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Sarray to face Gigi Dolin on Tuesday’s WWE NXT  
The Varsity Blonds officially sign with AEW  
Chris Hero backstage at ROH Best in the World PPV  
New premiere date set for WWE Broken Skull Sessions with Nash  
‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff passes away at 71 years old   
Natalya set for WWE women’s Money in the Bank ladder match 

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WON NEWSLETTER: July 12, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Terry Funk health update, AEW & WWE ticket sales

We have a lot of different news stories headlining the new issue of the Observer. Our lead story looks at the condition of Terry Funk, his legacy and his generation of wrestlers.

Also in this issue:

Ticket sales for WWE and AEW shows including the four shows that will top 10,000 tickets sold, hottest wrestling tickets on the secondary market as well as this week’s UFC show, ticket sales for all AEW events on sale, every major WWE show including Madison Square Garden and every event this month, details on all shows and capacity of the buildings.

Schedule and some early details on the 2021 G1 Climax tournament.

The arrest of Jonathan Fatu (Jimmy Uso), his track record of arrests from the past and more reaction.

Grappl’s list of the best matches of 2021 so far as well as sleeper matches from small promotions worth checking out.

The biggest lawsuit settlement in WWE history, update on John Cena, Linda McMahon with Donald Trump, Daniel Bryan mentions on Smackdown, Thea Trinidad return to WWE, how often each company does rematches, Smackdown doing a split site show, changes to a WWE streaming product, huge match coming, wrestlers recently cut were to be put in a new group, notes on Breakout tournament competitors, International TV ratings for WWE and AEW, WWE exec honored as one of the best in the world except they fired him, new WWE marketing deal, the most viewed segments on YouTube of WWE programming this past week as well as the current WWE market value.

Update Dwayne Johnson’s planned launch of the XFL and explain the latest delays.

A story on the death of Cyanide Sid Cooper, a top U.K. heel  who was both a major inspiration of the Lord Steven Regal character in WCW and Regal’s favorite wrestler as a young child, his matches, what he was known for, life after wrestling and more.

Coverage of AAA’s Verano de Escandalo.

A story on Chris Romero aka Chris Youngblood, from the famous Romero wrestling family, his family, including relatives few know about, his breaking into the business, how he became a big star in Puerto Rico, the heyday of The Youngbloods there, the death of Bruiser Brody, and the glory days of All Japan Pro Wrestling.

More detail on the ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week, how many different viewers the shows had, DVR numbers and how long the average fan watches.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw Paul Orndorff and the latest pro wrestling news. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com but please only ask questions tonight regarding Paul Orndorff.

We also have a great show with Ariel Helwani up on the site.

Very sorry to hear the news about Paul Orndorff. While Paul’s most successful run was against Hulk Hogan in their two 1980s runs, he was one of the best athletes and in-ring guys in the business years before that, in places like Mid South, Memphis, the Carolinas and Georgia. I always saw him as a potential NWA champion because he combined the look and the ability. Perhaps the reason he never was considered strongly was being a contemporary of Ric Flair, who was such an incredible performer during that era. Unfortunately a series of injuries including a herniated disc in the neck changed the course of his career right when he was at his peak. We’ll talk more about him on the show and what was said with Paul is he was not old when dementia set in and in his case it was really bad over the past few years to where he couldn’t remember so much about his career. But what a great athlete and intense performer.

Raw tonight is the Money in the Bank go-home show with Bobby Lashley vs. Xavier Woods, Sheamus vs. Humberto Carrillo for the U.S. title Asuka vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Ash, A.J. Styles vs. Ivar, Omos vs. Erik and Ricochet vs. John Morrison falls count anywhere. This show was taped last Tuesday on a closed set so results did not get out. It’s the last show without fans from the Thunderdome in Tampa. It goes against ESPN’s Home Run Derby so that should hurt, but the rating should be well up from last week’s record low caused by the holiday.

Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley boxing match promoted as a Showtime PPV will take place on 8/29 in Cleveland at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Paul is from Cleveland. Both men will have to weigh in at a 190 pound limit. Amanda Serrano also defends her WBC and WBO featherweight title against Yamileth Mercado, the super bantamweight champion.

