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AEW Double or Nothing notes: Fyter Fest, injury updates, Brian Cage   
Mike Tyson to appear on AEW Dynamite this week   
Alex Hammerstone signs new multi-year deal with MLW   
MLW Anthology results and video: Mance Warner   
WWE Main Event results: Ricochet vs. Shane Thorne   
Jon Moxley vs. Brian Cage AEW title match to headline Fyter Fest   
Britt Baker’s injuries revealed, will address future on AEW Dynamite   
AEW announces All Out PPV for September   
Hikaru Shida wins AEW Women’s title at Double or Nothing  
AEW crowns first-ever TNT Champion at Double or Nothing   

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WOL: Hana Kimura death, Shad Gaspard, AEW Double or Nothing, more! 5/24
DragonKing Dark: Avenging Angels 5/24
WOR: Hana Kimura, AEW Double or Nothing, Stadium Stampede, more! 5/24
B&V&F: AEW Double or Nothing II post-show! 5/23

WON NEWSLETTER: May 25, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Shad Gaspard

A story on the life of Shad Gaspard is the lead in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 

We cover the circumstances of his tragic death, notes from his family and friends, his acting career, his childhood, his thoughts about MMA, what world champion MMA fighter did he tell to pursue MMA before pro wrestling, and look at his wrestling career.

Whether Vince McMahon is doing an end-around to get out of paying people money owed and then restarting the league.  We look at why the people he owes money to believe that is the case.

The new issue also covers:

A preview for Double or Nothing II.

Update SummerSlam, more on Ric Flair’s new deal, more on Drew Gulak leaving WWE, brand-to-brand changes, IC title tournament, key person in directing television shows leaving, Backlash update, In Your House update, Jim Cornette’s comments on Becky Lynch and Dana Brooke, Seth Rollins and Dana Brooke respond, Glenn Jacobs talks shutting down businesses, WWE star nominated for major sorts award, Lio Rush talks leaving WWE, Nikki Bella talks her back, sports ratings for the past week, Canadian ratings for recent weeks, top amateur star talks going to WWE, WWE market value right now and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

Complete coverage of this past week’s UFC show.

A feature on the career of Kevin Randleman, the newest UFC Hall of Fame inductee, nothing his amateur wrestling days, his fighting days and his pro wrestling days.  We look at his most famous fights and biggest pro wrestling matches.

A lot more looking back 21 years ago to the tragic death of Owe Hart. We look at comments by Martha Hart and Jerry McDevitt and go back through the legal proceedings.

The highest television rating for any pro wrestling match in history and the legend of Kim Il, a forgotten South Korean sports legend.

The movie “My Dad is a Heel Wrestler,” starring Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the 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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Our weekend show covering last night’s Double or Nothing and Hana Kimura is up on the site right now. We also have a new Observer Radio this weekend talking with Ross Hart about Owen Hart, Dynamite Kid and Stampede Wrestling history. We’re doing our poll on last night’s AEW PPV show, you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to

Some notes on Google trends over the past week:

AEW Double or Nothing was no. 10 yesterday with 100,000 searches.  I believe that would be the second most in the history of the promotion.
On Friday, the No. 1 searched topic in the U.S.was Terrace House and Hana Kimura with 500,000, beating Joe Biden for the top spot in a close race.
On Wednesday, the No. 1 searched topic in the U.S. was Shad Gaspard at 1 million. No. 12 was Joe Rogan at 200,000 for his signing his contract with Spotify.
On Monday, the No. 6. searched topic was Shad Gaspard with 500,000.

It appears restrictions on foreign athletes coming to and leaving the U.S. will be dropped, unlike those of normal citizens, because it is necessary for the NHL, where so many of the athletes live outside the U.S., and to a lesser extent baseball and basketball. My presumption is that WWE will be considered with them as will UFC, and if so, so should AEW.  

The third part of the Undertaker documentary airs today on the WWE Network.

Edge talking about Owen Hart on a Kenny McIntosh talk show in the U.K.
The Toronto Sun has a story on Undertaker.
Shawn Michaels talks to ESPN about Undertaker.
Legendary boxing writer Thomas Hauser talks about UFC’s handling of COVID-19.
Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Cavillo has been reported by ESPN for the 6/13 show in Las Vegas.
Vampiro will be wrestling for CWE in Canada on his first national tour from 10/17 to 11/9 including his first show in his original home city of Thunder Bay, ONT in more than a decade on 11/7.
A story on Vampiro returning. (thanks to Lee Wall)

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Harley Race wins his first NWA World title


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