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WWE's Record low ratings continue

The WWE's record low ratings, even with bringing in all the big names on Monday, is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.  We look at the ratings, the competition, the build to Hell in a Cell, and what type of programming is and isn't working in ratings now.  We also look more at John Layfield's interview with Eric Bischoff and WCW and how pro wrestling has changed since the death of WCW, as well as more on the political goings-on in Mexico, what modern era wrestlers have had the most four star matches and a wrestling show in a few weeks that you don't know of that is going to have a paid attendance of more than 30,000 people.

Check out the latest issue:  Wrestling Observer Newsletter October 26, 2015: Raw ratings woes continue, More Eric Bischoff notes


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The lead story looks at the ratings on Monday, the competition, the front-loading of the show, Brock Lesnar's role, the short-term babyface issue WWE faces, the injury to Randy Orton, Hell in a Cell, why what would seem to be the smart changes can't be made, the reality of ratings when it comes to sports, what WWE is lacking, and creative issues.

 

We also look at John Layfield's interview with Eric Bischoff, and we look at the downfall of WCW.  We look at January 4, 1999 when WCW set its all-time record gate, the reaction to Mick Foley winning the WWF title, how Hogan vs. Goldberg was botched in a way nobody talks about, the role jealousy over Jesse Ventura played, Bischoff talks Vince Russo, Hogan's lawsuit against Time Warner, the story behind Bischoff's group not buying WCW in the end, and Bischoff talks about if he misses running a wrestling company.  We also talk about how the wrestling fan base has changed greatly in the aftermath of the death of WCW.

 

We also look at the future of Smackdown, WWE contacting New Japan about footage and the reaction, WWE Breaking Ground, WWE's attempt to do a second and third NXT television show,  Background of Tom Phillips, Tyler Breeze being brought to the main roster, notes on new WWE signings and those in the process, Sting talks why he lost to HHH, wrestler going on hiatus, why Erick Rowan was on Raw, new WWE coach hired, Brock's shooting star press and the background of it, WWE stock plus notes from all the NXT and WWE house shows over the weekend and business updates.   

 

We update the story of the original Sin Cara leaving AAA, AAA not wanting him back, his reactions, his new name, new cards with him on top and questions regarding the CMLL business model and the deal they've made with Lucha Libre Elite.  We also look at some of the other talent in Mexico that at this point both is being talked with by LLE, and those who claim they are staying with AAA.

 

We also have an updated listing of wrestlers with the most four-star singles matches in the modern era, the flaws in the listing, and how this relates to the Hall of Fame.

 

We also look at what will be the second biggest wrestling crowd of the year in North America, a stadium show that has already sold 28,000 tickets but nobody knows about it.

 

We also have ratings of all the major TV shows of the past week, results from the major league events over the past week and a look at the major TV shows of the past week.

 

Also in this issue:

 

--Notes on the CMLL tournament of champions final

 

--How attendance held up on a WWE in Mexico City weekend

 

--CMLL schedules an iPPV show for next week

 

--Pro wrestler engagement makes mainstream news in Mexico

 

--L.A. Park defends himself and talks money

 

--Notes on this past week's AAA TV tapings

 

--Lineup for the next TV tapings

 

--Dragon Gate prepares its last major event of the year

 

--Update on the Global League tournament

--Notes on the upcoming Sumo Hall sellout

 

--New Year's Eve head-to-head battle in Japan

 

--Why Antonio Inoki and Pride split up years ago

 

--GFW TV taping notes

 

--The closing of Hogan's Beach restaurant

 

--Insane Championship Wrestling sells out Glasgow in advance

 

--Biggest shows in the U.K. in the early 80s

 

--Jake Roberts talks new wrestling company

 

--A look at the Evolve weekend events and connection with WWE

 

--Stardom comes to the U.S.

 

--Former WWE woman star returns to the ring after three years

 

--A look back at the 1977 decision on the NWA title

 

--Notes on Bob Backlund as a babyface leading to his WWWF title win

 

--Comparing Bob Backlund to Ted DiBiase in similar roles

 

--More controversy regarding Chicky Starr going public

 

--Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler

 

--House of Hardcore notes

 

--Former Olympic medalist turned pro wrestler does major reality show

 

--Update on Alberto El Patron

 

--ROH notes for this coming weekend

 

--Notes on TNA's tour of India

 

--Return of Bram

 

--TNA star gets role in FX movie

 

--Notes on UFC cuts

 

--Why so many were cut at one time

 

--UFC retirement

 

--Weidman predicts second biggest PPV number in history

 

--Lots of news on UFC finances

 

--Value of the UFC deal with FOX and Globo

 

--New UFC fights

 

--Update on Wanderlei Silva lawsuit

 

--A study on the subject of weight cutting

 

--Notes on UFC rules and regulations

 

--Lots of news on UFC injuries

 

--Lots of new UFC fights

 

--Notes on lawsuit filed by Dana White's mother against an Internet personality

 

--Notes on this week's Bellator show

 

--More on the arrest of Mayhem Miller

 

--GGG and PPV

 

--WSOF show notes and Nick Newell retirement

 

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