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WON NEWSLETTER: June 7, 2021 Observer Newsletter: AEW Double or Nothing review, more WWE cuts

Double or Nothing is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Match-by-match coverage, star ratings, poll results, surprising PPV numbers and reasons why it happened, the atmosphere, what did and didn’t work and the signing of Mark Henry and the situation with Lio Rush.

Also in this issue: 

WWE front office hires, their background, the shift in company strategy an how they fit in, as well as the reasons for the controversy regarding Jamie Horowitz and what happened when he was at FOX.

WWE cutting of Braun Strowman, Lana, Ruby Riott, Aleister Black, Murphy and Santana Garrett, reasons all were let go as well as the future prospects for all of them individually.

WWE schedule going forward, with the shows through September, the exclusive first word on plans for NXT going on the road, and a SummerSlam update.

New Japan/WWE talks, the history of Vince McMahon and booking of WWF talent in Japan when working with the Japanese, next Takeover show, more firings, U.K. and Canadian ratings, next week’s TV show and most-watched WWE videos.

A major feature on the life of 60s and 70s star Tony Marino, from his bodybuilding days to his start in wrestling, his international tours, the Battman gimmick from the Batman TV show, his biggest career shows, being part of setting the all-time indoor pro wrestling gate record for North America in 1970 and more.

More detail on ratings than any other source, how every segment on NXT and AEW did with different age groups and more, all other wrestling shows of the past week, how many different viewers the shows had which is very different from the television number, breakdown of who watches the shows, how they watch, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

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We have two weekend shows up. There is one show with Garrett Gonzalez going over all the news of the past week and AEW shows and then we have another show with Bryan Alvarez talking Smackdown, TV, tomorrow’s Dominion show, UFC, Smackdown and more.

The Kazuchika Okada interview we talked about on last night’s show previewing the Dominion match with Shingo Takagi over the vacant IWGP title.

For this week there was a lot of stuff that trended mainstream on Google, mostly related to tonight’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight. The fight was the No. 1 trend yesterday with 1 million searches, which is notable because usually these things are big only on fight day itself.  Last night’s UFC show with Jairzinho Rozenstruik knocking on Augusto Sakai in the first round was No 10 with 50,000.  On Friday, Mayweather vs. Paul was No. 1 with 2.5 million searches which is outright incredible for two days in advance.  On Wednesday, Braun Strowman was No. 5 at 200,000 due to his being released and Mayweather vs.Paul was No 12 with 100,000.  On Monday, Tyron Woodley was No. 6 at 200,000 and Jake Paul was No. 10 at 200,000.

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The Mayweather vs Paul fight ended up with Paul weighing in at 189.5 pounds and he cut to make that weight. Mayweather was 155 and didn’t cut as he was contracted at 160. So legit Paul is probably going in with a 45 pound weight advantage. The card airs on Showtime PPV:

Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colina
Jaret Hrud vs. Luis Arias
Chad Johnson (Chad Ochocinco) vs. Brian Maxwell – Johnson is an ex-NFL star making his boxing debut at 43 years old

New Japan Dominion takes place at 5 a.m. Eastern Monday morning from Osaka Jo Hall in what is traditionally one of the company’s big events of the year:

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto & Sho & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Chase Owens & Evil & Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo & Yujiro Takahashi
Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi & Douki vs. Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Bushi
Desperado vs. Yoh for IWGP jr. title
Kota Ibushi vs. Jeff Cobb
Kazuchika Okiada vs. Shingo Takagi for the vacant IWGP title

Ariel Helwani said that his contract with ESPN ends a week from Tuesday and he’s not renewing. “I have some very exciting news to share about my future very soon.  Stay tuned for that. This was 100 percent my decision.”  Helwani explaining his decision on Instagram can be found here.

Awful Announcing talks about The Action Network as a destination for Helwani as well as that he would not be exclusive to them.

The A&E Biography series comes to a conclusion at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight with the episode on Bret Hart. The New York Post talked to Bret Hart about tonight’s show.

