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        The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is up, talking the launch of the WWE Network as well as an idea that was brought up that would almost guarantee a successful launch, but one that doesn't come without serious risks, and we look at the risk/reward ratio.  We also look at the new hire, the economics of the network at different price points and other factors involved.

        We also look back at all the controversy coming out of the UFC 20th anniversary show, including the judging of the GSP vs. Johny Hendricks fight, the reaction to the judging, the realities of the ten point must scoring system, a look at other scoring systems and each's flaws, GSP's comments after the fight, Dana White's comments after the fight, interesting poll results regarding the main event, stats regarding the effect of the half-point scoring system and Pride scoring, White's blaming the commission, GSP's issues, what cost Hendricks the fight, the 20th anniversary party, business on the show, match-by-match coverage, and how much everyone earned.
 
        We also have a huge UFC history piece, on the period that shaped UFC, from its original show, talking with the people who were there from the start, their memories, what problems ensued, what went wrong, what went right and all the various luck that was involved in bringing the sport up, nearly killing it, and its successful second birth.  We also look back at the beginnings of MMA in Japan with Pancrase, how quickly UFC became a hit, threats to the people running it, how Joe Silva first got involved, the UFC curse, the court fights, the politicians, the battle with John McCain, the battle in New York, the show in Dothan, AL, the turning point for the original UFC and more.
 
        We also look at all kinds of ironies from the early years to the modern period, the changing of the rules, the first time back on PPV, the Shamrock vs. Ortiz feud, the Ultimate Fighter and the first time UFC hit 1 million buys on PPV. 
 
        We also look at WrestleMania ticket sales, secondary market reaction, economic impact of WrestleMania, locals vs tourists at WrestleMania and more.
 
        We also look at this year's Survivor Series, ticket sales, return of Rey Mysterio, Dwayne Johnson's latest movie project, WWE doing PPVs in Europe and does it make sense, new WWE signee, new products, Sheamus talks favorite WrestleMania moments, who the company is high on for the future, what wrestler with no push is selling merchandise well, Mickie James training at WWE, and Pat Patterson.
 
        We also look at the WWE European tour with highlights from all the shows.
 
        We also look at Antonio Inoki and his future in the Japanese senate after his latest escapade.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and how every segment on Impact did as far as gaining or losing viewers.  

        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--What Atlantis said about the potentially biggest match in Mexico in years
 
--Welterweight title change
 
--Dragon Gate USA's New York weekend including Hero vs. Gargano
 
--Wrestle-1 preparing its biggest show
 
--A.J. Styles in Japan
 
--The earthquake that shook the ring
 
--TNA tag team in Japan
 
--The 37th annual World's Strongest Tag league tournament
 
--New matches announced for NOAH's big year-end show including title matches featuring an ROH star, and a match featuring a former MMA star
 
--Notes on Price Devitt and his New Japan contract
 
--Lineup for the next several New Japan iPPV shows
 
--80s wrestling figure returns
 
--Puerto Rico's big show and latest programs
 
--More on Devon Nicholson's ongoing lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher
 
--Boxing champion starting pro wrestling
 
--Updates on Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards
 
--What Richards said that got ROH hot
 
--New idea for 2014
 
--Notes on ROH television tapings
 
--TNA sale update
 
--More on outside talent being contacted by TNA
 
--Notes on upcoming TNA PPV shows
 
--Notes on upcoming TNA TV shoots
 
--Notes on the new Impact Zone in Orlando
 
--Gail Kim storyline
 
--Why Jon Jones isn't fighting
 
--Update on Anthony Pettis
 
--Update on GSP vs. Hendricks II
 
--More on first FOX special of 2014
 
--Update on Nick Diaz
 
--More on opening up women's 115
 
--Lots of new UFC shows and new UFC fights
 
--A look at the return of Rampage Jackson
 
--Sports vs. entertainment in MMA
 
--Upcoming on the Bellator title picture with Askren  gone and tournaments ending
 
--The story behind Matt Riddle being fired
 
--Son of pro wrestler debuts in Bellator
 

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- You really have to check out this article and interview with UFC fighter Matt Grice at MMAFighting.com. Grice really should be dead right now after being rear-ended at 65 MPH (driver didn't slow down at all, tremendous impact), but he's made what his doctors call a miraculous recovery, and his home just two months later talking about it. He still has another major surgery ahead -- they have to put his skull back together. It's an amazing read/listen.

-- This is awesome. WWE tweeted out a preview for the ladder match and listed John Cena as WWE Champion and Randy Orton as the World Champion. The belts don't even mean anything to them.

-- Don't forget, Christmas Bounty with Miz debuts on ABC Family tonight. Then he can go heel again.

-- Lots of big site news. Dave is on the Steve Austin podcast right now, and you can check it out for free by clicking here. Yesterday's Figure Four Daily with open lines and questions on the WWE Network, Survivor Series and more is also free, and you can check that out by clicking here.

-- Also, as noted yesterday, After Dark Radio will now be airing LIVE every Friday night at midnight Pacific/3 AM Eastern at artbell.com. Want to thank everyone for bombarding me with congratulations messages yesterday. You can check out the show page by clicking here. We've got some pretty big guests lined up for the next few weeks.

