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WON NEWSLETTER: November 2, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WWE Q3 financials, more

An in-depth look at WWE finances and the company going forward is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Our lead story not just looks at the investors call this week, but goes through financial details and what they mean from the call, and looks at the landscape as well as things said that were misleading.

The new issue also covers:

TV ratings, streaming, value of the Thunderdome setting, Nick Khan's debut on the call and his main comments, Vince McMahon talks his new management team, WWE numbers, new programming, plight of furloughed employees, company market value, cutbacks in expenses, Saudi Arabia, costs going up next month, how many people view the free tier of the WWE Network, Vince talks ratings, network subscriptions in the U.S. and abroad, how much money the company makes from television, and unique notes about merchandise sales.

Daniel Bryan's statements regarding his career, how much longer he wants to do this, what he's said about his own athletic ability, where he can be valuable and Roman Reigns' opponens.

Hell in a Cell, a look at Survivor Series, changes from last year, the top of Raw, Money in the Bank, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Khabib Numragomedov's last fight, Dana White talks if he will retire, Khabib says he will, plus UFC 254 with match-by-match coverage and poll results.

WWE talent and Twitch and comments by Paige, update on Thunderdome location after the end of November and why they have to move, we update the latest COVID outbreak in WWE, why Matt Riddle got a name change, brutal WWE match this past week, where wrestling stands in sports ratings, Canadian and U.K. ratings, donors to Trump and Biden's campaign,why little was announced ahead of time for Smackdown, new names for lots of WWE talent, what former wrestler is WWE trying to keep from using his WWE name, and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

Impact's Bound for Glory.  We look at the situation with Kylie Rae, the injuries, Ken Shamrock in the Hall of Fame and his relationship with Dwayne Johnson, Mick Foley and Bret Hart, Shamrock's background plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

TripleMania press conference, the matches announced, the unique new promotional tie-in with Marvel and the first show announced with no date and why.

Detailed look at the television business, with ratings breakdowns in every segment for Wednesdays and every category for other shows, 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, as well as the latest wrestling and MMA news, as well as Kyllie Rae, Best of the Super Juniors and more. You can also send in questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Friday's Smackdown show on FOX did a 0.7 rating in 18-49, which is the key number and aside from the draft show, it's the first time it reached that level since the pandemic. There are some external reasons, lack of sports competition and a lot of the network shows that would be on the air right now haven't had new episodes aired yet due to COVID. But the key is still that Smackdown's angles are clicking with the Roman Reigns storyline and a few of the others. With the exception of Shark Tank on ABC, Smackdown had more viewers 18-49 than any show Friday night on television.

Raw tonight has Jeff Hardy vs. Elias in a guitar on a pole match, New Day vs. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin in a non-title match and Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke in a non-title match. Tonight's NFL game has the New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Bucs are a marquee team this year but the Giants are 1-6.

AEW's Countdown to Full Gear show is scheduled to debut on Friday night at 11 p.m. on TNT.  That will likely be promoted on Wednesday's show.

Jon Jones sent out a video of him with a shotgun chasing away someone in a car outside of his home. The video doesn't show what Jones claimed was him coming out of his garage and chasing the person with a shotgun.  Jones wrote, "Next time you try to rob someone, make sure you're fast enough to outrun them.  He's lucky I'm smart enough not to shoot a man when he's retreating.  People, I know times are getting hard but your life isn't worth a few material possessions."

Both DDT and Dragon Gate have a major show late tonight/early tomorrow from the Ota Ward Gym in Tokyo.  DDT's Ultimate Party show starts at 12:30 a.m. Eastern on DDT Universe with some major stories in play including a generational battle with Jun Akiyama vs. Konosuke Takeshita.  The main event is the KO-D Open weight title with Tetsuya Endo vs. Daisuke Sasaki, the Universal title has Chris Brooks vs. Yuki Ueno, Cima & Soma Takao vs. Harashima & Naomichii Marufuji and MMA legend Shinya Aoki defends the Extreme title against Sanshiro Takagi.

Dragon Gate's Gate of Destiny, the annual November big show from the Edion Arena in Osaka starts at 3:30 a.m. Eastern. Top matches are:

  • Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda for the Open the Brave Gate title
  • Jason Lee & Kota Minoura vs. Genki Horiguchi & Susumu Yokosuka for the Open the Twin Gate titles
  • Diamante & Kazma Sakamoto & Takashi Yoshida defend the Open the Triangle Gate titles against Naruki Doi & Punch Tominaga & Ryotsu Shimizu
  • Eita vs. Kzy for the Open the Dream Gate title

WWE

  • WWE and My Custom Sports Chair are partnering to offer custom folding Adirondack Chairs at www.MyCustomSportsChair.com  There will be chairs of HHH, Roman Reigns, John Cena The Rock, Undertaker, Steve Austin, Ric Flair Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage. 
  • Barack Obama tweeted Dewey Foley, Mick's son, today, to thank him for voting for Biden and told him that his vote will make a difference..
  • A story on Big E wanting to face Roman Reigns.
  • Paul Heyman on the Sports Illustrated Sports Media podcast with Jimmy Traina (thanks to Brendan Faherty)

UFC

  • Tim Means is replacing Robbie Lawler for a fight with Mike Perry on 11/21. I'm not sure why UFC is booking Perry given his behavior including his ex-wife's attempting to get a protection order against him.
  • Khalil Rountree Jr., who had announced his retirement, announced that he is no longer retired and has signed a new contract with the UFC and will return early next year.
  • Cynthia Calvillo, who was to face Lauren Murphy on 10/24 before she tested positive for COVID, was reported by ESPN to face Katlyn Chookagian on the 11/21 PPV show. 
  • Chookagian is coming off her first round knockout loss to Jessica Andrade.
  • Giga Chikadze vs. Jamey Simmons has been added to Saturday's UFC show in Las Vegas.
  • Abdul Rzak Alhassan vs. Khaos Williams has been added to the 11/14 UFC show in Las Vegas.

AEW

  • The company has launched an AEW Games Twitter account and has announced a major announcement on 11/10 at 6 p.m. Eastern time. This is likely the first video game announcement. 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Impact tomorrow night on AXS TV: Chris Bey vs. Trey Miguel Ethan Page vs Doc Gallows Rich Swann & Eddie Edwards vs. Ken Shamrock & Sami Callihan Su Yung vs. Deonna Purrazzo for the Knockouts title 
  • Bellator has a show on Thursday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports network with four TV bouts: Derek Anderson (16-3, 1 no contest) vs. Killya Mota (12-1) Austin Vanderford (9-0) vs. Chris Curtis (22-8) Tyrell Fortune (8-1, 1 no contest) vs. Said Sowma (6-1) Melvin Manhoef (31-14-1 2 no contests) vs. Corey Anderson (13-5)
  • Keri Melendez, the wife of Gilbert, will face Emilee King on the 11/12 Bellator show.   
  • The North American Wrestling Alliance announced a weekly Thursday night show on FITE TV starting on 123/19 with an iPPV from Daytona Beach, FL. The show will feature the Hercules Cup, named after the late Hercules Hernandez.  Paul Roma is part of the company and Hernandez & Roma formed the tag team Power & Glory in WWF. The top names announced for the show are Gangrel, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Johnny Swinger and Kahagas.
  • Pearl Gonzalez, who was scheduled to headline the 11/20 Invicta show on Fight Pass against Erin Blanchfield for the vacant flyweight title, has pulled out due to testing positive for COVID.
  • Slam Wrestling has an interview with Lee Moriarty.

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