Daily Update: AEW notes, John Cena, MLW

Daily Update

Latest News:

AEW announces Forbidden Door II as part of summer Canadian tourWWE NXT ratings down from RoadblockJim Ross to miss AEW Rampage this weekNikki Garcia says former Bella Twins ‘are not going to AEW’The Great Muta confirmed for WWE Hall of FameImpact's Mickie James reflects on 'The Last Rodeo,' idolizing Sherri MartelVIDEO: Bad Bunny, Rey Mysterio appear on ‘The Late Late Show’Bullet Club vs. TMDK Tag Team title match added to Impact SacrificeKiLynn King signs exclusive contract with Impact WrestlingAEW’s Kenny Omega says he hasn’t had ‘epiphany’ over wrestling future yetWill Ospreay withdraws from New Japan Cup due to shoulder injuryQuarterfinals of New Japan Cup set as two wrestlers advance

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Wrestling Observer Live: Kenny Omega talks future, Dynamite tonight, NXT TV report, newsJNPO: WardLOW, QT Marshall Twitter war, fallout show rulesSpeak Now: Johnny Gargano returns to NXT, Roxanne Perez, and more!Bryan & Vinny & Craig & Shawn Show: Granny St. Patty's Day experiences plus 3/28/94 RAW!We're Live, Pal: Rey vs. Dominik, new AEW show, Bellas no more

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

March 13, 2023 Observer Newsletter: AEW Revolution recap, WWE & legalized gambling

*The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is up on the site. It's got the most detailed coverage from a business standpoint and creative standpoint, covering AEW Revolution including reader feedback on that show, UFC 285 and the Stardom show this past weekend.

*Match and performer of the week

*The longest singles title matches since 1970 all over the world

*MJF vs Danielson and comparisons to other Iron Man matches

*Evaluating MJF as a performer and a drawing card

*Early PPV numbers along with gate numbers from San Francisco and other business metrics

*The return of FTR

*The potential of the AEW tag team division

*AEW repeat PPV business notes

*Movie theater business for Revolution

*San Francisco records

*Future AEW directions

*Full details on WWE's attempt to get gambling legal on its outcomes and what steps and how its business will have to change to make this happen

*Full coverage of UFC 285 including Jon Jones legacy and future, Alexa Grasso's win and business notes regarding the show including what unique note thee was about the prelims this week

*Full details on the amended lawsuit MLW has filed against WWE, McDevitt talks, what new things are added and what it says about the MLW relationship with REELZ, and lots of business notes from the lawsuit regarding the wrestling television rights fees

*Stardom puts on its best show of the year and a look at the very different excellent matches

*Notes on the first few days of the New Japan Cup and where things stand

*TV ratings over the past week as well as segment-by-segment notes, competition and the whys of how everything went down

*The unique team challenge tournament CMLL finished up this past week

*AAA star faces claims by girlfriend of domestic violence and both CMLL and AAA talk about the situation

*Notes on the joint NWA and AAA show put together as part of a Smashing Pumpkins concert

*Notes on retirement of Daisuke Harada

*New Japan anniversary show and New Japan Cup notes*Zero-1 runs 22nd anniversary show

*Notes from Creed III

*Big shows over Mania weekend not from WWE

*Major questions on AEW talent and their media talks

*What international star AEW tried to get for San Francisco and why it didn't happen

*International TV ratings and streaming numbers for WWE & AEW and what NXT segment scored huge

*Upcoming ticket advances for WWE & AEW shows

*Dana White on the future of Power Slap

*48-year-old world champion wrestler has retirement MMA fight soon

*Notes on Vince McMahon's return backstage at the Boston show

*Wells Fargo Securities predictions on Smackdown negotiations and the value of Raw & Smackdown right now

*WWE performer talks trying to go to the 2024 Olympics and is training for MMA as well

*WWE injury updates

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter:

January 30, 2006 Observer Newsletter: Kurt Angle health issues, WB & UPN networks to merge

