Multiple people in WWE test positive for COVID-19
Jon Moxley off tonight’s AEW Dynamite as COVID-19 precaution
Marty Scurll releases new statement on sexual allegations
Natural Nightmares out of AEW Dynamite match due to precautions
Sarah Logan stepping away from wrestling for ‘foreseeable future’
New Japan Cup night five results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Yuji Nagata
AEW Dark results: Orange Cassidy vs. Peter Avalon
Deonna Purrazzo to challenge for Knockouts title at Slammiversary
Hikaru Shida set for action on AEW Dynamite
Impact Wrestling results: Edwards vs. Fulton, Deonna Purrazzo debut
WOL: WWE and AEW COVID responses, travel ban and wrestling, tons more! 6/24
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WON NEWSLETTER: June 22, 2020 Observer Newsletter: #SpeakingOut and the David Starr allegations, more
Coverage of an incredibly newsworthy week is the focus of this week’s double-issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at what could be the end of the career of David Starr, his significance in wrestling, the charges made about him by an ex-girlfriend, his response, the response fro companies he was headlining for and a discussion of the bigger picture story and business history on the subject.
The new issue also has:
Most recent COVID-19 case in the WWE, how plans changed for WWE taping, the schedule going forward, the company’s policies on the subject of testing and fans how WWE’s reaction compares to other companies, the politicizing of the COVID story in Orange County and how things could change this week. We also look at how every other company is handling the situation, Kevin Owens not wrestling at next week’s taping, a UFC fighter who just tested positive and a training partner pulled from this week’s who had problems at the Orlando Airport that all the wrestlers that don’t live in the area have to fly into.
More on the departure of Paul Heyman as the head of Raw. We look at Heyman’s goals, USA Network’s reaction, the previous difference between Raw and Smackdown, how Raw has already changed, how the booking this year on Raw had changed, how NXT looked different, as well as a look at how all the wrestling shows have done over the past month and actual drops both from late last year and from early this year in the COVID era.
Talent that was being featured that wasn’t this week and why.
A feature on New Japan Pro Wrestling opening up, talking about the first shows, plus New Japan Cup coverage with match-by-match and star ratings, and where the tournament goes this week.
One of the most significant issues in MMA, weight cutting,and how another sport handles the situation.
A feature on the stockholders lawsuit against WWE regarding Saudi Arabia including two secret witnesses and what they have said about the television negotiations and what really happened after the October show when talent couldn’t get out of the country.
Full coverage of Backlash, noting the Randy Orton vs. Edge match, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results on the show.
More on the XFL’s demise, a huge story regarding TV rights and how it relates to WWE & AEW when their deals are up, Evolve not running new shows, WWE and new touring shows, new TV series based on the life of a wrestling star, Sports ratings for the past week, Canadian ratings for the past week, most-watched shows on WWE Network and WWE’s current market value.
Mustafa Ali talking the behavior of the police, replacement feud on Smackdown and why, Drew McIntyre talks current scene, the stalker returns to Performance Center, Randy Orton talks Tommaso Ciampa, Wade Barrett talks booking idea he was given, plus next week’s TV stuff.
Coverage of this past week’s UFC show.
A back of the book feature on Johnny “Mr. Wrestling II” Walker. We’ve got his unbelievably long career title history, a look back at Georgia Wrestling in the 70s and 80s, his early days as Johnny Walker, how far masked wrestlers went to keep their identities secret, Jim Cornette talks the one time he saw him without his mask and working with him in Mid South, Les Thatcher talks their friendship clothes, the kneelift, the birth of the gimmick and it taking off, his famous match with Junkyard Dog in New Orleans, and his period as the No. 2 babyface in the 60s in an opposition promotion in New York. We also look at his criminal record updated.
In-depth looks at the 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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
Bryan Alvarez is reporting that no friends or family will be allowed at next week’s tapings in the wake of more people within WWE testing positive for COVID-19..
This week’s episode of The Bump featured Kevin Owens, Xavier Woods, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro.
WWE announced a new television deal in Italy today with Discovery that begins on July 1. WWE’s weekly programming will now air with original US commentary on DPlay PLUS, and shows with Italian commentary will air on DMAX.
Edge posted graphic images of his recent tricep surgery on his Instagram.
Edge also commented on criticism of his Backlash match against Randy Orton: “I know some of our audience is conditioned to 52 superkick, 82 flip matches. That’s not going to be me. It was never me, but especially not now. I want the match where Bret Hart, Undertaker, & Gerald Brisco are gonna text me after.”
Renee Young will be the guest on tomorrow’s episode of After the Bell with Corey Graves.
Matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Undertaker vs. Edge in a TLC match from WWE One Night Stand 2008 and Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre from WWE Stomping Grounds 2019.
PWInsider is reporting that CHIKARA is shutting down in the wake of a number of allegations against Mike Quackenbush. CHIKARA talent including Jakob Hammermeier, Hallowicked, Kimber Lee, and Frightmare have resigned from the promotion. Allegations have specifically come out against Quackenbush and Icarus over inappropriate behavior.
ECCW released a statement saying they have removed people from their promotion following “allegations involving certain members of our promotion”. John Pollock later reported one of these members being Jeff Duncan, the co-owner and booker of the promotion. Duncan gave Pollock the following statement: “I am no longer involved with ECCW. While I deny the allegations, I understand this course of action is best for the company”.
ATTACK! Pro Wrestling in the UK are taking an indefinite hiatus from running shows.
AEW posted this week’s top-five roster rankings.
Impact Wrestling teased that there will be involvement from Aces & Eights at Slammiversary.
MLW has announced the signing of Calvin Tankman.
The New York Post has a story on MLW’s deal with DAZN.
Cleveland.com has a story on Eric Angle, who along with two other men have received fines and probation from their roles in a steroid ring.
Moose spoke to The Mirror about which former TNA talents Impact should sign.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs website has a podcast on Big Swole, an Air Force veteran.
Yoel Romero vs. Uriah Hall is in the works for the August 22 UFC card.
Tito Ortiz is “second-guessing” becoming a police officer and is instead considering running to become the mayor of Huntington Beach, California.
Here is a story on Geoff Neal, the #11 ranked UFC welterweight who has been forced to go back to his second job due to a long UFC layoff.
Chaz Skelly wrote on Twitter that his submission loss against Bobby Moffett was turned into a no contest by the Colorado State Athletic Commission.
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