Daily Update: Brand-to-brand invitation, DDT, Walt Harris
UFC on ESPN 8 live results: Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris
Nine matches announced for next AEW Dark
WWE SmackDown ratings up for second straight week
AEW adds Kazarian to Casino Ladder Match at Double or Nothing
WWE SmackDown video highlights: IC title tournament begins
WWE 205 Live results: Tony Nese vs. Jack Gallagher
Four matches announced for next week’s WWE SmackDown
Daniel Bryan, Elias advance in WWE Intercontinental title tournament
WWE reveals Intercontinental title tournament bracket
WWE SmackDown live results: Miz TV with Otis, Charlotte appears
WOL: Otis goes from MITB to dead in the water 5/16
WON NEWSLETTER: May 18, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Becky Lynch pregnant, UFC 249 controversies, more
A new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is out with a wider variety of news stories than any issue we’ve done in a long time.
From a perspective among leading sports doctors about opening up, to Becky Lynch’s pregnancy and what the plans for her that won’t happen were scheduled to be, to Money in the Bank coverage, Roman Reigns risk factors, New Japan talks its future, AEW profitability, Oliver Luck’s lawsuit against Vince McMahon and Georges St-Pierre in the Hall of Fame, it’s all covered here.
The issue covers in detail:
Becky Lynch’s pregnancy, her comments on it, timing, what were the booking plans for her and how Money in the Bank changed, a look back at how Lynch got over when she wasn’t supposed to and the time frame where Lynch became the chosen one, while at the same time the crowd was mad, not realizing any of this.
Ronaldo Jacare Souza’s positive test for COVID, UFC handling the situation, and the key components of the story that have not been covered well elsewhere.
How UFC didn’t abide by its own policies, what UFC did learn, and what fighters and reporters signed to get in the door to the show.
Facts of the Coronavirus and on combat sports from three doctors who have extensive experience with combat sports.
Harold Meij talking about New Japan Pro Wrestling, why it made the choices it did not to turn, as well as its plans when it can run and the stages it will go through, why the company has been able to remain solvent while not running live events.
Complete coverage of UFC 249 and WWE Money in the Bank, including match-by-match coverage and poll results on both shows.
Behind the scenes notes on both shows, including UFC business, and interest level in WWE.
The arrest of Alberto Rodriguez, the former Alberto Del Rio, for sexual assault, the harrowing description of what happened and more.
Roman Reigns sitting it out including what he said and his risk factors.
Updated plans for SummerSlam and where Vince is coming from, plans for the next Takeover, WWE book on best sellers list, The softening of the brand split, update on Rey Mysterio, Rachael Ellering release info, NBA star says he’s going to WWE, Undertaker documentary notes, the story of how two different planned WrestleMania main events in 2011 fell through, Sting update, Canadian TV ratings, One of the best college wrestlers mentions going into pro wrestling, Raw DVR numbers, WWE market value and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network.
Smackdown’s renewal and what it means.
Feature on the career of Georges St-Pierre and his records and his legacy, as he gets inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Oliver Luck lawsuit against Vince McMahon, including details of his contract, Vince’s attempts and arguments to get out of paying him on that contract and arguments both sides are making.
AEW’s Double or Nothing plans as well as the return of some of the company’s biggest stars.
AEW’s profitability in April, the cost of production and cost savings, Mike Tyson, the casino ladder match and more.
May 13 UFC show.
Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.
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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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
The rules for WWE’s brand-to-brand invitation were further explained on last night’s episode of SmackDown. On commentary, Michael Cole said that the brand-to-brand invitation is “a process by which four times a year a superstar from Raw and a superstar from SmackDown will be allowed to travel to the other brand.”
WWE Network News reported that episodes of WWE Confidential from 2003 and 2004 will be the classic content added to the WWE Network this month. The episodes will be uploaded on Monday.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and discussed his daughter Simone joining WWE.
D-Von Dudley confirmed that he’s officially retired from in-ring competition.
Daniel Bryan tweeted about his match against Drew Gulak from last night’s SmackDown: “Big thank you to @DrewGulak for the match last night. We agreed to throw no strikes but still go after each other with everything we have. My grappling game has gotten much stronger for training with him. #ThankYouGulak Now back to training?”
