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WON NEWSLETTER: November 29, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Survivor Series review, NJPW vs. NOAH show announced

In this week's issue: 

  • Match of the week and performer of the week
  • Complete Survivor Series rundown, the matches, the finishes, the business, the interest level  and the product placement ads
  • The story on the guy who attacked Seth Rollins on Raw
  • How the audience watching WWE & AEW has changed over the past year, older or younger, men or women, a breakdown of every national show
  • US TV ratings, where wrestling ranked with sports and overall, and details of how each show did in each key demo
  • International TV ratings for WWE & AEW
  • Two latest sports media rights deals in the U.S., and how this could affect WWE and AEW in their next deals and the key factors
  • WWE & AEW streaming numbers for the week
  • More on WrestleMania ticket sales
  • How tickets are moving for the major upcoming WWE & AEW shows
  • What is the hottest wrestling ticket in North America on the secondary market and the answer will surprise you
  • NXT WarGames notes
  • Full PWG rundown from this past weekend
  • New Japan vs. NOAH at Yokohama Arena, the press conference and what top stars asked for as their opponent for the show
  • New Japan Best of Super Juniors and tag team tournament updates
  • All Japan tag team tournament update
  • Why police were called at a recent Tokyo show
  • New star debuts in CMLL but not where you would think
  • Jeff Cobb and TJP's weekend in Mexico and matches they seem to be building
  • TripleMania Regia, new main event, PPV notes, more on Omega vacating title and he talks of a return
  • Mexico bringing in one of the tallest wrestlers ever
  • Big York Hall show coverage and how the unique main event story plays into the Tokyo Dome shows
  • A must for Hall of Fame voters:  Who is L'Ange Blanc, the biggest mainstream star ever in France and a rundown of his impressive career
  • Full coverage of last weekend's UFC show

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

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With Thanksgiving weekend, Garrett is away so we won't be doing a show this week. I will be back with the regular weekend show with Bryan either Saturday or Sunday.

Smackdown tonight has announced Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy vs. Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss and Cesaro vs. Ridge Holland. 205 Live, which isn't 205 or Live, has Solo Sikoa vs. Andre Chase, Amari Miller vs. Erica Yan and Elektra Lopez vs. Valentina Feroz.   

AEW Rampage tonight has Adam Cole & Bobby Fish vs. Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta, Britt Baker vs. Riho non-title and Eddie Kingston vs. Daniel Garcia.

Stardom has a PPV tonight from Yoyogi Gym in Tokyo. Stardom PPVs are some of the best shows in the world, particularly at the main event level. It airs at 2 a.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Pacific:

  • Ruaka vs. Mai Sakurai vs. Waka Tsukiyama for the Future of Stardom title
  • Momo Watanabe & AZM vs. Unagi Sayaka & Lady C
  • Mayu Iwatani & Hazuki & Hanan vs. Saki Kashima & Fukigen Death & Rina
  • Saya Kamitani vs. Natsupoi vs. Himeka - Winner gets a Wonder of Stardom title match
  • Starlight Kid vs. Koguma for the High Speed title
  • Syuri vs. Konami for the SWA title and the right to challenge for the World of Stardom title at Sumo Hall
  • Tam Nakano vs. Mina Shirakawa for the Wonder of Stardom title
  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Maika for the World of Stardom title

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With it being a slow holiday week in the U.S., the biggest shows are really the Stardom show tonight and the Sunday NOAH show also from Yoyogi Gym, which is on Wrestle Universe in English live. Wrestle Universe is free until the end of the year.  Katsuhiko Nakajima puts up the GHC title against the National title of Kenou, in a match to unify the two top singles titles in NOAH.  Keiji Muto & Naomichi Marufuji & Masato Tanaka vs. Takashi Sugiura & Kazushi Sakuraba & Kazuyuki Fujita is the semi.

The Joey Janela vs. Nick Wayne match from Defy over the last weekend that a lot of people have talked about is up for free on YouTube.

New Japan has a Super Juniors show at 4 a.m. Eastern today from Fujisawa live on New Japan World:

  • Yuto Nakashima vs. Ryohei Oiwa non-tournament
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Douki vs. Sho
  • Master Wato vs. Yoh
  • El Phantasmo vs. Bushi
  • Robbie Eagles vs.  Desperado
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori

Frank Mir said that he will make close to seven figures for his fight tomorrow night on the Triller Triad show against former boxing champion Kubrat Pulev. He said in his UFC 100 fight with Brock Lesnar which did 1.3 million buys that he didn't' come within a few hundred thousand of  $1 million payoff. He noted that he and Lesnar didn't get 10 percent of what Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder got even though they sold far ore PPVs. The gimmick for tomorrow's show is boxing vs. MMA in a triangular ring. They will fight with MMA gloves, allowing more clinching and spinning attacks that aren't legal in boxing.  

WWE

  • The reason Kofi Kingston has been out of action doing a knee injury angle is because his wife was about to give birth. She gave birth Tuesday night to a girl, Lotus Selene Sardokie-Mensah, who was 6 pounds 2 ounces and 19.5 inches long.
  • The first day ticket sales for a Smackdown taping on 1/21 in Winnipeg got off to a big first day as they were already at 6,200 tickets out.

UFC

  • James Krause announced on The Fighter vs. The Writer podcast that he's not necessarily retiring, but right now he's not looking for any future fights as he's transitioning to coaching.
  • Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell is being looked at for a 3/5 show.  Mitchell comes into the fight with a 14-0 record.
  • Matt Brown is off the 12/4 UFC show where he was to face Bryan Barbarena due to testing positive for COVID-19.

OTHER NOTES

  • AAW on FITE TV PPV tonight from 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL: Fred Yehi vs. Mat Fitchett for AAW heavyweight title Allysin Kay vs. Skye Blue for AAW women's title Ace Austin & Myron Reed vs. Hakim Zane & Karam in a street fight' Charli Evans vs. Christi Jaynes vs. Lady Frost vs. Sierra for a women's title shot Silas Young vs. Manders Russ Jones vs. Larry D Hartenbower vs.  Ren Jones vs. Schaff vs. Jake Lander vs. Brayden Lee vs. Gringo Loco vs. Storm Grayson vs. Jah-C in a ladder match and the winner gets to pick the title he wants to challenge for Rich Swann vs. Davey Vega vs. Josh Alexander vs. Brody King for a heavyweight title shot
  • There is a huge Lucha Libre show on 12/11 at Dorton Arena in Raleigh. Cage match, loser loses his hair:  El Texano Jr., Mecha Wolf 450, Mesías, El Hijo de Dos Cara, Monsther Clown, Dave the Clown, Alberto El Patron' Pagano & Psycho Clown & Murder Clown vs.  Taurus & Rey Escorpion & Dr. Wagner Jr. L.A. Park & Blue Demon Jr. vs.. Diamante Azul & Puma King El Hijo de L.A. Park & L.A. Park Jr. & El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr vs Drago & Laredo Kid & Aero Star
  • Combate Global on 12/12  on Univision and Paramount + with a $100,000 first prize. The idea is an international tournament with Kevin Cordero (12-2) of Spain; Leo Muniz (6-1) from the U.S.; Frans Miambo (10-5) of Ireland; Jose Zaraauz (22-8-1) of Peru; Cristian Barraza (7-3) of Chile; Luciano Ramos (8-6) of Argentina and Pierre Daguzan (6-5) of France.
  • Lucha Libre Toronto on 12/30 at the Opera House.
  • Superkick'd Wrestling tonight at The Great Hall in Toronto with Taylor Wilde vs. Taylor Rising.

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