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WON NEWSLETTER: January 3, 2022 Observer Newsletter: WWE changes due to omicron, MSG near record low

In this week's issue: 

The effects of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 led to a number of major changes and precautions in WWE.

Among the names advertised who didn’t appear on shows this week were Roman Reigns, Big E, Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Bianca Belair, Bobby Lashley, Queen Zelina, Shinsuke Nakamura and King Woods.

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I did our weekend show last night covering Day 1 and all of the news of the past few days.

Drew McIntyre's injury was legit in the sense he really does have a neck injury, and the angle done where Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss took him out was a cover story for his taking time away to recuperate. He has been having neck pain for some time. The hope is that his taking off now will heal him and he won't need major surgery.  They are checking out what the neck issues are very soon so it is too soon to know if or how long he'll be out of action.

For Google searches for this week there  wasn't much with no big boxing or MMA fights. The Jake Paul vs. Dana White grandstand challenge is No. 16 today at 50,000 searches.  Day 1 yesterday did a big number, 500,000, probably due to the situation with Roman Reigns.  The only other thing this week was Conor McGregor at No. 17 on Monday with the Charles Oliveira call out.

We're looking for your thoughts on WWE Day 1, NOAH at Budokan Hall on 1/1, and Stardom at Sumo Hall on 12/29. You can leave a thumbs up, down or middle for each show along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also looking for reports from tonight's WWE show in Fayetteville, NC to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

GCW iPPV from last night in Atlantic City, NJ:  Mark & Jay Briscoe b Alex Zayne & Blake Christian to keep the GCW tag titles (best match), Calvin Tankman b Yoya, Joey Janela b Scotty 2 Hotty (really good), Homicide won 20 man Rumble to become top contender for Jon Moxley's GCW title, Alex Colon b John Wayne Murdoch via ref stoppage in a deathmatch to keep the Ultraviolent title. (thanks to Ross Blair)

Yuji Okabayashi won the Big Japan Strong title earlier today from Takuya Nomura.

Regarding Wednesday's AEW move to TBS, here is a look at recent station moves for wrestling shows and how they have done:

  • 9/25/00 Raw moves from USA (last show 6,940,000 viewers0 to TNN (first show 7,110,000 viewers)
  • 10/3/05 Raw moves from Spike (last show 4,020,000 viewers) to USA (first show 5,569,000 viewers)
  • 10/3/08 Smackdown moves from CW (4,411,000 viewers) to My Network (3,160,000)
  • 10/1/10 Smackdown moves from My Network (2,770,000) to Syfy (2,520,000)
  • 1/7/15 Impact moves from Spike (980,000) to Destination America (359,000)
  • 1/5/16 Impact moves from Destination America (155,000) to Pop TV (255,000)
  • 1/7/16 Smackdown moves from Syfy (2,284,000) to USA (2,757,000)
  • 10/4/19 Smackdown moves from USA (2,099,000) to FOX (3,888,000)

The C.M. Punk segment on the NHL outdoor classic game yesterday only aired on Bleacher Report, not on the TNT broadcast. There was also no mention of AEW in promotions or commercials during the show, most notably nothing on the Saturday night Battle of the Belts special that one would think would be promoted on what was expected to be a high rated sports event. There was a promotion of Go Big Show on the post-game show.

UFC

  • The latest in the Jake Paul/Dana White war of words and grandstand challenges for today.
  • Sportbetting.ag has odds for who will be UFC champion on December 31, 2022.  We list the top five in each division:
  • Flyweight Brandon Moreno +190 Askar Askarov+350 Deiveson Figueiredo +350 Henry Cejudo +700 Alex Perez +800 Alexandre Pantoja +800
  • Bantamweight Petr Yan -170 Aljamain Sterling +450 TJ Dillashaw +700 Henry Cejudo +1000 Jose Aldo +1000
  • Featherweight Alexander Volkanovski -180 Max Holloway +350 Chan  Sung Jung +675 Giga Chikadze +1100 Calvin Kattar +1600 Josh Emmett +1600
  • Lightweight Charles Oliveira +200 Islam Makhachev +200 Beneil Dariush +400 Justin Gaethje +600 Conor McGregor +900 Dustin Poirier +900
  • Welterweight Kamaru Usman -250 Khamzat Chimaev +300 Leon Edwards +900 Vicente Luque +900 Belal Muhammed +1000
  • Middleweight Israel Adesanya -165 Robert Whittaker +425 Marvin Vettori +700 Jared Cannonier +800 Derek Brunson +1100
  • Light heavyweight Jiro Prochazka +275 Alexander Rakic +300 Magomed Ankalaev +300 Glover Teixeira +400 Jan Blachowicz +575
  • Heavyweight Francis Ngannou +225 Cyril Gane +275 Curtis Blaydes +600 Jon Jones +650 Stipe Miocic +650
  • Strawweight Rose Namajunas +275 Carla Esparza +350 Joanna Jedrzejczyk +450 Zhang Weili +450 Marina Rodriguez +650
  • Women's Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko -600 Katlyn Chookagian +800 Taila Santos +800 Andrea Lee +1200 Manon Fiorot +1200 Viviane Araujo +1200
  • Women's Bantamweight Amanda Nunes -115 Juliana Pena +200 Holly Holm +600 Irene Aldana +650 Ketlen Vieira +1100
  • Women's Featherweight Amanda Nuns -600 Kayla Harrison +325 Norman Dumont +1100 Aspen Ladd +1200

OTHER NOTES

  • Emersyn Jayne defends the Eve title against Charli Evans in the main event for Eve on 1/7 at The Venue on Great Portland Street in London, UK.  Charlie Morgan vs. Laura Di Matteo face off for the top contender spot.

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