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WON Preview (November 18, 2019): CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review

November 18, 2019 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk joins WWE Backstage, Full Gear review

The return of C.M. Punk to the pro wrestling scene and coverage of AEW's Full Gear and the lessons after seven weeks of television of what we've learned from AEW and NXT are the lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We look at the time line of C.M. Punk and his deal with WWE Backstage, including the original approach, how things were viewed along the way, the last AEW offer and how much AEW wanted him, what he said that led to AEW going cold, and his debut on Backstage on Tuesday night.

We look at what has and hasn't happened for NXT and AEW since getting television.  We look at things like maintaining audience, live sales, PPV, NWA Powerr and its reaction and numbers, key demo ratings, how NXT came close once, PPV numbers, how the date backfired on AEW, how PPV changed with television with organizations in the past, plus full coverage of Full Gear with business notes, match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

We also have a Survivor Series update with booking changes made, how that affects TLC and early plans for that show, plus a key title match not yet announced.

We also look at Steve Austin's new WWE Network show, the value of WrestleMania, how ticket sales this year differed from shows in the past, Johnny Gargano injury and how that changed the Takeover card, ACH update, Sin Cara talks wanting out, new John Cena movie, Rusev talks his angle with Lashley, Starrcade card, Evolve notes, as well as WWE market value, most watched shows on WWE Network and a look at all the WWE and NXT live events over the past week with results, highlights and business news.

We've also got notes on New Japan's coming to San Jose with match-by-match coverage.

We also have a full rundown on the UFC show in Moscow and the stories behind it.

We also have full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

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. 

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Also in this issue:

--Another of CMLL's most pushed stars out of action

--CMLL does huge holiday crowd

--Notes from last week and next week at Arena Mexico

--Pentagon & Fenix contract updates

--AAA TV taping notes

--Mexico ratings

--Canada ratings

--All Japan tag team tournament first days

--American star finds out about Japan when losing phone

--NOAH's Sumo Hall main event

--Moxley in Japan update

--Tokyo Dome show notes

--New Japan in Los Angeles notes

--New Stardom owners talk future plans including attempting to get two WWE stars

--Stardom business goals

--Stardom and Sendai Girls tag team tournament notes

--Notes on a star-laden indie show in December

--Dick Beyer show notes

--Sad story on the death of Matt Travis

--NWA Atlanta ticket sale news

--Notes on biography of one of the greatest heels of all-time

--Next PWG date

--College wrestling program drawing like one of the hottest pro territories in history

--80s superstar starts wrestling school

--Update on next ROH PPV show

--Update on next Impact PPV show

--Notes on the next several weeks of Impact television

--How NXT & AEW audience differ as far as commercial breaks

--More on AEW win-loss concepts

--Advances for upcoming AEW shows

--A look at Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

--UFC signs promotion for regular outings on Fight Pass

--More on Gilbert Melendez being cut by UFC

--Unique show with past and current stars in UFC vs. Pride vs. WEC vs. Strikeforce show

--Former champion decides to return

--Dwayne Johnson talks more about his movie where he will play Mark Herr

--This week's UFC show

--Bellator's Japan debut update

--Notes on retirement of King Mo Lawal

--Logan Paul vs. KSI business notes

--Former MMA superstar in acting debut

--Pro wrestlers's MMA debut

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