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F4W NEWSLETTER: Divisive main event headlines AEW Full Gear

Joseph Currier looks at the reactions to Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega's unsanctioned match.

AEW's first pay-per-view since debuting on weekly television was headlined by what will likely end up being the most divisive match of the year.

For some, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega's unsanctioned lights out match at Full Gear was a hardcore classic. To others, it was a gratuitously violent and long match that was a misstep for AEW. They wrestled for over 38 minutes and did everything they could to try and have the epic hardcore match that its biggest fans thought it was. A board covered in mouse traps, a chain, a screwdriver, glass, barbed wire, and a barbed wire spider web were just some of the weapons used. By the end of the match, part of the ring was deconstructed -- and a Paradigm Shift DDT on the exposed wood finally put an end to things and gave Moxley the win.

Every move AEW has made in its brief history has been overanalyzed to the point of exhaustion. Each positive and negative moment has probably been assigned too much importance. But AEW is defining its identity over the course of the promotion's first year. Moxley vs. Omega is now always going to be part of that. Full Gear was an opportunity for AEW to put their best foot forward to an audience that has sampled their first six weeks of TV. While it's likely that some things were gimmicked and Moxley vs. Omega wasn't quite as violent as it came off as, AEW not only didn't shy away from the "blood and guts" criticism that Vince McMahon leveled at them -- they leaned into it.

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WON NEWSLETTER: November 18, 2019 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review, more.

The return of C.M. Punk to the pro wrestling scene and coverage of AEW's Full Gear and the lessons after seven weeks of television of what we've learned from AEW and NXT are the lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We examine the timeline of C.M. Punk and his deal with WWE Backstage, including the original approach, how things were viewed along the way, the last AEW offer and how much AEW wanted him, what he said that led to AEW going cold, and his debut on Backstage on Tuesday night.

We cover what has and hasn't happened for NXT and AEW since getting television. We look at things like maintaining audience, live sales, PPV, NWA Powerr and its reaction and numbers, key demo ratings, how NXT came close once, PPV numbers, how the date backfired on AEW, how PPV changed with television with organizations in the past, plus full coverage of Full Gear with business notes, match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

The new issue also covers: 

Survivor Series update with booking changes made, how that affects TLC and early plans for that show, plus a key title match not yet announced.

Steve Austin's new WWE Network show, the value of WrestleMania, how ticket sales this year differed from shows in the past, Johnny Gargano injury and how that changed the Takeover card, ACH update, Sin Cara talks wanting out, new John Cena movie, Rusev talks his angle with Lashley, Starrcade card, Evolve notes, as well as WWE market value, most watched shows on WWE Network and a look at all the WWE and NXT live events over the past week with results, highlights and business news.

Notes on New Japan's coming to San Jose with match-by-match coverage.

Full rundown on the UFC show in Moscow and the stories behind it.

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the 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. 

Subscribers can access the new issue on the front page of the site here.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, BTE, Jericho Cruise, AEW PPV numbers and much more. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Ariel Helwani had Mick Foley on his MMA show today right after Ben Askren retired. He talked some about MMA, including his friendship with Leslie Smith, who was at his show in San Jose, as well as "Peanut Butter Falcon" and his touring shows.

Monday Night Football tonight is the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, a nothing special game that isn't going to do close to the numbers of last week, so by all rights Raw should be well up this week.

The NXT Takeover UK show on 1/12 in Blackpool, England sold out in two hours.  NXT UK's next shows will be 1/17 and 1/18 in York, 3/6 and 3/7 in Coventry, 5/1 and 5/2 in Bournemouth and 7/24 and 7/25 in Glasgow.

