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WON NEWSLETTER: December 14, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Omega on Impact, NXT TakeOver: WarGames
The fallout of AEW’s Winter is Coming show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at how AEW is doing compared to Raw in different demos, the Sting interview this past week, how AEW’s numbers for segments have risen as well as the biggest AEW quarters of this year.
Also in this issue:
Kenny Omega/Don Callis dynamic, the odes to the past they have copied in their angle, debut of Tony Khan as a television performer in the interview on Impact, how close Winter is Coming actually came to being No. 1 for the night on cable, Tony Schiavone’s appearances years ago in TNA and what angle Vince Russo wanted to do with him, executives who vowed to not be TV performers and how that changed.
Major match teased on Impact, as well as the background of the Omega-Callis alliance and when the idea was first broached.
Television ratings for Impact and the surprises, as well as streaming numbers, and what major message that sends about the appeal of Omega in some places and not in others, as well as the number of people who ended up seeing the interview segment.
NXT Takeover War Games, the good, the not-so-good, the next destination show, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
TLC, have a lot of notes about where things do and don’t stand with the 2021 WrestleMania, the actual story of how Bill Goldberg’s streak came to be and what it came from, and how it was ruined and lost popularity. We also look back at the end of WCW.
HHH brings up some notes on Undertaker, WWE women popularity on social media, new WWE TV characters, new gimmicks, WWE stars on new television show, how WWE & AEW programming is doing internationally, how it is doing compared to other sports, more on the lawsuit against Matt Riddle & WWE and Riddle’s sides key arguments for dismissal, Johnny Gargano talks NXT goal, injury updates, Tyler Bate’s return, WWE market value and most-watched shows this past week on the WWE Network.
New Japan’s first show back in Fukuoka, to decide the Best of the Super Junior and World tag league finals. We look at both tournaments, as well as the business notes, the big announcement on the show, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
UFC weekend coverage with the stories behind the card, what’s next, effects of COVID and much more. We look at the business notes on the show and fight-by-fight coverage.
NOAH Chronicle and in particular, the Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura match-of-the-year candidate.
The short but very memorable pro wrestling career of Tom “Tiny” Lister and his run as Zeus, what he was known for out of wrestling and more.
WWE 2020 award nominations as well as one voter talks about favorites for Japan’s Tokyo Sports awards.
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.
Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE
Metro asked Kevin Owens if he’d like to face Goldberg again: “‘I’d love to work with him again if he was here to work. I’m not saying this is his fault, but he’s not — his career has never been about long matches or anything like that. To me, I don’t see much positive out of wrestling him for two minutes, or 20 seconds or 30 seconds or whatever, you know what I mean? I’d love to work with him again if you got to do a story beyond – all we did was, what, two weeks, maybe three weeks? ‘If we got to do some cool stuff, and some cool promos, exchange back and forth, and then have a quality match, that’d be great. But that’s just not usually what he’s here for.”
Owens also said about Goldberg: ‘Look, it works. I’m not saying anything against that, it’s just not what I’m interested in. As a fan, I’ve never been interested in that stuff. Even when he was in WCW, I didn’t really like it. That’s just not what I look for in my wrestling.”
A first look at the WWE Network’s WWE Icons docuseries will air on the Network after TLC this Sunday. The series is debuting in 2021. There will be episodes focusing on Yokozuna, Lex Luger, Rob Van Dam, British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith, and Beth Phoenix.
WWE uploaded a post-Raw video last night where Lana was taken out by ambulance after being attacked by Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. WWE has announced that Lana is out of Sunday’s Women’s Tag Team title match at TLC. It will now be Asuka and a partner of her choosing challenging for Jax & Baszler’s titles.
The New York Post asked Lana if she feels something can be worked out between WWE and the roster regarding the situation with third-party deals: “Absolutely. I know we are all in that discussion with the company of trying to work that out. Once again, the world has changed quickly. Everything has moved into digital space now. So there is a lot, a lot of money that can be made on the digital front from brand deals to Twitch, to YouTube. There’s so much money that maybe WWE didn’t always see they could make. I may not be a main-event WrestleMania player, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a lot of money on the digital front. And I think with a lot of different people, you see that. I see that. I think coming from the entertainment world to this, I always look at things in casting. So I look at our girls and I’m like, ‘Man, Ruby Riott can make so much money in this aspect, Liv Morgan, Mandy (Rose) there, me there.’ I’m always like, ‘Ah, I should be a manager.’ I should be a real-life manager. I’m actually really excited because I expressed to WWE how much I would love to help them build something out for the talent because I feel like we haven’t even slightly started to tap into how big of stars we can be on the digital front and how much money we could make for WWE. So, I’m excited. I know sometimes when things happen it’s a slow and steady … you have to be patient with change. But I really believe I’m gonna be one of the ones that’s gonna help build this out and this new WWE where we are going to be bigger than ever, the talent.”
