WWE's Braun Strowman out of action due to concussionWWE Raw ratings hold steady against NBA, NHL playoff competitionAthena vs. Lady Frost part of eight-match Ring of Honor TV lineupWWE Rivals ratings up for Steve Austin episodesAEW Rampage ratings drop for Saturday episodeSix matches announced for AEW DarkNXT's Cora Jade reflects on working WWE Main Event tapingUpdates on CM Punk's backstage visit to WWE Raw, flight to ChicagoJim Ross provides update on Jerry Lawler's recovery from February strokeWWE Raw video highlights: Triple H unveils new World Heavyweight titleTiffany Stratton 'would like to stay a little longer' in WWE NXTBad Bunny vs. Damian Priest street fight added to WWE BacklashBrock Lesnar return set for next week's WWE RawNate Diaz arrest warrant issued after brawl with Logan Paul lookalikeThe Dyad denied WWE release, will become free agents in OctoberTriple H announces creation of new WWE World Heavyweight titleCM Punk asked to leave WWE Raw following backstage visit
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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
*Updates on CM Punk, AEW's new television deal, issues a Saturday show has to deal with and plusses 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
*Advanced ticket sales for WWE & AEW upcoming show
*Streaming numbers for WWE & AEW
*International TV ratings
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*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
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March 8, 2006 Observer Newsletter: Big months ahead for pro wrestling, WWE details new substance abuse policy
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Tuesday UpdateWWENXT Anonymous posted a video on Twitter Wednesday morning showing Sol Ruca being attacked by a mystery assailant at the WWE Performance Center. Shane McMahon is back in the gym after tearing his quad at WrestleMania 39.Joe Gacy and Cora Jade worked Monday's WWE Main Event tapings prior to Raw.WWE posted a video of a Make-A-Wish alumni becoming a correspondent at WrestleMania 39.Sports Illustrated has an article on the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship.John Cena will star in Vacation Friends 2, which will stream on Hulu August 25.Edge and Christian reunited at a recent Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game.WWE has uploaded Logan Paul’s entrance theme.A&E has uploaded the Bret Hart episode of Biography on their YouTube.Full matches added to WWE’s YouTube today include Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler from the April 29, 2013 edition of Raw, Kevin Nash vs. Triple H from Judgment Day 2003, and RK-Bro and Ezekiel vs. The Usos, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens from the April 25, 2022 edition of Raw.AEWThis week’s AEW Road to focuses on Jade Cargill vs. Taya Valkyrie and Orange Cassidy vs. Bandido.Here is this week’s Sammy Guevara vlog.Other WrestlingKylie Rae announced she and Isaias Velazquez are expecting their first child in October.Impact has an in-depth profile on Rosemary up on YouTube, who talks about her struggles with mental health and injury.Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI will appear on All Japan’s May 7 show in Tokyo.Sarreee’s first match since leaving WWE will take place on May 16, when she faces Chihiro Hashimoto.Vikingo vs. Komander vs. Gringo Loco has been added to GCW’s Lifestyle event on May 26 in Las Vegas.Lince Dorado shared pictures of the Black Tiger inspired mask he made for Mercedes Mone that she wore to the ring at this past weekend's Stardom pay-per-view.The US Sun has an article on Jimmy Wang Yang, who now owns a party bus.