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WON NEWSLETTER: November 1, 2021 Observer Newsletter: ROH announces hiatus, WWE's 2022 schedule

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  • 2022 WWE PPV schedule
  • The Flair-Lynch-Deville-Banks segment on last week's SmackDown and questions it asks
  • Dark Side of the Ring on the Vince McMahon steroid trial, key points in the piece and other key points regarding the end result of the trial
  • NXT's goals as far as changing its audience and how Halloween Havoc delivered
  • The seven markets that WWE and AEW are selling tickets in and what are the updated numbers
  • Ratings from the past week
  • International TV numbers
  • Update on AEW Full Gear
  • Best match and best performer of the week
  • G1 best match and G1 MVP
  • G1 American interest level
  • NJPW financials
  • Next NJPW major shows
  • Jericho Cruise
  • Impact Bound for Glory
  • Former pro wrestling rookie of the year faces aging comedian in high profile MMA fight in a few weeks
  • Last week's UFC show

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering the news of the past several days and talking Smackdown, Rampage, ratings and other news. We've got two new shows up this weekend, both very different.  The first was with Garrett Gonzalez and Jon Moxley talking his new book "Mox" that comes out on Tuesday.  This was a very unique interview that went a million directions and was very entertaining. The other is a show with Wade Keller which is a must of you saw "Dark Side of the Ring" about the Vince McMahon steroid trial, as we talk what was left out of the show that was important, a lot of thoughts on the trial, the trial fixer (and there was one), Jerry McDevitt, Phil Mushnick and the other characters as well as why the case never should have gone to trial.

Jim Valley's Cauliflower Alley Club speech accepting the Courage award.

Not much in the Google searches this week. Only two entries. UFC yesterday was No. 6 with 500,000 views, which is low if you consider it a PPV (it had two title bouts and was a PPV i mos of the world) but every high if you consider it an ESPN+ show, which it was in the U.S., but it was a PPV caliber main card.

The Atsushi Onita vs. Matt Tremont double hell current blast death match headlines H2O wrestling in Trenton, NJ at the baseball stadium on IWTW at 8 p.m.Eastern.

DDT did an empty arena show today at the Tokyo Dome featuring four-man teams doing a gauntlet won by Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno & Mao,who beat Danshoku Dino & Yuki Iino & Yumehito  Imanari & Tetsuya Endo.

Tatsumi Fujinami ran a 50th anniversary of his pr debut show today in Osaka. It was a legends main event with Fujinami & Keiji Muto & Shiro Koshinaka over Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & AKIRA.  He will be doing a Tokyo version of this on 11/9.

Mat Fitchett beat Josh Alexander last night in Berwyn, IL to win the AAW Jim Lyman Cup tournament.


  • Bill Zdon at Wrestling Tickets has a lot of numbers for the WWE holiday shows. These are a combination of both paid and comp tickets. The 12/30 show in Buffalo did a first day of 2,256, the AEW 12/15 show in Garland, TX did 2,721 (which would be lower than the first day of the show there in July). 11/28 traditional Thanksgiving weekend show in Greensboro did 4,164, a 12/30 show in Laval, Quebec is at 4,447, 12/26 in Tampa is at 2,573, and 12/28 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC is at 2,688.
  • Sheamus returns this week doing the European tour on the Smackdown brand side.  He had surgery  on his nose that broke twice in recent matches.


  • After Dark Side Of the Ring covered XPW, Rob Black decided to restart the promotion and this is the first TV show.
  • Defy results from Friday night in Seattle:  Ricky Gibson & Eddie Pearl b Rylie Jackson & Levy Cruise, Richard Holliday b Jordan Oasis, Nick Wayne b Titus Alexander, Jeff Cobb DDQ Jacob Fatu, El Phantasmo b Sonico, Viva Van b Allie Katch to keep the PCW Ultra women's title, Homicide b Ethan HD in a no DQ match.  Next show is 11/20 at Washington Hall in Seattle headlined by Jon Moxley vs. Tom Lawlor.
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in Belleville, IL:  King Christopher Hargas & Ken Kasa b Gary Jackson & Gil Rogers, Jerry Lawler b Kowalski, Jayson Breed b Jake Lawless, Niles Plonk b Ax Allwardt, Flash Flanagan & Big Texan b Rick Ruby & Richard Shaw, Superstar Steve Fender b Bobby D, Billy McNeil b Sean Vincent, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson b Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby, Gary Jackson won a two-ring Battle Royal to win the revived Central States title, Attila Khan b Haku in a no DQ match.  Also at the show were David Schultz, Jimmy Hart, Sgt. Slaughter, Greg Valentine, Bill Eadie & Barry Darsow as Demolition and Bob Orton Jr. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Want to mention the death of Laurence Bowdren, the father of wrestling podcaster Jeff Bowdren, who passed away at 93 after 70 years of marriage.  
  • Legacy Fighting Championships returns to Southern California on 11/12 at the Los Angeles Burbank Marriott Convention Center at 10 p.m. Eastern on UFC Fight Pass.  The main event has lightweights to determine a title contender with Arthur Estrazula (12-5) vs. Tommy Aaron (9-5) and bantamweights with Leandro Gomes (6-1) vs. Askar Askar (11-2).
  • Joseph Rudd, better known as Erick Rowan and now Eric Redbeard, was on the 10/29 episode of the TV quiz show "You Bet Your life."  He and his partner won $5,500 answering questions about the city of Pittsburgh. They billed him as losing to The Rock in the shortest WrestleMania match of all-time.
  • Jessie Godderz beat Nick Dinsmore in the main event last night for the OVW Saturday Night Special show. Godderz retained his title after a spear.
  • AML Wrestling from last night in Mocksville, NC: Brad Attitude b White Mike,Caprice Coleman b Mik Drake, Griff Garrison& Marcus Kool b Terrence & Terrell Hughes, Infinite Man b Arik Royal & Andrew Everett, Colby Corino won over George South, JB Cole & Zuka King. NASCAR announcer Jeff Hammond worked the show and put a sleeper on heel manager Perry James in the main event. Next show is 11/28 as part of WrestleCade in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Beyond Wrestling Reverse the Curse on 11/7 in Somerville,MA at the Arts at the Armory has Matt Cardona vs.Ted Goodz, Jeff Cobb vs. Wheeler Yuta and Brody King vs. Adrenaline Rush.
  • CWE has a iPPV for $13.99 on Facebook called Rumble to Remember tonight with a Rumble as the main event.

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