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WON Preview (August 13, 2018): Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov to set records 

August 13, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov to set records

A detailed rundown of WWE business is in the new issue of the Observer. Look at the company value, the WrestleMania quarter revenue, why profits are surprisingly low and why that really doesn't matter right now, executive bonuses, profits for the first six months of the year, what is known about the WWE Network, actual WrestleMania ticket sales, house show numbers, Saudi Arabia numbers, licensing and merchandise numbers, plus television ratings and how many people watch live vs. DVR viewing of Raw and Smackdown.

A look at the story behind the Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight and PPV prospects is the other lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. Look at how McGregor showed that if you can draw giant money you can get away with almost anything. Examine the advertising of the fight, the biggest PPV events in history, the way the fight can go, the myth about McGregor being protected and what is the key in the fight itself.

Also look at what the big advance ticket sale for ROH in Madison Square Garden shows. Look at what should have been expected, the ticket broker market for the show, how many tickets were sold first day, the last time MSG sold out for wrestling, the largest U.S. non-WWE gate in history, and the big picture on the show. Also look at the lessons this has shown about New Japan in the U.S. marketplace.

Read about Glenn Jacobs winning the mayoral race in Knox County, TN, other pro wrestlers who have won public office election, and the Jacobs campaign.

Also look in detail on the All In show with the lineup, ways to watch, how the WGN deal came about and more.

Read more thoughts on the WWE television situation in 2019 including the idea of NXT moving to television, what is and isn't planned about that and how to make it work, as well as a flaws in doing so. There is a SummerSlam update, a change in WWE policy regarding UK talent and when they can't work, Matt Hardy talks his future and where he stands right now, lots of injury updates, Dwayne Johnson and WWE in China, Four Horsewomen, who that you've never heard of is making great strides in training, complete Mae Young Classic notes, more talent WWE is pursuing and the most watched shows over the past week on the WWE Network.

Also look at all the WWE and NXT shows over the past week with business notes, results and highlights.

Read about UFC 227, and the Demetrious Johnson title loss, business notes on the show, judging, PPV and what we learned about weight cutting.

Find out the update on week two of World of Sport, the biggest new television opportunity and what did and didn't work, and what the numbers say.

This issue has rundowns of the G-1 Climax tournament, with standings, show-by-show coverage, poll results, star ratings, business for the tournament, and other lessons.

Also look at the PFL and it's $28 million in funding and what that means.

Read about the biggest Arena Mexico show so far in 2018, what drew the house and the angles set up.

There is full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

Also take in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them.

Plus, also have a look at the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

Also in this issue:

  • Next week's Arena Mexico show
  • ROH stars in Mexico
  • Death of Picudo/Devil Rocker and his career
  • A look at this week's AAA tapings
  • A look at Impact stars coming to AAA
  • Dave Bautista vocal about James Gunn being fired and talking about quitting his franchise
  • Lots more on the death and funeral of Brian Lawler
  • Dwayne Johnson talks about his former traveling partner
  • More on the career of Nikolai Volkoff
  • A look at the Progress and Evolve shows over the past week
  • A look at the biggest indie show of the year in the U.S.
  • Updates on MLW shows
  • A look at what's coming for Revolution Pro Wrestling
  • British J Cup update
  • A look at what happened with Sam Adonis
  • Adonis responds to what happened
  • wXw major news
  • Being the Elite coverage
  • More on how the people in charge at Impact got control
  • Notes on this week's TV tapings
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Thoughts on Diaz vs. Poirier
  • GSP talks about his future and who he does and doesn't want to fight
  • Colby Covington and Dana White meet with President Trump
  • Dana White talks Ultimate Fighter future
  • Bellator welterweight tournament news

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