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This is probably one of the biggest weeks of the year in terms of major news related to business practices, Vince McMahon, Dana White, the Phil Baroni murder case, the possible change in the legality of non-compete clauses and more. We have a big problem on the site right now:
*Behind the story of Vince McMahon’s attempted comeback, why he said he would return, correspondence with McMahon and the board, details on the former co-chairmen’s return and the timing of why this is happening now.
*Aspects of the story that have not been discussed elsewhere
*Notes on voting shares of majority shareholders
*The Dana White/Anne White situation, White talks about what happened and more
*The reaction to this and the future of your company Slap Fighting
*There is talk of new legislation on the prohibition of non-compete clauses and its effect on professional wrestling.
*Complete review of the Tokyo Dome show, including more information on Sasha Banks’ agreed dates, show trade notes, the Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega fight, title changes, and a major record set for the show’s broadcast .
*A peek at New Year’s Dash
*The life and times of Don West, how he got into wrestling, his life outside of wrestling, a look at a guy who didn’t grow up watching wrestling but became a beloved member of the wrestling community free with feedback from many of your friends
*Phil Baroni murder charges
*The Jake Paul/PFL business and why the chances of it not working are not high
*John Cena draws the largest audience to watch a professional wrestling match on American television this year
* Great Muta vs. Shinsuke Nakamura starting at Budokan Hall
*Wrestling Observer Awards 2022 Ticket
*Popularity of TV stations that broadcast wrestling and MMA
*The most detailed look at the TV ratings and how each segment fared last week
*Streaming numbers and international TV numbers
*Upcoming ticket sales for AEW and WWE shows
*The last man in a cage loses his annual mask match at Arena México
*More on FTR against Dragon Lee and Dralistico
*More about AEW talent with AAA belts
*Notes on New Japan shows in the US
*Independent awards for Japan
*Annual New Year’s Eve Trios Tournament in Japan
* PWG Battle of Los Angeles Notes
*NWA changes aspects of your business
*Death of the flying Greek, Mike Pappas
*Former WWE executive is removed from a public appearance
*Champion bodybuilder turned TV wrestler in UK dies
*Young Bucks contract status
*Best Sellers in Merchandise
*Notes on upcoming AEW shows
*Notes on the Jericho Cruise
*Karen Jarrett is not happy with Max Caster’s rap
* UFC star injured and returning after many years
*Another major company appears to be for sale
*WWE Injury Updates
*WWE new tv shows
*What WWE has cut
*WWE House Show Notes
This Week’s Retro Observer Newsletter:
November 21, 2005 Observer Bulletin: The Death of Eddie Guerrero
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What a day this has been. The update is that Vince McMahon is back as WWE Chairman. For now, it’s business as usual. Nick Khan, Stephanie McMahon, Paul Levesque and Frank Riddick maintain their positions and will be the people who run the day-to-day business of the company. Vince is not, for now, going to shows or working outside the office, but he will only be part of the sales and television rights talks. Those in WWE noted that key people in the company knew that this power play would be attempted. Going public with the intent to sell was his way back, because that news was going to drive the stock price up, instead of the fear of it going down, with him back in charge. Today a meeting was held where it was clarified that everything will remain the same, that Vince is there to negotiate a possible sale, that there is no guarantee that there will be a sale and that the company could also be private.
In the short term, I hope so, but in the long term, I would not bet on anything. But they did mention the idea of selling before TV rights negotiations are finalized. Obviously, a lot happened behind the scenes because the board voted unanimously just a week ago not to allow him back, and he responded by starting to turn the board around. We have a lot more on the subject even though McMahon had yet to be placed back in that position by the time the story was completed.
In the afternoon meeting, led by Khan, Stephanie and Riddick, they discussed Vince’s return to negotiate a possible sale and the upcoming media rights deal. They noted that Vince would have the final say in both deals. All the employees were there but none of the talent and of course they pushed this as a positive for the company. Khan talked about Comcast (NBCU), Disney (ABC/ESPN) and Netflix as potential buyers.
The stock closed today at $84.27 per share, up $12.23 per share, giving the company a market value of $6.27 billion.
A new show that Garrett Gonzales and I did is today talking about Vince McMahon and all the ramifications of his return, Dana White, Omega vs. Ospreay, the greatest matches of all time, as well as Wednesday’s Dynamite rankings and an AEW discussion. grade status. We also have another show tomorrow talking to Mike Tenay about his good friend Don West, and we’ll be back with Bryan on Sunday talking about all the weekend news and BOLA.
We are looking for reports on tonight’s AEW show in Portland, OR and Smackdown in Memphis. We are looking for notes on matches and events that are not on the live shows at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re also looking for your thoughts on Wednesday’s Tokyo Dome show, so please feel free to leave a thumbs up, thumbs down, or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver
Smackdown tonight in Memphis has Top Dolla vs. Ricochet with the winner at the Royal Rumble and Usos vs. Drew McIntyre & Sheamus for the tag titles. As of this morning there were 8,600 tickets for the show at the FedEx Forum.
AEW airs Rampage and Battle of the Belts on TNT tonight from 10 p.m. ET until midnight. Rampage has Darby Allin against Mike Bennett for the TNT title, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson against Top Flight, Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter against The Renegade Twins plus House of Black and Dangerous Dog. The belt battle continues with Orange Cassidy vs. Kip Sabian for the All Atlantic title, The Acclaimed vs. Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal in a no holds barred match for the tag titles and Jade Cargill vs. Sky Blue for the TBS title. The show is at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. There were 5,000 tickets for the show as of this morning.
Our annual business year in review on pro wrestling, boxing and MMA, along with the biggest draw cards of all time in pro wrestling history updated with the end of this year will be in next week’s issue. of the Observer.
Bellator has announced new bouts for its 2/4 primetime show on CBS, which is from the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA and is headlined by Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko for the heavyweight title. Steve Mowry (10-0, 1 no contest) takes on Olympic freestyle wrestler Ali Isaev (9-0) and Lorenz Larkin (24-7, 2 no contest) takes on Mukhamed Berkhamov (15-1, 1 no contest). contest) and former NCAA champion Darion Caldwell (14-6, 1 no contest) faces Nikita Mikhallov (9-2).
Roman Reigns is announced for the January 20 Smackdown show in Detroit and the January 23 Raw anniversary show in Philadelphia.
Impact announced a Pit Fight match featuring Kenny King vs. Mike Bailey for the TV show on 1/19.
Mike Jackson, 73, will fight at next Friday’s Impact Hard to Kill PPV in a six-way match with Kushida, Yuya Uemura, Bailey, Angels and Bhupinder Gujjar.
MCW announced shows on 2/3 in Joppa, MD and 2/4 in Hollywood, MD
Joey Janela vs. Gringo Loco headlines on 2/16 for Demand Fight at Parkdale Hall in Toronto. Also on the show will be Jack Evans vs. Sam Adonis plus an appearance by Jimmy Hart.
The LFA is live tonight at 10pm ET on UFC Fight Pass for a show from Gila River Resorts & Casinos in Chandler, AZ. Felipe Bunes (124.4) vs. Yuma Horiuchi (126.6) is the main event. With Horiguchi not making weight, the flyweight title will go to Bunes if he wins, but if Horiuchi wins, he won’t get the flyweight title.
LFA has announced a show on March 10 in Cajamar, Sao Paulo, Brazil and on March 24 in Niagara Falls, NY at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Both shows will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Noted wrestling fan Fred the Elephant Boy, who used to appear on Howard Stern, has died at the age of 64. Fred had been a subscriber to the Observer for decades.
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