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WON NEWSLETTER: November 29, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Survivor Series review, NJPW vs. NOAH show announced

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The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 that became a major news story this week led to Japan closing its borders.

The announcement was made that as of 11/30, travelers could not come to the country, but it is not what it sounds like.

This will have some effect on the pro wrestling business. Basically wrestlers who have already obtained working visas will be able to return, and it’s been confirmed that Will Ospreay would be working the Tokyo Dome in the main event on 1/5 against the winner of the Shingo Takagi vs. Kazuchika Okada IWGP title match the night before. There was a one day period where New Japan officials were trying to get clearance for this and there was no answer regarding those leaving the country or those not in the country.

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, NXT War Games, people whose contracts are expiring, Jeff Hardy and more with Wrestling Observer Radio tonight. You can send in questions for the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Regarding Jeff Hardy, WWE hasn't responded to any questions about his situation. Essentially on the Saturday night show in Edinburg, TX, Hardy & Xavier Woods & Drew McIntyre were facing Roman Reigns & The Usos in the main event.  Hardy worked most of the match and then disappeared during the match and wasn't there at the end. He was sent home and didn't work in Corpus Christi, TX, last night, and WWE had to change that card around including several  wrestlers there not wrestling because Rey Mysterio was moved to the main event and they didn't have a partner for Dominik against Chad Gable & Otis.

Raw tonight has Big E vs. Kevin Owens in the second of three straight WWE nights with cage matches. It's a non-title match from Memphis. Becky Lynch vs. Liv Morgan for the women's title is the other main event, plus Miz TV with Edge. Raw goes against a Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots game on ESPN.

NXT has Kyle O'Reilly vs. Von Wagner on NXT tomorrow.

Tommy Fury pulled out of his 12/18 PPV boxing match with Jake Paul from the Amalie Arena in Tampa due to a medical issue that was not released. So Tyron Woodley will get his rematch with Paul after all on 12 days notice in an eight-round fight at 192 pounds (Woodley fought in MMA at 170).  Paul beat Woodley in their first fight, largely due to Woodley being hesitant to throw.  Woodley had wanted a rematch and Paul had blown him off saying he already beat him.  It probably will still do some PPV business but I expect it will be well down from their first fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his first MMA show in the U.S. for his Eagle FC promotion on 1/18 in Miami. Rashad Evans comes out of retirement on the show. Tyrone Spong vs. Big Foot Silva is the main event. Silva really shouldn't be licensed to fight having been knocked out in eight of his last ten fights between MMA and Bare Knuckle. But it's Florida.

WWE

  • WWE tonight and AEW Wednesday are doing last minute ticket price cuts on unsold seats.  

AEW

  • Wednesday's show at the UBS Arena in Long Island  has topped 9,000 tickets out.  Announced so far are The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal, Young Bucks vs. Chuck Taylor & Rocky Romero, Jamie Hayter vs.  Riho and Bryan Danielson vs. John Silver.
  • Mei Suruga is returning to Japan.

UFC

  • Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson is being looked at for 3/26 according to MMA Fighting.
  • Caio Borralho is being looked at to fight Jamie Pickett on 1/15.  Borralho was to debut on 12/18 but visa issues got in the way.
  • Julia Avila is out of her 12/18 scheduled fight with Raquel Pennington due to a knee injury according to MMA Fighting.

