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WON NEWSLETTER: December 14, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Omega on Impact, NXT TakeOver: WarGames

The fallout of AEW's Winter is Coming show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at how AEW is doing compared to Raw in different demos, the Sting interview this past week, how AEW's numbers for segments have risen as well as the biggest AEW quarters of this year.

Also in this issue:

Kenny Omega/Don Callis dynamic, the odes to the past they have copied in their angle, debut of Tony Khan as a television performer in the interview on Impact, how close Winter is Coming actually came to being No. 1 for the night on cable, Tony Schiavone's appearances years ago in TNA and what angle Vince Russo wanted to do with him, executives who vowed to not be TV performers and how that changed.

Major match teased on Impact, as well as the background of the Omega-Callis alliance and when the idea was first broached.

Television ratings for Impact and the surprises, as well as streaming numbers, and what major message that sends about the appeal of Omega in some places and not in others, as well as the number of people who ended up seeing the interview segment.

NXT Takeover War Games, the good, the not-so-good, the next destination show, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

TLC, have a lot of notes about where things do and don't stand with the 2021 WrestleMania, the actual story of how Bill Goldberg's streak came to be and what it came from, and how it was ruined and lost popularity. We also look back at the end of WCW.

HHH brings up some notes on Undertaker, WWE women popularity on social media, new WWE TV characters, new gimmicks, WWE stars on new television show, how WWE & AEW programming is doing internationally, how it is doing compared to other sports, more on the lawsuit against Matt Riddle & WWE and Riddle's sides key arguments for dismissal, Johnny Gargano talks NXT goal, injury updates, Tyler Bate's return, WWE market value and most-watched shows this past week on the WWE Network.

New Japan's first show back in Fukuoka, to decide the Best of the Super Junior and World tag league finals. We look at both tournaments, as well as the business notes, the big announcement on the show, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

UFC weekend coverage  with the stories behind the card, what's next, effects of COVID and much more. We look at the business notes on the show and fight-by-fight coverage.

NOAH Chronicle and in particular, the Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura match-of-the-year candidate.

The short but very memorable pro wrestling career of Tom "Tiny" Lister and his run as Zeus, what he was known for out of wrestling and more.

WWE 2020 award nominations as well as one voter talks about favorites for Japan's Tokyo Sports awards.

Detailed look at the 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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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, New Japan Tokyo Dome, and the rest of the wrestling and MMA news with Wrestling Observer radio tonight. You can ask questions for the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Raw tonight is the Raw go-home show for TLC. A.J. Styles vs. Sheamus and Nia Jax vs. Lana are announced along with New Day & Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Lashley & Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin.  Bray Wyatt also  takes a Field trip to the Thunderdome. The NFL game head-to-head has the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens.  

AAA removed TripleMania from YouTube and Facebook due to issues with some of the music on the broadcast. They did release a new edited version of the show but it's not complete matches. From an interest-level standpoint, it was way up from the last four years as far as international interest went.

My second book in the new Yearbook series with Inside the Ropes in the U.K. is being released. It covers 1993, including great bios of Andre the Giant, Kerry Von Erich, Eddie Gilbert, Hulk Hogan's WWF departure for almost a decade, the birth of ECW, Michinoku Pro,  Pancrase and UFC, the Sid Vicious-Arn Anderson fight in a U.K. hotel and much more.  The book is available at amazon.com as well as www.wrestlingobserverbooks.com. Our first book released just over two months ago covering 1997 is also available at both places. If you are in the U.K., you can get both books delivered today.

Impact is expected to make a big announcement on tomorrow night's show. Kenny Omega appears on the show this week once again. Karl Anderson vs. Chris Sabin was also announced.

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UFC

  • Khlil Rountree vs Marcin Prachnio has been added to the 1/23 show.

OTHER NEWS

  • Kenny Omega talked about doing a match with El Hijo del Vikingo for his next AAA title defense. The match isn't official and was more Omega talking about what he'd like, but AAA did listen and it feels like it's a possibility.
  • L.A. Park did suffer a knee injury as it appeared on the show when catching the dive by Murder Clown. He said he doesn't think it's serious but he was unable to dance at his daughter's birthday party and Murder Clown did send his daughter an apology. (thanks to The Cubs Fan)
  • The long-awaited Volador Jr. vs. Bandido NWA welterweight title match, scheduled for September but pushed back due to Bandido suffering from COVID, is scheduled for Christmas Day. Apparently Bandido tested positive for COVID antibodies because he previously had it and that's why he was pulled from ROH, not that he has it now.  Evidently Maryland's commission wouldn't allow anyone with the antibodies to work.  Bandido took a blood test for COVID and it came back negative and also was tested this week by CMLL and it came back negative.
  • KSW runs 12/19 from Poland with an empty arena show on www.KSWTV.com: Phil DeFries (18-6) vs. Michal Kita (20-11-1) for the heavyweight title Marian Ziolkowski (21-8-1) vs. Roman Szymanski (13-5) for the vacant lightweight title Antun Racic (24-8-1) vs.; Bruno Santos (9-1) for the bantamweight title Artur Sowinski (21011) vs. Borys Mankowski (20-8-1) for the lightweight title Tomasz Drwa (22-6-1) vs. Patrik Kinci (22-9) Kacper Koziorzębski (7-2) vs. Marcin Krakowiak (9-3) Albert Odzimkowski (11-4) vs. Christian Eckerlin (12-5)
  • Mads Krugger, the masked man in Contra Unit, will take on two men on Wednesday night's MLW TV show. Also scheduled is ACH vs. Tom Lawlor and Alex Hammerstone returns. The show airs at 7 p.m. Eastern on YouTube and Fubo Sports on Saturday at 10 p.m. on Bein Sports.
  • Rodney Mack won the SWE Fury TV title from Niles Plonk and SWE champion Tim Storm retained over Lance Archer both on Saturday night in Greenville, TX.

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