On ESPN’s Monday Tailgate yesterday, Steve Austin praised Pat McAfee’s performances in NXT: “He puts it all on the line. He’s going for it. Basically, I think his verbal skills, he’s slaying everybody. But he’s not afraid to go out there and put it all on the line. So you wouldn’t expect that from a guy that kicks the football, but no — Pat McAfee’s badass. I think he’s doing a really, really good job. I give him a solid A.”
The Miami Herald’s Jim Varsallone asked Paige VanZant about the interest between her and WWE: “Yeah, you know truly, there’s been this kind of flirty relationship I feel like back and forth between myself and the WWE. I’ve always had interest and always felt like it’s the perfect match for me, it’s the perfect combination of my athleticism and fight skills, with a little bit more of the dance side of it where it’s like a little bit choreographed. You kind of get to have the showmanship part of it that I feel like I don’t get to utilize right now.”
WWE released their annual holiday message, with this year’s theme being kicking 2020 to the curb.
Elias appeared on this week’s episode of Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia on the WWE Network. Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett are appearing on Friday’s episode of the Swerve City Podcast.
Stephanie McMahon appeared on the latest edition of The Playbook with David Meltzer.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded John Cena vs. Sheamus in a tables match for the WWE Championship from TLC 2009, The Bar vs. The New Day vs. The Usos for the SmackDow Tag Team titles from TLC 2018, and Styles, Orton & Nakamura vs. Owens, Zayn & Mahal from the December 19, 2017 episode of SmackDown.
While appearing on BodySlam’s The Push Podcast, Ethan Page spoke about the future of The North (Page & Josh Alexander): “We created this team before Impact. We invested in each other as performers, partners, road travelers before Impact. All this was before Impact. So if you think for one F’N second that we’re going to let Impact dictate whether we break up, or we don’t, or whatever you’re out of your damn mind. I’m telling you guys. Everyone watched Final Resolution, and everyone saw my mental breakdown, whatever. It doesn’t matter. I’m telling you guys that no matter which way this goes The North are not splitting. Wherever I land in 2021, we are not breaking up. That’s my best friend in real life. That’s my best friend on screen. So, that’s not something that I’m willing to toy with to make a couple dollars in the entertainment industry. Like I said whatever happens in the years to come if I stay in Impact, The North is The North, we’re the best. There’s so much we still can do, and there is so much I will do, and if I go somewhere else he might end up there in a couple of years. This is a forever friendship and the friendship is tied to the tag team. It’s something that we will choose what happens with. It’s not just a name, it’s more than just the name. We were the Monster Mafia before. We’re The North now. We can be, whatever Ass Kisser #1 and Ass Kisser #2 it’s Josh Alexander and Ethan Page, that’s the magic, it’s not the logo or the brand of The North.”
Taya Valkyrie has filed a trademark for her in-ring name.
Jake Crist thanked Impact Wrestling following his time with the promotion coming to an end: “All good things must come to a end. X Division Champ. World Tag Team Champ. My time at @impactwrestling was some of the best of my career. I wouldn’t be who I am without my time there. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. This isn’t the end. It’s just the beginning. #MOTIVATED”
Maryse is the guest on today’s episode of Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast.
AEW VP Chris Harrington joined Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston to break down the minute-by-minute viewership of last week’s Dynamite.
Deonna Purrazzo appeared on Sitting Ringside with David Penzer. Purrazzo discussed AEW wrestlers she’d like to face: “Oh, well, The Roll Model, the face of their [AEW] women’s division, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. is my best friend. I would love to wrestle Britt at Hard To Kill. I would love to wrestle [Hikaru] Shida at Hard To Kill. But as far as our IMPACT roster goes… my number one right now, just because we’ve had some interactions is Taya Valkyrie.”
Don Callis has been announced as the guest for tomorrow’s episode of Impact Press Pass.
This week’s edition of ROH Week By Week previewed Friday’s Final Battle PPV.
Matt Taven & Mike Bennett appeared on The Wrestling Inc Daily in advance of Final Battle.
Episode three of NWA Shockwave is now available.
Dragon Lee and his wife are expecting a child.
Jetta and Charlie Morgan announced their engagement.
Post Wrestling’s Andrew Thompson has an interview with Anthony Henry.
Vice interviewed Jim Johnston.
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