Daily Update: Lance Storm, Bruno Sammartino, Wrestlecade
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December 2, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Survivor Series weekend, Mauro Ranallo/Corey Graves
MLW Fusion on Thanksgiving results: Jacob Fatu vs. Ross Von Erich
NXT UK results: Imperium vs. Gallus & Ilja Dragunov
Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone booked for January’s UFC 246
WON Back Issue: The History of Pro Wrestling on Thanksgiving
AEW Dark spoilers: Santana & Ortiz vs. Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt
Wrestling Weekly: Undertaker with Austin, Ranallo/Graves, NWA Into the Fire 11/29
WOR: Corey Graves and Mauro Ranallo, AEW vs. NXT, more! 11/28
CMLL TONIGHT AT ARENA MEXICO ON THE CMLL FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE PAGE AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN
Oro Jr & Sonic vs. Coyote & Espanto Jr.
Chamuel & Microman & Perico Zakarais vs. Atomo & Gallito & Guapito
Dulce Gardenia & Star Jr. & Stuka Jr,. vs. Kawato San & Vangellys & Virus
Mistico & Titan & Valiente vs. Sanson & Forastero & Cuatrero
Soberano Jr. vs. Negro Casas for the Mexican national welterweight title
Caristico & Felino & Ultimo Guerrero vs Angel de Oro & Cavernario & Volador Jr.
WWE has a major dual branded show in Mexico City on Saturday night. The last lineup was Bray Wyatt vs. Rey Mysterio in a cage match for the Universal title, Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton, Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin, Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch for tag titles and Cain Velasquez & Humberto Carrillo vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. We’re looking for reports on the show.
WWE STARRCADE SUNDAY NIGHT FROM ATLANTA ON WWE NETWORK
Kevin Owens show with Ric Flair
Asuka & Kairi Sane vs Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks for tag title
Bobby Lashley vs. Rusev
For the live house, they also have Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a cage match for the Universal title, Reigns vs. Corbin, Rollins vs Orton, Miz vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn, New Day vs. Revival for tag titles and Owens vs. A.J. Styles.
We’re looking for reports on that show as well.
Raw is Monday night in Nashville.
F4W NEWSLETTER: NXT’s Survivor Series involvement Joseph Currier looks at how WWE featured NXT at Survivor Series and in the build to the PPV.
Even with how forced the battle for brand supremacy can admittedly be, Survivor Series is one of the bright spots on the WWE calendar.
The PPV has given us some of the main roster’s best matches in recent years. Last year, we got Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan and Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair (filling in for the injured Becky Lynch). In 2017, Lesnar faced AJ Styles. Those matches wouldn’t have happened without the brand vs. brand concept. And while there would ideally be more substantive stakes involved, the brands facing off has given some life to the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag matches.
The added involvement of NXT this year only improved things. The battle of the brands would have been even more forced without their inclusion. Viewers can believe that NXT really wants to prove that it’s better than Raw or SmackDown. It’s much harder to suspend your disbelief and buy into Raw and SmackDown’s wrestlers being undyingly loyal to their brand just weeks after a draft.
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WON NEWSLETTER: December 2, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Survivor Series weekend, Mauro Ranallo/Corey Graves
Coverage of Survivor Series weekend and five shows in six nights in Chicago, as well as the business, polls and more, heads this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at the directions things are going, how DVR viewership affects all the major shows, the decision on match order, what Vince McMahon was doing during the Survivor Seres main event, the next two major shows as well as Survivor Series and Takeover with full coverage and star ratings for every match.
The issue also covers:
The myth of NXT as developmental, World’s Collide, the next Takeover, the mention of Britt Baker on the air and more.
The tragic death of Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris.
Changes in the UFC drug policy, regarding levels, what drugs are low levels now allowed, what UFC is encouraging fighters to do as far as supplements, .
The situation with Corey Graves and Mauro Ranallo, what happened, why Graves should have been more careful, and where things stand.
Jim Cornette’s apology, how his departure from the NWA took place, more of the background as to why Cornette was castigated for things that nobody would have batted an eye about had others said and why, what NWA wanted to do with him and why their hand was forced.
C.M. Punk signing with FOX, Vince McMahon’s thoughts on Seth Rollins pushing the Punk match, TV ratings in Canada and overseas, WWE get awarded, legend selling home, Oney Lorcan talks future, Mike Bennett talks wanting to leave, Injury updates in WWE, WWE market value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network, plus notes on the house shows.
Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.
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.
Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.
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The documentary on Bruno Sammartino opens tonight at Cinema Village in New York and at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, CA. It runs in both theaters until Thursday.
Two shows will be broadcast this weekend from Wrestlecade in Winston-Salem, NC
Tonight at 7 p.m Eastern has:
Ladies Night Out title: Ivelisse vs. Kiera Hogan vs. Diamante vs. Miranda Alize
More championship: Brian Cage vs. Willie Mack
Wrestling Revolver championship: Killer Kross vs. Billy Brash
AML title: C.W. Anderson vs Ethan Page
World Class Revolution title: Stephan Bonnar vs. MVP
Fest tag tam titles: The Carnies vs. The Gymnasty Boys
PWI Ultra J title: John Skylar vs. Andrew Everett
ASW title: Rocky Rage vs. Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Jason Kincaid
Innovate US tag titles: Heatseekers vs. Jordan Cage & Caleb Courageous
Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern:
Taya Valkyrie vs. Rosemary vs. Jordynne Grace
Great Muta w/Sony Onoo vs. ?
Nick Aldis & Rock & Roll Express vs. Homicide & Hernandez & Thomas Latimer
Matt Cross & Ethan Page & Jason Kincaid managed by Teddy Long vs. Daga & Andrew Everett & Matt Justice managed by Bill Alfonso
Brian Cage vs. Crazzy Steve
The Dawsons vs. Cryme Tyme
Kaz Hayashi vs. Shannon Moore
Rich Swann & Hawk Aerie vs. Willie Mack & Gymnasty Boys
Battle Royal with Shane Douglas, Gangrel, Swoggle, Blue Meanie,Scott Norton, James Ellsworth, Too Cold Scorpio, Aldo Montoya, Sandman, Mr. Hughes, Pitbull Gary Wolfe ad more
The shows can be found here.
Lance Storm starts this week as a producer for WWE. He just had his final class at his Storm Wrestling Academy.
Bray Wyatt has promised to introduce a new member of the Firefly Funhouse tonight on Smackdown.
Titus O’Neil on Good Day Tampa regarding all the charity work he does (thanks to Bob Zeiders)
Braun Strowman was at the Thanksgiving NFL game in Detroit.
Travis Banks talks the UK scene.
NXT is looking for marketing help.
Kofi Kingston interview promoting tonight’s show (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
AAW tomorrow night in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. has Josh Alexander vs. Ace Romero for the AAW title, Jessicka Havok vs. Kris Statlander for the women’s title, Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega vs. Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz for the tag tam titles, Myron Reed vs. Hakim Zane, Good Brother #3 vs. Nick Gage, Joey Lynch vs. Travis Titan and Curt Stallion vs. Eddie Kingston, plus Jake Something, Sami Callihan, Killer Kross, Josh Briggs, Ace Austin, Clayton Gainz and Paco.
A story on Zack Sabre Jr. and his vegan eating habits.
Daily Pro Wrestling History: Rock & Roll Express win SMW Tag Team Titles
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