Daily Update: Sasha Banks, Hana Kimura, Brandi Rhodes

DAILY UPDATE

Latest News:

Quarterfinal matches set for New Japan Cup  
New Japan Cup night six results: EVIL vs. Hirooki Goto   
The North vs. Shamrock/Callihan Tag title match set for Slammiversary   
Impact Wrestling results: Madman Fulton vs. Trey Miguel   
AEW Dark results: The Young Bucks in action   
Impact Wrestling to crown new World Champion at Slammiversary  

Latest Audio:

B&V&G&C: Retro Invasion Smackdown 4/26/10 plus Granny! 6/30


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WON NEWSLETTER: June 29, 2020 Observer Newsletter: #SpeakingOut continues, WWE COVID-19 outbreak

The worst week in the pro wrestling industry since 2007 is looked back on in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We go through name after name, case after case, the culture, the situations, suggestions on changes and a history dating back to the 30s of women in wrestling’s plight.  We look at Joey Ryan, the WWE talent, people fired from every company, companies restructuring, attorney letters, Jim Cornette, Sammy Guevara, Travis Banks, Marty Scurll, the U.K. culture, the legal aspect, the ugliness from the fan base, David Lagana, Michael Elgin, death of CHIKARA, and pretty much the only mainstream place that will touch the story.

We also look at the COVID outbreak in WWE.  We look at how it happened, why AEW is at risk, the new taping schedule, the plans to return to shows with fans quicker than you think, how the AEW decision making went, how WWE is getting around the travel ban, the Orlando, the mask ordinance, and much more.

The new issue also covers:

The ending of WWE Backstage, the Tuesday night block and more.

Update on the New Japan Cup tournament with this coming week’s shows.

What was supposed to be a big deal and ended up going nowhere due to COVID, the Tessa Blanchard Impact title win. We talk about the ending, and why it happened the way it did.

Possible end of Undertaker’s career, where wrestling stood this past week in sports ratings, WWE gets new overseas deal, most-watched shows on WWE Network and WWE’s current worth.

This week’s UFC show that featured a guy with a destroyed knee winning one of he best fights of the year.

Next two weeks of Wednesday night wrestling. 

Update on Extreme rules.

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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
NXT’s Daniel Vidot posted a picture of the set up for the Great American Bash.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Sasha Banks spoke about why she responded to Sammy Guevara in the way that she did: “As you can see on social media, I left my comment out there, I made my statement. I don’t feel like I need to touch upon it any more than I did, but as a role model, I have to lead by example. I can’t show hate with hate. I only can show through education, dignity, and integrity.”
Nikki Bella wrote that the brain surgery her mother Kathy Laurinaitis underwent yesterday was successful: “Mama Bella had a very successful surgery! Can’t thank you all enough for your prayers, love, light and beautiful words! Can’t wait for my Mom to see how loved she is. It’s going to mean the world to her. Now prayers for her recovery! And thank you to the surgeons who took such incredible care of her. Can’t thank you all enough! Feeling very blessed and grateful right now. So relieved and happy. Can’t wait to squeeze my Mom! She’ll be in ICU for a few days but when I can she’s getting a really big hug and kiss! @mrjohnlaurinaitis thank you for being her and our family’s rock! We all couldn’t have gotten through today without you! Love you!”
This week’s guests on The Bump include Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Lana, Natalya, Ricochet, and Samoa Joe.
On The Bump, Alexa Bliss said that her podcast, “Uncool with Alexa Bliss,” would be launching later this summer.
Renee Young announced on Instagram that she has written a cookbook.
Free matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns from Extreme Rules 2018 and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane in a casket match from the January 29, 2015 edition of SmackDown.
Becky Lynch, as well as Rob Gronkowski, will appear tonight on the CBS show “Game On.”
Ravensburger announced the launch of WWE Legends Royal Rumble card game, set for release on July 26. It is available to pre-order on Amazon.
WWE has filed a trademark for “Wrestle War,” which is the name of a WCW PPV event held from 1989-1992, as well as “Bella Army.”
Other Wrestling
Weekly Bunshun wrote an article detailing Hana Kimura’s experiences working on Terrance House prior to her death. It features quotes from Kyoko Kimura, Hana’s mother. Kyoko said that Hana told her she was being forced by Terrace House to behave more obnoxiously on camera and the staff were the ones that instigated the ring outfit incident that led to the cyberbullying. 
Brandi Rhodes will not be at tonight’s Fyter Fest events due to her and Cody’s dog, Colby Jack, dying. “I am sad to not be physically present for #FyterFest due to my personal loss,” she wrote. “But I am so proud of everyone at @AEWrestling for handling these unprecedented times so professionally & safely with the utmost regard for health and still delivering incredibly! Tonight will be GREAT!”
Eric Young’s first post-WWE appearance is set for July 25 for the Lariat Pro Wrestling Guild promotion. Luke Gallows has also been announced for the show.
Impact teased last night the return of one of Eric Young’s former personas, Super Eric.
Cody has filed a trademark for “American Nightmare,” while Billy Gunn has filed trademarks for “Colten Gunn” and “Sons of a Gunn.”
MMA
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a number of UFC dates for August.
Angela Hill is slated to meet Michelle Waterson on the August 22 UFC card.
Dustin Poirier spoke to Ariel Helwani about his fight against Dan Hooker this past weekend.

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