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WON Preview (January 21, 2019): Ring of Honor signs Rush, more

January 21, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Ring of Honor signs Rush, more

The business year in review issue of the Wrestling Observer is out with looks at both the biggest drawing cards and best big match wrestlers of the modern era.

This issue looks at combat sports including the biggest crowds of 2018, what main eventers headlined the most successful house shows, PPV numbers for 2018, big crowds broken down by major promotion, UFC PPV comparisons over the last 12 years, UFC big show attendance comparisons over the past 12 years, top pro wrestling drawing card every year from 1916 to 2018, most first place top draw years and a rundown of the top 50 drawing cards based on most years and top placing’s.

Also have a detailed look at the new signings and negotiations over the past week. Look in depth at the battle to sign Rush, including what MLW and RHO offered, how CMLL played a role, when Rush will be a free agent, what contract CMLL had with him, what his schedule will look like, the change in CMLL talent with MLW, where Dragon Lee fits in and where New Japan fits in.

Read the update on the Royal Rumble show, the story behind why Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman was pulled from the show a long time before it got out, the real reasons why the match isn't happening and why it continued to be pushed even though it wasn't happening. 

Inside this issue is a career and year breakdown of the biggest and best matches, and who the best big match wrestler of 2018 was for the year and of the past 30 years. Also look at the cities that had the best matches, the arenas with the best matches, the all-time top 50, as well as most five star matches for a career.

Read a complete rundown of the NXT UK show, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Examine the success of WWE stock, the new U.K. training center, WWE women’s' tag team titles, the reasons behind some of the debuts of new characters on television, Vince McMahon's new XFL update, value of wrestling to USA Network and 2018 standings on cable, WWE changing hosts for WWE Network, new contracts signed, injury updates, who wants out, Nigel McGuinness documentary, why he never ended up in WWE as a wrestler, why he retired, how he got his announcing job and more. Also look at WWE recruiting football players, new WWE signees, stock value, most-watched shows on the WWE Network as well as details on all the weekend's live events from WWE and NXT with rundowns of every show and business notes.

Read in detail about the Tanahashi vs. Omega Tokyo Dome match.

Review the Impact Homecoming show.

Look at the fan-voted Weekly Pro Wrestling awards for Japan, including the 50 most popular wrestlers in Japan.

This issue also contains a 2018 Observer awards ballot.

Read 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.

As always, read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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