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WON NEWSLETTER: December 20, 2021 Observer Newsletter: ROH Final Battle, NJPW Super Juniors/Tag League finals reviews

In this week's issue: 

  • How ROH came to be, its start, highs and lows, peak, legacy and perhaps its ending
  • Match of the week and performers of the week
  • A look at the three NJPW Wrestle Kingdom shows and details
  • NJPW Best of the Super Juniors, World Tag League, and last major show of the year
  • The voting, politics and results of the 2021 Tokyo Sports awards for Japanese pro wrestling
  • History of every Japanese MVP of the last 48 years
  • The sad story of Jimmy Rave
  • Kevin Owens signs new WWE deal and a look back at his career
  • Update on WWE Day One PPV and notable business
  • Why WWE Raw may be struggling badly over the next month
  • Updates on ticket sales for all major WWE and AEW events
  • Those who have worked for AEW at WWE tryouts this week
  • AEW Winter is Coming Danielson vs. Page, which type of viewers grew the most, which didn't, the realities of the rating and the ratings patterns of pro wrestling the last seven weeks
  • Thoughts on Jon Huber and his wife's story
  • Thoughts on AEW potential additions
  • International TV ratings
  • The audience of all shows over the past week, what is the pattern across the board and why the pattern is something ratings or even 18-49s don't tell you
  • Thoughts on two incredible matches on the same day and compare and contrast Danielson vs. Page and Takahashi vs. YOH
  • The beginning of Flair vs. Sting and the dozens of matches before the famous one in Greensboro
  • UFC 269, where things go from here for the key stars, one of the biggest upsets, business numbers and what stats UFC on TV was strongest in, plus fight-by-fight notes

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Garrett Gonzalez and I did the weekend news report last night. We will be back Monday night with another news show. Bryan and I will be back the day after Christmas as he's on a family vacation and it was literally impossible for him to do a show.

The Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley legit sold out the Amalie Arena in Tampa with 17,801 fans. Paul knocked out Woodley badly with a devastating right that landed perfectly in the sixth round of their boxing PPV fight promoted by Showtime. Paul was ahead on judges cards at the point of the knockout.  Woodley took the fight late when Tommy Fury pulled out.  The clip was all over social media last night. There was also an NBA vs NFL battle were Deron Williams beat Frank Gore.

This is the lineup thus far for tomorrow's Raw from Milwaukee. Damien Priest vs. Dolph Ziggler non-title, Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop, Finn Balor vs. Austin Theory, The Mysterios vs. A.J. Styles & Omos (getting the long-awaited Omos vs.  Rey Mysterio visual), Queen Zelina vs. Rhea Ripley, and The Cutting Edge with Maryse and Miz TV with Styles & Omos.

Monday's Raw is another one with a weak advance. They are doing two-for-ones in the market including pushing the two-for-one at last night's Milwaukee Bucks game. To promote the show, at the Milwaukee Bucks game last night it was WWE Night with pre-taped segments with Drew McIntyre, Big E, Bobby Lashley and Liv Morgan.

We're looking for reports from tonight's WWE house show in Des Moines, IA  to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

As far as Google searches for the week went, three items trended this week. Jake Paul had 2 million searches.  Last night's UFC show was No. 13 with 200,000. The only other thing boxing, wrestling or MMA related this past week was the death of Jimmy Rave was No. 20 on Wednesday with 50,000 searches.

Regarding last night's UFC, the main controversy was Angela Hill once again lost a fight she should have won. Hill faced Amanda Lemos third from the top. Almost everyone had Hill winning rounds two and three.  Media members were 92 percent for Hill, with almost everyone having her winning rounds two and three. Judge Michael Bell was the only judge who scored it that way. Douglas Crosby gave all three rounds to Lemos.  Judge Junichiro Kamijo gave rounds one and three to Lemos.

Stardom did a Friday night PPV show from Osaka: Syuri b Waka Tsukiyama, Syuri b Mai Sakurai, Syuri b Lady C, Maika & Himeka & Natsupoi kept Artist of Stardom titles over Takuma Iroha & Rin Kadokura & Maria, Mayu Iwatani & Hazuki & Koguma b Tam Nakano & Unagi Sayaka & Mina Shirakawa, Starlight Kid & Konami & Saki Kashima & Ruaka b Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani & AZM-DQ in a captains fall elimination match, Maika & Himeka & Natsupoi b Mayu Iwatani & Hazuki & Koguma to keep the Artist of Stardom titles in an elimination ladder match. 