The monthly fee for ESPN plus will be raised from $5.99 to $6.99 starting on 8/13. The yearly subscription price will be raised from $60 to $70. The price for the ESPN+, Disney and Hulu bundle remains the same. UFC will not be increasing its PPV price at this time.

John Kavanagh, the coach of Conor McGregor, said he had suffered a left ankle injury in camp and that a scan before the fight showed damage that could have been made worse by a kick Poirier checked. It’s pretty much now believed across the board the original injury was from a checked kick before the big injury at the end of the first round. McGregor underwent a three-and-a-half hour operation yesterday for a broken tibia and broken fibula. He said he will be on crutches for six weeks but will make a full recovery.  

As noted all day, Chris Hero was backstage as a producer at the ROH PPV show. The show was really fun to watch, lots of good wrestling and all  the key bouts were different. We’re doing polls right now for both UFC 264 and for the ROH Best in the World show so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

Natalya being added to the Money in the Bank match as announced today, is notable because they had built up two different teams, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke and Shotzi & Nox for women’s tag team title shots against Natalya & Tamina on television in recent weeks.
The Broken Skull Sessions episode with Kevin Nash that had been scheduled for yesterday is now set to debut after the Money in the Bank PPV this coming Sunday.
Dustin Poirier has opened as a -180 favorite to take the title from Charles Oliveira if and when that lightweight title fight takes place.
Dark Elevation for tonight has:
Darby Allin vs. Angelico
Hikaru Shida vs. Julia Hart
Wheeler Yuta & Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor vs. Private Party & Jora Johl
Jungle Boy vs. Lee Johnson
Scorpio Sky vs. Shawn Dean
Brian Cage vs. 5
Red Velvet vs. Leila Gray
Matt Hardy vs. Fuego del Sol
Yuka Sakazaki vs. KiLynn King
Riho vs. Amber Nova
Tay Conti vs. La Brava
Thunder Rosa vs. Dreamgirl Ellie
Brian Pillman Jr. &  Griff Garrison & Billy & Colten Gunn vs. The Acclaimed & Luther & Serpentico
Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Baron Black
Leyla Hirsch vs. Kelsey Heather

If you’re a fan of women’s wrestling they’ve got six women’s bouts on the show which must be something approximated a record for that group. This was taped on Wednesday in Miami and the current issue runs the show down but Jungle Boy vs. Johnson got over big with those in the arena.
AXS will have special programming this week to help build Saturday’s Slammiversary show.  At 9 p.m. tonight, Pulp Fiction airs on the station with Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows doing wrap-arounds.  The Slammiversary one hour preview show airs Thursday at 10 p.m.  On Saturday the 2021 Rebellion show airs on television at 3 p.m. and the preview show for the PPV repeats at 7 p.m.
MLW sold out its initial allotment of tickets for 9/11 in Dallas which was said to be about 750 or 800 seats.  They are opening up more seats.
The Dallas Observer has a story about a Lucha Libre play that has a strong review. (thanks to Lee Wall)
Cage Fury Fighting Championships announced a 9/16 show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.  C.M. Punk announces for this group and they air live on  UFC Fight Pass.  Zulkarniaiyn Kamchybekov (5-1) and Phumi Nkuta (3-0) are scheduled to defend their lightweight and flyweight titles on the show.
KSW will be doing a studio show from Warsaw, Poland on 7/17 at www.KSWTV.com  Olympic gold medal winning weightlifter Szymon Kolecki (9-1) faces bodybuilder Akop Szostak (4-3) and Marius Zaromskis (23-9) vs. Andrezej Grzebyk (17-4) face off in the semi.
Championship Wrestling from Memphis had TV tapings yesterday that sold out.  Lance Archer did a meet and greet at the show.  They have a free show called Throwdown in Orange Bound Saturday night, an 8/7 show with a Teddy Long Meet and Greet, 8/14 in Newport, AR and an 8/15 meet and  greet with Wolfie D.
Combate Global airs live on Paramount+ at 11 p.m. Eastern with Levy Marroquin (14-3) vs.  Carlos Calvo (7-1).
Limited tickets for the 8/15, 8/16 and 8/17 Impact tapings in Nashville go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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