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WON Preview: Slammy Awards, MMA weight cutting

A look at the Slammy Awards, business of the show, who watched the show, suggestions made for improving the awards show idea, some history of where it came from and what happened at the show including injury updates leads the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is up on the site right now.

We also have a story about both the California commission, doctors, and reps from the Association of Boxing Commissions talking about the problem of weight cutting in MMA as well as all the medical issues involved, win/loss records of bigger vs. small fighters, belief of how many fighters go into fights dehydrated, the dangers of fighting dehydrated, new weight class suggestions, the good and the bad of adding weight classes, the discussion of splitting up the heavyweight division and the ONE organization becomes the first promotion to take drastic steps in this subject with a look at their new regulations.

We also look at the life, career and significance of Lizmark, one of the biggest stars in the history of Lucha Libre, who passed away this past week.  We have his background, how he got into wrestling, his life before wrestling, why he first wore a mask, how he got the name Lizmark, his long run as a constant singles champion or top contender, his induction into the Hall of Fame, his run in the glory days of AAA, Lizmark Jr. and why he fell out of favor in WCW due to loyalty to his father, his biggest rivals, the wrestlers who emulated him and his title history.

We look at what is next for NXT, the upcoming tour dates, reaction to Roman Reigns internally, Notes on the video game, Mauro Ranallo updates, WWE injury updates, John Cena and Dwayne Johnson news, lots of WWE U.K. date business notes, Japan TV update, Two new wrestlers making main roster debut for one tour in January and why.  We also have notes from all the weekend house shows.

We also look at the quest to fight Conor McGregor and what is the right direction to take, plus business notes on UFC's final show of the year in Orlando, match-by-match coverage and pay records for the show.  We also look at New Japan's last show of 2015 and the build to the Tokyo Dome card with updates on two matches, a look at the ROH Final Battle show and plans for the anniversary show as well as updates on talent contracts and A.J. Styles, Pro Wrestling NOAH's last show of the year and a look at their year-long program and the good and bad of it, plus the complete lineup of the debut of the new Rizin promotion this week.

We've got a story on the death of Emanuel Yarbrough, a notable early UFC character who went on to pro wrestling and acting, plus have the fan voted Japanese awards and the AXS MMA awards.

We also look at what the PPV numbers say about this year's Survivor Series and how it did compared to last year.

The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 28, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Slammy Awards, MMA Weight cutting

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Also in this issue:

--Surprising match from 25 years ago draws the largest pro wrestling crowd of the week

--CMLL champ drops title he's held more than four years

--Caristico returns to CMLL and what happened

--Notes on CMLL's next two iPPV shows

--Update on Rey Mysterio and his contract

--AAA's next two major shows

--Talent from AAA that has gotten offers to jump

--All Japan announcing new title bouts

--Update on New Japan announcing and the next two shows on New Japan World in English

--New Year's Eve pro wrestling notes with one of Japan's legendary feuds back with one participant working with the son of the other

--Atsushi Onita's 40th anniversary

--Konnan debuts as MMA announcer

--Real attendance and gate for Insane Championship Wrestling big show last month

--Joey Ryan endorsement deal

--Latest on Vince Russo and Jim Cornette

--U.K. star in Japanese TV ad

--Update on major Lucha Underground injury

--Notes on Ultima Lucha 2

--Who is playing the son of Dragon Azteca

--Why one of the top stars of season one isn't back in season two

--Jack Evans and Angelico talk their WWE offer

--Wrestler threatens legal action against Lucha Underground

--A look at the next several weeks of ROH television

--More on TNA's next PPV

--Notes on TNA TV

--Notes on Jeff Hardy's TNA future

--Who is booked for TNA's UK TV tapings

--Gimmick matches for TNA's late January tapings

--Update on Mike Tenay in TNA

--Notes on a potential UFC movie

--UFC fighter arrested for assault on bar owner who wouldn't let her use the bathroom

--Ronda Rousey up for major award

--Lots of new fights

--New twist in Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock storyline

--How future MMA stars did at U.S. wrestling nationals

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