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WON NEWSLETTER: February 15, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Butch Reed bio, Bellator to Showtime

A look at the career of 80s star Hacksaw Butch Reed, who passed away this past week, is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We look at all of his titles won, sports career before wrestling, what was and wasn't exaggerated about him, how he got started in wrestling, how fast it was that he was moved to star status, including main eventing at the key wrestling arenas in the country very early, the role Dory Funk Jr, made in his career, how he was booked, a super tag team with Skip Young that few outside of Florida ever saw, feuding with the biggest names on top, his matches with Ric Flair up and down the state of Florida, his sellout with Flair in St. Louis, runs in Georgia and his move to Mid South, his Mid South runs, the high point of his career, his feud with JYD, his Superdome main events, his face and heel turns, his biggest angles, his fight with John Nord and his departure from Mid South, his meeting with Slick, heading to WWF as The Natural Butch Reed, and his WCW run as part of the tag team of Doom with Ron Simmons, life after wrestling and his feelings on Will Hobbs.

Also in this issue:

Nick Khan's talk about things WWE is doing to try and get new fans, a look at the aging of the sports audience and how wrestling fits in, update on Braun Strowman, update on John Cena TV series, son of 90s star starting in WWE camp, WWE  star talks having a stroke, WWE star gets stalked, experience of being in the Thunderdome and what they look for, how WWE & AEW did compared to sports this past week, international rtings news, more on COVID's effect onWWE, big matches coming on upcoming shows, WWE market value and most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week.

Bellator's new broadcast deals in the U.S. and the U.K., as well as main events for the first shows in April, and look at the light heavyweight tournament.

New Beginning in Hiroshima and the Castle Attack cards for New Japan.

Most-watched televised pro wrestling matches in history, including Hogan vs. Andre and Rikidozan vs. Destroyer.

Preview the next two WWE major shows.

Saturday's UFC event with the potential knockout of the year.

Gina Carano losing her job in "The Mandalorian" on the anniversary of her landmark fight with Julie Kedzie.

A feature looking at the best matches of top wrestlers of 2020.

Television ratings of the past week, including segment-by-segment numbers for the past two weeks on Wednesday, who was watching in different age groups, how different segments did on Raw & Smackdown and more.

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • PWInsider reported shortly before NXT tonight that the Karrion Kross vs. Santos Escobar match that was made last week will not be taking place tonight. No word was given as to why.
  • Seth Rollins appeared on this week’s episode of The Bump. Other guests include Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez, Montez Ford, and “Young Rock” star Bradley Constant. 
  • In an interview with USA Today, The Rock said he would run for president if it was something that people wanted. "I would consider a presidential run in the future if that's what the people wanted," he said. "Truly I mean that, and I'm not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people...So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground."
  • Barstool Rasslin’ uploaded a video highlighting Bradon Walker’s trip to NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day.
  • Edge spoke to Sports Illustrated about Christian returning at the Royal Rumble and headlining WrestleMania this year.
  • Finn Balor will be this week’s guest on After the Bell with Corey Graves.
  • Charlotte and Sasha Banks will take part in Topps’ WinterCon 2021 event that will run from February 25 through February 28. Everything will take place on Topps' Twitch channel.
  • McKenzie Mitchell talked to Ever-Rise this week.
  • WWE announced a new multi-year agreement with TV3 that will allow WWE programming to air for the first time in the Baltics (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania). TV3 Sport will air Raw every Tuesday, SmackDown every Saturday, and NXT every Thursday starting on February 23.
  • Full matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton from No Way Out 2006, the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match from 2009, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Elimination Chamber match from 2019.

Other Wrestling

  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated, new GHC Heavyweight champion Keiji Mutoh expressed interest in defending the title in the United States. “I will do my best and beat the champion, and hopefully even return to the United States with the championship gold,” Mutoh told Sports Illustrated prior to his match this past weekend. “Though it may be difficult at the moment due to COVID-19, I wish to have a title defense in the U.S.”
  • Madison Square Garden will welcome back people starting on February 23 with a New York Knicks game.
  • During Impact last night, aired another ‘paid ad’ aired featuring Tony Schiavone and Tony Khan.
  • One of the UFC fighters cut today was Syuri Kondo, who wrestles regularly for Stardom. She had a 1-3 record and hadn’t fought since May 2019.
  • Teddy Hart was arrested on February 10 and is currently in custody at the Tarrant County Correction Center in Texas.
  • Matt Cardona has launched a new podcast, the MC! True Long Island Story.
  • Gabi Tuft spoke to Slam Wrestling about what led to her departure from WWE and her recent transition.
  • The latest Aces High column has Hiroshi Tanahashi remembering Shinya Hashimoto.

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