OTHER NOTES

  • Adam Scherr, the former Braun Strowman, will be in action for Northeast Wrestling on 1/21 in Waterbury, CT at John F. Kennedy High School.  Also listed as appearing is Matt Taven, Erick Redbeard (Rowan), Dan Maff, Sgt. Slaughter, Mercedes Martinez, Flip Gordon,Vinnie Marseglia and Wrecking Ball Legursky.
  • There is a fundraiser for Give Kids the World Village from 12/9 to 12/11 and feature appearances by Mick Foley, Matt Riddle, Scotty 2 Hotty, Raquel Gonzalez, Kacy Catanzaro, Kayden Carter, Robert Stone, Odyssey Jones, Xyon Quinn, Grayson Waller and Noelle Foley.  The event takes place at Give Kids the World at 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746.  There will be a meet and greet on 12/11 at 4:30 p.m.  For a $100 donation you can mingle with and get photos of everyone and a poster that everyone will sign for you. For a $200 donation you can get autographs with everyone in attendance plus photos with everyone and a poster.
  • Scott Garland, the former The Scotty 2 Hotty, noted his WWE non-compete will end on 12/23 and he is looking to return to wrestling all over the world.
  • A story on former pro wrestler Lee Rosser (not to be confused with Fred Rosser) working as a chef now. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
  • EVE results from Saturday in Walthamstow at the Signature Brew:  Charlie Morgan b Nina Samuels, Laura Di Matteo b Unbreakable Rhio, Rhia O'Reilly & Skye Smithson b Debbie Dahmer & Heidi Katrina, The Ava White b Aurora eves, Angel Hayze b Chantal Jordan, Kasey b Mila Smidt to keep the International title, Emersyn Jayne b Jetta to win the Eve title. They will be doing two PPV live streams on 1/7 from 229 the Venue in London. Charlie Morgan vs Laura Di Matteo is on the show. Both will air on the EVE YouTube chanel and WatchWomensWrsestling.com
  • Glory Pro Wrestling from yesterday in St. Louis:  Moses the Deliverer & Rahim de la Suede & Ethan Price b Paco Gonzalez & Matt Knicks &  Chris Castro, Rohit Raju b Davey Vega, Trish Adora b Blair Onyx, Idris Abraham & Joe Coleman b Eli Rossi & The ATM, Mat Fitchett b Warhorse, Barackus won four-way over Davey Bang, Storm Grayson and Evin Kudic, Dan the Dad b Dak Draper, Karam & Xavier Walker b Camaro jackson & Kenny Alfonso in a tornado match, Mike Outlaw b Josh Alexander to keep the Crown of Glory title (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • On the episode of the TV show "Young Sheldon" that aired on Thursday night on CBS, there was a clip of wrestling on television airing a 1983 match with Butch Reed vs. Magnum T.A from Mid South Wrestling. The show is actually set in Medford, TX (Eastern Texas so Mid South was the local promotion  in the area) in 1990 (a few years after Mid South was sold). (thanks to David Taub)
  • Action Wrestling from Friday night in Tyrone,GA: Jaden Newman b Ashton Starr, Brogan Finlay & Bobby Flaco b Suge D & Kevin Ryan, Adam Priest b Matt Sells,Kevin Ku b Brett Ison, Arik Royal b Daniel Makabe, Damya Tangra b Landon Hale, Tank b Angelus Layne, Violence is Forever b The Skulk to win the tag titles,  AC Mack b Anthony Henry.  They announced Mack challenging IWTV champion Alex Shelley on the 1/21 show in Tyrone, GA which will air on IWTV.
  • Beyond Wrestling from yesterday in Providence, RI:  Aaron Rourke b Teddy Goodz, Alex Shelley b Ruby Soho to keep the IWTV world title, Megan Bayne b Tasha Steelz, John Silver & Alex Reynolds b Mark Sterling & VSK, Masha Slamovich b Kimber Lee-DQ, Wheeler Yuta b Tracy Williams, Rickey Shane Page b Slade, Jaylen Brandyn & Traevon Jordan won three-way over Bear Country and Bobby Orlando & Bryce Donovan, Willow Nightingale b Max the Impaler, Alec Price b Blake Christian, Dutch b Dan Barry in a no DQ match
  • While in his heyday he did as many as seven shows in one day, Mistico worked three shows on Saturday, for three different promotions. Mistico's rivalry with Averno from 15 years ago is back as they will oppose each other in a Guadalajara main event tomorrow with Mistico & Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs. Averno & Mephisto (a major tag team in another era) & Principe Daniel. (thanks to Rene Ochoa)
  • Defy on 12/18 at Washington Hall has added Lio Rush vs. Carlos Romo from Spain.

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