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November 13, 2023 Observer Newsletter: TKO earnings call, NXT to The CW
We've got a very heavy business issue of the Observer focusing on a lot of different breaking stories involving both WWE and AEW:
Match of the week and performer of the weekThe changes in WWE business under TKOUFC & WWE quarterly business updatesBehind Vince McMahon selling 8.4 million shares of TKO stock, what he got, what he still owns, what it did to the stock price and what other large sum of money he just received that fell under the radarWhy WWE numbers were unexpectedly down, and why TKO actually losing money this quarter is nothing to be concerned overA look at WWE and AEW attendance and how it's changed over the past yearAri Emanuel talks about competition for WWE and UFCMore departments where jobs will be lostCompany goals for 2024Changes in the live arena experienceKey that makes WWE and UFC attractive for television stationsIssues with Vince McMahonThe CW deal for NXTChanges for a WWE show next year and other changes talked aboutWho are the leaders for the Raw rightsWhat are the rankings of the stations with pro wrestling and MMA productBilly Corgan gives comments about the cocaine angleA look at the TV deals that Tony Khan, Dwayne Johnson and Vince McMahon have been part of for wrestling and footballFull coverage of Crown Jewel and the bookingA look at the Ricochet injury and how it changed the IC title path slightly going into the Survivor SeriesEarly notes on the Survivor SeriesPPV numbers and what did Crown Jewel buyers watch and not watch when it came to major PPV events this past monthThe future for Will Ospreay and GiuliaNotes on the Tokyo Dome showGreat matches and angles at Power StruggleFull Power Struggle coverageUFC from Brazil coverageThe most detailed look at the TV ratings from the past week from all shows, including comparison to last year, competition, and how each segment did as well as Dynamite vs. NXTMajor rudo turn on sold out Arena Mexico showAAA doing a talent searchMore injuries and health issues with StardomUpdate on Stardom tag team tournamentControversy at Stardom event after changed start time of showAll Japan has an incredible match this week and sets up another for New Year' EveA look at All Japan's year end tag team and junior tournamentsLots of injury updatesNew Japan big events in early 2024DDT has major show this weekMore on the Von Erich movieIndie star says his indie career is overIndie promotion draws 5,000 fansContract issues in MLWWBD stock fallsUpdate on Full GearNotes on Mariah May debutStardom star under contract to AEW and detailsTicket sales for upcoming WWE & AEW showsInternational TV ratings and streaming numbersUFC signs deal with new TV outlet to return from nearly a decadeHow Vince McMahon kept UFC off NBCLots of new UFC title matchesUnique facts about this weekend's UFC showMore on Fury vs. Nganou PPV numbersWrestleMania week newsCM Punk newsYouTube numbers and WWE and TKO value at this pointReports from the WWE house shows
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Garrett and I aren't doing a show today since he's going to the AEW Collision show in Oakland. Bryan and I will be back tomorrow night covering the UFC show and the rest of the weekend activity.
Smackdown is live tonight from Columbus, OH, with Bobby Lashley vs. Carlito. Corey Graves has the night off since his wife Carmella just gave birth so Kevin Owens will be announcing the show. They also announced Bayley will update on Damage Ctrl. There were 7,400 tickets out as of last night. Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso are there, possibly for a dark match.
Rampage is live tonight from Oakland and they are taping Collision. The key stuff tonight is FTR vs El Hijo del Vikingo & Komander on Rampage, and for Collision, it's Sting & Darby Allin & Adam Copeland vs. Lance Archer & Dutch & Vincent and Rush & Dralistico vs. JD Drake & Anthony Henry.
The UFC 30th anniversary show is tomorrow night from Madison Square Garden.
6 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
Dennis Buzukja (145.5) vs. Jamall Emmers (147) – Emmers missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of his purseKevin Borjas (125.8) vs. Joshua Van (125.8)John Castaneda (137.6) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (138) – both agreed to fight at 138Jared Gordon (155.6) vs. Mark O. Madsen (154.6)
8 p.m. on ESPN+ and ESPN News
Natim Sadykhov (155.6) vs. Vlacheslav Borshchev (154.8)Meteusz Rebeicki (155.8) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (158) – Roberts missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of his purseTabatha Ricci (115.4) vs. Loopy Godinez (115)Stephen Erceg (125.6) vs. Alessandro Costa (125.4)
PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern
Pat Sabatini (145.8) vs. Diego Lopes (145.4)Matt Frevola (155.6) vs. Benoit Saint Denis (156)Mackenzie Dern (115.6) vs. Jessica Andrade (116)Sergei Pavlovich (259.8) vs. Tom Aspinall (261.6) for the interim heavyweight titleJiri Prochazka (204.2) vs. Alex Pereira (204) for the vacant light heavyweight title
Khabib Nurmagomedov said that since retiring he's turned down offers to return that have ranged from $20 million to $40 million. There had been talks around here of foreign governments offering him gigantic money to come out of retirement and him turning down the offers as he has no interest in coming back.