In the eight woman match, the stipulations were that either Starlight Kid or Watanabe would have to leave their stable if their team lost and the match could only end when either Kid or Watanabe lost the fall.  Watanabe got DQ'd on purpose and then joined Oedo Tai in the big news on the show. After the main event, Sayaka & Shirakawa & Sakurai challenged Maika & Himeka & Natsupoi for the Artist of Stardom titles on the next PPV show on 12/29 from Tokyo Sumo Hall.

wXw's 21st anniversary show took place last night in Oberhausen, Germany:  Oskar Munchow b Goldenboy Santos, Dover & Icarus b Fast Time Mondo & Stephanie Maze to keep the wXw tag titles, Bobby Gunns DCOR Michael Knight, Absolute Andy b Norman Harras to win the Shotgun title, Robert Dreissker b Vincent Heisenberg-DQ, Walter b Cara Noir, Levaniel won ladder match over Aigle Blanc, Dennis Dullnig, Hektor Invictus and Tristan Archer, Iva Kolasky b Skye Smitson to keep the women's title, Axel Tischer b Jurn Simmons to keep the wXw world title.  Walter vs. Noir went 24:00 and was said to be fantastic, described as just a tad below Walter vs. Ilja Dragunov bouts. Walter won with a side slam brainbuster. Walter was much lighter than in the past, and thanked fans for supporting wrestling in Germany. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)

WWE

  • Last night's WWE results from Rockford, IL:  Viking Raiders & Ricochet & Mansoor b Sheamus & Ridge Holland & Angel & Humberto, Otis b Dominik Mysterio, Carmella & Queen Zelina b Sasha Banks & Toni Storm to keep the tag titles, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs b Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss, Big E won four-way to keep WWE title over Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins ad Bobby Lashley, Becky Lynch won three-way over Liv Morgan and Bianca Belair, Drew McIntyre & Rey Mysterio & King Woods b Usos & Roman Reigns

OTHER NOTES

  • Jordan Young, a member of American Top Team, who once lost to Tom Lawlor in an MMA fight, died this week at the age of 27.  No cause of death has been announced.  He was 12-2 in seven years of fighting with 11 stoppage wins.  He once had give straight submission wins in Bellator.  He lost to Lawlor earlier this year in the PFL.inlsaets aers
  • P.J. Polaco (Justin Credible) is doing an autobiography with Kenny Casanova that will be out this month. It covers his career and also has a foreword by former tag team partner Lance Storm.  
  • Results from Friday night's GCW show in Los Angeles: Mark & Jay Briscoe retained the GCW tag titles over Brody King & PCO in an excellent weapons filled brawl; Tony Deppen b Nick Wayne; Effy & Allie Katch b Matt Cardona & Chelsea Green.  Cardona said he quit and that Brett Lauderdale can shove the Hammerstein Ballroom show in an angle; Jonathan Gresham retained the ROH title in a Pure rules match over AJ Gray.  Gresham had the Octopus on and kept elbowing Gray in the head until the ref stopped it; Blake Christian b Alex Zayne (said to be the best match). This sets up Christian challenging Gresham for the ROH title at the Hammerstein Ballroom show; Jacob Fatu (who told the referee to announce him as the real f***ing head of the table) NC Matt Justice; Atticus Cogar b Jordan Oliver in a rope rope barbed wire match.  A pane of glass and a flaming table were part of this (thanks to Ross Blair)
  • Roberto  Soldic (20-3) beat Mamed Khalidov (35-8-2) in the main event of last night's KSW 65 show in Gliwce, Poland.   Soldic (20-3) won via second round knockout.  Soldic is now both the welterweight and middleweight champion in the promotion.  Salahdine Parnasse (16-1-1) regained the featherweight title from Daniel Torres (12-5) on scores of 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47.
  • Jessie Godderz defends his OWV title against Chris Adonis (Masters) on the 1/15 show at the Danny Davis Arena in Louisville.  The show will air on FITE.
  • AJ Mendez noted the completion of her first feature film,Blade of 47 Ronin" which will debut on Netflix next year. It's the sequel for the Keanu Reeves movie that is set  several hundred years later.
  • Battleground Championship Wrestling will be running 3/26 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia with Atsushi  Onita vs. Bully Ray in a death match. Also announced was Brian Cage vs. Buddy Matthews.
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL:  Frankie D b Richard Shaw, Tony Raze b Frank Dunbar, Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby b Franco Varga & Bobby D, Gary Jackson b Rick Ruby to keep the Central States title in a 2/3 fall match, Sean Vincent b Billy McNeil, Flash Flanagan & Jason Breed & The Big Texan b Attila Khan & Kowalski & Ken Kasa in an elimination match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)

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