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WON Preview (October 21, 2019): Eric Bischoff fired, WWE draft disappoints

October 21, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Eric Bischoff fired, WWE draft disappoints

In a huge week of news,we've got all the details in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  Our lead story looks at the firing of Eric Bischoff. We look at his hiring, why it was largely not expected to work out by those who had worked with him in recent years and why people from the past rarely work when  brought back into wrestling.

We also look at Bruce Prichard and the problems with both Raw and Smackdown.

We also look at the WWE draft, why the moves were made, how the draft shows were put together and have a depth chart of where all the talent looks to be positioned, who got broken up and who haven't had a brand chosen for them yet.

We also look at the signing of Tyson Fury and Cain Velasquez by WWE. We look at WWE's place in Riyadh season, the kind of money being thrown around, why Anthony Joshua is facing heat while WWE really isn't, the set up for Velasquez vs. Lesnar and questions about Velasquez and his WWE career going forward. We also look at the background of how Fury and Velasquez got to WWE, the challenges Velasquez faces in WWE and the Crown Jewel show.

We also look at WWE's plans for NXT Japan, what major star has been signed and others who have been talked with, DVR viewership of Smackdown, updated WWE PPV numbers, Hulu numbers, Mike Bennett on why he wants to leave, Maria  Kanellis responds. Hardy family drama, WWE gets award nominations, Injury updates, Evolve shows, most-watched shows on the WWE Network, plus a look at every arena event from WWE & NXT over the past week.

We've got full coverage of King of Pro Wrestling with the background, the destination, the Tokyo Dome plans, Power Struggle, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

We've also got extensive coverage of Bushiroad's purchase of Stardom.  We look at how this happened, why Rossy Ogawa sold to Bushiroad and not WWE, what WWE was offering, Stardom's new TV deal, why this doesn't mean New Japan and Stardom are affiliated, Stardom coming to the U.S. in December and political implications of all this, as well a plans for the biggest stardom show ever.

We also have coverage of the UFC in Tampa this past week with Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson and Jedrzejczyk's quest for the strawweight title.

We also have full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

We've also got in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

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

Also in this issue:

--Week two of the Grand Alternativa tournament

--Preview one of AAA's biggest events of the year and the Fenix vs. Omega title match

--Update on AAA in the U.S.

--Mexico ratings for both the Mexican and U.S. groups

--Dragon Gate's next major show

--Who is coming to this year's Fantastica Mania shows

--A look at the first two nights of the junior heavyweight tag team tournament

--Big Japan's Sumo Hall show

--All the controversy surrounding Giulia jumping to Stardom

--Stardom opens tag team tournament

--90s legend announce a 2021 retirement date

--Notes on NWA Power

--Mick Foley benefit show

--One of Mexico's biggest stars is a fugitive in California and details of why

--Son of former WCW star having huge season as a college football player

--Update on knee injury to Mark Davis

--More on British J Cup

--A look at Progress last show

--MLW making moves and new PPV matches

--More on ROH Final Battle and contract situation

--Dragon Lee agrees to more ROH dates

--A look at the ROH show in New Orleans

--Impact TV notes

--Bound for Glory card

--Wrestling TV ratings in Canada

--AEW illness and injury updates

--Notes on Jake Hager' next fight

--Kenny Omega vs. Joey Janela match

--BTE Notes

--Latest weigh-in regulations from California that will greatly affect all promotions that run there

--Jon Jones' latest legal update

--GSP talks about one last fight

--This week's UFC show

--King Mo retirement fight

--Notes from the weekend Rizin show

--Altercation between fight managers leads to an arrest

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