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This Week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter: June 13, 2022 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk & Cody Rhodes injured, WWE Hell in a Cell review
- Perform and match of the week
- Updates on CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, the injuries, how WWE and AEW are booking around the injuries, details of the injuries, surgeries, AEW interim title and medical protocol questions
- Hell in a Cell coverage, the matches, the ticket demand, PPV numbers, interest level and WWE & AEW crossover fan base
- Hiromu Takahashi sets Best of the super Juniors records, business of the finals, angles for Dominion and more
- AEW Double or Nothing PPV number update
- Saturday’s UFC coverage and what comes next for the fighters on the show
- NXT In Your House coverage
- Television ratings for every national show, ups, downs and competition
- Expected CMLL anniversary show main event
- AAA and running in the US
- Stardom & New Japan joint show
- Movie being made about the life of an active women’s wrestling star and details
- Notes about young retirements in Dragon Gate an the booking
- CyberFight show at Saitama Super Arena
- Kota Ibushi and New Japan update
- Benefit event for Shinjiro Otani
- More on Ric Flair’s return
- Johnny Rodz and the infamous Roddy Piper story
- Olympic wrestler talks about better conditions for pro wrestlers
- Notes on PBS documentary on St. Louis wrestling
- MJF update
- All-Atlantic title and thoughts
- Forbidden Door notes
- International TV ratings
- Ticket sales for upcoming US events
- Streaming numbers for AEW & WWE
- UFC revenue and profits update
- This week’s UFC show
- Major fight Dana White is looking at for the interim heavyweight title
- ONE debut on Amazon Prime
- Bellator allows one of its top stars to do Bare Knuckle Fighting
- Update on Stephanie McMahon
- More on Vince McMahon autobiography
- Hilarious Vince McMahon deposition in the liver Luck case
- Why Edge was kicked out of Judgment Day
- Reports from all the WWE events this week with business notes
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Sunday News Update
Bryan and I did our weekend show last night with Ryan Frederick talking UFC, Dominion, G-1 lineup, Smackdown and Rampage and other news. Garrett and I did our week in review show on Friday night. Bryan and I will be back tomorrow talking about Raw and the weekend notes.
Regarding last night’s UFC 275 show, the Jiri Prochazka light heavyweight title win over Glover Teixeira was one of the greatest fights in UFC history. I’d say even more exciting than either Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones vs. Gustafsson I, which were the two best light heavyweight title fights in history. The scores going into the fifth round were 39-37 in favor of Teixeira, 38-38 and 38-37 for Teixiera (a judge giving Prochazka a 10-8 round). Teixeira was winning round five as well when with 28 seconds left he got choked. Dana
White wasn’t there (he had a big weekend as his son turned 21) so there was no talk about who Prochazka will face next. I think a lot of people would want the rematch.
As far as Google searches, the show did 1.1 million which is very low for a PPV show. It was a great show but this was not a main event that was going to draw a lot. The last three fights all had a story coming out. Valentina Shevchenko nearly lost to Taila Santos. The fight could have gone either way 48-47. Most (73% of media scores) had Shevchenko so this was not a robbery but it was a very close competitive fight. Judge Howard Hughes gave Shevchenko rounds two, four and five. Judge David Lethaby gave Shevchenko four and five only. Judge Clemens Warner gave Shevchenko every round except three. The way I saw and most did was one and three for Santos and four and five for Shevchenko and it came down to round two.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Zhang Weili fight seemed the most talked about going to the show. Weili looked her career best, and Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement after. She had been talking during the week that if she lost she would likely retire so it wasn’t a decision in haste. She was a great champion and real star who put the 115 pound division on the map as something significant as champion. She said she was 35, had trained for 20 years and wanted to have kids and start a career.
UFC announces Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards for the welterweight title as the main event for an 8/20 PPV show in Salt Lake City at the Vivint Arena.
As far as Google searches for the week, nothing from pro wrestling or boxing cracked the top 20, dominated by news, NBA and NHL. The only top 20 stuff was UFC and Jedrzejczyk from last night’s show.
Zack Saber Jr. after his match last night outright issued a challenge to Bryan Danielson for Forbidden Door. Unless this match is on the show, neither man should be teasing it for that date. That is a match that on paper could be legendary. The two wrestled once, years ago, long before Saber became a top star. They are two of the greatest technical pro wrestlers of the modern style and probably the two best of the last 20 years.
It appears the Tony D’Angelo injury at the NXT house show last night was either storyline or not serious. There are people with the company saying storyline and others were just downplaying it.
The former Paige, whose WWE deal is up on 7/7, is accepting bookings after that date. She will use the name Saraya. She can be booked at [email protected] She wants to wrestle and said she thinks she will at some point, but didn’t indicate she would be wrestling right now. It was WWE’s call to not renew her as her contract expired. They haven’t used her on television in a long time.
We’re looking for your thoughts on these shows, so leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to [email protected]:
- UFC 275 yesterday
- New Japan Dominion today
Also we are looking for reports from tonight’s WWE shows in Springfield, MO and Albuquerque, NM, as well as last night’s NXT show in Largo, FL and show in Las Cruces, NM.
With Dominion over, I expect a lot of announcements this week regarding Forbidden Door.
