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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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • Drew McIntyre, Goldberg, Johnny Gargano, Mojo Rawley, and actor Joe Manganiello were on The Bump this week. Kevin Owens and Ric Flair will be on next week’s show.
  • Reigns responded on Twitter after Goldberg called him out on The Bump: “I never wait in line. I am the attraction and I choose who’s next. And that’s Kevin Owens.“
  • A NXT TakeOver dark match, pitting Legado del Fantasma vs. Curt Stallion, Ashante ‘Thee’ Adonis, and August Grey has been uploaded to NXT’s Facebook account.
  • PWInsider reported that a “all hands on deck” meeting was held this past Tuesday. The meeting was mostly to introduce new President and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan. Employees were also told that the new WWE HQ was moving along slowly, but surely.
  • Matches added to WWE’s YouTube today include Batista vs. Kane in a Last Man Standing match from the December 14, 2007 edition of SmackDown, Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss from WWE TLC 2017, and Steve Austin vs. Vince & Shane McMahon from King of the Ring 1999.
  • WWE has applied to trademark the name ‘Karen Kwan’.
  • Johnny Gargano spoke to ComicBook on winning the North American title this past weekend and the Austin Theory reveal.

Other Wrestling

  • Impact has uploaded last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling in full on their YouTube page.
  • Renee Paquette on The Bella Twins’ podcast talked about her leaving WWE (h/t WrestlingNews.Co): “It’s good now. I think as soon as I came to terms, I realized it is time to go. I’ve done everything that I could possibly do here. I had a great run. It was awesome. But for the other things I wanted to do in my career, I didn’t really see it happening there. Just with everything the way it lined up with the Covid stuff happening, me getting sick, not that had to do anything with my decision, but it was just like everything was weird for a while."
  • Chris Jericho talked to Dave Meltzer on Talk is Jericho regarding Pat Patterson.
  • AJPW and NJPW will hold another Giant Baba memorial show on February 4 at Korakuen Hall. The show will be promoted by Kyohei Wada and Fumihito Kihara.
  • Thecubsfan has translated a Mas Lucha interview with Dorian Roldan where he talked about leaving Twitch. He said that their deal with Twitch ended at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and feels they will reach more people with YouTube. He also said he expected to talk to the heads of AEW soon, and when asked about the AEW/Impact deal, he said to ask him again in a month. 
  • Kristen Ashly of Bell to Belles talked to NXT UK’s Jinny on her feud with Piper Niven.
  • Killer Khan has been accused of a hit and run on a bicycle. Khan has been accused of striking a woman in her twenties on his bike and fleeing the scene. The woman suffered a broken tooth among other injuries.
  • PWInsider is reporting that Joseph R. Meehan’s (Joey Ryan) attorneys have been given until December 29 to file pleadings to convince the court as to why the lawsuits, which have had little movement since being filed, should continue.

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