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WON Preview: November 27, 2017: WWE/UFC TV contract negotiations, Survivor Series review, more

November 27, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE/UFC TV contract negotiations, Survivor Series review, more

The single most important business story for both WWE and UFC, regarding the biggest stable revenue stream for both, television rights fees, is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer. With UFC's contract coming due in 2018 and WWE in 2019, look at official talks by UFC, unofficial talks by WWE, the uniqueness that the same person is negotiating both new contracts, how they are intertwined, who had expressed interest in UFC and what kind of money do they want and what is being offered, and how WWE strongly ties into all this. Look at the money both companies are getting, the current exposure, and who are the big players in the game. Also look at the risks of WWE leaving USA and why a drop in ratings may still be strongly to their benefit.

Look at the details of how and why the planned Royal Rumble main event match is no longer taking place. Look at the reasons behind it as well as the complete 2018 WWE PPV schedule, and why WWE is cutting back on shows and changing the format in others.

This issue has complete Survivor Series weekend coverage, including business notes, why things took place the way they did, injury updates, what did and didn't work along with poll results and match-by-match coverage plus star ratings.

Check out full coverage of the NXT Takeover special, the changes in War Games and business notes.

Plus, more on ticket sales for the Tokyo Dome show and the history of those ticket sales, as well as negotiations updated regarding viewership of the show in the U.S.

Read why Roman Reigns won the IC title, update on John Cena's schedule, Jennifer Hudson-David Otunga breakup, Ric Flair's lawsuit against his former agents, a potential new WWE TV show, why NXT is taping at Center Stage, A.J. Styles talks his future including retirement, details of all the women that were brought up to the main roster, Kevin Owens documentary, WWE cancels another show, weird WWE Network mailer, the real story behind the origination of Starrcade, and notes on this year's Tribute to the Troops show.

Also in this issue:

  • Why Arena Mexico drew the biggest pro wrestling crowd of the week using stars from 30 to 40 years ago
  • What wrestlers were brought back
  • What match that was one of the biggest matches of 1990 did they try and bring back this week and why didn't it happen
  • A look at next week's show
  • Japanese star returning after neck surgery
  • What top star is being recruited to join Los Ingobernables
  • A look at this past week's AAA TV taping and new programs
  • What promotion has been putting on the best shows in Mexico
  • Early notes on All Japan tag team tournament
  • Global League tournament finals
  • Who Eddie Edwards faces next for his GHC title
  • Notes on the multi-promotional 2017 Differ Cup tag team tournament
  • More on the New Japan business
  • Update on Kamala
  • Stadium that had one of the most famous matches of the last 25 years was imploded
  • A tax that would threaten to keep pro wrestling and MMA out of a major stat
  • More WrestleMania week news
  • Coverage of the House of Hardcore weekend show and how the ROH tie-in took place
  • Unique matches on an iPPV show this week
  • A look at Matt Riddle vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • More on the Revolution Pro shows from this week  
  • Lots more on Lucha Underground and its new season
  • Why Lucha Underground talent may be on other TV shows
  • Behind a major angle expected in 2018
  • Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian injury updates
  • ROH Survival of the Fittest weekend
  • ROH business notes from the past week
  • Who won in the ROH vs. NXT head-to-head in San Antonio
  • Impact returning to the U.S.
  • Notes on Gail Kim's retirement
  • A detailed look at the different negotiations that have gone on in trying to make the 12/30 UFC show into one of the biggest of the year
  • What fights have fallen through
  • What did they wants as the main event
  • What fight is in talks and money being asked
  • Update on GSP vs Bisping on PPV and where it was most popular
  • Volkan Oezdemir assault charges update and details on the allegations
  • Jon Jones update
  • Plans for next season of Ultimte Fighter
  • A look at this weeks' UFC show
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Another UFC drug test positive
  • Bracketing and details of the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix tournament
  • Lots of notes on Bellator's next show in Los Angeles

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WON BACK ISSUE: WON Back Issue: The History of Pro Wrestling on Thanksgiving

A long time ago....In a galaxy far far, well, not that far away..... “Starrcade 83, don’t miss your chance to be part of the sports event of a lifetime. See Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine, first time ever in a collar match. A Flare for the Gold, Ric Flair vs. Harley Race for the world heavyweight championship and Jack & Jerry Brisco vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood for the world tag team title. Starrcade 83, Greensboro Coliseum, a Flare for the Gold, don’t you miss it.”

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