UFC, in honor of its 30th anniversary, made this list of the 30 greatest fighters in UFC history. Aside from the obvious Frank Shamrock omission (go back and watch his fights), the list is Royce Gracie, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, GSP, Robbie Lawler, Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Charlies Oliveira, Dominick Cruz, Demetrious Johnson, Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, Jon Jones, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Valentina Shevchenko, Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya, Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski.
New Japan has a PPV show from Garland, TX starting at 7:30 pm. Eastern and 6:30 p.m. local time. It'll be on FITE:
Matt Vandergriff vs. Barrett BrownTom Lawlor vs. Fred RosserAtlantis & Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Hechicero & Rocky RomeroTama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Kushida & Kevin Knight vs. Chase Owens & Clark Connors & Gabe Kidd & Alex CoughlinMistico vs. TJPToru Yano vs Joey JanelaEl Phantasmo & Hikuleo vs. Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs for the New Japan Strong tag titleZack Sabre Jr. vs. Mike Bailey for the New Japan World TV titleJon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta vs. KENTA & David FinlayShingo Takagi vs. Trent Baretta for the Never open weight titleMayu Iwatani vs. Stephanie Vaquer for the IWGP women's titleEddie Kingston vs. Satoshi Kojima for the New Japan Strong titleThere are a lot of interesting matches here. Mascara Dorada is CMLL's hottest new star so that trios match should be a showcase for him. TJP is a great worker so he and Mistico could deliver a good match. Janela is making his New Japan debut. Sabre vs. Bailey is one of those on paper matches that could be classic. Vaquer really impressed everyone against Mercede Mone, and Iwatani is making a rare U.S. appearance. Kingston has annfinity with working with top Japanese stars from the prior generation and Kojima is that, and can still go. It's also the first meeting of Moxley and Finlay since last Saturday's big angle between the two of them and Will Osperay in Osaka.
Chris Jericho vs. Konoske Takeshita takes place Sunday at Sumo Hall in Tokyo for DDT. The show takes place late Saturday in the U.S. The show, which will be long, starts at midnight Eastern and 9 p.m. Pacific on the Wrestle Universe streaming service.
Impact last night did 97,000 viewers and an 0.02 in 18-49.
Robert Seidman of @SportsTVRatings announced he was retiring from posting daly ratings. While we will get all the wrestling ratings this will delay us getting the competition numbers right away although we will get them for the Observer newsletter every week.
Arena Mexico tonight as new rudo Soberano Jr. facing Volador Jr. in the main event
The Undertaker is doing a one-man show tonight in Cleveland, OH at the Agora Theater.
WAR on 12/2 in Lima, OH at the Bradford Community Center.
WOW will be taping on 12/11 through 12/14 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
Kevin Von Erich will be at The Gathering Final Chapter next August in Charlotte to be honored.
Combate Global has a show on 11/17 in Bogota, Columbia on Univision and Paramount +. The show airs at 10 p.m. Eastern. Stiven Valencia (7-3) faces Javier Reyes (16-3) for their featherweight championship. They also crown a welterweight champion with Jesus Alberto Rangel (3-0) vs. Alexis Campos (3-0). The bantamweight title will be fought for with Andres Leal (15-11) vs. Jefry Gil (4-6), who are both from Bogota. MMA world titles are something else.
J.T. Thorne of West Coast Pro underwent surgery and will be out of action for the foreseeable future.
Great Lakes Championship Wrestling Blizzard Brawl is 12/2 in Waukesha,WI, with Matt Cardona vs. EC 3 as the main event, Backwoods Brown vs. Shawn Spears, and Leila Grey vs. Rene Michelle vs. Harley Jane with Alicia Fox as referee, plus Doug Basham vs. Kal Herro with Basham saying he will retire if he loses, and Drew Hernandez vs Heath Slater. Local news anchor Mike Crukov will be on he show. Also on the show will be Konnan, Angelina Love and there will be a meet and greet that will include Devon Dudley, Barry Darsow, Bill Eadie, Nord the Barbarian, Damian Sandow, Christy Hemme, Jillian Hall, Boogeyman, Shane Dogulas,Francine, Al Snow and Bill Alfonso.
AIW on 11/24 at Force Sports in Eastlake, OH, with Tom Lawlor.
MCW runs tomorrow night in Joppa, MD at the J Meyer Arena with Action Andretti.