. There was a lot of talk last year about Ngannou wanting to box Tyson Fury, and he could get a lot more as a boxer, even though it’s a fight where he’ll have very little chance. Ngannou vs. Jon Jones will be a big hit. a fight that will be the biggest PPV event the UFC can put on right now. The UFC had to pay quite a bit to get Jones signed for eight fights. Ngannou’s second move, if Fury’s first, would be interesting. A return to the UFC seemed like the best move economically, but Bellator and the PFL will surely at least try to get him. But if the asking price is more than Lesnar, I don’t see how that makes economic sense.
Last night in the main event of the UFC, Sean Strickland defeated Nasurdin Imavov by his size difference. All three referees awarded the first four rounds to Strickland and the fifth to Imavov.
The controversial decision was Raquel Pennington over Kathleen Vieira. Bell gave Pennington the first two rounds. Derek Cleary gave Pennington the second and third rounds. Sal D’Amato gave Vieira one and three. But 87 percent of the media points were for Vieira.
When it comes to Google searches this weekend, soccer clearly dominates. UFC was #6 yesterday, but more for the Ngannou, Jones and Gaine news than the show itself.
We’re looking for your thoughts on Friday’s Impact Hard to Kill show, so you can leave a thumbs up, down, or thumbs in the middle along with the best and worst match to [email protected]
We are also looking for reports on tonight’s WWE show in Corbin, KY, results, finishes and any other notes to [email protected]
WWE last night in Roanoke, VA.
Candice LeRae b Bayley-DQ Io Sky & Dakota Kai for interference in a quick match. Liv Morgan and Tegan Knox picked up the save to lead the way.
Morgan & Nox & LeRae b Bayley & Sky & Kai
Omos b Mustafa Ali
Dolph Ziggler b Baron Corbin with a superkick
Dominic Mysterio b Butch
Drew McIntyre & Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows b Imperium
Dexter Lumis b Chad Gable. Otis tried to interfere and was kicked out
Charlotte Flair b Shayna Basler to retain the Smackdown Women’s Title
Austin Theory b Seth Rollins with the same low blow finish they’ve been doing for weeks. (thanks to Jason Gallo)
United Wrestling Network last night in Mesa, AZ. Clark Connors, Jacob Austin Young, Midnight Heat & Reno Scam to win the titles, Zeda Zhang & Daniel Kamela, Kevin Martenso & Davey Richards, Bad Friend Tito got a four way win over Shawn. Dean, Joey Janella & Willie Mack, Peter Avalon b R3 Casus, Alexander Hammerstone b Ortiz, Danny Limelight NC Eddie Kingston in a UWN title match, Invictus Khash won the Rumble.
Not a wrestling story, but a major WBD story is that the fourth season of Snowpiercer has been canceled by TNT. It is part of the WBD cuts and was TNT’s last remaining scripted television series. The decision was already announced that this will be the last season of the show. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
Story on Apollo Crews and WWE tryouts next month in Nigeria.
FOX used both Paul Heyman and Nate Diaz during their broadcast of the San Francisco 49ers game yesterday. Diaz did some pregame hype and Heyman cut a commercial about 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy being the next big thing.
In the new Netflix movie “The Fall,” where two girls are stuck at the top of a 2,000-foot tower, when one is about to sleep, the other tries to get her to stay awake by asking her what she’s doing with her dead body. a child He replied that they were watching wrestling together and mentioned his favorite wrestlers: Steve Austin, The Rock, Bautista, and then asked what the name of Cactus Jack in the mask was, and then remembered and said Mankind. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
John Moxley appeared for customs today in his hometown of Cincinnati (thanks to Brian Henke)
Lance Levine noted that Chicago-based Freelance had a really fun show last night at the Logan Square Auditorium, which was packed with almost 600 fans to see Ricky Morton. Obviously, as the local tag champion is the Bang Bros, who have done some imitation of Sheamus’ moves because of the Banger Bros name.