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WON Preview (October 8, 2018): Massive UFC 229 expectations, plus tons of news

October 8, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Massive UFC 229 expectations, plus tons of news

Headed up with a major history piece on the 30-year history of Ted Turner's involvement with pro wrestling and coverage of a week of so many major events, it’s a double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week.

Preview UFC 229 and why it is expected to be the biggest non-boxing PPV in history. Look at projections, some real numbers, some comparisons, why Dana White says it wasn't in Madison Square Garden, run down the card and takes on the show, what is at stake, and even run down the Quintet show the night before.

The big story looks at Ted Turner and how he first got connected to pro wrestling in 1972, the role of Ray & Ann Gunkel, the wrestling war in Georgia that led to the two hour Saturday night block, the roles of Jim Barnett and Ole Anderson, the first-ever Omni sellout, the rise of the SuperStation and role of Georgia Championship Wrestling, the secret deal that ended Georgia Championship Wrestling, the partnership with Bill Watts that fell through, the end of Mid South Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions, the death of World Championship Wrestling and when Turner looked to bring back wrestling and why that didn't happen. The story examines why if you look back at hindsight, Turner was one of the most influential men in the history of pro wrestling over the last 50 years.

Also look at the decision made by UFC and USADA to no longer announce drug test failures and why it wasn't well thought out, as well as the reputation of USADA taking such a hit and the sad ironies of this.

Look at WWE Super Show-Down, ticket sales and ramifications.

Read the update on the 1,000th episode of Smackdown, WWE plans for NXT and ideas that have been talked about, major execs selling WWE stock, why the women audience is declining faster than the men, a detailed look at the Liv Morgan injury and accident, Daniel Bryan talks, Mixed Match Challenge numbers, and most-watched shows on the WWE Network.

Also look at all the WWE & NXT arena events over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

Read coverage of New Japan's current situation including King of Pro Wrestling, Fighting Spirit Unleased and the directions of things. Plus, read match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings for the show.

Look at the big questions facing Bellator as they try and build their brand, as well as surprising notes of the Bellator brand vs U.S. pro wrestling companies and Saturday's show in particular.

Examine the biggest Rizin show to date, the ratings, and background of one of the most emotional matches in history.

This issue has full coverage of ROH's Death Before Dishonor with match-by-match coverage, business notes, polls and star ratings for the show.

Read about the Progress show at Wembley, with business notes, the Doug Williams retirement and match-by-match coverage.

Also look at Alberto El Patron and his talk of fighting in early 2019.

This issue has full coverage of all the WWE television shows from the past week.

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

Finally, read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

Also in this issue:

  • This past week's Arena Mexico coverage
  • CMLL World Grand Prix looked at
  • A look at AAA's last TV taping and someone on the radar
  • Return of Neville/Pac to Dragon Gate
  • Another Lucha star headed to Dragon Gate
  • NOAH jr. tournament update
  • New Japan's small shows coming to Anaheim including new Kenny Omega match
  • New Japan situation with Impact that is very interesting and why
  • New wrestler expected to debut
  • Changes in New Japan
  • A New Japan worth looking out for
  • Another Hall of Famer coming out of retirement
  • Takako Inoue 30th anniversary
  • Michinoku Pro nostalgia based show
  • Stardom title matches this past week
  • Toshiaki Kawada runs show
  • The money behind MLW
  • The business of secondary pro wrestling in the U.S.
  • More notes on WrestleMania week shows
  • AAW Jim Lyman Cup coverage
  • Final episode of season one of World of Sport Wrestling and what the ratings are saying and what has and hasn't been announced
  • Questions about the level of popularity of pro wrestling in the U.K.
  • Major changes in wXw and plans going forward
  • Notes no this coming weekend's major wXw shows
  • Revolution Pro next big show
  • Another U.K. group gets TV
  • Walter vs. Jordan Devlin
  • U.S. stars headed to the U.K.
  • Trent Seven's group's unique matchmaking
  • Return of Being the Elite and new stories
  • Teases of All In returns
  • A look at the next month of ROH  television and new angles
  • Notes on Impact TV
  • A look at new UFC TV deals in Europe and the long-term questions involving them
  • New major UFC fights announced and why
  • Silly MSG main event
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk talks losing her title shot
  • Arguments in the Leslie Smith case for wrongful termination
  • Why UFC expects to increase ratings next year while everyone else is falling
  • 2017 UFC vs. WWE in revenues and why
  • UFC champion on why he chose UFC over WWE and the WWE gimmick he never knew was on the table for him
  • Booking of Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier
  • Steroids and performance and examples
  • Anderson Silva vs. McGregor talk
  • A UFC departure that was no surprise
  • Bellator and 50 Cent make deal for a $1 million price for tournament
  • Heavyweight tournament semifinals
  • Why Michael McDonald had to retire at 27
  • Pro wrestlers and fighters in the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame

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