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WON Preview (November 23, 2020): Unionization in pro wrestling, Survivor Series changes

November 23, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Unionization in pro wrestling, Survivor Series changes

A look at the issues involving the firing of Thea Budgen aka Zelina Vega, as well as a number of historical stories regarding issues with talent and management is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We explain why the ending was inevitable based on the circumstances, look at WWE and SAG AFTRA, Andrew Yang, Gabrille Carteris and the different players involved in the story. We look at what wrestlers and fighters earn as compared to other top athletes and why the discrepancy, what the Saudi Arabia flight story showed, what is fair for WWE to do and what isn't, complaints by talent regarding an exemption, as well as a number of historical stories related to the topic that feature such names as Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Superstar Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff (twice), Johnny Valentine and many others.  

We update the Survivor Series card with changes and injury notes.  

We also look at the WWE's move to Tropicana Field in a few weeks.

We've also got a look at New Japan's Super Juniors and tag team tournaments, this week's schedule and updates.

We also update Seth Rollins' schedule, Alexa Bliss engagement, NXT Takeover notes, lots of WWE injury updates, Undertaker answers retirement questions, Miz talks why he moved to Texas, description of new President Nick Khan, how WWE & AEW did compared to other sports this past week, WWE and AEW ratings in Canada and England, WWE market value and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network for the past week.

We've got full coverage of Saturday's UFC show, the background and match-by-match coverage.

We also have coverage of Dragon Gate's Kobe World show, the biggest show of the year from Japan's second largest company.

We also look at why television networks should be interested in purchasing UFC or WWE outright as far as a long-term investment that will pay off in the long run.

We have the most detailed look at the television business, with ratings breakdowns in every segment for Wednesdays and every category for other shows, looking at stats not available elsewhere to get the deepest read into how shows are doing, what categories are doing well and how shows compare with previous weeks and one year ago.  
 

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.

Also in this issue:

--Euforia goes well beyond a usual promo for his feud with Ultimo Guerrero
--Update on TripleMania
--All Japan tag team tournament news
--NOAH has a PPV show this weekend airing in the U.S.
--The meeting with the Japanese government and officials from New Japan and Rizin
--Government officials talk about pro wrestling
--New Year's Dash update
--Minoru Suzuki update
--New Japan Strong updates
--Stardom's big show and a history of women's pro wrestling at Budokan Hall
--A look at Stardoms's tw major shows this past week
--Top star of a Japanese company leaves
--New Year's Eve tag team tournament update
--New Observer book coming
--MLW relaunch news
--A look at a planned major house show for Thanksgiving week that probably won't happen
--The reality of trying to sell live wrestling tickets
--Notes on ROH's first PPV in a year
--Impact Turning Point and television coverage
--What MMA stars have been in talks with Impact
--Former Impact star explains his status with the company
--AEW new television deal update
--Young Bucks have an idea from Japan to bring to the U.S.
--Jon Moxley explains why he announced his wife's pregnancy the way he did
--Next week's AEW card and last year's history
--AEW live event schedule
--More on the Inner Circle skits
--AEW nostalgia promos
--Notes on Young Bucks autobiography
--Cody Rhodes talks Shawn Spears chair shot
--Young Bucks talk Top Flight match
--BTE notes
--BTE and Dark numbers
--Dana White talks Khabib Nurmgagomedov
--ESPN+ business update
--Anderson Silva released by UFC and what it means
--Update on UFC bar and club business
--Funny story on Trump campaign and Ronda Rousey
--UFC cuts
--Notes on UFC year-end show
--This week's UFC card
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Bellator show notes
--PFL signs Werdum
--MMA fighters running for public office      

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