Daily Update: Weekend schedule, AEW notes, Dan Gable

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WOL: AEW and NXT ratings, NXT War Games, more! 12/4
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WON NEWSLETTER: December 7, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Pat Patterson, AEW/Impact, more

The death of Pat Patterson, two huge AEW angles, more.

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The new issue of the Observer has two major history pieces, one on Pat Patterson and the other on Bobby Lee, the latter of which brings you to a period that even most who know wrestling history really aren’t familiar with. Due to the deaths of Patterson and Lee, our Hall of Fame story on Dan Koloff (Kolov) will be moved to the next double issue.

AEW finished second for Wednesday night in 18-49, basically a tie with the West Virginia vs. Gonzaga basketball game with both at 0.42.  NXT was No. 40.  The new Observer has all the quarter details and breakdowns of age group stuff.  

Some other notes on the AEW show.  They were actually down in over 50 viewership from normal and even down from last week’s difficult night. But it was the youngest viewership night for AEW of the year with teenagers doubling last week, 18-34 up 71 percent, 35-49 up 55 percent, 18-34 women up 144 percent and teenage girls up 200 percent. NXT opened the show at the same level as the week before, but except for the ladder match which did strong gains, they fell much of the way. AEW had big success at a number of points, topping 1 million viewers  many times. The top stuff was the end of the Battle Royal, Chris Jericho vs. Frankie Kazarian,  The Young Bucks promo angle, a surprisingly good Britt Baker vs. Leyla Hirsch number, the Sting debut did well over 600,000 in 18-49, and the title match, which was consistently at just under 1 million viewers for long periods of time and right at 600,000 in 18-49 except during commercial breaks.

Saturday’s UFC starts at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 2 and ESPN+:

Gian Villante (243) vs. Jake Collier (264.5)
Ilia Torpuria (145) vs. Damon Jackson (145)
Jimmy Flick (125.5) vs. Cody Durden (125.5)
Matt Wiman (155.5) vs. Jrodan Leavitt (155.5)
Louis Smolka (134.5) vs. Jose Quinonez (135)
Nate Landwehr (145.5) vs. Movsar Evloev (145.5)
Roman Dolidze (2-5.5) vs.  John Allen (205)
Montana De La Rosa (125.75) vs. Talia Santos (125.5)
Gabriel Benitez (155.5) vs. Justin Jaynes (155)
Ovince Saint Preux (207.5) vs. Jamahal Hill (205.5)
Jack Hermansson (185.5) vs. Marvin Vettori (186)
Saint Preux missed weight by 1.5 pounds.

The Best of the Super Juniors tournament continues Saturday morning in Kagoshima. The final card before the finals on December 11 takes place Sunday morning in Fukuoka.

President Donald Trump will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom award to Dan Gable on Monday. Gable is one of the greatest U.S. wrestlers of all-time, going 117-1 in college and winning a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics, and then he coached 15 teams to the NCAA championships at Iowa between 1976 and1997, including coaching 45 national champions.

The weekend’s biggest show is the Takeover War Games show on Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern on the WWE Network.
Curt Stallion vs. Ariya Daivari and The Singh Brothers vs. Ever Rise are scheduled for 205 Live tonight.
The WWE Network put out an offer where you can sign up to stream the TLC show for 99 cents in a Facebook ad (thanks to Kevin Tomich)
For those in Chicago, because of the Chicago Bears post-game coverage on FOX, Tribute to the Troops will air in the market on WPWR Ch. 50 at 3:30 p.m. local time. (thanks to Jacob Burnett)
Yair Rodriguez has been suspended for six months for failing to disclose where he was three times when testers came to visit him over a one year period over the first three quarters of 2020.
Juliann Marquez vs. Maki Pitolo has been added to a 2/13 show.
Manel Kape, a former Rizin star, scheduled to debut on the 12/19 show is out of his scheduled fight with Alexandre Pantoja.
Anthny Pettis vs. Alex Morono is scheduled for 12/19 according to an ESPN report that both had verbally agreed to the fight. The fight will be at welterweight.
Francisco Figuieredo, the younger brother of flyweight champion Deiveson Figuieredo, debuts against Jerome Rivera on a 1/20 show.  Also scheduled for that show is Lerone Murphy vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade.
Sabina Mazo vs Alexis Davis is scheduled for a 2/27 show.
Pro Wrestling NOAH has a PPV show on FITE TV headlined by Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura for the GHC title and Kenou vs. Kazushi Sakureaba for the National title on FITE TV late Saturday night at 1 a.m. Eastern and 10 p.m. Pacific time.
Kevin Eck’s weekly ROH news report.
ROH has added Bandido & Flamita & Rey Horus vs. Shane Taylor & The Soldiers of Savagery for the trios titles to the 12/18 Final Battle PPV show.
John Washington, 33, who wrestled as Owen Travers for Future Stars of Wrestling, was arrested on 11/25 for sexual assault against a child under the age of 16, lewdness with a child under the age of 14 and lewd acts with a child 14 or 15 yeas old.  Police are looking to see if there are other victims with information regarding his crimes at 702-385-5555. He has performed in the past on Smackdown, Impact and ROH television. FSW had stopped using him months ago.  
A story on the WrestleKind charity being set up in the U.K.. (thanks to Lee Wall)
MLW announced Jacob Fatu & Simon Gotch vs. tag team champions Ross & Marshall Von Erich in a title match for this coming Wednesday’s show.
KSW announced a third title fight for its 12/19 show as Croatia’s Antun Racic (24-8-1) defends the bantamweight title against Bruno Santos (9-1) of Brazil.  Already announced were a heavyweight title fight with Phil De Fries (18-6) vs. Michal Kita (20-11-1) and a bout for the vacant lightweight title with Marian Ziolkowski (21-8-1) vs. Roman Szymanski (13-5).
CWE will have a show tonight for free tonight on its Facebook page with donations encouraged featuring a one-night single elimination tournament to crown a new CWE champion with first round matches with Danny Duggan vs. Tommy Lee Curtis, Travis Cole vs, Dragneel, Johnny Devine vs,. Mentallo and E.Z.Ryder vs. Adam Knight, plus tag champions AJ Sanchez & Kevin O’Doyle defend against Dick Blood & Adrian Burton.

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