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Daily Update: Weekend schedule, AEW quarter hours, Alberto El Patron

Dave Meltzer previews the weekend schedule, breaks down Dynamite quarter hours, and Alberto El Patron doing UFC announcing.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Death of Scott Hall

  • The main story is a bio on the life of Scott Hall covering his entire career and post-wrestling life. It goes into detail on:
  • The last two years of his life
  • The birth of Razor Ramon
  • His intellect regarding pro wrestling and squash matches
  • The difference between losing and putting someone over
  • His match with Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Which MMA star copied Scott Hall for his promos
  • His alcohol issues
  • His near-death experiences
  • The American Starship tag team
  • The AWA run
  • Where he got over like a top star and why it didn't happen
  • His time in Japan
  • His second WCW run
  • The ladder matches with Shawn Michaels
  • His leaving WWF for WCW
  • Life after WCW
  • Also in the issue:
  • Updates on WrestleMania, Hall of Fame, Stand & Deliver and business notes
  • AEW does the largest live gate outside of WWE in North American history
  • AEW's success for its first two California shows
  • Hiroshi Hase elected Governor
  • Rundown of New Japan Cup matches
  • WWE's response to lawsuit filed by MLW
  • Popularity and public interest in WWE Royal Rumble, WWE Elimination Chamber and AEW Revolution including updates PPV numbers
  • Full coverage of last weekend's UFC show
  • Gable Steveson and this weekend's NCAA tournament
  • Television ratings plus segment-by-segment numbers from the major shows
  • CMLL's biggest show so far this year
  • FTR goes to Mexico to defend tag titles
  • Stardom Cinderella tournament
  • All Japan Champion Carnival news
  • 60th anniversary of pro wrestling at Korakuen Hall
  • International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame class for 2022
  • Streaming and international PPV numbers
  • Jake Paul and Dana White
  • New WWE PPV show
  • Updates on WWE & AEW ticket sales

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: February 7, 2005 Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, business year in review

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Friday News Update

Alberto el Patron
  • My show with Garrett Gonzales for this week will be taped tomorrow.
  • Smackdown tonight is from Charlotte featuring:
  • Roman Reigns-Brock Lesnar confrontation
  • Drew McIntyre & Viking Raiders vs. Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss & Jinder Mahal
  • Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan
  • Kofi Kingston vs. Ridge Holland
  • Rampage tonight at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and 8:30 p.m. Pacific, after the NCAA tournament on TNT:
  • Darby Allin vs. The Butcher
  • Red Velvet vs. Leyla Hirsch
  • Bear Country & Fuego del Sol vs. Malakai Black & Brody King & Buddy Matthews
  • Keith Lee vs. Max Caster
  • Conor McGregor has issued a challenge to Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title, saying he wants to be the first three-division champion in history.
  • UFC runs tomorrow at the O2 Arena in London. The sold out show has broken the all-time gate record for the arena for any event at $4.5 million. It starts at 1 p.m. Eastern time:
  • Muhammad Mokaev (125) vs. Cody Durden (126)
  • Cory McKenna (115) vs. Elise Reed (115)
  • Jack Shore (136) vs. Timur Valiev (136)
  • Nikita Krylov (205) vs. Paul Craig (206)
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov (258) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (254)
  • Mike Grundy (145) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (146)
  • Jai Hebert (155) vs. Ilia Topuria (156)
  • Molly McCann (125) vs. Luana Carolina (126)
  • Gunnar Nelson (171) vs. Takeshi Sato (170)
  • Paddy Pimblett (155) vs. Kazula Vargas (155)
  • Arnold Allen (146) vs. Dan Hooker (145)
  • Alexander Volkov (253) vs. Tom Aspinall (252)
  • Fathom Entertainment announced both nights of WrestleMania will be airing in theaters around the country.
  • The eight episodes of WWE Evil produced and narrated by John Cena for Peacock, will also air on USA on Monday nights at 11 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:05 p.m., right after Raw and NXT, starting on 3/28. The episodes are of Hulk Hogan, Miz, Sasha Banks, Undertaker & Kane, Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon, Ric Flair and Roman Reigns.
  • Question to ponder. Why does AEW do so much better in cable homes than satellite homes for its PPV shows?
  • The NCAA wrestling tournament airs on ESPN tonight and the finals are on ESPN tomorrow night.
  • PFL on Fubo TV tonight at 9 p.m. is an all lightweight show:
  • Bruno Miranda (156.2) vs. Carlson Frei (155.2)
  • Damir Ferhatbegovic (156) vs. BJ Bland (154)
  • Michael Dufort (155.4) vs. Arut Pogosja (155.8)
  • Yanal Ashmouz (155.4) vs. Dennis Hughes (154.6)

AEW

  • In quarter hour notes from Wednesday's show:
  • The six-man tag opener was the high point in viewers and in 18-34. 
  • Quarter two with the end of the six-man and beginning of Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley vs. Wheeler Yuta & Chuck Taylor was the high point in women 18-49 and tied in 18-34. 
  • The Jericho segment was first in 18-49, first in men 18-49, first in 35-49, first in men 35-49 and first in women 35-49. 
  • The high point with men 18-34 was the beginning of Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa.

UFC

  • UFC announced that its UFC 281 PPV will take place on 10/22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
  • Hugo Savinovich said that Alberto El Patron will be starting here as a Spanish language announcer. What a terrible decision.
  • Brendan Allen vs. Jacob Malkoun is scheduled for 6/11.

Other Notes

The NWA has the Crockett Cup this weekend from Nashville on FITE:

  • Saturday:
  • Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf vs. ?
  • Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Hale Collins & Vik Dalishus
  • Doug Williams & Harry Smith vs. Ill Begotten
  • Chris Adonis & Thom Latimer vs,. Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett
  • Matthew Mims & Pope vs. Mike Knox & VSK
  • Aron Stevens & JR Kratos vs. Dirty Dango (Fandango) & JTG
  • Odinson & Parrow vs. Luke & PJ Hawx
  • Sunday:
  • Remainder of the tag team tournament
  • Matt Cardona vs. Nick Aldis for the NWA title with Jeff Jarrett as referee
  • Austin Aries vs. Homicide vs. Colby Corino vs. Darius Lockhart to crown the new NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion
  • Kamille vs. Kylie Ray vs. Chelsea Green for NWA Women's title
  • Allysin Kay & Marti Belle vs. Ella Envy & Kenzie Paige for NWA Women's Tag titles
  • Tyrus vs. Rodney Mack for NWA TV title
  • Anthony Mayweather vs. Jax Dane for National title
  • 365 Pro Wrestling on 4/8 in Guelph, ONT at Red Chevron.
  • David Letterman with Dick the Bruiser in 1980: