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WON NEWSLETTER: November 15, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Death of Angelo Mosca, Full Gear & Survivor Series previews

In this week's issue: 

  • The amazing story on the life of Angelo Mosca, CFL legend, pro wrestling main eventer. His famous hit on Willie Fleming, feud with Joe Kapp, the 2001 old man fight all detailed. How Mosca got into pro wrestling, whatever happened to Angelo Jr., why he didn't play in the NFL, and his biggest career matches. Mosca's run in Toronto as the perennial Canadian champion
  • Previews of AEW Full Gear and WWE Survivor Series, business notes, ticket sales, secondary market, lineups and movie theater business
  • Lots more regarding who was let go by WWE
  • Ticket sales for major upcoming WWE & AEW shows, including notes on the head-to-head markets
  • More on Bryan Danielson's decision to come to AEW
  • UFC in MSG, two title bouts, $10 million gate
  • NJPW Power Struggle coverage, as well as Best of Super Juniors and Tag League, plus match of the year candidate
  • Myths and facts regarding alcohol abuse treatments
  • Ratings with segment-by-segment notes, international TV ratings
  • Another major star leaves CMLL
  • AAA TripleMania Regia, Omega, Velasquez, Munoz Brothers, LA Park and Marvel comic superstars
  • Stardom's next PPV show
  • Mach Hayato, Japanese prelim wrestler who inspired pro wrestling and MMA superstars

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Garrett and I just did a show today with Tony Khan talking Full Gear and a lot of other notes. Bryan and I will be doing a show tomorrow night with the news, talking about both Full Gear and the New Japan show in San Jose as well as other news.

On today's call, Tony Khan said that the Battle of the Belts, which is the name of the new quarterly specials on TNT in 2022, right now looks to be one hour on Saturday nights, but that is to be determined.

He also hinted that there would be news on the Owen Hart tournament, perhaps as early as the post-show press conference tomorrow night. He hinted it would be a unique style tournament.

Smackdown tonight has announced Roman Reigns vs. King Woods and Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs. Humberto & Angel.

Rampage tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis:

  • Dante Martin vs. Ariya Daivari (both are from Minneapolis, Daivari's AEW debut)
  • Jungle Boy vs. Bobby Fish
  • Jade Cargill vs. Santana Garrett
  • Matt Hardy vs. Orange Cassidy lumberjack match

The Countdown to Full Gear airs at 11 p.m. tonight on TNT.

Bellator at 10 p.m. tonight on Showtime:

  • Arlene Blencowe (145.8) vs. Pam Sorenson (146)
  • Aaron Pico (145.4) vs.  Justin Gonzales (145.6)
  • Tyrell Fortune (253.8) vs. Linton Vassell (239.2)
  • Cris Cyborg (145) vs. Sinead Kavanagh (145) for the featherweight title

 UFC tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern from the Apex in Las Vegas:

  • Kennedy Nzechukwu (205) vs. Da Un Jung (204)
  • Marc Diakiese (156) vs. Rafael Alves (155)
  • Cortney Casey (125) vs. Liana Jojua (128.5) - Jojua was fined 30 percent of her purse for missing weight
  • Sean Woodson (145.5) vs. Collin Anglin (146)
  • Cynthia Calvillo (126) vs. Andrea Lee (125.5)
  • Thiago Moises (155) vs. Joel Alvarez (157.5) - Alvarez was fined 30 percent of his purse for missing weight)
  • Song Yadong (135.5) vs. Julio Arce (135.5)
  • Miguel Baeza (170.5) vs. Khaos Williams (169)
  • Felicia Spencer (145.5) vs. Leah Letson (145)
  • Ben Rothwell (265) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (259)
  • Max Holloway (146) vs. Yair Rodriguez (145.5)

Congratulations to Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes, who were married yesterday in Las Vegas.

Here are the gambling odds for both Full Gear and Survivor Series from

Survivor Series:

  • Roman Reigns -500 vs. Big E +300
  • Becky Lynch -400 vs. Charlotte Flair +250
  • Men's Smackdown team -200 vs. Men's Raw team +150
  • Women's Smackdown team -160 vs. Women's Raw tam +130

Full Gear:

  • Adam Page -700 vs. Kenny Omega +400
  • Britt Baker -1000 vs. Tay Conti +525
  • Bryan Danielson -300 vs. Miro +200
  • Lucha Brothers -450 vs. FTR +275
  • C.M. Punk -1000 vs. Eddie Kingston +525
  • MJF -200 vs. Darby Allin +150
  • Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus & Christian Cage +150 vs.
  • Young Bucks & Adam Cole -200
  • Inner Circle -250 vs. ATT +170

Scott Coker spoke today about planning a Fedor Emelianenko retirement show coming summer in Moscow. Emelianenko said he wants one last fight and he wants it in Moscow.

