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DAILY UPDATE

Latest News:

UFC on ESPN+ 35 live results: Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Hill
Conor McGregor accused of sexual assault, denies allegation
Mandy Rose traded to WWE Raw roster
WWE SmackDown draws best overnight ratings in five months
Peter Avalon vs. Brandon Cutler headlines 11-match AEW Dark lineup
WWE SmackDown video highlights: Reigns & Uso vs. Corbin & Sheamus
NJPW Strong results: KENTA vs. Jeff Cobb
WWE 205 Live results: Legado Del Fantasma vs. Lorcan & Burch
SmackDown Women’s title match set for WWE Clash of Champions
Two matches added to ‘In Your Face’ edition of WWE Raw

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WON NEWSLETTER: September 14, 2020 Observer Newsletter: AEW All Out reviewed, more

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A look at recent concussion and head trauma issues in wrestling as it relates to Matt Hardy and other recent situations in other companies is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer.  We go through Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara, how it was handled, Reby Hardy’s reactions, AEW’s releases, as well as look at many other high profile situations in the last few years in New Japan and WWE, including Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar and how that match pretty much tells you that there will always be exceptions to concussion protocol.

Also in this issue:

Other risks taken in AEW of late, along with complete coverage of All Out, with business notes inculding PPV numbers, poll results,match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

WWE’s new policy on third party bookings, with WWE clarifying many issues, talent reactions, how things seemed to change during the week, as well as reaction from others in wrestling along with Andrew Yang.

G-1 Climax tournament including the blocks and favorites.

Appellate court ruling that threw out a series of lawsuits against WWE on different grounds.  We look at the legal technicalities regarding why these cases had little chance from the start, the one aspect still open and reactions from both lawyers.

Latest firings by WWE, who was involved , why they were done now, plus a look at the career of Gerald Brisco.

Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole, Clash of Champions card, PPV schedule change, NXT UK TV show note, Styles talks retirement, AOP firing notes, Canadian ratings, Where WWE ranks in sports ratings, Cena new TV show, Lawler talks why WWE announcing has changed, WWE star nominated for an award, next week’s TV, WWE current market value as well as the most watched shows for the week on the WWE Network.

Complete coverage of this past Saturday’s UFC show.

The formation of a new pro wrestling group by a major corporation and how it differs from any group in the world as far as its main platform.

Ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
WWE Network News reported that the WWE Untold episode on John Cena and Edge’s rivalry will premiere on the WWE Network on Sunday, September 20. The episode will focus on Cena and Edge’s TLC match from Unforgiven 2006.
WWE Network News also reported that a WWE Timeline episode on Trish Stratus and Mickie James’ feud will debut on the WWE Network on Wednesday, September 16.
wXw Shortcut to the Top 2020, EVOLVE 126, ICW Fight Club 95, and PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 94 were uploaded to the WWE Network today.
Mandy Rose posted a statement today following her trade to Raw. In storyline, Rose’s move to Raw is “the latest tactic in The Miz & John Morrison’s ongoing quest to part Otis with his Money in the Bank Contract.” Rose wrote in response to Miz getting her traded: “You dirty bastard. 3 weeks. It took 3 weeks to find out why I wasn’t on Smackdown and of course it’s because of you Mike. I had a career moment at SummerSlam to not be on Smackdown and you just drop it on Talking Smack LIKE ITS NOTHING!! You affect my career and my time so you could try and stop Otis from succeeding? This is how you use your pull? Wowwww. If I’m going to RAW, that’s great. I’ll do bigger and better things on Mondays then I’ve done on Fridays. Oh, and if you think you’re going to split Otis and I up, think again Miz. There are 7 days in a week and me and MR. Money in the Bank are as tight as ever.”
For the second straight week, a new vignette for an unidentified woman aired on SmackDown last night. The vignettes appear to be for Carmella.
Kurt Angle told Wrestling Inc that appearing for AEW is off the table for him right now: “Right now, I would say it’s off the table. I’m okay where I am. The thing is, when I came back to WWE, I wasn’t expecting what I got, and I was very grateful. I got the Hall of Fame. I wanted the Hall of Fame, but I didn’t want it first. I wanted it last, and I wanted to wrestle first. I took a year off from TNA. I was wrestling Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, Joe Coffey from the UK, Zack Sabre Jr. [and] a lot of great athletes, and I was ready. When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame, that night Vince McMahon told me I was going to be the general manager, and I was like, ‘aw man, I wanted to wrestle. Now they’re going to have me inactive, and I was in active. I only probably wrestled three matches in the next year and a half. So being inactive and not bumping in the ring and not really training, my body got arthritic, and by the time I was wrestling for Vince, for WWE, I looked like an old man.”
WWE digital content producer Anthony Benigno confirmed this week that he’s no longer with the company: “SOME PERSONAL NEWS: Today was my last day at WWE. Way too many memories and thank yous for almost 9 years, suffice it to say it’s about the most challenging, rewarding place I could have imagined starting my career with the best people I could have hoped to meet along the way. It has been a hell of a ride. Thank you to all the employees and Superstars who made it a dream come true. If you’re looking for an experienced writer/editor/producer/Mario Kart champion, DMs are OPEN!”
TalkSport has an interview with R-Truth.
Tucker posted a tweet thanking Gerald Brisco following Brisco’s release from WWE: “Wouldn’t be where I am today without @Fgbrisco. I and many others, particularly in the amateur wrestling circle, have him to thank for our opportunity in @WWE. He’s a great man with a great legacy. Thank you Mr. Brisco”
At a press conference yesterday, Bellator’s Scott Coker was asked about Brock Lesnar: “The situation with Brock Lesnar is I don’t even know if he’s a free agent. I don’t even know if he wants to fight. I don’t know what his situation is. I reached out and talked to them and said, ‘Hey, if Brock wants to fight Fedor, we have the guy who could be the fight that never happened.’ We’ll see if that happens. We’ll see if that’s something he’s serious about. Only Brock knows. If he was available, I’m sure we could make a deal. I’d go right to our CEO, Bob Bakish, and talk to him about it. I’d say, ‘This is a great opportunity.’ I would bring Stephen Espinoza (and) David Nevins in the mix because it’d probably be a big commitment, but that’s a big piece of business, as well.”
WWE has filed trademarks for “Desmond Troy” and “Ashante Adonis.” Ashante “Thee” Adonis is Tehuti Miles’ new in-ring name.
Randy Orton is launching an apparel line called “Slthr.”
The WWE Performance Center’s YouTube channel uploaded a video on Finn Balor’s NXT Championship win.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental title from Night of Champions 2010, Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental title from the April 8, 2019 episode of Raw, and Bobby Roode vs. Roderick Strong for the NXT Championship from the July 5, 2017 episode of NXT.
Other Wrestling
Miro streamed a video discussing his AEW debut. He also sent out a tweet yesterday thanking everyone for the week he’s had: “It has been amazing few days. I can’t thank you all enough.”
Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy, Miro, and Nick Jackson appeared in the virtual crowd for last night’s NBA playoff games on TNT.
Jack Evans tweeted about why he’s been out of action recently: “No, no kind of heat or anything.  I have a hairline fracture in my left cheekbone so I am waiting to be cleared.”
Joey Janela tweeted that he had five root canals done yesterday.
Thunder Rosa appeared on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho.
While appearing on Outside Interference with Kenny Herzog, ROH’s Joe Koff spoke about the promotion’s return to TV production: “I think this whole COVID pandemic is really about controlling what you can control. And there were so many different ways we could have wrestled. We could have wrestled in Florida where the other two major promotions wrestle, where there seems to be no real rules. The governor says, you know, just be careful. If there were more than three positive tests, we were going to shut it down. We knew the risks. Fortunately, everybody was good. Everyone was healthy. Everyone took care of themselves. And I think that’s because we took care of our talent [during the shutdown], so they weren’t forced to do other things to maintain whatever lifestyle we provided them. [The taping] was one match at a time, cleaned the entire ring, changed the mats.”
ROH’s YouTube channel uploaded a Pure title tournament bracketology special.
DAZN has an interview with MLW’s Court Bauer.

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