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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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Garrett Gonzalez and I will be back tonight talking the WWE and AEW shows, the barbs back-and-forth and the latest pro wrestling and MMA news. I will be back Saturday night with Bryan talking AEW Dynamite and fallout from Friday.

This has certainly been a night of a lot of talk regarding WWE vs. AEW. The new issue up on the site has probably the most details of tonight's shows, ramifications or lack thereof depending on results, and the whole competition thing.

WWE goes live from 8-10:30 p.m. and then replays from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on FS1. AEW goes live on YouTube from 9-10 p.m. and then live for Rampage on TNT from 10-11 p.m.  

WWE show has:  

  • Brock Lesnar appearing
  • Usos vs. Street Profits for tag titles
  • Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
  • Carmella vs. Zelina Vega Queens Crown semifinals
  • Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn King of the Ring semifinals
  • Sonya Deville vs. Naomi

AEW has:


  • Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Tay Conti vs. Santana Garrett
  • Bobby Fish vs. Lee Moriarty


  • C.M. Punk vs. Matt Sydal
  • The Bunny vs. Ruby Soho
  • Chris Jericho & Jake Hager & Sammy Guevara vs. Junior Dos Santos & Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page - Jorge Masvidal will be in the Dos Santos corner

FS 1 has the 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. segment commercial free. TNT will have a mostly commercial free first half hour. There will be a break after Punk vs  Sydal most likely but there will be no break during the match.

Balor would be a heavy favorite over Zayn since the winner goes to Saudi Arabia and at least as of the last time, the government of Saudi Arabia wouldn't allow Zayn there and Zayn had said he didn't want to go in the first place.

For those in Canada, the WWE Network is available as a standalone streaming service. This removes having to have cable or satellite to have access to the network. (thanks to Oswald Jackson)

I'm not sure what this means, but Beyond Billionaire 100 has listed Tony Khan as the most loved billionaire in the world slightly ahead of Mackenzie Scott and Elon Musk. Vince McMahon was No. 7.  It's basically about the percentage of posts that mention him being positive. McMahon had about six times as many searches as Khan.

The 12/10 Smackdown taping in Cleveland was canceled. While not yet announced, the show that night will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Essentially it's a favor for FOX execs due to taping where many of the top execs are based. Those with tickets to the show were being transferred to a Raw event in Cleveland on 3/7.

UFC on ESPN+ starting at 4 p.m. Eastern tomorrow

  • Istela Nunes (114.5) vs. Ariane Carnelossi (115.5)
  • Danaa Batgerel (135) vs. Brandon Davis (136)
  • Nate Landwehr (145.5) vs. Ludovit Klein (145.5)
  • Lupita Godinez (121.5) vs. Luana Carolina (125.5)
  • Danny Roberts (170.5) vs. Ramazan Emeev (171)
  • Andrew Sanchez (185) vs.  Bruno Silva (185)
  • Manon Fiorot (125.5) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (126)
  • Jim Miller (155) vs. Erick Gonzalez (155)
  • Andrei Arlovski (245) vs. Carlos Felipe (259)
  • Aspen Ladd (145) vs. Norma Dumont (145.5)

The Julian Marquez vs. Jordan Wright fight was canceled earlier today when Marquez fell ill. With Arlovski on the UFC show tomorrow, he will not be at tonight or tomorrow night's AEW tapings in Miami.

Bellator weigh-ins for tomorrow night on Showtime at 10 p.m.

  • Vadim Nemkov (204.7) vs. Julius Anglickas (204)  for light heavyweight title and tournament semifinal
  • Ryan Bader (204.1) vs. Corey Anderson (203.6) in a  light heavyweight tournament semifinal
  • Benson Henderson (155.5) vs. Brent Primus (155.4)
  • Henry Corrales (135) vs. Vladyslav Parubchenko (145.4)

The movie "Dune" starring Dave Bautista debuts Thursday night both in theaters and on HBO Max.

Deadline reported that something went wrong at the filming of America's Got Talent - Extreme earlier today.  During a rehearsal, escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while doing his act. Goodwin was pinned between two cars when a stunt went badly which caused an explosion. He was responsive and was hospitalized. Production of the series was shut down.  Nikki Bella is one of the judges on that show, which will air next year on NBC.

