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WON NEWSLETTER: October 5, 2020 Observer Newsletter: NJPW shakeup, WWE talent and 3rd party deals, more

We've got a double issue this week of the Observer with the full rundown of Harold Meij being out in New Japan, WWE's social media policy as it relates to talent, and extensive G-1 coverage.

Our lead story looks at the Harold Meij era of New Japan, how he got there, the turmoil behind-the-scenes, why he's leaving, his last words to his fan club, why the guy who handled running a wrestling company during a pandemic is out while in the pandemic and a lot of behind-the-scenes stories regarding New Japan and AEW never making a deal, and whether this can change things, and what the key issues are. The changes he made to the company, the business record and issues in dealing with talent and others and the inherent issues of a non-Japanese person in charge of a major Japanese company. This is the most inside version of what happened there since 2018 and from people who know the situation the best.

Also in this issue:

WWE's latest when it comes to talent and social media, WWE policy, Andrew Yang and why this could be the worst time to make these decisions.

WWE Clash of Champions, NXT Takeover, Hell in a Cell, the COVID issues in AEW & WWE and how they spread, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

G1 Climax tournament, with standings, best matches, behind-the-scenes,why crowds aren't quick to sell out, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results of every show.

XFL start, changes in WWE tapings and why 205 Live will be taped with NXT ad not Smackdown, we look at declines in WWE interest and reasons why WWE draft dates, Reigns vs. Rock, Reigns talks C.M. Punk, new Dwayne Johnson TV show looked at, new WWE signings, update on WWE injuries, one of the top college wrestlers already publicly talking about going to WWE, more on TV ratings in U.S. and Canada, former TNA champion talks how close he came to joining WWE, Cena starring in new movie, Zayn talks politics, Rusev talks problems with WWE creative, update on Raw Underground, where tribal chief comes from, WWE market value and the most watched shows on WWE Network over the past week.

UFC 253, with business notes, the main themes of the show plus match-by-match coverage and poll results.

The treatment of women in pro wrestling with notes from a recent BBC article with thoughts from several women involved.

87th anniversary show of CMLL, and the plight of Lucha Libre with no fans.

Jerry Lawler 50th anniversary show.

2020 Hall of Fame ballot in each category, with the top candidate, last year's highest that haven't gotten in, as well as a list of those who have been elected in the past five years.

Smackdown and AEW ratings based on the same opposition, as well as network vs. cable when it comes to other sports.

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

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Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer Radio talking Takeover, UFC, Impact and all kinds of other stuff. You can send questions to the show to

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of Jim Valley, who has been battling hard against a series of devastating illnesses.Thanks to people here we've raised more than $31,000 in less than two days. Special mention to both Chris Jericho and Tony Khan for their generous donations here, and not limited to here, and this is something both have done many times for various cases of people in and around wrestling that they don't often get credit for.

The scheduled Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns fight on 12/12 is being moved back to early 2021. Usman needs more time to get ready.

No official update on the conditions of Finn Balor or Kyle O'Reilly coming out of last night's match. Balor was feared to have suffered a broken jaw. WWE reported O'Reilly had some broken teeth.

Zeus beat Kento Miyahara earlier today to win the Champion Carnival tournament.

Sarah Stock, the former Dark Angel, was arrested on Sunday in Evansville according to PWInsider on charges of aggravated battery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication with alcohol and booked at 4:25 a.m. Sunday morning. She has been released. Stock has been traveling around the country since she was released by WWE where she was working as a coach at the Performance Center.

Scott Norton underwent surgery for a second knee replacement in Houston.


  • With the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots game airing on CBS along with ESPN's Atlanta Falcon vs. Green Bay Packers game head-to-head, Raw has the toughest competition in a long time for any one night.  Thus far the show has The Street Profits & Drew McIntyre vs  Randy Orton & Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax will have the tag title match scheduled for the last PPV against Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan and Bray Wyatt returns to Raw for a confrontation with Kevin Owens. There is also a New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball playoff game. There is no post-PPV bump. to rely on this week nor are they bringing back stars from the past.
  • Bayley has now hit 500 days as Smackdown women's champion.
  • NXT Takeover didn't trend last night on Google.  The Takeovers almost never do, and on a football Sunday, it was almost a lock that it wouldn't.