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Wednesday Update


Kevin Nash reflected on yesterday being the one-year anniversary of Scott Hall’s death: “Was tough to be on social media today as it was a year to the day Scott passed. Alot of people reached out. Realize it's just another Tuesday without my partner. Not a day goes by that I don't think of and miss him. Cassidy his daughter put a rose on his grave for each of us”Finn Balor posted a tweet asking Mick Foley for advice ahead of facing Edge in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania. Foley responded: “Hello Finn, This is Mick! Remember, you are asking a guy who has never actually won one of these. Probably best to study every single thing I did in my #HIAC matches…and then do the exact opposite. When in doubt, use the abs.”With him having so many projects, the AP asked John Cena if the pace of his schedule ever becomes too much:I’m feeling my age, so to speak. I could use a little bit of rest, but all my choice. These are wonderful things to be a part of. This one I’m really excited for because this movie [Grand Death Lotto] does not stop. It is going to be action from the opening credits. We have a great team that mixes action and comedy. I’m also trying to do my best to, I hate the term work-life balance, but I’m trying to do my best to not fall into the trap of workaholism where I just hide in my work and I’m not a fully open, vulnerable human being to the people around me, the people that I love. I haven’t yet sacrificed my relationships for my work. I’m at a pretty good pace right now where I can hit on all cylinders.Rhea Ripley, Maximum Male Models, and Ric Flair made appearances on WWE’s The Bump this afternoon.Austin Theory will be on The Bump next Wednesday.Former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz was a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast.WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded the following: Batista chooses Triple H as his WrestleMania 21 opponent (February 21, 2005 Raw), Triple H vs. Sheamus (WrestleMania XXVI), and Nikki A.S.H. vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the Raw Women’s Championship (SummerSlam 2021).

AEW/Other Wrestling

After deactivating her Twitter account due to receiving hate, Riho thanked everyone for their supportive messages: “Thank you for many messages. I realized that I was loved by more people than I thought. Thank you guys and I love you guys”On the Unconsciously Coupled podcast, Bryan Danielson spoke about his condition following Revolution: "Legitimately, I'm in a ton of pain. I just wrestled for over 65 minutes. I've got a black eye. I can't lift my left arm past here [partially raises arm]. I have shooting pain going down my leg. There's this big gaping wound on my stomach. Those kind of things, it's like, 'Oh, sorry, daddy is in a lot of pain.' They understand that, but as they get older, they're going to understand that some of this is not physical.”ET Canada interviewed Chris Jericho ahead of tonight’s Dynamite in Winnipeg:There’s something about Winnipeggers, like when the Jets play in the playoffs it’s the loudest building in the entire league. Louder than Chicago, louder than New York. I think the pro wrestling world is in for a treat when they see our first show in Winnipeg. Plus showcasing Kenny Omega and showcasing Chris Jericho in our first AEW appearances in our hometown. It’s going to be one of those magical nights in pro wrestling that happens only when all the stars line up. And on Wednesday, the stars have lined up for sure.Jericho discussed how far AEW has come since its launch: We’ve gotten so big in three and a half years. So there are a lot of growing pains as we expected there would be. I don’t think anyone thought that we’d be doing the numbers that we’re doing, both in the arenas and ratings wise…So obviously we’re working on our infrastructure, working on all that sort of thing behind the scenes on building the corporate side of AEW. Everybody’s learning how to be on live TV still. It really is just everyone was thrown into the deep end and had to react accordingly. I’ve been very proud of everybody that’s been able to do that. We’ve had some bumps on the road, but that’s expected as pro wrestling. We’ve become a major television entity in a very short period of time.AEW World Champion MJF turns 27 years old today.MJF’s one birthday wish is for Jeff Jarrett to win the AEW International Championship tonight: “All I want for my birthday is Double J bringing home the gold. #AEWDynamite”Tony Khan and Madusa appeared on Busted Open Radio this morning.Renee Paquette wrote about Nikki and Brie Garcia (the former Bellas) leaving WWE and starting a new chapter: “Brie and Nikki changed the game. To be able to watch them as locker room leaders, in ring competitors, friends, moms, wives- they have helped me so much throughout my career/ life! I’m excited to see what this next chapter looks like for them! Get it, Garcia’s”After posting an old picture of her as a fan with The Bellas, Britt Baker tweeted: “For real there’s not a single female wrestler today who wasn’t somehow inspired/influenced by @NikkiAndBrie. Thank you. #RoleModels”Impact Wrestling uploaded a Diary feature on Gisele Shaw.EJ Nduka tweeted after his final appearance for MLW aired: “Thank you @MLW. It’s been one crazy ride. & Thank you all for supporting me… THE JUDGE IS JUST GETTING STARTED See you soon.”A Middleweight title match with Lince Dorado defending against Lio Rush is set for MLW’s War Chamber tapings in New York City on Thursday, April 6.

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