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At least one former World champ to return at Impact Slammiversary   
AEW Dark results: Lance Archer in action, 10 more matches  
Impact Wrestling results: Eddie Edwards vs. Ace Austin street fight  

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WON NEWSLETTER: June 15, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WWE creative shakeup, death of Mr. Wrestling II

We’ve got yet another double issue of the Observer out this week covering both the creative changes in WWE and a long bio on Johnny “Mr. Wrestling II” Walker, as well as a number of other features.

The move to Bruce Prichard as creative head of Raw and Smackdown and the steps leading to this process change.  We look at who appears to be safe and who isn’t.  We look at what was tried on Raw and what wasn’t working, and notable key recent moves.  We also look at the problems of comparing Raw with Smackdown.

We have a long look at the life and career of Mr. Wrestling II, Johnny Walker.  We look at his heyday, his connection with President Jimmy Carter, the birth of  cable and his role in popularizing pro wrestling on cable, how babyfaces changed in the 70s, his 1980 feud with Harley Race, his checkered past, his wrestling debut, his coming mainland, interactions with the toughest guys of his era, his first good run in Tennessee, how his life was notable in both pro wrestling and country music, his first masked gimmick and his planned retirement. Having the right gimmick in the right place at the right time made him one of the biggest stars in the country.  We look at the Georgia wrestling war and the creation of Mr. Wrestling II.  We look at the Mr. Wrestling vs. Mr. Wrestling II feud and all of II’s biggest feuds over the next decade.  We look at II’s meetings with the president’s mother, his biggest matches at the Omni, his runs in Mid South, feud with Magnum T.A., his WWF tenure, and his life after wrestling in Hawaii.

We also cover:

New Japan Pro Wrestling returning to business this week, scouting out the New Japan Cup, directions for fans attending the Osaka shows and why the matches won’t have traditional heat, and the complete schedule.

Economics of Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal, Jon Jones and Henry Cejudo and how the ESPN deal has removed fighter leverage. We look at comments by the fighters, response from Dana white and realities of he situation.

An enormous donation made by John Cena, Paul Levesque talks a signature match, WWE canceling over shows due to the pandemic, weekly sports ratings, Edge movie, DVR viewership, Canadian ratings, twitter feuds, Arn Anderson on Sami Zayn, funny story on the first time Adam Cole heard from WWE, what happened to Chris DeJoseph, plus upcoming TV bouts.

Fight Island and the next UFC PPV show

UFC 250, with business notes, popularity notes, poll results and match-by-match coverage.

NXT Takeover In Your House with a rundown, booking notes, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Backlash and story behind Edge vs;  Randy Orton.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
This week’s edition of The bump featured R-Truth, Shotzi Blackheart, Tegan Nox, Charles Robinson, and Sam Roberts.
Next week’s episode of The Bump will feature Xavier Woods, Cesaro, and Breezango.
PWInsider reported that Pat Buck is back as a producer for WWE. He was one of many producers that were furloughed back in April.
MVP revealed he tested negative for COVID-19.
Randy Orton spoke to CBS Sports on his recent back and forth with Tommasso Ciampa, saying that the NXT style doesn’t lead to a lengthy career.
Free matches added today to WWE’s YouTube page include Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman from Great Balls of Fire 2017 and Rey Mysterio vs. Rob Van Dam from the June 7, 2006 WWE vs. ECW special.
Sasha Banks is on the latest episode of Fridge Tours.
WWE has a new limited edition collector’s box featuring Eddie Guerrero.
Other Wrestling
David Starr has released a number of statements regarding a former girlfriend accusing him of sexual assault. He has denied the allegations, writing “I’ve done plenty of wrong in my life, especially regarding my relationships with my partners. I am not a predator, but I have been an emotionally immature dickhead to my partners.”
Robert Anthony called out Brian Cage on Twitter, writing: “Hey @OfficialTAZ [I’ve] been friends with Mox for over 10 years. We’ve traveled across the country together, and gone to war together. Your boy put my friend through a car window. Where we come from we live by a code. Fight one, fight us all. Taz, I want Cage @AEWrestling #EgovsCage.”Tony Khan responded by making the match for next week’s Dark.
I Am Vengeance 2, featuring Stu Bennett, will be released on digital platforms this Friday.
MMA
This past weekend’s UFC event averaged 908,000 viewers on Saturday, winning the top spot on cable for the night.
Rafael dos Anjos makes a case for a Conor McGregor match-up.
South China Morning Post has a profile on Zhang Weili.
Nicco Monanto vs. Julia Avila is being worked on for the August 8 UFC event.
Thiago Santos wants a title fight against Dominick Reyes in the event that Jon Jones vacates the light heavyweight title.
Chris Leben says he is retired and is concentrating on becoming a top referee and coach.
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov is set for July 11.
Jon Dodson has signed a new five-year deal with UFC.

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