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Daily Update: Zelina Vega, ROH Final Battle, WON HOF

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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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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • After being released by WWE, Zelina Vega posted a message last night thanking the fans for supporting her over the past 3-4 years: “I want to say thank you all very much for the last 3-4 years @WWEUniverse, it was incredible. I would have never have been able to say “this is for you dad” if certain people did not believe in me. I love you all and I couldn’t have done it without your support”
  • Vega also got emotional while thanking her fans for the support they showed her during her Twitch stream last night. Vega said she’s heartbroken, but she’s grateful for her time with WWE and will never say anything bad about anyone there. Vega called pro wrestling her first love and said she’ll definitely keep wrestling.
  • Gabrielle Carteris, the president of the SAG-AFTRA union, tweeted to Vega last night: “Hey @Zelina_VegaWWE Thanks for standing strong for labor solidarity. I support you. Please email me PresidentCarteris@sagaftra.org
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang responded to a tweet from a fan about Vega’s situation: “I haven’t forgotten about Vince McMahon.”
  • Randy Orton reflected on yesterday being the 15th anniversary of the passing of Eddie Guerrero: “15 years ago me along with the rest of the crew, wore an armband with ‘EG’ on it. I was able to do some digging and find mine from that day. It was our way of paying tribute to one of the best performers and people in our lockeroom. I don’t remember a lot from back then, but I remember that day. I remember getting to the arena and hearing the devastating news. I think I wrestled Cena that night. None of our heads were ‘in it’, because of our tremendous loss. Today I know many people around the world will watch some Eddie Guerrero classics, in remembrance of his talent. I’ll be doing the same. #eddieguerrero #rip #vivalaraza”
  • Kurt Angle tweeted about today being the 21st anniversary of his WWF debut: “21 years ago to this day, I made my WWE Debut at the 1999 Survivor Series PPV. Thanks to the WWE Universe for the Amazing memories we shared. Much Love! #itstrue”
  • Drew McIntyre tweeted following his appearance on last night’s SmackDown: “Forging a legacy for myself, no family to open doors for me. First I beat Randy and reclaim my WWE Title, then I’m coming for you Roman #WWERaw #SurvivorSeries”
  • Roman Reigns then responded to McIntyre: “The whole ‘family opening the doors’ thing is so played out and just an unoriginal excuse. Free lesson for you, Drew. It’s not about getting in the door, it’s about owning the room. Which you will never do..while I’m around. Good luck on Monday at #RAW. #SurvivorSeries”
  • WWE posted a job listing for a motion graphics designer “to work within WWE’s growing Advanced Media Group, specifically for Twitch.”
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded The Undertaker vs. Triple H from WrestleMania XXVII, John Cena vs. Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship from Survivor Series 2005, and the Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown men’s elimination match from Survivor Series 2017.

Other Wrestling

  • An announcement regarding this year’s ROH Final Battle PPV will be made early next week. Dave Meltzer reported on the plans for the PPV in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: "The television from this point will be about building for Final Battle. The date is expected to be announced on 11/16, but it will be sometime in December, be from their usual arena in Baltimore and with no audience."
  • Omega reacted to being voted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame as a member of this year’s class: “I’m not even sure what to say. To be amongst those that have done so much for our sport is incredibly humbling. With however many years I have left as an active performer, I’ll keep trying my best to contribute something positive to the world of Pro Wrestling.”
  • AEW congratulated Omega on his HOF induction: “Congratulations to #AEW EVP and #1 Contender for the AEW World Championship @KennyOmegamanX on being inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall Of Fame Class of 2020 #TheCleaner #BestBoutMachine”
  • Jun Akiyama responded to being voted into the WON HOF: “Thank you very much!”
  • Kenny Omega is launching a personal website: “Please check out a little something that will change and evolve as time goes by. Probably some real cool announcements to come.”
  • JD Oliva has a piece for Fight Game Media on the relationship between Omega and Don Callis.
  • PAC wrote ahead of his return match against The Blade on next Wednesday’s Dynamite: “EIGHT MISERABLE MONTHS. NOTHING BUT PISSING RESENTMENT.”
  • Rey Fenix tweeted that he wants a third match against his brother Penta El Zero Miedo.
  • Alex Zayne, who has signed with WWE, tweeted today: “You all have been so incredibly supportive of me. As I sit at one of my favorite restaurants, full of gratitude for you guys, I felt it was only right that I let you know. Thank you”
  • MLW announced that their event that was supposed to take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 5 has been postponed to Saturday, April 10, 2021.
  • MLW Fusion will be available on Pluto TV starting with this coming Wednesday’s return episode. The show will air at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

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