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WON NEWSLETTER: January 13, 2021 Observer Newsletter: More on the death of Brodie Lee, Wrestle Kingdom 15 review

A look at what happened in the last two months of the life of Jon Huber is the lead story in this week's edition of the Wrestling Observer. We look at how the situation was handled, when the talent found out, why Huber didn't get a lung transplant, and a look at comments from a number of people in WWE in particular as well as Jim Ross and Amanda Huber's extensive writing on the subject.

Also in this issue:

Extensive coverage of Wrestle Kingdom and New Year's Dash. We have match-by-match, star ratings and poll results.  We also have business notes, the story of Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega, the effect of COVID on the show and of wrestling in Japan going forward, Jay White, goal of Hiromu Takahashi, the new main event programs and international television news.

Full year television notes, Linda McMahon's donations to Donald Trump, Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament, next Takeover show, A&E documentary notes, update on Damien Priest and others earmarked for Raw & Smackdown, lots of booking notes, new WWTV deals, Sonya Deville return, Hulk Hogan talks, head of a rival promotion sets up WWE production person's engagement, amateur wrestling standout about to start training with WWE, how wrestling shows this past week did compared to sports, international television ratings, who was creative told a few years ago not to even think of ideas for, upcoming TV bouts, WWE market value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

A story on Irwin Rivera, the UFC fighter who is being accused of stabbing two of his sisters.

A story on Bobby Davis, one of the first of the modern managers.

What wrestlers had the most four star matches in 2020, as well as in history the top 25 of all-time.

Detailed look at the 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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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering the latest pro wrestling and MMA news. You can send e-mail questions to the show to Our weekend show with Garrett Gonzalez talking a ton of different subjects is also up.

For the first week I can recall this happening, nothing from pro wrestling, MMA or boxing cracked the top 20 as far as searches for the day.  UFC wouldn't be expected to with no show.  Pro wrestling usually only does for a WWE PPV and perhaps an AEW or NXT big show. Wrestle Kingdom has done so in the past but the interest level in the U.S wasn't there this year as compared to a few years back.

This is the last slow weekend for a long time. UFC will start running every Saturday for a while going forward.  Impact has a PPV this coming week, with UFC having the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier show on 1/23 which could end up as the biggest number of the year, and Royal Rumble coming the weekend after.

From some Royal Rumble odds favorites:

  • Daniel Bryan -125
  • Keith Lee +400
  • Big E +500
  • Edge +500
  • Brock Lesnar +600
  • Bill Goldberg +800
  • A.J. Styles +1000
  • Dwayne Johnson +1000
  • Kevin Owens +1200
  • Roman Reigns +1200

For the women:

  • Bianca Belair +450
  • Rhea Ripley +500
  • Alexa Bliss +600
  • Ronda Rousey +800
  • Shayna Baszler +800
  • Becky Lynch +900
  • Bayley +1000
  • Charlotte Flair +1200
  • Sasha Banks +1400
  • Nia Jax +1600


  • A CNBC story noting the group that helped organize the violent break-in at the Capitol on Wednesday was donated to by the Linda McMahon led SuperPac.


  • Hakeem Dawodu is out of his 1/23 fight with Shane Burgos due to a shoulder injury. Burgos is no longer scheduled to fight on the card.
  • With Mike Grundy out of the scheduled 1/23 fight with Nik Lentz, Lentz will now face Movsar Evloev. At this point it has not been reported why Grundy is out of the show.
  • Yancy Medeiros, who lives in Hawaii, was on Friday's episode of Magnum P.I. He played a trainer of a woman who was being forced to throw a fight by a branch of the Yakuza.  In the original Hawaii 5-O, show based in Hawaii, several episodes had pro wrestlers on it for fight scenes and the like.  There is a funny Pampero Firpo story where he was supposed to be in an episode, but he came in with ideas for creative for his character and I think they just wanted him as an extra to get beat up and suffice to say he never appeared on that show. (thanks to Grant Zwarych)


  • There was a Rest in Peace Jon Huber graphic on Thursday night's TV show "Impractical Jokers."


  • Shawn Daivari was announced as the new Contra member with Jacob Fatu andSimon Gotch in MLW. On Wednesday's show, Salina de la Renta is supposed to reveal a special surprise for Konnan.

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