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MLW Battle Riot match to air on beIN Sports later this month   
WWE’s Bayley out of action for nine months due to training injury 
WWE announces September dates for Extreme Rules, 10 other shows 
AEW All Out officially sells out in return to Chicago’s NOW Arena 

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WON NEWSLETTER: July 12, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Terry Funk health update, AEW & WWE ticket sales

We have a lot of different news stories headlining the new issue of the Observer. Our lead story looks at the condition of Terry Funk, his legacy and his generation of wrestlers.

Also in this issue:

Ticket sales for WWE and AEW shows including the four shows that will top 10,000 tickets sold, hottest wrestling tickets on the secondary market as well as this week’s UFC show, ticket sales for all AEW events on sale, every major WWE show including Madison Square Garden and every event this month, details on all shows and capacity of the buildings.

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Schedule and some early details on the 2021 G1 Climax tournament.

The arrest of Jonathan Fatu (Jimmy Uso), his track record of arrests from the past and more reaction.

Grappl’s list of the best matches of 2021 so far as well as sleeper matches from small promotions worth checking out.

The biggest lawsuit settlement in WWE history, update on John Cena, Linda McMahon with Donald Trump, Daniel Bryan mentions on Smackdown, Thea Trinidad return to WWE, how often each company does rematches, Smackdown doing a split site show, changes to a WWE streaming product, huge match coming, wrestlers recently cut were to be put in a new group, notes on Breakout tournament competitors, International TV ratings for WWE and AEW, WWE exec honored as one of the best in the world except they fired him, new WWE marketing deal, the most viewed segments on YouTube of WWE programming this past week as well as the current WWE market value.

Update Dwayne Johnson’s planned launch of the XFL and explain the latest delays.

A story on the death of Cyanide Sid Cooper, a top U.K. heel  who was both a major inspiration of the Lord Steven Regal character in WCW and Regal’s favorite wrestler as a young child, his matches, what he was known for, life after wrestling and more.

Coverage of AAA’s Verano de Escandalo.

A story on Chris Romero aka Chris Youngblood, from the famous Romero wrestling family, his family, including relatives few know about, his breaking into the business, how he became a big star in Puerto Rico, the heyday of The Youngbloods there, the death of Bruiser Brody, and the glory days of All Japan Pro Wrestling.

More detail on the ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week, how many different viewers the shows had, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

No show with Garrett Gonzales tonight as he’s on the road. Bryan and I will be doing shows tomorrow after UFC and Sunday after ROH. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Bryan and I will be doing our first show and meet and greet in more than a year on 9/5 in Hoffman Estates, IL at The Hyatt Place at 10 a.m. Tickets went on sale yesterday and the first two categories sold out instantly. There are still a few seats left, more information can be found here.

All Out tickets sold out instantly this morning as was noted that they would since almost all the tickets were sold in yesterday’s presale, which also went instantly. The current issue runs down ticket sales for the rest of the month as well as the biggest shows in September.  The Wednesday Dynamite show that week at the NOW Arena has 4,200 tickets out while the Friday Rampage show is at 4,400.

WWE tickets officially went on sale to the public today for the 9/10 Smackdown show in Madison Square Garden. There were 6,400 tickets out as of a few hours ago, although for business reasons when WWE runs MSG there are usually a few thousand business trades and comps.

The injury to Pam Martinez (Bayley) is believed to be a torn ACL which was suffered while training at the Performance Center. WWE had mandatory training sessions for almost ,but not all, talent with the idea of getting them in better shape now that the schedule is going back to more live events. It looks like she’ll be out around nine months. On tonight’s Smackdown show, they’ll announce the replacement for Bayley in the match with Bianca Belair for Money in the Bank next week. One would think Sasha Banks would be the leading candidate to do a big match in a week.

Smackdown tonight has announced Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin as Money in the Bank qualifiers. The only other news we know is that Vince McMahon today was changing the scripts around and that as of this morning Jimmy Uso was scheduled to be on tonight’s show.  He is there. 205 Live taped Tuesday has Asher Hale vs. Josh Briggs and Odyssey Jones vs. Grayson Waller.

New Japan Word has shows from Sapporo at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning and 1 a.m. late Saturday night. The second show has Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi defending the IWGP tag titles against Tetsuya Naito & Sanada.

UFC 264 is tomorrow. ESPN coverage runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern:

Hu Yaozong (185.5) vs. Alen Amedovski (186)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov (125.5) vs. Jerome Rivera (125.5)
Omari Akhmedov (185.5) vs. Brad Tavares (184.5)
Jennifer Maia (125.5) vs. Jessica Eye (125.5)
Trevin Giles (185.5) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (185.5)
Ryan Hall (145) vs. Ilia Topuria (145.5)
Niko Price (169.5) vs. Michel Pereira (170.5)
Carlos Condit (171) vs. Max Griffin (170.5)

PPV at 10 p.m.

