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Wrestling Observer Preview: Holly Holm's victory over Ronda Rousey, Nick Bockwinkel

We have one of the biggest issues of the year, with such a huge news week this past week.  We look at exactly what went into Holly Holm's victory over Ronda Rousey, a story on the life and times of Nick Bockwinkel, the Reid Flair angle and build to Survivor Series, Destination America dropping wrestling, and the 104-year-old attendance record being broken, as well as the story behind the firing of Billy Gunn, an update on The Rock at WrestleMania, La Sombra to WWE, the AAA world title gets decided and a lot more are headline stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now.

If you have an interest in history, this is a huge issue, as well as a perspective on what happened in the most talked about UFC fight in history.

We look at the fight, the background of Holly Holm, what is going on in Rousey's life, what led to the upset, thoughts on a rematch, what it means for business, the early business notes on the fight including where PPV may come in, previous fights like this, and what happened after the fight. We look at UFC's biggest upsets, the gambling perspective, rematch odds, business notes and match-by-match coverage with poll results.

The life and times of Nick Bockwinkel is one of the best bios we've done, with comments from people whose careers he has touched, my own personal thoughts on Bockwinkel, what current WWE superstar had his career path changed greatly because of a suggestion by Bockwinkel to an independent promoter, a look at his life, his career, some of his most famous matches, his career title history, the controversy over Hulk Hogan not getting the AWA title, his place in the business when it changed and life after wrestling.

We also look at the Reid Fliehr angle, how it was set up, comments by Ric Flair, how ESPN got exposed in its wrestling coverage, the Owen Hart DVD and more.

We update pro wrestling stars in France during the terrorist attack, update on John Cena, next NXT Takeover show, NXT taping the week of Royal Rumble, WWE starting to recruit talent from other promotions, difference between main roster recruiting and NXT recruiting, WWE network update, WWE 2K 16 video game update, WWE considers overseas stadium show and interesting coincidences, update on Lana, plus notes on all the house shows from WWE and NXT over the past week, highlights and business notes.

We also look at ROH's new television deal, why Destination America gave up on wrestling and how far back it went, what is COMET TV and more.

We also look back at the match that made pro wrestling a major spectator sport and one of the biggest sports events of its time, the second Frank Gotch vs. George Hackenschmidt match.  We also look at the show which broke the Gotch-Hackenshcmidt record this week and what led to the new record.

We also look at Billy Gunn, his firing by WWE, how it happened, why it happened, back story of other firings and suspensions for talent that didn't fail a company drug test, as well as a look back at the career of Gunn in WWE and TNA.

We also look at AAA's final major show of the year, Guerra de Titanes and how they are handling the world title situation formerly held by Alberto Del Rio.

The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: November 23, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Holm defeats Rousey, Nick Bockwinkel passes away, more



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Also in this issue:

--La Sombra and Rush joke about leaving CMLL and facing John Cena

--The Rush vs. La Sombra feud and it's fast ending

--Cibernetico jumps from AAA

--Konnan talks raiding from Lucha Libre Elite

--Konnan talks the Alberto Del Rio situation

--Differences in stories about Alberto Del Rio

--Differences in stories about Cibernetico

--AAA New York live show notes

--A look at this week's AAA TV taping

--A look at the ZZ Inc. shows the next two weeks

--Update on Go Shiozaki

--NOAH cutbacks

--Fantastica Mania notes for 2016 including who is in the tour

--A.J. Styles New Japan deal update

--Latest on media coverage of Jimmy Snuka case

--A look at the next round of PWG shows

--Insane Championship Wrestling draws its biggest crowd

--Notes on some of the wrestlers in the group

--A look at the U.K. wrestling scene

--TV show known for WWE stars doing interviews on gets canceled

--A look at Northeast Wrestling' anniversary show

--Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame news

--More on how the Hogan sex tape went public

--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show

--Lifestyles of former WWE woman star who became a celebrity

--Legends in tribute show

--Former Tough Enough star captures MMA title

--Notes on the first two weeks of the new Lucha Underground season

--Updated lineup for Final Battle PPV show

--Notes on ROH's first PPV show of 2016

--ROH title match at the Tokyo Dome

--Complete rundown of the Survival of the Fittest tournament in ROH

--Update on TNA title tournament an changes

--Bill Goldberg talks TNA

--Kurt Angle talks 2016 plans

--Latest TNA departure

--Mirko Cro Cop fails drug test and gives explanation

--Nielsen researches the popularity of Ronda Rousey and where she draws from

--Comparisons with Danica Patrick and Serena Williams

--UFC talks adding a new weight class

--Dana White talks Miesha Tate

--Dana White talks new shows

--This week's UFC show

--UFC star talks pro wrestling random

--UFC star looking at letting his contract expire

--The story behind the original plans for an AT&T Stadium show by UFC before WWE

--Lots of injury updates

--Ref criticizes another ref's performance

--Fighter talks about problems making money with the sponsor situation

--New UFC fights

--Bellator going overseas in 2016

--Lots of new Bellator bouts

--Why Cotto vs. Alvarez is such an important benchmark for boxing going forward

--Promoters predict the Cotto-Alvarez PPV numbers

--Notes on recent boxing PPV numbers

--Notes on Japanese New Year's Eve events including a confirmed pro wrestling match

--Weird story involving Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos and why the fight never took place

--Notes on this weekend's World Series of Fighting tournament

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