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WWE Main Event results: Jones vs. Theory, Kai vs. Aliyah 
Four-way number one contender’s match set for Impact Emergence
Andrade’s planned Triplemania title win held off at AEW’s request  
Shingo Takagi and BUSHI pulled from NJPW event due to fevers   
Nueva Generacion Dinamita appear at AAA Triplemania XXIX   
Hiroshi Tanahashi wins IWGP US Championship at NJPW Resurgence   
Yuji Nagata, Guerillas of Destiny appear at NJPW Resurgence   
Will Ospreay returns at NJPW Resurgence, disputes IWGP title   
WWE reveals location for New Year’s Eve episode of SmackDown   
NJPW announces Battle in the Valley for San Jose in November   
Deonna Purrazzo wins AAA Reina de Reinas title at Triplemania XXIX   
Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair miss WWE live event in Charlotte   
Ric Flair appears at AAA Triplemania XXIX, accompanies Andrade  

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WON NEWSLETTER: August 16, 2021 Observer Newsletter: More NXT cuts, Dominic DeNucci passes away

In this week’s issue:

The latest set of WWE cuts and the more important political battle and changes in what WWE wants out of developmental
Going through all of the WWE talent cut, who can benefit where, why decisions were made
Life of Dominic DeNucci, the biggest drawing babyface ever in Australia and trainer of many top stars
Gable Steveson wins gold medal, looking at the big decision Steveson has to make, AEW star challenges Gable Steveson and Steveson’s response
Hall of Fame season, what top draws are not in
Full coverage of UFC 265
CMLL loses four major names, another talks his problems, and the big picture of what is leading to the decline of the world’s oldest and formerly most stable promotion
WWE & AEW business, how ticket sales are going, lineups for the big events, secondary market demand, what shows scalpers overbought which shows they under bought
Preview of this year’s TripleMania
A look at all the ratings of the past week and analysis
Name changes of wrestlers coming
A number of COVID positives in Japan and others having to quarantine
Previewing NJPW’s show in Los Angeles, Jr. tag tourney standings, frustrations with COVID impacting New Japan
Peggy Lathan – The Queen of Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Lots of news regarding Rampage carriage outside the U.S.
Update on Max Caster
McGregor melts down regarding Cormier’s criticism
Adam Cole update
WWE & AEW International TV numbers
Former controversial WWE performer running for public office and complains about WWE COVID policies
What WWE segments on television were the most watched after the fact
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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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair were pulled from the Charlotte show as well. It was said something like unforeseen circumstances that as of yet nobody has acknowledged. A WWE source said they didn’t know if they would be in Columbia, SC for the house show tonight. We were told it was something that came up at the last minute.

Regarding ratings, Friday numbers come out on Monday afternoons. There are overnights for networks (and they do exist for cable but nobody reports them) but they are a completely different measurement. In this case, Smackdown did 2,499,000 but that would be inaccurate because it included NFL broadcasts on FOX in several major markets as the overnights only measures the station, not the show, and only the major markets. Based on that category, and again, this would only be based on major markets, Rampage did 69.5% of what Dynamite did on Wednesday in total households. That doesn’t factor in viewers per home and it’s only major markets. Smackdown did do better than usual in the big cities, but losing Detroit and Atlanta may mean the overall number will be down. Basically any comparison of Smackdown if it’s down from  last week would be flawed because you have major markets that didn’t air the show in the usual time slot. And the overnight number is basically meaningless under these circumstances.

With no UFC this week nor major boxing events, nothing in combat sports made the Google search list this week except the boxing debut Nico Ali Wash, the grandson of Muhammad Ali had 20,000 searches this morning. Walsh, 21, knocked out Jordan Weeks in a middleweight bout last night in Catoosa, OK.

Regarding the Roman Reigns-John Cena promo on Friday, some of this is coming from Ringside News and confirmed by our WWE sources. John Cena was responsible for his lines.  Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman were responsible for their lines. Michael Kirschenbaum was the writer, but his job was just to keep it promo going off the rails and he was the guy who was accountable to Vince McMahon, and to make sure Kevin Dunn knew the music cues. There was no rehearsal. But it should be noted Cena always writes his own promos and Reigns and Heyman are now pretty much writing the Reigns promos so it’s not like any of this was unusual or different past Cena, Reigns and Heyman wanted to put some shock value into it to get people talking.

Stardom’s Saturday and Sunday shows in Niigata and Nagano were canceled due to several wrestlers being in contact with someone who tested positive. Right now the expectation is they will return to having shows on Saturday night in Takamatsu.  The Five Star Grand Prix matches scheduled for the two missed shows will have to be made up later.  In addition, ring announcer Yurie Kozakai tested positive. She’s a model for a Japanese talent agency who also does ring announcing. Her agency made that announcement.

Funeral services for Dominic DeNucci will be at William Murphy Funeral Home at 349 Adams St., in Rochester, PA. Viewing is tomorrow from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m..  The funeral will be Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.  We talked about DeNucci on last night’s show and later this week will talk even more about his career.

WWE
BetOnline.ag odds for SummerSlam:
Roman Reigns -500 vs. John Cena +300
Bill Goldberg +350 vs. Bobby Lashley -600
Bianca Belair -200 vs. Sasha Banks +150
Nikki ASH  -125 vs. Charlotte Flair +150 vs. Rhea Ripley +250
Usos -400 vs. Mysterios +250
Edge -300 vs. Seth Rollins +200

AEW
Kenny Omega talks with Kai Green, one of the biggest  names in bodybuilding today
C.M. Punk over the weekend did an MMA broadcast on UFC Fight Pass of the CFFC promotion. His co-host mentioned how one of the fighters is returning to his wrestling and how there is talk about other people returning to their wrestling. Punk then said that the guy had All Elite Wrestling.
OTHER NEWS
Northeast Wrestling from last night for its anniversary show at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie,NY:  Private Party b Traveon Jordan & Jaylem Brandyn, Keith Youngblood won over Channing Thomas, Gio Valvano, Chris Battle and Lucky Ali, Wrecking Ball Legursky b Chris Moljo, Tay Conti b Megan Bayne, Cam Zagami & Antonio Sambrano won over Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson, RJ Rude & Zane Bernardo and The Amazing Graysons, Eddie Kingston b Mike Verna, Dan Maff b Jake Manning to keep the NEW title, Matt Hardy b Brian Anthony, Jerry Lawler b Nzo in a casket match, Sammy Guevara b Fuego del Sol.  Cody Rhodes opened the show coming out.  He was wearing a knee brace.  He brought up Fuego del Sol being signed.  QT Marshall was there and congratulated Guevara for beating del Sol and ran down del Sol.  Guevara gave Marshall a superkick and del Sol hit a tornado DDT on him.  A match with Dutch vs. Hale Collins was advertised.  We didn’t get a number but the crowd was big
Cageside Seats interviewed Maria Kannelis.
Great North Wrestling on 8/28 in Kingston, ONT at the Cataraqui Arena has Rene Dupree vs Blood Hunter and Mike Bailey vs. Jeremy Prophet.
Kanji had to vacate the Progress women’s title last night due to injury. The new champion was determined in a three-way match with Gisele Shaw, Alexxis Falcon  and Mercedes Blaze, which Shaw won.
Pro Wrestling NOAH has booked Budokan Hall on 1/1.
CWE in Canada has an iPPV called Cruel Summer on 8/28.  For more info go to cwecanada.ca
Bronson Reed has teased on Twitter going to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Dawn Marie revealed she had tested positive for COVID.

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