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WON NEWSLETTER: December 7, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Pat Patterson, AEW/Impact, more

The most detailed look at the life and career of Pat Patterson, from his childhood in Montreal, through his being Vince McMahon's assistant, and everything in between, is the lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

This will likely go down as one of the best issues in history, with the stories on Patterson and Bobby Lee, the guy you never heard of who set box office records in the summer of 1978.

We look at Patterson's career highlights, comments from some of the biggest names in the history of the business, where he got the name from, finding out he wa gay, his start in Boston, how Mad Dog Vachon made his career, the days in San Francisco, the greatest tag team of the era, being in the middle of the Cow Palace vs. HIC feud, his first encounter with Mae Young, Pretty Boy Patrick Patterson, the different stages that led to the Texas Battle Royal, the Cow Palace Battle Royal and the Royal Rumble.

We look at the character of Roy Shire, matches with the likes of Ray Stevens, Bob Backund and Sgt.Slaughter, the birth of the Intercontinental title, tours of Japan, the Quebec Dream,  and WWE honoring him in Montreal.

Also in this issue:

Kenny Omega winning the AEW title, Sting coming, Don Callis and Impact Wrestling, and full coverage of AEW's Winter is Coming.

The life and career of Bobby Lee, who made himself a legend in two months, and then how it all  ended.

Agovernmental rule now protecting talent from having to adhere to the rules the rest of us go by, notes on Tribute to the Troops, notes on new WWE signings including one of the highest level athletes they've ever signed, update on a lawsuit against the company and how they are trying to get out of it, Talking mack, Slammy Awards, foreign ratings, how WWE & AEW are doing in the sports ratings, Broken Skull Sessions, Undertaker talks about ling to Shawn Michaels, top Exec makes more than $1 million in stock sale, and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

A feature on Jimmy Rave as his career comes to an end.

This year's TripleMania show as well as a look back at the main events of every show to date.

Saturday's UFC show with match-by-match coverage, business notes and ramifications of the key matches.

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 talking NXT Takeover, UFC, Shiozaki vs. Sugiura, NJPW as well as taking questions that you can send to We're doing polls today for NXT Takeover, the NOAH PPV show on FITE TV and today's New Japan show in Fukuoka, thumbs up, down or middle, best and worst match to

I recorded a show on Pat Patterson with Chris Jericho that will be released shortly.  I did another one with Pat Laprade and Garrett Gonzalez on Friday night. 

War Games from NXT starts at 7 p.m  Eastern time. On paper it looks like a strong show. Takeovers are never bad, War Games matches are usually great so there you go:

  • Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong vs. Pat McAfee & Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch & Pete Dunne - McAfee's team right now is a  -125 favorite using the 5 Dimes odds.
  • Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon & Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley vs. Toni Storm & Candice LeRae & Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai - Blackheart's team is the -260 favorite.  
  • Leon Ruff vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Damien Priest for the North American title - Ruff is the -105 favorite to retain
  • Dexter Lumis vs. Cameron Grimes in a strap match.  Lumis is a -305 favorite.
  • Tommaso Ciampa vs. Timothy Thatcher. Ciampa is a -245 favorite.

The men's War Games match is almost a local when you consider the talent involved. Everything looks good but whether or not it's a classic show will likely be determined by the women's match and the three-way match.

The TLC card itself was finalized at a meeting on Thursday so they should be rolling out the matches now.

I have not seen this match yet, but today's Go Shiozaki vs. Takashi Sugiura match on the NOAH PPV show (FITE TV) is getting a ton of praise as a potential match of the year.  At the show they announced a return to Budokan Hall on 2/12 with Shiozaki defending against Keiji Muto, who has never held the GHC title in his career.

Some schedule updates for the next two weeks. The 12/18 Smackdown show may be moved to FS1. The Pac-12 football championships will be on either 12/18 or 12/19 on FOX. If it's 12/18, Smackdown moves to FS1, if it's 12/19, it will air as usual on FOX. The 12/23 Dynamite show will not air in its usual time slot. At one point TNT was going to be carrying two NBA games that night, but now it's only a 7:30 p.m. game. One would think Dynamite will air after the game, but that is not yet certain.


  • Kambi has star ratings odds for TakeOver so you can bet over or under: Thatcher vs. Ciampa ***3/4 Lumis vs. Grimes *1/2 North American title ***3/4 Women's War Games ****1/4 Men's War Games ****1/2
  • The most famous match of Pat Patterson's career, the 1981 Match of the Year award winner with Sgt. Slaughter from Madison Square Garden.
  • Lacey Evans was on the NFL pregame show today on FOX to promote Tribute to the Troops.  In this market, on the grid for the FOX channel, the show was listed as "to be announced."  
  • Pat McAfee promoted tonight's show to the New York Post.


  • This was an angle that was shot right after Dynamite ended, involving Eddie Kingston, Jake Roberts and Lance Archer.


  • Jack Hermansson suffered a broken toe and broken orbital bone in last night's loss to Marvin Vettori via decision in the UFC main event.  
  • The Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia fight was the No. 2 most searched for topic on the Internet yesterday with 500,000 searches. UFC did not crack the top 20, but the name Marvin Vettori was No 11 at 20,000 for this morning. The only other combat sports related stories to chart this week was Sting at No. 20 on Thursday with 20,000 and Pat Patterson on Wednesday at 200,000.
  • EPW ran with fans yesterday in Perth, Western Australia.  They had a reduced capacity, but no restrictions on favor behavior past no high-fives or touching of fans.  Western Australia had no community transmission of COVID and they are still careful.  Jack Edwards & Taylor King b Aaron Hawk & Twitch to win the tag titles, Del Cano b Jarrad Slate, Joel Hagan b Toro Blanco, Steela Nyx & Chadwick Johnson b Rya Allen & Gorgeous Garry, Michael Morleone b Dan Moore, Gavin McGavin b Davis Storm-DQ, Davis Storm b Garvin McGavin to retain Coastal title.  Morleone vs. itt said to be really good.  Main event was said to be phenomenal.  Said to be must see. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • CWE from last night in Winnipeg for an empty arena show on Facebook:  The Winnipeg police were called by people trying to get it shut down but the police said they were following all protocol and allowed the event:  Danny Duggan b Tommy Lee Curtis, Travis Cole b Dragneel, Mentallo b Johnny Devine, Kevy Chevy won four-way over Cliff Corleone, Cory Diamond and Roy Cheeks, Danny Dugga b Travis Cole, Mentallo b EZ Ryder, Kevin Cannon won vacant jr. title in a three-way over Bobby Collins and Tyler James, AJ Sanchez & Kevin O'Doyle b Dick Blood & Adrien Burton, Dany Duggan b Mentallo In the tournament final to become the CWE champion.

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