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F4W NEWSLETTER: Divisive main event headlines AEW Full Gear

Joseph Currier looks at the reactions to Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega's unsanctioned match.

AEW's first pay-per-view since debuting on weekly television was headlined by what will likely end up being the most divisive match of the year.

For some, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega's unsanctioned lights out match at Full Gear was a hardcore classic. To others, it was a gratuitously violent and long match that was a misstep for AEW. They wrestled for over 38 minutes and did everything they could to try and have the epic hardcore match that its biggest fans thought it was. A board covered in mouse traps, a chain, a screwdriver, glass, barbed wire, and a barbed wire spider web were just some of the weapons used. By the end of the match, part of the ring was deconstructed -- and a Paradigm Shift DDT on the exposed wood finally put an end to things and gave Moxley the win.

Every move AEW has made in its brief history has been overanalyzed to the point of exhaustion. Each positive and negative moment has probably been assigned too much importance. But AEW is defining its identity over the course of the promotion's first year. Moxley vs. Omega is now always going to be part of that. Full Gear was an opportunity for AEW to put their best foot forward to an audience that has sampled their first six weeks of TV. While it's likely that some things were gimmicked and Moxley vs. Omega wasn't quite as violent as it came off as, AEW not only didn't shy away from the "blood and guts" criticism that Vince McMahon leveled at them -- they leaned into it.

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WON NEWSLETTER: November 18, 2019 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review, more.

The return of C.M. Punk to the pro wrestling scene and coverage of AEW's Full Gear and the lessons after seven weeks of television of what we've learned from AEW and NXT are the lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We examine the timeline of C.M. Punk and his deal with WWE Backstage, including the original approach, how things were viewed along the way, the last AEW offer and how much AEW wanted him, what he said that led to AEW going cold, and his debut on Backstage on Tuesday night.

We cover what has and hasn't happened for NXT and AEW since getting television. We look at things like maintaining audience, live sales, PPV, NWA Powerr and its reaction and numbers, key demo ratings, how NXT came close once, PPV numbers, how the date backfired on AEW, how PPV changed with television with organizations in the past, plus full coverage of Full Gear with business notes, match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

The new issue also covers: 

Survivor Series update with booking changes made, how that affects TLC and early plans for that show, plus a key title match not yet announced.

Steve Austin's new WWE Network show, the value of WrestleMania, how ticket sales this year differed from shows in the past, Johnny Gargano injury and how that changed the Takeover card, ACH update, Sin Cara talks wanting out, new John Cena movie, Rusev talks his angle with Lashley, Starrcade card, Evolve notes, as well as WWE market value, most watched shows on WWE Network and a look at all the WWE and NXT live events over the past week with results, highlights and business news.

Notes on New Japan's coming to San Jose with match-by-match coverage.

Full rundown on the UFC show in Moscow and the stories behind it.

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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  • The Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia is now advertising that The Fiend will defend his Universal Championship against Braun Strowman in a steel cage match at Starrcade on December 1. Only one hour of the show will air live on the WWE Network, and WWE hasn’t announced which matches will be shown. Here’s the updated advertised card for the event: Universal Champion The Fiend defending against Braun Strowman in a steel cage match Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka & Kairi Sane defending against Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair in a Texas tornado tag match Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn defending against The Miz United States Champion AJ Styles defending against Kevin Owens SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day defending against The Revival Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley Randy Orton, The Street Profits, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Sasha Banks and Bayley, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, Ricochet, Aleister Black, and Andrade and Zelina Vega also advertised.
  • WWE Network News reported that a new episode of Untold will premiere on the WWE Network next week. It will focus on Sting’s final match, with WWE Network News noting that it looks like the episode will arrive next Friday (November 22). The description for it is: “For the first time in his legendary 30-year career, Sting challenged for the WWE Championship. ‘The Vigilante,’ Seth Rollins and more reveal the never-before-told stories behind what became The Stinger’s final match.”
  • WWE Network News also reported that a Day Of documentary on the WWE Draft is currently scheduled to debut before Survivor Series on November 24. It will follow Bayley, Charlotte Flair, and others.
  • A new episode of Ride Along will air on the WWE Network after Raw on Monday. It will feature Kevin Owens, Mustafa Ali & Apollo Crews in one car and Trish Stratus & Lita in the other before the SmackDown on FOX premiere.
  • ACH did a half-hour Q&A on Twitter today.
  • William Regal wrote that today marks one year since he underwent open heart surgery for a calcified pericardium: “1 year ago today I had open heart surgery to remove a calcified pericardium. Just wanted to get that out as I’m healthy and fit as a butchers dog now. Just wanted to get that out as I’m dedicated to my family and NXT. Please don’t reply, it’s just life.”
  • Hulk Hogan posted a picture of the “old hardware” that was taken out of his back during surgery.
  • WWE on FOX uploaded a behind-the-scenes video with CM Punk from right before he made his surprise appearance on WWE Backstage.
  • Elimination Chamber 2020 will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 8.
  • WWE Games issued an apology after some 2K social media accounts were hacked last night: “Social media accounts across the 2K label were compromised early Friday evening. Unfortunately, offensive material was posted that does not reflect the values of 2K or our partners. We condemn these posts and apologize to everyone offended by the content.”
  • With Tom Phillips in England for this week’s NXT UK TV tapings, NXT broadcaster Jon Quasto joined Aiden English on commentary for 205 Live last night. Quasto wrote about the experience: “It’s difficult to put into words, but having the opportunity to fill in tonight for @tvs_tom on 205 Live was more surreal than I can explain. I owe a massive debt of gratitude to Tom and the entire WWE announce team for their guidance, plus a huge high-five to @dramakingwwe for welcoming me to the desk tonight. Also, bear hugs to the WWE production team for being absolutely tremendous. Add in that my first live broadcast happened to be in Philadelphia at the same arena that I’ve been going to since high school, and this night definitely qualifies for the life record books”
  • Kevin Nash wrote about spending the past week at the Performance Center and working with the 7'3" Jordan Omogbehin: “Spent the past week at the WWE Performance center and things are looking up. Big Jordan@jordanomogbehin got The Outsiders crash course. He's incredibly agile and athletic and has me to block any thoughts of Oz 2. Amazing talent at NXT have really enjoyed every aspect of the week. Big fan of the guy running it think they call him Triple H. Reminds me of a Kliq WCW favorite Terra Ryzing”
  • News18 in India has an interview with Charlotte Flair.
  • WWE Shop is selling a replica version of the blue Universal title that Bray Wyatt debuted on SmackDown last night.

Pro Wrestling

  • Dustin Rhodes will be the guest commentator on Tuesday’s episode of AEW Dark. He wrote that Kris Statlander was someone who sparked his interest on the show: “Tuesday night catch me on #AEWDark as I am guest commentator. Y'all let me know how I did. Great exciting show. My personal pick as someone who has sparked my interest is #KrisStatlander ! @AEWrestling”
  • Tully Blanchard cut a promo on Joey Janela after this week’s Dynamite. AEW also posted video of a promo that Santana & Ortiz cut on The Young Bucks.
  • Wrestlecon announced their schedule of live shows for WrestleMania week 2020.


  • The UFC and ESPN announced that the December 7 Fight Night show in Washington, D.C. will be dedicated to the late Stuart Scott and the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research fund through the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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