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*Wrestler and Performer of the week

*Lots of new news regarding AEW plans, new television show, how this impacts AEW, who will be the stars of the different shows and more.

*WWE creates a new world championship belt, the story behind it, the draft and changes in draft plans, and what NXT talent is ready now and can be stars later

*Full coverage of Stardom's All-Star Grand Queendom, one of the biggest women's events of the past 25 years. We look at business, Mercedes Mone, creation of a new championship, PPV numbers, the count out finish with match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

*The lawsuit filed by former WWE writer Britney Abrahams against the company, including stereotyping wrestlers, comments by writers, and much more

*WWE and AEW major shows between now an the end of August, matches, tickets out, interest levels and top feuds

*The next TripleMania show with the El Hijo del Vikingo vs. Kenny Omega rematch

*UFC full coverage from Saturday, results, details, business and future prospects

*The most detailed look at al the television ratings this past week, including what competition means, how things compare to a year ago, and what major change this week in television and how that impacts prime time wrestling

*Dragon Gate's next major show

*All Japan Champion Carnival update

*Will Ospreay future

*New Japan Best of the Super Junior notes

*Notes on the New Japan shows this week

*Aaron Henare talks his greatest match with Shingo Takagi

*One of the greatest woman wrestlers of all-time, at 61 wins a tag team title

*The story of Don Luce, one of the most respected pro wrestling historians

*One of the all-time greats will have a statue put up in his home town

*Notes on the new season of Dark Side of the ring

*Devon Nicholson talks about the claims of Abdullah the Butcher

*New book deal about a gangland murder of a major 80s star

*Promotions piggybacking around AEW at Wembley Stadium

*MLW TV future notes

*Owen Hart Cup

*Kota Ibushi update

*Notes from All Access

*ticket advances for WWE & AEW shows

*Streaming and international TV numbers

*Two legendary wrestlers who later did MMA have documentaries out on them and finalists for Emmy Awards

*Bellator's return to Hawaii

*Business notes on Tank Davis vs Ryan Garcia and crossover with the pro wrestling audience

*All of what went down with Nate Diaz in New Orleans

*Peacock business number and what that means for WWE

*Changes in Raw

*Law firm investigating WWE merger

*Lots of WWE injuries and talent questioning some of the training

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Sunday Update

Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the latest news from the weekend such as the draft, European tour, AEW stuff and the week upcoming with Wrestling Obsever Radio. You can send questions to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

We'll have more in the issue, but Gable Steveson went back to amateur wrestling at the U.S. Open over the weekend and not only destroyed everyone en route to winning the tournament, but was named Most Outstanding Wrestler regardless of the weight class.

Steveson faced the best heavyweights in the country, including NCAA champion Mason Parris, and won all four bouts with four tech falls (meaning ahead by ten points when it was stopped) and outscoring opponents 44-1. The win would put Steveson theoretically on the 6/10 event at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, where he would face whoever is deemed as the No. 2 heavyweight, likely Nick Gwiazdowski, who Steveson beat in the finals. They would do a best of three and the winner would represent the U.S. at the world championships.

With the ease that he beat Parris, Steveson probably has a lot of regrets about not returning to attempt to win a third NCAA title earlier this year. As noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Steveson had an idea to do that as a surprise, but for reasons not detailed, it fell through.

There was a pro wrestling connection at yesterday's San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres baseball game in Mexico City — the first major league regular season game ever held there. Atlantis threw out the first pitch and WWE's Rey Mysterio was among several wrestlers, mostly from CMLL, who were special guests.

WWE results from yesterday in Paris, France, which was the final night of the European tour (Thanks to Sebastian Mantilla Vargas)

Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair defeated Iyo Sky via DQ in a title match when Dakota Kai and Bayley interfered and Asuka made the save.Asuka & Belair defeated Damage Ctrl when Belair pinned Bayley after the KODDamian Priest defeated Dolph Ziggler after interference from Dominik Mysterio. Dominik got ridiculous heat trying to cut a promo.Dominik Mysterio defeated Dexter Lumis with help from Priest.Baron Corbin defeated Rick Boogs for his first win of the year. The crowd cheered Corbin a ton and booed Boogs. This may have been an impromptu change since Boogs beat Corbin on every other show.Seth Rollins defeated The Miz. This segment went almost 40 minutes with fans singing for about 35 minutes. Miz got a major babyface reaction but cut a promo in French turning himself heel.Alpha Academy defeated Maximum Male Models. The Models first claimed they were from Paris, the fashion capital of the world, but then ran down the city because of all the garbage in the streets.US Champion Austin Theory defeated Bobby Lashley and Bronson Reed to retain. Lashley speared Reed but Theory pinned Reed.Cody Rhodes defeated Finn Balor. Rhodes was the most over of anyone. He cut a promo saying after all the sellouts in Paris that WWE should run a PLE in Paris.

We're looking for reports from tonight's WWE show in Bossier City, LA, with results, finishes and highlights to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

In Google trends for the week, the Giants-Padres game in Mexico City was No. 3 for today earlier in the day, and Mike Perry, who beat Luke Rockhold in the main event of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event, was No. 9.

The Bare Knuckle show from last night, which got the most interest by far of anything in combat sports, was No. 6 yesterday with 100,000 searches. On Friday, the new Guardians of the Galaxy move was No. 9 (Dave Bautista in the movie) and No. 18 was the WWE Draft with 20,000 searches.

Perry (3-0) beat Rockhold via second round stoppage at the Bare Knuckle event in Denver. Rockhold reportedly won the first round and hurt Perry early, but Perry hurt him back late in the round. His mouth looked like hell when it was stopped in the second round with some teeth knocked out. It's really sad that these MMA fighters can't make more money in their sport and go into this, but they are obviously getting paid well. Eddie Alvarez beat Chad Mendes via decision over five rounds in the other big fight on the show.

However, the biggest thing on the show was after Perry beat Rockhold, he called out Conor McGregor, who was at ringside. They had a staredown in the ring and McGregor acted like he'd be willing to face Perry. Perry also issued a challenge to Donald Cerrone. 

Tonight on A&E in the wrestling block at 7 PM will be a replay of the Steve Austin biography episode. At 9 PM, it will be WWE's Most Wanted Treasures featuring Steve Austin. Then at 10 PM, it will be the debut of Stone Cold Takes on America. This is the second week in a row A&E has built the Sunday night block around Austin after doing solid ratings last week.

I have got a lot of responses to three of the recent matches in NJPW. I will try and watch them, but those getting a number of rave reviews were Hiromu Takahashi's IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defense against Yoshinobu Kanemaru on Thursday, yesterday's tag title match with Aussie Open vs. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste, and the KOPW title match where Taichi won the title from Shingo Takagi in a match that went more than 43:00. 

Suzu Suzuki, who announced a few days ago that she was leaving the Prominence promotion, is not officially announced as being with Stardom, but unless something unforeseen happens, she will end up as a regular there.

Tommy Dreamer was back producing at Saturday's Impact tapings at Chicago's Cicero Stadium. Also producing was Ricky Morton. 

I don't know how an anonymous person on Twitter is claiming that the new Britt Baker AEW T-shirt with her black eye promotes domestic violence. Baker is shutting it down and it was a story worthy of Fox News, so here were are. Literally, an unnamed person on Twitter said something ridiculous. Check out like every single person in wrestling's Twitter feeds. (Thanks to Curtis Hierro)

Championship Wrestling from Florida debuts with Kevin Sullivan as booker with tapings on 5/27 and 5/28 in Pompano Beach, FL. 

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