  • Trent is attempting to trademark the name Trent Baretta. 


  • G-1 continues tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. from  Hiroshima: Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura Hirooki Goto vs.  Toru Yano Sanada vs. Zack Sabre Jr. Evil vs. Juice Robinson Tetsuya Naito vs Yoshi-Hashi Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA
  • G-1 on Wednesday at 3 a.m. Eastern from Hiroshima: Tsuji vs.Gabriek Kidd Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yujiro Takahashi Kazuchika Okada vs. Jeff Cobb Will Ospreay vs. Minoru Suzuki Jay White vs. Taichi Shingo Takagi vs. Kota Ibushi
  • Major League Wrestling has made a deal with the Sports Channel Network (Ch. 266 on Freeview) for broadcast in the U.K. and Ireland.
  • Alex Marvez has compiled a book that lists every match of Chris Jericho's 30-year-career.
  • An attempt to bring Shoot Pro Wrestling as a new style is at 1:01:30. SPW is a hybrid-wrestling show that showcases a variety of pro wrestling styles, most ESPECIALLY shoot-style. It was done with new, mostly unknown talent and co-promoted with local promotion Primos Premier Pro-Wrestling.
  • Brandon Thurston has a 29-page business report on the U.S. pro wrestling business. It is also on the Wrestlenomics Patreon page.
  • Luc C. Vu, who drove the vehicle that ran into Matt Palacios (Matt Travis) pleaded guilty to reckless driving, failure to exercise due car, causing serious injury and failure to yield to a bicycle, in a report by PWInsider.  His driver's license was suspended for six months and he was fined $250.  That seems way too light for a manslaughter case.
  • Masked Republic's Expo Lucha convention and expo takes place streaming on 10/10 at 1 p.m. Eastern. There will be six hours of free content on The Expo Lucha Facebook page, the Lucha Central YouTube channel and Masked Republic Twitch channel.  They will air Penta & Fenix & Mr. Aguila vs. Brian Cage & TJP & Jack Evans, with Lita managing Aguila as she did in her first WWE gig.  There will also be an interview with Konnan.
  • Impact for tomorrow night: Tommy Dreamer vs Brian Myers Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz vs. Taya & Rosemary Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs.  Ace Austin & Mad Man Fulton
  • Dragon Gate's Korakuen Hall show airs live on Wednesday. The main event is Yamato & Kzy & Ben K & Kota M<inoura of Dragon Gate vs. R.E.D. of Eita & BxB Hulk & Kota Minoura & Kai.
  • XICW ran its 20th anniversary show and 300th show overall on Pontiac, MI last night:  Soutalker b LJ Lawrence, El Ridiculoso b Willie Watts, Jumai Kyng b Mongo, Jumai Kyng b Billy Ray Daniels, TJ Meyer b Jumai Kyng, Justin Dream b TJ Meyer, Justin Dream b Mad Man Fulton, Mysterious Movado b Sam Beale, Rhino & Heath b DBA & Jaimy Coxxx to win tag titles, The Hallow b The Purge, Dread King Logan b Jake Crist, DBA NC Mr. Insanity in a cage match, Aaron Orion & Tommy Vendetta & Jack Price & Isiah Broner b Malcolm Monroe II & Dre Jacobs & Adam Wick & Alex Weir in a War Games match (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • CWE on 12/4 in Winnipeg at Rookies Sports Bar with attendance limited to 100 people and masks recommended. 
  • Effy debuts on the UWN PPV show tomorrow night.
  • A story on Gerald Brisco and retirement.
  • David Arquette on the Two Man Power Trip podcast.

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