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WON NEWSLETTER: October 19, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WWE Draft, G1 Climax 30

A look at the WWE draft is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. 

We look at the different moves made, why they were made, look at the depth charts with both brands to see what is and isn’t lacking, talk the return of talent, talent being kept apart, the whys behind some moves, and the rosters of both brands.

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The G1 Climax tournament, with match-by-match coverage of every show this past week, with star ratings and poll results. We look at the quality of shows, matches being built up, who have been the stars and best matches of the tournament.

The Cena wedding, how much Linda McMahon has donated to Trump’s campaign, lots of WWE injury updates, Lawsuit updates, Total Bellas notes, U.K TV ratings, new WWE documentary, how wrestling stacks up to other sports on TV, WWE filming an indie star for documentary, upcoming TV bouts, WWE market value, a new WWE book, and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week.

Saturday’s UFC show from Abu Dhabi and the ramifications of the top matches.

A feature on Len Rossi, one of the biggest stars in Tennessee and Alabama from 1958 to 1972, his career in the ring, his life after wrestling, his tag team partners and most well-known angles. It’s a look back at a unique era of pro wrestling and how Rossi was a key to change in a unique time.

The indictment of the former Alberto Del Rio on a sexual assault and kidnapping case.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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WWE uploaded an emotional interview with The New Day after last night’s SmackDown. With Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods being drafted to Raw and Big E staying on SmackDown, The New Day had their farewell match on last night’s show and defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & Sheamus in a six-man tag.
Xavier Woods tweeted after The New Day’s promo and match on last night’s SmackDown: “Wrestling is real.”
Goldberg, Keith Lee, Mark Henry, Ric Flair, Brie Bella, and Jeff Jarrett made brief appearances in the ThunderDome’s video wall during SmackDown last night.
It was announced last night that Jarrett will be appearing on the Hell in a Cell pre-show on Sunday, October 25.
WWE Network News reported that Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast is coming to the WWE Network next Wednesday (October 21).
WWE Network News posted a listing of the 10 WWF Superstars episodes from 1993 that are being uploaded to the WWE Network on Monday.
The Best of Aleister Black in PROGRESS Wrestling, EVOLVE 132, the September 7, ICW Fight Club 99, and episode five of wXw Shotgun 2020 season two were uploaded to the WWE Network today.
WWE uploaded the official trailer for their “30 Days of The Deadman” programming that will begin airing on October 25.
James Storm posted a picture with Ronda Rousey and travis Browne after training in the ring: “Big thanks to @rondarousey & @travisbrownemma for the invite to do a little wrestling around. I’ve met a lot of people that come from different sports but none besides @therealkurtangle that have the respect for pro wrestling like she does.”
WWE congratulated NXT UK’s Dave Mastiff and his wife on getting married.
Becky Lynch was backstage at SmackDown last night.
Paul Heyman spoke to the New York Post about his time as executive director of Raw and what his favorite part of the job was: “To be the Raw executive director, you have to be in the absolute highest level of the inner sanctum of WWE. There is an expectation of confidentiality or secrecy even that I believe goes with that job and I refused then and still believe in the refusal to violate that part of the responsibility of that position. That being said, my favorite part of being the Raw executive director happened after my time as Raw executive director when Vince McMahon, that chairman of the board, on a quarterly investors call, was asked about Paul Heyman no longer being the Raw executive director and the only comment Vince had was how much he liked the creativity I brought to the job. When someone has been replaced from an executive position that high up in the company and the chairman of the board has nothing but praise, it speaks to the level of satisfaction he had with the job that I had done in an overall sense … and I mean that very sincerely by the way. In a general sense, my favorite part of the job was doing the job. I love working with talent and I love developing talent. I always did. Loved developing talent in an unofficial capacity in WCW, certainly loved it in ECW and built my reputation on it. Working with Brock Lesnar or Ronda Rousey and developing them in this industry and as the Raw executive director, it was a crucial part of my job, a crucial component of my job to develop talent and I loved every single moment of it.”
Sports Illustrated has an interview with Sheamus.
WWE has filed trademarks for the names Jinny, Johnny Saint, Joseph Conners, Kenny Williams, Levi Muir, and Dominick.
Lilian Garcia hyped that she’ll be making a big announcement on Monday.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt from the May 29, 2017 episode of Raw, Mankind vs. Kane in a Hell in a Cell match from the August 24, 1998 episode of Raw, and Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship from Hell in a Cell 2018.
Other Wrestling
GCW announced the additional COVID-19 precautions they’re taking for today’s show in Silverado, California: “Here are additional precautions we took to ensure this event is as safe as possible: 1. All talent was required to be tested & produce a negative result before coming to CA. Some were tested twice. All talent, including local has been tested within 72 hours of event.”
wXw uploaded a tribute video for Karsten Beck. Beck passed away at 33 years old earlier this week following a battle with brain cancer.
Parrow is returning to MLW for their restart.
Impact has made the top 10 matches from Bound for Glory’s history available to watch for free on Impact Plus. The matches were decided by a fan vote.

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