Daily Update: Dark Side of the Ring, WWE Raw, AEW Dynamite

July 2, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

Daily Update

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Tony Khan to announce first Collision main event on AEW DynamiteReport: Vince McMahon backstage at WWE RawWWE Raw live results: Seth Rollins vs. Damian Priest title matchWWE SmackDown draws big ratings for Roman Reigns celebrationAEW Rampage viewership down, 18-49 demo rating up

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

June 5, 2023 Observer Newsletter: AEW Double or Nothing & WWE Night of Champions recaps

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Match of the week and performer of the weekFull Double or Nothing coverageAll the business notes on the showHow the show did on PPV and in theatersTony Khan's goals for CollisionMore on the new AEW TV deal with WBDWhere All In 2023 stands on the biggest crowds and gates in wrestling historyTony Khan talks Bill GoldbergBryan Danielson talks AEW creativeMatt Jackson on coming back so quickly from a muscle tear, the stunts in the match, how preparation was less than last year and whyThe latest Bloodline sagaBusiness notes on Night of Champions and how AEW/WWE crossover viewership changed this past weekend from the pastHow comparisons of big event interest changed greatlyBest of the Super Juniors finals, Dominion and All Together Now, a look at the big events in JapanNXT Battleground coverageOne of the longest lasting wrestling promoters who ever lived, Brian Dixon, passes away at 74Stardom has World & Wonder of Stardom champions face off on PPV show and where this leadsTwo future stars leave two different promotions this past weekWill Ospreay talks futureNew Japan President Takami Ohbari talks the state of the business, how close the company was to being in real trouble, and how they've had to change the businessBilly Graham funeral notesBobo Brazil day and a look at the iconic figureAdvance ticket sales for all upcoming WWE and AEW showsStreaming and international TV numbersRecords at stake in UFC fights this weekInternational promotion looking at crowd of 50,000 for a show tomorrowWWE's arguments to get MLW lawsuit dismissedInjury updatesWWE market valueTwo people under WWE deals are one week away from competing for a sports world championship shotMerch updates

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Monday Update

Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering Raw and the latest news. We also put a show up over the weekend talking to Evan Husney about the new season of Dark Side of the Ring.

Dark Side of the Ring episode two of the season will be on Magnum T.A., who suffered a career ending auto accident in 1986, when he was only 27 and was about to be made NWA world champion. I have so much respect for what he did with his life after the accident and am really looking forward to it.

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Raw tonight is from Hartford, CT., with Seth Rollins vs. Damian Priest for the world title, Cody Rhodes will be on Miz TV talking Brock Lesnar, plus MITB qualifying matches with Becky Lynch vs. Sonya Deville and Zoey Stark vs. Natalya. There were 8,300 tickets out as of this morning. It won't be close to sold out (12,000 for a wrestling TV set up) but was up 27 percent from the Smackdown in November in the same arena. The game will go against the Florida Panthers vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup final game, which is very legit competition although no NBA finals competition.

AEW isn't so lucky, as they'[l be going against both the Heat-Nuggets game three and the final episode of Vanderpump Rules. AEW will take it on the chin this week most likely, especially since the main event is Orange Cassidy vs. Swerve Strickland and no Moxley, Omega, Jericho, FTR, Young Bucks, Danielson, Page or MJF announced for matches. Dynamite has a good chance at first place finishes on Wednesday regularly starting on the 6/14 show. Game four of the NBA playoffs is Friday against Smackdown and Rampage and game five is official for next Monday against Raw. After that, no more NBA to worry about for pro wrestling until the fall. 

Chris Weidman returns from his horrible broken leg on 8/19 in Boston when he'll face Brad Tavares at the UFC 292 PPV show.

Joe Rogan won't be announcing Saturday's UFC show in Vancouver. Paul Felder will be taking his pace, working with Jon Anik and Daniel Cormier for the PPV show headlined by Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana for the women's bantamweight title.

A 2023 Panini Black Prizm WWE The Rock trading card is up for auction, and it is being called the most desirable cad in wrestling. A Rock card sold in December for $126,000 and this could come close or even beat that number.

Enrique Lutteroth Camou, the son of the original Salvador Lutteroth, passed away at the age of 95 on 5/30. He promoted shows in Monterrey for "four decades" according to the CMLL release on his death.

ony Ferguson pleaded not guilty is misdemeanor DUI charges from his crashing his truck in Hollywood, CA in May in a heavily reported incident. He was arrested on 5/7 after he allegedly smashed his truck into two parked cars and then flipped his truck at about 2 a.m.

UFC star Paddy Pimblett and girlfriend Laura Gregory were married on 5/28.

Other Notes

Madman Fulton returns to Impact on Friday's Against All Odds show from Columbus, OH. He'll team with Jake Crist & Sami Callihan vs. The Design on Deaner & Angels & Kon.

Defy announced Laredo Kid vs. Aramis vs. Gringo Loco at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR, on 6/24.

Sabu has been booked for Outlaw Championship Wrestling on Thursday night at the Queens Brewery in Ridgewood, NY. He will be in Crowbar's corner for a match with Channing Thomas. JTG vs. Afa Anoa'i Jr. headlines the show.

Michigan independent wrestler and booker Brian Gorie will be inducted into the XICW Detroit Hall of Fame on the 6/17 show in Lincoln Park, MI at the Community Center. 

T-Mart Promotions The Gathering event in Charlotte at the University Plzace Hilton on 8/4 to 8/6 will honor Tommy Rich, Verne & Greg Gagne, Brian Pillman, Brian Blair, Jim Brunzell and Bill Dundee. Amongt others set to appear that weekend are Steve Keirn, Gerald Brisco, Larry Zbyszko, JJ Dillon, Manny Fernandez, Kurt Angle, Godfather, Ahmed Johnson, Jim Ross, Kevin Nash, Jerry Lawler, Tully Blanchard, Tommy Dreamer, Baby Doll, Jimmy Valiant, Kevin Sullivan, Austin Idol, DDP, Greg Valentine, Magnum T.A., Brock Anderson,Robert Gibson and others. On a Saturday night show, Tommy Dreamer will face CW Anderson and Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson face The Headbangers.

Titan returns to Arena Mexico from Japan on Friday night.

Tetsuya Naito, El Desperado, Bushi, Tiger Mask and Rocky Romero will be working for CMLL from 6/26 to 6/30.