-- And yet another big announcement -- starting this Sunday, Wrestling Observer Live on Sirius Satellite Radio/Sports Byline USA/TuneIn Radio/IHeartRadio/etc., will be airing LIVE every week. We have a new studio remote and so you'll be able to hear the show as it's taking place, call in to discuss the topics, and more. We also may have some other surprises coming as well.

-- By the way, as it regards listening to Wrestling Observer Live, the best streaming option I have found is through TuneIn Radio. If you're online, the Wrestling Observer Live page is here, and you should have zero streaming problems listening to the show live though that link every Sunday. If you have a smartphone, there is a TuneIn Radio app, and you can stream the show through there if you are in your car or anywhere else away from the computer. I'll put that link up on the front page every Sunday as well, and also on my Twitter, @bryanalvarez. After Dark will stream live through artbell.comexclusively as far as I know. I'll try to put that link up on our front page as well.

-- APNEWSBREAK: EX-NHLERS SUE LEAGUE ON CONCUSSIONS

-- Rory MacDonald stated both that he needed to lose his fight at UFC 167 in order to get his fire back, but also that he doesn't think GSP is done for good.

-- Story on Gray Maynard in USA Today heretalking about how he'll go down to 145 if needed to face Frankie Edgar for a fourth time.

-- Gotten a ton of emails pointing out that they killed the dog, Brian, on Family Guy, and he has been replaced by a dog named Vinny.

-- ROH will be doing a Delirious Insanity Black Friday sale at ROHwrestling.com.

-- Preview for this Thursday's Impact with Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode here.

-- From World Series of Fighting: World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rousimar Palhares to the company's welterweight roster. The submission master signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in early 2014.

-- Impact did 1.2 million viewers this week.

-- If you are a fan of WEED, make sure you check out today's Figure Four Daily with Val Venis.

-- POLL ON TOTAL DIVAS
Excellent 31.9%
Good 27.5%
Average 7.2%
Fair 11.6%
Poor 21.7%
58.2% of those responding didn't see the show

WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Shawn Michaels 35.7%
Kenta Kobashi 27.5%
Kurt Angle 15.4%
Chris Benoit 13.6%
Bob Backlund 4.0%
Wahoo McDaniel 2.9%
Masahiro Chono 0.7%
Earl Caddock 0.2%

WHAT WAS THE BEST WEEKEND SHOW?
Survivor Series 47.1%
New Japan tag tourney open 24.1%
Glory 12.2%
Pacquiao-Rios 10.8%
Bellator 5.8%

-- Brooke Tessmacher interview here.

-- Mike writes: WWE now advertising on local TV a main event of Cena vs. Del Rio for world title, for Sat. 12/28 Newark NJ house show. This is just 2 days after Madison Square Garden house show, with same advertised main event, just across the river.

-- Another Mike adds: Local TV ad on Sportnet 360 for WWE in Vancouver on Dec 7 has Orton vs Henry for WWE title as the main event.

-- Preview of this week's new ROH TV here, a good story.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1942 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeated Orville Brown for the Midwest Wrestling Association version of World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas.

1960 - Al Costello & Roy Heffernan defeated Johnny Valentine & Chief Big Heart for the United States Tag Team Title, which is the forerunner to the WWF World Tag Team Title.

1987 - At the NWA Starrcade PPV in Chicago, Illinois; Dusty Rhodes defeated Lex Luger in a Steel Cage match to win the NWA United States Title, Ric Flair defeated Ronnie Garvin in a Steel Cage match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title and NWA World Television Champion Nikita Koloff defeated UWF Television Champion Terry Taylor to unify the titles.

1987 - Shaun Simpson defeated Eric Embry to win the World Class Light Heavyweight Title at the WCCW Thanksgiving Star Wars card in Dallas, Texas.

1994 - Bob Backlund lost the WWF World Title in Madison Square Garden in New York City to Diesel (Kevin Nash)

2000 - Scott Steiner defeated Booker T in a Straight Jacket Steel Cage match to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Also, General Rection defeated Lance Storm to win the WCW United States Title and Kevin Nash & Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chuck Palumbo & Shawn Stasiak to win the WCW World Tag Team Title at the WCW Mayhem PPV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

-- New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced the addition of a professional welterweight contest to the fight promotion's February 8, 2014 card. The event, titled "NEF XII," will take place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston and will feature Jarod "Last Minute" Lawton (3-1) taking on John Ortolani (8-9) in a 170-pound bout.

-- This girlcurrently works in the WWE music label department.

-- Mark Henry has a cameo on this film. Thanks to Wes.

-- The Complete WWF Video Guide Volume Ialtis out in a few weeks. The first three editions will be available one-by-one over the next three weeks at just over $1 each.

-- Peachmachine returns to the Drunkcast here.

-- Extreme Risings “Unfinished Business” takes place Saturday, December 28th 2013 at the Arena located at 7 W. Ritner Street on the corner of Swanson in South Philadelphia, PA. Bell time is at7pm. Tickets are now on sale now online www.extremetixs.com. You can now purchase tickets in person in Northeast Philly at THE BEER BOX 3350 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114 Phone:(215) 673-7837, in Bucks County at GEORGE’S COLLECTIBLES 7755 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19055 Phone:(215) 943-2475, or in South Philly at NOISE POLLUTION RECORDS 619 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Phone:(215) 627-7246. Tickets are moving quickly for this event, on its way to selling out.