Warrior Wrestling from last night in Chicago Heights, IL before about 1,000 fans: Jake Something b Warhorse, Deonna Purrazzo b Ray Lyn, KC Navarro b Cole Radick, Beast Man b Kongo Kong, Matt Cardona b Sam Adonis, Kylie Rae b Holidead to retain the Warrior title. Rae did well in her return. Trey Miguel b Lee Morarity, the eight-man Lucha series with Aramis, Gringo Loco, Black Taurus, Dragon Bane, Arez, Canis Lupus, Golden Dragon, Laredo Kid, led to Aramis & Arez & Laredo Kid & Bane over Gringo Loco & Taurus & Lupus & Dragon, then Aramis & Arez over Laredo Kid & Bane and finally Aramis b Arez to become the first WW Lucha champion. They tore down the house for 25 straight minutes. This was said to probably be the best match in the history of the promotion. They still enforced mask rules and social  distancing but the weather was great and it looked to be their biggest crowd for an outdoor event to date. (thanks to Lance LeVine)

The University of South Florida police department issued a media alert saying they were looking for help identifying a suspect for grand theft for stealing things from the arena that WWE tapes Raw & Smackdown in on 5/22. If anyone has information they are asked to call the USF police at 813-974-2628.

A story on Paul Levesque in the pre-game ceremony for the Philadelphia 76ers today ringing the bell before the 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks playoff game.
The promotion of SummerSlam as the first time the show has ever been in an NFL stadium is technically incorrect since Wembley Stadium hosted the show in 1992 and the NFL has been holding the International Series game at the stadium since 2007 and have a game scheduled there again in 2022 (thanks to David Taylor)
Results of the key fights from last night’s KSW show in Gdansk, Poland, its first before a live crowd in more than one year:
Mariusz Pudzianowski (15-7) beat Lukasz Jurkowski (17-12) via TKO from punches 1:23 of round three
Salahdine Parnasse (15-1-1) beat Filip Pejic (15-5-2) via choke 4:14 of round two
Darko Stosic (15-4) beat Michal Kita (20-13-1) via knockout 4:05 or round one
Patrik Kinci (24-9) beat Thomasz Rmanowski9 (13-8) via TKO from punches 3:36 of round two
Roman Szymanski (14-6) beat Donovan Desmae (14-7) via decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Karolina Owczarc (4-1) beat Monika Kucinic (1-1) via decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Ivan Ersian (10-1) beat Przemyslaw Mysiaala (24-11-1) via TKO from punches 4:02 round one
Damian Stasiak (13-7) beat Andrewy Lezhnev (19-10) via submission for a triangle choke 2:41 of round one
Adam Niedzwiedz (8-4) beat Jakub Kamieniarz (9-8) via arm triangle submissions 4:32 of round two

The weekend CWE Adrenaline TV show.
World League Wrestling from last night in Troy, MO:  Kyle Roberts b Jon Webb, Brandon Espinosa b Colton Theron Vaught, Moose Powell b Camaro Jackson, Leland Race b Stephan Newton, Superstar Steve Fender b Derek Stone, Rahim de la Suede won three-way over Jayden Dominic Rose and Sean Patrick (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
Billy Scott, a star with the UWFi in the 90s, is coming out of retirement for the first time in ten years facing Dominic Garrini for Paradigm Pro Wrestling on 7/9 in Indianapolis at the Marion County Fairgrounds.  The show is part of a weekend of shows that will include ICW No Holds Barred, Asylum Wrestling Revolution and No Peace Underground Wrestling, with all shows airing on IWTV.  Scott vs. Garrini will be under a modern version of UWFi rules.  Scott was a protege of Billy Robinson and best known for winning a mixed match over former world cruiserweight boxing champion James Warring.
Jody Fleisch and Laura Di Matteo will return to Progress on the next show which airs on 6/19 on Peacock and WWE Network.
AAW on 6/11 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL at 7:30 p.m. has Mance Warner vs. Jake Something for the AAW title, Kris Statlander vs. The Hyan for the AAW women’s title, Manders & Matthew Justice vs. Deonn Rusman & Joeasa for the AAW tag titles, AJZ vs. Schaff, Josh Alexander vs. Mat Fitchett, Fred Yehi vs. Lio Rush plus Myron Reed, Ace Austin, Madman Fulton, Davey Vega, John E. Bravo, Hakim Zane, Gringo Loco and more.

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