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In a match that seemed impossible not all that long ago and was still pretty shocking when the announcement was made, Chris Jericho will face Kenny Omega for New Japan Pro Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th. That was confirmed in a video at NJPW's Power Struggle event last weekend after Omega had defeated Trent Barreta to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:November 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE quarter financials, Manami Toyota retiring, more
The most complete look anywhere at WWE business over the summer and fall is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plus a look at three major documentaries out next week, two Hall of Famer retirements and Survivor Series and WWE booking updates.
Look at WWE's positive financial reports at a time when some of the usual base categories are disappointing and what led to them. Read actual numbers in detail, how the stock is doing, how this quarter compared historically, as well as financial projections for the rest of the year and into next year.
Check out the TV rights situation, how the UFC negotiations look to tell the story for WWE and what the UFC negotiations say, what happens when WWE's biggest TV deals expire as well as when the company expects to finalize deals in all of those markets going forward.
Read why the network is more profitable even with slower growth than projected, including different projections, exactly how many people signed up and canceled the WWE network in recent months and how it compares to last year. There are notes on WWE plans going forward for different changes with WWE network, the arena business, the changes in the pro wrestling business as well as looking at the Jinder Mahal question, has he helped, has he hurt and what the numbers say.
Plus, read about U.K. revenue, why YouTube views seem to mean nothing as far as driving revenue, the China experiment, as well as where WWE money comes from as far as what country over he past four years.
Find out if stronger marquee PPVs effects the network, as well as the remnants of the PPV business, how much WWE spends on tapings, the home video business, the digital media business, as well as the live event business and merchandise figures. Also, look at NXT numbers, Performance Center costs and other businesses the company has stake in.
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It will go down in history as the single most famous finish of a pro wrestling match in the modern era. Twenty or 30 years from now this story, more than any famous wrestler jumping promotions, more than any prominent death, and more than any record setting house, will be remembered vividly by all who watched it live, and remembered as legendary from all who hear about it later. Through the magic of videotape, the last minute of this match will live forever, and be replayed literally millions of times by tens of thousands of people all looking for the most minute pieces of detail to this strange puzzle.
THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
- WWE announced today that Bayley, Mickie James, and Dana Brooke will face off in a triple threat match on next Monday’s episode of Raw to decide the final member of the show’s women’s team for Survivor Series. The storyline last week was that Alicia Fox didn’t pick Bayley for the team, which consists of Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka & Sasha Banks. They’re currently scheduled to take on Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Carmella & Tamina at the PPV.
- Chris Jericho is celebrating his 47th birthday today. While Jericho may be wrestling for NJPW at the Tokyo Dome in January, Vince McMahon’s Twitter account sent out a message wishing him a happy birthday.
- Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro, Sheamus & Bray Wyatt, John Cena vs. Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman vs. Kane are currently advertised for WWE’s next house show at Madison Square Garden, which will take place on December 26th.
- The Rock denied that he turned down the opportunity to appear in ESPN’s Ric Flair 30 for 30.
- Conrad Thompson, who is friends with Flair and used to co-host his podcast, reviewed the documentary on the Wrestling Estate podcast.
- WWE uploaded video of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose’s post-match promo where they put over Kurt Angle after they teamed with him in Birmingham, England earlier this week.
- James Ellsworth was beaten down by the SmackDown women’s division at yesterday’s house show in Leeds, including Becky Lynch giving him a Stone Cold Stunner.
- Maria Kanellis-Bennett wrote an open letter on Facebook responding to people who have been critical of her and Mike Bennett and have called them jobbers.
- The Fremont News-Messenger ran a story on Dave Bautista and the success he’s found as an actor.
- Though the match has been apparent for a while, ROH officially announced today that Cody vs. Dalton Castle for the World title will be the main event of their Final Battle PPV at the Hammerstein Ballroom on December 15th.
- The Orlando Sentinel has a profile on Castle ahead of ROH’s shows in Florida this weekend.
- Kenny Omega told Tokyo Sports that he’s staying in New Japan Pro Wrestling and called the promotion a place where wrestlers can be themselves. He said he wants to show how great a place NJPW is.
- NJPW has video of everyone’s post-match comments from Power Struggle with English subtitles.
- Tomohiro Ishii and Keith Lee faced off in what was said to be a great match at Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Global Wars UK show at York Hall in London today.
- The NWA uploaded episode five of their “Ten Pounds of Gold” series, which is the final episode before Sunday’s Tim Storm vs. Nick Aldis title match.
- Michael Elgin will appear on tomorrow’s episode of the Edge and Christian podcast.
- Madison Rayne, who also appeared on this week’s Impact tapings in Ottawa, will be wrestling Deonna Purrazzo in a Women of Honor match at ROH’s Survival of the Fittest show in Oklahoma City on November 19th.
- Ethan Page made his debut for Impact at tonight’s tapings.
- Dominick Cruz suffered a broken arm and is no longer scheduled to face Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219.
- Georges St-Pierre was noncommittal about what’s next for him when appearing on a special edition of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani today.
- GSP revealed that he has a neck injury but said he plans on defending his title.
- Luke Rockhold claimed that GSP is trying to find his way out of facing interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
- Bellator announced that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is rejoining the company after signing a multi-fight deal with them.
Today in Professional Wrestling History: The Montreal Screwjob
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