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WON Preview (November 19, 2018): Survivor Series shake up, more

November 19, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Survivor Series shake up, more

A look at the changes with Survivor Series' top two matches as well as how this leads to a probable WrestleMania main event is the top story in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at the move to Daniel Bryan as a heel WWE champion, the Becky Lynch injury and why it will end up being the best thing that ever happened for her career, other potential WrestleMania direction that have fallen through, the Bryan title change, ticket sales for this weekend and ticket demand, Survivor Series and NXT notes as well as more on upcoming PPV shows.

Also look at why UFC profits are going to be up around $65 million next year based on a new contract deal signed. Examine the PPV industry, the streaming aspect of the industry, the expected number of UFC PPV shows this years as well as profitability as UFC keeping its PPV business vs. WWE undercutting and moving to streaming, a well as DAZN's entry into the marketplace.

Read a feature on the 25th anniversary of UFC, looking back to the beginning and to some of the key personalities that led to UFC evolving in the direction it did. Look at the roles of Art Davie, Campbell McLaren, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, Joe Silva, Dan Lambert, Vince McMahon, Chuck Liddell, Ronda Rousey, Gina Carano and many others when it comes to UFC being an idea that every kid growing up in the 70s had, to becoming a legitimate worldwide sport.

Also look at a new government position Linda McMahon is up for, the business of WrestleMania, Stephanie McMahon talks UFC future, Paul Levesque talks the future of NXT, release date for the Paige movie, Ronda Rousey producing a network TV show, new Dwayne Johnson network TV show, Paige VanZant and WWE offers, how FOX is doing on Friday nights, Concussion lawsuits, WWE injury updates, new plan for house shows, the WWE/Evolve relationship, WWE win awards, WWE stock value, plus notes on all the arena events held over the past week, with results, highlights and business notes.

Read the full coverage of the UFC's 25th anniversary show from Denver, the Zombie vs. Rodriguez finish, business notes, records set and more.

There is also 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.

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


Also in this issue:

  • The sad plight of one of Mexico's most famous wrestlers of the past 40 years
  • Rundown of Friday's Arena Mexico show
  • A look at the Leyenda de Plata match this coming week
  • Woman star claims suing her ex-husband who had power curtailed her career
  • Taya returns to AAA
  • A look at this past week's AAA tapings 
  • New big-name feud in AAA
  • Next major Crash show
  • A look at the first night of All Japan's tag team tournament
  • An update on NOAH's Global League and the big matches over the past week
  • More on the announcing changes at New Japan
  • Ideas for new announcers
  • New Tokyo Dome direction
  • American star says he wants to do G-1 this year
  • Political things to follow in 2018
  • First match in the Baba Memorial show and it's a match that won't be pretty
  • A look at the two New Japan shows at the pop culture event in Anaheim
  • A look at New Japan's first tag team tournament shows this week
  • A multi-part documentary series on one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling history will be released in December
  • Big Japan's biggest show of the year
  • Notes on DDT's singles tournament
  • Notes on the Kenny Omega vs. Fenix match
  • More on one of NEW's biggest shows in hits history
  • MLW's biggest card to date looked at
  • What led to the record crowd
  • Fenix's crazy schedule
  • More on the Jericho Cruise
  • A look at one of the big stars during the heyday of Detroit territorial wrestling under The Sheik
  • How the U.S. national team did at the world championships in Budapest
  • The scary situation regarding the career of former gold medalist Helen Maroulis
  • A look back at Studio Wrestling in Pittsburgh and its heyday
  • Matches worth going out of your way to see including two of the best European matches of the year
  • Josh Barnett competes in a word championship tournament
  • Wrestler turns politician competes in a bodybuilding contest
  • Former UFC fighter turning pro wrestler
  • A well-known early star of Ultimate Fighter being linked to a pro wrestling promotion
  • Great Khali promoting huge shows this week
  • An angle former TNA star did in India that is getting mainstream attention
  • Charges dropped against late 70s star
  • A look at AAW's last big shows
  • A look at this last week's Revolution Pro show
  • A look at this last week's Progress show
  • Cody injury update
  • More on talent contract talks in ROH
  • A full rundown of ROH's Global Wars week
  • A look at Impact's next PPV show
  • A look at all three night of Impact tapings in Las Vegas
  • Why Dillashaw vs. Cejudo is at flyweight
  • More on killing off the flyweight division
  • Issues with differing MMA rules in different states
  • Those in McGregor/Khabib post-match brawl still suspended
  • Drug test questions
  • A look at UFC's show this weekend
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Bellator's show this week
  • Miesha Tate talks her position in ONE
  • MMA champ loses his first fight in eight years
  • Note on Kid Yamamoto funeral
  • C.M. Punk returns as an announcer
  • Former MMA show host convicted on fraud chares and faces long time in jail
  • Notes on Ric Story's retirement
  • Former UFC fighter suspended for four years for trying to cheat on drug test

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