Impact tomorrow night will be the Retro Wrestling show called Throwback Throwdown. The idea is that they are running a small Canadian independent group called the Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation in the early 80s, like Stampede Wrestling without a Dynamite Kid or Bret Hart. There will be a Commonwealth TV title loser leaves town match with Willie Mack as Downtown Daddy Brown, A body slam challenge with Kongo Kong and Muscles McGee (Brian Cage), an eight man match with Georgia Cobb (Jordynne Grace) & Ladybird Johnston (Jessicka Havok) & Mildred Moore (Alexia Nicole) & Blanche Ardmore (Tessa Blanchard) vs. a guys team of Tim Burr & Jim Nasium & Bill Ding & Ray Strack, the NASCAR driver. Geez, it's like they're doing the worst of a Disco Inferno acid trip. Cousin Jake & Cody Deaner are a tag team called Hall & Oats. And there is a blindfold match with Eddie Edwards and Cowboy Colt McCoy vs. Gama Singh, who will play Gama Singh, who actually was a star in his same gimmick in 1981.


  • Cain Velasquez is back on the 11/30 show in Mexico City, in a tag team match, teaming with Humberto Carrillo vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows.
  • The first full show appearance of C.M. Punk on WWE Backstage will be at 11 p.m. tomorrow night on FS1.
  • Arturo Ruas vs. Timothy Thatcher has been signed for the 12/7 Evolve show at the Logan Square Auditorium. They also announced Curt Stallion vs. Anthony Greene in an Extreme Rules match on 12/6 in Livonia, MI.
  • Walter and Thatcher are doing a seminar on 12/7 in Chicago.


  • Wednesday's Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin match is a rematch of a bout from June promoted by Northeast Wrestling.  The match is on the Highspots network. 
  • Moxley will be in Chicago next Tuesday to do media to push the show on 11/27 at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, IL. That's a tough date since WWE runs four shows in the market from Friday through Monday, and then AEW comes in Tuesday.  None of the five shows are sold out, although Survivor Series itself is close.


  • Warrior Wrestling has one of the most loaded indie lineups of the year on 12/13 at Marian Catholic High School. They are going head-to-head with the ROH PPV show and have a far better card. Plus Kurt Angle appears. The show airs on FITE TV. There will also be a meet and greet:
    • Will Ospreay & Rocky Romero & Amazing Red vs. Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel
    • Minoru Suzuki vs. Tom Lawlor
    • Lance Archer vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
    • Michael Elgin vs. Sam Adonis
    • Templario vs. Soberano Jr.
    • Drago vs. Aerostar vs. Black Taurus vs. Rey Hours
    • Savannah Stone vs. Holidead
    • Carlos Romo vs. Blake Christian
  • There will be no New Japan show this coming Saturday night on AXS. AXS instead will be running an all day WOW marathon starting at 10 a.m., with ten episodes, plus the season finale for two hours from 8-10 p.m. Eastern.
  • A show called Storecade which Michael Lombardi of Northeast Wrestling is involved in promoting in Los Angeles at The Comedy store this coming Saturday at 2 p.m. is a night of live wrestling and comedy with Pentagon Jr. & Fenix vs. Matt Sydal & Darby Allin, Luchasaurus vs. Jervis Cottonbelly, nZo vs Brian Pillman Jr., David Arquette vs. ?, Priscilla Kelly vs. Joey Ryan plus an appearance of Josh Barnett.
  • Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore runs Saturday at the 2300 Arena with Willie Mack, Tommy Dreamer, Bully Ray,Trent Baretta, Chuck Taylor, Private Party, Mike Jackson, Ace Austin, Jacob Fatu, Fallah Bah, Orange Cassidy, Moose, Billy Gunn, Crazzy Steve, Johnny Swinger and an appearance by Stan Hansen.
  • Defy runs 11/30 and 12/1 in Seattle at Washington Hall.  The 12/1 show will be 5 PM, and all ages are welcome. The 11/30 show is 21 and older. They also announced a 1/3 show headlined by Matt Sydal.
  • Bill Apter talked to Teal Piper.
  • Shad Gaspard has a show about wrestling being looked at by several production companies including Film 44, Seven Bucks, and more.

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