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WON Preview (March 1, 2021): 2020 Awards Issue, Elimination Chamber

March 1, 2021 Observer Newsletter: 2020 Awards Issue, Elimination Chamber

The biggest and most-talked about issue of the year, the 2020 awards issue, is out today.  The issue covers the awards winners as voted on by the readership in these categories. It also has all the top place winners for every category, comments on the awards for this year as well as a listing dating back to 1980 of all the awards winners in all the different categories.

The awards for this year are:

  • Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award for Wrestler of the Year
  • MMA MVP
  • Most Outstanding Pro Wrestler
  • Most Outstanding MMA Fighter
  • Tag Team of the Year
  • Best on Interviews
  • Promotion of the Year
  • Best Weekly TV show
  • Pro Wrestling Match of the Year
  • MMA Fight of the Year
  • U.S./Canada MVP
  • Japanese MVP
  • Mexico MVP
  • Europe MVP
  • Dan Hodge Award/Best Non-heavyweight
  • Women's MVP
  • Women's MMA MVP
  • Best Box Office Draw
  • Feud of the Year
  • Most Improved
  • Most Charismatic
  • Bryan Danielson Award/Best Technical Wrestler
  • Bruiser Brody Award/Best Brawler
  • Best Flying Wrestler
  • Most Overrated
  • Most Underrated
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Best Non-Wrestler
  • Best TV announcer
  • Worst TV announcer
  • Best Major Wrestling show
  • Worst Major Wrestling show
  • Best wrestling maneuver
  • Most disgusting promotional tactic
  • Worst TV show
  • Worst match
  • Worst feud
  • Worst promotion
  • Best booker
  • Promoter of the Year
  • Best Gimmick
  • Worst Gimmick
  • Best book
  • Best documentary/DVD

We also have the performer and match of the week.

We've got a full rundown of the WWE Elimination Chamber show, with notes on direction, business, interest level, poll results and star ratings.

We also look at the new television war in Canada on Wednesday, how the first week went and what to look for. We've got more details on the WWE's A&E Documentaries, who is being covered and more, reaction to Undertaker's comments about current wrestlers being soft, migration of WWE Network to Peacock, Sasha Banks talks wanting to quit a few years ago, WWE business approaches, how WWE & AEW are doing as compared to televised sports this past week, Bill Goldberg on TV, notes on lots of new signees and are starting in camp including some not revealed yet, new WWE Network event, update on the Vince McMahon/Oliver Luck legal case, Ric Flair on why he doesn't talk to the other Horsemen, Arn Anderson talks why a major international star floppedin WWE, WWE wins awards, the current WWE market value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

We've got full coverage of this past week's UFC show, the background, how it affects fighters going forward, and details behind the late changes in the show.

We also have the most detailed look at the television ratings of the past week, including segment-by-segment numbers for the past two weeks on Wednesday, who was watching in different age groups, how different segments did on Raw & Smackdown and more.

Also in this issue:

--CMLL returns with a big PPV show

--More news on Konnan

--More on Hiromu Takahashi and the junior heavyweight division in New Japan

--More on New Japan and U.S. television

--This week's big New Japan shows

--Notes from the shows this past week from New Japan

--Notes on the Stardom PPV show available worldwide next week

--Huge multi-promotional big show planned

--Notes on the death of Joseph Hudson, also known as Jocephus and Question Mark

--More on the death of Tom Cole

--Local wrestling returns to Memphis television

--Next MLW major show

--Kelly Klein files suit against ROH

--Notable ROH matches and signing

--More on Sammy Guevara in Impact

--Impact creative team notes

--Notes on Impact direction

--Details behind the signing of Paul Wight

--Problems and challenges related to the signing

--New AEW broadcast schedule

--Update on last of AEW shows on television and streaming over the next week

--Update on the women's tournament

--How the explosive barbed wire match came to be

--Tony Khan's position with the Jacksonville Jaguars changes

--Why some people weren't at tapings this past week

--Jon Moxley talks Japan plans

--BTE, Dark and women's show views

--BTE & Dark notes

--UFC signs major new media rights deal

--Two new title fights put together

--Major star inks new contract

--Notes on this week's UFC show

--Lots of new UFC fights

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