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Wednesday will be NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 11/20/2017: Five standouts from Survivor Series weekend

While an overbooked main event on Sunday didn't end things on the best note, Survivor Series weekend mostly lived up to the huge promise it had going in. NXT put on another excellent TakeOver special, with every match on the card serving its purpose. Even with the changes, War Games was a spectacle that justified WWE bringing back the concept.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:November 27, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE/UFC TV contract negotiations, Survivor Series review, more

The single most important business story for both WWE and UFC, regarding the biggest stable revenue stream for both, television rights fees, is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer. With UFC's contract coming due in 2018 and WWE in 2019, look at official talks by UFC, unofficial talks by WWE, the uniqueness that the same person is negotiating both new contracts, how they are intertwined, who had expressed interest in UFC and what kind of money do they want and what is being offered, and how WWE strongly ties into all this. Look at the money both companies are getting, the current exposure, and who are the big players in the game. Also look at the risks of WWE leaving USA and why a drop in ratings may still be strongly to their benefit.

Look at the details of how and why the planned Royal Rumble main event match is no longer taking place. Look at the reasons behind it as well as the complete 2018 WWE PPV schedule, and why WWE is cutting back on shows and changing the format in others.

This issue has complete Survivor Series weekend coverage, including business notes, why things took place the way they did, injury updates, what did and didn't work along with poll results and match-by-match coverage plus star ratings.

Check out full coverage of the NXT Takeover special, the changes in War Games and business notes.

Plus, more on ticket sales for the Tokyo Dome show and the history of those ticket sales, as well as negotiations updated regarding viewership of the show in the U.S.

Read why Roman Reigns won the IC title, update on John Cena's schedule, Jennifer Hudson-David Otunga breakup, Ric Flair's lawsuit against his former agents, a potential new WWE TV show, why NXT is taping at Center Stage, A.J. Styles talks his future including retirement, details of all the women that were brought up to the main roster, Kevin Owens documentary, WWE cancels another show, weird WWE Network mailer, the real story behind the origination of Starrcade, and notes on this year's Tribute to the Troops show.

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WON BACK ISSUE: November 13, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF not buying WCW, ECW November to Remember review

With the WCW crew enroute to Europe for a one-week tour, the questions about the future of the company remain. With little substantial information available, much of the talk going around consists of rumors, but it is clear the two possibilities remain--the company will either be purchased by a group headed by Eric Bischoff, or have its expenses cut to as much bare bones as possible and remain part of Turner Broadcasting.

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  • Tonight’s SmackDown has Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton, Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan vs. Charlotte Flair, Naomi & Natalya, AJ Styles vs. Sunil & Samir Singh in a handicap match, The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable, and the return of the Fashion Files with an edition parodying the “Saw” movie franchise. It should also feature some follow-up to the storyline where Daniel Bryan didn’t fire Owens and Sami Zayn last week when Shane McMahon expected him to. After tonight, there are two more episodes of SmackDown until Clash of Champions.
  • Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose will get their tag title rematch as they challenge Cesaro & Sheamus on Raw next week. There will also be another cruiserweight fatal four-way match, with whoever wins it going on to face Rich Swann in a number one contender’s match the following week.
  • Nielsen ratings are currently delayed due to Thanksgiving. Ratings for Raw should be out tomorrow.
  • The trio of Paige, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville was given the name “Absolution” last night.
  • Raw also saw WWE tease that Matt Hardy may be becoming “Broken” soon. He repeatedly said “delete” and did the arm motion after his loss to Bray Wyatt.
  • WWE partnered with March of Dimes in New York today to help raise awareness and fundraise for people suffering as a result of premature childbirth. WWE matched all donations made during today’s luncheon.
  • Jinder Mahal visited patients at Kentucky Children's Hospital prior to SmackDown taking place in Lexington today.
  • Uproxx spoke to Glenn Jacobs about wrestling in Knoxville last night and then going to a campaign event.
  • The Rock’s new Brahma Bull tattoo has been completed after 30 hours of work.
  • Brie Bella appeared on Lilian Garcia’s “Chasing Glory” podcast.
  • Kurt Angle took part in a Q&A session at a meet and greet for iPlay America last Saturday.
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune interviewed Jim Ross about meeting fans at a book signing in the city.

Pro Wrestling

  • wXw announced Tenille Dashwood (formerly Emma) for their Superstars of Wrestling show in Oberhausen, Germany on May 5th. Dashwood will also be wrestling for AIW in Cleveland on February 23rd, for Wrestling has a Tomorrow in Providence on February 11th, for Standalone Wrestling against Brittany Blake in Mays Landing on February 24th, for AML Wrestling on February 25th, and for Remix Pro against Britt Baker in Marietta on April 21st. Her match for WrestlePro in Rahway on February 3rd will be against Angelina Love.
  • Cody Rhodes will be defending his ROH World Championship against Jay Lethal for Revolution Pro Wrestling at York Hall on December 8th.
  • As would be expected, ratings for Impact were down big on Thanksgiving. The show averaged 169,000 viewers after doing 272,000 the week prior.
  • ESPN ran a profile on Joey Janela and his career in pro wrestling. In the piece, he says he originally wanted Matt Riddle vs. Ken Shamrock for his Spring Break show over WrestleMania weekend, but Shamrock was asking for $10,000 and they got Dan Severn for 10 percent of that.
  • PWX announced Juice Robinson for January’s X16 tournament.
  • PWG released the preview videos for night one and night two of the DVDs for this year’s All Star Weekend shows.


Today in Professional Wrestling History: Starrcade 1985


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