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WON NEWSLETTER: October 18, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE SmackDown, AEW Rampage set to go head-to-head

In this week's issue:

  • WWE vs. AEW head-to-head, every aspect looked at and the key parts of the story nobody is talking about
  • Different ratings patterns, what to look for and what to learn from them as far as how each company affects the other and YouTube vs. television
  • Explaining the difference in YouTube views and TV ratings
  • Ratings of every show, where wrestling shows stand in sports category and what can and can't be learned from the low numbers
  • Canadian TV ratings
  • Update on all AEW vs. WWE head-to-head market ticket sales
  • Ticket sales for the next few weeks from WWE & AEW
  • AEW & WWE key streaming numbers for the last week
  • WWE changes PPV plans and schedule
  • Early Royal Rumble sales notes
  • Charting the WWE tournaments
  • Dwayne Johnson gets honest about presidency
  • Examining possible Full Gear lineup
  • AEW DVR viewership updates
  • Full coverage of the G1 Climax, plus why the pandemic should greatly affect who can win the tournament
  • Okada sets a new record and who have had the best matches of the current generation
  • Notes on Stardom PPV show
  • Ospreay's tribute to Ryan Smile
  • Match of the week and performer of the week
  • Several promotions and their wrestles band together on mental health issues
  • Full UFC coverage of Saturday's show and upcoming shows and matches
  • Chuck Liddell's arrest and legacy in MMA
  • AAA Heroes Inmortales including an amazing match
  • 72-year old Hall of Famer pins a guy who was a major promotion world champion last  month
  • Wrestler inducted into Provincial sports Hall of Fame

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

We have two shows up on the site, a Friday night show covering AEW and WWE from Friday as well as a Saturday night show covering the fallout and all the weekend news. We'll be back Monday night covering Raw and the G-1 A block finals.

The A block G-1 finals are at 5 a.m. Monday morning from the Yokohama Budokan:

  • Satoshi Kojima vs. Great O'Khan non-tournament
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano
  • Shingo Takagi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tanga Loa
  • Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA

Ibushi, KENTA, Sabre and Takagi are all 6-2. If there is a tie in the standings at 7-2, the key match results to determine the winner are that Takagi lost to Ibushi and Sabre but beat KENTA.  Sabre lost to KENTA but beat Ibushi and Takagi.  

Regarding the ratings from Friday, the numbers and demos for the complete shows should be out about 4  p.m. Eastern but the quarters will likely be out a few hours later and minute-by-minute not until Tuesday. The Dynamite numbers from last night will be out Tuesday morning.

We're doing a few weekend polls. The first is for Friday--What company presented the best overall product and what was the best match of the night to dave@wrestlingpobserver.com  Also we're doing a poll on the A block finals from Yokohama, thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match.  

We're also looking for reports from WWE last night in Rio Rancho, NM and tonight in El Paso, TX, as well as New Japan tonight in Philadelphia to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

Thanks to Travis L, Brandon Botah, Jorge Camacho and Eddie T for reports on shows this past weekend.

Nothing from Friday, nor yesterday's UFC cracked the Google charts. The only stuff for the week was boxer Mickey Garcia was No. 18 yesterday with 50,000 searches; Joe Rogan was No. 7 on Thursday with his crackpot theories on COVID with 200,000, and Chuck Liddell was No 14 on Monday with 50,000. Liddell filed for divorce Friday from wife Heidi.

Right now the planned main events for the 12/26 show in Madison Square Garden are Big E vs. Bobby Lashley for the WWE title and Becky Lynch vs Bianca Belair.

Chris Jericho said that Junior Dos Santos was a natural at this. He said that they trained with him for one hour on Friday and that was it. This was a Tony Khan idea of using ATT as a heel group with Dan Lambert.  Dos Santos did great for someone with no training in his first match  Paige VanZant has come across as a real heel star the last two nights.

People were raving about the Pac vs. Andrade match that was taped last night and airs on television this coming Friday. Most called it the best match in Rampage history or the second best to Nick Jackson vs. Bryan Danielson. Keep in mind the first episode of Rampage was the first Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage match.

Bellator last night had a show in Phoenix where Vadim Nemkov dominated Julius Anglickas to retain the light heavyweight title, finishing via Kimura at 4:24 of the fourth round. In the other light heavyweight Grand Prix tournament match, Corey Anderson dropped Ryan Bader right away and won with punches on the ground at :51 of the first round.  Anderson faces Nemkov for the title and a $1 million tournament Grand Prix final at a date not yet announced.  Brent Primus likely earned a lightweight title match by beating Benson Henderson 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Gabriel Kidd has returned to New Japan, and did a promo talking about spending 18 months at the New Japan dojo during the pandemic and how that led to issues in communicating with his family. Kidd said that, in May, he wound up on top of a building with the thought of jumping off, but the two things that stopped him were the love of his mom and pro wrestling and how he had been picturing this moment of returning for a while now.

WWE

  • The 12/27 Raw show will be from Detroit.

OTHER NOTES

  • Impact will be airing a Daffney tribute show on Thursday at 10 p.m. on AXS.   
  • Defy Wrestling from Thursday night in Los Angeles:  Kevin Blackwood b Yuya Uemura, Super Panda won three-way over Jordan Oasis and Adriel Noctus, Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf b Matt Vandergriff & Titus Alexander, Eddie Kingston b Rocky Romero, Viva Van b Sandra Moone, Christopher Daniels b Daniel Garcia, Ricky Gibson & Eddie Pearl b Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs.  Sean Waltman and Damian 666 were at the show.  Next show is 10/19 in Seattle at Washington Hall with Homicide and Jacob Fatu, and 11/20 in Seattle headlined by Tom Lawlor vs. Jon Moxley.
  • Insane Wrestling Revolution from Thursday night in Monroe, MI:  Sam Beale b Bryan Castle, Kenny Urban b Nate Bock, Aaron Orion & Jack Price b DBA & Mysterious Movado, Alex Cluckey b Ben Boone, Shane Douglas & Dread King Logan b Rhino & Tommy Dreamer, Rod Lee b Dr. X, Trey Miguel b N8 Mattson, Trey  Miguel b Kenny Urban, Trey Miguel b Malcolm Monroe,Trey Miguel b Sam Beale, Trey Miguel b Madman Fulton.  Next show is 12/29 at the FOP Hall in on-roe with Trey Miguel vs. Petey Williams, Rhino& Dreamer vs. Chinstrap Jesus & Nate Bock plus Konnor of The Ascension and John E. Bravo (thanks to  Leonard Brand)
  • EPW from Western Australia last night before more than 400 fans:  Gavin McGavin b Kaz Jordan, Marcius Pitt b Edith Night, Cut Throat and The Some b Dan Moore, Michael Morleone b Joel Hagam, Aaron Hawk b Jesse Lambert, Damian Slater b  Robby Heart, Bruno Nitro b Chris L Lazareth, Julian Ward b Davis Storm. Told the main event was great. Lambert got a big reaction  Next show is 11/27. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • SICW from last night in East Carondelet, IL: Waco b David Lee Walker, Big Texan & Ax Allwardt b Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby-DQ, Danny Dollar b Rick Ruby, Bobby D b Superstar Steve Fender, Gary Jackson DCOR Kowalski, Flash Flanagan & Jason Breed b Ken Kasa in a handicap match to win the tag titles, Attila Khan b Gil Rogers. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Memphis Wrestling over the weekend did an angle where Shane Russell, the son of Lance Russell, was attacked. Crazzy Steve and The Boogeyman are at today's tapings.

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