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WON NEWSLETTER: August 9, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Bobby Eaton & The Assassin pass away, WWE releases Bray Wyatt
In this week’s issue:
Bobby Eaton, one of the all-time greatest between the ropes
Jody Hamilton and the legend of the Assassins
Bray Wyatt and Ric Flair’s WWE departures
An update on how the biggest WWE & AEW shows upcoming are doing
WWE says AEW isn’t competition publicly and at the same time what was happening not publicly
Dragon Gate’s biggest shows of the year and the retirement of Masato Yoshino
A.J. McKee and the problems with the current set up in MMA
More detail on the ratings than any other source, how many different viewers the shows had, breakdown of who watches the shows, how they watch, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches
Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week
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Some Olympic wrestling highlights from today:
In an incredible match, Gable Steveson at 275 pounds scored a takedown with two-tenths of a second left to beat three-time world champion Geno Petriashvili of Georgia 10-8 earlier today. He did his backflip celebration when it was over. Petriashvili was up 8-5 with 20 seconds left and Steveson got one takedown and then got a second takedown to win.
Kyle Snyder at 213 pounds won his semifinal match over Suleyma Kradeniz of Turkey 5-0, so he faces one of the best wrestlers in the world, Abdulrashid Sadulaev, early tomorrow morning. The two have faced twice with each winning once. This is probably the biggest match of these Olympics with two gold medalists from 2016 facing off.
Kyle Dake at 163 pounds took the bronze medal beating Frank Chamizo of Italy 5-0.
Sara Hildebrant at 110 pounds will battle for the bronze medal tomorrow after losing to 2013 world champion Sun Yanan of China 10-7.
Jacarra Winchester at 117 pounds placed fifth.
All five men in the freestyle competition will be going home with medals.
The death of Bobby Eaton made the front page of the New York Post website (thanks to Barry Werner)
The Amalie Arena, where Smackdown takes place tonight, sent out a tweet noting that fans at the show are banned from taking any photos or videos and that failure to comply will result in ejection. After we noted this, they quickly took the tweet down. WWE has every right to ban people from shooting video. Obviously officials aren’t happy with so much footage getting out which shows crowd sweetening or downplaying chats for AEW and C.M. Punk. But they have every right to that. Banning photos to me is going over the line, but it is hard for security to distinguish between someone shooting video and shooting photos.
205 Live tonight on Peacock at 10 p.m. has Ari Sterling vs. Kushida and Grayson Waller vs. Leon Ruff.
UFC 265 is tomorrow night from the Toyota Center in Houston
ESPN 2 and ESPN+ airs prelims from 6-10 p.m. Eastern
Johnny Munoz (135.5) vs. Jamey Simmons (136)
Victoria Leonardo (125) vs. Melissa Gatto (124)
Miles Johns (136) vs. Anderson Dos Santos (135.5)
Manel Kape (129) vs. Ode Osbourne (125) – Kape missed weight and is forfeiting 20 percent of his purse to Osbourne.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115) vs. Jessica Penne (116)
Alonzo Menifield (204.5) vs. Ed Herman (205.5)
Vince Morales (136) vs. Drako Rodriguez (136)
Bobby Green (156) vs. Rafael Fiziev (155.5)
PPV at 10 p.m.
Song Yadong (135.5) vs. Casey Kenney (136)
Tecia Torres (115) vs. Angela Hill (115)
Michael Chiesa (170.5) vs. Vicente Luque (170)
Jose Aldo (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)]
Derrick Lewis (264.5) vs. Ciryl Gane (247) for interim heavyweight title
There is a special edition of AEW Dark tonight. The idea is to get people ready for next Friday’s debut of Rampage.
New Japan Strong tonight at 10 p.m. on New Japan World
Kevin Knight vs. Alexander James
Alex Coughlin & Ren Narita vs. Rocky Romero & Fred Rosser
JR Kratos & Danny Limelight vs. Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson
New Japan has a Korakuen Hall show on New Japan World at 5:30 a.m.
Togi Makabe & Toru Yano & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi & Jado
Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Bushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi & Tomoaki Honma
Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles vs Dick Togo & Gedo
Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi
Sho & Yoh vs. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
The last three matches are first night of the Best of the Super Juniors tag team tournament
Catherine Alexander’s lawsuit against WWE and 2K for her tattoo art on Randy Orton behind used will go to trial next month in Southern Illinois. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
Urijah Faber has said he has an interest in fighting again and talked about a match with Marlon “Chito” Vera.
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov has been added to the 10/30 show in Abu Dhabi. There are talks of this show airing on ABC.
Former WWE referee and hardcore star Drake Weurtz, who was fired recently, is now running for the Florida House of Representatives. He was also suspended by Twitter after saying that the corrupt cabal that runs twitter must be held accountable for attacking our first amendment rights.
Kevin Eck’s weekly look at ROH.
Combate Global, which drew more than one million viewers on television Friday night and an 0.36 in 18-49, returns tonight on Paramount+ and Univision with a show from Miami. Ricky Bandejas (13-5) debuts in the main event against Troy Bartholomew (7-4) and Daniel Sanchez (2-0) vs. Eric Alequin (4-0) is the second from the top fight.
Melbourne, Australia is in another seven day lockdown so the PCW shows this weekend are canceled. The Melbourne Championship Wrestling show set for 8/14 has been moved to 9/24.
Fale Dojo has an exhibition show on 8/14 in Auckland, New Zealand while Aaron Henare’s Warrior Wrestling runs Auckland on 8/20 and 9/24.
Slam Pro Wrestling League’s debut show in Canberra, Australia has been moved from 8/28 to 12/4 due to interstate travel restrictions (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
The Stardom Five Star star Grand Prix continues with shows tomorrow and Sunday in Osaka. Tomorrow’s show has Giulia vs. Saki Kashima, Tam Nakano vs. Ruaka, AZM vs. Syuri and Utami Hayashishita vs Unagi Sayaka.
Seaway Valley Wrestling on 8/28 at 2 p.m. at the Cornwall minor league park in Cornwall, ONT.
Last week on Jeopardy there was a question asking the name of the man born James Janos who bodyslammed his way into becoming a governor. The contestant correctly answered “Who is Jesse Ventura?” (thanks to Grant Zwarych)
World Wrestle Fest on 8/20, 8/21 and 8/22 at The Nerd in Downtown Las Vegas on the second floor of Neonopolis. Appearing includes Kurt Angle, Sabu, Konnan, Madusa and Joey Janela.
LFA on 8/27 at The Factory at the District in St. Louis airing live on UFC Fight Pass. The main event is Bruno Souza (9-1) vs. Canaan Kawaihae (6-1) for the featherweight title.
Bare Knuckle Boxing on 8/20 in Biloxi, MS at the Gulf Coast Coliseum has Johnny Bedford vs; Reggie Barnett and Alan Belcher vs.Tony Lopez as the top fights.
AAW tomorrow night at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL on FITE TV features Fred Yehi &? vs. Eddie Kingston & ?, Allysin Kay defends the women’s title against Melanie Cruise, inFamy defends the tag titles against Brayden Lee & Jake Lander and more.
Innovate Wrestling Fire on the Mountain on 8/14 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
NFC on 8/7 at District Atlanta.
WAR on 9/11 in Lima,OH at the Empowered Sports Center.
AIW on 8/27 at the Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland. They also run 8/28 in Parma, OH at First Stop at 4 p.m.
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