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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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  • Last night’s SmackDown averaged 1.99 million viewers in the fast national ratings, along with drawing a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. The viewership is up from last week’s fast national average of 1.978 million.
  • NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Dakota Kai, and Cora Jade were involved in dark matches prior to SmackDown last night. Hayes & Williams faced The Viking Raiders, while Kai and Jade had a match against each other.
  • For Monday’s Raw, WWE is teasing that Big E will respond to Kevin Owens’ attack from this past Monday’s episode of the show. How Becky Lynch will react to Liv Morgan being the next challenger for her Raw Women’s Championship is also being teased for the episode. Plus, Bobby Lashley is set to appear.
  • TVInsider asked Bianca Belair how she’s acclimated to being on Raw: “We just had an incredible five-way for the opportunity to face Becky Lynch, who is the Raw women’s champion. I would’ve loved to have won, but I’m super excited for Liv Morgan. She has put in the time and work and is really someone you want to cheer for. It’s her time right now. There are so many talented women in our locker room. I’m heading into a feud with Doudrop, which will feel fresh. I want to be known as a great performer, a great competitor, and know when you turn on the TV screen and see Bianca Belair that you know it’s going to be good.”
  • Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley, Riddle, The New Day, and Zelina Vega took part in a photo shoot dressed up like The Rock throughout his career. The photo shoot was in celebration of this month being the 25th anniversary of The Rock making his debut.
  • WALTER and Cesaro reflected on facing each other on WWE’s UK house show tour.
  • Following B-Fab’s release from WWE, Top Dolla and Briana Brandy (B-Fab) released a song titled “It’s Not Goodbye.”
  • The Insane Clown Posse appeared on this week’s episode of WWE After the Bell.
  • Jeff Hardy, Aliyah, and Los Lotharios were interviewed on this week’s Talking Smack.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded The Rock vs. The Hurricane in a no DQ match from the March 10, 2003 episode of Raw and LayCool vs. Natalya in a handicap match for the Divas Championship from Survivor Series 2010.

Other Wrestling

What is today? Today is a day God has blessed me to breathe, love, and make my day as if it’s my last. Today reminds me of an unplanned day when God called Eddie to His Heavenly gates. Today, taught me to face the world the best way I knew how! Today, is the day that I learned how many people love Eddie and his memorable legacy. An exceptional legacy that I learned how to be the ‘Queen of Mean’ from watching Eddie’s work inside the ring! The countless hours that Eddie would create storylines on paper and rehearse promos in front of a mirror and using me to create ‘a hold’ on me and ask if it was painful!!!!!. I learned everything from Eddie not only professionally but personally as Eddie’s wife and mother to Shaul and Sherilyn. These valuable lessons that didn’t come written in an manual.

Today, I am emotional that I wake up in the same city, arena, and day that you passed! Tonight, I will walk down the ramp and carry Eddie in my heart. I walk into the ring and look over to the corner and nod at Eddie sitting across the corner of the top rope.

For years….Eddie talked about how he wanted to ‘make it to the top’. Eddie, you exceeded your dreams and your legacy lives forever and you will never be forgotten. You are loved and missed everyday….

  • Punk spoke to Bleacher Report about facing Kingston tonight: “I'm looking forward to it just because there seems to be a huge, tangible buzz about it. I think if you're a performer, when the crowd is invested, it doesn't matter if they love you or hate you. It just seems to be an intriguing pair of guys going at it, right? We've kind of breathed life into what some of the classic legends of pro wrestling used to do on the regular. It's just two normal dudes talking normal trash. The fun part about pro wrestling is you get to go in a ring and you get to beat the crap out of each other."
  • Kingston told the New York Post about why he wrote his Players’ Tribune article and opened up about battling depression: “It’s very weird and I don’t like the attention. I did the article not to get attention, I did the article thinking maybe it will help one person. But the response has been pretty overwhelming. When I got very uncomfortable, thank God for my girlfriend for calming me down, because I was just screaming in my house like what is going on. Why are people hitting me up and telling me I did this and that and I inspired this and that. I didn’t get it. But I accept it and if it does help out one person that’s all I care about.”
  • Men’s Health published a story on Hangman Page challenging Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship at Full Gear.
  • Omega told Sports Illustrated about the story between him and Page: “Both of us have put a lot of heart and soul into this. We haven’t been handed scripts or sat in production meetings to build this story. A lot of this comes from reality. Maybe we’ve sensationalized some of the details, but there is a lot of truth to the story we’re telling. There is real-life emotion attached to this clash.”
  • MJF said in an interview with UPI that his New Year’s resolution for 2022 is to become World Champion. MJF also discussed Roddy Piper never being a World Champion during his career: “It is a crying shame that he was not a World Champion, and the reason why he wasn't is because people were afraid that if he won that title, it would have been a reign of terror the likes of which this sport has never seen before. I can assure you that my title reign will be just that.”
  • TSN has an interview with FTR.
  • Last night’s Rampage averaged 480,000 viewers in the fast nationals. Of those viewers, 232,000 were in the 18-49 demo. The previous week’s Rampage averaged 556,000 viewers in the fast nationals, with 267,000 viewers being in the 18-49 demo.
  • After Rampage, Tony Khan teased that Best Friends should bring someone else from Chaos to AEW: “Might I suggest that maybe next time you bring someone else from Chaos. If there is a next time. Could be a good idea. Maybe not who you think, but it might be who you think. I just think it might be a good idea.”
  • Buddy Matthews spoke to Sports Illustrated about facing Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Battle in the Valley tonight: “I am primed to take the next step in my career. That’s what I want to do in this match against Okada. Wrestling Okada, this is a chance to make a real splash. I get to wrestle their best. In my mind, I’m the best. I thought I was the best on 205 Live, Raw, and then SmackDown. I have to feel that way. And on Saturday at Battle in the Valley, I’ll get to prove it.”
  • Malakai Black will face Amazing Red at House of Glory’s For the Glory show in Queens on Saturday, December 11.
  • A triple threat match between Trish Adora, Allysin Kay, and Mandy Leon will take place on the ROH TV episode that premieres the weekend of Saturday, November 20. The winner of that will advance to face Willow Nightingale in a number one contender’s match on the December 4 ROH TV episode. The wrestler who wins that match will get an ROH Women’s Championship shot against Rok C at Final Battle on December 11.
  • Darius Lockhart will make his NWA debut next month.
  • Chris Dickinson vs. Blake Christian is set for Beyond Wrestling’s Fete Forever show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday, December 5.

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