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This week’s Wrestling Observer newsletter:
*The match and performer of the week
*WWE business in detail, explanations and commentary from Nick Khan, Paul Levesque and Stephanie McMahon
*Where income has increased
*Numbers after the first nine months of the year
*Current WWE Value
*Lots of talk about the Bray Wyatt angle and how it worked
*Levesque talks about Wyatt’s angle
*Levesque talks about future booking
*Notes on how the main events played out
*New TV shows WWE is producing
*Nick Khan talks about sports rights
* Vince McMahon investigative notes
*How are Raw and Smackdown compared to the rest of television
*Why USA Network needs Raw or it will become a run station too
*Khan talks about the future of television
* Participation in WWE
*Nick Khan’s contract
*Jeff Jarrett, Colt Cabana, Katsuyori Shibata and Mike Tyson in AEW
*Jarrett’s planned role
*Why did Cabana come back
*Backstory on Shibata
*WWE Crown Jewel Note
*The first professional wrestling show in the new Ariake Arena
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Great Muta and how it was created
*New Japan cover Rumble on 44th Street
*UFC Weekend Coverage
*More detailed look at TV numbers over the past week
*Broadcast and international TV numbers
* Wrestler takes heat from the family of the creator of his scam’
*Star PPV coverage
*The popular wrestling TV show is being revived in 2023
*Vikingo debuts outside of Mexico
* Recent MLW hires from ROH
*Dynamite ratings for the year compared to last year
*AEW stars in England
*Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva PPV numbers
*WWE PPV Updates
*WWE Injury Notes
*The story behind recent WWE cuts
*Ticket sales for future shows
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Saturday News Update
- I previewed the Crown Jewel PPV for Sports Illustrated and gave my predictions for each match.
- A special edition of the Crown Jewel After Show of the Fight Games Podcast will be broadcast on our YouTube channel after the event.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley has been announced as the opening match for the Crown Jewel. PWInsider reported that the match order is slated to be:
- Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
- Alexa Bliss & Asuka vs. Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles
- Steel Cage Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross
- OC (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. Judgment Day (Finn Balor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio)
- Braun Strowman vs. Omos
- The Usos vs.
- Last Women’s Match Standing: Bianca Belair vs. Bayley for the Raw Women’s Championship
- The Bray Wyatt segment
- Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul for the WWE Universal Undisputed Championship
- Lashley told SecondsOut that he will make sure The Hurt Business reunites at some point:
- The hurt business was something that everyone loved and everyone will still love. Never say never. Never say never, I’m going to make sure that somehow, some way, we get back together because it seems like right now, everybody’s getting back into some kind of group in WWE. There are so many different factions coming together. The most important faction and one of the biggest factions for the last few years, the one that got us through the pandemic was The Hurt Business. During the pandemic, everyone else was staying home, so many people who stayed home, didn’t want to go to work, so many people did a backlog. Hurt business grew. We were all part of the show for a long time. This should have a renaissance.
- Ridge Holland & Butch were guests on the Crown Jewel preview edition of WWE’s The Bump.
- Paul Heyman was interviewed on WWE After the Bell this week.
- Bianca Belair joined Sheamus on this week’s edition of Celtic Warrior Workouts.
- The WWE YouTube channel uploaded Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar’s title unification match from WrestleMania 38.
AEW / Other Wrestling
- PWInsider reported that production is underway on the new AEW behind-the-scenes reality series that Warner Bros. Discovery is producing. They were filming for the show on Dynamite and this week’s Rampage.
- Jon Moxley told the Cincinnati Enquirer that, before going to rehab last year, he was afraid of having a seizure and dying in the ring: “Over a year ago, I was afraid of dying of a seizure in the ring. I had this in mind every day. Everything was (messed up) and going through absolute personal hell for a long time that no one else even knew about. When you’re scared for your real life, making the decision to go to rehab and (things) were basically — basically I had to assume I’m giving it my all. I was like, okay, I’m either going to live a long, happy life and raise my kid and be a man, or I can fight. But I can’t have both.”
- Moxley said he thought fans might see him as a loser who threw everything away, but no one was mad at him after he got out of rehab: “But when I got out, it turned out no one was mad at me at all. I was so happy . I was welcomed by AEW and the fans, and it was like go and get back to it. And when you’ve already lost everything, all you’re afraid of is your life, literally and figuratively.”
- While appearing on The Ten Count, Jade Cargill was asked if she would like to see AEW produce a women’s only event:
- It would be great if we could. I know for a fact that the women in the locker room — they can all put on five-star matches, we just need time to do it and time to shine. I mean, we have a very talented roster of ladies. It’s just… we have one game one show, and we’re trying to do our best, perform and maximize the minutes we’re given…
- Matches, faces that haven’t been on Dynamite and Rampage, or haven’t been there in months – it would be a stellar show. I am very sure of it. Especially not having to worry about fighting for positions or anything like that, Just an all-female show, everyone has time.
- Tony Khan spoke to Sports Illustrated about Jeff Jarrett joining AEW as the company’s director of business development. Khan said it makes sense for AEW to expand its live event calendar into 2023: “Yes. It makes a lot of sense for AEW to expand our live calendar into 2023 and beyond. There are many countries in the US and around the world where AEW is very popular and this is a strategic opportunity to expand. We also have the Ring of Honor. There are many exciting opportunities for us in live events, and Jeff has such extensive experience as a third-generation businessman in pro wrestling. He has tremendous experience in a variety of areas, including live event promotions and international distribution. His insight and knowledge are invaluable and I am excited to have Jeff join our great team.”
- Ari Daivari was a guest on this week’s episode of AEW Unrestricted.
- Aussie Open confronted FTR backstage after today’s NJPW Battle Autumn show. Aussie Open said they will be in the World Tag League, win the tournament and challenge FTR for the IWGP Tag Team titles at Wrestle Kingdom 17.
- On the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, Marshall & Ross Von Erich revealed that their contracts with MLW are up in June 2023. Marshall said, “We’ve taken the last month to get back in shape and we’re going to our next five to seven years, maybe even longer, but we feel like it’s time. A lot of people don’t know, but I think our time with MLW is up. I think June 1st is when our contracts are up, so we’ll let’s see what happens next [and] play in the field. Never say never, but we’ll just see what comes our way after that.”