Thanks to Daniel Kuester of Kansas State's sports economics class for the fun time talking with the class on wrestling, MMA and boxing business.


  • Early odds for Crown Jewel at Roman Reigns -200 vs. Brock Lesnar +150 Big E -550 vs. Drew McIntyre +325 Becky Lynch -200 vs. Bianca Belair +180 vs. Sasha Banks +250 Riddle & Orton -250 vs. Styles & Omos +170 Edge -350 vs. Seth Rollins +225 Goldberg -300 vs. Bobby Lashley +200 Mansoor -1000 vs. Mustafa Ali +525


  • Aaron Phillips announced he is out of his fight scheduled for 10/23 against Jonathan Martinez.  He said he's been ill, headaches, low energy, extreme fatigue, groggy and sleeping in the afternoon. He said he's tested negative for COVID and he's trying to find answers as to what is wrong.
  • Miguel Baeza vs. Khaos Williams has been added to the 11/13 show.


  • Kevin Eck's weekly look at the ROH news.
  • Jeff Jarrett's podcast with Conrad Thompson was nominated for Best Podcast Debut of the year.
  • Combate Global has a show tonight on Paramount + starting at 11 p.m.  The main event has Dumar Roa (16-10) vs. Landry Ward (4-0).
  • On Wednesday, there was a pro wrestling category on Jeopardy. The contestants got every question right: $200 - In this alliterative type of match, you need to touch your partner before you can be replaced in the ring $400 - This beastly term can describe a powerful embrace or a move where a wrestler grabs you $600 - Maintaining kayfabe means not letting on that the m,ach is this, the word kayfabe possibly came from with the help of pig latin $800 - Perhaps a play on jobber, the Italian-sounding word is a wrestler hired to lose often  The Rock uses it as a synonym for loser $1,000 - The name of this masked wrestling is Spanish for Free Fighting.
  • WAR on 11/6 in Lima,a, OH at the Empowered Sports Center
  • Paradigm Pro Wrestling streams tonight on IndependentWrestling TV  At 7 p.m. the main event is Myron Reed vs Suge D and Shane Taylor vs. Calvin Tankman. At 9:30 p.m. are two UWFI rules matches, Jordan Baker vs. Janai Kai for the women's super middleweight title and Isaiah Broner vs. Matt  Makowski for the Heavy Hitters championship. Davey Richards worked the first show against Cole Radrick and the second show against Austin Connelly. The shows are at American Legion Post 204 in Sellersburg, IN.
  • The top matches for KSW on 10/23 from Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland have bantamweight champion Sebastian Przybysz (8-2) defending against Bruno Santos (10-2) and top draw Mariusz Pudzianowski (15-7) vs. Bombardier (2-0).
  • Insane Wrestling Revolution from last night in Monroe, MI before 250 fans:  Sam Beale b Bryan Castle, Kenny Urban b Nate Bock, Death Threat Army b DBA & Mysterious Movado, Alex Cluckey b Benjamin Boone, Dread King Logan & Shane Douglas b Rhino & Tommy Dreamer, Rod Lee b Dr. X, Trey Miguel won six-way over N8 Mattson, Kenny Urban, Malcolm Monroe III, Sam Beale and Madman Fulton. Next show is 12/29 in Monroe. (thanks to Paul Meade)
  • Future house Publishing and Masked Republic are teaming up for an all-new bilingual series based on the life of the Munoz Brothers, Dragon Lee, Rush and Dralistico as well as their father, Bestia del ring. There will be English and Spanish text side-by-side so bilingual families can enjoy them.
  • PCO appears on 11/26 for AIW at Force Sports in Eastlake, OH.
  • Jimmy Hart, Typhoon Fred Ottman and Haku appear tomorrow afternoon at The Wrestling Collector in Stockholm,NJ.
  • Kenta Kobashi will be at tomorrow's All Japan show at Ota Ward Gym in Tokyo as an announcer for the main events. The show is headlined by Jake Lee vs Kento Miyahara for the Triple Crown.
  • Bare Knuckle Fighting on 11/12 in Miami at the James L. Knight Center has Hector Lombard vs. Lorenzo Hunt for the cruiserweight world title and Luis Palomino vs. Dat Nguyen for the lightweight title

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