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WON NEWSLETTER: December 28, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WWE TLC review, Tokyo Dome preview, more
We look back at the good and bad of last week’s major events as well as where this all leads in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We’ve got TLC coverage, looking at the card, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
Also in this issue:
Our new feature of Performer of the Week and match of the week.
Tokyo Dome show as well as talk of the new restrictions and just how much money the restrictions are costing the company, the lineup of both nights and more stories regarding the show.
WWE Slammy Awards for the serious and not-so-serious.
WWE top star talking about wrestling becoming secondary to him and negotiate fewer dates, Notes on the most-watched Smackdown of the year, WWE’s next legends show, Flair & Hogan’s drawing power in the past, lots of new WWE TV show ideas, plans for 2021 Hall of Fame, WWE star wins major Jui Jitsu tournament, update on Pat McAfee and Ronda Rousey, U.K. TV ratings, how WWE & AEW compare to sports ratings, more on Bill Goldberg, Hulk Hogan new business, most-watched shows on the WWE Network and market value of WWE right now.
UFC’s final show of the year in detail with all the stories of the different matches.
Dragon Gate’s last big show of the year, with the match to lead to a faction being disbanded, rookies being pushed and thoughts on the handling of the Ben K concussion.
Kevin Greene, an NFL Hall of Famer who did several matches in WCW and picked up pro wrestling better than most athletes do.
Luis Carlos Borges, one of Argentina’s biggest-ever stars and the heyday of Los Titanes en el ring.
A feature on 1930s Bulgaria star Dan Koloff, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. This was scheduled for this year’s Hall of Fame issue originally. This feature by Phil Lions goes through his career and explains why he is a cultural icon in Bulgaria, where multiple books and even a major movie were done on him.
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
PWInsider reported that tributes to Jon Huber (Brodie Lee in AEW and Luke Harper in WWE) were filmed prior to last night’s Raw. Fightful also reported that a video package for Huber has been prepared. When and where the tributes will air remains to be seen.
Seth Rollins and Randy Orton wrote tributes to Huber on Instagram.
WWE has filed trademarks for the names Nash Carter, Wes Lee, Shi Zui, Shi Gun, and Tian Sha. They appear to be new in-ring names for NXT/Performance Center wrestlers.
TalkSport has an interview with Ric Flair.
Steve Austin reacted to a viral video of a four year old doing his entrance.
Members of the WWE roster revealed their New Year’s resolutions for 2021.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Bret Hart vs. Diesel in a steel cage match for the WWF Championship from In Your House 6, Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins from the December 29, 2014 episode of Raw, and John Cena vs. JBL for the World Heavyweight Championship from Royal Rumble 2009.
Jon Huber’s wife Amanda wrote a letter to her late husband on Instagram:
“It’s been 56 hours. 56 hours since you left. It’s been weird navigating this storm without you.
I was showing @margaret.stalvey videos of you tonight and this is one of the last videos I have. I remember in the moment mentioning you the Johnny Cash quote about paradise. You rolled your eyes and smiled. You knew I was right, but would never admit it. Playing with the dogs, Nolan ‘SUPERCHARGED’ running, and Brodie chasing the dogs.
I got angry looking at your last texts. We had so much we planned. Then I got tagged in old pictures. Pictures I forgot existed. Pictures that remind we of the life we built. The storms we weathered. I’ve loved you since that first night we stayed up all night talking. I knew you were ‘it’. The weird things we had in common, the ease I was able to talk to you, but most of all your sense of humor. You could make me laugh like nobody else ever could. I LITERALLY ‘busted a gut’ which you were SO proud of (that’s another story for another time)
Wednesday’s @allelitewrestling show @aewontnt will be a testament to the person you were. @tonyrkhan has poured so much thought and love into it, I know you’d be awe-struck. I can’t wait.
You had this infectious personality that made everyone fall in love with you. The kind words and stories and photos that have been shared have struck me to my core. The beautiful artwork is a testament to how you made people feel. I’m reposting some of them (which I hope is ok) @artbyfallucca @bosslogic @scarboroughtattoo @laurenmoran @maria_tattoo13″
Tony Khan tweeted about the Brodie Lee tribute show that will take place on this week’s Dynamite: “I haven’t slept much recently, I have a lot of responsibilities across my different roles, but this was the hardest week I’ve ever experienced. I’ll miss Jon very much. I worked all night on a tribute card to honor him, the response from Amanda & from fans made me cry. Thank you.”
Ahead of teaming with John Silver & Alex Reynolds against MJF, Santana & Ortiz on Wednesday’s tribute show, Hangman Page tweeted: “It is a true honor and privilege to team with these two on tomorrow’s Dynamite to celebrate the life of Brodie Lee.”
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle published an article about the tribute show for Huber.
Erick Rowan wrote a tribute to Huber.
Mick Foley has joined CM Punk in donating 100 percent of his next month of proceeds from Pro Wrestling Tees to Huber’s family.
WrestleCon announced that WrestleCon 2021 will no longer take place in Los Angeles. WrestleCon wrote: “If you reserved rooms at the Westin Bonaventure, you should be receiving notification from the hotel that your reservations are being cancelled automatically. If you do not receive that notification, you should contact the hotel directly to insure your refund [is] processed.”
Jazz is accepting bookings for her retirement tour in 2021.
During an appearance on Keepin it 100 with Konnan’s Christmas show, Nick Aldis said the NWA has picked up an option in his contract for him to remain with the promotion. Aldis also said that NWA Power will return in 2021.
NJPW’s English-language website has interviews with Hiromu Takahashi, Kazuchika Okada, and Will Ospreay ahead of Wrestle Kingdom 15.
Kota Ibushi is the winner of the second annual NJPW Concurso.
The Young Bucks appeared on the latest episode of Sitting Ringside with David Penzer.
Game Changer Wrestling announced that Rickey Shane Page is off their events this week: “In adherence to GCW’s Covid-19 protocols and with an abundance of caution, RSP and GCW have mutually decided that he will sit out this weeks events. A replacement will be announced ASAP.”
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