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Good people can say bad things. 
Bad people can say good things. 
The things we say today or in our past should not define us forever. 

At some point, we're going to be asked to give a second chance to a lot of wrestlers. Some of us will be able to give them a second chance. Some of us won't. That's ok.

It's a lot harder to forgive someone's actions than it is to forgive a person's words. 

The #SpeakingOut movement is important. The long term benefits to the wrestling community will outweigh any short term inconvenience that we fans have to endure.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, google "#SpeakingOut Wrestling." You will find plenty of answers. OK. Let's move on to this week's idea.

This Week's Idea: Fix AEW Dark and WWE Main Event

Main Event is the only WWE show that I don't watch. So off the radar is Main Event, that the matches don't get included in my win-loss records. I feel a little guilt about it, but I rationalize the exclusion with the idea that Main Event is an obscure non-cannonical part of the WWE landscape. What happens on that show bears no relationship to what happens on Raw, Smackdown, NXT, or even 205 Live. It only airs on Hulu.

AEW has a similar program called Dark that runs each week on You Tube. The difference though is that these matches do figure into each wrestler's win-loss record, and it could influence what opportunities the wrestlers have on the main show. At least it started that way. 

Since the pandemic hit, AEW has mainly used their stars wrestling against unknown and unsigned talent from the independent scene. One week, I saw one of these guys (Mike Reed) on AEW Dark and also on NXT . . . both squash matches. 

Here's the problem. I can write the results without watching the show because AEW Dark is that predictable. When the pandemic first hit us, I thought OK. . .let's give these guys a pass. There was only so much talent available. Now, AEW largely brings the same crop of unsigned wrestlers back every week to lose to new people. So obvious are the outcomes to these matches that the commentary team jokes about the impossibility that the unsigned talent could ever win a match. 

I don't pretend to be an expert at booking a wrestling show. It's not my job, but as a professional consumer of the product, I demand more from the wrestling shows I watch. Give me a storyline, pretend these guys have a chance, and put something at stake.

When I began discussing this on social media earlier this week, someone suggested that the independent talent compete against each other in a tournament. The winner gets a shot at Cody's TNT Championship. They could do some variation of this every week with endless options: Battle Royals, four-ways, etc. AEW could even do a twitter poll or something: which of tonight's wrestlers should compete next week for a title shot?

At least that would make watching them lose every match bearable because it would feel like a scouting mission. AEW could also announce a stipulation where if any unsigned talent gets a win over a signed talent, they automatically get a TNT title shot. I could then watch every week thinking . . . is this going to be the time where unsigned guy #5 wins a match?

As it stands right now, the show just seems to be a way to pad the win-loss records of the established stars. If you're listening AEW, we (or at least I) want more. When it comes time to start your second show, please don't give us Dark in it's current format.

If you have thoughts on this that you want to share, comment on my Facebook Post

Current Prediction

In last week's letter, I predicted that Dakota Kai would be Io Shirai's first challenger. It certainly looks like that will be the case considering she cut a post-match promo saying her sights were set on the NXT Championship. Later that night, Regal announced that Kai is one of four women competing in a Number 1 Contender's match next week. Do you think Dakota Kai wins?

Newsletter Status

I mentioned at the start of last week's letter that 597 people were receiving this newsletter, which was a 100 percent increase from the week before. This week we're up to 908. Another 52% increase. Thank You! 

Thanks for Reading!


Ryan Joy
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Pro Wrestling Champions

Sasha Banks and Bayley

Whether you call them Boss 'n' Hug or the Golden Role Models, it really doesn't matter. Sasha Banks and Bayley are dominating the WWE Women's scene, and they're finally becoming the touring and fighting Tag Team Champions that they originally wanted to be when they became the Inaugural champions. 

Sasha and Bayley won the titles earlier this month and just came off an 8 day period that included three title defenses (Triple Threat at Backlash, Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart on NXT, and the Iiconics on Raw). 

On the 17th day of this title reign, Sasha and Bayley have already defended the titles as many times as the previous champions (Bliss and Cross) did in their entire 62 day run. 

2020 Team Victories: 
The Iiconics and Bliss-Cross in a triple threat, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross on 3/13 and 6/5Naomi and Lacey EvansShotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox, and the Iiconics on 6/22, .

