Daily Update: Roman Reigns, Carlito, AEW Collision

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May 15, 2023 Observer Newsletter: AEW's big announcements, WWE Backlash recap

In this issue:

Match of the week and performer of the weekA look at AEW's changes coming up that will be announced over the next week with the debut of Collision, as well as a business analysis of rights fees as compared to WWE, different scenarios and different things that could be part of the new deal.Full coverage of Backlash, including the booking, the show, Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia, Roman Reigns, business notes on the show, interest levels for the different events in a giant weekend of sports, PPV numbers, crossover between WWE and Alvarez fight, and the paradox of government money bringing WWE to cities and how that affects future hows in San Juan.A full look at the AEW event at Wembley Stadium. We look at ticket sales, records, scalpers, the biggest shows ever in Europe, the biggest non-WWE shows in history, how viable is it regarding the all-time paid attendance records, and the three shows it has to beat, U.K. attendance records, differences in AEW & WWE ticket sale patterns, possible attractions for the show as well as opponents for he biggest matches and other London shows that weekend.Full coverage of UFC 288, main event decision, what's next for the top stars, business notes and match-by-match coverage.A look at Dragon Gate's Dead or Alive showA look at the longest lasting U.K. headliners and Hall of Fame commentsThe most detailed look at the ratings from the past week, with weekly placings, competition, and comparisons to one year ago, a well as how segments didWrestler goes for world title in two very different groups over a few week periodKonnan talks AAA U.S. TV negotiationsThe politics behind the upcoming champion vs. champion matchChampion Carnival finalsHow many tickets has Mercedes Mone moved for her next showEarly notes on All Together NowBest of Super Juniors shows for this weekThe most famous feud in Canadian football history, Angelo Mosca vs. Joe Kapp, and a detailed rundownFormer TNA & WWE star retiresDouble or Nothing updateAEW booking team detailedCrazy AEW PPV statUpcoming ticket sales to WWE & AEW showsInternational TV numbers and streaming numbersAftermath of Omega vs. MoxleyRetired wrestler mentions being open to work Wembley Stadium as a farewellNotes on the upcoming ROH showsUFC business updatesLots of new UFC fightsMMA legend talks retirementPFL hit with rash of suspensionsPat McAfee negotiationsTop merchandise sellers

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March 27, 2006 Observer Newsletter: WWE Saturday Night's Main Event tanks, sanctioned MMA begins in California

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Wednesday Update


WWE officially announced Roman Reigns for their Money in the Bank pay-per-view, which is taking place in London on Saturday, July 1. Reigns will also be appearing at SmackDown in London on Friday, June 30.Though he was advertised for WWE’s house show in Fayetteville, North Carolina this Saturday, WWE has noted that Reigns won’t be appearing. WWE issued a statement saying that incorrect promotional material was released advertising Reigns for the show: “Incorrect promotional material was released that advertised Roman Reigns in Fayetteville this Saturday, May 20. Roman Reigns will not be in Fayetteville. Refunds will be available at point of purchase until 7:30p ET the day of the event.”During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Carlito reacted to the ovation he received at Backlash:I’m kind of a big deal in Puerto Rico I guess.It was great man, it was good and it was something that they wanted for a long time, you know what I mean? And it was cool that the secret didn’t get out. I was surprised. I kept on thinking at some point, somebody’s gonna leak some of it. No, nothing ever came out of it so they really did not expect it at all that night. I braided my hair and I put a beanie on and then I wore a hoodie. Then I got in the night before like really late and I just went straight to my room and then the next day, I just kind of put the hoodie on – but it didn’t really work because people started recognizing me anyway but I don’t know, the word didn’t get out. Because I remember for the (Royal) Rumble, I don’t know, like days out, people were already stooging off that I was gonna come out. So I was afraid it was gonna be the same thing this time but, damn, I didn’t really see it anywhere.Big E and Mustafa Ali were guests on WWE’s The Bump this afternoon.Bronson Reed was interviewed on Out of Character.WWE has a behind-the-scenes video of NXT alumni making their SmackDown debuts.WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded the following matches: Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship (WrestleMania 38), John Cena vs. Kevin Owens for the United States title (Battleground 2015), and Asuka vs. Zelina Vega for the Raw Women’s Championship (Clash of Champions 2020).

AEW/Other Wrestling

Following the announcement of AEW’s new Collision show, Tony Khan tweeted: “Today's a great day for AEW + it's only the start of great times ahead! #AEWCollision starts one month from today on Saturday, June 17 at 8pm ET/7pm CT on @TNTdrama! We have more info on Collision + a great night of wrestling on Wednesday Night #AEWDynamite live on TBS TONIGHT!”Scorpio Sky, who hasn’t wrestled since July 2022, was featured on a promo image for AEW Collision.The first season of AEW’s All Access reality show will be available on WBD's Max streaming service starting on Friday, June 9.The Cauliflower Alley Club has announced that CM Punk is the recipient of this year’s Iron Mike Mazurki Award. The award “is bestowed upon individuals who have made exceptional contributions to professional wrestling and have exhibited outstanding dedication to the sport both inside and outside the ring.”PWInsider reported that Earl Hebner is working on writing an autobiography.MLW Fusion will be included with FITE+ when the show returns on Thursday, May 25. Fusion will also be available for free on YouTube on Thursdays and will air on beIN Sports on Saturdays.PROGRESS Wrestling revealed the bracket for this year’s Super Strong Style 16 tournament.Ahead of tonight’s Dynamite in Austin, Texas, Tony Khan was interviewed on Midday with Chad & Zay.Anna Jay made an appearance on the Under the Ring podcast.Click Here: custom plastic molding