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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. 

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • Tonight’s NXT is the go-home show for TakeOver: WarGames and the final episode of NXT before Survivor Series. With Triple H teasing an “open door” for Raw and SmackDown, appearances by main roster stars are expected for tonight. That will include The Revival facing NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish in a non-title match. A non-title ladder match between NXT Champion Adam Cole and Dominik Dijakovic is also set, with it deciding which team will get the WarGames advantage.
  • Kyle O’Reilly tweeted about facing The Revival on NXT tonight: “In all seriousness, we have a ton of respect for the Revival boys. Great tag-team that had an awesome run in @WWENXT. To be the best tag-team in NXT history myself & @theBobbyFish have to beat them! Witness history tonight on @USA_Network. OH! They’re still jerks tho! #Undisputed”
  • On today’s NXT conference call, Triple H said people will find out the final member of Team Ciampa for TakeOver: WarGames on the day of the show. He called it epic and said people will be very excited. Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and a partner will face The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) in the men’s WarGames match this Saturday.
  • Alicia Fox revealed that she’s in recovery and a few months sober from alcohol: “... for a WHILE I thought I could avoid addressing my #recovery of alcohol. I am human, and realized it was time to be #transparent and #honest w you #socialmedia now written on #cyberconcrete TODAY, Im a few months #sober, I’ve creatively navigated my emotions, snagged some new skills AND I WANT TO HELP!!! Ive learned that alcoholism is life threatening situation and support is available!! I figured I can sharing my insight and BE of SERVICE to anyone finding it hard to believe that ‘YOU ARE IMPORTANT’ and deserve an opportunity to learn how to live a clean and sober life... it would be an honor to share my #hope, #strength, and #experience SNAIL MAIL ME at @resilienceamongmankind 3948 3rd Street South suite #442; Jacksonville Beach 32250 I’m inviting everyone to a safe social place to discuss and expand understanding of our transforming minds #fancyasfox #foxyladies are in #recovery too!! Ok! Thx for allowing me get that off my chest!! #rambrand #resilienceamongmankind V. III. x.”
  • After appearing on WWE Backstage last night, CM Punk was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd today.
  • Punk tweeted during Backstage last night: “Commercial break. @ReneeYoungWWE is really good at her job.”
  • Ember Moon appeared on Backstage and confirmed that she’s out of action after rupturing her Achilles and tearing it off the bone. Moon said she doesn’t know how long she’ll be out of action and has heard timelines ranging from four months to a year and a half.
  • Vice has an article about a production feed that accidentally streamed on YouTube during Saturday’s NXT UK TV tapings and rehearsals. The video was set as unlisted.
  • Randy Orton, Rhea Ripley, and Steve Austin were guests on today’s episode of After the Bell with Corey Graves.
  • During his appearance, Orton spoke about re-signing with WWE and the teases he did on social media before signing: “Yeah, I was just having fun man. I’ve been, more-so now than ever, I’m aware of other guys like Will Ospreay and other guys that work with Cody. I’m watching a little more wrestling. I’m not in the WWE bubble as much as I’ve been for almost the last two decades and I’m learning to appreciate other styles a little more instead of just quickly seeing something that isn’t how I would do it or isn’t how I would sell it and I’m realizing in its own way, it’s good. This might be upsetting for some people, but I never really saw myself leaving WWE. To me, it was about getting to a point where I’m happy and what I’m doing to my body, the amount of time I’m gone from my family. In the end, it’s all gonna be worth it and that’s where I’m at right now, so I’m definitely happy being a WWE superstar.”
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair from Evolution, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream from last year’s TakeOver: WarGames, and Mark Henry vs. Big Show from Survivor Series 2011.
  • WWE Network News reported that Survivor Series Showdown 1992 will be added to the Network’s Hidden Gems section tomorrow. It will include more than an hour of footage that didn’t air on TV.
  • In a clip from this week’s episode of Ride Along, Kevin Owens took Mustafa Ali and Apollo Crews to visit PWG’s old home venue in Reseda, California.

Pro Wrestling

  • Tonight’s Dymamite is taking place at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here’s what’s been announced for the show:
    • Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin
    • Nick Jackson vs. Fenix
    • Santana & Ortiz vs. Private Party
    • Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida
    • Dynamite Dozen battle royal (final two wrestlers will face each other in a singles match next week, the winner will receive a diamond ring)
    • A "huge announcement" by AEW World Champion Chris Jericho
  • Nick Jackson noted that tonight’s match against Fenix is his first singles match in 1,627 days.
  • In Canada, the remaining episodes of Dynamite for 2019 will air live on TSN2.
  • Tessa Blanchard and Daga announced their engagement on Instagram.
  • Prior to it being announced that Jim Cornette had resigned from the NWA, Nick Aldis posted a statement about Cornette’s offensive comment that aired on Power last night: “This is in no way speaking on behalf of the NWA, I am absolutely just speaking for myself: I thought the comment was in poor taste and unnecessary. I totally understand why it caused many to be upset. It was a lack of judgment or sensitivity. I have worked really hard along with many others on this team to make this brand mean something again and this is not how I want the NWA to be trending.”
  • BJ Whitmer wrote that he underwent neck surgery earlier this year: “No, I will never be returning to the ring. On May 30th 2019 I quietly had a much needed neck surgery. With the type of surgery I had (cervical disc replacements), my Dr will never clear me to wrestle again. Besides, I have a great job with a great company now @AEWrestling”
  • Kenny King vs. Rhett Titus is set for ROH’s Final Battle fallout TV tapings in Philadelphia on December 15.
  • AEW uploaded a Jurassic Planet video with Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt.

MMA

  • Conor McGregor’s manager told the South China Morning Post about negotiations for McGregor to return against Donald Cerrone: “I would say that talks have been progressing. We’ve met them, we’re in close communication with them. I would hope that an announcement could happen in the coming weeks, but at the end of the day, it’s still a work in progress.”
  • Luke Rockhold spoke to MMA Fighting about his status in MMA: “My head is content where I’m at right now. I’ve done a lot of things in the sport. I’m not trying to be a headline maker. I’m not trying to say I’m going to retire and then want to come back. I don’t like to close doors on things in life. Right now, I’m just happy not fighting. It feels good to focus on other things.”
  • Sara McMann vs. Lina Lansberg is official for the UFC’s Fight Night show in Raleigh on January 25.
  • James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor will main event Bellator Europe 7 in Dublin on February 22.

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