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WON NEWSLETTER: October 19, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WWE Draft, G1 Climax 30

A look at the WWE draft is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. 

We look at the different moves made, why they were made, look at the depth charts with both brands to see what is and isn't lacking, talk the return of talent, talent being kept apart, the whys behind some moves, and the rosters of both brands.

The new issue also covers:

The G1 Climax tournament, with match-by-match coverage of every show this past week, with star ratings and poll results. We look at the quality of shows, matches being built up, who have been the stars and best matches of the tournament.

The Cena wedding, how much Linda McMahon has donated to Trump's campaign, lots of WWE injury updates, Lawsuit updates, Total Bellas notes, U.K TV ratings, new WWE documentary, how wrestling stacks up to other sports on TV, WWE filming an indie star for documentary, upcoming TV bouts, WWE market value, a new WWE book, and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week.

Saturday's UFC show from Abu Dhabi and the ramifications of the top matches.

A feature on Len Rossi, one of the biggest stars in Tennessee and Alabama from 1958 to 1972, his career in the ring, his life after wrestling, his tag team partners and most well-known angles. It's a look back at a unique era of pro wrestling and how Rossi was a key to change in a unique time.

The indictment of the former Alberto Del Rio on a sexual assault and kidnapping case.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I did our weekend show which is up on the site, plus Garrett Gonzalez and I ran down the news of the week and plans going forward in a Friday night show also up on the site. 

Principe Aereo, real name Luis Angel Sanchez, 23, passed away last night from an apparent heart attack in a match at Arena San Juan Pantitlan in Nezahualcóyotl (just outside Mexico City). He was working for the MexaWrestling promotion. He took two slaps to the chest, which were not hard, and a heel kick that didn't appear to make contact.  He then collapsed. The match was immediately stopped. He was rushed to the hospital, which was across the street from the arena, and he passed away before he made it there. The show continued even though the promoters were aware that he had died. Among his trainers was Bandido. 

Dr. Greg Marra, who saw the tape of Sanchez's death, noted this to us: "I’ve seen in the hospital a few times, teenagers coming into the ER in cardiac arrest after getting hit in the chest with either a lacrosse ball or hockey puck. Usually it happens when the heart is in between beats and it ends up going into ventricular fibrillation, And they essentially face plant to the ground, which would need a portable defibrillator, which these cases I’ve seen, had in the past, and the kids survived. my educated guess would be that the chop was in between beats and the rhythm was thrown off and he went into V fib. And they just go down instantly when it happens. I went to medical school in Mexico, I’ve spent 5 years of my life there and I know how it is there, and it doesn’t surprise me after living there, that they wouldn’t have a portable defibrillator on hand. Just wanted to pass that along."

New Japan will have a press conference at 2 a.m. late tonight Eastern time live on New Japan World going over plans through the 11/7 Power Struggle show in Osaka, which would include a number of shows in late October and early November.  From angles shot last night, expect these matches coming up: Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi vs Taichi & Desperado & Douki for the six-man titles, perhaps Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano for the IWGP tag titles, Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi for the Never title, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado vs Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP jr. tag titles, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA for the U.S title briefcase, Tetsuya Naito vs. Evil for the IWGP title and Jay White vs.Kota Ibushi for the Tokyo Dome briefcase. Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada will probably be involved in tag matches most nights.  

We also have polls for all three Sumo Hall shows, thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with the best and worst match for each show and polls on overall G-1 MVP and G-1 tournament best match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

As far as trending numbers of Google for the past week, for yesterday the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. fight was by far the biggest thing of the week with 1 million searches.  Last night's UFC show had 100,000 searches for Brian Ortega, putting it in 10th place. On Thursday, Nikki Bella was No. 19 based on her talking about her relationship and wedding plans.

WWE

  • Braun Strowman attended a 2,000 person bike rally yesterday in Daytona Beach. 
  • WWE is reporting that Dave Mastiff of the U.K. brand was married this weekend.
  • Paul Wight (Big Show) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the East Europe International Film Festival for his role in the movie "Marcus."  

UFC

  • Krzysztof Jotko suffered a broken toe and has pulled out of his 10/31 fight with Makmud Muradov. Kevin Holland will be the replacement.
  • Umar Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to face Sergey Morozov on 10/24, has pulled out due to a staph infection. 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A great story about Jack Brisco, who was one of the biggest stars of the 70s, written by Mike Mooneyham.
  • Insane Wrestling Revolution from Friday night in Monroe, MI before 150 fans at Rhino's Big Daddy's Boat Yard:  Rohit Raju b Trey Miguel, Mysterious Movado b Benjamin Boone, Nate Bock b Reggie Collins, Dave Powell won Battle Royal, Kenny Urban b Sam Beale, Rhino & DBA b Jack Price & Tommy Vendetta (managed by Jon. E. Bravo) in an extreme boatyard brawl that ended up with a staple gun and fighting in the crowd.  The next show is 11/20 with Rhino and Heath. (thanks to Paul Meade and Leonard Brand)
  • CWE on 11/6 in Winnipeg at the Holy Eucharist Parish Center with a one-night tournament to crown the new CWE champion with first round matches of Danny Duggan vs. Tommy Lee Curtis, Kevy Chevy vs. Dragneel, EZ Ryder vs. Adam Knight and Mentallo vs Bobby Schink.  There will also be a tag title match with AJ Sanchez & Kevin O'Doyle vs. Bobby Collins & Rob Stardom
  • Chris Jericho did a Talk is Jericho episode on the CWE promotion with Danny Duggan and A.J. Sanchez.
  • CWE from last night in Gladstone, Manitoba:  Sammy Peppers b Tyler James, EZ Ryder b Cory Diamond, AJ Sanchez & Kevin O'Doyle b Danny Duggan & Mentallo, Johnny Malibu b Kevin Cannon, Bobby Collins b Mike Mission in a no DQ match.  Next show is Thursday in Calgary.
  • American Wrestling Federation from last night in Winter Park, FL:  Nick Quinones b Justin Cross, Cameron Xross b Chris Ramirez, Djokovic Rabbit b Rip Ruiz via forfeit, Andy English b Eric Marranca, Justin Cross b Andy English, Jimmy Taylor b Nick Quinones to win the Team Vision Dojo rookie title, Deon James & Kenny Vendetta & Tone Harrow b Dashing Kam & Brian Atomic & Ada Vaile in a street fight (thanks to Al Haft)
  • The state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico has banned a number of activities due to COVID and pro wrestling shows are on that list.
  • San Diego television covered the death of Espantito, an AAA regular mini from the 90s who lived in the city. The Observer covered it but he passed away earlier this week due to COVID.
  • CZW will have taped PPV shows in November featuring old footage that will include people like Penelope Ford, Joey Janela, John Silver, Alex Reynolds. Blade and The Young Bucks.
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling from last night in Milford, MI:  Weedman b Alex Van Zant, The Nerds b Scumdogs, Randi West b Thunder Kitty, Freedom Ramsey b Joseph Schwartz & Tanner Nix & Trill Bill & Nick Maus & Nate Bock, Breyer Wellington b Mysterious Movado, Rhino b Jackson Stone (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • A story on Ron Fuller talking pro wrestling during the depression.

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