Daily Update: Raw notes, Danny Havoc, Tully Blanchard

DAILY UPDATE

Latest News:

VIDEO: Being The Elite – Damascus meets Hangman Page   
New match added to AEW Dark, Clutch Adams issues apology   
WWE launches free WWE Network tier, Raw Talk returning   
CZW and GCW wrestler Danny Havoc passes away  
Jon Jones offers to relinquish UFC title as Dana White spat continues  

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WON NEWSLETTER: June 1, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Hana Kimura Dave Meltzer covers a sad week for pro wrestling, reviews AEW Double or Nothing, and more.

An extensive story on the death of Hana Kimura is the focal point of this week’s double issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The story covers numerous aspects, from cyber bullying to the realities of reality shows, comments from those who knew her well, pro wrestling and much more.  We look at everything from legislation being introduced, similar things with two reality stars in South Korea, and what happened on the show and after the show.

We look at why she was on Terrace House, her life as the daughter of a wrestler, her reality show story, what Terrace House is, what is and isn’t real, her death, the immediate reaction to her death in wrestling, cast members talk about the show, story of what happened the night of her death, reactions from wrestlers, reactions from politicians, as well as a look at her career in the ring.

The new issue also covers:

AEW Double or Nothing show, PPV numbers, poll results, what this says about PPV, wrestling in the previous depression, Stadium Stampede background, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and more.

More on WWE’s COVID-19 procedures at the last tapings, Matt Riddle to Smackdown, changes regarding usage of NXT talent on Raw or Smackdown, behind Drew Gulak signing new deal, what’s up with Nigel McGuinness, A.J. Styles to Smackdown, IC title tournament, Kairi Sane injury, Samoa Joe health update, Ric Flair talks new deal, highest sports ratings of the week, Canadian pro wrestling ratings, Ronda Rousey update, Drew McIntyre has words with Colby Covington, Next week’s TV, Seth Rollins talks Austin Theory, Becky Lynch update, value of WWE, and the most watched shows of the past week on the WWE network.

The ability of foreign wrestles and fighters to get into the U.S.

Safety precautions for the UFC shows in Las Vegas, what Nevada is mandating, as well as how the other major companies around the world are handling the situation.

AEW’s angle with Mike Tyson, the good and bad of it as well as notes on the coverage.

An update on the XFL bankruptcy and Vince McMahon.

Update the financial issues with DAZN.

WWE’s decision to follow AEW and use wrestlers as fans for the empty arena shows this pas week.

More on the death of Shad Gaspard and his memorial service.

Circumstances surrounding the death of Owen Hart including clearing up a lot of misconceptions that have been spread over the last 20 years. 

WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

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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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, Jon Jones, and the rest of the latest news. You can send questions for tonight’s show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com  We also have a weekend show with Garrett Gonzalez up right now.

Thanks for all the nice comments on the story on Hana Kimura in the current issue. I probably learned as much from people’s comments than I did from writing it.  

Jon Moxley paid tribute to Danny Havoc, who passed away yesterday, and noted that Havoc designed his first AEW T-shirt.

The final audience number for Smackdown was 2,170,000 viewers, the best since 4/17.  

The update for Dynamite this week is Cody vs. Jungle Boy for the TNT title, Kenny Omega & Adam Page vs. Jimmy Havoc & Kip Sabian for the tag titles, Chris Jericho vs. Colt Cabana, a match with Brian Cage, and Tony Schiavone will interview FTR.

For those who don’t know history, in 1993-94 AAA ran in Los Angeles and drew some of the biggest crowds in pro wrestling, including the largest crowd of the entire year in 1993, and generally considered the best PPV show of the era in 1994. John Arezzi and Ron Skoler, who helped promote the shows, and Konnan, who was part of putting it together, were all together talking for the first time in 25 years on Arezzi’s podcast.

WWE
Tonight’s Raw show was taped on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see if the Kairi Sane vs. Nia Jax airs and how it is edited since Sane was injured and bloodied up during the match although those in the company have said it was not Jax’s fault.
Besides Jax vs. Sane, taped for the show include Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka in a battle of women’s champions with no belts at stake, Apollo Crews defends the U.S. title, Seth Rollins vs. Aleister Black and Rollins hosts a retirement ceremony for Rey Mysterio.  The Viking Raiders and Street Profits also go bowling.
After Raw tonight will be the debut of Raw talk with Charly Caruso and Samoa Joe as hosts.  Joe has to do four hours of broadcasting on Mondays? 
The New York Post has a story on Sonya Deville and her line of merchandise. 
AEW
Tully Blanchard and Shawn Spears splitting up another example that one thing the 80s guys have on the current guys is their ability to cut promos with this masterful promo by Blanchard.
The schedule for Dark tomorrow:
Billy Gunn vs. John Skyler
Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall vs. Peter Avalon & Brandon Cutler
Santana & Ortiz vs. Leroy & EJ Lewis
Butcher & Blade vs. Jon Cruz & Joe Alonzo
Christi Jaynes vs. KiLynn King

The Shawn Spears vs. Clutch Adams match was removed from the show. Adams made racial slurs on Twitter when he was 19 and was mad watching a football game about Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. They were found by someone and AEW pulled from the match. Adams has since apologized for the remarks.
MISCELLANEOUS
This is a great article by John Corrigan on the retirement of Stu Saks, who ran Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 1987 to the present and talks with Bill Apter, Craig Peters and many others who worked with him over the years.
A note regarding yesterday’s update and Peter Norman. Peter Norman of Australia did not hold up a glove in protest. in the famous incident at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.  But he was asked by John Carlos and Tommie Smith on the Olympic stand if he would mind if they did that and he said he was fine with it.  But he never raised his arm.  But when it came out they asked him and he said he was okay, the Australian media and government destroyed him on his return.  He was basically blacklisted out of sports and when the 2000 Olympics came to Sydney, he still wasn’t invited even as a former medal winner.  It was only after his death that the government apologized for how they treated him. (thanks to Dann Lennard)
Impact in 60 debuts tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on AXS.  It will be a third hour of wrestling after the regular show with a theme.  Tomorrow night’s episode will look back at the best of the Nashville years.  It is built around matches with Raven and A.J. Styles.
NFC is holding its first show back from COVID on 6/27 with a women’s open tournament and with men’s over and under 175 pounds tournament with Jiu Jitsu rules.  The show will air live on FloGrappling.  This begs the question as to how can Flo make a success of a grappling channel and so many of their sports channels and fail so miserably with a pro wrestling channel?
MLW announced that it will be returning to Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena on 12/5 and to New York at the Melrose Ballroom on 2/4.  Hopefully this all works out because any date announcements are subject to change based on factors that simply can’t be predicted at this time and are totally out of the hands of the promotions.  Right now MLW is definitely not running anything through the end of July.
Kevin Eck interviews Matt Taven on the ROH Podcast.

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