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

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  • 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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We don't have a show this weekend with Garrett Gonzalez as he's out of town to help ring the bell for Monday's opening of the New York Stock Exchange. Bryan and I will be back tomorrow night covering UFC, New Japan Power Struggle, WWE cuts and other news.

Sabu says he's not going to wrestle any longer unless he's offered a match with Brock Lesnar that he knows isn't happening. The following is a couple of quotes from an interview clip: “I'm not doing real good. I hurt my back about a year ago and it's still been hurting. I wrestled a couple of weeks ago but I shouldn't have. I've only wrestled like twice in the last year [and] I only went to the gym a couple of times the last year 'cause I hurt my back. I'm probably not gonna wrestle no more... I'm probably just gonna do autograph signings and personal appearance-type stuff ." (thanks to James Romero)

Frank Riddick III was today named the new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of WWE  He replaces Kristina Salen, who is leaving the company  Riddick's new contract is for $850,000 per year and he got a $1 million signing bonus.

Smackdown is tonight from Evansville, IN.  Roman Reigns is announced for the show along with Naomi vs. Shayna Baszler.

Rampage is tonight from  St. Louis with The Bunny vs. Red Velvet, Bryan Danielson vs. Anthony Bowens, Adam Cole vs. John Silver and a confrontation with C.M. Punk and Eddie Kingston.

We're looking for reports from today's WWE show in Birmingham, UK as well as all the weekend UK shows, tonight's AEW in St. Louis with the Dark Elevation tapings, Evansville live Smackdown report with dark matches to  We're also looking for reports from Saturday's show in London and Sunday's show in Liverpool. We're also doing polls this weekend for the New Japan Power Struggle show and UFC 268 from Madison Square Garden so you can leave a thumbs up, down or middle along with a best and worst match for each show to

Power Struggle is at 4 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning or 1 a.m. tonight Pacific time on New Japan World.  It's from the Edion Arena in Osaka. Only Japanese language commentary for tonight's show:

  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki vs. Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita
  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Tiger Mask vs. Tanga Loa & Gedo & Jado
  • Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs. Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
  • Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Evil & Sho & Yujiro Takahashi for Never trios titles
  • Toru Yano vs.; Great O'Khan for KOPW title in amateur rules match
  • Robbie Eagles vs. Desperado for IWGP Jr.title
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Tama Tonga for IWGP title shot
  • Shingo Takagi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for IWGP world title

UFC tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden:

ESPN+ at 6 p.m.

  • Carlos Vergara (127.4) vs.Ode Osbourne (125.2) - Vergara forfeits 20 percent of his purse or missing weight
  • Melsik Baghdasaryan (1454.) vs. Bruno Souza (148.4) - Souza forfeits 20 percent of his purse for missing weight
  • Dustin Jacoby (203.4) vs. John Allan (205)
  • Gian Villante (260.6) vs. Chris Barnett (263.8)

ESPN+ and ESPN News at 8 p.m.

  • Ian Garry (169.6) vs. Jordan Williams (1706)
  • Edmen Shahbazyan (185.4) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (184.6)
  • Phil Hawks (185.4) vs. Chris Curtis (186)
  • Al  Iaquinta (155.8) vs. Bobby Green (155.2)
  • Alex Pereira (185.8) vs. Andreas Michalidis (185)

PPV on ESPN+ at 10 p.m.

  • Justin Gaethje (155.6) vs.  Michael Chandler (155.2)
  • Shane Burgos (145.6) vs,. Billy Quarantillo (145.4)
  • Frankie Edgar (135.6) vs. Marlon Vera (135)
  • Rose Namajunas (115) vs. Zhang Weili (115) for strawweight title
  • Kamaru Usman (169) vs. Colby Covington (169.4) for welterweght title

AEW announced  that Full Gear will be available at selected Cinemark, AMC, Regal, Harkins, iPic,Emagine Entertainment and other theaters on 11/13

An article on Tetsuya Naito and the Hall of Fame.

The former Oney Lorcan, now back to Biff Busick, has been announced for the wXw 16 Carat Gold tournament for 3/4 to 3/6 in Oberhausen, Germany.


  • There won't be a Takeover show over WrestleMania week at this point. WWE is selling travel packages that list Smackdown on Friday 4/1 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, WrestleMania on Sunday and Monday at AT&T Stadium, Raw back at the American Airlines Center on Monday and AXXESS at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. There is also no word on the Hall of Fame ceremony.



  • Tickets for ROH Final Battle went on sale to the public today.
  • Kevin Eck looks at the ROH news this week. 
  • Isami Kodaka replaces the injured Yuko Miyamoto as the partner of Takao Omori in the Real World Tag League tournament. Miyamoto suffered a broken leg.
  • Doc Gallows talks Impact, AEW, WWE and Japan (thanks to DJ Garner)
  • A story on photographer/manager Brad McFarlin aka Handsome Johnny Bradford getting a lifetime achievement award tonight.
  • MCW runs 11/12 at the MCW Arena in Joppa,MD and 11/13 in Hollywood, MD.  The 11/12 show is the Shane Shamrock Cup show featuring Shannon Moore, Aaron Rourke, Ninja Mack, Sam Adonis, Jake Crist, Action Andretti, Luke Hawx, KC Navarro, PJ Hawk and Myles Hawkins.
  • Matt Cardona headlines on 10/2 for AIW at the Tadmore Shrine.  Effy and Thunder Rosa are also on the show.
  • Brady Roberts (Brady Malibu) is the guest on today's Talk is Jericho talking about his new show, "Escaping Denver." The season finale of the series comes out Monday.

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