Conor McGregor winning the UFC featherweight title and the story behind UFC 194 and the path of Roman Reigns to the WWE title are the lead stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter with coverage of so many major shows over the past week.
We look at McGregor's financial goals, the business of UFC 194 and the records set, early PPV projections, what is next for McGregor, TV viewership numbers in the U.S. and Brazil, , as well as the path of McGregor to being the No. 1 male star in the promotion. We look at Frankie Edgar as a contender, potential of UFC 200 if Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor are booked on the same show, the last two PPV shows, Rousey vs. McGregor as draws, Luke Rockhold's middleweight title win, looking at the Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman judging and the future of the middleweight division.
We also look at the path of Roman Reigns to the WWE title, the increased viewership on Raw, where the new viewers came from and how viewership differed from recent weeks. We look at the reaction to Reigns, and the storylines that led to that reaction.
We've also got complete rundowns on WWE TLC, NXT Takeover, as well as all three UFC events, including match-by-match coverage, business notes, star ratings and more.
We also have a look at Mauro Ranallo's signing with WWE, his background, how the deal came to fruition and the path from announcing pro wrestling on TV while a teenage on national television in Canada to the WWE 30 years ago, with stops in kickboxing, MMA and boxing in between.
We also have news on a new Takeover special and WrestleMania weekend, WWE week on the USA Network, dates Brock Lesnar is booked, WWE making a deal with Coca Cola, new season of Total Divas, Slammy Awards notes, why it is unlikely Dwayne Johnson will be at WrestleMania, Ronda Rousey and WrestleMania, William Regal injury update, death of Jim Dotson, Daniel Bryan update, offers made to Bryan, Bryan talks WretleMania and bringing back stars from the past, HHH talks NXT, why Raw is three hours and why that isn't going to change soon, WWE injury updates, NXT touring in 2016, Cena in the movies, Lineup of DVD releases for 2016, how ECW ended up being a financial success, difference in the makeup of Raw and Smackdown viewers and what viewers are more likely to watch both shows, plus we've got reports from all the WWE & NXT arena events over the past week with business and overall highlights.
We also look at the complete New Japan Wrestle Kingdom 10 show and other activities in conjunction with New Japan's signature show of the year.
We also look at the death of Yan Jian Bing from weight cutting and talk about the story that needs to be addressed by the MMA community and commissions
We also have the complete monthly business breakdowns for WWE and TNA when it comes to ratings, attendance, merchandise and other business notes.
The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 21, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Conor McGregor wins UFC Featherweight title, Roman Reigns WWE Champion
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--Notes on two wrestlers debuting on 1/3 in New Japan
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--Notes on the weekend PWG shows
--Wrestler wins Olympic athlete of the year award
--Update on Nick Aldis after biceps surgery
--Update on legal battles involving Hulk Hogan
--2CW promotion closing up with three big shows
--CZW draws big crowd for cage of death
--Notes on former pro wrestler who was accomplished rodeo star
--Notes on the pro wrestling debut of Rachel Ellering, daughter of Paul Ellering
--Notes on Rey Mysterio's debut in Lucha Underground
--Notes on five weeks worth of Lucha Underground television
--Lucha Underground builds around unknown star, who gets injured and an update on him and his condition
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--A.J. Styles talks getting ready for ROH show
--Complete ROH lineup
--More on the TNA title tournament
--Update on the Hardys in TNA
--Update on Kurt Angle in TNA
--TNA looking for new talent to debut on 1/5
--Pop TV talks about its goals for TNA
--TNA star in new Conan movie
--TNA stars win overseas tag team title
--TNA looking for stars from India
--More notes on the fight in the airplane with UFC fans coming to Las Vegas from Ireland
--Rousey blows away Internet numbers in 2015
--Notes on the final UFC show of the year
--Upping the quality of Fight Pass
--Cris Cyborg gives up on cutting to 135
--Lots of new UFC fights
--New storyline involving the Gracie vs. Shamrock fight
--More notes for the debut of Rizin at the end of the month with lots of new fights
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