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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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  • Gerald Brisco made an appearance on last night’s SmackDown as he was on the stage for the Pat Patterson tribute that opened the show. Vince McMahon also appeared on television for the tribute. WWE uploaded a video with Brisco reflecting on his friendship with Patterson.
  • Daniel Bryan, Steve Austin, and Sgt. Slaughter also paid tribute to Patterson.
  • Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Big E defeated Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura & Dolph Ziggler in a Pat Patterson memorial six-man tag match on SmackDown last night. The match featured the current Intercontinental Champion in Zayn and five former Intercontinental Champions. The first-ever Intercontinental title belt was brought out to ringside for the match. Bryan got the win for his team by pinning Zayn with an inside cradle.
  • Big E tweeted about his new entrance music by Wale that debuted on last night’s SmackDown: “I was a @Wale fan well before anyone cared to know my name. Eternally grateful to get to come out to a living legend’s music.” Big E also brought back his old chalk entrance.
  • Roman Reigns tweeted about beating down Jey Uso and Kevin Owens at the end of last night’s show: “I am doing nothing but what is necessary. If someone falls out of line, I will put them back in it and if someone challenges my family’s position ... they will get knocked down. Fear is a powerful motivator. #WWETLC #Smackdown”
  • On this week’s Talking Smack, it was set up that Billie Kay will find a partner to team with in a match against Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan on SmackDown next Friday.
  • WWE announced that their WWE Untold episode on Goldberg’s WCW streak will premiere on the WWE Network on Sunday, December 13.
  • CM Punk posted a tweet yesterday praising Pat McAfee’s promo ability: “A lot of it has to do with circumstance, but everyone else on the show(s) should feel embarrassment, and subsequently USE said feeling to better themselves, at the fact that @PatMcAfeeShow is a better promo than everyone on the show(s).”
  • Rob Gronkowski, Drew Brees, Tim Allen, Joel McHale, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin Andrews, Tony Gonzalez, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer & Curt Menefee, and Alexi Lalas & Rob Stone will be making appearance during this year’s Tribute to the Troops broadcast. The show airs on Fox tomorrow adjacent to Fox’s NFL coverage.
  • Lacey Evans spoke to The Wrap, TVInsider, and Fox News to promote Tribute to the Troops.
  • In an interview with Fox Sports, Triple H spoke about The Rascalz’s Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz signing with WWE: “When you’re looking at talent -- there’s always talent that are out there -- and you have to look past where they are, what they’re doing, how they’ve gotten to where they are, what sort of exposure or kind of information they’ve been given. Did they just figure it out on their own? Or is someone helping guide them? All those things. So, you look at all these talents. These two kids are, I think, I’m very impressed with the things that they’ve done, but I don’t know that they really had a lot of helping hand to help have them get to where they are. They just sort of figured it out on their own. They’ve figured out personality and charisma. They’ve figured out the in-ring style they have and made it their own. I’m a big fan of that. I’m excited to see what they can do now and when you meet them, they’re really great guys that are humble and hungry and looking for that opportunity. It’s a funny thing to me that when you’re at the level where they are or kind of sort of in that mix of that time frame, if you’re just going, ‘It’s just about the money,’ and there’s nothing wrong with that, but to me the mindset shows a difference in how you think about the business. For me, in those moments, like when I left WCW to come to WWE, I had a guaranteed money deal that was for a lot more and a position and all those things. I left for the opportunity to do something bigger and become great. I gambled on myself. Not because there was a, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this with you.’ There was no guarantee here and all those things. But, I looked at a track record. I looked at a company that was bigger. I looked at a visionary that ran it and I thought, ‘That can be a long term that makes me something.’ And it wasn’t about that moment, it was about the future and investing in you and gambling on you. When I meet kids like them where they are so passionate about this and want it so bad. Man, they just want that opportunity and then if you give them that opportunity, ‘I’m gonna run through a brick wall and I’m going to prove to you.’ It’s not about do you believe in me in this moment? It’s about, ‘Give me the ball for a second, I’m gonna make you believe in me where you can’t have any other choice but to do this with me.’ Man, that just makes me want to run through a brick wall for them and they’re those kinds of kids. I want to run through a brick wall for them to try to make them have the opportunity to live their dream.”
  • Triple H appeared on the latest episode of Metal Injection’s Squared Circle Pit podcast.
  • Montez Ford spoke to the Metro about wanting to face Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
  • Matthew McConaughey made an appearance on Drew & A with Drew McIntyre.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded the Team Ripley vs. Team Baszler WarGames match from last year’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames, the Ricochet, Dunne & Viking Raiders vs. Undisputed Era WarGames match from NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2018, and The Undertaker vs. Big Show in a steel cage match from the December 5, 2008 episode of SmackDown.

Other Wrestling

  • ROH revealed the rules for their first-ever Pure Rules tag team match. It will take place at Final Battle, with the participants set to be revealed next week. The rules are: A legal tag requires the wrestler on the apron to reach over the top rope and tag his partner hand-to-hand while holding the tag rope with his other hand. Each wrestler has five seconds to exit the ring after a tag is made. Each time a team breaks up a pinfall or submission, that team will lose a rope break. Breaking up a pinfall or submission when a team is out of rope breaks will result in a disqualification.
  • After it was reported that Cody Hall has signed with MLW, Post Wrestling clarified that Hall had signed with MLW earlier this year but the two sides agreed to part ways and Hall isn’t in MLW’s plans.
  • Team Filthy’s Violence is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) will make their tag team debut on Wednesday’s episode of MLW Fusion.
  • AEW released the first episode of a new YouTube series called Outside the Ring with Lexy Nair. John Silver and Alex Reynolds were the guests on the debut episode.
  • Kris Statlander appeared on this week’s edition of A Shot of Brandi.
  • MMA Fighting uploaded an interview with MJF.

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