New Japan Best of the Super Juniors opens tomorrow at 4:30 a.m. Eastern from Korakuen Hall on New Japan World with Japanese only commentary live (English commentary will go up a few days later):

  • Ryohei Oiwa vs. Yuto Nakashima
  • Douki vs. Bushi
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Robbie Eagles
  • El Phantasmo vs. Mater Wato
  • Yoh vs. Hiromu Takahashi
  • Sho vs. Desperado

Wrestle Universe airs a show tonight at 2 a.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Pacific from the Yokohama Budokan for NOAH with English commentary and Kaito Kiyomiya & Masa Kitamiya vs. Keiji Muto & Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC tag titles, Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Kenou for the National title and Hayata vs. Aleja for the jr. title. Wrestle Universe is free from now until the end of the year.


  • Becky Lynch on the Jimmy Traina Sports illustrated podcast. (thanks to Barry Werner)
  • A story on Undertaker from the Dallas Morning News. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • Stephanie McMahon will be honored with the Corporate Leadership award by the March of Dimes Greater New York/New Jersey market on 11/30.
  • Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson debuts today on Disney Plus.


  • A few notes about show peaks for Wednesday's Dynamite that we didn't get until this morning so weren't in the current issue. Bryan Danielson vs. Rocky Romero was the high point for ages 35-49. The Inner Circle/ATT angle was the high point for women 18-49. Jungle Boy vs. Anthony Bowens and a Kenny Omega-Adam Page video package peaked in 18-34.  The Omega-Page contract signing peaked in 18-49.


  • Trevin Jones pulled out of his 12/18 fight with Raoni Barcelos according to MMA Fighting.
  • Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono has been added to the 12/4 show.
  • Mario Bautista vs. Khalid Taha is set for a show on 2/19 according to MMA Junkie.
  • Tai Tuivasa had to pull out of his 11/20 fight with Augusto Sakai due to visa issues.  Tuivasa broke the news on his instagram account.
  • Ed Herman vs. Maxim Grishin in a light heavyweight fight is set for 2/12.


  • Kevin Eck's weekly look at the ROH news.
  • Bill Behrens at can book the following talent for matches or appearances:  Johnny Curtis (Fandango), Mark & Jay Briscoe, Josh Woods, Jonathan Gresham, Jay Lethal, Shane Taylor, World Famous CB, Matt Sydal, Adrian Jaoude/Arturo Tiger Ruas, Griff Garrison, Marcus Kross, Cyrus the Destroyer, Moose, Hernandez, Christopher Daniels, Slim J, Sal Ranauro, TJP, Luke Hawx and Logan Cred/Madds Krugger.  Plus for appearances he can book Sean Waltman, Al Snow, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Devon Dudley, Stevie Richards, Shannon Moore and others.
  • MCW has the 20th annual Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup tonight in Joppa, MD, which includes an appearance of DDP.  First round matches are  Shannon Moore vs. Aaron Rourke, Ninja Mack vs. Sam Adonis, Jake Crist vs. Acton Andretti, Luke Hawx vs. KC Navarro and Myles Hawkins vs. PJ Hawx.  They also run tomorrow night in Hollywood, MD at the Volunteer Fire Department with Rhino and Quinn McKay.
  • Melbourne City Wrestling returns on 12/11 with a show at their training academy.
  • AAW is back on 11/26 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL with Fred Yehi vs. Mat Fitchett for the AAW title, Allysin Kay vs. Skye Blue for the women's title, Ace Austin & Myron Reed vs. Hakim Zane & Karam in a Bourbon street fight, Charli Evans vs. Christi Jaynes vs. Lady Frost vs. Sierra and Silas Young vs. Manders.  Also on the show are Jake Something, Alex Zayne, Josh Alexander, Rich wan and Schaff.
  • NWA returns to Atlanta from 12/3 to 12/6 at the GPB Studios in Atlanta. They will be taping a new show on 12/3. They will be doing the Hard Times PPV on 12/4. They will be taping Powerrr on 12/5 and 12/6.
  • Funeral services for Chris Romero (Chris Youngblood), who died in July, were announced for 11/27 at the Llano Cemetery in Amarillo at 2 p.m.

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