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WON NEWSLETTER: November 8, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WWE cuts 18 wrestlers, Jon Moxley enters inpatient alcohol treatment program

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  • Details on all the WWE cuts, reasons some were cut, and new philosophies on talent
  • WWE finances, its future, how the return of arena shows has impacted business, short and long-term TV rights fees talked about by Nick Khan, why certain cities are getting stadium shows in 2022 
  • How WWE ratings are doing compared to the rest of television 
  • Update on Survivor Series
  • 2021 Hall of Fame ballot, leading candidates to go in, how the balloting works, which active wrestlers have the best qualifications, candidates that aren't well known in North America, which wrestlers have gotten the highest vote totals in history, the list of first ballot Hall of Famers, which active wrestlers have been voted into the Hall of Fame
  • Ticket sales for the upcoming major WWE & AEW shows 
  • Jon Moxley talks about a ton of different subjects 
  • An early look at the first AEW special on TNT
  • Jim Ross talks battle with skin cancer
  • Television ratings from the past week, international TV ratings
  • NJPW big shows the next two weeks
  • Notes from Stardom PPV show
  • Full coverage of UFC 267

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Bryan and my weekend show is up on the site, talking Angelo Mosca, WWE cuts, UFC and New Japan big shows and more. We will be back tomorrow night talking Raw.

Garrett Gonzalez will be among those ringing the opening bell tomorrow morning at the New York Stock Exchange as Nextdoor, the company he was one of the founders of, goes public tomorrow.

As far as Google searches for the past week, the two big ones obviously were the Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant fight at 2.5 million and the UFC PPV show from Madison Square Garden at 2 million. WWE cuts on Friday were No. 14 at 100,000.Jon Moxley was No. 13 on Wednesday also at 100,000.

Regarding last night's two title matches, in the Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington fight, Judge Derek Cleary gave Usman the first, second, third and fifth rounds. Sal D'Amato gave him the first, second and fifth.  Dave Tirrell gave Usman the first, second and third round. None of the three gave Usman a 10-8 second round. In media scores, 68 percent had a 10-8 second round.  86 percent of media scores were for Usman with nine percent having it even and five percent had it for Covington.

In the Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili fight, 61 percent of reports had it for Namajunas, 35 percent had it for Weili and four percent had it even. Judge Mike Bell gave the first three rounds to Zhang. Judge Eric Colon have only the first round d to Zhang. Judge Douglas Crosby gave the first and third rounds to Zhang. I had the first three for Zhang close and the last two clearly for Namajunas.

We are doing polls this weekend on both the UFC show last night and the New Japan Power Struggle show yesterday. You can vote for a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match for each show to dave@wrestlingobserver.comWe're also looking for reports from yesterday's WWE show at  SSE Wembley in London to

English subtitles for the post-show interview with Shingo Takagi and Kazuchika Okada from yesterday's show in Osaka.

Shawn Rhoden, 46, who was the oldest winner of the Mr. Olympia contest in history three years ago, and just passed away from a heart attack and some notable tweets where it would appear he knew something bad was happening.


  • Results from today's Smackdown brand house show in Liverpool, England: Finn Balor b Sheamus Shayna Baszler b Natalya Walter b Cesaro (said to be the best match of the show) Tommaso Ciampa b Bron Breakker & Sami Zayn Shinsuke Nakamura b Jinder Mahal Jeff Hardy b Madcap Moss-DQ Jeff Hardy & Drew McIntyre b Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss Charlotte Flair b Sasha Banks to keep the Smackdown women's title So Balor won't be on Raw tomorrow since he's on the tour. (thanks to Stephan Lyon and Liam Armstrong)
  • Sheamus promoting this week's house show in Nottingham, England (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)


  • Jeff Cobb will be going to CMLL soon with TJP as reps from New Japan.
  • Charlie Bruzzese was announced as the newest member of the 2300 Arena Hardcore Hall of Fame. Bruzzese helped produce the ECW television show 
  • Rob Black's XPW is doing a rebirth show tonight from the Armory in Rochester, NY at 76 p.m.  There will be a one night tournament to crown a new XPW champion with first round matches of Masada vs. Rhino, Bill Collier vs. TJP,  Brian Cage vs. KC Navarro and Willie Mack vs. Matt Cross.  Also on the show are Silas Young, Vincent, Shlak,,G-Raver, Colin Delaney, Facade and Madman Fulton.  
  • Pro Wrestling All-Stars from Friday night in Taylor, MI:  Royce Carney III & Tanner Nix & Brutus Atwell b Alex Van Zant & Frank Isaac Anderson & Kyler Coleman, Chuck Stein & Sean Lawhorn & The Spider b Top Fun & Iron Eagle & Roadhouse-DQ, Chinstrap Jesus b Solo, N8 Mattson & Breyer Wellington & Zach Main b Royce Carney III & Tanner Nix& Brutus Atwell, Mysterious Movado & Adam Wick b Top Gun & Iron Eagle in a non-title match, Zach Gowen b  LJ Lawrence,  Lamano Star won Battle  Royal, Chuck Stein &  Sean Law, Chuck Stein  & Sean Lawhorn The Spider b N8 Mattson & Breyer Wellington & Zach Man, Atlas Hytower b Ace Austin (thanks to  Leonard Brand)

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