Jessie Vargas, who was in the United Empire corner in today’s matches in Osaka, is a former world boxing champion.
WWE from last night in Cape Girardeau, MO:
- Street Profits b Alpha Academy
- Veer Mahaan b Robert Roode
- Mysterios b Miz & Theory
- Ezekiel b Ciampa
- Bobby Lashley b Omos & MVP in a street fight handicap match
- Alexa Bliss b Nikki ASH
- Riddle b Seth Rollins
- Bianca Belair retained the women’s title over Asuka & Becky Lynch when he pinned Lynch.
So Riddle right now looks to be Cody Rhodes’ replacement at least for the next hour show run against Rollins. At least for now.
NXT from Friday night in Tampa, FL: Carmelo Hayes b Nathan Frazer to keep North American title, Ivy Nile b Lash Legend, Giovanni Vinci (Fabian Aichner) b Dante Chen, Stacks & 2 Dimes b Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro, Creed Brothers b Pretty Deadly to keep tag titles, Solo Sikoa b Xyon Quinn, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin b Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade lo keep tag titles, Bron Breakker b Grayson Waller to keep NXT title (thanks to Chris Hendricks and Kyle Niblett). They also did a Wendy Choo-Tiffany Stratton angle.
We’ve heard a lot of talk about two major indie matches this weekend that I hope to check out today or tomorrow. One is FTR vs. Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards which was the match where Bret Hart managed FTR. The other was Mike Bailey vs. Konosuke Takeshita from West Coast Pro in San Francisco.
No matches have been announced for Raw tomorrow. They are pushing that Seth Rollins will have a new direction with Cody Rhodes out, and that the new Judgment Day will also have a new direction without Edge.
Raw will go head-to-head with game five of the Warriors-Celtics NBA series so it would be great if Raw even came close to last week’s numbers. This will be the last NBA game of the season that will go against a WWE show. If there is a game six, it’s Thursday against Impact & New Japan and game seven would be Saturday. The game is on network so Raw should easily be first on cable.
The NHL Stanley Cup finals with Tampa Bay vs. Colorado open Wednesday against Dynamite. It’s on ABC game so AEW has a good shot at first on cable but still will be hurt. The schedule is also game three on Monday 6/20 and game four on 6/22, again against Dynamite. If there is a game five, it will go against Smackdown & Rampage on 6/24. Game seven if there is one would go against NXT on 6/28.
The International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Albany NY had a ceremony on Thursday to induct Terry Funk. Funk couldn’t travel but Mick Foley was part of the ceremony.
- At yesterday’s Dark tapings in Orlando, they had a Pure Rules match where Wheeler Yuta retained the title over Tony Nese, and set up a future title defense by Yuta against Daniel Garcia.
- NOAH returns to Budokan Hall on 7/16 with Satoshi Kojima vs. Kenou for the GHC title. Kojima won the title earlier today over Go Shiozaki at the Saitama Super Arena.
- Stardom from today in Osaka: Saya Iida b Mai Sakurai, Ami Sorei b Waka Tsukiyama, Momo Kohgo b Ruaka, Natsupoi won three-way over Momo Watanabe and Mina Shirakawa-DQ, Syuri & Mirai b Tam Nakano & Unagi Sayaka, Mayu Iwatani & Hazuki & Koguma d Giulia & Maika & Himeka 15:00, Starlight Kid & Saki Kashima & Fukigen Death b Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani & Lady C
- Jon Moxley defeated Speedball Mike Bailey in the main event of the Sami Callihan Wrestling Revolver show in Dayton, OH last night. Moxley is now living in the Cincinnati area and strongly put over Bailey after beating him.
- United Wrestling Coalition returned on 6/25 in Bordentown, NJ at the Elks Lodge.
- Insane Wrestling Revolution from Thursday night in Monroe, MI: Zach Thomas b Kenny Urban, Tanner Nix b Moonshine, Game Changers b Aaron Orion & Jack Price, Madman Fulton b Jackson Stone, Sam Beale won four-way over Malcolm Monroe III, DBA and Hannah Henderson, Jeremiah Goldmane b Benjamin Boone, Rhino & Rod Lee NC Eh Team, Trey Miguel b Jason Hotch, Dread King Logan NC Shane Douglas, Erik Redbeard b Big Kon to win the heavyweight title (thanks to Leonard Brand)
- Metro Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Wyandotte, MI: Darian Ultra b Iron Eagle, Chuck Stein b Jheras Grey, Brutus Atwell b Donte Casson & Pastor Patterson in a handicap match, Lamario Starr b Daniel Wolf, LJ Lawrence NC Forever Young, N8 Mattson & Gutter b KJ Reynolds & Ryan Matthias, Alex Van Zant won over Percy Drews, Kyler Coleman and Father Maquis to win PWL TV title, Adam Wick b Austin Manix, Jordon Holt b Tanner Nix, Jason Hotch b Elijah Burke (thanks to Leonard Brand )
- Savio Vega has been announced for MLW Battle Riot on 6/23 in New York at the Melrose Ballroom.
- Warrior Wrestling is doing a Fan Fest on 6/26 in Chicago the day of Forbidden Door. They ‘ve announced Kevin Kelly from New Japan, Chris Hero, Denise Salcedo and everyone that is on their afternoon show. ,a26 in