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WON NEWSLETTER: January 3, 2022 Observer Newsletter: WWE changes due to omicron, MSG near record low

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The effects of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 led to a number of major changes and precautions in WWE.

Among the names advertised who didn’t appear on shows this week were Roman Reigns, Big E, Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Bianca Belair, Bobby Lashley, Queen Zelina, Shinsuke Nakamura and King Woods.

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

AEW

  • CM Punk called out Kazuchika Okada on Twitter earlier today. This stems from a Sports Illustrated interview from Monday where Okada expressed interest in facing both Punk and Bryan Danielson. “Danielson and Punk would make for some incredible matches,” Okada said. “A lot of those dream match scenarios are about getting excited for the possibilities, and once the match is done, it’s done. So it is important to keep that excitement and anticipation, I think. Still, if we wait too long, they’ll both retire eventually, so I want to face them both while they’re still active.”
  • This week’s Road to AEW Dynamite and Battle of the Belts,focusing on the title matches that will take place Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Eddie Kingston talked to Yahoo Sports about being himself. He said that AEW should sign everyone: “This is my thinking. If you bring in all of these guys, it makes me step up my game. If I step up my game, it leads to a better product. A better product means more people will watch and more people will talk about AEW. That’s what we all should do. Some people don’t think that way and it’s on them, but they’ll be left behind. It’s nobody’s fault but their own. At the end of the day, if I’m pushing myself and everybody is pushing themselves, it’s good TV and AEW gets bigger.”
  • Max Caster says he is one of the judges for tomorrow’s AEW World title match between Hangman Page and Bryan Danielson.
  • Ho Ho Lun spoke to the South China Morning Post about his recent appearance on AEW Dark. 

Other Wrestling

  • NJPW president Takami Ohbari said there will not be any punishment after Katsuyori Shibata went against the rules for his match during the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 16. “There is no way NJPW will give him a punishment,” he wrote on Twitter. “The social significance of NJPW is to energize people through our battle.”
  • Nick Gage on Instagram said that he’s currently taking time off to heal from injuries and get his mind and body right. 
  • After Jake Lee vacated AJPW’s Triple Crown championship due to injury, a four person, one night tournament will determine the new champion at Korakuen Hall on January 23. Suwama will face Kento Miyahara and Shotaro Ashino will face Ryuki Honda. The winners between those two matches will then face off for the Triple Crown.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi talked to Sports Illustrated ahead of his IWGP United States title match against KENTA on tonight’s Wrestle Kingdom 16 show.
  • Killer Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux spoke to Renee Paquette about their main roster run in WWE.
  • Anthony Henry wrote on Twitter that he intends on 2022 being his last year in pro wrestling full-time.
  • PWInsider is reporting that ITV Studios is preparing a documentary on the life and passing of Eddie Guerrero that is set to be released later this year.
  • Booker T is returning to in-ring action on January 22 as he will face Gaspar Hernandez in a “Team Exhibition match”.

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