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WON NEWSLETTER: November 16, 2020 Observer Newsletter: 2020 Observer Hall of Fame issue

One of our two biggest issues of the year, the 2020 Hall of Fame issue is out this week.  It's got complete results of the balloting among historians, active and retired performers, reporters and historians by category as well as final voting totals, plus who will and won't be back on next year's ballot.

The issue runs down the new members with extensive biographies on all of them.  It explains the voting process and criteria, as well as runs down who came close.  We also look at voting combinations that were popular, and notes on some of the key candidates. We list all of the first ballot Hall of Famers in history as well as the four highest vote getters in history. We look at people new to the ballot next year, who picked up Hall of Fame numbers in different categories along with bios of four of the five inductees.

Also in this issue: 

AEW Full Gear show, including future AEW direction, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.

Changes in the fundamental manner WWE has run its business since the beginning of time and why health conditions and economics have completely changed the industry.

New Japan's upcoming tournaments, the Tokyo Dome show plans, the story behind it, business notes, plus a complete rundown of Power Struggle with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Survivor Series and this week's WWE television that leads to it.

Where WWE may be taping from after it leaves Orlando and the pros and cons of the place, Tribute to the Troops and why the rating number may surprise people, WrestleMania note, Paige talks Alberto Del Rio's case, Stalker tries to invader Paige's home, Bellas talk a return to the ring, WWE new trademarks, Dwayne Johnson after a movie franchise adn plan for new show, John Cena's next big role, UK TV ratings, how Smackdown and AEW rank among sports shows, plus the market value of WWE and the most-watched shows from the past week from the WWE Network.

Saturday's UFC show with match coverage and business notes.

Ratings breakdowns in every segment for Wednesdays and every category for other shows, looking at stats not available elsewhere to get the deepest read into how shows are doing, what categories are doing well and how shows compare with previous weeks and one year ago.  

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

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • HeelByNature obtained court documents showing WWE is seeking to move the Samantha Tavel/Matt Riddle lawsuit to federal court.
  • The Undertaker was the guest on this week’s The Bump. Sasha Banks, Leon Ruff, Johnny Gargano, and Candice LeRae also appeared. Street Profits, Bruce Prichard, and Lana will be the guests on a special Sunday edition of The Bump prior to Survivor Series.
  • Murphy will be the guest on this week’s After the Bell with Corey Graves.
  • Xavier Woods revealed on Twitter that The New Day will be downloadable DLC characters in Gears of War 5.
  • People Magazine has a profile on The Undertaker, including exclusive photos of himself and his family.
  • Undertaker spoke to Ariel Helwani about officially retiring. He considers himself done, but there’s one caveat:  "In my mind, I am 100% done. But there's this guy that lives up in Stamford, Connecticut, who lives by the motto, 'never say never.'"
  • Undertaker also spoke to USA Today about his career and his farewell taking place at Survivor Series on Sunday.
  • Shawn Michaels spoke to both CBS Sports and Metro about The Undertaker’s upcoming farewell.
  • Leon Ruff spoke to Sports Illustrated on his NXT North American title win.
  • Matches added today to YouTube include Undertaker & Triple H vs. Edge & Big Show from the February 6, 2009 episode of SmackDown and AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio from the November 25, 2019 episode of Raw.
  • Pawn Stars last night featured a WWF Kamala Hasbro toy that was eventually found out to be a fake.
  • The Miz and Maryse were recently on The Kelly Clarkson show.
  • WWE Supercard launched its seventh season today on iOS and Android.
  • Baylor Lariat spoke to Jason Osei, a former Baylor football player who recently took part in a  WWE tryout.

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