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WON Preview (August 10, 2020): The Rock & Dany Garcia buy XFL, new WWE president, more

August 10, 2020 Observer: The Rock & Dany Garcia buy XFL, new WWE president, more

The reasons behind Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale buying the XFL in bankruptcy court, the new WWE President and how television viewership of all the major pro wrestling shows has changed since the pandemic started are the lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer. Newsletter.

We look at the timeline of the XFL purchase, financials behind it, the goals, can the goals be achieved, why Dwayne Johnson is key, what Johnson is trying to do with the league that Vince McMahon couldn't, and why this is such a difficult time to do so and why the interest level was what it was.

We also look at WWE's hiring of Nick Khan as President and Chief Revenue Officer, where he comes from, his connection with wrsetling, his connections in sports, the value of his contract, and the specific strongest value he brings. 

We go through every wrestling show with notes on viewership overall and in demos, who is losing and at what pace.  We look at what is turning viewers away, what is keeping viewers, and what show actually has increased viewers in an age group and what this says.  We look at the key takes from the patterns of gains and losses.

We also look at the return of pro wrestling to Mexico City and the restrictions that have been put in place.

We look at the issues with unionizing wrestlers as well as Equity on treatmet of women in U.K. pro wrestling.

We've got updates on the major U.S. pro wrestling shows over the next month.

We look more at the NBA playoffs affecting the AEW schedule in August and September.

We also look at Rey Mysterio and contract talks.

We also have notes on furloughed WWE employees, chaos backstage at WWE tapings, WWE developmental and NXT talent and training, News from the Saudi Arabia lawsuit, behind Raw Underground, update on WWE draft, NXT writers update, Canadian ratings, Ali talks his situation, new WWE sigings, upcoming TV matches, and the most-watched shows on WWE Network.

We have a feature on Rollerball Mark Rocco, the best U.K. wrestler of his era.

We also have a complete look at this past week's UFC show.

We also look at the migration of the audience and what days they watch wrestling, and the one demo that is holding firm to Friday i a big way.

We've also got in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.

Also in this issue:

--Dragon Gate title changes

--Where Dragon Gate is looking at peaking next and who is in the big match

--Notes on upcoming Dragon Gate streaming shows

--NOAH sets up title vs. title match

--New Japan plans for basball stadium show

--Haold Meij updates New Japan business

--New Japan tournaments looked at

--Hiroshi Tanahashi health update

--Nagata vs Suzuki brawl

--Stardom matches including return of 90s star

--Notes on the death of Mitch Ryder

--New documentary on Adrian Street

--MLW star competes in first bodybuilding contest

--Impact televison ratings in 2020 

--What percentage of views in every show hit the key demo

--Impact TV notes

--Next major Impact shows

--Brandi Rhodes and AEW heels

--Update on Excalibur

--Cody and new training classes

--Eric Bischoff appearance note

--DVR usage on Wednesdays

--Deadly Draw coverage and how well it did streaming

--Stars return at Dark

--Why Conor McGregor isn't fighting

--How ESPN+ is doing

--Promotion of Cormier vs. Miocic

--This week's UFC card

--Lots of new fights put together

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