Our most talked about issue of the year, the 2015 Hall of Fame issue is up on the site right now. This is a double-issue featuring notes on the seven new inductees, the complete balloting results for the year along with last year, plus how the top candidates did with reporters, historians, and those who are currently and formerly in the business. You’ll see how the different groups voted, as well as notes on everyone who went in, what kept those who came close from getting in, thoughts on next year’s ballot, and a look at the careers of the inductees. There is also a super history of Montreal wrestling in the new issue, as well as a story on the modern Mexican scene.
The issue features a ton of old Southern history, coverage of one of the top heels of the 70s, the biggest matches ever held in Puerto Rico, a complete WWE business rundown with reactions from Vince McMahon and George Barrios, what the numbers say, profits in every category, the Wall Street reaction to the numbers, lots of network information broken down including who watches what, the current WWE profitability level vs. historical levels, as well as where the money comes from, and the last three years of PPV business being charted and the surprising staying power of PPV. We also look at every other aspect of WWE business.
We also have an in-depth update on the situation with Alberto Del Rio, WWE, AAA, TNA, Lucha Underground, Rizin and everyone else that had interest in him. We look at how things changed in the last week, have comments from WWE regarding what he can and can’t do, both sides of contradictory stories, the big move AAA made this past week due to his leaving, what the situation is with the AAA Mega heavyweight title, the good and bad of working with WWE vs. indies from a short and long-term financial situation, what Mexican star did WWE show interest in, and how this affects AAA and Lucha Underground.
We also have more on Smackdown to the USA Network, how that affects USA from a business standpoint, NBC’s attempt to sell wrestling to advertisers, the value of Raw to USA even with lower ratings. We have notes on the ESPN deal, actual Hell in a Cell numbers and what they say, notes on Brock Lesnar’s next WWE appearance scheduled as well as an update on John Cena’s return, more on how Randy Orton got hurt and his prognosis, notes on WWE’s deal wit Tapout, Dave Bautista talks a potential return, the value of WrestleMania, notes about who attended WrestleMania last year, how much they spent, how long they stayed, and how many locals bought tickets to the show the past two years. We have more notes on the bleeding in Lesnar vs. Undertaker Hell in a Cell, WWE to India, Steve Austin’ new business venture and he talks his Raw appearance and updates doing another match. We’ve got more on Nikki Bella’s time off, William Regal’s surgery, original plans for Europe, Rusev’s injury, Jerry Lawler’s auto accident as well as notes from all the WWE & NXT arena events over the past week.
We also have notes on The Young Bucks deal with ROH, how the contracts differ from others in ROH, who has exclusive deals and what are the terms, why ROH is no longer allowing talent to work for another major promotion after this month, what ROH star just became a free agent as well as next week’s Survival of the Fittest update.
We also look at the two big shows from Japan this past week, Dragon Gate’s Gate of Destiny and New Japan’s Junior heavyweight tag team tournament semifinals from Korakuen Hall.
Here is the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer: November 9, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2015 Hall of Fame Issue
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–Major Arena Mexico angle at the Volador Jr. vs. La Sombra match
–Notes on Mistico angle for Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton
–This week’s Lucha Libre Elite big show
–Notes from AAA’s TV tapings and well as two big AAA shows coming up
–Why the Triple Crown title changed hands this past week
–Update on Pro Wrestling NOAH tournament and the matches this past week
–New Japan’s international goals
–First two names announced for Fantastica Mania
–What New Japan regular looks to be leaving
–More on a new promotion that is planning on starting up soon and its chances
–Updates on the Jimmy Snuka case as well as media interest
–More notes from Lucha Underground including another main character not returning
–TNA loses front office employee
–Funny story on tweets read on Impact
–Tons of UFC business news regarding loans the company has taken out, the Pride purchase, the Strikeforce purchase and interest in loans
–A look at this weeks’ UFC show
–Why Miesha Tate is so unhappy and considering retirement
–The injury Conor McGregor suffered before the Chad Mendes fight
–UFC card changes and new fights
–More drama in the Ronda Rousey world
–Bellator’s last big show of the year
–Return of Kimbo Slice
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