Total Bellas averaged 485,000 viewers on E! on Thursday night, up from last week’s season low of 415,000 viewers. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.20, which was also up from last week’s 0.18.
Newsweek interviewed Bruce Prichard about the WWE Network’s Undertaker: The Last Ride docuseries.
WWE posted a bonus clip from the Undertaker docuseries. It’s focused on The Undertaker’s appearance at Raw’s 25th anniversary episode.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Chyna vs. Lita from Judgment Day 2001 and Edge & Randy Orton vs. The Miz & Dolph Ziggler from the January 28, 2011 episode of SmackDown.
DDT has announced their updated plans for Wrestle Peter Pan 2020. The show will now take place across two nights on June 6 and June 7. Night one will air on DDT’s Wrestle Universe streaming service and night two will air on Wrestle Universe and Abema.
Hiromu Takahashi wants NJPW to hold the Best of the Super Juniors and G1 Climax tournaments simultaneously this year and have a fan vote for which tournament final should main event the last day.
Tony Khan tweeted about how Mike Tyson presenting the TNT Championship at Double or Nothing started with them meeting at last year’s Double or Nothing PPV: “#fbf Double or Nothing, our 1st #AEW show, Mike Tyson came as a fan, he loves wrestling, we met & became friends. Now he’s back 1 year later to present the #TNTChampionship belt for the 1st time to the 1st champion! Congratulations & good luck finalists @LanceHoyt & @CodyRhodes!”
Matt Cardona & Brian Myers (formerly known as Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins) will be part of the roster for the upcoming RetroMania Wrestling video game.
SportCenter aired a 14-minute feature story on Walt Harris returning to the Octagon tonight for the first time since the death of his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard. Harris is facing Alistair Overeem in tonight’s main event.
Harris gave an update on Aniah’s Law, which he’s working on with the state of Alabama and is a bill that would allow authorities to hold suspects accused of committing violent felonies without bail: “Of course, with the pandemic we hit a bit of a snag, but we’re working on a law called Aniah’s Law, which would make sure violent offenders aren’t allowed bond, and It’s a bipartisan effort in the state. I mean, both guys came together like that, this bill, it flew through the judicial system so fast that it was kind of overwhelming to watch. I went to all the meetings. I met all the lawmakers and kind of got to see how the process worked, and we were very close to getting the bill passed and going to senate, but then the pandemic happened. So, what’s gonna happen when everything opens back up and everything clears back up, they’re gonna re-introduce the bill. I think it’s gonna go through the same process pretty quickly, and hopefully we’ll have the law before 2020 is over, and other states will grab it and enact it as well to protect people.”
Harris spoke about the added motivation of fighting for Blanchard: “It’s a different fire right now for me. It’s something I can’t hardly explain. I’m not propelled by just my motivations anymore. I know I’m doing something for her. I feel like anybody who gets in the cage with me at this point, it’s dangerous for that person. I feel like that. I always feel like that but now you’re not going to just be fighting me. You’re going to be fighting two people. You’re going to be fighting me and her. Motivation is definitely on 12 right now. I can’t wait.”
Justin Gaethje thinks Conor McGregor is losing respect from other fighters: “He’s losing his clout. I don’t mean with the general public, but with fighters, he’s losing so much respect in the game, which he probably doesn’t care. But to someone like me and even him, I would assume that matters a little bit. He doesn’t hold the cards right now. I put myself in a great position. I asked for a say in my destiny, and I showed up. Now I can pick between Khabib and Conor right now. If I wanted to fight Conor right now, I could. Believe me. Why wouldn’t [UFC president] Dana White put that together? But that’s not the fight I want. I have nothing to say to him. You don’t get to fight me next, unless there are crazy circumstances, where Khabib cannot fight. Then we’ll fight. That’s the only way. Other than that, you don’t get a say. Dana White laughed whenever they told him Conor said he was fighting me. He said, ‘No, Gaethje is fighting Khabib.’ You’re still worth all the money in the game, that’s true. But you’re losing clout when it comes to inside the game.”
Scott Coker said Fedor Emelianenko’s retirement tour will still happen but will be on a new timeline due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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