Daily Update: Big E, Impact ratings, Regis Philbin

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WON NEWSLETTER: July 27, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Extreme Rules review, Good Brothers podcast, more 

A look at the very good, and the very bad, of Extreme Rules is the lead story in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also have a back-of-the-book feature on Carlton Haselrig, one of the greatest American heavyweight wrestlers in the history of the sport of wrestling.

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Interest levels in Extreme Rules and with the rating the next day, the lesson that tells us about certain types of angles, the background of Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio, along with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results on the show.

An examination of all facets of the Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson departure from WWE, including what makes sense, what doesn’t, why, how come they were signed, how come they were given such a strong offer to stay, their release, A.J. Styles, angles set up for them in New Japan and AEW last year, the booking of Raw under Paul Heyman and much more.  This is a very detailed look not only at Gallows &  Anderson, but the roles of a number of different people and how Raw fell off the creative tracks

Impact Slammiversary with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.

Stephanie McMahon’s interview in Ad Age covering wrestling during the pandemic, testing and what changes look to be permanent, as well as race relations.

The current plan for WrestleMania and how it has shifted, the new WWE Board of Directors, next week’s Raw show, NXT North American title thoughts, notes on the next Takeover, update on Wendy Barlow and COVID, WWE producer let go, WWE loses major international deal and how it went down, WWE TV personality get bullied by fans, idea nixed for Raw this past week and all the different changes to the show, Adam Cole-Pat McAfee angel, Bellas update, sports ratings and Canadian TV ratings for the past week, another example of WWE marketing that ha led to the situation they are in, market value of WWE and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

This past weekend’s UFC show.

A feature on Haselrig, a Pennsylvania sports legend who could have been an Olympic medalist or an all-time great NFL player, but drugs curtailed his career, but not before he set a heavyweight record that may never be beat and another record that almost surely will never be beat.

Ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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There was a backstage segment on SmackDown last night where Kofi Kingston claimed that he’ll be out of action for six weeks or more after being put through two tables at Extreme Rules. Kingston told Big E that with him and Xavier Woods both out of action, now is Big E’s time for a singles run to show the world what he can do.
WWE.com ranked their top 10 matches of the year so far:
Boneyard match: The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles (WrestleMania 36)
Edge vs. Randy Orton (Backlash)
Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship (NXT TakeOver: In Your House)
Men’s Royal Rumble match (Royal Rumble)
Intercontinental title tournament finals: AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (June 12 episode of SmackDown)
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship (Money in the Bank)
Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the NXT Women’s Championship (WrestleMania 36)
Men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches (Money in the Bank)
Winner-take-all title vs. title match: Adam Cole vs. Keith Lee for the NXT Championship and NXT North American Championship (NXT Great American Bash)
Fight pit match: Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher (May 27 episode of NXT)

WWE posted a statement sending its condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Regis Philbin after his passing: “WWE is saddened to learn that legendary entertainment figure Regis Philbin has passed away at age 88. WWE Superstars were frequent guests on Philbin’s morning show, ‘Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,’ including Ultimate Warrior, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, John Cena and many more. Philbin even battled the massive Yokozuna in an epic tug-of-war on an episode. The TV icon was also a memorable presence at WrestleMania VII where he conducted backstage interviews and provided commentary for the main event showdown between WWE Champion Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan. Regis also appeared on the historic Raw 1000, sending a classy congratulatory message to WWE. WWE extends its condolences to Philbin’s family, friends and fans.”
Today is Finn Balor’s 39th birthday. WWE uploaded a Playlist video of his coolest matches.
The Irish Mirror has an interview with Balor.
Cesaro spoke to Newsweek.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship from SummerSlam 2013, Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor from the July 25, 2016 episode of Raw, and Aleister Black vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship from the July 25, 2018 episode of NXT.
Other Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Torch reported that this week’s post-Slammiversary episode of Impact averaged 163,000 viewers on AXS TV, up from the 156,000 it averaged the previous week and the 135,000 it drew the week before that. PWTorch wrote that Impact has averaged 147,000 viewers since April and the show averaged 174,000 in January, February, and March. The rating in the 18-49 demo for this week’s episode was a 0.05, tying Impact’s best number for 2020.
Cody Rhodes responded on Twitter about whether he’s a face or heel in AEW: “I’m neither. I’m a competitor & a reigning champion. Tired old tropes are even more insulting to the viewer considering I’ve been on their TV since I was 20. It ain’t black and white, it hasn’t been in forever. Circumstances of the match dictate who we cheer for, beautiful thing.”
Dustin Rhodes plans on launching the Rhodes Wrestling Academy in January: “We are planning on launching January 2021. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for sign up info. I will be very hands on training for your info. School will be outside of Austin,Tx.”
Vickie Guerrero spoke about working for AEW: “I don’t want to be the same character that was at WWE coming into AEW. It’s time for me to reinvent myself. I have a new roster and a new playground that will excite me to interact with the different people on the roster. I think that’s going to have me enjoy this a lot more. I forgot how exciting and the love I have for inside the ring, just with how gracious Tony Khan was. All the staff and coaches were so welcoming me coming in. It has been a fun ride. I can’t wait for the next time I’m out there.”
AEW has released a “Demo God 18:49” T-shirt for Chris Jericho.
ROH uploaded an Honor List video of Bryan Danielson’s greatest moments in the promotion.
Game Changer Wrestling announced that Tournament of Survival 5 will take place in Atlantic City on August 22.
The UFC is finalizing a fight between Geoff Neal and Neil Magny for their August 29 Fight Night show.
Fabricio Werdum indicated that he won’t re-sign with the UFC after his fight against Alexander Gustafsson tonight.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has announced a broadcast partnership with DAZN that will begin next month.

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