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WON NEWSLETTER: November 8, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE cuts 18 wrestlers, Jon Moxley enters inpatient alcohol treatment program

In this week's issue: 

  • Details on all the WWE cuts, reasons some were cut, and new philosophies on talent
  • WWE finances, its future, how the return of arena shows has impacted business, short and long-term TV rights fees talked about by Nick Khan, why certain cities are getting stadium shows in 2022 
  • How WWE ratings are doing compared to the rest of television 
  • Update on Survivor Series
  • 2021 Hall of Fame ballot, leading candidates to go in, how the balloting works, which active wrestlers have the best qualifications, candidates that aren't well known in North America, which wrestlers have gotten the highest vote totals in history, the list of first ballot Hall of Famers, which active wrestlers have been voted into the Hall of Fame
  • Ticket sales for the upcoming major WWE & AEW shows 
  • Jon Moxley talks about a ton of different subjects 
  • An early look at the first AEW special on TNT
  • Jim Ross talks battle with skin cancer
  • Television ratings from the past week, international TV ratings
  • NJPW big shows the next two weeks
  • Notes from Stardom PPV show
  • Full coverage of UFC 267

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Bryan and I will be back talking Raw and the rest of the pro wrestling and MMA news tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio. You can ask questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

For WrestleMania tickets, there is a presale tomorrow and tickets go on sale to the public on Friday. AEW is also putting tickets on sale with presales Thursday and general public Friday for both Greensboro on 12/22 and Newark on 1/5. Mania and Newark are major shows and we'll have a good idea Friday night how both are doing. (thanks to William Zdon)

Former pro wrestling star Raymond Rougeau was elected Mayor of Rawdon, Quebec last night. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

Raw tonight has announced Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the KFC Yum Center. Advertised locally are Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair for the title and Matt Riddle & Damien Priest & Randy Orton vs. Bobby Lashley & A.J. Styles & Omos. Not sure if Styles will be there. Finn Balor is on the European tour so he won't be on tonight's show live.  We're looking for reports on this show with the Main Event or dark matches, as well as today's UK show from Leeds and tomorrows show in Glasgow to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

The Monday Night Football game tonight is the Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers.

We are doing weekend polls from Saturday's UFC show from Madison Square Garden and Saturday's New Japan Power Struggle from Osaka, so you can leave a thumbs up, down, or middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

Vin Diesel is trying to get Dwayne Johnson back with the crew for Fast 10. Johnson has said in the past he won't be returning to the franchise.  The issue has always been personal between the two of them. stemming from heat in prior movies and Johnson taking the Hobbs character to a different franchise.

Pro Wrestling NOAH will be airing prelim matches on both Wednesday and Saturday's Korakuen Hall show free on YouTube.

Bandido vs. Alex Zayne airs on the ROH show that took place over the weekend and will be available today streaming.

Stardom has a PPV show on 11/27 from Tokyo Yoyogi Gym with Utami Hayashishita vs. Maika for the World of Stardom title on top.

Reelz will be airing a documentary about Rob Van Dam battling the effects of concussions from his career on Saturday night with shows at 8 p.m. and a replay at 11 p.m.

WWE

AEW

  • Dark Elevation tonight: Ryo Mizunami & Ruby Soho vs. Nyla Rose & Emi Sakura Evil Uno & Stu Grayson & Alex Reynolds & John Silver vs. The Acclaimed & 2.0 Riho vs. Tootie Lynn Matt Hardy vs. Dean Alexander Chuck Taylor & Wheeler Yuta vs. Butcher & Blade

OTHER NOTES

  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Omaha, NE:  Pat Powers b Angus Keyser,  Seto Kobara b El Bigote, Paul & Joey Daniels b Purple & Xander McIntosh, Tim Boston b Nino Hatchett, JC Slater b Logan Ocean, Moonshine Russell b Preston Maxwell, Omar Pacheco DCOR Jack Darling.  Next show is 11/30 at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha.
  • Glory Pro Wrestling from last night in St. Louis:  Edvin Kudic b Sabotage Sean Logan, Kody Lane b Alex Zayne, Fred Yehi b Camaro Jackson, Warhorse b Ariya Daivari, Karam & Xavier Walker b Idris Abraham & Joe Coleman, Josh Alexander b Davey Vega, Moses the Redeemer & Raim de la Suede won three-way TLC match over Eli Rossi & ATM and Paco Gonzalez & Chris Castro, Allie Katch b Brooke Valentine, Tootie Lynn won four-way over Rohit Raju, Ethan Price and Dan the Dad, Mike Outlaw b Myron Reed to keep King of Glory title (Thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Combate Global announced an eight-man lightweight tournament on Friday night on Paramount + at 10 p.mk. Eastern. The first round matches have Patrick Lehane (3-0) vs. Hugo Flores (9-3), Cristian Perez (6-0) vs. Daniel Soto (15-5), Jim Alers (14-4) vs. Enrique Gonzalez (9-4) and Sam Alvarez (5-4) vs. Jimmy Sandlin (4-3).  The idea is the first two fights are Mexicans, although Lehane is from Ireland but Campbell McLaren said he fights like a Mexican and the last two fights are Americans, so it guarantees a Mexico vs. USA final.
  • Will Ospreay's second match with Amazing Red (the first one was in Seattle and incredible) will be Friday night in Jamaica, Queens at the NYC Arena for Red's House of Glory Wrestling. It will be airing on FITE TV.  TJP, Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Ivelisse and Ace Austin are on the show and there is a billboard for the show in Times Square.
  • Defy returns to Los Angeles for a show on 12/16. Tickets go on sale 11/19,
  • On this week's episode of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, a new character played by Aisha Tyler is introduced.  The character will play a female wrestler who is part of a tag team with her husband.  There is a scene where they are in the ring fighting zombies with chairs and piledrivers, (thanks to Joe Puccio)
  • My friend Bryan Dorfler  at Bryandorfler@hotmail.com has two second row tickets for sale for Saturday's New Japan show in San Jose. He will be unable to attend due to a health issue.

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