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WON NEWSLETTER: March 1, 2021 Observer Newsletter: 2020 Awards Issue, Elimination Chamber

The biggest and most-talked about issue of the year, the 2020 awards issue, is out today.  The issue covers the awards winners as voted on by the readership in these categories.  It also has all the top place winners for every category, comments on the awards for this year as well as a listing dating back to 1980 of all the awards winners in all the different categories.

We also have the performer and match of the week.

WWE Elimination Chamber show, with notes on direction, business, interest level, poll results and star ratings.

Also in this issue:

The new television war in Canada on Wednesday, how the first week went and what to look for, details on the WWE's A&E Documentaries, who is being covered and more, reaction to Undertaker's comments about current wrestlers being soft, migration of WWE Network to Peacock, Sasha Banks talks wanting to quit a few years ago, WWE business approaches, how WWE & AEW are doing as compared to televised sports this past week, Bill Goldberg on TV, notes on lots of new signees and are starting in camp including some not revealed yet, new WWE Network event, update on the Vince McMahon/Oliver Luck legal case, Ric Flair on why he doesn't talk to the other Horsemen, Arn Anderson talks why a major international star flopped in WWE, WWE wins awards, the current WWE market value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

This past week's UFC show, the background, how it affects fighters going forward, and details behind the late changes in the show.

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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Other Wrestling

  • Pat McAfee responded to Cody Rhodes saying that McAfee was trying to get into AEW, saying “That is not true. I’ve actually talked about retirement more than contemplating going to AEW.” He said that he has had some spats with AEW talent like Miro and Shaq, but has not been trying to get a job. “I have enough jobs at this point,” he added.
  • Dave Meltzer has confirmed that tonight’s Dynamite is officially sold out.
  • Here is the pre-show for tonight's AEW Dynamite.
  • PWInsider reported that Xplosion, their long-running secondary show that has been airing since November 2002, has been put on extended hiatus. The decision had been made to focus on their new show Before the Impact, which also has exclusive matches and airs prior to Impact. Xplosion had recently been airing on Impact Plus and on other international outlets.
  • The Countdown to AEW Revolution special will air on TNT immediately after tonight’s Dynamite. In Canada, it will air on the TSN app and website after the show.
  • Paul Wight has a new shirt out ahead of his AEW debut tonight.
  • Kenny Omega spoke to Sports Illustrated on the exploding barbed wire deathmatch set to take place at Revolution.
  • Jon Moxley spoke to Metro UK about some of his favorite matches.
  • Dante Martin of Top Flight turns 20 today.
  • Joey Ryan has dropped a case against one of his accusers after being awarded a default judgement.
  • This week's edition of Aces High looks at Tanahashi's month-long excursion to Mexico in 2005.

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