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May 29, 2023 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk & AEW work things out, Nick Khan on future WWE TV plans

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Match and performer of the weekC.M. Punk agrees to return to AEW againPlans for CollisionSome of the agreements reached for Punk's return including what happens with Ace SteelPromotion of the United Center showEarly ticket sales for United Center and all the Collision tapingsEconomics of arenas in ChicagoPromotion of the Collision shows so farCollision later this year against tougher sports competitionNick Khan talks lots of new potential ideas for television and NXTThe U.K. television landscapeNew ways WWE is looking to make money from its major eventsA preview of WWE's two big shows this week, favorites, and business notesAEW Double or Nothing looked at, including business notes on the show, ideas and anglesMercedes Mone injured and Willow Nightingale ends up as New Japan Strong women's championA look at the tournamentLots of thoughts and notes on the showMark Davis injuryAngles coming off the New Japan Long Beach showHow tickets moved after Mone was announcedMatch-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll resultsRundown of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, coverage of the biggest matches this pas week and how the tournaments went downUFC show coverageThe most in-depth look at the ratings for all the national wrestling shows and how they compare with the same period last year, as well as the competition and what the numbers meanMajor wrestling and boxing promotion looking at working with each otherMore on the CMLL Anniversary plansAEW star debuting in AAAAEW star looks to be done with AAAStardom building title vs title match this weekendHana Kimura Memorial showDDT tournament finalsSchedule for Dark Side of the Ring and thoughtsCain Velasquez trial updatePromotion quietly gets national cable dealA number of different stars on next MLW tapingsImpact TV lineupsAEW video game updateAEW and profits and lossesDarby Allin and climbing Mount EverestTony Khan talks booking teamNotes on Forbidden DoorThunder Rosa talks battling depressionWhat stars who believe they can't appear on Forbidden DoorTicket sales for upcoming WWE and AEW showsInternational TV numbersTalk about promoting AEW live eventsBest merchandise sellersUpdate on how UFC pays fightersDana White talks Francis Ngannou dealPFL talks the deal and why it makes sense even if it doesn't seem toTyson Fury and Jon Jones war of words has predictable outcomeMackenzie Der and divorce issuesLots of Billy Graham history and Hogan & Flair talk about his influenceWhy Hogan and Graham fell out years agoGraham's lawsuit against Vince McMahonGraham's sellout records in MSG and why they are even more impressive than they appearHogan the face of a new companyWomen's' tag team division issuesLots of injury notes and updatesTwo WWE stars play women wrestlers of the 30s and 50s in a new movie being filmed soonMore on a Ric Flair movieKota Ibushi talks WWEThree WWE athletes going for a world championship berth in wrestling this yearGable Steveson talks his pro wrestling trainingMedian age of wrestling Tv viewers for the different shows

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Wednesday Update


Rhea Ripley spoke to Sports Illustrated about her evolution in WWE: “I’m a very genuine person. When I first started in WWE, I was very timid and scared that I was going to do something wrong. I wanted to please everyone. That’s why you saw the Rhea Ripley you did. I didn’t think people would gravitate toward me. I thought they wanted something else from me. But it’s amazing. I stopped caring. I know myself better than anyone else. I found the confidence within myself to be myself. That’s the Rhea Ripley you see today.”The New York Post reported that Pat McAfee’s contract with ESPN is for five years and around $85 million total. McAfee will be making about $17 million per year.In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, The Undertaker discussed the reaction he’s received from fans now that he speaks out of character: “It's so funny, because I was the last guy that put that kind of effort into protecting the business and protecting a character. It's so funny the amount of hate that I've got, from people now, you know, they hear my normal voice, and me talk about normal things. The hate that I get because people feel like I destroyed their childhood and I'm like, ‘Me!?, me!? I was the last one. I was the last one, I'm the guy you're gonna take your heat out on?’”Undertaker also spoke to The Independent about how he’s dealing with retirement:I’ve got to the point now where if I’m home, I’m fine. It’s when I do show up at a WWE event I get that ‘I should be getting ready’ feeling.At WrestleMania 39, I was there and I had my family and friends up in a suite watching the show and I kind of found myself rocking in my chair like, ‘oh, my gosh, I should be down there’. So in those instances, it’s there. It’s still in my heart and it’s in my brain.After announcing her pregnancy, Alexa Bliss assured a fan on Twitter that she’ll be returning to the ring.Seth Rollins, Chelsea Green, Sonya Deville, and Titus O’Neil were guests on WWE’s The Bump this afternoon.Maxxine Dupri appeared on the latest episode of Out of Character.WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded the following matches: Triple H vs. Scott Steiner for the World Heavyweight Championship (No Way Out 2003), Otis vs. The Miz (Hell in a Cell 2020), and Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women's Championship (July 19, 2021 Raw).

AEW/Other Wrestling

With tonight’s Dynamite taking place in the city, today was declared as “All Elite Wrestling Day” in San Diego.AEW shared footage of Eddie Kingston, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson from their Fight Forever video game.On his podcast, Tony Schiavone said his current AEW contract runs through April 2024. Schiavone responded when Conrad Thompson joked about him having a lifetime deal with AEW: “That’s a f*cking lie. Unless my life ends by April of next year. There is no guarantee that they’re gonna re-sign me. There’s no guarantee on that. That’s how I approach life.”During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Cassie Lee (the former Peyton Royce) discussed returning to the ring for World Series Wrestling in Australia this October: “This is a home promotion for me in Australia. Shawn Spears is already doing it, and we thought it was kind of perfect for me to go along with him and take our son. It's really exciting and they were open to the idea. We've been talking about doing mixed tag stuff for a long time and it was a good opportunity to do that.”Lee was asked about potentially reuniting with her former tag team partner Jessica McKay: “At the moment, she's really focused on her acting career, which I still am too, but being a mom now, I feel I need to contribute a certain amount to our household and my son. I had a whole life before he came along and I had all my big accomplishments before he came along. He's so young, but we'll have photos and footage, and he'll know that he was there to see it all. Jess is still concentrated on acting, but I still want to tag. That's why I want to tag with Shawn. I love tag wrestling."Jonny Candido thanked Dark Side of the Ring for telling his brother Chris’ story: “A huge thank you to @DarkSideOfRing and @evanhusney for telling my brother’s story. You guys did an amazing job”Ichiban vs. TJ Crawford has been announced for MLW’s Fusion TV tapings in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 8.

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