Daily Update: WWE Raw, CM Punk, Tucker Carlson

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

April 24, 2023 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk scheduled to return to AEW, big event updates

Highlights include:

*Update on C.M. Punk. AEW's new television deal, issues a Saturday show has to deal with and pluses of a Saturday show

*Lots of news on WWE & AEW major shows the next few months, including All In, SummerSlam, Double or Nothing and Backlash.

*Nick Khan talks the WWE/UFC merer and what it means, upcoming negotiations, how Endeavor can help WWE grow, WWE budget cuts and more

*Full coverage of AAA TripleMania, the good, the bad, the angles and more

*Full coverage of New Japan's U.S. tour in Washington, DC and Philadelphia

*Ted DiBiase Jr. indicted on 13 counts in welfare fraud cause, and updates on it

*Full coverage of Saturday's UFC show

*The most detailed look at the TV ratings from the past week, including where wrestling ranks with sports an with entertainment programing, competition, segment by segment, comparisons with last year and more

*Continuation of the CMLL champion of champions tournament

*Mercedes Mone in Japan, negotiation updates, her comments on Japan and more

*Details of the biggest women's show in Japan in decades this weekend at the Yokohama Arena

*Ticket sale update on the show

*Cinderella tournament finals

*Champion Carnival update

*Notes on major NOAH show

*Will Ospreay talks future

*John Morrison's boxing debut and comments form that

*Lots of notes on he death of Butch Miller

*Bill Goldberg and a retirement tour

*Abdullah the Butcher and financial issues

*NCAA looking at changes to wrestling rules and scoring and why

*Concert/wrestling joint promotions

*Major European show this weekend loaded with top international stars

*Impact major show rundown

*Lots of fallout to C.M. Punk returning to AEW

*Great lesson for AEW wen getting a big sports lead-in going forward

*Lots of injury updates

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*Advanced ticket sales for WWE & AEW upcoming show

*Streaming numbers for WWE & AEW

*International TV ratings

*What milestone did Raw achieve this past week

*What milestone did AEW achieve this past week

*Lots of new UFC major fights

*What were the most in-demand sports tickets so far in 2023

*Former UFC fighter arrested in a $200,000 burglary

*More details on the new WWE Twitch deal

*WWE performer goes into another major sports competition next week and attempts to make the 2024 Olympic team

*Notes on two WWE signees that a betting site already has odds that one of them will be world champion by 2027

*Notes on all the WWE live events on the road over the past week

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter:

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Monday Update

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio talking the latest news, and there is a lot and will be a lot more by he time tonight is over.

Raw tonight goes against the Bucks-Heat NBA playoff game in the first two horus and Lakers-Grizzlies in hour three. So there could be a big third hour drop. There are also four NHL playoff games tonight. On Wednesday, Dynamite also has the Lakers-Grizzlies to contend with and NHL playoffs so it's similar competition to last week. As we get deeper into the playoffs, this does get worse.

Raw may get a boost from HHH making a big announcement tonight. PW Insider reported it could be the creation of a new championship. We do know the creation of a new championship has been planned since at least last fall and was originally in the WrestleMania plans. 

Raw is from the Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago. The show has been sold out with more than 12,300 as of weeks ago. Besides the HHH announcement, the only stuff announced is Bad Bunny being there and Rey Mysterio vs Damian Priest. Nothing else was announced because Vince McMahon, who is not there live, has been making changes in the show confirmed by multiple people.

The biggest thing backstage is that C.M. Punk was there and kicked out. One person noted to us "hard to believe but true." He was there talking to some people and then asked to leave. Also Cora Jade and Joe Gacy are there, likely for Main Event.

We're looking for reports on the show live, with Main Event matches and anything dark on the show to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also taking a poll on the Stardom show yesterday, with a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

The New Orleans police department has issues an arrest warrant for Nathan Diaz on charges of second-degree battery from the fight on Friday night.

It will be interesting to see how the departure of Tucker Carlson affects wrestling numbers. More total viewers, mostly over 50, watched that show than any show on cable television and went head-to-head with wrestling every weeknight.

Kevin Owens worked last night's house show in Toledo, OH, so he's fine. He was limping after his match and helped to the back, and did a run-in later during the Cody Rhodes vs Solo Sikoa match limping on the Saturday night house show in Fort Wayne, IN.

NXT has Spring Breakout tomorrow with Carmelo Hayes vs. Grayson Waller for the NXT title, Indi Hartwell vs; Roxanne Perez vs. Tiffany Stratton for the women's title, Josh Briggs & Fallon Hanley vs. Brooks Jansen & Kiana James, Pretty Deadly vs. Tony D'Angelo & Stacks Lorenzo in a trunk match, Bron Breakker vs. Andre Chase and Cora Jade vs Lyra Valkyria.

MLW tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on REELZ has Battle Riot with the winner getting a title match.

The Marvelous promotion (the one headed by Chigusa Nagayo) will have a seminar and tryout on 5/11 and 5/12 in Pacifica, CA. The winners of the tryouts, one man and one woman, will be invited to tour Japan with Marvelous. Flight, room, board and food will be paid for the tour and you will train and tour with the promotion. For more info contact West Coast Pro Wrestling,

ROH will be taping television on 5/6 and 5/7 at Universal in Orlando. The Saturday show starts at 6 p.m. and Sunday show at 4 p.m.

Other Notes

Total Kaos Wrestling from Friday night in Taylor, MI: Kenny Steele b KJ Reynolds, Great Tiger b Aaron Ashura, Sons of Saginaw b Animal House, TK Meyer won three-way over Moose and Chris Moore, Keith Creme b Jon Tavius, Grim Reality b Studio 86, Sean tyler b Trevor Straud, Allysin Kay b Blair Onyx (thanks to Leonard Brand)

UPW from Saturday night in Marquette, MI: Gio Bronc b Ric Caurdieau, Scott Steiner b Ric Caurdiea, Big Kon b The Dev-COR, Gary Wolfe won Battle Royal, Ghetto Gear Solid b Eugene & Melvin Hayes, Peter B. Beautiful b Madman Fulton in a Monster's Ball match, Big Kon & Alan Angels b J-Sinn & The Dev & tommy Trainwreck, Tatanka b Corey Kerr, Silas Young b Sampson (thanks to Leonard Brand)

Pluto TV will premiere "WOW! The History of Women's Wrestling on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Eastern and again on Saturday night at 10 p.m. Eastern. It's basically a documentary about GLOW and WOW with some early wrestling history.

Peacock has added ten weeks of 1980 WWF television featuring the build to the 1980 Shea Stadium show with Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko. Hope the shows have the New York market promos because to this day that was state of the art when it came to promos building a match.

The 80s Wrestling Con takes place 5/6 in Morristown,NJ at the Mennen Sports Arena featuring Bret Hart, Dory Funk Jr., Sgt. Slaughter, Nikita Koloff, Magnum T.A., Wayne Bloom, Mike Enos, Demolition, Powers of Pain David Schultz, Wendi richter, Bob Orton, Brian Blair, Jim Brunzell, Leilani Kai, Steve Keirn, Steve Lombardi, Downtown Bruno, Randy Rose, Dennis Condrey, Godfather, Tony Atlas, Tommy Rich, Curtis Hughes, Rita Chatterton, Paul Roma, Craig DeGeorge, Jameson, Manny Fernandez, Mario Mancini, ike McGuirk, Marty Jannetty, Gerald Brisco, Fred Ottman, Val Venis, Eugene, Brian Kendrick, Maven and Head Bangers.

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