Sean O’Malley (135.5) vs.  Kris Moutinho (135)
Irene Aldana (139.5) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (134.5) – Aldana forfeited 30 percent of her purse for missing weight that badly
Tai Tuivasa (263) vs. Greg Hardy (264.5)
Gilbert Burns (170.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
Dustin Poirier (156) vs.  Conor McGregor (156)

Dana White claims the PPV advanced orders are at an all-time record pace. Of course, promoters claim a lot of things.  But the show is a lock to do very well.  White also said that Donald Trump will be sitting in the front row and it will be the first time Trump will have attended a sports event since he lost the election. By the way, he did lose the election.

A press conference to announce the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley boxing match takes place on Tuesday at noon Pacific at the Novo at LA Live in Los Angeles. Showtime is promoting the show.  Mike Coppinger reported the date of the show as 8/29.

New Japan Strong tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on New Japan World has Josh Alexander vs. Rocky Romero, PJ Black vs. Alex Coughlin and The DKC vs. Barrett Brown

MLW’s Battle Riot which takes place tomorrow at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia will be airing on Bein Sport later in the month. The show is said to be sold out with full capacity

UFC
There are actually odds from SportsBetting.ag for the Espy awards. For Best MMA fighter the odds are:
Francis Ngannou +135
Khabib Nurmagomedov +155
Amanda Nunes +300
Rose Namajunas +325

For Best WWE moment:
Edge’s winning Rumble -200
Bianca Belair winning Rumble +180
Belair over Sasha Banks to win title at WrestleMania +500
Bad Bunny does a Canadian Destroyer +750

UFC has made a sponsorship deal with Jose Cuervo as the first-ever official Tequila of the UFC.
Khazmat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliang is earmarked for a 10/30 PPV show from Abu Dhabi.
ESPN reported UFC is looking at Mackenzie Dern vs. Marina Rodriguez to main event a show on 10/9.
OTHER NEWS
Kevin Eck’s look at Ring Of Honor this week.
A story on Bruno Lauer (Harvey Wippleman/Downtown Bruno) being sworn in as an Alderman in Walls, MS.
A story on a documentary on Death match specialist Jun Kasai. (thanks to Lee Wall)
A story on the return of pro wrestling to Lethbridge, Alberta.
A story on Game Changer Wrestling. (thanks to Lee Wall)
Henry Winkler talks about his starring role in the movie “The One And Only,” where he played a wrestler loosely based on Gorgeous George.
Ariya Daivari talks his release.
Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 8/19 at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha.
Combate Global runs tonight on Paramount + at 10:30 p.m. with Marcos Lopez (5-3) vs. Henrich  Wassmer (6-5) as the main event.
AAW tonight at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL with Mance Warner vs. Fred Yehi for the AAW title, Kris Statlander vs. Allysin Kay for the women’s title,Deonn Rusman & Joeasa vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton for the tag titles, Myron Reed vs. Hakim Zane for the Heritage title and Skye Blue vs. Hyan in an I Quit match, plus Manders vs.Robin Steele, Josh Alexander vs. Jake Something, Travis Titan vs. Isaiah Moore and more.
MCW on 7/24 at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD has a meet and greet with Lio Rush, Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison, plus Sam Adonis vs. King McBride, Brian Johnson vs. Dante Caballero and Shane Taylor Promotions from ROH and Varsity Blonds from AEW will be wrestling on the show.
A Memorial Service for 80s pro wrestler Doug Anderson (best known as the father of Cheerleader Melissa Anderson) is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Hillside Church at 635 Holbook Lane in Creswell, OR 97426.  Donations in honor of Doug Anderson can be made to the Greenhill Humane Society at 88530 Green Hill Rd., Eugene, OR 97402.
Bill Apter will be doing a one man show at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY on 8/27. Tickets are available at www.prowrestlinghall.org  The Apter show will be part of the International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend that takes place 8/27 to 8/29 in Albany.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships, the promotion C.M.  Punk does the announcing, has an 8/14 show on UFC Fight Pass from Tunica, MS with Christian Rodriguez (5-0) against someone to be named for the vacant bantamweight title.
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis-Bennett threw out the first pitch last night at the Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
On this day 92 years ago, Gus Sonnenberg beat Ed Strangler Lewis before 25,000 fans at Fenway Park in a two of three fall match in a rematch of the two setting a record gate a few months earlier.  The Boston Globe had this story start on the front page of the newspaper and jumped to the sports section. (thanks to Paul Sosnowski)
With Ariel Helwani gone from ESPN, ESPN + has added two new talk shows with Helwani’s former co-hosts.  Chael Sonnen will be doing a show with Jorge Sedano while Daniel Cormier will be doing a show with former NFL star Ryan Clark, a show that will talk both MMA and other sports.
There is a show Sunday at Jose Sulaiman Arena in Monterrey, Mexico with El Hijo del Santo & LA Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. & Fuerza Guerrera, with Vampiro scheduled to make an appearance at the event.    
Pale Pro Wrestling on 7/24 in Arlington, TX with Josh Alexander, Richard Holliday, Calvin Tankman Gino Medina, Chandler Hopkins and an appearance by Ricardo Rodriguez at 360 Elite Avenue.

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