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WON NEWSLETTER: December 21, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Wrestle Kingdom 15 cards, TripleMania

We look at New Japan's road to the Tokyo Dome and the first group of major shows in 2021 as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We look at the realities of business, the set up, the announced matches, and the last few shows leading up to the Dome events. We also have complete coverage from the Budokan Hall show and Super J Cup.

The new issue also covers:

TLC show, Smackdown live and taped shows, new television shows being considered, WWE Network special offer, Bill Goldberg talks who he'd like to wrestle, details on a new contract negotiation, more about wrestlers being sent for regular training, upcoming NXT matches, Hall of Fame, injury updates, new signing, new TV show, international ratings, how WWE & AEW fare compared to sports programming, new TV character identified, WWE market value and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network.

UFC monopoly lawsuit and its ramifications on both the MMA and pro wrestling business regarding competition, ability to hold people to long-term contracts, and competitor pay, and the kind of money we are talking about and why.

A bio of Dr. Alfonso Morales, the legendary Lucha Libre and boxing announcer, who passed away this past week.  We look at his background and legacy and why he became so good at what he did.

Major lawsuit involving Lucha Underground and AAA and money figures for streaming content that AAA has received.

UFC 256, with the background of the show, match-by-match coverage and the stories behind the show.

TripleMania, with business notes, popularity, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and the story behind the show.

Tokyo Sports awards for 2020 covering Japanese wrestling, as well as a history for some of the major awards.

Television business, looking at stats not available elsewhere to get the deepest read into how shows are doing, what categories are doing well and how shows compare with previous weeks and one year ago.  

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

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • Here is a link to the entire 2020 Slammy Awards that aired this morning.
  • Daniel Bryan told BT Sports that his contract is coming up soon, and may consider transitioning into becoming a part time wrestler. “Now I have things in my life that I love more than wrestling,” he said. "I'm switching priorities in my life. My contract is coming up soon, and we'll be looking at me transitioning to less than a full-time wrestler. I'll be a full-time dad, part-time wrestler."
  • William Regal announced on Twitter that Raquel Gonzalez would be banned from ringside during tonight’s Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai match.
  • Ronda Rousey spoke to Digital Spy about her WWE run. While she enjoyed wrestling, she didn’t like the travel. “All I wanted to do between shows is lay down with my legs up and travelling you're just sitting upright all the time and my back would kill me,” she said. “So the actual act of travelling I do not miss it all, it was the absolute [worst]."
  • Keith Lee has filed a trademark for his own name.
  • Candice LaRae spoke to Mike Johnson of PWInsider yesterday previewing tonight’s A Very Gargano Christmas segment on NXT.
  • Free matches added to their YouTube page today include an eight woman gauntlet match featuring Bayley, Sasha Banks, Natalya, Ember Moon, Dana Brooke, Alicia Fox, Mickie James, and Ruby Riott from the December 17, 2018 Raw, and Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins for the United States championship from the December 23, 2019 edition of Raw.
  • Kevin Owens spoke to Comicbook on why NXT should be included in the WWE Draft.
  • A “10 Best Matches of 2020” special will be added to the on demand section of the WWE Network this Sunday.
  • Non-WWE indie content being added to the Network on Saturday includes EVOLVE 140, ICW Fight Club 151, wXw Catch Grand Prix #6, and The Best of PROGRESS Wrestling: Deep Cuts.

Other Wrestling

  • Attendance for large-scale events in Tokyo have been limited to 5,000 as a result of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Japan. This could end up having an effect on Wrestle Kingdom 15, though NJPW has yet to confirm any changes regarding their attendance.
  • Darby Allin spoke to Forbes on why he doesn’t watch WWE or other outside promotions. “I just watch skating videos. That’s it,” said Allin. “I don’t want to be inspired by anything. I want my body of work to be its own thing. I know it’s like that with skaters, a lot of skaters don’t watch certain videos because they don’t want their skating to be inspired just like I do with wrestling. I respect everybody’s hard work and stuff, but there comes a point where I just want to be in my own brain about things, I don’t want to be inspired by anybody.”
  • Impact’s first Year in Review episode last night scored 133,000 viewers, and did not make the top 150 shows on cable. This is down from last week’s 177,000.
  • The Acclaimed have released a diss track on The Young Bucks prior to their match tonight.
  • Zicky Dice wrote on Twitter that his contract with the NWA ends on January 1.
  • Erick Rowan talked to The Crash Report about being released by WWE, The Wyatt Family, and pitching alternative ideas to Paul Heyman regarding what was in the cage he would carry to the ring.
  • Lio Rush has released a new music video for his single ‘Do You Remember’.
  • The latest edition of Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Aces High article discussed himself, Katsuyori Shibata, and Shinsuke Nakamura being considered the new Three Musketeers.
  • Keiji Muto turned 58 years old today.

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