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This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
*Wrestler of the week and match of the week
*John Cena’s early career and return, as well as an update on his WrestleMania prospects
* Details why television and streaming are limiting new programming and how it affects the business of professional wrestling.
*If you asked people to name a pro wrestler how many could they name and who would be the first person they would name and the reality of the “mainstream” knowledge of pro wrestlers today.
*Complete coverage of the last UFC show of the year, plus a sad lesson on injuries the week of your fight.
*A look at one of the best shows of 2022, the promoted TakaTaichi show at Yoyogi Gym in Tokyo
*The most detailed look at TV ratings for every major show over the past week
*New weekly streamed live show debuts
*The promotion is holding rematches of its best matches of 2022
*Japan Brand Team of the Year voting story
*Stardom has one of the biggest shows in its history this week
*Notes on the upcoming Tokyo Dome show
*A week of incredible matches
*Ospreay vs. Ishii
*Viking’s son in the US working dates
*Impact of the next PPV
*AEW has inked a major new broadcast deal that will be announced in a few weeks
*Mystery Man on Dynamite this week
*Ticket sales for upcoming AEW & WWE shows
*WWE and AEW streaming numbers
*International TV rating
*Ticket sales for upcoming AEW & WWE shows
*Last year’s UFC PPV numbers
*A bill is expected to be introduced in the US Senate that would significantly change the world of MMA
*Dana White talks about luck and timing
*Two fighters got into a fight on Twitter and got into it at the UFC gym
*A sports business analyst predicts NBCU will buy WWE and we talk about what is and isn’t valid
*WWE Post Christmas Tour
* The most popular WWE names on social media
*Current market value of WWE
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- Last night’s SmackDown averaged 2.213 million viewers in the fast national rating, up from last week’s fast national average of 2.056 million. The rating in the 18-49 demo was 0.5.
- Ricochet he tweeted that he was fine but he needed to get six stitches after the Miracle on 34th Street Fight that headlined last night’s SmackDown. The episode was filmed a week in advance. Ricochet wrote: “6 stitches in a stocking and a lump…at least it’s not coal. #SmackDown”
- Independent wrestler Ashley D’Amboise she played a ballerina which appeared during the Miracle on 34th Street Fight. JT Energy he played a cameraman who Bray Wyatt put in a jaw claw earlier in the episode.
- Braun Strowman, Emma & Madcap Moss and Raquel Rodriguez appeared on The SmackDown LowDown.
- Solo Sikoa spoke to the New York Post about his first performance at Madison Square Garden: “I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. I’ve seen it in the movies. I saw it with my dad (Rikishi) and my uncles and my brothers wrestling there. This will be the first time in the garden, man. I’m really, really excited about it, just the experience of being in the building. It’s like going to Disneyland for the first time. That’s what I think about when I go to Madison Square Garden. I have this picture in my head where I think it’s so big.’
- Sikoa also discussed how he was told about his main roster:
- It was actually from Roman and Hunter (Triple H). I just got a call that my flight was booked for Clash at the Castle, but I was still injured at the time. I got my permit just in time for my flight. I was released on Monday and flew out on Friday. When I got there, nobody said anything to me. Everyone was quiet, even Roman and Paul. I knew why I was there, but I didn’t know because the mission wasn’t clear.
- As we were about to open the doors for Clash at the Castle, Triple H walks in and this is my first time meeting him. Then he says, “You know this is your challenge?” I was like, ‘No, I didn’t know that.’ “Welcome to the main roster, you’re going to be on SmackDown.
- Charles Wright (The Godfather) underwent hip replacement surgery earlier this week: “The hip replacement surgery went really well. And I will say that morphine is one hell of a drug.”
- Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae they were guests last night Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA.
- Sol Ruca is a viral finishing move was named Sol Snatcher.
- WWE has backstage video of Jamie Noble’s final match.
- Dax Harwood launching a new podcast titled “FTR with Dax Harwood”. It is part of the AdFree Shows network and is co-hosted by Matt Koon. The podcast will premiere on Thursday, December 29th. The first show will feature Harwood talking about CM Punk, but Punk will not appear as a guest on the episode.
- Harwood spoke about Mercedes Varnado (Sasha Banks): “I think, like me, I feel like sometimes she gets a bad rap because of how passionate she is and how much she wants. You know, she wants everything, but she wants to work for it. It’s the same with us. Like, I want everything in this business, but I want to work for it, and I want you to know that I’m going to work hard for you, and that’s her, man. She knows what she deserves and she knows what she’s earned and she works to get it and if she doesn’t get it she feels humiliated and has reason to feel that way. Huge star, huge heart, beautiful human being, greatest female wrestler of all time. I think she’s just incredible.”
- AEW’s Taynara Melo and Sammy Guevara they bought a house together.
- Ruby Soho discussed 2022 on Busted Open Radio: “2022 has been a rollercoaster. I’ve been kind of trying to find my footing here in AEW, exactly what my role is, where I fit in, who I want to present myself as and obviously I’m going to get hurt and I’m going to be out for three months and then I kind of deal with that mentally which I think, you know, whoever in this panel anyone who has wrestled before understands that injuries are more mental than physical, at least for me anyway, and so it’s been a roller coaster, but I think it’s been really empowering and I think the best is definitely yet to come for me .”
- NJPW has released pictures of the participants in this year’s Concurso bodybuilding competition.
- NJPW’s Oskar Leube missed Thursday’s and Friday’s Road to Tokyo Dome shows due to a fever. Leube tested negative for COVID-19.
- Volador Jr. was pulled from last night’s CMLL show due to a positive test for COVID-19.
- Women’s Wrestling Talk interviewed Deonna Purrazzo.
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