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WON Preview (December 3, 2018): Death of Larry Matysik, NXT UK contract changes

December 3, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Death of Larry Matysik, NXT UK contract changes

Sorting out the future of the UK independent scene and the changes made in what WWE UK contracted wrestlers are allowed to do is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The new double issue is a major look back at history as well, with a huge story on Larry Matysik and the rise and fall of St. Louis wrestling in the 70s and the 80s, and a look at Texas wrestling with the life of Jose Lothario.

The lead story talks about the original WWE deals, cards that have to change, promotions that have to change booking plans at different levels, as well as the end of Walter on the independent scene.

Look at why Walter chose this deal and what makes him unique in WWE regarding goals, as well as why he's not already on the main roster and never went to New Japan. Look at how many promotions are affected, the future of some of the most popular U.K. groups, the different tiers of contracted WWE talent and what they are allowed to do, whether the independent boom has faded or will fade, lots of different people in the industry weigh in, as well as a look at the first UK Takeover show in January.

The article on Larry Matysik includes looking at some of the biggest matches of the St. Louis wrestling club, how Matysik started with pro wrestling, his start as a television announcer, the heyday of Wrestling at the Chase, how talent was paid, how Ric Flair first got into St. Louis, its importance in making him world champion, how impressive he was as a draw, protecting the superstars and legends and how that actually made it easier to make new stars, how Sam Muchnick first became a wrestling promoter, the birth of the NWA, how the 1940s St. Louis wrestling war ended, the Sam Muchnick retirement show, how things went downhill, how the most famous Flair vs. Brody match almost never happened, the problem with payoffs, Matysik quitting the promotion, and how the world title booking changed after Muchnick's retirement.

Look at who were the biggest drawing world champions, the unique category Ric Flair fell into, the changing of the business with Vince McMahon's expansion, the politics in wrestling in 1983-84, the WWF expansion and death of the St. Louis Wrestling Club, the death of Bruiser Brody, the birth of WCW, Matysik's books, Hall of Fame award, and much more.

Also look at the holiday television schedule for WWE, update on WWE injuries, video game award nominations, WWE tryouts, reality shows, stock price, most-watched show on he WWE network as well as a look at all the WWE arena events of the past week, with results, business notes and highlights.

Read about the mistakes made by the athletic commission when it came to licensing Chuck Liddell to fight and how those loopholes need to be changed. 

Examine the WWE TLC PPV show and matches announced and others not announced.

Run down the WWE Starrcade show and the television coverage.

Read about the UFC how in China.

There is a feature on the career of Jose Lothario, the role of Mexican stars in Texas wrestling, how Lothario first became a major U.S. star long before his famous Texas run. Also look at his feud with Gino Hernandez, his long title history record, and comments from many of the biggest stars on his career.

This issue has full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

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.

Also read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


Also in this issue:

  • More on the injury to Fenix
  • More on Fenix vs. Cavernario from this past week
  • Honoring Mascara Ano 2000 at Arena Mexico
  • Big legends show this week at Arena Mexico
  • Names being talked with about coming to AAA
  • Noter on the AAA Facebook live show
  • This coming week's Crash show
  • AAA business
  • AAA Live show on the Internet this weekend
  • Update on All Japan tag team tournament
  • NOAH Global League ends and rundown of the final night and next major show
  • More on the injury to Naomichi Marufuji
  • Another major match for Tokyo Dome 
  • Details on the New Japan tag team tournament
  • Japanese title changes
  • A look at DDT's Korakuen Hall show this week
  • Riki Choshu has one of his last shows
  • Nitro era tag team returned
  • Cuervo benefit show and update
  • James Ellsworth makes stateement
  • WretleCade notes
  • Gene LeBell steps down as judge
  • Gene LeBell background
  • More injury updates
  • Australia World Series Wrestling tour
  • Notes on AAW show with Lee vs. ACH 60:00 match
  • Hugo Savinovich big story and thoughts of restarting a promotion
  • Big indie show
  • Latest news from MLW
  • Onita returns to U.S.
  • Major Revolution Pro main event
  • New promotion starting up in December
  • Notes on this week's Being the Elite
  • Impact cards for this week
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Story behind Sage Northcutt leaving UFC
  • McGregor settles lawsuit and also loses his license
  • UFC weekend fights
  • Update on charges against someone who killed UFC fighter
  • More new UFC fights
  • Upcoming Bellator matches
  • More on the Rizin New Year's Eve show
  • Promotion sells out 15,000 seat building for show this week

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