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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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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio talking Raw, New Japan in Fukuoka, Shiozaki vs. Sugiura, Yoel Romero, Bill Goldberg's streak and the latest news. You can send emails question for the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

Tonight is the last Raw at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Thunderdome set up will be moving to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, and debut with the Friday night Smackdown show.  Announced for tonight's show is Drew McIntyre & Sheamus vs. The Miz & John Morrison & A.J. Styles, Bobby Lashley vs. Jeff Hardy non-title and Randy Orton in the Firefly Fun House. The show goes head-to-head with a Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers game on ESPN.

The ratings for tomorrow's Impact will be very interesting since AEW promoted the show and Kenny Omega & Don Callis will be doing interviews on it.  

The New York Times obit on Pat Patterson.

President Donald Trump honored Dan Gable this morning at the white house with the Presidential Medal of Freedom award.  

WWE

  • The WWE Network will be debuting a WWE Untold: Goldberg's streak, on Sunday. We'll talk more about it tonight, but Mike Tenay was the person who came up with the streak concept.  It will be very interesting if the documentary on the streak mentions that fact.
  • PWInsider reported WWE taking out a trademark for the name Tyler Rust. That is believed to be for Rust Taylor, who was just announced as starting  with the promotion in the newest class.

UFC

  • Rachael Ostovich was cut after her loss a few weeks back to Gina Mazany. That was her third straight loss with the promotion.
  • Talia Santos vs.Gillian Robertson and Jimmy Flick vs Cody Durden have been added to the 12/19 show.  Robertson was to face Andrea Lee this weekend but that fight was canceled when Lee suffered a broken nose.
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese is scheduled for 1/16, which is the first show of 2021.
  • TSN has reported that the 12/19 Misha Cirkunov vs. Ryan Spann fight is off. It was reported this was due to Cirkunov suffering an undisclosed injury.

AEW

OTHER NOTES

  • BetOnline.ag has listed Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a 50-to-1 favorite over Logan Paul. On whether Mayweather will carry him for eight rounds the belief is at -200 that he will.
  • Calvin Tankman vs. Zenshi has been announced for Wednesday's MLW show on YouTube and Fubo Sports.
  • Former WCW wrestler Leonardo Carrera, better known as Damian 666, as well as his wife, are both hospitalized with COVID-19.
  • Cage Fury Fighting Championships will be running back-to-back shows on 12/17 and 12/18 from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.  Both shows air on UFC Fight Pass. CFFC is the promotion that C.M. Punk announces for. The first show has Colin Huckbody (8-2) vs. Anthony Adams (8-2) for their middleweight title plus former UFC fighter Darrell Horcher (13-4) vs. Vadim Ogar (7-3). The second night has Patrick Sabatini (12-3) vs. Jesse Stor (10-3) for their vacant featherweight title plus Elise Reed (2-0) defending the strawweight title against Jillian DeCoursey (4-2)
  • The Acadiana Center for the Arts is looking for artists in the Gulf Coast to help for an exhibit on the history of Gulf Coast wrestling. (thanks to Lee Wall)  

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