2020 Team Losses:
Charlotte and AsukaLacey Evans and TaminaLacey Evans and Naomi and Lacey Evans and Dana Brooke.

Each week, we'll include a short profile on a current champion(s) in Pro Wrestling. All championship title reigns from AEW, Impact, MLW, New Japan, NXT, NXT UK, ROH, Raw, and Smackdown are tracked at

Win-Loss Stand Out - Sheamus (11-2)

Each week, we'll take a look at someone with an interesting win-loss record. 

Sheamus (11-2) 

The Celtic Warrior has more singles wins than anyone else on the Smackdown Roster. He leads Daniel Bryan by just one win. 

When Sheamus first came back, I was positive that WWE was positioning him for a title shot. That still may be the case as Braun Strowman needs more challengers. 

If anyone is keeping track, Sheamus and Hardy are actually tied at one win each. Hardy broke Sheamus' 9-0 undefeated streak back on May 22nd. Sheamus would then go on to lose another match to Daniel Bryan the next week. Things swung back in Sheamus' direction with his victory over Hardy at Baclash. 

To me, it seems that whoever wins the Jeff Hardy-Sheamus feud will be first in line for a championship match.

Sheamus Wins in 2020:

Sheamus Losses in 2020:

Reading List

I Draw Wrestlers - Are Belts Just Props

In last week's newsletter, I wrote about the amount of title belts in the WWE. Was it too many? I argued that I didn't think so, but the structure of WWE needs to change to accommodate them. More on that in a future post. The reason I started exploring that topic is because a lot of people seem to think the the championship titles are meaningless in today's professional wrestling product. Chris Guest tackles this concept in this week's article from "I Draw Wrestlers." Click here to read.

Top 10 List - Impact Wrestlers With the Most Wins

As part of my Top 10 series, I took a look at the wrestlers from Impact with the most singles victories in the year 2020. You saw a lot of this in last week's letter when reading about Moose's win-loss record. You might still find some additional gems of information in here. Click here to read.

Also - I'm going to update the Top 10 Series to a weekly column that covers all promotions at once. This way, we can track movement. Look for that in future weeks.

Watch List

Edge Interview from Raw - June 22

Edge and Randy Orton are still trading words. Edge explains that the Rated R Superstar will return. It appears Orton will be legend killing until he does. 

Sho vs. Shingo Takagi - June 22

The match went just of over 17 minutes. Shingo always gets a really good match out of Sho. 

Toru Yano vs. Hiromu Takahashi - June 24

This is 100% comedy, so if that's not your thing . . . then don't waste your time. The match went 9 minutes and dug up storylines from 2011 to update with a new match in 2020. Good stuff. 

Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela vs. Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana - June 24

Sonny Kiss made his Dynamite debut teaming with Joey Janela, and he has arrived. As a team, Janela and Kiss just click. They looked really good here. AEW also had a great video package for them before the match. Meanwhile on the other side of the ring, the storyline of Mr. Brodie Lee recruiting Colt Cabana continues. Join the Dark Order.

The Title Picture

Title Changes


Title Defenses

Raw Tag Team Championships - June 22

The Street Profits defeated The Viking Raiders to retain the tag titles on Monday Night Raw. This was the Street Profit's fourth defense. Here's a link to the write up

Raw Championship - June 22

Asuka defeated Charlotte Flair by submission to retain the Raw Championship on Monday. This was Asuka's third defense. Here's a link to the write up.

WWE Tag Team Championship - June 22

Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated the Iiconics to retain their tag team championships. This was their third defense. Here's a link to the write up.

NXT North American Championship - June 24

Keith Lee defeated Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano to retain the North American Championship. This was Lee's fifth title defense. Here's a link to the write up.

Catch Up on Graphic Endings

The final issue of the first season of Graphic Endings is out! This is a free Pro Wrestling Story with full color illustrations. Below is the artwork for the final issue. 

In this week's issue, read the words of the announce team as the call the final moments of the big main event match. 
  1. Issue 1 - Eight Weeks to Bell Time
  2. Issue 2 - Four Weeks to Bell Time
  3. Issue 3 - Two Weeks to Bell Time
  4. Issue 4 - One Week After
  5. Issue 5 - One Week After Part 2
  6. Issue 6 - Minute's Peril
  7. Issue 7 - The Comeback
  8. Issue 8 - The Referee's Vantage Point
  9. Issue 9 - And New
  10. Issue 10 - What Now?

Pro Wrestling Quotes

The Minutes to Bell Time Instagram features a daily quote spoken by someone in the wrestling industry. Each post is collected at


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