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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.

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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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  • The Undertaker will be the guest on this week’s episode of Hot Ones. The episode will premiere on YouTube at 11 a.m. Eastern time this Thursday.
  • Undertaker spoke to Yahoo Sports ahead of his Final Farewell at Survivor Series.
  • Tyson Fury sent a message to Undertaker and thanked him for his 30 years in WWE.
  • The first episode of Undertaker’s Last Ride docuseries will air on the USA Network after NXT tomorrow. The docuseries aired on the WWE Network earlier this year.
  • Last night’s episode of Miz & Mrs. averaged 666,000 viewers airing on the USA Network directly after Raw. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.23.
  • This past Friday’s SmackDown averaged 2.234 million viewers in the final ratings, up from the overnight number of 2.142 million viewers but down from last week’s final number of 2.315 million viewers. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.6.
  • Drew McIntyre told Fox Sports that the sword he carried during his entrance on last night’s Raw belongs to Vince McMahon. McIntyre said it was a gift to Vince from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
  • Following her appearance in The Mandalorian, Sasha Banks responded to a question from USA Today about whether or not she has the itch to do more film and TV acting: “Absolutely. I have so many goals and so many things that I would love to do in Hollywood, and so many things that I would love to do outside of WWE that I'm making possible. So keep on watching in 2021. I’m going to keep on killing it and crush all my dreams.”
  • Banks also spoke to Variety about Survivor Series and her appearance in The Mandalorian.
  • Banks, The Undertaker, Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae, Leon Ruff, social media star Juanpa Zurita, and TikTok star Derek Baker will be guests on tomorrow morning’s episode of WWE’s The Bump. 
  • While speaking with Cynopsis Sports, Kevin Dunn discussed the ThunderDome and the lessons WWE will take from it whenever things start getting back to normal: “If you asked me a year ago, I’d have said there is nothing we haven’t done from a production standpoint, but during this process, we’ve learned a lot and innovated in so many ways that I’d say anything is possible. Our goal is always to create the best possible experience for our fans. So, we are exploring a number of ideas and new shooting techniques, and in a post-pandemic world I would expect to see our live shows draw heavily from our ThunderDome learnings.”
  • Andrew Yang responded to the statement SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris put out saying that the union is going to directly engaged with pro wrestlers to find ways for them to protect themselves: “Pro wrestlers joining SAG-AFTRA makes a lot of sense to me. They star in some of the highest-rated shows on TV each week.”
  • Becky Lynch returned to social media by posting pictures from a maternity photoshoot.
  • WWE uploaded the trailer for their WWE Chronicle episode on Lana. It’s premiering on the WWE Network this Saturday.
  • PWInsider reported that Brandi Lauren’s new in-ring name in NXT will be Skyler Storey.
  • All three members of The New Day are now available as playable DLC characters in Gears 5.
  • Sasha Banks, Tommaso Ciampa, Jey Uso, Rey Mysterio, and Mandy Rose will be doing virtual meet and greets over Survivor Series weekend. Tickets to the meet and greets go on sale tomorrow at noon Eastern time.
  • RETRIBUTION took control of WWE’s Twitter account for a period of time today.
  • Denise Salcedo interviewed Leon Ruff.
  • WWE's YouTube channel uploaded The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt from WrestleMania 31, Goldberg vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship from Survivor Series 2003, and the Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown men's elimination match from Survivor Series 2018.

Other Wrestling

  • Renee Paquette announced that she’s launching a podcast called Oral Sessions. Paquette wrote that the podcast is “about cool ass people having a great conversation. Unfiltered and unscripted!” Paquette said the goal is to release a new episode every Tuesday starting on November 24.
  • The 2300 Arena (ECW Arena) in Philadelphia has started a GoFundMe campaign to help save the venue amid the COVID-19 pandemic: “It is with a heavy heart that the 2300 Arena is asking for help from our friends, family, and supporters, with our hat in hand when it counts the most. We need your support to stay afloat this winter and continue our 13-year legacy. This has obviously been our most difficult year – Covid-19 has hit us extraordinarily hard due to the nature of our business.”
  • Tonight’s AEW Dark features a new segment hosted by Britt Baker called The Waiting Room. Jack Evans & Angelico are Baker’s guests on tonight’s show.
  • While appearing on Busted Open Radio, Darby Allin spoke about why he slept in his car prior to winning the TNT Championship: “Leading up to the pay-per-view, I purposely slept in my car instead of sleeping in the hotel that they got for us because I wanted to remind myself of just how sh*tty things were. So I slept in there and the weather in Jacksonville is still so much more muggy than other places. It was just a reminder to myself. You don’t need to forget where you came from just because this week’s huge. To keep it? It makes you want to fight more. So now I’m grateful to have this house with 13 acres and a wrestling ring downstairs. [Also] skate ramps and a bunch of crazy sh*t.”
  • AEW uploaded old school style promos with Cody Rhodes and Ricky Starks building up Cody & Allin vs. Starks & Brian Cage on tomorrow’s Dynamite.
  • AEW is holding a contactless and physically distanced meet and greet with Cody, Arn Anderson, Lance Archer, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts tomorrow. The meet and greet is only open to Dynamite ticket holders.
  • During a Q&A with Pro Wrestling Junkies, Deonna Purrazzo spoke about Kylie Rae’s retirement: “I was very much looking forward to wrestling Kylie [Rae] again and I think the world of Kylie. I think she’s a phenomenal athlete and it’s just a really unfortunate situation, but I just hope she gets whatever help she needs or takes whatever time she needs to heal herself and I hope she knows that the door is always open and I will always welcome her back wherever I am in this world with open arms and I look forward to hopefully wrestling her one day.”
  • Veda Scott and “Speedball” Mike Bailey announced their engagement.
  • Jared St. Laurent is joining the broadcast team for MLW’s restart. He’ll be calling MLW Fusion with Rich Bocchini.
  • Chris Van Vliet uploaded an interview with Alexander Hammerstone.
  • In an interview with Outsports, Parrow discussed returning to MLW.
  • Andrew Thompson of Post Wrestling interviewed Myron Reed.
  • Savio Vega told Wrestling Inc that he intends to run for mayor of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico in 2024.

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