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WON Preview (November 5, 2018): Highs and lows with WWE Evolution and Crown Jewel

November 5, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Highs and lows with WWE Evolution and Crown Jewel

Look behind-the-scenes at the decisions regarding Crown Jewel as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  

Find out about the decision making process, how the last week went down, why the show almost didn't happen, negative media reaction, why WWE can survive negativity more now than in the past, what happened with John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Hulk Hogan, different plans thrown out for Bryan vs. A.J. Styles and why they didn't happen, decisions changed regarding promotion of Hogan's return, Renee Young going, Glenn Jacobs situation, and how many ideas changed. Also look at plans for Survivor Series and TLC shows.

Read full coverage of WWE Evolution with notes on the business, notes on mainstream interest, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results from the show.

Go in-depth on WWE business. Look at where the declines took place that led to the stock falling, and what is and isn't significant about them. Look at the network numbers and compare the post-WrestleMania drop with last year. Also look at projections by the company for the fourth quarter drop in network subscribers. Also examine the fallacy of how people view wrestling, as well as how Raw and Smackdown have held up compared to other USA Network programming as well as cable in general.

Look at the house show business, including Vince McMahon's comments on the decline, as well as a breakdown on the merchandise business, NXT ticket sales and full 2018 attendance numbers for the main brands and for NXT.

Also look at WrestleMania tickets, WWE content production, a Roman Reigns story, more on Reigns' diagnosis, the WWE/Evolve relationship, changes to Evolve through usage of WWE talent, plans for the next Takeover show, injury updates. The plight of Sean O’Hare in WWE, Matt Hardy TV show, house show changes after angle changes, WWE performer dating NBA star, thoughts on the semifinals of the Mae Young Classic, as well as there most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

Read details on all the WWE and NXT weekend live events, with results, highlights and business notes.

Look at Kevin Kay and his role in saving UFC and the rise of UFC, as well as in the pro wrestling genre. Also, look at the history of Spike TV with pro wrestling, UFC, and Bellator.

This issue runs down UFC's show this past week and delves into the business aspects of that show.

It also contains coverage of AAA's Heroes Immortals show, with match-by-match coverage and who is to watch going forward.  

Read the full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

Take an in-depth look at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos for the WWE shows and what can be learned from them.

Plus, find out the results of all of the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


Also in this issue:

  • A look at this past Friday's Arena Mexico show
  • Notes on loaded show this week
  • Big title matches coming to Mexico
  • AAA signs Facebook deal for weekly show that started this past week
  • NOAH opens Global League and big business increase from last year
  • A rundown of opening night of Global League
  • The Tanahashi & Okada handshake
  • Return of Don Callis to New Japan
  • More on the Tokyo Dome show
  • Update on the Super Juniors tournament matches and standings
  • Who is coming to the Fantastica Mania tour
  • What key person is not booked for Fantastica Mania
  • Lewd angle leads to service dropping a promotion
  • DDT singles tournament coming
  • Big Japan Sumo Hall show coming
  • Joey Janela big success for Mania weekend
  • Changes at MLW
  • Revolution Pro York Hall show schedule
  • ROH contract situations
  • Lots more on The Elite and 2019
  • Will there be more All In shows
  • Lots of notes on the Jericho cruise
  • Thoughts on things said on the cruise
  • A look at the next several ROH shows
  • Update on Austin Aries
  • Thoughts on what Demetrious Johnson going to ONE means for landscape
  • Thoughts on UFC big event booking
  • Thoughts on the arrival of Ben Askren to UFC
  • Why ONE is spending to much for talent
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov and what is next
  • A look at this week's UFC show
  • Thoughts on key matches
  • Luke Rockhold explains why he's off the show
  • Tragedy for UFC fighter
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Alberto El Patron talks fighting in 2019 including who he wants to face and why it will be difficult to happen
  • Former UFC star arrested, threatening the person who he thinks murdered his son

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