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WON Preview (November 30, 2020): Undertaker retirement, Survivor Series, more

November 30, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Undertaker retirement, Survivor Series, more

We've got a heavy-historical double-issue of the Wrestling Observer out this week.  Our lead story looks at the career and final appearance of The Undertaker. We look at his famous matches, the WrestleMania streak, how long it's been since he actually worked a full schedule, the dream match that did happen and why, and the one that never happened and why.

We also have full coverage of the Survivor Series with match-by-match coverage, star ratings, poll results and interest level of the show.

We also have the most in-depth look at the $39 million settlement of a lawsuit against WWE, the largest settlement of a lawsuit in pro wrestling history.

We look at why it was settled, testimony key witnesses were going to make, who sued, what the judge in the case said, crazy facts about the case, and testimony on what  really happened in Saudi Arabia the day the WWE talent couldn't get out of the country.

We have a story on the life of Bob Ryder, the start of TNA, the business numbers behind the start and  how it got so deep in debt, what saved the company in 2005 and 2015 and Impact releases a statement on his death.

We also explain how Dana White is expecting a packed house for a UFC show sooner than you think and how that ties into what has been booked.

We also look at all the major front office changes in WWE, and background of the decisions and people who are in and out, Xavier Woods and WWE negotiate a mainstream deal, NXT Takeover lineup notes, Lana documentary, Undertaker talks most  famous matches and how Vince talked him into ending the streak, how WWE & AEW TV shows did this past week as compared to major sorts, U.K. Heritage Cup, former college football star has WWE interest, value of WWE stock right now and top ten most-watched shows on the WWE Network from last week.

We've got full coverage of UFC 255, details behind the show, match-by-match coverage and poll results.

We look at the induction of Marc Ratner into the UFC Hall of Fame.  We look at his background in boxing,  his connection to pro wrestling, and his role in okaying an angle that literally changed the power structure of pro wrestling where Vince McMahon needed his approval.  We look at why two different proposed dream match involving WWE stars didn't happen as well as how Floyd Mayweather's unbeaten streak stayed in tact due to a decision by Ratner as well as his role in making UFC treated as a sport.

We also look at how UFC was able to get Ratner to join the promotion.

We also have the 2019 Business Year in review, with the biggest attendances, biggest PPV numbers, who headlined the most major shows, UFC business, WWE business and what Becky Lynch did in 2019 that no woman in the history of pro wrestling had ever come close to.

We have an updated list of the biggest drawing cards in pro wrestling history, comparing Jim Londos with Hulk Hogan, who Sam Muchnick said were the biggest draws ever, where Hogan ranked with Austin and Rock, and every annual attendance record from 1931 to the present and what record is likely never to be beaten.

We also cover NOAH's Pro Wrestling Chronicle show and the Go Shiozaki ivs. Katsuhiko Nakajima main event.

We also have a feature on the seven different Triple Crown award winners of the last 40 years, as well as those who came one step from doing so.

We also look at stats for MVP, Most Outstanding, Best on interviews, Best Tag Team and others over the past 40 years as well as who seems to deserve more Hall of Fame consideration.

We have a feature on European villain Klaus Kauroff, who passed away this past week.

We have the most detailed look at the television business, 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:

--A look at this week's CMLL major show

--Who is getting a new push in CMLL

--Date for TripleMania and main event that right now has been agreed on by all sides

--What gimmick will several American stars be debuting at TripleMania

--This week's major Dragon Gate show

--Update All Japan tag team tournament

--New Japan's junior heavyweight and tag team tournaments

--Wrestling star has documentary on them on Amazon Prime

--Major annual event canceled due to COVID

--Top legend talks Harold Meij

--New Japan Strong has peak show

--The biggest women's wrestling show ever at Budokan Hall

--The night when two huge matches went head-to-head on television and combined drew 70 million fans watching

--New NWA television show

--More talk on unionizing wrestlers

--New movie about legendary wrestling family

--ROH Final Battle news

--P.J. Black injury update

--Cary Silkin and John Belushi

--Impact cause for concern

--Moxley vs. Omega business

--A rumor going around that isn't going to happen

--Top T-shirt sales

--Background on Taz's son and pro wrestling

--Kenny Omega talks New Japan

--Dark & BTE notes

--Update on Anderson Silva

--Changes in 12/12 UF show

--More COVID issues in pro wrestling and MMA

--This week's UFC show

--Next Bellator show

--A look at Tyson vs. Jones

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